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away from being a city: then Edom will meet its doom. Nor must we hide from ourselves the sinfulness of explaining away the force of the descriptions of Scripture under the pretext that the language is poetic, exaggerated, and virtually untrue. If we say that the predictions of Psalm xviii., or the closing verses of Revelation vi., or Isaiah xiii. 9, 10, 11, or Joel iii. 9, 10, &c., have been fulfilled in any past events in the history of Earth, we open wide the door to the reckless impiety of Neologianism, and the dishonesty of “Non-naturalism," in all its forms. Satan, no doubt, desires that we should hide from ourselves, and from others, all that Scripture has reveaied respecting both the glories, and the terrors, and the judgments of the great Day of visitation. Shall we voluntarily enter his snares? Shall we deliberately nullify that which God has said respecting the great Day of the Coming of our God and Saviour? Figurative language, and symbolic visions, can convey to us the knowledge of literal facts, quite as well as simple language.
They who may kindly condescend to read and consider the statements made in the following pages will, I think, admit that, if those statements
be true, the teaching of Christendom since the Apostles died, has been on these subjects fearfully false;* and that a rectification of doctrine is urgently required. Such a rectification would, no doubt, involve a vast change in our present habits of thought and action. If, on the other hand, my statements be false, they cannot be too strongly denounced, or too strenuously resisted. These are subjects that do not admit of compromise, or qualification.
That there are many blemishes in this book, I feel acutely: but I am equally convinced that its facts and principles are substantially true. Repetition may be complained of, but this can scarcely be avoided in a book written at different periods, and having to do with circumstances identical as to time, but different as to locality.
The words I take refuge in are, “If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared."
My earnest desire is that not one self-conceived thought of my own should have any influence. I
* Extracts given in the Postscript from the writings of Augustine, Jerome, and Lightfoot justify this condemnation.
desire that all who fear God should be brought nearer to God and to His ways, and be truly enabled to say, “By the Word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the Destroyer.” The bright blaze of the light of concentrated AntiChristianism will soon be seen in avowed contrast with the light sent forth by God, through His Prophets and Apostles, to guide unto His holy hill and to His Tabernacles. Which shall we follow ? The one leads surely to the Pit; the other to Christ, and to His glory.
LONDON, Fuly, 1890.
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