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The revelation of the KING) OF ETERNITY involving his name, his covenants, his memorial, and his Vindicator; dis- closing why all persons who get life everlasting must love, joyfully obey, and serve Him.
By J. F. ButhePford
Author of CREATION DELIVXXUNCE RECONCILIATION GOVERNMENT PBOPHECY LImTi!
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JEHOVAH CHAPTER I
J EHOVAH GOD is the owner of the universe. He made the heavens and the earth, and all things are at his disposal. The LORD God made the earth and the heavens. (Gen. 2 : 4) Lo ! unto Jeho- vah thy God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens; the earth with all that is therein. (Deut. 10 : 14, Rotherham) The heavens are thinc, the earth also is thine : as for the world, and the fulness thereof, thou ha& founded them. (Ps. 89: 11) Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands. (Ps. 102: 25) The earth is the LORDs, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. (Ps. 24 : 1) I am Je- hovah, that is my name. (Isa. 42: 8, A.R.V.) Thus saith Jehovah, the Ring of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. --Isa. 44 : 6, American Revised Version.
Jehovah God is the unselfish One, because God is love, (1 John 4: 16) Love means unselfish devotion to righteousness. For righteous is Jehovah, right- eousness he loveth, the upright shall behold his face. (Ps. 11: 7, Roth.) 0 Jehovah ! in the heavens is thy lovingkindness, thy faithfulness as far as the fleecy clouds: thy righteousness is like mighty mountains, and thy just deem are a great resounding deep;
man and beast thou savest, 0 Jehovah ! How precious thy lovingkindness, 0 God ! therefore the sons of men under the shadow of thy wings seek refuge. (Ps. 36: 5-7, Roth.) In the Scriptures father means life- giver, and Jehovah God his the Life-giver to all who live forever. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (Eph. 4: 6) All creatures that get life everlasting must re- ceive it from Jehovah God through his chosen One. Life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ.-Rom. 6: 23,
Jehovah the immortal One is from everlasting to everlasting. (Ps. 90 : 2) Hc has revealed himself to his creatures by his name J.&ovala, meaning his pur- pose toward his creatures; by his name God, meaning the Creator of all things; by his name Almighty, mean- ing that he is all-powerful and nothing can success- fully resist him; and by his name Most Migh, meaning that he is the supreme One above all. His name has been dcfamcd before all creation. In due time he will vindicate his name for the good of all creation. His Vindicator is his chosen, anointed, beloved One who executes his judgment.
The covenants of Jehovah God manifest hi purpose and reveal the manner of carrying out his purpose. &cause his name and his covenants are w vitally im- portant to man consideration thereof is given in the pages following. His name and his covenants are in- separably linked together. The carrying out of his covenants will be a vindication of his name, and the opening of the way for mankind to gain everlasting life, and will bring everlasting peace and joy to those that live on the earth.
The present-day visible rulers of this world are woefully deceived. They think they have the right to
rule the people. They possess no such right. God, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, is the King of eternity. (Ps. 83 : 18; Jer. 10:. 10, margin) All just power and authority reside in him. The time is at hand when all must know that Jehovah is God, and that to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and givcth it to whomsoever he will. (Dan. 4: 17) When God took away from the nation of Israel all authority to rule, which he did in the year 606 B.C., he said: It shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him. (Ezck. 21: 27) He whose right it is has come. The great question now before living creatures is, Who is supreme1 and who shall rule or control the world? The proper consideration of this question involves the name and the covenants of Je- hovah, to the intent that men of intelligence may choose whom they will serve.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Chief Bxecu- tive Officer of Jehovah, the Redeemer of man, and the worlds rightful Ruler. Satan the Devil is the wicked one, the opposer of God, and mans greatest enemy. For centuries Satan has been the invisible overlord or controller of the world. There must be a change from Satans rule to that by Jesus Christ. That change is impending and will take place within this generation.
There is first here given the Scriptural definition of world, and then the proof that Satan controls the world, and why a change of world control must short- ly come to pass. World means the peopIes of earth organized into forms of government, under the super- vision of an invisible power or overlord. In the Bible the word heaven is used to represent the invisible
part of that rule, while earth, as there used, means the visible power that rules, and it is heaven and earth together which constitute the world. The people of good will herein mentioned are those who have an honest and sincere desire to see justice and righteousness prevail, and hence they desire that the will of God may be done on earth as well as in heaven.
Jehovah God created the earth and put perfect man upon it, and made the spirit creature Lucifer the in- visible overlord of the earth. Associated with Lucifer were many spirit creatures or angels forming a part of his immediate organization. Lucifer rebelled against Jehovah God, in which rebellion his host of angels joined, and man was led into lawlessness and sentenced to death. Since the entire human race sprang from that one man after he had sinned and was sentenced to death, all mankind have been born imperfect. (Ram 5: 12) God changed the name of Lucifer to that of Devil, Satan, Serpent, and Dragon, and since then Satan and his host of wicked angels have controlled the world.
Satan defied Jehovah God to put on earth men that would be faithful and true to God. That challenge God accepted. (Job 1: 8-12; 2: 1-6) Although sen- tenced to death, Satan and his wicked angels have been permitted to continue for a definite period of time un- hindered in the prosecution of their wicked work, God abiding his own due time to take action against them. As the human race increased on the earth, other angels which had been wholly devoted to God materialized in human form and were induced by Satan and his wicked angels to mingle with humankind and marry the daughters of men, and from that union there came forth an unusual offspring. There followed a period of great wickedness in the earth, and God announced
his purpose to destroy the world that then was by a flood. That time in the Scriptures is called Noaha day, because Noah was a righteous man and re- mained true to God.-Gen. 6 : 1-8; 1 Bet. 3 : 19, 20.
Jehovah God then told Noah to build an ark in which he would find refuge for himself and the im- mediate members of his household. Noah did as com- manded, and then there came upon the world the deluge or great flood which destroyed all flesh, That destruction of all flesh was a type foreshadowing the destruction of the present wicked world. The saving of a few persons who found refuge in the ark pictured or foreshadowed the millions of people of good will who will be carried through the battle of the great day of God Almighty soon to be fought. A knowledge of the truth of and concerning these things is now of most vital importance to all persons of good will; hence that message is now declared as a notice and warning to all such people.
In the flood God destroyed all flesh, but he did not destroy the Devil and the other wieked spirits, but permitted them to continue to exercise power and in- fluence over humankind until Gods due time to take action. Why did not God then destroy the Devil7 Je- hovahs answer to that question is found in the Bible, at Exodus 9: 16, in these words : But for this cause htive I allowed thee to remain, in order to show thee my power; and in order that they [my witnesses] may proclaim my name throughout all the earth. (Lesser) But the day of final reckoning must come, and in that day Satan and his power will be complete- ly destroyed and there will be a complete change in the rulership of the world
After the blood the human race multiplied in the earth and then men began to organize themselves into
governments, the tlrst organization being under the leadership of Nimrod. (Gen. 10 : 8-10) In that gov- ernment and in every government from then till now three elementa have constituted the visible ruling power, to wit, religion, politics and commerce. During all that time Satan the Devil has exercised his subtle power over the men of the nations, defrauded and de- ceived them, and led them away from the true God. But in all the centuries past God has had a few men on earth who have remained true and faithful to him, and such men he has caused to be his witnesses in the earth.
Then Jehovah organized the people of Israel into a nation for himself