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SKEPTICISM

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DIVINE REVELATION.

BY

JOHN ELLIS, M.D.,

Author of the "Avoidable Causes of Disease," " "Address to the Clergy,"
"The Wine Question in the Light of the New Dispensation," Etc.

THE TRUE HOPE OF MANKIND AT THIS DAY IS NOT IN LOOKING
BACK TO JUDAISM, ROMAN CATHOLICISM, OR ANY OF THE

FORMS OF THE PAST-BUT FORWARD AND UPWARD TO THE
NEW JERUSALEM, WHICH IS NOW, IN THIS NEW AGE, DESCEND-
ING FROM GOD OUT OF HEAVEN.

PUBLISHED

NEW YORK:

BY THE AUTHOR.

1882.

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PREFACE.

T has been our aim in writing and compiling this work to show. in the light of revelation, to human reason—

1st. That there is a known personal God, who has revealed Himself to us as a Divine Man in His Word; and also in man and in the works of creation which surround us, when the latter are viewed in the light of revelation.

2d. That the material universe and man have been created from the spiritual world, and that all material objects and forms are but manifestations of affections and thoughts primarily from God, even if secondarily from man, either as a true or perverted image of God. As all of man's words and works spring from, or are caused by, his affections and thoughts, which are spiritual, the former necessarily correspond to the latter, as an effect does to its cause. So all of God's words and works must spring from, or be caused by, His affections and thoughts, and the latter must necessarily correspond to the former, as effects do to their causes; therefore, as God's werks are infilled with life, and in this respect differ totally from the works of man, so if He has given us a Word, containing spiritual knowledge, it must differ from the words of man by being full of spirit and life, like His works.

3d. That the Sacred Scriptures are written according to this science of correspondences between natural and spiritual things; consequently God's Word and His works can never conflict, v ever the appearance.

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4th. That the Lord at this day has revealed to us the correspondences in accordance with which the Sacred Scriptures were written, and by which they must be interpreted, if man is to be able to see and know the interpretation to be true, as he knows any of the interpretations of the natural sciences to be true. By the aid of this newly revealed science, we find that the Sacred Scriptures have a connected spiritual sense which is never contradictory.

5th. That this revelation of the spiritual sense of the Divine Word, and True Doctrines, is the fulfillment of the prophecies in regard to the Lord's Second Coming.

Our chief object has been to call the attention of the reader to the revelations made by the Lord for the benefit of this new, this crown ing and endless age which is dawning upon us.

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I. A Personal God....

II. Special Revelation from a Personal God

III. Have we any Special Revelations from a Personal

God?......

IV. The First Chapters of Genesis..

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VI. Brief Exposition of the Internal Sense of the First
Chapter of Genesis...

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V. Genesis, Chapter. First, and Creation .

VII. The Creation of Man and Woman (as described in the
First Chapter of Genesis, and as described in the
Second).

VIII. Eve.......

IX. The Garden of Eden-Its Trees and River......

X. The Fall of Man-The Serpent and Curse Introduced

into the World.

XI. Cain and Abel....

XII. The Flood-General Remarks..

XIII. Noah

XIV. Shem, Ham, and Japheth

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XV. The Flood of Waters..

XVI. The Ark

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XVII. The Tower of Babel...

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XVIII. Sun Worship and Idolatry-Their Origin....

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XIX. Spiritualism..

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XX. Mediate Revelation by the Word, or Immediate by

Spirits-Which is Preferable? ...

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