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The New World
Chapter 3

Kingdom Of Heaven

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IN CONSIDERING the meaning of "the new world" the fact should be remembered that "world" includes both an invisible part and a visible part, or "the heavens" and "the earth". The "heavens" is the higher and more powerful, and hence dominates the "earth". It is sheer blasphemy and willful ignorance for "Christendom" and her religionists and politicians to offer proposals for founding and building a "new world". Such men are part of this present evil world and cannot unsaddle from their backs the more powerful demons or "heavens", which demons are opposed to the new world of God's promise. Such political, religious, commercial elements of this world will have no part in the "new earth". It is foolish and a self-

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deception for intelligent persons to look to men or human creatures to set up a new world, which men are earthly mortals and can have no power to set up a "new heavens" over earth. Such men forget God and his promise and presumptuously take away all the glory from God and pretend to be able to do what God alone can do.

The glory for creating a new world God will not give to another, and therefore he says: "For, behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. . . . the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD." (Isaiah 65:17; 66:22) That was promised centuries before the foundation of the new world, and since its foundation the apostle wrote with added assurance: "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved, and the elements [of this wicked world] shall melt with fervent heat. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." — 2 Peter 3:12,13.

The creation of the spiritual, the more powerful and higher, that is to say, "the heavens," is first. The founding and creating of the visible, subordinate part, "the earth," follows. "Thus saith God Jehovah, he that created the heavens, and stretched

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them forth; he that spread abroad the earth and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein. I am Jehovah, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise unto graven images." (Isaiah 42: 5,8, Am. Rev. Ver.) Hence the foundation of the new world is in the spiritual part, and the laying of that foundation is first. To this end Jehovah begot the consecrated Jesus with His spirit and then anointed him to be the King, and thereby laid the basis for the new world which God had promised. Thus the "heavens" is the more important, and the development of the "new heavens" comes first. For this reason the apostle says Christians get a higher portion than the faithful men of old: "God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect." (Hebrews 11: 40) It is the "heavens" that vindicates Jehovah's name by destroying Satan's world. That is the primary purpose of the "heavens".

After his anointing, and immediately on beginning to preach, Jesus declared: "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17) To the murderous religionists who opposed him Jesus said: "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation [outward show]: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you"; meaning that He,

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the anointed King, was at hand and in the midst of his enemies. (Luke 17: 20, 21, Am. Rev. Ver., margin) Asked for a model prayer, he gave instruction to pray for the new world, that vindicates God's name, saying: "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9,10) This prayer shows that the founding of the new world in Him was not all, but that they were to pray for the establishment of that world in full power by the destruction of "the heavens and the earth which are now". — 2 Peter 3:7.

For preaching this good news of God's kingdom the religionists accused Jesus of sedition and subversive activities against the sixth world power, Rome, "the king of the north." When the Roman governor asked him, "Art thou a king then?" Jesus answered: "Thou sayest that I am a king. 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. My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18: 37, 36) The setting up of the Kingdom, or real Theocracy, must wait till the end of the "seven times", the "times of the Gentiles".

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Thus Jesus proved himself a faithful and truthful witness for Jehovah and his Theocracy, and for this Jesus is called "The Amen, the faithful and true witness". "Amen," in Hebrew, means "truth". (Revelation 3:14; 19:11) Though Jesus took no part in the politics of this world, yet for preaching God's kingdom of the new world he was persecuted by the religionists, who egged on the dictatorial power of "the king of the north", Rome, to kill Christ Jesus. However, in dying the disgraceful death on the tree under false charges of blasphemy and sedition Jesus faithfully served God's purposes, namely, he gave up his all and thereby bought the Kingdom of The Theocracy. Jesus also maintained his integrity toward God and carried out his covenant by sacrifice even unto the death. He thus proved Satan's charge and challenge against God a flat lie and showed himself fully deserving to be the great Vindicator of God's name.

Inasmuch as Jesus laid down his all for the Kingdom, or Theocratic Government, Jehovah God must bestow it upon him. Hence Jehovah raised Christ Jesus from the dead on the third day. Forty days thereafter Jesus ascended into a "far country", even heaven itself, to receive the Kingdom and then to return in Kingdom power. But he must wait until the end decreed by Jehovah God. The end of those "times of the Gentiles" must come before he could actively

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enter the Kingdom power and rule in the midst of his enemies and bring Satan's uninterrupted rule to an end and then destroy Satan's organization. Hence it is written: "But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; from henceforth expecting [waiting] till his enemies be made his footstool." (Hebrews 10:12,13; Psalm 110:1) Christ Jesus had resumed his spirit existence in heaven and was now a divine, immortal spirit, having been resurrected as such from the dead. (1 Peter 3:18, Am. Rev. Ver.; Revelation 1:18) He was not inactive in heaven, but while he awaited the time for The Theocracy to come into power the development of the "new heavens" must be advanced.

THEOCRATIC ASSOCIATES

In paying the price for The THEOCRATIC GOVERNMENT Christ Jesus bought also those who are to be associated with him in the Kingdom. Before ever laying the foundation of the new world Jehovah God in his goodness had chosen to have such a class to be associated with his anointed King of The Theocracy. Not that he had predestinated or foreordained the individual personalities, but that he had set up the requirements and qualifications, and whoever should meet such would be of the chosen heavenly class. Hence the apostle, who was one of that class, wrote:

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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the [new] world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will." (Ephesians 1:3-5) "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the [new] world began; but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality [incorruption] to light through the gospel." — 2 Timothy 1:9,10.

Christ Jesus is the Seed in the promise made to Abraham, Abraham picturing the lofty Father, Jehovah God. 'Which seed is Christ.' (Galatians 3:16) He is also the Seed of the "woman", the "woman" representing the great mother, God's universal organization. Those who are made his Kingdom associates are made part of that Seed by God's adoption of them, begetting them by his spirit as he did Jesus to be his spiritual sons. Therefore it is written: "Know ye therefore, that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham [the lofty Father, Jehovah]. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye

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Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:7,29) Before the foundation of the new world the number of associated members of the Seed was unknown, not disclosed to man, and hence to man they were numberless as the stars and sands. God's promise to Abraham put it this way: "In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies: and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 22:17,18) For long the number was a mystery, and then Christ Jesus revealed the number to the apostle John, who records: "And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth." — Revelation 7:4; 14:1,3.

These 144,000 together make up the "bride" of Christ Jesus, or "the Lamb's wife". (Revelation 19:7; 21:9; 22:17)

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These must all be anointed with God's spirit, that is, officially commissioned as spirit-begotten witnesses of Jehovah God. Hence The Christ, or The Anointed One, is a collective or composite company, Christ Jesus being the Head, and the 144,000 members of his church being the body. "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence." (Colossians 1:18) "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ. For by one spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit. For the body is not one member, but many"; but still it is a limited number. -1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 12:4,5.

When Jesus had been anointed and went forth preaching the Kingdom, God began to give to him the members of his bride or "body", and God guided Jesus in the choice of these. (Mark 3:13,14; John 15:16) Concerning his faithful apostles Jesus said in prayer to God: "I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." And,



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showing that the members of his body would be associated with him in the heavenly Theocracy, he further prayed: "Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." (John 17:6,14,24) He sent them forth to bear witness to the truth as he did, and he instructed them: "And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 10: 7) If they were to be made members of the Kingdom they must not be afraid or ashamed to proclaim publicly its coming. To be in the Kingdom all the body members must be faithful as his footstep followers even unto death. The faithful apostles represented the other members of the body of Christ, and to them he said:

"You are they who have continued with me in my trials. And I covenant for you, even as my Father has covenanted for me, a Kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." (Luke 22:28-30, Emphatic Diaglott) Thus he takes the body members into God's covenant with him for the Kingdom, the same Kingdom covenant as that foretold to King David. This is that "holy covenant" against which Rome and its allies, "the king of the north," has had indignation since the days of Jesus on earth,

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but particularly so in these days of the "time of the end". — Daniel 11:28,30, 40.

All those made members of the body of Christ must, like him, make a consecration of themselves to God to do His will and must be justified and taken into the covenant by sacrifice, to die and be dead with Christ Jesus as humans, that they may inherit with him a share in the Kingdom. They must be faithful to the anointing or commission to be God's anointed witnesses and to proclaim his name and his kingdom. They must keep covenant with him and maintain their integrity or blamelessness toward God while in the midst of this world under demon rule. Faithful unto death must they be. Hence Christ Jesus says to such: "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days [all days]: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." (Revelation 2:10; 3: 21) To the same effect his devoted apostle writes: "Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with him."

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(2 Timothy 2:10-12) Christ Jesus being exalted to the highest place in the universe next to Jehovah God himself, and the faithful body members being exalted with him as "heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ", they and Christ Jesus their Head shall constitute Jehovah's capital organization, the "new heavens", THE THEOCRACY. — Philippians 2: 9-11; Romans 8:16-18.

Since they have been taken into the covenant by sacrifice and therefore been begotten by God unto life in the spirit, they must share in Christ's death that they might share in his resurrection. That is a resurrection to life in the spirit, in heaven. "For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." (Romans 6: 3-5) This resurrection they experience at the establishment of the new world and when Christ Jesus the King thereof comes to the temple for judgment. On that basis the apostle, when about to die, wrote: "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (2 Timothy 4: 8) That resurrection is invisible to human eyes, because it is a raising out of death to life in the spirit, immortal, incorruptible, "the likeness of his [Christ's] resurrection." Since Christ Jesus is "the firstborn from the dead", theirs is the "first

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resurrection", first in time and in importance. That only those who share in the heavenly Theocracy have such resurrection to heavenly life and glory it is written: "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." (Revelation 20:6; also verse 4) This is the reward for their faithfulness unto the covenant for the Kingdom. Only the 144,000 participate with Christ Jesus in this first resurrection and they are the only ones from among men to go to heaven.

"NEW EARTH"

The Theocracy constituting the "new heavens", who, then, shall make up the "new earth"? The great Creator of the new world, and who lays the foundations of the new earth, replies: The faithful men of old who endured all manner of torture, persecution and suffering and through it all maintained their integrity toward God till death, in order that they might "obtain a better resurrection". (Hebrews 11:35) Because they preceded the foundation of the new world and never were begotten of the spirit, they shall never go to heaven, but their resurrection shall be earthly, human. The least member in the kingdom of heaven shall therefore be greater than any of them in the new world. Jesus so said concerning John the Baptist,

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the last of those faithful men of old. (Matthew 11:11; John 3:13; Acts 2: 34) However, theirs shall be a "better" resurrection in that it is better than that general resurrection of the dead of mankind who are in the graves. Hence those faithful men are included in the "resurrection unto life", which is apart from the "resurrection of judgment" for humankind in general. Distinguishing between the two resurrections Jesus said: "[God] gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour cometh, in which all that are in the tombs shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment." — John 5:27-29, Am. Rev. Ver.

Those faithful men of old underwent judgment as to their integrity and were faithful, and were thus for a vindication of God's name. In reward they shall be raised out of death as perfect men. To confer that perfection upon them Christ Jesus died as a ransom. Their perfecting, however, could not take place before first those who shall be of the "new heavens" are called and anointed and all brought unto Christ at the temple for judgment and united with him. Hence the apostle stated: "God having provided some better thing for us [the heavenly class], that they without us should not be made per-

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fect." (Hebrews 11:40) What, then, shall be their place on earth?

As respects Christ Jesus those men of old were his "fathers"; as it is written: "Whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all." (Romans 9:5) Those men of integrity died in faith and faithful, and Christ Jesus died for all the faithful and obedient ones, and hence also for those faithful men of old. Therefore those faithful men in the graves shall shortly now hear the voice of the King of the "new heavens" and shall come forth, receiving their life from him who gave himself a ransom for them. Thus Christ Jesus becomes the Father or Life-giver of those who when on earth were his fathers, and he shall confer upon them the right to perfect life, which life right was lost through sin but was bought back by Christ's sacrifice. Hence the prophetic psalm addresses these words to the King Christ Jesus: "Instead of thy fathers [they] shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth." — Psalm 45:16.

As the princely children of the Theocratic King they shall act for him and in obedience to him on the earth. They shall be the earthly representatives of the "new heavens" and shall be seen of all men that live on earth. In this official capacity of "princes in all the earth" they shall be or form the "new earth". Only God by Christ Jesus can lay the foundations of that "new earth" by bringing

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them back from the dead and putting them in official service on earth. As for the present politicians, dictators and religious leaders or clergy, the battle of Armageddon shall for ever clear them out. Thus the "new earth" and the "new heavens" will be complete and shall form the new world, "wherein dwelleth righteousness." Concerning the perfect cooperation that shall obtain between the invisible part and the visible part of the new world it is written: "Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment." "Drop down [righteousness], ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I the LORD have created it." — Isaiah 32:1; 45: 8.

Contrasting that righteous rule of the new world with the present arrangement under demon rule, Proverbs 29:2 prophesies: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." The present mourning of the people world-wide speaks out plainly its own meaning, but now such mourning will not much longer continue. The battle of Armageddon will destroy and remove completely the cause of mourning, the wicked bearing rule. Thereby it will clear the way for the full and unimpeded rule of the "new earth". The "new heavens" began to function in A.D. 1914. Satan and his demons

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were promptly thereafter defeated in battle and cast out of heaven and down to the earth. That wicked one and his demons now bring great woes upon the earth and sea to drive all nations into a totalitarian system and to turn all people in bitterness against God. The Lord Jesus has now come to the temple for judgment, and the remnant of the members of "his body" yet on earth he has gathered into the temple condition of perfect unity with himself (Malachi 3:1-3), and hence those faithful men of old may be expected back from the dead any day now. The Scriptures give good reason to believe that it shall be shortly before Armageddon breaks.

In this expectation the house at San Diego, California, which house has been much publicized with malicious intent by the religious enemy, was built, in 1930, and named "Beth-Sarim", meaning "House of the Princes". It is now held in trust for the occupancy of those princes on their return. The most recent facts show that the religionists of this doomed world are gnashing their teeth because of the testimony which that "House of the Princes" bears to the new world. To those religionists and their allies the return of those faithful men of old to rule with judgment over the people shall not bring any pleasure. But to the people whom the angels sang about, "men of good-will," it shall be an occasion for unbounded jubilation, and they shall rally to the side of those

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princely representatives of the kingdom of heaven. Concerning the contrast between those goatish opposers and these sheep-like ones Jesus foretold, saying to the religionists: " There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God."  — Luke 13:28,29; Matthew 8:11,12.

DIVINE MANDATE

The miraculous reappearance of those faithful men of that "cloud of witnesses" will not be by reincarnation. The "reincarnation" theory is a demon doctrine and based on Satan's original lie in Eden. Their return will be by a resurrection from the dead, a "better resurrection". For centuries they have been sleeping the sleep of death in the tombs. Before ever the divine mandate to fill the earth goes into effect under the "new heavens", those "princes" shall be awakened out of death, be installed in office, and begin to act as the "new earth" and to "rule in judgment". The Scriptures do not indicate that they shall take a part in carrying out the divine mandate, which has never yet been fulfilled, but which shall be, because God's original purpose shall never fail. Who,

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then, shall enjoy that privilege on earth in the new world?

Mindful of us at the end of this world, God gave a typical answer to that timely question. That was in the historic events from and after the great deluge of Noah's day. The destruction of the old world of the ungodly which that act of Jehovah God wrought was a type of the world destruction which God's "strange act", "the battle of that great day of God Almighty," shall bring at Armageddon, when all of Satan's organization in heaven and earth shall have been gathered there for the showdown fight. (Matthew 24:37; Revelation 16:14-16) The great deluge of water rid the face of the earth of all workers of violence and wickedness; the great deluge of fiery destruction at Armageddon will do likewise. Those who gathered unto Noah in the ark were miraculously preserved when that old world perished. The Flood over, they came forth and Noah's sons and wives heard the restatement of the divine mandate and proceeded to fulfill it in a typical fashion, to make a complete picture for us.

Pointing to the place of protection and security in the days ahead the apostle Peter wrote: "The long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water. The like figure whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save us,

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(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 3: 20,21) Noah was a type of Christ Jesus, who shall give rest from the oppression of demon rule. Those who went unto Noah in the ark which he built at God's command were thus baptized unto him, and after the Flood they fulfilled the divine mandate typically. Now the Greater Noah has built the great Theocratic organization at Jehovah's command. All persons of good-will toward Jehovah God who approach unto him through his King and put themselves under the Theocratic organization are baptized unto the Greater Noah and shall not be executed with the wicked. Now, when God's wrath is about to break forth against Satan's wicked world, God's word of counsel applies to such meek or teachable persons: "Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of Jehovah come upon you, before the day of Jehovah's anger come upon you. Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger." — Zephaniah 2:2,3, Am. Rev. Ver.

In passing safely through the Flood Noah particularly pictured the small remnant yet on earth of the body members of Christ Jesus, the Greater Noah. That remnant shall

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live out Armageddon by divine protection. Noah's sons and their wives pictured those who are the companions of the remnant in now serving Jehovah God and proclaiming his name and Theocracy. The remnant are the last members of Christ's "little flock", to whom it is God the Father's good pleasure to give the heavenly kingdom. (Luke 12:31,32) Their faithful earthly companions are the Lord's "other sheep", whom he is at present gathering into the "one fold" under the Good Shepherd's care and protection. (John 10:10,16) The remnant are, as Christ Jesus calls them, "the least of these my brethren," whereas their loving, helpful companions are the "sheep" who do good to the remnant as unto the King Christ Jesus upon his throne of glory. Hence they are the "sheep" whom he puts on the right side of his throne of judgment, the side of approval, mercy, favor and preservation. When the goatish opposers and persecutors of the remnant of Jehovah's witnesses are turned into the fiery destruction of Armageddon, which is reserved also for the Devil and his demons, the "sheep" shall be safeguarded. They shall be carried through the world's FINAL END and enter into the cleansed earth, with those "princes in all the earth". To those "sheep" the Theocratic King of the new world shall lovingly say: "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,"

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and he will usher these "righteous into life eternal" on the earth. (Matthew 25: 34, 46) One of the blessings which they shall inherit from their great King-Father is the pleasure and responsibility of carrying out the divine mandate to fill the earth, which shall have been almost depopulated by the execution of the wicked at Armageddon.

As at man's beginning in Eden, so then there shall be righteous "heavens" and a righteous invisible overlord over those Armageddon survivors. Like Noah's sons, they shall be counted righteous by reason of faith and obedience. That will be the time of "regeneration" spoken of by the great Theocratic King. (Matthew 19:28) As the One whose name shall be called "Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father", he will regenerate them unto everlasting life. (Isaiah 9:6) As the One who by his own human life redeemed the right to perfect human life which Adam forfeited for himself and his offspring, the great King-Father will bestow upon his "other sheep" who survive Armageddon the right to everlasting life. They will then be his children and will address him as "father". Then his words will apply to them: "I am the resurrection, and the life: . . . And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." "Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death." (John 11:25,26; 8: 51) Then the

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words of heavenly wisdom shall be true: "Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner." "The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth." "For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it." — Proverbs 11: 31; 10:30; 2:21.

These righteous "sheep" shall respond to the divine mandate, which shall be restated to them. Marriage of the righteous is a joyful occasion, and the earth will be filled with joy as these righteous servants of God marry the mates their King-Father arranges for them. With Eve's sorrows of conception banished, they shall bring forth children with pleasure and in righteousness, not unto death and trouble, but unto life. "They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble: for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them." (Isaiah 65:23) They shall bring up these children "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord" and shall teach them to love Jehovah God and his King Christ Jesus with all their mind, heart, soul and strength. (Ephesians 6:4; Deuteronomy 6: 4-7) Thus, without death to hinder by smiting down their offspring in infancy or youth, the filling of the earth with righteous creatures will proceed during the reign of Christ the King until God's will expressed in the divine mandate is done on earth in completion. Together

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with this performing of the divine mandate there will be the subduing of the earth and its transformation under the blessings of The Theocracy into an earth-wide paradise. Moreover, its residents, acting in God's image, will exercise "dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth", and all these creatures shall be the peaceful, harmless friends of righteous humankind.  — Isaiah 11: 6-9; 65:25; Genesis 1:26, 28.

That is the populated earth which Jehovah God puts into subjection to Christ Jesus, who tasted death for all faithful men. "For not unto angels did he subject the world to come [(marginal reading) the inhabited earth to come], whereof we speak. . . . For in that he subjected all things unto him [Christ Jesus], he left nothing that is not subject to him." — Hebrews 2:5-9, Am. Rev. Ver.

GENERAL RESURRECTION

The divine mandate having been fulfilled and paradise having been restored, then the great King-Judge will remember that friendly thief who died with him on Calvary and also all the other dead who are in the graves or tombs. He will utter his voice, and they shall come forth unto the "resurrection of judgment". Why of judgment? Because in this present life on earth they "did evil",

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being born sinners, and yet they were not willful-wicked rebels against God's will nor sinners against his holy spirit, the light of the truth. (John 5:27-29, Am. Rev. Ver.) Hence it is recorded: 'There shall be a resurrection both of the just and unjust.' — Acts 24:15.

For those dying unjust, not having maintained their integrity during the time of demon rule, that thousand-year reign of Christ the King will be the "day" or period of judgment, as well as for the children of the Armageddon survivors. (2 Peter 3: 7,8) As it is written: "God . . . commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent: inasmuch as he hath appointed a day in which he will judge the world [(marginal reading) judge the inhabited earth] in righteousness by the man whom he hath ordained." (Acts 17:30,31, Am. Rev. Ver.) Satan's "present evil world" will not be in existence then, but his wicked "heavens" and "earth" shall have been destroyed at Armageddon. It is now, during this "time of the end", between the close of Satan's uninterrupted rule in 1914 and the destruction of his world at Armageddon, that Jehovah God by Christ Jesus his King judges that world and its organized nations. As the King himself said: "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12:31) Those who will be brought into the new world, either by being born and

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brought up as children of the Armageddon survivors or by the general resurrection of the dead, shall thereafter be put on judgment. The brief loosing of Satan from the abyss or condition of restraint at the end of the thousand years will provide the final test of their integrity, to determine their choice and worthiness of everlasting life. Still unwilling to confess and yield to Jehovah's fully established universal domination, Satan will go forth again to wreck and ruin that new world and shall again strike at human creatures, those with unproved integrity. Such ones as yield to Satan in this last desperate attempt to justify his wicked challenge shall be annihilated with Satan, and that destruction shall be everlasting. Those who hold fast their integrity and thus choose life shall be granted the unconditional right to life without end on earth in that new world, the "world without end". — Revelation 20: 3, 7-10; Luke 20: 34-38.

That will mark the complete realization of the inspired vision of the apostle: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea [people alienated from God]. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem [The Theocracy], coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . . . And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,

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neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4) Concerning the power of the Theocratic King to do what present earthly governments cannot do it is written: "For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (1 Corinthians 15: 25,26) And, since death is the wages of sin, that prophecy means the wiping out of all practice of sin and religion. — Romans 6:23.

After the conclusion of that work of the thousand years, will perfected humankind have dealings with one another under a democratic arrangement? Those who now stake their all on democracy or any other human rule of government as the hope of the world should look to God's Word and believe His answer to the question. He says of present world arrangements: "The first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea [peoples choosing their own way and not God's]. . . . for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1, 4) Dictatorships, totalitarian rule, and other things which Armageddon causes to pass away shall never be restored to power. Jehovah God provides the perfect and the best. THEOCRACY, His administration by Christ Jesus, is and ever shall be the best for all humankind that lives, everywhere on

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earth, as it was best for the twelve different tribes of Israel of old.

In the endless time to come there shall not be different governments on earth at the same time, one style of government best suited for one section of the land, and another style for another section. There will be no self-determination of peoples under the "new heavens", different groups of people having each a distinct and independent form of human government. There will be only ONE GOVERNMENT, indivisible, world-wide, only one central authority, and it will be heavenly, divine. It will be a paternal government, because all that live will be the children of the King, their Father who gives everlasting life; and all living humankind shall be one united, inseparable family relationship, doing justly, walking humbly with their God and worshiping him in spirit and in truth. The "new earth", the King-Father's "princes in all the earth", shall remain forever. Satan's short-term loosing shall not overturn them. All humankind under them shall be subject to them as unto the King whom they visibly represent: "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:10,11) The chief purpose of THE THEOCRACY is and will be to glorify Je-

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hovah God, the great Theocrat, whose universal domination shall be forever. "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus, throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." — Ephesians 3:21.

LOVE OF THE WORLD

That new world is the world which Jehovah God loves, and for love of which he used his most beloved one in all his universal organization. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:16,17) Certainly God did not love that old world of the ungodly which he made to perish in the Flood. Certainly he does not love this world, concerning which he admonishes his faithful servants: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:15-17) Certainly those that God loves are not those who are part of "this world" and who operate and uphold the agencies and organizations that oppose and

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fight against Jehovah's Theocratic Government and his faithful witnesses. "The LORD loveth the righteous." "The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked, and him that loveth violence, his soul hateth. For the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright." — Psalms 146:8; 11:5,7.

It was not love of mere human creatures that moved God to give his pre-eminent and beloved Son, merely to save sinful humans from destruction. God's sentence upon the first man and woman was just and beyond recall or change. He could easily have destroyed Adam and Eve and created a new human pair and issued to them the divine mandate to fill the earth; and thus no work of redemption would have been necessary for Adam's offspring. However, it was God's holy name and his universal domination that were at stake, and it was for this that God took the action that brought in his only begotten Son. Righteousness meant the vindication of his name, and it must be righteousness that must be restored universally. His universal domination meant the universal rule of righteousness; for his domination is a righteous one. It was his love of the world of righteousness, and not mere mortal human creatures, that moved God. Condemned human creatures may choose that world of righteousness or not do so, without affecting the final result to God. As stated at John

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3: 35, 36: "The Father loveth the Son [the King of the new world], and hath given all things [of the new world] into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." God forces none to alter his natural condition. The one who chooses the side of righteousness does so with lasting benefit to himself, and God is not dependent upon him.

Because of his devotion to righteousness, and in the interest of righteousness everywhere, Jehovah purposed the creating of the new world consisting of the "new heavens" and the "new earth". Those "new heavens" are Christ Jesus the King and his 144,000 glorified Kingdom associates, all together constituting The Theocracy. The King thereof, Christ Jesus, was never on the side of sin and unrighteousness and never shall be; and him Jehovah God loves most dearly of all righteous creatures. The "new earth" is that "so great a cloud of witnesses", those faithful men of old, whom the King makes "princes in all the earth" and who shall rule in justice and judgment and righteousness among men that live. Having purposed this new world the moment that the issue of universal domination was raised by Satan's course, Jehovah God manifested his love for that world of righteousness to be so great that he gave his only begotten Son to be the King thereof. In proof of that gift. God at Eden

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gave his covenant-promise foretelling the Seed that should bear perfect enmity against unrighteousness and that should crush the great Serpent of unrighteousness. In behalf of the great act of righteousness, the vindication of Jehovah's name, the Lord God gave or appointed his beloved Son to be the Head One of The Theocracy, God's capital organization which is his instrument to vindicate his name. That is his primary purpose for and by it.

Jehovah also foretold that other righteous creatures would be associated with his only begotten Son in The Theocracy, the "new heavens". God would love those creatures who showed such devotion to righteousness as to qualify for that heavenly privilege and honor. Looking to the creation of the "new heavens", and in order to provide the way for such creatures to be changed from human to spirit, Jehovah God gave his beloved Son to be the ransom sacrifice. Thereby these might be "redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb". (Revelation 14: 4) The Theocracy, of which Christ Jesus is the Chief and Essential One, and the vindication of God's name by it, is far more vital than the salvation of human creatures. Hence the redemption of humankind is only secondary in God's purpose in giving his Son. It was after Jesus mentioned God's love for the new world that Jesus added: "God . . . gave his only begotten

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Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." That means that no one can have everlasting life except he believes in The Theocracy as the only hope and then devotes himself to and advocates that Righteous Government. Those who do not do so shall perish.

Those faithful men of old who shall be made "princes" to represent on earth The Theocracy were also lovers of righteousness. They foretold and looked ahead to the establishment of Jehovah's kingdom. Therefore they too have been ransomed and redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus and shall have a "better resurrection", and shall be given everlasting life as upright children. Now the Lord's "other sheep" hear the good news preached of and concerning The Theocracy and they devote themselves to it and join with Jehovah's remnant of witnesses in proclaiming that Mighty Government in all the world for a witness. Therefore they are separated to the right side of the King on his judgment throne at the temple. They shall form the "great multitude" of survivors of Armageddon that will carry out the divine mandate to fill the earth with a righteous race. (Revelation 7:9-17) Therefore after that battle they will receive the full benefits of the ransom sacrifice and will be justified and enter into everlasting life on the cleansed earth. They shall serve under the "princes", the "new earth".

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That "new world" being all righteous, Jehovah God does not condemn it, but this present evil world he does condemn and doom to destruction. Jesus said: "For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind." (John 9: 39) "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12:31) Therefore, after Jesus told of God's love for the new world, he could not have meant this present evil world when he added the words: "For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him." (John 3:17, Am. Rev. Ver.) He meant here the new world of righteousness.

When Jesus presented himself in consecration, was immersed in Jordan, and was then begotten of God's spirit and anointed to be the King of the world to come, then and there the foundation of that world was laid. Thus God sent his Son into that world. (Hebrews 10:5-9) Not to judge that righteous world was he sent, nor to condemn it. However, those who are to be associated with him in the "new heavens", and those who are to be the "princes" and to compose the "new earth", were born sinners and condemned. Hence these needed salvation unto life in order to be able to serve in the new world. Therefore God sent the Son that such ones of the new world might be saved. Christ Je-

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sus in proving faithful unto death not only bought The Theocracy but also all creatures who shall be of that capital organization and all others who shall place themselves under it in subjection to the will of God. Because Paul was in line to be one of The Theocracy, that apostle wrote: "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the [new] world to save sinners; of whom I am chief." (1 Timothy 1:15) When Paul's eyes were opened he devoted himself to The Theocracy and was saved.

Only those who choose and enter into the new world are saved from sin and its penalty. Such are the ones meant when John the Baptist pointed to Christ Jesus after his baptism and said: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the [new] world." (John 1:29) Meaning Jesus, the apostle wrote: "That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the [new] world" (John 1:9) Jesus said: "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." — John 8:12.

It is the King of the new world that gives light which leads to everlasting life. He said: "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the [new] world, but to save

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the [new] world." (John 12:46,47) To those who shall be associated with Christ Jesus in the Kingdom of the new world the apostle writes: "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we [body members of Christ] might live through him. And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." (1 John 4:9,14) It is therefore clearly demonstrated that the Holy Scriptures do not teach the doctrine of universal salvation nor that all sinful men have been automatically redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ and shall have an awakening from the dead, regardless of their wickedness or not. Christ Jesus does not take away the sin of this present evil world, but destroys this world at Armageddon for its wickedness. He tasted death for every man that believes on him and obeys, and for as many as so do, even for all such, he gave himself or his human life as a ransom. — Hebrews 2:9; Matthew 20: 28; 1 Timothy 2:5,6.

TIME TO CHOOSE

The hope of humanity is the new world and its Theocracy! Let all persons of intelligence and lovers of right now choose! Which shall be your choice? Shall it be the so-called "new world" or "new world order founded on moral principles" as presumptuously offered by religious heads, dictators, and other

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political leaders, or Jehovah's new world? If God, who is all-wise and wholly devoted to righteousness, so loved that new world as to give for it the most faithful and dependable of his sons to be the Ruler, then all persons having wisdom and loving righteousness should likewise love that new world and its Theocracy. They should choose such and henceforth stand immovably for such. This present evil world with its deceptive schemes is not a lover of Jehovah God, but is his enemy. The choice and friendship of this world mean enmity toward God and enmity toward his new world. Said the King of the new world: "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." (Matthew 12:30) There is no straddling to both sides, no middle ground for compromise; you are either for the Theocratic rule or for the demon rule. Your choice determines your destiny of either death with the doomed present evil world or life everlasting in the new world under The Theocracy.

The time now to choose is short. There shall never be a return to the old; there shall never be a return of the nations to "normalcy" again in this world. "This gospel of the kingdom [Theocracy]" has been preached in all the habitable earth for a witness unto all nations by God's remnant and their companions and they continue so to do; and this was prophesied to come imme-

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diately before the final end. Is it not of significance, then, that this public preaching of this good news of The Theocracy by God's witnesses is being steadily ruled against and every effort made to close it down by the nations of this world, and only a few countries are still open to a degree? (Matthew 24:14) In the rapidly marching world events, the prophecy of Daniel chapter eleven concerning the total war on earth for world domination is undergoing fulfillment. This is undebatable proof that we are in the "time of the end". On pages hereinafter following that prophecy is set forth opposite the facts fulfilling it. (Chapter eleven) Read them and act wisely!

The "new world order" proposed by scheming men is the "abomination of desolation" which aims to stand in the holy place of God's kingdom. Both the prophet Daniel and Christ Jesus foretold it as marking the approach of the FINAL END and therefore the time to make all haste and flee to The Theocratic Government under Christ Jesus. (Daniel 11: 31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15-21) That attempted "new world order" which is pushed forward in opposition to and as a substitute for God's new world under "The King of kings and Lord of lords" is the final expression of the antichrist. Do not look for the antichrist to be an individual man or beast. It is that "new order" organization. The antichrist is here, and its appearance

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marks the "last time" for this world. "Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time." — 1 John 2:18.

All the events of the world since A.D. 1914 and fulfilling the Lord's prophecy prove that we have reached the "end of the world". To those who love righteousness and take their stand for The Theocracy that fact means no sorrow, but a cause for unspeakable joy. To such the encouragement is given: "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." (Luke 21:28, 31) It is the time therefore to keep oneself unspotted from the world and to keep integrity and thus be blameless toward the Creator of the "new heavens" and the "new earth": "We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless." — 2 Peter 3:13,14.

The hour of temptation is upon all the world. The test is as to love for the old world that must perish at Armageddon or love for the Theocracy of God's new world. In this time of test only those who hold fast to God's

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Word and patiently follow its guidance shall be held up from falling into the snare of the fear of man and demons and which snare brings death with the world. To such the Lord's promise is of comfort: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Revelation 3:10) Tribulation can no longer be escaped by anyone on earth. But you must choose whether your tribulation shall be with the world as a part thereof or for The Theocracy and its righteousness. The tribulation of the world leads unto death, but maintaining your integrity under tribulation for the sake of The Theocracy means life in the glorious world of righteousness.

Though the choice of The Theocracy means to endure affliction and tribulation for a short while at the hands of the world, do not let this dismay you. Do not let it deter you from making the right and wise choice that fixes for you the destiny of everlasting life and peace under the Righteous Government. Remember the choice of that man of integrity, Job, and his tribulation therefor. His end was more blessed than his beginning, and he shall be one of the "princes" in the "new earth". For your strengthening God's Word says: "Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of

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patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy." (James 5:10,11) For the fortifying of all lovers of righteousness and truth to endure down to the final end the prophetic drama of Job is next herein set out in detail and compared with the facts. That drama of integrity is the provision of the Great Theocrat specifically for our day. Helped and comforted and renewed in strength will be all those who avail themselves of His provision now.

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