will not Fall
Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it. Matt. 16:18.
Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will
feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world
as his subjects, he has gained control of the apostate churches; but
here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could
blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced
the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will
stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. .
. . Their only hope is in the mercy of God; their only defense will
be prayer. The trying experiences that came to God's people in the
days of Esther were not peculiar to that age alone. The revelator,
looking down the ages to the close of time, has declared, "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." Rev. 12:17. Some who today are living on the
earth will see these words fulfilled.
The wrath of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work
of deceit and destruction will reach its culmination in the time of
trouble. Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his
power as supreme. The church may appear as about to fall, but it does
not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the
chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal,
but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been
overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony
will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin,
without guile in their mouths.
God declares that even a mother may forget her child, "yet will
I not forget thee." . . . God thinks of His children with the
tenderest solicitude and keeps a book of remembrance before Him, that
He may never forget the children of His care.
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