Parade of Heathen Power
time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own
lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. 2 Tim.
Rapidly are men ranging themselves under the banner they have chosen, restlessly
waiting and watching the movements of their leaders. There are those who are
watching and waiting and working for our Lord's appearing; while the other
party are rapidly falling into line under the generalship of the first great
apostate. They look for a God in humanity, and Satan personifies the one they
seek. Multitudes will be so deluded through their rejection of truth, that
they will accept the counterfeit. Humanity is hailed as God.
As we near
the close of time, there will be greater and still greater external parade
of heathen power; heathen deities will manifest their signal power, and will
exhibit themselves before the cities of the world; and this delineation has
already begun to be fulfilled. By a variety of images the Lord Jesus represented
to John the wicked character and seductive influence of those who have been
distinguished for their persecution of God's people. All need wisdom carefully
to search out the mystery of iniquity that figures so largely in the winding
up of this earth's history. . . . In the very time in which we live, the Lord
has called His people and has given them a message to bear. He has called
them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin who has made the Sunday law
a distinctive power, who has thought to change times and laws, and to oppress
the people of God who stand firmly to honor Him by keeping the only true Sabbath,
the Sabbath of creation. . . .
of the last days are upon us, and in our work we are to warn the people of
the danger they are in. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed
be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized the nearness
of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought
in our churches, and many more would believe the message. We have no time
to lose; God calls upon us to watch for souls as they that must give an account.