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The sacred Scriptures, or Word of the Lord,
MANIFESTED AND LAID OPEN;
THE BOOK OF GENESIS,
RELATIONS OF WONDERFUL THINGS
The World of Spirits and the Heaven of Angels.
Now first translated from the original Latin of
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CHAPTER THE THIRTY-SECOND.
4229. In the fourth volume of this work was begun to be explained what the Lord had predicted in Matthew, chap. xxiv. concerning the last judgment, and that explication hath been premised as prefatory to the chapters in that and in the fifth volume, and bath been continued even to verse 31 of the same evangelist, see n. 3353 to 3856, n. 3486 to 3489, n. 3650 to 3655, n. 3897 to 3901, n. 4056 to 4060. What the internal sense of all the contents of that chapter, so far as hath been already explained, is in a summary, appears manifest from what hath been said above, viz. that prediction is made concerning the successive vastation of the church, and lastly concerning the establishment of a new church, in this order, I. That they began not to know what good and truth is, but disputed on the subject. II. That they despised good and truth. III. That they did not acknowledge them in heart. IV. That they profaned them. V. And whereas the truth of faith and the good of charity would yet remain with some, who are called the elect, the state of faith is described on this occasion. VI. And next the state of charity.