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PRACTICAL EXPOSITION

OF

THE EPISTLES

TO THE

SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA.

BY THE

REV. HENRY BLUNT, A.M.

RECTOR OF STREATHAM, SURREY;

LATE FELLOW OF PEMBROKE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND CHAPLAIN

TO HIS GRACE THE DUKE OF RICHMOND.

PHILADELPHIA:

HOOKER & CLAXTON,

NORTHWEST OORNER OF CHESTNUT AND FIFTH STREETS.
C. SHERMAN AND CO. PRINTERS.

2-4-1932

PREFACE.

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

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which are the chief characteristics of these

Epistles.

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

means

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Many before the Reformation ; and Brightman, Forbes, Mede, More, Gill, Sir Isaac Newton, Vitringa, Lampe, and others, since that period.

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