"Is there no balm in Gilead?"

Three great spiritual movements, alike in origin and purpose, have arisen in the course of human development. The first appeared in the morning twilight of history, and when Jacob, in his mental struggle at Peniel, gained a glimpse of the real nature of Deity, this movement was given the name of Israel. His descendants were known as Israelites, or collectively as the nation of Israel, through which the true idea of God was to find its avenue of expression. After a period of approximately fifteen centuries, in which occurred those marvelous instances of divine protection and deliverance which inspire the student of the Scriptures with wonder and awe, the major port of this nation was taken captive into Assyria and disappeared from history. Notwithstanding the many unmistakable proofs of God's verity and oneness which enriched her records, Israel turned to the gods of paganism, and was no longer able to stand before her enemies.

The second of these movements came into existence with the first advent of the Messiah, and was likewise accompanied by many signs and wonders in confirmation of its divine authority. After his personal departure, differences of view began to creep in among his followers, and increased in intensity until Christendom became divided into opposing factions which refused to be reconciled. Jesus had plainly taught that a divided house could not stand, and the correctness of his unheeded admonition was literally verified. The church fell into the hands of the world, its healing power diminished and disappeared, and it passed completely under the control of the papacy. Then followed the period known as the Dark Ages, when for centuries the so-called carnal mind held undisputed sway over the conscience of Christendom. Like her predecessor, the Christian church had entered into a state of spiritual exile.

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