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12    If we remember the beautiful description which Sir Walter Scott puts into the mouth of Rebecca the Jewess in the story of Ivanhoe, — 15When Israel, of the Lord beloved, Out of the land of bondage came, Her fathers’ God before her moved, 18An awful guide, in smoke and flame, — we may also offer the prayer which concludes the same hymn, — 21And oh, when stoops on Judah’s path In shade and storm the frequent night, Be Thou, longsuffering, slow to wrath, 24A burning and a shining light!

Revelation xii. 7, 8. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the 27dragon fought, and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

    The Old Testament assigns to the angels, God’s divine 30Angelic officesmessages, different offices. Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and 567 567:1fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the more quiet task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering 3Love. These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through 6the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, ever-present Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death. 9Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with 12them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.

Revelation xii. 9. And the great dragon was cast out, 15that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

18    That false claim — that ancient belief, that old serpent whose name is devil (evil), claiming that there is intelliDragon cast down to earthgence in matter either to benefit or to injure 21men — is pure delusion, the red dragon; and it is cast out by Christ, Truth, the spiritual idea, and so proved to be powerless. The words “cast 24unto the earth” show the dragon to be nothingness, dust to dust; and therefore, in his pretence of being a talker, he must be a lie from the beginning. His angels, or mes27sages, are cast out with their author. The beast and the false prophets are lust and hypocrisy. These wolves in sheep’s clothing are detected and killed by innocence, the 30Lamb of Love.

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