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Miller’s Works, vol. 2. Evidence from Scripture and History of the Second Coming of Christ about the Year, Page 162

song at the birth of our Savior in Bethlehem of Judea. It explains to us in a divine song what the four beasts are, and gives a key to unlock the mystery of the twenty-four elders, and clearly shows who opens the seals of the book. I shall, in illustrating this subject, inquire

1. Who they were that sung this new song;
2. Show the song, and the occasion of it; and,
3. Speak of the reign and the place where.

1. We are to inquire who are the singers in this grand chorus. The prophet calls them “the four beasts,” or, as it might have been more properly translated, four animate beings; and the “four and twenty elders,” he also calls them “saints,” See the 8th verse, “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of the saints.” Then comes in our text, “And they sung a new song,” etc. The four beasts is a figurative representation of the whole New Testament church, not only in character, but in chronology, representing the four different stages of trial through which the church should pass in her pilgrimage in the wilderness of this world, before she would enter the visible kingdom of her glorious Redeemer, the new Jerusalem, and reign on the earth. And every individual Christian, who may live any length of time after his conversion, passes through some or all of these states of trial. The four and twenty elders are the twelve patriarchs, which are sometimes called prophets, and the twelve apostles of the Lamb. For it is said, we are built on the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ being the chief corner-stone; and figuratively it may represent the faithful and true ministers of Jesus Christ, the same as the twenty-four courses of the priesthood under the Jewish economy. See 1 Chronicles 24:7-19. And the four beasts are typified by the four grand divisions of the Jewish camp under Moses. The first, on the east, was to follow the standard of Judah; that on the south side, and second in the march, was the standard of Reuben; on the west side, Ephraim, and his was the third standard in the march; on the north side was Dan’s

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