Mr. Mark Kagan, speaking at one of the Advent Testimony meetings, said that when on a visit to Palestine he and some other Christians gathered together in an upper room within the city wall of Jerusalem, to remember Christ's sacrifice and death. After the meeting was over, he and another friend went to the Mount of Olives; and as they passed along they caught up a Jew who said that he also was going to the Mount of Olives. "We orthodox Jews," he said, "as we watch the things that are happening in the world, cannot come to any other conclu, sion than that the Messiah's coming must be near at hand. On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, and I am going there every day that I may be ready to give Him a welcome." Seeing that Israel is making such preparations for His coming, what is the Church doing?—Christian Herald.
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, . . . we shall be changed" (I Cor. 15:52).
Quite suddenly—it may be at the turning of a lane,
Where I stand to watch a skylark soar from out the swelling grain,
That the trump of God shall thrill me, with its call so loud and clear,
And I'm called away to meet Him, whom of all I hold most dear.
Quite suddenly—it may be as I tread the busy street,
Strong to endure life's stress and strain, its every call to meet,
That through the roar of traffic, a trumpet, silvery clear,
Shall stir my startled senses, and proclaim His coming near.
Quite suddenly—it may be as I lie in dreamless sleep—
God's gift to many a sorrowing heart, with no more tears to weep—
That a call shall break my slumber, and a Voice sound in my ear,
"Rise up, My love, and come away, behold the Bridegroom's here."—The Evangelical Christian.
Dr. Guinness had spoken on "The Imminent Return of the Lord Jesus." And he used the following illustration to show how he knew that the coming was near. He had heard "The Messiah" with great delight the previous evening. Now if a man had asked him after the performance had proceeded a couple of hours, how long he thought it would continue, he would have answered, "About five minutes." "But," the man might have expostulated, "how can that be? It is in full swing, has been going on for two hours, and I see no reason why it should not continue for two hours longer. How do you know it will be over in five minutes?" "Then," said Dr. Guinness, "I should have answered him, 'Because I have the score. Don't you remember that beautiful solo?' And he would have said,, `Yes.' And that chorus?' Yes.' And then I should have said to him, 'And I know it will soon be over because I have the score and they are singing the last chorus.' " It is a wonderful thing to "have the score," so you may follow events that lead to the advent. Perhaps soon the present will be past and God's new day will dawn. We are near His coming. How near we do not know, but one thing we do know, it cannot be long!—Courtesy Moody Monthly.
Movers left a clock, without its pendulum, sitting in the living room. The seconds ticked on in a frenzied manner. Without the pendulum all the intricate mechanism rattled on in a blind precipitation. Here is a picture of the world today. God has created all things to move in proper balance, but men refuse the Lord Jesus Christ who is God's Providence. Men talk about Providence as though it were a force. God says it is a Person—Christ, and that He "upholdeth all things by the word of His power' (Heb. 1:3). Nothing will move with perfection until He comes again.—Reveldtion.
The frightful earthquake by which the city of Quetta in India was wiped out with the loss of 60,000 human lives and many million dollars' worth of property, calls attention to the fact that since the beginning of the twentieth century more than 250,000 lives have been snuffed out through earthquakes. Scientists who study the earth's crust and record the seismic disturbances tell us that earthquakes felt simultaneously in many places, particularly around the Mediterranean and in Great Britain, are forerunners of a far greater earthquake which might be also universal. In this case they agree with what was written in the Old Testament 2,500 years ago.—Just a Word.
A lady visitor to the great Exhibition at Paris was stricken with a malady which almost took away the power of speech. Weaker and weaker she grew and the end gradually drew near. One word only escaped her lips, and that word., was, "Bring — bring — bring —." Flowers, fruits, dainties, treasures from the Exhibition, were brought, but she still uttered the word, "Bring—." Bewildered and wondering, the watchers noticed the dawning of the Glory. At last the cloud was lifted from the memory, and in a clear and deliberate voice she exclaimed, "Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all." Then she quietly laid her head upon the pillow and fell asleep. The uttermost longings of her soul were satisfied as she passed in "to see the King in His beauty."—Selected. ship with his brethren in Christ. And what led to it? The thought of his Saviour's coming again.—Gospel Herald.
Walter Lippman, that brilliant Jewish journalist and essayist, wrote two years ago in his column, "Today and Tomorrow" (New York Herald-Tribune, March 2, 1935) : "The signs are multiplying that the stage is set for an event of world-wide importance and of unpredictable consequences." Nineteen centuries ago the Lord described this "setting of the stage" for the end of the age, an event of world-wide importance—but the consequences were not "unpredictable" to the Lord. He told us plainly that these things would happen, and what the result would be.—Sunday School Times.
Many years ago a first cousin of the late Queen Victoria became a converted man and crossed the sea to preach the Gospel; he spent much of his time in Canada, in large cities, and in the back woods, among farmers, in the lumber camps, everywhere, in fact. One Sunday morning on his way to celebrate the Lord's Supper he passed a Christian's house, and saw the man at his woodpile, industriously chopping wood to cook the Sunday dinner. Knowing the man to be a backslider, one who had once been a faithful witness for his Saviour, Lord Cecil stopped and shouted to him, "The Lord is coming, brother, the Lord is coming!" He said no more nor was there need for more. These words, that reminder of the return of the Lord was enough; the words entered his heart as he had been sending the keen edge of the axe into the heart of the wood he was cutting; his conscience smote him, and the reminder from God's servant that the coming of the Lord was imminent so wrought upon his soul that it resulted in his happy restoration to the lost communion with his God and renewal of fellowship with his brethren in Christ. And what led to it? The thought of his Saviour's coming again.—Gospel Herald.