BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM,
AND HOW IT WILL MANIFEST ITSELF
Walking by Faith--Who Constitute the Kingdom--Setting Up the
Spiritual Kingdom--Setting up "Princes in All the Earth"--The
Desire of All Nations--The Intimate Communication Between the
Kingdom and its Ministers or "Princes"--Jacob's Ladder--Moses'
Veil--Great Changes Inaugurated--Will there be Danger from so
Much Power in the Hands of the New Potentate?--The Rod-of-Iron
Rule, How Long?--The World's Conversion--A Nation Born in a
Day--"All that are in the Graves"--The Increase of
His Kingdom--The Vicegerency Surrendered--God's Will Done on
the desire of all nations shall come." "In the last
days it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the
Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains."
that time they shall call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord; and
all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the
Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the
stubbornness of their evil heart."
`Hag. 2:7`; `Micah 4:1,2`;
`Jer. 3:17` HAVING in our studies of the divine plan reached
the close of the trouble of the great "Day of Vengeance"
and seen how the divine indignation will burn against sin and
selfishness, we have now the more agreeable task of examining,
in the light of the Bible, how the Kingdom of God is to be established,
by which all the families of the earth are to be blessed, and
a new and permanent and far better order of things set up, instead
of the admittedly faulty one of the present and past.
the dread events of the near future are already casting their
shadows before them and causing fear and trepidation in the world,
those who look from "the secret place of the Most High,"
see a silver lining to the clouds of trouble which may well cause
them to look up and lift up their heads and rejoice that their
deliverance draweth nigh, and also relief for all bought with
the precious blood, when "the Sun of righteousness shall
arise with healing in his beams." `Mal.
of the matters treated foregoing are so openly manifest that even
the natural man may be considerably impressed thereby. But now
we approach a part which requires a clearer sight, more careful
study of the Lord's Word and a firmer grasp of faith; for it deals
with things not yet visible except to the eye of faith. However,
God's people are expected to walk by faith and not by sight, and
to trust that what God has promised he is abundantly able to perform.
these things none could know by any learning or wisdom of his
own; but all who have the unction from the Holy One have faith
in the power of God to say: "There hath not failed one word
of all his good promise" (`1 Kings
8:56`); and these can with patience wait, and trust implicitly
for future good things.
our previous studies of the subject* we learned that the "Times
of the Gentiles," which occupy the interim of time between
the removal of the typical Kingdom from Israel and the full establishment
of the true Messianic Kingdom upon the ruins of the present kingdoms,
will end in October A.D. 1914. We have seen that the period of
our Lord's presence from 1874 to 1914 is a "harvest"
time, the ---------- *Vol. I, Chaps. 13 and 14; Vol. II, Chap.
<PAGE 617> earlier part of it for gathering
his elect bride, and the latter part a time of trouble, for the
overthrow of present institutions, in preparation for the new
Kingdom. Let us now examine, in the light of the prophetic lamp
`2 Pet. 1:19`), some of the details connected with
the setting up of this Kingdom of the Highest, which is
to be the fifth universal empire of earth, and to have no end;
and to bring blessings to all its subjects, while all other kingdoms
have in great measure brought disappointment and oppression to
the "groaning creation." No wonder that in type it is
declared to be ushered in with a Jubilee trumpet (`Lev.
25:9`); and no wonder the Prophet
`Haggai (2:7)` assures us that eventually it shall be recognized
as the "Desire of all nations."
having a practical bearing upon the manner of the establishment
of "the Kingdom of God," the "Kingdom of Heaven,"
let us keep in memory what we have already learned from the Scriptures*
respecting this Kingdom's royalty and those who shall constitute
It is the Kingdom of God in the sense that the Heavenly Father
is the Great King and has arranged the plan of salvation of which
the Millennial Kingdom will be a part. It is his Kingdom also
in the sense that it will be established and perpetuated by his
power. (`1 Cor. 15:24-26`)
It is his Kingdom further, in that it will represent him as the
great chief ruler, and his laws and his love and mercy through
the Mediator whom he has appointed.
It is also the Kingdom of Christ--the Kingdom of God's dear Son,
in that Christ as the Mediator of the New Covenant will be the
active ruler of this Millennial Kingdom, as the Father's representative,
for the purpose of subduing evil, destroying sin, and bringing
into full, hearty obedience to the Father and his laws all of
the redeemed ---------- *Vol. I, pp. 288-300.
<PAGE 618> race willing to be fully restored
to the divine likeness and favor and everlasting life.
It will be the Kingdom of the saints, in that they as "a
royal priesthood" (`Rev. 5:10`)
shall reign and judge and bless the world in conjunction with
their Lord, Jesus. `Rom. 8:17,18`
Kingdom class proper will consist only of our Lord and his "elect"
of this Gospel age, to whom he said: "Fear not, little flock,
it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."
Of these, also, the Lord said to the Prophet Daniel, "The
Kingdom and dominion, even the majesty of the Kingdom under the
whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the
Most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all rulers
shall serve and obey him." `Dan. 7:27`
these, be it remembered, will all be "changed" in their
resurrection (the first resurrection--`Rev.
20:4,6`; `1 Cor. 15:42-46,50-54`;
`John 3:5,8`) and thereafter will no longer be human beings,
but "partakers of the divine nature," and as invisible
to mankind as are God and the heavenly angels. There will consequently
be necessity for some means of communication between this glorious
Church and those whom it will be judging* and lifting up out of
the degradation of sin and death. Such communication between spirit
beings and humanity in the past has been accomplished by the spirit
beings appearing in bodies of flesh, and thus communing with certain
important persons respecting divine arrangements. Thus angels
appeared to Abraham and Sarah and Lot and Gideon and Daniel and
Mary, the mother of Jesus, and others. Such communication was
made by our Lord to the apostles after his resurrection as a spirit
being--because it was necessary to communicate to them certain
instructions, and "the holy ---------- *See
`1 Cor. 6:2`; and Vol. I, Chap. 8.
<PAGE 619> Spirit was not yet given, because
Jesus was not yet glorified." `John
we do not expect that the communication between the spiritual
rulers and their earthly subjects will be after this manner during
the Millennium; for we find that God has made provision that a
certain class of humanity, already tried (during the period before
the Gospel age) and found worthy of perfection and everlasting
life, shall throughout the Millennial age serve as the intermediaries
between the spiritual Kingdom, the saints, and their subjects,
These intermediaries, while not the Kingdom in the proper sense
of the word, will be so fully the representatives of it amongst
men that they will be recognized as the Kingdom by men: they will
represent the Kingdom before men and be the only visible
representatives of it. Hence we have termed these "the earthly
phase of the Kingdom," visible among men.
"Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets" and
ancient worthies referred to by our Lord and by the apostles (`Matt.
8:11`; `Heb. 11:4-40`),
having passed their trial, will be awakened from death perfect--fully
restored to human perfection; and will not require a "resurrection
by judgment" a thousand years long, as will the residue of
mankind. And this perfection will enable them to communicate with
the spiritual Kings and Priests direct, without need that
the spirit beings assume fleshly bodies for the purpose of communicating
the laws, etc., for the world. Just as Adam, while perfect,
before his transgression, could commune direct with the heavenly
powers, so will these worthies commune, when restored to the same
state of perfection.
the earthly rulers will not be the "Kings and Priests,"
but under the King's appointment they shall be "princes in
all the earth"--prominent or chief ones--rulers, instructors.
Intimate Communication Between the Kingdom
and Its Representatives
the earthly phase of the Kingdom will be on terms of intimate
communion, fellowship and cooperation with the Kingdom proper,
the spiritual rulers, is evident. They will be related to each
other as father and children, and as cooperative departments of
the same heavenly government: the heavenly being the legislative
or law-giving department, and the earthly the executive or law-enforcing
department. As it is written: "Out of Zion [the spiritual
Kingdom] shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord [the
divine messages, through the "princes"] from Jerusalem."
Setting Up the Kingdom
Kingdom of God is preached, and every man [accepting the testimony
as a message from God] presseth into it." (`Luke
16:16`) For over eighteen centuries this message, this
offer of the Kingdom, has been doing its intended work of selecting
the "elect" "overcomers" from the world. During
all this age these have waited the Father's time for their setting
up or exaltation to power, as his Kings and priests, to rule
and to teach the redeemed people of the earth, and thus bring
to them the opportunity of everlasting life through faith and
obedience. Yet during all this time this Kingdom class has suffered
violence at the hands of the Ishmael and Esau class, and at the
hands of Satan, the prince of this world, and his blinded servants.
As our Lord expressed it--"The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force." (`Matt.
11:12`) Our Lord, the head of the Kingdom, suffered to
the extent of death; and all of his followers have suffered something
of earthly loss as a consequence of being translated out of the
power of darkness into the Kingdom of God's dear Son.
submission for over eighteen centuries to the violence
of dominant evil has not been because of lack of power on the
part of our risen, ascended and glorified Lord to protect his
people; for after his resurrection he declared--"All power
is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (`Matt.
28:18`) The exercise of the power is delayed for a purpose.
In the Father's plan there was a "due time" for the
great sacrifice for sins to be given, and another due time for
the Kingdom to be set up in power and great glory to rule and
bless the world: and these were far enough apart to permit the
calling and preparing of the "elect" Church to be joint-heirs
of the Kingdom with Christ. The evil influences and opposition
of sinners have been permitted for the purifying, testing
and polishing of those "called" to be members of the
Kingdom class. As with the Head, so with the body, it is God's
design that each member shall as a new creature be "made
perfect through suffering." `Heb. 5:8,9`
now we are in the end of this Gospel age, and the Kingdom is being
established or set up. Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present,
since October 1874, A.D., according to the testimony of the prophets,
to those who have ears to hear it: and the formal inauguration
of his kingly office dates from April 1878, A.D.: and the first
work of the Kingdom, as shown by our Lord, in his parables and
prophecy (the gathering of "his elect"), is now in progress.
"The dead in Christ shall rise first," explained
the Lord through the Apostle: and the resurrection of the Church
shall be in a moment.* Consequently the Kingdom, as represented
in our Lord, and the sleeping saints already fitted and prepared
and found worthy to be members of "his body," the "bride,"
was set up in 1878; and all that remains to be done for
its completion is the "gathering together ---------- *Vol.
III, Chap. 6.
<PAGE 622> unto the Lord" of those of
the "elect" who are alive and remain --whose trial is
not yet complete.
instead of the Kingdom waiting for the living members to finish
their course, the Kingdom work began at once; and the living ones
on this side the veil, are privileged to know "the mysteries
of the Kingdom" and to engage in Kingdom work before their
"change"; and as they die (will not fall "asleep,"
but) will be "changed" in the moment of death, resurrected
as part of the blessed and holy first resurrection: as it is written--"Blessed
are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth: yea,
saith the Spirit, they shall rest from their labors, while
their works will continue."
this is in harmony with the Scriptural declaration that the Kingdom
of God must first be set up before its influence and work will
result in the complete destruction of "the powers that be"
of "this present evil world"--political, financial,
ecclesiastical--about the close of the "Times of the Gentiles,"
October A.D. 1914. Let us note some scriptures to this effect.
describing the events under the Seventh Trumpet, this order is
observed: (1) the power is taken by the Lord as King of Earth,
and his reign begun; (2) as a consequence the great judgment-trouble
comes upon the world. We are told, prophetically, that the reign
begins before the time of trouble, and before the resurrection
of the saints and prophets; but that it will continue long after
these (for a thousand years), until it shall have "judged"
all mankind, rewarding those who reverence the Lord, and destroying
those whose influence is corrupting. Note these points in the
give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art
<PAGE 623> and wast and art to come; because
thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. [Represented
in Christ-- "All things are of the Father," and
"all things are by the Son," his honored representative.]
And [as a consequence of the reign begun] the nations were angry,
and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should
be judged, and that thou shouldst give reward unto thy servants
the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that reverence thy
name, small and great; and shouldst destroy them which corrupt
the earth." `Rev. 11:17,18`
read similarly that the Kingdom reign will begin before "Babylon"
falls; and that Babylon will fall as a result of Kingdom judgments--discerned
later by some in her who are represented as getting light and
liberty through Christ after her fall. They say:
and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great
harlot which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath
avenged the blood of his servants at her hand."
`Rev. 18; 19:2-7`
Prophet Daniel was divinely inspired to rehearse and explain to
King Nebuchadnezzar his vision of Gentile power, represented by
a great image. The vision showed a stone smiting the image on
the feet, and as a result the utter wreck of Gentile power, and
that stone then expanding until it filled the whole earth. The
explanation given shows that God's Kingdom will be set up and
fully empowered, and that the wreck of earthly governments will
be the direct result of the energy of that Kingdom. Daniel's inspired
testimony is as follows:
the days of these kings [the last of Gentile power-- represented
in the toes of the image] the God of heaven shall set up
a Kingdom [present representatively throughout the Gospel age,
but not recognized by the world as a kingdom]; it [unlike the
changing Gentile kingdoms represented in the image] shall never
be destroyed: and the Kingdom shall not be left to other people
[as the power of the image shifted from one people to another],
but it shall
<PAGE 624> break in pieces and consume
all these Kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."
Lord assured his faithful, that at the time of the establishment
of his Kingdom and the overthrow of Gentile power, the overcoming
Church would be with him, and have a share in that work.
His own words are:
that overcometh and keepeth my words unto the end, to him will
I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod
of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:
even as I received of my Father." (`Rev.
2:26,27`) Compare `Psa. 149:8,9`.
may not be able to judge accurately as to what features of the
great work are now being carried on by the Lord and his glorified
saints beyond the veil; but we may be sure that they are active
participants in the work assigned the members of the same Kingdom
class, whose course and service are not yet ended on this side
the veil--the harvest work (1) of gathering the living "elect";
(2) of saying unto Zion "Thy God reigneth"--the
Kingdom is being set up; and (3) declaring the Day of Vengeance
of our God.
Setting Up the Earthly Government
until the full end of Gentile Times (October, A.D. 1914) should
we expect the earthly phase of God's Kingdom; for in giving a
lease of dominion to the Gentiles until that date God made no
mistake and his plans alter not. The earthly phase of the Kingdom
of God when set up will be Israelitish; for such is God's engagement
or covenant with Abraham and his natural seed. Even the chief
favor, the spiritual Kingdom, was offered first to fleshly Israel,
and would have been given to them if they had been ready at heart
to receive it on the conditions attached to it--to suffer with
Christ and afterward to be glorified with him. (`Rom.
8:17`) Israel indeed desired and sought the best
God had to
<PAGE 625> give; but "Israel hath not
obtained that which he seeketh for: but the election [the "little
flock" selected from both Jews and Gentiles] hath obtained
it, and the rest were blinded --not forever, but until
the election of the spiritual seed, the Kingdom proper, is completed.
`Rom. 9:31-33; 11:7,23,25-32`
Israelites in various stages of unbelief will be gathered back
to Palestine under divine favor, according to promise, yet none
shall be in any degree reckoned as a part, or even as supporters
of, or associated with the earthly phase of the Kingdom, except
as they shall first recognize Christ Jesus as the Son of God,
the only Redeemer and Deliverer for Israel and the world.
beginning of the earthly phase of the Kingdom in the end of A.D.
1914 will, we understand, consist wholly of the resurrected holy
ones of olden time--from John the Baptizer back to Abel--"Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob and all the holy prophets." (Compare
`Luke 13:28`; `Heb. 11:39,40`.)
While these ancient worthies will have neither part nor lot in
the spiritual Kingdom, because not "called" thereto,
that high or "heavenly calling" not being possible until
after the ransom had been paid by our Lord Jesus, yet they will
occupy a position of preferment above the world, having attested
their faith and love during the reign of evil, in a manner approved
of God. Thus they were prepared and proved worthy to be the earthly
ministers and representatives of the spiritual Kingdom. In harmony
with this it is written in the Psalms, as addressed to the Christ--"Instead
of [being longer considered] thy fathers [they] shall be thy children,
whom thou mayest make princes [chief ones, captains] in all the
earth." `Psa. 45:16`
ancient worthies will be unlike the remainder of mankind, not
alone in the fact that their trial is past while
<PAGE 626> the trial of the world in general
will just be beginning; but they will be unlike them also in the
fact that they will have attained the reward of their faithfulness--they
will be perfect men, having completely restored to them
all that was lost in Adam of mental and moral likeness to God,
and perfection of physical powers. Thus they will not only be
the "princes" or chiefs of earth (the earthly representatives
of the Heavenly Kingdom--Christ and his Church), but they, individually,
will be representatives of what all the willingly obedient may
attain to under the New Covenant.
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the ancient worthies have been resurrected,
and shall appear amongst the regathered Israelites, about the
close of the time of Jacob's final trouble with Gog and Magog,
their superior mental powers will speedily distinguish them from
others. Moreover, their perfect minds will quickly grasp present-day
knowledge and inventions; and they will be peculiar in many ways,
as was the man Christ Jesus, of whom the people said--How knoweth
this man literary matters, having never learned? (`John
7:15`) And as Jesus taught the people positively, definitely,
clearly, and not doubtfully and in a confused way, as did the
scribes, so it will be with the perfected ancient worthies, when
they appear amongst men. Besides, these worthies, "princes,"
will have direct communion with the spiritual Kingdom (Christ
and the Church) as our Lord had with the angels, and as Adam enjoyed
similar personal communion before he came under divine sentence
as a transgressor. These "princes" of the new earth
(the new order of society) will be fully qualified for the honorable
position assigned to them.
we see that when God's time for the inauguration of his Kingdom
among men shall arrive, his agents will all be amply ready for
the service; and their master-strokes of wise policy, their moderation
and dignified self-control, and
<PAGE 627> their personal exemplification
of every grace and virtue will attract men and quickly enlist
them--chastened under the great tribulation--in active cooperation.
Even before the disclosure of their identity, doubtless the people
of Israel will have remarked their pre-eminence over other men.
let us remember that the very design of the great time of trouble,
now nearing a culmination, is to break the stony hearts of the
whole world, to bow down into the dust the proud, and break up
the fallow ground with deep furrows of pain, trouble, sorrow,
thus to make the world ready for the great blessings of the Millennial
Kingdom. And it will serve its intended purpose: as the Prophet
declares, "When thy judgments [Lord] are [abroad] in the
earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."
(`Isa. 26:9`) By that time all will
have learned that selfish schemes and all schemes that can be
devised and carried out by fallen men are defective, and lead
only to various degrees of trouble and confusion. And all will
by that time be longing for, but despairing of, a reign of righteousness
--little realizing how near at hand it is.
long cherished hopes of the Kingdom will meantime be reviving
amongst those who, from respect for the promises, shall have gathered
to Palestine. When to these the ancient worthies shall declare
their resurrection, and the form of righteous government to be
established, the plan will undoubtedly be promptly recognized
as of the Lord, and when they shall learn that the real Kingdom
over them is the spiritual, and that Jesus the crucified is the
King, and mentally, with the eye of faith, shall "look upon
him whom they pierced"--then, "They shall mourn for
him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness
for him as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that
day there shall be a great mourning in Jerusalem." And God
"will pour upon the house of David and upon the
<PAGE 628> inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit
of grace and of supplication." `Zech.
news of the discomfiture of the hosts of God and Magog, and of
the wonderful deliverance of Israel from their enemies, will be
speedily followed by the news of the appearance of their renowned
"fathers," resurrected, and the establishment of a government
with these at its head, and of the general conversion of Israel
to the long rejected Messiah. And no doubt much of this will pass
for a fraud amongst Gentiles: the Jews will be laughed at for
being gullible, and the ancient worthies will be classed as shrewd
the blessing attending the reorganization of government under
the new auspices in Palestine, will work such wonderful and rapid
changes in Israel's welfare as will astonish the then anarchistic
and discouraged world, and lead many to think and to say--whether
impostors or not, the work of these men who claim to be the resurrected
prophets is the very one the world needs! Would to God they would
take control of the whole world, and bring order and peace out
of our universal disorder. And then they will send to have these
wonderful "princes" extend everywhere their government,
their yoke of righteousness, seen to be so beneficial to Israel.
This is stated by the Prophet in the following words:
shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain [Kingdom]
of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains
[as a Kingdom overtopping or overruling all kingdoms], and shall
be exalted above the hills [the highest peaks]; and all nations
shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye,
and let us go up to the mountain [Kingdom] of the Lord, to the
house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths. For out of Zion [the spiritual
Kingdom-- the glorified Christ, head and body] shall go forth
<PAGE 629> and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem
[the seat of the earthly representative government in the hands
of the "princes"]. And [previously--in the great time
of trouble] he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke
many people. And [as a result of the Lord's rebukes and subsequently
his law and Word] they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up
sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
`Isa. 2:2-4`; `Micah 4:1-4`
The Intimacy Between the Kingdom and Its
we should expect, the communication between the two phases or
parts of the Kingdom will be easy and direct; and thereby the
supervision and instruction of mankind will be complete--the "princes"
being the channels of divine communication. This seems to be the
intimation of our Lord's words to Nathanael: "Hereafter ye
shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God [the messengers
of God, the "princes" of the new dispensation] ascending
to and descending from the Son of Man." (`John
1:51`) Was not Jacob's dream of the ladder between heaven
and earth, and the passing to and fro of messengers, a prophecy
as well as a dream, foreshowing the coming close communication
between the Heavenly Kingdom and the world, in which work, as
one of the communicating messengers, Jacob himself was to have
a share in the blessing of the world? We believe that it was so
intended. `Gen. 28:10-12`
Moses, the mediator of the Law Covenant, was a type of Christ,
the Mediator of the New Covenant, is clearly taught in the Scriptures
and generally recognized by Bible students; but all have not recognized
that Moses was a type of the entire Christ--head and body--and
that in this sense the entire Gospel age has been the period of
Christ's raising up. This, however, is the only application of
the type which
<PAGE 630> will fit in a number of cases:
for instance, in `Acts 3:22,23`.
the institution of the Law Covenant, at Mount Sinai, Moses seems
to have been a type of the complete Christ (head and body) at
the introduction of the Millennial age, when the New Covenant
will be introduced to the world-- after "the sound of the
great [seventh] trumpet," and the black darkness and "great
earthquake," etc., of the Day of Vengeance shall have appalled
mankind and made them ready to hear the voice of the Great Teacher,
and glad to accept his New Covenant. This is distinctly pointed
out by the Apostle (`Heb. 12:18-22`)
who seems to mark every step of the parallelism. Israel had been
approaching and had finally reached Mount Sinai, that might be
touched, and from which such fearful sights and sounds emanated
that all feared and quaked: but we are approaching Mount Zion
and its wondrous glories and blessings far superior to those at
Sinai; but accompanying these greater blessings will be the more
terrible trumpet, blackness and earthquake shaking--the final
shaking of all that can be shaken (all that is sinful and contrary
to the divine will), that only that which is true and enduring
may remain. The solution of the whole matter is in the words:
"Wherefore we [who anticipate thus] receiving a Kingdom which
cannot be shaken, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God
acceptably." `Heb. 12:28`
the examination of this illustration, we note that after this
Moses went up into the Mount (Kingdom) and was glorified in type;
that is, the skin of his face did shine so that Israel could not
look at him. This would seem to typify the completion of the Church
(Christ, head and body) in glory. And the veil which Moses
afterward wore before the people, but laid off when with the Lord
in the Mount would seem to typify the earthly phase of his Kingdom,
the "princes in all the earth" through whom the
<PAGE 631> Christ will speak to the people
and be represented, the glory being hidden. This seems to be a
striking illustration of the intimate relationship which will
exist between the earthly "princes" and the heavenly
Kings and Priests. Moses' going up into the mount to commune with
God while the mountain was clothed in clouds flashing with lightning,
and the earth quaked as the thunder rolled, represented the fact
that the Body of Christ will be completed, the last members "changed"
and received into the Kingdom at the time when the present order
of things is being changed, in the midst of a great time of trouble
such as earth has never yet experienced.
the first tables of the Law that were broken represented the failure
of the Law Covenant by reason of the "weakness of the flesh,"
so the second tables represent the New Covenant, of which Christ
is the Mediator, and which will not fail. This New Covenant will
become operative toward the world after the "Body
of Christ" is complete. Meantime the electing of the members
of the Great Prophet like unto Moses continues. (`Acts
3:23`) Now note the fact that it was when the second tables
of the Law (representing the New Covenant) were delivered, that
Moses was changed so that thereafter he wore a veil before
the people, because his face shone.
inauguration of the Kingdom will be accompanied with such awe-inspiring
scenes as will cause the whole world to tremble with fear, and
to gladly recognize the Anointed of the Lord as King of the whole
earth. As Israel entreated that the Lord would not speak to them
any more--by the terrible sights and sounds witnessed at Sinai--
so here, all peoples will desire to have the Lord Jehovah cease
speaking to them in his wrath, and vexing them in his hot and
just displeasure, and will be glad to hear instead the great Mediator,
to recognize him as the King whom
<PAGE 632> Jehovah sets over them--Immanuel;
the great antitype of Moses--the veiled (hidden) Prophet, Priest
and King. Compare `Heb. 12:19` and
shall be willing, anxious for the new Kingdom; as it is written,
"Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power."
(`Psa. 110:3`) It will be just what
Israel has waited for (blinded to the higher spiritual call of
the Gospel age): only it will be much grander and more enduring
than any thing they ever conceived of. Then a vast number of sadly
misinformed partial-believers in Christ will say, "Have we
not prophesied [preached] in thy name, and in thy name done many
wonderful works?" (`Matt. 7:21,22`)
These will not be recognized as the bride of Christ, but will
be left to have part in the wailing and gnashing of teeth of the
great time of trouble, and will doubtless become God's people
instead of sectarians, and will be "willing in the day of
his power." And indeed, very shortly, as our text declares,
God's Kingdom will be recognized as "the desire of all peoples."
Moral and Social Reforms
Law of the Lord which will then go forth from Mount Zion, the
Kingdom, and be promulgated to all the people from Jerusalem,
the world's New Capital, as the Word of the Lord by his "princes,"
will at once take hold of what are already recognized as "crying
evils." Moral reforms will be instituted along all lines;
financial, social and religious questions will all be recast in
harmony with both Justice and Love. Judgment will be laid to the
line, and righteousness to the plummet (`Isa.
28:17`); all of earth's affairs will be squared and plumbed
with righteousness--and will be brought into strict conformity
much this will signify as regards the suppression of
<PAGE 633> all lines of business which tempt
humanity by alluring and seducing through the weaknesses of their
fallen natures and the unbalance of mental and moral qualities!
The distillery, the brewery, the saloon, the brothel, the poolroom,
all time-killing and character-depraving businesses will be stopped;
and their servants will be given something to do that will be
beneficial to themselves and others.
the building of war-vessels, the manufacture of munitions of war
and defense will cease, and armies will be disbanded. The new
Kingdom will have no need of these, but will have abundant power
to execute summary justice in the punishment of evildoers, when
they have determined to act, but before they have done injury
to others --for none shall injure or destroy in all the holy Kingdom
(`Isa. 11:9`) except as the competent
and righteous Judges shall cause the Second death to come upon
the incorrigible. `Isa. 32:1-8; 65:20-25`;
`Psa. 149:9`; `1 Cor. 6:2`
banking and brokerage business, and other like employments, very
useful under present conditions, will no longer have a place;
for under the new conditions the human race will be required to
treat each other as members of one family, and private capital
and money to loan and to be needed will be things of the past.
Landlords and renting agencies will find new employments also,
because the new King will not recognize as valid patents and deeds
now on record. He will declare that when at Calvary he purchased
Adam and his race, he purchased also Adam's dominion, the
earth (`Eph. 1:14`): and he will
apportion it, not to the selfish, avaricious and grasping merely,
but its fattest places will be given to "the meek,"
according to his promise in the sermon on the mount.
is of this great King and Judge (head and body), typified by Moses,
that the Lord declares:
spirit of the Lord shall be upon him, the spirit of wisdom and
understanding, the spirit of counsel and of might, the spirit
of knowledge and of reverence for Jehovah. And he shall make him
of quick understanding in the fear of Jehovah: and he shall not
judge according to the sight of his eyes, neither reprove according
to the hearing of his ears: but with absolute correctness shall
he judge the poor and remonstrate with equity for the meek of
the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. Righteousness
shall be the girdle of his loins, faithfulness the girdle of his
reins." `Isa. 11:1-5`
some it might appear that this divine program will make the earth
a Paradise for the poor, but a place of anguish to those now accustomed
to luxury and to having an advantage over the majority, either
because of good fortune or superior talents and opportunities,
or by dishonest practices. But such should remember the words
of the Judge, uttered eighteen centuries ago: "Woe unto you
that are rich! for ye have your consolation. Woe unto you that
are full [satisfied]! for ye shall hunger [be dissatisfied]."
(`Luke 6:24,25`) At first these will
be disposed to lament the loss of their advantages, and as now
the godly rich find it difficult to enter into the condition of
heart and life which will be rewarded with a share in Christ's
Kingdom, so then, those previously accustomed to riches will find
difficulties not experienced by those previously disciplined in
the school of adversity.
the inevitable leveling of society which will be accomplished
by the anarchy of the Day of Vengeance must be accepted; and by
and by (slowly in some, more quickly in others) the advantages
of the reign of Love will be recognized and generally appreciated.
It will be found that under the divine arrangement all may, if
they will, be blessed, be truly happy, and go "up" on
the highway of holiness to
<PAGE 635> grand human perfection (God's image),
and to everlasting life. (`Isa. 35:8`)
What already is generally conceded, will be found absolutely correct;
namely, that with present conveniences, if the whole people were
put to work systematically and wisely, not more than three hours
labor for each individual would be necessary. And under the guidance
of the heavenly Kingdom the hours of release from toil will not
work either moral or physical injury, as they would surely do
under present conditions, with evil and temptation on every hand,
to take advantage of inherited weaknesses.
the contrary, when Satan is bound (evil restrained), and outward
temptations removed, the hours of release will be spent, under
the guidance of the glorified Church, in studies which will become
more and more attractive and interesting--studies of Nature and
of Nature's God, and of his glorious attributes--his Wisdom, Justice,
Love and Power. And thus, pleasurably, they may progress toward
human perfection--the end of their race or trial; for, be it remembered,
the new government will not only take cognizance of the great
affairs and interests of its subjects, but also of its smallest
affairs. It will be a "paternal government" in the fullest
sense of that term.
might well be with serious apprehension that men would contemplate
the establishment of the most autocratic government the world
has ever known, in which the lives, property and every interest
of all mankind will rest absolutely in the hands of the King,
without appeal, were it not that we have the most absolute and
convincing proofs that every regulation and arrangement of the
Kingdom is designed for the benefit of its subjects. The King
of that Mediatorial Kingdom so loved those over whom he is to
reign that he gave his own life as their ransom price,
to secure for them the right of an individual trial for everlasting
<PAGE 636> and the very object of his Millennial
reign is to assist them in that trial. What more could be asked?
As the Redeemer, he has justly the right to control absolutely
that which he purchased with his own blood; and all appreciating
such love as he has manifested would if the question were left
to their vote--which, however, it will not be, gladly accord to
him all power and authority and promptly yield to his righteous
the "saints" who shall be joint-heirs in the Kingdom,
and associate judges--Can they be safely trusted with absolute,
yes! as Christ Jesus proved that he had the Heavenly Father's
spirit, and is "the express image of the Father's person,"
so all who will be of that "little flock," his joint-heirs
in the Kingdom, will have been proved to have "the spirit
of Christ"--the holy spirit of Love. It is one of the terms
of their "call," that they should become "copies
of God's dear Son," and none others will be accepted as having
made their calling and election sure. Indeed, it is in order that
they may be able to sympathize with those who will then be under
their care and instruction, that these are being selected from
among the weak and imperfect, and being taught what it is to fight
a good fight for right and truth against error and sin. Yes, the
under priests, as well as the Chief Priest, of the Royal Priesthood
can be trusted without a fear. God will entrust the power to these
and this is the best of guarantee that it will be used justly,
wisely, lovingly --for the blessing of the world.
The Rule of the Iron Rod
nations will be ruled by force, irresistible force, until righteous
order is established by a general submission; every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall confess divine power and glory, and outward
obedience will be compulsory. As it
<PAGE 637> is written, "He shall rule
the nations with a rod of iron, and as the vessels of a potter
shall they be broken to shivers." (`Rev.
2:27`) This smiting and breaking properly belongs to the
Day of Vengeance, and though the power and rod will still remain
throughout the Millennial age, their use will probably be unnecessary,
as all open opposition will be thoroughly rebuked in the great
time of trouble. As the Prophet presents the matter, God in this
smiting-time will be saying to babbling, clamoring, self-assertive
humanity-- "Be still! and know that I am God. I will be exalted
among the peoples, I will be exalted in the earth." (`Psa.
46:10`) It will, however, be the work of the entire Millennial
age to "lay justice to the line and righteousness to the
plummet" in all the little and great affairs of each individual
of the race, all of whom will thus be "taught of God"
through his "elect" Servant of the Covenant, the great
Prophet, Priest and King (head and body): Prophet in the sense
of teacher, King in the sense of governor, Priest in the sense
of mediator who, having redeemed, is the advocate of the people
and the dispenser of divine favor. The offices are united: "Thou
art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec"--who
was a priest upon his throne. `Heb. 7:17`;
`Acts 3:22`; `Deut. 18:15`
the personification of wisdom the new King declares-- "Counsel
is mine and sound wisdom: I am understanding, I have strength.
By me kings reign and princes decree justice. By me princes rule,
and nobles: even all the judges of the earth [the earthly phase
of the Kingdom]. I love them that love me; and they that seek
me early shall find me. Riches and honor are with me; yea, durable
riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yea, than
fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way
of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment, that
I may cause those that love me to inherit a lasting possession;
<PAGE 638> their treasures will I fill...Whoso
findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord, but
he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul; all they that
hate me love death." `Prov. 8:14-21,35,36`
Israel an Illustration
the world will be given time to see in Israel the operation of
divine government, and its practical benefits, in contrast with
the then prevalent anarchy, so that the majority of all nations
will "desire" the Kingdom rule. This is forcibly pictured
in the prophetic words, addressed to Israel at that time:
shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen
upon thee. For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross
darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his
glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come
to thy light, and kings [earth's principal ones] to the brightness
of thy rising. [This will apply to the spiritual Israel, the Sun
of Righteousness, but also to its earthly representatives--fleshly
Israel restored to favor.]
up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves
together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and
thy daughters to be nursed at thy side. (Compare
`Ezek. 16:61`.) Then shalt thou see and be filled with
light, and thy heart will be awed and enlarged; because the
abundance of the sea [the anarchistic masses--see
`Rev. 21:1`] shall be converted unto thee, as well as the
best of the Gentiles shall come unto thee...And they shall show
forth the praises of the Lord." `Isa.
that will be a glorious day of opening blinded eyes and turning
many to righteousness! It will be a day of conversions and revivals
along the lines of the truth and not along lines of fear and misrepresentation.
It will be the time mentioned by the Prophet when "a nation
shall be born in a day." (`Isa. 66:8`)
Israel will be that nation; (1) Spiritual Israel, the "holy
nation"; (2) Fleshly Israel, its earthly representative.
And from Israel the light shall shine out which
<PAGE 639> will bring the chastened world
to its knees; and usher in the promised pouring out of the Lord's
spirit of holiness "upon all flesh after those days,"
as it has been poured out upon his true servants and handmaids
during these days. `Joel 2:28`
is the Salvation day whereof the Prophet David sang (`Psa.
"This is the day which the Lord hath made;
We will be glad and rejoice in it!
The stone which the builders refused
Is become the Head stone of the Corner!
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.*
Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord!
O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
The Lord hath chastened me sore:
But he hath not given me over unto death.
Open to me the gates of righteousness:
I will go into them and I will praise the Lord.
This is the gate that leadeth to Jehovah;
All the righteous shall enter thereby.
I will praise Thee: for thou hast heard me
And art become my salvation:
God is the Lord, which hath showed us light."
we see that the educational reforms and instructions of the future
will begin with the hearts of men: They will start with the lesson,
"The reverence of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
(`Prov. 9:10`) One of the great difficulties
of present-day education, which tends to pride, arrogance and
discontent, is its lack of this elementary wisdom. Every work
of grace under the regulations of the Kingdom will be properly
begun and thoroughly accomplished.
creature of the redeemed race will be too low for divine grace
to reach, through the all-powerful and blessed agency of the Kingdom.
No degradation of sin will be too deep for the hand of mercy to
fathom, to rescue the blood-bought ---------- *Compare
<PAGE 640> soul; no darkness of ignorance
and superstition will be so dense in any heart but that the light
of divine truth and love will penetrate its gloom and bring to
it a knowledge of the joy and gladness of the new day, and an
opportunity to share the same by obedience. No disease that can
attack and pollute the physical system will be beyond the prompt
control of the Great Physician. And no deformity, or monstrosity,
or superfluity, or redundancy, or mental imbecility will be able
to resist his healing touch.
All in the Graves Shall Come Forth
grand work of restitution, thus begun on the living nations, will
presently extend to all the sleeping families of the earth; for
the hour is coming, yea, is not far distant, when all that are
in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of Man, and shall
come forth: "when death and hades [the grave] shall give
up the dead which are in them; and the sea shall give up its dead."
`Rev. 20:13`) Yea, even the hosts of Gog and the
sinners in Israel which will have perished in the battle of the
great day, shall in due time come forth; not again as a devastating
army of outlaws, but as chastened and repentant individuals, covered
with shame and confusion of face in the light of that day, but
to whom mercy will thus be shown, and an opportunity given to
rise again to honor and virtue.
resurrection of the ancient worthies, together with frequent restorations
of the sick to health in answer to the prayer of faith, will probably,
when men have had time to think, and to recover from the ravages
of the great time of trouble, suggest to them the possibility
of the resurrection of others--their friends and kindred--from
death and the grave, in fulfilment of the promise of Christ that
all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the
Son of Man, and shall come forth. And it is not an unreasonable
<PAGE 641> that it may be in answer to the
prayer of faith for the restoration of departed friends that this
great work may begin and progress. We see a reasonableness in
such a method which seems to commend it above others we might
think of. For instance, it would recall the dead gradually, and
in the reverse order from that in which they went down, and would
thus provide homes and hearty welcomes, and the necessary comforts
of life for the risen ones at once on their return to life; and
such would thus be acquainted with the languages, manners and
customs of those about them; while, if the order were reversed,
the awakened ones would be quite unprepared in these respects
for the new conditions, and would be entire strangers and uncongenial
to the generation in the midst of which their new lot would be
cast. These objections, however, would not hold good with the
prophets and other ancient worthies, who, having served their
probation, will be raised perfect men, and who as perfect men
will be the intellectual, moral and physical superiors of all
all prayers for the restoration of departed friends would be promptly
answered, is not probable; for the Lord will have definite plans
for their restitution with which some such requests might not
be in harmony. His order will probably be, as clearly indicated
in the resurrection of the Church and of the ancient worthies,
the order of fitness-- the fitness both of the subjects of resurrection
and of the friends and conditions in the midst of which their
new life shall begin. This would necessitate a measure of preparation
on the part of those who would make such requests--a preparation
of heart and life, and of conditions favorable to their advancement
upon the highway of holiness. Thus such restorations would become
rewards of faithfulness to the living, and would also secure favorable
conditions for the awakened ones.
The Glorious Prospect
a glorious prospect the new dispensation will present when fully
inaugurated! The changes from one dispensation to another in the
past have been marked and prominent, but this change will be the
most eventful of all.
wonder that the thought of such a spectacle--of a whole race returning
to God with songs of praise and everlasting joy upon their heads--should
seem almost too good to believe; but he who has promised is able
also to perform all his good pleasure. Though sorrow and sighing
seem almost inseparable from our being, yet sorrow and sighing
shall flee away; though weeping in sackcloth and ashes
has endured throughout the long night of the dominion of sin and
death, yet joy awaits the Millennial morning, and all tears shall
be wiped from off all faces, and beauty shall be given for ashes,
and the oil of joy for the spirit of heaviness.
The Increase of His Kingdom
Kingdom of God will spread or increase, in its various parts or
divisions as do earthly governments, until it shall become "a
great mountain [Kingdom] and fill the whole earth." (`Dan.
2:35`) To illustrate this: the Kingdom of Great Britain
is primarily the reigning Sovereign and his household only; in
a secondary sense it includes Parliament and the various Ministers
of the government: in a still wider sense it includes every Britisher
and every soldier who has sworn allegience to that kingdom; and
still more remotely it includes all the conquered subjects of
the realm, in India and elsewhere, who are not in open defiance
of the laws of that kingdom.
with the Kingdom of God: primarily it is the Kingdom of the Father,
which rules over all (`Matt. 13:43; 26:29`);
but the Father has voluntarily proposed to place
<PAGE 643> the dominion of earth for a thousand
years under the full charge of a Viceroy, a Vicegerent--Christ
and his bride exalted to the divine nature and majesty--to subjugate
and destroy evil and to lift up all who will come to full harmony
with the Father under the gracious conditions of the New Covenant.
In a secondary sense it will include the earthly ministers or
"princes" who will be its visible representatives among
men. In a still wider sense it will include all those who, when
they recognize its establishment, will render to it loyal submission
and devotion--both Jews and Gentiles. In the widest sense it will
gradually include all subjects who obey its laws, while all others
will be destroyed. `Acts 3:23`;
will be the status of the vice-royal Kingdom of God at the close
of its appointed thousand years' reign--a conquered peace and
enforced reign of righteousness will prevail, all wilful opponents
having been destroyed under the rule of the iron rod (`Rev.
2:27`); as it is written by the Prophet Isaiah describing
this period: "The sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed
[cut off]"; though dying at that age he would be but a child;
because by even outward obedience to the reasonable and just arrangements
of the Kingdom, he might live at least to the end of the Millennium.
`Isa. 65:20`; `Acts 3:23`
such a peace--a conquered and enforced peace and obedience--although
proper, in order to furnish an illustration proving the blessings
and advantages of a righteous and equitable government, is far
from God's ideal. God's ideal Kingdom is one in which each individual
is free to do his own will, because each has a will that
is in strict conformity to the divine standard--loving righteousness
and hating iniquity. This standard must ultimately prevail throughout
the universe; and it will be introduced as respects
<PAGE 644> mankind at the close of the vice-royal
we are shown (`Rev. 20:7-10`) that
at the close of the Millennial age there will be a "harvest"
time, for sifting and separating amongst the billions of human
beings then living, each of whom will have enjoyed a full opportunity
of attaining perfection. This will be similar to the present sifting
of "Babylon," "Christendom," in this "harvest"
time; and similar also to the sifting work in the "harvest"
of the Jewish age. The harvest of the Millennial age will witness
the complete separation of the "goats" from the Lord's
"sheep," as represented in our Lord's parable.
while the results of the Jewish and Gospel "harvests"
each show only a little flock gathered, and the great masses unworthy,
because up to the present time Satan deceives and blinds the masses
of mankind, we may not unreasonably expect that the results of
the Millennial age "harvest" will show reversed results--the
masses being loyal "sheep" to be ushered into life-everlasting,
and the comparative minority "goats" to be destroyed.
However, not numbers, but quality, is the Lord's test. His guarantee
is that sin and sinners and those who sympathize with evil shall
not go beyond the Millennium, to endanger the happiness and peace
and blessedness of the great eternity beyond--where "There
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away."
shall God's Kingdom come, and his will be done on earth as it
is done in heaven. Thus shall the Christ reign as the Father's
vicegerent until he shall have put down all antagonistic authority
and power, and caused every knee to bow and every tongue to confess
the Wisdom, Justice, Love
<PAGE 645> and Power of God the Father. And
finally, having manifested, by the last crucial test at the close
of the Millennium, all who have even a sympathy for sin, though
outwardly obedient; and having destroyed these from among the
people (`Rev. 20:9`), he shall surrender
to the Father the vice-royal dominion. Thus the Apostle expresses
must reign until he shall have put all enemies under his feet.
The last enemy that shall be subjugated is [Adamic] death. Then
cometh the end [of his reign; it having accomplished its object]
when he [Christ] shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even
the Father; when he [Christ] shall have put down all [opposing]
rule and all authority and power...When all things shall be subjected
unto him [the Father], then shall the Son also himself be subject
unto him [the Father] which did subject all things under him [for
the thousand years]." `1 Cor. 15:24-28`
God's will cease to be done in earth as in heaven when Christ's
Millennial Kingdom terminates? Oh no! Quite to the contrary, that
condition will only then be attained, as the result of Christ's
reign. By that time all men will not only be perfect, as Adam
was when created (wilful sinners having been destroyed), but additionally
they will have a knowledge of the goodness of righteousness and
of the exceeding sinfulness and injuriousness of sin; and they
will have successfully passed their trial and demonstrated that
they have fully and definitely formed characters in fullest harmony
with and likeness to the divine character.
Kingdom of God will then be among men as it is now in heaven among
the angels; the special features of Christ's Mediatorial Kingdom
with its provisions of mercy, under the New Covenant, for the
weaknesses of sinners, will be at an end; useless, because there
will no longer be weak and imperfect beings to profit by it.
can readily suppose, however, that even when all are perfect and
in God's image, order will still be maintained; for as "order
is heaven's first law," so it should also be earth's first
law. And this will imply righteous principalities and powers.
There, will be the first thoroughly successful Republic. Present
attempts to recognize every man as a king, and the equal of every
other man, and the chosen representative or President a servant
of fellow kings, rather than a lord, have all proven failures
in varying degrees; because men are not equals mentally, physically
and morally, nor in financial and other respects; and because
none are really fit to be sovereigns, but on account of weaknesses
all now need to be under laws and restraints.
when that which is perfect shall have been attained for mankind,
by the Mediatorial Kingdom, they will be all kings as was Adam
before he sinned. And to these kings, unitedly, will be delivered
the post-Millennial Kingdom of God; and all shall reign harmoniously
under the law of Love, and their President will serve and represent
them. O Lord, we pray, Thy Kingdom Come! for thy present saints'
sake and for the world's sake.
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