BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
FOOTSTOOL MADE GLORIOUS
God's Footstool Defiled and Abandoned Because of Sin--The Promised
Revival of its Glory--The Purchased Possession to be Restored--Its
Brightest Jewel--The Re-establishment of Jehovah's Feet "On
the Mount of Olives"--The Resultant Blessings--The Footstool
Finally Glorious Indeed.
saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool."
"And I will make the place [footstool] of my feet glorious."
"And his [Jehovah's] feet shall stand in that day upon the
Mount of Olives." `Isa. 60:13; 66:1`;
`Zech. 14:4`; `Matt. 5:35`;
`Acts 7:49` GOD'S footstool has
been anything but glorious for the past six thousand years: sin,
pain, crying, mental and physical suffering and death have made
it one vast charnel house in which now, conservatively estimated,
at least fifty thousand millions of humanity wait for the time
to come when the curse of divine justice shall be lifted; and
the light of divine favor, shining in the face of Jesus Christ
our Lord, shall rise as the Sun of Righteousness--
"Chase away sin's dismal shadows,
Light the gloom with healing ray."
this end God has made abundant provision. The ransom for
Adam, and for all who suffered loss through him as his children,
bought the whole world, and secured for each member of our race
an opportunity for a trial for everlasting life under favorable
conditions; but it did more, it
<PAGE 648> purchased back Adam's Paradise
home (lost by his transgression), and his dominion as earth's
king, representative of God, his Creator and Father.
we read, "And thou, O Tower of the flock [Christ], the stronghold
of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first
dominion." (`Micah 4:8`)
The Apostle Paul also, speaks of the "redemption of the purchased
possession." (`Eph. 1:14`)
Our Lord in one of his parables referred to this also, showing
that he purchased not only mankind, the treasure, but also the
field, the world, the earth from under the curse: and that all
who join with him, as members of the Kingdom class, share in that
purchase of the field and the treasure.
entire work of the Millennium will consist in reordering and making
glorious God's footstool. Paradise, when lost through sin, was
but a "garden" in a corner of the earth; but inasmuch
as the race of Adam has multiplied to fill the earth, in accordance
with the divine intention (`Gen. 1:28`),
and inasmuch as they all have been redeemed, it will be necessary
to provide a Paradise sufficiently large to accommodate all: and
this will imply that the entire earth shall become as the Garden
of Eden for fruitfulness and beauty and perfection. And all this
is promised as the grand future consummation of the divine plan.
`Acts 3:20,21`; `Rev. 2:7`;
`2 Cor. 12:4`
the richest jewel of the Lord's glorified footstool in the close
of the Millennium will be mankind, in whose perfection, liberty,
and likeness to God, in moral and intellectual graces, will be
reflected the very image of Divinity. And most gloriously will
the perfect man reflect honor upon his Maker and his wondrous
plan for his creation, redemption and restitution. And with that
wonderful plan will always be intimately identified first the
Lord Jesus, Jehovah's "Word," and second the Bride,
<PAGE 649> wife and joint-heir in disbursing
the blessings secured by the ransom.
beautifying and glorifying of the Lord's "footstool"
will not be completed until our Lord Jesus, as the Father's
honored agent, "shall have put down all [conflicting] rule,
and all authority and power. For he must reign until he hath put
all enemies under his feet," before he delivers up the Kingdom
at the close of the Millennium. `1 Cor.
period of the reign of Sin and Death is represented as the time
when God "remembered not his footstool in the day
of his anger" (`Lam. 2:1`);
but following the beginning of the Millennium, the people are
prophetically called upon to-- "Exalt the Lord our God and
worship at his footstool, for he is worthy." (`Psa.
99:5`) And this thought, that the establishment of the
New Jerusalem, the Church of God glorified, as the new government
in the earth, will mean the beginning of the restoration of divine
favor to Jehovah's footstool, is clearly set forth through the
Prophet `Zechariah (14:4,5)`.
Jehovah's Feet on the Mount of Olives
prophecy is generally misunderstood, and applied to the feet of
our Lord Jesus, at his second advent: and indeed, those who thus
err generally go farther and assert that it will be the feet of
flesh, pierced with the nails of Calvary-- not realizing that
our Lord gave his human nature, complete and forever, as our ransom;
and that he was raised from the dead, by the Father's power, a
glorious spirit-being --"the express image of the Father's
a glance at the preceding verse (3) shows that the Prophet's reference
is to the return of Jehovah's feet; for the statement (referring
to the trouble by which the Kingdom ---------- *See Vol. II, Chap.
<PAGE 650> will be established) is: "Then
shall Jehovah go forth and fight against those nations,
as when he fought in the day of battle [in olden times for Israel].
And his feet will stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives,
which is before Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives
shall be divided in its center, from east to west, and there shall
be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove
northward and half southward."
soon as any recognize the fact that the feet mentioned are Jehovah's
feet, they will not dispute that this language is symbolic, and
refers to the Lord's re-establishment of his dominion in the earth,
which has long been comparatively abandoned to the "god of
this world," Satan--except as the Lord was represented first
by the typical Tabernacle, secondly by the Temple at Jerusalem,
and lastly by the present tabernacle condition of the Church of
Christ, during this Gospel age. Surely, no one will err and get
the thought that Jehovah literally rests his feet upon this earth
as a "footstool."
if the placing and resting of Jehovah's "feet" is symbolic,
and signifies the return of divine favor and dominion to earth,
so, we may be sure, other features connected in the same prophecy
are symbolic: the Mount of Olives, its peculiar division, its
valley, the flight of the people, the waters of life from Jerusalem
(Compare verse 8 with `Ezek. 47:1-9`.),
etc., are all symbolic statements--pictures of grand spiritual
olive is a symbol full of meaning: in olden times it was
the source of artificial light, its oil being generally used for
this purpose. (`Exod. 27:20`) Indeed,
in the Hebrew the olive tree was called shemen or oil tree.
Olive oil was also used as the basis of many of the precious ointments
of olden time--such as that used in anointing the priests and
kings, typifying the holy Spirit upon the antitypical "royal
<PAGE 651> (`Exod. 30:24`)
And from time immemorial the olive branch has been used as a symbol
of peace. `Gen. 8:11`;
then the olive be the symbol of light, peace and
divine blessing through the holy Spirit, and if mountain
be considered as elsewhere the symbol for a Kingdom, the significance
here of the term Mount of Olives is easily seen to be-- the Kingdom
of Light, Peace and Divine Blessing. And the standing or establishment
or fixing of Jehovah's "feet" upon it, signifies that
the divine favor and law will be re-established in the earth by
and through the holy Kingdom.
application of the term Mount of Olives, is in full accord with
the Apostle's statement (`Rom. 11:17,24`)
in which he compares fleshly Israel with the original cultivated
olive tree, and Gentile converts to wild olive branches grafted
in where the natural branches had been broken off. (Compare
`Jer. 11:16,17`.) And he explains that the root of the
tree is in the promise of God--the Abrahamic promise, that the
seed of Abraham should eventually bless all the families of the
earth, etc. Eventually the same root or promise will bear two
kinds of branches--the ingrafted wild olive branches, and the
re-ingrafted natural branches: when fleshly Israel shall have
his blindness turned away, and shall look with the eye of faith
upon the Savior crucified and pierced eighteen centuries ago--a
sacrifice for sin. We remember also that fleshly Israel was God's
typical Kingdom or mountain for a long time, and that spiritual
Israel of the Gospel age is called to be the real Kingdom of God,
as our Lord declared, "Fear not, little flock, for it is
your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."
from these two Kingdoms (even before Jehovah's glory
rests upon them, to make them his channels of blessings to the
whole world of mankind) has proceeded all "the light
of the world" during all the darkness of the past:
<PAGE 652> for are not these the representatives
of the Old and the New Testaments, the old and the new Covenants?
Do not these correspond to the Lord's two witnesses and to the
two olive trees of `Zechariah (4:3,11,12)`
distinctly mentioned also in `Revelation
(11:4)`?--in that these two parts of the mountain symbolize
the outcome of those covenants, the results of the witnessing--the
Kingdom in its heavenly and its earthly phases?
we see, then, that the two halves of the Mount of Olives
signify the two parts of the Kingdom of God, distinctly
separated according to a divine order or arrangement. The separation
indicates no opposition between the two parts of the Kingdom.
It is, on the contrary, for the purpose of producing the "Valley
of Blessing" between--to which all who desire divine aid
may flee and find succor under the blessed protection of both
the heavenly and the earthly phases of the Kingdom.
Prophet David (`Psalm 84`) seems
to have been given a foreview of this great "Valley of Blessings,"
close to Jehovah's "feet," when he sings first of the
saints of the Gospel age and then of those blessed in the next
age, saying: "How lovely are thy dwelling places O Jehovah
of Hosts! My soul desired, yea, it even fainted For the courts
of Jehovah. My heart and my flesh shout with joy Unto the living
God. Even as the sparrow hath found a house, And the swallow a
nest for herself, Where she may lay her young: (so I have found)
thine altars, O Lord of Hosts. My God, my King. Happy are they
that dwell in thy house: They shall be continually praising Thee.
Selah. "Happy is the man whose strong confidence is in thee,
Whose heart reflecteth (wholly) on the paths of (righteousness).
<PAGE 653> Passing through the valley of mourning,
They change it into a place of (joy) springs--
[Valley of Blessings]. The Autumn rain brings them blessings
[`Joel 2:28`]: They go from strength
to strength That each of them may be presented (perfect) Before
God in Zion."
`Eighty-fifth Psalm` also pictures the return of divine
clemency and blessing under the Millennial Kingdom--the Olive
Mountain (Kingdom) of two parts.
removal of one part of the mountain to the north and the other
to the south is significant; the North is the direction of the
group Pleiades, the celestial center of the universe, the supposed
seat of divine empire.* This would seem to indicate the "change"
of the Gospel Church at this time, from human to spirit conditions
as "partakers of the divine nature": and the removal
of the other half of the mountain would seem to signify the complete
restitution, to perfect human conditions, of those ancient worthies
accounted worthy to constitute the earthly representatives of
valley thus produced would be one full of light--free from shadows:
for the sun would stream through it from east to west. This speaks
symbolically of the Sun of Righteousness and its full light of
divine truth and blessing scattering the shadows of sin, ignorance,
superstition and death, and healing and restoring the willing
and obedient of humanity who will flee to this valley of blessings,
the valley of mercy. The valley of mercy, between and under
the care of the spiritual and human phases of the Kingdom of Light
and Peace (the establishment of Jehovah's feet) will surely be
a "Valley of Blessings" to all who enter it with broken
and contrite hearts. ---------- *See Vol. III, p. 321.
must remember, further, that while it is to Israel only that it
is said, "Ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains,"
yet as a name Israel signified "The people blessed of the
Lord," "The people of God," "The Lord's people."
(`2 Chron. 7:14`) And while, as we
have seen, the first or spiritual blessing of the Kingdom shall
come to spiritual Israel, and the second or earthly blessing shall
begin with Israel according to the flesh, yet it will not stop
there; for whosoever will may become an Israelite: by exercising
the faith and obedience of Abraham, all mankind may become Israelites
indeed--"the people of God." And hence the Prophet Isaiah
declares that when Israel is called back to divine favor, at the
establishment of the Kingdom, it will include "Every one
that is called by my [Jehovah's] name: for I have created
him for my glory; I have formed him, yea, I have made him."
(The name Israel will then apply to all who are God's people.)
`Rom. 9:26,33; 10:13`
[thus] will Jehovah my God come in, and all the holy ones shall
[thus] be [united] with him." (`Zech.
14:5`) When God's time shall have fully come, when the
lease of power to the Gentiles shall have run out, when the sacrificing
of the great Day of Atonement (the Gospel age) shall have ceased,
when the High Priest shall have finished making atonement, not
only for his own "body," the Church, but also for his
"house," and for "all the people," and he
shall come forth to bless all the people, then Jehovah's curse,
or sentence of death, shall be lifted from the earth, his footstool
tabernacle will again be recognized, and its beautifying in righteousness
and truth and in the holy spirit of love shall begin and progress,
until, in the end of the Millennium, all the willingly righteous
shall have reached perfection, or been reunited with Jehovah,
and all the unwilling shall have been destroyed.
`Acts 3:23`; `Rev. 20:9`
the picture further, the Prophet declares, respecting that day
in which gradually the earth shall be made glorious as Jehovah's
it shall come to pass in that day that the light shall not be
bright nor the darkness thick; but the day shall be the one foreknown
to the Lord--neither full day nor night: but it shall come to
pass that at its close [evening] it shall be [clear] light."
confounded the "day" here described with the "day
of Vengeance" which is "a day of clouds and thick darkness
with no light in it" (`Joel
2:2`; `Zeph. 1:15`)
and the translators have, seemingly, generally tried to harmonize
the translations. But not so; the day here referred to by Zechariah
as only partially bright is the Millennial Day, although in it
the Sun of Righteousness will arise and shine, to scatter earth's
miasma of sin and superstition and death. It will nevertheless
be only partially bright, because it will throughout be dealing
with generation after generation of the fallen race as brought
from the tomb, and in various stages of restitution toward perfection.
But how refreshing it is to be assured that in that day of the
re-establishment of Jehovah's feet upon his footstool, there shall
be no more "thick darkness"; and that at the close of
that Millennial Day, instead of growing darker, the world will
only have reached the high noon of its "light of the knowledge
of Jehovah"; and that its sun shall never set.
reference to the rivers of living waters flowing from Jerusalem,
during this Millennial Day of the re-establishment of Jehovah's
feet upon his footstool (`Zech. 14:8,9`),
reminds us of the corresponding testimony of
`Ezekiel (47:1-12)` and of John's
`Revelation (22:1,2)` which, under this same symbol of
living waters proceeding from the throne of the Millennial Kingdom,
show us the restitution blessings
<PAGE 656> under the symbols of "waters
of life," to which whosoever will may come and drink freely,
and fruitful trees of life everlasting whose leaves will heal
the repentant peoples of earth of all imperfections.
yes! "In that day the Lord shall be King over all the earth";
his Kingdom shall have come as his faithful have long prayed;
and by the end of that day his will shall be done on earth even
as it is done in heaven. God's footstool shall then be glorious
indeed, as it is written:
Truly as I Live, the Whole Earth Shall be Filled with the Glory
of Jehovah." `Num. 14:21`;
`Isa. 11:9`; `Hab. 2:14`
"No place shall be in that new earth
For all that blights this universe;
No evil taint the second birth--
There shall be no more curse.
Ye broken-hearted, cease your moan;
The day of promise dawns for you;
For he who sits upon the throne
Says, 'I will make all things new.'
"We mourn the dead, but they shall wake!
The lost, but they shall be restored!
O! well our human hearts might break
Without that sacred word!
Dim eyes, look up! sad hearts, rejoice!
Seeing God's bow of promise through,
At sound of that prophetic voice:
'I will make all things new.'"
BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON