or to Rejoice?
The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
I appeal to the members of our churches not to disregard the fulfilling
of the signs of the times, which say so plainly that the end is near.
O, how many who have not cared for the salvation of their souls will
soon make the bitter lamentation, "The harvest is past, the summer
is ended, and we are not saved!"
O, that we would remember that it is court week with us, and that
our cases are pending! Now is the time to watch and pray, to put away
all self-indulgence, all pride, all selfishness. The precious moments
that are now by many worse than wasted should be spent in meditation
and prayer. Many of those who profess to be keeping the commandments
of God are following inclination instead of duty. As they are now,
they are unworthy of eternal life. To these careless, indifferent
ones, I would say, Your vain thoughts, your unkind words, your selfish
acts, are recorded in the book of heaven. The angels that were present
at Belshazzar's idolatrous revelry stand beside you as you dishonor
your Redeemer. Sadly they turn away, grieved that you should thus
crucify Him afresh, and put Him to open shame. . . .
On Christ's coronation day He will not acknowledge as His any who
bear spot or wrinkle or any such thing. But to His faithful ones He
will give crowns of immortal glory. Those who would not that He should
reign over them will see Him surrounded by the army of the redeemed,
each of whom bears the sign, The Lord Our Righteousness. They will
see the head once crowned with thorns crowned with a diadem of glory.
In that day the redeemed will shine forth in the glory of the Father
and His Son. The angels of heaven, touching their golden harps, will
welcome the King, and those who are the trophies of His victory--those
who have been washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb. A song
of triumph will peal forth, filling all heaven. Christ has conquered.
He enters the heavenly courts accompanied by His redeemed ones, the
witnesses that His mission of suffering and self-sacrifice has not
been in vain.
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