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Government

CHAPTER XII

Mountains

JEHOVAH manifests his loving-kindness toward man in many ways, that man might learn his plan and know him. He uses visible parts of his creation to picture that which is invisible to man. In his Word he uses a "mountain" to picture a governmental organization. A great mountain usually has a small summit or peak which is the highest part or crown of the mountain. That part is the most conspicuous and is called a "hill", or the highest elevation of the mountain range. Mount Zion is a symbol of God's government; and the highest and most conspicuous part of his government is the Governor, his beloved Son. Therefore it is written: "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion." (Ps. 2: 6) " His foundation is in the holy mountains." — Ps. 87:1.

He speaks of Mount Zion as his dwelling-place. "Mount Zion, wherein thou didst take up thy habitation." (Ps. 74:2, Rotherham) "In Judah is God known; his name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion." (Ps. 76:1, 2) "For the Lord hath chosen Zion: he hath desired it for his habitation." — Ps. 132:13.

In the progressive steps in preparing for his government for man God caused many events to take place in a mountain. Isaac was offered up as a sac-

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rifice in Mount Moriah, 'the mountain of the Lord.' (Gen. 22:14) "Moriah" means "the bitterness of the Lord". It was in that same mountain, but outside the city wall, that Jesus, whom Isaac foreshadowed, was sacrificed; and it seems to say: 'Through much tribulation or bitterness is the way into the kingdom.' "Moriah" also means "fear of the Lord"; and such is peculiar to the kingdom class because they fear only Jehovah. (Isa, 8:13) Abraham called the place where Isaac was offered "Jehovah-jireh", which means "chosen or seen of the Lord". There Solomon began the building of the temple. Since a "mountain" is a symbol of God's organization, the facts show that the sacrifice of Jesus was carried out in God's organization preparatory for the kingdom of God, and this is supported by the apostle's words: "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him."

Moses, the prophet who foreshadowed Christ, died according to God's orders on Mount Nebo, which means "that which speaks or prophesies". (Deut. 32:49, 50) Moses prophesied that Jehovah would raise up One of whom he was the type and that he should be the great Ruler of the world. — Deut. 18:15,18.

Aaron foreshadowed the priesthood of Jehovah. It was ordered by Jehovah that Aaron should die on a mountain top, which he did. (Num. 20: 28; 33: 38, 39) These pictures made by order or command of Jehovah seem to say: '"The royal priesthood" must die while members of God's organization and be exalted in his organization.'

When Moses was tending the flocks of Jethro, he "came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb". God told Moses that his chosen people should be brought

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forth from Egypt (symbolizing Satan's organization) and that they should worship and serve God "upon this mountain". (Exod. 3:1, 12) That this mountain is used to picture the setting up of God's government or kingdom is definitely stated by Paul. — Heb. 12: 24-29.

When God had led the Israelites safely across the Red Sea by the hand of Moses his servant, Moses composed and sang unto the Lord a song which is a prophecy, wherein it is stated that God would "plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, ... in the Sanctuary" which God has established. (Exod. 15:1, 17) "And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased." — Ps. 78: 54.

Jesus took three of his zealous and faithful disciples and "bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was [there] transfigured before them". (Matt. 17:1, 2) A few days prior thereto Jesus, while speaking to his disciples of his corning in his glory to set up his kingdom, said: "There be some standing here which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom." (Matt. 16: 28) At this present time there is upon the earth a small "remnant" the members of which are zealous and faithful followers of the Lord and who are by his grace giving witness concerning the Lord's kingdom. This remnant believes on the Lord through the teachings of the apostles. In that picture in the mountain of transfiguration the three faithful disciples represented some one. Is it not reasonable to say that they represented the faithful remnant who have not tasted death but who have intelligently and understandingly seen

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the proof of the end of Satan's world, and who see Christ, God's great King, seated upon the throne of his kingdom? Those who will continue faithful from now on to the end must of necessity be of the remnant and will inherit the kingdom. God caused his prophet to write: "Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all. And I will bring forth a seed [the remnant of the seed] out of Jacob, and out of Judah [the royal house] an inheritor of my mountains [high places in the government]: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there." — Isa. 65: 8, 9.

Look upon the mountains. Jehovah God made them. Their foundations are unshakable except by the power of Almighty God. Their lofty heads tower above the clouds. The storms rage, the fires of lightning flash and burn, and the mighty waves of the sea dash against them; yet they are unmoved and undisturbed. Serenely and peacefully there they stand. They have thus stood since Jehovah made them, and will stand for ever. The lofty mountain peak pictures the great government of Jehovah God and his Christ. As the storms and floods do not shake the mountains, even so all the storms and floods of opposition that now rage or that might come shall never disturb or shake God's righteous government. "The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise [discordant propaganda and speech made in opposition to his kingdom] of many waters [the peoples that oppose], yea, than the mighty waves

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[the great breakers, mighty opponents] of the sea."  — Ps. 93: 3, 4.

While Satan, that old Dragon, the Devil, and his organization now desperately attempt to destroy the remnant, these need not fear, but may firmly stand in confidence and in security, knowing that as long as they have the testimony of Jesus Christ and keep the commandments of God they shall be as secure as the mountains. Jerusalem is a picture of the people of God. Zion pictures or represents particularly the faithful remnant. To them Jehovah says: "They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever." (Ps. 125:1, 2) Thus God speaks to his people of their absolute security as long as they dwell in the secret place of the Most High. There no evil shall befall them.

The lofty mountain speaks peace to the heart of man. God uses it as a symbol of peace. And what a fitting symbol it is! As the man of reverential mind lifts his eyes to the mountain peaks seemingly the mountain smiles upon him and says: 'My peace is eternal because my Creator has made me so, and this peace pictures his righteous government that shall bring peace to those who lift up their heads and turn their hearts unto God.' "The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness." — Ps. 72:3.

The mountain peaks stand as eternal sentinels that never slumber. They picture God's righteous King and government ever keeping watch over them that

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love and obey the Lord. Knowing that his kingdom will bring peace to the people, with certainty now may the faithful remnant rest in the peace of that kingdom. The sweet singer of Israel foreshadowed the zealous and faithful remnant of this time and represented such, and to such God caused him to sing: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." — Ps. 121:1-5.

Let all the members of the remnant, who are God's witnesses on the earth, now dwell together in peace. That eternal stability and sweet serenity, pictured by the mountains, should be their daily portion. Such peace and unity in mind, heart and action, the prophet likens unto 'the dew of Hermon that descended with refreshment upon the mountains of Zion, where God commanded blessings for evermore'. (Ps. 133:1-3) Let the people of God now stand shoulder to shoulder and never quail before the enemy. (Phil. 1:27, 28) Let them avoid all controversy and dwell together in unity and in peace. "For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good." — Ps. 122:5-9.

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"How lovely are thy habitations, 0 Jehovah of hosts. How happy are they who abide in thy house, still are they praising thee." — Ps. 84:1,4, Rotherham.

All sober-minded persons concede the great need for a better government. All must agree that there is no satisfactory government on earth. All must admit that man has never been able to establish and carry on a satisfactory government. There is no reason to conclude that imperfect man will ever be able to establish a righteous government. What then shall the people do? The Bible discloses the reason for man's inability to set up a perfect government and God's purpose to remove the hindrances and give man a perfect and righteous government. Why then do the clergymen, both Catholic and Protestant, oppose and speak against those who insist on telling the people about the Bible and God's provision for a righteous government? Why are they aided and abetted in this opposition by the profiteers and professional politicians? The answer is plain. The clergy, the profiteers and the politicians are in an alliance to govern the peoples of earth, and their god or invisible ruler is Satan the Devil, the prince of evil. Because they refuse to hear and to obey the truth and because they oppose every effort to give the people the truth, and insist on keeping the people under the oppressive organization, God will destroy Satan and his organization and for ever put down the haughty, the proud, and the oppressor, and the deceiver, including the clergymen, profiteers and politicians. God is now taking a hand in the fight, and the result is certain.

When Jesus was on earth he spoke often to the multitudes. It is written that "the common people

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heard him gladly". When he offered himself to Israel as King the multitude hailed him with songs of praise. At the instance of the governing powers, however, and particularly of the clergy, the people were turned against him. Had the common people been left to themselves, great multitudes would have accepted the Lord. A similar condition exists in the earth today. The common people hear the truth gladly, and would follow it were it not for the fact that they are hindered by the clergy and the principal of their flock. Are these common people a part of the Devil's organization? They are not directly so. The Devil's organization is made up principally of those that rule and that are called the official part of the nation. The government is represented under the symbol of "beast". Revelation speaks of those that have 'the mark of the beast in their hand or in their forehead'. (Rev. 14: 9) There are certain ones amongst the rank and file of the people who are controlled in their minds by what the governments do, and yield thereto. These may be said to have the mark of the beast in their forehead, which is a symbol of the place of intelligence. Others lend active support to the oppressive government. The hand is a symbol of power; therefore those who have the mark of the beast in their hand are supporters of the beast. But there are millions of people upon earth whose minds and hearts are not in sympathy with beastly governments and who have no part therein. These are not a part of the Devil's organization, yet they are under the influence and power of that organization. Turning away therefrom and seeking the Lord they

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will early receive the blessings that the Lord has for them.

During the administration of God's righteous government there will be no "beast" [Devil organization] on the earth. Satan will be bound during the Messianic reign. (Isa. 35: 9; Rev. 20:1-3) His organization will never again come into control. At the end of Messiah's reign Satan will be loosed for a little season that he may gather unto him all those that prefer iniquity. God will then devour Satan and his allies with fire from heaven. (Rev. 20: 7-9) Jehovah's judgment against Satan is written: "I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God. . . . [The] fire shall devour thee . . . and never shalt thou be any more." (Ezek. 28:16-19) "I will . . . destroy all the wicked of the land, that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the Lord." — Ps. 101: 8.

The people need a government that will bring to them peace, prosperity, contentment, happiness, and life everlasting. God's righteous government will abundantly supply all their needs. It is his due time to tell the people and nations of earth that Jehovah is God, and that he has set upon the throne earth's rightful Ruler. It is the good news that his angels prophetically declared should come to all people. (Luke 2:9-11) No power can stop the message of truth now. Therefore to his faithful witnesses God commands: "To a high mountain [where your message can be heard] get ye up, 0 herald-band of Zion, lift high with strength your voice [harmonious message], 0 herald-band of Jerusalem; lift it high, do not fear [1 John 4:17, 18], say to the cities of Judah [the royal house]: Lo! your God!" — Isa. 40: 9, Rotherham.

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Let the peoples of earth be told that their desire for a righteous government shall be satisfied. Say to them: "My Lord Jehovah as a mighty One doth come, and his own arm is about to rule for him."  — Isa. 40:10, Rotherham.

Let every man, woman and child on earth who desires and loves a righteous government take up the good news and pass it on to the suffering millions. Bid them lift up their heads and take courage, because earth's rightful Governor is come and through him all the nations and families of the earth shall be blessed. Jehovah God promised it and now he will do it. "Say among the nations, Jehovah hath become King [Rotherham]; the world also shall [now] be established that it shall not be moved; he shall judge the people righteously." — Ps. 96:10.

"0 let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth." — Ps. 67:4.



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