The Great Salvation

PART TWO

TO obtain the great salvation it is necessary that we understand and believe the things concerning the kingdom of God. Now, dear reader, do not persuade yourself that it is not necessary to have a correct view of this matter; for the things we are now to treat of are part of the gospel our Lord sent His apostles to preach, of which He said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be condemned." Remember that to hold a false view of the gospel is to believe another gospel, or doing which some in the church at Galatia were said by the Apostle Paul to be bewitched (Gal. 3:1). If the gospel promises us an everlasting inheritance on the earth, and we persist in refusing to believe it and hold to the theory that our eternal abode is in heaven, we shall believe in "another gospel" and shall therefore lose the great salvation. Read Gal. 1:6-9 and see how important a matter this is.

It is the general belief that this earth is to be burnt up, and that all good men and women will finally be taken to heaven to enjoy eternity. This theory represents God's work, so far as the earth is concerned, as a failure; for if there is not a future for it better than the past--if the evils of the earth's past and present are not to be made to yield ultimate good--what else is it but a failure?

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PROPOSITION 24.

GOD HAS PROMISED TO BLESS AND FILL THE EARTH WITH HIS GLORY.

Numb. 14:21 But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord.

Psa. 72:l7-19 His name shall endure for ever; his name shall be continued as long as the sun; and men shall be blessed in him; all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Isa. 11:9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Hab. 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Matt. 6:9, 10 After this manner pray ye: * * * Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

You will see that these promises have never been fulfilled. In these testimonies we have God's Word concerning the future of the earth. Can His Word fail? Listen to what He says:

Isa. 55:10-13 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, · so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

According to these promises the earth is to be restored to the beautiful state it enjoyed before sin cursed it; and in that restored beauty and fertility will be an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off --- a sign of the wisdom, goodness and power of God in removing the curse and giving blessings without end.

THE EARTH IS TO ABIDE FOREVER.

It is by failing to observe the different ways in which the earth is spoken of that the mistake is made in believing in the destruction of the literal earth. That it is not to be destroyed is not only clearly implied in the above testimonies, but is declared in the following:

Ecc. 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh but the earth abideth for ever

Isa. 104:1-5 Blessed be the LORD. * * * who laid the foundation of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.

Psa. 119:90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

Now those Scriptures that speak of the earth passing away also include heaven. If the destruction of the literal earth and the literal heaven is meant we may well ask:

"When heaven and earth are fled and gone, Oh! where shall I appear?"

The following passages will show you that the earth sometimes represents the inhabitants of the earth and the heaven the rulers, a figurative use of these words drawn from the fact that the literal heaven rules the literal earth.

HEAVEN AND EARTH, FIGURATIVE AND SYMBOLIC.

Deut. 32:1 Give ear O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deut. 33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone; the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

Isa. 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the LORD hath spoken.

Isa. 49:13 Sing, O heavens, and be joyful, O earth

Jer. 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD

Hab. 2:20 Let all the earth keep silence before him.

These testimonies will show that the words heaven and earth frequently apply to the rulers and ruled upon the earth; and they enable us to see that the Scriptures that speak of the passing away of the heavens and the earth are not a contradiction of those which declare that the heavens and the earth are never to be removed

You may find a difficulty, however, as some have, in the fact that the Apostle Peter says that the earth and the works therein shall be burned up (II Pet. 3:10). The question is sometimes asked, What are the works therein, if the word earth refers to the people? The answer is, The earth represents the social system as a whole, and the works are the various productions of the people which feed their vanity and pride.

The figurative and symbolic use of terms in relation to the heavens and earth finds a good explanation in the following from Dr. Adam Clarke's introduction to Isaiah's prophecy:

"By images borrowed from the world natural, the prophets frequently understand something analogous in the world politic. Thus the sun, moon and stars and heavenly bodies denote kings, queens, rulers, and persons in great power; their increase of splendor denotes increase of prosperity; their darkening, setting or falling denotes a reverse of fortune, or the entire ceasing of that power or kingdom to which they refer. Great earthquakes and the shaking of heaven and earth denote the commotion and overthrow of kingdoms; and the beginning or end of the world their rise or ruin.

"The cedars of Lebanon, oaks of Bashan, fir trees and other stately trees of the forest denote kings, princes, potentates and persons of the highest rank. Briars and thorns the common people or those of the meanest order. High mountains and lofty hills in like manner denote kingdoms, republics, states and cities; towns and fortresses signify defenders and protectors; ships of Tarshish merchants or commercial people; and the daughter of any capital or mother city the lesser cities or suburbs around it. Cities never conquered are further styled virgins."

Sir Isaac Newton also says:

"In attempting to understand the prophecies, we are in the first place to acquaint ourselves with the figurative language of the prophets. This language is taken from analogy between the world natural and an empire or kingdom as a world politic. Accordingly the whole world natural, consisting of heavens and earth, signifies the whole world politic, consisting of thrones and people, or so much of it as is considered in the prophecy. Great earthquakes and the shaking of heaven and earth are put for the shaking of kingdoms, so as to distract or overthrow them; creating a new heaven and earth and the passing away of the old one, or the beginning and end of the world for the rise and wane of the body politic signified thereby. The sun and moon are by the interpreters of dreams put for the persons of kings and queens; but in sacred prophecy, which regards not single persons, the sun is put for- the whole series and race of kings in the kingdoms of the world politic, shining with regal power and glory; the moon considered as the king's wife; the stars for subordinate princes and great men.

Now with these explanations we shall escape the folly of believing that God will destroy the heavens and the earth, which declare his glory and show forth his handiwork (Psa. 19:1), and shall be able to see in such texts of Scripture as speak of heaven and earth passing away and the creating of new heavens and earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (II Pet. 3:4-13; Isa. 65:17-19) the destruction of the kingdoms of men and the establishment in their place of the kingdom of God, in the former of which there is unrighteousness---hence the reason they pass away--and in the latter ,of which "dwelleth righteousness; hence the reason they represent a kingdom that shall never be destroyed (Dan. 2:44).

Now that we have seen that the earth is to abide for ever, we can safely proceed, feeling we are on solid ground.

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PROPOSITION 25.

THE EARTH IS TO BE THE EVERLASTING INHERITANCE OF THE RIGHTEOUS – NOT HEAVEN.

Gen. 1315 For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed for ever.

Rom. 4:13 For the promise that he (Abraham) should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the law, but (it was) through the righteousness of faith.

Psa. 37:9 For evil doers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Verse 22 For such as be blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and they that be cursed of him shall be cut off.

Verse 29 The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell therein for ever.

Verse 34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off thou shalt see it.

Psa. 115:10 The heaven, even the heavens are the LORD'S; but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Prov. 11:31 Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth; much more tile wicked and the sinner.

Dan. 7:27 And the kingdom, and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.

Matt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.

Rev. 5:9, 10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.

Now, dear reader, it is impossible for testimony to be clearer than this. Where is there room now for the theory that finds expression in the following fanciful words?

"Beyond the bounds of time and space, Look forward to that heavenly place, the saints secure abode."

How can heaven be the eternal abode of the righteous, when it is so positively said that the meek shall inherit the earth and dwell therein for ever? If good men go to heaven at death why did not David go there? If he did not go there why should we expect to go? He did not; for the Apostle Peter declares: "For David is not ascended into the heavens" (Acts 2:34); and it is said further, "And no man hath ascended into heaven, but he that came down from heaven" (John 3:13).

Now the everlasting inheritance in the earth, when God shall have blessed it and all nations upon it is the one gospel, which gospel was preached to Abraham: "And the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed." Hence we may safely take another step.

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PROPOSITION 26.

THE GOSPEL, AS EMBRACED IN THE PROMISES TO ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB IS THAT THE RIGHTEOUS THROUGH CHRIST SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH FOR EVER.

In regard to the covenants of promise in the gospel the Apostle Paul says: Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, * * * that at that time ye were without Christ, BEING ALIENS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL AND STRANGERS FROM THE COVENANTS OF PROMISE, HAVING NO HOPE, AND WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD" (Eph. 2:11, 12).

You will certainly see from this that whatever the commonwealth of Israel is and the covenants of promise are it is of vital importance that, instead of being aliens to them, we should become "fellowcitizens'' (verse 19). Let the Word of God now decide what they are.

THE PROMISES TO ABRAHAM.

Gen. 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred, and from thy father'shouse, unto a land that I will show thee.

Verse 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shall be a blessing.

Verse 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan they came.

Verse 7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land.

Gen. 13:14 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward.

Verse 15: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed for ever.

Verse 16 And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth; so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.

Verse 17 Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Gen. 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Gen. 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine; the LORD appeared to Abram and said unto him, I am the Almighty GOD; walk before me and be thou perfect.

Verse 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

Verse 4 As for me behold my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

Verse 5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

Verse 6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

Verse 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

Verse 8 And I will give unto thee and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan tot an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

Gen. 22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

Verse 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son.

Verse 17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of HIS enemies.

Verse 18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

The same promises were made to Isaac and to Jacob, as you will see by the following references: Gen. 26:2 - 4:28:3, 4, 13, 14.

Now you cannot fail to see that these promises assure to the fathers an inheritance in the earth --not a word in them of a promise of heaven. There is no use to deny these promises and you cannot misunderstand them. God made oath that He would fulfill them. Has he fulfilled them?

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PROPOSITION 27.

THE PROMISES TO ABRAHAM HAVE NEVER BEEN FULFILLED.

Since God has made oath that He will give Abraham and his seed the land of Canaan for an everlasting inheritance and since He has not fulfilled it, it follows that the fulfillment is yet future; for God's promise cannot fail. You, dear reader, will probably imagine that the possession of the land by the twelve tribes was a fulfillment of the promise so far as the land was concerned; but remember that the words are, "To thee and to thy seed." Now that Abraham never received it you will see--you cannot help but see--by the following proof:

Micah 7:20 Thou wilt (not thou didst) perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

Rom. 4:13 For the promise that he (Abraham) should be the heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed through the law; but THROUGH THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FAITH.

Rom. 15:8 Now I, Paul, say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers (the fact that Christ confirmed them proves they were not fulfilled).

Luke 1:54, 55 He hath (prospectively) holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; * * * as he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Luke 1:68, 73 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the month of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, end from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he aware to Abraham.

Heb. 11:13 These all died in the faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

Heb. 11:8, 9 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should afterwards receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

Acts 7:5 And he (God) gave him (Abraham) none inheritance in it, no not so much as to set his foot on, yet HE PROMISED THAT HE WOULD GlVE IT TO him for a possession.

We have shown that the promises made to Abraham are called the gospel (Gal. 3:8). The gospel cannot be preached unless Christ is preached. In what sense was Christ preached in these promises to Abraham? Is it not Christ that is to possess all nations of the earth"? Is it not to Christ that the "uttermost parts of the earth are to be given (Isa. 2:8)? But let us be sure that Christ is the very essence, as it were, of the promises made to the fathers; then, since He is the very essence of the gospel of the great salvation, we shall see that the covenant with Abraham and the gospel are identical.

Now read carefully Gen. 22:17, and you will see that we can safely make the following proposition:

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PROPOSITION 28.

THE SEED IN WHOM THE ABRAHAMlC PROMISES ARE TO BE FULFILLED IS CHRIST.

This is proved beyond a doubt by the words, Thy seed shall possess the gate of "his enemies." Who else but Christ can be represented by this singular pronoun His? No one else, for inspiration says:

Gal. 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of ONE, And to thy seed, WHICH IS CHRIST.

Gal. 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant that was confirmed before (the law) of God in Christ ( typically in the offering of Isaac), the law which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Gal 3:18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham BY PROMISE.

Gal. 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added (to the promises) because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made.

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.

You will remember that Paul, in declaring that while we are aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise we are without hope (Eph. 2:12), speaks of covenants - plural. Now the covenant with Abraham we have seen provides for an everlasting inheritance of the earth by Christ and all who shall be worthy to share the inheritance with Him. The nations are to be given Him for His inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession (Psa. 2:8) in order that He might bless all nations. How may all nations be blessed? May we not safely say, by the establishment of a kingdom that will insure righteousness, peace and good will universally. It is to this end that God has made a covenant with David.

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PROPOSITION 29.

GOD COVENANTED WITH DAVID TO ESTABLISH A UNIVERSAL, GLORIOUS AND EVERLASTING KINGDOM ON THE EARTH.

II Sam. 7:12 And when thy days shall be fulfilled, and thou shall sleep with thy fathers) I will set up thy seed after thee which shell proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

II Sam. 7:13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

II Sam. 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.

II Sam. 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be ruling in the fear of God.

II Sam. 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.

II Sam. 23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure; and this is ALL MY SALVATION AND ALL MY DESIRE although he make it not to grow.

Psa. 132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

Now these promises were not fulfilled in the days of David and Solomon. They remain yet to be fulfilled after the resurrection of David and all the faithful. This you will see by the fact that it was when David should "sleep with his fathers (II Sam. 7:12 ) that the promised king would be raised up; and yet it says, "Thy house and thy kingdom will I establish for ever before thee," or in thy presence (verse 16); so that it would be subsequent to David's resurrection. In this light David understood it; for he says: But thou hast spoken also of thy servants, house for a great while to come (verse 19).

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PROPOSITION 30.

THE COVENANT WITH DAVID WILL BE FULFILLED IN CHRIST'S POSSESSION OF DAVID'S RESTORED THRONE.

Ezek. 21:25-27 And thou profane and wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come when iniquity shall have an end. Thus saith the LORD God; remove the diadem, and take off the crown; this shall not be the same; exalt him that is low and abase him that is high. I will overturn, overturn, overturn it, and it shall be no more until HE COME WHOSE RIGHT IT IS, AND I WILL GIVE IT HIM.

Jer. 33:15 In those days, and at that time will I cause the BRANCH OF RIGHTEOUSNESS to grow up unto David and he shall execute Judgment and righteousness in the land.

Zech. 6:12, 13 Behold the man whose name is the Branch; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD; Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne, and the counselor peace shall be between them both.

Isa. 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Luke 1:31-33 And, behold thou shall conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID; and he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Matt. 10:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Matt. 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory and all his holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.

Acts 15:16 After this (the visiting of the Gentiles) I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David WHICH IS FALLEN DOWN; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up.

Acts 2:30, 31 Therefore (David) being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins according to the flesh he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ.

Now from these testimonies you will see that the restoration of Israel is to take place under Christ. We may therefore safely state:

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PROPOSITION 31.

THE FULFILLMENT OF THE COVENANTS WITH ABRAHAM AND DAVID INVOLVES THE RESTORATION OF THE TWELVE TRIBES UNDER CHRIST.

Jer. 31:27, 28 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass that like as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so will I watch over them to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.

Jer. 33:4 Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, AND TO THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. In those days and at that time will I cause the Branch of Righteousness to grow up unto David, and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely, and this is the name whereby she shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Jer. 31:0 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel WILL GATHER HIM, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.

Isa. 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

Ezek. 37:21, 22 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they have gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

Ezek. 36:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD: I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen whither ye went.

Ezek. 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. See also verses 31-38.

Micah 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast off a strong nation; and the LORD shall reign over them in Mount Zion, from henceforth even for ever.

Rom. 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved; as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.

Now, dear reader, we are well along in our search for the truth in relation to the things concerning the kingdom of God It will be well for us to remember now, that in preaching the gospel to the Samaritans Philip preached Christ (Acts 8:5). So that to preach the gospel is to preach Christ. The result of preaching Christ was that they believed the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, and were baptized (verse 12). Now to preach these things was to make known the purpose of God in relation, not to the moon or any of the planets we are not so specially concerned about, but to the earth. We may therefore briefly summarize the matter as follows:

THE FUTURE ABODE OF RIGHTEOUS IS NOT HEAVEN, BUT THE EARTH.

Isa. 115:16 The heavens, even the heavens are the LORD's; but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

Prov. 11:31 Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in THE EARTH; much more the wicked and the sinner.

Matt. 5:5 Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.

Psa. 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Rom. 4:13 For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

Rev. 5:10 And has made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.

Dan. 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High

WHEN THESE PROMISES ARE FULFILLED THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN THE EARTH.

II Tim. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at tab appearing AND his KlNGDOM.

Matt. 6:l0 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Rev. 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL CONSIST, FIRST, OF THE WHOLE EARTH AS IT'S TERRITORY.

Num. 14:21 But as truly as I live all the earth shall be filed with the glory of the LORD.

Psa. 72:19 And let the whole earth be filled with his glory.

Psa. 2:8 Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of THE EARTH for thy possession.

SECOND, THE JEWS RESTORED TO THE HOLY LAND AS THE SUBJECTS.

Micah 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

Ezek. 37:21, 22 Behold I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on avert side, and bring them INTO THEIR OWN LAND; and I will make them one nation in the LAND, UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL; and one king shall he king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

THIRD, ALL NATIONS AS THE SUBJECTS OF THE DOMINION.

Isa. 2:4, 5 ..And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Psa. 72:8, 17 He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth * * * all nations shall call him blessed.

FOURTH, JERUSALEM AS THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT.

Matt. 5:34, 35 Swear not by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Zech. 2:12 And the LORD shall inherit Judah, his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Micah 4:2 For the law shall go of Zion, and the word of the FROM JERUSALEM.

Isa. 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

Isa. 62:4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.

FIFTH, CHRIST AS THE KING.

Zech. 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one LORD and his name one.

Rev. 11:15 The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Dan. 7:13, 14 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, THAT ALL PEOPLES, NATIONS, AND LANGUAGES, SHOULD SERVE HIM: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

SIXTH, THE REDEEMED SAINTS AS THE ASSOCIATES OF THE KING.

Dan. 7:18, 22, 27 But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. And the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdoms and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

Rev. 5:9, 10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindreds and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL DESTROY ALL THE KINGDOMS OF MEN FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

Dan. 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be Left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.

Psa. 2:8, 9 Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen (nations) for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Isa. 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him; let the children of Zion be joyful In their king.

Isa. 149:8 Let the saints be Joyful in glory; let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance upon the heathen (nations) and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron.

THE CURSE WILL REMOVED FROM THE EARTH AND IT WILL YIELD IT'S BOUNTIFUL INCREASE

Isa. 55:12, 13 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before yon into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

BLESSEDNESS, PEACE AND PROSPERITY WILL BE THE GRAND RESULT.

Gen. 12:3; Gal. 3:8 And in thee (Abraham) shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Psa. 72:17 HIS name shall endure for ever; * * * and men shall be blessed in him.

Zech. 9:10 And he shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Psa. 85:10 Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other;

Psa. 85:12 yea the LORD shall give that which is good, and our land shall yield her increase.

It will be seen from the numerous testimonies on the various subjects treated that the return of Christ to the earth is a necessity in the fulfillment of the promises that compose the gospel. Hence we submit irresistible evidence of this truth.

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PROPOSITION 32.

THERE WILL BE A PERSONAL AND LITERAL RETURN OF CHRIST TO REIGN ON THE EARTH.

Matt. 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all his holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.

Luke 19:l2-15 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. And it came to pass that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him.

John 13:33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me; and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come.

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you (here, not there) unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.

Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go.

I Cor. 1:7, 8 So that ye come behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall confirm you (at his coming; not at their going) unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Cor. 15:23 But every man in his own order; Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.

Phil. 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Col. 3:4 When Christ who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

I Thes. 1:9, 10 Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven.

II Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him.

II Thes. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

II Tim. 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, preach the word.

II Tim. 4:7, 8 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that (not this) day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Tit. 2:12, 13 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Heb. 9:28 Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto whom that look for him shall he appear THE SECOND TIME without sin unto salvation.

I Pet. 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

I John 3:2 Behold now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Rev. 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him

Rev. 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth.

Rev. 22:7 Behold, I come quickly; blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of this book.

Rev. 22:12 And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Rev. 22:20 He that testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, Come, Lord Jesus.

Not only do these testimonies prove clearly that Christ is personally to return to the earth, but they show that there is no reward for the righteous till He does come. What a blessing it will he, dear reader, to be among those to whom the invitation will then be extended, " to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" (II Thes. 1:7, 8). Remember that it is to them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation" (Heb. 9:28).

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