The German Scare
All Australia, in fact, the whole Empire, has been much exercised of late by the prominence given the naval programme of the German Empire. It is said that Germany’s ”Dreadnoughts” will outnumber England’s in three years unless the British shipbuilding programme be greatly enlarged at once. It is also
argued that the only reason for German celerity in this matter is the desire to attack Britain.
The German motive may be or may not he exactly this; the student of present affairs need not specially
concern himself therewith, as he endeavours to get light from the divine Word. His question will be, Are
these battleships likely to be used by the. nations against each other, or by the people against their own
Governments? While there is no room for dogmatism in respect to such details as are not fully revealed in divine prophecy, our opinion, based on what we can understand of I Thes. 5: 1-5, particularly verse 3, is that there will probably not be a general European war, but that the effort to arrange their differences by arbitration will be considered so far successful that the nations will say, “Peace and safety.” Just there will be the outbreak of the trouble which will eventuate in their overthrow, not by each other, hut by the uprisings of revolutionaries within all the nations. This is what we understand by the mountains (kingdoms) being “carried into the midst of the sea” of anarchy, and also by the “Battle of Armageddon,” which, we believe, will not be a battle between armies of nations arrayed against each other, hut between the peoples on the one side and the rulers and their sympathisers on the other side.
We have no sympathy with anarchy; but when it is coming, nothing is to be gained by covering one’s eyes and saying: “I do not sec it.” Thank God those who have the clearest perception of the coming trouble have also by faith a glimpse of the blessings to be bestowed after the Lord shall have said:
“Peace, be still.”
Such need not fear, as some of the great ones of earth are doing; on the contrary, they can and do rejoice that their deliverance draweth nigh. — Matt. 24: 32, 33.
The New Covenant Advocate May, 1909
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