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SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA.
REV. HENRY BLUNT, A.M.
RECTOR OF STREATHAM, SURREY;
LATE FELLOW OF PEMBROKE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND CHAPLAIN
TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF RICHMOND.
HOOKER & CLAXTON,
NORTHWEST OORNER OF CHESTNUT AND FIFTH STREETS.
In presuming to offer an exposition of any portion of the mysterious book in which the Epistles to the Churches are contained, the Author is not unmindful of the commendation precisely in the interpretation, none are likely to differ in their view of the invaluable practical lessons, and the sublime and cheering promises
which Joseph Scaliger bestowed on Calvin, viz.
That he had shown his sense as much by not
commenting on the Book of Revelation, as he
had by the manner in which he had commented on the other Books of the Bible. With
this in his recollection, he ought not, perhaps, to have ventured to publish even upon this small but important portion of the Book of Revelation; he has, however, been influenced by the consideration that although all may not agree scure a subject, but simply to present the view, as at least an interesting one, to the consideration of his readers. He is by no wedded to this particular interpretation, nor shall he quarrel with any for differing from
which are the chief characteristics of these
In agreeing with some commentators* in thinking it not improbable that the state of the
Seven Churches of Proconsular Asia, was
typical of the state of the Christian Church during seven different periods, reaching from the apostolical age to the end of time, the
Author desires not to dogmatise upon so ob
Many before the Reformation ; and Brightman, Forbes, Mede, More, Gill, Sir Isaac Newton, Vitringa, Lampe, and others, since that period.