Put your feet upon the necks of these kings - Psa 18: 32-50



The truth has existed here in some form or other for a great number of years Its introduction was due to the residence at St. Charles, some score or so miles to the west of Chicago, of Dr. Thomas, from whom, through Geneva, it crept into Chicago. It soon, however, became corrupted by Wilsonite laxity, which is the counterpart of British Dowieism, and now, like it, on the wane.

From this corrupt section of professors there was a withdrawal, some years ago, on the part of all who desired to uphold the truth in its purity and in righteousness. This led to the development of the Christadelphian ecclesia of Chicago, but not to the formation of an entirely healthy body; for, in a short time, it was rent in two on the subject of God-manifestation.

For a time it was a matter of doubt as to which of the two parties were entitled to the sympathy and recognition of friends of the truth elsewhere. The plausible approaches of those connected with Muir bewildered the Dr. for a while, and led him to withhold himself alike from both.

Before he died, however, he said he had seen the cloven hoof of the Muir party, and exhorted those connected with brother Enos Jacobs, brother Bingley, and brother Harris, to be firm and patient, not doubting that matters would take right shape at last. This advice was followed with the result anticipated. The relative position of the parties is now defined, relieving friends of the truth from all embarrassment as to the course to be pursued. Those with brother Enos Jacobs believe the testimony concerning Jesus as the

"word of life which was with the Father, and (says John) was manifested unto us" (1 John 1:1), constituting "the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ."

The others plainly repudiate this, holding that the Dr. has taught "heresy" on the subject. In terms, they admit the New Testament definitions of the matter, but stultify their admissions by the application which they give them.

Taking a superficial view of the subject, they fail to realise that by the measureless and abiding presence of the Spirit, Jesus, in his completeness, was more than a mere vehicle; that he was both operator and instrument; that to constitute him, two elements were necessary; his human individuality as the Son of David, and the power or presence of the Father as the Root of David, of whom he declared himself the representative and manifestation in flesh-saying,

"He that seeth me seeth Him that sent me."

Even the Jews were more keen-sighted than our mere-manist friends. They saw that claiming to be the Son of God, and partaking of the Spirit of God, was to make himself "equal with God."-(John 5:18.) Our mere-manist friends are misled in taking their cue from Israel's anointed kings. They fail to see that no parallel can exist between an oil-Christ and a spirit-Christ.

The one was but a type of the other. The oil poured upon the head of Saul was washed away; the spirit that was in Jesus

"abode upon him,"

and imparted to him the power and the wisdom he displayed, which he asserted were not his own, but those of the Father-power, of whom he was a manifestation in the flesh, and with whom, as a man, he was so entirely in harmony and vital sympathy as to be "one."

The effect of the meremanist doctrine is to deprive Christ of his glory as "the arm of the Lord" (Isaiah 53:1); the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of his person, upholding all things by the word of his power.-(Heb. 1:3.)

Two of the mere-manists called on the Editor and claimed the Lectures to be on their side; but the Editor pointed out that lecture V was written to confute the Trinitarian doctrine of "Eternal Sonship," and had no reference to the controversy now existing, the Scriptural side of which it teaches, though not prominently, and with which all its statements are in harmony, though differing from some as to the mode of construing particular passages.

Even in these cases, the doctrine is the same, though the mode of arriving at it may be different. If all were animated by honesty of purpose and childlike simplicity, assuming clearness of intellect, it seems that agreement on this subject should be inevitable.

‭The Christadelphian, ‬ Sept 1871

A living sacrifice - Rom 12: 1

The Seventh Head of the Beast of the Sea

Thirty-four years after the establishment of the Seventh Head, Justinian ascended the Byzantine throne. This event brings us to a.d. 527, which introduces us to a reign of thirty-eight years, seven months, and thirteen days; a period during which by war, pestilence, famine, and earthquakes, a visible decrease of the human species was produced, that in some of the fairest countries of the globe has never been repaired to this day.

Justinian may be classed with Constantine, Theodosius, Charlemagne, and Napoleon the First; all of them being the notables of remarkable and important eras in the history of mankind. His government was illustrated by conquest, legislation, and theology; while he himself was a barbarian spoiled by luxury and excessive superstition.

His contemporaries of Africa, Spain, Italy, and the West in general, regarded him very much as France and England now do the Autocrat of All the Russias. This appears from the representations of the Gothic ambassadors from the king of Italy to Chosroes the king of Persia.

"We stand before your throne," said they, "the advocates of your interest as well as of our own. The ambitious and faithless Justinian aspires to be the sole master of the world. Since the endless peace (made seven years before in 533) which betrayed the common freedom of mankind, that prince, your ally in words, your enemy in actions, has alike insulted his friends and foes, and has filled the earth with blood and confusion.

The Moors, the Vandals, the Goths, have been successively oppressed, and each nation has calmly remained the spectator of its neighbour's ruin. Embrace, O King! the favourable moment; the east is left without defence, while the armies of Justinian and his renowned general are detained in the distant regions of the west. If you hesitate and delay, Belisarius and his victorious troops will soon return from the Tiber to the Tigris, and Persia may enjoy the wretched consolation of being the last devoured."

His treatment of Theodatus, the reigning king of the Seventh Head, justified these complaints. Theodatus, though descended from a race of heroes, was ignorant of the art, and averse to the dangers, of war. Avarice and fear were the predominant characteristics of his mind, spoiled by the study of the philosophy of Plato and kindred writers.

Apprehensive of a fate like that of Gelimer, king of the Vandals, who had recently been led in chains through the streets of Constantinople in the triumph decreed to Belisarius, the Napoleon of his age, he signed a treaty by which

"it was stipulated that in the acclamations of the Roman people, the name of the emperor should be always proclaimed before that of the Gothic king; and that as often as the statue of Theodatus was erected in brass, or marble, the Divine Image of Justinian should be placed on its right hand.

Instead of conferring, the king of Italy was reduced to solicit the honours of the Senate; and the consent of the emperor was made indispensable before he could execute against a priest or senator, the sentence either of death or confiscation. He resigned the possession of Sicily; offered, as the annual mark of his dependence, a crown of gold of the weight of three hundred pounds; and promised to supply, at the requisition of his sovereign, three thousand Gothic auxiliaries for the service of the empire."

The successful agent of Justinian, satisfied with these extraordinary concessions, set out for Constantinople. But he had not proceeded far before he was recalled in all haste by Theodatus.

"Are you of opinion," said he, "that the emperor will ratify this treaty?" Perhaps. "If he refuses what consequence will ensue?" War. "Will such a war be just or reasonable?" Most assuredly: every one should act according to his character. "What is your meaning?" You are a philosopher-Justinian is emperor of the Romans: it would ill become the disciple of Plato to shed the blood of thousands in his private quarrel: the successor of Augustus should vindicate his rights, and recover by arms the ancient provinces of his empire."

This reasoning completely subdued the weakness of Theodatus, who consequently entered into another treaty, (which, however, was not to be produced unless the former were rejected) in which he agreed to resign the kingdom of the Goths and Italians, and spend the remainder of his days in the innocent pleasures of philosophy and agriculture, for the poor equivalent of a pension of £48,000 sterling.

Both treaties were intrusted to the Byzantine ambassador; who, regardless of his oath to the contrary, delivered them at once to Justinian; who, of course, selected the most advantageous to himself, and required and accepted the abdication of the Gothic king.

But in the interval between the signing and return of Justinian's agent to Ravenna with the ratified treaty, two Roman generals had been defeated and slain by the Goths in Dalmatia. This success converted the blind and abject despair of Theodatus into ground less and fatal presumption; and caused him to receive with menace and contempt, the ambassador of Justinian, who claimed his promise, solicited the allegiance of his subjects, and boldly asserted the inviolability of his own character.

But the march of Belisarius dispelled this visionary pride; and the invasion of Italy inaugurated the second year of the Gothic War.

This Gothic war destroyed the Seventh Head of the Roman empire, and restored the ancient provinces it had subdued to the imperial sovereignty of Constantinople.

Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1856 

The Son of God and the Son of Man

The truth has enabled us to comprehend the necessity for the Adamic extraction of the Lord Jesus; and we have set our faces against all who would, with speeches however fair and plausible, obliterate that extraction. In him, that which was wrong with the Adamic race was to be put right as a nucleus or starting point for a new development.

The accomplishment of this work required that he should be as much a son of Adam as those whom he was brought into the world to save. His work was to "abolish death." This he has done (2 Tim. 1:10); he has done it by death and resurrection (Heb. 2:14; 1 Cor. 15:21). But how could he have done this except as a son of Adam in subjection to death? for as yet he has abolished death in no one but himself.

"Death hath no more dominion over him" (Rom. 6:9).

But it has dominion as yet over the rest of mankind. The victory has been accomplished by his obedience (Rom. 5:19); and he will share the results of his victory with all his brethren in due time; for God hath given him power over all flesh with this view (John 17:2; 5:21-29).

God's great and holy ways required such a mode of redemption, and, therefore, such a son as one who should be at one and the same time Son of Adam and Son of God. Had God not been holy, he might have dispensed with a plan of redemption altogether, and reprieved the erring sons of Adam in the simple exercise of his prerogative of mercy. Had he not been great and just he might have accepted the death of a substitute who was in no way involved in the matter at issue; and allowed the whole race to go free in consideration of the payment of their debts by another. But it is not so.

In his forbearance, he proposes forgiveness (Rom. 3:25), but not unconditional. There must be a declaration of his own righteousness in the whole case, in the shedding of the blood of one whose blood-shedding shall be a declaration of righteousness by reason of his participation of the nature under condemnation, and whom, at the same time, he can accept and raise from the dead on account of his perfect obedience.

Such a one, in Christ, he hath set forth to be a propitiation-a meeting-point of peace and reconciliation, through faith in his blood (Rom. 3:25). He is thus just, and yet the justifier of every one coming to him in this faith. Christ's death was just; Christ's resurrection was just; and for Christ's sake, he forgives everyone who lays hold of his blood-shedding-in being ceremonially buried in his grave - in being baptised into his death (Rom. 6:4). There is no other way of approach to the Father, unto life eternal. There is none other name given under heaven whereby we must be saved.

Seasons 1.99.

His Eyes As Lamps Of Fire - Dan 10: 6

Fret not thyself - Psa 37: 1

The Seventh Head of the Beast of the Sea

In many obscure, though bloody encounters, Theodoric cut his way through Dacia and Pannonia; and surmounting every obstacle, at length descended from the Julian Alps, and displayed his invincible banners on the confines of Italy.

His Ostrogoths gave Odoacer's mercenaries (the fragments of many tribes and nations) three terrible defeats. Theodoric reigned by right of these victories from the Alps to the extremity of Calabria: the Vandal ambassadors surrendered the island of Sicily as a lawful appendage of his kingdom; and he was accepted as the deliverer of Rome by the Senate and people, who had shut their gates against the flying usurper.

Ravenna alone remained to Odoacer, whose fortifications afforded him an impregnable asylum for nearly three years. A treaty of peace was at length negotiated between Theodoric and Odoacer, who agreed to rule with equal and undivided authority the provinces of Italy.

But in ten days after Odoacer was treacherously slain, and Theodoric reigned over the fairest portion of the western empire without a rival, having been proclaimed King of Italy by the Goths, with the tardy, reluctant, ambiguous consent of the Emperor of Constantinople.

March 5, 493, is then the date from which the Seventh Head, in its continuance for "a short space, " takes its beginning. Though the chiefs of this sovereignty were Goths, the constitution of the state was Roman. Theodoric's genius did not display itself in legislation; for "while he indulged the Goths in the enjoyment of rude liberty, he servilely copied the institutions, and even the abuses, of the political system which had been framed by Constantine and his successors"

He declined the name, the purple, and the diadem of the emperors; but he assumed under the hereditary title of king, the whole substance and plenitude of imperial prerogative. His addresses to the eastern throne were respectful and ambiguous; he celebrated in pompous style the harmony of the two republics, applauded his own government as the perfect similitude of a sole and undivided empire, and claimed over the kings of the earth the same preëminence which he modestly allowed to the person or rank of the emperor of Constantinople.

Such pretentions became the founder of the seventh sovereignty of the Seven Hills.

The reader can now see the import of the words, "I saw one of its heads as if slain unto death." Fourteen years before the fall of Odoacer, an emperor resided in Rome and reigned over Italy as the colleague of the sovereign of Constantinople and the east. He was deposed, and banished from the city by an usurper, during whose ascendancy there was neither king nor emperor in Rome.

This, however, was not slaying the sixth head. Imperialism still ruled on the Seven Hills in the person of its Patrician. It was to receive the stroke of "a sword" which would be almost fatal to its future existence.

"The wicked are the sword of the Lord,"

and in this instance the sword was Theodoric the Goth, who destroyed the imperial patriciate; so that when his work was done, the Sixth Head was completely superseded by the Seventh.

The Seventh Head, then, having come a.d. 493, "He must," says John, "continue a short space." The Spirit, however, did not reveal to him the number of years this short space was to contain; we can therefore only discover it in the history of the Gothic kingdom of Italy.

Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1856

Another Gospel - 1 Kings 13: 19 - 24

Deity manifest

This is a subject which has recently attracted much attention on account of the agitation of the view that Christ was a mere man.‭ ‬At first sight,‭ ‬it seemed a misfortune that such a view should be ventilated,‭ ‬but the result has been good.‭ ‬It has stimulated to closer study,‭ ‬and led to more distinct and scriptural views on the subject.‭

The doctrine is now more distinctly realised that‭

‭"‬God was in Christ,‭ ‬reconciling the world unto Himself‭;"

that Jesus was‭ "‬God manifested in the flesh‭;" "‬the word made flesh‭;"

the tabernacle in which the Father dwelt,‭ ‬behind the veil of the flesh,‭ ‬looking upon whom

‭ "‬we behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus anointed‭;"

facts which explain those enigmatical sayings which stumbled the Jews,‭ ‬and led many of his disciples to walk no more with him,‭ ‬viz.,‭ "‬that he came down from heaven:‭" ‬that he was from above‭; ‬that before Abraham he was‭; ‬that he proceeded forth,‭ ‬and came from God.‭

The Christadelphian, Sept 1871

Yahweh Elohim - Gen 9: 14

Thy Kinsman - Isa 41: 14

He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief  - Matt 13: 57-58

Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds - Job 37: 16

The Elder was Leah - Gen 29: 16

The Seventh Head of the Beast of the Sea

Odoacer was the first barbarian who reigned in Italy over a people who had once asserted their just superiority over the rest of mankind. After an interval of seven years he restored the consulship of the west; and which, though modestly, or proudly, declined by himself, was still accepted by the emperors of the east.

Their laws were strictly enforced, and the civil administration of Italy was still exercised by the pretorian prefect and his subordinates. The government of Odoacer, which was in the main administered with prudence and humanity, continued fourteen years.

These formed, as it were, a transition period in which the Sixth Head was yielding to the ascendancy of the Seventh. Odoacer was the emperor of Constantinople's patrician of the diocese of Italy, which he governed in his name.

The emperor accepted him with reluctance; and was therefore not slow in embracing a favorable opportunity of cancelling the bond. In 489, Theodoric the Goth offered his services for this purpose. "Italy," says he,

"the inheritance of your predecessors, and Rome itself, the head and mistress of the world, now fluctuate under the violence and oppression of Odoacer the mercenary. Direct me, with my national troops, to march against the tyrant. If I fall, you will be relieved from an expensive and troublesome friend: if, with the divine permission, I succeed, I shall govern in your name, and to your glory, the Roman Senate, and the part of the republic delivered from slavery by my victorious arms"

This proposal was accepted, and is supposed to have been suggested by the Byzantine court; whose ambiguous commission, or grant, left it doubtful whether in the event of success Theodoric should reign as the lieutenant, the vassal, or the ally of the Emperor of the East.

Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1856

Eye hath not seen - Isa 64: 1-4

Adeline‭ (‬Ill.‭)

Cold Spring farm is an immense tract of‭ ‬800‭ ‬acres,‭ ‬occupied,‭ ‬worked and owned by brother S.‭ ‬W.‭ ‬Coffman.‭

It is situate in Ogle County,‭ ‬Illinois,‭ ‬in the northern part of the State‭; ‬more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬miles west of Lake Michigan,‭ ‬and over‭ ‬1,000‭ ‬miles from the shores of the Atlantic.‭ ‬It was the westernmost point of the tour.‭

At one time it was considered the‭ "‬far west,‭" ‬but it has lost that character since the opening-up of the great western section of the American Continent,‭ ‬by the construction of the Pacific railroad.

Brother Coffman has been thirty-five years associated with the fortunes of the truth.‭ ‬His acquaintance with Dr.‭ ‬Thomas,‭ ‬to whom he was as a right-hand in the matter of ways and means,‭ ‬dates back to the early days,‭ ‬when the Dr.,‭ ‬at St.‭ ‬Charles,‭ ‬printing his own magazine,‭ "‬working with his own hands‭"-‬was beginning to see through the clouds.‭

Brother Coffman was not at the first obedient to the truth‭; ‬but from the first conceived a strong attachment to the Dr.‭ ‬as an honest,‭ ‬competent and fearless student and expositor of the word.‭

The strength of his attachment has been evinced by the substantial manifestations of a lifetime,‭ ‬more particularly providential at the darkest hours of the Dr.‭'‬s career.‭ ‬Brother Coffman's whole house is in the faith,‭ ‬with several of his servants.‭ ‬He is an Abraham on a small scale.‭

On the farm,‭ ‬he has built a meeting house,‭ ‬and opened a burying ground,‭ ‬in which the Dr.,‭ ‬during life,‭ ‬spoke frequently of being laid to his rest.‭ ‬The brethren who meet with him number about twenty.‭ ‬They seem an intelligent and hearty company,‭ ‬living,‭ ‬in these agricultural wilds,‭ "‬a quiet and peaceable life.‭"

‭ ‬They have attained to an advanced degree of intelligence in the deep things of God,‭ ‬particularly that aspect of them which presents us with Jesus as the manifestation of the Father by the Holy Spirit,‭ ‬illustrating the saying of Micah concerning the Messiah,‭ ‬that

‭ "‬his goings forth have been from of old,‭ ‬from everlasting.‭"

It is wonderful to think of the truth having obtained so firm and flourishing a footing in these remote regions of the west,‭ ‬which at a not remote period used to be covered with rolling prairie.‭ ‬The original condition of the country disappeared under the laborious industry of man,‭ ‬the burden of which is heavy when applied to the subjugation of the primitive earth,‭ ‬as brother Coffman's toil-exhausted energy testifies.

‭ ‬Instead of the prairie,‭ ‬over which the fiery flood used to course periodically,‭ ‬desolating the face of the country,‭ ‬and destroying man and beast,‭ ‬there is on all hands boundless tracks of smiling farm landscape,‭ ‬in which the prairie fire has nothing to feed on.

‭ ‬The wolf that used to infest the land is now a stranger.‭ ‬Saving the croak of the frog‭ (‬which is long and loud every night‭); ‬and the chirp of a thousand crickets,‭ ‬day and night continually‭; ‬and the flash of the‭ "‬lightning bug,‭" ‬as the beautiful fire-fly is somewhat inelegantly called,‭ ‬little remains of the original constitution of the face of the earth in these parts.‭

Such is the mission and the power of man,‭ ‬to fill the face of the earth and subdue it.‭ ‬The sinner is put forth first in this laborious work.‭ ‬The saint will come in when the work is done,‭ ‬and take possession.‭ ‬This is the arrangement of God.‭ ‬The old man sweats for the benefit of the New.‭ ‬The wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.‭

When the six days‭' ‬toil is over,‭ ‬the people of God will come forth with Christ at their head,‭ ‬and enter into the rest prepared for them.‭ ‬When the boundless resources of the earth are administered,‭ ‬in the hands of immortal and noble men,‭ ‬for the good of mankind and the glory of the Creator,‭ ‬it will be a day of joy.

...‭ ‬It was at Adeline that the name‭ "‬Christadelphian‭" ‬originated.

‭The Christadelphian, ‬ Sept 1871

If Elohim will be with me - Gen 28: 20

 The word of eternal life - Jhn 12: 25

The Seventh Head of the Beast of the Sea


In treating of the Seven Heads, John says,

"One is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh he must continue a short space."

The existing one's duration in Rome continued three hundred and sixty years after John wrote. It was, therefore, all that time before the Seventh Sovereignty was established upon the Seven Hills.

Augustus was the first, and Augustulus the last, of a long catalogue of emperors who administered the power of the Sixth Head in Rome. Of the latter Gibbon remarks,

"Augustulus, the son of Orestes, a youth recommended only by his beauty, would be the least entitled to the notice of posterity, if his reign, which was marked by the extinction of the Roman Empire of the West, did not leave a memorable era in the history of mankind."

With the banishment of this beautiful and inoffensive, but helpless, youth to the Lucullan villa, the authority of the Sixth Head ceased to reside imperially on the Seven Hills.

Odoacer, the bold leader of the confederate barbarians, had inflicted a blow upon the imperial power by the sack and pillage of Pavia which compelled its vanquished representative to implore his clemency.

He spared the life of Romulus Augustulus, dismissed him and his whole family from the imperial mansion, and settled upon him an annual allowance of six thousand pieces of gold; but instead of assuming the title and insignia of the Augustan Order, resolved to abolish what he considered a useless and expensive office: and though saluted by his troops with the title of King, he abstained during his patriciate from the use of the purple and diadem.

In abolishing the imperial office, Odoacer made Augustulus the instrument of his own disgrace.

"He signified," says Gibbon, "his resignation to the Senate; and that assembly, in its last act of obedience to a Roman prince, still affected the spirit of freedom and the forms of the constitution. An epistle was addressed by their unanimous decree, to the emperor Zeno, the son-in-law and successor of Leo, who had lately been restored, after a short rebellion, to the Byzantine throne. They solemnly "disclaim the necessity, or even the wish, of continuing any longer the imperial succession in Italy; since in their opinion, the majesty of a sole monarch is sufficient to pervade and protect, at the same time, both the East and West.

In their own name, and in the name of the people, they consent that the seat of universal empire shall be transferred from Rome to Constantinople; and they basely renounce the right of choosing their master, the only vestige that yet remained of the authority which had given laws to the world. The republic might safely confide in the civil and military virtues of Odoacer; and they humbly request, that the emperor would invest him with the title of Patrician, and the administration of the Diocese of Italy."

The deputies of the Senate of Rome were received at Constantinople with some marks of displeasure and indignation; and when they were admitted to the audience of Zeno, he sternly reproached them with their treatment of the two emperors, Anthemius and Nepos, whom the East had successively granted to the prayers of Italy.

"The first," continued he, "you have murdered; the second, you have expelled; but the second is still alive, and whilst he lives he is your lawful sovereign."

But the prudent Zeno soon deserted the hopeless cause of his abdicated colleague. His vanity was gratified by the title of sole emperor, and by the statues erected to his honour in the several quarters of Rome; he entertained a friendly, though ambiguous, correspondence with the patrician Odoacer; and gratefully accepted the imperial ensigns, the sacred ornaments of the throne and palace, which the barbarian was not unwilling to remove from the sight of the people.

Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, May 1856

A New Name - Gen 28: 10 & 12

Who is the anointed cherub & what are the stones of fire 


A thrilling, systematic, plainly explained exposition of  Ezk 28  by Bro Roger Lewis. 

 The Sons of Japheth and the Beast - Bro Roger Lewis


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