Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but
is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that
all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9.
I was shown our danger, as a people, of becoming assimilated to the world
rather than to the image of Christ. We are now upon the very borders of the
eternal world, but it is the purpose of the adversary of souls to lead us
to put far off the close of time. Satan will in every conceivable manner assail
those who profess to be the commandment-keeping people of God and to be waiting
for the second appearing of our Savior in the clouds of heaven with power
and great glory. He will lead as many as possible to put off the evil day
and become in spirit like the world, imitating its customs. I felt alarmed
as I saw that the spirit of the world was controlling the hearts and minds
of many who make a high profession of the truth. . . .
of the shortness of time we as a people should watch and pray, and in no case
allow ourselves to be diverted from the solemn work of preparation for the
great event before us. Because the time is apparently extended, many have
become careless and indifferent in regard to their words and actions. They
do not realize their danger and do not see and understand the mercy of our
God in lengthening their probation, that they may have time to form characters
for the future, immortal life. Every moment is of the highest value. Time
is granted them, not to be employed in studying their own ease and becoming
dwellers on the earth, but to be used in the work of overcoming every defect
in their own characters and in helping others, by example and personal effort,
to see the beauty of holiness. God has a people upon the earth who in faith
and holy hope are tracing down the roll of fast-fulfilling prophecy and are
seeking to purify their souls by obeying the truth, that they may not be found
without the wedding garment when Christ shall appear. . . .
foretold in prophecy are fast fulfilling around us. This should arouse every
true follower of Christ to zealous action.