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
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
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
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]