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THE TWO THRONES. God marks plainly the two thrones: "God has made the
" To Him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in :My throne,
same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ."
even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His Christ signifies anointed, and refers to His Kingship on
throne."-Rev. iii. 21. David's throne; as all the kings of Israel were anointed to
WE wish to notice the position our Lord Jesus Christ that office. So was David, by Samuel, as Goddirecteel.
sustains during this present age. The above text shows Christ is now invested with power and authority to make
that our Lord and Saviour occupies the throne of His His enemies His footstool,-the anointed at the right hand
Father, and that before taking possession of this throne, of His Father in the heavens. He is mediator between God
He overcame, which imports that it was after His suffering and man, and high priest over the house of Goel.
and death that .He was exalted to this heavenly place, at The Apostle Paul, in Hebrews, speaking on this subject,
the right hand of God. For Jesus says after His resur- says: "But this 'man (Christ), after He had offered one
rection, as He was about to go away into heaven, "All sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of
power is given unto Me, in heaven and earth," and as the God, from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made
Great Head of the Church commissioned at that time all His footstool." Seeing we have such an "high priest over
His true ministers, saying, "Go ye, therefore, and teach the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart, in full
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil
of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; teaching them to conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." God
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and has raised Christ "from the dead, and set Him at His own
10, I am with you always, even to the end of the world." right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality,
The present exalted position of our Lord was a matter of and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that
promise, as we find in Ps. xc. 1. "The Lord said unto my is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to
Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine come; and hath put all things under His feet, and gave
enemies Thy footstool." The Apostle Peter took the same Him to be head over all things to the Church." Ephesians
view of the present exalted position of Jesus on the day of i. 21, 22.
Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit had been so copiously shed Thus, from what testimony we have found from the
on the disciples. He adds :-" This Jesus hath God raised inspired witnesses, we come to the conclusion that the place
up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore, being by the and position of our Lord during the present dispensation is
right hand of God exalted, and having received of the at the right hand of God, clothed with all power and
Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He hath shed forth authority both in heaven and earth. All who come to the
this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended Father must come in His deal' name: "for there is no name
into the heavens; but he saith himself, the Lord said unto given under heaven whereby we can be saved." Christ
my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, until I make Thy foes died. He is risen again. He is now at the right hand of
Thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know God. He will leave His Father's throne to take His own, of
assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye which we will noyv speak.
have crucified, both Lord and Christ." "Goel shall give unto Him (Christ) the throne of His
In this language of Peter, you observe that the Spirit of father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob
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for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end." That 3. And then last, but not least, it is good in that it
there is to be such a throne hereafter, occupied by Jesus honours God, and His word is: "Them that honour Me
Christ, we shall endeavour to produce divine testimony in I will honour."
proof. Isaiah speaks of a Child being born, that the n. "To shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning,
" government shall be upon His shoulders;" His name shall and Thy faithfulness every night." This is God's order for
be called " Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the the giving of thanks and singing praises. He would not
everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." Of the increase have us relegate their use to Sundays, or the use of one of
of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon them-singing-to Sundays; but He would have us daily
the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order. it, use both. And herein we think is shewn the wisdom of
and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from God. He kuows that the giving of thanks and singing
henceforth, even for ever. (Lsaiah. ix. 6, 7.) This shows the praises is to us what oil is to machinery. Neglect to oil
Prince of Peace is to have the throne of David, and upon machinery, when in use, daily, and friction and damage is
his kingdom to re-establish it, and to support it. This the result; but oil it regularly every day and it at once
settles the point as to what throne is Christ's own. It is works smoothly and well. So we daily need oiling with
that which David occupied, and which was overturned, as God's oil-the oil of giving of thanks and singing praises-
recorded in Ezekiel, 21st chapter, and which the Lord God if we would always keep our affections warm one to another,
said should remain subverted till "He came whose right it and so be pleasant in God's sight.
is, and I will give it Him." And here we would urge our fathers and mothers in Christ
According, prior to Jesus being born, Gabriel was sent to to introduce into their homes this Divine order for singing,
Mary with the following announcement (Luke i. 32) con- -we have already introduced it as regards the giving of
cerning Him :-" He shall be great, and shall be called the thanks,-and those of us who are not mothers and fathers,
Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him and who are so situate that they cannot daily praise God
the throne of His father David, and He shall reign over the with the voice of song, let them make "melody in their
house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be hearts to the Lord." And let us all remember, "Whoso
no end." offereth praise glorifieth Me: and to him that disposeth his
Jesus is the rightful heir to David's throne, which is His way aright will I shew the salvation of God."
own throne. This throne will be taken when Christ comes, Ill. "Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the
for it is written, "When the Son of Man shall come in the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound." Yes; and
clouds of heaven, with power and with great glory, then whenever possible, let our voices be accompanied with
shall He sit upon the throne of His glory. His kingdom instrumental music, so that the praise of God may be a
will be under the whole heaven, from the river to the ends delight and" glorious;" but, at the same time, let us see
of the earth." Remember, dear reader, the promise: "To that it is in the "beauty of holiness," for it is only with
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My such praise God is pleased. Sincerity here, as elsewhere, is,
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My with God, everything. Hark, then, to the Divine calls for
Father in His throne." such praise! In Psalm xxxiii. 1-3:-
"Rejoice in the Lord, 0 ye righteous:
For praise is comely for the upright.
NOTES ON PSALM XCII. 1-4. Praise the Lord with harp:
I. "IT is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to Sing unto Him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Sing unto Him a new song;
sing praises unto Thy Name, 0 Most High." Among the Play skilfully with a loud noise."
many reasons why this is so, we will here mention three.
And in Psalm cl. 3-6 :-
1. It is good for our health, in that it produces in us
"Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet:
cheerfulness, and there is nothing like cheerfulness for Praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
keeping the human system in good working condition, and Praise Him with the timbrel and dance:
Praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
restoring it when out of order. Pleasant sensations are the Praise Him upon the loud cymbals:
best of restoratives. Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals.
2. It is also good in times of trouble, in that it often Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord."
brings speedy deliverance from God. It was so-in the case
It is a beautiful thought, amid the general neglect to
of Paul and Silas in the Philippian gaol. And it has been
praise God, that this last call for universal praise WIllone
so in the cases of many others, both before and since their
day be fully responded to by all creation. The apostle John,
time. And why? Because it is in accordance with the
in vision, was permitted to see that time, and this is what
will of God, and the path of obedience is ever the path
he says: "And every creature which is in heaven, and on
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the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, who are seeking the truth, we propose, by the divine aid, to
and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing and, analyse the subject, and present it in its true features.
honour, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon There is a natural division of the subject.
the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." 1. The prayer of the thief.
Rev. v. 13. 0 day of everlasting joy and song, haste 2. The reply of the Lord.
thy coming! What was the prayer of the thief? "Lord, remember me
IV. "For Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through Thy when Thou comest into Thy kingdom." When did he ask
word." What a reason for the daily giving of thanks and to be remembered? "When Thou eomest into Thy kingdom."
singing praises I Where could we find a stronger one? Did the thief pray understandingly? We think he did.
Echo may well answer, here, Where? Was it not God Then he believed that Christ was destined to be a King, and
who originated the plan of salvation, and afterwards put it possess a Kingdom; otherwise, there was no consistency or
into effect? And at what cost? Even at the cost of giving propriety in his petition. Then follows the legitimate and
up His only-begotten Son, the Son of His love, to die that important question: When and where did the thief learn
most ignominious and cruel death-the death on the cross! anything concerning Christ as the destined King of a coming
Marvellous exhibition of love! Can we then refrain from Kingdom. As he was a convicted criminal, he either learned
saying with the apostle, " We love Him because He first it before or after his apprehension. (For the apostle says,
loved us ? " Then, if we love Him, we will ever seek to " faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
please Him in daily offering Him thanksgiving and praise. We think it highly improbable that he heard Christ preach
And at the same time, we will not forget His command, prior to his apprehension, from the fact that he was not led
" That all should honour the Son, even as they honour the sooner to repentance and reformation, as he gave evidence
Father;" "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in of being honest when convinced.
the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks [and singing But even supposing that he sat under the teaching of
praises] to God and the Father by Him." Jesus during His ministry, did he ever hear any sente~ce
Thank God, we-those of us who have believed and fall from the lips of the Saviour, indicating that His King-
obeyed the Gospel of His dear Son-can each say, "I will dom was to be enjoyed at death? Certainly not. He might
triumph in the works of Thy hands."-C. Fooks, have heard Him say-" When the Son of man shall come ill
• His glory, and all the holy angels with, Him, then shall He
sit upon the th1'one of His gtOl'Y." Matt. xxv. 31. Re might
THIEF ON THE CROSS.
have heard Him, in the same discourse and connection,
By GEO. THoMsoN,D.S.
••And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou eomest into declare (verse 34)-" Then shall the King say to them on
Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee To day, His right hand, Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the
shalt thou be with me in paradise." Luke xxiii. 42-48. kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
As this passage is generally understood, it is supposed to If he ever heard any conflicting declaration from the lips of
teach that our Saviour and the dying thief went to Heaven, the Master, it has certainly never been placed upon the
or Paradise, when they died; thus, of course, a precedent sacred record. By far the most probable theory is, that all
teaching that all who die forgiven immediately enter into the thief learned concerning our Lord, he learned at His (the
glory. Now it is stoutly maintained by many that the Lord's) examination before the chief priest and Pilate, and
invariable teachings of the Scriptures are to the effect that at the Cross. And when we compare what transpired there
the righteous shall be recompensed at the resurrection; that with the thief's petition, we discover a wonderful harmon,),
every man shall be rewarded when Christ comes again; that " And the whole multitude of them arose, and led Him unto
the final judgment is a pre-requisite to an introduction into Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, We found
the kingdom of God. this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give
Both these positions cannot be correct, from the fact that tribute to Oeesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.
they positively clash. One must yield. Which? All will And Pilate asked him, saying, Art Thou the King of the
answer-The one that is incorrect. How shall it be deter- Jews? And He answered him and said, Thou sayest it."
mined which is correct? By the consistency of all parts, Luke xxiii. 1-3. See also Matt. xxvii. 11.
and the general harmony of the Scriptures related to that A spectator of the above scene would have learned there-
point. It may be asked, then, if we admit in any degree a from two things. First, that Christ was accused by his
contradiction in the Word of God? We answer emphatically, enemies of calling Himself a King. Second, that he denied
No. It is only apparent, and a proper investigation and it not when questioned directly on that point. " Then Pilate
interpretation will bring all into perfect harmony. entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and
As the above text is a stumbling-block in the way of many said unto him, Art 'I'hou the King of the Jews? , .. Jesus
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answered, My Kingdom is not of this world [or age]; if My quickly. [John responds] Amen. Even so come, Lord
Kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, Jesus." Also (1 C01·. xiv. 16.), " Else when thou shalt bless
that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now is My with the Spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the
Kingdom not from hence. Pilate therefore said unto Him, unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he
Art Thou a King then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that understandeth not what thou sayest ?" The obvious and
I am a King. To this end was I born ; and for this cause admitted meaning of the word is, "So let it be;" there is,
came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the therefore, a harmony between the lletition and the-answer,
[this] truth. " John xviii. 33, 36, 37. " Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy King-
From the above, the spectator would learn two important dom," ." Amen, [or, so be it,] I say to thee to-day, thou
facts. First, that Christ was born to be a King; second, shalt be with Me in paradise." But it is objected that we
that His Kingdom was not yet inaugurated. "My Kingdom have no right to change the punctuation mark, the changing
is not from hence,"-does not begin at this point,-" is not of which, it is admitted, alters the sense of the passage
of this world;" is neither contemporaneous with, nor under consideration. To which we reply that those' points
partaker of the character of this world's kingdoms; else He were no part of inspiration, not having been introduced
would have maintained His right by force of arms. until several hundred years after the New Testament was
But again, in Matt. xxvi. 63-64, we find the same truth written and compiled, and that there are other instances in
abundantly corroborated: "And the high priest answered our common version of the Scriptures, when the changing
and said unto Him [Jesus], I adjure Thee by the living God, of the comma, in different editions, entirely alters the sense
that Thou tell us whether Thou be the Christ, the Son of of the passage j the following are samples :-Heb. x, 12. is
God. Jesus saith unto Him, Thou hast said: nevertheless pointed as follows in some editions, "13ut this man, after He
I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down on the
on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of right hand of God." Now this conveys the idea that Christ
heaven." Let us now recapitulate what the Saviour sat down on the right hand of God to remain there for eve?',
affirmed, concerning His kingdom, during His examination when it is known that this idea positively clashes with the
before Pilate and the high priest. whole tenor of Scripture teaching on this point: that the
1. I was born to be a King. heavens are to retain Him only "until the restitution of all
2. My Kingdom is not of this world (or age,-is not things." Now place the comma after the word" ever," as
contemporary with earthly kingdoms), "is not from hence," it is in most editions, and all is harmonious. Another
that is, not yet commenced. instance (Matt. xix. 28.), "And Jesus said unto them [the
3. My kingdom is to come hereafter, when I appear in the twelve apostles] , Verily, I say unto you, that ye which have
clouds of heaven. followed Me in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall
Nor is there an intimation during the whole examination, sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve
of going into the kingdom at death. Hence, supposing the thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." It will be
thief to be present, he could never have conceived such an observed in the above that the comma is placed after the
idea. Taking -these facts in connection with the inscription word" regeneration," as it is thus found in some editions of
on the cross of J esus,-" Jesus of Nazareth, King of the the common version; now, this pointing confines the work
Jews,"-we can very readily conclude that the thief prayed of "regeneration" (whatever it may be) exclusively to the
understandingly when he said, "Lord, remember me when days of our Saviour's ministry. None would be willing to
Thou COMEST INTOTHYKINGDOM." take this position. Let the comma be placed after the word
We shall now examine the Saviour's reply to this petition; "me," and all is plain and consistent. The" regeneration"
and just here let me enquire, would it be unreasonable to is to take place when He sits upon His throne. To generate
expect a correspondence or harmony existing between the is to create; to regenerate is to re-create. When the
petition and the reply? "If his son ask bread, will he give Saviour comes, He will regenerate the race, by making it
him a stone?" Matt. vii. 9. I am aware that it is asserted new: "Behold I make all things new." Rev. xxi. 5. And BO,
by some that the thief requested one thing, and that the when we change the punctuation mark in the passage under
Saviour granted another. But this is mere assumption, as consideration, it makes all the relative parts harmonize, and
our exposition will show. The first word our Saviour utters exonerates the word of God from the charge of being
in reply to the thief's petition is "Amen," rendered "verily" contradictory in its teachings.
in the common translation. In about seventy-five places in But it is objected again, that the form of expression, "I
the New Testament it is thus translated, while in about fifty say unto thee to-day," is both unusual and improper. That
places it is merely transferred, as for instance, (Rev. xxii. 20.) it is neither, we are prepared to show by Scriptural and
"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come other examples: In Deut, viii. 19, we read, "And it shall be
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if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk after tions, which he had fourteen years previously, and states
other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify that he was "caught up to the third heaven," and
against you this day that ye shall surely perish." Again, '" caught up into paradise." Of course, the inference is
(De ut. xxx. 18.) "I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall clearly deducible here, that paradise is located in the" third
surely perish." Again, (Prov. xxii. 19) "I have made known heaven," but this passage needs analysing, in order .to get
unto thi« day." The great statesman, Webster, in one of his the truth, The words here rendered "caught up," in other
orations, says, "I speak to- day for the preservation of passages are rendered" caught away," as follows, (Matt.
the Union." xiii. 19.)-" Where anyone heareth the word of the King-
In all the instances cited above, the adverb-to-day, or dom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one
this -day,-qualifies the time of uttering the sentences. and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart." Also
And in the case of the dying thief, there was a po werful Acts viii. 39,-when Philip baptised the Eunuch-" And
significance in the use of the word" to-day" by the Saviour. when they were come up out of the water, the spirit of the
He had publicly avowed Himself as King of the Jews; had Lord caught away Philip."
discoursed.at large concerning His Kingdom; but now He Thus we see that Paul was not necessarily caught up, but
was placed in the position of a common malefactor; all His was caught away in vision. But what about the "third
former claims were regarded now as mere pretensions. This heaven"? It seems very clear that paradise is located
was the day of His humiliation. Even His own disciples there. Let us continue our investigation. We can find but
had forsaken Him; yea, more, even His Father had forsaken one other place in the Scriptures where any reference is
Him ;-all alone, and" numbered with the transgressors." made to a third heaven, either directly 01' indirectly; and
Yet He could assure the penitent thief that his petition that is 2 Peter iii. 5·7, 13. Befering to _the antediluvian
should be granted. I say unto thee to-day,-notwithstanding world, Peter says: "The heavens were of old, and the earth,
it is a day of darkness, discouragement, and gloom; not- standing out of the water and in the water being
withstanding I am apparently subdued and powerless,-yet overfiowed with water, perished." Here we find heaven
"I say unto thee to-day, thou shalt be with Me in paradise." number one. "But the heavens and the earth which are
In the further investigation of this subject, the question now, reserved unto fire against the day of judg-
naturally arises,-Where is paradise? By the great majority ment and perdition of ungodly men." Here is heaven
of professing Christians, it is located in heaven above, the number two. Neverthelesss we, according to His promise,
abode of the Father. If this is correct, Christ did not go to look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
paradise the day He died; for, three days subsequently, righteousness." Here is heaven number three; of which
when Mary was about to embrace her resurrected Lord, He you will find a description in Rev. xxi. Now we can see how
said, "Touch Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father." Paul was caught away in vision to the new earth state, as John
But there is another theory concerning paradise, namely, was subsequently on .the Isle of Patmos.
that it is located in Hades, according to (not the Bible) T~e other-passage where the word occurs, is in Rev. ii. 7-
Grecian mythology and Josephus,-is located somewhere in "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of
the bowels of the earth; that it is divided into two compart- life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." If we do
ments, one for the departed spirrts of the good, the other for not learn from the above passage the location of paradise, we
the wicked. It is contended that Christ and the thief went do learn one of its features, namely, "the tree of life" is
to this place when they died; but the Bible Hades (which there. Now if we can find the" tree of life" we shall be
word is a Greek translation of the Hebrew Sheol) is said to able to locate paradise. The first place we find it is in the
be a place where "there is no work, nor device, nor know- garden of Eden, at the beginning, Gen. ii. 9., iii. 22-24.
ledge, nor wisdom" (Eccl. ix. 10.); consequently, if there is When Adam sinned, God expelled him from the garden, and
no knowledge there, it is a place of unconsciousness. placed a cherubim with flaming sword to guard the way to
Furthermore, the invariable testimony of the inspired the tree of life, lest Adam should take the fruit, and eat, and
writers is to the effect that Christ arose three days after live forever. Again we find it beyond the Besurection and
(not from paradise, but) from the dead. Then we must seek the judgment, in the new earth state, as recorded in Rev.
further for the location of the Bible paradise. The word xxii. 2-14. As we have found the" tree of life" located in
" paradise" is said to be of Persian origin, and signifies a the new earth, and as the "tree of life" is to be "in the
garden. The Septuagint renders Gen. ii. 8. as follows, " God midst of the paradise of God," therefore, paradise is to be
planted a paradise in Eden." The word only occurs in located in the new earth. "Thou shalt be with Me in
two other places in the Scriptures. An examination will I paradise.

doubtless aid us in discovering the true location. In 2 It must be borne in mind that the Saviour promised the
Cor. xii. 1-4, Paul is speaking about visions and revel a-
I .thief that he should be with Him in paradise. "Father, I
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will that they also whom Thou hast given Me be with Me THE FIRST RESURRECTION AT HAND.
uiliere I am." John xvii. 24. But a little while previous He
" Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection."
had comforted His disciples with the following cheering Rev. xx, 6. "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of
promise (John xiv. 1-3): "Let not your heart be troubled .. the dead." Phil. iii. 11.

I go to prepare a place for you; and if I go and prepare a THE Apostle Paul did not doubt that he should share in the
place for you,I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, resurrection of the dead. He could never have entertained
that where I am there ye may be also." an idea of the possibility of his being left behind in the
From the above we learn three things: darkness of the tomb, when all the nations that are in their
1. The Saviour prayed that His disciples might be with graves "shall hear the voice of the Son of Man, and shall
Him. come forth." He looked onward to the resurrection of the
2. The manner in which this association is formed-" I dead as to a future, but divinely predicted, and, therefore,
will receive you." certain event. He anticipated that glorious morning, when
3. The time when this association is formed-when He " this corruption shall put on incorruption, and this mortal
comes again. shall put on immortality," and "when death shall be
The question now arises, Would the Saviour make an swallowed up in victory." He saw, with faith's clear sight,
exception in favour of this thief, to the exclusion of His own that, when his earthly tabernacle should be dissolved, there
immediate disciples? We think He had no such design. was prepared for him" a building of God, an house not made
Then the thief must await the appointed time; and when with hands, eternal in the heavens." And, in the hallowed
the King Himself comes into His Kingdom, then will the rapture of that hope, he could say: "Now is Christ risen
penitent thief be. remembered. But has not Christ come from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that
into His Kingd~m yet? Let the inspired Word answer. slept. 0 death, where is thy sting? 0 grave, where is thy
Subsequent to the resurrection and ascension of our Saviour, victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin
He speaks as follows: "To him that overcometh will I grant is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the
to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and am set victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 COT. xv., 20, 42,
down with My Father in His throne." Rev. iii. 21. "When 51-58. 2 Cor. v. 1.
the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy But, then, what is the Apostle's meaning, when he also
angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His says, "If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection
glory." Matt. xxv. 31. "I saw in the night visions, and, of the dead." Phil. iii. 11.
behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of An explanation is furnished by referring to the original
heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Greek for the word resurrection in this passage. The word
Him near before Him, and there was given Him dominion, is exanastisis, which denotes the- resurrection out from among
and glory, and a kingdom." Dan. vii. 13-14. "And the the dead, that is, the resurrection of the righteous, ex-
seventh angel sounded [the judgment trump]; and there clusively, out from among the whole of the dead, both
were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this righteous and wicked. It is in short the elect resurrection
world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His or First Resurrection of the Saints, which is to take place
Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever! " Rev. xi. 15. at the second advent of Christ, at the commencement of the
From these quotations, which might be multiplied, it is 1,000 years of the millennium. Rev. xx. 5.
abundantly evident that the Kingdom of Christ is still 1. This first resurrection is the special resurrection of
future; that it is due at Second Advent, when He shall sit which our Lord speaks, when He says: "They who shall be
upon the throne of His glory, regenerate the earth, restore accounted worthy to attain that world and the resurrection
the long-lost paradise, inaugurate His unending kingdom, from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage,
raise to life the sleeping saints; at which time He will not neither can they die any more, for they are equal to the
forqot the penitent thief, but will fulfil his promise, in strict angels and are the children of God, being the children of the
harmony with the dying thief's request-" Lord, RElIIElIIBER resurrection." And this He elsewhere calls the resurrection
ME WHENTHOU COlllESTINTOTHY KINGDOM." of the just, viz.: "Thou shalt be recompensed at the resur-
Dear reader, may you and I, by a life of obedience and rection of the just." This, therefore, must be styled the
faith in the Son of God, secure a home in that blessed King- resurrection of the just, as distinguished from the resur-
dom. The signs of the times indicate that the saints of rection of the unjust. And to attain it, is to receive a
God will soon have fulfilled to them their oft-repeated peculiar privilege, and to be awarded a special honour.
petition, "Thy Kingdom come!" Repent ye, believe the For our Lord speaks of those who shall be accounted worthy
gospel, and with the saints of all ages, the penitent thief in- to attain it, as the children of God being the children of
cluded, you shall have a home in the Paradise of God. Amen. the resurrection. Luke xx, 35, 36; xiv. 14.
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St. 'Paul also announces that "the dead in Christ shall whole earth." Then will be the overwhelming flood. "The
rise first." As our Lord was the first-fruits of this eclectic overflowing scourge shall pass through." For" this will be
resurrection, so the just seem to be a kind of first-fruits of God's controversy with the nations." It will be "the
the general resurrection of the dead, as it is written, shaking in all nations," it will be "the gathering of the
" Christ, the first-fruits, afterward they that are Christ's at kings of the earth, and of the whole world, to the battle of
His coming." the great day of God Almighty."
It was with this resurrection in view that the martyred Then will " the earth reel to and fro. The earth shall be
saints suffered and endured, counting it all joy, "that they utterly broken down. Fear and the pit, and the snare, will
might obtain a better resurrection." And it is on those who be upon its inhabitants." The breath of the Lord, when He
attain to the same reward of grace that St. John pronounces cometh in His anger, shall be as an overflowing stream.
the solemn and emphatic word of blessing: "Blessed and Then "the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the
holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection." This, haughtiness of men shall be made low, and the Lord alone
then, is the elect resurrection to which, above all things, shall be exalted in that day-then shall men enter into the
St. Paul desired to attain. It is a prior resurrection. Those rock, and hide them in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and
who participate in it will live and reign with Christ our for the glory of His Majesty, when He ariseth to shake
King during the thousand years of millennial glory. Hence terribly the earth." Isa. xxiv.
arises the importance of preparation. Hence the being But deliverance out of these troubles is secured to the
counted worthy to obtain it is, indeed, a peculiar privilege- sealed people of God. As, in Ezekiel's vision in chapter ix.,
1 Thess. iv. 16; 1 Corinth. xv. 23; Heb. xi. 25. the man clothed with linen, with the writer's ink-horn, was
It will be the commencement of inconceivable happiness commanded by the Lord" to go through the midst of the city,
and glory to such as shall then rise, to be with their Lord and to set a mark on the foreheads of the men that did sigh
where He is. They will "behold his glory," and see Him and cry for all the abominations done in it," nor could the
"face to face." They will be "like Him." As they behold destruction come upon the doomed city until these had been
Him they will reflect the beauty of His perfections. Love, sealed; even so God's servants must be sealed now" unto
joy, and peace will form their moral character, and beautify the day of redemption" by the Divine Spirit, that they may
their glorified bodies. As was the Saviour on the mountain be delivered from the destruction which impends upon the
of transfiguration, so shall they be. They shall be clothed apostate nations of Christendom.-Si1' W. Wilson Mm'sh.
in raiment" white as the light, exceeding white as snow, so
as no fuller on earth can white them." They shall "eat •
of the tree of life," and "of the hidden manna." They
THE TIMES OF THE RESTITUTION OF ALL
shall be "crowned with the crown of life." They shall
possess" the white stone with the new name written in it." THINGS SPOKEN OF BY THE PROPHETS.
They shall have" power over the nations." They shall be
(Continued from page 137.)
"made pillars in the temple of God, and go no more out."
'I'hey shall "walk in white in the streets of the new IN a former article we showed that one of "the things
Jerusalem," Never shall their names be blotted out of the spoken of by the prophets," to be restored, was the restora-
book of life. And to them it shall be granted" to sit with tion of the people of Israel to their own land for ever. We
the Saviour on His throne." Such are the rewards on now proceed to show that :-
children of the first resurrection. 1 John iii. 2; Rev. ii. 7,17; n. Not only do the prophets speak of a real and per-
iii. 5, 12, 21; Ma1'k ix. 3. manent restoration of the Israelitish people to the land of
2. The wise virgins, or sealed Christians, who are their fathers, but also of a restoration of their national polity
waiting for and desiring the personal advent of Christ, will as the kingdom of God.
escape beforehand from the great tribulation which will This proposition will doubtless appear startling to not a
usher in the dawn of the millennial day. few, and many will strongly demur to it. To such we would
The millennial thousand years are to be preceded by a courteously recommend the example of those men of Berea,
night of troubles. And thatnight will come suddenly upon who, when the Apostle brought strange things to their ears,
the earth. Brief, indeed, will be the premonitory twilight- searched the Scriptures daily to see whether they really
For, when the world is saying "peace and safety, then were taught there. These Scriptures are the only test of
the truth of what is here affirmed, and to them we make our
sudden destruction cometh; the day of the Lord will over-
appeal.
take them as a thief in the night." No more warning will
be given than the thief gives: of his approach. "As a snare Before doing so, however, we call attention to the hopes
will it come upon all them that dwell upon the face of the and expectations of the Apostles of our Lord, as these were
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expressed, just immediately before His ascension, thus: Lord God of Israel had been sustaining the relation of
" Lord, wilt Thou at this time restore again the kingdom to King to that people-reigning over them-that He had
Israel? "-Acts i. 6. Did you ever observe how the Lord indeed made them His kingdom; and other Scriptures show
answered that question? His reply was: "It is not for you us that while He consented to give them a visible king, " to
to know the times or the seasons which the Father hath judge them, and go out before them, and fight their battles,
put in His own power." That reply clearly showed that that King was only His vicegerent-that Jehovah still
they were wrong in enquiring about the time of the restora- claimed the kingdom of Israel as His own.
tion of the kingdom, but it also, by implication, shows that Saul ana David were chosen and appointed, not by the
they were right as to the fact that the kingdom was to be people, but by Jehovah, independently 'Of their election;
restored to Israel. Had their expectations been false and hence, these men were called "The Lord's Anointed," and
incorrect, could you imagine that the Lord would not have " the throne" is still spoken of as the throne of the Lord.
told them so? He had corrected their mistakes on And so we find it recorded in 1 Chron, xxix. 23, " Then King
other matters, and surely, he would have done so Solomon sat on the throne of the Lord, as king, instead of
here too: but, instead of telling them that their ideas David his father.
about the kingdom were carnal or false, He confirms This kingdom was broken up by (1) the captivity of the
these ideas, by answering the question as if it were sound in revolted ten tribes, by the King of Assyria (2 Kings xviii);
substance, by confining his answer to the matter of time. and (2) by the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of
Along with this consideration place this other, that after the other two tribes by the-King of Babylon (2 Kings xxv.),
His resurrection, the Lord had, during forty days, been as a punishment from God for the persistent wickedness and
" speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom idolatry of the people, and of their priests and rulers.
of God;" so that there is the strongest probability that And so we find recorded in the book of the prophet
their question was the result of His teaching-that He had Ezekiel :-" Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because
spoken to them of the kingdom of God and of its restoration ye have made your iniquity to be remembered, in that your
to Israel. transgressions are discovered, so that in all your doings your
This reasoning assumes that the kingdom of God had sins do appeal'; because, I say, that ye are come to remem-
been with Israel before. The truth of this we now proceed brance, ye shall be taken with the hand. And thou, profane
to show, and that its restoration is one of the things of wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity
which the prophets have spoken. shall have an end. Thus saith the Lord God: Remove the
Turning to Exodus xix. 5, 6, we find that Jehovah pro- diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same :
mised to the children of Israel, when they had come into exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high. I will
the wilderness of Sinai, on the third month after cominzo out overturn, overturn, overturn it: and it shall be no more,
of Egypt, "Now, therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him."
and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure Ezek. xxi. 25-28.
unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine. And Since the dethronement of Zedekiah, that "profane and
ye shall be unto Me, a kingdom of priests, and an holy wicked prince of Israel," no King has reigned in Israel; its
nation." diadem is still in the dust, its throne overturned, and its
Here we see that the constitution of Israel, to be God's people, long scattered, an alien people among all nations of
kingdom, was a prominent part of the Divine purpose. the earth. Yet it has not for ever passed away. Of its
The next allusion we have to that truth is in 1 Samuel viii. restoration God's holy prophets have spoken in clear,
1-9. Samuel had become old, and his sons, whom he had glowing, and decisive terms. In the prophecy just quoted,
appointed to act in his stead, were unfaithful, " turned aside which pronounces its doom and overthrow, indicates its
after lucre, took bribes, and perverted judgment." From restoration. "It shall be no more, UNTIL He come whose
this state of misrule the people, necessarily, suffered, and as right it is, and I will give it Him."
a remedy, "the elders of Israel" cried to Samuel to make As surely as that kingdom and throne were overturned, so
them a king to judge them like the rest of. the nations. certain is their restoration, if the word of Jehovah is to be
The request displeased Samuel exceedingly, and he laid the verified. Only till He comes Whose right it is, shall it lie
matter before J ehovah. overturned, then it shall be given to Him. -Most positively
"And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the has this restoration been predicted by the prophets,-
voice of the people in all that they say unto thee, for they hear these :-" In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble
have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out,
should not reign over them." and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that
These last quoted words distinctly inform us that the halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off ~ strong
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nation; and the Lord shall reign over them in mount Zion before. The remark holds true in regard to office, and
from henceforth, even for ever. And thou, 0 tower of the to nationality. Just so shall it be with the restoration of
flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee God's Kingdom over Israel, as the following Scriptures will
shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom. shall show. Thus, speaking to Israel, Isaiah says: "I will restore
come to the daughter of Jerusalem." Micah iv. 6-8. thy judges, as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the
Listen to Amos :-" In that day will I raise up the tabernacle beginning; afterward thou shalt be called the city of right-
of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; eousness, the faithful city." Yet from our Lord's own
and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the promise that" in the regeneration" the judges of the twelve
days of old." Amos ix. 6. This re-erection of the throne tribes of Israel shall be the Apostles. See Matt. xix. 28,
and kingdom of David, is also predicted by the prophet Luke xxii. 28.
Isaiah, in language familiar to our ears as household words:- Again, when Israel is restored to their land and national-
" For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and ity, they shall not be the wicked idolatrous people they were
the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name before; but this shall be their character :-" Behold, the
shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase with the house of Israel, and with the house of J udah :
of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out
establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth of the land of Egypt: which My covenant they brake,
even for ever. The zeal of the Lord. of hosts will perform although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
this." But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the
These, and other like predictions, were the source of those house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put
hopes and expectations which filled the minds of all true My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts;
Israelites, when J esus appeared among them preaching the and will be their God, and they shall be My people. And they
gospel of the Kingdom; and all who "received Him" shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man
believed that He was the promised Messiah, the King of his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know
Israel. These hopes and expectations, drawn from the same Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith
Divine source, were being fondly cherished by the mother the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remem-
of our Lord-blessed among women! when the angel of ber their sin no more." Jer. xxxi. 31-34.
Jehovah saluted her and said, "Thou shalt bring forth a Son, Once more :-In its former state the kingdom and nation
and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and of Israel was comparatively small in relation to others; but
shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God when restored, it shall be the chief nation upon earth, and
shall give unto Him the throne of His father David : And receive the homage of all others: its capital city-Jerusalem
He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His -shall be the metropolis of the whole world. See Isaiali
kingdom there shall be no end," (Luke i. 31-33) as is ii. 1-4, lx. 10-14, li. 4-6. And thus shall the Kingdom
manifest from the words of her song, in which her soul of God be "like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took
magnified the Lord, and rejoiced in God her Saviour (Lsike and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all
i. 46-55). And these were the hopes and expectations of seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs,
the Eleven when they enquired "Lord, wilt Thou at this time and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
restore the kingdom to Israel?" lodge in the branches thereof." Matt: xiii. 31-32.
Surely the citations of Scripture, and the considerations But the greatest excellence of the restored Kingdom of
we have advanced are sufficient to show that the restoration God, compared with its former state will be the character of
of the national polity of the kingdom of Israel as the King- its King, the righteous Lord who loveth righteousness. All
dom of God has been spoken of by God's holy prophets. nations shall be blest in Him, and call Him blessed.
Very likely some readers may be ready to object that the Our limits forbid further extension of this article. What
Kingdom of which the Christ is the King, is far superior to has been advanced will, we trust, give some readers a clearer
the kingdom of God in Israel at any period of its history. and more definite understanding than before of the Apostle
Most assuredly so; but that truth in no way invalidates the Peter's words, when he spoke of "the times of the restitu-
accuracy of what has here been argued for. Because, while tion of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of
" Restoration" implies the returning of something which all His holy prophets since the world began."
formerly existed, the latter state of the thing restored may In conclusion, let the reader observe how the times of
be immensely superior to the former. A man may have his this restitution is connected with the Christian's hope. Till
health restored, and yet have better health than ever he had the times of this restoration of all things spoken of by God's
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holy prophets, "the heavens tain" the Lord Jesus Christ. adoption of a shorter title. We grant the force of his
Till He returns, the dead in Christ lie buried, and those in remarks, and invite from him or others a substitute for the
Him who are alive, "do groan, being burdened." waiting present complete, but certainly cumbrous title of the Associ-
for their house which is from heaven! Till He comes, ation. We remind such, however, that no action thereon
iniquity shall triumph, and wicked men wax worse and can be taken except at the next session of the Executive, or
worse; the millions of earth's inhabitants shall suffer, as of the Annual Conference.
they are doing, from oppression, misrule, and sin in all its COMEOVERANDHELP us.-Hear ye not the cry of the
forms. Well, then, may we earnestly pray, Thy Kingdom dark yet, the ,enquiring among the dark, Christians of our
come, and the times of refreshing from Thy presence, 0 land! True; there are many who are too deeply prejudiced
God: Come, Lord Jesus, 0 come quickly. Amen.- W. Laing. to enquire; they have either exhausted, in their narrow
estimation, all that the Holy Spirit- by His Word has to
• teach them; or they are too ignorant and indolent to enquire
further. The faith of their fathers and grandfathers is good
ASSOCIATION NOTES. enough for them-why not be consistent, and follow in the
SUGGESTIONs.-An esteemed Christian brother in Kent, wake of their predecessors, in other matters also? For
sends the following suggestions which we gladly and cordially instance, rise at 5 and retire to rest at 8. Take a mug of
endorse :- strong ale for breakfast instead of coffee or tea. Ride in the
1. That each reader of the paper take in as many extra slow stage-coach or slower carrier's-waggon instead of the
copies as such can afford. swift train. Discard the daily press, and be content with an
2. That these extra copies be sent, first, to friends and oocasionallook at a dull weekly of a past age. Dress in the
relations; second, to the reliqious public in the neigh. fashions of an antique generation. Forfeit their civil and
bourhood ; and third, to church. goers and others religious liberty, and bring in again the good old days when
generally. 'twas treason to think or speak other than the king or the
3. That then, copies be sent to those in the surrounding priest might bid. The reason why such prefer the modern
towns and districts. to the ancient in these things is, because, they love the
4. That copies be also laid on the tables of public reading- superior advantages they bring; and so, methinks, a reason
rooms and other places, when permission can be may be found therein why they prefer the "traditions of
obtained. men," and give heed to seducing" doctrines of demons,"
5. That, in order for the proper carrying out of these hints because the tide of popular belief is easy to follow, and
without waste, those who hold the truth as advocated brings peace and plenty to the present life; therefore" a plague
in the Bible Standard, if there is more than one in a upon" the truculent fellows who would force them to examine
place, meet together to decide upon the names, &c., afresh the foundations of their belief, and sail against both
to whom the papers shall be sent. wind and tide. We freely grant, that many who will not
The carrying out of these suggestions need not interfere listen to us, are swayed by purer motives than these; but
with the establishment of the fund for free circulation from herein lies the strength of popular teaching, and our impo-
the book-room at Lincoln; but rather help it by supplying tence to move such minds to thought and action.
channels through which that fund can circulate the Bible Such say, "We are never troubled by doubts or fears about
Standard. Our correspondent adds a too-painfully sugges- the truth of our religion. We live in perfect peace of mind
tive fact :-In either case, let us look after the people first; and feeling." True, and so do the dogs, cats, and cattle of
the ministers will then look after themselves. such persons, and for the self-same reason-want of thought.
The selfishness of the pulpit is a too common feature of In the lower animal such want of thought is seemly, because
our day, and men whose chief motive is" a morsel of bread" natural; in the upper it is shameful, because unnatural;
-well buttered-will never lead the way but will follow seeing that the exhortation is "Prove all things; hold fast
where their flocks lead. May we therefore urge the above that which is good." The commandment runs "He that
suggestions upon the members and friends of the Association, hath ears to hear, let him hear." The commendation is
and of the truths it is formed to advocate. The time for " These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
action has come; we must, at 'any cost, enlighten the minds they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
of our brethren, who are yet in darkness as to the true searched the Scriptures daily, whether these things were
nature of man, and the true glory of Christ; the one needing, so."
the other bestowing Immortality. After making all deductions, however, for such as these,
BREYITYOF TITLE.-A London correspondent, anxious for there are many benighted but enquiring minds left in the
the standing of the Association in the public eye, urges the churches. Minds pained at the terrible nature of Christian
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dogmas; and at the dogmatism of mortals asserting on AUXILIARY BRANCHEs.-The circulars setting forth the rules
merely" church council" authority, what seems so flagrantly and objects of the Association are now ready. One page of
inconsistent with Bible teaching. It is to aid such our the four has been left blank for the insertion of local rules,
Association has been formed, our united effort determined committees, &c. We shall be happy to send a parcel thereof
on. Help us to help others. Give us your personal dona- to any of our members who can use them helpfully; and to
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Oh! brethren and sisters, while you hesitate, men discard advise the latter to print on the fourth page whatever would
religion in doubt and fear thereof; hearts bleed under accu- be of local interest.
mulated woes born" of modern teaching on the natural VISITORS' GUIDE.-To make this guide really helpful, we
immortality of the human soul, and its consequent liability need the insertion therein of all places of Christian Worship
to eternal sut/ering; gentle spirits are pained by the impos- where the pulpit teachings are in harmony with the truth of
sibility of reconciling the Divine Character, as taught from "Life and Immortality" in Christalone, Who hath brought
their pulpits, with their own inborn convictions of right it to light. The Subscription fee is 5s. per annum for
and wrong; whilst the many-millioned public pass our 30 words.-Cyrus E. Brooks, Secretanj, 4, Oriel Place,
churches unheeding the voice of praise and prayer, because Cheltenham.
of the heathen jumble called. " sound doctrine" and
"Christian belief." •
For all these our hearts bleed, our eyes become fountains
of tears; we long for power to aid, but whilst the spirit is VISITORS' GUIDE.
willing the flesh is weak. Union of all holding Life only in
Christ, is needed for this work. Come, friends, consecrate BIlUIINGHAM-19, Hagley Road. Christians meet for Breaking
the purse, the person, the heart, and mind, and hand, that of Bread ana Fellowship on Sunday mornings at 10·30 f
the Lord's message of life, and peace, and joy, may be carried evening Service, 6-30. Wednesday, 7-30. Visitors can
apply to Mr. G. Whitehouse, 2, Yew Tree Road; Mr. A.
by the wings of the press; and sent vibrating- by the electric Crosbie, York Road; or Mr. H. Brittain, 26, All Saints'
influence of the human tongue. Christ at hand; the age Road.
tottering on the brink of the grave; 1878 buried; the gospel CHELTENHAM-ChristianAssembly, St. George's Place. Cyrus
dispensation on its way to the sepulchre, to give place to tlie E. Brooks, Minister. On Sundays, Service with Sermon
Millenial dispensation; judgment on apostate Christendom at 11 and 6-30; Bible Class at 3. On Thursdays,
Lecture at 7-45.
leaping sword-like from the scabbard; and we, who have the
"living water," the un defiled truth, the living bread, content EDINBURGH-98, South Bridge. A Church of baptised be-
lievers, looking for eternal life and the Kingdom of our
to eat our morsel, enjoy our flashing gem, and quaff our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming, meets here every
liquid drops, alone! Eternal shame will be richly deserved Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6-30 p.m.
bi us if we rouse not ourselves to action, and fail to girdle
HULL-Christians' Meeting Room, Protestant Hall. Room
this kingdom with the line of truth. No. 6, Up-stairs, 1st clay, Sunday, 11 a.m., Breaking
As our Kentish brother says, we must aim at the pew, Bread; 6-30 p.m., Reading or Preaching. 'I'hursday
leaving the pulpit to follow. There are earnest God-souled evening, 7-30, Reacling Meeting, at 79, Hessle Road.
men here and there, who are prepared at the high behest of LINCOLN---MintLane. Geo. A. Brown, Minister. SUncl[LY,
conscience to venture all, but they are few; and the many Service at 10-30 and 6. Monday, Prayer Meeting at 7.
Wednesday, 7.
are well-filled "dumb-dogs" upon the watch-towers of
Israel. Such will never lead, only follow. Aim, then, at the LONDON-Clapham, Gauden Road Gospel Hall (opposite Clap-
ham Road Station). Lord's Day morning at 11 o'clock,
people, awake them from their slumbers; "cry aloud and for Worship and Breaking of Bread according to the
spare not." Quick, for see, "the Master cometh." Scriptures. All Christians welcome.
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delivery in their town of Two Lectures, on Jan. 22nd & 23rd, Sunday, Worship at 11; Preaching at 7. Tuesday,
by the Editor, George A. Brown. We regret to hear our Bible Reading at 7. All Christians welcome. Address
letters, " R. J. Hammond, 62, Maida Vale, London, VV."
dear and valued friend feels the effect of over labour, and
pray for his speedy recovery. Arrangements are contem- Loxnos=-Holborn College, 12, Red Lion Square, W.C.
plated by our friends in Skipton and Bradford, for Lectures Worship and Breaking of Bread every Sunday evening
at 7. Bible Readings Sunday Afternoon, 3.-15.
in those places shortly. Again our readers are reminded Wednesday evenings 7-30. All Believers Welcomed.
that by personal co-operation they can secure the free
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