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by Dr. John Thomas
Come out, then, dear reader, and leave the den, if unhappily you sojourn there.
Believe the truth for its own sake, and obey it; and if you stand alone, be of good courage.
There is more real satisfaction in knowing, and being able to prove, the truth, and in contending single-handed for it, than in all the honour and enjoyment derivable from the applause of men, or the abundance of the world's goods a man may possess.
If the righteous "scarcely be saved" what scope is there for the ungodly and the sinner; and if judgment began at the house of God in the persecutions it endured, "what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
" Be not deceived by the traditions of the Gentile scribes and orators.
Their ministrations have no vitality in them, and leave their flocks in their own predicament, "dead in trespasses and in sins".
Therefore "come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean; and I will receive you, and will be a Father to you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty".
PART THIRD THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD IN RELATION TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD The pandemonianism of the world -- The Press its organ to a great extent -- Its conductors greatly deficient in political prevision -- A divine agency the real source of the world's revolutions -- God hath revealed what shall come to pass -- Nebuchadnezzar's Image explained -- It represents an Autocracy to be manifested in these Latter Days -- The Toe -- Kingdoms enumerated -- The Vision of the Four Beasts -- Of the Saints and the two Witnesses.
Having laid before the reader in the former parts of this work "the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ," and, I trust, enabled him to be "ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh him a reason of the hope that is in him," and also to know, without doubt, what he must do to be saved, I propose now to give an outline of the things set forth in "the sure word of prophecy" in relation to that crisis in human affairs which has come upon the world, and which is destined to be the occasion of the introduction of the kingdom of God.
The Lord hath truly said by the prophet, "I have a long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself".
It is now nearly nineteen hundred years since He spoke by His servant John to the seven congregations in Asia Minor; and so entirely hath He refrained Himself from further revelation of His will, that men have at length almost generally concluded that He hath ceased to take any interest in human affairs.
They speculate upon passing events as though they thought that mankind were formed for no nobler destiny than to fret out a brief and crushing existence in a precarious competition for food and raiment; and to labour with asinine endurance for the behoof of those who, by violence, avarice, and fraud, have gained the ascendancy over them.
God is not in their thoughts when they treat of the affairs of men.
They deal only with secondary causes, while the agency of the great First Cause is supposed to be confined to the saving of "immortal souls" from purgatory, or from burning in liquid brimstone underneath.
"Order" at any price is, with them, the chief good.
They ascribe glory and honour to Satan, though he has established a despotism over the nations which rivals the mythic dominion of Pluto.
Everything dear to truth, righteousness, and liberty must be suppressed by armed mercenaries, provided only that bank, stock-exchange, and commercial speculations, and the "vested interests" of public plunderers in church and state be protected and preserved intact.
Such is the pandemonianism of the world.
Sin in its most heartless and hateful deformity reigns the universal despot of the nations.
It is enthroned, and decorated with crowns, tiaras, coronets, and mitres; and is gathering strength by fraud, hypocrisy, and murder, for a last and final effort to crush all future endeavours to cast it out unto the earth, and its angels with it.
A corrupt and vicious press is the ignoble and servile apologist of its treachery and blood.
It flatters the grim assassins of the people, the soul of whose institutions is the ignorant stolidity and cruel superstition of a dark and iron age.
Its sympathies are with profligate kings, blasphemous priests, and savage generals; while no epithet is too vile or opprobrious for those who, having endured to the uttermost the debasing and ruinous oppression of their destroyers, seek to break their bonds, expel them from their thrones, and to diffuse truth and science among the people.