Publication date
10/1/08
Volume
29
Number
19
The WatchTower
Views from the Watch Tower
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(3°7-308) 
ZION'S 
WATCH 
TOWER 
ALLEGHENY, 
PA 
The 
lesson 
to 
all 
who 
seek 
to 
be 
in 
harmony 
with 
the 
Lord 
is 
that 
they 
are 
not 
to 
follow 
the 
course 
of 
the 
great 
and 
the 
influential 
of 
Christendom, 
but 
to 
follow 
the 
Lord, 
to 
hearken 
to 
his 
Word, 
and 
to 
humbly 
follow 
in 
the 
foot­ 
steps 
of 
our 
dear 
Redeemer. 
"Be 
thou 
faithful 
unto 
death, 
and 
will 
give 
thee 
crown 
of 
life." 
VOL. 
XXIX 
ALLEGHENY, 
A., 
OCTOBER 
15, 
1908 
VIEWS 
FROM 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
No. 
20 
ENGLAND 
FACE 
TO 
FACE 
WITH 
SOCIALISM 
One 
hundred 
and 
fifty 
archbishops 
and 
bishops, 
multitude 
of 
minor 
clergy, 
and 
an 
assemblage 
of 
laymen 
and 
laywomen 
outnumbered 
any 
hitherto 
gathered 
in 
Albert 
hall. 
The 
bishop 
of 
Birmingham, 
who 
was 
scheduled 
to 
preside, 
was 
absent 
owing 
to 
illness. 
He 
sent 
paper, 
which 
was 
read 
uy 
his 
substitute, 
the 
bishop 
of 
Manch('ster, 
the 
keynote 
of 
which 
was 
the 
injustice 
of 
the 
existing 
c1idsion 
of 
the 
profits 
of 
industry. 
After 
contrasting 
the 
gnnding 
poverty 
of 
the 
workers 
with 
the 
extravagant 
luxury 
of 
the 
idle 
rich, 
he 
ae· 
manded 
flOm 
the 
church 
"a 
tremendous 
act 
of 
penitence 
for 
having 
failpd 
so 
long 
and 
so 
greatly 
to 
champion 
the 
oppressed 
and 
weak." 
RISING 
TIDE 
OF 
SOCIALISM 
The 
Rev. 
J. 
G. 
Simpson, 
principal 
of 
the 
clergy 
school 
at 
Leeds, 
assured 
the 
vast 
audience 
that 
all 
over 
the 
north 
of 
England 
they 
were 
face 
to 
face 
with 
the 
rising 
tide 
of 
Social­ 
ism, 
which 
they 
were 
powerless 
to 
stem 
even 
if 
they 
wished 
to 
do 
so. 
Countless 
workers 
in 
the 
forges, 
furnaces, 
and 
mills 
of 
the 
north 
had 
adopted 
the 
Socialistic 
idea 
and 
held 
to 
it 
like 
religion 
and 
loved 
it 
like 
bride. 
He 
demanded 
that 
the 
church 
give 
free 
field 
to 
Socialism. 
He 
appealed 
to 
it 
to 
try 
to 
understand 
it 
and 
not 
hasten 
to 
discount 
it. 
More 
significant 
than 
the 
speeches 
themselves 
was 
the 
keen 
interest 
shown 
in 
the 
Socialistic 
pleas 
and 
earnest 
enthusiasm 
with 
which 
such 
points 
as 
those 
given 
were 
greeted 
from 
all 
parts 
of 
the 
halL-Chicago 
Daily 
Socialist. 
"MEN'S 
HEARTS 
FAILING 
THEM" 
"Daily 
it 
becomes 
more 
manifest 
that 
political 
America 
is 
s('parating 
into 
two 
camps-the 
Individualists 
and 
the 
Social­ 
ists 
new 
party 
has 
been 
created, 
and 
it 
is 
not 
extravagant 
to 
intimate 
it 
will 
poll 
two 
million 
votes 
next 
November. 
It 
thr('atens 
to 
destroy 
the 
Democratic 
party 
(though 
that 
is 
job 
the 
Democratic 
Party 
has 
already 
ac· 
complishNl 
to 
all 
intents 
and 
purposes), 
and 
will 
then 
strive 
for 
the 
mastery 
against 
the 
Republican 
Party. 
That 
would 
fetch 
the 
new 
alignment 
of 
conservative 
vs. 
liberal, 
of 
Indi­ 
vidualism 
vs. 
Socialism. 
That 
is 
what 
is 
coming. 
"-Washing· 
ton 
Post. 
THE 
JEWISH 
OUTLOOK 
The 
recent 
quiet 
Turkish 
revolution, 
which 
has 
brought 
to 
the 
front 
the 
"Young 
Turk" 
party, 
is 
said 
to 
be 
favorable 
to 
the 
hopes 
of 
the 
Jews 
in 
respect 
to 
their 
securing 
some 
kind 
of 
footing 
in 
Palestine 
with 
subordinate 
self-govern­ 
ment. 
The 
new 
government 
is 
credited 
with 
being 
quite 
liberal 
toward 
Jews 
and 
Christians. 
Rabbi 
Judah 
Leon 
Mages 
says: 
"Since 
Titus 
razed 
Jerusalem 
thousands 
of 
years 
ago, 
Israel 
has 
been 
wand('rer 
among 
foreign 
nations, 
an 
alien 
among 
strangers; 
at 
first 
bitterly 
persecuted, 
then 
barely 
tol­ 
erated, 
and 
latterly 
beginning 
to 
be 
respected 
and 
honored, 
but 
still 
an 
outcast, 
with 
no 
home 
toward 
which 
to 
turn 
his 
wandering 
footsteps. 
And 
yet, 
remarkable 
as 
is 
the 
fact, 
he 
has 
T'reserved 
his 
indidduality 
through 
it 
all. 
Whether 
he 
is 
professor 
in 
German 
university, 
or 
banker 
in 
France, 
or 
statesman 
in 
England, 
the 
Jew 
is 
Jew 
still, 
and 
under 
the 
veneer 
of 
environing 
social 
life 
lies 
the 
tearful 
yearning 
for 
his 
native 
land. 
'When 
we 
turn 
our 
footsteps 
toward 
Zion," 
continued 
the 
doctor, 
his 
eyes 
kindling 
with 
enthusiasm, 
"we 
shall 
number 
among 
the 
citizens 
of 
the 
renewed 
Jewish 
commonwealth 
some 
of 
the 
most 
famous 
men 
of 
modern 
times, 
men 
who 
are 
en· 
gaged 
in 
creating 
the 
world 
history 
of 
today. 
Our 
govern­ 
ment 
will 
serve 
as 
model 
for 
the 
whole 
world. 
And 
in 
the 
arts 
and 
crafts 
Jerusalem 
will 
be 
standard. 
have 
no 
small 
faith 
in 
Israe!. 
What 
he 
is 
doing 
now, 
scattered 
throughout 
the 
world, 
he 
will 
be 
able 
to 
do 
tenfold 
when 
he 
is 
united, 
safe 
from 
the 
fear 
of 
hate 
or 
prejudice. 
PURCHASING 
PALESTINE 
HOLDINGS 
"This 
is 
not 
all 
purely 
visionary. 
The 
work 
is 
already 
~oing 
on 
rapidly 
in 
Palestine. 
We 
have 
acquired 
extensive 
tracts 
of 
land 
from 
the 
Sultan 
of 
Turkey, 
and 
we 
are 
con­ 
stantly 
increasing 
our 
holdings. 
Very 
soon 
we 
will 
be 
in 
position 
to 
ask 
for 
release 
from 
the 
authority 
of 
the 
Sultan. 
England 
favors 
the 
project, 
and 
we 
are 
sure 
of 
the 
assistance 
of 
the 
United 
States. 
Large 
areas 
of 
land 
are 
already 
unner 
cultivation, 
and 
we 
are 
planting 
an 
immense 
grove 
of 
olive 
trees, 
to 
be 
called 
the 
Theodore 
Herzl 
Memorial 
Grove, 
memory 
of 
the 
revered 
founder 
of 
Zionism. 
"Israel 
was 
originally 
farmer. 
It 
was 
only 
upon 
his 
expulsion 
from 
his 
native 
land, 
forbidden 
to 
hold 
territory 
in 
any 
of 
the 
countries 
he 
sought 
to 
make 
his 
home, 
that 
he 
became 
trader, 
and 
by 
his 
native 
wit 
became 
su 
apt 
at 
it 
that 
it 
has 
almost 
become 
characteri 
stie 
of 
the 
race. 
Now, 
however, 
in 
his 
own 
home, 
at 
peace 
with 
all 
nations, 
and 
with 
the 
latest 
inventions 
of 
science 
at 
his 
command, 
he 
will 
make 
the 
beautiful 
valley 
of 
the 
Jordan 
to 
'blossom 
as 
the 
rose.' 
And 
there 
under 
the 
serene 
eastern 
sun, 
he 
can 
let 
his 
soul 
drift 
back 
softly 
into 
the 
meditations 
of 
his 
beloved 
religion 
and 
live 
out 
his 
days 
'a 
blessing 
and 
comfort 
to 
the 
na· 
tions.' 
REVULSION 
AGAINST 
HELL 
TORMENT 
TOWARD 
FAITHS 
WITHOUT 
FOUNDATION 
The 
Rev. 
J. 
R. 
Hutton, 
D.D., 
of 
Glasgow, 
preaching 
in 
New 
York 
City, 
said:- 
"We 
hear 
much 
in 
these 
days 
of 
the 
fascination 
which 
Roman 
Catholic 
or 
High 
Church 
views 
are 
having 
for 
many 
minds. 
Now, 
the 
claim 
that 
these 
churches 
really 
put 
forward 
is 
that 
the 
church, 
through 
its 
sacraments 
and 
prayers 
of 
the 
saints, 
will 
take 
the 
responsibility 
for 
the 
souls 
of 
its 
members 
and 
so 
relieve 
them 
of 
certain 
'intolerable 
strain.' 
We 
hear 
that 
the 
claim 
is 
proving 
the 
attraction. 
think 
the 
significance 
is 
just 
this, 
that 
these 
systems 
put 
the 
accent 
and 
emphasis 
not 
on 
what 
the 
worshiper 
does 
for 
himself 
but 
on 
what 
God 
has 
done 
for 
him 
and 
is 
prepared 
to 
do. 
t'Take 
another 
movement 
which 
think 
has 
very 
close 
resemblance 
to 
this 
drift 
toward 
the 
Roman 
Catholic 
attitude 
in 
England. 
mean 
the 
movement 
originating 
in 
America, 
but 
which 
has 
its 
agents 
in 
all 
cultured 
lands, 
which 
goes 
variously 
by 
the 
name 
of 
Christian 
Science, 
Mind 
Culture 
and 
the 
rest. 
It 
has 
succeeded 
because 
with 
certain 
passion 
and 
unfairness 
it 
rejects 
from 
the 
entire 
life 
of 
the 
soul 
such 
words 
as 
'striving,' 
wrestling' 
and 
'fighting.' 
The 
move­ 
ment 
has 
won 
success 
just 
because 
it 
promises 
to 
take 
the 
strain 
off 
our 
minds, 
because 
it 
bids 
men 
to 
stop 
thinking 
about 
themselves 
and 
begin 
thinking 
out 
of 
themselves 
toward 
the 
infinite 
peace 
of 
God. 
All 
that 
is 
true 
in 
both 
these 
move­ 
ments 
is 
not 
new, 
and 
all 
that 
is 
new 
is 
not 
true. 
There 
arf' 
signs 
that 
the 
human 
soul 
is 
tired 
of 
the 
ethical 
whip, 
tired 
of 
the 
summons 
to 
strenuousness, 
and 
is 
determined 
now 
to 
try 
the 
life 
of 
faith." 
What 
man 
really 
needs 
is 
the 
Bible 
faith, 
the 
faith 
once 
delivered 
to 
the 
saints, 
but 
now, 
alas! 
obscured 
to 
almost 
all. 
HOMING 
THE 
ARK 
AT 
JERUSALEM 
Samuel 
6:1-12.-0CTOBER 
4. 
Golden 
7'cxt-" 
Enter 
into 
his 
gates 
with 
thanksgiving, 
and 
into 
his 
courts 
with 
praise. 
"-Psa. 
100 
:4. 
The 
Ark 
of 
the 
Covenant, 
wherein 
was 
deposited 
the 
tables 
lected 
and 
in 
considerable 
degree 
the 
religion 
of 
the 
nation 
of 
the 
law, 
the 
basis 
of 
God's 
cov('nant 
with 
Israel, 
and 
had 
likewise 
been 
neglected, 
though 
it 
is 
presumed 
that 
their 
Aaron's 
rod 
that 
budded, 
and 
the 
goMen 
pot 
of 
manna, 
was 
devotions 
as 
individuals 
were 
not 
entirely 
forgotten, 
even 
as 
the 
most 
sacred 
article 
of 
typical 
Israel's 
religious 
emblems. 
in 
David's 
case, 
we 
note 
his 
continued 
reliance 
upon 
the 
Lord 
Its 
lid, 
consisting 
of 
golden 
plate 
surmounted 
with 
two 
and 
appeals 
to 
him. 
cherubs, 
constituted 
the 
mercy-seat-the 
meeting 
place 
between 
It 
will 
be 
rememhered 
that 
the 
ark 
was 
in 
the 
Taber- 
God 
and 
the 
officiating 
pri('sts, 
who 
acted 
as 
mediator 
betw"en 
nacle 
of 
the 
Lord 
at 
Shiloh 
when 
Samuel 
was 
boy 
and 
Eli 
God 
and 
the 
nation 
of 
Isra,,!. 
When 
in 
the 
Tabernacle, 
the 
was 
high 
priest, 
and 
that 
later, 
when 
the 
latter 
was 
aged 
and 
divine 
presence 
was 
manifested 
upon 
the 
mercy-seat 
between 
Samuel 
was 
grown, 
in 
battle 
with 
the 
Philistines 
the 
sons 
of 
the 
cherubim 
by 
miraculous 
light 
eall"d 
the 
shekinah 
glory. 
Eli, 
who 
were 
disreputable, 
self-seeking, 
grasping 
character~, 
For 
seventy 
years 
prior 
to 
our 
lesson 
the 
ark 
had 
been 
neg- 
took 
the 
ark 
into 
battle 
as 
talisman 
or 
mascot, 
believing 
[4258J 
(307-308) ZION’S The lesson to all who seek to be in harmony with the Lord is that they are not to follow the course of the great and the influential of Christendom, but to follow the Lord, WATCH TOWER ALLEGHENY, Pa to hearken to his Word, and to humbly follow in the footsteps of our dear Redeemer. ‘‘Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.’’ Vou. XXIX ALLEGHENY, PA., OCTOBER 15, 1908 No. 20 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER ENGLAND FACE TO FACE WITH SOCIALISM One hundred and fifty archbishops and bishops, a multitude of minor clergy, and an assemblage of laymen and laywomen outnumbered any hitherto gathered in Albert hall. The bishop of Birmingham, who was scheduled to preside, was absent owing to illness. He sent a paper, which was read by his substitute, the bishop of Manchester, the keynote of which was the injustice of the existing division of the profits of industry. After contrasting the grinding poverty of the workers with the extravagant luxury of the idle rich, he demanded fiom the church ‘‘a tremendous act of penitence for having failed so long and so greatly to champion the oppressed and weak.’? RISING TIDE OF SOCIALISM The Rev. J. G. Simpson, principal of the clergy school at Leeds, assured the vast audience that all over the north of England they were face to face with the rising tide of Socialism, which they were powerless to stem even if they wished to do so. Countless workers in the forges, furnaces, and mills of the north had adopted the Socialistic idea and held to it like a religion and loved it like a bride. He demanded that the church give free field to Socialism. He appealed to it to try to understand it and not hasten to discount it. More significant than the speeches themselves was the keen interest shown in the Socialistic pleas and earnest enthusiasm with which such points as those given were greeted from all parts of the hall.—Chicago Daily Socialist. ‘‘MEN’S HEARTS FAILING THEM’’ ‘‘TDaily it becomes more manifest that political America is separating into two camps—the Individualists and the Socialists . . . <A new party has been created, and it is not extravagant to intimate it will poll two million votes next November. It threatens to destroy the Democratic party (though that is a job the Democratic Party has already accomplished to all intents and purposes), and will then strive for the mastery against the Republican Party. That would fetch the new alignment of conservative vs. liberal, of Individualism vs. Socialism. That is what is coming.’’—Washington Post. THE JEWISH OUTLOOK The recent quiet Turkish revolution, which has brought to the front the ‘‘ Young Turk’’ party, is said to be favorable to the hopes of the Jews in respect to their securing some kind of a footing in Palestine with a subordinate self-government. The new government is credited with being quite liberal toward Jews and Christians. Rabbi Judah Leon Mages says: ‘‘Since Titus razed Jerusalem thousands of years ago, Israel has been a wanderer among foreign nations, an alien among strangers; at first bitterly persecuted, then barely tolerated, and latterly beginning to be respected and honored, but still an outcast, with no home toward which to turn his wandering footsteps. And yet, remarkable as is the fact, he has preserved his individuality through it all. Whether he is a professor in a German university, or a banker in France, or a statesman in England, the Jew is a Jew still, and under the veneer of environing social life lies the tearful yearning for his native land. ‘*When we turn our footsteps toward Zion,’’ continued the doctor, his eyes kindling with enthusiasm, ‘‘we shall number among the citizens of the renewed Jewish commonwealth some of the most famous men of modern times, men who are en gaged in creating the world history of today. Our government will serve as a model for the whole world. And in the arts and crafts Jerusalem will be a standard. I have no small faith in Israel. What he is doing now, scattered throughout the world, he will be able to do tenfold when he is united, safe from the fear of hate or prejudice. PURCHASING PALESTINE HOLDINGS ‘‘This is not all purely visionary. The work is already going on rapidly in Palestine. We have acquired extensive tracts of land from the Sultan of Turkey, and we are constantly increasing our holdings. Very soon we will be in a position to ask for a release from the authority of the Sultan. England favors the project, and we are sure of the assistance of the United States. Large areas of land are already under cultivation, and we are planting an immense grove of olive trees, to be called the Theodore Herzl Memorial Grove, in memory of the revered founder of Zionism. ‘‘Tsrael was originally a farmer. It was only upon his expulsion from his native land, forbidden to hold territory in any of the countries he sought to make his home, that he became a trader, and by his native wit became sv apt at it that it has almost become a characteristic of the race. Now, however, in his own home, at peace with all nations, and with the latest inventions of science at his command, he will make the beautiful valley of the Jordan to ‘blossom as the rose.’ And there under the serene eastern sun, he ean let his soul drift back softly into the meditations of his beloved religion and live out his days ‘a blessing and a comfort to the nations.’ ’? REVULSION AGAINST HELL TORMENT TOWARD FAITHS WITHOUT FOUNDATION The Rev. J. R. Hutton, D.D., of Glasgow, preaching in New York City, said:— ‘¢We hear much in these days of the fascination which Roman Catholic or High Chureh views are having for many minds. Now, the claim that these churches really put forward is that the church, through its sacraments and prayers of the saints, will take the responsibility for the souls of its members and so relieve them of a certain ‘intolerable strain.’ We hear that the claim is proving the attraction. I think the significance ig just this, that these systems put the accent and emphasis not on what the worshiper does for himself but on what God has done for him and is prepared to do. ‘*Take another movement which I think has a very close resemblance to this drift toward the Roman Catholic attitude in England. I mean the movement originating in America, but which has its agents in all cultured lands, which goes variously by the name of Christian Science, Mind Culture and the rest. It has succeeded because with a certain passion and unfairness it rejects from the entire life of the soul such words as ‘striving,’ ‘wrestling’ and ‘fighting.’ The movement has won a suecess just because it promises to take the strain off our minds, because it bids men to stop thinking about themselves and begin thinking out of themselves toward the infinite peace of God. All that is true in both these movements is not new, and all that is new is not true. There are signs that the human soul is tired of the ethical whip, tired of the summons to strenuousness, and is determined now to try the life of faith.’’ * * * What man really needs is the Bible faith, the faith once delivered to the saints, but now, alas! obscured to almost all. HOMING THE ARK AT JERUSALEM 2 Samuel 6:1-12.—ocTosEr 4. Golden Text— ‘Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise.’’—Psa, 100:4. The Ark of the Covenant, wherein was deposited the tables of the law, the basis of God’s covenant with Israel, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the golden pot of manna, was the most sacred article of typical Tsrael’s religious emblems. Its lid, consisting of a golden plate surmounted with two cherubs, constituted the mercy-seat—the meeting place between God and the officiating priests, who acted as mediator between God and the nation of Isracl. When in the Tabernacle, the divine presence was manifested upon the mercy-seat between the cherubim by a miraculous light called the shekinah glory. For seventy years prior to our lesson the ark had been neg lected and in considerable degree the religion of the nation had likewise been neglected, though it is presumed that their devotions as individuals were not entirely forgotten, even as in David’s case, we note his continued reliance upon the Lord and appeals to him. It will be remembered that the ark was in the Tabernacle of the Lord at Shiloh when Samuel was a boy and Eli was high priest, and that later, when the latter was aged and Samuel was grown, in a battle with the Philistines the sons of Eli, who were disreputable, self-secking, grasping characters, took the ark into battle as a talisman or mascot, believing [4258]

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