History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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likeness of that which is temporal, and that which  is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual;  the spirit of man in the likeness of his person; as  also the Spirit of the beast, and also every other  creature which God has created.
Are the four beasts limited to individual  beasts, or do they represent classes or orders?
They are limited to four individual beasts,  which were shewn to John to represent the glory  of the classes of beings in their destined order,  or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their  eternal felicity.
What are we to understand by the eyes and  wings which the beasts had?
Their eyes are a representative representation of light and  knowledge, that is, they are full of knowledge; and  their wings are a representation of power, to move,  to act &c.
What are we to understand by the four and  twenty elders spoken of by John?
We are to understand that these elders whom  John saw, were elders who had been faithful in  the work of the ministry, and were dead, who belong ed to the seven churches, and were then in the  paradise of God.
What are we to understand by the book which  John saw, which was sealed on the back with  seven seals?
We are to understand that it contains the rev ealed will, mysteries and works of God: the hid den things of his economy concerning this earth  during the seven thousand years of its continuance,  or its temporal existence.
What are we to understand by the seven  seals with which it was sealed?
We are to understand that the first seal  contains the things of the first thousand years,  and the second also of the second thousand  years, and so on until the seventh. [p. 193]
likeness of that which is temporal, and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person; as also the Spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created.
Are the four beasts limited to individual beasts, or do they represent classes or orders?
They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shewn to John to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order, or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity.
What are we to understand by the eyes and wings which the beasts had?
Their eyes are a representation of light and knowledge, that is, they are full of knowledge; and their wings are a representation of power, to move, to act &c.
What are we to understand by the four and twenty elders spoken of by John?
We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry, and were dead, who belonged to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.
What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?
We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries and works of God: the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.
What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed?
We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh. [p. 193]
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