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6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who k created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, 'that there should be time no longer :

7 But "in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, "the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

8 And the P voice which I heard from heaven spake unto ine again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon

the earth.

9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto

his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half.

* Rev. iv. 11 : Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. See on Acts, xiv. 15.

i Dan. xii. 7: The words under ver. 5. Rev. xvi. 17: The seventh angel poured out his vial into the air ; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. m Rev. xi. 15.

n Rom. xi. 25: For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. Eph. iii. 4, 5, 6, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto the holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

• See on Luke, i. 33. p Ver. 4.

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him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, 9 Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

il And he said unto ine, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

CHAP. XI. 3 The two wilnesses prophesy : 6 they have power to shut heaven, that

it rain not : 7 the beast shall fight against them, and kill then : 8 they lie unhuried, 11 and after three days and an half rise again: 14 the second woe is past : 15 the seventh trumpet soundeth. AND there was given to me a reed like

9 JER. xv. 16 : Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for 1 am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. Ezek, ii. 8: But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house : open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. do. jjj. 1, 2, 3, 14: Son of man, eat that thou findest, eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. So the spirit listed me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon ine.

Ps.cxix. 103 : How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Ezek. iii. 3 : The words under ver. 9.

$ Ezek. ii. 10: He spread it (the roll] before me: and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

CHAP. XI. a Ezek. xl. 3, &c: Behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of Hax in his hand, and a measuring reed, &c. Zec.ji.1: I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and bebold a man with a measuring

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unto a rod : and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; d for it is given unto the Gentiles : and the holy city shall they e tread under f foot forty and two months.

3 And I will give power unto my two 6 witnesses, and they shall "prophesy ? a i thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

i Gr. cast out. A. V. ? [ will give unto my two witnesses, that they may prophesy, &c. A. V.

Jine in his hand. Rev. xxi. 15 : And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. See the 40th and three following chapters of Ezekiel.

b NUM B. xxiii. 18 : He took up his parable, and said, Rise up, Balak, and hear.

EZEK. xl. 17, 20: Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement. And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof.

d Ps. lxxix. 1:0 God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance ; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps. LUKE, xxi. 24 : Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

e Dan. viii. 10: It [the httle horn) waxed great, even to the host of heaven ; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 1 Mac. iii. 51 : Thy sanctuary is trodden down and profaned, and thy priests are in heaviness and brought low.

'Rev. xiii. 5: Power was given to him to continue forty and two months.

8 Rev. xx. 4: I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image.

h Rev. xix. 10 : The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Rev. xii. 6, 14.
Isa. xxii. 12: And in that day did the Lord God of hosts

4 These are the 'two olive trees, and the two m candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

5 And if any man will hurt them, "fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies : and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth.

| Ps. lii. 8: But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God : I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. JER. xi. 16: The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. Zec. iv.3, 11, 14 : Two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

m See Rev. i. 20.

n 2 Kings, i. 10, 12: Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let tire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Ps. xviii. 8 : There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured : coals were kindled

JER. i. 10 : See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. do. v. 14 : Behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. Ezek. xliii. 3: It was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city. Hos. vi. 5 : Therefore have 1 hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.

• NUMB. xvi. 29, 35 : If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. And there came out å fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

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6. These have power to p.shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy : and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to sinite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

7 And when they shall have "finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the * bottomless pit 3 shall "inake war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called

3 deep. Pu.

P See on JAMES, v. 16, 17.

9 Exod. vii. 19: The LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds--that they may become blood.

Luke, xiii. 32 : Go ye and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

* Rev. xii. 1, 11: And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. do. xvii. 8: The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition.

See on Rev. ix. 1. u Dan. vii. 21: I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them. Zec. xiv. 2: I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Rev. xiii. 7: It was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them.

w Rev. xiv. 8: Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city. do. xvii. 1,5: Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters. Upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS. do. xvii.

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