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     A   MARVELLOUS EXPERIENCE.
CONTAINING
 
FOR
CHRISTIANS, SCEPTICS,
AND WORLDLINGS.
BY H. T. PALMER
\Vancouver, 
Trythall, City   Printing  Works,   50  Cordova   Street certificate.
Vancouver, March^27th, 1893.
O    DO   HEREBY   CERTIFY, that the   things
 written in this Book, referring to my  visit  to
another world, and experience of leaving the body on
different occasions, in   March,   A. D.   1888,  and  the
nine visions which God has given in answer to prayer
in connection with this work, were positively realized
by me, and that it is not fiction, superstition, or fancy.
And,  furthermore, that this work has  been written
under   the   influence   resulting   therefrom ;    written
under the directions of God, through the key of communication, for the advancement  of His  kingdom,
and for his glory : in whose presence I place  my signature ; whereby I certify to the above statement.
(Signed)   Henry Thomas Palmer. INDEX 
ITHIN the reach of every child of God, there
is a key of communion by which to. communicate with Him ; and by which, always, to receive
a direct command in reply : a mysterious, yet easy
way to talk with God. Each communication—as a
covenant—is binding on your part, to be fulfilled according as the Lord directs. For instance, if through
this key you ask the Lord to direct you in the way
that you should go, or should act, in reference to anything that might bear upon your social or spiritual
welfare, and with a natural expecting;—therefore
living faith—fully decided to do your part in obedience,
through the covenant, to God's will, you perform the
covenantal rules, then the Lord will answer and never
fail to lead you in the right way : but you must abide
by His decision. The command in reply is always
received, without delay, just as easy as a message
through the telephone, but you must have the same
kind of natural expecting, living faith in God, as you
would have in the man at the other end of the telephone. This covenantal key has long been sealed to
all, and ever will be sealed to those who know no£ God. Therefore, we have not given the full particulars concerning it. Its substance is composed of love,
faith, and obedience on uur part, in connection with
the Bible and Bible numbers Without the pearls of
faith and obedience, no man can use; this key, bv
which every sentence of this book has been accepted
by the Lord, and that which was not accepted has not
been written. Difficult points were made clear and
plain through it, by the Holy Spirit, and the Word of
God.
I VICTORY,    THROUGH    CHRIST
| Not by might nor by power, but by my word saith the
Lord."
*fKjO man  by   mental shrewdness, or  by physical
force, can gain one single victory  for  his  soul,
or climb one step towards the standard of a  consecrated life upon the great ladder of love, which  our
Lord has brought from heaven to earth, that we might
ascend and be transplanted into another, better world.
The first great standard platform, of this consecration
ladder,  is the  new birth  (John iii., 7)  1 Marvel   not
that I said unto thee, ye must be born again."    Born
of the Spirit of God, cleansed from the disease of sin,
justified by the atoning blood of Christ, placed upon
the Rock of God's mercy, sanctified, set aside from the
guilty nature that seized Adam and Eve which caused
them to hide from the presence of the Lord.
The second great standard is a sanctified body, consecrated to the service of God, made free from the
power of the great temptations—the besetting powers
that controlled and dragged the soul into sin. Sanctified, brought into obedience, made subject to the will — 6
of the soul. This standard, which cannot be attained
unless you follow Jesus wherever he may lead, represents a sanctified, but not perfect Christian.
The third is the highest standard of God's golden
ladder of love and righteousness, to which man in this
body can attain. A sanctification unto holiness ; a
life hid with Christ in God, free from' the world's
temptations, doubts and fears ; ever rejoicing in the
Lord, because the presence of God is ever with them,
filling their souls with praises. Planted by the waters
of the River of Life, yielding forth the fruits of Righteousness, resting in the peace and light of God. From
this high standard only, can man or woman go forth
and lay down their life unto death as a martyr for the
Lord's cause. And yet we cannot reach perfection
even in this life of Holiness, but must wait until promoted to the higher life, within the pearly gates of
paradise above.
The wanderer may ask, How do you Christians
know these things ? We know them by experience.
We know that the guilt is gone, and peace instead
now fills our soul. We know that the tempter's power
is broken ; and feel the freedom of Salvation. We
know the blessed fellowship of love divine and feel
the Father's hand that guides us day by day, as we
feed upon the riches of God's unbounded grace. This,
dear reader, is not only the experience of the writer,
but of countless thousands, whose robes are washed, 7
whose lamps were filled and shining with the presence
of the Lord. Whose foot-prints on life's ocean here
below, will never cease to guide the wanderer to life's
better way ; who shine as stars in Heaven for ever,
and forever more. Now, if you are not, you may and
ought to be, of this noble standard, living in the atmosphere of infinite love. Jesus is waiting to bless
you. O come with us, and taste of the riches of grace
in the presence of God. We have been to the fountain,
and know of its manna most sweet ; and long for the
hungry to taste it. Will you come to this fountain ?
Come and eat. I pray that each reader may know it
and find it in Christ, a salvation complete. With a
deep longing for souls, as in the very presence of God,
under His controlling will we write, while drinking
of His own sweet.presence, which fills every soul with
light, and love divine, who closely follow all the
guidance of His most blessed will. As in the presence
of Jehovah, who knows man's inmost thoughts; whose
invitation is but a command to duty, in obedience to
His word. This book is not a fable, a theory, or an
imaginary picture made by one to excite the admiration of others, but the true, the real and personal
experience of the writer, who expects soon to render
an account of all the deeds of this life, whether they
be good or whether they be evil, and to be rewarded
accordingly before a pure and just God, who cannot
look upon sin with any degree of allowance ;  before — 8 —
whom the liar, the deceiver, and the false witness is art
abomination, and so realize the responsibility placed
upon me.    We have been careful to please God rather
than man.    It is plain to the average reader that this
work is not intended for any one class on earth, but
for all.     Its mission is the advancement of the kingdom  of God, and its nature is love : a little spark
of God's unbounded love :  so may it shine to glorify
our God   who  leads   His people  here,  for   beneath
the banner of His own, sweet, perfect  love, the living
Church of God moves on triumphantly ;  kept in  the
hollow  of His  own most glorious hand led  forth to
victory.    A grand   eternal  victory, for her Lord.    On
earth her sins are covered with a crimson stain, from
off the cleansing fountain, reflecting the sweet presence
of the King of Kings, proclaiming God is love, making
her very life   and   character  reflect  once  more  the
image of her Master.   In Heaven, her living garments
all spotless and unstained by sin, sparkling with the
splendor of His presence, speaks more perfectly of His
unbounded love.   His very presence fills the soul with
joy unspeakable and full of glory.
In a vision, while bathing in the sweet calm of
gentle sleep, we stood upon the thick, massive, but
only partly constructed walls of a building ; the mortar of which was so wet and soft, that the wall commenced to crumble to the ground. We decided to
save the bricks and to wait for a  more convenient — 9
season in which to build ; but was shown another
larger, grander building, than we expected to construct.
This was the guiding hand of our loving, Heavenly
Father. We awoke to a higher sense of the work
which lay before us and decided to wait and watch
more carefully the directions of the Lord, and to
write only as directed by the Holy Ghost, accepted
of Him, through the key of communication with the
Lord, the result of which you may find within the
following pages of this book.
Read Luke xvii., 20-26. Not with observation and
outward show or earthly pomp or power, but with
righteousness and meekness. A kingdom of love.
We need not expect the Lord to come in form,
visible to our mortal eyes, during this, the Gospel age
which is drawing to a close. The kingdom of God is
within you ; you who are redeemed, sanctified. The
bride is being gathered into ths feast of the marriage
supper here and promoted from this to the great
majority, to join the grander feast above. The
apostles would desire to see the gospel spread as it is
to-day over the world, but did not see it. Theirs was
a time of light and martyrdom ; ours of- light and
freedom. In this, the day of the Son of Man, rehVion
is free and the beautiful light of the Son of Man, the
Star of Bethlehem, flashing across from heart to heart
and from nation to nation, lights the whole face of
the waters of the earth  with   His  glory, raising the 10 —
heathen from their darkness. Christians must first
suffer many things and be rejected by this
generation. The suffering is past, the victory
of our redemption won, and Christ the King
of Kings is ruling the affairs of His kingdom
in this world, purging His floor and gathering His
wheat into the garners of another. (Verses 27-33.)
As people were living in sin and for self at the time
of Noah and of Let, so in this the present day,
when Christ is revealed, and with all the responsibilities of gospel light, men are living for self; living in
sin, unless sanctified by the love of God to his service.
You cannot serve two masters. Now is the day of
the Lord and thousands of souls are lighted with the
beautiful rays of His presence, stamping upon them
His own unchanging likeness and image, His character of love. Thousands are following Satan across
the sinking sands of time, being stamped with his
nature of sin, and fitted for his abode of darkness and
hate. Now is the gospel age. Now is the coming of
the Son of Man, and thousands every day are being
divested of their earthly tabernacle and are taken
unawares from time into eternity, prepared or unprepared. They behold the coming of the Son of
Man : some from the field, some from the shop, and
some from their beds, to behold the coming of the
Son of Man. Then, must they appear in their nature
of sin and hate, or cleansed and sanctified.    The  re- II
deemed are taken to enjoy God's presence forever, but
the lost who rejected and closed their hearts against
God's mercy, are left to the adversary of their souls,
to await the last great day of judgment.     Whosoever
seek the things of this life, can lay up no treasures in
Heaven ; therefore lose their life, its privileges of preparing for the eternal world, the new Jerusalem above.
If there we would live and reign as kings and priests
unto God, we  must be members of his body here ;
circumcised in  heart, those  who are circumcised in
flesh only, are not of the Israel of God.    The remnant
of Israel  to  be  gathered,  are  being  gathered,  the
Apostles and followers of Christ, are being assembled
there, and the Throne of David most gloriously triumphant, is being established pure and   undefiled.    The
Bride in the New Jerusalem above, the place of the
marriage supper, all who enter there, must go beneath
the blood-stained banner of the Cross.    Israelites circumcised in heart.    (Acts xv., 14, 17.)    Simeon hath
declared how God at the first, did visit the Gentiles,
to take out of them a people for His  name ;   15, and
to this  agree  the  words  of the prophets,  as  it  is
written ; 16, after this I  will  return,  and  will build
again the Tabernacle of David, which is  fallen down
and I will build  again the ruins thereof, and   I will
set it up ; 17, that the residue of men might seek after
the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name
is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all  these things- —   12  —
He whose heart is not circumcised, whether Jew or
Gentile, is not meant to surround the Throne of
David, the new Jerusalem above, for sin cannot dwell
there, and put no difference between us and them,
purifying their hearts by faith, giving them the Holy
Ghost, even as He did unto us. Simeon hath declared
how that God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take
out of them a people for His name. After this I will
return, and will build again the Tabernacle of David
which is fallen down, and I will build again the ruins
thereof, and I will set it up, that the residue of men
might seek after the Lord. The Tabernacle of David :
meaning the body of sanctified ones upon earth. The
body of Him who is sanctified, set apart in love to the-
service of God, is but a part of the Tabernacle of
David, the Tabernacle of the immortal soul, the
Temple of the Living God, know ye not that ye are
temples of the living God. Just think in comparison,
of the body as the metal, and of the soul as the electricity, while you examine a wire charged «with the
fluid, you can see and feel nothing but the metal,
yet you know that in and all around it, there is a
continual electric current of several hundred horse
power, driving the cumbersome train from station to
station. When that same fluid passes out into other
metal, under other circumstances, it may both be
seen and felt as it lights the streets with its presence.
So the body as the Tabernacle is filled with the soul, this fact was realized in a wonderful experience  by
the writer, that should not fail to convince  the most
hardened,   intelligent   sceptics,   if they  could  only
realize what I did ; if the veil were lifted to them, the
world would soon be free from infidelity, crime, darkness and hate.    The time to test religion and its possessor, and the sinner, is when the soul  is about to
take its departure from its earthly home ;   then  the
sceptic, the sinner, and those who say in their heart
I there is no God,"  are tormented with an  agonizing
fear—a foretaste of Hell—bitter indeed, as he  longs
for another lease of life.    But the redeemed  of the
Lord, he whose soul is fully resting on the finished
work of God, hath perfect peace, more than peace—a
joy beyond description, a sweet communion  with the
Lord, sweeter than tongue can tell.    This is no theory,
or fancied delusion, to please the mind, for the love of
God is seen in the calm, sweet look of the dying
Christian, who has already a foretaste of Heaven.
Isaiah lx., I : "Arise, shine ; for thy light is come,
and the glory of the Lord  is risen upon thee."
5. "Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine
heart shall fear, and be enlarged ; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the
forces- of the Gentiles shall come unto thee."
11. "Therefore thy gates shall be open continually ;
they shall not be shut day nor night ;  that men   may
bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that
A — 14 —
their kings may be brought"
14. I The sons also of them that afflicted thee
shall come bending unto thee ; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of
thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord,
The Zion of the Holy One of Israel."
19. " The sun shall be no more thy light by day ;
neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto
thee : but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting
light, and thy God thy Glory."
21. " Thy people also shall be all righteous : they
shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my
planting, the work of my hands, that I may be
glorified."
22. "A little one shall become a thousand, and a
small one a strong nation : I the Lord will hasten it
it in his time."
" Arise, and shine, for thy light is come." Six
hundred and ninety-eight years before the Star of
Bethlehem shone out upon this world in its darkness,
the Lord proclaimed the coming of His kingdom
when time should be changed and all things made
new; and we, looking back, can see the closing up of
the old world, the Jewish dispensation ; can see the
then coming Messiah, as the risen Saviour, the Son of
God ; can see the beginning of the New World, the
gospel dispensation, the kingdom of which is a kingdom of love : so complete is the change that even our 15 —
Sabbath-day of rest, began with this our new world.
If it were not so, Christ would not have said fj behold
I make all things new." He who knew just what and
when our Sabbaths were going to be, would not have
given the example which He gave to His disciples, by
meeting with them always on the seventh day from
that of the resurrection. The Lord knew when our
Sabbath would be observed, and did not speak a word
against, but rather encouraged it ; that we might be
free from every yoke of bondage, belonging to the
old world, for it was clothed in garments of darkness ;
but the glory of the Lord hath shone through the
darkness, and the kingdom which the Lord hath established in God, is the light of the world. Its gates
are open, both day and night; the great, the rich, and
the poor, alike, are continually passing througli, going
even from nations who hated and persecuted the
Church, and passing into the glorious sunshine of the
kingdom of God.
Neither sun nor moon can give light to this kingdom, for the King of Glory, the/ Sun of our Souls,
giveth it light. Though the eyes of his body be blind,
the consecrated soul, walk in the light of God's
presence, and feels His rays of love yearning down
upon his soul, eradicating every form .of sin, placing
there oiice more the likeness and image of its Creator,
Changing man from hatred to love, from death.to life, X
and from sin to righteousness.    The people of this
/
"Sfli- 16
kingdom are all righteous, a dead professor—a hypocrite—is not a member of this kingdom ; no Jew or
Gentile can be an Israelite of this New Jerusalem unless circumcised in heart. When the Holy Ghost, the
Comforter, was sent, the Church was but a little one.
To-day it is represented by countless millions in
Paradise, and hundreds of thousands here on earth ;
and the time is at hand when righteousness shall prevail, when the righteous shall make laws that will
bind Satan's powers ; for ha must be bound for a
thousand years, and speedily the Lord is bringing it
to pass.
I. Cor. xv., 22. t% For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive."
28. And when all things shall be subdued unto
him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto
him that put all things under him, that God may be
all in all."
29. I Else what shall they do which are baptized
for the dead, if the dead rise not at all ? why are they
then baptized for the dead ? "
43. " It is sown in dishonour ; it is raised in glory :
it is sown in weakness ; it is raised in power."
49. I And as we have borne the image of the
earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50. " Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and
blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God ; neither
doth corruption inherit incorruption." If
54. So when this corruptible shall have put on
incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying
that is written, Death is swallowed up in Victory."
In the day that Adam disobeyed the command of
,God, he became dead to the nature of innocence and
love, that was gently burning in  his soul reflecting in
him the image of his Creator, and became dead to his
birthright, was no longer fit  to  have  fellowship  with
God, was no longer a Son of the King of Kings, but
was stamped with eternal death ; alive to a nature of
guilt  and   hate,   which   brought  him   darkness   and
shame; this is the first death  the  human family ever
tasted ;  but, Glory  to God  in   the highest, through
Christ all are made alive, every one,  without  an   exception, and the  devil cannot claim a soul, until they
first, like Adam, taste of guilt through sin, by rejecting
God's love, as shown, upon the cross of atonement.
By the awful price that was paid to satisfy, the eternal
law of God's perfect justice, and to place within man's
reach the only means that we can find on earth to
change man's fallen nature  from  darkness and hate,
to light and love.    Since Christ the Sun of our Souls,
the Son of God, became one with us,  He has put all
things under our feet, even as the Father, hath put all
things under His feet, that we might tread down every
power of sin, escape the sting  of death, and rob the
grave of its victory.    But we cannot tread one step. — 18 —
II
f l-f
alone ; only as we follow Jesus can we triumph over
sin.    If we reject Christ, we cannot escape the damnation of Hell.    If we repent,  by  turning from  sin,
having faith in Christ, which gives us inward  peace,
realizing that  He is  our personal  Saviour,  and  are
baptized with the Holy Ghost and the fire of love, we.
are made anew, the sons of. God, and   shall be  kings
and priests unto Him who has loved us and  given us
.the victory.    We believe that the Lord was immersed,
baptized in water, not for himself, but in behalf of all
who should have received it, that their righteousness
might be complete and  acceptable  through the redemption in Chribt ; not  for us of this  dispensation,
but for all the human family previous to the resurrection of the  Saviour, who was the first fruits.    They
who understood  not Christ's mission, could  not  acknowledge Him in baptism by water, but Jesus made
the Way for their acceptance by being  baptized  with
the baptism of which  the water  is  only symbolical.
Inasmuch as  they were accepted  through  faith  and
burnt sacrifices by God in a coming Saviour,  even   so
it pleased the Lord to fulfil  for them their righteousness  by representing them  as  their brother,   whose
faith was well pleasing unto God the Father, and thus
we see the whole of the  old world  immersed in   the
baptism of Christ.    But we of this new world cannot
claim that baptism of water by the Lord.    It does not
fulfil our duty for us, as a people living in the light of
fii — 19 —
God, it is our duty to fulfil this righteousness for ourselves, and God has prepared a way for all who are
worthy to have this righteousness fulfilled in their
behalf, even in this present kingdom, who have not
been able to show their allegiance to God, by being
baptized personally before the world, while they were
in it. Every jot and every tittle of the word of God
must be fulfilled, and if we thus honor God with our .
mortal bodies here, we shall be honored in our immortal bodies hereafter. Our little acts of obedience
and love to the Lord, while ■ here, will be developed
into a glorious service of love to God hereafter. As
we rejoice in the blessings which God has suited to
us in this world, we shall also rejoice in the grander,
more glorious blessings for which we are suited in
Heaven. You are forming your birth for all eternity.
Oh, do not fail to remember it. All eternity ! Flesh
and blood cannot enter into Heaven, but must decay
and pass into the one great body, called dust, and of
that same material, of which our mortal bodies are
a part, shall the Lord give us an immortal glorious
body, if we have a part in the first resurrection.
If through the life, the death, and the resurrection
of our blessed Saviour, you, my beloved reader, are
justified by faith, and know your sins forgiven, but
are 'not yet wholly sanctified (set aside), from the
drawing influence of your besetting sins, whatever
they may be, although the sting of death  is gone, yet —   20 —
they may hover like a cold dark  cloud  around, and
keep you from the sunshine of God's love, and though
you wish   them  gone,   they   will  remain  to rob and
blight your soul, for the Lord will not change you  as
you might the  crank of a  machine,  and  you  have
nothing to say in J:he  matter.    God   is always  more
ready to show you His will and to manifest  His  love
to you than you are to receive it.    Do you think that
God will do great things for you,  when  you  are content to  do very little  for yourself? How  often  we'
need to have mercy  on   ourselves, remembering that
God will forgive us as we forgive our enemies.    When
we know that it is the will of God that we  should be
sanctified against an evil, it becomes us  to  work and
wait, to watch and pray, especially to pray in the very
moment of temptation, then will the Lord give, victory,
complete victory ; your very nature will be  changed
from grace unto  grace,  and   you   will   be  sanctified
against the temptation.
It is God's will that you thus overcome, and grow
in grace, and it should be your longing desire to see
your brother and sister in Christ overcoming also.
It becomes followers of the Lord Jesus Christ to live
righteous, unspotted lives, which you cannot do if
walking far from God. Love your enemy, though
you hate his sin ; for the Lord is the avenger of all
that is evil, and has called us unto holiness. If we
despise that which is holy, we  despise God, who has —   21   —
given us His Holy Spirit. To have the spirit of God,
is to have love one for another. If you, dear reader,
are alive, see to it that your life shall in no way prove
a stumbling block, to prevent those who are asleep in
sin from coming to life, light and liberty ; but that
your lamp be trimmed and brightly burning, to help
them on to God.
James v., 20. | Let him know, that he which con-
verteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save
a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."
I. Peter i., 4. " To an inheritance incorruptible and
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in
Heaven for you."
7. I That the trial of your faith being much more
precious than gold that perisheth, though it be tried
with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and
glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
13. " Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be
sober, and hope to the end, for the grace that is to be
brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ"
22. I Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying
the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure
heart fervently."
23. I Being born again, not of corruptible seed,
but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth
and abideth for ever.'' 22
24. " For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of
man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and
the flower thereof falleth away." .   ,
Saved from death ; not from mutilation, not from
perpetual oblivion ; but from an awful death, death to
all that is good ; separation from God and from the
glories of Heaven ; separation from love, joy and peace,
from the good, the noble, and the true. Joined to the
devil and his agents of darkness and hate, buried in
the association of fiends for ever, whose very desire
and nature is to torment and torture each other and
so make the very brimstone of Hell. If your sins are
hidden beneath the precious blood of Christ, is it not
your bounden duty to try to rescue others? Can you
watch the slumbering sinner, intoxicated with the
tempting powers of satan as he walks over the very
jaws Of hell, and not seek to rescue him ? If so, his
blood may be required at your hands. Will you be
counted worthy of an inheritance incorruptible and
undefiled, if you have not the love of God in your
heart towards your fellow man ? Although of a very
different nature, the soul like the body must receive
food or it cannot grow, and the nature of its likeness
and character will appear in eternity, according to the
food upon which it has grown. If fed upon sin, which
.cultivates a nature in you that rejects God's love as
shown in Christ, you will not have a nature of love
which is  the wedding garment that  must seal  your — 23 —
passport, if admitted through the pearly ga^es of the
New Jerusalem.
Love and faith are two of the pearls you must
have. The whole web of the wedding garment is
composed of those essentials, which only can be obtained through a risen Saviour. How precious$hen
is the trial of your faith ! Your preparation for the
coming of the Lord ! For as you are passing over the
Jordan into eternity, the Son of Man shall appear,
wherefore gird up the loins of your minds, hope, have
faith to the $nd, for the grace that shall be brought
unto you at the revelation, the appearing of Christ.
If, by obedience to the voice of the Spirit of God, you
are purified, made free from condemnation, and have
the peace of the love of God in your soul, you will
love the brethren ; and see to it that you work for
God in winning souls, being born again by the word
of God, which liveth and abideth for ev#r, the gospel
which is preached unto you.
II. Thess. i., 6. "Seeing it is a righteous friirig
with God to recompense tribulation to them that
trouble you."
7. I And to you who are troubled rest with us,^
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven
with his mighty angels."
8. "In  flaming  fire  taking vengeance  €»h   them
that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of
our Lord Jesus Christ." p| — 24 —
9. I Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the
glory of his power."
to.    " When he shall  come to be glorified in his
saints, and to be admired  in all them  that believe
(because  our testimony among you was believed) in
that day."
ii., I. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering
together unto him."
.3. Let no man deceive you by any. means : for
that day shall not come, except there come a falling
away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son
of perdition." 8£
We find in the first part of this lesson, that it is a
right thing with the Lord to punish those who are
opposed to righteousness, and to give rest to those
who are troubled for righteousness sake; also in
I. Thess. v., 9, we learn that God has " no pleasure in
the death of the wicked." No pleasure in banishing
man from all that is good ; has not appointed us to
wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus
Christ. This salvation is appointed for every one.
It is for you, dear reader. Have you accepted or rejected it ? Are you really asking God to wait until
some other time, and thus rejecting the marvellous
love and mercy of your Heavenly Father ? Are yo6
going to face Justice with a plea of good intentions ? — 25 —.
Or, of chance ?   Or. with morality ?   Justice knows no
mercy.   Morality or chance can never save you.    You
must be born again.    Must get  a   new nature that
overcomes the old, born of the Spirit of God, cleansed
in the atoning blood of the risen Saviour, before you
can enter Heaven.    Are you carelessly rejecting the
Saviour? If so, you are preparing your eternal destiny :   a home with fiends and  demons, a place of
darkness, and hate.    Oh, why   not stop now?   Just
now, before the thread of time is broken ;   it may be
this very day, and mercy's voice may stop, and you
be lost? Lost! Yes, lost forever.    Oh, awful thought,
lost! lost!. and it might have been otherwise.
Dear reader, why not accept the Saviour now ?
Just now, before it is too late, for serious are the effects
of sin, even in this world, and serious ..the fruits of
delay and putting off. A woman recently, with a
mother's heart, residing not far from Hamilton, Ontario, who allowed her child to grow up without a
proper religious influence, was one day smitten with
a serious blow: her child was lost Lost ! Gone,
she know not where ; her darling girl—whom she had
fed perhaps on literature degrading to the mind, and
novels that defile the heart, cultivating sin and pride,
and marking the stamp of death upon the soul—was
gone ; helped forward to ruin, perhaps, by the cold
grasp of jealousy through an unfaithful lover, into the
jaws, the very jaws of satan's power, into the slum
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over which is written, in invisible letters, the word
I death."    How bitter the trial, the aching heart  and
sleepless nights of that poor mother as time passed
on ; but, at last, one night amid her uneasy slumbers
she thought that she heard a rattling noise, a knocking at the door.    Who can it be?   But all was still
again.    Who is there ? No answer.    Let them knock
again then.    I will arise and see who it is, seemed to
be the half-awakened thought of the drowsy woman ; j
but the knocking came no more.    She fell into an
excited stupor, scarcely worthy to be called a sleep,
to arise with the morning, anxiously wondering who
had been at the  door.    Might it have been—ah, now
the thought arises—might it have been my  darling.
As she quickly opens the door, to see if there are any
indications,—ah, yes, there are a woman's footprints
in the newly fallen snow.    Could it have been my
darling child !   and she started,  half-wild with  the
exciting powers of a  mother's affections ;  upon the
track—across  the yard to the right or to the left,
down by the lane, around and around, until  at last,
just in front, stiff* and cold upon the snow, there met
that woman's gaze.    Oh, what   a sight, as she beheld
her darling girl within the arrrls of death.    What was
the bitterest sting ?  What the crudest thought that
burned into her very soul, that pierced the  heart, and
brought the cold sweat upon the brow ?   It was this
awful fact, this cruel reality, that  it might have been — 27 —
otherwise. It might have been. Oh, why did I not
spring from the bed, burst through that door, and
clasp the darling to my bosom safe again ? Why, oh
why? It might have been ! It might have been !
And so—if you, dear reader, in carelessness, wickedly cast away the Saviour's mercy, and the crown of
life eternal—you will find among the burning flames
of hell this brand to scorch your< soul. It might have
been otherwise ! Oh, it might have been otherwise !
I might have been saved. Then arouse ! Oh, arouse
from the slumbers of sin ! Open your heart to wisdom
now ; just now ; and let the Saviour in. Accept the
Saviour's pardon now, by accepting God's beloved
Son. But you say, How can I accept the Saviour?
You cannot accept the Saviour until you want salvation, and you cannot want salvation until you feel
that you are lost. Lost, dead, alienated from God by
nature, under the unchanging law of God that seals
your doom. When first the love of Jesus demanded
your soul's surrender, and you refused, just refused
until some other time ; then the blood was removed
from the door posts and lintels of your soul; and then
just then, the angel of death entered, and is holding
the avenging sword of justice, .awaiting the moment
when the banner of mercy is folded for ever. Then
oh, what then will your eternity be ? What will it be ?
Understanding as we do, by experience, the meaning
of Christ's words,  when He said,    " Ye must be born —  28  —
If. J
again," it is our earnest desire that you also might
understand it by experience. Born again or lost;
born of the Spirit, having a new desire to serve God ;
a new nature of love that makes you happy in His
service, that makes you feel the presence of God in
your soul. Born of the Spirit; the nature of God,
which is love. There is nothing under Heaven that
can elevate and bless nations and individuals like the
love of God. Just as everything in nature, which God
has made, was made to suit mankind, to feed and
bless the body ; so the new birth is suited to our souls,
giving us the nature of God. | Christ is the Bread of
Life. To feed on Him, is to partake of. His nature,
and to prepare for -another world ; to accept Christ
as your personal -Saviour^ by simple trusting faith,
with a determination to follow, wherever he may lead,
with prayer and fasting. Fasting from sin, means to
y„u eternal life, joy, peace, and glory, being ever with
the Lord. Why then do you not tr?ust Him and receive
the blessing now, just now ? Reject the Saviour and
you cannot escape, the death sentence is already
sealed.. God is not mocked. If you reject God's
mercy, then justice demands its own ; justice, perfect
in itself, without mercy. Paul says, " he who believeth
not is condemned already." The sentence is already
passed-; no waiting until the judgment day, but
doomed already ; waiting, only waiting until the banner of love and mercy is folded, and Jesus invites you — 29 —
no more. Then stop, dear reader, stop trifling with
God. Do not trifle with your own welfare. Be in
earnest!    Win Christ while you can.
If you know God as a loving Father, through His
word by faith, and through His presence by love in
your soul, then God will be a glorified in your life,
and you will rejoice in the coming of the Lord, and
in fellowship one with another, and need not be afraid
or troubled, though the world were just coming to an
end. To know God, is to get a new nature—a spark
of God'-s nature. God, is love. His love will enable
you to pray for your enemies, and will destroy the
carnal nature, that selfish, revengeful disposition : the
nature which enabled a mother to murder her own
son, of which we will give you a brief statement. The
following is an exact copy taken from a paper commenting on the case :
I KILLED  HER  OWN   SON.
1 Fatal mistake of a Mexican Mother—She  commits
suicide. j£|
I SANTA Fee, March 3rd, 1892.—A terrible tragedy
came to light this week at El Rito, a little Mexican
town about fifteen miles from this city. Some ten
years ago a young man, named Rodrigo Martinez,
left home for old Mexico, to work in the mines ; he
told his old mother and his sweet-heart that he would
return wealthy and would care for them in good style.
He  had  been gone about three years and wrote at i/
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long intervals. Then suddenly all communication
ceased. Finally it was learned through a man, who
was supposed to be a friend of young Martinez, that
he had been killed in a fight in the mines. Rodrigo
meanwhile had received word from his old home that
his mother had died, and then that the girl who had
promised to wait for him, had married another. After
working hard for ten years, he returned to his native
town, to learn that his mother was still alive, and his
former sweetheart was not married. He met the man
who told his mother that he was killed and this man
advised him to go to his old home in disguise and
surprise his mother. The idea was acted upon, and,
while he was sitting in his mother's house, as a
stranger introduced by the friend, he was suddenly
set upon by the old woman, who stabbed him to the
heart. She had been told by the supposed friend,
that he was the one who had killed her son, and she
took immediate revenge. When she learned the
truth, she went raving mad, and cut her throat from
ear to ear. The intended wife of Rodrigo heard of
the details, and through her instrumentality the false
friend also met his death."
Psa. lxxxi., 9. " There shall no strange God be in
thee ; neither shalt thou worship any strange God.
10. "I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee
out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and
I will fill it." 3i
i?
j.    I Oh that my people had hearkened unto .me,
and Israel had walked in my ways."*
16. I He should have fed them also with the finest
of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should
I have satisfied thee."
Psa. Ixxxii., 1. "God standeth in the congregation
of the mighty ; he judgeth among the gods."
2. I How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept
the persons of the wicked ? Selah."
8. I Arise, O God, judge the earth : for thou shalt
inherit all nations."
We are all children of one loving, Heavenly Father,
created by the same Almighty Creator, responsible
alike for the talents and privileges He has given ; and
it should be our delight to know all we can concerning His will towards us. And of our duty towards
each other, and to our God ; our delight to study His
marvellous works, called nature. Nature, because of
their perfection. ' In nature you cannot find the footprints of chance ; they cannot enter there. Chance
means confusion. God's works, perfection; and, in
all His marvellous works, we behold His wonderful
love and goodness, and the unchanging almighty irresistible nature of His perfect law of justice. Justice
that knows no cruelty. Justice that knows no mercy,
because of its perfection. If you hold your hand in
the fire, it will not be spared, though you are the king
of a nation ; but if you accept, and take the blessings 32
it offers, they will not be withheld, though you are the
beggar  among Jaeggars.    Such   are the laws which
control the works, of God, even  in man's earthly surroundings, and in all  His  works ; wherever there is a
need, a vacancy,  a  longing, the  exact thing is marvellously and  perfectly  made to 'fill the vacancy ; to
supply  the   need,  to satisfy  the  longing.    Eyes   to
guide the hands and f.;et; mouth to feed the stomach ;
aTections to satisfy the heart.    So all earthlv th.'n^s
that are only of time on  earth, have on  earth their
longings satisfied,  excepting  where God's   laws   are
broken and   the penalty" follows.    There is only one
thing on earth which God has  pronounced   immortal,
the immortal soul of a human being ; and the soul is
the only thing that is being created for another world
and longs for something more than earth can   supply.
The wild man and the heathen in their darkness long
for   something   more   than   earth   can   give ;. they
know   not   what ;    and   worship   something   for   a
god. If. this   need,   this   vacancy,   this   longing
were not supplied, God's works would not be
perfect, and man would find, for the first time,
an awful imperfection in the works of pur All-wise
Creator ; but, glory to God, there is the all-sufficiency ;
the satisfying portion in the Lord Jesus Christ the
Bread of Heaven, the fountain of livi lg waters, wre are
feeding on. Are you, dear reader ? If not, the Saviour
is calling you now ; just now.    Are you living for the 33
world,  then  you are  following satan.    Do you  love
money,  or  worldly  folly, more  than your  Creator?
Then that is your god, and it is a strange god ; strange
to your immortal nature, for it cannot satisfy the longings of your immortal soul.    Thy Creator says^ thou liSj
shalt  have no  other gods,  no strange  gods in  thee.JT-t
God, your Creator, who has protected and spared you
until  this   present  moment,  says, j" Open- now  thy,^t,-
mouth wide  and I will   fill it."    Oh, don't  you want.,-.;,
your soul to be satisfied ?    Don't   you ?r.; Filled  with .v;
the'Holy Spirit of God?    Having sweet  communion, 8|
with the Saviour, filled with love to   God .and to .your S
fellow-man ?    Oh, won't you come with usj and drink ,,,.
and  live? -Come now, just now 1    Don't wait,.   To j|
wait,  is  to  obey  the  devil,   your  bitterest  cne-my;-.
Hearken unto the  Lord now#; just  now, while He is If
calling and waiting to save.    Oh, follow in   His ways
and  you shall  be fed  with the  finest of wheat, and
with honey out of the Rock of Ages, and  your soul. I
shall be satisfied.    God, who standeth in the midst of |fi
His people, knows where your heart is attracted most ;
knows your gods ; and asks how long you   will judge .-..
unjustly ; accepting the wicked, the bad, in preference |jj
to the right,  the  good.    How long  will  you   follow
satan across the plains of deception, seeking for peace
you never can find ?    Your enemy  will not  lead you
to fountains of blessings.    No, but to  the-jaws of an   p
awful  abode.    God  is  now judging  the people, and — 34 —
will sift out the wicked speedily and the meek shall
inherit the earth.
Isaiah xi., I. " And there shall come forth a rod
out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out
of his roots."
4.||" But with righteousness shall he judge the poor,
and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth :
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the
wicked."
5. j|" And righteousness shall be the girdle of his
loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."
• 14. "But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the
Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of
the east together: they shall lay their hand upon
Edom and Moab \ and. the children of Ammon shall
obey them."
15.    I And the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue
of the Egyptian sea ; and with his  mighty wind shall
he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in
the seven streams,  and make men go over dry-shod."
Isaiah xiii., 9.    " Behold, the day of the Lord com-
eth, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the
land desolate : and he shall destroy the sinners thereof,
out of it."      J
11. "And I will punish the world for their evil
and the wicked for their iniquity ; and I will cause the — 35 —
arrogancy of the  proud to cease, and will lay low tke
haughtiness of the terrible."
God is not only the Father, the Creator, but the
life of man, and His mercy endureth forever, His love
is unbounded: it cannot be measured by mortal
minds. He has given all things, even the body in
which we dwell, to feed and to bless the soul, and all
things, even temptations, must result in blessing to
those who shall inherit God's eternal life, His presence
for ever. Before man's fall he was happy in the
presence of the Lord, because he was innocent; like
the butterfly or the humming bird that dance from
flower to flower, their life all full of pleasure, unblight-
ed by sin, so was man in his natural state of innocence;
but, not like them, he bore the image of his Lord—^t
never dying soul—capable of being ; and intended to
be made responsible for every action, and prepared
for the garners of another world, and by one command
was made responsible, and permitted to partake of
evil with the good. The greatest thing on this earth
^known to man, is man ; and the greatest responsibility
and grandest privilege placed upon him is to glorify
God his Creator. If we do so in this life we shall reap
an eternal reward ; what we sow that also shall we reap,
and reap through an endless eternity*
Dear reader, don't forget it. Don't think it a small
matter. It is of most vital importance to you, whether
you are sowing unto life eternal, or the seeds of death. 3«
Whether the fruits of your labours here will yield an
eternal harvest of love, joy, and peace, in the presence
.of God—a nature that is to you a robe of righteousness, a crown of life, the wedding garment, which
Jesus is offering you now, just now ; or whether you
shall reap the fruits from the seeds of sin, a nature
that will debar you from the glories of Heaven, and
•fit you only for darkness and hate, to be left, when
your body dies, instead of being taken into Paradise ;
left to be dragged by fiends, down into their eternal
habitations, to await the final judgment; to lose every
vestige of human affection, to retain only selfish
affections and. the power to hate, but not to love. Can
you risk your whole eternity another day ? Oh, what
a risk to run ! What mad folly! How dare you do
it, when God commands you to accept salvation now?
Just now I Seven hundred and thirteen years before
Christ, Isaiah, inspired of God, told of a rod that
should, come out of the stem of Jesse, a branch that
should grow out of his roots, and we behold the Star
of Bethlehem, the Rose of Sharon, the Prince of Peace,
the King of Kings, the Redeemer of this fallen world
as that rod. By accepting Christ as your personal
Saviour, through faith and obedience, you will be
grafted into Christ, the true vine, as a branch, and
bring forth true fruit unto life eternal. By rejecting
Him, you must remain a wild olive tree, only fit for
destruction.    Can you do so ? Can you afford to  lose - II3;""       - € • ' •
all that is valuable, for all eternity? You cannot.
You must not. While God's mercy and loving kindness endures for ever, His laws of perfect justice can
never waver, but demands atonement for every act
of sin. Do you think that God is too merciful to let
His child burn in fire, just because it has broken a
law which He has made ? Do you ? Then try it.
Hold your hand in the fire and see if the law which
God has established there will not demand its
claim and you pay the penalty. Such are the laws
of our God. Fire is given to bless the world by its
use, but through its abuse it has burned thousands to
cinders. If the wicked were permitted to dwell in
Heaven, it would no longer be Heaven. The law that
keeps them out, is a law of love and mercy: it is
God's protecting care, His law of love and mercy to
the pure in heart, to the countless hosts of Heaven
who dwell within the vast pavilion of His love. But
that law is a consuming fire to the man, who cruelly
places himself beneath its grasp. Those who reject
the love of Jesus Christ, must accept a home in hell,
the fires of which are kindled, fed and fanned into a
furious heat by devils, fiends, and demons. Will
you, dear reader, run the awful risk, for just one more
day, of having to spend your eternity with them in
darkness ? Can you be so simple, so deluded ? Will
you allow the drawing power of satan    to drag you
down, when you  can escape ?   Wil! you follow and
c. mm.
serve your deadly enemy, and despise the loving kindness of your best friend, just for a little while longer?
You will" then ; it may be for eternity. How can you
endure the thought of being a fiend in hell, when you
have the privilege of enjoying the glories of Heaven,
by accepting Christ now ? Not to-morrow, but now.
Just now. We hope, dear reader, that you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, and are basking in the
sunshine of His most precious love, feasting as only
the child of God can, upon the riches of His grace.
If you have not done so, and have no desire to do so,
it is because you do not fully believe in the existence
of God, or of devil, of a heaven, or of a hell. Perhaps
your lips say you do ; but your actions fully prove
that you do not. Could any intelligent mortal run
the awful chance of losing Heaven and gaining hell,
who really believes in his heart that there is a hell to
escape, a Heaven to win, a devil to fear, to despise, and
to avoid ; a God to love, to honor and to obey ? Could
a man believe it in his heart and then serve the devil?
Could he realize the truth as it is and then rest one
moment on the brink of ruin ? No ; he could not rest.
Could any man, but a fool in this enlightened age,
say in his heart there is no God, no Heaven, no hell,
no sin, no righteousness ? Surely not, when he can
hear from all his surroundings the silent voice that
speaks the presence of. God, and see in all created
things the perfect wisdom, love and power of an All- — 39
wise Creator, by whom, and   like   whom man himself
has been created.
Go down into the depths of the ocean, and there
among the countless millions of its living creatures,
we behold the marvellous wisdom of Almighty God.
The fool says in his heart, it happened to be so, by
some mysterious chance. The eyes and mouth of the
fish happened to be placed in the most convenient
place, because it was necessary ; its scales and fins
also grew on the right way, the right size, and the
right shape, because it was necessary. But for his
very life, he cannot tell you how it happened that
chance has placed in each fish just the exact amount
of compressed air, in the exact part of each one, to
balance and enable it to swim naturally, and with
perfect ease. If it were placed a little nearer the
head, then the tail would sink; or nearer the tail, and
the head would always be going down. This wonderful balance of the fish was made by Wisdom
similarly, but vastly higher than that which put the
balance wheel in the watch. And alike foolish are
they who think th?t either were made by borne power
without knowledge ; some moving, but dead, unintelligent matter without reason, taste, refinement, or
wisdom. They who think so, after seeing in flowers
trees, birds, and human beings, the wonderful wisdom^
taste, and refinement that is manifested there in the
works of God,   are like unto him,  who says in his — 40
heart, " there is no God." Can a man be wise who
thinks there is no Heaven, no grander world than this,
inhabited by nobler, brighter beings than mortals
like himself? After gazing out upon the countless
millions of heavenly bodies, in their perfect motion,
among which this earth is but a babe or a drop in the
ocean's bosom ? Could he be wise who thinks this
the only world, the only great centre ; and that no
other kin I of Heavenly body could exist ? After
seeing and feeling the beautiful rays of our solar
system's marvellous centre, would it not be just as
reasonable to think this the only world in space, as
that we are the only intelligent beings ?
Is it not just as reasonable to think that the earth
is as great as the sun, as that man is as great and as
wise as the angels of God ? But reason tells us that
it is not, and all things proclaim with unerring voice
that man is not the highest power of knowledge, for
he does not understand the source of the simplest
works by which he is surrounded. Is he wise, who
thinks there is no hell, when the All-wise and glorious Creator, God, proclaims that there is, and when
its very brimstone sparks have scorched the trembling
sinner, even before he cast away his earthly tabernacle ? How bitter is the sting even before the body
dies ? Can he be wise who thinks there is no sin,
when he can feel it in himself, and trace its footsteps
all around, and  knows that falsehood, jealousv  and — 41  g|
hate, have dragged countless millions of suffering
mortals to a bloody death upon the field of battle,
and that the gambling hells and liquor dens, and sin-
stained slums of death have cursed unnumbered millions with the bitter fruits of sin ? Though man may
look upon sin as a trifle, God does not, and could not
let it go unpunished, but came Himself to pay the
law's demand, to cleanse and get us freedom if we
through faith and loving obedience will accept the
gift. | ij   'J
And, again, Can he be wise who says there   is  no
righteousness upon this world, when he sees that
nations are elevated, and made nobler by righteous
laws ? and that the greatness, of the greatest nations
on earth is the result of the leaven of God's Word of
righteousness, moulding the hearts and lives of men :
that its sway has raised millions from pits of ignorance, sin and suffering, and touched their hearts and
minds with love, like the sweet perfume of the loveliest flowers, or budding forth like living trees from
seeds which righteousness has strewn along their
path, turning darkness into light, breaking down the
walls of ignorance, and making smooth the places
that are rough, giving love for hatred, and wisdom in
the place of ignorance ? When righteousness is so
truly good and sin so bad, why do men indulge *in
sin at all ? Why, if it is not that their very nature is
bad?   Human nature, in itself, has not  a  spark, a 42 —
lit
mite, a speck of righteousness that is not saturated
through and through with sin. The moralist may
think that he is good enough, but without Christ he
cannot enter the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem.
Without the crown of life, the wedding garment, the
likeness of our Lord, the love of God, he could not
be happy in the presence of God and the holy angels.
| Whosoever will be my disciple, let him take up his
cross and follow me," is the loving invitation of our
blessed Saviour. Oh, will you not accept the gracious
call and get the blessing now? Just now, for Jesus is
tenderly calling, but will not always strive with you ;
will not always be seeking for you, drawing you with
the tender cords of mercy. Perhaps even now you
are under the influence of the unpardonable sin,
scorning and laughing at the loving, entreating voice of
the Holy Ghost, getting your soul hardened against
the Holy Ghost; hardened into such a state that you
have no desire to be good, or to do good, if it means
repentance. When you scorn, the thought of repentance, then, are the offers of grace withdrawn, arid you
left to your own will, to your own fate, but as long as
there is ax spark of love, a grain of repentance, you
may be pardoned, saved with an eternal and glorious
salvation. Man's fallen nature, is to wander from
God ; and, if we WILL, to let that nature have its
way, we walk towards the gates of hell ; but, when
we WILL to serve  our  Lord,   He  leads  us   to  the — 43 —
mansions of His glory. In marching down to hell,
you tread beneath its darkening smoke, and taste its
sparks of torment as they sometimes light upon the
soul, and the nearer you approach, the hotter is their
glow. But the path to Heaven is a glorious road of
righteousness and every spark that lights upon
the soul is a beam of life, a ray of love, that thrills
the soul with joy. The predominancy of man's WILL
points out the road where God permits him to walk,
and for which he is held responsible, according to his
light/ * ||      .:
In Joel ii., 28, it is written "your young men shall
see visions and your old men shall dream dreams."
It is, perhaps, not necessary in this enlightened age to
say more in regard to the nature of a vision, than
that it is a picture, an object lesson stamped upon
the camera of the soul, like a tree that is complete,
having roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and fruit, perfect
in itself; not merely the production of the mind, but
an impression stamped upon the mind. We will
relate a vision, in which we had started on a journey.
The way was broad and fenced on either side, and>
as we passed along, we met a crowd of men, who
wore a dark, wanton, ghastly appearance ; and seemed to mutter out some words of jealous hatred, as
they hurried by. We felt, with sorrow, that they
were going to an awful doom, going of their
own accord, as it were, to the very jaws of hell.    We — 44 —
only spoke a word, but did nothing to stop them.
Soon we turned towards the beautiful hills, beyond
which we could see a bright light looming up in
splendor, like a sunset in autumn ; and, on one side
of the road, we came to a yard in which some sheep
had stopped, instead of going on with the multitude,
which • we knew had already gone to the beautiful
hills. We tried hard to send them on, or to take
them with us, but some kept looking back the way
the fugitives had gone ; they would not walk forward
with the rest of us and could not go back the way
they were looking. Our sorrow was very great, on
their account, and, just at that point, the vision ceased.
We awoke. The vision was printed as a picture
within the camera ; stamped upon the mind, not to
be erased ; the meaning of which is too real to be
mistaken.
In starting life's journey, in this world, we are
placed upon the broad road that leads directly to
another. Upon this road there are just now about
one billion arid a half of mortal souls hurrying on,
some to a grander world than this, but, awful to know,
some to a worse. The sheep, the redeemed of the
Lord, to enter into the fold of God's love to enjoy
His presence forever; the goats, the haters of righteousness, to a world where nothing is right, to endure
the torments of hell, because sin is their choice.
Upon this great path through time, some are going — 45 —
on towards the better life, while others step toward
the gates of hell. When a man reaches that better
life, his way is changed ; he is born again ; he beholds
the beautiful.hills of faith, hope, love, charity, over
which he can see the glorious sunshine of his Father's
House, and feel the bright rays of His love. Born
again, changed from a goat to a sheep, having the
name written in the Lamb's Book of Life ; whose
sins are blotted out, never to be remembered against
him any more, for Jesus hath borne them on the
cross. Previous to the new birth, a man cares little
and does little for the salvation of his fellows, who
may be deep down in the chains of sin and satan, but
will calmly watch him sink in death's deep ruin ; but,
when born again, he longs to see the salvation of God
extended to his fellow, brother or sister, however low
and black their life may be. Tc-day, as in ages past,
there are people, who, believing that Christ is the
Saviour of the world, have walked by faith until they
turned toward the beautiful hills. Were born of the
spirit through faith in Christ, as their personal
Saviour ; saved with an everlasting salvation ; became
the properly of the King of Kings; and no longer
satan's property by choice ; and not their own, they
are sons and daughters of Jehovah. But, they are no
longer walking by faith, they have disobeyed the
loving voice, by which Jehovah would lead them on
to victory, not  to  redemption.    They  are   redeemed — 46 -
already, but have to work out their own salvation ;
to lay up treasures in   Heaven ;   to win crowns, to
characterize the nature of their being for eternal ages.
They  have  halted :   the   world,  the  flesh,   and   the
devil have led them into a side track, to grow weaker
and   colder  until   they   scarcely know   whether they
belong to  God, or not.   'If they  continue so unto the
end—saved   though   as  by fire—they   will suffer  an
awful loss, for all shall be   rewarded according to the
deeds done in   the body.    They are the   sheep which
halted by   the way ; they walk   no more by faith, but
keep looking toward the world.    Are you, dear reader,
looking  back to the allurements   of satan ?    A poor
wretched Christian, starving  upon the husks of sin ?
Jesus is  asking you to put on   the  whole  armour of
righteousness.    You, who have been   redeemed, shall
be punished—though a child   of God—-according to
the light and privileges by which you are surrounded
knowing your duty, and   failing to do it, because, you
are  standing still.    And,  looking back  will bring an
awful reward,*   The   fire of time is   burning away, as
it were, the  eternal mansion   that  should   be yours ;
burning  away your  very life by  every moment   that
passes ; burning  away all   the treasures of character
that should   be yours;   burning  up   the  riches   that
should be laid up in Heaven.    | Saved  though  as by
fire," the  Lord has no   pleasure  in  the  eternal   loss
• which  you must  suffer.    You   must render  your ac- — 47 —
count, as written in living characters upon your soul
and receive a like punishment or reward. You have
been redeemed, but have you grown in grace ? Are
you sanctified against your besetting sins, and so
•worthy to be counted among the meek-of the earth ?
Is righteousness the girdle of your loins and faithfulness the girdle of your reins ? The Lord will establish your goings, will bless your labors in His vineyard
and give you the bright, the Morning Star.
Rev. ii., 26. I And he that overcometh, and keepeth
my works unto the end, to him will I give power over
the nations."
27. J And he shall rule them with a rod of iron ;
as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to
shivers : even as I received of my Father."
28. . I And I will give him the Morning Star."
Will enable you to fly upon the shoulders  of the^
Philistines, that is to overcome evil ; to tread down
sin ; sinners shall be slain, brought into a- newness of
life by the Lord through you, as his instrument The
tongue of wicked nations shall be destroyed. The
Lord shall shake His hand over the river, the religious influences in the world, and smite it in the seven
streams, the seven influences of the spirits, the stars
of the angels of God. You may trace them most
easily from the word RELIGION ; the spirit of
Righteousness, the spirit of Education, the" spirit
of   Love,   the   spirit    of    Industry,    the    spirit   of - §-4s-   - .
Gentleness, the spirit of Obedience, and Nazareth.
With these pearls of great price, you may tread
in the path where the Master has trod, without
sin leaking into your soul, as it were dry shod. Oh,
how important, how vitally important, that you have
these pearls, without which you cannot enter in
through the pearly gates. For the day of the Lord
cometh, both with wrath and fierce anger to lay the
land desolate, and He shall destroy sinners. The
wicked^ shall be punished for their iniquity, for
God says, " I will punish the world for their evil, and
the wicked for their iniquity ; and will cause the ar-
rogancy of the proud to cease." But how shall we
get these living characters established in our hearts.
We cannot place them there at our own wills. We
cannot change our nature. No, but you can have a
desire for the new birth, a desire to be good. If not,
you cannot take a higher place than thousands who
are down in hell. They were like you are. If you
want to live the life of the righteous, you must commence at the roots and climb to the branches before
you reap the fruits of the tree of life. When you feci
the Holy Ghost drawing you to Je.cus, you must follow ; not wait to be dragged by some unnatural
influence to the cross ; but come just as you are and
accept and follow Jesus. Then your nature will be
changed, and, according as you live in close communion with the Lord, will the great brush, by the Perfect — 49 —
Artist, paint  upon your soul, in living characters, the
image of Himself.    If, when Jesus called some of the
twelve to follow Him, they had put it off and waited
to be   carried,  or,   for  some  unnatural  influence  to
make them go, they might have remained in the ranks
of satan,.and had their abode in hell.    Their loss   no
tongue could tell ; but they started at the roots, just
as they were, and followed when  Jesus called ;   they
grew in grace, and became sanctified more and more,
and the Morning Star, the Pearl  of Great   Price, the
price of calvary's cross, was painted in full length upon
their souls.    They were ready to give their bodies to be
burned, if necessary, for righteousness' sake.     1 Seek
Him early," is the command.    Seek the Saviour now ;
not to-morrow, but now ; for this day thy soul may
be required of thee.
The writer was converted in his youth ; born again,
filled with love, peace and pleasure ; raised through
Christ in the glorious resurrection from sin unto righteousness ; changed from life unto death—dead to
satan's kingdom; and from death unto life—alive
unto the kingdom of God ; born of the spirit, washed
in the blood, drinking deeper and deeper of the wonderful fountain of love that flows from the Throne of
God, sailing upon its waters clear as crystal. Guided
by the Holy Ghost, I have been enabled to 'overcome
e^ery foe, even self, man's greatest  enemy.    Victory
after victory has been given by the Master.    By seek-
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ing in earnest,  I  found the pearl  of greatest  price ;
and through believing with  a  simple, trusting faith,
have received victory  all the way.    In writing of my
experience, while just at the edge of the grave, and
the wonderful visit to another world, it is necessary
first to give a lew facts bearing upon   the connecting
gtprcumstances.    While residing  at Broadview, in the
North-West Territories of Canada, A. D. 1888,  I   was
suddenly taken very ill, and continued to-grow weaker,
each day, although Dr. Hutchinson (of Grenfell, about
Sixteen miles distance), the nearest available physician,
was in attendance.    After about twenty days, he pronounced my case beyond recovery.   The body became
so weak and near to death's door, that it seemed at
times  scarcely  able to  contain   the   man   that  was
dwelling within, and, on   different occasions, during
about one week,   I  passed  as  it  were .out from the
body, and appeared to know the people  in  the room,
and knew that I had  left the body, and was able to
consider the fact that I was a body and a soul, and to
say, now I know that I am two, for there is my body
and here is my soul ;   and realized that I could leave
the body, but not at  my own will.    I   was  suffering
principally  from  extreme weakness,  but  never  experienced the fulness of the love of God, as then ; the
presence of the Lord  with my soul,  was more than
words can show.    One  day,  during this  time, I was
told by One whose voice came as from a distant land — 5i —
like a roll of thunder, but perfectly natural, familiar
and suited to the ears. Its harmony and melody cannot be explained. Never will be forgotten the voice
which told me I was called to go ; to go to another
world. It was the voice of command, but it filled my
soul with joy which I cannot express. For about
three days I remained unconscious of the exact meaning of the call, but was fully expecting to leave this
body to moulder into dust, and be taken to where
a deeper love and higher, closer walk with God, would
be my lot to share. Although just waiting death, yet
those were perhaps the happiest hours of life, the most
sublime ; for then I had the closest walk with God ; a
something more than joy, or peace or pleasure. These
we may have and with them a silent voice longing for
something still higher and nearer to God, not perfect
jgest This was a new manna, a higher feast upon the
Bread of Life. Joy, peace, pleasure and rest were
mixed together in the fountain of love, because His
presence, who is the sun and life and joy of our souls
was there, giving me a foretaste of Heaven||- God is
love, for His presence fills the heart with love ; not
mere affection, but love, while in this earthly tabernacle ; and more than love when we leave this body
and are closer to Him, in our being. I. know no name
for what I realized in the presence of the Lord ; but
felt and knew God's presence. It was glory to the
soul I will call  it  the  new manna.-   If before their 52
fall our first parents  inherited  by nature that  new
manna, how awful was the death,  to lose that glory
and get a nature of sin and hate.    About three  days
after the call I realized its fulfilment, by leaving the
body and going to a world the glories of which cannot be described.    It was like a world  of worlds.    I
say world of worlds, because each one was surrounded by another.    Each like  a  great  tressel   work  of
thrones, perfect in form ; like a ball within a ball, or
a great sea of living splendor.    The centre of centres,
the throne of thrones, enclosed  in a globe composed
of  glorious   beings,   and   the  globe  is  encased   by
another, just  as  though the clouds which surround
this earth were covered with another world of clouds,
leaving a clear space between.    They  in   turn  were
surrounded with another, and so on, world after world,
so that a world of thrones, ten  thousand  miles from
the centre of fhe middle world, would be about twenty
thousand miles in diameter and sixty thousand miles
in  circumference.      The  redeemed  souls  from  this
earth would not fill the countless millions of mansions
in one of those globes in ten  thousand years.    Then,
think of countless millions of worlds encircling each
other, as one great world of worlds ; a grand pavilion,
God's eternal throne, inhabited  by  immortal  beings,
clothed in living garments, brightly glowing with the
presence of the King of Kings, too grand to be  described.    Their form was like that of man, but they -3
were perfect; beautiful in feature, past man's understanding, among whom I was but a child. I remained
just where I first arrived, looking at those by my side;
then at the countless hosts who were sitting upon
thrones, or mansion's, which formed the encircling
worlds ; or at the centre world-, surrounded by
worlds, the glory of which could not be told. There
were no temples or palaces there to dwell in. It was
like one vast throne, a city whose streets were marked
off by pews, with tables like pulpits of bright beautiful hue, flickering in living beauty, with which there
is nothing on earth to compare. But the most beautiful of all were the wonderful beings who were there,
robed in white mantles of living splendour, whose
visages were perfection. Judging by the curve in the
circle of the world where I was, we were very far
from that centre of centres ; but could see at a distance the same as if near. After gazing at the
glories of the surroundings; and, while calmly considering what I saw, One in that centre of thrones
arose, and pointing with the right hand away to the
opposite direction from where I was, told me that my
place was appointed there in the third Heavens. He
who spoke, did not -turn or look towards me. Tbj
voice came like a distant thunder, or. from a great
trumpet, and it was just the same wonderful voice
which had called me to go three days before, which
fact should convince the  most doubtful that the call 54
and its fulfilment, as written, was real, and that
Heaven is real, which many will find to their joy and
others to their sorrow. As soon as my place was appointed, I felt a darkness ; a strange feeling came
over me and then I knew no more until restored to
the body.
Joel iii., I. | For, behold, in those days and in that
time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah
and Jerusalem."
2. " 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."
3. I And they have cast lots for my people ; and
given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine,
that they might drink."
4. I Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre,
and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine ? will ye
render me a recompence ? and if ye recompence me,
swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence
upon your own head."
7. " Behold I will raise them out of the place
whither ye have sold them, and wfll return your recompence upon your own head."
11. I Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen,
and gather yourselves together round about ; thither
Cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord." — 55 —
12. " Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to
the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge
all the heathen round about." llllfe
The Lord Jesus Christ is on the throne of God,.on
earth as well as in Heaven. " All power is given
unto me in Heaven and on earth' (Matt, xxviii. 18).
I All things are delivered unto me of my Father, |
(Matt, xi., 27). ^^^^Jii
The Loi;d gives blessings to His children according
to their love, faith and Obedience. Not many are fit
to be translated as Elijah was ; not many to wrestle
with the Angel of the Lord as Abraham -did ; not
many to go into the presence of the Lord and receive
the commandments of God as Moses did. None in
themselves were fit, but through Christ, by faith, love
and obedience, they were permitted ; and so God, who
changes not, deals with His people to-day,, giving
blessings according to their standard of love, faith and
obedience.
"The Father loveth the Son, and has given all
things into His hands " (John iii., 35), and " hast given
Him power over all flesh" (John xvii., 2); If we are
Christ's we are loved of God, § For the Father himself
loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have be^
lieved that I came out from God '   (John xvi., .27).
Are you a follower of our loving, sympathising
Saviour, who has suffered that you tmight be free ?
Free from the penalty  exacted, by the justice of .His _ 56-
own unchanging law, which seals your doom ? Then
remember, He says, " I will never leave thee, aor forsake thee." Let all your care be this, the doing of
His will. I As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus,
the Lord, so walk ye in Him " (Col. ii., 6); and be led
forth to victory by the Lord, who says, " To him that
overcometh, will I grant to sit with me on my Father's
throne, even as I overcame and am set down with my
Father on His throne." No tongue or pe^n can tell
the. vastness of the meaning attached to those words—
| on His throne ;" a glorious centre, a world of worlds.
Oh, brother, sister, run the race that is set before you
with all your might You cannot afford to grow weary
in well-doing while you are preparing for eternity. If
you labour and are heavy ladened, go to Jesus, just as
you did at first; for He says, " I will give you rest "
(Matt, xi., 28), If your faith is weak, pray for strength ;
look away from yourself and look to Jesus ; keep looking to Jesus " the author and finisher of your faith "
(Heb. xii., 2). Having by faith a living personal
union with Him who says § because I live ye shajL
live also ; " then you can say with David, at the last,
" in$p thy hands I commit my spirit, thou hast redeemed me O Lord God of truth" (Psa. xxxi., 5);
and, like Stephen, before you have left the body,
while the spirit is just letting go its earthly tabernacle
and you are about to depart, you will see Him; and calling upon God, saying " Lord Jesus receive my spirit' — 57 —
(Acts vii., 59). You will fall asleep and be promoted ; translated into another, a glorious home. If
you live upon earth in close communion with and in
strict obedience to God, following wherever Jesus
leads, you will have peace and pleasure every day,
and have "power with God and with men "^ (Gen.
xxxii., 28). llfllfgL.-
Joel ii., 2. § A day of darkness and of gloominess
a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning
spread upon the mountains: a great people and a
strong ; there hath not been ever the like, neither
shall be any more after it even to the years of many
generations."
3. 1A fire devoureth before them ;   and   behind
them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of*
Eden before them, and behind  them  a desolate wilderness ; yea and nothing shall escape them."
4. " The appearance of them is as the appearance
of horses ; and as horsemen, so shall they run."
7. I They shall run like mighty men ; they shall
climb the wall like men of war ;  and they shall march
every one on his ways, and they shall not break  their
k_ »
s.
11. I And .the Lord shall utter his voice before l>is
army: for his camp is very great : for he is strong
that executcth his word I for the day of the Lord is
great and very terrible ; and who can i;bic!c it ? "
19.    "Yea, the Lord-will answer and say unto his 58
people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and
oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith : and I will no
more make you a reproach among the heathen."
20. "But I will remove far off from you the
northern army, and will drive him into a land barren
and desolate, with his face toward the east ^ea, and
his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink
shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up,
because he hath done great things."
How natural it was for the people who were looking
for the day of the Lord to expect a grand time—a
time of rejoicing for saints and sinners—having a
great earthly kingdom set up to monopolize all other
nations, and to be filled with earthly treasures. They
themselves were to b e fed and clothed with the richest
and best of earthly blessings ; yes, all the good things
for self; but death and destructions for others.
Oh, how natural for the unregenerated soul to think
thus, and to expect the pure love of God to descend
to cultivate and feed their carnal nature with just
whatever they desired and how hard it was for them
to see the real condition, of their own circumstances.
How hard to see the cruel monster of death, the
leprosy of sin, the nature of self, of hate and of pride
which had seized the human family, and by which
they themselves were separated from their God, not
only from the glorious presence of God in Heaven
above, but even from an   Eden upon earth.    As th 59
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day of the Lord found those people in darkness,
so it finds the rejectors of Christ to-day : but the
Rose of Sharon, the Star of Bethlehem is shining
through the clouds, and awakening the dead ones to
life ; and, as the Lord warned them of the terrible
destruction as written in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th
verses and spared them because they repented, so He
-is warning people of the second death—a home in hell.
All who repent, by turning to the Saviour, are being
saved from the powers of satan, saved from the nature
of devils, saved from a home in hell. Can God be
perfect in love and allow sinners in Heaven ? We
answer, No. Could Heaven be pure and holy if a
particle of jealousy were there? Could Heaven be a
home of perfect love and pleasure if hate's cruel bands
were there ? Could Heaven's perfect harmony exist if
sin's vile discord were allowed to clog the wheels?
Oh, no. The justice of man's reason . answers, No.
Man's nature answers with unerring proof that sin
and righteousness are mighty powers. Powers that
are opposed one to the other, even in this world
The embodiment of the powers of sin is a living
nature, therefore no sin could exist on earth unless
man became sin. Then it is plain that the sinner is
sin, the embodiment of sin, while he by.nature rejects
the Saviour's mercy and therefore could not dwell in
the presence of God. As sin.and Tiate are opposed to
love and righteousness, so   Heaven and hell are op- — 6o —
posed by their very nature.    To  exclude  the  sinner
who rejects the Saviour's  love from entering Heaven
only manifests  the boundless perfect love of  God ;
just as a  parent would exclude from his-family one
who has the leprosy, because he  loves   the  rest,   so
God's love is manifested in banishing sin from Heaven.
Can God be perfect in  mercy and cast sinners   into
hell ? We answer, Yes, perfect ; perfect in mercy as in
all   His   attributes; perfect  in   mercy  as   in   all His
works ; perfect in mercy as   in   love  and   in  justice.
Was   God  perfect   in mercy when He paid the law's
demands upon the cross for fallen, sinful man ? When
He freely suffered in our stead, not only for a part, but
the whole world, so that every one who cometh into
the world are redeemed.    § Therefore as by the offence
of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation ;
even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life" (Rom. v, 18).
Yes ; it was boundless   mercy  brought  the  blessed
Saviour down to man's condition, to break the bars of
death, to satisfy eternal justice and to connect once
more to earth the glorious ladder whose  steps  are
made of mercy, love, and justice all combined.   It was
mercy, love and  justice  that  brought  the   King  of
Glory down to seal it to earth, with  his own blood ;
that,  ascending  from   the  tomb,   he himself might
make the way to take us with Him to the glories of
His home above.    Now He invites, and draws poor — 6i —
sinners to the shelter of His fold ; and none can taste
the pangs of an eternal   hell without they   first reject
His offered mercy.    No soul is lost without he  first
refuses to climb the wonderful ladder of mercy, leading from earth to Heaven.    The soul that beholds the
love of Jesus Christ bleeding on the cross for him and
coolly spurns the offered mercy, spending his  life  for
satan and the world, is past repentance.    Like  Judas
he goes beneath the law that seals his doom, and sends
himself to  the place for which he has, by  his own
choice, prepared.    By  nature he is  only   fit   to dwell
with devils in  the  jaws   of hell, not because God's
mercy, is not full  and free, but because the man has
no mercy on himself and must go to the place he has
chosen.
What is hell ? Hell is the abode of the devil and
his followers, who once enjoyed the glories of Heaven,
who became sin and were cast out They were partakers of the goodness of God, and fell after partaking
of. the Tree of Life, the presence and love of God.
They having sinned under such light, knowing so well
what they were doing, became hardened, fixed in their
nature, just as Adam and Eve would have been, had
they been permitted to partake of God's presence and
love, after they had sinned. They must live for ever
in a nature which kindness cannot change, which cannot be restored to love again and fitted for Heaven.
Even if the love of God,  as  shown   upon   the  cross,
E. — B —
were extended to them as it is to man they would not
be changed ; they might believe but not be made any
better ; not born again, not fitted for Heaven ; their
nature of hate would not be changed to love. If trying to do good to some men in this world, is like
(t casting pearls before swine," it must be worse to
try to do good to devils, the nature of whose being is
hate and darkness, void of every particle of love or
justice. | Give not that which*is holy unto the dogs, -
neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they
trample them under their feet, and turn again and
rend you."—Matt, vii., 6. If you were to place a
number of savage bull dogs all together in one
room for the purpose of doing them good, to
give them food and shelter, and, as soon as
you have turned them in, you . gave them plenty
of good meat to satisfy their hunger, what
would be the result of your kindness ? How would
you be rewarded for your love to the brutes ? Why,
the chances are, that they would tear each other to
pieces instead of the meat; and  the rage and fury of
their nature would enable them to fight until many of
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them were  dead,  or  dying, and  so  their  suffering
would be very much increased instead of lessened.
They would turn their abode into a prison of suffering,
hate, and slaughter, but that could   not be compared
with the awfulness of hell,  for, although they  might
experience the fire of pain  unto  death, as they  are -63 -
being torn into pieces, yet the brimstone is not there
—the pain is only physical not mental. They are
not filled with the eternal fire of remorse, like devils
and fiends, over a lost Heaven, a ruined life, a lost
eternity. They only think of the present moment
and are not  fired   with the horrors of eternal ruin.
It is evident that God permits ruling powers to
have their own way in hell, as on earth, or in Heaven.
Eph. iii., 10 : " To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be
known by the church the manifold wisdom of God."
Also, Eph. i., 21 : "Far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name
that is named, not only in this world, but also in that
which is to come." So that there are principalities
and powers in Heaven above as well as on this earth,
and God has established laws and fixed rules by
which angels, men and devils are controlled ; by
which the wicked are judged and punished, and the
righteous judged and rewarded.1 As the rewards are
great and eternal, so the punishments are great and
lasting.
In visions, I saw as it were the regions of hell,
where the beings resembled man in form ; whose
visage was dark and cruel, having a ghastly gfey appearance, who spent their time in fighting and torturing each other. I was permitted to see but not to
pass the inner gates.    There was no light to brighten !:{''
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the dark abode, but I could see without a light, just
as some birds and animals can  see  in  the  dark.    I
gazed with horror at the mustering ranks of devils, as
they formed in battle array and became  as  beasts or
elements of fury and vengeance, devouring each other
until they wrere tormented to the last degree of suffering, whose bodies, though torn asunder,  would unite
together again as though  drawn  by gravity.     There
was no dropping blood or wasting tissues.    It was fTfiT
mortal   and could  not be  annihilated.    I    saw   rank
after rank undergoing the continual process of torture,
compelled by each other  to  their awful   fate,  as  if
under  rules of order and controlled by some  higher
powers of darkness, as well as their own   dark  cruel
natures.     And  again,  as   I   with  others,  crossed  a
vacant apartment, just  beyond  the wall   or   line of
safety, we were surrounded   by  devils who impeded
our way, and by wild threats,  tried to stop and take
us into their awful hell of hells, but did not  stop us
while we  made towards the place of safety.    As   I
leaped across beyond their reach and turned and saw
one of my company, who had lingered just a moment*
. seized and dragged to an awful doom.    It seemed to
me that this world is that vacant apartment, and that
he who rejects the Saviour is the one who lingers and
is doomed to hell as his eternal home, to endure the
awful fire of its brimstone that never wastes or, ceases I -6s -■
to exist, and cannot cease while devils have the nature
which is theirs.
The torments of hell, called fire, existed before that
which man recognizes as being fire;   and the Lord
has ordained that man should call both by the  same
name, so that we might know something of the awful
sufferings of the torments of hell.    When   men   get
enraged and  fight and stab each other  through and
through, do you think as you watch them suffering in
the agonies of death.that God is not merciful because
they suffer so ? Oh, no, you understand that God  has
made  a  law which they have broken, therefore they
must suffer.    It cannot be othervvise ;   they suffer the
burning pain, lit by the fires of hell.    A  material  fire
may be fed by wood, brimstone, oil, or other substances united, which waste away and are consumed ; but
the fires of hell are fed  by a brimstone that does not
waste away and is not consumed—a brimstone composed of sin's black fountain—hate,  deceit,  remorse,
and jealousy ; all united, flaming up into the furies of
an awful hell that does not cease and never can.
Are you saved, dear reader ? Saved ! and can you
rest at ease, and watch a neighbour, a friend or foe,
make his bed in such an awful hell ? Can you ? Then
you better examine your own heart and see whether
the love of God is dwelling in your soul or not. If
not, you had better go to the beautiful fountain for
cleansing \ to the beautiful fountain of love,  and get ft
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filled with love and the Spiric, and aroused to a higher
sense of your privileges and of your responsibilities,
and so be led forth to work and to victory.
And again,   I   saw just inside  the regions  of the
damned,   one   whose   features  resembled   that  of  a
woman, standing with back to a pillar or black lookinsr
wall, fixed to remain there, with arms fastened behind
and the appearance of hell stamped upon   her   visage,
although not down into its awful centre.    She represents the moral man, who tried to be honest with  his
fellow-man, and, morally speaking, was  a very good
living person, but rejected eternal life, and  the law of
God is still resting on  him, which Jesus suffered  to
save him from by changing his nature and paying his
debt ; but he refused the offered grace and is debarred
from entering heaven, and  is just  by the borders  of
hell   awaiting  the   final  judgment.     Are  you,  dear
reader, gliding down life's rapid  river in  the boat of
morality and respectability, for your Saviour, expecting them to save you  from  hell.    Then,  stop.      Oh,
stop, just now, for you may enter the rapids  of death
with  only a  moment's  warning and be left to a fate
like hers to await at the portals of hell in the place of
the lost, instead  of seeing  the Lord in the Heavens,
when  the trumpet shall  sound,  calling  you   to  the
glories of Paradise, to  await with the redeemed ones
of earth, the same great day of final judgment, when
the last sound of the trumpet is given.    That is   now -67 -
calling, and will then have called the last saint and
sinner from time into eternity. Then the books of
remembrance will be opened and the wicked be sentenced to hell and the righteous to Heaven with perfect
justice, for God is not a respector of persons.
And again, I was shown just inside the entrance, or
one of the many large doorways. ' Some beings appeared to be doing something with large vessels, like
boilers foaming with heat ; and a little nearer the
doorway, lying on the material below, was a being
fixed in a large dark-looking covering, or skin, filled
with liquid, which embalmed the whole body. The
arms were bound to his side. He kept up a continual wailing, and one of the "beings every few minutes
would rush at him, cursing and pounding him in the
face, because of the noise of the wailing. So they
continued without stopping, which shewed the awful
nature of a devil, the brimstone of hell, and of its fire.
The furious hate, remorse and cruel vengeance of
^devils and fiends is the brimstone that never ceases ;
never is consumed ; and the fire is its effects* that is
poured out by the decrees of God. James iii., 6 :
I And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity : so is
the tongue among our members, that it d'efileth the
whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature ;
and it is set on fire of hell."
As in this world there is a cause for every effect, so
it must be in-that world of torment    A few sparks of i
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the fires of hell may be felt even in this world,   where
sin's cruel hand has touched the golden  cords of life.
In all His works, which we call nature, God has made
laws that cannot be broken, without the penalty for
the breach is paid in full.    If in childhood the arm  is
crushed and amputated, the arm and all its usefulness
is gone for ever, and the man must suffer the  loss all
the days of his life.    The law of eternal justice demands it.    Cut a small nitch in the body of the sma'l
sappling, and' in thirty years after you  may find that
it is a large mark on a large tree.    The tree you have
spoiled must remain spoiled for ever, as the punishment due for the law that was broken.    Destroy  the
eyes of man or beast, and they must remain  in darkness, never again  to have sight restored ;   perpetu d
darkness is the equivalent which the law demands.
A severe punishment it is, yet it must be paid.    The
miser spends his life in hard, weary toil, stowing away
his money and his goods, feeding and clothing himself with a beggar's portion, hoping soon   to   enjoy
what he has saved.    So he  keeps  on  plodding  and
hoping until his life is spent;   but the sword of vengeance is cutting all the time and giving justice what
he claims, for God has made the line of demarkation
that satisfies plain justice throughout creation.    If we
follow the miser's  life of broken  laws, we find  the
punishment attending every breaeh.    First, he thinks
more of the gold and silver lent him than  he  ought, - 6g -      %
an&itis placed in a box or a bank by his own hands,
never to be used by him again, but kept for another.
Second, all the good things which God has provided
and placed within his reach are practically rejected ;
because he is too stingy to use them for good to himself or his friends; and, as a punishment he loses
the blessings for ever. Third, he meant to be rich,
happy and free ; but, with his money stowed away,
he was poor all his days : his food, his raiment and
his pleasures were limited, and he was always longing
for more property and money. The brightest as well
as the dullest boy, who sips the drunkard's social glass
is tainted by its touch ; each separate glass winds
around his conscience, his taste, and his will, as the
spider winds it web around its prey, leaving each time
a thin dark band of death, which, if continued, will
■complete its work in moulding his character and seal
his doom. Each glass of poison seals its own brand
upon the nerves, the taste, and the brains ; and any
law in nature broken thus, can never be again as
though it had not been. God's laws in nature cannot
be broken without the penalty is paid ; the punishment inflicted. He who rejects the Saviour's love
cannot have the love of God in his own heart; nor
have eternal life while eternal death is living in his
soul. He cannot serve God and mammon ; neither
can he have eternal life and eternal death reigning
together.    As we find that God's decrees of   punish- M
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ment for sin, in breaking laws of nature are very
severe and always executed, so, also; the broken laws
which spoil the character of the soul is always punished, and cannot escape. The perfect law of justice
which says the soul that sins shall die, is united by
calvary's cross to the perfect law of mercy, which
satisfies justice ; and says that whosoever will, may
for a look at the cross have everlasting life, the
presence of God in his soul.
Rev. xxii., 1,2. | And he shewed me a pure river
of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the
throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the
street of it, and on either side of the river, was there
the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits
and yielded her fruit every month : and the leaves of
the tree were for the healing of the nations."
The river, clear as crystal, is pure as Christ was
pure, and flows from the wonderful fountain of God's
love and mercy, right from the throne of God and of
the Lamb, down to a lost and sinful world ; from the
Creator to the created ; from Heaven to earth ; down
until it reached the depth of calvary's cross. All who
are immersed in its waters are baptized with the
spirit of God and the fire of love.
In Bible language, waters mean people, not in a
physical sense; not the bodies, but the spirit; the
life, the nature, the souls. " And in the midst and on
either side of the river," meaning the flowing together . — 7i p
of the waters, is " the Tree of Life," God with man.
Christ has arisen from the dead and is become our
life, administering to those who accept his atoning
sacrifice, his spirit; the bread of life, through the
Holy Ghost, making them one in spirit, and one in
redemption, redeemed from the curse of the law.
Christ is the true vine, and we are the branches,
through whom, He, the Tree of Life, bears fruit;
the fruit of .righteousness ; that we through Him
might become sons of God and heirs of Heaven, and
so escape from the adversary of our souls, having life
and peace and joy for evermore. If you refuse this
wonderful salvation and reject the Saviour's love ;
just to follow the allurements of the world ; and
nibble at the gilded bait of the adversary of your soul,
be sure that your doom lies in his hands and he will
drag you down to hell, because you choose it to. be so.
Whatman seeks most, he may obtain; but must
suffer the consequences. If you sow the seeds of love,
you reap the same. If you seek after righteousness,
ybU shall obtain the fruits it yields in this world, and
rich reward for all eternity. Then follow Jesus now,
wherever He may lead, and strive to do His blessed
will, for it is life unto your soul (yourself) for evermore. If you sow the seeds of hate and sin, bitter
will be the harvest you shall reap ; for every one
shall be rewarded according to the deeds done in this
body, whether they be good or evil.    If you accept — n — w
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Christ as your Saviour, you will have a-'mansion
amongst the greatest or among the least in the kingdom of Heaven, according to the life you now live,
the preparation you now are making. If hell is your
doom, you will be deep down in its centre, according
as your nature has been prepared and hardened by
sin ; for to whatever extent it is permitted to touch
the nature, it taints the soul. Is he brave who is
afraid to do the right ; afraid to refuse the social
glaiss, though he knows that for him it contains a
poison ; afraid to speak a word, to save a fellow from
eternal ruin ; afraid to acknowledge Jesus Christ as
his Saviour ; afraid to die because he has not been
brave enough to accept (by turning from the devil)
the crown of life, and is therefore not prepared;
afraid that someone might see him running away
from real danger although he knows he ought to do so.
Who—like the ostrich, sticking its head under the
sand through fear, because the huntsman is coming at
a distance—is hiding beneath the sinking sands of
chance, waiting with silent fear, hoping that the day
of death and-judgment may not be near: so he
awaits just where he is, trusting to chance which
seems to sooth him, until the trumpet sounds, and his
privilege of accepting is past ; his nature se. for ever.
His fear comes suddenly upon him in reality and
satan claims him by eternal laws, which God has
made, that bar him out of Heaven.        Jli He lost the Father's greatest gift,
The Son of God, to set him free,
Who, in his nature's fate is fixed,
Fixed in the great eternity.
He lost the great Redeemer's love,
That freely flaws from Calvary,
And, by God's never changing law,
Has sealed his own dark destiny.
He lost far more than mortals know,
Of endless light, and glorious life with God,
Where love's sweet manna of living blessings flow,
Who, rejecting Christ, his wandered far abroad.
He lost a pardon, its value none can tell,
Who longed not for the pearly gate,
But travelled in the ways of hell,
Feeding his soul on sin and hate.
He lost much nore   than man may think,
In the wondrous gift, God's own beloved Son :
When trifling, slept on death's dark brink,
Till days of grace on earth w^re done.
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He lost much more than time reveals,
By added wealth of centuries on earth,
For ceaseless rolling ages swell,
The one long night that seals his birth.
He robbed himself of all but hell,
Its nature and its fires that burn,
And fellowship with fiends to dwell,
For he the Saviour's love doth spurn.
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He robbed himself of all that's good,
By following o'er the sinking sands,
Feasting on that which is not food,
But husks of sin, from satan's hands.
He robbed himself of light and life,
And drinks the power of sin below ;
He struggled in the world's vain strife,
With selfish aims, for peace, which none can know.
Which he has lost ? Lost! because he hardened his
heart against the Holy Ghost; and against the
gracious invitations of the loving Saviour; refused
salvation by rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ. Joel
ii., 20: "But I will remove far off from you the
northern army, and will drive him into a land barren
and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and
his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink
shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up,
because he hath done great things." The Lord
promised to drive the enemies of that people far off,
to the east sea ; or to a distant heathen people, who
knew nothing of righteousness, where there was nothing to destroy ; and where he, the destroyer, would be
exposed for his iniquity; the punishment of the
sins of a wicked people would have been sent
upon them, had they not repented by turning from evil. There are people to-day hardening
their hearts against the mercies of God, while He is
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them at liberty ; liberty from self, and from their
besetting sin ; and liberty from the drink demon, or
liberty from the slums ; liberty from fornication, or
liberty from lying deceit ; liberty into the glorious
light of gospel truth, light that shows the awful nature
of sin, and what great things it has done to destroy
and blight its victims. Oh, if you are among that
number, accept the offered mercy, by starting now!
Just now! to follow where Jesus leads, that you too
may escape from those adversaries and receive the
blessing of the Lord in your soul. Then will He lead
you in the beautiful path of righteousness, to feast as
we and many others are feasting, upon the sweet pas^-
tures of His presence, by the beautiful rivers of the
waters of life. Awake ! you who are sleeping on the
sinking sands of sin. Awake ! for the bands of love
and mercy will quickly be severed by the knife of
justice. Then the cords of hell, that are now fastened to your soul, will drag you down into the awful
abode of the lost. Awake ! don't stop to look at
others faults until you are lost in hell. Don't stop to
argue with satan, who once was an angel of light, lest
his deception hinder your escape, and you be crushed
beneath His. vengeance. Don't wait to consider
whether you are good enough or not,, while death is
lurking in your soul. Never put off till to-morrow, nor
rest until you have peace through accepting Christ,
that speaks your sins forgiven ; the fellowship of love :   .     - 76 -       -,.     -
to God, that gives you joy  of heart, a   fountain   of
pleasure in this life, and glory beyond this strife of sin
against righteousness.    Every follower of God   must
face this strife in this world, while there is a soul unredeemed, while there are dear ones to be saved  from
the destroyer ; dear ones who are watching your life,
if you are a Christian, and expecting your aid.    Oh,
Christian, be true to your God, to your brother, your
sister.  .Be true to those who need salvation, who are
drifting to an awful doom.    Be earnest in lifting up
the Saviour, that they might look and live ; lead them
tD the fountain of living waters of life, that they with
you may rejoice and be glad in the Lord for evermore.
Then, great will be your reward.    Every act  of love
and mercy done by you, in the name of Jesue Christ,
for  a  fellow  creature  is but another touch   of the
Master's  will, fitting and  preparing you  for a higher
mansion, a higher life  with God.    For as man is prepared  by nature,  when  he leaves  this world,  so his
glory will kbe great  or small, and a mansion   accordingly suited to him in Heaven ; or his guilt fixed upon
him, and a place prepared in hell.    Matt, xxv., 40-46 :
"And   the  King shall  answer  and say  unto them,
Verily I say unto you,   Inasmuch as ye have  done it
unto one of the least of these my  brethren, ye  have .
done it unto me.    Then  shall he  say also unto them
on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire,  prepared for  the  devil and  his  angels j — 77 —
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I
was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in : naked, and ye clothed
me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when
saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or
naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto
thee ? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily, I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the
least of these, ye did it "not to me. And these shall
go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous unto life eternal."
I Ye have done it unto me." It is not the mere act
that is valued and rewarded by the Lord, in giving a
cup of cold water in the name of Christ, but the
nature of the love in which it is given. The nature
that rejects the Saviour cannot give even a cup of
cold water in His name ; for, unless given in love, not
selfish affections, but the love of God, it is not given
in His name. However fine the outward show, or lip
profession, it will not be accepted of God, unless it is
love from the heart. Oh, the awful meaning of those
words—| Depart from me ye cursed into everlasting
fire '•'—that sentence, like a burning flame will fill the
being with fire of hell. To see himself barred out of
Heaven and given over to devils, because he.chose it
so, will fill the soul with fire that ceases not to burn
and torment him, with the fires of hell in the presence 78
of his God, and the  holy angels  before the judgment
bar of God.    How   important then  that we each one
search our ways  and see if we are  preparing to hear
the welcome  home "ye have  done it unto me."    Or,
will it be I depart from   me ye cursed " " inasmuch as
ye did not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to
me."    We  are either  preparing to   suffer the   second
separation   from   God, or  to enjoy the   glories of His
presence for ever.    How great is the question, Where
am I going to spend eternity ? In a better world, or a
worse one than this.    Happy are   they,  and  blessed,
who beneath the  shadow  of His  presence  upon  the
Rock  of Ages- can   read  through Christ their titles
clear to mansions in the sky.    It is placed within   the
reach of all to do so, but he  who seeks  an   entrance
into Heaven on his own merits, through fear of hell
fire, and has no other motive to be a   Christian than
a selfish one, can never be a Christian by nature, only
by name.    He  who  is  prompted to  be  good  only
through  fear of punishment  can   never be good by
nature.      The  fearful  and   the   unbeliever  shall   be
turned  into  hell.     Love  casteth out fear.    He who
wants salvation because he wants to be  better in his
own nature, and asks the  Lord  to make him so, expecting what he asks for, receives  the blessing every
time ;   for he cannot ask thus without faith.    When
he repents   by turning away from   sin and   follows
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Saviour, he receives the blessing of peace and
pardon, and hath eternal life ; not thinks he has, but
has eternal life. To be a Christian because one wants
to be, is not hard, but easy ; to accept the Saviour's
offered mercy is not hard, but easy, if you really want
to do so. While you halt between two opinions the
way is hard. Some who want to have eternal life
through Jesus Christ the Saviour, are snared by satan,
who gets them to halt and wait until to-morrow.
They wait with good intentions for a time, which
never comes, and are lost.
Rom. vi., 16-23 : * Know ye not, that to whom ye
yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are
to whom ye obey ; whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness ? But God be thanked,
that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became
the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh : for
as ye have yielded your members servants to unclean ness and to iniquity unto iniquity ; even so now
yield your members servants to righteousness unto
holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye
were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then
in those things whereof ye are now ashamed ? for the
end of those things is death. But now being made
free from  sin,   and become  servants to God, ye have 8a —
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
For the wages of sin is death ; but the gift of God is
eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
If you yield to the influence of sin, you by obedience
become a servant of sin ;   and, until you are  made
free by the blood of Christ, you live in its atmosphere
and are a servant of satan.    Just as the waters  of a
river take the boat towards   the ocean, so  sin   drags
the soul towards hell ; but, blessed be God, who hath
pitied our helpless condition and  changed  the whole
atmosphere above, and sent, a gentle breeze to drive
us back up the current of the waters—a breeze which
flows above, with power to stop  our downward speed,
and drive our little barque upwards, on the course  of
life's fitful river, towards the pearly gates of Heaven.
If we will but hear his voice; and  change the helm
and raise the willing sails mercy's breeze to ca'ch and
set us free from the powers of death below, then we
are free.    No longer are we the servants  of satan,
obedient  unto death,  but servants  of the   King  of
Kings, children of our Father  and our God ;   heirs
through Jesus Christ  to  the  new Jerusalem  above,
where glory fills the soul, for His presence will   be
there, and that will be  Heaven's  highest glory,  its
greatest joy.    All may taste the joy of His  presence
here, even here, where we cinnot see Him  as  He is.
Then we shall see Him face to face, and, if we know
and love him now, we shall know and love him then _ 81 —
with a higher, purer love.    Oh, shall we not hear the
call and accept His mercy now ! Why spend our time
in sin, and let life's chances pass forever? Why live a
life on earth that will yield the fruits of repentance in
the fires of hell ? If not already saved, oh do  not rest
until you are ; nor cease to strive with all yeur might
to live a life of obedience unto righteousness. You
can find no fruit that is good in sin ; none but those
which blight, and curse the soul. But the fruits you
reap from serving God are holiness and everlasting
life. "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God,
is eternal life." Sin, when embodied, is a living
moving, nature of cruel, jealous, hating, covetous
deceit ; and he who is sin, is a child of satan, inasmuch
as satan is the father of lies. We cannot go to
Heaven without the new birth, through the blood and
resurrection of Christ, for by the character of our
nature God will judge and give everyone a place in
the ranks which his character marks for him. The
joys which sinners find in sin are but the sweetened
coatings of the fiery pills of hell, for its pleasures
quickly pass and leave a deadly sting to fester in the
soul. Each little act af sin, each little hate, is but an
added drop to make the bands of hell more firm, until
the being is a nature lost through sin and turned
away from God. We pray for you who read, fearing
that some, even some who read this book, may drink —  82
of sin till life is past, and Heaven to  them is lost, for
ever lost.
Rom. v., 6-13 : " For when we were yet without
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare
to die. But God commendeth his love toward us,
in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we.
shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when
We were enemies, we were reconciled to God bv the
death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we
shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we
also joy in God through our. Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom we have now received the atonement. Where -
fore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and
death by sin ; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned : For until the law sin was in
the world : but sin is not imputed when there is no
law.
During the old world, before Christ, man did not
know God as we do, but were down in darkness from
which they could not rise. Without the light of life—
the Sun of our souls—neither can the sinner or the
heathen of to-day know God. They were in the dispensation when God ruled by Angels ; but we are in
the dispensation of the Kingdom of God. Then men
knew but little of the indwelling of the love of God, His presence, His mercy and justice.    Therefore they
could not receive the image of God in their character,
nor receive the Holy Ghost the Comforter ; they could
not  know God's  boundlessdove, for they did not behold in Him the one who  would take their nature on
Himself and weep  over a fallen world, of which He
Himself would  become  a part  that they might  be
raised.   They could not say as we can, " He has borne
our sins Himself, and has paid our debt on the Cross,
has  finished.the  work."    They  saw no  victory over
sin for sinners won ; they did not even understand the
meaning  of the  sacrifices,  the types of Christ, who
would die  upon the  cross for them,  for they had not
strength to see their own lost and ruined state.   They
could not realise the fact that they were Satan's property, and that   Heaven to them  was lost  and lost for
ever, unless redeemed ; therefore could not receive the
new birth, from selfishness and hate to love and righteousness.    But we  can see  and know of a Saviour's
love,  and have  strength to grow   in   grace, the  love
wherewith He hath loved us, because His love is manifested in  our behalf, reconciling us to Himself, baptising us with His own nature of love, and  thereby fitting us for  the  indwelling  of His   presence,  giving
peace and rest,  and preparing the  mortal for immortality and Heaven, and satisfying God's laws'of divine
eternal justice.   If those in darkness were held responsible for this life and are now reaping what they have \fV
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sown, how much more are we responsible, who have
the light of God shining upon us, if we do not use our
talents for His glory ? They had a few blessings or
talents, but we have many/ Much more perfection of
character will be required of us, for every one must
render an account according to the blessings lent him.
Then search your own nature diligently and prepare
to meet the Lord, for the time is near at hand when
you must leave this life to meet the Judge who knows
your every thought, who will say to Christ's rejectors,
I Depart ye cursed into everlasting fire." " But God
commendeth His love to us in that while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us," and rose that we. might
have the resurrection power and be created for another
world. Before man's fall, he was created and fitted
only for this world, but was intended for another ; his
nature was such that he would yield to the first temptation and sin. He was not yet fitted for the paradise
above, to which he was intended to go and spend eternal ages. His flesh and blood like all things of time
were to change anel ripen, like the ears of corn, and,
falling asleep to crumble into dust once more, to await
the resurrection morn, for which the soul also should
wait in paradise above. If prepared for death, then it
shall be clothed upon with an immortal glorious body ;
but if not prepared to meet the Lord, must wait in the
borders of hell, to be clothed in its body of sin, to burn
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Stop now,  and  think !   Prepare,   oh,   prepare,   for
soon you must meet with the King  to  be judged !
Then don't fail;   don't fail, to prepare !   In   the  day
that  Adam   sinned,  he  died ;   but his body, did not
cease to live, he himself died.    The nature of his soul,
that would have admitted him  into paradise above,
was dead, and he was changed.    Before   the  fall,  he
was happy in the presence of God ;   after, he was not
so and was unfitted for paradise below as well as that •
above.    In the face of eternal justice, he had become
another creature ; to renew that  soul  to life again is
to create a.soul for Heaven, which is the second and
all important creation in connection with us.    In this
second creation, we each one have  a  part to act, • by
which we stand or fall, a test of love to gauge our
worth, to mark us wheat or tares.    I Wherefore, as by
one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin,
and so death passed upon all  men, for that all have
sinned."    But Christ now offers pardon.   Will you by
any means reject it and be doomed ? Oh, don't reject
the Saviour's love, but accept  Him  now.    Just now,
before it is forever too late.    Prepare now to meet the
Lord thy God.
As the sinner and his sins are one,
Or as poverty and want collide,
So Christ's rejector, quite undone,
Satan has bound in sin and pride.
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Each evil thought, the product of a cause within,
Is marked and seasoned by a devil's breath ;
Ignorance yields, but pride and sin,
And broken laws an endless lingering death.
And laws abound to bless mankind,
Laws both of good and evil,
That we through them might be refined ;
Created saints to dwell in Heaven.
Rom. viii., 6. "For to be carnally minded is death;
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
7. " Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God : for it is not subject to the law of God, neither
indeed can be."
8. I So then they that are in the flesh cannot
please God."
9. " But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,
if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if
any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of
his."    '. j     -   v - Jf,
10. I And if Christ be in you, the body is dead
because of sin ; but the Spirit is life because of
righteousness."
11. I But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus
from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ
from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies
by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."
12. I Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to
the flesh, to live after the flesh."
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13. " For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die :
but if ye. through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of
the body, ye shall live."
To be carnally minded is to long for the things of
earth in preference to the things of Heaven ; to have
a nature that will sell  the  truth   in order to obtain
earthly blessings ;  to love evil rather than good, that
is carnal, that is death.    Such are dead to the likeness
and image of God, dead to the presence of the Holy
Ghost, dead to the nature  of love and meekness that
fits a soul for Heaven, the white robe and the wedding
garment.   Carnally minded, dead in sin, not the same
nature,  therefore  not the same creatures that they
ought to be ; instead of being in harmony with God's
love, and thereby with  His divine will, they are  at
enmity against God, for they are not subject to the
law of God, for by their very nature, they cannot be.
To be spiritually minded is life and peace, happy in'
the presence of God, like the child at its parent's knee,
because love casteth out fear.    If we are in the flesh,
we cannot please God, because we are spiritually dead
while the flesh predominates,  leading the soul into
sinr and controlling the man ;   therefore, the soul is
dead unto righteousness and can do nothing ;   and
the body is alive unto sin, through the consent of the
enslaved, dead soul.    So then, they that are in the
flesh cannot please God.    You are not of the Spirit
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this world ;   not in  the Spirit  unless you  have  the
Spirit of God dwelling in your heart ;   and, if Christ
be in you, the body is dead, because  of sin, but the
spirit is life because of righteousness.    He that raised
up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit  that  dwelleth in you.    The
sceptic and the freethinker may doubt this marvellous
fact, to which the  writer and   countless thousands of
other redeemed ones can testify and do know by personal experience of the change, the quickening power,
of the new  birth, from death   unto life, from sin unto
righteousness, our mortal bodies quickened, sanctified,,
set aside from  sin, having God in our souls.    This is
no mere theory of the writer's, but the  practical personal  experience of many.    The  infidel may  argue
that he knows as much as the sanctified child of God
about the  love of God, the presence of God, and the
will of God towards men, because he has  studied and
read a great  deal about  the works of God ; and that
nature is his God, for nature, the works of the Creator,
are received by him as Go J, instead of the Creator
himself.    But alas, he who is blind from his  birth
cannot see the beauties of land or sky, with their lovely flowers and   beautiful   star-decked  Heavens,  until
his sight is given.    He may argue that he knows as
much as any one else, because he lives and feels the rays
of the sun and enjoys life in his own way, and so the
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child of God, the sanctified one, whose nature has
been changed, who is following the Lord ; led on by
the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, drawn out into a life
of righteousness by wonderful cords of love, the love
and fellowship of God with his soul. But he who
looks upon some deeply hidden unintelligent thing, in
nature, as God knows nothing of the realities of the
divine evidences of the Christian experience of the
true child of God, for he is blind and dead, to those
glorious blessings, and out of Christ; he finds no
peace, no satisfaction, no rest for his soul ; for our
Creator, has ordained that it should be so in order
that man might search for and have the true riches,
in the character of his nature that fit him for another
—a better, purer life beyond, where joys will never
fade and love will never cease. You may educate a
mortal with the highest learning of the present age
and elevate him to earth's highest pinnacle of fame ;
but, apart from God, you cannot give him peace to
satisfy the longings of the soul. Education has never
changed a sinner to a saint, and never will. Honor,
wealth or fame, have never changed a nature from
hate to love and never can. It is ordained that
nothing but the love of God—as revealed by the great
sacrifice in our behalf, the great freewill offering of
the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost—should redeem us from the curse of sin and the power of the
law and create a soul for the paradise above and the — 90
glories of Heaven, which  is   God's chosen  plan   for
creating sons and daughters for Heaven, giving   them
his own life, his own image and nature, and an inheritance in eternal glory.    Then, how  awful must it be to
miss the mark of our    high  calling and  lose  the life
which is hid w ith Christ in God— so freely  offered  to
all—for whosoever will may    come   and  drink of the
life-giving fountain of the   love of God.    If God had
opened any other door to   Heaven  for us,  excepting
that of love and free grace, or permitted   us  to enter
that door under any other merit than our own personal love, and personal responsibility to God, the responsibility of loving God   for  His   love   to j us, - and   of
-accepting and following Him, we   could not enter as
sons and daughters, but as aliens.    Not born  of God,
we would be fitted for no purer world than this, having
overcome no powers of evil through Christ; we would
have no wedding garments, no oil of love in our souls.
In fact, we would   not  be  fit  for   Heaven, therefore
there is no other way whereby we can  be saved, and
that is why it reads in
Rev. v., 3 : " And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
neither under the earth, was able to open the book,
neither to look thereon."
4.JI" And I wept much, because no man was found
worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look
thereon."
5.    " And one of the elders saith unto   me.    Weep — 9* —
not: behold the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of
David, hath prevailed to open  the book, and to loose
. the seven seals thereof."
Man hath broken the law and man must pay the
debt; but since no man could do it, Christ became
man, that he might redeem and create us for the
home above. No other plan would do ; for, if men
were taken into Heaven like machinery and placed
there regardless of his own will, without his oWn efforts
or consent, he would not be worthy of a home in the
presence of God and the Holy Angels, and could not
be happy there. The sinner, even in this world, is
not happy in the presence of God and often shuns
even the house of the presence of God, because of his
own guilty nature.
In a vision, the writer was in the interior of a large
building which was stocked with earthenware—dishes
of various  kinds and sizes.    The owner, a merchant,
was eagerly  purchasing more,  although   he  had   in
stock all he   needed and more than he could pay for ;
he was therefore in   trouble   on  account sof the debt
which resulted from reaching for too much at a time,
and yet he was buying more.    But he was not more
foolish than those people who are not seeking  first
the kingdom of Heaven, but the things of earth ; seeking in eager haste for things that must  pass   away so
soon, in preference to the eternal   riches that  never
fade.    Although they cannot pay.God for one of the — g2 —
true real   blessings,  which they  are  receiving,  they
transgress His law and sell the truth 'and their own
souls for fleeting, fancied pleasures that lead   to hell,
and which departing leaves a sting of  death upon the
soul.    I saw   men, also,  who came  into  the  place ;
that were small, withered and black.    My sister-in-law
informed me that one of them who had just   gone out
had been her mother's   slave in   the   old  country.     I
soon learned that her mother was the earth   and  that
it represented the one who  seeks  first  the   things  of
this earth and was a slave to sin and the world, which
had   been   so   effectually   stamped   upon   him—the
nature of the likeness of his soul before God.   He had
lived in the old nature, under the law of sin, a slave to
the flesh, the devil, and the world  to which he had
gone to reap the fruits of the deeds done in this body.
Then a neighbour came in, who  was in  trouble,  and
would not sit nor rest for one moment; his shoes were
very thick and hard, made of sole leather all over, and
hurt his feet very much.    He kept asking me about a
bond, and would not explain just what he meant, and
soon went out.    I knew the man to be one of good intentions, who hoped to go to Heaven at last,  yet he
was serving satan, in bondage to sin, and represented
those who are saved through the atonement of Christ,
as was the thief on the cross, who was saved ; though
as by fire, redeemed from hell.   All his life's privileges
were  consumed—gone  forever—and he must appear — 93 —
empty handed before the great judgment throne, to
render an account and to receive his reward, which
cannot be the glorious eternity that might have been
his; for he will, by nature, if saved, be among the
least in the kingdom above. No wonder that the
shoes of a backslider fit tight, when his soul is encased
in the coils of the world. No wonder that he knows
not a moment of rest, or peace in God, when he questions  the bond  of satan's claim upon  his immortal
• soui- ills
Romans viii.,13. " For if ye live after the flesh, ye
shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the
deeds of the body, ye shall live."
Psalm xcii., I. " It is a good thing to give thanks
unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O
most High :"
2. To shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night."
3. " Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon
the psaltery ; upon the harp with a solernn sound."
4. " For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through
thy work : I will triumph in the works of thy hands."
5. " O Lord, how great are thy works ! and thy
thoughts are very deep."
6. 1 A brutish man knoweth not ; neither does a
fool understand this."
7. 1 When  the  wicked  spring as  the grass,  and 1*1;
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when all the workers of iniquity do flourish ; it is that
they shall be destroyed for ever :"
8. I But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore."
9. " For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine
enemies shall perish ; all the workers of iniquity shall
be scattered."
10. I But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of
an unicorn : I shall be anointed with fresh oil."
11. "Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine
enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the
wicked that rise up against me."
12. I The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree :•
he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon." |||
13. "Those that be planted in the house of the
Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.''
14. " They shall still bring forth fruit in old age ;
they shall be fat and flourishing ;"
15. " To shew that the Lord is upright ; he is my
rock, and there is no un righteousness in him."
Galatians iii., 7. 1 Know ye therefore that they
which are of faith, the same are the children of
Abraham."
8. I And the scripture foreseeing, that God would
justify the heathen through faith, preachsd before the
gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations
be blessed."
9.    I So then they which be of faith are blessed with
faithful Abraham."
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10. " For as many as are of ,the works of the law
are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is every
one that continueth not in all things which are written
in the book of the law to do them."
11. " But that no man is justified by the law in the
sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live
by faith." . '       ■• - ' §-;  '%• - «
12. | And the law is not of faith : but, The man that
doeth them shall live in them."
13. I Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being  made a curse  for us :   for  it  is   written
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree."
14. 1 That the blessing of Abraham might come on
the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might
receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
Only those, who are of faith, are the children of
Abraham, not meaning those of the same   nationality
but those of the same faith. Abraham believed God
with a natural,- satisfying, therefore living faith, and
was blessed. The Israelites, believing that God accepted them through their sacrifices, were saved, although they understood not the great sacrifice that
was to come, of which their obedience and sacrificial
ordinances were typical. In faith they were children
of Abraham, and now all who accept Christ as their
own personal Saviour are of laith, therefore in faith
are children of Abraham, the seed of whom shall be
more than the sands of the  sea  for  number. ^The ^ill
if'
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kingdom of Israel,  a^s existing  on  earth to-day,  is
grander, nobler and  larger  than  it ever   was before,
and is working in the  beautiful rays  of the Light of
God, as reflected through the Sun of our Soul.
In  the  old  dispensation,   before  Christ,  while  its
people were chiefly composed of Jews, it stood beneath
the cloud of separation  from   its God.    Theirs   was
but faith  in  a  Saviour yet  to  com?.    Our  faith  is
sealed with the glorious sunshine of His presence in
our souls.    Theirs was in types and symbols.     Ours,
the substance, the love, the life restored again.     Yet
all, both Jew and Gentile, through faith are one :   one
in Christ—the Israel of God.    Do we wonder that the
Jews of this present age so completely fail to  see and
recognize the way in which God has established   His
kingdom ?   Fulfilled  His  laws and promises   to the
world through them,  a  chosen people, chosen not to
be the grandest, richest, or most independent, nation
on the earth, but chosen and used to fill  His  special
mission,  that they might have  eternal   life  secured
for them  and  all  mankind,  used   as   instruments   to
bless all nations ?   Do we  think  it   marvellous that
they remain a distinct and separate people  from  all
others ? Yet it is perhaps not so marvellous after all,
when we know that it is their choice.    They do not.
want to realize that all their sacrificial types and emblems were ended and completed on Calvary's cross ;
were wound up and finished in Christ;   that  the old — 97 —
world ended and this new one begun.    They   chose
to be a separate people and God  has said  that  they
would be so ; they reject God's plan  of salvation and
lose its blessings, because  it  is  their choice.     They
look  no  higher  than   an   earthly kingdom   and   an
earthly king, expecting to be justified before God   by
their own good works ;   to get a nature of love   and
justice, the image of God's nature, by wearing a heavy
yoke of bondage, and so to grind down   their nature
of evil by force.    How miserably they failed ? Instead
of growing in  love, they grew   in   hatred, until they
could murder a man for a small offence, whether they
were sure of his guilt or not.    Even   the  Sanhedrim,
their highest assembly of justice could rush upon the
innocent  Stephen  and   murder him without  law  or
justice, because his speech offended.   So then, bondage
does not purify the nature (ioth verse) " For as many
as are of the works of the law are under the curse :
for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not
in all things which are written in the book of the law to
do them."    (nth verse) " But that no man is justified
by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The
just shall live by faith.''    Christ  has  died   that  we
might live through faith, by accepting of God's mercy,
but only the just, those who have  a desire to do the
will of God have the promise of this verse.    (Gal. ii.,
21.) I If righteousness come by the law, then Christ is
dead in vain."    We know that law and bondage does
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not cultivate love and righteousness ; but rather a
nature quite opposite. In Gal. iv., we find Abraham's
two sons given in allegory, representing the two covenants (24th verse) " the one from the mount Sinai,
which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar," (25th
verse) " For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and
answereth to Jerusalem " (not the buildings but the
people), " which now is, and is in bondage with her
children." To-day those who seek for righteousness
and the peace of God, out of Christ, are within that
mountain's darkness, held by the bondage of its law.
(26th verse) I But Jerusalem which is above is free,
which is the mother of us all." (28th verse) " Now
we brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise."
" The just shall live by faith."
Psa. xci. 1st. The state of the godly. 3rd. Their safety. 9th. Their
habitation, nth. Their servants. I <j.th. Their friends ; with the effects
of them all.
i. "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the
most   High   shall  abide   under  the  shadow  of the
Almighty."    '' >   -
2. "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and
my fortress : my God; in him will I trust."
3. " Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of
the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence."
4. jl" He shall cover thee with his feathers, and
under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be
thy shield and buckler." — 99 —
5. " Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by
night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day ;"
6. " Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness ; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday."
y. " A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten
thousand at thy right hand ; but it shall not come
nigh thee."
8. " Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and
see the reward of the wicked."
9. I Because thou hast made the Lord, which is
my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation ;"
10. I There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall
any plague come nigh thy dwelling."
11. 1 For he shall give his angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways."
12. " They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest
thou dash thy foot against a stone."
13-H" Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder :
the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample
under feet."
14. I Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set him on high, because
he hath known my name."
15. I He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I
will be with him in trouble ; I will deliver him, and.
honour him."
16. I With long life will I satisfy him, and shew
him my salvation." 100 —
Rom. iii., 24. " Being justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus :"
25. I Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past,
through the forbearance of God ; "
26. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness : that he might be just, and the justifier of him
which believeth in Jesus."
27. " Where is boasting then ? It is excluded. By
what law ? of works ? Nay : but by the law of faith."
28. I Therefore we conclude that a man is justified
by faith without the deeds of the. law."
29. I Is he the God of the Jews only ? is he not
also of the Gentiles ? Yes, of the Gentiles also : |
30. " Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the
circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through
faith 1
31. I Do we then make void the law through faith ?
God forbid : yea, we establish the law."
Why is there redemption in Jesus Christ, whom
God has set forth to be a propitiation, through faith
in his blood ? And, why on account of Christ's righteousness, does God forbear towards the repenting
sinner, remitting his sins that are past and receiving
him as a child—an heir to Heaven ? Is it not because
Christ, as a great God of love attracting the sinner,
fills his soul with love, and so prepares him  for God's —   IOI
presence ?    Is it not because Jesus paid his debt, that
he, through asking  in   faith,  receives  remission  for
all past sins, and because of the change in his  nature,
that he  is   adopted into the   family of God ?    It   is
through Christ's  righteousness   being   manifested   in
our behalf that our salvation is complete ; that we are
created and made meet for the kingdom  of Heaven,
and in the crucified  and   risen   Saviour  is  the  only
power upon earth, that can  teach   man   to  love  his
enemy and his neighbor as himself;   the only power
which gives a nature of love that  is   free   from selfish
motives.     It  is the  sacrificing  love  of Christ  that
draws man out from  sin  and   hate,  and brings him
near to God.    (28th  verse)    " Therefore we conclude
that a man is justified by faith without the  deeds of
the law."    Christ has satisfied the law, by paying its
demands,  and therefore, as many as enter into  Him,
by faith, through love, partaking of the nature of God,
are free with Christ, who hath taken our place : therefore we may have eternal life, but  we  must WILL to
have it, otherwise it cannot be ours.    We must WILL
to have the new birth with a will that is willing to put
off the old man ; with all—even the very appearance
of—sin ;   and  to  become  a  new   creature in Christ.
But, before you can have  a   will like that, you must
believe God's word, that Christ  is  the   Saviour and
that you are  by nature under  the  condemnation of
eternal, unchanging justice ; cursed  by sin, debarred —   102 —
from the presence  of  God, who  loves your  soul and
expects you to receive the wedding garment.    Have
you, dear reader, slighted—directly or indirectly—the
Saviour's love, refused  his  call,   rejected his pardon,
and so refused eternal life.    If so, then you  are under
the claims of hell.     It owns you for its  victim, however  good your character   may be.    Your   doom   is
sealed, unless redeemed.    For character   has no passport to   take  you    into   Heaven.    You   must   accept
God's offered mercy by deciding to follow Jesus,  and
by following wherever He may lead.     Then  you will
go in the path of the righteous, by   the rivers   of life,
perfumed with  sweet roses    of love, and tinged   with
the red crimson blood which He  shed, riving life to
your soul and a right to a home in His presencea bove.
Then you will be prepared for that   home;   but  you
must follow in little things as well as in big ones, and
all the time as well as at the hour of prayer;   ever
praising the Lord   with  thanksgiving.    If you   want
to be a Christian, the way is  easy and  natural.    No
trouble  at  all.    When you really want to be—when
you decide to accept   and  follow Jesus just   as  his
apostles did—then He will lead you sweetly and gently through the gates of mercy into the New Jerusalem
on earth, where you will find peace, joy and  pleasure,
through the presence of the   Lord,   with  your  soul.
He will lead you onward and upward, into the glory
of His presence, to  a  higher,  purer  life   in   Heaven — J03 —
above. When a man wills to be good, he chooses his
surroundings to correspond with his will. You may
see it in his actions. You may hear it in his words,
or find it in his text book. For an example, the
following copied from a War Cry, gives the observing
reader an idea of the nature of the desires and will of
Commandant Booth :
A LEAF  FROM  THE  COMMANDANT'S  DAILY  TEXT
BOOK,       On August fjth, 1892.
I Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of
hope."—Zech. ix.,  12.
I God is a refuge for us.—For who is God, save the
Lord? and who is a rock, save our God. .The name
of the Lord ib a strong tower ; the righteous runneth
into it, and is safe.
I The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble : the
name of the God of Jacob defend thee. The beloved
of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him ; and the
Lord shall cover him all -he day long and he shall
dwell between his shoulders. The eternal God is thy
refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms ; and
he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee, and
shall say, destroy them.
I Israel then shall dwell in safety ; for He hath
said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. God is
in the midst of her ; she shall not be moved ; God
shall help her, and that right early.
I The Lord is my light and  my salvation ;   whom — 104 —
shall I fear : the Lord is the strength of my life ;   of
whom shall I be airaid ?   for  in   time of trouble  He
shall hide me in His pavilion :   in   the  secret  of his
tabernacle shall He hide me.
" Thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength
to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm,
a shadow from the heat. Happy art thou, Oh Israel:
who is like unto thee, Oh people saved by the Lord."
Psa. xxvii.    1st. David sustameth his faith by the power of God.
4th. By his love to the service of God.    9th. By prayer.
A PSALM OF DAVID.
Psalm xxvii., 1. | The Lord is my light and my
salvation ; whom shall I fear ? the Lord is the strength
of my life ; of whom shall I be afraid ? "
2. " When the wicked, even mine enemies and my
foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled
and fell."
3. I Though an   host should   encamp against  me,
my heart shall not fear : though war should rise against
me, in this will I be confident"
4. " One thing have I desired of the Lord, that
will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the
Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of
the Lord, and to enquire in his temple."
5. I For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in
his pavilion : in the secret of his tabernacle shall he
hide me ; he shall set me up upon a rock."
6. " And now shall mine head be lifted up above
mine enemies round  about me : therefore  will I offer — 105 —
in his tabernacle  sacrifices of joy ; I will sing,  yea, I
will sing praises unto the Lord."
7. I Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice : have
mercy also upon me, and answer me."
8. I When thou saidst, Seek ye my face ; my heart
said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek."
9. " Hide not thy face far from me ; put not thy
servant away in anger : thou hast been my help ; leave
me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation."
10. I When my father and my mother forsake me,
then the Lord will take me up."
11. I Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in
a plain path, because of mine enemies."
12. " Deliver me not over unto the will of mine
enemies : for false witnesses are risen up against me,
and such as breathe out cruelty."
13. "I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living."
14. I Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and
he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the
Lord."
This vast world of human thought and action was
intended to be but a transient home, where mortals
with immortals dwell—a refinery for the soul, intended to bring forth saints and fit them for another world.
This life, so full of joys and pleasures, deep and rich,
is always mixed with misery, grief and pain. Here
evil is  permitted  to exist, to  teach man right  from — io6 —
wrong, that he might overcome the evil with the
good, and that he might be born again ; created a
being for the New Jerusalem above ; crowned with
the life, the spirit and the resurrection of God's own
glorious Son. As sons of God, and-one in Christ, we
have the resurrection power—through his free grace
bestowed—if we will but accept His grace. To-day
the multitude who are accepting and receiving the
new birth into the kingdom of the Israel of God, is
larger and grander than ever it was before.
But, there is the other side—the evil with the good
—which makes the earth similar to a military school,
where every soldier puts on his armour and learns the
ways of war. So every pupil, in this more important
school of life, put on their armour and responsibility
as soon as they knovv right from wrong, good from
evil ; and, in tender years, start out under the quick
marching orders and heavy drill of battle, which cannot cease until some fatal shot or sabre stroke free
them from their earthly robe, which must moulder in
the dust until the trumpet sounds that ushers them
into the presence of God who gave them being. So,
both wise and foolish virgins march on in one vast
multitude, through time into eternity. The teeming
millions of this earth, like the marshalled armies of
two opposing nations is divided by the laws of God's
eternal justice into two classes : the Godly who are
wise ;  the bad who are foolish. — 107 —
Consider the army of the godly and the path on
which they march—the good path—the way of wisdom,
love, faith, hope, and charity ; these are the beautiful
hills all bright with the presence of God. He has set
them to mark the standard of the pilgrims' righteousness, to elevate their life, that they might be sanctified
and set aside from the tempter's power. Sometimes
we find it hard to climb these hills to nobler character,
but our Leader always gives strength sufficient for the
day and helps the willing, earnest traveller onward to
constant victo'ry, over sin. Above this noble army,
you behold the cross of Jesus : ever drawing them up
to the measure of his own great boundless love. Their
path is far above the deadly paths of sin and darkness
of the world, and has a peace which the world does not
know and cannot give. You watch a little closer and
observe that the great majority grow stronger and
stronger all the way, until safe on Canaan's shore.
We will follow for a few moments along the footprints of the average child of God, to see his life, his
character, and his victory, through Christ the Lord.
Born like other sinners, with a nature that seeks after
evil, he spends about fourteen years of life in sin, and
represents the average sinner, and is kept from crime
—only by the fear of man. He has no rest from sin,
but feels a longing for some better life ; he has no
future prospects until looking up, he beholds the Star
of Bethlehem and the lower lights that burn along the '
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Christian's way, and beholds the Son of God upon the
cross, and knows it was for him ; to give  him life and
set  him free,  that   the   Saviour suffered   there.     His
heart is touched with a living spark from off the altar.
He asks for pardon and receives new life, believes, has
faith in God, and   repents by   turning away  from sin,
and   seals   his   obedience by   willingness to   be  with
Christ   baptised;  therefore  he   is   born   again   and
accepted of the Lord.    The  love of God so  fills his
soul that the remainder of  his life is spent in   service
of the King of Kings.   The gospel seeJs grow year by
year within his nature, leading him higher and higher
on the beautiful hills, which comprise the mountain of
the   Lord,  called   Zion.    At last  with life's journey
almost over, he sits upon the banks of Jordan, rejoicing
in the Lord, praising and blessing God for the way he
has been led, just waitingthe command of the Master's
call, that  he might  enter the  beautiful  gates of the
eternal paradise above.
In the gospel dispensation of Christ's kingdom on
earth, all must be of the same spirit of love in Christ,
or they are not of the Israel of God ; all must have
the same faith in Christ as their personal Saviour, or
they have not eternal life ; and all must have the
spirit of obedience in love to G:>J, or they cannot
belong to the New Jerusalem on earth, and must enter
God's presence at last, as the foolish virgins, without
any spiritual growth in grace of character.    The Jew
4 — 109 —
must become as the Gentile,  and   the   Gentile  must
become as the Jew, and the heathen as the Christian ;
all of one spirit, born again made one in  Jesus  Christ
in order to be heirs of Heaven.    The heathen Gentile
must be lifted above his  sins—his  idol  worshipping
and superstitions ; saved  from his  fiendish  nature of
ignorant hate and selfishness, with  its awful   work  of
slaughter;     of  slavery,   tyranny   and   martyrdom ;
changed,  like Saul   of Tarsus, from  a  nature  that
dragged to their death all who were  opposed   to  his
claims unto a nature of love and good-will towards all
before he is a child of God.    The  learned Jew must
be raised above his selfish claims   for  earthly power,
above his nature that required the bondage of all the
Jewish laws, to teach him obedience to the Lord and
make him the natural man ;  serve the purpose which
God   intended   him   to  serve.,    Before  Christ,  God,
ruled man by law and justice ; but now, through love
and justice.    Christ came a mightier king than the
Jews expected, but their nature was too corrupt and
earthly to see his glorious mission,  though  he   gave
himself a ransom to make them free from the bondage
of sin.    He brought them  light and  life  everlasting,
while they expected   only  a  kingdom   of temporal
blessings.    Their nature was dark  and sinful, but on
the cross the Saviour said,  J Father forgive them, for
they know  not  what they  do."     Their  eyes  were
covered as with a veil that they might not see  the Hi
— no —
Tree of Life, which was protected with the flaming
sword of the presence of God ; nor eat of its fruits,
while their hands were red with the blood of the innocent ; for if they had tasted of the love of God in
their souls and saw His glory, as the saints and
prophets did, then they would accept no forgiveness
from the Father, but would live for ever in their hardened nature, unchangeable, like devils, whom love and
pardon never can renew or change.
But the veil of the law of bondage was rent and the
Tree of Life is not protected from the Israel of God,
for Christ, our advocate, has passed beneath the sword
of justice in our stead. It pierced His browT, His
hands, His feet, His side, before He gained for us admittance to the presence of the Father. All who now
beh6ld His love to them are kindled into love. The
nature of His own do live, like Him, through His
atoning death and resurrection power, for they have
eternal life; not a temporary life, but fixed upon the
soul. We, therefore, do not need the law of bondage,
but of love and justice, to make us serve -the Lord,
which to the Israelite of Christ's new kingdom is an
easy, a glorious service ; but, to the Jew in bondage,
a heavy burden of hard service, which he cannot perform. No man, by trying to keep the law, can work
out his own salvation. Law does not change his
nature; it does mould his actions and change his
course in life,  but never fits him for the courts  of — Ill —
Heaven. James ii., 10 : " For whosoever shall keep
the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is
guilty of all." James iv., 17 : " Therefore to him that
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is
sin." Sin is therefore a nature of selfish, ignorant
rebellion against God's will and is opposed to all that
is good. It deadens the conscience and hardens the
heart, and is the seal by which satan is permitted to
mark his willing victims ; but, glory to God, the seal
is broken, and every one who will accept His grace
are free. Are you among the foolish virgins ? Are
you slumbering beneath the power of sin, refusing to
obey the loving entreaties of the Lord, willing, to
tread the enchanting path that leads to hell, because
you are not inclined to believe that God's word is true,
or that the path to Heaven is a reality, though the
lives of millions do testify that it is ? Then you are
not fulfilling the mission of your life, as do the insect,
the fowl, or the beast, which fulfil their mission as
God designed. The ant, though it has never seen a
winter, is made to build its home and to stow away
the necessary food for the winter's use. The bee also
selects its home for shelter, gathers the material, and
constructs the cells to hold the honey which it gathers
to feed on through a winter of which it knows
nothing. What of the spider ? It prepares not for
winter and it is not necessary that it should, but it
prepares for its daily food as God intended it should. 112
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Its  system   is  made  to  be   fed on flies and insects ;
therefore, it is not provided with wings to fly from
flower to flower, as the bees, nor a long extended  bill
to sip the sweets which God  has placed  within  their
little bosom, nor a system which can  refine and prepare the honey for the cells.    With  a  wonderful system of manufacturing organs, the spider produces the
material, of which   it  carries  a   constant supply with
which it builds its own web and it is perfectly suited
to catch its food, that it might live  and   fill  its   little
but important  mission  on  the earth.    If the spider's
appetite called for honey, it could  not easily get the
food it needed.    As  with  the  spider,  so   it is  with
every creature.    The body is always made capable of
securing the right material to' feed and clothe, and so
satisfy its own  longings.    God has  made all   things
perfect in themselves for themselves.    The trees, the
fowls, or the beasts care not for .he morrow, as   man
does, for the future.   They perform their daily mission
in perfect harmony with the design of God's  perfect
will, while man in his spiritual life is not made  like
them to obey God's will, but is held  responsible for
the life he spends.    If man goes in the ways of hell,
against the grace of God, trampling under foot the
love of Christ, then he runs   to  his  own  destruction
and God will hold him responsible under laws  which
do not change.    If God's laws in temporal things demand of us the awful forfeit of the penalty in full for H3
every breach, how much more awful will it be in connection with things eternal ? If the man, who with his
beloved wife and fair young daughter, in the dark
drove carelessly over the high embankment, had to
pay the penalty by his life and mangled bodies on the
rocks below, how much greater will be the penalty
you must pay for wilfully neglecting so great a salvation as Christ has died to secure for you ? How
great will be the forfeit of Heaven and of eternal life ?
When you know that God commands you to follow
him in righteousness, and when you feel the Holy
Spirit drawing you to Jesus, it is your bounden duty
to accept His grace and reach out, with all your
might, to receive the crown of life. The bird, which
God has ordained to fly in autumn to a summer land
of flowers, which it has not seen, must perish in the
frosts of winter if it fails to go ; and so you must
walk with Christ, by faith in God, or perish in the
fires of hell. You must inherit the glories of Heaven,
through Christ, or suffer the torments of hell, through
sin, because it is your choice. You must choose to
serve God, or the devil. How great then is the responsibility that rests upon you ? Oh, trifler of the
world, while God is calling, will you not obey and live
that you may feast upon the manna of his love and
enjoy His presence through time and in eternity ?
God's presence is manifested to us just according as
we desire to  know Him  and believe   His word.    A I!
— U4 —
man will only seek for blessings according to his faith
in the promises of God.
St. John i.,  I.    I In the  beginning  was   the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
2. " The same was in the beginning with God."
3. "All things were  made  by him ; an J   without
him was not anything made that was made."
The Word was not a mere language of words.
The apostle refers to the power of the presence of the
will of God. The Word with us is God, God manifested to man. The Lord has manifested Himself in
three great letters, which form the Word of God,
perfectly to our vision.
The first great letter is the world in which we live,
with all the works of God, speaking forth the power
of His unlimited wisdom.
The second, the firmament of innumerable mighty
worlds, suspended in vacuum, each in its own appointed place, in perfect order, a part of which we can see
from this small world speaking forth the wisdom and
majesty of His unlimited power. The third letter is
man himself; the mortal body and immortal soul,
capable of possessing the image of God's own nature,
or the nature of devils. Man, planted on earth to be
tempted and refined and fitted for Heaven. Man,
lifted to a life of righteousness by God's own life,
death and resurrection. Man, for whom the Saviour
suffered on the cross, and who became man's Sun, and — us —
man's Life, telling of God's unbounded love and justice
In that Word we see the boundless and perfect
wisdom, power, love and justice of our God. It is the
privilege and duty of every reader to study the Word
and to study it in the light of God's written Word,
and under the direction of the Holy Ghost, that you
misrht see in it the Glorious Creator and know God
by His works, just as you would see and know an
absent friend by looking at his picture. The earnest
diligent Christian recognizes God in His word. But
yet there is a higher, fuller sense by which the Christian knows God and is happy in his presence All
may have this joy if it is their will to live the life of
righteousness, of faith, and love; being hid with
Christ in God ; and so have His presence abiding in
their soul.
God's presence with man may be likened to the
great network of the Electric Tram and Light Company's wires of a large city ; and His love likened to
the electric fluid that is rolled forth from motor to
motor, flashing along the wires from every throb of
the mighty engines. The presence and powrer goes
from the power house to each corner of the street and
to every dwelling and office where wanted. People
sacrifice a little that it might be there to drive away
the darkness of the night. So the love of God, flowing down the wondrous cords of grace, reaching from
Heaven's high throne to Calvary's Cross for us, bring- — n6 —
ing light and life and never-ending pleasures to all
who will accept salvation, and sacrifice the devil's alluring powers of sin. All who are reaching forth with
all their hearts' desire to clasp the mighty cords of
grace, shall ever drink and feast upon the living, ceaseless manna of His love. The servant of the Lord,
who is thus in touch with God, shall overflow with
praise and adoration all day. long, partaking, as the
apostles did, of the presence of the Lord.
Psa. xix.      i. The  creatures shew  God's glory.    7. The word  his
grace.     12.  David prayeth for grace.
TO THE CHIEF  MUSICIAN,   A PSALM OF DAVID.
1. "The  heavens declare  the glory of God ; and
the firmament sheweth his handywork."
2. " Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto
night sheweth knowledge."
3. I There is no speech nor language, where their
voice is not heard."
4. "Their line is gone out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. In them
hath he set a tabernacle for the sun."
5. 1 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his
chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race."
6. I His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof."
7. I The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the — ii7
soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure,  making wise
the simple."
8. I The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing
the hearf: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes."
9. "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for
ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
10. " More to be desired are they than gold, yea,
than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the
honeycomb."
11. "Moreover by them is thy servant warned:
and in keeping of them there is great reward."
12. " Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou
me from secret faults." |||g
13. " Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then
shall I be upright, and I shall be. innocent from the
great transgression."
14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord,
my strength and my redeemer."
Heb. ix., 21. " Moreover he sprinkled with blood
both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the
ministry." tffisg    lH
22. " And almost all things are by the law purged
with blood ; and without shedding of blood is no
remission." • ... —  n8 —
23. I It was therefore necessary that the patterns
of things in the heavens should be purified with these ;
but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these."
24. I For Christ is not entered into the holy
places made with hands, which are the figures of the
true ; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the
presence of God for us : "
25. " Nor yet that he should offer himself often* as
the high priest entereth into the holy' place every
year with blood of others ;"
26. I For then must he often have suffered since
the foundation of the world : but now once in the end
of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the
sacrifice of himself."
27. I And as it is appointed unto men once to
die, but after this the judgment: "
28. " So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of
many ; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
What love the Father hath bestowed on us, in that
we are by grace made sons and daughters of God.
We, whose doom was written, sealed by His eternal
justice, barring us forever from His presence, because
the devil's image was written with the indelible ink
of sin in living letters on the soul. Stamped with a
seal in our nature, which none could break until
justice was satisfied ;   which demanded that nature's — 119 —
death in the soul, so that the soul must become dead
unto the image of satan's nature, and alive unto God,
before justice could be satisfied, or the seal be broken.
Nothing could give us this new birth of nature, but
the love of God in the heart, and, though His love
could change our nature, yet the seal of the death
sentence must be broken, in order to give us liberty.
As the soul was alive, so the body also was alive, to
sin : both alike under the sentence of death, and the
blood representing the life must be shed, and man
must pay the awful penalty for his sin. But from
beneath his nature of sin, and the power of justice, no
man of himself could raise ; for he could not keep the
law, nor raise himself up from hell. It was quite
beyond man's power, for that which is being created
cannot create itself; and just here, the wonderful love
of God is bestowed upon us, for when we were doomed to the eternal slavery of devils, and the torments
of hell, not being fit for the glorious courts of Heaven
where sin can never dwell. He came, in the person
of His Son, to Calvary's Cross, to wear our nature
and to break the seal, by his broken body, and to
cancel the sentence by the blood he shed, in behalf
of the sinner. So Christ satisfied the law, broke the
seal, and established a beacon light upon the cross,
which is growing brighter and brighter unto the perfect day ; as the Sun of our Souls warming all with
the radiance of His presence, who will but reach out —   120 —
lEr ■ s" ;
with eager, earnest, trusting hearts,, and   receive his
offered grace.    There are some souls, so cruelly   saturated by satan's nature, that offered mercy only chills
their soul, and God's love can never reach their heart,
because   their  selfish   ignorant  pride  hardens  them
against his grace ; and satan leads them in the broad
cruel ways of death, bidding them forget the future;
and the fact  that  they  are   his  slaves,  marching  in
chains to his eternal habitation, telling them that they
are after all  not so very bad.    When   conviction  of
sin bears hard upon  them  and  they  wish to  escape
the powers of sin, he tells them to wait a little longer,
and they wait.;   for their nature is  to  linger in   the
ways of sin, rejecting the  mercy of God's  boundless
love.    So they await their adversary's  pleasure,  until
the curtain of eternal justice  is   lifted,  and   they  are
awakened beyond the reach  of the   precious   blood,
without which there is no repentance, therefore  no
forgiveness.    The^nature is forever fixed just  as the
tiger's nature, which cannot be changed  by receiving
pardon, or allowed to roam at large, in our towns and
cities.    Neither can  sinners be allowed   in   Heaven.
There is no remittance without the shedding of blood,
and no repentance without the power of love, for no
power can change man's nature, but that of love : and
it is the only way by which we can  receive the new
birth into the kingdom of God, in this life, and into
the paradise above. —  121   —
| The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost," Luke xix., 10.    " He  that  believeth
on  the  Son hath  everlasting   life," John iii., 36.    To
believe on the Son is to have a loving, satisfying confidence, that Jesus is your  personal   Saviour, and, in
order to get this living faith, you must study diligently
the word of God, in his book of works, and in his book
of Words.    They are laden with treasures of blessings
rich  beyond  the  reasonings of man's mind, yet  the
simplest may feast upon them as well as the wise ; the
poor as well as the rich ; the weak as well as the strong.
If it is your desire, you may  be full and running over
with the love of God.   In order to love God, you must
learn of Him, whose presence  should be sweeter than
earth's fairest pleasures, and His word   more pleasant
than liberty.    Oh, how  much we  need His  precious
truths to  enlighten our mind, and the  precious blood
of Christ  to cleanse  the soul, yet the fool  rejects it,
saying there is no God.
Oh, how precious is the Word, since it holds the
sanctifying fountain of cleansing for man. Oh, how
much the sinner needs the truths it teaches, the life it
reveals, and the character it demands, in order that he
might have the portion it promises and the person it
pictures. If you would grow in grace, you must
apply the word of God to your personal habits, your
social possessions, and your religious associations;
then  you  may  follow Jesus Christ  into the higher
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life and grow more and more sanctified in character
from your besetting sins. You must strive to obey
every precept and walk in its light. It is your privilege to cherish every promise, to feed on its treasures
and to hide it in your heart. Without it, the wise of
this world are but fools and must lament their folly
while the endless canvas of a^es move.
Unless redeemed by the blood of Christ, he who
lives afar off and does not cherish the word in. his
heart, though he be saved as by fire through faith in
Christ, yet he will suffer a vital, eternal loss, in the
nature of his wedding garment: a mansion will be
given suitable to his nature. If one of the least in
the kingdom, his place will be in the outer globe ;
not among the worlds of mansions nearest the throne
of God's glorious presence. All who have Heaven
for their home, may be satisfied in themselves and
their surroundings ; each will be in his own natural
element, the small vessel full of joy as well as the
large one. As all having life in this world are satisfied in themselves : the snail is satisfied, with the fulness of its life and surroundings^ the bird, the fish,
and the brute alike with mm a:e filled with the satisfaction of life in themselves. But some are creatures
capable of pleasure and honor, while others are not;
and, according to their nature, their station in life is
fixed. So it is in the world beyond, in reference to
the redeemed.    A man's wedding garment and the — 123 —
oil in the lamp of his soul gain for him his low estate
or the crown and throne of glory, as the Lord appoint^
and so we are Weaving our garments each day, either
of the golden thread of love, or the dross that will
burn ; of the riches of Heaven or the dead things of
earth; preparing each day for eternity ; preparing
for the small or for the great; but some are not
preparing, only walking the dark road to hell. Do
you choose to go down with the sinful and low, by
rejecting God's mercy and love ; to repent when too
late, in darkest despair ; to suffer your horrible doom ;
to realize that the train of time is past and that you
are lost. ? Are you quietly treading in the path to
hell ? We ask it again, dear reader, because the loss
is more than you can stand. To miss the blessed
fellowship of the Holy Ghost and the wonderful love
of God, through rejecting Christ, is to lose that which
fits your soul for Heaven. Oh, will you not hear the
Saviour's loving voice and accept His gracious call
before time seals your doom ? True, Christians long
to guide you to the blessed Shepherd's fold. " The
Spirit and the Bride say Come." Will you not hear
(if yet unsaved) the loving, warning voice of God ?
still calling ? Will you not accept the pardon, the
crown of life, and everlasting joy ? or will you linger
a little longer suddenly to behold the coming of the
Lord in judgment, as a thief comes in the night ?
You will be unprepared for all, but hell ;   to taste its — 124 —
brimstone of fire in His presence, because of the very
fact of your awful folly, and to receive your eternal
doom. Now is the day of grace ! Not to-morrow,
but now! Oh, do not wait, nor rest, until you are
happy in the Lord, through faith and willing obedience
to his Divine and Glorious will.
Prov. xxix., i. " He that being often reproved
hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and
that without remedy."
2. I When the righteous are in authority, the
people rejoice : but when the wicked beareth rule,
the people mourn."
3. " Whoso loveth wisdom rejoiceth his father:
but he that keepeth company with harlots spendeth
his substance."
4. " The king by judgment establisheth the land :
but he that receiveth gifts overthroweth it."
5. " A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth
a net for his feet."
6. " In the transgression of an evil man there is a
snare : but the righteous doth sing and rejoice."
7. " The righteous considereth the  cause of the
poor : but the wicked regardeth not to know it."
|||8.    I Scornful men bring a city into a snare :   but
wise men turn away wrath."
9. "If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man,
whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest." —   125
10. I The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the
just seek his soul."
11. "A fool uttereth all his mind : but a wise man
keepeth it in till afterwards."
12. | If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are
wicked."
13. "The poor and the deceitful man meet together : the Lord lighteneth both their eyes."
14. 1 The king that faithfully judgeth the poor,
his throne shall be established for ever."
-15.    "The rod  and reproof give  wisdom:   but a
child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."
16. " When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increascth: but the righteous shall see their fall."
17. jl" Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest ;
yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul."
18. I Where there is no vision, the people perish :
but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
19. J " A servant will not be corrected by words :
for though he understand he will not answer."
20. I Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words ?
there is more hope of a fool than of him."
21. I He that delicately bringeth up his servant
from a child shall have him become his son at the
length."
22. "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious
man aboundeth in transgression." —  126 — JII
23. IA man's pride shall bring him low: but
honour shall uphold the humble in spirit."
24. " Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own
soul : he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not."
25. " The fear of man bringeth a snare : but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe."
26. "Many seek the ruler's favour; but every
man's judgment cometh from the Lord."
27. " An unjust man is an abomination to the just:
and he that is upright in the way is abomination to
the wicked "
Ephesians ii., 12. | That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of
Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise,
having no hope, and without God in the world :"
13. "But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes
were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ."
14. 1 For he is our peace, who hath made both oncf
and hath broken down the middle wall of partition
between us ;"
15. " Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even
the law of commandments contained in ordinances ;
for to make in himself of twain one new man, so
making peace ;"
16. I And that he might reconcile both unto God
in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity
thereby :" — 127 —I
17. I And came and preached peace to you which
were afar off, and to them that were nigh."
18. " For through him we both have access by one
Spirit unto the Father."
19. " Now therefore ye are no more  strangers and
foreigners,  but fellowcitizens  with the  saints, and of
he household of God." uT
GOD'S   UNION   WITH   US.
Ii
*Y N all the appointed works of God there iu perfect
*-J     harmony blending with infinite love and justice.
All that stands in opposition to  that harmony is  of
sin and is directly opposite to righteousness.   Heaven
and love are one in God, and God is love.    If you are
of God, your nature  must  be  love;    Hell   and  sin,
united as one, are the products of the devil's  nature,
and he who loves to make and to tell a lie  is  himself
a lie.    Spiritual unions are of more  vital   importance
to man than  earthly ones, because  their issues are
eternal and lead to Heaven  or. to  hell.    The  only
great and perfect union relative to the human family
is that of our united fellowship in love, through Christ,
with God our Creator.    Why has this union  steadily
grown for nearly two thousand years,  with   mighty
power, lighting the world's dark vale of death, breaking the powers of hell, and fitting man for  a  better
world ? Why have about fifty millions of Christians,
since Christ, given their bodies a sacrifice  as   martyrs
for His sake, for the advancement  of His  Kingdom
an d the salvation of their fellow man ?   Why is  this — 129 —
union between God and man so strong and changeless ? It is because the love of God changes not, and
the sanctifying blood of Christ, reaching the soul, is
ever the same, making the dead to live, the hater to
love, and the unrighteous man to forsake his ways.
Nothing but the love of God, as shown by the precious
blood of Christ, can change the soul from sin to righteousness ; or pay the law's demand. Yet fools in
their folly have sought a substitute—another way to
enter Heaven, which never can be found. Then, how
precious is the blood that Jesus gave for you ? Oh,
' how great the sacrifice which saves the sinner who
wants salvation, and how precious the gift of pardon
since it unites the soul with God in love that casts out
fear j and puts a sweet assuring peace within the soul.
Surely we can bless the Lord and magnify His name
at all times, like the Psalmist of old, for a salvation
that keeps us every moment, while we trust Him. ' I
bless the Lord for the new birth, and praise Him for
a full salvation ; the resurrection from death unto life,
and for the Holy Ghost the Comforter. I bless God
for the fact that I know for myself, by personal experience, of the new birth ; of what it is to be born of
the Spirit of God ; changed from the dead, cold, dark,
hating, guilty, sinful nature, to the living, loving, trusting, enlightened nature of willing obedience to God.
Every intelligent person must know and feel in their
own soul, that this first nature referred to leads its victims towards the gates of ruin and the nations into
hell ; while the second leads it willing followers
towards the beautiful gates of Paradise, and tends to
make our world an Eden of Love. Yet, some without a reason, take the downward road to death, knowing that they are wrong. For instance the leading
infidels of to-day, knowing that the gospel of Jesus
Christ is the power that elevates mankind and is the
secret of every truly great nations' greatness, are still
speaking and working against it. The only reason
we can give, is that their nature is in league with the
downward path, or they would not want to rob the
world of its goodness and fill it with the horrors of
hell. The freethinker may be free to say what he
thinks about these things, and I bless God that I am
not only free to speak what I think about salvation,
but know it for myself, I know in whom I am trusting, and have passed from death unto life. I know
the presence of God who leads me day by day, and I
know the peace the Saviour gives which the world
cannot know. The moralist may think that it is only
a feeling of excitement that makes the soul rejoice.
If so, it is the kind of excitement God has made to
elevate the soul and it has lasted me for years, growing stronger and brighter ; deeper and milder all the
time; and I bless and magnify the Lord because
countless multitudes can testify the same. Yet the
proud  rejector of the Saviour's   love, fails to  believe — i3i —
the sincere earnest testimony of their experience ;
fails to see the difference between good and evil ; fails
to recognize the deception of his cruellest enemy ; and
must fail to attain the glorious purpose for which he
is placed on earth, while he chooses to remain beneath
the alluring mists of sin that cloud the world. But>
praise the Lord for the thousands who are coming out
from beneath the vale of satan's kingdom every day
into the marvellous light of Gospel truth and love,
being united as one new man through Christ in God.
The prayer and desire of the redeemed in this world
is that sinners, wandering from God, may be destroyed
from off the face of the earth and quickened into a
newness of life, changed into saints of the Lord ; that
aliens from the common wealth of Israel, whether
Jews or Gentiles, who are strangers to the covenants
of promise, " having no hope and without God in the
world," who are " afar off," may be " made nigh by the
precious blood of Christ." I bless God because he has
broken down the middle wall of partition that separated the sinner from the Tree of Life, with its fruits
of love, charity, faith and peace with God ; who has
abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in
Himself of twain one new man ; so making peace,
and that he might reconcile both unto God in one
body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby ;
and now in the word of God, preached through Him, 132
we both have access by one spirit, unto  the  Father.
If the Lamb of God, the great sacrifice slain  from the
foundations of the world that saints might be created
for Heaven, was sent only to obtain   a  pardon   for
sinners, leaving us in our sinful nature, we would
never be fit to enter Heaven. But, blessed be God,
who with pardon demands the new birth, the final
change from sin unto righteousness ; and so we find
in the sacrifice not only a ransom from the grave, a
resurrection for the body, and an atonement for the
separation of the soul from God, when the Saviour
said upon the cross " My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me," but also the hidden manna, the
unchanging love of God, repealed in the cleansing
blood from Calvary's Cross, and in the precious words
which Jesus preached and sent his followers into all
the world to teach, that all might be brought into one
peace and fellowship unto God. So we find that both
Jews and Gentiles are one in spirit, through Christ
and no longer separate as foreigners and strangers,
but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
Isaiah liii., 5. " But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement of our peace was upon him ; and with his
stripes we are healed."
6.    " All we like sheep have gone astray ;   we have — 133 —
turned every one to his own way ; and the Lord hath
laid on him the iniquity of us all."
7. "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet
he opened not his mouth : he is brought as a lamb to
the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is
dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
8. " He was taken from prison and from judgment:
and who shall declare his generation ? for he was cut
off out of the land of the living : for the transgression
of my people was h^,stricken."
9. " And he made his grave with the wicked, and
with the rich in his death ; because he had done no
violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth."
10. " Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him ; he
hath put him to grief; when thou shalt make his soul
an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall "prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall
prosper in his hand."
11. I He shall see of the travail of his soul, and
shall be satisfied : by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many ; for he shall bear their
iniquities."
K. GOD'S   PRESENCE   WITH   US.
nil 1
9J|   MORTAL cannot grasp the height and breadth
of the love of God any more than you can understand the endless ends of the countless  millions of
imaginary lines  which pass you  on every hand,  of
which reason says  they must  begin   somewhere and
have an end.    While circumstances prove them endless, and causes man's highest reason to fail  in blank
confusion, with nature's sight, aided by the  telescope,
you can see countless millions of miles of the s pace in
which you dwell, although you cannot see it all.    He
whose spiritual eyes are opened by gospel light,  can
see  a  part  of God's  boundless   love   and  glorious
presence ;   have, through Christ, the risen   Saviour,
a  satisfying  portion  of the  peace   He  gives ;   sees
through Him the Father's boundless love,  which surrounds the Christian in this life ;   and fills  his  soul
with ceaseless hope and joys unspeakable.    He feels
and knows that the presence of the Lord is with him.
He looks to Calvary's cross and beholds the Saviour,
suffering there on earth to make him free from  sin,
to pay his ransom price, and  be his advocate.    We — 135 —
know that this is true, by personal experience, and
that 1 He was wounded for our transgression, was
bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our
peace was upon him, and with His stripes we are
healed." Have you watched the thoughtless, unre-
generated soul, while he was sinking beneath the
waters of affliction, approaching the gates of death ?
Have you sought to find in him the peace of the
presence of God ? If so, you have sought in vain.
The Lord does not dwell with us until our nature is
moulded by His own great love, the love of God;
cleansed in the fountain of his blood. Let us not
forget that the blessed Lord and Saviour was smitten
for us, was afflicted of God, that we might escape hell
and the nature of devils, and that we might have an
entrance into Heaven.
God, in love and justice, will not permit a nature
of sin to dwell in Heaven, because He loves the angels.
When all we like sheep had gone astray, following
after our own nature of sin, Jesus bore our iniquities
and was afflicted in our stead, and murmured not,
but went as a lamb to the slaughter ; from prison and
from judgment to Calvary's cross, because he loved
us. He was able to pay our debt, because his own
life was sinless, and he could lay it down and take it
again that we might rise with Him. He gave His
soul an offering for sinners because He loved us
Then, can we afford to neglect that gift of pardon, the — 136 —
crown of life and love, he offers, and reject our souls'
salvation ? If we do, we cannot escape a home with
devils, for Jesus did not escape the cross, but paid the
law's demand, and bled on Calvary. " He shall see
His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure
of the Lord shall prosper in His hands." This present
day is the day of the Lord that is prolonged ; and is
biing prolonged to cease only when the jubilee of
earth's great millennium is here, and the Lord shall
I see of the travail of His soul and be satisfied." GOD'S   LAW   WITH   US
I. Peter iii., 15.
** *fi2UT sanctify the Lord  God   in   your hearts ;
and be ready always to give an  answer  to
every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that
is in you with meekness and fear : "
16. I Having a good conscience; that, whereas
they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be
ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation
in Christ."
17. I For it is better, if the will of God be so, that
ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing."
18. " For Christ also hath once suffered for sins,
the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the
Spirit:"
19. " By which also he went and preached unto
the spirits in prison ;"
20. " Which sometime were disobedient, when once
the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is,
eight souls were saved by water." nv
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21. I The like figure whereunto even baptism doth
often now save us (not the putting away of the filth
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: "
22. " Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right
hand of God ; angels and authorities and powers
being made subject unto him."
Sanctification is a progressive state, meaning set
aside. Sanctify God in your heart, by seeking first
and above everything else to serve and glorify God
with your whole life, making everything of second
consideration. If you accept Christ for your Saviour
and obey Him with a willing loving obedience, you
have rest from a guilty conscience, a peace which is
the evidence of the new birth ; a change from guilt
and from a nature of sin to righteousness and loving
confidence in God ; then you are sanctified, set apart
from sin, but not made perfect. To sanctify God in
your heart should occupy the whole of the Christian
life, and mean a life of obedience in all things—a
loving service to God, growing in grace and working
out your own salvation. After, you are redeemed}
preparing your mature for Heaven. God, in perfect
love, demands that none but blood-washed souls shall
enter Heaven. Are you sanctified through Christ in
love to God ? Then you should strive to sanctify the
Lord God in your heart, by studying His word as
written in His books, so as to answer with meekness R ^39 —
any man that asks for " a reason of the hope that is
in you," having a good conscience, which is the fruit
of walking in love through Christ with God, speaking
forth the life of Christ, testifying by your actions as
well as by your words of the presence of God in your
soul. You show to the world that, since Christ has
suffered: " the just for the unjust" to satisfy the law of
God and to bring us to Him, you accept His grace
and the baptism of death in the flesh, and through
God have been quickened with Christ by the Spirit.
When Christ was put to death for us, He was quickened by the Spirit, by which He also went and
preached unto the spirits in prison. The disobedient,
who had no part in the first resurrection, and were
left in prison until the final judgment—had they been
obedient to God's laws of perfect justice—they would
have been taken into Paradise at the first resurrection,
of which Christ was the first when He arose. They
had lived before Christ came and had not the privilege
to reject His salvation, therefore were not yet lost,
for Christ atoned for every one and He offered them
salvation, for that is what He preached.
While the Ark was being prepared, Noah waited in
obedience to God, through faith, and through that
faith God saved him by the waters which bore him up
and destroyed the wicked from the earth. And so
baptism, in a like figure, doth also now save us. Not
the putting  away of the filth of the flesh, but the an- . — 140 |f|
Swef of a good conscience towards  God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.    Baptism is a work of faith,
not to cleanse the body or  the soul from sin,  but a
spiritual dipping with God into the blood that stained
the  cross   on   Calvary—a token  of our death  with
Christ to the world ; and resurrection with the Son of
God   by  faith  through   a   loving   obedience  to  the
Saviour's  command.    As it is not of works, but of
love, faith and obedience to God, it matters  but little
wh ether you are baptised in a  river or baptistry—in
much or little water—whether you  are sprinkled or
immersed.    If your love and faith is pure, natural and
sincere, God will accept your baptism as a righteousness fulfilled and give you the answer of a good conscience.
I was immersed in the waters of a river in the State
of Missouri. No other way would have sufficed than
the way of immersion, for I had been taught so, and
God requires that we do what we believe to be His
will Had I been taught that sprinkling or pouring
on was an acceptable way unto the Lord, and followed
that teaching, it would not have lessened my love, my
faith or my obedience. It would have been acceptable unto the Lord, because it is not an act of works,
but of faith—a loving service.
We find that God acknowledges baptism for
departed souls, who physically could take no part
in  the   baptismal   form,   but   spiritually  could   ac- —  141 —
cept it through the act and faith of another. I.
Cor. xv., 29: " Else what shall they do which are
baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all ? why
are they then baptized for the dead ? " I myself, have
used the privilege offered in that verse for departed
brothers and sisters in the • Lord, who confessed the
Saviour on their dying beds, from which they passed
to meet their God without having fulfilled this righteousness, in obedience to the Saviour's will. We
believe that every jot and every tittle of God's law
must be fulfilled in behalf of every one before they
can enter Heaven. Angels, whose majesty and glory
are beyond our comprehension, and principalities and
powers obey God's will. The Almighty forms the
laws of Heaven and earth, and appoints kings and
priests to administer His laws of love and justice.
He gives each saint a mansion and a crown, or a
place in Heaven, according to the spiritual character
when brought before the bar of eternal justice, at the
last great judgment-day, when Paradise will be exchanged for Heaven ; or the prisoner doomed to
hell.
The fruits of the new birth is the answer of a good
conscience toward God. It matters little what your
feelings are, if you believe that Jesus is your Saviour,
and choose to follow Him. If you repent, by turning
away from sin and confess the Lord by baptism, you
have eternal life abiding  in  you, and  you  eat  and drink of the spiritual food of the flesh and blood of
the Son of God, which is eternal life, and God will
raise you up at the last day, when your time on earth
is done. St. John vi., 54 : "Whoso eateth my flesh,
and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life ; and I will
raise him up at the last day." Then come to Jesus, as
the late Rev. C. H. Spurgeon advises in the following
beautiful hymn :
FLY   TO  JESUS.
Guilty sinner, fly to Jesus;
He alone can purge our guilt;
From each deadly sin He frees us,
'Twas for this His blood was spilt.
Come and welcome;
Come this moment if thou wilt.
Empty sinner, haste to Jesus,
For in Him all fulness dwells,
And His inmost soul it pleases
When a longing soul He fills.
Be not backward ;
He invites whoever wills.
Hopeless sinner, look to Jesus,
In His death thy ransom see ;
From despair His word releases,
Trust in Him and fear shall flee,
High as Heaven
Are His thoughts of love to thee.  GOD'S   GRACE   TO   US.
Hebrews ii., n.
** *|pOR both he that sanctifieth and they who are
***      sanctified are all of one :   for which cause he
is not ashamed to call them brethren,"
12. 1 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my
brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise
unto thee."
13. I And again, I will put my trust in him. And
again, Behold I and the children which God hath
given me."
14. I Forasmuch then as the children are partakers
of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part
of the same ;   that through death   he might destroy
him that had the power of death, that  is, the devil ;'
15. I And deliver them who through fear of death
were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
16. " For verily he  took not on him the nature of
angels ; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17. "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be
made  like unto his brethren, that    he  might be a
merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining — H5 —
to   God,  to  make reconciliation  for the  sins of the
people."
18.    "For in that he himselfhath suffered  being
tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."
Since God who sanctifies and we who are sanctified
are all of one spirit, through Christ, He is not ashamed
to call us brethren, and His grace—meaning favour—
is extended to us, not because we  have chosen to follow Him, but because His blood—through his grace—
has cleansed our heart, and His love has changed our
nature.    Inasmuch as  the children of God are f partakers of flesh  and blood, He also  likewise took part
of the same,  that through  death He  might  destroy
him that hath   the power of death, that  is the devil,"
and save us from the power of the law that would send
us down to hell, where by  law and  by nature we belonged, and, inasmuch as God's free grace extends to
sinners a pardon from Calvary's cross, comes to make
us free.    His favor also extends to guide the ransomed
home to be forever in His own sweet presence.    How
does the Saviour lead His ransomed from the gates of
hell?    By the cross, and its fountain of cleansing ; by
the straight and narrow way.    Straight and narrow in
regards to the sinful pleasures of this world ; but wider
far than earth are the real pleasures of a Christian"life,
though upwards  eveiy step, there is a light above—a
guiding  star—and  sweet   forget-me-nots,   perfumed
with love on every side, and living promises on which
L. Ill- M'.     "~ *4^ ""
to feed, like honey in the comb above each craggy rock
over which you mount. It is the sweet manna of the
presence of the Lord, whose promises are ever sure.
Oh, pilgrim, feed thou On them both day and night
and they will fit thy soul for mansions fair and a crown
of life which thou may est wear. But you must wear
the armour of the Lord and bear a cross, in order to
ascend the beautiful hills of Christian graces, not
merely as a form or a rule by which to ascend. Oh,
no ; but to change the pilgrim's nature, from darkness
and hate to love and righteousness, and to fit you to
inherit a place in the Heavens beyond the hills of
Christian duty ; to be changed from the nature described in
Rom. I, 29. 1 Being filled with all unrighteousness,
fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness ;
full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity ; whisperers,'
30. " Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,'
31. "Without understanding, covenantbreakers,
without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:"
Let us look at the  changed nature  as presented in
Psalm xv., 1.    I Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle ? who shall dwell in thy holy hill ? "
2. I He that walketh uprightly, and worketh
righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart." — 147 —
3- " He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor
doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach
against his neighbour."
4. "In whose eyes a vile person is contemned ;
but he honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that
sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not."
5. " He that putteth not out his money to usury,
nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that
doeth  these things shall never be moved."
No ; for he has the spirit of the Lord, who said on the
cross for His enemies; " Father forgive them for they
know not what they do." To be changed by the
grace of God from a nature of death to the glorious
image and nature of the blessed Son of God is a
glorious victory, a victory which none can gain in their
own strength or merit of themselves. With the new
birth, from death to life, the Christian is placed upon
the first great standard of the platform of salvation,
and sees before him the beautiful hills of Christian
graces for him to ascend. He starts with loving confidence and eager haste, and finds a cross to bear only
when the nature of the old man comes in contact with
that of the new, which constantly occurs before he
reaches the higher standards of grace—nearer to God.
Perhaps he expects to reach at once the highest
standard and be a perfect model Christian ; but is
trusting more in self than on the Lord. Soon he falls
beneath some cruel shaft of satan's  power,  because,
I — 148 —
trusting in self, he laid aside some of the armour of
the cross, and has slidden down ; but again he rises
and marches onward. Every step now he trusts
more in the Lord and less in self. Every little stumbling block he passes, increases his love and confidence
in God. As he rises higher in his spiritual life, his
feet are placed higher on the Rock of Ages ; until
from the mountains of the Lord, where by nature he
has been fitted to stand, he beholds the glorious
radiance from the City just beyond, as he crosses the
river from'time into eternity.
Heb. ii., 17 : " Wherefore in all things it behoved
him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might
be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of
people."
Jesus came to be made like His brethren ; not like
man in his fallen state, but like man in his highest,
noblest state of Christian manhood. It becomes His
folio (vers to strive to come up to that standard. Dear
brother or sister in Christ, Are you following afar off;
walking in your own strength ? Then the way is hard.
Jesus, who called you out of satan's ranks of sin unto
righteousness, is calling yet tenderly ; calling you
higher and nearer. Oh, why not go for a greater
blessing ; blessing for all eternity ? Since Christ has
descended from the glories of the Father's presence to
the standard of a saint on earth, surely you  cannot — 149 --
afford to come short of that standard of character ?
for it will be required of you at the judgment, when
receiving your eternal rewards. A mansion will be
appointed that suits your character: prepared for you;
not you for it; and so your eternal glory will be according to your eternal nature. If you are saved, you
cannot afford to be a small vessel when you should be
among the large ones, for life's issues are eternal.
WALK  WITH THEE.
Tune - "Not my own."
Not alone, but with my Saviour
I will tread the narrow way ;
All along through life's rough journey
Saviour, I will near thee stay.
CHORUS
I'll walk with Thee; yes, yes..
I'll walk with Thee; yes, yes.
Saviour, I will walk with Thee.
All along through life's rough journey.
Saviour, I will walk with Thee.
Saviour, now my all I give Thee.
I will share the cross with Thee,
And wherever You will lead me,
Saviour, I will follow Thee.
And when on earth my work is ended,
Saviour, this will be my song-
Bear me safely o'er the river,
There to join the blood-washed throng. — 150 — gj
I. John i., 3. I That which we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us : and truly our fellowship is with the
Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."
4. I And these things write we unto you, that your
joy may be full."
5. " This then is the message which we have
heard of him,and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all."
6. 1 If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do   not the truth :"
7. J But if we walk in the light, as he is in the.
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all
sin."
8. "Ifwe say that wc have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
9. I If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness "
10. " If we say that we have not sinned, we make
him a liar, and his word is not in us."
Man need not wait until after death in order to be
a saint Anyone who accepts Jesus Christ for his
Saviour and follows Him, is a saint of God just as
much, according to his Christian character, as were
those saints in the Lord whom Paul commended -to
the Church (Rom. xvi., 15) to be received by  them as saints. Every saint on earth has a fellowship with
the Lord, which always corresponds with his faith,
obedience and love to God, and should have fellowship one with another. The Christian's fellowship
with God is nobler and sweeter far than all the world
can offer.
If all were Christians, in fellowship with God, man
would be in his natural element of Paradise, and earth
would drink no more the murderer's victims' blood-
War's cruel strife, with its deadly weapons and lingering famines—the fruits of sin, though they represent
the powers of hell—would cease. Our prison gates
would be closed to remain without a victim ; then millions, who are now employed for the purpose of maintaining justice in the world, wouid be free to work and
thereby increase the necessaries of life. Poverty would
be unknown, for the liquor demon would be banished
from the land. Then love and purity would reign
sublime, while earth would be an Eden as at first.
But, suppose that all were wicked, having no fellowship with God—a world of thieves, of falsehood, of
murderers and drunkards—then the present legal
forces would have to be enlarged. More soldiers and
police guards would be raised, more swords and guns
manufactured, more prisons built, more drunkards'
graves prepared to receive their victims, and more
wives and children would die a lingering death through
cold and hunger.    More famine and pestilence, would be added to the  suffering mass of sinners, more horrors to endure, and  earth would  wear the aspect of a
hell—a place of torment—instead of a glorious Eden.
Therefore, it is plain that  for man to  have fellowship
with God, who is our light and life, is to have all that
is good for  us to have   and a fulness of joy.    But, to
have fellowship  with satan, is to walk in darkness and
be filled with hate and the leprosy of sin ; to taste of
the fires of hell in this  life and be   filled with them in
the next.    Yet, in the face of these facts, some people
act and speak as if they were satisfied with the wages
of sin and use their influence to make the world a hell
rather than a Paradise, preparing themselves while in
time for eternal  suffering  and  woe.    Then, let us be
careful what  We do, for I if we  say that  we have not
sinned, we  make Him a liar, and   His.word is not in
us."    But I if we  confess our sins, He is faithful and
just to forgive us  our sins, and to  cleanse us from all
unrighteousness."    Jesus is  tenderly  calling from sin
all who will go unto God for salvation—eternal salvation—to be saved from a home  down in hell.    Saved
from  satan,  the prince of the powers of darkness—
man's real, eternal, and awful enemy—wTho^ constantly
seeks to draw us down to his own abode ; but, blessed
be God, who has paid the  ransom price to set us free.
The price, which represents our ruined state, He paid.
If you reject that ransom and the  Saviour's love, you
have no  fellowship with   God,  and are  by nature an — 153 —
heir of eternal woe. You are filling for yourself the
cup which satan offers, and choosing, instead of your
eternal Heaven an eternal hell.
Now to the power of God supreme
Be everlasting honors given ;
He saves from hell,—we bless His name—
He guides our wandering feet to Heaven.
*Twas His own purpose that began
To rescue rebels doomed to die :
He gave us grace in Christ, His Son,
Before He spread the starry sky.
Jesus, the Lord, appears at last,
And makes His Father's counsels known ;
Declares the great transaction, past,
And brings immortal blessings down.
He dies and in that dreadful night,
Doth all the powers of hell destroy ;
Rising, He brings our Heaven to light,
And takes possession of the joy.
I. Watts. IS   MAN   IN  HIS    NATURAL   CONDITION,
>BY   NATURE,   A   DEMON?
'HIS seemingly unnatural question, was given for
a  heading   in   connection   with  the  following
previously selected portions of scripture, in answer to
prayer for guidance of the Lord :
St. John iii., u. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee,
We speak that we do know, and testify that we have
seen ; and ye receive not our witness."
12. " If I have told you earthly things, and ye
believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of
heavenly things."
13. " And no man hath ascended up to Heaven,
but he that came down from Heaven, even the Son
of man which is in Heaven."
14. " And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the
wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:"
15. " That whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have eternal life."
16. 1 For God so loved the world, that he gave his
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life," — 155 —
17. " For God sent not his Son into the world to
condemn the world ; but that the world through him
might be saved."
18. " He that believeth on him is not condemned :
but he that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God."
The subject was manifested by a vision, and the
command to use it, through the key of communication with God. We say vision, because we recognize in it an object lesson placed before the soul by
the agency of another power, not its own, while the
body was at rest.
If you desire to draw a beautiful object lesson to
suit a special purpose, and cannot do so without
being assisted, you then seek that assistance. If,
when the body sleeps and the mind is wandering in
dreams, a practical lesson is given which you could
not conceive unaided, you may know as did the men
of olden times that it is a vision, given for a purpose.
In the vision, I saw a wide road running through a
wild uncultivated country, with some dwellings situated here and there. Just across the road I heard the
angry voice of a furious man, ringing out in fierce
oaths upon his victim's head. The victim was his
slave: a poor half-starved, overworked, neglected,
fellow-man, whose features showed the lack of education, whose face was tanned red, and who seemed - 156 -
•
to know no claim for right or wrong. He was the
slave of a cruel master, whose words now turned to
actions, as I heard the whistling hum of his long cruel
whip, which seemed almost to burn the air in its
speed. He applied it hard and long upon the poor
suffering, silent, terror-stricken man—a brother, though
a slave. Others looking on did nothing in his behalf,
and seemed to regard the man as but a dog ; yet he
was a fellow-man. The master was looked upon as
a man, although he wore the nature of a demon.
I realized the fact that man in his unregenerated
nature is but a demon in the sight of God's eternal
justice and nothing but God's love sprinkled in blood
upon the heart can change that nature, which is like a
wild, uncultivated country. The state in which many
dwell, though polished in their manner, their nature is
corrupt; though planted on this earth to grow as
wheat, they ripen into tares, unless touched by the
soul-cleansing blood of atonement. Before the new
birth, we are children of satan : demon is the proper
name for the nature we then possess. Unless the Son
of Man, who was lifted up for us, not only draws us to
Himself, but shines upon and changes us by the beautiful rays of His love, we must ripen into eternal
demons by nature. But, praise the Lord, millions
have proved that man can ripen into a saint meet for
the Master's use, and need not wear the nature that
devils wear ; nor walk with them—away from God and — 157 ~
Heaven—towards the gates of hell. Man's fallen
guilty nature is like the new, uncultivated country;
and they who choose to remain in it, rejecting the loving offers of salvation, have a living germ of sin within their soul: a nature—in God's sight, before His eternal justice—that is doomed to eternal hell, and wears
the name of demon. Nothing but the love of God,
flowing in blood upon the soul from off the cross to
pay his debt and set him free, can kill the demon
nature and take him out from his unregenerated state,
across the road of righteousness into the plains of
everlasting life and peace and pleasures, beside the
Tree of Life, where living waters flow.
St. John iii., n. "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We
speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen ;
and ye receive not our witness."
12. I If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly
things?" . '■-'"   ::|§:
13. " And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but
he that cam^ down from heaven, even the Son of Man
which is in heaven."
Without the new birth, you, like Nicodemus, cannot
understand what the new birth is ; and will not fully
receive the witness of His children. If you do not believe that God is the Creator of earthly things, you
can understand nothing of heavenly things. Before
Christ's death and  ascension to the  Father, no man — 158 —
had ascended   up to Heaven, except the Son of Man
which is in Heaven, for Christ was ever in the Trinity
—the Father, Son, and   Holy Ghost—the  everlasting
God.    Even when on earth a perfect man, Christ was
God and was ever  with the  Father, except, when on
the Cross He said ; " My God, my God, why hast thou
forsaken me."    Oh, let us not  forget, that | as Moses
lifted   up the  serpent in the   wilderness ; even so the
Son of Man was lifted up, that whosoever  believeth
in Him, should not  perish, but  have everlasting life."
" Whosoever,"  meaning you  and I ; that  you  and  I
might escape the powers of hell.    Jesus died for you ;
not to condemn you, but that, through faith, you might
escape from   eternal  condemnation.    Won't you,  for
your own sake, and for Jesus Christ's sake, accept salvation ? escape from hell and gain a glorious Heaven ?
For " he that believeth on Him is not condemned, but
he that  believeth not  is  condemned   already ;" condemned by God's law, and his own dissatisfied nature.
When drawn towards the cross, he looks with a disbelieving, doubting mind, and rejects the Saviour's love
for the sake of selfish pleasure and  is blind to the
awful result, receiving the dross with its poison, instead of the glories of everlasting life.    To believe—
to look and live—means to take God at His word and
believe  that Christ's atonement  is  for you ;   and to
acccpfit by a simple,  trusting belief, and a perfectly
willing, loving obedience ; knowing that faith without — 159 —
works is just as dead as works without faith.
It is written : | And some believed the things which
were spoken, and some believed not."—Acts xxviii., 24.
" Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ;
but is passed from  death unto life."—John v., 24.
" Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is
born of God : 1—I. John v., 1,
8 To him give all the prophets witness, that through
his name whosoever bdieveth in him shall receive
remission of sins."—Acts x., 43.
I Whom having not seen, ye love ; in whom, though
now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy
unspeakable and full of glory.''—I. Peter i., 8.
" He that believeth not God hath made him a liar;
because he believeth not the record that God gave of
his Son."—I. John v., 10.
I If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your
sins."—John viii., 24.
I He that believeth not is condemned already,
because he hath not believed in the name of the only
begotten Son of God."—John iii., 18.
" He that believeth not the Son shall not see life ;
but the wrath of God abideth on him."—John iii., 36
Which portion is yours, life or death?
" Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt
be saved."—Acts xvi., 31. The day  that  remains   of life,  encircled  by  the
moving wheels of time,  like  a  flickering torchlight
sending forth its  rays  of good  or evil,  may   in   an
instant cease, and you be ushered into the presence of
your God ; or it yet may last a week, a month, a year,
or a hundred years, or even more.    But, when it has
gone and you stand, at your last fleeting moment,
upon  the Rock of Ages, and behold  the  gates  of
Paradise ;   or, in horror, see the gates  of hell ;   the
past, though it were a hundred years, will be as nothing in itself, but lost.    All lost in you, condensed into
a character, and stamped  upon your soul ;   marking
your eternal destiny ; the destiny that you are forming now.    Grace is all of God.    If you  reject   His
grace, the character  of your nature  will be only sin.
Sin, which you of yourself cannot change.    You have
accepted or rejected the Lord, and  are walking with
God, or with the devil.    Building the nature of your
own eternal being, preparing for a home above, or a
home in the dark regions of woe.    Which  are  you
doing ?   You are nearing an endless home.    Where
shall it be ? An eternal home of love and pleasure, or
sorrow and hate.    Without the new birth, you can do
nothing good ;   can  lay no treasures up  in Heaven.
The most important of all things in   life is the new
birth;   the  love  of God  in   the  heart ;   love,  unto
obedience to Him ;   being changed from  a demon to
a saint.    Why should a man be proud, though sur- 161 —
• rounded by worldly honors and clothed  in. fine garments, glittering with golden gems and diamonds rare,
if in his soul there is  a  demon—though  small  and
masked—that claims him for a child  of hell ;   lower
than the lowest beast on earth ?   Why  should he  be
proud?   His  pride   is  vain;   his   folly the  maddest
crime.    Walking in pride to an eternal doom.    Walking in satan's alluring mists ;   knowing not when God
shall call him and his doom be fixed ;   forgetting  the
price which Jesus paid for his  redemption.    He  sees
not the cross in his own behalf,  feels  not  the  blood,
and will not have it sprinkled on his heart.  : He is too
dead to be dissatisfied with self, and will not hear the
voice of the Son of God;   for "they that hear shall
live."    As the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He
given to the Son to have life  in   Himself,  and  hath
given Him authority to execute judgment also, because
He is the Son of Man, and God in  him  raised   Himself up from death in our behalf, and broke the bands
of law that sealed the tomb, and became the first fruits
of the first resurrection.    So   now we who  in   Christ
fall asleep in death—death to the body,  but sleep  to
the soul which is raised, when the body is really dead
—are quickened into a spiritual body ;   awakened  in
Paradise,  to  await   the   final  judgment  of reward.
Having been raised in the first resurrection they have
passed the judgment of condemnation.    Our blessed
Saviour told the people before His death  and resur- —   l62   —
rection, not to  marvel that   " all   who  are  in   their
graves should hear His voice and should come forth ;
they that have done good unto the resurrection of life,
and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of
damnation."   The resurrection time is called an hour ;
but that hour extends from Christ, the  first  fruits  of
the first resurrection,  to  the   last  resurrection, when
God shall judge the world and execute judgment upon
the wicked and reward the righteous.   (II. Cor. v. 10.)
By searching the scriptures you will find that there
are two resurrections and one judgment.    Blessed are
they who have part in   the   first  resurrection.    Since
Christ took our place as the sinner,   He came  under
the law that doomed man to the first death, of separation from God, therefore He said  " I can myself do
nothing, as I hear I judge, and my judgment  is just,
because I seek not mine own will but the will of the
Father who hath sent me."    If Jesus Christ, in your
stead, could not obtain salvation for you without undergoing the whole penalty of the demands of justice,
how shall you escape if you   neglect  to  accept  the
great salvation secured for you at so great  a  price ?
How deep the folly and black the ignorance  of him
who serves the devil and reaps the  wages of sin, especially after seeing others, who have served the devil,
paid with the sufferings of hell, as the)' passed   from
this world to another.    Oh, how mad is his folly who
follows after sin with its separation (death) from God ? — 16*3 —
choosing misery and woe, instead of righteousness—
love and joy and peace, and everlasting life. Then
seek, dear reader, to follow Jesus ; follow close where
He may lead. Know that every command—the
smallest is as the greatest—all just alike demand
obedience in love. Then follow in His way, for
§ obedience is better than sacrifice " to God.
BE   STILL.
By Horatius Bonar, D. D.
Be still, my soul! Jehova loveth thee ;
Fret not, nor murmur at thy weary lot;
Though dark and lone thy journey seems to be,
Be sure that thou art ne'er by Him forgot.
He ever loves thee ; then trust Him, trust Him still;
Let all thy care be this, the doing of His will.
Thy hand in His, like fondest, happiest child,
Place thou, nor draw it for a moment thence ;
Walk thou with Him, a Father reconciled,
Till, in His own good time He call thee hence.
Walk with Him now, so shall thy way be bright
And all thy soul be filled with His most glorious light.
Fight the good fight of faiih, nor turn aside,
Through fear of peril from on earth or hell:
Take to thee now the armour proved and tried,
Take to thee spear and sword.    Oh, wield them well !
So shalt thou conquer here, so win the day,
So wear the crown, when this hard life has passed away.
Take courage, faint not, though the foe be strong.
Christ is thy strength ; He tightest on thy side ; Swift be thy race; remember 'tis not long—
The goal is near ; the prize He will provide ;
And there from earthly toil thou resteth ever ;
Thy home on the fair banks of life's eternal river.
He comes with His reward ; 'tis just at hand ;
He comes in glory to His promised throne.
My soul rejoice ; ere long thy feet shall stand
Within the city of the blessed One.
Thy perils past, thy heritage secure,
Thy tears all wiped away, thy joy for ever sure. THE   NEW   LIFE.
Isaiah lv., I.
44 *fR%0, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money ; come
ye, buy, and cat;   yea,  come,  buy  wine   and   milk
without money and without price."
2. I Wherefore do ye spend money for that which
is not bread ? and your labour for that which satis-
fieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye
that which is good, and let your soul delight itself
in fatness."
3. 1 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear,
and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of
David."
4. "Behold, I have given him for a witness to the
people, a leader and commander to the people:"
5. 1 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou
knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall
run unto thee because of the Lord thy God, and for
the Ho!y One of Israel ;   for he hath glorified thee."
6. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call
ye upon him while he is near ;" |§j| — i66
7. p" Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts : and let him return unto
the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him ; and to
our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
The new life—the life which is hid with Christ in
God—is a mysterious stumbling block to the infidel,
the sceptic, and the moralist, because they choose to
follow sin. They know nothing of its meaning as a
reality and judge only by sight or hearing, but never
by practical, personal experience. They have never
tasted of it, though they may have professed to do so.
They never knew the Bread of Life or drank of the
living water, the water which Jesus invited the woman
of Samaria to drink of (John iv., 14), which " if any
man drink he shall never thirst again," because he
would have in him eternal life. Eternal life ! the very
name indicates its nature, for it would not be eternal
life if it were to cease to be. God, our Creator, knows
the seeds that will grow into fruits of eternal love and
beauty—the likeness of Himself who changes not. He
gave you intelligent, reasoning faculties, for which you
are responsible. He draws you to Himself by love's
strong cords of mercy, laden with eternal blessings—
life and peace and pleasure. If you reject God's loving mercy, His eternal laws of unerring justice must
sever the cords and cut you down as a cumberer of the
ground. But you may be saved, if not already. Study
well the following verses, for they are worthy. — 167 —
| For  this is  good and  acceptable in   the sight of
God our Saviour ; who will have all  men to be saved,
and to come unto a knowledge of the truth."—I. Timothy ii., 3-4.    " „#
I Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever
liveth to make intercession for them."—Heb. viiM 25.
I For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world ; but that the world through him
might be saved."—John iii., 17.
I For by grace are ye saved through faith ; and that
not of yourselves : it is the .gift of God :"—Ephes. ii., S
I For the Son of man is come to seek and to save
that which was lost."—Luke xix., 10.
I Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sin of the world."—John 1., 29.
" Neither is there salvation in any other : for there
is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved."—Acts iv., 12.
I For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness ; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation."—Romans x., 10.
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."—
Romans x., 9.
I Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the
earth "—Isaiah xlv., 22. _ t68 — m
Beside the above precious passages of scripture,
there are many others calling you into the new life, of
which millions have testified ; not only by words, but
by actions ; not merely for a week or a month, but for
years ; glorifying God with their whole lives, rejoicing
continually in the service of God.
The writer also can add his testimony, which he
will endeavor to give in a plain, simple way, hoping
that it may in some way help to remove some of the
mists'that cloud the mind of some earnest readers,
whose experience may, in some respects, be as his
own has sometimes been.
At my mother's side, in childhood days, the Saviour
on the cross was presented for the first time to my
view, and the first bright spark of living fire—the fire
of love which I have, never lost—touched my soul
and left its image there. Then I looked upon Jesus
Christ as the Saviour of the world, and hoped that
He would soon be mine, but failed to secure the
blessing. I spent my childhood days with that living
spark upon (not within) my soul, and that hope within my heart, which helped to mould my nature and
keep me from the ways of sin. I had not the joys of
a Christian, though I believed that Christ was the
Son of God and the Saviour of the world, because I
did not seek salvation in earnest. I was disobedient
to God's will and sought for sinful pleasures in the
world, which did not satisfy the longings of the soul. — 169 —
Years rolled   on and stronger  grew  the  cords  that
drew me to the cross ;   until  at last, in  early youth,
I approached the mercy seat.    I got to the feet of the
Lord alone, in the closet.    I simply asked in faith for
pardon  and  the blessing of a new heart;   when   a
loving obedience to God was added unto my faith.  I
received the   Holy Ghost the Comforter;   and   the
Lord took possession of my soul and  filled  me with
His presence.    Then a deep, rich peace and pleasure
—a joy, not an excitement—a love to God and man,
growing stronger, broader and calmer, day  by  day,
was mine.    But, alas, my obedience was not yet made
perfect unto  God,  whom   I   had   not  yet confessed
before men as my Saviour, although   I   knew that it
was my duty to do so.    I  put it off day  after  day,
through  a  bashful  ignorance,  thinking  that  others
would laugh, or that there would be  a  better chance
another time to tell of my conversion,  of my  love to
God, and of my great desire for the salvation  of  my
friends and neighbours.    At last I resolved to obey at
once the voice of God and wait no longer.    Just then
another stumbling block appeared   and  the  way  of
duty was made harder still.    Satan was permitted  to
spread another net;   and   make  me  think  that  my
schoolmates and friends would not believe me, and   I
fancied that if I said that I was born  again,  saved  a
year ago, they would think me foolish ;  and so I was
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mist, because my nature was not right and my will was
not fully subject to the will of God. It costs more than
you might think to cure a nature  of such mad folly-
If you have a like experience,  I   ask you to step forward like the  Israelites who crossed the  Red Sea ;
and your stumbling blocks will move like the waters ;
for God will clear the path when you press forward in
obedience to His will.    Those trials  would not  have
troubled me if the standard of my nature was  above
them, but it was not    It had to be cultivated before I
was enabled to overcome or go any farther, and it cost
me much  precious  time  and  golden   opportunities.
My youth was spent, not  like the  prodigal son,  but
like the one who wasted  all  his  time  in   slumbering
disobedience to his Father and laid up no treasure in
Heaven.    But soon I reached to early manhood ; got
a higher sense of duty and sought a closer walk in the
presence  of the  Lord ;    made   a  full  surrender  of
obedience to His will and   then  received  again   the
peace and joy of consecration, the  fellowship which I
so long had lost.    Disobedience took away my peace
but not the new born nature  of eternal  life,  for the
Saviour ever lives to intercede  for  me.    Because   I
thirsted for a closer walk with  God,  He enabled   me
to overcome and filled me with the wine and  milk of
His own presence.    I had been spending my time for
that which did not satisfy, and lost the wine and  the
milk.    He who made the everlasting covenant   with
me gave the victory, and made me to  be more than — 171 —
conqueror, feeding my soul upon that which was good
and making me to delight in the fatness of His
blessing.
| Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye
upon him while he is near : "—Isaiah lv., 6.
" Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts : and let him return unto the
Lord, and he will have mercy upon him ; and to our
God, for he will abundantly pardon."—Isaiah lv., 7.
Then Jesus drew me up and made me to ascend
the beautiful hills ; to the higher standard of the
Christian life ; to gain the precious pearls of character;
to lay up treasures which never can be lost ; to realize
that obedience unto God is better far than sacrifice ;
to be set aside by the sanctifying process of His love ;
to learn obedience to His blessed will and follow all
the way ; not pare, but all the way, wherever He may
lead. God's way of righteousness and love has always
proved to be the way of peace and pleasure. The
Christian's pathway never should be hard and rough,
for when it is the Christian is himself the cause ; his
nature is not right and conflicts with the perfect way
of peace. Every time that he is chastened he receives
a blessing, though he may think it but a curse. It
moulds his nature in accordance with the Perfect
Artist's will, and helps to fit him for his eternal home
above, giving him who has the new life here the
nature demanded of the child of God, as found in — 172 —
Matthew v , 44. " But I say unto you, Love your
enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them
that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully
use you, and persecute you ; "
45. I That ye may be the children of your Father
which is in heaven : for he maketh his sun to rise on
the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just,
and on the unjust."
46. " For if ye love them which love you, what
reward have ye ? do not even the publicans the same?'
47. " And if ye salute your brethren only,-what do
ye more than others ? do not even the publicans so? '
48. I Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father
which is in heaven is perfect."
Although you cannot grow to perfection in every
respect, yet you may grow to perfection in love and
obedience to God, having perfection in this one most
important virtue : wearing as a child of God the pearl
of love, the image and likeness of God ; so being
perfect in yourself, even as God is perfect in Himself
To attain this highest of human virtue, you must
always walk with God, wearing the attitude of praise
to Him all the time, feasting upon the fatness of His
presence.
Psalm exxi., 1. " I will lift up mine eyes unto the
hills, from whence cometh my help."
2. I My help cometh from the Lord, which made
heaven and earth," — !73 —
3. I He will not suffer thy foot to be moved : he
that keepeth thee will not slumber."
4. " Behold he that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep.''
5. I The Lord is thy keeper : 'the Lord is thy
shade upon thy right hand."
6. I The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the
moon by night."
7. I The Lord shall preserve true from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul."
8. I The Lord shall preserve thy going out and
thy coming in from this time forth, and even lor evermore." OBEDIENCE UNTO SALVATION.
<^T is reasonable and just, so far as  man can judge
+J     or know of law and justice, that the first great
cord in God's great plan of redemption   that  should
touch the soul, is the cord of obedience.    The rod of
disobedience first smote and drove him from his earthly Paradise and broke the cords of love, which linked
his heart to God, his living head.    It sowed the seeds
of cieath within his soul, for which the Saviour's death
atones ;   for now  the soul, though  dead  by  nature
through guilt and sin, may live again   the   moment
that obedience and faith  is rendered unto God.    As
the invitation was given to the smittenl Israelites to
look upon the brazen Serpent and be healed, so the
command is given unto man to look to Jesus Christ
and live ; and he who will not look, must stay beneath
the endless death that seals his doom.
Faith and works are dead, when one is without
the other. Neither can live unless supported by an
obedience that is prompted by love; love that is
perfect in itself, even as God is perfect in himself.
How precious then is that loving obedience, which is
the ground work of every Christian's nature ? The
faith which is encircled by it is a living faith and is
always united with works ; always looking for blessings ; always taking God at His word and having the assurance of His presence. " I am the vine, and ye
are the branches : he that abideth in me and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing." You do not abide in Christ unless your nature is conformed to His will, drawing
you out in search after God's commands to do them
for His glory. It is not only your privilege to have
that nature, but it is your bounden duty. You are
blessed with .faculties of reason, for which you are
held responsible, and must suffer the eternal consequences if you do not honor and serve God with a
service of love. No matter how bad your nature is,
you are commanded to partake of the nature of love,
without which you cannot be fitted for Heaven ; and
it all depends on your own will ; whether you obey
God or not (I. Cor. x., 31.) If you would be engraft-
ed into Christ you must seek to obey. His will.
John xv., 7, 8. " If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be
done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye
bear much fruit;  so shall ye be my disciples."
And again in John xiv., 12,13, 14. "Verily, verily, I
say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also ; and greater works than these shall
he do ; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever
ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing
in   my name, I will do it." — iy6 —
15.    " If ye love m3, keep my commandments."
And in John xvi., 23.    " And in that day ye  shall
ask   m3   nothing.    Verily,   verily,   I   say  unto   you,
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he
will give it you.'
24. I Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name :
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.'
25. These things have I spoken unto you in
proverbs : but the time cometh, when I shall no more
speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew *y°u
plainly of the Father."
26. "At that day ye shall ask in my name : and I
say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you :':
57. I For the Father himself loveth you, because
ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out
from God."
You find that a Christian's life is full of duties,
which can only be performed by a loving obedience
to God, and a continual abiding in Christ. If you
abide in Christ, it is placed within your reach to do
mighty works, through Christ in God ; but you must
have the natural, living, loving, abiding faith of perfect
obedience through Christ in God, or you can do
nothing. The Lord has given the promise that if you
ask anything of the Father—not of Himself—but of
the Father, it shall be done unto you. " If ye ask
anything in my name I will do it." " Hitherto ye
have asked nothing in my name :   ask and ye shall receive," but you must have an expecting faith. If
you have never asked the Father, in Christ's name,
for a clean heart, a new nature, why not ask Him
now ? not to-morrow, but now ! He will give you the
everlasting blessing ; then will be performed in you
the greater work—the work of having a dead soul
raised to life, and fitted, through the risen Saviour, for
the indwelling of the Holy Ghost; brought into
the kingdom of Heaven, which is established here.
John xvi., 26. 1 At that day ye shall ask in my
name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the
Father for you :"
27. I For the Father himself loveth you, because
ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out
from God."
You have been redeemed and are serving the Lord;
then serve Him with an obedient heart; obeying what
seems to be the smallest commands, for they are the
large ones in disguise, and on them you are building
your nature. How inspiring to His beloved children,
are those precious words of Jesus : " I say not that I
will pray the Father for you, for the Father loveth
you, because ye have loved me and believed that I
have come out from God." The Father is waiting to
bestow each needed blessing, but you must ask in
Jesu's name ; and in faith, not doubting, and render
to Him the obedience which love should constrain the
Christian to give.    You cannot tell the greatness of
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the possibilities which God has placed within your
reach through those promises. Not only the writer,
but many others as well, have realized that these
precious promises have been fulfilled in their behalf
when they have complied with the conditions of the
promise. In order to make it more plain to the
reader, I will give the following case of my own experience, which to some will only appear as a dream
yet it was an answer in full to my petition.
The promise is " whatsoever ye shall ask in my
name, I will do it-unto you." Relieving that promise
I asked God, in Christ's name, to show me a vision
that would guide my thoughts and give character to
what I was about to write. The faith was merely a
trusting faith, the fruits of past experience, and so, according to my faith, because that I reajly expected it
the Lord granted my petition within a few hours, by
placing before the eyes of my soul, while the body was
unconscious in sleep, a road running east and west,
which appeared to have been much travelled, and was
fenced on the south side with a good, strong, high
fence, and on the north with one that was partly
broken down. A number of persons, including myself,
were on the north side, some distance from the road.
The country was wild and flat, with here and there a
few bushes and shrubs. Near us there was a ferocious beast with legs and head like a bull, which
could  stand like a bear on its hind feet.   We seemed If l79   —;„
to know that we had no business there and as we attempted to leave the beast showed  fight  and  chased
us.    I, with one of my  companions, ran quickly and
kept  going until  we reached  the fence.    As I was
ahead,  the brute  followed more  especially  after me,
but I reached the fence and bounded to the other side.
As I did so, the brute ran to where the fence was low,
to jump over, and suddenly a club was  placed in my
hands.    I knew not  how, but knew  my duty   was to
fight for  life and freedom, and obeyed ;  and kept the
monster back from crossing the fen<?e.    My  companion had  reached and  caught hold of the  fence,  but
would not climb  over, although I kept telling him to
do so.    He thought that the   brute was  going to get
over also,  and lingered in  disobedience to the call of
duty instead of climbing over, and helping to beat the
enemy  back.    Therefore he, as a disobedient coward,
failed  to  escape.    As I crossed over  the  road,  and
climbed the higher fence over into the country on the
south, which God had blessed with safety and freedom,
I saw my  poor companion   seized   by  the  monster.
Then the  vision was   over, but not to be forgotten or
misunderstood.
The wild north country is the nature of sin. The
beast represented satan, seeking whom he may devour,
and we the sinners who wander off from God. The
middle road was but to show man's earthly paradise ;
his state of innocence, where before the northern fence — i8o m
was brdKen down by disobedience, at the first, man
knew no danger and felt no guilt, for God was there to
bless him all the time. When, through disobedience,
he broke down the northern fence, satan came in, and
he Was driven out a captive into the cold, dark nature
of the world of sin. Since that fall, the road of innocence is travelled* only by infants who have no under,
standing, idiots who know not good from evil, and
heathen in their gross and awful darkness. He who
knows God's will and dares to remain upon the road
of danger, must fight in his own strength against the
powers of sin that drag him down, because he lives in
disobedience to the Lord's commands, and fails to
climb the higher fence into the sunny land of spiritual
blessing, protection and safety. The higher fence
along the south to be mounted, is the standard of the
cross ; to accept the blessed Saviour of the world as
your Saviour ; and the southern country is the standard of the life that is hid with Christ in God, basking
in the pavilion of His presence, beneath the sunshine
of His love.
You may find God's offered mercy for the obedient
in Jeremiah iii., 12-18. The awful fruits of disobedience is not only found in the Bible, and seen in the
vision, but reaped by millions of victims daily, because
they wander into sin..
God commanded His servant (Jeremiah iii., 12.)
saying: "Go and proclaim  these  words toward  the -i8i
north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith
the Lord ; and p will not cause mine anger to fall
upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I
will not keep anger forever."
They were driven away because they would not
obey the voice of the Lord.
14 " Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord ;
for I am married unto you : and I will take you one
of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you  to
Z-* >J i'^'st-'-S
ion.
Israel had wandered in disobedience from God and
wa? cast off as   a  corrupt and heathen nation.    The
whole world, both Jew and Gentile, were  one  in   the
sight of God ; one body of sin unto  death, excepting
a few, " two of a family and one of a nation," who were
united by love unto God, who would hear and  obey
His commands and live.    It was so when Jesus came
and called His people from the cold   north  world   of
sin, for they followed Him against the foe, and   crossed the line over the walls of difficulties  into  the  new
kingdom   of love,  light  and   blessing which He has
set up I but the majority did not enter in; they   went
only as " two of a family and one  of a  nation,"  and
the Lord gave them Pastors  according  to   His  own
heart, and fed them with knowledge and understanding-     :■■ ■:'     ■ '-• .    :     •     - ' ■■-, v..   ' :i#      .-
16.    "And it shall come to pass, when ye be  multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,  saith -182  —
the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord : neither shall it come to mind:
neither shall they remember it; neither shall they
visit it; neither shall that be done any more."
And it has come to pass; for the kingdom has
multiplied aud we see no more the ark of the coven-
enant of the Lord. Those things aje forgotten and
are done no more.
17. I At that time they shall call Jerusalem the
throne of the Lord ; and all the nations shall be gath*-
ered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem :
neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart."
And we call Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord, and
all nations are gathering unto it, to the name of the
Lord, serving and praising God. Israel is no longer
merely the name of a people mixed with saints and
sinners, for none but they who love and serve the Lord
can enter into His most perfect rest.
18. " In those days the house of Judah shall walk
with the House of Israel, and they shall come together
out of the land of the north to the land that I have
given for an inheritance unto your fathers."
And now the time has come when all nations are
uniting, and coming together out of the land of the
north, in every part of the world, unto the New
Jerusalem, the City of our God.
Romans viii., 33.    " Who  shall  lay  any  thing to - 183 -
the charge of God's elect ?   It is God that justifieth."
34. "Who is he that condcmneth ? It is Christ
that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even
at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
35. " Who shall separate us from the love of
Christ ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,
or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword ? 1
36. I As it is written, For "thy sake we are killed
all the day long ; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter."
37. " Nay, in all these things we are. more than
conquerors through him that loved us."
38. I For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come,"
39. I Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." SATANIC   POWER
ftJATAN'S privilege, as the prince of the powers of
darkness, to tempt  and   draw  men   to  hell  is
limited by eternal laws,  which  he  cannot  break,  in
keeping souls from God.
" And the Lord said unto satan behold all that he
hath is in-thy power only upon himself put not forth
thine hand."—Job i., 12.
I Behold he is in thine hand ; but save his life."—
Job ii., 6.
Although satan is limited in his.power over you, you
are not limited, but are permitted to follow and serve
him to the extent of your own will. If you willingly
place your hand within satan's grasp, he, your arched
enemy, is permitted to lead you through the very
gates of hell, because you close your ears to mercy's
warning voice.
This subject was selected through the key of communication with the Lord. I expected to explain
some important point of doctrine ; or to write on wars,
floods, and pestilence. I asked the Father, in the
Saviour's name, to show me by a vision—if it was His _;i '. - 185 -        .       t
will—the nature of that which I should write. I was
shown that same night, five different stages of a sinner's life Under satanic power. First, the moral man
and the beginner in early youth seeking after the vain
pleasures of sin'. Second, the established deep-dyed
sinner. Third, the sinner guilty' and ashamed before
God. Fourth, the sinner seeking for light. Fifth, the
sinner seeing himself lost, helpless, and in satan's
power, but lying at the mercy seat for the great physician's cure.
The first seemed to represent the prodigal spending
his substance in riotous living. We had met for a
season of mirth at a gayly spread banquet. There
were guests both old and young. Sometimes all were
full of pleasure ; sometimes dull and sad. There was
a change. Some began to want for the richness of the
past scene, I, with others, went after something else.
I knew not what. Soon we reached the second stage,
which represented the established sinner. We wandered among rocks and hills, surrounded by walls so
high that they seemed to shut out the very light of
Heaven. All seemed dark and dead. No living thing
existed there, except beings like ourselves. We heard
the rumbling of distant thunder drawing near—peal
after peal, the lightning flashed and the place trembled. I saw that the walls around were heated almost
to a glow, and seemed to know that we were victims
in a monster furnace—a home of death—and  were m 186 —        m
anxious to get out, but saw no way.    Someone  led a
few of us to where we, by ascending a platform, were
enabled to escape.    One at first refused to step on it,
but at last we all ventured ;   then we travelled on   a
long platform, but the way was easier  than  before.
So it is in serving God.    Every step towards the right
makes the next one easier.    The way  was  changed.
We were no longer seeking the pleasures of what we
could see, but wera eagerly marching on to the  third
stage of the vision.    Following some guide, we reached a path leading through a garden to a large house
surrounded by a plantation of fruit trees.    We halted
at the gate and did not like to enter, but were  finally
persuaded to do so.    As we  approached   the  house,
some of the inmates, who were quite superior to us,
came out to receive us.   We were ashamed and guilty-
I kept looking at myself and found that   I   wore the
garments of a wild Indian :—a dirty grey blanket and
other things to correspond.    The vision changed just
here and I experienced another stage.    I  was sitting
by the fire upon the hearth in a large empty room adjoining the main building.    A lady came to me, who
told me of a physician who was- in the next room that
had  promised  her some  money on account of some
cases of small pox with which she had in  some  way
been connected.    I   could not understand just  what
she meant.    She said that she was waiting and kept
pointing to the door opening into the apartment where — 187 —
he was. Not understanding just what she meant, I
at last requested her to open the door, which she did,
and went in as I thought on my behalf—like
Moses who interceded for the Israelites before
God. Soon I experienced the last stage of the vision.
I was lying helpless upon the hearth in charge of a
doctor, who was cleansing my mouth with a long iron
instrument. My throat was like an open sepulchre.
My garments were foul. I was diseased and putrified
all through and yet did not know it until the very
last.
The vision I am certain was in answer to my
prayer. It showed the devil's power to draw a sinner
down to hell, and then stop him from returning back
to God. It showed the empty folly of a life of sin
and the bitter fruit it yields. If showed the blindness
of the dead in sin and the great responsibility of those
who should lead them from a lingering endless death.
It showed the awakening influence of the fire of love,
and that the heart's door must be opened only at the
sinner's own request. It also showed the dreadful
vileness of the nature of the sin disease, which blights
the soul and renders man helpless, completely undone,
and unable to save himself from the devil's grasp.
The mightiest influence of satanic power, which
God permits the devil to exert, is not sufficient to force
the weakest sinner to remain in sin against his own
will.    The deadliest seeds which satan plants, are de- — 188
posited  in the garden of innocence,  the soil of early
youth.    Go into the home,  the  school,  or  wherever
the young are forming their  characters  for  life,  and
you will see, if you look with the eyes of understanding; that seeds of  both good and evil  are being sown
among them ; that some receive  the good seed while
others receive the bad.    The seeds of faith and charity
are from God and reflects His nature in His children.
The  seeds of deceit, selfishness   and  hate   are  from
satan and reflect his nature in his victims.    Each seed
represents a tree of living character, the fruit of which
is good or evil, and mu»t render the soil a living paradise, or a dark and dismal home   where   devils   rule.
Woe  unto  the parents  who allow   satanic  power to
mould the natdre and stamp the character of children
in   their care.    Woe unto  the parents   who fail to do
their part, by not saving their children from their deadly foe.    Each little soul has  communication with the
powers  of Heaven   or   the   powers  of hell.      The
guardians are responsible  for the  connection   of the,
wires over which the child  holds communication.    If
you give a child the glittering wires which convey the
elements of hell, the nature of the  child   will   correspond with the things of hell,   because  the  petrifiying
influence of satanic power will  be  conveyed   to   bind
the soul in living cords of sin.    The  victim  will  be
rendered low and grovelling in his aims, with a selfish
pride, ashamed to do  the right;  a guilty  nature-^? £g lsQy gl
the nature which rejects the Saviour's love.    Protect
the child from  evil, by  placing in  his  hands   those
wires which convey the love of God  from   Calvary's
cross into the soul, and it will form the nature which
accepts the Saviour's mercy and receives His  pardon
and eternal life : the nature and life of God ;   a  love
that elevates ; a peace that ennobles ; a knowledge of
innocence, which does away with pride and  guilt;   a:
faith, a hope  and  a  charity,  which will  reflect  the
image and character of God.    The -man   or  woman
who does not seek to know and   do  the  will of God,
as written in His word and in his works, is not   fit   to
be a guardian over, children.    You may prove this by
following but the life and character of the  child   who
is raised under the influence  of parents who are degraded and low in   character;   who  rob,  drink  and
gamble ; who fight and curse, and whose child like the
guardians grows under-satanic pow'er into the nature
of a demon.    You may prove  it  aJso by the child of
luxury, whose parents, seek the wealth and pleasures
of the w orld ; whose life is moral, but whose religion
is  a  form;   who  do  not  follow after righteousness
and are not particular to act the truth before their boy ;
who use deception, which he  knows  to  be  a  lie  in
form, if not in word ;   who  promise  punishment  for
wrong, but seldom fulfil their promise ;  who give him
his own way and indulge his every  wish.    The child
acts mean to a  companion, and his parents think him — 190 ^-
smart. So parents often give these glittering wires
of death and do not see the influence of satanic power
which they convey until the very soul of their offspring is bound with the cords of hell. They feed
his mind with novels, light and trifling, exciting and
profane. In early youth, the actions of his nature
fill their hearts with sorrow and dim their eyes with
tears. Once the parents were anxious that he might
become a polished gentleman of worldly fame, but
were ashamed to tell him of the love of God. They
did not I seek first the kingdom of Heaven," but of
earth ; they did not strive to cultivate his nature in
righteousness. Now their only hope is that he may
be simply worthy to be called a man. They spared
the rod in childhood and failed to obtain obedience ;
he is not ashamed of evil conduct, and does not fail
to blight the lives of father and mother and rend their
hearts by his low, selfish tyranny. This is not the case
BfereJy with one or two families, but it is the bitter
experience of tens of thousands. Satan plants the
bitter seeds of death early in the heart, which grow
into the most deadly vines of his own nature, which
can be destroyed only by the sprinkling blood from
off the altar of atonement, through the grace and love
of God. Give your child freedom in all things, to
satisfy the lusts of his own nature—all that his heart
desires—and you place in his hands the glittering
wires that connect his soul with hell  and guides  the — 191 —
helm that runs the  vessel  into  the  harbour  of destruction.    Through this influence the thrones of earth,
in ages past, have been occupied by  living  monsters
who held the sceptres of tyrants ; despotic monarchs,
whose hands were red with the blood of their  fellow-
men, whom they burned at the stake, thrust through
with daggers, or  mangled  to  death  in some  brutal
form ; just to rob them of their possessions.    Here we
find the fruits of satanic influence ripened from childhood into the devil's own nature—men  changed  into
demons.    The  influence  of love—conveyed  on   the
wires of righteousness through the cross, which unites
the soul with God—ripens into a heavenly nature  of
love, like Christ, the ever living pattern to draw mankind to the Father.    John vi., 45, " It is written in the
prophets, And they shall be all taught of God.   Every
man therefore  that hath  heard, and  hath learned   of
the Father, cometh unto me."
There are but few persons who know how to culti-
tivate the nature of a child, to make its character
noble, who do their duty in accordance with the responsibility which diat knowledge brings. Many
Christians, and even ministers—trusting too much to
their own everyday conversations and sermons from
the pulpit—miss the marie, lose their influence and
fail to improve the nature of their children. They do
not take time for a daily t confidential, friendly talk, to
teach them the way of righteousness ; to point them —  192 —
to- the Saviour and the love of God ; to teach them of
the works of God and God's eternal justice ; and so
win their affections and cultivate their character.
The youth must sometimes mingle with those whose
influence is degrading ; and, unless his guardians have
hold upon his affections and the principles of uprightness have been instilled into his nature and he is daily
kept by the influence of their counsel, he will go astrayj
The Saviour commanded His disciples to. feed His
sheep and His lambs. If you feed a child with wisdom and a proper training he will dwell in the courts
of the Lord.
I was shown in avision in connection with this lesson
of- progressive sin under satanic   power, a  wanderer,
whose soul was death through sin, his body poison 3d by
liquor and weakened   with   debauchery.    His friends
had  deserted  him, his  wealth  was  gone,  his  body
bloated and weak.    He wandered from place to place
a beggar  and sought   for a home of shelter and  rest
but.found none.    Since  childhood he  had wandered
from  God, primarily through the sins of his parents
who had failed to use the influence  necessary to keep
him in the path of righteousness."    He represents the
child who was permitted to rest beneath the influence
of satanic power until he arrived at manhood, to drink
the bitter dregs of death   as countless thousands have
already done.    I saw, also, a woman   and   some well-
dresbed,noble-loaking children—travellers—who came — 193 —
to a place that was guarded on the north side by high
hills that  were almost   perpendicular.    Steps lead up
toward the top in many places.    At the end of each
there  was  a  place  decorated and made to look as if
people   were   living  there.     Just  here  the   woman
went   on   ahead,  and   left  the   children   to   amuse
themselves as they chose.    Soon some of them commenced   to  climb the steps.    As many as attempted
were lost, or fell before they reached the top, arid were
nearly killed.    The woman came back too late to endeavor to rescue them from their perilous condition :
some were lost and others nearly dead.    Then  the
vision  was  ended.     Its   meaning still   remains  and
points every reader to the great necessity of guarding
well the life of every child against satanic power.
Thousands in the journey of life have been carefully watched and guarded against all danger until
thoy reached the cold chilly mountains of sin, where
they were confronted with the great problems of the
issues of life. Then they were left withou the influence of the guardian to teach them the way of
righteousness and point them to the Saviour. They
were left to climb the hills of sin to the yawning
precipice above the gates of hell, or walk along the
narrow path that leads to God. Left without the
blessing of a loving guide. The child who enjoys the
privilege of a friendly confiding talk with his parents,
or guardiaris, every day ;   to whom he can tell all his — 194 —
cares and troubles, hopes and pleasures, and   receives
in return the advice of loving friends, becomes attach-
ed to  them   with  ties  of strong  affection,  and  his
obedience is prompt, because prompted by love.    His
comrades tempt him to play the truant, but he never
plays it ;   he is   asked to smoke, and coaxed to  take
his first glass of liquor, but never yields ;   for  he  has
learned the ways of wisdom, and escapes the tempter's
snare.   He is invited to the ball and theatre, by (in his
estimation) the fairest of all girls—the one he loves—
and before he answers " No," he seeks advice.    Perhaps he is shown the effects of attending those places
through some young man   of his  acquaintance,  who
neglects  his duty,  spends  his money and looses his
sleep night after night, who  thus  robs  his system of
health and his mind of a desire to study.    That young
man is poor, sickly and miserable, because he yielded
to the tempter's  snare  at first and took the poisoned
bait, which holds him at so great a cost.    After looking such a cabe squarely in the face, the youth is ready
to answer " No," even to the girl he loves the best.    In
early youth, he accepts Jesus Christ for his  personal
Saviour and not only obeys his  parents,  but  renders
an obedient  trust  to  God, because his nature is pre--
pared to receive the love of God and his mind   to understand the things of God.    He  realizes  himself a
sinner and asks for pardon, because he  wants to be a
Christian and have the peace of God.    He. takes God 195
at His word and knows that he is  pardoned, regardless of his feelings, because God says it  is  so.    Soon
he has the full assurance   of the   Saviour's love,  and
labours in the vineyard for the glory of the Lord  and
the good of his fellow-man.    He  meets  with  many
kinds of wanderers from God, among the rest, is  the
educated  infidel,   by  whose  arguments he is baffled,
not because  of   the   truth,  but the  shrewdness  by
which it covers the truth.    Although he   knows what
God has done for him,  of the  glorious change which
God has  wrought  in   him,  he  cannot   express  that
knowledge in words sufficient to convince the sceptic,
nor meet his studied theories.    Therefore  he  is  discouraged, but never falls, for he goes to the Lord and
finds new strength.    Perhaps the infidel has said that
there is no God, and that all things came to exist by
chance and were  not  created ;   that evolution was a
factor, but could not tell how, or show any foundation
for his theory.    He says  that we must judge the past
by the present evidences.    With these statements by
himself unanswered, the youth  stands but a moment,
then seeks the guiding hand of those  who can   lead
him through the satanic mists of infidelity ;   he  finds
some one who is better able  to  explain  the works of
God, called  nature,  and   to  expose  the  groundless
theory  of evolution.    That friend begins, perhaps, to
explain that we and our surroundings are  the  works
of God and therefore God exists ;   and  that if we, as — 196 —
the infidel says we must, judge  the  past  by  present
evidences—
On Saturday night I left off writing just here, wondering what I could write that would represent facts
such as a father ought to teach his sons, in order to
save them from the blighting influence of those
learned, shrewd, sceptical infidels, who do not really
believe their owrn statements. I asked the Lord to
give me words to write and before the morning had
dawned I saw a vision from which I awoke with these
words fixed on my mind. " It is easier to have the
false than the true theory. The false is connected
with the imagination of the heart, which is continually
wrong. Truth is built on facts. Buy the truth and
sell it not." Those words were stamped upon the
mind just I was waking. I cannot tell by what means,
but I know that it was the influence of a power beyond
my own—-words revealed instantly—bearing on the
subject, for which I had asked for guidance  to  write.
As the substance of a vision is of less importance
than the lesson to be taken from it, I will leave the
vision in the background and show more especially
the fulness of its meaning as revealed to me. A ^tree
with an apple, which came up through it and hung on
a little stem through which it also came was shown
through the vision as a miracle. Small birds, hens,
and an ostrich, a sandy desert and eggs, were also
brought   before  me.    The   words   before  mentioned — 197 —
kept sounding in my mind  and  the  fact came to me
that if an egg comes from an ostrich, and  an  ostrich
comes from an egg, one must have been created first in
some other way,—and the questions came, Which was
first ? and Who made it ?   By  studying these important  questions  according  to  an in.fidel's Own rule of
judging the past by the present, we find  that  an   ostrich comes from an egg—then the egg  existed first;
and if we judge the past by the present, we decide for
a positive fact that no ostrich's egg could  form of itself in   the  shifting  sands   in a short time, ready for
hatching;   and   th it if the egg  existed   first,  it  was
created in a  different .way  to  the  present  form  of
being layed  there ;   and so there must have been a
great breach in the theory of evolution, when the first
eggs were made tu hatch hens aand rooster chicken.
All would  have to  be  accomplished in a few weeks,
or the eggs would have been spoiled ;   therefore, it is
a fixed certainty that  evolution   had   nothing to  do
with forming the first  chicken.    Not only is this fact
established by the very nature of things ;   but by the
evolutionist's own statement.    But, suppose  he  goes
back on his own theory, and says that the first ostrich,
or hen, did not come from an   egg,   but  was  evolved
from something  he  does  not  know  what;   then   I
would like to know how a hen happened to be evolved the same time as the rooster, which are two distinct
birds ?   When  and  how  did the great breach in the — 198 —
system of the  theory of evolution occur in changing
the plan of the formation   and  birth of hens, roosters,
and of all the other birds ?   Is it reasonable  to think
that at one time they were brought into the world born
like animals, and, by changing from  one  generation
to another, each century  they  grew   larger,  until  at
last there was a full-sized hen ;   that they  then stopped suddenly and changed their natural process of life
and commenced to be hatched from eggs ?  The thing
is ridiculous, and not worthy of a second thought from
one  whom  God  has  blessed   with  common  sense.
Then it is very clear that.the theory of evolution had
nothing to do with the creation.    Further there must
have been two formed at the same time : one to hatch
a male bird  and  one  a  female bird.    If you say the
first generation of ostriches were born and not hatched, then there must  have  been a great breach in the
theory   of evolution   when   they  commenced  to  be
hatched.    The thing is contrary to nature, and  altogether  ridiculous  to  those   who  know God as their
Creator.    The  same   is  true  of hens   and   roosters,
which come from eggs, and according to the theory of
evolution have always  come   from eggs.    I   want  to
ask, Who made the first two  eggs  which   must  have
been formed in a few hours and kept at a certain heat
for days ;   one made to hatch a rooster, the  other  a
hen ?   or, Who made the first hen and rooster, or any
other bird ? — 199 —
We find that the apple, in the vision, which came
through the tree and formed into that fruit—like the
egg of the ostrich—bears that particular seed or life
germ ; therefore the tree grows from its own kind of
seed ; and, if we judge the past by the present works
of nature, which God has made, the first tree had no
seed to grow from and was created by other means
than that which man knows or has any trace of, unless
he finds it in the boundless wisdom and power of
Almighty God, who touches the dead clods of the
elements and moulds them at His will into living
monuments for His glory. While man has no evidence to prove that evolution has ever created a single
thing at the beginning, we have proof by man's own
testimony, not only that of the twelve Apostles, but
hundreds who also ate of the elements which God
touched by the power of His wisdom and formed into
bread, by which the five thousand were fed. Jesus, in
that miracle, not only created bread, but gave it to the
people, that a part of it might become a part of their
own bodies ; and many other mighty works also were
performed by the Lord before the people. He who
believes in evolution, as the creator of the works of
God, does not believe in God, nor in the united testimony of his fellow-man, but trusts in the imaginations
of his own heart, which is at enmity with God. God's
ways, though mysterious to us, are always perfect ;
therefore they who are at enmity with Him are wrong —  200
continually.    | A man's heart deviseth his way : but
the Lord directeth his steps."    Prov. xvi., 9.
If all the children of this generation had facts relative to God's works—similar to those given in connection with the vision—thoroughly stamped >upon their
minds, the world wrould soon be'free from the blighting curse of sceptical infidelity. If I could give to the
millions of this generation, who claim not Christ for
their Saviour, my own experience, that they might
know for themselves the fulness of the love and peace,
which the presence of God brings into the soul; the
wonderful things I have received through faith in communication with God ; and the marvellous change the
new birth—not a fancied new birth, but the new birth
—makes in a sinner's nature ; not the nature of the
flesh but of the heart; then the world would serve
the Lord. Then Paradise would practically be
restored to earth, as it will be when the millenial
dawn is fully ushered in, and the lion and the lamb
shall lie down at peace together ; for satanic power
will be bound by laws of righteousness.
In order to save the nations most successfully from
the deadly influence of satan, its children must be
taught the ways of righteousness, the love and justice
of God ; and the vile cruelty of sin ; then will they
buy wisdom and sell it not. A    LITTLE    WHILE.
A little while ! 'Tis ever drawing, nearer—
The brighter downing of that glorious day.
Blest Saviour, make our spirits' vision clearer,
^tnd guide, O guide us in the shining way.
A little while, O blessed expectation !
For strength to run with patience, Lord we cry ;
O hearts up leap in fond anticipation ;
Our union with the Bridegroom draweth nigh.
Select.
Jude 19. , " These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit."
20. § But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on
your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,"
21. | Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking
for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal
life." '. ' . : Ijj
22. " And of some have compassion, making a
difference :
23. | And others save with fear, pulling them out
of the fire ; hating even the garment spotted by the
flesh."     •
24. I Now ijnto him that is able to keep you from. 202
falling,   and   to   present   you   faultless   before   the
presence of his glory with exceeding joy."
' 2$. " To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory
and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever.
Amen."
In the twenty-five verses of this epistle of Jude,
there exists a great chasm fixed between the nature
of those who live under satanic influences and those
who hold the wires which convey the influences of
the life of God into their lives. | But ye, beloved
building up yourselves on your most holy faith, pray-
in the Holy Ghost." Prayer is the great cable of
communication with Heaven, upon which to cling
with the arms of faith and through which to eat of
the hidden manna and imbibe the nature of Christ.
The precious promise of our Heavenly Father is " ask
and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened
unto you, seek and ye shall find." And multitudes
have asked in faith, and, according to their faith,
have received a fulness of the precious hidden manna, of a life hidden with Christ in God. But, alas,
there is the other side of humanity: those who handle
the wires of communication with the powers of satan
and receive from him the very brimstone of his nature
that will help to light the fires of death, which dieth
not, whose nature, is described in this epistle.
16.    I These are murmurers,  complainers,  walking
after their own lusts ; and their mouth speaketh great — 203 —
swelling words, having men's   persons  in   admiration
because of advantage."
17. " But, beloved, remember ye the words which
were spoken before of the apostles of our   Lord Jesus
Christ;" '       ;
18. " How that they told you there should be
mockers in the last time, who should walk after their
own ungodly lusts."
There are two classes in this world, the living and
the dead, having eternal life or having eternal death.
Jesus said to His hearers—"«the time is coming and
now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son
of God, and they that hear shall live,"—(John v., 25.)
During the eighteen hundred and sixty-two years
which have passed since those words were spoken,
millions have heard that glorious call and have been
raised to a newness of life, living members of the
body of Christ on earth, whose souls were cleansed in
the atoning blood, and robed in the beautiful garments
of Christ's own nature. The great majority of those
have left this earthly tabernacle, and, having passed
from death unto life before the body died, were made
through Christ to be partakers of the first resurrection ;
and are therefore this day with Him in Paradise.
Just here, you meet the most solemn of all important questions. You must face it ; or soon it will face
you, when it is too late. Have you that life that is
hid with Christ in God ; or the  death with satan, that — 204 — ;fj£
never dies ? There are only two conditions—life or
death. Which is yours? If you have not decided
for* yourself, then satan is deciding the question for
you, deciding that you shall be his victim of horrible
torments, through all eternity. Do not be deceived,
God is not mocked ; whosoever you choose to serve in
this life, you must serve in the life beyond, because
your nature will correspond to those by whom your
soul is fed. Do not be deceived, but rest assured that
if the nature of sin is not killed by the cleansing blood,
you can never enter into the kingdom of Heaven.
God has so loved you, that He has taken your nature
of sin unto death, and died your death for you and
for me. Whosoever will may receive His wonderful
gift of freedom and life with God, because He was
able to fulfil the law for you, and then raise Himself
up. He has created a first resurrection, by which
through the law, millions have received that gift.
Have you received it ? It means to you everlasting
riches and pleasure, and glory and honor and Paradise—an endless union with the family of God. It
means the glorious privilege to grow in grace, in
wisdom and in beauty for ever, in the presence of the
Lord our God. It means all that is valuable to you.
Is it true that you are slumbering away your life
which might end to-morrow? Are you missing the
only Perfect Gift that life is worth living for? If you
are rejecting Christ,  then you are missing  positive- — 205 —
ly the only riches for which life is truly worth living.
If you reject the gift of life, you had better not have
been born. But, if you have accepted Christ's atonement and* received the presence of the Holy Ghost,
the love and fellowship of God, then you have a little
foretaste of the joys of Paradise, and know that you
are born of God. Your nature is changed, for now
you love the brethren, and long to bring sinners to
the Saviour. Your nature, once so cold and dead,
now seeks to awaken others, that they too might find
your precious Saviour. Through that longing in your
nature, you know that you have a new nature, quickened by a living spark of the Spirit of the Lord, and
you know that this living fire of love is from Him, for
God is love. His very presence fills your soul with
love. Having this fact—a living reality in your soul
—that God who created you by the word of His
power to live in this world as a mortal, has also recreated you, by the travail of His own soul unto death
to be a saint—a member of His kingdom, a child of
God, having the glorious promise of a home in
Heaven. How careful should you be to live near the
Saviour that He might use you in His vineyard in
bringing others to the light, the cleansing fountain
that they may be awakened also to ^eternal life and
. with you enjoy the glorious blessings of the love of
God. Saved from the diseases of the soul, the leprosy
that  unfits the soul for Heaven.    Saved from  sin's — 204 —
degrading, hating nature and the darkness it brings
upon the victims of its powers, and the horrors of an
endless home with devils. It is worthy of all your
keenest efforts, and of all the services of all your life
—though you live a million centuries—to be the
means of bringing one to Jesus Christ. To dwell with
Him in His glorious pavilion for endless ages, for the
end of the million centuries would certainly come.
You will certainly be rewarded by the nature of your
work of love ; built up in your own character and fitted for a higher mansion in His presence. " He doeth
all things well." You will be rewarded by the uniting
cords of love—the everlasting bands which unite his
soul with yours—the soul of him jwhom you, through
Christ, have brought to God. You will be rewarded
by a victory over sin and hell, and satan's power—an
endless victory. A crown of life will be received
thr^pgh Christ by the one whom you have led to the
precious, cleansing fountain. You will be rewarded
in the presence of God and of the holy angels.
I He that overcometh shall inherit all things ; and I
will be his God and he shall be my son."—Rev. xxi., 7.
I And others save with fear, pulling them out of the
fire : hating even the garment spotted bv the flesh."
Jude 23.
The meaning of the facts, in  connection with  this
last verse cannot any more  easily be understood  by'
man than can the endlessness of an endless  eternity.
The fire referred to is as   endless as eternity in its du- — 207 —
ration. The spots of the flesh are as endless as the
fires which they create within the soul, whose garments
are spotted with them ; and—because they are a
living, growing nature, a part of the soul—they must
exist with the soul. There is no way to change the
nature of that disease excepting God's way. There
is no physician who can cure the disease of the
soul, excepting the Great Physician, who has satisfied
the law's demands, and who can drive out the old
nature by placing a new life within, and so create a
saint for a mansion in the heavenly world.
I And now unto Him that is able to keep you from
falling, and to present you faultless before the presence
of His glory with exceeding joy."—Jude 24.
To Him, dear reader, let all the services of your
life be given ; that at last you may have the glorious
mansion prepared for you, made to suit the character
of your being, where—knowing as you are known—
you can better sing the praises of the King of Kingr.
Do you not know some wanderer from God, rejecting
the Saviour's love; some model sinner whose garments are spotted by the flesh, who believes that all
the blessings he receives are gifts from his Creator,
but never renders thanks to God, even for one single
blessing, because he knows that the only kind of
thanks which can reach God must come from a sincere, obedient heart. Someone who thinks that he is
good enough, because his hands are not red with his —   2o8  —
brother's blood, or his nature stained with guilt through
the coveted goods of his neighbour, which he has
stolen ; good enough because his nature is yet concealed—like the flower within the bud—in its satanic
garments, and is not yet bloomed out into its real
nature before the world. Someone to whom satan
says " You are as good as lots who profess religion."
One who does not know the difference between a pro-
•
fession of religion and sanctification unto God.
If you do know such an one, dear fellow Christian
it is your bounden duty before God to work and watch
and fight and pray for his salvation ; striving with all
your might to save with fear, pulling him out of the
fire ; for if he is allowed to slumber beneath that deadly influence of satanic nature, until he is suddenly cut
off from the earth, or even before, satan will unfold
the garments and reveal his own image—the likeness
of satan—in the nature of his suffering victim. Think
of a loved on e being cradled in the arms of death by
satan's power and prepared for eternal torments, being
made a demon—to be tormented by the fiends whose
hatred and vengeance is poured out upon each other
through endless ages—and you not trying to save him;
to awaken him that he might see the true nature of
his mad folly, and escape from hell.
Daniel xii., I. " And at that time shall Michael
stand up, J:he great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people :   and there shall be  a   time of — 209 —
trouble, such as never was since there was a nation
even to that same time: and at that time thy people
shall be delivered, every one that shall be found
written in the book."
2. " And many of them that sleep in  the dust  of
the  earth shall  awake, some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt."
3. " And they that be wise shall shine as the
brightness of the firmament; and they that turn
many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.'1
4. " But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and
seal the book, even to j the time of the end : many
shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased."
5. I Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there
stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of
the river, and the other on that side of the bank of
the river."
6. I And one said to the man clothed in linen,
which was upon the waters of the river, How long
shall it be to the end of these wonders ? "
7. I And I heard the man clothed in linen, which
was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his
right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware
by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time,
times and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all
these things shall be finished."
P. 2IO
8. ii And I heard, but I understood not: then said
I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? |
9. I And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the
words are closed up and sealed till the time of the
end." > . :   ...   ., . .
10. " Many shall be purified, and made white, and
tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and none of
the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall
understand."
11. I And from the time that the daily sacrifice
shall be taken away, and the abomination that
maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand
two hundred and ninety days." SB
12. "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to
the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days."
13^1" But go thou thy way till the end be: for
thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the
days." ,    "_■    ■
Five hundred and thirty-four years before Christ,
the Lord spoke unto His servant Daniel and told
him of the coming Saviour, and the mighty events to
be accomplished for man and for the glory of God.
The revelations as given to Daniel—so long before
they were fulfilled, in reference to the things in connection with the above verses—are most wonderful,
when compared with the fulness with which they have
been fulfilled. J
To study God's words  without prejudice^ as given 211
to us through Daniel, and to catch fhe nature of their
meaning in connection with their fulfilment, is to be
able to read the words which were closed up and
Sealed till the time of the end. Sealed to every one,
even to Daniel himself, who heard but understood not,
and was told, in reply to his question, to go his way,
for the words were closed up and sealed till the time
of the end."
I. | And at that time shall Michael stand up, the
great prince which standeth for the children of thy
people : and there shall be a time of trouble, such as
never was since there was a nation even to that same
time : and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
every one that shall be found written in the book."
| And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great
prince which standeth for the children of thy people."
Even at that very time, Jesus Christ, the Prince of
Peace, was standing in behalf of the people whose
sacrifices were accepted through the great sacrifice of
atonement to be made once for all. | And there shall
be a time of trouble, such as there has not been since
there was a nation." During the one thousand two
hundred and ninety days of Christ's labor, the fiercest
difficulties had to be faced and overcome in order
that God's kingdom might be established. The
religion of many of the people was but a form, void
of the light and love of God, and gave them the cruel
nature of demons.    The great battle of sin and  right- 212 —
eousness was fought, and the glorious victory of man's
redemption was won through Christ, who sets us free.
There is deliverance from satan for every one who will
accept, and receive the image of God stamped upon
their nature. ute
2. I And many of them that sleep in the dust of
the earth shall awake some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Many who slept in the dust of the earth should
awake, and through Christ many have been raised
and made partakers of the resurrection, some unto
life everlasting and some unto shame and everlasting
contempt. Which shall it be for me ? is a question
which none should fail to ask their soul while searching their own heart. Which shall it be? Heaven
and life and joy ; or hell and shame and death ? Will
you be counted among the number, when Christ shall
make up His jewels. Will you shine as the stars for
ever and ever ? If you are serving the Lord, through
love, and striving to turn many to righteousness, you
may know that it is well with your soul ; but, if you
are serving satan, be assured that you will have shame
and everlasting contempt.
3. " And they that be wise shall shine as the
brightness of the firmament; and they that turn
many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever."
Oh, how awful is his condition, who lives unconsciously the life of a hypocrite before the world ! Who — 213 —
is saved like thesthief on the. cross, but has very little
of the love of God in his soul, because he allows the
world,  the  flesh,  and   the devil to trample upon the
seed sown there.    His life does  not correspond  with
his profession, therefore he becomes  the shame of the
church, and a contemptible hypocrite  to  the  world,
because he is not careful to walk in close  communion
with   the   Lord.    His   spiritual    influence  is dead ;
strangled to death by his actions."   He may be saved,
like  the  thief on   the   cross, but his life on earth is
lost, and he may be saved, though  as  by  fire    I As
the tree faUs, so it  shall- lie."    He  that  teaches,  by
words or b^ actions^ contrary to the word of God shall
be the least in the kingdom   of Heaven ;   while they
that turn many to  righteousness  shall  shine  as  the
stars for ever and ever.    Are you a stumbling block
to the samer or a hindrance to the  seeking soul ?   If
you are, them awful is your condition, for  your  heart
is divided and tainted by sin.    Have you professed to
haee Jesus Chris^j^&t because you wanted to, although
you were not willing to give up all your  sins.,  which
you really love»jaaore tkarr righteousness ?   If so, then
your religion is but a form, a cloak, a counterfeit,, and
you hase nothing but its forms, and   the  example. of
your fellow Christians to  guide  you; aad,i therefore,
you cannot stand,  for yjsaut have  not given up all to
follow Ckrist    You must turn from sir*  and, trusting
Jesus, fodJbw wherever He may lead.    Your  lilk will -   214 —
then be grand   and   glorious,  througli  time,  and   all
eternity.
4. I But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and
seal the book, even to the time of the end, many
shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be
increased."
The book was sealed until the time of the end, and
no man could understand it until Christ, the Mighty
Prince, the Son of God, broke the seal arid did away
with the daily sacrifices of the old dispensation.
5. " Then I Daniel looked, and behold, there
stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of
the river, and the other on that side of the bank of
the river."
Th9 river which Daniel saw, represents the river of
life, which flows from the throne of God. The man
on this side of the river, meant the people before
Christ; and the man on that side, meant the people
after Christ.
7. I And I heard the man clothed in linen, which
was upon the waters of the river, when he held up
his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and
sware by him that liveth forever thajt it shall be for a
time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people,
all these things shall be finished."
We need not doubt the fact, that the man clothed
in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, who 2K
held up both his hands unto Heaven, represented
Christ, and that the " time, times, and a half time,"
was the last three and a half years of Christ's ministry,
' and when the forty days were accomplished after the
resurrection—during which time the Lord visited and
strengthened His people, and scattered them abroad
filled with the power of the. Holy Ghost—then all of
these things were finished.
10.    I Many shall be purified, and made white, and
tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and none of
the  wicked  shall  understand ;   but   the   wise   shall
understand." fflm
Millions have been purified and made white, and
tried since the Day of Pentecost. To-day the wicked
do wickedly, and do not understand the Spirit, the
love of God, or the plan of salvation ; because they
are under the mists of satanic power.
ii. | And from the time that the daily sacrifice
shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh
desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred
and ninety days."
12. "Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to
the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days |
Just as soon as Christ commenced to teach the
people, then there was no more need of the daily
sacrifice, for Christ was | the light of the world." So
that Jesus must have laboured for His Kingdom one
thousand two hundred and  ninety  days  against  the 2l6
abominations of satanic powers that were raised against
Him, before He said on the cross "it is finished."
il Blessed is he that waiteth and cometh, to the
thousand three hundred and five and thirty days,"
which would be forty-five days after the resurrection
and five days after the ascension, and must hasse been
the Day of Pentecost for which the disciples wene
waiting, and in which they received the blessing of
the presence and the power of the Hbty Ghost.
Then was the great mission d£ Christ, the kingdom of
the Son of God, established in our behalf, and then
was the end of the days when Daniel wouM stand in
his lot.
13. "But go thou thy way till the end be: for
thou shafc rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the
days." •   -:|.   -
In this chapter we have clear evidence of the facty
that God sees the future as you see the past, and the
things that shall come to pass are known to Hiai
thousands of years before. Therefore, in God's sight,
they exist as realities, in the same way as that wnich
you saw yesterday exist as a reality in your sight. If
it were nofc so, then God could not have'given to
Daniel this wonderful  history of the coming Saviour. IN   CONCLUSION.
HAVE you carefully read each page of this book*
and read it as a study, without a prejudice ?
If you have, it must have left its footprints upon your
soul, never to be erased ; which, if cherished, will help
to form in you the nature of God's own glorious
character, when you are born again. For that which
has been, can never be as though it had not been, in
forming character.
Are you a sceptic ? Then Jesus has invited you to
the marriage supper of the Lamb. Oh, will you not
come and enter His great pavilion of love and peace,
and everlasting glory ? Jesus is waiting yet. Will
you not come ? Must you forever argue and live for
the world and for satan, your deadliest enemy ?
Against your Saviour and friend, Creator and God ?
Can you rest without this question being settled ?
Awful is your case, if you sleep beneath the venom
of your foe.
Are you a Christian—born of God—who has carefully read without a prejudice? Has not some living
spark from off the altar, lit up J your — 218 —
you shine more brightly the reflected  light  from   the
Cross, that others may look and live.
Are you a worldling? One whose soul is wrapped
in garments spotted by the flesh, who loves the way
of evil better than that of righteousness ? You have
not read carefully without a prejudice, because your
heart is at enmity with God. You read the blessed
Bible as a book for others and not exactly meant for
you. You are therefore prejudiced in your own favor,
and, though you wear the brightest character, you
must walk in darkness, unless your soul is kindled
with the life, and light and love of God. Although
you have read beneath the shadow of this veil of
prejudice, yet some living seeds of "ftre—the fire of
Heaven—may linger in your soul and may it never
cease to burn until the old nature is all consumed and
you are born of God—a living burning flame of the
fire of the love of God.—Amen.
Trythall,   City  Printing Works, Vancouver, B.C.      

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