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The Vastation of the Church
The sayings of Jehovah are clean sayings, Silver refined in a crucible of earth, refined sevenfold. Psalm 22:19
Prophets and Psalms 0. The things that follow [in this little work treat of]:
This week we will focus on numbers 2, 3, 4, and 15.
Definition of “vastation”: AC 407. It generally happens with the passage of time that the Church reaches a state when it departs from true faith until at last it comes to be entirely destitute of faith, when it is said to be “vastated” [or “laid waste”].... At the time of the Lord’s advent the Jewish Church was in such a state of vastation that they knew nothing about the Lord.... Such was also the case with the primitive Christian Church, or that which existed after the Lord’s advent, and which at this day is so completely vastated that there is no faith remaining in it. Yet there always remains some nucleus of a church, which those who are vastated as to faith do not acknowledge....
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