God’s People Delivered
saith the Lord, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the
prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that
contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. Isa. 49:25.
When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honor
the law of God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement
for their destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the
people will conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to
strike in one night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice
of dissent and reproof.
of God—some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the
forests and the mountains—still plead for divine protection, while in
every quarter companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are
preparing for the work of death. It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity,
that the God of Israel will interpose for the deliverance of His chosen. .
of triumph, jeering, and imprecation, throngs of evil men are about to rush
upon their prey, when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of
the night, falls upon the earth. Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from
the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company.
The angry multitudes are suddenly arrested. Their mocking cries die away.
The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings
they gaze upon the symbol of God’s covenant and long to be shielded
from its overpowering brightness.
people of God a voice, clear and melodious, is heard saying, “Look up,”
and lifting their eyes to the heavens, they behold the bow of promise. The
black, angry clouds that covered the firmament are parted, and like Stephen
they look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of God and the Son
of man seated upon His throne.
the world is plunged in darkness, there will be light in every dwelling of
the saints. They will catch the first light of His second appearing.
Our Father Cares, p. 334, 335.