Resurrection Of The Dead – Extended

*Editor’s Note: When I was typing up the original Resurrection of the Dead I did not include a dozen or so paragraphs that had an X drawn over them. I believe they X was there because when he was giving the talk there was a time limit that required Brother Detzler to abridge what he has written. However I do not know the reason so I did not include the X’d out paragraphs in the first posting of it. However, I saw many very good points made in them and so I am posting this extended version. At the beginning of each paragraph that was not included in last week’s Resurrection Of The Dead I have placed an asterisk.

Resurrection Of The Dead – Extended
The 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians is an inspired treatise on the topic of resurrection. In it the Apostle sets forth practically every phase and point relating to this momentous subject.

In 1 Cor. 15:1 the Apostle Paul opens his letter by declaring the gospel unto them, the good news which they had earlier received from him and by which they were saved as long as they believed.

He begins by giving a synopsis of the Gospel in a few brief words;”How that Christ died for our sins… And that He was buried and He rose again the third day.” He then names the witness to attest the fact of Christ’s resurrection. His point is that the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of the most important teachings of the Christian Church, that it was taught by all the Apostles including himself and so had they all once believed.

In the 12th verse we get to the controversy. “If you accept as a fact that Christ rose from the dead, how can some of you believe there is no resurrection of the dead?”

Now here we see the problem of the early Church at Corinth and it is the same problem of the great majority of Christian believers today. They can accept to a certain degree that Jesus was in some way resurrected but they are confused to whether He was really dead or whether people really die and need to be resurrected.

Confusion is a favorite weapon of Satan and was being introduced to the early church even in Paul’s day.

Greece was at the time the great center of learning. The first colleges of higher learning had been established in Athens by the renowned philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Their many teachings and their writings are with us to this day and are studied by many students. One of their teachings was the Immortality of the soul.

The immortal soul, the first great lie, as told to mother Eve in the garden of Eden. Gen 3:4. And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die.” In the next verse the serpent adds, “your eyes will be opened and ye shall be as gods.”

In Gen. 2:17 God had carefully explained the penalty for disobedience. “Though shalt surely die.” And mother Eve was well aware of the penalty for disobedience. Gen. #;2,3 “God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall thou touch it, lest ye die.”

But Satan lied then and his great lie was later passed on to the heathen. All the heathen religions in the world have a place, a val-hal-a, a happy hunting ground, a place for dead ancestors, who they believe are not really dead.

Then from the heathen to the Greek philosophers, to the apostate members of the early counterfeit and the Christian Church.

The doctrine of the devils is so widespread today that is taught and believed by nearly everyone in the world.

The truth on the subject is found in the Word of God. Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything..” Rom. 6:23 “The wages of sin is death.”Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Yet today we are being bombarded from every side with exactly the opposite message. The clergy, especially at funerals would have us believe the dead are in bliss, they are in heaven. They do this I believe with good intentions. They want to make the living feel better but their message is not in harmony with the Bible.

The occult, the Spiritualists and the Mediums claim to be in contact with the dead.

Hollywood puts out movie after movie featuring stories about ghosts, dead people who interact with live people. The public is cleverly deceived into believing such things are really possible.

And then there is T.B. Everything from the movies ends up on television sooner or later and the people in charge could care less whether the material they use is true or false. Stories about so called out of body experiences are very popular.

The New Age philosophies, which are attracting many young people is old age error warmed over. They claim that most of the new light they have received is from people long dead, who are really alive and channeling information to them. They have dusted off old errors like reincarnation and offer it as something new and exciting.

As a result of this massive propaganda program the general belief amongst Christian people is that death is a delusion, and not a reality, that people merely seem to die, and do not die; that they merely experience a change to a higher form of being; they are saying, “there is no death.”

Here is a direct conflict between modern teachers and the inspired word.

The Scriptures claiming the dead know not anything, the modern theologians claiming the dead know everything.

The Bible claims the dead are really dead and have suffered according to the divine penalty for sin pronounced against our race “Dying thou shalt die.” The opposers take up with Satans delusive statement to mother Eve. “Ye shall not surely die,” that God’s penalty against sin did not go into effect, and that death, so far from being the sentence or curse upon their race, is really a blessing, a step in a general process of evolution.

The two theories are as far apart as the poles, and the two teachers of these two theories are God on the one hand, and satan “a liar from the beginning” on the other hand. Which should we believe?

The entire plan of salvation is connected with this question. If death was not the penalty of sin, incurred through Adam, then “life and the more abundant” is not the reward and blessing of God secured through Christ by a resurrection.

Satans proposition, which has been so widely accepted and which exercises so blinding an influence upon their minds, is the reversal, in every sense of the word, of the divine proposition, that death is the curse or penalty of sin, that Christ died to release man from this sentence or curse, and that release comes by the resurrection of the dead.

In the 11th and the 17th verses of 1 Cor. 15 the apostle affirms and emphasizes the fact of Christ’s resurrection and the 18th verse contains a statement that nearly all Christian people have overlooked or misunderstood.

If Christ was not put to death and resurrected, “Then they also which have fallen asleep in Christ are perished!”

“Perished” means destroyed or annihilated and the apostle was not referring to just the bodies of those believers who had “fallen asleep” for the bodies of all perish and disintegrate unto dust. He was referring to the person, the individual, the being, the soul.

Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The Holy Word of God is teaching, if there is no resurrection from the dead then we have no hope for a future life and we will remain dead forever.

Satans theory declares death a blessing which brings the fullness of life and liberty and joy and would make of the resurrection a curse.

No wonder that, blinded by this deception of the adversary, the majority of the great theologians of Christendom are teaching their many followers error on the most important doctrines in the Bible. They no longer teach the doctrine of the atonement which declares in 1 Cor 16:21, 22 “As by a man (Adam) came death, so also by a man, (the man Christ Jesus), comes the resurrection of the dead: That as all in Adam died, even so all in Christ shall be made alive.”

*If the reality of death is denied, it is no more difficult to deny the reality of sin. If it is claimed that Father Adam was not created in the image and likeness of God, but was created a very close image and likeness of a monkey, it follows that in that low condition of intelligence he was unfit for trial for eternal life, and it is only a further step to deny that he ever had a trial, and that he never failed and fell from grace.

*And if the fall is denied, and instead, the claim is put forward that man has really been advancing even to the present time – losing his likeness to the monkey and gaining in likeness to God, then it will be consistent also to take the next step, and declare that since man did not fall he did not need to be redeemed from the fall.

*And hence, with all such reasoning upon false Scriptural basis, it appears logical to deny the oft-repeated declaration of God’s word, that our Lord Jesus is our Redeemer, and that not for our sins only, but also the sins of the whole world, giving for us as our ransom or corresponding price, His own life, that He might buy back the forfeited life of Adam.

The truth is that death is a reality. Death is not life in any since, but it is the cessation of life. It is not a blessing, it is a curse that has been pronounced against the race, as the penalty for sin.

The only hope we have, the only hope for the race is for a resurrection. That we may be created again, by the same power that first called us into existence.

*The word “resurrection” is translated from the Greek word “Anastasis” which means “a setting up again.” Rebuilding, Restoration, a full raising up to perfection of life and this is in harmony with the text.

I don’t have to tell you that we human beings have been going downhill for the last 6000 years. According to the Bible we started out perfect in the person of Father Adam and Mother Eve, but they lost the right to that perfect existence for all of us and now we are a dying a race. Even before we enter the grave we are all walking in the valley of the shadow of death and are now far below the mountain tops of perfection.

Now here is the question” where was the race when it began to fall? The answer is: Man was perfect, on the mountain tops of life, and not at all in the valley of death: not only perfect in being, but in full communion with his maker, who considered His handiwork “very good.”

Then as death means a failing from all this perfection, resurrection means a “Setting up again”, a rebuilding, a restoring of humanity from every vestige of death to the perfection of nature as represented by their head, Adam.

*It is natural desire of all human beings to want to live. Life is our most precious possession. We would like to live forever if we could keep our youth and stay healthy. If we could only find a Shangrela, that enchanted valley somewhere in Tibet or perhaps the fountain of youth, the Spanish explorer was seeking. We long for a south sea island, with perfect weather, and an abundance of food, growing wild, for all to enjoy. We all have our dream of a perfect place, where we can dwell in peace and safety, enjoying the good life forever, with the ones we love.

*According to the Bible, which we believe is the Word of God, that is exactly what was meant to be. Adam, who was the father of us all was according to the Holy Scripture, created in the character image of God. God is king of the universe. God made Adam king of the earth.

*Adam was given a perfect wife, and told to multiply and fill the earth with perfect children. Adam was given a perfect home in a finished portion of the earth called “A garden in Eden.” He had dominion over all the animals on the earth, perfect food provided, he had the perfect law of love written in his heart and he had perfect fellowship with God. That was our original inheritance: If Adam and Eve had been obedient to God’s righteous laws they would have lived forever, and so would have we.

*But they were disobedience, disobedience is sin and “the wages of sin is death.” The just penalty was “thou shalt surely die.” We inherited the dying condition from our father Adam Rom. 5:18 “As by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation.”

*Adam and Eve were forced to leave the garden. They lost their right to live forever, lost their perfect home, perfect health, dominion over the animals and fellowship with God.

*Our first parents were left in an unrighteous, unjust condition, unable to help themselves or their offspring the human race. “There are none righteous, no not one.”

*This was the hopeless condition of the human race until our most gracious loving heavenly Father provided a way. A Divine Plan, whereby every member of the human family will have an opportunity to gain everlasting life.

As by one man’s disobedience sin entered the world, even so by the righteousness of one, free grace has come. In other words, what Adam brought upon our race, sin, degradation and death: our Lord Jesus has set aside by reason of having paid the penalty on our behalf.

John 1:29 Jesus, “The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”

1 Tim 2:5, 6 “The man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

The corresponding price has been paid, the price has been accepted, the center point of God’s plan is completed. Jesus willingly offered himself as a sacrifice, he died for our sins. Jesus ascended unto heaven and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High. He is a Divine being and He has offered to those who would become His footstep followers a similar reward, to be like He is. He has offered them exceeding great and precious promises, a heavenly reward, a change of nature from human to spiritual to become immortal divine beings, and with Him as their head they are the Messiah, the Christ, and will bless all the families of the earth. They take part in the 1st resurrection and their selection has taken a long time even though their numbers are comparatively few. “Straight (difficult) is the gate and narrow the way and few there be that find it.” “Many are called, few are chosen.”

Are we then to believe that God’s plan for the redemption of mankind is going to benefit only a few? Was Jesus sacrifice only for the Saints? The answer is found everywhere in the word of God. Jesus and His Glorified Church, His Bridge, the Royal Priesthood, will reign 1000 years, over the world of mankind. “Jesus Christ by the grace of God, tasted death for every man.” They will judge the world in righteousness, they will bless, they will heal, they will raise the dead, one by one from their graves, and gradually bring them up to the perfection, that was lost, that they may as perfect sons and daughters, receive eternal life, here on a then finished earth, Psa. 37:29. “The righteous shall inherit the land, dwell therein forever.”

Psa. 115:76 “The heaven, even the heavens are the Lords, but the earth had He given to the children of men.”

Matt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.”

*Num. 14:21 “But as truly as I love, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.”

*Does the Word of God teach us there is to be an earthly Kingdom? Yes! The Kingdom of God is undoubtedly the most prominent topic in the Bible. The first 3 pages of Gen. Tells us about the establishment of God’s Kingdom, in the Garden of Eden, and the fall of its king into sin and death. The last 3 pages of the Bible, tells us about the reestablishent of that kingdom, and all the obedient sons and daughters of Adam, to be kings and queens unto Almighty God. The intervening pages, tell of God’s plan for accomplishing this praise worthy purpose.

*John the Baptist, who was the herald and forerunner of our Lord, began His public ministry with the message of the Kingdom. “Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Of Jesus, it is written in Luke 8:1 “That He went throughout every city and village preaching and showing the glad tidings, of the Kingdom of God. Jesus sent the 12, and then the 70 forth, with the same message,” And as ye god, preach saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand. In Matt. 24:14 our Lord is the authority, that this Gospel of the Kingdom, shall be preached, in all the world, for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come. The end of what? The end of this evil dispensation, and the inauguration of the Kingdom, for which our Lord has taught us to pray, saying “Our father which art in Heaven, Hallowed by thy name: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is done in Heaven.” In Rev. 11:15 the Holy angels are rejoicing in the establishment of the kingdom. “The Kingdoms of this world have become the Kingdom of our Lord, and His Christ.”

*Dan. 2:44 “And in the days of these Kings, shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom, which shall never be destroyed.”

*We spoke in the beginning, how it is natural to want to live, and to enjoy being alive. The promises of Almighty God, makes this a reality. I would just like to quote a few scriptures from the Bible, describing the next dispensation which is called, “The World to come, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” “The New Heaven, and the New Earth.”

*Acts 3:19-21 “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Resitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (Christ will restore all that was lost by Adam and more) John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it, more abundantly.”

*Eph. 5:14 “Awake thou that sleepest, and rise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”

*1 Tim. 4:10 “We trust in the living God, who is the savior of all men, especially of those that believe.”

*Rev. 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow or crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.”

*Isa. 35:10 “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy, upon their heads: and they shall obtain joy, and gladness, and sorrow, and sighing, shall flee away.”

*Isa 65:21,25 “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them” “They shall not hurt, or destroy, in all my holy mountain saith the Lord.”

Our Lord referred to this same thought in John 5:25 “The hour is coming when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”

Somehow already heard the voice of the Son. “The sheep know the master’s voice” and from a reckoned standpoint have begun to live through faith in Christ. “He that believeth on the Son hath life.” They have life reckoned to them and so enjoying it by faith that it will be an everlasting life.

But when Jesus speaks of the unbelieving world of mankind in John 5:28 He says Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto a resurrection of life and that that have done evil unto a resurrection of judgment.

When the dead are awakened there will be an opportunity for all who have never heard the voice of the Son of Man to hear it and those who hear it in the proper sense of obeying will continue to progress to the attainment of life in its full sense.

1 Tim 2:4-6; It is the will of God that “all men shall be and saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” The great majority are in ignorance, but God wills that they all shall know, because, the apostle goes on to say “There is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified (to all) in due time.”

When you heard the testimony your responsibility began. When the heathen shall hear their responsibility will begin. Those who hear during the millennial age in the since of obeying that great prophet and teacher, Christ the head and the church, His body, will be brought up gradually by restitution processes, until at the end of the millennial age they shall live and those who refuse to hear the prophet will be according to Acts 3:23 “utterly destroyed amongst the people.”

The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee that all those whom He redeemed by His precious blood shall have not only an awakening from death but also an opportunity to attain to all the blessings and favor lost in the fall. That was the assurance which God gave to all men in that He raise Christ from the dead Acts 17:31

There is no question that our Lord Jesus was resurrected from the dead and further the scriptures declare He was the first risen from the dead. Acts 26:23 “That He should be the first to rise from the dead.”

1 Cor 15:20 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born of the dead that in all things He might have preeminence.”

Rev 1:18 “I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive evermore.”

Ephesians 1:20-23 “Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, for above all principality and power might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in the world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

Our Lord Jesus Ch Christ was resurrected and glorified by divine power. He was elevated to the same spirit nature as His father in Heaven. He is immortal, a divine being.

Now here is the good news from our scripture text 1 Cor 15:22 This what is going to happen “All will be made alive.” The next verse tells us how and when. 1 Cor 15:23 “But every man in His own order; Christ the first fruits afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.”

The just who receive life again at the first or chief resurrection are the faithful footstep followers of our Lord Jesus who being justified by faith are rewarded by being changed into the same spirit nature as Jesus. They are pictured as the bride of Christ. Our Lord is named Everlasting Father in Isa. 9:6 He is the life giver of the race and together with His wife, they will, like loving parents raise all who were unjust to perfection. Not just to being alive, they will be restored to the perfection lost by the end of the 1000 year millennial kingdom.

In verse 24 through 28 the apostle shows us the work that is to be accomplished during the kingdom. Jesus will have brought the present evil social order to nothing and will establish a perfect government.

Every vestige of evil and sin will be overcome and mankind will therefore not be dying as a result of the “wages of sin.”

And when the work is complete, then Jesus shall deliver the Kingdom to God, even the Father, then shall the Son also Himself by subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

In verse 29-32 we are asked “If there is no resurrection why do we follow Christ?” “Why are we baptized?” “Why believe?” “Why serve?” “If the dead rise not, we might as well eat, drink and be merry: for tomorrow we die.”

Verse 33, 34 “But be not deceived, awake to righteousness, for Christ is raised from the dead.”

In verse 35 we have the beginning of a little question meeting.

Question: How are the dead raised up?
Answer: God giveth it a body as it pleases Him.

Question: With what body do they come?
Answer: The body your bury is not the body that shall be. There will be no resurrection of the old body. The bodies of all return to the dust. “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die and that which thou sowest, thou sowest is not the body that shall be.”

It’s like planting grain. If you plant a kernel of corn you don’t expect to harvest that same piece of corn but you do expect to harvest another one just like it. If your bury a man you expect a man to be resurrected.

The body sown is not the identical thing that springs up, though the body raised will have the same identical personality, able to recall its former degraded condition and to glorify God for the blessed change.

Verse 40 “There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial but the glory of celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”

A few will receive glorious spiritual bodies and the many will in due time receive perfect human bodies.

When I first came to the knowledge that the dead were to be resurrected it was the most joyous event of my life. I could hardly believe it was possible, yet that is exactly what the Bible taught. In fact we know that the restitution of all things has been taught by all of God’s holy prophets since the world began Acts 3:19,20 I had believed in Sunday school that a few, that is, the just would rise again, but the resurrection of the unjust, the chance for everyone, good and bad to have an opportunity to become healthy, happy human beings and to live forever on a perfect earth with a perfect KIng: that really got my attention. And the more I studied, the better it got. It was just what you would expect from an all wise, powerful, just and loving Heavenly Father.

Verse 54 “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

The resurrection of the dead will make everything right, all the injustices of the last 6000 years will be corrected. Pain, sickness, sorrow, evil and death will be no more.

These are all true teachings from the Word of God yet at this time the vast majority of the world are unaware of them.

In closing I would like to leave you with two thoughts about the coming resurrection morning. First as I understand verse 55 it is our knowledge of and our faith in the resurrection, that lessons our fear of death.

Every death is a positive guarantee of the resurrection. As justice claims each individual before the ransom is applied so will it release each and every individual after it is applied.

Finally one last thought. The world will tell you only two things are sure, Death and Taxes. The Bible tells us two sure things are “Death and the Resurrection of the dead.”

Brother Detzler

Resurrection Of The Dead

The 15th chapter of 1st Corinthians is an inspired treatise on the topic of resurrection. In it the Apostle sets forth practically every phase and point relating to this momentous subject.

In 1 Cor. 15:1 the Apostle Paul opens his letter by declaring the gospel unto them, the good news which they had earlier received from him and by which they were saved as long as they believed.

He begins by giving a synopsis of the Gospel in a few brief words;”How that Christ died for our sins… And that He was buried and He rose again the third day.” He then names the witness to attest the fact of Christ’s resurrection. His point is that the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of the most important teachings of the Christian Church, that it was taught by all the Apostles including himself and so had they all once believed.

In the 12th verse we get to the controversy. “If you accept as a fact that Christ rose from the dead, how can some of you believe there is no resurrection of the dead?”

Now here we see the problem of the early Church at Corinth and it is the same problem of the great majority of Christian believers today. They can accept to a certain degree that Jesus was in some way resurrected but they are confused to whether He was really dead or whether people really die and need to be resurrected.

Confusion is a favorite weapon of Satan and was being introduced to the early church even in Paul’s day.

Greece was at the time the great center of learning. The first colleges of higher learning had been established in Athens by the renowned philosophers Aristotle and Plato. Their many teachings and their writings are with us to this day and are studied by many students. One of their teachings was the Immortality of the soul.

The immortal soul, the first great lie, as told to mother Eve in the garden of Eden. Gen 3:4. And the serpent said unto the woman, “Ye shall not surely die.” In the next verse the serpent adds, “your eyes will be opened and ye shall be as gods.”

In Gen. 2:17 God had carefully explained the penalty for disobedience. “Though shalt surely die.” And mother Eve was well aware of the penalty for disobedience. Gen. #;2,3 “God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall thou touch it, lest ye die.”

But Satan lied then and his great lie was later passed on to the heathen. All the heathen religions in the world have a place, a val-hal-a, a happy hunting ground, a place for dead ancestors, who they believe are not really dead.

Then from the heathen to the Greek philosophers, to the apostate members of the early counterfeit and the Christian Church.

The doctrine of the devils is so widespread today that is taught and believed by nearly everyone in the world.

The truth on the subject is found in the Word of God. Ecclesiastes 9:5 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything..” Rom. 6:23 “The wages of sin is death.”Ecclesiastes 9:10 “Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”

Yet today we are being bombarded from every side with exactly the opposite message. The clergy, especially at funerals would have us believe the dead are in bliss, they are in heaven. They do this I believe with good intentions. They want to make the living feel better but their message is not in harmony with the Bible.

The occult, the Spiritualists and the Mediums claim to be in contact with the dead.

Hollywood puts out movie after movie featuring stories about ghosts, dead people who interact with live people. The public is cleverly deceived into believing such things are really possible.

And then there is T.B. Everything from the movies ends up on television sooner or later and the people in charge could care less whether the material they use is true or false. Stories about so called out of body experiences are very popular.

The New Age philosophies, which are attracting many young people is old age error warmed over. They claim that most of the new light they have received is from people long dead, who are really alive and channeling information to them. They have dusted off old errors like reincarnation and offer it as something new and exciting.

As a result of this massive propaganda program the general belief amongst Christian people is that death is a delusion, and not a reality, that people merely seem to die, and do not die; that they merely experience a change to a higher form of being; they are saying, “there is no death.”

Here is a direct conflict between modern teachers and the inspired word.

The Scriptures claiming the dead know not anything, the modern theologians claiming the dead know everything.

The Bible claims the dead are really dead and have suffered according to the divine penalty for sin pronounced against our race “Dying thou shalt die.” The opposers take up with Satans delusive statement to mother Eve. “Ye shall not surely die,” that God’s penalty against sin did not go into effect, and that death, so far from being the sentence or curse upon their race, is really a blessing, a step in a general process of evolution.

The two theories are as far apart as the poles, and the two teachers of these two theories are God on the one hand, and satan “a liar from the beginning” on the other hand. Which should we believe?

The entire plan of salvation is connected with this question. If death was not the penalty of sin, incurred through Adam, then “life and the more abundant” is not the reward and blessing of God secured through Christ by a resurrection.

Satans proposition, which has been so widely accepted and which exercises so blinding an influence upon their minds, is the reversal, in every sense of the word, of the divine proposition, that death is the curse or penalty of sin, that Christ died to release man from this sentence or curse, and that release comes by the resurrection of the dead.

In the 11th and the 17th verses of 1 Cor. 15 the apostle affirms and emphasizes the fact of Christ’s resurrection and the 18th verse contains a statement that nearly all Christian people have overlooked or misunderstood.

If Christ was not put to death and resurrected, “Then they also which have fallen asleep in Christ are perished!”

“Perished” means destroyed or annihilated and the apostle was not referring to just the bodies of those believers who had “fallen asleep” for the bodies of all perish and disintegrate unto dust. He was referring to the person, the individual, the being, the soul.

Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” The Holy Word of God is teaching, if there is no resurrection from the dead then we have no hope for a future life and we will remain dead forever.

Satans theory declares death a blessing which brings the fullness of life and liberty and joy and would make of the resurrection a curse.

No wonder that, blinded by this deception of the adversary, the majority of the great theologians of Christendom are teaching their many followers error on the most important doctrines in the Bible. They no longer teach the doctrine of the atonement which declares in 1 Cor 16:21, 22 “As by a man (Adam) came death, so also by a man, (the man Christ Jesus), comes the resurrection of the dead: That as all in Adam died, even so all in Christ shall be made alive.”

The truth is that death is a reality. Death is not life in any since, but it is the cessation of life. It is not a blessing, it is a curse that has been pronounced against the race, as the penalty for sin.

The only hope we have, the only hope for the race is for a resurrection. That we may be created again, by the same power that first called us into existence.

I don’t have to tell you that we human beings have been going downhill for the last 6000 years. According to the Bible we started out perfect in the person of Father Adam and Mother Eve, but they lost the right to that perfect existence for all of us and now we are a dying a race. Even before we enter the grave we are all walking in the valley of the shadow of death and are now far below the mountain tops of perfection.

Now here is the question” where was the race when it began to fall? The answer is: Man was perfect, on the mountain tops of life, and not at all in the valley of death: not only perfect in being, but in full communion with his maker, who considered His handiwork “very good.”

Then as death means a failing from all this perfection, resurrection means a “Setting up again”, a rebuilding, a restoring of humanity from every vestige of death to the perfection of nature as represented by their head, Adam.

As by one man’s disobedience sin entered the world, even so by the righteousness of one, free grace has come. In other words, what Adam brought upon our race, sin, degradation and death: our Lord Jesus has set aside by reason of having paid the penalty on our behalf.

John 1:29 Jesus, “The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.”

1 Tim 2:5, 6 “The man Christ Jesus who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

The corresponding price has been paid, the price has been accepted, the center point of God’s plan is completed. Jesus willingly offered himself as a sacrifice, he died for our sins. Jesus ascended unto heaven and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High. He is a Divine being and He has offered to those who would become His footstep followers a similar reward, to be like He is. He has offered them exceeding great and precious promises, a heavenly reward, a change of nature from human to spiritual to become immortal divine beings, and with Him as their head they are the Messiah, the Christ, and will bless all the families of the earth. They take part in the 1st resurrection and their selection has taken a long time even though their numbers are comparatively few. “Straight (difficult) is the gate and narrow the way and few there be that find it.” “Many are called, few are chosen.”

Are we then to believe that God’s plan for the redemption of mankind is going to benefit only a few? Was Jesus sacrifice only for the Saints? The answer is found everywhere in the word of God. Jesus and His Glorified Church, His Bridge, the Royal Priesthood, will reign 1000 years, over the world of mankind. “Jesus Christ by the grace of God, tasted death for every man.” They will judge the world in righteousness, they will bless, they will heal, they will raise the dead, one by one from their graves, and gradually bring them up to the perfection, that was lost, that they may as perfect sons and daughters, receive eternal life, here on a then finished earth, Psa. 37:29. “The righteous shall inherit the land, dwell therein forever.”

Psa. 115:76 “The heaven, even the heavens are the Lords, but the earth had He given to the children of men.”

Matt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.”

Our Lord referred to this same thought in John 5:25 “The hour is coming when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God and they that hear shall live.”

Somehow already heard the voice of the Son. “The sheep know the master’s voice” and from a reckoned standpoint have begun to live through faith in Christ. “He that believeth on the Son hath life.” They have life reckoned to them and so enjoying it by faith that it will be an everlasting life.

But when Jesus speaks of the unbelieving world of mankind in John 5:28 He says Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto a resurrection of life and that that have done evil unto a resurrection of judgment.

When the dead are awakened there will be an opportunity for all who have never heard the voice of the Son of Man to hear it and those who hear it in the proper sense of obeying will continue to progress to the attainment of life in its full sense.

1 Tim 2:4-6; It is the will of God that “all men shall be and saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” The great majority are in ignorance, but God wills that they all shall know, because, the apostle goes on to say “There is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all to be testified (to all) in due time.”

When you heard the testimony your responsibility began. When the heathen shall hear their responsibility will begin. Those who hear during the millennial age in the since of obeying that great prophet and teacher, Christ the head and the church, His body, will be brought up gradually by restitution processes, until at the end of the millennial age they shall live and those who refuse to hear the prophet will be according to Acts 3:23 “utterly destroyed amongst the people.”

The resurrection of Christ is the guarantee that all those whom He redeemed by His precious blood shall have not only an awakening from death but also an opportunity to attain to all the blessings and favor lost in the fall. That was the assurance which God gave to all men in that He raise Christ from the dead Acts 17:31

There is no question that our Lord Jesus was resurrected from the dead and further the scriptures declare He was the first risen from the dead. Acts 26:23 “That He should be the first to rise from the dead.”

1 Cor 15:20 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born of the dead that in all things He might have preeminence.”

Rev 1:18 “I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive evermore.”

Ephesians 1:20-23 “Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, for above all principality and power might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in the world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”

Our Lord Jesus Ch Christ was resurrected and glorified by divine power. He was elevated to the same spirit nature as His father in HEaven. He is immortal, a divine being.

Now here is the good news from our scripture text 1 Cor 15:22 This what is going to happen “All will be made alive.” The next verse tells us how and when. 1 Cor 15:23 “But every man in His own order; Christ the first fruits afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming.”

The just who receive life again at the first or chief resurrection are the faithful footstep followers of our Lord Jesus who being justified by faith are rewarded by being changed into the same spirit nature as Jesus. They are pictured as the bride of Christ. Our Lord is named Everlasting Father in Isa. 9:6 He is the life giver of the race and together with His wife, they will, like loving parents raise all who were unjust to perfection. Not just to being alive, they will be restored to the perfection lost by the end of the 1000 year millennial kingdom.

In verse 24 through 28 the apostle shows us the work that is to be accomplished during the kingdom. Jesus will have brought the present evil social order to nothing and will establish a perfect government.

Every vestige of evil and sin will be overcome and mankind will therefore not be dying as a result of the “wages of sin.”

And when the work is complete, then Jesus shall deliver the Kingdom to God, even the Father, then shall the Son also Himself by subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

In verse 29-32 we are asked “If there is no resurrection why do we follow Christ?” “Why are we baptized?” “Why believe?” “Why serve?” “If the dead rise not, we might as well eat, drink and be merry: for tomorrow we die.”

Verse 33, 34 “But be not deceived, awake to righteousness, for Christ is raised from the dead.”

In verse 35 we have the beginning of a little question meeting.

Question: How are the dead raised up?
Answer: God giveth it a body as it pleases Him.

Question: With what body do they come?
Answer: The body your bury is not the body that shall be. There will be no resurrection of the old body. The bodies of all return to the dust. “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die and that which thou sowest, thou sowest is not the body that shall be.”

It’s like planting grain. If you plant a kernel of corn you don’t expect to harvest that same piece of corn but you do expect to harvest another one just like it. If your bury a man you expect a man to be resurrected.

The body sown is not the identical thing that springs up, though the body raised will have the same identical personality, able to recall its former degraded condition and to glorify God for the blessed change.

Verse 40 “There are also celestial bodies and bodies terrestrial but the glory of celestial is one and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”

A few will receive glorious spiritual bodies and the many will in due time receive perfect human bodies.

When I first came to the knowledge that the dead were to be resurrected it was the most joyous event of my life. I could hardly believe it was possible, yet that is exactly what the Bible taught. In fact we know that the restitution of all things has been taught by all of God’s holy prophets since the world began Acts 3:19,20 I had believed in Sunday school that a few, that is, the just would rise again, but the resurrection of the unjust, the chance for everyone, good and bad to have an opportunity to become healthy, happy human beings and to live forever on a perfect earth with a perfect KIng: that really got my attention. And the more I studied, the better it got. It was just what you would expect from an all wise, powerful, just and loving Heavenly Father.

Verse 54 “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

The resurrection of the dead will make everything right, all the injustices of the last 6000 years will be corrected. Pain, sickness, sorrow, evil and death will be no more.

These are all true teachings from the Word of God yet at this time the vast majority of the world are unaware of them.

In closing I would like to leave you with two thoughts about the coming resurrection morning. First as I understand verse 55 it is our knowledge of and our faith in the resurrection, that lessons our fear of death.

Every death is a positive guarantee of the resurrection. As justice claims each individual before the ransom is applied so will it release each and every individual after it is applied.

Finally one last thought. The world will tell you only two things are sure, Death and Taxes. The Bible tells us two sure things are “Death and the Resurrection of the dead.”

Brother Detzler

Of Grace

The redemption of fallen man was an act purely of grace: and if redemption was of grace: it was not of justice. In sending his son, then, to be man’s redeemer, God to a step beyond anything that justice could require. Herein was manifested the love of God. The compassion of God abounding over what was his duty. No duty-claim could be pressed by man: for he had forfeited all his rights: and became a convict before God’s righteous law. But God’s great mercy in providing a deliverance for this convict race illustrated his glorious and beneficent character. In this was manifested the love of God for us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us: and this was Jehovah’s own plan. So love can go beyond justice and even beyond the measure of love demanded of the perfect character.

For the wages of sin is death.

For as in Adam all die even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22 [For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.]

In this one scripture we have the cause and beginning of all the woes that have afflicted the human race for the past 6,000 years. It was not a gross and terrible crime that brought the penalty which involved us all, but a simple act of disobedience on the part of our first parents against the righteous and rightful authority of an all-wise and loving creator, the penalty of that disobedience was death.

This is a clear declaration of the creator that only a perfectly clean creation shall be accounted worthy to abide forever. God’s work must be perfect, and nothing short of perfection can find favor in his eyes. Nevertheless, the penalty went into effect and has been executed also upon all posterity ever since. — In the day thou eatest thereof, dying, thou shalt die. The day to which the Lord referred, must have been one those days of which Peter speaks, saying that with the Lord a thousand years is as one day. Within that first thousand year day Adam died at the age of 930 years.

The Lord however had a message of comfort for the despairing hearts of Adam and Eve. The heavy penalty must be borne but only until such time as the great burden-bearer, the seed of the woman should come and assume their load and set them free.

The seed of the woman that shall do this, is to be the son of God, born of a woman and not a son of Adam. For if he was of Adam he would be subject to Adam’s sin and it’s penalty. And could not have redeemed us by a spotless sacrifice.

God was the life giver, the Father, of the immaculate son of Mary and therefore that holy thing that was born of her was called the son of God, as well as the seed of the woman and because through her Jesus was made a partaker of the human nature and for that reason he was also called the Son of Man.

Brother Detzler

Memorial 2011

We gather here tonight as a company of the Lords’ people who commerate the death of our Lord Jesus “who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

We understand that it was our Lords’ wish that this memorial be observed annually as a remembrance of Him: and that He began what is termed the Lords Supper with the emblems of bread and wine representing His body and His blood.

To His Apostles Jesus said “With desire have I desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” With reference to the emblems He said, “This do in remembrance of me,” and the Apostle adds, “As often as ye eat this bread and drank this cup, ye show the Lords’ death till He come.”

The word of God testifies Hebrews 10:1[For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.] that Israel, the tabernacle, the Priests, Levites and sacrifices were a shadow of good things to come. The affairs and happenings of natural Israel were a type, a picture, a pattern of the experiences of Christian believer during the Gospel age and now.

Perhaps the most notable of these experiences was the keeping of the Passover. It celebrated in a general way the deliverance of Israel from bondage in Egypt; but particularly the passing over, or sparing alive of the first-born of that nation during the plague of death that came upon the Egyptians, and that, as the last of the plagues, finally compelled them to release the Israelites from compulsory servitude.

The passing-over of the first-born of Israel became the fore-runner of the liberation of the whole nation, and their passing through the Red Sea in safety unto freedom from the bondage of Egypt. It is easy to understand that such a marvelous event would properly be commemorated by the Israelites as the birth of their nation: and so it is celebrated by Jews to this day.

The narration of this “Bible type begins with Abraham, 2000 years before the birth of Jesus. We are told that Abraham was a friend of God, that he believed God and that he walked with God.

A few years ago at the time Israel was returning to the promised land in great numbers I was invited to be the speaker at a public meeting; my subject was the Exodus. I started at the beginning and that of course included all of Gods promises to Abraham. Genesis 12:2-3[And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.]

Genesis 13:14-17[And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was seperated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will giv it unto thee.]

Genesis 15:18[In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:]

Genesis 22:16-18[And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.]

God promised Abraham the whole middle-east as an everlasting possession for him and his seed. Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and sworn by his own name it would happen, but more importantly, God promised that Abrams seed will in due time, bless all the nations of earth. God also promised that Abrams seed, would become a great nation, and this before Abraham had any children, and Abraham believed God! Genesis 15:5,6[And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.] God explained in Genesis 15:13,14[And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.] that Abrams seed would be forced to serve in a land that is not theirs but God would be with them and they would come out a great nation, and 200 years later the descendants of Abraham were strangers in a strange land, the land of Egypt.

The book of Exodus, the second book in the old Testament gives us the history of Israel while they served the Egyptians, their deliverance from bondage is also recorded in great detail.

200 years after Abrahams death a great famine came upon the land of Canaan and Jacob the grandson of Abraham and his whole extended family, his sons and wives and children (70 souls in all) came to Egypt looking to buy food in the days when Joseph was acting governor.

They stayed in Egypt another 200 years and they were fruitful and increased abundantly, and multiplied and waxed exceeding mighty and according to Exodus 1:7[And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.] the land was filled with about 2 million of them.

Politics can really change in 200 years and the new Pharaoh considered them a menace. He said unto his people, “Behold the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them and they made their burdens bitter with hard bondage, but the more they afflicted them the more they multiplied and grew. Exodus 1:22[And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive]

The baby Moses was not thrown into the river, he was carefully placed within an ark of bulrushes which was then put among the flags very near the bathing place of the Egyptian princess. Seeing a very lovely and very hungry Hebrew baby she made arrangements for a Hebrew mother to nurse the baby. The nurse was Moses mother and he lived and grew in their home until he was 7 or even until he was 12 years old. By that time his parents would have instructed the boy in respect to the Abrahamic promises.

At 12 years old he was formally adopted by the princess and as a prince of Egypt he was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians Acts 7:22[And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.]

Hebrews 11:24,25[By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;. 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;] The first 40 years of Moses life he was a prince, the second 40 years he was a shepard in the land of Median where he learned all about survival in a desert wilderness.

Almighty God had heard the prayer of the children of Israel, to be free, to send them a deliverer and He was preparing Moses to be that leader. When Moses was 80 years old God appeared to him as a burning bush and told him to return to Egypt to go before Pharaoh and tell him he must LET MY PEOPLE GO Exodus 5:1[And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told the Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.]

Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron his brother, instead, he increased the work load of the Israelites. Because of Pharaoh’s refusal to obey the Lords word 10 plagues came upon Egypt one by one, (1) their water was turned into blood (2) frogs (3) lice (4) Flies (5) Deadly infections among the animals (6) boils (7) hail (8) Locusts (9) darknesss and the last, the final plague would be the death of all the first-born, both man-kind and beasts in the land of Egypt.

In order to escape this plague the Israelites were given speciffic instructions by God through Moses. Exodus 12:1-14[And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. 7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof. 10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. 11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD’S passover. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. 14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.]

The children of Israel did as the LORD commanded and it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne, unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon and all the firstborn of cattle: there was not one home in Egypt where there was not one dead.

Pharaoh called Moses and Aaron in the middle of the night and told them to take the children of Israel and all their flocks and herds and be gone: and bless me also: Apparently Pharaoh was finally convinced of the power of God and asked Moses to secure him a blessing.

Six hundred thousand men plus their families left Egypt, possibly a total of 2 million. They were as promised to Abraham, a great nation.

The journey to the promised land came to a complete stop when they reached the shore of the Red Sea, they couldn’t go forward and they couldn’t go back because Pharaoh had second thoughts about letting all his valuable slaves go and was coming after them with his entire army.

The Israelites were terrified and they cried unto the LORD and they cried unto Moses to save them. And Moses said unto the people “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind, all that night, and make the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

The children of Israel went into the midst of the seas upon dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them and the Egyptians persued them into the midst of the sea, even all Pharos’ horses, his chariots and his horsemen. As the Israelites reached the safety of the far shore the waters returned and covered the whole Egyption army: there remained not so much as one of them.

Thus the Lord saved Israel and they saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptions and the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord and his servant Moses.

We are not Jews and we do not celebrate “Passover”, but we do believe our celebration of the memorial of the death of Jesus and the Jewish Passover supper are very closely related.

The Apostle Paul clearly and positively identifies the Passover lamb with our Lord Jesus, saying 1 Corinthians 5:7,8[Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.] “Christ our Passover is slain for us: therefore let us keep the feast.” In this manner the Apostle links the memorial of our Lords’ death with the slaying of the Passover Lamb in Egypt so long ago.

Brother Detzler

EDITOR’S NOTE: Considering the 2011 date, I have wondered if this was the last talk Brother Detzler wrote before his passing.

Meekness

The Bible tells us to seek meekness that ye may be partially hidden in the day of the Lords anger. None will entirely escape the trouble but those seeking righteousness and meekness will have many advantages. Their manner of life, their habits of thought and action as well as their sympathies for right will enable them to grasp the situation and to appreciate the Bible account of the trouble and it’s outcome.

Now as far as the chart itself during the Millennial Age, Israel will be the chief nation on Earth. Their restoration to perfect human nature as well as that of the world will be a gradual work requiring all the Millennial Age for its full accomplishment. During the thousand year reign of Christ the result of Adamic death will be gradually swallowed up. It’s various stages of sickness, pain and weakness as well as the tomb will yield obedience to the great redeemer’s power. Until at the end of the age the great pyramid of our chart will be complete. The Christ (x) will be the head of all things next to the Father. Next in order will be the great company (y) and next angels then Israel after the flesh (z). Then the world of men (w) restored to perfection of being like Adam before he sinned.During the Millennial Age some will be destroyed from among the people. The first of these will be all who under full light and opportunity for one hundred years refuse to make progress toward righteousness and perfection and second will be all those who having progressed to perfection in a final testing at the close of the Millennial Age prove unfaithful. Such die the second death from which there is no resurrection or restitution promised. Just one full individual trial is provided and just one ransom will ever be given. Christ dieth no more.

The next dispensation will be so different as to be the very reverse of the present one in almost every way. Our Lord is going to use all the powers and forces of nature to give lessons and instructions. He will call for the corn to increase and for the wilderness to blossom as the rose. The whole earth will be at the command of the Lord and they shall teach every man his brother saying know the Lord for all shall know me from the least to the greatest. I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. The people will say “Let us go to the mountain of the kingdom of the Lord and see how he is teaching the Jews he will teach us of his ways and he will walk in his paths for the law shall go forth from Mount Zion and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem and the desire of all nations shall come.”

Before we go on I think it is important that we should all keep in mind that the Earth is the basis of all these worlds and dispensations and though ages pass and dispensations change, still the earth continues. The Earth abideth forever. The heavens symbolizes the higher or spiritual controlling powers and Earth is used to symbolize the human government and social arrangements. The present world which includes the heavens and the earth will pass away with a great noise, fire, melting, confusion, trouble and dissolution. The strong man Satan being bound will struggle to retain his power. The present arrangement of government and society and not all the physical sky and earth will pass away. The present Earth, the human society as now organized under Satan’s control must symbolically melt and by dissolved in the beginning of the day of the Lord.. Which shall burn as an oven, it will be succeeded by a new Earth which of course will be society reorganized in harmony with Earth’s new prince (Christ). Righteousness, peace and love will rule among men when present arrangements have given place to the New and better Kingdom. The basis of which will be the strictest justice.

Now we all know that the scriptures teach that when the Kingdom of Messiah is inaugurated it will be during the greatest trouble the world has ever had. It is easy to imagine that many people will lose their lives. We also know from the scriptures that this time of trouble will be cut short so that not all flesh will be destroyed. A great many will pass over from the present to the new age. They will not need to die. They may raise up more and more to perfection and finally get everlasting life without ever going into the tomb.

Everyone is born under the sentence of death. It is not necessary that those who reprieve comes in should go the whole length in order to be awakened. The reprieve would over that. When the new covenant is established, it will not be necessary for those who are living to go down into death. Death will cease when the Kingdom has taken control. The new King will not only be opposed to people who have already died remaining dead but he will be opposed to the death of any who have been legally redeemed. This will include every member of the race of Adam.

As the Kingdom is established, it will begin with the Jews. They will be the first to be favored in the restitution time. God’s favor will come first to them through the ancient worthies and then through them afterwards to all the nations, kindreds, and tongues and thus all living nations will have a blessing from the Lord and their blessing will come in the very beginning of the dawn of the Millennial Age.

Brother Detzler

Matthew 28:20

Matthew 28:20 [Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.]
“And lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

These words closed the remarks of our Lord Jesus when he spoke, for the last time to a gathering of all those who believed in him and loved him. This was nearly a month after Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead. Before this gathering on a mountain in the Galilee only a few of Jesus followers had witnessed that he lived after death. He had appeared first to Mary Magdalene, near the sepulchre at Jerusalem.

Mark 16:9 [Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.]

John 20:11-18 [But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.]

A little while later that Sunday morning to the women returning from the sepulchre-near Jerusalem Matthew 28:9,10 [And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. 10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.]

That afternoon he walked and talked with two disciples on the road from Jerusalem to Emmanus. Luke 24:13-21 [And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. 16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? 18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. 21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done]

That Sunday evening the Apostles, excepting Thomas at Jerusalem. All these appearances were on the first day, the resurrection day. The next Sunday evening, a week after the resurrection, again in Jerusalem our Lord appeared to the apostles, Thomas being present John 20:26-29 [And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed..]

Following this was a long interval apparently, in which, there were no appearances, whatever, and even the disciples became discouraged and resolved to go back to teir homes in Galilee and there to reengage in the fishing business. No doubt the Apostles remembered our Lord had told them (in the garden) Matthew 26:32 [But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.] Also the angel had told the women at the sepulchre Matthew 28:7 [And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.]

The wisdom of our Lord is manifested in the order of the appearances: first to Mary, who seems to have been a woman of great faith and full of zeal who would have influence with the Apostles: next Peter, a leader amongst them was convinced, then the remainder of the eleven except Thomas who doubted, then the eleven, Thomas included and maybe some of the women with them, though not mentioned; then what would seem to them a long interim of no appearances, a period of 4 weeks. During this time the friends of Jesus gathered together and studied the great lessons of divine providence connected with the death and the resurrection of the Lord, and how all these things could happen to him and he still be the promised Messiah. Yes, as he had explained, all these things were necessary and must happen to him in order that he might be the Messiah, and accomplish all the great and wonderful work predicted in the Holy Word. How he must first suffer to redeem mankind, before as a King of Glory he should be fully authorized and empowered to bless them with eternal life and all the privileges and blessings proper to the redeemed and reconciled.

Matthew 28:16 [Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.] We believe that at this time our Lord manifested himself not only to the eleven apostles but also to the whole multitude of believers whom the Apostle Paul mentions a being over five hundred brethren. 1 Corinthians 15:16 [For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised] Every believer who could get there was there. Did they all want to see him, to hear him? You would all have to been there! It must have been quite a setting. It was spring, a month after Passover, and the hills would have been green with new grass and colored with wild flowers. This meeting was by special appointment of time and place, hence the opportunity for all the deeply interested ones to be gathered together.

The time had come; the friends of Jesus were gathered. And when they saw him they worshiped him but some doubted. Matthew 28:17 [And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.] They worshiped, some fully convinced, others wavering. It was for the convincing of these who were weaker in the faith that Jesus remained during the 40 days. The evidence of our Lords’ resurrection should be carefully studied by all the Lords’ people for it is the very keystone of our faith in him. 1 Corinthians 15:17 [And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.]

When our Lord appeared he spake unto them, saying “All power is given unto me in heaven and earth” The Apostle explains this new position of our Lord Jesus in his epistle to the Phillipians. Philippians 2:8-11 [And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.]

Brother Detzler

Jerusalem Desolated Seventy Years

The seventy years here depicted are frequently referred to as the seventy years captivity, but the scriptures designate them the seventy years desolation of the land. A desolation which had been predicted by the prophet Jeremiah Jeremiah 25:11[And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.]

The completeness of the desolation is vividly described in Chronicles 36:14-21[Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. 20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia: 21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.]

The only inhabitants left in Jerusalem were certain of the poor of the land who were allowed to remain and were given vineyards and fields, yet it was the Lords purpose that the land of Israel should be desolate seventy years, and so it was. In that same year the governor whom the king of Babylon had appointed over them was assassinated and the entire population speedily fled into Egypt for fear of the wrath of the king of Babylon.

The reason why the land must be desolate, and that for exactly seventy years is our study, and it is clearly stated in 2 Chronicles 36:21[To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.]

To some this exhibition of severity of Gods’ dealings with His covenant people is difficult to understand but it is to be remembered that despite the Lords’ warnings and chastisements, they willfully pursued a course in violation of their national vows. Israel unlike any other nation of the world, was brought into special relationship with God.

God chose them to be His people, and favored them above all other people by giving them His law, by raising up for them Judges and Prophets, and by specially guarding and directing them as long as they submitted to His will. Like bad children they were warned, they were counseled and chastised when they became willful and disobedient.

Israel as a nation had entered into a solemn covenant with the Lord when years before in the wilderness of Sinai the Lord spoke to them through His servant Moses. Exodus 19:5-8[Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. 7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.]

For the faithful keeping of this covenant God promised them all manner of earthly blessing, blessings in the city, blessings in the field, blessings of lots of children and of the increase of their cattle and their flocks, blessings of their baskets and store, and ample protection from all their natural enemies. But if they would disregard their covenant, corresponding curses were pronounced against them. If they walked contrary to Him the Lord declared His intention to walk contrary to them.

The seventy years desolation of Jerusalem is not merely a scrap of history and not just a moral lesson to encourage us to do good and not to do evil: rather this period of the desolation should be considered in its relationship to the great plan of God in which it was clearly marked and important step.

It marks the beginning of the great Jubilee cycle. Vol. 2:19:

It marks the close of Gods’ typical kingdom.

It marks the beginning of the Times of Gentiles.

The date of the end of the desolation is well marked in both Bible and Secular history. The 70 years was completed according to the *See editor’s note at the bottom of this page*2 Chronicles 36:22[Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,] in the 1st year of Cyrus the king of Persia in 536 B.C. Therefor 606 B.C. is the date that the desolation of Jerusalem began.

During the Jewish age God organized the people of Israel as His kingdom under Moses and the Judges. A sort of Republic, but it was typical only God had declared to Abraham His purpose to bring the needed help for the sinful, dying race through Abrahams posterity, by raising up from among them a deliverer, a ruler and teacher saying, “In thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed”

This was the earliest suggestion of a national universal dominion over earth. And this suggestion coming from God was the basis of Israels hope of not only attaining universal dominion but also implied a special ruler be raised up among them.

Beginning with Saul, David and Solomon Israel was given kings who would rule over them for 513 years and was in some respects typical of the kingdom promised when Messiah would reign. Unlike the surrounding nations Israel had Jehoval for their King and their rulers served under Him, never the less they proved themselves unfit to be the holy nation.

It is the Lord who declares through the prophet Isaiah Isaiah 1:2-4 [Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.] “I have nourished children and they have rebelled against me.”

Jeremiah 15:6 [Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting.]

All familiar with the history of natural Israel can appreciate the truth of these statements. From the little obscure beginning the Lord brought that people forward to the most prominent place in the world history and gave them advantages in every way, chiefly in that He communicated to them His will through Moses, the prophets and their kings.

The period of the kings that ruled over Israel from Saul to Zedekiah was 513 years and if they and the people had been faithful they would have continued to be a special nation bringing blessings to the rest of the world, but they had proven themselves unfit for exaltation to universal dominion, having become corrupt, vain and idolatrous in the proportion as they had attained national distinction.

The close of Gods typical kingdom came in 606 B.C. and was well marked by the fall and the desolation of Jerusalem in which Zedekiah was the last king and concerning whom it was prophesied in the word of the prophet Ezekial 21:24-27 [Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your sins do appear; because, I say, that ye are come to remembrance, ye shall be taken with the hand. 25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity shall have an end, 26 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him.]

“And thou death-deserving wicked one prince of Israel, whose day is come, Thus saith the Lord God Eternal, Remove the miter, and take off the crown: this shall not be so always; exalt him that is low, and make low him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him”]

In this way the typical kingdom of Israel came to a close.

The dominion of earth which had been given to the first man Adam failed

The administration in the hands of Angels failed.

After the flood mankind was given a fresh new start but they also failed.

Then Israel will much advantage in every way failed and the Gentiles already in power were to be given the opportunity to rule and bless the world of mankind.

The term “times of the Gentiles” was applied by our Lord Jesus to that interval of earths history between the removal of the typical King of God, the Kingdom of Israel and the introduction and establishment of its antitype, the true “Kingdom of God” when Christ, whose right it is, comes and receives his crown and scepter. Luke 21:24[And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.]

During this interval, the dominion of earth was to be exercised by Gentile governments: Israel, both fleshly and spiritual were to be subject to these powers until their time has expired. While God did not approve of nor commend these governments, recognized their dominion. In other words, he has for wise ends permitted their dominion for an appointed time.

Our Lords words, “until the times” of the Gentiles be fulfilled “imply that the times of the Gentiles must have a definitely appointed limit; because an unlimited, indefinite period could not be said to be fulfilled. So, then the Gentile rule had a beginning, will last for a fixed time, and will end in the time appointed.

The beginning of the Gentile Times is Clearly located by the Scriptures. THerefor if they furnish us the length also the fixed peOur Lords words, Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled, not only suggest a limit and definite period of Gentile domination, but they also suggest that these times are somehow connected with and measured upon the eartly city Jerusalem, and the fleshly house of Israel

Recorded in the book of Leviticus is a record of Gods dealings with israel. If they would obey God Faithfully, they would be blessed above other nations: if not, certain evils would befall them Leviticus 26:12,14,17,18,24,28 “And I will walk among you and be your God, and ye shall be my people…but if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments… I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies; they that hate you shall reign over you.” “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” Leviticus 26:12,14,17,18,24,28[And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. 14But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;17And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.24Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.]

The threat of seven times of punishment is mentioned 3 times and was to be the final and conclusive punishment upon that people. It would have the designed effect of throughly humbling them before the Lord. These seven times therefore refer to the length of time during which the Gentiles should rule over them.

A symbolic year as used in prophecy is figured on the basis of a lunar year, 12 months of 30 days each or 360 symbolic days; each day representing a year. Consequently, a time or year, if symbolic, signifies 360 days and 7 times 360 represent 2520 days or 2520 literal years.

The evidence given to us in the Bible proves that the full end of the times of the Gentiles, the full end of their lease of dominion, was reached in A.D. 1914 and that at that date we would begin to see the breaking to pieces of these false kingdoms. W.W.I. in the fall of 1914 clearly marked this beginning.

From that time forward Jerusalem shall no longer be trodden down of the Gentiles, but shall arise from the dust of Divine disfavor, to honor because the Times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled or completed. When Israel became a nation in 1948 Jerusalem was a divided city but today Jerusalem is the capital.

It is now possible for blindness to be turned away from Israel because their blindness in part was to continue only “until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in” Romans 11:25[For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.] In other words, until the full number of the body of Christ is selected.

He whose right it is take dominion is present as earths new Ruler and is overseeing the overthrow of the Gentile governments causing them to be dashed to pieces as a potters vessel Psalms 2:9[Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.Revelations 2:27[And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.] and ish establishing their stead his own his own government.

Lastly the great time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation will prepare earths society for a new heavens and a new earth where in dwelth righteousness 2 Peter 3:13 [Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,]

The times of the Gentiles is history, the next universal world empire is the King of God.

Recognizing Gods lease of power to these worldly or gentile governments, we know, that not only will they fail, but they will be overthrown and will be succeeded by the King, of Christ when their times expire.

We also know that God will not take dominion from them and give it to His Anointed until that lease expires, “until the Times of the gentiles be fulfilled.”

Consequently it becomes increasingly clear that the teachings of the Catholic church that the King of God was set up at Pentecost, and more fully established when the Roman empire was converted to Christianity is a false claim.

We see that those nations when both Papacy and Protestantism designates Christian Nations, and whose dominions they call Christendom, Christs Kingdom, are not: They are really the kings of this world, and until their times are fulfilled Christs Kingdom will not be manifested to the world, through it will be organizing and preparing to do so while these kingdoms will be trembling and disintegrating into anarchy.

Nor can fleshly Israel come into their long promised inheritance until that time, until that time, until “the Times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Brother Detzler

*I believe here Brother Deztler meant to reference reference 2 Chronicles 36:21 which reads [TTo fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.] As most of what is shared on this site is his talks were original spoken talks and I am transcribing what he had typed up before given the talks, I believe it is safe to assume 36:22 was a typo and he directed people to look up the correct scripture when giving the talk. I have manually decided to write in the scriptures anywhere a [] is placed in these writings.

Hymn 95 More Christlike

How blessed, how glorious, how joyful to feel
The love Everlasting of sonship a seal.
The love that is perfect, the love that is pure
That we may with patience all things well endure

1 Corinthians 13:13 “Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

In the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians the Apostle Paul has recounted the various “gifts”” of the holy spirit that had been given to the early church for its establishment and development. He closes the chapter with the exhortation, that while esteeming all of these gifts, each member of the church should covet earnestly the superior ones: and then he adds: Corinthians 12:31 “yet show I unto you a more excellent way”- something still better than any of those gifts of the holy spirit.

Amongst the “gifts” of early Apostolic times, prophecy or oratory was one highly commended, and large faith was reckoned as one of the chief of Christian requirements: yet the Apostle declares that if he possessed all of these in their fullest measure, and Love was absent, he would be nothing. Without love we are nothing!

What a wonderful test this is! The Apostle counsels in 2 Corinthians 13:5 [Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.] Let us apply the test to ourselves: Whether we are something or nothing in God’s estimation is to be measured by our love for him, for His brethren, for His cause, for the world in general, and even for our enemies, rather that by our knowledge or fame or oratory.

Every child of God should be actuated by the acquisition and development of the spirit of love, the spirit of the Lord. In proportion as we have the mind of Christ, in that same proportion our love abounds.

There are different kinds of love, however, and the Apostle is here not speaking of general love but of one particular kind, which belongs to God, and to the family of God, the household of faith. Those who possess a love with such characteristics are able to appreciate it, but not able otherwise to explain it – it is of God, God-likeness in the heart, in the tongue, in the hands, in the thoughts – supervising all the human attributes and seeking fully to control them This is the love referred to in our Hymn – THE LOVE THAT IS PERFECT, THE LOVE THAT IS PURE.

Before describing the operation of love the Apostle impresses upon us it’s importance, assuring us that if we already possess the very choicest of the “gifts” and do not also have love, we will still lack the evidence of our being true followers in Christ Jesus.

We should be merely “sounding brass or cymbal” – making a noise, but having no acceptable feeling or virtue in our ourselves in connection with our words. He assures us thus that ability to speak fluently on gospel themes might not be a proof of our relationship to the Lord. If our teachings are not from the heart, prompted by love for the truth, then we are indeed as “sounding brass” or a tinkling cymbal.

Yet we are not to understand that one could have a knowledge of the deep mysteries of God without having been enlightened by the holy spirit of love; “for the deep things of God knoweth no man but by the spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:10 but one might lose the spirit before losing the knowledge it brought Him, In the measurement of character, therefore, we are to put love first and to consider it the chief test of our nearness and acceptance to the Lord.

The apostle next takes another line of argument: The Corinthians to whom he was speaking already knew that helping support the poor was commendable; and to impress upon them the importance of having love as the controlling principal of their hearts, the Apostle declares that if he should give all of his goods to feed the poor – keeping nothing back – and yet do this without proper love as the motivating force, it would profit him nothing. He goes further and declares that even if he should become a martyr, and he burned at the stake, it would not bring him the blessed reward sought, unless that martyrdom were prompted by love. We believe these strong statements of the Apostle are meant to show us that all our good deeds, or sacrifices, our knowledge, our teachings are acceptable to the Lord and appreciated by him only to the extent that they may have love behind them. If love enters slightly in them, then they are slightly appreciated, if love enters largely into them, then God appreciates them largely. If they are prompted wholly by love, then God accepts them fully.

If love is only part of the motive behind our conduct, it implies that other motives are active in us, tending to neutralize in the Lord’s esteem even services and sacrifices performed in His name and upon worthy objects. We must be on guard against these neutralizing influences, and earnestly seek to be wholehearted, full of love; that our every service of the Lord and of the brethren and of the truth be from a pure heart, free from pride or personal ambition.

Having given us such a conception of the importance of love, the Apostle proceeds to describe what love is and what it is not – how it operates, and how it does not operate or conduct itself. Let us each make a practical application of this matter to ourselves and inquire within. Have I such love, especially for the household of faith, as leads me to suffer considerable and for a long time and yet to be kind? How quickly do I get offended? If very quickly, it surely indicates that I have very little of the spirit of the Lord. The spirit of the Lord is love. If I am disposed to resent the trifling wrongs of life, if I have the spirit of resentment, if I am disposed to render evil for evil and railing for railing – it marks my deficiency in this greatest of all the graces, so essential to my ultimate passing as an overcomer, to be pleasing to the Lord.

Of our heavenly Father it is said :ile 6:35 “he is kind to the unthankful” Have I this spirit of kindness, his spirit? Am I this kind to even my friends? Have I this mark of love pervading my actions and words and thoughts – that I think of and am considerate of others? Do I feel and manifest kindness toward them in word, in look, in act?

A christian above all others, should be kind, courteous, gentle, in his home, in his place of business, in the church – everywhere, With the child of God this patience and kindness are not merely put on, but on the contrary, they are the fruits of the spirit – the result of having come into fellowship with God, learned of Him, received of his spirit of holiness, the spirit of love.

Have I the love that envieth not? Can I see others proper and rejoice in their prosperity, even when I may be having hard times? This is generosity, the very opposite of jealousy and envy. The root of envy is selfishness: envy will not grow upon the root of love. Love envies not, but rejoices in the prosperity of all that is good.

The Apostle tells us love tends to humility, a love that is not boastful, nor puffed up. Over self-esteem can only lead to trouble. The spirit of the Lord is a spirit of a sound mind, which not only seeks generously to esteem others but also soberly to estimate ones self, and not to be puffed up.

This God – like love we are trying to to develop does not behave itself unseemly, discourteously or impolitely. Politeness is defined as love in trifles. Courtesy is love in little things. The secret of politeness is either a surface polishing or love in the hearts. As Christians we are to have the heart-love, which will prompt us to acts of kindness and courtesy, not only in the household of faith, but also in our homes and in our dealings with the world..

Have I the kind of love that might even be willing to let some of my own rights be sacrificed in the interest of others? – or have I the selfishness which not only demands my own rights on every occasion, but which demands those rights regardless of the convenience, comfort and rights of others? To develop love in this particular, means that we will be on guard against taking any unjust advantage of others, and to prefer rather to suffer a wrong then to do a wrong, – to suffer an injustice than to do an injustice.

Love is not easily provoked. To be easily provoked is to have a bad temper, to get all worked up into a passion where evil looks and evil words and angry feelings are involved. This is wholly contrary to the spirit of love and whoever is on the Lords side and seeking to be pleasing to Him and to be a successful overcoming should carefully guard against this general failing which is so prevalent in our day. The Lords people should all be good tempered. In no way can we better show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light than to the exhibition of the spirit of love in our daily affairs of life.

Love thinketh no evil. The spirit of love is without hatred, malice or strife. It is not looking for faults in others or attributing to them evil motives. The spirit of the world is to get even or to get full restitution when they feel they have been wronged in any way. The spirit of love should be a willingness to forgive and forget when we have been wronged.

Rejoiceth not in iniquity but Rejoiceth in the truth. Just looking at this we might say of course I wouldn’t rejoice in iniquity but there seems to be more to it than that. iniquity is wickedness, but it also includes a lack of justice, unfairness and unrighteousness. We want the principles of right and wrong so firmly in our minds that we would try to be so in harmony with right and so opposed to wrong that we would never encourage a wrong but must condemn it even if the wrong brought advantages to us. We want to be so in accord with right and truth that we would always rejoice in truth and righteousness even if truth were to upset some of our preconceived opinions, or the disadvantage of some of our earthly interests.

The love of God, which the Apostles is here describing as the spirit of the Lords people, is a love which is far above all selfishness, and is based upon fixed principles which should day by day, be more and more distinctly discerned, and always firmly adhered to at any cost.

Love beareth all things. Love resists evil, impurity, sin and everything and anything contrary to love. Love believeth all things and is unwilling to impute evil to another unless forced to do so by indisputable evidence. Love would rather believe good than evil about everybody and takes no pleasure in hearing evil but would resent it.

Love hopes for better days even under unfavorable circumstances and love endureth, that is, it continues to hope for the best in regards to all and to strive for the best and that with perseverance, love is not easily discouraged.

As a disciple of Christ we are in His school, and the great lesson which He is teaching us day by day, and the lesson we must learn thoroughly in all its various features and ramifications, is the lesson of Love. It takes hold upon and relates to all the words and thoughts and doings of our daily lives.

Next the Apostle points out that as love is the most excellent thing, so is it the most enduring. The gift of prophesy would pass away; the value and necessity of speaking with other tongues would cease; and all knowledge of the present time, imperfect as it is, must surely cease; and all knowledge of the present time, imperfect as it is, must surely cease to be valuable when the perfections of the new dispensation are fully ushered in. The very best informed now know only in part; but when perfection shall be obtained during the coming kingdom, all the partial and imperfect conditions will have been superseded, and only the one thing may surely be said to endure and be everlasting, and that one thing is love. With the perfections of the new condition we will see perfectly, know perfectly, understand perfectly.

The gifts which were given to the early church were very suitable to it, as fitted its infantile condition but as it would develop to maturity the value of those “gifts” would diminish, and they would be no more; but higher developments of divine favor were to be expected, faith, hope and love.

All three of these the church of God is to cultivate, and to esteem as fruits of the spirit, far above the gifts of the spirit, and the greatest of these is Love.

Love is also the most enduring, for will not faith practically come to an end when we shall see and know thoroughly? And will not hope practically be at an end when we shall reach the fulfillment of all our hopes and be possessors of the fulness of the promises of our heavenly Father.

Love however will never fail, even as it had no Matthew 18:1-5 [At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.]. Mark 10:13-16 [And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. {15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.Luke 18:15,16 [And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.]

In response to the question of his disciples, as to which of them would be his number one assistant in the kingdom, Jesus called a little child to him and using the child as an example he offered a lesson to his followers, to his disciples then and to all believers who would come after them.

Jesus said in Matt 18:3 “verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted and come as little children ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus was teaching you must be changed, from the spirit of the world, the desire for power and authority and replace it with a childlike spirit, with the very qualities that are in the 2nd verse of our hymn. More humble, more simple, more mild.

I remember how simple life was for me when I was a child. AS far as I knew there were only two commandments then. Number one was, “Thou shall not lie.” Number two, “Thou shall not steal.” Later the list grew longer and got a lot harder to keep.

Our Lord used the little child as an example to his disciples; children are meek, they want to learn. They are teachable, simple of heart, truth, free from ambition and rivalry, faithful, trusting, loving, obedient, without guile, indifferent to social distinctions and popular ideas.

However, we are not to understand that Jesus meant that only children would be in the Kingdom. The thought is that all believers should try to develop these childlike qualities.

More trustful, more thankful, more lovely in mind. More Watchful, more prayerful, more loving and kind. Mark 10:15 “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall not enter therein.” The receiving of the kingdom evidently means the receiving of the message of the kingdom for no one can receive a kingdom until the kingdom has come or has been offered.

Thus with the Jewish nation; The offer of the kingdom came at the close of Jesus ministry, when after the manner of the kings of Israel, he rode into Jerusalem upon the ass, thus offering himself as their King. The worldly scribes and Pharisees were too wise to receive Jesus, and plotted for his death. His disciples were as teachable as little children and fully believed the message of God’s Word that there would be a kingdom and the further message that Jesus was the appointed King, who in due time would take his power and reign for the blessing of the world.

This was illustrated when Jesus sat upon the ass. THe multitude crying “Hosanna to the son of David! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!”

They treated Jesus as the King. The disciples, accepting fully, as little children doubted nothing. On the other hand the wise scribes and pharisees called out that the multitude must be stopped from shouting. They should be told that Jesus was not the Messiah, they were deceived. But Jesus merely answered that what they had witnessed had been foretold by the Prophet Zechariah 9:9 [Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.], that there must be a shout. And the Lord declared that if the people did not shout the stones would be obliged to cry out, in order that the prophecy might be fulfilled Luke 19:40 [And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.]

It seems remarkable that, after all the Bible has said respecting Messiah’s Kingdom and the work which it is to accomplish in the blessing of Israel and all the families of the earth, so few seem to believe the message, so few seem to be able to receive it as little children. The majority today, like the scribes and pharisees of old are too “wise” to believe in the possibility of the establishment of Messiah’s kingdom. They talk about a one world, perfect government but they can never make it happen, it is not to be a kingdom of men’s making.

Some mistakenly hold that the kingdom of Christ was set up at Pentecost and that he has been reigning ever since. The conditions in the world today and since Pentecost indicate how wrong they are. How strange that some Christians have prayed so long that Gods kingdom would come and rule the world and put down the wicked and exalt the obedient, until finally the divine, will be done on earth completely as it is now done in heaven. They seem to be reciting the “Lords Prayer” without really believing that the kingdom which was offered to Israel, and which they refused is to be established at the second coming of Jesus.

Our Roman Catholic brethren hold still another theory, namely that Messiah’s thousand year reign began in the days of Pope Leo 111, A.D. 800 and that Jesus then established his followers in kingly power and made the pope at Rome his representative who reigns for him. The claim is that Christ has been reigning, now for 1200 years fully and officially represented by the pope.

Neither of these views is satisfactory, and neither is Scriptural. The Word of the Lord is “I will come again and receive you unto myself” His glorious message continued is that his church shall set with him on his throne, a royal priesthood; and then in his day the righteous shall flourish and all evil-doers shall be cut off in the second death.

Many Christians claim they carefully read their Bibles and yet they fail to see that the message of the coming kingdom was “spoken by the mouth of all Gods holy prophets” and is the glorious message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only the children of God who hear, understand and love the message of the coming Kingdom.

I want the pure wisdom that comes from above
That warns those in danger with tenderest love
I want the sweet spirit of Jesus, my Lord
And perfect accordance with his blessed Word.

THe wisdom from above is the noblest science and the best instruction Psalms 119:130 [The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.]

“We need to be instructed. Light is truth, our instructor is our Lord Jesus, for he is the light.” John 8:12 [Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.] Jesus says to all, “I am the way; I am the truth; I am the life.” We perceive, then, that Christ is the sufficiency which God has provided for us in all respects and first of all Jesus is made unto us wisdom. He gives the necessary knowledge to come to God. This is the first step, for our Lords words are John 14:6 [Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.]

Since God’s dealings with His creatures recognizes their wills, the first step in His dealings with them is to give them knowledge of wisdom. It is for this reason that preaching was the first command of the Gospel Age.

To the worldly minded the preaching of forgiveness on account of faith in the crucified Jesus did not seem a wise course. 1 Corinthians 1:23 [But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;]

TO them it would have seemed better for God to have commanded something to be done by them, to be saved by their own works. But as the Apostle says in 1 Corinthians 1:21 [For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.] The message was only foolishness to the worldly minded.

In his prayer to the Father in John 17:17 our Lord said, [Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.] By the word truth Jesus was referring to the Fathers revealment of His divine plan through the Holy Spirit and the satisfying influence that would come through the knowledge of that truth received into an honest heart.

This sanctification or setting apart is the sweet spirit of Jesus and will continue to progress and operate as long as we allow the truth to have its designed influence in our life.

The first gift of God to our redeemed race was knowledge. Knowledge of the greatness and absolute justice of the God whom we have to do.

This knowledge was prepared for us by the Mosaic Law. One God, the Creator, from everlasting to everlasting with four perfect character attributes, Wisdom, Justice, Love and Power.

The Mosaic Law was a “schoolmaster”, to lead men to Christ. And Christ by his obedience to that law, magnified the law and showed its honorableness, its worthiness; and thus honored God, the author of that law, and showed his character.

Proverbs 4:7 [Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.]

Thus wrote the wise man Solomon, and so all agree: wisdom is necessary at the very beginning of any matter that would result favorably.

Wisdom is craved by the whole world of mankind, and the majority, even while going in the wrong direction claim to be walking in wisdoms ways

How important then, that we discriminate as between true wisdom and that which is so often misnamed wisdom, which is really folly. All who would walk in wisdoms paths should learn that all true wisdom “comes from above” and that any other is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Wisdom from above comes from Jesus and our source of this pure knowledge is written in the Bible, the Word of God.

The wisdom from above tells us the penalty for sin is death Genesis 2:17 [But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.Romans 6:23 [For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.]

Earthly wisdom comes from Satan and is now accepted by nearly the whole population of earth. You won’t really die, they say, the dead are really alive, Genesis 3:4 [And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:] Satan teaches we have an immortal soul, that cannot die and will either spend eternity in bliss or everlasting torment. The Bible declares Ezekiel 18:4 [Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.]

“the soul that sinneth it shall die.”

In order to have a hearing ear for the wisdom that cometh from above, an earnest condition of heart is necessary. We must possess a measure of humility, or we will think of ourselves more highly that we ought to think, and we will fail to see or admit to ourselves, blemishes, unworthiness from the divine standpoint.

We need also to be honest, to be willing to admit, to acknowledge our own weakness, of our sinful and helpless condition that we might appreciate our need of a Savior such as God’s plan has provided for us.

Knowledge of how the entire race of Adam fell from divine favor and from mental moral and physical perfection, through Adam, was also necessary.

Without this knowledge we could not have seen how God could be just in accepting the one life of Christ, as a ransom price for the life of the whole world.

Without knowledge as to what is the penalty for sin, that “the wages of sin is death the penalty for Adam and all in him.” We never should have been able to understand how the death of our Redeemer paid the penalty against Adam and all in him.

Most heartily, therefore, we thank God for the knowledge or wisdom concerning His plan. And we see that this wisdom came to us through Christ: because had it not been for the plan of salvation of which he and his cross are center, it would have been useless to preach because there would have been no salvation to offer.

In every step we take, wisdom is the principle thing and all through our life of consecration, or sanctification, at every step of the journey to the Kingdom of God, we need the wisdom which cometh from above, which the apostle describes in James 3:17 [But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.]

I want to touch lightly the things of this earth;
Esteeming them only of trifling worth;
From sin and its bondage I would be set free
And live my dead Savior, live only for thee.

I can’t imagine that the author of this grand hymn could have had much of an idea of the kind of conditions the Lord’s people would face during their last days.

The word of the Lord through Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy Chapter 3 warned that “in the last days perilous times shall come”, but even this warning falls short of the degraded conditions that we are surrounded with at the present time and that will no doubt continue to crumble. He writes “For men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God”

And brethren today, these are the good guys! All these descriptions of men are now legel and accepted in this society in which we live.

What is right and what is wrong has changed so much in the last few years that parents, children and grand children are all playing under a different set of rules. Laws have been re-interpreted, many sins have been legalized, goodness is mistaken for weakness and we can no longer depend on the courts, the religious leaders, the professors or the teachers to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

How then are we to conduct ourselves in our effort to touch lightly, the things of this earth? Brothers and sisters we must depend entirely on the wisdom from above, the only reliable source of information is the Word of God, The Holy Scriptures.

Study the word carefully, compare the divine instruction with every single feature of the rules and regulations that are acceptable in the world today.

Learn to know right from wrong and you will be set free from sin and its bondage and you will develop the Sweet Spirit of our Lord Jesus.

Amen.

Brother Detzler

Funeral

We are gathered this morning to pay tribute to __________. We are also here to offer our love and comfort one to another.

Nearly 2000 years ago the Apostle Paul, a disciple of our Lord Jesus offered words of comfort to believers who had lost a loved one. His words are communicated to us through the Holy Scriptures

In 1 Thes. 4:13, 14 he offers information to us concerning those who have fallen asleep in death. He urges us not to sorrow as others who have no hope for a future life. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so all who sleep in Jesus will God bring forth again. 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 [But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.]

It is a normal thing for us to sorrow when a loved one is taken from out midst. The closer we have been, the greater the void when they are gone, but the thought is that even in this time of grief Christian believers are offered a bright ray of hope from our comforter, our Lord Jesus Christ.

That hope is, there will be a resurrection of the dead. In the 15th chapter of 1 Corinthians the apostle offers many details concerning the resurrection hope which is the centerpiece of the Christian Faith, “how that Christ died for our sins, and that he was buried and that he rose again the third day.”

The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of the most important teachings of the Christian Church, “for if there be no resurrection of the death, then is Christ not risen our preaching is vain and your faith is in vain.”

The only hope of mankind is to be raised from the condition of death which awaits us and if there is no resurrection all who have fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

But the wonderful words of life have been announced in the Word of God. 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 [But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.]

1 Timothy 2:5,6 [For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.]

The corresponding price has been paid, the price has been accepted, the center point of God’s plan is completed. Jesus willingly offered himself as a sacrifice, he died for our sins.

Jesus ascended unto heaven and sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High. He is a Divine being and he has offered to those believers who would become his footstep followers a similar reward, to be like he is.

He has offered them exceeding great and precious promises, a heavenly reward, a change of nature from human to spiritual, to become immortal divine beings, and with Jesus as their head they are the Christ, the promised seed of Abraham who will bless all the families of the Earth.

The selection and testing of this little flock has taken a long time even though their numbers are few, “Many are called, few are chosen.”

Are we then to believe that God’s plan for redemption of mankind is going to benefit only a few? Was Jesus sacrifice only for the Saints? The answer is found everywhere in the word of God. Jesus and His Glorified Church will reign over the world of mankind for 1000 years. “Jesus Christ by the grace of God tasted death for every man.”

They will judge the world in righteousness, they will bless, they will heal, they will raise the dead, one by one from their graves and gradually bring them up to the perfection that was lost, that they may as perfect sons and daughters, receive eternal life, here on a then finished Earth.

Psalms 37:29 [The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.]

The Sermon of Jesus on the mount in Matthew 5:5 [Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.]

Psalms 115:16 [The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.]

Does the Word of God teach us there is to be an Earthly Kingdom as well as a Heavenly Kingdom? Yes! The Kingdom of God is undoubtedly the most prominent topic in the Bible.

The opening pages of the Bible record the creation and the fall of man. It’s closing pages tell us of man’s recovery from that path, the establishment of the earthly kingdom and all the obedient sons and daughters of Adam, to be kings and queens unto Almighty God. The intervening pages tell of God’s plan for the accomplishment of this praise worthy purpose.

John the Baptist, who was the herald and forerunner of our Lord began his public ministry with the message of the Kingdom. “Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

Of Jesus, it is written in Luke 8:1 [And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,]

Jesus sent the 12 and then the 70 forth with the same message, “And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.”

In Matthew 24:14 [And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.] our Lord is the authority, that this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come. The end of of what? The end of this evil dispensation, and the inauguration of the kingdom, for which our Lord has taught us to pray saying “Our Father which art in Heaven Hallowed be thy name: Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is done in Heaven.”

In Acts 3:19-21 [Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.] we are promised that times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you. Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His Holy Prophets since the world began.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

But as it is written, eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for him that love him. But God hath revealed them to us by His Spirit

You will receive your dead back from the grave. You will all have an opportunity for everlasting life. The Word of God promises it. The sacrifice of Jesus guarantees it.

Brother Detzler

Ezekiels’ Vision of Holy Waters

Ezekiel 47:1-12 [Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. 2 Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side. 3 And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles. 4 Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins. 5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. 6And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river. 7 Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other. 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many. 11 But the miry place thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. 12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.]

Ezekiel living on the banks of the River Chebar with the Jewish exiles during their captivity in Babylon is granted the vision of an ever increasing river which flowed from the house of the Lord and carried life and plenty wherever it went.

Ezekiels’ picture shows Jerusalem and the Temple of God as the starting point of the river of the water of life. He is brought to the door of the House, where he beholds a stream issuing from the foundation and flowing toward the east.

Ezekiel shows the stream deepening and broadening from a rivulet to a mighty river: at first the waters were only to the ankles, further on to the knees of Ezekiel as he passed through them; again he measured and the waters were up to his loins and then a final measurement when he found the river too deep to ford. “A river to swim in.”

As he followed the course of the river he marked very many trees with their greenness and shade on either side of the river. Wherever the river flowed there was vegetation and life.

He saw just what you would see today if you would stand on an elevation and follow the course of a river as it flows across an arid plain or desert. You know where the river flows by the trail of green it leaves behind it. “Everything shall live whither the river cometh.”

Even the Dead Sea is pictured as being revived, recovered from its deadness and full of fish, its waters healed by the temple born river which emptied a pure life giving stream into its dark bosom.

From the very beginning until the present the rivers of the earth have given not only life but beauty. Rivers are associated with the most beautiful landscapes, and in the Bible some of the best known and best loved scenes are those with a river in the foreground. Edens chief glory is described in the sweet music of that ancient sentence, “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden.”

I have many wonderfully good memories of our trips to Israel, my favorite is about a river. One of the sources of the River Jordan flows out of a cave at the foot of Mount Herman in northern Israel. The river and the river are called Banias. It’s a beautiful quiet area 1000 feet above the level of the Mediterranean sea. The river is about 30 feet wide and 3 or 4 feet deep. It has trees growing on both sides and there is a picnic ground and a small restaurant along the banks. Many families were enjoying themselves, some wading in the shallow water. It was a Kingdom scene if I ever saw one. When the psalmist wished to sing of the safety and peace of the holy city he said, “There is a river, the streams thereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the most high.”

The last brilliant flash of divine revelation in the Bible is one which discloses to us a “pure river of life, clear as crystal proceeding out of the throne of God and the Lamb,” “on whose banks grew the trees of life which yielded her fruit every month.”

So, the Bible begins and ends with a river. In Eden the river nourished every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. They were the trees of life, good for food and beautiful to look upon.

They were trees the eating of which would have maintained the life which God had given to Adam. They were not some kind of magic that would keep them from ever dying. That is not the thought! They were trees of life in the sense that the fruit when eaten would have made it possible for our first parents, if they continued to eat, to live and would have supplied all the needs of their systems so they would have never needed to die.

Adam and Eve and all their children and their childrens children would have lived forever right here on a finished perfect earth. It was after the death sentence was delivered that they were driven out of the garden away from the trees of life and into the unprepared earth where they must till the ground and battle with the thorns and the thistles until they were to return to the earth from whence they were taken.

The penalty for their act of disobedience was death, and the thought is, if the Lord had allowed them to remain in Eden, they would not have to come into a dying condition but would have remained in the full vigor and strength of their human nature, even though they were sinners.

Adam and Eve had suffered a great loss because their willful act of disobedience. Beside their right to life they lost their fellowship with God, their perfect home and those wonderful trees of life: how often they must have reflected on their transgression and hoped in some way they could be forgiven and reinstated to the lofty position they had previously held.

Ezekiels vision as heard by the Jews in exile undoubtedly was pictured as referring to earthly Jerusalem, and the blessings and those promised to the Jews as a nation. The restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple are clearly and explicitly foretold, and no doubt the hearts of the captives were filled with joy as they thought of the future blessings, and no doubt, their faith and hope were encouraged.

Many of the particulars connected with this vision are so descriptive of the land of Israel that it would seem quite likely there will be a future fulfillment to the vision. This conception rests on the fact that there once was a fountain connected with the Temple hill, the waters of which fell into the valley east of the city, and made their way toward the Dead sea. So far as is known, this fountain was never of any considerable size, and never would be without a miracle, for at the present time the entire country is arid, except in the rainy season. From this fountain the valley of Kedron leads directly to the Dead sea, which has no connection with the ocean waters, either on the surface or underground, and is 1308 feet below sea level.

However, there are evidences that at one time the Dead Sea was on a level with the ocean, and if by earthquake or otherwise the connection between it and the ocean waters were re-established it would rise to its old level and make a Huge inland sea. Such a filling up of its basin would have a marked effect upon the humidity in the whole area and also upon the water springs in the vicinity of Jerusalem which would be greatly enlarged. Water in the springs and rivers in this now parched desert country would cause its vegetation to prosper.

It is worthy to note that this valley now occupied by the Dead Sea was once very fertile, before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. We read in Genesis 13:10 [And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.] And the restitution of this country to a Paradise like condition is what the Prophet Ezekiel describes, if his language is to be given a literal interpretation at all, and this it seems to demand, as well as the symbolic interpretation.

There are so many who seek to apply this prophetic vision as a symbol to the present time and claim this river of salvation has been flowing through the world from the days of Ezekiel until now. They believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is represented in this river which now for a considerable time has been flowing forward and bringing blessings and life to everyone who professes to be a believer.

We agree, the blessings of Christianity are not merely facts of history but the facts of today. Wherever the Gospel has been received it has changed the manner and the customs of the people and led them to a better way of life.

When the greatest missionary of all time received his commission to preach the Gospel he was told that he was to be a witness of Christ to the nations, “to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to life, and from the power of Satan unto God.” The whole history of Christianity was written beforehand in those words which sent Saint Paul out to witness to Christ.

In countries where even the basic surface truths of the Bible have been practiced the people have a better way of life than in the areas of this world that are a stranger to the Gospel. Without the influence of Christ, leaders become tyrants, cruelty is unrestrained by law, low standards of living, unrestrained poverty, obscene and disgusting rites in the name of religion.

The laws of the civilized world are based on the light given by Almighty God in the commandments written by His servant Moses. Like the source of a river bringing life as it flows across a desert, so you can trace the course of Christianity in the world by the reformations which it has been effected.

It has been in the Christian lands where freedom has been found, here also the abolition of slavery, the emancipation of women, the safeguarding of childhood, and at least a curb on those things of which the Apostle says “it is even a shame to speak.”

Christianity has been a wonderful blessing to the world of believers but is what has taken place a reasonable interpretation of this scripture?

We must answer No: It is not a scriptural view. The scriptures declare that Gods’ grace at the present time is not comparable to a river, but in our Lords’ words, “It shall be in him, (each believer) a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14 [But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.]

And those Christians in whom Gods grace is a fountain of life and refreshment are comparatively few. They are those who have been “enlightened by the spirit of truth through the Word of truth.” They are the “sanctified in Christ Jesus;” they are the household of faith.

No scripture anywhere suggests that the water of eternal life is now free; nor that all are now called to drink of it. Our Lord Jesus himself declared the contrary of this, saying “No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” John 6:44 [No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.]

The drawing or calling of God through a knowledge of his grace is only to those who have ears to hear, amongst those to whom the called is addressed; and the call has been specially sent and has specially reached only a comparatively few of earths millions, chiefly the inhabitants of Europe and America. And of this comparatively small number to whom the Word of the Lord has been sent, and of the still smaller number who have “ears to hear” that call, only a smaller number are chosen as we read “Many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 20:16 [So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.] The great majority of mankind have never heard of or seen “the river of life,” few indeed have received the promised blessings.

Returning to the Prophets vision, we are told that the waters flowed out from the house of the Lord, from the Temple, and wherever they went they brought vitality and refreshment, healing, restitution, life – even to the Dead Sea.

The mystic river of Ezekiels vision gradually expanded in width and depth from a stream that was up to the ankles to a river to swim in, a huge broad body of water on which the ships of commerce could sail.

There is nothing unusual about this; all rivers are small streamlets near their source. But that increase is not due to the source, and its supply. If that was all the river had to depend on, it could never become larger than it was at the beginning. Rivers increase in volume by reason of the tributary streams which empty their waters into it as a it flows toward the sea.

Years ago Mary and I joined the Evans family for a picnic in a place they knew high in the mountains of Colorado. Even in July there were high banks of snow pack on the shady side of the high hills. This snow had been slowly melting from the time the weather had began to warm.

We ate our lunch at the bank of a fast moving stream in this beautiful high mountain meadow. After we had eaten I followed this little waterway upward and as I climbed, it dwindled until I found its single source, which was a tiny rivulet from the melting snow.

We were on the west side of the Continental divide so I believe that stream and others like it became the Colorado River which provides water and electricity to Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Cali. and Mexico.

The Mississippi River, the Father of Waters begins as a small stream in Minnesota and is an immense tawny flood at New Orleans. But that enormous increase in volume is not to be accounted for by the fountain lake in the far north, but it is do the tributary rivers which have lost themselves in the Mississippi and have died that it might live, the Missouri, the Fox, the Wisconsin, the Miami, the Beaver, the Allegheny, the Mononghela, and the Ohio.

These rivers made the Mississippi great. But this stream of the prophets parable was fed by no waters save those which issued from beneath the temple. This illustrates the fact that all truth originates from Almighty God and from Jesus our Lord. The Word of God has given light to the world but it has borrowed none. Not an age, not a race, not a single person, even were he as gifted as Saint Paul, has added anything, through his own nature and effort, to the power of Christian Truth. Races and generations and personalities can illustrate the effects of the Truth, but they can neither initiate nor augment those effects.

So from age to age the river of Gods truth has flowed through the world, sometimes through quiet valleys, sometimes over rocks and rapids and sometimes seemingly disappearing altogether, so far as man can judge, but emerging again with undiminished sweep and power. It is this exploration of the river of the Gospel which fills us with invincible confidence that its course and history are directed of God and that one day the river shall become a flood of righteousness which shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

“And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live.”

This vision to our understanding is a picture of the grace of God during the Millennial age, when the completed church, the Temple is, “the habitation of God through the Spirit” Ephesians 2:22 [In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.]

Then the stream of water of life, healing restoring rejuvenating, shall flow to all the families of the earth, whose condition is represented by the wilderness eastward of Jerusalem. The blessings of life will go first to the living come to those who are willing to accept them, and it means more: for the Dead Sea fitly represents the vast multitude of mankind which has gone into the tomb, and the waters of life shall reach even these, awakening them from death and bringing them to opportunities of restitution.

That the fulfillment of this vision could not be a thing of the Gospel Age is evident when we remember the house of God, the temple, the church was not yet completed during that age, it was during that time that the Lord was fitting the “living stones” for the temple, chiseling, fitting and polishing each for the place which they were called.

The Gospel age was typified in the building of Solomon Temple, by the period of the preparation of the materials, after which were are informed that the whole house came together quickly, each stone fitting into its place. 1 Kings 6:7 [And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.]

The Apostle Peter tells us these “living stones” are the footstep followers of Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 [Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. These are “built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit” and the building could not be completed until the last of these fitted and polished stones was laid in its position. Then the glory of the Lord fills the house and there the church is glorified. The temple was completed in October 1950 with the death of the last member of the Little Flock.

Afterward, Ezekiel 47:1 (after the temple is completed) will come the time represented in this vision, when the stream of the water of life, truth and grace shall flow from the glorified temple. It is from this united and glorified company of Gods’ elect that the symbolic water of life, clear as crystal, shall flow.

In each member of this temple class, in each of these “living stones,” already is a well-spring of truth and grace, and when these many well springs were thus united to the great Head and Fountain, the result naturally would be a stream of good proportion, a river.

To this coming time of blessing of the world our Lord refers John 7:38 [He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.]

This class are those who have come unto Jesus and rink of him, the great Fountain of life: and it will be as a result of this partaking of the great Fountain that all the elect church shall become mirror well-springs and fountains in due time.

A description of this same symbolic river is furnished us in the book of Revelation, Revelation 22:1 [And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.] Here we find abundant evidences that it does not refer to the present time, but to the Millennial age.

There is no pure river offering life at the present time! Pure water represents truth, its being crystal clear in our Lords Kingdom represents a welcome change from the polluted mixture of truth and error that is available at the present time.

The second verse of Revelation 22 pictures the trees of life on either side of the river whose leaves are for the healing of the church, which at the time is the glorified temple from which this river proceeds.

And this healing of the nations signifies as plainly as a symbolic picture could indicate, restitution, the healing of the woes of the groaning creation, its sin, sickness and imperfection.

In Revelation 22:17 [And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.]

Notice further that this expression, “the bride,” unquestionably places this call in the Millennium because although the elect church of the Gospel age is called out of the world to become the bride of Christ, she does not enter that exalted station, until the end of the age she is perfected in glory and in the likeness of her Lord. Then the announcement of Revelation 19:7 [Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.] This announcement was made in the Present Truth Jan. 1931. Not until the wedding is their a bride: and not until after the marriage can the Spirit and the Bride say, Come! To the nations.

Ezekiel and the Apostle John agree, that in the visions they received from God there were trees growing on both sides of the river. John tells us the tree of life is there, recalling the tree of life which was in the midst of Eden from which Adam was debarred and from the lack of whose fruit Adam and his race died.

In Ezekiel 47:12 and Revelation 22:2 the same promise is given “the trees will bare new fruit every month which shall be for meat and the leaves were for the healing of nations.”

This is a picture of the restitution of all things, the healing of the curse, the blotting of sin, and with it, misery, pain and death, because a ransom has been paid and He who ransomed is the one who gloriously restores. The water of life is knowledge, truth, for which mankind now famishes.

The life giving waters are also brought to our attention in Psalm 46:4-5 [There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.]

It is already morning but the pure river of truth is not yet more than a rivulet. Deep enough only to come the ankles. All the harvest truth, the object, manner and time of our Lords 2nd advent, the permission of evil, the ransom, restitution, and the very fact that the Lords people are now waiting with great anticipation for the King to be revealed is proof the symbolic river is already beginning to flow.

When the dark clouds of this terrible time of trouble are finally dispersed the sun which is already shining will be revealed Ezekiel 47:9 [And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.] Amen.

Brother Detzler