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VOL. XXI. MARCH 1, 1900. No. 5.

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CONTENTS.

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"Mark the Perfect Man!"........................... 67
The Qualifications Necessary for
Attaining the Kingdom....................... 67
"Without Holiness No Man
Shall See the Lord"......................... 70
The Royal Law--The Golden Rule.................... 73
Tying Grape Clusters to Thorns................ 74
The Memorial Supper............................... 76
"Jesus Said unto Him, Follow Me".................. 77
The Consecrated Home Honored.................. 77
Fasting Typical and Antitypical............... 79
Interesting Letters............................... 80
Items: Watch Tower Address Tags................... 68
Re-enlisted Volunteers! To Arms!.................. 68
Watch Tower Index from 1895-1899.................. 68

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SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
--ADDRESS TO--
WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY,
"BIBLE HOUSE," 610, 612, 614 ARCH ST., ALLEGHENY, PA., U.S.A.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $1.00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE.
MONEY MAY BE SENT BY EXPRESS, N.Y. DRAFT, MONEY ORDER, OR REGISTERED
FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES BY FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS, ONLY. SPECIAL
TERMS TO THE LORD'S POOR, AS FOLLOWS:--

Those of the interested who, by reason of old age, or other infirmity or adversity, are unable to pay for the TOWER will be supplied FREE, if they send a Postal Card each December, stating their case and requesting the paper. We are not only willing, but anxious, that all such be on our list continually.

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WATCH TOWER ADDRESS TAGS.

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We are adopting a new method of addressing TOWER wrappers, omitting the date of expiration of subscription which few seem to notice. Hereafter all subscriptions will be acknowledged by card or letter and a notice of expiration will be printed plainly on the wrapper. [R2585 : page 66]

RE-ENLISTED VOLUNTEERS! TO ARMS!

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The new lot of "Bible vs. Evolution" ammunition is not yet ready, but by March 15 to April 1 we will have plenty of the new ammunition for use where the Bible vs. Evolution has already been distributed. You will like it, we assure you this in advance. It will consist of "Which is the True Gospel?" and "What Say the Scriptures about Hell?" in the shape of a double number of the WATCH TOWER. Get your several squads together and let us have your orders stating (1) the number of white Protestant churches in the district; (2) the average attendance at service which the church members chiefly attend; (3) the number of Volunteers in your squad; (4) to what address would you prefer to have the ammunition sent. [page 66]

WATCH TOWER INDEX FROM 1895 TO 1899.

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Inset in this issue is an index to Bible references which will be found very helpful in study. It can be touched with paste and set into your Bible among the Helps. It is the preparation of two dear sisters at Los Angeles who do not care to have their names mentioned. They have had pleasure in thus serving the Lord and his "brethren."

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r2585 "MARK THE PERFECT MAN! BEHOLD THE UPRIGHT!"
r2589 THE ROYAL LAW--THE GOLDEN RULE.
r2592 THE MEMORIAL SUPPER.
r2590 JESUS SAID UNTO HIM, FOLLOW ME.

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INTERESTING LETTERS.

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DEAR BROTHER RUSSELL:--By way of introduction let me say "Thank you!" for the spiritual food which my hungry soul has found in the MILLENNIAL DAWN series. Years ago I "left the church" as the phrase goes, i.e., I withdrew from membership in the Methodist church, and burned my ships behind me, destroying my church letter and telling the good people who came to labor with me in the matter that it was a matter of conscience with me not to call men my brothers one day in the week knowing that the other six I must watch them like a hawk, lest they cheat me out of my eyeteeth. I would not "take communion" with the knowledge that beside me sat one who fed poisoned grain to my fowls and poisoned meat to my dog and whispered scandalous stories about every person she knew in the church and out of it. So for years I have been counted a heathen.

How marvelous is God's leading! And because I could not see his hand in thus making my very soul sick over the hypocrisy and sham religion of the nominal church, I thought there was no church at all and wandered out into the desert beyond sight of the promised land. Theosophy, Spiritism, Christian Science, the Higher Criticism--O, the barren months and years of hungry searching! And while planning a course of study in Swedenborgianism and hunting for some second-hand copies of his works I ran across VOL. I. of the MILLENNIAL DAWN series. Do you know that I bought that volume and two others of the series as a joke? I said, "I'll lend them to some Second Adventist neighbors of ours," for I could see that the author turned the tables on that doctrine of fire and fury in a style as comprehensive as it was logical. But Swedenborg went into the box of "books to exchange and burn" and "The Helping Hand" led me out of the desert and set my feet once more in the narrow path. And now I want to help others enjoy these truths--the ministers particularly. The most of them here are good men, they see but they don't see far enough. They know that I will not join any of their churches, but the Methodist preacher and the Congregationalist both tell me where Want has knocked at the door of one, or where trouble has found out another; and the Baptist preacher will talk Prophecy to me, and the Presbyterian, Practical Christianity. I believe I can get hold of them and of members of their churches better than if I "belonged" to any of them. I have told them that the only reason I sit still and listen to them slander the Word is because I know they as individuals are broader than their creeds, and that I guess God can forgive them if I can.

And now to get down to business. I have but little money that the Lord lets me call mine because he shows me so many ways to use it as soon as it comes, in that the purse is very slim. When I want books or papers he always shows me a way to pitch in and make tents, like Paul. I have wanted to send you a dollar for the WATCH TOWER for the last month, but he did not show me the way to make it until yesterday. I inclose it in stamps in this letter. Send me any extra copies or tracts that you can spare; I will put them into empty hands.

Near me lives a lady who has sore domestic trouble --a Swiss, reads French and German fluently--and she will gladly read anything that will help her to believe that "the Herr Gott is not deaf" as she expresses it.

Pardon this long letter.

Very sincerely your sister in Christ,

ELIZABETH ANNE GRAHAM,--California.

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DEAR BROTHER RUSSELL:--In Jan. 1st TOWER you speak of the time being short before the door of opportunity is closed. Some of us find the door to many churches closed to us. It was only on the last day of December, '99 that the minister of the church where I was giving out tracts ordered me off from the church and forbade me giving any more. He said that we ought to be ashamed of ourselves, giving those to the people. I asked him if he had ever read it. He said that he had never read it, but knew all about it. I asked him what he knew about it. He said that it was breaking up all the churches and he would not allow me to explain.

The "Volunteer" work is a grand work for many reasons. (1) It enables us to preach with the printed page; (2) it gives us an opportunity to study character as well as to build character; (3) it gives us an opportunity to confess with our lips what we believe with our heart; (4) it strengthens us to be always able to give a "reason for the hope that is within us;" (5) it creates in us a love and sympathy for those whom we are trying to rescue from the awful blackness of infidelity; (6) it empties us of selfishness and causes us to sacrifice pleasures for the welfare of others. So as long as the Lord permits I will consider it a pleasure to be able to serve in so grand a work.

Enclosed please find check and order. With best wishes, Yours in redeeming love,

WM. J. DAVIS.--Massachusetts.

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In a recent letter one of the "Pilgrims," after giving particulars respecting his efforts to feed the Lord's sheep and lambs concludes thus:--

"Pray for me, dear brother, that I may be kept a 'servant.' Could you not in some way through the TOWER suggest to the friends not to praise a 'pilgrim' to his face: they do not know what 'offences' they sometimes cause, what feelings of latent pride they arouse."

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VOL. XXI. MAR. 15 & APR. 1, 1900. Nos. 6 & 7.

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CONTENTS.

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Which Is the True Gospel?......................... 83
Various Theories Found Wanting................ 84
But One Stands the Tests of Scripture
and Reason.................................. 86
What Say the Scriptures About Hell?............... 89
The Theory and The Word Hell in
English, Hebrew and Greek................... 90
The Rich Man and Lazarus...................... 99
The Sheep and the Goats...........................101
Everlasting Punishment............................103
The Lake of Fire and Brimstone................104
Parabolic and Symbolic Figures................106
Forgivable and Unpardonable Sins..................110
Future Retribution............................110
Let Honesty and Truth Prevail.................112

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SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS
--ADDRESS TO--
WATCH TOWER BIBLE & TRACT SOCIETY,
"BIBLE HOUSE," 610, 612, 614 ARCH ST., ALLEGHENY, PA., U.S.A.

SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, $1.00 A YEAR IN ADVANCE.
MONEY MAY BE SENT BY EXPRESS, N.Y. DRAFT, MONEY ORDER, OR REGISTERED.
FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES BY FOREIGN MONEY ORDERS, ONLY. SPECIAL
TERMS TO THE LORD'S POOR, AS FOLLOWS:--

Those of the interested who, by reason of old age, or other infirmity or adversity, are unable to pay for the TOWER will be supplied FREE, if they send a Postal Card each December, stating their case and requesting the paper. We are not only willing, but anxious, that all such be on our list continually.

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DOUBLE IN SIZE AND IN QUANTITY.

WE are sending two copies of this double issue to each subscription, believing that you will enjoy loaning the extra one to your friends and neighbors. In our judgment it will be specially good eyesalve for some dear Christian people. Keep your extra copies busy in the service of the truth as a part of the stewardship the Lord thus puts into your hands.

NONE TOO POOR TO HAVE THIS JOURNAL REGULARLY.

IF a developed child of God, you are interested in Bible study; and if so you cannot afford to deprive yourself of the helping hand God has provided for all such through the semi-monthly visits of this journal. If obliged to ask for it on credit, do so: if never able to pay you need not fear offending us. We will cancel the debt at any time on request. If you have no prospect of being able to pay then say so as above and have it free--paid for out of a special fund provided by loving "brethren" who desire thus to assist you and serve the Lord. Write at once and be sure to RENEW each December.

HOW TO WRITE TO US.

WRITE your name and full address very plainly at the head of your letter sheet if it is not printed there;--giving street and number. And do this on every letter. Write your order on a separate sheet from your letter,--or on a separate page.

Address business communications to our Society as above, and personal or doctrinal queries to the Editor at same address.

VOLUNTEERS--SERVICE FOR JESUS.

OUR Society's object is--The Promulgation of Christian Knowledge: to the intent that the Lord's people may be sanctified by the Truth--the only genuine and acceptable sanctification. Everyone willing is invited to share this service as a true soldier of the cross. Ammunition in the form of tracts will be supplied free to all who will promise to use the same faithfully and judiciously. Write for samples free.

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r2593 WHICH IS THE TRUE GOSPEL?
r2597 WHAT SAY THE SCRIPTURES CONCERNING HELL?
r2606 PARABLE OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS.
r2607 EVERLASTING PUNISHMENT.
r2612 FORGIVABLE AND UNPARDONABLE SINS.

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