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AND TIIERT SHALL BE NO MORE WAR.
And, meekly bending to his fate,
On darkened thrones of clouds he rides, New chains and tenfold anguish wait.
The forked lightnings tend, Not so ;-reposing on their Lord,
And trumpet blasts, by angels rung, They know the power of his Word,
The trembling mountains rend. And boldly for the fight prepare
Archangels in unnumbered ranks Against the leagued millions there.
And Seraphs countless fly,
Behind him thunder wide and far
The chariots of the sky..
Why shrink ye, nations, from the Lord_m
Ye, who so lately spurned his word ? In darkness warriors aim tbe stroke,
Why, pale and breathless, drop the spear, By frequent deadly flashes broke, And furious o'er the extended plain
Which only now ye brandished here? Battalions meet,-nor meet again.
Why rolls the tide of warriors back
In the dead-strewed and blood-stained Now long had hung the equal day,
[track ? More dreadful grew the deadly fray ;
Where are the countless hosts that gleamed? Myriads, in ranks, by nations fell,
And banners that uplifted streamed ? The trenches with their life blood swell.
The God hath sent his arrows forth, No strife had Esdraelon seen
And smote the Gentiles in his wrath ; Like Armageddon's dreadful scene.j Pontiffs, their vestments stained with gore,
The surges of his vengeance rose
And overwhelmed his stubboru foes ;
His hailstones and consuming fire
Dashed down and scorched them in his ire ; Adoring myriads raise the cry, And, swelling with unholy zeal,
The hosts, that 'gainst his people sped,
Are numbered now amongst the dead ; Against the chosen whet the steel.
And Christendom's proud chivalry
With Asia's swarthy warriors lie.
Corpses, in ghastly heaps, are lain P Denounce the people of the Book ;"
Along Judæa's holy plain ; The Moslems with new fury rave
Its channels, swelling with the flood ; And haste their svords in blood to lave.
Its trenches bridle deep in blood:9
The earth, polluted, heaves in pain,
Nor bears a foe to God again.
Now sounds the loud triumphant cry; Faint and desponding Judah holds,
Glad anthems peal along the sky; And shows, though weak, the mad wrought From harps of gold melodious strains Of those, who war unequal wage. [rage
Swell through the far angelic trains : But hark !--a distant thunder breaks ;
Redeemed, restored Israel blends, The farthest sky a glory streaks ;
And lofty Hallelujahs sends; New forces, not of earth, draw nigh ;k
And countless hosts through all the sky The heavens unheard-of aid supply!
Join the deep thrilling minstrelsy.
Before him sweeps the pestilence,
In thunder rolls his word,
Proclaim the coming God.
Hail! Lofty One—who kingly reigns
From shore to farthest shore ;
i Rev. xvi, 16. k Zech. xiv, 5. 1 Isa. Lxvi, 15. m Isa. xvii, 13, 14. n Ezek. xxxix, 3 o Ezek. xxxviii, 22 ; Rev. xvi, 21. p Ezek. xxxix, 4; Isa. xxxiv. 9 Rev. xiv, 20. r Hos. ii, 18; Isa Lx, 18; ii, 4; Mic. iv. 3.
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OF ST. JOHN.
BY SIR ISAAC NEWTON.
Printed without any abridgement from the quarto edition of his Works on the Prophecies, published in 1733. The figures in the margin refer to the pages of the original Work.
Introductory, concerning the time and coming out unhurt, was banishwhen the Apocalypse was written. ed by him into Patmos. Though
this story be no more than a fiction, Irenæus introduced an opinion, yet was it founded on a tradition of that the Apocalypse was written in the first churches, that John was the time of Domitian ; but then he banished into Patmos in the days of also postponed the writing of some Nero. Epiphanius represents the others of the sacred books, and was Gospel of John as written in the to place the Apocalypse after them : time of Domitian, and the Apocahe might perhaps have heard from lypse even before that of Nero. Ahis master Polycarp, that he had re- rethas,C in the beginning of his Comceived this book from John about mentary, quotes the opinion of Ire
the time of Domitian's death ; or in- næus from Eusebius, but follows it 236 deed John might himself at that not; for he afterwards affirms, that
time have made a new publication the Apocalypse was written before the of it, from whence Irenæus might destruction of Jerusalem, and that imagine it was then but newly writ- former commentators had expounded ten. Eusebius in his Chronicle and the sixth seal of that destruction. Ecclesiastical History follows Ire- With the opinion of the first comnæus; but afterwards, in his Eran- mentators agrees the tradition of the gelical Demonstrations, a he conjoins churches of Syria, preserved to this che banishment of John into Patmos, day in the title of the Syriac version with the deaths of Peter and Paul : of the Apocalypse; which title is, and so do Tertullian b and Pseudo- The Revelation which was made 237 Prochorus, as well as the first au- to John the Evangelist by God, in thor, whoever he was, of that
in the island of Patmos, into which ancient fable, that John was put by he was banished by Nero the CæNero into a vessel of boiling oil,
The same is confirmed by
a Dem. Evang. lib. iii. b Vide Pamelium in Notis ad Tertull. de Prescriptionibus, n. 215 ; & Hieron. lib. i, contra Jovianum, c. 14, edit. Erasmi. C Areth. c. 18, 19.
a story told by Eusebius out of Cle- John was newly come out of Judea, mens Alexandrinus, d and other an- where he had been used to the Sycient authors, concerning a youth, riac tongue; and that he did not whom John, some time after his re- write his Gospel, till, by long conturn from Patmos, committed to the verse with the Asiatic Greeks he had care of the bishop of a certain city. left off most of the Hebraisms. It The bishop educated, instructed, is confirmed also by the many false and, at length, baptized him : but Apocalypses, (as those of Peter, then, remitting his care, the young Paul, Thomas, Stephen, Elias, and man thereupon got into ill company, Cerinthus, written in imitation of and began by degrees first to revel the true one ;) for as the many false and grow vicious, then to abuse and Gospels, Acts, and Epistles were spoil those he met in the night; and occasioned by true ones; and the at last he grew so desperate, that his writing many false Apocalypses, and companions, on becoming a band of ascribing them to apostles and prorobbers, made him their captain; phets, argues that there was a true and, saith Chrysostom,e he continued apostolic one, in great request with their captain a long time. At length the first christians : so this true one John returning to that city and may well be supposed to have been hearing what was done, rode to the written early, that there may be thief; and when he fled, out of rever- room in the apostolic age for the ence to his old master, John rode writing of so many false ones afterafter him, recalled him, and restored wards, and fathering them upon Pehim to the church. This is a storyter, Paul, Thomas, and others, who of many years, and requires that were dead before John. Caius, who John should have returned from Pat
was contemporary with Tertullian, 239 mos rather at the death of Nero, tells us, that Cerinthus wrote his than at that of Domitian ; because, Revelations as a great apostle,& and between the death of Domitian and pretended the visions were shewn that of John, there were but two him by the angels; asserting a milyears and a half; and John in his lennium of carnal pleasures at old age was so infirm, f as to be car- Jerusalem after the resurrection :
ried to church, (being above 90 so that his Apocalypse was plainly 238 years old,) and therefore could not written in imitation of John's: and
be then supposed able to ride after yet he lived so early, that he rethe thief.
sisted the Apostles at Jerusalem in This opinion is further supported or before the first year of Claudius, h by the allusions in the Apocalypse (that is, 26 years before the death to the temple and altar and holy of Nero,) and died before John. i city, as then standing; and to the These reasons may suffice for degentiles, who were soon after to termining the time; and yet there tread underfoot the holy city and is one more, which to considering outward court. It is confirmed also men may seem a good reason, by the style of the Apocalypse itself, others not. I will propound it, and which is fuller of Hebraisms than leave it to every man's judgement. John's Gospel ; for hence it may be The Apocalypse seems to be alluded gathered, that it was written when to in the Epistles of Peter and that
d Hist. Eccl. lib. iii, c. 23. e Chrysost. ad Theodorum lapsum. f Hieron. in Epist. ad Gal. lib. iii, c. 6. & Apud Euseb. Eccl. Hist. lib. iii, c. 28: edit. Valesii. phan, Hæres. 28. Hieron, adv. Lucif.
" that they
to the Hebrews, and therefore to the churches in Asia, to whom John have been written before them. was commanded to send this proSuch allusions in the Epistle to the phecy, he tells them, Hebrews, I take to be the discourses have a more sure word of prophecy, concerning the High Priest in the to be heeded by them, as a light heavenly tabernacle, who is both that shineth in a dark place, until priest and king, as was Melchisedec;j the day dawn, and the day-star and those concerning the Word of · arise in their hearts,”—that is, unGod, with the sharp two-edged til they begin to understand it : “ for sword; the caßfarlojos, or millen- no prophecy, (saith he,) of the nial rest; the earth, whose end is to Scriptutes is of any private inter- 241 be burned, (perhaps by the lake of 'pretation; the prophecy came not fire ;) the judgement and fiery indig- in old time by the will of man, but nation, which shall devour the ad- holy men of God spake as they versaries ; the heavenly city, which were moved by the Holy Ghost.
hath foundations, whose builder and Daniel himself professes, n that he 240 maker is God; the cloud of wit- understood not his own prophecies;
nesses, mount Zion, heavenly Jeru- and therefore the churches were not ralem, general assembly; spirits of to expect the interpretation from just men made perfect, (viz. by the their prophet John, but to study resurrection ;) and the shaking of the prophecies themselves. This is heaven and earth, and removing of the substance of what Peter says in them, that the new heaven, new the first chapter; and then in the earth, and new kingdom, which can- second he proceeds to describe, out not be shaken, may remain. k In of this sure word of prophecy," the first of Peter occur these : The how there should arise in the church Revelation of Jesus Christ,” twice false prophets, or false teachers, (exor thrice repeated ; 1 The blood of pressed collectively in the ApocaChrist, as of a lamb, fore-ordained lypse by the name of the false probefore the foundation of the world;" phet,) who should bring in dam
The spiritual building in heaven;" nable heresies, denying even the “ An inheritance incorruptible, and · Lord that bought them, (which is "undefiled, and that fadeth not the character of Antichrist.;) and ' away, reserved in heaven for us, many (saith he) shall follow their ' who are kept unto the salvation, lusts ;” o they that dwell on the
ready to be revealed in the last earth shall be deceived by the false · time;"
The royal priesthood;" prophet, P and be made drunk with The holy priesthood ;' “ The the wine of the whore's fornication, * judgement beginning at the house by reason of whom the way of
of God ;” and “ The church at truth shall be blasphemed;" for the Babylon.” m These are indeed oh- beast is full of blasphemy. 9 “ And scurer allusions ; but the second 'through covetousness shall they Epistle, from the 19th verse of the with feigned words make merchanfirst chapter to the end, seems to be · dize of you ;" for these are the a continued commentary upon the merchants of the earth, who trade Apocalypse. There, in writing to with the great whore, and their
j Chap. v, vii. k Heb. iv, 9, 12; vi, 8; x, 27 ; si, 10, 16; xii, 1, 22, 26, 27.
. 11 Pet. i, 7, 13; iv, 13; and v,
m 1 Pet. i, 4, 5; 18, 19; ii, 5, 9; iv, 17; v, 13; and compare Rev. i, 6; v, 10; viii, 8; xvii ; xx, 6, 12 ; xxi. n Dan. viii, 15, 16, 27; & xii, 8, 9. o’Agelykiaç in many of the best MSS. p Rev. xiii, 7, 12. 1, 5, 6,
q Rev. xiii,