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wate herald of christ s presence watchman what of the night 7 the morning cometh i isaiah xxi 11 vol viii pittsburgh pa february 1887 no.6 did you get a paper dawn yolo it as noy dec and jan tower to all regular subscribers including those on the poor hst llnable to pay and also to a large number whose subscription closed with december 1886 we sent a paper bound edition of millennial dawn vol i as representing three numbers of the tower november and december 86 and january 87 the wrapper of this was of specially heavy paper but some of them sent without tying got the wrappers much torn and not a few lost the address entirely and failed to reach the pro:rer hands all therefore who failed to get that number an who were entitled to it either as paying subscribers or as the lord s poor according to the terms at the head of this column should write and let us know at once because of the mutiliation of so many wrappers it becomes proper for us to reprint here a supplement which was prmted inside of the wrapper as follows:supplement to zion s watoh tower volume vill numbers 3 4 and 5 to all readers greeting we wish you all a very happy new year and pray that it may be to all of us a profitable one very favorable to our further growth in grace and in knowledge and in the love of god and if the love of god thus united with and built upon the knowledge of his plan be shed abroad in our hearts filling them it will make us not ashamed of the gospel of christ nor unfruitful in its service but on the contrary valiant supporters and expounders of it willing and glad to support it in the face even of opposition and evil speaking on the part of those whom the god of this world hath blinded to the truth by prejudices and misconceptions sacred with age and loved associations and it is to render aid to you all in putting on the whole armor of god and to shed abroad in your hearts more fully the love and thus provoke you to love and good service for the truth that this special number is sent out thus let us explain the book millennial dawn volume i cloth-bound $1.00 which some of you have already had and read seemed to be doing so much good that we earnestly desired to have you all possess a copy but all were not able to purchase and we had not the means to supply them gratis so to meet the many calls for a cheaper edition which all could possess and of which a large num ber could be used in loaning to friends and neighbors we were led to issue the present edition as a special number of the tower on the terms mentioned on back of same we issued the october number late in the month and will commencing with february 1887 hereafter issue at the first instead of the 15th of each month thus the time between the october 1886 and february 1887 issues which this edition fills will not be too long for a thorough study of the subjects treated even for those who already have the clothbound edition for it is the general testimony of those who have been most blessed by the book that the second or third readings benefitted them most and paid better than the first even we could not think of getting out this edition on poor common paper and with poor workmanship hence the saving is in the binding and the quality the message it carries is clean and beautiful good news indeed and the lord we think would be pleased to see the truth-bearers also clean and good the price of this number is 50c but to our subscribers to whom it represents three numbers of the tower we make the eetra charge only 25c those who do not wish to retain it on these terms may return it to us and reckon their term of subscription eetended three months further instead those who cannot pay the eetra charge and yet desire it and will read it may keep it without pay-freely if they will drop us a postal card stating these facts any subscriber to zion s watch tower who may desire copies of this edition for loaning or giving may have them on the following special terms free of postage in u s and canada 5c each extra for postage to foreign countries 10 copies 3.00 20 5.50 50 13.00 100 15.00 anyone can have the present volume viii including this number at 75c with the hearty co-operation of you all we can have this edition in the hands of 50,000 readers before this time next year do you know of any better method of preaching the good news yours in fellowship and service c t russell kind words of commendation from some who have read the book it is thoroughly refreshing in this age of skepticism and and wisdom and scope of the bible s testimony convinces us vaunted indifference to the truths of religion to find a writer that not men but the almighty god is the author of its plans coming nobly forward to maintain the principle of a revealed and revelations evening post san fmncisco cal religion this the author has done with strength and good miuennial dawn is the title of a series of books issued reasoning in his miuennial dawn a concise idea of his by the tower publishing company the first volume of the position in regard to the bible may be gleaned from the folseries now on our table is entitled the plan of the a.ges lowing extract when columbus discovered the orinoco river it is nothing less than an exposition of the purposes and some one said he had found an island he replied no such method oi the supreme being in the creation of mankind river as that flows from an island that mighty torrent must and in the economy of human and angelical affairs it may drain the waters of a continent so the depth and power be described as a philosophy of history but a philosophy so i-57 [897 i


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1 zion s watch tower pittsburgh pa far reaching in its grasp and so comprehensive in its range as to make the expositions of bossuet and even of augustine seem narrow and prosaical what with manifest hyperbole di johnson said of shakespeare seems literal truth when applied to this pittsburgh writer existence sees him spurn her bounded reign and panting time toils after him in vain readers will cease to suspect any ironical meaning or intent in these statements when they reflect that the writer of this plan of the ages professes to be merely an interpreter of scriptural prophecies and an expositor of divinely attested facts soaring upon the wings of inspiration and not of his own na tural powers that the author of the book is in earnest fully believing in the sufficiency of his own insight and in the soundness of ius interpretations no attentive reader can doubt so much is manifest from the direct straightforward style as well as from the modest confidence with which he ignores antagonism or the possibility of contradictions some of his interpretations and applications of biblical texts are striking at least and some of the views expressed are certainly novel and ingeniously presented the references to the industrial social and other troubles of the present time give a practical character to many pages of the book showing that the author is by no means a mere dreamer to persons therefore who take pleasure in scriptural interpretation or in the application of scripture to contemporary history and questions of the day this plan of the ages may be safely commended as likely to be interesting pitteburgh times sept 28 85 it is a strong writing showing much research and ex«ellent arrangement and method in its treatment of its subjects none will doubt the honesty or earnestness or the intended devotion to truth of the author christian readers may find teachings in the book to combat but they will :find much more to commend from a scholarly standpoint the book will be marked as one of merited literarv excellence inter-ocean ohicago ill millennial dawn the plan of the ages is a first or introductory volume to a series of works intended to arrest skepticism by reason and scriptural truth to bible students its pages will be found of most absorbing interest its arrangement is clear and every page bears evidence of profound thought as well as patient and intelligent study of the holy scriptures the scriptural story has been fitted to the history of the world in a manner that is singularly compatible and highly suggestive to the minds of those who are willing to read further than the dedicatory page which reads thus to the king of kings and lord of lords in the interest of his consecrated saints waiting for the adoption and of all that in every place call upon the lord the household of faith and of the groaning creation travailing and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of god this work is dedicated it may not be a palatable truth nor a fact creditable to the mental or moral status of the american people yet it is undeniable that when an author has studied the scriptures until he gets a new light on the subject and begins to teach the second coming of christ the advent of the millennium etc and publishes this to the world they are apt to scoff at him as a crank or to use the more scriptural ianguage saul saul much learning hath made thee mad if the author be mad there is an excellent system in his madness and if a crank his mind never takes the reverse motion he presses steadily forward from premises apparently weh settled to his conclusions with an orderly and calm arrangement of strictly logical truths seldom paralleled and the whole argument is presented in such a dispassionate style as to preclude the slightest notion of rant cant or insincerity the independence of thought and originality of the plan of the ages are refreshing but it is a work which demands careful study to comprehend it is one that will require the average reader to keep a bible constantly at hand for veriflcation of the references and amplification of assertions and in this respect may become a helping hand to the bible students the author draws many startling analogies showing the aptitude of likening human governments to beasts drawing the parallel from their selfish and destructive character based on man s idea of self-government independent of god stiii he must not be understood as urging therefore that the church should assume control of the affairs of state and therein reads a wholesome lecture in a few words to many ecclesiastical politicians he says the church of god should give its entire attention and effort to preaching the kingdom of god and to the advancement of the interests of that kingdom according to the plan laid down in the scriptures if this is done faithfully there will be no time or disposition to dabble in the politics of present governments jesus had no time for it the apostles had no time for it nor have any of the saints who are following their example although the apostle speaks of the church as the kingdom over which christ reigns and the church is frequently called the kingdom in the parable of our lord yet the author maintains that this has reference merely to the church before the second coming and is but the incipient embryotic condition of the kingdom in short he does not believe that the kingdom of god is figurative but that it is an actual empire to be established on earth and among men that christ in person will assume the reins of government on earth for a limited time and for a particular purpose and that it will terminate with the accomplishment of that purpose this will be the millennial age and will end when christ delivers up the dominion of earth to the father i cor xv:25 matt xxv 34 the author s work evinces a keen observation of and lively interest in the present situation of mankind his array of facts tending to show from the present aspect of affairs in the world as they are shaping themselves for the rapidly approaching conflict are not alarming but they force themselves on the attention of the intelligent even though we may not be able to see as clearly as himself that the trouble of the day of the lord is immediately at hand and it may be added that in a commercial community enjoying the comforts of wealth and the comparative security of governments founded on the will of the people they will be saints indeed who can be expected to abandon the strife of greed and vain glory and its discontent striving for the higher riches and the peace they do afford oommercial gazette pittsburgh oct 9 86 millennial dawn we have here what seems intended to be the first of a series of volumes under this general title and which is designated as the plan of the ages prefixed to the volume is a chart which is designated as the chart of the ages and which embraces two dispensations and an unfulfilled part of another the first dispensation extends from the creation of the world to the flood covering a supposed period of 1,656 years the second dispensation-that of this present evil world-embraces the patriarchal age the jewish age from jacob s death to the end of the seventy weeks and the gospel age extending from jesus baptism to the completion of the church which is his body the third age not yet begun is the millennial age or that of the personal reign of christ of course the volume is what is known as premiiiennial-with additional views which probably many pre-millennialists wiii not endorse the writer enforces the idea of three ways in the scriptures the broad wayto destruction the narrow way-to life and the highway of holiness-for the ransomed of the lord he also holds that the first great judgment was in eden but that god wiii give the world a second trial under christ in person and as judge with all this and with other positions to which exceptions may be taken the work is thoroughly reverent and may be read with profit l he interior ohicago sept 16 86 i prize it very highly and nothing in the world would please me better than to see it in the hands of every professing christian i think it would make real christians of many of them g eichorn the pacifio oongregationalist says in millennial dawn vol i we have a much pronounced and perfected scheme than they have yet given us at andover the author has given to his well-printed book of 351 pages the sub-title the plan of the ages view from the tower matters are rapidly shaping themselves for the great physica struggle of the battle of the great day of god ai· mighty in europe all the great men and many of the little ones are full of fear and anxiety looking after those things coming upon the earth-seeking to read the future and desiring to shape their course accordingly britain s government is weaker than it has beei for a long time consequently she is without policy except to en [898]


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february 1887 zion s watch tower 2 de avo r to keep hold of all the countries over which in the name of god she claims the right to rule because by force of arms she took control years ago she is beset by her dependencies whose people under the increasing light of this day of increasing knowledge are demanding greater privileges and liberties than she feels would be consistent with her self-preservation her common people are almost paupers made such by drunkenness combined with the injustice which in yaars past permitted the aristocracy to seize and call their own all the land which god gave to all the people english statesmen and others see that she has enough to do to preserve her present arrangements and that not for long germany and france armed now far beyond what reasonable taxation can support are voting for increased military arrangements but in germany even pride of country and fear of france have not influenced their parliament to grant all the enormous increase asked for by their king whose prime minister urged that the entire sum was needed and mdispensable to the preservation of the empire s peace and who dissolved parliament rather than accept a less liberal allowance prince bismarck s speech upon that occasion aroused the attention of the world and showed that germany is so fully engaged in keeping guard over her own socialrsts and in holding france at bay that she is quite willing to let russia have her own way in the overthrow of turkey bulgaria etc in view of the recognized policy of russia in connection with turkey this speech is significant as preparing the way for all of the great powers of europe hitherto opposed to it to give their consent to such an arrangement or by declarrng themselves opposed to it to involve themselves in war to protect turkey this all looks as though next summer would see a war on foot which might engage every nation of europe already france is building extra barracks for troops upon the german frontier and austria is ordering extra hosprtal supplies and provisions and arranging for transportation of troops in march while germans in england han been notified to be in readiness for a twenty-four hour notice to return home for military duty wars in europe would be no new thing but circumstances are greatly changed and results would doubtless be greater than ever before every country contains a large class whose chief diseuse is di8content and frequently not without just cause these will gradually conclude that .hemselves and their sons can fill a better mission in life than that of supporting royalty either by laboring under excessive taxation 01 acting as bullet-stoppers the fact that general von moltko and prince bismarck as the agents of their emp ror fai lcd during the last month even by the strongest appeals to patriotism and the statement that the empire would be endangered unless the measure and the funds it demanded were granted failed to influence the one-half of the people s representatives is an evidence that the germans are no longer easily moved by that poor sentimentalism called patriotism this is well good sense and broader ideas will cause men to look with as much sympathy and care at the homes of others as at their own and it will lead them to withhold their aid and support from kings and emperors who take from them the flowers of the family in their very bloom for soldiers and rob the remainder through taxation to support their thrones and gratify their vanities or spites -all under the name of patriotism but let no one imagine that such war will bring final results it will be but one act in the drama-one skirmish in the battle of the great day of god almighty which covers the coming twenty-seven years it will doubtless change the map of europe some and by weakening and drainmg the empires it will prepare them for overthrow at the hands of the communist vultures of rev 19:17 is russia recently refused a large loan of money by the jewish banking house of the rothschilds has found another way of replenishing her treasury she has ordered all .jews to leave russia she will thus from their confiscated prop erty be able to supply herself with sinews of war while taking revenge on the rothschilds and helping to fulfill the predictions of scripture that in this day of the lord the jews in large numbers shall return to their own land there are 10,000,000 jews in russia more than in all other countries at home the interyal of peace has come temporarily only to be succeeded shortly by another travail pang more severe than before the large vote which henry george polled in new york eity has alarmed some who dreamed not of so many in sympathy with views so socialistic [we use the word in its true and proper sense as those advocated by mr george now repressive measures are introduced one lutheran church has excommunicated several of its members for belonging to the knights of labor the catholic church in canada has taken a similar stand and a priest who has assisted mr george in his new york city canvass has been relieved of his pulpit a successor appointed and he has been ordered to rome he has refused to go he does not submit as the catholic clergy used to do he has been thinking to himself that as a man he has some rights while in this country at least his congregation has rebelled against thc archbishop s decree the choristers refuse to officiate and even the janitor will not open the house for the services of the newly appointed priest at a largely attended meeting of the congregation resolutions were passed demanding the reinstatement of the deposed priest and declaring that until it is done they will neither attend its services nor contribute to its support these resolutions were sent by a committee of thirty of the prominent members to archbishop corrigan a banner displayed by one of the priests adherents read give us from rome all the religion you want but of politics nothing rather unusual for catholics is it not this goes to sustain our prediction of some years ago based upon our interpretation of rev 19 9-21 that in the coming struggle the nominal church will take sides with and fall with the earthly empires in their overthrow in spite of encouraging statistics skillfully manipulated to make a good showing in spite of the retention on church rolls of the names of the dead etc candid minds are reluctantly admitting that protestantism and in fact all religion is going rapidly backward babylon s fall from power and influence was thus attested to by mr j w sproul an allegheny preacher of the reformed presbyterian church recently he said it is a disagreeable truth but it cannot be denied that the church is losing ground in every respect and this despite the statements of statisticians how lamentable it is to be obliged to say that the church is not even holding her own babylon is so wedded to the darkness and errors of human traditions that she cannot and will not admit the light and meat in due season to her children since some of these are the lord s the whole institution he declares must i1p wrecked to set at liberty his captive children it begins to fall all men are waking up and girding on their various swords and drawing nigh to the battle it is near and hasteth greatly as the prophet has expressed it joel 3 9-16 the plowshares will first be turned into swords and the great conflict must take place before they shall peacefully be turned back again to plowshares so though the dread evil is coming which will cause great trouble to us and to all yet seeing the outcome of it and relying upon god s sustaining power throughout we alone can look forward with composure and trust but what is the outlook of our own battlefield close around the bulwarks of zion some one inquires c answer that the enemy by first one agent and then another in heavenly garb seeks still and more to overthrow the truth using a ii subtilty thank god we are not ignorant of at least


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2 1 zion s watch tower pittsbu~gh pa the people were justified see tabernacle shadows chapter iv the lamb typified jesus christ our lord its death represented his death and in exact correspondence with the type his sacrificial death must and did occur at the same date the firstborn saved by the blood of the typical lamb typified the church of the firstborn which he jesus hath purchased with his own blood those firstborn israelites afterward the priests typified the royal priesthood of whom the lord himself is chief priest and this anointed company is to be god s instrumentality for blessing all people who will come into harmony with him typified by all israel thus seen the blood of the typical lamb cleansed and preserved all israel though applied at first and directly only lo the firstborn for if the firstborn ones had not been preserved there would have been no priesthood and if no priesthood no reconciliation so also in the antitype the merit of the lamb of god which taketh away the sin of the world is applied durmg the gospel night only to the firstborn the church the select little flock the royal priesthood who under t he direction of the high priest shall soon in the mcornmg age bring all of honest hearts israelites indeed into ful hur monv with god let a i of the church of first-borns then intelligently and reverently commemorate not the typical lamb nor eat it as did the typical people israel but let them celebrate the death of our paschal lamb the lamb of god let us as often as its anniversary recurs keep it in remembrance of him for even christ our passover [lamb is slain therefore let us not only commemorate his death but let us joyfully afterward keep the antitype of the feast of passover ve do not celebrate the feast of passover on the night of april 7th it is celebrated throughout the remainder of our lives which the seven days of its continuance represented but we will celebrate the supper whose elements bread and wine symbolize the flesh and the blood of our redeemer and yet the bread and wine are only symbols and to appreciate what we do we must see deeper than these while using them as our lord directed saying do this in remembrance of me the partaking of the bread representing his flesh to us means a partaking of those perfections which were in him as a perfect man which we and all lost through adam in partaking of the wine representing his blood his life we accept from god again through him the right to live lost in adam thus the eating and drinking of the bread and wine emblematic of his flesh and blood signifies our complete justification all of the redeemer s human perfeetions and his right to life-given for us-are thus accepted by us in this symbol all believers in the ransom are thus privileged to celebrate or commemorate it and the blessings it brings but among those believers there is a class a little flock to whom it means all this and more these are those who have consecrated themselves as the under priests under their great chief to these the emblems not only signify the lord s sacrifice by which they are justified to human life · the feast is not the supper but follows it and has a totally different significance the feast with the jews lasted a week and commenced after the lamb had been killed and eaten its observance was marked by joy of heart separation from all carnality and from leaven it represents the life of joy and purity and separation from sin [leaven which all who recognize the value of the lamb etc are to enjoy and all its rights but also their own consecration to be joined in sacrifice with him to suffer with him to be dead with him to sacrifice all the rights to human perfection and life to which their justification through acceptance of his sacrifice had entitled them to these the emblems bread and wine are not only remembrances of the lord s sacrifice but also of their own covenant to share the sacrifice with him if by any means they might fulfill the conditions and be accounted worthy to be made partakers of the divine nature and to be with him his joint-heirs and co-workers in blessing all the people paul calls our attention to this feature of the commemoration saying the loaf which we break is it not the communion of the body of christ [the little flock the church of which our lord is the head 1 the cup of blessing which we bless is it not the communion of the blood of christ [the entire anointed company 1 for we though many [members are one loaf and one body for we are all partakers of that one 10af 1 cor 10:15-17 all must eat of the flesh and blood of our lord jesus i e they must partake of those human rights and privileges which his sacrifice secured for all either in this age by faith or in the next age actually else they will have no life rights either to make sacrifice of now or to enjoy without the privilege of sacrificing them hereafter so then we urge all believers to do this intelligently and while using the emblems to accept and apply and appropriate fully the justification from all sin and the right to life which god holds out through the lamb of god and in no other name or way and especially let all believers who have been immersed with christ into his death and thus into membership in his body rom 6 3 4 do this remembering their justification through his blood and renewing their covenant to be dead with him as human beings that they may live with him as partakers of the new the divine nature so far as possible meet with such as you can recognize as fellow-members of the same body and exclude no believer in the ransom arrange for the meeting long enough beforehand it matters not who shall pass the emblems even judas may have assisted at the first celebration all who can do so are cordially invited to be present and celebrate with the church that is at pittsburgh if posaible arrange your affairs to stay over the following lord s day which will be the anniversary of our lord s resurrection turn aside-let us devote a few days to the pursuit of our spiritual interests exclusively it will help possibly to break some of the cords by which the world the flesh and the devil would bind us down to diligence in business to the dwarfing of the fervency of spirit in serving the lord so indispensable to every crown-winner quite a number were present from a distance last year and many more have expressed the intention of attending the coming celebration especially those whose labors are of a public character will do well to come make a memorandum of questions which you would like to discuss so that our communings together may be the more profitable so far as possible all of our readers will be provided with board and lodging tree during the meetings let us know of your coming a day or two ahead notice the date and get here some time before 6 p m of april 7th that you may be in time for the celebration of the supper come to the z w tower business office the time is short but this i say brethren the time is short so that they who have wives should be as if they had none and they who weep as if they wept not and they who rejoice as though they rejoiced not and they who acquire as though they acquired not and those occupied with this world not going beyond the proper using of it 1 cor 7 :29-31 it is a great mistake and yet a very common one to apply the teachi~g of the apostle paul to the orid and the church indiscr-iminately it should be borne m mind that the apostle is addressing the church only as a peculiar people separate from the world with hopes and aims and present conditions and future destiny entirely different from those of the world although they appear to be as other men it would seem strange indeed if such a class should need no spectal instruction under the erroneous impression that these and other teachings of the apostle were intended alike for all paul is gen· erally considered as an extremist and as a teacher who though good in some resp~cts had his peculiarities wh~ch colored ~is teachings and which should therefore be received at a discount to that extent paul was indeed a man of marked personal peculiarities and therefore he was a fit instrument and a chosen vessel to do the greatest work that any man ex~ept the man christ jesus wa ever pri:vileged t ~cco~· plish he was a man true to his convictions untirmg m energy and full of zeal one of the meek who when called upon by the lord even in the midst of his zealous persecution of the saints in which he verily thought he was doing god service meekly inquired lord what wilt thou have me to do 1 and what the lord showed him to do he did immediately not stopping to confer ~it flesh lnd .blood but these were not the only peeullarttiea which influenced paul s teaching by the favor of god paul was caught away in the spirit that is mentally to paradise to the third heaven the new dispen.sation or kingdom of god where he saw things to come which were not then lawful to be uttered clearly because it was not yet due time 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february 1887 zion s watch tower realize the real position of the saints and the weighty interests involved in their development as members of the body of christ yes paul at that early day of the church s history was by special favor of god permitted to know what is now due to all the saints viz the plan of god spanning the ages past and future and from this standpoint of knowledge he was able to guide the church by his teachings all through the age from the beginning down to the closing days of her course until she is presented to her lord as a chaste virgin accounted worthy to be his bride in this great work of preparing the bride for the marriage the various apostles and prophets were privileged to share but paul was more highly honored thus than any other as we are now privileged to see from the same standpoint of knowledge it now being due time we can see a propriety in paul s teaching which is in perfect accord with god s plan and purpose for the saints though it must seem extreme to others being begotten to a new nature they are no longer to live after the old we should now live not as men concentrating our interests affections hopes and aims on earthly things and striving after them but as new creatures whose sole interest and concern is for the advancement of the interests of the heavenly kingdom the principal work in the interest of the heavenly kingdom during the present age has been the selecting lind development of the church who are to be god s agents for the enlightenment conversion and blessing of the world in the age to come the all-important work therefore to which every earthly consideration should now bend is the seeking out and preaching the gospel to the meek few though they be encouraging strengthening and helping them in every possible way to make their election sure for this great work we are reminded that the time is short and that if we would have a share in it we must push aside the earthly hindrances and improve every pasaing hour for very soon our opportunity will be gone consider for eo moment how very short is the opportunity which as an individual you possess that you may more fully realize the necessity for haste and diligence in the service deduct from the brief space of your present life the years past before you came to a knowledge of the truth and consecrated your life to the service of god and then the declining years of life when sight grows dim and physical strength grows more and more feeble and then the time and strength which must be expended in providing things needful for the temporal wants of ourselves and those necessarily dependent upon us and with the greatest economy of time how much is left for the great work in hand to which we have consecrated ourselves 1 when we actually figure it out how very insignificant it appears truly paul is right here the time left for service is extremely short and it behooves the saints to resolutely push aside the hindrances and overcome the obstacles if they would run successfully for the prize or accomplish anything to the master s honor or to show their love and appreciation of the good tidings by sounding the trumpet of truth to fellow-pilgrims the time is short so that they [of fi,s who have wives should be as if they had none the establishing of an earthly home and the rearing of an earthly family which is generally regarded as the principal business of life should not be the ambition of the saints the injunction to increase and multiply and fill the earth was given to the natural man but not to the little flock the new creatures partakers of the divine nature their mission is not to help to people the earth but to help bring to the spiritual birth the new creahues of the divine nature the little flock-begotten of the heavenly promises and the time for that work being short they cannot afford to further cumber themselves by increasing their earthly cares the idea of consecrating one s life to the service of god and then going on year after year tying ourselves down and loading ourselves with cares and responsibilities of an earthly character which when once incurred we dare not shirk and which with increasing and necessary demands will require more and more of our time and thought and care and attention is simply preposterous and entirely out of harmony with our covenant it is not following the footsteps of either the lord or his most faithfnl apostle jesus said he had finished the work given him to do at his first advent and how did he spend his life he spent it in selecting teaching training and developing a small and apparently insignificant company of men and women who should form the nucleus of the church which under his future [see chap 12 of scripture studies vol vi for a complete presenta tion of this subj ect direction and care would be fully developed and perfected he did not cumber himself with the cares of this life and let his special uiork take its chances in the odd and end of time which could be spared from earthly things the increase of the earth s population he considered no p~rt of his work nor is it the mission of those who follow in his footsteps with his clear insight into the plan of god and a realization of the importance of the great work in hand paul s counsel that the unmarried should remain so that they might thus give themselves without hindrance to the lord s sen-ice and that the married should not add to their earthly cares and thus make their pathway more difficult and their opportunity for service less was timely and important and in perfect harmony with the lord s example and teaching matt 19 12 which he also so closely followed none should make the mistake however of supposing that the responsibilities of a family already incurred can he ignored and set aside 011 the contrary it is written that he that provideth not for his own is worse than an unbeliever and hath denied the faith 1 tim 5:8 the worldly and lukewarm christians are in total ignora.nce of the great work before the saints either in the future or in the present age and therefore our work seems to them unimportant and foolish-a waste of energy but we must not for a moment view it from their standpoint this work insignificant though it may seem in the eyes of others and smaii though it may appear to us now in its results is the grandest work in which it was ever the privilege of any to engage eternity alone will reveal to the world its magnitude and importance or enable us to fully realize it further we are told that because the time is short those who weep should be as if they wept not and those who rejoice as though they rejoiced not and ~hey who buy as if they acquired not we may and have 111 common with .all mankind causes of an earthly character for both weeplllg and rejoicing but we should not allow either joy or sorrow to unfit us for our work nor to detract from our interest and effort in it but we may rejoice always in the lord knowing that in due time all tears shall be wiped away and that fleeting earthly joys shall give place to the songs and everlasting joy which by-and-by shall be upon every head and those who acquire wealth or goods should not reckon their acquirements their own or for the gratification of selfpride or the love of display but as something belonging ~o the lord something more of his entrnsted to them to be utilized in his service if once thoroughly awake to the fact that every acquirement is the lord s and not their own th~t their time influence and talent past present and future is all consecrated it would free such from many of the snares to which they are subject which some coveting after wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows l tim 6:7-12 finally while necessarily occupied with the business of this life and the expenditure of its income we should not go beyond the just using of it for ourselves as becometh saints provide things honest neat and comfortable for the temporal necessities and then give them no further thought though we have consecrated ourselves and ali our good which we have acquired or may acquire to the lord he permits us to appropriate this iwiwh of it for our tcmpora i wants in harmony with our covenant this only is the proper using of earthly goods o how narrow is the way in which the samts must walk who follow in the footsteps of the master there is selfdenial at every step but jesus said he that taketh not up his cross and followeth not after me is not worthy of me if we cannot prove our love for the lord by thus sha ring in his reproaches and self-denials we are not of the class he wishes to make his bride it will be no easy thing for any to endure unto the end but blessed is he that shall do it if we keep looking at the things behind chr-r ish ing t ho old ambitions and fostering the old spirit which once impelled us endurance of our trials will become more difllcult if not impossible but let us take the apostle s advice and forgetting the things behind seek new conquests over tho world and flesh and devil let us thus press forward to the mark of the prize of our high calling which is of god through christ jesus and bearing in mind that the time is short let us make haste to improve passing opportunit ie for such a grand and blessed sen-ice hf is a grc« t conqueror wl10 1ll1 coilj!wr ij1m df [9011


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the church of cod zion arise break forth in songs of everlasting joy to god eternal praise belongs who doth thy foes destroy thou church of god awake awake for light beams from on high from earth and dust thy garments shake thy glory s drawing nigh to raise thee high above the earth god will his power employ he il turn thy mourning into mirth thy sorrow into joy in shining robes thyself array put on thy garments pure thy king shall lead thee in the way that s holy safe and sure in thee the lord shall place his name and make thee his delight and place on thee a diadem divinely fair and bright and thou shalt be the dwelling place of him that reigns above yea thou shalt be adorn d with grace and everlasting love the joy of nations thou shalt be a bright and shining light for god is in the midst of thee to keep thee day and night he ll bring thy wandering children home and gather those without and with a wall of jasper stone will guard thee round about arise 0 zion praise thy king and make his name thy trust with joy and triumph loudly sing for he is true and just o zion sing with truthful voice thy great redeemer s praise in his almighty power rejoice throughout eternal days manifesto the easy yoke come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and i will give you rest take my yoke upon you and learn of me for i am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls for my yoke is easy and my burden is light matt ii 28-30 satan the prince of this world has placed many lokes our lord s words were addressed to those of his day upon the necks of all mankind they are bound an fetbound by jewish creeds and traditions and their own fears tered by every device which he could arrange but jesus engendered by their erroneous misconception of god and his invites all such to come to him and find rest-the blessed plan as with the jewish church so with the christian rest of freedom from the galling yoke of the oppressor that church the yokes of sectarianism and the burdens of rest is found in the meek and quiet spirit which humbly tradition fetter and gall those who possess the spirit of submita to the easy yoke of the divine will and ceases the christ whose zeal and love are according to knowledge and strife to gratify the perverted human will the burden of for christ and the church which is his body rather than the divinely imposed yoke is easy and light when we let it for a sect of human organization such cannot be comfortable rest naturally upon us it is only placed upon us for our with the yokes and burdens of men and must claim the freegood and only those who cheerfully submit to it have rest dom of sons of god the liberty wherewith christ hath made and safety them free bible licht on probation after death [brother stowe is a contrlbuting member of one of the christ be not raised your faith is vain ye arc yet in your branch bible societies at one of their recent meetings the sins then they abo which arc fallen asleep in christ are go-called andover question of probation for infants and perished 1 cor 15:16-18 a great multitude of texts convey the same meaning heathen in death was taken up for discussion brother s though not a public speaker prepared and delivered the this death is the adamic death from which christ by virtue following paper which shows the question from our stand of his sacrifice giving a ransom or corresponding price rcpoint in a good light it made quite an impression on some deems all men the first probation of the race was a repreof the d d s who heard and we doubt not they wondered sentative one in adam whereby all became subject unto death were there not to be a recovery as wide as the condemnation that a christian business-man could become so well versed in theology as to be able to teach them on this subject it the first probation would be properly regarded as a total shows how the earnest ones who have the will can find 80mi failure a sweeping victory for the adversar at the outset of way to serve the truth each saint should seek to multi creation but known unto god are all his works from the beginning of the world acts 15:18 for the lord of ply his opportunities for service and thereby increase his hosts hath purposed and who shall disannul it and his talents willing hearts hands and voices are finding and using hundreds of ways great and small and making open hand is stretched out and who shall turn it back 7 isa 14:27 we who believe in the infinite power wisdom and ings editor benevolence of god cannot doubt that he has a definite and opinions from other sources than the bible differ as to systematic plan for the development of the race by which what the act of death is but the agreement of the whole the largest possible proportion thereof shall be brought to bible seeme to be that it is a total extinction of life and therefore that the state of death is an entire suspension ultimate and permanent good this idea was hinted at when god told adam that the seed of the woman should bruise of being mental as well as physical this being so man s probation or trial must occur not in death but before the the serpent s head two thousand years later he told abrastate of death has begun or after it has ended-in resurrection ham plainly that in his seed should all the families of the eartb be blessed gradually the features of the plan were so man lieth down and riseth not till the heavens be delineated in the prophecies but it was yet a mystery until no more they shall not awake nor be raised out of their its fulfillment began paul declares col 1 27 that this sleep oh that thou wouldst hide me in the grave that thou wouldst keep me secret until thy wrath be past that mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations now made manifest to his saints is 01vrist in thou wouldst appoint me a set time and remember me if you the hope of glory a man die shall he live again all the days of my apjesus is anointed to be the head or lord over the church pointed time will i wait till my change comc thou shalt call and i will answer thee thou wilt have a desire to the which is his body and unitedly they constitute the promised seed the great deliverer if ye be christ s then are work of thine hands job 14 12-15 ye abraham s seed and heirs according to the promise gal whatsoever thy hand findeth to do do it with thy might 3 29 -the promise of blessing to all the families of the earth for there is no work nor device nor knowledge nor wisdom there never was a publication to the gentiles of the only in the grave whither thou goest eccles 9:10 grave name given whereby men must be saved until the world here translated from sheol was 4000 years old and the very gradual and intermittent for in rleath there is no remembrance of thee in the progress of the good tidings which shall be to all people grave sheol who shall give thee thanks ps 6:5 iip to this day indicates the purpose of god hitherto to have for if the dead rise not then is not christ raised and if 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fi!bruary 1887 zion s watch tower 4 been other than the application of the ransom to the world in this life who can doubt god s power to have enlightened all men had he so chosen he has not done so more than nine-tenths of the race have died without any knowledge of christ only a little flock has been called and chosen and sanctified while mankind at large have only lived that they might learn the sad but needful lesson that sin brings misery and evil brings destruction with this experience which adam had not they will be better prepared than he to accept the favor of god when it shall be extended to them to them indeed the law whether written on tables of stone or in their hearts has been a schoolmaster availing for their condemnation but not for their salvation since that must come through christ alone the present mission of christ to the gentiles has been to take out of them a people for his name convinced of this many have supposed that all not so chosen were forever lost in reality the few are chosen and severely disciplined now that through their labors in the coming new day all the families of the earth shall be blessed there is to be a resurrection of all but now is christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept for since by man came death by man came also the resurrection of the dead for as in adam all die even so in christ shall all be made alive i cor 15:20-22 therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation [to death 1 even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life rom 5 18 and he shall send jesus christ which before was preached unto you whom the heaven must receive 1tn.til the times of restitution of all things which god hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began all that was lost in adam by the world of mankind will thus be restored through christ all the prophets had declared it though it is improbable that they understood it this resurrection this justification to life then is a part of the saviour s work of blessing all the nations kindreds and families of the earth how then shall we read his words-john 5 :28-29 marvel not at this for the bour is coming in which all that are in the grave8 shall hear his voice and shall come forth they that have done good unto the resurrection of life and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation the new version renders the last word judgment instead of damnation and a glance at the original discloses the fact that the change is wisely made the greek word is kriais webster gives eight definitions of the word judgment which includes trial as well as sentence read now verses 24 to 27 the burden of which tends toward the giving of life rather than its withdrawal judgment must begin at the house of god says peter the church has its trial now the world will have its trial hereafter the day of judgment will be a period commensurate with the extent and grandeur of the work to be done in it then said one unto him lord are there few that be saved and he said unto them strive to enter in at the strait gate for many i say unto you will seek to enter in and shall not be able when once the master of the house has risen up and hath shut to the door this refers to the present dispensation now note a picture of the coming day strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees say to them that are of a fearful heart be strong fear not behold your god will come with vengeance even god with a recompense he will come and save you then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped then shall the lame man leap as an hart and the tongue of the dumb sing for in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert and a highway shall be there and a way and it shall be called the way of holiness the unclean shall not pass over it the wayfaring men though fools shall not err therein and the ransomed of the lord shall return from death and come to zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads they shall obtain joy and gladness and sorrow and sighing shall flee away isa 35:3-10 every age is tributary to its successor in the revealed plan of god in the present the rod of god smiteth the rocky heart of a man and lo it becomes a well of water springing up into everlastin life but in the broader day when the new jerusalem cometh down from god out of heaven the water of life is not a little well here and there but a mighty river and then whosoever will may partake thereof freely rev 22 i 2 17 the church is then complete yet we are told that the leaves of the trees upon the margin of the river are for the healing of the nations showing that there will then be nations not in health but capable of being healed the ransom given does not excuse sin in any it does not propose to count sinners saints and usher them into everlasting bliss it merely settles the first condemnation and its penalty and reckons the sinner released from that condemnation and its results direct and indirect and places him again on trial for life in which his own willful obedience or willful disobedience shall decide whether he mayor not have everlasting life millennial dawn vol i p 148 but beloved be not ignorant of this one thing that one day is with the lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day the lord is not slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness but is long-suffering to us-ward not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance 2 peter 3:8-9 who will have all men to be saved from death and come to a knowledge of the truth for there is one god and one mediator between god and men the man christ jesus who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time i tim 2:4-6 in this last clause lies the key to the mystery to the millions of the living today and to the far vaster myriads of the dead the ransom has not been testified but that it will be we have many a thus sa ith the lord when even extinct and sinful sodom shall be brought back to her former estate and made a daughter to jerusalem as we read in ezek 16 44 to end we may well believe that the mercy of the lord endureth forever and that i will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for a possession the mysteries of human destiny that have pained our hearts and tested our faith are clearing up in the advancing light due to the household of faith and as the church beholds her work spreading out before her in the coming life and sees the grandeur of her association with her head in ruling and blessing the nation new-born from the grave she is filled with gratitude and gladness and her heart is stirred with passionate zeal for present self-purification and to make known to all the good tidings which shall be to all people j a stowe living by faith now the just shall live by faith but if any man draw back my soul shall have no pleasure in him heb 10 :38 living by faith is it very different thing from living by istence as they know nothing of the future beyond the tomb sight to live by sight is to act in the present and plan but there is a small class who walk by faith they ui l for the future according to our own knowledge experience a peculiar people separate from the world and cannot assimand judgment while to live by faith is to study and accept ilate with it having learned and believed god s plan and god s plan for both the present and future and to act as seeing that it not only includes all the present but stretches he directs ignoring our own ideas of expediency whenever on into eternity and having implicit confidence in his infinit e wisdom and boundless love they simply place their hand in god s word speaks to the contrary it will not require very deep penetration therefore to his accepting of his proffered leading and promising to decide to which of these two classes we belong every man follow wherever he directs trusting that however dark or belongs to either the one or the other unless he be an idiot thorny the way may be the end will be blessed and glorious they are not promised that the pathway in the present life or insane the great mass of mankind are endeavoring to walk by sight yet they are so very short sighted that they shall be one of luxury and ease that they shall have abuncan see but a short distance in advance and their past exdance of comforts that their business plans shall all succeed perience has been so brief and varied that it forms a poor that friends will multiply and that their declining years criterion on which to base a correct judgment in devising specially shall be years of rest after the heat and burden plans for the future yet lacking faith in god it is the of the day is past best they can do for themselves and they very generally no these things are not promised but it is promised that realize that all their plans must end with 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zion s watch tower pittsburgh pa to ha ve them iivi and hn ving food and clothing they are to be therewith contented and whatever temporal adversity i1hl come to remember through it all that all things whether good or 1 i l shall under the divine management work togetlwr for good to them having this confidence it is their prin!pgp to be always rejoicing trusting with childlike simplicity to their heavenly father s love and care and faithfully meekly and obediently following in the footsteps of our leader and head christ jesus who set us an example that we should follow in his steps his life was one of implicit faith in the promises of god and ius daily walk in perfect harmony with his faith obedrent hen unto death he took no thought more than was 1 pe~sar for the life that he then possessed-either for the present or future of his earthly existence and beyond that he had nothing except what was secured to him by the promrse of god the apostle denominates this class who now thus live by fnrth the just this includes jesus their lord and head the just one and all those now justified by faith in his blood and following in his footsteps these justified ones are just having received the favor of justification through christ and in grateful and cheerful obedience submitted themselves to god blessed little flock follow on through evil report and good report through present tribulation and trial and eonflicts within and without it is your father s good pleasure to give you the kingdom blessed virgin church the king hath greatly desired thy beauty and thou shalt be his bride and joint-heir if thou wilt prove thy love for him by cheerful endurance unto the end but if any of this class draw back the lord will have no pleasure in them to draw back from this high privilege into which we have come by faith is to go back to the world and to live after the course of this world to take the world s standpoint of observation and to reject the lord s leading the drawing back is not generally done suddenly but gradually it begins with discontent and the discontent soon finds expression in complaint and complaint soon developes into open opposition which grows more and more fixed and obstinate paul declares the end of such apostacy when in the next verse he remarks hopefully but we are not of them who draw back unto destruction but of them that believe to the saving of the soul let each of the dear consecrated company beware of taking the first steps backward and if you realize that you have already done so wake up to a sense of your danger and recover yourself at once from the snare of the adversary your only safety dear ones is in keeping your eye of faith fixed on the mark for the prize of your high calling and forgetting the things behind if you keep looking back at the sacrifices already made you will only see the things behind and the things before-unseen except by the eye of faith-will cease to attract you and very soon you will be caught in the snare of the prince of this world besides the malady of discontent is contageous and may spread to some other members of the household of faith and so many be defiled thus you would be a stumbling block and adversary of the body of christ rather than an aid and upbuilder of it watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation mrs c t r no variableness neither shadow of turning do not err my beloved brethren every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the father of lights with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning of his own will begat he u l with the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures j as 1 jg-18 god s eternal purpose is briefly epitomized in two great only those who have been brought to a clear knowledge covenants carefully recorded by the prophets-the abrahamic of the plan of god can really rejoice in those assurances covenant and the new covenant the former addressed to luch the scriptures give of the unchangeableness of his abraham reads thus in thy seed shall all the nations of character and the certainty that all his purposes shall be the earth be blessed gen 12 3 22 18 the latter adarcomplishcd to the great majority of christiuna this assurdressed to the typical people israel who represented the whole ance only awakens fearful apprehensions for centuries the world [see tabernacle types is recorded thus behold the church has been taught that god s plan is to consign all but days come saith the lord that i will make a new covenant a few of his creatures to eternal and hopeless misery and as they look at his perfect law and realize their own short with the house of israel and with the house of judah not according to the covenant that i made with their fathers in comings when measured by it and much more the utter the day that i took them by the hand to bring them out of failure of all the world to find justification through it the assurances of god s unchangeableness sounds like the knell the land of egypt which my covenant they brake although i was a husband unto them saith the lord but this shall of an eternal and merciless doom for the great majority be the covenant that i will make with the house of israel but with what different feelings we read the blessed words with him is no variableness neither shadow of turning after those days [when the days are accomplished for the we who have been so wonderfully enlightened through the overthrow of the kingdoms of this world and the setting up scriptures concerning god s plan as to how it was wisely of the kingdom of god saith the lord i will put my law in designed before the creation began how it has been develop their inward parts and write it in their hearts and will be their god and they shall be my people and they shall ing in the ages past what is its present status and mode teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his of development and what and when will be the glorious brother saying know the lord for they shall all know nil outcome as we take in the grand scope of the wondrous from the least of them unto the greatest of them saith the plan and perceive the blessings in store through it for all creation both spiritual and human our hearts are filled lord for i will forgive their iniquity and i will remember with joy unspeakable and full of glory as we read with their sin no more in those days they shall say no moi c the fathers have eaten a sour grape and the children s teeth him is no variableness neither shadow of turning i am are set on edge but everyone [who dies then-the second the lord i change not my word that goeth forth out of death shall die for his own iniquity [his own willful sin my mouth shall not return unto me void but it shall aceomand not because of inherited weaknesses and tendencies to pl ish that which i please and it shall prosper in the thing sin every man that eateth the sour grape his teeth shall whereto i sent it mal 3:6 isa 55:11 be set on edge jer 31 :31-34 29 30 do not err beloved brethren every good and perfect gift r-omes from god god s plans for mankind are all good and of these two covenants it will be seen that the latter perfect and when fully realized in his appointed time will or new covenant guarantees to all mankind represented amply demonstrate his glorious and benevolent character israel a restitution this is the prophet jeremiah s testievery purpose of god is for the ultimate good of his creatures mony concerning the restitution of all things which peter bib severest chastisements are for the reformation of the waysays god has spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets ward and their final establishment in righteousness and eversince the world began acts 3 :21 a restitution as all lasting happiness and only when they absolutely refuse to must know signifies a restoration of that which was lostbe rightly exercised by the discipline of the lord will he the restoration of mankind to the perfection and blessedness admimvter the final punishment which forever blots them out lost in eden read it again and see how emphatically and of ex ivtence because unworthy of life and this he declares dearly the lord here states his purpose and notice further wi ll i.e the last resort for as i live saith the lord i that it is unconditional-an affirmation of jehovah not subject ha vt no pleasure in the death [second death of the wicked to any contingencies which might hinder its going into effect hut that tho wicked turn from his way and live ezek 33 11 and then remember his words i am the lord i change not and the words of the apostle james with him is no nd is not the vindictive tyrant which so-called orthodoxy variableness neither shadow of turning and the words of rvpr ent ijjm to be deliuhtmg in the eternal misery and the apostle peter which show that the times of refreshing t or t.u re and hopeless despai r of millions of his creatures and the times of restitution are due to begin with the return t ho-« i 110 haw ber-n taught to so gard him should reflect of our lord .iesus christ whom the heavens receive until uj j1 hr wor d through til prophet isaiah 29:13 their fr-u r tow a r d 1111 l taught h t h precept of men that time aets 3:19-21 br [904j


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fililruary 1887 zion s watch tower 5 in view of this glorious purpose of god for all mankind is there not cause for great rejoicing in the unchangeableness of god s purpose and also in looking for the appearing of our lord and saviour jesus christ clothed with divine power for the accomplishment of that purpose the former or abrahamic covenant it will be observed is not applicable to the whole world except in the sense that the whole world shall be blessed through it it guarantees that a class called the seed whom god shall elect shall be clothed with authority and power as jehovah s agents for the accomplishment of his purposed blessing of all as indicated in the new covenant this promised seed of abraham is the great prophet of whom moses wrote deut 18 15-19 acts 3 22 23 and whom the apostle paul explains to be the christ-jesus the head and the overcoming church the members of his body gal 3 16 29 as the new covenant which guarantees restitution for all belongs specially to the millennial age so the abrahamic covenant which guarantees the selection and exaltation to power of the great prophet who shall restore all things is confined exclusively to the gospel age this covenant must be fulfilled before the new covenant can go fully into operation and of course when it is fulfilled the special favors now offered through it will no longer be offered to or attainable by any the favors of the abrahamic covenant do not go beyond this age in which the selection of the little flock to receive the kingdom will be fully accomplished it is in this covenant that those who are christ s faithful followers now may read their title clear to joint-heirship with him in his kingdom now to abraham and his seed which is christ were the promises made and if ye be christ s then are ye abraham s seed and heirs according to the promise gal 3 :29 abraham was the father of this seed only in a typical sense like unto him whom he believed even god rom 4 16 17 see margin like as abraham was the father of the natural isaac type of christ-gal 4:28 rom 9:8 so god is the father of the spiritual seed the spiritual isaac which is christ head and body gal 3 16 and yet a special blessing will come to the natural seed of abraham in fulfillment of this covenant as he understood it the covenant has two phases and will be fulfilled in each see millennia i dawn chap xiv as .iames explains of his own will begat he us with the word of truth that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures not only was jesus thus begotten of god but every member of the anointed body is thus begotten i pet 1 3 john 20 17 of this spiritual body or class jesus was the first fruits and they all as a class are a first fruits of all classes or orders wh ich shall be brought back to harmony with god through their ministry of sacrifice to be begotten is to receive the first impulse of life as a race we were all dead having lost life and all right and claim upon it through adam s transgression and not until begotten again through faith in and acceptance of his promises are any alive in the sight of god the whole world yet iieth in condemnation [condemned to death and consequently the steady tread of the whole race is downward toward the tomb the time for their begetting again or regeneration has not yet come but will have come when the great restorer has fully taken unto himself his great power and begun his reign then the fact of their redemption and eonsequent right to life through faith in the redeemer and grateful acceptance of the unmerited favor will be clearly testified to all 1 tim 2 6 and the hope begotten of this truth will be the first impulse of that life which when fully developed will be eternal those thus begotten of the truth and who go on unto perfection will be fully born into life when actually and fully delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of godwhen the great work of restitution is complete but there is a class who are now begotten of the truth as the apostle james here asserts before the time appointed for the begetting or regeneration of the world in general by farth they now accept the promised redemption and though their restitution to perfection does not follow their acceptance of the ransom in this age they are reckoned of god as restored and are told to so reckon themselves they are thus not only begotten again but are reckoned of god as born again made perfect fully restored just as all mankind will be when the great work of restitution is complete in the end of the millennial age thus by faith they become partaker of the blessings of the new covenant before its time for coming into force fully or for all the blessings of restitution are reckonedly theirs and god can now treat them as sons holy and acceptable unto him i he apostle explains why it is that some are thus begotten now it is that they may be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures vhen this class is fully developed born in the resurrection they will be the first ripe perfected fruit of his plan blessed and holy are all they that have part in the first resurrection these are justified begotten in this age in order that they may lay hold by faith upon another and still greater favor of god offered in this age that they may be eligible to a yet higher calling even to the divine nature 2 pet 1 4 the conditions of this high calling are works and sacrifices added to faith and since only perfected works and unblemished sacrifices are acceptable with god it was needful that all of the sin-defiled ones called to such service should first be justified or reckoned pure and perfect that they might present themselves living sacrifices holy and acceptable to god those begotten of the truth who hear and obey this call to become joint-sacrificers with christ jesus rom 12 1 thus become heirs of the abrahamic covenant jointheirs with christ members of the seed the great prophet the anointed which is to bless and restore all nations which is to apply the blessings of the new covenant actually to all mankind as members of the condemned race we never could have become heirs of the abrahamic covenant had we not first had the favors of the new covenant applied to us for only that which is holy without spot or blemish or any such thing is acceptable as a sacrifice lev 22:20 deut 1 21 17 1 1 pet 1 19 16-19 eph 5 :27 and we are 80 reckoned through christ our redeemer we notice further the expression of the apostle a k nui of first fruits while this class will be the very first frui t of god s creatures it is only one kind of fruit and there will be other kinds to follow both human and angelic but the divvne kind will be first of all-first both in point of time and also of rank and through the divine kind shall all the other kinds be blessed for they are to be exalted far above angels and principalities and powers with christ even at the right hand of god [chief place of divine favor eye hath not seen nor ear heard neither have entered into the heart of man the things which god hath prepared for them that love him but god hath revealed them unto us by his spirit 1 cor 2 10 surely our light afflictions our little crosses of the present time are not worthy to be rompared with the glory which shall be revealed in us if we prove faithful unto death and are counted worthy of the crown of life language seems too weak to paint the glories of our high calling and the blessedness vouchsafed to the heirs of the abrahamic covenant only those who are diligently delvmg into the depths of god s revealed truth are able to grasp these promises and to realize their value and we might add that only those who are faithful also in spreading the knowledge of the truth are able to fully appreciate it thornselves as we tell it to others its blessed inspiration fills our own hearts to everflowing and we are enabled to run more swiftly and more patiently the heavenly race let those who are faithfully running the race remember that faithful is he that calleth you who also wiii do it 1 thes 5 24 let not your faith stagger at the promises of god for what he has promised he is able also to perform rom 4 21 and with him is no variableness neither shadow of turning [see june 15 1919 issue crucial examination covenant ar ncles 1 a vast majority in hell in the ohristian register unitarian we find the following in its comments the chrietian register makes the follow the examiner baptist freely concedes the point we have ing remarks pressed in regard to the damnation of the vast majority this is meeting the issue fairly and squarelv the 1 1 at least of the adult portion of the race it says the idea aminer does not seem to be nfruid to how its colors :y of a probation in this life does imply the .possibility of sallet it print i.ts 1jeek~y edition .011 black paper tt th a sma ii vation but the possibility may never be realized as a matter margtn of ichit c and its color 1i ill r01 rcs pol1d l lth 1~8 doct run of fact we believe that for the vast majority of the heathen we are glad however that the etcaminer is consistent in this p~ssibiuty never is reauzed and we never yet heard of these days of word-twisting and mental reservation consistan orthodox theologian who held any other belief than this ency is a notable virtue [905]


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6-7 zion s watch tower pittsburgh p another writer copying the above adds the suggestion is good but if the white margin is to represent the few saved even from christendom saying nothing about heathen lands according to church creeds the white margin will be so very small as to hardly be discernible the hell into which our baptist brethren would thrust the whole world except the few who accept their terms of salvation is described by the christian poet dr watts in various well-known hymns here we see the difficulty which is rapidly overtaking intelligent christians everywhere it is a struggle between olrl creeds and reason and the cause is that they falsely suppose their creeds to represent the bible s teaching and hence neglect the bible and seek not in it for the wisdom of god which alone is able to solve the question now risii g prominently before men s minds viz what is the fate of those who have died in ignorance of the only name given under heaven or among men whereby we must be saved in the above controversy the elljaminer seeks to hold on to the bible statements that only believers in and accepters of the lord as their ransomer will be saved but it failed to see that the present age is for the selection of a little flock and that an age is coming in which all the blind eyes shall be opened and the deaf ears unstopped when the knowledge of the lord shall fill the earth and when au shall know [believe in him when the little flock shall have become the bride the lamb s wife and as such shall say unto all the world come to the waters of truth and grace and live rev 22 17 and failing to see this it is forced to the position it takes that the vast majority of the race never have had and never will have a chance for life through christ s ransom sacrifice-hence his ransom was not a ransom for all to be testified [to all in due time this in the elljaminer s creed implies that the vast majority of humanity go into an eternity of torture because god did not make ample provision for them either in the ransom or in the granting of a knowledge of that ransom as a basis for belief without which they cannot be justified would that the eeamoner and all could .iee that god s due time for granting a knowledge of the only name is not limited to the present age and present adverse conditions that as the heavens are higher than the earth so are his ways and thoughts higher and wider than those of the vast majority of his children whose fear toward him and too narrow views of his character and plan are taught by the precepts of men isa 29 13 and 55 9 the christian register s views of the subject are broader and more reasonable when it repudiates the thought that god wiii consign the vast majority of mankind to endless torture simply because they knew not of christ and did not believe on him of whom they had not heard but its reasonings are human merely not seeing the plan of god as set forth in the bible of a ransom for a,ll and a due time for all to partake of the benefits of that ransom and believe in and accept of christ it rejects the bible s teachings entirely and represents a large and growing class who while professing a respect for the bible and calling christ the redeemer in fact deny the teachings of the bible and reject christ as a redeemer denying that there was any need of a ransom for all or for any they virtually make everlasting life a reward for every man who will wear the filthy rags of his own righteousness claiming that every man who lives the best he knows how avoiding gross sins will be accepted of god and granted everlasting life as a reward therefor with such a view where was the necessity of testifying it now or in any other due time in such a view where could paul s statement apply there is none other name given under heaven or among men whereby we must be saved or where is the sense of urging men now or at any time to believe on the lord jesus christ to be saved if they are to be saved without believing and on the basis of works merely samaritans looking for messiah the woman of samaria talking with jesus at jacob s well said i know that messiah cometh which is called christ john iv 25 revised version her people accepted the five books of moses and from them drew their hope of a coming messiah a most wonderful corroboration of the woman s words is found in the belief of the samaritans today they belong to the race of the woman with whom christ talked they live at the ancient shechem now nablus not far from jacob s well they have a copy of the pentateuch which is of great antiquity they celebrate all the mosiac festivals and are the only ones of all the jewish race who offer sacrifices at the passover the jewish intelligence gives some interesting facts the community now numbers about a hundred and fifty souls by wearing of pink turbans they are distinguished from other people of the land their high priest is jacob ibn harun prof strack of the german palestine association had an interview with the high priest and questioned him concerning the belief of his people the high priest replied in a letter saying that their word taheb ta ib in hebrew signifying the promised prophet who will convert the .peopl.e refers to the prophet promised by the lord i will raise them up a prophet etc dent xviii 15 18 they interpret this as meaning one who will teach the nations the good way and lead them to walk in it only so that the whole world will repent of its sin and become converted and purified from all evil it is indeed a remarkable fact that the samaritans who accept only the pentateuch should have so strong a belief in the coming messiah and adopt the interpretation of deut xviii 15 18 which the new testament gives acts iii 22 vii 37 john iv 25 they think that they are now living in the age of apostasy which will only end with the appearance of taheb the messiah who will re-establish worship on gerizim in its pristine purity great political convulsions will precede then the wisest of all the nations will be charged by the kings of the earth to find out the true faith among them will appear also taheb as the representative of the samaritans and quite unconscious of his messiahship but the whole council will he so impressed by his superior wisdom that they will follow him to gerizim where they will find the law of moses the vessels of the temple and the hidden manna then the whole earth will submit to the law of moses and to taheb at the foot of this mountain gerizim of which the woman spoke to jesus her people still worship in a humble synagogue in their prostrations throwing themselves on their faces towards the eastern summit of mount gerizim they are still looking for messiah 8 8 world answers to your letters it ir not possible for us to answer your letters as we should like to do our mail averages fifty to one hundred letters a day some of them full of citations to scripture which we have no time to look up much less to reply to at length we state this as an explanation why your letters have gone unanswered often or perhaps a ten paged letter ha heen answered on a postal card please put all orders for books etc separate from your letter on another piece of paper and please state any qnp~tions as concisely as possible after you have finished your letter-as a postscript and be sure you write your name an-i full address plainly many letters come without and cause us much annoyance as well as you but think not dear brethren and sisters that your letters are unappreciated because unanswered we can read five fnr one we can answer and werr it not for the strength and encouragement which your many excellent letters afford we would no doubt long ago have felt quite discouraged but such wonderful letters from all quarters-from china britain india sweden hayti australia south america besides the thousands from our own states and canada gi evidence of such a work of grace in your hearts and such zeal and variety of effort on your part to serve the truth often at great sacrifice that our hearts are re-invigorated we wish you could all share this comfort and encouragement with us and for this reason publish extracts this month from an unusually large number of letters we give you but a sampie and we are by no means sure that they are the best for some contain orders written in the body of the letter and get lost after those orders are filled so then write on dear friends your letters give us points and frequently suggest subjects for tower articles but do not be disappointed if your answer is slow or if you get none the tower from month to month is our letter to you and the millennial dawn when finished in its several volumes will we trust answer all reasonable questions [906]


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extracts from interesting letters 01140 dec 13 1886 my dear bro russell i am so near the wall that my being cries out with anguish-hard pressed by the flesh and satan my desire is to resign my position in the nominal church-that of pastor though not a salaried position for i will not hire i might say my desire was to do so but now i conclude to remain a while yet my reasons are these your late work the plan of the ages the fire of judgment i call it-is in season to accomplish a great work here it is the wedge which will separate the true from the false and i shall see that it is driven into our congregation but i shall be wary in my work when all the wheat has been reached then we will forsake the old nominal threshing floor and go out into the broad white wheat fields and glean i think we are in the midst of a great trouble in the nominal church and m dawn is destined to take a prominent position in this coming storm it is the panacea that will open the blind eyes and unstop the deaf ear and unloose the dumb tongue in the nominal babylon what a confusion i anticipate come out of her my people i would send you some money but i can t just now i am no financier i am more of a bible student i remain your hrother in christ and ask for your prayers in my behalf j p dear brother your letter of the 13th rejoices me greatly may god bless you dear brother giving you grace according to your day and upholding you with the word of truth i am glad that you are seeing clearly i am glad too that you have a fervent zeal which permits you to become warm and excited over a matter worthy of excitement and warmth -the great prize-the inheritance-a pearl of great value i pity those who become deeply absorbed muck-raking for earthly treasures but are cold and lifeless and do less in regard to the heavenly prize of our high calling my prayer is that you may not be moved when you find others lukewarm do not conclude that you are too hot our lord and the chief apostles were enthusiasts and burned with zeal and love for their work go on dear brother your plan is good carry it out thoroughly being unbound by oath of office or covenant with any denomination to preach only their doctrines you are at perfect liberty to preach god s word as it opens it is well to understand what we must expect that we may not be disappointed but strengthened as we see the harvest separation progress in this as in many other respects the harvest of the gospel age closely resembles its type the harvest of the jewish age now as then they shall cast you out of the synagogues and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely and shall hate you rejoice however and be exceeding glad for this is an evidence or witness of the spirit that you are in the narrow way as voiced by the word of sure testimony for this reason you must be on your guard that your opponents may find no real cause for their evil speaking guard weak places if you are no financier that would be a very assailable point guard it well live within your income if it cuts off all luxuries and reduces you to potatoes and salt owe no man anything but love you will want to arrange your affairs on a business basis at once because as soon as you begin to scratch instead of tickle the ears you will find purses begin to close and generally speaking you may expect the truth to separate you from the more wealthy of your friends and leave you in company mainly with the poor rich only in faith and the coming inheritance as an ambassador of the great king yet as a follower of him who was a servant of servants be both noble and fearless as well as humble and condescending be careful for nothing but in everything and in every condition give thanks always and make full proof of your ministry such fruitage will honor the lord and stand the test of the present trial so as by fire let me hear from you often grace mercy and peace yours in fellowship and service c t russell kansas c t russell dear sib find enclosed $1.25 for which please send one copy of miuenniaz dawn and the tower one year i never was interested in religious writings till i reu d food i am not a christian it is so hard to do right but i just love to read this teaching it is so reasonable i was on the poor list last year and am not really able to subscribe i live in a dug-out with only a dirt floor with a large family but i do not feel like taking so much for nothing so will send this much in spite of all will also send some names for samples yours sincerely e v in reply dear friend you probably are more acceptable in the sight of our lord than many who profess much more your willingness to sacrifice for the truth proves this the fact that you love the truth proves that you have an ear to hear the fact that god has sent it to you at all proves that he has some blessing in it for your heart and life in fact you are already a believer and now you are experiencing some of the joy and peace promised to such as believe grasp a firmer hold of the lord realize him not only as the saviour of all from death but as your redeemer trust him for the future and learn to trust him for the pre-rent also serve him by serving the truth and daily seek to be more like him in your thoughts and deeds she hath done what she could is the highest praise any disciple can expect editor vol viii pit rsburgh pa mah,ch 1887 view from the tower he shall send his messengers with the great trumpet [seventh trumpet and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds from one end of heaven to the other matt 24:31 [sinaitic and syriac 1 iss omit soun,l gather my saints together unto me those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice psa fio:fi millennial dawn vol 1 both in cloth and paper covers has already sold very largely and every mail brings fresh orders and grateful acknowledgment of it as god s instrumentality of blessing and enlightenment but some of the friends connected with the work and the tract fund declare that they want to see the volume in its fiftieth thousand by january 88 believing that that number of such preachers and teachers would do a great work in forwarding the truth blessing god s children and honoring their father and lord to accomplish so desirable a result it is proposed to reduce the paper bound 50 cent edition to one-half its present price and make it hereafter 25 cts per copy for any quantity-c-one copy or a thousand copies postage prepaid by us surely at that price even a child who could show the book should be able to sell numbers of them wherever thinking peopie are to be found particularly thinking ohristians if you have read it carefully yourself ask yourself how many you can place in the hands of readers and get to work at once the ha t vost t.iuly is great and the laborers are few pray ye the lon of the harvest that he will send forth more laborers and if you ale not one of them pray that he will accept of your service granting you the great privilege of being a co-worker with him in tilling the earth with the knowledge of his glorious character and plan-a service which angels woul.l fain be eng-aged in if you are in earnest in your prayer belt ,that you have the privilege you ask and go forward the wa will open before you another matter-we remember that some who nre wi ll iru and anxious to serve the truth are so circumstanced that thov must derive some income from their time to suppol t then selves such could make no profit in buy ing the book at cts if they sold it at the same prico this matter lra kell arranged for us out of the tract fund an allowance of 10 cts p£ r copy will be made for cxpcnse ioiici to a>iy cun vasser such in ordoring should state the mat tvr clea rl y t hu please send mo ten copies of dawn vol 1 pa per col el pnll $2.50 les« expense money allowance 10 cents each i euclo-e $1.50 or reckon it awl state it in thc sumo 111£111110 hatever the quantity ordered the supply of food being exhausted for the 111 e-cnt ill enable those who have been using the packets t o ~i t h r attention to d w it a plan has been fluggl lt 1 b w luvl each one can make a thorough canvass of ius 0 n .uid n h loring t ow n ve have prepared circulars which gi the table of coiltpilf anti kind words of couuucn.l.rt ion to luch w o have affixed n -rna ll


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1-2 zion}s watch tower pittsburgh pa states the price and tells the reader that an agent will call to show him the dawn and to take his order for it these eirl ulhs ca n be sent out by the hand of trusty boys or girls i horn vou can employ and if you cannot visit all your neighbon yourself to show the book and take their orders these s.une boys or girls could do it [girls would generally succeed best you could pay them a commission out of each day s sales-so much on each copy disposed of let them so far a possible collect the circulars a they show the book so that the same may do to use again and again until too much soiled of course you can do better yourself than boys or girls could in but all cannot glve 0 much t.irne now hat think you can we not thus bring the thinking people of every city and town in contact with the light of the millennial dawn the joy quickening and comfort which it will bring to one truly receptive heart should you with much effort reach but one would more than repay you even aside from the joy it will give you to be a co-worker with god and our lord jesus christ the fact that you have canvassed your town with the packets will be no hindrance but rather an aid to the work now suggested your conversation and their examination of food awakened an interest or at least a curiosity which passing events have not permitted to die out and they are now more ready than eyer for millennial dawn-the plan of the ages harp [the word of god in hand strike up the song of moses and the lamb wake the song of ,jubilee let it echo o pr the se a extracts from interesting letters brooklyn n y dear bro russell last march a brother of this city e-mployed me to work in his paint store every day more or i l men gnthored in the store and would engage in argument on different topics and sometimes on religion and by the grace of god i preached to them christ who is the saviour of all men specially of them that believe i explained to them how christ had paid the debt and there was now justification for believers a crown for overcomers and restitution for the world the grace of god began to work in my employer s heart and one day he brought downstairs a large bible and said to me william it is not everybody wants that book in his store but i am going to have it here from this on and i praised the lord i had the food for thinking christians that you sent me several years ago and began reading it in the store but he did not believe in restitution and fought hard against it for a long time i tried to get him to read food hut he said no that is all man s work i won t have anything but scripture i said i was glad he wouldn t have anything but scripture and if he would only read food and search the scriptures he would be surprised to see how the little book agreed with the scriptures but no he would not touch it i had almost despaired of him but i told it to the lord and left it all with him i had put the food in the show case where he could se e it and one day i came in the store and there he was behind the counter all broke up and the tears running down his cheeks and food in his hands i was sure it had entered his heart as he said god bless him god bless him and he has been preaching restitution ever since of course you hear from him and know all about it one day bro hickey came in the store to buy a brush to paste up eternal torture around the city i told him about restitution but he being a regular ordained minister of the presbyterian denomination could not see it and thought i was a little ott another day i was reading out of food in the store to a crowd of men and bro hickey was present he came over to me and said what have you got there i told him that it was a little book called food for thinking ciiristia is he asked me where i got it and i told him he said ho would write to you and he did you sent him rillexnbl dawn and you know how he was closeted for three days ith dawn and the bible and when he came around to the store again he was very happy and praising the lord you know the rest dear brother i write this for your encouragement and to let you see how the lord can use one little food that little book is bringing light and peace and joy to manv a household i received millennial dawn it is a wondprfii1 book and has the right ring and i am sure the lord will use it to his honor and glory i am out of employment and if you will send me some packages i will spread the glad t id ing« and take subscriptions for the watch tower yol1f brother in christ and his labor of love nillviue pa dear brother i appreciate the teachings of the tower very highly except upon one point you seem to ignore or deny the sabbath kept by our lord and all the jews-for he was born under the law and bound by it so long as it held dominion r~m 7:4-6 i am not able to see clearly as yet that the keepmg of the seventh day saturday is not binding on christians as it certainly was upon .iews it seems to me that the observance of sunday the first day of the week instead of the seventh was a change for which papacy is res 1 sponsible what say you in reply dear brotjier general articles on the sabbath question have already appeared in the tower oet 1883 dec 1881 etc have you carefully read them f if not read them and wait for millennial dawn in some of it future volumes to deal with the subject at length the sabbath was a part of the law it and all other parts of the law on stones was given to the jew i never was under the law as a covenant of life thank god else i would have found it as the jew did a covenant of death as regards the papacy s substitution of sunday instead of the seventh day we do not dispute it but had they or any one else a right to make a substitute for a law that was never given except to the jew and which even to them ended as a covenant of death when christ died for them and for all becoming the end of that covenant its fulfiller the text you quote rom 7:4-6 is against you and says no no day is commanded to the church we are glad that a day is observed but sorry that any suppose it to be a substitute for the day fixed by the mosaic law such bring themselves under a law not put upon them by god but by rome i am glad to be of those who in the liberty wherewith christ makes free am not under the law-neither that of moses nor that of papacy the sabbath is not a moral law as some claim there was never any thing moral or religious about it it was not a command to worship nor to study nor anything of that sort -but merelv to do no work it has a typical featwre and lesson and no other it illustrated or typified the rest of faith from our owl works-rest in christ s merit and sufficiency as the one who fulfilled all righteousness for us and redeemed us all from death i and every israelite indeed antitypical keep this sabbath or rest not on one day of the week but every day i am always resting i have forever ceased from my own works ceased trying or hoping to justify myself by my own d eds this glorious peace and rest which i enjoy is the antitype of the typical and enforced rest or sabbath-keeping put upon the typical people just as much as their temple and all their sacrifices were types of which we have the higher and real antitypes editor the ones meant hereafter it will not be sufficient that one write us to send t hem the tower another year without mentioning money or their intent to pay at some time or their inability to pay say hat lls e ithpr ill it be


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coming in the flesh rochester n y dear brother russell rince removing here i have had illy faith in the correctness of your teaching s relative to the coming of the lord a spirit being and not flesh assailed and shaken by parties who claim that you are anti-christ they base that charge upon what they claim is the literal translation of 2 john 7 they render it thus who confess not that jesus is coming in the flesh this is a deceiver and an antichrist if they are correct then to deny that our lord s second coming will be as before viz in the flesh is wrong looking at the word for word translation of the passage in the diaglott i flnd the greek word is there translated coming though in the reg-ular reading translation in the side column of the diaglott it is rendered did come doubtless the diaglott s word for word translation gave rise to the application of this scripture against you here but no matter the question is an important one and i write you to know if you can solve the difficulty i called upon prof kendrick of the rochester college and asked him for the most literal meaning of the greek word in dispute and he said that its most literal meaning was coming hoping to hear from you soon i am yours respectfully c g [the above is not the exact wording as our brother s letter /lot mislaid we recall the main points from memory we replied at once as below and now lav it before our readers that all may be armed on this point dear bro g y,mrs of the 23d came duly i am glad to see the candor with which you approach the question which you presented to me and that before deciding on the matter you write to see what i know of it this is right and your course may save you from being stumbled the greek word used in 1 john 4 :2 and that of 2nd john 7 for is come are from the same greek root and might like our english words came come and coming be used to indicate a past or present or future coming according to the way in which it is used a strict translation of the two words would be l john 4:2 came and coming 2 jno 7 but the weight you and perhaps others give this fact is not justified and probably arises from an imperfect knowledge of the greek to make the matter quite plain let me show you how the english word coming may clearly refer to a past coming and let this be an illustration of the greek for instance when we say-it was not the time but the manner of our lord s .joming that surprised and deceived the jewish doctors of the law-or that he who denies that coming stands where the jew stands today and must therefore be an opponent of the truth a contradiction of the apostle s testimony and hence an opponent of the entire work of grace in progress during the gospel age-antichrist it is after this manner that erchomia is used in 2 john 7 and it is repeatedly used similarly elsewhere take your young s concordance turn to pages 181 and 182 note thc instances in which this same word is used in the various tenses past present and future-came come cometh coming if you will examine the context you will find that in the majority of cases in which it is used it relates to transactions already past just as in the cases under consideration-l john 4 :2 and 2 john 7 you mention the literal word for word translation of the diaglott in 2 john 7 we agree with it fully you see as to the literal meaning of the greek word standing alone disassociated from the limitations of the sentence professor kendrick answered your question as to the literal meaning of the word in the same way so would any greek scholar but the translator of the diaglott as also professor kendrick and every other person who knows what he discusses will agree with me that the word can be used to refer to a past coming just as our english word coming can as illustrated in above examples furthermore they will all agree that the construction of the greek in 2 john 7 signifies a past coming you will notice thnt while the diaglott in its literal translation gives coming as the meaning of the disputed word yet when giving the sense of the sentence it in every unmistakable terms shows that the coming was in the past there rendering it did oome the author evidently was guarding the unscholarly against an error to which they would be very liable young s bible gives only the very literal translation coming but when posted anyone can see from the construction of the sentence that a past and not a future coming is referred to notice too that nearly all translators would naturally be favorable to the view that our lord s second coming will be again in the flesh for they so expect him-among others the author of the diaglott hence it cannot be claimed that they were influenced in their translation in our favor yours in fellowship and service c t russell an answer to the above received before going to press says tha.t bro g called upon prof kendrick again to inquire coneerning the sense of the entire sentence 2 .iohn 7 referred to above the professor fully agreed with us that the reference was to a coming in the flesh already in the past and had no reference whatever to a future event the disputed clause to those who are loath to part with the first clause of rev 20:5 see millennial dawn note p 287 we would suggest that it probably crept into the text by accident in the fifth century for no ms of earlier date neither greek nor syriac contains the clause it was probably at first merely a marginal comment made by a reader expressive of his thought upon the text and was copied into the body of the text by some subsequent transcribers who failed to distinguish between the text and the comment however the repudiation of this clause is not essential to the plan as by us set forth as whi be clearly shown in a subsequent volume of millennial dawn for the word resurrection it will be shown has been misapprehended greatly it signifies to raise up as related to man it signifies to bring up to the full perfection of manhood-the thing lost through adam the perfection from which our race fell is the perfection to which they will gradually rise during the millennial age of restitution or resurrection raising up the millennia l age is not only the age of trial but also of blessing through resurrection or restitution to life-tal that which lca.9 lost the process will be a gradual one requiring the entire ag-e for its full accomplishment consequently it will not be until the thousand years are finished that the race will have fully attained to the complete measure of life lost in adam and since anything short of perfect life is a condition of partial death it follows that it would be strictly true to say the rest of the dead lived not again did not r egain fully tile li]e lost until the thousand years of restitution and blessing were complete this much here to prevent stumbling upon this point-particulars again in appropriate connection the anniversary supper remember the date for the commemoration of the death of christ our passover-on the anniversary of his last celebration april 7th evening meet with fellow members of the one body so far as possible but eat it alone if you know of none with whom you could celebrate it in spirit if you cannot do better make a substitute for wine of raisin juice though our office address is changed as noted herein we have not removed but are still in the same place the building fronts on federal st no 40 but our office entrance is on robinson st and has recently been numbered our mail would come safely whether addressed to street and number or not but the above will be more readily found by strangers c will be glad to bave as many as possible meet wit h l in this ity on that occasion ve anticipate a precious sc.r-on warm hearts here will make vou welcome aihi endeavor to carry out paul s and peter s suggestions.c-d pet 4:9 rom 12:13 heb 13:2 review the subject in last febr ua ry tower to do or not to do to ba ve or not to have i leave to t hoe 1 0 be or not to be i leave thine only will 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the prayer of the consecrated vi seek not lord for tongues of flame or healing virtue s mystic aid but power thy gospel to proclaim the balm for wounds that sin has made breathe on us lord thy radiance pour on all the wonders of the page where hidden lies the heavenly lore that blessed oui youth and guides our age grant skill each sacred theme to trace with loving voice and glowing tongue and when upon thy words of grace the wondering crowds enraptured hung grant faith that treads the stormy deep if but thy voice shall bid it come and zeal that climbs the mountain steep to seek and bring the wanderer home give strength blest saviour in thy might illuminate our hearts and we transformed into thine image bright shall teach and love and live like thee as the serpent beguiled eve i fear lest by any means as the serpent beguilded eve through his subtilty so your minds should he corrupted from the simplicity that is in christ such are false apostles deceitful workers transforming themselves into the apostles of christ and no marvel for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness whose end shall be according to their words 2 cor 11 3 13-15 the early church was surrounded with many bitter and outspoken enemies but against these the apostles never needed to warn the sheep but continually they sought to put believers on their guard against false teachers professing much clothed as ministers of light with morality etc but teaching errors which would confuse and befog the minds of the saints and tend to hinder them from the full accomplishment of their covenant of self-sacrifice the great shepherd of the sheep warned them to take heed to his voice and to heed not the voice of strangers intimating that others would seek to call the sheep in his name and to direct them whose leading would be contrary to his john 10 1-5 the apostle peter referred pointedly to this same evil when he said 2 pet 2 1 2 there were false prophets also among the people j?ws even as there shall be false tea~hers among you yho prlvily [11 a subtle manner shall bring i damnable heresies even denymg the lord that brought them this does not signify th~t these .teachers wil.l deny our lord as a person nor deny his lordship or auth.onty over the church such a te~cher never was countenan~ed in the church none would recogmze such an one as a christian at all he would be an out and out infidel and so open a course would prevent any deception of the sheep on the contrary those whom the adversary has used to advance errors have always been loud in their professions of faith in the lord the thus wear a garment of light a paul c~ps i nd ~he .more suecess fully serve the error which they prtvily brmg in and set before the church in this text peter s words would be better translated thus the having bought them sovereign lord denying it is a rule in the greek to put the important or central thotlght first in a sentence this the translators have not generally observed in this case not noticing that the ransom is the central thought in the greek it stands as we quote it above showing clearly that the denying referred to by the apostle is a denying of the ransom-denying that our lord gave for us and a il men a corre ponding price to deny this is to deny all for it is the removal of the very foundation of all our hopes and of christ s lordship for if we were not bought with a price even the precious blood of christ then we are yet in our sins condemned still and without hope if he has not bought tts he is not our lord and has no right or control present or future hence those who deny the ransom really deny the lordship of christ no matter how much they may claim to acknowledge jesus as lord the seriousness of this which peter calls damnable heresy 15 far reaching and ieads into a great variety of errors and heresies reflecting against other truths and laying a foundation for other errors peter adds many shall follow their dcstruetlve ways [destructive of the very foundation of hope and its corresponding license in dealing with scriptures which oppose them by reason of whom the way of truth [the true way of salvation-through the ransom-the way of the cross will be reviled it is against such teachers who whether knowingly or iznorantly are serving satan and error and are the enemies of the cross of christ that paul speaks in our text as satan through the serpent beguiled eve with crafty sophistry he would now through such teachers among you beguile and lead astray the chaste virgm church espoused to christ of course ir orn t imr to time throughout the age satan has sought to and dl,l tr lt the nominal virgin of chr-ist but much more so now in tllp enrl of tile agof wlun till church i l almost complete and as 3 he sees the plan of god unfolding and that he has not thwarted it thus far satan seems to redouble his efforts for as each new way of light shines out for her assistance in this the dawn of the coming day he matches it or counterfeits it with rays of false light to draw attention away from the true various have been the delusions of our subtle adversary but in this instance as in many others the apostle s words seem to apply directly to our day his words were a prophecy to us now being fulfilled for now the form of error is again presented as it was with eve ye shall not surely die in eve s case it applied to the first death now it is applied to the second death the argument used to eve was that she would not die at all and when the reality of death was established beyond a question in the death of abel he changed the argument and ever since he has unceasingly taught through deceived poets philosophers and priests heathen and christian that mankind do not really die but only appear to that when dead they are more alive then ever before and in every age among heathens and christiana he has succeeded in gaining a majority to believe his lie in direct opposition to god s statement thou shalt surely die the soul that sinneth it shall die gen 2:17 and ezek 18:4 this lie satan started with for he was a liar and thereby the slayer of our race from the beginning and abode not in the truth john 8 44 and he has since kept it up and the sophistries used to back it up are truly wonderful and worthy of such a master deceiver upon this lie he has built his entire system of error with its god-dishonoring doctrines of a present or future place of anguish in which the dcad arc doubly alive and suffering and on it he builds the further idee of the endlessness of their torture that they not only are not dead but cannot ever die that god though he can create oannot destroy soul and body in gehenna the second death [see october 1886 tower thus for centuries he has maligned god s character and cultivated a fear and abhorrence of god which repulsed all true love and hindered that depth of consecration in his service which can spring only from love and appreciation of god and his plans and not only so but by and in support of this same lie the adversary has warped and twisted and perverted the scriptures so that all the exceeding great and precious and various promises of god s word have come to mean only what might be interpreted in one sentence thus you must either spend an eternity in awe fear and trembling in the presence of a fiendish god or else in everlasting torture with devils and of the two evils men have hoped to get the less and dreaded almost to read the bible whose every parable and symbol was caused to smoke and flame and to reflect the words eternal torment under the lurid light cast upon it by the adversary through hymn-books prayer-books and commentaries in harmony with his original lie ye shall not surely die this lie has had a long run of six thousand years it has served his purpose well and yet serves in most cases but flow in the dawn of the morning the light of truth begins to shine unto some showing the scripture to be in perfect harmony with god s original declaration in the day that thou eatest thereof dying thou shall die [margin at flrst he merely cast odium upon it and was content to let a few get free from this error but it led so rapidly from darkness to light that he must do something to oppose it and to deceive and ensnare the espoused virgin of christ as in the post [910]



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