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that Nebuchadnezzar came in the line of Adam and Noah opens up a vista of
prophetic truth that we cannot pursue here, except that when Israel succeeds
to the throne and Jerusalem is a praise in the earth, Paradise will, then and
not till then, be restored. When the treading down of Jerusalem ends, then,
and only then, will the words of Isaiah 60 become possible:
'Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is
risen upon thee ... the Gentiles shall come to thy light ... the sons
of strangers shall build up thy walls ... thy gates shall be open
continually ... the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall
perish ... they shall call thee, The city of the Lord ... and the Days
of Thy Mourning Shall Be Ended' (Isa. 60:1,3,10-12,14,20).
The treading down of Jerusalem continues right up to the Second Coming of
Christ. The moment the Stone strikes the feet of the Gentile colossus, 'the
kingdoms of this world' will become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His
Christ, when, 'He shall reign for ever and ever' (Rev. 11:15).
Jerusalem is the key to much prophetic truth, and the reader is
directed to the articles Jerusalem8; and Zion (p. 293) for a fuller
One of the consequences of applying the great principle of
interpretation called 'Right Division' is to establish the habit of reading
the address on the envelope, before attempting to read or to interpret the
letter enclosed. What harmful practices and erroneous doctrines have arisen
by failing to read clearly and with understanding, the address on the
envelope that encloses the epistle of James, for example.
'James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To The Twelve
Tribes which are Scattered Abroad' (Jas. 1:1).
In like manner, what have we not missed, and what have we not read into
the book of the Revelation, by failing to observe that it was written, in its
entirety from first to last, to seven churches, and particularly to the
overcomers in their midst.
'John to the Seven Churches which are in Asia' (Rev. 1:4).
'What thou Seest, write in a Book, and send it unto the seven churches
`which are in Asia' (Rev. 1:11).
At the close of the Revelation, these churches are still in sight.
'I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the
churches' (Rev. 22:16).
It is impossible at any time in history, for the words of verses 18 and
19 of chapter 22 to apply to anyone else than to those who actually lived
through the days when it was possible for 'the plagues that are written in
this book' to be endured. It is impossible to speak of any who shall have
their part taken away from the Book of Life, out of the Holy City, and from
the things 'written in this Book', and to forget that only they who have