Time of Jacob's Trouble
for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's
trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. Jer. 30:7.
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.
influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to destroy
God's people in the time of trouble. And as he accused Jacob, he will urge
his accusations against the people of God. He numbers the world as his subjects;
but the little company who keep the commandments of God are resisting his
supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete.
He sees that holy angels are guarding them, and he infers that their sins
have been pardoned; but he does not know that their cases have been decided
in the sanctuary above. He has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he
has tempted them to commit, and he presents these before God in the most exaggerated
light, representing this people to be just as deserving as himself of exclusion
from the favor of God. He declares that the Lord cannot in justice forgive
their sins and yet destroy him and his angels. He claims them as his prey
and demands that they be given into his hands to destroy.
accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to
try them to the uttermost. Their confidence in God, their faith and firmness,
will be severely tested. As they review the past, their hopes sink; for in
their whole lives they can see little good. They are fully conscious of their
weakness and unworthiness. Satan endeavors to terrify them with the thought
that their cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never
be washed away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to
his temptations and turn from their allegiance to God.
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