The subject seemed to fall under the following heads: I. The Usurper; II. The King in Type; III. The King's Brethren; IV. The Signs of the Coming of the King; V. The Bride of the King; VI. The Counterfeit of the King; VII. The Judgments of the King. VIII. The Reign of the King or the King Triumphant.
The fourth topic has already appeared in two editions of the
PENTECOSTAL HERALD; the others will appear from time to time in the
NFLD. PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL, as the Lord may lead. Trusting that the
reading of the same may awaken a greater love for His appearing and
a more earnest zeal in warning others of the things which must
shortly come to pass we send this forth in the name of Him who
"Though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor that ye
through His poverty might be rich." Maranatha, our Lord cometh.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Your Sister in
ALICE B. GARRIGUS.
Very little of earth's earliest history has been revealed to us, but just enough to cause us to believe that between the first and second verses of Gen. I a great catastrophe had taken place and in Gen. I.2 to 20, God is manifested as renewing the earth which had become "without form and void;" or, as one has said: "mending a bad break."
At the close of each day God looked upon His work and pronounced it "Good;" and at the end of the sixth day, we have a world perfect in beauty, teeming with animal life, and under the dominion of man.
The origin of man is not left open to vain speculation, for we are told in the sacred Word that God said, "Let us make man in our image and after our likeness". So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him, male and female created He them. How God-dishonoring then is the doctrine of Evolution which would have us believe that man is an improved monkey. Instead of those majestic words, "In the beginning God," the Evolutionists claim that in the beginning was albumen and electricity, and after millions of years man was evolved from some lower animal. They even go so far as to tell us that Jesus Christ is the master product of Evolution. The following is a quotation from their own writings. "Against the vague dream of the world loomed the dinosaur, pterodactyl, mastodon. Even then in all that chaos was stirring the irresistible force of evolution--that eager upward urge of life which emerged at last as man!" Is it any wonder that our young men and women graduates of our High Schools and colleges who have sat under this satanic teaching come forth avowed infidels and are forming themselves into societies known as the society of "Dammed Souls" or "Satan's Angels?"
As we have said, the sixth day closed with the benediction of God upon the earth and upon all His creatures, "And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good." Heaven and earth were in complete harmony; joy and peace reigned, man was to multiply and replenish the earth and "have dominion over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."
As man increased, the whole earth was to be one beautiful Eden, God and man walking together in perfect fellowship. That this was God's will for the earth for all time is certain.--Hence that injunction--"But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it."
Man disobeyed and has been eating of the fruit ever since. How bitter has been the taste, weariness, pain, death, sin, sorrow, crime, cruelty, strife, wars, and worst of all, enmity against God.
Instead of the whole earth being filled with singing we know that the whole earth "groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now."
It would seem that men would diligently search for the cause of their miseries, but alas, many seem satisfied with their condition or vainly hope to better it by their own efforts.
Startling as it may appear, when man chose to believe the devil's lie instead of God's word, and in willful disobedience, ate the forbidden fruit, he and all creation came under the power and dominion of another ruler.
He is variously known as "the god of this world," "the prince of the power of the air," "the prince of darkness", "Satan," "the dragon," and "the devil."
We read in Eph. 6-12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
This shows that he is supported by innumerable hosts whose aim is to control the affairs of this world and to war against God's people. How powerful and well organized this satanic system is, may be judged by such words as "principalities," "powers," "rulers of the darkness of this world," "spiritual wickedness in high places." A little more light on the subject is given by the angel Gaberiel who gave us a reason for the delayed answer to Daniel's prayer that the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood him twenty-one days and only as Michael one of the chief archangels came to help him, was he able to pass through Satan's domain. He adds that on his return the fight with the prince of Persia will be renewed and that another prince called the prince of Grecia will also have to be met. It is evident that these princes were not earthly but some of those Satanic rulers whose special domain was Persia and Greece. May we not infer from this that each country of earth has a special viceroy of Satan, who as his agent rules in the affairs of men. How thoroughly they are carrying out the purposes of their great prince-leader is manifest by a glimpse at the headlines of the daily papers.
It might be well right here to look into the early history of this powerful being whom the Scriptures call "the god of this world." In Ez. 28 we have a description of a being under the name of the king of Tyrus which can only refer to Satan in his unfallen state - "full of wisdom" - "perfect in beauty" - "been in Eden" - "every precious stone was thy covering" - the anointed "cherub that covereth" -- walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire"-"perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created till iniquity was found in thee"--"thy heart was lifted up because of thy beauty"--"thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness." In Is. 14. 12 to 15 we are told how this beautiful being became what he is to-day, the enemy of God and man.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the morning! For thou hast said in thine heart "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds--I will be like the most High."
One has said that when Satan said "I will," sin began in God's universe. Never was the love of God more manifest to fallen man than on that day when the eyes of the guilty pair were opened and they, realizing they had become slaves to the terrible being without hope and apparently without escape, God speaks the promise of a King Redeemer who should bruise Satan's head though in so doing His own heel would be bruised.
He confirmed His promise by making coats of skins and clothing the unhappy pair. From that time the Redeemer King is foreshadowed in prophecy or type throughout the sacred word so that Jesus Himself, said, "Search the Scriptures for in them ye think ye have eternal life and they are they which testify of Me."