Newspaper Page Text
WESTERN KANSAS WORLD
SAYID M. W. GILANI MmWlONAL SWAYSQIOOL Lesson (By O. E. SELLERS. Acting- Director of the Sunday School Course ot the iloody Hible Institute.) LESSON FOR SEPTEMBER 5 Battle of Armageddon Br REV. JAMES M. CRAY. D. D. tfeaa of Montr BAIm , at Uucaso TEXT And they gathered them togeth er in the place which fs called tn Hebrew, Har-Maeedon. Revelation 16:16. Many people are asking whether the present European war is the battle of Armageddon, and whether It means that we are nearing the end of the world, and what relation it bears to the second coming of Christ. In answer to the first part of the question it may be said that it is not the bat tle of Armageddon for three reasons. First, it is not in the right location, second, it has not the right objective, and third, it does not represent the right alignment of the nations. The battle of Armageddon will not be fought in Europe, but in Asia. "Har-Magedon," as the revised ver sion translates it, is a mountain ris ing up out of the plain of Esdraelon in northern Palestine. Great and de cisive battles have been fought there by the Hebrews, the Egyptians, the Saracen3, and the crusaders, and here the kings of tle prophetic earth are to be gathered, under the influ ence of demons working miracles, for that battle of the great day of the Lord God Almighty. The object of this battle will be the capture of Jerusalem, when it shall again be restored to the Jews prior to the second advent of the Messiah on their behalf; and the nations of the prophetic earth engaged in It will be those of the Reman empire fed erated again under a secular despot whom many associate with the anti christ. Those nations do not include Russia, nor do they include Germany or Austria-Hungary, except in part, so that a new alignment of the nations seems necessary, before that battle. How far the present European war may contribute to that new align ment one cannot say, but so far as it does so, it may be called. a prepara tion for the battle of Armageddon. The End of the World. 2. That this war cannot mean that we are near the end of the world is indicated in another way. For ex ample, all Bible scholars are agreed that a long perio4 of peace and right eousness is to prevail over the earth before the end comes. From a pass age in . Revelation 20, it is gathered that it wilL- last a thousand years, from which it takes the name mil lennium. This period not having be gun as yet, it is clear the end of the world is at least 1,000 years away. But we may be near the end of the age, which is a different matter. There have been several ages in the history of the race In which God has dealt with his people in different ways; each of these ages ended in a catastrophe. That of Eden ended in the expulsion from the garden. That following it ended in the flood. The Mosaic age ended in the crucifix ion of our Lord and the dispersion of the Jews among the Gentile nations, where they are today; and it seems to be the teaching of the Scriptures that the same will be true of the age in which we live. The catastrophe impending is not one which affects the true church which is the body of Christ, but the professing church, and the nations which, having a form of godliness are denying the power there of. The church will escape the ca tastrophe by being caught up to meet the Lord in the air, as it is written in I Thessalonlans 4, but that which be falls the false church and the nations is the battle of Armageddon and what is connected with it, of which this Eu ropean war is so frightful a fore runner. Second Coming of Christ. 3. The second coming of Christ means, of course, his personal in the sense of visible reappearing, and as stated before, so far as the church is concerned the event may be very far. It is after tha church i- caught up to meet htm in the air that the events transpire on earth which focus in the battle of Armageddon. His coming to the earth means the destruction of the nations thus headed up in the anti christ, not in the sense that all their inhabitants are slain, but that as na tions they cease to exist. The certainty and the imminence of our Lord's return is a mighty motive for repentance and faith in his name, and in the ease of those of us who are saved through faith It speaks with equal potency of the necessity lor a holy life. To quote we language of another, suppose this titanic conflict among the nations were the very last event to occur prior to the Lord's coming for his peopl to take them out of such a scene, does it not give intense significance to the words of Paul In the thirteenth chapter of his epistle to the Romans where he says: . "And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." 4 EM. if as Sayid M .Wajih Gilani, who says he is the sheik-ul-lslam, a lineal de scendant of Mohammed and the im perial Ottoman religious commis sioner to the Philippines, arrived in New York recently on an educa tional mission to the people of the United States on behalf of his co religionists. He speaks many lan guages and dialects, and looks like a European. O'JIET IN MEXICAN CAPITAL But Residents of City Continue to Suffer from Lack of Food Twenty-five Die Daily. Washington, Aug. 24. Rear Ad miral McLean, commanding American naval forces in Mexican waters, seat a long wireless report to the navy de partment today on conditions at Vera Cruz. He said no further anti-foreign demonstrations had occurred since the arrival of the battleships Louis iana and New Hampshire. The Carranza agency here gave out dispatches from Vera Cruz stating that telegraphic communication had been open since August 18 between Vera Cruz and Mexico City and as far north as Freznillo, a town immediate ly south of Torreon. It was said that wire connection also had been re stored with San Luis Potosi, Monte rey, Neuvolaredo, Tampico, Mata rnoro?, Guadalajara, Manzanillo and other important points. In Mexico City the dispatches said quiet prevailed and normal commer cial and industrial conditions had been restored. Mexico City, Aug. 24. Deaths by starvation continue in this city and conservative estitmates place them at twenty-five a day. A visit to the various hospitals by a representative of the American Red Cross disclosed that for the first three days of August, twenty deaths from starvation were recorded. This num ber did not include the many who died in the streets from lack of food. Yes terday six death certificates attribut ed starvation as the cause. During the month of July 1,856 deaths were registered in Mexico City. According to Charles J. O'Con nor, 'of the American Red Cross, 8 per cent of the deaths were due to star vation. As many deaths from starva tion are not properly authenticated, it is believed that an average of twenty-five daily from this cause is a con servative figure. The military author ities learned of investigations made by Red Cross workers and ordered that hospital or cemetery officials shall not make public statistics in the future." Efforts of the authorities here to re lieve distress have been of little or no effect. School teachers, govern ment employes and even employes of the Beneficencia Publica, which cor responds somewhat to the Central Charity organizations of American cities, were among those who have made applications to the Red Cross for assistance. Such supplies as were brought in by General Gonzales when Carranza forces reoccupied the capital on Au gust 2 are nearly exhausted. CONDENSED NEWS ITEMS In recognition of his services in rescuing five sailors of the wrecked steamship Oklahoma more than a year ago. Capt. William A. Aspinall of the steamship Gregory has been given a gold watch and compass by Presi dent Wilson. A rush order has been sent to the Philadelphia Navy Yard for three of the 12-inch naval guns there to be con verted into field howitzers for the use of the army. This will give the United States its first set of heavy field pieces. Dr. Deborah Smith Drury, one of the first women in the United States admitted to the practice of medicine and an associate of Lucy Stone Black well in the equal suffrage movement, is dead at Haverhill, Mass. She was in her ninety-second year. A conference of German Catholic bishops meeting at Fulda. in. Hesse Nassau, has sent a telegram to Em peror William, thanking him for the protection afforded during the war to the "homes and altars' of the father land, according to a Cologne dispatch. . v- - . ... r. ELIJAH AND THE PROPHETS OF BAAL. LESSOX TEXT I Kings lS:30-39. GOLDEN TEXT Jehovah is far from the wicked: but he hear-th th; prayer ol tho righteous. Prov. li:9 R. V. Following the lesson cf last week w have ich. 18:1-16) the interesting account cf Ahab's search for Elijah and of the prophet's meeting with Oba diah. Verses 5 and 6 suggest the se verity of the drought in the land. Ahab's accusation, "Art thou he that troubleth Israel," is replied to by Eli jah's challenge regarding a contest be-' tween himself, the representative of Jehovah, and the king's prophets rep resenting Baal, (vv. 17-25). In accord ance with the stipulations the prophets of Baal accepted the challenge and most miserably failed (vv. 26-29). The place of this dramatic contest was ML Carmel (see map) .and the time prob ably B. C. 906. I. Elijah's Preparation vv. -0-35. On Carmel's crown now swarms a count less throng "With one brave soul to stand for God 'Gainst millions lu the wrong. George L. Taylor. Elijah gave the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 priests of the groves (v. 19) every advantage possible that he might the more clearly unmask their error and make more signal their de feat. Their frenzied cries and self injury continued fruitlessly until 3:00 p. m. Then Elijah announces the de tails which were to remove all possible doubt as to whose champion he was or who is to answer his petition, (a) He calls the people together (v. 30) draw ing them nigh to God and challenging their undivided attention after the con fusion produced by the priests and their consternation over their defeat. (b) He constructs the altar (vv. 30-31). Any true and lasting reforma tion must begin at the altars of God. Restore one in the heart, the home and church and there will return to all unity and strength. Note Elijah's insistence upon an undivided nation, as suggested by the "twelve stones." "While any lasting reformation must begin in the individual heart, still if it is true and genuine it will work it self out in the nation. "Israel shall be thy name." The "prince that prevails with God," who had wrought for their fathers, who answered Jacob's prayer, is now about to answer Elijah. This altar was not constructed as a monu ment to departed one, nor for the or namentation of the house of God. It was In God's first cathedral and for his glory alone. On this altar Elijah placed his sacrifice. Again Israel is to prevail over its enemies, this time those within, not those from withouL (c) He covered the altar (vv. 33,34) e. g., poured wa ter upon it to remove all possible ac cusation of fraud or trickery. The trench "as great as would contain two measures of seed" (v. 32) is equivalent to six gallons. Three times water was taken from the spring, still flowing at this place, and poured upon the altar, twelve jars in all again symbol izing the twelve tribes. II. Elijah's Prayer, w, 36,37. The great prophet even could only secure through prayer his desired blessing though its purpose was "that this pec--pie may know that thou Lord art God." His prayer was: (a) Addressed to God; (b) Grounded upon experience, that of "Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;" (c) It was for one purpose, the honor of that name; (d) It was to sanction his act in calling forth the drought upon Israel as a punishment for the sins of princes, priests and people; (e) It was founded upon the word of Jehovah, to corroborate and to affirm the works done "at thy word; (f) It was for the conversion of the people, that their hearts might be turned back to Jehovah once more. Elijah, the man of faith, staked his all upon the Word of God, he gave himself up wholly to the plans and purposes of God, and relied explicitly upon the covenant-keeping God. I I I. God's- Power, vv. 38-40. We ,are confident Elijah had never seen fire fall and that he must have realized the awful catastrophe involved if it did not fall. Yet he fearlessly makes his plea and the fire fell. It was not an accidental stroke cf lightning. God, the creator, worked upon the laws of nature, his servant, and wrought con fusion to his enemies. It would be a strange God and father who could not use his own laws and creation to pro duce a moral effecL The abundance of proof was that not only the offering, but the water and the very stones of the altar were consumed. Risking all, all i3 won. What we need everywhere is men who will follow in Elijah's steps In order that the fire of God may come upon us. There remained no longer "any doubt. God is God, Baal is a sham. So they "fell on their faces," yet in spite cf the victories cf God men to day refuse to render unto him like obedience and worship Compare in this connection the fire of God's holy spirit whicL cama upon the apostles and believers at Pentecost and the resultant convicting power convincing th people of Jerusalem that the crucified. Christ was the son of God. Tho Goody That9 a Good P'or Thorn The best way in this world o spend a nickel for refreshment is to get VJRIGHJEV5 wholesome, impurity-proof chewing gum. It's made clean . and kept clean. It's wrapped in waxed paper and sealed. Its two delicious flavors are always fresh and full strength. It is the longest-lasting, most beneficial and pleasant goody possible to buy. It aids appetite and digestion, quenches thirst, sweetens mouth and breath. Write for free copy of "WRIGLEVS MOTHER GOOSE," a handsomely illustrated booklet in colors that will amuse young and old and remind you of this Perfect Gum. In it the WRIGLEY SPEARMEN have acted . all the old familiar Mother Goose scenes to the "tune" of new jingles. Address Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., 1312 Kesner Building, Chicago. "Ghew it after The Bonnie Conductor Lassie. - Edinburgh, Scotland, has two dozen women street car conductors who are a thorough success in the new line of work. Other tramways are already recruiting girls and training them to be conductors. It is said that girls working in the English cartridge fac tories are so fired with patriotism that some of them work thirty hours in a stretch without any rest. Miss Elizabeth Lister has been appointed a 8tationmaster in South Wales, the first woman to act in that capacity. In the north of England and in Scotland and Wales the men workers are being supplanted In the fields by women, who can be seen following the bar row or digging and hoeing. SELF SHAMPOOING With Cuticura Soap Is Most Comfort ing and Beneficial. Trial Free. Especially if preceded by touches of Cuticura Ointment to spots of dan druff and itching on the scalp skin. These supercreamy emollients meet every skin want as well as every toilet and nursery want in caring for the skin, scalp, hair and hands. Sample each free by mail with Book. Address postcard, Cuticura, Dept. XY, Boston. Sold everywhere. Adv. One Led to Another. "I triea to get you over the tele phone half a dozen times yesterday morning, but the line was busy every time." "Yes. My wife railed up a .neigh bor to ask her a question, and before they got through each had asked the other not less than one hundred questions." Transportation in Calcutta. To compete with Calcutta's present street railway system a company has been formed which will place 100 mo tot buses and 400 cars for freight in service within a year. Wuh day is mile day if yon me Red Cross Ball Blue American made, therefore the best made. Adv. i It doesn't look as if the fool killer will ever be able to take a vacation. every meat9' -n GOLD'S SIREN LURE FOR MEN Hardship and Death Dared by Thou sands That They May Gain Riches Quickly. It was in 189S that the rush of gold seekers to the Klondike reached its flood. " The ninety-eighters probably never will know the fame of the forty niners, but they have a place In the long history of the gold hunters, the men of all nations, ancient, medieval and modern. The book has a hundred chapters telling of failure and of death to every one lightened with the story of success. H. M. Cadell recently visited the Klondike and there made a study of present conditions. He describes them and adds an interesting account of the early day rush to the Northwest terri tory. The Smithsonian institution has put Mr. Cadell's report into print. It is an interesting document. Some of the happenings in the Klondike were duplicates of like happenings in Cali fornia and Australia during the first years of the surface washing in those fields. These duplications show that human nature is unchanging. Men went to the Klondike daring hardship and death that they might get rich quick. Some of the gold seekers were 'quickly successful. A large percentage of the successful ones almost literally threw their mon ey away. Easy come, easy go. This sort of thing has marked gold min ing in all ages. The Klondike is not what it was. but human nature stays the same. The discovery of gold at the North pole would Btart a north era migration that would take no ac count of the insuperable obstacles of distance and cold. The lure is irre sistible. Chicago Post. - Stationary Post. Victims fof cabinet changes in Eu rope are coming to favor the New York idea of a "stationary post' Bos ton Advertiser. Circumstantial Evidence. H6w- did rou know that man was a sporting fellow?" - hm leout a regular football .yell.- . Good! In that new banana which Burbank has evolved the sklddy skin is emit ted. This may be a gain for the banana and the public, but It's a pain ful loss for the professional funmakera Cleveland Plain Dealer. Some Jealous. Patience Is she Jealous of her hus band? Patrice Is she? Say, she's Jealous if he finds a hair- in the butter that isn't hers! It was a Kansas woman, of coarse, who traded the family refrigerator for a pair of roller skates. A Kansas man would have dickered for a different kind of skate. Small Comfort. Asker He calls me a donkey I Should I challenge him? Telllt You might to prove It! The chap who suspects his neigh bor is not above suspicion. Kind acts are never stepping stones to misfortune. BUY direct from mill I0CR OWN TERMS 209 n, KnaOem InK CMit material, bcit warkaantMvb Mmnataed. 10O an. Bat hnabo. ricMr "t SIlM-MO .p. Sitlaferttoa trauni bttbl. workaamkip sad Material. WRITE FOR FULL DETAILS ASTORIA LUMBER ASSN. ' x Astoria. Oregoai University of Notre Dame I0TRE D1S2E, HOim Tborowfh Sdncatloa. Bf oral Traviatny. Twenty one eoorae leftvdinir to trms la CImoIcs Modern jLetterm. J on m aliam . PoIHiCaI KeonoMv. Commerce, Chemistry, Bio!oc7- PtukmAcj. - PrepartktocT Senool. Tsrlvu i iiiiiim fr CtfcttUofnes addretw BOX H. NOTRE DAME, INDIANA W. N. U; KANSAS CITY. NO. 35-1915.