Commentary on the Revelation of St. John

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ... times, and half a time, or one thousand two hundred and sixty days of years, from the face of the serpent. The dragon, or serpent, finding that he is no longer permitted to reign in propria persona, employs his devices to raise up another power, apparently connected with the Church, but subject to his dominion, to whom he may transfer his authority. And now arises from the sea, or out of the commotion of the times, a new beast, which the woman at first does not recognize as the ancient dragon. It bears the appearance of a leopard or panther, with seven heads and ten horns, with feet like a bear, and a mouth (or voice) like a lion; who is in reality an agent of the dragon, and to whom he resigns his seat, power, and authority. By the term beast is to be understood, in the prophetic language, a tyrannical idolatrous empire. The four kingdoms which were seen in the visions of Daniel, appeared as four beasts rising out of the sea. The fourth beast, or the Roman empire, is described as very strong, and terrible, and breaking in pieces with its iron teeth all that withstood it, and stamping the residue of the nations under its feet, and in conclusion it is said to have ten horns. This is the fourth beast, which is here seen by St. John, rising from the sea in its last state; and it is to be remarked, that in its appearance it partakes in some particulars of the character of the three former beasts. It was like unto a leopard, which was the form of the third beast, or Grecian empire. It had feet like a bear, which personified the second beast, or Persian empire; and it spake as a lion, which was the symbol of the first or the Babylonian empire. The seven heads allude (as was before observed) both to the seven hills on which Rome was situated, ..

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