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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER XXV

"MEN OF GOOD-WILL"

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THE march to complete freedom is on! Nothing that the desperate organization of Satan in its "last days" does can halt the forward march. At the head of the procession is the irresistible Leader to whom the Lord God points, announcing: "Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples. Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not; and a nation that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of Jehovah thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye Jehovah while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near." —Isaiah 55:4-6, A.R.V.

When the Lord's appointed Leader came to the temple in 1918 he found the covenant people of Jehovah in grievous captivity within the gates of modern-day Babylon. He gave the command: "Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people." (Isaiah 62:10) The stones which impede the march over the highway of truth must be removed; the standard of Kingdom truth, which is the standard of free-

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dom, must be held aloft for all captives to see and follow it unto the security, prosperity and peace of God's kingdom by his Son. Before the King's coming to the temple the war in heaven was fought out and Satan the Devil was given a great fall from his lofty heavenly seat of power. Now his organization, great Babylon, faces destruction in the final war of Armageddon. Those who would live as God's freemen under his Theocratic Government must at once make a break for liberty, heeding the heavenly warning-call:

"Fallen! fallen! is Babylon the Great, and hath become a habitation of demons and a prison of every impure spirit and a prison of every impure and hated bird; because by reason of the wine of the wrath of her lewdness have all the nations fallen, and the kings of the earth with her did commit lewdness, and the merchants of the earth by reason of the power of her wantonness waxed rich. . . Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye may have no fellowship with her sins, and of her plagues that ye may not receive." —Revelation 18:1-4, Rotherham.

Nations, kings, and merchants, all having ties and connections with religious Babylon, are doomed to overthrow with her. Many sincere persons of good-will toward God and his kingdom are held captive to Babylon, not knowing the truth which shows them the way of escape. To continue in Babylon means to die slaves, giving moral endorsement and support to her

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sins and therefore tasting with her the plagues from the hand of God. His kingdom is the only refuge to which to flee from destruction at the final end.

At the human birth of the Savior who was to be the King of that Theocratic Government a great heavenly host appeared praising God and saying: "Glory in the highest unto God! and on earth peace, among men of good-will." (Luke 2:14, Roth.) Now the Kingdom has been established in the heavens, and the choice must be made between that Righteous Government and worldly Babylon. Only those who forsake Babylon as doomed and who fearlessly come out and demonstrate their good-will toward Jehovah and his kingdom enjoy God's peace that passes all human understanding in this restless and distressed world. Such enjoy freedom from fear, now, when there is "upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken". —Luke 21: 25, 26.

Those who gather out the stumbling-stones of religious errors and traditions of men and who lift up Jehovah's standard of truth are not the enemies of the people, Catholic, Protestant, Jew, or pagan. When the apostle was branded by the religionists as dangerous to the people's interests, he asked: "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16) He warned that in this world

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the precious liberty would ever have to be safeguarded jealously and fought for against all Babylonish encroachments. Having exposed the religious "fifth column" of that day, he wrote: "My action was on account of the false brethren secretly introduced, who had stolen in to spy out the freedom which is ours in Christ Jesus, in order to enslave us again. Not for an hour did we give way and submit to these, that the gospel might continue with you in its purity."  —Galatians 2: 4, 5, Weymouth.

Since 1918 the religious "fifth column" has infiltrated itself among all democratic and liberal nations and is sneakily intruding upon the rights, privileges and immunities of lovers of democracy. Its ultimate aim is to enslave the people and crush the truth of God's kingdom message. Therefore the words of the apostle ring out with compelling force in these perilous times: "For freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1, A.R.V.) The fight against religious encroachment and for freedom to worship Jehovah must go on as in the time of Judge Jephthah.

Jephthah's daughter, his only child, was first to come out of his house and praise Jehovah God for the victory in pushing the totalitarian Ammonite aggressors back and out of the domain of Jehovah's typical Theocracy. (Judges 11: 34-36) During these recent days a class of people of like mind and action as Jephthah's daughter have been manifesting themselves. This has



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been particularly so since 1938. In that year the Theocratic rule and procedure were put in operation within the visible organization of God's covenant people on earth who are under a greater fighter than Jephthah, namely, Christ Jesus. The class like Jephthah's daughter have been growing up since Christ's coming to the temple. They have observed the remnant of His body members preaching "this gospel of the kingdom in all the world for a witness unto all nations" and have observed the religious opposition and persecutions these endure in all lands. They have marked, too, how the faithful remnant refuse to give in to the encroachment on their liberty as servants of the Most High God, but beat back those religious-political enemies of freedom of worship and victoriously carry on declaring the day of God's vengeance against Babylon and comforting all that mourn. Particularly since the outbreak of total war in 1939 has this fight for the liberty of worship of Jehovah waxed most fierce, but his witnesses triumph by Christ Jesus over all opposition. At this the present-day class like Jephthah's daughter greatly rejoice, and they hail Jehovah's Judge and King, Christ Jesus, and take their stand on his side. He offers them to God, as Jephthah offered up his daughter, and sets them to work with his temple company. —Revelation 7:15.

To these persons of good-will the great Life-giver does not grant hopes of life in heaven and a place in the Kingdom, The Theocratic Government. The hope of life on the earth in the new

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world is set before these. It is the Father's good pleasure to give the Kingdom to the "little flock" of Christ's body members, but as for these people of good-will the Good Shepherd says: "And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16, A.R.V.) These who become the "other sheep" hear the Good Shepherd's voice in the Kingdom message proclaimed by Jehovah's remnant. They recognize the message as genuine Bible truth, and they come to Christ Jesus as their Leader, Guide and Redeemer. Through his meritorious sacrifice they give themselves in full consecration to Jehovah God to do His will and serve His kingdom ever thereafter. Like their Leader they publicly symbolize their heart-act of consecration to God by being baptized in water. God's will now for his consecrated ones is to declare His name throughout all the earth and to publish the good news of His kingdom. Hence the "other sheep" join with the remnant of the "little flock", because these are doing exactly that work. Thereby both companies "become one flock" under "one shepherd". The remnant are of the temple class, having been gathered to Christ Jesus as "living stones" of the temple under him, the Chief Corner Stone. Thus in joining with the remnant, the "other sheep" serve at God's temple, as did Jephthah's daughter.

Continuing faithful in their integrity toward God, the "other sheep" will form the "great mul-

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titude" foreseen at Revelation 7:9-17. In that vision the apostle John, after seeing the gathering of the 144,000 members of the twelve tribes of spiritual Israel; then says: "After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God, which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. . . . These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." With such freedom of worship the freedom from fear and freedom from want also become their portion: "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes."

This vision guarantees that there shall be an earthly class that will be carried alive through the world's final tribulation foreshadowed by the Noachian flood. Jesus' prophecy on the end of the world included this comparison: "For just as the days of Noah, so will be the presence [Greek text: parousia] of the Son of Man."

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(Matthew 24: 37, Roth.; Diaglott; A.R.V., margin) During the antediluvian presence or parousia of Noah not only was there great self-indulgence on the part of the people, together with great violence in the earth, but there was also a preaching of righteousness by Noah, together with his building of the ark at Jehovah's command. Noah's three sons, together with their wives, responded to Noah's preaching and joined with him in building the great boat. Is it now as in Noah's days? No answer is better than the facts.

The King's presence or parousia began in 1914, and then his appearing or epiphaneia at the temple came in 1918. Since then the Greater Noah, Christ Jesus, has been building the Theocratic organization of security and preservation. He has also caused a preaching of righteousness and a declaration of the coming of God's wrath to be done by his remnant of the elect throughout the earth. The selfish people of the world have gone on in their pursuits and violence has increased in the earth, but the lovers of righteousness have taken the Kingdom message to heart. Many have come, and an unnumbered multitude will yet come, out from doomed Babylon, to seek refuge and safety under Jehovah's Theocratic Government and to put themselves in subjection to its King. Thereby they are baptized unto the Greater Noah, Christ Jesus. (1 Peter 3:20,21) They become loyal companions of His remnant in the giving

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of testimony to the nations, and share their sufferings.

Seven days before the deluge broke upon the "world that then was" Jehovah notified Noah and his sons and the wives to get into the completed ark and bring the animals in with them. The entering of the Lord's "other sheep" into the "one flock" under the "one shepherd" is now

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taking place. This is one of the most certain visible signs or evidences that 1914 marked the end of Satan's uninterrupted rule or world (aion) and that the final end of his organization invisible and visible is drawing near. The "other sheep", together with the remnant, take heed to their course to keep themselves unspotted from this world, lest "that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man". (Luke 21: 34-36) There is no other way for them to escape destruction at the hands of Jehovah's Executioner in the oncoming world disaster.

Noah's days and presence (or parousia) were not over with at the end of the flood, but he and the other flood survivors went forth from the ark into the cleansed earth and worshiped Jehovah God in perfect freedom and peace. The words of the divine mandate to multiply and fill the earth were then heard, and Noah's sons and their mates were privileged to obey that mandate to a miniature fulfillment thereof. In these corresponding days of the presence or parousia of the Son of man, and after the terrific baptism of fiery destruction upon the wicked world at the final end, the remnant and the "other sheep" will come forth from God's provided covert of safety and preservation. They will have obeyed His command: "Before the day of Jehovah's

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anger come upon you. Seek ye Jehovah, all ye meek of the earth, that have kept his ordinances; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye will be hid in the day of Jehovah's anger." (Zephaniah 2: 2, 3, A.R.V.) They will at once devote themselves to the worship of their divine Savior and Preserver, without any fear of molestation or interference.

Then will come an unspeakably joyful reward to the "great multitude" of the Lord's "other sheep", foreshadowed by Noah's sons and their wives. To them will be issued the divine mandate to multiply and fill the earth with righteous offspring. The righteous invisible overlord, Christ Jesus, will be in full control and will become their "everlasting Father". Their regeneration to perfection of human life will then begin. Because of their faith and obedience to God with unbroken integrity they have been counted righteous. Hence they will beget and bring forth their offspring in righteousness. Paradise will be restored to the earth and be made earth-wide, and this shall be the everlasting abode of faithful men and women. —Isaiah 9:6; Matthew 19: 28.



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