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Sixth Edition, 1915
By Dr. John Thomas (first edition written 1861)



Chapter 1

Section 5

Subsection 14

The Amen



"I was dead, and behold, I am living for the Aions of the Aions, AMEN."

This is from the Hebrew !hebrew! ahmain, "faithfulness." The Eternal Spirit, both absolute and incarnate, is "the Amen." In the

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letter to Laodicea the Spirit speaks, and in speaking, says, "these things saith THE AMEN;" and in this first chapter, the Amen says, "I was dead." But the Spirit never died; therefore, here it must be understood of the Logos speaking from a body, personal and corporate, with whom he has united in a resurrection thereof from the dead. All the elements of this Body are faithful and true witnesses, and believers of the promises of Deity, which in Christ, are yea, and in Him, Amen, unto the glory of the Deity by us (2 Cor. 1:20). The Son of Man being constituted of firm believers of the promises, is styled (!greek!) the Amen, the Faithful One; hence all his constituents are !hebrew! Elohai Amen, "Mighty Ones of Faithfulness," being all of that principle, faith, without which "it is impossible to please the Deity" (Heb. 11:6). Because, therefore, of their faithfulness, or Amen characteristics, the Spirit saith, they shall eat, and drink, and rejoice, and sing for joy of heart. But to Israelites of an opposite character, he saith, "Ye shall leave your name for a curse to my Chosen One; for ADONAI YAHWEH shall slay thee, and to his servants proclaim another name; that he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the Elohim of Amen; and he that sweareth in the land shall swear by the Elohim of Amen (the Mighty Ones of Faithfulness); because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from my eyes. For, behold, I create New Heavens and a New Earth ... for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy" (Isai. 65:13). These Elohim, then, embodied in the Son of Man, are "the Amen," who, in the days of their flesh, "through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again; and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. And others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment; they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented (of whom the world was not worthy;) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens, and caves of the earth." Such were the constituents of "the Amen," the Mighty Ones of Faithfulness, who all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise; Deity "having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect" (Heb. 11:33), a perfection apocalypsed in "THE AMEN," who was dead and lives in the Millennial Olahm and beyond.

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