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by Dr. John Thomas
From these testimonies, it is manifest to all minds, unspoiled by a "vain and deceitful philosophy," that, in the Economy of the Future Age, all kingdoms, states, and empires; and all people, nations, and languages, are to be gathered together into one dominion under Jesus Christ.
These are the "things in the heavens," and the "things on the earth," which, grouPed together into one imperial dominion, will constitute an economy of things that will be wonderful and glorious.
We see, then, what God hath declared shall be -- an imperio-regal hierarchy of immortals, which, under one chief, shall possess all power and authority over subject nations in the flesh.
By such a constitution of things as this upon the globe for 1,000 years, the human race will have furnished from the foundation of the world a sufficient multitude of righteous men to people the earth when there shall be "no more sea".
Till this economy begins, the previous 6,000 years will have furnished scope sufficient to obtain an adequate number of kings and priests from Israel and the nations for the kingdom of the Future Age.
After this exhibition who will lack the ability to answer the question -- Why hath God made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on all the face of the earth; and determined the previously-appointed times; and the bounds of their habitation?
The answer is, He created a human pair and subjected them to the law of procreation, that they might so multiply as to refill the earth; He divided their posterity into nations by the confusion of tongues; determined the times of their self-dominion; and set limits to their territorial extension -- that, in the fulness of time, the materials of a kingdom and empire of nations might exist, which He would confer upon a king, and such other regal associates as in His own good and sovereign pleasure He should think proper to appoint.
The segregation of mankind into nations, then, is not accidental, or the result of mere human policy.
It is a divine appointment.
Human wisdom was opposed to it in the beginning; and if Socialists, Peace Societies, and such like, could carry out their schemes, they would commingle the nations into one indiscriminate "universal brotherhood," and abolish all times and bounds of habitation.
The projectors of the city and tower of Babel announced in their programme that the enterprise was intended to secure to the patrons of the scheme "a Name"; and to prevent them from being "scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth".
They were opposed to nationalization; they preferred a fraternal communism , and proceeded to build a temple of social fraternity for all mankind.
But God and His purposes were in none of their thoughts.
They were concocting schemes utterly subversive of them; therefore He interfered, saying, "Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do.
Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon all the face of the earth: and they left off to build the city".
The development of this imperio-regal constitution of nations is the one grand idea of the divine writings.
It is the subject matter of the gospel of the kingdom and peace of God.
All other divine arrangements concentre in this as the great focal truth of human redemption and terrestrial regeneration.
The needle is not more true to the pole, nor planetary attraction to the sun's centre, than are the things of the prophets and apostles to this idea of an Israelitish kingdom and empire of nations.
To lose sight of this is to remain in hopeless ignorance of the faith and hope, which God has graciously set before us in His word; and to lay ourselves open to every species of delusion that the carnal mind, so fertile of evil fruits, may enunciate in opposition to the "mystery of the divine will".
Enlightened by the scriptures of truth, we are enabled to discern that the present system of the world is but the aggregate of the means through which God purposes to accomplish two grand developments -- the one near; and the other a thousand years more remote.
The creation of the six days, and the peopling of the earth with nations of mortal men, is the mere preparation and collection together of the raw materials for a great, glorious, and magnificent display of wonders upon the earth.