Observations on Mr [E B ] Elliott's Horуж Apocalypticуж

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 106 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... judge of subjects of quite a dissimilar nature, such as the visions of the Apocalypse; but no such affinity can be observed, and all that Mr. Elliott himself can say of Ezekiel's act, is, that it aiFords "a probable key and guide" (III. 224) for the system of conversion of time which he advocates. As regards the knowledge possessed by the early church of this principle of interpretation, it would appear according to Mr. Elliott that for the first four centuries the days in the Apocalypse were universally taken as literal ones; that after this, up to the 13th century, certain expositors gave various mystical meanings to the term of the duration of the beast, but not the one now in question, and in the instance of the three and a half days during which the two witnesses were to lie unburied, converted these into years, --one expositor doing the same by the 150 days of the torment spoken of in. Rev. ix. 5. These facts by no means strengthen Mr. Elliott's position, for they show that in the Apostolic age, and onwards, the system he inculcates was absolutely unknown, and that it was at a period acknowledged to be one when much corruption prevailed, that the early method of accepting the scripture was departed from, and then in a way so arbitrary and unmethodical, as to prove that mere self will was the origin of the change. It is from such parentage that Mr. Elliott would derive his yearday system, and truly not at all inappropriately so, for to nothing but the exigency of self willed interpretations can it be traced. If this system had been really one which the Spirit had designed for adoption, few will dispute but that it should have been placed within the reach of the church in all ages. But Mr. Elliott has to acknowledge that such was not the case, and I u...

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