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As a voice from the past, God's mighty man raises His Standard high,
that God's Truth should not be lost in these
Last Days of deception.

"He being dead yet speaketh"
(Hebrews 11:4 ).
 Wisdom is justified.

For Christians who desire Strong Meat
because they WANT to be
like the One Whom they love


"8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an Open Door, and NO man can shut it:
for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My WORD, and hast not denied My Name.

Because thou hast kept the WORD of My patience, I also will keep thee
from The Hour Of Temptation
, which shall come upon all the world,
to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Behold, I come quickly: HOLD THAT FAST which thou hast,
that NO man take thy crown.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches"
(Revelation 3:8,10-11,13).


to the MEN OF GOD from

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Selections from fourteen of the great men who lived during this church age period.

An introduction, featuring:

a short definition of "The Church of Philadelphia"

brief biographies of these thirteen men

quotes from some of their writings, and

direct links to their listings

The history of the Church may be correlated to Revelation 2-3 as follows:

1- Ephesus (2:1-7):
the Loveless Church of the late Apostolic Age (to 100 AD),
i.e., "Thou hast left thy First Love" (2:4).

2- Smyrna (2:8-11):
the Suffering Church of the period of persecution (100-300 AD),
i.e., "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer" (2:10).

3- Pergamos (2:12-17):
the Compromising Church (300-500 AD) that led to the Dark Age,
i.e., "Thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam [diffusing the power of the godly by alliances with darkness]" (2:14).

4- Thyatira (2:18-29):
the Worldly Church of the Dark Age (500-1500 AD),
i.e., "Thou sufferest that woman Jezebel [the harlotry of Rome]" (2:20).

5- Sardis (3:1-6):
the Barely Alive Church of the Reformation (1500-1700 AD),
i.e., "Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die" (3:1-2).

6- Philadelphia (3:7-13):
the Missionary Church of the late Church Age (1700-1900 AD),
i.e., "I have set before thee an Open Door, and no man can shut it" (3:8).

7- Laodicea (3:14-22):
the Lukewarm Church of the present apostasy (1900 AD to the present),
i.e., "Because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth" (3:16).

--from "Thy Hidden Ones" ---New Window
by Tom Stewart


The following men each have their own sub-index:

Charles Grandison Finney ---New Window (1792-1875)

"The Oberlin Evangelist" Lectures ---New Window (1839-1862)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon ---New Window (1834-1892)

Jonathan Edwards ---New Window (1703-1758)

James Aitken Wylie ---New Window (1808-1890)

Andrew Murray ---New Window (1828-1917)

E. M. Bounds ---New Window (1835-1913)

A. T. Pierson ---New Window (1837-1911)

D. L. Moody ---New Window (1837-1899)

"A Gift for You" ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

While still a priest, Chiniquy became unwilling to pray to Mary as a divine advocate for salvation. During this trying time, Charles Chiniquy discovered true salvation in The Gift of God.


John Wesley

"I think it was in the latter end of the year 1740, that I had a conversation with Dr. Gibson, then Bishop of London, at Whitehall. He asked me what I meant by perfection. I told him without any disguise or reserve. When I ceased speaking, he said, 'Mr. Wesley, if this be all you mean, publish it to all the world. If any one then can confute what you say, lie may have free leave.' I answered, 'My Lord, I will;' and accordingly wrote and published the sermon on Christian perfection... In this I endeavoured to show, (1.) In what sense Christians are not, (2.) In what sense they are, perfect."


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Chapters 1-15 ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

  • The Bible and the Priest of Rome
  • My First Schooldays at St. Thomas- The Monk and Celibacy
  • The Confession of Children
  • The Shepherd Whipped by His Sheep
  • The Priest, Purgatory, and the Poor Widow's Cow
  • Festivities in a Parsonage
  • Preparation for the First Communion- Initiation to Idolatry
  • The First Communion
  • Intellectual Education in the Roman Catholic College
  • Moral and Religious Instruction in the Roman Catholic Colleges
  • Protestant Children in the Convents and Nunneries of Rome
  • Rome and Education
  • Why does the Church of Rome hate the Common Schools of the United States, and want to destroy them? Why does she object to the reading of the Bible in the Schools?
  • Theology of the Church of Rome: its Anti-Christian Character
  • The Vow of Celibacy
  • The Impurities of the Theology of Rome


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Chapters 16-31 ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

  • The Priests of Rome and the Holy Fathers; or, how I Swore to give up the Word of God to follow the Word of Men
  • The Roman Catholic Priesthood, or Ancient and Modern Idolatry
  • Nine Consequences of the Dogma of Transubstantiation- The Old Paganism under a Christian Name
  • Vicarage, and Life at St. Charles, Rivierre Boyer
  • Papineau and the Patriots in 1833- The Burning of "Le Canadien" by the Curate of St. Charles
  • Grand Dinner of the Priests- The Maniac Sister of Rev. Mr. Perras
  • I am appointed Vicar of the Curate of Charlesbourgh- The Piety, Lives and Deaths of Fathers Bedard and Perras
  • The Cholera Morbus of 1834- Admirable Courage and Self-Denial of the Priests of Rome during the Epidemic
  • I am named a Vicar of St. Roch, Quebec City- The Rev. Mr. Tetu- Tertullian- General Cargo- The Seal Skins
  • Simony- Strange and Sacrilegious Traffic in the S0-called Body and Blood of Christ- Enormous Sums of Money made by the Sale of Masses- The Society of Three Masses abolished, and the Society of One Mass established
  • Continuation of the Trade in Masses
  • Quebec Marine Hospital- The First Time I carried the "Bon Dieu" (the wafer god) in my Vest Pocket- The Grand Oyster Soiree at Mr. Buteau's- The Rev. L. Parent and the "Bon Dieu" at the Oyster Soiree
  • Dr. Douglas- My first Lesson on Temperance- Study of Anatomy- Working of Alcohol in the Human Frame- The Murderess of Her Own Child- I for ever give up the use of Intoxicating Drinks
  • Conversions of Protestants to the Church of Rome- Rev. Anthony Parent, Superior of the Seminary of Quebec; His peculiar way of finding access to the Protestants and bringing them to the Catholic Church- How he spies the Protestants through the Confessional- I persuade Ninety-three Families to become Catholics
  • The Murders and Thefts in Quebec from 1835 to 1836- The Night Excursion with Two Thieves- The Restitution- The Dawn of Light
  • Chambers and his Accomplices Condemned to Death- Asked me to Prepare them for their Terrible Fate- A Week in their Dungeon- Their Sentence of Death changed into Deportation to Botany Bay- Their Departure of Exile- I meet one of them a Sincere Convert, very rich, in a high and honourable position in Australia, in 1878


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Chapters 32-45 ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

  • The Miracles of Rome- Attack of Typhoid Fever- Apparition of St. Anne and St. Philomene- My Sudden Cure- The Curate of St. Anne du Nord, Mons. Ranvoize, almost a disguised Protestant
  • My Nomination as Curate of Beauport- Degradation and Ruin of that Place through Drunkenness- My Opposition to my Nomination useless- Preparation to Establish a Temperance Society- I write to Father Mathew for advice
  • The Hand of God in the Establishment of a Temperance Society in Beauport and Vicinity
  • Foundation of Temperance Societies in the Neighbouring Parishes- Providential Arrival of Monsignor De Forbin Janson, Bishop of Nancy- He Publicly Defends Me against the Bishop of Quebec and for ever Breaks the Opposition of the Clergy
  • The God of Rome Eaten by Rats
  • Visit of a Protestant Stranger- He Throws an Arrow into my Priestly Soul never to be taken out
  • Erection of the Column of Temperance- School Buildings- A noble and touching act of the People of Beauport
  • Sent to succeed Rev. Mr. Varin, Curate of Kamouraska- Stern Opposition of that Curate and the surrounding Priests and People- Hours of Desolation in Kamouraska- The Good Master allays the Tempest and bids the Waves be still
  • Organization of Temperance Societies in Kamouraska and surrounding Country- The Girl in the Garb of a Man in the Service of the Curates of Quebec and Eboulements- Frightened by the Scandals seen everywhere- Give up my Parish of Kamouraska to join the "Oblates of Mary Immaculate of Longueuil"
  • Perversion of Dr. Newman to the Church of Rome in the light of his own Explanations, Common Sense and the Word of God
  • Noviciate in the Monastery of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of Longueuil- Some of the Thousand Acts of Folly and Idolatry which form the Life of a Monk- The Deplorable Fall of one of the Fathers- Fall of the Grand Vicar Quiblier- Sick in the Hotel Dieu of Montreal- Sister Urtubise: what she says of Maria Monk- The Two Missionaries to the Lumber Men- Fall and Punishment of a Father Oblate- What one of the best Father Oblates thinks of the Monks and the Monastery
  • I accept the hospitality of the Rev. Mr. Brassard of Longueuil- I give my Reasons for Leaving the Oblates to Bishop Bourget- He presents me with a splendid Crucifix blessed by his Holiness for me, and accepts my Services in the Cause of Temperance in the Diocese of Montreal
  • Preparations for the Last Conflict- Wise Counsel, Tears, and Distress of Father Mathew- Longueuil the First to Accept the Great Reform of Temperance- The whole District of Montreal, St. Hyacinthe and Three Rivers Conquered- The City of Montreal with the Sulpicians take the Pledge- Gold Medal- Officially named Apostle of Temperance in Canada- Gift of £500 from Parliament
  • My Sermon on the Virgin Mary- Compliments of Bishop Prince- Stormy Night- First Serious Doubts about the Church of Rome- Faithful Discussion with the Bishop- The Holy Fathers opposed to the Modern Worship of the Virgin- The Branches of the Vine


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Chapters 46-58 ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

  • The Holy Fathers- New Mental Troubles at not finding the Doctines of my Church in their Writings- Purgatory and the Sucking Pig of the Poor Man of Varennes
  • Letter from the Rev. Bishop Vandeveld, of Chicago- Vast Project of the Bishop of the United States to take Possession of the Rich Valley of the Mississippi and the Prairies of the West to Rule that Great Republic- They want to put me at the Heart of the Work- My Lectures on Temperance at Detroit- Intemperance of the Bishops and Priests of that City
  • My Visit to Chicago in 1857- Bishop Vandeveld- His Predecessor Poisoned- Magnificent Prairies of the West- Return to Canada- Bad feelings of Bishop Bourget- I decline sending a Rich Woman to the Nunnery to enrich the Bishop- A Plot to destroy me
  • The Plot to destroy me- The Interdict- The Retreat at the Jesuit's College- The Lost Girl, employed by the Bishop, Retracts- The Bishop Confounded, sees his Injustice, makes Amends- Testimonial Letters- The Chalice- The Benediction before I leave Canada
  • Address presented me at Longueuil- I arrive at Chicago- I select the spot for my Colony- I build the first Chapel- Jealousy and Opposition of the Priests of Bourbounais and Chicago- Great Success of the Colony
  • Intrigues, Impostures, and Criminal Life of the Priests in Bourbounais- Indignation of the Bishop- The People ignominiously turn out the Criminal Priest from their Parish- Frightful Scandal- Faith in the Church of Rome seriously shaken
  • Correspondence with the Bishop
  • The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
  • The Abominations of Auricular Confession
  • The Ecclesiastical Retreat- Conduct of the Priests- The Bishop forbids me to distribute the Bible
  • Public Acts of Simony- Thefts and Brigandage of Bishop O'Regan- General Cry of Indignation- I determine to Resist him to his Face- He employs Mr. Spink again to send me to Gaol, and he Fails- Drags me as a Prisoner to Urbana in the Spring of 1856, and Fails again- Abraham Lincoln defends me- My dear Bible becomes more than ever my Light and my Counsellor
  • Bishop O'Regan sells the Parsonage of the French Canadians of Chicago, pockets the Money, and turns them out when they ocme to complain- He determines to turn me out of my Colony and send me to Kahokia- He forgets it the next day and publishes that he has interdicted me- My People send a Deputation to the Bishop- His Answers- The Sham Excommunication by Three Drunken Priests
  • Address from my People, asking me to Remain- I am again dragged as a Prisoner by the Sheriff to Urbana- Abraham Lincoln's Anxiety about the issue of the Prosecution- My Distress- The Rescue- Miss Philomene Moffat sent by God to save me- Lebel's Confession and Distress- My Innocence acknowledged- Noble Words and Conduct of Abraham Lincoln- The Oath of Miss Philomene Moffat


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Chapters 59-67 ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

  • A Moment of Interruption in the Thread of my "Fifty Years in the Church of Rome," to see how my said Previsions about my defender, Abraham Lincoln, were to be realized- Rome the implacable Enemy of the United States
  • The Fundamental Principles of the Constitution of the United States drawn from the Gospel of Christ- My First Visit to Abraham Lincoln to warn him of the Plots I knew against his Life- The Priests circulate the News that Lincoln was born in the Church of Rome- Letter of the Pope to Jeff Davis- My last Visit to the President- His admirable Reference to Moses- His willingness to die for his Nation's Sake
  • Abraham Lincoln a true Man of God, and a true Disciple of the Gospel- The Assassination by Booth- The Tool of the Priests- John Surratt's House- The Rendezvous and Dwelling Place of the Priests- John Surratt Secreted by the Priests after the Murder of Lincoln- The Assassination of Lincoln known and published in the Town Three Hours before its occurrence
  • Deputation of Two Priests sent by the People and the Bishops of Canada to persuade us to submit to the will of the Bishop- The Deputies acknowledge publicly that the Bishop is wrong and that we are right- For peace' sake I consent to withdraw from the Contest on certain conditions accepted by the Deputies- One of those Deputies turns false to his Promise, and betrays us, to be put at the head of my Colony- My last Interview with him and Mr. Brassard
  • Mr. Desaulnier is named Vicar-General of Chicago to crush us- Our People more united than ever to defend their Rights- Letters of the Bishops of Montreal against me, and my Answer- Mr. Brassard forced, against his conscience, to condemn us- My answer to Mr. Brassard- He writes to beg my Pardon
  • I write to the Pope Pius IX, and to Napoleon, Emperor of France, and send them the Legal and Public Documents proving the bad conduct of Bishop O'Regan- Grand-Vicar Dunn sent to tell me of my Victory at Rome, and the end of our Trouble- I go to Dubuque to offer my Submission to the Bishop- The Peace Sealed and publicly Proclaimed by Grand-Vicar Dunn the 28th March, 1858
  • Excellent Testimonial from my Bishop- My Retreat- Grand-Vicar Saurin and his Assistant, Rev. M. Granger- Grand-Vicar Dunn writes me about the new Storm prepared by the Jesuits- Vision- Christ offers Himself as a Gift- I am Forgiven, Rich, Happy, and Saved- Back to my People
  • The Solemn Responsibilities of my new Position- We give up the name of Roman Catholic to call ourselves Christian Catholics- Dismay of the Roman Catholic Bishops- My Lord Duggan, co-adjutor of St. Louis, hurries to Chicago- He comes to St. Anne to persuade the People to submit to his Authority- He is ignominiously turned out, and runs away in the midst of the Cries of the People
  • Bird's-eye View of the Principal Events from my Conversion to this day- My Narrow Escapes- The End of the Voyage through the Desert to the Promised Land


"Fifty Years in the Church of Rome": Introduction ---New Window (1809-1899)
Pastor Charles Chiniquy

"Rome is the great danger ahead for the Church of Christ, and you do not understand it enough."
A faithful account by a former Roman Catholic priest of his life in the darkness of Romanism. Read about his friendship with Abraham Lincoln before his presidency and up to his assassination.

"God knows that I am a faithful witness of what my eyes have seen and my ears have heard, when I say to the multitudes which the Church of Rome has bewitched with her enchantments: Wherever there are nuns, monks and priests who live in forced violation of the ways which God had appointed for man to walk in, there are torrents of tears, there are desolated hearts, there are cries of anguish and despair which say in the words of brother Mark:
'Oh! que je suis malheureux!'
Oh! how miserable and wretched I am!

...modern Protestants have not only forgotten what Rome was, what she is, and what she will for ever be; the most irreconcilable and powerful enemy of the Gospel of Christ; but they consider her almost as a branch of the church whose corner stone is Christ...

TO THE BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND PEOPLE OF ROME this book is also dedicated. In the name of your immortal souls, I ask you, Roman Catholics, to read this book. By the mercy of God, you will fine, in its pages, how you are cruelly deceived by your vain and lying traditions. You will see that is not through your ceremonies, masses, confessions, purgatory, indulgences, fastings, ect., you are saved. You have nothing to do but to believe, repent, and love.
Salvation is a gift! Eternal life is a gift! Forgiveness of sin is a gift! Christ is a gift!"


"Union and Communion", or, THOUGHTS ON THE SONG OF SOLOMON ---New Window (1832-1905)
Dr. Hudson Taylor- Founder of China Inland Mission

"Are we not all too apt to seek Him rather because of our need than for His joy and pleasure? This should not be. We do not admire selfish children who only think of what they can get from their parents, and are unmindful of the pleasure that they may give or the service that they may render. But are not we in danger of forgetting that pleasing GOD means giving Him pleasure? Some of us look back to the time when the words "To please GOD" meant no more than not to sin against Him, not to grieve Him; but would the love of earthly parents be satisfied with the mere absence of disobedience? Or a bridegroom, if his bride only sought him for the supply of her own need? A word about the morning watch may not be out of place here. There is no time so profitably spent as the early hour given to JESUS only. Do we give sufficient attention to this hour? If possible, it should be redeemed; nothing can make up for it. We must take time to be holy! One other thought. When we bring our questions to GOD, do we not sometimes either go on to offer some other petition, or leave the closet without waiting for replies? Does not this seem to show little expectation of an answer, and little desire for one? Should we like to be treated so? Quiet waiting before GOD would save from many a mistake and from many a sorrow. We have found the bride making a glad discovery of a KING--her KING--and not a cross, as she expected; this is the first-fruit of her consecration... what shall be the royal dignity and blessedness of the risen and exalted bride! For ever with her LORD, for ever like her LORD, for ever conscious that His desire is toward her, she will share alike His heart and His throne. Can a study of the book which helps us to understand these mysteries of grace and love be other than most profitable?"


"Why God Used D. L. Moody" (1837-1899) ---New Window (1923)
R. A. Torrey

Introduction by John R. Rice
D. L. Moody died in the last days of the 19th century. Dr. R. A. Torrey was probably his closest associate and friend. Dr. Torrey was the first superintendent of the Moody Bible Institute and set up a curriculum for that Bible Institute which has been a pattern for others like it. When Moody died, Torrey soon took worldwide lead in great citywide campaigns in Australia, England and America. In 1923 Dr. Torrey was asked to speak at a great memorial service on "Why God Used D. L. Moody," and this is that remarkable address about that amazing man, probably the greatest man of his generation, as Dr. Torrey says.


A Letter from Dr. Hudson Taylor ---New Window (1832-1905)
Dr. Hudson Taylor- Founder of China Inland Mission

"When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never know it before. McCarthy, who had been exercised by the same sense of failure, but saw the light before I did, wrote: `But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One.' As I read I saw it all, 'If we believe not, He abideth faithful' (2Tim 2:13). I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed!) that He had said: 'I will never leave you.' (Heb 13:5) Ah, there is rest I thought! I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has He not promised to abide with me?'"


A New Year's Address ---New Window (1832-1905)
Dr. Hudson Taylor- Founder of China Inland Mission

"As we look forward to the months of this year, we know not where the close will find us; whether here or in the eternal Home. We know not what burdens, perplexities, or difficulties it may bring; but we know Him, whose we are, and whom we serve. He knows all; this suffices for us. I have been looking at a few passages which bring out the care of our LORD for His people."


How To Pray ---New Window (1856-1928)
R. A. Torrey

In the 6th chapter of Ephesians in the 18th verse we read words which put the tremendous importance of prayer with startling and overwhelming force:
"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
When we stop to weigh the meaning of these words, then note the connection in which they are found, the intelligent child of God is driven to say,
"I must pray, pray, pray. I must put all my energy and all my heart into prayer. Whatever else I do, I must pray."


Meditations on Cross-Bearing ---New Window (1832-1905)
J. Hudson Taylor

"WE might naturally have thought that if there was one thing in the life of the LORD JESUS CHRIST which belonged to Him alone, it was His cross-bearing. To guard against so natural a mistake, the HOLY GHOST has taken care in gospel and in epistle to draw our special attention to the oneness of the believer with CHRIST in cross-bearing; and also to prevent misunderstanding as to the character of Christian cross-bearing, and the constancy of its obligation. The LORD JESUS, in the words we are considering, teaches us that if any man, no matter who he may be, will be His disciple, he must — not he may — deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow his LORD."


Meditations on The Book of Ruth ---New Window (1832-1905)
J. Hudson Taylor

"Ruth was by nature a 'stranger to the commonwealth of Israel,' but by marriage with an Israelite was brought amongst that people. On the death of her husband, she still cleave to her mother-in- law and to her GOD, the GOD of Israel. She so esteemed her privileged position that for it she left her native land and all its enjoyments; left parents, relatives and friends, and all those attractions that led Orpah to return to Moab. To her it was better to be the companion of her mother-in-law, poor and desolate as she was, than to enjoy for a season what in Moab might have been hers. This sacrifice was so real that Naomi, much as she loved her daughter-in-law, and desolate as she would be without her, felt she could not wish it for her own sake merely; but when Ruth said, 'Thy people shall be my people, and thy GOD my GOD,' she had no further obstacle to put in her way."


Meditations on The First Psalm ---New Window (1832-1905)
J. Hudson Taylor

"Divine prosperity is GOD'S purpose for every believer, in all that he undertakes; in things temporal and in things spiritual, in all the relations and affairs of this life, as well as in all work for CHRIST and for eternity, it is GOD'S will for each child of His that 'whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.' Yet many of His children evidently do not enjoy this uniform blessing; some find failure rather than success the rule of their life; while others, sometimes prospered and sometimes discouraged, live lives of uncertainty, in which anxiety and even fear are not infrequent. Shall we not each one at the outset ask, How is it with me? Is this blessed prosperity my experience? Am I so led by the SPIRIT in my doings, and so prospered by GOD in their issues, that as His witness I can bear testimony to His faithfulness to this promise? If it be not so with me, what is the reason? Which of the necessary conditions have I failed to fulfill? May our meditations on the First Psalm make these conditions more clear to our minds, and may faith be enabled to claim definitely all that is included in this wonderful promise!"


Meditations on The Great Father ---New Window (1832-1905)
J. Hudson Taylor

"HOW pleasant it is to the heart of a true child to hear his father well spoken of, and to rejoice that he is the child of such a father! We feel that we can never thank GOD sufficiently for our privileged lot, who have been blessed with true and loving Christian parents. But if this be the case with regard to the dim and at best imperfect earthly reflections, what of the glorious Reality — the great FATHER — the source of all fatherhood, of all protection — of all that is blessed here, and true, and noble, and good — and of all the glories to which we look forward in the future? 'The LORD GOD is a Sun and Shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.'"


Meditations on The History of Job ---New Window (1832-1905)
J. Hudson Taylor

"The believer does not need to wait until he sees the reason of GOD'S affective dealings with him ere he is satisfied; he knows that all things work together for good to them that love GOD; that all GOD'S dealings are those of a loving FATHER, who only permits that which for the time being is grievous, in order to accomplish results that cannot be achieved in any less painful way. The wise and trustful child of God rejoices in tribulation, 'knowing that tribulation worketh patience,' experience, hope-- a hope that 'maketh not ashamed; because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the HOLY GHOST which is given unto us.' The history of Job is full of instruction, and should teach us many lessons of deep interest and great profit. The veil is taken away from the unseen world, and we learn much of the power of our great adversary; but also of his powerlessness apart from the permission of GOD our FATHER."


The Church of Philadelphia HALL of FAME ---New Window a time frame from approximately 1700 to 1900 AD
C. G. Finney C. H. Spurgeon Andrew Murray Hudson Taylor D. L. Moody R. A. Torrey George Mueller Jonathan Edwards John Wesley E. M. Bounds Charles Chiniquy J. A. Wylie A. T. Pierson

For our "Voices From the Church of Philadelphia" section

We offer selections from twelve of the great men who lived during this church age period.
Charles G. Finney
Charles H. Spurgeon
Andrew Murray
Hudson Taylor
D. L. Moody
R. A. Torrey
George Mueller
Jonathan Edwards
John Wesley
E. M. Bounds
Charles Chiniquy
J. A. Wylie
A. T. Pierson

This new page will be the introduction to this section, featuring:

  • a short definition of "The Church of Philadelphia"
  • brief biographies of these twelve men
  • quotes from some of their writings, and
  • direct links to their listings

For Christians who desire Strong Meat because they WANT to be like the One Whom they love- not just because they want to escape in the Rapture.


The Coming Prince: Appendices ---New Window (1895)
Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

  • Chronological Treatise And Tables
  • Miscellaneous: Who And When
  • Artaxerxes Longimanus & The Chronology Of His Reign
  • Date Of The Nativity
  • Continuous Historical System Of Prophetic Interpretation
  • The Ten Kingdoms
  • Chronological Diagram Of The History Of Judah
  • A Retrospect And A Reply


The Coming Prince: Chapter 1 ---New Window (1895)
Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

Complete with charts, tables, and reference footnotes.

Undoubtedly, Sir Robert Anderson intended the title of his book, "The Coming Prince", to refer to the Antichrist, who is noted as the "prince that shall come" (Daniel 9:26). In Chapter 15, also entitled "The Coming Prince", Anderson wrote:

"If the book of Daniel might be read by itself no question whatever could arise. 'The Coming Prince' is there presented as the head of the revived Roman empire of the future, and a persecutor of the saints."

On the other hand, his "Introduction" (Chapter 1) begins with a defense of the prophetic fact that the LORD Jesus Christ will most certainly return to judge the world. Anderson wrote:

"But the day is coming when 'our God shall come and shall not keep silence' [Psalm 50:3]. This is not a matter of opinion, but of faith. He who questions it has no claim whatever to the name of Christian, for it is as essentially a truth of Christianity as is the record of the life and death of the Son of God. The old Scriptures teem with it, and of all the writers of the New Testament there is not so much as one who does not expressly speak of it. It was the burden of the first prophetic utterance which Holy Writ records; ['And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the LORD cometh with ten thousands of His Saints' (Jude 1:14)] and the closing book of the sacred Canon, from the first chapter to the last, confirms and amplifies the testimony."

"The Coming Prince" is a classic interpretation of the prophecies of Daniel, especially the ninth chapter. Concerning Daniel's Seventy Weeks, Anderson wrote:

"The only inquiry, therefore, which concerns us relates to the nature of the crisis [i.e., the Judgment of the Earth] and the time of its fulfilment [i.e., the duration of the Tribulation and especially the Second Coming of the LORD Jesus Christ]. And the key to this inquiry is the Prophet Daniel's vision of the seventy weeks."


The Coming Prince: Chapters 10-12 ---New Window (1895)
Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

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Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

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Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

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Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

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Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918)

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John Wesley

"An excellent branch of Christian wisdom is here inculcated by our Lord on all his followers, namely, the right use of money-- a subject largely spoken of, after their manner, by men of the world; but not sufficiently considered by those whom God hath chosen out of the world. These, generally, do not consider, as the importance of the subject requires, the use of this excellent talent. Neither do they understand how to employ it to the greatest advantage; the introduction of which into the world is one admirable instance of the wise and gracious providence of God. It has, indeed, been the manner of poets, orators, and philosophers, in almost all ages and nations, to rail at this, as the grand corrupter of the world, the bane of virtue, the pest of human society... But is not all this mere empty rant? Is there any solid reason therein? By no means. For, let the world be as corrupt as it will, is gold or silver to blame? "The love of money," we know, "is the root of all evil;" but not the thing itself. The fault does not lie in the money, but in them that use it. It may be used ill: and what may not? But it may likewise be used well... It is therefore of the highest concern that all who fear God know how to employ this valuable talent; that they be instructed how it may answer these glorious ends, and in the highest degree. And, perhaps, all the instructions which are necessary for this may be reduced to three plain rules, by the exact observance whereof we may approve ourselves faithful stewards of "the mammon of unrighteousness."

"Gain all you can."
"Save all you can."
"Give all you can."
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J. Hudson Taylor

"Not infrequently our God brings His people into difficulties on purpose that they may come to know Him as they could not otherwise do. Then He reveals Himself as 'a very present help in trouble,' and makes the heart glad indeed at each fresh revelation of a Father's faithfulness. We who only see so small a part of the sweet issues of trial often feel that we would not for anything have missed them; how much more shall we bless and magnify His name when all the hidden things are brought to light!"
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"Happy is the man that feareth alway"
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The fear of the LORD is the beginning and the foundation of all true religion. Without a solemn awe and reverence of God there is no foothold for the more brilliant virtues. He whose soul does not worship will never live in holiness.

He is happy who feels a jealous fear of doing wrong. Holy fear looks not only before it leaps, but even before it moves. It is afraid of error, afraid of neglecting duty, afraid of committing sin. It fears ill company, loose talk, and questionable policy. This does not make a man wretched, but it brings him happiness. The watchful sentinel is happier than the soldier who sleeps at his post. He who foreseeth evil and escapes it is happier than he who walks carelessly on and is destroyed.

Fear of God is a quiet grace which leads a man along a choice road, of which it is written, "No lion shall be there, neither shall any ravenous beast go up thereon." Fear of the very appearance of evil is a purifying principle, which enables a man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep his garments unspotted from the world. Solomon had tried both worldliness and holy fear: in the one he found vanity, in the other happiness. Let us not repeat his trial but abide by his verdict.

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"As the grace that produces any of these states may be lost through sin, or carelessness; hence the necessity that the true penitent should continue to watch and pray till he is justified that, when justified, he should continue to watch and pray, and deny himself, and take up his cross, till he is sanctified; and, when sanctified, he should continue the same course, believing, loving, and obeying, till he is glorified. As he will be in danger as long as he lives of falling from grace, so he should continue to watch and pray, believe, and maintain good works, as long as he breathes; for while thus employed, humbly trusting in the Lord Jesus, he cannot fall."

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