THE JACKSON ECONOMIST.
IS THE IILLEffIUM HKRE?
What Dr. A. B. Simpson,
of New York. Says on
Dr. A. B. Simpson, of New Aork
the well known divine who has
been at the head of the American
Evangelical Alliance for several
years past, is tenaciously of the
opinion that the millennium has
already commenced to dawn upon
On last Sunday he published in
The New York Journal the follow
ing statement, which has created
something of a sensation in the re
ligious circles of the metropolis:
“I shall give you reasons why
the millennium is upon us. But
first let me sav what the millen
nium is. The popular conception
of it is that of perfection in all
things. This is not true.
The millennium will be a time
of present conditions intensified.
The good will be better, but the
bad will be worse. It means
Christ’s personal residence upon
earth. Christ’s presence will uot
mean peace, but a sword. That
.He has promised. The millennium
will be a trial period, After that
heaven or hell.
“1.1 see the dawn of the millen
nium in the progress of nations
and politics according to prophecy.
I see it in the subdivision of the
great empires of old as promised
by the prophets.
“2. In the present convulsions,
caused by war, that have changed
the map of the world within the
“3. In the progress of ecclesiasti
cal systems, as described by the
prophets. Daniel dwelt upon the
rise and progress and gradual de
struction of the great apostate re
ligions, papacy and Mohammedan
ism. I see these realized in part,
in part strongly foreshadowed.
4. In the progress of tb.e Jews
toward the restoration of their an
cient home, in Palestine, and their
growing tendency to adopt the
5. In commercial and intellec
tual affairs. There is promised to
us in the last days before the mil
lenuium, that ‘'There shall be
much running to and fro upon the
earth.” Never have people travel
ed so much. Never have the facil
ities for travel beeu so great, nor
6. In the vastness of human
knowledge and the differentiation
of science. '‘Knowledge shall be
increased.” said the prophet Dan
iel, and it i3 even so. Instead of
oue professor of natural history in
our colleges there are a hundred
representing the shades and
branches of that science.
7. In the moral degeneracy of
the age. The world is more wick
ed than it has been since the days
of Noah. There is an inventive
ness in evil never known before.
8. In the fact that there is less
natural affection than ever before.
In prophecy of this state the New
Testament repeatedly tells us that
in the last days ’‘evil shall abound.
The love of many shall wax cold.”
9. In the eagerness to adopt
new and false religions. Spirit
ualism and kindred pseudo faiths
are flourishing. The “spirits shall
teach ihe doctrines of evil,” we are
informed by the Book that is our
10. In covenant breaking by
WINDER, JACKSON COUNTY, GEORGIA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 1899.
11. Iu churchism without the
spirit of worship.
12. In the rapid spread of the
gospel in heathen lands,
An infallible sign in the light of
prophecy is the complete fulfill
ment of sacred prophecy in na
tional affairs. All through the
hooks of Daniel and John we find
the proves of national and polit
We read of four great empires
referred to as four great beasts.
Those empires were Babylon. Me
do-Persia, Greece and Rome. We
read further of the breaking up of
one of these into minor sub-divi
sions. After the fall of Rome
there were gradually formed from
that monumental wreck Russia,
Turkey, France, Germauy, Austria,
Spain. Portugal, the Netherlands,
Scandinavia. Italy and Great Brit
ain. with all her Anglo-Saxon
Daniel vii, 2 says : “And four
great beasts came up from the sea
diverse from one another.” Dan
vii, 23, says: “The fourth beast
shall be the fourth kingdom upon
earth, which shall be diverse from
all kingdoms and shall devour the
whole earth, and snail tread it
down and break it in pieces.
“And the ten horns out of this
kingdom are ten kings that shall
These words of Daniel have been
fulfilled in history. One of the
taslo of fulfillment set for the
world has been completed.
Revelation xiii discribes the
course of religions, in which we
recogj ze the twin apobtate reli
gions. Papacy and Mohamme
uanism. “And I stood upon the
sand of the sea and saw a beast
rise up out of the sea, having seven
heads and ten horns, and upon his
horns ten crowns, and upon his
heads the name of blasphemy,”
says the first verse.
“And I beheld another beast
coming out cf the earth; and he
had two horns like a lamb, and he
spake like a dragon,” says the
Thus have we seen the progress
of these great false religitns. Both,
as are described elsewhere, are be
ing destroyed by a gradual process.
The recent extraordinary victories
of Protestant Germany over
Francce, of the United States over
Spain and of the triumph of
British arms over Mohammedan
arms in Africa, the great victory
of General Kitchener at Omdurman
are modern signs of the triumph of
the true over the false systems,
which, however worthy some of
their followers, are still systems
of religion—triumphs predicted
everywhere in the scriptures.
The moral signs of the age are
not promising. They are what
Daniel bewailed when the gift of
second sight brought to him so
much of misery. “We have sinned
end have done wickedly and have
rebelled,” he says in Daniel v, 5.
“Evil men will abound and the
love ©f many will wax cold,” we
are warned again and again in the
New Testament. This is deplor
ably true. There is less of family
attection, more of divorce, more
social corruption than has been
seen since the flood. The adoption
of new faihions in religion is an ex
ample of the corruption of the age.
“New the spirit speaketh expressly
that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith giving heed
to seduciDg spirits and doctriuese
of devils,” we read in I Timothny,
iv., 1. Spiritualism is a fulfillment
of this prophecy.
When year after year the lead
ers of reform have seen their
cherished hopes for reform go
down in the gloom of defeat,
when the appeal of our leaders to
the reason of the voters seemingly
has had no effect, when men have
left all and saorifisml time, money,
famili.-s and friends in order to
bring about a change for the bet
in our affairs of government; after
all this to see men rush to the
polls with blind partisan zeal,
rushing him heedlessly along with
as much force as the heathen
ihrows himself under the wheels
we sometimes pause
and ask if it is worth our while to
still urge the American people to
throw off the yoke of galling bond
age and be a free people or forevt r
close our eyes to the condition
that confronts us and submit to
the inevitable, but when we read
the history of all reforms, both
religious and political and know
that they have come to bless the
people only after repeated at
tempts and failures, to know that
thousands have lived and died for
reforms that never came until they
were dead, when wo remember the
proudest boast made on any mon
ument erected during the nine
teenth century the inscription,
“Thermopylae had its messenger
of defeat —the Alamo bad none,”
was the result of defeat and was
the rallying ery for the next bat
tle that lead to victory, when we
read of the Spartan King Leonidas
combing his long hair and dress
ing himself with utmost care in
order that he mignt die decently
for his country ; there seems to be
a compelling power stronger than
man uplifted us. We say that
such examples and thousands of
others we might mention, gives us
enthusiasm at every great crisis
when the time has come for meu
to give up everything, good uame,
fortune, life itself for tho worlds
advancement. They think of oth
er men who dared to do the same,
and make them enthusistic, which
means that God is in the work.
Whether it te the Spartan at
Thermopylae, the heroes of the
Alamo, it n eans to the brave man
no such word as defeat, wherever
we find it. it is the spirit of pro
gress and all that progress meaus.
History is full of such devotion to
the country and to the cause of
truth and justice and right. We
see it in Simon Peter seeking mar
tyrdom because he had denied his
Savior, wee see it in the Anglo
Saxon protest burning at the stake
the hand that had Bigned a recan
tation of his faith. We find it in
the Jesuit Missionaries win dared
to preach the gospel to the fero
cious savage when he would be
tortured to death. We see it in
the humble jpnvate soldier who
dares to die for his country’9 honor.
These all account for the begin
ning antagonising it has always
been a force that seeks to oppress
the weak through law and there
has always knen men, brave men
and women that dare to die for the
rights of the poor and opposed
fellow laborers for the cause of re
form. Take courage victory may
crown the oppressor tor a while
but as su*e as God reigns reaction*
will come and if we have only
been humble instruments in stay
ing the hand of the assassin until
rescue can come, we have only
done our duty as reformers. —Alli-
Democracy “Sized Up.”
Two years ago every street cor
ner in St. Louis was occupied by
a free silver orator, but now de
mocratic lips in this city are clos
ely sealed on the subject. The St.
Louis plurality of 15,000 against a
debased dollar ought to be repeat
ed aud enlarged-Globe Democrat.
That is the course the democrat
ic party is expected to persue. Had
it not beeu for tbe people’s party
it would never have declared for
the free coinage of silver.
They do not believe in the free
coinage of silver.
It is solely, entirley aud ab
solutely an aggregation of official
It wants offices and pie.
It yearns for power aud the
It cares for nothing else.
It has no principles.
It never had any.
It knows the people’s party was
a party of patriots.
It knew that populists had prin
ciples that were pure.
A few old boodlers like Jim K.
Jones got together and etold a part
of the populist platform and then
declared themselves “purified.”
They care nothing for principle.
They care nothing for promises.
They care nothing for good laws
or good government.
They are willing to have the free
coinage of silver or the gold stan
dard or a protective tariff or free
trade, or anything else if they can
hold the office and rob the poople.
The democratic party is to-day
the arch-enemy of liberty and
When a party arises and shows
signes of a strength determined on
the emancipation of labor, this old
hog, at once begins to grind and
whine around those it has robbed,
pillage and plunder for years and
makes great pretentions of friend
liness for the* poor laboring man.
When it thinks the party the
true friend of liberty and the peo
ple is disorganized and bewildered,
it turns again to its plutocratic
allies aud begins anew its career of
robbery and blood sucking.
This has been its history for
ages to come.
It is a mystery entirely beyond
our comprobenßiu how a really
and truly honest man can run with
such a crowd. —People's Tribune.
Washington Special to the Post-
Dispatch Dec. 15. —United States
Consul Boyle, at Liverpool, has
communicated to the State De
partmeut some very interesting in
formation respecting the great
change that has taken place in
England in the matter of street
railways. He says that from be
ing one of the backward iu the
mat er of providing such accom
modations the cities of Great
Britain are now moving on an
enormous scale towards their con
struction. He describes this move
ment as oue feature of the remark
able “Municipal socialism,” which
is taking possession of British cit
ies, verifying the comment of Lord
Rosebury that the London Com
mon Council was conducting the
greatest experiment in practical
socialism the world had ever seen.
Not eouteut with municipal owner
ship ot street railroads, electric aud
gas lighting plants, water supply
and telephones, in several cities
the municipal corporations build
dwellings for workingmen, run ho
tels and erect and operate magnifi
cent baths. Iu Liverpool the coun
cil has gone so far as to charge
part uf what should be the rent
fromjmunicipal houses occupied by
workingmeu as homes against the
taxes of the community.
Recuring to the subject of elec
street railways. Mr. Boyle says
that the first line was started in
Liverpool a few davs ago and de
scribes the equipment. For the
benefit of American manufactur
ers of electric plants and rails, the
consul sets forth the best means
for these to put themselves in po
sition to secure valuable contracts,
though he points out a strong pre
judice on the part of the large
class of people in the cities against
the award of contracts to foreign
ers. The Liverpool line is an over
head trolly, a committee of experts
claiming to have discovered that
the underground conduit system,
installed in New York, Washington
and Baltimore, is a failure. Ho
speaks of several other systems of
ehctric car propulsion which have
been brought forward in England
as novelties, but which are well
known here, such as the surface
contract system. A scheme under
way, he says, is to connect Liver
pool with all the manufacturing
towne within a radius of seventeen
miles by light suburban electrict
street railroads, which will carry
passengers in the day time aud
freight at night.
Gems From Tom Watson.
The only way to regulate a nat
ural monopoly is for the people to
It is poetical to talk of the land
of the free, but like a good deal of
poetry, it is not true.
Gold has less actual utility than
almost any other metal. Yet
goldbugs talk forever about the
intrinsic value of gold,
The man who has nothing to
hope for has nothing to try for,
therefore he becomes shiftless,
lazy and worthless.
Some men have more faith in
the corrupt politicians in their
party than they have iu the great
body of the people.
If the people could vote on each
law seperately, they would g6tover
swallowing platforms in a lump.
The man who will not change his
opinions for fear people will laugh
at him is liable to be laughed at
for his stubbornness.
Those who are hunting for a
“standard of value are having as
hopeless a search as those who
sought the fountain of youth.
The transportation companies
are making a big thing out of the
war but they are not willing to
pay the one cent stamp on their
bills of lading.
Money is only the representa
tive of property. Will any oue
tell us why the representative of a
thing should havi greater rights
than the thing itself.
Railroads which cannot afford
devices to protect the lives of their
employes can always afford a lob
by to protect the pockets of their
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