THE FIRST EDITION of this Volume was published in 1897. It
relates to the closing epoch of this Gospel Age, the overlapping between it and the New
Dispensation—a period which brings to the world wonderful blessings, which in turn,
because of unpreparedness of heart, more and more become causes of friction, discontent,
trouble. If the blessings of the last 43 years were to continue at the present rate of
increase, the discontent of humanity would likewise increase, and the very purpose of God
in the establishment of Messiah's Kingdom and the blessing of mankind through it, would be
For this cause, God permits the Millennial dawn to come upon the world gradually. As
men are awakening from the stupor of the past, they do not consider the Lord or
acknowledge His grace in connection with the blessings present and coming. We have
estimated that these 43 years have brought to mankind a thousand times as much wealth as
was created during the six thousand years preceding. The improved conditions of all
mankind in civilized lands, the shortening of hours of labor, etc., are offset by greater
knowledge and a discontent which comes therewith.
This is in harmony with the Lord's declaration respecting this time. Describing our day
in the prophecy of Daniel, He says: "Many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall be
increased." "The wise shall understand," "And there shall be a Time of
Trouble such as was not since there was a nation." Daniel 12:1-4,10.
In other words, the increase of knowledge is responsible for the increase of discontent
and fear which are bringing Armageddon, or the Day of Vengeance of God, upon the whole
world. In the present great war, we see that the large nations have been fearful of each
other's prosperity. Although all have been growing fabulously rich, all are more
discontented than ever before, and more fearful that something will occur to hinder their
enrichment and to turn the streams of wealth to the ports of the competitor.
Their fear of each other determined that the war must come, and the present was chosen
as the most favored opportunity, before the weaker became too strong. The same spirit is
manifest everywhere—ingratitude for the present and the past, fearfulness for the future,
and a selfishness which pays little heed to the Golden Rule. The conflict between capital
and labor is along this line, and we are to expect that such things will go rapidly from
bad to worse.
The debts of the warring nations are authoritatively stated to amount to fifty-five
billions of dollars—a sum which, of course, can never be paid in gold; and everybody
knows that there is not sufficient gold to pay the interest on the debts
of the world. This spells bankruptcy—as soon as the war shall end and the issuing of
bonds shall cease to provide money for the payment of the interest on other bonds.
The nations are thus falling into the chasm of bankruptcy, but it is with them as with
a human being falling, the sensations are not so bad until the falling ceases in a
demoralizing concussion. Evidently the war will not stop from lack of men to shoot and be
shot, but either from lack of food or from financial weakness. That it will be the latter
is the author's opinion.
Already the kings, political and financial, and their advisers, are in great perplexity
respecting what shall be done after the close of the war to prevent a world-wide
revolution of the discontented. Twenty millions of men now under arms will need
employment. Suppose that one-fourth of them are retained in the army, what will be done
with the remaining three-fourths? That is the question that is puzzling many of the
world's wise men.
The world is getting along without them now, and also manufacturing vast quantities of
military stores and ammunition. Evidently it could get along without those twenty millions
of men altogether. Reckless of human life, they will be more or less of a menace in every
land. The British are making preparations to induce their surplus to become farmers in
Canada and Australia. Other nations are undoubtedly pursuing a similar course to the
extent that they are able. But they all realize that they will have their hands full to
cope with the situation.
The Bible points out that about this time the Nominal Church systems of the world will
rise to great prominence again in connection with the Civil powers. We can readily see the
grounds for this. All the kingdoms, financially weakened, will realize the necessity for
keeping a dominating grip upon the public and preventing anything akin to Socialism and
They will naturally look to the great religious institutions called Churches to support
them, to threaten the people with future torments, and in general to help keep the Ship of
State from being overturned. The churches also will be ready and glad for such an
opportunity. Already, they are rolling together as a scroll—the one side, Catholic, the
other, Protestant, opposed and yet connected—each side united and federated to the best
of its ability.
But the Bible declares that this reign "as a queen" will be a short one, and
that the fall of Babylon will be tremendous—like a great millstone cast into the sea. It
will be during the power of this so-called "queen" for a little season, that the
world will be under a great strain as respects any presentation of the Truth. And those
found loyal to God and to principle will doubtless suffer therefor.
At the time of Babylon's fall, the mighty ones of the earth, financial and political
princes and kings, will stand afar off, keeping clear of too close an affiliation with
her, although they will greatly lament her destruction, realizing that it forebodes their
own. Then very shortly will come the complete overthrow and destruction of the present
Gentile governments, symbolically represented in the Bible as a great conflagration which
will consume the whole earth—all institutions—religious, social, political, and
Considering that this Volume was written twenty years ago, none need be surprised to
find that some of its statements, although startlingly strong, come short now of the full
Truth. For instance, the wealth of the world has greatly multiplied in these twenty years.
The combinations of capital have greatly increased in capitalization, power and influence.
It is estimated that during the past four years the capital of the United States has
increased at the rate of ten billions a year.
In this Volume it was pointed out that although the Trusts at the time of the writing
were beneficial rather than injurious, nevertheless these giants, born of avarice and
built up in self-interest, would eventually become a menace, a danger to the people and
their interests. We have reached that time, and many are realizing that the danger is upon
Nothing evil may be done so long as the machinery is working well and under control;
but when the moment shall come that the interests of the managers and capitalists will be
in the reverse direction from the interests of their employees and the public, then look
out! Remember the inspired Word—that this is to be "a Time of Trouble such as never
was since there was a nation."
How glad we are that man's extremity in this Time of Trouble will be the Lord's
opportunity! He is waiting to be gracious. He is wishing to pour out upon mankind the
blessings of the Millennial Kingdom for one thousand years, for their uplift out of sin
and death conditions back to the image and likeness of God. He foreknows that they must
first have their lessons. He has shown this already to those who have seeing eyes, by
granting more than forty years of the dawning period—which, however, instead of bringing
blessings and happiness to the world, have brought more and more of discontent.
The Lord will allow mankind now to go their length in carrying out their own
plans and schemes. He will allow them to demonstrate the futility of all these schemes,
and that nothing but Divine interposition will save them from wrecking the entire fabric
of Society. Indeed, He will permit the wreck, and then reorganize humanity under Messiah;
for He promises that His Kingdom shall be "the desire of all nations." Haggai