Few realize the dynamic tonic for the world in the
golden age of a Second Advent, and for the Church in the Millennial Kingdom,
prize only stormed by force. “Quite apart from any question of theology.”
Says Professor Richard
G. Moulton, of Chicago
University, “it may be said that no more precious legacy of thought has
come down to us than this Hebrew conception of a golden age to come. It is difficult to
over estimate the bracing moral influences of an ideal future. The classic thought of Greece and Rome
took an opposite course: their age of gold was in the remote past, the progress
of time was a decline, and the riches of philosophy claimed to be no more than
a precarious salvage. The result was the
moral paralysis of fatalism, or at best individualism. The
imaginative pictures of biblical prophecy inspire spiritual energy by bringing
a future to work for, and, on the other hand, the weakness of a luxurious
optimism is avoided in the writings of an author who, while he puts forth all
his powers to exalt the future, insists always that the only way of entrance to
this future is the forcible purging out of evil.” Our
Golden Age is no mere gift of grace.
“The kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, AND MEN OF VIOLENCE TAKE IT BY
FORCE” (Matt. 11: 12).
gain that prize I towards that goal will struggle
Which God hath set before;
To gain that prize ‘gainst
sin and death I’ll battle
And with the world make war;
And if it brings me here but shame and troubles
And scorn, if pain life fills,
Yet seek I nothing of earth’s empty baubles;
My God alone my longing stills.
To gain that prize, to reach that crown I’m pressing
Which Christ doth ready hold;
I mean His
great reward to be possessing,
booty for the bold.
I will not rest, no weariness shall stay me.
To hasten home is best.
Where I some day in peace and joy shall lay me
Upon my Saviour’s heart and rest.
(From the German). *
* From G. H. Lang’s Firstfruits and