Divine Plan of the Ages Recording Day 1

I did my first recording of the Divine Plan of the Ages today. It’s not perfect but I am learning and will hopefully be able to provide better and better quality. My goal right now is not perfection but to get this material out to as many people as possible. I believe in audio format, it will be accessible to people that the written version is not and be more desirable to some people as well.

I take no credit for the material I’m recording. I am simply trying to share it with you. As I get more recorded, I will format what I have finished into complete compilations. I’m thinking a file for each chapter of the book.

I invite you to spend a few minutes a day to follow along with the formation of the audio book

When Ye See These Things Come To Pass

“When ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.” Luke 21:31

Some six thousand years ago, Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the earth and placed him in the Garden of Eden where he was supplied with everything needful for everlasting life. God also gave Adam a perfect helpmate, and instructed them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it. They were also appointed to have dominion over every living thing on the earth. Indeed, so perfect and complete were the arrangements he made for mans everlasting well being and happiness that the Lord reviewing the situation “saw everything that he had made and behold it was very good.” Genesis 1:26-31

Man and all his offspring (all of us) could thus have lived forever on the beautiful planet earth in perfect happiness. The only requirement the LORD imposed was that of obedience. He said to Adam “Of the tree of knowledge of Good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” (Genesis 2:17) Mislead by the serpent, Eve ate of the tree, and so did Adam, and the curse of death fell upon man and all of his offspring. It was there in that beautiful garden, the inspired Apostle Paul explains, that “by one man, sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12

That single, tragic act of disobedience in the Garden of Eden, jealously contrived and planted in man’s heart by his wily adversary, the devil, in due course brought forth its inevitable, unholy harvest of sorrow. Some sixteen hundred years after the fall, mankind had become so evil the scriptures record that “God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all the flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, the end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13

The Lord God then sent a great flood upon the earth “to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under the heaven: and everything that is in the earth shall die.” (Genesis 6:17) But Jehovah spared righteous Noah and his wife, and Noah’s three sons and their wives. The Apostle Peter briefly describes that cataclysmic event in his second epistle, where he writes: “The heaven were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water; WHEREBY THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS, being overflowed with water, perished.” (2 Peter 3:5,6) But the planet Earth, itself was not destroyed. The apostle tells us it was that first “world,” or social order on earth, which was destroyed by God, because it had become intolerably corrupt.

Peter then calls our attention to a second heaven and earth, or world, which followed upon the destruction of that first world in the flood. This second world, or social order, continues to this day. But although the flood temporarily cleaned the planet earth of the corruption that had so defiled it, Noah’s children were still imperfect; and it was not long before sin, suffering, disease and death resumed their former sway.

During the long, dark ages which drearily followed, Jehovah God did not leave his human creation without hope. Through the words of the prophets and in illuminating types and shadows he repeatedly described a coming glorious time of everlasting joy and blessing for all his human creation. He foretold the forgiveness of sin through the provision of a Redeemer, the healing of disease, the destruction of death, with righteousness and justice to be enjoyed by all. Greed and selfishness would be forever banished from the earth, for God’s righteous law would be written in every heart, and all would have love their neighbors as themselves.

Best of all, these promised blessings would not be restricted to the few who are presently regarded as relatively righteous, but would be available to all who had ever lived on this planet Earth. To this end God would arrange for the resurrection of all who had ever gone down to the grave since the world began. These are precious promises, aren’t they. We’re given scriptures from Jeremiah 31:31-34 which speaks about the resurrection, and the new covenant of the children of Israel. “behold the days come sayeth the Lord, That I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judea. Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which my covenant they break, although I was a husband unto them sayeth the Lord, But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days sayeth the Lord I will put my law into their inward parts and write it on their hearts and I will be their God and they will be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brothers saying “know the Lord” for they shall all know me from the least of them unto the greatest of them, sayeth the Lord, for I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.” Also in Genesis 22:18 we have the promise given to Abraham “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” In Hos. 13:14 we read “I will ransom them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from death.” and in 1st Cor. 5:22 we read that “As in Adam all die, so in Christ, shall all be made alive.”

Finally, to guarantee the fulfillment of all these precious promises, Jehovah God would send a loving, wise, and powerful King to reign on earth. This would be a Wonderful Counselor, a Mightly God, an Everlasting Father, and a Prince of Peace. And his kingdom and justice and reign would be from henceforth even forever! Isa. (:6,7)

Precious promises indeed. No wonder the inspired psalmist sensing something of the perfect happiness in store for suffering mankind, was moved to exclaim, in the 103rd Psalm verse 1-6, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; who satisfied thy mouth with good thing; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” What a joyous prospect was thus proclaimed to a sin-sick, dying world!

In accordance with the word of the LORD, and precisely in the LORD’s due time, the long-promised Savior and Redeemer finally came. The Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world; the Anointed One; the one who would give his life for the many’ who would redeem us all from the curse of death; who would obediently lay down his perfect life that all the world might have life; the Prince of Peace he finally came! Almost two thousand years ago our dear Lord Jesus left the glory that he had with the Father and suffered death on the cross, so that sin and death might forever be banished from the face of the earth, to be replaced by the everlasting peace and joy of an Eden restored. The Savior came almost two thousand years ago!.

Jesus disciples believed that he would come to be the great King and Messiah of the prophecies, and that he would establish a kingdom, in Jerusalem, and which would extend its sphere of influence until it embraced the whole world. However, toward the close of Jesus’ ministry he began to say things to them which indicated that first he would go away and would return later to set up his kingdom. That he would be put to death was not clear to them, for they were much surprised and discouraged when he was taken from them and crucified.

Having these thoughts in mind, they went to Jesus on the Mount of Olives and said, “Tell us, when these things will be, and what will be the sign of thy presence, and of the consummation of the age?” (Matt. 24:3) We use the diaglot translation of the disciples questions because it properly uses the words presence and age, instead of the coming and world. They were not asking for a sign which would indicate that Jesus would soon return, but signs which would denote his actual presence. They also wanted to know about the end of the age, not the end of the world, or earth.

The age comes to an end as a result of the return of the Master; so the signs which would denote the ending of the age would at the same time indicate his presence, and it is from this standpoint that we will examine a portion of Jesus’ reply to his disciple’s questions. These disciples had recognized Jesus as the promised Messiah, not by his appearance but by certain signs which accompanied his ministry and presence. They properly expected that this would also be the case when he returned to set up his kingdom, hence their desire to know what the signs would be. Naturally they desired again to be among the favored ones who would recognize his presence. They did not know that his return was to be nearly two thousand years in the future.

In reply to his disciple’s request for signs which would indicate his second presence, Jesus preached one of his few sermons. It is recorded in the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth chapters of Matthew. Verses twenty-one and twenty-two of chapter twenty-four present a very revealing sign for us who are living today. We quote: “Then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved.”

Today we are living in a time of great tribulation such as the human race has never experienced before. It is ta tribulation which threatens to destroy all flesh, just as Jesus indicated in this prophetic sign of his presence and the end of the age. Never before in the experience of mankind has there been a situation like this. There was tremendous destruction of human life during the first and second World Wars, but during those years of war the total population of the earth continued to increase.

Now the situation is different, for the great powers of earth have nuclear missiles in sufficient quantites to destroy the entire population of the earth several times over, so there is no mistaking the identity of this sign and what it means. But it should be noted that Jesus did not say that all flesh WOULD be destroyed. He simply said that if this time of tribulation were allowed to continue, it would lead to the destruction of all flesh. For our encouragement he gave assurance that the tribulation would be shortened, which means that all flesh will not be destroyed.

But this does not nullify the significance of the threat of destruction which is hanging over the world today. In outlining this sign of his presence, Jesus actually foretold, nearly two thousand years in advance, what the wise men of the world are now declaring to be a reality. Thus we not only have a sign of the time in which we are living, but we have an accurate prophecy in the word of God which increases our confidence in its forecasts pertaining to events still future in the outworking of the Creator’s grand design.

Another sign which Jesus gave to his disciples pertained to the natural descendants of Abraham, the Israelites. He said, “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24) Here Jesus is using Jerusalem to signify the Jewish nation. At the time Jesus spoke, the Jewish people had already been trodden down by the Gentiles for more than six hundred years, or, specifically since 606 B.C. It was then that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, destroyed Jerusalem and took the Jewish people captive to Babylon, Although seventy years later they were permitted to return to their land to rebuild Jerusalem, they did not regain their national independence.

Babylon was overthrown by the Medo-Persian Empire, which later fell to Greece. Then Greece fell before the Roman armies, and Rome became the fourth in that series of Gentile world powers. The Israelites were subject to each of these in turn, and at the time of Jesus were being trodden down by the Roman Empire. And this lack of independence, he said, would continue until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. – Luke 21:24

This expression, times of the Gentiles, does not refer to the total number of years Gentile nations would exist in the earth, but to the period during which Jerusalem would be trodden down by the Gentiles. In reality it is, or was, a period of punishment upon the Hebrew people described in the Bible as “Seven times.” This time measurement is given by Moses in a warning to Israel of what the result of continued disobedience to God’s law would be. Certain lesser punishments are mentioned, and then Moses adds: “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I (GOD) will punish you seven times more for your sins.” Lev 26:18

This warning of seven times more of punishment is repeated four times. The scriptures indicate that this ymbolic ‘time’ period was 2,520 years. We believe that it was this period which began at 606 B.C. when Israel lost it’s nation independence. If this is correct, then it would end in A.D. 1914. This was the year in which the First World War began. Out of that conflict came the ejection of the Turks from Jerusalem and Palestine by the British Gen. Allenby, the famous Balfour Declaration, and the opening of the ancient homeland to Jewish refugees and prisoners from all lands.

The Jews were on their way back to independence, and while there were temporary setbacks, the rehabilitation of Palestine by the Jews and their migration to their ancient homeland continues. Out of this came the birth of the new state of Israel, in 1948. Thus seen, it was in 1914, after 2,520 years of subjugation, that the chain of events began to unfold which led to nation independence for this Biblical and historic people, proving that the prophetic times of the Gentiles had been fulfilled.

The nation of Israel today is a free nation. No longer are the Israelites without their own government Israel is a nation among the nations of the world, no longer a vessel to Rome or to any other Gentile power. The new state of Israel is not without its difficulties, but these are the common problems of being free in a topsy-turvy world, Israel is not only free but it is a full-fledged member of the United Nation She is no longer trodden down by the Gentiles. Thus we have another outstanding sign of the Master’s presence.

In the second chapter of the prophecy of Daniel there is an account of some of the circumstances surrounding the beginning of the period of the Gentile supremacy during which the Jewish people were to be trodden down. Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylon at that time, and the LORD used a very dramitic way to indicate that with Him began the period referred to by Jesus as the times of the Gentiles, which, as we have seen terminated in A.D> 1914

Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which, upon awakening, he could not remember. He was induced to send for Daniel,, a Jewish captive, who was able not only to remind the king of his dream but to interpret it for him. Daniel explained that in his dream the king had seen a human-like image. This image had a head of gold, breast of silver, thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet and toes of iron mixed with clay. As the dream progressed, the king saw a stone cut out of the mountain without hands; and this stone smote the image on its feet, causing it to fall. After the image fell, it was ground to powder, and the wind blew it away as the chaff from a summer threshing floor. Then the stone that smote the image grew until it became a great mountain which filled the earth.

Daniel’s interpretation of this dream is remarkable, in that it gives an accurate preview of Gentile history beginning with the new Babylonian supremacy, and continuing on down through the centuries even to the present day. In this divine interpretation Daniel identifies the Babylonian Empire under Nebuchadnezzar as being represented by the head of gold. To the King Daniel said: “Thou, O king, art a king of kings; for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresover the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.” Dan. 2:37,38.

Prior to this, God has recognized and favored none but the Jewish nation. He (GOD) had said “You only have I known for all of the families of the earth.” And now the Jews had been made subjects of Babylon and the king of Babylon was recognized by God as representing the first of that long line of Gentile powers who for 2520 years were to hold the Jews under their control as a subject people. This was the beginning of the times of the gentiles. But Daniel did not close his prophecy with his identification of Babylon as the head of gold. He explained further to Nebuchadnezzar that with the downfall of his kingdom there would arise another, an empire represented by the arms and breast of the image, which were of silver. This proved to be the MedoPersian Empire, which conquered Babylon a few years later. Daniel also told of a third empire which would arise, conquering the Medes and Persians. This was the Alexander the Great and was represented in the image picture by the thighs of brass.

Nor did Daniel stop there. He went on, and foretold the rise of the great military power of Rome. This kingdom, or empire, was represented by the legs of iron, and truly Rome was an iron kingdom. But Daniel did not make the mistake of mentioning a fifth world empire to supplant Rome. Instead, he called attention to the deterioration and divisions of the old Roman Empire, This being represented by the feet and toes of the image, which were part of iron and part of clay. The last remnants of the Roman Empire, as represented in the various states of Europe, and continued down to 1914, or to the end of the times of the Gentiles, as mentioned by Jesus in Luke 21:24.

In the king’s dream he saw a stone cut out of the mountain without hands, indicating a divine intervention in the affairs of these particular Gentile kingdoms, for this stone was seen to smite the feet of the image, causing it to fall. After it fell it was ground to powder, and the wind carried it away. Then the stone grew into a great mountain that filled the whole earth. Daniel explained this to mean that “in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom” – that is, in the days of the kings depicted by the toes of the image–the pre-1914 European monarchies.

Since the various divisions of the old roman empire continued until the First World War, it was natural that the ideology of the divine right of kings which began with Nebuchadnezzar should remain alive. Prior to the end of the times of the Gentiles, the kings of Europe did claim to rule by divine right. But this viewpoint is no longer accepted. In place of the divine-right of kings there are either godless dictators or rulers who are elected by the people. True, there are few kings left, but they are powerless in the world today and are no longer flaunting the claim of divine right to rule. It was, I think, King Farok, of Egypt who said there were only four kings left in the world when he left his throne. The king of hearts, the king of diamonds, the king of spades and the king of clubs. Of course we know there is still the queen of England, and other royalty, but they are just figureheads. Thus not only did 1914, the end of the times of the Gentiles, see circumstances arise which led in a few short years to the liberation of the Israelites as a people, but it also witnessed the turn of events which led to the downfall of that system of rulership which had subjected the Jewish people throughout the centuries.

It is well to remember that the time prophecies of the Bible point out the dates for the beginning of events which they forecast, not the completion of these events. This process of fulfillment is indicated in Daniel’s description of what happened to the image which Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream when it was smitten by a stone, cut out of the mountain without hands. First it fell, but this was not the full end, for after that it was ground to powder, and subsequently the powdered bits were blown away like the chaff of the summer threshing floors. We suggest that this is an apt illustration of the gradual disintegration of the pre-1914 social order, and the end os not yet.

Another aspect of the great tribulation mentioned by Jesus is foretold in Zephaniah 3:8. This text reads, “Wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my zeal.” Here is something that is unique to the end of the age. The war in 1914 saw the first global gathering of nations for military purposes. This is what made it a “world” war. Following that war there came the league of Nations – another gathering, but for peaceful purposes. It was hoped that this association of nations could maintain lasting peace, but it failed.

Then came another gathering of nations for military purposes, and like the first one, it was worldwide. It was World War Two. It was followed by the formation of the United Nations. And today there are little associations of nations, with interests criss-crossing each other. The LORD foretold that eventually this would lead to the devouring of the symbolic earth with the fire of his zeal. Following this, the Lord will turn to the people a “pure language” that they may all call upon him to serve him with one consent. Zeph. 3:9

The fire of God’s zeal is in reality the great time of trouble, or tribulation, with which the present social order is even now being destroyed. It does not indicate that God is vindictive, but it does mean that before the long-promised messianic kingdom can be set up in the earth, Satan’s social order must be swept away; and this is accomplished by God’s zeal, which will brook no interference, now that the due time in his grand design has arrived for the establishment of Christ’s kingdom.

In a prophecy of the birth of Jesus and the purpose of his birth, recorded in Isaiah 9:6,7 Jesus is depicted in his role of the Prince of Peace. This prophecy declares that “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end,” and then the prophecy concludes with these reassurring words, “The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” It is the zeal of the Lord of hosts that is accomplishing every detail of his grand design, and we rejoice to know that there will be no miscarriage of his plans and purposes.

What Jesus spoke of as a great tribulation with which the age would end and Daniel described as “a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation.” (Dan. 12:1) in the fourth verse of this same chapter we are informed that in “the time of the end,” that is, the end of the age, many would run to and fro in the earth, and knowledge would be increased. It has been given to our generation also to witness the fulfillment of this prophecy. We have suddenly become a world of travelers, because there has come an unprecedented increase of new modes of travel.

We mention only briefly the foretold increase of knowledge and rapid travel. The facts themselves as they unfold before us worldwide speak louder and more convincingly than words. it is just another sign of Lord’s presence and the end of the age. How thankful we are that the end of the present age or of Satan’s world signals the incoming of a new age of peace and blessings for the world.

But today as we observe the world about us we see very little of the promised peace. We see rather a world that is well-nigh overwhelmed with a multitude of virtually unsolvable problems. A single day’s issue of the morning paper reports worldwide fears of nuclear devastation, of widespread runaway inflation, of wars and threats of wars and revolutions in a dozen parts of the world simulteneously. Not a week passes without accounts of corruption in high places, or world-spreading pollution of air and water, of the decline in morality and decency, of terrorism, robberies and murders. Their having quite a bit of trouble with the stock market these days. Their also having trouble finding qualified people to run for presidency of the U.S. and also people to be appointed onto the supreme court. Sincere men throughout the world want to limit the nuclear arsenal only to find that it may bring more problems because we would have to remember that it has been the threat of nuclear war that has kept us from complete destruction for the last 40 years. Right today we have problems in the Persian Gulf. There are problems in S. America and Philippians and in all of these different problems there appears to be no way out. Almost wherever one turns in this present world of trouble one finds problems that human wisdom cannot solve. Consider China with its teaming millions. China problems are overwhelming, perhaps they are unsolvable. The problem is simply what to do with so many people. And China has a problem now that the rest of the world is worried about because they know they know they will have the same problem in the future. The government recognizes that China holds too many people and the figures are grim. No one knows what can be done about it. Again they find no way out!

The same predicament arises in connection with the production of food in the mass of manufactured goods that are required to feed, clothe and supply the swelling world population with the necessities of life. Present-day farming methods use fertilizers and herbicides that contaminate the world’s water supplies. Some industrial processes result in contamination of the air, earth and rivers of the world and additionally may be largely responsible for the acid rain that destroys forests and life in lakes and streams. But the world needs food! And the world needs manufactured goods! And so again we have the same, seemingly insoluble situation which way to turn?

Let’s briefly look back at what we have covered. Our scripture texts says “when we see these things come to pass; know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand” Now, at the present time we know that the powers of the earth have the means to destroy all flesh as was prophesied. We also see that Israel has been restored as a nation. No longer under the Gentile rule. And looking at Daniels prophecy we see that there have been four universal world empires. The Apostle Paul told us that the trouble would come as travaileth on a woman , that is, in spasms. We’ve seen the spasms. First they tell us peace and safety and then BAM!! we have a period of trouble. It’s been this way ever since 1914. 1913 was a year designated as a year for world peace and it was followed immediately by the great world War. In this 1920’s everything was going fine here in this country. It just looked like it would never end then BANG!! came trouble. The 30’s was a deep depression. Then in the late 30’s when they were saying there would be peace at all cost in Europe we were struck with the second great World War. I might remind you at the present time that they’re going to have a summit meeting and they are going to put away all the big weapons and then we’re supposed to have a period of peace and safety so LOOK OUT!! The trouble is going to come. We see that the nations are gathered together and the trouble is worldwide. And there doesn’t seem to be any way out.

But what about all those promises by God’s holy prophets of a better world that was to come – a world of peace, of health and happiness, of justice and righteousness, of love for one’s neighbor, of everlasting life? Has man’s inability to solve the world’s problem rendered those glorious promises null and void?

No, not by any means! Never for a moment has God closed his eyes or shut his ears to events taking place on this planet Earth! Never for an instant has he forgotten his after-stated purposes to bless al the families of the earth! Never at any time since the world began was it God’s plan or purpose that imperfect man would or could be the means of bringing those precious promises to pass!

It is Jehovah God himself who will bring them to fruition! It is the Lord himself who said through the prophet, “I will ransom them form the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I wil be thy destruction.” (Hos. 13:14) It was God himself who said “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.” (Joel 2:28) “I will write my law in man’s heart. I will make all things plain, so that all may call upon me.” It is God who loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish. It is the Lord God who will wipe away all tears. And it was the Lord God himself who promised that all these things would surely come to pass. – Revelation 21:5

But why the seeming delay? The Scriptures reveal that the continuance of the reign of sin and death during this Gospel Age since our Savior died on the cross has been wisely permitted by Jehovah God in order to accomplish other important parts of his grand design. It will conclusively prove to imperfect man that, even if allowed additional untold millennia, he would never be able to solve the world’s problems by his own efforts.

Mankind will also learn the all-important, lasting lesson of the destructive nature of sin. In speaking of the divine purpose of the law, the Apostle Paul explains that “Sin (was thereby) shown clearly to be sin, that the immeasurable sinfulness of sin might plainly appear.” (Rom. 7:13) Furthermore, it is during the specially trying times of this evil world since Jesus died that the Lord God of heaven has been choosing out of the world and perfecting those who shall live and reign with their Lord Jesus in the kingdom, for the blessing of all the people.

Ah, but when? When will this all come to pass? True, the Lord seems not to have given us any precise time. But he has graciously given us unquestionable signs of the near approach of the kingdom. And one of these hope-inspiring, clearly indicated signs of the nearness of the kingdom is revealed to the Lord’s watching people in the very perplexity and futility of man to solve the problems presently afflicting the world in which he lives!

In Luke 21:25,26 we are given additional significant information concerning this time. Luke said “at that time there would be upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.

Could there possibly be more precise description than here given by Luke of the confusion, futility, and fear that are filling the hearts of the people today, as they consider the possible awful consequences of human error or human selfishness? It is almost as if the Lord had permitted the Gospel writer to look down the long corridors of time to the present, and to catch a glimpse of the universal helplessness gripping the hearts of the world’s great leaders, and to record his vision of what he saw for the instruction and comfort of the Lord’s people who are alive and watching during this time of trouble. And what Luke reveals to us clearly shows that the world is, indeed, in the foretold Time of Trouble which Jesus said would mark his presence and the end of the Gospel Age.

That is not all! In this same prophecy of the Time of Trouble, Luke gives us additional important information that is not contained in the other Gospel accounts. After reciting a number of events that would identify the Time of Trouble, and which clearly would require the passage of some time for their accomplishment, he says, Luke 21:31 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh….” Luke 21:31 “So likewise, when ye see these things coming to pass, know ye that the king of God is nigh at hand.”

Brother Detzler

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony
PRAYER

Almighty, gracious and loving Jehovah our God, we humbly and reverently come into thy presence this afternoon to join these two in holy wedded state of matrimony, and we ask thee to let thy precious Holy Spirit guide us and direct us, and loving Lord, that thy precious word, too, would guide and direct this couple in their life, that they might follow in the footsteps of the Master, that they might have a blessed existence together in this life. We pray for these, thy divine help and thy divine guidance as they walk through the pattern of life. And now, almighty God, loving Father, abide with this service, guide and direct us we ask in precious, matchless name of Jesus Christ, Our Savior. Amen

BRIDE GIVES BIBLE, FLOWERS TO MATRON WHO GIVETH THIS WOMAN TO BE MARRIED TO THIS MAN”

This is a solemn yet very happy occasion. Marriage is a divine institution, established at the very beginning, before the origin of human society. The Creator made man, male and then female, and ordained the marriage the indispensable condition for the continuance of the race. He made marriage an ennobling influence powerfully contributing to the development of a complete life in man and woman.

He declared it not good for man to be alone and provided a helpmate for him. Marriage in God’s sight is a permanent relationship, and God has so arranged that the growth of the affection between husband and wife, as the years pass, becomes a very beautiful and natural process under normal conditions.

Moral ends require that the relationship be permanent: for the disciplining of husband and wife in obedience to the obligations which spring from their relations to each other.

There are 7 simple rules for a successful and happy marriage:

First: It is to be governed by love, divine love as well as human love.

Second: It’s foundation is confidence and trust.

Third: It depends upon continuous courtship we must never allow our honeymoon to set-keep it continually shining.

Fourth: True companionship crowns its days.

Fifth: As the head, the husband protects and shelters his wife, and the wife reverences her husband with a reverence of loving respect and devotion.

Sixth: The husband does the providing, but it is the wife who makes the home.

Seventh: The husband is the head, but both are subject to the Lord as we read “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it” Psalms 127:1 [Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.]

A happy marriage is truly a new beginning of life, a new starting point for happiness and usefulness. And the happiness of married life depends very largely upon the making of small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness. The married couple have bound themselves to be good humored, discreet, forgiving, and patient with respect to each other’s frailties and imperfections, faithfully to the end of their lives.

So marriage is a Divine arrangement, something which was started by God with the first couple, Father Adam and Mother Eve. And their union was created by and blessed of God, indeed ALL Marriages are blessed of the Lord if they are kept in the right spirit and observed according to the Word and direction of our Almighty Father.

There are several reasons for this marriage relationship.

First of all, for mutual helpfulness to one another. Second for the propagation of the race, and

Third it is desirable in order to prevent wandering lust among the human family.

We see God’s marvelous wisdom in this kind of arrangement.

There are many close relationships in society, for example, between father and children, mother and children, brothers and sisters, but I assure, that the closest arrangement that there is – is that of the marriage relationship.

The most important thing is to build mutual relationship upon true love: not only a sex love, but a deep, abiding, enduring, christian love, a love the heart of which is good will, that is earnestly and truly devoted to one another in all facets of life, particularly being able to appreciate the good that you see or recognize in each other.

Certainly you can see integrity and good principles shining in each other, and you delight in those noble qualities that you see.

This is proper and good.

And it will be a great help to you if you will always remember (even in difficulty), to delight in the good that you see in one another.

Let me caution you, however, through God’s wisdom! There is no perfection in any human being, and least of all in any of us, so you will find faults (inherited faults) and also weaknesses in one another, with which true love will always sympathize. Then, too, we find our values as men and women are quite different and we never will see eye to eye in everything.

But if you delight, appreciate and take great pleasure in the good attributes that you see in one another, and are loving, and genuine, and sympathetic to the other, you will be able to help the other one to overcome their individual faults, lacks, and weaknesses.

ADDITIONALLY

Let me urge you to trust one another above all things. Maintain your faith in each other. Never let any evil surmising come between the two of you. Really trust one another implicitly. Also, never, never let the sun go down without ironing out any disagreement between yourselves that has come up that day.

Honor and respect one another. The one you are marrying is a very special person.. Make that a lifetime objective.

1. Play together,

2. work together

3, talk together: but know how to listen.

There is no marriage that doesn’t go through rocky times. Stick to your commitment.

Don’t expect to make your mate over! Help each other to overcome their weaknesses or lacks. Be sympathetic-avoid bickering. Shun selfishness. Put God first, others 2nd, self last. Learn from your mistakes. The passing years should bring wisdom, patience and self-control. These give great power to marriage. Establish a spiritual foundation together. Study your Bible, God’s truth, daily Set aside time every day for this.

Believe in each other. Admire and stay loyal. Your mate isn’t perfect, neither are you.

In the beginning God created the human family male and female. In marriage ach is to contribute equally important roles in the relationship.

Marriage is a team effort.

There are basic physical, emotional and mental differences between men and women. You must each consider these in love and understanding. God’s laws call for kindness, helpfulness, sympathy, faith and trust.

Consider wisely these things and the beautiful bond between you will grow ever stronger and more beautiful with the swiftly-passing years.

Walk with God together, and your married life will be filled with His providential care and rich blessing, for “The blessing of the Lords maketh rich.”

CIVIL CEREMONY
BOTH NOW TURN AND FACE EACH OTHER

(COULD HAVE SONG

HER FLOWERS)

We are gathered here in the sight of God and in the face of this company to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is commended of the Lord to be honorable among men.

If any may show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.

(COUNT TO 5)

Will you now please join right hands (SMILE) CHUCK will you have KATHY whom you now hold by the right hand to be your lawful wedded wife, to live together in the holy state of matrimony?

Will you live with her, will you comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others keep yourself only to her so long as you both shall live?

(Answer I will”)

(TURN TO WOMAN)

Kathy will you have Chuck whom you now hold by the right hand, to by your lawful wedded husband, to live together in the state of holy matrimony?

Will you obey him (honor him) in the same way as the church obeyed its head, Christ?

Will you love and honor him, and keep him in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him so long as you both shall live?

(answer) “I will”

What token do you offer that you will conscientiously and faithfully fulfill these vows?

May I have the ring? Thank you.

This ring, you notice, has no beginning nor has it any ending

And it is of gold, a very fitting symbol of the divine origin of this vow which you are about to take.

And surely it is important for you to remember that this ring is the seal of the holy covenant that you will enter into this day, which is divinely ordained and divinely blessed

(RETURN RING) (COUPLE FACE EACHOTHER)

Chuck hand and repeat after me: “With this ring I thee wed and pledge my faithfulness to you in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the name of their Holy Spirit.”

Whom the Lord hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Let there be such deep love between you that if one cries the other tastes salt

COUPLE KNEEL FOR PRAYER

CLOSING PRAYER

Eternal and Almighty God, source of all blessings, hallowed be thy Holy Name. We thank thee for the special joy and privilege of coming into thy presence this lovely day, asking reverently thy further guidance and providential watch over us all, but particularly this couple who have this day; lighted their troth, united in marriage in our presence before thee and this assembled company.

Grant them, O God, wisdom and also the strength and knowledge and skill to face life cheerfully and faithfully together.

Grant them long life happiness, and a genuine, deep, and abiding love and respect for one another, which in the experiences of life will weather all trials, as well as all successes.

Help each of us, who are husband and wives to rededicate ourselves in fidelity and patience and love towards our mates.

“So teach us all to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto thy wisdom.”

And now we may this little family that begins this day look up to thee in all things, realizing that thou are alone the giver of every good and perfect gift.

Humbly we pray for thy further blessings upon our continued fellowship at this occasion.

And we give thee all the praise, honor, and glory in the name and merit of our blessed Redeemer and reigning King, Christ Jesus.

AMEN.

SHAKE THEIR HANDS

“The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and to be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”

Will you rise please

(LOUD AND SLOW) And now I pronounce you husband and wife according to the supreme law of God and the sovereign laws of the state of California KISS – Now for the first time in your life, kiss your wife.

(BRIDE AND GROOM TURN AND FACE AUDIENCE.

‘LADIES AND GENTLEMENT, MR AND MRS. CHARLES ROHM)

May God bless you both as you seek to perform his good pleasure and live your life filled with happiness, joined in marriage, cherishing one another so long as life may last.

AMEN

Brother Detzler

Why Does God Permit Evil

The cover page of the June 10th 1991 edition of Time magazine, except for it’s name and two lines of white print, was, at first glance, simply a large rectangle of ominous black. Closer scruitiny, however, reveealed one large word superimoposed in even darker black. The word was EVIL.

The article it announced was intriguing, and presented well a description of the myriad shapes, and sizes, and intensities of evil that have dogged the heels of man since the very dawn of history, and still continues to do so.

The question of the ages – WHY? – was reiterated in it’s many forms, in the writings of the philosophers and theologians, past and present. Should Evil-morally and catastrophically-be considered a normal or abnormal experience? Is Good or Evil a human responsibility, or God’s? If “God is all-powerful,” and “God is all-good,” why do “terrible things happen”?

The author projected well the rationale that, since man does not understand the problem, he cannot see the answer. How strikingly the cover page depicted this fact. Behind the large word, “Evil,” was nothing but blackness.

“OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL, THOU SHALT NOT EAT OF IT: FOR IN THE DAY THOU EATEST THEREOF THOU SHALT SURELY DIE.” GENESIS 2:17

Why doesn’t God do something about all the suffering that is in the world today? This question is asked in time of war and when cities are destroyed, and the young, the old, the infants, the righteous, the wicked, the believers, and the unbelievers perish because of man’s inhumanity to man. It is asked by those who experience or oberserve suffering on beds of sickness. Why does God allow an inocent baby to sicken and die? Why does he permit the unrighteous to prosper, while his own faithful people often expereince hardships?

Then there are those who are killed or mained by upheavals of nature such as tornadoes, cyclones, typhoons, and earthquakes and most recently the hurricane in florida – cannot God do something about this? When we read of hundreds being killed in automobile accidents over a single weekend, the question arises concerning this terrible loss of life, “Has God no pity?” There are countless situations in which man, who was created in the image of God, experiences suffering and of course finally death.

And as we know, this situation is not limited to our generation, nor is it confined to one part of the earth, it is universal. As far back as history reaches, man has suffered and died in war, in pestilence, in famine, in calamities. And all in every generation have finally died, having been beaten down by the great enemy death. Abel, a son of Adam whose sacrifice was pleasing to the LORD, was the first to suffer and die, being murdered by his brother Cain. TOday, mearly two hundred thousand human die every twenty-four hours. Our hospitals and mental institutions are filled with the suffering and dying. No wonder mant are wondering where God is, and what he is doing about the distressses of his human creatures.

Job Seek the Answer

The question of Why God permits evil is not a new one; it has been asked by thinking men and women throughout the ages. Thousands of years ago a faithful servant of God, named Job became personally concerned with discovering the meaning of his own suffering. The record of this is found in a book of the Bible which bears Job’s name. The first verse of this book informs us that Job was an upright man who feared God and shunned sin.

To begin with, Job was a propserous man, abundantly blessed by the LORD along material lines. The record is that “his substance…was seven thousand ship, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” (Job 1:3) Job was alsoblessed with a large family, and he desired that they too should be blessed by the LORD. Job prayed for his family, and offered sacrifices and offered sacrifices, because, as he said, “It may be that my sons have sinned, and curses God in their hearts.” (vs. 4,5) Job felt, apparently, that in the event that his sons had sinned, his prayers on their behalf would be heard and favorably answered.

But experiences were ahead for Job for which he was not wholly prepared. Satan, the great adversary of God and men, charged that this servant of the LORD was loyal to God only because his loyalty had been bought by the abundance of good things with which the LORD had blessed him. In answer to this charge God permitted Satan to inflict calamities upon job to test his fidelity. God had no doubt about the outcome of this trial, and in his wisdom, knew that any temporary suffering he permitted to come into Job’s life would, in the end, prove to be a great blessing to him.

And Job did experience great trouble. The record states: “There was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and rinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: and there came a messenger unto Job, and said, “The Oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside: and the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants wit the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house: and, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness and smoke the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” Job 1:13-19

Job Still Loyal

Job’s reaction to these evil tidings was: “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” We read that “in all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (vss. 21,22) Then God permitted further troubles to come upon Job. His health was taken away. He was smitten with “boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashses.” Then Job’s wife turned against him and said, “Curse God, and die.” To this Job replied, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” – Job 2:9, 10.

Job did not turn away from God when trouble came upon him, as so many throughout the ages have done. His chief concern was to know why God permitted him to be afflicted with such bitter experiences, and throughout his book we find evidences of his search for this understanding. After Job was stricken down with disease, three of his friends visited him for the purpose of giving comfort. Later in the book we are informed that these three did not speak the truth concerning God, implying that the viewpoints they expressed to Job were not correct. – Job 42:7 [And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.]

There is a chapter after the chapter of philosophizing on the part of Job and his three friends. But what it all amounts to is that, according to Job’s friends, he was suffering because he had committed some gross sins which he was hiding from them, and for which he had not repented and sought God’s forgiveness. Job, of course, knew that he was not perfect, but he also knew that he had not willfully transgressed God’s laws, so he was not willing to accept this explanation.

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WHY DO EVIL MEN PROSPER?
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Besides, Job knew that, while as a servant of God he was now suffering, frequently evil men prospered, and apparently escaped the evils that come upon so many. So in answer to his friends he said: Job 21:7-13 [Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? 8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. 9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. 10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.]

While Job knew that the explanation offered by his friends was not the true one, yet he did not understand why God was allowing him to suffer so severely. In a beautiful, poetic manner he describes his search for an understanding of God in the light of his own experiences, saying, “Behond, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him; but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:8-10.

While Job knew that the explanation offered by his friends was not the true one, yet he did not understand why God was allowing him to suffer so severely. In a beautiful, poetic manner he describes his search for an understanding of God in the light of his own experiences, saying, Job 23:8-10 [Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 23:9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.]

Job realized that there was a divine purpose for his being tried so severely, but he had not yet discovered that purpose. He also knew that if he maintained his integrity before God he would pass the test successfully, and would “come forth as gold.” Job’s wife wanted him to curse God, but he knew this would be foolish. In all ages there have been those professed believers who, when affliction came upon them, have wondered where God was, and what he was doing to protext their interests. Many such have even turned against God.
God’s Reply

Beginning with Chapter 38 of the remarkable Book of Job we find the LORD’s answer to Job’s searching. This answer is largely in question form. The many questions were designed to remind Job that he really knew very little about God, and because of his limited knowledge in every field where the LORD manifests himself, he should not be surprised at failing to comprehend fully why he was being permitted to suffer.

And this is not an important viewpoint for us to keep in mind? When we ask why God doesn’t do something about human suffering, are we not assuming that if God has the intelligence we possess he certainly would do something? And then perhaps, if we do not see our wishes carried out, we may tend to doubt that therei s a God. Should we find ourselves guilty of such unreasoning, it would be well to consider the questions which God asked Job.

There are four chapters of these questions. They all concern the wonders of God’s creation. God asks Job if he was present when he laid the foundations of the earth; if he understood the laws by which the tides of the sea were controlled. He asked him about the instincts and habits of the various birds and animals, and even of the great monsters of the sea. Then Job is asked if he can explain the wisdom and power that are represented in these marvels of creation.

As the questioning proceeds, Job interrupts, and says [Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. 40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.Job 40:4,5 In Job’s expression, “Behold, I am vile,” the meaning of the Hebrew word translated vile is, according to Prof. Strong, literally, ‘swift, small, sharp’. Apparently Job was acknowledging to the LORD that he had spoken too quickly; that his viewpoint was too limited, and that it was voiced too sharply.

Important Lessons For All

Job was already beginning to understand his own proper position before the LORD that it was not for him to judge God according to his own limted understanding, and then so freely to speak hs opinions when he really knew little about the matter. This is also a good lesson for all of us. The basic fact is that hte world is filled with evil. It is not for us to lose faith in God because of this, or even to criticize him. Our proper attitude should be one of humility, and of earnestly seeking the answer to our questions from the only proper source, which is the Word of God.

God’s questions continued, and eventually Job spoke again, and said, Job 42:2-5 [I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. 42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.]

Job finally learned the meaning of his severe trial. He learned that its loving purpose was to give him a clearer understanding of God, that he might server him more faithfully and with greater appreciation. He speaks of his clearer understanding as ‘seeing’ the LORD, instead of merely having heard about him. Since he had gained such wealth of understanding, Job’s brief period of suffering must have seemed to him to have been a most valuable experience.

Besides restoring Job’s health, we read that Job 42:12-15 [So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Keren-happuch. 15 And in allthe land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.]

An Illustration

God’s design in the general permission of evil throughout the ages was, and is, the same as in the case of Job. He created Adam a perfect human, in his own image. Being the image of God implied an ability to reason. One of the questions which God asked Job was, Job 38:36 [Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?] It was the Creator who had endowed Adam with the ability, through the process of reasoning, to attain knowledge and wisdom. This was in contrast to what we call instinct, which had been given to the lower animals.

Brother Detzler

 

Two Gospel Age Trumpets – Numbers 10:1-10

And God spoke to Moses and told him to make two trumpets of silver which were to be used to call the Israelites to assemble or to prepare for the journeying of the camo. These trumpets, were to be blown by the son of Aaron, the priests.

There is a thought connection between these two trumpets and the antitypical cloudy, fiery pillar because they both refer to the Word of God though the view points are somewhat different. The pillar represents Gods’ Word and Spirit from the standpoint of leading Gods people, the trumpets refer to the good Word of God in its proclamations as arousing His people to certain actions.

In Bible symbols a trumpet is used to type a message; and blowing a trumpet is the Bible symbols represents the proclamation of a message. That the two trumpets of Numbers 10:1-10 [And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. 3 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. 5 When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward. 6 When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. 7 But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. 8And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. 9 And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. 10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.] are typical is evident from their being a part of the law and the tabernacle arrangements all of which were typical (Hebrews 9:1-28; 10:1 [Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly. 6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: 8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; 10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offere himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. 18 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 19For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 20 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 21 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to pear in the presence of God for us: {25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 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.])

Thus the trumpet that sounded long (Exodus 19:13,16,19 [There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.]) represents the Truth proclamations of the seventh trumpet, connected with the inauguration of the New Covenant

At the making of the Law Covenant, at Mount Sinai, Moses seems to have been a type of the complete Christ (Head & Body) at the introduction of the Millennial age, when the New Covenant will be introduced to the world, after the sound of the great (seventh) trumpet. In the type at Mount Sinai the voice of the trumpet waxed louder and louder and there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud: so that all the people that were in the camp trembled. The New Covenant will be introduced to the world after the sound of the great trumpet and the black darkness and great earthquake, of the Day of Vengeance shall have appalled mankind and made them ready to hear the voice of the Great Teacher, and glad to accept His New Covenant

The sounding of the Jubilee trumpet (Leviticus 25:9 [Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.]), proclaiming liberty to the land and to the inhabitants thereof beautifully types the proclamation of the restitution message made by the Priests from 1874 tp 1914.

Gideon blowing his trumpet (Judges 6:34 [But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abi-ezer was gathered after him.]) types our Lord proclaiming the Gospel message throughout the Gospel Age, while he and the 300 blowing their trumpets at their first battle {Judges 7:16, 18-22 [And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers. 18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon. 21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. 22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled to Beth-shittah in Zererath, and to the border of Abel- meholah, unto Tabbath.]} represent our Lord and the faithful Little Flock giving out the message against the Divine right of rulers, clergy and aristocrats from 1914 to 1916. There are indeed many scriptures which suggest that a trumpet symbolizes a message, and its sounding symbolizes the proclamation of a message.

Continuing in Numbers 10:2 it should be noted that Moses was commanded to make two trupets. Here again, as almost everywhere else in Numbers, Moses represents our Lord as Gods Executive. His making these two trumpets types our Lord developing two Gospel-Age messages. The trumpets being made of silver represents the fact that the antitypical proclaimed messages would be true. Their being made of but one whole piece represents (1) that they are taken from but one source, the Bible as Gods Word John 17:17 [Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.2 Timothy 3:15-17 [And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.] and (2) that they are in harmony with each other as parts of a harmonious whole Isaiah 8:20 [em>To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.] 2 Peter 1:19-21 [We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.]

This raises the question, what are these two messages proclaimed during the Gospel Age? We are safe in declaring they are the two most important messages given during the Gospel Age, because of the emphasis laid upon them. The book of Numbers sets forth the chief things in the arrangements of Gods nominal and real spiritual Israel during the Gospel Age. And what are the two most important themes of the Gospel Age? They may be said to be the message of Divine salvation. Or we may put it in another form having the same meaning: restitution (reckoned or actual) and the high calling. It is these that are referred to as the wonderful songs, the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. (Revelation 15:3,4 [And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. 4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.])

As a matter of fact, the human salvation, which is restitution, (either actual or reckoned) is, generally speaking, a summary of the Old Testament message. Most of what is more or less directly connected to the song of Moses. Thus it implies mans original creation in perfection, his trial for life and his fall into sin and death. It also reveals man experience with evil.

The history of the Gentiles, who were without God and the Jews, assisted by the Law Covenant and favoring providences is testimony to the fact man cannot save himself and therefore is dependent on Divine power for salvation.

It also implies that Gods grace provided a Redeemer who is able to satisfy the demands of Justice against the repentant and believing sinner, and make him reckonedly just during the next Age. It also teaches that during this Age man may exercise reformation toward God to the best of his ability and heartily trust, appropriate and act on the promise of God for the sake of the merit of Jesus to forgive him his sins, to impute Christs righteousness to him and to receive him into fellowship as a friend.

Thereby one obtains reckoned justification or reckoned restitution. And, finally, the human salvation implies actual justification or restitution to all that was lost in Adam and redeemed in Christ. These things, it will be readily recognized, are general summary of most of the Old Testament teachings. It is this message and its implications that are typed by the first of the two trumpets of Numbers 10.

Again as a matter of fact, the Divine salvation or high calling, is generally speaking, a summary of the New Testament which is the song of the Lamb. The justified friends of God were, during the Gospel Age, invited to present their reckoned perfect humanity as a willing sacrifice unto God; therefore Christ is made unto them wisdom, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. It implies that Christ is made to its recipients wisdom, in that He teaches them all that is presupposed and implied, belongs to and flows out of the high calling. It implies that He vitalized their reckoned justification in order to make them fit candidates for the high calling. It leads to the sanctification of the humanity and the new creature of those in the high calling. On account of this, it shows and works itself out in maintaining deadness to self and the world and aliveness to God while putting the humanity to death sacrificially on behalf of Gods’ cause. As to the new creature it begins with the begettal of the Spirit, proceeds through its quickening, growth, strengthening, balancing, crystallization and birth. There too, in deliverance Christ Jesus rescues the new creature from sin, error, selfishness, worldliness, Satan and death. All these things, it will also be at once recognized, as a summary of the main New Testament teachings. And this message, and its implications, are symbolized by the second trumpets in Numbers 10.

Then there are certain other lines of thought in the Old and New Testaments that belong to either of these messages, dependent on the application made of them.

For example, the kingdom, if considered from the standpoint of reigning over and blessing mankind, belongs to the song of Moses. If the kingdom is considered from the glorious privileges of the Christ, it belongs to the song of the Lamb.

Again, the Second Advent considered it its relationship to the overthrow of Satans empire and the blessing of mankind with restitution belongs to the song of Moses; but considered in its relation to the reaping of the saints, their deliverance and glorification, it belongs to the song of the Lamb.

So, too, the resurrection in so far as it is unto human perfection belongs to the song of Moses; but in so far as it is unto the Divine nature it belongs to the song of the Lamb.

It is because these two parts of the Bible lap into each other that we use the term generally speaking when referring to the Old Testament as the song of Moses and the New Testament as the song of the Lamb. But these two messages so twine and intertwine into each other as to be in perfect harmony. It is these mutual relations between them that prove them to be a whole piece of antitypical silver.

Verses 2-7 show two ways the trumpets were used. (1) calling the assembly, the blowing of the trumpets would call the people or the princes to Moses at the door of the tabernacle.

(2) the blowing of the trumpets would signal the four encampments of Israel to start on their journey.

What is meant by the calling of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle? It was to gather all the people before the Lord for a special meeting. The assembly of the people was called by the blowing of both trumpets, (verse 3), while the princes were gathered to Moses at the door of the tabernacle by the blowing of but one of them. We think that the difference between the blowing of both antitypical trumpets and blowing of only one is this: the blowing of both trumpets represents giving Gods people generalities only on the two parts of Gods’ plan, while the blowing of one trumpet represents the giving of details on a particular feature of Gods’ plan.

All during the Gospel Age and including this present time the majority of the people of God at best know but little of the things of God; hence they need the generalities, if they are to be helped; while if given the details they would be unable to understand and would thus be stumbled. Experience shows this, in our public meetings, in our conversations and in our publications, we do not attempt to give all the details of the Plan of God. It’s better to just give them only generalities.

This was clearly to have been the case during the harvest of the Gospel Age. The two trumpets were first blown to assemble the nominal people of God and they received simple talks, like short talks in which the general features of the plan (the human and Divine salvation were made plain to them.) This also showed itself in the volunteer, colporteur, photo drama, newspaper and pastoral work, as well as in conversations with the nominal people of God.

It was only when some of them were drawn into the truth that they would be given details on any particular subject. As these individuals were being gathered their mentality required going into details as to meet their mental needs and their difficulties: and giving details requires lengthy discussions of certain features of but one subject-blowing one trumpet. These two kinds of gatherings served various kinds of purposes. During the harvest they were a witness to the kingdom, stressing the general high calling and restitution truths. This implied the preaching of repentance and the rebuking of the errors of the nominal church; and as these errors were against both the Divine and the human salvation, they had to be addressed.

These same things, though with less clearness, were likewise witnessed to by true people of God who lived in the Jewish Harvest and in the time between the Jewish and Gospel Harvests. Thus such calling of general assemblies occurred throughout the Gospel Age. The blowing of the trumpets thus the callings of the assemblies is even yet occurring in our work as a conversationalists, volunteers, in our home meetings, our conventions and in our publications. And finally, so far as the nominal people of God have been concerned, this work of drawing those were willing to repentance and faith to justification and with those so drawn the effort was later made to lead them to consecration.

Then there were various purposes connected with the private assemblings of the princes who were the antitypical leaders of the nominal people of God. One of these purposes was to bring those who were truly seeking after God to a knowledge of the Truth, which in some cases proved successful; another was an educational one to help them to measurable clearer views, which in turn they would give to others. Many people today have a better, more truthful understanding of Bible subjects because some of their leaders have attended these assemblies down through the Gospel Age.

Verse 5-7 shows that two different kinds of sounds came from the blowing of the trumpets. One sound is not defined, probably loud, but soft. The other is defined as an alarm. An alarm blown on a trumpet represents the proclamation of a controversial message. At the sound of the alarm the camp began to march.

In studying the Gospel Age, cloudy, fiery pillar, we found that the marching of Israel represents, among other things, advance in knowledge, as the advance of the pillar types the progressive unfolding of the Truth. But ordinarily, under what circumstances is it that the Truth progresses? As our Pastor has frequently pointed out, it usually is amid controversies.

We might point out some illustrations in proof of this. It was amid the Ransom controversy that Leviticus 16 became clear to our Pastor and thus almost the whole tabernacle. During that controversy the Ransom doctrine became wonderfully clarified. It was during the Sin offerings, Covenants and Mediator controversy that the truth on these subjects made clear.

How vast is the amount of Epiphany Truth that has become clarified through the Great Company and Youthful Worthies controversy! It has been the experience of Gods’ people that in every controversy they have become involved and were in need of further light, the advancing light did come. Yes, God made the Bible so that it would shed its advancing light through our Lords’ ministry as the circumstances, needs and experiences of God’s people required.

Accordingly the two silver trumpets refer to the Word of God. In verse 5 when the trumpet sounded the alarm the camp of Israel divided in 4 sections began to march. The sounding it was a signal for the camps to the front of the tabernacle to march. They were the tribes of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun. This alarm types the proclamation of controversial message in Gods’ power as it effected the teachings of the Calvinistic, Campbellites and Second Adventist churches in their studies and their debates on the special aspect of power centered in their stewardship doctrines.

At the second trumpet alarm the camps to the tabernacles south advanced, they were, Reuben, Simeon and Gad. The alarm represents the controversial proclamation centering in Gods’ Wisdom as it effected teachings of the Greek, Roman and Anglican Churches.

That the third and fourth encampments marched is recorded in verses 22-27. Hence we arer assured from this and other recordings that the third and fourth trumpet alarms were sounded. Accordingly the third blast aroused the camps Ephrain, Manassah and Benjamin, which were to the west, as they began to march. This controversial message was along the lines of Gods Justice and effected the Lutheran, Congregational and Quaker churches.

And finally, the fourht trumpet alarm started the camp to the north to march, the tribes of Dan, Asher and Naphtali. These three tribes type the Baptist, Methodist and Unitarian churches. The fourth trumpet alarm represents the proclamation of a controversial message along the lines of Divine Love as it effected their stewardship doctrines.

The marching of the twelve tribes represents their entering into a controversy in defense of their stewardship doctrines and a refutation of attacks on them. The advance that the twelve tribes made represents the growth of these denominations in the truths implied in their stewardship doctrines. Thus the advancing truths of the Gospel Age were received by them amid controversies.

The thought of not blowing an alarm, but of simply blowing ordinarily on the trumpet in gathering the assemblies, is emphasized by way of contrast in verse 7. In a typical way it teaches how ordinarily the truth should be presented to the non-combative nominal people of God. If our design is to win hearers, we should avoid controversy as much as possible. The positive non-combative presentation of the truth normally is the best and most winsome method for its spread. Controversy has its place in Christianity, to repel attacks and to attack errors, but its place is not so much in the field of winning for the truth. Here the non-combative method is decidedly better. It is said, “you can catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar.” Therefore in public and home meetings, and in our conversations, when our object is to win, let us avoid blowing an alarm on our trumpet but use it for constructive teaching. On the other hand we are not to compromise the truth, not even for a minute, even for the sake of argument. If the subject matter becomes controversial we will have to blow the alarm on our trumpet. Thus verse 5 and 6 show the controversial side of our work in destroying error; and verse 7 shows the upbuilding side of our work in spreading truth.

Verse 8 shows whose was the privilege of sounding the trumpets. The sons of Aaron here, of course, represent the Gospel Age underpriesthood. The antitypical sounding was always in each epoch of the Church, begun by its angel, and that, with the single exception of the Ephesians Church, byu the principal man in the star.

Saint Paul, the principal man of the Ephesian Church, is the one exception, because St. Paul was not yet in the Church, Saint Peter was given the privilege of beginning to sound that trumpet first, which he did in opening the door of access to the church for Jewish believers at Pentecost and for Gentiles 3 1/2 years later.

In every other case the principal man of each star led off the rest of the members of each star. This is true historically, as can be seen in the case of John in the Smyrna Church, Arius in the Perg-amos Church, Claudius of Turin in the Thyatira Church, Marsiglio in the Sardis Church, Wessel in the Philadelphia Church and Russell in the Laodicean Church. Thereafter the rest of the priesthood then functioning, according to the spirit, talents and opportunities joined in the symbolic blowing- proclaiming the message then due to the real and nominal Church.

Verse 9 treats of the controversial use of these antitypical trumpets (if ye go to war). The Christian warfare is waged against sin, error, selfishness and worldliness, as these are led against us by Satan, the world, and our flesh.It is against all four of these principles that we must wage warfare. These are the enemies that certainly oppress all Christians: for many are the forms of error, many are the forms of sin, many are the forms of selfishness and many indeed are the forms of worldliness. These four principles of evil oppress us and it is against Satan the world, error and our flesh that we must fight. “Then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets and ye shall be rememebered before the Lord your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.”

The blowing of the two antitypical trumpets represents the priesthoods proclaiming Gods Word-preaching, teaching speaking the Truth- on the human and Divine salvation. Ordinary blowing representing the constructive proclamation of the Truth, alarm blowing representing the refutational and correctional proclamation of the Truth.

When we sing together hymn No. 24 Blow ye the trumpet, blow the gladly solemn sound, we encourage one another to spread Gods word on the two salvations. This becomes all the more apparent when we understand the antitype of verse 10. Besides the blowing of the trumpets in war, marches and assemblings there were three occasions, when in connection with the burnt offerings and peace offerings, the trumpets were to have the ordinary (not alarm) blowings. They are listed in order in verse 10: days of gladness, solemn days (festivals) and in the beginnings of your months (new moons).

The festivals or solemn days are enumerated in Leviticus 23.

The first listed was Israels’ Sabbath which types our justification rest by faith as the Millennial blessings reckoned to us by faith.

The passover in Nisan 14 represents Christ death while the 7 days of the Passover festival represent the various especially joyous experiences of Christian life during the seven epochs of the Gospel Age, its first and last day of holy convocation representing its two reaping periods.

Pentecost represents for the Gospel Age the churches privilege in receiving the Holy Spirit.

The day of atonement represents for the Gospel Age the sin-offering experience of the Christ, Head and Body.

The festival of tabernacles represents for the Gospel Age the various members of the antitypical Israel dwelling each in his own class, the first and last days of solemn convocation against representing the two reaping periods.

The twelve new moons for the Gospel Age seem to represent the develoment of the twelve chief graces.

Accordingly, these festivals, new moons and days of joy represent every feature of Christian life in its privileges, blessings, helps, experiences and providences. It is in connection with these that the burnt offering of Jesus is by him ministered to us as the evidence that God has accepted his sacrifice on our behalf, it is also in connection with these that he offers our peace offerings, our vows of consecration made to God which are acceptable through his merit.

In a word Numbers 10:1-10 teaches we are to preach the Word, only the Word, all of the Word, as due, in season and out of season according to conditions and opportunity. Spread the Word! Blow ye the trumpet, blow the gladly solemn sound! Let us both sing and live Hymn No. 24.

Brother Detzler

The Two Debtors

he Two Debtors
The Bible is written with a beautiful divine economy. So much is said in so few words. In these few verses God tells us to forgive one another and he will forgive us. This message is clear and simple. But if we look a little closer and think a little longer on each verse the parable reveals a larger story. A story that is set in a specific time and place. The parable even tells us whom it is especially for. Our lord is teaching a lesson that is very important to the ones receiving it. Of course it is beneficial to all who read it even though it may not be written especially for them. So lets go back and take a closer look and try to gain a deeper understanding of what our Lord is saying. In this parable of the two debtors. Im going to start by reading each scripture of the parable and then discuss it and go onto the next, starting with the 21st verse.

Matthew 18:21

[Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?]
Peter could understand this principal in general. He could see that it was his duty to forgive the trespasses of others but he seemed doubtful of how far this principal of forgiveness should go. Jesus had already instructed the apostles on the subject before when he had taught them to pray to forgive us our debts, (sins and trespasses) as we forgive our debtors. Our Lord also went on to explain that if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your father forgive your trespasses. We can read this in Matthew. 6:12-15 [6:12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.] It seems that Peter wanted to know exactly how far this rule of forgiveness was to be applied in the everyday affairs of life. We can see this by the way peter asks our Lord till 7 times.

Matthew 18:22

[Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.]
The 70 times 7 mentioned by our Lord we should understand to mean an unlimited number of times. Followers of Jesus should be ready at all times to forgive when forgiveness is asked for by a repentant brother or sister or anyone else who seems sincere in their request for mercy, Forgiveness.
As a sidelight I would like to mention briefly that Brother Russel says that in the case of children the parent may immediately forgive a wrong doing but may still need to discipline the child. The punishment should work in the child’s overall good and be a correction done out of love and not in wrath.

Matthew 18:23

[Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.]
This scripture tells us who this parable is especially for. Jesus is not dealing with the world at all. He is not calling them his servants in any sense of the word. Only consecrated believers occupy this position of divine relationship. This parable is meant for the true church of Christ, the little flock, the spirit begotten ones walking the narrow way.

Matthew 18:24

[And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.]
The debt of 10,00 talents was a big one. Representing millions of dollars. This debt represents our great obligations to God as a race and our inability to meet the obligations. There are none perfect no not one.

Matthew 18:25

[But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.]
In connection with this verse Brother Russel points out that Adam was already sold under sin and his whole family was involved in slavery.

Matthew 18:26

[The servant therefore fell down, and worshiped him, saying Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.]
The king does not exercise compassion until the debtor asks for it. So also God does not forgive our sins until we acknowledge our sins and ask for his forgiveness.

Matthew 18:27

[Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.]
In this verse we see the proper exercise of mercy. Psalm 32:1[Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.] The liberated servant whose prayer for mercy was heard represents the Christian believers who during the gospel age has been made free from sin. God graciously had mercy on us through Christ and provided for our liberty. The merit of Christs ransom sacrifice was deposited with the Father. This merit was then imputed to the spirit begotten little flock members to cover their sins, so that they could be reckoned perfect. This was their liberty from sin.
We can see another important feature of the parable in this verse, in that if any of the Lords people, his disciples come short they have a throne of grace and mercy to which they may approach that they may obtain mercy and find grace to him in time of need. Hebrew 4:36 [Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.]
I would like to add another sidelight before we go on to the next verse. Later on in the millennial kingdom to be set up here on Earth when the merit of Christs ransom sacrifice is poured out on the whole world of mankind, the work of blotting out the sins of the world in general will begin. The restoring of man to his original perfection will mean the blotting out of mankind’s mental, moral, and physical blemishes. Their restoration will be a gradual work. They will slowly be brought back to that perfect condition in which Father Adam was before he sinned.

Matthew 18:28

[But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, which owed him a hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.]
Now we see the forgiven servant going from his king’s presence with the kind words of the king still fresh on his mind. He goes out and he finds a fellow servant who owed him a hundred pence or about 100 dollars. Now (here) the forgiven servant takes a wrong course. Instead of a proper and generous feeling toward his fellow servant he grabs the lesser debtor by the throat and tell him to pay me that thou owest.

Matthew 18:29

[And his fellow servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.]
The fellow servant used the very same words as the other servant had used to the king. Have mercy upon me and I will pay thee all.

Matthew 18:30

[And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.]
But the forgiven servant was hard hearted and had his fellow servant cast into prison.

Matthew 18:31

[So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.]
The fellow servants knowing that their lord was of a very generous disposition knew that the king would not like such an improper course.

Matthew 18:32

[Then this lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because that desiresdst me:]
Here we notice that the king immediately refers to the forgiven but unforgiving servant as an evil servant. The king was very angry saying that I remitted thy debt because you asked me to. I showed mercy to you.

Matthew 18:33

[Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?]
The question is verse 33 is left unanswered because the answer is so clearly implied. He who had received so great mercy should have been moved with compassion toward a fellow servant in such a small affair.

Matthew 18:34

[And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.]
Now we see a pardon given and then revoked. It was not too late to punish the servant who had proven himself unworthy of the mercy bestowed upon him. His debt had merely been remitted or set aside and not blotted out. The king delivered the unmerciful servant to the tormentors. This was the custom of oriental countries at that time. Our Lord was speaking to the people from the standpoint of custom which they would understand. Another point I would like to bring out here is about the little flock and the great company. If we look at Revelation 7:4 [And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.] and then at verse 9 [ After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.]
These unlike the 144,00 do not sit with Christ in the throne but are pictured as being before the throne. These have not kept their garments unspotted from the world. Because of a wrong spirit and a wrong course they have bedraggled their robes and therefore they must wash them and make them white in the blood of the lamb, and this washing is presented as being done in great tribulation. These tribulations correspond to the torments of the parable upon the servant who did not exercise mercy toward his fellow servant.

Matthew 18:35

[So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.]
Our Lord in concluding the parable makes a direct application of it to his disciples. Our Lord says in verse 35 in no uncertain terms that whatever their faith and whatever their works they all amount to nothing if they do not attain to that spirit of love which is merciful, generous, long suffering and patient toward those who do injury to them. Mercy is an element of love and love is the fulfilling of the whole law of God.

Ephesians 4:32

[And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.]
Ephesians 4:32 sums up the lesson here. Each and every one of the new creatures, sons of God accepted through the merit of Jesus, is held responsible for his own sins. But divine power has provided for the cancellation of these freely for Christs sake, upon their acknowledgement and request for forgiveness. The forgiving of these trespasses of Gods children is made dependent upon their having a spirit of forgiveness toward the brethren. And finally we are not to forget that this applies to all of us as a general principle in the proportion as each of us comes under enlightenment and instruction in the word of God, the truth thru our faith in our Lord Jesus. May the Lord add his blessing.

Brother Detzler

The Holy

No person living today ever saw the Tabernacle which the children of Israel raised up in the wilderness. The Tabernacle was constructed exactly according to the pattern God had given to His servant Moses on the mount. Although we never saw the Tabernacle we know exactly what it looked like because the detailed directions for its construction as given to Moses are found in the book of Exodus. Exodus 25 to 27 and Exodus 35 to 40. I never saw the tabernacle but because the plans for its construction were so detailed a number of models have been made. I saw one at Br. Gerald Herzigs home in Florida and a beautiful large detailed model in Israel at Emek Ha Shalom: Also down the road 30 miles or so from the Bible House there is a kind of replica where they sell all kinds of tabernacle related items to tourists I bought a beautiful print there that showed the Tabernacle setting within the curtains of the court surrounded by the camp of Israel. Later Sr. Lucille Hardy, who paints, made me an oil painting from the print which I have on the wall of my study.

The best source for information, of course, is the wonderful book “Tabernacle Shadows of Better Sacrifices” which I have been frantically restudying ever since I received this assignment.

The last time Sr. Mary and I visited Israel, we had made arrangements to worship with some of the many “fellowships”, the congregations of Jewish Christians. We took lots of booklets and tracts which we passed out at their meetings, but the special gift we gave to as many of their leaders as we could find was a copy of Tabernacle Shadows.

It just seems this book would be “a helping hand” to any Jew who would honestly be trying to find the connection between Judaism and Christianity.

The Apostle Paul assures us, the whole nation of Israel, as well as its laws and its religious services and ceremonies were as hey says, a picture of shadow of things to come. The events of the Jewish Age type or picture many events of the Gospel Age.

Moses, the deliverer of his people pictured our Lord Jesus as the great deliverer of the whole world of mankind. The escape from Egypt and the wilderness journey to the promised land picture Jesus leading us through the world of sin to the long promised Kingdom.

Ever board. every curtain, every piece of furniture in the Tabernacle, if carefully studied will help give us a better understand of the Plan of God.

The Tabernacle was like a house, without windows, constructed of a series of boards of shitten wood, overlaid or plated with gold, set on end of into sockets of silver, and firmly fastened together by bars of the same wood, also covered with gold.

This structure was 10 cubits wide, 10 cubits high, and 30 cubits long, the sacred cubit of the tabernacle was 25 inches so the tabernacle was really about 20 feet high, 20 feet wide, 60 ft. long, and open at the front or east end. The entire structure was covered by a large white linen cloth, interwoven with figures of cherubim, in blue, purple and scarlet. The open end or front was closed by a curtain of the same material and was called the “Door” or 1st Vail. Another cloth of the same material, similarly woven with the figure of cherubim called the 2nd Vail was hung so that it divided the Tabernacle into two rooms. The first or larger apartment was called the “Holy”. These two apartments constituted the Tabernacle; then this beautiful gold building had a tent erected over it for a shelter. It was made of a covering of cashmere cloth or goat hair. Another of ram skins dyed red and another of seal skins.

It has been a curious matter to some that the glory and beauty of the tabernacle, it’s golden walls, its golden and beautifully engraved furniture, and its Vail of curious work were so completely covered and hidden from view of the people; even the sunlight from without being exluded, its only light being the Lamp in the Holy and the Shekinah glory in the Most Holy.

But this is perfectly in keeping with Gods purpose. As god covered the type and hid its beauty under curtains and rough, unsightly skins, so the glories and beauties of spiritual things are seen only by those who enter the consecrated condition.

The “Holy” represented the condition of those begotten of God through the Word of Truth. These as heavenly minded “new creatures,” had their real life and walk with God within the first Vail, the Vail of consecration, and beyond the intellectual sight of the world and the unconsecrated believers. They enjoyed the inner light of the “golden candlestick.” while others are in “outer darkness”; these ate of special spiritual food represented in the unleavened bread and offered incense at the golden alter, acceptable through Christ Jesus.

The only way the faith justified could pass the first Vail was to renounce their justified human wills and all their human aspirations and hopes, counting the human will as dead: henceforth consulting not it but the will of God only.

In the “Holy” the “new creatures” were enlightened by the “golden candlestick” Gods Word respecting spiritual things, “the deep things of God,” and to be refreshed and strengthened daily with the truth, as represented in the “shew-bread,” lawful for only the Priests to eat. And thus enlightened and strengthened they daily offered up *sacrifices at the “golden Alter,” acceptable to God through Jesus Christ, a sweet perfume to our Father. 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.] Not Spiritual sacrifices but human rights. Privileges, life, time, talents, worldly goods are their sacrifice.

There are many religious people in the world who believe that “Jesus Saves,” yet the biggest share of them have no idea how this comes about. The divine mechanics that makes our Lords sacrifice the center point of Gods Grand Plan of Salvation completely eludes them. They are able to understand the surface truths of Gods Word but they cannot discern the deeper spiritual truths of the Word.

The Tabernacle lessons show us why this is. They are brethren in justification, of “the household of faith” but not fully consecrated brethren in Christ.

The church nominal has always included both the justified and the consecrated classes as well as the hypocrites (the actors). In the Apostle Paul letters certain parts were addressed, to the justified class who had not fully consecrated. Thus he writes to the Galations that “They that are Christs have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts” He seems to imply that only some of them had complied with the Gospel call to sacrifice fleshly, earthly interests.

In the same way he addressed the Romans 12:1 [I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.] All who in heart renounce sin and accepts Gods grace in Christ are justified freely by faith in Jesus and God has declared himself willing to accept their consecrations. Consecration to death is still acceptable, but during the next age, the age to come wherein dwelleth righteousness, the consecration of the restitutionists will be to life.

It seems evident that even in the early churches the larger proportion of the brethren were justified believers but had not fully consecrated.

Looking back at the type in the Law we find there were 8580 Levites (who were represented the justified believers) appointed in the typical service, while there were only five Priests (representing the consecrated) Numbers 4:46-48 [All those that were numbered of the Levites, whom Moses and Aaron and the chief of Israel numbered, after their families, and after the house of their fathers, 47 From thirty years old and upward even unto fifty years old, every one that came to do the service of the ministry, and the service of the burden in the tabernacle of the congregation, 48 Even those that were numbered of them, were eight thousand and five hundred and fourscore.Exodus 28:1 [And take thou unto thee Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office, even Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.]

It seems quite evident that the Lord did not make a misstatement when he said, the “royal priesthood would be a “little flock.””

The fact that we see believers who are trying to put away their sins is not of itself evidence of their being consecrated; for those justified by faith as well as the consecrated should practice “circumcision of the heart” putting away the sins of the flesh. All this is symbolized in the Laver of water in the “Court” at which both priests and Levites washed. This cleaning should be from both sin and error.

Nor is a spirit of meekness, gentleness, benevolence and morality always indicative of consecration to God. There are still in this world many people who are not religious at all who have partially survived the wreck of the fall of man, these are good people but these natural qualities frequently pass as proofs of full consecration.

Even when we see believers practicing self-denial in some good work of political or moral reform, that is not an evidence of consecration to God. Though it is an evidence of consecration to a work.

Consecration to God says, any work, anywhere anytime; “I delight to do thy will, O God”; thy will, in thy way, be done. Consecration to God, then, will ensure a searching of His plan revealed His Word, that we may be able to spend and be spent for Him and in His service, in harmony with His arranged and revealed plan.

Marvel not, then, that so few have ever seen the glorious beauties, within the tabernacle: only t he priests could see them. We may know of them only as we hear them described. We have never seen the hidden light and beauty; never eaten of the “bread of presence;” never offered the acceptable incense at the “Golden Altar”. No: to enjoy these they must pass the Vail, the doorway into the “Holy” into entire consecration to God in sacrifice during the Gospel Age.

The furniture of the “Holy” consisted of a “Table”, a “Candlestick” and an “Incense Alter.” Each of these items had a special significance during the Gospel Age and each has an application at the present time.

The first compartment of the Tabernacle, in the “Holy” on the right stood the table of Shew bread, a wooden table overlaid with gold; and upon it was placed twelve cakes of unleavened bread in two piles. Six in each pile, with frankincense on top of each pile.

This bread was for the priests to eat, it was only for the priests. It was holy and was renewed every seventh or Sabbath day.

It is the table of the consecrated believers at which others “had no right to eat”(Hebrews 13:10 [We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.]) During the Gospel Age the truly consecrated were the Royal Priesthood and the eating typified the feeding, strengthening and enlightening all who entered the covenanted spiritual condition. They helped each other. The Bride of Christ was to make herself ready. The work of blessing the world will follow during the next age.

Question. If the Y.W. and the C E C do not eat the shewbread, how do they understand the deep thing?

Not all Bible Truth nor even all spiritual truth is meant by the shewbread. The shewbread could be eaten only by the priests and therefor typifies something that they only could appropriate to themselves, and this is everything involved in the Sarah Covenant promises, the promises given to the Christ class alone. These promises are the antitypified shewbread. Eating the shewbread does not mean to understand all the deep things: it means to appropriate to oneself, to make their own, the promises of the Sara Covenant. And since these are made alone to the antitypical priests, the Christ class, none but the Christ class can really claim them.

Therefore neither the Youthful Worthies nor any others of the non-priestly classes, can eat the antitypical shewbread. The Sarah Covenant consists of promises to the Divine class and is not part of the Oath-bound Covenant under which the Ancient Worthies, the Youthful Worthies and the Consecrated Campers are developed. That these classes understand the deep things is due to the fact they are consecrated; and the consecrated have always been privileged to understand, and always will be privileged to understand the truth as due. The Ancient Worthies were privileged to understand all the truth due in their days: and the restitution class as they consecrate, and they will all have to consecrate will understand all of the Bible as it becomes due for them.

The Golden Candlestick or lampstand, which stood opposite the Golden Table and gave light to all in the “Holy” was of gold, pure gold, all of one piece hammered out. It had seven branches, each of which hep a lamp, making seven lamps in all, perfect or complete number.

This represented the complete church, from the Head, Jesus, to and including the last member of the “Little Flock”, that God has taken out from among men to be partakers of the divine nature, the pure gold. Yes; the candlestick represented the entire Church of the First-born, the true Church, whose names are written in heaven, the true light bearers, the Royal Priesthood.

Light has ever been symbolic of that which brings joy and gladness, while night and darkness has been associated with ignorance and its accompanying misery.

The first recorded words of God are “Let there be light” As God is the source and fountain of all life and love, so is He the source of all light. To us He manifests Himself through His Word. Not the written Word alone, but its author Jesus, “The Word of God.” “This is the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

The character of God is described by, the beloved John 1: “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” James calls Him the “Father of lights with whom there is no variableness. Neither shadow of turning.” Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Of his followers he says, “Ye are the light of the world.”

The golden lampstand in the “Holy” beautifully symbolizes Christ as the hpe of our fallen race. It stood where there was no other light. Christ is the light of life. It had seven branches typifying perfection, or as seven is a symbol of that which is complete and entire, it represents Christ as the embodiment of light, not only the truth, but the whole truth, the fullness of God.

The form of its workmanship was beautiful, a fruit and a flower, a fruit and a flower following successively, representing the truth church as both beautiful and fruitful from first to last. The oil for the lamps was symbolic of the holy spirit, and its light represented holy enlightenment, the spirit of the truth. Its light was for the benefit of the priests only, and represented the spirit or mind of God given to enlighten the Church in the deep things of God which were entirely hidden from the natural man, even thought he be a justified believer. None but the truly consecrated the “Royal Priesthood,” are permitted to see into this deeper light, hidden in the “Holy.”

During the Gospel Age, the Word is the lamp and the Church is the lampstand and they would be privileged to understand the plan of God: but it would not always be so.

During the Millennium, when the secret features of Gods plan will have been carried out, all the consecrated will understand everything except the operation of the spirit of begetal, now God is treating the faithful “between the Age of consecrations” in the same way. Hence this transitional period is more like the Millennium than the Gospel Age in this respect.

This change of operation began in 1881 with the ending of the general call; for from that time on the Lord gave all the faithful consecrators for whom no crowns were available on understanding of all deep things, except an appreciative understanding of the operation of the Spirit of begetal in the heart.

Close up to the “Vail” that separated the “Holy” from the “Most Holy,” stood a small altar of wood covered with gold, called the “Golden Altar” or “Incense Altar.” It had no fire upon it except what the priest brought in the censers which he set on top of this “Golden Altar,” It had no fire upon it except what the priest brought in the censers which he set on the top of this “Golden Altar,” and this crumbled the incense upon it, causing it to give forth a sweet smelling smoke like a perfume, which filling the “Holy,” penetrated also beyond the “Second Vail”, into the “Most Holy.”

This sweet incense, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ was the willing sacrifice of the priests: their praises, their willing obedience, all things whatsoever they do to the glory of God.

As the High Priest, our Lord Jesus was ordained to offer sacrifice, and that was the particular feature of calling while on earth, so likewise was it the calling of all who would walk in his footsteps, they were ordained to offer gifts and sacrifice to God.

Jesus offered himself a human sacrifice for sin, it was for this reason it was necessary that he should leave the spiritual condition in which he had previously existed and should take upon him human conditions. “He became a man,” that by the grace of God might taste death for every man.

Adam was not a spirit beings when he sinned. Hence Gods sentence was not against a spirit being but it was against a human being, “Dust thou art and unto dust shall thou return.” It was necessary that the Lord Jesus should become the man Christ Jesus; that as by a man came death so also by man should come the resurrection of the dead.

As Jesus willingly laid down his perfect human nature, his perfect body, his perfect mind, and all his rights as a sinless human being, so were his footstep followers to sacrifice their justified human natures, their justified flesh which was reckoned perfect and acceptable by God.

Those who thus offered incense acceptable to God come very close to the Father, up close to the “Vail” which separated the “Holy” from the “Most Holy;” and if they have requests they may be presented with the incense. The prayers of the priests of God are effectual.

Jesus kept the incense continually burning, and could say “I know that thou hearest me always” So the under-priests, the members of his Body, were always heard if they continued to offer the incense of faith, love and obedience to God. Admittance into the Holy during the Gospel Age required the faith-justified, of that Age, to make a full consecration to do the will of God.

The faith-justified of this transitional period, also invited to present themselves to the Lord, not as living sacrifices, but as faithful, obedient children willing to surrender their wills and to do, to the best of their ability, the will of God.

These consecrated classes are able to understand the truth as it comes due: therefore they should be able to see that the “High Calling” has ended. The door to the Holy is closed: this is meat in due season.

Although we have never see the hidden light and beauty of the Golden Candlestick, we have been spiritually enlightened. This will continue to be true as the “bright shining” increases.

We have never eaten the shew bread, but we have been privileged to taste the good word of God. The wonderful harvest truths and light of the Epiphany have been opened to us.

Only the Priests could offer acceptable incense at the Golden Altar but our prayers, our praises, our faith and our willing obedience is acceptable to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In the Gospel Age picture the nation of Israel typified the whole world of mankind separated from the Tabernacle and the Court by a fence of linen curtains and therefore unable to see the religious service and ceremonies being conducted within! The great majority of the world of mankind, past and present, can’t see either. They know nothing of Gods’ plan: They don’t even know a sacrifice has been made and accepted on their behalf, a sacrifice that grantees a resurrection for all.

Only the consecrated are privileged to walk in the light of Present Truth. My dear brethren, you are indeed a special people.

Brother Detzler