"AND A HIGHWAY SHALL BE THERE"
These words are found in the 35th chapter of Isaiah. Here it is in KJV Isaiah 35:8, "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein."
There is another scripture that goes with this. These are the words of Jesus. Matt. 7:13, 14 in KJV "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
And so there are three ways to go. The "broad way" the "narrow way" and the "highway". What is it talking about? This is the way it has been explained to me and it seems reasonable. The "broad way" is what all mankind are on now. Adam failed his test in the Garden of Eden and all of his descendents are headed for destruction or death, they are on the "broad way" Jesus came and brought a new way, the "narrow way". He didnít mention the "highway" because it is not now open. The only way off the road to destruction is to become part of Christís church. Paul called it a "little flock". All mankind havenít even been offered a place on it. Many that have have rejected the offer. The Isaiah passage is obviously not speaking of the age we are living in. This whole 35th chapter is telling of the coming Millennial Age. Read it, I will not quote it here, but it speaks of things that are not happening now. The 34th chapter tells of the "time of trouble" that precedes it. The 35th chapter is telling of that grand Kingdom that Jesus told us to pray for. This is the time that all mankind will have an opportunity to gain eternal life. In the seventh chapter of Matthew, Jesus is telling how it is now. He doesnít mention the "highway" because it doesnít apply now. "The broad road to destruction" is what all mankind is following now. They are there because of Adamís sin. It leads to death and the only way off it is through the "strait gate" and "narrow way". "Few there be that find it". The point here is that those on the "broad way to destruction" are headed for death, but that is a death that Paul shows that because of Jesus death there is a resurrection from. Of course all even the followers of Jesus are headed for that death. The difference is that those that have chosen the "strait gate"are doing it willingly as Jesus did and are the only ones on trial now. The trial for the rest comes in the Millennial Age where the "highway" will be. This is not an exhaustive study.
I have tried with these articles to stimulate interest in anyone that might read them. I am now going to tell you about a man that made an exhaustive study of these things and devoted his life to telling people what he learned. The thoughts I have tried to present here did not all originate with him, some came before him, but he put them together and showed that the Bible does harmonize and that God does have a "plan" that is working toward its completion. He believed that the time was due for these things to be made known and if he had not done it God would have found someone else to do it. His name was Charles Taze Russell. He was born in 1852 and died in 1916. I wonít here try to list all of the things he did, but his publications were translated into 35 different languages, and distributed around the world. His weekly sermons were handled by a newspaper syndicate. More than 2000 newspapers with a combined circulation of 15,000,000 readers at one time published his discourses. He wrote a number of books that were widely distributed. He made numerous trips abroad to England and Europe. He spoke to crowds of over 5000 people in both England and America. He was noticed in his time. Itís probably obvious that I hold him in high regard. It is interesting to note that he is hardly mentioned in modern encyclopedias. Most claim that he was the founder of Jehovahís Witnesses. This is not true. It is true that the organization he founded to publish his many writings evolved into the Jehovahís Witnesses. He died in 1916; they came into being in 1931. While they still believe somewhat as he did, the differences are striking. Shortly after his death the Society began to rise as a hierarchy over the once independent congregations. May refused to go along and as early as 1917 the exodus began. There are people all over the world today, as I am, who think his message was right. Most of his writings are still available. The book I am going to here advocate is "The Divine Plan of the Ages". It is the first volume of a series of six volumes of "Studies in the Scriptures" that he wrote. If I have interested anyone with this website I urge you to read that book. The subject that this page began with is dealt with in a whole chapter in that book beginning on page 205. Some believe that we are "following a man". I wish that you would read that book and see if you believe that. I think he has Bible backing for all that he says. The religious leaders of his day and the religious leaders now will tell you that he was wrong. They canít disprove what he said so they attack him. He did have some unfortunate personal events in his life. To me that only proves that he was human. His message was backed by the Bible. He expected more of Godís plan to take place by 1914 then what did. That does not change the message. The message was the plan of God not when various parts of it would happen. We all believe that the terrible chaos we see in the world today is the breaking down of the social order in preparation for Christís kingdom. The chaos will get worse before it gets better.
If you want that book there are a number of ways you can get it. There are a number of websites that look to Pastor Russell. Google has a list under Directory, then Religion, then Christianity, then Denominations, then Bible Students. Some of them offer books.
This site is meant as a witness work to any that want to know God and are searching. It is not trying to tell fellow Bible Students anything that they donít all ready know. I hope to reach some.
Here is a quote from Pastor Russell copied from "The Divine Plan of the Ages" page 191-2. It tells his vision of what the world will be when Godís plan is completed. "Close your eyes for a moment to the scenes of misery and woe, degradation and sorrow that yet prevail on account of sin, and picture before your mental vision the glory of the perfect earth. Not a stain of sin mars the harmony and peace of a perfect society; not a bitter thought, not an unkind look or word; love, welling up from every heart, meets a kindred response in every other heart, and benevolence marks every act. There sickness shall be no more; not an ache nor a pain, nor any evidence of decay, not even the fear of such things. Think of all the pictures of comparative health and beauty of human form and feature that you have ever seen, and know that perfect humanity will be of still surpassing loveliness. The inward purity and mental and moral perfection will stamp and glorify every radiant countenance. Such will earthís society be; and weeping bereaved ones will have their tears all wiped away, when thus they realize the resurrection work complete."
It sounds like looking at the world through rose colored glasses. Folks, the promises of God, as presented in the Bible, assure that it will happen.