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Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City. the mountain road and looked from afar at the fair cities and shimmering lakes that lay unfolded beneath the turquoise blue of matchless skies. And when the clangAnd when the clanging battles had been fought, when the quiver had been emptied against the stubborn steel, Cortes chose Chapultepec as
Even at that time, the towering cypress trees that dignify the castle grounds were probably centuries old. Many of them have lived to see the Castle of Chapultepec pass from ruler to ruler. They have whispered softly to one another as at twilight the shadowy form of the gentle Marina, the Indian mistress of Cortes, went flitting
through the woods and gardens that she loved; they have seen the caterpillar-like aqueducts wind their sinuous course off to the city, bearing the pure waters from the springs of the Montezumas; and from Alameda, the heart of that city, they have seen the imperial boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma, with its stately statues and glorietas, extended to the base of this crag. They have trembled with the roar of American cannonading at Molino del Rey; they have spread their mournful branches over the graves of the Mexican boy-cadets who fell at the foot of Chapultepec, while struggling to defend it against foreign troops. They have nodded a sad welcome to the ill-fated Empress Carlotta and the dreamer Maximilian; they have seen the old order of things changing and yielding to the new, under the far-sighted, firm-handed Porfirio Diaz, a ruler of integrity, dignity and courage. President Diaz, like many other previous rulers of Mexico, has Indian blood in his veins. But he surely feels no shame for this when on the Paseo he contem
plates the heroic statue of a former leader, Cuauhtemoctzin, or "The "Tzin." This chief, a nephew of Montezuma, reorgan ized the native troops and strengthened the defenses of the city after the expulsion of Cortes on the "Dismal Night." When the conqueror returned and laid siege to the place, it was famine that forced open the gates, not the Spaniards. Immediaately on rendering thanks for the victorious entrance, Cortes demanded the royal treasure, but being refused, he subjected Cucuhtemactzin to a cunningly graduated series of tortures. He bound "The "Tzin" with his feet but few inches from a brazier of glowing coals, and then waited in vain for the young chieftain to reveal the secret.
THE DIVINE PROGRAM
X---The Millennial Kingdom
BY C. T. RUSSELL
Pastor Brooklyn Tabernacle
S IS WELL-KNOWN, the basis of the word Millennium Millennium is Mille, which signifies a thousand. For long centuries, God's people have looked forward to times of refreshment, when the curse imposed upon the world because of Adam's sin would be lifted by reason of the Redeemer's sacrifice. It has been the theory that he who redeemed mankind is to come a second time, not as a sin-offering, as at the first, but as the great Deliverer, to release mankind from sin and death conditions, and to restore the willing and obedient to close harmony with God, and, indeed, to all that was lost in Adam. Those "restitution times" or years, as St. Peter says, have been declared by "all the holy prophets since the world began." (Acts 3:19-21.) In other words, as the heathen have had their theory of a coming Golden Age, the Israelites had the direct assurance of God that such a period of general world-wide blessing would surely come. This hope was associated with Israel's anticipation of worldly greatness under the Head Shepherd, the expected Messiah. Foundation for the hope lay in the Divine promise to Abraham, "In thy Seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." Israel hoped and prayed for the fulfillment of this promise, which meant special honor and exaltation to them, as well as refreshment to others. They understood that Messiah would come first, and that it would be under his direction and ministration of affairs that his Kingdom would be established-in their nation for the blessing of all nations.
These ancient hopes of Israel will shortly have realization very nearly as anticipated. The difference is that Messiah, instead of being one person, is to be com
posed of the chosen "little flock" of one hundred and forty-four thousand selected in part from Israel in the end of their age, and, since then, the remainder from all nations. As soon as this great Mediator shall be completed his work will begin-the New Covenant will be sealed between God and Israel, and Messiah, Head and Body, will be its Mediator. (Jer. 31:31; Rom. 11:1, 27, 31.) The blessing will extend to all nations, in that all nations will be welcome to become "Israelites indeed" and sharers in the blessings of that New (Law) Covenant. As they thus come into line with the Divine provisions, they will, visions, they will, as foretold, become children of Abraham. As it is written, "Abraham, I have constituted thee a Father of many nations." But the chief hope of salvation for the Millennium is usually based upon the statements Revelation 20th, which assure us that in the end of this Gospel Age the Divine power will restrain Satan, hindering the further deception of humanity during that period. Meantime, Christ will take unto himself his great power and reigncontrol, order, rule, bless. This same period is elsewhere called "the day of Christ" -the epoch during which The Christ, Head and Body, shall hold the sway of earth. (Rev. 20:4-6.) earth. (Rev. 20:4-6.) The same period is referred to by St. Paul in 1 Cor. 15:22, 23, when telling us that, "as all in Adam die, so all in Christ will be made alive," but, he assures us, "every man in his own order," for he, Messiah, "must reign until he shall have put all enemies under his feet"-until he shall have subdued everything that is not in harmony with the divine arrangement.
The suggestion of Revelation that not only Satan shall be bound for a thousand