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Elpis Israel
by Dr. John Thomas

Their present intrigues are contributing to kindle a flame in Europe, that will convert it into " a lake of fire burning with brimstone Into this will the Beast, and the Lawless One, his pseudo-prophet, be "cast alive".

The dominions they represent will be utterly destroyed by the lightning and thunderbolts of war; and their power transferred to the Dragon, the Old Serpent, surnamed the Devil and Satan, of whom I have already spoken in the last section.

The binding of the Dragon will terminate the struggle which began in 1848.

Sin will then be chained; and all flesh implicated in maintaining its ascendancy, be put to shame before the universe of God.

CHAPTER IV

The trial of the Transgressors -- Of the Literal and the Allegorical -- The sentence upon the Serpent particularized -- The "Peace and Safety" cry -- Jesus came not to send peace, but a sword -- The Peace Society the enemy of God -- Cain, Abel, and Seth -- Atheism defined -- Cain rejected as the progenitor of the Woman's Seed, and Seth appointed -- The Antediluvian apostasy -- The Cainites and Sethites distinct Societies -- Their union the ruin of the old world of which eight sons of Seth only survive -- The Foundation of the World -- The sentence upon Woman -- Her social position defined -- The sentence upon Adam -- The Constitution of Sin -- Of sin as a physical quality of the flesh -- Of the hereditary nature of Jesus -- Of "original sin" -- Men, sinners in a two-fold sense -- The Constitution of Righteousness -- Men become saints by adoption -- The Three Witnesses -- The "new birth" explained -- The Two Principles -- Of "the light within" -- The scripture revelation the divine principle of illumination -- The awful condition of "the church" -- Of the Hidden Man of the Heart.

In the previous chapter, I have treated of the introduction of sin into the world; its immediate effects upon the transgressors; and of some of its remoter consequences upon their posterity.

We left Adam and his companion hid among the trees of the garden, greatly alarmed at the voice of God; and overwhelmed with shame at the condition to which they had reduced themselves.

But, though hid, as they supposed, they soon found the truth of the saying that is written, that "there is not any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do".

When the Lord God called to Adam, he said, in answer to the question, "Where art thou?

" "I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself".

This was the truth as far as it went; but it was not the whole truth.

Fear, shame, and concealment are plainly avowed; but why he was ashamed he was not ingenuous enough to confess.

The Lord God, however, knowing from the mental constitution He had bestowed upon him, that man could not be ashamed unless his conscience was defiled by transgression of His law in fact or supposition, directed His next inquiry so as at once to elicit a confession of the whole truth.

"Who told thee," said He, "that thou wast naked?

" Did I tell thee, or did any of the Elohim?

Or, "Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

" Thou hast no cause to be afraid of Me, or ashamed of thine appearance as I have formed thee; unless thou hast sinned against Me by transgressing My law.

Thou hast heard My voice, and stood upright and naked in My presence before, and weft not ashamed; what hast thou done?

Why coverest thou thy transgression by hiding thine iniquity in thy bosom?

But Adam, still unwilling to be blamed according to his demerits, in confessing reflected upon the Lord God, and turned evidence against Eve.

"The woman," said he, "whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat".

As much as to say, If thou hadst not put her in my way, and I had been left to myself, I should not have done it.