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We do not hesitate to express a belief that we have advanced much curious matter on many curious subjects, worthy the reader's attention, which are doubtless calculated to induce thought and elicit conversation, and lead men to read the Bible, which, in reality, contains more useful and wonderful information, than all the books of mankind put together.
The nature of the subjects, upon which we have treated in this work, are of necessity, such as are denominted the terrible; but on this account, we hope it will not be rejected, while we remember that it is written by St. Paul: (2d Cor. v. 11,) “Knowing the TERROR of the Lord, we persuade men.” With this view, therefore, namely, to persuade men to read the Bible, and the more earnestly to examine it, to arouse the attention of men to the subjects we have treated upon, and to check—according to our ability, Universalist opinions, in their overflow of the land, we set it afloat on the sea of public opinion, asking the favor of a wide dispersion of the work, and of its being thoroughly read and compared with the Scriptures—having with respect to these objects, the good wishes, at least, of
INDEX TO PART FIRST.
The manner in which serpents moved over the ground Lofcre
the curse, according to a certain ancient author; with a full account of
of the largest description, by the Egyptians......
any animal whatever, as used by Satan, in the beguiling of the first
Strictures on Mr. Balfour's opinions, respecting orthodox
Christians having dorived many opinions from the ancient Persians, or
the writings of Zoroaster; with other subjects......
Proofs of the fall of the angels; refutation of soveral propo
sitions of Balfour, which accuses the orthodox sects of deriving their
there was which misled Eve was her lusts; with other curious matters,
examined; God revealed to the angels; his reasons for creating freo
agents, though he foreknew that some roould sin,...
world was inade; and an account of those who fell in that trial; tho
of creation, &c.....
was, as spoken of by Isaiah the prophet; whether the king of Babylon
or Satan the fallen angel,..
spoken of in the New Testamont; with other curious matters,......
that the worst hell there is in existence is in this life, examined ; and is
found Psalms, lxxxvi. 13 ; with other interesting subjocts,.....
in ages past, by fire, as this is to be; with proofs of such occurronces,
INDEX TO PART SECOND.
Account of the operation of Satan, with the heads of our
race-Adam and Eve; with further evidence of tbe real oxistence of
Satan and evil spirits, with strictures on the Universalist belief, that
are all the devils there are in existence; with other curious matters,
aboat the fall of our first parents .....
broken the law about the torbidden tree, and offered its fruit to Adain,
Further proofs of the being of Satan, and of his real identity,
as shown from the book of Job, and other Scriptures; with further
Universalists; and other curious matters....
angels-shown from the text of the New Testament-his operation
the carnal mind is one of the devils of human nature, &c......
world is to be destroyed by fire, &c.......
in this life, or in another; a guilty conscience pargatory-as held by
subjects, &c. .....
ancient times with proofs that they were worshiped ,--and even in
are they of God or of Satan? with other curious matters,
this subject-of Simon Magus, and the Gnostics; evil spirits east out of
versalist doctrines and opinions......
and of the human soul when disembodied ; with conjectures how oril
spirits get the possession of human beings,...
relation to a hell after death....
not die or sleep, from death till the resurrection-as held by some Uni.
TO THE SUBSCRIBER.
HISTORY OF THE FALLEN ANGELS, &C.
That there exists a supernatural being, designated by the original term, and name, Satan, is believed by all the Christian sects, denominated orthodox; yet we do not find among the great number of this description of Christians any belief extant of the existence of but onc such being; while it is held by them that there are many evil spirits or supernatural demons, who are inferior in mental ability, and subordinate to this one Satan ; who before he fell, was one of the only two archangels, of all the intellectual powers, which God created in the very out-set and beginning of existences.
The names of those two archangels, when first created, were Michael and Luciser, as we shall show in the course of the work; Michael signifying, “the might of God." and Lucifer, Light-bringer. St. Jude, the Prophets Daniel and Isaiah, speak of these beings, under those names; orthodox christians believe that these two highest of all angelic orders, as well as all beneath them, were created by the Word of God, who, in the course of nges, created not only our carth, but all other worlds, and continties to create as he pleases, and will continue thus to 'create ad infinitum, peopling them and constituting them as he will ; and that this Word of God--the Second Person of the ever-adorable and mysterious Trinity--in the fullness of periods, became incarnale, or in other words, became flesh alid dwelt among men: achen he received the name of Jesus Christ.
According to these, the orthodox sects, it is believed that one of these archangels, namely, Lucifer, féll from his first condition, together with many other angels of lower orders, and were therefore, necessarily, bereft of all happiness, which constitutes their departure from, or fall from heaven, their first estate. The first inforınation of this occurrence, they believe is found in Gen csis, the book of the generations of the heavens and the earth, at the beginning of the 3d chapter, as written by Moses; and is believed to be the eldest literary work now in being: the Chivese and Hindoo books not excepted: which by some it it is said, however, claim an astonishing antiquity, amounting even to millions of years, if not of ages; but are known, and ascertained by the enlightened antiquarian societies of the age, and especially