THE OVERCOMER. 181 sent forth. To turn aside from what we knew to be truth, Satan and his demons. The issues are now clear. The and from truth needed by the Church in an hour of peril, signs are plenteous and positive. The earth vibrates with would be sin. This sin we could not commit. the tokens of Christ's Coming. Terror and despair have smitten the ranks of the aerial kingdom of fallen angels. Then those who had a dislike to the message began to They know that the pit is to open and swallow them up. abuse the messengers. . But this is an old custom. Those The Dragon knows his time is short, therefore he gives who hate the message and cannot smother it, begin to himself to great rage. belabour the messenger and to kill him. When the message torments, the prophet is slain, and left " dead in Undoubtedly, in the ministry given to us, the Lord has laid the streets of the city " (Eev. xi. 8). Warfare is not upon us the burden of the New Age. And now, in 1914, popular when it demands the presence of the person in the eternal decrees are fast becoming things of fact. The front rank. Warfare is not a bridal feast, so the truth itself coming events will mean a torment to the serpent, a joy to could not be popular. There are those who have held the our Christ, a rapture to the Church, and, in due course, an foe in contempt, but he has mocked at them in the ease to the world from a tyrannical prince, whose assurance that they were his captives. government over it since the darkness of Eden, even to the Millennial reign of the Son of God, has been cruel and And how strenuously the enemy has directly resisted destructive. every truth, and every word of truth, which has gone into the Overcomer. What battles with the foe have raged We close the Overcomer in faith, not only because we over every issue, and what conflict and strivings of spirit know we have finished our work in its issue, but also were endured in production of the truth. How terrible because we believe and testify to the Near Coming of the was the work of dislodging the lies so deeply imbedded in Lord. The spirit of the end which is upon us, necessitates the minds of men, and so well protected by the " father of preparing for the end. Our course is drawing to a close. lies." In this we had to stand against fallen angels—a What we have to say now to all who have known the race of superior intelligence, who untrammelled by any truth, is READ—REMEMBER—OBEYT THE TRUTH. We infirmities of soul or body, labour unweariedly to oppose have only to repeat what we have said again and again, for truth night and day. a plethora of truth has been poured out upon our readers. They have been soaked in truth. Let them now go back It is not because of insufficiency of work, or of material, to all they have read to find out what they want at the that we close the Overcomer. There are spheres of labour present time. Nor let them think that they have still open, and it would be very agreeable service to understood all that has been said, and therefore do not disseminate truth about revival, the principles of which need to re-read what has been written. They may not have been mastered by an experience of years of faithful have used it because they did not understand. Isaiah did obedience to the laws of the spirit. But if. God is closing not go on repeating his message. He gave it and left it to the age, there should be co-operation with the Holy Spirit God. Every fruit when it is ripe drops, and there is a in minutely working with Him when He closes our work germ, a growth, and a ripeness in the reception of and the on earth. We should observe God's guidance as He leads knowledge of truth. Many of our readers have yet but us on in this path. In normal times there is power to truth in the germ, but the God of Truth remains to watch embrace and extend work ; but now of necessity the over the truths He has given us to minister. power to do so diminishes as we draw nigh to the end of life on earth. If, when God is closing up your work, you The prayers of the Church have gone up to God for the take on responsibilities outside of His will, then you take binding* of the foe, and he is already potentially bound. on new work with diminished strength to perform it. The The Coming of Christ will banish him to the abyss. We nearer you come to the terminus the less Divine strength now await the descent of the Lord to meet His Bride. We is given if you are finishing your course, for the word is await the great procession of the King Bridegroom, the then not " forward " on earth, but " upward " to heaven. Son of the Most High, the Lord of Hosts. EVAN ROBERTS. It was impossible for us to see the Millennial issue of the warfare when we struck out against the foe, and took as our war cry: "All the victory of Calvary for the Church JUST as men are afraid, in battle, afraid of foes, of against Satan." Now, to our great joy, we are to expect looking upon swords, upon bayonets, and facing the gun, the glorious Coming of Christ and the ascension of the so there are men who are afraid to investigate truth. Church, and rejoice over a world without They are terrified at what they would discover. Just as there are heroes of battle so there are heroes of truth.—E. R. * Cf. Matt. xvi. 19, xviii. 18: Rev. v. 8, viii. 3-5.
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