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ABERDEEN:

A. BROWN & CO.
EDINBURGH: JOHN MENZIES & CO.

LONDON: LONGMAN & CO.

MDCCCLXXI.

101. g 437.

ABERDEEN: PRINTED BY ARTHUR KING AND COMPANY, STEAM PRINTERS AND STEREOTYPERS

CLARK'S COURT, TOP OF BROAD STREET

INTRODUCTION

TO

THE SEVEN EPISTLES.

The Seven Epistles to the Seven Churches of Asia, contain the words of him who formerly spake on earth, and now speaketh from heaven; they are characterised by the same divine wisdom and purity, which pervaded all his holy teachings, while he sojourned among men. They are direct communi cations, and not through the medium of an angel. The Revelation of Jesus Christ—which he signified by his angel-begins when the Epistles have ended, or rather with the opening of the first seal, at the commencement of the sixth chapter; for the fourth and fifth chapters only unfold the presently existing state of things in heaven, “the things which are, not the things which are to be hereafter.”

THE SEVEN EPISTLES.

CHAPTER I.

1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John :

2. Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

3. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for the time is at hand.

4. John to the Seven Churches which are in Asia : Grace be unto you, and peace, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven spirits who are before his throne;

5. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

6. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

7. Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him: Even so, Amen.

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