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The World's Conversion
1. WHAT did Christ say would be the condition of the world at His second coming?
"As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of
man." Luke 17:26. See also verses 27-30.
2. How was it in the days of Noah?
"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. . . . And the
earth was filled with violence." Gen. 6:5-11.
NOTE.-In a sermon delivered at Savannah, Ga., Dec. 2, 1912, Bishop A. W. Wilson
(Methodist) said: "Old Rome in her worst days never harbored such conditions of vice
as are prevalent in our highest social circles. Never at any period of the world's history
has the moral stratum been so thin or so low."
3. How did Paul characterize the last days?
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come." 2
4. What did he say would make those times perilous?
"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection,
truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form
of godliness, but denying the power thereof." Verses 2-5.
5. Are things to grow better or worse before the Lord comes?
"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being
deceived." Verse 13.
NOTE.-"Even to the end of time there will still be occasion for the same
complaint; the world will grow no better, no, not when it is drawing toward its period.
Bad it is, and bad it will be, and worst of all just before Christ's coming."-Matthew
Henry, on Luke 18:8.
6. According to the parable of the wheat and the tares, how long are the good and bad
to remain together?
"The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but
"the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the
devil." ""Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time
of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in
"bundles to burn them." Matt. 13:38,39,30.
7. When does the harvest come?
"The harvest is the end of the world." Verse 39.
NOTES.-Thus it is plain that the wicked (the tares) live with the righteous (the wheat)
till the end of the world. There is, then, no time before Christ's coming for a sinless
state, in which all men will be converted and turn to God.
Harper's "Book of Facts," edition 1906, article "Religion," classifies
the population of the globe religiously as follows:-
From this it will be seen that only about one fourth of the world's
population are even nominal Christians.
8. For what purpose did Christ say the gospel was to be preached in all the world?
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come." Matt. 24:14.
NOTES.-He dill not say that all would receive the gospel, but that the gospel
was to be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and that
then the end would come.
Commenting on Rev. 20:2, Dr. Adam Clarke says: "Probably no such time shall ever
appear , in which evil shall be wholly banished from the earth, till after the day of
judgment, when, the earth having been burned up, a new heaven and a new earth shall be
produced out of the ruins of the old, by thy mighty power of God; righteousness alone
shall dwell in them."-Clarke's Commentary, edition 1860.
9. When is the "man of sin," or "mystery of iniquity," called also
"that Wicked," to come to an end?
"And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the
spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming." 2 Thess:
10. How long was the little horn of Dan. 7:25 to make war with the saints?
"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High;
and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom." Dan. 7:21,22.
11. How will the day of the Lord come upon the world?
"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in
the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh
upon them, . . . and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that
that day should overtake you as a thief." 1 Thess. 5:2-4. .
NOTE.-There will be but two classes in the world then: those in darkness, who are
looking for a time of peace and safety, and those not in darkness, who are looking for the
day of the Lord,-a day of waste and destruction,-the coming of Christ and the end of the
world. See Jer. 7:1-19; Dan. 12:1; Joel 2:1-11; Zephaniah 1.
12. What will some who are in darkness say when they hear about the Lord's coming?
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking
after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since
the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the
creation." 2 Peter 3:3,4.
13. What will be popularly taught in the last days?
"But in the last days. . . many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let
us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; . . . and He
shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat
their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift
up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Micah 4:1-3.
See also Isa. 2:2-5.
NOTE.-Notice, this is not what the Lord says, but what the Lord says many
nations shall say in the last days. And this is the very message now heard in every
land,-a great world's peace movement; a call for all nations to disarm, to go to war no
more, and to profess religion.
14. What message indicates the true condition of things?
"Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let
all the men of war draw near; let them come up: beat your plowshares into swords, and your
pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong." Joel 3:9,10.
NOTE.-On this question of preparing for war, note the following:-
Armies of the World
|REGULAR STANDING ARMY (1909)
||NATIONAL ARMY INCLUDING RESERVES
Naval Expenditures of the Great Powers for Ten Years-1902-11
Thus in only ten years these eight great powers spent over seven and
one-half billion dollars on their navies.
"The immense armies maintained by European countries have come to be a terrific drain
upon their respective nations."-Nelson's Encyclopedia, article "Army."
15. While making these war preparations, what are men saying?
"They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying,
Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Jer. 6:14.
NOTE.-Every one conversant with existing conditions in the world today knows this is
true. While the message or peace is being proclaimed, the nations are arming as never
before; wars are in progress almost continually; international complications are
constantly arising; and a world war is reared as imminent, and constantly looming in
sight. The world today is a vast armed camp.
16. But does not the Bible say that the heathen are to be given to the Lord for an
"Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and
the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession." Ps. 2:8.
17. What will the Lord do with them?
"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter's vessel." Verse 9. "And 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: and He treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty
God." Rev. 19:15.
NOTE.-How suddenly surprised those who have been preaching peace and safety will be
when the end comes is indicated in the text already quoted: "For yourselves know
perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall
say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them." 1 Thess.
5:2,3. All heedless of the signs of the times, and indifferent to the future, the world
will come up to the day of the Lord unprepared. As a thief in the night, coming with
stealthy, muffled tread, this day will take all unawares who are not looking, watching,
and waiting for their Lord's return. Instead or looking for the world's conversion, we
should be looking for Christ's coming.
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