Remnant and the Sealing
the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that
hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the
fire? Zech. 3:2.
The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who
keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will feel the ire of
the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects; he has
gained control of the apostate churches. But here is a little company that
are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph
would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel,
so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy
the people of God. All will be required to render obedience to human edicts
in violation of the divine law. Those who will be true to God and to duty
will be menaced, denounced, and proscribed. They will be betrayed "both
by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends."
hope is in the mercy of God; their only defense will be prayer. As Joshua
was pleading before the Angel, so the remnant church, with brokenness of heart
and earnest faith, will plead for pardon and deliverance through Jesus their
Advocate. . . .
before God his accusations against them, declaring that they have by their
sins forfeited the divine protection, and claiming the right to destroy them
as transgressors. . . .
the followers of Christ have sinned, they have not given themselves to the
control of evil. They have put away their sins, and have sought the Lord in
humility and contrition, and the divine Advocate pleads in their behalf. .
of God are sighing and crying for the abominations done in the land. With
tears they warn the wicked of their danger in trampling upon the divine law,
and with unutterable sorrow they humble themselves before the Lord on account
of their own transgressions. The wicked mock their sorrow, ridicule their
solemn appeals, and sneer at what they term their weakness. But the anguish
and humiliation of God's people is unmistakable evidence that they are regaining
the strength and nobility of character lost in consequence of sin. . . . While
Satan was urging his accusations, holy angels, unseen, were passing to and
fro, placing upon them the seal of the living God.