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A View of the Scripture Revelations Respecting Good and Evil Angels - R Whatley (1856)

A View of the Scripture Revelations Respecting Good and Evil Angels

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Any one who has been accustomed to study the Scriptures with attention and with interest, will be likely to have been struck with the circumstance that the notices there occurring, of Angels, are few, and very brief and scanty. And it is probable that you may have sometimes felt a degree of disappointment at this, and a wish to know more, on so curious and interesting a subject ; and perhaps even something of wonder also that more has not been revealed to us upon it.

We learn that there are in the Creation, Beings —Perhaps very numerous—both good and evil, apparently much superior to Man in knowledge and power, and having some connection with human transactions. The curiosity is natural and excusable, to know some particulars respecting their nature—the various Orders of them—their employments— and the whole condition of their life. But on these, and other such particulars, the Sacred Writers afford us, as I have said, either very scanty information or none at all.

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Learn about A View of the Scripture Revelations Respecting Good and Evil Angels :

Any one who has been accustomed to study the Scriptures with attention and with interest, will be likely to have been struck with the circumstance that the notices there occurring, of Angels, are few, and very brief and scanty. And it is probable that you may have sometimes felt a degree of disappointment at this, and a wish to know more, on so curious and interesting a subject ; and perhaps even something of wonder also that more has not been revealed to us upon it.

We learn that there are in the Creation, Beings —Perhaps very numerous—both good and evil, apparently much superior to Man in knowledge and power, and having some connection with human transactions. The curiosity is natural and excusable, to know some particulars respecting their nature—the various Orders of them—their employments— and the whole condition of their life. But on these, and other such particulars, the Sacred Writers afford us, as I have said, either very scanty information or none at all.

Now it may not perhaps have occurred to you that this very circumstance is a strong confirmation of the divine origin of our Scriptures. Supposing we could perceive no reason at all why God should have withheld from us a fuller revelation of things so interesting to our curiosity, this, at least, we can plainly perceive, that if our Scriptures had been the work of mere men—if they had been either the dream of fanatical enthusiasts, or the “cunningly devised fables” of impostors—we may be sure they would have contained abundance of pretended revelations concerning the nature, and the number, and the different Orders, and the occupations, of Angels.

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