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27 September 1894, Volume 14, Number 38.

IN MEMORY

Of Beaver Dam Campmeeting.

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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the Lord,
Mine ears have heard the Shepherd’s gentle voice;
The GOSPEL TRUMPET spake the startling word!
I dare not wait, I follow and rejoice.

Chorus.
Come out my people, come ye out,
And be ye sep’rate, hear the shout:
The Bridegroom comes at last!
Prepare thyself, O Bride!

My weary heart did listen through the years,
And watched the signs of slowly passing time;
I asked the watchmen and the holy seers,
What of the night? “Not yet!” their bell would chime.

Prom hill to mountain wand’ring, I sought rest,
And sought in vain; no food nor water pure!
No shepherds true, no flock in union blest!
“O Lord,” I cried,“is not thy promise sure?”

The Shepherd true, who knows them that are his,
Still led me on and bade my hope be bright!
Ere midnight gloom has he not promised this:
In evening time it shall be clearest light?

The evening light now shines; the watchmen call:
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come, yea come!”
Hear the glad tidings, weary wand’rers all!
The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, yea come!”

One Shepherd now, one flock, one faith, one hope!
One Lord, one God and Father of us all,
One Spirit in us all! No more we grope
In darkness, nor are scattered. Heed the call!

Put on your bridal robes! And every one
That names the name of Christ, let him depart
From all Iniquity. His heart a throne
Of God’s own Son, Blest are the pure in heart!

— Fred L. Hahn.

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LOWER CALIFORNIA, MEXICO.

Written in Behalf of the Cause of Christ.

An outline of Lower California and vicinity.

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UNITED STATES.

God is now opening up this country for the gospel work, and we believe He is saying to some, “Whom shall I send?” Where are those whom God has anointed who will say, “Here am I, send me?”

This peninsula is about one thousand miles in length and about one hundred miles in width. It is estimated there are about thirty-one thousand inhabitants scattered over the peninsula, about two thirds of whom live in the southern part.

The inhabitants are mostly Mexicans and speak the Spanish language. There are a few English-speaking people, and two or three tribes of Indians speaking their different dialects.

In the northern part the people are engaged in raising cattle and horses, farming, mining and fruit raising. The last three occupations are carried on mostly by Americans. In the southern part they raise sugar cane, coffee and tropical fruits. As a rule they all live hard and work little, being satisfied if they can get a few beans, corn cakes, meat, coffee and a drink of mescal (a native whiskey). TO-MORROW is the day they do everything. The climate is delightful. The rainfall being very light and of short duration. In the northern part it is usually in the months of January, February and March; and in the southern part, in June, July and August. On the Pacific coast the weather is very even. No snow ever falls except in the interior on the mountains; occasionally frost during the winter in the northern part. In the interior and southern part, during the summer, which lasts a good share of the year, it is very hot. The winter months are the most delightful.

The peninsula is under the Mexican government. It is divided into two territories and a governor appointed for each. The capital for the northern part is Ensenada, and the capital for the southern part is La Paz. The government declares itself in favor of religious freedom, and is very bitter against any attempts of the priests to usurp authority; and have strict laws against them, not allowing them to walk in the street with their priestly robes on, or in any place to collect a crowd except in the temple. For this reason it is against the law to preach on the streets. It is a law directed against the priests. The officers can even prohibit them from ringing a bell, if so minded. While this is the case, they propose to give freedom and protection to all classes.

The schools are few in number and are in a rude state. They reject the use of the Bible in the school or preaching in the school-houses; and apparently the devil runs the schools.

There are no railroads. A steamboat leaves San Francisco, U. S., once a month, the 25th, and stops at Ensenada, Magdalena Bay, San Jose, Mazatlan, La Paz and Guaymas, and returns the same way to San Francisco. An English Co. also has a steamer that sails from San Diego, U. S., twice one week and once the next, stopping at Ensenada, San Quintin, and occasionally other ports farther south. There are other steamers that touch the southern part. The interior traveling is done with teams, horseback and with donkeys. The passing from the northern to the southern part can only be done safely with donkeys or mules because of the scarcety of food and water for the animals, as a donkey or mule will live where a horse will starve to death.

CITIES AND TOWNS.

Tia Juana is a town on the line between the United States and Lower California; has a custom house and a population of over two hundred. Ensenada has a population somewhere between one and three thousand.

The government officers and custom house officers live here. The city is lighted with electricity. It is about one hundred miles south of the U. S. line, on the coast. It is beautifully situated, well laid out, and very healthful. Ten miles south is the Manadera valley, of about thirty families. Twenty miles farther south is Santo Tomas, of about twenty families. Twenty miles farther, San Vecinte with an Indian village of perhaps twenty families, and scattering Mexican families, and a few Americans. For forty miles farther south are a few scattering ranches (farms) of Americans; then we come to San Telmo, a wicked Mexican and Indian town of perhaps two hundred or more persons. However there are a few souls here that perhaps would do right if they had a good chance. They have planted a vineyard and they drink the wine thereof, and are drunk the most of the year, with all its attending brawls, murders, etc. Then twenty miles more is Santo Domingo, of ten or more families. Then twenty more miles, San Quintin, with a small English colony and about ten families of Mexicans. Forty-five miles south, Rosario, of over two hundred inhabitants. From here on south the population is mostly a mining population, and varies as the mines are profitable or not. In the southern territory the cities are larger and more in number. La Paz has a population of six or eight thousand, and there are many other smaller towns. Across the gulf is the city of Mazatlan, of perhaps forty thousand; also farther north Guaymas, of about twelve thousand, with other cities and towns easy of access.

The religion of this country is Roman Catholicism, but in reality divided into factions. One class call themselves Liberalists and call the other Fanatics. The Fanatical party are very zealous for the virgin Mary, and build altars to the saints, and worship pictures and images. The Liberal party do not believe in hell; belong to secret societies and are fond of amusements, theaters, etc. It is the high-toned class. Neither have salvation, and their worship is only of forms and ceremonies, They do not care to go to church, but on Sunday go to picnics and places of amusement. All are fond of dancing.

THE GOSPEL WORK.

There were on the peninsula two Catholic priests, two years ago, but during the past year both have died, and so far as we have any knowledge there is not a Catholic priest on the peninsula, and not liable to be while the present state of poverty exists. “For the hireling when he seeth the wolf coming fleeth because he is an hireling and careth not for the sheep.” At Ensenada the Methodist support a preacher who preaches in English to a small congregation of from ten to twenty-five English speaking-people. We have heard in the United States that there is a Methodist South preacher at La Paz, but we have never been able to learn of him through the Mexicans coming from that place, and have no personal knowledge of his being there. As far as we know we are the only ones preaching in the Spanish language on the peninsula. We have spent nearly two years on the peninsula, traveling as far south as San Quintin, visiting nearly every family and preaching the gospel to every creature. We have spent most of our time, however, in the city of Ensenada.

We find all profess to be Christians. Many cannot read; found only about four New Testaments and three Bibles in all our travels, and these were usually in the bottom of the trunk, and unread. Nearly all have pictures of the virgin Mary and Jesus, also images of the same, and a Catholic prayer book. The people as a rule are polite, kind and hospitable, poor, humble and glad to hear the Word, and considering their past education, and their national prejudices, and their ignorance of the Word, they are as ready to receive it and to walk in the light as any other class of people. Many already have seen the errors of Catholicism and are looking for a salvation that really saves; but when the light comes they are like many others, slow to accept and walk in it; and when they do, many are like those that when persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

We have had to undergo many difficulties in reaching this people. We could not preach in the Catholic church, nor could we get them into anything else, and it was against the law to preach on the street. So we cried mightily unto God for help. For awhile we visited from house to house, always having access to them in this way; but we felt God wanted us to preach to them publicly also. So the Lord provided the means and we rented a room on the main street, put in some benches and got a candle; and so with candle in one hand and Bible in the other we stood in the door and began to pour out the truth on the street. It took them by storm. They had never seen it on this wise before. They thought at first we must be crazy, but they listened and confessed it was good, and secretly brought us food. We continued this way for six weeks, then the Lord put on us another method. We rented two small tents, put them together, using one to live in and the other for preaching. We pitched them in different parts of the city, staying from two to four weeks in a place. In this way went all over the town. Standing under or in front of the tent, we poured out the truth of God’s word to all who cared to listen. There were many who came secretly by night to listen, and quite a goodly number from time to time came in and sat down and afterwards expressed their sympathies for the truth, often putting a little money into my hand or giving it to my little boy. During all this time the Lord supplied us with food from day to day, and often from meal to meal; for we looked to Him alone for our support.

After a visit of about two months to the U. S. we returned and commenced pouring out the truth from the door of a room that a man gave us the use of on the principal street.

A new governor had come and he tried to force us back into another room, but by obeying his rule as far as we could conscientiously, and refusing to obey him when he went beyond the law, we were permitted to preach as usual with the door open to the street. The Lord blessed our souls and bodies, and many heard the word.

At a suitable time the Lord sent us a suitable helper, Bro. Chas. Detrich, with a tent, and with this we went the rounds again, with much more marked success than at first. More came out and more interest manifested, and many expressed their determination to walk in the light.

Now, dear brothers and sisters, we write these things to give you a good understanding of this needy field of labor. This is only just a drop of people in darkness compared to the forty millions of people speaking the Spanish language, directly south of the United States, who are in just as great need as these.

The light and truth must come from a foreign field, consequently, those who go must acquire the Spanish language. We are satisfied, too, that God gets more glory when He calls a man and gives him the fitness. Neither of us who have gone into the work thus far have known anything of the language before going into the work, but have commenced laboring among them doing, what we could and speakiing as the Holy Spirit gave us utterance; and we know this very fact has helped the people to glorify God on our behalf.

NO CAPITAL NEEDED.

The apostolic line is the successful line in this country. God does not want you to go and join some sect missionary society and put your neck under their yoke, but he says, “Come, out and be separate and touch not the unclean thing, and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” We pray God that these people may never be spoiled by those who compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, he is twofold more a child of hell than themselves. May the blessed Lord keep out the selfish and self- conceited sect builders, who by their damnable heresies which they bring in privately cause division in the church of God. The Lord is abundantly able to supply all our needs, in Mexico as well as elsewhere. We have personally proved Him for two as hard years as Lower California has seen for sometime; but in the time of famine the Lord satisfied us and set a table before us in the presence of our enemies. All praise to his great and holy name! The Lord is helping us now in Ensenada to be self supporting, and preach the gospel free. We make baskets in the name of the Lord Jesus, not from necessity, for we have power to live of the gospel, but that the gospel may be without charge, for the glory and honor of our Christ.

Now what is needed at present is a permanent mission at Ensenada, with workers to go as needed throughout the country, and another company of two or more to go to La Paz and start a work there. It is not the work of a day, but it may be till Jesus comes. The children have to be taught, the men and women have to be taught, and the gospel continually preached to them. The people are there, the houses are there, and now what is needed are men and women baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire who are willing to leave friends, and houses and lands for Christ’s sake and the gospel’s, and go forth trusting in God for health, for transportation, for food, for the language, for everything. We are sure there are many who have all these qualifications who are not called to go there. But God will lay it on some precious souls to go there. I know not how God will get them there. He has many ways of doing things, and we are not beggars; but we believe God will lay it on the hearts of some to send thither the feet of the oxen. (Read Isa. 32:20).

Beloved, pray mightily for us in our humble work. For the present address us at Grand Junction, Mich.

B. F. Elliott.

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Lambertville, N. J.

Dearly Beloved in Christ Jesus: I feel impressed to write a few lines to you. Oh how my soul doth magnify the Lord for all his benefits! As I carefully scrutinize my Christian experience of almost five years, I confess that my walk has not been as perfect as it might have been had I trusted more firmly in the Almighty; sometimes manifesting impatience by a look or word, which afterward would cause me great anguish of soul. I can truly say this morning the old man (adamic nature) is crucified (put to death). I am sanctified in Christ Jesus, rejoicing with joy unspeakable and full of glory, because I have the evidence of acceptance in the Beloved. Pray for me that I may be used of God in spreading eternal truth in this sinful city, that by all means I may win some to Christ. Your brother in the household of faith,

Edgar H. Yuncker.

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Requests for Prayer.

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I have been afflicted for some years, and desire the saints of God to pray for the healing of my body.

Lizzie Slanson.

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Pray for me that the Lord may bear me up in my sad bereavement, also that my health may improve, as I am very feeble. Yours in Christ,

W. W. Bradley.

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Denton, Texas,

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Evansville, Ind.

Dear Saints: I am saved, but I am afflicted at times, am not able to work; but as I have a large family to support, I am compelled to do something. I believe in faith healing, and ask all the saints to pray earnestly for the healing of my body, and that I may be wholly sanctified. If God does not heal me I will surely die soon. Your brother in the faith,

James Smith.

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MEETINGS.

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There will be a tabernacle meeting commencing on the 4th of October, six miles north of Sidney, O., and continue as long as the Lord wills. All are invited. We would be glad if the Lord leads some brother or sister that is a minister to come and help. Yours in Jesus,

H. C. Wickersham.

WINFIELD, KAN. CAMP MEETING.

Will be held Oct. 4-15, on the Chautauqua assembly grounds which the people of Winfield have granted us the use free. Everybody invited, both saint and sinner. Let all who can come prepared to take care of themselves. All those desiring tents please notify me at once. This is the first camp meeting of the church of God held in this place. Let all come praying that this meeting may be a grand harvest for the Master. Your brother saved to the uttermost.

J. T. Yeaman.

Akron, Kan.

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ASSEMBLY MEETINGS.

Assembly meeting to commence Oct. 6, 1894 at Zion Grove, Tangipahoa Parish, La. thirteen miles east of Hammond, near John A. Morris’s park. Bro’s A. L. Creal, J. B. Mills and others are expected. All are invited.

W. W. Bankston.

Edgewood, Gratiot Co., Mich.

There will be, if the Lord wills, an assembly meeting held at Hamilton, Gratiot Co., commencing Oct. 4. Bro. Grover is expected. All are invited. The meeting will be held nine miles east and one mile south of Ithaca, Mich.

W. A. Moore.

GRAND JUNCTION, MICH. ASSEMBLY MEETING.

This meeeting will take place, the Lord willing, Oct. 11-18, at the camp ground one mile north of Grand Junction. Many are looking forward to this gathering together of the children of God as one of great power and glory on account of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit when his saints shall meet to worship in the beauty of holiness, and sinners yield their hearts to him, and the sick be healed of their diseases! We believe this will be a time of spiritual advancement, and a deeper settling down upon the Word for a forward move on the line of divine healing, and general salvation work, and a better qualification for the work of rescueing souls. Everybody is invited to attend. If possible bring enough bedding to keep you comfortable. Eatables and lodging can be procured on the grounds. Come praying. Those who cannot come, do not fail to send up earnest petitions for the meeting and the Lord will give you your portion also.

Grand Junction is in VanBuren County, 29 miles west of Kalamazoo, on the Michigan Central R. R., and 55 miles south of Grand Rapids on the Chicago and West Michigan R. R.

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Pullman Wash.

To all the Saints in Wisconsin: May the rich blessings of heaven, ever rest and abide with you. Amen. A few weeks ago I received a letter from our much beloved brother W. P. Halbeslaben, Cadot, Wis., saying that he was almost forced to leave the gospel field and to work with his hands for a season. I think to support himself and family, or to meet obligatory duties. Beloved saints our dear brother ought not thus be obliged to leave the gospel field, for the Lord has need of him and his labors in his vineyard, as the field is so large and the harvest ripe and ready for the reaping in Wisconsin, and only a few gospel workers in the state. If you know not what to give nor to send him, then enquire of the brother or sister, what they need or how you can help them along, and thereby help the work of the gospel and be instrumental in saving precious souls. Amen. Yours in Him,

F. N. Jacobson.

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HEALED OF TUMOR.

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Eagleville, Tenn., Sept. 14, 1894.

Dear Bro. Byrum: I want to tell you the TUMOR has gone from my side since you all prayed for me some time ago. My daughter, Mrs. Sullivan, wrote to you about the tumor, and you wrote you would have prayer for me, and bless the Lord, the tumor is gone, and I cannot bless His holy name enough. Now I want to ask the prayers of God’s people one more time. I have rheumatism and can hardly use my left hand or scarcely straighten myself when I walk. I believe by the prayers of the saints and the help of God I can be healed.

I am the poor old widow who wrote to you some time ago. I am eighty- one years old and I have been a professor of religion sixty-three years. I feel I am on my way to glory.

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. E. Williams.

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THE LAMB OF GOD.

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JOHN 1:35-51.

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WHAT heavenly peace, calmness, confidence, innocence, breathes in the picture which the beloved evangelist has given us of the first gathering of disciples around the divine Savior! After thirty years of quiet, unobtrusive obedience to his Father in heaven, and to his earthly parents, Jesus had been solemnly set apart to his prophetic and Messianic office. John the Baptist, who, as a living embodiment, summed up the teachings of the law, in its awful severity and inflexible justice, and the hope-inspiring predictions of the prophets, had acknowledged and introduced Him before and to Israel. The Father had not declared his infinite delight in His person, and his infinite approbation of His work; and the Spirit of the Lord, who had been upon Him ever from His infancy, now anointed Him to go forth and preach the glad tidings of salvation to the poor and broken-hearted. Called through the voice of law and prophets, and set apart for His great work by the Father himself, and who gave unto Him the Spirit without measure, He was led into the wilderness, and there, as the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, the covenant head of His people, He resisted the temptation and triumphed over Satan; who had concentrated all the energies of his malice and cunning in order to defeat the holy One of Israel. And after having achieved this victory for himself and his people, the angels of God came down to minister unto him. Thus acknowledging Him as the Lord of hosts, the beloved Son of the eternal Father, and the appointed heir of all things.

Now the time is fulfilled. Having become perfectly acquainted with Satan’s strength and subtility, with man’s frailty and vulnerability, with the intense agony of the struggle, with the warfare of faith, even the wielding of the sword of the Spirit, he now possessed sympathy with his brethren, and was fully prepared to begin his Messianic career. Again we behold him walking beside Jordan, in quiet, silent dignity, waiting for the guidance of his heavenly Father; for this had been the blessed privilege of which Satan had endeavored to rob him, which he now was guarding with all his strength and soul. He was the Son, who would do nothing of himself, but whatsoever he seeth the Father do, he doeth likewise. No pride, no haughtiness, no self-confidence, no flush of triumph can be discerned in his countenance, Satan’s defeat and the homage of angelic hosts cannot disturb the tranquillity of his soul, cannot alter his true humility and meekess, filial reverence and obedience. When John the baptist sees him, he exclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God!” When he was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and opened not his mouth, even as a sheep before her shearers is dumb; when in return for the mockery and cruelty of his ungrateful and bitter enemies, he lifted up his voice in supplication for their forgiveness; when, in sorrow and agony, he exclaimed, “I thirst!” then, truly, we see in him the Lamb of God, the gentle, meek, lowly, patient Redeemer, who, in perfect heart-obedience to his Father, and in wondrous love to the church, emptied the cup, endured the cross, and despised the shame.

But though it is on Golgotha that we see it most clearly and brightly written that he is the Lamb of God, the same perfect obedience to God, love to his people, meekness, and lowliness characterized him while he was on earth in his infancy, childhood, youth; and all the words and acts and steps of the three years of his ministry, and throughout the centuries which prceeded his advent in the flesh, he revealed himself to Israel as the same loving, obedient, self-denying and self-sacrificing servant of Jehovah and Savior of his people.

W. S. Bruner.

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IDOLATRY.

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“NOW as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge.” 1 Cor. 8:1. An idol is any object set in our affections before God, or in place of God. That sacrificed to idols are the devotions to and support of the idol.

It is commonly believed, especially among professors, that the day of idolatry passed away years ago, except in heathen lands; but we find our own enlightened land full of it. Let us hear the word of God. “A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in, the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? Jer. 5:30, 31. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. * * * Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so shall their root be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” Isa. 5:20, 24.

Now these priests of Baal that bear rule by their means, and the prophets that prophesy falsely, are they who have cast away the law of the Lord and despised the word of God. “And my people love to have it so.” Thus they are found worshiping their idols (sects). One will say, “I know our church (sect) is not an idol to me.” Have you heard the voice of God, which is his word, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues? Rev. 18:4. Have you obeyed? If not, it stands that you love your sect more than the Lord. Hence, it is an idol to you. “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the the Lord’s vengeance.

He will render unto her a recompence.” Jer. 51:6.

Now as touching things offered unto idols, 1 Cor. 8:1, in sectism, are those things sacrificed to it in support of the same, by all manner of fairs, festivals, and shows, invented by the evil one, and handed over to man to make money out of it to support the ministry of God, so-called, deceiving millions of souls, dragging them down to hell, thinking they are supporting the cause of God.

If I were hungry, would I ask you? saith the Lord. The cattle on a thousand hills, are they not all mine? yea, the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof. “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the Father of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge; for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 1 Cor. 8:4-7. We have no right to sit at meat in an idol’s temple, lest a weak brother see it, and be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols. And through thy knowledge shall thy weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?

I know by experience the effect it will have on the young in Christ. When I first sought the Lord, while still in youth, the Missionary Baptists which I joined, held an apron and neck-tie social, to defray the expenses of the meetings just closed. I was very anxious to go and see what the brothers and sisters would have. I looked to them for a Christian example, which is the right of every one to expect from those who profess to serve God. Dear readers, such a sight as met my gaze while there will always be remembered. It was enough to chill the life-blood of any one who looks for Christianity from professed Christians. I thought it was not so close a walk with Jesus as I had supposed. My weak conscience was defiled. But praise God for my early home training which overruled such evil, and taught me that to love the Lord Jesus was to serve him. No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one and despise the other. Luke 16:13.

Dear readers, if you are a child of God and have not been released from the galling yoke of Babylon (spiritual confusion), take warning now and flee her ruins. For God will surely destroy all who are found therein at the last great day. Rev. 14:9, 10.

Mary Heldenbrand.

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News from the Field.

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Holt, Mich., Sept. 18, 1894.

Dear Saints: Truly the dear Lord is blessing me soul and body, supplying all my needs, and blessing my labor. Praise his holy name! I am at Holt, working for the Master, and God is wonderfully helping me to deal out the bread of life to a precious little church here, most of whom is on the forward move for God, and very eager for the truth, anxious to know more of the way of life. And Father is giving much love and holy wisdom to teach the people, to encourage and lead them forward. I have long seen and felt the need of

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this, and give God all the glory for the same. Pray for us. Your humble saved sister,

Julia Myers.

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Colfax, Wash., Sept. 20, 1894.

Dear Brethren: May the Lord abundantly bless you all. The meeting at Palouse lasted about three weeks or a little more. The glorious truth was planted and the precious seed of the gospel sown in that place, which will, ere long, yield fruit to the glory of God, and the people will be without excuse “in that last great day.” Others were won to the truth. One sister was gloriously delivered from the Disciple sect, sanctified and healed, with much glory in her soul. This sister was very low indeed; she had been confined to her bed for nine months. The Lord is gloriously raising her up. The Lord richly bless and reward the dear saints and friends there, who so kindly cared for us and the gospel. We expect to return thither, God willing, sometime next winter and hold a protracted meeting in the Cedar Creek school house. We begin a tabernacle siege in His name in this city tomorrow eve; and in November expect to go to Pendleton, Oregon. A general assembly meeting of the saints of God will be held in the Moys school house, thirteen miles west of Pullman, Wash., from Dec. 21st to Jan. 1st. We hope all the saints in Idaho, Oregon and eastern Washington will be able to attend that glorious feast of the Lord. After which, God willing, we start on our campaign to western Wash., Puget Sound and Alaska, laboring first in Lincoln Co. at Almira and other points, as He shall lead and prosper us in His name. Dearly beloved, we shall need a good supply of the important tracts and books of Divine Healing to distribute among the people as we go. I am earnestly looking to and trusting in God tor 10 000 tracts and a good supply of Divine Healing to fit us up and furnish us for that campaign in the gospel. May the Lord move earnestly on your hearts to furnish us with this supply and thereby spread this glorious gospel on the coast, and be the blessed means in the loving hands of God to save the lost and deceived ones. Send the above tract supply to us either at Colfax or Pullman, Wash. Yours in perfect love,

F. N. Jacobson & Co.

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Blendon, Mich., Sept. 12, 1894.

Dearly Beloved Brethren and Sisters: It has been some time since we have reported through the TRUMPET, yet we have been constantly laboring for perishing souls. Our labors in the fore part of the summer were principally in Allegan and Van Buren Co’s. July 26 we commenced meeting at Holt, which continued six days with good results. A number of souls got deliverance. Meeting closed with a glorious ordinance service. May God bless the faithful few at that place, and reward them for their kindness to us in supplying all our need’s. From there we went to the St. Louis C. M., which was a time long to be remembered in that place on account of the demonstrations of the power of God, to pardon, sanctify, and to heal the afflicted. Aug. 17, we commenced a grove meeting near Elsie, which continued ten days. Dear Bro. Drowley was also with us in this meeting, whom God used to his glory. From the beginning of the meeting God sent forth his pure, unadulterated word with power, and enabled us to lay judgment to the line and righteousness to the plummet, which always uncovers all of Satan’s devices. While lifting the standard against pride, some who were filled with fanaticism, immediately began their defence by railing against God’s ministers. We sought guidance of the Holy Spirit, which led us to preach as strong against fanaticism as against pride, as both are condemned by the word of God, and both are means used by the devil to drag souls down to hell. Some came and confessed they had taken a stand against us which destroyed their peace. They acknowledged, and asked pardon and got free. The devil greatly hindered the work at that place, and none but those who took a definite stand upon the Word received the blessing. God bless the few that are resolute and firm, that they shine as lights in that place. Our admonition is, Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and be not again entangled with the yoke of bondage. We held six services in the Hamilton meeting house. A few consecrated to God. Sept 5, we commenced meeting at this place. God is here in power. Eight have already turned to the Lord, most of whom have got a wonderful experience. May God bless all the holy family, and keep us a flame of fire for God. Your brothers,

A. M. Bixler, Wife, and W. E. Warren.

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Payne, O.

Dear Trumpet Readers: We are able to report perfect victory in our souls. Have visited the saints in different surrounding localities. God was with us in all our labors of love, and the saints have been strengthened The Foraker, Hardin Co. meeting was one of power and one that many doubtless never will forget. Although the way at first seemed hedged, God assured us that he would fight the battle; so we as the clay in the hands of the potter lay submissive in his hands. He showed us that judgment must begin at the house (church) of God. Hence, when judgment was laid to the line, God’s glory was truly revealed, in that all except one, saw their defects and got under the blood. What victory and waves of glory fell upon all the willing and obedient! Backsliders were reclaimed, sinners melted with conviction, and fell at the altar where God for Christ’s sake spoke peace to their souls, and again the waves of glory filled all our souls to overflowing. The saints were more firmly established. Many saints from abroad were in attendance, who also were much benefited. We were much rejoiced to meet our dear Bro. Carpenter from New Hampshire, who had always been having a hard struggle, but now leaping like a ten-year- old boy. Of a truth in this is fulfilled, “The lame man shall leap like an hart.” There were some wonderful cases of healing by the power of God, which we expect to hear from through the Trumpet. We were very much rejoiced at the coming of our Bro. J. N. Howard which was truly a Godsend, as it had been raining and we had got very hoarse, having no other ministerial help. He was much used of the Lord from this on in preaching the Word. Sabbath evening Sept. 2 we honored God in showing forth the death of Christ, by washing the saints’ feet, and breaking bread and drinking of the cup. There were many calls for meetings from this place, but we were compelled to return home. Your humble brothers in in the one body, sanctified, made white and tried.

Geo. W. and J. N. Howard.

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Lowndes, Mo., Sept. 18, 1894.

Dear Saints of the Living God: The camp meeting at Marquand closed on the 11th. God did work in a wonderful manner among his saints. There were more than thirty consecrations, even though there were but few who came from other parts, and the prejudice of combined sectish forces were running high. There were numerous cases of healing by the power of God. One poor woman came to camp possessed of devils, and she was deceived with a notion that God had told her to fast till he gave her a pure heart. No amount of persuasion or reasoning from her friends could induce her to eat. She got so weak that she had to keep her bed nearly all the time. The saints fasted and laid on hands, but the devils did not leave. In a few days we fasted again, and again laid on hands, but the devils did not yet leave. We did not understand the reason, but our faith held on to God, knowing that he had given us “power over all the power of the enemy.” He soon showed us it was because the camp was not clean. Some who professed to be saved were crooked and opposing the work of God. Judgment was administered in the name of Jesus, and when the last of these cases was removed the devils left immediately, and the woman now freed from their power, asked to be fed. This was the first she had been willing to eat for nineteen days. To God be all the glory! Dear saints of God, we admonish you all in the name of Jesus, keep the camp clean. If some one steps aside and gets a wrong spirit, follow the word of God faithfully. Gal. 6:1, Mat. 8:15-18. Do not allow those who are not of God to hang on; neither fellowship those who hold false doctrines. This is our absolute duty, and if we neglect it, we will be called to repent. Read Rev. 2:14, 20.

Our dear Bro. John Hicks, brother to Bro. R. B. Hicks, came out of the F. B. sect, and returned to his home in Ill. to preach a whole gospel. Bro. Collins and Bro. J. C. Barker were with us after the first three days, and were much used of God in the work there. Eighteen were baptized, and twenty-eight followed the Lord in washing the saints’ feet, and taking the Lord’s supper. From here Bro. Collins will go to West Plains, Mo., then to Birch Tree, Mo. We go to Poplar Bluff for a few days, then to Kansas, God willing. Address us at Poplar Bluff, Mo., or Attica, Kan.

Yours in the love and fellowship of the gospel,

R. M. and L. Haynes.

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THY TESTIMONIES ARE WONDERFUL.

Psa. 119:129.

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Hartsells, Ala.

Dear Saints: My testimony is that I am saved and sanctified just now. Jesus keeps me by his mighty power every day that I live. I love to read the Trumpet and the testimonies of God’s little ones. Our family is not saved. I am twelve years old. Pray for the unsaved part of the family. I am standing on the solid Rock Christ Jesus. Pray for me. Your Sister, saved and sanctified,

Mattie Jackson.

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Norwood, Mo.

Dear Saints of God: I feel led to write my testimony for the first time. Praise the Lord! I am saved and kept by the power of God. I have been living in a sect for about four years, but I did not live a Christian life by any means. But now praise God, I do not belong to any sect, but I do belong to the church of God. Praise his holy name! Pray for me, that I may grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Your sister in the one body,

Fanny Finley.

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Conroe, Tex.

Dear Saints of God: My heart goes out in praises to God for his mercies to us. The Lord has wonderfully blessed us in this place; although a few of us, he has promised to be with us, though only two or three meet together in his name. I was wonderfully healed of sore eyes, for which I give God all the glory. I do praise him for his wonderful goodness to me. This is an awful wicked place, and I ask all God’s children to pray God to use us to his glory here, and to convince the people. Pray for my husband, that he may be cleansed from all the filthiness of the flesh, and sanctified. Your sister,

Ellen Boone.

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Georgeville, Pa.

Dear Saints of God: I feel led of the Spirit this morning, as I never have written before. Praise God for a salvation that saves and keeps free from all sin! I give God all the glory. Last winter was the first time this evening light was preached here, when Bro. and Sister Riggle came here. Dear ones, when you read this pray for my wife. She has rheumatism in her wrists, and can hardly do any thing at all. Pray for me that I may keep in the faith, doing my Master’s will. Your brother all on the altar,

Wm. N. Hawk.

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Sargent, Mo.

Dear Saints of God: I feel led of God to add my testimony to the TRUMPET. The good Lord is blessing me so wonderfully. Praise his name! I professed holiness over two years ago, and have not had the privilege of hearing but one of the dear brethren preach the truth since. I want some of God’s Holy Ghost ministers to come here and preach the truth in its purity. I want all the prayers of God’s children. Pray for my dear husband and two sons. Your sister saved and sanctified,

Mrs. Marthy Hutchinson.

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Sears, Mich.

Dear Saints: I want to glorify my blessed Master by telling what he is doing for me. Jesus is wonderfully blessing my soul, keeping me by his power and letting me down in the depth of his will. Praise God forever! Oh the mighty river of peace that floods my soul! I never felt the weight of poor lost souls as I do of late. May God help his ministers to preach his word with that holy love for sinners that Jesus had for us, that they may be won to Christ. The people are in such darkness through false teaching, my heart cries out to God in their behalf. We have no time to idle away; no time for foolish talking. I have heard ministers preach to sinners to get them saved, and before they would get through talking they would say something to make the people laugh. May God help his people to realize the awful doom that awaits sinners, that we may not let one word fall from our lips that would not glorify our blessed Lord and show to this world that we have salvation which is a freedom from sin. Pray for me that I may always be obedient to my Savior’s will in all things. From your sister, trusting the Lord for both soul and body,

Jane Sturgis.

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Pittsburg, Pa.

Dear Saints of God: My testimony is that I am saved and happy in the love of Jesus. And am thankful to say God is sinking me down deeper in his will each day — Praises be to his name! Oh how I do praise him for this wonderful salvation that keeps us each day and hour, sweetly saved from all the works of darkness that surround us on every side. The devil works very hard to overthrow the children of God, but whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 Jno. 5:4. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Rev. 12:11. I feel it my duty as well as a blessed privilege to testify to God’s healing power manifested in our dear little girl. She took sick very suddenly one evening of late, with convulsions and diarrhea. I was alone; husband being away. I realized my utter dependence on God. The devil tried to make it appear as bad as possible, but I kept looking to Jesus, although it seemed my faith was weak. I sent for husband to come home, and we obeyed God’s word; and praise his name, he did make his promises true, as his word says. Oh! dear ones in Christ, I realize it pays to trust in God for all things. For he says (Jno. 14:13, 14), And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. Pray for us that we keep very humble at Jesus’ feet, and that he may be glorified in us. Yours, saved in Jesus’ blood,

Gussie Montgomery.

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OBITUARIES.

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Died, near Reynolds, Neb. Sept. 12. 1894, William Charles Lemman, infant son of Charles and Anna Lemman; aged six months, one day. As God in his infinite wisdom has taken this little bud from the earth only to bloom in heaven, he has taken it from a world of sin and sorrow, and placed it in a better, where all is joy and peace. May God bless the parents in their bereavement and help them to prepare to meet the little ones in glory. Their loss is its eternal gain. Funeral services were held in the M. E. meeting house in Reynolds, conducted by the writer. Text, Mat. 18:3.

A. Phillips.

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Little Paulina, daughter of Bro. and Sister Westerwilly, died at their home near Cape Girardeau, Mo., Aug. 17, 1894; aged five years and eight months. Little Paulina was an earnest little learner in the children’s services which we held there. When taken sick she placed her case in the lands of the Lord with all confidence. Only a few hours before her death she had her mother read to her from the Bible. After the little ransomed soul departed its last smile still shone on the face of clay. God bless the parents who are both sweetly saved, and the children who remain, and may they shine as lights for God here and be ready to meet little Paulina. Funeral by your humble brother under the blood,

R. M. Haynes.

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Died, near Antwerp, O., Lawrence Earl Keesler, son of Mr. and Mrs. John and Golda Keesler. Lawrence was born May. 25, 1894. Died Sept. 16, 1894; aged three months and twenty-one days. Thus God saw fit to take this little bud from earth, but to bloom in heaven. The father and mother of this child are both backsliders from holiness, and the mother lying at the point of death: so that neither of them were able to attend the funeral. May they accept this visitation of the Almighty as a call to repentance, and secure for themselves an experience that will enable them to meet their babe in heaven. Funeral conducted by the writer,

Geo. W. Howard.

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Sister Mildred Chaney was horn Mar. 17, 1871; died at her home near Antwerp, O. Sept. 12, 1894; aged twenty-three years, five months and twenty-six days. Thus ended her probation here below. She leaves a husband, one child, and many friends to mourn their loss, while hers is eternal gain. She never belonged to a sect, but embraced Christ in the evening light five years ago. Sister Chaney was a great sufferer for along time. About twenty minutes before she departed there was born to her a son, which was also buried in the same coffin, lying on its mothers arm. Funeral was largely attended, and God gave much liberty in delivering his word on this occasion. Text. Heb. 9:27. Funeral conducted by the writer,

Geo. W. Howard.

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Markleville, Ind., Sept. 17, 1894.

Bro. Francis M. Bray was born June 7, 1833, and died Sept. 10, 1894. Bro. Bray leaves a companion and nine children, four of whom are married and living near their home. Bro. Bray passed away quietly, so quietly the watchers scarcely knew when he breathed his last. See Ps. 37:37. He accepted the glorious light of evening time some five years ago, and though apparently weak in the faith, and often reconsecrating, he obtained a very firm hold upon God a short time before his last illness, and when sickness came it found him trusting all in the hands of God, in which trust he remained firm unto the end. The workers who have had the privilege of Bro Bray’s home will feel the loss of one whose hospitality and kindness endeared him to all who knew him best. Praise God! We know that he protects the widow and fatherless. May the prayers of the saints go up for the bereaved dear ones, that the mother may continually keep firm in the faith, and that the children may soon find rest in Jesus. Texts Matt. 9:24, Jno. 11:11. Services at the home by the writer,

Fred Husted.

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Three Hundred Scriptures on the Church.

FOR YOUNG CONVERTS AND OTHERS.

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(Continued from last issue.)

“But it shall come to pass that at evening time it shall be light.” Zech. 14:7. And after three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them (the two witnesses) and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying, Come up hither; and they ascended up to heaven (pure church) in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them. Rev. 11:11, 12. At the expiration of the three centuries and a half of Protestantism, or in 1880, God found a people who believed in holiness and purity of heart, and who believed the whole Bible, and he sent them out to preach the gospel of the kingdom. These are the angels (messengers) that Jesus promised to send, in Mat. 13:41. Then shall the righteous shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. V. 43. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning. Isa. 58:8. Let us turn to Rev. 19:11, and there we see the “white horse” (pure church) that we saw at the beginning of this dispensation, or under the opening of the first seal. Rev. 6:1, 2. Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved? Songs 8:5. She looketh forth as the “morning,” fair as the moon, dear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners. 6:9.

We read in Rev. 11:13 that at the end of Protestantism, “there was a great earthquake.” Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens (ecclesiastical) and the earth (sinners), and the sea and the dry land; * * * and I will fill this house with glory. Hag. 2:6, 7. Paul says that “yet once more” signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made (no wonder they cry, “You are tearing down our churches!”), that those things which cannot be shaken might remain. Heb. 12:27. This “great earthquake” or “shaking” is the preaching of holiness (this does not mean the devil’s anti-ordinance sham. Anti-ordinance is antichrist). They shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend and them which do iniquity. Mat. 13:41.

The time is here. God’s church is arrayed in fine linen, and is now resuming her pristine beauty and glory. The “great earthquake” is again mentioned in Rev. 6:12. Let us read further on and ascertain who and what have been “removed.” “And the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood. V. 12. When the denominations rejected the “evening light” or holiness, they went into awful darkness, and are filled with hatred toward God’s people. Joel says that “all faces gather blackness” because they were “much pained” at the preaching of God’s pure word. This is now going on. For the hail (God’s word) out of heaven weighs, every stone, a talent 102 lbs. Rev. 16:21.

“And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth.” V. 13. The stars are preachers. See Rev. 1:20. “The seven stars are the angels (messengers or preachers) of the seven congregations.” “They that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars.” Dan. 12:3. Also their congregations, which are called “constellations.” Isa. 13:10. All who rejected the evening light “fell to the earth” or became sinners. The earthquake “removed” them, being exposed by God’s word. When judgment is laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet the hail sweeps away the refuge of lies, and the waters overflow their hiding places. Isa. 28:17. Their covering was too narrow. Isa. 28:20. Every mountain and island were removed out of their place. Wherever the evening light is peached, even the vilest sinners and infidels recognize the true church, and no longer recognize the sects as the church, but regard them henceforth as “frauds.” And all the honest souls forsake them and come to Zion. We have seen that everything and everybody that is not in harmony with God has been “removed” by the “great earthquake.”

Let us find how the church keeps pure. The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrite. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, etc., he shall dwell on high. Isa. 33:14-16. The light of the moon is as the light of the sun, and the light of sun is sevenfold Isa. 30:26. The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. Psa. 1:5. And these are the reasons why the church of God is “holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners.” Instead of “standing,” the sinner “falls” when he comes among the people of God. See 1 Cor. 14:25.

Those who are left in Zion are described in Psa. 15. They see eye to eye. Isa. 52:8. They are one body, of one Spirit. They have one Lord, one faith, one baptism (immersion). Eph. 4:5. They are perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 1 Cor. 1:10. They are of one heart and one soul, the same as the saints were in the “morning.” Acts 4:32. They meet together (not apart) in each community, with one accord, in one place, as the saints did in the “morning.” Acts 2:1. They do not need to “go to church,” for they are in her. They who are sanctified do not pray, “Thy kingdom come,” except to the unsaved, for it is already come into their hearts. They do not pray, “thy will be done in earth,” for they are sanctified. 1 Thes. 4:3. And his will is done in them. They do not end their prayers with “At last,” or “in heaven, save us forever;” they are already saved. They are not “sinners saved by grace;” they are saints saved by grace. They do not say, “Thy ways are not our ways,” because they have gone to the mountain of the Lord, and he hath taught them his ways. Isa. 2:3. Nor, “Thy thoughts are notour thoughts;” for they have the “mind of Christ.” Their righteousness is not “as filthy rags;” for they have put on “the righteousness which is of God by faith.” Their heart is not “deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” God has given them a new heart. They are not “prone to leave the God they love,” any more than a sensible husband is prone to leave the wife he truly loves. They do not believe “there’s good and bad in all churches;” for they are in the only church in existence, and her “people are all righteous.” Isa. 60:21. They need not pray for a “fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit;” for the Comforter abideth forever. They do not pray, “O Lord send the power,” for they received the power after that the Holy Spirit came upon them. They need not ask God to “draw very nigh” unto them, for they are the temple of God, and Jesus promised that where two or three are gathered together in his name, “there am I in the midst.” They do not believe that the “law” brings the sinner to Christ, now, but they lift up Christ. Jno. 12:32. And they believe that the Comforter reproves the world of “sin, righteousness and judgment.” Jno. 16:8. They do not expect to “convert the whole world,” because only “a remnant shall be saved.” They have left all these Babylon “ruts” and have mounted upon wings as eagles; they run and do not get weary; they walk and never faint, and their hearts are tuned to sing praises to God. Praise his name!

God is still calling, “Come out of her my people,” and the ransomed of the Lord are “returning to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads.”

THE LAST GREAT BATTLE, — HOW IT WILL END.

The last great battle is now being fought. The “great religious war” is in progress.” The last struggle between God’s church and the apostasy, between truth and error, the kingdom of God and the hosts of Satan, are now face to face for the last time. Soon the angel shall declare that “time shall be no longer.” Jesus Christ is “at the door.” What will be the ending of it all?

And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus. Rev. 12:17. “He knoweth that he hath but a short time.” V. 12. Satan is now loose from his prison (the thousand years being in the past), and is gone out to deceive the nations (denominations), Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sands of the sea. Rev. 20:7, 8. The Protestant sects are joining hands with each other and with “Rome.” They are making the “image of the beast.” They are concentrating their forces. They think that “united we stand, divided we fall.” (God says they are already fallen.) They are compassing the camp of the saints. Rev. 20:9. They shall ascend and come like a storm, like a cloud to cover the land, and all thy “bands” with them. See Ezek. 38. “In the latter years” “thou shalt come from the north parts” (cold religion). V. 15. “It shall be in the latter days.” V. 16. They have “all’sorts of armors” (all sorts of doctrines and beliefs), all of them riding on horses (hobbies), a great company and a mighty army.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And the armies which were in heaven (the divine church) followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen white and clean. Rev. 19:11, 14. They that are with him are called chosen and faithful. Rev. 17:14.

And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast and them that had worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake burning with brimstone. Rev. 19:19, 20.

Many behold the activity of the Roman Catholic sect to day, with fear and trembling; but it is unnecessary; she is only preparing herself for the advance on the camp of the saints — the whole family is coming. But God says, Ezek. 38:4, “I will turn thee back and put hooks into thy jaws.” And fire came down from heaven and devoured them. Rev. 20:9. As long as we are filled with the heavenly fire, we are in no danger, because he that sat on the white horse went forth conquering and to conquer. Rev. 6:2. Amen and amen.

EXPLANATION.

PROPOSITION NO. 1. If the church and the kingdom are one and identical, then all who believed and died before the day of Pentecost were not in the church.

ANSWER. “And upon this rock I will build my church.” Mat. 16:18. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Heb. 11:39, 40. For for this cause was the gospel (of the kingdom) preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the Spirit. 1 Pef. 4:6. By which also he (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison. 1 Pet. 3:19.

PROPOSITION NO. 2. If only those who are sanctified or who have received the Holy Spirit are in the kingdom or church, then those who are “babes in Christ” or justified only, are not in, and if not in the church, they are not in Christ, for the church is the body of Christ.

ANSWER. They are included in the building in its elements. In other words, when God calls them and they obey (Rom. 8:30) he counts them in the material of his building; their sins are forgiven and they are justified and adopted; then if they obey him and “go on to perfection,” he glorifies or sanctifies them. And then Paul says, “whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing, without wavering, unto the end.” Heb. 3:6. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Mat. 24:13.

The temple which Solomon built was a type of God’s church. The wall about literal Jerusalem representing “salvation,” the wall of new Jerusalem. Now the stones of the house which Solomon built were made ready before they were brought thither, so that there was neither hammer nor ax, nor any tool of iron heard in the house while it was in building. 1 Kings 6:7. Haggai says: “the glory of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former.” The stones of this “latter house” are also “made ready” before they are placed in the building.

Let us analogize: This world is the “quarry.” God says “whosoever will may come.” “Many are called,” for he calls “whosoever.” Many come of “every kind” (Mat. 13:47), “but few are chosen.” Why? Because they will not stand the “hewing.” 1 Kings 5:18. They are not willing to forsake all and follow Jesus. “Began to build and were not able to finish.” Luke 14:30.

But God is still true. The calling of God is without repentance. Rom. 11:29. All who will stand the test are “in,” provided that they go through according to God’s plan. Many fly to pieces when the trials come. Many shrink when God begins to drive the nails. Many of the stones quarried are cross-grained, and “chip” and “crack” and “crumble” so that they cannot be “made ready” for the building. So Jesus said: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away (rejects), John 15:2; though they had been ingrafted. Amen.

John E. Roberts.

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TO ALL PARENTS.

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UNTO the parents of every vocation, state or standing, rich or poor, saved or unsaved. We have come for a short talk about the future welfare of yourselves and children. Are you willing to listen? If you are not at present impressed with the great responsibility resting upon you in regard to those whom the Lord has intrusted to your care, remember there is a final judgment at the consummation of time, when horrible recollections will spring up within your soul; remorse and woe will take hold of thy spirit, as you see not only yourselves but also the offspring of your bosom dragged to eternal despair, all because you heeded not the warnings of the Almighty.

There is incorporated in man’s being, a nature that may be educated and raised to a high moral sphere, yea, to the plain of truth and purity, when if let alone and surrounded by an ungodly influence, would be sunk into the pit of dissipation, destitute of God’s love and his holy attributes. So much, yea all depends upon timely heed paid to the holy precepts of God’s word, and putting into practice what is contained therein. To this effect we read, “Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the word of my mouth. * * * We will not hide them from their children, showing the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and the wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born, who should arise and declare them to their children, that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” Ps. 78:1, 4-7.

When the nations forsook the God of heaven, wandering after the imaginations of their evil hearts, becoming vain and supercilious, they invented, through the engineering of Satan, many evil schemes to cause their hearts to be estranged from God’s law. These evil practices tolerated by the parents were transmitted to their offspring. Jesus prepared a way whereby we all might know him, receive his salvation and possess the kingdom of everlasting righteousness. But the nations at present being overcome by the dregs from the poisonous cup of sectism, are so lulled to sleep that they seemingly have forgotten the pending judgment, and wrath of Almighty God against all ungodliness. But be this as it may, there has been a law appointed in Israel, binding on us, to keep and to teach. Did you ever think, dear reader, that the light and liberty of even the unborn and their children depend upon your life, and the testimony you leave when your spirit takes its flight into the unseen? If there is dwelling within your heart the love of Jesus, does not your bosom swell with holy compassion and pity as you visit many families where the name of Jesus is used only in an oath, and many times the parents make a profession of salvation? Oh lamentable fact! as we look upon this dreadful picture, the only reward offered such beings is a lake of fire heated by the stinging of conscience, that never-dying worm; and the parents tormented by the flames of despair, and around them their children howling, cursing the day of their birth, and their parents, for the dreadful condition into which they have led them; and the mocking fiends of hell sneering at such an unhappy state of affairs. Here repentance accomplishes nothing, mercy forever gone, the judgment severe but just, being what the poor souls prepared themselves for.

My dear unconverted friend, you know you are not saved, and say you will not be, nor would you teach your children the love of God, because of the unfaithfulness manifest in many professors around you. A very good principle it is, not to act in any way hypocritical or try to carry on an ostentation of religion while corrupt at heart; but because there is a counterfeit dollar, that does not prove that there is not genuine; and because some one is a hypocrite, that does not lessen the reality of salvation or the judgment of God. Again, if you abhor such a life, get the real experience of perfect love, and raise your children according to God’s word, that you all may shun every hypocritical appearance. Remember if you go on in sin and folly because some one does not live what they profess, it is no advantage to you; they are lost, and so are you. And in the regions of darkness there will be an eternal companionship existing between you and them. Their being lost does not save your poor soul. So start in Jesus’ name to that haven of rest; get your soul anchored within the veil, and pray for grace to outride the evil storm. Keep clear of every hypocritical garment, and you will have boldness in the day of judgment.

Dear parents, listen, a voice from heaven says, “The children gather the wood, and the fathers kindle the fire.” Jer. 7:18. Look at your children; notice the depraved nature they have inherited from you, and you from your ancestors. Watch the sin, yea, evil of every description accumulates around them and in their hearts because of the innate evil. You notice all this. Year after year continual sinning causes the once lender heart to become hardened against every holy principle. You either bid them go on in their lost condition, or in silence you endorse their evil ways. So instead of restraining them in their wild career, you are by your actions kindling a fire to their already accumulated ungodliness, and soon there is a great conflagration of sin and rebellion. Seemingly at first but a small spark, it increases rapidly until your soul is launched out on its fiery billows of dark despair; then you will find it a fire that is never quenched. To the saved the Lord says, I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the goo d of them and their children after them. Jer. 32:39. The father to the children shall make known thy truth, Isa. 38:19.

Dear saints of the living God, remember that more depends upon every succeeding generation, than does upon us at the present time, and yet it is through you that they are to gain a start toward those higher achievements that lie before them. As time passes away evil increases, wicked men wax worse and worse, and the devil will increase his strategems until Gog and Magog have fully consolidated their forces; more and more of his power will be arrayed against the camp of saints. There will be more to contend with, wicked men and devils on every side in great wrath, knowing that their time for work is short. The Lord says of his people, they shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed and their offspring with them. Isa. 65:23. Praise the Lord for the glorious promises! If the older ones cannot because of sectish teaching imbibed from their infancy exercise the great faith taught in God’s word, exercise what you have, and teach the children to look only to Jesus for real joy and perfect peace. And by the time they are old they will have learned more of the precious gilt of faith than you were able to attain. And just so for each succeeding generation. As these are perilous times indeed, when men are unholy, unthankful, and disobedient to parents, it behooves us to bestir ourselves and march forth in the name of our King against the destruction that is preying upon the vitals of the souls of millions of our fellow beings. The exceeding sinfulness of the antediluvians, the dreadful condition of the Sodomites and inhabitants of Gomorrah, failed to exceed the state of affairs at the present time. And it is just the mercifulness and long-suffering of God that keeps something more terrible from befalling the present workers of iniquity than that which befell them. But the vengeance of God seemingly shut up for a season will ultimately break forth in great fury when the loving Son of God descends in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those that obey not the gospel of God.

The home is the piece where children are, as it were, moulded into vessels of usefulness, or become morally and spiritually deformed; and through life they carry the effects of their training with them, one a blessing to all, the other a curse. If sometimes patience and wisdom are lacking, remember that God still lives, and he alone can tender the heart of the disobedient. He says, Ask what ye will, and it shall be done if in faith you ask. Parents, once more, I ask you to think upon this, that you yourselves are the cause of joy and peace to your children in the future, or by you the way is laid out to the regions of the damned for those whom you could have saved. This looks to some a sad picture, but it is no sadder than the reality to be experienced by the neglect of God’s law. Awake in Jesus’ name, all ye people, to the great responsibility of your cause. Begin at the begining; do your part; and the reward of eternal bliss awaits you at the throne of God. The Lord bless you all. Amen.

W. A. Haynes.

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Joseph’s Mills, W. Va.

Perhaps it would be to the edification of some of the dear saints, for me to write my testimony for the first time. I am a young convert, and have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. This life emanates from Him who has declared that “I am the resurrection and the life.” And, dear saints, if we only will keep our eye single, our body will be full of light. Pray for me, that I may ever have Jesus as a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. By walking in the way, I am assured that I have a title to an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for me. A very good reservation, where moth and rust doth not corrupt, and thieves do not break through and steal. We are commanded to lay up treasures in heaven, where Jesus our great high priest has gone. Oh praise God for the sacrificial offering made on Mt. Calvary, by which atonement be has perfected those that are sanctified! So I will close by saying to one and all, Let us praise God who gave us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Yours in the one body,

A. N. Fordyce.

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