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that is true, he that hath the key of David, he
that openeth, and no man shutteth ; and shutteth, 8 and no man openeth; I know thy works : be
hold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength,
and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my 9 name. Behold, I will make them of the syna
gogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy
orship before thy feet, and to 10 know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast
kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall
come upon all the world to try them that dwell 11 upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold
that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy 12 crown.
Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God; and he shall go no more out; and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh
down out of heaven from my God: and I will 13 write
my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Address to the Ministry and Church of Laodicea.
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of 15 the creation of God: I know thy works, that
thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert 16 cold or hot. So then because thou art luke-warm,
and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of 17 my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing ;
and knowest not that thou art wretched, and 18 miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked : I
counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich ; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine 19 eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see. As
many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zea20 lous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at
the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in to him, and 21 will sup with him, and he with me. To him
that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in
my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set 22 down with my father in his throne. He that
hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
THE SECOND VISION
THE BOOK WITH SEVEN SEALS AND THE SEVEN
God, the Æl Shaddai Jab Jahoh, the Immutable, Omnipotent, Eternal, Omnipresent WORD or CAUSE, sits upon the throne of infinite
with the unruffled ocean of eternity before him, distributed into an infinity of spirits animating the Universe of his Creation, which with him occupies the same boundless expanse. He fills, he bounds, connects and equals all. And that he is all nature cries aloud in all her works. Water, fire, earth and air, the beasts, cattle, man and birds proclaim him with one continuous voice, and cry Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even bis eternal power and godhead. His works are full of intelligence, displaying wonderful contrivance and design; and the eternal watchman, who never slumbers nor sleeps, exhibits a constant activity and energy in them. “O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because of thine enemies; that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers; the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands : thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth !" Man sits round the throne of space in possession of all things; but, with one heart and soul, we cannot but all consent to cast down our crowns before him who gave us our dominion, and say, Thou only art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
IV. 1.-After this I looked, and, behold, a door was
opened in heaven; and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with
me; which said, Come up hither and I will shew 2 thee things which must be hereafter. And im
mediately I was in the Spirit; and, behold, a
throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the 3 throne. And he that sat was to look
like a jasper and a sardine-stone: and there was a
rainbow round about the throne, in sight like 4 unto an emerald. And round about the throne
were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in
white raiment; and they had on their heads 5 crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded
lightnings and thunderings and voices : and there