Three - Thy Kingdom Come
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Path of the Just is as the Shining Light,
Shineth More and More
the Kingdom and Dominion, and the Greatness of the Kingdom Under the Whole
Heaven, Shall be Given to the People of the Saints of the Most High, Whose
Kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom, and All Dominions Shall Serve and Obey
To the King of Kings and Lord of
the interest of
for the adoption,
And of —
that in every place call upon the Lord,”
Household of Faith,”
And of —
groaning creation, travailing and waiting for the
of the Sons of God,
Work Is Dedicated.
make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery which from the
the world hath been hid in God.” “Wherein He hath abounded toward
in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the
of His will, according to His good pleasure which
hath purposed in Himself; that in the dispensation
the fulness of the times He might gather
in one all things, under
Eph. 3:4,5,9; 1:8-10
in 1890 by Pastor Russell
THIS volume was written in 1890 and has since passed
through many editions in many languages, and still more editions are in
prospect. We have
testimonials from thousands of God’s consecrated people to the effect
that they have, through this Volume, drunk deeply of the Fountain of
Living Waters—the Word of God. We trust that the blessing will continue
to flow, until finally through the Kingdom, the knowledge of the glory of
God will fill the whole earth as the waters cover the depths of the
Although we disclaim anything akin to inspiration in connection
with these STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES, nevertheless we are glad that
because we are in the dawning of the New Dispensation, the light of Truth
is shining so clearly and the Divine Plan is so manifest that scarcely a
word of the Volume would need to be changed if it were written today—26
The Time of the End has emphasized this more and more as the years
have gone by, especially since we entered chronologically the great
Seventh Day. The work of
Harvest has progressed and is still progressing—even though at one time
we supposed that the Harvest work would have been fully accomplished with
the ending of the Times of the Gentiles.
That was merely a supposition, which proved to be without warrant,
for the thrusting in of the sickle of Truth and the gathering in of the
ripe grain has been progressing since October, 1914, as never before.
Indeed, the great World War has awakened humanity in a remarkable
degree, and more independent thinking is being done than ever before.
All this contributes to the breaking of the shackles of ignorance,
superstition, and prejudice, and the freeing of those who desire to know
and to do the Lord’s will and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
We are glad for further opportunities of service to our great King
in the gathering of the Elect to Himself, to the Truth. We are glad to see others coming into the Truth and preparing
for the “Wedding.” Evidently
the “door” is not yet shut, although we anticipate that before a very
long time—perhaps a year or two or [foreword ii]
three—the full number of the Elect will be completed, and all
will have gone beyond the Veil and the door will be shut.
We are free to say that the restoration of Israel has not been
accomplished as rapidly as we had anticipated.
Nevertheless, the Jews in Palestine seem to be thus far wonderfully
sheltered; and doubtless many of their co-religionists in the war
districts, especially in Poland, would be glad if they had gone to
Palestine when they had opportunity.
It is difficult to say how the conclusion of the war may affect the
interests of Israel. We
should be in a waiting, expectant attitude.
It looks as though the trying experiences of the Jews would arouse
considerable numbers of them eventually to go to their home land.
We have never expected, however, that all the Jews would return
thither, but rather a representative company of them, just as in the case
of the return from Babylonish captivity—only about 52,000 returned,
notwithstanding the great hosts that went to Babylon in the
The returning ones represent those fullest of faith in the Lord and
His promises, and doubtless will be dealt with as representative of the
whole. We remind our readers
that when this Volume was written, the Jews themselves had little thought
of going to Palestine. Now
Zionism has sprung up, and has taken a deep hold upon the hearts of the
Israelites. Although it was a
secular Zionism at first, it has gradually turned to religious sentiment
The Great Pyramid of Egypt discussed in this Volume has not lost
any of its interest to the author. Its
Descending Passage still represents figuratively the downward course of
mankind under the reign of sin and death.
The First Ascending Passage still represents the Law
Dispensation—God’s Covenant with Israel made at Sinai and the course
of that people under the domination of that Law.
The Grand Gallery still represents the lofty heights of the
teachings of Christ and His followers during this Gospel Age. The step in
the upper end of the Grand Gallery still represents a marked change in the
affairs of the world, lifting man to a higher plane.
The connection between the top of the Grand Gallery and the spaces
above the King’s Chamber still represents the [foreword
presence of our Lord in the Harvest of this Age, beginning with
We have never attempted to place the Great Pyramid, sometimes
called the Bible in Stone, on a parallel or equality with the Word of God
as represented by the Old and New Testament Scriptures—the latter stand
pre-eminent always as the authority. We do, however, still believe that
the structure of this Pyramid, so different from that of all other
pyramids, was designed of the Lord and intended to be a Pyramid and a
witness in the midst and on the border of the land of Egypt. (Isaiah
19:19) It certainly tells a
very different story from any other art or relic handed down from its
Its wonderful corroboration of the Divine Plan of the Ages is
astounding to everybody who really grasps it.
It should be read with just as fresh interest as in the first
edition, because its lessons have not altered or changed.
We trust that new readers will get the same rich blessings from
this Volume that old readers have received, and that thus we may glorify
God together and rejoice in His provision of light and comfort on the way
to the full ushering in of the glorious Kingdom of God’s dear Son.
Messiah’s Kingdom is sometimes styled the Kingdom of God,
because, although it is strictly under the management of Messiah, all of
its laws, regulations, judgments, etc., are in strict conformity to the
Divine arrangement, which is unchangeable. Hence when we pray, “Thy
Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth even as in Heaven,” our thought
should be that the grand perfection of the Heavenly Father’s Rule and
Government is our desire and that we are hoping and waiting for the
thousand-year Reign of Christ to conquer the rebellion of earth and to
bring humanity back into as full accord with God as are all the angels of
Heaven in their perfection.
Messiah’s Kingdom has various stages of inauguration.
First, in His Parousia
the glorified Jesus quickens, or resurrects, the sleeping members of the
Body of Christ. This is the
first executive act of the Great One whom God has so highly exalted—the
Heir of the great Abrahamic promise.
His members must be completed before He will officially take His
position as the King of the world. Assurance
of this fact is given by the inspired Word: “When Christ, who is our
Life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory.” (Col.
3:4) Next in order the Master
[foreword iv] deals with the living members of His Body, the
Church. As shown in the
parables of the pounds and the talents, the Master’s judgment concerning
worthiness or unworthiness in the Kingdom must pass upon all of His
consecrated ones and the full number of the Elect must be found and be
glorified by the resurrection “change”—because “flesh and blood
cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1 Cor. 15:50)
Then the dominion of the world will be assumed.
The glorified One will ask of the Father, and He will give Him the
heathen for His inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for His
possession. “He will rule them with a rod of iron. As the vessels of a potter shall they be broken into
shivers.” Psa. 2; Rev. 2:27
This revealing of the Son of Man to the world by His assumption of
power and His permission of the world to pass into the great ordeal of
anarchy is evidently nearing. For
a little while there will be a great triumph of Churchianity, after the
war. Both Catholics and Protestants will share in this triumph and
both political and financial princes will encourage it, hoping for the
prolongation of their own power. At
that time we may expect strong opposition from Churchianity upon the true,
faithful followers of Jesus, resulting in serious persecutions—perhaps
even unto death. But the triumph of Babylon will be short. Soon the sentence already pronounced will be executed and she
shall fall like a great millstone into the sea—into anarchy—into
destruction, never to rise again.
Not long after, according to the Bible picture, we may expect the
total collapse of our present civilization.
But the darkest moment of man’s extremity will be God’s
opportunity. The Messiah, the
Elect of God, will take the control and speak peace to the tumultuous
peoples and bring order out of confusion, joy out of tears, praise out of
despair. Thus the Kingdom of
Messiah will be born in a terrible travail; but the glorious results will
more than compensate for the “Time of Trouble such as never was since
there was a nation.” Thus
we are told, “The desire of all nations shall come.” Haggai 2:7
May these pages continue to be a blessing to the Lord’s people
and an honor to His name, is the prayer of the author,
Charles T. Russell
Brooklyn, N.Y., October 1, 1916