great events which make up the Day of the Lord, or the Judgment period, have also deepened with each successive chapter.

From the beginning, the author of these Lectures was led to take the inspired title of this Book as the proper key to its contents, and to that he has adhered throughout. The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ,” does not mean a communicated message, but the coming, appearing, manifestation, uncovering, presentation, of JESUS Christ in person. Dr. Ebrard remarks in his Commentary, that the word apokalupsis should be translated enthüllung, unveiling, uncovering. Dr. Bleek admits, in his Lectures on the Apocalypse, that “the genitive after apokalupsis stands in the New Testament (even in this combination with Christou, 1 Cor. 1:7; 2 Thess. 1:7; Pet. 1: 7-13), as a genitive of the object of what comes forth, as being revealed.” Here Jesus Christ is the genitive of object. The Apocalypse would therefore be the coming, revealing, appearing, or manifestation of Himself, the Revelation of Him, not to Him. Dr. Lücke, in his work on the Apocalypse, for the same grammatical reasons, considers that “The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ” means "the unveiling of Christ in His majesty, as His glorious appearing.” So also Dr. Heinrichs. And there is every reason for the conclusion that the great theme and subject of this Book is the Coming of Christ, the Apocalypse of Himself, His own personal manifestation and

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unveiling in the scenes and administrations of the great Day of the Lord. When men speak of “the death of Jesus Christ,” their language inevitably conveys the idea that it is Christ who experiences the death affirmed ; and so when the Holy Ghost speaks of “The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ," by the same necessity of language the only admissible idea is, that is Christ who experiences or undergoes the Apocalypse affirmed. The only Apocalypses of Jesus Christ that we read of in the New Testament, are personal manifestations of Himself. And it is thus against all the laws of speech, and against the whole usus loquendi of the sacred writers, to understand the inspired title of this Book as referring to anything but the revelation, or personal manifestation, of Jesus Christ in the great Day of Judgment, as everywhere foretold in the holy Scriptures.

So the Book's own description of its subject matter pronounces, and to this every succeeding vision accords when taken in the plain straightforward sense of the record. It is thus unmistakably proven that we have here a portrayal, not of a few dim outlines of the fortunes of the Church in its march through this present world, but a scenic account of the actual occurrences of that period “when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed (εν τη αποκαλύψει του κυρίου-in the Apocalypse of the Lord Jesus) from heaven with His mighty Angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel ; who shall be pun. ished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe in that day.” (2 Thess. 1:7-10.) This is The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ, expressly so called in the passage ; and this it is that John was made to see, and commanded to write, that all might learn exactly how things are then to be ordered.

A tremendous Revelation is therefore brought before men in this Book. And if any one would fully profit by it, let him bear with him this one vital and all-conditioning thought, that he is here dealing with Christ's own infallible foreshowings of the style, manner, and succession of events in which the Apocalypse awarded to Him by the Father is to take place. He who fails in this, misses the kernel of the Book, and must fail of the blessing of those who read, hear, and observe the things which are written in it.

And may the good Lord so bless and further these humble attempts to vindicate and set forth His Word, that many may find occasion to thank His holy Name that these Lectures have been written.

Advent Season, 1879.

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Silence in Heaven-The Seven Angels of God's Presence
Economy of the Heavens—The Seven Trumpets—The

rayers of Saints-Fire Cast into the Earth-These things
to be Studied,

pp. 13-37


CHAP 8: 6-12.

Preparations-First Trumpet-Hail, Fire and Blood.--Second

Trumpet-A Meteor turns the Sea to Blood.—Third Trum-
pet-A Meteor or Comet Falls on the Earth, Poisoning
the Waters.-Fourth Trumpet–Sun, Moon, and Stars Ob-
scured, .

pp. 38-64


CHAPS. 8 : 13; 9:1-12.
The Woe Trumpets—The Angel in Mid-heaven-Mercy in

Judgment. - The Fifth Truropet—The Fallen Star and
Locusts from the Abyss,

pp. 65–95


CHAP. 9:13–21.
The Sixth Trumpet-The State of Society at this Period

Cry from the Altar, The Four Angels of the Euphrates—
Spirit Horses,

pp. 96-122


CHAP. 10:1-11.

The Cloud-robed Angel-His Lion Cry—“The Seven Thun-

ders”—The Little Book—John's Eating of it-The Angel's
Oath-The Mystery of God-Delay of the Lord's Coming-
Its Certainty,

pp. 123–148


CHAP. 11:1, 2.
The Current Method of Interpreting the Apocalypse-Saints

in Heaven must Prophesy again-Measuring of the
Temple—“The Holy City"-Jews again in the Fore-
ground-À New Order of Canon-Zion Redeemed with


pp. 149–172


CHAP. 11:3, 4.
The Two Witnesses—Their Individuality–How Enoch and

Elijah answer the Description—Twofold Coming of
Elijah-Another Prophet--The Two Olive Trees and the
Two Lamps,

pp. 173–208


CHAP 11: 5-14.

The Two Witnesses, continued-Their Times, Spirit, and

Ministry-Slain and refused Burial-Rejoicings over their
Death-Their Resurrection and Recall to Heaven-A
Great Earthquake,

pp. 209–246


CHAP. 11:15-19.
The Seventh Trumpet-Synopsis of Events—Heaven Full of

Excitement and Interest-Nature agitated-Anticipations
of the End,

pp. 247-270

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