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Dayton, Wash., March 15, 1908.

Elder P. A. Chick – Dear Brother: – I wish this morning to make some notes on the times and seasons, which God hath ‘hid in his own power, as Jesus plainly told his disciples when he left the world. Our people are often perplexed with the plausible theories of men, and sometimes their faith is overthrown and they become entangled in the meshes of Satan, purposely spread for their feet. One of these is the exploded theory of an after time dispensation, which they are pleased to call the millennium, patterned after the Hebrew national economy. Now as to the time of the Jews, I will give, some specific dates notable in the Old Testament. I will begin first with the first verse ‘of the sixth chapter of first Kings: “And it came to pass, in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord.” In this record of the kings of Israel we see specific dates, which by the Hebrew calendar may be set down as a guiding principle in determining the times and seasons of the Hebrew nation, from their beginning to their disastrous end in the destruction of their city and temple by the Romans. There are specific dates, tracing backward to their beginning as a nation, four hundred and thirty years after Abraham’s call and blessing of God. Four hundred of these years they were in bondage, terminating on the very day in which they were made free from Pharaoh and Egypt, which was the tenth day of the second month. The language reads thus: “And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.” – Exodus xii. 1, 2. Now we have it definitely stated in the first book of the Kings of Israel precisely how many years had passed when Solomon began to build the temple: four hundred and eighty years. I shall not seek to trace the line after the beginning of Solomon’s temple, my purpose being to show the uncertainty of prehistoric time before Abraham, if we consider the line of the Jews separate and distinct from all other times and seasons preceding them. No man knows or has known the beginning of the Egyptian year, or the date of the epoch on which it was established, or in what year of the world from the creation and from the beginning. Therefore there is no data in the knowledge of man whereby to fix the times and seasons which God hath put in his own power, and this fact completely overthrows the foundation on which the latter-day prophets found their exploded Judaistic theories about the millennium.

This is written to call attention to the fact many false prophets are gone out into the world with new gospels and false christs.

I. N. NEWKIRK.

Signs Of The Times
Volume 76, No. 13
July 1, 1908