And he had in his hand a little scroll open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
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earth: The preaching of the Christian faith is extended by land and sea. But, allegorically, the stronger members are placed in the greater dangers, the others in such as are suited to them. For God "does not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able." THE SEVEN THUNDERS <a
book: This is the book which was mentioned above, and which was closed by a long-continued covering, and was at last unfastened by the grace of the Lord, that, as the Prophet says, even "the deaf might hear the words of the book." And with reason is His face as the sun, because He now carries an open book.
His feet, as we have said above, are the apostles. For that both things in sea and land are trodden under foot by Him, signifies that all things are placed under His feet. Moreover, he calls Him an angel, that is, a messenger, to wit, of the Father; for He is called the Messenger of great counsel. He says also that He cried with a loud voice. The great voice is to tell the words of the Omnipotent God of heaven to men, and to bear witness that after penitence is closed there will be no hope subsequently.