R E V E L A T I O N.
Hitherto the prophecy of this book has presented
to us a very remarkable mixture of light and shade, prosperity and
adversity, mercy and judgment, in the conduct of divine Providence
towards the church in the world: now, at the close of all, the day
breaks, and the shadows flee away; a new world now appears, the
former having passed away. Some are willing to understand all that
is said in these last two chapters of the state of the church even
here on earth, in the glory of the latter days; but others, more
probably, take it as a representation of the perfect and triumphant
state of the church in heaven. Let but the faithful saints and
servants of God wait awhile, and they shall not only see, but
enjoy, the perfect holiness and happiness of that world. In this
chapter you have, I. An introduction to the vision of the new
Jerusalem, ver. 1-9. II.
The vision itself, ver.