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THE A P O C A JJ Y P S E ;
CRITICAL, EXPOSITORY, AND PRACTICAL:
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HULSEAN LECTURES FOR THE YEAR 1848.

BY

CHR. WORDS\VORTH, D. D.,


CANON OF WEBTMUCSTER;
,oaa1&LY P&LLOW or T&OOTY COLLICGI. CAMB&lDOI, roauc O&ATO& o, TB&
OIUV&&llTY.

FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION.

PHILADET.PHIA:

HERMAN HOOKER,
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF EIGHTH AND CHESTNUT BTRBETB,

1852.

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TO THI:

STUDENTS

UNIVERSIY OF CAMBRIDGE,
A!ID OP ALL OTBll:R BCROOLI

A!ID 811:lll!IARIES

OF 1001'0 AND UBll:PUL L.EARlU!IO,

THESE LECTURES

ON A BOOK PROVIDED BY THE DMNE GOODNF.SS


FOB TIIElB GUlDANCB, WA&NINO, AND ENOOURAO&IIBIIT,
IN THE TBIAI.S OP TffB LA'ITER DAYS.

PREFACE.

THE Present Volume forms the Sequel and Conclusion of


the Author's HulBean Lectures "on the CANON of the HOLY
SCRIPTURES of tlie Old and New Testament and on the Apo
crypha."
The greater portion of the present Discourses was preached
before the University of Cambridge in the months of April and
October, 1848 ;* and they are now published in compliance
with the injundtions of the pious and learned Founder of the
Lectureship, the REVEREND JOHN HULSE.
In some of the following Lectures reference will be found to
an APPENDIX, which the Author had intended, in the first in
stance, to add to thu Volume ; but, as the printing advanced,
it was found that it would swell the work to an inconvenient
bulk ; and it will therefore be embodied in a separate Volume,
which will shortly be published, t and which will also contain
the APOCALYPSE, in the ORIGINAL GREEK, from the best Manu
scripts, and a revised ENGLISH VERSION, and HARMONY, with
NOTES.
In this Edition a Discourse is added "On the Prpphecy of
St. Paul concerning the Man of Sin."
Cloiatera, We,tminaler .B.bl,ey.

They were al10 preached at Weltminster Abbey, in the 1&me year.


t tThil hu now been publilhed.)

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

LECTURE L
On tie Doctriru of a Milknai11na.
Introduction
Characteristics of the Apocalypse; Seal ofthe Bible
General acknowledgment of its Genuineness and Inspiration in
primitive times
Subeequent ambiguities; how to be accounted fur
Origin ofthe doctrine ofa Millennium.
From Judaiatic preconceptiona, generally
Cerinthus
Papias, Oral Tradition
The Montanists
Littral interpretation of prophetical, figurative, language
From the Rabbinical idea ofa Sabbatical Millennium
On the authority ofIreneus in this matter
Influence ofthis doctrine on the Apocalypse
A Parallel in the case ofthe Epistle to the Hebrews
Caius, the Roman Presbyter
Reflections on the above facts
Recovery
Origen
Dionysius ofAlexandria
Congre and Conference on the Millennium
Its reeult
St. Jerome-His language concerning a Millennium
St. Augustine-His language on the same subject
The doctrine of a Millennium called heretical
Not known in the Church for a thousand years

P.1.08

21
22

ib.
23
ib.
24
ib.
ib.
ib.
25
26
28
29
ib.
SO
31
35
ib.
ib.
ib.
ib.
33
34
35
ib.

viii

Tahle of Content,.

PAGB
Testimonies on this subject, of Cornelius a Lapide, Tillemont, Dr.
Barrow, Dr. Hammond, Bishop Andrewes
3.'>, 38, 68
Dr. Lightfoot
43, 55, 58
Revival ofthill doctrine-Its results
36
Its elfects on the Apocalypse

ib.
ib.
Judgment of the Catholic Church on the Millennium
24
Judgment of eminent coniinental Reformers on the same subject
ib.
Judgment of the Augsburgh Confession
38
Judgment of the Church of England
ib.
Article of King Edward VI.
ib.
Thirty-nine Articles .
ib.
English Liturgy
39
Warnings against this doctrine
40
Pleas of its advocates-Reply
Thill doctrine, grounded on Judaistic notion11, on oral tradition, and on
ib.
erroneous notions of the .Plan of the Apocalypse
41
The true view of that Plan, and especially of the Twentieth Chapter
43
How Scripture is to be interpreted
44
The l\f illennarian doctrine " repugnant to Scripture"-Proof of this
35, 47,65, 70
And to the teaching of the Church
Apology for some ancient. Millennarians; their case very different
48
from that of modern ones

LECTURE II.
On the Doctri of a Millennium.
50
Recapitulation
52
Warnings to younger students concerning Scripture Interpretation
ib.
What is Scripture ; and what is not
53
Interpretation of the Twentieth Chapter of the Apocalypse
How and when Satan toaa bound
54
Objections answered
66
The Jirt Reaurrection
58,65, 470
Howthe Saint reig n, and to them judgment ia g iven
61
Other objections stated and answered
65
1. What ill meant by the word Reaurrection
58,65
2. What by a thou.and. gear,
67
Bishop Andrewes
68
Scriptural Parallels-Expoeition of the Fathers
68,69
Practical application
70
The last persecution
72