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• shouldest give reward unto thy servants
the prophets, and to the saints, and to "them that fear thy name, and to small and great, and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.' Rev. xi. 18.
Now he mentioneth the wrath and ven. geance which is to be poured forth, upon all the wicked at the last day, and also the reward of the godly. For whereas he faith, “ The Gentiles were angry, and thy
wrath' is come, and the time of the dead,
that they should be judged:' the sense and meaning is, that all the profane enemies of the church, which had their time in which they were angry with God's people, and in their wrath did affli& and vex them very sore, should now be judged and condemned in God's wrath: for now the day of his wrath and vengeance is come, wherein he will destroy them that destroyed the earth, and seemed to carry all before them; and where also he will give a full recompence of reward to all his faithful worlhippers, both small and great, both preachers and professors of his gospel.
. Then the temple of God was opened in "heaven, and there was seen in the temple the ark of his covenant, and there was lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and earthquakes, and much liail.' Rev.
o heaverk of his voices, andh Lail?
This is a further amplification of that which is set down in this former verse. For now he faith, that the temple of God • should be opened in heaven; that is, an open door and passage fhould be made through Christ, for all the elect to enter into God's everlasting kingdom, and reigni
with him and his angels for evermore. By · <the-ark of the covenant,' is-inéant Christ,
who is said here to be seen in the temple, or kingdom of glory, because through his mediation only (in whom the covenant of peace is established with his church), the twenty-four elders are made partakers of their crown's, and enter in with him and his angels into the everlasting temple made without hands, and eternal in the heavens. But on the contrary, here is said, that
there were lightnings, thunderings,' &c. that is, most horrible vengeance and wrath poured down upon all reprobates in hell. fire for evermore. For when it shall be faid to all the faithful, Come ye blessed, &c. then also shall it be said unto all unbe. lievers, Go ye cursed into hell-fire,' &c.
Now for warrant of this exposition of the last verse, that the temple in heaven is. to be understood of the kingdom of glory, look Rev. xv. 5, 6, 8.---xvi. 1. The rea... fon hereof is, that as the doors of the temple of Jerusalem being fet open, God's :
people entered in and worshipped: Yo the .. everlasting gates of the new Jerufalem, and celestial temple being set open by Christ, all the elect do enter in and worship God without weariness, even as the angels, for evermore.
The ark of the covenant is taken for Christ, 2 Sam. vi. 2. Plal. lxxviii. 61, 62, This ark of the covenant, that is Christ, is here seen in the temple, because. Christ hath already taken pofTeffion of heaven as mediator and head of the church, and now doth set open the kingdom of heaven to all believers, that through him they may have free access thereunto, as it is written, that
through him only we have an entrance sunto the Father,' Eph. ii. 28.
That by 'thunderings and lightnings, * earthquakes and hail,' is meant that horrible vengeance and wrath which is poured forth upon all the ungodly, Psalm xi. 6.-. Let this briefly suffice to satisfy the conscience of the reader. And thus much concerning the fecond vision contained in these eight chapters going before: wherein wė Have heard all things expounded that do belong unto the opening of the seven seals, and the blowing of the seven trumpets, that is, all notable things which were to fall out from the apostles times unto the end of the whole world.
C'H A P. XII.
we are conne unto the third, contained in all the chapters following, even unto the end of this book. 'Wherein divers things which were obscurely and darkly fet down in the former vision, are more plainly opened and expounded: so that this third vilion is as it were a commentary or more Clear exposition of sundry things contained in the second vision. But especially of the perlecuting Roman empire mentioned in le opening of the fecond seal, and also of
Papacy mentioned at the blowing of e first trumpet. But the general fum of his third vision is a lively pointing out
the malignant church, and the great pholders thereof, the devil, the Roman
Peror and the Pope. It sheweth also the ing and falling of the Roman elupire, e rising and falling of Papacy. It shew.
also the utter overthrow of both toger, with the eternal condemnation of the vil which set them all a-work to fight.ain It the church. Last of all, it fheweth
eternal felicity of the church, and the Onceivable happiness of all God's chofen che heavens for evermore. The princiaim of this twelfth chapter is to set forth nature of the true, visible, and mili
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tant church here on earth, whose head is Christ Jesus; and also the false malignant church, whose head is the devil; together with the continual enmity and war which
This chapter may very fitly be divided into five parts:
First, A description of the church.
Şccondly, A description of the devil, the.. church's enemy.
Thirdly, Containing the church's battle with the devil, and her victory.
Fourthly, Shewing the joy and triumphs of the godly in the church's victory over Satan.
Fifthly, Shewing the fury and malice of Satan, who, although he was foiled in battle by the church, yet would not give over, but continued persecuting the church in her members, and making war against the. remnant of her feed..
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and
upon her head a crown of twelve stars.' Rev. xii. 1.
First, The Holy Ghost calleth the mat. ters of this chapter a great wonder, to stir us up to attention; for men are much moved with wonders: and a wonder indeed it is in the literal sense, to see a woman