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5 And there was given to and them that dwell therein, to him a mouth speaking great adore the first heast, whose things, and blasphemies: and wound to death was healed. power was given to him to do 13 And he did great signs, so two-and-forty months.

that he made also fire to come 6 And he opened his mouth down from heaven unto the unto blasphemies against God, earth in the sight of men. to blaspheme his name, and his 14 And he seduced them that tabernacle, and them that dwell dwell on the earth, for the signs, in heaven.

which were given him to do in 7 And it was given unto him the sight of the beast, saying to to make war with the saints, them that dwell on the earth, and to overcome them. And that they should make the power was given him over every image of the beast, which had tribe, and people, and tongu the wound by the sword, and and nation.

lived. 8 And all that dwell upon the 15 And it was given him to earth adored him, whose names give life to the image of the are not written in the book of beast, and that the image of the life of the Lamb, which was beast should speak: and should slain from the beginning of the cause, that whosoever will not world.

adore the image of the beast, 9 If any man have an ear, let should be slain. him hear.

16 And he shall make all, 10 He that shall lead into both little and great, rich and captivity, shall go into capti-poor, freemen and bondmen, to vity: a he that shall kill by the have a character in their right sword, must be killed by the band, or on their foreheads. sword. Here is the patience 17 And that no man might and the faith of the saints. buy or sell, but he that hath the

11 And I saw another beast character, or the name of the coming up out of the earth, and beast, or the number of his he had two horns, like a lamb, name. and he spoke as a dragon.

18 Here is wisdom. He that 12 And he executed all the hath understanding, let him power of the former beast in his count the number of the beast. sight: and he caused the earth, For it is the number of a man:

and the number of him is six

hundred sixty-six. a Gen. 9. 6. Matt. 26. 52.

CHAP. XIV. Ver. 6. His tabernacle, &c. is, his church, and his saints.

That of the Lamb, and of the virgins that Ver. 8. Slain from the beginning,

follow him : of the judgments that &c. In the foreknowledge of God';

shall fall upon the wicked and inasmuch as all mercy and grace, from the beginning, was given in view


ND I beheld: and lo a Lamb of his death and passion.


upon mount Sion, . 11. Another beast. This second

and with him an hundred fortybeast with two horns, may be under. stood of the heathenish priests and magicians, the principal promoters

Ver. 18. Six hundred sixty.de. both of idolatry and persecution.

The numeral letters of his name shal mate up this number,


four thousand having his name, I lon, is fallen, is fallen: which and the name of his father made all nations to drink of the written on their foreheads. wine of the wrath of her forni

2 And I heard a voice from cation. heaven, as the noise of many 9 And the third Angel fole waters, and as the voice of great lowed them, saying with a loud thunder: and the voice which voice: If any man shall adore I heard, was as the voice of the beast and his image, and harpers, harping on their harps, receive his character in his

3 And they sung as it were a forehead, or in his hand; new canticle, before the throne, 10 He also shall drink of the and before the four living crea- wine of the wrath of God, which tores, and the ancients; and is mingled with pure wine in no man could say the canticle, the cup of his wrath, and shall but those hundred forty-four be tormented with fire and thousand, who were purchased brimstone, in the sight of the from the earth.

holy Angels and in the sight of 4 These are they who were the Lamb. not defiled with women: for 11 And the smoke of their they are virgins. These follow torments shall ascend up for the Lamb whithersoever he ever and ever: neither have goeth. These were purchased they rest day nor night, who from among men, the first-fruits have adored the beast, and his to God and to the Lamb.

image, and whosoever receiveth 5 And in their mouth there the character of his name. was found no lie: for they are 12 Here is the patience of the without spot before the throne saints, who keep the commandof God.

ments of God, and the faith of 6 And I saw another Angel JESUS. dying through the midst of hea- 13 And I heard a voice from ven, having the eternal gospel, heaven, saying to me: Write; to preach unto them that sit Blessed are the dead who die upon the earth, and over every in the Lord. From henceforth nation, and tribe, and tongue, now, saith the Spirit, that they and people :

may rest from their labours : 7 Saying with a loud voice: for their works follow them. Fear the Lord and give him 14 And I saw, and behold a honour, because the hour of his judgment is come: and adore ye him, that made heaven and

which God will punish, and destroy

after the short time of this mortal earth, the sea, and the fountains life: or it may signify every great city of waters.

wherein enormous sins and abomina8 And another Angel follow

tions are dariy committed, and that

when the measure of its iniquities ed, saying : . That great Baby- is full, the punishments due to its

crimes are poured on it. It also may

be somne city of the description in the a Ps. 145. 6. Acts 14. 14.-- Isaias 21. 9. Jer. 51. 8.

text, that will exist, and be destroyed as here described, towards the end of

he world. CHAP. XIV. Ver. 8. Babyln. By Ver. 13. Die in the Lord. It K Babylon may be very probably signi- understood of the martyrs who die for Med all the wicked world in general, the Lord

white cloud; and upon the 2 And I saw as it were a sea cloud one sitting like to the Son of glass mingled with fire, and of man, having on his head a them that had overcome the crown of gold, and in his hand beast and his image and the a sharp sickle.

number of his name, standing 15 And another Angel came on the sea of glass, having the out from the temple, crying harps of God : with a loud voice to him that 3 And singing the canticle of sat upon the cloud : - Thrust in Moses the servant of God, and thy sickle, and reap, because the canticle of the Lamb, saying: the hour is come to reap, for the Great and wonderful are thy harvest of the earth is ripe. works, O Lord God Almighty

16 And he that sat on the just and true are thy ways, o cloud, thrust his sickle into the King of ages. earth, and the earth was reaped. 4 0 Who shall not fear thee,

17 And another Angel came O Lord, and magnify thy name? out of the temple which is in For thou only art holy: for all heaven, he also having a sharp vations shall come, and shall sickle.

adore in thy sight, because thy 18 And another Angel came judgments are manifest. ut from the altar, who had 5 And after these things I power over fire: and he cried looked, and behold the temple with a loud voice to him that of the tabernacle of the testihad the sharp sickle, saying: mony in heaven was opened : Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and 6 And the seven Angels came gather the clusters of the vine- out of the temple having the yard of the earth : because the seven plagues, clothed with grapes thereof are ripe.

clean and white linen, and girt 19 And the Angel thrust in about the breasts with golden his sharp sickle into the earth, girdles. and gathered the vineyard of the 7 And one of the four living earth, and cast it into the great creatures gave to the seven press of the wrath of God.

Angels seven golden vials, full 20 And the press was trodden of the wrath of God, who livetb without the city, and blood came for ever and ever. out of the press, up to the 8 And the temple was filled horses' bridles for a thousand with smoke from the majesty of and six hundred furlongs. God, and from his power : and

no man was able to enter into CHAP. XV.

the temple, till the seven They that have overcome the beast, plagues of the seven Angels glorify God. of the seven Orges

were fulfilled. with the scuen vials. ND I saw another sign in


heaven great and wonder- Thc sou63 vials are poured au: da ful: seven Angels having the

plagues that enco. Le Manedast plagues. For in the ANPI beard a great voice one is filled up of

of the

saying to & Joel 3. 13. Matt. 13, 39.

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seven Angels: Go, and pour out | pains and wounds, and did not the seven vials of the wrath of penance for their works. God upon the earth.

12 And the sixth Angel pour2 And the first went, and ed out his vial upon that great poured out bis vial upon the river Euphrates: and dried up earth, and there fell a sore and the water thereof, that a way grievous wound upon men, who might be prepared for the kings had the character of the beast ; | from the rising of the sun. and upon them that adored the 13 And I saw from the mouth image thereof.

of the dragon, and from the 3 And the second Angel mouth of the beast, and from poured out his vial upon the the mouth of the false prophet, sea, and there came blood as it three unclean spirits like frogs. were of a dead man: and every 14 For they are the spirits of living soul died in the sea. devils working signs, and they

4 And the third poured out go forth unto the kings of the his vial upon the rivers and the whole earth to gather them to fountains of watersand there battle against the great day of was made blood.

the Almighty God. 5 And I heard the Angel of 15 Behold I come as a thief. the waters, saying: Thou art Blessed is he that watcheth, just, O Lord, who art, and who and keepeth his garments, lest wast, the holy one, because thou he walk naked, and they see hast judged these things : his shame.

6 For they have shed the 16 And he shall gather them blood of saints and prophets, together into a place, which in and thou hast given them blood Hebrew is called Armagedon. to drink; for they are worthy. 17 And the seventh Angel

7 And I heard another, from poured out his vial upon the air, the altar, saying: Yea, O Lord and there came a great voice God Almighty, true and just out of the temple from the are thy judgments.

throne, 'saying: It is done. 8 And the fourth Angel 18 And there were lightnings, poured out his vial upon the and voices, and thunders, and sun, and it was given unto him there was a great earthquake, to afflict men with heat and such an one as never had been fire.

since men were upon the earth, 9. And men were scorched such an earthquake, so great. with great heat, and they blas- 19 And the great city was phemed the name of God, who divided into three parts: and hath power over these plagues, the cities of the gentiles fell. neither did they penance to And great Babylon came in give him glory.

remembrance before God, to 10 And the fifth Angel poured give her the cup of the wine of out his vial upon the seat of the the indignation of his wrath. beast: and his kingdom became dark, and they gnawed their a Matt. 24. 43, Luke 12. 39. Supra,

3. 3. tongues for pain. li And they blasphemed the

CHAP. XVI. Ver. 16. Armagodon, God of heaven, because of their | i.e. The hill of robbers.

20 And every island fled of the fornications, and the away, and the mountains were abominations of the earth. not found.

6 And I saw the woman 21 And great hail like a drunk with the blood of the talent came down from heaven saints, and with the blood of upon men and men blas- the martyrs of JESUS. And I phemed God for the plague of wondered when I had seen her, the hail : because it was ex- with great admiration. ceeding great.

7 And the angel said to me:

Why dost thou wonder! I will CHAP. XVII.

tell thee the mystery of the The description of the great harlot, and

woman, and of the beast which of the beast upon which she sits. carrieth her, which hath the

seven beads and ten horns.

8 The beast which thou sawseven Angels, who had the

est, was and is not, and shall geven vials, and spoke with me,

come up out of the bottomless saying: Come, I will shew thee pit, and go into destruction : the condemnation of the great and the inhabitants

on the harlot, who sitteth upon many

earth (whose names are not waters,

written in the book of life from 2 With whom the kings of the foundation of the world) the earth have committed for

shall wonder, seeing the beast nication: and they who inhabit

that was and is not. the earth, have been made

9 And here is the underdrunk with the whoredom. the wine of her standing, that hath wisdom

The seven heads are seven 3 And he took me away in

mountains, upon which the spirit into the desert. And I

woman sitteth, and they are saw a woman sitting upon a

seven kings: scarlet-coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having and the other is not yet come:

10 Five are fallen, one is, seven heads and ten horns.

and when he is come, he must 4 And the woman was clothed

remain a short time. round about with purple and scarlet, and gilt with gold, and

years persecuted the church; and was precious' stones and pearls, the principal seat both of empire and having a golden cup in her


Ver 8. hand, full of the abomination

The beast which thou sanest.

This beast which supports Babylon, and filthiness of her fornication.

may signify the power of the devil; 5 And on her forehead a which was and is not, being much name was written: A mystery:

limited by the coming of Christ, but

shall again exert itself under AntiBabylon the great, the mother christ. The seven heads of this beast

are seven mountains or empires, in

struments of his tyranny: of which CHAP. XVII. Ver. 5. A mystery: five were then fallen, as above chap. That is, a secret, because what follows xiii. 1. The beast itself is said to be of the name and title of the great harlot is to be taken in a mystical sense.--Ibid.

the eighth and is of the seventh ; be

cause they all act under the devil, and Babylon. Either the city of the devil by his instigatioa, so that his power is

general ; or, if this place be to be understood of any particular city, Pagan

in them all, yet so as to make up, as it Rome, which then and for three hundred

were, an eighth empire, distinct from

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