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The Spirit World 1906

The Spirit World 1906

By: Joseph Hamilton

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Published in 1906 | 278 pages | PDF reader required

CONTENTS

1. THE PREVAILING MATERIALISM
The Pursuit of Knowledge—The Worldly-wise Man—Materialism in School and Church—Miracles Explained Away—Early Visions of Immortality—Sadness of Unbelief—Testimony of Ian Maclaren—Discoveries in Physical Science—The Struggle for Bread—Extremes of Wealth and Poverty—Wisdom of Moderation—A Notable Example—Israel's Wise Laws—Opening the Gates of the Unseen.
 
2. MIRACLES
Prevalent Doubt—Sources of Evidence—Attempted Definition of Miracle Applications—Our Limited View of Nature's Laws—Illustrations—Miracle of Creation—Miracle of Life—Possibility and Credibility of Miracles.
 
3. BIBLE RECORD OF THE SUPERNATURAL
The Supernatural—What it Means—Bible Records—Our Limited Range—Visits of Angels—Record Covers all Bible History—The Supernatural not to be Explained Away.
 
4. KINSHIP OF MEN AND ANGELS
Sons of God—Different Grades of Sonship—The Words "Man" and "Angel" used Interchangeably—Angels Appeared as Men—Probation of Angels Bushnell's—Idea Sympathy and Service of Angels—Visit of Glorified Men.
 
5. BODIES CELESTIAL
Bodily Organization—Enlarged Capacities—Immortality—Nature's Vital Elements—Unconscious Absorption—Radium Emanations—Ethereal Mould—Unseen Angels—Their Strength—Capacity of Motion—More Perfect Organs—Additional Organs—Development of the Natural Body into the Spiritual—Power
of Transition—Intuition of Language—Means of Speech—Capacity of Music—Earthly and Heavenly Mechanics—Quality and Origin of Humour—A Celestial Phonograph—This Life but the Vestibule of Being.
 
6. THE HUMAN FORM DIVINE
The Ideal Form in all Worlds—Capacities Imply Organs—Why Angels Appeared as Men—Isaiah's Vision of the Seraphim—Ezekiel’s Vision of the Living Creatures—Christ's Human Form Before Incarnation—Same Form Now in Heaven—Connection of the Human with the Divine—Immortal Beauty.
 
7. OUR LORD'S TRANSFORMATION
A Question Generally Overlooked—When was Jesus Glorified? —Two Different Theories—Difficulties of Each—Sudden Appearances and Disappearances—Capacity of Transformation—Analogies in Nature.
 
8. VISITORS FROM AFAR
The Transfiguration Translation of Elijah—Resurrection of Moses—Michael the Archangel—Contest about Moses' Body—Limited Traditional Views—Capacity of Transformation—How Jesus was Sustained—Heavenly Aid—Ministry of Moses and Elijah—Ascension and Glory.
 
9. SPECIAL TRANSFORMATIONS
A Law of the Spirit World—Its Final Universal Application—Temporary Transformations—Moses—The Three Hebrews—Ezekiel—Philip—Paul—John—Only a Higher Law.
 
10. VISIONS OF THE UNSEEN
Visions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Paul—Images or Pictures—Pharaoh's Dream Interpretations—Angelic Sympathy—Our Poor Vehicle of Speech—Writing—Painting—Photography—Sensitive Plate of the Brain—Spiritual Hypnotism.
 
11. SOME STRANGE MIRACLES EXPLAINED
Universal Law of Cause and Effect—Bible Narratives Incomplete—One Mode of Inspiration—Panoramic Visions—Mr. Gladstone's Theory—Transformations—Fall of Jericho—An Angelic Alliance—The Destructive Hail—The Sun Standing Still—The Shadow Going Backward—Supernatural Sight and Hearing—The Angel and the Lions.
 
12. THE STAB ANGEL
The Angels' Christmas Song—Wise Men from the East—The Moving Star—Beecher's Defence of the Miraculous Isaiah's Son of the Morning—Ezekiel's Living Creatures—Satan Falling Like Lightning—John's Falling Star—The Angel Whose Face was Like Lightning—The Heavenly Guide to the Manger.
 
13. BODY, SOUL, AND SPIRIT
No Great Gap Between the Human and the Angelic—Man a Spiritual Being—Susceptibility to Angelic Influence—Body, Soul, and Spirit—Inner Body a Counterpart of the Outer—The Spirit Never Unclothed—Improved Organs and Powers—Transition and Resurrection—Our Limited Views of the Future Life.
 
14. ANGELIC MINISTRY
Capacities of Angels—Our Necessity Affinity—Only One Family—The Sick Children in the Family—Instances of Heavenly Aid—Continued Ministry—Now Angelic Healing—Preservation—Direction—Suggestion—Making the Man to Understand the Vision.
 
 15. FIRST EXPERIENCES BEYOND
No Violent Transition—Friends on the Other Shore—Rapture of Release—Crowning Angelic Ministry—Companionship—Information—Safe Conduct Home—New Powers of Motion and Perception—Lower GloriesPreparatory for the Higher.
 
16. MANY BANKS AND MANY MANSIONS
Immensity of Creation—Varying Magnificence—Different Orders of Being—Isaiah's Vision of the Seraphim—Ezekiel's Living Creatures—The Cherubim—The Human Type in All—Gabriel 's High Rank—His Long Service—Michael the Prince Defender and Resurrector—The Realm of Space—The Thief in Paradise—The ProphetAngel—Everlasting Ascent of Man.
 
17. SUSTENANCE OF SPIRITUAL BEINGS
Higher Orders of Being—Not Essentially Immortal—Sources of Renewal—Analogies—Ascent of the Earthly to the Ethereal—Discovery of New Elements in Nature—Involuntary Absorption—Striking Suggestiveness of Radium—Theory of Sun's Waning Heat—Mysterious Processes in Nature—Evolution of a Flower—Suggestion of Higher Laws—Organism of Men and Angels—Immortality—Emanations from the Eternal.
 
18. FALLEN ANGELS
Testimony from Below—A Personal Devil—Appeal to Scripture—Array of Facts about Satan—Cure for Scepticism—Demoniacal Possession—The True Teacher—No Accommodation to Popular Superstitions.
 
19. COMMUNICATION WITH SPIRITS
Two Notable Books—Two Opposing Theories—Hudson's Theory of Suggestion—Miracles Denied—Chambers's Biblical Argument for Spiritism—His Own Strange Experience—A Spirit Medium—Curious Revelations—Two Enemies of Truth—Bible Testimony—Familiar Spirits—The Witch of Endor—Dangers of Hypnotism—Immortality.
 
20. SYMBOLS OF THE UNSEEN
Unity of Creation—Correspondences—Drummond—The Fathers—Plato—Bacon—Emerson—The Lower Exists for the Higher—Sympathy with Nature—The Fanciful and Mystical—Swedenborg the Prince of Dreamers—Our Lord's Parables—Sacredness of Truth—Dim Revelations—Holy Ground.
 
INDEX
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