R E V E L A T I O N.
It is generally agreed by the most learned
expositors that the narrative we have in this and the two following
chapters, from the sounding of the seventh trumpet to the opening
of the vials, is not a prediction of things to come, but rather a
recapitulation and representation of things past, which, as God
would have the apostle to foresee while future, he would have him
to review now that they were past, that he might have a more
perfect idea of them in his mind, and might observe the agreement
between the prophecy and that Providence that is always fulfilling
the scriptures. In this chapter we have an account of the contest
between the church and antichrist, the seed of the woman and the
seed of the serpent. I. As it was begun in heaven, ver. 1-11. II. As it was carried on
in the wilderness, ver.