said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which
the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7.
The times and seasons God has put in His own power. And why has not God given
us this knowledge?--Because we would not make a right use of it if He did.
A condition of things would result from this knowledge among our people that
would greatly retard the work of God in preparing a people to stand in the
great day that is to come. . . . Jesus has told His disciples to "watch,"
but not for definite time. His followers are to be in the position of those
who are listening for the orders of their Captain; they are to watch, wait,
pray, and work, as they approach the time for the coming of the Lord; but
no one will be able to predict just when that time will come; for "of
that day and hour knoweth no man." You will not be able to say that He
will come in one, two, or five years, neither are you to put off His coming
by stating that it may not be for ten or twenty years. . . . We are not to
know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for
the coming of Christ.
I was pointed to some
who are in the great error of believing that it is their duty to go to Old
Jerusalem, [WRITTEN IN THE EARLY 1850'S WHEN "THE AGE-TO-COME" ADVOCATES
TAUGHT THAT OLD JERUSALEM WOULD BE BUILT UP AS A CENTER OF CHRISTIAN WITNESS
FULFILLING CERTAIN PROPHECIES OF THE O.T.] and think they have a work to do
there before the Lord comes. Such a view is calculated to take the mind and
interest from the present work of the Lord, under the message of the third
angel; for those who think that they are yet to go to Jerusalem will have
their minds there, and their means will be withheld from the cause of present
truth to get themselves and others there. I saw that such a mission would
accomplish no real good, that it would take a long while to make a very few
of the Jews believe even in the first advent of Christ, much more to believe
in His second advent.