Several have asked me a question, the gist of which
is: "Is the present war the one that shall be in progress when
Christ comes to establish His Kingdom?"
The answer is: No. It has the appearance of
those conditions. That is, it has that appearance to many.
But to close students of the word, it is more like a counterfeit of
Satan is the master counterfeiter. It makes no
difference to hem what people believe, so long as they do not believe
the truth. It would suit his plan very well, to have us thinking
this is the war that shall end at Armegeddon, Un. 16:16. For, when
the war ends and Armegeddon is not in the picture and the kingdom does
not come, then the word of God will be discredited, in the minds of
Then, unclean spirits will mobilize the nations for
battle - the nations of the whole inhabited earth. That those
spirits are mobilizing the nations today, for battle, no one can
doubt. It seems that no nation wants war, but spirits beyond their
control are leading them into it. As I have said, this is a
counterfeit, and is designed to deceive many.
But conditions that are absent now, will be present
then. That war will be in the day of the Lord. John, in
writing the Unveiling, (Revelation), says, in 1:10, that he came to be
in the Lord's day, in spirit. What he wrote will take place in the
Lord's day, and later. That day was, and is, future. It cannot
come until the man of lawlessness is unveiled, II Thess. 2:3-5.
This cannot take place while the ecclesia is on the earth. Not
necessarily the ecclesia, but the fact of its continued earthly
existence, is evidently what will be detaining, and keeping the man of
lawlessness from being unveiled, verse 6. So long as the ecclesia
is here, God has not finished bringing in the full complement of the
nations, Rom. 11:25. God will not turn to Israel again until the
ecclesia which is the body of Christ is completed. Since its
mission is in the heavens, there is no reason to believe God will delay
taking it there, as soon as it is complete. There will be Jewish
ecclesias on earth during the early part of the day of the Lord, Un. 2,
3. This condition cannot exist while the present ecclesia is
The man now in the ascendancy in the war, cannot be
the world ruler - the wild beast. Nor will that place be held by
any prominent leader that has been developed in the present
struggle. That man will be of one of the divisions of the empire
built by Alexander the Great - the empire of Greece. This we learn
from Daniel, chapter 8.
The empire built by Alexander did not include the
present territory of either Germany, France, England, Russia or the
United States. It lay in southern Europe, and extended far enough
east to include India. Also it dipped down into Africa, and took
in Egypt. The northern people of Europe at that time were
Here, as in many other instances, history and human
reasoning lead men to doubt the accuracy of prophecy. That a man
of one of the, at present, highly civilized countries - one of the
leading powers - should become the ruler of the world, seems
reasonable. Not so. He must be of one of the divisions of
the Grecian Empire.
How the present conflict will end, no one can
foretell. That it is a most terrible was, is readily
admitted. It is time of tribulation, without a doubt. But I
wish to assure saints that it is not THE great tribulation. That
cannot come until the day of the Lord is here and the wild beast, from
some part of the ancient Grecian Empire, is on the throne. This
cannot take place while the ecclesia is here. Saint, you will
never be in the "the great tribulation!"
The fact that countries in the region of Palestine,
and, perhaps Palestine, itself, is involved in the present struggle, is
full of meaning to me. I am expecting that the war will end, and
that the world-wide federation will soon follow. As shown in the
May issue, the military power of that federation will be ten so-called
christian nations. It seems evident that seven stable governments
will be the foundation for the union of courtiers. But the
federation itself, will not be "the revived Roman Empire," as
some think. It will be a revival of the Grecian Empire,
instead. At any rate, the supreme ruler will be of that section of
The present war will have to end without the kingdom
being established, for there is to be a period of peace for Israel,
after they are gathered back into their land - Palestine.
According to Daniel 9, the world-dictator will make a seven-year treaty
with the Jews, promising them peace and security. This promise
will be broken at the end of three-and-a-half years. From that
time until the coming of Christ, Israel will be between millstones, so
speak, while Egypt, to the south-west, and some northern nation,
struggle. Daniel 11 pictures this conflict.
It seems to be near the close of that period of
fighting back and forth, that the three unclean spirits mobilize the
nations to battle. Just as the federation will include the whole
earth - a greater empire than that of either Babylon, Medo-Persia or
Greece, and certainly much greater than the Roman Empire - so it will
literarily be all nation that shall send soldiers to
The leader will decide to fight against Christ,
Himself. Perhaps this will be because the Jews will let him know
that on a certain day the Messiah will come for their salvation as a
nation. Those who have faith will foreknow the exact date of His
coming. It will be exactly 1,260 days after the breaking of the
covenant by the gentile ruler. It is probably only a few days the
future, when they tell the wild beast about it. This enrages
him. "Let Him come!" he shouts. "I will
defeat Him. I am the supreme one."
It is while this boasting is going on that the Lord
appears in the heavens. The story is simply told in Un. 19.
Israel's Messiah is victorious. The army is destroyed, and
buzzards come to eat their flesh. The wild beast and the false
prophet are cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. Thirty days
later the kingdom is established. Forty-five days after that, the
dead saints of Israel are roused and enter the kingdom, Dan.
Glorious as is this, it is not for us. We do
not wait for it. We shall leave the earth before any of the great
tribulation occurs. In I Thess. 4:13-18 Paul tells of it. It
is a new revelation. Passages written before that time, told of
the Lord's coming to the earth. Now Paul tells the saints of the
body of Christ, that the Lord will descend for them, and they shall meet
Him in the air, to be always with Him. It is His power that
snatches them away to meet Him in the air.
This is for us, dear saints. It may occur any
day. When it does come to pass, we shall enter into the
"Glorious freedom of the children of God." There are so
many things from which we long to be free! Here, we cannot be what
we long to be. We are troubled with imperfections and
failures. Our life is a continual struggle in hundreds of
ways. We never solve a problem as it should be solved.
But, glorious thought, we shall then be free from
everything that troubles. We shall be what we will to be.
With limitations removed, the entire stellar space will be ours to
inhabit, to traverse, to serve in.
Those who most need our services shall have
them. Going from planet to planet in the heavens, we shall be
God's glorified instruments to manifest in the on-coming eons, the
transcendent riches of His grace.
One of the worst forms of slavery with which we are
now afflicted, is our inability to even think of this glorious future as
we should. Harassed by flesh, we often dread the thought of His
coming. Thank God, this shall all disappear. Our body of
humiliation will be transfigured to accord with His body
He is not taking us into the heavens simply and alone
to bless us. He will make us to be blessings to others. It
is in this fact, that we shall find supreme happiness. The coming
of the Lord for us, does not mean the end of our career. It is the
beginning of our real career. It is the beginning of our real
career. There will never be a time that we shall not be doing just
what we will want to be doing. And everything we do, every word we
speak, will be glorifying to God, and beneficial to those whom we
Sovereignties and authorities among the celestials,
know, even now, the multifarious wisdom of God, because they can observe
us on earth, and see what God is doing to and for us, Eph. 3:10.
But these are only the ruling class among the celestial beings.
Their subjects must await our arrival in the heavens. It is to
them that our ministry will be directed.
On an out-of-date automobile I can go to a place sixty
miles away, to preach, in three hours. Then with out any vehicle
at all. I can fly from planet to planet in seconds, perhaps, and
preach the wonderful grace of God. Now, I deliver sermons many
times, and wonder how many who heard, were blessed. Then I shall
know that everyone who hears receives inestimable blessing.
Nor will this be the case with myself alone.
Nor with others who have preached here below. All will be
"preachers" there. Everyone who is taken into the
heavens will be engaged in this blessed pastime of telling of the
multifarious wisdom of God. Nor shall we cease until all shall
know Him perfectly.
Dear saint, lift up your heart. World events
make us think we are living in the last days. While the present
struggle is not the last one before the establishing of the kingdom,
there is reason to believe it will set the stage for that last
war. It will probably bring about the federation of nations.
The fact that nations of Christendom are now fighting each other, does
not mean that they will not federate. France and Germany, erstwhile
enemies, are now on the verge of collaboration. I should not be
astonished if all the present warring nations be allies within a few
I bring you a good message. Let us cherish
it. Send copies of this paper to others. And may God bless
this message to the good of thousands.
Brother F. R. Misegadies of Chicago paid us another
visit recently. He is a splendid brother, and is more than welcome
at any time.
Brother W. H. Bundy has recently been holding a
series of meetings at Danville, Va. Brother and Sister Bundy are
greatly interested in the truth, and are very congenial saints.
The saints at Fortner's Mill are making some
progress in their efforts to build a meting house. They thank
all who have helped.