It is time for the followers of Jesus to be up and doing. But the perpetrators of these high outrages are generally among those who call upon his name and attend upon his worship.
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Br. Brendan leads a study discussing different types of the secondary class of Christians called Great Company or Great Multitude. The basis for the name of this class of Christians is taken from Revelation chapter 7, verse 14.
God has been over-ruling the affairs of men for the past six thousand years. That is, while He has been permitting men to rule themselves according to their own ideas, He has been, unknown to them, so over-ruling as to make even their blind and evil course bring to pass circumstances and events which they did not foresee nor contemplate, but which in the long run of His plan ministers to His purpose.
In the previous newsletter we discussed and identified the “beast” that rose out of the sea and was given suppressive power for forty-two months (1260 days). This newsletter is a continuation of the same chapter. We will seek to identify the “Two-horned Beast,” the “Image of the Beast,” the “Mark of the Beast,” and the “Number of a Man.”
Yes. The continuous flow is verses 1-3. Then comes an interruption, so verse 4 should not be mixed in with the first three verses, as many have been doing. Knowledge has been increasing since 1799, for very shortly after that date, the Bible societies began to flourish. The light of the Bible rubbed off on the world. When the Bible was put in the hands of the people, it had an effect even on the unconsecrated.
According to the Berean Manual, because Sir Isaac Newton concluded from Daniel 12:4 that sometime in the future, men would travel 50 miles an hour, Voltaire referred to him as a “poor old dotard.”
IT IS NECESSARY for the discipline, trial and final proving of the Church of God that they should be subjected to adverse influence; for “to him that overcometh” is the promise of the great reward. If we would reign with Christ, we must prove our worthiness to reign, by the same tests of loyalty to God, of faith in His Word, of zeal for the Truth, of patient endurance, of reproach and persecution, even unto death, and in the unwavering trust in the power and purpose of God to deliver and exalt His Church in due time.
It is profitable to think of this verse in two ways: despise not prophecy and despise not teachings. Especially here in this epistle, which contains a lot about prophecy, that thought should be included in the admonition. “Despise not instruction” is another way of expressing this verse, and the instruction includes heeding times and things in season for the end time. We should be particularly interested in prophecy about the end of the age because of the day in which we are living.
We should not neglect study or hearing the thoughts of elders. Since those who are given to works might neglect study, there is a danger in putting too much emphasis on works.
The call to come out of Babylon is an individual call. For the truth’s sake, one may have to leave his father, mother, sister, brother, friend, or anyone else who stays behind and obey as an individual. Christians get rooted in spiritual Babylon; they are comfortable there with their social friendships that are enjoyable, good, and wholesome for the most part. For one to come out of Babylon means to leave friendships and thus to suffer a loss. Taking a stand and leaving mystic Babylon is very searching. The call is to come out so “that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). To spiritually come out of Babylon is to move from one condition to another. Sometimes very tender ties have to be broken. Then comes the Christian walk, the journeying to “Jerusalem which is above” (Gal. 4:26).
Jonah had been fleeing from Joppa, Israel, to Tarshish, Spain. The boat was in transit, and we do not know how far he got before the whale swallowed him. Perhaps the whale was making the return trip. Let us say, then, that the parts of three days and three nights were the time (and distance) that Jonah had fled from Israel. In other words, the whale reversed direction from the route the boat was following, and it took that long for Jonah to be vomited out on dry land back where he had started.
Incidentally, while Jonah was alive in the whale’s belly for parts of three days and nights and Jesus was dead for that length of time, there is no problem in trying to tie in their experiences, for emotions and certain experiences should not be technically analyzed. Jesus had the feeling of sheol and absence from God before he died. Jonah’s praying in the whale’s belly is comparable to Jesus’ praying on the Cross, while waves of sheol were encompassing him and he feared perpetual darkness.
“Ariel, the city where David dwelt” is Jerusalem. (Bethlehem was the “city of David” at the time Jesus was born.) Depending on the Hebrew pronunciation, “Ariel” means “lion of God” or “mount of God” (Ar is “mount”; El is “God”). The Hebrew word for the altar of Ezekiel’s Temple is ariel in Ezekiel 43:15, “So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.” The lion pictures Justice, one of the four attributes of God. The sacrifices are made acceptable on the altar, the hearth of which represents Justice. The wrath of God is pictured as a lion that devours those who transgress. In the throne of Solomon were lions, which were symbolic of executing judgment. The cover of the Ark of the Covenant was called the “Mercy Seat,” and the seat of mercy is Justice. In other words, Justice is the foundation of God’s throne (Psa. 89:14; 97:2). The seat of justice and judgment was Jerusalem, which was both the “lion [Justice] of God” and the “mount of God.” In the context of verse 1, Jerusalem represents Israel, the entire nation.
“Add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.” One thought is that the message of doom was being pronounced, but more years had to pass before the execution. Another thought is that the clock was running out. While the people perfunctorily performed the sacrifices on the feast days of Passover, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles in the capital of Jerusalem, yet it was just a matter of time until judgment would come. The people were rendering mere duty worship, and the date of judgment was coming nearer and nearer.