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follow his speculations to their close. Instead of robbing the treasury of Christian hope of a gem so precious, and of abstracting from benevolent effort so mighty a motive, it will be seen that his view of the futurities of Zion, admitting the Millennium to be past, opens to the eye of faith a still more cheering prospect, a lengthened vista of richer and brighter beatitudes.

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PREFACE

TO THE SECOND EDITION.

The present work having been for some years out of print, and a new interest having in the mean time sprung up in prophetical studies, the author has yielded to the suggestions made to him from different quarters, to prepare a second edition for the press. In doing this he has found occasion for no other than very slight alterations, additions, or omissions. Seeing no reason on mature reflection, to distrust the soundness of the main conclusion, but on the contrary finding his confidence in it continually growing stronger, he gives this edition of the work to the public revised, but substantially unchanged. If the general result of his reasonings should not meet with a consenting response from the bosom of the Christian community, the author still allows himself to believe, that important principles of interpretation incidentally developed in the course of the argument, will go far to compensate the failure of conviction on the leading point.

G. B.

Salem, Feb. 16, 1842.

CONTENTS.

MODERN OPINIONS RESPECTING THE APOCALYPTIC MIL-

LENNIUM.

Historical Sketch of the Decline of the Millennarian theory, and of

its Revival at the Reformation–The modern advocates of a fu-

ture Millennium divided into two Classes—The first hold to the

personal Reign of Christ on earth during the thousand years,

Mede, Caryll, Gill, Noel, Irving, Anderson, quoted-Claim to

found their expectation upon a passage in the second Epistle of

Peter-Remarks upon this interpretation—The second Class de-

ny the Personal, but maintain the Spiritual Reign of Christ-

Confirmed by Extracts from Whitby, Bogue, Johnston 26
CHAPTER IV.

THE TRUE DOCTRINE OF THE MILLENNIUM STATED AND

CONFIRMED.

The Connection of the twentieth Chapter of the Revelation with

the preceding portions of the Book stated—The Identity of the

Dragon throughout the Apocalypse maintained—The Binding of

the Dragon explained—Its date determined-Confirmed by His-

tory-Particulars of the symbolic Imagery further elucidated-

Symbol of the Bottomless Pit or Abyss explained—Opinions of

Lightfoot, Turretin, Mastricht, and Marck quoted—Satan's de-

ceiving the Nations explained—Whether the Millennium to con-

sist of a thousand literal years—Explication of the Thrones, and

of the Souls of the Martyrs seen in the Vision, and of their Liv-

ing and Reigning with Christ a thousand years

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CHAPTER V.

EXPLICATION OF THE GOG AND MAGOG OF THE

APOCALYPSE.

Various Opinions of. Commentators respecting Gog and Magog-

Reason of this Diversity—The mention of this mystic Power by
John extremely brief and obscure, because more fully predicted

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