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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...from the dead, and speaks of them as but a few among many. The instealing into the Church visible of the great apostacy, in respect of its two earlier principles and features, both as depicted in the prophecy, and as prominent on the historic page, corresponding to that of the fourth century. On that account, God's judgments were represented in vision as commissioned against Roman Christendom. Accordingly, the tempests of the four first trumpets fell upon it. God's judgments in the Gothic war did not effect their intended end, to the expurgation of the apostacy out of the Church, either in the east that witnessed it, or the west that was subverted by it. Throughout the century and a-half, or two centuries, during which the judgment denounced went on fulfilling its commission, the evil went on advancing. New superstitions and corruptions were added to the old; and the old became more rooted in the Church and confirmed. The sacraments were still ministered, and regarded as that which acted as a charm to men's salvation. The relics of the saints were still venerated, and the saints prayed to, as the best and most powerful mediators with God. Moreover, the advancing step had been made as the fifth century progressed, to the belief of those relics being endued with miraculous virtue to cure diseases, restore the maimed, give sight to the blind, raise the dead, and assure any temporal blessing prayed for, --the miracles ascribed to them being such and so many as quite to outrival the recorded miracles of Christ and' His disciples. The relics were multiplied, and devoutly worshipped. Pictures representing the miracles and the miracle-working saint, were suspended in the churches of the fifth century. The saint's image was supposed to attend and...
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  • Paperback | 354 pages
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739361
  • 9781236739360