The Last Day Tokens
by John N. Loughborough

Table of Contents


Preface

Introduction

The Second Advent

The Day of the Lord Cometh

The Judgment Message

The Last Generation

The Last Day Tokens

Other Wonders Witnessed

The Loud Voice of the Time Message

Parable of the Ten Virgins

The Little Book and the Talents

Third message and the Last Call

PREFACE

MANY books have been written on the subject of prophecy, in which has been clearly shown from history the accurate fulfillment of the divine predictions. This book is not introduced to controvert any already in the field; but the writer takes up a line of comparison of prophecy with historical facts in a manner which he has not seen in print hitherto, trusting that a perusal of its pages may be of profit to the reader.

Many people have but a limited idea of the vastness of the great Second Advent movement. In these pages your attention is called not only to the extent of that wide-spread message, which went forth from 1834 to 1844, but also to the accurate fulfillment of the specific signs of the coming of the great day of the Lord.

Here also it is shown that at every step in the delivery of the advent message, both the time and manner of giving it were in harmony with what the prophetic word has recorded concerning this great and important subject.

In this fourth edition a number of new illustrations will be found which were not in the former editions. Among these we call special attention to the scene witnessed on the Nimrod, in its south pole expedition, under Lieutenant Shackelton, in 1908-1909 - the curtains in the sky; and also to the wonderful appearance around the sun in California, March 1, 1908. The standing of the work at present writing, is also given, which will show the remarkable advancement of this cause since the third edition of the book was printed.

J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH.
Lodi, California.

INTRODUCTION

PROPHECY has been defined as “history written in advance.” This being the case, and the prophecy proceeding from the divine mind - from One having power to foresee the future - the events of the real history would most surely fit the prophecy.

We may learn from the words of Christ to the apostles one object of the Lord in giving prophecy. Speaking of the things that would take place in the career of Judas, He said, “I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, you may believe that I am He.”[1]

The Lord by the prophet Isaiah also says, “I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”[2]

Again: “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of My mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass. . . . I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I showed it thee: lest thou should say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them. Thou has heard, see all this; and will not you declare it? I have showed thee new things from this time, even hidden things, and thou didst not know them. They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when thou heard them not; lest thou should say, Behold, I knew them.” [3]

From the above language, the force of prophetic fulfillments as a proof of the divine origin of prophecy is seen, as well as their being a demonstration of the power of the Lord above all the gods of the heathen. It is also observed from these words that prophecy occupies a very important place in the Scriptures of truth. In view of these facts, it is surpassingly strange that so many people give little or no attention to the study of the prophetic portions of the sacred Scriptures.

The uninformed say they are unlearned, and, therefore, can not understand the prophecies. On the other hand, many of the educated, and some of them even among the ministry, say: “The prophecies are sealed, and can not be understood. We all know that the book of Revelation is a sealed book.” In the Revelation, the beloved John was told positively not to seal the book, [4] and, also, in this book a blessing is pronounced upon those that “hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.” [5] How could the things contained in a sealed book be kept, - things which were not, and could not be, understood?

That the Lord designed the prophecies of Daniel to be understood is evident from His words to His disciples respecting the same: “When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (who reads, let him understand);” [6] that virtually says, Understand Daniel the prophet.

A claim that prophecy could not be understood is also clearly delineated in these words: “The vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he said, I can not. For it is sealed: and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he said, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men. Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”[7] Had the people to whom the prophet refers followed the sure word of prophecy, they need not have drifted away from God’s law, and substituted for His precepts the commandments of men.

It is not because prophecy has some deep, hidden, mysterious meaning, that a failure is made in understanding it. The apostle Peter has said of it, and of understanding it: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”[8]

It is plainly implied from the above language that what is most essential to an understanding of prophecy is the reception of the Spirit that spoke through the prophets. Of that Spirit, promised to all who seek it, it is said, “He will guide you into all truth.”[9]

In the study of prophecy, these facts should be impressed upon the mind: God, who is infallible, is the Author of prophecy; and when the time comes for the fulfillment of a prophecy, the very event predicted is there. Again, when the Lord’s time comes for His message of truth to go forth, the message, in His order, is unmistakably there every time. As expressed by another, “To the believer in prophecy, a false fulfillment in the time when the true one should come, is an impossibility.”

1. John 13:19.
2. Isaiah 46:9,10.
3. Isaiah 48:3-7.
4. Revelation 22:10.
5. Revelation 1:3.
6. Matthew 24:15.
7. Isaiah 29:11-14.
8. 2 Peter 1:20,21.
9. John 16:13.


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