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ordained the ages.”—Heb. 1: 2.
is a relation of succession between events or phenomena; duration is the
attribute of continuance in events or phenomena; eternity is the attribute of
unlimited duration in Infinite and Absolute Being.”
There is but one Being without beginning or end, and that is God.
Eternity is His attribute. We
cannot truly speak of the eternities, for there is but one eternity.
We speak of the eternal past and the eternal future, because time
intervenes with us. With God
there is but one eternity; but time is fragmentary, and is broken up into
had no starting point; there was a point at which time began.
An age is a duration of time. We
read in the Bible about “the age,” about “the ages,” and about “the
ages of the ages.” An age is
only a fragmentary part of time; and time is included in eternity.
The ages are arranged within the duration of time, the one to follow
another. We read in the Original
of Heb. 1: 2, that through Jesus Christ God “ordained the ages.”
This ordination of the ages, no doubt, means that at some time in
eternity God through Jesus, planned the ages to come.
It would seem that at one time God fixed all the ages of eternity.
The ages, or dispensations, through which man passes are only parts of
“the ages” which God ordained. Of
course, only the ages of this world shall concern us here.
know that the world has passed through certain ages, or dispensations,
distinctly marked. First, the
Edenic Age. This age began with
the creation of man, and continued until he was driven from the Garden.
Second, the Antediluvian Age. This
age reaches from the expulsion from the Garden to
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flood. Third, the Postdiluvian
Age. This age reaches from the
flood to the giving of the law. Fourth,
the Mosaic Age, which continues until Pentecost.
Fifth, the Christian Age. This will continue until the battle of
Armageddon. Sixth, the Millennial
Age, which will begin at the close of this age, and continue to the final
judgment. Seventh, there will be
a PostMillennial Age or Ages. Of
course, other divisions of time can be made.
The time from Abraham until Pentecost may be called the Jewish Age, and
the Christian Age is often called the Gentile Age.
Each of these ages has a close, and the close of each is marked by some
great event, world‑wide in its effect.
Perhaps no two ages are of the same duration, and yet it seems that God
has appointed the time when each age shall close.
writer wishes it understood that he has no sympathy with the doctrine of the
predestination of every thing. Some
teach that in the beginning God wound up the Universe, including all human
affairs, like a clock; that it has been running like a machine ever since;
that God ordered everything from the beginning; and that some men are born to
be lost, while others are predestinated to eternal life.
The writer has no fellowship with such doctrine.
However, I do hold that there are certain events which were appointed
of God in the past, and that such events occur at an appointed time.
gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is definitely written upon the face of the
sky; and if we would take time to study the matter we would see a striking
similarity between the gospel and the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Without entering into a discussion to prove that the gospel is written
on the sky, I will state a few noticeable coincidences between the “signs of
the heavens” and the occurrences of certain events on the earth.
sign of Virgo, the Virgin, I take as setting forth the Virgin Mary.
The first Decan of Virgo is an infant boy.
This sign is known as Coma, which in Hebrew and Oriental dialects means
“the desired, the longed for” —the same word used by Haggai where he
speaks of Christ as “the Desire of all nations.”
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accordingly take Coma as referring to Jesus, the Infant Boy.
If I err in this, I err in company with many of the wisest and best men
of any age. It is certain that
the “wise men from the east” learned of the birth of Jesus through their
observation of the stars. That
glorious event was announced to them through the “signs in the heavens.”
They said, “We have seen his star in the east.”—Matt. 2: 2.
It is a recorded fact that about one hundred and twenty‑five
years before Christ a new and peculiar star did make its appearance in the
first Decan of Virgo, and that it was so bright as to be visible in the day
time. This star was in Coma, the
sign of the Infant accompanying Virgo, and it marked the very head of that
Infant. Astronomical calculations
prove that two years before Jesus is said to have been born there were three
consecutive conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn.
The conjunction of these two planets has always preceded some great
event. Such a conjunction
announced the birth of Moses. Abarbanel,
in his Commentary on Daniel, affirms it to be a settled fact that the
conjunction of these two planets always betokens some great event or beginning
in human affairs. It is
remarkable that the conjunction of these planets three years before the birth
of Moses occurred in the sign of the Pisces, with which the Jews were already
associated. The Egyptian
astronomers and wise men interpreted this as being favorable to the Egyptians.
“Kepler, on consulting the periods of the conjunctions between
Jupiter and Saturn, gave it as his opinion that such conjunctions
astronomically coincided with the approach of each climacteric in human
affairs; to‑wit, the revelations of Adam, the birth of Enoch, the
Deluge, the birth of Moses, the birth of Cyrus, the birth of Christ, the birth
of Charlemagne, and the birth of Luther.”
earth is about ninety‑two million miles away from the sun.
It is travelling in its yearly motion at the rate of seventeen miles
per seccond. It takes just one
year for the earth to make its journey around the sun.
It is now a well established
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fact that there is a centre around which our sun, with a number of others, is
journeying. It takes the sun
eighteen millions of years to make its journey around the centre which it
obeys. Perhaps “the star of
Bethlehem” has an orbit equally as large as that of our sun.
In its circuit it came near enough to us to be seen one hundred and
twenty-five years before Christ. It
was at its greatest brilliancy during the life of Christ, and was in the head
of Coma. This is why artists have
painted the picture of Jesus with a star in His head.
One hundred and fifty years after Christ this star passed from view,
and has not been seen since. It
is gone on to make its great journey around its centre.
Perhaps it will return some day.
you will accept the statement that the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn do
mark the approach of some great event, and remember that these planets at
certain points of time reach certain points in space with mathematical
accuracy, you will be able to see that which I am trying to teach, viz., that
all great events occur at the time appointed.
Great Pyramid of Gizeh, the first among the “seven wonders of the world,”
is a monument in stone to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If we will study this pyramid, we shall be able to note some remarkable
coincidences between it and certain events in this world.
its weights, measures, angles, etc., from a standpoint of mathematics, it
presents to us a miniature earth in itself.
It seems to have been built upon the same mathematical calculations
as the earth was. The only
entrance into the pyramid, as left by the builders, is a tube beginning on the
north side and running obliquely down to an unfinished room in the solid rock,
about one hundred feet below the levelled surface upon which the pyramid
stands. Taking this entrance tube
as the earth’s axis, and this unfinished room as the bottomless pit, we have
a striking picture of the road that leads to hell.
The system of measurements and weights used in this edifice is the
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as used by primal man. Beginning
with the opening of the entrance tube and measuring downward towards the
bottomless pit, we go about one thousand inches, where we reach the first
upward passage. Following the
upward passage for 1542 inches, we come to the Grand Gallery, which in many
ways sets forth the Christian dispensation.
Letting one inch represent a year, the lengths of these tubes
correspond with the ages of the world. Beginning
with the flood, at the opening of the entrance passage, we follow the course
of humanity downward for about a thousand years, at which date the children
of Israel began their national economy and history.
There the first upward passage begins, which marks the Exodus of
Israel. Going upward 1542 inches
we come to the Grand Gallery; and it was 1542 years from Exodus to the birth
of Christ. Just
thirty‑three and one‑half inches from the beginning of the Grand
Gallery we come to an opening down to the pit, which marks the descent of
Christ into Hades. Did all these
things come about by chance? It might be so admitted if there was nothing
It is now a well
established fact that this pyramid was built 2170
B. C. Beginning with the Grand Gallery
and continuing backward
2170 inches, the number of years from the birth of Christ back to the building
of the pyramid, we come to a place in the entrance tube which clearly
indicates the building of the edifice. At
that time the Dragon, one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac, was turning about
the then pole star, which was pointing directly down this entrance passage.
The sign of the Dragon represents the devil.
Here is a picture of the downward path of man to hell under a Dragon
star. At the time the pyramid was
built the top of it was pointing directly to Alcyone, one of the “seven
stars;” which is thought to be the centre of the Universe.
Since the pyramid sets forth a minature earth in itself, this is very
significant. If this pyramid had
been standing at the time of the flood, the Dragon star would have been
pointing down this same tube, and Aquarius, the water-
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would have been directly over the pyramid with his pitcher pouring the water
down. These things could hardly
have been without the knowledge of the designer of this edifice, and they
present a very grand and remarkable time‑mark.
Such a position of the stars could not possibly occur again within
things I have written, not just to show you the correspondence between
certain events and this pyramid, but to show you the correspondence between
certain events and certain positions in the stars, and thereby proving that
God ordained the ages from the beginning; and that some events, especially
those which close the ages, occur at an appointed time.
is just as true, however, that many events occur upon certain conditions.
The Scriptures abound with promises to God’s people founded upon
certain conditions. It is a great
mistake to teach that everything that occurs would have occurred anyway,
that God has wound up the Universe and it must run down in certain order of
events, and that nothing can be changed, delayed, nor thrown out of its
many of our readers will think that we have de-departed from our subject,
but this is a necessary step in preparing the way for some important truths
that are to follow.