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									                                   TREASURES OF TRUTH, VOLUME 24
                                     FRAGMENTS THAT REMAINS
                                             BY: GEORGE R. HAWTIN

                                                 CHAPTERS 1-7
       CHAPTERS       TITLE                                      SUBTITLES                                   PAGE
             1        AN OPEN LETTER                                                                             1
             2        THE PREPARATIONS OF THE HEART              Deliverance from Tradition                      9
                                                                 Fasting and Prayer
                                                                 Understanding the Will of God [Eph. 5:17]
                                                                 Laying aside the weights
             3        THE TRANSFIGURATION                                                                        19
             4        THIS IS YOUR HOUR                                                                          27
             5        SIX DAYS SHALT THOU LABOUR                                                                 37
             6        KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD                                                         44
             7        DEPRESSION                                                                                 52

                                                 CHAPTER ONE
                                                AN OPEN LETTER

If all the things that should be written were written every one, "I suppose that even the world itself could not
contain the books that should be written." John 21:25. Thus wrote the disciple whom Jesus loved.

Chapter one of this Volume 24 is intended to be, as the title indicates, an open letter to all who read it. May it
be to each one an earnest exhortation rather than merely a teaching. All the apostolic epistles were in reality
letters, often addressed to individuals, sometimes to congregations and even nations. I pray that the pages of
this chapter may be as a lamp to the feet of the believer and a light unto his pathway.
It is becoming increasingly clear to all who have a mind to understand that every indication and sign is pointing
to the hour of the great unveiling of the sons of God. Your heart may often grow heavy and your eyes dim with
waiting for your hopes to be fulfilled, but, as sure as God is on His throne, we are rapidly drawing near the end
of this age with all its human rule, and we are coming quickly to the glorious kingdom age when the mind of
Christ will reign and rule supreme. It should certainly not be difficult for us to see that, if men are to reign with
Him in rest and peace in an age when Christ rules and God's will is done in the earth even as it is in heaven,
then they must certainly here and now possess His mind and His will; for if there were even one carnal
contrary mind among all the rulers of the kingdom, one mind that was not subject to Him, one mind that was
contrary to Him, then the glorious kingdom of God would immediately become filled with the same wars and
fightings that everywhere exist in increasing measure throughout the length and breadth of the world today.
The kingdom would become filled with the same bickering, enmity, and strife that have always filled the pulpits
and the individual lives of the members of the visible church.
The world has been governed by the carnal mind for six thousand years. Wars and rumors of wars have never
ceased and never will while the carnal mind reigns. Israel in the Old Testament was often at war among the
tribes and especially between the north and the south. At one time the tribe of Benjamin was almost entirely
wiped out. So also the existing church for the past two thousand years has fought and bickered, quarreled and
hurled insults. On occasion she has even taken up the sword and fought bloody battles in the open field, and
on some occasions has even attempted to carry the gospel to the heathen on the point of a spear. The visible
church has been governed by the carnal mind and there can never be peace and unity where even one carnal
mind exists - certainly not when it bears authority.
Have you ever attended a session of parliament and listened to the arguing, the insults, the innuendos, the
contradicting and all such like? As I once sat in the gallery of the legislature and listened to highly paid men
wasting their time blasting each other, refuting each other, even threatening to fight each other, I wondered
how men who professed to be statesmen doing the nation's business could descend to childish squabbling like
little children arguing over a ball game. But that is the carnal mind. It can never agree. It can never be one, not
even with itself; and when it comes to the mind of Christ, the carnal mind is not only a dissenter, but a bitter
and hateful enemy.
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We cannot be too explicit and strong in our exhortation regarding the mind of Christ. No man will rule with
Christ in the kingdom unless that man has received the mind of Christ in (his present age. Let us not deceive
ourselves about that. As sure as God is on His throne and we are breathing His air, no man will reign with Him
in His kingdom unless he has received the mind of Christ in this present age. The kingdom of God is the mind
of Christ. The kingdom of God is the will God. The kingdom of God is righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy
Ghost.

There are many useless ideas and misconceptions about the mind of Christ. Men can be found all over the
earth who claim to have the mind of Christ - carnal men who resort to carnal means, who go right on carrying
out carnal purposes, who are all entangled with Babylon's harlot system and have its name inscribed on their
foreheads, who proudly bear the names of sects and denominations and go on building the visible things; men
who trust in the visible realm and put confidence in the ability of money to propagate the program of God, who
go all out for big and biggest, for large, giant and super, who clamor for crowds and human acclaim and love to
be called Reverend or Doctor or Father or Teacher. Ah, wretched condition! It has nothing to do with the
meekness and gentleness of Christ and nothing to do with His mind. It is rather the carnal mind that sits
enthroned in the temple of the Lord.

Paul said, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ." Many times before I have emphatically stated that
the mind that was in Christ was the Father's mind, and Paul is exhorting us, yea, commanding us, to let the
same mind, the Father's mind, dwell in us as it dwelt in the first Son, Jesus Christ Himself. What our mind is is
what we are. What our mind is, is what we think. Therefore, if our mind is carnal, we think carnal, we act
carnal, and we are carnal. But once the mind of Christ dwells in us, we think Christ, we act Christ, and we are
sons of God and a joint heirs with Christ. We become other sons in that vast family of sons. Praise His name!
Those who enter into this realm are born of God and cannot sin because they are born of God. Any man who
sins has not yet seen Him and not yet known Him. Christ could not sin because of the mind of the Father.
Neither will we be capable of sin when the same mind dwells in us.

The first necessity in receiving the mind of Christ is to realize that we have lived under the influence and power
of the carnal mind. It has governed our thoughts and actions and has even deceived us into believing we
possessed the mind of Christ. It is necessary to seek the cleansing of the blood of Christ that the old leaven of
the carnal mind might be purged away by the blood, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Do
not deceive yourself into believing that you can rise in a moment from an altar of prayer and go out filled with
the mind of Christ and completely free from the carnal mind. This just does not happen. The carnal mind is a
strong man armed that keeps his house and keeps his goods in safety and he will never be dislodged until a
man stronger than he (the mind of Christ) binds the strong man and casts him out and destroys his goods. See
Luke 11:21-22

When Paul said, "Let this mind be in you," there was a whole world of truth in the little word "let". It is not
striving to attain; it is striving to "let". I do not need to tell you that there is a titanic struggle involved for the
following reasons: If we are going to "let" the mind of Christ dwell in us, then we will have to refuse to "let" the
carnal mind dwell in us. That should be easy to understand. The carnal mind is concerned with the things of
the earth and the things of the physical body of flesh. It seeks to satisfy the physical through gratification of the
five senses of the body, for the sake of which the whole industry of earth is geared. Our whole trouble has
been that we have been willing to let the carnal mind dwell in us. We have nourished it and fed it the things it
desires with the consequence that it has grown stronger with the passing years, while the mind of Christ, being
starved, has grown weaker within us until we never come under its influence or power. Just a glance into the
realm of nature would surely teach us that it is the plant or animal that is fed that grows, and the thing that is
starved is stunted. All natural things have spiritual counterparts. It is positively true, therefore, that to feed the
carnal mind will make it grow to enormous proportions, but to starve it causes its crucifixion and death.

There are certain means by which the mind of Christ can be nourished and fed within us. Without these means
we cannot even hope to see the mind of Christ coming to maturity. In Hebrews, chapter one, the writer
unfolds some of the most astonishing wonders of God's purpose for His sons. He shows that God is preparing
His sons to be lords and rulers of the glorious ages to come even as it is stated in chapter two, verse nine:
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"For this subjecting of the universe to man implies leaving nothing not subject to him." (Weymouth) Just think
of that! God has not planned to subject the coming ages to angels, but to man, to those men who have "let" the
mind of Christ dwell in them and so have become sons of God walking in all His will. Is it any wonder, then,
that, after outlining these wonderful purposes of God for man, the Holy Spirit should ask, "How shall we escape
if we neglect so great salvation?"

 Have you ever considered the tragic results of neglect? Neglect is such a simple, easy thing. We do not have
to go to a lot of trouble to neglect a thing. Usually neglect requires simply doing nothing. A man may pay ten
thousand dollars for an elegant automobile and ruin it simply by neglecting to put a dollar's worth of oil in the
crankcase. Hundreds of lives are lost every day because someone has neglected some very simple thing. A
faulty electric wire is neglected and a house burns down. A faulty brake is neglected and a tragedy occurs on
the highway. At school we used to recite:

                                      For the want of a nail a shoe was lost;
                                     For the want of a shoe a horse was lost;
                                    For the want of the horse a rider was lost;
                                   For the want of the rider the battle was lost;
                                    And all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

"I passed by the field of the sluggard, by the vineyard of the man without sense; and lo! it was all overgrown
with thistles, its surface was covered with nettles, and its stone wall was broken down. I looked, and reflected
upon it; I saw, and learned a lesson. A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of hands to rest - so will
poverty come upon you like a footpad, and want like an armed man." Proverbs 24:30-34 (Goodspeed)

However tragic neglect may be in the natural realm, it is not even a worthy comparison with the dire results of
spiritual neglect, for they bear the import and impact of eternal things. They are freighted with eternal values
beyond the power of angels and principalities to explain. It is no wonder, then, that the apostle warned, "How
shall we escape if we neglect..." A man who is neglectful about spiritual things will be stricken with poverty in
spirit. He will be empty and void of spiritual understanding. He will be without perception of spiritual revelation
and truth. He will become sluggish and tend more and more to partake of the things that sustain and feed the
carnal mind.

It is a most dangerous thing to neglect the word of God. Show me a man who neglects regular and systematic
feasting upon the word of God and I will show you a man incapable of contributing anything to the spiritual
uplift of anyone. I will show you a man who cannot understand the purpose of God and one unable to advance
in truth, a man who cannot recognize truth when he hears it and who is easily deceived by error because he
does not know the word of God. By its many symbols the word of God is pictured to be a lamp for light, Prov.
6:23, a mirror to picture us as we are, Jas. 1:5, a laver for cleansing, Eph. 5:26, a critic or discerner to criticize
and exhort us. Heb. 4:12. It is food for the hungry, Job 23:12, milk for infants, Heb. 5:12-13, bread, Isa. 55:10,
honey, Psa. 19:10, strong meat, 1 Cor. 3:2. It is fire, water, a sword, a hammer, a seed, and many other
wonderful things that show in symbolic language the absolute necessity of reading the word of God.

We must not depend on what others tell us. We must know for ourselves. We cannot depend on prophecy
alone. We must know what is written so that the Spirit can quicken it to our hearts. "To the law and to the
testimony, if they speak not according to the word, it is because there is no light in them." Isa. 8:20 How often I
have seen people searching in the Old Testament for New Testament books and vice versa! What a disgrace it
is for men to be so neglectful of the thing they profess to love and desire that they have not even read the
written account, cannot remember what it says, and do not refresh themselves with its food and drink
abundantly every day! It is no wonder they have nothing uplifting to talk about and truth finds no response in
them.

During the last few years I have been discovering that the time of day one reads the word of God is a most
important thing. I make this prediction without hesitation or equivocation: If you, the reader of these lines,
would spend at least one half hour before breakfast reading and prayerfully meditating on the things you read,
your whole Christian life would change and spring into new abundance even as a wilted plant responds to
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showers, and bodies, emaciated from starvation, to nourishing food. You would find further that the word of
God would cleanse you, for it is not only a mirror, but a laver of cleansing as well. Those who prayerfully read
the word of God automatically find themselves bowing their heads in penitence and prayer as they read, for the
word of God is a discerner or critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart. A man or a woman who goes all
day without prayerfully reading the Bible does for his spirit the same thing that a day without food does for the
body. It leaves it weak and unresponsive with flagging and failing desires. "The new wine mourneth, the vine
languisheth, all the merry-hearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth,
the joy of the harp ceaseth." Isa. 24:7-8 So also it is with those who starve the spirit. It languishes and is
unresponsive.

The reading of the word of God should not be left until the evening. It should be done in the morning even as
Israel gathered manna in the morning, for when the sun was up, it withered away and disappeared. If you do
your reading first thing in the morning, you immediately open the gates that let in the flood tides of God and,
though the rest of the day may require you to walk through the wilderness of this world, you are unaffected by it
because streams of life are flowing in the desert and waters in a thirsty land. If on the other hand you leave
your reading and communion with God until later in the day, you will find that, as the manna disappeared with
the rising sun and the beginning of the day's business, so will disappear your ability to partake of the living
waters that flow from His glorious throne and of the bread of life which He Himself is. There is abundant reason
why Jesus Himself often rose a great while before day to get alone with God before the crowds gathered and
activities began. I have no hesitation in saying that if Christian people would go to bed one hour earlier and rise
one hour earlier to get in contact with God, their understanding would be enlightened. They would respond to
true revelation and be filled with it themselves, and sonship and the manifestation of the sons of God would
become a present and living reality instead of a dead issue that may happen to some lucky people in the far
future.
One of the greatest means of grace ever given to Christians is the privilege of prayer. While I suppose much
could be said about prayer, I am inclined to think that we could say much less and be more helpful. Very, very
few Christians really pray or know anything about prayer. We need one great revolutionizing lesson about
prayer and we need to forget most of the rubbish that has been taught us in the past. I have positively no
hesitation in saying that most of the prayers that are offered are not prayers at all because they concern our
own desires, our own wishes, our own troubles, and our own will. When the disciples asked Jesus to teach
them to pray, He showed them an actual pattern to follow - first, in adoration and worship; secondly,
concerning the coming of the kingdom; thirdly, a phrase of untold, unimaginable importance, "Thy will be
done." But, alas, the prayers that are made in ever increasing number both from the pulpit and by the private
individual are all too often a dissertation of our own will and a demand that God will do what we think and
imagine He ought to do. We pray that God will save the heathen, not knowing that God has His own plans for
the heathen, and that even now, as sure as they are bedeviled by the unrighteousness of an Adam they never
knew nor heard of, so also they are redeemed by the righteousness of a glorious Son who declared that, when
He was lifted up, He would draw all men unto Himself. Read the wonderful story of Rom. 5:18-21. How my
heart leaps as I read Paul's account of the work of Christ! He keeps repeating the blessed words much more!
Much more! Much more! Where sin abounded grace did much more abound." Rom. 5:9,10,15,17,20
We pray and plead for years for some man or woman to be saved and we imagine the thought unthinkable that
perhaps God has a different purpose in mind altogether. We beg and plead that God will revive the church as
we see and know it, not knowing that the true church is an invisible mystery joined to God in the Spirit and in
the mind of Christ, but that the visible, existing thing that is everywhere called the church is really only mystery
Babylon. The truth of the matter is that God is refusing to call people into it, but rather He is calling to all who
have ears to hear, "Come out of her, My people, and be not partakers of her sins." What I am trying to say is
that prayer is not prayer except it concerns definitely and directly the will of God. All other prayer is idle words
that must be accounted for in the Day of Judgment. It is as useless as the prayers of the Pharisees, who loved
to stand in the markets and make long prayers to be heard of men. Most prayers offered in pulpits are of this
order and are only prayed because they are part of the service. Any man can be called upon to pray whether
or not he knows the will of God.
It should be very evident, then, that the only kind of prayer that is acceptable with God is one that comes
flooding up from those fathomless depths of the spirit within, breathing out with unutterable longing the
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sighings and desires of the Holy Spirit within as He prays according to the will of God. I know what those
sighings are, and all others who have experienced them know. They are unexplainable to natural minds, but
"as the hart panteth after the water brooks so panteth my soul after thee, oh God.'"The vast importance of what
we have just tried to say is expressed by Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in these words: "Likewise
the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us according to the will of God, and He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit because He (the Spirit) maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Rom.
8:26-27

You will begin to experience this kind of prayer if you take my advice and begin reading and meditating and
getting the stream of life flowing early in the morning instead of waiting until the business of the day like the
sun has dried the manna up so that there is none to be found. How different will be the life of the man or
woman who thus contacts God in the early morning as compared to the man who sits up late to watch the soul-
destroying trash produced by Hollywood's fertile factory of evil, acted out by characters whose personal lives
are the quintessence of evil, adultery, fornication, and secret sins too numerous and filthy to mention. A man
who thinks he can be entertained by these corrupters of the whole earth and still have the mind of God for
prayer for himself and for the people has become a deceiver of himself. Television is a most remarkable
invention, but it has become a thief of time, a thief of manners, a thief of morals and it is even a thief of
physical exercise.

Our spiritual life is a very sensitive thing. It grows by continual contact with God. The spirit of man and the
Spirit of God are the same essence, and the spirit of man can only be nourished by the Spirit of God and the
things that pertain thereto. I wish you could see this point: Spiritual setbacks come upon us in the simplest
fashion. If a man eats poisonous food or receives in his body a thrust from a sword, his body receives a
setback from which he takes days or weeks to recover. Consequently we avoid such things as much as
possible. Can you not see, then, that spiritual wounds and spiritual poison deal a destroying blow to the soul, to
the spirit, and to the spiritual mind, giving it a setback from which it will take a long time to recover? The
solemn question is asked in scripture, "Can a man take fire into his bosom and his clothes not be burned?"
Indeed, he cannot. Neither can he partake of the rot and filth of the flesh and not receive a setback in the spirit
from which he may never recover. "Shame and dishonor will he get, and his reproach shall not be wiped
away." Anger, wrath, blasphemy, and filthy communication from any source should be put away because they
are poison to the mind of Christ, and to indulge in them in any way deals a destroying blow to the spirit from
which you may never recover. Those who hope to be sons of God and reign with Him in the glorious kingdom,
where all is peace and God's will, will certainly have to put away the flesh, for it is God's enemy that the mind
of Christ may dwell in them richly.

In Paul's letter to the Philippians, he made this very revealing statement: "I trust in the Lord Jesus to send
Timotheous shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man
likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus
Christ's." Phil. 2:19,21 The last part of this verse which says, "All seek their own, and not the things which are
Jesus Christ's", literally staggers my imagination. We are well aware of the selfishness and greed almost
universally rampant in the professing church in our day, but most of us have believed that things were much
better and Christians far more devout in Paul's day. When he wrote this pitiful confession, he was undoubtedly
referring to men who claimed to be the ministers of the gospel. These men no doubt could preach as good a
sermon as Paul any day of the week and perhaps many of them were much more popular, but down deep
within under the cover of outward show they were self-seekers. Beneath the outward cloak of righteousness,
consecration, fire, and devotion lurked the love of self. Their attitude toward the gospel, the people, and the
welfare of the church of God was the attitude of an hireling rather than the devotion of a true shepherd. Among
them were men like Demas, who forsook Paul and departed because he loved this present world. 2 Tim. 4:10
All that is in the world, let us remember, is the lust (desires) of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of
life. These are not of the Father but are of the world, and the world with all its passionate desires is rapidly
passing away. Strange, is it not, that one who would take the honor of preaching the gospel should beneath
the surface cloak of wholehearted devotion to Christ be found to be an admirer of the world and a lover of self?
In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul exhorted them in these words: "Examine yourselves whether ye be
in the faith; prove your own selves." 2 Cor. 13:5 Caution, my brother; for your carnal mind will never be
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persuaded to examine or condemn itself, but there is, nevertheless, a place of self-examination in the presence
of the court of heaven. The value of waiting long hours before God in prayer can never be overestimated.
Neither can the results of fasting with pure motives be overestimated because fasting will bring about a
condition of abandonment to the will of God. In fasting earthly things lose their attraction. Big things are cut
down to their proper size and are seen in a better perspective. It is in such times of pure devotion that a man
can examine himself in the revealing light of the Holy Spirit, and in such times the Holy Spirit takes the things
of God and shows them to our hearts.

Perhaps Demas was unaware that he loved the world. I am perfectly sure that, when he came to Paul to tell
him that he had decided to quit the apostolic party, he did not say that he was leaving because he had a secret
love for the things of this present world. Like people in all ages he doubtless produced some more plausible
excuse. Nor was he ready to admit to himself or to anyone else the true cause that really lay beneath his
decision to depart. We are all like that, if we will be honest. The love of self and the love of this present world is
in the heart of every man until the cross of Christ has eradicated it completely, and he who in his heart
imagines that the love of the world is not in him is a deceiver of himself.

The first law in the world is self-preservation, and the second law is like unto it - the preservation of the species
or the race. For this reason, though few people understand it, there is a strong urge in all creatures to
reproduce their kind. For this self-same reason many shallow and foolish people affirm that sex is the second
law of nature, but this idea is a perversion of the truth. God made sex in the beginning, not as a toy to be
played with, but as an irresistible force for the procreation of the race.
Seeing, then, that these things are so, why should we be surprised to find self popping up and shouting his
claims at every opportunity? Now some will ask, "Why, then, should I not consider self?" The answer is simply
this: Since we have come to Christ, we are not our own. We have been bought with a price. 1 Cor. 6:19-20 Our
only reason for existing henceforth is to glorify God in our bodies and in our spirits, which are God's. In
Weymouth's translation of 1 Cor. 7:22 we have these remarkable words: "A slave who has received his calling
in the Lord is the Lord's freed-man, and the same way a free man, if called, is the slave of Christ. You have
been bought with a price. Do not become slaves of men. Where each one was when he was called, there,
brethren, let him stand... close to God."
In the article, The Meaning of the Cross (Volume 4, Treasures of Truth), we pointed out how completely God in
His great plan of redemption has identified us with Christ in death, in resurrection, in ascension, in
righteousness, and in all other good things. It is a message that should be read and re-read until its truth is
indelibly inscribed in our hearts, because our ever present human tendency is to forget the truth of our
identification with Jesus Christ, and go slipping back again into the error of dependence upon our self-efforts
and self-righteousness. The truth is that self is self and flesh is flesh and there is no possibility of changing the
situation. The one and only remedy is death, and that death is not accomplished by our struggles and human
efforts to die and obliterate the old. It is accomplished by participation in the death of Christ. It becomes part of
our experience when the truth dawns upon our spirit that, when Christ died, we all died with Him. And let us
assure our hearts that, when we claim complete identification with Christ, this is no vain imagination. We are
not putting our confidence in a lie, but are simply believing what God, who cannot lie, declared when He made
known the truth, "I am crucified with Christ." The fatal mistake made by tens of thousands of God's people is
this: They wrongly imagine that, when Paul said, "I am crucified with Christ", this crucified state was something
he himself had accomplished by years and years of ascetic severity, struggling to overcome self, the carnal
nature and fleshly lusts. But the blessedness he enjoyed was not accomplished that way. It was accomplished
before the foundation of the world when God included all men in His Son Jesus Christ. The moment we see
and by faith accept the fact that we have already died in Christ, our troubles will be over and so also will our
struggles be over, for they are already in the past. Everything we are in Christ and everything we might ever
hope to be is given to us by God's grace and is made real in our experience the moment we have faith to
believe it is so.
In the fourth chapter of Romans, verse 16, we have these revealing words: "Therefore it is of faith, that it
might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed;" The whole truth, and nothing but the
truth, is simply this: God's grace has bountifully supplied every blessing, every requirement, and every demand
in Jesus Christ, and all those blessings, requirements, and demands are ours through believing faith. What a
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universe of truth is wrapped up in the simple phrase, "It is of faith that it might be by grace!" How else but by
faith could God ever impart such infinite gifts of His grace?

For centuries now there has been a well, cloaked lie walking about in the shining garments of truth. Though
theologians (if there be such a thing) have invented many ways of saying it, the meaning is the same. The
teaching is that we should imitate Jesus that we should try to do as He would do, and that we should always
ask ourselves the question, "What would Jesus do?" All this kind of talk may seem very good and appear very
noble, but it will get us exactly nowhere. In fact, it is a great detriment to us because it causes us to take refuge
in a false security, namely, our own self-righteousness. I have listened to men clever in the art of mimicry, who
could make an audience scream with laughter by their imitation of some person or thing. I have heard
preachers doing their utmost to imitate the voice and manner of other preachers more prominent and
successful than themselves. But, however clever their imitation was, it changed nothing. They remained what
they always were - just imitators. We once listened in amazement as well as amusement to a competition
among budgie birds to discover which was the best talker in the British Isles. They had been taught to recite
verse after verse of Mother Goose Rhymes and, upon completing the assigned number of such verses, they
ended their speeches by giving the announcement for the British Broadcasting Corporation, "This is the
B.B.C." It was amusing and very interesting to note that the birds in London spoke like Londoners, the birds
from Wales spoke with a Welsh accent and the birds from Scotland had the definite Scotch accent. It was a
remarkable imitation of human voices, but they were still birds - neither Englishmen, Irishmen, Welshmen, or
Scots, not even human beings - just little birds and good little imitators.

God forgive us that we have all been guilty of preaching sermons about the beatitudes, holding them up before
the minds of the people as a target at which Christians should aim, or as an example after which we should
seek to pattern our lives, a height to which we should all struggle to attain. We have preached our sermons
from 1 Cor. 13 and exhorted the people to try to show love and endeavor to make their lives conform to its
blessedness. May the Lord forgive us for this! The Sermon on the Mount was not given as a pattern to which
we should struggle to conform nor as a height of goodness to which we should try to attain. It is an unfolding of
the glories and riches awaiting those Christ-filled lives who not only have died in Him, but who have in faith
shared the glory of His resurrection and who here and now walk in Him. "It is of faith that it might be by grace."

                           For can the sermon on the mount be lived in human life?
                           Can sinful man ascend so high above his sin and strife?
                               Is there the possibility that he can strive and strain
                             Through a thousand consecrations that life to attain?
                           Forgive us, Lord, if such we think; for that is not the way.
                          Oh, give us ears to really hear what Thou didst say that day.
                         We want that life, oh, vision blessed! From us, Lord, never part;
                             For we can only have it when Thou livest in our heart.

We can indeed live every maxim of the sermon on the mount and fulfill every precept of 1 Cor. 13 if first we
believe that, when He died, we died with Him, and, when He arose, we arose to walk in the newness of the life
in Him. By such identification we are not as we were, but we now live and move and have our being by the
power of God in Christ. Henceforth it is not "I", but Christ, and the life, which we now live in the flesh we live by
the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for us. God forgive us that we have spent so much
time laying down rules and guidelines about dress, the length of skirts, and the fix of the hair. The heart is
never made better or cleaner or whiter by the style of our clothes, but, conversely, the style of our clothes will
be greatly affected and made better by the condition of our hearts.

In my early ministry I had in one of my congregations an elderly gentleman who was very exact about his dress
and all outward forms of holiness. He sat as a model of Christian perfection for all to behold. Never was he
seen to wear a tie, or cufflinks, or even a collar pin. Such evidences of worldliness and lack of sanctification
were all of the flesh and the world and were contrary to the Spirit of Christ! But I shall never forget the feeling of
surprise I had when one night he honored us by visiting in our home. Opening his pocket-book, he drew from
its folds the dilapidated wreckage of a letter which he had evidently carried for many years. The paper was so
old and worn that in an effort to preserve it he had patched the pieces together with tape. After telling us in
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grimy detail the story of an old enmity between himself and another brother, he read aloud the letter which the
brother had written to him years before. Perhaps it was unkind, bitter and vitriolic, but the question left in my
mind was how could a man professing such outward holiness be filled with such inner resentment that he
would carry a letter for decades, keeping it patched as a sacred relic of the bitterness and hate that lived in his
soul. What good, pray tell, is outward show since "God looketh on the heart"? Does this not shout aloud the
worthlessness of self-effort, self-reform, and self-righteousness? The heart is only changed into the image of
Christ when we by faith become identified with Him in His death. His resurrection, His life. Thus we become
partakers and sharers in His image and His likeness. "It is of faith that it might be by grace."

Solomom from his store-house of wisdom said, "Where there is no wood the fire goeth out, and where there is
no tale-bearer the strife ceaseth." Prov. 26:20 As long as there is wood to burn, the fire will keep on burning.
As long as self still lives and thrives, there will be carnality. Take away the wood and the fire goes out. Identify
yourself with Christ in death and the life you live henceforth will be the life of resurrection through faith in Jesus
Christ.

I am writing, not in the hope of gathering enthusiastic friends who will vigorously promote a cause or a
message, not to solicit funds or financial aid to reach more thousands of people with this message, but I write
these things because of a burden that is upon my heart for a people who, having believed on the Lord Jesus
Christ and trusted Him for their eternal salvation, have become hopelessly lost in the dense fogs of church
tradition. Darkness has so covered the earth and gross darkness the people that they have lost sight of the
true purposes of God. Imagining that temporal gain, crowds, numbers, and acclaims are criteria by which we
measure our acceptableness with God, they never remember that in His sight all such things are chaff that the
wind driveth away, something to be gathered up in the end and burned in the fire.

May every child of God who reads these words take heed to them. We have now arrived at the end of the
dispensation of grace. We have come to the time when we should call a halt and go no further with the
thoughtless throng. We are at the moment when we should dismount this merry-go-round of supposed church
activity. It is time to take prayerful thought before God and ask ourselves these questions: Just where has it got
us in the last ten or twenty or forty years? What has it produced in the world? What kind of fruit has it borne in
the nation? What has caused this whirlwind of unbelief and godlessness that is sweeping the land? Where is
the unity of faith among these systems? Is this thing of which we are a part the true church? Or is it part and
parcel of the harlot system?

Do we realize that one of the major curses of our day is that Christian people as well as worldly people are
actually afraid of silence? They get fidgety if there is no noise in the room. They turn up the radio, turn up the
television, put on a recording, carry on idle talk, get drunk, or anything except be silent. Why are God's people
so afraid of silence? Why must they ever be in a noisy meeting with singing and music, or listening to a
preacher who like as not knows less than those who listen to him? Why do we have to hear music in the
supermarkets, in the offices, blaring from the pocket transistors of pedestrians on the street and on the bathing
beaches? Why do women who spend their days at home insist on having the disconcerting din of rock and roll
and other such nerve-wracking noises filling their ears? Why do they say, "I can't stand silence"? It is simply
because they are afraid to be alone with themselves, with their thoughts, and with their God. They are afraid
that, if there is no noise, they might think. If no one else is talking, God might speak, and they are afraid of that.

Is it any wonder that God said to Abraham, "Get thee out from thy country and thy kindred and from thy father's
house", and, when he got out and away from his noisy friends and away from his country, then the Lord spoke
to him and told him what He wanted and what He planned to do. It was when Moses was in the backside of the
desert that he saw the burning bush. It was not in Pharaoh's noisy court amid excitement and princely
splendor, but at the burning bush, that God spoke to his heart. It was after all goodly things of earth had been
swept away and all his comforters had become his enemies that the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind. Job
38:1. And it was after God spoke that Job uttered those immortal words: "I have heard of Thee by the hearing
of the ear; but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." Job. 42-5-
6 It was in the year that King Uzziah died that Isaiah saw the Lord, high and lifted up. Isa. 6:1. It was when
Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness that angels ministered unto Him. It was not in the
hub-bub of church activity that the Lord revealed the gospel of grace to Paul, but in the awesome
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lonesomeness of the wind-swept deserts of Arabia. Gal. 1:17 It was not in his fervent duties among the
churches of Asia that the Revelation was given to the apostle John, but in the dreary lonesomeness of the little
isle of Patmos.

It is time to stop, look, and listen. It is time to examine ourselves whether we be in the faith. It is time to get off
the merry-go-round. Long ago at the mount of Horeb the Lord said to Moses, "Ye have dwelt long enough in
this mount." Deut. 1:6 Horeb was the place where they drank living waters from the smitten rock, of which Paul
later wrote saying, "And that rock was Christ." 1 Cor. 10:4 But now it was time to stop compassing and re-
encompassing that mount and to go on and on and on to the Promised Land.

After such a life of whirlwind activity as was my former lot among the religious denominations and sects, I have
often wondered why God in His sovereignty not only cut down the tree in whose branches I lodged, but laid the
axe to the root of the tree as well and sent me off in the year 1960 to this wilderness Horeb, this mountain of
God in the backside of the desert, whispering in my ear even as I departed, "No man hath left houses, or
brethren, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My sake and the gospel's but he shall receive an
hundredfold now in this time houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with
persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life." But early this morning, Feb. 2nd, 1969, as I waited before
Him in the stillness, He made me to understand that a people is being prepared in the four corners of the earth,
a people unlike any people ever before them. The seed of the kingdom, of sonship, and of truth is being sown
in their hearts. One is planting, another is watering, and God Himself is preparing the increase, which suddenly
will burst forth in life to fill the world with its ripened grain.

We are living in the most important hour of the entire dispensation of grace. It is the hour of harvest, the hour of
maturity of sons, the time when the full corn in the ear, the many sons of God, is ripening into the image of that
first corn of wheat that fell into the ground and died in the long ago. King David, a man after God's own heart,
wrote in Psa. 72:16-18, "There shall be a handful of corn in the earth on the top of the mountains; the fruit
thereof shall shake like Lebanon; and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall
endure forever; his name shall be continued as long as the sun; and men shall be blessed in him: all nations
shall call him blessed. Bless be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things." That
handful of wheat in the top of the mountains is the true body of Christ. It is the sonship company in His image.
Bishop J. C. Ryle of Liverpool, England, wrote, "It is a church whose existence does not depend on forms,
ceremonies, cathedrals, churches, chapels, pulpits, fonts, vestments, organs, endowments, money, kings,
governments, magistrates, or any act of favor from the hand of man. Its existence depends on nothing but the
presence of Jesus Christ and His Spirit; and they being ever with it, the church cannot die."

This has been a long letter, but the enormous importance of the hour calls for something more personal than
the ordinary teaching.

May the wisdom and knowledge and grace of God keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

                                                 CHAPTER TWO
                                     THE PREPARATIONS OF THE HEART

"The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." Prov. 16:1

In this chapter we will concern ourselves, not with the "answer of the tongue" as mentioned in the scripture
above, but with four important things concerning the "preparations of the heart" to make it a fit vessel to receive
truth. May I confess, before I begin the first of four exhortations, that I have recently had the experience of
beginning to write a message concerning a truth of great importance and feeling compelled to lay it aside for
the time being because of the inability of the majority to receive the truth of it.

This will not be the first time that truth has had to be withheld until the hearts of men were prepared even as a
field is prepared and made ready to receive and nourish the living seed placed in its earthly womb. Well do we
remember the occasion when our blessed Lord said to His disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you,
but ye cannot bear them now." John 16:12. And Paul likewise, having commenced to teach the Hebrew
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Christians concerning the excellent wonders of the priesthood of Melchisedec, was forced to cut short his
teaching while he rebuked them soundly for the dullness of their minds and lack of spiritual understanding,
saying, "Of whom (Melchisedec) we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of
hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the
first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For
everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth
to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good
and evil." See Heb. 5:1-14

DELIVERANCE FROM TRADITION

How unspeakably sad it is to find that in our day, two thousand years after the above rebuke was written and
with the kingdom of God coming on apace, millions of Christians are still babes at the breast! Worse still, I fear,
they are not even at the breast where they could receive the true milk of the word, but are on the bottle,
receiving milk, which was never intended for spiritual growth. My heart sinks and my soul is filled with a
sadness which is beyond expression when people who have been professing Christians for many years, often
claiming the fullness of the Spirit, write to me demanding to know what I think about water baptism, what I
teach about the Sabbath, what I think about Easter, why I do not write something about the way people dress,
what I teach about the rapture of the church, where I stand on the communion, what I think about the gifts of
the Spirit, and the laying on of hands! Honestly!! Did we never read Heb. 6:12?

Did you ever wonder what Jesus must have suffered in His Spirit when in the days of His earthly ministry He
traveled through the land demonstrating the power and glory of that kingdom age which is yet to come, healing
every imaginable disease, delivering men from the power of sin and Satan, demonstrating the mastery of the
sons of God over the elements of sea and air, walking on water, miraculously feeding vast multitudes,
speaking with the authority of the sons of God, and unfolding mysteries hidden from ages and dispensations,
and then, right in the middle of that display of supernal glory, we are told, "Then came to Jesus scribes and
Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, Why do Thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for
they wash not their hands when they eat bread." Matt. 15:1-2 Such a childish, petty, peevish, irrelevant
question! What a sinking feeling it must have given our Lord to find men who were leaders and teachers asking
such questions, casting away the key of knowledge, and blocking the pathway to the distant peaks of
revelation by stumbling over such human tradition as the washing of pots and cups and hands! They did not
care how much a poor man suffered the pain and inconvenience of a withered arm just so long as their childish
tradition about the Sabbath was respected. It was perfectly all right for a lame man to lie forty years in misery
at the pool of Bethesda, but he must not be healed nor carry his bed on the Sabbath day. A blind man could
grope in darkness from his birth and they cared not a straw for that, but the Man who made him whole must
certainly be of the devil because He healed him on the Sabbath day.

How I admire our wonderful Lord and Christ for walking rough shod over their worthless traditions and calling
them hypocrites, vipers, serpents, and liars for drawing nigh to God with their lips while their hearts were far
removed from Him! Indeed, they were whited sepulchers full of dead men's bones, clean on the outside but vile
and rotten and stinking within. I tell you, if Jesus were preaching in the church system today, Christians would
still come demanding to know how He stood in relation to their doctrines, voiding the glory of the kingdom for
the sake of their tradition, and making Him an offender for a word.

What does it matter what I think? What I think or what you think will change neither jot nor tittle of the truth. If
men are guided by what I think, they will probably be wrong. The question to be decided is whether or not what
I am saying is the truth. If it is, then let us walk in the glory of its light. Let us repent of the gross carnality that
everywhere darkens our pathway that we may walk in the light of Him who dwelleth in the light, which no man
can approach unto. 1 Tim. 6:16

Never was there written a more faithful word of truth than this: "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. But God hath
revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." 1 Cor. 2:9-10
According to this scripture we must conclude that there is one way and only one way by which spiritual truth
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can be received and understood by the human heart, and that one way is by the illumination of the Holy Spirit
of God. It is when He, the Spirit of truth, takes the things of God and shows them unto us that we see,
understand, comprehend and enter into those truths hidden from every natural mind from the very foundation
of the ages. Decide then in your heart immediately that the deep things of God cannot be learned in schools,
colleges, or universities. They cannot be dug out of books of learning. They cannot even be received from
sermons though Isaiah, Paul, or Jesus were to preach them to you. Truth must be revealed by the Spirit;
otherwise it cannot, simply cannot, be received.

"Why do you speak in parables?" the disciples asked their Lord. "Because to you it is given to know the
mysteries of the kingdom, but to them it is not given" was His revealing reply. How helpless, then, we are if the
Holy Spirit is not present to open these hidden things to our minds!

What hinders revelation? "Whom shall He teach knowledge? and whom shall He make to understand
doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts." Isa. 28:9 This passage of
scripture very forcefully teaches that true spiritual knowledge and true doctrine are never entrusted to men and
women who subsist on spiritual milk. They are yet babies in spiritual things and no more capable of receiving
the knowledge or doctrine of God than an infant of days is capable of understanding the arts and sciences of
the natural world. According to Peter newborn babes are to desire "the sincere milk of the word", 1 Pet. 2:2,
and they need not be deprived of it, but according to Paul strong meat belongs to them who are of full age,
Heb. 5:14, that is, Christians who are no longer "little children," but developing "young men" and mature
"fathers". 1 John 2:12-13
Now let us notice what class of people it is who are to be considered spiritual babies and let us also notice in
particular who those Christians are who are capable of digesting nothing stronger than milk and who
consequently are never able to see "the deep things of God." What I now write will deeply wound many, but it
will be a blessed wounding, indeed, if thereby the eyes of their understanding are opened and repentance may
be followed by the receiving of great spiritual truth and the receiving of spiritual truth followed by spiritual
maturity.
Hear now what the inspired apostle says: "And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as
unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not
able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal." 1 Cor. 3:1-3 There should be no difficulty
for even the most sluggish and unspiritual mind to see that carnality is the curse that keeps Christians in
spiritual infancy. It alone is capable of denying them that strong meat which can bring them to spiritual maturity
Let us now investigate what particular carnality it is upon which Paul puts such forceful emphasis. He does not
here speak of adultery, theft, gluttony, uncleanness, lasciviousness, or any such thing, but he fastens his
attention upon that one carnality which is the root cause of all carnality, successfully robbing Christians of
spiritual growth during all the ages, that carnality which has made spiritual dwarfs of prospective giants and
hidden from their eyes the glory of those things which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man. That carnality for which he rebuked the church at Corinth is the same wretched carnality
that in our day curses the entire professing church system. It is the carnality of sectarianism and
denominationalism. I think it is completely reasonable to believe that 1 Cor. 3:3-4 is speaking of the sectarian
spirit and the entire sectarian system. When Paul said, "Whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and
divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos;
are ye not carnal?" he was emphasizing the divisive tendency that inevitably follows wherever and whenever
men choose to call themselves by some name whether it be Paul, Apollos, Cephas, Luther, Wesley, Knox or
Pentecostal, Apostolic, Baptist, or any one of a thousand other names that purport to describe some distinctive
testimony. "Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?" 1 Cor.
1:13
I repeat without the slightest hesitation or without fear of any successful contradiction that sectarianism in all its
forms, and denominationalism in all its forms, is the carnality that exceeds all other forms of carnality. It is the
root of the tree of carnality and from its bad and discordant root of bitterness all branches of carnality derive
their food and subsist as a green bay tree. It is this most devilish form of carnality that stunts all spiritual growth
and keeps Christians drinking the milk of infancy when they should long ago have become spiritual fathers.
Every Christian must repent of it and turn from it with all his heart if spiritual growth is to be attained.
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How often I hear the time-worn objection, "We need these denominations to keep evil out". You lie, my friend!
You do not keep evil out. Evil is rampant among you. It is God who is kept out and with Him the unfolding of
His plan for the ages. You say we need these things so we will have a place for the five ministries to develop,
but that statement is made only because people have failed to understand, first - what the true body of Christ
is, and second - what a true ministry is. Surely you will agree that our true pattern, the Lord Jesus Christ, was
an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher all in one as well as a worker of miracles, a healer and a
speaker of wisdom, and all these ministries functioned perfectly outside the carnal conglomeration of man-
made systems. He taught in the temple, raised the dead in the cemetery, by the highway, or in the bedroom,
and proved His Sonship while walking the waves of Galilee. Seek not to defend and justify that which God has
cursed and which in itself is the very root from which the confused and divided image of Babylon has sprung.
What nonsense is it, which teaches that we need carnal institutions to promote spiritual ministries?

Let every one who has ears to hear stop and take earnest heed, because the Spirit of God now warns a carnal
people, divided and held in infancy by the sectarian system, that, unless they repent of their division, mourn the
carnality of their sectarian ways, and, forsaking all, go unto Him without the camp bearing His reproach, they
are doomed to spend the remainder of their lives in spiritual infancy and in outer darkness insofar as the deep
things of God are concerned.

Not only has denominationalism and all forms of sectarianism been used of Satan to dwarf and blind the minds
of Christians, but the division which these wickedly uphold has also been the darkness which has blinded the
eyes of sinners for whom Christ died. How can sinful men, who see nothing but war and strife and division
among Christians, ever believe that Christ has given them peace? I exhort, therefore, that all men and all
women do now repent of this wickedness, and, casting out the evil spirit of sectarianism from their hearts, flee
unto Christ who is head of that mystical body, the true church, which will reign with Him, undivided, in the ages
of the ages yet to come. Amen.

FASTING AND PRAYER

The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; neither can he know them, for they are spiritually
discerned. While we are "at home" in the body, we are absent from the Lord; and I think you will agree with me
that most of us are much more "at home" in the body than we are in the spirit. But you will also agree that the
spirit is much more important than the body, because the spirit is one essence with God's Spirit while the body
is identical with the flesh. "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the
deeds of the body, ye shall live." Rom. 8:13 Even the statement, "The body without the spirit is dead", James
2:26, should lead us to understand that the body itself has no life except what it derives from the spirit. Thus
every sin of the flesh is an outrage against the spirit whence it derives its life. Paul taught that, "If the Spirit of
Him that raised up Christ from the dead dwelleth in you, He that raised up Christ shall also quicken (make
alive) your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." Rom. 8:11

In the days of Noah men were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, which things concern the
body and the physical realm only. In our day likewise, as Jesus said it would be, men are eating and drinking,
marrying, divorcing, remarrying, and spending themselves into poverty in a vain effort to please and satisfy the
flesh, which, of course, can never be done. All labor and effort in our day is for the body and not the spirit.
Whether it be food and drink, clothes, shelter, comfort and speed of travel, dope, drugs, wine, women, song,
perfume, or tobacco - name it all and you find that all things are either directly or indirectly concerned with the
physical realm of the body, which is the flesh, the implacable enemy of the spirit. Even the religious gatherings
and conventions of our day put great emphasis on their plush motels for accommodation, their good eating
accommodations, and the beautiful buildings in which their meetings are held. How often we hear the
deceptive expression, "food, fun, and fellowship!” The truth is that food and fun have no more in common with
spiritual fellowship than oil has with water. They are iron mingled with clay. Each is the antithesis of the other. I
tell you with solemn sincerity that, while you are thus at home in the body, you will find an absence from the
Lord. There may be much frothy verbosity in preaching. There may be clapping of hands, singing of hymns,
and shouting and praise, but what good are any of these things if you are the same tomorrow as you were
yesterday?
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Now God has provided a very simple method by which men can begin to become strangers to the body and at
home with the Lord. You will find nothing popular or beautifully acceptable about the truth I now describe, but, if
you will persevere in it and consider the message it teaches, you will find yourself growing in grace, growing in
understanding, departing from sectarianism, and coming into harmony with the plan of the ages. God has
ordained fasting and prayer as a means by which the interests of the physical body, which is the flesh, are
greatly decreased while the interests of the spirit, so long neglected, are greatly increased. You will probably
not be immediately aware of any spiritual progress during a time of fasting and prayer. In fact, you may feel
much more dead and listless than at any other time in your life, but it is the flesh only that is growing weak. It is
not the spirit; and I guarantee that, if your heart is honest and your motives are pure before God, a new
understanding of the spiritual will begin to possess you. Things that were hidden, dark, and cloudy will begin to
scintillate with the light of God. Truth long obscured by the carnal mind will awaken to become a part of you.

Men are forever talking about the sonship message, but, O my brother, when you have earnestly fasted and
cast off the carnal mind, you find that sonship is something more than just another message. It is the
relationship of a mature son to his Father in heaven. It is the adoption by which God places you as "a son" in
the spiritual body of sons of which Christ Himself is the head. People talk about the kingdom, but so often their
talk portrays a dreadful dearth of the spirit of the kingdom. They talk much about coming out of Babylon, yet
they adhere to and advertise every putrid thing that belongs to her harlot system.

God has ordained fasting and prayer as a means of casting down the carnal mind and raising up the spiritual
mind. Fasting closes the eyes to the natural realm, displaying its deadness and ugliness while opening the
eyes to the glory of those heavenly realms. If you show me a man who never fasts, I will show you a man who
never quite sees the fullness and import of the present truth. Yes, he may be able to talk well. He may put it
over, so to speak; but his talk, though all unknown to him, always leaves a pitiful vacuum, which need not be
there.

Whenever the Spirit of God intends to emphasize the importance of any truth, you will find that it is brought to
the forefront over and over again by teaching, by prophecy, by type, by allegory, and in many other ways.
Take, for instance, the importance of the blood of Christ, which was shed for the sins of the world, not merely
to save us from the penalty of sin, but to save us from sin itself. Over and over, times without number, in
sacrifice, in offering, in prophecy, in type, in anti-type, in allegory we have this scarlet thread running through
the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. So also it is with any truth that concerns God's plan of the ages. You will
find it line upon line and precept upon precept throughout the pages of the good Book until its many aspects
shine out in one great revelation of Christ.

In view of the above I should think that fasting must be a matter of great importance - too great, indeed, to deal
with at any great length in the space we have at our disposal now. So great it is that we must conclude that it
was vitally connected with the life and ministry of every man of God whether he be a Bible character or
whether his ministry be recorded elsewhere. And should I not say further that, in this day of ours when above
all other ages our god is our belly and our glory is in the things that should make us ashamed, Phil. 3:18,19, it
is high time for us to take account of our own spiritual dearth and avail ourselves of that simple, lowly practice
of fasting and prayer, which always determines the difference between those who would enter into the realm of
the Spirit and those who would remain in the realm of the flesh. I would not make such a statement as this
without thought and consideration. Fasting, though a very simple and valuable act is undertaken by very, very
few people simply because it is hard on the flesh, and "no man ever yet hated his own flesh". Why is that so
many people manifest a hatred for their spirit by keeping it in bondage to that cruel taskmaster, the body, that
can promise it nothing but spiritual decrepitude and impoverishment?

Moses, the man of God, fasted forty days on two occasions, and, if I am not mistaken, those two occasions
had no interval between them, so that he actually fasted for eighty days without eating or drinking. In Deut. 9:9
Moses, relating his experiences to the children of Israel, told them that he had been in the mount with the Lord
for forty days and forty nights. "I neither did eat bread nor drink water," he said. Upon descending from the
mount, he found the people had corrupted themselves and had worshipped a golden calf, whereupon he took
the two tables of stone and broke them to pieces before their eyes and fell down again before the Lord forty
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days and forty nights. "I did neither eat bread nor drink water," he said again. See Deut. 9:17-18. There was a
great deal of the sovereignty of God in this act because it is quite impossible for natural man to endure eighty
days without drinking and in very few cases could it be accomplished without eating. But it is not this that we
are trying to prove. The truth is that the most remarkable revelation ever given by God to man, at least up to
that time, was accompanied by fasting from all bodily necessity.

The natural man is completely incapable of receiving the things of the Spirit of God; therefore, the more the
natural man with all his beastly natural cravings is put out of the way the more the spirit, which is made after
God's image and likeness, is capable of drawing nigh to God. Paul made the seemingly contradictory
statement, "When I am weak, then am I strong." To the natural mind such a statement as this is silly, but it is
silly only to the natural mind. The spiritual man knows that of all the enemies that bar the way to spiritual
attainment the body of flesh is by far the strongest and most persistent and demanding of them all. It is an
absolute fact that, while the flesh with its cravings is strong, the spirit is helpless and very weak. On the other
hand, when the power of the flesh is at a minimum, then the spirit is freed of its bondage and chains and flies
away to its own habitat in the realm of God. God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit
and in truth. It is this that Paul meant when he said, "When I am weak, then am I strong."

I will gain no friends by saying it, but the truth remains that in all human effort to accomplish something for the
Lord there is a super-abundance of flesh. Where the flesh is strong human organization is great. Dependence
is upon education, fine singing, fine speech, fine buildings, and above all else money is made the prime
necessity. Well have they nicknamed it "the almighty dollar". Carnal men love to display their pictures. They
love to be called doctor, teacher, apostle, prophet, evangelist, man of the hour. The ever present glorying in
spiritual gifts and ministries is a fleshly thing. Harsh words, you say? Yes, but too terribly true, nevertheless.
What Christians need in this hour when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people is not a
manifestation of fleshly niceties, but fasting and repentance and prayer that there might be unity with the will of
the eternal Father and oneness with the mind of Christ.

As we consider the value of fasting and prayer, our minds usually turn quickly to the account of Daniel the
prophet. Daniel was a man dearly beloved in the sight of God. Whenever the Lord expresses His exceptional
love for any man, you will always discover that His love is not favoritism, but rather it is the Father requiting the
love He sees in the man's own heart. God loves the whole world and everybody in it, but He especially loves
those who love Him, Prov. 8:17, making them special objects of His correction and thus also of His favor.
Daniel was greatly beloved, Dan. 9:23, because he cherished no interest of his own. God's interest was his
interest and God's concern was his concern. The whole ambition of his life was knit together with the purpose
of God, and besides that he had no ambition. Though he was the third ruler in the kingdom of Babylon - by
necessity rather than by desire - his heart was not in Babylon but in Jerusalem, and it was with his window
open toward Jerusalem that he kneeled three times a day in his chamber to pray and give thanks to God.
Daniel 6:10.

The plans and purposes of God are forever hidden from the natural mind. Please mark that statement well.
The natural mind is completely incapable of grasping eternal purpose. That is the reason for so much childish
thought among Christians. Daniel was no more privileged than other man, nor was he more beloved than any
other man who has a heart like his. Furthermore, he was no more capable of understanding the purpose of
God for the ages than you or I. This fact is surely evident by his prayer in Dan. 12:8 where he states, "I heard,
but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And He said, Go thy way,
Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."

In the 9th chapter of Daniel we have a manifestation of the true spirit of fasting and prayer. Would you give
special attention to the three prominent points that follow?

(1) The occasion of his seeking God with fasting and prayer arose from his lack of understanding of a prophecy
given by the prophet Jeremiah. Dan. 9:1-2 His lack of understanding evidently troubled him greatly and caused
him much concern. We should always give special attention in fasting and prayer when any great concern
disturbs or troubles our hearts, for more than likely the concern we feel is a concern born of the Holy Spirit,
and, if we will follow it faithfully by fasting and prayer, God will meet us with an answer and an assurance which
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is of Him. It is positively of no avail whatever to fast and pray in an endeavor to persuade God to give you
something you personally desire. Your prayer and your fasting must always be in accord with God's purpose
for the ages, always remembering that the present is a most important part of the ages. God has a plan for
now.

(2) Daniel set his face unto the Lord God to seek by prayer and supplication, with fasting and sackcloth and
ashes. Notice: - Our seeking of God must not be casual, but with purpose. Daniel sought with prayer and
supplication. Supplication denotes humble and earnest seeking and requesting special favor. See further how
he used all means at his disposal - fasting, prayer, sackcloth and ashes - not to persuade or bribe God into
giving an answer, but rather to separate himself from the uncrucified flesh, which hindered his approach to
God, and to place his spirit in harmony with God's will and purpose. Many times I have written and spoken my
firm conviction that there is only one element in faith, and that one element is the will of God. He who concerns
himself with the will of God will find no problem with faith.

(3) He made confession of sin and the committing of iniquity and of rebellion against the precepts and
commandments of the Lord. Wherever the word iniquity is used in the Bible the true meaning is rebellion.
There are many Christians who live without sinning but who continually live in iniquity (rebellion). God speaks
to them about fasting, but they rebel and refuse to do it. That is iniquity. God speaks to them about prayer and
the reading of the word, but they won't make the sacrifice. It is easier to read the newspaper, talk to friends, or
watch TV. God speaks to them about tithing, but they won't do it. They rebel against it and console themselves
by speaking against it. That is iniquity. God rebukes them for their backbiting and evil speaking, but they won't
stop it. All this is iniquity because it is rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as
iniquity and idolatry. 1 Sam. 15:23. Is it any wonder that this stubborn man, Saul, later turned to a witch to
answer his problem! 1 Sam. 28:7-25. Notice in Daniel's confession how this truth is further emphasized. "We
have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from
Thy precepts and from Thy judgments." Dan. 9:5. A verse-by-verse study of this whole passage, Dan 9, will
reveal much truth to the earnest seeker, and God will prepare his heart and reveal his need of cleansing to
him.

The fast recorded here took place in the first year of king Darius, Dan 9:1 and the results were beyond
description, but these we must leave for the reader to search out for himself. In the third year of Cyrus, king of
Persia, Dan. 10, Daniel again set aside three weeks for another special period of fasting before the Lord.
During this fast he allowed himself certain foods, but stipulates that he ate no "pleasant bread" (no dainties)
and he abstained from "flesh and wine". Verse 3. Again because of limited space we must leave the
remarkable results of this fast and the glory of the blessed revelation Daniel received for the reader to search
out for himself in the remainder of the chapter.
I think we may safely say that all the prophets were men of fasting and prayer. David states that his knees
were weak from fasting, Psa. 109:24, and that he humbled his soul with fasting. Psa. 35:13. Paul makes
mention of his own fasting by the simple expression, "in fastings often". 2 Cor. 11:27. Martin Luther in his
longings for God fasted until sometimes he fainted. John Wesley and John Knox were men who spent almost
countless days in fasting and prayer. Charles G. Finney found that, whenever his great spiritual power was
ebbing, a few days of fasting would restore it.
I am sure it would be right to conclude that all the successful fasting and prayer accomplished through the
ages concerned God's plan for His present truth. There is always a present truth, and it is with the present truth
that we should concern ourselves. In the days of Noah the present truth was that the whole world, because of
its abounding wickedness, was to be destroyed by a flood of waters. It was with this purpose and this alone
that Noah concerned himself, and in obedience to God be built an ark to the saving of his house. The present
truth for Abraham was that God had chosen him to be the father of a nation by whom and through whom He
would bless the whole earth. It was to this revelation that he was obedient in all things. The present truth for
Moses concerned the deliverance and instruction of the same chosen people. They were his concern day and
night, and for them he fasted and prayed. The present truth for Paul the apostle was that the dispensation of
grace had been committed to him, and because of that trust he was in watchings with fasting and prayer,
continually preaching and writing to fulfill the demands of the time then present. In Luther's day the present
truth was justification by faith, and to that all his effort turned.
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We should be very foolish people indeed should we allow ourselves to believe that the hour in which we live
has no present truth. I am satisfied that no more important hour has ever dawned on the world's horizon than
this hour in which we now live. It is, however, an hour as far beyond the understanding of the natural mind as
the flood of waters was beyond the understanding of the disobedient of Noah's day. We simply cannot
comprehend the message of these closing days of the age except it be by divine revelation. We may talk of
Babylon all we wish, and think we have come out of her, but Babylon is a revelation. We may listen to sermons
on sonship and imagine we have entered its blessedness, but these truths cannot be comprehended until the
Lord God Himself breaks them open to the heart, enlightening the mind and giving understanding.

My dear brother and sister, I believe it is my duty before God to tell you that without fasting and prayer the
present truth of sonship and union with Christ will never quite come alive to your spirit. You will always fall just
short in understanding. While you preach that men should flee from Babylon, you yourself will yet embrace her
harlot daughters. You will exult about the body of Christ as though it were a visible thing, but fail to know that
for two thousand years that body has been rising in mystery completely outside the pale of human machinery,
being perfected by ministries set of God and not made of man to form a fixed abode, a mysterious house not
made with hands, for God Himself in the Spirit. Wake up, my sleeping brother! Tear the darkling veil from off
your eyes! The body you are now trying to perfect is not the body of Christ, and the ministries you are
desperately trying to establish are not the ministries, which Christ has set. Oh, that men would avail
themselves of that mighty key to revelation available to every sincere heart, fasting and prayer!

UNDERSTANDING THE WILL OF THE LORD Eph. 5:17

It was Solomon who said, "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get
understanding." Again he said, "When wisdom entereth into thy heart and knowledge is pleasant to thy soul,
discretion shall preserve thee and understanding shall keep thee." These are remarkable words of inspiration
and truth. All who read them would do well to take time out to consider them carefully and prayerfully. There is
nothing more frustrating and detrimental to spiritual growth than to walk in darkness and ignorance; but, if
darkness and ignorance give place to understanding, then doubts, fears, misgivings, and frustration are all
erased, and we walk in the light that shines from the face of the Lord.

How often during the journey of life circumstances arise that are beyond our understanding, bringing
frustration, disappointment, and even anger! In our dilemma we reproach ourselves, we censor those who
seem to be responsible for our foozle, we accuse the devil, and we blame circumstances, but, when at last we
learn that God's hand was in our trial, then we understand. Hence, had our understanding been enlightened in
the first place, we would have saved ourselves from the frustration and complaining that served only to
befuddle our lives.

As I am writing these words, the three astronauts, Lovell, Haise, and Swigert, together with the control crew at
Houston are desperately struggling with all the skill at their disposal to bring the crippled Apollo 13 back to
earth. A few days ago millions of people felt a sympathy for a disappointed Thomas Mattingly, whose years of
training together with his ambition to take part in a great adventure, were frustrated by the miserable prospect
of German measles. But today I think we might congratulate him for his good fortune. If understanding can grip
our spirits and open our eyes that we might see that "all things are of God", 1 Cor. 11:12, then we will not only
save ourselves much frustration and misgiving, but will rejoice in the knowledge that, because "all things are of
God", it certainly follows that all things must be working together for good to those people who love God.

When we consider how God made promise to Abram, not only that he would be the father of a nation, but that
he would be the father of many nations, that his seed would be as numberless as the sand of the sea, and as
countless as the stars of heaven, and that in his seed all nations would be blessed, dare we blame him if at
times he grew a bit frustrated or disappointed as he saw the years pass by the score with no sign of fulfillment
of the promise? But we read, "He staggered not". Yet I think the only thing that could have kept him steadfast
during those long, long years of waiting was a faith that rested on understanding, unaffected by frustrating and
changing circumstances. If I know anything about people, then I am positive that Abraham must have had
many well, meaning friends who chided him with many uncomplimentary remarks about his fanatical notions.
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No doubt they offered him much excellent advice as to how he should get back into the main stream of things.
But here was one man who understood what the will of the Lord was. Permit me to say with all the emphasis
born of many years of experience that he who understands what the will of the Lord is must certainly turn a
deaf ear to all the free advice of well meaning friends and broken-hearted relatives who tearfully mourn, "What
a blessing he could have been if he had only listened to our good advice."

There is a wealth of information to be found in the words of David, "He made known His ways unto Moses, His
acts to the children of Israel". No man ever comes to an intimate relationship with God by watching His acts no
matter how great they may be. It is a knowledge of the ways of God that brings us to mature faith and
understanding. The children of Israel based their faith on the acts they saw God do. They saw the plagues
desolate the land. They trembled at the judgment that overtook Pharaoh. They saw the waters divide and
marveled at the pillar of fire and covering cloud. They drank the water that gushed from the rock; but, the
moment these signs were absent, they whined and complained like spoiled children because their confidence
was not in God and His purposes, but in acts and miracles that tickled and pleased their imaginations. Moses
was not of this coil. His faith rested in the eternal purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His
own will. To the children of Israel, if there were no "acts ", no miracles, no signs, no wonders, then God was
not there. To Moses God was there, working the immutable purpose of the ages, acts or no acts, miracles or
no miracles, healings or no healings, water or no water, manna or no manna.

The faith and simple trust that all things are of God and all things are working together for good to them that
love the Lord is the faith that the Father is looking for in you and me. I am fully persuaded that neither death
nor life nor angels nor principalities nor powers nor things to come nor height nor depth nor any other creature
is able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus the Lord. And not only are these things
unable to separate us from the love God, but all these things are ministering together and working together to
mould us into the kind of sons God is demanding. They are all ministers of His to do His pleasure. Yea, they
are among the all things working together for good to them who love God and who are the called according to
His purpose.

If a man cannot see that the temptation of Satan in the life of Job was a necessity, then he has completely
missed the point and failed to discern the value of temptation altogether. If we cannot see that the temptation
of Adam and Eve was a necessary part of God's plan, then I fear we have missed the point and failed to see
the plan. The temptation of the Son of God in the wilderness was a necessity, and so also are temptation, trial,
suffering, misunderstanding, disappointment, poverty and all else necessary in your life and mine. When we
understand what the will of the Lord is, we can say blessed is the man that endureth temptation, for, when he
is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to them that love Him. James 1:12

LAYING ASIDE THE WEIGHTS

My heart's desire is that all who read these truths may be filled with the conviction that God our Father is
preparing a people to share the image of Christ and reign with Him. First we shall reign with Him in that age we
call the millennium, which is the kingdom of God, when the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
Second, we shall reign with Him in the dispensation of the fullness of times when all things will be gathered
unto Him. Eph. 1:10 Then we will reign with Him in the ages of the ages when the whole universe becomes
subject to the Father in heaven. 1 Cor. 15:25-28 If we imagine that our main ministry is now in this present
age, we have accepted one of the greatest errors the system of Babylon was capable of teaching. We all
should realize that, while we are given some opportunity to minister in this age, this age is principally a time of
preparation for the true ministry to come. With this understanding we begin as true sons of God to lay hold on
the hope set before us. Even our blessed Lord Jesus Christ lived with this hope in view. He knew that His main
ministry lay in the ages to come, for thus it is written of Him: "Who for the joy that was set before Him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Heb. 12:2 Why did He
sit down at the right hand of the Father? The answer is that He sat down by the Father's throne to take the
reins of government, first, to reign by Himself over the mystical church; second, to reign with His brothers, the
sons of God, over the kingdom of God; and third, to reign with the sons of God and the bride in the
dispensation of the fullness of times. How clearly we see in this the ever increasing glory of His kingdom, and
our understanding is enlightened as to the true meaning of this statement: "Who for the joy that was set before
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Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." How
marvelous are Thy works, O God Almighty, and Thy ways past finding out! Who hath known the mind of the
Lord or who can instruct Him? For from Him everything comes, by Him everything exists, and in Him
everything ends. Glory to Him unto the ages of the ages! Amen and amen!

Since, then, we have such marvelous hope pulsating in our breasts, what manner of persons ought we to be in
all holy conversation and godliness? If this is the age of preparation, should we not prepare ourselves? Ought
we not in this one thing imitate our Lord, who for the joy set before Him endured all things? Let us avail
ourselves of every means of grace, laying aside every weak and beggarly thing that binds us to this present
age that we might partake fully of Him and share with Him in that abundant glory which is set before us. As for
me, I shall gladly count all things but loss and utter trash unworthy of the least notice that I may share with Him
in that infinite glory and reign with Him unto the ages of the ages.

Hear now the wise instruction of our brother, Peter, for it is true that God gave to him the keys (plural) of the
kingdom. "Rid yourselves, therefore," said he, "of all ill-will and all deceitful-ness, of insincerity and envy, and of
all evil speaking. Thirst, like newly-born infants, for pure milk for the soul, that by it you may grow up to
salvation; if you have had any taste of the goodness of the Lord. Come to Him, the living Stone, rejected
indeed of men, but in God's esteem chosen and valuable. And yourselves also like living stones be built up into
a spiritual house, as a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it
is contained in scripture, See, I am placing in Zion a cornerstone, chosen and valuable, and he whose faith
rests on Him shall never be disappointed." 1 Pet. 2:1-6 (Weymouth) "You are a chosen race, a royal
priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God... I entreat you as strangers and foreigners to restrain the
cravings of your lower natures which wage war upon the soul; to live honorable lives that God may be glorified;
to submit for the Lord's sake to the authority set up by man, (emperor or governors), for it is God's will that by
doing well you silence the ignorant talk of foolish persons. Servants, submit to your masters with respect, not
only to the kind, but to the unreasonable. Married women, be submissive to your husbands. Married men, love
your wives and live with them with a clear recognition that they are not as strong as you are, but, being heirs
together of the grace of life, treat them with honor, that your prayers be not hindered. Be kind, harmonious,
sympathetic, tender-hearted, lowly-minded, not requiting evil with evil, but blessing instead, because you have
been called to be a blessing. He who wishes to enjoy life (the life of the ages) let him restrain his tongue from
evil and his lips from deceitful words. Let him turn away from all evil and do good; let him seek peace and
pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to the their supplication; but
the face of the Lord is set against evil-doers." See 1 Pet. 2:9-20 (Weymouth)

In the epistle to the Hebrews we have this simple and instructive statement: "Wherefore, seeing we are
compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so
easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." Heb. 12:1 Runners in a race
always lay aside their garments so that the race may be run with the least possible impediment. The world's
best swimmers often shave off all the hair from their bodies so that their passage through the water will not be
impeded. If men to win a corruptible crown lay aside every weight with every hindering thing and strain every
well trained muscle and nerve to win, how much more then should their example teach us to lay aside all
hindering weights that we for whom an incorruptible crown is being prepared may better run the race that is set
before us. See, then, what wisdom Paul uses in this urgent exhortation: "Lay aside every weight, and the sin
that doth so easily beset us."

You will rightly conclude from this passage that weights and sins are not necessarily the same thing. Christians
are forever impeding their spiritual progress with seemingly harmless weights. "What harm is there in it?" so
often they ask. But they are weights none-the-less, so completely able to handicap their progress in the race of
life that they will be instrumental in denying them a place in His body and in His throne. There is no sin in
eating, but, if a runner over-indulges even in such a simple pleasure, he will not only lose the race, but possibly
fall out long before the finish line. Those who indulge the flesh to the detriment of the spirit can do nothing but
fail, because ours is a spiritual race.

While Peter is saying, "Lay side all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and evil speakings," 1
Pet. 2:1, Paul is exhorting, "Put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your
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mouth. Lie not one to another". Col. 3:8-9 Again in verse 5, "Mortify (kill) your earthly inclinations (Weymouth);
fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection (sensual passion), evil concupiscence (unholy desire), and
covetousness (greed), which is idolatry."

We do not have space here to consider in detail any one of these weights and sins mentioned above, but it is
time God's people disassociated themselves from all forms of the sex craze of our day. Sex in all its inordinate
manifestations was the chief offender in bringing about the flood in Noah's day. Sex in every perverted form
was responsible for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and sex rampant, perverted, twisted, mingled,
exposed, unabashed, and depraved is hurling the present age into the fearful maelstrom of the great
tribulation. Blessed is he who in this hour of filth and corruption watcheth and keepeth his garment spotless!

Paul, who said "put off" all these corrupt things that impede our progress, exhorted us to "put on" those things
that would quicken our step and hasten our growth. "Put on" therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and
forgiving one another ... And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Let the
peace of God rule in your hearts (remembering that He is our peace)... Let the word of Christ dwell in your
richly... Col. 3:12-16 He who feasts upon the living word sups with Christ, giving Him place to dwell richly in the
heart. "Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus... Wives, submit yourselves
unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your
children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters... Col. 3:17-22 Walk in
wisdom toward them that are without. Col. 4:5. Let your speech be with grace. Verse 6. Continue in prayer and
thanksgiving. Verse 2.

Now "blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath
begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance
incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power
of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Pet. 1:3-5 Seeing we have such a
hope, we use great plainness of speech, and, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, we are changed
into the image of Christ from one glory to another by the Spirit of the Lord. See 2 Cor. 3:18

Let us, then, cast aside all hindering weights that tradition has heaped upon us and, delivering our feet from
the snares that impede our progress to the distant peaks sublime, let us run with patience the race that is set
before us, looking only to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.

                                              CHAPTER THREE
                                           THE TRANSFIGURATION

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ from beginning to end was punctuated by many times of crisis. All these were
ordered of God and ordained to accomplish some infinite purpose in the great plan of redemption. His virgin
birth was a crisis event, of which we cannot now speak in particular. That birth, nevertheless, was the birth of a
God man. By it God was manifest in the flesh. Through the miracle of this wonderful incarnation God came into
the realm of man and by it man comes into the realm of God. Here in Christ Jesus God and man are united.
"Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of
the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven." Psa. 85:10-11

Many years after His birth came the crisis hour of His baptism and announcement of His adoption. After He
was baptized, the heavens opened and a voice from heaven proclaimed His adoption and mature Sonship in
these words: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Then followed the crisis of the threefold
temptation in which He proved Himself victor over the world, the flesh and the devil. The ministry that followed
His baptism and temptation is the most remarkable phenomenon in the history of the world. All the shining
lights of former years paled before this rising Sun of Righteousness as candles fade before the light of day.
Following this came the annunciation of His death, then the marvelous transfiguration, the agonies of
Gethsemane, His trial, His crucifixion and burial, His triumphant resurrection and His ascension into heaven,
where He remains in immortality, awaiting the glad hour of His second coming. This He promised by this most
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emphatic statement, "If I go away, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am there ye may
be also."

While each of these momentous occurrences deserves to be considered separately and in detail, it will be our
purpose now to consider with the little understanding we have the wonders of the transfiguration. God grant
that, as we explore its available depths, our spirits may be edified and our desire increased for the glory and
power of His coming.

The books of Daniel and Revelation each contain visions of a glorious One, which are most remarkable for
their similarity. Daniel, during his fervent seeking for God by fasting and prayer, was lifted into the realm of the
Spirit and, raising his eyes, he beheld "a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with the fine
gold of Uphaz: His body was like the beryl (chrysolite), and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his
eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like
the voice of a multitude." Dun. 10:5-6

It is not necessary that we point out here the similarity between the vision and that of John in Rev. 1. The
agreement is clearly seen by reading the passages, but that John and Daniel were actually beholding the same
glorified person there can be no doubt whatever. John, overwhelmed by this vision of the fullness of Christ,
writes these awesome words: "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw
seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed
with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were
white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as aflame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if
they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters." Rev. 1:12-15

Can we doubt that this personage so vividly described by Daniel and John was other than the person portrayed
by Matthew, Mark and Luke in their gospels and seen by Peter, James and John in the mount of
transfiguration? These gospel writers tell us that, as He prayed, He was transfigured before them, and His face
did shine as the sun. and His raiment was white as the light. Matt. 17:1,2; Mark 9:2,3; Luke 9:28-30. Again it is
clearly evident that this Christ of the transfiguration is the same radiant One whom John saw coming through
the open heaven with the armies of heaven following upon white horses. His eyes were aflame of fire and on
His head were many crowns.

He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. Rev. 19:11-16

Several crisis events preceded the transfiguration of Jesus, the Christ, all of which should be considered as
essential to the great event itself. At the time of the transfiguration the end of Christ's earthly ministry was
drawing near and the cross of Calvary loomed large on the horizon. In the sixteenth chapter of Matthew the
record states that Jesus had inquired of His disciples concerning the public opinion of Himself. "Whom do men
say that I, the Son of man, am?" He had asked. His disciples, well acquainted with public opinion, replied,
"Some say that Thou art John the Baptist; some Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." But
Jesus, after hearing this, asked this more pertinent question: "But whom say ye that I am?" And Simon Peter
answered and said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Responding to this confession, Jesus said,
"Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
heaven." Matt. 16:13-17 How remarkable this confession was can only be understood by those to whom God
had revealed His Son. Such truth as this comes not by books nor by teaching. That Jesus is the Christ, the
Son of God, is revealed to us only by the Spirit. "What man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man
which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." 1 Cor. 2:11 And again,
"Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all
things, yea, the deep things of God." 1 Cor. 2:9-10 It is sad, but true, that the pulpits of our land are occupied
by men who question and doubt the deity of Jesus Christ. An incredible number of these men see Jesus as
nothing more than the son of Joseph and Mary, while to others He is God in Christ, reconciling the world unto
Himself. Without the spirit of revelation truth lies lifeless and dead. It is the Spirit that quickeneth. The flesh
profiteth nothing. Flesh and blood can reveal no spiritual thing. Only the Spirit of God can do that.

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Now notice what follows Peter's confession and Christ's commendation of him. We are told in Matt. 16:21,
"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto His disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer
many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day." But
strangely this same Peter, who had been blessed with such a wonderful revelation, is now seen to have no
understanding at all of Christ's real mission to earth - that He might die for the world. Thus, when Jesus began
to speak of His approaching suffering and death, Peter took Him and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Be it far
from Thee, Lord: this shall not be unto Thee." The utmost necessity of the cross was not understood by Peter
nor by any of the disciples. This cross, like all spiritual truth, must be by revelation even as our identification
with the cross comes by revelation. While Jesus spoke of the glory and the kingdom to come, the disciples
were heartily with Him, but when He introduced the subject of His suffering and death, they drew back in
unbelief and fear. If Christ could enter into His glory without suffering, their hearts were with Him, but if
suffering and death were involved, they became afraid and withdrawn. It is of infinite importance that we learn
early in our experience that suffering is essential to reigning. If we suffer with Him, we reign with Him. If we
deny Him, He will deny us. The man or woman who shies away from the cross laid upon him by the Lord will
find himself lacking on the great day of rewards. "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take
up his cross, and follow Me." Matt. 16:24 Those who accept the cross are prepared to reign. Those who refuse
it are weeded out. At the suggestion of a cross and suffering bold Peter at first drew back in horror, rebuking
his blessed Master for even making mention of such possibility. He sought to save Him from the cross and
hinder Him from the fulfillment of His greatest mission to earth. "For the Son of man came not to be ministered
unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many." Then Jesus, turning to Peter, said, "Get thee
behind Me, Satan: thou art an offence unto Me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that
be of men."

We are living in a sad and pitiful hour, a day when the cross of Christ is shunned. Christianity and the ministry
in our day have become glamour things, glamorous enough that Hollywood stars play saints to increase their
wealth. The world's pop singers feign religion and conversion because they make millions selling their records.
Men no longer glory in the cross, but rather in the popularity they attain by feigning the new birth and
pretending to be Christians. They desire no true identification with the sufferings of Christ, but want instead to
enjoy the best of everything of this world and heaven at the end. And this, it seems, may have been a part of
Peter's problem. He could envisage the kingdom and the glory that went with it, but from the cross that stood
between he turned aside, hoping to avoid the suffering at all cost. He quickly rebuked the Lord for even
mentioning it. Peter was hindering Christ's true mission because his thoughts were not the thoughts of God,
but the thoughts of men. The cross was unsavory to him. He "savored not" the things of God, but the things
that pleased men. This stern rebuke given by Jesus to Peter should also suffice for us all. Let us now lay aside
every weight and every sin and earthly desire that does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the
race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the majesty on high. It
is the way of the cross that leads to the glorious throne and it is the way of the cross that fits men for the
crown. There is no other way and there is no other name but His by, which we can be saved.

The rebuke given to Peter was very severe, but surely it needed to be given since his thoughts were ruinous to
his hopes of future glory. So also to shun the cross is ruinous to us. His strong rebuke was immediately
followed by these kind and blessed words of instruction: "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will
come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it." Then in verse 27 the importance of
following Christ is vividly seen in these words: "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with
His angels; and then shall He reward every man according to his works."

Following these words of rebuke and exhortation comes a promise, which must have staggered their
understanding. "Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see
the Son of man coming in His kingdom." The transfiguration, which followed after six days, was a true
revelation of the kingdom of God. Peter, James and John, who were privileged to go with Him into the mount,
beheld in miniature, but with no diminishing of glory, the exact circumstances that will prevail in that coming
reign of blessedness for which saints have prayed ever since Jesus taught us to say, "Thy kingdom come; Thy
will be done on earth as it is done in heaven. ... for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever."
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It is a most remarkable thing that, though John was the only one of the four gospel writers who experienced the
glories of the mount of transfiguration, he alone omits all mention of it in his writings. He leaves the description
of it to Matthew, Mark and Luke, who undoubtedly heard it from Peter, James and John. Peter, however, in his
epistle made one brief mention of its glory when he wrote, "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables,
when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His
majesty. For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the
excellent glory. This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven
we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount." 2 Pet. 1:16-18 In this great statement of truth Peter
clearly states that what they saw in the mount was actually a revelation of the power and coming of Jesus
Christ. They saw Him exactly as He will be in the glory of the kingdom age. Thus was the miracle of the
transfiguration a view in miniature of the excellent glories of the millennial reign, which things we will now
briefly consider.

We are coming ever nearer to the long awaited kingdom of God. All about us there is the knowledge that old
things are rapidly passing away and the new day of blessedness so long desired and so long prayed for is at
hand. The whole creation for six thousand years has ceaselessly groaned for the manifestation of the sons of
God. The blessed manifestation has been long in coming, but it will surely come. Once in the fullness of time
God sent forth His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die for the world, and when the fullness of time comes once
more, nothing will hinder the manifestation of the sons of God. The Lord Himself will bring them forth in the
manner so vividly described in Revelation, chapter nineteen, and again in this great display of kingdom things
so clearly manifest in the transfiguration. In the day of the manifestation of the sons of God heaven and earth
will rejoice and every creature will be glad. Throughout this whole age of grace Christ has purposely hidden His
power and glory from the world, even as Habakkuk wrote, "His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was
full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light: He had horns coming out of His hand: and there was the
hiding of His power." Hab. 3:3-4 The Lord will not hide His power forever, but in the age to come His might will
be manifested in all the world. Though His glory has been hidden throughout the ages, at certain times and on
rare occasions that hidden glory has flashed forth into prominence before the eyes of the few who for reasons
known to God were permitted to experience unspeakable things unlawful for a man to utter. So it came to pass
that these disciples, who so lately had shrunk in amazement from the thought of crucifixion and death, were
now given the opportunity to see for themselves the results that would come from His suffering and the travail
of His soul. They were now to see the glory that would follow the cross, even as the scripture has spoken of
"the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow." 1 Pet 1:11

The dazzling glory of this experience is gathered from the accounts of the three gospel writers. "He was
transfigured before them," says Matthew, "and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the
light." To this Mark adds this descriptive sentence: "His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so
as no fuller on earth can white them." Luke in his account adds the significant statement, "His countenance
was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering." The significance of the word glister is that that which
glistens is merely reflecting light as a bright object might reflect the light of the sun, but that which glisters
shines from light that comes from within itself. It was in this manner of animated illumination that Jesus was
seen in transfiguration. The light, which He really, is was shining as the sun from within Himself. Can we
wonder that a glad day is coming when there will be no need of the sun to shine by day or of the moon to shine
by night for the Lord God giveth them light? All three gospel writers solemnly direct our attention to the
outstanding prominence of whiteness and light. The light with which Jesus was clothed on this sublime
occasion was none other than the light of life. "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men." The garments
that clothed Him on this supernal day of transfiguration were not the garments of earth, but the garments of life
and immortality.

This, I am convinced, is the manner in which the first Adam appeared in his original glory, clothed, not in
tattered wrappings of men, but the celestial vestments of life and light, naked insofar as man's attire is
concerned, but clothed upon with that house from heaven, the light and life of God. When transgression
overtook Adam, the covering of light vanished away, and the life in which he had hitherto lived and moved and
had his being now faded and disappeared, and Adam was dead in trespasses and sins. "In the day that thou
eatest thereof thou shall surely die," the Lord had forewarned; and die he did, for just as surely as darkness is
the absence of light, so death is the absence of life. The only life then left to Adam was that fleeting, transient
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thing akin to animal life which now flowed sullenly through the veins of his body to maintain some semblance of
life till his heart would forget to beat, but, as far as the life of God was concerned, Adam was dead - dead in
spirit and dead in body. For this reason Paul, writing to the Ephesian Christians, made this remarkable
statement: "You hath He quickened (made alive) who were dead in trespasses and sins." In this same
condition of death Christ finds us and we find ourselves when He first calls us and shows us the way of life. By
means of repentance and faith that which was dead is made alive by the Spirit of regeneration and we, being
quickened by the power of His resurrection, are made alive unto God. Eternal life - yea, the life which Christ is -
is reborn within us and the working of that resurrection life, that marvelous power that raised Christ from the
dead, will never end until the hour of our own transfiguration. Those who partake of the life of Christ are
changed by His Spirit from glory to glory, more and more and yet more into the image of God.

With overwhelming awe these three men awakened from the drowsiness of their sleep, for they had been
sleeping, Luke 9:32, to gaze in wonder at the magnificence of the transfigured form of their master. Luke tells
us that "as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white and glistering."
Luke 9:29 Matthew says His face shone as the sun. In their association with Jesus they had often seen Him
as a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Day after day He had shared the sorrows of sin-cursed and
broken man and had bitterly wept because of their unbelief. He had told them of the cross, which was soon to
engulf His life and of the rejection and suffering that would precede His crucifixion. No doubt they had become
accustomed to seeing Him a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, distressed by the blindness of those
who received Him not. But now, as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered, and He stood
transfigured before them.

It was many years after this heavenly event that Peter wrote, "We were eyewitnesses of His majesty." The
word majesty occurs only three times in scripture. Once it is translated mighty power, once magnificence, and
once majesty. It speaks of splendor, beauty, glory and power and that which overwhelms the human mind,
enlightening the believer to the beauty of holiness and worship, subduing the nature and inciting to the depths
of veneration and adoration. The light that shone from the face of Moses when he returned from the glory of
Sinai was a reflected light which, though glorious, soon faded from his aspect, but the light that lightened the
countenance of Christ was not a reflection but the out-shining glory of that life-light which He is, radiating and
glistering through the veil of His humanity, which hitherto had hidden His illustrious magnificence, until His
raiment sparkled in splendor - not from an outward shining that fell upon Him, but from the inherent flashing
forth of His own more excellent glory.
It is so very essential in our walk with God that times should come in our experience when Christ becomes far
more to us than Jesus, the meek and lowly man of sorrows. That He is meek and lowly in heart none dare
doubt who even carelessly have read the account of His wonderful life, but there are other scriptures which
clearly show that His name is above every name. No authority in the universe is greater than His. His glory is
the more excellent glory. It is the glory that excelleth. God has highly exalted Him and given Him a name,
which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should swear,
of things in heaven and things in earth and things under the earth. Phil. 2:10 with Isa. 45:23 His blood is better
than the blood of Abel. His power is greater than that of angels. In Him dwelleth all the wisdom of the universe.
He was before all things. He Himself is the beginning. He is the end of all things in that all things have their end
in Him. All things were made by Him and all things were made for Him, and by Him all things consist. He is the
head of the body, the church, the bride. He is the head of all principalities and powers. He raises up rulers and
puts them down. He is the Prince of the kings of the earth.
The disciples of Jesus had become accustomed to seeing Jesus the man, Jesus the healer, Jesus the man of
sorrows. They had heard Him tell of the splendor of the kingdom to come, but had never grasped the
significance of its glory or the majesty and power of the Christ who was to reign in that coming age of
restitution and reconstitution so wonderfully foretold by the prophets. So accustomed had they become to His
presence and so out of harmony with the true Spirit of the Christ and the vision of His kingdom that, Luke tells
us plainly, they had all fallen asleep in their prayers on the mount. "Peter and they that were with him were
heavy with sleep; and when they were awake, they saw His glory, and the two men that stood with Him." Luke
9:32. Brethren, I wonder if many of us, and perchance all of us, are now in this day of trial and crisis fallen fast
asleep to the true circumstances so evident all about us. We become so occupied with facts and figures, which
in themselves are good, but we so easily forget that it is the Spirit that makes truth living and real.
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Have we become heavy with sleep and thus failed to behold Christ's glory? I know of a certainty that men
could not speak of Jesus Christ so lightly if their spiritual eyes had grasped the glory of His majesty and power.
No one who has tasted or in any way shared the exalted sacredness of His majesty and power could ever
lightly refer to Him as "the man upstairs" as so many of these light-hearted and empty-headed preachers often
do, though holy angels, mighty in glory and strength, bow in reverence before Him and cherubim cover their
faces as they proclaim His holiness.

Among the most beautiful and awe-inspiring chapters in God's dear book, Isaiah chapter six stands out in its
magnificence. Here the prophet tells of his vision of the Lord, which occurred in the year that king Uzziah died.
Uzziah was a reasonably good king and Isaiah had often ministered to him, but so often the people we like and
admire and the people upon whom we are prone to lean and depend are taken in death or removed in some
other way from us so that we can see the Lord. This had been the experience of Isaiah the prophet and thus
he wrote: "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and
His train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his
face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy,
holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice
of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am
a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of hosts." Isa. 6:1-5. See now in this how man's glory quickly fades into nothingness before the glory
of Christ? See how human opinions and reputation vanish into insignificance in the light of the glory that
excelleth? And see also how unclean we feel in the presence of His holiness, where cherubim, always the
guardians of all that is sacred, cover their faces and cry one to another, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God of
hosts. The whole earth is full of His glory."

It was not until the perfect and upright Job saw the Lord that he cried out in his uncleanness and despair, "I
have heard of Thee with the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth Thee; wherefore I abhor myself and
repent in dust and ashes." Job 42:6 Even Peter, upon seeing the miraculous draught of fishes, saw the glory
of God's Christ and cried out in fear, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" Luke 5:8 John likewise,
upon seeing the radiance of Christ in the Patmos vision, fell as one dead before the majesty and power of the
heavenly specter. Ah, my dearly beloved, refrain your lips from ever speaking of Christ or of God in any terms
but those most sacred and in words conveying the highest respect and adoration for His wonderful name, the
name above all names. He is the King of kings. He is the Prince of the kings of the earth, the fairest among ten
thousands. Great men of earth should be treated with utmost respect, but Christ with utmost reverence. Should
the President of the United States or the Queen of England come into my presence, I would rise immediately to
do them honor; but should Jesus the Christ come into my presence, I would fall before Him in adoration to give
Him worship.

I once read of an incident that impressed me. At a party given by Princess Margaret of England a young man
lacking in proper respect, while speaking to the princess, lightly referred to King George VI as "your dad". With
a flash of indignant fire in her eye at this ill-mannered disrespect for the king of a mighty Commonwealth, the
princess retorted, "I suppose you mean His Majesty". Perhaps you will smile at this, but the word of God
teaches us to give honor to whom honor is due, and so we should. How much more should we be fully awake
to the transcending glory of Christ, for it is by beholding Him as He is that we are changed into that same
image.

Luke has told us that, as He prayed, the fashion of His countenance was altered and His raiment became
white and glistering. Luke 9:29 But sad it is to say that, while He prayed and was transformed, His disciples
had fallen asleep at their prayers and they remained unchanged, as natural and carnal as ever. No saint has
yet fully estimated the transforming power of prayer and communion with God.

The word transfigure is derived from the Greek word metamorphoo, which means to transform, (meta,
beyond, and morphe, form). From this Greek root comes our English word metamorphosis, which means to
change from one form, shape or substance to another, as from a chrysalis to a butterfly. The transformation or
metamorphosis of a worm possessing a voracious appetite for natural food to a butterfly that has appetite only
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for nectar is the best, known example of a metamorphosis. In like manner our Lord upon the mount of
transfiguration was transformed or altered from the lowly Jesus of Nazareth they had known to the glorified
Christ He was to be after the suffering of death, the power of the resurrection and the exaltation of His
ascension into heaven. It is most important to see that He was transformed into the likeness that will be His in
that glorious kingdom age when He will be King of kings and we in like glory shall reign with Him.

The Greek word metamorphoo appears only four times in the New Testament. In Matt. 17:2 and Mark 9:2 it is
translated transfigured; in Rom. 12:2, transformed, and in 1 Cor. 15:51, changed. A thoughtful study and
comparison of these four passages will yield a fruitful understanding. It is a most remarkable thing that the
word transfigured, which refers to the glory of His transfiguration on the mount, should also be used in another
form with reference to the experience of believers who are to come into that same image of Christ. Let us
consider the wonder of this thing carefully, because it is certain that metamorphosis has already begun in us
and will continue until the complete transformation has taken place. Too many of us are inclined to sit with
folded hands, waiting for a change in some future day though God's word clearly shows that this process of
change has already begun.

Notice then how in Rom. 12:2 the apostle say, "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
(transfigured) by the renewing of your minds, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,
will of God." Paul wrote to the Philippians, saying, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."
Now the mind that was in Christ Jesus was the Father's mind. Biologists have discovered that it is a certain
hormone in the brain of the caterpillar that actually causes the metamorphosis from the chrysalis stage to the
butterfly. This is a wonderful discovery, but how true it becomes when we apply it here to the mind of Christ, for
it is the mind of Christ that begins the change, works the change and completes the change until our
transfiguration is complete at the resurrection of the body, when the complete change from the corruptible to
the incorruptible takes place. 1 Cor. 15:51-53 Make no mistake about it! It is the dead in Christ only who rise
first. Not the carnal and corrupt dead. No, not even the carnal Christian, but the dead in Christ. Paul declares
forthrightly in Rom. 12:2 that this transformation, this change, this transfiguration, this metamorphosis actually
begins with the casting off of the corrupt and carnal mind and the replacing of it with the mind of Christ. Notice
that he says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Never yield your bodies to sin and to the many lusts and
desires of the flesh, but present them instead to God as a holy and living sacrifice. We are living in an age of
abominable conformity to the world and to every lust and passion of the world and the flesh, but these things
have no place in the lives of Christians. God's people should be pure in body and in mind. He that is joined to
an harlot is one flesh with her. Therefore Paul says, "Can I take the members of Christ and make them the
members of an harlot?" We are exhorted to flee fornication, for he that committeth fornication sinneth against
his own body, and certainly against the body of Christ.

If you long to have your mind renewed, then put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy
communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds
and have put on the new man, which is renewed in the image of Christ. And, as you put off all these, then put
on all these: bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, and above all these
put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. Quit watching the T.V. with its filth and corruption, its violence
and immorality, for such things cater only to the corrupt and carnal mind and to every hurtful and deceitful lust.
Read your Bible instead and become acquainted with all its heavenly precepts, for thus saith the Lord, "The
entrance of Thy word giveth light." It is no wonder that the church system is so full of light-headed, light-
hearted, carnal and sinful Christians, since they allow their minds to be filled with so many harmful and hurtful
things, at the same time neglecting the hours of prayer and communion with God so essential to sonship and
the exercise above all else that brings about the transfiguration of the mind. If Christians would take this one-
eyed god before whom they sit in worship for hours every day and cast it into the fire, giving it no more place in
their houses, and would instead spend the time they wasted watching its corruption in reading and prayer,
conversing with their children or enjoying family worship, in one year's time they would be absolutely amazed
at the change in their home life, in their relationship with God, in their communion with their wives or husbands
and with their children. If God's people would enter into His mind, His glory and His reign, they must first cast
away everything that hinders the development of the mind of Christ in them. I do not say they are not saved,
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but if they live in carnality, they will be saved "so as by fire." No man who leaves this life with the carnal mind
still on the throne will be fit to reign with Christ in His kingdom. Only those transformed by His mind will reign
with Him. ". . . Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the
deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is
created in righteousness and true holiness." Eph. 4:22-24

As Jesus prayed on the mount, He was transfigured before them. At that moment of transfiguration two
celestial visitors appeared on the scene. Moses, who represented and gave the law, and Elijah, who
represented the prophets, appeared in glory that is, transfigured with Christ. Moses gave the law, Elijah called
the people of Israel back to the law, and Christ came to fulfill every jot and tittle of the law. Those who have
Christ dwelling in them have the law written in their hearts and by their new nature do the things, which are
written in the law. The law of God is perfect, enlightening the eyes. The testimonies of the Lord are right,
making wise the simple. The law was given to lead men to Christ. The Ten Commandments were never done
away. The only part of the law that was done away was the law of commandments contained in ordinances,
which are not the same thing as the Ten Commandments. Christ died to fulfill the law and give unto us His
Spirit and His life, by which His holy commandment could be written and engraved upon our hearts.

When these two heavenly visitors came to the mount, it must have been with profound amazement that the
disciples gave heed to the solemn subject of their conversation. Luke records the discourse in chapter 9:30,31
thus: "And, behold, there talked with Him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and
spake of His decease which He should accomplish at Jerusalem." The very death, which Peter had said
should never be was the topic of their conversation on the mount. No more important event could ever be in
the history of the world for time past or time to come than the death that Christ was to accomplish at
Jerusalem. This momentous event was worthy of discussion on the highest level imaginable because the time
had come and the hour had arrived which God Himself had predestinated before the world began. The Lamb,
slain in God's purpose before the foundation of the world to bring the universe back into harmony with God,
was now to be sacrificed in actuality. These two notable men now conversed with Christ concerning the death
He should accomplish to secure eternal redemption for His creation. There is no other way than the way of the
cross. Glory in what else we may, we must return to this important fact, "God forbid that I should glory save in
the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world."

It amazes me that even in the light of such heavenly things poor Peter, awakening from his drowsiness and
seeing the majesty of Christ and the transfigured forms of Moses and Elijah and hearing the conversation
concerning the things that Christ would accomplish by His death, should yet be so dull in his understanding
that he would put forward a suggestion that might yet avoid the cross. Perhaps I am mistaken, but it appears
that his hope that Christ would avoid the cross may have been the notion that prompted him to say, "Let us
make three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias." I fully realize that the Feast of
Tabernacles signifies the coming of the Lord, and this may have been Peter's thought, but more likely his
natural mind still dreaded the cross, so to build three tabernacles and remain where they were would be a
splendid way to avoid it. Christ was transfigured. Moses and Elijah appeared in glory. Surely that was
sufficient. Let us then remain in this condition of glory and splendor forever. But nothing of glory can be any
more than a vision in the night until the cross has been met, death has been accomplished, the blood has been
shed, and life eternal released and shed abroad that all men may have life and return to the image of the
heavenly Father. Thus if there is no cross, there is no glory, no kingdom, no crown, no restitution of all things.
The hope of the universe centers around the cross. The cross is the center of the ages and the center and hub
of all God's purposes for time and eternity.

It is more than coincidence that, as Peter spoke, a cloud overshadowed them and a Voice came out of the
cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son: hear Him." Peter had given his opinion and ten thousand other men
have given theirs, but human opinions mean nothing and are worth less than nothing. The only begotten Son
of God will be heard when all other voices fall silent. All other plans must be laid aside, all other human
purpose abandoned and forgotten in the light of His superseding knowledge and truth. The end of all this
heavenly visitation was glorious indeed and the result just as Christ intended, for "when the disciples heard it,
they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not
afraid. And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." Matt. 17:6-8 That was a happy
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ending to their fears of the cross, and it will be a happy ending to your fears and mine when we hear Him say,
"This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased: hear ye Him." O how good it would be for us all if in this
hour of many voices, so many opinions, so many Hollywood star evangelists we would obey God and, coming
out from among them, would listen to Jesus only!

Nothing that ever occurred in the life of Christ or in all history portrays the kingdom of God so vividly as does
the transfiguration. The promise was that some of them would not taste of death till they had seen the kingdom
of God come with power. From this event we learn that in the kingdom of God Jesus will be glorified and He,
being the head of the Christ body, assures the saints that all who are in Christ will be glorified in Him. Likewise
also the saints of ages past will share that same glory. "The glory that Thou gavest Me I have given them."

The transfiguration of Christ manifests the consummation of His human life. He was born into the world as
recorded in the holy scripture. He advanced through life from a babe in His mother's arms through childhood,
through temptation and testing and the severity of public ministry to exaltation, transfiguration and glory. In this
wonderful progression so evident in His life it is possible for us to behold the divine intention of every man.
Beginning as we do in weakness and imitation in childhood, we pass through the uncertain years of youth,
enduring temptation and gaining the victory through abiding in Christ. Then, when the race is run and the
tumultuous journey is complete, we enter into the glory of resurrection by the way of incorruption and
immortality.

Look, if you will, upon a tiny seed. It is without beauty and without radiance or glory, but in this tiny husk lie the
gorgeous colors of the magnificent flower that will appear after the seed has fallen into the ground and died. In
the transfiguration God's plan for saints blossomed in splendor like the sun, in whiteness like the light, in glory
as a flash of lightning scintillating with radiance through the darkness. This is God's intention for man - first the
glory of Christ, the pioneer and apostle, and then the glory of all mankind, each in his own order.

The transfiguration being a miniature view of the kingdom, it is no wonder that Jesus taught us to pray, "Our
Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in
heaven... For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever, Amen." Matt. 6:9-13

                                                CHAPTER FOUR
                                               THIS IS YOUR HOUR

At a definite hour appointed by God John the Baptist lifted up his voice in the wilderness, crying, "Prepare ye
the way of the Lord; make His paths straight." Matt. 3:3 His message was "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand." The long time of waiting was over. The first appearance of the King of glory was at hand.
Dispensations in their successive order from innocence to law had come and gone, leaving with the world their
own precious message of truth, truth as timeless and enduring as God Himself, truth which will endure when
heaven and earth and dispensations are passed away, truth which was the expression of the divine mind and
the perfect will of God. But now a new day was dawning; a new order was appearing on the earth. The time
allotted for other dispensations had been fulfilled and the period of waiting was past. Though the sleeping
world and the drowsy priesthood of the existing decadent systems knew it not, the hour had arrived for the Son
of God, the King of the coming kingdom, to reveal Himself personally upon the earth. The time had not yet
come for him to reveal Himself as King of kings and Lord of lords nor yet to set up His kingdom and to reign
over all the earth, but the hour had arrived for Him to prepare that mystical kingdom, the body of Christ. It was
time for the King to establish His throne in believing hearts and to fill them with the very spirit of the coming
kingdom. The hour had come for the King to regenerate and separate a people in His image and likeness in
preparation for the day when the kingdom of God would spread its glory like a mantle of light over all the earth.
A people different from all people who had ever appeared on the earth were now to come forth, born of the
Spirit from above, a people possessing the Spirit of His Son, a people who from their hearts cry, "Abba Father,
Thy will be done in earth even as it is done in heaven."

Laws written on tables of stone were to be forever abolished. Henceforth the tables of the heart would be the
living stones upon which God would indelibly inscribe His eternal law and His everlasting will. No longer would
carnal men wince beneath the stentorian tones of a voice from without, crying, "Thou shalt not", but hearts,
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transformed by the Holy Spirit and washed in the blood of the Lamb of God, would smile up into God's face to
say with adoration, "I delight to do Thy will. O God; Yea, Thy law is written within my heart." Psa. 40:8 Say not,
oh man, that the law of God, the only perfect law in the universe, is done away! The law of God is the very
expression of God's nature and the manifestation of His perfect will. The law is removed indeed from its place
on tables of stone to be written forever in the hearts of the sons of God whence its pure fountains pour forth
rivers of life from the very throne of the transformed life.

Well did the weeping prophet, Jeremiah, speak through his fountain of tears when with the far-sighted vision of
a true prophet he beheld the coming of a better day, a day when God would make a new covenant with His
people by which He would transfer the law from tables of stone without to the tables of the heart within.
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the
house of Judah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the
hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant they brake, although I was a husband unto them,
saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith
the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it upon their hearts; and will be their God, and they
shall be My people." Jer. 31: 31-33 Is it any wonder that He went on to say, "And they shall teach no more
every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the
least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord." Verse 34 The truth prophesied by Jeremiah is realized
in the heart of every man where Jesus dwells, and they with the bard now lift up their voices in truth to sing the
glad refrain,

                            "What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
                                      Since Jesus came into my heart!
                                    I have light in my soul for which long
                               I had sought Since Jesus came into my heart."

The law of God was never taken away in the sense that preachers try to tell us. The truth is that it was
transferred from a dead stone to a redeemed heart. How often we hear these carnal preachers telling the
people that, because God saw the people could not keep the law, He therefore abolished it. Nonsense, man!
God could no more do away with His law than He could do away with His Son. His law is His word and His
word is His Son. John 1:1 Even an unregenerate man can understand that to say to a thief, "Thou shalt not
steal", does nothing to change his nature. The penalty undoubtedly restrains him, but his thieving nature is not
taken from him. At heart he is still a thief and he will steal again the moment he thinks he can avoid the
penalty. But, if we erase the command, "Thou shalt not steal", from the table of stone, planting it instead in the
believer's heart, then he who stole will steal no more because his very nature has become one with the
commandment and the truth has transformed his heart. The word of God, which is none other than Jesus
Christ, is in his heart; therefore, his whole nature abhors the thought of theft, not because of the penalty that
must be endured, but because of the God-like nature that came when the incorruptible seed, the word of God,
Jesus Christ the Lord, came to live the life of God in his heart.

The greatest commandment of all is this: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy
strength and with all thy mind." Can a man who is full of the world and absorbed in fleshly lusts, whose god is
his belly and whose glory is in his shame, be made to love God by showing him a commandment written on a
stone which says, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God"? Can you love your neighbor just because you are told to
do so? Can a woman love a man or a man love a woman simply because someone suggests that he should?
What is the use of saying to the godless, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God", when his heart is far away from
God and God is not in his thoughts? If such a man is ever to love God, then the law, "Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thine heart", must be transferred from the written commandment, staring at him from a tablet of
stone, to the living commandment, even the word of God, dwelling in and transforming his heart. That is what
Jesus, the Christ of God, came to do. That is why He said, "The kingdom of God is within you." The first
appearance of the kingdom of God in this earth is when God sets up His kingdom in the human heart,
transforming it by His Spirit and liberating it with His perfect law of liberty.

According to Daniel the prophet the day is coming when the stone cut from the mountain without hands will
break in pieces the image of Babylon that now fills the whole earth. After it has broken the image, the stone
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itself will become a mountain that fills the whole earth, and I mean literally the whole earth. Dan. 2:34-35. But
be assured of this: Before the stone, which is the body of Christ, fills the whole earth, the stone, Jesus Christ,
must first establish His throne and His kingdom in the hearts of His chosen sons. There in my heart He will
smite the image of Babylon on its feet. The old man and the old nature vanish as the dust of the summer
threshing floor. The incorruptible seed, the living stone, Jesus Christ, flourishes within the heart until we say it
is "not I, but Christ".

Need anyone say to such a transformed being as this, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart?”
Does not such a one already love God more than his tongue can tell? Do you think you need to say to him,
"Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself? Does his soul not abhor theft? Does he not cringe at the thought of
lying or of covetousness? The law then is not done away at all except from tables of stone. It is transferred to
the tables of the heart there, like God's kingdom, to flourish and grow, there to become a mountain that fills the
whole of his earthly being. If such is not the case in our own hearts, then Christ does not yet reign in us.

So John the Baptist came preaching, "The kingdom of God is at hand," and Jesus Christ lifted up His voice
with the same message: "The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel." The economy of
God abounds with times and seasons. Would God that mankind would learn that absolutely everything, which
concerns God's program for the ages is timed to the exact day and hour. We can no more hasten the events
on His timetable than we can hasten the rising of the sun. It is as impossible to slow down the program of God
or hinder it in any way as it is impossible to slow down or hinder the setting of the sun. I hear people pray,
requesting God that the coming of Christ might be delayed that a few more souls might be given time to repent.
What a foolish, thoughtless prayer that is! The day and the hour of His appearing was set by God and known of
the Father long before Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth He had made. Matt. 24:36. Though our hearts may
often echo the prayer, "Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly," yet in these words we but express the longing of
our hearts for His coming, but the time appointed for that coming was set before the foundation of the world
and cannot be altered even an hour.

Few facts were better known by men of God of old than this: God has appointed both times and seasons
during which everything in His plan must be accomplished. As time and tide await no man, so God waits for no
man. Happy is the man who is alert and awake to present truth. Blessed is the man who is not ignorant of the
times and seasons, which God has in His own power, knowing that the day of the Lord comes as a thief in the
night. Blessed is the man who, seeing the fig tree putting forth her leaves, discerns that summer is nigh and
prepares himself for it. Such a man as this will not be found sleeping when the Lord comes, but girded and
ready to go forth.

No man who ever lived was more certain of the predetermined hours set by God than was our Lord Jesus
Christ. More than once He spoke of "the hour" with such certainty that one would think He was watching some
great time clock upon whose lace was inscribed the detailed plan of the ages and whose great hands pointed
unerringly to the hour in which each event was to lake place. Can you hear Him as He instructs His disciples
for (he last time? Listen as He leaves with them the eternal truth contained in John's gospel. Rejoice with them
as they hear His promise of the coming Holy Spirit who would abide with them. Stand in awe as He warns
them of denials and betrayals to come. Hear Him comfort them with the blessed truths of chapter 14. Listen to
the infinite wisdom of God that makes them part with Him of one and the same vine, rooms of one mansion
and one house, even the Father's house, not made with hands. Then after Idling them of His coming
resurrection and of the abiding Spirit that would lead them into all truth, He turned from addressing them to
speak in prayer to His Father in heaven - His Father, your Father, and my Father. Thus, when His sermon was
ended, He lifted up His eyes to heaven. John 17:1 But notice as you have never noticed before the first words
He spoke: "Father, the hour has come!" The hour! What hour? Why, a specific and special hour that God the
Father and God the Son had arranged in their councils before ever Adam and Eve shared the perfumed glory
of Eden! Or yet before the foundations of the earth were laid or the command given to the sun to rule the day
and to the moon to rule the night! The hour of which He now spoke had been set. Nothing could hinder it or
delay it. Had every soldier in the Roman Empire been at Pilate's command that day, he could neither have
stopped nor delayed the crucifixion of Christ, for "the hour" had come. Had every stone on earth been placed
upon His tomb, His resurrection would have taken place on time, for that, too, was an appointed hour.

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When the almighty God, the God of the mornings, the evenings, the days, the years, and the seasons, says,
"The hour has come", then the hour has come and no power in the universe can hinder or delay it. Therefore
the record says, "When Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world..." John
13:1, He arose from supper, laid aside His garment, took a towel and girded Himself, poured water into a
basin, and began to wash His disciples' feet. All these things He did because He knew His hour and
recognized the times and seasons which were in God's power. Like a true son of God He was not caught
unaware of the moment in which He lived as many now are, who will stand naked and ashamed, saying, "/
didn't know!" The consciousness of the hour in which He lived was ever present with the Saviour. As He saw
His hour only a few days away with all the tribulation it would contain, He seemed to take cognizance of
Himself. Was the task ahead too difficult for Him? Would Gethsemane be a load even He could not endure?
Would the cross prove to be an insurmountable obstacle? What the troublesome thoughts were that crowded
through His mind I am not prepared to say, but these are the solemn words that flooded from His heart as His
hour drew near:

"Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto
this hour." John 12:27 As though to encourage His soul in God, He referred to yet another hour, the hour of
His glorification, saying, in verse 23, "The hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified." He who was
so aware that His hour had come at the time of the feast of the Passover was just as certain that His time was
not yet come at the feast of tabernacles many days earlier. At that time, when His brethren had bidden Him go
to the feast to publicly show forth His miracles, He had replied, "My time is not yet come." John 7:6 And so
also did He speak to His mother at the wedding feast, saying, "Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour
is not yet come." John 2:4 But now it had come, and like a true son He was aware of it, knowing that nothing
could delay it.

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to
die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted: a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from
embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to reap and a time
to sow; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time
of peace." Eccles. 3:1-8
"Of the times and seasons", wrote Paul, "ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly
that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say. Peace and safety, then
sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye,
brethren, are not in darkness that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and
the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let
us watch and be sober." 1 Thess. 5:1-6
There was a day preceding the crucifixion when our Lord came to Bethphage near the Mount of Olives. Having
sent His disciples to fetch a donkey upon which no man had ever ridden, He sat upon him to make His
triumphant entry into Jerusalem, as the prophet had before spoken. "Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, lowly
and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass." The common people cast their garments in the way,
and the multitude of the disciples began to rejoice, saying, "Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the
Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest." Luke 19:28-40 But the religious leaders of the day, who
should have known the times and seasons, who above all others should have recognized the signs of the
times, and been aware of the hour in which they lived, understood nothing of what was happening, nor could
they recognize the remarkable fulfillment of prophecy being enacted before their very eyes. Coming to Jesus
with evident incivility, envy, and displeasure, they said unto Him, "Master, rebuke Thy disciples." But Jesus
replied, "I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." If the rough
stones that paved the road on which He trod would have opened their dumb lips to rebuke the unbelief of all
who beheld that scene in silence, shall not the living stones of His living temple in this our hour lift up their
voices in rebuke of the darkness and unbelief of a world that lives as though God did not exist and a church
system whose preachers know not the living God, but cry instead that God is dead, whose tables are full of
vomit, and who have turned everyone to his own way?

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When Jesus therefore had come to Jerusalem, He stood beholding the city, which knew not its hour, and, as
He beheld, He wept over it. Innumerable memories of the past and thoughts of the future flooded His infinite
mind as He stood looking and weeping over the city. Was not this the traditional place of Adam's burial? Here
on Mt. Moriah, the site of the temple, Abraham, the friend of God, had obediently offered his son Isaac in type
of the Saviour's sacrifice for the world. Here David, the sweet singer of Israel, reigned, to whom it was
promised, "There shall not fail a man to sit upon the throne of Israel". Here the tribe of Judah from which He
sprang would now crucify the Lord. Here, too, He would be raised from the dead. Here the Spirit would soon
fall on the waiting souls at Pentecost.

From here He would ascend into heaven and here He would return to earth at the end of the church age to set
up His kingdom. Here He would reign in splendor with His saints over all the earth for a thousand years in the
kingdom of God. Is it any wonder that He wept, and that His weeping was made the more bitter as He beheld
the darkness and blindness of the people who should have discerned the greatness of the hour? Lifting up His
tearful voice, He said, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy
peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee that thine enemies shall cast a
trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side. And shall lay thee even with the
ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou
knewest not the time of thy visitation." Luke 19:41-44

Awake! Awake, thou that sleepest! Arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light! He will come unto thee
as the bright rays of the sun, revealing the hidden things that lie in darkness and making manifest the counsels
of His heart. Past and gone forever is that scene of the Saviour weeping over Jerusalem. Gone are the shouts
of the exuberant throng who cried, "Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the
Lord!" Long dead and rotted in their graves are the scribes, the Pharisees, and the doctors of the law who
bade the multitude hold their peace. But Jesus still lives, and even at this very moment the Lord of heaven is
making the final preparations for the hour of his triumphal re-entry into Jerusalem. All heaven is astir today.
The living stones are crying out, "Behold, thy King cometh unto thee." He will come riding upon a white horse
in the clouds of heaven. He that sits upon the horse is called Faithful and True. In righteousness doth He judge
and make war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns; and He has a name written
which none can know but He Himself. He is clothed in a vesture dipped in blood. His name is called the Word
of God. Out of His mouth goeth a sharp two-edged sword, His word of truth, that with it He should smite the
nations. And He shall rule them with a rod of iron, for He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of
almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
And the armies of heaven, the sons of God, followed Him upon white horses. Hallelujah!
Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Oh, mystical church, the body of Christ! Oh, sons of God, ye saints of the Lord!
Could it be that thou knowest not thine hour? While ten thousand ransomed voices at this hour cry, "Hosanna!
Hosanna! Blessed is the King that cometh in the name of the Lord," must it be that you go on in unbelief,
mingling your soul with the souls of those who sit in the darkness and despair of Babylon? Must you be found
committing spiritual fornication with her daughters? Must you be found sleeping, the oil all burned out of your
lamp? Will you remain where your soul is ever vexed with the filthy conversation of the Sodomites who wait for
the fiery indignation of God? Or will you know that this is your hour?
Deep within a voice is saying that the kingdoms of this world are soon to become the kingdom of our Lord and
of His Son Jesus Christ. The misrule of the carnal mind is soon to end. The time of trouble foretold by the
prophet Daniel is not merely a thing of the future. Lift up your eyes and look, for that time of trouble is with us
now, surrounding us on every hand. It will end only when the King of kings comes in the clouds of glory and
with Him all the sons of God to set up the only righteous government this world has ever known or ever will
know.

It is said that during the last ten years the world has doubled the accumulated knowledge of the previous six
thousand years. This is probably true, but, while our knowledge has doubled, our trouble and sorrow has much
more than doubled. Man in his blindness has been assuring us that all we need is more knowledge and we will
be rid of all our trouble. So we have more medical science than ever before, but hospitals cannot be built fast
enough to contain the sick and infirm. Distances have shrunk to meaninglessness. Communication is world-
wide and instantaneous. But among nations there is more misunderstanding and distrust than ever before. The
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education bill for our schools and universities is a staggering sum, but what have we got to show for it but
rebellion, ill-will, disobedience, moral degradation, and godlessness? Trouble never before known multiplies as
knowledge increases. Compare Dan. 12:1, 4

Jeremiah the prophet said, "Thus saith the Lord, A people cometh from the north country, and a great nation
shall be raised from the sides of the earth... They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders; they are
brass and iron; they are all corrupters... Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the Lord hath rejected
them." Jer. 6:22, 28, 30 Please read the whole passage. The nation being raised from the sides of the earth
appears to be these rebellious people who have arisen like an evil specter in almost every country on earth,
literally from all sides of the earth. So terrible has this rebellion become that it is a far greater danger than the
threat of invasion from any enemy. Such a conglomeration has never before been known - children of wealthy
parents, graduates of colleges and universities, bums and mendicants off the street, whites, Negroes, Indians,
men and women, boys and girls, living in filth, screaming rebellion and defiance, burning, looting, bludgeoning,
raping, filling their hides with needles, with pot, LSD and liquor, and practicing every sex perversion known to
mankind. No wonder the inspired prophet said, "We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble:
anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail. Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the
way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side." Jer. 6:24-25 Do you know that thirty-two million
American women are afraid to venture out on the streets alone at night and that a large percentage of men
share the same dread?

As I was meditating on all this fearful rebellion, my mind took up the words of the apostle Paul, who said, "For
the creature was made subject to vanity (futility), not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the
same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the
glorious liberty of the children (sons) of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in
pain together until now... waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Rom. 8:20-23 The
restlessness, the hateful rebellion, the degradation, the filth, the drugs and the immorality are the blind, dumb,
ignorant cries of a groaning creation to be delivered from the bondage of the present corruption. They do not
know for what they groan. They vainly imagine that, could they but cast off every value they have ever known,
they would find peace and satisfaction. But stranger than fiction is the truth that their fearful groaning is in
reality the desperate travail of a creation which in unbelievable ignorance cries and sighs for the manifestation
of the sons of God who will deliver every created thing from its fearful bondage and corruption into the glorious
freedom of the sons of God.

There is an insane madness among the leaders of the world. Like king Nebuchadnezzar they have refused to
fear God or give glory to Him, so God has given them a reprobate mind. "Even as they did not like to retain
God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind to do those things which are not convenient."
The great men of the earth have been stricken with a strange mental block that causes them to do everything
wrong. Practically every decision they make is a mistake. While men are dying in Viet Nam, while wives are
losing their husbands and little children are losing their fathers, while the strongest boys in the land are being
maimed and ruined for life, while towns and cities are being laid desolate, and evil is continuing unabated, the
great statesmen of Viet Nam and the United States sit in Paris, fiercely arguing about the shape of the
conference table, whether it will be square or round or oblong, and about the order in which the conferees will
speak. And, while they argue, men die! Is it any wonder I declare that the leaders have reprobate minds? Can
we not see there is a mental block! Is it peculiar that in such circumstances boys burn their draft cards? Who
dare expect that men can be brave under such circumstances as these? Can we wonder that the whole
creation groans and travails, longing for deliverance and emancipation from such bondage of corruption and
decay?

A new day and a new hour is dawning upon the world. The healing rays of the kingdom age are beginning to
appear in the eastern sky. Heavenly voices are heralding the message, "The kingdom of God is at hand".
Angels proclaim the message that Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. The smoke of her torment is rising up.
Men who have trusted in her riches shall cry, "Alas, alas, for that great city." Revelation, chapters 17 and 18,
contains the vivid description of her wealth and power and of her impending fall and doom. Is it any wonder we
continually cry, "Come out of her, My people!"

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The all-wise God, the author of times and seasons, has left us many infallible proofs that should show us
plainly that days and seasons belong to the realm of time. Every one in its order was made to pass away. The
passing of each day and each season of the year is intended, not only to end the old, but to begin the new as
well. The evening of one day ushers in the morning of the next day. The day slowly draws its curtains and
fades away into the night; and the night, removing its mantle of darkness, matures into the fullness of day. If
we turn our eyes backward to the distant peaks of the past to look upon mountains and hills over which the
human family has come, we cannot miss the truth that the omniscient God has been pleased to introduce us to
new days and new dispensations, each one in its turn bringing to the world a further and greater revelation of
God's divine will for man and thus displaying His immutable purpose. The teachers of the confused church
system have made the mistake of believing that God experimented with the different dispensations and, finding
them a failure, He did away with them one by one. Nonsense, man! The truth is that each succeeding
dispensation brought ever increasing light to the world and ever expanding revelation of the very nature of
God. In the kingdom age and in the dispensation of the fullness of times the combined truths of the seven ages
will be gathered together as one perfect light, a perfect revelation for a perfect age. The toil of six days of labor
will produce the wonderful Sabbath of rest.

Men and women of all ages and dispensations have found it almost impossible to believe that the age in which
they lived was passing away and the truths in which they rejoiced were about to give place to a greater
revelation than they had ever before known. It may be for this very reason that, though every dispensation
begins in glory, it ends in judgment. Let us not forget, then, that the dispensation in which we now live is the
same dispensation that began in the upper room on that day of Pentecost when men were filled with the Holy
Spirit and a heavenly relationship hitherto unknown was ushered in. Such wonderful grace was upon the young
church that by the end of the first century A.D., amid blood and tears and persecution, one-twentieth of the
entire Roman Empire was converted to Christ, and by the year 300 A.D. Christianity became the state religion
of the previously heathen Roman Empire. The act of Emperor Constantine in making Christianity the state
religion of the Roman Empire proved to be the most devastating blow ever dealt the church of the living God.
Enjoying the popularity and protection of the Roman eagle, she folded her arms and fell asleep, becoming part
and parcel of Babylon. Thus the age, which began with the glory of Pentecost, is ending with Christ's standing
outside its apostate doors. Cast out of the system called by His name, He stands before the door of the
individual believer, saying, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man will hear My voice and open the
door, I will come in to him and sup with him, and he with Me." Rev. 3:20

It must have been a stunning blow to Adam to see his wonderful age of innocence ending in judgment. There
is evidence, it seems to me, that Adam was neither willing nor prepared to leave the sanctuary of the age of
innocence to go forth into the newness of another dispensation with all its seeming uncertainties. As the Jews
were prone to return to the law, Adam was ever prone to return to his lovely garden, looking with longing eyes
back to the good old days so familiar to him. It was here his life on earth had begun and here he would gladly
remain forever. Have you not noticed these words, which vividly portray his unwillingness to leave the garden?
"Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So
He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the Garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword
which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." Gen. 3:23-24 The Lord drove him out. Adam did
not want to leave the age of innocence any more than people today want to leave this age with its message of
grace to go forth and embrace the kingdom. If God is going to shake men loose from this present age and this
system of confusion, He must drive them out; otherwise they refuse to go. I am sorry to say that, even after He
has driven them out, He still must put a flaming sword behind them to guard every avenue of return. Otherwise,
they would stray back to the old system as a flock of stupid sheep returns to lie down in its old fold even after
the pasture is dried up. Twice during my own life the Lord has driven me out, making it impossible for me to
stay where I was and impossible to return. I know by experience how Jacob felt when the sun had set on the
old ways, the old home, and the old associates, and that forever. Gen. 28:11 And I know how restless his head
must have been as it lay on the pillow of stone, but I know, too, of a Lord who stands at the top of the ladder,
smiling down as though He would say, "Every rung brings you nearer to Me."

Many people who have written to me lately indicate that they are being forced from the womb of the old system
as a babe is forced from the womb of its mother to enter upon the glory of a new world and the wonder of a
new day. Courage, my brother! It is God who is leading you forth. The heavens are opening before you as you
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advance. The angels are ascending and descending upon the sons of God. Heavenly voices are proclaiming
that the old age is dying and the kingdom of God is at hand.

So it was that Adam's age of innocence ended with judgment, man being driven forth from the garden. What a
tragedy, someone will say! No, my brother, it is not a tragedy. It is part of the eternal purpose of an all-wise
God, for the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the
same in hope; because the creature itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious
liberty of the sons of God. Rom. 8:20-21 Had the eyes of Adam been opened as were the eyes of Jacob, he,
too, might have seen a ladder from earth to heaven. So God drove him forth from the garden that he might
unfold to all the universe the seven great steps of His eternal purpose.

As Adam's day of innocence ended in judgment and the promise of a new day, so also ended the age of
conscience when Noah alone of all earth's inhabitants was found righteous in His generation. So God ended
that wicked age, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly, and Noah came forth from the ark to look
from the mountain top upon an entirely new age, to gaze on a world that had been cleansed from the filth of a
highly civilized but morally degraded people, the like of which had never been before and has never been since
until this solemn hour in which we now live. Need we remind ourselves that it was of our day that Jesus spoke
when He said, "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the day of the coming of the Son of man." In that
day the earth was corrupt and filled with violence, and the thoughts and imaginations of men's hearts were only
evil continually. It was that way then; it is that way now. Filth and evil are portrayed everywhere. Perhaps the
most dreadful indictment of all is found in the fact that smoking, drinking, fornication, and homosexuality have
become rampant among the hireling ministries of the decadent, earthly Babylon, that haughty harlot who with
brazen effrontery parades as the bride of Christ and the church of the living God.

The days of Noah are with us on every hand. Make no mistake about that fact. This age of grace is not going
to end in the triumphant glory of world-wide revival as some vainly imagine. It is going to end in world-wide
judgment. It is going to end in gross darkness as all other dispensations have ended that from the darkness
and the judgment may emerge the glory of the new day. I have no hesitation whatsoever in declaring that there
will not be another real revival in this dispensation. There may be many false revivals. They are in progress all
the time. Just as there are many false prophets and false christs, so there are many false revivals. If it were not
so, the false prophets and false christs could not exist. Every sect and denomination eventually becomes a
false christ which men trust for salvation. There will not be another revival in this dispensation, because
judgment was pronounced upon this age by both Jesus and the apostles. "If any man hear My voice and open
the door, I will come in to him and sup with him," saith the Lord. Other than that there will be no great turning to
God. When this evil age has ended in the awesome judgment of the great tribulation, then the dispensation of
the kingdom of God will begin - a dispensation unlike all other ages, because in it Jesus Christ in person,
together with His brothers, the sons of God, will rule the whole world in righteousness. All other rule and
authority will be put down forever, and righteousness, justice, and equity will fill the whole earth as the waters
cover the seas. Men will not learn war any more; neither will covetousness or greed hold any in their sway. But
all shall know God from the least of them to the greatest of them. The lame man shall leap as the hart. The
tongue of the dumb shall sing. The eyes of the blind shall be opened. Upon the bells of the horses will be
"Holiness unto the Lord."

We are now in the hour of preparation for the kingdom of God. Let us not be mistaken. My message is not a
message to the wretched harlot system, that false christ who dares to call herself the church. My message is to
the precious sons of Zion, who are being called out from the harlot system and being called out unto God.
Sons of God, the hour has come to disentangle yourselves; otherwise you will share the judgment of the great
whore of Babylon. Rev. 18:4. In these last days of the dispensation of grace there is no message more
important than this: Every son of God, every saint of the Lord, must disentangle himself from the octopus-like
arms of the harlot church system. He must come out from among them and touch no more the unclean thing
that he may receive the promise, "Ye shall be My sons and daughters." 2 Cor. 6:17-18 My soul gets
desperately weary of hearing men quote Heb. 10:25 in an effort to convince themselves and others that they
should continue to assemble with the present day harlot church system. When Paul wrote, "Let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the
manner of some is", it never crossed his inspired mind that we would think for a moment that we should bury
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our lives and destroy our experiences by constantly assembling ourselves with a corrupt and decadent system,
now grown full of false prophets and antichrists, a system given over to religious vaudeville, a system that
compasses land and sea to make proselytes and whose members too often know little or nothing of a personal
knowledge and relationship with Christ. It is a system abounding with smug preachers, exuding self, claiming
to be God's man of the hour, end time prophets, healers, workers of miracles, and many other such things.
Though many profess to be favored with special gifts and to be blessed with ministering angels, I believe I am
right in saying that their audiences are more enamored with them and their high sounding talk then with the
Christ they profess to represent.

Have you taken notice that men such as Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Peter, John, Martin Luther, John Wesley,
and many others like them never wasted time proving that they were anybody special at all? These men did
not even know that they were special vessels. They were what they were, and it mattered not to them what
men thought or believed of them. Like Moses of old they wist not that their faces shone. I frankly admit that the
moment any man presents himself as having some special ministry or gift, my guard goes up right away. "A
man's gift maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men." He needs confirmation from no man. If he
is speaking from God, it soon becomes evident. Not for naught did Jesus tell us that false prophets, false
teachers, and false christs would be many in the last days. The sinister word false could be inscribed over this
whole system of confusion. In this our day, in this our hour, political Babylon and religious Babylon are hand in
glove. They are two harlots in one house. "When I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery and
assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses." "How shall I pardon thee for this?" Jer. 5:7

If you will read the third chapter of Isaiah, which is a message concerning Judah and Israel, you will see how
aptly it applies to the church system today. Then, in chapter four, verse one, the prophet makes this strange
observation: "In that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and
wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach." The seven women
represent the seven churches described in Revelation, chapters two and three, beginning with Ephesus and
concluding with Laodicea. So decadent have these women become in the period of Laodicea that the only
thing Christian about them is the name they insist on using. A wife should be sustained by her husband, eating
the food he provides and wearing the apparel supplied by his labor… but not so with these women. They have
no interest in His garments of righteousness, nor in His bread of truth, nor His water of life. "We will eat our
own bread and wear our own apparel; only let us be called Christian to take away our reproach." If they are not
called the church, they have no reason for existing at all, so they call themselves by the name of Christ so that
there will be no reproach, but they go their own way, eating their own bread and wearing their own apparel,
and in general living apart from Him.

Why is it that people who are so fond of quoting Paul's word from Heb. 10:25 are never heard to quote the
words of that same apostle from 2 Cor. 6:17-18? Here, after saying, "What concord hath Christ with Belial?
What part hath he that believeth with an infidel? What agreement hath the temple of God with idols?" he goes
on to command, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the
unclean thing; and I will receive you and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty." Why do Christians imagine they have a duty to sit in the idol's temple, pretending they
are obeying the words of Heb. 10:25? Have you not seen that sonship is promised to those who come out from
among them? To those who come out is the promise given, "I will receive you and will be a Father unto you,
and ye shall be My sons and daughters." Better far it is to come out and receive the sonship for which creation
groans than to sit among the seven women who do as they please, hoping that this religion of yours will assure
them of God's favor. There should be no question in the mind of any Christian today that, if the apostle Paul
were living in this the end of the age, he would join his voice with that voice in the Revelation, crying, "Come
out of her, My people, that ye be not partaker of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins
have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." Indeed, he did cry, "Come out", even in
his own day.

The old day is dying. The darkening shadows are lengthening into the night of tribulation. The new
dispensation, the dispensation of the kingdom of God, is dawning out of the darkness and confusion of the age
that is now passing away. With it will come new light and new understanding. A strange day has come upon
us. Darkness covers the earth and gross darkness the people; yet in the hearts of the true saints there is light,
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which the darkness comprehends not. I do not know how long we will be permitted to write the message of the
Lord, but I do know that light I have never seen before has shined its transforming rays of glory into my heart.
The transforming truth of the new age can only reach those who depart from the confusing mixture of light and
darkness so universal in the Babylon system to walk with Christ in the morning light of a new day.

Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that belong unto
thy peace; but now they are hid from thine eyes. The time is fulfilled. The hour is at hand. Men should fast and
pray that the scales may fall from their eyes and that the truth of the hour may clearly shine, bringing the
knowledge of God from the face of Jesus Christ.

                                                                       Figure 1
                                      The seven days of Genesis 1;1-2:3 a seven 24 hour days typifying the seven
                                     1000 year days from Genesis 1:28---Rev.20:1-6, and also the seven 7000 year
                                                           days, typify in Leviticus 25:1-13
            st                  nd                   rd                 th                 th                  th                    th
           1 day              2 day                3 day               4 day  5 day          6 day          7 day
       Light and darkness   waters divided   vegetation appears       fish, fowls, beasts of
                                                                   sun, moon and             man           Sabbath
           Divided                                                    the earth, cattle and
                                                                        stars
                                                                      Creeping things
________________________________________________________168 hours_________________________________________________

                                                                     Figure 2
        Seven days, each 1000 years long representing the seven dispensations from Genesis. 1:28 to Rev. 20:1-6 or from Adam to the end of
                                                            Millennial Kingdom of God
            st                  nd                   rd                 th                 th                  th                    th
           1 day              2 day                3 day               4 day                5 day               6 day                7 day
         1000 years          1000 years           1000 years          1000 years           1000 years         1000 years           1000 years
         INNOCENCE           CONSCIENCE           HUMAN               PROMISE                LAW                 GRACE             KINGDOM OF
                                                  GOVERNMENT                                                                           GOD
         Gen. 1:28            Gen. 3:23           Gen. 8:10           Gen. 12:1            Exodus 19:8        John 1:17            Rev. 20:1-6
        <From the creation of Adam to the end of the Millennial Kingdom is 7000 yrs. Or seven 1000 yrs. Days. It must be understood that the >
              seven 1000 year day represented in figure 2 above are all included in the sixth 7000 year day represent in Figure 3 below

       ___________________________________________________Figure 3___________________________________________________
            st         nd                   rd               th                th              th                  th
           1 day      2 day                3 day            4 day             5 day           6 day               7 day
         7000 years       7000 years     7000 years       7000 years       7000 years       7000 years          7000 years
        Light divided    Waters divided Vegetable life Sun, Moon, and  Fish, fowl, cattle,    MAN        Dispensation of the
       From darkness                      appears            Stars     creeping things and created and   the fullness of Times
                                                       Commissioned    beasts of the earth brought into  Eph. 1:10 God Rest
                                                                                           God’s image      from all Labor
         Gen. 1:45        Gen 1:6-8     Gen. 1:9-13    Gen. 1:14-19       Gen 1:20-23      Gen. 1-26, 27      Gen. 2:2,3

                                                                                                                  __1000 YEARS
                                                                                                                     The Jubilee
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Because of lack of space I put the following on this line to show the final column>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>See. Lev. 25:10-13

The Beginning <__________From “The Beginning” Gen. 1:1 to the end of the dispensation of the fullness of times is 49,000 years____________>
 Gen. 1:1     <___________________From Genesis 1:1 to the end of the Jubilee when all returns to God is 50,000 years__________________>

       God’s plan for the ages is based upon the Sabbath of weeks describes in great detail in Leviticus 25:1-13 where a period of FORTY-NINE
               YEARS IS DESCRIBED, seven Sabbaths of years, or seven weeks each being seven years long. This is followed by the
                                     year of Jubilee, which is the fiftieth year. The time is the restitution of all things.
                    That, the 50 days of Lev. 25:1-13 represent 50,000 years is easily understood in the light of Peter’s instruction.
                                      “A day is with the Lord as 1000 years and 1000 years as one day.” 2 Pet. 3:8


NOTICE CONCERNING CHART OVERLEAF

The foldout chart will be found useful in studying the Bible days and weeks of Chapter 5.

In the inspired words of the apostle Peter, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with
the Lord as a thousands years, and a thousand years as one day", 2 Pet. 3:8, we are given the master key or
God's plan for all ages. If one day in God's economy represents a thousand years and a thousand years
represents one day, then seven days must surely represent seven thousand years and seven thousand years
seven days, or one week of seven one thousand year days. That simple logic should be understandable to a
child. If, then, seven days represents seven thousand years, forty-nine days must by the same logic represent
forty-nine thousand years and fifty days would in like manner represent fifty-thousand years.

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In Genesis 1:1 to 2:3 we have a record of seven twenty-four hour days which we now name Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. See figure 1 on the chart. These seven twenty-four
hour days of Genesis represent seven one thousand year days from Genesis to Revelation in which are
included the seven Bible dispensations, innocence, conscience, human government, promise, law, grace, and
the kingdom of God. See figure 2 on the chart.

In Leviticus 25:1-13 we are given an account of forty-nine days, each day being one year long. Forty-nine days
are seven full weeks. Read the account carefully. Whereas a day represents a thousand years, we are faced
with the conclusion that forty-nine thousand years are determined upon the earth, or seven days, each day
being seven thousand years long. See figure 3 on the chart.

Man is made in God's image on the sixth day whether it be the sixth twenty-four hour day, the sixth one
thousand year day, or the sixth seven thousand year day. We are now living in the sixth one thousand year day
since Adam. See figure 2. We are also living in the sixth seven thousand year day since Genesis 1:1; "In the
beginning God created the heaven and earth." See figure 3.

Five vast days each seven thousand years long, had passed away into history before Adam, the first man, was
made on the sixth twenty-four hour day of the sixth seven thousand year day. The entire seven thousand years
(seven days) shown in figure 2 on the chart are all included in the sixth seven thousand year day shown in
figure 3 on the chart. The sixth seven thousand year day of figure 3 includes all God's dealings with man from
Adam to the end of the millennial kingdom.

The seventh seven thousand year day shown in figure 3 is the dispensation of the fullness of times, Eph. 1:10,
in which period God will gather all things into Christ. It is the Sabbath of rest for the vast week of seven, seven
thousand year days.

The fiftieth year, spoken of in Lev. 25:10, is the jubilee in which every man returns to his possession and all
goes back to its original owner, who in this case is God Himself. Since these things are so, is it any wonder
that Peter said, "Be not ignorant of this one thing that a day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a
thousand years as one day."

                                                CHAPTER FIVE
                                      SIX DAYS SHALT THOU LABOUR

"Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it
thou shall not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy
cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates."

On a number of occasions we have mentioned that no prophecy is of private interpretation. 2 Pet. 1:20. Almost
every scripture has a local and primary meaning which should be clear enough to even the casual reader, but
after the primary meaning there comes a secondary meaning of much greater scope and importance which
cannot be discerned by the natural mind that is content to dwell in the shallows of spiritual understanding.
Therefore that deeper meaning is left for those who with longing hearts follow the Holy Spirit into the realm of
wisdom where He dwells. There men begin to see the invisible, hear the inaudible, and comprehend the
incomprehensible. It has been truly written, "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, and neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him, but God hath revealed them unto
us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

1 Cor. 2:9-10 Then again it has been written, "The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they
are without excuse." Rom. 1:20

When the Spirit has revealed a secondary meaning of a truth, He longs to draw aside the third veil that we
might behold the ultimate meaning, if in God there could possibly be an ultimate. The tabernacle in the
wilderness clearly showed that the worshippers were first led through the low wide gate, which was a curtain,
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to bring their offerings into the outer court, and thence the priests, the sons of Aaron, went through the second
veil into the holy place, a place into which ordinary worshippers were never allowed to go or even to see
because of the forbidding veil. But beyond this holy place of the priests was another place called the holiest of
all into which none but the high priest could enter, and that but once a year and never without blood, for here in
this third place was the presence and glory of God, which would have slain even the high priest had he dared
to enter unclean or without the blood of the sacrifice upon him. I have no hesitation in saying that there is no
teaching contained in the New Testament that was not first contained in the types and shadows of the
tabernacle constructed in the wilderness by Moses. Let no man ever think that he has the last word of truth
about anything, for if any man thinketh he knoweth aught, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. Having
established, then, that we may look for three or more levels of meaning in the divine plan, it should not come
as any surprise to find that there are also three levels of meaning contained in this simple statement of
scripture: "Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work; but the seventh is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God."
Exo. 20,9-10
That there are seven days in a week we need not try to prove. From the beginning of the world this fact has
been clearly seen. Six of these days were to be filled with labor, but in the seventh no servile work was to be
done. The apostle Peter was ordained to bring forcefully to our minds the truth that each day represents a
thousand years, when he said by the Holy Spirit, "Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is
with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" 2 Pet. 3:8 Compare also Psa. 90:4 This
scripture does not teach us, as some seem to believe, that time means nothing with God. Indeed, it teaches
the very opposite - that time has a very definite meaning with God. It teaches in the most irrefutable way that
just as there are seven days in one week, each twenty-four hours long, so there is a much greater week
consisting of seven days, each one thousand years long. Since, then, there is a week of seven days, each
twenty-four hours long, and also a week of seven days, each one thousand years long, should it seem
incredible that we should also find a third and greater week foreshadowed in God's word consisting of seven
days, each seven thousand years long?

If you carefully read the twenty-filth chapter of Leviticus, you will see that the Hebrews had three sorts of
weeks: first, the week of days which was reckoned from one Sabbath to another (Lev. 23:1-3); second, the
week of years which was reckoned from one sabbatical year to another and consisted of seven years (Lev.
25:1-7) Then following this was a third week of seven times seven years, or forty-nine years, reckoned from
one jubilee year to the next. Lev. 25:8 Every fiftieth year was a year of jubilee. It should not now be difficult for
the reader to see that, as one day represents one thousand years, so forty-nine days represent forty-nine
thousand years, or one week in which each day is seven thousand years long. Five of these giant days passed
by before Adam, for man was created on the sixth day and is brought completely into God's image during the
seven thousand year day extending from Adam to the end of the millennial kingdom - that is, the sixth seven
thousand year day. Please refer to the enclosed chart. Following this sixth day comes the dispensation of the
fullness of times which is the seventh seven thousand year day. In that glorious day God will gather into Christ
absolutely all things. Eph. 1:10. This day is followed by the jubilee, one, one thousand year day, in which all
debts are cancelled and everything returns to its rightful owner, who is God Himself. If we prove ignorant here,
we will certainly miss the plan and purpose of God for the ages. To understand the purpose of God for the
ages transforms the Bible into a new book and places the infinite wisdom of God in the pure light in which it
belongs.

With these truths fresh in our minds we can easily see that the basis of the whole economy of God as it
concerns man is based upon the week of days in Genesis, chapter one - six days of labor followed by a day of
rest, each day representing one thousand years. Our minds, however, do not begin to grasp the significance of
the plan until we read Lev. 25:1-6, for here the week is translated into years. "Six years thou shall sow thy
field, and six years thou shall prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall
be a Sabbalh of rest unto Ihe land..." Verses 3 and 4 Here we have seven days, each day one year long, and
each day representing one thousand years even as Peter instructed us. It was certainly in the wisdom of God
to gradually make our minds acquainted with this great plan of the ages; otherwise we would never have been
able to understand the truth that follows in Lev. 25:8-13, part of which reads as follows: "And thou shall
number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of
years shall be unto thee forty and nine years." Verse 8 Here then we have a week forty-nine years long, or
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seven days, each seven years long. Remembering again the instruction of Peter, we are immediately brought
face to face with the indisputable fact that this period of forty-nine years (or forty-nine days, each day one year
long), represents forty-nine thousand years, for "One day," said Peter, "is as a thousand years," or seven days
in which each day is seven thousand years long. This vast week represents the time from Genesis 1:1 - "in the
beginning God created the heavens and the earth" - to Rev. 21:1 - "and I saw a new heaven and a new earth;
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away." This takes us to the end of the dispensation of the
fullness of times spoken of by Paul in Eph. 1:9-10 when God completes His divine purpose by gathering all
things in heaven and earth into Christ.
On the sixth day God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Gen. 1:26. You will see the
whole plan unfolding before your eyes if you can now see that it was in the sixth twenty-four hour day that the
Lord made the man in His likeness and it is also in the sixth seven thousand year day that God is
accomplishing His purpose of bringing mankind into His image and into His likeness. In the dispensation of
innocence man rejected the government of God, and in disobedience to God's command he chose his own
way and immediately discovered himself to be completely out of harmony with God's laws and out of fellowship
with God Himself. The Lord said to the woman, "I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow
thou shall bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." And unto
Adam he said, "Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I
commanded thee, saying, Thou shall not eat of it; cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou eat of
it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth unto thee; and thou shall eat the herb of the
field; in the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken:
for dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return." Gen. 3:16-19
These verses clearly show that the labor and travail now universal in the world is the result of disobedience. It
is the consequence of man's being out of harmony with God. "The curse causeless shall not come." Prov. 26:2
The six thousand years of the world's history has found man laboring beneath the curse of the Lord. Everything
he touches is under the curse. The ground is cursed and refuses to yield her increase. Only by labor and
travail, toil and sweat is man able to wrest his livelihood from the ground until at last he himself is consumed by
it and falls back into the dust from which he came. So long has man labored that he has become accustomed
to it. He spends his days beneath the curse fighting with thorns and thistles, weeds of every kind, voracious
insects that devour the seed in the ground, attack the roots of crops, and cut the shooting stems, sawflies that
literally cut the wheal down before the harvest, rust that attacks the stems, weeds that crowd out the wheat,
swarms of grasshoppers that consume the young plants, and rodents that steal the ripened grain. Besides all
these blighting curses the fields are devoured by drought, consumed by hail, devastated by frost, burned by
fire, and sometimes drowned in harvest by unseasonable rain; yet he knows not that all this is the result of the
curse. If such things can be told of a field of grain, how the curse is multiplied as husbandmen toil to save their
fruit orchards, their fields of cotton, and many other things! There is not one crop unaffected by the curse, not
one beast in the field or bird or man that is not laboring every day under the curse that fell upon the world and
all things in it when man in disobedience threw off the government of God and chose his own rebellious way.
Man in his rebellion has become so accustomed to laboring under the curse of sin that he has accepted all its
ravaging consumption as a mailer of course. He has accepted without question the fact that innumerable
diseases attack the human body until there is not one joint or muscle or organ that is immune from disease and
sickness of many kinds. Name, if you can, one organ of the body from the hair on your head to the skin on the
soles of your feet that cannot be afflicted with disease. But man has labored so long beneath this curse that he
thinks very little of the fact that it is the result of his own rebellion. In his vain attempts to deliver himself from
the curse of sickness he finds himself confronted with an ever, increasing variety of diseases. Medical skill
never can deliver the world from the curse of sickness, but is progressively plunging us ever deeper into it.
With what pathetic words we might tell of the curse of accidents, of war, theft, and crime of every description!
We need not here elaborate on the fearful blight of it all. One has but to read the papers or listen to the news to
learn that in our day there is no good news. It is all bad.
Man in the very beginning of his existence cast off the easy and blessed yoke of God's government, choosing
to do his own will and govern himself. The consequence of his rebellion is in evidence everywhere and the
ultimate tragedy of disobedience could not be written or spoken. For six thousand years or six millennial days
man's very existence has been naught but labor and travail and all his fruitless struggle has been for his own
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belly. To obtain food, clothing, and shelter has been his primary aim, an aim no higher than that of the beasts
of the field. That which he laid up in store he has been unable to take away, leaving it to others to disperse in
their sin and folly. For his daily bread man toils and sweats continually nor does his ingenuity and invention
gain him much. The more he gains by means of these the more he lavishes upon his lusts or leaves to the
vanity of others, bringing evil upon himself in sickness and accident, disease, war, crime, and theft. Five
hundred wars have been fought since the turn of the twentieth century, and every war in history, whether
rightly or wrongly, has been fought to gain something more to consume upon the flesh.

Besides the numberless curses of the physical body man has had to struggle to wrest his living from an earth
that is also under the curse. "Cursed is the ground for your sake," God declared to Adam. "In sorrow shall thou
eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth unto thee; and thou shah eat the herb
of the field; In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return." Gen. 3:18-19 The curses of the ground are
innumerable as men in the sweat of their faces wage their never ending struggle against drought, frost, hail,
floods, erosion, ravaging worms, and pests of ever increasing number and variety. No sooner has one enemy
been defeated than its very defeat releases a whole variety of new enemies that thrive because of its death.
When man undertakes to destroy the carnivorous beasts lest they prey upon his cattle, then the rodents
increase to destroy his crops. In his ignorance he destroys the birds lest they pick at his fruit, and in their stead
comes the devouring insects, and when man learns to destroy these by using expensive and damaging sprays,
he finds that he is poisoning himself and the rest of mankind by polluting the rivers and streams with poisonous
insecticides, destroying the fish and birds upon which he fed, and doing damage even to the ground from
which his food comes.

All war, sickness, crime, violence, disease, injustice, inequity, and every other ill possible to name has been
brought upon man by his own evil and disobedience and is all the result of his carnal rule. "Six days shall thou
labor and do all thy work," was the edict of God. Thus for six thousand years, or six millennial days, man has
labored and travailed in pain and sweat. He has tried every form of government that the carnal mind could
devise and each one in its order has been a dire and terrible failure. If the people choose a monarch to rule
over them, he is more often than not filled with his own evil ways, imagining that the world and all the people in
it were created for his personal pleasure and satisfaction. If a dictator arises, he soon oppresses the people,
forcing every injustice upon them as he rules with his armies and the strength of his arm. And, when men in
desperation throw off the evil rule of such men and form a democracy, it, too, falls into decay and becomes so
weak and filled with evil that rise is soon given lo some man who is strong enough to bring order out of chaos.
This very condition is now sweeping over the nations of North America and Europe. Nations once prosperous
in temporal things because they feared the Lord have become so evil and defiant against God that their very
strength has brought them weakness and their evil savor fills the earth. True indeed were the words of
Solomon: "Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people."
Amid the travail and deepening darkness through which man for almost six thousand years has labored there
is an eternal ray of hope, for the immutable edict, "six days shall thou labor", is almost complete. The seventh
day, the great millennial Sabbath of rest, is even now at the doors. It will be a Sabbath to last one thousand
years. It is the dispensation of the kingdom of God, the rule of Jesus Christ over all the earth with the saints He
has prepared through the ages.
We can be most explicit when we say that the kingdom of God will be a literal kingdom and that it will endure
upon the earth in glory and majesty for a day a thousand years long. There will be no governments elected by
the people, but the elect of God, saints chosen by Him from all ages, will reign in righteousness over the whole
earth. His government will not be the tyranny of a dictatorship nor the misrule of an earthly demagogue, but a
theocracy in which Christ in all the completeness of His body of sons shall rule and reign in righteousness.
"Behold My servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon Him: He
shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard in the
street. (No more electioneering.) A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench:
He shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till He has set judgment in the
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It is a most singular thing that Christian people for almost two thousand years have been quoting the Lord's
prayer, and yet few of them, even the most devout among them, have ever noticed that practically every
sentence of that beautiful utterance concerns the blessed and wonderful day when God's kingdom shall come
to earth. The first request of the prayer is, "Thy kingdom come", and the second is like unto it, "Thy will be done
in earth as it is done in heaven." And the third, "Give us this day our daily bread", is the heart cry of all creation
for that blessed kingdom day when man shall no longer with toil and sweat wrest his bread from the unwilling
earth, but our daily bread will spring forth from the blessing of the Lord as "the plowman shall overtake the
reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the
hills shall melt." Amos 9:13 Even the blessed words, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that
trespass against us", define the very nature and character of the saints who shall rule in the kingdom of God. If
among the rank and file of church believers God forgave them only as they forgave others, few indeed would
find forgiveness, but those who shall be accounted worthy to rule with Christ in that blessed kingdom will be
saints in whom the grace of forgiveness has been wrought to such perfection that their mercy and forgiveness
toward all mankind will be in the same abundant measure as God has shown mercy to them.

The prayer, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil", is little understood by those who recite the
words. But God through many bitter and heartbreaking experiences is teaching us that, unless by His grace we
are delivered from evil, we must be led in the paths of temptation that we may come to ourselves as did the
prodigal son in the long ago, returning in repentance unto Him who will bring the best robe and put it upon us,
for the son that was dead is alive again, and that which was lost is found. The closing statement of that prayer,
so all encompassing and all enduring, so sublime and full of God's purposes in wisdom and understanding, is
one of the richest revelations ever given to man. "For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory unto
the age of the ages." The age of the ages is the dispensation of the fullness of times, which follows the
millennial kingdom of God and in which time God will gather into Himself all things in Christ. Eph. 1:9-10

God's purposes for the ages are not doomed to failure. They are being worked out exactly as He planned. We
will never understand the ways of God until our hearts discover the wonders of the sacred truth that "all things
work together for good to them that love God..." We will never know the depths of His loving kindness and
tender mercy until we are able to see that the fall of man in that far off dispensation of innocence was part of a
purpose that was to develop and mature through timeless ages, producing at last spotless and experienced
sons in the image of God. The six days of man's labor and travail have not been in vain, because God has
been teaching the universe by experience that there can be no God but the Lord; neither can there be rule or
authority anywhere worthy of mention but only the rule and authority of God. Through the dispensations He
has been teaching a benighted world that the carnal mind with its divisive tendencies is always an enemy of
God. He is causing the world to see that sin is a reproach to any people and the wages of sin is always death.
Great have been the lessons taught to even the vilest of men. But there is one purpose above all that God
throughout the wearisome ages of human rule has steadfastly pursued. He has been handpicking and carefully
preparing a company of saints in His own image and likeness to reign with Him over all the earth and all the
nations in the kingdom of God.

If God's people would now understand the plan of God, they must valiantly unlearn many of the human and
Roman traditions handed down from generation to generation. We have no words of condemnation for those
who have taught that Christians must soon fly away to heaven and leave the world forever behind, for God
does not remove the veils of misunderstanding until the time draws near for His purposes to unfold. There is no
truth given greater emphasis in God's word than the truth that he is preparing a kingdom of righteousness that
will engulf the whole earth in a glory not exceeded by the glory of Eden and that Christ Himself in all the
fullness both of the head and of the body will reign over the whole earth in perfect righteousness, justice,
judgment, and equity. His kingdom will spread as a mantle of blessed righteousness that will encompass the
whole earth. His saints from ages past, resurrected and glorified, will shine as lights set upon a hill, even the
holy hill of Zion, until the whole earth is full of the wisdom and knowledge of God even as the waters cover the
sea.

Those who have died in faith, not having received the promises, will be raised from the dead in glorification
together with us who are alive and in preparation at this very hour; for, though their instruction was completed
and they were made perfect in all the ways of God's kingdom, God has kept them waiting for the full perfection
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of immortality and glorification until the whole reigning company of the saints is fully prepared that they might
all rise together. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 1 Thess. 4:16-18. It is here that truth differs from tradition.
Tradition has taught that this wonderful catching away will be a means of escaping the tribulation that is
coming upon the world. The truth is that at the time of the catching away the tribulation is almost over and the
saints rise to meet the descending Christ that they might descend with Him upon the Mount of Olives. This
shall be the occasion of the great wrath and anger of all nations of the earth and the wrath of antichrist, who
will rise to make war against Him because He has come to put down all rule and authority and government and
to rule the nations with a rod of iron until all men know that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. His coming to
the Mount of Olives will not only mean the destruction and end of this world's ungodly system, but it will also
mean the beginning of the kingdom of God on earth. "Thy kingdom come," prayed Jesus. "Thy will be done in
earth as it is done in heaven." Thus with the Lord's coming with all His saints to the holy hill of Zion shall begin
that reign that shall endure unto timeless ages.

For the past two thousand years the kingdom of God has been in the earth only in mystery form. Jesus
explained this mystery when he said, "The kingdom of God is within you." The only sign that the kingdom of
God existed has been in that handful of people scattered all over the world who were walking with God and
allowing Christ to set up His mystical throne within their hearts to rule and reign within them. There is no
disputing the fact that both in the Old Testament era and in the New Testament era God has had a people
whose lives were wholly given to Him. They walked with Him. They followed the leading of His Spirit. They
discarded their own wills and followed only the will of God. They lost all love for earthly things and abandoned
the things of the flesh to follow the Lamb of God whithersoever He went. They are not nor have they ever been
the ordinary run of church members, for many there be who, though they have believed on Christ, follow the
leading of men and whose ears have never become attuned to the voice of Christ. The throne of God has
never been established within their hearts. But God has always had a separate and elect people of whom He
was able to say, "The kingdom of God is within you." These elect people, within whose hearts the kingdom of
God now dwells, will rule and reign with Christ in that wonderful hour when the literal kingdom shall come upon
earth.

Soon the mystery form of the kingdom of God will pass away and the literal kingdom of God will be established
on the earth. It was for this kingdom that Christ prayed when He said, "Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done in
earth as it is done in heaven." We must be very emphatic here, for it is a never, ending source of amazement
to find that so many Christians are never able to see beyond the mystical kingdom in spite of the indisputable
fact that the Psalms of David and the inspired writings of the prophets magnify the literalness of the kingdom of
Christ above all else. Isaiah is continually breaking forth in mighty paeans of truth concerning it as though it
were an artesian well in his heart that could not be shut off. Time after time he bursts forth with such phrases
as these: "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and
blossom as the rose." "Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come
with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be
opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue
of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert... And the ransomed of
the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy
and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." See Isa. 35

Over and over again we see this blessed prophet of God in one breath condemning the wickedness of the
people among whom he dwells and the evil ways of the kings and governors that rule the land and in the next
shouting the praises of that coming wonderful day when the people will be all righteous, the rulers will be the
servants of the Lord, and the land itself shall be blessed of God. In the midst of the woes of the day he cries
aloud, "Behold My servant whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth: I have put My spirit upon
Him: He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause His voice to be heard
in the street. A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth
judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged till He have set judgment in the earth: and the isles
shall wait for His law." Isa. 42:1-4 "Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth, ye
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that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the
cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: Let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them
shout from the top of the mountains ... I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up their herbs; and I will
make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools. And I will lead the blind by a way that they knew not; I will
lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things
straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them." Isa. 42:10-11,14-16 Reading the book of
Isaiah, one must surely conclude that the prophecy of Isaiah is in truth the gospel of the kingdom of God.

The six days of man's labor and travail are almost at an end and the seventh day, the long awaited Sabbath of
God's rest, is at hand. In it man's work will be no more. The six days of man's misrule will be over and his
distorted and unholy kingdoms will be ended, and in the seventh day, the thousand year millennial day, the
kingdom of God will spread itself over the entire earth and all nations shall serve and obey Him. See Dan. 7:27.
In the light of these things surely our understanding is quickened to see the inspired meaning of the words
spoken so long ago: "And God blessed the Sabbath (seventh) day and hallowed it". Ex. 20:11

All throughout the Bible the Lord has been painting pictures of things to come. He has made fleeting shadows
to fall across our pathway, reminding us that realities great and eternal are in the offing. It is always typical of
man to become so engrossed with the shadows that he is unable to see the reality of the form that made the
shadow. He becomes so busy trying to explain the mystic image cast upon the earth in the form of a shadow
that he neglects to raise his eyes to behold the reality. A few mornings ago I arose early to stroll in quiet
meditation by the shore of a beautiful little lake. The sun, just arisen to gladden the earth, was playfully casting
grotesque shadows upon the ground out of all proportion to the objects they represented. As I walked along
with my back to the sun, I smiled at my own shadow stretched out fully forty feet in front of me. Certainly the
shadow did bear some resemblance to a man, for there was the image of the head upon the shoulders, and
the arms and legs were clearly visible. No one could have doubted that this was, indeed, the shadow of a man.
But if we try to judge the man by the shadow, we will get things out of all proportion. I am not forty feet high as
my shadow seemed to say; and, by the time my morning walk was over, my shadow had already reduced itself
to twenty feet and then to ten, and by noon it would have been less than three feet. So we can not accurately
judge the man by the shadow. It told nothing of my nature or my character. It did not tell whether I was white or
yellow, black or brown. Indeed, it was the shadow of a man, but only a shadow. One could, I think, have a
clearer understanding in a moment of time had he looked away from the shadow to the body that made it: and,
had he spoken, he would have seen beyond the outer man to commune with the spirit and nature of the man
within.

It was with this truth in mind that Paul instructed the Colossians, for they, though believers in Christ, were
inclined to waste their time debating about circumcision and uncircumcision, ordinances and laws, new moons
and Sabbaths, meats and drinks, and many other things that are only shadows of things to come. So the wise
apostle wrote them a letter to turn their eyes away from the shadows to behold the reality, saying in his epistle,
"Let no man judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect to an holy day, or of the new moon, or of Sabbath
days: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ" meaning, of course, that the body that
caused the shadow is the body of Christ. Col. 2:16-17 The exhortation is plain then. Do not spend your life
arguing about days and months and weeks and years which at best are only shadows, but raise your eyes to
see the reality which He is. A shadow is really nothing at all. It changes with every movement of light. The
shadow of the Empire State Building tells us little of its worth. About all the information it gives is that, if we
follow the shadow to its end, we will find the reality.

Why are people forever debating about which day of the week they should keep, and whether or not they
should eat this or that? Why spend our lives debating about shadows? Look away yonder and you will see the
body that made the shadow, and the reality. There are millions of people who keep the first day of the week as
holy to the Lord who have never seen that to the Christian it foreshadows the dispensation of the fullness of
times, and there are millions who keep the seventh day of the week who have never begun to understand the
millennial kingdom, which it foreshadows. I greatly fear that many, after spending their lifetime in debate, will
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                                                  CHAPTER SIX
                                  KEEP YOURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD

Many years ago a friend of mine departed this life to dwell forever in the presence of the Lord. He was a young
man of about twenty-nine years, but his relationship with God far exceeded his age, for God had called forth
from his heart a love and devotion much beyond the ordinary. He was suddenly stricken with a cancer that
developed so rapidly that within eight months he passed away. As the time of departure drew near, he lay
delirious, occasionally regaining consciousness long enough to breath out a few words of love to God, but
when at last the hour came to bid farewell to earth, mustering all the strength of his weary body, he sang as he
passed from death into life,

                                More love, O Christ, to Thee, more love to Thee!
                                 Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
                              This is my earnest plea; more love, O Christ, to Thee,
                                      More love to Thee; more love to Thee.

No man that ever lived has been able to define love because love does not belong to the realm of definition but
to the realm of experience. We may read all the beautiful passages of scripture that concern the love of God
and yet depart in ignorance with a spirit devoid of understanding and a soul as dry as a toothpick. The
preacher may exhaust all his explanations as his glib tongue bursts with eloquence upon the ear, but for all his
explanations both we and he go away empty, our souls devoid of truth, for it is not "Athen's blooms, but those
of Calvary and Gethsemane that cause prodigals for home to pine, and turn their backs for aye on husks of
swine." It is not explanations of love we need, but personal relationship with Christ. The soul that can sing from
a bursting heart, "My Jesus, I love thee, I know Thou art mine," knows more of the love of God than all his
teachers and has a closer relationship with Christ than all the learned professors in the world with their dry
explanations of love and their useless ritual. When our time comes to depart out of this life, we will find no
consolation whatever in the abundance of our learning or the Tightness of the people among whom we
worshipped, but if in that moment our love for Christ abounds, our minds will have no regret and our hearts will
know no fear. Whenever I find a Christian who is furtive about the possibility of death, who hates the thought
that he is growing old, who resorts to sham and make-believe to convince the public that youth is still present, I
know that such a one is lacking in the love of God, for the hidden and secret desire of his heart is to holdfast to
this present life and delay as long as possible his departure from it.

The apostle Paul found himself in a great strait. On the one hand he dearly longed to depart this life and dwell
with Christ, but on the other hand he was surrounded by people who badly needed him. So he said one day, "I
am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ; which is far better; Nevertheless to
abide in the flesh is more needful for you." Phil. 1:23-24 Had he been free to take his own choice, he would
have gladly departed to dwell in the presence of Christ, for well he knew the sacred truth that "where your
treasure is, there will your heart be also."

"Love passes the door of many beautiful maidens on the way to his beloved's house," and we, too, when our
love for Christ abounds, are kept from all earthly loves that we may worship God in purity with neither guilt nor
regret upon our conscience, free in the knowledge that our love for the Eternal dwells in innocence before Him.
Where the love of God is dwelling in the heart of the believer there need be no law, for love is the fulfilling of
the law. Who needs a law saying, "Thou must love," where love already abounds? Need we ever say to him
who dwells in love, "Thou shall not kill," since love worketh no ill to his neighbor and rejoiceth not in iniquity, but
rejoiceth only in truth? Need we ever say, "Thou shall not covet," to him who loves, since love refuses to seek
her own, but the things that please God only?

For this reason and this alone love is the fulfilling of the law. He in whose heart dwells the love of God will do
by nature all the things contained in the law of Moses. Obedience to precepts need not be demanded of him
who dwells in love, for obedience will flow from his heart like living streams of water on their joyful way to the
oceans of God. The soul who loves God finds no rest apart from God, but rejoices only in His presence;
therefore, that our love may abound more and more, the Lord often withdraws Himself to hide in darkness that
we may seek Him diligently and covet earnestly His abiding presence. "By night on my bed I sought Him whom
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my soul loveth: I sought Him, but I found Him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the
broad ways I will seek Him whom my soul loveth: I sought Him, but I found Him not. The watchmen that go
about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed
from them, but I found Him whom my soul loveth: I held Him, and would not let Him go, until I had brought Him
into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me." S.O.S. 3:1-5

Love never stops seeking until she finds the object of her search, for Thou, Lord, madest us for Thyself and our
hearts are restless until we rest in Thee. The watchmen mentioned in this beautiful passage could not tell the
seeker where to go to find the Lord, and in this respect they represent the preachers of the church system in
our day who, though they go all about the city, compassing land and sea in search of proselytes, have no
answer to the seeker's problem, for that answer, important above all others, they do not know. But "It was but a
little that I passed from them, and I found Him whom my soul loveth." We will have to go beyond our instructors
if we are going to come into communion with the Lord. Sermons and explanations are but vanity here, for God
is found only by those who love Him enough to search after Him until they find Him. "Unto them that look for
Him shall He appear..." Neither will such seekers be content until they have brought Him to the inner chamber
of the human spirit that God may dwell in them and walk in them, that He may be their God and they may be
His people. Oh words and phrases, how inadequate thou art, for who with thee can paint love's portrait upon
the human soul?

As we come ever closer to the end of the dispensation of grace, I am becoming more and more convinced that
our greatest need is an intimate and personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, the blessed and only
potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords. There is something about knowing Christ and loving Him that is
better far than whole burnt offerings and sacrifices, for the glory light of His presence fades into nothingness
the endless doctrines and instructions of men. These things serve to leave us high and dry on the sand, proud
in the knowledge that is nothing short of ignorance and foolishness in the light of God. But men and women
who come into a personal relationship with Jesus come to know Him and all who know Him, walking in love
before Him, are wiser in God and the things of God than all their instructors. There is something about loving
Christ that makes us part of Him. I cannot explain it nor can I quite understand it, but those who love Him and
ever seek to be near Him melt away into Him as ice melts away into water. The roughness and rudeness of the
natural man is cleansed away by the glory of His presence. His blood cleanses from sin and His Spirit
transforms the lover into the very image of Him who created him. As water mixes with water and air mingles
with air, so in our relationship with Him our spirits mingle with His Spirit as we melt away into Him, becoming
one Spirit with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. It is here, and here alone, that sonship begins. Here
it sojourns and matures all the days of our life and here in God's presence it is consummated and brought to
eternal fullness. "If any man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come
unto him, and make Our abode with him." John 14:23

It would not be hard to write almost endless sermons about the love of God, showing what it is, what it will do,
and why we should dwell in it, but for all the head knowledge that men might attain and all the technicalities
they might embrace, they might still depart with naught but theory and none of the warm glow of love in their
hearts. We may convince men who live in sin that they should love God, but for all that they will continue in
enmity against Him. It is impossible to love anything or anybody just because we have been told we ought to
do so. A man may be fascinated by the beautiful face of a woman only to find upon acquaintance that
everything about her nature repels him, and, indeed, the opposite is often true. We find many people whose
appearance holds no attraction for us whatever, but lying beneath the outer appearance there is a personality
that draws forth a thousand responses from our spirit.

It was as though the prophet viewed our Lord from afar when he wrote the words, "He shall grow up before him
as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground; He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see
Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and
acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not."
Isa. 53:2-3 But as the prophet drew near and revelation from on high flooded into his soul, he saw the eternal
purpose of God that lay hidden with this stricken man of sorrows from whom we hid our faces. He saw the
reason for His cruel passion and bloody sweat, that His griefs and sorrows were not His own but suffered on
our behalf and for the redemption of the whole world and the entire creation. The man of sorrows and
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acquainted with grief was filled with grief not His own and afflicted with sorrows of another, for surely He hath
borne our grief and carried our sorrows. Yet all the time He suffered for us, we stood afar off, deeming Him to
be smitten of God and afflicted because of God's wrath against Him. But He was wounded for our
transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities; He was chastised that we might find peace; by the stripes
inflicted upon His body we are healed and brought to immortality, and by the thorns upon His head even the
earth is cured of its curse. Therefore to stand afar off is to despise and come to false conclusions, but in
drawing near to this Sun of Righteousness the ice and snow of out wintry night of unbelief melt away and flow
off into the ocean of His infinite self and we are one with Him.

We can never come to love God because we are told or coaxed to do so. Neither can we develop love by
hearing sermons and trying to obey rules. We love God as we draw near to Him and His Spirit changes us into
His image and likeness, making us one with Him. One night, as the Passover moon hung in the sky, an act of
love was performed that must be told throughout all ages. There, while men communed at supper with Christ
and the resurrected Lazarus sat with them, a little woman took a pound of ointment, very costly, and anointed
the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. She
cared not for supper or things to eat or for any conversation, but rather to lavish upon Him all the love of her
overflowing heart. And think not that she rose unrequited. In her adoring contemplation she was made like
Him, and though she knew it not, she was anointing Him for His burial, for "if we have been planted together in
the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection." Rom. 6:5 We cannot come into
contact with Jesus and remain unchanged. Even one moment in His presence makes us a stranger to this
present evil age. Neither can we ever again be satisfied to roam the wastes of a world already under judgment,
but like Noah's dove we will return from the desolation again and again to Him.

How different was the heart of Judas Iscariot who, in feigned concern for the poor, rebuked this humble woman
for her wastefulness, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and carried the purse and stole
from all that was put therein. Had not this man walked about the country with Jesus for three years? Was he
not among those who had received power to heal the sick and cast out devils? Yes, indeed, he was! And in
those short three years his eyes had seen and his ears had heard things too wonderful to tell. But he was like
so many ministers today who, having much theology and teaching, preach sermons everywhere. They heal the
sick and pray over the demon possessed. They profess to be disciples of the Lord, but their hearts have never
been broken before Him or their spirits melted within them. For all their talk and all their profession their
ministry is cold and lifeless, and for all their claims of miracles and healings, baptisms and multitudes of
disciples, they have never come into vital union with our blessed and wonderful Lord.

We can never really lead men to God unless we live in Him ourselves. It is for this reason that all over the
world today our eyes behold the disgusting spectacle of exalted men and women leading multitudes of
followers, who idolize them and almost worship them as God. I am sure one could name a dozen or even a
hundred such men whose names are of national and international repute, but because they have not lost
themselves in Christ, the people follow them instead of Him, and when they are called away in death, all who
follow them falter like drunken men because they trusted in man instead of loving Christ.

There are multitudes of people who often long for a deep and blessed experience with God. Not infrequently
they express their concern by saying, "Oh, that I had an experience like this man or like that man!" For long
and disappointing years they have desired a true relationship with the Lord, but it has been denied them
because they sought it outside of God Himself. They imagined they could obtain it by following the rituals of a
church system that, though loud in its talk, long in its explanations, and fervent in its proselyting zeal, was in
itself far away from the pattern of God and pitifully devoid of His true presence and His will. Centuries ago the
disciple Jude earnestly enquired of Jesus, "How is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us and not unto the
world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love
him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him." John 14:23 Ah, my friend, here lies the
blessed secret of a rich experience with God. This is the solution to the problem of the abiding presence of
God in your life. This is the fulfilling of the law of God and all the sayings of Jesus. This is the secret of abiding
under the shadow of the Almighty. "If a man love Me, he will keep My words. If a man love Me, My Father will
love Him. If a man love Me, We will come unto him. If a man love Me, We will make Our abode with Him."

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You say you long for a deeper walk with God. Then divorce yourself from the harlot systems that steal your
heart away and devote yourself to Christ. Pour the ointment of your love upon His head, bathe His feet with
your tears of repentance and joy, fill His heart with your praises and thanksgivings for all things, for you already
know that all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. Believe and know of a surety that all who
pour such fervent love upon Him will in a very short time find themselves walking in a relationship with God that
they never deemed was possible, for "if any man love Me... We will come and make Our abode with Him."

There is a strange verse of scripture found in Prov. 23:26-28 which I would like to take time to explain, for it is
full of meaning. "My son, give Me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways. For a whore is a deep ditch,
and a strange woman is a narrow pit. She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increases the transgressors
among men." Now, who is this whore to whom the wise man refers? It is none other than the great church
whore spoken of in such lurid terms in the book of Revelation. "Come hither," said the angel to John, "and I will
show you the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth
have committed fornication and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her
fornication." This is the strange woman, the swaggering prostitute, the narrow pit who has made herself drunk
with the blood of the saints and corrupted the earth with her fornication. This is the woman decked with gold,
arrayed in purple and scarlet color, upon whose head is emblazoned the names of blasphemy and in whose
hand is a golden cup full of the abomination and filth of her fornication. This is mystery Babylon, the great
whore, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth. Cf. Rev. 17:1-6, 19:2

It is this harlot churchwoman that keeps prospective sons from coming into vital union with Jesus Christ. This is
the whore who is a deep ditch. Men and women who did run well in the race have been taken by her whorish
eye and her deceitful kiss and have fallen into the ditch of denominationalism, undenominationalism,
sectarianism, and every imaginable ist and ism that the human mind could devise. They have sunk down so far
into this deep ditch that they cannot extricate themselves. This deep ditch and narrow pit is the fearful rut of
churchianity into which Christians have fallen so that they are never free to follow the Spirit of Christ as sons of
God must do, because, when they would follow Him, the deep ditch and narrow pit into which they have fallen
will allow them only to follow its monotonous way of doctrines, laws, and ordinances. From infancy men have
been taught that they must be faithful to their church, which, if they only knew it, is not the church at all, but a
sect or a denomination that has become a slippery and mucky ditch, a winking whore that steals their heart
away from true relationship with Christ, robs them of union with the mysterious virgin church which is His true
body, and leaves them like prodigal sons far away from the Father's house, sitting in filthy garments, hungry
and destitute, and companions of swine.

If we are ever going to escape the harlot systems, if we are ever going to get out of the deep ditch and out of
the rut into which we have fallen, we must make the same decision that was made by the prodigal son. We
must leave the deep ditch with its husks of swine and rise up in resolution and holy consecration to return to
our Father from whence we came that He may clothe us with the garments of sonship, put the ring of union
upon our finger, and rejoice that a son who had fallen into the deep ditch of harlots has returned to walk with
Christ and know only Him.

Perhaps you will tell me that you long for fellowship with God's people. That is good, but learn first to fellowship
with God. Listen to His voice first that you may know His voice and follow Him, and when you have come into
fellowship with God, then you will find yourself in true fellowship with all men who love the Lord. You will find
yourself a member of that true mystical church of the firstborn whose names are written in heaven, unbound,
unhampered, and unconfined by the sickening pride of fanciful little groups who seem to imagine that they
have all the ocean of God's truth in their little cup and all eternal wisdom locked up in their paltry church
creeds.

People often ask me for a statement of what I believe. I never even try to tell them. Why should I attempt to
confine infinite wisdom and the knowledge of the universe behind the paper fence of my human
understanding? I have left the deep ditch of harlot systems forever and, please God, may I never fall into
another. If you are going to walk with me, you will have to climb up out of the ditch of denominationalism and
the rut of sectarianism and race across the Elysian fields of a God who is ever progressive and a revelation
that is ever expanding, for the path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more till the day is full.
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"My son, give me thine heart and let thine eyes observe My ways, for a whore is a deep ditch and a strange
woman is a narrow pit."

Let us now speak of a secret that has been hidden from the minds of Christians down through many ages. You
have often wanted to know why so often there is trouble among the people of God. It may be trouble over
doctrines or trouble over creeds. It may be nothing more than personality clashes and petty dislikes. Indeed, it
may be caused by any of the ten thousand imaginations of the carnal mind. I will not defile this paper by trying
to name them, for they are many indeed and proceed not from the mind of Christ in men, but from the carnal
mind, the avowed and age-lasting enemy of the mind of God. Weeks pass into months and months into years
but still the church trouble rages on and on. Though the preacher preaches and exhorts on the sin of division,
the wickedness of backbiting, pride, enmity, and all the other evils that divide men one from the other, there is
never any respite from trouble and disunity among brethren, for the carnal mind in its enmity against God never
ceases to project some phantom image on the screen to re-kindle the fires of bitterness that divide brother
from brother.

There is no use in preaching sermons in the hope of bringing unity among brethren and restoring fellowship
one with the other, for it is not here that the trouble lies. Broken fellowship is only an ugly rash and a festering
sore that warns us of a plague within. The truth of the matter lies in the hidden fact that these warring brethren
are in reality out of touch with Jesus Christ, for the man who is in vital union with Christ is at peace with all
men, even though they be his enemies. Long ago in the wilderness Miriam and Aaron spoke evil against
Moses because of the Ethopian woman whom he had married. They said, "Hath the Lord indeed spoken only
to Moses! Hath He not spoken also by us!" Num. 12:2 The subtle and mischievous words, which they spoke
were spoken because they themselves were out of touch with God. Had they been abiding in Him, they would
have seen all things as He saw them, for God, though almighty and all wise, had not rebuked Moses for
marrying the Ethopian woman, but He had set His love upon Moses because Moses had set his love upon
Him. When men dwell in God, they become completely unconcerned about the vicious noises and cruel
accusations that come from the carnal minds of other men, for they have the inclination to recognize that men
who dwell in God will often be evil spoken of by men and women with caustic tongues who gnash upon them
with their teeth and seek to destroy them. It is necessary for righteous men to suffer many evils, for he who
hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin.

Consider how patiently Jesus bore the taunts that were hurled upon Him. When He was reviled, He reviled not
again. When He suffered, He threatened not, but committed Himself to Him that judgeth righteously. Amid their
mocking and jeering He was able to pray fervently, "Father, forgive them." Because His relationship was right
with the Father, God dwelt in Him and He dwelt in God and thus was His love made perfect. And His
relationship with all mankind was right even though the world was out of harmony with Him. It is our
relationship with Christ that really counts. Get that right and all else will fall into God's pattern and we will find
ourselves in harmony with all things, for all things, absolutely all things, even the most evil and dreaded of
them, are working together for good to them that love the Lord.
When Mary wept at Jesus' feet, her heart was one with His. The sweet oil she lavished upon Him was worth
three hundred pence and this represented a whole year's work, for laborers then received a penny a day. Matt.
20:2. Because she dwelt in Him and her heart was one with His, she was completely unaffected by the idle
words of Judas Iscariot, who rebuked her for her wastefulness. Indeed, it may be wondered whether she heard
them at all so absorbed was her life in the wonders of the spiritual realm in which He dwelt. Nor did the beloved
Stephen grow agitated with his tormentors, for he, too, loved Christ and, dwelling in Him, both saw and
understood all things even as God Himself understands them. Therefore he was able to pray with utter and
complete understanding, "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." How truly did Paul say that love beareth all
things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things and never faileth! Cor. 13:7-8.
Long ago a man named Jacob, weary with the journey of life, at enmity with his enemies, and apparently out of
touch with God, mournfully complained, "Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is
not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me." Gen. 42:36 But many centuries later, the
apostle Paul, beset by evil such as few men have ever known, picked up his pen to write the undying
message, "All things work together for good to them that love the Lord." Rom. 8:28 He had learned the secret
of dwelling in Christ and had said for all men to hear, "For me to live is Christ."
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Our relationship to a denomination means nothing; our membership in a sect is as the chaff that the wind
driveth away, but our relationship to Christ is of eternal value, for there alone is sonship complete, and there
alone is harmony with all God's creation and the fullness of His purpose. Furthermore, our fellowship with
mankind means much less than we imagine, for Christians are far too often out of harmony with the Father.
Men out of harmony with God can never draw us closer to Him nor point the way to a deeper life in Him. The
husbandman that laboreth must be first partaker of the fruit. "Consider what I say and the Lord give you
understanding." 2 Tim. 2:6

The first command of God is: "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and
with all thy mind." And the second command of God is: "Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself." The order of
this commandment stands unchangeable. Could God Himself have said, "Thou shall love thy neighbor as
thyself," and then have said afterward, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God," He would have commanded that
which is impossible, for no man can possibly love his neighbor as himself until first of all he has come lo love
God with all his heart. After our lives become lost with Christ in God, then love for the world and love for all
mankind flows from a heart that is filled with divine understanding, for I am sure that beneath all the love of
God for His creation there lies that prized possession of understanding. The moment a man begins to
understand the wonders of God's purpose, at that same moment his heart leaps out in love for Him by whom
all things exist and in whom all things end. The words of the Saviour, "Father, forgive them for they know not
what they do," speak with eloquence of the love of God that flows from a heart of understanding.

See now how the love of God supersedes all knowledge whether spiritual or natural. Paul has declared without
equivocation, "If any man thinketh he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know; but if
any man love God, the same is known of Him," 1 Cor. 8:2-3, or as Weymouth has so beautifully put it, "If any
man loves God, that man is known by God." The pulpits of the world today are filled with men who seem to
think they know everything. They depend upon their years in college and university, imbibing the traditions of
the elders. They have burned the midnight oil as they pored over their books and crammed for their
examinations, but for all this the vast majority of them do not know God, and God does not know them. In spite
of all their learning, they know nothing as they ought to know it, for the wisdom of man is foolishness with God.
But if any man loves God, God knows that man.

We may say then with all confidence that, if God knows a certain man because that man loves Him, then there
need be no doubt that that man also knows God. How can a man love God and be known of God and himself
not know God? Such a thing is indeed impossible. But let us follow the thought still further. Now we must
declare that, the moment a man comes to know God, all the wisdom of his natural mind commences to
become foolishness to him, for the wisdom of man is foolishness with God. Henceforth he is unlearning the
things he thought he knew. The doctrines that were his pride and joy often become completely incompatible
with the love that God is. He finds himself turning away from them, often repulsed and revolted by them. The
love of God in his heart has revealed more eternal wisdom to him in just a moment than all his instructors for
decades past. Furthermore, with the understanding that love imparts his attitude toward publicans and sinners
becomes strangely changed. His mind is filled with understanding for heathen men who have never heard that
God had a Son. No longer does he speak evil of any dignity, for "we have known and believed the love that
God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him." I John 4:16

I do not know how many times people have written to me requesting a doctrinal statement. I never try to give
them one, for we know nothing yet as we ought to know, but in all my life few, indeed, have enquired
concerning my relationship to Him or have told me how I might come to know Him better than I do. Some men
know the doctrine of their sect. Others are filled with the tradition of their denomination. Everyone seems to
know what he believes, but have you heard the words of Paul, "I know whom I have believed," 2 Tim. 1:12, not
in whom or about whom, but I know whom I have believed?

What tremendous longing filled the heart of this apostle of Christ when he cried from the fathomless depths of
his spirit, "That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being
made conformable unto His death." Phil. 3:10 This is the man who had been brought up at the feet of the
learned Gamaliel and who had said, "Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man
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thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of
Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews: as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal,
persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain
to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the
knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but
dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but
that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Phil. 3:4-9 A man may
have all this and yet not know Him. He may be filled with all this kind of knowledge and yet not know whom he
has believed. His life may be burned out in zeal for all these things, yet still remain devoid of that love in his
heart that would cause God to say, "I know him." What better can we do, then, than love God, for he who loves
God is known of God and knows God?

In what hateful vanity and pride do men indulge when they argue and strive about the law and the Godhead.
Why should we plague our lives with things too high for us? What benefit will I attain by trying to prove that
God bears the likeness of some physical thing since it delights the Lord to hide Himself? Better far it is to
devote our time to walking with Him and loving Him, for he that loveth God dwells in God and God in him. You
may not and do not know all the things that are coming upon the earth in the very near future. You may not
know the order of the resurrection nor understand the catching away of the in Christ company. Indeed, you
may not even know your own ministry nor your true place in the kingdom, but what does that matter if above all
your lack of knowledge you know Him and love Him? Will God pass you up on that day because there were
many things you did not understand and could not explain? I tell you, no, for Christ has long ago said, "I go to
prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself,
that where I am there may ye be also." And if you like Thomas should object, saying, "Lord, we know not
whither Thou goest and how can we know the way," the answer would be the same to you as it was to him: "I
am the way, the truth and the life."

What further need you know about the way, since to know Him is to know the way? He is the way. What, O
man, is the value of spending a lifetime searching for truth since He is the truth, and to know Him is to possess
all the truth there is in the universe. How pitifully often have men enquired, "How can I know the way? Which of
all these denominations is the right one? Who of these many preachers has the truth? Forget it, my friend and
brother, for all that come before Him are thieves and robbers. Why burden your soul with their uncertain
creeds? Seek to know Christ and Christ alone. He is the truth and He is the way.

Jesus said many things that cause us much astonishment. In John, chapter 10, He made Himself to be the
good shepherd that enters by the door and the door by which the good shepherd enters, and further still He
seems to make Himself to be the sheepfold into which all the sheep come. Said He, "I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth His life for the sheep." And again, "I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall
be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." And is it not true that He is all these things and life
besides? He who finds Him as the truth shall find Him as the way, and he who finds Him as the way shall find
Him as the life.

                                    Friends all around me are trying to find
                                 What the heart yearns for, by sin undermined.
                                  I have the secret; I know where 'tis found;
                                     Only true pleasures in Jesus abound.
                                           All that I want is in Jesus.
                                         He satisfies, joy He supplies.
                                     Life would be worthless without Him;
                                          ALL THINGS in Jesus I find.

In these momentous days many are much troubled about the time and manner of the Lord's return and, as
always, there are many who, imagining themselves to be very wise, are always ready at a moment's notice to
spring to the defense of their dogmas or to go to great lengths to prove the points that seem real to them.
Some fervently teach a pre-millennial coming of Christ; others are in great opposition, contending for a post-
millennial coming of Christ. Some believe in total rapture of the church before the tribulation; others believe
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that the church will go through the tribulation. The trouble is that we see through a glass darkly and not face to
face. We know in part and not as we are known, because the love of God is not perfected in our hearts. The
older I grow the more I realize just how little I really know and the less dogmatic I become about almost all
things. The less dependence we put in our own understanding the more we are inclined to abide in Him and
look to Him as the solution to all our problems, and of this we may be sure: all those who abide in Him and
keep themselves in His love will always stand complete in Him and in full preparation and readiness for all
things that are to come. Therefore, should Christ come in the early morning or at noon, in the evening or at
midnight, He will never find us sleeping, but abiding in Him and kept in the love of God that whether we wake
or sleep we shall be found perfect in Him, without spot and blameless.

Perfect love casteth out fear, not only the momentary terrors of the way but the dread of uncertainty that often
haunts the people of God who lean heavily on their own understanding. The man that loves best understands
best. He who loves best is freest from the torments of fear, for he, abiding in Him, knows that Christ is not only
the way but the light that shines ever more brightly upon it.

I do not know how God will fulfill the many promises of His word. The restitution and restoration of all things
was clearly taught by the apostles and prophets. We may understand very little of how it will be accomplished,
but here in this blessed hiding place, abiding in Him and kept in the love of God, the sure and blessed
confidence eternally lives that all things will be restored just as He has promised, that every knee shall bow
and every tongue shall confess to the glory of God that He is Lord of all, and that every creature in heaven and
earth and in the sea will be heard saying, "Blessing and honor and glory to Him that sitteth on the throne, and
to the Lamb forever and ever." Rev. 5:13 We need not strive about details when we know Him and abide in His
eternal love, for we are complete in Him, and in Him dwelleth all the wisdom and knowledge of the universe.
Whether therefore we wake or whether we sleep, we live together with Him. 2 Thess. 5:10

We freely admit that our understanding of God's eternal plan is extremely limited, but there is more abundant
understanding in those Christians who concentrate on loving God than is found in those who concentrate on
study and strict adherence to the teaching of their tradition. "He that hath My commandments and keepeth
them, he it is that loveth Me; and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and / will love him, and will
manifest Myself to him." John 14:21 The surest way for any man to know the secrets of the Lord is to love
Christ. The things contained in books may be just so much chaff, for the world is full of books and of the writing
of them there is no end. The mails are loaded with nuisance literature, each proclaiming his pet theory and
seeking to draw away disciples, but he who uplifts any save Christ is a thief and a robber, robbing Christ by
stealing the love of His disciples from Him and robbing men of the priceless heritage of abiding in Him.

It would seem to be irrelevant to remind God's people that we are at this very moment living in the closing
hours of the sixth dispensation - the dispensation of grace. The seventh dispensation - the dispensation of the
kingdom of God - will follow this one just as naturally as the days of the week follow each other in their turn, as
simply as day follows night. As the book of Genesis begins with man in the garden of Eden and ends with
Joseph in a coffin in Egypt, so every dispensation begins with a blessing and ends with a curse, quickly
followed by a new age with a new blessing. The dispensation of the law ended with the whole world's being
judged in the awful passion of Jesus Christ, but the dispensation of grace began with the glory of the
resurrection and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. But the age that began with such glory is now
about to end as John beheld it, lukewarm and with Christ standing outside the professing church knocking at
the heart's door of individual men, saying, "If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him
and sup with him and he with Me." Rev. 3:20 Christ is not in the church system as we know it today. He is
outside the camp and all who would know Him must go unto Him without the camp of the present system, for
He is preparing a mystical church, unseen and unknown of men, but known of God and abiding in Him. These
are they who sup with Him. These are they who have overcome through Him. To them it shall be granted to sit
with Him in His throne even as He overcame and is set down with the Father in His throne. Cf Rev. 3:20-21
The events that are happening every day are the events predicted by our Lord and by His holy apostles and
prophets - wars and rumors of wars, violence, riots, anarchy, rebellions, earthquakes, the sea and waves
roaring, men's hearts failing for fear, disobedience to parents, unthankfulness, unholiness, forms of godliness
without any sign of power, and the thoughts of men's hearts only evil continually. It would take almost endless
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pages to even begin to cover the disasters of the past year, and so frequent have they become that our hearts
grow hardened to them except we watch and abide in Him. Because of the momentous hour in which we live, it
is time to remove our trust from man and all his abominable human systems. It is time to remove our foot from
the great harlot system, which has long falsely paraded as the church, that we might abide in Him, for it is only
those who are joined in love to Christ that are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
In this vital hour when all the systems of earth are collapsing, when democracies are falling, mighty empires
are fading away, and the church system has wandered off into the sinking sands of the carnal mind,
ecumenism and Babylon, there could be nothing better than that men and women should separate themselves
unto Him. A week of fasting and prayer would open your eyes to a new realm of understanding in God. It would
deliver you from the great ditch into which the harlot system has led you. We have been so busy tithing rue,
anise, and cummin that we have passed over judgment and the love of God. Luke 11:42 While we have been
busy receiving honor from men, we have awakened to hear the Lord saying, "But I know you, that ye have not
the love of God in you." John 5:42 Because we have been busy receiving honor from one another, our faith
has vanished away. "How can ye believe which receive honor one of another and seek not the honor that
cometh from God only?" John 5:44 Because we have followed the teachings of men, we have gone astray in
our doctrines, becoming most unthankful and unholy, but the grace of God teaches us that, denying
ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, looking for
that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:12-13
"May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patient waiting for Christ." 2 Thess. 3:5. "If ye
abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7
Therefore, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
AMEN!

                                               CHAPTER SEVEN
                                                   DEPRESSION
All over the world today Christians and non-Christians, saved and unsaved, are being cast into the black
dungeon of depression. One Robert Barrett describes depression as "a miserable, wretched experience that
leaves you exhausted, uninvolved, and in deep, hopeless despair. There seems to be nowhere to turn and not
one single thing you can do to escape these horrible feelings. You feel doomed, trapped, and at the end of
your rope. It is awful!"
It may be that two thirds of those who read these lines have been afflicted and enslaved by the dread
tyrannical monster of depression. It is indeed an horrible encounter with hopeless despair. The experience is
common to both believers and unbelievers. Because of depression people have committed suicide. Tens of
thousands are running to psychiatrists for help. These men do their best, I am sure, but their help comes only
from the natural mind; therefore, they cannot get to the true source of the problem.
Almost any disease could be healed if the cause of it can be ascertained, but if the cause cannot be
discovered, neither can the cure be found. To ascertain the cause of depression we must learn the truth that
man is spirit, soul and body, and in that order of importance. Everything in the world today is designed for the
physical - the body. Body first, the mind second, and last and least important is the spirit. What a tragedy! What
a shameful perversion of truth!
Depression, whether found in the saint or in the sinner is caused by the desperate craving of the spiritual man
for communion with God. The spirit of man is one essence with the Spirit of God. It thirsts for God! It hungers
for God! It yearns for God! It faints for God! It craves spiritual meat and spiritual drink like a parched man lost in
a burning desert whose tongue cleaves to the roof of his mouth for thirst, whose soul swoons and whose body
droops and faints as hopelessness and despair seize upon him and there is no shadow or refuge from his
torture.
Let saint and sinner alike take heed to what I now tell you. If you will simply recognize that what you have been
calling depression is not depression at all, but the plaintive, pitiful, heart-rending, tortured cry of the spirit for
communion and fellowship with God, its Maker, then you will have the answer to your problem. This that you
are experiencing is nothing more nor less than the "groanings, which cannot be uttered", spoken of and
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experienced by the apostle Paul in Romans 8:26-27. Does not your body literally cry out for food when it is
starved? Why then should we think it strange that the spirit should also cry out when it, too, is being starved for
communion with Christ? Do you not feel depressed when your body is famished for water? Why then should
we think it strange or unusual that the spirit should droop and faint when it is famished for the water of life and
the bread of life?
You will have no more depression if you will learn the simple secret. My spirit is hungry; it must sup with Christ
and Christ must sup with me. When this feeling of depression falls upon you, go immediately to the secret
place - some place where you can be alone with God. Kneel there and do whatever the spirit within you seems
to demand. Pray, if prayer wells up within. Groan, if in this the spirit finds release and satisfaction. Praise, if
worship is flowing like a torrent from your heart. It will not be long, I assure you, before you begin to learn and
sense the way of the Spirit. Take the word of God with you. Read it slowly and meditate upon its blessed truth
and, as you do this, you will feel the groaning, the heaviness, the depression ebbing from your innermost spirit
as water ebbs from melting snow. In this communion both the Spirit of God and the spirit of man are satisfied
and united.
Men and women in all ages have experienced this same depression. Poor, despondent Elijah, sitting faint and
weary under the juniper tree, said, "It is enough. Take my life. I do not want to live any longer." Neither in the
earthquake, the fire nor the wind was God present, but in the still, small voice of the Spirit. 1 Kings 19:11-13
Disappointed, disconsolate Jonah, blustering because events had not gone the way he hoped, cried out in his
depression, "O Lord, take, I beseech Thee, my life from me; it is better for me to die than to live." Listen and
you will hear the voice of Job, afflicted, perplexed, and crushed and depressed, cursing the day he was born
and imprecating malevolent maledictions even on those who rejoiced at the hour of his birth. These men of
God all experienced the horror of depression and each of them have had to learn, even as I have also done,
that depression comes from the cry of the spirit for communion with God. It is not depression at all. It is the
thirsting of the spirit after God, manifesting itself in "groaning that cannot be uttered". Go quickly then to the
secret place that your spiritual travail may bring to the birth that sonship for which not only the spirit, but the
whole creation, craves.
Do you not see from this how fruitless it is to try to shake off this so-called depression, which is in fact the
spiritual groaning after God's Spirit, by running here and there, or entering into fun or excitement, or running off
to church to get with people? It is not people you need, beloved. It is communion with Christ. The psychiatrist
cannot help you because he does not understand your problem. Go to the secret place of the Most High. Christ
has been knocking. Open wide the door and He will come in and sup with you and you with Him. To the
unsaved the same message is true. It is Christ for which your spirit groans. You need Him and Him alone.
                                         Go, carry your burden to Jesus!
                                       To Him let your heart be outpoured.
                                        Your Father, who seeth in secret,
                                        Will bring you a gracious reward.




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