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θαλάσσης, τον δε And when he had roareth : and when he
ευώνυμον επί της cried, the seven thun- had cried, seven thun3 γης. Και έκραξε ders uttered their ders uttered their
φωνή μεγάλη, ώσ- 4 voices. And when the 4 voices. And when the περ λέων μυκάται:
thunders had seven thunders had uitκαι ότι έκραξεν, ελά
spoken, I was about tered their voices, I was λησαν ali a
to write ; and I heard about to write: and I βροσίαι τας εαυτών a voice from heaven, heard a voice from 4 φωνάς. Και ότι saying, “Seal up those heaven, saying unto
ελάλησαν αι επα things which the se- me, Seal up those Beoolai, έμελλον ven thunders spake, things which the seven γράφειν" και ήκεσα 66 and write them not.” thunders uttered, and Quầy x T8 Leav8 5 And the angel, whom 5 write them not. And λέγεσάν: Σφράγι- I saw standing upon the angel which I saw σον α ελάλησαν αι the sea and upon the stand upon the sea, and inlà Reorles, y un land, lifted up his right
upon the earth, lifted γράψης: hand toward heaven, up his band to heaven, 5 Και ο άγγελος, ον
6 And sware by Him, 6 And sware by Him that είδον εσώτα επί της
who liveth for ever liveth for ever and θαλάσσης, και επί and ever, who created
ever, who created hea. rūs gus, nige nu heaven and the things ven and the things that χείρα αυτά την therein, and the land
therein are, and the δεξιών εις τον έρα- and the things therein, earth and the things 6 νον, Και ώμοσεν εν
and the sea and the that therein are, and Tu Karlo zis rås things therein, that the sea, and the things αιώνας των αιώνων, ,
time shall be no more, which are therein, that òs ixlos tór spævòy 7 But in the days of the there should be time * ra is als, ry
voice of the seventh 7 no longer: But in the Thy cyno rj Tà év angel, when he is about
days of the voice of aith, ý v dá
to sound, and the mys- the seventh angel, λασσας και τα εν tery of God was finish- when he shall begin
αυτή, ότι χρόνος ed, as he hath dcclared to sound, the mystery 7 εκ έτι έςαι. Αλλά good tidings to his of God should be εν ταις ημέραις της
servants the prophets. finished, as he hath φωνής τ8 εβδόμα 8 And the voice, which declared to his serαγέλε, όταν μέλλη I had heard from hea- vants the prophets. σαλπίζειν, και έτε- ven, spake unto me 8 And the voice which λίσθη το μυστήριον
again, and said, “ Go, I heard from heaven, Tš Biê, ás eünl- " take the little book, spake unto me again, γίλισε τας εαυθε
" which is opened in and said, Go, and take
δελάς τες σροφέ- « the hand of the an8 τας. Και η φωνή, « gel, who standeth ην ήκεσα εκ το
the έρανε, πάλιν λα
land.” λεσα μετ' εμέ, και 9 And I went to the λέγεσα: “Υπαξε,
angel, saying unto him λάξε το βιβλαρίδιον
to give me the little το ήνεωμένον εν τη book. And he saith χειρι αιγέλα το
unto me, “ Take, and εσώτος επί της θα- “ eat it up; and it
λάσσης και επί της " shall imbitter tly 9 γης. Και απήλθον
“stomach; but in thy προς τον άγγελος, 66 mouth shall be sweet λέγων αυτώ δέναι
10“ as honey." And I μοι το βιβλαρίδιον. took the little book Και λέγει μοι" from the band of the Λάβε και καλάφαξε angel, and ate it up. αυτό και σικρανεί And it was in my σε την κοιλίαν, αλλ'
mouth sweet as honey; εν τω σόμαίι σε
and when I had eaten έσαι γλυκύ, ως μέλι.
it, my stomach 10 Και έλαβον το βι
11 imbittered. And he Ελαρίδιον εκ της
saith unto me,
«« Thou χειρός τε αγέλε,
“ must prophesy again και κατέφαγον αυτό:
“ before many people, και ήν εν τα σόμαίι
“ and nations, and lanμε, ως μέλι, γλυκύ.
guages, and kings." και ότε έφαγον αυτό, επικράνθη η κοιλία
μοι" Δεί σε πάλιν προφητεύσαι επί λαοίς και έθνεσι και γλώσσαις και βασιλεύσι πολλοίς.
In the 13th verse of the viiith chapter, three grand woes, three distinct periods of successful attack upon the Church, by the Antichristian powers, are' an
the little book which
I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me
the little book.
And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up : and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy
mouth sweet as boney. 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 11 bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
nounced. The first of these immediately takes place, and is afterwards described as past*; and the second follows: but this, though it begins, like the first, with an hostile invasion, does not end in like manner. No period (as, in the first, of 150 years) is assigned for its continuance; and when the description of the invasion seems to be finished, no like notice is given, that the woe is ended; on the contrary, it seems to continue till the seventh Trumpet sounds; then, and not till then, it is declared to be gone t. The prophecy had now begun to appear as drawing to its close; the seventh and last Trumpet was expected. But a new and enlarging scene opens under the sixth Trumpet, and before the end of the second woe. The famous period of forty-two months, or 1260 days, is now presented to view. The usurped dominion of the Mahometans, disclosed in the sixth Trumpet, is continued throughout. But there is another Antichristian usurpation, which belongs to the same period, and which is to be produced, as cotem
porary with it.
Ver. 1-3. Another mighty angel ; &c.] The sublimity of this passage made an early impression upon the poetical mind of Sir William Jones : and “ at a
period of mature judgment,” says his biographer, "he considered it as equal in sublimity to any in the 'inspired writers, and far superior to any that could “ be produced from mere human compositions I.” This angel, although displaying superior glory and power , is not our Lord Jesus Christ, who
in this part of the vision, not as an angel, but as the Lamb.
* Ch.is. 12.
+ Ch. xi. 14.
(Ch. (Ch. xiv. i.) he is described to be another angel. Such another angel had been before seen officiating in the presence of the Lamb * He is an angel of the highest dignity, invested with a most important commission; to convey to Saint John, and to the Church, a large amount of prophetical information. For this purpose, he holds in his hand a little book; not little in respect to its contents, which are of the highest importance, but with a view to the purpose for which it was designed; to be eaten and digested by the prophet. The book is open, unsealed; by our Lord's merits it had become sot; for, it was probably a part, or transcript, of the larger sealed book; because it comes under the opening of the sixth and seventh Seals, which are part of the contents of that book. It may be the same also with that part of the prophecy of Daniel $ which was in his time sealed for a very distant period; a period which will be seen to have relation to these times of the apocalyptic visions.
Ver. 2. And he set his right foot upon the sea ; &c.] In the scene before the prophet, the heavens, containing God's throne, and his altar, and surrounding ministers, are above. The earth is beneath, not hanging like an orb or ball ġ, but extended in a plain, and containing the divisions, before marked, of land, of sea, of rivers. The angel descends from heaven above, and takes his station on the earth, placing one of his gigantic feet on the sea, the other on the land|l. The Eastern nations, expressed by the divişion of the land, had been hitherto the principal scene of action under this Trumpet.
The angel's • Ch. vii. 2. and again viii. 3. + See note, ch. v. 9. I Dan, xii. 4. 9. Ś Cicero, Somn. Scip.
|| See note, ch. viii. 7.
placing placing one foot on the sea, seems to intimate that the Western nations of the Gentiles *, are to be an object of the remaining prophecy. And this is also expressed in ver. 11: he is “to prophesy before many “people, and nations, and languages, and kings.” It may be observed also, that the first, the right, or principal foot of the angel descends upon the sea, which seems to imply that the part of the Christian world, represented by the sea, is now to be principally concerned.
Ver: 4. The seven thunders.] The whole Prophecy is delivered under seven Seals, seven Trumpets, seven Vials f. In this passage, a particular prophecy, or perhaps seven distinct prophecies, are uttered by seven voices, loud as thunder, aweful, and terrible as that of the lion-like voice of the angel which introduces them. But whatsoever intelligence the prophet might receive from this Divine communication, he is for: bidden to disclose it. Thus, events of great import, belonging to the history of this Seal and Trumpet, are not revealed in this prophecy. What these were, it is certainly difficult, and may be presumptuous, to conjecture. But we may safely collect from this transaction, that many important events, perhaps recorded in history, are not disclosed. And we obtain herewith an additional confirmation of the notion already suggested, that this sixth Trumpet contains a period of long continuance.
Ver. 5. Lifted up his right hand.] The angel takes a solemn oath, in a form of Scriptural antiquity 5. This mode of swearing has descended even unto our own times and nation, being still used in Scotland,
* Note, ch. viii. 8.
+ Note, ch. i. 4. 1 Gen. xiv. 22. Deut. xxxii. 40. Ezek. XX. 5. Is. lxii. s.