GOD WAS ALONE!
"From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God." (Ps
90:2.) "I am Jehovah, that is My name and My glory will I
not give to another." (Isa 42:8.) "To us there is one
God, the Father, of whom are all things." (1Co 8:6.) "Hear,
O Israel, the Lord our God is one—Jehovah."—De
and other Scriptures tell us of a personal God, the Father or
Life-Giver of all, the Great One who inhabiteth Eternity. St.
Paul declares that to the heathen "there are lords many and
gods many, but to us there is but one God, the Father," and
one appointed Agent of His in dealing with humanity—one
Lord Jesus Christ—"and that every tongue shall confess
that Jesus, Messiah, is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Scriptures tell us of "the beginning of the creation of God."
Hence there was a time before that beginning of creation when
Jehovah God was alone—"He that inhabiteth Eternity."
Not even the great Michael was with Him, the great Messiah, whom
God has so highly honored and whom He declares He will still further
honor throughout a glorious eternity. He was not with the Father
before the beginning of creation; for He Himself was "the
Beginning of the creation of God"—"the First-born
of every creature." (Re 3:14; Col 1:15.) He was the first
expression or manifestation of the Divine attributes.—Joh
mighty God, Jehovah, self-centered, self-contained, is ours, the
same yesterday, today and forever.
attribute of the Divine character was the same millions of years
ago that it is today, but that character was unrevealed. Every
step of creation has tended to display the Divine character more
and more, and each successive step and development of creation
has brought forth new creatures capable of comprehending the Eternal
One. We deem it not unreasonable to assume that Jehovah’s
creative power will continue to be exercised throughout all coming
photography now reveals nearly 125,000,000 suns, around which
circle systems such as the one which circles around our sun, and
of which our earth is a part. We deem it not unreasonable to assume,
from the Scriptures, that the great work of ordering all those
hundreds of millions of planets stretches forward into eternity,
and that the work of Divine grace, begun on the planet "Earth,"
will be continued throughout the Universe, not only in conjunction
with the planetary systems we can discern, but probably with millions
of planetary systems too far removed from us to be discerned.
PERMISSION OF EVIL
Divine methods in connection with other worlds and other inhabitants
will display the manifold wisdom of God. For instance, we understand
the Bible to indicate that while the permission of evil in the
earth was wise, it will not necessarily be wise or expedient for
any reason to permit a similar reign of Sin and Death in any other
of the millions of worlds, in connection with their ordering or
development and their peopling with glorious creatures who will
show forth the praises of the great Creator without their passing
through experiences with sin and death such as have been permitted
in connection with the humanity of earth.
we not see a broad reason for the permission of evil on the earth—for
the permission of the reign of Sin and Death, which for six thousand
years has apparently disgraced the Creator, degraded humanity,
astonished the angels and constituted our race a groaning creation?
when we discern that Messiah’s Kingdom will surely bring
order out of this confusion, do we begin to get the proper focus
upon our subject and realize something of the greatness of our
the standpoint of the completion of the Divine purposes in connection
with humanity, and from that standpoint alone, can we see illustrated
Divine Wisdom, Justice, Love and Power. The primary lesson was
Justice—that sin brings suffering and eventually death.
second lesson was that of Divine compassion, sympathy—Love.
This lesson was manifested in the sending of the Redeemer and
His subsequent reward of exaltation, and His gathering of an "elect"
Church to be His associates in glory and in the blessing of the
Reign of Glory, the Reign of Messiah, soon to be introduced, will
lift up poor humanity from sin and sorrow, from degradation and
death, and give to each and all the fullest opportunity to return
to human perfection and to Divine favor and everlasting life.
In that work of human restitution, which will include the awakening
of mankind from the sleep of death, the one great lesson will
be the greatness of the Divine Power which will be exercised through
Messiah, the God-like One, the Prince of Life, "the Prince
of Glory," the Redeemer, the Regenerator of Adam and the
whole race of mankind, his posterity, all of whom have shared
his death sentence.
finally, from the standpoint of the completion of Jehovah’s
great purposes and dealings with man and in respect to Him, will
stand revealed the Foreknowledge and Wisdom of God, who knew the
end from the beginning and who foresaw how even the permission
of a reign of Sin and Death could be made eventually to work out
to His own glory and to the blessing and instruction of His creatures
on both the human and the angelic planes.
will be revealed to all, the glorious character of their Creator,
and the necessity for His requirement of absolute righteousness
the result eventually will be as the Scriptures declare, that
all shall learn righteousness, and hate iniquity; and that every
creature in Heaven and in earth and under the earth shall acclaim
both Jehovah, who sitteth upon the Throne of the Universe, and
the Lamb, the Redeemer, forever.—Re 5:13,14.
we to allow ourselves to speculate respecting the future—respecting
the Divine purposes in relation to the millions of worlds around
us, our speculations would run thus: Those instructed and used
of Jehovah in conjunction with the initial development of the
Divine Plan in the earth will thereby be fitted and prepared to
be the Divine Agents to other worlds. The Great Redeemer and His
"elect" associates, after dealing with humanity for
their uplift out of sin and death conditions, will surely be qualified
for further service in other worlds, to "show forth the praises
of Him who called them out of darkness into His marvelous light."
what shall we say of humanity when perfected at the end of Messiah’s
glorious Reign? Will not all be well prepared, not only to approve
righteousness in themselves, but to tell in other worlds, to other
races, the story of the fall and of the reign of Sin and Death
resulting; and of the redemption accomplished by God’s love;
of the great restitution; and of the lessons learned?
qualities of the Divine character which we have just considered—Wisdom,
Justice, Love and Power—belonged to our Creator in the great
eternity preceding creation. But there was no one at that time
to appreciate God. It requires a full view of the perfected Plan
of the Ages to make known to any and to all the glory of the Lord.
As we have just seen, thus far the secret of the Lord and the
glories of His character are known only to His "sons,"
begotten of His Holy Spirit. But the time nears when "the
whole earth shall be full of the knowledge of the glory of the
Lord as the waters cover the great deep." He and His glorious
government will then be "the desire of all nations";
"The glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall
see it together." —Hag 2:7; Isa 40:5.
Paul assures us that every feature of the Divine Plan which we
see in process of execution was known to Jehovah from before the
foundation of the world. He declares that these things God purposed
in Himself before the foundation of the world. The creative processes,
which have been operating for thousands of years, were all surely
elaborated in the mind of Jehovah before the creative work began.
In that purpose angels had a part—of how many grades we
may not surely know, but they are variously designated in the
Holy Scriptures as "angels, principalities and powers."
Later came the creation of man, "a little lower than the
angels" and crowned with earthly honor, dignity and power,
in the image and likeness of his glorious Creator.
creations varied not in degrees of perfection and imperfection.
Each was perfect on its own plane.
intelligent creature was a free, moral agent, and hence, whether
on the angelic or human plane, was created in the likeness of
God, unblemished, but with different capacities and abilities.
Almighty God, infinite in Wisdom, Justice, Love and Power, purposed
the orderly exercise of His infinite powers, as a great Father,
desirous of giving life and happiness to His creatures.
intelligent ones were designated "Sons of God" so long
as they maintained their attitude of perfect loyalty to Him, their
Creator and Father. Not only was it the Divine purpose thus to
give pleasure to millions of creatures to be created, but it was
also the Divine will to manifest to His creatures His own greatness
and the perfection of His own goodness that they might enjoy Him
and He enjoy them everlastingly.
are not to understand that Almighty God was lonely in that great
Eternity before creation began. On the contrary, human loneliness
is largely because of human deficiency. What we lack we seek for
in others. But the great Jehovah lacked nothing; He was complete
in Himself; He needed not companionship to complete or to supplement
His happiness. It was His pleasure to create, that His creatures
might have joy by reflecting as a whole His Divine qualities implanted
wreck of the human race produced by sin He well foreknew. Nor
did this wrecking of human hopes defeat, nor was it in danger
of defeating, the Divine purpose.
merely demonstrates to angels and to men the graces of the Divine
character and shows unto all the more fully the qualities of God
proper to be appreciated and copied by all His intelligent creatures.
God would illustrate to us His own great personality, when He
would show to His creatures how He is working all things according
to the counsel of His own will, He pictured it symbolically in
the Book of Revelation.
that vision the Throne of the Eternal One is graphically portrayed
as the seat of Divine power and authority for the Universe, with
angels as ministering spirits. Then is described a scroll, in
the right hand of Jehovah—in Divine power and keeping. That
scroll, written inside and outside, was "sealed with seven
seals," representing the complete secrecy of the Divine purposes
related in that scroll. From before the foundation of the world
it had been in the hand (in the power) of the great Eternal. He
had given hints respecting it and had caused it to be symbolized
in the Law and to some extent to be described by the Prophets.
But still it was a Hidden Mystery; for the Prophets understood
not the things which they wrote; nor could any understand them
until the Father’s "due time."—1Pe 1:10-12.
only was the Divine Program thus sealed and safely secreted, but
it was the Divine determination that it should be given only to
the One who would demonstrate His worthiness to be Jehovah’s
honored Agent for the carrying out of those purposes—predestinated
before the world was. The honor of being the Agent, the Representative
of Jehovah, to carry out the Divine purposes, should be disclosed
in advance only to the One who would demonstrate His worthiness
to be the great Messiah, the great Deliverer, Prophet, Priest,
Judge, King of Israel.
as the Redeemer stood in the Divine counsels and fellowship before
He came into the world to be man’s Redeemer, it was not
then granted even to Him to know all the mysteries of the Divine
Program. But by virtue of His high station, His perfection, His
obedience, the privilege was given to Him first to become man’s
Redeemer, at the cost of personal humiliation and death; and then,
if faithful in this redemptive work, it should be His to be glorified,
exalted to the Divine nature, and to execute the Divine Program
to its completion. First, He must manifest His devotion and loyalty
to the Father, ere He could be trusted even with the knowledge
of the Divine Program for blessing the whole world of mankind.
IS THE LAMB"
this is declared in the account. (Re 5.) The proclamation was
made, Who is worthy to receive the scroll and to break its seals
and to execute the wonderful purposes of God? None was found worthy!
Finally, One demonstrated His worthiness. He left the courts of
glory; He humbled Himself, He "was made flesh."
than this, being found in fashion as a man, He consecrated His
all to the doing of the Father’s will, even unto death,
the death of the cross. Wherefore, says the Apostle, "God
also highly exalted Him" and gave Him a standing, a rank,
a title above all others. (Php 2:7-9.) He commissioned Him to
execute all the Divine purposes; and to Him He handed over the
Scroll with the privilege of opening its seals and comprehending
In the symbolic picture John saw a freshly slain Lamb at the same
time that the angelic messenger declared that the Lion of the
tribe of Judah had prevailed. Jesus proved Himself worthy and
therefore the privilege of understanding the things of the Divine
Plan, and the privilege of executing them rightfully belonged
Lamb slain represented the work of Jesus from the day He was thirty
years of age and made His consecration.
He became dead to self and to the world.
He successfully finished this great contract, He cried on Calvary,
"It is finished."
glorious Victor was then acknowledged by God and by the holy angels
to be the worthy One to whom the Father would entrust the execution
of every feature of the Divine Program, "Worthy is the Lamb
that was slain to receive glory and honor, dominion and might."
He has not yet completed His great work there and then entrusted
to Him. The Father glorified Him and set Him at His own right
hand—the place of Divine favor—when He finished His
demonstration of loyalty even unto death. As yet He has only begun
His great work. The blessing of the Church as "the Bride,
the Lamb’s Wife," is the first step in the glorious
Program; and it is not yet completed. Following it will come the
blessing of the world, all the families of the earth, not only
the living but the dead. His declaration to those now called to
be His Bride is, "To him that overcometh will I grant to
sit with Me in My Throne even as I overcame and am set down with
My Father in His Throne."—Re 3:21.
us there is one God," says the Apostle. All wisdom and power
are His. Recent electrical inventions assist us greatly in apprehending
His greatness. What man can do limitedly with the telephone and
wireless telegraphy merely hint to us of the infinite resources
of the Eternal One—from everlasting to everlasting, God.
But our knowledge of the Divine Justice and Love satisfies our
hearts—our Great Creator becomes our Father.