Revelatory, educating, and oddly entertaining for a scholarly historical commentary. 112 years after the first print, 112 before the horror story induRevelatory, educating, and oddly entertaining for a scholarly historical commentary. 112 years after the first print, 112 before the horror story industry of today, without embellishment, Uriah Smith communicated that there is no depravity or horror that wasn't already lived out and seen by God. In a scholarly style, the book reminds us that the Bible has all the makings of any good story, non fiction or fiction, between its two covers. I found it encouraging regarding today's social and political climate. He pointed out that the apparent victory of an evil person isn't paramount to God's favor of the evil person. God can use anyone He wants to further His purposes. In fact, sacred vessels in His temple that were profained by misuse, God allowed to be further desecrated by being taken as loot.
For me it brought confusion and clarity in equal parts on some matters. His argument for Sunday worship is being the mark of the beast is well documented and neatly laid out....but I'm not so sure I agree with it. The dangers of disagreement are also well argued and make me want to know more, but not enough to convert to SDA out of fear. His take on the May 1780 dark day in New England being the breaking of a seal helps to temper the temptation to take his interpretation as fact.
An impressive mastery of vocabulary and a gold mine for those who love new words or original meanings of old words. Decalogue. Periphrasis. Panoply. Simple words out of modern use that may belie reliance on basic Greek or Latin origins for your educated guesses. ...more