"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;
and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be
"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the
dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto
the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great
Day of God Almighty.
"Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his
garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a
place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." Revelation 16:12-16
Armageddon is a Hebrew word signifying the Hill of Megiddo, or the Mount of
Destruction. Megiddo occupied a very marked position on the southern edge of the Plain of
Esdraelon, and commanded an important pass into the hill country. This locality was the
great battleground of Palestine, on which were fought many of the famous battles of Old
There Gideon and his little band alarmed and discomfited the Midianites, who
destroyed one another in their flight. (Judges 7:19-23) There King Saul was defeated by
the Philistines. (1 Sam. 31:1-6) There King Josiah was slain by Pharaoh-Necho in one of
the most disastrous conflicts in the history of Israel. (2 Chron. 35:22-25) There also
King Ahab and his wife Jezebel lived, in the city of Jezreel, where Jezebel afterwards met
a horrible death. 2 Kings
These battles were in a sense typical. The defeat of the Midianites released the
people of Israel from bondage to Midian. Thus Gideon and his band typified our Lord and
the Church, who are to release mankind from their bondage to sin and death. The death of
King Saul and the overthrow of his kingdom by the Philistines opened the way for the reign
of David, who typified Messiah.
King Ahab typified the civil government, symbolically called the
"Dragon" in the Revelation. Queen Jezebel symbolically foreshadowed the great
harlot, Babylon, and as such she is mentioned by name. "Thou sufferest that woman
Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants." Rev.
In the Scriptures the Lord has evidently seen fit to associate the name of this
famous battlefield, Armageddon, with the great controversy between Truth and Error, right
and wrong, God and Mammon, with which the Gospel Age will close and the Messianic Age be
ushered in. He has purposely used highly symbolic language in the last book of the Bible,
evidently with a view to hiding certain important truths until the due time for their
But even in the due time, "None of the wicked shall understand; but the wise
shall understand." (Dan. 12:10) None who are out of heart harmony with God shall
know; but only the wise among His people—the wise virgin class of the Master's parable.
When we consider our text, therefore, we are not to expect any gathering of the
people literally to the Hill of Megiddo. Rather we are to look for that which is
symbolized by that mountain. Many things are being called "The Battle of
Armageddon"; this phrase is being used in many ways and from many standpoints.
But Christians realize that this word Armageddon specially belongs to the Bible,
where it is used in a spiritual sense. If, therefore, the present is an opportune time in
which to consider the Battle of Armageddon from a political standpoint, it surely is the
proper time to consider the term from its true religious point of view.
We all know that the book of Revelation is full of symbols. God seems to have
placed this book last in the Bible with the intent of covering up great and important
truths. That it contains valuable truths is the opinion of all Bible students. Yet so
skillfully has God covered those truths that His people in times past have not been able
fully and clearly to discern them.
Bible students believe that this has been the Divine intention, not only because
these truths were not due to be understood, but because God intends to keep certain
features of His Truth from the world. Mankind have always misunderstood the Divine Plan;
for God in His wisdom wishes to have them misunderstand. The truths recorded in the
Revelation are not for the world, nor for nominal Christians, but for the Church--the Body
of Christ, the saintly ones "the Church of the First-borns which are written in
Heaven." To these the knowledge will become "meat in due season." "The
wise shall understand."
The Scriptures abound with allusions to Armageddon. Our Lord Jesus calls it
"great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time,
no, nor ever shall be." (Matt. 24:21) The Prophet Daniel describes it as "a time
of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that same time."
Closely in connection with this statement Daniel declares that God's Representative,
"Michael, shall stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the children of"
Israel. The word "Michael" signifies "He who is like God"—the Godlike
One. He will stand up for the salvation of God's people, for the rectification of error
and wrong, for the establishment of right and truth, to bring to the world of mankind the
great Kingdom of God, which has been preached from the days of Abraham.
Time for the Establishment
of Messiah's Kingdom
The Revelation of St. John, being a book of symbols,
will not be understood by the world. God Himself has said that only at a certain time may
even the Church expect to understand. When the Prophet Daniel inquired concerning the
meaning of his vision, the angel replied, "Go thy way, Daniel; for the words are
closed up and sealed till the Time of the End"—not the end of the world, but the end
of the Age—the end of this Dispensation. "The earth abideth forever." Eccl. 1:4
St. Peter tells us that this Age is to end in a great conflagration—symbolical
of the Time of Trouble, in which present institutions will be swallowed up. (2 Pet.
3:8-13) Elsewhere in the Scriptures, this terrible Time of Trouble is symbolically
represented as a storm, as a whirlwind, as a fire, to consume everything. After the
present order shall have passed away in the great Time of Trouble, God Himself will
establish His Kingdom—the one for which we pray, "Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done
on earth, even as it is done in Heaven."
If, then, there is anything to indicate that we are living in the end of the
Gospel Age, anything to indicate that the Virgins are trimming their lamps, we may rest
assured that the time for the Wise Virgins to enter into glory is close at hand. What a
blessed message is this for "all who love His appearing!"
In the same prophecy which tells that the Time of the End is the time for the
wise toward God to understand, we are told that this time will be especially marked by two
particular features: first, "Many shall run to and fro"; second, "Knowledge
shall be increased." (Dan. 12:4) Today we see this prophecy fulfilled.
All over the world people are running to and fro as never before. Railroads,
steamboats, automobiles, electric cars—surface, subway and elevated—etc., carry mankind
everywhere. General increase of knowledge characterizes our wonderful day. Every child ten
years old is able to read. All over the world are books, newspapers, Bibles in every
home—opportunity for knowledge such as never has been known since man was on earth.
The remarkable fulfilment of this prophecy marks our day as the time of The End,
in which the present Dispensation is to be concluded and the New Dispensation is to be
ushered in—the time when God's people will be able to understand the situation and to get
ready for their change.
All Christian people credit the book of Revelation to our
Lord, as St. John does. (Rev. 1:1) Therefore we are not responsible for the symbolism used
in that book. There are so many ways in which one might be misunderstood, even by good
Christian people, that we naturally feel a delicacy about expressing our views.
As we proceed to set forth our understanding of the symbols of the Revelation, we wish
to state most emphatically that we are saying nothing whatever against godly Christians
anywhere, at any time, whether in any church or out of any church. We have nothing to say
respecting people. We discuss PRINCIPLES, DOCTRINES, ALWAYS; individuals, NEVER! God has
not commissioned us to discuss people; it is ours to discuss His
As we present our interpretations of the symbols of Revelation, we realize that the
Word of God conveys a very terrible arraignment of some of the great systems of our
day—some that we have long reverenced and esteemed, that we have thought contained many
who are godly in word and in deed. Let us, therefore, clearly distinguish between individuals
We say nothing against the godly individual, but in the interpretation
of the Word of God what we have to say is merely in respect to these systems.
Indeed we believe that the saintly people of God are left out of these symbols, probably
because the saints of God, as compared with the hundreds of millions of humanity, are
merely a small company, as Jesus said: "Fear not, Little Flock."
Coming to the interpretation of the symbols of Rev. 16:13-16, we find that there are
three agencies connected with the gathering of the hosts to this Battle of Armageddon. We
read that out of the mouth of the Beast, out of the mouth of the False Prophet and out of
the mouth of the Dragon proceeded three unclean spirits like frogs; and that these three
unclean spirits, frog-like, went forth throughout the whole world to gather the whole
world into this Battle of Armageddon.
It is proper, then, for us to inquire what systems are meant by these symbolic
words—the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet. After we shall discover what is meant
by these terms, we shall ask what is symbolized by the frogs that came out from their
Throughout the Bible, a Beast is the symbol used to represent a government. In Daniel's
prophecy the great universal empires of the earth are thus symbolized. Babylon was the
Lion, Medo-Persia the Bear, Greece the Leopard, and Rome the Dragon. (Dan. 7:1-8) The
Roman Empire still persists. Christendom is a part of that great Roman Empire which began
in the days of Caesar and which, according to the Scriptures, still is in the world.
Practically all Bible exegetes agree that the Dragon of the Revelation represents the
purely civil power, wherever it may be found. We do not understand this to mean that all
the powers of the world are evil or of the Devil, but that the Dragon is the symbol which
the Lord is pleased to use to represent civil power.
The Beast of Rev. 16:13 is the same that is mentioned in Rev. 13:2, where it is
described as resembling a leopard—spotted. Protestant interpreters of the Revelation
agree that this symbol refers to the Papal system—not to the Pope, not to Catholic
congregations, not to individual Catholics, but to the system as a whole,
which has existed for centuries.
In His Word, God has been pleased to recognize the Papacy as a system, as a government.
Papacy claims that the Kingdom of God, Messiah's Kingdom, was established in 799 A.D.;
that it lasted a thousand years, just as the Bible declares Christ's Kingdom will last;
and that it expired in 1799 A.D. They claim also that since 1799 this Kingdom of Christ
(that is, the Papal system, represented in the Revelation as the Beast) has been suffering
violence; and that during this time the Devil has been loosed, in fulfilment of Rev. 20:7.
History records that the era closing with 1799, marked by Napoleon's Egyptian campaign,
sealed and defined the limit of Papal dominion over the nations. Napoleon even took the
Pope prisoner to France, where he died. This humiliating experience, Roman Catholics
claim, marks the time of the loosing of Satan in fulfillment of Rev. 20:7.
We cannot agree with our Catholic brethren's interpretation of prophecy. Our Lord was
surely right when He declared that "the prince of this world is Satan," and that
this is "the present evil world" or age. The reason why there is so much graft,
false doctrine, delusion, ignorance, superstition everywhere is that Satan is the great
being who is deceiving the world.
According to the Scriptures Satan is to be bound for a thousand years, that he may
deceive the nations no more. (Rev. 20:3) After the thousand years shall have been
finished, Satan shall be loosed for a little season to test mankind. Then he will be
destroyed in the Second Death, together with all who are in harmony with him.
Bible students are only now getting their eyes open to see the lengths, breadths,
heights and depths of the Love of God—His wonderful provision made, first, for the
Church, who are to share in the Kingdom glory; and second, for the world of mankind, who
will receive the blessing of an uplift to human perfection during that thousand years.
This glorious Epoch is just approaching, instead of being in the past.
So glorious will be the condition of humanity at the close of Messiah's Kingdom that
nothing ever dreamed will compare with it. But the great work of God will not be perfected
until every human being will have reached perfection, or will have been destroyed in the
Second Death, because of refusal to come into harmony with the laws of righteousness. Then
every creature in Heaven and on earth, will be heard saying, "Blessing and honor and
glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne and to the Lamb, for ever and
ever." Rev. 5:13
The Dragon, then, symbolizes the Roman power, represented by the civil power in the
world. The Beast is the Papal system of government. The third symbol, the False Prophet,
remains to be interpreted. This, we believe, is another name for the system elsewhere
called "the Image of the Beast." (Rev. 13:14) According to the Scriptures, this
Image is a very exact representation of the Beast. The False Prophet, or Image of the
Beast, we understand to mean the Protestant Federation of Churches.
of the Beast
In order to see why the Protestant Federation of Churches
should be symbolized as the Image of the Beast and as the False Prophet, we must examine
other symbolical Scriptures. In Rev. 17:5, our attention is called to a great
"mystery." The word "harlot" in Scriptural symbolism does not mean an
It refers to the Church, which was to be the Kingdom of God, but which lost her
virginity and became united to an earthly husband, instead of her Heavenly Husband. To
what earthly husband did the Church unite? To the Roman Empire. In the minds of Luther and
other reformers there was no doubt that there was a close union between the Church and the
world. The Church for a time claimed to be waiting for Christ to set up His Kingdom.
Finally she said, "I will not wait until the Second Coming of Christ, I will unite
with the Roman Empire."
All know the result. The Roman Catholic Church was exalted, and reigned as a queen for
centuries. This union of Church and State is represented in a famous picture found in
Italy. On a throne the Pope and the Emperor sit side by side. On one side are cardinals,
bishops, the lower clergy and the laity, in order of rank. On the other side are generals,
lieutenants, soldiers, etc., down to the common people. Thus the union of Church and State
On the basis of this union all earthly governments are called Christian; for they claim
unity as part and parcel with the Church. History tells us that for centuries the Church
appointed the earthly kings. Whosoever the Pope desired was crowned. In proof of the
supremacy of the Church a story is told in regard to Emperor Henry IV of Germany, who had
incurred the Papal displeasure and who as a punishment was compelled to stand for three
days without the castle gates of Canossa, barefooted, and clad only in the haircloth shirt
of a penitent, exposed to the inclemency of mid-winter. Then he was forced to crawl on
hands and knees into the presence of the Pontiff, whose silk stocking was removed in order
that the emperor might kiss the Pope's great toe, in fulfilment of Psa. 2:12, "Kiss
the Son, O ye kings of the earth."
To our understanding this is a mistaken application of Scripture. "The Son"
is not the Pope. The "holy hill" is the Kingdom of God. His agency is symbolized
as the holy Mount Zion. The great Messiah will completely overthrow all the things of the
present time, and will establish the Kingdom of Righteousness and Truth, which will uplift
mankind out of sin and degradation.
Roman Catholics believe that the Pope is the vicegerent of Christ, reigning in His
stead. They believe that the present is the time when Satan is loosed to deceive the
nations; that very shortly the Church will again get full power in the world; and that as
a result every one who does not obey them will be destroyed. This interpretation points us
to Revelation 13th and 20th Chapters. Protestants do not appreciate the situation.
Doubtless all thinking people have noticed that overtures for union come from
Protestantism, but never from Catholicism.
The question now arises, Why should the Scriptures picture Protestantism as an Image of
the Beast? When and how did this come about? From the time of the Reformation, Protestants
had been striving individually to get out of the darkness of the past and thus had
formulated many creeds and had organized many denominations. But about the middle of the
last century the leaders began to see that if every one continued to study the Bible
individually the time would come when each one would have an individual creed. To prevent
what seemed to them a loss of power, they planned a union of Protestants in a system
called the Evangelical Alliance.
The Evangelical Alliance, an organization of the different Protestant denominations,
was formed in 1846 for the very purpose of doing in their own way the same thing that
Catholicism would do in its own way. Seeing the great power that Roman Catholics would
exercise because of a united system, Protestants said, "We are divided. We have no
power. We will organize." Then and there, according to the Scriptures, they made an
Image of the Beast.
The Bible says, however, that before the Image can do any particular harm it must
receive life from the two-horned Beast. (Rev. 13:15) This two-horned Beast with horns like
a lamb, but a voice like a dragon, we believe represents the Church of England, which is
not a party to the Evangelical Alliance.
The Church of England makes the claim which the Church of Rome makes—that she is the
true Church; that all others are wrong; that she has the original apostolic succession;
and that no one is commissioned to preach unless he has had divine, apostolic hands laid
upon him. This has been the contention of the Church of England for centuries, and
constitutes the difference between that Church and all other Protestant denominations.
Although the Evangelical Alliance was organized in 1846, it has not been able to
accomplish its purpose, because it did not know how to operate. The denominations in the
Alliance were united only in name, and hence have worked against each other. Denominations
outside of the Alliance were declared to be unauthorized; and they, in turn, challenged
the Evangelical Churches to show where they got authority to preach. As a result the Image
had no power to act; it was trodden upon; and to get vitality—life—it would need
apostolic succession; it must have something as a basis for operation.
The Scriptures indicate that the Church of England will become intimate with the
Evangelical Alliance and will give it apostolic authority to preach. Because of this union
the Alliance will be able to say, "We have apostolic authority to preach. Let no one
speak unless he has our sanction." This action on their part is described in Rev.
13:17. None will be allowed to buy or sell spiritual things in the spiritual market unless
he has either the mark of the Beast or the mark of the Image.
In Rev. 16:13 we find mention of the False Prophet, another representation of the
Image—the vitalized product of the Evangelical Alliance, which has taken the form of
Church Federation, and has today a great deal of vitality. Whether we can expect it to
have more remains to be seen. The Scriptures clearly indicate that the Image of the Beast
is to get so great power that it will do the same thing that the Roman Catholic Church did
in the past; and that the two systems, Catholic and Protestant, will rule the civilized
world with a high hand through the civil power—the Dragon.
Unclean Spirits Like Frogs"
The Scriptures tell us that this result is to be brought about
by the utterances of the combined power of Church and State. "Three unclean spirits
like frogs came out of the mouth of the Dragon, and out of the mouth of the Beast, and out
of the mouth of the False Prophet." In this passage, the spirit is a doctrine—an
unclean doctrine—a false doctrine. Each of these systems will utter the same things, and
these utterances will have the effect of gathering the kingdoms of earth together to the
great Battle of Armageddon.
The symbolism of Scripture, rightly understood, is very forceful, and there is always a
close resemblance between the symbol itself and the thing symbolized. When the holy Spirit
uses a frog to represent certain doctrines or teachings, we may be sure that the
application will fit well. While a frog is a small creature, yet it puffs itself up until
it almost bursts with the effort to be somebody. A frog has a very wise look, even though
it does not know very much. Then a frog croaks whenever it utters a
The three most prominent characteristics of a frog, then, are pomposity, an air of
superior wisdom and knowledge, and a continual croaking. Applying these characteristics to
the picture given in the Divine Word, we learn that from the civil power, from the
Catholic Church and from the Federation of Protestant Churches will go forth the same
The spirit of all will be boastful; an air of superior knowledge and wisdom will be
assumed; all will foretell dire results to follow any failure to obey their counsels.
However conflicting the creeds, the differences will be ignored in the general proposition
that nothing ancient must be disturbed, or investigated, or repudiated.
The Divine authority of the Church, and the Divine right of kings, aside from the
Church, will not be allowed to conflict; for both will be indorsed. Any persons or
teachings in conflict with these boastful, unscriptural claims will be branded as
everything vile, at the mouths of the frogs, croaking from pulpits and platforms, and
through the religious and secular press.
The nobler sentiments of some will be strangled by the philosophy of the same evil
spirit which spoke through Caiaphas, the high priest, respecting our Lord Jesus. As
Caiaphas declared it expedient to commit a crime in violation of justice, both human and
Divine, to be rid of Jesus and His teachings, so this frog-like spirit will approve of any
and every violation of principle necessary to self-protection.
Every true Christian is ashamed to look back upon the pages of history and see what
terrible deeds were done in the name of God and justice, and in the name of our Lord
Jesus. We are not to think for a moment that these frog spirits, or doctrines, are all
bad, but rather that they are doctrines of bombast and pomposity, representing themselves
to be very wise and great, and having the backing of centuries.
Out of the mouth of the Dragon comes the doctrine of the Divine right of Kings:
"Do not look back of the curtain of history to see where the kings got that right.
Accept the doctrine; for if you do not, and if men look into the matter, there will be a
terrible revolution and everything will go down!"
The Beast and the False Prophet have similar croakings. The Catholic Church says,
"Do not look behind! Do not question anything about the Church!" Protestantism
says, also, "We are great, we are wise, we know a great deal. Keep quiet! No one will
then know that you know nothing." All say (croaking), "We tell you that if you
say anything against present arrangements, terrible things will come to pass."
Political parties are figuring in this. All declare, "If any change should come,
it will mean terrible disaster!" Some have the backbone and some have the civil power
behind them, but unitedly they croak to the people that if any change is made, it will
mean ruin to the present order. In the language of our day, "Stand pat!" is the
order in Church and in State; but the people are being moved by fear. It is this croaking
of the Beast, the Dragon and the False Prophet that will arouse the kings of earth and
gather them together to the Armageddon Battle and destruction.
The ecclesiastical kings and princes, with their retinue of clergy and faithful
adherents, will be gathered in solid phalanx—Protestant and Catholic. The political kings
and princes, senators, and all in high places, with their henchmen and retainers, will
follow in line on the same side. The financial kings and merchant princes, and all whom
they can influence by the most gigantic power ever yet exercised in the world, will join
the same side, according to this prophecy. They do not realize, however, that they are
coming to Armageddon; yet strange to say, this is a part of their very cry, "Come
together to Armageddon!"
Speaking of our day, our Lord declared, "Men's hearts failing them for fear and
for looking after those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven
shall be shaken." (Luke 21:26) The kings of Europe know not what to do. All
sectarianism is being shaken. Many people of God are in perplexity.
The croaking of the frog spirits, or doctrines, will gather the kings and princes,
financial, political, religious and industrial into one great army. The spirit of fear,
inspired by the croaking, will scourge the passions of otherwise good and reasonable men
to fury—desperation. In their blind following of these evil spirits, evil doctrines,
they will be ready to sacrifice life and everything on what they mistakenly suppose is the
altar of Justice, Truth and Righteousness under a Divine arrangement.
Many noble people in this great army will assume an attitude quite contrary to their
preference. For a time the wheels of liberty and progress will be turned backward, and
mediaeval restraints will be considered necessary for self-preservation—for the
maintenance of the present order of things and for the prevention of the new order which
God has decreed, the due time for which is at hand.
Even those who may be God's people do not stop to consider whether it is His will that
things should continue as they have been for the past six thousand years. The Bible says
that such is not God's will, but that there is to be a great overturning, that a new order
is coming in.
For a brief time, as we understand the Scriptures, these combined forces of Armageddon
will triumph. Free speech, free mails, and other liberties which have come to be the very
breath of the masses in our day, will be ruthlessly shut off on the plea of necessity,
the glory of God, the commands of the Church, etc.
The safety-valve will be sat upon, and thus will cease to annoy earth's kings with the
sound of escaping steam; and all will seem to be serene—until the great social explosion
described in the Revelation as an earthquake will take place. In symbolic
language an earthquake signifies social revolution, and the Scriptural declaration is that
none like it ever before occurred. (Rev. 16:18,19) See our Lord's reference to it in Matt.
At this juncture, the Scriptures show, Divine Power will step
forward, and God will gather the marshaled hosts to Armageddon—to the Mount of
Destruction. (Rev. 16:16) The very thing which they sought to avert by their union,
federation, etc., will be the very thing that they will hasten. Other Scriptures tell us
that God will be represented by Messiah, and that He will be on the side of the masses.
"At that time shall Michael [the Godlike One—Messiah] stand up." (Dan. 12:1)
He will assume authority. He will take possession of His Kingdom in a manner little looked
for by many of those who erroneously have been claiming to be His Kingdom, and authorized
by Him to reign in His name and in His stead.
Our Lord Jesus declared, "His servants ye are unto whom ye render service."
Some may be rendering service to Satan and to error, who claim to be rendering service to
God and to righteousness; and some may serve ignorantly, as did Saul of Tarsus, who
"verily thought that he did God service" in persecuting the Church.
The same principle holds true reversely. As an earthly king does not hold himself
responsible for the moral character of each soldier who fights his battles, so the Lord
does not vouch for the moral character of all who enlist and fight on His side of any
question. His servants they are to whom they render service, whatever the motive or object
The same principle will apply in the coming Battle of Armageddon. God's side of that
battle will be the people's side; and that very nondescript host, the people, will be
pitted at the beginning of the battle. Anarchists, Socialists, and hot-headed radicals of
every school of reason and unreason, will be in the forefront of that battle. He who has
any knowledge of army life knows that a great army is composed of all classes.
The masses will be restless under their restraints, but will be conscious of their
weakness as compared with the kings and princes, financial, social, religious and
political, who will then hold sway. The majority of the poor and the middle class prefer
peace at almost any price. The masses have no sympathy with anarchy. They realize truly
that the worst form of government is better than none.
The masses will seek relief through the ballot and the peaceful readjustment of
earth's affairs for the elimination of evil, for the placing of monopolies and utilities
and the supplies of nature in the hands of the people for the public good. The crisis will
be reached when the hitherto upholders of the law shall become violators of the law and
resisters of the will of the majority as expressed by the ballot. Fear for the future will
goad the well-meaning masses to desperation, and anarchy will result when Socialism fails.
The Lord's saints are not to be in this battle at all. God's consecrated people,
longing at heart for Messiah's Kingdom and the glorious Year of Jubilee and Restitution
which it will inaugurate, will patiently abide the Lord's time, and wait unmurmuringly for
it. Their lamps trimmed and burning, they will not be in darkness respecting the momentous
events of the impending battle; but they will be of good courage, knowing the outcome
portrayed in the "more sure word of prophecy," to which they have done well to
"take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the Day dawn."
The question now arises, Why did not God send His Kingdom sooner? Why is Armageddon
necessary? We answer that God has His own times and seasons, and that He has appointed the
Great Seventh Thousand-Year Day for the reign of Christ. Divine Wisdom has withheld until
our day the great knowledge and skill which is breeding at the same time millionaires and
Had God lifted the veil of ignorance a thousand years sooner, the world would have
lined up for Armageddon a thousand years sooner. God did not bring these things before the
present time because His Plan has various parts, all of which are converging at the same
time. In kindness God veiled the eyes of mankind until the gathering to Armageddon would
immediately precede Messiah's taking to Himself His great power and beginning His reign.
The attitude of the people of God should be that of great thankfulness to the Giver of
every good. They should make provision for the great storm that is coming and keep very
quiet, not unduly interested in the side of either rich or poor. We know in advance that
the Lord is on the side of the people. He it is that will fight the Armageddon Battle, and
His agency will be that peculiar army—all classes. When this great "earthquake"
of social revolution comes, it will not be a mere handful of anarchists, but an uprising
of the people to throw off the great power that is strangling them. Selfishness is at the
bottom of the whole matter.
For forty years the Armageddon forces have been mustering for
both sides of the conflict. Strikes, lockouts and riots, great and small, have been merely
incidental skirmishes as the belligerents cross each other's paths. Court and army
scandals in Europe, insurance, trust and court scandals in America, have shaken public
confidence. Dynamite plots, charged by turns on employees and on employers, have tended to
make each distrustful of the other. Bitter and angry feelings on both sides are more and
more manifested. The lines of battle are daily becoming more distinctly marked.
Nevertheless Armageddon cannot yet be fought.
Gentile Times have still two years to run. The Image of the Beast must yet receive
life—power. It must be transformed from a mere mechanism to a living force. Protestant
Federation realizes that its organization will continue to be futile unless it receives
vitalization—unless its clergy directly or indirectly shall be recognized as possessed
of apostolic ordination and authority to teach.
This, the prophecy indicates, will come from the two-horned Beast, which we believe
symbolically represents the Church of England. High-handed activities of Protestantism and
Catholicism, operating in conjunction for the suppression of human liberties, await this
vivifying of the Image. This may come soon, but Armageddon cannot precede it, but must
follow—perhaps a year after, according to our view of the Prophetic Word.
Still another thing intervenes. Although the Jews are gradually flowing into Palestine,
gradually obtaining control of the land of Canaan, and although reports say that already
nineteen millionaires are there, nevertheless, prophecy requires an evidently larger
number of wealthy Hebrews to be there before the Armageddon crisis be reached.
Indeed, we understand that "Jacob's trouble" in the Holy Land will come at
the very close of Armageddon. Then Messiah's Kingdom will begin to be manifested.
Thenceforth Israel in the Land of Promise will gradually rise from the ashes of the past
to the grandeur of prophecy. Through its Divinely appointed princes, Messiah's Kingdom,
all-powerful, but invisible, will begin to roll away the curse and to lift up mankind, and
to give beauty for ashes.
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