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mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a tlaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense.” Zion and Jerusalem are metaphors, which signify the church. Here it is seen that after she is purged by the spirit of judgment and burning, the Word and Spirit, all that remain shall be called holy, and “upon all the glory shall be a defense”; namely, “the glory that thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one as we are.” Thank God for a redeemed church.
A World-wide Movement.
Christianity is the only religion adapted to become directly catholic. It will apply universally to all men of all nations irrespective of political differences, customs, manners, and dress.
That Christianity will spread over all the world before the end comes is clearly taught in the Bible. To Abraham, God confirmed with an oath the following promise, and repeated the same to Isaac and Jacob: “In thy seed shall all the nations of earth be blessed." Gen. 22:18. And in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the seashore." Verse 17. This last promise reached a literal fulfilment during the law dispensation in Israel after the flesh. They multiplied until they became a numerous seed-a great nation. But its real and principal fulfilment was to take place under the gospel. Paul makes this clear in his Galatian letter: "They which are of faith the same are the children of Abraham. And the scriptures, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Gal. 3:7, 8. “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.” Verse 14. “And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Verse 16. This makes clear that through Jesus Christ all the nations of earth are to be blessed, and that the heathen thus converted and blessed shall be numbered like the stars of heaven and the sands of the seashore. As surely as God has spoken, this must fully come to pass, for it is confirmed with the oath of the Almighty. And from Paul's language it is clear that the multitude saved from the Gentile nations of earth during the entire Christian dispensation is the fulfilment of the promise.
“I have set thee [Christ] to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” Acts 13:47. Yes, “all ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.” Psa. 22: 27. “The heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” Psa. 2:8. “He shall speak peace unto the heathen; and his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.” Zech. 9:10. “My name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.” Mal. 1:11. “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14. "The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee." Isa. 60:5. “The glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.” Isa. 66:12. “The Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth.' Jer. 16:19. “I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.” Luke 2:10. “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47. “And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Acts 1:8. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. Matt. 24:14. Hence the urgent command, “Go ye