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                   cal progress in the context of the prophecies that appear in the Scriptures:

                     So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the
                   doors .
                     Or again:

                     For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying

                   and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark; and knew not until
                   the flood came, and took them all away .

                     Also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they

                   planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and
                   brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all .
                     The warning is clear. However, the source of the danger is to be found in man himself
                   rather than in the circumstances, as we are told by St. Peter in a text , which offers an

                   alternative, for, on the one hand, it is said:
                     But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store,

                   reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly man... But the

                   day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens shall melt with
                   fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up .

                        Matthew,  XXIV,  33;  Mark,  XIII,  29.  It  is  the  translation  of  the  Slavonic  text  which  also
                   corresponds with the Greek text and that appearing in the Vulgate: Ita et vos cum videritis haec
                   omnia,  scitote  qui  prope  est  in  ianuis.  Contemporary  texts,  especially  that  of  Louis  Second,
                   translate the phrase "it is near" loosely, replacing the pronoun 'it' by the expression "Son of
                   man". The Slavonic, Greek and Latin texts do not support this change. Cf. also: II Peter, III, 10
                   already quoted [missing sentence, taken from Amis, Gnosis II, p. 3, note 9].
                     8  Matthew, XXIV, 38-39; Luke, XVII, 27.
                       Luke, XVII, 28-29.
                        Already discussed in the first volume: Ref. T.1, pp. 216, 258 in French original version; pp.
                   231-232; 282-283 in English manuscript.
                        II Peter, III, 7 & 10; also 11 & 12.
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