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THE TYPEWRITER AND PROGRESS
Amongst the great inventions of our day is the typewriter.
It came upon the market just forty years ago, in
1874, as a merchantable and usable convenience, after having
been seven years in process of development. The Bible, we
believe, marks that same year, 1874, as the beginning of the
Harvest of this Age. What a wonderful forty years it has
been! What wonderful blessings these years have brought to
mankind! What evidence they give of the dawning of the
New Dispensation, which the Bible teaches began there!
Notice some of the great inventions--the telephone, electric
light, trolley-car, perfecting printing press, cheap pulp paper,
linotype and monotype machines, gas engine, automobile,
aeroplane, talking machine, moving pictures, and a hundred
other conveniences, improvements, etc., not forgetting the
Great as are the blessings enumerated, none of them
surely can compare with the great blessings that God has
given to His consecrated people, who have in these same
years been seeking the light of the New Dispensation in the
Word of God. The blessing, joy and enlightenment which
they have received is beyond all comparison and all valuation!
WAR HASTENING MILLENNIUM
If any one had suggested a year ago the possibility of
total abstinence being established by law in Russia, Germany
and Great Britain, he would have been considered idiotic.
"God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform."
Men, in the interest of war, are preparing to abolish intoxicating
liquors. Russia already has done this. The report
is that her millions of people are blessed greatly for the
better--improved mentally and materially. Germany is already
discussing the matter. The Prime Minister of Great
Britain and the King favor total abstinence as a war necessity
because the workmen are hindered by the use of liquor
from accomplishing the work necessary to be done for the
[R5675 : page 127] prosecution of the war. How wonderful this appears! Is the
light of the Millennial Morning breaking upon the world?
Look again! Great Britain and Germany have been fearing
Socialism and every way seeking to combat it as destructive
of present institutions. As we have already pointed out
many of the Socialists will be identified with the Millennial
Kingdom. How strange to find that the great war now
raging is tending toward Socialism--that while Socialists
have joined the army the Governments at war are adopting
For instance in Great Britain: Speedily after the
declaration of war the British Government took over the
control of all the railroads of the Kingdom, to facilitate the
moving of troops and war materials. Now the British
Parliament has given the Government full authority to take
over the entire manufacturing business of Great Britain and
place it under a central management, with a view to increasing
the output of war materials. This bill, which passed on
March 9th, the Hon. Andrew Bonar Law declared as a
measure, "probably the most drastic ever laid before Parliament."
It passed unanimously.
In Germany the Government's action has been no less
drastic--the Government has absorbed all power. The extreme
in this direction was the seizing of all food supplies
and the doling of the same out to the people according to
their needs, dictating the proportions of ingredients, the
quantity to be eaten and the price to be paid. Could any
Socialist imagine the principle for which he contends more
fully put into execution--by those, too, who have opposed
Socialism in the past?
How will it be when this war shall end? Will individualism
and private ownership return to the control of affairs in
Great Britain and Germany? If the attempt is made to
restore them, will it not bring a clash? Will it not bring the
great social earthquake which the Bible declares will immediately
follow the war? And will not that social earthquake
lead straight on to the fire of anarchy, as the Bible
indicates? We so believe: We must with patience wait,
nor attempt to hasten the Lord's arrangements. However, let
us remember that the Lord declares that He will hasten
these things at the present time and that a short work will
He make of matters.
Speedily the glorious Kingdom will be established, even
though it be through blood and earthquake and fire. How,
then, will those feel who are deriding the thought that Messiah's
Kingdom is in process of establishment--that this
war is identified with its establishment and that it will be
fully inaugurated in the midst of the fire of anarchy, which
it will quench by bringing in the New Order of things--the
new heavens and the new earth--the new ecclesiastical
and the new social order--the doing of God's will on