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IE Cents in Clubs . ,i . . . . of Five ci More VOLUME 8 JL ne -a ew ;jw ame And Why I Did It. : For nearly eight years. I have be en publishing . a monthly paper called ' ' The Fool-Killer. ' ' It was SXaiieu in a ni ux uespeiauuu u a last filial effort to drive the wolf from the door and provide a modest living for niy sick wife and myselL And it has succeed ed. From a .financial standpoint it has done all that I expected of it, and more. - But in order .to attract atten tion and get the crowd I, was com pelled to make ; The Fool-Killer sensational. f : Its literary .style was ro agh ; and hoarse, abounding in sleng expressions and . often , bor dering on the ridiculous. ' A good many people seemed to think it was " funny, l and it made quite a hit with a. certain class. - But-it never did measure up to my. high est ideals of what a paper ought to be. Of course I could have elevated the tone of it, but that would have meant a certain fall ing off . in popularity,. -and as it was my only source- of income I was compelled to cater to ' my crowd. To be sure, I always tried to throw the-: paper's influence1 ,011 the side of right and good, but its coarse and uncouth manner of ex pression made it- '.uncertain whether it 'really did any good. Anyhow, it grated - on my - finer sensibilities and I have long want ed to get rid of it or at least make some changes that would lift it to a higher plane. ' : " And there , were also other rea- stej) I have now taken: In the first place, The Fool-Killer de-. manded of me the impossible. ' I was expected to be ''funny'', re gardless of the fact, that I wras liv ing amid the 'saddest conditions that could well be imagined. Many times I have attempted to write a funny article when it actually seemed like trying to be funny at a funeral. Mrs . Pearson 's af -fliction is the most dreadful case of suffering that I ever saw, and it has been constantly before my eyes for more than ten years now How could anyone expect me, un der such circumstances, to go a head making a monkey of myself for the amusement of a thought less and frivolous crowd? I have already clone it longer than I ought, and l feel that to go fur ther with it would be an actual sin. I have been a inonkey long enough, and surely I .have earn ed the privilege4 Of being a man from now o'n. '' ,! " 4 , , But the best reason of all for the change I 'arn nOW ; making is found in the dark and perilous "'.' ; ; ;v-.:f .. - .. . , . -;: ; (formerly the BOOMER, NORTH CAROLINA, AUGUST, 1917. times; in which we are now, living. I have long been a student of Bible prophecy and a firm believer in its ultimate fulfillment. I have kept in touch with Bible students and chronolo gists,' and they all agree ' that some great crisis in the world's history is due just about now. It is abundantly pro ven by . secular history that nearly all the Bible prophecies have been .fulfilled, which is the strong est possible evidence that the rest will be fulfilled in due time. Those who doubt it are simply showing their ignorance. The; prophets have given us ' actual figures by which 'we 'may calculate from one event to another and find out what may be expected next. The greatest scholars of the world have figured from every possible standpoint : of chronology," and they invariably arrive, at the identical same conclusion that we are living in the. very last days of the Gentile age. Twenty or thirty years ago it was predicted by-at least two different-: -writers on prophecy that the ' year 1914 would eethri ginning of a great world-war which would mark the end of the (ientile ? dispensation. - And it came strictly; on schedule time, and is still going. It cannot be compared to other wTars, because it has already been twenty times bigger than any other war in the world's history. And the end is not yet: Surely we nave good rea son to believe that it is some kind of a great turning-point in the history of this: old world, for other great turning-points have come with lesser wars than this. This war may be over in a 'few months, and it may last several years. Prophecy points out its coming, but does not state clearly just how long it will last. But one thing seems reasonably cer tainthis is the Last Great War of all time. It. must go on until its work is done the overthrow of all wicked rulers and the es tablishment of the Millennial Kingdom here on earth. This is not the "end of time," as some people may think, but it is the Dark Hour just before the dawii of the Golden Age. We are just at the beginning of the Thou sand Years of Peace, during which Christ himself will rule the wrorld in righteousness. The earth is going to be fit to live on after this. And that's where -the "Good News' ' comes in. In view of all these things I feel it my duty to change the name of the . paper' from The Fool-Killer o Good News, and then try to make it live up to its new name by giving this war-weary world a message that really is good fool-killer) 3' ,. new. To those who have lately subscribed expecting to get The FoolrKiller I want to say that you will ;find Good NeWs a much bet ter paper and I feel sure that most of ypu will be pleased with the ehanjge. Nqw I sincerely trust that every p.erson who has been interested in The IFool-Killer will take a still deeper interest in Good News, and that Vou will all go to work send ing ill clubs and whelping to sup port ithe paper in every way you can.i .Yojirs in the good work, . JMES . LARKIN PEARSON. TJTPES AND SHADOWS. Al intelligent people who pay any attention to religious matters have I long ago accepted it as a fact bevond disrmte that, th ft dailv sacrifices of the old Jewish age were fneant tor a type, or a tore shadqwing, of the greater Sacri fice for sin which was fulfilled in the death of Christ. That fact, I say is accepted by everybody wrho .ead and believe the Scrip tif res jat - all. ; Preachers- of all ttenommations nave preached it fOrr ages past, andreligious writ ers have written volumes about it. But, strange to say, after grasp ing that master-key of the whole divine plan, they stopped short off and refused to go any f urther7 With the entire riddle of the hu man race so clearly revealed in that one type and its fulfillment, why can't intelligent people lotfk a little further and see that the old Patriarchal and Jewish dis pensations were literally packed and crammed with types and shadows? 'In the first place, the Jewish nation itself, in 'the' sense of being God's Chosen People, was only a type, and how very appro priate that all their forms and ceremonies, their laws and cus toms, their Sabbaths, their Pass overs, their Jubilee Years, with all their time-periods and dates so carefully given, should also be types of bigger and better things to come ! Only in this way can we account for many things that the law of Moses required of the Hebrew people. So many tedious and. seemingly unnecessary details had to be carried out to the letter, and we have always wondered what it was for. But when we grasp the idea that every one of those strange observances pointed ahead to something that was to happen in the future, then we can see the meaning of it all. And in studying these types and shadows, you must keep carefully in mind the numbers especially the number SEVEN, which is the key to everything. The"re were seven days in the Creative Week. Then every Seventh day wast the 3 When yoa get hold of i something, good, pab it around. m Send in a big club. NUMBER 2 Sabbath Day. Following that 011 an enlarged scale, . every seventh year was the Sabbath Year, dur ing which no crops were to be planted, but the land must lie idle and rest. Then they took seven of those seven-y ear ,r periods and put them together, making Forty Nine, and the next year (the Fif tieth) was the Year of Jubilee, That was a year of general read justment of all property and busi ¬ ness matters among the .peopled If some had gotten hopelessly m debt and couldn't pay. out, their debts were cancelled and they were given an equal start with the rest. And if others had accumu lated great wealth during the past fifty years they had to turn it all loose and it went back to the ori- ginal owners. Now all that business is far in the past and has not Deen observ ed f or many years, and we have been led to believe that-it don't mean anything to us. Let's see if It does. We see that the plan con templated a series, of rest-periods, starting with seven days and getr ting bigger, arid farther apart .as they w?nt. We -have a already traced its progress up to the" Fifty-Year period the Year .of Jubilee. , That was as far as it went , in Jewish history. But sirice' the Jewish nation itself. was only a type, and since every type , in it pointed to. something outside -of it, we must yet look for a still longer time-period and a still bigger Year of . Jubilee down here in the end of the Age. God could foresee that a few f men like Rockefeller and Morgan would get most of the wealth in , their hands. and lord it over the..' people like tyrants. So God made' , His plan big enough to include the Great Jubilee (a thousand years long) during which time the earth and the fullness thereof will - be restored to its rightful owners,. Never before has there been a time wiien the things I am here talking about were of such univer sal interest to the people. Every body you talk with is wondering what these things mean and where they will end. Tell them to read Good News and find out. If there was nothing to look to but the blackness of the immedi ate future, it. would be almost uii 'bearable. For we have probably not seen the worst of it yet. We still have a dark patch of woods to go through before we come out; into the golden sunshine of the Thousand Years of Peace. It will be dark, but short. Keep up your courage and look ahead. And don't forget to send in, a big club every few days. Because this certainly IS Good News.