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"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those
things that are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Apoc. i. 3.

“ The word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that
shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn." 2 Peter i. 19.

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WITH ITS ADJUNCTS,

AND THE CONTRASTED IMPERSONATION OF THE

CHURCH OF CHRIST.

RETROGRESSION OF THE VISIONS.

“And there appeared a great sign in heaven ;-a woman
clothed with the sun,” &c.Apoc. xii. 1.

So we enter on the Fourth and Supplemental Part of
the Revelation to St. John :-a Part, the peculiar charac-
teristic of which was the exhibition of certain individual
figurative impersonations on the scene, especially of the
Beast from the abyss : whereby not only was an omis-
sion in the former Apocalyptic series of visions supplied ;
but a connecting link also established between them and
Daniel's celebrated vision of the fourth Beast, an im-
personation similar or identical with the Apocalyptic.

Before proceeding however to consider the vision here
beginning, it will be necessary to call the Reader's atten-

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