and Separation Under the Loud Cry
shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:
but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
Isa. 60:1, 2.
As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our
ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times
of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock;
they will yield to temptation. Those who have had great light and precious
privileges, but have not improved them, will, under one pretext or another,
go out from us. Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken
in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils, and will depart from the faith. But, on the other hand,
when the storm of persecution really breaks upon us, the true sheep will hear
the true Shepherd's voice. Self-denying efforts will be put forth to save
the lost, and many who have strayed from the fold will come back to follow
the great Shepherd. The people of God will draw together and present to the
enemy a united front. In view of the common peril, strife for supremacy will
cease; there will be no disputing as to who shall be accounted greatest. No
one of the true believers will say: "I am of Paul; and I of Apollos;
and I of Cephas." The testimony of one and all will be: "I cleave
unto Christ; I rejoice in Him as my personal Savior."
third angel's message swells into a loud cry, great power and glory will attend
its proclamation. The faces of God's people will shine with the light of heaven.
the rulers are those whom Satan controls; but... God has His agents, even
among the rulers. And some of them will yet be converted to the truth....A
few of God's agents will have power to bear down a great mass of evil. Thus
the work will go on until the third message has done its work, and at the
loud cry of the third angel, these agents will have an opportunity to receive
the truth, and some of them will be converted, and endure with the saints
through the time of trouble.
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