Obadiah (Part 2)

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She WAICrIOWER AND HERALD OF CHRIST'S PRESENCE Vou, LVII JvuLy 1, 1956 No. 13 OBADIAH PART 2 “Por the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up, and he shuil be brought low.’’—Isu. 2: 12. of the warriors who fight for righteousness, ITis forces are led by his Chief Officer, Christ Jesus, his mighty Son, and the armies of the Lord know no defeat. When Coliath, the bie bully of the Philistines and servant of the Devil, defied the armies of the Lord, David the beloved, who was a type of Christ Jesus, the beloved Son of God, boldly said to the Philistine: (‘Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shicld; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Isracl, whom thou hast defied.’? (1 Sam. 17:45) The Israclite, foreshadowed the spiritual Israelites of this day, the seed of Jacob, that is to say, the remnant of God's people, The arrogant, bold, rude and dcfiant clergy, led by the Roman Catholie Mierarehy, are united in war upon the true followers of Christ Jesus, who delive. the testimony of the King and the king- dom. Long «go Jchovah of hosts eauscd his judements to be written and recorded, and now he gives his pecple to understand the meaning thereof that they may have full assurance that he who knows no defeat shall fieht their battlcs for them. The antitypieal David includes all the faith Jul members of the body of Christ, includ- ing the remnant now on carth, and these are face to face with the Roman Catholie Hierarchy and their allied elergymen cngaged in a battle that asks and gives no quarter. By his prophets God identifies the elergy or religious clement under the names of “‘Esau’’, ‘dom,’’ ‘Idumea,’’ ‘‘Philistines,’? and by other devilish names, but all mean the same thing. That Jehovah is going to execute them in due time he fully discloses to those who love and serve him. Therefore like David they go forth to the war confident that the Lord will gain the victory. Coneerming this war Jehovah says: ‘‘For my sword shall be bathed in heaven : behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upun the people of my curse, to judgment. The sword of the Lord is filled with blood; it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of {dumea. And the streams thereof shall be turned Soci the ws of hosts is the leader and commander into piteh, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.’’—Isa. 34:5, 6, 9. 2 These positive words of Jehovah’s judgement show the end of the Ilicrarchy. Why will Jehovah execute this judgment against them? ‘For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompcnees for the controversy of Zion.’? (Isa, 34:8) These prophecies are fully corroburated by the prophecy of Obadiah (verse 10), and to the consideration of that prophecy we now return. >The revelation of the prophecy of Obadiah is a great encouragement to the people of God at the pres- ent time. He who now truly fears God and is diligent to walk humbly with him, henee in accord with his commandments and law of his organization, will fear neither man nor devil, but with full confidenee in the Lord he will courageously go forward to the perform- ance of his duty. Jehovah commands his people now to ‘rise up against the elergy in battle’, and then the Lord addresses the religionists, the clergy who have wickedly defamed his name; ‘Behold, E have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly de- spised.’’—Obad. 2. 4Sinee the days of Nimrod religion has been creat amongst the nations, and the chicf means employed by the Devil to deceive the people. Sinec the orzani- zation of the Roman Catholie Hicrarchy that wicked religious institution has posed as the representative of God on earth, and it is the greatest hypocritical crowd that ever afflicted the peoples of the world. But the day is here when Jchovah will make those rcli- gionists ‘‘small among the nations’? (2.V.) and eveatly despised. That wicked institution, the Tier- archy, has for many years been a terror to the prople of the nations; she has ruled by fraud, deceit, lies, coercion and oppression; that wicked institution is guilty of all mauner of blasphemy, and the men who make up that organization are haughty, terrible and eruel, and concerning them Jehovah pronounced his judgment in these words: “T will cause the arroganey of the proud to ecase, and will lay low the hauehtiness of the terrible.’’ (Ilsa. 13:11) Let Jehovah’s witnesses 195