churches of Asia; p. 162-175. Why these seven
addreffed particularly: p. 166. Thefë epistles not
prophetical, but peculiar to the church of that age;
p. 167, 168. The excellent form and structure of
thefe epiftles; ibid. In what sense they may be faid
to be prophetical; p. 168. Prefent ftate of the feven
churches ; p. 168–175. Of Ephesus; p. 168, 169.
Of Smyrna ; p. 169, 170. Of Pergamus; p. 170,
171. Of Thyatira : p. 171. Of Sardis; p. 171, 172.
Of Philadelphia; p. 172, 173. Of Laodicea ; p.
173, 174. Ufe that we are to make of these judge
ments; p. 174, 175.
CHAP. IV. the preparatory vision to things which must
be hereafter; p. 175, 176. The fcenery drawn in
allufion to the incampment of the children of Israel
in the wilderness, and to the tabernacle or temple; p.
CHAP. V. a continuation of the preparatory vifion, in
order to show the great importance of the prophea
cies here delivered; p. 177, 178 Future events fup-
posed to be written in a book; p. 179. This book
fealed with feven feals, fignifying fo many periods
of prophecy; ibid. The Son of God alone' quali-
fied to open the feals; ibid. Whiereupon all creatures
fing praises to God and to Chrift'; ibid,
CHAP. VI. Ver. 1, 2: contain the firft seal or period,
meinorable for conquest; p. 180. This period com-
mences with Vefpafian, includes the conqueft of Ju-
dea, and continues during the reigns of the Flavian
family and the short reign of Nerva; ibid. Ver. 3, 4:
the second seal or period noted for war and Naughter;
p. 182. This period commences with Trajan; ibid.
Comprehends the horrid wars and flaughters of the
Jews and Romans in the reigns of Trajan and Adrian;
p. 182, 183. Continues during the reigns of Trajan
and his fucceffors by blood or adoption ; p. 184.
Ver. 5, 6: the third seal or period, characterized by
the strict execution of justice, and by the procuration
of corn and oil and wine; ibid. . This period com-
mences with Septimius Severus; p. 185. He and