AIDS I THE COFLICT-HEAVELY HOSTBy T. T. CARTER, M.A.
PSALM xci. 12." He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in allthy ways."TT would be an inadequate description of the HolyScriptures, to say that they are a revelation con-cerning God and man. They are as truly a revelationconcerning the Angels. And this not merely indirectly,as the Angels are connected with us, but directly as tothemselves, irrespectively of us. The original contestbetween the good and evil angels, — the difference as tothe present condition of the one portion of the heavenlyhost, who "kept their first estate," and of the otherswho fell, — the consequent future destiny of Satan andhis angels who were cast out, and are reserved for ever-lasting punishment in the Judgment of the Great Day ;and on the other hand, of the faithful, who now gloriousin bliss, will hereafter be raised together with redeemedman to a yet higher state, through the glory of theIncarnate Son, because it is the purpose of God, "inHim to reconcile all things to Himself, whether theybe things on earth, or things in heaven a ;" — these mainfacts of their history are clearly revealed to us.It has been attempted to resolve angelic appearancesinto mere subjective visions of the mind itself, illusoryforms projected by the heated and devout imagination,• Coloss. i. 20.106 Aids in the Conflict : — [serm.through its own creative agency ; or to account forthem objectively, by the supposition of the Divine powergiving mere temporary visible shapes to a Divine mes-