What fault did the God of heaven find with Israels religious gatherings

Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness. Isaiah 58 3, 4. What does God set forth as the fast acceptable to Him Is not this the fast that I have chosen to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house...

Baptism

What commission did Christ give to His disciples Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Matt. 28 19. Before one is baptized, what is it necessary for him to do Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you. Acts 2 38. Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20 21. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory...

Of what will all give account in the day of judgment

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matt. 12 36, 37. NOTE.-Nothing can be more fatal to purity of life in either sex than the idea that a young man may sow 'wild oats,' and still be a 'first-rate good fellow,' and worthy of positions of trust and responsibility in society and the fact that such a notion prevails, is further...

What is promised to the pure in heart

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matt. 5 8. NOTE. -By reading Gen. 6 1.13, it will be readily seen that social impurity was the chief cause of the deluge. It was also the principal reason for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Gen. 19 1-11 God at one time destroyed 24,000 of the Israelites because of their laxness in this respect. Num. 25 1-9. One notable case is brought to view in the early Biblical record, which shows the reward of virtue. Joseph was sorely tempted...

Hope

To what is the Christian's hope likened That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. Heb. 6 18, 19. What is the Christian's hope called Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Titus 2 13....

Origin History and Destiny of Satan

Have any others than the human family sinned God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. 2 Peter 2 4. What is the name of him who led them to sin Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels. Matt. 25 41. Is he known by any other name And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. Rev. 12 9....

Was David blessed of God because he was a polygamist

Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight Thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house because thou hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbor. 2 Samuel 12 9-11. NOTE. - The...

The Bible

In the days of Jesus, what was the name for the Bible Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner Matthew 21 42. What other Biblical name is given to this important book And He answered and said unto them, My mother and My brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. Luke 8 21. NOTE.-It is interesting to note that the word Bible does not occur in the Bible itself. It is derived from the...

Why did the Lord abhor the nations that occupied Canaan before Israel Ye

Shall therefore keep all My statutes, and all My judgments and do them that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out. And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. Lev. 20 22, 23. Why did God make His promise to the seed of Abraham Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws. Gen. 26 5. What will the children of...

What does the apostle say about the practice of Christ in keeping the law

And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins and in Him is no sin. 1 John 3 5. What does Christ say of Himself in this respect I have kept My Father's commandments, and abide in His love. John 15 10. If one would abide in Christ, what ought he to do He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked. 1 John 2 6. How does James say one may be blessed in his deeds But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a...

What words has Paul left on record concerning corrupt communication foolish talking and jesting Let no corrupt

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient but rather giving of thanks. Eph. 5 4. What did the Saviour say about idle words But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day ofjudgment. Matt. 12 36. From what does he who keeps his mouth and tongue, keep his soul Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles. Prov. 21 23. How is he who holds his peace, under certain...

With what sacrifice did God command Abraham to worship Him And He

Said unto him, Take Me a heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another. Gen. 15 1, 10. How did Jacob manifest his faith in the promised Redeemer And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. Gen. 46 1. What did the lord command Moses to have made And the Lord spake...

The breath of life from God was breathed into mans nostrils in the beginning What does Job call that which is in the

Job 27 3. When man gives up the spirit, what becomes of it Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Eccl. 12 7. NOTE. - That is, the spirit of life by which man lived, and which was only loaned to him of God, goes back to the great Author of life. It is His, and man can have it eternally, only as a gift from God, through Jesus Christ. (Rom. 6 23.)When the spirit goes back to God, the dust, which was...

What is the only beginning of which we have any knowledge In the

Beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen. 1 1. What has been the result of Satan's bringing sin into the world through our first parents And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 5 19. When Christ came to redeem the world, what did Satan do to Him And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan and was with the wild beasts and the angels ministered unto Him. Mark 1 12, 13....

Diligence

What good things are spoken of the faithful and energetic He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread. Prov. 28 19. The hand of the diligent maketh rich. Prov. 10 4. The soul of the diligent shall be made fat. Prov. 13 4. What is said of the man of opposite characteristics He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand. Prov. 10 4. The soul of the sluggard desireth and hath nothing. Prov. 13 4. What social distinction is shown between the diligent man and the slothful one The hand of...

What does the Bible set forth as the commandments of God And the Lord

Spake unto you out of the midst of the fire and He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments and He wrote them upon two tables of stone. Deut. 4 12, 13. Were these ten commandments the complete law of God These words the Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice and He added no more. And He wrote them in two tables of stone. Deut. 5 22. Why should the law...

How far may one hope to know the mind of God regarding himself Be ye

Transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Rom. 12 2. How will he appear who has been thus honored of God Who is as the wise man and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing a man's wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed. Eccl. 8 1. How many kinds of wisdom are there Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect yet not the wisdom of this world But we speak the wisdom of...

Answers to Prayer

For what purpose did the Saviour utter the parable of the importunate widow And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18 1. If one asks in the proper way for what he needs, how will his prayer be regarded Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mark 11 24. What must accompany faith in order that our hearts shall not condemn us, and that we may have the...

Penalty for Transgression

In the old dispensation, how was an idolater punished And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die be- cause he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Deut. 13 6-10. What was done to a blasphemer And he that blasphemeth the name of the Lord, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him, as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land. Lev. 24 16. How was a...

The Love of

Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage He retaineth not his anger forever, because he delighteth in mercy. Micah 7 18. How is His mercy continually manifested It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3 22,23. Is His mercy limited to any special class Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he...

Gods Memorial

What is to endure throughout all generations Thy name, O Lord, endureth forever and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations. Psalm 135 13. NOTE. - Memorial. - Anything intended to preserve the memory of a person, an occurrence, or the like something which serves to keep something else in remembrance a monument. Webster. Does the Bible give any illustration of this definition And these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel forever. Joshua 4 7. What were these stones...

Forgiving One Another

What spirit should accompany prayer And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any that your Father also which is in heaven, may forgive you your trespasses. Mark 11 25. Will God pardon the unforgiving But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11 26. How should we ask for pardon And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Matt. 6 12. How many times should we forgive Then came Peter to Him, and said, Lord, how...

But suppose one halts in his faith or trust how is he regarded by the Lord

Now the just shall live by faith but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him. Heb. 10 38. By what does one gain the victory over the world For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5 4. In the struggles with temptations, if one trusts in Jesus, how will he show it These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer I...

Fate of the Transgressor

Regarding the wicked, what question does Peter ask For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God 1 Peter 4 17. What does Paul say is the wages of sin For the wages of sin is death. Rom. 6 23 (Eze. 18 4). NOTE. - Die. - To cease to live to expire to decease to perish. - Webster. What will be the character of this death Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence...

How many classes of people will there be on the earth when the Lord comes

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thess. 5 2-4. What will those who are in darkness say when they hear about the Lord's coming Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after...

Why did God give His son to die and who alone are benefited by His death

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. He that believeth not the Son shall not see everlasting life, but the wrath of God abideth or him. John 3 16, 36. With whom is the eternal life of the believer hid For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Col. 3 3. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 John 5 11. When will eternal...

The Law Of God As Changed By

Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. The Second Commandment has been left out II actually Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. III actually F Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day. The Sabbath Commandment has been changed IV actually F Honor thy father and thy mother. V actually V Thou shalt not kill. VI actually V Thou shalt not commit adultery. VII actually V Thou shalt not steal. VIII actually X Thou shalt not bear false witness...

Can one have the spirit of life with him eternally unless he has Christ He

That hath the Son hath life and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 1 John 5 12. Why were the first guilty pair driven from the tree of life And now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. Gen. 3 22. What was done to keep man away from the tree of life So He drove out the man and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. Gen. 3 24. How are...

What was the condition and work of most of the bishops at that time

Worldly minded bishops, instead of caring for the salvation of their flocks, were often but too much inclined to travel about, and entangle themselves in worldly concerns. Neander's History of the Christian Religion and Church, translated by Prof. Torrey, vol. 2, page 16. What did the bishops determine to do This theocratical theory was already the prevailing one in the time of Constantine and the bishops voluntarily made themselves dependent on him by their disputes, and by their determination...

Under which of the seven last plagues will this battle take place And the

Seventh angel poured our his vial into the air and the cities of the nations fell and every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent. Rev. 16 17-21. In order to prepare His people for that terrible time, what does God expect His ministers to do Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Eze. 13 5.

Libing Souls

When man had been created from the dust, what did he become And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. Gen. 2 7. To what other order of beings is the term soul applied And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep. Num. 31 28. Is the term living souls applied to anything...

The Gentile Sabbath

How does God regard the Gentiles Is He the God of the Jews only Is He not also of the Gentiles Yes, of the Gentiles also. Rom. 3 29. Is God partial to either Jew or Gentile Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him. Acts 10 34, 35. What rule must be applied to convict anyone of sin For until the law, sin was in the world but sin is not Imputed when...

The Work of the Hoi Spirit

What is the first work the Bible ascribes to the Spirit of God And the earth was without form, and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Gen. 1 2. By what power did Christ work miracles But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Matt. 12 28. To what is His resurrection ascribed For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being...

When the wicked come up again on the earth what will they be incited to do

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. Rev. 20 7, 8. What will then take place And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Rev. 20 9. What is this...

While yet but a child what example of obedience to parents did He present to

Us And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them. Luke 2 51. How are His childhood and youth described And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. Verse 52. What example did He give us in regard to baptism Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now for thus it...

Under the Roman power how long were the saints to be persecuted

Some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end, because it is yet for a time appointed. Dan. 11 35. NOTE. - The time of the end, it appears from this text, was even then an appointed time, in the mind of God. This is not strange, when we learn that the judgment and the end itself are both said to be appointed times, in the Scriptures. (Acts 17 31 Dan. 8 19.) How long, according to the prophecy, was the little horn, which...

Salvation

For what purpose did Christ come into the world This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief.-1 Tim. 1 15. Can we obtain salvation through any other source Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.-Acts 4 12. From what does Christ save His people Thou shalt call His name Jesus for He shall save His people from their sins -Matt....

When writing to the Philippians what desire did the apostle Paul express

For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ which is far better. Phil. 1 23. What were the two conditions between which the apostle was thus in difficulty For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil. 1 21. What does he mean by the words to depart The time of my departure is at hand. 2 Tim. 4 6. What was sure to the cause of Christ, whether Paul lived or died Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Phil. 1 20. In...

Prophecies Relating to Christ

In what words did Moses speak of Christ The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, unto Him ye shall hearken. Deut. 18 15. How may we know that the Prophet here spoken of is Christ For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me, Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days....

The Grace of Meekness

What class of persons will the Lord direct The meek will He guide in judgment and the meek will He teach His way. Ps. 25 9. NOTE. - Meek.- Mild of temper not easily provoked or irritated given to forbearance under injuries soft gentle yielding. - Webster. Who could truly say he possessed this principle Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt. 11 29. Who was the meekest man on earth before Christ came Now the man Moses...

Absent from the Body

Upon what subject does Paul treat in 2 Cor. 5 1-8 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 Cor. 5 1. NOTE. - In this verse the present and future condition of the believer is spoken of . While we are here in our earthly house, in this tabernacle, that is in this present mortal state, what is our condition For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house...

In whom was this prophecy partially fulfilled For all the Prophets and the law

And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come. Matt. 11 13, 14. What objection was raised by the scribes to Christ's mission And His disciples asked Him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come Matt. 17 10. What answer was made to this And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they...

Nature of Gods

How may lawgivers are there There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. James 4 12. What is said of the stability of His character For I am the Lord, I change not. Mal. 3 6. What is the character of His works The works of His hands are verity and judgment all His commandments are sure. They standfast forever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. Ps. 111 7, 8. What is the character of His law For we know that the law is spiritual but I am carnal, sold under sin. Rom. 7...

Growth in Grace

With what words does the Apostle Peter close his second epistle But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3 18. How may grace and peace be multiplied in believers Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1 2. What has our heavenly Father given to us, to enable us to become partakers of the divine nature Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises that by these ye might be...

At the expiration of this message what will take place The close of probation and the seven last plagues

What will then come upon those who have rejected that message Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. Amos 8 11-12. When the people shall thus cry for the bread of life, what will the Lord say to them Because I have...

Of what great final event is the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah a pattern or type

And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly. 2 Peter 2 6. NOTE. - The destruction of such cities as Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylon, and Jerusalem is set forth as a type of the destruction awaiting the world. Says one writer The time is near when the large cities will be visited by the judgments of God. In a little while, these cities will be terribly shaken. No matter how large or strong...

What are the proper things to engage ones mind

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.Phil. 4 8. NOTE. - To male and female alike this rule applies. All should avoid associating with those who indulge in low, impure thoughts, as their presence and influence are alike contagious. One soon receives the mold of a...

Did the disciples think that death would be the second coming of Christ

Peter seeing him John saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee follow thou Me. Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die yet Jesus said not unto him, he shall not die but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee John 21 21-23. If death is not the coming of Christ, how will He come And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken...

Resurrection of the Just

Name the principal result of man's fall. Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Rom. 5 12. In what condition is man while in the grave Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. Ecc. 9 10. What has been promised in order that man may be redeemed from this condition I will ransom them from the power...

What rule of life has Christ Himself given to guide us in such unselfish living

Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. Matthew 7 12. Who alone can remove the selfishness from the hearts of men Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4 12.(See also 1 John 1 9.) Who, alone, then, is able to give to men genuine freedom If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8 36. What was the attitude of Christ toward unbelievers If any man...

The New Birth

What is the natural condition of the human family For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom. 3 23. See Eph. Who alone will be permitted to see God Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matt. 5 8. Can man by his own exertions change his condition Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Jer. 13 23. How, then, can one be brought to God For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the...

Is our work for the life that now is closely united with that for the one to

Come Not slothful in business fervent in spirit serving the Lord. Rom. 12 11, What sentence is pronounced against the man who is unfaithful in God's work Cursedbe he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully. Jer. 48 10. In view of the reward to be given at Christ's appearing, what exhortation is given Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot and blameless. 2 Peter 3 14. What blessed assurance is given such as...

From what source come our words

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matt. 12 34. NOTE.-Great care should be exercised in the training of children's minds, as what is taken into them, from whatever source, will be sure to bear its legitimate fruit in due time. On this point, the Rev. T. De Witt Talmage has well said You may tear your coat or break a vase, and repair it again but the point where the rip or the fracture took place will always...

Repentance

To whom is repentance to be preached And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations. Luke 24 47. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5 32. How is one to know he is a sinner By the law is the knowledge of sin. Rom We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin. Rom. To what is the transgressor of the law subject Let no man deceive you with vain words for because of these things cometh the wrath...

Foretelling the condition of the world just prior to His Second Advent to what did Christ liken it

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all, Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. Luke 17 28-30. NOTE. - The cities of today are like Sodom and Gomorrah, centers and sinkholes of vice, pride, violence, confusion, and crime. The cities of the United States furnish most of the nation's...

How then was David a man after Gods own heart polygamy and murder being violations of the commandment of the Lord

I acknowledged my sin unto Thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Ps. 32 5. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit a broken and a con- trite heart, a God, thou wilt not despise. Ps. 51 17. NOTE. - David, like Jacob, had an evil nature, and sometimes strayed from the path of righteousness but like him, also, he repented of his sins, and received forgiveness. These were two of the most favored...

Moral Obligation in the Patriarchal

How long has sin reigned He that committeth sin is of the Devil for the Devil sinneth from the beginning. 1 John 3 8. What others sinned with Satan God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. 2 Peter 2 4. Can there be sin where there is no law Because the law worketh wrath for where no law is, there is no transgression. Rom. 4 15. How was the first death brought about And Cain talked with Abel his...

The Worlds Conversion

What did Jesus say would be the condition of the world just prior to His coming As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. Luke 17 26. (See also verses 27-30, and Matthew 24 37-39.) In the days of Noah, God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the earth was filled with violence. Genesis 6 5, 11. According to the parable of the wheat and tares, how long...

The Mark of Apostasy

Against what does the third angel warn And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. Rev. 14 9, 10. By what power is this mark enforced on those who receive it And he the two-horned beast causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. Rev. 13 16. What...

Chapter

When and by what acts was the Sabbath made And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made. Gen. 2 2, 3. What important division of time is marked off by the Sabbath The week. Two thousand five hundred years after creation, the Sabbath was proclaimed, with the other moral commands, from...

The Atonement in the New Testament

At the death of Christ, what miracle signified that the priestly work of the earthly sanctuary was finished Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Matt. 27 50, 51. Where has the work of the sanctuary been conducted since the ascension of Christ Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum We have such a High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the...

What sign had Isaiah given by which Christ might be known as the Messiah

Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign Be- hold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Isa. 7 14. Was this fulfilled Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel. Matt. 1 22, 23. Where had the prophet said Christ should be born But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the...

What influence have kind words and a wholesome tongue upon others A

Prov. 15 1. A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. Prov. 15 4. What is the effect of grievous words Grievous words stir up anger. Prov. 15 1. There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword. Prov. 12 18. Contrast the abiding future of the truthful, with the brief continuance of such as speak falsely The lip of truth shall be establishedforever but a lying tongue is but for a moment. Prov. 12 19. Are words a sure index of the heart For out of the abundance of...

What will the two horned beast require all under its jurisdiction to receive

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. Rev. 13 16. What will be the result And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Rev. 13 17. How much power is to be given to the image of the beast And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not...

If there should never be an awakening of the dead what would be the result

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 1 Cor. 15 16-18. When does the resurrection of the righteous take place For the Lord Himself shall descendfrom heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thess. 4 16 (1 Cor. 15 23). NOTE. - If, as we have learned (Eccl. 9 5), the...

Meditation and Prayer

With what adversary does man have to contend Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5 8. When is a man tempted But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. James 1 14. Is there still another obstacle to man's spiritual advancement Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2 15. Can...

We have seen that paganism brought Sunday to the forefront as a venerable day and popery gave it the title of Lords day

Question. - Have you any other way of proving that the church has power to institute festivals of precept Answer. - Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her, she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no scriptural authority. Doctrinal Catechism. This is also taught in nearly all Catholic books of instruction.

The Divinity of Christ

Is Christ set forth as a divine being in Holy Writ But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1 8,9. Did Christ exist before He was manifested in the flesh And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world...

Institution of the Sabbath

In his mention of the little horn, what does the prophet say that power should think to do And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws. Dan. 7 25. What does Paul say the man of sin should do Except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped. 2 Thess. 2 3, 4. NOTE. - There is...

Have the sun and the moon been darkened in fulfillment of these predictions

They have, as stated in the following NOTE. - But especially I mention that wonderful darkness on the 19th of May 1780 . Then, as in our text, the sun was darkened such a darkness as probably was never known before since the crucifixion of our Lord. People left their work in the house and in the field. Travelers stopped schools broke up at eleven o'clock people lighted candles at noonday and the fire shown as at night. Some people, I have been told, were in dismay, and thought whether the day...

Cheerfulness

What is said of the heavy hearted, and the effect of cheering words upon such Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop but a good word maketh it glad. Prov. 12 25. What is the influence of cheerfulness upon the sad and despondent A merry heart doeth good like a medicine but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Prov. 17 22. What did Job exclaim in a time of sore trouble, when well meaning friends came to him with words of reproach I have heard many such things miserable comforters are ye all....

The Intermediate State

By what figure does the Bible represent death But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 1 Thess. 4 13 (1 Cor. 15 18, 20) (John 11 11-14). NOTE. - In sound sleep one is wholly lost to consciousness time goes by unmeasured and the functions of the mental organs are suspended for the time being. Where do the dead sleep And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Dan. 12 2. How...

Events Connected with the Millennium

What great event will take place at the coming of Christ For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. 1 Thess. 4 16, 17. Where will the saints then be taken InMy Father's house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for...

Righteousness and Life

What assurance is given to every believer in Christ For God so loved the world, that He gave His only be- gotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3 16. What wonderful truth is revealed in the gospel message For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1 17. What was brought to light through the gospel Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and...

Eternal Life

Who suffered Christ to die, and then raised Him again Therefore doth My Father love Me because I lay down My life that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received ofMy Father. John 10 17, 18. Whom Christ God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death because it was not possible that He should be holden of it. Acts. 2 24. How came death into the world Wherefore...

The Law Of

I Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. II Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them, for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My...

How will it be when Christ has finished the atonement for his people So

Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Heb. 9 28. NOTE. - That is, to those who stand waiting and watching for His appearance as did the people of Israel for their high priest to appear to them, Christ will appear to His people and at that time He will have laid upon the head of the great scapegoat (Satan) the sins of His people, which have been atoned for. Then Satan will bear these sins (as...

Instead of their trying to close the breach made in Gods law the loss of the

Sabbath), and to make up the hedge, what will they do They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying The Lord saith and the Lord hath not sent them and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Eze. 13 6. During these closing scenes, what message will God send forth to call attention to His commandments And the third angel followed them, saying with aloud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same...

The Seven Last Plagues

What is said of those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation. Rev. 14 9, 10. What is the wrath of God And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven last plagues for in them is filled up the wrath of God. And one of the...

What did the prophet say Christ would be called to endure He was

Oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment and who shall declare His generation for He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people was He stricken. Isa. 53 7, 8. Must not Christ have known beforehand of these things Then He took unto Him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to...

Length of the Day of the Lord

What is the character of the day of the Lord The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord the mighty man shall cry there bitterly. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress. Zeph. 1 14, 15. Under which of the seven seals does this time of wrath begin And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal. for the great day of His wrath is come and who shall be able to stand Rev. 6 12, 17. What signs were to appear in the...

What petition was made to the emperor by a church convention in 401 AD

That the public shows might be transferred from the Christian Sunday, and from feast days, to some other days of the week. Neander, vol. 2, page 300. What was the object of these state laws That the day might be devoted with less interruption to the purposes of devotion. That the devotion of the faithful might be free from all disturbance. Ibid., pages 297, 301. How was their devotion disturbed Church teachers were, in truth, often forced to com- plain, that in such competitions the theater was...

The Thief on the Cross

In answering the petition of the thief on the cross, what promise did the Saviour make him And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise. Luke 23 43. What noted tree is in Paradise To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. Rev. 2 7. By what river is the tree of life And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In...

What inclined him to prefer to depart or lay down this life To depart and to

Phil. 1 23. How long after his departure before he would be with Christ For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4 16, 17. See 1 Cor. 15 51-54 2 Tim. 4 7, 8.

Christ the Way of Life

In what condition are all men naturally But the Scripture hath concluded all under sin. Gal. 3 22. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom.3 23. The wages of sin is death. Rom. 6 23. The gift of God is eternal life. Rom. 6 23. This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 1 John 5 11. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the...

What solemn message just before the Lords coming will bring this unity

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God Here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14 9-12. When the lord comes, what will be the united cry of these faithful ones And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God we have waitedfor Him, and He will save...

What promise applies at this time to those who have loved the truth A

Thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. Ps. 91 7-10. What takes place under the sixth plague And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates and the water thereof was dried...

How do we obtain eternal life

For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6 23. Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts. Jesus has said, 'I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.' Christ must be revealed to the sinner as the Saviour dying...

What will the last message before the Lord comes demand of the faithful

And the third angel followed them, saying in a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation Here is the patience of the saints here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14 9-12. How will the remnant church be generally regarded for thus keeping God's commandments And the...

What wonderful demonstration will accompany the Lords coming

Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God. 1 Thess. 4 16. What will then take place We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Cor. 15 51, 52. (1 Thess. 4 16-17). Have not the martyrs of old gone to their reward And these all, having obtained a good report...

What is to take place under the seventh plague

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the...

The Second Angels Message

What announcement is made by the second angel of Rev. 14 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Rev. 14 8. To whom is the term Babylon elsewhere applied And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. Rev. 17 4, 5. NOTES. - A woman, in...

Hospitality

What is the meaning of the word hospitality Reception and entertainment of strangers or guests, without reward, or with kind and generous liberality. Webster. What, then, are the characteristics of true hospitality Kindness, generosity, and love, or charity. As genuine hospitality must flow from love for our fellow beings, what is fulfilled by its exercise Love worketh no ill to his neighbor therefore love is fulfilling of the law.Rom. 13 10. See also Gal. 5 13, 14. What law is here referred to...

What further testimony is given by prophets Christ and the apostles relative to the enduring nature of Gods original

Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister one wife to another, margin , to vex her, beside the other in her lifetime. Lev. 18 18. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that He hateth putting away. Mal. 2 15, 16. Christ said From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife and they twain shall be one...

Was Solomon blessed because he was a polygamist

His wives turned away his heart after other gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon because his heart was turnedfrom the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 1 Kings 11 4, 9, 11. NOTE. - The lives of these three men, particularly those of Jacob and...

The Law Given at Sinai

How does Nehemiah describe the giving of the law at Sinai Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments and madest known unto them Thy holy Sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of What was the primary advantage possessed by the Hebrews What advantage then hath the Jew chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. Romans 3 1, 2....

The Lords

On what foundation is the Christian church built And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. Eph. 2 20. By whom were all things created Which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ. Eph. 3 9. When was the creation finished And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the...

How are they described who submit to this unscriptural requirement As

Being worshipers of the beast and his image. How strongly will this worship and mark be urged That the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark. Rev. 13 15-17. What warning does the Lord give against the reception of this...

Against whose worship are the dwellers of earth warned by the third angel

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. Rev. 14 9. What beast had been seen coming up out of the sea And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. Rev. 13 1. What power was given to this...

What is said of the professed Christian whose language is unbecoming If any

Man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, this man's religion is vain. James 1 26. Will our words have weight in the judgment For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.Matt. 12 37. By these forcible scriptures, what startling truth is established Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Prov. 18 21. What should be the constant prayer of each heart Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy...