The Present Age: Its Beginning Progress And End





Ecclesiastes i:9



The Book of Ecclesiastes is the Book in which the natural man speaks.

The conclusion which the wisest man reached is that all is vanity, and

there is nothing new under the sun. In this first chapter we read of

generations which come and go. The sun rises and goes down; the wind

goeth toward the south, and turneth about to the north again, according

to its circuits. The rivers go into the sea, and to the place where

they come from they again return. All moves in nature in cycles. What

has been is always to be again, and what was done will be done again.



This is likewise true in respect to God's dealings with man and with

the earth. That which has been shall be; and what was done will be

done again.



The future will repeat the past,

As the first, shall be the last;

Ages of change between.





Once the earth was undefiled by sin. It was the Paradise of God. For

a brief period it knew no sorrow, no suffering, no curse and no death.

That is what has been; but it shall surely be again. Creation will

have a second birth, and after its travail pains, death and the curse

will flee away. Once peace reigned, no strife was known and no groans

heard in all creation's realm. That is what has been; it shall be so

again. Groaning creation will be delivered; peace on earth and glory

to God in the highest will follow.



Once man, the first man, unfallen, reigned. All things were under his

feet. That has been before sin stripped man of his inheritance. But

what has been, is that which shall be. The second man, the last Adam,

will appear, and under Him man redeemed will again have all things put

under his feet. What has been in the past shall be in the future.



God executed his judgments in the past. He will do so again. The past

has manifested His power and glory; so will the future. The heavens

will not always be silent as they are now; for "Surely our God shall

come, and not keep silence."



His blessed Son was once upon earth, making known the glory of God in

His Person. That was in the past, and it shall be so again; for He

comes back to the earth once more to make known His glory, so that the

earth shall be covered with the glory of the Lord.



How near, how very near, these things that shall be are! The age in

which we live is the last stepping stone towards the glorious

consummation; and in this age there is but a little step left, and soon

darkest night shall end and give way to the brightest and most glorious

day the world has ever seen. In these studies of Prophecy we shall

first consider the present age, its beginning, progress and end. Other

studies will put before us from the infallible Word of God the coming

glorious consummation and what leads up to it.





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