"The Path of the Just is as the Shining Light,
Which Shineth More and More
Unto the Perfect Day."
Battle of Armageddon
the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;
and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings
of the East might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits...the
spirits of devils, working miracles, go forth unto the kings
of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle
of that great day of God Almighty. ...And he gathered them together
into a place called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON. Revelation
the King of Kings and Lord of Lords
IN THE INTEREST OF
HIS CONSECRATED SAINTS,
WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,
"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD,"
"THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH,"
THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING FOR THE
MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,
WORK IS DEDICATED.
"To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which
from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God." "Wherein He hath abounded
us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the
mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which
He hath purposed in Himself; that in the dispen-
sation of the fulness of the times He
might gather together in one all
things, under Christ."
Battle of Armageddon"
FIRST EDITION of this Volume was published in 1897. It relates
to the closing epoch of this Gospel Age, the overlapping between
it and the New Dispensation--a period which brings to the world
wonderful blessings, which in turn, because of unpreparedness
of heart, more and more become causes of friction, discontent,
trouble. If the blessings of the last 43 years were to continue
at the present rate of increase, the discontent of humanity
would likewise increase, and the very purpose of God in the
establishment of Messiah's Kingdom and the blessing of mankind
through it, would be frustrated.
this cause, God permits the Millennial dawn to come upon the
world gradually. As men are awakening from the stupor of the
past, they do not consider the Lord or acknowledge His grace
in connection with the blessings present and coming. We have
estimated that these 43 years have brought to mankind a thousand
times as much wealth as was created during the six thousand
years preceding. The improved conditions of all mankind in civilized
lands, the shortening of hours of labor, etc., are offset by
greater knowledge and a discontent which comes therewith. This
is in harmony with the Lord's declaration respecting this time.
Describing our day in the prophecy of Daniel, He says: "Many
shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be increased."
"The wise shall understand," "And there shall
be a Time of Trouble such as was not since there was a nation."
other words, the increase of knowledge is responsible for the
increase of discontent and fear which are bringing Armageddon,
or the Day of Vengeance of God, upon the whole world. In the
present great war, we see that the large nations have been fearful
of each other's prosperity. Although all have been growing fabulously
rich, all are more <PAGE
ii > discontented than ever before, and more
fearful that something will occur to hinder their enrichment
and to turn the streams of wealth to the ports of the competitor.
Their fear of each other determined that the war must come,
and the present was chosen as the most favored opportunity,
before the weaker became too strong. The same spirit is manifest
everywhere--ingratitude for the present and the past, fearfulness
for the future, and a selfishness which pays little heed to
the Golden Rule. The conflict between capital and labor is along
this line, and we are to expect that such things will go rapidly
from bad to worse.
debts of the warring nations are authoritatively stated to amount
to fifty-five billions of dollars--a sum which, of course, can
never be paid in gold; and everybody knows that there is not
sufficient gold to pay the interest on the debts of the
world. This spells bankruptcy--as soon as the war shall end
and the issuing of bonds shall cease to provide money for the
payment of the interest on other bonds. The nations are thus
falling into the chasm of bankruptcy, but it is with them as
with a human being falling, the sensations are not so bad until
the falling ceases in a demoralizing concussion. Evidently the
war will not stop from lack of men to shoot and be shot, but
either from lack of food or from financial weakness. That it
will be the latter is the author's opinion.
the kings, political and financial, and their advisers, are
in great perplexity respecting what shall be done after the
close of the war to prevent a world-wide revolution of the discontented.
Twenty millions of men now under arms will need employment.
Suppose that one-fourth of them are retained in the army, what
will be done with the remaining three-fourths? That is the question
that is puzzling many of the world's wise men. The world is
getting along without them now, and also manufacturing vast
quantities of military stores and ammunition. Evidently it could
get along without those twenty millions of men altogether. Reckless
of human life, they will be more or less of a
<PAGE iii> menace in every land. The British
are making preparations to induce their surplus to become farmers
in Canada and Australia. Other nations are undoubtedly pursuing
a similar course to the extent that they are able. But they
all realize that they will have their hands full to cope with
Bible points out that about this time the Nominal Church systems
of the world will rise to great prominence again in connection
with the Civil powers. We can readily see the grounds for this.
All the kingdoms, financially weakened, will realize the necessity
for keeping a dominating grip upon the public and preventing
anything akin to Socialism and Anarchy. They will naturally
look to the great religious institutions called Churches to
support them, to threaten the people with future torments, and
in general to help keep the Ship of State from being overturned.
The churches also will be ready and glad for such an opportunity.
Already, they are rolling together as a scroll--the one side,
Catholic, the other, Protestant, opposed and yet connected--
each side united and federated to the best of its ability.
the Bible declares that this reign "as a queen" will
be a short one, and that the fall of Babylon will be tremendous
--like a great millstone cast into the sea. It will be during
the power of this so-called "queen" for a little season,
that the world will be under a great strain as respects any
presentation of the Truth. And those found loyal to God and
to principle will doubtless suffer therefor.
the time of Babylon's fall, the mighty ones of the earth, financial
and political princes and kings, will stand afar off, keeping
clear of too close an affiliation with her, although they will
greatly lament her destruction, realizing that it forebodes
their own. Then very shortly will come the complete overthrow
and destruction of the present Gentile governments, symbolically
represented in the Bible as a great conflagration which will
consume the whole earth-- all institutions--religious, social,
political, and financial.
<PAGE iv> Considering that this Volume was
written twenty years ago, none need be surprised to find that
some of its statements, although startlingly strong, come short
now of the full Truth. For instance, the wealth of the world
has greatly multiplied in these twenty years. The combinations
of capital have greatly increased in capitalization, power and
influence. It is estimated that during the past four years the
capital of the United States has increased at the rate of ten
billions a year.
this Volume it was pointed out that although the Trusts at the
time of the writing were beneficial rather than injurious, nevertheless
these giants, born of avarice and built up in self-interest,
would eventually become a menace, a danger to the people and
their interests. We have reached that time, and many are realizing
that the danger is upon us. Nothing evil may be done so long
as the machinery is working well and under control; but when
the moment shall come that the interests of the managers and
capitalists will be in the reverse direction from the interests
of their employees and the public, then look out! Remember the
inspired Word--that this is to be "a Time of Trouble such
as never was since there was a nation."
glad we are that man's extremity in this Time of Trouble will
be the Lord's opportunity! He is waiting to be gracious. He
is wishing to pour out upon mankind the blessings of the Millennial
Kingdom for one thousand years, for their uplift out of sin
and death conditions back to the image and likeness of God.
He foreknows that they must first have their lessons. He has
shown this already to those who have seeing eyes, by granting
more than forty years of the dawning period--which, however,
instead of bringing blessings and happiness to the world, have
brought more and more of discontent. The Lord will allow mankind
now to go their length in carrying out their own plans and schemes.
He will allow them to demonstrate the futility of all these
schemes, and that nothing but Divine interposition will save
them from wrecking the entire fabric
<PAGE v> of Society. Indeed, He will permit
the wreck, and then reorganize humanity under Messiah; for He
promises that His Kingdom shall be "the desire of all nations."
servant in the Lord,
October 1, 1916