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The Revelation

of [ST.] JOHN [THE DIVINE]*





EXPLANATORY NOTE

This posthumous work of Pastor Russell (arranged for use as a textbook) is much condensed, including the extracts from the Pastor's pen, all of which are referred back to his works. The abbreviations used are:

A, B, C, D,E, FThe six preceding volumes of "STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES".
(Citations to E in italic figures refer to old editions, figures in ordinary type to later editions.)
B. S. M..........."THE BIBLE STUDENTS MONTHLY."
H....................."What Say the Scriptures ABOUT HELL?"
P-D................. "PHOTO-DRAMA OF CREATION" Scenario.
T....................."TABERNACLE SHADOWS."
S....................."SPIRITISM" Pamphlet.
Z......................"ZION'S WATCH TOWER," followed by year and page.

The citations to REVELATION and EZEKIEL refer to the comments herein, as well as to the Bible text.
Other abbreviations used are:

Barnes..........Barnes' "Revelation".
Brit................."Encyclopedia Britannica."
Buck..............Buck's "Theological Dictionary".
Coffin............Coffin's "Story of Liberty".
Cook.............Cook's "Revelation" ; a compendium of the presentations of seventy-two leading commentators on Revelation, in all languages and all ages of the Church.
Edgar............Edgar's "Pyramid Passages". Vol. II.
McC...............McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia.
Mosheim......Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History.
S. B. D...........Smith's Bible Dictionary.
Smith.............Smith's "Thoughts on Daniel and Revelation".
Weym............Weymouth's New Testament in Modern Speech.



REVELATION 11

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THE TIME OF THE END

11:1. And there was given me. — The John class in the Time of the End.
A reed like unto a rod. — The Lord's Word is both a rod to lean upon, (Isa. 11:4) and a reed with which to measure. (Jer. 1:11-12). The word here rendered "rod" is rendered "staff" in Matt 10:10; Heb. 11:21.
[And the angel stood, saying], HE SAITH. — It is the "reed" or "rod" itself, the Divine Word, that does the saying.
Rise. — "At the exact 'time appointed,' 1799, the end of the 1260 days, the power of the Man of Sin, the great oppressor of the Church, was broken, and his dominion taken away. With one stroke of His mighty hand, God there struck off Zion's fetters, and bade the oppressed go free. And forth came, and are coming, the 'Sanctuary' class, the 'holy people,' weak, and halt, and lame, and almost naked, and blind, from the dungeon darkness and filth and misery of papal bondage. Poor souls! they had been trying to serve God faithfully in the very midst of the lurid flames of persecution, clinging to the cross of Christ when almost every other truth had been swept away, and courageously endeavoring to emancipate God's 'Two Witnesses' (the Old and New Testaments), which bad so long been bound, and which had prophesied only under the sackcloth of dead languages." — C 122.
And measure the Temple of God. — "That symbolic Temple which is The Christ" (T 70.) "The mention of worshippers proves that the measuring' is symbolical. To 'measure' is to separate for sacred purposes; what is excluded from the measurement is, accordingly, more or less mingled with evil. Hence, in this place, what is measured  — the true believer typified — is to be exempted from the judgments in which what is not measured (ver. 2) is involved." (Cook). "If the direction be understood figuratively, as applicable to the Christian Church, the work to be done would be to obtain an exact estimate or measurement of what the true Church was — as distinguished from all other bodies of men, and as constituted, and appointed, by the direction of God; such a measurement that its characteristics could be made known; that a church could be organized according to this, and that the accurate de-
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scription could be transmitted to future times." (Barnes.) — Ezek. 40:3; Rev. 21:15.
And the altar. — The Golden Altar, within the "Holy", the true Church, as sacrificers. — Ex. 30:1-10.
And them that worship therein. — The several volumes of Scripture Studies and the booklet Tabernacle Shadows are devoted to the "measurements" herein prophesied.
11:2. But the court which is [without] WITHIN the Temple leave out. — The court here represents the same thing as is represented in the Court of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. For a full discussion of this subject see the booklet TABERNACLE SHADOWS.
And measure it not. — Devote all attention to the higher privileges of the "Holy". The "Court" was merely provided as a proper approach to the "Holy". Acceptance of Christ as one's Savior, appreciation of His work at Calvary, and washing one's self in the water of the Word as represented respectively by the First Gate, Brazen Altar, and Laver of the "Court" are not the things to which we are particularly invited; but consecration to God's will, illumination by His Spirit, appropriation of His promises and sacrifice of our all, acceptable to the Father through our great High Priest, represented respectively by the Second Gate or Door, the Candlestick, Table of Shewbread and Golden Altar of the "Holy", are the things to which we were called: so that we might pass the Third Gate or Veil, actual death of the body, and finally become a part of The Christ, represented by the Ark of the Covenant, of which our Father is the Head.
For it is given ALSO unto the Gentiles. — With the deliverance of the Little Flock, the condition represented by the "Holy" ceases. This leaves the Great Company still in the "Court" and the special objects of Gentile wrath as their kingdoms fall into ruin. "Being denied the liberty accorded to the Priests, these will have merely the standing of justification, which, if they maintain, will constitute them worthy of eternal life. But that life will not be human life, because they gave that up in order to become Priests. Their failure puts them out of the Holy condition back into the Court condition." (Z.'11-22.)
"After the establishment of Messiah's Kingdom, this distinction between the Church proper, joint-heirs with Christ, and the larger company of antitypical Levites, will be perpetual, and the services of the two will be different. The former will be a Priesthood corresponding to that of Melchizedek — a Priest upon His Throne. The work of the latter will correspond more to that accomplished by the Levites; namely, teaching the people, etc., as serv-
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ants of the Priests, from whom they will receive their directions." — Z.'14-79. And the Holy City. — The embryo Kingdom of God.
Shall they tread under foot. — "The Kingdom of Heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." — Matt 11:12.
Forty and two months. — 1260 years from papacy's establishment as a temporal power, 539 A. D. to 1799 A. D. — B91, 310; C50, 64; Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 12:6, 14; 13:5; Jas. 5:17. 11:3. And I will give power unto My Two Witnesses. — "The Lord refers to the Old and New Testament Scriptures, and faithfully they have borne their testimony to every nation." — D 258.
And they shall prophesy. — Teach.
A thousand, two hundred and three score days. — 1260 years, from A. D. 539 to 1799.
Clothed in sackcloth. — "Kept covered in dead languages." — C50.
11:4. These are the Two Olive Trees. — Sources of the oil, the holy Spirit — Zech. 4:1-6; Rom. 10:17.
And the Two Candlesticks. — "'The light of the world, during all the darkness of the past" — D652.
Standing before the [God] LORD of the earth. — Jehovah. "The earth is the Lord's." — Psa. 24:1.
11:5. And if any man will hurt them. — "And if any man desireth to hurt them. The present tense here points to the continued enmity of the world to the Church, during the entire course of the Witnesses' testimony." — Cook.
Fire proceedeth out of their mouth. — "I will make My words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them." — Jer. 5:14.
And devoureth their enemies. — "History supplies the illustrations — the fire that consumed the opponents of Moses (Num. 16:28, 35), and that which came down at the word of Elijah. (2 Kings 1:10, 12)" — Cook.
And if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. — "Therefore have I hewed them by the Prophets; and I have slain them by the words of My mouth." — Hos. 6:5.
11:6. These have power to shut heaven. — The literal heavens and the spiritual heavens. — 1 Ki. 17:1.
That it rain not. — That there be no literal showers, or spiritual showers of blessings.
In the days of their prophecy. — Literally in the three and one half years in Elijah's day in which there was no rain (James 5:17) and spiritually in the three and one half times, or 1260 years, from A. D. 539 to 1799 in which
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the showers of blessing were withheld from the world  — Rev. 2:20.
And have power over waters. — Literal and symbolic.
To turn them into blood. — Literally as when Moses turned the waters of Egypt into blood (Exodus 7:21.) Symbolically during this Harvest time in which the Heavenly Harvest truths have become "bloody", repulsive, abhorrent, symbolizing death where they should be received as a blessing. — Z.'07-279.
[And] to smite the earth with all plagues. — Literal and symbolic.
As often as they will. — Literally in the plagues which Moses poured out upon the Egyptians (Exodus 7 to 11.) Symbolically in the spiritual plagues, the seven last upon Christendom. — Rev. 16.
11:7. And when they shall have finished their testimony. — In the dead languages, about the time of the end of papacy's power to persecute.
The beast that THEN ascendeth out of the [bottomless pit] ABYSS. — The government without a foundation; revolutionary France during the "Reign of Terror."
Shall make war against them. — "In 1793 a decree passed the French Assembly forbidding the Bible; and under that decree the Bibles were gathered and burned, every possible mark of contempt was heaped upon them." — Smith.
And shall overcome them, and kill them. — "All the institutions of the Bible were abolished; the weekly rest day was blotted out, and every tenth day substituted for mirth and profanity. Baptism and the communion were abolished. The being of God was denied, and death proclaimed an eternal sleep. The Goddess of Reason, in the person of a vile woman, was set up, and publicly worshipped." — Smith.
11:8. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street. — France.
Of the great city. — Christendom, the Old Roman Empire.  — Rev. 14:8; 16:19; 17:9, 18; 18:2, 10, 16, 18, 19. 21.
Which spiritually is called Sodom. — "'Remember Lot's wife!' is our Lord's pointed warning. How intensely forceful it is as a caution to God's people here. in the close of the Gospel Age. When we learn that Babylon is doomed, and hear the Lord's message, 'Come out of her My people that ye be not partakers of her sins and that ye receive not of her plagues,' it is indeed like the voice of the messengers who hastened Lot and his family out of Sodom, saying, 'Stay not in all the plain; escape for thy life; escape to the mountain lest thou be consumed; look not behind thee.' (Gen. 19:17). Christendom is 'that great
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City [Babylon] which spiritually is called Sodom,' " — D607, 608; Rev. 17:5; Isa. 1:9, 10; 3:8, 9; Jer. 23:14; Ezek. 16:48, 41.
And Egypt. — "Egypt is recognized as a symbol or type of the world of mankind, full of vain philosophies; but ignorant of the true Light." — C315; Ezek. 23:3, 4, 8, 27.
Where also [our] THE Lord was crucified. — Catholic France, through its connection with the papacy, is a part of the old Roman Empire, in another part of which, our Lord was slain. In another aspect France is identified with the death of the Lord. Anything done to the least of one of the Lord's little ones is counted as done to Himself. When Saul of Tarsus persecuted the Lord's saints, the One who met him in the way said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest." (Acts 9:4, 5; 22:7, 8; 26:14, 15.) A plot was laid in France to destroy all the Protestants; and on Aug. 24, 1572, sixty thousand were murdered, and the streets of Paris literally ran with blood. The Protestants were in Paris under a solemn oath of safety, to celebrate the marriage of the king of Navarre. Admiral Coligny, a Protestant of great ability and prominence, was basely murdered in his own house, and his head was sent to his holiness, the Pope, as proof that he was really dead. The "Holy Father of Fathers", the "Vicar of Christ", the "Chief Pastor and Teacher", was so pleased that "bells were rung, and guns were fired, bonfires were set ablaze; and Gregory XIII, attended by cardinals, archbishops, bishops, and a great throng of prelates, marched in procession. A Te Deum was chanted, and the Pope commissioned the painter Vasari to paint the scene of the massacre, and employed an artist to engrave a medal commemorative of the event The preachers in Rome delivered eloquent orations, and a messenger carried a golden rose to Charles as a present from the Pope." — Coffin.
11:9. And they of the people. — The Protestant people.
And kindreds and tongues and nations. — Of other parts of Europe.
[Shall] see their dead [bodies] BODY. — "As if though silenced in death they continued witnesses still." (Cook.) Take note of the horrible effect upon France of their effort to exterminate the Scriptures. "The more deeply the French Revolution is considered, the more manifest is its preeminence above all the strange and terrible things that have come to pass on this earth. Every ancient institution and every time honored custom disappeared in a moment. The whole social and political system went down before the first stroke. Monarchy, nobility and
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church were swept away almost without resistance. The good things of this world, — birth, rank, wealth, fine clothes and elegant manners, — became worldly perils, and worldly disadvantages. The people waged a war of such extermination with everything established, as to abolish the common forms of address and salutation, and the common mode of reckoning time, abhorred 'you' as a sin, and shrank from 'monsieur' as an abomination, turned the weeks into decades, and would know the old months no more. The demolished halls of the aristocracy, the rifled sepulchres of royalty, the decapitated king and queen, the little dauphin so sadly done to death, the beggared princes, the slaughtered priests and nobles, the sovereign guillotine, the republican marriages, the Meudon tannery, the couples tied together and thrown into the Loire, and the gloves made of men's and women's skins: these things are most horrible." (T. H. Gill, The Papal Drama.) — D537. Three days and an half. — See Rev. 11:11.
And [shall not] suffer NOT their dead bodies to be put in [graves] A GRAVE. — On the contrary, this very attempt "served to arouse Christians everywhere to put forth new exertions in behalf of the Bible." — Smith.
11:10. And they that dwelt upon the earth. — The people of France, then infidels, without any hopes except for the present poor earth-life.
[Shall] rejoice over them, and make merry. — Literally fulfilled when the Assembly proscribed the Scriptures.
And [shall] send gifts one to another. — Literally fulfilled, the gifts being expressions of joy over the sudden "liberty," "a custom usual in times of festivity. — Neh. 8:10, 12; Esth. 9:19, 22." — Cook.
Because these Two Prophets tormented. — By continuing to proclaim the coming Reign of Christ and His Church.
Them that dwelt on the earth. — The classes whose hopes and destinies are earthly.
11:11. And after three days and an half. — Three years and one half.
The Spirit of life from God entered into Them. — In a symbolic sense They were "raised from the dead." — Ezek. 37:5, 9, 10, 14.
And They stood upon Their feet. — See Ezek. 37:10. "In 1793, a decree passed the French Assembly suppressing the Bible. Just three years after, a resolution was introduced into the Assembly superseding the decree, and giving toleration to the Scriptures. That resolution lay on the table six months, when it was taken up, and passed without a dissenting vote. Thus, in just three years and a half, the Witnesses 'stood upon their feet' " — Smith.
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And great fear fell upon them which saw them. — "Nothing but the appalling results of the rejection of the Bible, could have induced France to take her hands off these Witnesses." (Smith.) "In the light of the foretold character of coming events of this battle, we may regard the French Revolution as only the rumbling of distant thunder, giving warning of an approaching storm; as a slight tremor preceding the general earthquake shock; as the premonitory click of the great clock of the ages, which gives notice to those already awake that the wheels are in motion, and that shortly it will strike the midnight hour which will end the present order of affairs and usher in a new order, — the Year of Jubilee, with its attendant commotion and changes of possession." — D535.
In comments on Rev. 3:14, reasons are given for anticipating the deliverance of the Little Flock about Passover, 1918. There we noted the Lord's use of the half-week principle. In this prophecy, we have the same principle. The French Revolution is Divinely provided as a picture of events now at hand, and we therefore expect three and a half years of proscription of the Truth, from the spring of 1918 to the fall of 1921. But it is well to remember that prophecy is not given with a view to satisfying curiosity, but with a view to enabling the Lord's people to identify events as they transpire. For this reason any advance view of dates is liable to be blurred, and the experience of the church has abundantly shown this to be so. But this fact would be no adequate reason for indifference toward chronology.
11:12. And they heard a great voice from Heaven. — The voice last referred to — the Lord Jesus Himself, the "voice," the "Word," of the Heavenly Father.
Saying unto them, Come up hither. — "The Two Witnesses of God, the Old and New Testaments, ascended to heaven, the place of honor and power, as the Scriptures symbolically represent the matter." — Z.'15-199.
And they ascended up to heaven. — "The British and Foreign Bible Society (which has distributed 230,000,000 copies of the Bible) was established in 1803; the New York Bible Society in 1804; the Berlin-Prussian Bible Society in 1805; the Philadelphia Bible Society in 1808; and the American Bible Society (127,000,000 copies distributed) in 1817. Bibles by the million, in over 300 languages, are published yearly and sold at low prices, and many thousands are given away to the poor. It is difficult to estimate the wide influence of this work. Its quiet teaching is the greatest of all levelers and equalizers." — C51.
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In a cloud. — In a time of trouble, the French Revolution. The exaltation which the Word of God received as a result of the French Revolution is as nothing compared with the exaltation which awaits it after the Time of Trouble such as was not since there was a nation."
And their enemies beheld them. — As the enemies of the Word of God were compelled by the stern logic of events to consent to its restoration in the French time of trouble, so the Lord's enemies, and the enemies of His Church, will be compelled to submit to the Reign of Truth when their forces have been exhausted in the Battle of the great Day of God Almighty. — Luke 19:27; Isa. 54:11-17.
11:13. And the same hour was there a great earthquake. —"In the symbolic language of Revelation, the French Revolution was indeed a 'great earthquake' — a social shock so great that all 'Christendom' trembled until it was over; and that terrible and sudden outburst of a single nation's wrath, only a century ago, may give some idea of the fury of the coming storm, when the wrath of all the angry nations will burst the bands of law and order and cause a reign of universal anarchy. In fact, the French Revolution seems referred to by our Lord in His Revelation to John on Patmos as a prelude to, and an illustration of, the great crisis now approaching." — D531.
The French Revolution lasted ten and a half years, from June 17th, 1789, when the Assembly began its reign, until Napoleon seized the government and caused himself to be appointed First Consul, November 9th, 1799. This coincides well with the thought previously expressed (Rev. 7:3) that all phases of Babylon will not be disposed of until about ten and a half years from the fall of 1914. The Assembly was in control from the first, but did not execute the king until January 21st, 1793, three years and one-half from the time the trouble started. The Assembly continued in control until June 26th, 1795, six years from the time the trouble began, when the government was intrusted to five persons under the name of the Directory. It was on October 4th of the same year that Napoleon cleared the streets of Paris of the mobs, and from that point onward his star began to rise. Some interesting developments in connection with the setting up of the Kingdom may begin in 1920, six years after the great Time of Trouble began. It would not be strange if this were so, when we recall that after forty years wandering in the wilderness the Israelites came into possession of the land of Canaan after a further six years. As these matters are still future we can but wait to see.
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We anticipate that the "earthquake" will occur early in 1918, and that the "fire" will follow in due course. — 1 Kings 19:11, 12; Z.'98-207, 208.
And the tenth part of the city fell. — The French part of Christendom; one of the ten toes of the image seen by Nebuchadnezzar; one of the ten horns of Daniel's beast and John's dragon. — Dan. 2:41-43; 7:24; Rev. 12:3.
And in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand. — "And by the earthquake were destroyed seven thousand names of men." (Diaglott) "France made war, in her revolution of 1793-98, on all titles of nobility. It is said by those who have examined the French records, that just seven thousand titles of men were abolished in that revolution." — Smith.
And the remnant were affrighted and gave glory to the God of Heaven. — "Their God-dishonoring and Heaven-defying work filled France with such scenes of blood, carnage, and horror, as made even the infidels themselves tremble, and stand aghast; and the 'remnant' that escaped the horrors of that hour 'gave glory to God' — not willingly, but the God of Heaven caused this 'wrath of man to praise Him,' by causing all the world to see that those who make war on Heaven make graves for themselves; thus glory redounded to God by the very means that wicked men employed to tarnish that glory. For the statistics and many of the foregoing thoughts on the Two Witnesses, we are indebted to an exposition of the subject of The Two Witnesses, by the late George Storrs." (Smith.) "And here I gratefully mention assistance rendered by Brothers George Stetson and George Storrs, the latter the Editor of The Bible Examiner, both now deceased. The study of the Word of God with these dear brethren led step by step into greener pastures and brighter hopes for the world." — Pastor Russell's Autobiography. Z.'16-170.
11:14. The second woe is past. — In the narrative of Chapter XI are briefly summed up the three most important events of the Time of the End. Between the French Revolution and the great Time of Trouble occurs a most significant event, which leads up to and is the direct cause of the great Time of Trouble. That event is the second woe. It is described in detail in Rev. 9:14-21. But for this the great Time of Trouble would never have been necessary (Mal. 4:6); but it is necessary now, as necessary as was the Flood in Noah's day, and for the same reason — to rid the earth of the progeny of the evil spirits, the "abominations of the earth." — Rev. 17:5; 9:13.
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And, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. — The third woe is the Reign of the Lord begun, with its attendant upsetting of the present order. The woes are visited upon those interested in maintaining the present order of things, who would like to retain indefinitely the advantages they have obtained. "The battle of this great Day of God Almighty will be the greatest revolution the world baa ever seen. Behold, how, even now, the searchlight of general intelligence is discovering: the secret springs of political intrigue, financial policies, religious claims, etc., and how all are brought to the bar of judgment, and by men, as well as by God, declared right or wrong as judged by the teachings of the Word of God." — D541.
11:15. And the seventh angel. —Pastor Russell. See Rev. 3:14; 10:7.
Sounded. — "We find the 'shout,' the 'voice of the Archangel' and 'the trump of God' all symbols, and now in process of fulfillment." (B149, 197.) "The 'great trumpet" we understand to be the antitypical 'trumpet of Jubilee,' as symbolic as the preceding six, none of which ever made any literal sound. It has been symbolically sounding since October, 1874, and will continue to the end of the Millennium." — D601; Rev. 10:7.
And there were great voices in heaven. — "These voices have been uttered, and to some extent heard, in the symbolic heavens, the nominal church. For some years past a 'volunteer work' has been steadily progressing amongst the brethren — the work of rendering assistance to the members of the Household of Faith still in Babylon, still in darkness respecting the Lord, His true Character, His true Plan, and respecting the nearness of His Kingdom." — Z.'02-118.
Saying, The [kingdoms] KINGDOM of this world [are] IS become the [kingdoms] KINGDOM of our Lord, and of His Christ. — "The volunteer matter prepared for this present year (the issues of our journal for February 15 and March 15) had already been prepared before we thought of how wonderfully this year's distribution will agree with the declaration of our text. Here will be a million voices proclaiming throughout the nominal Church (symbolic heavens) the great message of this present time; namely, the Second Presence of our Lord as the reaper of the Harvest of the Gospel Age, gathering the 'wheat' into the 'garner,' destroying the tares (as tares — not as human beings) and establishing His glorious Kingdom upon a firm foundation of righteousness and equity, for the blessing of every creature." — Z.'02-119.
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And He shall reign for ever and ever. AMEN. — See Rev. 6:13; Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 18, 27.
11:16. And the [four and] twenty-FOUR elders. — The prophecies pertaining to the Kingdom of God. — Rev. 4:10.
Which [sat] SIT before God on their seats. — Rev. 4:4.
Fell upon their faces, and worshipped God. — Rev. 4:10.
11:17. Saying, We give thee thanks. — See Rev. 5:11-13.
O Lord God Almighty. — "Represented in Christ — 'All things are of the Father,' and 'all things are by the Son,' His honored Representative." — D624.
Which art, and wast, and [art to come]. — See Rev. 1:4. He is not to come. He has come.
Because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. — "'Thy God reigneth!' The oft-repeated prayer of the Church has been answered: the Kingdom of God has indeed come. The dead in Christ are even now risen and exalted with our Lord and Head. And the 'feet' members of the Body of Christ, who still tarry in the flesh, catching the inspiration of the glorified throng who have already ascended into the Mount (Kingdom) of God, reflect a measure of that transcendent glory, as did Moses when he came down from Mount Sinai." (C301.) "In describing the events under the Seventh Trumpet, this order is observed: — (1) the power is taken by the Lord as King of Earth, and His Reign begun; (2) as a consequence the great judgment-trouble comes upon the world." — D622; Rev. 19:6; Psa, 99:1.
11:18. And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come. —"Although they are called Christian nations, they have not received the Spirit of the Lord; they have not received the spirit of meekness, gentleness, long-suffering, brotherly kindness and love, the fruits of the Holy Spirit; but on the contrary, the spirit which St. Paul says consists of hatred, wrath, strife, murder — works of the flesh, and the Devil. For this reason they did not even wait for God's wrath to come, but began to bring it upon themselves nearly two months in advance. They became so angry that they began to destroy each other even before their lease of power had expired." — Z.'14-328.
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged. — "They cannot be judged without His words, and the vast majority, — 'dead in trespasses and sins,' blinded and deafened by the Adversary, through sin, — have not thus far been enabled to hear their Redeemer's wonderful words of life. In the Millennial Kingdom the dead world will have the eyes of its understanding opened and its ears unstopped, and the knowledge of the Lord shall fill the
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whole earth and reach every member of the dead race, not only those who have not yet gone down into the tomb, but 'all the families of the earth;' for, 'all that are in the grave shall come forth" for the very purpose of hearing the 'wonderful words of life,' and of being judged by them. If they shall accept them heartily they shall, by restitution processes, be brought fully up to life conditions." — Z.'02-116: Dan. 7:10; Rev. 14:7; 15:4.
And that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy Servants the Prophets. — Who are therefore without their rewards until Christ's Second Advent — Heb. 11:39, 40.
And to the saints. — "We hold that it is a most reasonable inference, and one in perfect harmony with all the Lord's Plan, that in the spring of 1878 all the holy Apostles and other 'overcomers' of the Gospel Age who slept in Jesus were raised spirit beings, like unto their Lord and Master." — C234.
And them that fear Thy name, small and great. — All other classes of believers, past, present and future.
And shouldest destroy them. — The Papal and Protestant sects.
Which destroy the earth. — Corrupt the earth, Greek. — Rev. 19:2.
11:19. And the Temple of God. — The true Church. — 1 Cor. 3:16.
Was opened in heaven ABOVE. — Was revealed as in the ascendency over the nominal ecclesiastical heavens.
And there was seen in His Temple. — Clearly revealed to His Church.
The Ark. — The repository of the sacred and hidden things of Revelation and Ezekiel.
Of [His] THE testament of God. — The Secret — "The Finished Mystery." — Psa. 25:14; Col. 1:27; Rev. 14:17; 16:1, 17.
And there were lightnings, and voices and thunderings.  — See Rev. 8:5.
And an earthquake. — See Rev. 8:5; 16:18.
And great hail. — A deluge of Truth, in its most compact form. — Isa. 28:17; Rev. 16:21.

"The tidal wave is coming, the Year of Jubilee;
With shout and song it sweeps along, like billows of the sea,
The jubilee of nations shall ring through earth and sky;
The dawn of grace draws on apace — 'tis coming by and by."

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