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Sixth Edition, 1915
By Dr. John Thomas (first edition written 1861)



Chapter 1


Subsection 2 -"I was in Spirit"



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While conditioned thus, he tells us that he came to be "in spirit" -- !greek!. By reference to Ezekiel we find that when he was about simply to deliver a prophetic discourse, he introduced it by saying, "the Word of Yahweh came unto me, saying"; but when he was about to relate a prophetic vision he had seen, he prefaces his description by informing us that "there was upon me the hand of Yahweh, and he carried me out in spirit of Yahweh." When "in spirit," then, he both sees visions, and hears, and then proceeds to

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narrate. This was the case with John. He was "in spirit," and then he beheld, or was caused to see, what was invisible to men in their normal state. Hitherto he had seen nothing; but as soon as he came to be "in spirit," he beheld a vision, and continued "in spirit" so long as there was any thing to be seen. When the vision disappeared, he was again as usual, and proceeded to write whatever might be communicated. This was the case while writing the letters to the Seven Ecclesias; but when he had finished these, and the time had come to exhibit another vision, he tells us that, preliminary to beholding it, "immediately I was in spirit; and behold a throne" appeared (4:2), and in 17:3, "and he carried me away in spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman"; and so in 21:10. Hence, from the general use of the phrase in this book, we are to understand that when "in spirit," John was in such a relation to Deity as that he could see the things of Deity, which were known only to his Spirit; as Paul has said, "the things of the Deity knoweth no man, but the Spirit of the Deity"; in order, therefore, to know these things by primary visual representation, a man must be as John was, "in spirit."


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