The Image and the Stone
Seven Times. The Latter-day Image.
The Two Babylons. A New Covenant.
"Arise, shine, for thy light is Come."
THE LAST LECTURE closed on a note of sadness, sorrow, and almost despair. And so it would be were it not for the reality of “the Hope made of God unto the fathers.” Hence, although Israel should abide “many days,” without the favor of Heaven manifested in their behalf- wherein they should no longer see the king, a prince, a sacrifice, ephod or teraphim- a ray of light is extended in the verse following the one from which the former words are taken: “Afterward,” says the prophet, “shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.” (Hosea 3:5).
Many things have been
revealed for our instruction, in the Way of Salvation, which are not so readily discernible as others. Such things are embraced
in the statement. “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of
kings is to search out a matter.” (Prov. 25: 2). In a soon-coming Day, many- who have been
unknown in the day of small things- are to be manifested as the associates of One who was “declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” (
These are the “kings” who, in a day of small things, honored God by searching out the matter! The captain of their salvation had said, “Search the Scriptures.” (John 5: 39). Giving heed thereto they sought as for hid treasures, and paying more attention to the Word, than to the prevalent traditions of men, they found “the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14: 6). By that “way,” they came unto the Father in hope of life, for without the way of truth there is no access to God. But when will the good things promised be fulfilled? "When shall these things be? And when the sign of thy coming", and of the end of the wor1d?" were questions which exercised the minds of the contemporaries of Jesus before He left the earth- and have been asked many times since. Do the Scriptures give, to the believers, any indications as to when they may anticipate the realization of their hopes? “The day and the hour” is not known: neither have we direct testimony of the “year.”
Earnest men and women have searched deeply for an elucidation of the hidden things of the mystery of God, in anxious endeavor to know when the Lord will come and have made their hearts glad, and hopes intensified, when they have concluded to their own satisfaction that they have rightly and definitely solved the problem- only to find as time went on that they were definitely mistaken. It would therefore seem to be the path of wisdom to dwell rather upon the fact than to seek to know the day and the hour. If we are to be “like unto men that wait.” (Luke 12:36) there is to be an urge of faith, and an element of expectation, at all times; this would, in a measure, be interfered with if we knew the actual “day of His Coming.” Paul, the Apostle, wrote; “But of the times and seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1 Thess. 5: 1, 2). “Times and seasons” are associated with a period spoken of as “the day of the Lord.” This is a day, which, unless the brethren are alive to their responsibilities- walking in the light, and not embraced in darkness- they are in danger of being “overtaken.” They are, therefore, counseled not to “sleep, as do others.”
Various periods are mentioned in the Bible, which come under the designation “Times and Seasons.” It is evident that the Thessalonians, to whom Paul wrote, were alive to the significance of certain matters which he designates “the times” and “the seasons.” The apostle does not specify which “times” and “seasons” are referred to in his statement. Their knowledge of those things, however, is submitted as being a basis for their understanding and acceptance of a greater fact, appertaining to a coming Day.
Of this Dr. Thomas
wrote, “In 1 Thess. 5: 1, Paul tells the faithful in
that city that there was no need of his writing to them of the times and the
seasons, for that they themselves knew perfectly that the day of the Lord comes
as a thief in the night: and that they were not in darkness that that day should
overtake them as a thief. It was the times and the seasons that
had given them this knowledge, so far, at least, as they were not reserved of
the Father in His own power. The apostle also tells us in Col. 2: 16, that holy
days, new moons, and sabbaths, are shadows of things
which are to come; and it is scarcely to be credited a priority, that the
times of each Jewish rite, feast, and ceremony, should have been handed
down to us with such minuteness, unless they also, as well as the other
scriptures, were to be profitable to us. Besides, as the seasons refer
to the former rain, seed-time, latter rain, harvest, and vintage, so do the
times refer to the three times a year that all the males were obliged to
appear before the Lord at Jerusalem. The Passover, which was at the
commencement of the second feast of Pentecost, which was at the
commencement of the second feast of firstfruits; and
the Feast of Tabernacles, after gathering in the harvest of corn and
wine; were inchoately fulfilled in the sacrifice of Christ our passover; the gathering of the firstfruits
of the apostolic labors; and the ingathering at the end of their exclusive
labors in Judea, after which “the stranger,” or Gentiles, became a gleaning of
the corners of the field. These feasts have only had a springing, or germinant, which I have styled
an inchoate, accomplishment; but will have their fructiferous, or terminal,
fulfillments after the appearing of the Lord in his kingdom. The passover, pentecost,
and the feast of the tabernacles, were commemorative and typical: commemorative
of the destruction of
As already stated, various periods are mentioned in relation to “times;” as they refer to different epochs a citation of various scriptures in which the terms appear will be helpful.
“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon
Dan. 8: 17, 19. “Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision. For at the time appointed the end shall be.”
Dan. 11:40. “At the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him; and the king of the north shall come against him.”
Dan. 12:4. “Seal the book, even to the time of the end."
Hab. 2:3. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak.”
Matt. 16:3. “O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
Luke 21:24. “
Acts 1:6,7. “Lord, wilt thou
at this time restore again the kingdom to
Acts . “the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.”
I Tim. 4:1. “In the latter times some shall depart from the faith.”
2 Tim. 3:1. “This know also, that IN THE LAST DAYS perilous times shall come.”
Thus we see that
although there is a “set time” appointed of God for His favor to he poured out
Those to whom Paul wrote did discern the bearing of times and seasons, consequently there was no need for him to enlarge upon that aspect of the matter before his mind; he could however, and did, credit them with the recognition of a basic truth; “that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.” So though we are now much nearer to the day of the Lord, than our brethren were in the first century of the Christian dispensation, we are also further removed from some of the things with which they were, by time and circumstances, more familiar than ourselves.
There are some
outstanding features of the Eternal Plan, in its development, that all should
be able to grasp, and by interpretation- in the light of certain scriptures-
should be able to see the bearing of them upon the discerning of the signs of
the times (both past and present) in relation to the down-treading, and
subsequent uprising, of Israel. By this means we should also obtain some
understanding of the “day of the Lord.” Here we emphasize that a “day” in the
scriptures does not always signify the same length of time. To illustrate this-
for the present- we have the following testimony, given concerning the forty
years wandering, of the children of
We must not forget, but ever keep in mind, that God’s Plan was being carried out from the beginning, and this consistently with a pre-determined purpose. What might therefore appear to be changes were really developments. The call, on the part of the Hebrews, for a king- whilst obviously originating with the people, and not strictly in accord with the way of the Lord- brought about a development which, humanly speaking, presented a more striking picture of a kingdom than hitherto. So, as we have seen, the people were developed into, what they conceived to be, a kingdom of more practical dimensions. “Make us a king,” cried the people. And God answered, “I gave thee a king in mine anger, and took him away in my wrath.” (Hosea 13: 11). Appointments of their own choice were to be thorns in their sides. “But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.” (Num. 33: 55. see also Judges 2: 1,3).
Long and bitter was
to be the conflict, which would continue between the
We therefore ask, was there, from God to His people, any intimation as to the length of time He would punish them if they disobeyed His Will? Note how “the Lord spake unto Moses in Mount Sinai,” giving instructions to him that he should “speak unto the children of Israel,” placing before them the demands of God concerning their manner of life in the land granted them for a possession; the right of which, however, was to be retained by God.” The land shall not be sold for ever for the land is mine; for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.” (Lev. 25: 23). Blessings “in the basket and store” were promised, but were dependent upon the people manifesting in word and deed, their recognition of the supremacy of God, and their desire to obey His Will. “Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.” (Verse 18). This principle is further elaborated in the next chapter. “Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. I am the Lord. If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them.” What then? Would their performing the injunctions make their tenancy of the land worthwhile? Hear the promise. “Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase.” That was something to be assured of, but it was not all that God would do for them. “And I will give peace in the land . . . neither shall the sword go through your land. Ye shall chase your enemies, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.”
Has peace been maintained in that land, or has the sword gone through it? We know the latter has been the portion thereof. But why? Did the people “keep,” and “walk,” and “do” as they were commanded? To ask is but to answer these questions! And the answer shows the reliability of that Eternal Power which foretold these things, and which is able to perform even all the good, which He has promised. Read still further; “If ye walk in my statutes”- “I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.” What a promise! Then we have the other side. “But if ye will not hearken unto me . . . if ye despise my statutes . . . that ye break my covenant; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague . . . and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.” The chapter is full of what would befall this people if they persisted in walking in their own way. “They that hate you shall reign over you.” “And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.” “I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.” “And make you few in number.” “If ye will not be reformed . . . then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.” “I will bring the land into desolation.” “I will scatter you among the heathen . . . and upon them that are left of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; . . and they shall pine away in their iniquity.”
THE VOICE OF PROPHECY
HAS BEEN CONFIRMED in the pages of history. Did God fail in His purpose, or
forget His promised blessings? Verily not!
A “TIME” PERIOD
IT IS GENERALLY recognized,
in relation to the prophetic periods of desolation and punishment upon the land
and people of
When Jesus came “to
His own land” He did not find “His own people” established therein as an
independent nation and kingdom. They had already been “many days without a
king,” and were subject to a power “strong as iron.” Even so, Jesus foresaw and
foretold of more yet to come upon His people; “There shall be great distress
in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall be led away captive
into all nations: and
Now whilst all
peoples, who are not
The Kingdoms of men are presented to us in Daniel 2, as “an image.” On the screen we show the head of gold, and the feet of iron and clay. The breast of silver, and the thighs of brass, are not shown. This is to emphasize that when “the image, and the interpretation thereof” were made known to Nebuchadnezzar, the nations, represented thereby, were not all in existence. No difficulty need be experienced in identifying the powers spoken of, and represented by metallic parts of the image. They are:
Obviously all these powers, or empires,
did not as such co-exist.
We cannot emphasize
too strongly that the nation of
“THOU, O KING, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was of fine gold, his breast and arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and break them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.” (Dan. 2: 31, 35).
THE INTERPRETATION THEREOF
“THOU, O KING, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength and glory. And wheresoever 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. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shalt mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that THE STONE was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan 2: 37-45).
IN THE LATTER DAYS
AS already stated, these four great kingdoms were to be successive, not coexistent. “After thee shall arise,” was to be the process. These separate dynasties appeared and disappeared, each in turn playing their part in the drama of nations, and to that extent proving the validity of the prophecy. But there is one feature of the prophecy we require especially to note. Daniel, to whom the dream and its meaning were given from God, “in a night vision,” informed the Babylonian monarch of the underlying significance of the dream-image. Before doing so, however, the prophet- realizing that the information so much desired “concerning this secret” had been granted unto him- expressed himself in an ascription of praise and blessing to the God of his fathers, in whom he had shown his faith and trust. “Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His. And He changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.”
Having done this,
Daniel requested to be presented to Nebuchadnezzar, to whom he said, “There is
a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what
shall be in the latter days” (Dan. 2: 28). The image- that by the very
nature of things could not stand upon its feet in the past- is spoken of as
being “broken in pieces together.” There must therefore be a latter-day
manifestation of the image, when that which was made “known to the king” shall
come to pass “in the latter days.” How will this be brought
about? Will it be necessary for the ancient kingdoms to be restored in their
former glory in the lands of their possession? Such will not be required. We
cannot contemplate a Babylon as of old, alongside of a Medo-Persian
Empire, both of these powers to be co-existent with a third, which should “bear
rule over all the earth;” and yet find room for a fourth kingdom, strong
to break in pieces the other three. Such a view will not fit the case and
circumstances. Rather it will be accomplished by an aggregation of forces- of
the latter-day kingdoms- existing in the earth, which are established upon, or
in possession and control of those territories formerly held by the four empires
of the image. And this combination will be antagonistic to the Jews and the
Here I submit, for
your consideration, a statement by Dr. John Thomas, published in 1869. “By
turning to a map of
WE see from what has been advanced that we have two Babylons-
one of old, and another (of which the first was typical) yet to come. In the
WHO IS THE STONE?
NO difficulty should be experienced in answering this question, provided
we are acquainted with the true interpretation of “the things
It is not our present purpose to wander down all these by-paths even though it would be interesting to do so and to demonstrate the fallacies to be found in the quotations given. We quote them to show how false foundations produce erroneous ideas, and consequently men “teach for doctrine the commandments of men, and no matter how sincere they may be, in believing what they teach, the fact remains that “ignorance alienates from the life of God” (Eph. 4: 18), and it is only the “Truth as in Jesus” that can save a soul from death. We dismiss these false notions with but one observation; the “stone” which smites the “image” accomplishes that work of destruction whilst it is still the stone; it does not become a “kingdom” until later, when- the wind of heaven having swept away the dust of the demolished image- the stone becomes a great mountain, and fills the whole earth!
Who then is the
stone, or, who is represented by the stone?
Here again, as in many other
matters, we must compare scripture with scripture.” For Dan. is not the only verse in the Bible, which speaks
figuratively of a stone. In the last
blessing of Jacob, for his sons, mention is made of “the hands of the Mighty
God of Jacob;” and those words are followed with the statement “from thence is
the shepherd, the stone of
"He shall be for
a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the
Again we are told, “Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste (or, be confounded) (Isa. 28: 16).
Another testimony is significant. “For, behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.” (Zech. 3: 9).
"Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.” (Zech. 4: 7).
Speaking of the vision
being yet for “an appointed time,” and making known that “at the end it shall
speak, and not lie” another prophet tells of a “proud man, who transgresseth by wine, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and ladeth
himself with thick clay!” (Hab. 2: 3-6). It
does not require imagination to associate this prophecy with, and to see a
similar picture of what was revealed in Dan. 2 concerning “what shall be in
the latter days.” In this connection we have the following statement, “For the
stone shall cry out of the wall.” When “the wall of fire round about”
UPON THE STONE ASPECT of the “Lord Jesus Anointed,” Dr. Thomas wrote, “In
speaking of the appearance of the Man enthroned, John says, ‘it was like to a jasper and sardine stone.’ He is in this likened to a
Stone most precious, not to a common stone, but to a very brilliant and
inestimable living stone. He is symbolized here by a stone, because he is so
designated in the prophets . .
.This Shepherd-Stone is typified in the two onyx stones of the Aaronic ephod, upon which the names of the twelve tribes
were engraved in the order of the birth of their fathers, and which were to be
borne before Yahweh upon the two shoulders of the one man officiating as High
Priest, for a memorial. (Ex. 28: 9,12). The prophecy
that He was to be “a Stone of Stumbling,” has in part been accomplished, and we
wait now for this stone to be laid in the identical place where it was stumbled
over; according to the words of the Spirit by the prophet Isaiah, chapter 28:
6.” (which scripture has been quoted above) -
IN the preceding Lecture reference was made to the parable of the Vineyard as set forth in Matt. 21. Attention is again directed to the same matter, but this time our quotation is from Luke 20: 17,18. “And he beheld them, and said, ‘What is this then that is written, The Stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the Corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that Stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder’.” This is indeed the destined fate of the Image, when smitten on the feet by the Stone of Israel. This same challenge, presented to the chief priests and Pharisees, is expressed by Matthew and Mark as “Did ye never read in the scriptures?” and “Have ye not read this scripture?” to which is added “This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes” (Mark ).
What is the scripture to which we are directed? Here it is, the spirit of Christ in the Psalms; “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The Stone which the builders refused is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psa. 118: 17-24).
“The Stone that smote the image,” and according to the prophecy is destined to become “a great mountain,” is said to be “cut out without hands” (marginal rendering, “which was not in hands”) verse 34 whilst in verse 45 “the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands.” Jesus was cut out of the mountain of humanity “without hands,” inasmuch as He was born Son of man and Son of God. All that is involved in the destruction of the image by the stone is comprehended in, and required by, the promises to the fathers, and consequently were dependent upon the birth of Jesus; and also His second appearing on the earth. This latter phase of Bible doctrine, so essential to an understanding of the image climax, will be more fully demonstrated in another Lecture. Here it must suffice to say that Jesus taught, “If I go away, I will come again” (John 14: 2,3). HIS COMING AGAIN is absolutely necessary for the fulfillment of the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants, and for the obliteration of the image. Jesus must return to the earth before He can take unto Himself His great power, and reign on the earth- “King of kings, and Lord of lords.” Jesus was to be “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,” This He was to the Jews at His first coming, and what He was to them He will also be to the Gentiles when He comes again. The Jews will ultimately acknowledge the sin of their fathers, when they look upon Him whom their fathers crucified; and the Gentiles in due time will acknowledge the follies of an apostate “Christendom,” when in the language of the prophet they confess “Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit” (Jer. ).
LOOKING now at the screen, we see “the
From an article
dealing with the “Eastern Geography of the Bible” by The Rev. H. W. Phillpott, M.A., Rector of Staunton- on Wye,
and Prelector of Hereford Cathedral; under the
heading MESOPOTAMIA we have the following quotation: “We notice that Nimrod was
a mighty one in the earth, and that Babel, in the land of Shinar,
was the ‘beginning of his kingdom’ Gen. 10:10. The account of the
The obvious connection
The subject matter of the prophecy in Dan. 2 is extended more elaborately in chapter 7, which records another dream- this one being Daniel’s own; “Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed.” The climax is the same. Being worthy of greater treatment than can be given here, we must leave it for a separate treatise.
LUCIFER’S FALL FROM BABYLONIAN HEAVEN
IN the controversy between
Were it not for the
fact that Nebuchadnezzar had been shown what should come to pass “in the latter
days” we might wonder how to unravel the mystery. Isaiah’s prophecy must
likewise be a revelation of what will be developed in the latter days. Lucifer
has both a “heaven” and a “hell,” but these must not be confounded with
erroneous ideas concerning “heaven for the good,” and “hell for the bad.” This
“king” who ascends into “heaven” is described as having “fallen from heaven,”
from which elevation he “smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, and
ruled the nations in anger.” When the heights of heaven to which the “king” had
ascended could no longer retain his majesty the very opposite of heaven was
ready for him. “Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy
coming.” HELL actually being the receptacle of the dead, or
the grave, “the dead” are represented as being “stirred up,” to make
room for the king when he falls. Part of the “taunting speech” is from “the
kings of the nations” who, having suffered at the hands of Lucifer, are found
amongst the dead. To this newcomer they say, “Art thou also become weak as we?
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave: the worm is spread under thee, and the
worms cover thee.” Before this “king” did weaken the nations, and was “cut down
to the ground,” he made great claims for himself. Like the Babylonian king in
the past, who “spake, and said, Is
not this great
1. “I will ascend into heaven.”
2. “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.”
3. “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.”
4. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds.”
5. “I will be like the most High.”
Comparing “scripture with scripture” will help to an understanding of these similes.
Isa. 27: 13, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.”
Psa. 48: 1, 2, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to
be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the
whole earth is
Deut. 32: 1, 2, “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb and as the showers upon the grass.
Deut. 33: 28, "His heavens shall drop down dew."
Prov. 3: 20, “The clouds drop down the dew.”
We are told in Mal. 2:7, “For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.”
The priests, therefore, were in the position of “clouds”; from them the figurative “rain” fell upon the people.
STARS OF GOD
THE sun, moon, and stars- literally- belong to the heavens; in the Scriptures they are often used symbolically, and are representative of the higher positions and those who occupy them. Of the family of Jacob, Joseph “dreamed, a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me”; the interpretation, given by Joseph’s father, being “Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?” (Gen. 37: 9, 10).
When “the heavens” of
Of Him in whom all the promises of God are yea, and Amen, we are told: “I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.” (Rev. 22: 16). But the “morning star” will not shine alone, for, “they that be wise shall shine as the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Dan. 12:3).
“TAKE up this proverb against the king of
For the identity of Lucifer, the king of Babylon of Isaiah’s prophecy, we may take a clue from the past, but must find
A MODERN ASSYRIAN
THAT there is to be a modern Assyrian, or power in the earth in “the latter days,” which answers to the description of “Lucifer, the King of Babylon,” is evident from the following scriptures: “The Lord of Hosts hath sworn, saying, I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.” (Isa. 14: 24, 26).
It is interesting to compare the foregoing prophecy with the record of what took place B.C. 710, when 185,000 Assyrians were slain in one night. (2 Kings 19:31).
Foretelling of One who was to come forth out of
Such is the prophecy concerning the work of The Coming Man, who at His first appearance “came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matt. 10:34). But “peace” will follow the destruction of the latter-day Assyrian by “the Prince of Peace.” Recall now what we have seen developed on the Chart regarding the name of the Lord. With that before us we consider another prophecy. “Behold, the name of the Lord cometh from far, burning with his anger, and the burden thereof is heavy: his lips are full of indignation, and his tongue as a devouring fire: And his breath, as an overflowing stream, shall reach to the midst of the neck, to sift the nations with the sieve of vanity; and there shall be a bridle in the jaws of the people, causing them to err. And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.” (Isa. 30: 27-33).
The long war between
The glorious sequel
will be, “Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule
in judgment.” (Isa. 32: 1). Before this comes
about, the call goes forth to
In the soon-coming day
“SET THY FACE AGAINST GOG”
BEFORE the Babylonion Image can stand upon its feet, “in the latter days,” a power must be developed and organized to such an extent that lesser powers will comply with its demands, and be prepared to follow in its train. The prophecy of Ezekiel, chapter 38, supplies the necessary indication, directing the inquirer where to look for such a power. It is a mandate against a European Power, which by its magnitude and intrigues will yet form a combination of forces, the like of which has not yet been seen.
Quoting from Dr.
Young’s Literal Translation here is the message: “There is a word of
Jehovah unto me, saying;! Son of man, set thy face
unto Gog, of the
The time appointed is
“in the latter years”; the place of onslought “the
From out of the North,
the home of Rosh, whose leader will have obtained control also of the land of Magog, this determined leader of so many forces will, at an
appointed time, “think an evil thought: And say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; to take a spoil, and to take a prey. And
thou shalt come up against my people of
This “shaking” is in
part caused by the interference of another power against the progress of Gog, for we find “
By such dramatic means, and conclusive evidence, will God “magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.”
we have already seen from the quotation previously given from Dr. Thomas, “By
turning to a map of
In the year 1849 Dr.
John Thomas also wrote; “I have no doubt that the following paraphrase will
present the reader with the true import of the exordium to the prophecy of
Ezekiel concerning Gogue. ‘Son of Man, set thy face against Gogue, the emperor of Germany, Hungary, and autocrat
Russia, Moscovy, and Tobolskoi,
and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the
Lord God; Behold I am against thee, O Gogue, autocrat
of Russia, Moscovy, and Tobolskoi:
and I will turn thee about, and put a bit into thy jaws, and I will bring thee
forth from the north parts, and all thine army,
horses and horsemen, all of them accoutered with all sorts of armor, even a
great company of bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: among whom
shall be Persians, Ethiopians, and Libyans; all of them with shields and
helmet; French and Italians, etc., Circassians,
Cossacks, and the Tartar hordes of Usbeck, etc.; and
many people not particularly named besides. Be thou prepared; prepare thyself,
thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee: and be thou Imperial
Chief to them.’ From these premises, then, I think, there cannot be the shadow
of a doubt that the autocrat of
A century has passed
since that exposition of the prophecies was written, and many changes have
AFTER THESE THINGS
“THE DARKEST HOUR OF NIGHT IS THE HOUR BEFORE THE DAWN.” And although the things of which I have spoken portend a time of trouble and calamity for this “sad, old earth,” we must look beyond the horizon. In the last message, given by divine inspiration, we are carried forward; “And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and, glory, and honour, and power unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments; for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Rev. 19).
We close with the cry of their prophet ringing through the years, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. The Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shalt be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far. And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted. Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself; for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” (Isa. 60). I THE LORD WILL HASTEN IT IN HIS TIME! Amen.