in these books; nay, the characteristic features of this vicious system betray Biblical perversion at every point.
For example, Paul’s three supernatural accompanistas of the advent, the “shout” the “voice of the archangel”, and the “trump of God” (1 Thess. 4:16) are all symbols and denote the agitation, dissatisfaction, and restlessness everywhere manifest throughout the civilised world since 1874! So we are oraculary told. If this is all the Apostles meant, then we must confess that the “majestic of the prediction is lost in the poverty of its fulfilment.” Let one other text be mentioned – Rev. 6: 16; “Fall on us [cover, protect] and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne.” “The thought is that of protection, not destruction . . . . The real fulfilment is already beginning.”
Furthermore, according to the plain teaching of scripture the resurrection of the saints takes place at the Lord’s coming. (1 Cor. 15:51-57; 1 Thess. 4:13-18.) It appears also that the two events are contemporaneous and simultaneous; the Lord’s Coming, even before He reaches the earth, effects the rising of sleeping saints and the transformationof living believers, when both together are caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thess. 4:16,17.) We are assured that this majestic event will occur 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). Millennial Dawn likewise teaches that the resurrection takes place at the Lord’s advent, but not immediately; four years lie between the Lord’s “presence” on earth and the resurrection of the saints; the one occurs in 1874, the other in 1878. (Vol. III, pp. 234-5; 302-306.) We read: “That in the spring of 1878 all the holy apostles and other ‘overcomers’ of the Gospel age who slept in Jesus were raised spirit beings, like unto their Lord and Master”. . . . “The Lord Jesus and the risen saints already here (are) engaged in the great harvest work.” . . . “Such is the present situation; the great Judge has come – not as at the first advent, in a body of humiliation, for sacrifice, but in the plenitude of His power as a spirit being”. “And while we conclude that their resurrection is now an accomplished fact, and hence that they as well as the Lord are now present in the earth, the fact that we do not see them is no obstacle to faith when we remember that, like their Lord, they are now spirit beings and like Him, invisible to men”. Since 1874 Jesus Christ has been dwelling on the earth; since 1878 the risen saints have also been sojourning on the earth; and no mortal has the slightest inkling if it save C.T. Russell and his followers!
All this is sufficiently astounding, but these notions stand not alone. Other marvellous things are encountered in the volumes we are now reviewing.