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rushing wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting, and there appeared unto them cloren tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.” And the effect was, that they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance
I have thus proved that physical as well as mental mani. festations of supernatural power from God, through an angel of God, were given to, and produced on man; and we thereon have the foundation-stone laid of man's right to angelic protection and intervention, as much as we have to salvation. If physical manifestations were only for the apostles' days, then salvation was only for the apostles' days: we cannot separate the one from the other. Many mighty physical manifestations are not effected now-a-days because of unbelief, the same as Christ himself stated in his day; divine though he was, still he could not do among his kinsmen many mighty works because of their unbelief.
In classical history we have the same phenomena in a feebler degree, but yet as clear: that devils may and do produce similar kinds of phenomena, there is no doubt; it is simply a question of degree. On this earth among men, there is as much physical power shown by mastiff-headed prizefighters, pickpockets, and murderers, as by any of the good and the true in the ranks of humanity; but there is no law to force any one to herd with the one, or associate with the other. The law still stands good, “ Choose ye this day whom ye
if the Lord be God, serve him," and his angels will be with you to guide you mentally and physically; but if Baal, then serve him, and his devils will guide you mentally and physically.
I need not enter into the mystery of whether the unseen intelligences are all human beings; I rather think not; angels were in existence before the creation of man, and doubtless they are still alive. Spirits give different statements, and they may be all true, or partially true. If men are not all truthful, spirits may not be all truthful. The devil is said to
be the father of lies, and therefore his children may be of the same stamp, may have a family-likeness. Few men in England have had greater opportunities of witnessing spirit-action upon men at circles and in private life than I have, and I have often been struck with the adroitness with which spirits parry off too much inquisitiveness ; the consummate tact they possess of adapting their manifestations of power in convincing men of their existence and influence, to the mental calibre or idiosyncrasy of the individual to be convinced. Many men have I seen who have come to a circle expecting like Naaman that some great thing or manifestation would happen to convince them; they have had some simple, and to others unimportant manifestations, which has rendered powerless the sword-arm of opposition.
So far as I have seen these manifestations, they have never made any man worse than he was before; but I know scores of men, and have heard of hundreds, who thank God for having witnessed them. Before, they had no belief in futurity, no belief in the existence of deceased relations, no belief in special providence. Now, the hymn of thanksgiving is in their hearts; they can breast life's waves, because they know that when their earth duties are over, their song of joy will be joined to those of the loved ones who have gone before; and that while on earth, special providence, produced by Deity through the action of angels and deceased relatives, will guard and guide.
The great beauty of spirit teachings is, the entire absence of sectarianism. “ The Lord God” works through the whole ; sometimes straightforwardly, and sometimes obliquely, depending upon the mental or religious state of the party being operated upon ; but the teachings lead, however circuitous, to the centre of the circle, the pivot truth of Christendom, the acknowledgment that JESUS IS THE CHRIST, the great enunciator of the fact that man is Immortal. Plato, Socrates, Pliny, Aristotle, Cicero, hoped there was a future, but feared it was fancy's dream. Jesus asserted it was a reality, and by signs
and miracles gave power to his teachings. Life and immortality have been brought to light by the Gospel. Read that Gospel.
" All hail the power of Jesus' name,
Let angels prostrate fall;
And crown him Lord of all.”
Sacred and classic history declare that spirits of greater and lesser
power govern provinces and empires, and that commotions and perturbations take place among them as to the mode of governing, and the warding off lesser or greater spirits from interference with the empires of matter they rule over. I quote only two instances of this, so as to show the mechanism in action for acting upon man : that mechanism existing, the question resolves itself into a simple one of POWER. God the Creator and Preserver of the worlds, must be good and powerful, because all his works are good and display power; therefore the mind naturally bends to the conviction, that that power must be supreme, and his agents must be supreme; and when evil is intended, and attempted by inferior influences, the greater will overcome the lesser.
DANIEL TAE Seer states, “I lifted up my eyes and saw a certain man clothed in linen; his body was like the beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes as lamps of fire, his arms and feet like in colour to polished brass, and his voice like a multitude. I alone saw the vision, but the men with me were seized with a great quaking, so that they fled to hide themselves. Then said he unto me, 'Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand and chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come because of thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one-and-twenty days; but lo! Michael, one of the chief princes, came to my help, and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people (the Jews) in the latter days, yet the vision is for many days.'
Then said he,
.... Now will I return to fight with the Prince of Persia : and when I am gone forth, lo! the Prince of Grecia shall come; but I will show thee that which is noted in the Scripture of truth; and there is none that holdeth with me in these things but Michael your prince.'” Michael was the recognised angel of the Lord for the Jewish people, and this statement gives the key to the expressions of “Prince of the power of the air;" and "principalities and powers" mentioned in Scripture; and also shows how nations are governed by spiritual powers.
I turn now to classic history, and quote from Pliny :
SPECTRES.—What particularly inclines me to give credit to their existence, is the narrative I heard of Curtius Rufus. When he was yet in low circumstances, and unknown in the world, he attended the governor of Africa into that province. One evening as he was walking in the public portico, he was extremely surprised with the figure of a woman, which appeared to him of a size and beauty more than human. She told him she was the TUTELAR POWER of Africa, and was come to inform him of the future events of his life : that he should go back to Rome, where he should be raised to the highest honours, and return to that province invested with the proconsular dignity, and there should die. Accordingly every circumstance of this prophecy was actually accomplished. It is said farther, that upon his arrival at Carthage, as he was coming out of the ship, the same figure accosted him upon the shore.
This statement is also given in the Annals of Tacitus.
It is obvious, therefore, that the statements of the existence of National Genii is true ; and that unseen beings, localised in any longitude and latitude, enjoy themselves according to the climate, the aromas, and the essences which ascend from material substances; and a careful examination of the spirit manifestations in India, in South and North America, in Africa, in Turkey, and in Europe, confirms this view. It is startling, and induces us to read history under a fresh aspect.
Having traversed through several powers in Man, and in
spirit, we are now in sight of illustration of those powers; and to the assertion, that spirits-disembodied spirits, are better engaged than in attending to human affairs, and clustering round men when assembled together, and acting upon them, and upon inanimate substances; the reply is, that if God in Christ did not think it beneath him to come and interfere in human affairs, I see no reason why his servants should be too proud or too much engrossed with their own extra happiness, to refuse casting a look of pity, of love, and of help towards those still trammelled by the body, but who will shortly join them, when freed from its weight.
One thing is certain, Spirits do communicate physically with man; and I think, they are better judges of whether it is meet and right so to manifest themselves to those who seek them; than persons of limited mental
little knowledge of the subject. I have already in this Section upon Angels, shown the effects produced upon many by these manifestations ;—nay more, on the right hand and on the left, the literary celebrities of the age are earnestly examining these phenomena, as developed in scores of families in London; and the proofs they have had, and are having even at their own homes, have been so powerful, that the future literature of England will be deeply tinged with spirit life. England is the moral and political focus of the world. Its literature radiates Europe, America, India, Australia, and the islands of the sea; and the practical belief in spirit life, generated by spirit manifestations, will influence the higher destinies of thousands upon thousands of this and succeeding generations. Yes, God permits his spirits to so act on the weak and foolish things of this world, as to convince humanity that man does live when his physical structure is in the grave; and that the golden rule, “Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly,' should influence every movement of our lives ; -50 that when we enter upon our new state of being, regret and anguish may not wring the mind for wrong done in times gone by.
Men who have resisted divine revelation as unfolded in the sacred books ;-men who resisted the declarations of their fel.