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VoL. III

PITTSBURGH, PA., O CTOBER AND NOVEMBER, 1881

Nos. 4 AND 5

TERMS AS BEFORE
We were too hasty in the matter of discarding the old terms
from our paper as mentioned in the July number.
The government law regulating postage supposes that any
paper offered gratis is an advertisement only, and will allow
none such to go at newspaper rates, but charges four times as
much for postage on them. By taking off the price we came in
conflict with that law, and it cost us over eighty dollars for
the lesson on the July issue.

We visited the Postoffice authorities at Washington, but
could obtain no deviation from the law, and consequently are
obliged to put some price on the paper, as before.
We can and do say this, however, there will be a special
fund for the payment of subscriptions of all who want the
WATCH TowER but cannot afford to pay for it. To all such
we say : Send your names, and the Lord will supply your sub­
scription money. You need not be troubled about the matter.

JEHOVAH'S FEET
"This saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne and earth is my foot-stool." Isa. 66 : 1. [Literal Hebrew trans.]
The word feet is sometimes used in Old Testament Scripof nearness to God, in prayer and supplication, they will come
ture to represent permanent establishment, or rest_ Stephen,
to a full recognition of the fact that as a people, they had
after quoting the above ( Acts. 7 : 49 ) , adds the words : "What
rejected and pierced their Redeemer. "They shall look upon
is the place of my rest"-residence 1
( recognize) Him whom they have pierced, and shall all mourn
Jehovah used his footstool before sin entered, but since
because of Him_" ( Zech., 1 2 : 8, 10. )
then he has removed his
presence and allowed sin to
Verse 4 : "And His (Jehovah's) feet shall stand (be es­
reign and Satan to be "The prince ( ruler) of this
tablished) in that day upon the Mount of Olives." This is
world." (John, 14 : 30_) In a typical way he established his
another picture of the establishment of Jehovah's dominion.
presence among the Israelites in the Tabernacle and Temple,
As the above description showed us how it will be manifested
and in a higher and better sense, his presence has been in the
to Israel that God's arm is ruling, now we get the inside or
Gospel church as in a shifting tent or Tabernacle, all through
spiritual view of the kingdom's establishment, and appropri­
the Gospel age, but soon the Temple glory or his presence in the
ately, symbols are used in the description. The feet of Jeho­
Glorified church-head and body-will be manifested to the
vah standing or resting-the Mt. of Olives--its location to the
world. And in that glorious reign of the Christ complete,
east ( or sun-rising) of Jerusalem (the peaceful habitation ) ­
typified b y Solomon's peaceful reign, and under the shadow
the division of the mountain into two parts-the valley formed
of that glorious temple with all its attendant power and glory,
into which Israel will flee, &c. ; these all we understand to be
of which that made with hands was a type, all the families
symbols ; as also the reference in verses 6 and 7 to the day of
of the earth shall be blessed, and brought into complete hart he Lurd being a dark day. It remains dark until the close of
mony with God and all sin and every opponent of right, having
this period of trouble, or until the evening of that dark day,
been destroyed-then the knowledge of the Lord will fill the
then-''at evening it shall be light" ; that is when the day of
whole earth ; the wilderness shall sing and the solitary place
wrath is over the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing
be glad. Then, all the ends of the earth (people) shall have
in his wings-blessing and restoring morally and physically.
remembered and turned to the Lord, and the glory of the
A mountain is a symbol of a kingdom and Mt. Ohvet would
Lord shall fill the whole earth.
signify Kingdom of Ltght and Peace. Then, in this "day of
Thus it is that Jehovah prepares and cleanses his footstool
the Lord," already begun, Jehovah will establish himself in a
to place his feet there, that his presence may abide with the
Kingdom of light and peace. This, we believe, will be accom­
restored race of men and be their j oy and blessing ; and thus
plished through his representative, Jesus, who takes his great
power and reigns. The organization of his church-the dead
we read the declaration of Jehovah ( Isa., 6 : 13 ) : "I will make
the place of my feet glorious."
by resurrection, and the living members by change to the
In harmony with this same thought we find Zech., 14 : 3, 5, a
same condition ( spiritual bodies) , we understand to be the or­
gani2ation of the kingdom whose exaltation to power, invisibly
description of when and how, Jehovah will establish his feet,
or residence. This Scripture as well as some of those above
smites and consumes evil systems and governments. (By the
quoted, which we have applied to the Father-Jehovah-are
teaching of the Word, we understand that this organizatiOn of
often misapplied to our Lord Jesus ; and while Jesus and his
the kingdom began m 1878, and will be complete when the
church will doubtless be the active agents of Jehovah in subliving members are "ready." )
duing all things (Phil., 3 : 2 1 ) , yet the fact remains, that the
This kingdom once established is Jehovah's foothold, and is
work here mentioned is Jehovah's, and the Hebrew text leaves
to be the source of government from which shall emanate the
no question about it.
laws, etc., for the guidance and blessing of mankind. (Another
We will quote and apply this prophecy : "Then shall the
figure being Mt. Zion.)
Lord [Jehovah] go forth and fight against those nations, as
The division of the mountain into two parts represents the
when he fought in the day of battle." The scene is laid in
two phases of the kingdom of God : one the higher, spiritual,
"the time of trouble," probably near its close, (perhaps, as we
invisible kingdom, composed of Jesus and the Gospel church ;
read the prophecy, about 1914 A. D . ) It is surely during "the
the other the earthly phase of the kingdom, composed of per­
day of the Lord" (verse 1) when the first return of Israelites
fected fleshly beings, visible to humanity-Abraham, Isaac and
to Palestine will have taken place [a second and greater returnJacob and all the prophets, and all those of past ages justified
ing mentioned by the prophets evidently will not take place
by theu- faith.
until after the time of trouble. ] The Israelites will have been
The valley represents a place of favor and protection, made
and guaranteed by both the heavenly and earthly phases of
in comparative peace and security there and measurably free
kingdom power ; and into this place of protection and safety
from the trouble which, meantime, will have been disturbing and
Israel is represented as fleeing. Then they shall recognize him
overturning and impoverishing the nations of the earth. Theu
wealth and prosperity excite the cupidity of the nations, which
whom they have pierced.
we read come up against "my people Israel dwelling safely in
The earthly phase of the kingdom will thus be seen to be
essentially Israelitish, and according t o the promises of God,
t lwir o" n land . . _ _ t o take a spoil and a prey." ( Ezek. ,
ungodliness shall be turned from Israel (Rom., 11 : 26 ) and they
38 : 8, 12. )
shall come to the inheritance of the land, and promises vouchThe battle at first goes against Israel, as described in verse
2 ; then, the time having come for a manifestation of God's
safed to Abraham ; and then the fleshly seed of A braham will
justice against the nations and his favor to his anciently favbe used as the agents of Jehovah in carrying to the world the
blessings purchased by Christ, the higher, spiritual seed of him
ored people, He manifests his power and fights against the
whom Abraham typified-Jehovah.
nations, not by Jesus and the saints appearing on a mountain
with carnal weapons, but we read "as he (Jehovah ) fought in
This earthly part of the kingdom is to spread and increase
the day of battle_" Jehovah fought Israel's battles anciently
until it fills the whole earth and is under the whole heaven,
without being seen by other than the eyes of their underand the kings of the earth shall bring their glory and honor
standin�into it-by coming into harmony with its laws.
Thus the Angel of the Lord slew (with death ) the hosts of
These two parts of the kingdom will be in perfect harmony ;
the earthly being under the control and direction of the heaven­
the Assyrians ( Isa., 3 7 : 36 ) ; put to flight the Midianites
( Judges, 7 : 21 ) , and "smote great nations and slew mighty
ly. The law shall go forth from Mt. Zion, the spiritual phase,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem," the earthly phase.
kings." ( Psal., 35 : 10. ) And "as" he fought for Israel then,
( Tsa., 2 : 3 . )
so he is to rlo again at their deliverance_ The deliverance will
h•� � o great anrl marked, that they will recognize God's power
Though i n due time there will be an earthly element o f the
kingdom visible to humanity, which shall be a praise in tho
ant! favor, and being blessed by being brought to a condition
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