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“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many . . . . And there shall arise false Christs and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matt. 24:11, 24). Our Lord Jesus Himself prophesied of the cult explosion now occurring in the proliferation both of world-religions and the major and minor cults. In this article we are interested in what the Bible has to say of this dark side of apostasy; and since the Bible, in general, may be divided thus—prophecy (the Old Testament),...

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Scripture’s first view of this symbolic sanctuary fixture is from within the heart of God’s house outward. If God is to be known at all. He must of necessity reveal Himself, and doing so begin from Himself, moving outward to man. This is evident from God’s instructive commands to Moses to build the tabernacle and its furnishings as issued in Ex. 25:31-40. There we are brought immediately into the holy of holies where was the ark of the covenant.

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In the twenty-seventh chapter of the Book of Acts we read the narrative of the voyage, which, in the providence of God, Paul took as occasioned by his appeal to Caesar when he was indicted before Festus (Acts 25:10f.). But before Paul had made his defense before that governor he had received by promise the Divine assurance that he would be safely brought to Rome (Acts 23:11).

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Perhaps the most fitting passage of scripture to be read in this connection would be the twentieth-eighth chapter of Job where we have a contrast between earth’s most precious metals, and the greatest prize of heaven, wisdom. The chapter touches upon the process of mining, and the miner’s life, mentioning four of the six metals which are named in scripture. These metals are silver, gold, iron and copper (“brass,” A.V.). The other two metals mentioned elsewhere in the Bible are lead and tin.

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