and Sinners Destroyed
the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all
that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them
up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Notwithstanding that Satan has been constrained to acknowledge God's justice
and to bow to the supremacy of Christ, his character remains unchanged. The
spirit of rebellion, like a mighty torrent, again bursts forth. Filled with
frenzy, he determines not to yield the great controversy. The time has come
for a last desperate struggle against the King of heaven. He rushes into the
midst of his subjects and endeavors to inspire them with his own fury and
arouse them to instant battle. But of all the countless millions whom he has
allured into rebellion, there are none now to acknowledge his supremacy. His
power is at an end. The wicked are filled with the same hatred of God that
inspires Satan; but they see that their case is hopeless, that they cannot
prevail against Jehovah. Their rage is kindled against Satan and those who
have been his agents in deception, and with the fury of demons they turn upon
Lord: "Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; behold,
therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and
they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall
defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit." "I
will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
. . . I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they
may behold thee. . . . I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight
of all them that behold thee. . . . Thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt
thou be any more." Ezekiel 28:6-8, 16-19. . . .
down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed
in its depths are drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm.
The very rocks are on fire. The day has come that shall burn as an oven. The
elements melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein
are burned up.
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