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Divine Power to Be Exercised
by Ghrist’s Kingdom.
Many of the Psalms Messianic —Fig-
urative Descriptions of the Work of
the Millennium—Passing Away of
Sin and Selfishness —A New Order of
Peace and Righteousness— The Heav
enly Over-Lord Master of the Situa
tion—Glorious Outcome of Joy and
Blessing to All Mankind.
of (lie sen" (Psalm
[PASTOR, R.U.SSELQJ 4(j ; 2). Those who
have seen the
beautiful film, "Christ Walking on the
CREATION, will all the more readily
appreciate the line of thought which
the Pastor set forth. He said:
I have chosen for my text a symbol
ical prophecy which 1 believe to be
rapidly nearing fulfilment. All Bible
students recognize the fact that many
of the Psalms are Messianic; that is
to say, they apply to the time of the
inauguration of Messiah’s Millennial
Kingdom. Some of them detail the
Joy, peace and blessings which will
then prevail amongst men, when the
great leveling processes of that time
will raise all the worthy poor and de
graded and will humble all the proud,
establishing society under such condi
tions that the new order of things is
symbolically styled in Scripture “a
new heavens and a new earth, wherein
dwelleth righteousness." Others of the
Psalms describe in highly figurative
language the work of the Millennium
Byway of illustration the Pastor
quoted at length from Psalm 45: “Gird
Thy sword upon Thy thigh, O Most
Mighty, with Thy glory and Thy majes
ty; and in Thy majesty ride prosper
ously because of truth and meekness
and righteousness; and Thy right hand
shall teach Thee terrible things. Thine
arrows are sharp in the heart of the
King’s enemies; whereby the people
fall under Thee.” Here, he declared,
the great Redeemer is pictured as the
glorious conquering King of the Mil
lennlal Age, and His victory over every
opposing influence is emphasized. As
the Prophet Isaiah says. "Every knee
shall bow, every tongue shall swear"
to the King of earth. His right hand.
Which shall teach Him terrible things.
Is an expression symbolic of the Divine
Power which will be exercised at the
inauguration of the Kingdom. The
sharp arrows that will pierce the
King’s enemies to the heart and cause
them symbolically to fall before Him
represent His messages of truth and
grace, which will then conquer as they
do not now, except in the case of a few
A sample of those now slain by the
arrows of God’s Word is furnished us
in the account of St. Peter's sermon on
the Day of Pentecost. There the Apos
tle preached the Truth plainly, thrust
ing in the “Sword of the Spirit” up to
the hilt He told the hearers that they
and their rulers had crucified the
Prince of Life. The record is that
“they were cut to the heart"; and this
was the greatest blessing that could
possibly have come to them (Acts 2:23)
Similarly, during the Millennium, the
arrows of Truth will smite down all
opposition: and mankind, cut to the
heart with proper appreciation of their
own sinfulness and of God’s mercy,
will fall before the great King, accept
ing mercy upon His gracious terms of
full surrender.
The Day of Trouble Pictured.
The Psalm of which our text is part
Is a Messianic Psalm. Prophetically
and symbolically it tells about the
trouble incident to the passing away
of the present order of sin and selfish
ness and the inauguration of the new
order of righteousness and love under
the great Mediatorial Kingdom of
Christ. Whether the events predicted
in Scripture come to pass in our day
or not, we hold that they will come
and will be in full comportment with
these prophetic pictures; for they were
surely written for our instruction, as
SL Paul declares.—2 Timothy 3:16.
As Bible students we do well to take
heed to every item of the Divine reve
lation, in order to keep ourselves in
touch with the Infinite One and in
sympathy with all the features of His
great and wonderful Program. Let us
note the particulars of the Psalm in
The Psalm begins with the beautiful
assurance. “God is our Refuge and
Strength, a very present Help In trou
ble.” How comforting! How strength
ening! Those who have entered into
covenant relationship with God through
Christ, through faith and consecration,
and who are abiding in His love, may
feel serene in every trouble. Not merely
in the final trouble, with which sin and
sorrow will be brought to an 2nd. not
mer’elv when Satan shall hr hound.
Alarming Possibility.
Help! A Frenchman believes that
fogs may be prevented by
oil upon the water to prevent rapid
evaporation. When the seven seas are
nicely coated with crude petroleum
seven times a week what will gasoline
for automobiles cost by the gallon?
—Louisville Courier-JournaL
Best Aid.
Great works are performed not by
strength but by perseverance. —Sam-
vel Johnson.
<; 3? ;■-
will God be the Refuge of His saints,
but in all times and under all circum
stances, will “the peace of God which
passeth all understanding” keep the
hearts of His faithful people.
“Therefore will we not fear, though
the earth be removed, and though the
mountains be carried into the midst of
the sea.” Fear is the great torment
of the majority of our race. It is the
lash which the Adversary uses to drive
away from God those who need His
sympathy, love and succor. To such
the Lord speaks, tenderly saying.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you
God declares' His name to be' Love
Through the Prophet Isaiah He says.
“This people’s fear toward Me is
taught by the precepts of men”—not by
His Word. He would have us trust
Him as a great, loving Father; for He
says, “Like as a father pitieth his chil
dren, so the Lord compassioneth those
who reverence Him.” (Psalm 103:13.)
As love, more love, perfect love, comes
into our hearts, it more and more casts
out the fear which the Adversary
would inculcate and which has burned
into men’s minds and consciences the
“doctrines of demons,” to which the
Apostle Paul refers.—l Timothy 4:1.
Biblical Symbology Explained.
To His people the Lord says, “Fear
not their fear, neither be afraid.” “Let
the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, rule in your hearts.”
Be faithful; be trustful! Accept the
assurance that “all things shall work
together for good to those who love
God, to those who are the called ac
cording to His purpose.” This class
will not fear when the earth shall be
removed and when the mountains shall
be carried into the midst of the sea.
They might indeed be astonished and
in trepidation if the reference were to
literal mountains; but the language is
figurative. The people of the Lord, un
der His instruction, will not be in dark
ness, that the Day of the Lord shall
overtake them as a thief, although it
will come as a snare upon the whole
world.—Luke 21:35.
In the symbology of the Bible the
term earth is used to represent the so
cial structure; for the mountains, which
constitute the backbones of the conti
nents, symbolize the kingdoms of the
world, supported by the social struc
ture. As the earth represents the fix
Ity of the social order, the sea repre
sents the restless, turbulent, dissatis
fied classes which lash against the
“earth” and continually seek to swal
low it up. The removal of the "earth"
symbolizes the disturbance of the social
order. The swallowing up of the
“mountains" by the seas represents the
overwhelming of some of the great
kingdoms of the earth by the uprising
of the people in anarchistic rebellion
against social order.
The fact that the Scriptures prophet
ically describe the overwhelming of the
social order and the great governments
of the earth must not be understood to
signify that the Bible counsels revolu
tion or anarchy. On the contrary,
God’s people are counseled throughout
the Scriptures to live peaceably with
all men, so far as possible. They are
Instructed not to use carnal weapons,
not to take to the sword for the settle
ment of disputes, but rather to suffer
injury. They are counseled that God
is the great Over-Lord, and that al
though He is not now ruling directly
amongst men He is fully the Master of
the situation in that at any time He
could overthrow all of His opponents.
God does not acknowledge that His
will is now done in the earth, but He
tells us that by and by it will be done
here, and He encourages us to pray for
it, to hope for it and to wait for It. He
tells us that Satan is now the “Prince
of this world” by virtue of the fact
that he deceives the minds and the
hearts of the majority. God would
have His people understand something
of His great Program, but He would
keep this hidden from all others
Hence arises the impossibility of ex
plaining spiritual things to a carnal
mind (1 Cor. 2:14). “None of the wick
ed shall understand.”—Daniel 12:10.
Divine Supervision of Human Affairs.
The great Creator has contented
Himself with such a supervision of this
world as leaves much responsibility
for human affairs in human hands. He
merely interferes to raise up or to cast
down when the interests of His Pro
gram may demand. For instance, take
the case of the Pharaoh who was rais
ed to the throne of Egypt in Moses
day. There God raised to the throne a
man of great determination, and hin
dered from reaching the throne other
men not so favorable to the carrying
out of the Divine Purposes. Thus,
without interfering with the free moral
agency of the king of Egypt, God used
the wrath of man to praise Him, and
the remainder He restrained. Similar
ly, He had previously raised Joseph to
the governorship of Egypt for His own
The Psalmist describes the tumult of
that day of overwhelming trouble,
when God’s Kingdom will be estab
lished, saying of the sea that will
swallow up the mountains, “The wa
ters thereof roar and be troubled; th 6
mountains shake with the swelling
thereof.” It is probably time that suet
socialistic and anarchistic roarings
have many times in the past caused
the kingdoms of earth and their rulers
to tremble. But, according to the
Scriptures, some day the final catastro
phe will occur. Who can tell how near
that day may be!
Quite a large number of earnest Bi
ble students concur in the thought
that such a climax is indicated in the
prophecies, and that it will be reach
ed in the year 1915. But be the date
as it may, the fact remains. Tim
prophecy which we are examining is
nearly three thousand years old, but it
Is as good, as sure and as meaningful
today as ever it was
Lady Loafers.
. Loafers are not limited to the street
: corner and fishing varieties; indeed,
the most artistic loafer is the average
' home-grown princess who considers
herself an ornament to society.—Atch
' ison Globe.
Save From Snow Blindness.
People in Tibet value highly tha
spectacles of smoked or colored glass
that are sold to them by the Chinese,
because of the blinding brightness of
the sun on the snow.
We are not of those who would
harass the minds of our fellows with
fear. Rather would we point them to
the fact that behind this cloud of
trouble there is a glorious “silver lin
ing” of Millennial joy and blessing for
all the families of the earth. Rather
would we encourage all who have the
hearing ear to zeal and faithfulness in
their consecration, that they may
“make their calling and election suiir"
to a share in the Kingdom glories and
“escape those things coming upon the
earth.” In a word, the Gospei of
Christ is not a message of damnation,
fear and torture, but "Good Tidings of
great joy which shall be unto all peo
pie,” as the angel declared.
Deliverance of the Church Pictured.
In the fourth and fifth verses of
Psalm 46 the Church of Christ is sym
bolically pictured as the City of God,
His dwelling-place; and the Truth is
represented as a river, making the Citj
clean, fresh, glad. The proclamation
is made, "God is in the midst of her;
she shall not be moved! God shall
help her early in the morning”—early
in the Millennial morning. The Church
is to be "a First-fruits unto God.” Her
salvation as the Bride of Christ will
be accomplished early in this Millen
nial morning.
Oh, how glad will be all those at:
counted worthy of a place in that elect
Church—the Church of the First-borns,
whose names are written in Heaven!
The promise. “She shall not be
moved,” Is in agreement with the first
verse in assuring us that the people of
God will be preserved from fear, doubt
and misunderstanding of the events of
that Time of Trouble, and that their
faith will enable them to triumph at
a time when others will be in great
distress and perplexity, as our Lord
foretold.—Luke 21:26.
“The Gentiles Raged.”
Beginning with the 6th verse, the
Prophet gives a brief synoptical pic
ture of the Time of Trouble and its
consummation and of the inaugura
tion of universal peace. “The heathen
[Gentile peoples] raged.” These words
describe the tumult which will prevail
amongst humanity before the climax
of the great Time of Trouble is reach
ed. Angry voices arise from public
meetings, and in the more private
meetings of the lodges of Labor and
Capital, as well as through the col
umns of the Press to the extent per
mitted. In the various nations there
is a fear of tumult through the raging
of the public Press, and everything
possible is being done to restrain it.
In some countries the Press has been
“muzzled” for some time past.
Whoever sees that anarchy is the
most dreadful terror confronting civ
ilization must realize the wisdom of
reasonable restraints upon his own
tongue and upon the tongues of oth
ers. Nevertheless, the Scriptures show
us that all effort to suppress the tu
mult and the angry voices of men
selfishly raging against each other will
The prophetic picture continues
“ God uttered His voice, the earth
melted.” The unfaithfulness of bu
manity, the clamor of greed, both in
rich and in poor, will be answered by
the Almighty, “Giver of every good
and perfect gift.” He will “utter His
voice”; or, as another Prophet de
Clares, “He will speak to the people
in His anger,” for their correction, for
their reproval. The result will be that
the symbolic earth (society) will melt
—the social structure will disintegrate.
Another Scripture declares that so
great will be the disintegration that
“every man’s hand will be against hi
But the Prophet hastens to assure us
that in the midst of all this tumult the
Lord will be with His consecrated peo
pie. We read, “The Lord of hosts is
with us; the God of Jacob is our Ref
uge.” This promise applies primarily
to the consecrated Church of Christ-
Spiritual Israel; but it also applies sec
ondarily to Natural Israel, the Jewish
nation. These will participate in this
Time of Trouble, but will be saved oul
of It As another Prophet declares, “It
is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but
he shall be saved out of it.”—Jer. 30:7
In this Time of Trouble the Lord’s
jewels, His saints, will be gathered to
their Heavenly home. After this has
taken place. Divine favor will begin to
return to Israel, as pointed out by the
Apostle in Romans 11:25-30.
The Psalm closes with a picture ot
the devastation which will prevail
throughout the world as a result of hu
man selfishness and blindness. Capital
and Labor will rise to a terrible cata
clysm of anarchy, awful for rich and
poor alike. Only God’s saints will then
have peace; and it will be the result of
their knowledge of the grand outcome,
of their faith In God and of their will
Ingness to accept whatever His provi
dence may send.
All this trouble, however, will but
prepare the world to realize that al
though men may plan and arrange evei
so wisely and well, all their plans will
prove futile as long ns selfishness and
Ignorance are in control. It will con
vlnce all that the only feasible way of
correcting the difficulty is by the set
ting up of a strong and righteous gov
eminent, which will enforce the prin
ciples of righteousness, until gradual
ly the stony-heartedness of men will,
under favorable influences, give place
to tender-heartedness—the image of
God, in which Adam was created and
which was lost through disobedience
Mark the grand symbolic apostrophe
with which the Psalm closes. May its
lessons draw us near the Fountain of
Grace and give us rest, peace and joy!
“He [lmmanuel] maketh wars to
cease unto the end of the earth: He
breaketh the bow. and cutteth the
spear in sunder: He burneth the char
lot in fire. Be still, and know that 1
am God: I will he exalted among the
heathen [Gentiles]; I will be exalted
In the earth ”
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