likeness of that which is temporal, and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person; as also the Spirit of the beast, and also every
other creature which God has created.
Are the four beasts limited to individual beasts, or do they represent classes or orders?
They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shewn to John to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order, or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity.
What are we to understand by the eyes and wings which the beasts had?
Their eyes are a representative representation of light and knowledge, that is, they are full of knowledge; and their wings are a representation of power, to move, to act &c.
What are we to understand by the four and twenty elders spoken of by John?
We are to understand that these elders whom John saw, were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry, and were dead, who belong ed to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.
What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?
We are to understand that it contains the rev ealed will, mysteries and works of God: the hid den things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence.
What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed?
We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh. [p. 193]