JEHOVAH'S name is the most vital issue before all creation. A few have settled the question by taking an unequivocal stand on the side of Jehovah, and now give all honor and glory to his name. All who will ever enjoy life everlasting must do likewise. Speaking by his prophet concerning his anointed, to whom he will give the divine nature and the highest position in his organization, Jehovah says: "I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." (Ps. 91:14) As the same anointed ones approach the consummation of their hopes the prophet of God foretells their saying: "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah [the condition of those who give their unstinted praise to Jehovah's name]; We have a strong city [organization]; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in." (Isa. 26:1, 2) Then addressing Jehovah God, the same anointed ones say in the language of the prophet: "The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just." — Isa. 26: 7, 8.
There is a mutual love between Jehovah and the anointed ones of his organization. These have fought against all opposition and triumphed in righteousness, and will witness the downfall of the enemy organization. Referring thereto, the prophet of Jehovah says: "In that day the Lord [Jehovah], with his sore, and great and strong sword [his mighty executive officer], shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even
leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea [amidst the restless elements of the world]. In that day sing ye unto her [Zion, God's blessed organization], A vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day." (Isa. 27:1-3) Thus does the prophet speak of and concerning them that are 'taken out for God's name', and who show forth his praises by declaring his name. — Acts 15:14; 1 Pet. 2: 9,10; Isa. 12: 4.
Those who have trusted in Jehovah and his provision for salvation through the blood of his beloved Son; who have devoted their life exclusively to him, and who have overcome the world, rejoice and say: "Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Ps. 124: 7, 8) Appreciating the precious privilege of knowing his name, they say: "Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, 0 Lord, throughout all generations." — Ps. 135:13.
When Jehovah God gives a name to a creature, that name is significant. With stronger reasoning, when he reveals himself by a name, that name is of the greatest importance to his creatures. He reveals himself by his name God, which means the Creator of heaven and earth and of all things that are good, and the Giver of life to all that obey. He reveals himself by the name Jehovah, which means his purposes concerning his creation. He reveals himself by the name Almighty God, which means that his power is unlimited, and that none can stand against it. He reveals himself by the name the Lord of hosts, which means the Almighty God of war who destroys those that persist in wrong-doing. When Jesus came to
earth Jehovah revealed himself as the heavenly Father of the new creation, meaning that he is the source of life to all who live for ever in the heavenly realm. He reveals himself by the name Most High, which means that he is above and over all, moved always by love, and rules the universe in justice and righteousness. Understanding these truths, then man begins to appreciate the force of the words of Jesus who said: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." — John 17:3.
PERMISSION OF EVIL
Evil has been active in the world for many centuries. Satan is the very embodiment of evil and the one who has persisted in carrying on evil. He has builded a powerful organization, drenched the earth with human blood, caused crime and wickedness to run riot, and has dragged down men and angels to the depths of woe. Almighty God is supreme, as his name implies, and could long ago have destroyed Satan and all other workers of iniquity. Why has he not done so? By not destroying the evil-workers and not preventing the operation of evil, God has permitted evil to persist. What is the reason?
The answer often given is that man by experience might learn the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and that angels likewise might learn by observation. That answer does not seem to assign an adequate reason for the permission of evil. The statement, "that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful," occurs only one time in the Bible. The statement was made by Paul concerning the relation of the Jews to the law covenant, and that statement was made approximately four thousand years after man had been
going into death and evil had been in operation.
It is true that man learns by experience that wrongdoing leads to suffering and death; but those who have put forth their best endeavors to do good have also suffered and died. A very large proportion of those going into death have died as infants, without the mental capacity to learn the effect of sin, and therefore they could not have learned. A large proportion have died infants mentally although mature in years, and they have learned nothing by experience. When these are awakened out of death and learn of God, and then any disobey, they will be destroyed, and therefore their experience will have brought them no profit. As to the angels, many of them have had experience with sin, and yet there is no scripture to prove that they will profit by their experience or observation.
While it is true that those creatures who are granted life everlasting because of full obedience to God will learn that wrong-doing leads to death, that does not seem to be an adequate reason for the permission of such great wickedness as Satan has wrought during the centuries past. There must be a more potent reason.
A reason for the permission of evil, more potent, and consistent with the Scriptures and supported thereby, seems to be this: That Jehovah in his due time might fully demonstrate to all intelligent creation his own supremacy in power, his exact justice, his perfect wisdom and his complete unselfishness, and thereby open the way, to all who love him and who maintain their integrity, to a full opportunity for faith and confidence in him and for gaining and receiving the blessings of life everlasting. His Word and his name are the great questions involved, and
the vindication thereof must be the paramount reason for the permission of evil.
The rebellion of Lucifer at once raised the issue, Who is the supreme God? The Word and name of Jehovah were necessarily involved in that issue. God had created the perfect man and told him that death would be the penalty for the infraction of his law. Lucifer was appointed man's overlord and immediately set up his own wisdom and power as equal to that of Jehovah God. Lucifer concluded that he was wise enough and powerful enough to prevent the death of man, or that, should God kill the man, God would thereby demonstrate his own imperfect wisdom, because the infliction of the death penalty would prove God's inability to create a man that could maintain his integrity with God. The Bible record concerning Job is strong proof in support of this conclusion.
To be sure, God could have immediately killed Adam and Lucifer, created another perfect man, and placed another spirit being in Eden as man's overlord, and have begun anew to people the earth. Had he done so, that would have demonstrated only his supreme power and his justice. Other creatures in his realm would have insisted that the failure of man was evidence of the imperfect wisdom on the part of the Creator, and the basis for complete faith and confidence would have been shaken. There would have been no opportunity to show that God is both 'just toward man and the justifier of man'. Neither would there have been opportunity to demonstrate the complete unselfishness of Jehovah, that creatures might know that "God is love".
Satan pitted his own wisdom and power against that of Jehovah God. Satan, after his rebellion, was devoid of justice and love; therefore he could not pit
his justice and love against that of Jehovah. If Satan could convince others of creation that Jehovah is not supreme in wisdom and power, then he would destroy the confidence of such creatures in Jehovah; and when these suffered, they would become unfaithful to God and turn from him. The indisputable facts show that Satan has convinced the greater number of men that God is not supreme in power nor the possessor of all wisdom. He has also convinced the major portion of men that God is unjust and that he is not loving. He convinced many of the angels to the same effect, and induced them to follow his course of wickedness. Satan has used various methods to accomplish his purposes. He has caused many to believe the first lie, to wit, that man has an immortal soul and therefore can not die; and by this he has made God appear to be a liar and imperfect in wisdom and power. Satan has caused many to believe that God has prepared a place of torture wherein he will eternally torment multitudes of mankind, and by this has intended to prove, and has proved to many, that God is void of justice and love.
At any moment since the rebellion, God could have destroyed Satan and all his works and all other wicked creatures. The fact that he has not done so is no proof that God is at all responsible for the evil in the world. God is in no wise responsible for the sorrow, suffering, sickness, calamities and death that have fallen upon humankind. These things are the natural results that flow from sin, which is the violation of God's law. He has permitted the operation of evil and wickedness in that he has not prevented it. That, however, is no argument that he will not end it in his own due time. It is not the slightest argument that God favors evil for a moment. On the con-
trary, his Word declares that he hates evil and the workers of iniquity. (Ps. 5: 5; 45:7; Prov. 6:16-19) The proof of his Word is plain, that in his due time God will destroy all the wicked and completely annihilate the workers of iniquity. —Ps. 145:20; Nah. 1: 9.
The great ransom sacrifice of the man Christ Jesus is not involved in the question of the duration of the permission of evil. The ransom sacrifice is God's loving provision made for the recovery of man. The ransom sacrifice could have been made available for the restoration of man immediately following its presentation as a sin-offering in heaven, as well as later, and yet evil has gone on until now. From the time of the presentation of the ransom price as an offering for sin, God has been selecting and gathering his church, which is the body of Christ. The duration of the permission of evil has not necessarily been affected by the selection of the church, but the church has been selected in spite of the evil. What God has done is this: He has permitted Satan to pursue his own course of wickedness, but in his own due time God will cut Satan and his evil agencies short in exact justice. The course of Satan has at all times been a challenge to Jehovah God. Satan said to God concerning Job: 'Put him to the test of suffering and he will curse you to your face.' God permitted Satan to try his hand on Job and to put Job to the test, and amidst all the suffering Job remained stedfast in his integrity and held the confidence of Jehovah God.
Satan knows that God has said that he created the earth for man, and man to have dominion over the earth. He knows that it was God's announced purpose to fill the earth with a perfect race of human beings, and that God had declared that the condition was that man must be obedient to him. (Isa. 45:12,18;
Gen. 1: 28; 2:17) In substance he said to Jehovah: 'You can not put a man on earth who will maintain his integrity, and who, according to your law, will receive your blessings of life everlasting on earth.' Satan therefore put in issue the word of Jehovah God. God declares: "My word . . . shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isa. 55:11) Therefore the issue upon the word of God was joined; and with what result? Otherwise stated, God said to Satan: 'You may do your worst and I will prove my word is true.'
Jehovah's faithful servant and prophet wrote: "I will bow down towards thy holy temple, and thank thy Name for thy lovingkindness and for thy faithfulness, for thou hast magnified above all thy Name thy word." (Ps. 138:2, Rotherham) From the very beginning of man's experience God gave his word that he would raise up a "seed" that would destroy Satan and his works. That word he will keep inviolate. God called Abraham and gave to him his word and promise that he would raise up a "seed" by which he would redeem and bless all the families of the earth. To Moses Jehovah gave his word that he would raise up a great Prophet, foreshadowed by Moses, who would be the Deliverer of the people. He sent forth his prophets to whom he committed his Word, and they faithfully declared the Word of God, prophesying that there should come to earth a man who would be faithful to God; who would be subjected to great persecution because of his faithfulness; who would bear the sins of the people; who would suffer an ignominious death, and that not for his
own wrong; who would be raised up out of death and exalted to heaven; and who by his death would provide the redemptive price for man and open the way for the justification of men to life. — Gen. 22:17,18; Deut. 18:15-18; Hos. 13:14; Mic. 5:2; Ps. 16:10; Isa. 53:1-12; 55:1-4.
These prophecies have been fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the beloved Son of God. — John 3:16; Matt. 20: 28; John 10:10; 1 Tim. 2:3-6.
To say that God permitted evil in order that by experience man might learn the exceeding sinfulness of sin, would necessarily mean that evil has been carried on by the consent of Jehovah. If by his consent, then there would attach a responsibility to God for the practice of evil in the world. Such could not be true; because he has no pleasure in wickedness, neither does evil dwell with him. (Ps. 5:4) He hates evil; and he can not consent to that which he hates.
Paul said nothing about God's permitting evil that by experience man might learn the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Paul was discussing the law and the commandment of God. (Rom. 7:7-13) To Israel God had given his law and his commandment. The statement of the Lord's law is embodied in these words: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 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." — Ex. 20:3,4.
The commandment of first importance Jesus declared to be this: "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.
The law and the commandment of God made mani-
fest what great sinners men are who attempt to divide their allegiance between God and the Devil. The Jews were under obligation to obey God's law and commandment, because they had agreed so to do. They had not been faithful thereto, and because of their unfaithfulness God cast them away. Paul's argument is that he would not have known the evils of sin except by the law, but that the law and the commandment had manifested to him how exceedingly evil those sinners are who agree to know and do God's will and yet do contrary thereto.
God would have it understood that he approves no one who divides his allegiance between him and the Devil; because Jehovah is the only true God. He who loves God with his whole heart, mind and being, is unreservedly devoted to Jehovah God. The rule that Paul was laying down is that those who are pleasing to the Lord God are the ones who love him without reservation and serve him joyfully. That rule, then, would mean that every one must in due time come to a knowledge of the truth and have an opportunity to take his stand unreservedly on one side or the other, either for Jehovah or against him.
It will not do to say that God willingly permitted the operation of evil, and therefore assented to it, in order that he might provide and carry out the purpose of redemption through the sacrifice of his beloved Son. The wisdom of Jehovah, being perfect, was sufficient to enable him to meet any contingency that might arise; and when sin entered into the world by the disobedience of man, God's wisdom was equal to the occasion, and did provide for all such conditions.
The facts, as shown by the Scriptures, are these: Adam was a perfect man, and he was told that a violation of God's law would be punished by death.
Lucifer challenged that statement by saying: 'You shall not surely die if you violate God's law.' Because of Adam's selfishness and lack of love for his Creator, he followed the advice of Satan and did so knowingly. Satan now reasoned: 'If God kills Adam, he admits his imperfect wisdom and his inability to make a man that will maintain his integrity. If he does not kill him, he is a liar.' The word of God was therefore put at issue. The word of God and his name, and the vindication thereof, are more important than all the lessons that creatures might learn by experience.
The course of action taken by Jehovah, and which is shown by the Scriptures, is this: Satan had rebelled and put evil into operation, and challenged God's word and name. God said: 'Satan has challenged my word and my name; let him do his worst; my Son the Logos loves me and will gladly do my will. By and through him I will provide the redemption for man. He shall be made a man and given the opportunity to sacrifice himself to provide the redemptive price for man.' That is exactly what came to pass. It was the love of God that moved him to take action and to exercise his wisdom in carrying out his purposes in providing for the ransom sacrifice. He knew of his ability to raise Jesus out of death; and he did so.
All men, by reason of Adam's sin, inherited death. (Rom. 5:12) In the exercise of his love God gave his beloved Son to die, that those who believe on him might live for ever. (John 3:16) In due time the knowledge of this loving course taken by Jehovah shall be given to all men, that all through Christ may have the opportunity of obeying the Lord, and receiving the free gift, and being justified to life. — Rom. 5:18; 6:23.
Centuries before the coming of Jesus to earth, God gave his word that Jesus would come, and what he would do. He has kept that word and magnified it. This proves conclusively that Jehovah knew from the beginning that he would put the man Jesus on earth, who would stedfastly maintain his integrity at all times and under all conditions. Thereby God would prove and did prove his word true and right, and settled entirely on the side of Jehovah the issue which Satan raised.
Satan was permitted by Jehovah to go the very limit in his effort to cause Jesus to fall and prove unfaithful to Jehovah, even as he had caused Adam to do. Adam was in every respect a perfect man, and Jesus also was in every respect a perfect man. One was exactly equal to the other. Otherwise Jesus could not have become the ransom sacrifice for Adam. Adam failed to maintain his integrity, and that without any excuse. Jesus did remain stedfast in his integrity, and Jehovah made him the Savior of the world and exalted him to the highest place in his universe.
Jehovah thereby proved his Word; proved that his power is supreme; proved that he is just and the justifier of them that believe in his provision for salvation; proved his complete and perfect wisdom, and gave the greatest exhibition of love that can ever be given. Those who trust in Jehovah God know that he has proven his Word true, and that the issue which Satan raised concerning the Word of God is settled in God's own favor and to his eternal glory.
Jehovah first spoke by his prophets, and then, when he sent Jesus his great Prophet, by him he declared his Word of truth, and which was fully corroborated in what the prophets had previously testified. (Heb.
1:1, 2) Since then God has taken out from the world a class of men and women who have willingly devoted themselves unto God and has taken them into the covenant of sacrifice with Christ Jesus, and because thereof they have been the objects of great persecution by Satan and his agencies.
Of those called, many fell away to Satan, but the required number of those called have maintained their integrity and have held fast to God's Word and his name, and have the confidence of and protection from Jehovah. Now these faithful ones joyfully say: "Sing unto him [Jehovah] a new song. . . . For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth." (Ps. 33:3,4) "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever." — Isa. 40:8.
From Abel to John the prophet there appeared on earth a few men who were made the servants and prophets of Jehovah, and to whom he committed his Word. Those men were subjected to all manner of persecution by Satan and his agencies, and yet amidst all they maintained their integrity and held stedfastly to God. They believed his Word and trusted implicitly in him. Those men God will make the visible rulers in all the earth, while Christ Jesus rules invisibly and brings blessings to humanity. (Heb. 11: 1-40; Ps. 45:16; Isa. 32:1) Thereby God again proves his Word and magnifies it, and settles the issue concerning his Word in his own favor and to his own glory.
Jehovah's name has been reproached by Satan from the very beginning. In derision and mockery Satan caused the people to call themselves by the name of the Lord. (Gen. 4:26, margin) Satan organized
Babylon, Egypt, Assyria, and other world powers, and saturated them with his Devil religion and has used them, and particularly the false religious element, to bring reproach upon the name of Jehovah God. Today every organized religion under the sun either openly or covertly reproaches the name of Jehovah God. The holy prophet wrote: "Blessed is the nation whose God is Jehovah." (Ps. 33:12, A. R. V.) But where is there a nation on earth in the year 1929 whose God is Jehovah and which nation and people are devoted wholly to God and to the honor of his name? Let the people answer. The answer must be that there is not one. The religion and politics and commerce of the world are united to rule in every nation under the sun; and they have Satan for their god, even though outwardly calling themselves by the name of the Lord. —2 Cor. 4: 3, 4; John 14: 30.
In times past God has magnified his Word above his name, but the time has come for him to exalt his name as well as his Word. Both his name and his Word are now exalted in Zion, which is his own organization. (Ps. 102:16; 132:13) Upon earth there is now a remnant of those whom the Lord God has called, and to such he has committed his Word and the honor of bearing testimony to his name. These God has taken out as "a people for his name". (Acts 15:14) To such Jehovah says: "I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people." — Isa. 51:16.
The time is at hand when the great issue, Who is the almighty One? must be for ever settled. Jehovah has permitted the evil one to carry on his evil work throughout all the centuries. At given times, and for
the benefit of those who love God, he has brought his own name prominently to the fore. (2 Sam. 7: 23; Isa. 37:1-36) Today men who claim to be Christians and teachers of the Christian religion deny the Word of God concerning his creation of man, the disobedience and fall of man, and the provision for redemption through the blood of Christ; and in doing so they cast reproach upon the name of Jehovah God. They teach doctrines that dishonor his name, and openly declare their allegiance unto Satan's organization. Their course of action is a mockery and a reproach to the Lord. "As Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith," because Satan is their god. Jehovah says concerning them: "But they shall proceed no further, for their folly shall be manifest unto all." (2 Tim. 3:8,9) There is a limit to the practice of evil, and that limit has been reached by Satan and his agencies. The issue of the almighty name is now to be settled for ever, Who, then, is the Almighty God?
Jehovah says: "I am the Lord [Jehovah]; that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another." (Isa. 42:8) Jehovah will now make known to the blinded people his supreme power, his wisdom, justice, and love. He causes all the people and nations to be gathered together, and demands that the Devil's witnesses speak and justify their course of action or else acknowledge the truth that Jehovah is the only true God. Then addressing his faithful remnant he says: 'Ye are my witnesses that I am God; before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.' — Isa. 43:8-12.
This great issue will now be settled finally, and Jehovah declares that he will settle it by destroying
Satan and his evil organization. Before that great war of destruction, he causes his faithful witnesses to serve notice upon the nations and peoples of the earth of his purpose to end the practice of evil. Jehovah assembles the nations of earth for decision. (Joel 3:14) The nations are now assembled. He pronounces upon them his judgment, and then pours upon them his righteous indignation and destroys Satan and his organization. (Zeph. 3:8) That is the end of the permission of evil.
Instead of destroying Satan at the very beginning, God has permitted him to pursue his course of wickedness and do everything within his power to oppose God. In the meantime God has kept his Word and his name before those who have sincerely desired to know and to do righteousness, and such he has preserved from the assaults of the enemy. When Satan has done all that he can possibly do, to dispute the supremacy, the power, the wisdom, the justice, and the love of Jehovah God, then Jehovah, in the great war, stops Satan's operations of evil in the earth. Jehovah thereby proves himself to be supreme in power, the Almighty Eternal God, the Most High, besides whom there is none other. By so doing, Jehovah for ever stops the mouths of all creatures from saying that there is another like unto Jehovah God. This is the most effective way to teach creation that there is but one Almighty God.
Jehovah removes the blindness of the people, that they may know him, and that they may know that there is no way of obtaining everlasting life besides the way which Jehovah God has prepared, and that that way is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ his beloved Son. By this course of action Jehovah opens the way for full faith and confidence in him, that all
creation may come to know that he is the Almighty God, that he is perfect in wisdom, that he is just and has made provision for the justification of men, and that he is love because he is the perfect expression of unselfishness.
All creation will then come to know that Satan is the enemy of God and of every creature that wants to do right, and that he is the one who has been and is responsible for all the evil and wickedness that has been practised in the world. Concerning him the Lord God long ago caused his prophet to write: "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people; the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned." (Isa. 14:15-20) "All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." — Ezek. 28:19.
The people will come to know that Jehovah is the only true God and that he is their true and Almighty Friend. Through his prophet he says to the people: "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth
in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear." — Isa. 45: 22, 23.
The prophet wrote foretelling also what the people shall say when they come to know the truth: "And it shall be said [by the people] in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us; this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation." (Isa. 25:9) "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one." — Zech. 14:9.
The prophet represents those who have come to know God, and who have full faith and confidence in him, as saying, "0 Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." (Isa. 25:1-4) Thus will the people manifest their appreciation of the almighty power, the perfect wisdom, the exact justice, and the unfathomable love of the Almighty God.
As further proof that the vindication of God's Word and name is the chief reason for the permission of evil and the recovery of the human race therefrom, his prophet wrote: "Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes." — Ezek. 36: 22, 23.
It was Satan who caused Israel to prove unfaithful to God, and it is the same wicked rebel that is responsible for the evil amongst all the nations and peoples of the earth. The Israelites were God's chosen people, and therefore necessarily dear to him. If he would recover them not for their sakes but for his own name's sake, then with stronger reasoning has he permitted evil in the world, not merely to teach his creatures the exceeding sinfulness of sin, but that he might establish for ever his glorious name before creation. When this is accomplished, then the lovers of righteousness will join with the prophet in saying: "Give unto the Lord, 0 ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." — Ps. 29:1,2.
It is the name of Jehovah that the faithful remnant of the followers of Christ now on earth exalt and praise. (Isa. 12: 4-6) It will be the name of Jehovah, the Almighty God, that the people will honor for ever when they know him and learn of his love. God's prophet foretold the song of praise that will flow from the lips of the people to the glory of his name when they are settled in peace in his kingdom: "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands; sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name." — Ps. 66:1-4.
The present is the most blessed time since the days of Jesus that a Christian has ever been permitted to live on earth. It is now the blessed privilege of those who are wholly devoted to God to be witnesses for
and to the name of Jehovah the Most High. Another great prophecy is now in course of fulfilment, to wit: "The Spirit [Jehovah the great Spirit, and his Beloved Son, of the same spirit (2 Cor. 3:17)] and the bride [in the temple giving praise to God (Ps. 29: 9)] say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev. 22:17) And now let all the peoples of earth who love that which is right come and take their stand on the side of Jehovah God. Let those who love Jehovah God tell others about him and his wondrous works. "0 give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord." — Ps. 105:1-3.