1 Elohim be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Human Government is a blasted and withering oak, but the New Jerusalem Evergreen of the kingdom when grown is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. The birds of the heaven are the chiefs of the nations, whose subjects seek its fruit from one new moon to another, ministered to them by its Healing Leaves for their salvation.
Blessedness and saving health is promised unto all nations. The leaves of the wood are the medicine of their cure. Naturally, there are powerful medicinal properties in leaves: but none so powerful and efficacious as in the Leaves of the Wood for the healing of the nations.
Only think, what a wonderful enlightening, purging, and healing property there must be in leaves that can cure ignorant and bigoted papists, protestants, Mohammedans, Hindoos, and such like, of all their superstitions and abominations, clothe them in a right mind, and cause them to say in their convalescence,
"Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YAHWEH, to the House of the Elohim of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways"
- He who is the Life of the Wood and Water of Paradise. He will then produce, or reveal knowledge, pertaining to "his ways," which knowledge will be exhibited in "the law", and in "the word" that are to go forth from Zion and Jerusalem.
The law and the word of the Spirit will issue from the throne through the Healing Leaves at duly appointed times, or
"from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another" (Isa. 66:23).
The "twelve fruits of the wood of life" are the knowledge of good tending to life, being made known, and fed upon, in all the year.
Fruit is any thing produced. It is not produced to all the world at once; that is, in a single month: but at every new moon of the year's twelve shall strangers present themselves in Jerusalem for instruction, and "from one Sabbath to another". The living water through the wood produces the healing knowledge, the leaves yield it to the nations, according to the administrative institutions of the new Mi!lennial constitution and order of things.
3 Let the people praise thee, O Elohim; let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
5 Let the people praise thee, O Elohim; let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and Elohim, even our own Elohim, shall bless us.
The man who believes in God has peace on many points where the world can find none. The population question does not trouble him. He knows that the career of flesh and blood upon earth has fixed limits, and that there is no fear of that overcrowding which appals the contemplations of the naturalist who has no faith in the purpose of God.
"But there is not in every man this knowledge."
So we find the newspaper prognosticators contributing their dismal statistical probabilities to the general gloom that is settling on the thinking portion of mankind. They are pointing to the fact that whereas "in 1780, the British Isles had "a population of only twelve and a half "millions, it is now three times that "figure; whilst in the States the population "has increased within the century at "least tenfold."
They argue that, "if "this rate of increase should continue "till the year 2,000, the States alone "will have five hundred millions of "population, whilst all they can do "with, at ten acres per head, is less than "half that number; and British America "will not be large enough to accommodate "the surplus, even should it stand "still in the meantime."
It seems beyond doubt, say they, "that, by the close "of the twentieth century, if not even at "an earlier date, the population question "will have attained a mighty significance."
That is, will it not be a question whether at that time the earth will not have reached the limit of its power to sustain humanity?
The writer piles up figures to show that according to the calculated capacity of the land to yield food, it is probable that in a few generations the habitable world will have become overcrowded; and what then? is the doleful question.
The Bible contains the answer, but the wise of this world heed not the answer. The Kingdom of God is coming. Its establishment will be attended by a vast thinning of the human species through war and destroying judgment; and its ascendancy for a thousand years will be marked by a bounty of the divine blessing that will amply provide for the increase of healthy and enlightened population that will follow.
The fertility of the soil will be quickened to a degree naturalists have not dreamt of. "The Lord our God shall bless us: then shall the earth yield her increase." A thousand years of such a state of things will develop a population more numerous than is now upon earth; out the plan provides for the prevention of overcrowding.
There will be a stoppage of propagation with the cessation of its need; and thenceforward, a population of immortals will rejoicingly inhabit the earth, to whose capacities their numbers, with perfect wisdom, will have been adjusted.
The Christadelphian, Sept 1886
7 Elohim shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.