200+ ERRORS OF GC 563-678
(3 OF 3)
35, Liberty of Conscience Threatened; Roman Catholicism (partial)
GC578: These records of the past clearly reveal the enmity of Rome toward the true Sabbath and its defenders,
and the means which she employs to honor the institution of her creating. The word of God teaches that these scenes are to
be repeated as Roman Catholics and Protestants shall unite for the exaltation of the Sunday.
GC578-579: The prophecy of Revelation 13 declares that the power
represented by the beast with lamblike horns shall cause "the earth and them which dwell therein" to worship the
papacy --there symbolized by the beast "like unto a leopard." The beast with two horns is also to say "to them
that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast;" and, furthermore, it is to command all, "both
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive the mark of the beast. Revelation 13:11-16. It has been
shown that the United States is the power represented by the beast with lamblike horns, and that this prophecy will be fulfilled
when the United States shall enforce Sunday observance, which Rome claims as the special acknowledgment of her supremacy.
But in this homage to the papacy the United States will not be alone. The influence of Rome in the countries that once
acknowledged her dominion is still far from being destroyed. And prophecy foretells a restoration of her power. "I saw
one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast."
Verse 3. The infliction of the deadly wound points to the downfall of the papacy in 1798. After this, says the prophet, "his
deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast." Paul states plainly that the "man of sin"
will continue until the second advent. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-8. To the very close of time he will carry forward the work of
deception. And the revelator declares, also referring to the papacy: "All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him,
whose names are not written in the book of life." Revelation 13:8. In both the Old and the New World, the papacy will
receive homage in the honor paid to the Sunday institution, that rests solely upon the authority of the Roman Church.
ERROR: EGW teaches her theory as if it were fac.. “Since man Protestants saw the beast of Revelation
13:1 as the pagan Roman Empire and the beast of 13:10 as Papal Rome, there is far from agreement. Regardless
of what the Roman Catholic church claims, the legal civil change of the Sabbath to Sunday rests solely on still-pagan Emperor
Constantine and not on the Roman Catholic Church
GC579-80: Since the middle of the nineteenth century, students of prophecy in the United States have presented
this testimony to the world. In the events now taking place is seen a rapid advance toward the fulfillment of the prediction.
With Protestant teachers there is the same claim of divine authority for Sundaykeeping, and the same lack of Scriptural evidence,
as with the papal leaders who fabricated miracles to supply the place of a command from God. The assertion that God's
judgments are visited upon men for their violation of the Sunday-sabbath, will be repeated; already it is beginning to be
urged. And a movement to enforce Sunday observance is fast gaining ground.
ERROR: EGW and SDAs will not deal with Exodus 31:13-18 which
limits the Sabbath to a sign between God and Old Covenant Israel. Sunday does not replace Saturday; there are no holy days
after Calvary and Gentiles never were under that Gal 4:10; Rom 2:14-16).
CHAPTER 36, The Impending
From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan's purpose to overthrow the law of God. It
was to accomplish this that he entered upon his rebellion against the Creator, and though he was cast out of heaven he has
continued the same warfare upon the earth. To deceive men, and thus lead them to transgress God's law, is the object which
he has steadfastly pursued. Whether this be accomplished by casting aside the law altogether, or by rejecting one of its precepts,
the result will be ultimately the same. He that offends "in one point," manifests contempt for the whole law;
his influence and example are on the side of transgression; he becomes "guilty of all." James 2:10.
ERROR: SDAs break the Sabbath by making it
the busiest day of the week. The do not make it a day of rest as God commanded.
GC582: In seeking to cast contempt upon the divine statutes,
Satan has perverted the doctrines of the Bible, and errors have thus become incorporated into the faith of thousands who profess
to believe the Scriptures. The last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle of the long-standing
controversy concerning the law of God. Upon this battle we are now entering--a battle between the laws of men and the precepts
of Jehovah, between the religion of the Bible and the religion of fable and tradition.
GC582-583: The agencies which will unite against truth and righteousness in this contest are now actively
at work. God's holy word, which has been handed down to us at such a cost of suffering and blood, is but little valued.
The Bible is within the reach of all, but there are few who really accept it as the guide of life. Infidelity prevails to
an alarming extent, not in the world merely, but in the church. Many have come to deny doctrines which are the very pillars
of the Christian faith. The great facts of creation as presented by the inspired writers, the fall of man, the atonement,
and the perpetuity of the law of God, are practically rejected, either wholly or in part, by a large share of the professedly
Christian world. Thousands who pride themselves upon their wisdom and independence regard it as an evidence of weakness to
place implicit confidence in the Bible; they think it a proof of superior talent and learning to cavil at the Scriptures and
to spiritualize and explain away their most important truths. Many ministers are teaching their people, and many professors
and teachers are instructing their students, that the law of God has been changed or abrogated; and those who regard its
requirements as still valid, to be literally obeyed, are thought to be deserving only of ridicule or contempt.
ERROR: SDAS teach that much of God’s
Law has ben changed or abrogated. They abrogated all of the ceremonial Sabbaths and feast days and ignore most of the civil
judgments of the Law. Their doctrine of “Law” is quite wrong; they pick what they want to keep
and discard the balance.
Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restraints
of society, causing anarchy and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious
scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority. They will be accused of disaffection toward
the government. Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience
to the civil authorities as ordained of God. In legislative halls and courts of justice, commandment keepers will be misrepresented
and condemned. A false coloring will be given to their words; the worst construction will be put upon their motives.
ERROR: EGW is now totally absorbed in the
Sabbath to the neglect of Jesus Christ I in these pages. Righteousness by faith alone has been replaced by righteousness by
Sabbath-keeping. Society could not care less which day of the week Seventh-day Adventists want to worship on.
GC592: As the Protestant churches reject
the clear, Scriptural arguments in defense of God's law, they will long to silence those whose faith they cannot overthrow
by the Bible. Though they blind their own eyes to the fact, they are now adopting a course which will lead to the persecution
of those who conscientiously refuse to do what the rest of the Christian world are doing, and acknowledge the claims of the
GC592: The dignitaries
of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday. The lack of divine authority
will be supplied by oppressive enactments. Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even
in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing
Sunday observance. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. In the soon-coming
conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war
with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation
ERROR: There is no evidence
of this happening in 2015.
CHAPTER 38, The Final
GC603: "I saw another
angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a
strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every
foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come
out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:1,
GC603-604: This scripture
points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14 (verse
8), is to be repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations
that constitute Babylon, since that message was first given, in the summer of 1844.
ERROR: This is a very serious
SDA and EGW error! This is very far from being a “repeat” of William Miller’s summer of 1844 message ---
it is totally different. Miller’s “second angel’s message” in the summer of 1844” denounced
those who rejected his doctrine that Jesus was literally coming back to destroy the world in the fall of 1844. Miller’s
“Babylon is fallen” thus included future SDAs who changed it into the false Investigative Judgment message.
A terrible condition of the religious world is here described. With every rejection of truth the minds of the people will
become darker, their hearts more stubborn, until they are entrenched in an infidel hardihood. In defiance of the warnings
which God has given, they will continue to trample upon one of the precepts of the Decalogue, until they are led to persecute
those who hold it sacred. Christ is set at nought in the contempt placed upon His word and His people. As the teachings of
spiritualism are accepted by the churches, the restraint imposed upon the carnal heart is removed, and the profession of religion
will become a cloak to conceal the basest iniquity. A belief in spiritual manifestations opens the door to seducing spirits
and doctrines of devils, and thus the influence of evil angels will be felt in the churches.
ERROR: EGW’s completely different “Second Angel’s
Message” blames the fall of all other churches on Satanic spiritualism because of their doctrine of the soul and on
Sabbath breaking. Yet Miller taught neither of these.
ERROR: If the second angel’s message of Revelation 14:8 “was first given in the summer of 1844,”
Ellen G. White seriously errs. William Miller was a Sunday worshipping, pork eating, immortal–soul believing Baptist
who warned people in the summer of 1844 that Jesus was returning on October 22, 1844 to destroy the earth by fire. Read GC317-390.
GC604: Of Babylon, at the
time brought to view in this prophecy, it is declared: "Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her
iniquities." Revelation 18:5. She has filled up the measure of her guilt, and destruction is about to fall upon her.
But God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of His judgments these faithful ones must be called out,
that they partake not of her sins and "receive not of her plagues." Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming
down from heaven, lightening the earth with his glory and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon.
In connection with his message the call is heard: "Come out of her, My people." These announcements, uniting with
the third angel's message, constitute the final warning to be given to the inhabitants of the earth.
GC604: Fearful is the issue to which the world is to be brought.
The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of God, will decree that "all, both small and great,
rich and poor, free and bond" (Revelation 13:16), shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the
The word “Sabbath” does not occur in Revelation. One would expect such an important doctrine to be clearly taught.
ERROR: The theology
of Miller preached from 1818 until 1844 is completely gone and replaced by the completely new Investigative Judgment message. SDAs teach that the Sabbath will
be the deciding issue just before Jesus returns --- not the gospel.
“The issue,” their sole issue, is Sabbath versus
Sunday. Yet obedience to the Sabbath commandment was only given to Old Covenant Israel as a sign of its unique covenant with
God (Exodus 31:13-18).
All who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they are deserving of
death. On the other hand, the law of God enjoining the Creator's rest day demands obedience and threatens wrath against
all who transgress its precepts.
ERROR: This is pure SDA fable.
GC604-605: With the issue thus clearly brought before him, whoever shall trample upon God's law to obey a
human enactment receives the mark of the beast; he accepts the sign of allegiance to the power which he chooses to obey instead
of God. The warning from heaven is: "If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead,
or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of
His indignation." Revelation 14:9, 10.
ERROR: It is the mission of the SDA church to tell everybody on earth about the Sabbath (not Jesus). If this
is true, SDAs are not obeying God.
GC605: But not one is made to suffer the wrath of God until the truth has been brought home to his mind and conscience,
and has been rejected. There are many who have never had an opportunity to hear the special truths for this time. The obligation
of the fourth commandment has never been set before them in its true light. He who reads every heart and tries every motive
will leave none who desire a knowledge of the truth, to be deceived as to the issues of the controversy. The decree is not
to be urged upon the people blindly. Everyone is to have sufficient light to make his decision intelligently.
GC605: The Sabbath will be the great test
of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted. When the final test shall be brought to bear upon men,
then the line of distinction will be drawn between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. While the observance of
the false sabbath in compliance with the law of the state, contrary to the fourth commandment, will be an avowal of allegiance
to a power that is in opposition to God, the keeping of the true Sabbath, in obedience to God's law, is an evidence of
loyalty to the Creator. While one class, by accepting the sign of submission to earthly powers, receive the mark of the beast,
the other choosing the token of allegiance to divine authority, receive the seal of God. The mark of the beast is not upon
any yet, but it will be in the days immediately preceding His second coming in glory. Thus only Sabbath-keepers will be saved
when Jesus returns.
“The Sabbath will be the great test of loyalty, for it is the point of truth especially controverted.”
Evidently faith in Jesus is not involved. John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation,
that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their
predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute
those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that
this land could never become other than what it has been--the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing
Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message
will produce an effect which it could not have had before.
ERROR: SDAs teach that, in the last days Roman Catholicism and the U.S. government controlled by apostate
Protestantism will unite to persecute Sabbath-keepers and enforce Sunday worship.
GC606: In every generation God has sent His servants to rebuke sin, both in the world and in the church.
But the people desire smooth things spoken to them, and the pure, unvarnished truth is not acceptable. Many reformers, in
entering upon their work, determined to exercise great prudence in attacking the sins of the church and the nation. They hoped,
by the example of a pure Christian life, to lead the people back to the doctrines of the Bible. But the Spirit of God came
upon them as it came upon Elijah, moving him to rebuke the sins of a wicked king and an apostate people; they could not refrain
from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible-- doctrines which they had been reluctant to present. They were impelled
to zealously declare the truth and the danger which threatened souls. The words which the Lord gave them they uttered, fearless
of consequences, and the people were compelled to hear the warning.
Note: This is strange because
not a word came out of the Reformers’ mouths and writings about the Saturday-Sabbath, non-immortality of souls, non-eternal
hell, or the all-important Investigative Judgment
GC606-607: Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed.
As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds
of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit
than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring
the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of
the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power--all will be
unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words
like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because
of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are
these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience.
But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain "Thus saith the Lord," the
popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message
as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it.
Note: It must not be time for
SDAs to be enthusiastic. The Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses are much more zealous.
GC607: As the controversy extends into new
fields and the minds of the people are called to God's downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message
will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should
shine upon their flocks. By every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions.
The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite. As the movement
for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be
threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages,
as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: "Show us from the word of God our error"--the
same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication
of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will
be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths.
ERROR: Again, God only commanded Old Covenant Israel to keep
the Law (Exodus 31:13-18); it was peculiar to them only (Ex 19:5-6); they were not to share it with others (Ex 23:32; Deut
7:2). Gentiles did not have the Law (Rom 2:14-16).
GC608: Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the parent
will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping
servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally
fulfilled: "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders
of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated
as slaves. To human wisdom all this now seems impossible; but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men,
and they shall be under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be strange developments. The heart
can be very cruel when God's fear and love are removed.
ERROR: There are far more non-Sabbath-keepers who “conscientiously obey” the Word of God than
SDAs. SDA in-house literature balances every Bible text with an EGW quotation.
GC608: As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message,
but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.
By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the
test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced
in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren.
When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents
of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them.
Note: Almost all who leave the SDA church
leave because of biblical conviction that its doctrines are wrong. And SDAs are not strong enough in the Word to retain them.
GC608-609: In this time of
persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. They have faithfully given the warning, looking to God and
to His word alone. God's Spirit, moving upon their hearts, has constrained them to speak. Stimulated with holy zeal, and
with the divine impulse strong upon them, they entered upon the performance of their duties without coldly calculating the
consequences of speaking to the people the word which the Lord had given them. They have not consulted their temporal interests,
nor sought to preserve their reputation or their lives. Yet when the storm of opposition and reproach bursts upon them, some,
overwhelmed with consternation, will be ready to exclaim: "Had we foreseen the consequences of our words, we would have
held our peace." They are hedged in with difficulties. Satan assails them with fierce temptations. The work which they
have undertaken seems far beyond their ability to accomplish. They are threatened with destruction. The enthusiasm which animated
them is gone; yet they cannot turn back. Then, feeling their utter helplessness, they flee to the Mighty One for strength.
They remember that the words which they have spoken were not theirs, but His who bade them give the warning. God put the truth
into their hearts, and they could not forbear to proclaim it.
GC609-610: The same trials have been experienced by men of God in ages past. Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Tyndale, Baxter,
Wesley, urged that all doctrines be brought to the test of the Bible and declared that they would renounce everything which
it condemned. Against these men persecution raged with relentless fury; yet they ceased not to declare the truth. Different
periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities
of God's people at that time. Every new truth has made its way against hatred and opposition; those who were blessed with
its light were tempted and tried. The Lord gives a special truth for the people in an emergency. Who dare refuse to publish
it? He commands His servants to present the last invitation of mercy to the world. They cannot remain silent, except at the
peril of their souls. Christ's ambassadors have nothing to do with consequences. They must perform their duty and leave
results with God.
Yet God did not deem it important that Wycliffe, Huss, Luther, Tyndale, Baxter or Wesley teach the Sabbath or the Investigative
Judgment. They were saved without those doctrines.
GC610: As the opposition rises to a fiercer height, the servants of God are again perplexed; for it seems to them that
they have brought the crisis. But conscience and the word of God assure them that their course is right; and although the
trials continue, they are strengthened to bear them. The contest grows closer and sharper, but their faith and courage rise
with the emergency. Their testimony is: "We dare not tamper with God's word, dividing His holy law; calling one portion
essential and another nonessential, to gain the favor of the world. The Lord whom we serve is able to deliver us. Christ has
conquered the powers of earth; and shall we be afraid of a world already conquered?"
GC610: Persecution in its varied forms is the development of
a principle which will exist as long as Satan exists and Christianity has vital power. No man can serve God without enlisting
against himself the opposition of the hosts of darkness. Evil angels will assail him, alarmed that his influence is taking
the prey from their hands. Evil men, rebuked by his example, will unite with them in seeking to separate him from God by alluring
temptations. When these do not succeed, then a compelling power is employed to force the conscience.
GC610-611: But so long as Jesus remains man's intercessor
in the sanctuary above, the restraining influence of the Holy Spirit is felt by rulers and people. It still controls to some
extent the laws of the land. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be much worse than it now is. While
many of our rulers are active agents of Satan, God also has His agents among the leading men of the nation. The enemy moves
upon his servants to propose measures that would greatly impede the work of God; but statesmen who fear the Lord are influenced
by holy angels to oppose such propositions with unanswerable arguments. Thus a few men will hold in check a powerful current
of evil. The opposition of the enemies of truth will be restrained that the third angel's message may do its work. When
the final warning shall be given, it will arrest the attention of these leading men through whom the Lord is now working,
and some of them will accept it, and will stand with the people of God through the time of trouble.
GC611: The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third
angel's message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold.
The advent movement of 1840-44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel's message was carried
to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries there was the greatest religious interest which has been
witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be exceeded by the mighty movement
under the last warning of the third angel.
ERROR: EGW keeps repeating the same lies. William Miller was wrong; he was a false prophet; Jesus did not
come on October 22, 1844 to destroy earth by fire. This was not a “glorious manifestation of the power of God”
– it was a damnable Satanic lie which eventually created a false cult which Miller rejected.
GC611: The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost.
As the "former rain" was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the
upspringing of the precious seed, so the "latter rain" will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest.
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come
unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3. "Be glad then, ye children of Zion,
and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you
the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain." Joel 2:23. "In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My
Spirit upon all flesh." "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."
Acts 2:17, 21.
GC611-612: The great work
of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were
fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at
its close. Here are "the times of refreshing" to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: "Repent
ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence
of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20.
GC612: Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place
to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will
be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers. Satan also works, with lying wonders,
even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Revelation 13:13. Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought
to take their stand.
The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been
presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers
have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or
from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children
of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is
more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon
the Lord's side.
CHAPTER 39, The Time
Gc613: "At that time
shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble,
such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, everyone
that shall be found written in the book." Daniel 12:1.
GC613-614: When the third angel's message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty inhabitants of the earth.
The people of God have accomplished their work. They have received "the latter rain," "the refreshing from
the presence of the Lord," and they are prepared for the trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in
heaven. An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world,
and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living God." Then
Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and with a loud voice says, "It is done;"
and all the angelic host lay off their crowns as He makes the solemn announcement: "He that is unjust, let him be unjust
still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that
is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11. Every case has been decided for life or death. Christ has made
the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The number of His subjects is made up; "the kingdom and
dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven," is about to be given to the heirs of salvation, and
Jesus is to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Jesus has completed reading all the books of heaven [from Adam to the last living person who professed faith]
to determine who kept saving faith and who will finally be saved – the Investigative Judgment which began October 2,
1844. Their sins are not blotted out until the last moment of reading the books of record.
ERROR: It has already
taken an Omniscient Christ over 160 years to read the books of heaven to determine “who kept saving faith and who will
finally be saved.” The O. T. ONE DAY “Day of Atonement” did not follow the pattern.
GC614: When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants
of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. The restraint
which has been upon the wicked is removed, and Satan has entire control of the finally impenitent. God's long-suffering
has ended. The world has rejected His mercy, despised His love, and trampled upon His law. The wicked have passed the boundary
of their probation; the Spirit of God, persistently resisted, has been at last withdrawn. Unsheltered by divine grace, they
have no protection from the wicked one. Satan will then plunge the inhabitants of the earth into one great, final trouble.
As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose.
The whole world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old.
ERROR: If Jesus has stopped mediating and, if believers can stand
in the sight of God without a mediator, this must refer to sinlessness. (See GC619).
GC614: A single angel destroyed all the first-born of the Egyptians and filled the land with mourning. When
David offended against God by numbering the people, one angel caused that terrible destruction by which his sin was punished.
The same destructive power exercised by holy angels when God commands, will be exercised by evil angels when He permits. There
are forces now ready, and only waiting the divine permission, to spread desolation everywhere.
GC614-615: Those who honor the law of God have been accused
of bringing judgments upon the world, and they will be regarded as the cause of the fearful convulsions of nature and the
strife and bloodshed among men that are filling the earth with woe. The power attending the last warning has enraged the
wicked; their anger is kindled against all who have received the message, and Satan will excite to still greater intensity
the spirit of hatred and persecution.
Note: This is how SDAs view non-SDAs.
GC615: When God's presence was finally withdrawn from the Jewish nation, priests and people knew it not.
Though under the control of Satan, and swayed by the most horrible and malignant passions, they still regarded themselves
as the chosen of God. The ministration in the temple continued; sacrifices were offered upon its polluted altars, and daily
the divine blessing was invoked upon a people guilty of the blood of God's dear Son and seeking to slay His ministers
and apostles. So when the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been
forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not. The forms of religion will be continued by a people from whom
the Spirit of God has been finally withdrawn; and the satanic zeal with which the prince of evil will inspire them for the
accomplishment of his malignant designs, will bear the semblance of zeal for God.
ERROR: God will never “finally withdraw from the Jewish
nation.” Scores of unconditional promises to national Israel will yet be literally fulfilled. As a King, God cannot
and will not change His mind. Rom 11:29 “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” Jesus last
words to Israel were “For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh
in the name of the Lord” Matthew 23:39.
GC615-616: As the Sabbath has become the special point of controversy throughout Christendom, and
religious and secular authorities have combined to enforce the observance of the Sunday, the persistent refusal of a small
minority to yield to the popular demand will make them objects of universal execration. It will be urged that the few who
stand in opposition to an institution of the church and a law of the state ought not to be tolerated; that it is better for
them to suffer than for whole nations to be thrown into confusion and lawlessness. The same argument eighteen hundred years
ago was brought against Christ by the "rulers of the people." "It is expedient for us," said the wily
Caiaphas, "that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not." John 11:50. This argument
will appear conclusive; and a decree will finally be issued against those who hallow the Sabbath of the fourth commandment,
denouncing them as deserving of the severest punishment and giving the people liberty, after a certain time, to put them to
death. Romanism in the Old World and apostate Protestantism in the New will pursue a similar course toward those who honor
all the divine precepts.
GC616: The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet
as the time of Jacob's trouble. "Thus saith the Lord: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
. . . All faces are turned into paleness. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." Jeremiah 30:5-7.
ERROR: Faith in Jesus Christ for salvation is the only point of controversy. John 16:8-9 “And when
he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me.”
GC616: Jacob's night of
anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of
God's people in the time of trouble. Because of the deception practiced to secure his father's blessing, intended
for Esau, Jacob had fled for his life, alarmed by his brother's deadly threats. After remaining for many years an exile,
he had set out, at God's command, to return with his wives and children, his flocks and herds, to his native country.
On reaching the borders of the land, he was filled with terror by the tidings of Esau's approach at the head of a band
of warriors, doubtless bent upon revenge. Jacob's company, unarmed and defenseless, seemed about to fall helpless victims
of violence and slaughter. And to the burden of anxiety and fear was added the crushing weight of self-reproach, for it was
his own sin that had brought this danger. His only hope was in the mercy of God; his only defense must be prayer. Yet he leaves
nothing undone on his own part to atone for the wrong to his brother and to avert the threatened danger. So should the followers
of Christ, as they approach the time of trouble, make every exertion to place themselves in a proper light before the people,
to disarm prejudice, and to avert the danger which threatens liberty of conscience.
GC616-617: Having sent his family away, that they may not witness his distress, Jacob remains alone to intercede
with God. He confesses his sin and gratefully acknowledges the mercy of God toward him while with deep humiliation he pleads
the covenant made with his fathers and the promises to himself in the night vision at Bethel and in the land of his exile.
The crisis in his life has come; everything is at stake. In the darkness and solitude he continues praying and humbling himself
before God. Suddenly a hand is laid upon his shoulder. He thinks that an enemy is seeking his life, and with all the energy
of despair he wrestles with his assailant. As the day begins to break, the stranger puts forth his superhuman power; at his
touch the strong man seems paralyzed, and he falls, a helpless, weeping suppliant, upon the neck of his mysterious antagonist.
Jacob knows now that it is the Angel of the covenant with whom he has been in conflict. Though disabled and suffering the
keenest pain, he does not relinquish his purpose. Long has he endured perplexity, remorse, and trouble for his sin; now he
must have the assurance that it is pardoned. The divine visitant seems about to depart; but Jacob clings to Him, pleading
for a blessing. The Angel urges, "Let Me go, for the day breaketh;" but the patriarch exclaims, "I will not
let Thee go, except Thou bless me." What confidence, what firmness and perseverance, are here displayed! Had this been
a boastful, presumptuous claim, Jacob would have been instantly destroyed; but his was the assurance of one who confesses
his weakness and unworthiness, yet trusts the mercy of a covenant-keeping God.
GC617-618: "He had power over the Angel, and prevailed." Hosea 12:4. Through humiliation, repentance,
and self-surrender, this sinful, erring mortal prevailed with the Majesty of heaven. He had fastened his trembling grasp upon
the promises of God, and the heart of Infinite Love could not turn away the sinner's plea. As an evidence of his triumph
and an encouragement to others to imitate his example, his name was changed from one which was a reminder of his sin, to one
that commemorated his victory. And the fact that Jacob had prevailed with God was an assurance that he would prevail with
men. He no longer feared to encounter his brother's anger, for the Lord was his defense.
GC618: Satan had accused Jacob before the angels of God, claiming
the right to destroy him because of his sin; he had moved upon Esau to march against him; and during the patriarch's long
night of wrestling, Satan endeavored to force upon him a sense of his guilt in order to discourage him and break his hold
upon God. Jacob was driven almost to despair; but he knew that without help from heaven he must perish. He had sincerely repented
of his great sin, and he appealed to the mercy of God. He would not be turned from his purpose, but held fast the Angel and
urged his petition with earnest, agonizing cries until he prevailed.
ERROR: EGW writes as if she were infallibly inspired.
GC618: As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy God's people in
the time of trouble. And as he accused Jacob, he will urge his accusations against the people of God. He numbers the world
as his subjects; but the little company who keep the commandments of God are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them
from the earth, his triumph would be complete. He sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sins have
been pardoned; but he does not know that their cases have been decided in the sanctuary above. He has an accurate knowledge
of the sins which he has tempted them to commit, and he presents these before God in the most exaggerated light, representing
this people to be just as deserving as himself of exclusion from the favor of God. He declares that the Lord cannot in justice
forgive their sins and yet destroy him and his angels. He claims them as his prey and demands that they be given into his
hands to destroy.
As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the uttermost. Their confidence
in God, their faith and firmness, will be severely tested. As they review the past, their hopes sink; for in their whole lives
they can see little good. They are fully conscious of their weakness and unworthiness. Satan endeavors to terrify them with
the thought that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed away. He hopes so to destroy
their faith that they will yield to his temptations and turn from their allegiance to God.
GC619: Though God's people will be surrounded by enemies
who are bent upon their destruction, yet the anguish which they suffer is not a dread of persecution for the truth's sake;
they fear that every sin has not been repented of, and that through some fault in themselves they will fail to realize the
fulfillment of the Savior’s promise: I "will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the
world." Revelation 3:10. If they could have the assurance of pardon they would not shrink from torture or death; but
should they prove unworthy, and lose their lives because of their own defects of character, then God's holy name would
GC619: On every hand they
hear the plottings of treason and see the active working of rebellion; and there is aroused within them an intense desire,
an earnest yearning of soul, that this great apostasy may be terminated and the wickedness of the wicked may come to an end.
But while they plead with God to stay the work of rebellion, it is with a keen sense of self-reproach that they themselves
have no more power to resist and urge back the mighty tide of evil. They feel that had they always employed all their ability
in the service of Christ, going forward from strength to strength, Satan's forces would have less power to prevail against
Note: There is no desire that the wicked might be saved.
GC619-620: They afflict their souls before God, pointing to
their past repentance of their many sins, and pleading the Savior’s promise: "Let him take hold of My strength,
that he may make peace with Me; and he shall make peace with Me." Isaiah 27:5. Their faith does not fail because their
prayers are not immediately answered. Though suffering the keenest anxiety, terror, and distress, they do not cease their
intercessions. They lay hold of the strength of God as Jacob laid hold of the Angel; and the language of their souls is: "I
will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me."
ERROR: The wording implies present sinlessness.
GC620: Had not Jacob previously repented of his sin in obtaining the birthright by fraud, God would not have heard his
prayer and mercifully preserved his life. So, in the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear
before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed; despair would cut off their faith, and they could
not have confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they have
no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their sins have gone beforehand to judgment and have been blotted out, and they cannot bring
them to remembrance.
ERROR: Sins of ignorance? Sinful nature?
GC620: Satan leads many to believe that God will overlook their unfaithfulness in the minor affairs of life;
but the Lord shows in His dealings with Jacob that He will in no wise sanction or tolerate evil. All who endeavor to excuse
or conceal their sins, and permit them to remain upon the books of heaven, unconfessed and unforgiven, will be overcome by
Satan. The more exalted their profession and the more honorable the position which they hold, the more grievous is their
course in the sight of God and the more sure the triumph of their great adversary. Those who delay a preparation for the day
of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or at any subsequent time. The case of all such is hopeless.
One who has any
unconfessed and unforgiven sin cannot be saved. The close of probation is prior to the time of trouble since none can be saved
ERROR: Salvation requires absolute sinlessness for SDAs.
GC620-621: Those professed Christians who
come up to that last fearful conflict unprepared will, in their despair, confess their sins in words of burning anguish, while
the wicked exult over their distress. These confessions are of the same character as was that of Esau or of Judas. Those who
make them, lament the result of transgression, but not its guilt. They feel no true contrition, no abhorrence of evil. They
acknowledge their sin, through fear of punishment; but, like Pharaoh of old, they would return to their defiance of Heaven
should the judgments be removed.
GC621: Jacob's history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who have been deceived and tempted
and betrayed into sin, but who have returned unto Him with true repentance. While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will
send His angels to comfort and protect them in the time of peril. The assaults of Satan are fierce and determined, his delusions
are terrible; but the Lord's eye is upon His people, and His ear listens to their cries. Their affliction is great, the
flames of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner will bring them forth as gold tried in the fire. God's
love for His children during the period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the days of their sunniest prosperity;
but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ
may be perfectly reflected.
The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure weariness, delay, and hunger--a faith
that will not faint though severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. Jacob prevailed
because he was persevering and determined. His victory is an evidence of the power of importunate prayer. All who will
lay hold of God's promises, as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will succeed as he succeeded.
Those who are unwilling to deny self, to agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not obtain
it. Wrestling with God--how few know what it is! How few have ever had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire
until every power is on the stretch. When waves of despair which no language can express sweep over the suppliant, how few
cling with unyielding faith to the promises of God.
Note: True or not, EGW says that all who will be saved must have faith as strong as Jacob’s.
GC622: Those who exercise but little faith
now, are in the greatest danger of falling under the power of satanic delusions and the decree to compel the conscience. And
even if they endure the test they will be plunged into deeper distress and anguish in the time of trouble, because they have
never made it a habit to trust in God. The lessons of faith which they have neglected they will be forced to learn under a
terrible pressure of discouragement.
GC622: We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises. Angels record every prayer that is earnest
and sincere. We should rather dispense with selfish gratifications than neglect communion with God. The deepest poverty, the
greatest self-denial, with His approval, is better than riches, honors, ease, and friendship without it. We must take time
to pray. If we allow our minds to be absorbed by worldly interests, the Lord may give us time by removing from us our idols
of gold, of houses, or of fertile lands.
GC622: The young would not be seduced into sin if they would refuse to enter any path save that upon which they could
ask God's blessing. If the messengers who bear the last solemn warning to the world would pray for the blessing of God,
not in a cold, listless, lazy manner, but fervently and in faith, as did Jacob, they would find many places where they could
say: "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." Genesis 32:30. They would be accounted of heaven
as princes, having power to prevail with God and with men.
GC622-623: The "time of trouble, such as never was," is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an
experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater
in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the
magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. "Though Noah, Daniel, and
Job" were in the land, "as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but
deliver their own souls by their righteousness." Ezekiel 14:20.
ERROR: EGW expected the Investigative Judgment to be very short. She expected the second coming to be soon.
GC623: Now, while our great
High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ. Not even by a thought could our
Savior be brought to yield to the power of temptation. Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold;
some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their power. But Christ declared of Himself: "The
prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would
enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father's commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use
to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.
ERROR: Read again. Believers MUST, like Jesus,
have not even a wrong THOUGHT. Will anybody be saved?
GC623: It is in this life that we are to separate sin from us, through faith in the atoning blood of Christ. Our precious
Savior invites us to join ourselves to Him, to unite our weakness to His strength, our ignorance to His wisdom, our unworthiness
to His merits. God's providence is the school in which we are to learn the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. The Lord is
ever setting before us, not the way we would choose, which seems easier and pleasanter to us, but the true aims of life. It
rests with us to co-operate with the agencies which Heaven employs in the work of conforming our characters to the divine
model. None can neglect or defer this work but at the most fearful peril to their souls.
GC623: The apostle John in vision heard a loud voice in heaven exclaiming: "Woe to the inhabiters of
the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short
time." Revelation 12:12. Fearful are the scenes which call forth this exclamation from the heavenly voice. The wrath
of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and destruction will reach its culmination in the time
GC624: Fearful sights of a
supernatural character will soon be revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working demons. The spirits
of devils will go forth to the kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them in deception, and urge them on to
unite with Satan in his last struggle against the government of heaven. By these agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike
deceived. Persons will arise pretending to be Christ Himself, and claiming the title and worship which belong to the world's
Redeemer. They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the
testimony of the Scriptures.
As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long professed to
look to the Savior’s advent as the consummation of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ
has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness,
resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds
him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: "Christ
has come! Christ has come!" The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and
pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth. His voice is soft and subdued,
yet full of melody. In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Savior
uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changed the
Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He declares that those who persist in keeping
holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth. This
is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the
least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is "the great power of God." Acts 8:10.
ERROR: EGW attributes to Satan the ability
to be in different places at the same time.
GC625; But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures.
His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that
God's unmingled wrath shall be poured out.
Why not? God allowed them to be misled by William Miller.
Gc625: And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ's advent.
The Savior has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming.
"There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect. . . . Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not
forth; behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even
unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians
4:16, 17. This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will be universally known--witnessed by the whole world.
Why not allow Satan to counterfeit Christ’s coming if it does not fool the saints?
Gc625-626: Only those who have been diligent students of the
Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive.
By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of
temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed. Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His word that they
would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan
will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs as to hedge
up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be
overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.
Gc626; As the decree issued by the various rulers of Christendom
against commandment keepers shall withdraw the protection of government and abandon them to those who desire their destruction,
the people of God will flee from the cities and villages and associate together in companies, dwelling in the most desolate
and solitary places. Many will find refuge in the strongholds of the mountains. Like the Christians of the Piedmont valleys,
they will make the high places of the earth their sanctuaries and will thank God for "the munitions of rocks." Isaiah
33:16. But many of all nations and of all classes, high and low, rich and poor, black and white, will be cast into the most
unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved of God pass weary days, bound in chains, shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain,
some apparently left to die of starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons. No human ear is open to hear their moans; no human
hand is ready to lend them help.
ERROR: This is another reason SDAs do not want to get too close to Sunday-worshippers. They want to keep
secret their hiding places.
Will the Lord forget His people in this trying hour? Did He forget faithful Noah when judgments were visited upon the antediluvian
world? Did He forget Lot when the fire came down from heaven to consume the cities of the plain? Did He forget Joseph surrounded
by idolaters in Egypt? Did He forget Elijah when the oath of Jezebel threatened him with the fate of the prophets of Baal?
Did He forget Jeremiah in the dark and dismal pit of his prison house? Did He forget the three worthies in the fiery furnace?
or Daniel in the den of lions?
"Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that
she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have
graven thee upon the palms of My hands." Isaiah 49:14-16. The Lord of hosts has said: "He that toucheth you toucheth
the apple of His eye." Zechariah 2:8.
ERROR: These texts are about God’s unconditional promises to literal Israel. They are not in the context
of the Church.
GC627: Though enemies may
thrust them into prison, yet dungeon walls cannot cut off the communication between their souls and Christ. One who sees their
every weakness, who is acquainted with every trial, is above all earthly powers; and angels will come to them in lonely cells,
bringing light and peace from heaven. The prison will be as a palace; for the rich in faith dwell there, and the gloomy walls
will be lighted up with heavenly light as when Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises at midnight in the Philippian dungeon.
GC627: God's judgments will be visited
upon those who are seeking to oppress and destroy His people. His long forbearance with the wicked emboldens men in transgression,
but their punishment is nonetheless certain and terrible because it is long delayed. "The Lord shall rise up as in Mount
Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act,
His strange act." Isaiah 28:21. To our merciful God the act of punishment is a strange act. "As I live, saith the
Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." Ezekiel 33:11. The Lord is "merciful and gracious, long-suffering,
and abundant in goodness and truth, . . . forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin." Yet He will "by no means
clear the guilty." "The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked."
Exodus 34:6, 7; Nahum 1:3. By terrible things in righteousness He will vindicate the authority of His downtrodden law. The
severity of the retribution awaiting the transgressor may be judged by the Lord's reluctance to execute justice. The nation
with which He bears long, and which He will not smite until it has filled up the measure of its iniquity in God's account,
will finally drink the cup of wrath unmixed with mercy.
ERROR: The prophets said this about the nations which oppressed literal Israel. “And I will make of
thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that
bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Gen 12:2-3).
GC627-628: When Christ ceases
His intercession in the sanctuary, the unmingled wrath threatened against those who worship the beast and his image and receive
his mark (Revelation 14:9, 10), will be poured out. The plagues upon Egypt when God was about to deliver Israel were similar
in character to those more terrible and extensive judgments which are to fall upon the world just before the final deliverance
of God's people. Says the revelator, in describing those terrific scourges: "There fell a noisome and grievous sore
upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped his image." The sea "became as the blood
of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea." And "the rivers and fountains of waters . . . became blood."
Terrible as these inflictions are, God's justice stands fully vindicated. The angel of God declares: "Thou art righteous,
O Lord, . . . because Thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them
blood to drink; for they are worthy." Revelation 16:2-6. By condemning the people of God to death, they have as truly
incurred the guilt of their blood as if it had been shed by their hands. In like manner Christ declared the Jews of His time
guilty of all the blood of holy men which had been shed since the days of Abel; for they possessed the same spirit and were
seeking to do the same work with these murderers of the prophets.
GC628: In the plague that follows, power is given to the sun "to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with
great heat." Verses 8, 9. The prophets thus describe the condition of the earth at this fearful time: "The land
mourneth; . . . because the harvest of the field is perished. . . . All the trees of the field are withered: because joy is
withered away from the sons of men." "The seed is rotten under their clods, the garners are laid desolate. . . .
How do the beasts groan! the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no pasture. . . . The rivers of water are dried
up, and the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness." "The songs of the temple shall be howlings in that
day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence." Joel
1:10-12, 17-20; Amos 8:3.
These plagues are not universal, or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off. Yet they will be the most awful
scourges that have ever been known to mortals. All the judgments upon men, prior to the close of probation, have been mingled
with mercy. The pleading blood of Christ has shielded the sinner from receiving the full measure of his guilt; but in the
final judgment, wrath is poured out unmixed with mercy.
GC629: In that day, multitudes will desire the shelter of God's mercy which they have so long despised. "Behold,
the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run
to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it." Amos 8:11, 12.
GC629: The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and distressed, while they
endure privation and suffer for want of food they will not be left to perish. That God who cared for Elijah will not pass
by one of His self-sacrificing children. He who numbers the hairs of their head will care for them, and in time of famine
they shall be satisfied. While the wicked are dying from hunger and pestilence, angels will shield the righteous and supply
their wants. To him that "walketh righteously" is the promise: "Bread shall be given him; his waters shall
be sure." "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the
Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them." Isaiah 33:15, 16; 41:17.
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promises to literal Israel. “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the
moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before
me for ever” (Jer 31:35-36).
GC629: "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the
olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd
in the stalls;" yet shall they that fear Him "rejoice in the Lord" and joy in the God of their salvation. Habakkuk
GC629-630: "The Lord
is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The
Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul." "He shall deliver thee from the snare of the
fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His
truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by
day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall
at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and
see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." Psalms 121:5-7; 91:3-10.
GC630: Yet to human sight it will appear that the people of God
must soon seal their testimony with their blood as did the martyrs before them. They themselves begin to fear that the Lord
has left them to fall by the hand of their enemies. It is a time of fearful agony. Day and night they cry unto God for deliverance.
The wicked exult, and the jeering cry is heard: "Where now is your faith? Why does not God deliver you out of our hands
if you are indeed His people?" But the waiting ones remember Jesus dying upon Calvary's cross and the chief priests
and rulers shouting in mockery: "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come
down from the cross, and we will believe Him." Matthew 27:42. Like Jacob, all are wrestling with God. Their countenances
express their internal struggle. Paleness sits upon every face. Yet they cease not their earnest intercession.
GC630-631: Could men see with heavenly vision,
they would behold companies of angels that excel in strength stationed about those who have kept the word of Christ's
patience. With sympathizing tenderness, angels have witnessed their distress and have heard their prayers. They are waiting
the word of their Commander to snatch them from their peril. But they must wait yet a little longer. The people of God must
drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism. The very delay, so painful to them, is the best answer to their petitions.
As they endeavor to wait trustingly for the Lord to work they are led to exercise faith, hope, and patience, which have been
too little exercised during their religious experience. Yet for the elect's sake the time of trouble will be shortened.
"Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him? . . . I tell you that He will avenge them speedily."
Luke 18:7, 8. The end will come more quickly than men expect. The wheat will be gathered and bound in sheaves for the garner
of God; the tares will be bound as fagots for the fires of destruction.
GC631: The heavenly sentinels, faithful to their trust, continue their watch. Though a general decree has
fixed the time when commandment keepers may be put to death, their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and before
the time specified, will endeavor to take their lives. But none can pass the mighty guardians stationed about every faithful
soul. Some are assailed in their flight from the cities and villages; but the swords raised against them break and fall powerless
as a straw. Others are defended by angels in the form of men of war.
GC631: In all ages, God has wrought through holy angels for the succor and deliverance of His people. Celestial beings
have taken an active part in the affairs of men. They have appeared clothed in garments that shone as the lightning; they
have come as men in the garb of wayfarers. Angels have appeared in human form to men of God. They have rested, as if weary,
under the oaks at noon. They have accepted the hospitalities of human homes. They have acted as guides to benighted travelers.
They have, with their own hands, kindled the fires at the altar. They have opened prison doors and set free the servants of
the Lord. Clothed with the panoply of heaven, they came to roll away the stone from the Savior’s tomb.
GC63-632: In the form of men, angels are
often in the assemblies of the righteous; and they visit the assemblies of the wicked, as they went to Sodom, to make a record
of their deeds, to determine whether they have passed the boundary of God's forbearance. The Lord delights in mercy; and
for the sake of a few who really serve Him, He restrains calamities and prolongs the tranquility of multitudes. Little do
sinners against God realize that they are indebted for their own lives to the faithful few whom they delight to ridicule and
GC632: Though the rulers of
this world know it not, yet often in their councils angels have been spokesmen. Human eyes have looked upon them; human ears
have listened to their appeals; human lips have opposed their suggestions and ridiculed their counsels; human hands have met
them with insult and abuse. In the council hall and the court of justice these heavenly messengers have shown an intimate
acquaintance with human history; they have proved themselves better able to plead the cause of the oppressed than were their
ablest and most eloquent defenders. They have defeated purposes and arrested evils that would have greatly retarded the work
of God and would have caused great suffering to His people. In the hour of peril and distress "the angel of the Lord
encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7.
GC632: With earnest longing, God's people await the tokens of their coming King. As the watchmen are
accosted, "What of the night?" the answer is given unfalteringly, "'The morning cometh, and also the night.'
Isaiah 21:11, 12. Light is gleaming upon the clouds above the mountaintops. Soon there will be a revealing of His glory. The
Sun of Righteousness is about to shine forth. The morning and the night are both at hand--the opening of endless day to the
righteous, the settling down of eternal night to the wicked."
GC632-633: As the wrestling ones urge their petitions before God, the veil separating them from the unseen seems almost
withdrawn. The heavens glow with the dawning of eternal day, and like the melody of angel songs the words fall upon the ear:
"Stand fast to your allegiance. Help is coming." Christ, the almighty Victor, holds out to His weary soldiers a
crown of immortal glory; and His voice comes from the gates ajar: "Lo, I am with you. Be not afraid. I am acquainted
with all your sorrows; I have borne your griefs. You are not warring against untried enemies. I have fought the battle in
your behalf, and in My name you are more than conquerors."
GC633: The precious Savior will send help just when we need it. The way to heaven is consecrated by His footprints.
Every thorn that wounds our feet has wounded His. Every cross that we are called to bear He has borne before us. The Lord
permits conflicts, to prepare the soul for peace. The time of trouble is a fearful ordeal for God's people; but it is
the time for every true believer to look up, and by faith he may see the bow of promise encircling him.
GC633: "The redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come
with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and
mourning shall flee away. I, even I, am He that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that
shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass; and forgettest the Lord thy Maker; . . . and hast feared continually
every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor? The
captive exile hasteneth that he may be loosed, and that he should not die in the pit, nor that his bread should fail. But
I am the Lord thy God, that divided the sea, whose waves roared: The Lord of hosts is His name. And I have put My words in
thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of Mine hand." Isaiah 51:11-16.
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hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the
cause of His people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of My fury; thou
shalt no more drink it again: but I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow
down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over." Verses
GC634: The eye of God, looking
down the ages, was fixed upon the crisis which His people are to meet, when earthly powers shall be arrayed against them.
Like the captive exile, they will be in fear of death by starvation or by violence. But the Holy One who divided the Red
Sea before Israel, will manifest His mighty power and turn their captivity. "They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts,
in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him." Malachi
3:17. If the blood of Christ's faithful witnesses were shed at this time, it would not, like the blood of the martyrs,
be as seed sown to yield a harvest for God. Their fidelity would not be a testimony to convince others of the truth; for the
obdurate heart has beaten back the waves of mercy until they return no more. If the righteous were now left to fall a prey
to their enemies, it would be a triumph for the prince of darkness. Says the psalmist: "In the time of trouble He shall
hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me." Psalm 27:5. Christ has spoken: "Come,
My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until
the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity." Isaiah 26:20, 21. Glorious will be the deliverance of those who have patiently waited for His coming and whose
names are written in the book of life.
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CHAPTER 40, God's People Delivered
GC635: When the protection of human laws
shall be withdrawn from those who honor the law of God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement for their
destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will conspire to root out the hated sect. It will
be determined to strike in one night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof.
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of the Muslims, Buddhists and other religions on earth.
GC635: The people of God--some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the forests and the mountains--still
plead for divine protection, while in every quarter companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing
for the work of death. It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity, that the God of Israel will interpose for the deliverance
of His chosen. Saith the Lord; "Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of
heart, as when one goeth . . . to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. And the Lord shall cause
His glorious voice to be heard, and shall show the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and with the
flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones." Isaiah 30:29, 30.
GC635-636: With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation,
throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey, when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the night,
falls upon the earth. Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle
each praying company. The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries die away. The objects of their murderous
rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant and long to be shielded from
its overpowering brightness.
By the people of God a voice, clear and melodious, is heard, saying, "Look up," and lifting their eyes to the
heavens, they behold the bow of promise. The black, angry clouds that covered the firmament are parted, and like Stephen
they look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of God and the Son of man seated upon His throne. In His divine form
they discern the marks of His humiliation; and from His lips they hear the request presented before His Father and the holy
angels: "I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am." John 17:24. Again a voice, musical
and triumphant, is heard, saying: "They come! they come! holy, harmless, and undefiled. They have kept the word of My
patience; they shall walk among the angels;" and the pale, quivering lips of those who have held fast their faith utter
a shout of victory.
It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. The sun appears, shining in its strength.
Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous
behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Everything in nature seems turned out of its course. The streams cease
to flow. Dark, heavy clouds come up and clash against each other. In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of
indescribable glory, whence comes the voice of God like the sound of many waters, saying: "It is done." Revelation
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GC636-637: That voice shakes
the heavens and the earth. There is a mighty earthquake, "such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty
an earthquake, and so great." Verses 17, 18. The firmament appears to open and shut. The glory from the throne of
God seems flashing through. The mountains shake like a reed in the wind, and ragged rocks are scattered on every side. There
is a roar as of a coming tempest. The sea is lashed into fury. There is heard the shriek of a hurricane like the voice of
demons upon a mission of destruction. The whole earth heaves and swells like the waves of the sea. Its surface is breaking
up. Its very foundations seem to be giving way. Mountain chains are sinking. Inhabited islands disappear. The seaports that
have become like Sodom for wickedness are swallowed up by the angry waters. Babylon the great has come in remembrance before
God, "to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath." Great hailstones, every one "about
the weight of a talent," are doing their work of destruction. Verses 19, 21. The proudest cities of the earth are laid
low. The lordly palaces, upon which the world's great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are
crumbling to ruin before their eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and God's people, who have been held in bondage for
their faith, are set free.
Graves are opened, and "many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some
to shame and everlasting contempt." Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel's message come
forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. "They also which
pierced Him" (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ's dying agonies, and the most violent opposers
of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honor placed upon the loyal and obedient.
Thick clouds still cover
the sky; yet the sun now and then breaks through, appearing like the avenging eye of Jehovah.
GC638: Fierce lightnings leap from the heavens, enveloping the
earth in a sheet of flame. Above the terrific roar of thunder, voices, mysterious and awful, declare the doom of the wicked.
The words spoken are not comprehended by all; but they are distinctly understood by the false teachers. Those who a little
before were so reckless, so boastful and defiant, so exultant in their cruelty to God's commandment-keeping people, are
now overwhelmed with consternation and shuddering in fear. Their wails are heard above the sound of the elements. Demons acknowledge
the deity of Christ and tremble before His power, while men are supplicating for mercy and groveling in abject terror.
GC638: Said the prophets of old, as they
beheld in holy vision the day of God: "Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from
the Almighty." Isaiah 13:6. "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory
of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone
shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone
that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low." "In that day a man shall cast the idols of his silver, and the
idols of his gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of
the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth
to shake terribly the earth." Isaiah 2:10-12, 20, 21, margin.
GC638-639: Through a rift in the clouds there beams a star whose brilliancy is increased fourfold in contrast
with the darkness. It speaks hope and joy to the faithful, but severity and wrath to the transgressors of God's law. Those
who have sacrificed all for Christ are now secure, hidden as in the secret of the Lord's pavilion. They have been tested,
and before the world and the despisers of truth they have evinced their fidelity to Him who died for them. A marvelous change
has come over those who have held fast their integrity in the very face of death. They have been suddenly delivered from the
dark and terrible tyranny of men transformed to demons. Their faces, so lately pale, anxious, and haggard, are now aglow with
wonder, faith, and love. Their voices rise in triumphant song: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the
sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." Psalm 46:1-3.
GC639: While these words of holy trust ascend
to God, the clouds sweep back, and the starry heavens are seen, unspeakably glorious in contrast with the black and angry
firmament on either side. The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar. Then there appears against the sky
a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet: "The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for
God is judge Himself." Psalm 50:6. That holy law, God's righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed
from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. The hand opens the tables, and there are
seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire. The words are so plain that all can read them. Memory is
aroused, the darkness of superstition and heresy is swept from every mind, and God's ten words, brief, comprehensive,
and authoritative, are presented to the view of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Gc639-640 It is impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled upon God's holy
requirements. The Lord gave them His law; they might have compared their characters with it and learned their defects while
there was yet opportunity for repentance and reform; but in order to secure the favor of the world, they set aside its precepts
and taught others to transgress. They have endeavored to compel God's people to profane His Sabbath. Now they are condemned
by that law which they have despised. With awful distinctness they see that they are without excuse. They chose whom they
would serve and worship. "Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth
God and him that serveth Him not." Malachi 3:18.
Gc640: The enemies of God's law, from the ministers down to the least among them, have a new conception of truth
and duty. Too late they see that the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living God. Too late they see the
true nature of their spurious sabbath and the sandy foundation upon which they have been building. They find that they have
been fighting against God. Religious teachers have led souls to perdition while professing to guide them to the gates of Paradise.
Not until the day of final accounts will it be known how great is the responsibility of men in holy office and how terrible
are the results of their unfaithfulness. Only in eternity can we rightly estimate the loss of a single soul. Fearful will
be the doom of him to whom God shall say: Depart, thou wicked servant.
GC640: The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and
delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. The Israel
of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the
face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those
who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory.
GC640-641: Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man's hand.
It is the cloud which surrounds the Savior and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know
this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth, becoming lighter
and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the
covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a "Man of Sorrows," to drink the bitter cup of shame
and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. "Faithful and True," "in righteousness
He doth judge and make war." And "the armies which were in heaven" (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With
anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way. The firmament seems filled
with radiant forms--"ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." No human pen can portray the
scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendor. "His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of
His praise. And His brightness was as the light." Habakkuk 3:3,4. As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds
the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance
outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun. "And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King
of kings, and Lord of lords." Revelation 19:16.
GC641: Before His presence "all faces are turned into paleness;" upon the rejecters of God's mercy falls
the terror of eternal despair. "The heart melteth, and the knees smite together, . . . and the faces of them all gather
blackness." Jeremiah 30:6; Nahum 2:10. The righteous cry with trembling: "Who shall be able to stand?" The
angels' song is hushed, and there is a period of awful silence. Then the voice of Jesus is heard, saying: "My grace
is sufficient for you." The faces of the righteous are lighted up, and joy fills every heart. And the angels strike a
note higher and sing again as they draw still nearer to the earth.
GC641-642: The King of kings descends upon the cloud, wrapped in flaming fire. The heavens are
rolled together as a scroll, the earth trembles before Him, and every mountain and island is moved out of its place. "Our
God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him.
He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people." Psalm 50:3,4.
GC642: "And the kings of the earth,
and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every freeman, hid
themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from
the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who
shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17.
GC642: The derisive jests have ceased. Lying lips are hushed into silence. The clash of arms, the tumult of battle,
"with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood" (Isaiah 9:5), is stilled. Nought now is heard but the voice
of prayer and the sound of weeping and lamentation. The cry bursts forth from lips so lately scoffing: "The great day
of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" The wicked pray to be buried beneath the rocks of the mountains
rather than meet the face of Him whom they have despised and rejected.
GC642: That voice which penetrates the ear of the dead, they know. How often have its plaintive, tender tones
called them to repentance. How often has it been heard in the touching entreaties of a friend, a brother, a Redeemer. To the
rejecters of His grace no other could be so full of condemnation, so burdened with denunciation, as that voice which has so
long pleaded: "Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die?" Ezekiel 33:11. Oh, that it were to them
the voice of a stranger! Says Jesus: "I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded;
but ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof." Proverbs 1:24, 25. That voice awakens memories
which they would fain blot out--warnings despised, invitations refused, privileges slighted.
GC643: There are those who mocked Christ in His humiliation.
With thrilling power come to their minds the Sufferer's words, when, adjured by the high priest, He solemnly declared:
"Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Matthew 26:64. Now they behold Him in His glory, and they are yet to see Him sitting on the right hand of power.
GC643: Those who derided His claim to be
the Son of God are speechless now. There is the haughty Herod who jeered at His royal title and bade the mocking soldiers
crown Him king. There are the very men who with impious hands placed upon His form the purple robe, upon His sacred brow the
thorny crown, and in His unresisting hand the mimic scepter, and bowed before Him in blasphemous mockery. The men who smote
and spit upon the Prince of life now turn from His piercing gaze and seek to flee from the overpowering glory of His presence.
Those who drove the nails through His hands and feet, the soldier who pierced His side, behold these marks with terror and
GC643: With awful distinctness
do priests and rulers recall the events of Calvary. With shuddering horror they remember how, wagging their heads in satanic
exultation, they exclaimed: "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down
from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now, if He will have Him." Matthew 27:42,
GC643-644: Vividly they recall
the Savior’s parable of the husbandmen who refused to render to their lord the fruit of the vineyard, who abused his
servants and slew his son. They remember, too, the sentence which they themselves pronounced: The lord of the vineyard "will
miserably destroy those wicked men." In the sin and punishment of those unfaithful men the priests and elders see their
own course and their own just doom. And now there rises a cry of mortal agony. Louder than the shout, "Crucify Him, crucify
Him," which rang through the streets of Jerusalem, swells the awful, despairing wail, "He is the Son of God! He
is the true Messiah!" They seek to flee from the presence of the King of kings. In the deep caverns of the earth, rent
asunder by the warring of the elements, they vainly attempt to hide.
GC644: In the lives of all who reject truth there are moments when conscience awakens, when memory presents the torturing
recollection of a life of hypocrisy and the soul is harassed with vain regrets. But what are these compared with the remorse
of that day when "fear cometh as desolation," when "destruction cometh as a whirlwind"! Proverbs 1:27.
Those who would have destroyed Christ and His faithful people now witness the glory which rests upon them. In the midst of
their terror they hear the voices of the saints in joyful strains exclaiming: "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for
Him, and He will save us." Isaiah 25:9.
GC644: Amid the reeling of the earth, the flash of lightning, and the roar of thunder, the voice of the Son of God calls
forth the sleeping saints. He looks upon the graves of the righteous, then, raising His hands to heaven, He cries: "Awake,
awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise!" Throughout the length and breadth of the earth the dead shall hear
that voice, and they that hear shall live. And the whole earth shall ring with the tread of the exceeding great army of every
nation, kindred, tongue, and people. From the prison house of death they come, clothed with immortal glory, crying: "O
death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55. And the living righteous and the risen
saints unite their voices in a long, glad shout of victory.
GC644-645: All come forth from their graves the same in stature as when they entered the tomb. Adam, who stands
among the risen throng, is of lofty height and majestic form, in stature but little below the Son of God. He presents a marked
contrast to the people of later generations; in this one respect is shown the great degeneracy of the race. But all arise
with the freshness and vigor of eternal youth. In the beginning, man was created in the likeness of God, not only in character,
but in form and feature. Sin defaced and almost obliterated the divine image; but Christ came to restore that which had been
lost. He will change our vile bodies and fashion them like unto His glorious body. The mortal, corruptible form, devoid of
comeliness, once polluted with sin, becomes perfect, beautiful, and immortal. All blemishes and deformities are left in the
grave. Restored to the tree of life in the long-lost Eden, the redeemed will "grow up" (Malachi 4:2) to the full
stature of the race in its primeval glory. The last lingering traces of the curse of sin will be removed, and Christ's
faithful ones will appear in "the beauty of the Lord our God," in mind and soul and body reflecting the perfect
image of their Lord. Oh, wonderful redemption! long talked of, long hoped for, contemplated with eager anticipation, but never
The living righteous are changed "in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." At the voice of God they were
glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air. Angels "gather
together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Little children are borne by holy angels
to their mothers' arms. Friends long separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness ascend
together to the City of God.
On each side of the cloudy chariot are wings, and beneath it are living wheels; and as the chariot rolls upward, the wheels
cry, "Holy," and the wings, as they move, cry, "Holy," and the retinue of angels cry, "Holy, holy,
holy, Lord God Almighty." And the redeemed shout, "Alleluia!" as the chariot moves onward toward the New Jerusalem.
GC645-646: Before entering the City of
God, the Savior bestows upon His followers the emblems of victory and invests them with the insignia of their royal state.
The glittering ranks are drawn up in the form of a hollow square about their King, whose form rises in majesty high above
saint and angel, whose countenance beams upon them full of benignant love. Throughout the unnumbered host of the redeemed
every glance is fixed upon Him, every eye beholds His glory whose "visage was so marred more than any man, and His form
more than the sons of men." Upon the heads of the overcomers, Jesus with His own right hand places the crown of glory.
For each there is a crown, bearing his own "new name" (Revelation 2:17), and the inscription, "Holiness to
the Lord." In every hand are placed the victor's palm and the shining harp. Then, as the commanding angels strike
the note, every hand sweeps the harp strings with skillful touch, awaking sweet music in rich, melodious strains. Rapture
unutterable thrills every heart, and each voice is raised in grateful praise: "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us
from our sins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for
ever and ever." Revelation 1:5, 6.
GC646: Before the ransomed throng is the Holy City. Jesus opens wide the pearly gates, and the nations
that have kept the truth enter in. There they behold the Paradise of God, the home of Adam in his innocency. Then that
voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, is heard, saying: "Your conflict is ended." "Come,
ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
GC646: Now is fulfilled the Savior’s prayer for His disciples:
"I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am." "Faultless before the presence of
His glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24), Christ presents to the Father the purchase of His blood, declaring: "Here
am I, and the children whom Thou hast given Me." "Those that Thou gavest Me I have kept." Oh, the wonders of
redeeming love! the rapture of that hour when the infinite Father, looking upon the ransomed, shall behold His image, sin's
discord banished, its blight removed, and the human once more in harmony with the divine!
GC647: With unutterable love, Jesus welcomes His faithful ones
to the joy of their Lord. The Savior’s joy is in seeing, in the kingdom of glory, the souls that have been saved by
His agony and humiliation. And the redeemed will be sharers in His joy, as they behold, among the blessed, those who have
been won to Christ through their prayers, their labors, and their loving sacrifice. As they gather about the great white
throne, gladness unspeakable will fill their hearts, when they behold those whom they have won for Christ, and see that
one has gained others, and these still others, all brought into the haven of rest, there to lay their crowns at Jesus'
feet and praise Him through the endless cycles of eternity.
GC647: As the ransomed ones are welcomed to the City of God, there rings out upon the air an exultant cry of adoration.
The two Adams are about to meet. The Son of God is standing with outstretched arms to receive the father of our race--the
being whom He created, who sinned against his Maker, and for whose sin the marks of the crucifixion are borne upon the Savior’s
form. As Adam discerns the prints of the cruel nails, he does not fall upon the bosom of his Lord, but in humiliation casts
himself at His feet, crying: "Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain!" Tenderly the Savior lifts him up and bids
him look once more upon the Eden home from which he has so long been exiled.
GC647-648: After his expulsion from Eden, Adam's life on earth was filled with sorrow. Every dying leaf,
every victim of sacrifice, every blight upon the fair face of nature, every stain upon man's purity, was a fresh reminder
of his sin. Terrible was the agony of remorse as he beheld iniquity abounding, and, in answer to his warnings, met the reproaches
cast upon himself as the cause of sin. With patient humility he bore, for nearly a thousand years, the penalty of transgression.
Faithfully did he repent of his sin and trust in the merits of the promised Savior, and he died in the hope of a resurrection.
The Son of God redeemed man's failure and fall; and now, through the work of the atonement, Adam is reinstated in his
GC648: Transported with joy,
he beholds the trees that were once his delight--the very trees whose fruit he himself had gathered in the days of his innocence
and joy. He sees the vines that his own hands have trained, the very flowers that he once loved to care for. His mind grasps
the reality of the scene; he comprehends that this is indeed Eden restored, more lovely now than when he was banished from
it. The Savior leads him to the tree of life and plucks the glorious fruit and bids him eat. He looks about him and beholds
a multitude of his family redeemed, standing in the Paradise of God. Then he casts his glittering crown at the feet of Jesus
and, falling upon His breast, embraces the Redeemer. He touches the golden harp, and the vaults of heaven echo the triumphant
song: "Worthy, worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and lives again!" The family of Adam take up the strain
and cast their crowns at the Savior’s feet as they bow before Him in adoration.
GC648: This reunion is witnessed by the angels who wept at the fall of Adam and rejoiced when Jesus, after
His resurrection, ascended to heaven, having opened the grave for all who should believe on His name. Now they behold the
work of redemption accomplished, and they unite their voices in the song of praise.
GC648-649: Upon the crystal sea before the throne, that sea of glass as it were mingled with fire,--so resplendent
is it with the glory of God,--are gathered the company that have "gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image,
and over his mark, and over the number of his name." With the Lamb upon Mount Zion, "having the harps of God,"
they stand, the hundred and forty and four thousand that were redeemed from among men; and there is heard, as the sound of
many waters, and as the sound of a great thunder, "the voice of harpers harping with their harps." And they sing
"a new song" before the throne, a song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand. It is
the song of Moses and the Lamb--a song of deliverance. None but the hundred and forty-four thousand can learn that song; for
it is the song of their experience--an experience such as no other company have ever had. "These are they which follow
the Lamb whithersoever He goeth." These, having been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as
"the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb." Revelation 15:2, 3; 14:1-5. "These are they which came out of
great tribulation;" they have passed through the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation; they have
endured the anguish of the time of Jacob's trouble; they have stood without an intercessor through the final outpouring
of God's judgments. But they have been delivered, for they have "washed their robes, and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb." "In their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault" before God. "Therefore are
they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among
them." They have seen the earth wasted with famine and pestilence, the sun having power to scorch men with great heat,
and they themselves have endured suffering, hunger, and thirst. But "they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more;
neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall
lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." Revelation 7:14-17.
GC649-650: In all ages the Savior’s
chosen have been educated and disciplined in the school of trial. They walked in narrow paths on earth; they were purified
in the furnace of affliction. For Jesus' sake they endured opposition, hatred, calumny. They followed Him through conflicts
sore; they endured self-denial and experienced bitter disappointments. By their own painful experience they learned the evil
of sin, its power, its guilt, its woe; and they look upon it with abhorrence. A sense of the infinite sacrifice made for its
cure humbles them in their own sight and fills their hearts with gratitude and praise which those who have never fallen cannot
appreciate. They love much because they have been forgiven much. Having been partakers of Christ's sufferings, they are
fitted to be partakers with Him of His glory.
GC650-651: The heirs of God have come from garrets, from hovels, from dungeons, from scaffolds, from mountains, from
deserts, from the caves of the earth, from the caverns of the sea. On earth they were "destitute, afflicted, tormented."
Millions went down to the grave loaded with infamy because they steadfastly refused to yield to the deceptive claims of Satan.
By human tribunals they were adjudged the vilest of criminals. But now "God is judge Himself." Psalm 50:6. Now the
decisions of earth are reversed. "The rebuke of His people shall He take away." Isaiah 25:8. "They shall call
them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord." He hath appointed "to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil
of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." Isaiah 62:12; 61:3. They are no longer feeble,
afflicted, scattered, and oppressed. Henceforth they are to be ever with the Lord. They stand before the throne clad in richer
robes than the most honored of the earth have ever worn. They are crowned with diadems more glorious than were ever placed
upon the brow of earthly monarchs. The days of pain and weeping are forever ended. The King of glory has wiped the tears
from all faces; every cause of grief has been removed. Amid the waving of palm branches they pour forth a song of praise,
clear, sweet, and harmonious; every voice takes up the strain, until the anthem swells through the vaults of heaven: "Salvation
to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." And all the inhabitants of heaven respond in the ascription:
"Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and
ever." Revelation 7:10, 12.
GC651: In this life we can only begin to understand the wonderful theme of redemption. With our finite comprehension
we may consider most earnestly the shame and the glory, the life and the death, the justice and the mercy, that meet in the
cross; yet with the utmost stretch of our mental powers we fail to grasp its full significance. The length and the breadth,
the depth and the height, of redeeming love are but dimly comprehended. The plan of redemption will not be fully understood,
even when the ransomed see as they are seen and know as they are known; but through the eternal ages new truth will continually
unfold to the wondering and delighted mind. Though the griefs and pains and temptations of earth are ended and the cause removed,
the people of God will ever have a distinct, intelligent knowledge of what their salvation has cost.
GC651-652: The cross of Christ will be the science and the song
of the redeemed through all eternity. In Christ glorified they will behold Christ crucified. Never will it be forgotten that
He whose power created and upheld the unnumbered worlds through the vast realms of space, the Beloved of God, the Majesty
of heaven, He whom cherub and shining seraph delighted to adore--humbled Himself to uplift fallen man; that He bore the guilt
and shame of sin, and the hiding of His Father's face, till the woes of a lost world broke His heart and crushed out His
life on Calvary's cross. That the Maker of all worlds, the Arbiter of all destinies, should lay aside His glory and humiliate
Himself from love to man will ever excite the wonder and adoration of the universe. As the nations of the saved look upon
their Redeemer and behold the eternal glory of the Father shining in His countenance; as they behold His throne, which is
from everlasting to everlasting, and know that His kingdom is to have no end, they break forth in rapturous song: "Worthy,
worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His own most precious blood!"
GC652: The mystery of the cross explains all other mysteries.
In the light that streams from Calvary the attributes of God which had filled us with fear and awe appear beautiful and attractive.
Mercy, tenderness, and parental love are seen to blend with holiness, justice, and power. While we behold the majesty of His
throne, high and lifted up, we see His character in its gracious manifestations, and comprehend, as never before, the significance
of that endearing title, "Our Father."
GC652: It will be seen that He who is infinite in wisdom could devise no plan for our salvation except the sacrifice
of His Son. The compensation for this sacrifice is the joy of peopling the earth with ransomed beings, holy, happy, and immortal.
The result of the Savior’s conflict with the powers of darkness is joy to the redeemed, redounding to the glory of God
throughout eternity. And such is the value of the soul that the Father is satisfied with the price paid; and Christ Himself,
beholding the fruits of His great sacrifice, is satisfied.
CHAPTER 41, Desolation of the Earth
GC653: "Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. . . . In the cup which she hath
filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her:
for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one
day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for
her, . . . saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come." Revelation
GC653: "The merchants
of the earth," that have "waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies," "shall stand afar off for
the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, and saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and
purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nought."
Revelation 18:11, 3, 15-17.
Such are the judgments that fall upon Babylon in the day of the visitation of God's wrath. She has filled up the measure
of her iniquity; her time has come; she is ripe for destruction.
GC654: When the voice of God turns the captivity of His people, there is a terrible awakening of those who have lost
all in the great conflict of life. While probation continued they were blinded by Satan's deceptions, and they justified
their course of sin. The rich prided themselves upon their superiority to those who were less favored; but they had obtained
their riches by violation of the law of God. They had neglected to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to deal justly, and
to love mercy. They had sought to exalt themselves and to obtain the homage of their fellow creatures. Now they are stripped
of all that made them great and are left destitute and defenseless. They look with terror upon the destruction of the idols
which they preferred before their Maker. They have sold their souls for earthly riches and enjoyments, and have not sought
to become rich toward God. The result is, their lives are a failure; their pleasures are now turned to gall, their treasures
to corruption. The gain of a lifetime is swept away in a moment. The rich bemoan the destruction of their grand houses, the
scattering of their gold and silver. But their lamentations are silenced by the fear that they themselves are to perish with
GC654: The wicked are filled
with regret, not because of their sinful neglect of God and their fellow men, but because God has conquered. They lament that
the result is what it is; but they do not repent of their wickedness. They would leave no means untried to conquer if they
GC654: The world sees the
very class whom they have mocked and derided, and desired to exterminate, pass unharmed through pestilence, tempest, and earthquake.
He who is to the transgressors of His law a devouring fire, is to His people a safe pavilion.
GC654-655: The minister who has sacrificed truth to gain the
favor of men now discerns the character and influence of his teachings. It is apparent that the omniscient eye was following
him as he stood in the desk, as he walked the streets, as he mingled with men in the various scenes of life. Every emotion
of the soul, every line written, every word uttered, every act that led men to rest in a refuge of falsehood, has been scattering
seed; and now, in the wretched, lost souls around him, he beholds the harvest.
GC655: Saith the Lord: "They have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, Peace,
peace; when there is no peace." "With lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad;
and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life." Jeremiah
8:11; Ezekiel 13:22.
"Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture! . . . Behold, I will visit upon you the evil
of your doings." "Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for
your days for slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; . . . and the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the
principal of the flock to escape." Jeremiah 23:1, 2; 25:34, 35, margin.
ERRORS: The context of the previous pages is God’s judgment
on literal O.T. Israel.
Ministers and people see that they have not sustained the right relation to God. They see that they have rebelled against
the Author of all just and righteous law. The setting aside of the divine precepts gave rise to thousands of springs of evil,
discord, hatred, iniquity, until the earth became one vast field of strife, one sink of corruption. This is the view that
now appears to those who rejected truth and chose to cherish error. No language can express the longing which the disobedient
and disloyal feel for that which they have lost forever--eternal life. Men whom the world has worshiped for their talents
and eloquence now see these things in their true light. They realize what they have forfeited by transgression, and they fall
at the feet of those whose fidelity they have despised and derided, and confess that God has loved them.
GC655-656: The people see that they have been deluded. They accuse
one another of having led them to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. Unfaithful
pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of God and to persecute those who
would keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes
are filled with fury. "We are lost!" they cry, "and you are the cause of our ruin;" and they turn upon
the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very
hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay God's people
are now employed to destroy their enemies. Everywhere there is strife and bloodshed.
GC656: "A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations,
He will plead with all flesh; He will give them that are wicked to the sword." Jeremiah 25:31. For six thousand years
the great controversy has been in progress; the Son of God and His heavenly messengers have been in conflict with the power
of the evil one, to warn, enlighten, and save the children of men. Now all have made their decisions; the wicked have fully
united with Satan in his warfare against God. The time has come for God to vindicate the authority of His downtrodden law.
Now the controversy is not alone with Satan, but with men. "The Lord hath a controversy with the nations;" "He
will give them that are wicked to the sword."
GC656: The mark of deliverance has been set upon those "that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that
be done." Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel's vision by the men with the slaughtering
weapons, to whom the command is given: "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but
come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary." Says the prophet: "They began at the ancient
men which were before the house." Ezekiel 9:1-6. The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to
be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare.
Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.
GC656-657: "The Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth
also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." Isaiah 26:21. "And this shall be the plague wherewith
the Lord will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon
their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. And it shall
come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the Lord shall be among them; and they shall lay hold everyone on the hand
of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor." Zechariah 14:12, 13. In the mad strife
of their own fierce passions, and by the awful outpouring of God's unmingled wrath, fall the wicked inhabitants of the
earth--priests, rulers, and people, rich and poor, high and low. "And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from
one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried."
At the coming of Christ the wicked are blotted from the face of the whole earth--consumed with the spirit of His
mouth and destroyed by the brightness of His glory. Christ takes His people to the City of God, and the earth is emptied of
its inhabitants. "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside
down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof." "The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled:
for the Lord hath spoken this word." "Because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the
everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the
inhabitants of the earth are burned." Isaiah 24:1, 3, 5, 6.
ERROR: “The earth is emptied of its inhabitants” is not found in context in the New Testaments.
This is a fundamental SDA error.
GC657: The whole earth appears like a desolate wilderness. The ruins of cities and villages destroyed by the earthquake,
uprooted trees, ragged rocks thrown out by the sea or torn out of the earth itself, are scattered over its surface, while
vast caverns mark the spot where the mountains have been rent from their foundations.
GC658: Now the event takes place foreshadowed in the last solemn service of the Day of Atonement. When the
ministration in the holy of holies had been completed, and the sins of Israel had been removed from the sanctuary by virtue
of the blood of the sin offering, then the scapegoat was presented alive before the Lord; and in the presence of the congregation
the high priest confessed over him "all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in
all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat." Leviticus 16:21. In like manner, when the work of atonement
in the heavenly sanctuary has been completed, then in the presence of God and heavenly angels and the hosts of the redeemed
the sins of God's people will be placed upon Satan; he will be declared guilty of all the evil which he has caused them
to commit. And as the scapegoat was sent away into a land not inhabited, so Satan will be banished to the desolate earth,
an uninhabited and dreary wilderness.
GC658: The revelator foretells the banishment of Satan and the condition of chaos and desolation to which the earth
is to be reduced, and he declares that this condition will exist for a thousand years. After presenting the scenes of the
Lord's second coming and the destruction of the wicked, the prophecy continues: "I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which
is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a
seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after
that he must be loosed a little
season." Revelation 20:1-3.
GC658: That the expression "bottomless pit" represents the earth in a state of confusion and darkness is evident
from other scriptures. Concerning the condition of the earth "in the beginning," the Bible record says that it "was
without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep." [THE HEBREW WORD HERE TRANSLATED "DEEP"
IS RENDERED IN THE SEPTUAGINT (GREEK) TRANSLATION OF THE HEBREW OLD TESTAMENT BY THE SAME WORD RENDERED "BOTTOMLESS PIT"
IN REVELATION 20:1-3.]
Genesis 1:2. Prophecy teaches that it will be brought back, partially at least, to this condition. Looking forward to the
great day of God, the prophet Jeremiah declares: "I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the
heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld,
and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness,
and all the cities thereof were broken down." Jeremiah 4:23-26.
GC659: Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the earth, he will not
have access to other worlds to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound: there are
none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so
many centuries has been his sole delight.
GC659: The prophet Isaiah, looking forward to the time of Satan's overthrow, exclaims: "How art thou fallen
from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! . . . Thou
hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: . . . I will be like the
Most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee,
and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as
a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?" Isaiah 14:12-17.
GC659: For six thousand years, Satan's
work of rebellion has "made the earth to tremble." He had "made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the
cities thereof." And he "opened not the house of his prisoners." For six thousand years his prison house has
received God's people, and he would have held them captive forever; but Christ had broken his bonds and set the prisoners
GC660: Even the wicked are
now placed beyond the power of Satan, and alone with his evil angels he remains to realize the effect of the curse which sin
has brought. "The kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, everyone in his own house [the grave]. But thou
art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch. . . . Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast
destroyed thy land, and slain thy people." Isaiah 14:18-20.
GC660: For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth to behold the results of his rebellion
against the law of God. During this time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall his life of unceasing activity has banished
reflection; but he is now deprived of his power and left to contemplate the part which he has acted since first he rebelled
against the government of heaven, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future when he must suffer
for all the evil that he has done and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed.
GC660: To God's people the captivity of Satan will bring
gladness and rejoicing. Says the prophet: "It shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall give thee rest from thy
sorrow, and from thy trouble, and from the hard service wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this parable
against the king of Babylon [here representing Satan], and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! . . . Jehovah hath broken the
staff of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers; that smote the peoples in wrath with a continual stroke, that ruled the nations
in anger, with a persecution that none restrained." Verses 3-6, R.V.
GC660-661: During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection the judgment of the
wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this judgment as an event that follows the second advent. "Judge nothing
before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the
counsels of the hearts." 1 Corinthians 4:5. Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came, "judgment was given
to the saints of the Most High." Daniel 7:22. At this time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in
the Revelation says: "I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them." "They shall
be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:4, 6. It is at this time
that, as foretold by Paul, "the saints shall judge the world." 1 Corinthians 6:2. In union with Christ they
judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done
in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded against
their names in the book of death.
ERROR: This is wrong. It is out of sequence. The saints reign and judge the Messianic kingdom on earth for
1000 years. The wicked have not yet be raised in Revelation 20.
GC661: Satan also and evil angels are judged by Christ and His people. Says Paul: "Know ye not that we shall judge
angels?" Verse 3. And Jude declares that "the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation,
He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day." Jude 6.
GC661: At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection
will take place. Then the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before God for the execution of "the judgment
written." Thus the revelator, after describing the resurrection of the righteous, says: "The rest of the
dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5. And Isaiah declares, concerning the
wicked: "They shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and
after many days shall they be visited." Isaiah 24:22.
ERROR: This interpretation can only be possible if one merges the events of 20:9 to 20:14
into one event.
CHAPTER 42, The Controversy Ended
GC662: At the close of the
thousand years, Christ again returns to the earth. He is accompanied by the host of the redeemed and attended by a retinue
of angels. As He descends in terrific majesty He bids the wicked dead arise to receive their doom. They come forth, a mighty
host, numberless as the sands of the sea. What a contrast to those who were raised at the first resurrection! The righteous
were clothed with immortal youth and beauty. The wicked bear the traces of disease and death.
GC662: Every eye in that vast multitude is turned to behold the
glory of the Son of God. With one voice the wicked hosts exclaim: "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!"
It is not love to Jesus that inspires this utterance. The force of truth urges the words from unwilling lips. As the wicked
went into their graves, so they come forth with the same enmity to Christ and the same spirit of rebellion. They are to have
no new probation in which to remedy the defects of their past lives. Nothing would be gained by this. A lifetime of transgression
has not softened their hearts. A second probation, were it given them, would be occupied as was the first in evading the requirements
of God and exciting rebellion against Him.
GC662-663: Christ descends upon the Mount of Olives, whence, after His resurrection, He ascended, and where angels
repeated the promise of His return. Says the prophet: "The Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with Thee."
"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount
of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof, . . . and there shall be a very great valley." "And the Lord
shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name one." Zechariah 14:5, 4, 9.
ERROR: This is out of sequence from Revelation
in which the New Jerusalem does not descend to the New Earth until after the final judgment (Rev 21:1-2).
ERROR: This is out of context from Zechariah 14. EGW has no authority
to abuser the context of God’s unconditional promises to literal Israel.
GC663: As the New Jerusalem, in its dazzling splendor, comes down out of heaven, it rests upon the place
purified and made ready to receive it, and Christ, with His people and the angels, enters the Holy City.
ERROR: Revelation 21:1-2 has the New Jerusalem descending to a New Earth. The old earth has completely disappeared
in 20:11 before the judgment in 20:12.
GC663: Now Satan prepares for a last mighty struggle for the supremacy. While deprived of his power and cut off from
his work of deception, the prince of evil was miserable and dejected; but as the wicked dead are raised and he sees the
vast multitudes upon his side, his hopes revive, and he determines not to yield the great controversy. He will marshal
all the armies of the lost under his banner and through them endeavor to execute his plans. The wicked are Satan's captives.
In rejecting Christ they have accepted the rule of the rebel leader. They are ready to receive his suggestions and to do his
bidding. Yet, true to his early cunning, he does not acknowledge himself to be Satan. He claims to be the prince who is the
rightful owner of the world and whose inheritance has been unlawfully wrested from him. He represents himself to his deluded
subjects as a redeemer, assuring them that his power has brought them forth from their graves and that he is about to rescue
them from the most cruel tyranny. The presence of Christ having been removed, Satan works wonders to support his claims. He
makes the weak strong and inspires all with his own spirit and energy. He proposes to lead them against the camp of the saints
and to take possession of the City of God. With fiendish exultation he points to the unnumbered millions who have been raised
from the dead and declares that as their leader he is well able to overthrow the city and regain his throne and his kingdom.
ERROR: Again, this is out of sequence. The
dead are not raised until verses 12 and 13 and the New Jerusalem does not descend until 21:1-2. The “beloved city”
of 20:9 is the millennial city, possibly from Ezekiel.
GC664: In that vast throng are multitudes of the long-lived race that existed before the Flood; men of lofty stature
and giant intellect, who, yielding to the control of fallen angels, devoted all their skill and knowledge to the exaltation
of themselves; men whose wonderful works of art led the world to idolize their genius, but whose cruelty and evil inventions,
defiling the earth and defacing the image of God, caused Him to blot them from the face of His creation. There are kings and
generals who conquered nations, valiant men who never lost a battle, proud, ambitious warriors whose approach made kingdoms
tremble. In death these experienced no change. As they come up from the grave, they resume the current of their thoughts
just where it ceased. They are actuated by the same desire to conquer that ruled them when they fell.
ERROR: Again, the EGW/SDA interpretation has the wicked dead
being raised from the dead two more times ---at the end of the 1000 years and after judgment.
GC664: Satan consults with his angels, and then with these kings
and conquerors and mighty men. They look upon the strength and numbers on their side, and declare that the army within the
city is small in comparison with theirs, and that it can be overcome. They lay their plans to take possession of the riches
and glory of the New Jerusalem. All immediately begin to prepare for battle. Skillful artisans construct implements of war.
Military leaders, famed for their success, marshal the throngs of warlike men into companies and divisions.
GC664: At last the order to advance is given,
and the countless host moves on--an army such as was never summoned by earthly conquerors, such as the combined forces of
all ages since war began on earth could never equal. Satan, the mightiest of warriors, leads the van, and his angels unite
their forces for this final struggle. Kings and warriors are in his train, and the multitudes follow in vast companies, each
under its appointed leader. With military precision the serried ranks advance over the earth's broken and uneven surface
to the City of God. By command of Jesus, the gates of the New Jerusalem are closed, and the armies of Satan surround the
city and make ready for the onset.
GC665: Now Christ again appears to the view of His enemies. Far above the city, upon a foundation of burnished
gold, is a throne, high and lifted up. Upon this throne sits the Son of God, and around Him are the subjects of His kingdom.
The power and majesty of Christ no language can describe, no pen portray. The glory of the Eternal Father is enshrouding His
Son. The brightness of His presence fills the City of God, and flows out beyond the gates, flooding the whole earth with its
GC665: Nearest the throne
are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Savior
with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those
who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for
their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation
7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands
is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs.
GC665: The redeemed raise a song of praise
that echoes and re-echoes through the vaults of heaven: "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto
the Lamb." Verse 10. And angel and seraph unite their voices in adoration. As the redeemed have beheld the power and
malignity of Satan, they have seen, as never before, that no power but that of Christ could have made them conquerors. In
all that shining throng there are none to ascribe salvation to themselves, as if they had prevailed by their own power and
goodness. Nothing is said of what they have done or suffered; but the burden of every song, the keynote of every anthem, is:
Salvation to our God and unto the Lamb.
GC666: In the presence of the assembled inhabitants of earth and heaven the final coronation of the Son of
God takes place. And now, invested with supreme majesty and power, the King of kings pronounces sentence upon the rebels against
His government and executes justice upon those who have transgressed His law and oppressed His people. Says the prophet of
God: "I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away;
and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the
books, according to their works." Revelation 20:11, 12.
ERROR: EGW has merged the events of 20:9-14 into a single event. She makes no mention
of the fact that the old heavens and earth have disappeared.
GC666: As soon as the books of record are opened, and the eye of Jesus looks upon the wicked, they are conscious
of every sin which they have ever committed. They see just where their feet diverged from the path of purity and holiness,
just how far pride and rebellion have carried them in the violation of the law of God. The seductive temptations which they
encouraged by indulgence in sin, the blessings perverted, the messengers of God despised, the warnings rejected, the waves
of mercy beaten back by the stubborn, unrepentant heart--all appear as if written in letters of fire.
GC666: Above the throne is revealed the cross; and like a panoramic
view appear the scenes of Adam's temptation and fall, and the successive steps in the great plan of redemption. The Savior’s
lowly birth; His early life of simplicity and obedience; His baptism in Jordan; the fast and temptation in the wilderness;
His public ministry, unfolding to men heaven's most precious blessings; the days crowded with deeds of love and mercy,
the nights of prayer and watching in the solitude of the mountains; the plottings of envy, hate, and malice which repaid His
benefits; the awful, mysterious agony in Gethsemane beneath the crushing weight of the sins of the whole world; His betrayal
into the hands of the murderous mob; the fearful events of that night of horror--the unresisting prisoner, forsaken by His
best-loved disciples, rudely hurried through the streets of Jerusalem; the Son of God exultingly displayed before Annas, arraigned
in the high priest's palace, in the judgment hall of Pilate, before the cowardly and cruel Herod, mocked, insulted, tortured,
and condemned to die--all are vividly portrayed.
GC667: And now before the swaying multitude are revealed the final scenes--the patient Sufferer treading the path to
Calvary; the Prince of heaven hanging upon the cross; the haughty priests and the jeering rabble deriding His expiring agony;
the supernatural darkness; the heaving earth, the rent rocks, the open graves, marking the moment when the world's Redeemer
yielded up His life.
The awful spectacle appears just as it was. Satan, his angels, and his subjects have no power to turn from the picture of
their own work. Each actor recalls the part which he performed. Herod, who slew the innocent children of Bethlehem that he
might destroy the King of Israel; the base Herodias, upon whose guilty soul rests the blood of John the Baptist; the weak,
timeserving Pilate; the mocking soldiers; the priests and rulers and the maddened throng who cried, "His blood be on
us, and on our children!"--all behold the enormity of their guilt. They vainly seek to hide from the divine majesty of
His countenance, outshining the glory of the sun, while the redeemed cast their crowns at the Savior’s feet, exclaiming:
"He died for me!"
Amid the ransomed throng are the apostles of Christ, the heroic Paul, the ardent Peter, the loved and loving John, and their
truehearted brethren, and with them the vast host of martyrs; while outside the walls, with every vile and abominable thing,
are those by whom they were persecuted, imprisoned, and slain. There is Nero, that monster of cruelty and vice, beholding
the joy and exaltation of those whom he once tortured, and in whose extremest anguish he found satanic delight. His mother
is there to witness the result of her own work; to see how the evil stamp of character transmitted to her son, the passions
encouraged and developed by her influence and example, have borne fruit in crimes that caused the world to shudder.
GC668: There are papist priests and prelates,
who claimed to be Christ's ambassadors, yet employed the rack, the dungeon, and the stake to control the consciences of
His people. There are the proud pontiffs who exalted themselves above God and presumed to change the law of the Most High.
Those pretended fathers of the church have an account to render to God from which they would fain be excused. Too late they
are made to see that the Omniscient One is jealous of His law and that He will in no wise clear the guilty. They learn now
that Christ identifies His interest with that of His suffering people; and they feel the force of His own words: "Inasmuch
as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew 25:40.
GC668: The whole wicked world stand arraigned
at the bar of God on the charge of high treason against the government of heaven. They have none to plead their cause; they
are without excuse; and the sentence of eternal death is pronounced against them.
GC668: It is now evident to all that the wages of sin is not noble independence and eternal life, but slavery,
ruin, and death. The wicked see what they have forfeited by their life of rebellion. The far more exceeding and eternal weight
of glory was despised when offered them; but how desirable it now appears. "All this," cries the lost soul, "I
might have had; but I chose to put these things far from me. Oh, strange infatuation! I have exchanged peace, happiness, and
honor for wretchedness, infamy, and despair." All see that their exclusion from heaven is just. By their lives they have
declared: "We will not have this Man [Jesus] to reign over us."
GC668-669: As if entranced, the wicked have looked upon the coronation of the Son of God. They see in His
hands the tables of the divine law, the statutes which they have Despised and transgressed. They witness the outburst of wonder,
rapture, and adoration from the saved; and as the wave of melody sweeps over the multitudes without the city, all with one
voice exclaim, "Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints"
(Revelation 15:3); and, falling prostrate, they worship the Prince of life.
GC669: Satan seems paralyzed as he beholds the glory and majesty of Christ. He who was once a covering cherub
remembers whence he has fallen. A shining seraph, "son of the morning;" how changed, how degraded! From the council
where once he was honored, he is forever excluded. He sees another now standing near to the Father, veiling His glory. He
has seen the crown placed upon the head of Christ by an angel of lofty stature and majestic presence, and he knows that the
exalted position of this angel might have been his.
GC669: Memory recalls the home of his innocence and purity, the peace and content that were his until he indulged in
murmuring against God, and envy of Christ. His accusations, his rebellion, his deceptions to gain the sympathy and support
of the angels, his stubborn persistence in making no effort for self-recovery when God would have granted him forgiveness
--all come vividly before him. He reviews his work among men and its results--the enmity of man toward his fellow man, the
terrible destruction of life, the rise and fall of kingdoms, the overturning of thrones, the long succession of tumults, conflicts,
and revolutions. He recalls his constant efforts to oppose the work of Christ and to sink man lower and lower. He sees that
his hellish plots have been powerless to destroy those who have put their trust in Jesus. As Satan looks upon his kingdom,
the fruit of his toil, he sees only failure and ruin. He has led the multitudes to believe that the City of God would be an
easy prey; but he knows that this is false. Again and again, in the progress of the great controversy, he has been defeated
and compelled to yield. He knows too well the power and majesty of the Eternal.
GC670: The aim of the great rebel has ever been to justify himself and to prove the divine government responsible
for the rebellion. To this end he has bent all the power of his giant intellect. He has worked deliberately and systematically,
and with marvelous success, leading vast multitudes to accept his version of the great controversy which has been so long
in progress. For thousands of years this chief of conspiracy has palmed off falsehood for truth. But the time has now come
when the rebellion is to be finally defeated and the history and character of Satan disclosed. In his last great effort to
dethrone Christ, destroy His people, and take possession of the City of God, the archdeceiver has been fully unmasked. Those
who have united with him see the total failure of his cause. Christ's followers and the loyal angels behold the full extent
of his machinations against the government of God. He is the object of universal abhorrence.
GC670: Satan sees that his voluntary rebellion has unfitted him
for heaven. He has trained his powers to war against God; the purity, peace, and harmony of heaven would be to him supreme
torture. His accusations against the mercy and justice of God are now silenced. The reproach which he has endeavored to cast
upon Jehovah rests wholly upon himself. And now Satan bows down and confesses the justice of his sentence.
GC670-671: "Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify
Thy name? for Thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy judgments are made manifest."
Verse 4. Every question of truth and error in the long-standing controversy has now been made plain. The results of rebellion,
the fruits of setting aside the divine statutes, have been laid open to the view of all created intelligences. The working
out of Satan's rule in contrast with the government of God has been presented to the whole universe. Satan's own works
have condemned him. God's wisdom, His justice, and His goodness stand fully vindicated. It is seen that all His dealings
in the great controversy have been conducted with respect to the eternal good of His people and the good of all the worlds
that He has created. "All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and Thy saints shall bless Thee." Psalm 145:10. The
history of sin will stand to all eternity as a witness that with the existence of God's law is bound up the happiness
of all the beings He has created. With all the facts of the great controversy in view, the whole universe, both loyal and
rebellious, with one accord declare: "Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints."
GC671: Before the universe has been clearly presented the great
sacrifice made by the Father and the Son in man's behalf. The hour has come when Christ occupies His rightful position
and is glorified above principalities and powers and every name that is named. It was for the joy that was set before Him--that
He might bring many sons unto glory--that He endured the cross and despised the shame. And inconceivably great as was the
sorrow and the shame, yet greater is the joy and the glory. He looks upon the redeemed, renewed in His own image, every heart
bearing the perfect impress of the divine, every face reflecting the likeness of their King. He beholds in them the result
of the travail of His soul, and He is satisfied. Then, in a voice that reaches the assembled multitudes of the righteous and
the wicked, He declares: "Behold the purchase of My blood! For these I suffered, for these I died, that they might dwell
in My presence throughout eternal ages." And the song of praise ascends from the white-robed ones about the throne: "Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing."
that Satan has been constrained to acknowledge God's justice and to bow to the supremacy of Christ, his character remains
unchanged. The spirit of rebellion, like a mighty torrent, again bursts forth. Filled with frenzy, he determines not to yield
the great controversy. The time has come for a last desperate struggle against the King of heaven. He rushes into the midst
of his subjects and endeavors to inspire them with his own fury and arouse them to instant battle. But of all the countless
millions whom he has allured into rebellion, there are none now to acknowledge his supremacy. His power is at an end. The
wicked are filled with the same hatred of God that inspires Satan; but they see that their case is hopeless, that they cannot
prevail against Jehovah. Their rage is kindled against Satan and those who have been his agents in deception, and with the
fury of demons they turn upon them.
GC672: Saith the Lord: "Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; behold, therefore I will bring strangers
upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall
defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit." "I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the
midst of the stones of fire. . . . I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
. . . I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. . . . Thou shalt be a terror, and
never shalt thou be any more." Ezekiel 28:6-8, 16-19.
GC672-673: "Every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be
with burning and fuel of fire." "The indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and His fury upon all their armies:
He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughter." "Upon the wicked He shall rain quick burning
coals, fire and brimstone and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup." Isaiah 9:5; 34:2; Psalm 11:6,
margin. Fire comes down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are drawn
forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very rocks are on fire. The day has come that shall burn as an
oven. The elements melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein are burned up. Malachi 4:1;
2 Peter 3:10. The earth's surface seems one molten mass--a vast, seething lake of fire. It is the time of the judgment
and perdition of ungodly men--"the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of
Zion." Isaiah 34:8.
The wicked receive their recompense in the earth. Proverbs 11:31. They "shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall
burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts." Malachi 4:1. Some are destroyed as in a moment, while others suffer many days.
All are punished "according to their deeds." The sins of the righteous having been transferred to Satan, he is made
to suffer not only for his own rebellion, but for all the sins which he has caused God's people to commit. His punishment
is to be far greater than that of those whom he has deceived. After all have perished who fell by his deceptions, he is still
to live and suffer on. In the cleansing flames the wicked are at last destroyed, root and branch--Satan the root, his followers
the branches. The full penalty of the law has been visited; the demands of justice have been met; and heaven and earth, beholding,
declare the righteousness of Jehovah.
GC673: Satan's work of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his will, filling the earth
with woe and causing grief throughout the universe. The whole creation has groaned and travailed together in pain. Now God's
creatures are forever delivered from his presence and temptations. "The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they [the
righteous] break forth into singing." Isaiah 14:7. And a shout of praise and triumph ascends from the whole loyal universe.
"The voice of a great multitude," "as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings,"
is heard, saying: "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Revelation 19:6.
GC674: While the earth was wrapped in the fire of destruction,
the righteous abode safely in the Holy City. Upon those that had part in the first resurrection, the second death has no power.
While God is to the wicked a consuming fire, He is to His people both a sun and a shield. Revelation 20:6; Psalm 84:11.
GC674: "I saw a new heaven and a
new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away." Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the
wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed
the fearful consequences of sin.
ERROR: EGW equates the fire which (she says) purifies the old earth will the fire of Gehenna which soon is
GC674: One reminder alone
remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet,
are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought. Says the prophet, beholding Christ in His glory: "He had
bright beams coming out of His side: and there was the hiding of His power." Habakkuk 3:4, margin. That pierced side
whence flowed the crimson stream that reconciled man to God--there is the Savior’s glory, there "the hiding of
His power." "Mighty to save," through the sacrifice of redemption, He was therefore strong to execute justice
upon them that despised God's mercy. And the tokens of His humiliation are His highest honor; through the eternal ages
the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise and declare His power.
GC674: "O Tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto Thee shall it come, even
the first dominion." Micah 4:8. The time has come to which holy men have looked with longing since the flaming sword
barred the first pair from Eden, the time for "the redemption of the purchased possession." Ephesians 1:14. The
earth originally given to man as his kingdom, betrayed by him into the hands of Satan, and so long held by the mighty foe,
has been brought back by the great plan of redemption. All that was lost by sin has been restored. "Thus saith the Lord
. . . that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited."
Isaiah 45:18. God's original purpose in the creation of the earth is fulfilled as it is made the eternal abode of the
redeemed. "The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein forever." Psalm 37:29.
GC674-675: A fear of making the future inheritance seem too material
has led many to spiritualize away the very truths which lead us to look upon it as our home. Christ assured His disciples
that He went to prepare mansions for them in the Father's house. Those who accept the teachings of God's word will
not be wholly ignorant concerning the heavenly abode. And yet, "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered
into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." 1 Corinthians 2:9. Human language
is inadequate to describe the reward of the righteous. It will be known only to those who behold it. No finite mind can comprehend
the glory of the Paradise of God.
GC675: In the Bible the inheritance of the saved is called "a country." Hebrews 11:14-16. There the heavenly
Shepherd leads His flock to fountains of living waters. The tree of life yields its fruit every month, and the leaves of the
tree are for the service of the nations. There are ever-flowing streams, clear as crystal, and beside them waving trees cast
their shadows upon the paths prepared for the ransomed of the Lord. There the wide-spreading plains swell into hills of beauty,
and the mountains of God rear their lofty summits. On those peaceful plains, beside those living streams, God's people,
so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find a home.
GC675: "My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places."
"Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls
Salvation, and thy gates Praise." "They shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and
eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: . . . Mine elect
shall long enjoy the work of their hands." Isaiah 32:18; 60:18; 65:21, 22.
ERROR: Again EGW uses texts which refer to the unconditional
promises to literal Israel for the Messianic reign out of context.
GC675-676: There, "the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice,
and blossom as the rose." "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come
up the myrtle tree." "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; . .
. and a little child shall lead them." "They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain," saith the
Lord. Isaiah 35:1; 55:13; 11:6, 9.
GC676: Pain cannot exist in the atmosphere of heaven. There will be no more tears, no funeral trains, no badges of mourning.
"There shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying: . . . for the former things are passed away." "The
inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Revelation 21:4;
GC676: There is the New Jerusalem,
the metropolis of the glorified new earth, "a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand
of thy God." "Her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal." "The
nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into
it." Saith the Lord: "I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in My people." "The tabernacle of God is with
men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God."
Isaiah 62:3; Revelation 21:11, 24; Isaiah 65:19; Revelation 21:3.
GC676: In the City of God "there shall be no night." None will need or desire repose. There will be no weariness
in doing the will of God and offering praise to His name. We shall ever feel the freshness of the morning and shall ever be
far from its close. "And they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light." Revelation
22:5. The light of the sun will be superseded by a radiance which is not painfully dazzling, yet which immeasurably surpasses
the brightness of our noontide. The glory of God and the Lamb floods the Holy City with unfading light. The redeemed walk
in the sunless glory of perpetual day.
GC676: "I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." Revelation
21:22. The people of God are privileged to hold open communion with the Father and the Son. "Now we see through a glass,
GC677: 1 Corinthians 13:12.
We behold the image of God reflected, as in a mirror, in the works of nature and in His dealings with men; but then we shall
see Him face to face, without a dimming veil between. We shall stand in His presence and behold the glory of His countenance.
GC677: There the redeemed shall know, even
as also they are known. The loves and sympathies which God Himself has planted in the soul shall there find truest and sweetest
exercise. The pure communion with holy beings, the harmonious social life with the blessed angels and with the faithful ones
of all ages who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, the sacred ties that bind together "the
whole family in heaven and earth" (Ephesians 3:15)--these help to constitute the happiness of the redeemed.
GC677: There, immortal minds will contemplate
with never-failing delight the wonders of creative power, the mysteries of redeeming love. There will be no cruel, deceiving
foe to tempt to forgetfulness of God. Every faculty will be developed, every capacity increased. The acquirement of knowledge
will not weary the mind or exhaust the energies. There the grandest enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations
reached, the highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths
to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body.
GC677-678: All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's redeemed. Unfettered
by mortality, they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar--worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe
and rang with songs of gladness at the tidings of a ransomed soul. With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into
the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings. They share the treasures of knowledge and understanding gained through ages upon
ages in contemplation of God's handiwork. With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of creation--suns and stars and
systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity. Upon all things, from the least to the greatest, the Creator's
name is written, and in all are the riches of His power displayed.
GC678: And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of
Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater
will be their admiration of His character. As Jesus opens before them the riches of redemption and the amazing achievements
in the great controversy with Satan, the hearts of the ransomed thrill with more fervent devotion, and with more rapturous
joy they sweep the harps of gold; and ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of voices unite to swell
the mighty chorus of praise.
"And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that
are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto
the Lamb for ever and ever." Revelation 5:13.
GC678: The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony
and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms
of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed
beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.