THE CONVERSION OF
By HERMAN NEWMARK
year [i.e., when this article was first
printed during April/June 1998 by S.G.A.T.] marks the 50th Anniversary of the
re-establishment of the State of Israel.
When in 1948, this came about, the present secretary of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony, then a
young man, thought that he was certainly a sign that the Lords coming was very
near, and he expected the other signs foretold in Holy Scripture to quickly
follow. But 50 [now
68] years later we still watch and wait
for that glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ. This reminds us that we have to wait Gods time.
The month before the historical event, in April, 1948, Mr. Newmark, of the Hebrew Christian Testimony
to Israel, had spoken at an S.G.A.T. Conference in
It amazes us that in view of the history of the nation, that there are still modernists and a-millennialists who seem unable or unwilling to believe what God has plainly stated in His Word of Truth, and they continue to further their theory that God has no purpose for the nation He chose. Such incredulity seems astounding - Ed.)
new State of Israel has been set up since this address was spoken. May 15th. 1948, was a landmark in
the history of the Jews, for on that date they proclaimed the inauguration of
the independent State of Israel, of which the first president is Dr. Wisemann. The
Blackstone was a great lover of
used to hold and teach the secret rapture of the Church and the nay-moment
coming of Christ, until I found that there were no Scriptures for these two
theories. I was bound, therefore, to
give them up. Since then I have met
members of earnest truth-seekers all over
I am personally convinced that the doctrine that Christ is to make a secret return for His Church is the main reason why so many otherwise sound Bible teachers have either given up the pre-millennial advent or believe in no millennium at all! Because they could not accept these unscriptural theories, they have given up the pre-millennial advent altogether. This reminds one of the enlightened Jew, who, in discarding the Talmud throws the Bible away with it!
The S.G.A.T. Case is Scriptural
Although the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony would not claim perfection for its teaching on the Second Advent, all Bible students are bound to admit that it can give more solid Scripture for its views than any other system. It neither explains away prophetic Scriptures or speculated upon extra-scriptural notions.
subject before us for consideration is that the conversion of
J. N. Darby, who was mainly responsible for spreading the secret rapture theory, based this idea on the mistaken conception that tribulation means the wrath of God, and that these terms are interchangeable. He reasoned that since the Church could not experience the wrath of God, therefore it must be removed from the earth in secret before the great tribulation came.
Dr. Horatius Bonar knew his Bible better, when a century ago, he wrote I will see you again was the solace of the early Church - till then her lot below is sorrow and tribulation.
Lord Jesus departed from the Jews and
In Matthew 24: 15, He says to Christians, When ye therefore see the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place behold, I have told you before. But when we reach verse 30, the Lord says then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. I suggest that this change from the second to the third person indicates that in verse 29 the Church is caught up to meet the returning Lord in the air.
It has often been pointed out that Psalm 110: 1 is the most frequently quoted Old Testament verse in the New Testament. It is thus constantly emphasised that the Lord Jesus will not leave His Fathers right hand some years earlier for His Church?
Matthew 24: 30,
The Son of Man appearing in the Clouds
The Son of man appearing in the clouds is a reference back to Daniel 7: 13-14, I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
The sign was not something concerning the Son of man, but is the Son of man Himself in heaven. When in Matthew 26: 63-66, the Lord spoke of this to the high priest, he called Him a blasphemer, for the Lord was referring him to Daniel 7: 13, and claimed to be the Son of man Whom Daniel had foretold. But Jesus held His peace. And the high priest answered and said unto Him, Thou hast said, nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death.
Stephen saw heaven opened and the Lord Jesus at Gods right hand. The Lord here tells the Jews who were rejecting Him that the time would come when they should see heaven opened, and the Son of man on the right hand of power and coming in the clouds of glory. It was too much for Caiaphas to stand, and became his excuse for sending the Lord of Glory to crucifixion.
Israel Will See Our Lords Return
will see Him before He reaches the earth, and doubtless will also witness the
glorious sight of His Church caught up to meet their coming Lord in the air,
and proceeding with Him to the Mount of Olives as foretold in Zechariah 14: 4-5: And His feet shall
stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives
the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. The Lord also
said in Matthew 13: 43, Then shall the righteous
shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. The whole
creation is groaning, we are told in Romans 8: 22-23, and waiting for the manifestation not only of the
Son of God, but also of the sons of God by adoption, His Church. This will lead to
They will also exclaim as in Isaiah 25, Lo, This is our God; we have waited for Him This is Jehovah; we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation!
this connection, I would emphasise that Paul quotes this chapter for the
resurrection of the dead in Christ in that wonderful 1
[* See also G. H. Langs Firstborn Sons Their Rights and Risks, (pp. 79-80)]
preparing this address, I was given a copy of The
Coming of the Son of Man and would like to quote from Mr. Poole-Connors closing chapter.
I will pour
upon the inhabitants of
Thus to that land where a manger cradled Him, to that land where Jewish unbelief delivered Him to die beneath Romes iron hand, shall He return. Nor shall He come alone. As He descends He shall utter His voice that wakes the dead and transforms the living. His mighty trumpet shall summon His saints to share His glory and fall into rank beside Him.
Inseparably linked with
Out of the mouths of two witnesses let every truth be established!
Developments to be Expected in Israel
The Jews are
to possess the whole land in the age to come. For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will
bring again the captivity of My people
They are to accept the false messiah, or the Antichrist. I am come in My Fathers Name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive (John 5: 43).
Before our Lords return, sacrifices will be offered again in unbelief, and after His return in faith. Bind the sacrifice with cords, unto the horns of the altar (Psalm 118: 27. See also Ezekiel 40-48).
Man of Sin Will Sit in the
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (literally, only there is one that restraineth, until he come to be out of the midst) (2 Thessalonians 2: 3-7).
Abomination of Desolation Will Stand in the
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (Daniel 9: 27). And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of Thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation to that same time: and at that time Thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12: 1-3).
When ye therefore shall see
the abomination of desolation, spoken of by
Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand) (Matthew
[None but Christians read the book of Daniel. Certainly Jews do not, for in
these are the words that Jehovah spake concerning
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His Name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13: 5-8).
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth, by those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image of the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Revelation 13: 14-17).
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and
the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the
Anti-Christian Nations Shall Come Against
anti-christian nations shall come against
For, behold, in those days, and in that
time, when I shall bring again the captivity of
Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all nations, and bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for My people
Israel, whom they have
scattered among the nations, and parted My land.
And they have
cast lots for My people: and they have given a boy for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that
they might drink. Jehovah also shall roar out of
Redeemer Shall Come to
shall come to
May the Lord hasten His Word to perform it!
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By Mrs M. A. Chaplin.
(This poem is taken from a collection of poems in a book entitled Chimes for the Times. It was written in the last century, the book having been published in 1891. These are not the only verses written by Mrs Chaplin in this particular subject. Being over 100 years old, and written a long while before the State of Israel was set up in 1948, and even before 1917, it reminds us that those who, like Mrs Chaplin, [rightly] understand that God means what He has said concerning the Jewish people [and His Land restored (Rom. 8: 21, 22)], can always be confident that God will fulfil His Word Ed.)
Queen of the cities of earth, oh when
Shall thy glory gladden the eyes of men?
All Kings, all peoples look with pain
To see thee desolate remain.
The heathen adore who were want to deride thee;
Thy beautiful garments are lying beside thee;
Fling them about thee. Rise from the dust;
God, thy Redeemer, is mighty and true.
Soon shall thy children with patience view
Him Whom they pierced on yon fair hill,
Despised - yet the Messiah still.
And their keen self-reproach shall break forth into singing,
(Like the wail of the East when the firstborn is dying;
Like home-yearning exiles, heart broken and sore),
They shall kneel to the King they have learned to adore.
Sad is the spell which has held for so long
The children of that land of song.
It suited not their native pride
That the King of the Jews should be crucified.
But to call them forsaken of God is a libel,
The Jew shall return to the land of the Bible.
And a crucified God be the souls only stay
When the children of
Beautiful land! Our eyes would [yearn to] see
The glory yet in reserve for thee.
The Gentile world will rejoice to share
In the rivers of blessing rising there.
The hearts ceased with pride as with stone shall be broken,
And only the language of patience spoken;
Shall be crowned by all nations the Queen of the earth.
But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it: (Numbers 14: 24, R.V.).
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
Who only doeth wondrous things:
And blessed be his glorious name for ever;
And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen, and Amen: (Psalm 72: 18, 19, R.V.).
For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God: (John 12: 43).
Do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be a servant of Christ: (Gal. 1: 10).
It is a light thing to be judged by mans judgment, and all the lighter since they are so prone to judge by a false standard. What is it to me that men condemn me if God only approve? The longer I live, the less I think of human opinions on the great questions of right and wrong as God sees them. They will judge both themselves and others falsely. Even the Church sometimes condemns and excommunicates her nest men. I have known cases, and could name them, in which I am confident they have done this very thing. They have cut men off from their communion, and now everybody sees that the men excommunicated were the best men of the Church.
It is a blessed thought that the only thing we need to care for is to please God. The only inquiry we need make is What will God think of it? We have only one mind to please, and that the Great Mind of the universe. Let this be our single aim, and we shall not fail to please Him. But if we do not aim at this all we can do is only an abomination in His sight. - C. G. Finney.
May I have grace to live above every human motive; simply with God and to God, and not swayed, especially in missionary work, by the opinions of people not acquainted with the state of things, whose judgment may be contrary to my own. - Henry Martyn.
Make not a man your measuring rod
If you would span the way to God;
Heed not our petty worse or less,
But fix your eyes on perfectness.
Make for the loftiest point in view,
And draw your friends along with yoy.
- Amos R. Wells.