The Plan of the Ages
THE GOLDEN AGE OF PROPHECY
BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY,
ALLEGHENY, PA., U. S. A.
TO THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
IN THE INTEREST OF
HIS CONSECRATED "SAINTS,"
WAITING FOR THE ADOPTION,
- AND OF -
"ALL THAT IN EVERY PLACE CALL UPON THE LORD,"
" THE HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH,"
- AND OF -
THE GROANING CREATION, TRAVAILING AND WAITING FOR THE
MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD,
WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY,
N B.-THIS VOLUME CAN BE SUPPLIED IN THE GERMAN, SWEDISH, DANO-NORWEGIAN AND FRENCH LANGUAGES.
In sending forth this first volume of the MILLENNIAL DAWN, it is but proper that we apologize to the many friends who have waited for it so patiently since promised. Our desire from the first has been to set forth the wondrous things of the divine plan, which for the past fifteen years have been gradually unfolding themselves from the Scriptures, in as comprehensive a manner as reasonable space and time would permit; but when the promise was first given of a more comprehensive statement of the divine plan than that presented by us in Food for Thinking Christians (of which one and a half million copies were issued), the author had little idea that the subject would expand itself as it has done, or that to serve the purpose intended more than one volume would be necessary. However, as the work progressed, it was found necessary to re-arrange the subjects entirely. This has caused some delay, but has been the more necessary because of the fresh additional, yet harmonious, unfoldings of truth during the past six years.
The arrangement as at present proposed - namely, to treat the subject in seven volumes, each measurably independent, will, we trust, commend itself to our friends. Our endeavor is so to present the subject that the studious child of God may go onward in investigation step by step, so that truths may not be stumbling-stones by reason of misplacement, and so that even prejudices opposed to God's plan may be pushed out of the way with as little friction as possible; and that all classes of honest thinkers may be enabled to realize the Bible as indeed God's Word and to recognize his plan therein revealed to be one sublime exhibition of Justice, Wisdom, Love and Power. Should this aim be successful, even to a limited degree, the author will feel that his ministry of the truth has been blessed. And of this he is confident; for it is written, "Your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
The quotations from Scripture in this volume are not always from the common English version: we have endeavored to give the reader such translations as would most clearly give the sense, from the standpoint of the oldest Greek Manuscripts.
We have been obliged to omit the names of authors from several choice poems quoted, because uncertain to whom this credit was due.
We now commit to each of its readers certain responsibilities relating to the truths to which this volume calls attention. Be faithful to your stewardship. Let your light so shine that it may glorify your Father in heaven. If these truths shall give the reader one-fourth the pleasure they have afforded the author, yours will be a joy which the world can neither give nor take away. But to have it thus will require more than one reading - it will require careful study and comparison with the Scriptures to make these truths and joys your own. With the prayer that it may be thus with some, I subscribe myself
Yours in fellowship and service,
CHARLES T. RUSSELL.
Allegheny, Pa., U. S. A.