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Prophecy

CHAPTER VII

The Testimony

JEHOVAH does not execute his purpose in secret. He gives due notice of his purposes. It was but a brief space of time after the expulsion of man from Eden that Satan formed a company of men and caused them to hypocritically call themselves by the name of the Lord. (Gen. 4:26) Men hurried down the road of evil. Satan also led many of the angelic sons of God into evil, causing them to leave their first estate, take on human form, and debauch the daughters of men. Because of this wickedness God determined to destroy that evil generation. (Gen. 6:7) Before doing so, he sent Noah to bear witness concerning his purpose. (2 Pet. 2: 5; 1 Pet. 3: 20) That which Noah did was prophetic and foretold what would come to pass at the end of the world. Of this there is not the slightest doubt, because Jesus so declared. — Matt. 24:37.

When God would deliver his people from the oppressive hand of the ruler of Egypt, he sent Moses and Aaron to give testimony before that ruler and the people, of and concerning his purpose. (Ex. 3:18; 4:16; 5:1-4; see also Exodus 6 to 12.) That what was there done by Moses and Aaron, and what followed thereafter with the Israelites, was prophetic and foretold similar things which would come to pass at the end of the world, is also certain. (1 Cor. 10:11) The prophecies fulfilled disclose two mighty organizations, to wit, God's organization and Satan's organization, which are at enmity and between which the war in heaven has been fought, and between which there

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is yet a great war to be fought, involving all the peoples of earth. It should be expected that Jehovah God would give due notice of that approaching conflict by having testimony given in his own good way, of and concerning his purposes.

THE ISSUE

The great question at issue for early determination by all creatures is, Who is the Almighty God? That issue must and will have a final determination, because God has so declared it. When Nimrod, under the supervision of Satan, built the tower of Babel, the purpose was to prove that Satan was equal to Jehovah God, if not greater. Jehovah destroyed that tower and confused the speech of that people that they might learn that he is the Almighty God.

When Egypt's king became arrogant and oppressed God's chosen people, the issue then was, Who is the supreme God? Jehovah demonstrated his supreme power at that time, that his name and his supremacy might be kept before his people for good, and to demonstrate to Egypt that Jehovah is God. — 2 Sam. 7: 23.

When the king of Assyria appeared with arrogance before the city of Jerusalem the issue raised by him then was, Who is the supreme God? Jehovah destroyed the Assyrian army that the people might see who is supreme. — Isa. 36:18; 37: 36-38.

Today the world powers of combined Christendom give allegiance to Satan the Devil, and cast reproach upon Jehovah, while hypocritically claiming to be followers of Christ; and now the great issue is, Who is the Almighty God, and whom shall we obey? Jehovah has expressed his determination that the issue shall be settled, and that shortly; but before doing so, he will cause testimony to be given before the nations


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and peoples of the world of and concerning his purpose, to the end that the rulers and the people may have an opportunity to know the truth; and further, that all mouths will be for ever stopped from saying that they had no opportunity to know. That the giving of such testimony should immediately precede the final determination of the great issue is made sure by the words of Jesus Christ, the great Prophet of Jehovah God: "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be."  — Matt. 24:14,21.

The fact that God would have this testimony given before the great time of trouble is proof that he would thereby furnish a warning to, as well as an opportunity for, those who hear to profit by the facts, break away from Satan's organization, and seek safety under the power and protection of Jehovah. It is equally certain that Satan would do everything within his power to keep the rulers and the people from hearing the testimony, to the end that he might hold them in his organization.

WHO WILL TESTIFY?

Testimony is given by witnesses, detailing certain facts that bear upon the issue. Who will be witnesses on the earth to testify to the name of Jehovah God as the Almighty One? That question can be determined by ascertaining whom God has used on former occasions when he would bring his name before creation. Jehovah puts his spirit upon men whom he sends to deliver his message of truth. That means that they are authorized to speak in his name. He

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endows such with power from on high to act as witnesses for him. His spirit is his invisible power operating according to his sovereign will. (2 Pet. 1:21) It is quite evident that God caused a record to be made of what he did in the past, to enable men to better understand what he will do in the future.

When God organized Israel into his prophetic organization he provided the priesthood to serve that people, and he caused the priests to be anointed with holy oil, thus indicating authority and approval from Jehovah. The holy oil was a representation of the holy spirit of God with which he anoints those who act in his behalf. Among other duties that must be performed by the priests of that time was that they were required to teach the people by informing them concerning God's law and his purposes. (Mal. 2:7) The priests of that organization prophetically foretold a similar class that would serve his real organization 'when Zion is builded up'.

Through his prophet God foretold the coming of his mighty Son Christ Jesus, the great Prophet of Jehovah. Concerning the work that He was to do, the prophet wrote: "The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn." (Isa. 61:1, 2) When Jesus began his earthly work he took up the book containing that prophecy, read it in the hearing of others, and applied it to himself.

"The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;

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he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." (Luke 4:18,19, 21) The fact that, in reading the prophecy at that time, Jesus omitted the words, "and the day of vengeance of our God," must be significant.

He knew that he would come again, and that at his second coming and the end of the world the "vengeance of our God" should be told to the people before that great and terrible day; and this conclusion is fully supported by what he subsequently said to his disciples. (Matt. 24:14, 21) In the period of time elapsing from Pentecost until the coming to his temple and the building up of Zion, his body members would be selected and gathered unto him. The last of these would constitute the "feet of him" and must therefore perform the duties designated by the authority of their anointing. — Isa. 52: 7, 8.

For three and one-half years Jesus gave testimony before the people and the rulers, telling of God's purposes. When he stood before Pilate and responded to the question concerning his mission on the earth and as to whether or not he was a king, he said: "To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice." (John 18: 37) Thus he proved his mission to be that of the great Witness or Prophet of God, and that all who are really of the truth must hear and obey his voice and must be witnesses together with him. — Luke 24:48.

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One of the titles given unto Jesus by Jehovah is "the faithful and true witness". (Rev. 3:14) It is also stated that his body members must be like him. (Rom. 8: 29) This likeness must of necessity consist in this, that his body members would be wholly and unreservedly devoted to Jehovah God and delight in keeping his commandments. That would mean that they must be witnesses for Jehovah.

"A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME"

Jehovah's purpose in having the gospel preached from the time of Pentecost until the coming of Christ Jesus to his temple was to take out from among men "a people for his name". The wily enemy Satan early began to carry on his campaign to offset God's purpose. Well knowing that he must operate by fraud and deceit, he projected into the minds of the leaders in the earthly organization of the church the conclusion that the mission of the church is to convert the world and to robe it in glory and beauty in preparation for the second coming of Christ Jesus. Satan knew that men could not do such, but that to follow that course would keep them busy and would hide their understanding from God's real purpose.

When Rome adopted a religion and named it the "Christian religion", the leaders then began to carry on a great campaign to compel the people to become members of that church. That meant that Satan had gotten control of the organization and had made that organization the "religion" of his organization, therefore had made it a part of Babylon. Those who would not yield to this influence were subjected to all manner of cruel treatment and torture.

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sult of Satan's evil influence. As the Pharisees were blind guides of the blind people when Jesus was on earth, even so the clergy, who are the counterpart of the Pharisees, became the blind guides of the people in the church, who likewise were blinded to the truth by Satan's course of action.

When the conditions in the Roman church became intolerable, some of the more honest ones broke away to form what is known as the Protestant church. The Protestants also fell under the seductive influence of Satan, misconceived the purpose of the church, and believed it to be their duty to convert the world to Protestantism. As a result thereof, many bloody wars followed, especially in Europe, between the Catholic and Protestant church organizations. Both of these great organizations participated freely in the politics of the world and really became a part of the ruling factors. The truth was hid to them. This condition of misconception of the purpose of the church continued until the second coming of the Lord and the beginning of the restoration of the fundamental doctrines of the truth.

During the period of time from 1878 forward the work of restoring the truth to the seekers therefor was carried on, which work was prophetically foretold by the course of action that Elijah took. In that period of time many withdrew from the Catholic and Protestant church organizations and joyfully embraced the truth; but some of the former errors clung to them. These errors are represented by the prophet as "the filthy garments" that were brought away with those who separated themselves from Babylon. Many of those who thus came to a knowledge of the truth and withdrew from the Catholic and Protestant organizations believed and proceeded upon the theory

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that their chief duty was to prepare themselves for heaven. To this end they set about to develop a sweet and beautiful character and to call the attention of others to the necessity of so doing. That they were honest in this, no one will question.

Of course it was right for them to believe that the Lord would give the faithful overcomers a part with him in his kingdom; and it was right for them to believe that they must be pure in thought, in word, and in action so far as possible; but they overlooked a work that must first be done by the followers of Christ while on the earth. Every Christian should lead a blameless life and put forth his best endeavors to always do that which is right; but that is not all that he must do. No man can by his own efforts become so good and perfect that by reason thereof he would be fit to reign with Christ in his kingdom.

The condition precedent to entering into that kingdom is love for and faithfulness unto Jehovah God and Christ Jesus. Such love is proven by joyfully keeping the commandments of God. (John 14:15, 21; 1 John 4:17,18; 5:3) That means that the over-comers are unselfishly devoted to the Lord and his cause and refuse to compromise, either directly or indirectly, with any part of the Devil's organization. Those who are thus faithful to the end will be granted the crown of life and a place with Christ Jesus in his kingdom of heaven. The Christian can not be faithful and true and at the same time neglect or ignore the commandments of Jehovah God. His delight will be to keep those commandments.

Jehovah reveals to man the meaning of his Word progressively. "The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." (Prov. 4:18) The apostles began to see and

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understand God's purpose at the time they were anointed with the holy spirit at Pentecost, but thereafter they saw more clearly. Likewise the Lord's people gradually saw the truth as it was restored, and after the Lord came to his temple they began to see it more clearly, and the light still continues to increase upon God's Word. When Jesus was on earth he restricted his preaching to the Jews alone. For three and one-half years thereafter his disciples taught the Jews exclusively. The religion of the Jews had become a formalism, as a result of the unfaithfulness of the clergy and leaders therein. For some time after Pentecost much of that formalism was held on to by the disciples of Jesus Christ.

Some of those honest Christians thought that 'except a man be circumcised he could not be saved'. Circumcision applied to the Jews only, by reason of the law covenant. It required time for those who had come away from the darkness of Jewry to see this fact. In God's due time he sent Peter with the gospel message to Cornelius a Gentile. The Gentiles had nothing to do with circumcision. The fact that the gospel had been taken to the Gentiles, and that they were not circumcised, raised a controversy amongst many of the Christians of that time.

A convention of the disciples of Jesus was held in Jerusalem to consider these questions. James, one of the disciples of the Lord, was the chairman of that convention. In the course of the discussion Peter related how God had sent the gospel by him to the Gentiles, and that now there is no distinction between Jew and Gentile so far as God's Word and purpose are concerned. Then Paul and Barnabas addressed the convention and told what miracles and wonders God had wrought amongst the Gentiles by them. In sum-

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ming up the matter James gave utterance to prophetic, words. Harmonizing his own words with those of God's prophet Amos, James said:

"Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up; that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." (Acts 15:7-18) Thus he showed that it was a part of God's plan from the beginning to take out "a people for his name" and, this done, then he would build up Zion, set his kingdom in operation (which was prophetically shown by the reign of David), and then the kingdom blessings would be extended to all the families of the earth.

With the second coming of the Lord and the restoration of the fundamental truths to his followers, they learned that the 'seed of Abraham according to the promise' is The Christ; that Christ Jesus is the Head and his faithful followers constitute the body members, and that all of these must have the faith like unto Abraham. Those who had the faith like unto Abraham, when they saw the truth, separated themselves from the formalism of the religionists and became the servants of God.

But even these did not have a correct understanding of the words of James, above quoted, until after the Lord came to his temple. They were in no wise to blame for that, because it was manifestly God's due time for them to understand after the coming of the

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Lord to his temple. Prior thereto they understood the text to mean that the company taken out from the world would become the bride of Christ and therefore take his name. It did not appear to them that Jehovah's name was involved. It is true that the faithful followers of Christ Jesus who are overcomers will become members of the body of Christ in glory, and will take the name of Christ and become joint-heirs with him, and also be called the bride. That, however, is not the meaning of the words of James, above quoted.

The statement of James is a prophecy which could not be clearly understood until after it was fulfilled or in course of fulfilment. Since the opening of the temple those of the temple class now clearly sec that Jehovah God takes out a people for his name, and that this must be done before the restoration blessings of all the families of the earth begin. It must be clearly implied from this that God has a specific work for those so taken out to perform while yet on earth.

Satan's organization has east great reproach upon the name of Jehovah God. This is particularly true in modern times. "Organized Christianity" is really a formalistic religion. This organization has taken on the name of Christ and claims to be Christian, but the course of action taken by the organization does violence and dishonor to the name of Christ and to the name of Jehovah God. The leaders and members draw near to the Lord with their lip service, but they have no heart devotion to him. They use the name of the Lord, but with no real understanding. Satan has used the organization and the formalistic practices therein to blind the people to the truth and turn them away from God. God now discloses his purpose to bring his name prominently before the people, and

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therefore he takes out from among the professed Christians a people whom he uses for his name's sake and who will give testimony to the greatness of his name. His great name must be properly set before the people, because the only way for them to obtain life is to know him, the true God, and Christ Jesus, whom he has sent into the world as Savior. (John 17:3) God selects a people and anoints them and authorizes them to give testimony concerning his name before the world.

Egypt was Satan's organization, and the people of God in bondage and under the oppression of Egypt's ruler prophetically foretold the peoples of earth in bondage to Satan and his wicked organization at the present time. Before delivering the Israelites from Egyptian bondage, God called Moses and, sending with him Aaron to do the speaking, directed Moses as to the message which must be given to Pharaoh. "Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon the people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth." — Ex. 9:13-16.

In the sight of men Pharaoh seemed to do as he pleased in defiance of Jehovah God. To the demand made by Moses Pharaoh replied: "Who is [Jehovah], that I should obey his voice?" Because of such defiance it became necessary for Jehovah to set his name right before the people, and that for man's benefit.

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Therefore the Scriptures mark out those conditions and circumstances as foretelling the things which must come to pass at the end of the world, when the affairs of men and nations come to a great crisis. Upon this earth at the present time there exists a condition clearly foretold by the conditions then in Egypt. Never before in human history since the days of Pharaoh until the present time has there been anything that could so well fit the prophetic course of Egypt. That which God did to Egypt at that time to make a name for himself foretold the manner in which he will make his name known before all his creation at the end of the world.

Today the earth seems to have forgotten Jehovah God. Truly the words of the psalmist apply now concerning the agents of Satan who pretend to be Christians: "God is not in all his thoughts." (Ps. 10:4) At the present time human policies, human greed, and position of power and wealth have brought their harvest to the full. At the present time, though there is much profession amongst so-called "Christian" communities, the thoughts of the people composing "organized Christianity" are far from God. Not only are their thoughts removed from God, but such hypocrisy is practised openly in the name of the Lord that it casts reflection upon his name, which makes it now necessary for the Lord to destroy the organization of the earth even as he destroyed the world in the Flood. The people are not so blameworthy as their leaders. The latter are really the 'destroyers of the earth', as Jesus called them. (Rev. 11:18) People are much to blame for their lack of knowledge of Jehovah. They have had the opportunity to follow the teachings of Jehovah rather than of the evil one and

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his earthly leaders, but their greed and selfishness have made them forget God.

The course of Egypt foretells the course of the whole world. In former times Egypt alone was involved, but now the whole world is involved. Today the poor are oppressed by those in authority. The religious teachers have frightened many of the people and burdened them with the nightmare of eternal torment, while others have been so thoroughly disgusted with their religion that they have turned entirely away from God. Satan's visible organization, made up of the religious, commercial and political elements, is referred to in the Scriptures under the symbol of a wild beast. Many of the people, either by coercion or by choice, have "the mark of the beast" in this, that they mentally or actively support the Devil's organization. There are millions of people in so-called "organized Christianity" who wink at the evil deeds and hypocritical practices of "organized Christianity". Many other millions are held in subjection by fear. They claim to be the people of the Lord; but, by their course of action in either openly or tacitly approving the conduct of the leaders who reproach God, they prove themselves to be only professed people of God, and not his people in fact.

Jehovah, through his prophet, foretold this condition that we now see existing in the world. Concerning this time it is written: "For among my [professed] people are found wicked men [clergymen who pretend to represent God and yet in fact reproach his name]; they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men [they inveigle men into their organizations regardless of whether they have any faith in God or not]. As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses [organizations] full of deceit:

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therefore they [the clergy, the leaders and principal ones of their flock] are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked [they wink at the evil deeds of politicians and Big Business as well as those of the preachers]: they judge not [righteously] the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge [the people need the truth, but they do not give it to them; they do not properly and righteously consider what the people need. They feed them on politics, science so called, and other like provender]." The Lord thus describes the miserable condition of "organized Christianity" of the present time. Never before was there such hypocrisy practised in the name of the Lord. Then God caused his prophet to say further: "Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land [Christendom, or 'organized Christianity']; the prophets [clergy] prophesy falsely, and the priests [those who minister in the organization] bear rule by their means; and my [professed] people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" — Jer. 5:26-31.

God declares through this prophet his purpose to visit "organized Christianity" with a time of trouble such as man has never known. God will not take this action, however, without giving due notice. The time for serving such notice, or for the testimony to be given, he indicates must be shortly preceding the great trouble.

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done by Moses. The people are kept in ignorance and oppressed, and now the Lord will take action. At this time God has not raised up an individual to do his work, but he has raised up a company of faithful followers of Christ Jesus, whom he names his "servant". Those who go to make up this "servant" are the ones found faithful and approved by the Lord at the time of coming to his temple, and to such he has committed the work of giving the testimony; and God commissioned them thus to do.

The people taken out for the name of Jehovah must be the ones whom he uses and will use to inform the rulers and the people concerning his purposes. Having come to Zion, and having built it up and brought his approved ones into the temple condition, the Lord informs them that there is a work for them to do, and that such work consists in giving testimony to the name of Jehovah God and in speaking forth his purposes concerning the evil organization and his purposes concerning the people.

JEHOVAH'S SERVANT

It follows that those who are taken out to bear testimony to the name of Jehovah would be the servants of the Most High. Concerning his "servant" God caused his prophet to write: "Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." — Isa. 42:1.

The servant mentioned by that prophet is Christ Jesus, upon whom the Lord put his spirit at the time of his baptism in the Jordan. "Christ" means the anointed, and therefore all who are brought into the body of Christ and receive the anointing of the holy spirit and are thereby made partakers of Christ, be-

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come a part of that servant. (Gal. 3:16, 27-29) When Jesus came to his temple and took an account with his servants and found some who had been faithful, he approved the faithful ones. These are shown in the prophecy as being brought under the robe of righteousness and given the garments of salvation. (Isa. 61:10) The "garments" identify such as members of the "servant" of the Most High, while "the robe of righteousness" shows them as approved servants of the Lord.

The anointing of the holy spirit is the commission of such to do a work in the name of Jehovah God. God assigns to his great servant, Christ Jesus, the work to do, and these members of his body must participate in the work because they form a part of the "servant". As Jesus declared that he came into the world to bear witness to the truth, even so must the anointed members of his body bear witness to the truth. The commission given to those anointed ones supports this conclusion. The statement of the authority set out in that commission applies to all who are the anointed of the Lord and who are brought under the robe of righteousness.

Be it noted that the commission received by reason of the anointing provides that the "servant" must 'preach good tidings unto the meek [or teachable]; bind up the broken-hearted; proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; and comfort all that mourn'. (Isa. 61:1,2) That commission is broad and comprehensive, but is even more specifically defined by other prophecies of the Lord. Since the commission applies to the entire Christ, there must be a time when Christ will cause a testimony to be given

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concerning God's vengeance. It is certain that the vengeance of God is to be manifest against the enemy organization, and the purpose of the testimony concerning the same is to give notice to men, both rulers and the people, in order that they may have an opportunity to know that Jehovah is the Almighty God, and to separate themselves from the enemy organization before the destruction thereof comes to pass.

It was in the year 1914 that the Lord Jesus received his kingdom and began to exercise his royal power. After casting Satan out of heaven, the Lord came to his temple and commissioned his faithful servants. This is shown by his own words in the parables of the pounds and talents. It is to that approved company, brought into the temple, that the Lord commits all his kingdom interests on earth. Concerning such the great Prophet himself said: "Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, that he shall make him ruler over all his goods." — Matt. 24:44-47.

It is this servant class that the Lord makes "ruler over many things". (Matt. 25:21) It is this class whom the Lord God has taken out as "a people for his name", and since they are taken out for his name their work must of necessity be that of giving testimony to his name. This is the class described by James at the convention in Jerusalem. His prophecy is now in course of fulfilment.

The faithful class on earth, the people taken out for God's name, constitute the "feet" of Jesus Christ;

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because they are the last members on earth. It becomes the privilege of such to be God's special witnesses. This is exactly in accord with the prophecy which states: "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!" — Isa. 52:7.

This is the class that specially testifies to the fact that the nation or kingdom is born or begun, and that God through Christ Jesus has begun his reign. They who are members of Zion say to one another: "Thy God reigneth!" It is this faithful servant class that constitutes God's watchmen. They watch the unfolding of prophecies; and, watching, they ascertain God's will, and tell one another what they see, and also tell others who have the desire to hear; and this is exactly in accord with the words of the prophet: "Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion." (Isa. 52: 8) By reason of the lightnings flashing from Jehovah upon the Head of the temple class, the members thereof are enlightened and God's Word is illuminated, and they see the truth exactly in harmony with one another; and together they joyfully give testimony by singing the praises of Jehovah God and his kingdom.

CORROBORATIVE PROOF

Jehovah provides cumulative evidence, which means the testimony of one prophet to corroborate another prophet, and this he does for the strengthening of the faith of his people. As a further proof of the office and work of his "servant" class, he caused his prophet to write: "And it shall come to pass after-

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ward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." — Joel 2: 28, 29.

The spirit of Jehovah is his invisible power. 'Pouring out' means a libation or gushing forth. God puts his spirit upon his creatures to accomplish his purpose. He gives his spirit to no one unless that one desires to do God's will and is devoted to Jehovah. This prophecy shows a gushing forth or pouring out of God's spirit upon a class for a specific purpose. It had a miniature fulfilment at Pentecost and is completely fulfilled after the Lord comes to his temple in 1918. The proof is here set forth for the further identification of God's witnesses, and that their privileges and duties might be seen.

The prophecy shows that its fulfilment applies at the close of the experiences of the Israelites, and again near the close of the experiences of the true church which constitutes spiritual Israel. The prophet states that it applies just prior to "the great and the terrible day of the Lord". (Joel 2: 31) There came a great and terrible day upon the Israelites from 69 to 73 A.D. Jesus foretold another great and terrible day of the Lord God, to come at the time of his second presence and the setting up of the kingdom, and that just before that day there must be given a great testimony. — Matt. 24:14, 21.

At Pentecost Peter and others of the disciples received the anointing of the holy spirit. That was the first outpouring of the holy spirit. (Acts 2:1-5) Not only were the apostles there anointed by the holy spirit, but they were given a special power to testify

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in various tongues, that all present might understand. The opponents who stood by mocked and said concerning these men who spoke in various languages: "These men are full of new wine." That the honest ones might understand the truth, Peter replied: "These are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel." — Acts 2:15,16.

Prior to the day of Pentecost God had put his spirit upon a very limited number. Jesus Christ was the first one who was brought forth and in due time anointed. Joel's prophecy was, "Afterward [or hereafter] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh." The words "all flesh" must be understood as Peter interpreted the same, namely, all the families of the house of fleshly Israel, because the message was then limited to the Jews. On that occasion a great number believed on the Lord and received the anointing of the holy spirit, even as the prophet had foretold. (Acts 2: 38-41) On that occasion not only did Peter repeat the prophecy of Joel, but his words are also prophetic. He said: "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my spirit; and they shall prophesy: and I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke; the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come." — Acts 2:17-20.

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ecy. "The last days" undoubtedly refers to the last days of the old world, or Satan's organization, and the beginning of the reign of Christ. (2 Tim. 3:1-5) We are now in "the last days", and should therefore expect a fulfilment in completion of Joel's prophecy.

After the apostles passed from earth, darkness came into the earthly organization of the church because of the influence Satan exercised over the leaders therein. At the beginning the Lord had planted:his church on earth amongst men a pure "vine", and then it degenerated into the "strange vine" of the earth, even as the prophet had foretold it would. (Jer. 2: 21) Then God caused Peter to prophesy that, "times of refreshing [would] come from the presence of the Lord". (Acts 3:19) That time of refreshing did come; and it began with the second presence of the Lord and is particularly represented by the work of Elijah the prophet, foretelling a specific work of the church.

In the distressing time of 1918 the true followers, of Christ thought that the work of the church on the earth was done. During the year which followed some true followers of Christ awakened to the fact that there was yet much to be done. In the period of time from 1919 to 1923 there was a great awakening amongst those who loved the Lord. The zeal manifested by these shows that the Lord had put his spirit upon them. The greatest witness to the name of the Lord ever given on earth has been in progress since the year 1922, and still progresses. Such marks the second or complete fulfilment of the prophecy of Joel.

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had been done chiefly by a few of the consecrated ones. After that time practically all of the anointed have actively engaged in giving the testimony to God's purpose to set up his kingdom, his vengeance, and the blessing of all the families of the earth.

Prophesying, or preaching, may be done either by word of mouth or by placing in the hands of the people the message of truth in printed form. Such has been done, and is now being done, by young men and young women as well as old men and old women. "All flesh" therefore means all those among the men and women who are consecrated and anointed with the spirit of God, regardless of sex or previous condition.

It seems clear that the term "young men", used in the prophecy, means the younger brethren of Christ Jesus, regardless of sex, because no sex distinction is recognized in Christ. (Gal. 3:28) "Young men" is a term symbolically used to denote strong, vigorous, active and zealous ones in the Lord and in his service, regardless of age. "Old men" symbolically represents those who are listless, dreamy, and indifferent to what is to be done or is being done. It is the "young men", that is to say, the active ones in the Lord's service, who see visions. A vision means a clearer understanding of God's purpose; and those who see and understand are moved with a zealous devotion to the Lord, and they serve joyfully. "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Prov. 29:18) True Christians must feed upon and understand God's Word in order to be joyful and vigorous, and therefore be young. — Amos 8:11-13.

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strong in the Lord and continue to rejoice in serving him. Such are the ones whom the Lord specifically uses to give testimony to his name. These are the ones who are taken out as a people for his name.

As bearing upon the time of the fulfilment of this prophecy it is written: "And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come." — Joel 2: 30, 31; Acts 2:19-21.

The physical facts show the fulfilment of this prophecy since the coming of the Lord to his temple in 1918. It is since that time that the Lord has revealed to his people the signs and wonders in heaven, that is to say, has given them a better vision or understanding of the Devil's organization and of the birth of the Lord's kingdom.

He has also shown them the casting of Satan out of heaven and the preparation for the final war upon earth. "Blood and fire" are symbols of death and destruction. In the earth during the past few years there has been a great amount of death and material destruction. "Smoke" is an evidence of destruction in progress. So-called "organized Christianity "is rapidly disintegrating. The leaders thereof have "turned into darkness" the light of the gospel by denying the creation of man as perfect, and denying the fall and the redemption of man by the blood of Jesus, and by openly uniting with the Devil's organization in declaring the League of Nations as God's kingdom on earth. Their work is destructive of faith in God. The moon, as used in the prophecy, is a symbol of the law of God, therefore symbolically representing God's

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will. It has become unto man the symbol of death, and this is shown by the moon's turning into blood.

These things have come to pass particularly in the few years just passed, and are apparent to all who have the vision of God's purpose. The prophet says that these things shall take place "before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come". That means before the final war and trouble mentioned by Jesus in his great prophecy. (Matt. 24:21) The prophecy says that, contemporaneously with the happening of these events, God will pour out his spirit upon all flesh and upon whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, and that these shall bear testimony to the name of the Lord. The physical facts show that this prophecy is in course of complete fulfilment. This further identifies the witnesses who are taken out as a people for God's name.

ELIJAH AND ELISHA

Jehovah caused another prophetic picture to be made foretelling events to come to pass and a work to be done by the true followers of Christ Jesus. Elijah the prophet began to carry forward this prophetic work. Elisha was anointed in the place of Elijah, to carry on and complete the work that Elijah had begun. The work of Elijah foretold the work of restoring the fundamental truths to the true Christians, as hereinbefore stated. (1 Ki. 19:16) The time came when God would take Elijah away. "And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray

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thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so."  — 2 Ki. 2: 8-10.

Both Elijah and Elisha prophetically foretold God's anointed people carrying on his work on earth after the second coming of the Lord. It was the spirit of the Lord God that caused Elijah to carry on that work. It was the expressed desire of Elisha that he might have a double portion of the Lord's spirit. Undoubtedly this was a prophecy foretelling what would be given to those represented as doing the Elisha work of the church. The condition to receiving the double portion of the spirit was that Elisha should see Elijah when he was taken away. Prophetically this foretold that those who would discern or see the division as to time and work of the church, represented by Elijah and Elisha, would have a double portion of the spirit of the Lord.

The experiences of Elijah foretold a work of restoring the fundamental truths, and also the work of giving a witness concerning Jehovah and his purposes. Elijah completed the work assigned to him, foreshadowing that a certain period of the church's work would be completed, but not the complete work of giving testimony. The experiences of Elisha foretold a specific witness work that must be done by God's anointed, and that such would be given a "double portion" of the spirit of the Lord and would have a zeal and enthusiasm to give the testimony in the name of Jehovah; and this comports exactly with the prophecy of Joel concerning the pouring out of the holy spirit.

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foretold and marked the end of the Elijah work of God's anointed people on earth. "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan." (2 Ki. 2:11-13) The two prophets must therefore represent identically the same class of anointed ones, while their separation represented the end of a specific work and the beginning later of another work in the name of the Lord.

What are the facts in fulfilment of this prophecy? From 1878 until 1918 God's anointed people on earth, under the direction and supervision of Christ Jesus the present Lord, engaged in a work of proclaiming the message of truth and setting it before those who are seeking the truth. The effect of this work was to gather together the truly consecrated ones for the purpose of study and instruction, and to aid and comfort one another in building them up in the most holy faith.

The chariot of fire and horses of fire, mentioned in the prophecy, well picture the warring and destructive organization that was made manifest about 1918; while the whirlwind pictured the great trouble that came upon the people by reason of that war. It was in 1918 that the anointed witnesses of God throughout all Christendom were hated and persecuted by the military organization and by the clergy. There came upon God's anointed people great trouble and

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persecution because of their activity in giving testimony to the name of Jehovah. In the spring of 1918 practically all work by the anointed of God on earth was stopped. The taking away of Elijah by the whirlwind foretold that the work represented by him was done; therefore the great trouble that came upon God's anointed people in 1918 marked the end of the specific work of the church foreshadowed by Elijah.

We know that Elijah was not taken into the literal heaven or presence of Jehovah God; because, after the taking of Elijah, Jesus said: "No man hath ascended up to heaven." (John 3:13) Rather, the prophecy meant that the work of the church which Elijah foretold by his course of action was finished and reported to God in heaven.

For more than a year thereafter the anointed of God on earth were inactive, and then these faithful people became aware of the fact that there was a great work for them to do, and they began to do it. God did endow his people after 1919 with a "double portion" of his spirit, and sent them forth as his witnesses; and since that time these have been doing a work in the name of the Lord, giving testimony in the earth to God's name, and giving it with a zeal and earnestness never before manifested. This is further proof that God's anointed people must be his witnesses and give testimony in the earth at the present time.

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

Christ Jesus is God's great Witness. (John 18: 37) A witness is one who gives testimony. It follows then that those who are God's witnesses, and give testimony to his name, must be in full harmony with Christ Jesus and be members of God's organization, of which Christ Jesus is the Head. Those who have

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been brought into the temple class and built up in Zion are anointed of the Lord and authorized by him to be his witnesses. His prophet wrote: "In his temple doth every one speak of his glory." (Ps. 29: 9) The fact that they speak of God's glory is proof that they are the witnesses of Jehovah. This statement of the prophet seems clearly to show that those who claim to be the followers of Christ and who fail or refuse to give testimony to the name of the Lord God are not of the temple class. It is the temple class that fills a place in Zion, and it is out of Zion that God shines. (Ps. 50:2) God has taken out from amongst the nations a people for his name, and these he has anointed to speak concerning his name: "Even every one that is called by my name; for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him." — Isa. 43: 7.

God has made those who are of his new creation to carry out his purposes, and a part of the work of such must be performed by them while on earth. Whether or not one will be of the heavenly kingdom class will depend upon his faithfulness in performing the work given him to do while on earth.

The people of Christendom in particular have been blinded to the truth by reason of the Devil's influence exercised by and through his organization, and particularly by the religious element thereof. The time comes when God will have a witness given to his name, and therefore he says through his prophet: "Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth." (Isa. 43: 9) The great issue is: Who is the Almighty God?

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The clergy compose the mouthpieces of Satan with reference to religious matters. They claim to speak with authority. They prophesy contrary to God's Word, and say, in substance, that by the efforts of man and the organizations of men peace can be brought to the earth, and will be brought; that the earth will be cleaned up and robed in glory and beauty and be made a fit place to live on; and that the clergy and their allies will accomplish this work. God will now have them put to the test as to whether they are false prophets or true. Therefore he says: "Who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them [of Satan's organization] bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified [proving their contention that they can accomplish what they claim]: or let them hear [the truth], and say, It is truth."

Then the Lord God speaks directly to his anointed ones, who form his "servant" class, and says to them: "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God." (Isa. 43:10,12) This is proof conclusive that God's anointed ones must give testimony in the earth, and tell forth that Jehovah is the only true God and that the time has come for him to prove that fact to all creation, and that he will prove it by a demonstration of his almighty power.

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chief enemy of God and is the mimic of the true God; that Satan has a powerful organization, both visible and invisible, which he operates for the purpose of ridiculing and bringing reproach upon the name of Jehovah, and to turn the people away from the true God; that Satan has drawn into his devilish religion the rulers of the earth and caused the merchants of the earth to become a part thereof; that God's purpose now is to destroy Satan's organization and to bring to the peoples of earth peace, prosperity and happiness; and that there is no other way for the people to gain the desired blessings. This testimony is to be given, not vindictively, but with a loving devotion to Jehovah God; and for the purpose of informing the people, that they may see what is the right way and what is for their own good.

OPPOSITION

It is to be expected that Satan would do everything within his power to oppose the giving of such witness to the name and purposes of Jehovah God. Jesus prophesied that Satan, through his organization, would put forth great opposition to the truth and would persecute those who stand for and testify to the truth; that those chosen out of the world to be witnesses for God would be hated and persecuted and would have much tribulation. Jesus encouraged his followers, however, by telling them that he had suffered such opposition and persecution and had overcome the world, and that they as his servants could not expect less. — John 15:18-21; 16: 33.

Then Jesus spoke a prophecy specifically relating to the period of time after the appearing of the two great signs or wonders in heaven and the casting of Satan out of heaven to the earth. (Rev. 12:1-13) He

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foretold that Satan's organization would persecute those of God's organization on earth, and then in that great prophecy he used these words: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:17) By these words of the great Prophet he definitely identifies those who would be God's witnesses and give the final testimony on the earth. He tells that the Dragon, the Devil's organization, is enraged and goes forth to make war with the remnant of "the seed", who are the children of Zion. The remnant is that faithful company of the followers of Christ composing his "feet" members, who are wholly devoted to God and who delight to do his will. Why is Satan so enraged against them? Because, says the great Prophet of Jehovah, they "keep [obey] the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ".

TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST

What is meant by having the testimony of Jesus Christ? To be sure, this means that the remnant have the testimony of the holy spirit that they are sons of God because in Christ (Rom. 8:16,17); and that they are under the robe of righteousness and have the garments of salvation, which testifies to their approval by the Lord and to their identification as members of his organization. But the words of Jesus Christ mean much more than that. They mean that to the remnant of Zion the Lord has committed the work of giving the testimony that Christ was commissioned to give. Jehovah God made Jesus Christ his great Prophet and endowed him with all authority and power. The obligation is laid upon Christ Jesus

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to see that the testimony to the name of Jehovah is given in the earth. When Jesus came to his temple and approved the remnant and brought these into Zion, he committed into the custody and keeping of this little company "all his goods", which means all his kingdom interests on the earth. This specifically means that Jesus has committed into the hands of the remnant the great privilege and obligation of giving the testimony to the name of Jehovah. They therefore have the testimony of Jesus which God committed to him. Being in possession of these "goods", they must give forth the testimony. It is God's commandment that this company, made up of the remnant, must be his witnesses, must bear testimony before the rulers and the people, and must tell them that Jehovah is the Almighty God and what his immediate purposes are as shown through his Word. By boldly keeping Jehovah's commandments the remnant prove that their love for him is perfect. (1 John 4:17,18) They could not keep the commandments of God unless they joyfully do his will and give the testimony of Jesus Christ (1 John 5:3); hence Jehovah says to them: "Ye are my witnesses."

Satan manifests his wrath through his dragon or devouring organization on earth. He stirs up his sons, the clergy of "organized Christianity", who incite the mob to assault faithful witnesses of the Lord. An instance of this took place recently in South Amboy, New Jersey. He causes the clergy to bring their influence to bear upon the political rulers (by reason of their both being members of Satan's organization) to arrest and imprison God's faithful witnesses because they go from house to house to tell the people about God's gracious provision for relieving the people of oppression and bringing them

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their desired blessing. Samples of this recently occurred in Bergenfield and Englewood, New Jersey, and in various towns in the states of Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and in other places.

These faithful witnesses of the Lord go from place to place, preaching the gospel by putting in the hands of the people explanations of the Bible, and this they do on Sunday as well as on other days of the week. They do this because it is the commandment of the Lord, and they love to do his will and love the people and wish to tell them of God's blessings. The hypocritical clergy, posing as representatives of God and of Christ, have these faithful witnesses of the Lord arrested, on the pretext that they are doing work in violation of the Sunday laws. This they do in the face of the constitutional provision of the United States guaranteeing to every one the right to practise his religious belief as he may see fit. These physical facts are here related in proof of the fulfilment of the prophecy uttered by the Lord Jesus, as above set forth.

Are these witnesses of Jehovah, who insist on telling the people of God's goodness, doing any injury to any person or property on the earth? They certainly are not! Then why do the clergy and their allies persecute them? Because incited so to do by the father of their organization, Satan the Devil; and Satan causes such persecution because of the faithfulness of these witnesses. These witnesses of Jehovah are the only active enemies of Satan that are now on the earth. He has all others blinded or silenced by fear. The persecutors are of the seed of the woman of Satan, namely Babylon, and they hate and perse-

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cute those who are the "seed" of Zion, even as God foretold.

Will the remnant become fearful and cease to give testimony to the name of Jehovah? If any one does become fearful and ceases to be a witness, he ceases to be of the remnant and of God's anointed. The true members of Zion who constitute the remnant need have no fear. Their course of action in telling the truth will, to be sure, bring down upon them the wrath of Satan's organization; but for their encouragement God, through his prophet, says to them: "But I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is his name. And 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. 51:15,16.

The "hand" of Jehovah represents his power. The remnant are of Zion. They are God's witnesses. Jehovah shields them with his power and says to them: "Thou art my people." These faithful witnesses have set their love upon Jehovah God. Therefore God says to the remnant: "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name." — Ps. 91:9,10,14.

JOY OF THE LORD

When Jesus came to his temple and approved the remnant, he said to that class: "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over

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many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord." (Matt. 25:21) What did he mean by "the joy of thy lord"? The true understanding of this brings confidence and joy to the follower of Jesus. When our Lord ascended on high, God caused him to sit down and remain inactive against Satan until the due time came to make the enemy his footstool by casting him out of heaven. (Ps. 110:1) That period of time was a long one during which Jesus observed Satan constantly bringing reproach upon the name of his Father, Jehovah. The commission to vindicate God's great name was given to Jesus Christ, and God caused his prophet to foretell the time when Jesus would begin that work of vindication. "Jehovah will send forth the rod [power or authority vested in Christ Jesus] of thy strength out of Zion [his organization, saying]: Rule thou [Jesus Christ] in the midst of thine enemies." (Ps. 110:2, A.R.V.) The war in heaven immediately followed, and Jesus ousted Satan therefrom.

When Jesus went forth to this task of vindicating his Father's name, that was his great joy. He proceeds now to the work of the final vindication of his Father's name, and that is a great joy to him; and it is into this joy that he invites the approved of the remnant class to enter. The prophet shows that the remnant become the willing volunteers to obey the Lord and join in the work; that they are born out of Zion and have the dew of their youth; that they are strong and vigorous in the Lord and joyfully undertake to give the witness. (Ps. 110:3) That is the reason why a few men and women on the earth now have such great joy in going from house to house and in giving the witness to the name of Jehovah. The remnant has entered into the joy of the Lord.

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ALTAR AND PILLAR

Jehovah caused his prophet to write concerning the time when he would have a specific testimony given in the world by his witnesses. He fixed the time as "in that day", which period of time had its beginning in 1914, and this became manifest to the remnant or witnesses of God after the Lord came to his temple in 1918. At the present time (1929) we are now well into the period designated by "in that day". The prophet of God wrote: "In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them." — Isa. 19:19, 20.

For some time students conscientiously applied this prophecy to the "great pyramid" of Egypt; but since the coming of the Lord to his temple and the flashes of God's lightning upon his Word the temple class see that this prophecy has no reference whatsoever to a pile of stone in Egypt. It will be observed that the prophecy opens with this statement; "The burden of Egypt." (Isa. 19:1) It is a prophecy from Jehovah, uttered with reference to the world or Satan's organization, symbolized by Egypt, and the position occupied by his anointed with reference thereto. As further proof that Egypt symbolically represents Satan's organization, Jehovah spoke through another prophet, saying: "Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon [Devil and his organization] that lieth in the midst of his rivers [peoples of earth], which hath said, My river is mine own, and

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I have made it for myself." (Ezek. 29: 3) Thus God through his prophet speaks against the Devil's organization. It is plainly written that "we [God's anointed] know that we are from God, and that the whole world lies under the evil one [Satan the Devil] ". — 1 John 5:19, Diaglott.

It was in Egypt (symbolic of the world or Devil's organization) that Jesus Christ was crucified. (Rev. 11: 8) Having identified the place, God, through his prophet, then further locates the time of the fulfilment of the prophecy. Christ Jesus, God's great High Priest and chief officer in his organization, begins action against the Devil's organization in 1914, and thereafter Satan is cast out of heaven. Jesus Christ continues his action against the evil one until the complete destruction thereof. The words of the prophet, locating the time, are: "Behold, the Lord [Jehovah] 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." (Isa. 19:1) In the work Christ Jesus is acting as God's chief officer. The Prophet Isaiah pictures Jehovah riding on the very top of his organization and moving against the Devil's organization.

The League of Nations compact was approved by the Federal Council of Churches in January, 1919, and later fully supported by the three elements of Satan's visible organization. Since then the prophetic words of Jesus are in course of fulfilment, namely, "Upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; . . . men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." (Luke 21:25, 26) It is well known to all that just now the governing powers of the nations of Christen-

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dom are suffering fear, which burdens them almost to the point of heart failure. The prophet definitely locates the time, therefore, as the present, and then says that "in that day" there shall be a specific witness given in the world, or Egypt, meaning Satan's organization.

The prophet further says: "In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the Lord." This prophecy could not possibly refer to a physical altar or pillar of stone in the land of literal Egypt, because it is physically impossible for any object to be in the midst of a piece of land and at the same time on the border thereof. The remnant of God's people, his witnesses, constitute an altar and a pillar to the Lord, and these are in the world, but not of it; and are on the very border of the evil world, because they stand at the border of God's world or kingdom. The remnant, therefore, is prophetically foretold by this altar and pillar.

The word "altar", as used in the prophecy, is derived from the root word meaning "place of sacrifice, or slaughter place". Those who are anointed of the Lord have been taken into the covenant by sacrifice with Christ Jesus, the Head of The Christ, Concerning such it is written: "We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." (Rom. 8:36) And again, the prophet says: "Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice." (Ps. 50:5) All the consecrated are pictured under the symbol of "the sons of Levi". When the Lord came to his temple these sons of Levi were purged that they might "offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness". (Mal. 3:3) This offering in right-

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eousness is an offering of praise unto God by giving testimony to his name. (Heb. 13:15) These scriptures prove that it is the remnant of God that constitutes the altar in the midst of the world (Egypt) to give testimony to the name of Jehovah God.

The words of the prophecy, "a pillar at the border thereof," apply to the same class. A pillar means a memorial column that stands forth to bear testimony. The great Prophet, Christ Jesus, speaking to those whom he would find faithful at the time of coming to his temple, says: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God." (Rev. 3:12) The very purpose of making one a pillar in the temple of the Lord is that such may be a witness unto God, because "in his temple doth every one speak of his glory". (Ps. 29: 9) The faithful remnant class, composing the "feet of him", Christ Jesus, and as a part of the elect "servant" of Jehovah, are the witnesses of God. As Jesus was in the world, but not of it, even so the remnant is in the world, but no part of it. (John 17:14) This remnant or pillar stands on the very border line between the Devil's world and God's kingdom, and there they bear witness to Jehovah's name. The faithful are near the time when they will pass over the border into the kingdom. As an altar class they offer sacrifices of praise unto Jehovah God's name, and as a pillar they bear testimony to his great name.

Furthermore God's prophet says: "And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the Lord of hosts in the land of Egypt; for they shall cry unto the Lord because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them." (Isa. 19: 20) The people of the world are now suffer-

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ing great oppression at the hand of the governing powers, and particularly at the hand of the invisible ruler, Satan the Devil. The cries of the oppressed people ascend unto God and, true to his promise, he will send them shortly his great Prophet, Priest and King, and Savior, who will relieve them of their oppression and save them. It is just preceding that time that the remnant in the world (Egypt) must give the witness unto the name of Jehovah. To this class has been committed the testimony of Jesus Christ. They have been selected as God's witnesses and commanded to give the witness, and by his grace they are keeping the commandments and giving the testimony.

God has commanded the testimony to be given concerning his name, concerning his purposes against the enemy, and concerning his purpose to completely relieve the people, and save and bless them. Therefore no person on earth who has consecrated himself to do God's will can be faithful and true unto God and receive the final approval of the Lord if he either fails or refuses to keep God's commandments; and, keeping them, he must be God's witness at this time. For that reason there are now some who are daily putting forth this message of truth in printed form, that the people may hear concerning God and his purposes. Their work is not to convert the world to some religion nor to stir up strife or controversy, but they are serving notice upon the rulers and the people because God has commanded it thus to be done. It is God's due time that the testimony be given in fulfilment of the prophecy uttered by his angels at the birth of Jesus, that the glad tidings of great joy shall come to the people. — Luke 2: 9,10.

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HOW LONG?

Jehovah's prophet said: "Behold, I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion." (Isa. 8:18) The words "Lord of hosts" always refer to Jehovah preparing for or going into battle. None dwell in Zion until Zion is built up. The prophecy shows therefore that Isaiah and his children stood as types, or sign men, foretelling the class of faithful witnesses in the world at the time Jehovah is preparing to battle against the enemy, and after Zion is built up. This prophecy therefore locates the time after 1918, when the Lord came to his temple. Isaiah tells that he had a vision in which he saw Christ the King seated upon his throne in the temple, and with him his holy messengers. That time is fixed when the Lord appears at his temple with his holy angels for judgment. (Mal. 3:1-3; Matt. 25:31) Concerning the vision of Isaiah he says: "And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts." — Isa. 6:3,5.

Being a type of spiritual Israel, Isaiah, by saying that he is a man of unclean lips, would clearly mean that there was a negligence on the part of God's people in giving testimony. The work of the church foretold by the Prophet Elijah ceased in 1918, and the Elisha work began about 1919. During the interval God's people on earth were not active in giving testimony. This was due to the fiery trouble of war. After 1919 the church began an active campaign of giving

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testimony, which shows a recovery from the conditions of uncleanness concerning which the prophet spoke, and his words foretold how it would come to pass: "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged."  — Isa. 6: 6, 7.

The seraph in this text represents the Lord's Messenger; and taking fire from the altar and putting it upon the mouth of the prophet foretells that the Lord would cleanse his people by touching their lips and sending them forth to give a testimony to his name. Fire is a symbol of that which cleanses; and the prophet says the iniquity and sin was taken away by fire. In the latter part of 1919 the Lord's people awakened to the fact that they were inactive and that the Lord had something for them to do; and this is foretold in the prophecy, as Isaiah stated in the vision, to wit: "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us [to be witnesses]? Then said I, Here am I; send me." — Isa. 6: 8.

Thus the prophet foretold a willingness on the part of God's people to grasp the opportunity of giving the witness. The facts are that in 1919, at a convention of Christians assembled in Cedar Point, Ohio, those who were there realized that the time had come to begin an active witness campaign, and that was done. The prophet shows that the giving of this witness would not convert the world, but that it is more particularly for the purpose of serving notice upon the people of and concerning God's purposes. Therefore the Lord said to his people, as foretold by the

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prophet: "And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed." — Isa. 6:9,10.

Then the prophet inquired: "How long" shall the witness be given? Thus he foretold that, after the Lord's coming to his temple, the anointed people of Jehovah would begin the witness work and would inquire "how long" the giving of this testimony must continue. The Lord himself then gives the answer to the question, and causes the prophet to write: "Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land." — Isa. 6:11,12.

By the words of the prophet God foretold that he would have the testimony to be given continuously "until the cities [the organizations of the Devil] be wasted" by himself, and until the people be far removed from that evil organization. The witness has been in progress since then, and there has been a great falling away of the people from so-called "organized Christianity", great numbers thereof recognizing that that organization does not represent Jehovah God, but is Satan's organization.

God's anointed people, built up in Zion and brought into the temple, realize that Jehovah has been "angry" with them because they were not diligent in doing his work. Later they show diligence in keeping his commandments, and the Lord God brings them comfort; and this is proven by the words of the Prophet

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Isaiah: "And in that day thou shalt say, 0 Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation." — Isa. 12:1, 2.

Water is a symbol of God's truth. The faithful ones, anointed of God, being obedient to God's commandments, drink deep at the fountain of truth and rejoice. He gives to them a clearer vision of his Word and says to them: "Therefore with joy shall ye draw water [truth] out of the wells of salvation." (Isa. 12:3) Those who are actively and joyfully engaged in keeping the Lord's commandments by telling others of his great purposes, are permitted by him to have a clearer understanding of the truth. Drawing the water out of the wells means that they seek the truth by studying the prophecies of the Lord and watching the facts that come to pass in fulfilment thereof.

Again, in this prophecy "that day" is mentioned. "That day" is now here; and concerning this God caused his prophet to record his commandments to his people, which record applies to all those who truly love God and who delight to keep his commandments. The commandments of the Lord therefore are: "And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee." — Isa. 12:4-6.

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The prophecies and the fulfilment thereof prove beyond any question of doubt that Christ Jesus is the great witness for Jehovah God; that when he comes to his temple and takes account with his servants, to those whom he finds faithful he commits the privilege and obligation of giving the witness on earth from that time until the fall of Satan's organization; that such witnesses are commanded to declare that Jehovah is the only true and Almighty God; and that all who are anointed of the Lord and have his approval constitute the company upon earth to give that testimony. It being the will of God that this testimony must be given at this time, it will be given regardless of all opposition. Blessed are they who have any part in thus testifying to the rulers and the people that Jehovah is God, and that the time has come for the establishment of his kingdom.

It is difficult for many people to understand just why a company of Christians persistently go about speaking of the Lord and his purposes. They can readily see that they are not attempting to convert the people and bring them into some organization. They can also see that they are not doing it for money. Why, then, is such work being done? What is being accomplished by it?



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