THE EPOCH OF THE APOCALYPSE.
The epoch of the Apocalypse, as far as it is a prophecy of the
future, whether you are inclined to consider it as commencing from the beginning
of Christianity, or from the ruin of the Jewish polity and church, or from the moment
of time in which the revelation was made to St. John, or in whatever way it may
be understood, (for I will not act as an interpreter, when I recollect
45my design,) I think no one will be inclined to doubt but that
the beginning of the seals, which relates to things to be transacted therein, must
be deduced from thence. But from the same epoch must be derived also the beginning
of the second prophecy, or of the Little Book, if those words of the context, about
the repetition of the prophecy, and what we have besides treated of above in Synch.
VI. Part I. and in the Introduction to Part II. have not been sufficiently convincing
to any individual, he will be compelled at length to acknowledge, from the necessity
of the synchronism, when he shall have attempted to place the several prophecies
in order and method according to the explanations which have just been made.