Publication date
11/1/07
Volume
28
Number
21
The WatchTower
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ZION'S 
WATCH 
TOWER 
ALLEGHENY, 
I'A. 
But, 
mark 
you, 
the 
sinner 
must 
continue 
to 
abide 
in 
this 
city 
of 
refuge 
as 
long 
as 
the 
high 
priest 
liveth-i. 
e., 
as 
long 
as 
Christ 
continues 
in 
the 
priestly 
office, 
which 
will 
be 
until 
he 
is 
able 
to 
present 
all 
the 
redeemed 
who 
abide 
in 
him 
under 
the 
New 
Covenant 
conditions 
faultless 
before 
the 
throne 
of 
God, 
at 
the 
end 
of 
his 
Millennial 
reign 
as 
King 
and 
Priest. 
Then, 
being 
made 
actually 
perfect 
by 
the 
great 
Redeemer­ 
Physician, 
they 
will 
be 
able 
to 
stand, 
not 
in 
the 
imputed 
or 
reckoned 
righteousness 
of 
another, 
but 
in 
their 
own 
glorious 
perfection, 
yet 
never 
forgetful 
of 
the 
great 
atoning 
sacrifice, 
and 
the 
patient 
work 
of 
restitution 
which 
made 
possible 
such 
glorious 
consummation. 
Like 
the 
cities 
of 
refuge, 
Christ 
is 
easy 
of 
access 
to 
all 
who 
diligently 
seek 
him, 
and 
who 
have 
no 
will 
in 
opposition 
to 
righteousness, 
nor 
to 
any 
of 
his 
measures 
of 
just 
and 
righteous 
discipline. 
ISRAEL 
RENEWING 
THE 
COVENANT 
[This 
article 
was 
reprint 
of 
that 
published 
in 
issue 
of 
September 
15, 
1893, 
wh!ch 
please 
see.] 
VOL. 
XXVIII 
ALLEGHENY, 
A., 
NOVEMBER 
1, 
1907 
VIEWS 
FROM 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
No. 
21 
THORNS, 
TmSTLES 
AND 
THE 
CURSE 
As 
benevolent 
feature 
of 
the 
curse 
or 
sentence 
of 
God 
upon 
our 
race 
because 
of 
Original 
Sin, 
we 
are 
told 
that 
God 
said 
to 
Adam 
when 
driving 
him 
forth 
from 
Eden, 
"Thorns 
and 
thistles 
shall 
the 
earth 
bring 
forth 
unto 
thee 
... 
and 
thou 
shalt 
eat 
bread 
in 
the 
sweat 
of 
thy 
face." 
Without 
the 
thorns 
and 
thistles 
and 
battling 
with 
them 
man 
would 
have 
found 
life 
too 
easy, 
and 
would 
in 
indolence 
have 
sunken 
into 
deprav. 
ity 
more 
rapidly 
than 
he 
has 
done. 
But 
the 
curse 
is 
to 
roll 
away-times 
of 
restitution 
are 
at 
hand 
when 
the 
great 
King, 
Messiah, 
will 
exercise 
his 
power 
among 
men 
for 
their 
uplift; 
and 
when 
the 
great 
demoralizer, 
Satan, 
and 
his 
associated 
demons 
will 
be 
restrained. 
Then 
the 
thorns 
and 
thistles 
would 
be 
real 
menace 
to 
man's 
rapid 
rise, 
for 
they 
with 
the 
insect 
pests 
would 
serve 
to 
absorb 
his 
vitality 
and 
hinder 
him 
from 
intellectual 
progress. 
We 
should 
expect, 
therefore, 
that 
now 
or 
very 
soon 
some 
means 
would 
be 
found 
for 
coping 
with 
and 
subduing 
these 
pests. 
Already 
science 
has 
done 
much 
to 
combat 
the 
insect 
foes 
by 
washes, 
sprays, 
etc. 
But 
now 
from 
governmental 
institutions 
we 
have 
the 
glad 
message 
that 
thorns 
and 
thistles 
may 
be 
easily 
vanquished-by 
cheap 
chemical 
spray 
which 
kills 
the 
weeds, 
while 
non-injurious 
to 
grain, 
etc. 
It 
is 
even 
claimed 
to 
be 
beneficial 
to 
some 
varieties 
of 
the 
latter. 
grains 
that 
have 
been 
tested 
are 
oats, 
barley, 
wheat 
and 
speIt. 
No 
tests 
have 
been 
made 
on 
rye 
in 
the 
United 
States, 
but 
Prof. 
Staglich 
has 
had 
success 
in 
spraying 
rye 
in 
Europe. 
Experiments 
are 
also 
being 
made 
on 
Indian 
corn, 
and 
the 
results 
so 
far 
have 
been 
successful. 
The 
only 
effect 
that 
is 
seen 
on 
the 
grain 
is 
the 
blackening 
of 
the 
lower 
and 
older 
leaves 
that 
are 
doomed 
to 
wither 
eventually, 
while 
the 
young 
leaves, 
that 
bring 
the 
cereal 
to 
maturity, 
are 
unharmed. 
There 
are 
no 
complaints 
from 
any 
center 
of 
deterioration 
either 
ill 
the 
quality 
or 
quantity 
of 
the 
grain 
crop 
sprayed. 
There 
hall 
been 
no 
difference 
observed 
in 
the 
time 
of 
ripening. 
No 
test1l 
have 
been 
made 
in 
this 
country 
on 
clover 
or 
grasses, 
but 
experi­ 
ments 
made 
in 
Scotland 
show 
that 
in 
no 
case 
was 
damage 
done 
to 
the 
young 
clover 
or 
grass, 
while 
the 
mustard 
was 
entirely 
destroyed. 
"So 
far 
the 
sulphate-of-iron 
solution 
is 
found 
to 
act 
defi­ 
nitely 
on 
mustard, 
yellow-dock, 
cockle-bur, 
smart-weed, 
rag­ 
weed, 
and 
Spanish 
needles, 
while 
there 
is 
every 
reason 
to 
be­ 
lieve 
that 
it 
will 
destroy 
Canada 
thistle. 
"It 
is 
at 
once 
apparent 
that 
every 
section 
of 
the 
country 
will 
share 
in 
the 
benefit 
of 
this 
discovery. 
The 
various 
weeds 
that 
iron 
sulphate 
will 
destroy 
are 
found 
to 
prevail 
in 
dif­ 
ferent 
localities. 
The 
white 
daisy 
is 
familiar 
to 
Eastern 
farm­ 
ers, 
the 
rosin-weed 
to 
Western, 
wild 
mustard 
is 
widely 
scat­ 
tered, 
and 
Canada 
thistle 
grows 
in 
most 
of 
the 
Northern 
The 
Technical 
World 
says:- 
Sta 
tes. 
"It 
is 
estimateJ 
thnt 
weeds 
cut 
down 
the 
yield 
of 
grain 
Nor 
is 
this 
all 
that 
is 
making 
ready 
for" 
times 
of 
restitu- 
in 
this 
country 
at 
least 
twenty 
per 
('ent. 
Under 
these 
con. 
tion," 
when 
the 
Scriptures 
declare 
"the 
earth 
shall 
yield 
her 
ditions 
agriculturists 
have 
for 
several 
years 
occupied 
them. 
increase. 
means 
has 
been 
found 
for 
selves 
in 
the 
attempt 
to 
discover 
chemical 
that 
can 
be 
used 
ENRICmNG 
THE 
SOIL 
for 
spraying 
grain-fields. 
To 
make 
it 
success 
it 
is 
necessary 
that 
the 
('hemicnl 
should 
destroy 
the 
weeds, 
but 
leave 
the 
It 
has 
long 
been 
known 
that 
soil 
is 
impoverished 
by 
the 
cereals 
uninjured 
Numerous 
methods 
of 
extermination 
exhausthm 
of 
its 
supply 
of 
nitrogen. 
It 
has 
been 
known 
also 
have 
been 
tried 
and 
abandoned 
be('ause 
they 
were 
ineffec- 
that 
there 
are 
vast 
quantities 
of 
nitrogen 
in 
the 
air; 
but 
no 
tive, 
injured 
the 
grain 
crop, 
poisoned 
stock, 
or 
were 
too 
ex- 
one 
has 
known 
how 
to 
get 
it 
to 
reunite 
with 
the 
soil. 
Beds 
pensive. 
of 
nitrogenous 
fertilizers 
in 
far-off 
lands 
have 
been 
trans· 
"From 
this 
it 
is 
evident 
that 
any 
means 
that 
can 
be 
found 
ported 
at 
great 
cost 
to 
rejuvenate 
depleted 
soils-but 
the 
to 
destroy 
these 
pests 
will 
mean 
one 
of 
the 
greatest 
discoveries 
cost 
is 
too 
great 
for 
general 
use. 
Recently 
two 
successful 
for 
agriculture 
that 
has 
ever 
heen 
made. 
No 
mechanical 
in. 
methods 
have 
been 
discovered 
for 
separating 
nitrogen 
from 
vention 
in 
farm 
machinery 
will 
compare 
with 
it 
in 
importance. 
the 
air 
by 
electricity 
at 
comparatively 
small 
cost, 
and 
it 
is 
"It 
can 
now 
be 
said 
with 
certainty 
that 
such 
discovery 
confidently 
predicted 
that 
its 
manufacture 
on 
large 
scale 
has 
bern 
made. 
The 
first 
successful 
experiments 
were 
at- 
will 
soon 
supply 
cheap 
restorative 
for 
earth's 
rejuvenation. 
temptet1 
in 
.Tunr, 
1906, 
by 
the 
A~ricultul'al 
College 
of 
the 
Meantime 
another 
means 
has 
been 
found-" 
some 
good 
UniYersity 
of 
Wisconsin. 
The 
work 
has 
been 
carried 
on 
under 
microbes 
have 
been 
employed 
to 
aid 
the 
work 
of 
reclamation." 
the 
dire('tion 
of 
Prof. 
R. 
A. 
Moore. 
These 
useful 
bacteria 
operate 
only 
in 
connection 
with 
legumin- 
"The 
experiments 
carried 
on 
consist 
in 
spraying 
the 
field 
GU8 
plants-such 
as 
the 
various 
clovers, 
vetches, 
peas 
and 
with 
ten-per-('ent. 
solution 
of 
iron 
sulphate. 
The 
idea 
ot 
beans. 
The 
nitrogen-fixing 
bacteria 
form 
nodules 
on 
the 
roots, 
('ontrolling 
wild 
mustard 
by 
this 
method 
was 
conceived 
last 
and 
these 
absorb 
nitrogen 
from 
the 
air 
and 
fix 
it 
in 
the 
soil. 
year 
at 
the 
univeT~ity 
experiment 
station. 
The 
work 
was 
This 
not 
only 
causes 
the 
legumes 
to 
flourish 
but 
enriches 
the 
based 
on 
information 
derived 
from 
Germany, 
where 
experi- 
soil 
for 
different 
succeeding 
crops. 
ments 
had 
bl1en 
tried 
on 
mustard. 
Plans 
were 
laid 
to 
make 
circular 
before 
us 
from 
the 
U. 
S. 
Dept. 
of 
Agriculture, 
tests 
on 
the 
university 
farm 
as 
soon 
a'S 
the 
wild 
mustnrd 
Washington, 
D. 
C., 
relates 
the 
foregoing 
in 
other 
terms, 
and 
appeared. 
No 
machine 
for 
the 
purpose 
IS 
made 
in 
this 
coun- 
offers 
to 
the 
public 
on 
application 
the 
salts 
in 
proper 
quantity 
try. 
sprayer 
costin~ 
$135 
was 
imported 
from 
Germany. 
free 
of 
charge. 
The 
tests 
on 
the 
university 
farm 
were 
entirely 
successful. 
Doubtless 
the 
same 
Divine 
Wisdom 
which 
is 
now 
supplying 
Professor 
Moore 
then 
experimented 
on 
other 
Wisconsin 
farms, 
man 
with 
skill 
to 
construct 
machinery 
and 
manufacture 
elec­ 
in 
Dane, 
Kenosha 
and 
Waukesha 
counties 
and 
at 
Lynn, 
Lyons 
tric 
lights, 
etc., 
is 
operating 
also 
in 
this 
"Day 
of 
His 
Prepa­ 
county. 
Minn. 
As 
far 
liS 
known 
these 
are 
the 
only 
experi- 
ration" 
in 
the 
ways 
above 
indicated 
to 
remove 
the 
thorns 
and 
ments 
that 
have 
yet 
been 
mllde 
in 
this 
country 
and 
in 
every 
thistles 
and 
to 
cause 
the 
wilderness 
to 
blossom 
as 
the 
rose. 
case 
there 
is 
evidence 
that 
the 
weeds 
have 
been 
annihilated, 
Thank 
God 
for 
the 
eyes 
of 
faith 
to 
recognize 
him 
as 
our 
while 
there 
has 
been 
no 
perceptible 
injury 
to 
the 
grain. 
The 
Deliverer 
by 
whomsoever 
he 
may 
send 
the 
assistances. 
[4080] 
(317-324) But, mark you, the sinner must continue to abide in this city of refuge as long as the high priest liveth—i. ¢., as long as Christ continues in the priestly office, which will be until he is able to present all the redeemed who abide in him under the New Covenant conditions faultless before the throne of God, at the end of his Millennial reign as King and Priest. Then, being made actually perfect by the great RedeemerPhysician, they will be able to stand, not in the imputed or ZION’S WATCH TOWER ALLEGHENY, Pa. reckoned righteousness of another, but in their own glorious perfection, yet never forgetful of the great atoning sacrifice, and the patient work of restitution which made possible such a glorious consummation. Like the cities of refuge, Christ is easy of access to all who diligently seek him, and who have no will in opposition to righteousness, nor to any of his measures of just and righteous discipline. ISRAEL RENEWING THE COVENANT [This article was a reprint of that published in issue of September 15, 1895, which please see.] Vou. XXVIII ALLEGHENY, PA., NOVEMBER 1, 1907 No. 21 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER THORNS, THISTLES AND THE CURSE As a benevolent feature of the curse or sentence of God upon our race because of Original Sin, we are told that God said to Adam when driving him forth from Eden, ‘‘ Thorns and thistles shall the earth bring forth unto thee ... and thou shalt eat bread in the sweat of thy face.’’ Without the thorns and thistles and battling with them man would have found life too easy, and would in indolence have sunken into depravity more rapidly than he has done. But the curse is to roll away—times of restitution are at hand when the great King, Messiah, will exercise his power among men for their uplift; and when the great demoralizer, Satan, and his associated demons will be restrained. Then the thorns and thistles would be a real menace to man’s rapid rise, for they with the insect pests would serve to absorb his vitality and hinder him from intellectual progress. We should expect, therefore, that now or very soon some means would be found for coping with and subduing these pests. Already science has done much to combat the insect foes by washes, sprays, etc. But now from governmental institutions we have the glad message that thorns and thistles may be easily vanquished—by a cheap chemical spray which kills the weeds, while non-injurious to grain, ete. It is even claimed to be beneficial to some varieties of the latter. The Technical World says:— ‘*It is estimated that weeds cut down the yicld of grain in this country at least twenty per cent. Under these conditions agriculturists have for several years occupied themselves in the attempt to discover a chemical that can be used for spraying grain-fields, To make it a success it is necessary that the chemical should destroy the weeds, but leave the cereals uninjured. ... Numerous methods of extermination have been tried and abandoned because they were ineffective, injured the grain crop, poisoned stock, or were too expensive. ‘‘From this it is evident that any means that can be found to destroy these pests will mean one of the greatest discoveries for agriculture that has ever heen made. No mechanical invention in farm machinery will compare with it in importance. ‘¢Tt can now be said with certainty that such a discovery has been made. The first successful experiments were attempted in Junc, 1906, by the Agricultural College of the University of Wisconsin. The work has been earried on under the direction of Prof. R. A. Moore. ‘‘The experiments carried on consist in spraying the field with a ten-per-cent. solution of iron sulphate, The idea of controlling wild mustard by this method was conceived last year at the university experiment station. The work was based on information derived from Germany, where experiments had been tried on mustard. Plans were laid to make tests on the university farm as soon as the wild mustard appeared. No machine for the purpose is made in this country. <A sprayer costing $135 was imported from Germany. The tests on the university farm were entirely successful. Professor Moore then experimented on other Wisconsin farms, in Dane, Kenosha and Waukesha counties and at Lynn, Lyons county. Minn. As far as known these are the only experiments that have vet been made in this country and in every ease there is evidence that the weeds have been annihilated, while there has been no perceptible injury to the grain. The grains that have been tested are oats, barley, wheat and spelt. No tests have been made on rye in the United States, but Prof. Staglich has had success in spraying rye in Europe. Experiments are also being made on Indian corn, and the results so far have been successful. The only effect that is seen on the grain is the blackening of the lower and older leaves that are doomed to wither eventually, while the young leaves, that bring the cereal to maturity, are unharmed. There are no complaints from any center of deterioration either in the quality or quantity of the grain crop sprayed. There has been no difference observed in the time of ripening. No tests have been made in this country on clover or grasses, but experiments made in Scotland show that in no case was damage done to the young clover or grass, while the mustard was entirely destroyed. ‘*So far the sulphate-of-iron solution is found to aet definitely on mustard, yellow-dock, cockle-bur, smart-weed, ragweed, and Spanish needles, while there is every reason to believe that it will destroy Canada thistle. . . ‘*It is at once apparent that every section of the country will share in the benefit of this discovery. The various weeds that iron sulphate will destroy are found to prevail in different localities. The white daisy is familiar to Eastern farmers, the rosin-weed to Western, wild mustard is widely scattered, and Canada thistle grows in most of the Northern States. ’’ Nor is this all that is making ready for ‘‘times of restitution,’’ when the Scriptures declare ‘‘the earth shall yield her increase.’? A means has been found for ENRICHING THE SOIL It has long been known that soil is impoverished by the exhaustion of its supply of nitrogen. It has been known also that there are vast quantities of nitrogen in the air; but no one has known how to get it to reunite with the soil. Beds of nitrogenous fertilizers in far-off lands have been transported at great cost to rejuvenate depleted soils—but the cost is too great for general use. Recently two successful methods have been discovered for separating nitrogen from the air by electricity at a comparatively small cost, and it is confidently predicted that its manufacture on a large scale will soon supply a cheap restorative for earth’s rejuvenation. Meantime another means has been found—‘‘some good microbes have been employed to aid the work of reclamation.’’ These useful bacteria operate only in connection with legumincus plants—such as the various clovers, vetches, peas and beans. The nitrogen-fixing bacteria form nodules on the roots, and these absorb nitrogen from the air and fix it in the soil. This not only causes the legumes to flourish but enriches the soil for different sueceeding crops. A circular before us from the U. 8. Dept. of Agriculture, Washington, D. C., relates the foregoing in other terms, and offers to the public on application the salts in proper quantity free of charge. Doubtless the same Divine Wisdom which is now supplying man with skill to construct machinery and manufacture electrie lights, ete., is operating also in this ‘‘Day of His Preparation’’ in the ways above indicated to remove the thorns and thistles and to cause the wilderness to blossom as the rose. Thank God for the eyes of faith to recognize him as our Deliverer by whomsoever he may send the assistances. [4080]

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