F.C. Jennings

Recognizing the Devil's Work Among Men

I would like to put before you a picture of two men, and ask you to tell me which, in your judgment, is the best exhibition of the work of the Devil. The first is by no means a choice character. You will find him in the saloon; very probably he will be the proprietor of the saloon. His name is not on any church roll. He is loose in life, profane in lip, careless of decencies. He is indeed "hail-fellow-well met" with every one, but yet truly esteemed by none. He is what is usu...

The Vision

CHAPTER IV. THE VISION. John the human writer is our brother -This tribulation, not the Great Tribulation, distinctions - The Kingdom and Patience - Force of "In the Spirit" - The "Lord's Day" not the first day of the week - Akin to, but slightly differing from, The Day of the Lord - What are the differences? - The Sabbath, its significance and the Christian's relation to it - Opposite error of confusing "The Lord's Day" absolutely with "The Day of the Lord" - Va...

The Greeting and Response

CHAPTER III. THE GREETING AND RESPONSE. Contrast with the greetings in the epistles—The divine Name here—Shaddai, Jehovah, Father—The seven Spirits: why seven?—Is. xi—Hidden beauties—"from Jesus Christ"— three-fold beauty, awakening a corresponding three-fold response—Who sings this: the Jew or the Church ?—The Enoch-warning, "He cometh !"—This our testimony to the world; not the rapture—The divine "Amen." (V. 4-6). "The Greeting," which r...

The Divine Introduction

CHAPTER II. THE DIVINE INTRODUCTION. Let us, then, in self-distrust, and yet in confidence in the goodness of our Saviour-God address ourselves to our book. The introductory verses read very literally: "Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to His bondmen what things must take place shortly, and he signified it by sending His angel, to His bondrnan John, who testified the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ; whatsoever things he saw. ...

The Vision contd.

CHAPTER V. THE VISION (continued). The effect on man of the divine presence—Shall it be as when we see Him?—The touch—The commission of supreme irnportance - "Mystery" - Stars, Lampstands, Angels, Churches - What is the angel? - Local responsibility, as well as a unity, dependent on grace. John, the beloved John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, even he falls at His feet as dead! This is never the effect on man when in the presence of another man. In such c...

Isaiah Chapter 48

CHAPTER FORTY-EIGHT Final pleading with Israel as to idolatry. The mass not refined as silver, whilst the remnant is. Let me remind my readers that the whole of this third main division of our book, from chapter 40 to chapter 66, is remarkable as being a threefold three, God in this way calling our attention to the complete display of Himself that is to be found in it. The present chapter brings the first of these trilogies to its well-defined close in the words which, like a divine sigh—...

Isaiah Chapter 58

CHAPTER FIFTY-EIGHTJehovah's salvation again fully manifested. A renewed insistenceon the observance of the Sabbath, as it shall be by Israel in the future.We now come to the third and last subdivision of the third and last part of Isaiah, and both name and number again remind us that we have "The salvation of Jehovah fully manifested." Here the book begins again, as it were, since we have in these closing addresses a reiteration of the exposure of sins, the pleadings of love, the warnings...

Isaiah Chapter 59

CHAPTER FIFTY-NINEThe cause of severance between God and man.This confessed and broken down forever.This chapter forms the second section of this division of our book, and like so many second's, has in it both the idea of the work of an enemy and the salvation of God from that enemy. Here the personality of the enemy is not yet revealed; but his work is, and his dupe, man, is seen having to bear the full responsibility of the rebellion into which that enemy has seduced him.Most clear are ...

Isaiah Chapter 60

CHAPTER SIXTYJehovah shines on Jerusalem. Jerusalem shines on the earth.This being the third section of this division of our book, the significance of that number is strikingly imprinted upon it; for "God is fully manifested" in His government of the earth by the glory that falls upon Zion, and which makes her in her reflection of it the glory of the earth. There is no clearly marked division throughout the chapter, but the one number "three" is evidently marked on the whole of it. The ve...

Isaiah Chapter 61

CHAPTER SIXTY-ONEThe Man of Nazareth. His ministry: its result in themillennial day. He leads the praises of His people.Our chapter is not a long one, but it will be found filled with interest and refreshment if we can trace in it the path of our Lord Jesus Christ from His early home in Nazareth, till in a day, yet future, He finds a dwelling with His beloved Israel in a land itself resting under His beams as the Sun of Righteousness.Again the division is so clearly a threefold one that it...
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