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Satanic Knowledge

In New Thought and Pantheism, Satan, Spiritualism, The Devil, The Last Days, Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

Paganism and the gross forms of heathen idolatry, are not adapted to our present enlightened and social state.  It only needs another name: the name of ” Free Love,” and the sanction of laws which Satan himself has helped to frame.   Some can be led as the willing slaves of their lusts. But, there are others, Satan must secure by other means. Reason is their god. To them, the revelations of the Most High are, enigmatic hints of things they cannot comprehend.

“For the god of this world hath blinded their minds, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into their hearts, and give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ“, (2 Cor.4:4-6) They must have certain knowledge, and such a knowledge of secret and future things, as God, in His infinite wisdom, withholds from man; for he would have man “walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Cor. 5:7.) But, what God withholds, Satan offers to impart. They would lift the veil that hides the unseen world from them, and seek to know from those who inhabit it, the things which God has hidden from them, and purposes they shall not know.

The knowledge of Satan is not like ours. We can know nothing of the invisible world from our own observation. Satan can and does.— The invisible world is all untrodden ground to us. To him it is all known and familiar. He, doubtless, does and can know facts, and reveal them too, which it would gratify the curiosity of our nature to know. Facts, long since transpired, even before the birth of any now on earth, are not blotted out of the memory of Satan, who, we may suppose, retains all the knowledge he has ever had of our world for the past 6000 years. These facts he may communicate to man, (and none can prove that he cannot); and these facts being found to be true, the door is now opened wide for the full belief of any number, or any kind of real or supposed facts that Satan may see fit to communicate. The reality of one truth will pave the way for many falsehoods, all of which may be believed with equal faith. In this way, Satan will satisfy the minds of multitudes of the philosophically wise. And as they judge they can find that knowledge in and through his communications which they cannot obtain from the Word of God, the result is easily foreseen. They will reject the revelation which God has given them, as a work behind the age, and not meeting the demands of the times. If this be not so with those who now believe in the revelations that God has made to them in His Word, they will super-add to it these supposed revelations of facts by Satan, and thus will they virtually set aside the Word of God entirely as a rule of life.

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Jesus is Coming

In The Earth Redeemed, The end of the AGE, The Last Days, The Second Advent on April 5, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Son of man cometh.”Matt. 24:44.

If we had no other Scripture, we should expect the Son of Man to come. One jot or one tittle of God’s Word is as sure as God Himself. It can never fail. Jesus said, “The Son of Man cometh,” and this would be sufficient if we had no other Scripture, but we do have other Scriptures. “They shall see the Son of Man coming.” — (Matt. 24: 30) “Your Lord doth come,” — Ver. 42. “The lord of that servant shall come.” — Ver. 50. “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” (Matt. 25 : 6.) “When the Son of Man shall come.” —(Matt. 25:31.)

There is a great deal in the Bible about the second coming of Jesus. Someone has said that the second coming of our Lord is mentioned one hundred and twenty times in the New Testament. Another has said that four per cent of the New Testament is given to this one subject. Still another has said that one verse out of every twenty-six in the entire Bible mentions the second coming of Christ.

The wicked will grow worse until Jesus comes; the righteous, at least a part of them, will grow better.  Some day, without any warning, the trump of God will sound, Jesus will pass around the world as lightning, and those who are alive and are ready for His coming, with all who died ready for His coming, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air.  The Great Tribulation will then set in.  Tribulation such as men have never seen before will come upon the inhabitants of the earth. Just how long these will continue, I am unable to say.  During The Great Tribulation the saints will be in the air preparing for the Marriage of the Lamb.  The Marriage and the Marriage Supper take place just before the close of The Tribulation.  During The Tribulation the Antichrist will be manifested.  At the close of The Tribulation, Jesus rides down from heaven on a white horse, followed by the armies of heaven on white horses, captures the Antichrist, and casts him into the lake of fire. He then lays hold on the devil and binds him in the pit for a thousand years.  During these thousand years Jesus reigns King over the whole earth, having His throne in Jerusalem.  The Millennium will be a time of great peace and prosperity to the inhabitants of the earth.

At the close of the thousand years Satan will be loosed for a little season, will go out upon the face of the earth, and will find many followers.  He will deceive many, and will cause them to come in battle array against Christ and His Throne.  After Satan and his followers have gathered about Jerusalem, fire falls upon them, and they are swept away.  Satan is cast into the lake of fire, and all the wicked are brought to judgment.  The wicked, having been judged and resurrected, are cast into the lake of fire.  All things that offend are taken out of the earth, and the earth is made new.  The Holy City, New Jerusalem, comes down and hangs over the earth.  Nations will be born, and the earth will abide forever.

“The earth abideth forever.” — Eccl. 1: 4.

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Jesus coming ever imminent.

In Anti-Christ, Apostacy, The end of the AGE, The Last Days, The Second Advent on December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

Yesterday,  we tried to show you that the coming of Jesus in the future is a certainty.  Today, we establish the fact that the coming of our Lord is ever imminent.  Imminent means impending, threatening, near. What we mean by the coming of the Lord being ever imminent is that Jesus is likely to come for His Bride at any moment.

Let us examine the 24th chapter of Matthew, the 13th chapter of Mark, the 17th and 21st chapters of Luke.  These chapters predict the second coming of the Lord.  What do we here find portrayed?  A thousand years of peace prior to the coming of Jesus and leading up to that event?  No.  The picture is a dark one. “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” How were the days of Noah?  Let God answer.  “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” — (Gen. 6:5.)  This does not sound like there was a thousand years of peace and righteousness immediately preceding the flood.  Our post-millennial brethren tell us that there will be a thousand years of peace preceding the coming of our Lord; but God says‘, ” As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” — (Matt. 24: 37.)  “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot . . . even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” — (Luke 17: 28-30.)

How was it in the days of Lot? Let God answer. “The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous.” — (Gen. 18: 20)  “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” — (Jude 7.)  “For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.” — (2 Peter 2:8) This does not sound as though we shall have a thousand years of peace before Jesus comes.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” — (Matt. 24: 14.)  Some think that this text teaches that all the world will be converted before Jesus comes. There is no such intimation in the text. The gospel is now preached in many places, but in no place are all converted.

“For that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as,-God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” — (2 Thes. 2: 3, 4)

Will ” that man of sin “ be revealed, destroyed, and then a thousand years of peace ushered in before the coming of Jesus? Let God answer. “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.” — 2 Thes. 2: 7, 8. In this text we are expressly told that the ” man of sin” (the Antichrist) will continue until Jesus comes, and that Jesus will destroy the “man of sin” with the brightness of His coming. How then can we say that a thousand years of peace will precede the coming of Jesus?

The above few passages I have given in contradiction to the post-millennial doctrine.

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The Anti-Christ

In Anti-Christ, Apostacy, demonisim, The Last Days on December 7, 2011 at 8:00 am

In Revelation,the anti-Christ is represented as the beast with ten horns which rises out of the sea (Rev. 13: 1-8). This beast of Rev. 13: 1-8 is the same one that is referred to in Rev. 17:3, 7-18, and is evidently identical with the beast of Dan. 7: 7, and seems, in the first place, to designate some antichristian world-power, either political or spiritual,—a view which does not however, exclude the notion that this power may finally culminate in one king, the eighth, the personal Antichrist, which John also describes as “the beast”, which ” goeth into perdition “ (Rev. 17: 11), recalling the language of 2 Thess. 2:3. At all times there have been many antichrists (opposers of Christ) in the world; but according to Paul (2 Thess. 2: 3-10), all the antichristian and Satanic powers will at last be concentrated in a single human being.

If we closely follow all the features drawn in Scripture, the Antichrist of the last times combines within himself also the marks of a worldly tyrant, after the pattern of Antiochus Epiphanes, a ruler who founds a secular kingdom. He is called “the adversary” (of Christ), “the man of sin “, “the wicked one”, “the lawless one “, because he exalts himself above all law, whether human or divine. His appearance is marked by Satanic signs and wonders. He denies that Christ is come in the flesh (1 John 4: 2, 3) exalts himself above all that is called God, or the worship of God, and gives out that he is God (2 Thess. 2: 4). The ally of antichrist is the false prophet, who is described in the Book of Revelation as the beast out of the earth (i. e. the ordered, cultivated world, in opposition to the beast out of the sea, nations in a state of turbulence). The false prophet, or the beast out of the earth (Rev. 13: 18), is like a lamb in appearance, but speaks like a dragon, speaks poisonous, seductive and deceitful words, brings forward such proofs against the Christian faith, that, if it were possible, the very elect would be deceived, and think that Christianity had been but a dream which Christendom had dreamed through a series of centuries, but from which it had now awakened.

Then will great tribulations befall believers, since all who do not receive the mark of the beast and pay homage to the antichristian world-power, must suffer martyrdom, while the multitudes live in worldliness and security. All who have any degree of skill in placing the signs of the times in the light of God’s Word, will not mistake the fact that those elements are more and more showing themselves from which the false prophet is to be developed; atheistic, materialistic systems, denying God and the existence of spirit, and based upon a purely physical view of existence; a literature, which by its poetry, fictions and romances diffuses the gospel of the flesh among the masses, and upsets all moral notions. Nor can the political state of the times be misunderstood, especially the prevailing tendency to banish Christianity from public life and from the public schools, to undermine all authority, and to break with all historical traditions.

But his ascendency will be of short duration, only “until a time and times and the dividing of a time,” generally understood, from comparison of prophetic statements of time, to mean three years and a half—a brief period, no doubt. In the height of his Satanic power and false pretensions and God-defying arrogance, and when his adherents “ shall say, Peace and safety, sudden destruction shall come.” (1 Thess. 5 : 3.) The Lord Jesus will appear, “coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory,” and ” will consume him with the breath of his mouth, and will destroy him with the brightness of his coming.” This will be the end, the closing event of the present aeon. Then will begin” the times of restoration,” “and the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.” (Dan. 7 : 27 ; Rev. 20 : 4.)

The Apostle Paul has told us (2 Thess. 2: 6) that antichrist cannot come till a power, not further defined by the apostle, but a hindering power, well known to his readers of those days, be taken out of the way.  The believing Church is directed, during this whole period of tribulation and continuance of the antichristian government, to the words: “Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Rev. 13: 10). The parable of ” the wise and foolish virgins” (Matt. 25: 1-13) will then be fulfilled in the widest sense. While the Lord delays his coming, while believers are surrounded by the material powers of persecution and the spiritual delusions of the false prophet, they are tempted to become spiritually faint and weary, and to slumber and sleep, with lamps burnt down and going out. The great thing for us to do is to adhere to the prophetic word, and to take heed thereto, as to a light shining in a dark place (2 Pet. 1: 19), which has faithfully told us of all these things before, that they may not overtake us unprepared.

A distinction between The end of the World and The end of the Age.

In The end of the AGE, The Last Days, The Second Advent on March 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The end of the world, which synchronizes with the last judgment, is doubtless a long ways off. If the writer’s conception of the teaching of the prophets is correct, a whole Millennium of peace and blessing on the earth shall intervene before it takes place. On the other hand, the end of the present age or dispensation may be very near.  The Scofield Reference Bible defines age or “dispensation” as “a period of time during which man is tested in respect to obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God,” and states that seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture.  The present age or dispensation closes with the Second Coming of Christ.  This event, as we understand it, takes place in two stages, or which may be represented by two scenes of a single act. In the first, our Lord comes for His Church, which is His mystical body (Ephesians I. 22, 23), and which is translated to meet Him in the air (1 Thess. IV. 16-18). In the second, He descends out of the air into the earth, or to quote the precise words of Scripture, “He shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. I. 7, 8). The culmination of wickedness at the end of this age, it is predicted, will be marked by an outburst of demonism or spiritism just as at the culmination of the ante-diluvian age. To such predictions the attention of the reader has been called from time to time and they approach a climax as we enter on the study of the Apocalypse.  Prior to entering on that study however, it is important* to be persuaded that, as Pember puts it, the great aim of* Satan in all the ages has not been the spread of absolute skepticism, but the subjugation of the world to demoniacal power. His empire, in other’words, can not be completely organized till men are as obedient to demons as the latter are to the rebel principalities and powers, and these last again to their great prince. “And so the denizens of darkness are not merely stirring up an aimless revolt against God; but would fain annex the whole of our world to their orderly dominions.” Philip Mauro, in “The World and Its God,” puts it in another way, when he says that Satan’s plan is not the destruction or injury of the race, but its well-being rather, that is, its well-being to be achieved by the best possible results attainable apart from God. He is doing his best, in other words, not to drag men down, but to lift them up, but according to his own standards and ideals, and for the advancement of his own interests as opposed to God. Such being true, it may appear strange to read of some things for which evil spirits are scheduled in the history of mankind at the close of this age, and in which Satan himself is to be engaged when he learns that his time is short. But the reason is that his time is short, and because he is tasting the bitterness of defeat. It is because also of his malignity and his lack of scruple in subjugating the victims of his will. Nor are we to forget the plan and purpose of our righteous God, in using, or permitting the use, of these wicked beings in retribution upon those who being reprobate, have “trodden under foot the Son of God and done despite unto the Spirit of grace” (Heb. 10: 29).  Approaching the book of Revelation, we have in the ninth chapter, beginning at the 13th verse, an account of the sounding of the sixth trumpet when the four angels are loosed “which are bound at the great river Euphrates.” These angels had been “prepared for the hour, and day, and month and year that they should kill the third part of man,” which seems to mean that they had been reserved for a particularly appointed moment. In other words, following Bullinger in The Apocalypse, or The Day of the Lord, these periods do not imply the duration of the judgments; but point to the time when they shall take place. There is but one article and one preposition between the four times named, which unites them, whereas had they been repeated it would have separated them and made a period of thirteen months. The very hour, of the very day, of the very month, of the very year is thus appointed by the Judge.  Why they were bound at the river Euphrates we do not know, except that there may be some connection between the abyss whence they arise and wicked old Babylon, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth (Rev. XVII. 5). Satan began his earlier activities in the earth in that region, and there may be a reason for bringing them to a climax in the same locality. (Compare Jeremiah XLVI. 4-10 R.V.)

Suddenly there appear upon the scene armies of horsemen, 200,000,000, from which it may be inferred that they are not human beings but spirits, for spirits are legion. In Isaiah XXXI. we have a warning that the horses of Egypt in which Israel would trust were “flesh and not spirit,” which leads to the supposition that there may be horses that are spirit and not flesh. More than this concerning them one is unable to say, but “when God thus describes them nothing ought to be easier than to believe what He says.” The Revelation goes on to say that by these three plagues, “fire, smoke and brimstone” was the third part of men killed, but that the rest of the men who were not killed, “repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, nor idols  which can neither see, nor hear nor walk.  It is the final and full development of what is called Spiritism which is here referred to, continues Bullinger, and which calls for the plague of the Sixth Trumpet. “Sorceries of which men did not repent,” are the dealings of men with spirit agencies. No wonder that God has so solemnly warned us against them, and no wonder that such awful judgments are to be visited upon them.  It is anticipating somewhat, but it may be well to mention at this point that sorcerers shall have their part in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone, and they shall never walk in the streets of the golden city. (Rev. XXI. 8; XXII. 15.) The twelfth chapter of Revelation furnishes our next illustration, which tells us at verse 7 that “there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels.” There is more than one place spoken of as heaven in Scripture. Perhaps as on earth there are many countries and states, so, some think, heaven may have its different spheres; and in one of these mighty spiritual forces are here revealed as set in battle array.  Michael, described elsewhere as “one of the chief princes” and “the archangel,” is also said to be the prince which standeth for the Jewish people, Israel among the nations (Dan. X. 13, 21; XII. 1; Jude 9). In this action he takes the initiative against the dragon, another name for Satan, whose dominion covers all the powers and governments of the world.  The time has now come in the Divine counsels for the great historical event of the ages, and Satan, who hitherto has had some kind of access to the heavens (Job I. and II.), is about to be cast out, and “the kingdoms of the world become the Kingdom of our God and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation XL 15). But when Satan is thus cast down to the earth, his angels are cast down with him, and they soon cause men to feel the meaning of the awful utterance that follows in the prophetic warning, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Then not merely the demons, but the great angels of darkness, the principalities, the powers, and the spiritual rulers of the world maddened by the thought that they have lost their fair realms forever, and that the Lord is at hand to complete their destruction, will in their rage break through every restraint, and recklessly gratify their own evil desires. A single illustration further will suffice, and we find it in the prediction of the battle of Armageddon in chapter XVI. beginning at verse 12.  “And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates, and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the cast might be prepared.” This gathering of the kings of the east is in order to the great battle in which the heavenly and the Satanic and earthly forces are about to be engaged, an infernal crusade against the Lord and His Anointed (Psalm II). At the sounding of the sixth trumpet we saw a vast supernatural army let loose to slay a third part of men; but here a vast human army is gathered together, the whole of which, as the context shows, will be destroyed by God.  East and West are to be reckoned from the standpoint of the prophecy and not that of the reader, which standpoint is Palestine and Jerusalem. “And I saw,” says the revelator, “three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon (Satan), and out of the mouth of the beast (Antichrist), and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (“For the further description and identity of the false prophet, see chapter XIII. 11-18.)  “For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Compare 1 Kings XXII. 19-38; Joel III. 9-17.)  “And they gather them together to a place in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon (or Har-Magadon).” The name means a Mount of Megiddo, an eminence which rises up out of the plain Esdraelon in northern Palestine, a natural battlefield, where many a contest was fought in the history of Israel; a chosen place of encampment in every contest, from Nebuchadnezzar to the recent march of Allenby into Syria. Slaughter and lamentation are associated with Megiddo (Zachariah XII. li). In Isaiah X. 28, which describes the invasion of Palestine by the Antichrist, the Septuagint version reads “Megiddo.” Having gathered the hosts of the enemy thither, the sixth vial ends, but the description of the events to take place there will be found in connection with the pouring out of the 7th vial as found in Chapter XIX. 11-18.  We conclude with the interjectional clause in this vision, which comes in as a parenthesis. It is the voice of Christ Himself, who, while the demon spirits are gathering the kings and their armies for the last great crisis of the age, exclaims:  “Behold I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”

The Last Days Apostasies

In The Last Days on March 19, 2011 at 8:00 am

1. What will be one characteristic of last-day apostasies?

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Tim. 4:1.)

2. How does Satan deceive the people?

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” (2 Cor. 11:14)

3. What role do his agents assume?

“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” Verse 15.

4. Will Satan and his agents attempt to counterfeit the coming of Christ, and work signs and wonders to confirm their pretentious claims?

“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matt. 24:23, 24)

5. What will be one of the last great signs performed by this means, to fasten men in deception?

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Rev. 13:13, 14)

6. What scripture shows that Satan is to work with special power and deceptive wonders just before Christ’s second coming?

“Whose coming is after the working of Satan with all -power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” (2 Thess. 2:9, 10. See also Rev. 12:12.)

7. While many will be deceived by these wonders, and accept of the false Christs that appear, what will those say who have maintained their love for the truth, and patiently waited for Christ’s return?

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, This is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save xis: This is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.” (Isa. 25:9)

8. What warning has been given us through the apostle Peter?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“As it was in the days of Noah”

In The Last Days on March 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

“But as the days of Noah were,” is His awful declaration, “so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” Thus the closing scenes of this present age will be a reproduction of the days of Noah : the same intense worldliness, and at last positive inability to care for the things of God, which was displayed by the antediluvians, will also be characteristic of our world when Christ begins the judgments that will quickly culminate in the glory of His appearing.  It seems fair, then, to infer that this second manifestation of the spirit that worked in them which were disobedient before the flood will be effected by a conjunction of causes similar to that which formerly produced it. And hence, as we have already remarked, it becomes a matter of the greatest practical importance to comprehend those causes: for whenever they are again found to be simultaneously affecting the masses of the world’s population, the fact will afford a strong presumption that we are drifting rapidly to the great consummation of wickedness; that the avenging glory of the Lord is about to be revealed, so that all flesh shall see it together.  If the present times are only beginning to take the complexion of those of Noah, they send forth a piercing cry of warning, admonishing us to stand with our loins girded about and our lamps burning, waiting for the summons of the Lord. For He will remove His Church, as He removed Enoch, before the wickedness of man has come to its worst. He will take away that which He Himself has called the salt of the earth, and then the corruption of all flesh will go on unchecked, and the world speedily ripen for its doom.

The seven causes of the antediluvian corruption can be summed up as follows:

I. A tendency to worship God as Elohim, that is, merely as the Creator and Benefactor, and not as Jehovah the covenant God of mercy, dealing with transgressors who are appointed to destruction, and finding a ransom for them.

II. An undue prominence of the female sex, and a disregard of the primal law of marriage.

III. A rapid progress in the mechanical arts, and the consequent invention of many devices whereby the hardships of the curse were mitigated, and life was rendered more easy and indulgent Also a proficiency in the fine arts, which captivated the minds of men, and helped to induce an entire oblivion of God.

IV. An alliance between the nominal Church and the World, which speedily resulted in a complete amalgamation.

V. A vast increase of population.

VI. The rejection of the preaching of Enoch, whose warnings thus became a savour of death unto the world, and hardened men beyond recovery.

VII. The appearance upon earth of beings from the Principality of the Air, and their unlawful intercourse with the human race.

These causes concurred to envelope the world in a sensuous mist which no ray of truth could penetrate. They brought about a total forgetfulness of God and disregard of His will; and thus, by removing the great Centre Who alone is able to attract men from themselves, rendered the dwellers upon earth so selfish and unscrupulous that the world was presently filled with lewdness, injustice, oppression, and bloodshed. It remains, therefore, for us to consider whether similar influences are now acting upon society.