King's Business - 1938-09


T H E K I N G ’ S B U S I N E S S

November, 1938

• "Iro n " of dictator­ ships and "clay" of de­ mocracies m in g le d at the fateful conference at Munich on Septem­ ber 2.9, when the issue of immediate w ar or p e a c e was at stake. From left to right: Pre­ mier Benito Mussolini of Ita ly , R e ic h s fu e h re r Adolf H it le r of Ger­ many, Paul Schmidt, of­ ficial interpreter, and P rim e Minister Neville Ch amberlain of Britain. Premier Edouard Dala- dier of France was seat­ ed at the right, ¡ust out of camera range. (In­ ternational News Photo)

The European Imbroglio T h e Antichrist M arching On

By LOU IS S. BAUM AN * Long Beach, California

"O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things1" (Dan. 12:8). ARE W E not living through the strangest times in all history?” asks -A- an editorial writer in the issue of the Los Angeles Times that has just come to my desk. Yes! And were any of the old prophets alive today—Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Hosea, Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or any of the rest of them—their hearts would throb and thrill in glorious expectancy in the light of the latest events in the world, especially in Europe. The man who reads his newspaper and knows his Bible must be stirred to the depths of his soul as he ponders the anti- God, anti-Christ, and anti-moral deeds of the lords of earth, and then ponders likewise the declaration of the mighty God of Jacob: "The unjust knoweth no shame . . . There­ fore . . . my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation' (Zeph. 3:5, 8). From the farthest east to the farthest west, the heavens are flashing signals that even fools should understand, to warn that the sun of man’s day on this earth is about to set in vast seas of human blood. All save those who are willfully and spiritually blind are compelled to believe that the zero hour of “the times of the Gentiles” ap­ proaches, and "the day of the Lord” is at hand. Bitterness Against God's "Anointed Ones" Let those who doubt weigh the Scrip­ tures that are backed by the oaths of Om­ nipotence. *Pastor First Brethren Church

"The kings o f the earth set them­ selves, and the rulers take counsel to­ gether against the Lord, and against his Anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us . . . Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion . . . Be wise now therefore, O ye kings, be in­ structed, ye judges of the earth” (Psa. 2:2, 3, 6, 10). We are fully aware that “his Anointed” in the above passage is Jesus, the Christ; yet the pronoun “their” that follows surely justifies us in believing that the expression can be broadened to include “his anointed” nation, Israel. “O ye seed of Israel his servant, Ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones Yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed ones, And do my prophets no harm" (1 Chron. 16:13, 21, 22, R .V .). Israel is an indestructible nation. Though Jew and Gentile should seek for its destruc­ tion, yet the "anointed” nation will abide. For, “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night . . . If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord, if heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out be­ neath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord” (Jer. 31:35-37). The immutable covenants of God made with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David, are not to be

changed by what Israel may or may not do. When the Lord of glory presented Himself to the Jews as their King, the Jews replied by spitting upon Him (Matt. 27:30). That mattered not as regards the promises. The King Himself had said: “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). Recent weeks have seen the mightiest rulers of earth agree to the destruction of Israel in Central Europe—agree to the de­ struction of the indestructible! “What fools these mortals be!” These rulers of the earth may not allow Israel a place whereon they may set the soles of their feet to rest. Mussolini orders thousands of them out of Italy “within six months.” Britain imme­ diately proposes to close the doors of Pal­ estine to their immigration. Very well, then, there will be a nation within the na­ tions, rebel against it as the nations do. It is the decree of Omnipotence. Why blame the Jew? The Day of Israel's Sorrow The four mightiest leaders of Europe surrounded a table at Munich a few days ago; and, some willingly and some unwill­ ingly, joined themselves into a pact that stood for the oppression of the weak and helpless, and the strengthening of the al­ ready strong enemies of Israel. They went through the fiasco of trying to establish peace on the basis of that which all the world knows is monstrous injustice. Pro­ fessedly in the interests of peace, their' action had the effect of driving from their defenses whatever defenders the bleeding and impoverished sons of Jacob still had in Central Europe. They burst open the doors to what refuges were left upon the moun­ tains for the sobbing sons and daughters of Israel.

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