The Church in the Wilderness
By Benjamin George Wilkinson, Ph. D.


Preface | Introduction | 1. What Is the Church in the Wilderness? | 2. The Church in the Wilderness in Prophecy | 3. The Apostolic Origins of the Church in the Wilderness | 4. The Silent Cities of Syria | 5. Lucian and the Church in Syria | 6. Vigilantius, Leader of the Waldenses | 7. Patrick, Organizer of the Church in the Wilderness in Ireland. | 8. Columba and the Church in Scotland | 9. Papas, First Head of the Church in Asia | 10. How the Church Was Driven Into the Wilderness | 11. Dinooth and the Church in Wales | 12. Aidan and the Church in England | 13. Columbanus and the Church in Europe | 14.The Church in Europe after the Time of Columbanus | 15. Early Waldensian Heroes | 16. The Church of the Waldenses | 17. Aba and the Church in Persia | 18. Timothy of Bagdad; The Church Under Mohammedan Rule | 19. The St. Thomas Christians of India | 20. The Great Struggle in India | 21. Adam and the Church in China | 22. Marcos of Peking | 23. The Church in Japan and the Philippines | 24. The Remnant Church Succeeds the Church in the Wilderness | Bibliography | Footnotes | Review of Truth Triumphant, by Richard C. Nickels

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       THE author sends forth this book with the hope that it may open a new world to its readers. The prominence given to the Church in the Wilderness in the Scriptures establishes without argumentation the existence of such an organization, and emphasizes its importance.

            Appealing for attention to this thrilling theme, the writer has sought to bring together in a comprehensive view the forceful, even if at times apparently disjointed, narrative of the Church in the Wilderness in different countries. The cumulative character of the historical proof will be clear to the seeker after truth. Supported by the many converging lines of evidence, the author believes that he has opened new doors into the realm of history in which the providence of God has a most prominent place.

            While the author has used a great number of original sources, he has also entered into the labors of many scholars and writers who have gone before him. From both these original and secondary sources he has sought to fashion this study. It is his aim that this information will be of value in pointing out present-day deceptions and in revealing the way to meet many insidious teachings. He attempts to make clear man's present duty in terms of world history.

            Confident that this book will reveal a new story and throw strong light on the history of God's people, the author presents this volume. He fervently prays that the promised latter rain of the Holy Spirit will use these pages to enlighten others so that they may share the blessing promised to those who live victoriously in the closing scenes of earth's history. - THE AUTHOR.


A much-neglected field of study has been opened by the research of the author into the history of the Christian church from its apostolic origins to the close of the eighteenth century. Taking as his thesis the prominence given to the Church in the Wilderness in Bible prophecy, and the fact that '"the Church in the Wilderness,' and not the proud hierarchy enthroned in the world's great capital, was the true church of Christ," he has spent years developing this subject. In its present form, Truth Triumphant represents much arduous research in the libraries of Europe as well as in America. Excellent ancient sources are most difficult to obtain, but the author has been successful in gaining access to many of them. To crystallize the subject matter and make the historical facts live in modem times, the author also made extensive travels through Europe and Asia.

            The doctrines of the primitive Christian church spread to Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. As grains of mustard seed they lodged in the hearts of many godly souls in southern France and northern Italy - people known as the Albigenses and the Waldenses. The faith of Jesus was valiantly upheld by the Church of the East. This term, as used by the author, not only includes the Syrian and Assyrian Churches, but is also the term applied to the development of apostolic Christianity throughout the lands of the East.

            The spirit of Christ, burning in the hearts of loyal men who would not compromise with paganism, sent them forth as missionaries to lands afar. Patrick, Columbanus, Marcos, and a host of others were missionaries to distant lands. They braved the ignorance of the barbarian, the intolerance of the apostate church leaders, and the persecution of the state in order that they might win souls to God.

            To unfold the dangers that were ever present in the conflict of the true church against error, to reveal the sinister working of evil and the divine strength by which men of God made truth triumphant, to challenge the Remnant Church today in its final controversy against the powers of evil, and to show the holy, unchanging message of the Bible as it has been preserved for t hose who will "fear God, and keep His commandments" - these a re the sincere aims of the author as he presents this book to t hose who k now the truth. - MERLIN L. NEFF