Vol 19. No. 1.
JANUARY 1st, 1943.
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR—
"TLHIi COMIIIINICi ©F TIHIIE ILOiD DRAWETH NIGH."
Momentous and Portentous Happenings. (No. 4).
I WONDER how many of my readers, looking
up into the night sky can recognise the constellation Ursa Major, sometimes called, from its
shape, the Plough. Such will probably know how
by means of this group of stars we locate Polaris,
the Pole Star. This is done by drawing an
imaginary line through the pointer stars Merak
and Dubha and projecting the line beyond them
we reach Polaris.
Figuratively speaking, there can be found in the
Bible two pointer stars through which we "are able
to locate with certainty the period at which the
return of our Lord Jesus Christ may be looked for.
On discerning the appearing of these stars we are
bid to look up and lift our heads knowing that our
redemption draweth nigh. It is the recognising
that at the piesent time these Biblical pointers are
now visible, supported as they are by the incidents recorded in my former articles that shuts me
up to the inescapable conviction that the great
event is now at hand, and that indeed, "Jesus is
coming soon." These which we have labelled
pointer stars are events, prophetically mentioned
in the Scriptures as events leading up directly to*
the Lord's return. Thus when we see the things
so indicated coming to pass we know of a surety
that the return is nigh at hand. They are as sure
a guide to this as Merak and Dubha are to the finding
In the verses twenty-four to twenty-seven of St.
Luke, twenty-first chapter, we find, so to speak, our
astronomical chart on which we discover our
pointer stars and our Polaris. We see in these
four verses mention of two events which, when
they happen, indicate clearly that the Second
Advent is at the door. Two momentous and
portentous happenings linked up with and pointing to the greatest happening of all. In the verses
which I have mentioned the Lord is speaking.
Having foretold the forthcoming banishment of
the Jews from Jerusalem he ends this prediction
with the significant word "until"—"until the times
of the Gentiles are fulfilled"! Thus the Lord
indicated that the banishment is only for a
specified period, after which the Jews would return again. This return will demonstrate that the
period named in the plan of God—"the times of
the Gentiles" has cnme to an end. Further it will
plainly indicate that the coming of the Lord is at
hand. Here therefore is our pointer star number
one. The second star in the verses we are studying
is found in the prediction that the world was
doomed to pass through a terrible period of distress.
Our Merak is the return to Jerusalem of the Jews.
Our Dubha is the coming on the nations of the
earth of a period so awful that before it men's
hearts shall fail—"shall swoon" another rendering of these words;—men shall swoon with fear