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tains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured; thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God."

The people who are spoken of by figure as ravenous birds and beasts of the field, to whom the Lord says he will give Gog and all his multitude to be devoured, are afterwards in verse 9 spoken of in plain language as the house of Israel that is, they are the remnant of the house of Israel who remain in the land after the old rebellious house of Israel under the old covenant had been swept away by the sword of Gog as we have before pointed out. This remnant constitutes the only house of Israel that there is in the land when Gog falls upon the mountains of Israel, and are spoken of (39:9) saying, “ And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years, so that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God."

After that in verses 17 to 20 the Lord adds, again in figurative language, saying, And thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God, Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field (the remnant of Israel, and the guests of the marriage supper of the Lamb), Assemble yourselves and come, gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the Aesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God."

This great sacrifice that is here spoken of in both plain and figurative language which consists of the spoils of war of Gog and all his multitude, who are devoured by the ravenous birds and beasts of the field, that is, by the remnant of the people of Israel, is reproduced in the testimony of Jesus where Gog and all his multitude are spoken of as the beast, and the kings of the earth and their armies, and the remnant of Israel, as they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb; and the call to every feathered fowl and every beast of the field is reviewed in the testimony of Jesus by the vision of an angel standing in the sun and calling to them, as it is written, saying, "And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that Ay in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God."

Now as both Ezekiel and John in these prophecies speak of the same things, by comparing what they have said the truth is plainly seen. Moreover the whole story is not all told in any one place, and there are many more things said of this great supper in the Revelation than are spoken of by Ezekiel. Ezekiel says nothing about this great sacrifice being the marriage supper of the Lamb, for the Lamb of God had not yet appeared in his day, but he was manifest in the days of John when this Revelation was given. Again Ezekiel says that it is the Lord God of Israel who destroys Gog and all his multitude upon the mountains of Israel. In the testimony of Jesus it is the same personage, but he is there called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, which name is written on his vesture and on his thigh. His name also is called the Word of God, but in plain language it is Jesus of Nazareth who became both Lord and Christ when the Father's name was transferred to him from the angel who bore it until Jesus was manifest.

Neither did Ezekiel say anything about the armies of heaven who follow the King of Kings riding upon white horses. These armies of heaven are his brethren, the saints, who come with Christ to execute judgment upon the Jew first, and after that upon the Gentile, for Gog will not fall upon the mountains, of Israel until after the rebellious house of Israel has first been destroyed, one-third by famine and pestilence, one-third by the sword, and one-third by captivity, leaving but a remnant to possess the land. The testimony of Jesus furnishes us with many things as they transpire in the latter days which are not described anywhere else as they are in this book. For instance, John says (Rev. 19:11-16), “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. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns, and he had a name written that no man knew but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and his name is called the Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." This description of Christ and his brethren in the resurrection, and the work that they shall then do is forcibly described in this passage.

THE LORD AS A MAN OF WAR When the Lord delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the Egyptians and brought them through the Red Sea, which the Egyptians assaying to do, were drowned, “Then sang Moses and the children of Israel saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously, the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.” In this song of triumph they said, “ The Lord is a man of war. The Lord (Jehovah) is his name. Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them, they sank into the bottom as a stone. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy, and in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee. Thou sentest forth thy wrath which consumed them as stubble, and with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the foods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea ” (Exod. 15). The sayings contained in this song show what a mighty

man of war the angel was whom the Lord sent with Moses to bring up Israel out of the land of Egypt by signs, by wonders, and miracles, and

war.

He was mighty to deliver Israel because the Lord's name was in him, as the Lord spake to Moses saying, “Behold, I send an angel before thee to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him and obey his voice, provoke him not, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in him ” (Exod. 23: 20-21). This bearer of the Lord's name who is therefore called the God of Israel, brought up Israel out of Egypt with an high hand and an uplifted arm. He brought Israel through the wilderness, and when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their lands unto them by lot. He destroyed the Amorite from before them, whose height, it is said, was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks. Yet the angel of the Lord destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath. But when Israel transgressed, he delivered them into the hand of their enemies, but when their enemies oppressed them sorely so that his heart was grieved for the miseries of Israel; then he raised up men like Joshua, Gideon, Jephtha and others, who went before them and fought their battles. He went with King David, and subdued all his enemies round about, and no nation on earth could stand before the armies of Israel so long as the angel of the Lord went with them and fought their battles for them.

The God of Israel had means of warfare in fighting battles that no nation, ancient or modern, ever possessed. He could smite an army with pestilence so that they would stand and consume away upon their feet, and their tongue consume away in their mouth, and their eyes consume away in their holes. He could smite them with blindness and madness, so that a man would take his next neighbor to be his enemy, insomuch that every man's sword would be against his brother. By such means an army would soon melt away and become an easy prey to their assailants. He could also send great hailstones out of heaven upon an army so that more would perish by hailstones than by the sword. And as he has power over the earth and all the natural elements, he can shake the solid ground by an earthquake, or cause the earth to open its mouth and swallow up a people, even as it swallowed up Korah, Dathan and Abiram, and all their company, and he can send the great rain of his strength and engulf a people, or bring up the waters of the sea and speedily destroy the inhabitants of a country. What nation on earth could, in times of old or at any time, prevail against the armies of Israel, great or small, so long as they had a captain like this? For he was their captain, as it is written in Joshua (5:13-14) saying, “And it came to pass when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and did worship," and accepted him as his captain, and obeyed his orders. Therefore it is written again concerning the enemies of Israel, saying (Deut. 32:31), “For their rock is not as our rock, our enemies themselves being judges.” The enemies of Israel who fought against them in old times had often to admit that there was no God like the God of Israel.

But since Israel because of wickedness has ceased from being a nation and are wanderers among the nations and will be so until the latter day, these miraculous manifestations have ceased. And inasmuch as so many centuries have rolled by since the Lord fought the battles of his people, the nations of the earth scarcely believe any more that such things ever transpired; and as to their being revived again on a more enlarged scale than before, in the future, they know little or nothing of it. And it might be argued in opposition to what we have shown; that the things which we have pointed out to transpire in the future must needs be in the past, from the fact that the implements of warfare that are left on the field of battle upon the mountains of Israel when Gog and his multitudes are overthrown there, consist not of modern implements of warfare, but are spoken of by Ezekiel as shields, bucklers, bows and arrows, handstaves and spears, which now are accorded as crude weapons of warfare, which were employed by the ancients but which have long since gone out of use and are no more used among civilized nations, and therefore the weapons of war in the future can never be like those in the past.

But those who may thus argue do not reason wisely of this matter; for when the second exodus of the whole house of Israel from among all nations transpires, and when their armies will be again under the generalship of immortal men, as well as men in the flesh like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, and David, then will be reënacted the scenes of ancient times when the angel of the Lord fought for Israel. And of what use would these noisy modern implements of warfare be to an army of the nations, no matter how numerous, coming against the armies of Israel under such commanders? The Prophet Elijah twice brought down fire from heaven and utterly consumed two small armies of fifty soldiers each, and how easy would it be for men possessing such power as the prophets and commanders of Israel's armies possessed, to undo and destroy a modern army in a moment by touching off and exploding all their powder magazines and all their guns, small and great, in an instant; so that an army depending on this mode of defence would thus be completely demoralized and left utterly helpless when the armies of Israel, composed of their mighty men of valor, men like the mighty men of David, who had faces like the faces of lions and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains, could fall upon them with their battle-axes, and hew them in pieces.

A few battles of this kind would teach the nations that gunpowder was of no value in warring with Israel, and men would speedily fall back again upon the battle-axe, the javelin, the sword, the spear, the bow and arrow, and such like implements of warfare as Israel and the nations used in their former days, and will use again in their battles in times to come. So also of modern heavily armed war vessels which depend upon powder to throw their missiles of destruction. If their magazines were set on fire and exploded, their ponderous vessels with all on board would sink like lead to the bottom of the sea. They would be like Pharaoh and his army, of whom Moses and the children of Israel sang, saying, “The depths covered them, they sank into the bottom like a stone” (Exod. 15:5).

Now as the fall of Gog and all his multitude upon the mountains of Israel will not take place until a long time after the second exodus, and until Israel shall have dwelt long in the land and again corrupted themselves; when Gog is brought up from the north parts to punish them, it is easy to be seen how the ancient methods of warfare will again be in use in those days both among the people of Israel and the nations of the earth.

JESUS OF NAZARETH, A MAN OF WAR When Jesus first came into the world, he came not at that time as a man of war, although he said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on the earth; I came not to send peace but a sword. 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 ” (Matt. 10:34-36). That is, the doctrines that he came to teach would divide households and separate chief friends. Therefore, Jesus said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me.” A man who will sacrifice the truth to please and be at peace with his kindred will never enter the kingdom of God. The truth cannot be compromised; we must be ready to die rather than surrender to the enemy. Nevertheless Jesus came not the first time to judge the world. He came to teach and show men the way of life, and to give his own life a ransom for many, and to show us how we must resist sin and the enemy, even unto death if need be, if we would see life. He came to bring into force the covenant which God made and confirmed with Abraham and all the heirs of promise by his oath. This covenant Jesus brought into force by his death and made it the new covenant, so that the inheritance set forth therein could, at the time appointed in the Father's own mind, be entered upon by all the heirs of promise at one and the same time.

When his work among men was finished, he was taken by wicked hands and put to death, but God raised him from the dead to life eternal, to die no more, and exalted him to sit at his right hand as a prince and a savior to grant repentance and remission of sins unto men, until the time comes to make his foes his footstool, as contained in the hundred and tenth Psalm, saying, “Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool."

Jesus will therefore remain where he is until that time arrives when his foes will be placed under foot. Then the Psalm further says, “The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion.” Zion, therefore, is the point where the work of judgment begins, and Mount Zion in that day will be surrounded by his enemies, consisting of his own rebellious people and the armies of the nations of the earth assembled there with whom the children of Israel will then be in alliance. But Mount Zion will be occupied by the hundred forty and four thousand, and when Christ comes, he will stand on Mount Zion with them, as John saw it in vision (Rev. 14).

Then as the Psalm says, “ The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion; rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.” They were very unwilling in the day of his

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