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"signless, timeless and unrelated.'' We are at
a loss to know what that means. Then will follow a second advent of Christ to the earth. This time lie is accompanied by all the saints. This coming will be in great power and glory, visible to all men on the earth. This coming is called "The Revelation." At this time lie will begin His Thousand- Years- Reign, or Mil lennial Reign, on the earth with His saints as co-rulers with Him. Several pages of Scripture quotations are now given to prove that this will be the true order of events. They are as follows: 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thes. 4:13-18; 2 Thes. 2:1-10; 1 Cor. 11:26; Phil. 3:20-21; 1 Thes. 5:2-4; John 14 :l-3 ; Matt. 24 :27, 16 :27, 19 :28, 24 :30, 25 :31 ; Mark 8 :58, 1 :20 ; Luke 0 :26 ; Zecli. 14 :5 ; .Tilde 1:14; Col. 3:4; 1 John 3:2; 1 Thes. 1:9-10; 2 Tim. 4:8; Acts 1:10-11; lleb. 9:28; Titus 2": 12-13; Rev. 19 :11-20, 22:1, 12, 20. Now we are thoroughly convinced that a careful and correct exegesis of these texts will not yield any such doctrines, nor order of events as are presented here. Nothing is said anywhere of a "timeless, signless" appearing of Christ in the air seen and known only by saints. Nothing is said about the saints dwelling with Christ in mid-air for seven years, nor any other definite period of time called the "Rap ture." Nothing is said of a "Revelation" fol lowing a period of "Rapture." Nothing is said of Christ's setting up a millennial king dom on the earth to be jointly ruled over by Christ and His saints. Sound scriptural exegesis requires that every passage shall be examined prayerfully as to what it really does say; also the setting, or connection in which it says it. Every student of the Bible ought to be so honest and fair with a text that he will not put into it the least shade of thought that is not plainly there. To go seining through the Bible for proof texts that may seem to lend some aid to a pet theory is a poor way to get truth. When the writer comes to deal with the sec ond head, "The Millennial Kingdom," we are prepared for what really happens, namely : an array of proof texts that do not say there will be any Millennial kingdom at all. Study these texts cited and see: John 14:1-3; Acts 3:20 21 ; Matt. 13; 2 Thes. 1 :8-2:8; Matt. 23 and 24; Matt. 25:1-13; Luke 17:20-37; Luke 19; Luke 12:32-48; Rom. 8:16-20; 1 Cor. 1:7; Phil. 3:20 21; James 5:1-8; Rom. 20 and 21 and 22. These texts are given as a proof of the fol lowing assertion: "There is also given a rela tive order of events that definitely settles that His coming will precede and usher in the Thou sand-Year-Kingdom Age in which He and Ilia saints shall come to and reign upon the earth." Just how any Bible student who has taken a good course in Scriptural exegesis can make these texts cited teach that Christ is coming back to this earth after the "Rapture," and bring all Ilis saints with Him, and set up an earthly, political kingdom with Jerusalem as the capital, and reign jointly for a thousand years, is passing strange. It makes one think he is hard run for texts to prove his theory. If his interpretation of the parables of the Mustard Seed and the leaven is a fair sample of his method of interpretation then the mys tery is solved. Th? liberty he takes here is amazing. Christ said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed." The plain meaning of the parable is on the very face of it, and is this: The mustard seed is exceed ingly small, but when it is sowed in good soil and is given a chance it grows wonderfully large and furnishes food and shelter for the birds. This is a picture of the kingdom. It was exceedingly small at the beginning. But it is destined to grow large and furnish great blessings to the peoples of the world. ? But here is the interpretation he puts upon it: "Christianity, embodied in the Church, while beginning as the smallest of seeds, has now grown so big that it becomes the fold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Just how he makes that beautiful parable from Christ's lips say such ugly things about Christianity and the Church is beyond me. But his interpretation of the parable of the leaven is no better. Christ said, "The king dom of heaven is like unto leaven." Again the meaning is on the face of it. That is, as leaven works secretly and silently, and power fully until the whole lump is leavened, so the kingdom of heaven works and will work until the Gospel has been taken to the whole world. But here is his interpretation: "In the lump of the Church a leaven-like mystery of in iquity is all-pervasivelv at work. Leaven every where in Scripture means something that is evil." If this is so, then the kingdom of heaven is something that is evil, for Christ said "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven." Tlie truth is, the thirteenth chapter of Mat thew, with its parables of the kingdom is a thorn in the flesh of Premillennialists. They must do something with them. They cannot give them the plain and simple interpretation that lies on the face of them, for this would be fatal to their theory of the kingdom. The above samples of interpretation show pretty clearly what they do, when in a pinch like that. We could wish the pamphlet had not been written. Zachary, La. NOTES FROM NORTHFIELD. By Rev. T. H. Lacy, D. D. Is it worth wliilc to come here? If there were no appointed speakers people would still come. It is the spirit of Northfield that at tracts. There seems a sacred hush to fall on one's spirit as he reaches these grounds consecrated by holy memories. The spirit of God seems present. If you have been before and have friends, they greet you warmly, and if the people whom you meet are strangers, they are glad to know you. Here as else where the soul is in the face. These faces show Christ-filled souls. The first service we could attend was one held out of doors on what is called Round Top, a natural amphitheatre. The speaker was Dr. Cooper, from Fu, China, who, though a Quaker, is working under the Ameriean Board of the Congregational Church. lie gave a most interesting and instructive address on China and spoke among other things of the thirty thousand symbols or characters the Chi nese have l>een using, and how a man was called a learned scholar if he knew twelve thousand of them. Then he also spoke of the thirty-nine characters the Chinese have now taken from among what they call Radicals, which they are now trying to use as an alpha be to simplify their language The attendance here this year seems quite large as compared with previous years. Verily there are a great many here. Rev. W. B. McLeod, of Edinburg, Scotland was the speaker last night in the Auditorium. He was a fellow student of Dr. Ilugh Blair, and a close personal friend of the late Profes sor Dennv, of Glasgow. lie is pastcrr of one of the most beautiful churches in Edinburg ? the McCandlish Church ? and a former Presby terian minister of a church in Jersey on the Channel Islands. Ilis most important literary work in his IkkjU entitled "The Afflictions of the Righteous," an exposition of the Hook of Job. It is at Dr. Ulair's invitation that he is in America. He preaches the truth as if lie knows and believes it and lives it. He must be a relative of the famous Norman McLeod, of Glasgow, who. though so great and good a man, said of himself. "The Lord could never do anything with me until He made me know He never meant mo for a great man." Mr. Ilaminontrce, from Chicago,. is the very capable and gifted leader of the music. The Lotus Quartet Choir, also from Chicago, is with him. This morning he had a song service of about one hour before the preaching service began. It was sweet, touching and beautiful. As he progressed he asked the audience to join in singing a hymn which he had often sung during the war to the soldiers in their camps. It was the well known hymn. "Jesus Loves Even Me." After a while he paused and asked that persons over sixty years of age would sine without the help of the others. Possibly one sixth of the audience responded. Then lie asked that only those over seventy-tive years of age would sing. Possibly four or five re sponded. Then he asked for those over eighty. At first there was no response. At last a soli tary voice took it up in a clear, strong, shrill voice. Then Mr. Ilammontree said: "Brother, let us sing it." The old man's voice grew stronger and tender and the melody was deep and tender and the pathos sublime. Then Mr. Ilammontree asked: "How obi are you!" "I will be eighty-four," the old man said, "if I live to see tomorrow." Then our leader said if we could get him here tomorrow we would celebrate his birthday. Mr. Ilammontrce then said: "We would like to have a testimony service, but we have not time." Then he asked that the people one by one should repeat some verse of Holy Scrip lure. Very many responded. Near the end a well-preserved elderly woman arose and said: "I know whom I have believed and am per suaded that lie is able to keep that which 1 have committed unto him against that day." Mr. Hammontroe said there had been a gp-at sermon preached here that morning somewhere from that text. This is the verse so familiar to your readers as associated with the well known Dr. Alexander, president of Princeton Theological Seminary. When he was on his death bed, a friend visited him and said to him: "Doctor, can you say with the great Apostle, 'I know in whom I have l>e lieved V " "Stop, stop," said Dr. Alexander. "Do not put a proposition l>ct\veon me and my Lord. If ypu will say what Paul said I will and do rejoice in it. 'I know 'whom' 1 have believed.' " Quite near the close of this part of the serv ice when persons responded with verses of Scripture, a lovely little girl of about twelve years of age arose and said: "By grace ye are saved," and sat down immediately. It was so good ami appropriate and emphasized by youthfulness and very sweet and earnest manner of the speaker. Dr. Spurr. of London, a well and highly es teemed expounder of the Holy Scripture, spoke at the next service. This is the Rev. Frederick Chaudrey Spurr, vice-president of the National Free Church Council of England. He is pres ent pastor and successor of the well known Dr. F. B. Meyer, of the Rogent Park Baptist Church, London. He has a very large audi ence of young men at his ntgh? services in Lon don. He i? much esteemed and admired here.