Publication date
2/1/18
Volume
39
Number
3
The WatchTower
Views from The Watch Tower
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(31-18) 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
BROOKLYN, 
N. 
Y. 
the 
Spirit 
shine 
brighter 
and 
renders 
its 
use 
more 
facile 
and 
effective. 
There 
is 
much 
in 
it 
to 
incite 
heart-searching 
lIS 
to 
faith, 
loyalty 
and 
love; 
muoh 
to 
arouse 
us 
to 
watchfulness, 
.and 
to 
admonish, 
'My 
soul. 
be 
on 
thy 
guard'; 
much 
to 
eause 
thanksgiving 
and 
praise. 
To 
all 
who 
in 
any 
measure 
had 
any 
share 
in 
compiling 
the 
Seventh 
Volume 
send 
my 
thanks 
and 
assure 
them 
of 
my 
prayers 
ascending 
to 
our 
heavenly 
Father 
in 
their 
behalf. 
Theirs 
has 
been 
labor 
of 
love 
and 
of 
sae- 
rifice. 
It 
may 
bring 
them 
persecution 
and 
suffering. 
If 
so, 
let 
ours 
be 
the 
privilege 
of 
building 
around 
them 
wall 
of 
prayer 
to 
help 
comfort 
and 
sustain 
tlwm." 
1.:YL 
F., 
-Pa 
"The 
way 
Volume 
Seven 
ClWIle 
to 
me 
was 
great 
surprise­ 
without 
any 
notice 
of 
its 
being 
off 
tlhe 
press! 
assure 
you 
it 
brings 
us 
much 
rejoicing 
and 
blessing 
of 
heart, 
and 
this 
is 
only 
beginning 
of 
what 
we 
will 
receive 
by 
ollr 
furthllr 
studies 
of 
this 
volume." 
E. 
L. 
M.,-Ind. 
study 
of 
THE 
Ji'I:'i' 
[SIIIm 
~lYSTlillY. 
The 
booklet 
contains 
Q1lart 
frontispiece 
which 
shows 
the 
chronological 
order 
of 
the 
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filled. 
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are 
in 
themselves 
an 
inspiration, 
and 
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we 
are 
sure, 
greatly 
assist 
the 
friends 
in 
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personal 
and 
class 
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of 
the 
friends 
seem 
to 
have 
misunderstood 
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regarding 
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copies 
gi"en 
out 
after 
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date 
set 
for 
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tribution, 
viz., 
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30th 
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encourage 
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friends 
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continuc 
to 
U'le 
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suhject 
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FALL 
OF 
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for 
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Lord 
is 
greatly 
blessing 
this 
work. 
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FRIENDS 
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VOL. 
XXXIX 
BROOKLYX, 
N. 
Y., 
FEBRUARY 
1, 
]918 
No. 
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VIEWS 
FROM 
THE 
WATCH 
TOWER 
Whl'n 
asked 
wllat 
would 
be 
the 
evidence 
of 
the 
end 
of 
tho 
world 
(age), 
the 
great 
Master 
Teacher 
enumerated 
many 
things 
that 
would 
come 
to 
pass 
at 
that 
time, 
proving 
that 
we 
had 
reached 
the 
end 
of 
thc 
world. 
He 
admonished 
his 
fol­ 
lowCTs 
to 
wateh 
the 
development 
of 
these 
evidences, 
telling 
them, 
"When 
these 
things 
begin 
to 
come 
to 
pass 
then 
look 
up, 
lift 
up 
your 
heads, 
for 
YOllr 
deliver.lnr·e 
draM'eth 
nigh." 
It 
seems 
fittin~ 
tha.t 
we 
here, 
frolll 
time 
to 
time, 
make 
note 
of 
these 
cvents 
as 
tiley 
transpire, 
which 
were 
foretold 
by 
the 
Lord 
,Tesus, 
that 
we 
might 
be 
strengthened 
in 
faith 
llnd 
hold 
fast 
that 
which 
we 
have 
received 
and 
bc 
bciter 
prepared 
to 
enter 
into 
the 
kingdom. 
Through 
number 
of 
the 
prophets 
God 
long 
a,foretime 
called 
attention 
to 
events 
corroborating 
the 
testimony 
given 
by 
the 
Lord 
,Tesus, 
events 
wbich 
are 
now 
being 
fulfilled 
before 
our 
eyl's. 
The 
prophet 
Elijah, 
in 
the 
meuntain, 
saw 
great 
wind 
and 
thl'n 
an 
eartllquake, 
that 
was 
followed 
by 
fire, 
and 
thl'n 
heart.! 
the 
,till, 
small 
voi('e. 
(I 
King-s 
Hl:ll. 
12) 
Elijah 
in 
the 
mount, 
it 
seems, 
represented 
the 
church 
of 
God, 
who, 
on 
this 
side 
the 
vail, 
are 
privileged 
to 
see 
and 
to 
undor­ 
stand 
events 
due 
which 
arc 
happcning 
a,t 
thi:> 
time. 
'l'hu8 
seeing 
and 
understanding 
and 
appreeiating 
their 
priVilege, 
thi!y 
are 
furthl'r 
blessed 
with 
the 
opportunity 
of 
binding 
the 
religio-political 
"kings" 
with 
chains 
of 
restraining 
truth; 
and 
the 
"noblcs" 
wi 
lit 
fctters 
of 
iron-the 
beginning 
of 
the 
restraints 
of 
the 
('oming 
iron 
rulc 
of 
the 
kingdom 
of 
God. 
As 
another 
('vi,h'ncc 
that 
the 
Lori! 
used 
I'astor 
Russell 
liS 
his 
mcsspnger 
to 
the 
Laodie-ean 
period 
of 
the 
chure-h's 
de­ 
vclopment. 
we 
note 
that 
he 
wrot.e 
twenty 
years 
ago 
foretelling 
events 
now 
transpi 
ring-. 
Hp 
said: 
"The 
four 
exhibitions 
of 
the 
Lord 
givcn 
t() 
Elijah 
repre­ 
spnt, 
we 
bclil've, 
four 
manifestations 
in 
whi"h 
the 
Lord 
is 
a,bout 
to 
reveal 
him-'Clf 
to 
mankind, 
thc 
first 
three 
of 
which 
will 
pr"pare 
men 
for 
thi! 
final 
one 
in 
whieh 
will 
come 
the 
desired 
blessing 
to 
all 
the 
families 
of 
the 
cartll. 
The 
first 
was 
the 
blowing 
of 
the 
·tt-inrls, 
wllieh 
seem 
to 
be 
lIspd 
in 
the 
Seripturps 
for 
wars. 
Scrond, 
an 
earthquake. 
Throughout 
the 
Scripturl's 
an 
earthquake 
seems 
always 
to 
repTl'sent 
reyoo 
In-tion. 
and 
it 
is 
not 
unreasonalJle 
1.0 
expect 
tha,t 
an 
era. 
of 
geni'ral 
wad,n,' 
would 
so 
arouse 
the 
lower 
dasses 
of 
Europe 
and 
so 
discontent 
thi'm 
with 
t,heir 
lot 
(especially 
with 
the 
('(mditions 
whkh 
would 
follow 
such 
war) 
that 
Tc,-olution 
1V0uld 
be 
tlle 
next 
thing 
in 
order. 
(Rev. 
16: 
18) 
But 
severe 
though 
those 
revolutiona.ry 
expcriences 
will 
be 
to 
the 
world, 
they 
arc 
not 
suffieient 
to 
prepn,re 
men 
to 
hear 
the 
voice 
of 
G{.d. 
It 
will 
require 
fiT() 
from 
Heaven." 
TIlE 
WATCH 
'rOWE.n, 
July 
1st, 
1808, 
Page 
208. 
Already 
we 
witness 
the 
nations 
passing 
to 
the 
second 
stage 
foretold 
by 
Elija'h's 
experience, 
namely, 
revolution. 
Already 
rpvolution 
'has 
its 
gTip 
upon 
Russia 
and 
threa.tens 
all 
the 
other 
kingdoms. 
Revolutionists 
have 
con,trol 
in 
Russia 
and 
reign 
of 
tyranny 
and 
crime 
is 
the 
result. 
Famine 
adds 
to 
the 
terror, 
lind 
many 
are 
robbed 
and 
maltreated. 
The 
press 
despatches, 
on 
January 
7tll, 
state: 
"The 
J'lew 
masters 
of 
the 
situation 
are 
laborers, 
factory 
hands, 
&hop 
men, 
waiters 
and 
domestic 
sllrvantl'l, 
while 
their 
former 
masters 
have 
to 
sing 
Elman 
and 
listen 
to 
their 
em­ 
ployes. 
All 
rclationsh.ips 
are 
revl'rsed. 
Socialist 
decrees 
Bre 
rapidly 
issued 
for 
this 
purpose 
every 
day. 
"The 
f()Q{1 
situation 
is 
critical, 
owing 
to 
1ihe 
suspension 
of 
railway 
communication. 
1I1any 
trainloads 
of 
food 
!'or 
Pl'tm­ 
grad 
'ha\'e 
becn 
looted 
by 
soldiers 
and 
peasants 
while 
on 
the 
way. 
Starvation 
seems 
to 
stare 
us 
in 
the 
face. 
'Ve 
receive 
small 
quantity-threc 
qll<artef'S 
of 
pound--of 
black 
brl'A~d 
per 
head 
for 
1wo 
days. 
'lne 
hlack, 
sometimes 
dark 
lJrown, 
hrl'.ad, 
doled 
out 
by 
card 
sy",tem, 
is 
sticky, 
gri.tty 
Rtllff, 
only 
half 
baked, 
romposed 
of 
millers' 
re<fuge 
\\'ith 
mixed 
straw 
and 
of 
thl' 
eonsistl'ncy 
of 
putty. 
M('Ut 
is 
rare 
luxury. 
H<l'n!e 
fle,·h 
is 
in 
common 
Hse. 
"Pe,trograd 
is 
full 
of 
dirt, 
disordpr 
and 
crime. 
There 
has 
been 
no 
cie.aning 
Binee 
the 
beginning 
of 
.the 
WliT. 
Burglary, 
rohhery 
and 
murder 
in 
audacious 
forms 
prevail 
to 
an 
f'xteut 
llithertu 
unknown. 
Thl're 
are 
no 
poli('e 
alld 
no 
autJlOl'ity 
0111' 
ean 
appcal 
to. 
:Y1en 
lLnd 
women 
are 
stripped 
of 
overcoats 
and 
shoes 
in 
the 
streets 
at 
night, 
lind 
a·rmed 
mar.audl'rs, 
in 
miJi­ 
,tary 
uniform, 
entcr 
'ho;lses 
undPT 
pretext 
of 
otlieia.l 
searches. 
Thieveg 
in 
stolen 
motor 
ears 
hold 
up 
perso'ns 
driving 
sledges. 
Nobody 
kno\\'s 
whcre 
to 
put 
money 
and 
valuables 
safely, 
Binee 
even 
private 
sa.fes 
and 
banks 
are 
sulJjectl'd 
to 
revision 
by 
govl'rnmcnt 
agcn,ts." 
AFTER 
THE 
WIND 
THE 
EARTHQUAKE 
The 
Bolshe.viki 
threat"n 
to 
('arry 
the 
revolution 
to 
every 
country 
on 
earth. 
press 
dl'spateh 
f.rom 
London, 
dated 
Jan­ 
uary 
12th, 
reads 
liS 
follo\\'s: 
:'The 
call 
of 
Ensign 
Krylenko, 
the 
Bol;;hevik 
Commander­ 
in-Chief, 
for 
voluntel'rs 
fer 
Russian 
army, 
was 
issued 
in 
the 
form 
of 
an 
appeal 
to 
the 
soldiers 
and 
workmen 
and 
as 
reply 
to 
the 
German 
peace 
proposals. 
[6206] 
(31-18) THE the Spirit shine brighter and renders its use more facile and effective. There is much in it to incite heart-searching as to faith, loyalty and love; much to arouse us to watchfulness, and to admonish, ‘My soul, be on thy guard’; much to cause thanksgiving and praise. To all who in any measure had any share in compiling the Seventh Volume I send my thanks and assure them of my prayers ascending to our heavenly Father in their behalf. Theirs has been a Tabor of love and of sac WATCH TOWER Brooxziyn, N. Y. rifice. It may bring them persecution and suffering. If a0, let ours be the privilege of building around them a wall of prayer to help comfort and sustain them.” I. M. F., —Pa. “The way Volume Seven came to me was a great surprise— without any notice of its being off the press! I assure you it brings us much rejoicing and blessing of beart, and this is only a beginning of what we will receive by our further studies of this volume.” E, L. M.,—Ind. VOLUME SEVEN QUESTION BOOKLETS The Questions to Volume Seven are now ready in bookjet form, and orders thus far received are being filled. The Questions are in themselves an inspiration, and will, we are sure, greatly assist the friends in both personal and class CONTINUE THE Some of the friends seem to have misunderstood our suggestion regarding the distribution of B. S. M. No. 99 “Tux Fat or BAByLon,” assuming that the Socrety did not wish any copies given out after the date set for the general distribution, viz., Dec. 30th last. This assumption is incorrect. If you did not receive your papers in time to distribute on that date, or if you were unable to cover your territory in one day, then we recommend that you continue to distribute them as rapidly and judiciously as possible. Many friends are now sending them out into the country districts, either by mail or by personal journeys. with excellent results, while others are having great blessings by distributing them in study of THe Finisuep Mystery. The booklet contains a chart frontispiece which shows the chronological order of the Seven Churches, Messengers, Seals, Trumpets, Angels, Vials and Plagues. Price 10¢ each or 84¢ per dozen. DISTRIBUTION trains and street cars. If an additional supply of this issue is desired, please advise us and we will ship them promptly. Since the distribution of Tue Biste Stupenrs MontTu.y —“Trm Fatt or Babyron’—in greater New York, hundreds of letters have been received at the office from strangers ordering Tue Frnisuep Mystery. We wish to encourage the friends everywhere to greater activity in the distribution of this number of the Volunteer matter. Use this Birnie StvpENTS Montuy at the publie meetings for distribution. The publie speakers will continue to use the subject “Tar FAL. or Bapyton” for public addresses. The Lord is greatly blessing this work. ATTENTION AUSTRALIAN FRIENDS A large shipment of Volume Seven is on the way and should reach Metbourne about Feb. 1st. Australian Colpor Vou. XXXIX When asked what would be the evidence of the end of the world (age), the great Master Teacher enumerated many things that would come to pass at that time, proving that we had reached the end of the world. He admonished his followers to watch the development of these evidences, telling them, ‘When these things begin to come to pass then look up, lift up your heads, for your deliverance draweth nigh.” It seems fitting that we here, from time to time, make note of these events as they transpire, which were foretold by the Lord Jesus, that we might be strengthened in faith and hold fast that which we have received and be better prepared to enter into the kingdom. Through a number of the prophets God long aforetime called attention to events corroborating the testimony given by the Lord Jesus, events which are now being fulfilled before our eyes. The prophet lijah, in the mountain, saw a great wind and then an earthquake, that was followed by a fire, and then heard the still, small voice. (1 Kings 19:11, 12} Elijah in the mount, it seems, represented the church of God, who, on this side the vail, are privileged to see and to understand events due which are happening at this time. ‘hus seeing and understanding and appreciating their privilege, they are further blessed with the opportunity of binding the religio-political “kings” with chains of restraining truth; and the “nobles” with fetters of iron—the beginning of the restraints of the coming iron rule of the kingdom of God. As another evidence thai the Lord used Pastor Russell as his messenger to the Laodicean period of the church’s development, we note that he wrote twenty years ago foretelling events now transpiring. He said: “The four exhibitions of the Lord given to Elijah represent, we believe, four manifestations In which the Lord is about to reveal himself to mankind, the first three of which will prepare men for the final one in which will come the desired blessing to all the families of the earth. The first was the blowing of the winds, which seem to be used in the Scriptures for wars. Second, an earthquake. Throughout the Scriptures an earthquake seems always to represent revolution, and it igs not unreasonable to expect that an era of general warfare would so arouse the lower classes of Kurope and so discontent them with their lot (especially with the conditions which would follow such a war) that revolution would be the next thing in order. (Rev. 16:18) But severe though those revolutionary experiences will be to the world, BROOKLYN, N. Y., FEBRUARY 1, 1918 VIEWS FROM THE WATCH TOWER teurs will be promptly supplied by addressing our Melbourne Branch. No. 3 they are not sufficient to prepare men to hear the voice of God. It will require fire from Heaven.” Tue Warcn ‘lower, July Ist, 1898, Page 208. Already we witness the nations passing to the second stage foretold by Elijah’s experience, namely, revolution. Already revolution ‘has its grip upon Russia and threatens ali the other kingdoms. Revolutionists have control in Russia and a reign of tyranny and crime is the result. Famine adds to the terror, and many are robbed and maltreated. The press despatches, on January 7th, state: “The new masters of the situation are laborers, factory hands, shop men, waiters and domestic servants, while their former masters have to sing small and listen to their employes. Al relationships are reversed. Socialist decrees are rapidly issued for this purpose every day. “The food situation is critical, owing to the suspension of railway communication. Many trainloads of food for Petrograd have been looted by soldiers and peasants while on the way. Starvation seems to stare us in the face. We receive a small quantity—three quarters of a pound—of black bread per head for two days. The black, sometimes dark brown, bread, doled out by a card system, is sticky, gritty stuff, only half baked, composed of millers’ refuse with mixed straw and of the consistency of putty. Meat is a rare luxury. Horse flesh is in common use. “Petrograd is full of dirt, disorder and crime. ‘There has deen no cleaning since the beginning of the war. Burglary, robbery and murder in audacious forms prevail to an extent hitherto unknown, There are no police and no authority one van appeal to. Men and women are stripped of overcoats and shoes in the streets at night, and armed marauders, in military uniform, enter houses under a pretext of official searches. Thieves in stolen motor cars hold up persons driving sledges. Nobody knows where to put money and valuables safely, since even private safes and banks are subjected to revision by government agents,” AFTER THE WIND THE EARTHQUAKE The Bolsheviki threaten to carry the revolution to every country on earth. A press despatch from London, dated January 12th, reads as follows: “The call of Ensign Krylenko, the Bolshevik Commanderin-Chief, for volunteers for a Russian army, was issued in the form of an appeal to the soldiers and workmen and as a reply to the German peace proposals. [6206]

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