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Enumerate some of his experiences. ¶ 495.
What did he say about such afflictions? ¶ 495.
To what was St. Paul looking forward as his great hope? ¶ 495.
Upon what does the Christian meditate with delight? ¶ 495.
What is the great promise set before the church? Give Scriptural proof.
What does the word "glory" mean, as used in the Scriptures? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 497.
How is Jesus mentioned with reference to God's glory? ¶ 497.
How are the body members to be with him in glory? ¶ 497.
How will this glory compare to things of earth? ¶ 497.
What did St. Paul say about that glory? ¶ 497.
What image will the church bear in glory? ¶ 497.
What was the condition of faithful saints who died between Pentecost and
Christ's second coming? ¶ 498.
What do the Scriptures say about their awakening at the second coming
of Christ? ¶ 498.
What do the Scriptures say concerning the resurrection change of those
saints living on the earth after Christ's second appearing? ¶ 499.
Why are they called blessed of the Lord? ¶ 499.
Why has Jehovah been for centuries preparing the new creation? ¶ 499.
What is the custom of royalty concerning jewels? ¶ 500.
In what way do the Scriptures compare the saints to jewels? Give the
proof. ¶ 500.
How are they to be regarded by Jehovah? and how illustrated by jewels?
Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 500.
Give a Scriptural promise of glory to the overcomer. ¶ 501.
How is the sun used to illustrate glory? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 502.
What Scriptural promise did the Lord give to his church concerning a
heavenly habitation? ¶ 503.
What did the Psalmist say about the Lord's habitation? ¶ 503.
What did the Prophet write concerning the beauty of Zion? ¶ 503.
For what purpose will Jehovah shine through the new creation? ¶ 503.
What joy will this bring to the new creation? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 503.
What is the Scriptural promise with reference to having the great King
as a friend? ¶ 504.
How will this great friend love the members of the church? ¶ 504.
What is meant by the Scriptural term "honor"? ¶ 505.
How is God honored by his creatures? ¶ 505.
How will the church occupy a position of honor? ¶ 505.
What particular relationship with Jesus pictures the great honor that
the body members will have? ¶ 505.
What does the Scripture say concerning the likeness of Jesus and his
relationship to the body members? ¶ 506.
What does the Apostle say concerning the appearance and likeness of the
church? ¶ 506.
Who has been appointed heir of all things? ¶ 506.
Who shares with him in this honor? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 506.
To whom did Jehovah promise the rulership and dominion of the earth at
the time of Zedekiah's overthrow? ¶ 507.
What does the prophet Daniel say with reference to granting this
dominion to Jesus? ¶ 507.
What will be the extent of his dominion and kingdom? ¶ 507.
How shall the nations regard it? ¶ 507.
What promise of honor is given to the church in this connection? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 507.
Who will be the great King of glory to rule the nations? ¶ 508.
Is any promise of honor to the church given in this connection? ¶509.
What Scriptural promise is there that the church shall enjoy a position
of honor in the coming ages? ¶ 509.
To what extent has Jesus been honored by the world? ¶ 510.
What Scriptural proof is there that the world will yet honor him? ¶ 510.
How have the body members of the church been regarded by the world? ¶ 510.
Will they be honored in the future? ¶ 510.
Will the world know who is born a member of the glorified church? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 510.
What effect will this knowledge have upon the world? ¶ 510.
How will the people regard the church in the future ages? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 510.
Besides glory and honor, what else is the church seeking? ¶ 511.
Define immortality. ¶ 511.
What will be the difference between a perfect human being and a member
of the new creation with reference to requiring nourishment to sustain
life? ¶ 511.
What Scriptural proof is given that Jesus possesses inherent life? ¶ 511.
What Scriptural promise is given to the body members that they will have
inherent life? ¶ 512.
With what power will they be clothed with reference to giving life to
others? ¶ 512.
Give some Scriptural proof of the degree of life to be possessed by the
church. ¶ 512.
What is meant by the "crown of life"? ¶ 512.
When one becomes a new creature in Christ, how does that affect his
hopes, ambitions and aspirations? ¶ 513.
What did St. Paul say concerning the life of such? ¶ 513.
Whom did David typify? and how do his words apply to the church? ¶ 514.
How is the desire of the church expressed by the Psalmist? Quote the
Scripture. ¶ 514.
What did the psalmist David say about the King and the new creation in
the presence of Jehovah? Quote the psalm. ¶ 515.
Show the contrast in the minds of the people between the position of the
Christ during the period of humiliation and the period of glory. Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 516.
In the eyes of the world, how do members of the church die? ¶ 517.
In the eyes of Jehovah, how do they die? Give the Scriptural proof. ¶ 517.
How does St. Paul contrast the humiliation with the glory of the church?
Quote the Scripture. ¶ 517.
When will all the members of the church enjoy glory, honor, and
immortality, eternal life? ¶ 518.
When should we reasonably expect the church to be glorified? ¶ 519.
Under what influence did St. Paul write concerning the approaching
kingdom? ¶ 519.
Describe what took place at the time of the making of the law covenant
by Jehovah with Israel at Mount Sinai. ¶ 520.
Give the Scriptural statement by St. Paul concerning that time. ¶ 520.
What did such convulsions of nature foreshadow concerning the present
time? ¶ 520.
What does a mountain symbolize? and in what sense can we say that
present conditions were foreshadowed by the disturbance at Mount Sinai?
Using this to illustrate the approaching kingdom, quote the apostle
Paul's words in Hebrews 12:22-24. ¶ 521.
What do these words of St. Paul picture with reference to the kingdom?
Why is God now manifesting his power and justice in dealing with the
nations of earth? ¶ 523.
How does the privilege of living on earth now compare with that in
centuries past? ¶ 524.
Did the prophets understand what would happen at this time? ¶ 524.
Did the angels understand? ¶ 524.
Did these seek to find out? ¶ 524.
What is the privilege of the Christian now compared with that of
Christians living in the early part of the gospel age? ¶ 525.
To what are saints this side the vail looking forward? ¶ 525.
Whom will the Christian first expect to meet in the heavenly kingdom?
Quote the Scriptures with reference to the Christian's guardian angel.
What records have these angels kept? Give the Scriptural proof. ¶ 527.
Who would be the next whom the Christian would expect to meet in glory?
Why will the King of glory desire to greet the body members in the
kingdom? ¶ 528.
Describe others in the church for whom the Christian will be looking in
the kingdom. ¶ 528.
What grace of the holy spirit will be possessed by every one who is in
the kingdom? ¶ 529.
What will be the appearance of each member of the body of Christ? ¶ 529.
After all the bride class is united with the Bridegroom, then what is
next to be expected? ¶ 530.
To whom is granted the honor of presenting the bride before Jehovah? ¶ 530.
Give a picture based upon the Scriptures of the appearance of the bride
with the Bridegroom before the throne of Jehovah. ¶ 531.
Describe the appearance of the bride class. ¶ 532.
How will that marriage compare with earthly marriages or unions? ¶ 532.
Why will the members of the body of Christ be a monument to the grace of
God? ¶ 533.
In vision, how did St. John describe the church class this side the vail
using the harp of God? ¶ 534.
"THEE FOR EVER BLEST"
Thy works all praise Thee: all Thy angels praise:
Thy saints adore, and on Thy altars burn
The fragrant incense of perpetual love.
They praise Thee now: their hearts, their voices praise,
And swell the rapture of the glorious song.
Harp! lift thy voice on high--shout, angels, shout!
And loudest, ye redeemed! glory to God,
And to the Lamb, who bought us with His blood,
From every kindred, nation, people, tongue;
And washed, and sanctified, and saved our souls;
And gave us robes of linen pure, and crowns
Of life, and made us kings, and priests to God.
Shout back to ancient Time! Sing loud, and wave
Your palms of triumph! sing, Where is thy sting,
O Death? where is thy victory, O Grave?
Thanks be to God, eternal thanks, who gave
Us victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Harp, lift thy voice on high! shout, angels, shout,
And loudest, ye redeemed! glory to God,
And to the Lamb--all glory and all praise;
All glory and all praise, at morn and even,
That come and go eternally; and find
Us happy still, and Thee for ever blest.
Glory to God, and to the Lamb. Amen.
For ever, and for evermore. Amen.
String 10: _Restoration_
The restoration string of the harp of God is one that will fill the
earth with joyful song. Although every prophet from Samuel to John the
Baptist spoke of the coming days of restoration, this wonderful doctrine
represented by the tenth string of the harp was for a long time lost to
the vision of many who claimed to be Christians, as was also the
doctrine of the Abrahamic promise. Hence we see that the eight-string
harp sometimes used by the Jews represents the harp of God minus the
strings picturing the Abrahamic promise and restoration. Now these
strings or doctrines have been found and appreciated by God's people;
and the harp fully strung yields music of unspeakable sweetness.
Restoration means to restore that which was lost. The first man
Adam was made perfect, in the image and likeness of God, with power and
authority to fill the earth with a race of people and to rule the earth
as his dominion. By reason of his sin, he brought upon himself the
manifestation of divine justice; and being sentenced to death, he lost
the right to life, and this right was lost also for his offspring. The
first man, Adam, was created a human being, not a spirit being. "The
first man is of the earth, earthy." (1 Corinthians 15:47) God created
the earth for man. "God ... formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be
inhabited." (Isaiah 45:12,18) The Scriptures conclusively prove that
God's original purpose was that man should have an everlasting home on
the earth as long as he obeyed the divine law. Man having disobeyed
forfeited his right to live on earth, and Jesus, the perfect man, having
by his great sacrifice purchased this right for man, the time must come
when man will be restored to that which was lost.
Some noted teachers of the Bible deny the doctrine of restoration.
Let us observe, then, what else must fail if this doctrine fails. If
there is to be no restoration of man to his original state, then it must
be admitted that the creation of man was and is a failure. Not only
would the creation of man result in a failure, but the very purpose for
which God created the earth must fail. This would mean, then, that his
word has not and will not accomplish what he said. But God being
all-wise, and having unlimited power, his purposes cannot fail. If we
believe the Bible, we will have to believe the doctrine of restoration.
Jehovah has said: "My word that goeth forth out of my mouth ... shall
not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and
it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it".--Isaiah 55:11.
If there is to be no restoration of man to his original state and
no opportunity for him to be so restored, then the manifestation of
divine justice against Adam amounts to nothing more than God's
destroying the work of his own hands and admitting he was and is unable
to people the earth with a perfect race. If we believe in his
omnipotence, we must believe that he will accomplish his design. Having
made the promise at the time of the sentence of man that the great enemy
should ultimately perish, we may take this as one truth upon which to
hang a hope that something better is to come in the future.
If there is to be no restoration of mankind to original
perfection, then God's promise made to Abraham is meaningless and must
fail, because the express purpose of that promise is the blessing of all
the families of the earth; and that blessing is life. (Genesis 12:3;
22:18; 28:14; Romans 6:23) Not only did Jehovah make this promise to
Abraham, but he bound the promise with his oath; and by these two things
(his word and his oath, both of which are unchangeable) it is impossible
for the promise to fail; but in due time it must be carried out.--Hebrews
Beyond question, the Scriptures show that Jesus, who in his
prehuman existence was the Logos, left the heavenly courts, his life
being transferred from spirit to human plane, took upon him the nature
and form of man, and became Jesus for the very purpose of saving the
people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21) He came that man might have life.
(John 10:10) He came and gave his life as a ransom, that others might
live. (Matthew 20:28) He was rich and for our sakes became poor, that we
through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9) When he was
born as a man, the angels of heaven announced glad tidings of great joy
which shall be unto all people, because the purpose of his birth was to
redeem mankind and to restore to them that which had been lost. (Luke
2:9-11) If there is to be no restoration of man to his original state,
then all these purposes of God in sending his beloved Son to earth must
fail. We know that God's word cannot fail.
It was the perfect man Adam who had sinned and by his sin lost the
right to life and the blessings incident to a perfect human life. The
only means provided for satisfying that judgment and releasing mankind
was by substituting another perfect human life. The substitution of
that one perfect human life for the other is called in the Scriptures
the ransom-sacrifice. God made the specific promise that he would ransom
man from the power of the grave, and that he would redeem him from
death. (Hosea 13:14) In keeping with this promise, his Word declares
that 'Jesus, by the grace of God, tasted death for every man'. (Hebrews
2:9) "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man
Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due
time."--1 Timothy 2:5,6.
Unless, therefore, mankind has a full and fair opportunity to be
restored to the perfect condition enjoyed by father Adam while in Eden,
then all of these promises of Jehovah are meaningless and must fail. If
they should fail, such would prove that God is not all-powerful. It
would also prove that his promises are not sure; whereas the Scriptures
declare: "All the promises of God, whatever their number, have their
confirmation in him; and for this reason through him also our 'Amen'
acknowledges their truth and promotes the glory of God through our
faith. But he who is making us as well as you stedfast through union
with the anointed one, and has anointed us, is God, and he has also set
his seal upon us, and has put his spirit into our hearts as a pledge and
foretaste of future blessing."--2 Corinthians 1:20-22, _Weymouth_.
Jesus arose from the dead and ascended on high. The fact of his
resurrection is a guarantee that all men shall have an opportunity for
life. If there is to be no restoration of the human race, then the
resurrection of Jesus and the awakening of others from the dead are
meaningless and for no purpose. If we believe the Scriptures, we must
believe in restoration, because God "hath appointed a day, in the which
he will judge the world in _righteousness_ by that man whom he hath
ordained; whereof he hath given assurance _unto all men_, in that he
hath raised him from the dead". (Acts 17:31) If we do not accept the
doctrine of restoration of the human race, then we must ignore the
positive words of the Apostle, who wrote: "Now is Christ risen from the
dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man
came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man
in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are
Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have
delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put
down all rule and authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath
put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed
is death."--1 Corinthians 15:20-26.
"The mystery" is the Christ, the anointed class--Jesus the head
and his body members--designated in the Scriptures as the seed of
Abraham, according to the promise. (Colossians 1:26,27) It is the
repeatedly announced purpose of Jehovah that through this seed all the
families of the earth shall be blessed. (Galatians 3:8,16,27,29)
Jehovah has devoted much time and effort to the development of the seed
of promise. If, therefore, there is to be no opportunity for full
restoration of mankind, then the time and effort spent in developing the
seed of Abraham has been wasted, and the promise of blessing through
this seed is meaningless and void. If we believe the Scriptures above
cited, that God's word cannot return unto him void, then we must know
that his purposes cannot fail.
The Lord Jesus went away to prepare a place for his bride, the
church, which is the seed of Abraham through which the promised blessing
of mankind must come. He promised to return and receive his bride unto
himself. He has come again, as the Scriptural evidence herein cited
clearly and conclusively shows. If there is to be no opportunity for the
restoration of man to the condition which Adam enjoyed before he sinned,
then the second coming of the Lord must fail in one of its primary
purposes. That one of the primary purposes of his second coming is the
restoration of the human race, is definitely stated by the inspired
witness: "God ... shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached
unto you; whom the heaven must receive [retain, hold] until the times of
_restitution_ [restoration] of all things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly
said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto
you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things
whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every
soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among
the people. Yea, and all the prophets, from Samuel and those that follow
after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days."
--Acts 3: 20-24.
Added to this positive statement of the inspired Apostle is the
testimony of all the prophets foretelling the time coming for the
restoration of the things that were lost through the disobedience of
Enoch was the first of the holy prophets. (Jude 14,15) Then
followed Jacob (Genesis 49:10), Moses (Genesis 3:15; 12:3; 13:15; 18:18;
22:18; Deuteronomy 18:15,19; 30:15), Samuel (1 Samuel 2:6), Job
(14:13-15; 33:19-30), David (Psalm 22:27; 30:5; 37:11; 46:10; 67:1-7;
72:3,4,6,10; 86:9; 93:2; 96:11-13; 98:4-9; 104:5), Solomon (Proverbs
2:21; 11:31; Ecclesiastes 1:4), Isaiah (2:2-4; 9:7; 11:4-9; 14:7;
19:22; 25:6-12; 28:17,18; 29:17,18; 33:24), Jeremiah (3:17; 24:7;
31:16,29,34; 32:39,40; 33:8,9; 46:27; 50:4,5), Ezekiel (11:19;
16;55,61-63; 18:2,31,32; 28:26; 34:25-28; 36:26,27,29,30,35; 37:24;
39:29), Daniel (2:44; 7:27), Hosea (2:18,21; 3:5; 13:14), Joel (2:22,32),
Amos (9:11,12; Acts 15:14-18), Obadiah (verse 21), Jonah (chapter 4),
Micah (4:1-5,8), Nahum (1:15; 2:3-6), Habakkuk (2:14), Zephaniah (2:11;
3:9,13), Haggai (2:7), Zechariah (2:11; 3:10; 8:3,8,12,15,21,22;
9:10,17; 14:9,11,20), Malachi (1:11; 3:11; 4:2), and John the Baptist.
(John 1:29; Matthew 11:9,11) This entire array of holy witnesses,
without a single exception, unite in testifying to the coming days of
restoration of man.[A]
[Footnote A: See discussion of this in "The Finished Mystery", pages
The reasonable mind cannot conceive that Jehovah would develop a
new creation and glorify that creation by committing to the head of it
all power in heaven and in earth without assigning the new creation some
work to do with reference to man. The very purpose of the glorification
of the new creation, the church, is that the members thereof, directed
by the head, the Lord Jesus, might judge and bless and restore the
families of the earth. There could be no judgment without a trial; and a
trial means an opportunity. Jesus plainly said: "In the regeneration
when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall
sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel". (Matthew
19:28) Here is the positive statement of regeneration. Regeneration
means the act of reproducing or giving life anew to a creature.
Again it is written concerning those who participate in the first
resurrection and thereby become members of the royal family of heaven:
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on
such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God
and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years," which
thousand-year reign is for the purpose of restoring mankind.--Revelation
20:6; Acts 17:31.
Again says the Apostle: "Do ye not know that the saints shall
judge the world?" (1 Corinthians 6:2) Again Jesus plainly declared that
at his second coming he would sit upon his throne of glory, and before
him should be gathered all nations, and he would separate them and
reward them according to their obedience to his laws. (Matthew 25:31-46)
If the church, Jesus the head and his body members glorified, endowed
with power and authority, are not to act as the great deliverer and
uplifter of the human race, then why should they be clothed with such
power and authority? If there is to be no opportunity for the
restoration of mankind, then God's plan with reference to the new
creation and its work must fail. He has positively announced that one of
the very purposes for calling and developing the new creation is the
blessing of mankind.--Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:16,27,29.
"I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine
hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people,
for a light unto the gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the
prisoners from the prison [the grave, condition of death], and them that
sit in darkness out of the prison house." (Isaiah 42:6,7) "Thus saith
the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of
salvation have I helped thee; and I will preserve thee, and give thee
for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to
inherit the desolate heritages."--Isaiah 49:8.
Thus we see that every purpose of the divine plan points to the
restoration of mankind. Every vital doctrine speaks of that coming time
for man's blessing. Every other string of the harp of God harmoniously
blends with the music of the tenth string, the restoration of man. It
must be admitted by every honest student of the Bible that all the
fundamental doctrines point to God's purpose of offering restitution
blessings to the entire human race, and that the obedient ones will
enjoy the blessings upon the earth. And now let us examine some more
specific texts further corroborating the already strong proof that
restitution is the great object of the divine plan relative to the human
God made a covenant with the nation of Israel, by which covenant he
promised to give life to all who would keep that covenant. (Leviticus
18:5) The Israelites, like others of Adam's offspring, having been born
sinners and imperfect, could not keep this covenant; therefore could not
get life through it. The specific reasons are: (1) Because the
ransom-sacrifice had not yet been given; (2) because of the
imperfections of the human race and the imperfections of Moses the
mediator of the covenant it yielded life to none of the nation of
Israel. (Romans 8:3) There was a two-fold purpose for this law covenant
being made. One was, that it might serve as a schoolmaster to lead
Israel to Christ (Galatians 3:24); and the other, to foreshadow a better
or new law covenant arrangement which God would make through his beloved
Son Christ Jesus. (Hebrews 10:1; 8:5) Christ is the great high priest;
and by his fulfilling the divine purposes, he is now the mediator of a
better covenant, the new covenant, which God purposes to make for man's
benefit. (Hebrews 8:6; 9:15) When the church is glorified and the
kingdom set up, then the blood (merit) of Christ will be applied for the
sealing of the new covenant, through which covenant promised blessings
are to be extended to the human race.
After these days, then--after the gathering out of the Christ class
or new creation--this covenant is to be made, as St. Paul states:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah; not according to
the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them
by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they
continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
_after those days_, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind,
and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they
shall be my people; and they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me,
from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their
unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no
Under this new covenant the whole human race shall have the
opportunity to come back to God through Christ the mediator. Mark that
it is plainly stated that during the time of restoration 'God will put
his laws into their minds, and write them in their hearts, and will be
to them a God and they shall be to him a people; for he will be merciful
to them, and their sins and iniquities he will remember no more'. This
could mean nothing less than the taking away of the imperfections of the
obedient and restoring them to a righteous condition.
Following the glorification of the church and the making of the new
covenant, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Barak, Jepthae, and the prophets
(all of whom we term faithful worthies), the Lord has promised shall be
brought forth from the tomb, being given a better resurrection.
(Hebrews 11) These shall be princes, rulers, or legal representatives of
the Christ, in the earth; and through them the Lord will establish a
righteous government in the earth. (Psalm 45:16; Isaiah 32:1) And then
"out of Zion [the Christ, invisible to men] shall go forth the law, and
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem"--the headquarters of Christ's
"It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the
Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains
[kingdoms], and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall
flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go
up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he
will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of
Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and
they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into
pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither
shall they learn war any more."--Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-4.
THE LIVING FIRST
St. Paul emphatically states that the Lord Jesus shall judge the
quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. (2 Timothy 4:1) In
this he is corroborated by St. Peter (1 Peter 4:5) The word _quick_ here
means the living, those who have some measure of life; and the text is
so rendered in the Weymouth translation. When the new covenant is made
and the Lord begins to deal with the people, it will be with the living
first. It would be unreasonable to suppose that he would first awaken
the dead and deal with them, and then with the living later. Jesus,
speaking of the great time of trouble with which the present world
reaches a final conclusion, indicated that many human beings will pass
through the trouble. (Matthew 24:21,22) The prophet Zechariah informs us
that a portion of the people will be brought through the fiery trouble,
and refined, and then will call upon the name of the Lord and he will
hear them. (Zechariah 13:8,9) Those who learn of the Lord's kingdom and
readily put themselves under its direction and become obedient to the
laws and rules of his new kingdom will be the ones who will be blessed
and acknowledged of the Lord, and rapidly restored.
Further corroborative proof is given by the prophet Isaiah that
restoration will begin with those living on the earth at the beginning
of the Messianic reign. There are millions of persons now living who
have a sincere and honest desire for righteousness. Many of these love
the Lord to the extent of their knowledge of him; but their knowledge is
so limited because they have been taught so much error concerning his
character that they are filled with fear and dread. They have not
sufficient knowledge of him to have real faith. They have not gone on to
the point of consecration. They have heard of the Lord's second coming
and hope for something better. They realize that there is great trouble
in the world and see no human remedy for it. They long for a complete
and proper relief.
To such Jehovah says through his Prophet: "Be strong, fear not:
behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence;
he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap
as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing." (Isaiah 35:4-6) These words
could have no application to persons who are in their graves, and must
exclusively apply to those who are living at the beginning of the
Messianic reign. Furthermore, when the dead are raised up, they will not
come forth from the graves minus arms, or legs, or other parts of the
body; but 'God will give to each a body as it pleaseth him' (1 Corinthians
15:38)--a reasonably sound body. And as a man renders himself in
obedience to righteousness, his body will develop toward perfection.
There are now on earth millions who are blind, or deaf, or lame, or
dumb, or cripples in some form; and these are the ones to whom the
Prophet refers. The kingdom being in operation, as these come to a
knowledge of God's great arrangements and obey the righteous laws under
the new covenant, they will develop new arms, legs, eyes; be given the
power of speech, and gradually develop a sound body.
When these great miracles begin to be performed in the earth, then
the most skeptical, it is to be hoped, will believe that the Lord Jesus
reigns. The miracles which he performed while on earth in opening the
eyes of the blind and healing the sick were merely examples of what he
will do in his glorified condition. Because it is both unreasonable and
unscriptural to expect that the dead will come forth from their graves
in a maimed, deaf, and dumb condition; but will come forth with
reasonably sound bodies, these words of the Prophet conclusively prove
that restoration will begin with those who are living on the earth at
the beginning of the Messianic reign.
Concerning the work of the Christ of restoring the peoples of
earth, and looking forward to that time, St. Paul writes; "The whole
creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now, waiting for
the manifestation of the sons of God"--the kingdom class. (Romans
8:19,22) Those who thus travail in pain, groan, wait, and hope for
something better, could not be the dead ones, but those who are living
at the inauguration of the new order. There are millions now on earth
who are looking and hoping for a better time, and groaning for that
relief. They understand not the mystery of God. They do not understand
how his sons constitute the seed of Abraham for their blessing; yet they
hope for something.
During the World War millions were maimed and disfigured in various
ways, and many deprived of one or both arms or legs. Because the Lord is
now present, putting his kingdom into operation, it is to be expected
that many of these crippled and maimed ones will be among the first to
receive the restoration blessings. As they come to a knowledge of the
fact that the Lord is giving these blessings, and render themselves in
obedience to his righteous rule, they will be thus blessed. Happy will
be their portion when they begin to be restored. Joyful will be their
friends and loved ones to see such restoration blessings being
ministered unto them.
While the trouble in the earth is ever increasing and the suffering
of the poor increases, some are manifesting a greater amount of sympathy
and consideration; while others are becoming more unreasonable and harsh
toward the poor. The Lord indicates what class he will favor in this
time of trouble, saying: "Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the
Lord will deliver him in the time of trouble. The Lord will preserve
him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth." (Psalm
41:1,2) Surely this could apply to none other than those now living in
this time of trouble, because when restitution blessings begin the time
of trouble will be over.
Upon the earth there are now, according to the best statistics
obtainable, approximately 1,700,000,000 persons who have a measure of
life. The proof cited herein shows that the old world (social and
political order) ended and began to pass away in 1914, and that this
will be completed in a few years and righteousness fully established.
The Scriptural evidence further is that many will be brought through
this time of trouble, and these will be the ones with whom the Lord will
first begin the work of restoration.
The first world ended with a great flood, in which a few persons,
to wit, eight, were saved by being carried over in the ark from the old
to the new order of things that God established immediately after the
flood under Noah. This was an example or picture representing the
passing away of the present evil world and showing that many will be
carried over from the old to the new. When God had delivered Noah and
his family from the perils of the deluge and Noah builded an altar
before the Lord and offered a sacrifice, the Lord made promise to Noah,
saying: "I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; ...
neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and
summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:21,22)
The Scriptures show that "the earth abideth forever". (Ecclesiastes 1:4)
Therefore this statement to Noah is a positive promise that never again
will the earth witness the destruction of every living thing. Seeing,
then, that we are at the end of the old order and the opening of the
new, and that according to the Scriptures many must pass over to the
new, it can be confidently announced that MILLIONS OF PEOPLE NOW LIVING
WILL NEVER DIE, because these being offered restitution blessings the
presumption must be indulged that many of them will accept and be
obedient to the new order of things.
It was Jesus who said: "Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall
never die". (John 11:26) The people of the world do not yet live, nor
have they had an opportunity of life; and this opportunity cannot come
to mankind in general until the times of restoration begin. Then the
living ones who believe on the Lord shall not die. We should keep in
mind, however, that to believe means to act upon that belief, in
accordance with it, and to be obedient to the new order that the Lord
will establish in the earth. Furthermore Jesus said: "If any man keep my
saying, he shall never see death". (John 8:51) Men cannot keep the
sayings of Jesus until they hear them; and the world cannot hear until
the Lord's due time. (1 Timothy 2:5,6) We are now entering that due time
and the message of the kingdom is being given out, by the Lord's grace,
that some may hear, and hearing, may profit and live.
The majority of mankind practise unrighteousness. This is due
largely to the fact of their imperfections. As the Prophet puts it, each
one was born and shapen in iniquity and conceived in sin. (Psalm 51:5)
They have been surrounded by conditions and influences that have induced
wrong-doing. A great many of these have not the power of resistance
against evil; but during the reign of Messiah evil will be punished and
righteousness rewarded, and evil influences restrained. Then even those
who are wicked and turn from unrighteousness to righteousness shall live
and shall not die. Of this God gives positive assurance through his
As further proof that restoration blessings will begin with those
living on the earth at the beginning of the Messianic reign, we cite the
words of the prophet Job. In poetic phrase he draws a picture of mankind
in a condition of suffering and sorrow, almost upon the brink of the
grave. This picture describes vividly the conditions now existing in the
earth. It depicts those who have a measure of life, all of whom must be
brought to a knowledge of the truth. Christ is the messenger of the new
covenant, through which mankind must receive the blessing. Job then
pictures the appearance of this messenger of the covenant and shows that
the message delivered turns many to righteousness. And those who hear,
appreciate and obey the message are represented as saying, 'I have found
my redeemer'; and then restitution blessings shall follow, and the old
shall be restored to a condition of manly youth. Man now is filled with
pride and pursues his own selfish purposes. The great time of trouble
will break this pride and bring the haughty low. Note Job's description:
"Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He
[the Lord] keepeth back his [man's] soul from the pit, and his life from
perishing by the sword. He is chastened also with pain upon his bed, and
the multitude of his bones with strong pain; so that his life abhorreth
bread, and his soul dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that it
cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out. Yea, his
soul draweth nigh to the grave, and his life to the destroyers. [Thus
describing the miserable condition of humankind] If there be a messenger
[the Christ, the Messenger of the new covenant] with him, an
interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness,
then he [the Lord] is gracious unto him [man], and saith, Deliver him
from going down to the grave [thus showing that not all are to be sent
into death. Then man is represented as saying]: I have found a ransom.
[The result then is pictured in the next phrase when the Prophet says
concerning man:] His flesh shall be fresher than a child's; he shall
return to the days of his youth."--Job 33:16-25.
PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED
The Scriptures clearly indicate that some stubborn, proud,
disobedient ones will refuse to hear the word of the Lord and to obey
his righteous laws. The loving kindness of the Lord is manifested when
his long-suffering is shown in the fact that he does not immediately
destroy all such, but gives each one a full and fair opportunity, the
Prophet showing that each one shall have at least a hundred years of
trial; and if at the end of that time he is persistent in disobeying the
Lord, he shall be counted accursed and cut off in everlasting
destruction. (Isaiah 65:20) St. Peter corroborated this in his statement
concerning restoration times, saying: "It shall come to pass, that every
soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among
the people".--Acts 3:23.
Again the testimony of Jesus is to the effect that at the beginning
of his reign the nations and peoples shall be gathered before him in the
sense that they will be instructed concerning his reign. In parabolic
phrase he pictures them being separated as sheep are separated from
goats. A goat is an animal that is unruly, disobedient. It refuses to
stay in the pasture where it is placed, but insists on getting outside
and destroying things where it has no business. The goat, therefore,
pictures an unruly or disobedient class. Sheep are docile, submissive,
and in Oriental countries they are led by the shepherd. They know his
voice and follow him. The Lord used this to illustrate the ones who are
obedient to him. The goats, therefore, picture the wicked class; and
concerning them the Lord said: "These shall go into everlasting
punishment"; whereas the sheep picture the obedient _class_, and of
them he says that they shall go into everlasting life.--Matthew
Punishment does not mean torture. The laws of the land provide for
the punishment of wrongdoers, and the duration of that punishment is
according to the enormity of the crime. If a man steals his neighbor's
chickens, the duration of his punishment would probably be a few days in
prison. If he burns his neighbor's house, the duration of his punishment
would probably be a term of years in prison. If he takes his neighbor's
life, the duration of his punishment is death. There is no limitation to
that punishment. It is a lasting one--one that does not end. So those
who go into destruction suffer a punishment that is everlasting;
therefore everlasting punishment.
This punishment the Apostle plainly describes as destruction.
(2 Thessalonians 1:9) It is certain that they do not get life, because
the Lord plainly says in this statement that the righteous, the obedient
ones, go away into life eternal. The final fate of the wicked,
therefore, is an everlasting destruction; whereas the final state of the
obedient and righteous ones is life everlasting in peace and in joy.
ALL MUST HAVE A "CHANCE"
The great ransom-sacrifice presented in heaven by the Lord Jesus is
a guarantee that every man must have one full and fair opportunity for
life. Life is pictured as a gift. In order for a gift to be effective
there must be a giver or donor, and a receiver or donee. The giver must
be willing to give; the receiver must have knowledge that the thing is
offered and must be willing to accept. There must be two parties, the
giver and the receiver; and there must be knowledge on the part of both.
For this reason we read: "This is good and acceptable before God, our
Savior, who desires all men to be saved, and to come to an accurate
knowledge of the truth". (1 Timothy 2:3,4, _Diaglott_) The salvation
here mentioned is effected by the great ransom-price which constitutes
the price of deliverance. Then all must come to a knowledge of this fact
and either accept it or reject it, just as one who is offered a gift
must either receive or reject. Hence the Apostle writes: "Therefore as
by the offense 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". (Romans 5:18) "The wages of sin is death; but
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."--Romans
As further proof that all must have an opportunity, St. John wrote:
"He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also
for the sins of the whole world". (1 John 2:2) The word "our" as used in
this text means the class to which St. John belonged, namely, the
church, the Christ; whereas _the world_ includes all the race of
mankind. The statement, then, is that the ransom was provided for all.
Furthermore, when Jesus was born, it was announced by the angel of
heaven: "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be
to _all_ people". (Luke 2:10) Furthermore, God's promise to Abraham was
that in him and his seed _all_ the families and nations of the earth
should be blessed. (Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8) Hence all must have an
opportunity for such blessing.
That those who are to be saved are not confined to the ones who go
to heaven Jesus proved when he said: "Other sheep I have, which are not
of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice".
(John 10:16) "This fold" means the church; and after this class is
selected, then all must have an opportunity to come into the fold of
Christ. And this is true because he bought them all with his precious
God caused the prophet David to write: "All nations whom thou hast
made shall come find worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy
name". (Psalm 86:9) This is further corroborative proof that all must
have an opportunity.
A highway is a means of travel. For instance, we have built across
the United States what is known as the Lincoln Highway. A highway is
used to illustrate the way that the Lord will provide for the return of
the people to him through the terms of the new covenant. The prophet
Isaiah thus wrote: "A highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be
called, The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it, but it
shall be for those; the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err
therein". (Isaiah 35:8) It will be noticed that there is a way to go
over this highway, and it shall be called "The way of holiness". In
other words, those who pass over it will be made holy. The highway
pictures the whole journey from the beginning to the end of the
Millennial reign of Christ. The unclean shall not pass over it, because
unless a man will be cleaned up before he progresses a great way, he
will be permitted to go no further. But as he strives to cleanse himself
and be obedient to the Lord, he will be helped. There shall be nothing
there to hinder him, because Satan's influence will be restrained.
(Revelation 20:1-4) The way shall be so plain and clear that any and all
may see it. The Lord, therefore, has graciously provided a way for the
oppressed and sin-sick to be led back over the highway of holiness into
a condition of perfection and happiness.
Because Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the other faithful prophets
described by the apostle Paul in Hebrews 11 are promised a better
resurrection; because of the statement of the Prophet that they shall be
princes or rulers in all the earth (Psalm 45:16), it is to be expected
that they will be the first ones raised under the terms of the new
covenant. Therefore it is reasonable to expect them to be back on earth
at the beginning of the restoration blessings. Hence these faithful men
may be expected on earth within the next few years. They will constitute
the legal representatives of the Christ in the earth. They will be the
visible representatives of the kingdom of heaven. These are the ones who
shall administer the affairs of earth under the direction of the Lord.
We therefore see that there are two phases of God's kingdom: the
heavenly, which is invisible; and the earthly, which is visible, the
faithful prophets of old, namely, the ancient worthies, representing the
Lord in this regard.
The Lord through his prophet Zechariah gives a wonderful picture of
the establishment of this kingdom and of the blessings that will come.
The prophecy is written in highly symbolic phrase. It reads: "His feet
shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before
Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst
thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very
great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north,
and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the
mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea,
ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of
Uzziah king of Judah; and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints
with thee." (Zechariah 14:4,5) "His feet" in this prophecy represent
Jehovah's feet; while mountain symbolizes kingdom. The olive is a symbol
of light, peace, and divine blessing; hence the picture is that
Jehovah's authority, represented by his feet, will be established upon
earth, by a kingdom of light, peace, and blessing. The cleaving of this
mountain in the midst, showing a part on the north and a part on the
south, pictures the two phases, heavenly and earthly, of the Messianic
kingdom; and the valley between represents the valley of blessings. Into
this valley the sin-sick, sore, feeble, oppressed, yea all, shall flee
and there receive the blessings of the Lord, which will make them rich
in health and peace and happiness for ever.
Every one, then, who believes God's Word and who confidently
expects the kingdom to bring blessings to mankind and who sees it now
being established should watch for the return of Abraham and the other
faithful prophets and get into communication with them as soon as
possible after their return. And acting under their advice, all such
will doubtless find early many opportunities of service, which will
bring to them blessings and happiness.
The Psalmist gives us another picture of this kingdom of blessing,
saying: "The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the
earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof". (Psalm
50:1) The earth here represents the new organized government. The rising
of the sun means the beginning of the Messianic reign; while its going
down pictures the completion of that reign. Therefore, throughout the
whole Millennial reign the Lord will be calling to the peoples of earth
to come into this valley of blessing and receive life, peace, and
happiness. "He shall call to the heavens [the spiritual, invisible part
of the kingdom] from above, and to the earth [the new organized
government], that he may judge his people." (Psalm 50:4) To judge means
to give opportunity for blessings by means of a trial; and this is in
harmony with the other statements of the Scriptures that every one must
have a fair trial for life.
THE DEAD TO RISE
The first few years of restitution blessings will find multitudes
of people diligently seeking to be restored to health and strength; and
as they grow strong themselves and prepare homes for themselves and
their families, they will be thinking of their beloved dead. Naturally
they will want to see them again, and they will pray to the Lord to
restore them. And the Lord will hear their prayers and answer them. "It
shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they
are yet speaking, I will hear." (Isaiah 65:24) Jesus declared that "all
that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they
that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment". (John 5:28,29) "They that
have done evil" here means the entire human race aside from the church.
They were born evil, born sinners. (Romans 5:12) They are coming forth
to judgment, to a trial; and this is the great trial time spoken of by
the Apostle, in which all men shall have an opportunity. (Acts 17:31)
"There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and
St. Paul then produces his wonderful and beautiful argument on the
resurrection, saying, "If the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised;
and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your
sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If
in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most
miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man
came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so
in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:16-22) Then the
Apostle shows that after the resurrection of the church in the beginning
of the kingdom every man must come forth in his own order. Jesus
declared: "Many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be
first". (Matthew 19:30) This principle may be properly applied to the
resurrection of the dead. Those who died last will be the first to be
awakened; while those who died centuries ago will be among the last to
In the World War millions of men died upon the battlefield. That
was indeed the land of the enemy, the land of death. The Lord gives us a
picture through the Prophet as to the coming days of blessing, saying to
the woman who wept for her children, and thus illustrating all who weep
for their dead: "Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from
tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall
come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end,
saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border."
As the dead come back from the tombs, provision will be made for
them by their friends who are living on the earth. Families long broken
up will be again united; and sadness will give way to joy. The whole
human race, ransomed by the Lord, will have this opportunity; and the
Prophet describes it thus: "The ransomed of the Lord shall return, and
come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads; they shall
obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away".
(Isaiah 35:10) Gradually, throughout the thousand years of Messiah's
reign, will the human race march up over the highway of holiness, until
all will have had a full and fair opportunity, the willfully wicked
destroyed and the obedient ones restored to perfection of body and mind
The people of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire. It does
not mean, however, that they went into an endless torture, as we have
heretofore been led to believe. On the contrary, the Lord plainly states
that they shall be brought back to their former estate; that is, as
human beings on the earth, for the purpose of being given a trial. "When
thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former
estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former
estate, then thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate."
(Ezekiel 16:55) While the Lord will rule with an iron hand, compelling
obedience, yet his rule will be a righteous one, and he will reprove
with justice. He is pictured by the Prophet as ruling in faithfulness
and righteousness, thus: "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. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his
loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."--Isaiah 11:4,5.
The beneficial effect of his righteous reign is also pictured by
the Prophet, in the passage which shows how that the wild beasts of the
earth will become subject to man, and how a little child shall direct
them. "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall
lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling
together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear
shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall
eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of
the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice'
All must come to a knowledge of the truth; and those obeying it
will have their sins and iniquities wiped out for ever. Thus says the
Prophet: "They shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man
his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the
least to the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their
iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:34) When
the Lord remembers their iniquities and sins no more, then it must be
that they are restored. When John the Baptist announced the approach of
Jesus, he exclaimed: "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin
of the world". When the sin of the world is gone, when there is a world
without sin, then it must be a world with perfect people.
That the people will be brought to a condition of health and be
cured of their sickness the Lord assures us through his Prophet.
"Behold, I will bring in health and cure, and I will cure them, and will
reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth." (Jeremiah 33:6) "And
the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein
shall be forgiven their iniquity."--Isaiah 33:24
The restoration means the bringing back to earth of the Edenic
condition for man's benefit. Some may think there will be not sufficient
room upon the earth for all the restored ones. According to the best
authority, there have lived and died about 20,000,000,000 people. There
are now on earth approximately 1,700,000,000 persons. This is a total of
21,700,000,000. In order to be liberal, let us suppose that all the
human race will total 50,000,000,000. As a suggestion that there will
be ample room for all on the earth, let one take his pencil and divide
the area of the state of Texas by 50,000,000,000; and he will find that
that number of people could be placed in the state of Texas alone,
giving each one about 146 square feet of land upon which to stand. Of
course it is not to be expected that the earth will be crowded thus; but
when we remember that only a small portion of the earth's surface is now
inhabited, that a great portion of it is desert, and when this desert
shall become productive and all parts of the earth habitable, then we
may see that 50,000,000,000 of people could comfortably be taken care of
in the earth and have plenty of room to spare.
But will the earth produce sufficiently to feed this multitude? The
Scriptures answer: "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad
for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It
shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing; the
glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and
Sharon: they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our
God.... And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land
springs of water." (Isaiah 35:1,2,7) "The desolate land shall be tilled,
whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. And they
shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of
Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced,
and are inhabited." (Ezekiel 36:34,35) When the whole earth's surface is
brought up to a condition of high cultivation like unto the garden of
Eden, then indeed the earth will be a fit habitation for man. The
reclamation of desert land such as the Imperial Valley of California has
now begun. Only a few years ago that valley was a desolate wilderness in
which no animal or human being could live; and now it produces abundant
crops because it has been watered. When all the vast deserts of Sahara,
Arabia, and America are fully irrigated and blossom as the rose, they
will produce abundantly for man's needs.
The reign of Christ will result in the destruction of all man's
enemies. The weeds, the thistles, the thorns, the pests that destroy
crops, shall all be destroyed. Everything that produces sickness shall
be destroyed. The Apostle plainly says; "He [Christ] must reign, till he
hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be
destroyed is death."--1 Corinthians 15:25,26.
We can well imagine great multitudes of people assembling in
different parts of the earth to celebrate their deliverance from Satan
and his wicked organizations; and as the people witness the passing away
of ignorance, crime, superstition; and see knowledge, goodness, loving
kindness taking their place, they will fill the earth with joyful song.
The Prophet describes some of the effects of these restitution blessings
thus: "In this mountain [kingdom] shall the Lord of hosts make unto all
people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat
things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will
destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people,
and the vail that is spread over all nations [taking away ignorance,
etc,]. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe
away all tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he
take away from off the earth; for the Lord hath spoken it."--Isaiah
St. John on the Isle of Patmos had a vision of the great Messianic
kingdom and described it in symbolic phrase. The word "heaven"
symbolically means the invisible ruling power; while the "earth" means
organized society. The old heaven has been wicked, because Satan, the
wicked one, has been ruling. The old earth has been wicked, because the
organizations of men have been under the dominion of Satan. St. John,
observing the Messianic kingdom and the blessings that would follow,
wrote: "I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the
first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea". Thus he shows
the new heaven (the Messianic kingdom) and the new earth (society
organized on a righteous basis in the earth). _Sea_ is symbolic of
restless humanity, thus picturing the fact that there will be no more
strikes, lock-outs, revolutions, or anarchy. Continuing, he describes
the kingdom as a holy city, the new Jerusalem, in this beautiful phrase:
"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out
of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a
great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with
men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God
himself shall be with them, and be their God"--picturing here the
dwelling place of the Lord. The place of meeting between Jehovah and
mankind is through the Christ. The results will be the destruction of
the enemy death, and the full restoration of the obedient ones; and thus
he describes it: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And he
that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he
said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."--Revelation
Let the reasonable person ask himself these questions:
Why would God outline such a marvelous plan as this?
Why would he establish a new heaven and a new earth?
Why would he awaken the dead out of their graves unless he intended
to give them an opportunity to be restored to the perfection enjoyed by
Adam before he sinned?
God has invited us to use our reasoning faculties (Isaiah 1:18);
and if we believe these great truths taught in the Bible, we can reach
no other reasonable conclusion than that restitution is the great
objective of God's plan relative to the human race, and that restitution
blessings are near because the kingdom of heaven is at hand, even at the
door. Let those who are cast down look up now; let the sorrowful be
glad; let the sad hearts be comforted, and the broken hearts be bound
up. Lift up your heads and rejoice in the fact that the day of
deliverance for mankind is at the door!
Call to mind for a moment the great amount of suffering in the
densely populated cities. Old men and old women, young men and young
women, children, infants in arms, all crowded into foul tenements, with
not sufficient food, impure air, and improper clothing; and everything
tending to degrade their morals. Call to mind the countries devastated
by the war, the homes destroyed, families broken up, the crippled,
blind, deaf, dumb, and insane. Imagine for a moment the intense
suffering of the millions of people throughout the earth; and then know
that this dark vail of suffering and death will shortly be lifted and
the sunlight of God's love will shine in upon all. Like the sun, the
great Messianic kingdom, shining forth with healing beams, shall dispel
the darkness, drive away the sickness, clean up the bodies and clean up
the minds and morals, point the people to proper food--what to eat and
how to eat it, what to think upon and how to conduct themselves; and
above all, to give them a full knowledge of the loving kindness of our
great God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, the dearest Friend of all. And
know, then, that these blessings will bring eternal happiness in the
earth. Men and women will not only grow strong, but they will reach that
state in which they will not even fear, think, or expect, to be sick.
With the establishment of the new order under the Messiah wars and
revolutions shall cease, because he has promised that then "they shall
beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn
war any more"; and thus there shall be no more restless humanity,
symbolically called _sea_.--Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Revelation 21:1.
The profiteers will no longer be permitted to prey upon the people,
because God's promise is that under the righteous reign none shall be
permitted to injure another nor defraud his neighbor.--Isaiah 11:9;
Then shall famines vanish away and no more shall be hungering for
food nor vainly striving for sustenance of life, because then the earth
shall yield her increase and there shall be plenty for all.--Psalm 67:6.
Then shall disease and sickness be destroyed, because God has
promised under this new order to bring in health and strength and to
bless the people with all favors incident thereto. "The inhabitant shall
not say, I am sick."--Isaiah 33:24; Revelation 21:4.
Funerals now are the order of the day, and the family and loved
ones left behind assemble in sorrow to pay the last tribute to their
beloved dead. But under the new order of things funerals will cease,
undertakers will seek a more pleasing employment, and the hearses will
be changed from vehicles of sorrow to equipages of pleasure. "There
shall be no more death."--Rev. 21:4.
Families have been torn asunder and each member has borne his or her
sorrow until claimed by the grave; but under the new order families will
be reunited, parents will be brought back to the children, and children
to the parents, and they shall dwell together in happiness.--1 Corinthians
No more will the poor be vainly hunting for a habitation or fleeing
from greedy landlords, because then, as God has promised, the people
shall 'build houses and live in them; they shall not build for another
to live in but then every man shall have his own habitation and every
man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall make them
afraid'.--Isaiah 65:21-23; Micah 4:4.
At that time there will be full liberty to do right, because right
will always be encouraged. Every one will have the liberty to do all the
good he can. There will be no secret service men nor espionage laws
under the reign of Messiah. This will result in the development and
exhibition of the beauty of character. Justice will prevail amongst men;
they will become wise concerning the things pertaining to their welfare
and happiness. Love will be the motive directing their actions and their
every power shall be exercised for good.--Revelation 21:24-27.
Life, that which has been the desire of men in all ages, will be
completely realized--life in fullness, when men and women will be strong
and vigorous, and there shall be no more pain, no suffering, no sorrow,
no death; when all obedient ones shall return to the days of their youth
and enjoy life as perfect human beings through endless ages.--Job 33:25;
Romans 6:23; Revelation 21:4.
Praise then shall take the place of sorrow. No longer will the
people assemble in cemeteries on Decoration Day to pay tribute to their
hero dead, because then their dead will be restored to them; and the one
who shall be the greatest hero in their minds and hearts will be the
great Messiah, who has brought the people the unspeakable blessings.
Then will the people assemble, not to discuss politics, nor to wrangle
over who shall hold the offices, but to improve their minds and to study
the beauties and wonders of God's creation and to sing songs of gladness
to his praise.--Isaiah 35:10; 51:11; Philippians 2:10,11.
CONSOLATION TO CHRISTIANS
Death is a cruel enemy of the human race. Its sting has been felt
for ages. It takes away beloved ones and leaves a burning dagger in the
heart of the surviving friend. It has filled the earth with sadness, and
the people with grief. But the sweet music from the harp of God has
cheered some sad hearts who have learned of the divine arrangement to
restore their dear ones whom they have loved and lost awhile. By faith
the Christian sees that in his own good time and way God will bring back
their beloved dead and give them an opportunity for endless life and
happiness, because he has promised thus to do. The Christian knows that
God's promises are certain of fulfillment and that his power to perform
is unlimited. Such faith, based upon the precious promises, helps now in
a measure to allay the sting of death.
Beside the tossing billows of the mighty ocean one walks in silent
meditation. Her mind turns to a beloved one who during the World War was
taken away to serve in the navy. For a time he sailed the seas and
returned, only to sicken and die, leaving behind a bleeding heart, which
only time and the Lord can heal. As her feet silently tread the soft
sands recently caressed by the waves, her mind is filled with thoughts
of happy days spent with her beloved brother, whose laughter is now
hushed in death and who sleeps in Jesus, waiting for the time of
resurrection. The former joyful days were turned into sorrow because of
Death's wicked hand. But the great Burden-Bearer lightens her load and
helps her to bear her sorrow as there come to her mind the words spoken
through his messenger: "Sorrow not as others, who have no hope; for if
we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep
in Jesus will God bring by him.... Comfort one another with these
words."--1 Thessalonians 4:13,14,18.
Gazing far out to sea, she observes a mighty ship being tossed by
the power of the waves as though it were an empty shell. What marvelous
power is thus displayed by those waves! Yet it is but a semblance of the
power of God. He who made the great ocean and caused the moon to kiss
its bosom at nightfall; he who hung the stars in the heavens, which
serve to guide the weary and wave-tossed mariner in his stormy course,
and who holds back the winds until he has reached his desired haven--he
it is who is clothed with all power and authority in heaven and in
earth, and has promised to bring back the beloved dead from the grave.
His promise he will faithfully keep.
Her meditations for a time sad, are now turned into silent joy
because of the hope planted in that once troubled bosom by the precious
promises of God. By faith she sees the blessed day, not far distant,
when back to life shall come that beloved brother. By faith she sees him
hurrying over the highway of holiness, until he is made strong,
vigorous, and returns to the days of his youth, and shall dwell in peace
and happiness for ever.
Oh! what sweet and consoling music the restoration string of God's
harp brings to the heart of the Christian now! What great joy will fill
that heart when, as a member of the glorified body of Christ, the
blessed privilege will be had of awakening out of death that beloved one
and marking his gradual restoration to perfect manhood! Then both the
blesser and the blessed will praise God for his boundless love. Until
that happy day, blessed is the one who claims the promise: "Thou wilt
keep him in perfect peace whose mind [meditation] is stayed on thee,
because he trusteth in thee".--Isaiah 26:3.
For centuries Christians lost sight of the beautiful doctrine of
the restoration pictured by the tenth string of the harp of God. This
was due to the fact that the consecrated were in captivity to the
religious systems formed by man and into which Satan injected false
doctrines, thereby blinding the understanding of even the honest-hearted.
But with the second presence of the Lord his people have been released
from such Babylonian captivity. The eyes of their understanding opening
because of the brightness of his presence, they have learned of the
restoration string of the harp of God; and its sweet melody has cheered
their hearts so much that they could not keep back the singing. God
foreknew this, of course; and for the further encouragement of such
caused his Prophet to write these appropriate words relative to the
restoration blessings coming to the nations and peoples and kindreds of
earth: "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like
them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue
with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great
things for them."--Psalm 126:1,2.
Truly, as God's Prophet said: "I will incline mine ear to a
parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp". (Psalm 49:4) All of
God's plan has been stated in parabolic language, and is appreciated
only by the consecrated follower of Jesus; but when understood, it is
indeed a harp that yields the most entrancing music that ever fell upon
human ears. Strike now the chord of restitution and hear how beautifully
it responds and harmonises with all the other strings upon the divine
harp! Know, then, that as the people come to learn of God's wonderful
arrangement, all whose hearts are right will praise him. The Psalmist
thus appropriately says:
"O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:
Fear before him, all the earth.
Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth;
The world also shall he established that it shall not be moved;
He shall judge the people righteously.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof.
Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein;
Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord;
For he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth:
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the people with his truth."--Psalm 96:9-13.
Finally, at the end of the Millennial reign of the Messianic
kingdom, all the obedient ones of the human race will have been restored
to perfect conditions. The harp of God, the great doctrinal truths, will
be magnified in the hearts of all the people. But even now the fully
consecrated Christian is pictured as standing above the kingdoms of this
world, having the harp of God, and singing the song of Moses and the
Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty;
just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear
thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?" And with the close of the thousand
years "all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments
are made manifest". (Revelation 15:3,4) These are looking to the
finished work of Christ.
By faith looking up through the corridor of the Millennial age now
opening, we see standing at the further end thereof a perfect race of
human beings. Every vestige of wickedness, selfishness, and wrong has
been eliminated. During the thousand-year reign of Christ that old
serpent, the devil and Satan, has been restrained, that he might not
deceive the nations and peoples during the Messianic reign. (Revelation
20:1-3) Being released for a little season at the end of that period, he
has put forth his efforts again to deceive; but now these have ended and
Satan is destroyed, because God has decreed it thus. (Revelation
20:7-10; Hebrews 2:14) Abraham, the father of the faithful, and his
colleagues of like faithfulness, who have, under the supervision of the
Christ, directed the people through their Millennial trial, have
finished their earthly career and have been raised to a higher plane as
spirit beings. Having during that reign turned many to righteousness,
they shine forth as the stars for ever and ever. (Daniel 12:3) The earth
has been brought to a condition of Edenic Paradise. In it there are no
weeds, thistles, or wicked thorns. It is a fit habitation for perfect
man, pleasing to the eye. All men and women have been perfected in
organism, mind, and character; and gracious words are upon their lips.
Each one, granted a perfect voice, possesses the ability to sing
perfectly; and a song of joy is upon all lips. All the creation of earth
is now subjected to man; and the chief joy of every one is and will be
to contribute to the happiness of his fellow men and to glorify God and
By faith behold this happy picture for a moment, and then turn
your vision to the things heavenly. There angels, who for ages have
faithfully performed service as messengers to the Lord, are assembled;
line upon line, tier upon tier of these glorious beings. In their
respective positions of honor stand forth the cherubim and seraphim; and
in the midst of all stands the Christ. Jesus Christ the blessed and
faithful one, as the great victor now looks back over his work and 'sees
the travail of his soul and is satisfied' with the happy results.
Standing by his side is his glorious bride, who for a thousand years has
been the recipient of the exceeding riches of the grace of God through
her beloved Head, and who will now enjoy these favors to endless ages.
Her bridesmaids, 'the virgins her companions who follow' and serve her,
are there, performing their divinely assigned functions. Above all
stands the great Jehovah God, whose wisdom planned it all and whose
loving kindness has been showered upon the multitude of his creatures.
Joy fills his blessed heart. His plan, as he foreknew it would be, is a
It is an entrancing scene! It is the appropriate time for the
Hallelujah chorus. The stage is set. The trumpeters with their trumpets
take their places, and the psaltery and the harp are brought forth. The
timbrel, the stringed instruments, the organ, the cymbals, and every
conceivable instrument of praise is in the hands of the heavenly host.
There is a breathless silence. Then the trumpeters peal forth their
paeans of praise, and all the other players and singers of the heavenly
hosts join in. This entrancing music is caught up by the multitudes of
earth and wafted back to heaven again (because communication has been
established between the perfect men and the perfect heavenly creatures),
until every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the
earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, are
praising God, saying: "Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be
unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
ever". (Revelation 5:13) Every knee is bowing and every tongue is
confessing that Jesus is the Christ, to the glory of God the Father.
Every creature that has breath is now joining in the song. It is the
Hallelujah chorus, and this is what they sing:
"Praise ye the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts; praise him according to his excellent
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet;
Praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals; praise him upon the high sounding
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord!"--Psalm 150.
How will the restoration string of the harp affect the world? ¶ 535.
What does the tenth string of the harp represent? ¶ 535.
What two great doctrines were lost sight of for a long time by
Christians? ¶ 535.
What did the harp with eight strings, sometimes used by the Jews,
represent? ¶ 535.
Define restoration. ¶ 536.
What did Adam lose for himself and his offspring? ¶ 536.
Give the Scriptural proof as to the nature of the first man. ¶ 536.
What was God's purpose in creating the earth and putting man upon it?
Is any one warranted in denying the doctrine of the restoration of
mankind? ¶ 537.
If there is to be no restoration of man, what effect would that have
upon the purpose, for which God created man and the earth? ¶ 537.
Can the purposes of God fail? Give Scriptural reason for answer. ¶ 537.
If there is to be no restoration of man, then the manifestation of
divine justice meant what? ¶ 538.
What is the meaning of God's promise to Abraham to bless all the
families of the earth if there is to be no restoration? ¶ 539.
How did Jehovah bind this promise? and what assurance does that give
concerning its fulfillment? ¶ 539.
Why did Jesus come to earth? ¶ 540.
Would his coming, death, and resurrection accomplish anything if there
is no such thing as restoration of the human race? Give Scriptural
reason for answer. ¶¶ 541, 542.
Does the ransom-sacrifice guarantee an opportunity for restoration to
all? Give Scriptural reasons for answer. ¶ 543.
What guarantee is given to man by the resurrection of Jesus? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 543.
If the doctrine of restoration is not true, then what shall we say about
the words of the Apostle as recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26? ¶ 543.
The mystery being the seed of promise, what, then, is the work of the
mystery class when glorified? ¶ 544.
If there be no restoration of the human race, why would Jehovah devote
so much time to the development of the mystery class? ¶ 544.
What relationship has the second coming of Christ to restoration? Give
Scriptural statement relating to this point. ¶ 545.
Did the prophets foretell the days of restoration? Give Scriptural
proof. ¶¶ 546, 547.
Would it be reasonable to suppose that God would provide a new creation
and not give it some specific work to do relative to man? ¶ 548.
What do the Scriptures say about the judging and blessing of the
families of the earth? ¶ 548.
Could there be a judgment without a trial? ¶ 548.
What did Jesus say about the regeneration of the human race, and those
who would participate in this work? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 548.
Define regeneration. ¶ 548.
What promise is given to the church with reference to reigning with
Christ? ¶ 549.
What is the purpose of the thousand-year reign with Christ Jesus? ¶ 549.
What did St. Paul say about the saints judging the world? ¶ 550.
What did Jesus say about the gathering the nations before him at his
second appearing? ¶ 550.
Would not the purpose of God concerning the new creation fail if there
is no restoration of mankind? ¶ 550.
What did God's Prophet say concerning the bringing out of the dead from
the prison-house of death? ¶ 551.
What did the prophet Isaiah state with reference to the church
establishing the earth and causing the people to inherit it? ¶ 551.
To what does every vital doctrine of the divine plan point? ¶ 552.
With what do all the other strings of the harp harmonize? ¶ 552.
Why could not the Jews get life under the law covenant? ¶ 553.
For what purpose was the law covenant made? ¶ 553.
Is there to be a new covenant made for the benefit of man? Give
Scriptural proof. ¶ 553.
When will the new covenant be sealed? ¶ 554.
State the terms of the new covenant as set forth by St. Paul. ¶ 554.
What opportunity will be granted to the human race under the terms of
the new covenant? ¶ 555.
What do the Scriptures say that God will put into their minds and hearts
under the terms of this covenant? ¶ 555.
What prominent characters will be resurrected immediately following the
making of the new covenant? ¶ 556.
What official positions will these prominent characters occupy in the
Messianic kingdom? ¶ 556.
What will the Lord do for the people in the way of instructing them and
leading them under the terms of the new covenant, as indicated by the
prophets? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 557.
What does the Apostle say about whom the Lord will judge when he comes?
What is meant by the word "quick" as used in the Scriptures above
referred to? ¶ 558.
With whom will the Lord deal, first when the new covenant is made? ¶ 558.
Would we expect that he would first awaken the dead and judge them
before dealing with the living? ¶ 558.
Will any people be brought through the great time of trouble now on the
earth and have an opportunity for restoration blessings? Give the
Scriptural reason for this answer. ¶ 558.
Are there many people now living on the earth who sincerely desire a
righteous government? ¶ 559.
What is the extent of their knowledge of the Lord and his arrangement?
and what effect has this lack of knowledge had upon them? ¶ 559.
What message has the Lord given to such through his Prophet? Give the
Scriptural proof. ¶ 560.
Why do the words of Isaiah 35:4-6 apply to these who are living and not
to those in the graves? ¶ 560.
Will the dead be resurrected minus arms or legs? ¶ 560.
What do the Scriptures say about the body they will have when raised
from the dead? ¶ 560.
Having in mind the great number of cripples, deaf, dumb, and lame on the
earth now, what will restoration blessings do for them? ¶ 560.
What effect may the beginning of restoration be expected to have on
those who observe it? ¶ 561.
For what is the whole creation waiting while it groans in pain? Give the
Scriptural reason. ¶ 562.
For what do these hope and long? ¶ 562.
What effect will the restoration blessings have on those who were
crippled during the war? ¶ 563.
Does the Lord indicate the kind of people that will be carried through
the time of trouble? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 564.
How many people, approximately, are now living on the earth? ¶ 565.
How soon may we expect the present evil order to pass away? ¶ 565.
What catastrophe caused the first world to end? ¶ 566.
How many persons were saved or carried over from that first world to
the new order? ¶ 566.
What did Noah and his family represent? ¶ 566.
What promise did God make to Noah immediately following the flood? Quote
the promise. ¶ 566.
What assurance do we gather from this divine promise with reference to
those now living on the earth? ¶ 566.
Why can it now be said that millions now living will never die? ¶ 566.
Quote Jesus' words in John 11:26. ¶ 567.
When will this opportunity of life come to mankind? ¶ 567.
What will be the results to those then living who believe and obey the
Lord? ¶ 567.
What is meant by believing? ¶ 567.
Quote the words of Jesus in John 8:51. ¶ 567.
Do the Scriptures show that all men must hear and gain a knowledge of
the truth? ¶ 567.
Is it possible for any one to keep the sayings of Jesus before he knows
them? ¶ 567.
What is the condition of the majority of mankind? ¶ 568.
What promise has God made that will be beneficial to those now
unrighteous? ¶ 568.
Shall the unrighteous ones in the earth have an opportunity to live?
Give the Scriptural proof. ¶ 568.
What picture does Job give with reference to restoration in his
prophecy, chapter 33, verses 16 to 25? ¶ 569.
Quote these verses of Scripture and explain them. ¶ 570.
Do the Scriptures indicate that some will refuse to obey the righteous
rule of the Lord? ¶ 571.
What will be the punishment of those who disobey? ¶ 571.
How long will the Lord permit them to have a trial? ¶ 571.
When the Lord speaks of dividing the people as a shepherd divides his
goats and sheep, what is meant? ¶ 572.
What class do the goats represent? ¶ 572.
What class is pictured by the sheep? ¶ 572.
What is meant by everlasting punishment? ¶ 573.
What is meant by everlasting life? ¶ 573.
Does the Apostle define everlasting punishment? If so, how? ¶ 574.
Who is guaranteed a full opportunity for life? ¶ 575.
What is meant by a gift? ¶ 575.
What things are necessary to make a gift effective? ¶ 575.
Quote the Apostle's words in 1 Timothy 2:3,4. ¶ 575.
What is meant in this passage by being saved? and what is meant by being
brought to a knowledge of the truth? ¶ 575.
Quote two Scriptures showing that life is a gift. ¶ 575.
To whom is this free gift offered? ¶ 576.
Quote 1 John 2:2. ¶ 576.
What is meant by the word "our", and also by the word "world"? ¶ 576.
What does this Scripture prove with reference to the ransom-sacrifice
and its benefits to mankind? ¶ 576.
What message was delivered by the angel to the shepherds at Jesus'
birth? ¶ 576.
Does this guarantee that anything shall be given to all the people? and
if so, what? ¶ 576.
What does the promise made to Abraham prove as to an opportunity for
life everlasting? and to whom will this opportunity be given? ¶ 576.
What did Jesus say about other sheep, indicating that not all would be
saved in heaven? ¶ 577.
What did he mean by "this fold"? ¶ 577.
Why will he have another fold? ¶ 577.
Quote Psalm 86:9, and state what proof this is relative to restoration
blessings. ¶ 578.
What is meant by the word "highway"? Describe a highway. ¶ 579.
A highway is used in the Scriptures to illustrate what? ¶ 579.
Quote Isaiah 35:8. ¶ 579.
What is the way over that highway called? ¶ 579.
The entire highway pictures what? ¶ 579.
Will the unclean go up on the highway? and will they pass over it? ¶ 579.
If one upon the highway refuses to do right, what will be the result?
What favor will be granted to those who strive to be obedient while on
the highway of holiness? ¶ 579.
Shall any wicked influence be brought to bear against one on the highway
of holiness? Give the Scriptural reason for the answer. ¶ 579.
How will that way compare with the narrow way that is journeyed by the
church? ¶ 579.
Why should we expect Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to be among the first
ones resurrected under the new covenant? ¶ 580.
When should we expect them back on the earth? ¶ 580.
What will be their positions of honor and responsibility in the earth?
What will be their administrative duties in the earth? ¶ 580.
How many phases are there of the kingdom of God? ¶ 581.
Describe the picture of the Messianic kingdom as given in Zechariah
14:4,5. Quote the Scripture. ¶ 582.
What is meant in this prophecy by the words "his feet"? ¶ 582.
What is symbolized by the mountain and by the olive? ¶ 582.
What is represented by the cleaving or dividing of the mountain into two
parts? ¶ 582.
What is pictured by the valley between? ¶ 582.
What will the people do with reference to this symbolic valley? ¶ 582.
Why should those on earth get in communication with Abraham and the
other faithful ones as soon as possible after their resurrection? ¶ 583.
Quote Psalm 50:1. ¶ 584.
In this text what is represented by the earth? ¶ 584.
What is pictured by the sun? ¶ 584.
What is pictured by the rising of the sun and the going down thereof?
Quote Psalm 50:4. ¶ 584.
What is meant by judging the people? ¶ 584.
When the peoples living on earth begin to be restored to health and
strength, of whom will they then think? ¶ 585.
What will they do toward having their beloved dead restored to them?
What Scriptural proof have we that the Lord will hear their prayers? ¶ 585.
What Scriptural proof have we that the dead will arise from their
graves? ¶ 585.
Quote and analyze St. Paul's argument concerning the resurrection in
1 Corinthians 15:16-22. ¶ 586.
In what order will the dead be resurrected? that is, will those who
have died last or those who have died centuries ago be the first to come
forth? ¶ 586.
Quote Jeremiah 31:16,17. ¶ 587.
What is meant in this text by the "land of the enemy"? ¶ 587.
As the dead return from the grave, what will the living do for them?
What effect will the resurrection have in uniting families? ¶ 588.
Quote Isaiah 35:10. ¶ 588.
Who is there meant by the "ransomed of the Lord"? ¶ 588.
How were the people of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed? ¶ 589.
What will be their final end? ¶ 589.
Quote a Scripture showing that they will return to their former estates
as human beings on the earth. ¶ 589.
In what manner will the Messiah rule? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 589.
What will be the beneficent effects of this righteous rule, both upon
animals and human beings? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 590.
Quote Jeremiah 31:34. ¶ 591.
When the Lord remembers their iniquities and sins no more, what will be
the condition of the people? ¶ 591.
Quote John 1:29. ¶ 591.
When the sin of the world is gone, what effect will that have upon
mankind? ¶ 591.
What Scriptural proof have we that the people will be brought to a
condition of health and be cured of sickness? ¶ 592.
Will the peoples of the earth then have ailments and complaints as they
do now? ¶ 592.
What effect upon the earth itself will the times of restoration have?
Will there be room for all the people that are restored to life? ¶ 593.
How many people have lived on the earth and died and gone into their
grave? ¶ 593.
How many are now living? ¶ 593.
Give an illustration showing that the earth's surface will be ample to
accommodate all of these. ¶ 593.
What Scriptural evidence have we that the earth will produce sufficient
food to sustain the restored ones? ¶ 594.
What Scriptural proof is there that the desolate land of the earth will
become like the garden of Eden? ¶ 594.
When will the earth be a fit habitation for man? ¶ 594.
Is any part of earth's surface being reclaimed now that illustrates the
restoration of the earth? If so, give an instance. ¶ 594.
What will be the effect when all the desert land is made habitable? ¶ 594.
In the times of restoration, what will become of the weeds, thistles,
and thorns, and pests that destroy crops? ¶ 595.
What will become of the poisonous things that produce sickness? ¶ 595.
How will the reign of Christ affect man's enemies? ¶ 595.
When, the people witness the disappearance of ignorance, crime, and
superstition, and the establishment of goodness, loving kindness, etc.,
what effect will this have upon them? ¶ 596.
What Scriptures indicate that the people will have a joyful time in the
days of restoration? ¶ 596.
What effect will the restoration have upon tears and sorrow? ¶ 596.
Describe St. John's vision upon the Isle of Patmos relative to a new
heaven and a new earth. ¶ 597.
In that picture what is symbolized by heaven, earth, and sea? ¶ 597.
What effect will restoration have upon strikes, revolutions, and
anarchy? ¶ 597.
How is the meeting place between God and man described in this prophetic
utterance of St. John? ¶ 597.
What does St. John say about the effect of the kingdom blessings upon
mankind? ¶ 597.
Unless God intends to give opportunity for man to be restored, why
provide such an intricate and marvelous plan, create a new heaven and a
new earth, and bring the dead out of their graves? ¶¶ 598-601.
Has God invited us to use our reasoning faculties? ¶ 602.
If we believe the Bible testimony, then to what inevitable conclusion
are we forced with reference to restoration? ¶ 602.
What should be the attitude of mind of those who now believe the Bible?
Compare present conditions of suffering with the conditions the
Messianic kingdom will bring. ¶ 603.
Will man come to the state where he will no longer fear sickness? ¶ 603.
What will be the results of Messiah's reign as far as wars are
concerned? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 604.
How will the Messianic reign affect profiteers? ¶ 605.
What will be the effect as far as famines are concerned during the
Messianic reign? ¶ 606.
What shall be the effect of Messiah's reign upon disease and sickness?
Will there be any undertakers and hearses used when man is restored? and
if not, why not? ¶ 608.
What will the effect of Messiah's reign be concerning the union of
families? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 609.
Will the people have trouble with landlords and difficulty in finding a
place to live under Messiah's reign? and if not, why not? Give the
Scriptural proof. ¶ 610.
What effect will the Messiah's kingdom have upon liberty? ¶ 611.
Under Messiah's kingdom will there be any espionage laws? ¶ 611.
Will there be any secret service men under Messiah's reign? ¶ 611.
What will be the motive directing the actions of men? ¶ 611.
Will the people have Decoration Day services during the Millennial reign
of Christ? ¶ 613.
Will they assemble to discuss politics and fight over who shall hold the
offices? or what will be the condition? Give Scriptural reasons. ¶ 613.
What is the great enemy of the human race? and how long has its sting
been felt? ¶ 614.
Describe its effect upon human beings who survive. ¶ 614.
What has been the one consoling thing that has cheered the hearts of