We are not able to use the radio here in, South Africa ; so I have been using newspaper publicity in publishing the message. About six or seven weeks ago I began publishing short articles in the week-end paper Argus, which has a circulation that covers all English-speaking Africa up to the Congo. These articles cost about three pounds each. The response from them has been remarkable. Letters have literally poured into my office from all over the country. It is a common occurrence to get fifty letters in a post, and to have twenty-five orders for books. People from all walks of life—the titled folk, leaders, bankers, doctors, merchants, native chiefs, mission workers, and ministers, besides hundreds from the better homes of the city—are now on our lists, studying the message week by week. Our Sentinel Publishing House here in South Africa has run short of literature at times, and I have had to publish tracts to fill in—some taken from a chapter in a small book, and some I have written myself. We have now nearly a thousand names of those who are studying with us, and the list is growing too rapidly for our finances to keep up with the interest. The people are beginning to send in money, however, and that will help to pay expenses.
The week before Russia entered the war I had a short article on Russia in the paper. It made a hit, and I later printed a little tract on the subject about as I give it in lectures, but of course in briefer form. The men here at headquarters went over it quite carefully with me before we printed it.
I print the articles in the papers over the heading "Voice of Prophecy Library." In America the evangelists use only the title. "Voice of Prophecy," for their radio work. The title I am using works wonderfully well, and has a real appeal. One of my newspaper articles follows.
What Will Happen to This World When Christ Comes?'
The Jewish nation rejected Christ as the Messiah at His first coming because the religious leaders had confused the prophecies relative to the events to take place at the time of His second coming, with those at His first coming. They taught that He would come as their deliverer from the nations that oppressed them. When He came "as a Man of Sorrows, and acquainted with grief," and refused to become King of their temporal kingdom, He was rejected and crucified.
1. How did the prophecies say He would come the first time?
"Unto us a child is born, unto us a child is given." Isa. 9 :6.
"Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign : Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel." Isa. 7 :14.
"But thou Bethlehem Ephrata, . . . out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel ; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5 :2.
2. What was to be His relationship to the world?
"He shall grow up before Me as a tender plant... . He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows. . . . Surely He hath borne our griefs. . . . He was wounded for our transgressions. . .. With His stripes we are healed.... He was taken from prison and from judgment. . . . He was cut off out of the land of the living. . . . He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death ; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth." Isa. 53 :1-9.
"My kingdom is not of this world." John 18 :36.
3. But He will be king someday.
"The government shall be upon His shoulders." Isa. 9:6.
"When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, ... before Him all nations shall be gathered." Matt. 25:31.
"And He bath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords." Rev. 19 :16.
4. When will this hour arrive?
"Then cometh the end, when He shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and power, . . . [and] all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." 1 Cor. 15 :24-26.
5. When He becomes king, what will happen ?
"Out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations : and He shall rule them with a rod of iron." Rev. 19:15.
"The God of heaven [shall] set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed . . . It shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms." Dan. 2:44.
"The kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him." Dan. 7:27.
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