By Frederick Newth



The following papers were originally written to a young Teacher, who desired to interest others in the Word of God, and asked for guidance as to what lines he should proceed upon.



With this statement, our readers will understand the Epistolary form of these papers.






Let us keep in mind what the Bible claims to be.  It is a revelation of God’s mind and heart towards man.  It also reveals his “counsels” as to Creation, and His “purposes” in relation to His own People [the Jews], with whom He [initially] entered into Covenant, and this for a certain time, and limited to the seed of Abraham: so that we may not be in darkness as to the history of the world He has created, as well as the inhabitants upon it.



The Bible is not a scrap-book.  It is not a birthday text-book.  It is not intended to be used for an almanack to be cut up in little snippets, according to the space allowed by the printer’s requirements.  It is not intended for wall decoration, surrounded with florid horticultural specimens, for people to look at and admire and say - “Oh! how beautiful  Nor is it to be taken in weekly and then have a beautiful binding and put in the front window under a glass case.  It brings before us both the “acts” and “ways” of God (Psalm 103: 7) - “His acts” were seen by the children of Israel, but Moses understood “His ways  In other words His counsels and purposes.  These are entirely different.  His “acts even Pharaoh could understand as they were “made known”; but not “His ways



Thus, it says “there was not a house where there was not one dead  Pharaoh knew and felt that.  But he did not see that in the houses of the Israelites - the one dead was a lamb; and that the sprinkled blood was that which protected, nor did he know that a LIFE presented in substitution was the sign of Jehovah’s protection and preservation.  Life forfeited, must be acknowledged by all.  Then another life is given to us, even that of the sacrificed one – The Lord Jesus Christ, GOD manifest in the flesh, raised from the dead.  The “ACT” is known by the whole world - or nearly so.  But His “way” is hidden from the multitude.



As you desire to help others, you will find that, with the natural pride of the heart, many will raise objections, and become critics.  We must search the scriptures; and be kept from becoming fault-finding critics.  It is the Word which is to criticise us.  The word “critic” is to be found only ONCE in the Bible, and that is in Hebrews 4: 12.  “For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner (critic) of the thoughts and intent of the heart  It will not do the person any good to occupy his time in criticising the sword that is meant to cut him down.



The Bible, then, is to be read as a whole.  It takes in a period of time of great compass; that is, from the time God prepared the world for MAN, not from the time of Creation.  Creation is dismissed in one verse, “In the beginning God createdetc.  And then we read that the Earth “was or “became without form  What catastrophe brought that ruin about we do not know.



After this comes the preparation of the earth for MAN.  Follow this out, and then come to the final accomplishment of this “counsel” of God as seen in Revelation 21: 3, when the declaration shall be made: “Behold the tabernacle of God is with MEN  (Note: Revelation - not RevelationS, as many, in ignorance, read).  This line of study must lead us to follow up His COUNSEL, and that brings in the “Seed of the woman” to crush the serpent’s head (Gen. 3: 15).



Now you will have to search out in Genesis what the covenant made with Abraham means (Gen. 15: 5).  Here it is the People (Israel) - “So shall thy seed be then in the 18th. verse, the extent of the Land they were to occupy.



Moses is afterwards raised up to bring Israel into this possession.  This is gradually unfolded in the other four books – Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  The people never obtained it “because of unbelief  It is this subject that occupies the rest of the Old Testament - AND THE FOUR GOSPELS.



The four Gospels reveal the ACTS of the People, and their hardness of heart; for they killed the MESSIAH - the very One who alone could bring them into possession.  Then you will study the book called “The Acts of the Apostles,” and you will see the theme of that book to be that they not only killed the Lord of Glory, but refused to believe that God had RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD.



Now, the Apostle Paul is brought upon the scene, this you will find in Acts 13: 46.  Paul speaks thus, “But seeing you put it from you and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles  And he did turn to the Gentiles (see Ephesians 3: 1).  Then the 6th.verse, “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs etc. - a joint Body in Christ - and not merely brought into the Commonwealth promised to Israel.  The nation had forfeited that.  The promise is suspended that God may further show His PURPOSE, which you will read in Ephesians 1: 1-10. …



Do not be drawn aside by the carping and criticism of sceptics of God’s “Acts,” which always hide His “ways  Read the second chapter of Jonah, and then it may be that some will be brought to see that God was teaching Jonah and, through Jonah, ourselves; that no deliverance can come to any people but through DEATH and RESURRECTION.  Those who see this will say with Jonah, “I will SACRIFICE into THEE with the voice of thanksgiving. … SALVATION is of the Lord  It is the only symbol of the resurrection in the Old Testament that the Lord Jesus uses to affirm the truth of His own [select] resurrection [“out of dead ones” (Lit. Gk.)].



By virtue of the one great SACRIFICE of the Lord Jesus Christ, believers can give “thanks unto the FATHER which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light” (Col. 1: 12).



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I am glad to know that the subject of the Lord’s Second Coming has aroused your interest.  To be well-grounded in this truth is of the first importance.  In learning this, you will at once see the necessity of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”  It is only as we  do this that we can be approved.  “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2: 15).



Never mind, men.  If you pursue this line of study you will find how much there is to unlearn, as I did in my younger days.  Let me give you the benefit of my experience.  Before I do so, I would say that you had better leave quite alone the sensational literature on the subject of the Lord’s Coming, and all books that pretend and presume to give dates for this event, based, as they affirm, on the dates given in Daniel and Revelation.  But, to the damage of all such prophecies, their reckonings have to be adjusted every few years.  They are but catchpenny productions; they are like worthless clocks which have to be put backward of forward from time to time to harmonise with present conditions.



I have been through all of this; and, perhaps, it will be helpful to give you the benefit of my flounderings.



When quite a young man - a very few years older than yourself, and attending a Nonconformist section of the Christian Church - I was constantly hearing that the World was being converted, and in this way would be fulfilled the glorious anticipations of the prophetic scriptures declared in Habakkuk 2: 14, “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters of the sea



The occasion was a Missionary Anniversary, and I heard this astonishing conclusion of a celebrated minister of that day: “We may say, my brethren, that we have now commenced the millennium



This is the popular delusion of the preaching of the present day; and, in proof of this, I give you a few sentences from a sermon now before me, and published in the Daily Mail of February 18th.  The preacher gives a sketch of the “Model Citizen  He is “one who shews poverty of spirit, simple meekness, - mercifulness … fortitude in adversity and persecution  On what the preacher calls this “sort of manhood,” “Christ purposed to rely for His work of subduing the world and establishing a new order of things. … Jesus Christ set before His disciples, as their prime duty, the work of reforming the Earth. … The novelty of Christ’s Kingdom was this – that it was to owe nothing to force, and yet it was to cover the whole earth”; and so on, in the same foolish strain.



He does not say where the adversity and persecution is to come from when the earth is subdued and the new order is established.



This period of forbearance on God’s part to the World is called the “last time  This, the Spirit of Truth, shews us in 1 John 2: 18 - and tells us how we may know it - “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we may know that it is the last time



The Apostle Paul, in writing to Timothy (1 Tim. 4: 1), tells the same thing: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons  He repeats the warning in 2 Tim. 4: 3, 4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears FROM the truth, and shall be turned unto fables



Such talk of reforming the Earth by their modern petty tricks would be amusing, if it were not pernicious.



“The Model Christian, by virtue of meekness, is to inherit the earth  And then breaks out (at the possibility of such an evildoer hindering the consummation): “Fancy a model citizen who won’t vote; fancy a model citizen who never sallies out to contribute the light of his intelligence and character to the World



I would also express my own astonishment at this.  Only think of the sermon being sent forth in print in February, 1905!  It is fair to infer that such ministers are forming the minds and hearts of “their people” to fulfil their millennial anticipations.  If so, then we may expect to have celestial “cake-walks,” enchanting pig raffles, lectures by Spiritists, and performances by fifth-rate choirs.  I do not hesitate to say that such teaching as this is only fable; and shows that there is such a sin as “handling the Word of God deceitfully” (2 Cor. 4: 2).



At the same time, many of a like mind are advertising conferences and suchlike machinery to engage a revival.  Why should it be expected?  The exaltation of humanity is being preached by those called prominent preachers, occupying the most coveted pulpits.



When Hezekiah was stirred in his heart at the wickedness that had been introduced into the worship of Jehovah by preceding kings, it is recorded in 2 Kings 18: 5, “He trusted in the Lord God of Israel” (verse 6) “For he clave unto the Lord and departed not from following Him, but kept His commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses Then the next thing he did was: “He brought the princes and the Levites, and gathered them together, and said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites; sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place” (2 Chron. 29: 45).



It will be necessary for you to press home the importance of this teaching before going more in detail on the subject of Bible Study.  God will not allow His truth to be mixed up with man’s devices.  “If any man is determined to do His will, he shall know the doctrine” (John 7: 17).  If we neglect this principle, we may be “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth  Therefore, we must clear away the “rubbish” before the heart can be in a fit condition to hear what God declares concerning His “ways.”



The “Model Christian” has made many attempts to establish peace in the Earth.  Not only Citizens, but Kings [and today’s Politicians] also - and a pretty mess they have made of it.  “Exhibitions” were to do it.  I well remember the first Exhibition and its motto: “Peace on earth and good will towards man  If ever the haughtiness of man should be bowed down, the history of “Exhibitions” ought to do it. 



Let me rapidly recount them.  Take ten years, from 1851 to 1862 - the period of the two great Exhibitions in London.  In this interval there were the Russo-Turkish War; the Crimean War; the Mutiny in India; the War between France, Sardinia and Austria; the China War; the Civil War in the U.S.A., which continued on till 1865.   Then, in 1867, came the International Exhibition in France.  About this time Napoleon made his celebrated proclamation, “The Empire is Peace  Then came, almost immediately, the Franco-German War, with its disaster in Sedan.  This brings us to 1870.  Then we the Philadelphia Exhibition.  Then followed the War between Russia and Turkey.  The bombardment of Alexandria, in 1878.  In the year 1889 came the Universal Exhibition in France, followed by the World’s Fair in Chicago, where they held “the parliament of religions,” which was nothing less than a religious Babel.  Still no peace.  In 1899 another Exhibition in France; also the great Peace Congress of all European Nations.  Judging from past experience, war might well be looked for.  And so it was.  War declared against England by the Transvaal.  This brings the history down to the present day [i.e., to April, 1905].



You can from this point look back and remember the Hague Conference, when Russia proposed disarmament to the nations. Thereupon followed the Boxer outbreak, the war between Japan and China; and, at the present time - when the materials of the great St. Louis Exhibition in the U.S. perhaps are not yet cleared away - the deadly contest between Russia and Japan is going on.



The cost of the navies of the World to maintain this peace is estimated at ninety-nine to one hundred millions sterling.  Yet the discernment of preachers is so limited, and so dense, that they still talk of reforming the World by A VOTE.



But this is not so with [all] political writers.  One of them brings the following weighty protest against such visionary ideas.  On hearing the last line of the Carol sung, “Peace on earth and mercy mild,” he says, “Another aspect of the great Advent which they sang presented itself to my mind: ‘Think not that I came to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.’ (Matt 10: 34.)  Never, alas! has prophecy been more completely fulfilled, I thought, calling to mind the bloody history of the Churches, which have fought and torn, murdered and tortured in the name of Christ for close on two thousand years, and rejoice in the ‘militant.’  But the Christian Churches have no monopoly of the fighting spirit, nor are they to be held responsible for the system of organised murder which has ravaged the earth from the beginning.  Babylonians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Medes, Persians, and Lydians, all have practised the bloody trade of war. … The survival of the fittest has hitherto meant the organised assassination of the weakest, and all religions and creeds have accepted the theory, and stand or have fallen by the power of the sword.  Their very gods have been murderers, Ammon, Apis, Isis, Osiris, Jupiter, etc., and all the host of pagan heavens.  The men whom the world has held in highest esteem, and whose names are written in red letters on the pages of history, have been for the most part men of the sword - men whose ambition and genius in the art of slaying have laid the nations prostrate at their feet.  From Alexander to Napoleon is a far cry, but, there are many accounted great before Alexander, and many since Napoleon, whose sole claim to fame is based upon the aptitude for whole-sale slaughter. … The peacemaker is derided as a faddist and visionary.” (C. Joubert on The Present State of Russia.  Pub. By E, Nash, 1905).



The above refers to nations, but the next verse relates to family life:- “For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household



It is these apparent contradictions that puzzle those who tell you “The novelty of Christ’s Kingdom was this – that it was to owe nothing whatever to force  Others are recklessly challenging the truth of God’s Word and disputing as to the possibility of the ass speaking, or the serpent tempting Eve.  The Holy Spirit by Peter says it did – “the domb ass speaking with man’s voice



Of one thing you may be quite sure - though the ass spoke he had no understanding of the import of speech.  Balaam had.  In this particular Balaam stands on a higher platform than the highter critics – for he knew what the animal was talking about and they don’t.



Another apparent inconsolable difficulty you will have to meet, is, that while the Lord Jesus is said to have brought the gospel to the whole world - yet, when He sent the twelve forth, He gave strict command, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles; But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10: 5).



It is only as we rightly divide the word of truth that such differences as these can be made plain.



God’s Word is not treated with the care and respect with which an ordinary railway time-table is treated.  If you are going on a railway journey, what care you take to note different routes, changes, junctions, certain limitations, and special trains, etc.  So we shall find in reading the Scriptures: there are limitations, changes, stops, and specials.  This will serve as an illustration of what is meant by “rightly dividing and, to be skilful in this way is that which proves that you are making an effort to be a “good workman



In conclusion, I will give you one verse to think over.  Romans 15: 8.  “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the Circumcision for the Truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers



Then I hope to prove the fallacy of the statement that Christ’s Kingdom will “owe nothing whatever to force



And, after that, I shall seek to satisfy you that Satan is “the god of this world as to its Rule: proceeding strictly on the lines laid down for the Bible Student in 1 Cor. 10: 32, as to the distinction to be observed between JEWS, GENTILES, and THE CHURCH OF GOD.



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THE verse of Scripture that I closed with in my last letter was: “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers, and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy” (Rom. 15: 8).  This shows that when the promises are made good in fulness of time, then, and then only, will Gentiles as a whole “glorify God  It will be that day when Israel shall be brought out of darkness, as shown in Isaiah 60: 1-3, “Arise, shine, for thy light has come” (Israel); then, “Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness to thy rising  Gentiles do not receive the Word of God now because they see Israel walking in the light.  The Apostle Paul tells us quite the opposite is the case (2 Cor. 3: 14.)  He says: “Their minds are blinded … But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart  Until that veil shall be taken away, there is another ministry now being proclaimed.  This is stated in the same chapter (Rom. 15: 16): “That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost  Thus we have distinctly two ministries set forth.  One, on behalf of God’s promise to the fathers; the other, a special ministry [to Gentiles] committed to Paul by the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.  The one, by Jesus Christ in the flesh; the other, on behalf of Jesus Christ after [His] resurrection from the dead.  Now you will see the relevancy of the “time-table” illustration.  The first ministry had limitations.  Then there was a change.  And then, for a time, a “special” service, which was committed to the Apostle Paul just quoted.  This is going on in the [present] interval that lies between the command given by the Holy Spirit in Acts 13: 2 Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them”), and the presence of the coming of the Lord in the air, according to 1 Thess. 4: 15.



I want you to see that “the promises made to the fathers” are not cancelled.  They simply remain in abeyance, like a railway-train in a “siding  Seeing that the Lord’s ministry was to the Circumcision, it was perfectly consistent that He should say that His ministry was confined to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 15: 24), and should give the command to the Twelve, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles” (Matt. 10: 5, 6).



We must now look a little more in detail at the “promises made unto the fathers  Note especially the difference between God’s “promises” which He sware by an OATH, and that covenant which the people (Israel) entered into at Mount Horeb.  God never goes back from His word.  Follow these verses in Deut. 4: 12: “Ye  heard the voice of His words, and He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandmentsverse 23, “Take heed, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, and make a graven image  But now mark the thirty-first verse of this chapter.  They are shown the consequences of apostacy, and through this they forfeit every right to have the land at all.  The result is given in verse 27, “The Lord shall scatter you among the nations, ye shall be left few in number among the heathen



If God’s promise depended on their faithfulness, there would be no hope for Israel’s possession of the land.  Hence, there is a sad day for the earthly people ahead.  For all these years they have known suffering and slaughter: but we are shown a door of hope in verse 29, “But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him … when thou art in tribulation, and all these things shall come upon thee in the LATTER DAYS … (verse 31), HE will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers, which He SWARE unto them This occupies the middle place in five references to the covenant.  The other two are in chapter 5.  “The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.  The Lord made NOT this covenant with our FATHERS  Herein is seen perfection of the Word of God.  Abraham never entered into covenant with God.  But God entered into covenant with him.  Abraham received a promise which you will find in Gen. 22: 16-18, “By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord.  That in blessing I will bless thee … thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies … and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed  Now refer to Gen. 15: 18, “Unto thy seed have I given this land - from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the River Euphrates



All those who were made partakers of the “Heavenly Calling” rested their hopes of this [millennial] inheritance, yet to be accomplished, on this OATH of Jehovah.



I will give a few references, you can follow up the study.  “The Lord did not set His love upon you … because ye were more in number … but because the Lord loved you, and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn unto your fathers” (Deut. 7: 7, 8).



Here is another “He hath remembered his covenant for ever … which covenant he made with Abraham, and His oath unto Isaac; and confirmed the same unto Jacob … for an everlasting covenant.” (Ps. 105: 8, 9, 10).



The next reference proves distinctly that this blessing hangs upon the national repentance.  “He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us, He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.  Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers.” (Micah 7: 20).



The next is in Luke.  “Blessed be the God of Israel for He hath visited and redeemed His people - and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us. … as He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets … to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; THE OATH which He sware to our father Abraham (Luke 1: 68-73).



Now we can see that all through the history of this people - there were those that looked for the promises of God, thought (or counted) upon His name (Malachi 3: 16).  Such were addressed Hebrews 3., as “holy brethren partakers of the heavenly calling”; - also as the “great cloud of witnesses” that are distinguished in the eleventh chapter by the exercise of faith in “the promises of God  They saw these “promises” “afar off  Ours* is the coming of the Lord in the air to receive us in glory.  This is always referred to as a very present event.  “We which are alive and remain” contemplate our position as being very different from that spoken of in Hebrews 11.  “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith received NOT the promise.” (Heb. 11: 39).  By thus “rightly dividing the word of truth” we are enabled to keep the Epistle to the Hebrews in its right place, and define the hope of such as are made “partakers of the heavenly calling” (Heb. 3: 1).


[* That is, those of us who will be alive at that time, who are described as watchful and “making supplication that we may prevail to escape.” (Luke 21: 36).  See also Rev. 3: 10.]

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THE subject if this, my forth letter, will be to shew that the idea of the world being converted by the present forces at work, and through the Gospel, must end in failure.  This will not deter anyone “called of God” from going forth and preaching His word in the dark regions of the earth.  Only let him be quite clear as to the aim he has in view.



An instance of such false expectations I extract from a Missionary Magazine.  India is the region referred to, and the following facts are taken from the census of British India, 1891.



The population of the Indian Empire (which may be put down at 300,000,000) increases ever year by the mere excess of generation of children to the number of three millions – or thirty millions in a decade.



The recorded number of adherents to the Christian religion, and this embraces (1) the ancient Syrian Church of 1,000 year’ standing; (2) the Roman Catholic, say 300 years; (3) Protestant Missions established within the last 100 years.  Numbering altogether, at that date, 2, 284, 172.



Yet, in face of such a record of facts, an enthusiast of the World’s Conversion theory has such an imagination as to write that if conversions proceed at the rate of the numbers given above, the whole population of India will be Protestant Christians in 2150 A.D.  Wild invention can hardly take bolder flights.



But others say that “the world must be evangelised before the Lord comes,” and give as their authority Matthew 24: 8.  If you read carefully from the first verse you will see that there is no reference to “the gospel of the grace of God  It is “the gospel of the kingdom” at the end of this [evil] age immediately preceding His personal return.  “For I say unto you, ye shall not SEE ME henceforth till ye shall say, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” (Matt. 23: 39).  The Lord’s words are: “And THIS gospel of the KINGDOM shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come  Meaning clearly, the end of this [evil and apostate] age, with another age [of “a thousand years”] to follow.



There is nothing here about Evangelising.  On the contrary, it is all about deceivers - sorrows, false prophets, iniquity abounding, and love waxing colder.  Above all, that astounding culmination of wickedness, “the abomination of desolation,” is given as a sign for taking refuge in flight.



Another fact must be now presented.  What hope is there for the world turning TO the Truth when the Word of God tells us that even those who make a mere profession of Faith will turn FROM it? (2 Tim. 4: 3-4; also 2 Thess. 2: 4).  “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the day of the Lord, mentioned above) shall NOT COME except there come the falling away (the Apostasy, R.V.) first  Read also 2 Peter 2: 1-3, and here we have the prediction of false prophets, false teachers and heresies of destruction.  Such are at work already, and things are even to “wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3: 13).



It is astonishing how greedily nominal Christianity, uninstructed by the Scriptures, swallows the pious frauds put before it.  And the solemn part of it all is, that these perversions and inventions are given forth from [Bible] colleges and pulpits, by men of “intellect,” who please to announce themselves as having “higher spiritual insight and exegesis” than others have attained.  The Apostle John foresaw this day.  “These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.* But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye NEED not any man teach you” (1 John 2: 26, 27).



[*NOTE.  Post and Anti-millennialists Christians must be amongst others referred to here.]



This shows there is no absolute need for teachers [of prophetic truths]; but when they turn into deceivers it is better for to be without them, for the Holy Spirit would have freer scope, and the true seeker would not be hampered with the subterfuges and evasions heard in “religious exercises” when “Divine service is performed  When such false Apostles present themselves as the ministers of Christ, the Holy Spirit will prove that He can frustrate their aims.



Another error I will meet here.  Those that look for the “extension of Christ’s kingdom,” as it is constantly termed, take refuge in that Scripture in Acts, and look for a great outpouring of the Spirit.  Read Acts 2 carefully - “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams



It is enough to shew that this does not refer to the day in which we are living, but to the prophetic future of Israel’s deliverance, seeing that it is taken from the prophet Joel.  There is no such expectation in Christian ministry as dreams, visions, or such portents as blood, fire, and smoke.  It will be the fulfilment of the declaration of Jehovah, “Behold I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee” (Ex. 34: 10).



All these terrors are to surpass in severity the plagues of Egypt; it is only trifling with the Word of God to seek to turn them into the ordinary calamities we occasionally suffer from.  The [Holy] Spirit poured out and the terrible things accompanying go together.



The enquiry comes to one in this form: What is the World to be converted to?  If the leaders in the Christian sphere had their way, it would lead into what is called “Higher Criticism  It would be better known as destructive criticism.  I quote from “The Harvest Field” of the Wesleyan Mission in a district of India.  This is what is here taught: “It is now a widely-accepted belief among Old Testament students that the so-called ‘Five Books of Moses’ were not written by Moses.” … “It is widely believed now that Isaiah knew nothing of Isaiah 40. - 46.; or Job, nothing of the Book of Job; or Daniel of the Book of Daniel  These critics are not backward in self-conceit.  They always pose as intellectuals, or educated.  For example, they say, “For some considerable time past almost every educated and unprejudiced student of the Book of Genesis has felt that there is not to be found there ‘a transcript of actual history’ in the restricted meaning of that word



This writer instils doubt into the mind throughout the whole of his article.  He brings out those stock objections of the infidel school, such as Tom Paine, Taylor, Bradlaugh, Foote, and many others: “Whence came Cain’s wife  The Serpent, sin, and man formed from the dust, the loss of primitive innocency are considered “a highly delightful picturesque account of the Creation. … But it is not a fact that the mythical significance of this story has been obscured for ages simply through the perversion of its meaning by a literal interpretation perpetuated by traditional orthodoxy



I must close with what the writer has to say of the marriage of the sons of God to the daughters of men*; of the deluge, and call of Abraham.  “Obviously these stories were not written for the purpose of accurately preserving ancient historical data. … They appear to have neither scientific nor philosophical significance.  They were written to teach religion



[* See added Footnote on this event, as recorded in Gen. 6: 2- 7.]



I can agree with these last six words, as applied to the writer.  He can teach religion; but it is a religion that disbelieves God and exalts man.  For, as he says, “Human nature must develop  Here he states a solemn truth.  It will develop until human nature dethrones God, despises His Word by refusing to take heed to it, and exalts the highest standard of “human nature” that Satan can produce in the ANTICHRIST.



It is to this that the world is being converted; and it is “religion” that is preparing the way.









Relative to the subject above - “the marriage of the sons of God [materialized angels] to the daughters of men” - the following is part of a paper by W. H. Bacon entitled: “The Materialization of Spirits”:-



The ANTICHRIST may actually be on earth in person, for he is, I conceive, to be born by the agency of SPIRIT MATERIALISM.  There would be no difficulty in this, for the same effect was attained in the days of Noah, when ‘the sons of God (fallen angels) came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, and the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown*


[* Bold type above is mine. – Ed.]



That Spiritist materialization is no fiction the writer well knows from personal experience before his conversion to God.



Many Christians deny the possibility of materialization on the ground - they say - that materialization is creation and that God alone can create.  It is perfectly true that God alone can create, i.e., ‘bring into being out of nothing,’ but materialization is the reducing of something which already exists to a state of matter of which our senses can take cognizance, and the Word of God reveals this possibility.  I see no reason to doubt the LORD GOD’S LITERALITY ‘walking in the garden in the cool of the day’ (Gen. 3: 8); and spirit materialization is proved by the incident recorded in Gen. 18, “And the Lord appeared unto him (Abraham) in the plains of Mamre; and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; and he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo! THREE MEN STOOD BY HIM; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said: ‘My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.  Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore ye are come to your servant.  And they said, So do, as thou hast said.  And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.  And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man: and he hasted to dress it.  And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat’ (verses 1-8); and in verse 16 we read: ‘And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way



Here, indeed, was a case of SPIRIT MATERIALIZATION - for although the three persons are called men because they APPEARED in the form of men, they were de facto spirits materialized, and one of them, obviously, the Lord Himself.



In the following chapter (Gen. 19: 1-5) we get another incident illustrating the fact of spirit materialization.



Here are absolute proofs of the possibility of Spirit Materialization - angels actually appearing and being, therefore, regarded as men, and other cases could be mentioned from the Word of God; the above, however, will surely suffice to prove the truth of what we say.



We would here repeat that Materialization is not Creation, and we trust that what we have written will meet the difficulty of those who deny the possibility of it. …



“… The fact that angels (spirits) could and did materialize goes for to prove that spirits - although fallen - may have still the power to materialize and de-materialize, and we think it probable that herein is the meaning of the expression in Jude 6, ‘the angels WHICH KEPT NOT THEIR FIRST ESTATE, BUT LEFT THEIR OWN HABITATIONtheir evil object being to cohabit with the daughters of men, which we are thoroughly convinced is the ultimate object of the spirits today, not, of course, those who are spoken of in 2 Pet. 2: 4, who are imprisoned, “reserved unto judgment,” but another host of rebellious angels who will fulfil the prediction of the Lord in Matt. 24: 37-39