Publication date
6/15/09
Volume
30
Number
12
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Views from the Watch Tower
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SAMPLE 
OF 
INTERESTING 
LETTERS 
IDA 
C. 
IRENIUS,-N. 
Y. 
DEAR 
BROTHER 
RUSSELL 
AND 
ASSOCIATES:- 
It 
is 
now 
two 
months 
since 
took 
the 
vow, 
although 
have 
been 
in 
favor 
of 
it 
since 
first 
read 
it 
in 
the 
WATCH 
TOWER. 
cannot 
keep 
from 
sending 
these 
few 
lines. 
The 
91st 
Psalm 
is 
great 
comfort 
to 
me, 
and 
am 
glad 
can 
come 
closer 
to 
the 
altar 
under 
the 
shadow 
of 
the 
Almighty. 
It 
is 
two 
and 
half 
years 
since 
found 
the 
truth, 
and 
as 
had 
been 
many 
years 
looking 
for 
it, 
shall 
never 
forget 
the 
joy 
then 
experienced 
and 
have 
experienced 
daily 
from 
that 
time 
in 
walking 
in 
my 
Master's 
footsteps 
accordingly. 
Through 
this 
light 
have 
come 
to 
larger 
appreciation 
and 
love 
for 
God, 
and 
am 
gIad 
that 
can 
now 
sing 
the 
song 
of 
Moses 
and 
the 
Lamb, 
more 
and 
more 
every 
day, 
and 
glad 
that 
the 
strings 
of 
my 
heart 
respond 
in 
harmony 
and 
more 
fully. 
It 
gives 
me 
courage 
and 
strength 
when 
am 
weak; 
it 
gives 
me 
peace 
when 
storms 
are 
raging. 
It 
is 
blessed 
privilege 
to 
offer 
gifts 
on 
the 
altar. 
My 
heart 
overfiowed 
with 
joy 
when 
realized 
that 
some 
of 
my 
friends 
had 
begun 
to 
see 
the 
same 
light. 
When 
we 
are 
will­ 
ing 
to 
give 
up 
our 
former 
theories 
and 
are 
willing 
to 
reason 
together 
with 
our 
Lord 
we 
shall 
be 
able 
to 
say, 
"Thy 
will 
Lord." 
rejoice 
in 
taking 
this 
further 
step 
and 
in 
this 
way 
getting 
closer 
to 
the 
brethren 
and 
sisters, 
for 
know 
that 
God 
will 
supply 
all 
my 
needs 
according 
to 
his 
riches 
in 
glory 
by 
Christ 
Jesus. 
What 
shall 
render 
unto 
the 
Lord 
for 
all 
his 
benefits 
toward 
me? 
will 
take 
the 
cup 
of 
salvation 
and 
offer 
the 
sacrifice 
of 
thanksgiving, 
and 
pay 
my 
vows 
unto 
the 
Lord 
now 
in 
the 
pres­ 
ence 
of 
his 
people. 
Your 
sister 
in 
the 
One 
Hope, 
UTHE 
CHILDREN 
OF 
THE 
BLESSED" 
DEAR 
BROTHER 
RUSSELL:- 
submit 
to 
you 
some 
of 
my 
deductions, 
desiring 
to 
know 
whether 
you 
view 
these 
matters 
in 
this 
light. 
My 
ruminations 
follow:- 
The 
65th 
chapter 
of 
Isaiah, 
from 
the 
17th 
to 
the 
25th 
verses 
inclusive, 
gives 
prophetic 
view 
of 
the 
Millennial 
reign 
of 
Christ, 
as 
is 
shown 
from 
the 
statement 
in 
the 
17th 
verse, 
"I 
create 
new 
heavens 
and 
new 
earth." 
Evidently 
this 
is 
the 
same 
new 
arrangement 
that 
Peter 
saw 
by 
faith 
when 
he 
said, 
''We, 
according 
to 
God's 
promise, 
look 
for 
new 
heavens 
and 
new 
earth, 
in 
which 
dwell 
righteousness"-the 
same 
new 
heavens 
and 
new 
earth 
that 
are 
referred 
to 
by 
the 
Revelator 
in 
chapter 
21, 
verses 
1-5 
inclusive. 
During 
recent 
study 
particular 
attention 
was 
directed 
to 
verse 
23 
of 
Isaiah 
65, 
which 
reads, 
in 
the 
Leeser 
Translation, 
"They 
shall 
not 
toil 
in 
vain, 
nor 
bring 
forth 
unto 
an 
early 
death; 
for 
the 
seed 
of 
the 
blessed 
of 
the 
Lord 
are 
they, 
and 
their 
offspring 
with 
them," 
and 
the 
question 
presented 
itself 
whether 
the 
statement, 
"nor 
bring 
forth 
unto 
an 
early 
death," 
had 
refer­ 
ence 
to 
child 
bearing- 
during 
the 
time 
of 
the 
incoming 
kingdom. 
It 
will 
be 
observed 
in 
the 
King 
James 
Translation 
the 
reading 
is, 
"nor 
bring 
forth 
for 
trouble." 
Young's 
Concordance 
shows 
that 
the 
Hebrew 
word 
''Yalad,'' 
translated 
''bring 
forth," 
beget, 
bear, 
is 
exactly 
the 
same 
word 
used 
under 
inspiration 
in 
Genesis 
3: 
16, 
where 
God 
said 
unto 
the 
woman, 
"I 
will 
greatly 
multiply 
thy 
sorrow, 
and 
thy 
conception; 
in 
sorrow 
thou 
shalt 
brmg 
forth 
children." 
With 
these 
points 
in 
mind 
note 
the 
significance 
of 
Isaiah 
65:20 
(Leeser's 
Translation): 
"There 
shall 
no 
more 
come 
then('e 
an 
infant 
of 
few 
days, 
nor 
an 
old 
man 
that 
shall 
not 
have 
the 
full 
length 
of 
his 
days; 
for 
as 
lad 
shall 
one 
die 
hundred 
years 
old; 
and 
as 
sinner 
shall 
be 
accursE'd 
he 
who 
(dieth) 
at 
hundred 
years 
old." 
These 
Scriptures 
seem 
to 
indicate 
that 
child 
bearing 
will 
oontinue 
for 
some 
time, 
at 
least, 
into 
the 
Millennial 
age, 
if 
not 
up 
to 
within 
one 
hundred 
years 
or 
thereabouts 
of 
its 
close. 
At 
first 
thought 
this 
apparently 
conflicts 
with 
the 
Lord's 
state­ 
ment 
in 
Luke 
20:34-36, 
"And 
Jesus 
answering 
said 
unto 
them, 
The 
children 
of 
this 
world 
marry 
and 
are 
given 
in 
marriage; 
but 
they 
which 
shall 
be 
accounted 
worthy 
to 
obtain 
that 
world 
and 
the 
resurrection 
from 
the 
dead, 
neither 
marry 
nor 
are 
given 
in 
marriage; 
neither 
can 
they 
die 
any 
more; 
for 
they 
are 
equal 
unto 
the 
angels 
and 
are 
children 
of 
the 
resurrection." 
However, 
more 
careful 
consideration 
of 
these 
words 
of 
the 
Lord 
would 
indicate 
that 
he 
presented 
at 
least 
primarily 
the 
estate 
of 
those 
accounted 
worthy 
to 
obtain 
an 
inheritance 
as 
members 
of 
the 
kingdom, 
and 
as 
sharers 
in 
its 
resurrection, 
thus 
leaving 
the 
question 
of 
human 
conditions 
during 
the 
period 
of 
"resurrection 
by 
judgment" 
for 
amplification 
under 
other 
Scriptures, 
as 
well 
as 
under 
the 
secondary 
application 
of 
the 
Lord's 
words 
in 
Luke 
when 
the 
walk 
up 
to 
full 
resurrection 
by 
thl' 
earthly 
class 
is 
attained. 
We 
recall 
God's 
mandate 
to 
Adam 
and 
Eve 
after 
the 
crea­ 
tion, 
"Be 
fruitful 
and 
multiply 
and 
fill 
the 
earth." 
No 
doubt 
this 
command 
will 
have 
been 
literally 
carried 
out 
by 
the 
time 
of 
the 
end 
of 
the 
"Gentile 
Times." 
From 
other 
Scriptures 
we 
know 
that 
during 
the 
Gospel 
age 
there 
wiII 
have 
been 
taken 
out 
from 
amongst 
men 
not 
only 
the 
"little 
fiock," 
who 
will 
be 
upon 
the 
throne 
with 
their 
Lord, 
but 
also 
"great 
number," 
who 
will 
be 
before 
the 
throne. 
In 
addition 
to 
these 
there 
is 
the 
"son 
of 
perdition" 
class 
who 
go 
to 
the 
second 
death; 
and 
the 
teaching 
of 
the 
Scripture 
is 
that 
during 
the 
Millennial 
age 
there 
will 
also 
be 
some 
of 
this 
latter 
clas,;; 
who 
will 
not 
attain 
the 
heights 
to 
which 
the 
Highway 
of 
Holiness 
leads, 
and 
hence 
will 
be 
cut 
off 
in 
the 
seconll 
death. 
We 
have 
learned 
in 
our 
Bible 
Studies 
that 
our 
Heavenly 
Father 
is 
an 
accurate 
Book-keeper, 
and 
that 
during 
the 
past 
few 
years 
the 
door 
has 
been 
left 
open 
after 
the 
close 
of 
the 
"General 
Call," 
that 
the 
places 
of 
those 
who 
lose 
their 
crowns 
may 
be 
secured 
by 
other 
volunteers, 
who 
are 
willing 
to 
join 
in 
and 
do 
what 
they 
can 
in 
the 
completion 
of 
the 
harvest 
work. 
Reasoning 
by 
analogies, 
the 
suggestion 
presents 
itself 
that 
the 
same 
accurate 
Book-keeper, 
designing 
to 
have 
the 
earth 
prop­ 
erly 
filled 
with 
human 
sons, 
has 
probably 
so 
arranged 
that 
dur­ 
inO' 
the 
Millennium, 
and 
from 
those 
who 
have 
not 
been 
child­ 
be~rers 
during 
the 
present 
evil 
world. 
there 
shall 
be 
"brought 
forth" 
those 
who 
may 
take 
the 
place 
of 
those 
sons 
of 
Adam 
who 
have 
gone 
to 
higher 
places, 
or 
who 
through 
wilful 
sin 
lose 
life 
entirely. 
This 
class 
coming 
up 
by 
an 
awakening 
from 
the 
dead 
are 
not 
considered 
as 
Adam's 
seed, 
but 
are 
the 
seed 
of 
the 
"Blessed 
and 
only 
Potentate," 
who 
will 
then 
be 
known 
as 
the 
"Everlasting 
Father." 
(1 
Tim. 
6:15; 
Isaiah 
9:6) 
This 
gives 
special 
significance 
to 
the 
phrase 
in 
Isaiah 
65: 
23, 
"For 
the 
seed 
of 
the 
Blessed 
of 
the 
Lord 
,are 
they, 
and 
their 
offspring 
with 
them." 
Surely 
it 
will 
be 
wonderful 
manifestation 
of 
the 
love 
and 
favor 
of 
God 
to 
thus 
arrange 
to 
fill 
the 
places 
in 
the 
human 
ranks 
that 
either 
his 
special 
favor 
on 
the 
one 
hand, 
or 
Satanic 
character 
on 
the 
other, 
may 
have 
vacated. 
And, 
further, 
under 
such 
an 
arrangement 
the 
manifold 
wisdom 
of 
God 
would 
be 
shown 
in 
ordering 
conditions 
under 
which 
('hild-bearing 
would 
be 
not 
in 
sorrow, 
as 
under 
the 
Adamic 
conditions 
since 
the 
fall, 
but 
under 
blessed 
conditions, 
where 
every 
fea.ture 
of 
the 
('ourse 
would 
be 
removed. 
Thus 
humanity 
would 
have 
an 
example 
of 
how 
the 
earth 
would 
have 
been 
peopled 
had 
Adam 
and 
Eve 
not 
sinned, 
and 
had 
sorrow 
in 
conception 
and 
multiplication 
of 
con­ 
ception 
not 
been 
inflicted 
as 
penalty. 
Again, 
we 
can 
see 
that 
another 
grand 
feature 
will 
be 
brought 
to 
light; 
i. 
e., 
that 
it 
is 
sin 
in 
its 
cancerous 
working 
that 
has 
caused 
the 
fearful 
degen('racy 
in 
sex 
matters 
that 
is 
today 
prey­ 
ing 
upon 
the 
world, 
and 
that 
thi'l 
quality, 
given 
to 
the 
race 
by 
its 
Beneficent 
Creator, 
when 
used 
in 
wisdom 
and 
righteousness, 
will 
be 
shown 
to 
be 
of 
the 
divine 
and 
pure 
order. 
It 
is 
true 
that 
right-minded 
men 
and 
women. 
even 
during 
the 
reign 
of 
sin. 
have 
discerned 
that 
it 
is 
sin 
and 
the 
abuse 
of 
God's 
favors 
that 
have 
brought 
especial 
trouble 
along 
these 
lines; 
yet, 
amongst 
th!? 
sodden 
classes 
of 
all 
ages 
and 
nations, 
the 
gross 
darkness 
is 
so 
complete 
upon 
this, 
as 
well 
as 
other 
matters, 
that 
no 
doubt 
demonstration 
coming 
through 
the 
channels 
suggested 
wiII 
bring 
to 
full 
light 
the 
righteousness 
and 
maiesty 
and 
wisdom 
and 
power 
of 
our 
God 
in 
this 
as 
in 
all 
other 
matters. 
VOL. 
XXX 
BROOKLYN, 
N. 
Y., 
JUNE 
15, 
1909 
No. 
]2 
VIEWS 
FROM 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
THE 
DELUSIONS 
OF 
MILITARISM 
among 
the 
nations 
which 
confessed 
allegiance 
to 
the 
Prince 
of 
The 
Nations 
Called 
Aga.inst 
Their 
Will 
to 
the 
Battle 
of 
the 
Great 
Peace, 
were 
carried 
forward 
with 
tremendous 
ener'"'. 
and 
en- 
Da,. 
of 
God 
Almightyl 
!".' 
"The 
future 
historian 
of 
the 
first 
decade 
of 
the 
twentieth 
thusiasm, 
and 
that 
the 
air 
was 
filled 
with 
prophetic 
voices, 
century 
will 
be 
puzzled. 
He 
will 
find 
that 
the 
world 
at 
the 
picturing 
national 
calamities 
and 
predicting 
bloody 
and 
world­ 
opening 
of 
the 
century 
was 
in 
an 
extraordinary 
belligerent 
embracing 
conflicts. 
'We 
would 
have 
healed 
Babylon, 
but 
she 
mood, 
and 
that 
the 
mood 
was 
well-nigh 
universal, 
dominating 
if! 
not 
healed.' 
the 
New 
World 
as 
well 
as 
the 
Old, 
the 
Orient 
no 
less 
than 
the 
"Alongside 
of 
this 
fact 
he 
will 
find 
another 
fact 
no 
less 
Occident. 
He 
will 
find 
that 
preparations 
for 
war, 
especially 
conspicuous 
and 
universal, 
that 
everybody 
of 
importance 
in 
[4411] 
(174-179) 
SAMPLE OF INTERESTING LETTERS Dear BRoTHER RUSSELL AND ASSOCIATES :— It is now two months since I took the vow, although I have been in favor of it since I first read it in the Watcu Tower. I cannot keep from sending these few lines. The 91st Psalm is a great comfort to me, and I am glad I can come closer to the altar under the shadow of the Almighty. It is two and a half years since I found the truth, and as I had been many years locking for it, I shall never forget the joy I then experienced and have experienced daily from that time in walking in my Master’s footsteps accordingly. Through this light I have come to a larger appreciation and love for God, and am glad that I can now sing the song of Moses and the Lamb, more and more every day, and glad that the strings of my heart respond in harmony and more fully. It gives me courage and strength when I am weak; it gives me peace when storms are “THE CHILDREN Dear BRoTHER RUSSELL:— I submit to you some of my deductions, desiring to know whether you view these matters in this light. My ruminations ollow:— The 65th chapter of Isaiah, from the 17th to the 25th verses inclusive, gives a prophetic view of the Millennial reign of Christ, as is shown from the statement in the 17th verse, “I create new heavens and a new earth.” Evidently this is the same new arrangement that Peter saw by faith when he said, “We, according to God’s promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, in which dwell righteousness”—the same new heavens and new earth that are referred to by the Revelator in chapter 21, verses 1-5 inclusive. During a recent study particular attention was directed to verse 23 of Isaiah 65, which reads, in the Leeser Translation, “They shall not toil in vain, nor bring forth unto an early death; for the seed of the blessed of the Lord are they, and their offspring with them,” and the question presented itself whether the statement, “nor bring forth unto an early death,” had reference to child bearing during the time of the incoming kingdom. It will be observed in the King James Translation the reading is, “nor bring forth for trouble.” Young’s Concordance shows that the Hebrew word “Yalad,” translated “bring forth,” beget, bear, is exactly the same word used under inspiration in Genesis 3:16, where God said unto the woman, “TI will greatly multiply thy sorrow, and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children.” With these points in mind note the significance of Isaiah 65:20 (Leeser’s Translation): “There shall no more come thence an infant of few days, nor an old man that shall not have the full length of his days; for as a lad shall one die a hundred years old; and as a sinner shall be accursed he who (dieth) at a hundred years old.” These Scriptures seem to indicate that child bearing will continue for some time, at least, into the Millennial age, if not up to within one hundred years or thereabouts of ils close. At first thought this apparently conflicts with the Lord’s statement in Luke 20:34-36, “And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry and are given in marriage; but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; neither can they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels and are children of the resurrection.” However, a more careful consideration of these words of the Lord would indicate that he presented at least primarily the estate of those accounted worthy to obtain an inheritance as members of the kingdom, and as sharers in its resurrection, thus leaving the question of human conditions during the period of “resurrection by judgment” for amplification under other Scriptures, as well as under the secondary application of the Lord’s words in Luke when the walk up to full resurrection by the earthly class is attained. We recall God’s mandate to Adam and Eve after the creation, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” No doubt this command will have been literally carried out by the time of the end of the “Gentile Times.” From other Scriptures we raging. It is a blessed privilege to offer gifts on the altar. My heart overflowed with joy when I realized that some of my friends had begun to see the same light. When we are willing to give up our former theories and are willing to reason together with our Lord we shall be able to say, “Thy will O Lord.” I rejoice in taking this further step and in this way getting closer to the brethren and sisters, for I know that God will supply all my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation and offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of his people. Your sister in the One Hope, Ipa C. Irenrus,—N. Y. OF THE BLESSED” know that during the Gospel age there will have been taken out from amongst men not only the “little flock,” who will be upon the throne with their Lord, but also a “great number,” who will be before the throne. In addition to these there is the “son of perdition” class who go to the second death; and the teaching of the Scripture is that during the Millennial age there will also be some of this latter class who will not attain the heights to which the Highway of Holiness leads, and hence will be cut off in the second death. We have learned in our Bible Studies that our Heavenly Father is an accurate Book-keeper, and that during the past few years the door has been left open after the close of the “General Call,” that the places of those who lose their crowns may be secured by other volunteers, who are willing to join in and do what they can in the completion of the harvest work. Reasoning by analogies, the suggestion presents itself that the same accurate Book-keeper, designing to have the earth properly filled with human sons, has probably so arranged that during the Millennium, and from those who have not been childbearers during the present evil world. there shall be “brought forth” those who may take the place of those sons of Adam who have gone to higher places, or who through wilful sin lose life entirely. This class coming up by an awakening from the dead are not considered as Adam’s seed, but are the seed of the “Blessed and only Potentate,”’ who will then be known as the “Everlasting Father.” (1 Tim. 6:15; Isaiah 9:6) This gives special significance to the phrase in Isaiah 65:23, “For the seed of the Blessed of the Lord are they, and their offspring with them.’ Surely it will be a wonderful manifestation of the love and favor of God to thus arrange to fill the places in the human ranks that either his special favor on the one hand, or Satanic character on the other, may have vacated, And, further, under such an arrangement the manifold wisdom of God would he shown in ordering conditions under which child-bearing would be not in sorrow, as under the Adamic conditions since the fall, but under blessed conditions, where every feature of the course would be removed. Thus humanity would have an example of how the earth would have been peopled had Adam and Eve not sinned, and had sorrow in conception and multiplication of conception not been inflicted as a penalty. Again, we can see that another grand feature will be brought to light; i. e., that it is sin in its cancerous working that has caused the fearful degencracy in sex matters that is today preying upon the world, and that this quality, given to the race by its Beneficent Creator, when used in wisdom and righteousness, will be shown to be of the divine and pure order. It is true that right-minded men and women, even during the reign of sin. have discerned that it is sin and the abuse of God’s favors that have brought especial! trouble along these lines; yet, amongst the sodden classes of all ages and nations, the gross darkness is so complete upon this, as well as other matters, that no doubt a demonstration coming through the channels suggested will bring to full light the righteousness and majesty and wisdom and power of our God in this as in all other matters. Vou. XXX BROOKLYN, N. Y., JUNE 15, 1909 No. 12 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER THE DELUSIONS OF MILITARISM The Nations Called Against Their Will to the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty! . “The future historian of the first decade of the twentieth century will be puzzled. He will find that the world at the opening of the century was in an extraordinary belligerent mood, and that the mood was well-nigh universal, dominating the New World as well as the Old, the Orient no less than the Occident. He will find that preparations for war, especially £4411] among the nations which confessed allegiance to the Prince of Peace, were carried forward with tremendous energy and enthusiasm, and that the air was filled with prophetic voices, picturing national calamities and predicting bloody and worldembracing conflicts. ‘We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed.’ “Alongside of this fact he will find another fact no less conspicuous and universal, that everybody of importance in (174-179)

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