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And as he is a Redeemer, he hath prevailed to open the book, and to looie the seven seals thereof.
That is, as he is the Redeemer, he hath power to raise every one of them again that are written in the book of life.
That.is, all the seed of faith which are elected in the secret decree and council of God, as he was the Creator.
And as he is the Redeemer, he hath power to give life everlasting to every one of the feed of faith, who were written in the book of life.
And when John saw there was one found in heaven that could open the book, he gave over weeping. For one of the elders had shewed him in the vision one that could open
the book, and loose the seven seals thereof.
For in verse 6. John bebeld, and lo in the midst of the throne, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb, as it had been sain, having seven borns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, fent forth into all the earth.
This Lamb which John saw in the vision in the midst of the four beasts and the elders, it was Christ.
This I suppose all men that profess the scriptures will confess it.
Now observe that this Lamb which stood as it had been sain, it was no other than God himself;
For this Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes; now these seven horns which the Lamb had, it was the faith and patience which the seven churches of Asia had, which did enable them to go through their sufferings with cheerfulness.
For when a man doth suffer for his faith in God patiently, and willingly, he destroyeth his enemy more in submitting unto suffering, or death itself, than if he should resist his enemy.
And this doth become a horn to push the persecutor's soul.
Thus it was with the seven churches of Asia, they were by their faith and patience made able to suffer persecution and death itself.
Which became as seven horns to push and gall the souls of their persecutors.
For though the horns of a Lamb doth but little harm to the outward Nesh, yet when they get within the Aesh they will gall very much.
That is, when the horn of suffering for righteousness gets into the mind and soul of the persecutor, it doth gall his soul exceedingly with the fear of eternal damnation.
This I think experience will shew the truth of it.
For the Quakers and others who suffer for a lie, yet they think they suffer for truth; and the persecutors know no other but that they do suffer for truth.
Therefore the sufferings of the Quakers cannot choose but push and gall the perfecutors consciences ;
The Quakers being so ftedfast and confident in their way, who do not fear their lives unto the death.
This suffering of theirs doth trouble and moleft the minds of the civil powers ; which doth shew that suffering in innocency, though for a lie, it will be a horn to push and gall the fouls of the persecutors.
Then how much more would they puth and gall if they luffered for truth?
That is, if their ministry which provoke them to meet contrary to the parlia. ment's order were true, as the ministry of the seven churches of Asia were.
But it is not; therefore they suffer for a lie, yet the persecutor not knowing it, he is, and will be pushed and galled in his soul with the fear of eternal death, for doing it.
CHA P. XIII.
OW it is to be observed, that this Lamb that was sain had the seven horns,
and the seven eyes. Now these seven horns, as I said before, which the Lamb had, they were the sufferings of the seven churches of Asia, in the ten persecutions.
According to that saying of John's Revelation, ii. 10. he giving an exhortation to the church in Smirna, that they should fear none of those things which they should suffer.
Behold the devil Mall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tryed, and ye shall have tribulation ten days.
Now this devil that shall cast some of them in prison, I shall shew what he is hereafter.
. But as for the ten days tribulation which the saints should suffer, it was spoken with relation to the ten perfecutions,
And they are called by the revelation of the spirit but ten days, when as it was, at times a matter of three hundred years that their tribulation did last, which were the ten persecutions, yet called by the spirit, but ten days tribulation.
And the faith and patience which these seven churches of Asia had, being made able to suffer with chearfulness those ten days tribulation, it being the ten persecutions aforesaid, they are called the seven horns which the Lamb had ;
For they by their sufferings, did push and gall the souls of the persecutors, as the Lamb himself did when he did suffer death:
For he did procure no less than eternal damnation to his perfecutors, by his suffering of death, and being sain by them.
And these feven churches having their power and strength to suffer from Christ, the Lamb Nain, they walked in his steps in the way of suffering; therefore called the seven horns of the Lamb, or the Lamb's feven horns.
And as for the seven eyes which the Lamb had, they are called the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth,
You may remember that I have shewed before what the seven spirits before the throne is. And these seven spirits which the Lamb hath, are the very fame; that is, thy are all but one spirit of Christ, only this one spirit doth operate and work seven several ways, to wit, in the seven churches of Asia.
Therefore said to be sent forth into all the earth, because the found of these seven churches of Asia, of their gifts and sufferings, went through all the earth.
Therefore called the seven spirits of God; yet I would have the reader to understand thus much, that the Lamb that had power to open the book, the same Lamb had the seven horns, and the seven eyes.
Now if thele leven eyes were the leven ipirits of God, then the Lamb must needs be God; for the Lamb had the seven spirits in him, and he sent them forth unto the seven churches of Asia.
Only this I would have the Reader to understand, that here he is called God, as he is a Lamb Nain; or as he was in the condition of a Son and a Redeemer.
So that what power, honour, or glory foever be attributed to God, by the redeemed ones, it is with relation to the Son-ship of God.
He being a Son he is called a Lion, and called a Lamb, which titles belong only to the Son-ship of Christ, he being the only God, though in a two fold state and condition, as afordsaid. And in verse 7. it is said, And became and took the book out of the right hand of him that sate upon the throne.
This he that took the book out of his right hand that fate upon the throne, it was the Lamb, and this Lamb is Christ, and Christ is God, and Christ is called the Lamb of God that taketh away the fins of the world. He may well be called the Lamb of God, because he is God. For who can take away the fins of the world, but God?
But God must become a little child of flesh, blood and bone, and grow up to a man, that he may be capable to suffer the pains of death, in that he shed his most precious blood, before he could take away the sins of the world.
And this Lamb which was Nain, here spoken of by John, was no other but' God himself.
But he being now in the condition of a Son, in that he had been slain, and was now risen again, and had accomplished the work of redemption, he was able to fit down in the midst of the throne, and to take the book out of his own right hand, as he was the Father and Creator of all things. !
And as he was the Son, or Lamb, which shed his precious blood, to redeem his people from their fins, it was his proper work and place to take the book out of his own right hand, as he was the Creator, and to open the book and loose the seven seals thereof; for in his opening the book of life, he found the names. of all the elect seed written therein, which were washed and redeemed with his precious blood.
Therefore it is said, That no man in heaven, nor. in earth, nor under the earth could open the book, but the Lamb only.
So that this Lamb muft needs be God the Father, as well as God the Son; for who can open the book of life but God himself? But he must open it' as he was God the Son, therefore said to take it out of the right hand of him that fate upon the Throrne, &c.
N Din verse, 8. The four beasts, and the four and twenty elders fell down
before the Lamb. And in verse 9. They sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book ; and
open the seals thereof, for thou waft Nain, and haft redeemed us to God by thy blood, &c.
among the Heathen.
I would have the reader to mind these words, why the four beasts, and the elders did sing a new song.
Observe, it is called, a new song, in opposition to the old song, as the gospel of Jesus is called the New Testament, and the law of Moses is called the Old Testament; so likewise there is the song of Moses, and of the Lamb; that is, the song of the Lamb.
Now the song of Moses, may be called the old song, or the first song, because Moses, the prophets, elders of Israel, and saints under that Testament, I say, they gave praise, honour, and glory unto Christ, as he was God the Father and Creator. And as he was the Creator, he blessed them with temporal blessings, and temporal deliverances.
So that Moses and the people of Israel, sing praise unto God for his wonderful works, which he had wrought by the hand of Moses; as you may read in the scriptures, in the song of Mofes, how wonderfully he doth praise, honour, and magnify the God of Israel, who had gotten himself a great and terrible name
And this is called the song of Moses, or the old, or first song, because it was the first manifestation of God, as he is the Creator ; for Mofes was the first man that gave us to know any difference of the God of Israel, from the God of the Heathen. And this manifestation as Moses gives us, is that we might know God, as he was the Creator, and did deliver his people in a more wonderful
other Heathen gods could do. And in this regard Moses and the elders of Israel gave praise, honour, and glory, unto the God of Jacob, he delivering them out of so many temporal dangers ; and not only so, but blessing them with many temporal blessings, which caused this fong of Moses to be sung by the children of Israel.
And in this regard the fong of Moses may be said to be old, or the first song, he being the first commissionated man to write that which we call the Old Testament. Therefore the song of Mofes may be called an old song, because the song of the Lamb is more new; for redemption was after creation, therefore called a new fong. It is called a new song in relation to a new condition; as the song of Moses was with relation to temporal blessings, as aforesaid. But this new song of the Lamb is with relation to spiritual and eternal blessings. So that John in his vision was sensible upon what account this new song was fung.
And he seeing in the vision the four beasts, and the four and twenty elders fall down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials, full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Now these golden vials, are meant the hearts and souls of the four beasts, and four and twenty elders.
And the odours, is that grace and supplications which were offered up unto the Lamb through those golden vials ; which vials are the hearts and fouls, as aforesaid. And those Harps are the tongues of the beasts, and elders, and faints, which are as harps to found forth the praise of the Lamb.
For this I must tell you, that the tongue of every faint shall be as a harp, to praise the Lamb for his great and unspeakable work of redemption, which is more
to be magnified by the seed of faith, than the work of creation ; so that the beasts, the elders, and faints may very well fing that new song, in verse 9. saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open be seals thereof, for thou wasi sain, and haft redeemed us to God, by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
That is, thou hast redeemed us to thyself by thy own blood, for though thou art called a Lamb, thou art no other but God. And thy blood is no other but the blood of God, though called the blood of the Lamb; because of that twofold state and condition thou wert in.
And as the work of redemption is of greater value to the redeemed ones, than their creation was, therefore it is that those who are washed in the blood of the Lamb, have harps given them to found, or sing this new song of praise and thanksgiving unto him that hath washed them in his own blood.
And the new song which the beasts, and elders, and faints doth fing, is set down in verfe 12. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was sain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blesing.
And so to the end of the chapter, giving praise unto the Lamb; for their redemption.
And this is that new song which the beasts, and elders, and saints, shall sing to eternity.
It is called a new song, because it is the song of the Lamb ; for there are but two songs in all, to wit, the song of Mofes, and the song of the Lamb ; and blessed and happy are all those that can truly sing the song of the Lamb, to know they are redeemed and washed in his blood.
CH A P. XV.
OW I have given the interpretation of the things that are of most concern
ment in chap. v. I shall proceed to open the chief things contained in chap. vi. In verse 1. of this chapter, John faw in his vision the Lamb opening the seals, and and at the Lamb's opening of the first seal,
John heard as it were the noise of thunder. And in the vision one of the four beasts said unto John, Come and see.
As for the four beasts you may remember I have shewed what they are before, and now these four beasts doth present to John's understanding, in the vision, four other beasts, as in a figure to be four horses ; namely, a white horse, a red horse, a black horse, and a pale horfe.
I would have the reader to mind the interpretation of these four horses, and their riders; for there is one called, he that fate on every one of these four horses. Also there was some great and wonderful work done by every one of these that fate on these horses. Therefore called the opening of the seals.
And at the opening of the first seal, John heard as it were, in the vision, the noise of thunder, and after that there was presented unto his view, in the vision, a white horse. And he that fat on him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer. Now this white horse which John saw in the vision, it is the righteousness of E 2