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Tbe second of two advertised addresses by Mr Ernest Tucker, an evangelist of the Catholic Apostolic Church, was delivered in the City Hall on Thursday night. The subject was ' The Approaching Judgments of God upon Christendom, and a Gathering of a Fir3t Fruits of the Church, that they may escape these.' God's dealings with man may, he said, be divided into three dis- . tinot dispensations. In the first we see a good beginning, then a course of decline from the ways of God, ending in apostacy and judgment by the Deluge. But first there was a message of warning sent, and a way of escape provided in the Ark, which Noah built by God's command. The course of the second, or Mosaic dispensation, was similar, ending in the crucifying of our Lord, followed by the destruction of Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews. But again this was preceded by the preaching of John the Baptist, and an ark of refuge provided for the faithful among God's covenant people in the Church of Christ. The present dispensation began gloriously at Pentecost. The one Church of Christ was filled with the life of Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost. She was thus not an earthly institution, but constituted in Christ, heavenly and spiritual. She was ordained to be God's witness upon earth to the coming Kingdom of His Son our Lord. Her chief ministry, the apostleship, was sent forth immediately and directly from God, and was commissioned to prepare her for the appearing of Christ. She soon, however, followed the analogy of the previous dispensations, and bscame carnal and worldly. The chief evidence of this was in the forgetting the Hope of her calling, in the early rejection of the apostolic ministry, in the loss of the manifestations of the Spirit, and in the divisions and heresies which have come in. This had been foreseen by our Lord and Hl3

apostleß, and many warnings were given in Boripture of a falling away, of the apoatacy of the last times, and of the pouring out of tbe judgments of God. These are imminent now; and the signs are discernible in the lawlessness, unbelief, and spiritual delusions which are prevalent, and in the "distress of nations with perplexity "'spoken of by our Lord. But before God's final judgments upon Christendom are poured out He delivers a message of warning by a restored apostleship, and offers a way of escape to all who will receive those whom He has sent.

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MR TUCKER'S ADDRESSES., Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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MR TUCKER'S ADDRESSES. Issue 10470, 13 November 1897, Supplement

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