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Overview Earth's earliest ages Do you have unanswered questions about creation? Do you need answers to the common questions raised by skeptics? G.H, Pember provides the answers as he deals with problems of faith and creation. He draws on a deep knowledge of many systems of philosophy and religion now spreading around the world. His study of the difficult scriptural passages will help you better understand Spiritualism, Theosophy and Buddhism. Let this classic study guide you through the maze of questions concerning creation and Satan's influence in the world.
Publishers Description A study of Genesis 1 to 6, plus an extended discussion of Eastern religions and the occult.
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Studio: Kregel Academic & Professional
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.36" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 1975
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825435331 ISBN13 9780825435331
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Very unique but difficult book Oct 11, 2006
G.H. Pember lived from 1837-1910. As a result, this book's language can be quite difficult for the modern reader to follow. However, it is worth it. To begin with, Pember ably reconciles the 6000 year history of man from Adam to the present age with the scientific findings that the earth is much older than 6000 years of age. He also discusses some of the finer points of the book of Genesis, including the time of Noah, and the evil that was taking place upon the earth that was so bad that God felt he had to start over.
Probably the most controversial chapter in the book is the last - "As It Was in the Days of Noah" - which talks about the current age being the last. Pember lays out seven trends that prove that these (in his case, the late 19th century) are the end times. This is where he really gets mocked on various websites I have visited, but he does have some points that are undeniable if you give them some thought.
First Pember says that man has come to regard God - if he regards him at all - as Creator and Benefactor, not as a God that must deal with sinners. In other words the common view among people today is that "God is Love" with no regard for justice, and that somehow nearly all, with the exception of the worst criminals, will escape God's judgement.
Second, Pember quotes "An undue prominence of the female sex, and a disregard for the primal law of marriage." He doesn't discuss much about the first part of this sentence, but the second part he discusses at length as man's willingness to see marriage as a contract that can be ended at any time. This has clearly come to pass.
Third, Pember notes "A rapid progress in the mechanical arts ...Also a proficiency in the fine arts". Here, Pember is noting that the industrial revolution, which had already occurred at the time he wrote this, made life so much easier that man could disregard God due to the mitigation of the original curse put on man at the time of Adam. Pember argues that the fine arts "induce an entire oblivion of God" because entertainment tends to distract man from God. If this was true in 1900, it is so much more true today! In the U.S. people are becoming more and more obese because the world of entertainment and an easy life are killing them physically as well as spiritually as they hardly need to get off of their couches to perform any task or fulfill any desire. Not that anyone would want to go back to carrying water from earthen wells, but the effect of man's reliance on automation for so many things coupled with the ability to fill the resulting leisure time with custom-built entertainment of every kind imaginable undoubtedly makes it easy to ignor God.
Pember's fourth trend is "an alliance between the nominal church and the World". Here Pember is basically saying that the nominal church and the World wed by subverting spiritual things and making their gatherings more of a show devoid of God and His desires. Again, this is still seen in the present age.
The fifth trend is "a vast increase in population". Here, he never really makes a case as to why this is a bad trend, at least in my opinion.
The sixth trend is "the rejection of the preaching of Enoch and Noah". Pember is talking about the rejection of calls to repentence, and the fact that the Lord is tarrying in returning is causing many to mock the preaching ones. At the time Pember wrote this, he mentions a revival that had been going on fifty years. Add another century, and look around, and you can see that getting anyone to take you seriously when you say the end times are here is indeed a problem. However,Pember notes it was 120 years from the time God decided to flood the earth until it actually happened.
The seventh and final trend is "The appearance upon earth of the Principalities of the Air and their unlawful union with the human race." This was something mentioned in the book of Genesis and discussed at length in Pember's book about the times of Noah, although even Pember doesn't make a strong argument for this currently happening.
In summary, even though it is over 100 years old, I really recommend this book. It is hard to read due to the antiquity of the 19th century writing style, but it discusses matters you won't find in any other book. Also, if you think long and hard about what Pember is saying, you'll see that he has many points to make that are relevant to today's believers and the world condition. Of course, if you are not a Christian, you will probably be totally unconvinced by this book, since it is not a beginning book of evangelism.
Great Author, illuminating book Feb 10, 2006
Especially the first chapter leaves you with greater appreciation of the greatness and omnipotence of the all-wise Creator God, and puts man in his right place, that of a creature in need of His light and supernatual protection.
The person who mentioned the "putting down of woman" doesn't know Scripture and doesn't know the ways of God at all. It is simply Gods current way of governing the earth; it is a dispensational matter. In every dispensation God treats humanity differently. The woman is also a type of the Church in her servitude to Christ. It has nothing to do with "trampling down" on woman; in fact, if a man doesn't treat his wife with the greatest care and tenderness, his prayers may go unanswered ... today unbelieving woman leave their God-given position and assert themselves more and more, and it doesn't become them. God has different but eaqually important tasks for her, suited to her nature.
How Typical Jul 14, 2005
Interesting book. However typical of nineteen century man this book presents clear prejudice towards women and womanhood diminishing her role by putting her in subjective, submissive role. I do not think that the writer was illuminated by Spirit of God as one reviewer puts it, as I do not thik that any writer is when aside from providing the reader with strictly scholarly work he is bending the words of scriptures to his own prejudices adding his own views. Do not recommend reading unless the reader is interested in the way the mind of a nineteen century man presents itself.
Great Book! Mar 30, 2004
I highly recommend this book for the serious Bible student. Be prepared to read slowly and carefully, as this book was written in the 19th century. The grammar and word usage reflects that era, and to me made it a little difficult to read. The subject matter, though, is well thought out and presented. You need this one for your library!
Precious Dec 6, 2003
I am very glad I discovered this book and have read it.
I tend to be a very thoughtful, intermittent reader, so it has taken me quite a long time (perhaps a year or more) to read through all of it, but each reading, whether a little or a lot, was always fruitful.
Certain parts of Holy Scripture are clarified, and G. H. Pember (the author) also gives perspective to past evils, present evils, and future evils, highlighting truth and exposing deception, that the blurry-eyed might focus, and the focused shine their armour and sharpen their spiritual sword.
If you were given the choice between a thousand bars of solid gold and this book, you would be wise to choose the book.