Martyrs After Probation Closes
shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. Ps. 91:15.
The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and
distressed, while they endure privation and suffer for want of food they will
not be left to perish. . . .
human sight it will appear that the people of God must soon seal their testimony
with their blood as did the martyrs before them. They themselves begin to
fear that the Lord has left them to fall by the hand of their enemies. It
is a time of fearful agony. Day and night they cry unto God for deliverance.
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of God, looking down the ages, was fixed upon the crisis which His people
are to meet, when earthly powers shall be arrayed against them. Like the captive
exile, they will be in fear of death by starvation or by violence. But the
Holy One who divided the Red Sea before Israel, will manifest His mighty power
and turn their captivity. "They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts,
in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth
his own son that serveth him." Malachi 3:17. If the blood of Christ's
faithful witnesses were shed at this time, it would not, like the blood of
the martyrs, be as seed sown to yield a harvest for God. Their fidelity would
not be a testimony to convince others of the truth; for the obdurate heart
has beaten back the waves of mercy until they return no more. If the righteous
were now left to fall a prey to their enemies, it would be a triumph for the
prince of darkness. Says the psalmist: "In the time of trouble he shall
hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me."
Psalm 27:5. Christ has spoken: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy
chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little
moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out
of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity."
Isaiah 26:20, 21. Glorious will be the deliverance of those who have patiently
waited for His coming and whose names are written in the book of life.
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