Who may abide the day
of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like
a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap. Mal. 3:2.
The people of Israel, because of their sinfulness, were forbidden
to approach the mount when God was about to descend upon it to proclaim
His law, lest they should be consumed by the burning glory of His
presence. If such manifestations of His power marked the place chosen
for the proclamation of God's law, how terrible must be His tribunal
when He comes for the execution of these sacred statutes. How will
those who have trampled upon His authority endure His glory in the
great day of final retribution? . . .
When the divine Presence
was manifested upon Sinai, the glory of the Lord was like devouring
fire. . . . But when Christ shall come in glory with His holy angels
the whole earth shall be ablaze with the terrible light of His presence.
. . .
Never since man was created
had there been witnessed such a manifestation of divine power as when
the law was proclaimed from Sinai. . . . Amid the most terrific convulsions
of nature the voice of God, like a trumpet, was heard from the cloud.
The mountain was shaken from base to summit, and the hosts of Israel,
pale and trembling with terror, lay upon their faces upon the earth.
He whose voice then shook the earth has declared, "Yet once more
I shake not the earth only, but also heaven." . . .
When Moses came from the
divine Presence in the mount, where he had received the tables of
the testimony, guilty Israel could not endure the light that glorified
his countenance. How much less can transgressors look upon the Son
of God when He shall appear in the glory of His Father, surrounded
by all the heavenly host, to execute judgment upon the transgressors
of His law and the rejecters of His atonement. . . .
But amid the tempest of
divine judgment the children of God will have no cause for fear. "The
Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children
of Israel." The day that brings terror and destruction to the
transgressors of God's law, will bring to the obedient, "joy
unspeakable, and full of glory."
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