Great Time of Trouble
those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the
creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be. Mark 13:19.
The time of trouble such as never was, is soon to open upon us; and we shall
need an experience which we do not now possess, and which many are too indolent
to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than
in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation
cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. And now, while the precious Savior
is making an atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ.
God's providence is the school in which we are to learn the meekness and lowliness
of Jesus. The Lord is ever setting before us, not the way we would choose,
which is easier and pleasanter to us, but the true aims of life. None can
neglect or defer this work but at the most fearful peril to their souls.
John in vision heard a loud voice in Heaven exclaiming, "Woe to the inhabiters
of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great
wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Fearful are
the scenes which call forth this exclamation from the heavenly voice. The
wrath of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and
destruction reaches its culmination in the time of trouble. God's long-suffering
has ended. The world has rejected His mercy, despised His love, and trampled
upon His law. The wicked have passed the boundary of their probation, and
the Lord withdraws His protection, and leaves them to the mercy of the leader
they have chosen. Satan will have power over those who have yielded themselves
to his control, and he will plunge the inhabitants of the earth into one great,
final trouble. As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds
of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole
world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem
midst of the time of trouble--trouble such as has not been since there was
a nation--His [God's] chosen ones will stand unmoved. Satan with all the hosts
of evil cannot destroy the weakest of God's saints.
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