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In the beginning of our studies we learned that this message is in reference to
the period of the harvest of the earth. The parable of Christ in regard to the
harvest is the end of the world, it's also identified with the message of the
shaking within God's church.
A summary of the third angel's work in the time of the harvest is in
I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, Fearful is his
work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from
the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things
should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.
We are living in the last moments of this work of the third angel, and even more
should it engross us now. His mission is so awful, his mission is a work that
separates human beings. Unless people want to occupy their mind with that they
will not appreciate that this is what is happening. Because they don't appreciate
it they attack the people who are themselves embracing this message and being
separated and shaken as a consequence of that.
As we have studied, we have noticed the experience of God's people in this
period of time of the third angel of the harvest in which there are laws that will
ultimately bring a final separation as the Sunday Laws gather impact. Society is
being prepared to receive the mark of the beast. The causative activity of the
beast and his image is such that society is already gearing up to receive the
mark of the beast. The little time of trouble produces the remnant church or
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church triumphant that comes out of the little time of trouble, before the time of
Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be
the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and
they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation.
So the latter rain is a completion in every person's individual life in which he
has overcome every test, overcome every difficulty be the price what it may and
they are then fitted to receive the latter rain which then gives them the power to
proclaim the loud cry of that third angel.
Jesus cannot come to take His people home until such time as he has a church
triumphant as we read where it directly relates to the harvest period it in
When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle,
because the harvest is come. Christ is waiting with longing desire for the
manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall
be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as
Jesus cannot come until His people reflect His character perfectly and that came
as a consequence of that little time of trouble that shakes God's people through
circumstances of refining until finally they are in a position in which they can
be identified as the church triumphant. When they have fully reached that
condition as a people they then can be used of God to call God's people out of
the fallen churches.
Uriah Smith puts its beautifully as he puts in his most powerful description of
this. He describes the shoreline. As the shoreline comes up the ocean sends its
huge breakers. He says this is the last and final breaker and when God's people
have given the loud cry the breaker is about to break and God's people come out
of Babylon and then it crashes and that's the end and the shoreline has been
When that time is fully come and the people are able to give the loud cry, and
the loud cry has been given and the people have come out of the churches who
are still God's people then is uttered the statement of
Revelation 22:11 where Jesus' work is finished and he can enter into the closing
work to take His people to be with Him.
The description of Him uttering that is in
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As He stands up, what happens?
This is the final scene, probation closes, Jesus stands up and says He that is holy
let him be holy still, etc. Next is this terrible time of trouble such as never was.
At that time it says in
Here is a declaration that Jesus used in reference to the 5 wise virgins. While
they shine, others (the foolish virgins) will say
What is it that provokes such an expression?
Everything we have studied under the third angel has been a time period that
was given in which our mind should be fully engrossed with the work of this
angel. Those who haven't been fully engrossed in it have not prepared
themselves for this terrible time. When it strikes they will see something within
that causes them to say this.
the mirror of detection reveals to them the evil that their hearts have
practiced, and shows them at the same time the impossibility of reform.
They will wake up to the reality that I've got to reform but it's too late. If they
had had their mind engrossed with the third angel message and the three angel's
messages they would have applied themselves to have their characters purified.
When this time comes they will see they cannot change. He who is holy let him
be holy still, he who is filthy let him be filthy still.
Not because it is an arbitrary statement but because people have come to the
point in life that, that's the way it is and Jesus simply announces that. They will
recognise that the harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved
As they see that, as the close of probation takes place, and it lauches out into
this terrible time of trouble that was mentioned in Danel the faithful people who
will shine will feel quite similar. That's what is called the time of Jacob's
trouble. Even those who have gone through the three angels messages and
prepared their lives, they will come to that point and think Am I going to stand?
They go through a time of great perplexity.
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Here is a period of time, this terrible time in which those who are not ready for
it will say It's too late, I can't change and they are horror struck.
These ones are also horror struck. They are going through a terrible time as
well. It is the time of Jacob's trouble. What is their experience? Jacob was on his
way back from Laban's place and marrying his two daughters and his sin against
Esau, as he goes home he hears of Esau’s' armies coming to meet him.
Jacob's experience is beautifully expressed;
But the servants returned with the tidings that Esau was approaching with
four hundred men, and no response was sent to the friendly message. It
appeared certain that he was coming to seek revenge. Terror pervaded the
camp. Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He could not go back, and
he feared to advance. He could not go back, and he feared to advance. His
company, unarmed and defenceless, were wholly unprepared for a hostile
Then he splits up his company into two to see if he can save some if at all
possible. Then he turns to God.
Thou saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I
will deal well with thee: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and
of all the truth, which Thou hast showed unto Thy servant; for with my
staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands. Deliver
me, I pray Thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I
fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
They had now reached the river Jabbok, and as night came on, Jacob sent
his family across the ford of the river, while he alone remained behind. He
had decided to spend the night in prayer, and he desired to be alone with
God. God could soften the heart of Esau. In Him was the patriarch's only
Here is Jacob's trouble. As we read in Jeremiah, the description of Jacob's
trouble is applied to God's people as a whole at the end.
Jacob's history is also an assurance that God will not cast off those who
have been deceived and tempted and betrayed into sin, but who have
returned unto Him with true repentance.
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We will pick up an important connecting link;
Jacob's experience during that night of wrestling and anguish represents
the trial through which the people of God must pass just before Christ's
second coming. The prophet Jeremiah, in holy vision looking down to this
time, said, We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. ...
When Christ shall cease His work as mediator in man's behalf, then this
time of trouble will begin. Then the case of every soul will have been
decided, and there will be no atoning blood to cleanse from sin. When Jesus
leaves His position as man's intercessor before God, the solemn
announcement is made, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he
which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be
righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. Revelation 22:11.
Then the restraining Spirit of God is withdrawn from the earth. As Jacob
was threatened with death by his angry brother, so the people of God will
be in peril from the wicked who are seeking to destroy them. And as the
patriarch wrestled all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau, so the
righteous will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the enemies
that surround them.
There is the link from inspiration that helps us the Jacob's trouble picture.
Jacob was deceived and betrayed into sin by Satan's sophistries. How many of
can recall when we have fallen into sin and we wish we wouldn't have done so
but we have been betrayed and deceived into sin and there is hope for us in
While Satan seeks to destroy this class, God will send His angels to comfort
and protect them in the time of peril. The assaults of Satan are fierce and
determined, his delusions are terrible; but the Lord's eye is upon His
people, and His ear listens to their cries. Their affliction is great, the flames
of the furnace seem about to consume them; but the Refiner will bring
them forth as gold tried in the fire. God's love for His children during the
period of their severest trial is as strong and tender as in the days of their
sunniest prosperity; but it is needful for them to be placed in the furnace of
fire; their earthliness must be consumed, that the image of Christ may be
Satan wants to blot them from the face of the earth. His assaults are fierce and
determined. His delusions are terrible. If we have had a hard time with Satan up
to now, he is going to throw greater activities into our path. While we go
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through this experience God's ear listens to their cries. They need to go through
this furnace so that their earthliness is consumed so that the image of Christ may
be perfectly reflected. They have gone through the experience of the three
angle's messages and developed a perfect character so that they can proclaim it,
but notice here there is still something left in their life that they can't take with
them to heaven. What is it? Their earthliness. What is their earthliness that is
mentioned here? Weariness, hunger, ability to endure and a faith that will not
faint though severely tried.
The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can
endure weariness, delay, and hunger--a faith that will not faint though
severely tried. The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that
time. Jacob prevailed because he was persevering and determined. His
victory is an evidence of the power of importunate prayer. All who will lay
hold of God's promises, as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he
was, will succeed as he succeeded. Those who are unwilling to deny self, to
agonize before God, to pray long and earnestly for His blessing, will not
obtain it. Wrestling with God--how few know what it is! How few have ever
had their souls drawn out after God with intensity of desire until every
power is on the stretch. When waves of despair which no language can
express sweep over the suppliant, how few cling with unyielding faith to the
promises of God.
Here is what it is for us to consider what is Jacob's trouble, that we will go
through an experience that if we are not prepared for it, like those who said the
summer is past, the harvest is past and we are not saved That will be the
expression, but those who have prepared for it, who know what it is to pray and
not to give up, to persevere against the most negative circumstances, those
people will be identified as those whom Jesus saves.
The experience of Jacob is transferred to our experience
In GC 618 is recorded the actual experience of it.
As Satan influenced Esau to march against Jacob, so he will stir up the
wicked to destroy God's people in the time of trouble
That's a similarity. Esau was coming with an army of 400 men to these
vulnerable people with no munitions of warfare to protect them. So with the
vulnerable people of God, the people of the world will week to destroy them .
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And as he accused Jacob, he will urge his accusations against the people of
Here is the two-fold experience. One is the attack of the wicked, the other is a
condemnatory experience in your mind.
He numbers the world as his subjects; but the little company who keep the
commandments of God are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them
from the earth, his triumph would be complete. He sees that holy angels are
guarding them, and he infers that their sins have been pardoned; but he
does not know that their cases have been decided in the sanctuary above.
He has an accurate knowledge of the sins which he has tempted them to
commit, and he presents these before God in the most exaggerated light,
representing this people to be just as deserving as himself of exclusion from
the favor of God. He declares that the Lord cannot in justice forgive their
sins and yet destroy him and his angels. He claims them as his prey and
demands that they be given into his hands to destroy.
As he puts that to God he also puts it to our own minds.
Here is the experience and as we read of it in the Bible these are the 144,000
Revelation 7: 14-15
They wash their robes. This is the tribulation that is talked about.
Daniel 12:9-10 underlines the fact that these ones that shine but are going
through this purging and cleansing experience
What did the wise virgins do? Like the foolish, they had their Bible, but the
wise virgins had the oil in the vessel so that through the oil in the vessel they
could be able to understand. That's why it's so important to apply ourselves so
that when we come to this terrible time of the end and the time of the harvest
and the end of the harvest, many shall be purified, shall be made white and tried
while the wicked shall do wickedly and not understand what's going on. When
the time of Jacob's trouble comes, because they don't understand they will fall
apart and then they will do more wickedly.
Here is the point of the three angel's message, of the harvest time, of time of
Jacob's time of trouble which is still part of the third angel's message where
God's people are being tried and being made white.
Watch as you read and apply it to your own experience, how close the process
of purification actually takes place.
These are God's people and as Jacob was there praying to God all night, he was
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going to spend all night in prayer. As he ws praying most earnestly, what
It was in a lonely, mountainous region, the haunt of wild beasts and the
lurking place of robbers and murderers. Solitary and unprotected, Jacob
bowed in deep distress upon the earth. It was midnight. All that made life
dear to him were at a distance, exposed to danger and death. Bitterest of all
was the thought that it was his own sin which had brought this peril upon
the innocent. With earnest cries and tears he made his prayer before God.
Suddenly a strong hand was laid upon him. He thought that an enemy was
seeking his life, and he endeavored to wrest himself from the grasp of his
assailant. In the darkness the two struggled for the mastery. Not a word
was spoken, but Jacob put forth all his strength, and did not relax his
efforts for a moment. While he was thus battling for his life, the sense of his
guilt pressed upon his soul; his sins rose up before him, to shut him out
from God. But in his terrible extremity he remembered God's promises,
and his whole heart went out in entreaty for His mercy. The struggle
continued until near the break of day,
This is one of the experiences that strike God's people at that time. What
impressions did they receive? An enemy was fighting them. The people's
personal sins is the real source of their anguish as it was with Jacob.
The error that had led to Jacob's sin in obtaining the birthright by fraud
was now clearly set before him. He had not trusted God's promises, but had
sought by his own efforts to bring about that which God would have
accomplished in His own time and way
How many times we look back at our past experiences and we have gone along
and really made a blunder of it and we see if we had only let God do it, it would
have turned out differently. That was his mind agony and so it will be for those
who come to this time.
Though God's people will be surrounded by enemies who are bent upon
their destruction, yet the anguish which they suffer is not a dread of
persecution for the truth's sake; they fear that every sin has not been
repented of, and that through some fault in themselves they will fail to
realize the fulfillment of the Saviour's promise: I will keep thee from the
hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world. Revelation 3:10. If
they could have the assurance of pardon they would not shrink from
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torture or death; but should they prove unworthy, and lose their lives
because of their own defects of character, then God's holy name would be
That's what God's people are upset about, that God's holy name would be
reproached because of their sins. They are wishing that every sin would be truly
removed. The description is very powerful at the bottom of page 618
As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord
permits him to try them to the uttermost. Their confidence in God, their
faith and firmness, will be severely tested.
What is tested? Their confidence in God. Will they let go of Him under this
terrible condemnatory sense?
As they review the past, their hopes sink; or in their whole lives they can
see little good. They are fully conscious of their weakness and
unworthiness. Satan endeavors to terrify them with the thought that their
cases are hopeless, that the stain of their defilement will never be washed
away. He hopes so to destroy their faith that they will yield to his
temptations and turn from their allegiance to God.
Isn't that what comes to you when it gets severe, you think Well, too bad, I'm
too bad, I'm just going to go and enjoy my life. I'm not going to be so faithful
any more That's where Satan wants to get us. As the wife of Job said Curse God
and die. Job was being tested by God. This is what God's people will go through
and they will be severely tested whether they will still trust God even though
their own sins are heavily laid upon their shoulders, the sense of that. That's
what Jesus went through. He was there at the cross My God, why hast Thou
forsaken me? The sins were so oppressive, He could have turned against His
own God, but no, He relied upon Him. We must rely upon Him in those extreme
circumstances. This is what Satan wants to prevent.
The question is as we read Jeremiah 30:7 the guarantee that we will get
through this but he shall be saved out of it
GC 620 tells us why God can save His people out of this
Had not Jacob previously repented of his sin in obtaining the birthright by
fraud, God would not have heard his prayer and mercifully preserved his
life. So, in the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to
appear before them while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be
overwhelmed; despair would cut off their faith, and they could not have
confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But while they have a deep
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sense of their unworthiness, they have no concealed wrongs to reveal. Their
sins have gone beforehand to judgment and have been blotted out, and they
cannot bring them to remembrance.
Satan is bringing them to remembrance, and they feel condemned for them.
Jacob knew that he had defrauded his brother. We will still know what we've
done, but we have confessed those sins and we cannot bring to our
remembrance any sins that haven't been confessed. That's the real issue there.
They have been removed and the sense of condemnation for those sins is no
longer able to have an effect on their memory.
We have seen the terrible experience that is ahead for the people who are going
through this time of trouble. We must be prepared for it by having all our sins
confessed. They have been committed, the terrible effect of the sins are there.
Esau was angry with his brother. Many of our experiences will be that the
people who are not following Jesus will turn upon us because of our past sins
and we need to be prepared for that by confessing those sins beforehand. How
to be prepared is to be fully involved with those three angel's messages.
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All who desire the blessing of God, as did Jacob, and will lay hold of the
promises as he did, and be as earnest and persevering as he was, will
succeed as he succeeded. Why there is so little exercise of true faith, and so
little of the weight of truth resting upon many professed believers, is
because they are indolent in spiritual things.
What does indolent mean? It means lazy. A lazy state of mind is indolence.
They are unwilling to make exertions, to deny self, to agonize before God,
to pray long and earnestly for the blessing, and therefore they do not obtain
it. That faith which will live through the time of trouble must be daily in
exercise now. Those who do not make strong efforts now to exercise
persevering faith, will be wholly unprepared to exercise that faith which
will enable them to stand in the day of trouble.
If I don't exercise that faith now, I won't exercise it then. Here is the preparation
now, to develop a faith and exercise a faith that can stand then, and can
recognise that when the hand of God is laid upon us that it's not an enemy after
all, it's my own God. How are we preparing for this terrible time?
The great day of the Lord is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly; but where
do we behold the true advent spirit? Who are preparing to stand in that
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time of temptation which is just before us? The people to whom God has
entrusted the sacred, solemn, testing truths for this time are sleeping at
their post. They say by their actions: We have the truth; we are rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing; while the True Witness
declares: Thou knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked.
This is what the true Advent spirit is. God is speaking to the people saying You
are indolent, you are not ready for the time of trouble. This is what the message
of Laodicea is all about. God is at work to help the Advent people to prepare
for that time, that is what the three angel's messages is all about. How does God
prepare us? What does He actually do to make sure that we can be ready for that
time of Jacob's trouble?
God has shown me that He gave His people a bitter cup to drink, to purify
and cleanse them. It is a bitter draught, and they can make it still more
bitter by murmuring, complaining, and repining. But those who receive it
thus must have another draught, for the first does not have its designed
effect upon the heart. And if the second does not effect the work, then they
must have another, and another, until it does have its designed effect, or
they will be left filthy, impure in heart. I saw that this bitter cup can be
sweetened by patience, endurance, and prayer, and that it will have its
designed effect upon the hearts of those who thus receive it, and God will be
honored and glorified.
That's how God does it. We are now living in the time of preparation and God is
now giving us the bitter cup to drink, so that when that final bitter cup comes
we will survive it then.
God brings His people near Him by close, testing trials, by showing them
their own weakness and inability, and by teaching them to lean upon Him
as their only help and safeguard. Then His object is accomplished.
He is trying to cause us to lean on Him and not on our own, because if we come
to the time of Jacob's trouble and we are still leaning on our own efforts and
help, it's overwhelming. It's impossible. So He is now trying to teach us to learn
what it means to lean upon Him.
They are prepared to be used in every emergency, to fill important
positions of trust, God's work of refining and purifying must go on until
His servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that, when called into active
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service, their eye will be single to His glory
This is what we have to learn now so we can do it then. In conclusion we will
summarise by reading 4 Scriptures to help us understand how to survive the
Hebrews 12: 2-4
Jesus has already gone through this experience in His own life to help us. This
is the answer to our need. Here is the key if we are going to survive the bitter
cup we are told to look unto Jesus and see the bitter cup that He had to drink
and remember that He resisted unto blood striving against sin and remember
that in consequence of His enduring the cross, despising the shame was set
down at the right hand of the throne of God.
He wants us to sup that bitter cup with Him. Because He supped that bitter cup,
He was able to sit on His Father's throne and here He draws our attention to
those who are going to have to go through the time of Jacob's trouble out of the
He said to His disciples that they will have to sup and they said they are able,
but He said yes, but it will be difficult. Here He says if you will let Me in, I will
prepare you for the time of Jacob's trouble. What was it that He sups with us in
so we can survive at that time?
Hebrews 5: 7-9
In the days of His flesh by prayers and supplications (who does this now?) with
strong crying and tears to cry unto Him who could save Him from death.
Not to be indolent in the mind.
Matthew 26: 39,42,44
To survive the bitter cup that Jesus was on the brink of leaving. If He had left it,
we wouldn't have the ability to survive the bitter cup at the end. But He endured
unto the end and persevered so that He could sit on His Father's throne. Now He
says Drink it with me, I drank it with you, drink it with Me and you will sit on
My throne and we will survive Jacob's trouble.
This must engross our whole mind, our destiny depends upon it.
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