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ST18990906-V25-36__C.pdf

ST18990906-V25-36__C.pdf

Volume 25. Number 36. For Terms, See Page 15. "But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the Gospel even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts." How Will Christ Come to You ?—Jesus, the Messiah, is coming again. This the blessed Bible abundantly affirms. He is coming as a flaming fire; He is also coming as a Saviour, a King, a mighty Conqueror. Many will die when they see Him, because of the overpower­ ing, resplendent glory. "All kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him," But, blessed be God, others will greet Him with gladness and be changed from glory to glory. How will Christ come to you ? There are different comings of Christ, and over this many become confused. Understand­ ing nothing of His threefold office of prophet, priest, and kin£, they are easily misled by erroneous tho somewhat plausible the­ ories. It. is said that tfeere is a " secret rap­ ture" for the saints, and then a public coming later; that the "secret rapture" is the coming as a thief; but hi the later appearing all will ^ see Him. Three Comings.— There are three different events in the close of Christ 1 s work, referred to in our English ver- sions as "coming." These all come in close connection and are vitally associated to­ gether. They are in­ cluded in the expression, 1 ' the day when the Son of man "wyj'evealed.' ' In fact, " the coming of the jj^Kiof man" sometimes includes all the various events connected with His second appearance. "The Bridegroom Came."—The first of these comings is expressed in the above scrip­ ture; but the text (Matt. 25: 10), nor the para­ ble in which it is found, does not tell us the time of this coming, but it reveals this, that it is when the marriage of the Lamb is about to be consummated, or when the Bridegroom comes to take His bride. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, SEPTEMBER 6, J899. The bride is the New Jerusalem. The angel said to John, "Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife." Rev. 21:9. And the next verse reveals as clearly as words can who the bride is: "And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mpun- " As a Thief." tain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." Paul says in Gal. 4:26, "But Jerusa­ lem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." And Isa. 9:6 declares that Christ is ''the everlasting Father." We are of God, begotten through Him. Jerusalem is our mother, and is therefore the Lamb's wife. But this New Jerusalem is also the capital of the Abrahamic inheritance, or the kingdom of the Seed, Christ. It is that city for which Weekly, $1.OO pet* year*. Single Copy, Five Cents. \ Abraham looked, "whose builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10), the capital of that "better country " (verse 16). Isaiah tells us: "Thou [Jerusalem] shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land anymore be termed Desolate; but thou shalt be called --'i Hephzibah [My delight is in her], and thy land Beulah [married]; for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee." Isa. 62:4, 5. Jerusalem which is above is now said to be barren; the children have not yet come home, and she is represented as mourning for them. See Isa. 54: i; Gal. 4:26, 27. But of the waiting city, represent­ ing the entire glorious kingdom, it is said: "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." The Bridegroom is Christ, and the bride is His everlasting kingdom, of which the New Jerusa­ lem is the representative or the capital city, the palace of the King, the home of His redeemed people, the church of the living God. When Does Christ Take This Kingdom ?— He was not a King while here; He pre­ vented those from making Him King who so desired. He went away from earth ' ' to re­ ceive for Himself a kingdom, and to return." Luke 19:11, 12. He now reigns a kingly Priest on His Father's throne. Rev. 3:21; Heb. 8:i; 5:10; 7:1, 2. He sits on the Father's right hand till His foes are subdued by the Father. Ps, no: I. In the end of Christ's priestly work, at the end of the gathering out of subjects for His kingdom, when man's probationary period is

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