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A COMMENTARY ON THE APOCALYPSE,
CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL;
INCLUDING ALSO AN EXAMINATION OF
ILLUSTRATED BY AN APOCALYPTIC CHART, AND ENGRAVINGS
BY THE REV. E. B. ELLIOTT, A. M.
LATE VICAR OF
TUXFORD. AND FELLOW OF TRINITY COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
REVISED, CORRECTED, AND IMPROVED;
WITH AN APPENDIX,
CONTAINING, BESIDES OTHER MATTER,
A SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF APOCALYPTIC INTERPRETATION,
SEELEY, BURNSIDE, AND SEELEY;
"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.
Thames Ditton, Surrey.
IN presenting this Work to the Public, the Author may be expected to give some account of the circumstances under which he was led to undertake it, of the plan pursued in it, and of any important peculiarities that he may suppose to attach to it, as compared with other previously published Commentaries on the Apocalypse.
At the time when his thoughts were first seriously directed to the study of Prophecy, now some ten or eleven years since, the Rev. S. R. Maitland's publications had begun to make an evident impression on prophetic investigators, as well as on other students of biblical and ecclesiastical literature; and had caused considerable doubt in the minds of many as to the correctness of the Protestant anti-Romish views of the Apocalypse, and the prophetic year-day theory, generally received in England since the Reformation; indeed, doubt whether the Apocalypse had as yet received any fulfilment in the past history of the Church and Christendom. The circumstance of a Periodical on prophetic subjects, called The Investigator, having been started about this time by a near neighbour and intimate and valued friend, the Rev. J. W. Brooks, then of Retford, now of Nottingham, and of his wishing the Author to contribute Papers to it, rendered it necessary that he should acquaint himself with the controversy, and form some decision of judgment as to the correctness or incorrectness of Mr. Maitland's theory.