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Flood and Fire

This work relates the first world cataclysm with the last world cataclysm. As Noah was saved from the destruction of the world by a flood, so Christ saves the church through baptism from eternal death. At last, the earth is to be destroyed by fire which will be brought by Christ himself. The heavens will be rolled up as a scroll. St. Basil says in Ps. 28.7: “’The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire’, because whatever fire contains of burning heat and gross matter will go down into hell for the punishment of the wicked, and whatever is subtle and lightsome will remain above for the glory of the elect.” The fruitful tree, the tree of life, is inscribed, (‘heaven and earth shall pass away but ) my word shall never pass away.”

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