Earth Flees from its Maker
I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in
the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. And it
shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up. Isa. 13:13,
Thick clouds still cover the sky; yet the sun now and then breaks through,
appearing like the avenging eye of Jehovah. Fierce lightnings leap from the
heavens, enveloping the earth in a sheet of flame. Above the terrific roar
of thunder, voices, mysterious and awful, declare the doom of the wicked.
The words spoken are not comprehended by all; but they are distinctly understood
by the false teachers. Those who a little before were so reckless, so boastful
and defiant, so exultant in their cruelty to God's commandment-keeping people,
are now overwhelmed with consternation and shuddering in fear. Their wails
are heard above the sound of the elements. Demons acknowledge the deity of
Christ and tremble before His power, while men are supplicating for mercy
and groveling in abject terror. . . .
a rift in the clouds there beams a star whose brilliancy is increased fourfold
in contrast with the darkness. It speaks hope and joy to the faithful, but
severity and wrath to the transgressors of God's law. Those who have sacrificed
all for Christ are now secure, hidden as in the secret of the Lord's pavilion.
They have been tested, and before the world and the despisers of truth they
have evinced their fidelity to Him who died for them. A marvelous change has
come over those who have held fast their integrity in the very face of death.
They have been suddenly delivered from the dark and terrible tyranny of men
transformed to demons. Their faces, so lately pale, anxious, and haggard,
are now aglow with wonder, faith, and love. Their voices rise in triumphant
song: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains
be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be
troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." Psalm
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