Time of Trouble Such as Never Was
at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the
children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never
was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy
people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
When the third angel’s message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the
guilty inhabitants of the earth. The people of God have accomplished their
work. They have received “the latter rain,” “the . . . refreshing
. . . from the presence of the Lord,” and they are prepared for the
trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in heaven. An angel
returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has
been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the
divine precepts have received “the seal of the living God.” Then
Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and
with a loud voice says, “It is done.” . . .
leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that
fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an
intercessor. The restraint which has been upon the wicked is removed, and
Satan has entire control of the finally impenitent. God’s long-suffering
has ended. The world has rejected His mercy, despised His love, and trampled
upon His law. The wicked have passed the boundary of their probation; the
Spirit of God, persistently resisted, has been at last withdrawn. Unsheltered
by divine grace, they have no protection from the wicked one. Satan will then
plunge the inhabitants of the earth into one great, final trouble. As the
angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds of human passion, all
the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole world will be involved
in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old.
who have clean hands and pure hearts will stand in that trying time. . . .
Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make
our calling and election sure.
Our Father Cares, pp. 332, 333.