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death for my name, in witnesfing to me, and I will avenge your blood upon mine and your enemies, that persecuted and put me and you to death.

... They shall have their reward also ; which reward of their deeds will amount to no less than to eternal damnation, where the black and dark fire of hell shall

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OW in verse 12. John saw when he opened the sixth seal, He beheld, and lo there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. - I have opened the meaning of the earthquake, and of the sun being as black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon like blood: these things I have opened already in the Interpretation of the eleventh chapter of the Revelatinon, so that I shall say no more of it here. And as for the latter part of this chapter, it is only a prophecy of the end of the world. Only this, I shall give you a word or two, to shew what is meant by the heavens being departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, as it is said in verse 14. and Isaiah xxxiv. 4 The meaning is this, that the clouds of heaven, and the air, and the influence of the stars of heaven, shall be rolled up as a scroll; for the clouds and air have spread themselves over the face of the sky, so they may be called the heavens; for were it not for the clouds to scatter the rain on the earth, and the air to blow upon the creatures here on earth, all creatures would die. So that man and beasts, and all creatures do possess a heaven in themselves, even from the influence of the clouds and the air. So that the clouds and the air is that heaven that God will at the end of the world roll up like a scroll. Also God will take away the sun, moon, and stars, so that they shall not penetrate their light and heat through the air and clouds of heaven, not to give any refreshment to the seed of the serpent, who shall be left here in this earth in utter darkness. For this earth shall be the place of hell for the reprobate seed to be in to eternity; so that they shall cry unto the mountains and rocks to fall upon them, to hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. That is they could wish that the mountains and rocks would crush them to pieces, so that they might be hid as to have no being at all; seeing the clouds and the air which overspread the heaven which did refresh our lives, which made our lives to live in heaven also:

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but now this is rolled up like a scroll, there is nothing but black darkness, with: out air or wind, which makes us burn like fire and brimstone, we having no refreshings from the heavens; so that it would be happy for us if the mountains and rocks would fall upon us, that we might be hid, or have no sensible being for ever.

And this well be the state of the reprobate seed at the end of the world: and

this is the true meaning of the heaven being rolled up like a scroll, and not the fixed element; for the fixed element hath an earth standing upon it, which shall stand to eternity. Only this, the sun, moon and stars that gave light on this side the sky, shall be taken from the heaven, so that nothing but darkness shall remain for ever and ever. But the element which we called heaven, shall stand to eternity; but that heaven as must be rolled up like a scroll, it is the air and clouds of heaven, as aforesaid. So much concerning the interpretation of the chief things in chap. vi.

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which no man could number, to stand *g. the throne of God, allin white robes, - - he,

he, in verse 14. asketh one of the elders what these be that are arrayed in white robes? And he said unto John, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Now what is meant by the white robes, and being washed in the blood of the Lamb, I have shewed before, and what is meant by the throne; so that to the end of chap. vii. it is only to signify the glory of the redeemed ones, were and are washed in their souls here in this life in the blood of Christ. They shall serve him day and night in his temple in heaven, and stand before his throne of glory where he is. Neither shall there be any more hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat of persecution light any more upon them ; nor the natural sun to offend them any more by its extream heat ; for in this kingdom of heaven where the Lamb is, in the midst of the throne, he shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of water ; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. This is that glorious and happy condition that all the saints shall have, who have got those white robes of the righteousness of faith, being washed in the blood of the Lamb. And this will be at the end of time, yet faith doth look upon this condition immediately after the end of this natural life. Therefore said by John, as if the thing was already done and accomplished to him; and to every one that is gone out of this world it is so, but to us that are alive, it is not yet accomplished.

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So much for the interpretation of chap. vii.

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