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WA T C H

There's a wideness in God's Mercy
Ltke the wideness of the Sea."

Tht'Y ean now smg w1th double j oy the restltution song-­
" A ll nations which thou has: n:aJe
Shall come and worship before thee."
_\nd as we saw some tune smce ( Article--" Having Harps

o f G od,'' ) the position of the feet and their song a1 e beautifully
described m symbol, in-Rev. 15 : 2-4.

Agaw, we find a strtking reference to the feet of the Christ
· ' H e [Jehovah] shall give his angels char!{e
oYer thee to keep thee m all thy ways :
They shall bear t._�e
up m theu hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Thts prophecy by JJav1J refers to the Christ as a whole ; its
p � rsonal apphcatwn by Satan was reJected by Jesus as a
uusapplilatwn of Scripture (Luke 4 : 12 ) , but when we apply
the reference to · 'foo t," to the feet or last part of the body of
Christ, all ts harmonious. The stone referred to, we understand
to be the same as that of Isa. 8 : 14, viz :
That Jesus is the
stone of stumbling.
Jesus at the first advent was a stone of stumbling before
the feet of the nommal Jewish church, and they stumbled over
him because, being out of harmony w1th God, they could not
see in him the Me ssia h . In their pride of heart, they, especially
the Pharisees and Doctors of Divinity, were sure that Messiah
would come in their way, and own and accept of them as a
people.
They stumbled and were broken as an institution.
But the real feet of the real Jewish church-the "Israelites
indeed"-these received the present Messiah and were blessed
and lifted up by that "stone" to the higher plane of the Gospel
church. "To as many as received him, to them, gave he liberty
to become sons of God."
( The Jewish house was the house
of serva nts-the Gospel house a house of Sons.)
As there was a stone and stumbling there, in their "harvest,"
or end of their age, so the parallelism which we find associating
the Gospel age with its shadow, the Jewish age, demands that

in Psa. 91 : 11-12.

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the stone should be present in the path of the Gospel church,
to be either accepted or rej ected ; and if the parallelism con­
tinue (as we see it has) then we should expect that here the
feet of the nominal church would stumble as its shadow did,
and for the same reasons. And so we find it, the living genera­
tion of the nominal church-the feet, have failed to discern
the presence of the Lord-·'they knew not the time of their
visitation"-and all but the true feet of the true body have
He shall be for a stone of stum­
stumbled as it is writtel1 :
b ling and rock of offense to both the houses of Israel.
To
''Israel after the flesh" he presented himself in the flesh, and
to the spiritual Israel he presented himself a spiritual body
-to each on their own plane.
But we cannot for a moment doubt, that as Jesus at the
first advent took special care to make himself known to every
''Israelite indeed" and gave such, clear evidences (while to
others he spoke in parables and dark sayings ) ( Psa. 78 : 2 ) , so
here at the second advent, every one wholly consecrated to
God, (not to churches and creeds ) and as such a part of the true
feet, is to be made aware of that presence, and consequently
will not stumble over it. That special care for all such, is what
1s referred to by the text considered-"He shall give his angels
charge, &c., lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."
Only the feet could stumble over such a stone, and the stone
of stumbling was not in the path of the members of the body
who preceded us. And when we look back and see how closely
"the lamp" was put "to the feet" and how it was kept trimmed
and burning that its light shone out brightly, revealing to us
the stone which nominal Zion stumbles over and is shipwrecked
upon, but which to us IS a tried stone, elect, precious, the heaJ
of the corner or the chief stone of all in the glorious spiritual
Temple, we thank God for His care over us, and re.J oiee that we
are counted worthy to be members of that company, which in
the eyes of the world has no beauty that they should desire it ,

but which is as a root of dry ground-the feet of Him
that bringeth glad tidings, that saith unto Zion, Thy God
reigneth.

OUR NEW NAME
"..1 nd tlns ts the name wherewith SHE shall b e called, Th�: T.�oTd our Righ ft>o nsne88. "-.Jcr.

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Thy name Oh ! Heavenly Bridegroom,
Can we ever hope to bear f
Sha ll \\'e ""e Thy matchless gl01 y,
And in Thy kingdom share ?
With smiles of loving welcome,
Wilt Thou say to u s well done f
When our pilgnm days are ended,
And our rare for life is run f

Oh glorious fount of blessing,
We will haste without delay,
Our little all, to Thee to give,
Who dost such j oys repay ;
We care not Lord for earthly fame,
Its honors, or its pride,
But let us bear Thy sacred name,
And own us as Thy bride.

Yes, I hear Thee sweetly saying,
I n words of love <l ivine,
" I f tww with me thou'lt suffer,
My r;lol' l/ shall be thine.
If now with me thou'rt crucified
New h f<> t o thP<' I ' l l <> 1 \'1'.
And through eternal age�,
My bride shall with me live."

Thy name above all others grand,
Which Thy waiting bride shall own ;
\Vhen Thou shalt ca ll hPr Thy si<IP
And share with her Thy throne ;
Through realms of fadeless glory,
Shall all its power confess ;
And every tongue on earth shall praise,
"The Lord our righteousness."
Mrs. A. Agens, N. J.

"AND THE DOOR WAS SHUT"
For the >oake of the many new readers of the WATCH TowER,
i t may not b e amiss to give a general review o f the steps o f
faith by which the Lord has been leading us as a people, during the last seven years, and in a general sense during the
preceding thii t) -five years.
The parable of "The Ten Virgins" ( Matt. 2 5 ) seems to have
been given as a pen picture of some of the important events
connected with the close of the Gospel Age.
The introduction of the parable shows this, for after recounting to the disciples ( .:\Iatt. 2 4 ) some of the signs of the ending of the Gospel
Age and the -parousta-presence of the Son of Man, which
verse 37 assures them will be a presence which the world cannot
recogni�e, then follows the parable, connected with the preeedmg :,tatements by the word then. "Then shall the kingdom
of heaven ( church ) be likened unto ten virgins which took
their lamps ( Bibles) and went forth to meet the Bridegroom"
' ·
e . , t h <·y W<" l l t fm th or �<'P"< 1 a ted them-;e)vps bec·ause of their
belief that the Bridegroom, Jesus, was about to come.
While we are neither "Millerites" nor "Adventists," yet we
believe that this much of this parable met -its fulfillment in
l )j 43 and 1844, when William Miller and others, Bible in hand,
walked out by fatth on its statements, expecting Jesus at that
tune. They were composed like all other earthly companies of
two or more classes ; one class had the Spirit in their hearts
a� well a� 1ts light in the Word ( oil in their vessels and in their

lamps) others had only the light of the Word ( oil in the lam p ) .
The disappointment of that company o f Christians (which
was composed of many of the best Christians from all denominations) all are well aware of, but it was foretold in the parable :
"While the Bridegroom tarried they all slumbered and
slept." As a general arousing of the church to the investiga ­
tion of God's Word had attended the preaching of Mr. Miller,
and the Word was more studied than ever before, especially
the Prophecies, so when his calculations seemed to end in such
bitter disappointment, a spirit of drowsiness followed ; some
slumbered, some slept, and many vagaries-dreamings incidental to sleep soon sprung up.
The next im portant step of the parable ( verse 6 ) is the
midnight cry.
The night of the parable was the time during
which the disappointment lasted and the sleeping occurred ,
and was to end with joy in the morning, when, the tarrying
being ended, the Bridegroom would be present.
As the former movement in the parable had been represented by Miller and others, so to this second movement we
give a similar application.
A brother, Barbour of Rochester,
was we believe, the chosen vessel of God through whom the
"Midnight Cry" issued to the sleeping virgins of Christ, an­
nouncing a discrepancy of thirty years in some of Miller's
calculations, and giving a rearrangement of the same argument
(and some afl clitional ) , proving that the night of the parable

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