1 September 1884, Volume 6, Number 13.
Coming Back to Salem.
BY D. S. W.
We are coming, Hallelujah,
We are coming home to God;
“Jesus only” we’r beholding,
Who has washed us in his blood.
We are in marching back to salem,
At the Trumpet’s joyful sound,
And we’r building God’s own temple,
On its ancint holy ground.
Cho. — We are coming, O we’r coming,
With the glory in our soul;
Grace We’r shouting as we’r bringing,
Christ the head-stone we extol.
Though as captives long we’ve suffered,
We do feel the royal blood,
And we’re rising to our freedom,
In the fullness of our God.
While we’r working we are fighting,
All the mighty foes around;
Though in wrath they do oppose us,
We will not desert the ground.
“O My God do thou remember,”
All those wicked plotting crews,
Hear them saying in derision,
“Now what do these feeble Jews.’’
Thou art coming mighty Jesus,
In the power of thy grace:
Now our souls break forth in singing,
At the smiling of thy face.
Fear of sect, a mount of terror,
Thou hast made an open plain,
And the misty fogs of error,
All have vanished in thy name.
Our foundation is the Jesus,
He the topmost crowning stone;
Hallelujah! we adore Him,
King upon His living throne.
And His crimson glory streaming,
Through each crystal stone below,
Tints the whole extatic temple,
With the beauty of His glow.
O the glory of this temple,
Far exceeds the former one;
All its stones are bound together;
In Love’s dear Eternal Son.
In this building, what a wonder!
Ther’s a dwelling place for me.
Yes thy beauty’ O my savior!
I shall here forever see.
Note, – No one has a right to copy this song with, out the permission of the author.
In our closing article on the two witnesses, we showed that the resurrection, and assention into the Church resulted in war with the dragon and his angels, and their being cast out of heaven. Now we will try to describe the moral affect of the devil’s descent into the earth. Satan is unwilling to remain outside of agents, through whom he can carry on his work. If he is forced to come forth from his human victim, he is willing to even enter into the swine. And when driven down from the place of God’s sanctuary, he finds habitation in the hearts of sinners. Of course devils can do a thousand times more soul destroying in a professed believer in Christ, than in an infidel: but if expelled from the former, he will make the most of the latter. Hence immediately following the casting out of the dragon and his angels, from the realm of the Church, we read, “Rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, became he hath but a short time.” — Rev. 12:12.
The perfect purification and separation of the Church from all foreign and sinful elements, is the signal of Christs near coming to receive her, as a bride thus adorned in “white linen, pure and clean, and prepared for the Bridegroom.” The Savior says clearly, “He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” – Matt. 24:31. These are the latter day “flaming fires,” that separate God’s people from all sinners, and gather them from the dispersion of sect apostasy. Now read the verse immediately following and you will see just when this gathering takes place. “Now learn a parable of the fig tree: when his branch is yet tender end putteth forth leaves, ye know, that summer is nigh:
So likewise ye when ye shall see all these things, (the angels, or messengers gathering the saints together, with other signs) know that it is near, even at the door.” Matt. 24: 31, 32. The coming of Christ is soon to follow the purification and unification of His Church. Satan is aware of this fact, and seeing these things, he knows that the time of his soul deceiving and destroying is soon to end, he is filled with great wrath and desperation. The Sodomite character of the great mass of sects, has filled the whole earth with irreverence, disgust, infidelity and blasphemy. And satan being driven down from all heavenly places, by the Sword and fire of God, finds depraved and sensual hearts, a congenial place for him to enter. So with the purification and spiritual illumination of the Church, there is a rapid descent into blindness, hardness, and wickedness by the world. Hence the time of Christ’s coming is compared in the scriptures, to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah,” and to the time of Noah. The harder the Gospel hammer smites, and the purer its light flashes, the harder and the more wicked that heart becomes, that rejects it. An adulterated, lifeless, Godless Gospel, may be rejected with impunity, but woe to the soul that rejects the pure Gospel, when “preached with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven.” Thus it was that “God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” He simply gave him such unmistakable evidences of His presence and power that he was compelled to give himself over to desperate wickedness of heart to resist the same. So the Gospel is either a savour of life unto life, or of death unto death; and the more copious its showers, the harder the soil of the heart is beaten, if not softened by the mixture of faith and obedience in them that hear. Therefore the radical Gospel of God that is essential to raise up a pure Church on earth, must necessarily result in desperate wickedness in all that reject it. This blast of the Almighty, is now sounding the great jubilee of the Lord’s coming, saints are rising to their freedom in the fullness of their God, while sinners in Zion are cut off, stripped of their masks of deception, and becoming desperately wicked, while “many are being purified, made white and tried,” the wicked becoming worse, doing wickedly, and none of them understand. Here, in Daniel 12, we see truth that is now being fulfilled. “Many are running to and fro,” preaching the pure Gospel, which results in the purification of many, who walk in the light, and shine “as the stars forever and ever.” God has let loose the hail, fire, and blood, of His Word and Spirit, the thunders and lightnings of His truth, and the earthquakes of His mighty power, to scatter and consume all the milted elements, that profess to adhere to His Church. And this fire will try every one’s foundation. “Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of His fierce anger,” “then shall every man turn to his own people and flee every one into his own land. Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.” — Isa. 13. Praise God! The two witnesses have arisen, the true light now sinneth, the fire is burning, God is smiting with His hammer, and thundering down His wrath from the heavens. His judgements are all manifest in the earth, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor, burn up the chaff and gather the wheat. The saints gather to the goodness of the Lord, and sinners are compelled to flee away from God’s burning bush, dropping the cloak of a hypocritical profession, and having their mouths stopped. The devil is compelled to take them unto himself not being able any more to pass them for the children of light. God is sealing up His children and the devil his. The wide deep gulf is being fixed, the lines drawn, all middle grounds burned up. Men must be all for God, or all for the devil, either very bad or very good.”
If the Lord will, we wall give some other scriptures bearing on this solemn subject in the future.
A Face to face talk with God
By Ida A. B. Butters.
During the middle of last May I passed through, a severe affliction. On the 19, I was suffering very much, and I was asking the Lord to relieve my pain. God came to me and removed all my distress in an instant. Soon after, I went into a partial sleep, when I saw a vision. Before me was a large three cornered enclosure; on the right side of which I saw the most beautiful white horses, with riders. — Rev. 19: 14. I soon became entirely awake, conversed freely with my friends, and was very happy in the consciousness of God’s presence. Then there appeared about twelve beautiful angels. They were dressed in brown robes, their long flowing hair seemed like glittering gold; their wings were as of silver. They all seemed to be kneeling, and with their snow-white hands lifted up, they were singing, this beautiful song.
“I was once far away from the Savior,
And as vile as a sinner could be.
I wondered if Christ the redeemer,
Would save a poor sinner like me.”
I then perceived that although they were so pure and celestial, they had once been lost sinners, and had been, redeemed by the blood of Jesus, I was fully awake, and told my frinds all about the heavenly visitors. Next I was going up a very narrow path. It seemed so very straight and narrow that there was but room for one person to walk at a time. I could see far ahead up the shining way. As I proceeded upward I could look down upon the earth beneath me. The leafy tops of the tallest trees were below my feet. To the right there was an opening though which I could see the whole world. Although I seemed to have passed out of the narrow confines of the body, and felt capable of encompassing all space with the swiftness of thought, I was still there in the company of my friends and conversing freely of all I saw. I was exceedingly happy. The glory of God that filled my soul was inexpressible. I proceeded up this heavenly way until I saw the pearly gates of heaven itself. I described these to my friends, as well as I could. They were all weeping, supposing that I was soon to pass from their midst, to the dry of God that was just before me. I told them not to weep, “I am so very happy, all is well, if I go those beautiful gates will open for me.” Standing upon this “high way,” so far above the earth, I could see the whole world, and all space between heaven and earth. I could see the solid ground upon which the walls of heaven stood. Though far above the earth, it seemed even more solid and immovable than the earth. The walls of heaven seemed to be covered with moss. To each one of my friends God gave me a message. I told my Father-inlaw who, with all the rest of us gave his heart to God last winter, during the revival here, but had not attained entire sanctification; to him I said, “O pa, you will never know what full salvation is until you get where I stand. Here is where you will get it” I then asked the Lord to show me who is right in His sight. So He showed me a little band of blood washed saints, close by the gates of heaven. They were upon an elevation, that seemed like pure solid rock. They were in a perfect circle. I knew just the people they represented. I said’ “Now mother, I am going to tell you who are right, in God’s sight. You may think because I was saved in these meetings, that for that rearon I think no other people are in the right way, but I tell you ma that is not the case. It is all shown to me now. God shows me just who are right in His sight, ma I know that these people are right. And there is but one Church. I can see no other but the one Church of God.” As I looked upon that little circle, a voice kept speaking to me, “That’s right, that’s right.” They were both men and women, and all dressed perfectly plain. There was not a ruffle, nor bit of adornment upon one of them. There was but one person that I clearly recognized, why God permitted me to recognize him I do not know, lest it is because he is so much persecuted on account of having been most extensively used in this country in the salvation of souls, from the world and from formal sects. He was dressed in plain black with a small white collar. By his side was a fleshy woman, but I did not see her face clearly enough to rcognize her. My friends were all feeling very bad, thinking I was soon to die. I told them they should not feel bad over me, that it was all right, I said, “I will now ask the Lord whether I shall go, or stay longer on earth, and I know He will tell me.” “Lord I am willing to go or stay, whatever pleases you; but if it will be to your glory, I would like to stay here to bring up my children. Lord just show me if I shall get well or not.” The Lord then showed me His hand and arm. O how beautiful, pure and lovely that hand. The arm was clothed in a black sleeve with a small white cuff protruding. Then the Lord spake unto me and said, “You shall live.” O what wonderful brightness then shown about us. The very glory of God’s presence filled the room. I had been anxious the Lord should show me all about this way, and what His will was, so that if I should die, my friends might surely know how they should dress and live. As the Savior’s hand was still before me, presently He held out a beautiful green garb. It was a plain straight skirt and basque, with a very small white cuff. I said, “There mother I see just how I am to dress, the Savior shows me what kind of a dress pleases Him.” I have thought the reason He showed me the model dress in green, was because, over two years ago’ I purchased 16 yards of green for a dress, and I had never made it up, because I wanted all the goods in the dress, and I was waiting to get hold of a pattern, that would work it all up. Thank God, when I was converged last winter, that foolish vanity was all taken out of my heart, and I love to dress to please my God and Savior. Blessed be His name. He fully Sanctified my spirit soul and body during that gracious visitation to me in my affliction; I gave all over to Him, and He washed me whiter than snow in His precious blood. He also raised me up according to His promise, and made me perfectly well. I was so low that the doctors saw scarcely any possible hopes of my recovery. But as soon ns the Lord showed me I should get well, I told all that I should soon be well. Glory to God! I am walking in the bright and holy way, with the divine glory in my soul, and my peace flows as a river.
A Blessed Experience.
BY MRS. J. L. KIPLINGER.
Through the enlightening influence of the Holy Spirit, and the good example and the training I received from my Godly mother, I was led to love the Saviour in early life, and earnestly prayed for an evidence that my sins were forgiven: and one day while prostrate with my face on the ground praying. Oh what joy and peace came into my soul, and I received such a bright evidence of my acceptance: that I have never doubted my conversion since that day although it is now over forty years ago, and ever since that day I have been kept in the love of God. Believing it my duty to be baptised: I united with the Baptists soon aftor my conversion, and I was taught the doctrines of that denomination, untill their doctrine was thoroughly believed and fastened in my mind that I spent much of my life trying to convince the world that they were the only true church of God; instead of going on unto perfection; for I did not hear a sermon in all these years on sanctification, or to present my body a living sacrifice to God, and receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost: for they preach, and believe, that the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire, was fulfilled on the day of pentecost: and no repetition of that baptism is to be expected or received. Although to read the bible and study its precepts was my duel delight, yet I never understood the doctrine of perfect love. It has been truly said; that one must understand the scriptures in order to have faith and faith in order to understand the scriptures; “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Some over four years ago, some brethren, and sisters came to our place to help in a protracted meeting; and the way they preached, and prayed, and talked, I was soon convinced that they had an experience that I did not have. They preached that to he sanctified wholly, was to have a pure heart, and be made perfectly free from inbred sin. How I began to understand the cause of so much heart trouble all my life. The Bible says, “He that hath this hope in him (that he a child of God’) purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” These Christians explained many things from the Bible that I had never understood: such as “Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of the flesh, and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God; ” and ”present your bodies a living sacrifice ” Rom 12. 1. and this is the will of God even your sanctification.” Oh how fervently I did desire and pray to be wholly sanctified. I consecrated my will and my all to God; and I Said Lord lead me and I will be led by none but Thee; and through faith I entered into heavenly rest. Here began my life of abiding peace. I felt from that hour that I was cleansed from all sin by the precious blood of Jesus; and it was as if my soul and body and spirit were in an ocean of love. The evidence was clear that inbred sin was completly distroyeed There was not a wave in that ocean of perfect love: I felt that I was resting as it were in the everlasting arms of my precious Redeemer. I began immediately to testify to full salvation. Glory hallelujah! then I could sing,
“Yes I will stand up for Jesus;
He has sweetly saved my soul;
Cleansed me from inbred corruption;
Sanctified and made me whole.”
Glory glory to the Lamb! In about four months after I received the blessing of sanctification, I received the baptism of power and the fulness of the Holy Spirit it came with such mighty power in this poor soul of mine. I never can express it. I felt as if I was taken through the refining fire: for many days and nights I could scarcely eat, or sleep, or do any thing but walk and talk and clap my hands and say, praise the Lord oh my soul, O such freedom; it was the first time in my life, that I knew what perfect freedom was, it seemed as if I had always had my hands tied, and it seemed as if Jesus came and took me up in his great loving arms and set me in a large place, such as I was never in before in all my life. Then and there I was set free from all ecclesiastical and sect chains; thank God I have come out, and God hath opened to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord. Ps 118. 19. Jesus said “freely ye have received freely give:” and; “ye shall be witnesses unto me.” and now the love of God constraineth me; to go and proclaim this glorious Gospel of full and free salvation, unto all such as are not free; and do not enjoy this perfect love, that casteth oat all fear. Pray for your unworthy sister, saved by the blood of Jesus.
Silver Lake. Ind.
WILLIAMSTON CAMP MEETING.
We closed this meeting Thursday noo… Aug. 7. We had to cut it short in order to go to Ohio. Souls were saved to the close. One afternoon, a very intelligent Englishman, who was suffering the sad plague of strong drink, and who had recently met with some severe misfortunes, was walking along the road, and hearing the songs and shouts of praise to God, he walked into the grove, sat down and listened to the testimony. After meeting closed, the poor disconsolate man sat alone, pondering his ways. He had been so depressed that as he walked out of town he felt almost like throwing himself into the stream by the way. God sent a brother to speak to him about his soul. Soon the tears flowed, and he opening his heart, told all his sins and failings. Be yielded to God and was joyfully converted, remained to the close of meeting and greatfully testified to the mercy of God, and declared he had rather die than return to his old life. There were from 16 to 20 converted and sanctified. Four were immersed, and others desire to obey the Lord in this command, the first opportunity.
Though we bad to work every moment we could in the office, it seems that God put His Spirit upon His servants in preaching more than usual. Praise God for the Holy Spirit.
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The Lord gave to me a wonderful vision, in the right, of a City, with a harbor. He brought me to the dock, where stood a beautiful ship. She was painted with pure white, with a broad, bright red stripe around her bulwarks. She was broad and deep, nearly as broad as long. There was a large rope fastened to a capstan at or near the helm of the ship, reaching to another one on the dock, which was like a windlass, the rope was wound around it. There sood a man by it ready to unwind the same. There was also a man, and no one else, standing in the ship, at the helm, with the rope in his hands. Whom I recognized as Brother Warner. The ship then being ready to sail, I was invited by him to get on board, but I refused, telling him it had been revealed to me, that a severe storm was approaching. So being afraid I did not embark. So the man in the ship gave the command, and the man on the dock unwound his capstan, but did not loose the rope. The man in the ship stood erect, with the rope slipping through his hands, he steadying the ship as she glided with a favorable wind. I stood and watched her as she sailed away over the waters, which was smooth at first, but almost instantly the wind was changed to a head wind, and the waves began to roll high and higher, each moment as the ship sped onward. I stood trembling as I beheld her sinking, as each wave rose higher, until she foudered and went under the water; not far from a point of land, at the left and northward from the City. I immediately ran around the shore to the point where she went under the waters. I then plunged head foremost into the waters, and quickly reached the hold of the ship, where I found Bro. Warner and every thing dry. There was also all manner of tools, made of iron and steel, in the ship. They were very rusty except one, which I had kept bright by using. I seemed to be determined to recover this one at all buzzard, which was a large drawing knife. We both began to take these tools, and clean them up for use, and bring them forth, the ship still being preserved: from the waters. I was much troubled in the morning because of the vision. We then asked the Lord on our knees, to interpret the vision. I was then led of the Spirit to open the scriptures; and read whatever my eyes first beheld. I opened the Word to Isaiah 54th, which is a clear
Interpretation of the Vision.
“Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child; for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife saith the Lord.” — Verse 1.
This language represents God’s “little flock,’’which is despised, and hated, nevertheless the “little one becomes a thousand, and a small people, a strong nation.”
“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen the stakes;” — Verse 2.
We must here say that, as we read the chapter the Spirit impressed us that this sail boat represented the Gospel Trumpet and the cause it is called to maintain. “Enlarge the place of thy tent.” This is a clear promise of prosperity. It means an extension and enlarging of our work and sphere of usefulness; and a rapid spread of truth, “Let them (i.e., the saints of God) stretch forth the curtains of thine habitation.” Here is a solemn charge upon God’s dear children to take hold and help on this work of God. May God help all to do His. will. We assure you that our God will call you to do this thing and if you refuse, your soul shall fall into leanness. Our enemies, and such as are not saved from covetousness, may construe these words, as coming from personal, selfish motives, if they wish to do so: that is nothing to us. We are dead to all such surmisings, and we study to show ourselves approved unto God. But thanks be unto God! to the spiritual these things will be confirmed by the Spirit, and we also know that the faithful will bring forth the light of the life to the people that group in the shadows of, and sit by the cold streams of babylon. “Spare not.” Sow not sparingly, hold not back the truth. ‘Spare no arrows’ aginst babylon. “Lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” Here is the rope that was seen stretching forth in the vision. The going forth of the white ship, lengthened the cord, which means enlarging our territory, increase addition. “Strengthen thy stakes.” This denotes, stability, firmness. Drive thy stakes deeper, for satan shall not be able to pluck this up out of the where in I have planted thee, see Amos 9:15.
“For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.”
A glorious promise of prosperity from the Lord. Praise His name!
Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widow hood any more.
For thy Maker is thine husband; The Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. — Verses 4, 5.
How Sweetly the Holy Spirit spake those words to our heart, as we stood in much awe before God, because of the vision. “Fear not.” “Thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth,” For parallel scriptures, desorbing the triumphs, and enlarging of God’s “latter day” Church, coming forth from obscurity, and contempt. See Zephaniah 3:8, 9, 12, 13, 16- 20. Bro. Warner has virtually become a widower for the Cause of Christ, but as sure as the Lord liveth, the reproach that satan has thrown upon him, for the truth’s sake, will fall as a noisome and grevious sore upon the heads of those babylon editors, and preachers that have done the devil’s bidding. And if they do not cease their lies and slanders, against the the Lord Jesus, and His anointed, their works will come to naught, they will have to eat the bitter fruits of their doings.
“The Lord hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.” Ver. 6.
Paul says, “I have espoused you to one husband, that ye should be married to Christ.”
When a man dissolves all sect and sinful bonds’ and is joined to Jesus only, then only is He properly our husband. Christ’s bride is not a spiritual adulteress: but such are all them that court, or receive the friendship of the world, and this worldly, party spirit which is enmity to God, is the center of attraction, and basis of union in all the sects of Christendom. No sect on earth can be joined without a direct disregard, and violation of the command, “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.”
“When thou wast refused, saith thy God.” Yes any man that believes the plain Word of God, which teaches “one body,” “one fold.” and that “there should be no schisms (sects) in the body,” and will honestly teach and practice these scriptures, will be rejected and hated by all that remain back in babylon names of blasphemy.
“For a small moment I have forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.” — Ver. 7.
God knows just how much His true embassadors need to pass through to try them and prove them. And like David, when driven out by the rebellion of his own son, and cursed by Shimei. — 2 Sam. 16:18; like Job, and even Christ Himself, and all the apostles, the true man of God “will have tribulations in this world,” and pass through times when ho appears to be forsaken of God, not only to his enemies, but within his soul he will cry out, “My God! My God! why hast thou forsaken me.” But while the idolitrous, and envious are rejoicing over him on earth, and devils are jubilant in hell, their vaunting is soon cut off, when the slandard bearers of the pure truth, come forth in triumph only purer than ever, and their God says,
“In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” — Verse 8.
Praise God! He “knoweth how to deliver the righteous out of temptatation,” and to confound the wicked.
“For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.” — Verse 9.
O praise the Lord forever! How the blessed Holy Spirit filled all our hearts with joy and sweet assurance as we read those holy words of the Lord. It seemed that God was there in actual bodily presence, kindly pronouncing these most glorious promises and benedictions upon us. “For this is as the waters of Noah unto me.” What a sublime interpretation of the vision. First we learn just our whereabouts in the onward march of God. “For as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of man.” These days are here now. As “Noah condemned the world,” so the man that knows the truth in this blind, wicked and adulterous generation, and dares walk out single handed with God, and lift up the pure standard of His Word over against all the superstitions, and traditions of the “dark and cloudy day,” and all the sectarian bulwarks of the devil, will also condemn this whole, drunken babylonized world before God. Already many papers and preachers that rose up against God’s trumpet, have trembled before the tribunal bar of His Word, and have acknowledged the very truth they at first opposed. Glory to God! when a man has his eyes open to see just which way God is moving, it is perfectly safe to strike out in that direction, though all hell and. earth are opposed to him. This fact has been demonstrated by the Trumpet. With out means, without knowing twenty persons on earth that would support the whole truth, it has moved out as “seeing Him that is invisable.” And though fierce storms, and high waves of satanic wrath have rushed upon this white ship, that is girdled with the blood of the everlasting covenant, thank God! she still survives by His grace.
“For this is as the waters of Noah.” Yes as the floods which drowned the wicked antediluvians, bore up and carried the ark of God in safety, over the great billows and landed it in a new world, that was cleansed by the wrath of God. So the “floods of ungodly men,” only lift higher the ark which is a deposit of God’s present truth. And she shall ride triumphantly over all her foes, until “the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of Hosts shall make a consumption, even in the midst of all lands.” — Isa. 10. As the flood swept away the the wicked blasphemers from the face of the earth, and ushered in a new dispensation, so God is about to wind up the present order of things, “and the end thereof shall be with a flood.” For “Behold the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.” – Isa. 13:9. This chapter describes the thorough holiness reformation. It begins with the “burden, of Babylon,” and results in a pure separate Church, verses 14, 15. As God cleaned up the earth, by the flood, and entered a new dispensation with a pure Church, so is He “arisen to shake terribly the earth,” to “gather out His remnant,” the pure Bride. And as He sends the “hail and fire, mingled with blood” upon the earth, and lakes vengence upon babylon’s works, she foames in wrath like turbid waters when lashed by a storm. Over these waters, which are “as the waters of Noah,” we are now sailing. And as the waters of Noah bore up the ark, and at the same time destroyed the wicked, so these lift up the truth of the Lord Jesus, while its enemies sink down’ and perish in the floods of their own rage.
“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay the stones with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphire.” — Verses 10, 11.
Surely this Gospel bark has been tossed by many as tempest, and like the ancient ark of the covenant carried from place to place. But how sweet the promises, “My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord.”
“And I will make thy windows of agate, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.
And all thy children shall be thought of the Lord; and west shall be the peace of thy children.
In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shall he far from oppression; for thou shall not fear, and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.” — Verses 12, 13, 14.
Glory to God! While these wonderful promises relate to the prosperity of God’s Church, after it is “gathered” out of babylon, the Lord seemed to speak them right to our hearts, who represent this “latter temple.” But shall we have no more conflicts, no more assaults of the enemy? Oh yes, for,
“Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.” — Verse 15.
Praise God! these words need no comment. We take them for our heritage, and bless God we know they are ours.
“Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth the instrument for His work, and I have created the waster to destroy.” — Verse 16.
Here are the tools that were seen in the vision. These instruments, represent the gifts and instrumentalities, that God has put in His Church. All those gifts of the Spirit have been taken on board and advocated by the Gospel Trumpet, as perminent members, and instrumentalities of the Body of Christ. But why were they seen in such rusty condition? The Holy Spirit showed us that. Tools become rusty, for the want of being used. These gifts, we have said, have been alwys in God’s Church; but how much have they been used? No wonder they looked rusty. And whereas Bro Warner and I were at work getting them out, bringing them up to light, and polishing them, it is a fact that God has used us to some extent, to scour the rust of sectarian unbelief off of the precious gifts of the Spirit. By contending for the faith once delivered to the saints, many have grasped these sacred tools in the houses of God, and are now by use getting them bright, Thank God, He has entrusted some of them in our hands, and in the name of the Lord, we have begun to make some feeble use of them; so that devils have been cast out, the sick instantly raised up, and the lame restored.. To the blind has sight been given, and to the deaf, hearing.
“No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith fee Lord.” — Ver. 17.
Though satan lay his plots, and overthrow souls, and set them to forging lies, none of his weapons, can prosper, against the true saints of God, who have come back from babylon. “Every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn.” Observe that God gives His true and holy embassadors, authority to “judge the world,” expose the hypocrite, reprove evil doers, and condemn every tongue that rises up against the Lord and His Truth. “Thou shalt condemn.” They are commanded to do this, in the name of the Lord. God has put His seal upon this work. Two feigned evangelists in Mich, were condemned by the Trumpet, and the result was they throwed off their garb of deception. Other cases might be mentioned. The last of which is that poor deceived man Stockwell, who was means in the hands of the devil in overthrowing Mrs Warner. God used the Trumpet last winter to “condemn” that tongue, and cut off his pernicious works, since which he too has dropped off the devil’s mask, and no longer professes to be a child of God. The Lord have mercy on him, and save him. We have hopes He will.
Every thing in this vision that related to the past was strikingly true. There was no one at all with brother Warner on the boat. He had invited me to join him in the work, I felt much interested in it and drawn to him, but I hesitated feared to embark on account of financial discouragements. I thought I saw storms and waves ahead. And sure enough the farther it, went the more fierce the storm, and the higher the waves of satan’s rage, until that most trying and crushing billow rolled over our dear brother’s heart, and for a time the ship actually sank out of sight, the blasts of the Trumpet of God were hushed in the waves of tribulation. Now it was just at this time, while the mask tops were overwhelemned, and the sound thereof had ceased to be heard in the land, that I dove under the waters and found brother Warner all right and the ship well preserved. Glory to God!
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What The Bishop Said.
Bishop Fostor, one of the M. E. Sect, who stands very high in that branch babylon, visits the Salvation army in London, and writes to the Northern Christian Advocate, in reference to the same. While he objects to some of their manner of work, he thinks “It will do good,” and that “less real evils spring from its excesses and irregularities than from the stately emptiness of the regulated service,” i. e., of the sects. He says this salvation army work is rendered necessary from the defect of the so-called Church.” He closes by saying “Either the Church will be aroused to its duty or something better will come in its place. The pompous, empty fraud will not last.” “What! does Bishop Foster actually conclude that “this Church,” which is the Body of Christ, which he purchased with His, own blood, and founded upon the rock is a fraud, and has proved a failure, and that something better must be invented to take its place? How abominable and ridiculous the language of babylon. But it is evident the Bishop, in the above language did not mean the Church at all, but only the sect; specially the M. E. Sect. What does be call it? “The pompous, empty fraud.” Is it posible that this leading Bishop would thus abuse his mother? Have we ever said any thing stronger against her? Is she indeed but an empty pompous fraud? “Why then remain in her? Who is responsible for this fraud? Are not all those bishops, and sectarian principalities guilty in the sight of God, of deceiving the people, by calling this pompons fraud, the church, taking unwary souls into her, under this disguise? requiring their subjection to her empty priestcraft fraud, in the name of the Church? Are they not holding their poor starving victims, in slavish chains of fear, so that they dare not go where a free Gospel is preached, and their souls may be fed, lest they rouse up the jealousy and wrath of this great dragon fraud? Are not such men as Bishops Foster and G. D. Watson most guilty in the sight of God, who see and confess that the temple of Methodism, is but an “empty pompous fraud,” with its “niches pretty well stocked with idols for the people to worship, instead of Christ,” and vet remain in, and practise the soul damning fraud, by calling it the Church? Who would have any respect for a man that belonged to a large pruod, wealthy, organization of counterfeiters, and who had published a broad the fact that it was nothing but an “empty pompous fraud,” and still have the impudence to remain in that clan, help to run its machinery, share its fat booty, and help to draw victims into its oppressive, fleecing frauds. If the Bishop has told the honest truth, he cannot be an honest man and fellowship the pompous sect fraud. Why is it that he can make such bold charges against babylon, and still be highly esteemed by her? Evidently because his disclaiming against her is neutralized by his remaining in her and of her. Let him come out of her, and then publish her, as a fraud, and he will soon see what will become of his salery, and good standing. The very papers that have given place to his sweeping charge of an empty fraud, would turn and work vengence and drop venom upon his name. Surely the sect pale is a covert from the tempest, and and a shelter from the storm of satans rage; because whatever men may say against the devil and his works, he still regards them as fully on his side, and gathering with him, so long as they remain in babylon and gather to her folds. Is it possible that a Bishop can be so blind, and dumb in the Scriptures, as to call the Church a “pompous empty fraud, ” that “will not last;” “but something better must take its place.” This is a pretty complaint upon Christ Jesus, the Founder of the Church.
If such is the blindness of the “principal of the flock” of babylon, what must be the condition of the flock.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure.” God’s Church is no fraud, neither will it ever come to naught. It never has been, nor ever can be reformed, improved upon, or substituted by something better. It is Jesus. “For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.”
“And we are complete in Him,” however true it is that babylon is all an “empty pompous fraud,” and a soul damning farce.
ON DIVIDING THE CHURCH.
Suppose two-thirds of the members of a so-called church are not Christians. Shall the other third be forbidden to follow that all testify to holiness, and insist that all who name the name of Christ shall be born of the Spirit, and walk in the light, as Christ is in the light, and realize that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth them from all sin? If that two thirds refuse to obey God, and either themselves withdraw from the organization or force the real children of God to do so, is that dividing the church? Is it not rather separating the church from the world?
Who Carries His business on.
Some people are very squeamish, about the mention of’ the devil. Though persons manifest the works of this father of lies, they think us very unkind if we speak of such as having been led of the devil. It is quite natural, that persons that are under the subtle whispers of the devil, will feel shocked at others, for pointing out the works of the anther and finisher of all sin and evil, in plain scriptural language. But Christ came to destroy the works of the devil, and it is our duty to point them out, by their proper names. There is a good deal of good sense in the following lines.
Men don‘t believe in a devil now, as their fathers used to do;
They’ve forced the door of broadest creed to let his majesty through,
There isn’t a print of his cloven foot, or a fiery dart from his bow,
To be found in earth or air to day: for the world has voted so.
But who is mixing the fatal draught that palsies heart and brain,
And loads the bier of each passing year with the hundred thousand slain?
Who blights the bloom of the land to-day with the fiery breath of hell?
If the devil isn’t, or never was, won’t somebody rise and tell?
Who dogs the steps of the toilm saint, and digs the pit for his feet?
Who sows the tares in the field of time as fast as God sows the wheat?
The devil is voted not to be, and of course the thing is true;
But who is doing the kind of work that the devil alone should do?
We are told he does not go around like a roaring lion now;
But whom shall we hold responsible for the everlasting row
To be heard in Home, in Church and State, to the earth’s utmost bound,
If the devil, by a unanimous vote, is nowhere to be found?
Won’t somebody step to the front forth with, and make their bow and show
How the frauds and crimes of a single day spring up? We want to know.
The devil was fairly voted out, and of coarse the devil is gone;
But simple people would like to know who carries his business on.
A, Horrible Thing.
There is spread abroad a large idolatrous nation called Methodists. These claim to have arisen in the land of Canaan: but for their iniquities they have been carried off captive, into Sodom. Egypt, and Babylon. There they have so long time bowed down to idols, that they seem to have well nigh forgotten their nativity.
This elder daughter of the “Mother of harlots,” has also a proud young sister which, blasphemously calls herself the “Church of God.”
Now it came to pass in the laud of Penn, in the province of — Which lieth beyond the mountains, where this proud little sister was born, that she called many of her children together, to enjoy a pleasant recreation in the wilderness. Now the parsel of ground where they pitched their tents, behold the Methodists had occupied before them. And these, having become ashamed of some of the more filthy practices of Sodom, had put up, on the pleasant trees of the grove, notices which said “No tobacco smoking allowed on this ground.” Now when they took up their tent, and departed from the place, they left those godly records still on ths trees. And it was so when the priests and children of the proud little daughter with the big name, had gathered together on the spot, and had set their tents in order, round about the Sanctuary, to worship the Cod of their fathers, that their eyes beheld the superscriptions upon the trees. And it came to puss, as they read the words “tobacco,” “smoking” that the lusts of their flesh did burn exceedingly. And such of them as had brought with them a supply of the “unclean thing”, at once resorted to their most precious comforter, while others sent to the city to buy, and behold the sanctuary was so polluted with the stench of their idol, and so darkened with the smoke of their torment, that the glory of the Lord could not descend upon the camp,
Surely, “A wonderful, and horrible thing is committed in the land.” Jer, 5: 30.
“Hear O heaven and give ear O earth, for I have brought up children, and they have rebelled against, me.” And now do they contemptuously puff their filthy tobacco smoke into the face of God, whose name they blasphemously wear, and whose Church they hypocritically feign.
Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul he avenged on such a nation as this.” Behold. “They shall go with their flocks to seek the Lord; but they shall not find Him; He hath withdrown Himself from them. They have dealt treacherously against the Lord: for they have begotten strange children: now shall a month devour them.” Hos. 5:6,7. Strange children indeed, they must be that are born of such a deformed and filthy mother. The poor still horn creatures are so feeble from the absence of God, in their supposed regeneration, that they scarcely live a “month.”
This young daughter of babylon not only disregarded what her elder sister had put upon the trees of the grove, but they have shown contempt for what God Himself has inscribed upon His flaming sword which, keeps the way of the tree of life, saying, “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded,” yea, “Cleanse yourselves from, all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness, in the fear of God.” Here is fulfilled the saying, the “Younger sister Judah hath sinned more grievously than her sister Israel.” “Behold the wicked abominations that they do here,” “with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up,” which they burned unto that hatefull God, which even the methodists abhor. Shame on them! “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, (the little sects) and from the multitude of the mountains: (the big sects.) truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jer. 3; 23.
A reverent Gentleman, writing in the Christian Witness, of a certain decision of the late M. E. General Conference on the subject of holines, says, “It is self authoritive, for it comes from head quarters. It speaks with the highest authority of the Church.”
We perceive that there is quite a distinction between the head quarters of the M. E. sect, and the head quarters of God’s Church. The former is an assembly of methodist bishops and priests. But “He (Christ) is the head of the body, the Church; who is the beginning, the First Born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence,” in God’s Church. — 1 Cor. 1: 18.
Whereas the voice of the General Conference, is declared to be “the highest authority” in the M. E. sect, it is evident that the Lord Jesus Christ has no place in her government at all, for God has “set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to to be the head over all things to the Church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” — Eph. 1:20-23.
The General Conference being acknowledged as the “highest authority,” in that branch of Home, is a virtual confession that Christ is not in her at all. Else would He be “high above all” Conferences, Bishops, and high priestly principalities. As the voice and authority of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and the Bible is ignored, that authority which was given by site dragon to the beast is called the highest authority.
Pana Ill., Apr. 22d ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I thank God that I have once more received the Trumpet. It does me so much good to read it Glory to God! for the precious testimony of the blessed saints that is in it. It does my soul good to know that God is back of it all, I am glad that I can say, that God is all and in all to me I do not need to look to preachers, nor so-called churches. Since I have quit the sect they think I have backslidden. But glory to Cod! If they knew the glory that is in my soul, and the perfect love of God that fills my heart, they would know better. I am free in Christ, and am fully trusting Him to keep me. He has washed me in His own precious blood that makes whiter than snow. Your brother saved and sanctified in Christ.
Jas. A. Shenefield.
Bangor Mich. July 11th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — The Lord is so wonderfully keeping me all the time. And I do love to do His will. It seems to me I could just leave all and be in the work of the Lord all the time, going from one place to another. It seems to me I should be satisfied with a crust each day, if I might but help souls to God. O it is awful to think how many souls are going down to hell, for the want of the true Gospel, and the courage to take a bold stand for Jesus.
A few of us went to Covert not long ago. We found a few honest souls that were almost ready to walk in the light. But the devil is opposing them, just as he always does. O how we wish for well drilled-soldiers when we get into a fight. But we are not of them that run, when the enemy surrounds us. We have on the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. And we take the sword of the Spirit, and cut our way through. Glory to God! We will “contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.” and Jesus promises to be with us to the end of the conflict. I praise God for the manner He is leading me. I see new beauties in Him and His salvavation every day. We are somtimes cast down, but not forsaken. Pray for me. Your sister saved just now.
Pittsburg Pa Mar. 28th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Amen! I have shared very much in the blessedness of your victory. When reports came concerning your financial trials, the Lord had the devil and some of his angels harnessed up to advertise for Him, and give God an opportunity to show what He could do for His Children. It is no vain thing to trust in the Lord. Hallelujah! “The trial of your faith is more precious than gold. The work is progressing here. Several have been converted or sanctified recently. And one remarkable case of healing. A sister about 35 years of age, who had worn iron braces on her ankle, since she was seven years old, has throw them away and is testifying that the Lord has healed her. It is creating no little stir.
I was openly catechised in a public meeting by a D. D. why I was not a member of some church (sect). The priests seem to be much annoyed by any one that abides in “Jesus only.”
Your Brother in the work with but one yoke on, the easy yoke of Christ.
G. T. Clayton.
Laclede Mo. June 6th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I was so glad to get the Gospel Trumpet once more. I praise God for your deliverance from the hand of all your enemies. Dear Brethren, the Lord heard and answered your prayer, and healed my body. Ever since, I have felt as young as I did at 16. I have worked harder this spring, I believe, than ever before, but the Lord has wonderfully helped me though. I still crave an interest in your prayers. As I read what certain papers have been saying about you, I thought of the savior’s words. “When they say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake, rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” Praise God! I know that Christ is with you in the fiery furnace. Praise God for the “form of the fourth who is like unto the Son of God.” Hallelujah! He says, “I will never leave thee nor for sake thee.” Blessed promise. O is it not wonderful how the Lord does help and keep us. How I would like to be at some of your meetings. Well dear brethren hold fast your integrity. For the time is short. The day of the lord is at hand. O let us be prepared for the marriage feast of the Lamb. O bless His name forever more. Your Sister saved in Christ.
M. L. Sharp.
Orrville, May 12th 1884,
Dear Brethren: — It seems to me that Christians are not living up to their Gospel privileges when they fail to claim God’s promises, not only for spiritual, but temporal blessings, even for the healing of the body. God says. “My word shall not return unto me void.” Yet how few are finding the promise true in their own experiences. It is for children of God to expect every portion of this Word; and to act thereupon with unwavering confidence; that God in all things may be glorfied, through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever. Amen! From your Brother, saved.
H. D. Martin.
Emerson Mich., May 13th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — Grace, peace, and mercy be multiplied unto you, through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am all the Lord’s to-day, and praise Him for a full and complete salvation. Glory to His name, I feel the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in my soul. Some one gave me two Trumpets; and when I got home, sat down and began to road them, the Spirit fell upon me, and such a light upon the paper that I could understand what I read. The Lord directed me to give those papers to a presbyterian sect man. I did so. How my prayer is for you and the Trumpet. May God keep both you and the paper pure and spotless.
My wife and I are working for the Master in this place. We went into the sect house and read the Word of God, and it stirred the sect devil: and they were all confouded. As it was in the Apostolic time, their craft was in danger. But glory to God for the victory He gave us. They cast out our names as evil doers. But the Lord’s sheep hear His voice, and follow Him. And now God has a little company of ten, all separate from the world, and walking in the light. And more are coming to the truth.
Your Brother and Sister in Christ.
A. J. and M. E. Shelly.
Jerry City O., Apr. 20th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — A praise God for the pleasure of seeing the Trumpet once more. It fills my soul with joy to read the present awful truth. But O how it does stir up the devil and babylon. I am wonderfully saved just now. Though I have a great deal to pass through, God’s dear Son saves me to the uttermost. The true Church of the First Born, is still alive and moving forward. We stand for God and His cause: we have left all and followed Jesus, and He fills our soul with faith and the Holy Spirit.
Yours saved just now.
Wm. H. Miller.
Geneva Mich., Jury 16th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I am glad of this opportunity of writing to you. Praise the Lord! I am saved and sanctified this morning. Oh we do have such glorious meetings here. Glory be to God! souls are being saved in spite of men and devils. 1 am cleansed from tea and coffee, praise the Lord! The Merchants will stand afar off and mourn; because they cannot sell me their merchandise any more. Praise the Lord!
Gradma Eaton is dead. At the funeral, when they were looking at the corpse, I with the rest of the saints, sung, “Are you ready for the Bridegroom when He comes,” and I never was filled more with the Holy Ghost in my life. It seemed that the very breath I breathed was filled with the Spirit. Some said we acted like fools, others said I had no respect for the dead: but the saints all said they were glad I sang, and sister Jane (daughter of diseased) shouted glory to Jesus and again. The funeral was held at the Shelden school house, and the was full. I sung the home of the soul, at the grave. Glory to God for salvation full and free!
From your beloved sister in Christ.
Bangor Mich. July 4th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — God bless you this morning. Amen! I do praise His dear name so much for His tender mercies and His loving kindness. Bless His dear name forever and ever! O how my soul rejoices in God this morning. Every moment I will give glory to His name for this sweet, this perfect rest in my soul.
I cannot find language to tell you what God has done for me since camp meeting. O glory to His name. He has wonderfully increased my strength, so that I can do heavy work of late, I have done very large washings without help, and with perfect ease. It is also perfectly astonishing how He has strengthened my nervous system. Hallelujah to His name! The camp meeting was a great benefit to myself at least. Well beloved you are ever in our minds, and we never cease to pray that you may be kept by the power of God, and that He may be more and more glorified in and through you. I am striving daily to attain to that position where His power can be more wonderfully manifest through me. I do believe every jot and tittle of His precious Word, and I know that all is on the altar, and that without faltering or flinching I can, and will, and do follow Him, to the best of my knowledge. O beloved we shall attain to that degree of power that our souls do so intensly long for. Yes even now as I write the Spirit bears me witness to this fact. The question comes to me over and over, “will you pay the price for this power, will you suffer and endure patiently to the end.” And I cry in response, “yes, yes, a thousand times yes, I will.” O how He floods this earthen temple just now.
Beloved we are with you in spirit continually. Praise God! Time nor distance does not divide His true saints; but we are able to say with Paul, “ye are in our hearts to live and to die with you.” Praise God! Give our love to Bro. Warner, tell him we are praying for him as for all the dear saints. But of late I have been wonderfully impressed to pray for him. Even in the night I awake murmuring a prayer for him, this must be of the Lord as the devil never leads us to pray for each other. Yours and Christ’s.
Geneva Center, Mich. July 14, ’84.
To the Dear Brethren and Sisters, whom I love in the truth, I would say, may God bless you all. Amen! God pardoned my sins in the early part of my life, in 1855. I then united with the Freewill Baptist sect. The old Elder used to say, “If it is of God it will stand, if not it will come to naught,” and it did. I since belonged to three other sects, and they are not of God. I thought I lived as near God as I could; but I often felt that I wanted something better. And when I heard sister Blackwood preach, I felt that she had just what I must have. It is a clean heart. Then Bro. and sister Fisher came down here and also gave us the true Word of God. It was backed up by the Holy Ghost. Then I consecrated my all to God, and He did sanctify my soul, and gave me what my heart so long had craved, O glory to God for a complete salvation! I thank the Lord that He has a few true children in this place, and He is adding all the time to the Church of God, such as are being saved. I want to live low down at the feet of our blessed Lord and Master.
To the glory af God, I want to say I was once an awful tobacco smoker. Had used it from a child; do not remember the first time I smoked. I used to like to smoke better than eat. This is the truth. I used to have spells of terrible nightmare and grating my teeth. God sanctified, my soul the 26th day of last October, and Glory to God! since then I have not wanted to smoke. Nor have I had any of those terrible spells. I sleep sweet, and I am sweetly “saved through faith, and that not of myself, it is the gift of God.” I am out of babylon creeds, sects, isms, and every thing that is not of God. The Lord will keep His children if they will let him. I do love to read the Trumpet. It gives me strength to hear from the Brethren and Sisters in Christ. Oh I do give God all the glory for my salvation. I wish I could say something that would bring every child of God out of babyism. The Word says, “come out of her my people.’’ Oh may God help the people to sec. Praise the Lord oh my soul!
Your sister saved
O. J. Beebe.
The Ohio Grove Meeting.
Bro .& Sister Fisher and ourself left our home August 8 that 1 Oclok P.M.
And making dose connections, in the kind providence of God, we reached Brother Mohlers, one mile from Lodi. Medina Co. Ohio, at eleven oclock that night. The next evening the meeting began. The brethren had prepared seats for a large audience, in a pleasant grove, but Satan claimed some rights on the ground, and we have learned this much of his wiles, to urge ail the saints hereafter, to hold all such meetings on their own grounds, if possible, and when otherwise, have the proprietor under agreement not to give privilege to any one to set up a stand for the devil on the ground. While we were preaching the glorious gospel of salvation, with the Holy Spirit, sent down from heaven, on Saturday night, there came in five of the saints from Crawford Co. three from Wood Co, and three from Tiffin. Glory to God! how our hearts thrilled with joy of the Holy Ghost, as we saw the beloved. The meeting throughout was time of rejoicing and praising God. There was a large congregation on Sabbath, who listened to the Word of the Lord. Meetings were held Monday and Tuesday at Bro. Ezra Smiths, and Tuesday evening in Lodi. The saints were much edified, and strengthened. Many hearts were convicted of the truth, but the meeting was not attended with the usual immediate fruits of the Gospel. Two young sisters professed to find pardon, and sister Wm. N. Smith, was raised up from great suffering in answer to prayer, while at her home eleven miles away. Praise God! she came to the meeting and testified in the Spirit.
Geneva Mich. July 31st 1884.
Dear Brethren: — It cheers our hearts to hear from you, and to hear that the Lord’s work is progressing. O praise God! for His grace which so wonderfully keeps us day by day. Glory to God! How He does lead me in all the ways of truth. O halleluiah! How I am sailing in seas of eternal love. I have cut the last shore line, that hound me to this world. O Glory to God. I am just sweetly rocking on the waves of His love. O Halleluiah, how sweet it is to be all given up to God’s will, ready to go, or come at His bidding. Praise God for victory in my soul just now. O glory, how it does thrill my inmost being. Well brother I can not tell you the half, I often try to tell the love which is in my soul, but have to stop, for the more I tell the more it fills me. Halleluiah to God and the Lamb forever and ever. I want to say that the cause of Christ is being built up here. The saints are growing in grace and souls are being saved.
Give our love to Bro. Warner, Bro. Cole, and Bro. Spaulding. Now dear brother, may God bless you with all spiritual blessings, and raise friends to administer to your temporal wants, is my prayer Amen. Your brother in Christ, saved.
W. B. Grover.
Bangor Mich. Aug. 2, ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved, and kept to-day and all the time by power divine. O glory to God for full and free salvation, in my soul. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth me from all sin “For by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.” Glory, Glory to His Holy name forever and ever.
Your sister, wholly sanctified to God.
Warsaw, Ind. Aug. 2d. 1884.
Dear Brethren: — and all who love the pure Gospel of God. I address you in much humility. I received some GOSPEL TRUMPETS this week, for which I thank God and you. They are such a feast to my soul, for they teach the pure truth itself. I am poor in this world, nevertheless, thank the Lord, I can love Jesus, and have the Jewels of His truth in my heart. The dear Savior places them there, and no one can take them away. I am praying the blessed Master to send the refining fire into my soul, that I may more perfectly bear fruits of holiness unto God. May the Mighty Jesus keep your souls above every wave of satan’s wrath. I pray God to send some man of God here to Warsaw to preach the power of the pure Gospel, to the people, and the sect worshipers here.
Your sister in the love of Jesus, and the unity of His body.
S. E. Shafer.
Millits Mich. July 27th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I praise God that He has enabled you to stand through so much tribulation and trial. O how the devil and his angels would have rejoiced over your down fall. I praise God for the Holy Spirit that enabled you to over come all his devices. I feel much indebted to you for the TRUMPET, I love to read of the wonderful works of God wrought through-out the land Keep the TRUMPET sounding.
Albion Ind. May 8th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — The Gospel Trumpet comes to hand, and is read with great joy. The opposer of all truth tried to make me believe that it would have to stop, but praise God for the victory.
I have said that I would rather do with less daily bread than do without the Trumpet. O it is such food to my soul. I feel that the good Lord will keep you and prosper your work above all opposers, if you only trust and lean on that strong arm, that is able to protect us, from all the powers of this deceitful world. O praise God, I understand that we must go up to the throne of God, through much tribulation. I must say to the readers of the Trumpet, that Jesus saves me just now, and all the time His presence fills me full of peace. O seek the strength of the soul, and His face continually. Pray for me and my family. Prom your sister, saved and resting in Jesus.
Shawtown O. May 7th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — May God bless you in all your work for Him. Glory to God, the Gospel Trumpet is food to our soul. It makes our heart thrill with joy to read testimonies of our dear brethren and sisters all over the earth. Although we have never seen their faces, nor may never in this life, but praise God we have a bright prospect of meeting them in God’s glorified kingdom. I rejoice to hear of so many being washed in the blood of the Lamb, and made whiter than snow. There are not many here that accept sanctification now. Some expect to receive it just as they leave this world, others vainly talk of growing into it, not once considering that they have to first get into that state before they can grow in it. Some professers of religeon do not want to hear any thing about holiness. O I do praise God that He brought us out into the marvelous light of the Sons of God. My husband is still crying aloud and sparing not, that the people may turn to God, and get under the precious blood of Christ.
I am doing all I can for the Trumpet. We lend them to first one neighbor, then another. Some read them, others will not. We have both been sanctified about three years, and we praise God for the blood, and power of Christ that keeps us clean.
Elizabeth and Hugh Nicholson.
Kervain Kan. May 6th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I do not want to be without the GOSPEL TRUMPET. I also received the “Bible Proofs of the Second Work of Grace,” and find it very interesting. I feel to thank God for the light it has given me. I know my experience does not measure up to the truth your book teaches, but I would ask you to pray for your brother in the west, who is seeking heart purity. I want to enjoy full salvation. I meet temptations, and opposition in this way, but I will not turn back; for I know God will sanctify me wholly, and give me the Holy Spirit. He has already wonderfully saved me front
my sins, and owns me as His child. I heard the other day that I was crazy; but let satan talk. My trust is in the Lord, and I beleive He will deliver me from all. I have taken a stand against the sects in my neighborhood. God help me to be true to Him. Your brother in Christ.
Odon Ind. July 26th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — I do feel to thank God that He ever put it in your hearts to send the Gospel Trumpet to me. It has done me a great deal of good. I feel impressed to testify to the truth it contains. It speaks the plain naked truth, no falsehood about it. I have read the Bible regularly in my family devotions, and at other times for thirty five years, and ought to know by this time what is Bible, it matters not where I find it. And may God give you grace and boldness to speak the untarnished truth, and go against sects and sin wherever you may find it, and raise your voice like a trumpet against all unrighteousnes. Amen.
I hope the good Lord will impress some one with his heart full of the Holy Ghost to come in these parts and break the bread of life to us.
J. M. Allshouse.
St. Johns Mich. July 30th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — We are well and saved with a glorious salvation. It takes all my ransomed powers to give God glory enough to satisfy my soul. Glory to God.
Last sabbath night was the second time we were to hold meeting on the island. There were eight souls down on their knees, seeking God, before the service closed. Praise the Lord, the fire is burning bright in my soul.
Saved and washed in the blood.
Edwin B. Lyon.
Pittsbug Pa. July 20th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — We hail the Trumpet with pleasure. The Holiness people in Alegheny City, known as the Evangelistic holiness Church, have abandoned the organization. Whom the Lord makes free is free indeed. Ecclesiastical fetters fail to hold many of them. The sects have wished me out of the way, but they do not know how to dispose of me. They have been defeated every time. Praise the Lord!
G. T. Clayton.
Maple Rapids Mich.
Dear Brethren: — I am well and saved this morning. Glory to God in the Highest! We have had some glorious meetings here, and on the island. Two weeks ago on sabbath we had a meeting at the school house there but we found the house locked, and we could not get in. So we began the meeting on the porch. The school officers came up with a crowd. Sister Jessie Lyon was preaching, they ordered her to stop. She got down on the ground and continued to speak in the Spirit. Finally they said they did not want any trouble, but if we did not leave they would take us off of the ground by force. So Sister L. stopped and brother John Lyon closed with prayer. A friend then invited the saints to hold meeting at his house, we did so, and had a good meeting there last sab bath, praise the Lord. Your brother saved.
F. P. Smith.
Mt Sterling Ky. July 21st ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I have been receiving the Gospel Trumpt for some time and have eujoyed it very much. God has made it a great blessing to me, and also to my sick mother. She has been afflicted nearly four years. She says “these papers contain nothing but Bible truth.” We gave the paper to the Baptist pastor here, and he said it is all God’s holy truth. Your sister saved by the blood.
Cardington O. July 22d 84.
Dear Brethren:—This beautiful morning finds me saved and filled with deep sympathy with brother Warner in the deep trials he has passed through. O how my heart has been pained in the fellowship of his suffering for Christ’s sake. Are not these trying and perilous times? It does seem to me that you have passed through all that mortal man can endure. But our hearts are cheered when we read the question, “Who are these that are before the throne, arrayed in white,” and the answer, “These are they that have come up through tribulation, and have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb.” How often Lottie and I have mingled our prayers and tears together in behalf of the one that was instrumental in God’s hand, of bringing us to Christ, and His glorious salvation. Prsise the Lord for His great goodness to us. I have not words to express my feelings; so I will be content to pray, and press on until we shall be enabled see the glory that shall be revealed at the coming of the Lord Jesus. O praise the Lord for His loving kindness and for His tender mercy to the children of men. Pray for us that we may be faithful and true; ever holding up the banner of holiness, standing firm for God and His precious truth.
Your sister saved by grace.
S. B. Benbow.
Mento Iowa July 15th 1884.
Dear Brethren: — The Spirit of the Lord is upon me this morning, and I feel led to write a few words for the Trumpet and its many readers. First I want to say, I thank God for a free press, free speech, and especially for a free and complete salvation. Glory to God!
But I want to tell you, I found it required a great sacrifice, a wonderful giving up, and dying out to the things of this world, before I received this freedom in Christ Jesus. I believe no one is prepared to work for the Lord until wholly sactified, and baptized with the Holy Spirit. Then our prayers and testimonies will be felt wherever we go. Without this cleansing and anointing of the blessed Spirit, our lives must be comparatively a blank.
The time has come in which the Lord Jesus is bringing His true disciples together in Spirit and in the truth. He is preparing a pure, holy bride, separate from the world, and united as He and the Father are one. Nothing but full salvation, and the holy anointing of the Spirit can burn the walls that divide the saints, and join them in perfect oneness. It has been truly said, that God “organizes His Church into one body, but men disorganizes in building up sects and human parties.”
I praise God that my eyes have been opened to see the snares of the devil, and also to comprehend with all the saints, some of the infinite love and grace of God that saves and keeps me. Blessed be God. The Lord help you still to blow the Gospel Trumpet long and loud. Your brother saved,
C. A. McCoy.
Union Home Mich. July 15th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I am saved to night and sanctified wholly to God. Praise His holy name. He has given me the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord gave me liberty in the Free Methodist Division house. The devil in the form of fear had kept my hands down in my lap, but, on sabbath night my heart was so full of the glory of God, that I had to lift my hands up. I testified to the glory of God, and His Spirit. The Lord filled my mouth with words and I spake as never before. O glory to God. I am filled with the Spirit. Sabbath night a man asked me what denomination I belong to. I told him I belonged to the Church of God. He ssid he noticed that was my profession. I thank God that he noticed I was a child of God. “My soul is now united to Christ the living vine.” I have just began to “stir up the gift of God, which is in me by the putting on of hands.” God is able to keep all that is entrusted to His care. I have given myself to Him, and He keeps me. “Praise God O my soul and all that is within me, praise His holy name.” May God bless and keep you and help you to do more effective work for the Lord than ever before, is the prayer of
Your sister, saved by the blood of Jesus.
Nellie May Knowles.
Buchanan Mich. July 8th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — Blessed is that holy name, through which we have redemption, the forgiveness of our sins, and cleansing in the blood. Glory, Glory, Glory. It is done. I am saved through the blood of the crucified one. My soul, body, and spirit is redeemed through His all atoning grace and power. O with what depth of joy in my soul, I can sing those beautiful lines of brother Fisher’s, which I am sure were given him by the Holy Spirit.
“I’m redeemed, I’m redeemed
From the darkness of the night,”
That so thickly enveloped my soul.
In my heart there hath gleamed
Rays of wonderful light.
Where the waves of thy glory doth roll.
Yes, glory to Jesus I am redeemed through the precious blood of the Lamb. O why should we not praise that holy and worthy name, by which we are saved and sanctified. We will praise, the Lord, though “The heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things. The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers are gathered together against the Lord, and against His Christ.” For of a truth against the living Christ, and His holy truth, the pomers of earth and hell are arrayed.
May God bless you, dear brethren, with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, by Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. May God grant that with all boldness you may speak the Word; both with your voice, and through the press. O for a baptism of the Holy Spirit upon all God’s saints, and upon all that are trying to serve the Lord, under bondage to the elements of the world, in sect corporations, and under blind leaders. Dear holy ones in Jesus, let us not forget that
“In the cages of deception,
Souls are pining to be free.
Quickly sound the proclamation
Of the glorious jubilee.
Let us, in all patience, and earnestness, teach, admonish, and warn them to flee out of her ere they perish in her fate, for
Yet the world is wrap’t in slumber.
Louder raise the Trumpet’s blast.
O in mercy let it thunder
Ere the day of mercy’s past.
Dear Brethren, I hope God will give you grace and strength, to support you in every trial. Glory be to Jesus for victory over the flesh, the devil, and the world. Four Brother saved by grace divine.
Chester G. Pierce.
Pana Ill, Aug, 4th 1884,
Dear Brethren: — I have been impressed for some time, to write my experience to the Trumpet. My experience this morning is, Jesus saves, and sanctifies me just now. I praise God for what He has done for me, ever since I was sanctified. I have seen so much sin, in the sects, that I cant go any more to them. So I stay away for I know if I go and speak for God, I shall touch some of their idols. And they dont like to have that done. They say come to our meetings, but dont say you are sanctified. They can’t stand that, they hold that a very sacred place, as though the Lord was only in steeple houses. If I say the Lord comes to my poor lonely dwelling and blesses me, and my family, they cant stand that. But O, I know this to be true. Praise God. For He is to be found any where in immensity. Halleluiah.
Dear Brethren, we dont see how we can do with, out your paper; for it has been a great help to us in this babylonish land, and we will pay as soon as we can. We can but say the Lord’s will be done. May the Lord bless you, and still sound the Trumpet, is my prayer.
Your sister saved and hid away in the cleft of the Rock, sanctified and meet for the Master’s use. Glory to God,
Mrs, James Combest.
Chicago Ill. July 15th ’84.
Dear Brethren: — I know you are praising God in all circumstances. O how often I have prayed for you, that your trust in God might not fail, through the greatness of your trials and persecutions. I see that, as our usefulness increases, satan increases his efforts to destroy us. Bless God, all hell, and all the world of wicked men and women and devils cannot over come Christ, nor one of His little ones that trust in Him. My heart rejoices that thus far, you have stood the test, and stood true to God in every storm, contending for the faith once delivered to the saints. I am doing all I can in the vineyard of the Lord. Praise God. The hosts of satan, wicked men and devils, combine to frustrate the work of God, and destroy His saints. But God will soon destroy the wicked with all that rise up against Him and His saints.
Your brother saved and kept.
John M. Stiles.
Carson City Mont Calm Co. Mich. Aug. 1
Dear Brethren: – I take this oppertunity to write you, and let you know that I receive your paper. May God reward you in your good works. I spent the winter in Barry Co. But when I came back, my son told me the Trumpet still kept coming. He said he liked to read it, I was glad, and told him we must send some money. I will send you a dollar now, and before long I will send some more. I like to read the paper very much, and hear how much the Lord is doing for poor sinners. I often wish I could be with you. God bless you.
From your Sister.
Sarah Ann Anderson.
Mr. Geo. Muller, the Eminent Philathropist.
Mr. George Muller is a German. He was born at Kroppenstaedt, in Prussia, on September 27th 1805. He received a good classical education, but lived a very sinful life until after his 20th year when attending, with friend; a meeting for prayer in a private residence the Holy Spirit changed his heart and gave a new direction to his life. He subsequently travelled in various parts of England preaching the Gospel with great power and success. In March, 1834, he founded the “scriptural knowledge institution” for home and abroad. Then came the founding of
THE FAR FAMED ORPHANAGE,
establised with a two fold object of promoting the spiritual and temporal welfare of orphans, and of proving to the church and the world that there was still a Loving God who heard and answered prayer. Both these objects have been successfully accomplished. While scientists are demonstrating to their own satisfaction that prayer and faith are without influence, and have no practical bearing on the daily affairs of life, Mr. Muller has built five large orphanages, at the expense of FIVE hundred and seventy five thousand dollars. He has up to 1882, fed, clothed, and educated SIX thousand two hundred and eight Orphans; and is still supporting, educating and providing for more than two thousand orphan children every day, and all this without capital or regular income, solely by those two despised means — faith and pryer. For both the named institutions up to 1882 over four million and a half dollars have been received in direct answer to faith and prayer alone. Mr. Muller has never once made application for human aid, and says he has had at least 30,000 answers to prayer, either in the same hour or the same day in which the requests were made. The funds sometimes sink to a sum not exceeding the amount required for one day’s expenses for the more that 2.000 Orphans, but the need is always met.
Holiness Sheds Sectism.
By T. M. Thorson.
Dear Brethren: — Yours received. I thank you for your kind expressions and prayers for God’s power to rest upon me, for his glory. Praise God, who can make a bruised reed stand erect, and immovable as a brazen pillar. May God bless the holiness workers all over our land! God’s Spirit is moving upon the waters, bringing order out, of chaos. Sects are doomed to anihilation; for they are not of God, though suffered to exist. God will destroy them by the fire of his Spirit. I illustrate in this way. An ox or a horse, when miserably sheltered and poorly fed, looks rough, poor, long haired and sickly. But just take him out of his winter prison and turn him loose in nice green clover pasture, beside the clear stream, salt him well, and just wait a little.
What a change. We do not need to pull the long hair off of him. No, for the secret works from within. Sanctified people shed the trappings of Eegypt. The warm sun of Righteousness, and the rich pastures of his love and grace, will work such a miracle in the soul, that jewelry, flowers, flounces, ruffles, and feathers will all fall off, and look like a detestable heap of rubbish. Festivals, dead formalities, will all drop off, and appear as desolate as a home in the sepulchers of the dead. Just let our holy people be true to God, give clear ringing, Holy Ghost testimony, and no sect can long keep them. Glory to God for Salvation, and for victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! who saves me now, and sanctifies me wholly as a second, distinct work of grace. I am a happy pilgrim on my way to glory. Yours in the bonds of christian love.
This brother has been in the regular M. E. Circuit work, but has now entered this holiness evangelistic work. May God bless him and lead him into such good pasture, that all sect works may drop oft of him
This is one of the devils delusions, to keep men at ease in a state of sinfulness, Though conscious of their filthiness, of flesh and spirit, the poor deceived soul consoles himself in his life of dirt and sin, that in the day of Judgment Christ will interpose His righteousness, and save him from the fruits of his unrighteouss. What a delusion of satans! All the Bible teaches that we must have the real righteousness of God in our hearts, our souls, and bodies, and manifest in our lives. It does not each that we are all poor miserable sinners, in heart, word, thought, and deed, and that this sinfulness is only cloaked over with Christ’s righteousness. “Be not deceived he that doeth righteousness, is righteous even as He is righteous.” The very “life of Christ is to be manifest in our mortal bodies,” according to the standard of God’s Word, and Paul testifies to its attainability. He says, “I am dead,” “Christ liveth in me.” To have a scriptural hope of seeing God, we must actually he “pure in heart,” “Holy for God is holy.” “Perfect even us He is perfect,” “Pure even as He is pure.” Imputed righteousness will save no one. The real righteousness, purity and holiness, of God must be transmitted to us. His love most be “shed abroad in our, hearts, by the Holy Spirit given unto us,” which enables us to “walk even as He walked.” The salvation of God is not a cloak of Christ’s holiness thrown over our sinfulness. But the nature of Christ wrought in our soul by the blood and Spirit of Christ.
The following dialogue, shows the absurdity of imputed righteousness.
“Henry Reed said to a man in Edinburg. “Are you a Christian?”
“Are you saved from sin and preserved daily from sinning by the presence and power of the Lord Jesus.”
“Nay, I am a great sinner, I am sinning daily in thought, word and deed.”
“How do you reconcile that with Christian character? Jesus Christ came, to take away our sins, to purge usfrom all iniquity, and purify us unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
“Oh’ well, though I am sinning all she time, there is no sin imputed to me. Christ’s robe of righteousness covers me so perfectly that when God looks at me He sees nothing but spotless purity, whiter than snow.”
“Indeed! Then, after all that Christ has done in His life, by His death on the through His mediation before the throne of God, and the operations of the Holy Spirit, He could not get your sins out of you and as a last resort He cloaked you over, and is going to smuggle you into heaven with your sins all in you?”
“O’ Mr. Reed, that is too bad.”
“Well, heaven is a holy place.”
“Yes, of course.”
“Nothing unholy can enter heaven?
“Nothing holy about you but the rode that covers you?”
“Then, when you come to die, what will come to pass? The holy robe of Christ will be taken up to heaven’ where it belongs, and you will slip through below, where you belong,”
“YE ARK MY WITNESSES.”
Tell me, pilgrim, faint and weary,
Trav’ling o’er this path way dim.
Are you shedding light around you?
Are you witnessing for Him?
Do you try to tell the story
Of the precious Saviour’s love?
Are you hungering and thirsting
Evermore your love to prove?
Are you seeking out the lost ones
Whom the Master died to win?
Are you showing them the fountain
That can wash away their sins?
Are you loooking by the waysale
For the weary ones who fail?
Do you take them to the Saviour
Who has promised rest for all?
Do you love to read the Bible
Is it precious to your soul?
Are its treasures growing richer,
As you travel toward the go..l?
Do you talk of Jesus
More than all the world beside?
Does it bring a holy comfort
With his people to abide?
Have you made a consecration
Of your time and earthly …?
If your all is on the altar,
Then the Master asks no more.
Thus, O pilgrim, should we journey
Showing forth the Master’s false,
With our lamps all tri… and bur…
That the would may catch their rays.