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Watchman, What of the Night?

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by John Brahmall
Isaiah 21:11-12


“The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night.”

THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES WARN OF JUDGMENT

    In this Scripture, Dumah is Edom. Dumah means “silence”, the silence of death. Isaiah, the watchman received an inquiry, repeated twice— “How far on is it in the night?” The answer is: Though morning is coming, night will yet envelop it.
    The Millennial day is coming for Israel and the world, but before this the Day of the Lord will come in judgment, and they will pass through the night of the Great Tribulation (Mt. 24:15).
    The believer is to be a “watchman” who listens to God’s Word and His counsels, and looks for the event, standing upon the watchtower in fellowship with God (Ezek. 3:17; Hab. 2:1-2; Mk. 13:35-37).
The Sign of Israel. Proof that the Bible is the Word of God is found in one word— Jew! The history of Israel, past, present, an…

THE URGENCY OF THE TIME

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by Renald Showers (1935-2019)

This is a time of humanism, instability, wear and false prophets and Christs. The rejection of God's rule which started for man in the Garden of Eden seems to be reaching a frenzied pitch. Man is determined to prove that he can rule the world in an orderly, meaningful way without God. He asserts that the ultimate purpose of everything is the glory and exaltation of man. His man-centered mania not only makes him refuse to submit to the rule of God but also renders him incapable of submitting (Rom. 8:7).
Because man rejects the rule of God, his pride drives him to do things opposite to what God has ordained. God ordained capital punishment for murderers, but man tries to abolish it. God regards human life as being valuable because He created it in His image, but man destroys it by the millions through abortion. God instituted marriage and ordained that it be permanent, but man divorces and suggests that marriage be abolished. God demands justice in societ…

Dangers Facing Assembly Leadership

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by Stephen Hulshizer (1941-2019)
    In my travel among the assemblies it is evident that the general spiritual condition of many of them is poor. Attendance is often a small portion of those who would claim to be in fellowship. Worldliness has made inroads and it is manifested in a lack of commitment to the local assembly and by a strong commitment to careers, hobbies, sports, and recreation.
    Another very evident need is for godly oversight, men who are committed to caring for the Lord’s people even though it means great personal sacrifice. In many assemblies there is no identifiable leadership and the Lord’s people go from week to week like sheep without a shepherd. In other gatherings there are those who have been identified as elders, but who do little or none of the work involved in shepherding the Lord’s people. Thankfully, there are those assemblies with identifiable and godly overseers who with personal sacrifice care for the saints.

Self-Neglect

    When he was about to leav…

A People’s Vote

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Recently UK politicians have been grappling with the decision as to whether there should be a second referendum, a ‘people’s vote’, regarding the recently negotiated Brexit deal between the UK and the other twenty-seven members of the EU. The UK Prime Minister and others argued strongly that the people had already spoken in 2016 and a majority had made it clearly known that they wanted to leave the EU. Such are the demands of democracy: the people must have their say!      In John 19.15 we read of a very serious choice that was made by the people who thronged the narrow streets around the Praetorium on the day the Lord Jesus was being tried by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. Convinced that the ‘prisoner’ before him was completely innocent of every charge made against Him, and therefore totally undeserving of punishment of any kind, let alone death, Pilate attempted to gain a favourable response from the baying mobs jostling in the streets below.      Firstly, he bro…

A Little While

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by Camilo Vásquez

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations” (1 Pet. 1:6).

    How long will this pandemic last?  Some health authorities indicate that from the time the first case is detected it will be 12 weeks till the height of the crisis is reached, and from there the effects could last up to two years.
    Although this pandemic affects the entire world and is not directed particularly at God’s people, it is still a trial of faith for every believer.  For example, we are told that in the days of the Roman emperor Claudius there was a great famine in all the territory dominated by Rome. This affected even the church in Judea and mobilized the brethren in Antioch to send relief (Acts 11:28-30).
    Peter speaks of the trials of God’s people as lasting “for a season,” which means “briefly.” But God’s idea of brief is different from ours. This expression is used by the Spirit of God to refer to the short time of re…

IS IT RIGHT FOR CHRISTIANS TO PROTEST AGAINST GOVERNMENTS?

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Commenting in 1 Timothy 2:2, J. Allan writes,

"The NT provides clear instruction for believers in their attitude to imperial and civil authorities in Rom 13:1-6; 1 Pet 2:13-17; Titus 3:1. This passage takes the matter further. The men who comprise such authorities often are the object of hatred. In the NT period these men were frequently the originators, and the administrators, of edicts against the believers. In the days immediately subsequent to this epistle the believers were living in mortal fear of the magisterial powers of local administrators. The answer did not lie in rebellion or civil rights protests but in prayer for the salvation of the men. The words of the Lord Jesus were certainly applicable: 'Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you' (Matt 5:44). For the names of such men to be publicly mentioned in prayer would be a testimony to the supernatural grace in the hearts of the believers. "It is an interesting fact that the records of his…

The Atonement

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excerpt from "The Atonement," by William Blane


The Atonement was no business act In which the Savior did contract, To undergo so many pains, That He might cleanse so many's stains. He gave His all — His life's blood flowed To reconcile the World to God. 'Twixt God and man, to close the rent, The spotless Lamb of God was sent, If all the sins of Adam's race, With perfect justice to each case, In Heaven's balances were laid, They would be utterly outweigh'd By Jesus' death. The value lies All in th'infinite sacrifice: When Christ for man was crucified, Th' Creator for the creature died.
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What means a universal call
If there be not enough for all?
As if the Saviour passed some by
While He for others' sins did die,
And that, though all are told to come,
There's but provision made for some;
Or that, in some mysterious way,
God means not what the Scriptures say.
Let hampered minds their thoughts expand,
Nor on such narrow footing stand:
The might work of Jesu…