Watch ye therefore, and pray always. Luke 21:36.
The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of
God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. . . .
The condition of things in the world shows that troublous times are
right upon us. The daily papers are full of indications of a terrible
conflict in the near future. Bold robberies are of frequent occurrence.
Strikes are common. Thefts and murders are committed on every hand.
Men possessed of demons are taking the lives of men, women, and little
children. Men have become infatuated with vice, and every species
of evil prevails.
Everything in the world is in agitation. The signs of the times are
ominous. Coming events cast their shadows before. The Spirit of God
is withdrawing from the earth, and calamity follows calamity by sea
and by land. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, floods, murders
of every grade. . . . Rapidly are men ranging themselves under the
banner they have chosen. Restlessly are they waiting and watching
the movements of their leaders. There are those who are waiting and
watching and working for our Lord's appearing. Another class are falling
into line under the generalship of the first great apostate. Few believe
with heart and soul that we have a hell to shun and a heaven to win.
The crisis is stealing gradually upon us. The sun shines in the heavens,
passing over its usual round. . . . Men are still eating and drinking,
planting and building, marrying, and giving in marriage. Merchants
are still buying and selling. Men are jostling one against another,
contending for the highest place. Pleasure lovers are still crowding
to theaters, horse races, gambling hells. The highest excitement prevails,
yet probation's hour is fast closing, and every case is about to be
eternally decided. . . .
Solemnly there come to us down through the centuries the warning
words of our Lord from the Mount of Olives: "Take heed to yourselves,
lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness,
and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares."
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