“A Great Storm Approaches” Part 29
Account Paid in Full
In our previous post we alluded to the fact that the Great Company will play a pivotal role in God’s plan,
that it is his purpose to use them to compensate for the willful sins of humanity, sins committed against
“Divine Justice must be fully satisfied before the New Covenant can be inaugurated, it includes
not only a satisfaction for Adamic sin, but it embraces also stripes for partially willful sins, and satisfaction
for certain gross injustices which mankind have committed when they had a knowledge of a better course
and were in a measure responsible for their unjust words and actions. To an extent they were in
ignorance, but often they were willfully so, and in proportion to the measure of responsibility will Justice
require a recompense.
“At the close of the Jewish Age God had a reckoning with the nation of Israel, which was one of the most
terrific times of trouble the world has ever known. The declaration of Jesus was that of that Age--that
generation then living--God would require expiation for all the righteous blood that had been shed from
the time of Abel to the time in which He was speaking--Matt 23:34-36.
And these partially willful sins of the world are not fully covered by the Sin-offerings. In so far as they
have been willful they must be expiated by punishment. These sins and trespasses are shown as
placed upon the scapegoat class--the Great Company. In the great Antitype shortly to be enacted,
these will be allowed to suffer for some of the partly willful sins of the world—especially the sins of
Babylon. All the blood of God's holy ones, from the beginning of this Gospel Age, will be required of the
present generation, in the "great Time of Trouble, such as never was."
The martyrs of the past, "the souls under the altar," are represented symbolically as crying out for the
vindication of Justice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge
our blood upon them that dwell on the earth!" They were bidden to wait until others of their brethren
should be similarly killed, when the guilt of all will be avenged--Rev 6:9-11.”
From the above we see that at the close of this Gospel Age there will be another squaring of accounts.
Now it may be asked, why require the full payment for all the wrongs of the two Ages--the Gospel
Age and the one preceding, extending from the time the blood of righteous Abel was shed to the
present time--at the closing of these Ages?
We answer, because the chief light of each Age comes at its close, and because those who sin against
such light are worthy of more severe judgment than similar evildoers preceding them, who had less light.
The Scriptural argument is that to endorse the wrongs of the past in the light of the present is to multiply
the responsibility and to deserve the plagues of the whole.
We perceive also that much of the evil done against the Lord's holy ones of the past has thus far failed of
the punishment due. Great systems which in the name of Christ persecuted the true Church have
practiced and prospered, but have not yet received their just recompense of reward.
But it seems that the legal expiation of these sins must be accomplished by the scapegoat class,
as shown in the type. (Lev 16:20-22) Israel here represents the world. In this scapegoat type, the Lord
pictures the sending into the wilderness of isolation and persecution the Great Company who, after
consecration, were unwilling to go voluntarily "outside the camp, bearing the reproaches" of Christ.
They shared not in the Sin-Atonement, but will be permitted, yea, forced, to bear the weight of some of
the world's willful sins, and thus to become dead to the world, that their spiritual being may be saved in
the Day of the Lord Jesus.
This class, particularly large in the present day, will be delivered over to the Adversary, to suffer
in this great time of trouble. Such of them as respond to these tribulations, faithfully and loyally, will be
counted as overcomers and be granted palms of victory, as shown in Revelation 7, and will be privileged
to share in the Marriage Supper of the Lamb and to be honorable servants of the Bride of Christ. If they
fail to respond, and to wash their spotted robes in the blood of the Lamb, they will go into the Second
It is this great trouble-time which the Little Flock, the Lord's goat class of faithful sacrificers, will escape,
and which the Great Company will not escape, but will share. They will come up out of this trouble with
washed robes, made white in the blood of the Lamb. Their sufferings will not wash their robes, but in their
sufferings they will learn to appreciate as never before their relationship to the Lamb of God and to His
atoning merit, and will by faith be permitted to apply the same to their own cleansing. As we consider the
experiences of these children of God, so soon to come, let us all the more manifest our love for the Lord,
and all the more seek to lay down our lives faithfully in the service of our King, and in behalf of the
Household of Faith.
JESUS ALONE THE RANSOMER
It would not be correct to say that the scapegoat class atones for sin and thus make it possible for a
certain part of humanity to be brought forth from the tomb. The tomb represents the penalty upon Adam
for his transgression, and this penalty has been inherited by all of Adam's children. The Apostle says that
"by one man sin [disobedience] entered into the world, and death by [as the result of] sin; and
so death passed upon all men." --Rom 5:12.
The death of Jesus alone can cancel the sin of Adam. He only was the Redeemer, the Ransom. He
gave His life for Father Adam's life, and thus as a satisfaction for the sins of the whole world. Those for
whom Jesus advocates as the members of His Body become associated with Him and identified with Him in
His work, not by virtue of their own merit, but because "accepted in the Beloved." These are scripturally
shown as having something to do with the cancelation of "the sin of the world," because of their
association with the Head. The Great Company has nothing whatever to do with the cancelation of
THE sin of the world.
"The sin of the world" (John 1:29) was the sin of Adam; but there are other sins aside from Adamic
sin, which were brought upon the race by the fall. We may suppose that in every Age there have been
sins committed against a measure of light. But the sinners were not begotten of the Holy Spirit, and
therefore their sins against light would not involve them in the Second Death. Nevertheless, in whatever
proportion they had light and knowledge, they had also responsibility. And while Jesus died in order
that all might have an opportunity of coming back from the tomb, and to perfect life, yet He did
not die on account of any individual sin committed against light. For such sins the individual is
himself responsible. In the case of the Church class, willful evil-doers will be cut off from life. The Apostle
Paul says that some were delivered over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that their spirit might be
saved. Every willful sin, no matter by whom committed, or when committed, must be answered
for by stripes or by the death of the sinner.
Nothing is to be atoned for by Christ's death but the sin of Adam. But other sins of direct responsibility,
sins against light, must also be settled for. In olden times there were bitter persecutions of God's people,
and those persecuted were obliged to dwell in caves and dens of the earth. (Heb 11:32-40) The
transgressions against these, in proportion as they were committed with a degree of light, were to be
settled for by the transgressors. God's providence squared off the account against the Jewish
people in the end of the Jewish Age. There came upon that people wrath to the uttermost. The
squaring of accounts for that nation, we understand, was completed A.D. 70. As for other nations (at the
time), we must assume that God has dealt with them along similar lines—though not just the same;
because they were not in covenant relationship with Him as were the Israelites. Coming down to the
Gospel Age, many sins have been committed which could in no way be covered by Christ's sacrifice--sins
against a measure of light and knowledge.
The chiefest of all these sins have been, according to the Master's words, against His people. He said that
whoever would harm one of the "little ones" who believed in Him should have punishment; and that
whoever would give even so much as "a cup of cold water" to one of these should have a reward--Matt
18:6; 10:42. We read of terrible atrocities committed against the saints during the Dark Ages. They were
covered with tar and burned; they were fed to wild beasts, their poor bodies being torn to pieces. They
were tortured in innumerable ways. We are reasonably sure that some punishment is due to those who
committed these atrocities. But the Lord has told us that we are not to judge before the time, in due time
we shall be made judges of the world. Now we are to look to the Lord and wait for His judgment.
The Scriptures indicate that as there was a settling time, culminating in A.D. 70, with the Jews, so there
will be a settling time with those claiming to be Christian nations. To whatever extent they have lent
themselves to injustice, to whatever extent they have sinned against light, they are responsible. We do
not know the extent of their responsibility--God knows! But in this Time of Trouble He will square all these
matters, in order that the New Dispensation may be free from all accounts-- that there may be
nothing of this kind charged up to humanity. The sins committed nationally will be expiated nationally.
And of course, as individuals suffered from the wrong-doing, so individuals will suffer in the expiation.
And how will God reckon with the injustice which He wishes to cancel, so that the world may
come forth with a clean slate?
We answer; the Great Company class will have a share in that trouble. And since they do not really
deserve a share in the trouble, in the sense of having merited Divine wrath, what they will suffer
will be in a measure a suffering the merit of which will go to others. It is not a punishment to get
into the Great Company class. The Great Company will be a very blessed class. They will not be seated in
the Throne, but will serve before the Throne; neither will they obtain the Divine nature. The Little Flock
class will get the great prize of being associated with the Master, joint-heirs with Him in the Kingdom. The
other class will get a reward on a lower spiritual plane--a spiritual plane, because they also were begotten
of the Spirit.
So far as the Great Company is concerned, God's permitting them to share in the trouble at the end of
this Age will be for their own development. Their Covenant was unto death; and unless they lose
their lives in obedience to the Lord, unless they prove faithful unto death, they will not be
worthy of any position of life on any plane. Hence it will be to their own personal advantage that
they suffer in that time. They are said to suffer for the iniquities, the sins and transgressions of the
people of the world as the antitypical scapegoat. (Lev 16:21, 22 See TABERNACLE SHADOWS, pages
Instead of allowing that merit of the Great Company to go for nothing (i.e. the merit of Christ which was
first imputed to these when their consecration was first accepted), the Lord makes a credit of it, as it
were, to balance the world's account for willful sins. (Excerpts taken from R5464)
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