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Chapter 38
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VINDICATION

CHAPTER IX

HIS FAME

(EZEKIEL, CHAPTER 38)

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JEHOVAH has been slandered, reproached, and his name defamed for many centuries by Satan and his agents. Soon Jehovah's name shall take its proper place in the minds of every creature that lives. His name shall be exalted above the heavens. Jehovah is above all, and cannot therefore be exalted; but his name has been brought low by the enemy, and his name he will exalt. "That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth." (Ps. 83:18) "And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day." (Isa. 2:17) His fame, good name and reputation must extend to every part of the universe. In times past even the consecrated ones on earth have exalted the name of Jesus above that of Jehovah, but now we are in 'that day of the Lord' and see that the time has come when the great name and fame of Jehovah must be above all; hence the commandment to "make mention that his name is exalted". (Isa. 12:4) "Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven." (Ps. 148:13) The destruction of Jehovah's enemies is necessary that his

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name may be vindicated and find the right place in the hearts of all creation and that his name and fame may be great everywhere.

Following the downfall of the enemy organization all creation shall be brought to an accurate knowledge of the truth. The greatest truth is that Jehovah is the only true God; and the next great truth is that Christ Jesus is God's King, the rightful Ruler of the earth by virtue of the authority conferred upon him by Jehovah, and that his kingdom will afford the opportunity for all men to be reconciled and restored to God. (1 Tim. 2:3-6) The sacrifice of Christ Jesus was absolutely necessary that man might be redeemed. The kingdom is necessary that men may know Jehovah and Christ Jesus and may be restored. The great name, fame and good reputation of Jehovah is therefore the most important of all questions. The people must know that Jehovah is God and Christ is King, in order to find life. (John 17:3) Jehovah does not leave his anointed ones in ignorance concerning Satan and the agencies Satan is using and will use in his attempt to destroy them. Jehovah informs his faithful sons of the enemy's tactics and then directs that they shall prophesy against the enemies before God proceeds to destroy them. The thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth chapters of Ezekiel's prophecy is another prophecy the date of which is not indicated. Logically it follows the restoration of Jehovah's covenant people and before the battle of Armageddon, The prophecy, therefore, would find its fulfilment from and after the year 1919.

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GOG AND MAGOG

Jehovah tells his prophet Ezekiel to turn his face toward Gog, the land of Magog, and to prophesy against him. This must mean that the Ezekiel class, under the direction of the Lord, prophesy against that which Gog represents. "And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him." — 38:1, 2, R.V.

A dogmatic statement as to what Gog and the land of Magog represent would hardly be proper. Since Jehovah has promised to show his remnant "new things . . . before they spring forth", we may expect therefore that he will give his people an understanding of this prophecy. (Isa. 42:9) Based upon the certain truths that are revealed by the Scriptures the following conclusion as to the meaning of Gog and Magog is here set forth, to wit: Gog is one of the princes in Satan's organization, invisible, of course, to human eyes, with a possibility of the power to materialize in human form. The land of Magog pictures the spiritual or invisible realm of Satan, and includes Gog and all the wicked angels within his division of Satan's organization, and which "bear rule over all the earth". It appears that Gog forms and organizes a conspiracy against God's anointed people, into which conspiracy are drawn many other creatures, both men and angels, and including Big Business, the practitioners of and leaders in satanic religion, and the chief rulers of the earth; and that all these conspire and come against Jehovah's organization, including the remnant on the earth; that such

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conspiracy is carried out by the commission of overt acts; and this is done after the Lord comes to the temple and restores Jehovah's faithful people to himself. The argument in support of this conclusion follows.

Up to this point Ezekiel has prophesied against the religious, commercial and political elements of Satan's organization, and against Satan himself, but aside from Satan himself there is no specific prophecy against the invisible part of Satan's organization, the wicked angels, and officers in his invisible realm. These have had much to do with debauching the human race and have had much to do with the ruling of the nations of the earth, and it is certain that they will be destroyed with Satan because they are enemies of Jehovah God. It is therefore reasonable to expect to find some prophecy setting forth Jehovah's judgment and the execution thereof against these wicked angels or invisible powers. The Apostle Paul calls attention to the fact that in these latter days God's people will be warred against by these invisible powers and principalities. — Eph. 6:10-12.

The Prophet Daniel describes the organization of Satan, both the invisible realm and the visible part thereof, under the symbol of 'a terrible image' (Dan. 2:30-34); that the image had a head of gold, his breast and arms were of silver, and his belly of copper (mistranslated in the Authorized Version "brass"). This shows Satan as the supreme ruler of his wicked organization with other parts of his mighty organization under him. A part of that prophecy of Daniel reads: "And after thee shall arise another kingdom, inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass,

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which shall bear rule over all the earth." (Dan. 2: 39) Special attention is here called to the words "shall bear rule over all the earth". Satan is the "prince" (or chief) ruler of the entire world and is the chief of devils. (John 14:30; Matt. 9:34; 12:24) This supports the conclusion that Satan has other sub-rulers in his realm, which are invisible to men, and that one division thereof is especially assigned to give attention to the things of the earth. We are informed that these wicked angels have a special grudge against God's anointed people. (Eph. 6:10-12) There is a direct relationship between wicked angels, represented by the copper in the image of Daniel's prophecy, and the visible rulers of the earth. (See Light, Book Two, pages 289-319.) In Revelation 20: 7, 8 the distinction is made between Satan and Gog and Magog, which shows that the particular prophecy of Ezekiel, chapters thirty-eight and thirty-nine, is not directly applicable to Satan, but that it does specifically apply to one of Satan's chiefs, and those gathered under him in a division of Satan's organization. The Scriptures show that Satan and all his princes go into death at Armageddon and are awakened out of death at the end of the thousand-year reign of the Messiah, and The Revelation specifically mentions Gog and Magog in connection therewith, which would mean the prince Gog and all the wicked ones that have operated in his division. (See Light, Book Two, page 206.) The prophecy of Daniel specifically mentions the prince of the kingdom of Persia and the prince of Grecia, members of Satan's wicked organization that oppose God's people. It appears there are ranks of rulers in Satan's organization.

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CONSPIRACY

According to another translation verse two of the thirty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel reads: "Son of man, direct thy face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Thubal, and prophesy against him." (Leeser) "Rosh" means "head"; Meshech and Tubal were Japhetic people. (Gen. 10: 2) They were engaged in digging copper and trading in it, and also in the slavery trade. They were dealers in precious metals and in human flesh and did business with Tyre. (Ezek. 27:13) "Rosh," meaning "head", would therefore well picture Satan himself and also the head ruling power on earth in Satan's organization. The most powerful part of earth's satanic organization is Big Business. The prophecy therefore seems to relate to the satanic organization of the earth, the chief part of which is Big Business, and also to other parts of that organization under the supervision of Gog, the prince of the Devil's organization and that part thereof having to do with things of the earth. These all enter into a conspiracy against the people of Jehovah, and Gog has charge of the execution of the overt acts of the conspiracy. The conspirators embrace both wicked angels and wicked men. The prophecy shows that Gog controls a great military force which is covetous, preys upon and robs the helpless, and persecutes the apparently defenseless. (38: 4,11,12) The fact that Ezekiel was directed to prophesy against Gog proves that the remnant, whom Ezekiel pictures, would not be left in ignorance concerning this conspiracy and the coming assault upon God's organization which would be in their time, and that the remnant would testify against the

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conspirators. It should be expected, therefore, that the Lord would make known to his remnant what is meant by 'Gog in the land of Magog'.

Since Big Business has its principal location in the seventh world power, "Rosh," meaning "head", would well apply to the seventh world power, to wit, Britain, which lies north of the holy land and which dominates the nations of the earth. It may be expected, therefore, that the conspiracy against God's people, hatched in the mind of Satan and prosecuted by his prince Gog, would start by the commission of overt acts within the realms of the seventh world power and spread to all parts of the earth where God's people are located. It is certain from the Scriptures that Gog represents wicked forces which are anti-God and anti-kingdom in assaulting and moving against God's kingdom organization, including the remnant on earth, and which forces reach a climax at Armageddon. This is further and conclusively supported by the statement of the prophecy in which the Lord says: "I am against thee, 0 Gog."

Because of the wicked conspiracy against his anointed people Jehovah declares that Gog and his army shall be destroyed. "And say, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against thee, 0 Gog, the chief prince [prince of Rosh] of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back [derange thee, Leeser], and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company, with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia [Cush, Leeser], and Libya [Put, Leeser], with them; all of them with shield and

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helmet; Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters [the remote men of the North and all his hordes, Roth.], and all his bands; and many people with thee." — 38: 3-6.

Daniel's prophecy specifically shows that in the invisible realm of Satan these princes operate and that the prince of Persia was so powerful that only Michael could overcome him. This prince doubtless will again fight under the leadership of Gog, who is the chief prince of those who have had to do with the things of the earth. Gog's great military organization operates under the direction of the Dragon and makes war upon God's remnant. (Rev. 12:17) Gog gathers his forces from all directions and surrounds the people of God, thus showing an organized attack upon Jehovah's organization.

Jehovah God is supreme and he has anointed Christ Jesus as his Chief Officer, who will lead the fight of his forces at Armageddon. Since Satan has attempted to mimic God in everything else, and since Satan claims to be the supreme one or equal to God, it is reasonable to conclude that Satan has appointed a special officer on his side to lead the fight at Armageddon; and since Gog is called "the chief prince" of Rosh, it is reasonable that Gog is the one that leads the fight at Armageddon, while Satan as the general sits in the rear and directs it, even as Jehovah directs Christ Jesus.

In the army of Gog and under his command will Be all the allies mentioned in the foregoing verses of the prophecy, including angels and men, and all pitted against God's organization. This corresponds with Revelation 17:12-14: "And the ten horns which thou

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sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." (See Light, Book Two, page 106.) This mixed multitude that Gog brings against Jehovah's organization, so far as the earthly division thereof is concerned, reminds one of the heterogeneous crowd that now composes the League of Nations, with the British empire located in the literal north and being the chief part thereof, and leading the League of Nations. This organization of the League of Nations is a subterfuge and a substitute for Christ's kingdom; and since there are fifty-seven nations in the League, and since God's remnant people on earth represent his kingdom, these enemies of the Lord do now surround God's people and they are literally hemmed in by the enemy. According to the prophecy Gog himself is located in the north. (38:15) Satan declared he would establish his seat of government on the sides of the north. (Isa. 14:13) This further supports the conclusion that Gog is the wicked angel prince in the organization of Satan leading the fight and that the British empire of the north is the chief instrument in the visible army that takes the lead in the execution of the conspiracy against God's organization.

The statement of the prophecy against Gog (vs. 4) is: "I will . . . put hooks into thy jaws"; meaning that the Lord will lead him and his organization as "prisoners" to destruction. (Isa. 37:29; Ezek. 29:4;

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Job 41:1) "He [the enemy] hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he maketh his arrows fiery shafts. He hath made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made." (Ps. 7:13,15, R.V.) "The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made; in the net which they hid is their own foot taken. The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah." — Ps. 9:15,16.

Before the fight comes off the Lord gives the Devil's crowd fair warning and says to them: "Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them." (38: 7) This applies to the entire army of Gog. The League of Nations is supposed to be the special guard of the safety and territorial integrity of the member nations of the League, and Britain is the chief guard over the League of Nations. Jehovah by his prophet declares his purpose to visit this wicked organization, and when he visits them it means their destruction, "After many days thou shalt be visited; in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (38: 8) It is "in the latter days" that Gog comes "into the land of the remnant brought back from the sword". (Roth.) This definitely fixes the time for the application of the prophecy, which is after God's remnant people have been recovered from their being scattered during the World War, after they have been restored and made a part

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of and dwell in Jehovah's organization. "For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land." (Joel 3:1,2; Ezek. 34:25; 37:25,26; Ps. 125:2) Until the time of the restoration of God's remnant people following the World War his people are described in the prophecy as "the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste" and against which now Gog leads the fight.

It appears that the enemy will expect to greatly frighten the people of God and also to easily overcome them. "Thou shalt ascend [come up, Roth.] and come like a storm; thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou and all thy bands, and many people with thee." (38:9) The forces of the enemy will be like the Midianites when "they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number; and they entered into the land to destroy it". (Judg. 6:5) This part of the prophecy evidently is given for a forewarning to God's people. To be forewarned by the Lord is to be forearmed.

A conspiracy is a wicked device formed to do injury to others. This prophecy indicates that the conspiracy is formed against God's anointed people for the purpose of destroying them. "Thus saith the Lord God, It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought." (38:10) This is further evidence that the conspiracy formed against the people of God is

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directed by Satan through Gog. This conclusion is supported by Psalm 83: 2-5: "For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult; and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee." The Lord shows that the conspiracy shall fail: "The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought; he maketh the devices of the people of none effect." (Ps. 33:10) It is stated that the evil spirits like frogs shall gather the forces to Armageddon. The croaking of the frogs, no doubt, has much to do with the conspiracy. After the wicked device is hatched, the frogs do the propaganda work amongst the people, and help set the stage for the fight. — Rev. 16:13; see Light, Book Two, page 42.

Then the prophet declares what that wicked thought of the enemy is, but evidently the enemy does not give any heed to it: "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates." (38:11) This shows that the prophecy applies to God's remnant following the World War, and not to the Jews back in Palestine. God's remnant, as these appear to the enemy, are now without anyone to protect them; hence they 'dwell without walls, and have neither bars nor gates'. The organization of Satan, and particularly his chief instrument, does not give any heed to the words of God. They do not believe that God

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furnishes any protection for his people, and hence do not appreciate his words directed to Zion, to wit: "Praise the Lord, 0 Jerusalem; praise thy God, 0 Zion. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee. He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat. He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly." (Ps. 147:12-15) God's remnant trust implicitly in him, well knowing that "except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." — Ps. 127:1.

Jehovah has greatly blessed and prospered his people in doing the kingdom work since 1922, which is evidenced and pictured by the chattel goods they possess; so the enemy led by Gog conspires to desolate God's people. "To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land." (38:12) As to the wealth of the remnant at the present day see Ezekiel 36:10,11 and comments. The witness work of the people of God, taking on a wider scope, and being done with an ever increasing enthusiasm, comes to the attention even of Meshech and Tubal, over which Gog is the prince or immediate ruler. "And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape [faithful remnant] of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and

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they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles." (Isa. 66:19) Big Business is that crowd that is always looking after self, regardless of the interests of others. Beginning with 1931 the message of God's kingdom as the only hope of the world has gone forth to nations never heretofore reached and the testimony has been given very thoroughly throughout "Christendom", and particularly in the realms of the seventh world power. This prosperity and blessing on the part of God's people raises the ire of the enemy and causes him to act. Gog fears for the League of Nations. Gog and his allies become aware of the message of the kingdom by radio, which is reaching many countries and many peoples, and also of the house-to-house testimony work which the remnant is doing, and no doubt the leading nations will become like the Pharisees when the fame of Jesus began to spread, and who then said: "Ye know nothing at all, nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not." — John 11: 49, 50.

For some time the kingdom message was confined to the religious element. Now it goes to the commercial wing of Satan's organization, which claims to be and, in fact, is the real ruler. "Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle, and goods, to take a great spoil?" (38:13) These nations here mentioned were the ones that did commercial business with Tyre which represents Big Business. (Ezek. 27:12-25) No doubt in that com-

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mercial center they rubbed up against Meshech, Tubal and Javan and did business in the same market. A marginal note on this verse by Leeser reads: These are "active merchants, who are in the habit of going out and roaming all countries like young lions, and know where riches can be obtained". We may be sure that Big Business is fully aware of the assault that is to be made against God's organization. The Devil and his chief prince Gog will see to it that every part of Satan's organization is brought into action. The commercial barons, however, by conniving and conspiring to injure and destroy God's remnant will bring them no advantage. If they ever live at all they must become subjects of earth's glorious King. The picture of the prophecy now shows Gog's army coming up to destroy God's organization.

It is made to appear certain that God will not permit the enemy to say that they had no knowledge that the remnant was advertising his righteous kingdom; hence he directs his prophet to say: "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God, In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?" (38:14) Jehovah does nothing in the corner nor in secret, and the forces of Gog will have their chance to know that he is causing the kingdom to be advertised and the testimony given concerning the expression of Jehovah's vengeance upon Satan's organization. Jehovah specifically commands the remnant of his organization to declare the day of his vengeance and to proclaim his works in the earth and to say that his kingdom is at hand. (Isa. 61:1,2; 12:6) "Say among the heathen, that the Lord reigneth: the world also

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shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously." — Ps. 96:10.

The prosperity of the remnant and their zeal for the cause of the kingdom of God will be enough to rouse up Gog and cause the hastening of his army to the battle. God sees to it that the enemy will receive notice thereof; hence the remnant must now busy themselves in giving notice according to God's commandment.

JACOB'S TROUBLE

In the Scriptures Jacob stands for God's chosen people and particularly represents the regathered remnant after the scattering of 1918. It seems quite clear that "Jacob's trouble" means the attempt made by Satan's instruments to destroy the remnant and at which time the remnant will be delivered by the hand of the Lord. (Jer. 30:3-11) By the prophecy of Ezekiel God also shows the conspiracy and the overt act of the enemy to destroy his faithful remnant which is now engaged in proclaiming the message of the kingdom; hence he caused Ezekiel to prophesy: "And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts [the uttermost parts of the north, R.V.], thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: and thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, 0 Gog, before their eyes." (38:15,16) This same conspiracy and the carrying of it out is pictured in the following scriptures: "And he [they,

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Sinaitic MS.] gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Rev. 16:16) "And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army." (Rev. 19:19) In recent years the remnant have conducted an aggressive campaign of witness work in the name of the Lord, telling the people about Satan's wicked organization and God's purpose to destroy it. The remnant have not taken and will not take up carnal weapons against the Devil's organization, but they do and will continue to boldly declare the message against it. Therefore the prophecy concerning violence must refer to Gog that comes with great fury against God's people. The remnant of God's people have been working hard since the World War to 'build up the land' which represents their part of the kingdom work. It is the "holy land", or holy condition of God's people now on earth who have been toiling earnestly to improve and make fruitful these kingdom interests. They have not meddled with politics or with commercial affairs of the world. They have been only telling the truth concerning Satan's entire organization and of God's organization. This is the witness to the nations and is a more complete witness than the beautifying of the literal land of Palestine could possibly be as a testimony to the heathen nations. The prophecy shows, therefore, that the coming of the enemy against God's people in the "latter day" is when the Lord is present giving prosperity to his people and when God will cause them to know that he is the Lord supreme. Gog and his allies will not repent and turn to Jeho-

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vah, but, as the Scriptures show, the Lord God will make an example of that crowd, such as will vindicate his name before all creation. Jehovah is the protector of his remnant, and hence Gog's moving against the remnant forces God right into the fight, because God and the remnant are inseparable. The enemy is 'touching the apple of His eye', and hence the fight follows. Gog and his coconspirators do not believe that Jehovah God is the Supreme One, and that the remnant have his protection, and hence conclude to rid the earth of this 'pestiferous company' called "the remnant". The occasion of assault by this mighty army of Gog will be the occasion for God to sanctify his name and to vindicate it, which he will do.

In olden times God caused these prophecies to be written, and the faithful remnant can now identify the Devil's organization and know that God does speak against that organization by his prophets. Now Jehovah says: "Thus saith the Lord God, Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?" (38:17) It seems certain that the Devil will attempt to spring a surprise attack upon God's remnant people; but, being fully warned, and trusting in Jehovah, the remnant need not be at all alarmed. The victory will be with Jehovah and he will vindicate his name and preserve those who love him.

Let the people of the remnant, Jehovah's witnesses, be very courageous and bold in the proclamation of the kingdom message, knowing that God will smite the enemy in due time. "And it shall come to pass at the same time [in that day, Roth.], when Gog shall

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come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face [nostrils, Roth.]." (38:18) This is a warning to the enemy and a message of comfort to the remnant, giving them strength, and they will not back down or slack their hand. There will be a tendency on the part of some to become fearful and suffer distress; but bear in mind that Jehovah is at the helm, that his chief officer Christ Jesus is in command of his forces and will win the victory. Jehovah has caused his Word to be written for the encouragement and comfort of his anointed people, and one of the appropriate promises to such is: "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God; he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it. He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet. And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly; yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies." — Ps. 18:6-11.

THE VICTORY

The time having arrived for Jehovah God to vindicate his name, he causes his mighty field marshal Christ Jesus to lead on in the fight. Victory for Jehovah is absolutely certain, and he causes his fame to spread throughout the universe. Jehovah has been long-suffering and has permitted Satan and his crowd

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to pursue wickedness to the last degree, and at Armageddon he will express his just wrath against the forces of wickedness. Therefore says the prophet: "For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath, have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground." (38:19,20) As the armies move into action there will be the most terrible shaking ever known. At Sinai "so terrible was the sight that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake"; but Armageddon will be far more terrible than Sinai. (Heb. 12: 21, 22) The Scriptures indicate that some of the remnant at least will be on the earth and witness that fight; and, beholding the demonstration of Jehovah's great power, they will no doubt fear and quake and shake with awe. That will be the most marvelous demonstration of power, destructive of the wickedness of the world. Let the remnant fully trust in Jehovah and abide in safety under his wings.

Birds, fowls and wild animals sense an approaching unusual phenomenon and manifest uneasiness, fear and dread. At Armageddon so terrible will be the shaking that all creatures on the earth, and in the sea, will display fear, and that will add fearfulness to the entire spectacular scene. When Christ Jesus died upon the cross the earth did quake, and the chief purpose of his death was the vindication of Jehovah's name.

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When the final battle is fought for the vindication of Jehovah's name, which battle will be led by Christ Jesus, the shaking of the entire earth and heaven shall occur. (Matt. 27:50,51) The purpose of the shaking is not to terrify the remnant, but to strike terror into the invading army of the enemy and to make known to all creation the name and fame of Jehovah God. God's footstool has been greatly defiled by the enemy, and with the approach of, and during the battle of Armageddon, the very ground will revolt against the presence of the wicked horde and will cry out for the blood that has been unrighteously spilled upon the earth, and it will heave up and shake itself against the enemy, as the prophet of God declares.

Christ Jesus and all of his mighty host will fight against the enemy. "And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man's sword shall be against his brother." (38:21) Gog and his horde will realize that they have met a foe that knows no defeat. According to Rotherham this verse reads: "Then will I call against him [the enemy] every terror, declareth: my Lord Jehovah." The enemy goes forth to make war against Christ Jesus and his army, but the enemy shall fail. (Rev. 17:14) "Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth; and I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen: and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother." — Hag. 2: 21,22.

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Gog leads his forces against the people of Jehovah God that he might take a spoil in their midst. He has surrounded the remnant and expects to destroy them and put to flight the entire organization of Jehovah. God permits this fight to come on that he might vindicate his name. He does not call upon his faithful remnant, however, to do any of the actual fighting. He tells them to stand still and "see the salvation of the Lord with you". (2 Chron. 20:15-17) In that fight the remnant will be protected as God declared: "Behold the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." — Zech. 14:1-3.

The enemy forces, although of one mind to destroy the Lord's people, allied together in their wicked conspiracy and acting in full harmony, in the beginning can and will be confused by the power of Jehovah and every one be caused to fight the other by his side. In a similar way God caused confusion at the tower of Babel; and he caused the enemy to destroy one another when Gideon engaged them in battle. — Gen. 11: 7, 8; Judg. 7: 22; 2 Chron. 20: 22,23.

All creation will have reason to know that the Almighty God is manifesting his power against the enemy. "And I will hold judgment over him with pestilence and with blood(-shedding); and an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and sulphur

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will I let rain over him and his armies, and over the many people that are with him." — 38:22, Leeser.

This is the expression of Jehovah's judgment upon Gog and upon all of his forces. (Joel 3:12) "And this shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague." — Zech. 14:12,13,15.

Jehovah will rain down upon the enemy destructive missiles from heaven as he did upon Sisera by the waters of Megiddo. (Judg. 4:15; 5:4,20,21) "Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison." (Ps. 83: 9) And also as God did at the first battle of Perazim. (2 Sam. 5:20,21) Also at the battle of Gibeon. (Josh. 10:10-14) And as upon Sodom and Gomorrah. (Gen. 19: 24) The enemy has had knowledge of these examples foreshadowing Armageddon but has taken no heed thereto. The final fight will come and the Lord will make a complete work of it. (Ps. 11:5,6; Hab. 3:5) Satan will see his forces completely whipped before he is chained, and then he will go into the pit.  — Rev. 19:19, 20.

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Jehovah is now defamed. Soon his fame shall be great and all the nations shall come to know that he is the Supreme One. "Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am the Lord." (38: 23) All the enemies of Jehovah shall be confounded and brought to naught, that all survivors may know that Jehovah is the Almighty God. "Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: that men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth." — Ps. 83:17,18.

SIXTH PART LEFT

(EZEKIEL, CHAPTER 39)

The conclusion is strongly supported by the thirty-ninth chapter of Ezekiel's prophecy that God will leave Satan a small portion of his broken crowd to view the ruins before Satan himself is taken and killed. The wicked ones must be destroyed first, and the universe cleaned, that righteousness established in the earth may continue forever. The class whom Ezekiel represented, to wit, God's anointed remnant, must be witnesses both unto angels and unto men. (1 Cor. 4:9) This they must do by declaring the name and works of Jehovah God and in faithfully giving testimony against the wicked forces of Gog, both angelic and human. "Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I am against thee, 0 Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; and I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee

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to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel." — 39:1, 2.

Thus the Lord attaches the symbol of "six" to Gog and his war organization, which further suggests that the organization is made up of wicked angels and wicked men, the latter forming the beast of Revelation 13:18. To be sure, the Lord could have easily wiped out Gog's entire force, but he leaves a portion of the broken army almost frightened to death and trembling, and probably these will consider together the question as to who is supreme, Satan or Jehovah. It will be a very humiliating time for Satan when he looks upon his defeated and broken army and considers that he is the next one to be taken. Of course the enemy conspired to come up against God's organization, and Jehovah permitted him to do so, and His permitting the remnant to witness the fight will cause them to more fully appreciate Jehovah's great victory, the vindication of his name, and their own deliverance. When the enemy comes up God's people are apparently unprotected; and if this were not so it is not likely that the enemy would have been so eager to make the attack, nor would the anointed of God's people have had such a great opportunity of fully trusting him.

Jehovah encourages his faithful anointed with the assurance that he will completely defeat the enemy: "And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand." (39:3) This is in full harmony with the precious promise given to his anointed sons born of his "woman" and taught by him. "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall

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rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord; and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord." (Isa. 54:17; Ps. 46:9) The enemy Gog comes against God's organization, symbolized by the mountains of Israel, and shall fall there: "Thou shalt all upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field, to be devoured." (39:4) This is an open and visible testimony to his restored and faithful remnant. The "great dragon", after being drawn out of his river, meets exactly the same fate as here described concerning Gog's army. This further supports the conclusion that Gog's crowd consists of spirit as well as human creatures and that all are anti-God and all are of Satan's organization. (See Revelation 19: 20, 21 and comments, Light, Book Two.) Jehovah does not hinder the formation of the conspiracy, nor the carrying out thereof, but he permits the enemy to come out and to fight. "Thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God." (39: 5) Jehovah awaits the attack, and thus he permits wickedness to come to the full and openly manifest itself. There upon the open field he makes an example of the enemy.

It seems that some of the wicked angels are left behind in reserve and apparently in security. This supports the conclusion that "the land of Magog" is the realm of the invisible wicked hordes: "And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly [securely, R.V.] in the isles; and they shall know that I am the Lord." (39: 6) It was there in

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the land of Magog that the conspiracy was formed, and now the Lord attacks the enemy's base of operations, which would mean both the invisible and the visible base for the carrying on of the wicked warfare against God's organization. This is further supported by the apostle's statement: "But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men ... in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burned up."  — 2 Pet. 3:7,10.

Jehovah will put an end to wickedness, that his holy name shall never again be profaned: "So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel." (39: 7) No more will Jehovah permit his people to be taken in captivity to the humiliation of his own name. No more will he permit his holy name to be profaned by the enemy in any manner. This implies faithfulness on the part of all who get life and remain alive. Seeing that the battle of Armageddon completes the victory of Jehovah, and the preservation of those who love him, will cause the people of God to more fully appreciate him than ever. The non-followers of Christ, the heathen, have been repeatedly told the truth but have given no heed to it. Armageddon will cause all of them to know that Jehovah is the Most High.

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cause them to walk on in the "highway" with fear and trembling: "Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken." (39:8) This scripture suggests that when the prophecy is understood the fulfilment thereof is near at hand. "This is the day," and this time is made very prominent in the Scriptures. The "day" or period referred to by all the holy prophets marks a great epoch in the universe because it is the time in which Jehovah vindicates his name. It means much to the entire universe, and not merely to the earth. Lovers of righteousness delight to know that we have come to that day, and which is the day that Jehovah has made for the vindication of his name.

CLEANSING THE EARTH

Jehovah by and through Christ will clean away the debris and purify the earth, that the judgment of the individuals of the people may proceed in righteousness and without hindrance. (Acts 17: 31) There is nothing that purifies like fire; hence it is used as a symbol of destruction and of cleansing the land of that which defiles. "He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth." (Ps. 46: 9,10) After the battle of Armageddon, as the Scriptures show, there will be some faithful people of God yet on the earth, and these will have something to do with the cleaning-up work: "And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the

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shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years." (39:9) These servants of God will not be surrounded by walls, nor will they have navies or armies. Satan's organization at that time will have been overthrown, and the debris which encumbers the earth must now be removed. God's faithful people will not have a desire to preserve the relics of the war machinery of the Devil. The people will want to put all such things out of mind. The Lord directs that they shall "burn them with fire [for] seven years". Doubtless this is a figure of speech as to time and represents the complete destruction of all such war equipment. But even if they should burn literally that long, such would not be unreasonable. History states that after the Spaniards had overthrown the Saracens, in the year 1212, there was left on the battlefields such a vast quantity of lances, javelins and other war equipment as served them for fuel for four years. The time required for the burning draws attention to the immensity of Satan's war organization. It magnifies Jehovah's power and his complete victory. It shows why God has provided such a great "winepress" to crush Satan's machinery.  — Rev. 14:19,20.

This would not necessarily mean that God's faithful remnant will be on earth for seven years after Armageddon, but until there is a complete cleaning up. Doubtless the faithful men of ancient times, the "princes", will be back on earth then to assist in this work: "So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire:

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and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God." (39:10) The peoples of good will and pure hearts will rejoice as they see all the evidences of wickedness disappearing from the earth: "Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased their joy; they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For all the armor of the armed man in the tumult, and the garments rolled in blood, shall be for burning, for fuel of fire." (Isa. 9:3,5, R.V.) The entire matter will be under the supervision of Christ Jesus the great King. "He shall divide the spoil with the strong." (Isa. 53:12) This spoil will not be used for selfish purposes. — Mic. 4:13.

The dead bodies that encumber the ground will have to be disposed of. Hence the Lord directs the prophet to say: "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea; and it shall stop the noses of the passengers; and there shall they bury Gog, and all his multitude; and they shall call it, The valley of Hamon-gog." (39:11) This clearly means that the enemy's army, both the invisible and the visible parts thereof, that is to say, the conspirators, except the "sixth part" which shall be given attention later, must be disposed of. Gog will not go away alive, nor will the dead have a military burial with high honors, but they will be buried like brute beasts. The destruction of Gog's army will be inglorious and odious and will be a vile stench in the noses of those who pass by, both literally and symbolically. "Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcases." (Isa.

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34: 3) There will not be any of Gog and his multitude left to do the burying, as stated by Jeremiah 25:33. This shows that the bodies of the dead will be lying around on the ground. After the wild beasts, dogs and carrion birds have stripped their bones, then these bones will be gathered up and buried, and for this the Lord has provided.

The burying ground is called "The valley of Hamon-gog", that is to say, "The valley of the multitude of Gog" (margin). This burial ground is not a place of wailing for "Adamic death", but a testimony to God's vindicated name and to the death of the enemy. This is very different from the valley of dry bones described in the thirty-seventh chapter of Ezekiel. From that valley of dry bones the Lord's people are recovered; but there will be no recovery of Gog's host. These will be brought up out of the grave, however, with the Devil, and at the end of the millennial reign of Christ, and then will be wiped out for ever.

It will be a real pleasure for the remnant to have a part in cleaning up the earth before starting the surviving peoples of good will on the right way. This work shall be completely done as indicated by the following: "And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown, the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God." (39:12,13) All the people will then see their privileges of taking a part in this cleaning-up work. It will be a happy day. Jehovah's victory will bring him renown amongst the people such as never before known. It will be a great

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privilege then to be known as the people of God. When Moses and the Israelites under his leadership had been taken safely across the Red sea, and when the enemy went down beneath the waves of the sea, a song of praise to Jehovah was raised by Moses, in which the others joined: "Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him." (Ex. 15:1,2) This foreshadowed the song of praise that will be sung shortly following Armageddon which will mark the victory of Jehovah and the deliverance of the people from Satan's wicked organization.

The cleaning-up work will be carried on systematically: "And men constantly devoted to this shall they set apart to pass through the land, to bury with those that pass through those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: at the end of seven months shall they make a search." (39:14, Leeser) This will mean an organized and orderly procedure. It seems probable that the remnant and the faithful prophets of olden times then raised up will together organize and carry forward this work of cleaning up the earth. Even the passers-by shall join in the cleaning-up work. At the end of seven months search shall be made to see if everything has been cleaned up. This is in fulfilment of the Scriptures, to wit: "The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot." (Prov. 10:7), "For yet a little while, and the

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wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be." — Ps. 37:10.

The battle of Armageddon will not be confined to the small country of Palestine, but will extend throughout many countries: "And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog." (39:15) This verse shows that the enemy's organization was scattered throughout the land and fell everywhere "from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth", hence passers-by at any time and anywhere come upon bones of the dead. Touching a bone was defilement under the law, and was a symbol of death. Hence the defilement of the land must be removed. (Num. 19:11) It seems quite certain that any who pass through the land will be required to mark the place of the bones where they are found, and these shall cooperate in the work of cleaning the land: "And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land." (39:16) According to Rotherham, "Hamonah" means "To the multitude". This probably describes the temporary housing place for the organized workers engaged in burying the multitude of the dead in the valley of Hamon-gog. Not one vestige of the enemy or the enemy organization shall be left to defile God's holy place, the earth.

FEAST

Jehovah God will square the account with the enemy: "And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God, Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come;

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gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood." (39:17) The beasts of the field and the birds and fowls of the air have been woefully mistreated and their blood wrongfully spilled by numerous human creatures in the earth, such, for instance, as those who willfully pursue them to kill them, when there is no necessity nor excuse therefor. God provided that man should have the flesh of these when needed for food, but not merely for sport and willful destruction: "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man." (Gen. 9:5) This prophecy may have a twofold fulfilment: first, with reference to the wild beasts, birds and fowls that are called upon to feed upon the fallen foe; and second, symbolically with reference to the remnant of God's people. — See Revelation 19:17-21; Light, Book Two, pages 171-183.

Furthermore Jehovah's prophet says to these called to the feast: "Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God." (39:18-20) God's remnant will feast upon the great truths and fact that they are privileged to see the holy name of Jehovah God completely vindi-

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cated by the wiping out of the enemy and the cleansing of the world. The peoples of the nations that survive Armageddon will quickly learn of Jehovah; for his fame shall spread throughout the entire earth: "And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them." (39: 21) "The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God." — Isa. 52:10.

All must be given opportunity to come to an accurate knowledge of the truth, because such is the will of God. (1 Tim. 2:3,4) Up to this point the Lord has shown the complete vindication of his own name, and his approval and therefore the vindication of his remnant people on the earth. It appears, then, that God will not leave any room for doubt in the minds of any creature concerning those who have made a covenant with him. Hence the Lord says: "So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies; so fell they all by the sword." (39:22,23) The Lord's people themselves will first have a full understanding and then all round about shall see the glory of the Lord.

During the World War God's professed people became subject to the enemy organization, not because their God was a myth or was too weak to cope with the enemy, but particularly because those going to make up the "great multitude" did not take a firm

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stand on the side of Jehovah. For this reason they must be compelled to go through tribulation and fall and go into captivity as stated by the prophet: "And half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue [remnant] of the people shall not be cut off from the city." (Zech. 14: 2) The "great multitude" class went into captivity during the World War, and the real reason for their captivity must be made known. Had they stood firm for God and been unwillingly taken into captivity, as the remnant was, they would have been released; but because they held on to Satan's organization they must suffer tribulation, as stated in the seventh chapter of Revelation. All those who have made a covenant with God and who remain in captivity until Armageddon will suffer much tribulation. "According to their uncleanness, and according to their transgressions, have I done unto them, and hid my face from them." (39:24) The "great multitude", having come up out of great tribulation and been cleansed and approved by being brought into God's organization (Rev. 7:14-16), are spoken of as of the "house of Jacob", the name Jacob applying to those approved by the Lord. "Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name." (39: 25) Justice requires the vindication of Jehovah's holy name. It is not justice, but mercy, that restores the captivity of God's covenant people. — Ezek. 36:21,22.

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have fallen away to the captivity of the enemy. The tribulation that will come upon the "great multitude" will afford them an opportunity to prove their loyalty to God, and then he will wipe away their tears. (Rev. 7:17) "After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses, whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen; but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there." (39:26-28) They shall then fully know that Jehovah is the great God, their true and everlasting Friend, and that he has done all this work for his own holy name's sake.

All must come to the knowledge that God permitted the great multitude to go into captivity and then delivered them for his own name's sake. They will also know that the treading down of the sanctuary class during the World War, and their subsequent deliverance, was by God's permission that his name might be made known and vindicated.

The concluding verse of this prophecy shows that the prophecy does not apply to the natural descendants of Abraham, even though there are now some of them back in Palestine. Note the prophecy says: 'I have poured out my spirit upon Israel.' That will not be true as to natural Jews, as such. "Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord

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God." (39: 29) This verse shows a very definite time at which God poured forth his spirit upon the whole house of Israel, and that time is stated by the prophecy of Joel 2:28, 29. This gushing forth of the holy spirit precedes Gog's invasion of the land, to the end that Jehovah's witnesses might, by God's grace, give the warning and the testimony before the great battle is fought. God's face for the time was apparently hidden from his true people, but the time must come when his face is turned towards them, Zion becomes fruitful, her children are brought forth and are taught of God, and all have great peace and joy. "In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shalt thou be established; thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." — Isa. 54: 8-10,13,14.

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