THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR
BY: GEORGE R. HAWTIN
Because of the lateness of the hour and because of the dreadful calamities which are relentlessly hurling themselves upon the earth and all mankind, I have been filled with a great urge to place before you certain signs which cause me to believe that we are now living in the closing months of this dispensation of the grace of God. Since we are all fallible men and women, it is always possible for us to be wrong or over-zealous about things which vitally concern us and the world in which we live, yet it would be a most remarkable thing indeed if among those who read these lines any will be found who do not have a God-given premonition that the door of God’s forbearance and longsuffering is now closing upon this rebellious and untoward generation. The most incredible situations are stalking the whole earth. Crime, violence, destruction, war, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, the collapse of’ morals, and the impending collapse of the entire financial system are all on hand until every new day brings its new disasters.
Forgive me for the use of personal pronouns and personal opinions. There is no desire in me to set my self up as one knowing more than my brethren, for God has never given me reason to believe that I am anything more than the least among them. I disavow any intention to lead away disciples after myself either in the days that are past or in the days that are present. Within my heart for the past fourteen years my one longing toward mankind has been to so present the truth that men and women would love God and, seeing His goodness and greatness, be transformed into His likeness. My heart’s desire has been that, should I die, or my tongue be stilled or my pen laid down, mankind would never miss me because they had learned to depend, not on me, but upon the everlasting arms of Him unto whom they had “looked and were lightened, and their faces were not ashamed.” Cursed be he that putteth his trust in man, but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be moved.
I am writing four articles concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The truth contained in these will, I trust demonstrate how near we are to the final wind-tip of this present dispensation. By these four horsemen and the Messages they convey each one of us should be able to see events that have been occurring in ever increasing number – events that are transpiring now and events that will burst in awful fury upon the whole earth in the troublous days which are immediately ahead. Because it takes many weeks to prepare these articles and still more months before they ire ready to be sent out, I am constrained by a great urge In my spirit to write this brief message lest we should be overwhelmed by the calamities which are befalling us with increasing swiftness. As a toboggan rushing down a hill gathers momentum as it descends, so the storms now besetting the earth are increasing in momentum and fury and becoming an awesome spectre of doom to all who stand in their path.
If we reflect upon the things about us, we will be forced to conclude that the world situation with its maze of problems is completely beyond the grasp of mankind. The racing inflation that engulfs the financial world is such a problem that governments are no longer trying to grapple with it, but instead have thrown up their hands in despair and decided just to let it race to its doom. The politicians (for there are no statesmen now) are like engineers who have lost control of a runaway train, which gathers speed at every yard as it descends the mountain. The whistle is screaming, the brakes are burned out, all controls are useless, and they themselves are utterly helpless. To make matters even worse, the runaway train of the world financial system has now gained such unbelievable speed that they dare not try to jump off. They have become like frenzied men who, having seized a tiger by the tail, dare not let go though it is hopeless to hang on.
The whole world situation is so touchy that even a rumor could set forces in motion that could bring absolute ruin on the present doomed order. Only today I read of a Japanese woman in Tokyo who jokingly remarked that a certain bank was going broke. Within hours forty-eight hundred people had rushed to retrieve their savings and had withdrawn five million dollars from the various branches and almost broke the bank. The manager in amazement said, “I still don’t know what hit us.” I mention this only to show more clearly what a literal volcano the whole world system is sitting upon.
Our Lord Jesus Christ revealed important details concerning the end of the age, some of which are enough to fill any heart with terror, but, bless His dear name, He always added many things that were intended to comfort those who will love Him in these perilous, closing days of time. After telling the people of the dreadful events to come upon the earth in the days in which we are now privileged to live, He brushed aside our anxiety as a mother wipes away the tears of her infant and soothes the childish woes of the little one she loves. “When ye see these things begin to come to pass,” He said, “then lift up your heads and rejoice, for your redemption draweth nigh.” Jesus was not underestimating the awesomeness of the things that were to come in the end of the age, but well He knew that there would be a people upon the earth in the last days who would live lives so totally detached from the world and its godless system that they would be almost unaffected by the dreadful upheaval that would accompany the end of the age, knowing that the calamities of this present order are the swift heralds who loudly proclaim that glorious age, the kingdom of God.
In the book of the Apocalypse we have a picture given by revelation to the apostle John. In the vision he saw the fall of the world system, that Babylon of confusion of which the scripture speaks. Babylon may be defined as both political and ecclesiastical. It represents both the world system and the church system as they are seen and known in their abominations in our day. The revelation given John concerning them is almost beyond human belief as he describes the fall of Babylon in these awe-inspiring words; “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, MY people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues-. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself and lived deliciously, so much sorrow and torment give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no Sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour thy judgment is come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul lusteth after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. And the merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, mid purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto that great city! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, A alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships of the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one, hour Is she made desolate.” (Rev. 18:4-19)
Having seen the complete and utter destruction of this whole world system, both political and religious – John’s eyes are directed to another scene and another company, and these are told to rejoice. As we read his words, we can hear again the faithful words of Jesus, “When ye see these things begin to come to pass, then lift up your heads and rejoice, for your redemption draweth nigh.” “Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of the “harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at ‘all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, and of all that were stain upon the earth. And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, unto the Lord our God: for true and righteous are His judgments: for He hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up forever and ever.” (Rev. 18:20, 19:3)
This great and terrible vision seen by John is a true picture of the end of the age in which we live. It portrays the end of the present world set-up, the collapse of the present system of finance, and thus in consequence the end of commerce and trade as we have known it for six thousand years. It faithfully describes the end of the present religious system, which is now governed by man, and all this great and dreadful fall is the final preparatory step for the coming of the kingdom of God.
The weeping and howling of the merchants and rich men of the earth because of the fall of their system brings to mind the faithful words of the apostle James as he, too, describes the financial collapse of the last days in these significant words: “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall he a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth. Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton, ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. He ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” (James 5:1-8)
The collapse of the present world order is definitely at hand. It is falling apart on every side and in every nation. The great depression that overwhelmed the whole earth, beginning in 1929 and continuing without let-up through those tragic years known by millions as the dirty thirties, will be merely a shadow compared to the fearful collapse into which we are without doubt now heading. Those of us old enough to remember those trying times, that came as a scourge over all the earth, have some realization of what a world-wide depression can be like. Terrible as were those evil days, there is every reason to believe that they were child’s play compared to that tribulation which is now brewing. From the last great depression there was a period of recovery, but there will be no true recovery from that which is to come. The great world antichrist dictator, which is to come before the end of the age, will for a time bring about a spurious and phoney prosperity, but it, too, will collapse at the coming of the Prince of peace.
There was a time in Germany when a whole wheelbarrow full of marks was scarcely sufficient to buy a cup of coffee. There was a time in France when it took thousands of francs to buy a tank of gasoline. There was a time in America when the old continental dollar was so worthless that creditors would hide from their debtors who wished to pay their debts in that worthless currency. All these things were but the beginning of sorrows, but we are soon to see the day, perhaps in a year or two, when the rich men of the earth will wake up and find their millions utterly worthless. Their gold and silver will be cankered and as useless as the dirt in the street.
Terrible as these things are, there is no need for alarm in the heart of any saint of God – no need of alarm, I say, only true understanding and godly concern. Jesus told us to rejoice when we saw these things coming, not because we were to be flippant and careless and unconcerned, but because we know that the collapse of this present world order is the trumpet call proclaiming the setting up of that wonderful kingdom which shall never be destroyed, a kingdom over which Christ and the sons of God shall reign, a kingdom promised from the very beginning of time. “I will give unto you a kingdom,” Jesus said, and that kingdom shall have fully come when this present confusion is ended. When the sun goes down with a flaming ray and the sky is red, we say it will be fair weather tomorrow. It is the eventide of this present world order. The sky is red as the sun is setting on this evil age, and the very redness of the sky in this awful hour clearly telling us that the kingdom of God is at hand. The signs of the times are explaining to all who will bear that His coming is near, yea, even at the doors. There will be a rainbow round about the throne very soon to signify that the deluge of man’s iniquity is over, the flood is past and the tribulation is gone. We who love God know that these things will surely come to pass and nothing can stop them. No power on earth can defer them. No man can thwart them and no devil can find power in heaven or earth or under the earth to prevent them.
Again the voice of God is calling over the din of this world’s final calamity, “Lift up your heads and rejoice.” Again the blessed voice of Jesus is saying to His own, “Let not your hearts be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
It may be, dear child of God that you will not like what I shall say now. If you disagree, I have no quarrel with you. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. For many years I, with millions of others, adhered strongly to what may be called the rapture theory, a doctrine which teaches that all God’s people are going to be taken out of this world by a rapture – that is, they are all going to be caught up into heaven and will not be here at all while the great and terrible tribulation period is upon the earth. Now there is no question that there will be a catching up, for the scripture has said, “We shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” I know all the arguments there are to substantiate this doctrine and for years I faithfully taught them all, but as time has passed, I have become more and more convinced that there is much misunderstanding concerning this rapture theory
One day, when our Lord was telling His disciples about the end of the age and spoke of the great tribulation that was coming upon the earth, He made these definite statements: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” (Matt. 24: 21, 22) The question I wish to ask is simply this: What are the elect doing in the tribulation? If they were all previously caught up to heaven, as so many affirm that they will be, then why must the days of the tribulation be shortened for the elect’s sake? The thing really does not make much sense, does it? We must conclude, then, that there must be a great misunderstanding as to the meaning of this catching up.
The three Hebrew children in the fiery furnace were living types of the elect of God as they will be preserved through the fires of the tribulation. The fire will not hurt them and the Son of God, who was with those blessed three, will be with us also. The elect will be right here in the world, yet they will be caught up to a new realm of spiritual glory and power, a realm where nothing of the earth can really harm them. Daniel was thrown into the den of ravening lions because of his faithfulness to God. but because he lived in a heavenly realm far above all his associates, the roaring lions became as docile as domestic kittens in his presence. it is quite possible that he stroked their manes and listened with pleasure to their mighty purring throughout the night when angels came to shut their mouths, yet these same lions tore his enemies to pieces before they could fall to the bottom of the pit.
The apostle Paul knew the glory of being caught up. He said he was caught up to the third heaven; but remember this: When he was caught up into God’s presence, he was actually right here on the earth. He never left the ground for a minute, and thus I think it will be for all God’s elect people. They will be in the fire, but never feel it. They will be in the lion’s den, but find no hurt. Yea, they will be like Noah, who rode through the great waters of the flood, but came down on the other side to people a glorious new age, which in our case will be the age of the kingdom. The man child of Revelation 12:5 was caught up to the throne of God, but in verse six we see them feeding the woman in the wilderness. I frankly admit that I am by no means sure just what the wisdom of God has planned in this regard. Things concerning the end of the age have always been shrouded in mystery, but it is the blessed prerogative of every saint of God to so live in His presence that, whatsoever wonder He has purposed for His people, they will be found in Him, ready, waiting, and watching for His coming. Therefore, should He call at the cock crowing, in the morning, at noon, or in the evening, we shall be found ready and waiting to enter with gladness and rejoicing into His wonderful presence with fullness of joy.
This age is not going to end in a world-wide revival as some seem to believe. There will be a remnant saved, but that is all. There will be a mighty turning to God during the great tribulation, but that turning to God will be mainly among Christians whose robes have become soiled with the fifth of Babylon‘s harlotry. These will be purged and made white during the awful fires of the tribulation, which they will not escape but endure. These saints will be the innumerable throng whom John saw standing about the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and with palms in their hands. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. . . . And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of’ great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.“ (Rev. 7:9, 10, 13, 14)
The end of the age and the second coming of Christ are to be preceded by many signs of great importance and significance. A man is a fool indeed if he pays no heed to the wonders which are sent to warn the people who dwell on the earth that the Lord’s coming is at hand. Our Lord once said, “O ye hypocrites, ye can, discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the, times?” (Matt. 16:3) Men are very wise in their own generation, but’ they seem to be awfully dull in any sort of spiritual understanding. It is not hard to understand why men in centuries past did not give heed to the signs about them. That was because the Spirit of God was not bringing these wonders to their attention. It is true we have always had wars and famines, but our Lord made it plain that these signs would greatly increase as we come to the end of the age and to such an extent that there could be no mistaking them. He told us there would be false Christs. It has been a shocking wonder to find in our day both men and women openly saying, “I am Christ.” One would not expect to find women saying, “I am Christ,” but they are doing so. In the face of the warnings of scripture one would not expect any to be deceived by such impostors as these, but it is amazing to find how many become their avid and faithful disciples. The warnings of God mean nothing at all to such people. They just go right on believing as deception dictates.
In my articles concerning the white horse of Revelation six, I have described some of the awful persecution endured by God’s people in ages past, but I think there is every reason to believe that a persecution of unheard of proportions will come during the tribulation years. Those dreadful fires will he the means by which saints with defiled garments will have them washed clean. Persecution always contains the fearful but wonderful aspect that it separates the wheat from the chaff, divides the sheep from the goats and the false from the true. It separates between the genuine and the pretender so that nothing is left that is unreal or impure.
In the world at this moment we see the abominable spectacle of children being disobedient to their parents. This rebellion has reached the stage where it is no longer mere disobedience but outright hatred, and in millions of cases there is no reason for such a circumstance to exist. It is true that there are parents who are completely unworthy of the name. Rebellion in this instance is bad enough and unnecessary. The thing that staggers the mind, however, is the sight of children who have come from excellent homes, where love and harmony reigned supreme, carrying their senseless rebellion to the point of actual hatred, doing all manner of evil to ruin their own lives in hope of bringing harm and loss to parents who loved them. Jesus foretold the evil day when the household would be divided; and that evil day has come. He spoke of a time in which children would betray their parents and cause them to be put to death. He also spoke of parents who would betray their children, and these things we are now beginning to see. This condition will become much worse as time goes by. When religious persecution becomes such that no man can buy or sell without the mark of the beast, then we will know what it means for children to betray their parents and parents to betray their children unto death.
Our Lord spoke of fearful sights that would come upon the world in the last days – of blood and fire and vapor of smoke. He prophesied of dreadful earthquakes, one of which John saw in his revelation, so terrible and of such vast proportions as the world has never seen. Our Lord told us that famines would stalk the earth, and we are now beginning to see these in all their stark and dreadful reality. Only yesterday (Apr. 11, 1974) the news reports indicated that there was only enough wheat left in the world to feed the people for one month. If this year’s crop should fail in North America, I shudder to think of what may happen to the rest of the world. Even now the eyes of a famished world are looking our way.
In my opinion the Bible gives abundant proof that the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America are brother nations, direct descendants of Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, respectively. Let us never forget the ancient wonder that in the universal famine that gripped the world when Joseph was in Egypt it was Joseph who possessed the corn to feed the starving world. It is God’s grace and kindness that today these two sons of Joseph possess eighty percent of the wealth of the earth and are the biggest suppliers of wheat for the world. The Bible says there will be famines in the last day famines of such terrible proportions that they will snuff out the lives of one-third of the people. The population planners need no longer worry their unspiritual heads about world-burgeoning population, for before the end of this age two-thirds of it will be wiped out by famine, war, and pestilence, and except those dreadful days are shortened, no flesh shall be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
Our Lord told of plagues and pestilence that would come on the earth and terrible sores that would break out on man and beast. Most of those who read are aware that already new varieties of plague and disease are breaking out faster than medical science can begin to cope with them. It will not be long before we see dreadful plagues on earth so consuming as to swallow up untold millions of earth’s inhabitants. The epidemic of Spanish influenza, in which fifty million people died, will seem mild in comparison to the plagues that are coming as the age draws to a close.
Before the children of Israel entered into the Holy Land, Moses, that man who spoke to God face to face and mouth to mouth, gave them detailed instructions as to what their future would be. Warning them of evils that would overtake them should they turn to other gods and cease from serving the Lord, he said, “Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, and the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken Me. The Lord will make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until He have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thee shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The Lord shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed. The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray them away. The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed. The Lord will smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart: and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways; and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled forevermore, and no man shall save thee. Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build a house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof…. Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto other people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long: and there shall be no might in thy hand.” Please read Deut. 28:15 to the end of the chapter. These are but a few of the curses pronounced upon the children of Israel for their disobedience to God, and have we not in our day disobeyed God? Nations whose very constitutions were laid in God’s truth are now turning to every imaginable rebellion against the Lord, who, when we honored Him, made us great in the earth. Filth in literature, in news media, on radio, on television, on public platform, in high places and low places, has become a veritable flood. No longer are the minds of young and old fed upon things that belong to faith and soundness, but upon all that is low and degrading, and for all these errors does the Almighty God now bring the world into the judgment of the great and terrible tribulation.
When one reads of the dire calamities that are coming on the world, injurious disasters recorded in the word of God as they were spoken by Jesus, by the apostles, and in the book of Revelation, we are inclined to think of them simply as the irresistible hand of God, coming to judge the people with fearful vengeance. It is true that these impending calamities are the judgment of God, but if we will pause to consider the matter, we may readily see that each and every dire calamity will come upon mankind through man’s own doing. Their own iniquities will correct them, and their own disobedience shall bring judgment upon them. “Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee.” (Jer. 2:19)
One of the rampant scourges blighting the world today is venereal disease. Why has it become such an uncontrollable plague? Simply because man vainly imagines that God and all His ideas are old-fashioned! Like men bereft of’ their senses they ignorantly proclaim what they imagine to he a new morality. “Laugh at Ma, laugh at Pa, give them all the ‘ha, ha!’ Laugh at God, laugh at the Bible, laugh al all the old values and defame all morals as Victorian prudishness! And what is the unseemly result? …Galloping venereal disease now reaching epidemic proportions in all nations of the world, bringing in its train blindness, madness, heart disease, crippled children, broken homes, and aionian destruction. The man or woman who thinks he can defy God and His law is a fool of fools. No one – absolutely, no one – can he as great a fool as he who defies God.
Man imagines himself to be clever with all his sprays, food additives, and his wonder drugs, but all these things are bringing the plagues upon us that are solemnly foretold in God’s word. There need be no manifestation of the power of God to bring the plagues and famines of Revelation on the earth, for man himself is preparing the ground work for the death and destruction that is now coming apace. Only a few weeks ago a doctor to whom I was speaking helplessly shook his head and said, “They are putting so many things into foods that we just don’t know how to cope with it.” Elements foreign to the body and detrimental to health are being accumulated in ever increasing amounts in land and air and water, and it will not be long before they bring the dreadful plagues of Revelation upon the whole earth. Even the prophecy of Peter – “the earth shall melt with fervent heat” – could be fulfilled by man’s own evil doing, and indeed it may be, should God permit it. Therefore “thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee.” (Jer. 2: 19)
Some fifty years ago Dr. Benjamin Spock cursed the earth with his teaching of self expression. Children, according to him, should not be corrected nor given any kind of punishment. The result of this teaching is that the world is seething with every imaginable disorder. Disobedience and confusion is everywhere. Not only does it corrupt and destroy the homes of our country, but because of the selfishness caused by this wickedness the whole earth is in a turmoil of strikes, lockouts, walkouts, slowdowns, and now in ever increasing fury violence is being used to force decisions in favor of the rebellious. The kidnapping of company presidents and high officials is almost a weekly occurrence and, when the police catch up with the criminals, the law refuses to punish them and allows them to go free. And now, after the world is filled with rebellion and disorder, Dr. Spock publicly admits that his doctrine of self expression was a grievous error and also helplessly admits that it is now too late to do anything about it. Indeed it is too late, because the boys and girls who grew up under that God-defying error are now the leaders of the world. Because they were never disciplined themselves, they have no will or understanding to discipline the wicked or the unlawful. Thus the momentum toward judgment increases as the whole world rushes in darkness toward the final great tribulation when a wicked super-dictator will, bring all things under his control so that none can buy or sell without his abominable mark.
In the dark days of the American War of Independence, in the year 1777, George Washington, the father of the American Republic, was given a vision of its future from that time down to the end of this present age, and in my opinion he was finally seeing the beginning of the kingdom age. True prophecy may be judged by whether or not it came to pass. Since, therefore, up to the present all his vision has been fulfilled, I feel no need of hesitation in believing the remainder of it. As the number of people who have read this account is comparatively few, I am taking the liberty to quote it here as it was given, trusting it will help us all to see how close we are to the end of this present age. The following account was given by Anthony Sherman, July 4, 1859, before the Civil War.
“The last time I ever saw Anthony Sherman was on the Fourth of July, 1859, in Independence Square. He was then ninety-nine years old. His dimming eyes rekindled as he gazed upon Independence Hall, which he came to visit once more. ‘I want to tell you an incident of Washington‘s life – one which no one alive knows except myself; and, if you live, you will before long see it verified.’
He said, “From the opening of the Revolution we experienced all phases of fortune, good and ill. The darkest period we ever had, I think, was when Washington, after several reverses, retreated to Valley Forge where he resolved to pass the winter of 1777. Ah! I have often seen the tears coursing down our commander’s cheeks as he would be conversing with a confidential officer about the condition of his poor soldiers. You have doubtless heard the story of Washington‘s going to the thicket to pray. Well, he also used to Pray to God in secret for aid and Comfort.
“One day – I remember it well – the chilly winds whistled through the leafless trees, though the sky was cloudless and the sun shone brightly. He remained in his quarters nearly all the afternoon, alone. When he came out, I noticed that his face was a shade paler than usual, and there seemed to be something on his mind of more than ordinary importance. Returning just after dusk, he dispatched an orderly to the quarters of the officer I mention, who was presently in attendance. After a preliminary conversation of about half an hour, Washington, gazing upon his companion with that strange look of dignity which he alone could command said to the latter:
“I do not know whether it is owing to the anxiety of my mind, or what, but this afternoon, preparing it dispatch, something seemed to disturb me. Looking up, I beheld, standing opposite me, a singularly beautiful being. So astonished was I, for I had given strict orders not to be disturbed, that it was some moments before I found language to inquire the cause of the visit. A second, it third, and even a fourth time did I repeat my question, but received no answer from my mysterious visitor except a slight raising of the eyes. By this time I felt strange sensations spreading through me, and I would have risen, but the riveting gaze of the being before me rendered volition impossible. I assayed once more to speak, but my tongue had become useless, its though It had become paralyzed. A new influence, mysterious, potent, irresistible, took possession. All I could do was gaze steadily, vacantly at my unknown visitor. Gradually the surrounding atmosphere seemed as though becoming filled with sensations, and grew luminous.
Everything about me seemed to rarefy, including the mysterious visitor.
“I began to feel as one dying, or rather to experience the sensations which I have sometimes imagined accompany dissolution. I did not think, I did not reason, I did not move; all were alike impossible. I was only conscious of gazing fixedly, vacantly at my companion.
“Presently I heard a voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn,’ while at the same time my visitor extended an arm eastwardly. I now beheld a heavy vapor at some distance rising fold upon fold. This gradually dissipated and I looked out upon a strange scene. Before me lay spread out in one vast plain all the countries of the world – Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. I saw rolling and tossing between Europe and America the billows of the Atlantic, and between Asia and America lay the Pacific.
” ‘Son of the Republic,’ said the same mysterious voice as before, ‘look and learn! At that moment I beheld a dark, shadowy being as an angel standing, or rather floating, in mid-air between Europe and America. Dipping water out of the ocean in the hollow of his hand, he cast some on Europe. Immediately a cloud raised from these countries and joined in mid-ocean. For awhile it remained stationary and then moved slowly westward until it enveloped America in its murky folds. Sharp flashes of lightning gleamed through it at Intervals, and I heard smothered groans and cries of the American people. A second time the angel dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it out as before. The dark cloud was then drawn back to the ocean, in whose billows it sank from view.
“A third time I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn,’ and I cast my eyes upon America and beheld villages and towns and cities springing up one after another until the whole land from the Atlantic to the Pacific was dotted with them. Again I heard the mysterious voice say, ‘Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh; look and learn.’
“And this time the dark, shadowy angel turned his face southward, and from Africa I saw an ill-omened spectre approach our land. It flitted slowly over every town and city of the latter. The inhabitants presently set themselves in battle against each other. As I continued looking, I saw a bright angel on whose brow rested a crown of light, on which was traced the word ‘Union,’ bearing the American flag, which he placed between the divided nation, and said, ‘Remember, ye are brethren.’ Instantly the inhabitants, casting down their weapons, became friends once more, and united under the National Standard.
“Again I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ At this the dark, shadowy angel placed a trumpet to his lips and blew three distinct blasts; and taking water from the ocean, he sprinkled it on Europe, Asia and Africa. Then my eyes beheld a fearful scene. From each of these countries arose thick black clouds that were soon joined into one. And throughout this mass there gleamed it dark red light by which I was seeing hordes of armed men who, moving with the cloud, marched by land and sailed by sea to America, which country was enveloped in the volume of cloud. And I dimly saw these vast armies devastate the whole country and burn villages, towns and cities that I beheld springing up,
“As my ears listened to the thundering of the cannon, slashing of swords and the shouts and cries of millions in mortal combat, I again heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ When the voice had ceased, the dark angel placed his trumpet once more to his mouth, and blew a long and fearful blast.
“Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from I above me, and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America. At the same moment the angel upon whose head shone the word ‘Union’ and who bore our national flag in one hand and it sword in the other, descended from the heavens, attended by legions of white spirits. These immediately joined the inhabitants of America, whom I perceived were well-nigh overcome but who, immediately taking courage again, closed up their broken ranks and renewed the battle. Again, amid the fearful noise of the conflict, I heard the mysterious voice saying, ‘Son of the Republic, look and learn.’ As the voice ceased, the shadowy angel for the last time dipped water from the ocean and sprinkled it upon America. Instantly the dark cloud rolled back, together with the armies it had brought, leaving the inhabitants of the land victorious.
“Then once more I beheld the villages, towns and cities springing up where I had seen them before, while the bright angel, planting the azure standard he had brought in the midst of them, cried with a loud voice: ‘While the stars remain and the heavens send down dew upon the earth, so long shall the Union last. And taking from his brow the crown on which blazoned the word ‘Union‘, he placed it upon the standard while the people, kneeling down, said, ‘Amen.’
“The scene instantly began to fade and dissolve, and I at last saw nothing but the rising, curling vapor I at first beheld. This also disappeared, and I found myself once more gazing upon the mysterious visitor who, in the same voice I had heard before, said, ‘Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted. Three great perils will come upon the Republic. The most fearful is the third, passing which the whole World united Shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and Union. With these words the vision vanished, and I started from my seat, I felt I had seen a vision wherein had been shown me the birth, the progress and final destiny of’ the United States.”
“Such my friends” said the venerable narrator, “were the words I heard from George Washington’s own lips, and America will do well to profit by them.”
It would be presumptuous to add anything to this vision or seek to explain the wrath it foretells, so soon to come upon this part of the world. Nationally we have forsaken the God in whose hand our breath is to live instead after the baseness of the god of this age.
It must have been difficult for Nahum in his day to describe the modern automobile, but describe it he did in the second chapter of the book that bears his name. It must have been hard for Ezekiel to describe our modern air warfare, but he did so very successfully in Ezekiel 38:9. “Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm; thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.” No doubt George Washington was somewhat bewildered, especially by the last part of his vision, but it appears very clear that what he saw was the awfulness of modern warfare. the coming of the Lord and the subsequent setting up of the kingdom age. All of which without doubt are now very near at hand.
In these troublous times let us lay aside every weight and the abounding sin that does so easily beset us as our hearts continually cry, – Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
LATENESS OF THE HOUR, THE [George R. Hawtin] 1