Death Decree Issued
he had power to . . . cause that as many as would not worship the image of
the beast should be killed. Rev. 13:15.
When Jesus leaves the most holy, His restraining Spirit is withdrawn from
rulers and people. They are left to the control of evil angels. Then such
laws will be made by the counsel and direction of Satan, that unless time
should be very short, no flesh could be saved.
I saw that
the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the
sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged
the wicked against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments
of God upon them, and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues
would then be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused
them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob's trouble.
I saw the
leading men of the earth consulting together, and Satan and his angels busy
around them. I saw a writing, copies of which were scattered in different
parts of the land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their
peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week,
the people were at liberty after a certain time to put them to death.
a general decree has fixed the time when commandment keepers may be put to
death, their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and before
the time specified, will endeavor to take their lives. But none can pass the
mighty guardians stationed about every faithful soul. Some are assailed in
their flight from the cities and villages; but the swords raised against them
break and fall powerless as a straw. Others are defended by angels in the
form of men of war.
see with heavenly vision, they would behold companies of angels that excel
in strength stationed about those who have kept the word of Christ's patience.
With sympathizing tenderness, angels have witnessed their distress and have
heard their prayers. They are waiting the word of their Commander to snatch
them from their peril. But they must wait yet a little longer. The people
of God must drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism.
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