I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments,
lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. Rev. 16:15.
terrible contest is before us. We are nearing the battle of the great day
of God Almighty. That which has been held in control is to be let loose. The
angel of mercy is folding its wings, preparing to step down from the golden
throne and leave the world to the control of Satan, the king it has chosen,
a murderer and a destroyer from the beginning.
The principalities and powers of earth are in bitter revolt against the God
of heaven. They are filled with hatred against all who serve Him, and soon,
very soon, is to be fought the last great battle between good and evil. The
earth is to be the battlefield—the scene of the final contest and the
final victory. Here, where for so long Satan has led men against God, rebellion
is to be forever suppressed.
Christ came to this earth in human form that He might stand as the Captain
of our salvation, so that we should not be overcome by Satan’s power.
And when the enemy has seemed to be gaining a signal victory over righteousness,
God has been working in mercy and power to counteract his designs.
Determined to efface the image of God in man, Satan works with an intensity
of effort to hide God from view. Not openly does he work, but secretly, mingling
the human and the divine, the spurious and the genuine, so seeking to bring
confusion and distress. But in proportionate power divine mercy is revealed
to counteract this wicked working, and bring to light the enemy’s hidden
God’s people are to hear a bold, decided testimony for the truth, unfolding
the purposes of God by the witness of pen and voice. In place after place
they are to proclaim the message of God’s Word, arousing men and women
to comprehend the truth. . . .
There is a reality in sound doctrine. It is not as a vapor, which passes away.
Light is to shine forth from the Word of God. God calls upon His people to
draw near to Him. Let no one interpose between Him and His people. Christ
is knocking at the door of the heart, seeking for entrance. Will you let Him
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 246.