R E V E L A T I O N.
Hitherto, according to the judgment of very
eminent expositors, God had represented to his servant, John, I.
The state of the church under the pagan powers, in the six seals
opened; and then, II. The state of the church under the papal
powers, in the vision of the six trumpets that began to sound upon
the opening of the seventh seal: and then is inserted. III. A more
general and brief account of the past, present, and future state of
the church, in the little book, &c. He now proceeds, IV. To
show him how antichrist should be destroyed, by what steps that
destruction should be accomplished, in the vision of the seven
vials. This chapter contains an awful introduction or preparation
for the pouring out of the vials, in which we have, 1. A sight of
those angels in heaven who were to have the execution of this great
work, and with what acclamations of joy the heavenly hosts
applauded the great design, ver.
1-4. 2. A sight of these angels coming out of heaven to
receive those vials which they were to pour out, and the great
commotions this caused in the world, ver. 5, &c.