Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 1765. As soon as this was spoken St. John wrote it down, even all that is contained in this first chapter. I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God — Alpha is the first, Omega, the last, letter in the Greek alphabet. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. The book itself is written in the most accurate manner possible. To him that loveth us, and, out of that free, abundant love, hath washed us from the guilt and power of our sins with his own blood, and hath made us kings - Partakers of his present, and heirs of his eternal, kingdom. Grace be unto you, and peace — The favour of God, with all temporal and eternal blessings. And yet it is not said, He cometh again: for when he came before, it was not like himself, but in "the form of a servant." The things which must shortly come to pass — The things contained in this prophecy did begin to be accomplished shortly after it was given; and the whole might be said to come to pass shortly, in the same sense as St. Peter says, "The end of all things is at hand;" and our Lord himself, "Behold, I come quickly." I was in the Spirit — That is, in a trance, a prophetic vision; so overwhelmed with the power, and filled with the light, of the Holy Spirit, as to be insensible of outward things, and wholly taken up with spiritual and divine. Salem Media Group. This pastor, bishop, or overseer, had the peculiar care over that flock: on him the prosperity of that congregation in a great measure depended, and he was to answer for all those souls at the judgment seat of Christ. The first and the last — That is, the one, eternal God, who is from everlasting to everlasting, Isaiah 41:4.  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; Write the things which thou hast seen — This day: which accordingly are written, Revelation 1:11-18. And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first begotten from the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth — Three glorious appellations are here given him, and in their proper order. Girt about at the breast — he that is on a journey girds his loins. Grace be unto you, and peace — The favour of God, with all temporal and eternal blessings. Shall wail because of him — For terror and pain, if they did not wail before by true repentance. Daniel has a beast with ten horns; so has St. John; but not with quite the same signification. Here he foretells the intermediate things; so that both put together constitute one complete chain of prophecy. Serve thou the Lord Jesus Christ in truth: so shalt thou learn his secret in this book; yea, and thou shalt feel in thy heart whether this book be divine, or not. The seven stars are angels of the seven churches — Mentioned in the eleventh verse. Many things, likewise, his Spirit foretold in the writings of the apostles, so far as the necessities of those times required: now he comprises them all in one short book; therein presupposing all the other prophecies, and at the same time explaining, continuing, and perfecting them in one thread. Even so, Amen. Write first the mystery - The mysterious meaning of the seven stars - St. John knew better than we do, in how many respects these stars were a proper emblem of those angels: how nearly they resembled each other, and how far they differed in magnitude, brightness, aa& other circumstances. How comes then his supposed successor at Rome by the keys of purgatory?  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: The Revelation — Properly so called; for things covered before are here revealed, or unveiled. And St. John writes what he has seen, and what is, only as it has an influence on, or gives light to, what shall be. Again, the beginning and end of a thing is in scripture styled the whole thing. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Christ hath the keys of, that is, the power over, both; killing or quickening of the body, and disposing of the soul, as it pleaseth him. To his servant John — A title given to no other single person throughout the book. On the Lord's day — On this our Lord rose from the dead: on this the ancients believed he will come to judgment. And priests unto his God and Father — To whom we continually offer ourselves, an holy, living sacrifice. As snow — Betokening his spotless purity. This book is therefore not only the sum and the key of all the prophecies which preceded, but likewise a supplement to all; the seals being closed before. They have therefore little gratitude to God for such a revelation, reserved for the exaltation of Christ, who boldly reject whatever they find here which was not revealed, or not so clearly, in other parts of scripture. Sent and signified them — Showed them by signs or emblems; so the Greek word properly means. Many things, likewise, his Spirit foretold in the writings of the apostles, so far as the necessities of those times required: now he comprises them all in one short book; therein presupposing all the other prophecies, and at the same time explaining, continuing, and perfecting them in one thread. And the might — Whereby he governs all things. For the time - Of its beginning to be accomplished. And he laid his right hand upon me — The same wherein he held the seven stars. The introduction and conclusion agree with Daniel; the description of the man child, and the promises to Sion, with Isaiah; the judgment of Babylon, with Jeremiah; again, the determination of times, with Daniel; the architecture of the holy city, with Ezekiel; the emblems of the horses, candlesticks, etc., with Zechariah. St. John, before our Lord suffered, was so intimate with him, as to lean on his breast, to lie in his bosom. Afterwards what was contained in the second and third chapters was dictated to him in like manner. During the time that St. John was discovering these several particulars, our Lord seems to have been speaking. In this book our Lord has comprised what was wanting in those prophecies touching the time which followed his ascension and the end of the Jewish polity. Revelation 1:9-20 Your brother - In the common faith. Ye saints, be humble, prepare: rejoice. And the might — Whereby he governs all things.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; His head and his hair - That is, the hair of his head, not his whole head. And companion in the affliction — For the same persecution which carried him to Patmos drove them into Asia. Yea, Amen — This refers to, every eye shall see him. Yet the Revelation suffices for the explaining itself, even if we do not yet understand those prophecies; yea, it casts much light upon them. To show — This word recurs, Revelation 22:6; and in many places the parts of this book refer to each other. For preaching the word of God he was banished thither, and for the testimony of Jesus - For testifying that he is the Christ. First he heard a voice; and, upon looking behind, he saw the golden candlesticks, and then, in the midst of the candlesticks, which were placed in a circle, he saw one like a son of man - That is, in an human form. All rights reserved. Such of them as believed in each were joined with the gentile believers in one church. He next observed that our Lord was clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt with a golden girdle - Such the Jewish high priests wore.  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
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