10 October 1895, Volume 15, Number 40.
All my life long I have panted.
For a draught from some cool spring,
That I hoped would quench the burning
Of the thirst I felt within.
Hallelujah! I have found Him
Whom my soul so long has craved!
Jesus satisfies my longing;
By His blood I now am saved.
Feeding on the husks around me,
Till my strength was almost gone,
Longed my soul for something better,
Only still to hunger on.
Poor I was, and sought, for riches,
Something that would satisfy,
But the dust I gathered round me
Only mocked my soul’s sad cry.
Well of water, ever springing,
Bread of life so rich and free,
Untold wealth that never faileth.
My Redeemer is to me.
Salvation Keeps From Sin.
“KNOWING this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” — Rom. 6:6.
Men’s outward lives are usually an expression of their inward state. Therefore the condition of being free from sin will naturally exclude sin from the outward life. As certain as a pure fountain will send forth a pure stream, from a pure heart there will proceed a holy life. For “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” and all moral actions flow. Out of the heart we are told, “are the issues of life.”
But do the scriptures actually teach that salvation enables us to live without committing sin? There are a few texts in the Old and New Testaments which, when not rightly understood, seem to teach the contrary. One of these is in Solomon’s dedicatory prayer, 1 Kings 8:46, a parenthesis reading as follows: “For there is no man that sinneth not.” A very sensible translation of these words is found in the version of the Old Testament by Isaac Leeser, a Jew. It reads as follows: “If they sin against thee (for there is no man that may not sin).” Here is a beautiful consistency that is wanting in the Common Version, which reads as follows: “If they sin against thee (for there is no man that sinneth not).” In the use of the word “if,” a mere possibility of their sinning is expressed, while a probability remains that they may not sin. But the next clause virtually asserts that there is no “if” about it, that all men do sin. There is the refore a lameness in the translation that must be apparent to all. A direct disagreement between the two parts of the same verse. But as rendered by Leeser the verse is consistent with itself and with the Bible throughout. It does not teach that all men must and do commit sin, but all may sin. And so may angels in heaven sin. And some have “sinned,” and “kept not their first estate,” “but left their own habitation.” 2 Pet. 2:4 Jude 6. While all intelligent volitional creatures of God may sin, there is no necessity for any child of God on earth to commit sin. But there are in Christ Jesus abundant supplies of grace whereby all may very easily live free from sin.
We will not here take up other texts that are supposed to teach that we must all continue to be sinners in this life. They are all explained in a tract, entitled, “Must we Sin,” found in our catalogue. But let us appeal to the scriptures to find our privileges in Christ. While the Bible draws the true picture of human depravity, the universal sinfulness of our race, aside from the grace of God, it also teaches the all-sufficiency of salvation to preserve us from the being and practice of sin. Anything less would not be salvation. “Thou shall call his name JESUS, for he shall save his people from their sins.” — Mat. 1:21. Jesus means Savior. If he is not able to save and keep us from all sin he is not correctly named. We are told that “Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.” — Luke 1:68, 69.
“To perform the mercy promisee to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.” — Verses 72-75. Salvation in Christ does not leave us to resume the life of sinning in a modified degree, as too many in error teach, not knowing the scriptures nor the power of God. Nay, the Lord has indeed “visited and redeemed his people;” “delivered us out of the hand of our enemies.” and all inward foes that prone the heart to leave the God we love. And the result of this deliverance is that we may “serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.” And no person can live a life of sinning and holiness at the same time. Jesus has settled this question, when he averred that “no man can serve two masters.” And again, “he that sinneth is the servant of sin;” therefore is not the servant of the Lord. “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, nor an evil tree good fruit.” Therefore he whose life brings forth sin is a sinner and not a Christian.
To the man that Jesus healed at the pool of Bethesda he said, “Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” — John 5:14. Thirty and eight years this poor man had been bound by a great affliction. Would the Lord Jesus heal and forgive him and then threaten him with a greater calamity, in case he sinned again, were it impossible to abstain from sinning? This were cruelty instead of a blessing.
To the woman Jesus pardoned of her many sins he said, “Go and sin no more.” — John 8:11. Who but a cruel tyrant would exact of his subjects a thing impossible? But such is not the character of Him that issued the imperative prohibition, “Sin not.”
The apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthians says. “I fear, lest when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not.” “Lest when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already.” — 2 Cor. 12:20, 21. To him sin, in the realm of professed Christianity was a shocking thing. Instead of expecting them to sin, his righteous soul was stirred with holy indignation, because many of them had sinned. He bewailed the fact, and threatened to come unto them with the scourge of sharp rebukes. He bad surely taught them something better than the modern sinnership religion; hence his surprise that “many had sinned.” But these words also prove that, even in that carnal congregation, all had not been guilty of sinning. Therefore none need to have been.
Hear this solemn blast from the trump of God: “Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” — 1 Cor. 15:34. The man that sins is here represented as being asleep in sin, and ignorant of God. A condition in which it is a shame in the sight of God for any man to be, more especially if professing Christ. He therefore that sins is not a Christian, not even awake unto righteousness.
Jesus tells us — Luke 15:7 — “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.” Reader, do you know why a just person needs no repentance? If not, let David inform you in Psa. 119:1, 3. “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.” “THEY ALSO DO NO INIQUITY: they walk in his ways.” The apostle John also gives you a good reason for the same thing. “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.” — 1 John 3:6. No wonder God’s children need no repentance; they “do no iniquity,” they “sin not.” This is a fact so fundamental in the divine life, that upon it the inspired apostle bases the chief distinction between the children of God and the children of the devil. “He that committeth sin is of the devil.” And “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil.” — 1 John 3:8-10. Is not this plain Bible truth? The children of the devil sin; the children of God do not sin. And by these facts each class is made manifest to the eyes of all men. Here is the dividing line between the family of God and the kingdom of Satan. Which side are you on? God authorizes all men to classify you with the world if you commit sin. John repeats again in this epistle — 5:18 — in the following positive terms: “WE KNOW that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” What can modern teachers, who confess that they sin daily in word, thought and deed, do with these scriptures? Some tell us that he that is born of God cannot avoid sinning because in this wicked world. But thus saith the Lord: “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world.” — 1 John 5:4. If, therefore, the world overcomes you, you are not born of God. Others tell us that he that is born of God does not sin habitually, or does not commit great or mortal sins. But over against these theories stands the word of God. “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin.” “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not.” Does not sin at all, but keepeth himself.
It is very humiliating for pampered members of the worldly sects to confess they are yet in the devil’s family. But in every attempt to deny that fact while they yet practice sin, the immutable: word of God stares them in the face, contradicts their profession, and overthrows their dead hope. Dear reader, we pray you to soberly think of this matter. How can you rest at ease with the word of God directly against you? If it stands you cannot stand when judged by it in the last day. If you sin, you know just where God classifies you.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.” — 1 John 2:1. What utter darkness and confusion to suppose John would write these young converts for the purpose of instructing them, in the grace of God that they sin not, and in the same epistle says, as some imagine he does, “If any man saith he liveth and sinneth not, he is a liar,” etc. Thousands go on consoling themselves with this home-made scripture, living in sin, and yet hope to get to heaven. But salvation makes us free from sin, and puts an end to the business of sinning; and without this salvation your soul is lost forever.
— From Salvation tract.
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Howard City, Mich.
Dearly Beloved Brethren: We are now every whit made whole, soul, body, and spirit, saved, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use.
We desire to send our heart-felt thanks to all the dear ones, who so kindly administered to our wants, during the illness of Sister Soules at St. Louis camp meeting. Humbly yours,
E. A. and L. M. Soules.
Dear Trumpet Readers: The Lord sweetly saves me this evening. I find joy and sweet peace in my soul. All glory to Jesus! I have in times past been overtaken by the enemy, but by the grace of God I have overcome all foes. The Lord has wonderfully blest us in our home. Pray for me. Your sister in Christ Jesus.
Dear Saints of God. It has been five years since we first saw the light of holiness, and the way grows brighter every day. The Lord then found me a member of the Christian sect. But I obeyed the call, “Come out of her,” and stayed out. I was a professor for eighteen years, but nothing more. I was just about as wicked as I could very well be, and very filthy in habits, such as chewing, smoking, and drinking strong drink, also used tea and coffee about every meal. Was very filthy in conversation; had a very high temper. I was very filthy in spirit, I thought every one that made a profession was my brother and my sister. I supposed the grace of God was sufficient for me, and I really thought I would be saved by grace and mercy, and that Jesus Christ was the propitiation for all the sins I was committing. But after I was sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ, I realized the blood cleanseth from all sin. And now I know his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Praise his name!
Soon after I accepted the light on holiness, I became entangled in the yokes of bondage, commonly known as the “power.” We supposed it was the power of the Holy Ghost and gave place to it with all my mind, and for about two years was in its clutches, and in that time it nearly killed me. I became so physically weak that I could not do any work at all; and it became very painful and hard to endure. I would take spells of shaking, and just shake for two or three hours at a time, and if I was sick I would shake awhile and then I would roll and tumble around on the floor until I was completely worn out; and would not get well either. Then I would get under the power when I would go to meeting, and would be a gazing-stock for every one in the house. And one time I came very near dying while in this terrible condition, and that too right when I was obeying God as I knew how. It finally settled in my body just like the inflammatory rheumatism, and I suffered all that a human being could suffer of the most intense pains in all my limbs. My hands and all my joints would swell up to twice their usual size. My feet were so large I could not wear my boots, and afterwards they became so painful I could not walk very much at a time. And so I went on in this terrible condition until I went to the Robinson, Kan., camp meeting, three years ago this September. And there God had mercy on me and relieved me through the hands of dear Bro. Warner. I was at the morning prayer meeting and was having one of my spells of shaking, when Bro. Warner came to me and said, “Bro. Payne, you resist that power; it is all of the devil.” Well I just did not know what to think or say, for he completely surprised me by calling my much cherished power of God the power of the devil. However I just lay passive in the hands of God. And Bro. W. knelt down by the side of me and began to pray, and he rebuked the devil in the name of Jesus Christ, and away he went, power and all; and by the time he was done praying I was done shaking. And praise the Lord forever, I have been perfectly clear of it from that day to this; and I have had perfect victory in my soul over all the powers of darkness ever since. Yea, I have victory over the world, the flesh and the devil. Now, dear reader, if you are in the habit of getting under the power, you just resist it for I know it is all of the devil by a two years experience and suffering. My wife was under the same delusion, but now she is clear.
We wish to tell you all that Jesus is our physician. We have been afflicted here of late, but the Lord delivereth us out of them all. As soon as I came home from the Auburn, Neb., C. M. I was taken sick all through my entire being. But I obeyed the Word as recorded in James 5:14, 15, and received the healing touch by faith and began to mend, and get well without any doctor or medicines. I have been cured of a severest case of catarrh and nausea of the stomach. But the greatest cure of all was in the case of our little three- year-old boy. On last Sunday while I was gone to meeting, and his ma was gone to see a sister that was sick, he fell on a pitch fork and run two tines into his little body just below the bowels, and some seem to think that it did enter them some by the way it bled. But just as soon as his ma came home she took his case to the Lord in prayer, and the once badly swollen and painful place began to mend and he began at once to be easy and went to sleep and rested quietly all night, and next day about four o’clock he got up and played some, and now he seems to be entirely well. And now he says the Lord healed him. And I do not wonder, for he says his little prayers twice a day as we all do in worship. But the enemy tried to defeat us by causing his foot to swell and be sore where he first stumbled on the fork. But we just held on to the Lord by faith and now that is all gone.
Now, dear ones, we desire an interest in your prayers. We are saved from sin each day, sanctified by a second work of grace and washed in the blood of the Lamb.
W. B. Payne.
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THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 1895.
LIST OF MONEY LETTERS NOT OTHERWISE RECEIPTED
W. A. Davison, Jno. H. Dare, H. N. Hicks, Mary Clark, Joseph Hewitt, J. M. Byers.
To those who have received copies of the new Millennium tract we wish to speak of a mistake recently discovered on page 12 of the tract. Where it reads, “shall also perish with law,” it should read, “shall also perish without law.” All those sent out hereafter will be corrected.
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Requests For Prayer.
Dear Saints of God: As I am sick, I do ask you to pray for my healing. Your sister in the Lord,
Dear Saints: Will you pray for the Lord to heal my afflicted body? Pray Oct. 14, at 9 A. M. From your sister in Christ,
Mrs. Jennie Ecker.
As I have had the fever this summer and have not been well since, and not able to do anything, I ask the saints everywhere to pray for my healing. Your brother,
James E. Skinner.
I am afflicted in my arms with something like rheumatism since I returned from the Payne camp meeting, and I desire the dear saints to pray that I may be restored to health. I know God is able. Your brother, saved and sanctified.
Dear Saints: Please pray Oct. 15 for my children. They have the chills. My husband is unsaved and wants to give medicine, but I can trust them with Him who never lost a battle. Pray very earnestly on that day and we will fast here for them. Pray for my husband that he will be willing to give up tobacco, and get saved. From your sister,
Calls For Meeting.
I would request Brother Geo. L. Cole and company to come to Ada, Chickasaw Nation, I. T., if the Lord wills. If so, address me at Ada, I. T.
Isaac W. Howard.
Woodburn, Ore., Oct. 3.
To the Dear Saints in these Parts: We feel our God moving us out as fast as possible to open up the work and gather in the golden harvest through Oregon. We ask you to aid us much by your prayers, and do your duty in sending in calls for meetings and thereby help to open up the work of God. Our beloved Bro. and Sister Randolph and Bro. and Sister Kriebel will be here by Oct. 5, Lord willing, to labor through Oregon. So three companies of workers can go forth in Jesus’ name to spread the glad tidings of full and free salvation. We will fill all calls as far as we can. Yours in Him,
J. L. Green and Co.
There will be an Assembly meeting, Dr. Birdsdall’s hall, Fenwick, Ont., Nov, 8-16. Let there be a general turn out of the Canada saints to this feast of tabernacles.
J. A. and Alice J. Dillon, and Co,
There will be an assembly meeting at Praise Chapel, one-half mile east of New Pittsburg, Ind., if the Lord wills, commencing Oct. 15, 1895, to continue as long as the Lord wills. All are invited. For further information address H. C. Wickersham, New Pittsburg, Ind.
S. L. Speck and Co.
The Lord willing there will be an assembly meeting in the Hamilton meeting house, beginning Oct. 24, to continue as long as the Lord wills. Bro. A. M. Bixler is expected, and whomsoever the Lord may send. The time can be changed if desired.
Wm. E. Warren.
There will be an assembly meeting south-west of Tekonsha, Mich, commencing Oct. 24, continuing as long as the Lord wills, to which all are cordially invited to attend, Tekonsha is situated on the Mich. Central R. R. air Line division. Any one desiring further information, can correspond with C. H. Eldridge, Tekonsha, Mich.
A VISIT TO HEAVEN.
From a convert from Romanism, who was remarkable for her earnest piety, and thrilling testimonies of her experience in divine things.
“I dreamed that I had entered the pearly gates of the heavenly city, and was greeted by a host of angels who all seemed delighted to see me, and welcomed me to the joys of heaven. I looked at their faces, all beaming with glory, but there was no face that I recognized. They looked so beautiful, and the place was so grand, splendor exceeding all I had ever seen or imagined; but I did not feel at home. There was one I expected to see there, whom I could not find among the celestial hosts, — one I loved above all others, and I was disappointed, and could not feel satisfied. They all seemed to wonder that I did not partake of their joys, and tried to interest me. One handed me a magnificent lower — I never had seen so beautiful a flower on earth; it was beyond description — I admired it, but it did not interest me. Then another angel came to me, bringing a golden harp; and touching its strings, there sounded forth such music as is only heard in heaven, but it did not satisfy my heart. Then he gave me the harp in my own hand, but still I was not happy.
Have you ever been in a company where you expected to find one who was dearer to your heart than any other being on earth, and did not find that one there? How great was your disappointment! No matter how splendid the entertainment, nor how interesting the guests, if the beloved of your soul was not there you could have no enjoyment. So it was with me.
I was restless, looking at one face and another, until I had gazed on all the multitude; then a look of sadness came over my face, and the angels observing it said, “Whom are you looking for?” I replied, “I am looking for JESUS. I expected to find him here, and I don’t see him. Oh, tell me where I may find him.” “Jesus! Jesus!” they said looking one at another, as if they did not know who I meant. I said, “Why don’t you know Jesus? He lives in heaven;” and then I thought, maybe they don’t know him by that name. They know him as their Lord, and Master, and King, but they don’t know him as JESUS, for that name was given to him on earth because he was to “save his people from their sins.” He is not Jesus to them; he did not die for them; but he’s my Jesus; so I said I’ll call him myself. Then with a loud voice, I called “Jesus!” and as the precious name rang out through the courts of glory, my voice sounded like a trumpet loud and so musical. In an instant Jesus stood before me in his majesty and glory, and extended his arms, embraced me, with such a look of love! Oh, I never can forget that look as he welcomed me to his kingdom. I thought, though we have never met in person before, we have such a perfect understanding with each other, for we have corresponded so long, and have known each other so well; and realizing that I was now in such close fellowship with him whom I loved ardently, I was perfectly at home; and felt such rapturous joy as no language can describe. Turning to the angels I said,
“Not all the harps above,
Could make a heavenly place,
If Christ his residence remove,
Or but conceal his face.”
Heaven would not be heaven to me if my Jesus were not here. All this splendor, and beauty, and glory, would be nothing to me without Jesus.
His presence is my paradise,
And where he is, is heaven.
The angels reverently bowed, and veiled ther faces with their wings, as if awed by the presence of the King of kings, and formed in double file, as soldiers do, making way for us to pass. While they were bowing their heads almost to the ground, I walked erect by the side of my Redeemer. I said to myself, how wonderful this is, that I am on terms of such familiarity with him, while the angels are abashed in his presence. And then thought, why, I know the reason — we are blood relation, and the thought of being thus allied to the Son of God so filled me with ecstatic joy that I awoke. Then I began to query in my mind whether there was any scripture to warrant that idea of kindredship to Jesus, and immediately several passages came to my mind. One about his being our “elder brother;” another, of his “taking our nature upon him;” another, being, “bone of our bone, and flesh of our flesh;” and I thought, yes, sure enough we are blood relation. And how blissful is the thought of such relationship to the adorable Jesus!
The influence of that dream has remained with me, causing me to feel more than ever that blessedness of divine union; and Jesus has seemed more precious than ever.”
SAYINGS FROM AN OPEN BIBLE.
There are three kinds of life.
|Gen. 2:7.||John 3:3.||10:28, 29.|
There are three kinds of death.
|Eph. 2:1-5.||Heb. 9:27.||Rev. 20:14.|
Better be despised by the world and know God is satisfied with you, than to have all its empty honors.
|1 Peter 4:14-16.||Rev. 2:17.|
The way of a nominal professor is right in his own eyes; but it takes an humble, prudent man to get the benefit of a full salvation.
|Prov. 21:2.||Prov. 14:12.|
Truth will show forth righteousness, but a false teacher, deceit.
2 Cor. 11:14, 15.
True holiness has a forehead like rock, harder than flint.
Fuller’s soap not only cleanses the fabric, but will take out the shrink also.
There is no room in your heart for the Holy Spirit if you are full of self.
|Mal. 3:1.||Psa. 24:7, 8.|
God wants us to take all there is; he will see to it that there is plenty for the next one that comes.
|2 Pet. 1:5-10.||
You had better tell your faults and short-comings to the brethren here, no matter how much it humiliates you, than to have to be exposed before all the host of heaven.
Sectarianism says: “Our churches are growing, our missionary operations extending, our benefactions are swelling, and we congratulate ourselves on our progress.” And God says in his word that you have only to continue making the same kind of progress long enough, and your destruction is sure.
|Rev. 17:5.||2 Thess. 2:7.||Jer. 23:1-8.|
|Ezekiel chap. 34.|
Deceit is sweet to the wicked, but soon becomes grit between the teeth.
|Prov. 12:5, 20.||Prov. 20:17.|
The getting treasure by a lying tongue is one of the devil’s methods of luring souls to death.
You had better have an angry bull dog by the ears than to meddle with other people’s strife.
Can you sign your name to a sheet of paper and trust God to fill out the blank?
|Heb. 10:35, 36.|
G. B. Collins.
THE HEW AGE TO COME AND MILLENNIUM TRACT.
Several thousand of this work have just been published and should go forth everywhere preaching the truth of God. It contains 98 pages neatly bound in paper. The following fifteen chapters set forth the contents.
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4th. In the hour of His coming all the dead will be raised.
5th. The first and second resurrection explained.
6th. The second coming of Christ will be the day of judgment, and will seal the final destiny of all men.
7th. At the second coming of Christ the atmosphere, the earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
8th. The binding and loosing of Satan.
9th. Who reigns with Christ a thousand years, and where.
10th. Who reigns on earth, and when.
11th. The time of restitution of all things.
12th. The New Jerusalem.
13th. The new heavens and the new earth.
14th. The knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
15th. History of the Millennium.
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News from the Field
To the Saints of God: At the request of Bro. F. B. Sticksel I report the baptism of two happy saints at Florissant, Colo. on the afternoon of Sept. 15, after which the ordinances of feet washing and Lord’s supper were observed, in which seven or eight took part. Also on the 22d we met together in the name of Jesus, on both of which occasions God was in the midst, and blessed our souls. There is a prospect that in the near future, when they can have a series of meetings, after the summer and fall work is done, that several souls will be saved. That God has got his church established there is certain, if it is not very large. I do praise God that I am just now fully saved in Jesus, and determined to stand on the word of God and obey it as far as I know it. I now can and do praise God for health of soul and body.
R. W. Swinburn.
Lagrange, Ind., Oct. 1.
Dear Saints and Trumpet Readers: It has been several weeks since we reported through the TRUMPET, but we have been bushy engan.. in the gospel work. The first tabernacle meeting we held was at Topeka; next at Brushy Prairie; from there we went to Hatmaker, Mich., next to Nevada Mills, Ind., and from there to Lagrange, where we closed last Sunday night. In each of these meetings God manifested his power in saving souls, and a glorious work done. Bro. Phillips, who has been laboring with me has gone to attend the assembly meeting. I go from here to Garret, the Lord willing, and begin meeting, and if the weather is favorable for tabernacle meeting, go next to Auburn, then return to this part, as there is a good opening for meeting in these parts this winter. Please pray for me that the Lord will keep me humble and use me to his glory; and also for the work in these parts. Your brother, all on the altar,
Cayucas, Cal, Oct. 1.
Dear Brethren: Our last news was written near the beginning of the Los Angeles camp meeting. The meeting was not largely attended, yet we believe much good was done in the name of the Lord. A number of false doctrines were exposed and the Bible standard of full salvation was preached. Souls were saved, believers strengthened, and there were many cases of healing. One Norwegian brother who had been troubled for years with catarrh and throat trouble was instantly healed; others were healed of various diseases.
On Sunday evening about seventy-five or more took part in a very precious ordinance service.
Bro. Byers expects to go from there to San Francisco, Bro. Elliott, to Mexico, Bro. Daugherty, to Arizona, and other workers to various other places. The sea ports being closed at Honolulu, on account of cholera, and not likely to open for a few months, I left San Pedro, Sept. 29, and expect to land at Cayucas, Oct. 1. Am now on the Pacific Ocean, well and saved. Praise the Lord! Yours in Him,
E. E. Byrum.
Willow Springs, Mo.
Dear Saints of God: I can praise God for reigning grace through King Jesus. After leaving the TRUMPET OFFICE, I went to the Vichy, Mo. camp meeting; from there to Manning, Mo. After the Manning meeting, the Lord permitted me to go home. Came to this place little over a week ago. There were a few saints here when I came, but they were not out clear on some lines. They were willing to accept light however, and have squared themselves by the Word. There is a brother here who has been a Quaker, who is all right on nearly all points except the ordinances. Let us all pray very earnestly that God give him the light on that line. There have been quite a number of consecrations during the meeting, The devil, as is his custom, has been busy also. Six happy souls were immersed. Oh praise God! The meeting closes to-night. I go from here to the country about four miles north. I am alone in the battle with the Lord; but he wonderfully blesses my soul in delivering his blessed Word. I hope he may send me some help soon. There are numerous calls for meeting all over this part of God’s vineyard, more than I can possibly respond to. Who can help? I see the need more and more of sinking into God. Oh brethren, let us keep ourselves out of the way so that God can use us. Remember me at the throne of grace. Your brother saved, sanctified, and separated unto the gospel,
R. L. Farquar.
Welland, Ont., Oct. 2.
Dearly Beloved Saints: We can report victory on the Lord’s side. The Canada camp meeting closed with a few souls added to the Lord. Three-baptized. Large congregations on the Lord’s day. We next open up the gospel artillery at Attercliffe against sin and sectism, although
the whole country had about become gospel hardened by false teachers. Prior to our coming the Free Methodist sect held seventeen week’s services; the Plymouth Brethren five weeks. But as the gospel of truth went forth, sectarian walls began to fall and the scales taken from the eyes of the people that the body, church of the living God on the mountain of God’s holiness, could be clearly seen. People came from far and near until our tabernacle thirty by fifty could not begin to hold the congregation. God wonderfully touched and strengthened our bodies for this great battle. God saved a few dear souls, and the truth was planted we believe, in many honest hearts. This evening at Jordan, Ont. in the Lord’s tabernacle we will open up the Bible of truth and oneness. The good Lord may have us remain in Canada a month or so longer, then cross the line to Pennsylvania, Erie and Crawford counties, where we feel He will have us labor this winter. Those desiring meeting in those parts can write us at Welland, Ont., or McLallen Corners, Pa. Yours all on the altar, separated for the gospel,
J. A. and Alice J. Dillon and Co.
Federalsburg, Md , Oct. 1.
Dear Saints, Greeting: May the God of all comfort fill your souls continually. Some time has elapsed si..e I greeted you through the Trumpet. I can report perfect victory over all the power of the enemy. We felt for some time while in England that God could get more glory out of my labors in America, and this I committed all to God with a perfect willingness to spend all my time in old England. So God made plain his will by opening the way. Aug. 21 we bade the dear ones good-bye, and truly our hearts were rent to part with Bro. and Sister Rupert. Aug. 22 we reached Glasgow, Scotland, and set sail on the “City of Rome” for New York, which place we reached Aug. 30, with much thankfulness to God who had brought us to our desired haven. On leaving England we anticipated reaching the Emlenton camp meeting, but our boat made a slow passage and on reaching Philadelphia we learned the meeting was over; also our trunk was delayed. We went to West Point; had the pleasure of attending the Chalfont meeting, which was a privilege to meet with the saints of God. Our soul was much advanced and there was a general settling down of the saints. The attendance was small until the last of the meeting. We trust God will bless the Word that went forth to the saving of the lost. After the meeting closed we went to Philadelphia and spent Sunday with Bro. and Sister Anderson. Had the pleasure of holding meeting on Sunday night at Waterloo Mission. Here we found some who love the truth and wanted me to hold a week’s meeting, but I had not the time then. We trust that God will direct some one of his workers there ere long. On Monday we returned to West Point and joined Bro. Henry’s company; drove over the country to this place, where God has a few children who love the truth, and had erected the tabernacle for meeting and announced there would be services three times on Sunday. Large congregation of earnest listeners were present and God anointed for the preaching of the Word. We are trusting for a harvest of souls. This field seems ready to harvest. Pray that much everlasting good may be done. I cannot say how long the Lord, will keep us here, but where he leads I will follow. Amen. Your sister, saved, sanctified wholly,
Lena L. Shoffner.
THE PAYNE OHIO CAMP.
Wife and I had the joyful pleasure of attending this first camp in the dear old battle field at Payne, O. The present truth has been shining there since near the beginning of this reformation. The dear saints have a good house of worship in the village, and a good number are well established in the Lord and the power of his holiness, and the work is spreading abroad. The work of salvation went on gloriously during this meeting. The Lord added to the church daily such as were being saved. Many were also wholly sanctified. Very clear and powerful cases of healing by the power of God were manifest, and the Spirit bare witness to the work. Glory to the name of Jesus! One trip was made to the Maumee river and several were buried with Christ in baptism. The ordinance meeting on Saturday evening was very precious, solemn, and impressive. About 100 dear brothers and sisters followed the Lord in his holy example and memorial. O blessed be our Law-giver, Commander and Leader! One U. B. minister, Bro. A. S. Conklin, who had heard the present truth before, was convinced, and had promised to walk in the light, had failed to do so, lost the grace of God out of his soul, suffered much oppression of the devil, came to this meeting, renounced Babylon, delivered up his license, and got salvation. May God keep him in the whole truth. Amen.
Bro’s Tubbs, and his wife, Sister Mary Tabbs, who accompanied Bro. and Sister Jacobson to Oregon and Washington and have lately been on the “Ark,” were regularly ordainec to the ministry of the gospel. Also our dear Bro. Benj. Roe. May God richly bless and greatly use these dear young messengers of the Lord, and keep them very humble, and filled with the Spirit. Amen.
The dear saints at Payne have permanently located a camp ground there in a very pleasant grove, some over two miles from the village. We believe God will bless the consecrated ground, and many souls will be saved there from year to year, until the Lord comes.
There were present ministerial brethren, Bro’s Schell, A. J. Kilpatrick, Roe, Tubbs, Worden, and the two Howard brethren. In that meeting we had the privilege of rejoicing with the last mentioned over the salvation of their brother and his wife, Theodore Howard from Shelby Co., O. Also their mother came to the Lord’s altar and we hope proved the saving grace of God. We left on Monday, and the meeting was yet to continue two days. We arrived home the day the assembly began here. Praise God!
“Thy Testimonies are Wonderful.” – Psa. 119:129.
Dear Saints of God: May the Lord bless you all. I was at the Woodburn camp meeting about six weeks ago. Praise the Lord! He has healed me several times. He is our physician for soul and body. Pray for my unsaved brother. Your brother in Christ,
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I am a boy twelve years old. The Lord has healed me of bad blood. We had a glorious time at the Woodburn camp meeting. I want you to pray for me and my unsaved brother. Yours in the Lord,
L. A. King.
Elm Store, Ark.
Dear Saints of God: We are praising God for full and free salvation. We can say that he keeps us saved. Praise his name! We are thankful to God that we ever started in this blessed way of holiness. Pray that we may be kept by the power of God. Your saved brother and sister in Christ,
M. H. and N. M. Tyler.
Dear Saints of God: I do praise God for a Savior that can keep us sweetly saved in Jesus. I am glad that I ever found the narrow way, just room enough for me and Jesus. I have many temptations, but the Lord has always made a way for my escape. I have no condemnation resting on my soul. I give God the glory. He is the rock of my salvation. I want the saints of God to pray for me, that I may always be found at my Savior’s feet. Ever your sister in Christ,
Dear Saints: I am praising God for full and free salvation. I am so glad that I heard and obeyed the voice spoken of in Rev. 4:3, 4. I was a member of the Methodist sect for twenty-five years, and oh how sorry am for the poor blinded souls there are in that sect and all other sects. I came out of the sect last January, was baptized Sept. 2, for which I give God all the praise. The Lord is my physician for both soul and Jody. Glory be to his dear name! Pray for me that I may be ever found at Jesus’ feet, learning of him. Also pray for my dear son, that he may lead a godly life. Your sister in Christ all on the altar,
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony, as it is the first. I want the dear saints to pray for me and my family; pray for my little boy about four years old, that he may be healed of a nervous affliction. How glorious it is to trust in Jesus! It fills my heart with so much love that it sweeps away each doubt and fear. I know that Jesus saves me from sin each day I live, and also heals me when I am sick. I take him for my physician in all things. The Lord has done wonderful works for me. Pray for my husband that he may get stronger in the Lord.
Pray for your humble sister, saved and kept,
Dear Saints of God: I feel led to testify of the goodness of God to me. I took morphine for sixteen years, and I used to ask the Lord to help me out of this great trouble, but I did not try to do anything myself. And at last I came to God the way he wanted me to and told him, “Now Lord, I will not take it again if I die,” and told him to do with me the way he knew best, and I knew that he could heal me. The saints prayed for me and the Lord heard the prayers, and I am healed. And I don’t think about morphine, and feel to-day as good as I ever did before I used it. Oh I do praise God to-day with all my heart for coming to me when I was in so much trouble. Yes I, trust him, and I know he can do all things, and I give God all the glory. I will praise his name forever. It is five weeks to-day since I gave up to God and asked him for help. I ask you to pray for me that I may be sanctified, and to live only for God. Oh I do thank my God that I am free today; for I was a slave for sixteen years; got into it before I knew it.
Mrs. M. A. Mitchell.
Lamar, S. C.
Dear Saints: I believe it will be for God’s glory to write and tell how the Lord has healed me of fifteen years of heart disease. My heart would make me feel at times like I would have to die. Smothering spells would come over me, and again at times my heart would flutter and beat so hard until any one standing by me could see my whole body in a jerk. My husband has had different doctors to treat me and has gotten me different kinds of patent medicines to keep me patched up so I could do my work that was lying before me to do. And at times I could not lie on my left side at night. But I do praise God that I have not taken a single dose of medicine since the Lord saved me, in Sept. 1894. I have been praying and trusting God to heal me of my heart trouble. And a few weeks ago I got the witness from God that the work was done, and to him be all the glory. I am so glad I have learned to trust the great Physician for the healing of my body, as well as my soul. I do praise his holy name for what he has done for me, and to-day I am fully consecrated to do the will of the Lord. Pray for me, that I may be kept at the foot of the cross. And pray for my husband and children, that they may be saved. And pray for my brother that he may be saved from strong drink. Your sister saved and kept,
Charlotte R. Mims.
St. Louis, Mo.
Dear Saints: I have just been delivered from sectism and associationism entirely. God endeavored to keep me free when I first got saved some three years ago; having been converted through the power of the Holy Spirit, after seeking the kingdom for some months, I was free at that time, but some months after was prevailed upon to “join some church,” with the plea, I “ought to have a home,” etc. I could not understand, why so much deadness in the church, and still claiming to be the church of God. After awhile I came across the Free Methodists or Pentecost Band here in St. Louis. I felt called to preach, and was preaching at every opportunity on the streets, shops, church, etc. The class gave me an exhorter’s license, and sent me into the Pentecost Band work in Iowa. But I backslid. I had had some light on sectism, and God wanted me to walk in it, but the folks here cried “error.” I was backslidden six months and had a miserable time. God kept his hand upon me, and I came to St. Louis just about the time that the “World’s Missionary Association” was formed here. God had been blessing them before they took the name and was helping souls, but after awhile things cooled down. I was saved during the time of refreshing. But carnality crept in on account of not walking in the light, and there was a division, the “Van Guard” separating from the “Fire Brand” or “Association.” In the meantime God was talking to me and I saw the light and I determined to walk in it. God wonderfully helped me, and I entered Zion and had fellowship with all the living. But not knowing how much I was subject to sect powers, i. e., Bro. Sherman and others, I succumbed and got into bondage again, and I was shorn of my strength again. But God never let go of me, and finally delivered me again. I saw I had to walk in the light of truth or be lost, and determined to do it. God is helping me and others here to walk in the light. While I am but a babe in the way to a great extent, God is giving me courage and faith. Bro. Sherman has had light but has failed to walk in the light. I feel the Lord would have me get among some of the saints of the most high God, who are in the evening light. I shall do as the Lord directs, and opens the way. Your brother in Jesus,
Lake View, O.
Dear Trumpet Readers: By the love and grace of God I am still saved and walking in the light as the Lord makes it known unto me. I have great reason to praise God for his great love toward the children of men. Oh dear ones, when we look back over our past lives and see how wretched, degraded, miserable, blind and destitute we were, then behold the blessed Jesus agonizing in the garden for us poor sinners, then view him on the cross shedding his precious blood, what for? that we by faith in him might enjoy eternal life; for our sins was he stricken, by his stripes are we healed, — oh, dear saints, can we ascribe glory and praise that is meet to such a benefactor? I trow not. I will rehearse some of my past experience, peradventure some one may receive light thereby. At the age of twenty-four I was converted to the Methodist Protestant sect, and as was their custom at that time I was kept back six months on probation; at the end of that time I was baptized and admitted as full member.
But not having proper teaching I soon became entangled with the world and lost the grace of God out of my heart. So I went back into wickedness and continued in such about eight years; then at a meeting held at Lewistown by the M. P. I was again convicted of my sins. I went to the altar but was not taught how to repent, consequently did not repent, but just resolved to serve the Lord. Oh dear ones, how utterly impossible to serve God without a change of heart! For without faith it is impossible to please God. But we obtain faith by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; so if you do not hear the word of God taught, how are you expected to have faith. Now, dear readers, you can plainly see why there is no faith in sectism, because the word of God is hot taught. Oh glory to God for deliverance from such ungodly delusions! After joining the M. P. as above stated, I set up a family altar and started out to serve the Lord the best I could under my resolution, and got along pretty well for a while; but having no salvation it was quite an up and down life. But I battled on until the second quarterly meeting. The steward called on me for my dues, my assessment being three dollars, and not having the money to pay, the steward said he must have the money or he would have to drop my name. I told him if that was all that kept me in the church, just to mark me out. I began then to see something wrong with M. P. ism, so I looked about and found the U. B’s. and thought they were something near right, and joined them; was put in for class leader and served them about two years. And they concluded to have a children’s day, and I saw it was a money-making scheme and I opposed it, and the minister called me down and passed the resolution over my head, but they had no children’s day. Oh blessed be the name of Jesus!
Soon after this Bro. Schell came and held a series of meetings, and I saw he was preaching God’s word. Nevertheless I opposed the plan of sanctification. My belief was that we grew into sanctification; by persistently keeping the old man down, we would eventually get the victory over him. Well praise the Lord, the light has come and the mist of confusion (sectism) has passed away. I have had great trials since I accepted the light and for the lack of knowledge have been overthrown once, but when I saw my mistake I came quickly to repent and the Lord restored me. Oh praise God! And now I am growing in grace and in the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. I do thank God for his word, for it is spirit and it is life. Dear people, let us study carefully the Word and treasure it up in our hearts, that we sin not against God. To obey is life, but to disobey is condemnation. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” Be meek, be humble, be obedient, kindly affectioned one to another, and the Lord grant you peace unto your souls. Amen. Your brother saved, sanctified and satisfied,
E. H. Stratton.
RUBLE. — Bro. Henry J. Ruble, son of David and Mary Ruble, departed this life to be with Jesus, Sept. 18, 1895; aged twenty-six years, seven months and twenty-five days. Lung trouble was the cause of his death. Bro. Henry was much esteemed in the community in which he lived. He always treated the saints with respect, and during his illness sought the Lord and found him very precious to his soul, and was enabled to praise God up to the last, During his last moments, he thanked us for our attention over him and bade us good-bye as calm as if he were going on a journey for a few days, and then his happy spirit took its flight. O may his unsaved friends take warning and prepare to meet him in heaven. Funeral services by the writer. Text Psa. 90:12.
Arr. by J. W. B.
ALL TESTIFY OF CHRIST.
THE PROPHETS. Acts 3:24 — Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 18 — But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
10:43 — To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
1 Pet. 1:10-12 — Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
Jno. 1:7 — The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
5:32-35 — There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
THE APOSTLES. Jno. 15:27 — And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.
Heb. 2:4 — God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Luke 24:48 — And ye are witnessess of these things.
Acts 1:8 — But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
2:32 — This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
3:15 — And killed the Prince of life whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
5:30 — The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 32 — And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
10:39 — And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree. 41, 42 — Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
8:25 — And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
20:21 — Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 — But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
23:11 — And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also in Rome.
22:15 — For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
26:16 — But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee.
ALL WITNESS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, John 15:26 — But when the Comforter is come, whom J will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
Acts 5:32 — And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
CHRIST TESTIFIES OF GOD.
Isa. 55:4 — Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
Jno. 5:36-38 — But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you; for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.
What applies to the apostles is also meant for us, in this respect, Jno. 17:20, and all who possess the Holy Spirit will testify of Christ, and it is our privilege to testify with the same power as did the apostles.
The word “millennium” is not in the English Bible, nor yet in the Greek New Testament. It is a Latin term, denoting a thousand years.
We have said that signs announced the coming of Christ near. Upon this point all millennium teachers agree with us. We have shown that the scriptures most emphatically teach that his coming will be the hour of the general resurrection, the day of final and universal judgment, and the burning up of this entire earth. Where then does the millennium come in? We answer that it only occupies a place in the creeds of the dark ages of confusion, and the superstitious notions of men. That is the only realm the Bible leaves for it. History gives us the following introduction of the tradition:
“Cerinthus required his followers to retain part of the Mosaical law, but to regulate their lives by the example of Christ; and taught that after the resurrection, Christ would reign upon earth, with his faithful disciples, a thousand years, which would be spent in the highest sensual indulgences. This mixture of Judaism and oriental philosophy was calculated to make many converts, and this sect became very numerous. They admitted a part of St. Matthew’s gospel, but rejected the rest, and held the epistles of Paul in great abhorrence.” — GREGORY AND RUTTER’S CHURCH HISTORY, Page 30.
Cerinthus was one of the worst heretics of the first century, and was utterly rejected by God’s church.
History agrees very decidedly as to the source of the notion. We gather a few extracts from ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA. “Nowhere in the discourse of Jesus is there a hint of a limited duration of the Messianic kingdom. The apostolic epistles are equally free from any trace of chiliasm.” — Article on MILLENNIUM.
“It was the universal feeling among primitive Christians that they were living in the last period of the world’s history.” Vol. 8, page 534.
If they believed the guide book that Christ and the apostles left them, they could not possibly believe any thing else. They did not therefore believe in another thousand- year age to come.
Where did the idea originate? From the “Apocalypse of Baruch,” and other ancient fabulous books of the Jews. Quoting the Revelator in Rev. 20 the article in ENC. BRIT. thus remarks: “More than this, John did not say. But other ancient Christtian authors were not so cautious. Accepting the Jewish apocalyse as sacred books of venerable antiquity, they read them eagerly, and transferred their contents bodily into Christianity.” “The Jewish expectations are adopted, for example by Papias. He actually confounds expressions of Jesus with verses from the Apocalypse of Baruch.”
Eusebius, whose history was the first after the inspired Acts of the Apostles, written in the fourth century, thus says of Papias: “The same historian also gives other accounts, which he says he adds as received by him from unwritten traditions, likewise ce.. strange parables of our Lord, and of his doctrine, and some other matters rather too fabulous. In these he says there would be a certain millennium after the resurrection, and that there would be a corporeal reign of Christ on this earth; which things he appears to have imagined, as if they were authorized by the apostlic narrations, not understanding correctly those matters which they propounded mystically in their representations. For he was very limited in his comprehension, as is evident from his discourses.” Book 3: chapter 39.
“The idea of a millennium reign proceeded from Judaism, for among the Jews the representation was current, that the Messiah would reign a thousand years on earth.” “A sensuous rude fancy formed gross images of this reign; and such products of Jewish imaginations passed over to Christianity.” — NEANDER’S HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN DOGMAS, Vol. 1, page 248.
“Though millennarianism had been suppressed by the early church, it was nevertheless from time to time revived by heretical sects. Millennarian notions were propounded in the prophesies of JOACHIM.” — HAGENBACH’S HISTORY. Vol. 2:119.
Referring to the millennium. DR. SCHAFF, HISTORY page 299, says, “The Jewish hope of a Messianic kingdom, which rested on carnal misapprehensions of prophetic figures, was transplanted to the soil of Christianity.”
We might bring upon the witness stand many more historical proofs that the idea of a literal millennial reign on earth was without foundation in the word of God, except the literal interpretation of Rev. 20. And that it was really gathered from Jewish. fabulous “apocalypse,” unwritten traditions,” and “superstitious imaginations.”
Historians generally tell us how that Papias was the most zealous advocate of this imaginary reign of Christ on earth, and how he coupled on it many ridiculous notions. “The first distinguished opponent of the doctrine was Origen, who attacked it with great earnestness and ingenuity, and seems, in spite of some opposition, to have thrown it into general discredit; and, probably, we shall not have occasion to notice the opinion again until we arrive at the tenth century.” — WADDINGTON’S HISTORY, page 56.
We might infer from this that the doctrine disappeared until the tenth century. It was indeed rejected by the body of the church, but in A. D. 255, it found another advocate in the person of Nepos of Egypt, whom Eusebius speaks of as the author of a schism. Against him Dionysius of Alexandria wrote, and again the Jewish tradition was refuted.
We will now add the following from WADDINGTON’S HISTORY, page 56. “This obscure doctrine was probably known to very few except the fathers of the church, and is very sparingly mentioned by them during the two first centuries. And there is reason to believe that it scarcely attained much notoriety even among learned Christians until it was made a matter of controversy by Origen, and then rejected by the great majority. In fact we find Origen himself asserting that it was confined to those of the simpler sort.”
To sum up the uniform testimony of history, milleniumism was a superstitious tradition of the Jews. Cerinthus, an ungodly heretic was the first to attempt its introduction into Christianity. But he and his false doctrines were utterly rejected by the church. Later, Papias brought it in, but even then it was refuted, and never held as a doctrine of the early church.
It was indeed a Jewish fable, and never a doctrine of God’s church. It was the chief notion that caused the Jews to reject and crucify Christ. Their traditions, and false interpretation of prophecy, led them to the vain worldly expectation that the Messiah would become their great king, subdue the Gentile nations under his sceptre, and make them a flourishing empire. They even tried to take him by force and make him king. He taught them that his kingdom was not of this world. But they only wanted an earthly kingdom. Hence they rejected, and crucified the Son of God. And just as soon as men lost the glory of his spiritual kingdom out of their hearts, vain ambition awakened the old Jewish desire for a literal kingdom.
And so it has come to pass that we have at this very time of dead formality, a multitude of men, teaching the same abominable lie and false hope which crucified Christ nearly nineteen hundred years ago; namely, a literal kingdom of Christ.
Dear reader, if you hold to any one of the many theories of a literal thousand-year reign on earth, do not think that we desire to destroy your consolation and hope. We wish you to get in harmony with God’s word, and be saved now from all sin, and reign with Christ now and through all eternity. Let him be your hope, and all in all, and your soul will be satisfied.
However beautiful and pleasing anything may be to the mind, there can be no real benefit derived from holding the same if it be only a creation of fancy, or the result of wrong interpretations of scripture. Nor is God in any way glorified by us holding an erroneous hope.
How, we ask in the name of reason, can any candid mind believe that Christ will have a literal reign of one thousand years on earth after his second advent, when there is not one text between the lids of the Bible that teaches it? Not one text in the Bible that Christ will come back to earth and extend offers of salvation to sinners. Not one text in the Bible which asserts that this earth shall ever be inhabited by all righteous people. Not one text in the Bible that asserts there will be one thousand years intervening between the resurrection of the righteous and the wicked. These positions are all essential to the millenium theory in its several forms; hence that tradition can only be the result of a faith that lives outside of the Bible on the mists and fogs of ignorance and superstition.
On the other hand, reader, it you relieve the testimony of the word of God, you must believe that we are in the last dispensation of time. That “now is the day of salvation.” That at the second advent of Christ, he will not set up a kingdom, but deliver up the kingdom to the Father, and close his personal reign. 1 Cor. 15:23, 24. That at his coming all the dead will be raised, all men judged, the righteous crowned in heaven and the wicked sentenced to “everlasting punishment,” and this earth, and all the works that are in it burned up, and pass away, and time and probation end. Are you ready for that great day? If not, “to-day if ye will hear his voice harden not your hearts.” “Behold, now is the day of salvation,” “and after this the judgment.” AMEN.
— From “Millennium” tract.
Dear Trumpet Readers: I can say this evening to the glory of God that I am saved and sanctified, and kept by the power of God from sin each day. Glory to his name! Oh the Lord has been so good; I cannot praise him enough for his goodness to me. I am decided by the assisting grace of God to go through for him on the Bible line. Pray that I may get down where the Lord would be pleased to have me, and can use me to his glory in all things. The devil tries to make me think it is a burden to serve the Lord, but he has said, his yoke is easy and his burden is light, and I praise God I have found it so. Yours in Jesus,
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