Good News, vol. 17, no. 3, March 1926
I was crying and sweeping, and sweeping and crying. Someone asked me, "Why do you cry and sweep so hard?’" I said, "I have lost my piece of silver." So I just swept and swept, and at last I found it. Oh! how it did shine—just like a new sixpence. I carefully put it away, lest I should lose it again.
I saw a very beautiful young girl with a most lovely, fresh, green laurel wreath around a head from which the glossy hair fell below the maiden’s knees. She was representative of the Bride of Christ; no spot, or wrinkle, or blemish, or any such thing.
[Long hair in a woman is indicative of glory. (1 Cor. 11: 15.)—Ed.]
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On retiring to my room last night, before preparing for bed, I had a vision while the power of the Holy Spirit was upon me. I was praying mightily, and I saw my blessed Saviour. He was clothed in a dark, blood-colored garment, and a beautiful halo surrounded Him from His head to His feet. He was coming down towards me, and as my Sweet Jesus drew nearer I stretched out such longing arms, but when he was quite near he turned and went back, and I could see him until he became a dark speck, and the clouds received him out of sight.
Like our Lord’s Apostles, I gazed into space, calling to my dear Lord Jesus.
On getting into bed I had another vision. This was a city with a good many trees in it. Away at the far end it seemed to be burning, and the flame’s bright glow seemed to extend a great way up the sky, lighting up the whole of the city; then it closed, as though a mantle or a curtain was drawn over it, and all was dark. I was speaking in tongues for quite a long time.
These visions troubled me a great deal, and so in the morning I asked the Lord to make it plain to me, and the answer came, "Write the visions to M——." So that is the reason I have written this. Glory!
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[We do not set up as "oracles" in interpreting visions, but these are evidently designed to bring to our sister’s remembrance the truth that our Lord will soon pour out His judgments on the earth. He has been long-suffering, not willing that any should perish (2 Pet. 3: 9), but the day of the Lord will come as a thief (v. 10); also (blessed hope), that the hour of her own redemption draweth nigh. The Scripture indicated by the first vision is Isa. 63: 1-4, whilst Rev., chap. 17, shows the fulfilment of the second.—Ed.]
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FIFTEEN THINGS THAT GOD HATES.
A proud look. (Prov. 6: 17.)
A lying tongue. (Prov. 6: 17.)
Hands that shed innocent blood. (Prov. 6: 17.)
A wicked heart. (Prov. 6: 18.)
Feet swift in evil paths. (Prov.. 6: 18.)
A false witness. (Prov. 6: 19.)
A sower of discord. (Prov. 6: 19.)
The work of evil men. (Psa. 101: 3.)
Robbery for burnt offering. (Isa. 61: 8.)
The feast days of the unfaithful. (Amos 5: 21.)
Evil imaginations. (Zech. 8: 17.)
False oaths. (Zech. 8: 17.)
Raise doctrine. (Rev. 2: 6, 15.)
All workers of iniquity. (Psa. 5: 5.)
The lover of violence. (Psa. 11: 5.)
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I saw a church. It was a lovely church and I gazed at it with admiration and excitement of pleasure. But while I looked a great gap appeared and the Church was rent from top to bottom.
Next I saw a beautiful paddock. Two strong horses were steadily ploughing. All at once their progress stopped, and, looking more closely, I saw another horse hitched on behind, and trying to draw the plough back wards. __T.W.
[Workers are often represented as horses. It is sad to see them dragging the plough the wrong way, and sadder still to see the Church, which is the body of our Redeemer, rent by division-makers; but "There must be factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you" (1 Cor. 11: 19, Am. V.). Let it be noted that it is always those who are in the wrong who go out. It is written, "They went out from us because they were not of us." God has provided for our testing and chastening. It is through much tribulation we must enter into the kingdom, and if our tribulations press upon us, then God says, "My grace is sufficient for you." And if we deny this and run away from our trials, we will lose down in the race for the prize of the High Calling.—Ed.l
We give below an extract on this subject, borrowed from the "N.Z. Evangel":—
Bro. Valdez, as recorded in December’s issue of "The N.Z. Evangel," gave the following as the symptoms or signs of a division maker:—
1st—Looks for sympathy from Saints.
2nd—Visits the Saints.
3rd—Saints began to visit the division maker.
4th—Everyone is inferior, and the division maker is superior.
5th—-He seeks the favors of those who have influence, so that when he makes the division it will have weight.
6th—After being found out he withdraws, but it is now too late, for all his sympathisers follow him, and the division is made.
Romans, 16th Chapter, 17th Verse, very clearly sets out the position that must be taken when anyone causes division. Avoid them.
Love is the greatest thing of all, and it often requires great love for our Master to enable us to obey this injunction.
Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, tells us that, before Jesus conies for His own, these things will, happen. Men will come in among the flock and gain the confidence of many, and use that method to draw away disciples after themselves. Read I Corinthians 1: 12-13.
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It has not entered into the mind of man to conceive the things that God has laid up for those who love Him—not serve Him, but love Him. He wants love first and foremost. Do not reverse the divine order. Service is the outcome of love.
Nothing is more beautiful than utter loyalty to truth, and a willingness to acknowledge it wherever you find it, and to follow it wherever it may take you.
When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time the tide will turn.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe.
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"We may well suppose" is not a sufficient substitute for ‘Thus saith the Lord." -William Jennings Bryan
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