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CHAP. XX. 6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first
resurrection: on such the second death hath no
power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. 241
CHAP. XXI. 5. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold,
I make all things new.
CHAP. XXI. 22. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord
God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 279
REVELATION XII. 1-6.
AND a great sign was seen in the heaven; a woman i clothed with the sun, and the moon [is] beneath her feet, and on her head [is] a crown of twelve stars: and being 2 with child she crieth, travailing, and tortured to bear. And there was seen another sign in the hearen; and behold, 3 a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems. And his tail sweeps the third 4 part of the stars of the heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stands in presence of the woman who was about to bear, that whenever she has born he may devour her child. And she bore a man child, who is to shepherd 5 (rule) all the nations in (with) an iron rod. And her child was caught away unto God and to His throne. And 6 the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place there prepared on the part of God, that there they may nurture her during a thousand two hundred and sixty days.
REVELATION XII. 5, 6.
Her child was caught up unto God and to His throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness.
It was on the 23rd of June that we last closed our meditations on this Book, at the end of the 11th chapter. The vision of the seven trumpets, like the
earlier vision of the seven seals, had evidently brought Pet. 4.7. us to the end of all things. We have seen in the
Book of Revelation thus far, and we shall see in it hereafter, not so much one continuous stream of prophecy, starting from the times of St John, and carrying down the fortunes of the Church with historical precision till they are finally lost in the great ocean of eternity; but rather a number of parallel streams, each marked by some definite purpose and principle, and each ending only with the end of time, even with that last discomfiture of the opposing powers of evil which shall introduce the universal