letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill,
and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and
women, in one day. Esther 3:13.
The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will
be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews.
protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honor the law of
God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement for their
destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will
conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to strike in one
night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and
will go forth that they must disregard the Sabbath of the fourth commandment,
and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but they will not yield, and
trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an institution
of papacy. Satan's host and wicked men will surround them, and exult over
them, because there will seem to be no way of escape for them.
time of trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation,
no longer mercy for the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His
people. This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict
with the powers of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host, make God their
defense. The decree has been passed by the highest earthly authority that
they shall worship the beast and receive his mark under pain of persecution
I saw the
saints suffering great mental anguish. They seemed to be surrounded by the
wicked inhabitants of the earth. Every appearance was against them. Some began
to fear that God had at last left them to perish by the hand of the wicked.
. . .
an hour of fearful, terrible agony to the saints. Day and night they cried
unto God for deliverance. To outward appearance, there was no possibility
of their escape. The wicked had already begun to triumph, crying out, "Why
doesn't your God deliver you out of our hands? Why don't you go up and save
your lives?" But the saints heeded them not.
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