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Government

CHAPTER IX

Servants

JEHOVAH has foreordained that the official family of his government should be limited to a specific number. (Rev. 7:4; 14: 3) To that high place he called many, but only the limited specified number are chosen and finally prove faithful unto the end. — Rev. 17:14.

To become a follower of Christ one must have faith in God and in his Word, must believe that Jesus Christ gave his life as a great ransom price for man, and must manifest that faith by making a consecration or covenant to do the will of God. Looking back over the history of Christianity from Pentecost until now, it is found that in that period of time a great number of men and women have become followers of Christ. Many of such have been found in the Catholic church system or denomination, and many of them found a place as members of the Protestant systems or denominations. Great numbers thereof have had an honest and sincere desire to serve the Lord but have not always followed the wise course. Induced by the clergy of their denominations to believe that they must be a part of the world organization they have tried to be Christians and at the same time do their part in the world organization, hoping thereby to be a blessing to humanity. They follow their clergymen

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in so far as holding to their denominational church system is concerned, but they refuse to agree with their clergymen in denying the blood of Jesus as the great redemptive price for man. They have stood in awe of the clergymen and have been fearful of openly taking issue with them, and have therefore not become bold witnesses for the truth. When they first became followers of Christ they were zealous and anxious to tell others what they knew of God's gracious provision for humanity. They soon found that such a course brought persecution, and therefore they refrained from being zealous for the Lord. In the end of the age a portion of such Christians have come out of the denominational systems for a time and these have been zealous for the Lord. Many of them, however, becoming weary in well-doing, have become negligent and indifferent to the kingdom interests and have become blind to their great privileges. Only the remnant remain true and faithful to the end. All others who continue to hold their faith are classed or described in the Bible as "a great multitude".

Samson

For some good reason God caused a lengthy record to be made in his Word concerning Samson, his birth, his experiences, and his death. Samson was an Israelite and is specifically mentioned by the Scriptures as one who received from God a good report and who died in faith. (Heb. 11: 32) In view of the Scriptural statement that "all these things happened unto them [the Israelites] for ensamples [types]", the conclusion is irresistible that the experiences of Samson were

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intended to foreshadow something in connection with those who agreed to be the followers of Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 10:11) The Bible account of Samson and his experiences is found in Judges, chapters 13 to 16, and should be carefully read in this connection. It will be of interest here to recount some of the salient points of his experiences.

The wife of Manoah was barren. The angel of the Lord appeared unto her and told her that she would conceive and bring forth a son, and that "no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines". (Judg. 13: 5) She told her husband Manoah; and at his request and prayer to God the angel again appeared unto Manoah and his wife and confirmed what had been said to the woman about the child's birth. In due time Samson was born.

The word Nazarite, here used, means one who is consecrated or separated from others. The understanding is, then, that from the time of his birth Samson was separated as a consecrated one unto God, to represent Jehovah God. Before the foundation of the world God foreordained that he would take from amongst men those who should constitute his church. (Eph. 1:4, 5) All who are called to be of the church are "called in one hope" of membership in the body of Christ, and none are called to the "great company". All who are called must be consecrated unto God and separated from the world; therefore all such must be Nazarites in spirit unto God. This includes every one begotten of the holy spirit. Samson, being a Nazarite, would foreshadow all such.

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The name Samson means "brilliant light, or sunlight, or that which reflects light". From the time one is begotten of the holy spirit he becomes a light-bearer and reflects the light of the Lord, more or less. The name Samson, therefore, would foreshadow the light-bearing class or consecrated ones.

The hair is a covering for the head, and grows out from the head. The facts show that the strength of Samson was in his hair. The strength of every Christian comes from and through his Head, Christ Jesus. (2 Cor. 12: 9,10; Eph. 6:10) When the high priest of Israel was anointed, the anointing oil was poured upon his head, and of course upon his hair, and ran down upon his beard. (Ps. 133:2) All who are begotten of the holy spirit are called to be members of Christ. If they accept, they receive the anointing of the holy spirit through the Head, Christ Jesus. When Samson's hair was cut off he lost his strength. When a son of God refuses the call, he is not brought into the body of Christ as a member thereof, but he may still be righteous if he has faith in the great ransom sacrifice. As his faith is weak, so is he weak. If his faith grows stronger, he may grow stronger.

The prophecy concerning Samson was to the effect that "he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines". But be it noted that he did not finish the work of deliverance from the Philistines, who represent the Devil's organization. In like manner great numbers of people have become "Christians", and for a time have taken a bold stand for the Lord and have begun a good work of delivering God's people from the Devil's organization; then they lose interest, manifest a lack of faith, yield to other in-

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fluences, and discontinue the work. In this respect Samson would picture a class who once started to follow the Lord and then became lukewarm or fearful.

Concerning Samson we read: "And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah." (Judg. 16:4) Samson entered into an illicit relationship with this woman of Sorek. The word "Sorek" means a vine, and would therefore well picture those members of the consecrated who become a part of "the vine of the earth". Delilah seems to well represent the ecclesiastical systems which constitute a part of the Devil's organization, over which the Devil is lord. Many "Christians" have yielded to the flattery and influence of ecclesiasticism and have entered into illicit relationship with such systems.

The Scriptural account is that the "lords of the. Philistines" said to Delilah: 'Entice Samson and find out wherein his strength lies, that we may bind him and afflict him; and we will pay you well for it.' (Judg. 16: 5) The lords are the chief ones in the ecclesiastical systems, the clergy; and their overlord is the Devil. They have always sought to destroy the power and influence of the zealous and active Christians who are working for the Lord. For some time Samson withstood the enticements of Delilah; but finally he yielded to her pleadings and diplomacy and disclosed to her wherein lay his strength. Delilah was false to Samson, and for pay betrayed him to the Philistines. The ecclesiastical systems have been false to the great number of "Christians" therein; and for pay, to wit, to gain favor with the Devil's organization in order to obtain power and influence,

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they have betrayed these "Christians" into the hands of the Devil and his organization.

Delilah accomplished her purposes by causing Samson to sleep upon her knees; and while asleep she had his hair cut off. Then the Philistines came upon him, took him in custody, and put out his eyes. Great numbers of "Christian" people have been lulled to sleep by the pleadings and diplomacy practised by the Devil through the clergy of the ecclesiastical systems, and thereby have been removed from the Lord and have lost the strength of the Lord. Having lost their freedom, they have had the eyes of their understanding put out. They have become blind, because they have disregarded the Word of God, having yielded to the influence of those in the ecclesiastical systems. — Ps. 107:10-16; 2 Pet. 1:9.

When the Philistines had put out Samson's eyes they made him a prisoner. There is a great multitude of "Christians" who have been made blind to God's purposes by the fraud and deceit practised upon them in the ecclesiastical systems, and by the work of the clergy in particular, and have become and are now held as "prisoners" in the prison-houses of the ecclesiastical systems. These prisoners realize that in the systems there is no truth, and they pray and cry unto the Lord. — Ps. 102:17-20.

The psalmist, later describing that great multitude, says: "For he [God] hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder." (Ps. 107:16) The Philistines held Samson in fetters of brass and iron and caused him to grind in the prison-house. Then in the course of time Samson was released, amid destructive conditions. The record further reads:

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"Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven." (Judg. 16: 22) This seems to indicate that Samson began to recover his strength. This would also indicate that the class whom Samson represented would eventually begin to recover the strength they had lost.

We are now at the end of the age. The remnant of the Lord, otherwise described as the temple class or the "servant" (Isa. 42:1), now begin to recognize from the Lord's Word that there is in the ecclesiastical systems a great number of people who love the Lord and who have faith in the blood of Christ Jesus; that these are prisoners in the prison-houses of the ecclesiastical systems (Isa. 49: 9); that these are blind and sit in darkness (Ps. 107:10-14; 2 Pet. 1:9); and that it is now the duty and privilege of the "servant" class to carry the message of truth to these prisoners in the prison-houses, that their blind eyes may be opened. — Isa. 42: 6, 7.

It is the Word of the Lord that brings strength to those who are weak. It is said of the prisoners that "they shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places". (Isa. 49:9) The food must without doubt be brought to them from the Lord in his own good way through those who are witnesses for the Lord. As this "great multitude" sees the truth and feeds upon it the members thereof will grow in faith and strength. As these begin to take their stand on the side of the Lord they will of necessity become the targets of persecution by the systems, and especially by the prison-keepers thereof.

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selves together to offer a great sacrifice unto Dagon their god (Judg. 16: 23), and to have a festival of rejoicing; which, however, ended in disaster. Now the Devil is gathering together his forces for Armageddon. The great company class, beginning to learn of the truth, will see and understand that the Devil's organization is to be destroyed. —Rev. 16:14-21; 17:14.

Meanwhile the Philistines, particularly the high ones amongst them, were using Samson for sport and making sport of him. (Judg. 16:25) Likewise the clergy and their allies, the principal hypocrites of their flocks, now delight to make sport of any true Christian; and, judging from this, as their prisoners take their stand on the side of the Lord these clergy and their allies will use them for sport and will oppress them.

The record is that Samson called on the Lord and said: "O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, 0 God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes." (Judg. 16:28) Similarly the great company, as prisoners, are represented as crying to the Lord thus: "Help us, 0 God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name; and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight, by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die: and render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach,

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wherewith they have reproached thee, 0 Lord."  — Ps. 79:9-12.

Again their prayer to the Lord is recorded: "I cried unto thee, 0 Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me." (Ps. 142:5-7) Even as God heard Samson and granted him strength, so does the prophet show that he now hears the prayers of the imprisoned "multitude" and that "the Lord looseth the prisoners". — Pss. 102:19, 20; 146: 7.

As Satan is now in great haste to gather his forces for Armageddon, every man is being forced to take his stand either on the side of Satan or on the side of the Lord. The unbeliever and indifferent ones will be on the side of Satan. Only those who love the Lord better than their own lives will ultimately stand on the Lord's side. This condition of division will increase with intensity until the end. Many people who have agreed to follow in the footsteps of Jesus are coming to a realization that they have neglected many opportunities to serve the Lord, and they will come to a full realization that "the harvest is past", the government class is all selected, and they are not in it. "Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people, because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

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(Jer. 8:19, 20) They will weep tears of bitterness and disappointment, but God in his mercy and loving-kindness will wipe away those tears. — Rev. 7:14-17.

Samson saw that the Philistines must die. The "great multitude" of "Christians" will see that the Devil's organization, foreshadowed by the Philistines, must go down. Samson, with renewed strength, determined to die faithful to the Lord by pulling down the temple, wherein he was held. The great multitude of "Christians", as they feed upon the truth and see the situation, will take a positive and determined stand on the side of the Lord, at the same time knowing that by reason of so doing they will pull down the wrath of Satan's organization upon their own heads. Those who really love the Lord will resolve to die as witnesses for the Lord and on the Lord's side.

Their Reward

With authority Jesus stated that after the great witness to the nations following the year 1918 is finished there shall then come upon the nations a time of tribulation such as never has been known. That tribulation is Armageddon. (Matt. 24: 21,22) In that time of tribulation the "great multitude" will be completed. "These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes ... in the blood of the Lamb." — Rev. 7:14.

The robe is used as a symbol of approval. They will receive the approval of God because of their firm stand on the side of the Lord, preferring the tribulation that they might have his approval. That tribulation is now beginning. God has signified that he will

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be gracious to them and will provide for them a place of service in his kingdom. He makes them the servants of the royal family or his temple, and they serve as messengers of the government. "Therefore are they before the throne of God; and they serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall spread his tabernacle over them." — Rev. 7:15, R. V.

They shall be servants in the King's palace, which means that they will serve under the direction and supervision of Christ the King. (Ps. 45:14, 15) They will not be of the kingdom, but they will be in the kingdom.

Visible Representatives

The kingdom or invisible rulership of the world will always be invisible to human eyes. But that righteous government of Jehovah will have among men representatives who will be visible. For a long period Satan has been the invisible ruler of the world, and his evil influence he has exercised over men who have made up the visible part of his organization and have been his representatives on earth and who have exercised authority. The kingdom of God and his Christ will exercise influence over the peoples of this earth, and therefore the earth will become God's organization with visible representatives exercising power and authority for good.

God has caused to be recorded in his Word a brief history of a certain class of loyal and faithful men who lived and died before the coming of Christ Jesus in the flesh. The record begins with Abel and runs

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through the list including all the faithful prophets of which John the Baptist was the last before Jesus. (Heb. 11:1-32) Those men, although faithful unto death, can not be members of the kingdom or government because they all died before the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ must be first and have preeminence over all. Such is the will of God expressed. (Col. 1:18) The value of his perfect sacrifice must first be presented in heaven as a sin-offering before any men could be invited into the covenant for the kingdom.

Jesus said concerning John the Baptist: "Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding, he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." (Matt. 11:11) These words are proof that John the Baptist is not of the royal government, the kingdom of heaven. He occupied the great and distinguished position of being the forerunner of Christ; and if he should have a place as a member of the kingdom, then manifestly he would not be the least.

All those faithful men had faith that God in his due time would establish a kingdom or government of righteousness. Having such faith some of them even left their own country and went into a strange land to be witnesses for Jehovah. This they did voluntarily. They could have returned to their own land and placed themselves under the governments of the world, had they so desired. "But now they desire [and by, faith saw] a better country [government], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city [an organization]." — Heb. 11:15,16.

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God promised concerning the "seed" of Abraham that in that seed 'all the families of the earth shall be blessed'. "The seed of Abraham according to the promise" is the Anointed, The Christ, the kingdom or government of God composed of Christ Jesus and his body members. Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the faithful prophets may be properly called the "ancient worthies" or faithful worthies who must have their blessing through that 'seed according to the promise'. They will be the first men of earth to receive such blessings by being raised out of death as perfect men.

A prince is the son of a king. Princes are leaders or head men among the people. The "ancient worthies" or faithful men of Israel were called "fathers" in Israel. They will no longer have that title when they are brought forth from the dead. "Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth." (Ps. 45:16) These men become the children of Christ, because they receive their blessings according to the covenant by and through Christ; and, the fact being that they are children of Christ, they are properly called "princes". These faithful men or princes will be the visible representatives of God's government on earth. They shall constitute the head ones or leaders amongst the people and shall lead them in the way of righteousness. The people will recognize them as the visible rulers or deputies of the heavenly kingdom of righteousness. That these men are to be associated with the kingdom as visible rulers under The Christ is further testified to by the prophet: "Behold, a king shall reign in

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righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment."  — Isa. 32:1.

The Scriptures disclose that Jehovah has a mighty organization through which he carries out his purposes. The chief or principal one of that organization under Jehovah is Christ the King. To that mighty King God gives all the nations as an inheritance, and he shall reign over them in righteousness. The kingdom will not be visible to human eyes, but the kingdom will have representatives on earth that will be visible to human eyes.

The visible representatives will be made up of those faithful men who before the coming of Christ to redeem mankind were faithful and true to God, and to whom God will give a better resurrection. Such are the princes who shall carry into operation the judgments of the great King. As such representatives of the kingdom they will constitute a part of God's organization. The people will seek them out that they may be instructed in the right way. These honest and faithful representatives of the kingdom will be so different from the officers of the present wicked world that all will readily see that the good and faithful representatives are members of God's organization.

That this organization will include all the faithful prophets of God, raised to life as perfect men and made representatives of the kingdom on earth, is further proven by the words of Jesus: "Ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in [not of] the kingdom of God." The people shall come from every direction of the compass and sit down in the kingdom with these faithful men and

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learn of them. (Luke 13:28,29) "And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven." — Matt. 8:11.

Those loyal and true men of old all died in faith, and God has promised to raise them up out of death and that they will be resurrected as perfect men. The promise is that their resurrection shall follow the completion of the body members of Christ. (Heb. 11:35,40) The proof showing that 1914 was the great turning point, that God has placed his King upon his throne, and that he has come to his temple and is putting his kingdom in operation, it may be reasonably concluded that the "ancient worthies" will be back on earth as perfect men within a comparatively short time. Their presence as perfect men on the earth will enable the people to see more clearly that the time has come for God's righteous rule to take complete charge of all the affairs of men.

The proof therefore shows that the kingdom of heaven in full operation will have servants, both visible and invisible, all of whom will work in complete harmony with Jehovah for the benefit of man. The righteous government that God is setting up is for the benefit of man; and its unselfish and beneficent administration will bring forth the everlasting praise of men to the glory of God.



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