that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be
filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he
that is holy, let him be holy still. Rev. 22:11.
When the work of the investigative judgment closes, the destiny of all will
have been decided for life or death. Probation is ended a short time before
the appearing of the Lord in the clouds of heaven.
pointed to the things of nature--to the unvarying succession of the seasons,
to the blue skies that had never poured out rain, to the green fields refreshed
by the soft dews of night--and they cried out: "Doth he not speak parables?"
In contempt they declared the preacher of righteousness to be a wild enthusiast;
and they went on, more eager in their pursuit of pleasure, more intent upon
their evil ways, than before. But their unbelief did not hinder the predicted
event. God bore long with their wickedness, giving them ample opportunity
for repentance; but at the appointed time His judgments were visited upon
the rejecters of His mercy.
declares that there will exist similar unbelief concerning His second coming.
As the people of Noah's day "knew not until the flood came, and took
them all away; so," in the words of our Savior, "shall also the
coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:39. When the professed people
of God are uniting with the world, living as they live, and joining with them
in forbidden pleasures; when the luxury of the world becomes the luxury of
the church; when the marriage bells are chiming, and all are looking forward
to many years of worldly prosperity--then, suddenly as the lightning flashes
from the heavens, will come the end of their bright visions and delusive hopes.
connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the
time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding
of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches
to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and
the time of trouble will find them unready.
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