Wicked Slay Each Other
call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God:
every man's sword shall be against his brother. Eze. 38:21.
The wicked are filled with regret, not because of their sinful neglect of
God and their fellow men, but because God has conquered. They lament that
the result is what it is; but they do not repent of their wickedness. They
would leave no means untried to conquer if they could. . . .
and people see that they have not sustained the right relation to God. They
see that they have rebelled against the Author of all just and righteous law.
The setting aside of the divine precepts gave rise to thousands of springs
of evil, discord, hatred, iniquity, until the earth became one vast field
of strife, one sink of corruption. This is the view that now appears to those
who rejected truth and chose to cherish error. No language can express the
longing which the disobedient and disloyal feel for that which they have lost
forever--eternal life. Men whom the world has worshiped for their talents
and eloquence now see these things in their true light. They realize what
they have forfeited by transgression, and they fall at the feet of those whose
fidelity they have despised and derided, and confess that God has loved them.
see that they have been deluded. They accuse one another of having led them
to destruction; but all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon
the ministers. Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have
led their hearers to make void the law of God and to persecute those who would
keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world
their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. "We are
lost!" they cry, "and you are the cause of our ruin"; and they
turn upon the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most will
pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned
them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were
to slay God's people are now employed to destroy their enemies. Everywhere
there is strife and bloodshed.
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