(NoteInstead of printing my New Year Day
sermon, as I thought I might do, I have decided to write this editorial,
which will cover the same ground, and more).
We are told in Rom. 8, that we are not aware what we
should pray for, to accord with
what must be. I think most of the readers of the Messenger believe
God has a program and is carrying it out. If this is trueand
it is, for He is operating the universe in accord with the counsel of
His own will, Eph. 1:11then there are certain things that must
be. As we do not know what some of these are, it naturally follows
that we are not aware what must be. This being true, we certainly
do not know what to pray for. It is our desire that our prayers
should be in accord with what God has planned. However, the spirit
always prays in accord with God, and these petitions are answered.
But we are also told in the same passage, that
God is working all together for our good. How comforting this
is! Sometimes we cannot understand how certain things could be for
our good, but this need not keep us from knowing it to be true.
The reason we cannot understand it is, we are not yet able to see the
pattern from God's viewpoint. I feel sure that there will come a
time, when we will look back and understand that God has never wasted
anythingthat not one experience, either pleasant of unpleasant,
has ever come into our lives, that was not wrought for our
The fact that we do not know what to pray for to
accord with what must be, is no reason why we should not pray. In
Phil. 4, we are told to not let anything be worrying us, but to make our
requests known to God with thanksgiving and supplication. No
matter what we desire, we have a right to ask for it. But we have
no right to dictate to God. He reserves the right to give us our
desires, or to withhold from us that which we ask. In the passage
mentioned, He promises to give us the peace of God to garrison our hearts
and our apprehension in Christ Jesus. This transcends every
mental state. If He does not give us what we request, He gives us
the peace of God. This is contingent on the fact that we do not
worry. And this, of course depends on His help. The peace of
God is the peace that He, Himself, enjoysa peace that comes from
the fact that He has everything in hand.
I am not one who believes there is no good to come
through war. The believe so, is to accuse God of doing that which
can never result in good, or else to deny the scripture which says He is
operating the universe in accord with the counsel of His
I want to take this opportunity to again ask all of
my readers to be entirely responsive and submissive to the governmentRom.
13. All officers, beginning with the President, and going down to
the lowest one, are servants of God. Civil government is an
institution of God. No matter what we are called to do, let us do
it. I hope there will be no word or act of disloyalty on the part
of any person who believes in universal reconciliation. And let us
not complain. This is the opportunity of a lifetime, to show the
world that we who believe God can be entirely loyal to our
But may we be free from hatred. It is the duty
of people of other countries to be in subjection to their
governments. Let us not abuse them for it.
Having said the foregoing, let no one think there is
any thought of disloyalty in the things I shall now say. It is our
privilege to calmly watch the course of events, and see if we can find
in them, the fulfillment of prophesy. Thus, this harrowing
experience through which the world is passing, will be fraught with
spiritual pleasure for us.
FirstWatch the course of the United
Nations. At this writing 26 nations are in the union, but before
the editorial is read there may be others, for the Pan-American Union is
in session in Brazil. Will this develop into the federation of nations
mentioned in the Unveiling? I am not saying it will, but it will
be interesting to watch its course. It MAY so develop!
It may be objected that this union is for
humanitarian purposes. Why may not this be true of the federation
mentioned in the scriptures? I know of nothing to the
contrary. It will probably establish the Jews in Palestine.
God is to send hunters and fishers. They work differently.
Hunters drive. That is being done now, by certain powers.
Fishers attract. I have no doubt that the federation of nations
will do this, and that under its humanitarian rule the Jews will be
given their country, and their sovereignty will be guaranteed. It
is only during the last three-and a half years of its existence, that
the federation will mistreat the Jews. No doubt this will be done
under the pretense that it is a military necessity, for in Dan. 11,
there is evidence that there will be trouble between Egypt and some
country north of Palestine. This will place the Jewish state in
the position of a buffer, and will, no doubt, be the reason why the
world dictator will make his headquarters in the temple.
Two things should be specially noted: The federation
will be a world wide dictatorship; and it will so drastically regulate
trade, that no one may buy or sell, unless he wears the insignia of the dictator. SecondWatch
the following sign posts along the way:
(a) The present dictatorship. The
President of the United States has steered clear of dictatorship when
possible. But he has men under him who seem to want to be
dictators. This was proved by the effort to frighten the country
unnecessarily, regarding a gasoline shortage. Humanly speaking,
this was not necessary. However, there is a necessity for
dictatorship in the matter of rationing tires, and in commandeering
industry for the purpose of making war material. This will go on
from one thing to another, until the United States will be under an
almost complete dictatorship, as many other nations are. I am not
complaining. I am saying, "Watch the course of
(b) The recent attempts to control the
church. A high government official some time ago suggested a subject
for every preacher in the United States, on a certain Sunday. More
recently, in Georgia, if not all over the country, a government official
asked preachers to either cancel their Sunday night meetings, or hold
them at a different hour, to make way for patriotic meetings. This
amounted to coercion, for no preacher wanted to be regarded as
(c) The emphasis on the physical, and the
disregard of the spiritual, as shown by the fact that the tire
administrator forgot to provide for preachers to get tires. Is it
the beginning of an attempt to set up a religion controlled by the civil
powers? Or, perhaps I should say, military powers?
ThirdWatch Russia. Who knows the race to
which the head of that nation belongs? Even Emil Ludwig, in a
recent biography, could not learn this. He is not European.
He is evidently not Mongolian. Do his features suggest a man of
the people of old Assyria?
Of all the United Nations, Russia is the only one in
position to bargain with the others. Do they want her to fight
Japan? Will she demand her price? And what would the price
be? Let history speak. Russian Communion almost overran
Germany in the years following the other war. This was what gave
rise to the Nazi party in Germanythe party which drove Communism
out. The Russian doctrine spread very fast in the United States,
and almost disrupted us. Just as we were going to do something
about it, we had to take Russia on as a partner. Communism has
made great head way in England and other places. Do we doubt what
Russia's price would be? The federation headed by the wild beast
will be something on the order of Communism.
But I am not suggesting that we try to do anything
about any of this. I say, "Calmly watch it, and be subject to
the powers that be." Do not complain.
The Jews were in Babylonian captivity because of
their refusal to trust God for food and clothing, one year in
seven. They disregarded His regulation concerning the Sabbatical
year. What a terrible price they paid! Christendom has for
centuries, refused to trust Him for salvation. Nothing is taught
plainer than the doctrine of salvation by grace. But 99 per cent
of all activities in Christendom for years, has been an effort to save
sinners, because they did not believe God would save as He
promised. What has passed for faith is, in reality
The indignation will come. And it will be
indignation on unbelieving Christendom. But it cannot come while
the ecclesia which is the body of Christ is on earth. The present
tribulation is a counterfeit of that which is to come.
While we know that God will take care of the present
conflict, and establish the Kingdom of the Son of David on earth
according to His schedule, our immediate prospect is the descent of the
Lord into the air for us. In His wisdom He may let us, even the
saints, suffer greatly during this war. But He will take us our of
it when it pleases Him to do so. It is foolish it set any date for
this, other than to say, daily, "He may come
How disappointing has been the practice of setting
dates for the coming of the Lord, or for the establishing of the
kingdom! A great and, I believe, devout, leader who died some
years ago, spent his last days with a broken heart, because his schedule
did not coincide with that of God. He thought he had things
figured out to perfection. But God has not given man the right to
set dates for His work. It is all a loss of time and effort.
It is foolish.
The advent of the Lord has been imminent since the
days of Paul. God does not intend that we shall know the
date. But He has graciously told us of events that are to precede
the establishing of the kingdom, and we are assured that some of these
events cannot occur until we are snatched away to meet the Lord in the
air. As we think we see matters being shaped up for the great day
of His indignation, we hopefully expect our Lord to descend for
us. Let this be our daily expectation.
May it not be in a spirit of selfishness that we
expect Him to come for us. We have learned that we are to be taken
to heaven to be a blessing to others. May it not be that we pine
for His advent simply that our sufferings might end. Let the noble
expectation of service in the heavens, be what move us to cry for His
And let us not lose sight of God's ultimate.
His goal is the salvation of all, and the reconciliation of the