the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and
everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and
sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isa. 35:10
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. . . . 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
That voice shakes the heavens and the
earth. There is a mighty earthquake, "such as was not since men were upon
the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." The firmament appears
to open and shut. The glory from the throne of God seems flashing through. The
mountains shake like a reed in the wind, and ragged rocks are scattered on
every side. . . .
Graves are opened, and "many of them
that sleep in the dust of the earth . . . awake, some to everlasting life, and
some to shame and everlasting contempt." All who have died in the faith of
the third angel's message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's
covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. . . .
The voice of God is heard from heaven,
declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming and delivering the everlasting
covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder, His words roll through
the earth. The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward.
Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of
Moses when he came down from Sinai. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when
the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath
holy, there is a mighty shout of victory.
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