This is being written on June 1. It will not
reach the readers before July 1. What conditions will be at that time,
no one can tel. They are, at this time, unfavorable. Or,
should I say, "favorable?" It depends on the
For more than a decade. "Security" has been
mentioned thousands of times. Social security. Labor
security. National security. Individual security.
Lately, "Peace" has been another word that was repeated many
thousands of times. Man, having confidence in himself, had no
doubt that his own wisdom would secure all the peace and security that
would ever be needed.
For more than ten years, they have been saying
"Peace and security," First Thessalonians 5:2.
Paul says that while men are saying these words,
extermination is standing by, and they are not aware of it. He
explains that in this way the day of the Lord is coming - stealthily, as
First Thessalonians does not describe conditions that
shall obtain after the day of the Lord has been fully developed.
While conditions mentioned there are present, the day of the Lord is
coming. It is evidently near - even on the very
Only recently have men become aware of the
extermination that is standing by. Atomic power was being
developed, and the masses were not aware of it. It was suddenly
sprung on the world when two bombs were dropped on Japanese
cities. Immediately men's hearts began to fail for fear of what is
coming on the earth.
Now comes another frightful piece of
information - released within the last few days. The United States
have a germ spray that can wipe out whole cities without making any
noise. It is said to be a certain producer of death.
What other forms of extermination are standing by,
the public does not know.. No doubt other things are being worked out in
the laboratories of the earth. I suggest that much of the
destruction mentioned in the Unveiling, (Revelation), are manmade
instruments. I see no reason why they might not be. Hail and
fire with blood, cast into the earth, burning up, a third of the earth,
and a third of the trees, and all the green grass, Unveiling 8:7.
Some invention of man might freeze the atmosphere, so that when it is
dropped from a plane, it would come down with hail, and even with the
blood of the men in the planes. The gleamer, (star), mentioned in
verse 10 of that chapter might be an atomic bomb. I am merely
suggesting this, but I see nothing unreasonable in the suggestion.
It would be quite fitting, that a race that has left God our of its
calculations. should furnish the implements of its own
God does not do many things directly. He uses
agents. He uses Christ as the Savior, and the Adversary as the
destroyer. These in turn, use human agents. But it all goes right
back to God, as the first Cause. In the light of modern
inventions, it is not hard to read the Unveiling and see that man is the
immediate cause of much of the horror of the first few years of the day
of the Lord.
Paul does not say that the day of the Lord has
actually arrived, when extermination is standing by unawares. This
will be the case when the day of the Lord is coming - is stepping on the
portals. That day cannot be fully developed until the man of
lawlessness is unveiled, Second Thessalonians 2:15. But it can be
COMING before his unveiling. Its stealthy steps, as those of a
thief, can be at the door.
The day of the Lord cannot come until the ecclesia - that
which is now detaining the man of lawlessness - is taken our of the
midst, Second Thessalonians 2:7. But there is no reason why many
of the things that herald the COMING of that day might not be
present while the ecclesia is yet here.
We are in a crazy world. Today, as on many
other days, the front page of the newspaper is filled with accounts of
strikes, murder, fighting, wickedness. And there is no power among
men to stay the steady and mighty onrush which, like a river with the
dam broken, threatens government, business, indeed, the very economy of
the earth. The President of the United States is without honor among who
would destroy our civilization. If he settles a strike, he must do
it by giving the strikers what they demand. And, knowing that it is not
within the power of industry to beet these demands, without higher
prices for what is produced, he gradually allows price increases.
Thus inflation - which is bound to cause disaster - is slowly, but
surely, coming. When prices have been raised, strikers will strike
again. There is no end in sight.
The congress is afraid of the powers that control
Labor. Many members of both branches of our national legislature
cringe before the threats of these who have power to paralyze the industry
and the economy of the United States overnight.
Nothing but a dictator or ship can bring order out of
this chaos. This will have to come. The only nation that is
now at peace internally, is the one that has an iron dictatorshipthe
Soviet Union. Each nation will have to become totalitarian.
Then when it is found that separate totalitarian governments cannot cope
with the situation, the international organization will be given a
dictator over the nations. This dictator will be the man of
lawlessnessthe man who will become a necessity by reason of the
lawlessness that today afflicts the earth.
No peace is in sight. It is impossible to make
treaties of peace. Matters in relation to conquered nations may
remain as they are now, for many years. The attitude of the Soviet
Union, unless it is relaxed, will effectually keep the nations in a
state of war, until there is some central dictatorship to tell Stalin
"where to get off." When this will be, I do not
As nations are made up of individuals, let us look at
what Paul says will be the attitude of humanity in the last days.
He uses such words as selfish, fond of money, ostentatious, proud,
calumniators, stubborn to parents, ungrateful malign, without natural affection,
implacable, adversaries, uncontrollable, fierce, averse to the good,
traitors, rash, conceited, fond of their own gratification rather than
fond of God, Second Timothy 3:1-5. This is very much like what he
said about humanity before they were "evangelized,"
Romans1. Under the benign influence of the evangel, people became
better. But now they have completed the cycle and are right back
to where they were before, and they have taken their
"religion" with them. "Having a form of devoutness,
yet denying its power."
As this is the attitude of people, we need not be
astonished to find that orderly government has broken down the world
over. Surely we are living in the last days.
This is not a pessimistic viewpoint. True,
matters will become worse until there is a time of trouble and
affliction such as was never known before. But here is a note of
triumph in this, for it will last but a few years, and when it is over
it will never recur.
And before these afflictions reach their depth the
ecclesia which is the body of Christ will enter upon its mission of
usefulness in the heavens. And the cessation of the horrors on
earth will herald the beginning of the time when Israel will come into
its own, and become a blessing to all nations.
The glorious new "world" will not be man's
making. It will be the work of Christ, after man has done all possible
to destroy the human race.
All blessings in the futurenot only the benefits
of the so called millennium, but also the life, salvation and
reconciliation of allwill be based on a series of events that
transpired nineteen hundred years ago: "Christ died for our sins
according to the scripture,He was entombed, and He has
been roused the third day.
When we think of present world conditions we
sometimes don't feel like we would save such wicked people. But
this is the best way for our God to be victorious. To condemn
people to endless torment would be to promote sin. But salvation
also includes reconciliation and sinlessness. In other words,
salvation necessitates a change. And when God changes those who
now hate Him, and leave Him out of al their plans, and they come to love
Him and to rejoice in the certainty that He will be included in all
their doings in the future, He has won a great victory. If He should
either annihilate or torment those who don't love Him, He would be
showing the same weakness that man has, and that has brought the world into
its present condition. But salvation and reconciliation shows Him
to be GOD, with all that the word denotes.
Let us lift our heads. Our deliverance is
near. And the deliverance of all will follow. For Christ
died for our sins.