of the Sleeping Saints
not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves
shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto
the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection
of damnation John 5:28, 29.
The Life-giver will call up His purchased possession in the first resurrection,
and until that triumphant hour, when the last trump shall sound and the vast
army shall come forth to eternal victory, every sleeping saint will be kept
in safety and will be guarded as a precious jewel, who is known to God by
name. By the power of the Savior that dwelt in them while living and because
they were partakers of the divine nature, they are brought forth from the
hour is coming," Christ said, "in the which all that are in the
graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth." That voice is to
resound through all the habitations of the dead; and every saint who sleeps
in Jesus will awake and leave his prisonhouse. Then the virtue of character
we have received from Christ's righteousness will ally us to true greatness
of the highest order.
of the sleeping saints will be glorious on the morning of the resurrection.
. . . The Life-giver will crown with immortality all who come forth from the
the risen host. The last thought was of death and its pangs. The last thoughts
they had were of the grave and the tomb, but now they proclaim, "O death,
where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" . . . Here they stand
and the finishing touch of immortality is put upon them and they go up to
meet their Lord in the air. . . . There are the columns of angels on either
side; . . . then the angelic choir strike the note of victory and the angels
in the two columns take up the song and the redeemed host join as though they
had been singing the song on the earth, and they have been. Oh, what music!
There is not an inharmonious note. Every voice proclaims, "Worthy is
the Lamb that was slain." He sees the travail of His soul, and is satisfied.
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