Wicked During the Plagues
the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land,
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of
the Lord: and they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to
the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall
not find it. Amos 8:11, 12.
And as mercy's sweet voice died away, fear and horror seized the wicked. With
terrible distinctness they heard the words, "Too late! too late!"
[on the cross] felt much as sinners will feel when the vials of God's wrath
shall be poured out upon them. Black despair like the pall of death will gather
about their guilty souls, and then they will realize to the fullest extent
the sinfulness of sin.
had not prized God's Word were hurrying to and fro, wandering from sea to
sea, and from the north to the east, to seek the Word of the Lord. Said the
angel, "They shall not find it. There is a famine in the land; not a
famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but for hearing the words of the
Lord. What would they not give for one word of approval from God! . . .
the wicked were greatly enraged as they suffered the effects of the plagues.
It was a scene of fearful agony. Parents were bitterly reproaching their children,
and children their parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers.
. . . The people turned upon their ministers with bitter hate and reproached
them, saying, "You have not warned us. You told us that all the world
was to be converted, and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every fear that was
aroused. You have not told us of this hour; and those who warned us of it
you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin us." But I saw
that the ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was tenfold
greater than that of their people.
time when God's judgments are falling without mercy, oh, how enviable to the
wicked will be the position of those who abide "in the secret place of
the most High"--the pavilion in which the Lord hides all who have loved
Him and have obeyed His commandments!
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