Not Till He Comes





Not till the Lord Jesus Christ comes again and is enthroned as King

over this earth will that day break when the shadows flee away. He

alone can bring that longed for better day for the earth. His is the

power and the glory to do it. He came from heaven down into this night

of sin to purchase back His alienated creation. He paid the price so

wonderfully great which only God can rightly value. The crown of

thorns He wore because the thorns are the emblems of the curse which

rests now upon creation as the result of man's sin. He tasted death

for everything. On the cross He accomplished the mighty work, procured

salvation for believing sinners, sealed Satan's doom, and that work is

furthermore the pledge and guarantee of the victory for God in bringing

back creation to its former perfect condition, only with greater glory

added.



The once thorn-crowned Christ is in glory yonder. There faith's eye

sees Him, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering

of death crowned with glory and honor. But some day He will get the

many crowns of which He is worthy, and when that glorious day comes,

the shadows flee away.





"Come then, and, added to thy many crowns,

Receive yet one, the crown of all the earth,

Thou who alone art worthy! It was thine

By ancient covenant, ere Nature's birth;

And Thou hast made it thine by purchase since,

And overpaid its value with Thy blood."[1]





Let us see then what shadows will flee away when He comes back to earth

again and claims His blood-bought inheritance. Let us see what glories

are in store for this earth when the Son of Man receives that kingdom

which will extend from sea to sea unto the uttermost parts of the earth.



+I. As to His Redeemed People+. The breaking of the day is heralded

by the Morningstar, followed by the rising of the Sun in all his glory.

Thus nature teaches us Scripture truths. Christ comes first for His

own Saints; that is the Morningstar. And then He comes in fullest

glory with all His Saints as the sun of righteousness with healing in

His wings; that is the sunrise when all shadows of the night will flee

away.



The Saints of God wait now for the breaking of the day, for His coming

as the Morningstar. And when He comes and opens with His triumphant

shout the graves of the righteous dead, and calls the living Saints for

the unspeakable change, in a moment, the twinkling of an eye, to put on

immortality--then the shadows for His people are forever, yes forever,

gone. No more bodies then of humiliation, but glorified bodies; no

more separation from loved ones and from saints, but a blessed eternal

reunion and fellowship; no more sorrow, but everlasting joy; no more

crying and tears, but all tears wiped away; no more sinning, but

perfect holiness; no more troubles, but perfect rest. What a glory

time it will be when for us, His own beloved people the day breaks, and

the shadows flee away. As shadows now increase, because the night is

far spent and the day is at hand, the Saints of God should daily think

of the soon coming day-break, that blessed, happy moment when we shall

see Him as He is and shall be like Him.



+II. The Shadows Will Flee Away from Israel and Israel's Land+. No

pen can describe the history of this people and the dark shadows which

have been upon them. As the homeless nation they have wandered

throughout this age, in fulfillment of the predictions of their own

prophets, among the nations of the earth. Awful have been their

persecutions, and tribulations upon tribulations have been their lot.

Suffering and sorrow, the meat and drink of every generation since they

were driven from their God-given land. How dark are the shadows which

have come upon that people once more as the result of the world

conflict. Millions have lost their all. Hundreds of thousands are

homeless wanderers in eastern Europe. Perhaps the story of their

suffering in connection with the war will never be written. And the

end is not yet.



On the other hand their national hope has been revived as never before

in their history. Regiments of Jews have gone forth into the war with

their own flags, with David's shield in the center and the Hebrew word

"Immanuel." They have been fighting like the Maccabees of old.

Jerusalem has been captured from the Turks; all Palestine has passed

into the hands of the Allies; never again can Turkey have dominion over

the land she has so horribly misruled. What is to become of Palestine

and Jerusalem? Let the answer be given through the letter which A. J.

Balfour wrote in behalf of the British Government to Baron Rothschild:

"The Government views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a

national home for the Jewish people and will use their best endeavors

to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly

understood that nothing will be done that may prejudice the civil or

religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine."

Here is the answer of the French Government. "M. Sokolow, representing

the Zionist organizations, was received by Monsieur Pichon, Minister

for Foreign Affairs, who was happy to inform him that there is complete

argeement between the French and English Governments in all matters

which concern the establishment of a Jewish national home in

Palestine." Our own country has fallen in line and pledged itself to

see that at last the Jew is going to be treated with justice and that

Palestine will become an independent Jewish state. No wonder there is

great joy among the masses of Jews and that they too see a better day

looming up for their people.



But do these tremendous events in the East mean that the day has come

when the shadows flee away from the seed of Abraham? Not by any means.

The time of Jacob's trouble has not yet been. The last siege of

Jerusalem, prewritten in Zechariah's prophecy (chapter xiv) still

awaits its fulfillment. To deliver that nation and that land

completely and bring about the glories promised in God's infallible

Word needs more than the conquest of the land. The flag of the British

lion now flies over Jerusalem. Some day another flag will be raised

above that city--the flag of the Son of Man, the Son of David, the Lion

of the tribe of Judah.



Only when He comes again and His blessed feet stand once more upon the

Mount of Olives, will that day of blessing and glory break for Israel

with all shadows fleeing away. What it all will mean is fully written

in prophecy. Much of what is written in the Book of Isaiah from

chapter xl to the end of the vision of Isaiah refers to that glory

time, when the King comes back, and when for Jerusalem the shadows flee

away. Read especially chapters liv and lv; lxvi. In the other

Prophets read the following chapters: Jeremiah xxx and xxxi; Ezekiel

xxxiv-xlviii; Daniel vii:13-28 and chapter xii; Hosea iii:5, v:15,

vi:1-3, xiv; Joel iii; Amos ix:11-15; Obadiah, verses 17-21; Micah

iv-v; Habakkuk iii; Zephaniah iii:8-20; Haggai ii:6-9; Zechariah

ii:6-13, viii, ix:9-11, xii-xiv. Here we have unfailing predictions of

what will be when the day breaks and the shadows flee away from Israel.



+III. The Shadows for All the Nations of the World Will Flee Away+.

In Revelation xx:3 we read that Satan, the Devil, that old Serpent is

the deceiver of the nations. As we have seen in the lecture on the

history of Satan he is the murder and liar from the beginning. He is

responsible for every war which has ever been fought; he is the author

of all idolatry; he blinds the nations and keeps them away from knowing

God. For this reason peace cannot come till this dark shadow is

chained, the world cannot be brought to God and do righteousness till

this arch-deceiver is robbed of his power. We can rest assured that as

long as this being is loose, world conversion and universal peace are

unobtainable. And he will be chained by Him who is the strong One and

has conquered him already--our Lord Jesus Christ. And therefore when

He comes again the shadows will flee away from the nations of the

earth. China will no longer be domineered over by demon influences;

India, Africa and the islands of the sea will cast their idols away.

All swords will become plowshares, all spears pruning hooks. Wars will

cease even unto the ends of the earth; nations will learn war no more.

The nations will learn righteousness; all oppression will cease;

capital and labor has ended its strife; poverty is unknown; wickedness

and crime of every description ends, for the King reigns in

righteousness, and "in His day shall the righteous flourish and

abundance of peace.... He shall have dominion also from sea to sea and

from the river unto the ends of the earth.... all kings shall fall down

before Him, all nations shall serve Him" (Psalm lxxii). Under His

gracious reign of power famines and pestilences can no longer devastate

this earth. Sickness and diseases will be banished and those who obey

the laws of His kingdom will continue to live on earth, so that death,

the common thing now, as the wages of sin, will become uncommon during

the coming age. What a glory time there is in store for this earth!

But we must not forget that day, when the shadows flee away, will be

ushered in by a judgment of nations. Nations now in existence, steeped

in unspeakable wickedness, having cast even a skin-deep civilization to

the winds and outraged the laws of God and man, will be dealt with in

judgment and pass away as nations (Matthew xxv:31).



+IV. The Shadows which are upon Creation Will Also Flee Away+. The

Apostle Paul tells us of creation's curse, creation's groans and

creation's deliverance: "For the earnest expectation of the creature

waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was

made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath

subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be

delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of

the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and

travaileth in pain together until now" (Romans viii:19-22). Creation

has fallen under the curse through man's sin. As man has continued in

sin and has become worse in his deeds of defiance of God, creation has

also seen degradation in a like degree. Blights are seen everywhere.

Tidal waves and terrific earthquakes have destroyed human lives by the

millions. All creation is suffering and groaning under the curse. But

it is not to be so forever. The King who comes back is also the

Creator, He who called all things into existence out of nothing. He

surely will set all things in order and deliver groaning creation. He

will put all things back as they were in the beginning and then earth

will be once more a paradise. If He would do anything less than that

the dark shadow of the one who brought sin and death into the world

would have the last word, and could then sneer into the face of God the

fact that in spite of the redemption price He could not restore things

as they were in the beginning.



We quote but one passage from the Book of Isaiah in which this blessed

time is predicted when the shadows flee away for a groaning creation:

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie

down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling

together, and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear

shall feed; their young shall lie down together, and the lion shall eat

straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play at the hole of the

asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice den"

(Isaiah xi:6-8). Do not say this has a spiritual meaning. It has not;

it means what it says, and when the King comes back He will do it all

in His mighty power.



"O scenes surpassing fables, and yet true,

Scenes of accomplish'd bliss! which who can see,

Though but in distant prospect, and not feel

His soul refreshed with foretaste of the joy?

Rivers of gladness water all the earth,

And clothe all climes with beauty; the reproach

Of barrenness is gone. The fruitful field

Laughs with abundance; and the land, once lean,

Or fertile only in its own disgrace,

Exults to see its thistly curse repeal'd;

The various seasons woven into one,

And that one season an eternal spring.

The garden fears no blight, and needs no fence,

For there is none to covet, all are full.

The lion, and the leopard and the bear

Graze with the fearless flocks; all bask at noon

Together, or all gambol in the shade

Of the same grove, and drink one common stream.

Apathies are none. No foe to man

Lurks in the serpent now; the mother sees

And smiles to see, her infant's playful hand

Stretch'd forth to dally with the crested worm,

To stroke his azure neck, or to receive

The lambent homage of his arrowy tongue.

All creatures worship man, and all mankind

One Lord, one Father. Error has no place;

That creeping pestilence is driven away;

The breath of heaven has chased it. In the heart

No passion touches a discordant string,

But all is harmony and love. Disease

Is not; the pure and uncontaminate blood

Holds its due course, nor fears the frost of age.

One song employs all nations; and all cry

'Worthy the Lamb, for He was slain for us!'"[2]





"Until the day break and the shadows flee away I will get me to the

mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense." The mountain of

myrrh must mean the cross for myrrh means "bitterness" and was used in

embalming the dead. As long as He tarries let God's people tent by His

Cross and feast on His great love. And frankincense has the meaning of

worship and praise. Let us worship and praise Him--"until the day

break and the shadows flee away."





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