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But it may be asked by an honest inquirer after the truth, How do men learn, and how are they taught by the Father to come to Christ for salvation? The Holy Scriptures which treat of Christ and God's salvation which comes through him, are God's instructions to men. Therefore, Jesus said, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39). The Scriptures which God had given to men before the days of Jesus were the writings of Moses and the prophets. These Scriptures were given by inspiration of God, as Peter said, “ Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Pet. 1:21). God gave the law by the hand of Moses, therefore Jesus said to the unbelieving Jews, “Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father; there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had
believed Moses, ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me. But if
believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5: 45-47).
Moses taught the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and his ascension into heaven as the mediator between God and man and the redeemer of all that come unto God by him. This he did first when he made the Tabernacle and all things appertaining thereto, such as the altar of incense, and the altar of sacrifice, the candle-sticks, the table of shewbread, the ark of the covenant, the mercy-seat, and the cherubims of glory. All these things, including the Tabernacle itself, and the priesthood, were patterns of things in the heavens, and taught the precious truths of salvation as they have been, and will be manifest in Jesus Christ our Lord, by signs and symbols, as Paul shows in his letter to the Hebrews.
Second, Moses not only taught the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into heaven of Christ as our mediator between God and man, by the symbols and shadows of the law, but he taught it also in plain and direct language, saying, “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it” (Deut. 30: 11-14).
. Now Paul interprets these remarkable words of Moses as follows, speaking in his letter to the Romans (10) saying, “ Christ is the end of the law for righteousness, to every one that believeth. For Moses describeth the righteousness of the law, that the man which doeth those things shall live by them. But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise (as Moses stated in Deuteronomy), Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven?" (" that is,” explains the apostle, “to bring down Christ from above ") "or Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead). But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart." "That is," adds the apostle, “the word of faith which we preach, that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved ” (Rom. 10: 4-9).
Thus Paul shows in few words the true meaning of the words of Moses where he speaks of the righteousness of faith. For to intelligently confess the Lord Jesus Christ and to believe the true Scripture doctrine touching his resurrection from the dead by the glory of the Father, covers the whole ground. For to believe scripturally in the Lord Jesus Christ, is to believe understandingly all that the Scriptures have testified concerning him; and to believe scripturally in his resurrection from the dead, is not to believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of his body, but of himself, as Paul says most emphatically in his letter to the Ephesians (4:10) when interpreting the oracle contained in the sixty-eighth Psalm (verse 18) where it is written of Christ, “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Now explaining this passage, Paul says (verses 9-10), “Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth. He that descended, is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens.” Therefore they who believe that the real man never dies, are infidels to the true doctrine of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead as it is here so forcibly and positively stated by the apostle.
It will not do, therefore, for sectarian doctors of false divinity to dissect the Son of God and divide him up into two parts, and tell us that one part of him descended into the lower parts of the earth when he died, and the other part of him at the same time ascended into heaven, and returned again on the morning of the third day for the part that was left behind, for Paul's interpretation of the Scriptures does away with all these vain sectarian imaginations. Paul wrote to Timothy, saying, “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead, according to my gospel ” (II Tim. 2:8). But the gospel of the sects and denominations of these times speaks on this wise saying, “ Jesus Christ went from the cross to heaven, but his remains were buried, and raised again from the dead on the third day.” Thus Paul's Gospel, and this modern sectarian Gospel are two widely different gospels. But Paul says that if any man preach any other gospel than he preached, let him be accursed. And again, “ If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” (Gal. 1:8; II Cor. 4:3).
According to the Scriptures, therefore, which speak of the remnant of Israel which will be left in the latter days, they will be a righteous people taught of God. Their kings, princes, priests, and prophets will be an understanding people, for it is written of the work of the Lord in that day saying, "The Lord is exalted, for he dwelleth on high; he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness. And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times ” (Isa. 33:5-6).
It is of this wise and understanding people that the Lord says, “Yet behold therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters; behold they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their ways and their doings, and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it. And they shall comfort you when ye see their ways and their doings, and ye shall know that I have not done without cause, all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God” (Ezek. 14:22-23). And it is this people also of whom the Lord makes such honorable mention, that speak and say, “O Lord, my
strength and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction; the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say,
THE GENTILES' CONFESSION IN THAT DAY Surely, our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit” (Jer. 16:19). This confession will be made by what are known in the world as pious, devout, and religious people, such as Protestants, Catholics, and other religious bodies of people scattered throughout the earth, and we may say that it will be well for devout, religious, and zealous people in these times who have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge, such as is in our time manifest in the Catholic churches, and also among the Protestant churches, the Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Baptists, Congregationalists, Angelicans, and others, if they can now be brought to make this confession and say, as people of their kind will be brought to say in the latter days, “Our fathers have inherited lies, vanity and things wherein there is no profit”; and after repudiating the lying vanities which they have inherited from those who have gone before them, if they will then profess the truth and abide therein to the end, they will be entitled to rise in the resurrection of the just, and participate in the honors and glories of those who rise to reign with Christ in the earth.
One of the most egregious lies which these pious and misguided people will have to confess and abandon, one which is of universal acceptance among them and which is so clearly expressed in the Presbyterian creed, is this which says, “The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness, and do immediately pass into glory." This spurious hope which is begotten of the heathen doctrine of immortality of human souls, together with a multitude of other errors and false views of God the Father, of Jesus Christ the Lord, of angels and fallen angels, and of the Devil and devils, and hell, and false views of the kingdom of God, and the manner of the reign of Christ and the saints on the earth, — all these and kindred lying vanities and things wherein there is no profit must be confessed and abandoned by them, before they can have any part in the hope set before us. And the object which we have in view in writing this book is to aid all persons in whose hands it may come, who are of good and honest hearts, to repudiate the errors of this wicked and adulterous generation and to embrace the truth as it is in Jesus Christ, that they may be saved. However, we look for very little good fruit in these evil times while the great mass of the religious and misguided people under the leadership of blind guides rush along and crowd the broad way to destruction, while but few can be influenced to stem the downward current and turn aside to seek the narrow way of life that they may live when the wicked perish and cease to be.
It is written, "When thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness” (Isa. 26:9); and again in the Revelation (15:4), “Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy, for all nations shall come and worship before thee, for thy judgments are made manifest.” Therefore not until God's judgments are poured out upon the rebellious house of Israel, as set forth in Moses and the prophets, and upon the nations of the earth, upon the mountains of Israel, will those that are left of Israel and the nations learn righteousness. The wicked of the house of Israel and of the nations must be destroyed by millions in the judgment, first in the land of Israel, and after that, among the nations afar off and near at hand before those that are left will learn righteousness.
THE REMNANT OF THE NATIONS
We have already pointed out what the prophets have testified of the remnant of Israel which will be spared in the day of judgment and who will constitute the beginning of a new and righteous nation in the holy land when the scorners are consumed out of the land. We will now point out some of the things that are affirmed of the remnant of the mighty nations that the Lord brings into the land of Israel from the four corners of the earth to execute judgment upon his own sinful nation. When the Lord by their hand hath performed his whole work of judgment upon Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, then the Lord declares that he will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks. “ Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire, And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame; and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day; and shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body; and they shall be as when a standard bearer fainteth, And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them” (Isa. 10: 16-19).
That is, a child instructed in the prophecies who has learned from the book of Ezekiel's prophecies where he speaks of the Assyrian under the title of Gog and all his multitude - a child may write down one-sixth as the number which will be left when these mighty nations fall upon the mountains of Israel, as it is written, " Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains 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” (Ezek. 39: 1-5). Now if five-sixths of this vast concourse of human beings are to be destroyed at one time upon the mountains of Israel, and only onesixth part of their numbers left, then what may the whole number be? for if we can determine the whole number, then it will be an easy matter to estimate the sixth part thereof.
Description of Gog's Army Before Destruction Now in the visions of John as recorded in the Book of the Revelation under the soundings of the fifth and sixth trumpets, the mighty armies of Gog are
symbolized by locusts and Gog himself is called the angel of the bottomless pit (of nations), whence the locusts come forth. These locusts are symbols of soldiers, who are also called horses, as it is contained in this vision, saying, “And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle," and their officers are called horsemen, who by means of bridles direct the horses where they must go.
These locusts which will cover the land of mystical Egypt will be very numerous; the magnitude of this mighty army may be imagined when we consider the locusts of ancient Egypt and read what is spoken of them by Moses, saying, "And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning the east wind brought the locusts. And the locusts went up over all the land of Egypt; very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such, for they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened " (Exod. 10:13-14).
So also of Gog and his multitudes, they shall be as a cloud to cover the land (Ezek. 38:9). Joel also employs the same language in speaking of the armies that the locusts represent in the latter days as Moses employs speaking of the locusts of Egypt, saying, “ As the morning spread upon the mountains, a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it even to the years of many generations (Joel 2:2).
Joel continues saying, “A fire devoureth before them, and behind them a flame burneth; the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses, and as horsemen so shall they
Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained; all faces shall gather blackness. They shall run like mighty men: they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks, neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded. They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall; they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. The earth shall quake before them, the heavens (of Israel) shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark (kings, princes, priests, and prophets of Israel) and the stars shall withdraw their shining. And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army; for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” (Joel 2: 3-11).
The Number of the Army
The number of this great and mighty army of the latter days was revealed to John in his visions in the Isle of Patmos, saying, " And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand.” And John declares saying, “and I heard the number of them.” Thus the number of the