1 January 1888, Volume 9, Number 20.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY.
BELOVED, as I give all dilligence to write unto you of this common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you of the wonderful resurrection that shall be at the last day, and the state of the soul after death until the resurrection both of the just and the unjust.
“Verily, verily I say unto you, the hour is coming and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.” — Jno. 5:25. Wherefore He says, awake thou that deepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. — Eph. 5:14.
Now these Scriptures have reference to resurrection of the soul. Proof. And you hath He quickened who were dead in trespasses and sins. — Eph. 2:1. If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. — Col. 3:1. Man is composed of soul, body and spirit. – 1 Thess. 5:23. And after man dies the spirit goes to God who gave it, and the bodies are of the dust, and shall return to the dust again. — Eccl. 3:20, 21; 12:7. And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Ahraham’s bosom. — Luke 16:22. And Jesus said unto the thief that repented, to-day shalt thou he with me in paradise. — Luke 23:43, This place, or paradise, is called the rest of the soul until the resurrection of the body.
Why did Peter say, “David hath not ascended unto the Heavens? — Acts 2:34. And why did Jesus say, ”And no man hath ascended up to Heaven? – Jno. 3:13.
There has no man ascended into the 3rd Heavens, (but Paul, a short time,) for the Savior says, In my Father’s house ore many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you — and I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also. — John 14:2, 3. This is the third Heaven where all will go that have part in the first resurrection, for upon such the second death hath no power. – Rev. 20:6. And his is the now Heaven, for we look for new Heavens and a new earth. 2 Pet. 8:13. And John says, I saw a new heaven and a new earth. — Rev. 21:1.
Therefore the spirits remain in paradise until the resurrection, and not as some affirm, that man is unconscious in the grave until the resurrection; for that would contradict what Paul says, that charity (love) shall never fail, not even death, nor life, principalities nor powers, things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. — Cor. 18:8. Rom. 8:38, 39. “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that whilst we are home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We are confident I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” — 2 Cor. 5:6—8.
“For I am a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.” — Phil. 1:23, 24. Well, can you show any Scripture whore the spirit, or soul returned? “And Jesus put them all out and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid arise. And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: — Luke 8:54, 55.
“And Elijah stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the Lord, and said, O Lord, my God, I pray thee let this child’s soul come into him again. And the Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and be revived.” — 1 Kings 17:21, 22. “And Elijah went in and shut the door, and prayed unto the Lord; and he laid upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and the flesh of the child waxed warm, and in a short time he stretched himself upon the child again, and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.” — 2 Kings 4:33-35.
Thus the Scriptures show clearly that death is but a separation of soul and body, and the soul, or spirit remains consciously with the Lord.
The resurrection of the soul brings us to the heavenly Jerusalem – to the general assembly and Church of the First-born, which are written in Heaven. — Heb. 12:22, 23. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, and hath us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” — Eph. 1:3; 2:6.
The first place of punishment is conviction and remorse on earth. “And they which heart it, being convicted by their own conscience went out one by one, even until the last.” — John 8:9. “Judas when he saw that he was condemned, repented, saying. I have sinned for betraying the innocent blood. And he cast down the money in the temple, and went out and hanged himself.” — Matt. 27:3-5. When a man is possessed with devils he is in torment, i.e., if the devils know that they have to leave, for when the legion saw Jesus — he cried with a loud voice — I beseech thee torment the not. — Luke 8:28. But when the devils were cast out, the man was clothed and in his right mind. Praise God! he passed from fear and torment to joy unspeakable and full of glory. Hallelujah! And now the next place of punishment is where the rich man went, opposite to paradise. And in hell be lifted up his eyes being in torments, and sees Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom — he desired Lazarus to dip his finger in water and come and caoi his tongue, for he was tormented in the flames. — Luke 16:23, 24. It is called a place of prison. 1 Peter 3:19.
The third and last is what Peter says, “But the Heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” — 2 Peter 3:7. It is called everlasting contempt, where the wicked arc punished after the resurrection of the unjust — Dan. 12:2. It is also called the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone. Rev. 19:20; 20:10. It is also called the second death, or like of fire. — Rev. 20:15. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. — Rev. 2:11. Now there is a sleep of the body mentioned in the Scriptures, for Daniel says; and many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt Dan. 12:2. To this agrees what Jesus says, do not marvel at this, for the hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth, they that have done good unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation — John 5:28, 29. “There shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.” — Acts 24:14, 15.
“Awake and sing ye that dwell in dust, for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.” — Isa. 36:19. Job looked in the future to the second coming of Christ, saying, I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand in the latter day upon the earth, and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. — Job. 19:25, 26. And David says, as for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness. — Psalm 17:15.
Now in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are us the angels in heaven. — Mark 12:25.
This is the Father’s will that sent me, that of all which He hath given me, I shall lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. — John 6:30, 44, 54. Martha saith unto Jesus, I know that my brother shall arise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her that He was the resurrection and the life, and he that believeth on me, though he were dead, yet shall he live — John 11:24, 25. Now the priests, and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon the disciples, being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. — Acts 4:1, 2. And when certain ones heart of the resurrection, they mocked, and others said, we will hear thee again of this matter. — Acts 17:32. There are some concerning the truth, have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already, and overthrow the faith of some. – 2 Tim. 2:18.
This is sufficient proof to know that our vile bodies shall be resurrected and fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto Himself. – Phil 3:21.
The time has now come that the Lord has His messengers out gathering His elect from one end of Heaven to the uttermost parts of the earth, and He is preparing the Bride, the Latah’s wife to be without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. — Eph. 5:26, 27. And when this is completed, and when the Gospel of the kingdom of this evening light has been preached unto all nations, then the Lord shall descend from Heaven with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible.” But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in the which the Heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; the earth also and the works therein shall be burned up.” When will this take place?
“And the enemies went up on the breadth of the earth and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire come down from God out of Heaven and devoured them.” — Rev. 20:9.
Now we wish to tell the manner of the resurrection. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive, but every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits: then they that are Christ’s, at His coming.” — 1 Cor. 15:22, 23.
Now we do not sow that body which shall be, but God gives it a body as it doth please Him, for it is town a natural body, and it is raised a Spiritual body. Vr. 44. Howbeit that was not first which is Spiritual, but the first body was natural, and afterward that which is Spiritual. Vr. 46. Behold I show you a mystery: we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, and the deed shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. Then the saying is true that death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting, O grave, where is thy victory? Verses 51—55.
Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor not in vain in the Lord. — 1 Cor. 15:58. There is a class of people who say there is no resurrection of the body. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, your faith is in vain, and ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.”
Some hold the idea that Christ is going to reign on the earth (after the resurrection of the just) one thousand years. The Word says that the souls that had been martyred reigned with Him a thousand years, but that was under the altar, and not on the earth.
Blessed is he that is called to the marriage supper of the Lamb, which is going to come to pass in this evening light, for supper always comes in the evening, and whosoever will let him take of the water of life freely. Blessed are they that do His commandments that they may have a right to the free of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. — Rev. 22:14-17.
Now the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen!
DELIVERED FROM ROMANISM.
“Behold I stand at the door and knock, if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Dear brethren, I praise the Lord for a full and complete salvation, and for victory over the world, the flesh and the devil, and all his works. I served the devil many years under the veil of darkness, and the bands of sectarianism, which was the Roman, the mother of harlot, the corruption of the world. Also the Close Communion Baptist. But I praise the Lord with all my heart, that my Savior in His infinite mercy has broken all the bands that kept me bound down under that terrible darkness. I am glad to say I am free from all sin, and from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, cleansed by the precious blood of Christ — in perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord.
Dear readers you may want to know how I received such a wonderful cleansing. To tell you how I received it, I will refer you to the 3rd chapter of Revelation, and 20th verse, in which it was preached by dear Bro. Warner. three years ago last January. I will not hold up Bro. Warner as my Savior, by any mens, but I am satisfied to say that he was a bright light in the hand of God, and the words which be spake was the key that unlocked my poor heart to receive the truth of the Gospel. So you see the light of his words was the means of saving my soul. I do praise the Lord for His faithful and true ministers whom He sends out into the world to preach His everlasting Gospel without disguise. The Word of God tells us that we have no right to take from, nor add anything to the Word. — Rev. 22:14. But since my consecration God has given me the knowledge to point out to poor sinners the way of salvation; and I am very happy to do God’s will in all things.
Dear readers, I remained 26 years under the bands of the Roman sect: I have experienced nearly all the performance which the so called church requires from her members. The first performance is baptism, administered with salt, oil, and a few drops of water. Next, confession of sins to the priest. Third, communion, in which we receive, instead of bread and wine, a wafer, which the priest gives pronouncing a few Latin words. The next, confirmation, which we receive from the bishop by making a cross on our forehead with oil and pronouncing in Latin that we may receive the Holy Spirit. It mal.. is led whether people have the love of God or not, if they go through the performance it will-satisfy the priest anyway. All these doings answer very well the old mather of harlots; but it is not doing the will of God. But here is the will of God, that we present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is our reasonable service. — Rom. 12:1. We also read in Jeremiah 29:13, 14, what God will do for us if we serve Him with a pure heart. “And ye shall seek me and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart, and I will be found of you, saith the Lord. And I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord, and I will turn you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
Dear readers, I am impressed to tell you who is the captive that we have just read about in the last verse. After searching the Scriptures closely, I find it means the sects of this world: begining at the old mother of harlots and including all of her daughters, the number of which is 666 — Rev. 13:18. Some may doubt that I can prove this by the Scriptures. I will give no explanation myself, but let the Scripture speak. Bead carefully Galatians 4th chapter, and the 17 18 chapters of Rev.
We see by these few verses that God does not want any captives in His Church. And I pray God that you may come out from among them. I was in captivity many years myself, but the Lord in His Divine mercy has set me free, and I am free indeed, with the Spirit of the Lord in my soul, and the future seems brighter and brighter to me Your brother, saved and cleansed through and through by the blood of Jesus.
A. C. Beaudette.
17, Pelton Ave, Cleveland, O,
Dear Brethren: – I feel led to write my testimony. O I do praise God so much for ever saving my soul, and placing my feet on the solid Rock against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. I do praise Him so much for the work He has done here: He has redeemed so many pour souls from hell. I thank God that I was permitted to attend the meeting at Hamilton. It did give us such joy and happiness to meet with the “car saints there, and hour them testify to what God had done for them. I do pray that God may lead some of His minister to come here and bold a meeting for the salvation of poor … souls. O I praise God for ever saving me from, this wicked world, and the bottomless pit to which I was going. O I pray that those who live in darkness may say this glorious light, and came to God. Bless God for what He has done for me; for saving my soul and healing my body. I have given my life to Jesus, and I find in glorious to live for Him. I am so glad find God has given me this blessed salvation that satisfies my soul, and raises me far above this world and all trials. It is blessed to know that though you are tempted and tried, you are fully saved in Jesus, and that each trial only plants your feet more firmly on the solid Rock, and in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that I came to Jesus when He called for me, and now I am a happy child of God. O dear saints how it does make my heart ache to see poor sinners come to meeting time after time, and listen to the Word of God, and still reject His precious love. For I know the time is rapidly approaching when they will be called from this earth, and then what is their doom, it not fully saved in Jesus.
Dear saints pray for me, and those dear to me. that they too may come and taste of this blessed salvation. Your sister, sanctified wholly to God.
Dear Brethren: — May the Lord keep you saved through the blood, sanctified and mete for the Master’s use. O how my soul is filled with God’s divine glory when I read the testimonies of the dear saints of God. I praise the Lord for a free and full salvation that saves from all sin. I want to say for the glory of God, that He saved a terrible sinner when He saved me. He has taken me oat of babylon, that is from the sects. It has been nearly these years since the Lord spoke peace to my soul, and I give Him all the glory for my salvation. The Lord is filling me with His glory, and is giving me light on His Word I praise God for this blessed evening light, that is now shining in the hearts of lies dear children. I praise the Lord with all my heart for salvation. Glory to God! I never can praise Him chough for when. He has done for me. When I see poor perishing souls going down rain.. mai.. my heart aches: souls for whom Jesus d..d. May the Lord bless them with conviction. The Lord is leading me out into the … of His Love. May the Lord bless all the dear saints of God, and keep them from the evil of the world. The Lord bless … dear saints at the Trumpet Office, in publishing salvation. Well my testimony is that I am all the Lord’s, saved, sanctified by the blood, and kept by the power of God.
Mc Donald Mich.
Dear saints of God scattered abroad: – As we are not permitted to meet with … saints of God very often, I feel it a duty and also a great privilege to write my testimony. O what joy fills my soul … what willingness to do God’s will. … how many times He has verified … promises unto me. Glory to Jesus! He … keeping my eyes healed that I may s.. read His Word. O how great and glori.. are His tender mercies. O may God … me low at the feet of Jesus keeping His commandments. Oh may God help c.. one of us to trust Him in all things, … He says all things work together for ge.. to them that love the Lord. And if … sees fit to leave us here we should do … we can for Him and the salvation of self … and if He calls us home it is joy for even and ever. Praise the Lord! Dear saints pray for us that we may continue firm in to the Lord. Your sister saved and sanctified through the blood of Jesus.
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“PREACH THE WORD.”
THE Word of the Lord commands, ‘‘Preach the Word.”
Should some one find fault, and say, It is not for us now; nevertheless we hear the imperative command from Heaven, and God’s holy Book; “Preach my Gospel to every creature.”
Also it is said, “Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel.” (not studied up essays) Hence a man must have the good seed, or Gospel, implanted in his heart, before he is qualified to publish it to others.
Many poor deceived souls with their hearts contaminated with sin, presume to preach to other sinners, while they themselves are ungodly, and worse than sinners who make no profession at all. Such are to be pitied in their blindness. God have mercy on them is oar prayer.
Preach the Word, means more than simply to tickle the ears of the people, and console their depraved hearts in sin, and encourage them to drift along to hell in the course of this ungodly world. Preach the Word implies, publishing salvation. But they have the blindness to virtually tell the people they will get to Heaven if they continue faithful in sin. All such deceptive preaching is anti-christ. It is impossible that souls can be brought into the light and be saved under such terrible preaching. God help such to seek a clean heart, get salvation, and “endued with power from on high give up their own theories and erronious notions. Then when God shall have “enlarged their hearts it will be their greatest delight to run the way of all His commandments.”
Shall we preach to please men? No, not by any means. The Apostle says, “If I seek to please men,” “I am not the servant of Christ.” We all should rather obey God than man. because we shall have to give an account to God, not to man, in the day of judgment, for our life, actions, and every word we utter. We shall be faithful to Him who hath redeemed us by His own blood, and washed us from all our sins. All glory and honor we escribe to Him.
I have preached righteousness to the great congregation: lo, I have hot refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knows — Psa. 40:9.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. — Mark 16:15, 16.
And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel and healing every where — Luke 9:6.
And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ — Acts 5:43.
And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus — Acts 11:20.
Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? Other some, He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached unto them Jesus, and the resurrection Acts — 17:18.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain — 1 Cor. l5:l, 2.
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the Gospel of God freely? — 2 Cor. 11:7.
But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed — Gal. 1:8.
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift, of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ — Eph. 3:7, 8.
For unto us was the Gospel preached, ns well as unto them: but the word preached did net profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world — Heb. 4:2, 3.
Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preached unto you, is Christ. — Acts 17:3.
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of Heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. — Rev. 14:6.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mistery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus — Col. 1:27, 28.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people — Matt 4:23.
And as ye go, preach, saying. The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye hare received, freely give — Matt. 10:7, 8.
And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come — Matt. 24:14.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe the Gospel — Mark 1:15.
And he said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following.” Amen! — Mark 16:15, 20
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with Him. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And that, repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem — Luke 8:1; 9:2; 24:47.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. And be commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is be which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins. Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those thing which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. — Acts 8:5; 9:20; 10:42, 43; 28:31.
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness. – 1 Cor. l:23.
For we preach hot ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’s sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God, and not of us. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, of another Gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. — 2 Cor. 4:5, 6, 7; 11:4.
Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. – 2 Tim. 4:2.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he bath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And they departed and went through the towns, preaching the Gospel, and healing every where – Luke 4:18, 19; 9:6.
For though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel! — 1 Cor. 9:16.
But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. For I neither received I it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ – Gal. 1:8, 12.
Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ. — Rom. 15:19.
For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and Spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart — Heb. 4:12.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. — James 1:21, 22.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof fades away: but the Word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the Gospel is preached unto you. — 1 Pet. 1:24, 25.
God help us to honor the sayings of Jesus, and not discard His precious Word; for we shall have to be judged by the Word at the last day.
How blessed Is our precious Lord,
He saves, and sweetly keeps
Our hearts from all this wicked world,
In love, and joy complete.
P. E. Warren.
NEWS FROM THE FIELD.
Denver, Col. Dec. 8. ’87.
We left Table Rook, Neb., December 18, for Waco. Stopped over a few hours in Lincoln, the Capitol of the Stale. We viewed with surprise the young city. Fourteen years ago when we visited the place it was small. Now it numbers over 20,000 inhabitants, more than double the size of Lansing, Mich.
That night, for the first time in all our travels, an accident occurred to our train; a slight collision with a freight train occurred several miles out of Lincoln. The engine being injured, we had to wait some hours until another was brought from the city. During this time there was a very violent wind. The car rocked on its springs like a load of hay over a rough road. But we laid down and slept sweetly, committing ourselves unto the Lord. That evening, dear Brother E. E. Byrum, at the Office, had a great burden for our safety, as he wrote us the next day. But he prayed for us until the Lord by the Spirit answered him that we should be delivered from all harm. O praise the Lord for His goodness and mercy toward us. For our safety, he placed a burden on one a thousand miles away, but allowed not the slightest anxiety on our minds. When we landed at Waco, York Co. Neb., we found the weather had turned very cold and stormy. We were met by dear Bro’s. C. C. Knight, and Wm. Willis, and a five miles drive, landed us at the house of dear Bro. James Willis, Bro. Knight’s son in-law. Their house became out home, and the dear Bro. and companion shall ever have our grateful remembrance for all their kindness toward us. The weather soon moderated, and we began meeting in a small meeting house in the neighborhood. There was not a very extensive interest in the meetings: poorer attendance than we have had any where. Another very cold spell of weather (mercury down to 26 below zero) soon suspended the Work. A few souls however were much convicted for holiness of heart. One young man was converted, and an old brother returned unto the Lord.
When the weather again moderated we went to Waco, and finding a meeting house accessible, we Gospel work there. But receiving an imperative call to Denver, Col. we stopped short at Waco, and went to visit dear brethren in Polk Co., among whom we sojourned and preached 18 and 14 years ago. We were happy to see them once more. We found them hungry for the true bread of Heaven. They received us kindly, and some were much encouraged by the Gospel of the fullness of Christ. On Friday Bro. James Willis went over in advance of the little army, and by the lime we got there we found quite a congregation assembled to hear the Word of God. We spake unto them the Word of the Lord that night, the next, and on Sabbath and Sabbath eve, in quite a large meeting house. Saturday night the house was filled, and on Sabbath eve, the seats, and about all standing room was occupied by very attentive hearers. The power of God mightily accompanied the Word, and many people were well convinced of uttermost salvation. Many privately, and one dear soul publicly asked our prayers, acknowledging with tears that she was not saved. Others expressed a desire to be wholly sanctified. Could we have remained, a glorious work would have been wrought by the Holy Spirit, and truth of God. God bless the people for their great appreciation of the Word, which they manifested in their kindness to us. We would love much to have been able to remain longer, but the harvest is great and large, and the laborers are few. Bat we are well assured that great good was accomplished by our brief visit, which shall bring forth fruit unto perfection.
We found Nebraska more prospered with crops than Kansas. Truly God has blessed the people. When we traveled here before, the people about all dwelt in sod houses, with ground floors, and ground roofs, but now they have good comfortable houses, wind pumps, and all necessary machinery. Many families have even many of the luxuries, such as organs, etc. All the farms are adorned with more or less timber. There is an enormous crop of corn in these parts, not so large per acre, for the drouth somewhat hurt the crop. But the land was largely in corn. Wheat was the principle crop in the early opening of the land, but corn and oats have proved more successful. It is a great stock State, as is all the West. Thousands of acres in Neb. have been seeded down to tame grass. The most beautiful meadows we ever saw. Here in Kansas, wild hay is cut and put up from July till the end of October.
We are happy to say to the saints that dear brother J. C. Fisher, Alice Davis (now Alice Fisher,) and brother Will Warren, came to see us at Waco, Neb., from Bent Co. Col., having traveled several hundred miles to reach us. Their sincere efforts to return to God doubtless has caused much joy among the angels in Heaven, and we speak of the same that there may be joy and gratitude among the saints on earth. We had been corresponding with brother Joseph, and earnestly admonished him of steps he had token wo knew were very wrong. Some confessions were made, and finally we received the following letter, which caused our hearts to flow oat in tears of thanksgiving to God for His gracious hand that seemed to be leading back to Him, the poor distressed prodigals. This is the letter.
Caddoa, Col. Nov. 19, 1887.
My dear brother Warner and Company: May the Lord bless you all with the fullness of His love and power. Amen!
Your letter came to hand. I was glad to hear from yon again. I will now try to
reply, I feel the Lord wants me see you. Please write and let me know if you are going to Denver, and when the meeting begins there. If you go, I will try and see you there if the Lord wills. Now dear brother Warner, the consecration mentioned in your letter is none too strong for me, I want to be utterly killed: by the grace of God, whatever is in me as large as the finest grain of sand, of whatever nature contrary to God, I want destroyed, and so all of us. We have been consecrating to God for some time, but I am not satisfied till I make a public consecration and confession, both Alice, and I. I am willing to do all yon say, and more too, if necessary. We came West here, and took land from the Government, and I came on here, built a house, etc., put about all I had in it, but the Lord seems against me in everything, till at last we were taken sick, and scarcely able to get around. I want to be in harmony with the Body of the saints. I know I cannot be without I prove myself clear in all things. I wrote a letter to sister Allie, and asked her to forgive mo for all I have done and said or any other way. I did confess to her that I was not worthy to return to her, etc. I received a good letter from Bro. Wm. N. Smith: I felt the love of God in it. O how he plead for me to return to God and the saints. I felt the touch of brotherly love in it, it stirred my soul within. I said, “I will arise and go,” but then the thought came, I have no home, neither has Alice, and the people will never have confidence in us again, and we could do nothing in the work for the Lord.
Now Bro. Warner, what shall we do? What could we, or where should we go? No one would receive us.
Do you not think I am sincere? If you only felt what I have suffered, you would know how to pity us. You pledged yourself to help me when I wanted help. You can be of service to our souls. You need not mention items of consecration, we are willing to do any thing, rather than he out of God’s order.
If we cannot see you, we will go to some of the brethren and consecrate there.
Please write to us, and let us know just as soon as you get this; do not delay. Sister Alice is very sick to-night, we feel the Lord wants us put of here, we must go or He will afflict us still farther. I cannot do anything else but work for the Lord.
Now I will say a word concerning ray salvation in the past. I feel confident that I was sanctified; but I lost it. I know I have been going down, or back for some time. I also know the reason. I will tell you all about it when I see you. If you do not go to Denver, can’t you come down into Kansas? Or where can we see you?
Answer as soon as you can. Pray mightily for us. From your penitent brother, under the hand of the Lord.
J. C. Fisher.
P. S. In looking over my letter I find I have omitted to mention that Alice and I were married some time ago. We thought it best; but we are willing to do anything for the glory of God and His cause.
J. C. F.
No one can read those lines without feeling that they proceeded from a heart sincerely longing for the restored favor of God. It caused us to drop on our knees and weep with sympathy.
When they came to us they were all three ready to consecrate to the Lord. Sister Alice had passed through a death before they arrived, and was quite clear in the conviction that nothing but separation would meet the demands of her God and her conscience. Poor brother Joseph seemed to be in a dreadful hard place to get oat. He seemed willing to separate, but could not get it fixed in His mind what his duty was. His nerves and mind were so impaired by mental and physical suffering that he could scarcely take hold of God, for a clear solution of the distressful perplexity. God did surely bless their souls, as they both consecrated up to what ever He should make known as His will. But Bro. Joseph was soon suffering again, under distressful uncertainty, and satanic power. Thus we labored, prayed, and wept together for days. We assured Bro. Joseph that if God should clearly reveal to us and them that they could live together to His glory, we would stand by them until the end of life. But the conviction could not be removed from our mind that separation would be the only way to stand clear and acceptable before God and His saints. We sincerely believe that God desires to make the suffering these dear ones have passed through because of their mistep, and their separation, a standing rebuke against all similar works of the devil. Our soul shudders and recoils in the Spirit of God, at the thought of such a precedent as their union being allowed in the holy Church of God. O what wreck of souls satan might work through its example, by breaking up family ties, and blasting domestic happiness. Would not such au event furnish an inducement to the devil to work discord and discontent between man and wife, and then suggest divorcement, and marriage to some one else. O how many souls are drowned in perdition upon these matrimony breakers. Bro. Fisher confesses he was led of the devil in divorcing his former wife. This is an evident fact to our mind. Surely God cannot, and will not ratify the works of the devil. Therefore it follows that a second marriage which was made legal by the works of the devil, cannot be the work of God. The New Testament Scriptures are very plain and explicit on this subject of divorce and second marriage. We read the following in the meeting.
“It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causes her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced commits adultery.”
“For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife. For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. But when Herod’s birth-day was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod. Whereupon he promised with an oath, to give her whatsoever she would ask. And she, being before instructed of her mother, said Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger. And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her. And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison. And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.”
“And great multitudes followed Him; and He healed them there. The Pharisees also came unto Him tempting Him, and saying unto Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall he one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They say unto Him why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He says unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whoso shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” — Matt. 5:31, 32; 14:3-12; 19:2-9.
“And the Pharisees came to Him and asked Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting Him. And He answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, for the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female, For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh; so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house His disciples asked Him again of the same matter. And He says unto them whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she commits adultery.” — Mark 10:2-12.
“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, commiteth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband commiteth adultery.” — Luke 16:18.
“Know ye not brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husbe dead, she is looted from the law of her husband. So then, if while her husband lives, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law: so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.” — Rom. 7:1-3.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind. Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.” — 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 13.
“And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife. But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. But this I say, brethren, the time is short; it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none.” — 1 Cor. 7:10-12; 29.
“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us au offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.” — Eph. 5:2.
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel; and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” — 1 Peter 3:7.
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.” — Col. 3:5-7.
“A Bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilent, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach.” — 1 Tim. 3:2.
All the words of Jesus in the above texts directly forbid the putting away of a companion, and marrying another, except for the one cause in Matt. 19, and oven there it is not clear that the person is at liberty to marry again.
Even where the unbelieving depart, she is to remain single, or be reconciled to her husband. Which implies that the husband must remain single, so as to receive her, if she returns. And if the woman that departs from her husband is required to remain single, God being no respector of persons, requires the same of the man who leaves his wife.
They both left for the East, Bro. Warren also accompanied them, and they fully resolved to sacrifice all for the cause of Christ, and separate. They were not yet fully free and clear in their souls, but we hope God will bring them forth as gold triad in the fire. Let all the saints pray much for them, and confirm your love toward their souls.
Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, our little company took train for Denver, Col., 500 miles more toward the setting Sun. That night stopped over and had a good nights rest at McCook, Neb. Took train again at 7 A. M. and went flying over the prairie at a swift rate. O what vast expanse of raw prairie! Some parts rough and broken, but the larger portion, beautiful and even, and only wanting showers or irrigation to make a beautiful farming country. But it is very dry. In western Neb. and Colorado, nearly all the com crops we saw attempted, was a failure. Some limes for miles we could see no houses, trees or scarcely any land broke. But the government is making irrigation ditches, by running them on a level, to a point far up stream, they elevate the waters far above the river’s level, on the highlands, then these ditches branch off into smaller ones, and from them water is made to run between the rows of corn, and water the thirsty earth.
When about 50 miles from Denver we observed strange blue banks to the west, which we first look to be dark clouds. But which we soon perceived were the distant foot-hills of the Rocky Mountains. Plainer and higher they loomed up before our eyes as our swift train kept darling like an arrow toward their base. How beautiful and sublime the sight. Here at Denver we are 12 miles from the loot mountings: they seem but a very short distance, especially when the morning Sun shines bright against their eastern sides. It seems impossible that they can be more than miles away. One would surely suppose that we could walk over and back before breakfast. The foot-hills, rather mountains, are of a dark color, being covered by timber, and to all appearance just beyond them rise up the beautiful snow covered range. But to our astonishment we are told that 50 miles stretch out between them, and that there is a fertile valley there with towns, etc. The snowy range being so much farther off, seems to be but a little higher than the foot-mountains, and both ranges seem to stand together. In the morning they all seem so close that one would surely suppose a man could be seen if standing there in the snow. Pike’s Peak we see 75 miles to the South, looming up 14336 feet high. Long’s peak 54 miles to the north-west, is 14272 feet high. Many others seem nearly as tall. It is a majestic sight, and fills our hearts with devotion to God whoso Almighty hand has piled up these great mountains. “The strength of the hills are His.” “Which by His strength setteth fast the mountains: being girded with power.” Psa. 65:6.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or over thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to ever lasting, thou art God. — Psa. 90:2.
Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and meted out Heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? — Isa. 40:12.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. — Psa. 46:2.
We were all anxious to see a city of prairie dogs on our journey, especially Frankie. Well Father permitted us to pass through a town of these interesting little creatures. But Frankie was so excited and eager to see them, that she only saw a few in the last suburb.
Denver is truly a marvel; about 28 years old, and they claim some 70,000 population. It is indeed a beautiful city, various streets are built up with magnificent blocks, much like Chicago. It is a great pleasure and health resort. How strange to see a wild uncultivated prairie right up to the very edge of such a populous city. The country is only occupied with herdsmen, and their flocks.
It was quite a novelty to the company to see the many sod houses we passed, and dug-outs in the hill sides. Sometimes there was scarcely any thing to attract attention but a window door in a steep little hill. Sometimes we saw upon the level ground a roof about eight by ton covering a little underground house. Most of which were but herdsmen’s dens. We have not yet began work here. Let all saints pray earnestly to God for the work of salvation. Amen!
Dear Brethren: — We left our home again on Thursday 8th to do battle for the Lord. Met the little ones at the Johnson Log house where Bro’s Speck and Kilpatrick had been holding meetings with wonderful success; were glad to meet with them once more. The next day (Friday) went to Battle Greek, had meeting in the evening at Bro. Abbott’s house where we met Bro’s Evans and Shoup, three souls received the forgivness of sins. Oh how our hearts did rejoice on finding the Church at that place in possession of that gold, tried in the fire, and dressed in white robes; all the little ones are melted together as one in Christ Jesus. May they ever be kept in this way is our prayer. Amen!
Saturday we took train for Marshall where we were met by Bro. Crayton Eldred who took us to his house, four miles Southwest of Tekonsha. We found that a few had been added to the Church since our visit to them a number of weeks before. Praise God for the addition! We labored one week among the little ones, the result of which was seven conversions, some consecrations for sanctification. The little I ones were encouraged, their experience brightened up and more thoroughly established. Seven followed their Lord down into the water and were baptized. Bro. Charles Edridge has been doing efficient work for the Lord in preaching to the people in this part of the country. May the Lord enlarge him and use him still more than ever to His glory. Amen!
Bro. Evans was with us at Tekonsha, and made proof of His ministry. We expect him to-day or to-morrow to assist in the work at this place. We also expect Bro. John Mayne to-day or to-morrow to help in the work. Bro. Willie Shoup is with us now. We do sincerely ask the prayers of all the blood-washed saints that God may keep us very humble, and saved, filled with Holy Ghost power and fire, and give us many souls for our hire. Amen! and amen!
A. B. Palmer.
Geneva Center, Mich.
Dear Brethren and Saints of the Living God every where greeting: — Grace unto yon, and peace be multipled. We are gloriously saved this morning, feeling wonderful good in our souls. Praise our God for His goodness unto the children of men.
The meeting closed at Lee the evening of the 23rd of Nov. 1887, having continued twelve days, and on the evening of the 24th of Nov., we commenced at the Log meeting house and continued eighteen days, and during the meeting there were one hundred and nineteen consecrations in all. Sixty for pardon and fiftynine for sanctification. Also the saints at this place were more firmly established. To God be all the glory forever. Amen! At the close of this meeting Dec. 11 1887, dear Bro. Speck baptized twenty two of the dear ones who were converted in this and the former meeting at Lee. We are now at Geneva and the Lord is with His people and the work of salvation is begun. Praise our God forever!
A. J. Kilpatrick,
S. L. Speck.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless and keep you under the blood of our Lord and Master. We had a good meeting at Henderson to-day. Praise the Lord! Wife and I thought it would be good to write a few words to the TRUMPET; for to read the TRUMPET is meat to our souls. We send our testimony to let the world know that we are saved and sanctified and that God is keeping us down on the solid Rock and walking in the light of the truth as God is giving it to us. O glory be to God for this true light. We also have complete deliverance from the yoke of babylon. O may God help each one who are on the Bible line to walk up to the truth as it is in Christ Jesus. Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and obey it. Your Bro. and sister under the blood.
Geo. & Sadie Butterfield.
Dear Brethren: — I am led to write my testimony for the Lord; for we learn in His Word that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Praise our God for salvation I I am saved from all sin and sanctified through the blood of Jesus. Your brother.
W. H. Ellis.
Dear Bro. F. J. Kiefer of Nashville Kan, earnestly requests the prayers of all the saints for the healing of his body, and restoration to perfect health. Let all saints earnestly pray for this Brother’s healing. Amen!
Died Dec. 16th in Cheshire Allegan Co. Mich., Susie R. Austin, age 15 yrs. 10 mos, and 15 days, daughter of W. and Julia Austin Sister Susie was saved about one year ago in a meeting held by Bro. A. B. Palmer; and from the time of her convertion she lived a life to God and Him alone. She praised the Lord audibly up to the last moment, and the last day or two of her temporal life she said to those taking care of her that they did not praise the Lord enough, and wanted them to praise the Lord. She leaves a Mother, three Brothers and a sister to mourn her loss. The Mother and three Brothers are fully saved in the Lord Jesus Christ, and if they prove faithful they will meet the departed one in Heaven when the Lord sees fit to call them from time to eternity. We do earnestly pray the Lord to save the sister that she too may meet the deceased up in Heaven.
Funeral services were held in the Lindsley school house, and the body was interred at the Lindsley burying ground.
Dear Brethren: — Grace be multiplied unto you from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I am in my eightieth year, and this morning finds me saved to the uttermost and sanctified by a second work of grace. Glory to our God for ever and ever! Praise His holy name for prolonging my life to behold this glorious evening light, and enabling me to walk in the Sun-light of the dear Savior’s love. Glory to Jesus! No tongue can tell His love! Hallelujah! Yet we can realize it deep down in our conscience. O dear ones how I do prize the sweet fellowship of the saints; and truly our fellowship Is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. Having returned from a journey to Steuben Co. N. Y. (where we labored in the M. P. sect years ago,) we in the strength of the Lord held up the evening light. The Lord wonderfully blessed us. Glory to His name! The World was eagerly received by many, while others dared not openly attack the Word; but attacked the old man, saying He has become crazy in His old age. Now glory be to our God! His Word is truth. If any of the Lord’s workmen, filled with the Holy Ghost and fire, would visit South Canisteo Steuben Co. N. Y. they will find a multitude hungry for the straight Word. O that the dear Lord would send forth more laborers into His vineyard. Yours in the bonds of the glorious Gospel, under the blood.
Big Bend, Pa.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved, sanctified and free from all sin and all forms of the devil. I am taking God’s Word for my guide, and I do praise the Lord for salvation full and free. The Word of God says, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” “Whosoever sins hath not seen Him.’’ “He that commits sin is of the devil.” So we see that sin is contrary to the revealed will of God which must for ever be the rule of our action. I can praise the Lord that He has set me free and in the true living way. O praise the Lord! how much He has done for me. We have our prayer meetings in my house. We are five in number and can praise the Lord, and He rules the meeting for us. I have seen none of the redeemed saints since I left Henderson. My heart just craves to be witlr them. May God send some of the dear saints back here to hold a meeting. The first I ever heard them preach was one year and a half age. It seemed to me that God had them to preach just to me, and I could find no peace until I wrote for them to come and have a meeting here, which they did and the Lord was with them in mighty power. Then the devil would try to make me believe that the church to which I belonged was good enough: but the Lord would still say to me, “My will be done.” So I made up my mind to let the Lord have His way with me, and Ha saved me from all sin. Praise the Lord! He keeps me free from the sects and all the works of man. O praise the Lord for victory over sin and the devil. The Word says, “Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in Heaven.
If the Lord is willing and it will suit some of the saints to come here and hold a meeting this winter please write to me.
Dear Saints: — I do praise God for salvation that saves me to the uttermost. Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I do love to reed the Trumpet, it is food to my soul. This morning finds me saved, sanctified and all given up to the will of God. Pray for me. Amen!
Dear Brethren: — The Lord bless you with all spiritual blessings. The Lord has been our strength and wonderful deliverance from the power of darkness. He is our salvation, and in Him we trust. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Praise the Lord for His precious promises, and though we cannot see Him while in the body, we have the promise of living with Him in glory if we are faithful, and obey His commandments. The Lord is our leader, and in Him we trust, knowing that He does all things well. Dear brethren, pray for me, that I stand firm and hold up the light of the glorious cross. Your brother washed in the all-cleansing blood of the Lamb.
Charles O. Myers.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led to write my testimony and tell what the Lord has done for me. He has saved my soul, and sanctified me to do His will at all times, and washed me in the blood of the Lamb. O praise the Lord for salvation. He does wonderfully bless my soul all the time. Glory to His holy name for ever and ever! Your brother in Christ Jesus.
Clinton, S. Carolina.
Dear Brethren: — Glory to God! I am filled with the Holy Ghost, all on the altar and free from babel. I praise God for sending a dear brother here to bring ns the true light of the Gospel in this place. Yours under the cleansing blood.
Mrs. H. M. Erby.
Dear Friends: — I am lead to testify for Jesus. Jesus says, Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you; henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knows not what his Lord does; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. — Jno. 15:14, 15. I do praise God for salvation from all sin Your sister saved, made white and tried. Praise our God!
Z. J. Ellis.
La Paz, Ind.
Dear Saints of God: — I want to say just now. I am saved through the blood of Christ. Glory to God for a Savior that saves to the uttermost. I love the narrow way; find plenty of reproach, but bless God, He is a firm friend. Jesus sweetly saves my soul. Praise the Lord! Read Mark 8:23, 25. The first touch Jesus gave the blind man gave vision, the second perfect vision. Jesus’ first touch caused my burden to fall, made me a new creature, regenerated me, and now I give Him the glory. Justification, or first touch, saved me from hell. The second touch cleansed my heart from inbred sin. Sanctification, or second touch, fits me for heaven. Praise His excellent and holy name! I love to read the TRUMPET because it is on the fire line. It is a blessing to every home circle it reaches. Let us stand by the truth and keep the fire of God continually burning in our souls. I praise God for victory over the devil just now.
Yours in the faith of Christ.
Dear Brethren: — I feel led of the Lord to write my testimony of the salvation of soul. Praise our God for ever, who saves me just now.
“Oh the joy of full salvation,
How it thrills my inmost soul,
Spread the news to every nation,
Jesus’ blood has made me whole.”
Praise the Lord! I am saved and sanctified, made white and tried. Glory to God! I am one of that innumerable company that John saw coming up through great tribulation, having washed their robes and made them while in the blood of the Lamb. Praise the Lord for ever! I am walking in the light each day as God gives it to me. Hallelujah to God for this evening light! Pray for sinners at this place.
Your brother under the blood.
Dear Brethren: — May God ever bless and keep you all in the narrow way. Dear saints pray for me that I may trust my body in the hands of God, as well as the soul. O that I could be healed of my affliction; for I know He can and will heal His children, and I have faith that I will be healed. I love to read how God is saving and healing His little ones. Your sister saved and trusting in Christ Jesus the Rock of my salvation.
To the dear saints: — I praise God for this evening light. It is joy to my soul to speak of this redeeming love. I praise God for sending two of His messengers here, and the Word was spoken so straight that conviction fell on my soul. The Master’s call was so kind that I could not stay away any longer. O glory to God, He spoke peace to my soul. But I found there was another work to be done, which was to go to the Lord and have Him to purge out the old Adamic nature. O glory to God! Then He gave me deeper peace in my soul, which is my sanctification. Hallelujah to God for this purging power which sets us into the one body, which is the Church of the Living God. O glory to God, we are in the land now which flows with milk and honey. We are not bound up like the sectarians that are perishing for the straight Word of God. O I do pray to God that they may get their eyes open and see their lost condition. Hallelujah to God! it fills my soul with glory to meet with the dear saints of God. This leaves me saved and sanctified.
My testimony this morning is, I am saved by the blood of Jesus, cleansed from all sin, tried as by fire and tempted as was my Savior; and He says He will not permit us to be tempted beyond what we are able to bear. When I resist the devil he flees from me, and O what joy is in the victory. Glory to God! I feel a peace in my soul this morning that the world cannot give nor lake away. Blessed he His holy name!
O may the Gospel be spread quickly through all the world. May the Lord bless the saints every where, and help them to endure to the end, for they only shall be saved. Your brother saved, sanctified and kept by the power of God.
M. F. Raysor.
I wish to tell the readers of the TRUMPET that I am still on the blessed way of holiness. Even out here in old Mo. the Lord is very precious to my soul and I am having a blessed good time with the Lord. The Spirit of the Lord is always with us, especially in our prayer meetings.
Your Bro. sanctified through the truth.
To all the dear saints greeting. I fee led of the spirit this morning to write my testimony for Jesus. I praise God for full salvation. I am free from all the works of the devil, and I do praise God for leading me out in this glorious evening light.
I do praise the Lord for what He has done for me. Glory to Jesus for ever! I am saved and sanctified and under the blood. I ask all the dear saints to pray for me.
Mary B. Zent.
Slater, Wyoming Ter.
Dear Brethren: — This morning finds me well and saved. I am so glad God ever called me and gave me an honest heart to accept Him as my Savior. He also showed me the awful sin of sectarianism. O I do thank God that He has taken me out of the bondage of sin, and given me freedom in Christ. I am standing alone here. How I would love to meet with the dear saints of God. I am praying God to open the way for some of His true ministers to come to this wicked place, and tell the people of the salvation of Jesus. They are a people that have forgotten God: they know nothing but dancing, and the wickedness of this world. O that God would open the way for Bro. Warner and hand to come here, I know that souls would be saved.
The Trumpet is a welcome visitor at our home, it gives me so much lighten the true Church. I pray God to bless all the dear saints every where. Pray for me that I may stand true to God. Your sister in Christ, saved by the blood of Jesus.
May God bless you dear workers in publishing the glad tidings of full salvation to perishing souls. Praise God! We are led to say to all the readers of the Trumpet that we are saved from all sin, and kept by His power. Two years ago this month, (Nov.) God so kindly led me out of the M. E. sect, and I do praise Him with all my heart for full and complete salvation, and victory over all the works of darkness, and a perfect fulfillment of His Word in settling and establishing me on the Rock, which is Christ the only true Church established on earth and written in Heaven. Praise God!
I realize that God does not need organic power to keep His children one.
Within the last two years the Lord has healed me three times. Praise God for a Physician that can heal all our diseases. I was healed the tenth of this month of diphtherie. I was led to send to the Elders to anoint a handkerchief with oil, and praise God! while the dear brethren were praying, I was instantly healed, O praise the Lord for His wonderful love that found out me. O glory to Jesus! Gome all ye sick, and Christ will make you whole. O ye murmuring hosts in the wilderness come up upon the holy mount where you can see Jesus only. And now O Israel what says the Word, “The work that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these shall ye do because I go unto the Father.” O keep hold of the arm of God with unyielding faith. My tears must fall when I read that some have departed from God. O I pray you come back to your loving Savior; for the harvest is great, and the end is near, even at the door. Christ is proving through this temple that fiery trials are the choicest blessings: they bring me into a closer communion with Him. O come and see Him in the garden weeping and prayings and on the cross bleeding and dying; but now He is risen. Blessed be His name for ever! Praise God for a pure heart in which He dwells. I am sanctified, and satisfied. O hallelujah to the Lamb for ever and ever My soul is full of glory as I write. O may God keep us humble, beneath His throne, bleeding as it were for poor lost souls.
Your sister, all the Lord’s, and His only. Dear anointed ones, when you read this, praise God that one has kept firm on the Rock. O may we that are kept at home, cease not to pray for those that are out in the field. Dear sisters let us live sanitary principles, that we may help to preach the Gospel. Amen!
Clara A. Kinney.
Rising Sun, O.
Dear Brethren: — can say that I am saved, sanctified and healed by the mighty power of God. The blood of Jerus Christ cleanses me from all sin. I was not able to work scarcely any, but the Lord healed me from all disease. Praise His holy name for His goodness to the children of men We have good meetings here, full of the Holy Ghost and fire. My wife is saved, and we are living for Christ. Pray for us, that we may be kept in the unity and love of God. Your brother in Christ, saved and kept by His mighty power.
E. H. Kiser.
Six Points, O.
Dear ones, I see so many testimonies in the Trumpet that does my soul so much good. I do love to read them. Praise God for the Trumpet. My testimony is that I am saved just now through the blood of the Lamb. O I can never praise the Lord enough for picking up such a poor weak worm as I, and He has placed my feet on the solid Rock Christ Jesus. I praise God amidst trials and persecutions, it only drives me nearer to God. I do know that I am all given up to the will of God. O I do praise God for full and complete salvation. I am saved and sanctified, and walking in the light as He is in the light.
Dear ones we need the whole armor on in order to live a holy life, and especially the shield of faith, to enable us to withstand all the fiery darts of the wicked. For they that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. O glory to God! I want to say to all who may read this, never stop short of a complete surrender of your whole life end all to the will of God; or it is His will even our sanctification. I have been in the experience of sanctification over eight years, and I can say it is the happiest and best way we can live this side of Heaven, God’s Word is plain to me, and my experience agrees with it, there is nothing in it that condemns me. God teaches all men alike, He is no respector of persons. Your sister, saved.
Dear Brethren: — We love to read the testimonies of God’s little ones, and of the precious souls that are being saved. We are wholly given up to God, and are walking in the precious light of God from day to day. We do not have the privilege of assembling with the children of God, but we enjoy that sweet peace in our souls that the world cannot give, and praise God! cannot take it away. We have been tried as by fire, but have come out conquerors through Him that loved us. Praise God! His Word says, “My grace is sufficient for you,” and the trial of your faith is more precious than of gold that perishes though it be tried by fire,” “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” We know that we are called of God, to do His will on earth as it is done in Heaven. Pray for us, that we stand firm for God, and that we may live with an eye single to His glory. Your brother and sister, saved by the Lord.
A. J. & Eva Hill.
East Jordan, Mich.
I do praise the Lord for full and free salvation that keeps us from all sin. I am only ten years old, but I can praise to Lord. Glory to God and the Lamb for ever and ever! I love to stand for Jesus, to He has shown me the straight and narrow path. Glory to God for ever! Praise His holy name! Your sister, saved by the precious blood of Jesus. Amen!
Emma B. Parks.
Table Rock, Neb.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you … abundantly and preserve you blameles u.. His coming, and give you great success … the glorious work of saving souls, for Jesus’ sake. I thank the Lord for another privilege of writing to you while yet in … flesh. Glory to God for ever and ever. We are well and saved, and the Lord … keeping us continually by His mighty saving power. O praise the Lord! We … having good meetings. Hallelujah! To converts are praising God. O it makes … soul leap for joy to see so many dear so.. coming out on the Lord’s side. Hallelujah to God and the Lamb! It is hard to c.. the meetings some times, the saints l.. so much to talk about. Glory to God! … have something better to talk about t.. when we were in babylon. We have something substancial. Hallelujah! Something that will stand by us through time and eternity. We have a friend that sticks cl.. than a brother Knight, or a brother Ma.. or a brother Odd Fellow. Hallelujah! … once brother Knights do not seem to k.. me any more, they pass me by on the st.. and hardly notice me. Praise the Lord! It is because I am not one of them … more. If I were one of them the w.. would love its own; but God has ch.. me out of the world, and has lifted m.. far above this world of strife, and fills … with His glory continually. Praise Lord O my soul! and all that is within praise His holy name! Amen!
M. M. Stove..
Dearly Beloved Saints of God: — We … this morning praising God for this wonderful salvation! We came to this place … 26th of Nov. and opened fire on the … my in the name of King Jesus, in … Campbellite sect house. We had large ..tendance and good order. We preached the Word in the demonstration of … Spirit and power of God for seven night without any one making a move town God, for the devil had them looking … water baptism instead of Christ. … preached repentance and faith toward … but they would not see any thing but ..ter. There were a few sinners convicted but for fear of the sect they would … come, but said we preached the Word … have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen … hands of evil doers, that none doth ret.. from his wickedness: they are all of th.. unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants hereof as Gomorrah. — Jer. 23:14. … our faith is in our God in whom we tr.. He keeps us in perfect peace because … mind is stayed on Him. We held a … meetings at Bro. H. H. Head’s wh.. proved a blessing to all of God’s children. There were some that began to ask use about this way and to become interested … their souls salvation, and confessed th.. sins and were saved. Thursday, Dec. 8, Brother and sister Lower brought us to Brus… Prairie where we opened fire on the e.. my anew. The first meeting there w.. two saved and one healed. Bro. Lower who brought us here got rid of his tobacco and his wife was healed. O praise God for His wonderful goodness to the children of men! We are holding meeting at the house of Bro. Fortness and the Lord is saving souls. May the Lord bless dear Brother Fortness for opening his house for the Church of God. The Lord is convicting sinners of their sins, and believers for heart purity. Dec. 11 we had a powerful meeting day and night, one saved and others seeking.
May God have mercy on their poor souls is my prayer. From your saved and sanctified Brothers, out on the blood and fin line for God.