Publication date
12/15/06
Volume
27
Number
24
The WatchTower
Views from the Watch Tower
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DECEMBER 
I. 
15106 
ZION'S 
WATCH 
TOWER 
ELEVEN 
APPEARANCES 
AT 
MOST 
For 
forty 
days 
our 
Lord 
was 
with 
his 
disciples 
before 
his 
ascension, 
yet 
he 
revealed 
himself 
to 
them, 
according 
to 
the 
records, 
not 
more 
than 
eleven 
times 
in 
all-and 
some 
of 
these 
instances 
are 
probably 
duplications. 
His 
interviews 
with 
the 
disciples 
lasted 
but 
for 
few 
moments 
each, 
and 
were 
surrounded 
by 
circumstances 
and 
conditions 
which 
said 
to 
them 
in 
thunder 
tones 
that 
great 
change 
had 
occurred 
to 
him-that 
he 
was 
no 
longer 
the 
same 
being, 
although 
he 
evidently 
had 
the 
same 
loving 
interest 
ill 
them 
as 
before. 
He 
was 
still 
their 
Lord 
and 
Master, 
this 
same 
Jesus, 
although 
no 
longer 
Jesus 
in 
the 
flesh. 
He 
was" 
the 
IJord, 
that 
spirit," 
"quickening 
spirit." 
To 
bring 
the 
matter 
more 
clearly 
before 
our 
minds 
let 
us 
note 
the 
records 
covering 
these 
mani­ 
festations 
or 
appearances, 
as 
follows: 
ON 
THE 
DAY 
OF 
THlr 
RESURRECTION 
(1) 
Sunday 
morning 
early-to 
Mary 
Magdalene-near 
the 
sepulchre 
at 
Jerusalem.-Mark 
16:9; 
John 
20:11-18. 
(2) 
Sunday 
morning-to 
the 
women 
returning 
from 
the 
sepulchre-near 
Jerusalem.-Matt. 
28 
:9, 
10. 
(3) 
Sunday-to 
Simon 
Peter 
alone-near 
Jerusalem.­ 
Luke 
24:34. 
(4) 
Sunday 
afternoon-to 
the 
two 
disciples 
going 
to 
Em­ 
maus-between 
Jerusalem 
and 
Emmaus.-Luke 
24:13-21. 
(5) 
Sunday 
evening-to 
the 
apostles 
excepting 
Thomas­ 
at 
Jerusalem.-John 
20:19-25. 
the 
matter: 
one 
may 
have 
counted 
from 
the 
time 
the 
first 
gun 
was 
fired, 
another 
from 
period 
of 
the 
general 
engage­ 
ment, 
or 
what 
not. 
No 
one 
thinks 
of 
questioning 
the 
fact 
that 
there 
was 
battle 
of 
Waterloo 
because 
of 
these 
divergent 
statements 
respecting 
the 
time 
it 
began. 
So 
with 
the 
matter 
of 
our 
Lord's 
resurrection, 
the 
fact 
that 
the 
different 
records 
of 
it 
are 
not 
in 
the 
same 
language 
militates 
nothing 
against 
the 
fact 
as 
fact. 
All 
agree 
that 
the 
resurrection 
took 
place 
on 
the 
first- 
day 
of 
the 
week 
(Sunday) 
following 
the 
Pass­ 
over, 
early 
in 
the 
morning. 
Mary 
Magdalene 
and 
the 
other 
Mary, 
the 
mother 
of 
James 
the 
Less 
and 
of 
Joses, 
were 
there 
(Matt. 
27 
:56), 
and 
Mark 
and 
Luke 
tell 
us 
that 
shortly 
after­ 
ward 
came 
Salome 
the 
mother 
of 
John, 
Joanna 
the 
wife 
of 
Chuza, 
and 
other 
women, 
who 
brought 
spices 
for 
more 
thorough 
embalming 
of 
the 
Lord's 
body 
than 
was 
possible 
on 
the 
night 
of 
our 
Lord's 
burial, 
on 
account 
of 
the 
late­ 
ness 
of 
the 
hour 
and 
the 
approach 
of 
the 
Passover. 
The 
earthquake 
had 
already 
rolled 
away 
the 
stone, 
the 
sentries 
had 
fled 
in 
terror 
from 
the 
manifestation 
of 
the 
angel's 
presence-they 
fled 
to 
the 
high 
priest, 
who 
probably 
had 
engaged 
to 
be 
their 
paymaster-having 
them 
detailed 
for 
special 
police 
duty 
by 
Pilate. 
But 
the 
angel, 
so 
terrible 
to 
those 
out 
of 
harmony 
with 
the 
Lord, 
spoke 
graciously 
to 
those 
who 
were 
his 
friends, 
assuring 
them 
that 
Jesus 
was 
risen, 
and 
directing 
them 
to 
go 
quickly 
and 
tell 
his 
disciples, 
also 
assuring 
them 
that 
Jesus 
would 
go 
into 
Galilee, 
and 
inti­ 
mating 
general 
meeting 
of 
his 
friends 
there, 
which 
later 
took 
place. 
En 
route 
they 
met 
Jesus, 
who 
sent 
the 
same 
message 
to 
his 
disciples. 
Seemingly 
the 
Lord 
recognized 
that 
woman 
can 
exercise 
faith 
more 
readily 
than 
can 
man, 
and 
here 
he 
used 
them 
as 
his 
servants 
and 
mouthpieces 
to 
bear 
his 
message-to 
prepare 
his 
disciples, 
to 
assist 
them 
more 
readily 
to 
accept 
the 
truth 
of 
hIS 
resurrection. 
Meantime 
the 
affrighted 
guard 
fled 
and 
told 
the 
circumstances 
to 
the 
prominent 
elders 
who 
had 
set 
them 
their 
task 
and 
who 
were 
probably 
special 
enemies 
of 
our 
Lord. 
They 
were 
assured 
that 
their 
work 
would 
be 
considered 
satisfactory 
if 
they 
would 
keep 
the 
facts 
to 
themselves 
or 
report 
that 
Jesus' 
disciples 
had 
stolen 
the 
corpse. 
They 
gave 
them 
hand­ 
some 
present 
for 
their 
cooperation 
in 
this 
matter 
and 
assured 
them 
of 
protection 
should 
their 
conduct 
ever 
be 
called 
in 
question. 
All 
five 
of 
these 
were 
on 
the 
first 
day, 
the 
resurrection 
day, 
the 
remaining 
six 
appearances 
being 
scattered 
through 
the 
remaining 
thirty-nine 
days 
of 
our 
Lord's 
presence, 
as 
fol­ 
lows: 
THE 
NEXT 
SUNDAY-THE 
EIGHTH 
DAY 
(6) 
Sunday 
evening, 
week 
after 
the 
resurrection-to 
the 
apostles, 
Thomas 
being 
present-at 
Jerusalem.-John 
20 
:26-29. 
Following 
this 
was 
long 
interval 
apparently 
in 
which 
there 
was 
no 
appearance 
whatever, 
and 
the 
disciples, 
dis­ 
couraged, 
perplexed, 
resolved 
to 
go 
back 
to 
their 
homes 
in 
Galilee 
and 
there 
to 
reengage 
in 
the 
fishing 
business, 
con­ 
sidering 
that 
the 
Lord 
and 
his 
mission 
had 
been 
failure. 
Our 
Lord 
evidently 
expected 
just 
such 
process 
of 
reason­ 
ing 
on 
their 
part, 
and 
his 
delay 
was 
undoubtedly 
to 
help 
them 
over 
the 
difficulty 
and 
to 
start 
them 
afresh 
as 
servants 
of 
the 
kingdom 
of 
God 
on 
higher 
and 
still 
grander 
plane 
than 
their 
previous 
ministries 
had 
been-under 
the 
ministra­ 
tion 
of 
the 
holy 
Spirit. 
APPEARANCES 
IN 
GALILEE 
Quite 
probably 
three 
weeks 
intervened 
without 
the 
slight­ 
est 
communication. 
Meantime 
the 
apostles 
had 
reengaged 
in 
the 
fishing 
business, 
when 
our 
Lord 
appeared 
to 
them 
on 
the 
shores 
of 
Galilee. 
(7) 
As 
stranger 
on 
the 
shore 
.Tesus 
called 
to 
seven 
ot 
his 
disciples 
who 
were 
fishing.-J 
ohn 
21: 
1-13. 
(8) 
Shortly 
after 
the 
manifestation 
on 
the 
shores 
of 
Galilee 
Jesus 
appeared 
to 
the 
eleven 
disciples 
on 
mountain 
in 
Galilee.-Matt. 
28: 
16-20. 
(9) 
Very 
shortly 
after 
this 
he 
again 
appeared 
to 
gen­ 
eral 
company 
of 
his 
followers 
gathered 
together 
by 
previous 
appointment, 
"above 
500 
brethren 
at 
once' 
'-in 
Galilee.­ 
Cor. 
15:6. 
LAST 
APPEARANCES 
IN 
JERUSALEJII 
(10) 
At 
the 
close 
of 
the 
forty 
days 
our 
Lord 
appeared 
to 
the 
Apostle 
James 
only, 
probably 
at 
Jerusalem.-1 
Cor. 
15:7. 
(11) 
At 
the 
end 
of 
the 
forty 
days 
our 
Lord 
appeared 
to 
all 
of 
the 
apostles 
at 
the 
time 
of 
his 
ascension. 
This 
was 
at 
the 
Mount 
of 
Olives.-Luke 
24: 
50, 
51; 
Acts 
1: 
6-9. 
It 
was 
years 
after 
this 
that 
Paul 
wrote, 
"Last 
of 
all 
he 
was 
seen 
by 
me 
also, 
as 
of 
one 
born 
before 
the 
time." 
He 
was 
seen 
of 
the 
other 
apostles 
as 
the 
gardener, 
as 
stranger, 
as 
the 
Crucified 
One, 
etc., 
etc. 
but 
when 
Paul, 
the 
last 
of 
the 
apostles, 
saw 
him 
it 
was 
not 
so, 
but 
as 
we 
shall 
see 
him 
by 
and 
by 
when 
we 
are 
changed 
to 
his 
likeness-he 
saw 
him 
as 
one 
of 
premature 
birth. 
The 
church 
of 
the 
first-born 
are 
at 
the 
resurrection 
changed 
to 
be 
like 
their 
Lord 
and 
see 
him 
as 
hI.' 
is. 
Any 
special 
revelation 
of 
the 
Lord 
might 
have 
been 
withheld 
from 
the 
Apostle 
Paul 
until 
the 
same 
time 
except 
that 
it 
was 
necessary 
that 
the 
apostles 
should 
be 
"witnesses," 
testifiers 
to 
the 
fact 
that 
Christ 
had 
not 
only 
died 
but 
had 
also 
risen 
from 
the 
dead; 
and 
in 
order 
that 
Paul 
as 
an 
Apostle 
might 
thus 
testify 
he 
was 
granted 
the 
vision 
of 
the 
glorified 
one. 
He 
saw 
him 
as 
we 
shall 
see 
him 
in 
that 
he 
saw 
him 
in 
the 
brightness 
of 
his 
excellent 
glory 
and 
not 
as 
the 
others, 
veiled 
in 
the 
flesh. 
Thank 
God 
that 
the 
time 
is 
not 
far 
distant 
when, 
those 
who 
sleep 
in 
Jesus 
having 
been 
changed 
to 
his 
image, 
we 
who 
are 
alive 
and 
remain 
shall 
also 
be 
changed, 
in 
moment, 
in 
the 
twin­ 
kling 
of 
an 
eye, 
to 
be 
made 
like 
him, 
to 
see 
him 
as 
he 
is, 
to 
share 
his 
glory. 
Not 
all 
in 
the 
same 
moment, 
but 
each 
in 
his 
own 
moment, 
changed 
instantly-until 
gradually, 
thus 
being 
changed 
by 
passing 
from 
death 
to 
life, 
the 
full 
number 
of 
the 
very 
elect 
shall 
be 
completed 
and 
the 
reign 
of 
glory 
shall 
begin. 
VOL. 
XXVII 
ALLEGHENY, 
A., 
DECEMBER 
15, 
1906 
VIEWS 
FROM 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
No. 
24 
NEW 
MOTIVES 
AND 
METHODS 
IN 
FOREIGN 
MISSIONS 
As 
general 
doubt 
begins 
to 
overshadow 
the 
Bible 
and 
its 
teachings, 
many 
intelligent 
people 
begin 
to 
wonder 
whether 
or 
not 
there 
is 
any 
future 
life. 
Decrying 
the 
Bible 
as 
the 
work 
of 
man, 
all 
higher 
critics 
and 
evolutionists 
are 
thrown 
upon 
the 
resources 
of 
their 
own 
judgment 
respecting 
the 
future, 
and 
they 
are 
very 
conscious 
that 
their 
intelligence 
on 
the 
subject 
is 
large 
blank-a 
guess. 
Rejection 
of 
the 
doctrine 
of 
eternal 
torment 
as 
the 
punishment 
for 
sin, 
and 
the 
supposition 
that 
that 
doctrine 
is 
taught 
in 
the 
Scrip­ 
tures, 
was 
the 
foundation 
for 
their 
scepticism, 
which 
now 
has 
spread 
so 
that 
their 
entire 
faith 
has 
been 
undermined, 
and 
what 
Jesus 
said 
of 
the 
Samaritans 
of 
old 
is 
true 
of 
them, 
"Ye 
believe 
ye 
know 
not 
what. 
"-J 
ohn 
4: 
22. 
The 
religious 
instincts 
of 
man 
lead 
him 
to 
some 
kind 
of 
worship, 
and 
desire 
to 
serve 
his 
God 
in 
some 
manner, 
whether 
that 
god 
be 
stick 
or 
stone 
or 
the 
sun 
or 
the 
true 
God. 
Hf'Jlce 
Christian 
people 
of 
various 
shades 
of 
faith 
and 
doubt 
have 
during 
the 
past 
century 
contributed 
liberally 
for 
mission 
work 
under 
the 
stimulating 
thought 
that 
the 
poor 
heathpn 
were 
going 
into 
death 
at 
the 
rate 
of 
90,000 
day 
without 
knowledge 
of 
the 
only 
name 
given 
under 
heaven 
and 
amongst 
men 
whereby 
men 
must 
be 
saved. 
But 
now 
as 
doubts 
become 
confirmed 
and 
faith 
weakens 
there 
is 
slacken- 
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DECEMBER 1, 1906 the matter: one may have counted from the time the first gun was fired, another from a period of the general engagement, or what not. No one thinks of questioning the fact that there was a battle of Waterloo because of these divergent statements respecting the time it began. So with the matter of our Lord’s resurrection, the fact that the different records of it are not in the same language militates nothing against the fact as a fact. All agree that the resurrection took place on the first day of the week (Sunday) following the Passover, early in the morning. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, the mother of James the Less and of Joses, were there (Matt. 27:56), and Mark and Luke tell us that shortly afterward came Salome the mother of John, Joanna the wife of Chuza, and other women, who brought spices for a more thorough embalming of the Lord’s body than was possible on the night of our Lord’s burial, on account of the lateness of the hour and the approach of the Passover. The earthquake had already rolled away the stone, the sentries had fled in terror from the manifestation of the angel’s presence—they fled to the high priest, who probably had engaged to be their paymaster—having them detailed for a special police duty by Pilate. But the angel, so terrible to those out of harmony with the Lord, spoke graciously to those who were his friends, assuring them that Jesus was risen, and directing them to go quickly and tell his disciples, also assuring them that Jesus would go into Galilee, and intimating a general meeting of his friends there, which later took place. En route they met Jesus, who sent the same message to his disciples. Seemingly the Lord recognized that woman can exercise faith more readily than can man, and here he used them as his servants and mouthpieces to bear his _message—to prepare his disciples, to assist them more readily to accept the truth of his resurrection, Meantime the affrighted guard fled and told the circumstances to the prominent elders who had set them their task and who were probably special enemies of our Lord. They were assured that their work would be considered satisfactory if they would keep the facts to themselves or report that Jesus’ disciples had stolen the corpse. They gave them a handsome present for their codperation in this matter and assured them of protection should their conduct ever be called in question. ELEVEN APPEARANCES AT MOST For forty days our Lord was with his disciples before his ascension, yet he revealed himself to them, according to the records, not more than eleven times in all—and some of these instances are probably duplications. His interviews with the disciples lasted but for a few moments cach, and were surrounded by circumstances and conditions which said to them in thunder tones that a great change had occurred to him—that he was no longer the same being, although he evidently had the same loving interest in them as before. He was still their Lord and Master, this same Jesus, although no longer Jesus in the flesh, He was ‘‘the Lord, that spirit,’’ a ‘‘quickening spirit.’? To bring the matter more clearly before our minds let us note the records covering these manifestations or appearances, as follows: ON THE DAY OF THE RESURRECTION (1) Sunday morning early—to Mary Magdalene—near the sepulchre at Jerusalem—Mark 16:9; John 20:11-18. (2) Sunday morning—to the women returning from the sepulchre—near Jerusalem.—Matt. 28:9, 10. (3) Sunday—to Simon Peter alone~—near Jerusalem.— Luke 24:34. (4) Sunday afternoon—to the two disciples going to Emmaus—between Jerusalem and Emmaus.—Luke 24:13-21. (5) Sunday evening—to the apostles excepting Thomas— at Jerusalem.—John 20:19-25. ZION’S WATCH TOWER Vou. XXVIT ALLEGHENY, PA., DECEMBER 15, 1906 (383-387) All five of these were on the first day, the resurrection day, the remaining six appearances being scattered through the remaining thirty-nine days of our Lord’s presence, as follows: THE NEXT SUNDAY—THE EIGHTH DAY (6) Sunday evening, a week after the resurrection—to the apostles, Thomas being present—at Jerusalem.—John 20 :26-29. Following this was a long interval apparently in which there was no appearance whatever, and the disciples, discouraged, perplexed, resolved to go back to their homes in Galilee and there to reéngage in the fishing business, considering that the Lord and his mission had been a failure. Our Lord evidently expected just such a process of reasoning on their part, and his delay was undoubtedly to help them over the difficulty and to start them afresh as servants of the kingdom of God on a higher and still grander plane than their previous ministries had been—under the ministration of the holy Spirit. APPEARANCES IN GALILEE Quite probably three weeks intervened without the slightest communication. Meantime the apostles had reéngaged in the fishing business, when our Lord appeared to them on the shores of Galilee. (7) As a stranger on the shore Jesus called to seven of his disciples who were fishing—John 21:1-13. (8) Shortly after the manifestation on the shores of Galilee Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee.—Matt. 28:16-20. (9) Very shortly after this he again appeared to a general company of his followers gathered together by previous appointment, ‘‘above 500 brethren at once’’—in Galilee.— 1 Cor. 15:6. LAST APPEARANCES IN JERUSALEM (10) At the close of the forty days our Lord appeared to the Apostle James only, probably at Jerusalem.—1 Cor. 15:7. (11) At the end of the forty days our Lord appeared to all of the apostles at the time of his ascension. This was at the Mount of Olives—Luke 24:50, 51; Acts 1:6-9. It was years after this that Paul wrote, ‘‘Last of all he was seen by me also, as of one born before the time.’’ He was seen of the other apostles as the gardener, as a stranger, as the Crucified One, etc., etc. but when Paul, the last of the apostles, saw him it was not so, but as we shall see him by and by when we are changed to his likeness—he saw him as one of premature birth. The church of the first-born are at the resurrection changed to be like their I.ord and see him as he is. Any special revelation of the Lord might have been withheld from the Apostle Paul until the same time except that it was necessary that the apostles should be ‘‘witnesses,’’ testifiers to the fact that Christ had not only died but had also risen from the dead; and in order that Paul as an Apostle might thus testify he was granted the vision of the glorified one. He saw him as we shall see him in that he saw him in the brightness of his excellent glory and not as the others, veiled in the flesh. Thank God that the time is not far distant when, those who sleep in Jesus having been changed to his image, we who are alive and remain shall also be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, to be made like him, to see him as he is, to share his glory. Not all in the same moment, but each in his own moment, changed instantly—until gradually, thus being changed by passing from death to life, the full number of the very elect shall be completed and the reign of glory shall begin. No. 24 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER NEW MOTIVES AND METHODS IN FOREIGN MISSIONS | As general doubt begins to overshadow the Bible and its teachings, many intelligent people begin to wonder whether or not there is any future life. Decrying the Bible as the work of man, all higher critics and evolutionists are thrown upon the resources of their own judgment respecting the future, and they are very conscious that their intelligence on the subject is a large blank—a guess. Rejection of the doctrine of eternal torment as the punishment for sin, and the supposition that that doctrine is taught in the Scriptures, was the foundation for their scepticism, which now has spread so that their entire faith has been undermined, and what Jesus said of the Samaritans of old is true of them, “Ye believe ye know not what.’’—John 4:22. The religious instincts of man lead him to some kind of worship, aud a desire to serve his God in some manner, whether that god be a stick or a stone or the sun or the true God. Hence Christian people of various shades of faith and doubt, have during the past century contributed liberally for mission work under the stimulating thought that the poor heathen were going into death at the rate of 90,000 a day without a knowledge of the only name given under heaven and amongst men whereby men must be saved. But now as doubts become confirmed and faith weakens there is a slacken [3905]

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