a moment shall they [the wicked] die, and the people shall be troubled at
midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
He [God] has always chosen extremities, when there seemed no possible chance
for deliverance from Satan's workings, for the manifestation of His power.
It is at
midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. The
sun appears, shining in its strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession.
The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous
behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Everything in nature
seems turned out of its course. The streams cease to flow. Dark, heavy clouds
come up and clash against each other. In the midst of the angry heavens is
one clear space of indescribable glory, whence comes the voice of God like
the sound of many waters, saying: "It is done." Revelation 16:17.
of heaven will be shaken at the voice of God. Then the sun, moon, and stars
will be moved out of their places. They will not pass away, but be shaken
by the voice of God.
clouds came up and clashed against each other. The atmosphere parted and rolled
back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the
voice of God.
regard to the coming of the Son of man, this will not take place until after
the mighty earthquake shakes the earth after the people have heard the voice
of God. They are in despair and trouble such as never was since there was
a nation, and in this the people of God will suffer affliction. The clouds
of heaven will clash and there will be darkness. Then that voice comes from
heaven and the clouds begin to roll back like a scroll, and there is the bright,
clear sign of the Son of man. The children of God know what that cloud means.
triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God.
voice of God turns the captivity of His people, there is a terrible awakening
of those who have lost all in the great conflict of life.
of wrath to the enemies of God is the day of final deliverance to His church.
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