F. W. Grant

Nicolaitism - or The Rise and Growth of the Clerisy

"But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.""So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate" - (Rev 2:6,15) The address to Pergamos follows that to Smyrna. This next stage of the Church’s journey in its departure (alas!) from truth may easily be recognized historically. It applies to the time when, after having passed through the heathen persecution, and the faithfulness of many an Antipas being brought ou...

The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

(Chap. v.)   And now, in the right hand of Him that sits upon the throne there is seen a book, or scroll, completely filled with writing, which is, however, as to decipherment, completely hid from sight. It is the book of the future, already and completely foreknown and settled in the divine counsels: no room for any thing to be afterward supplied. Thank God, no tittle of history that the future holds will put omniscience to shame, or show the book of God's counsels to have escape...

The Parenthetic Visions - The Sealed of Israel

(Chap. vii. i8.)   An objection may be taken to our interpretation of the convulsion under the sixth seal, - that it is not in harmony with that which we have given of the earlier ones. In these, the "earth," for instance, was assumed to be literally that; in the latter, it is taken in a figurative sense; and it may be urged that this want of uniformity in interpretation allows us to make of these visions very much what we will, - in fact makes their alleged meaning altogether inconsisten...

The Earth's Final State

(Chap. xxi. 1 - 8.)   Before the face of Him who sits upon the great white throne "the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them." (Chap. xx. ii.) We have now a complementary statement: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth." It is clear, therefore, that an earthly condition abides for eternity. It is a point of interest as to which Scripture seems to give full satisfaction, whether this new earth is itself a "new creation," or the old earth remodelled and ma...

Part 7: The Marriage of the Lamb

PART VII (Chap. xix. 5 - xxii.)THE CONSUMMATION (Chapters 25-26) THE MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB. (Chap. xix. 5 - Ia.) The harlot is now judged. The judgment of the whole earth is at hand. Before it comes, we are permitted a brief vision of heavenly things, and to see the heirs of the kingdom now ready to be established in their place with Him who is about to be revealed. A voice sounds from the throne: "Give praise to our God, all ye His servants, - ye that fear Him, small and great." It is not, o...

Part 6: Babyon and Her Overthrow

(Chap. xvii. - xix. 4.)   Babylon is already announced as fallen in the fourteenth chapter, and as judged of God under the seventh vial; but we have not yet seen what Babylon is, and we are not to be left to any uncertainty: she has figured too largely in human history, and is too significant a lesson every way, to be passed over in so brief a manner. We are therefore now to be taught the "mystery of the woman." For she is a mystery; not like the Babylon of old, the plain and straightforw...

Part 5: The Vials of Wrath

(Chap. XV., XVI.) THE CHARACTER OF THE JUDGMENT COMING(Chap. xvi) The visions of the last chapter plainly reach to the end of judgment in the coming of the Lord Himself. The vials, therefore, cannot come after these or go beyond them: in fact, the coming of the Lord is not openly reached in them, though it may seem implied, for in the vials is filled up the wrath of God. But the coming of the Lord, although necessary to complete the judgment, is yet so much more than this, that it would seem ...

Part 4: The Earth-Trial

(CHAP. xiv.)   "FIRST-FRUITS." (vv. i - 5.) The manifestation of evil is complete; we are now to see God's dealings as to it. These acts of Satan and his ministers are a plain challenge of all His rights in Israel and the earth; and further patience would be no longer patience, but dishonour. Hence we find now, as in answer to the challenge, the Lamb upon Mount Zion, - that is, upon David's seat; and as the beast's followers have his mark upon them, so the followers of Christ, associated...

The Resurrection of the Fourth Empire

(Chap. xiii. 1 - 10.)   Satan being now in full activity of opposition to the woman and her seed, we are carried on to see his further efforts to destroy them. Working, as from the beginning, through instruments in which he conceals himself, we find ourselves now face to face with his great instrument in the last days; in which too we recognize one long before spoken of in the prophets, especially by him to whom in the book of Revelation we have such frequent reference - the apocalyptic p...

Part 3: Commencing Fulfillment of the First Promise [to the Woman's Seed]

PART IIITHE TRINITY OF EVIL, AND THE MANIFESTATION OF THE WICKED ONE (Chapters 20-21)COMMENCING FULFILLMENT OF THE FIRST PROMISE [TO THE WOMAN’S SEED].(Chap. xi. 19 - xii.)   The trumpets, as we have seen, carry us to the end of all. What follows here, therefore, is not in continuation of them, but a new beginning, in which we find the development of details, - of course as to what is of primary importance, and involving principles of the deepest interest and value for us. Through...
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