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Ver. 24. The depths of Satan.] Our interpretation of the word Jezebel in a figurative sense, seems to be confirmed. She had a doctrine, and taught deep mysterious knowledge, calling it perhaps with Saint Paul, TL bubn T8 ©£8, the deep things of God, but it is declared to be τα βαθη τε Σατανα, the depths of Satan. Traces of such philosophizing sects are to be seen in the writings of the apostles, and of the apostolical fathers. And the Gnostics, who dealt eminently in these tedy, thus afterwards entered and corrupted the church.
Ver. 25. Until I come.] See note, ch. i. 3.
Ver. 27. Power over the Nations.] The expressions in this passage have near resemblance to those of the second Psalm, which are undoubtedly prophetic of Christ t. He is there declared, “a king “over the nations, even unto the ends of the earth.” He shall “ rule over the nations with an iron rod," or sceptre,
“ and break them to pieces, as a potter's vessel $.” But our Lord informed his disciples, that “he appoints unto them a kingdom, even as “ his Father had appointed unto him $;" and the promise is continued by them to their successors in the church. It is a kingdom of great power and glory, yet not after the fashion of this world; for it is neither acquired nor preserved by arms. It is not founded on worldly policy, over which it is destined to prevail. It is the stone of Daniel's vision, which, cut out of the mountain without hands, breaks to pieces the kingdoms of the world, miraculously increasing till it fills the whole earth.
1 Cor. ii. 10.
+ See Acts iv. 24. 1 In this passage in the Septuagint, the word w01wiw is used, as well as in the Apocalypse. And the ancient Hebrew text probably agreed with it. (See Reeves's Collation of Hebrew and Greek texts, Ps. ii. 9.) This character, of shepherd of the people, was anciently attributed to good kings. Such was the worden hawn of Homer. By such a character, did the great Cyrus desire to be distinguished. (Xenoph. Cyrop. lib. i.) It is frequently applied in Scripture to the Messiah, and occurs in that sense four times in the Apocalypse. So 'Pebdos is properly translated sceptre, as in Heb. i. 8. See Schleusner, in voc. Luke xxii, 29. John xxi. 16. Acts xx. 8. 1 Pet. iii. 2.
“ And the king“ dom and dominion, and the greatness of the king• dom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the
people of the saints of the Most High, whose king“ dom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions "shall serve and obey him*.
Ver. 28. The morning star.] A star is a teachert; our Lord is eminently such ; and such he intitles himself in ch. Χxii. 16. ο αστηρ ο λαμπρος και ορθρινος, « the shi
ning and morning star.” As such he was foretold in Numbers, xxiv. 17; and a star, in the eastern and morning quarter of the hemisphere, preceded his birth I.
As this star, seen by the wise men, signified to them his first coming; so by the star, promised in this passage, we must probably understand the signs denoting his second coming; a knowledge of “the mysteries of the kingdom of hea“ ven §,” and of its approach in power. Saint Peter, speaking of prophecy, whose office it is in part to reveal these mysteries, recommends us to attend diligently to this light shining in a dark place,” until some
clearer manifestation shall be revealed; εως 8 ημερα διαυγασε και Φωςφορος ανατελη εν ταις regdicis uuwv, until the day shine forth, and the daystar (or morning star, for so it should be translated) shall rise in your hearts : until that time, when the prophetical information, imperfect in its nature, being “ done away,” that perfect knowledge shall succeed, which is like knowing “ face to face *.” But beside this time of perfect consummation to which both these apostles may be thought principally to refer, there is a time promised when the Divine Power shall remove the veil spread over all nations t," and the earth“ be filled with the knowledge of the
* Dan, vii. 27. See the note, ch. ii. 7. and the Scriptures there quoted. This reign of the saints is again described in ch. xix. 15. + See note, cb. i. 16. I Matt. ii. 2. Matt. xiii. 2.
glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea f.” This glorious and extensive reign of Christ and of his religion, is the subject of many sublime prophecies, and is copiously prefigured in the sequel of this book. To those, whether they be churches or individuals, who, in full assurance of faith, resist the temptations, and surmount the difficulties of their Christian warfare, looking forward to the accomplishment of the divine promises with spiritual discernment, to such shall be granted the dawnings and first light of these happy times; they shall see them, though afar offs; and seeing, they shall rejoice || ; and this joy no one shall take from them I.
* i Cor. xiii. 10. & 12.
+ Is. xxv. 7.
1 Hab. ii. 14.
PART στήριξαν τα λοιπά, , α μέλλει αποθανεί: å yåg süpnra on tä έρα τσεπληρωμένα
The Address to the Church in Sardis.
1 Και το αγέλω της έν Σάρδεσιν εκ
ixκλησίας γράψον" Τάδε λέγει ο έχων τα επία πνεύματα το Θεό, και érlà ásépaso oida σε τα έρία, ότι όνομα έχεις, ότι
Sõs, rj vexpòs si. 2 Γίνε γρηγορών, και
CHAP. iii. VER. 1-6. 1 And to the angel of 1 And unto the angel
the Church in Sardis of the Church in Sarwrite: Thus saith he dis, write, These things who hath the seven
saith he that hath the Spirits of God, and seven Spirits of God, the seven
stars. I and the seven stars; know thy works, that I know thy works, that thou hast a name, that
thou hast a name, that thou livest, and thou thou livest, and art 2 art dead. Be watch- 2 dead. Be watchful and και ε μή εξαλείψω το όνομα αυτά εκ τα βίτλο της ζωής, και ομολογήσω το όνομα αυτά ενώπιον τα σαθρός με, και
ενώπιον τέ Θεέ με. . 3 Μνημόνευε έν, σως
είληφας και ήκισας, και τηρεί, και μελανό
ar Ev len γραβορήσης, ήξω έπι σε ως κλέπτης, και και μη γνως, ποίαν
ägay ni w śmi cé. 4 'Αλλ' έχεις ολίγα
ονόμαλα εν Σάρδεσιν. α εκ έμόλυναν τα ιμάτια αυτών, και σεριπαθήσεσι με
εμέ εν λευκοίς· ότι 5 άξιοί είσιν. Ο νικών,
έτος σεριβαλείται έν έμαθίοις λευκούς:
ful, and strengthen strengthen the things the things remaining, which remain, that are which are about to
ready to die: for I die; for I have not have not found thy found thy works per- works perfect before
fect before my God. 3 God. Remember there3 Remember therefore fore how thou hast re
how thou hast received ceived and heard, and and heard, and hold hold fast, and repent. fast, and repent. For If therefore thou shalt if thou shalt not be not watch, I will come watchful, I will come on thee as a thief, upon thee, as a thief; and thou shalt not and thou shalt not know what hour I will know at what hour I 4 come upon thee. Thou shall come upon thee.
hast a few names even 4 But thou hast a few in Sardis, which have
names in Sardis, which not defiled their garbave not defiled their ments; and they shall garments; and they walk with me in white : shall walk with me in for they are worthy. white, for they are 5 He that overcometh, worthy. He that over
ενώπιον των αγγέλων 6 airb. 'Okray ds, ,
ακεσάτω, τι το σνεϊμα λέγει ταϊς εκκλησίαις. .
cometh, the same shall
ther, and before his
an ear, let him hear
clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Fa
ther, and before his 6 angels. He that hath
an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,
Ver. 1. Sardis.] Sardis, situated on the Pactolus, the ancient seat of Creesus, and of the Lydian kings, was proverbially the seat of Riches. This city had suffered grievously by an earthquake some time before the date of this vision ; but, by the bounty of Tiberius Cæsar, had been restored to splendour* Sardis possessed, from its natural situation, extraordinary means of acquiring riches. But riches are corruptive, and are apt to lead to that supineness in religion, and profligacy in morals, which in this epistle are so severely rebuked.
Sardis is now no more than a village. An ancient Christian church supplies the Turks, who inhabit it, with a mosque. The few Christians (if such they may be called) who still continue there, are represented to have neither Church nor minister.
Ib. The seven Spirits of God.] See note, ch. i. 4.
Ib. That thou livest, and thou art dead.] In the same figurative language, our Lord commanded his * Strabo ii. p. 931.