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Prophecy

CHAPTER X

War

JEHOVAH begins the battle, because it is his war. It is an expression of his righteous indignation against the assembled nations. (Isa. 34:1, 2) His great executive officer is revealed in the prophecy as seated upon a white horse, "and in righteousness he doth judge and make war." (Rev. 19:11) The "white horse" is symbolic of the righteous war which he is about to begin. The crowns upon his head show that he is clothed with all power and authority.

It is the great valley of judgment, because the nations are assembled there in battle array to receive the decision of the Almighty God. It is the valley of slaughter, because there Satan's organization shall be destroyed. Jehovah caused his prophet to say to the enemy organization: "I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, 0 Babylon, and thou wast not aware: thou art found, and also caught, because thou hast striven against the Lord. The Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans." (Jer. 50:24,25) "In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the Lord. I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he goats. How is Sheshach taken!" — Jer. 51:39-41.

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wit: (1) Each one of them spoke in the name of Jehovah; (2) each one spoke with loyalty to Jehovah, intending to turn the people to Jehovah and to honor his name; and (3) at least a portion of the things foretold by each prophet has come to pass, and what is yet unfulfilled is certain to come to pass. Those parts of the prophecies that have not come to pass relate to the great battle, or the war of God Almighty against Satan and his organization, which will involve every nation of earth. These prophecies must be accepted as true when the divine rule mentioned is applied to the prophecies, and it therefore follows that the great war of Jehovah God is yet to come, is now impending, and will shortly begin.

Jehovah pours the cup or potion of his wrath and compels each nation to drink thereof, so the prophet declares. It is a death potion, because they shall drink, "and fall, and rise no more, . . . for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts." (Jer. 25:27,29) But why should God bring such a great calamity upon all the nations and inhabitants of the earth? He assigns a reason for so doing.

THE REASON

Is it because a few men have become possessors of exceeding great riches that God will bring the great war? Surely that is not the reason. Material riches alone are not condemned by the Lord. Solomon was very rich. (2 Chron. 1:12) Jehoshaphat had riches in abundance. (2 Chron. 17:5) Hezekiah had "exceeding much riches". (2 Chron. 32:27) God did not condemn any of them because of their riches.

Is the great war impending and about to fall because the political rulers have not ruled the people

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perfectly? Surely not that. Some one had to rule, and, all men being imperfect, no man could rule perfectly. There have been many men in politics who have honestly done the best they knew how to do. Many of the rich men in polities have used their means to do good.

Then why should this great impending calamity come upon the people and nations of the earth? It is because the people have been turned away from Jehovah God and caused to worship the Devil, and because Jehovah's holy name has been hypocritically used thereby, bringing reproach upon him and turning the people away from him to their own injury, and therefore turning the people in the way of the Devil and destruction. And who is the most reprehensible and responsible for this condition?

Call to mind that Satan first organized Babylon and instituted the Devil religion, inducing the people to worship him and to reproach and defame Jehovah God's holy name. Then he organized Egypt the great world power, putting the commercial and military forces to the front, and saddled his Devil religion upon the nations; and this he did to bring reproach upon Jehovah God's name. Then he organized Assyria with the politicians in the fore, supported by the commercial power, and saddled upon that world power the satanic religion and turned the people away from Jehovah God. In turn he saturated with the Devil religion every world power that followed, and by fraud and deception has brought reproach upon God's name and turned the people away from him.

When Christianity, which was organized as a pure organization, began to grow, Satan organized a great commercial and political world power and caused it to adopt the Christian religion in name only, and

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corrupted the organization known as Christianity and made it a Devil religion. This does not mean that he corrupted the pure Christians, but he corrupted the organization, made it a part of his own organization, and called it "Christian". It is therefore clearly seen that Babylon is the Devil's organization, is 'the mother of all harlots', and has caused the political rulers and the commercial giants of the earth to commit fornication with her; and thereby all the world powers, made up of political, commercial and religious factors, have brought ignominy and shame and reproach upon the name of Jehovah God. The politicians and the rulers and the commercial giants, who have gathered great riches and honor and power, have been adopted by Satan's wicked religious system and drawn into his net, and have been made a part of Babylon.

The Lord has caused the names and history of the first three great world powers to be recorded that it may be seen at the end of the world how they have represented the Devil. Egypt is one of the names of the Devil's organization with the commercial and military power in the van; Assyria is one of the names of the same Devil's organization with the political rulers made prominent; and Babylon is the name of the Devil's organization with religion made prominent. All constitute the Devil's organization, and all are combined at the present time in the League of Nations and in peace treaties and world courts, in which the wickedness of the enemy has been brought to the full. Many of the inhabitants of the earth have been drawn into the organization and willingly support it. Both the political and the commercial rulers are responsible before God for what wrong they have done, but the most reprehensible and responsible be-

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fore Jehovah, and who deserve and shall receive the severest punishment, are the religious leaders and the principal ones of the religious flocks.

God has plainly indicated in his Word that the peoples of Egypt and Assyria shall be recovered and saved. (Isa. 19: 20-23) But that Babylon shall become utterly desolate and never arise again, is made certain by his Word. The religions, organized by the Devil and carried on by his agencies, have been deliberately so formed and used to reproach God and to turn the people in the way of destruction. There was never any excuse for this, and therefore there are no extenuating circumstances to be taken into consideration at the final judgment upon Babylon. By the words of his prophet God names three reasons why he will bring the great calamity of the final war upon the world: "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have [1] transgressed the laws, [2] changed the ordinance, [3] broken the everlasting covenant." — Isa. 24:1, 5.

The laws of Jehovah are rules of action which he has made and promulgated for the benefit of man. He is the great Life-giver, and no man can obtain , life everlasting without knowing and obeying God. Therefore for man's benefit he made these laws: (1); "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." (Ex. 20:3) (2) "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." (Verse 4) (3) "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them."  — Verse 5.

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Every nation under the sun practises a religion that is in violation of these laws. The most reprehensible lawbreakers among all who have practised a hypocritical religion are those known as "organized Christianity" or "Christendom", because such has been practised as the religion of and in the name of Jehovah God and his beloved Son Christ Jesus; and it has been practised and is practised hypocritically. Hypocrisy is an abomination in the sight of God. The majority of the nations that form the League of Nations claim to practise the "Christian religion", and they do so blasphemously by assuming that the League of Nations represents Christ's kingdom on earth. This devilish religion is "the abomination that maketh desolate". Both Catholics and Protestants join together in the name of Christ and hypocritically 'take their stand in the holy place', claiming to represent God on earth. The pope, as head of the Catholic religious system, claims to be the special vicegerent of Christ and his kingdom, and that the present wicked kingdoms of the world are Christ's kingdom. Both Catholic and Protestant religions name the name of Christ and, forming what is known as "organized Christianity", join together in the adoption of the League of Nations, claiming that the whole arrangement is the visible expression of God's kingdom on earth; therefore these have particularly broken the laws of God, as stated above by the prophet.  — Matt. 24:15.

Another reason assigned is that they have "changed the ordinance". The ordinance is a commandment. Note that it is "the ordinance", stated in the singular, and therefore must mean the chief commandment. In response to the question as to what constitutes the great or chief commandment of God, Jesus answered:

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"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment." — Matt. 22:37,38.

Every religious organization or system of the world has changed this great commandment. Particularly is this statement true with reference to "organized Christianity" so called. It changes the commandment and causes the people of earth to bow down to a man, as, for example, the head of the Roman system. It changes the commandments by teaching the people to bow down and worship objects and things in the church organization. Let every honest person judge for himself as to whether or not the clergy and religious teachers of "organized Christianity" so called are wholly devoted to the Lord God. If they are not, then they have changed the ordinance. If they loved God and were wholly devoted to him, they would keep his commandments to tell the people concerning his plan of redemption by and through the blood of Christ Jesus his beloved Son, and that his kingdom, when established on earth, will offer the opportunity of life everlasting to the peoples of earth who will obey his laws.

Instead of so doing, they deny the Bible account of creation and the fall of man and redemption through the blood of Christ Jesus. They teach the wicked and devilish doctrine of the so-called "holy trinity", in which they make Jesus and the "Holy Ghost" equal with Jehovah God, and then fail to show any love for either God or Christ Jesus. They have freely entered into and participated in the politics of this world, and hypocritically tell the people that the present organized powers will bring them lasting peace and health and happiness and make the earth

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a fit place to live on. They designedly indulge in and practise a religion that turns the people away from God and causes them to hate him rather than to love him. They teach that Jehovah God is a great fiend who has prepared a place of indescribable torture for all who do not come within the folds of their religious system and loyally remain there. If they loved God they would not do that.

A third reason assigned for the impending war is that they have "broken the everlasting covenant". After the tragedy of Eden the first covenant mentioned in the Bible is that made with Noah. When Noah came out of the ark God told him that he could have everything needful to sustain his life, that he might even take the lives of animals for that purpose, but that he must not eat the blood thereof, wherein is the life. There it was that God made the everlasting covenant with Noah; and in that covenant the sanctity of human life is emphasized. God said to Noah: "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man," — Gen. 9: 5,6.

This is the "everlasting" covenant referred to by the prophet, because God so names it. At the same time God promised that there should never be another flood that would destroy all the creatures of earth; but the most important part of that covenant was the sanctity of life, which God particularly specified in the covenant. He set a rainbow in the heavens as a token to man of the covenant. Then he said: "And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant

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between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth." — Gen. 9:16.

This covenant can not be limited to the destruction of the world by a flood. If God should refrain from destroying the people by a flood of water, he could still keep that covenant and destroy all the people by some other means. The entire context shows that the most important part of that everlasting covenant is that no man shall take the life of another, except he do so as the duly constituted executive officer authorized by the Lord so to do.

The reason for the law is the life of the law. Jehovah God is the great Life-giver, and therefore no man can with impunity take the life of another. Man could not give life; and he is not authorized to take that which he can not give. When God made his law covenant with the Israelites, he again emphasized the importance of life when he specifically commanded them, saying, "Thou shalt not kill." It is God who gives life, and God alone has the right to take away life. (Job 1:21) God may and does delegate that authority to others. For instance, he did this in authorizing his people to destroy the enemies of Israel. He delegated the right of execution to his beloved Son Christ Jesus, and he is the great executive officer who will execute Jehovah's judgment in the impending war or trouble.

All nations, without an exception, have broken the everlasting covenant. It may be said that most of them have done so ignorantly; but they have done it. It becomes the duty of those who claim to be teachers of God's law to know the law and to teach the people the truth thereof. The clergy, as the people well know, have sanctified war and induced the people to believe that it was and is their sacred duty to

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kill. Let the peoples be the judge as to whether or not the clergy have had any excuse or justification for the course they have taken concerning war.

In the World War of 1914 to 1918 many clergymen went with Germany and her allies, and blessed the armies of such, and urged them to kill their fellow men. Britain and her allies were strongly supported by the clergy of their respective countries, both at home and near the battle-field, where they preached to the young men and told them it was their solemn duty to hate and kill their fellow man. No clergyman can stand before an audience anywhere on earth today and honestly declare that "organized Christianity" has ever taken an unequivocal stand on the side of the Lord and asked the people not to kill. The people will be the judges, when considering the facts, that all nations, particularly so-called Christendom, have broken the everlasting covenant; and this is one of the reasons why God will bring the great war upon the nations of earth as a just punishment, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." The man who preaches and urges men to go to the front and kill is equally guilty of the crime with those who kill; and therefore God will punish the nations, and particularly Christendom, and he declares that "the man Christ Jesus" shall be the executive officer to inflict divine punishment.

Jehovah God promised to assemble the nations for judgment and for execution. (Zeph. 3:8; Joel 3:11-14) In the valley of decision, with the great assembly, as mentioned in the preceding chapter, stand the haughty, austere, proud and disdainful clergy. These gentlemen usually wear peculiar garments to identify themselves, and often wear skirts. By his prophet God notifies the assembled ones of his purpose to

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begin the war, and he assigns the reasons therefor. Addressing himself to the clergy and the religious leaders and principal of their flock, he tells them in substance: 'You have a form of godliness, but you deny the power thereof; you draw near to God with your lips, but your hearts are far removed from the Lord; therefore you are hypocrites.' — 2 Tim. 3:5; Isa. 29: 13; Matt. 23:13-32.

Then, addressing them specifically, the Lord Jesus says to all such hypocrites: "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? . . . Upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias." (Matt. 23:33-38) The Lord Jehovah tells the political and commercial factors of the nations of the earth of their bloody deeds in violation of the everlasting covenant, and then, specifically addressing himself to the clergy or religious leaders, says: "In thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents; I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these." — Jer. 2:34.

The innocent blood, mentioned in the last above quoted prophecy, includes the blood of many who have been killed because they faithfully represented Jehovah God: "And I saw the woman [Babylon] drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus; and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration." (Rev. 17:6) "And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth."  — Rev. 18:24.

Addressing the great organization of Satan assembled in the valley of decision, Jehovah pronounces final judgment upon that organization, symbolized

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by Egypt: "Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself. ... I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers. ... I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers. ... I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven. ... I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate." — Ezek. 29: 3-5,10.

Then says the Lord: "Behold, the Lord rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt; and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians; and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom." — Isa. 19:1, 2.

Jehovah pronounces his final judgment against the Devil's organization, represented by Assyria, and says: "Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not. Behold, I am against thee, saith the Lord of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame. And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?" — Nah. 3:1, 5, 7; Mic. 5:6.

Jesus, the great Prophet, denounces Satan as "a murderer from the beginning". Satan's organization has followed a like course. (John 8:42-44) Of all the haughty, austere, arrogant and disdainful men that have filled the organization of Satan, the religious

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leaders have taken the front seats. The paintings in the great art galleries stand as silent witnesses to their austerity. The history of the world shows how cruel and austere they have been. As an example, John Calvin, the great ecclesiastic, condemned his fellow man Servetus to death because of his disagreement with Calvin's belief concerning the Bible. Calvin signed the death warrant and caused Servetus to be burned alive at the stake. There are many places throughout the earth that mark the martyrdom of men and women who were burned or otherwise maliciously murdered because of the cruelty of the religious leaders.

God pronounces final judgment upon the Devil's organization as symbolized by Babylon and says: "For she hath been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel. , . . Behold, I am against thee, 0 thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts; for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up; and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him." (Jer. 50:29-32) Then the Lord addresses himself to this devilish organization, particularly to the Devil himself, and says: "0 thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness. Behold, I am against thee, 0 destroying mountain, saith the Lord, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain." (Jer. 51:13, 25) That it may be understood that this judgment is upon the Devil as well as his organization, Jehovah, through his prophet, says: "And I will punish Bel [head of the organization] in Babylon, and I will

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bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall." — Jer. 51:44.

Today the nations of the earth, particularly those forming the League of Nations, call themselves Christendom or Christian, therefore they "call themselves by the name of the Lord". Addressing himself to all the nations forming the visible part of Satan's organization, and specifically pointing out "organized Christianity", or Christendom so called, Jehovah, through his prophet, says: "For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind [war] shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth." — Jer. 25:29-32.

Having pronounced his specific judgment against the Devil's organization assembled in the valley of decision, Jehovah begins the battle. He commands, and his mighty executive officer, Christ Jesus, leads the assault. "For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They

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mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end." (Ps. 107:25-27) A stormy wind or whirlwind is a symbol of a great war. The great battle of God Almighty is on and proceeds to a conclusion.

THE RESULT

The prophets of Jehovah described the progress of the war, and the result. Knowing that these prophets are proven to be true prophets of God, their testimony here given imports absolute verity. Jehovah is the right-hand support of his beloved Son who leads the fight, and concerning which the prophet says: "The Lord [Jehovah] at thy right hand shall strike through [shatter] kings in the day of his wrath. He shall judge among the heathen [nations]; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads [hath shattered the head, Rotherham] over many countries." — Ps. 110: 5, 6.

Jehovah will give such a demonstration of his power that all may see and know that he alone is the Almighty God. The time having come to settle the issue, it shall be settled. "Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies." (Nah. 1:6-8) "And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; and their blood shall be poured out as dust,

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and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land." — Zeph. 1:17,18.

Jesus Christ, the great Prophet, declared that the battle of God Almighty will be the worst trouble that ever has been or ever will be visited upon the world. (Matt. 24:21) That it will completely uncover and destroy the Devil's organization and all the works and workers of iniquity, the prophet makes clear when he says: "And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." — Jer. 25:33.

That it will be a day of despair and vain howling of the shepherds, the prophet also plainly states: "Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel." (Jer. 25: 34) When a pleasant vessel falls and is destroyed, those who possessed it are in distress. The illustration is an apt one, that the shepherds who have deceived the people shall so fall, as the prophet states.

Further describing the calamity befalling the organization, the prophet says: "And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape. A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture. And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the Lord. He hath forsaken his

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covert, as the lion; for their land is desolate, because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger." — Jer. 25:35-38.

The Devil's organization, represented by Babylon, shall fall and become desolate, as it is written by the prophet: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." (Rev. 18: 2) From the very beginning Babylon was the Devil's organization and associated with unclean spirits. This text in no wise disproves that conclusion. On the contrary, the prophecy here quoted describes the condition of desolation that comes upon Babylon after her fall. The words are those of description, showing her condition after God has broken her down.

Good men and women have long been held in Babylon by the sophistry and deception of Satan and his agencies. After her fall, no more shall men or women dwell in her, but she becomes the habitation of hateful birds and beasts. She will be shunned by every man and woman. Another prophet of Jehovah supports this conclusion: "And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there. But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces." (Isa. 13:19-22) "And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an

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astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant." (Jer. 51: 37) The destruction of the Devil's organization will therefore be complete, and will demonstrate to all creation that Jehovah is the Almighty God besides whom there is none.

THE WINE-PRESS

Jehovah uses apt illustrations to make plain his purposes. In the sixty-third chapter of Isaiah his prophet sets out one of such illustrations. What is there recorded follows shortly upon the coming of the great witness that God commands to be given, as detailed by the same prophet in Isaiah 62:10. The prophet has a vision of one returning from the slaughter of Edom and Bozrah and whose raiment is sprinkled with blood. Undoubtedly the one seen in such apparel is the same one described in another prophecy:" And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called The Word of God."  — Rev. 19:13.

It is helpful to an understanding of a prophecy to first explain the meaning of some of the words which appear therein and in connection therewith.

The name "Edom" represents that which is opposed to the Lord. (Obad. 1) It has the same meaning as "Esau", and therefore refers to the organization of Satan, the most reprehensible element of which is the religious element. Idumea has the same meaning as "Edom", and really is Edom. (Isa. 34: 5) The wrath of God is especially against Idumea. (Ezek. 35:15) It refers to the same wicked system as described in Revelation 19:19, 20.

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wit, the ruling factors. These consist of the commercial, political, and religious factors, the latter being the most reprehensible because claiming directly to represent God.

The wine-press is the instrument, or organization, employed by Jehovah to crush or break up the fruit of the evil vine. "The vine of the earth," or that evil vine (Rev. 14:18,19), produces the grapes or fruit of the earth. The earth represents the Devil's organization visible to man. The vine of the earth is the very opposite of "the true vine", and is therefore the official part of the Devil's organization.

The American Revised Version gives a better rendering of the text, and therefore the quotation is from that version. The prophecy begins with a colloquy. The first speaker is the prophet, and the second speaker is Christ Jesus, the mighty executive officer of Jehovah God who assaults the stronghold of the enemy.  — Isa. 63:1-6, A. R. V.

The first speaker propounds the question: "Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength?"

Second speaker: "I [Christ, the great executive officer and Prophet of Jehovah] that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.." (He is the mighty Savior and Deliverer of oppressed humanity.)

First speaker: "Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winevat [or trough]?"

Second speaker: "I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the peoples there was no man with me: yea, I trod them in mine anger, and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled upon

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my garments, and I have stained all my raiment. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my wrath, it upheld me. And I trod down the peoples in mine anger, and made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth." — Isa. 63: 3-6, A. R. V.

The wine-press, being the instrument employed by Jehovah to crush out the vine of the earth, is therefore God's organization which he employs to destroy Satan's organization. The great Prophet, Christ Jesus, is the chief One in this organization and leads the warfare. He made mention of the wine-press in his prophecy: "And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." (Rev. 14:19) "He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." — Rev. 19:15.

The time arrives for the great executive officer of Jehovah to begin his work of destruction against the enemy organization. He says: "And I looked, and there was none to help." Necessarily this must take place before the actual assault begins. Here is further proof that Christendom, or "organized Christianity", is not on the side of Jehovah, but on the side of Satan the enemy. The World War of 1914 brought this proof into the open. The religious element, in violation of the everlasting covenant, openly advocated the shedding of human blood in that war. In the spring of 1918 a few leaders amongst the clergymen of London, the very seat of "organized Christianity", issued a manifesto declaring their belief, by reason of the war and attending facts, that the kingdom of

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God was at hand. That manifesto was entirely rejected by the clergy of Christendom, and in January, 1919, "organized Christianity" openly approved the League of Nations and declared it to represent God's kingdom on earth. There Christendom, or "organized Christianity", took its stand openly on the side of Satan. The great Prophet Christ Jesus, continuing, says: "I wondered that there was none to uphold" in the assault upon the enemy. After he goes into the war, and upon returning, he says: "I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the peoples there was no man with me." That statement does not refer to the angels, of course, nor to any of the members of the body of Christ, because the latter are a part of Christ himself. (Ps. 69:5) Furthermore, the prophet shows that these body members are willing volunteers in the day of his wrath. (Ps. 110:3) (See also Revelation 19:14.) Undoubtedly what the words mean is, that no man of the professed "organized Christianity" on earth will be with the Lord in this fight. Only those who constitute the "remnant" and who are therefore members of the body of Christ are with him, and they sing forth the praises of Jehovah while the fight proceeds.

The great war results in the complete destruction of Satan's organization. The visible part of the organization is represented under the symbol of "beast", and is made up of the three elements, political, commercial and religious factors; while the religious element is specifically named as "the false prophet". (Rev. 19:19,20) The Lord declares that the Devil himself shall be "cast . . . into the bottomless pit, . . . that he should deceive the nations no more". (Rev. 20:1-3) Thus ends for ever Satan's wicked organization, which shall not rise again.


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In that great battle the part to be performed by the faithful remnant is to sing forth the praises of Jehovah's name. (1 Pet. 2:9,10) In so doing they show an absolute confidence in God and boldly tell of his mighty name and works. They do so because they love him, and he is to his people "a crown of glory" in that day. The battle is not the remnant's, but it is Jehovah God's, and the remnant are his witnesses to tell the peoples of earth concerning God and his purposes. — Isa. 28: 5, 6; 1 John 4:17,18; 2 Chron. 20:15-22.

That millions of people will be killed in that battle is certain from the words of the prophet: "And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground." (Jer. 25: 33) It will be the worst trouble the world will ever have known, and it will be the last. (Matt. 24: 21, 22) That many will be brought through the trouble and given an opportunity to begin right and obey the Lord and receive life, is also made certain by the words of the prophet: "Blessed is he that considereth the poor; the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies." — Ps. 41:1, 2.

As a further encouragement to the millions of people on earth today, who are no part of Satan's organization but who are held in subjection to it, the Lord counsels them to seek meekness and righteousness before the war begins; and, so doing, they have this promise: "Before the day of the Lord's anger come upon you, seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek right-

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eousness, seek meekness; it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord's anger." — Zeph. 2: 2, 3.

It is of the greatest importance to the people that they now be told the truth. The privilege and obligation of telling the truth is laid upon God's remnant, that little company of people which constitutes his true and faithful witnesses from this time forward. Let all, therefore, who truly love God now "shew forth the praises of him who hath called [them] out of darkness into his marvellous light". Let them thus do in the face of the greatest opposition. By the proclaiming of the doings of Jehovah and his purposes the people may now know the meaning of the present-day events, and what shall shortly come to pass, and what will be for their good.



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