Due to various electronic necessities, insignificant formatting, punctuation, capitalization, etc. and other minor editing has taken place. Spelling has been addressed especially where scanning has caused errors.

Clicking the Study header will take you to that page. Other links are at the bottom of the page.


The Divine Plan Of The Ages


Contents


Chart Of The Ages

The Frontispiece. The Chart is Explained in Chapter 12

Chapter 1

Introduction To The Subject And Method Of This Work


A night of weeping and a morning of joy.-Two methods of seeking truth.-The method herein pursued.-Scope of the work.-A difference between the reverent study of the scriptures and the dangerous habit of speculation.-The object of prophecy.-The present religious condition of the world viewed from two standpoints.- Egyptian darkness.-A bow of promise.-The path of the just progressive.-Cause of the great apostasy.-The reformation.-The same cause again hinders real progress.-Perfection of knowledge not a thing of the past, but of the future.


Chapter 2

The Existence Of A Supreme Intelligent Creator Established.


Evidence aside from the Bible, examined in the light of reason.- An untenable theory.- A reasonable theory.- The character of God demonstrated.- Reasonable deductions.


Chapter 3

The Bible As A Divine Revelation Viewed In The Light Of Reason


The claims of the Bible and its surface evidence of credibility. - Its antiquity and preservation. - Its moral influence. - Motives of the writers. - General character of the writings. - The books of Moses. - The law of Moses. - Peculiarities of the government instituted by Moses. - It was not a system of priestcraft. - Instructions to civil rulers. - Rich and poor on a common level before the law. - Safeguards against tampering with the rights of the people. - The priesthood not a favored class, how supported, etc. - Oppression of foreigners, widows, orphans and servants guarded against. - The prophets of the Bible. - Is there a common bond of union between the law, the prophets and the new testament writers? - Miracles not unreasonable. - The reasonable conclusion.


Chapter 4

The Epochs And Dispensations Marked In The Development Of The Divine Plan


God's plan definite and systematic. - Three great epochs of the world's history. - Their distinctive features. - "The earth abideth forever." - The world to come, the new heavens and earth. - Subdivisions of these great epochs. - The important features of God's plan thus brought to view. - Order recognized discloses harmony. - Rightly dividing the word of truth.


Chapter 5

"The Mystery Hid From Ages And From Generations, But Now Made Manifest To His Saints" - Col. 1:26


The glimmering light of the first promise. - The promise to Abraham, - Hope deferred. - The mystery begins to unravel at Pentecost. - What the mystery is. - Why so long kept a mystery. - Still a mystery to the world. - In due time to be made manifest to all. - When the mystery will be finished.


Chapter 6

Our Lord's Return - It's Object, The Restitution Of All Things.


Our lord's second advent personal and pre-millennial. - Its relationship to the first advent. - The selection of the church and the conversion of the world. - Election and free grace. - Prisoners of hope. - Prophetic testimony regarding restitution. - Our lord's return manifestly the hope of the church and the world.


Chapter 7

The Permission Of Evil And Its Relation To God's Plan


Why evil was permitted. - Right and wrong as principles. - The moral sense. - God permitted evil and will overrule it for good. - God not the author of sin. - Adam's trial not a farce. - His temptation severe. - He sinned wilfully. - The penalty of sin not unjust, nor too severe. - The wisdom, love and justice displayed in condemning all in Adam. - God's law universal.


Chapter 8

The Day Of Judgment.


The general view of the day of judgment. - Is it scriptural? - The terms, judgment and day, defined. - Several judgment days referred to in the scriptures. - The first judgment day and its results. - Another appointed. - The judge. - The character of the coming judgment. - Similarity and dissimilarity of the first and second judgments. - The world's present accountability. - Two intervening judgments and their objects. - Widely different estimates of the coming judgment. - How prophets and apostles viewed it.


Chapter 9

Ransom And Restitution


The restitution guaranteed by the ransom. - Not everlasting life, but a trial for it, secured by the ransom. - The conditions and advantages of the trial. - Christ's sacrifice necessary. - How the race could be and was redeemed by the death of one. - Faith and works still necessary - The wages of wilful sin certain. - Will there be room on the earth for the resurrected millions?. - Restitution versus evolution.


Chapter 10

Spiritual And Human natures Separate And Distinct.


Common misapprehensions. - Earthly or human and heavenly or spiritual natures. - Earthly glory and heavenly glory. - Bible testimony regarding spirit beings. - Mortality and immortality. - Can mortal beings have everlasting life? - Justice in the bestowment of favors. - A supposed principle examined. - Variety in perfection.- - God's sovereign rights. - God's provision for man a satisfying portion. - The election of the body of Christ. - How their change of nature is effected.


Chapter 11

The Three Ways - The Broad Way, The Narrow way, The Highway.


The broad road to destruction. - The narrow way to life. - What is life? - The divine nature. - The relationship of the divine and human natures. - The reward at the end of the narrow way.- The high calling limited to the gospel age. - Difficulties and dangers of the narrow way. - The highway of holiness.


Chapter 12

Explanation Of Chart Representing The Plan Of The Ages.


The ages. - The harvests. - Planes of actual and reckoned standing. - The course of our lord Jesus. - The course of his followers. - Three classes in the nominal church. - Separation in the harvest. - The anointed class glorified. -The great tribulation class. - The tares burned. - The world blessed. - The outcome glorious.

Chapter 13

The Kingdoms Of This World.


The first dominion. - Its forfeiture. - Its redemption and restoration. - The typical kingdom of God. - The usurper. - Two phases of the present dominion. - The powers that be, ordained of God. - Nebuchadnezzar's view of them. - Daniel's view and interpretation. - The kingdoms of this world viewed from another standpoint. - The proper relationship of the church to present governments. - The divine right of kings briefly examined. - Claims of Christendom false. - A better hope in the fifth universal empire.

Chapter 14

The Kingdom Of God.


Prominence of the subject. - The character of the Kingdom. - The Kingdom during the gospel age. - False views corrected by Paul. - Results of false ideas of the Kingdom. - Two phases or the Kingdom of God. - The spiritual phase and its work. - The earthly phase and its work. - Their harmonious operation. - The glory of the earthly phase. - The glory of the heavenly phase. - The covenant root from which these branches grow. - The earthly phase of the Kingdom, Israelitish. - The lost tribes. - The heavenly Jerusalem, - Israel a typical people. - Israel's loss and recovery, - The elect classes. - The heirs of the Kingdom. - The iron rule. - An illustration of the object of the millennial reign. - The Kingdom delivered to the Father. - God's original design fully accomplished.

Chapter 15

The Day Of Jehovah.


The "Day of Jehovah," the "Day of Vengeance," the "Day of Wrath." - A time of great trouble.. - Its cause. - The Bible's testimony regarding it. - Its fire and storm, its shaking and melting, shown to be symbolic. - David's testimony. - The revelator's testimony. - The present situation and the future outlook as viewed by the opposing parties, capitalists and wage-workers. - A remedy which will not succeed. - The veil lifted and light admitted just in due time. - The proof of this. - The condition of the saints during the trouble, and their proper attitude toward it.

Chapter 16

Concluding Thoughts.


Our duty toward the Truth. - Its cost, Its value, Its profit.

Appendix

A Criticism Of Millennial Hopes Examined.






Valid CSS! Valid XHTML 1.0!