Revelation 10:7
But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, just as He proclaimed to His servants the prophets."
Aspects of ChristWilliam Guild, D. D.Revelation 10:1-7
The Little Book; Or, Characteristics of RevelationS. Conway, B. A.Revelation 10:1-7
The Word of Assurance and ConsolationR. Green.Revelation 10:1-7
The Word of Assurance and ConsolationR. Green Revelation 10:1-7
The End of TimeDean Goulburn.Revelation 10:5-7
The End of TimeE. Payson, D. D.Revelation 10:5-7
The End of TimeT. Boston.Revelation 10:5-7
The Mystery of God Finished with TimeRevelation 10:5-7

The angel... sware... that there should be time no longer. This word of the angel is capable of being rendered, and has been rendered, in three different ways. Take it as meaning -

I. THE TIME IS NOT YET COME. It is easy to believe that the persecuted people of St. John's day, as often since, might have thought that the judgments which they witnessed and the distresses they endured could not but be the beginning of the end. Our Lord knew that they would think so, and hence (Matthew 24.) warned them that they should see and suffer much; but "the end" was "not yet." They had asked what should be the sign of his coming, and of "the end of the age." They were eagerly expecting it. At his ascension they asked the like question again. The apostolic Epistles are full of evidence that the second coming of our Lord was expected as near at hand. St. Paul wrote his Second Epistle to the Thessalonians to dispel this idea, or at any rate to moderate its effects. And when Jerusalem fell, and when the Roman empire fell, it was confidently believed that the end of all things was close at hand. And had we lived in those awful days, it is likely that we should have thought so too. And we know how calculations have been made as to the time of the end. The illustrious Bengel reckoned that it would be in 1836, and his mistake is on record as a warning to all who would make similar rash statements, though even yet the warning is neglected by some. But our Lord has told us that it is not for us "to know the times and the seasons" (Acts 1.), and all human calculations are therefore foredoomed to error. And it is well for us that we cannot know. "Ignorance is bliss" in regard to such a subject. Could we fix the date, those far off from it would harden themselves in their sin; those near at hand would become as the Thessalonians did, unfitted for their daily duty, and would not, as St. Paul bade them do, "mind their own business." And so in regard to what is to each one of us as the end of all things, the date of our death, we are kept in merciful ignorance of it. And to keep us therein God has so ordered our lives that there is no hour of it in which men may not die, and in which many do not die, and no hour of it in which they certainly know that they must and shall. Hence little children die, and young men and maidens, boys and girls, as well as the old and grey headed. Ruthless and cruel are seemingly not a few of the visitations of death, cutting down youth in the first freshness and bloom of life, often not sparing the bride and mother in the fulness of their joy, forcing the hot tears from the young husband and wife as they mourn hopelessly over the cradle that held the little one whose life was to them dearer than their own. Such things are. And to some they seem horrible and cruel. But it is in order that we all may be delivered from that paralysis of hope and energy which would come upon us, as it comes upon the convicted felon in the condemned cell, if we knew the actual moment when we must die, and could count off every hour that draws us on to the inevitable doom. Therefore is it well that we do not know the time or the season. And in regard to the end of the world, what mercy is there in the fact that the time is not yet, that "the master of the house" has not yet "risen up, and shut to the door"! For now many will enter who then will not be able. We are thankful that Christ has not yet "accomplished the number of his elect." And they who are his, how much they yet have to do to learn and to obtain before they are prepared to meet their Lord! "The bride has" not yet "made herself ready;" but she must and will, and that she may "the Bridegroom" tarries. Therefore, if this be the meaning of the angel's oath, that "the time is not yet," we rejoice in it both for ourselves and for myriads more.

II. THERE SHALL BE NO MORE TIME. And this we believe is the meaning here - that there shall be no longer delay, postponement, no more weary waiting, no longer any lingering of the accomplishment of God's purposes. So regarded, it was for the. Church of St. John's day a blessed sursum corda, a cordial and good cheer, helping them to endure patiently and to hope on more and more. The "mystery of God" shall soon "be finished," so soon that, as we say "we are come" to any city when we see its towers and spires rising before us, although we may yet be some considerable distance from its gates; so, because the time is so short, we may say it is over, the waiting time is past - it exists "no longer." And thus:

1. The Christian may comfort himself. True, the age drags out its weary length, but each individual life is short, and generally long before even that short life is done the recompenses of God, the earnest and pledge of the yet larger recompenses of eternity, are given. "The Lord is not slack concerning his promises" - how often we have gratefully to confess that! Yes; they are so given, even here and now, that the believer is constrained to own, "Goodness and mercy have followed me all the days of my life." Tares are undoubtedly amongst the wheat, to its sore detriment and harm, but they are not always to be there; it is a mystery that they are there at all; we would like to go and pull them up, but we cannot; but the harvest draws on, and then the trouble will all be over. But:

2. The enemies of God should be afraid. The avenging gods - so the old pagan world believed - have their feet shod with wool. Men hear not their silent approach, and they may be upon them, they often are, in a moment. The sinner never knows how near God's judgment upon his sin may be. Of many the angel hath sworn that there shall be time no longer; the judgment of God shall fall. In a moment, in bright noonday, when the sky is without a cloud, unseen and unheard, the last link that binds the mass of snow and ice to the mountain side is severed, and the avalanche rushes down into the depths below. Do not the events of every day prove, now on this sinner against God's laws, and now on that, that God hath sworn concerning them, "there should be time no longer"?

III. ALL TIME SHALL CEASE. Thus also our text may be understood. "Time" and "duration" are not synonymous terms - the latter includes eternity as well as time; but time and eternity, notwithstanding their common quality of duration, are contrasted in Scripture as being of essentially different natures. Time means the present condition of things; eternity, that condition which belongs to the age to come. "The things that are seen are temporal, but the things which are unseen are eternal." Time is of the age that now is; eternity, of the age that is to come. Thus understood, it is not difficult to believe that time - this age - shall cease. The Bible speaks of "ages." The word is commonly rendered "world," but its true meaning is "age." Thus it speaks of "ages of ages," "this age," "the age to come." And every branch of science tells of different "ages." Geology speaks of them and marks them off one from another by different names. History, biology, philology, all speak in similar way. All tell of ages when the condition of things was altogether different from what we see now, and how one age has succeeded and prepared for another. Therefore that there should be a passing away of the present age to which time belongs, and that it should be followed by one in which time, as we understand it, should be no more, is affirmed, not only by the Bible, but by manifold other evidence beside. And not only shall there be succession, but advance. There have been ages in which we can trace no form of life. These have been succeeded by others which have had life, but only in its lower forms. These again by others possessing higher forms, and at length the highest of all, that of man. And in harmony with all this the Bible bids us look on to an infinitely better condition of things than now we know of, in the age or world to come, whereof the sacred writers speak. Here "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain even until now;" but there "the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption," etc. (Romans 8.). The inscrutable problem of this present life, "the mystery of God," as it is termed in ver. 7, shall "be finished," and there shall be "a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." And the means whereby all this shall be brought about, not only the Bible, but scientific research also, reveal with startling clearness. The Bible says that the angels of God "shall gather out of his kingdom all things that do offend, and them that work iniquity." Science says that in the progress of the ages the fittest alone survive. All that are incapable of the higher life that is to be disappear and perish, and the fit and worthy alone remain. Such is the solemn "Amen" of science to the teachings of the Word of God. And are there not like facts visible even now amidst mankind? Growth and advancement in races, tribes, nations, families, and individuals, the records and observation of human life, are full of such happy facts; but, on the other hand, there are the mournful facts amid the same subjects, of degeneracy, decay, and death. Character determines these things, and the Bible says the same. Oh, how, then, does all this appeal to every soul! For what am I preparing myself? Must I be doomed to die because I am not fit for the better life that is to be when time shall be no longer? or - and God grant it may be so! - am I by virtue of my living union with the Lord Jesus Christ, who is himself "the Life," destined for glory, honour, and immortality with him in the Eternal? That this may be so is why our pulpits and sermons are forever re-echoing with the appeal, "Come to Christ." The Bible and experience alike attest that it is through living faith, carrying along with it, as such faith ever does, the surrender of the will, the heart, to him, that we become vitally grafted into him, and so in his life - the eternal, the blessed, the glorious - do forever share. For he said, "Because I live, ye shall live also." - S.C.

That there should be time no longer.
"That there should be time no longer." A tremendous asseveration, whether we regard the thing affirmed or the person who affirms it. Of the person making this asseveration we may say that there are traces about him, which, although he is called an angel, seem to identify him with our Lord Jesus Christ. In the first verse he is represented as clothed with a cloud; and the cloud vesture is stated in the Psalms to be the vesture of God Himself — "clouds and darkness are round about Him." A rainbow encircles his head; and a rainbow is the well-known token of the covenant of grace made with us in and through Christ. "His face," we are told, "was as the sun." In the first chapter of this Book, John describes the countenance of the Son of Man to be "as the sun shining in its strength"; not to mention that one of the features of the glorified Christ, as He appeared at the Transfiguration, was this, "His face did shine as the sun."

I. WHAT MAY BE MEANT BY THIS CESSATION OF TIME? Time, considered in itself, can never cease to exist. It must flow on and on to endless ages. Everything which happens must, of course, have a certain period of time, longer or shorter, in which to happen. The redeemed in glory will sing the praises of God and the Lamb. Time must elapse while they are singing those praises. If in the glorified body there should be a heart, it must go on, pulsation after pulsation, in never-ending succession. If in the new heavens and the new earth there should be anything analogous to that movement of the heavenly bodies which gives us day and night and the vicissitudes of the seasons, such a movement must necessarily ask time to proceed in — nay, as it proceeds, it must measure time. What, then, is meant by the announcement of a period when there shall be time no longer? Time, as I have said, must always flow on; but it may be annihilated to us, or in great measure annihilated. How this may be is not really an intricate or a subtle question, although it may at first sight appear so. It is generally and truly said that to Almighty God there is no such thing as time. If you understand this assertion, you will then find no difficulty in perceiving how time to us may be no longer. To say that to Almighty God there is no such thing as time, is only another method of expressing the truth (and be it said with the utmost reverence), that God has a perfect memory and a perfect foresight. There are many points of analogy between the mind and the eye. Imagine, then, an eye as free from the laws of the eye as you have been imagining a mind free from the laws of the mind. Imagine an eye not subjected to the laws of perspective, an eye to which things do not, as they recede from it, either diminish in size or fade in colour. It must be clear that to such an eye distance does not exist, just as to a mind endowed with perfect memory and perfect foresight time does not exist. One object may be placed a yard distant from the eye; another object may be placed a thousand miles distant; but if the latter of these objects appear of the same size, shape, and colour, and with all the same circumstantials, as it would if brought within the range of thirty-six inches to that eye distance is annihilated, and has no existence. And if God were to announce to any one that distance would be no more to him, this would be only another form of saying that his eyesight should be free from those limitations which are at present the conditions under which eyesight exists. Thus we have arrived at the last stage of our explanation. You have only to remember that the human mind, in another stage of existence, will be made competent for a far higher state of things than it can ever now attain, that its reach will be increased both as regards the past and the future, in order to comprehend the announcement that "time shall be no longer." Our memory of all that has befallen us will then be perfect. Many events and sensations of our past career are buried away in the sod of the mind, trodden down into the soil, and overlaid by our more recent experiences. Of many very critical events, on our minds there is just a headstone, as it were, with a monumental inscription, giving in the coldest manner their name and date; but freshness, reality, and vitality they have none. Yet, even now, passages of our past history are, ever and anon, recalled to us with a wonderful vividness, by music, by odours, by long forgotten scenes, or by some other association of the senses. Sudden and transient flashings these, of a light which is destined one day to flush the whole mind, and to penetrate into its darkest recesses. The memory has really no more lost its deposits than the graveyard has lost the corpses entrusted to its keeping. Those deposits will one day start from the sod in all the freshness of new life, and stand up upon their feet "an exceeding great army." Nor need we shrink from supposing that in that higher condition of existence the powers of memory and foresight possessed by the mind will be greatly enlarged, whether or not they be made, as regards our future experience, perfect.

II. WHY THE ASSEVERATION OF THE TEXT IS MADE UPON OATH. The reasons are obvious. First, its being made on oath argues its importance. We take an oath in matters of moment, not in trifles. Petty interests are felt to be beneath the solemnity and dignity of an appeal to Heaven. Secondly, an oath is an indication that the thing assevered appears till then in more or less uncertainty. It is the province of an oath to give assurance of something which was previously open to question.

III. TO EACH ONE AMONG US THE ABOLITION OF TIME WILL BE THE HOUR OF OUR OWN DEATH. "This I say, brethren, the time is short." Yes, that is the main point which the oath may be taken to imply — the infinite importance in God's estimation of the time that remains to you upon earth.

(Dean Goulburn.)

I. WHAT IS MEANT BY THE END OF TIME. Time, as far as man has any concern with it, is that portion of duration which is commensurate with the existence of our world, and which is measured by its diurnal and annual revolutions. It began when this world began to exist. The end of time, and the end of the world, are, then, expressions of the same import.

II. WHEN WILL THE EVENT DENOTED BY THESE EXPRESSIONS ARRIVE? We learn from our text that it will arrive when the mystery of God shall be finished. God's great object in creating this world and its inhabitants was to gratify and glorify Himself. Now, God at once glorifies and gratifies Himself when He displays His perfections in His works. Some of His perfections, as, for instance, His power, wisdom, and goodness, He displayed in the creation of the world; and they, as well as some other perfections of His nature, are still displayed in its providential government. But the principal display of His perfections is made in the work of redemption by Jesus Christ, the great object to which all His works of creation and providence ultimately refer. Agreeably, inspiration informs us, that for Jesus Christ all things were created; and that to Him there is given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him. When the purposes for which this kingdom was given to Christ, and set up in the world, are accomplished, the mystery of God, mentioned in our text, will be finished. Now the purposes for which this kingdom was given to Christ include two things. The first is, the complete salvation of all who are given to Him by the Father. The second is, the complete and final subjugation of His enemies.


1. With respect to ourselves, considered as individuals, the end of time, or, which is the same thing to us, the end of our lives will be attended by circumstances, and followed by consequences, most important and interesting.(1) We shall then be separated at once from all temporal and earthly objects.(2) With the end of time our state of probation and our day of grace will end. We shall be removed from our present religious privileges and means of spiritual improvement.(3) When time ends, eternity will begin. The moment in which we leave this temporary and mutable state, we shall enter a state which is eternal, and, of course, unchangeable.

2. The circumstances and consequences which will attend and follow the end of time with respect to the human race.(1) When the end of time shall arrive, the general resurrection will take place.(2) At the end of time, the day of judgment, the great day for which all other days were made, will arrive.

3. It remains only to consider what will then be the fate of the globe which we inhabit. Then the gold, the silver, the jewels, and all the glittering but delusive objects, for which so many thousands have bartered their souls, shall be destroyed. Lessons:

1. In view of this subject, however insignificant, how unworthy of an immortal being, do all merely temporal and earthly pursuits appear I

2. In full view of the end of time let me ask, are you all, my hearers, prepared for it?

(E. Payson, D. D.)


1. Time had a beginning. There was a day, a year, that was the first, before which there was not another. But eternity was before, and will be after time; which therefore appears at present like a small island lifting up its head in the midst of the ocean.

2. Time has run from the beginning, and is running on in an uninterrupted course of addition of moments, hours, days, months, and years.

3. Time will come to an end. It has run long, but it will run out at length. The last sand in the glass of this world will pass. The period is set in the Divine decree, the last day and hour, though no man knows them.(1) This present world shall be no more; these heavens and earth shall pass away by the general conflagration (2 Peter 3:10).(2) New years shall be no more. The year will come, the month, the day, hour and minute, after which there shall never be another. Let us improve our years then for eternity, and count our days so as to apply our hearts to wisdom.(3) The different seasons will be no more. There will be no more summer and winter, seed-time and harvest. There will be an eternal spring in heaven; but an eternal winter, as it were, in hell, where is gnashing of teeth.(4) The business of this life shall be no more. There shall be no more tilling of the ground, tending of flocks, merchandising, nor trades. How unhappy must they be who have no pleasure nor satisfaction in anything else, since these are not to last!(5) The means of sustaining this life shall be no more. There shall be no more eating, drinking, nor sleeping.(6) Relations shall be no more. Time going dissolves them all, as fellow-travellers part when come to their journey's end. There shall be no more magistrates and subjects, ministers and people, husbands and wives, parents and children, masters and servants (Job 3:19). Only the relation betwixt Christ and His people as head and members, which is not of this world, shall remain; and so the relation to God as His children (Luke 20:35, 36); who are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.(7) Space for repentance shall be no more.(8) Tribulation and adversity of the godly shall be no more.(9) The prosperity and comfort of the wicked (Luke 16:25) shall be no more.


1. That it is of weight and concern to them appears in its being sworn to them; which implies —(1) That men are very heedless about it, and slow to believe it, and be impressed with it.(2) A legal intimation made to them of its ending.(3) That the period of time is unalterably fixed, the bounds of it set, beyond which it cannot go; for it is set by an oath.

2. The weight of the thing lies in these three.(1) That then that which concerns mankind's happiness or misery is completed; the state of probation is over, and the state of recompense takes place in perfection, both as to their bodies and souls.(2) That then eternity succeeds the state of all for ever unalterable, no end to be expected more.(3) That now or never must be done what is done for eternity.Use. Then be exhorted suitably to improve this intimation of time's ending.

1. Look beyond time, this world, and the state of things in it; carry your views into the other world, to eternity (2 Corinthians 4:18).

2. Lift your hearts from off the things of time, and set them on those that are eternal (Colossians 3:2).

3. Use this world passingly, as pilgrims and strangers in it (1 Corinthians 7:29-31).

4. Let not the frowns of this world, the troubles and trials of the present life, make deep impression on us: they will not last.

5. Be not lifted up with the world's smiles, nor value yourselves on worldly prosperity; for time will put an end to this also.

6. Improve time while it lasts, for the ends it is given you for.(1) Laying a good foundation for eternity, getting out of your natural state into the state of grace, believing on Christ, and repenting of sin.(2) Living to the honour of God, endeavouring to act in your sphere for propagating the name and kingdom of Christ.(3) Serving your generation in usefulness to mankind, seeking to forward the spiritual and temporal good of others; as David did (Acts 13:86).

(T. Boston.)


1. We shall consider what that mystery of God is. A mystery is a secret or hidden thing.

2. I will show in what respects it is a mystery, the mystery of God; or that the kingdom of Christ, and His management, is a mystery, the mystery of God.


1. We shall consider the first opening of the mystery.(1) In the promulgation of the promise of the gospel (Genesis 3:15).(2) In the offering of the first sacrifices, with the skins whereof our naked first parents were clothed (Genesis 3:21).

2. We shall consider the gradual opening of the mystery. Of this we have an account in Hebrews 1:1.

3. We shall consider the progress of the mystery.(1) It has never been interrupted since it began in paradise; the salvation of the Church has all along been carried on, and matters managed for that end.(2) It has made such progress, that by this time it is drawing towards the period of finishing it.(3) It is going on in our day, in the same powerful hand that has managed it all along.But for a more full view of the mystery, as executed in time, we shall consider the eight following particulars of this mysterious kingdom, in every part of which there is a mystery.

1. The head of it, Jesus Christ, is a mystery. And He is a mystery, a mysterious Head:(1) In the constitution of His person, being God and man in one person.(2) In His offices.(3) In all circumstances about Him.

2. The subjects of it, believers, are a mystery too. They are in the world indeed, but unknown to the world (1 John 3:1).

3. The erection and conservation of it is a mystery (Luke 17:20).(1) The beginnings of it were very small; how vastly soever it has spread.(2) The means of erecting and setting it up were very unlikely and unusual, viz., the despised preaching of the gospel (Psalm 110:2).(3) The opposition to it from the beginning has been very great; yet it has made its way in face of all opposition.(4) The means of keeping it up, even such as it was set up by. Not the power of the sword, but the preaching and teaching of the word of the gospel, and setting that home on men's consciences; prayers, and tears, patient suffering even unto death (Revelation 12:11).

4. The seat of it is a mystery too.

5. The extent of it is a mystery, whether it is considered —(1) In respect of the kind of jurisdiction He has in it.

(a)The kingdom of grace is in His hand.

(b)The kingdom of glory is in His hand too (Luke 22:29, 30).

(c)The kingdom of providence is in His hand likewise.(2) In respect of the bounds of it. It extends itself over both worlds (Matthew 28:18; Revelation 1:18).

6. The privileges of it are a mystery.

(1)Their union with Christ is a mystery (Ephesians 5:32).

(2)Their justification is a mystery.

(3)Their sanctification is a mystery.

(4)Their perseverance in grace is a mystery.

7. The life and practice of it is a mystery.

8. The manner of the conduct and management of it is a mystery. It is the manner of this kingdom —(1) To prefer the most unlikely, baulking them that stand fairest for the preference in all human appearance (Matthew 20:16).(2) To let things go to an extremity, to the utmost point of hopelessness, before a hand be put to help them, and set them right again (Deuteronomy 32:36).(3) To give the sharpest treatment to the greatest favourites. This is not the manner of men, but it is the manner of God (Psalm 73:5, 14).(4) To meet men with astonishing strokes going in the way that God bade them, while they have a fair sunshine that are going in the way of their own hearts (Ecclesiastes 8:14).(5) To lay by accepted petitions, and let them long lie by, time after time, while yet unacceptable requests are quickly granted.(6) To answer accepted prayers quickly with some one terrible thing or other, which yet are to be graciously and bountifully answered in due time (Psalm 65:5).


1. Let us consider when this mystery of God shall be finished.

2. Wherein does the finishing of this mystery lie? It lies in these three things following.(1) The accomplishment of the remaining prophecies.(2) The gathering in of all the elect.(3) The completing of the salvation of the Church of the elect. This is the delivering up of the kingdom to the Father mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:24.

3. It remains to show the import and consequence of this finishing the mystery of God. It is of greatest importance to the honour of God, and to the children of men. For then —(1) The eternal purpose of God concerning mankind is fulfilled; the contrivance laid from eternity in the depth of wisdom about them, is executed.(2) The covenant between the Father and Christ, the second Adam, is then fulfilled on both hands.(3) Then the whole frame of the ordinances, now or since Adam's fall, in use in the world for bringing in of sinners, and edifying of saints, is laid by.(4) Then the matter of the Divine conduct towards mankind is altered so that it is quite new (Revelation 21:5).(5) Then Christ's conquest is complete, His enemies made His footstool, which He is this day in expectation of (Hebrews 10:12, 13).

4. Then the mystery is opened, and appears in a full light; though before veiled, the veil is then taken off.

5. There will be no more mystery of God; then it is finished.


1. Time is the space appointed for the mystery of God its being executed.

2. The subsistence or continuation of time depends on the mystery. Had there been no mystery of God to have been carried on, time once polluted with sin, had ended soon after it began.Hence we may learn:

1. Whence it comes to pass that there is so much stumbling of wicked men at the Divine conduct by Christ in the world. The matter is: it is a mystery, and their natural blindness hinders them to see it, so that they know it not (1 Corinthians 2:14).

2. How the godly come to have other thoughts of it; and true Christians admire the beauty and glory of it, which carnal men despise. It is the mystery of God, which He reveals to His friends and rearers of His name (Psalm 25:14).

3. No reason to despise religion because the world generally do so.

4. Time is not continued as a sleep without a design. Oh, that men would consider that it is lengthened out on a particular design; which, being compassed, it shall end for good and all!

5. It is not this world's business, but Heaven's business, that is the great design of the continuing of time.

6. The mystery of God must be a matter of singular excellency, and of the last importance, that for it time is continued.

7. The mystery of God has, in the execution of it, been of long continuance; but it is drawing to a close.

8. When there is no more time requisite for the mystery of God, there will be no more time for other things neither; time will end with it; for it is for the sake of it that it is continued.

(T. Boston.)

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1. A mighty strong angel appears with a book open in his hand.
6. He swears by him who lives forever, that there shall be no more time.
9. John is commanded to take and eat the book.

Dictionary of Bible Themes
Revelation 10:7

     5595   trumpet
     6694   mystery
     7160   servants of the Lord
     7942   ministry

Revelation 10:1-11

     4113   angels, agents of judgment

The Living One
"I am He that liveth, and was dead" (i. 18). (...) (ho zon), THE LIVING ONE. Like the previous title, it is used as a special designation of the One whose unveiling is about to be shewn to John. Its use is peculiar to Daniel and Revelation. The two books thus linked together by it are linked as to their character and subject matter in a very special manner. It is used twice in Daniel:- Dan. iv. 34 (31 [19] ) and xii. 7; and six time in Revelation:- Rev. i. 18; iv. 9,10; v. 14; x. 6; and xv. 7. [20]
E.W. Bullinger—Commentary on Revelation

The First vision "On Earth"
E^1, chap. vi. 1-- 8. The Six Seals, and the sealing of the 144,000 From the whole of the first Vision "in Heaven" (H^1, vi. 1-vii. 8) for the putting forth of power "on Earth" in the completion of the redemption of the purchased inheritance. The price has been paid in the shedding of the precious blood of the Lamb; and now, the necessary power is to be exercised so as to secure all its wondrous results, in wresting the inheritance from the hand of the enemy by ejecting the present usurper, and
E.W. Bullinger—Commentary on Revelation

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