3rd ANGEL'S MESSAGE

STUDIES BY BR. JOHN THIEL Compiled by Sr Raelene Lehmann Australian Mission Field International Missionary Society PO Box 1262 MIDLAND WA 6936

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Contents
Contents......................................................................................................................................2 Introduction................................................................................................................................3 INTRODUCTION TO THE THIRD ANGEL...........................................................................4 2. THE SHAKING...................................................................................................................11 3. THE MARK OF THE BEAST.............................................................................................21 5. THE LOUD CRY.................................................................................................................37 6.SUNDAY LAWS...................................................................................................................48 7. THE LITTLE TIME OF TROUBLE...................................................................................61 8. THE REMNANT PART 1....................................................................................................71 9. THE REMNANT PART 2....................................................................................................78 10. THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE...............................................................................92 11. THE PLAGUES...............................................................................................................104 12. ARMAGEDDON.............................................................................................................115 13 THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS...............................................................................126 14 EVENTS OF THE SEVENTH MILLENIUM..................................................................142 15 LIFE ON THE NEW EARTH ..........................................................................................153

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Introduction
As we continue to study the three angels' messages and the impact they have upon our lives, we are coming to a greater understanding that we need to make a choice. As Joshua stated: Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:14-15 It is my prayer as you continue to go through these studies that you will allow the Holy Spirit to bring these scenes before your mind and heart in ever increasing magnitude til you claim these words as your own living experience. Having brought conviction of sin, and presented before the mind the standard of righteousness, the Holy Spirit withdraws the affections from the things of this earth and fills the soul with a desire for holiness. He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13), the Saviour declared. If men are willing to be molded, there will be brought about a sanctification of the whole being. The Spirit will take the things of God and stamp them on the soul. By His power the way of life will be made so plain that none need err therein. {AA 52.5} Sr Raelene Lehmann

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INTRODUCTION TO THE THIRD ANGEL
As we launch out into this study let us read very carefully Revelation 14 where this 3rd angel's message is recorded. Revelation 14:9-14 This is the third angel's message and it’s a very comprehensive one. It embraces an understanding not only of the beast and his image and the mark. It also embraces the wrath of God and the suffering of those who are to be destroyed by the wrath of God. Then it also identifies those who are faithful and it brings into focus that after the third angel's message has been given it is the coming of Jesus. As we have studied the 1st and 2nd angel's messages in the past, the first angel's message, as we recall, was a powerful effect of the everlasting gospel that revealed to us first of all a deep appreciation of the Godhead and their work for our salvation, coming to know the Godhead, and the everlasting gospel in conjunction with that.; leading us into an understanding that the gospel is an activity of entering into association with God into an apprenticeship with Him. Through this knowledge, Jesus identifies it is through the knowledge of the first angel's message that salvation can take place, in John 17:3 So this is life eternal, the knowledge of God in His character of demonstrating His love in Jesus Christ and all that was connected with it. This is life eternal.

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The aspect of the first angel's message that has to be taken into consideration is the timing, because in the first angel's message, in Revelation 14:7 it says 'the hour of God's judgment is come'. So that points us in our study, we identify then it was since 1844, when the hour of God's judgment commenced. This message as given back there in 1844. and ever since, has been basically rejected by the denominational Christian churches, and therefore the second angel's message came into need and into activity and that's what we've also studied in Revelation 14:8 that Babylon the great is fallen. So the denominational churches that rejected this powerful message of the first angel were identified and announced as fallen. As we looked at Babylon we learned that Babylon referred not only to one body of fallen churches, it referred to Rome under its papal government, but it also referred to Babylon under its pagan condition, and also especially referred to Protestant USA that had fallen. We had gone right into the detail of its many facets of Babylon. We understood that in Revelation 13 there was the beast and the image of the beast, which was Protestant USA and Protestantism, that they would do the same thing as the papacy would do. We'll just go over that for a moment because the third angel points to the beast and the image of the beast, and the mark of the beast. To get a clear introduction into this third angel's message we will read Revelation 13: 2-3 That was the beast, and according to what we just read in Revelation 14:9, anyone who worships the beast will be destroyed by the wrath of God. This is the beast that it's talking about and as we've studied it in the past, it embraces all the history of Daniel Chapter 7 where he also saw these different beasts coming out of sea. One like as a leopard and the bear and the lion and the dragon. That was all comprehended in this beast. In other words this beast here is an accumulation of the history when it finally arrives in its papal presentation, because as it says 'I saw one of its heads as it were wounded to death and his deadly wound was healed'. verse 8 Here is the particular situation that the third angel addresses. The whole world that worships the beast must be warned in reference to their worship because that's going to cause their destruction verses 11 and 12 come as this other beast and the image of the beast
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verses 15-17 This is the material; the beast, the other beast which creates the image of the beast and causes the entire world to worship the beast again, then the mark of the beast. This is what the third angel's message is addressing, which is Revelation 14: 9-10. This information is not just left here by the angel as information, these messages are given to press the minds of the people to making a decision. They need to pay attention to the everlasting gospel in the first angel's message, they need to recognise that by rejecting that message they will become part of Babylon, and Babylon is part of the beast and the image of the beast and the mark of the beast was all wrapped up in that. So these angels are proclaiming a message that is pressing people into making a decision in these last days, ever since 1844. Let us remember as we first initiated these studies, that the angels represent the people that proclaim this message that are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. God is using those who are understanding this message to proclaim it so that the people will be pressed into making a decision one way or another. So the people of God at the time of 1844 and forward, have to preach, not only the gospel and the result of rejecting the gospel, they have to do the same thing that Noah did. That is what Jesus referred to herein Matthew. Here Jesus makes a direct reference to the people under the third angel's message. Matthew 24: 37-45 In the days of Noah, he had to proclaim the plan of salvation, and the ark was built to show them that if they wanted to they could go into the ark and be saved. But they were rejecting that message, and Jesus said this is exactly going to happen again. As in the days of Noah, so will it be at the coming of the Son of man. As we have just read there, the third angel completes his message and then comes Jesus in the clouds. You can see that the work of Noah is parallel to the work of the people of the three angels and they have a message to proclaim as Noah did. As it said there, 'who then is a faithful and wise servant whom his lord has made him ruler over his household to give them meat in due season' As in the days of Noah there were faithful people who proclaimed the message.
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It was Noah and his family. The three angel message people equate with that scene. So the warning is 'Be ready' because as we studied in the first angel's message, in the sealing of the 144,000, one will be taken and the other left, while they're still here on earth, one is sealed and the other is not. That is all part of the three angel's message scenario, so the work of these people is to do more than preach the gospel. There are Christians who believe all we have to do is preach the gospel, but the gospel is connected in the three angel's messages with this message of the third angel which is the wrath of God that has to be displayed before them as well. There is a reference to this in 2 Peter 3: 3-7 Here you can see as in the days of Noah, Peter here summarises that, so it will be in the coming of Christ. The world perished by rejecting Noah's message and in the last days those that have this message to proclaim must draw the people's attention to Noah's time - Look what back there, this time it's going to happen by fire. This is what the third angel is proclaiming. He says anyone who worships the beast and his image and receives his mark in his forehead is going to burn. That is what he announced as we read there. So not only are the people of the three angels to reveal the great love of God in the everlasting gospel but also the detail of His wrath. His love speaks peace and comfort and salvation and Christianity just wants to hear that. The denominational churches today don't want to hear anything different. But the third angel's message proclaims something that they are willingly ignorant of as we read in Peter. They are willingly ignorant of the fact that the evidences of the Flood are there, but they don't want to know. 2 Peter3:5 Let's come over to Isaiah 30: 9-10 We don't want to hear what the third angel is proclaiming, we just want to hear the first angel's message, then to say because we don't want to hear it that we are Babylon; we don't want to hear those messages. We want to hear smooth things. They are willingly ignorant. Then we come to
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Jeremiah 6: 13-14 This is the condition of the denominational churches. They want to hear smooth things, even the prophets and the priests, they all deal falsely. There's the picture in our time. While people are damaged by sin, they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly saying Peace, peace when there is no peace. Ezekiel 13: 10-11 verse 16 So willingly ignorant. The message for these last days is comprehensive in the three angels' messages, and the third angel proclaims something which they don't want to hear. The people of God who are preaching the three angel's messages need to preach more than just those smooth messages, they need to preach everything that is contained there. So the people of God must present the third angel's message and it is ours then to examine it and to understand it so that we can join the ranks of that angel. At times when world powers will place a strangle hold, as we've been reading there, in Revelation 13, the strangle hold that they place upon the world to do what the world expects of us, and if we don't do it under threat of death and threat of embargoes. As this strangle hold comes upon the people of this planet in the time of the three angels, there is a countermotion from God's people, the exact opposite Revelation 14:9-10, which we read. The beast and his image and the mark of the beast is being caused to be placed upon the people of the planet and there comes a message Can you see the kind of pressure that is upon God's people and the people who should come out of Babylon at this time There is the strangle hold that comes from the world and there is the threat that is from the ones that create the strangle hold. It's a real intense time and people just want to keep on drifting along, when really it is so intense. In this intense time there is a call to conquer the strangle hold and to gain a victory in such a time as this. Here is the special blessing or benefit placed upon those people who will heed the three angel's messages. Revelation 15:2 This is an intense time and there is a requirement of gaining victory over that stranglehold, and so these people are specially blessed who come through this time.
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Because he causes the entire world to worship the beast and the image and receive the mark, the whole world is the arena where the victory needs to be gained. 1 John 5:4 So our battle is against the beast, his image and the mark of the beast, but it’s going to be a world influence, it won't just be an influence that we have to resist as these powers of the papacy and protestant USA, it’s going to be what they are going to cause the whole world to do. Under these messages we need to overcome the peer pressure syndrome. That's what the challenge is of these three angel's messages. That is why there is a special mention made under the third angel's message that the people who proclaim the third angel's message and those that heed that message and do overcome are clearly identified in the third angel's message itself. 'Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' So this is the introduction to our study on the third angel's message, that we go right into the detail of the kind of interplay that is mentioned here in the third angel. The detail of the wrath of God in relation to involvement with the predominating influence of the world. This is the very message that has been written down in detail for the people who are under the third angel's message. 5T 455 -456 'The three angels of Revelation 14 represent the people who accept the light of God's messages and go forth as His agents to sound the warning throughout the length and breadth of the earth. Christ declares to His followers: Ye are the light of the world. To every soul that accepts Jesus the cross of Calvary speaks: Behold the worth of the soul: 'Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.' Nothing is to be permitted to hinder this work. It is the all-important work for time; it is to be farreaching as eternity. The love that Jesus manifested for the souls of men in the sacrifice which He made for their redemption, will actuate all His followers.' That's what the first angel's message was stimulating us to do.

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'But very few of those who have received the light are doing the work entrusted to their hands. There are a few men of unswerving fidelity who do not study ease, convenience, or life itself, who push their way wherever they can find an opening to press the light of truth and vindicate the holy law of God. But the sins that control the world have come into the churches, and into the hearts of those who claim to be God's peculiar people. Many who have received the light exert an influence to quiet the fears of worldlings and formal professors. There are lovers of the world even among those who profess to be waiting for the Lord. There is ambition for riches and honor. Christ describes this class when He declares that the day of God is to come as a snare upon all that dwell upon the earth. This world is their home. They make it their business to secure earthly treasures. They erect costly dwellings and furnish them with every good thing; they find pleasure in dress and the indulgence of appetite. The things of the world are their idols. These interpose between the soul and Christ, and the solemn and awful realities that are crowding upon us are but dimly seen and faintly realized. ' Dimly seen and faintly realized even in the very ranks of those who are proclaiming the three angel's messages. So our study therefore is to arouse not only the people that are in Babylon but also those that are meant to be giving this message. What is meant with 'giving this message'? Not to sit on our lees, to make the world our home, because this is the last scene of this world's history, and this has been going on since 1844, how relevant is this for us now, if this was relevant for those back in 1844? There is no time to study ease, it is now time to focus our whole attention upon pushing forward with this message in our daily life, in our specific spiritual outreach that through our church activities, through our individual work among the people, so that the third angel's message will be sounded to warn everyone who could still arouse and come out from underneath this terrible strangle hold that is catching the world.

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2. THE SHAKING
The separating of the wheat from the tares is part of the third angel's work. Looking at Revelation 14 where the third angel's message is given, let us note in verses 9-10 and verses 12-13, what the third angel is actually doing in his preaching. Revelation 14:9-10 Here is the angel addressing a certain company of people, those worship the beast and his image and receive the mark in the forehead, they will receive the wrath of God. verse 12-13 Here you see another class, a class that has the patience of the saints that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. The third angel is actually as you notice there qualifying two companies, identifying opposite companies in his presentation. He is actually exercising a selective influence in his message. The inhabitants of the earth are being segregated by his preaching. The ones that are receiving the mark of the beast and the ones that are keeping the commandments of God. You notice that that message is directly pre verse 14 Immediately before the Second Advent, this is the work that this third angel is doing. Segregating by his work a people. It is interesting when you hear someone say the people who keep the commandments of God versus the people who are receiving the mark of the beast; straight away there is a splitting of companies there. What is declared in this statement, immediately before the coming of Jesus? There is this message.

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In Amos 9:9, just prior to the coming of Jesus, this is what is announced. In verse 8 you can see it is at the time of the destroying of the earth, then read verse 9 So at the time when the sinful kingdom is going to be destroyed from off the face of the earth, there is a sifting taking place, a separating as corn is sifted in a sieve, and then there is that comforting statement, not the least grain will fall on the ground. God will make sure the grain is going to be kept for the garner. According to what we identify in the third angel, the three angel's messages relate to this very text of Amos 9:9. They the very announcement of their messages is to do with the shaking or separating of God's true people from those that are going to be destroyed. As it said there, He will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, but He will destroy the sinful kingdom, then He will have to separate the ones that shouldn't be destroyed, and that is exactly what the third angel is saying. Anyone who is going to receive the mark of the beast and worship the beast and the image of the beast is going to be destroyed. And here are the people that are not going to be destroyed, that is evident there. Jesus gave a parable that clearly leads us to understand this event. He had just given the parable in verse 24 Matthew 13: 36 People are being segregated and the company that is the tares is going to be burnt. What we read in the third angel's message is that these people who worship the beast and his image are going to be burnt; it is an interesting comparison. Let's qualify from the Word of God how Matthew 13 is directly what the three angel's messages are doing. In verse 39 The harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels. The shallow reader usually reads this to mean Jesus is coming with His angels and the angels do the separating at the coming of Jesus. But let's find out what Jesus said about the segregation between the wheat and the tares and it's at the time of the end. When Jesus said in the parable the harvest is the end of the world, the people who understood Jesus speaking at that time understood that the harvest wasn't a one day event.
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They understood what the harvest was according to their method of harvesting, it was a season in which the reapers went around with their sickles and the whole fields were cut and stooks were set up to dry in the summer heat. Those stooks would sit there for quite a period of time and then they would be gathered in. They understood, and Jesus used that parable to demonstrate that the end of the world is a season – the time of the end. At the time of the end, angels would be doing some work, in the time of the end. So we read Revelation chapter 10 and identify an angel identifying the end. What we read in Daniel 12 is connected here. Remember the book of Daniel was closed Revelation 10:1-2 discusses this. Verses 5-6 This angel says there should be time no longer, as he has a book open, it is the end. Verses 8-11 This book was eaten, this is very symbolic of when you read a book you digest it, e.g. The Reader's Digest. The book that was to be opened at the time no longer is to be eaten and studied and digested and it will give a sweet sense to people, expecting Jesus to come, but there is a bitterness when they digest it because, no you must prophesy again to people of many nations and tongues and kings. Your work isn't over yet, even though it is the time of the end. Daniel 8: 16-19 This angel that says there is time no longer is also here. We are trying to understand the parable of Christ, the harvest is the end of the world. There is a time appointed that the end shall be. The angel Gabriel is going to explain. 2SM 108 The Angel of Revelation Ten The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of God's judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world. {2SM 107.3} And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up
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his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer (Rev. 10:5, 6). This message announces the end of the prophetic periods. The disappointment of those who expected to see our Lord in 1844 was indeed bitter to those who had so ardently looked for His appearing. It was in the Lord's order that this disappointment should come, and that hearts should be revealed. Not one cloud has fallen upon the church that God has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork the work of God but He has foreseen. All has taken place as He has predicted through His prophets. He has not left His church in darkness, forsaken, but has traced in prophetic declarations what would occur, and through His providence, acting in its appointed place in the world's history, He has brought about that which His Holy Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell. We can see that in prophecy what we are to expect in 1844, men will be travelling across the earth so that this book that was closed now will be opened and everybody can hear about it. In those times travel was beginning to take place because of the trade that was going on all across the world but it has increased from that time to this point in time where everything goes across the world at a huge speed and everyone can hear it from one spot. This is the work through that season of the harvest. The book declaring that there is time no longer is the book of Daniel that was closed unto 2300 days then there would be the time of the end as the angel said, I'm going to explain to you the end of the time. Chapter 12 says seal the book until that time. In this time of the end, from 1844 onwards, we would then expect, according to the harvest that Jesus told in the parable, that the angels would be sent forth to gather the wicked from among the good. Indeed, these three angels are reapers in the time of the end. They are doing the reaping. How are they reaping? Hebrews 4:12 Here we see the kind of thing the preaching of the Word does. As the first angel was preaching, he was preaching the everlasting gospel and he announced the hour of God's judgment is come. What was he doing as he was preaching? It was cutting like a sickle, cutting the harvest of the earth. The people were being cut to the core as the message proceeds it identifies the pure truth and identifies how the heart reacts to it. We studied that already. While a
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large number of people rejected the message while others accepted it. That was the cutting. As it was written in Revelation 10:11 you must go and prophesy again. The first angel is actually doing the cutting, cutting the people with the message, doing the harvesting. The second angel follows , Revelation 14:8 Babylon is fallen Straight away this second reaper is identifying the Babylonish people who are rejecting the message. By rejecting the first angel's message the denominational churches were falling in the direction of the tares through the cutting of the tares. The second angel is putting the tares to one side, identifying them there. Then comes the third reaper, the third angel. What does he do? He identifies those who worship the beast and his image and receive his mark and he says you are going to burn Then he says Here are they that keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. That's the third angel. He is identifying the wheat and the tares. We come to this identifying the wheat and binding in bundles for the heavenly garner and the tares to burn in Revelation 7: 1-4 Here is another description of the time of the end till we, not I; here is a people that have to be bound before the world is destroyed. The twelve tribes of Israel bundled. Revelation 14: 1 At the beginning of the messages here they are. Verse 5 Here is the wheat in the last days Verse 8-9 The tares. Verse 8 the second angel and verse 9 the third angel. Also in Ezekiel 9: 3-4 God speaking of the wicked of Israel and the men with their slaughtering weapon. In verse 2 there is another man with a writer's inkhorn by his side. Verse 5-6 Here is the same situation but put in a different way. God's people are being marked so that they will not be destroyed, they are being bound in bundles, while the wicked are bound in bundles to be destroyed. EW 88-89 EG White saw in her vision the whole world going to destruction I asked the angel if there were none left. He bade me look in an opposite direction, and I saw a little company traveling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united, bound together by the truth, in bundles, or companies. The angels were binding the people together by the preaching of the truth.

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Said the angel, The third angel is binding, or sealing, them in bundles for the heavenly garner. So what we have been reading, what we have been concluding is exactly here. It is here even more vividly. EW 118 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. Here is the powerful reality of Biblical truth that ever since 1844 the third angel when he came to do his work, awful is his mission, he is selecting the wheat from the tares. So indeed the harvest commenced in 1844, the stooks are being erected to be standing in the heat of the summer to dry out so they can be taken into the garner. This is the time in which we are living. Because we see that, like in those days when it took a whole season to do this work because they were working by hand, it is the symbolic picture of the time of the end that it would take a period of time. Because it is prolonged and the work goes on and on over more than a century there is an envoy of reinforcements like there is in the time of the harvest and gleaners come to pick up all the grain, as we read in Amos not one grain will be left to fall. Is there scriptural evidence to say that the angels will receive help? Revelation 18: 1-2 Another angel having great power coming to vivify the work, to make it more intense. Identifying the tares and the evil of the tares with a loud voice. EW 278 The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies. A compelling power moved the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a fear and restraint upon their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not, neither had they the power to, hinder those who felt the work of the Spirit of God upon them.... God was in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united with those who were
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keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry. Servants of God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Amos 9:9 is taking place more and more vividly as time goes on. The separation is part of these messages. It is not a message of staying together, let's be happy together, let's stay in our families together – nothing like that. These messages leave no room for that. These messages are cry aloud, spare not, show my people their transgressions, so of course the people who want to hear smooth things are saying the people who are doing this work are separating families, destroying relationships, but that is what the message is. We are in a situation where there is no room for getting along nicely with those who are not doing what God is saying It is written very vividly in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 As you see these terrible things taking place and characteristics in verse 4 and 5, the call is from such turn away As we go on studying the third angel's message together with the voice from heaven and the Revelation 18 angel are dealing directly with what we are reading here in 2 Timothy 3 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 We are living in the time of the end when this must take place. When you read these scriptures you realise there is no pussy footing around. Those who will not submit to the three angel's messages, we have to separate from. The call is come away, bundle together under the truth. The study of Timothy and Corinthians is very explicit and specific in respect to what we should do with yoking together. As God is behind these messages, the
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angels have been sent by Him to separate, as we read there in Daniel, those words are so important to sever the wicked from among the just. Sever means to tear, tear relationships. As God is organising this there comes a point in time when He says enough is enough we have to move faster right at the end. What will He do in this final work as it has been prolonged? Romans 9:27-28 He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness. What others have had years learning, now these other ones will have to move fast. When His angels have bundled everything there will come a voice from heaven. This voice is expressed in Revelation 22:11 When that has been expressed, the sorting and tying of the bundles is completed,then the people on earth will gradually awaken to the horrible conclusion in which they have no more choice any longer. Jeremiah 8:20 When that declaration is made of the close of probation in Revelation 22:11 that Jesus has not yet arrived as such. The bundling has been completed as in the harvest practice. The stooks that were bound together and erected to stand in the summer sun, remain to dry out fully Revelation 7:13-14 The people who come out of this heat of the final drying out of all earthliness, of all moisture, these people will have great tribulation. The tribulation spoken of here is recorded in Jeremiah 30: 5-7 The time of Jacob's trouble. To go through that time of trouble of the drying out of the wheat sheaves is to dry out everything so that that can be saved, they will be saved out of it. When the drying out of the sheaves of wheat of all moisture has been completed, then comes the statement of Jesus in Matthew 13:30 When the stooks have been dried out completely, when the tribulation has done its work, then there will be the gathering in of the sheaves into the barn.
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What is that? In the closing scenes of the harvest, the people of God went through great tribulation which is concluded with Revelation 14:14-15 The conclusion of the harvest. Ripe see margin it says dried. In the harvest period of Christ's time, the sheaves were gathered up to be thrown onto the cart to be taken into the barn, the sickle is still used. It is a very good instrument to pick up each particular sheaves to hoist onto the shoulder then from the shoulder to put onto the tray of the cart. Here Jesus is coming as a reaper not to do the work that the angels have already been doing , but to gather the wheat into the barn. As Jesus comes the people are taken from the planet onto the cloud and He takes them with Him back to His abode in heaven. At the same time as the wheat is gathered into the barn, the other reaper in Revelation 14:17-20 Here is a very interesting interfacing of terminologies. He had power over fire at the same time it was the winepress of God's wrath. The wicked, the sheaves of dried out tares will be burnt but there is another detail of where the winepress of God's wrath is going to destroy the wicked by warfare, blood flowing. Here is another reaper with his sickle he is gathering to destroy the tares of the earth. Here is the full spectrum of the harvest activity. The one that gathers in after the other reapers have done their work is Jesus Christ to gather in the wheat into the barn. As we summarise this whole picture, there is a very good statement made in TM 234 The time of the judgment is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares. Those who have been members of the same family are separated. A mark is placed upon the righteous. They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Those who have been obedient to God's commandments will unite with the company of the saints in light; they shall enter in through the gates into the city, and have right to the tree of life. The one shall be taken. His name shall stand in the book of life, while those with whom he associated shall have the mark of eternal separation from God. So the time of the judgment is a period under the third angel's message and the
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first and second angels with them, the period of the judgment is a period of the harvesting of the earth of the wheat and the tares and the separating of the two. It is indeed a separation that cuts through all the ranks of social platforms including the family because every individual makes his own decision what he is going to do with the beautiful work of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and the hour of God's judgment, how they react to that.

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3. THE MARK OF THE BEAST
The third angel was identified for us in our last study in Early Writings; EW 118 he is the angel that is to separate the wheat from the tares and to bundle the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention. He is the angel in the harvest time that is doing this work, he is one of the reapers. We turn to Ezekiel 9, where we have another rendition of the same work. The angel that is sealing or binding the bundles. Ezekiel 9: 3-4 Here is the Old Testament rendition of the destruction of the wicked churches in the terms of Jerusalem. There are these men with slaughter weapons in their hands, and before the slaughter takes place, there is a man with a writer's inkhorn by his side who is to go and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and cry for the abominations that are done in Jerusalem. Later on it says he instructs these men with slaughter weapons 'don't come near these people that are marked.' This is also identified just before the slaughter in Revelation 7:1-3 You see the parallel. The Ezekiel 9 angel with the writer's inkhorn by his side is to mark them in their foreheads so that when the slaughter takes place they will be protected. Here is exactly the same story. We read an enlargement of this in TM 444-445 These winds are under control until God gives the word to let them go. There is the safety of God's church. The angels of God do His bidding, holding back the winds of the earth, that the winds should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree, until the servants of God should be sealed in their foreheads. The mighty angel is seen ascending from the east (or sunrising). This mightiest of angels has in his hand the seal of the living God, or of Him who alone can give life, who can inscribe upon the foreheads the mark or inscription, to whom shall be granted immortality,
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eternal life. It is the voice of this highest angel that had authority to command the four angels to keep in check the four winds until this work was performed, and until he should give the summons to let them loose. Further down on page 445 This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. We saw it in comparison and here it is verified under inspiration as well. The work of the third angel is to seal or bind in bundles that he is there to mark or seal in the foreheads the people who are wheat. In the third angel the understanding of the sealing must be focused upon because he is the one who seals in the forehead. Let's recall his message in Revelation 14 and identify that he is directly concerned with the terrible warning of the slaughter that is to follow him. Revelation 14:9-10 This angel is vividly involved in giving the message that is to warn the people of the destruction, the fire that is to burn up the tares. Verse 12 He identifies those and seals them so that they will not be destroyed by the slaughter weapons. Those whom he seals gain the victory over the mark of the beast, that is what it says here. His message is the sealing message that separates those who have the mark of the beast from those who have the seal of God. The experience of the people that heed this message is the experience of those who will stand on the sea of glass. Revelation 15:2 Here they are, they have gained the victory over that which the third angel had warned the world that they must get the victory over. What that means is to get the victory over the whole world, for the whole world is brought under the control of the mark of the beast, he causes the whole world to receive the mark. They gain the victory over the world in consequence in which we read in
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1John 5:4-5 These people have gained the victory of the beast, the mark of the beast and his image. The whole world has been brought under their umbrella and these people have got the victory over the world because the whole world is following after the beast and his image. TM 445 Those that overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, will be the favored ones who shall receive the seal of the living God. Those whose hands are not clean, whose hearts are not pure, will not have the seal of the living God. Those who are planning sin and acting it will be passed by. Only those who, in their attitude before God, are filling the position of those who are repenting and confessing their sins in the great anti-typical day of atonement, will be recognized and marked as worthy of God's protection. There is the third angel's impact upon the people who listen to him. They will overcome the world, the flesh and the devil and they will have pure hearts etc. They will not be practicing the ways of the indulgence of the world. The seal of God is then an activity of working with God that is in direct contradiction to what the world is doing who are being marked by the beast. The authority of the beast and papacy needs to be resisted 7BC 976.3 This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed. All who proved their loyalty to God by observing His law, and refusing to accept a spurious sabbath, will rank under the banner of the Lord God Jehovah, and will receive the seal of the living God. Those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and accept the Sunday sabbath, will receive the mark of the beast This is a comprehensive concept that is being expressed here. All who prove their loyalty to God by observing His law. That is the issue. In contrast to those who yield the truth of heavenly origin and receive the mark of the beast which is to accept Sunday. Yielding the truth of heavenly origin is what is concerned it is not just a question merely of Sabbath and Sunday as days, it is the loyalty to God that is at stake, the observing of His law and refusing to accept anything spurious to that. In contrast those who yield the truth, the Sabbath and Sunday question is connected with that principle. Revelation 13:16-17
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He causes, these are the little words that are just read over and the result is that people do not go into the depth of what the actual engagement is that the professed people of God are being worked upon to become disloyal to God. Only those who will not permit this cause upon their life to affect them but resist this causing and remain loyal to God will reject the mark of the beast. We need to know what the ropes of this experience is about, it is not just a question of the days of the Sabbath and Sunday. 5T 216 What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God-candidates for heaven. The power of the worldly mold takes them away from this sanctification experience of the apprenticeship of Christ. The infiltration of the papacy takes them over, it's the spirit of the papacy that grabs people and takes them down until finally they will receive the mark as they are molded. What is the detail of the exercise of the third angel's message regarding the mark of the beast? 7BC 976 God is going to bring around a condition of things where the good men and the men in authority will have an opportunity to know what is truth indeed. And because a people will not bow the knee to the image, and receive the mark of the beast in the hand or the forehead, but will stand to the truth because it is truth, there oppression, and an attempt to compel the conscience; but those who have known the truth will be afraid to yield to the powers of darkness. God has a people who will not receive the mark of the beast in their right hand or in their forehead.
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This whole exercise has to do with our affections either for the world or for God. The affections to God are identified by true Sabbath keeping. In considering the contest between the seal of God and the mark of the beast we recall the entirety of our study, in the first angel's message we talked about the apprenticeship to Christ. Those who would not enter into such an apprenticeship but were rejecters of it and were rejecters of the first angel's message fell under the power of the worldly mold. We recall the study of the infiltration of the papacy. Indeed the whole world is infiltrated with the influence of the papacy and therefore molds the people after its own similitude. A we read in Revelation 13 he causes the world to receive the mark, it's an infiltration and it’s a molding. Testimony volume 5 page 216 Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. So the whole issue is one of embracing one or the other of the influences that are upon the people of this planet. One is the truth, receiving the truth and obeying and purifying our souls by it as in the apprenticeship, they will receive the heavenly mold and prepare for the seal of God in their foreheads. In contrast to that those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold preparing for the mark of the beast in their forehead. What is the living exercise of the third angel's message in regard to this? 7BC 976 last paragraph Trial and persecution will come to all who, in obedience to the Word of God, refuse to worship this false sabbath. Force is the last resort of every false religion. At first it tries attraction, as the king of Babylon tried the power of music and outward show. If these attractions, invented by men inspired by Satan, failed to make men worship the image, the hungry flames of the furnace were ready to consume them. So it will be now. The papacy has exercised her power to compel men to obey her, and she will continue to do so. We need the same spirit that was manifested by God's servants in the conflict with paganism.
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Here we see the conflict, as it is expressed there, is one of either being attracted by the attractions of the world, the music and the outward show and the affections are drawn to so submit to the drawing and receiving of the mark of the beast. There is a contest for the affections, either to God or the beast. Our affections under the third angel's message are drawn to God and it is beautifully expressed here in the Bible as to the involvement of the things we have studied that lead to the third angel's message, the affect of God's apprenticeship involvement with us taking us into apprenticeship in Exodus 31:13 There is the sanctifying subject. God is sanctifying those who are His children. There is a sign, an identification that we belong to Him. The sign is the Sabbath, it is the sign that we are being sanctified, God is warming our lives toward Him. This sign is none other than the seal of God. We read the sign and seal interchanged in Romans 4: 11 where the sign of circumcision is spoken of here and interchanged with the word seal. Circumcision was a seal and a sign of the faith which he had, so the Sabbath is a sign or a seal of the righteousness that God is sanctifying us into. This is repeated in Deuteronomy 5:15 It is the intervening power and love of God that redeems us from slavery, as with the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery, and us from the slavery of sin. Because He has been so wonderfully kind and loving to us, sacrificing Jesus Christ to redeem us, it is a strong, stretched out arm by which He saves us, therefore the Sabbath was given us. Once more this affectionate bond in regards to the Sabbath and in regards to God's wonderful dealings with His people is expressed in Ezekiel 11: 17-20 Here in the precious work of the gospel of Jesus Christ , he gives us a heart, one heart for Him, not double-mindedness, one heart for Him, taking away the stony heart out of us for the purpose that we may walk in His statutes and keep His ordinances and do them. Among them is the sign of all that, the Sabbath., so that we may be His people. He wants to have us as His people and we may have Him as our God. An affectionate bonding. Therefore as we embrace the first
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angel's message the heart is inscribed by the Law and it is sealed in contrast to the affections of the world. There is a distinct barrier between the people who have been sealed, their affections have been drawn to God away from the world, away from the captivity of Egypt, and they will be completely opposite to the people who are bound in their affections to the world. This is again appealed to the hearts of the people who read the Bible in Colossians 3:1-3 Direct reference is made to those who have been risen with Christ through the beautiful gospel. Can you see the deep intimacy that is here expressed? We are in God with Christ therefore our mind is focused to things that are above, our affections are on things above, not on things on the earth. Those people who have truly become wrapped up with God and Jesus Christ, they are sealed with the Sabbath as the sign of that affectionate bond, while those whose hearts are double, double-minded, will be seduced into the ways of the world. We read this here in James 4:8 In Ezekiel 11 we read that He will give them one heart, here we have people that have double hearts. God wants them to purify their hearts to become single minded towards God. Those who are double-minded, we come to James 1:8 These people are unstable, they cannot be depended on, they are not sealed, they will flip-flop. A sealed person is someone that will not fall to the other side, he is sealed. 1 Timothy 4:1 reveals the fact that a person who is double-minded and not stable is a person who will be seduced, because their hearts are still affectionately bound to some of the things in the world. These thing s that they are attracted by are very vividly expressed here under the messages of the angels in Revelation 18:3 Babylon is being addressed, notice what has happened. Some delicacies, some areas of affectionate appetising involvement, the whole world is caught up and attracted by it. All who are not decidedly for God will be drawn in by their double-mindedness, seduced is the word as we read it there.
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GC 608.2 As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. Yes, indeed, they have become seduced. They have become involved in the three angel's messages, however, they were double-minded. As such as they are under the spirit of the world, they are partaking of the spirit of the world and its attractions, they come to view matters in nearly the same light. By that preparation, they will ultimately flop over to the mark of the beast which is the opposite of their affectionate loyalty to God, which is signified by Sabbath keeping. The test is the Sabbath versus the Sunday. Whether they will be loyal to the Sabbath or break the Sabbath so they can be loyal to their allegiance to the world. So Sunday is the mark of the beast's authority, the beast's control. The Sabbath is that of God's authority and His control. When we studied the Elijah message, the people were called upon to make a decision: 1Kings 18:21 How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD [be] God, follow him: but if Baal, [then] follow him This is the exact same issue in the work of the third angel's message to call the people to make their decision which side they are going to take. Those who are molded by the world will take Sunday. Those who are totally loyal to the truth with their affectionate bond with God will have the Sabbath as the mark of identity, the sign of their loyalty.

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4. THE LATTER RAIN
What is the latter rain and what has it to do with the third angel's message? We recall one of our studies, the very first study of the first angel's message. Zechariah 4:1-6 We saw how much the angels have to do with the Holy Spirit. This vision of the olive tree and candle stick was a vision to describe the method of God's work upon human beings, namely not by might nor by power but by my Spirit. There we let the angel continue to explain in Verses 11-14 Immediately our minds go to the ark of the covenant, the Shekinah glory around the throne of God and the two angels, one on each side. Here is what was explained, that the oil that runs through the pipes to the candlesticks so that the light can glow, in the burning of the oil, is something that is channelled from the two angels that are right beside the throne of God. The oil has to do with the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit that is flowing from God through the angels on each side of the throne into the candlesticks. The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is signified by another symbol in Joel 2: 23 What is he talking about? Verses 28-32 Here we have a description of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the terminology of the former and the latter rain. It is in a period of time when there will be wonders in the heaven and earth, blood and fire and pillars of smoke.
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The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before that great and terrible day of the Lord come. In our study of Matthew 24 those signs of the darkening of the sun and the moon and the sign of the falling of the stars, and the warfare of blood and fire and pillars of smoke, this is being taken place ever since those heralds of the morning before 1798 and after 1798, towards the time of 1844. This is the time the three angles were to come and proclaim their message straight after that. Those signs pointed to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through those angels, those two angels that were to shed and pour the oil through themselves into the candlesticks. In our past studies we touched on the fact that the candlesticks were the church and that the Holy Spirit would flow from the angels to the church to illuminate the world, as a candlestick does. Notice that in the time of such events portrayed here in Joel, the angels were giving their messages and they therefore will be linked with the latter rain. That is how the latter rain is linked with the three angels messages. It is the Holy Spirit that flows from the angels to the people on the earth who then convey the Holy Spirit because they have the oil in their vessels and they illuminate the world b the light. This is all part of that scenario. So we are clear in our understanding that the third and the other angels have everything to do with the former and the latter rain. As we will see now, the third angel has very much to do with the latter rain. TM 508 At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the first start. The blessings received under the former rain are needful to us to the end. Yet these alone will not suffice. While we cherish the blessing of the early rain, we must not, on the other hand, lose sight of the fact that without the latter rain, to fill out the ears and ripen the grain, the harvest will not be ready for the sickle, and the labor of the sower will have been in vain. Divine grace is needed at the beginning, divine grace at every step of advance, and divine grace alone can complete the work....... Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain. Do not rest satisfied that in the ordinary course of the season, rain will fall. Ask for it. The growth and perfection of the seed rests not with the husbandman. God alone can ripen the harvest. But man's co-operation is required...Let us, with contrite hearts, pray most earnestly that now, in the time of the latter rain, the showers of grace may fall upon us. At every meeting we attend our
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prayers should ascend, that at this very time God will impart warmth and moisture to our souls. As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain. If we pray for the blessing in faith, we shall receive it as God has promised. Then the very message of Zechariah comes into focus The continued communication of the Holy Spirit to the church is represented by the prophet Zechariah under another figure, which contains a wonderful lesson of encouragement for us. The prophet says: The angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, Then follows the verses out of Zechariah that we have just read. You see the very concept of the angles with the oil flowing from them to the candlestick has to do with the latter rain, has to do with the time of the three angels messages, and especially the third angel. 7BC 984 -We must not wait for the latter rain. It is coming upon all who will recognize and appropriate the dew and showers of grace that fall upon us. When we gather up the fragments of light, when we appreciate the sure mercies of God, who loves to have us trust Him, then every promise will be fulfilled. [Isa. 61:11 quoted.] The whole earth is to be filled with the glory of God .... I have no specific time of which to speak when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will take place--when the mighty angel will come down from heaven, and unite with the third angel in closing up the work for this world; my message is that our only safety is in being ready for the heavenly refreshing, having our lamps trimmed and burning The time is the cry of the third angel which comes as we will study in our next study in direct consequence of the latter rain. The loud cry of the third angel is as a result of the latter rain. EW 271 The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold upon it. All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth; it was dearer and more precious than life. I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel.
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Here is the purpose of our study, the third angel's message under the latter rain, because it is connected directly with the third angel. The angels receiving the oil (the Holy Spirit), pouring it to those who are to receive the message on earth and they in turn let it shine, with their lamps burning bright, it is directly in reference to the messages. As we understand Joel 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first [month]. We want to study now what in actual fact in connection with the third angel is the latter rain. In the marginal reading, when we read there the former rain moderately and then the latter rain, what is meant here? In the margin it says a teacher of righteousness according to righteousness That takes us to Deuteronomy 32:1-4 Under the work of this angel a teaching goes forth What is the rain? My doctrine. Doctrine is teaching. We vividly see here the latter and former rain is the teacher of righteousness according to righteousness, is the one whose doctrine shall drop like the rain. Zechariah 10:1 Ask for the doctrine in the time of the latter rain, not just to a corporate body but every grass is to absorb the rain, the doctrine, the teaching. The teacher and the doctrine. Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as just that. John 14:26 As Jesus speaks about the Holy Spirit He presents Him precisely in the way in which these other Bible texts have just been collating the rain with the teacher and the doctrine. He will teach the doctrine. This is enlarged in John 16:7-14 A teacher of righteousness according to righteousness. He will reprove the
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world, or as it says in the margin convince, convict of sin. There is this principle of the latter rain, this teacher of righteousness that was sent to the apostles back there which was the former rain and ever since that time the Holy Spirit is leading the people, taking it of Jesus and showing it unto them. Not just with us, but in us, applying the doctrine within our own heart. That's why He is a teacher of righteousness according to righteousness, not just teaching you on the surface, but deep inside. How can it be according to righteousness? 1 Corinthians 2:9-14 The Holy Spirit is going to work in a manner that is something that is not natural to us. The Holy Ghost teaches. Where does He teach? Inside. That's what the oil that runs inside the angels is poured out to pour inside of us. The Holy Spirit runs from one instrument to the other in that picture we studied in the beginning. It was needed to be inside; 1 Corinthians 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. We cannot think the way that God is thinking but the Holy Spirit comes if we will let Him into us and He will teach us the deep things of God inside of us. That's the manner in which the Holy Spirit works. Those that receive the latter rain, which is the pouring of the Holy Spirit from the third angel into the hearts in the time of the third angel, in the time of the end. That time has been going on ever since 1848 when the third angel came in. Now is the time we are to ask for it, back there through to now. As the three angel's messages are being proclaimed it is the time of the latter rain, because the three angels are doing their work, not only to bind up in bundles in the time of the harvest , but the Holy Spirit will pour upon the grass so that it can come to the harvest. It's all part and parcel of the same exercise. While the latter rain is being poured, the harvest ripens and then as soon as it is fully ripened, when the latter rain has rained and it stops and then straight away things dry out and the grain has come to its full strength and it is harvested. That's all part of the work since the beginning to the three angel's messages, the time of the harvest. It's just before and during it. The latter rain or the swelling of the third angel's message is here contained. The people who receive the outpouring of this message, of this teaching, of the third angel, they are prepared to stand in the heat of the summer sun at the close of probation. They gain the victory over the world, over the flesh and over the
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mark of the beast. EW 271 Look ye! My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying in agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude and holy, sacred joy. ..... I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power. Here are they who had gained the victory. It calls from them the deepest gratitude. They speak forth the truth with great power, it is the latter rain that makes this change. The first, second and third angels are the people that are proclaiming that message and under the third angel the outpouring of the latter rain causes them to speak the message because as it pours from the angels of heaven into their hearts causes them to be able to understand the doctrine, because He is a teacher of righteousness according to righteousness. As they receive the doctrine from within they can't help but proclaim that doctrine. The oil comes, the Holy Spirit, comes with a clear message to all around. EV 702 The third angel's message is swelling into a loud cry, and you must not feel at liberty to neglect the present duty, and still entertain the idea that at some future time you will be the recipients of great blessing, when without any effort on your part a wonderful revival will take place. . . . Today you are to have your vessel purified, that it may be ready for the heavenly dew, We read earlier as the dew, my doctrine. We are here to absorb the message and as we absorb it, as we prepare our vessels so that we can understand it, we must be purified to understand the message. Many people hear it but they don't understand it, because their vessels are not prepared for it, that we may ready for the heavenly dew ..ready for the showers of the latter rain; for the latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every
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defilement. You know what it's like, you can hear a message but if your life and your mind is not purely able to concentrate on it because all this other material is going around in your brain you can't get the deep things of the kingdom of heaven deep inside of you. That's all that is involved here, that in this time of the latter rain we are called upon to receive the message, not merely as an external doctrine, but as a doctrine that we absorb. It is our work today to yield our souls to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord--fitted for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This makes so much more sense now. Every time we look at this it is not just a whoosh of a spiritual sensation, it is fitted to receive the teacher of righteousness according to righteousness. Instead of living in expectation of some special season of excitement, we are wisely to improve present opportunities, doing that which must be done in order that souls may be saved. Instead of exhausting the powers of our mind in speculations in regard to the times and seasons which the Lord has placed in His own power, and withheld from men, we are to yield ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit, to do present duties, to give the bread of life, unadulterated with human opinions, to souls who are perishing for the truth.This is very weighty material. People can study into all sorts of Biblical material, but it is a waste of time. We are to embrace the truths the Lord wants us to put into practice rather than just to speculate where we are. The apprenticeship of the first angel's message is to be graduated in the third angel's message. We studied the principle of the whole process of changing of life under the first angel's message, the everlasting gospel. By the time the third angel's message has come to its full impact, the first angel's apprenticeship message we have become graduates because under the message of sanctification and justification that we have studied we are overcoming every defilement for the final touch of the doctrine of perfection under the third angel, the Holy Spirit. These people then who have gained the victory, are then sealed and as they are sealed under the work of the latter rain, there are others yet under the third angel's message which contains the latter rain power that also need to be brought into this and be sealed. That is where the loud cry comes to them. The
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people who receive the three angel's messages and become ministers of that message must themselves have graduated through the apprenticeship exercise, then a grand final call is given by them in the loud cry.

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5. THE LOUD CRY
The latter rain was the teacher of righteousness according to righteousness as he worked through the angels. In the first angel's message we could identify the former rain that prepared the way for the third angel's message which becomes the latter rain. The people who were under the teaching of the first angel's message understood the work of justification and sanctification, of Christ and His righteousness, the apprenticeship that they entered into, and that being the activity by which they were to gain perfection and under the direction of the Holy Spirit ultimately they were to receive the finishing touch in the latter rain. There was their graduation. Only the people who have been prepared and purified could receive the latter rain, that was what we read in our last study. Reflecting Christ page 294 Pure religion has to do with the will. The will is the governing power in the nature of man, bringing all the other faculties under its sway. The will is not the taste or the inclination, but it is the deciding power, which works in the children of men unto obedience to God, or unto disobedience. . . . ... By steadfastly keeping the will on the Lord's side, [you will bring] every emotion . . . into captivity to the will of Jesus. You will then find your feet on solid rock. It will take, at times, every particle of willpower that you possess, but it is God that is working for you, and you will come forth from the molding process a vessel unto honor. This is the apprenticeship principle. We enter into an apprenticeship with a will and a deciding power that goes contrary to all our impulses and emotions. As we permit that to take its course ultimately we will come forth from the molding process a vessel unto honour. Do you remember as we had studied that the mark of the beast is applied to people who are molded by the world, whereas the seal of God is placed upon people who are molded by the truth and will stand finally in purity. Under the third angel's message the latter rain has its finishing touch to those who have placed their will under the gospel activity of the first angel's message through to the point of the third angel. When this has
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been achieved then the next event, when there is a people who have placed themselves so fully under this process of apprenticeship purification/sanctification exercise, when the Lord has a people like that Isaiah 59: 20-21 is the next event. Isaiah 60:1-2 Here is the picture, that through the work of Christ, through the covenant, the Spirit of God has been working this and is upon the people and His Word is in their mouth and it shall not depart out of their mouth and out of their life. Therefore, they are called upon to shine. Remember the picture of the candlesticks and the oil from the two olive trees. That oil runs in and ignites the candlestick, and that's the Holy Spirit from the angels and from the angel's' messages coming to the people and then they will shine because the Holy Spirit has illuminated their life through the activity of the Holy Spirit's training, the apprenticeship. Now they can arise and shine for the glory of the Lord is risen upon them Verse 8 This verse identifies the period of time in the secular world around them. As the prophet sees the events and the time in which they are to shine. As it says in verse 3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. they will recognise something special is happening here. It is at the time when the prophet sees things flying in the clouds and they come down like doves to their windows, very similar to what we read in Joel The sun shall be darkened and there shall be pillars of smoke, They are seeing these things at such a time as this. We can identify that this arising and shining is in the period of time when these aeroplanes are flying Reflecting Christ 216 We are not to make less prominent the special truths that have separated us from the world, and made us what we are; for they are fraught with eternal interests. God has given us light in regard to the things that are now taking place, and with pen and voice we are to proclaim the truth to the world. In today's world CD, tapes, and computer are the voice and pen.

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But it is the life of Christ in the soul, it is the active principle of love imparted by the Holy Spirit, that alone will make our words fruitful. The love of Christ is the force and power of every message for God that ever fell from human lips. So as we are to arise and shine, here is the introduction to our study of the Loud Cry. What we do with pen and voice must be substantiated by the active principle of the love imparted by the Holy Spirit. That alone will make our words fruitful. This is a very weighty concept which is the key of our whole study, the loud cry. As the latter rain, the Holy Spirit, falling upon us giving not only the truth but He takes of Jesus and shows it unto us. Joel 2:28-31 shows not only the time of this event but the direct pointing out of the people of God who are involved in this period of time. Before that terrible day comes, this is the event, and then Verse 32 Here you have the identification of this period right through the three angel's messages and a revelation of the remnant people where there is safety, where there is salvation. God is going to make prominent the remnant people at such a period in time. A last call to a doomed world is going to be given at that time under the power of the latter rain. Isaiah 26:20-21 Is the actual call to the doomed world under the second angel's message, Babylon is fallen, and under the power of the loud cry, people will be made very conscious of that. The latter rain takes place before that day and the last call is Come my people, come and hide yourself As we read in Joel, where will there be salvation? In Zion, in the remnant. Come my people shut thy doors about thee This is the specifics of the loud cry and the warning. Isaiah 58:1 is what the remnant people of God are called to do.
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These three angels message people are called upon to cry aloud, to lift up their voice, to show my people their transgressions. Not so much only by pen and voice But it is the life of Christ in the soul, it is the active principle of love imparted by the Holy Spirit, that alone will make our words fruitful. The Loud Cry. It's going to be a very loud cry. Revelation 18:1-4 This angel comes and his glory shall fill the whole earth. Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. Verse 4 That's what we read in Isaiah 26. Very vivid This is amplified in GC 449 - 450 The most fearful threatening ever addressed to mortals is contained in the third angel's message. That must be a terrible sin which calls down the wrath of God unmingled with mercy. Men are not to be left in darkness concerning this important matter; the warning against this sin is to be given to the world before the visitation of God's judgments, that all may know why they are to be inflicted, and have opportunity to escape them. Prophecy declares that the first angel would make his announcement to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people. The warning of the third angel, which forms a part of the same threefold message, is to be no less widespread. It is represented in the prophecy as being proclaimed with a loud voice, by an angel flying in the midst of heaven; and it will command the attention of the world. So our consideration is the circumstances that will bring this about. What are the circumstances that will produce such an impact so that everybody has got plenty of warning before the final outpouring of God's wrath takes place.
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Revelation 13:15-16 Here are the events that bring into focus to the world a people who will not worship the beast or receive the mark of the beast. As we have studied the mark of the beast is the conflict between Sabbath and Sunday. Here is an event in the world's history that, by causing all both small and great, rich and poor, to receive this and to be subject to that, that circumstance is going to bring to prominence the very ones who are opposing it. That's the very message of the third angel in Revelation 14:9-10 Here are the people of the third angel who are saying with a loud voice If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: So this angel is proclaiming the exact opposite to what the world is being called to do. You can see by looking at those scriptures that an event takes place that will make the people of God who are holding to these truths and who have been going through the process of apprenticeship to the point where they will actually shine, the glory of the Lord will be seen upon them, they will be made prominent by these events. This is written in Evangelism 69 Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life. Every position of truth taken by our people will bear the criticism of the greatest minds; the highest of the world's great men will be brought in contact with truth, and therefore every position we take should be critically examined and tested by the Scriptures. Now we seem to be unnoticed, but this will not always be. Movements are at work to bring us to the front, and if our theories of truth can be picked to pieces by historians or the world's greatest men, it will be done. We must individually know for ourselves what is truth, and be prepared to give a reason of the hope that we have with meekness and fear, not in a proud, boasting, self-sufficiency, but with the spirit
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of Christ. Under the outpouring of the latter rain it will be in the Spirit that is in us. The gentle love of Jesus Christ in us, yet standing there proclaiming. Cry aloud, spare not always comes as though we have to go with a raised voice, but as we read here it is not in a proud spirit , not with boasting self-sufficiency but with the spirit of Christ. We are nearing the time when we shall stand individually alone to answer for our belief. Religious errors are multiplying and entwining themselves with Satanic power about the people. There is scarcely a doctrine of the Bible that has not been denied Here are a people under the work of the latter rain that are going to be made prominent by the circumstances that are happening. As those circumstances close in what are some of the experiences that God's people will make? How will they be brought face to face by these circumstances with these great men? Maranatha 252 In the great closing work we shall meet with perplexities that we know not how to deal with, but let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working, that a divine hand is on the wheel, and that God will bring His purposes to pass. The time will come when we shall be brought before councils and before thousands for His name's sake, and each one will have to give the reason of his faith. How will we be brought before thousands? Page 253 The time is not far off when the people of God will be called upon to give their testimony before the rulers of the earth. Not one in twenty has a realization of what rapid strides we are making toward the great crisis in our history. . . . There is no time for vanity, for trifling, for engaging the mind in unimportant matters. Kings, governors, and great men will hear of you through the reports of those who are at enmity with you, and your faith and character will be misrepresented before them. But those who are falsely accused will have an opportunity to appear in the presence of their accusers to answer for themselves. They will have the privilege of bringing the light before those who are called the great men of the earth, and if you have
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studied the Bible, if you are ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear, your enemies will not be able to gainsay your wisdom. So here we have the actual method by which the Loud Cry will actually take place . Arise, shine doesn't mean I'm going to become boastful about things, but because I have proceeded through the apprenticeship of Christ and my life with Him, there comes a point in time when God is going to make us prominent, not we ourselves. He will make us prominent through perplexities, through people who are at enmity with us, as it says here. We are going to be brought before the courts, that's how it's going to happen. The world has been so geared to the point already thought the events of laws that take away the specific beliefs that God's people are to have under the three angels' messages, that they will become prominent because of those very processes. We will be brought into prominence by those who are watching us, our own relatives, our own friends, our own church members as it says in GC 608 As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. So they are people who themselves have had faith in the third angel's message, people that know us. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. So they are the ones that will put us in. That has already happened in the first and second World Wars, and it will continue to intensify. GC 607 As the controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called to God's downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital
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questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: Show us from the word of God our error--the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths. That's how it is going to happen, thousands will hear through this method. This is the evangelistic method that the third angel's loud cry is going to make the impact by. We notice that it will not be the proud evangelistic boastfulness that will do it, but it will be a people who have a meek and quiet spirit while they stand faithful to the principles of God's Word. The Voice in Speech and Song, page 31 Bible religion is not to be boastfully paraded, but quietly practiced in good words and works This quiet practice, this gently spirit of Jesus Christ, standing firm and faithful through these opposing influences against the third angel's message, these people will be the loud cry people in a totally different way than people think. Upward Look 102.4 The order of providence in relation to His people is advancement, progression. This is what God's people should be doing now. Now notice If our brethren, who profess to believe the truth, would show their faith by their works, they would honor God and be enabled to convince many souls that they have the truth, for according to their faith and their obedience will they realize the fulfillment of the promises of God and be endowed with power from on high.
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People who not only profess to be in the truth but would show their faith by their works. They have come through the apprenticeship to the works of purity and righteousness. As they show this, they honour God and are enabled to convince many souls that they have the truth, as they stand before thousands, thousands will hear by their manner, by their faith and their obedience and thereby they will have power from on high. That's the power of the Holy Spirit. 6T: 401 The love of Christ, the love of our brethren, will testify to the world that we have been with Jesus and learned of Him. Then will the message of the third angel swell to a loud cry, and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord. Here it is, by brethren who have the love of Christ, the love of their brethren. A beautiful self-explained principle that you are going to have a people of earth that are so imbued with love and affection to God that they are sealed with the seal of God, which is the Sabbath, they are not molded by the world and the rest of the world that is molded to receive the mark of the beast, there are still people amongst them that are nervous about that and as here are a people that stand there with such a Christian demeanour and are demonstrating such unity of love in the truth as well as showing love for each other, it's a loud screaming cry. Like they say, your actions speak louder than your words, your behaviour screams at me, that's the loud cry. The Revelation 18 angel comes into place in that situation. It is the call of the people of God to the churches that the people of God still in them might come out because there are people of God in the different churches that are just waiting for this to happen. They know it can't happen in their churches but they don't know where to go. Here are a people, the remnant, where there is salvation as we read in Joel. The manner in which it is done is by becoming manifested in the lifestyle of the character and the obedience of Jesus Christ. The glory of God is seen upon them and the circumstances that call forth the utterances of their beliefs have culminated. In conclusion we read three more Bible passages and a statement from Early Writing to identify very vividly, how the Bible prophecies this loud cry. Zechariah 2: 6-7
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The land of the north is Babylon. Zion (God' s church) that dwells in Babylon. God has His people in Babylon. This is a very powerful statement that those people that are God's church, God's Zion, that dwells with the daughter of Babylon is being called out by the remnant who are already separated. Isaiah 52:11-12 This is the same message as Revelation 18, come out from among them. It is the process of the messages that are doing their work and the people in the courts, even that speaks for itself, because there will still be time. The Lord will bring about circumstances and before the very close of probation the faithful ones can still be called out and can escape for their life. There will be people who come out by haste like Lot, but those who listen to these messages will be like Abraham, like Enoch. That's what these messages are for, you don't have to go out in haste if you follow the leading of the Lord. That is what Jesus talked about in John 10:16 God has His sheep in the various different folds, but there is one fold an one shepherd and all the others will join into that fold. His sheep and His fold, those who are in tune with the Zion of heaven as we have been studying, who have been going through the whole works, they will be the avenue through which He will speak and they will hear His voice through His people. EW 277 Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from heaven, and I heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. This message seemed to be an addition to the third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844. The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon and calling upon God's people to come out of her that they might escape her fearful doom. The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the call and left the fallen
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churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life and took their stand with those who were looking for their Lord and keeping all His commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies. A compelling power moved the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a fear and restraint upon their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not, neither had they the power to, hinder those who felt the work of the Spirit of God upon them. God was in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united with those who were keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry. Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, They are the ones that are hurried, the other ones don't have to hurry. as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. There we have the loud cry in conjunction with the latter rain which is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which is the glory of God in character and practice and in pen and voice. Any portion of that is not sufficient, it is the entirety of it. Through this loud cry the world has been subdued and then when the loud cry has been given there comes the enforcement of the Sunday Law and the death decree which is our next study

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6.SUNDAY LAWS
GC 449 Those who, understanding the claims of the fourth commandment, choose to observe the false instead of the true Sabbath are thereby paying homage to that power by which alone it is commanded. But in the very act of enforcing a religious duty by secular power, the churches would themselves form an image to the beast; hence the enforcement of Sundaykeeping in the United States would be an enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image. But Christians of past generations observed the Sunday, supposing that in so doing they were keeping the Bible Sabbath; and there are now true Christians in every church, not excepting the Roman Catholic communion, who honestly believe that Sunday is the Sabbath of divine appointment. God accepts their sincerity of purpose and their integrity before Him. But when Sunday observance shall be enforced by law, and the world shall be enlightened concerning the obligation of the true Sabbath, then whoever shall transgress the command of God, to obey a precept which has no higher authority than that of Rome, will thereby honor popery above God. He is paying homage to Rome and to the power which enforces the institution ordained by Rome. He is worshipping the beast and his image. As men then reject the institution which God has declared to be the sign of His authority, and honor in its stead that which Rome has chosen as the token of her supremacy, they will thereby accept the sign of allegiance to Rome--the mark of the beast. And it is not until the issue is thus plainly set before the people, and they are brought to choose between the commandments of God and the commandments of men, that those who continue in transgression will receive the mark of the beast. This is a very important explanation of what the work of the third angel coming to a loud cry is going to bring before the people of this planet.
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Before this loud cry is given there are many people, as we were just reading there, who keep the Sunday but are not receiving the mark of the beast. It is when the loud cry of the third angel is given, then with that being brought before the whole planet by the loud cry of the third angel, then people make their decisions and that's when they receive the mark of the beast, when they make a choice. In other words, the Lord does not inflict a judgment on people unless they are doing something after He has enlightened them. That's a very important principle here. As we were studying the loud cry last time, we recall that the loud cry came because the people had received the latter rain, which was the study before that. In reality, the latter rain is the teacher of righteousness according to righteousness. The Holy Spirit imparts the truth of righteousness in the lives of the people. The loud cry is as a consequence of this teacher of righteousness upon the people who receive Him. To appreciate this we read Isaiah 59:20 – 60:1 and 2 As you notice here, the lead up to the arising and shining is that the Lord that is working for His faithful people implants into His people His words, which He puts into their mouth and it shall be imbedded into them, it will be sealed into them so that it shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. Those are the people He has prepared so that when the world is in gross darkness they will be called upon to arise to shine. As the Holy Spirit has been working in their lives in the former and the latter rain they are finally to arise and shine so that the Lord's glory shall be seen upon them. His glory upon them is that which is identified in Revelation 18:1 That there was a ministry, a people, who will have such an influence upon the planet as it is brought here in Revelation 18:1. It is the glory upon the people of God that is going to cover the whole earth. The earth was lightened with his glory The loud cry is in reality the work of the Holy Spirit upon the lives of the people so that they demonstrate the very character of God.
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Reflecting Christ 216 it is the life of Christ in the soul, it is the active principle of love imparted by the Holy Spirit, that alone will make our words fruitful. So as they proclaim their words it's what the Holy Spirit has done within that makes their words fruitful. The love of Christ is the force and power of every message for God that ever fell from human lips. That's what we read in 6T 401 The love of Christ, the love of our brethren, will testify to the world that we have been with Jesus and learned of Him. Then will the message of the third angel swell to a loud cry, and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord. How the love among the people of God will testify to the world as we read it last week. So to live and manifest this perfect character of the love of Christ in such a conspicuous way is identified as the loud cry. As this powerful glory of God, a people living up to the light that will shine in all its glory, what is the consequence of the loud cry? 2 Timothy 3:12-13 Here is a clear indication that if you are going to really meet up with God's expectations, if you are going to live godly in Christ Jesus it will inadvertently cause persecution. That is what our study is here. Sunday laws in consequence of the loud cry. The loud cry is that there will be standing a people so powerfully representing the glory of God that they will suffer persecution. In the time of the end, the three angel's time, it will call down a worldwide reaction. Why is going to be a worldwide reaction? Revelation 13:16

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We have a rehearsal of what we did under the second angel, we had a study of the Sunday laws in the second angel's message where we studied ancient Babylon, Rome and USA. We saw that ancient Babylon was a pagan introduction to religion and that was sun worship. We looked at the fact that in Rome and USA there are laws of Sunday keeping. That was just the introduction, but now we are looking at Sunday keeping in the time of the end in reference to this persecution, that is triggered off by these faithful people standing there so powerfully. Why is there a worldwide reaction? Revelation 13:3 is speaking of the papacy, the whole world is molded by the beast. We look at a parallel statement; Daniel 7:25 This is why the world is geared against these people who will be so conspicuous in the glory that covers the whole world. It is dark in the world but the glory of God will be seen in the darkness upon these people. It is a very interesting statement there in Isaiah. The whole world is in blackness. When do the stars shine the brightest? When it is dark, then you can see every star glimmering in the sky. That is the point. All the darkness of the world will make those people who are shining with the glory of God very conspicuous, you can't hide. The glory of the Lord will be seen upon you. The whole world is following after the beast; Daniel 7:25 That's there in Revelation 13:16. The beast which is the papacy that receives a fatal wound but then recovers again and the whole world follows after the beast. Revelation 13:12 This is speaking of the other beast (apostate Protestantism). In verse 3 we read that the deadly wound was healed. Who was responsible for that? Apostate Protestantism in USA and the whole world is involved there, then we read Verse 16
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He CAUSES the whole world to receive the mark of the beast, which we have already identified is Sunday keeping, Sunday Laws. So the whole world has been prepared under the papal and under apostate Protestant America, the whole world has wondered after and the whole world is conditioned to accept the Sunday as a day of worship. As these faithful people arise with the loud cry you can see the whole world is aroused because they're all conditioned and here are these people with the glory of God shining upon them and through them. It's a startling effect, it arouses the whole world. Because he CAUSES all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond to receive this mark, he has in effect way back already made this change speaking great things against the Most High and changing times and laws. He had control of the politics of the world for 1260 years – papacy controlled the world. Then his fatal wound has come, then America comes and heals the fatal wound and now comes this grand world government that affects the whole world to accept the Sunday power. The allegiance of the few who worship God will therefore arouse the antagonism of Babylon, which is Rome, USA and paganism. The whole gamete of human preparation will now react because it has to do with changed laws. Those especially who are professed Christians who are brought face to face with this challenge will deal with their own people who decide they are going to stand faithful in the loud cry to the Sabbath. What will they actually do in this conflict? Isaiah 66:2, 5 These people who have been giving the loud cry, who are demonstrating the power of the Lord, we see that the great majority are geared against it by these powers. It has been caused that way. The conflict has to do with those people who tremble at God's Word, those people who submit themselves to God's Word, who arise and shine. The others, the brethren that hated them because they were aroused by these do-gooders (that's the way they were interpreted), they will arise and cast them out in the name of the Lord, they will say 'The Lord be glorified', whereas they were the faithful ones that were being cast out because they lived a godly life therefore they suffer persecution. Here is the description of it. Because they have given the loud cry, because they have become conspicuous and the whole world has been aroused against them, they
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have been disassociated from their brethren. What is their experience? The consequence is identified in John 16:20, 33 Here is the consequence of standing up and being faithful. A tribulation, a weeping and lamenting on behalf of those who are God's children. There's going to be heart ache, there's going to be sadness because they are being separated from their brethren, they are being persecuted, and as Jesus said Yes you will lament and weep and the world around you will be happy, they will rejoice BUT, while that is true, your sorrow shall be turned into joy ultimately. There are two factors that are pressurising the people. One of the factors was what we read in Revelation 13:15-16 where they will enforce the mark of the beast, he will cause that anybody who will not worship the beast and his image will be put to death , Revelation 13:15-16 That's one side of the pressure and the opposite side of the pressure is Revelation 14:9-10 – the third angel's message While the pressure is given from the world to receive the mark of the beast, here is God's people Sorry, we can't follow there because of this In this drama, in this conflict, you have one of two choices to enter into. Either suffering under the beast and his image and the Sunday Laws or suffering the destruction of the wrath of God. If you receive the mark of the beast you're going to be destroyed by the wrath of God. If you refuse to receive the mark of the beast you're going to suffer the persecution of Rome and Apostate Protestantism. Here is the horrible suffering, one side or the other, and the pressure is on. EV 69.1and 2 Every position of truth taken by our people will bear the criticism of the greatest minds; the highest of the world's great men will be brought in contact with truth, and therefore every position we take should be critically examined and tested by the Scriptures. Now we seem to be unnoticed, but this will not always be. Movements are at work to bring us to the front, and if our theories of truth can be picked to pieces by historians or the world's greatest men, it will be done
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While we lovingly and kindly work together with Jesus, do all the work that Jesus wants us to do, we can worship God freely with no problems, but movements are at work to bring us to the front. What are those movements? We must individually know for ourselves what is truth, and be prepared to give a reason of the hope that we have with meekness and fear, not in a proud, boasting, self-sufficiency, but with the spirit of Christ. We are nearing the time when we shall stand individually alone to answer for our belief. Religious errors are multiplying and entwining themselves with Satanic power about the people. There is scarcely a doctrine of the Bible that has not been denied This is the point. Movements have pushed it to the point. We can see today that the whole world is totally out of kilter with the plain simple Word of God. We have all made experiences of it. Those who are our friends just cannot understand because they have been twisted. Those people who are standing faithful, who are unnoticed will suddenly be brought into notice by the movements that are taking place. The experience will be one of being brought face to face with the opposers of the truth in the cause GC 607 As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: Show us from the word of God our error--the same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths. What is the movement? The movement of Sunday enforcement. The Sunday Laws have always been there in Babylon. Those Sunday laws don't affect us while they are not moving into enforcement. But as the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold that is what will bring the faithful people into prominence. While they are receiving the latter rain and their characters are being perfected and they are reflecting the glory of God, that in itself will be a catalyst to cause many religionists
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to say these are getting too powerful. You can see this, people don't like the power of the gospel in people. They want to have everybody under an umbrella of their making. What transpires is a simultaneous move of the latter rain and the loud cry stimulating and arousing which will cause the Sunday enforcement laws. We mustn’t be surprised that all of a sudden people will pay attention to us by turning to the authorities to force us into submission because they don't like what we're representing. Sunday laws have always been there but since 1844 the Sabbath/Sunday question starts to be stirred. The papacy knows this. We read some quotes from the Catholic Catechism. Notice what they know, they know there is no Biblical reason for it, that they are the ones that have enforced it, that they are the ones that changed it. “We also say that of all Protestants the Seventh Day Adventist are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teaching. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant churches in pulpit and legislature demand the observance of Sunday for which there is nothing in the Bible.” Peter R Tramor, the editor of The Catholic Extension magazine Knowing that and working continually to bring the world around to them, De Malachi Martin (a Jesuit) who was interviewed in Canada said on radio that the world is now becoming a level playing field where everybody is submitting to the movements of coming together under control. Everybody is being forced. If they don't come into the order of trade etc they will be forced into it because they can't trade any more unless they submit to the program of the world. As we look at world events, we see that everything is geared and here are these poor and afflicted people who will stand by the pressure of God's Word and not be wanting to be destroyed by His wrath, so they will stand faithful to that, but they will be threatened by death by the decree of the Sunday law enforcement. And the ones that are being preached to will say we don't want to fall out with the world so we'll stay with the world but then we will have the wrath of God upon us This is the terrible stress that is actually transpiring and it will get more and more heavy on the minds of the people. If you look around you it's already happening, people are continually making choices to be molded by the world or to be molded by the kingdom of
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heaven. The pressure is coming heavier and heavier. Those few little people are going to be exterminated, they will not be able to buy or sell and if they don't worship the beast and his image they will be killed. GC 605-6 Heretofore those who presented the truths of the third angel's message have often been regarded as mere alarmists. Their predictions that religious intolerance would gain control in the United States, that church and state would unite to persecute those who keep the commandments of God, have been pronounced groundless and absurd. It has been confidently declared that this land could never become other than what it has been--the defender of religious freedom. But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message will produce an effect which it could not have had before. You see, it works simultaneously together. One is presenting the power of the message and the people are reacting to it, and the other one is coming in at the same time and very slowly the stage is being set. But people say How can that be? America is a free country, there is religious tolerance But no, the whole world is going to be under one thrust and the Sabbath/Sunday question is big deciding factor. Observe how the heat slowly rises as the swelling of the loud cry takes place there is a time of peace and a time of trouble that leads to the grand finale EW 85 I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God's dear, waiting saints. I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. Notice what she says at the commencement of the time of trouble Further down she says
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The commencement of that time of trouble, here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. The latter rain and the loud cry causes the people to proclaim the Sabbath more fully and there is a short period of time of trouble before the plagues, while Jesus is still in the sanctuary above. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel Isn't that what we have seeing in history? As we are living in the time of the three angel's messages and it is swelling to a loud cry, we studied in 1888 there came the Revelation 18 angel and then after that there was this time of trouble that just got worse and worse before the close of probation, that's those times of war , the first World War and the second World War. Why were these wars held in check? So as not to prevent the work of the third angel. When the first World War broke out God's people were being persecuted for not going to war. There was a Sabbath test. At that time the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out. So before the seven last plagues are poured out, there is this time of trouble before the plagues that is being held in check at the same time as the loud cry and the glory of God is being seen upon people who are not succumbing to these Sunday laws and to these pressures that are afoot. There is that description of the little time of trouble. 1T 268 was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. War, bloodshed, privation, want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land. As these things surrounded God's people, they began to press together, and to cast aside their little difficulties. Self-dignity no longer controlled them; deep humility took its place. Suffering, perplexity, and privation caused reason to resume its throne, and the
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passionate and unreasonable man became sane, and acted with discretion and wisdom. My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men's hearts failed them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth. Here is a description of that time of trouble before the time of the plagues .There is a gap of trouble, a little time of peace and then trouble again. Isn't that exactly what's happened? You have the first World War then a little time of peace then the second World War and now you've got the lead up to Armageddon where we are living right now. God is pinpointing for us just where we are living. As this is going on the Sunday enforcements are all brooding behind the scene. As God's people keep pressing together and standing up for the truth things are happening as what we read in Isaiah 66, where God's people are being segregated from the churches. It's happening around us. What is written regarding that little time of peace that we still enjoy to some degree now? GC 607-8 Conscientious obedience to the word of God will be treated as rebellion. Blinded by Satan, the parent will exercise harshness and severity toward the believing child; the master or mistress will oppress the commandment-keeping servant. Affection will be alienated; children will be disinherited and driven from home. The words of Paul will be literally fulfilled: All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12. As the defenders of truth refuse to honor the Sunday-sabbath, some of them will be thrust into prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves. To human wisdom all this now seems impossible; but as the restraining Spirit of God shall be withdrawn from men, and they shall be under the control of Satan, who hates the divine precepts, there will be strange developments. The heart can be very cruel when God's fear and love are removed. As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition This is all happening in this time of trouble and the time of peace between
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the trouble, all this is happening. That's the approaching of the final storm. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. There is the picture before the plagues, before the time of trouble at the very end. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 They are all working to bring about world peace, that is why they've working towards government of the whole world and they will say Look, we're getting there, peace and safety Then sudden destruction comes upon the world. GC 588-9 The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonderworking power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium. That is where the world is heading, we have entered into the year 2000 and they are working towards the long expected millennium. We can see they are having a hard time to do it but they're still working at it. They're trying to bring the terrorists under control, but as they are bringing them under control, they are making laws so that your freedom is being taken away. This is all part of this scenario of preparation til the grand finale takes place. Everyone is working together for this and being affected by this spiritualistic, sentimental religious umbrella. Jesus said if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
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While the papacy and apostate Protestantism is doing this at the same time sudden destruction will come. Daniel 7:25-26 That is what the papacy is going to experience, but it says his dominion will be consumed and destroyed unto the end. Ever since the times, time and half a time have passed while they are working towards world peace, uniting America with papacy it is leading to sudden destruction, which has all been prepared beforehand. Verse 27 Remember it said they will cast you out? Be of good cheer. Verse 21 - 22 Here you have in the time of judgment from 1844 onwards. Since 1844 the three angel's messages were being proclaimed. As they were being proclaimed the events of the development of USA, the fall of the papacy in 1798, the restoration of the wounded head, all that takes place as the latter rain develops, as the loud cry develops, the power of the papacy and USA and apostate Protestantism comes into play with it but it's all for the purpose of the consuming and destroying unto the end. God's people who are alert to these messages know exactly where it's leading and while they may suffer persecution and while they may go through all these things, they know it's heading to its final end. This is why we need to study these things . The consuming of the papal Babylon will take place and at the same time its laws are arraigned against the saints and that's why the papacy is going to be consumed because that's what they're doing again. We are involved in an ongoing drama if we will be faithful to the latter rain work and the loud cry, we are experiencing a drama that is for the consuming and destroying of the papacy, very similar to the three worthies in Daniel. They were involved in the same situation as an illustration to us in the last days. The fall of Babylon took place while Daniel was part of Babylon and we are seeing the same thing – the fall of Babylon. Everything is a sort of parallel with what they were experiencing there and we are experiencing now.
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7. THE LITTLE TIME OF TROUBLE
We will recap on the last three studies. What was the latter rain and what was the effect of the latter rain and how that is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God's faithful people and how it will fall on the hearts of the people but it will not be discerned or received or understood by many. But as the latter rain is imparted it culminates in the proclamation of the loud cry of the third angel. The latter rain and the loud cry and the effect of the loud cry on the people imposing a reaction upon those who hear it, especially those who don't want to hear it so that Sunday laws come into action. You can see how those three subjects are all interlocking in their effect. As they interlock and overlap Sunday laws become agitated and as they become agitated God's people who have received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit proclaim the Sabbath with greater power and then this leads to the trouble, to the antagonism of the churches because they are very anti the powerful impact of the presentation of the Sabbath under the power of the Holy Spirit. So you see this is an interlocking activity. Sunday laws have always been there, we studied them in the second angel's message, but as those Sunday laws under the third angel's message period are opposed by those who are receiving the latter rain and proclaiming the Sabbath more fully the Sunday laws begin to be stirred into more impact upon the world because the churches are opposing this message. The loud cry is the final warning to the world. This leads to trouble. We now want to enlarge on the time of trouble that happens before the big time of trouble in the plagues. EW 33 And I saw that if God had changed the Sabbath from the seventh to
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the first day, He would have changed the writing of the Sabbath commandment, written on the tables of stone, which are now in the ark in the most holy place of the temple in heaven; and it would read thus: The first day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. But I saw that it read the same as when written on the tables of stone by the finger of God, and delivered to Moses on Sinai. But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers; and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God's dear, waiting saints. I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost See where the overlapping is. The outpouring of the latter rain is at the commencement of the time of trouble. as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the churches and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time God's chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the land. There you see all those terrible things that transpired. The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments upon them, and they rose up and took counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed. So at the commencement of the time of trouble the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the proclamation of the Sabbath more powerfully is here chronicled. Her explanation is now given: EW On page 33 is given the following: I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers;..And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.

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Then the explanation comes: Now the fulfilment of that view is beginning to be seen. The commencement of that time of trouble, here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out. Here is the issue of our study. The time of trouble does not refer to the time when the plagues shall be poured out, but at a time before the plagues while Jesus is still in the sanctuary doing the work for His people. As it said there, the enraging of the churches and the nominal Adventists has to do with this time of trouble. Let us examine the actual procedure of enraging these people that causes that time of trouble. The key to unlock this time of trouble is found in Matthew 24:45-50 What are we seeing here? At a time when the people will be caught unawares, there is an interaction that takes place between two classes of servants. The faithful servant who, under the outpouring of the Holy Spirit gives meat in due season. There are other servants who say in their heart my Lord delayeth His coming. They are in an attitude of mind in which they are not closely aware of what's going on around them and they eat and drink with the drunken. Do you remember what we studied about the wine of Babylon and what that was. They are eating and drinking spiritual food that confuses the mind and puts people to sleep. What does that servant who is eating and drinking with the drunken do to his fellow faithful servant? He shall begin to smite his fellow servant. Let us examine what Jesus means about this servant that is smiting his fellow servant, which has to do with our study of enraging the churches and nominal Adventists in reference to what the faithful people are doing. Jeremiah 18:18
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They were the brethren of Jeremiah. What would they do? They didn't like to hear what he was saying. In the time of Jeremiah he was warning them that they should serve the Lord and do what God tells them to do but they didn't like to hear what he was saying so they thought we will have to silence him. We will smite him with the tongue and we will not listen to what he has to say. When the fellow servant, the evil servant, in Matthew smites, this is the picture. Here is the issue of someone who will stand up and proclaim the pure Word, this is the way they are treated. This is enlarged in Psalm 64:1-7 The wicked are secretly counselling. The arrows are bitter words. They search out iniquities, they accomplish a diligent search so that they can shoot at the faithful servant. That is the description of the wicked servant smiting the faithful. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow, suddenly they shall be wounded. That is at the end of Matthew 24 where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Here is the persecution that commences at the hand of those that are their own brethren. Isaiah 66:5 It is an experience of the faithful people who are upholding the pure Word under the power of the third angel's message, under the power of the Holy Spirit, they will be treated like that. We see this very vividly displayed under the third angel's message under the loud cry as we will be studying in the next series on the Revelation 18 angel, the fourth angel, there is the description of when that angel started in 1888. As the angel came and gave his message the picture that is given here 2 SM 114 No one has a true message fixing the time when Christ is to come or not to come. Be assured that God gives no one authority to say that Christ delays His coming five years, ten years, or twenty years. Be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh (Matt. 24: 44). This is our message, the very message that the three
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angels flying in the midst of heaven are proclaiming. The work to be done now is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world. She is speaking here about the Revelation 18 angel who comes to help the third angel and that happened in 1888, from that time onwards. Now notice what she says: A new life is coming from heaven and taking possession of all God's people. But divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest. The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time. Two parties are developed in the ranks of the church and as time continues to the close of time the whole issue between the two parties will continue to deepen and become more earnest. And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. They will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the earth with its glory. So you can see ever since 1888 this has been going on and the conflict as it draws closer and closer to the end becomes more intensified. Nothing is going to be permitted by them to turn them away from that which has been once delivered to the saints. They just go on relentlessly. Why? Nothing is worth contending for but the glory of God. The only rock that will stand is the Rock of Ages. The truth as it is in Jesus is the refuge in these days of error. The faithful servant will do this work relentlessly, keep on moving on no matter what. This class of servants are going to be smitten as we read in Psalms by these people. 6T 400 As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks...Those who have had great light and precious privileges, but have not improved them, will, under one pretext or another, go out from us. Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, and will depart from the faith.
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That is as the time of trouble continues. 5T 136 Soon God's people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers. First it's within the church, then they will cowardly take the side of the opposers. It goes on to say: To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few-this will be our test. As we read from Isaiah 66:5 those who tremble at God's Word, those who will stand true to the message, they will be regarded as something that has to be taken out of the church. And they will say Let the Lord be glorified TM 410 Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much.' Faithful ministers will be removed and that's what we read in Isaiah 66:5. As we studied in the outpouring of the latter rain, it is the sons and daughters and so on, the common people that are going to be these ministering people. As we read in Isaiah, they will be pushed out. That is what is written here. That is how it happens within the church, but it doesn't stop there, because as it says they will take the side of the opposers. Not only are they smiting with the tongue, but as they take side with the opposers who themselves are being agitated in the false churches, the picture is in John 16:2, 20 Here is where the statement of Maranatha 209 comes in. This statement brings out to us the issue of how it swings not only from people who are opposing and smiting with the tongue, but
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Maranatha 209 These works of apparent healing will bring Seventh-day Adventists to the test. Many who have had great light will fail to walk in the light, because they have not become one with Christ. {Mar 209.1} I saw our people in great distress, weeping, and praying, pleading the sure promises of God, while the wicked were all around us, mocking us, and threatening to destroy us. They ridiculed our feebleness, they mocked at the smallness of our numbers, and taunted us with words calculated to cut deep. They charged us with taking an independent position from all the rest of the world. They had cut off our resources so that we could not buy nor sell, and referred to our abject poverty and stricken condition. They could not see how we could live without the world; we were dependent upon the world, and we must concede to the customs, practices, and laws of the world, or go out of it. If we were the only people in the world whom the Lord favored the appearances were awfully against us. They declared that they had the truth, that miracles were among them, that angels from heaven talked with them, and walked with them, that great power, and signs and wonders were performed among them, and this was the Temporal Millennium, which they had been expecting so long. The whole world was converted and in harmony with the Sunday law, and this little feeble people stood out in defiance of the laws of the land, and the laws of God, and claimed to be the only ones right on the earth. Do you see how this statement is an inter-phasing of first having trouble with those within the church and then it spills out. What is the language within the church for these faithful ones is then extended to the outside world. GC 608 As the storm approaches, The final storm, the plagues, the little time is now described a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition See how we have just seen how this will develop. The unfaithful servant is smiting and mistreating the faithful one and then as it becomes more and more intense finally they separate and the great majority turn and abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. Because they are not
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obeying the truth they abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition . By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. So in this period of time of trouble when the intensity gets more and more, as the storm approaches, it's the little time of trouble before the plagues. All that picture that was shown there of the war, strife, the little time of peace, then return of the war and strife, this is the time of trouble that this is all talking about. The question is: In this little time of trouble, do we expect that there will be martyrs still at this time? Maranatha 199.2 The two armies will stand distinct and separate, and this distinction will be so marked that many who shall be convinced of truth will come on the side of God's commandment-keeping people. When this grand work is to take place in the battle, prior to the last closing conflict, many will be imprisoned, many will flee for their lives from cities and towns, and many will be martyrs for Christ's sake in standing in defense of the truth. During this time of trouble which is intensified since 1888 until finally they have been disassociated from the ministry that takes the side of the opposers, it causes them to go to court and they will be imprisoned and many people will be martyrs. We just have to go through the history of the Seventh -Day Adventist church how the faithful people who stood firm on the Sabbath and on the commandment Thou shalt not kill in the first World War and in the second World War. They were disfellowshipped from their ranks and the ones that were the most bitter enemies were their former brethren who actually put them into the authorities and they ended up being imprisoned, shot, etc. After that time of the first and second World War behind the Iron Curtain
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in the countries of communism that's exactly what continued to happen. There were people who were dying as martyrs for Christ. That will continue to be the case until the close of probation. When the time of the plagues come then there will be no more martyrs. It's the little time beforehand that the martyrs will still be there. GC 608 continued In this time of persecution the faith of the Lord's servants will be tried. They have faithfully given the warning, looking to God and to His word alone. God's Spirit, moving upon their hearts, has constrained them to speak. Stimulated with holy zeal, and with the divine impulse strong upon them, they entered upon the performance of their duties without coldly calculating the consequences of speaking to the people the word which the Lord had given them. They have not consulted their temporal interests, nor sought to preserve their reputation or their lives. As we behold this picture of this little time of trouble and all these descriptions taking their course, it is out of this little time of trouble that God's remnant people will emerge. 1T 181 I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people. A separation My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying with agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. ..... They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy. Here is the remnant that have gained the victory. It is during this time of shaking that the remnant come forth in all their victorious triumphant experience.
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I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power. It had effect. I saw those who had been bound; some wives had been bound by their husbands, and some children had been bound by their parents. The honest who had been held or prevented from hearing the truth, now eagerly laid hold of it. All fear of their relatives was gone. The truth alone was exalted to them. It was dearer and more precious than life. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth. I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered: It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel. So this is all part of this little time of trouble that produces the remnant who give the loud cry because they have received the latter rain and call out the last people out of Babylon. All that transpires during this time of trouble.

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8. THE REMNANT PART 1
When we studied the second angel's message, it concluded with reformation within the church, in which we had identified that within the second angel's message Babylon is fallen. We came to the point that all the churches that rejected the message of the first angel fell, and even within the church that proclaimed the first and second angel's messages and now within the third angels' message, among that company there is a need of identifying those that are faithful and those that are not. We observe the people that are represented by the three angels are just as vulnerable as all the church members in the previous church periods. They turned into Babylon, as it says Isaiah1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers. They were all faithful in the beginning and then became corrupt. And so the very church that is faithfully preaching the three angel's messages can also fall into a state of harlotry. While they present the message of the three angels there is an internal sifting and polarisation that takes place within the very church that proclaims these messages. This is expressed by Jesus, as He speaks about the second coming of Jesus in Matthew 24:44-51 Here it is speaking a bout the servant of God that is proclaiming the three angel's messages, the coming of Jesus. It is a polarisation within the three angel's message people. The servants that are giving the messages are fellow servants, one servant is giving meat in due season, the other one is saying the message but says in his heart my Lord delayeth His coming

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In this time of the three angel's message there is a condition of sifting and polarisation within the very company. We recall that the third angel proclaims a message that the people who are fallen are going to be destroyed. Revelation 14:9-10 The very message they are proclaiming turns upon them because they are eating and drinking with the drunken. Amos 9:8-9 Here you have the fallen churches, they are the sinful kingdom that will be destroyed under the announcement of the third angel, they will be burned, however, it says I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob. The house of Jacob, the true church will have an opportunity to escape, but how will that happen? These people who are preaching the three angel's messages are going to be sifted. The faithful servant giving meat in due season is going to be sifted and separated from the unfaithful servant, that's the picture that is given here. Amos 5:2-3 The faithful that are giving the message are within a company, that as identified there, are the virgin of Israel and they fall, but the ones that were faithful within it will come forth. These are the remnant. While everything is heading towards destruction, we have seen in the previous studies of the third angel that there is a point in which there is going to be a final destruction but before that final time of trouble comes there is a little time of trouble. During that period of time the picture of sorting out and sifting the very people who are giving the three angel's messages is taking place. 5T 136 Now is the time for God's people to show themselves true to principle. When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage
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and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason. Here you can see a direct reference to the experience within the body, this will be our test. 6T 400.3 As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks.: This sifting, this separating and unity, is very vividly identified in 2SM 114 A new life is coming from heaven and taking possession of all God's people. But divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest. The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time. And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. They will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the earth with its glory. Here the separating is identified in connection with the Revelation 18 angel which is the source of segregating members within the church. Two parties within the very church that proclaims the three angel's messages. GC 608 As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. These are short testimonies to help us appreciate what we are studying here. The development of the remnant within the ranks of the three angle's
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message people. This is identified in the message of Laodicea Revelation 3:14-21 The meaning of Laodicea is the people of the judgment. What transpires here to help us understand about the remnant developing? He is speaking to His ministry, they are a mottled lot speaking to the whole lot saying they have something to repent of. He is calling for the ones who will listen to the Laodicean call, the any man. Then the overcomer is addressed. Here is the description of the servants of God in this period of the third angel, there are a remnant developing. We want to see the emerging from this little time of trouble, that we observe the tested ones rising out of this period of time. A pure, holy and sealed people. Joel 2: 32 This little remnant in this period of time is addressed here. Verse 30 is a pre-curser to the three angel's messages, then the outpouring of the latter rain then here is where the remnant come into existence. Let us examine closely the people of Laodicea and see the development of this remnant. Verses 14-17 The class of the lukewarm unfaithful servant among whom are mingled the faithful servant and this leads to the destruction of those who are unfaithful. Isaiah 65:12 Here is the message of imminent destruction for those who are not listening and responding favourably to the three angel's messages. You identify that with Mathew 24, the wicked servant. God is appealing to them in Revelation 3:18 He calls and wants them to come out of their condition, if they don't they will be found naked, blind without the eyesalve. Verse 19 Let's examine this. He wants them to open the door and save them from
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the destruction which they themselves are announcing to the world, fascinating. Let's examine what He means I want to sup with you John 6:53-56 This is the message that separates the 70 disciples, it is the same message for us today. Here is what Jesus is referring as He addresses any man in the Laodicean period. Ephesians 5:30 Very intimate, Him coming into us is the picture described 7BC 926 In his relation to Christ he will be bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh, one with Christ in a peculiar relationship, because Christ took the humanity of man. He became subject to temptation, endangering as it were, His divine attributes. Satan sought, by the constant and curious devices of his cunning, to make Christ yield to temptation. Man must pass over the ground over which Christ has passed. As Christ overcame every temptation which Satan brought against Him, so man is to overcome. And those who strive earnestly to overcome are brought into a oneness with Christ that the angels in heaven can never know. I want to come into you, I want to sup with you Are we picking up the picture here of what it actually means? To sup with Christ, to have Him with me and in me produces a condition, a mental appreciation that is identified by the people themselves. Who are they? 5T 484.2 To him that says, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, the Lord of heaven declares, Thou knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. But to the lowly, the suffering, the faithful, the patient, who are alive to their weakness and insufficiency, are given words of encouragement: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.
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Here are the people, that company that opens their heart's door to Him, who are to saying in their heart The Lord delayeth His coming, not saying I'm all right etc. They are the people who are awake to their weakness and insufficiency , they are suffering, they are faithful, they are patient in this little time of trouble that's leading up to the very end. There is the vivid picture of a remnant people within the company of the Laodicean people, but as they open the door to Him and they eat with Him and partake with Him and proclaim this beautiful experience that is contained in Revelation 14 and 18, preaching the three angel's messages with the fourth angel. Notice, that just because they have opened the door and constitute a company of people it doesn't mean that they are necessarily the overcomers. They still have to overcome. They are eating and drinking with Him so they can learn to overcome. Verse 20 Notice what Jesus says to the people who have come to the end and may have eaten and drunken with Him, what He will say to them if they are not overcomers. People are wanting to have something about themselves that is acceptable towards God and they claim that they are there, when in reality it doesn't mean that they are there yet. Jesus is addressing these here in the time of the judgment Luke 13:24-28 The people who come out of the Laodicean condition into eating and drinking with Christ are STILL in danger of being amongst these people, because these people have not yet come to verse 21 of Revelation 3. It is possible to have an intimate relationship with Him and still be lost. Hebrews 6:4-6 To be the ones who open the door does not mean that everyone who has done that does not mean they are free of the destruction at the end? Revelation 3:21 When Jesus was on earth He ate and drank with us, we are now to eat and drink with Him. To be the people who are conscious of their weakness, to overcome as Jesus overcame. They are working, they are labouring. These are the ones to whom He is saying Come, let's do it together to overcome temptation. But those who overcome as He overcame are the remnant.
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In this study we identify the experience and the condition that the remnant must be in. How they come into this existence; 1T 187 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. They have overcome. The ones that didn't open the door to Him are the evil servant, but these people are awake to their weaknesses, they have opened their hearts to Jesus , they will persevere, they are patient, they are suffering together with Christ, they come up to every point and if they stand every test and overcome, be the price what it may, they have heeded the counsel of the True Witness and they will be the people of Verse 21. They receive the latter rain and thus be fitted for translation. The other text that delineates this experience of the Laodicean, the any man and the remnant is Revelation 12:17 This is a direct line up of the Laodicean angel that turns out to become the wicked servant that smites his fellow servant, that's the woman; then comes her seed which is verse 20, he opens the heart , then verse 21 who are the remnant . That is the three-fold demonstration in this text. These are the people who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus, they have overcome.

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9. THE REMNANT PART 2
Revelation 3:20-21 identifies the people who are responding to the call of Jesus, knocking on their heart's door and open their heart and assimilate with Jesus. As they assimilate with Jesus they can overcome and then become the remnant. We want to follow this through. In John Chapter 6, Jesus wanted to convey to the disciples that He wanted to eat and drink with them. This is the message that separates, just as it separated the 70 disciples from the others. John 6:53 Let's meditate on the living aspects of eating and drinking. Bible Echo Volume 1 p 353 It is by beholding the love of Christ, by drinking it in, by dwelling upon it, that we eat his flesh and drink his blood, becoming partakers of the divine nature. As we meditate upon the truth as it is in Jesus, it becomes more deeply impressed upon the soul. Here is the living appreciation of living and drinking with Jesus. It is by beholding the love of Christ, by drinking it in and by dwelling upon it. In that way we become entwined with Him. Just like you eat food, it becomes part of you. 2 Corinthians 25:21 helps us appreciate the full benefit of eating and drinking with Jesus Christ. What does it mean to partake with Jesus? Just as Jesus partook with us in our experience of sin, He was made to be sin, so that we might
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be made to be the righteousness of God. There is an exchange, a partaking here. There is a beautiful testimony of this reality in DA 111.4 As one with us, He must bear the burden of our guilt and woe. The Sinless One must feel the shame of sin. The peace lover must dwell with strife, the truth must abide with falsehood, purity with vileness. Every sin, every discord, every defiling lust that transgression had brought, was torture to His spirit. Jesus partook with us. He ate and drank with us. This is what is called the Atonement. He became one with us so that we can be at one with Him. He wants us to open our hearts to this, to meditate upon it, to let it be real to us. Christ's Object Lessons p312 When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. So you can see assimilation here, like in eating the food becomes part of us, Jesus becomes part of us and we become part of Him in this transaction. As we gaze upon it, as we marvel at it, as we absorb it we become one with Him as individuals and as a church. It is such a combination with Him, as we become bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. It is beautifully expressed here as a body or a building cemented together but not with joints, a thorough amalgamation: Thought from the Mount of Blessing p 150 Christ, the true foundation, is a living stone; His life is imparted to all that are built upon Him. Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house. Each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord. The stones became one with the foundation; for a common life dwells in all. That building no tempest can overthrow; for-That which shares the life of God, With Him surviveth all. A building in which the stones are amalgamated with the foundation so
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that there are no joints, no buffeting, no earthquake can separate it, it is one block, but joined as individuals first off, joining, assimilating with Christ Jesus. This is also highlighted in 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 Speaking of when we partake of the Lord's Supper. This is what Jesus was trying to communicate when He was speaking of the any man, Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. He is actually saying to these people, I want you to become so amalgamated with Me that we become one building, one body This is what the message of the three angels is trying to produce for the people living under it. One body, one building which equals the church. The church is meant to be that. Jesus is trying to bring such a condition about in these last moments of the three angel's messages. A perfect replica of His own building, His own body, His temple. He speaks of this body in 1Corinthians 12:12-13 Every individual becomes amalgamated as he opens his heart to Jesus. This is the purpose of the message, that such a people could exist. Ephesians 4:15-16 The word edifying is relating to a building, edifice. So the body and the building are both portrayed here. As Jesus says I want to sup with you, He is saying I want us to become one building, one body. We must grow up into that, we must assimilate and become part of that. That is what is His church. 1 Timothy 3:15

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As we have been looking at these scriptures, what Jesus is trying to get across is that He wants His church to be so established so that it becomes one solid building, one solid body, with Him as the head, and that is only by the pillar and ground of the truth. It is the truth that is to be the source of that building, of that body. As we look at this picture now, we are wanting to look at God's church from the period of Laodicea to the end so that His final plan will be demonstrated in this remnant people. If we look at this church we see that God has always had His church from the beginning. AA 11-12 From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth We are looking at God's church it has always been identified by faithful people. His real church. In every age the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in which they lived. These sentinels gave the message of warning; and when they were called to lay off their armor, others took up the work. God brought these witnesses into covenant relation with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against His people. Through centuries of persecution, conflict, and darkness, God has sustained His church. You notice as we read this, you can't put a name to that church, because it's changed names all the way through. It's talking about the people that are faithful, the people that are in tune with Jesus and the truth. During ages of spiritual darkness the church of God has been as a city set on a hill. From age to age, through successive generations, the pure doctrines of heaven have been unfolding within its borders. Here we are looking at God's church. What is it? It is a company of people who are faithful. AA 585 The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in
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different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the word. Christ is spoken of as walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks. Thus is symbolized His relation to the churches. Christ's relation to the churches makes the church. It is one church in seven periods of time. UL 315 God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. What is the church? It is not the denominations, not what is looked upon as the church, it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. This is a very important criteria as to what we are looking at here. God's church is to be identified as a faithful people who are amalgamated with Jesus Christ , that is what constitutes His church, it is He and the people who are assimilating with Him. This people are not just an invisible company, it is a people who are bound together by a form of harmony and organisation. 1 MR 355 )written in 1893) Christ looks down the lines two thousand years to His church which would be in existence in the last days, before the close of this earth's history. The Lord has had a church from that day, through all the changing scenes of time to the present period, 1893. The Bible sets before us a model church. They are to be in unity with each other, and with God. When believers are united to Christ the living vine, the result is that they are one with Christ, full of sympathy and tenderness and love. When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God's commandment-keeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales, and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track.
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You can see here that it is a building in terms of being bound together, it is a company of people that are united with Christ, He is the head, they are the body and everything functions together. It is an organism (it is organised) and it is to be understood as such. As we read in Acts of the Apostle, AA 55 To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church. As we go through the history of the church through from His time, right down the lines we come to the year 1914 and for those who know this history, God's faithful church surfaced in the first World War because those who stood faithful under the severest test. There came into existence an Adventist people who were preaching the three angel's message and were faithful through that terrible test of the first World War and thereafter. As we look at that church that existed through the two World Wars, what do we imagine is that church that came forth loyal and faithful to its beliefs, is that church yet a perfect church? COL 72-73 Through long ages God has borne the anguish of beholding the work of evil, He has given the infinite Gift of Calvary, rather than leave any to be deceived by the misrepresentations of the wicked one; for the tares could not be plucked up without danger of uprooting the precious grain. And shall we not be as forbearing toward our fellow men as the Lord of heaven and earth is toward Satan? The world has no right to doubt the truth of Christianity because there are unworthy members in the church, nor should Christians become disheartened because of these false brethren. How was it with the early church? Ananias and Sapphira joined themselves to the disciples. Simon Magus was baptized. Demas, who forsook Paul, had been counted a believer. Judas Iscariot was numbered with the apostles. The Redeemer does not want to lose one soul; His experience with Judas is recorded to show His long patience with perverse human nature; and He bids us bear with it as He has borne. He has said that false brethren will be found in the church till the close of time. Although God has His church and we can identify it right through, we are
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not to look for a church that does not have faulty people in it. TM 46-47 The church of Christ on earth will be imperfect, but God does not destroy His church because of its imperfection....There are two opposing influences continually exerted on the members of the church. One influence is working for the purification of the church, and the other for the corrupting of the people of God....Some people seem to think that upon entering the church they will have their expectations fulfilled, and meet only with those who are pure and perfect. They are zealous in their faith, and when they see faults in church members, they say, We left the world in order to have no association with evil characters, but the evil is here also; and they ask, as did the servants in the parable, From whence then hath it tares? But we need not be thus disappointed, for the Lord has not warranted us in coming to the conclusion that the church is perfect; and all our zeal will not be successful in making the church militant as pure as the church triumphant. Here is a lead in our understanding of our study at this present time that while the church is still the church militant it is not perfect, but the church triumphant is. This is where we are studying the remnant. Matthew 24:45-51 The evil servant smites his fellow faithful servant. This is to be expected in the church that is still not the triumphant church. RH Aug 28 1883 The opposition which Christ received came from his own nation, who would have been greatly blessed had they accepted him. In like manner the remnant church receive opposition from those who profess to be their brethren. With what we read in TM, in the remnant church there are two opposing influences. So the faithful people within the church militant are going to receive opposition from their brethren, just as Jesus received opposition from His own church. The remnant church receive opposition from those who profess to be their brethren. This suggests to our mind that within the church militant exists the remnant church. We are looking for the remnant church in this scenario, in this transaction. Jesus is with His remnant people in every succeeding
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generation who are amalgamated just like the disciples were around Jesus and with Judas among them, and so on down the line. The story of this for the people of the three angle's messages time period is identified in Matthew 25:1-6 This is a continuation of the faithful servant and the unfaithful servant at the time of being surprised at the time of Christ's coming. Here is the description of this three-fold experience within the church. This is what Jesus is using as a parable for the experience of the church under the three angel's messages which proclaim the coming of Jesus. Here you have an interesting picture. You have the 10 virgins , five wise and five foolish, the good and the bad together, just like rhe faithful servant and the evil servant. But what is portrayed here in this story is enlarged in COL 405-6 In many parts of the East, wedding festivities are held in the evening. The bridegroom goes forth to meet his bride and bring her to his home. By torchlight the bridal party proceed from her father's house to his own, where a feast is provided for the invited guests. In the scene upon which Christ looks, a company are awaiting the appearance of the bridal party, intending to join the procession. Lingering near the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. As you ponder and meditate on this, what do you see? You see 10 virgins who are sleeping and the bridegroom and the bride with the bridal party. What constitutes God's church? The faithful people who are with Jesus. The bridal party are the faithful people who are with Jesus. The 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins are not yet within the bridal party. The bridal party is moving and at midnight a cry was made Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Who made the call? Jesus identified that in Mathew 24, the servant who gives meat in due season.
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The bridal party is the party that is with Jesus and the others are joining to the bridal party. Here we see a description of a company that are faithful, that are close to Jesus. They are God's remnant church within the company of others that are not perfect. They are always concentrating on being where Jesus is and doing what Jesus is doing. Watch this company as we are looking for the remnant as they come into final existence to the public eye. A description of this company that are truly faithful is here; EW258 I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps-- the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying angel, Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received. So there is a company who are standing bound together established on the faith of the body and they are part of the three angel's messages. They are the company that is in the light, that is part of the bridal company. Let's follow them through. A description of what is happening within the church militant is powerfully portrayed in 1T 179 November 20, 1857, I was shown the people of God, and saw them mightily shaken. Some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, were pleading with God. Their countenances were pale, and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle.. These are the people who responded to Jesus knocking on their door, we read this last time. Firmness and great earnestness were expressed in their countenances, while large drops of perspiration fell from their foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them. ... Evil angels crowded around them, pressing their darkness upon them, to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and they distrust God and next murmur against Him. Their only safety was in keeping their
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eyes directed upward. Angels of God had charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere from the evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting their wings over them, to scatter the thick darkness. Some, I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing and pleading. They seemed indifferent and careless. They were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud. The angels of God left these, and I saw them hastening to the assistance of those who were struggling with all their energies to resist the evil angels, and trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But the angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them. Remember what we read in Revelation 3, the company that opened the heart's door Jesus could assimilate with, the other ones she lost sight of them . I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people. Now we are talking about the shaking experience that is doing its work. It goes on to say; My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying with agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, firmly, like a company of soldiers. Then she describes their experience and goes on to say They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy. You can see in that description, she sees the company, she sees the shaking, she sees faithful ones continuing and she loses sight of the other ones until finally they gain the victory. They are finally the faithful remnant.
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There is another verbal description called The Railroad Depot Statement Sister White told us that as we three stood on the railroad depot platform that a terrible storm of persecution was coming just like a wind storm that blew down every standing object. There was not a Seventh-Day Adventist to be seen. They like the disciples forsook Christ and fled. All who sought positions were never seen any more. After the storm there was a calm, the Adventists rose like a flock of sheep but were without shepherds. They all united in earnest prayer for help and wisdom and the Lord answered by helping them to choose leaders among them who had never sought position before. They prayed earnestly for the aid of the Holy Spirit which was poured out upon them making them fully ready for service. They then went forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners to give the message to all the world. I was astonished and asked if that applied to Loma Linda as we were looking that way. Sister White replied to my question by stating that it applied to the entire denominational world. It so stunned me that I did not ask any more questions A very revealing statement. The description of God's people going through the experience of forming a remnant visible company is here directed and we are watching it happening. Since the separation in 1914 that took place in the ranks of Adventism, remember we read it will get more and more intense as it gets closer to the end. Here we have the description of a people who are continually being shaken and purity is developing. Tests and trials are creating conditions either for or against. All those that are not pure and perfect will finally be shaken out, all that's going to be left is a faithful remnant who gain the victory. In that company that was separated in 1914, it is still being shaken frm that time onwards. Page 182 The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left by the way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, but their numbers were immediately made up by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks. Still the evil angels
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pressed around them, but they could have no power over them. Here you have the company that had already been separated from the others that she lost sight of still being shaken. There are still people in there that are like Judases and Ananias and Sapphira’s that is still happening. There is still more shaking going on until finally they have been shaken out and others have taken their places and so on until the church is portrayed as victorious. I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power. It had effect. I saw those who had been bound; some wives had been bound by their husbands, and some children had been bound by their parents. who had been held or prevented from hearing the truth, now eagerly laid hold of it. Then she asked What had made this great change? An angel answered: It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel. So we are looking at the detail now that when the loud cry is given, when the latter rain is received it is finally in all its power upon a company that is perfectly united and has gained the victory. They are then the ones that can give the loud cry completely and soundly. Until that time comes it is still being shaken, still being cleansed. There are faithful ones within that are already receiving the outpouring of the sprinklings of the rain, but it was not received by the others that's what caused the separation. It's an integrated experience. The story of unfaithful members to the close of time is relevant to the point where finally the remnant will stand forth. TM 234 The time of the judgment is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares. Those who have been members of the same family are separated. A mark is placed upon the righteous. They shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Those who have been obedient to God's commandments will unite with the company of the saints in light; they shall enter in through the gates into the city, and have right to the tree of life. Those who have been obedient to God's commandments like the 5 wise virgins will unite with the company of the saints in the light, the bridal
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party. The bridal party have been shaken and shaken until they have been perfected and then the others will join them, then that's the end. That's the story of this remnant people. When finally this company exists COL 69 comes to fruition 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 His own. Here we are right through the seven church period. In the Laodicean period He is culminating His work of perfecting His people. When He can see Himself perfectly reflected in them from the angel of Laodicea, to the any man, to the overcomer, when He finally has the overcomer there , then He will come to take them home. Ever since the windstorm of 1914 that separated the people one from another, the remnant church was being developed, but they are not yet the overcomers, they are still being developed, still being shaken. In that shaking experience ever since the first World War the church militant is still there with its faithful people and the others not faithful This picture is described in EV 707 The work is soon to close. The members of the church militant who have proved faithful will become the church triumphant. Because faithful souls have constituted God's church from the very beginning, which is what we introduced in the very beginning of this study. On earth there will be a people living who are totally triumphant, that will be the membership of the church triumphant. The members of the church militant who have proved faithful will be separated from the tares , will be separated from the dross and constitute the church triumphant. The personal response that we respond to the assimilation with Jesus, that individual amalgamation with Him that constitutes the building , the body, that relationship with Jesus will become revealed and it will produce a church where people are totally one with Jesus. This is beautifully summarised in

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Fundamentals of Christian Education 179 The life of Christ was a life charged with a divine message of the love of God, and he longed intensely to impart this love to others in rich measure. Compassion beamed from his countenance, and his conduct was characterized by grace, humility, truth, and love. Every member of his church militant must manifest the same qualities, if he would join the church triumphant. In those parables, the people who were part of the marriage party, the bridal party are people who are so assimilated with Jesus that they are like Him. In the church militant they are being trained through trials and tests to become like Him. For the remnant church to come into final display the woman, the seed and the overcomer, they are representing Jesus perfectly. They are members of the church militant who manifest the qualities of Jesus who will join the church triumphant.

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10. THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE
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 EW 118 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 Jacob's trouble. 1T 187 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 COL 69 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 His own. 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 reached. 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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Daniel 12:1 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 verse 3 Here is a declaration that Jesus used in reference to the 5 wise virgins. While they shine, others (the foolish virgins) will say Jeremiah 8:20 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. UL 301 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. Jeremiah 30:5-7
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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; PP 196 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 encounter. 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 hope. 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. GC 621 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; PP 201 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. GC 621 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 Jacob's story. 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 perfectly reflected. 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 God. 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 happened? PP 197 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. PP 197 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. GC 619 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 reproached. 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. Spiritual Gifts Volume 3 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? 5T 101 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? EW 47 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. 4T 86 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 bitter cup. 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. Revelation 3:20-21 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 Laodicean period. 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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11. THE PLAGUES
As we saw in our last study what happens to the people who are the people of God, that they go through this terrible time of trouble. What we are doing in this study is to behold the picture of those who God denounces. Revelation 14:9-10 We identify now in the third angel's message, the subject of God's wrath. Here is the drinking of the wine of the wrath of God. This is that which is written of in Revelation 15 through to 16 where the preamble in Chapter 15 talks of the angels with the 7 plagues and then the actual outpouring of that in Revelation 16:1 As we've been studying, the third angel has been sealing the people of God, the 144,000, and once they have been sealed the judgments come. Ezekiel chapter 9 speaks of the angel with the writer's inkhorn by his side sealing God['s people. This is a picture of the third angel . While the third angel was working what was being held back? Revelation 7:1-3 He is trying to seal the people of God and the wrath of God is being held back. These 4 angels are holding back the winds. In Bible prophecy winds mean strife
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and destruction. You can see here, as the three angel's work is going on and the sealing is taking place, the angels are bidden to hold back the winds of strife. So it naturally follows that when they have finished the sealing, then the angels are permitted to let go. Here we come to Ezekiel 9: 11 He has finished his work of sealing . Having said that Daniel 12:1 is what happens. Daniel 12:1 This time of trouble that has been held back, the angel reports I have sealed them now. Now Jesus can stand up and complete His work as we studied He that is holy, let him be holy still and he that is filthy let him be filthy still, and the unleashing of this terrible time of trouble takes place. We see this description in Ezekiel 9:5-7 When he is finished the other angels that hold the winds of strife come forth. These depictions here are directly the outpouring of God's wrath when the finishing of God's people being sealed takes place. As these angels are to go forth and to slay utterly old and young, let us go into the detail of this in Revelation 15:5-8 Revelation 16:1 Here is the New Testament revelation of these angels. Here is the heavenly sanctuary described. It is opened here, as we have studied before, Jesus went into the Most Holy place and then He comes back out of the Most Holy place and what happens when He finishes His work in the Most Holy place? EW 279 I was pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and
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the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who would not receive the message. I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, It is done. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, 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. very case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the sanctuary, the judgment had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the righteous living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage of the Lamb was consummated. And the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, was given to Jesus and the heirs of salvation, and Jesus was to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords While Jesus had been standing between God and guilty man, a restraint was upon the people; but when He stepped out from between man and the Father, the restraint was removed and Satan had entire control of the finally impenitent. It was impossible for the plagues to be poured out while Jesus officiated in the sanctuary; but as His work there is finished, and His intercession closes, there is nothing to stay the wrath of God, and it breaks with fury upon the shelterless head of the guilty sinner, who has slighted salvation and hated reproof. In that fearful time, after the close of Jesus' mediation, the saints were living in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. Every case was decided, every jewel numbered. There is it, there is the meditation of what we have been reading in the Bible texts. Now the plagues of God's wrath are unleashed. Let's explore God's wrath to get a correct appreciation of this. As we were reading in Revelation 15:8, these angels come out from the sanctuary after Jesus had finished. As they came out with their vials the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues
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of the seven angels were fulfilled. Here is an important study to explore this wrath of God which was of such a nature that the temple of heaven was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power. We have studied what the glory of God is, the character of God , recall Exodus 34:6-7 This is what God did for Moses when in the previous chapter in verse 18 Moses had said I beseech thee, show me thy glory. Verse 19 I will make all my goodness pass before thee, Here is what was God's glory, His goodness as well as by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children. This is the character of God, not only His mercy, but also His wrath, what actually is it? 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 Here we have an example of God's glory in the earthly temple when Solomon was praying there for the glory of God to come upon that temple. Here is the same picture, the priest could not enter in because of God's glory pouring into that temple. Nahum 1:3,5.6 This is His glory and power. It is a glory which as it comes into the presence of this planet, this sinful planet melts. Here is the introduction of God's character in wrath. Here is another challenge that God's people who are preaching the three angel's messages are called upon to display. Revelation 14:7 In this time of the three angel's messages, the people of God are to display His glory, His wonderful character, which includes His wrath because that's part of His character. Just as we are to give glory to God in the judgment by Him in the gospel , we are also to make known His glory in reference to His wrath, which was the description of
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Revelation 14:9 This is the third angel's message. The content of this glory is wrath. Is wrath something to glory in, is that a good characteristic? God's wrath is something different to what the people imagine that we are to display God's character to, because God's wrath is something to glory, it is not something to regard as a despicable thing. We are reminded by God not to put Him on the same footing as ourselves in Psalm 50:18-21 Note the setting of this verse. You thought I was just like you, in your anger with your relatives, in your thoughts towards the thief, you have a demonstration of your wrath, but don't think I am like you. The fire and brimstone preachers convey a wrath of God which is a description of what people would not regard as glorious. This is God's glory, so I will reprove you in case you thought that way. When God is wrath He reveals His noble character . Jesus came to demonstrate what God's character is like in wrath. To understand what God's wrath is we must look at Jesus. Here is an occasion when He was very angry. Mark 3:5 Here Jesus was angry, but what was the actual emotion of anger? It was grief. So indeed, we are to examine God's wrath from that frame of mind. It is not a vindictive temper that we associate wrath with. In the outpouring of God's wrath His true character is going to be displayed. Psalm 9:16 The wicked's own iniquity will be paid upon him. The wicked is so bent on his wickedness, God died for that one, but he does not want God's love, so God in grief just has to let him follow the consequences of his own choice. Ezekiel 14:4-6 He yearns that they be not destroyed by their idols, but they will not turn, so He says Stick to your idol and their own iniquity will then be visited upon them . He clears those that repent by the glory of His grace, but by no means clears the
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guilty. The language is very plain. Repent from your idols (so you can be cleared from the destruction). That is the glory of His grace. But the guilty must meet their actions when God deals with them. Jeremiah 2:19 Thy own wickedness shall reprove thee. The people are so distraught with the shocking results of God's wrath which is their own actions that catch up with them. It's a bitter thing, a bitter wrath. When the vials of God's wrath are poured out Ezekiel 9:10 That's what God is like. It's their own way that He will just let them have the consequence of and He will take no more pity. There comes a point in time when Jesus leaves the sanctuary and He says Revelation 22:11 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. Now God lets Satan have what he wants, he lets the people have what they want and then what happens? The vials of God's wrath, the destruction, the plagues. Jeremiah 25:14-16 He is talking of warfare amongst the nations here. As He recompenses them according to the works of their own hands. The sword that He sends among them is what? Many kings and great nations shall serve themselves of them. The sword is the kings that will do their wickedness to other nations. As these events of the vials of wrath take place: Psalm 7:11-17 Here is the description of the travail which is their iniquity. The reason why God's people can praise Him is because what a just wrath it is. His grieving because the people haven't taken hold of His wonderful gift of salvation, and He says Go forward and I am right with you, you do exactly what you like and your iniquity shall be your destruction

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When you look into warfare that is exactly what it is, the one nation getting wilder and wilder with the other nation and they do all sorts of terrible war crimes etc, This is God's wrath. Psalm 5:10 The rebellion against God is recompensed by their rebellious nature upon their own head. Their rebellious behaviour is their own destruction. A person who is rebellious will destroy other people who are resisting them. It's a natural condition of being, so God says Go ahead, this is my grief, my wrath The Bible delineates this in detail Isaiah 26:11,14 The very fire that the enemies use and want to use even against God, will devour them. When the Bible reads he has destroyed them when His wrath and he has been poured upon them what is meant is that He who gives life and gives people their freedom, will therefore orchestrate their own iniquity upon their own pate. Revelation 18:8 There is the destruction of the papacy and all its attachments. When we read these things from the other Scriptures we know that that is what is meant that as the plagues destroy and burn it is their own action. Revelation 17:16-17 Here is a summary that from the Dark Ages through to the closing of time to the time of the close of probation, the nations of Europe will continue to support the papacy, but the time will come when they will burn her with fire. The plague of Chapter 18. God has put it into the hearts of these nations to give power to the papacy until they will see long enough what a ghastly beast that is and they will destroy it, that's what we read there. Isaiah 24: 1,4,5,6 People read verse 1 to see that God is vindictive, but when we read verses 4 to 6., we see the wicked have defiled their planet because they have transgressed the laws, therefore has the curse devoured the earth, therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned. It is again as we can see with the global warming and how
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the earth is being destroyed by man's own behaviour, and now they're trying to back-paddle to try to save the planet and it's all too late. The only reason why God has been holding back so long is because God's people have not been sealed, but as they are trying to back-paddle when God's people are all sealed all that back-paddling is too late. The North pole is melting so fast now that the islands will sink, as it's been foretold in EG White's writings. They can't stop it any more. Therefore in God's dealings ever since 1844 under the three angel's messages His personality is being totally revealed including the judgments of the plagues. Daniel 8:17, 19 That was the description that the angel gave in reference to the 2300 day prophecy. Here is a beautiful identification of what we've been studying it is the end of the indignation from 1844 onwards. Everything that you see happening on the planet since 1844 is the judgments of God where Jesus goes into the Most Holy place and the angels are holding the winds of strife and God's people are being sealed and the judgment of God's people is taking place. That is the entire study of the three angel's messages., from 1844 to this end. In our study of the first and second angel's message we have seen that we are in the time of the harvest, the time of the earth being harvested now. The tares and the wheat are being sorted out an dealt with, all in living reality as we read in Daniel 7:26 This is talking about the papacy, that the papacy from 1844 onwards would go through the activities and the nations go through the activities where it will be totally consumed in the end. As you can see in the events that have taken place, the corruptions are already being unveiled, there are many priests that are being taken before the court and the Catholic church has had to pay out huge amounts of money to alleviate the judgment, it will get worse until finally the nations will burn her, as we read before. So the vials of the wrath of God is something that the nations will drink, they will drink of their own corruption. Jeremiah 25:16-17 Who is the one that is mad? It is not God. Although this takes place after the close of probation where they will be fully unleashed. However, because we are looking at this from 1844 onwards, there is something written here that you can see why certain things have been happening as you study the history of war in America, the civil war, the wars in Europe, the first and second World Wars, these are all precursors to the close of probation
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We can see it; 2 SM 51. 2 & 3 We are coming right upon the time when Satan is to work with all manner of bewitching influences, and those who are charmed with them now, or give them the least countenance now, will be all ready to be swept right in to act a part with the devil then. To enjoy the bewitching things of Satan, it will sweep everyone in with them. Evil angels are working all the time upon the hearts of men. Satan is working with everyone who is not under the control of the Spirit of God. It is the lying wonders of the devil that will take the world captive, and he will cause fire to come down from heaven in the sight of men. He is to work miracles; and this wonderful, miracle-working power is to sweep in the whole world. It is now just beginning. That was at the turn of the century. I want to tell you another thing. The vials of God's wrath and the sprinkling of them are already coming. What is the matter that we do not discern it? It is because the light of truth does not affect the heart. The Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. While people have studied this, yes it's when the close of probation happens, they don't realise what it says here, that they are actually giving in and being charmed by all these miracles of Satan and they are participating with them and it will suck them right in, because he is preparing the world for that selfdestructive process. What is the matter that we do not discern it? Why do people who are Christians, and who are Adventists are not seeing it? It is because the light of truth does not affect the heart. The Spirit of God is being withdrawn from the world. 7BC 967.5 Four mighty angels hold back the powers of this earth till the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo, will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall come for the great battle of Armageddon.
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Angels are belting the world, refusing Satan his claims to supremacy, made because of the vast multitude of his adherents. We hear not the voices, we see not with the natural sight the work of these angels, but their hands are linked about the world, and with sleepless vigilance they are keeping the armies of Satan at bay till the sealing of God's people shall be accomplished. How much we are surrounded by danger all the time, and it is only because the angels are holding back the winds of strife that we are protected from that. We have to keep on seeing that. But the most important thing here is that because it is man's own wickedness and their own idols that will bring their destruction upon themselves, the things that we've been reading here, we must not be drawn in by Satan and his sophisticated ways. While people are being drawn in and we don't we are naturally are regarded as strange, while they are being bewitched by Satan. Isaiah 24: 3-5 This is what Revelation 16 is talking about. It is man's own behaviour that will make this planet desolate. Revelation 16:2 As you study the sores and diseases, these are developing because of man's corrupt way of dealing with medicine. As a result, those people that worship the beast and his image and submit to his government they are going to have all these sores. Verse 3 The oceans are so polluted that the fish in the sea are dying and it’s like a murky ugly dead man's blood, which isn't red, it's a murky coagulated brownie mess. Verse 4 Have you heard of the algal bloom? It’s red Verse 8-9 The global warming that the sun will burn hotter than ever before. Verse 10-11
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Verse 12 Verse 17-21 Who was responsible for all this? God? No, Satan. Isaiah 14:16-17 Satan has full control and he is the one that has destroyed the planet.

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12. ARMAGEDDON
We recall from our last study that the plagues are the outpouring of God's wrath. Because we are studying the third angel, we are now looking at a particular component of those plagues which is the battle of Armageddon. Revelation 14:9-10 The message of the third angel deals with this subject. In proclaiming the third angel's message we are proclaiming the wrath of God poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation, which finally culminates in fire. As we have studied, these outpourings of His wrath which is the wine cup of His fury that we have seen in the study of Jeremiah 25 last time, we saw that the wrath of God is actually His grief in which He withdraws and permits the destructive forces of man's own sins to do their destruction. Psalm 9:16 How is He known? The way He executes His judgment. That's the detailed we explored in our last study. We saw it was the works of the sins of the people that finally destroy them. God uses that. Jesus warned His people when He warned His disciples. We turn to Matthew 16:21 As He warned the disciples of their future by letting them know how He was going to be treated, which they didn't expect, so He warns God's people in the last days in a way that they also need to be illuminated to something they don't expect.
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Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus always foretells what is ahead of the people as He did for the disciples. Matthew 26:31-35, 40-41 Jesus had warned, and now they are not watching. They are quite complacent about their anticipation for the future. They couldn't accept what Jesus was saying, but He warned them what was to come so that they would be prepared for it. So it is for us today under the third angel's message in reference to what is coming on the planet in regards to His wrath. Let's come to Mark 13:28-33 Here He speaks for the people living in the last days and He identifies the last generation and their experiences in reference to the summertime harvest and the burning of the tares as we have studied. Revelation 16:15 Here is Jesus' warning for our time foretelling us what we have to expect. He warns us like He warned the disciples. This particular warning that Jesus gives in revelation has to do with something similar, if you are not ready for it, what He is warning us about, if you are not watching you will be found in your nakedness, like the disciples found themselves, because they didn't acknowledge the exact detail of what He was warning them of. As we go on you will see what exactly is the danger of the people in the last days, they do not pay attention to this subject of Armageddon. This word in verse 15 is under the subject of Armageddon. So, if we fail to watch, we will be caught out. Here is the preparation towards Armageddon. Verses 13-14 Then there is verse 15, where He warns take care, you will be caught unawares What is He speaking about in reference to the watching? It is in regards to these unclean spirits that are working out of the mouth of • the dragon, which is paganism • the mouth of the beast, which is the papal system • the mouth of the false prophet, which is the apostate Protestant system
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Revelation 13:12-14 This deceptive procedure which is going to catch people unawares is identified here that Jesus is warning us about. This is speaking of Apostate Protestantism in USA. We identify here the recovery of the papal system with the help of the Protestant system that's become apostate in America. Here is America doing great wonders, there are deceptive procedures going on. Jesus is warning us as He warned the disciples You're going to be caught unawares like a thief, and I'm sharing with you what's coming, but because they had their own ideas they were not watching, and they were caught. We need to watch very carefully. Watching means heeding the Word and watching the events according to the Word. Matthew 24:24 Here is the scenario of the warnings that Jesus gives so that we will not be caught without our clothes on. He says there's all these deceptive false Christs that are misguiding the people, be careful here, because if it were possible it's going to come so close that even the very elect could be deceived. In regards to this, what has war to do with this situation, how these three unclean spirits will cause the people to be deceived in regards to this subject? If the church does not live and practice its faith, especially in reference to warfare, we will be caught up because of the church's failure to understand its faith. Religion and politics, which we know today, has everything to do with warfare. If you look at every war, religion is always mingled with it. God's church must understand these three unclean spirits working to lead to the battle of the great day of the Lord Almighty. We are called upon to withdraw and not become engaged in the things that will lead to war of the battle of the day of the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 26:20-21 What happens in warfare? People become scattered on the war field with bodies everywhere, blood flowing everywhere. God's people are warned under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit as Jesus warned the disciples. Here is what is going to happen, watch and pray that you will not be caught unawares Come away and don't touch, come away from My wrath that I'm going to pour upon the people , the indignation which includes what we are about to study in the seven plagues, the Armageddon one. Zephaniah 2: 1-3
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Here is the call for God's people. We have studied the day of God's wrath, it was the seven plagues. As we turn to the seven plagues, we read the sixth plague. This is the day of God's wrath that we are called upon to be protected from Revelation 16:12 Here is the beginning of this Armageddon description of God's wrath and the conclusion of it is verse 16. The river Euphrates was to be dried up in verse 12 that the way of the kings of the East might be prepared. What is meant here? verse 16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. You notice there then, there is a gathering to take place to a place. What is it there a place. In the Hebrew tongue Armageddon is Mount of Megiddo. It's a place. And everyone who has studied the Middle East knows that Megiddo is actually a place on the edge of the Jezreel Valley, that's one of the mountains. There's another on the other side as a triangle, Carmel. One of them is a low lying mountain, it was a fortress in the ancient times called Megiddo. The activity of this event of the plagues is a place that the nations are going to be gathered into, which is the place of Armageddon to experience the wrath of God. 7BC 982-3 Two great opposing powers are revealed in the last great battle. On one side stands the Creator of heaven and earth. All on His side bear His signet. They are obedient to His commands. On the other side stands the prince of darkness, with those who have chosen apostasy and rebellion Here we have a picture of a battle that is being misunderstood. There are only two parties in our world, those who are loyal to God, and those who stand under the banner of the prince of darkness. Satan and his angels will come down with power and signs and lying wonders to deceive those who dwell on the earth, and if possible the very elect. This is what we read before, Jesus' warning. So the battle is between Jesus Christ and His people, and Satan and those he is trying to drag his way. This battle is very important to understand how it leads to the hour of God's wrath. It goes on to say
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The crisis is right upon us. Is this to paralyze the energies of those who have a knowledge of the truth? Is the influence of the powers of deception so far reaching that the influence of the truth will be overpowered? The battle of Armageddon is soon to be fought. He on whose vesture is written the name, King of kings and Lord of lords, leads forth the armies of heaven on white horses, clothed in fine linen, clean and white , Every form of evil is to spring into intense activity. Evil angels unite their powers with evil men, and as they have been in constant conflict and attained an experience in the best modes of deception and battle, and have been strengthening for centuries, they will not yield the last great final contest without a desperate struggle. All the world will be on one side or the other of the question. The battle of Armageddon will be fought, and that day must find none of us sleeping. Wide awake we must be, as wise virgins having oil in our vessels with our lamps. The power of the Holy Ghost must be upon us, and the Captain of the Lord's host will stand at the head of the angels of heaven to direct the battle. Solemn events before us are yet to transpire. Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured out one after another upon the inhabitants of the earth. Scenes of stupendous interest are right upon us. Here you are seeing the vials of God's wrath as part of the description that Sister White gives as to Jesus working and Satan working to deceive the people against Jesus. Armageddon is going to be fought and in this, vial after vial is to be poured out and it is right upon us. Get the picture very clear as to what Sister White is meaning here under inspiration so we don't come to a wrong conclusion. There is Jesus conducting the battle as He comes with the armies of heaven, but how is that battle being conducted in reference to the plagues and the battle of Armageddon? That's what we want to carefully research here. When it comes to the vials, we get a very clear picture in TM 444 We hear now of earthquakes in divers places, of fires, of tempests, of disasters by sea and land, of pestilence, of famine. What weight do these signs have upon you? This is only the beginning of what shall be. The description of the day of God is given through John by the Revelator. The cry of the terror-stricken myriads has fallen upon the ear of John. The great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? The apostle himself was awed and overwhelmed. If such scenes as this are to come, such tremendous judgments on a guilty world, where will be the refuge for God's people? How will they be sheltered until the indignation be overpast? John sees the elements of nature--earthquake, tempest, and political strife-- represented as being held by four angels. These winds are under control until God gives the word to
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let them go. There is the safety of God's church. The angels of God do His bidding, holding back the winds of the earth, that the winds should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree, until the servants of God should be sealed in their foreheads. So the vials of God's wrath, the day of God, is a direct pointing to the destructive forces of God's wrath in the plagues and Armageddon is mentioned. What is here mentioned as that which is being held back? The elements of nature. If you go through the plagues, which we did briefly in our last study, you read about elements of nature. All five of the first five were elements of nature and the last one, the seventh one is the elements of nature. But then she says, political strife. Which one of those seven is not an element of nature? It's the sixth one, which is dealing with Armageddon. This is the political strife. That is included in God's wrath. Warfare is involved. We return to the scripture we read in our last study, the plagues of God's wrath in Jeremiah 25:15-16, 30-33 The sword is warfare. In those plagues you have the elements of nature which will slaughter the people and then you will have the elements of political strife, which is nation fighting against nation and the giving over to the sward. Nations of the world are here identified as eager for conflict. In reference to this subject we go to 7BC 967 The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo, will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall come for the great battle of Armageddon. Here she identifies the holding back of the strife and she says nations are eager for conflict. This is now warfare. These conflicts are being held back as the leadership of Satanic agencies are turning people against God, while others are being sealed in their forehead. All this is being held back until the battle of Armageddon. We are talking about Armageddon as something that has to do with the conflict between truth and error, but it has to do with the vials of God's wrath
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culminating. Let us examine that vial of God's wrath in reference to political destructive force. Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. The kings of the east are to be drawn to the battle. What is the great river Euphrates in the prophetic pictures of Revelation, by which we can tell what is involved here? In Revelation 9 the river Euphrates was mentioned in reference to the seven trumpets. Those who have studied the seven trumpets will remember that this is a sequence of wars that have transpired ever since the time that Jesus left this earth right through to the end. Here in revelation chapter 9, the wars that took place between the Arab world, the Mohammadens, the Ottoman empire, and the empires that were under the papacy are here described. Revelation 9:14-15 Here we have a description of the Ottoman empire, in which there were 4 different generals or leaders of tribes of the Ottoman Saracens. They were called the four angels or the four messengers. Remember this was a religious war. These were messengers of Mohammad. They were in the river Euphrates, in other words, the whole area that drained into the river Euphrates was associated here, which is the area of the Ottoman empire, all through the Arab states there. Here is the description of the river Euphrates as it is given in the plagues. The river Euphrates is going to be dried up. What was the river Euphrates in the seven trumpets? It was the Ottoman empire, that is associated with that river. This is nothing new in Bible prophecy. The river Euphrates in the Old Testament was associated with the nation that was around it. Isaiah 8:7 This is talking about how the fall of Damascus and Samaria was prophesied. In a military sense you have here the symbolism of a river when it swells into a great flow and breaks its banks, it is a symbolism of the nation that conquers the people around it. When a river in political scenes is dried up, what does that
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mean? The political control and power and warfare capability is diminished. It's dried up. There is another revelation of this in Daniel 11:41-45 Here is the subject matter of the king of the north and the king of the south. The king of the north was Asia Minor (Turkey) and the king of the south was Egypt. In between was all that we have been talking about the nations of Assyria, Babylon, etc. , the Arab world. Notice what happens to the north. He shall come to his end and none shall help him. Where was the headquarters of the Ottoman empire? It was Turkey. Turkey is represented here as the representatives of the whole Mohammaden empire and he shall come to his end and none shall help him. The drying up of military power that is here identified to prepare for the way of the kings of the east. In other words, deal with this powerful military force, bring it to weakness, and then the kings of the east can come down and no longer be interfered with. Let's read about the Arab world as to what is written in the Old Testament about them Isaiah 21:16 This is a direct reference to the drying up of the military power that has to do with the river Euphrates. Within a year of the hireling, that means not the symbolic year of the Hebrew, in one year the power of Kedar will be dried up. Who is Kedar? Genesis 25:13 A nation from Ishmael who was Abraham's de-facto son. They also became a great nation, and that's the Arab nations. They have Abraham for their father, and Kedar is mentioned here. If you look at the map of that area in the ancient times you will actually find Kedar just under Turkey. That is the area where the Arabs are. We come to Psalms, and we notice how Kedar is related with Turkey and so on.. Psalm 120:5-7 This is the experience of David to now. That has been the history. The Bible identifies the Arab world . Mesech is Turkey today.
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Kedar is rest of the Arab world underneath. The Bible helps us to understand. When it says in Isaiah that the glory of Kedar which is dependent upon Mesech, which is dependent upon the whole Arab regime, the whole Mohammadens regime, Kedar will lose its power. Kedar is exactly at the area of the river Euphrates. The river Euphrates will dry up, which means all the glory of Kedar, of the Arab world, will come to its end to prepare for the way of the kings of the east. Mohammaden has spread in which direction? Right through the whole eastern area, even China is having trouble under Mahommadanism. Eventually the kings of the east will be directly reactive to the situation of the Middle East. As the power, the glory, the political military prowess of the Mahommadan world is being sapped the kings of the east can deal with that, they will come down, that is the prophecy. Welfare Ministry 136 The judgments of God are in the land. The wars and rumors of wars, the destruction by fire and flood, say clearly that the time of trouble, which is to increase until the end, is very near at hand. We have no time to lose. The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecies of the eleventh of Daniel have almost reached their final fulfillment. What did we read in Daniel chapter 11? The picture of the king of the north coming to his end and none shall be able to help him. Under inspiration we can see here that everything points directly to the military involvement in the time of the very end during the plagues. Joel 3:9-17 Here we have the very description of the wrath of God in the time of Armageddon. It is indeed military conflict that has to do with the wrath of God, that has to do with the period of the end, with the sun becoming darkened, etc. That has to do with the harvest, the destruction of the wicked. There is the picture of what the third angel is preaching about. Let's come back to the third angel's message in its connection with its aftermath. Revelation 14:17-19 Here is a blood bath. As we read in Joel, the picture there is warfare, and the people are brought into this Megiddo position, Megiddo is one mountain on one side of the valley of Jezreel. As they are all gathered to this place, just like the Midianites were in the time of Gideon in that valley. Gideon came down from
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three mountain sides with 100 men on each side, the Midianites were overwhelmed and they ran for their lives and there was a great massacre in that valley of Jezreel. Here it is again. As the blood bath is described here the blood will flow to the horse's bridle unto what measurement? 1600 furlongs. If you measure it, the valley of Jezreel runs straight into the Jordan valley and comes through to Jerusalem and that is the measurement. One person actually went and studied this for themselves Ezekiel 38:3-7, 16, 18-23 Isn't that already what is happening in the World wars? A church that sends its members to war at this time will be brothers in the faith that will be destroying each other. As the war is going on the hailstones are taking place, this is all the time of the plagues. Here is a beautiful description of the summary of the literal warfare together with the plague of nature as well. Jeremiah 25: 17-31 He names all the nations and includes Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be part of this too. It is a combined destruction of the plagues. We read from EG White's writings that the nations are in conflict and war and the angels are holding back these things until the great battle of Armageddon which is what we have been reading here. 7BC 967 Angels were united in the work of Him who had broken the seals and taken the book. Four mighty angels hold back the powers of this earth till the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo, will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall come for the great battle of Armageddon. And what is that? Angels are belting the world, refusing Satan his claims to supremacy, made because of the vast multitude of his adherents. We hear not the voices, we see not with the natural sight the work of these angels, but their hands are linked about the world, and with sleepless vigilance they are keeping the
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armies of Satan at bay till the sealing of God's people shall be accomplished. Then what happens? The ministers of Jehovah, angels have skill and power and great strength, being commissioned to go forth from heaven to earth to minister to His people. They are given the work of keeping back the raging power of him who has come down like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The Lord is a refuge for all who put their trust in Him. He bids them hide in Him for a little moment, until the indignation shall be overpast. He is soon to come out of His place to punish the world for its iniquity. Then the earth shall disclose her blood and shall no more cover her slain So what is Armageddon? The slaying of the people by a military engagement. What did we read there? That these three unclean spirits are banding together, leading the people to that place. Be careful, if you don't realise what I have warned you about, you will be caught unawares. If possible the very elect will be deceived, that's how deceptive the whole exercise is. In the understanding of Armageddon we can then understand why those who have preached the three angel's messages in the past have not entered into any participation in war because they knew that warfare was the vial of God's wrath for the destroying of the nations and they must not be found in that scene. They must be sealed in their forehead with the protective seal of God, which is siding with Jesus on His side, while the evil people are siding with Satan on his side. The spiritual aspect is siding on the right side, but the Armageddon is a military action of destruction. It's not the spiritual war. That was clearly delineated in these Scriptures that we have read here.

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13 THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS
This study is a closing picture of the last two studies. As the message of the third angel has been studied, we observed in reading Revelation 14: 9,10 that this angel's message embraces a wide field of subjects that are also expressed in other scriptures. For instance Revelation 14:9,10 Under the third angel's message there is a call so that people don't become partakers of this terrible destruction. This is linked with Isaiah 58:1 This is the work of the third angel, identifying the sins that are part of the beast, his image and anybody that worships there. This is God's people being warned. That is also in Revelation 18:1-4 This is another angel with a direct link to the third angel. We see that this link of the third angel's message is contained here that Babylon, the beast, his image and the mark of the beast, this is all going to culminate in the plagues which God's people are called out from, not to receive.
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Another link to the third angel is in Zechariah 2:6-7 This is the same message of Revelation 14, come out of her my people that you receive not of her plagues Deliver yourself out of Babylon because the four winds of heaven are about to be let God. God's people are spread across the four winds of heaven, so Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest [with] the daughter of Babylon. Come out of her my people. Isaiah 52:11-12 These are the links to the third angel's message. We have the amplification of that in EW 277 I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message Here is the link. He links together with the third angel. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message. This is the link with the message of the third angel to come out of Babylon so that we don't become partakers of the plagues. When all these messages in all their variations are over, the third angel has done his work so that everyone who is called has responded, and remember it is Zion that is called to come out, what follows? Revelation 14:13-20 This is one of the studies we had that it is to do with the 144,000 who under these three angels' messages, there was a blessing for them and we will read that
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at the end of this study during the plagues at the second coming of Jesus. In our study we are looking at the second coming of Christ. When the third angel has finished his work the next event is what we read there, I looked and beheld a white cloud the coming of Jesus is described. At the same time of the coming of Jesus there is described this terrible destruction under the other angel, another angel came out and he reaped the vine of the earth, which is the wicked people, and the blood etc,. This is what we have studied over the last two studies, Armageddon and also the plagues. Here is then the actual immediate events following these warnings that the earth has been given. When those warnings have done their work, then comes the completion. We look back in summary of everything we have studied thus far in EW 279 – 280 I was pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who would not receive the message. I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, It is done. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, 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. This, if you recall, was part of our studies in the past. Daniel 12:1-2 And 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. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
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Ezekiel 9:5-7 As soon as the angel with the inkhorn by his side was finished th other ones came in to destroy. That's the summary as we read it here. And then it says EW 280 While Jesus had been standing between God and guilty man, a restraint was upon the people; but when He stepped out from between man and the Father, the restraint was removed and Satan had entire control of the finally impenitent. It was impossible for the plagues to be poured out while Jesus officiated in the sanctuary; but as His work there is finished, and His intercession closes, there is nothing to stay the wrath of God, and it breaks with fury upon the shelterless head of the guilty sinner, who has slighted salvation and hated reproof. This is the real issue, slighting salvation, making little of it and hating reproof. They are the people. In that fearful time, after the close of Jesus' mediation, the saints were living in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor very case was decided, every jewel numbered. Jesus tarried a moment in the outer apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and the sins which had been confessed while He was in the most holy place were placed upon Satan, the originator of sin, who must suffer their punishment. Now notice here... Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly robes. So here is the description, the summary, the activity that we have studied and now as Jesus finishes and the warnings that have been given have had their result. Those who are slighting all their hopes and dislike reproof, now Satan can have them. Now Jesus comes with His kingly robes. See the commencement of His coming when the angel has finished his work, when the Revelation 18 angel has said come out of her my people that you receive not of the plagues. What happens then? Revelation 19:11-21 The angel has been warning people and now the war has come. This is righteousness isn't it? If there is a war that will take place and a nation says We're going to destroy this place, get out Then when they come they have a
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right to do so because they have warned everyone. Here in righteousness He doth judge and make war. This is His kingly robe in verse 16. Verse 19. The kings of the earth and the armies make war against Him Here is what was warned under the third angel, that there would be this terrible time of trouble, this terrible time of the plagues, and these plagues were unleashed when Jesus placed on Him His most kingly robe. This description with Him and His army doing this destructive work is also identifiable in Isaiah 24:4-6 You recall when we were studying the plagues, it is the orchestration of God for the wicked to do their own destruction. This is another reference of that scene. As we link these scriptures together you can see every detail that is included here. 2 Thessalonians 2 :7-8 Here we have a description of a few men left and what will happen with them at this time of Christ with His angels. Remember we read in Revelation 13 that there was a sword coming out of His mouth? We know that in the Bible the sword is the Word of God. So that everything that was spoken by Him in prophecy now takes place and they shall be consumed with the brightness of His coming. There are two forms of destruction:  The destruction that comes from His mouth, which is everything that has to happen when He comes in His kingly robe

The brightness of His coming

These two factors have to be clearly discerned in our study here in reference to His second coming. Here in 2 Thessalonians 2 is none other than the beast who is to be revealed over a period of time, and he will be consumed. By reading all these scriptural linkages, the picture is unfolding, they all describe details that the other ones don't describe, but they all fit in together. During the plagues themselves, Jesus' second coming has already taken place. He's begun to come. He left the sanctuary on horseback with angels, in His kingly robe with His sword in His mouth, doing the work. This is the commencement of the coming of Jesus.
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We will carefully examine this. What Jesus described in His second coming can only be properly understood by what we have been studying here. Jesus warns the people that His coming is going to be different from what they expected. If it is destroyed by the word of His mouth first, a lot of people will be caught unawares, because when the brightness of His coming comes, that's another destruction force. Matthew 24:42-44 Here Jesus gave a warning. When Jesus comes in the clouds every man will see Him.. We read that in the Bible , Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, But the issue here is , it's going to come like a thief, in a way you don't realise. You must watch. This is echoed in Revelation 16:15 about Armageddon, which we read in our last study. The warning is similar to what Jesus says in Matthew. That statement is between verses 14 and 16 which deals with Armageddon. He is saying, be watchful because My coming is different to what you expect, unless you are watching you won't know exactly what's happening, you will be caught unawares. By putting these scriptures together, we can see that He is trying to get something across to the minds of the people in reference to His coming. With that picture in place we read; Mark 13:33-37 To see Him coming in the clouds, is that something you have to watch beforehand? As we were reading in Revelation 19, He is not coming in the clouds in Revelation 19, He is coming on horseback with the angels. He is already coming, but when He comes in the clouds you will see Him. In Revelation 19 you can only see Him if you are watching, you don’t see Him coming in the clouds. This is put this way; 2T 190 What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but to His return from His ministration in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary,
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He finishes His work, the angels have finished their work, and now He comes as King of kings and Lord of lords on horseback with armies, That is what will catch people by surprise, that moment of Him leaving the sanctuary and they will be caught by surprise. They still think everything is going all right, but Jesus has come. Therefore from what we have observed here, the coming of Jesus then commences from Revelation 19:13-21 that is the commencement of the coming of Jesus. The Bible encompasses that with His coming. That when He comes, there is this great conflagration around Him, so that before you actually see Him, there is a lot of tumult beforehand. This is written in Psalm 50: 1-6 Here is a very precise picture as He comes from the heavenly sanctuary, it is going to be very tempestuous around about Him and He is going to call upon the earth and upon the heavens and everything that is described in this tempestuous judging of the world, it is there. As He is coming this conflagration is going on around Him. His coming plainly starts then with the plagues. There is special mention made of this in reference to Armageddon. Jeremiah 25:31 Here He comes in the picture of a military conflagration with the other things. The natural events and the plagues around Him. In reference to Armageddon as a time in which God is doing the judging and the nations of the world are involved in His judging is described here in 7 BC 983.2 We need to study the pouring out of the seventh vial. (the seventh plague)The powers of evil will not yield up the conflict without a struggle. But Providence has a part to act in the battle of Armageddon. When the earth is lighted with the glory of the angel of Revelation eighteen, the religious elements, good and evil, will awake from slumber, and the armies of the living God will take the field

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Many people misread this statement. The Revelation 18 angel is doing what? Under the third angel, people are taking sides. God's faithful people are taking sides with God and the wicked are taking sides with Satan by rejecting these messages. These are the armies. In these two armies, Jesus is there, with His armies coming from heaven and on earth there are the armies all resisting the Word of His mouth. He uses the sword that comes out of His mouth to do the work which they have been resisting. What was all that? The plagues. Everything He said is going to happen. They will not give in, they will fight to keep the earth going, to fight with the nations, to conquer, to make victory over the problems of the earth. The United Nations situation is a perfect situation to describe this. They are all fighting to bring peace but they just kill each other as they do this. When the earth is lighted with the glory of the angel of Revelation 18, the religious elements, good and evil, will awake from slumber and the armies of the living God will take the field (Revelation 19) The other ones are doing their work because they are rejecting the very warning messages of the Revelation 18 angel. Notice how the armies of God are taking their position in this picture of Armageddon in Joel 3: 9-14, especially verse 11 Here is the sword of God's Word. As this Armageddon picture is described here, this is the armies of the wicked versus the armies of heaven. As we read in Revelation 19, the armies of heaven came down. And where will they go to? Verse 11 – Thither cause thy mighty ones to come down O Lord. 7BC 982. 5-7 The battle of Armageddon is soon to be fought. He on whose vesture is written the name, King of kings and Lord of lords, leads forth the armies of heaven on white horses, clothed in fine linen, clean and white When does He come? Straight after the work of the third angel is finished. Every form of evil is to spring into intense activity. Evil angels unite their powers with evil men, and as they have been in constant conflict and attained an experience in the best modes of deception and battle, and have
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been strengthening for centuries, they will not yield the last great final contest without a desperate struggle. All the world will be on one side or the other of the question. The battle of Armageddon will be fought, and that day must find none of us sleeping. Wide awake we must be, as wise virgins having oil in our vessels with our lamps. By having oil in their lamps they can see what is going on. None of this romantic picture of just walking with Jesus into heaven. This is to do with war, this is to do with destruction. Whose side are we on? The power of the Holy Ghost must be upon us, and the Captain of the Lord's host will stand at the head of the angels of heaven to direct the battle. What are the angels and Jesus doing? They are directing the battle. They are not actually fighting. Solemn events before us are yet to transpire. Trumpet after trumpet is to be sounded, vial after vial poured out one after another upon the inhabitants of the earth. Vial after vial, this is to do with Armageddon, this is to do with what Jesus is doing and the angels of God, and the wicked people and their angels are there in contest, and the contest is deception, to deceive the people and to bring them together for destruction. The holy ones come down and thither to direct the battle. This is the coming of Jesus. Scenes of stupendous interest are right upon us That was written in 1890. Where are we today? Jesus and His angels come thither where these people are assembled for war in the valley of Jehosephat. Notice here, that this has to do with the conducting of war. The angels and Jesus are there conducting, directing the war. This is exactly the same picture as in the Old Testament, where the conflict of the empires, one after another was identified with the angels orchestrating the battle. The conflict between Babylon and Medo-Persia is described here in Daniel 10: 12-13

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Persia and Babylon were going to meet. As the angel was orchestrating the king of Persia, the king of Persia resisted his influence. So Michael the archangel (Jesus) was brought in. There was the conducting of the conquering of Babylon by the Medo-Persian kingdom. At the end of the conflagration you have the whole armies of heaven doing exactly the same thing, but on a greater scale. Isaiah 13:4-6 As the multitudes, the kingdoms of nations, are gathered together, the Lord of hosts musters the host of the battle. He is the One that is mustering it. God's way of warfare is conducting the wickedness of the people, that is His way of working with them. These texts are a compilation to summarise: THE WICKED Revelation 19:15 How are the nations smitten? With the sword out of His mouth. What we read is going to happen. That's His sword, the Word. You can read it in other scriptures, they will be destroyed by His Word. They will destroy themselves because His Word says that's what is going to happen. Revelation 14: 18-20 There was literal blood, there was destruction. This is not a spiritual battle, this was the coming of Jesus and destroying the wicked. Joel 3:13-14 That is what we read in Revelation, the sickle. There are multitudes in the valley; the sickle is there; there is blood flowing up to the horse's bridle. This is the coming of Jesus. Jeremiah 25:30-31 When He roars from heaven the Armageddon picture is taking place, the blood is flowing, the winepress is taking place.
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Isaiah 63:1-6 He who is on that horseback with the garment King of kings and Lord of lords, and His garment dipped in blood. Here is the description, it is a connecting link of Gethsemane through to the end. His own blood for His own saints and the year of the redeemed is come and now for those who have rejected His kingly love, His grief is too much. Now the wrath takes place and He treads down the people in His anger. The picture is vivid, the coming of Jesus to do with the destructions, of the plagues, the vials, the roaring from heaven, etc. We come now to 2 Kings 6: 15-17 Here was an occasion when the servant of God was surrounded by the nation of the enemy. This is exactly the same picture. Only those who are watching know that these horses are around them. This is the day of His vengeance and the day of His redeemed. When the wicked are all around to destroy both themselves and God's people in the time of Jacob's trouble, this is the year of His redeemed. When the angels are orchestrating the battle and destroying the wicked, just as in that situation, nothing to fear. This is involved in His coming. The day of His redeemed. THE REDEEMED But notice Isaiah 63:4 What will be the experience of the redeemed at His coming? We have already studied Jacob's trouble. This is the period of Jacob's trouble. But, as we have read, they will be saved out of that. This Psalm is applicable in the year of His redeemed: Psalm 91:7-9 While the world is in this terrible crushing experience, God's people have nothing to fear. It's going to be a terrible scene for us to watch, but it will not come nigh us. The fallings will be very close to us. There we have the picture if we also turn to:
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Isaiah 32:17-19 What is this referring to? It is exactly the same time, because mark the 7th vial what happens in the 7th vial? Revelation 16:17, 19 When this plague of hail comes down God will have His people protected. It's the day of His redeemed. Isaiah 42:13-14 He has been quiet so long, now He is letting it rip. That's the picture. Isaiah 66:5-6 Isn't that an interesting reference? Those who thought they were doing God a favour in separating God's people from them, they will be ashamed when the voice from the city of God comes forth. Then all these plagues, they will suffer them. This is the picture here, this is the day of His redeemed. Joel 3: 16 God will take care of those who tremble at His Word. At this time, at the time of these plagues, the deliverance of God's people takes place. Notice the way, as He roars from His temple, the 7th vial. The actual Year of the Redeemed is beautifully described here in Great Controversy GC 636 - 637 That voice shakes the heavens and the earth. There is a mighty earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. Verses 17, 18. The firmament appears to open and shut. The glory from the throne of God seems flashing through. The mountains shake like a reed in the wind, and ragged rocks are scattered on every side. There is a roar as of a coming tempest. The sea is lashed into fury. There is heard the shriek of a hurricane like the voice of demons upon a mission of destruction. The whole earth heaves and swells like the waves of the sea. Its surface is breaking up. Its very foundations seem to be giving way. Mountain chains are sinking. Inhabited islands disappear. The seaports that have become like Sodom for wickedness are swallowed up by the angry waters. Babylon the great has come in remembrance before God, to
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give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. Great hailstones, every one about the weight of a talent, are doing their work of destruction. Verses 19, 21. The proudest cities of the earth are laid low. The lordly palaces, upon which the world's great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are crumbling to ruin before their eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and God's people, who have been held in bondage for their faith, are set free. Graves are opened, and many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth. . . awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Daniel 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel's message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law. Here is the Year of His Redeemed. As those faithful ones who have been in prison, who have run away to the wilderness, all those who have come up from the dead: GC 640 The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth. The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward. Their countenances are lighted up with His glory, and shine as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. Can you see the scene here, everything is breaking up, everything is in chaos, the wicked are destroyed, the armies are fighting, and here comes the people of God and God's voice speaking to them and announcing the visible coming of Jesus. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honored God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory. Here is the 7th plague and the plagues have all been culminating. Just a quick flash back. Jesus will come on horseback, but He will not be seen on horseback, He will be seen on the clouds. What happens? Maranatha 287 And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood. Then Jesus . . . took His place on the cloud which carried Him to the East, where it first appeared to the saints on earth--a small black cloud which was the sign of
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the Son of man. While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the East, which took a number of days, the synagogue of Satan worshipped at the saint's feet. Do you see the sequence here? The voice of God from heaven. The battle of Armageddon being fought. The faithful ones rising and they hear the voice of God giving the day and hour The wicked are worshipping at their feet now, they realise. While that is happening, Jesus is positioning Himself on the cloud and it takes several days to come, until finally it is visible. The next event is described in GC 640.3 Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man's hand. It is the cloud which surrounds the Saviour and which seems in the distance to be shrouded in darkness. The people of God know this to be the sign of the Son of man. In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it raws nearer the earth, becoming lighter and more glorious, until it is a great white cloud, its base a glory like consuming fire, and above it the rainbow of the covenant. Jesus rides forth as a mighty conqueror. Not now a Man of Sorrows, to drink the bitter cup of shame and woe, He comes, victor in heaven and earth, to judge the living and the dead. That is the actual visible coming of Jesus. Revelation 1:7 Every eye shall see Him, also those who pierced Him. That's why they had to be resurrected in that resurrection we read about. Revelation 6:15-17 All the destruction that took place about Him, now comes to its zenith. So many people have been slain, the armies have killed each other, the natural plagues have been doing their destructive work and few men were left (as we read in Isaiah). Now they see it that it was actually God, it was actually Jesus, and they cry for the mountains to cover them. This is now the visible response. Those not slain in Armageddon, those who were not slain by the plagues, are now slain by what?
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Revelation 19:21 2 Thessalonians 2:8 The brightness of His coming. GC 642.2 The derisive jests have ceased. Lying lips are hushed into silence. The clash of arms, the tumult of battle, with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood (Isaiah 9:5), is stilled. Nought now is heard but the voice of prayer and the sound of weeping and lamentation. The cry bursts forth from lips so lately scoffing: The great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? The wicked pray to be buried beneath the rocks of the mountains rather than meet the face of Him whom they have despised and rejected. As that takes place, in conclusion: EW 15-16 Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer and became lighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most lovely song; and upon it sat the Son of man. His hair was white and curly and lay on His shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were as a flame of fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out, Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless? Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: Those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you. At this our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sang again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to heaven, and cried, Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise. Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted, Alleluia! as they recognized their friends
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who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns, and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass There's the end of the picture of the second coming.

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14 EVENTS OF THE SEVENTH MILLENIUM
As we have studied all three angels' messages as they apply to the time of the end, we have come to an appreciation of the meaning of 2 Peter 3:7-10 Did you notice the comprehension of the painstaking work of the three angels' messages that bring us to the point of the final coming of Jesus Christ? It's all comprehended in this summary here of what the three angels' messages in detail were conveying to us, that ultimately after all the patient work of the first angel's message, the second angel's message, the third angel's message comes into function and the ultimate coming of Jesus does take place. We notice that one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as one day with the Lord, which means that the end time is a period of time which can be much longer than what we expect. We have seen that the events chronicled in the prophecy for the end of the world were events of the latter rain, the loud cry, the wrath of God in the plagues, Christ's coming and all that in the harvest comprehension. These were all actual events, seasons of time, rather than just what people think, one event, bang. No, it is a season of time in which God is patiently working, not willing that any should perish, but have eternal life. We see this in the prophecies of Daniel. Daniel 12:4,9 Here is a time when the book of Daniel would be open to the understanding of people. From this time in 1833, which was a long time ago, there was an increase of travel, an increase of knowledge, through to this point in time. Looking over that time in verse 9, this is a season of time. Daniel 8:17 The book of Daniel was allotted for the time of the end, a season of time. Verse 19 The time appointed according to this prophecy was the 2300 day prophecy, 1844. So from 1844 is the time appointed for the end, which was a season, a period of time, which we now look back and see, well, that started back there in 1844 and it still hasn't finished yet.
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Daniel 7:26-27 There is a sitting of a judgment and a systematic, painful process of taking away the dominion and consuming and destroying the power of the papacy over a long period of time. At this period of time the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdom shall be given to the people of the saints. We are not talking about a one day event, but a series of years, of centuries in fact. The saints receive that kingdom. As they receive that kingdom, the receiving of the kingdom given to the saints of the Most High, that in itself is a process of time. As we reflect upon the third angel's message in Revelation 14, we notice how this drawn out procedure is contained in the third angel's message. Revelation 14: 9-12 Can you see in this preaching the proclamation of this angel, having identified the beast and his image, identifying that the people must not receive his image and the receiving of his image and the application of all this, is a period of time in itself. The warning is that the time will come when they will be tormented with fire and brimstone and the wrath of God is going to be poured out upon them. We remember we studied the wrath of God, Armageddon, which takes place just prior to His physical coming in the clouds, but He had already come to control the warfare of Armageddon, the outpouring of God's wrath. This is all a period of activity which calls forth (verse 12) the patience of the saints. Revelation 14: 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth So the very preaching of the third angel involves a period of time in which people die. This message, therefore, includes the understanding of events that surround the burning of the wicked. The preaching of the third angel's message is everything that leads up to and the event of burning and the conclusion of it all. That's why we are studying the events of the seventh millennium, because it is part of this third angel's message. In our last study on the second coming of Jesus we noticed that the actual coming of Jesus included the plagues and it was a period of one year. His
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coming encompassed a whole period of one year. Identifying the fire we come to Revelation 17:16 Here is a burning that has to do with the third angel's message. Revelation 18:8 Here is the fire that the third angel's message was talking about that was to take place during the plagues, that the papacy would be burned by fire. Revelation 19:20-21 This is all over the period that was leading to the physical and visible coming of Jesus. The question is now, when that takes place and Jesus comes in the clouds, is that the end of everything that the third angel was proclaiming and talking about? The Bible speaks of multiple ends. This is found in 1 Corinthians 10:11 upon whom the ends of the world are come. All this coming of Jesus and the work of the third angel and this period of activity looks like it has come to its culmination at His coming, but has it? Are there still more plurality of the end? The end is in terms of plural if we turn to Revelation 20:1-3 When we were reading verse 21 of Revelation 19, Jesus had come and the wicked who had not been destroyed by fire were destroyed by the sword of His mouth and the brightness of His coming, and now there is a continuation. After He has come and the wicked are slain, Satan is put in the bottomless pit and he stays there for 1,000 years so he cannot deceive the nations again UNTIL the 1,000 years have past. In other words, there is still more time of the end procedures. After 1,00 years he will be loosed a little season. Not only is there 1,000 years left, but another little season as well.
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You can see this is a whole process of time, of the times of the end upon whom the ends of the world have come. This description here is enlarged for us in Jeremiah 4:23 - 27 Here we pick it up from the wrath of God and a description of the planet as a consequence. The cities are broken down and the earth is void, without form. We will understand in a moment what this is in relation to Revelation 20. Jeremiah 4:27 So this is still the periods of the ends. As the earth is going to be left at the wrath of God like that, it's going to be a bottomless pit, which comes from the word in Greek abussos, which means void and empty. That was what the earth was like before God created life on it. Now here it is again and this is the pit into which Satan was thrown and bound, according to Revelation 20. There he is, this earth is going to be lying waste like that with all the cities crushed down, as a bottomless pit for a thousand years, which Satan is going to be bound in there. After that another little season. These events we want to understand as we keep on studying. THE ONE THOUSAND YEARS Revelation 20:3 Isaiah 24:17-22 Is this exactly the description, Satan will be bound here on earth.? What we read here, this is the bottomless pit. After many days they will be visited again. After 1,000 years he will be released out of his prison house. Isaiah 14:16-20 This is talking of Lucifer. What is he going to be suffering? He is not dying there, he is there alive. He will be ridiculed in the minds of the on-lookers. Lucifer and his angels will be able to wander around and see the activity that they have created, the condition of the earth that they have created for 1,000 years.
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While Lucifer and his host are so imprisoned, we now turn to a different scene. What we have been looking at is what is happening on this earth. We now turn to where Jesus had taken His people and we see what they do for that 1,000 years. Jesus and His people have been taken away from this planet at His coming Revelation 20: 4-6 What were they doing as they were living and reigning with Christ for 1,000 years? They sit upon thrones and judgment is given unto them. We now qualify where that is going to take place in the following scriptures: John 14:1-3 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18 Psalm 24:3-10 Isaiah 26:2 The place where they will be reigning with Christ is the place where the gates will be open, the everlasting gates of the heavenly Jerusalem 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 GC 660 – 661 During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection the judgment of the wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this judgment as an event that follows the second advent. Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts. 1 Corinthians 4:5. Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came, judgment was given to the saints of the Most High. Daniel 7:22. At this time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in the Revelation says: I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them. They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. Revelation 20:4, 6. It is at this time that, as foretold by Paul, the saints shall judge the world. 1 Corinthians 6:2. In
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union with Christ they judge the wicked, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case according to the deeds done in the body. Then the portion which the wicked must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded against their names in the book of death. Satan also and evil angels are judged by Christ and His people. And Jude declares that the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 6. There is the picture in summary. AFTER THE THOUSAND YEARS What happens now? Revelation 20:3, 7-8 The planet earth with all its heaving and rocking will now be inhabited again. The nations will be deceived Why are the nations there? How can they be there? Verses 5-6 The resurrection that brought the faithful ones to the heavenly sanctuary is going to be followed with a resurrection which is called the second resurrection. Here is the suggestion that there is a second death. The people that have died, that have been destroyed, now there is a second resurrection that will lead to the second death. These are the people that Satan goes to the four corners of the earth and brings them together to battle. John 5: 28-29 Here Jesus talks about these two resurrections. The good and bad will be resurrected. The first resurrection is for the blessed and the holy, this is the resurrection of life. But after the 1,000 years there is going to be a resurrection of damnation. Even the wicked are going to hear His voice and come out of the grave, but they will come out for damnation sake. While the judgment was going on they were dead in their graves, now they will come up to meet that. The resurrection of damnation leads to the second death. Jude 14-15
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Here is a prophecy that points directly to this scene. When Jesus comes this time, He is going to come not only with His angels, but with the ten thousands of His saints to execute judgement. In heaven they were judging and putting down in the books what they would deserve. Now He comes with those saints to do this work of executing judgment. GC 662.1 At the close of the thousand years, Christ again returns to the earth. He is accompanied by the host of the redeemed and attended by a retinue of angels. As He descends in terrific majesty He bids the wicked dead arise to receive their doom. They come forth, a mighty host, numberless as the sands of the sea. What a contrast to those who were raised at the first resurrection! The righteous were clothed with immortal youth and beauty. The wicked bear the traces of disease and death. This is the resurrection of damnation. Zechariah 14:3-5 God doesn't need bull dozers. He is going to make a flat plain by touching His foot on the Mount of Olives, it will split East / West and North/South. When man does his bulldozing everything gets destroyed in his path. What happens when God does His earth moving? The wicked are running for their lives and they will see something phenomenal, Christ coming and what else? Revelation 21:10 Revelation 21: 2-5 Ezekiel 37:27-28 Now the heathen shall know, these wicked people will see the tabernacle of God in the New Jerusalem on the earth and they will see God's faithful people come down together with Christ and go into the city. As they behold this how will they react? Psalm 66:3-4
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All the earth, even His enemies will submit themselves unto Him, by His power. Philippians 2:9-11 Is that as far as they go? Never trust the words of the wicked. Remember King Saul said to David - You are righteous, David, I'm wrong, but then he came back to attack him again. Psalm 48: 1-6 First, they submit, then they become afraid and run away from the city. What will they do? Isaiah 26:9-11 They will see the glory of God and then turn around, seeing His uprightness, will deal unjustly and not submit to the majesty of the Lord in the long run. Their character will be revealed. When wicked people see gold and the wealth of a nation, they fight for it. That is what is described here. How long is a little season? A season is 3 months, 90 days In prophecy that is 90 years. Isaiah 65:17-18, 20 That was the resurrection of damnation. These people who rise, they will be there for a season. The child, say 10 will die at 100 years old (90 years). During that season (90 years roughly), the wicked will fully learn God's righteousness. Revelation 20:7-8 They were resurrected and the New Jerusalem came down, but the rest of the planet was broken up and the cities were broken down. Now these people who have been resurrected have 90 years. What will they do? Satan goes to deceive them. He gathers them for battle. Against what? Verse 9
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They have 90 years to establish something. Instead of doing good, under Satan's deception they prepare for battle. That takes some time. They will prove that they are wicked by their submission to Satan. They will bring some kind of order out of the chaos to prepare for war. GC 664.2 Satan consults with his angels, and then with these kings and conquerors and mighty men. They look upon the strength and numbers on their side, and declare that the army within the city is small in comparison with theirs, and that it can be overcome. They lay their plans to take possession of the riches and glory of the New Jerusalem. All immediately begin to prepare for battle. Skillful artisans construct implements of war. Military leaders, famed for their success, marshal the throngs of warlike men into companies and divisions. They are preparing to take the city, so they have to train the army, grow food, etc. At last the order to advance is given, and the countless host moves on--an army such as was never summoned by earthly conquerors, such as the combined forces of all ages since war began on earth could never equal. Satan, the mightiest of warriors, leads the van, and his angels unite their forces for this final struggle. Kings and warriors are in his train, and the multitudes follow in vast companies, each under its appointed leader. With military precision the serried ranks advance over the earth's broken and uneven surface to the City of God. By command of Jesus, the gates of the New Jerusalem are closed, and the armies of Satan surround the city and make ready for the onset The city gates were opened so the wicked could look into the city, now the gates are closed. They are about to take the city ... What happens next? Revelation 20:11-12 When they came to take Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, and all of a sudden His light flashed through and they fell as dead to the ground. Then they shook themselves and got up again. Here is exactly the same thing again. GC 665 Now Christ again appears to the view of His enemies. Far above the city, upon a foundation of burnished gold, is a throne, high and lifted up. Upon
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this throne sits the Son of God, and around Him are the subjects of His kingdom. The power and majesty of Christ no language can describe, no pen portray. The glory of the Eternal Father is enshrouding His Son. The brightness of His presence fills the City of God, and flows out beyond the gates, flooding the whole earth with its radiance. The description goes on how the wicked will see all the drama of the ages played out in front of them. As we read in Jude, the people will be convinced of all their evil deeds. Why? A film is being played out in front of them on the sky. The awful spectacle appears just as it was. Satan, his angels, and his subjects have no power to turn from the picture of their own work. Each actor recalls the part which he performed. Herod, who slew the innocent children of Bethlehem that he might destroy the King of Israel; the base Herodias, upon whose guilty soul rests the blood of John the Baptist; the weak, timeserving Pilate; the mocking soldiers; the priests and rulers and the maddened throng who cried, His blood be on us, and on our children!-all behold the enormity of their guilt. They vainly seek to hide from the divine majesty of His countenance, outshining the glory of the sun, while the redeemed cast their crowns at the Saviour's feet, exclaiming: He died for me!.......There are papist priests and prelates, who claimed to be Christ's ambassadors, yet employed the rack, the dungeon, and the stake to control the consciences of His people. There are the proud pontiffs who exalted themselves above God and presumed to change the law of the Most High. Those pretended fathers of the church have an account to render to God from which they would fain be excused. Too late they are made to see that the Omniscient One is jealous of His law and that He will in no wise clear the guilty. They learn now that Christ identifies His interest with that of His suffering people; and they feel the force of His own words: Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40. The whole wicked world stand arraigned at the bar of God on the charge of high treason against the government of heaven. They have none to plead their cause; they are without excuse; and the sentence of eternal death is pronounced against them. It is now evident to all that the wages of sin is not noble independence and eternal life, but slavery, ruin, and death. The wicked see what they have forfeited by their life of rebellion. The far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory was despised when offered them; but how desirable it now appears. All this, cries the lost soul, I might have had; but I chose to put these things far from me. Oh, strange infatuation! I have exchanged peace, happiness, and honor for wretchedness, infamy, and
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despair. All see that their exclusion from heaven is just. By their lives they have declared: We will not have this Man [Jesus] to reign over us. That is how they are convinced of their wrong. They will see their life story played in front of them . Revelation 20:9-10 This is part of the third angel's message. Here is another burning fire. All the wicked suffer the second death Revelation 20:14-15 That fire will burn and burn and burn for a period of time, not just for a day, because notice the description in reference to this fire. The wicked are coming there to take the city. What we had read before about God's destruction in Isaiah 9:5, it is the wickeds own fire that will destroy them as well as God bringing His fire into the scene. Zechariah 14:12 This is the fire that will slowly consume. They will be conscious. While they are standing there the soft tissue of their body will burn up first, then slowly as it burns it will consume the whole person. This is what happens in anatomic fire. Those on the outside will die much more slowly than those that are in the middle of it. It will be a consuming but a punishing fire. Remember what is written in reference to the wicked. They will receive their punishment according to their sins. Those who have done terrible sins will receive many lashes and those who have done less sins will receive less lashes. Isaiah 66:24 You will see carcasses that will still be writhing in the flame. It will do its work til everyone receives their just reward Malachi 4:1-3 Lucifer that will burn the slowest and finally will be consumed to ashes. Ezekiel 28:18-19

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15 LIFE ON THE NEW EARTH
For a vivid picture of life after the millennium let us turn to Isaiah 33: 14-17 This is a comprehensive description of the people who will be dwelling amongst the burning of this planet, when the elements will melt with fervent heat and the whole planet is going to be one sea of smouldering burning people and everything that is to be burned up. They will dwell with devouring fire, they will dwell with everlasting burning without being destroyed. These people will be protected during the time of trouble, as we have studied, and ultimately their eyes shall see the King in His beauty and behold the land that is very far off. The amplification of this, the cleansing of the earth and what we will see thereafter is in GC 673.3 While the earth was wrapped in the fire of destruction, the righteous abode safely in the Holy City. Upon those that had part in the first resurrection, the second death has no power. The other ones were destroyed in the fire, these ones were not, they're safe like Noah in the ark. While God is to the wicked a consuming fire, He is to His people both a sun and a shield. Revelation 20:6; Psalm 84:11.
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I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. Revelation 21:1. The fire that consumes the wicked purifies the earth. Every trace of the curse is swept away. No eternally burning hell will keep before the ransomed the fearful consequences of sin. So, we are picking up our message here, the Earth totally cleansed by fire and what is left? Malachi 4:1-3 Here is the description, the only thing that is left is ashes when this fire has done its burning. EW 295.1 Said the angel, Satan is the root, his children are the branches. They are now consumed root and branch. They have died an everlasting death. They are never to have a resurrection, and God will have a clean universe. I then looked and saw the fire which had consumed the wicked, burning up the rubbish and purifying the earth. Again I looked and saw the earth purified. There was not a single sign of the curse. The broken, uneven surface of the earth now looked like a level, extensive plain. God's entire universe was clean, and the great controversy was forever ended. There we have the picture. Now what do we pick up? Isaiah 65:17 Now that it's all purified and there is no more wickedness, now I'm going to create everything new. This is further discussed in the book Maranatha 351.2 The same fire from God that consumed the wicked purified the whole earth. The broken, ragged mountains melted with fervent heat, the atmosphere also, and all the stubble was consumed. Then our inheritance opened before us, glorious and beautiful, and we inherited the whole earth made new. Everything is a level playing field, and then she describes the inheritance of God's people.
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God's people who are in the city will actually behold and see what God had done in the first place when He first created the world. They will watch Him creating it all over again. I wonder with what we know of the earth deep inside being a big molten mass whether God first of all worked to bring the crust about etc, that we are going to behold this molten mass becoming a level field and then seeing God create the new earth. That's the picture described here. As we read in reference to the Holy Spirit showing us the things that we can't even imagine unless the Holy Spirit makes them vivid to us, we return to see what God has in His forecast prepared for us and the Holy Spirit shows to us in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 12 Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit we can actually visualise the things that God is going to do for us. That's what our study continues to achieve. To help us visualise let us turn to the book Heavenly Places 366 Many have longed to penetrate into the glories of the future world and to have the secrets of eternal mysteries disclosed to them, but they knock in vain. That which is revealed is for us and for our children. . . . The Great Revealer hath opened to our intelligence many things that are essential in order that we may understand the heavenly attractions and have respect to the recompense of the reward. The unfoldings of Jesus in reference to heavenly things are of a character that only the spiritual mind can appreciate. The imagination may summon its utmost powers in order to picture the glories of heaven, but eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Cor. 2:9). The heavenly intelligences are all around us. . . . Angels of light create a heavenly atmosphere about the soul, lifting us toward the unseen and eternal. We cannot behold their forms with our natural sight; only by the spiritual vision can we discern heavenly things. Our human powers would be extinguished by the inexpressible glory of the angels of light. The spiritual ear alone can distinguish the harmony of heavenly voices. It is not Christ's plan to excite the emotions by brilliant descriptions. . . . He has with sufficient distinctness presented Himself, the way, the truth, and the life, as the only means whereby salvation is to be obtained. We specifically need to read that under the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we keep on reading we can, if we have as spiritual mind appreciate the things that we are reading. To others, they might summon the imagination to picture the
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glories of heaven but they can't. The Holy Spirit is willing to reveal to us the things that we cannot see with our bare eyes because we would be blinded by them, but the Spirit can reveal them to us inwardly. As the Holy Spirit has shown us, we can understand what life in the new earth can really be like as it is written in Jeremiah 33: 3 Let us venture then into what He has revealed. We see God creating this beautiful new earth, and the description that is given there needs to be understood and appreciated by what has happened to us physically. OUR PHYSICAL MAKE UP ON THE NEW EARTH 1 John 3:2 We can't comprehend with the natural eye but by the Holy Spirit we can understand this. If you saw Him as He is now you would die, but when He comes we will be in a physical condition that we can see Him. We will be like Him for we shall see Him as He is. Philippians 3:20-21 We will be like Him in physical state, our body will be fashioned like unto His glorious body. Here we have a clear understanding that the body which we have now the eyes, the senses, the physical state is not going to be the same. It is going to be a glorious body. Our body will be altered. This is described in 1 Corinthians 15:35, 39 -44 There is the body of earth and the body of heavenly nature. It's a body in which there is no corruption. At the present time your cells are continually being renewed by death of the old cell and a new one growing in its place. That is a body of corruption. There is constant death taking place inside of my body. The description is beautifully enlarged in

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6 BC 1093 Our personal identity is preserved in the resurrection, though not the same particles of matter or material substance as went into the grave. In other words, the spiritual body has a substance that is different. The wondrous works of God are a mystery to man. The spirit, the character of man, is returned to God, there to be preserved. In the resurrection every man will have his own character. God in His own time will call forth the dead, giving again the breath of life, and bidding the dry bones live. The same form will come forth, but it will be free from disease and every defect. It lives again bearing the same individuality of features, so that friend will recognize friend. There is no law of God in nature which shows that God gives back the same identical particles of matter which composed the body before death. God shall give the righteous dead a body that will please Him. Paul illustrates this subject by the kernel of grain sown in the field. The planted kernel decays, but there comes forth a new kernel. The natural substance in the grain that decays is never raised as before, but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased Him. A much finer material will compose the human body, for it is a new creation, a new birth. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. Here under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, it's been written here and it boggles the mind, but yes, it is a body, it is not the same material, but you and I and everyone will be recognising each other because we are the same people, but the material is not a decaying, not a renewing material. It is a new material that stays like that. Isaiah 33:17 The eye is a material that can see different to the eyes that the earthly eye sees with. THE LAND THAT GOD CREATES COUNTRY Hebrews 11: 13-16 Here as God has created the planet, it is a country, a complete better country, a heavenly country. The idea in many Christian's mind is that they are floating around in an ethereal world is not so, it is a real living beautiful country.
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Maranatha 353.1-2 In the Bible the inheritance of the saved is called a country. Hebrews 11:1416. There the heavenly Shepherd leads His flock to fountains of living waters. The tree of life yields its fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree are for the service of the nations. There are ever-flowing streams, clear as crystal, and beside them waving trees cast their shadows upon the paths prepared for the ransomed of the Lord. There the wide-spreading plains swell into hills of beauty, and the mountains of God rear their lofty summits. On those peaceful plains, beside those living streams, God's people, so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find a home. There, the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; . . . and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord. Isaiah 35:1; 55:13; 11:6, 9. There man will be restored to his lost kingship, and the lower order of beings will again recognize his sway; the fierce will become gentle, and the timid trustful. These are things we can dwell upon, this country. Under the influence of the Holy Spirit we can picture this and let our hearts be warmed towards that. Let's go to Isaiah 11: 6-9 You will have not a single fear here, everything is tranquil No fear of snakes, no fear of wild ferocious beasts because the lion will eat straw like the ox, they will not do any harm there. There will be no stress of the physical nature around us. EW 18 Then we began to look at the glorious things outside of the city. There I saw most glorious houses, that had the appearance of silver, supported by four pillars set with pearls most glorious to behold. These were to be inhabited by the saints. In each was a golden shelf. I saw many of the saints go into the houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the shelf, then go out into the field by the houses to do something with the earth; not as we have to do with the earth here; no, no. A glorious light shone all about their heads, and they were continually shouting and offering praises to God. I saw another field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out, They will never fade. Next I saw a field of tall grass, most glorious to behold; it was living green and had a reflection of silver and
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gold, as it waved proudly to the glory of King Jesus. Then we entered a field full of all kinds of beasts--the lion, the lamb, the leopard, and the wolf, all together in perfect union. We passed through the midst of them, and they followed on peaceably after. Then we entered a wood, not like the dark woods we have here; no, no; but light, and all over glorious; the branches of the trees moved to and fro, and we all cried out, We will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. We passed through the woods, for we were on our way to Mount Zion. There is the description of the country, with houses in it. CITY Isaiah 26:1-2 That description of opening the gates and letting the people of God come in is beautifully described again in EW 17 - 18 Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth, enter in. We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city. Then we looked up and saw the great city, with twelve foundations, and twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate. We all cried out, The city, the great city, it's coming, it's coming down from God out of heaven, and it came and settled on the place where we stood Psalm 87:3 This is a psalm that the Israelites sung. The beautiful things are told to us in Revelation 21:10-23 A jasper stone is red, dark red but it is as clear as crystal with light shining in it. You have to let the Holy Spirit show you to understand these things. 12,000 furlongs is from Perth to Kalgoorlie. That's just over 600 km. That is one side. The mountain of God is the city. A cubit is from the tip of the finger to the elbow of an angel, that is the height of the wall. This is the kind of gold that the astronauts wear across their face to screen them
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from the rays of the sun. The light within the city is the light of God that is why it's a glistening stone with all its beautiful reflections GC 647.1 With unutterable love, Jesus welcomes His faithful ones to the joy of their Lord. The Saviour's joy is in seeing, in the kingdom of glory, the souls that have been saved by His agony and humiliation. And the redeemed will be sharers in His joy, as they behold, among the blessed, those who have been won to Christ through their prayers, their labors, and their loving sacrifice. As they gather about the great white throne, gladness unspeakable will fill their hearts, when they behold those whom they have won for Christ, and see that one has gained others, and these still others, all brought into the haven of rest, there to lay their crowns at Jesus' feet and praise Him through the endless cycles of eternity. This brings out another aspect, that is that there is a society of people there. A society with government EW 19.1 This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw I cannot describe. Oh, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the better world. I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. We see that people get thrilled with having their names written in memorial like the ANZAC memorial and things like that. Here is a memorial of people's names written down. After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out, and Jesus left us and went to the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying, Come, My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you. We shouted, Alleluia! glory! and entered into the city.And I saw a table of pure silver; it was many miles in length, yet our eyes could extend over it. I saw the fruit of the tree of life, the manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many other kinds of fruit. I asked Jesus to let me eat of the fruit. Here is a description of a social fellowship, people coming together to eat. As it is described in; Revelation 20:4, 6
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On this new earth there are thrones, there is government, there is reigning. Revelation 1:6 God's people will sit on thrones, they will be kings and priests, they will have different governmental responsibilities, an inter-relationship, an interaction of relationships on the earth made new. Education 306.2 There we shall know even as also we are known. There the loves and sympathies that God has planted in the soul will find truest and sweetest exercise. The pure communion with holy beings, the harmonious social life with the blessed angels and with the faithful ones of all ages, the sacred fellowship that binds together the whole family in heaven and earth--all are among the experiences of the hereafter. Experiences of relationships in which the loves and sympathies that God has planted in the soul will find truest and sweetest exercise. Nothing marred anymore by the corruptions of human relationships on this planet. That's what many people are hungering for, a perfect relationship, of perfect fellowship. There it is on the earth made new. Besides this beautiful social interactivity, we observe in the midst of all this there is perfect order on EW 39.2 There is perfect order and harmony in the Holy City. All the angels that are commissioned to visit the earth hold a golden card, which they present to the angels at the gates of the city as they pass in and out. Heaven is a good place. What do the angels do as they move in and out of the city? They don't just go in and out willy nilly, everything is in order. They have a golden card as they go in and out. Interesting, isn't it? There is nothing done without thorough order and organisation. Music will be there. Psalm 87:3, 7 Singers and players on instruments will be there in the society of heaven.
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This is amplified; PK 730 The prophet caught the sound of music there, and song, such music and song as, save in the visions of God, no mortal ear has heard or mind conceived. It's a sound that only a sense from the Holy Spirit can help us appreciate. It's music and song that save in the visions of God no mortal ear has heard or mind conceived. The music of this earth will then not be pleasurable except for music that is coming close to it. EG White when listening to some piece of classical music said that was nearest to the music she had heard to the music that was in heaven. Life Sketches 172 Strains of music fell upon my ear, melodious, perfect, and entrancing. 1 T 146 I have been shown the order, the perfect order, of heaven, and have been enraptured as I listened to the perfect music there. After coming out of vision, the singing here has sounded very harsh and discordant. I have seen companies of angels, who stood in a hollow square, everyone having a harp of gold. At the end of the harp was an instrument to turn to set the harp or change the tunes. Their fingers did not sweep over the strings carelessly, but they touched different strings to produce different sounds. There is one angel who always leads, who first touches the harp and strikes the note, then all join in the rich, perfect music of heaven. It cannot be described. It is melody, heavenly, divine, while from every countenance beams the image of Jesus, shining with glory unspeakable. AN ECONOMY It's not just a place where people just lull around enjoying the beautiful scenery. It is also an economy, there is an interplay of exchange. Revelation 21:24-26 This is what happens in economical circumstances, people in the fields outside bring their produce into the city and communicate the produce of what they have gained from the country. This is what is described.
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Maranatha 350 'Heaven is a place of interested activity; yet to the weary and heavy laden, to those who have fought the good fight of faith, it will be a glorious rest; for the youth and vigor of immortality will be theirs, and against sin and Satan they will no longer have to contend. To these energetic workers a state of eternal indolence would be irksome. It would be no heaven to them. On this new earth there is not just indolence, there is energetic work. From that energetic work, there is to come produce. Maranatha 350.5 God designs that all shall be workers. The toiling beast of burden answers the purpose of its creation better than does the indolent man. God is a constant worker. The angels are workers; they are ministers of God to the children of men. Those who look forward to a heaven of inactivity will be disappointed, for the economy of heaven provides no place for the gratification of indolence. It is an economy that is active, it's productive. But to the weary and heavy-laden rest is promised. It is the faithful servant who will be welcomed from his labors to the joy of his Lord. You know what it is like, if you produce something you like to see the produce and you like to share it with others. That is what will take place. The activity of produce in that new country is described in Isaiah 65: 17-18, 21 - 23 They will labor, but they will not labor in vain. It will be an economy. EDUCATION On the earth made new we are still going to be educated.

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Education 301.1 Heaven is a school; its field of study, the universe; its teacher, the Infinite One. A branch of this school was established in Eden; and, the plan of redemption accomplished, education will again be taken up in the Eden school. We are going to be studying the universe and the Teacher is the Creator of the universe. All these scientists who have been studying the universe have just been scratching the surface and not even understanding the realities of it, but we will be learning it all under the Teacher who created it all. Education 307.4-5 There every power will be developed, every capability increased. The grandest enterprises will be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations will be reached, the highest ambitions realized. And still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of body and mind and soul. All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's children. With unutterable delight we shall enter into the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings. We shall share the treasures gained through ages upon ages spent in contemplation of God's handiwork. And the years of eternity, as they roll, will continue to bring more glorious revelations. Exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) will be, forever and forever, the impartation of the gifts of God. Education is on-going in great glory. TRAVEL In this education we will be travelling through space. People are spending millions of dollars now to travel into space. EW 40 Then I was taken to a world which had seven moons. There I saw good old Enoch, who had been translated. On his right arm he bore a glorious palm, and on each leaf was written Victory. Around his head was a dazzling white wreath, and leaves on the wreath, ....... . asked him if this was the place he was taken to from the earth. He said, It is not; the city is my home, and I have come to visit this place. Christian Experience and Teachings 98.2 He moved about the place as if perfectly at home. I begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought of coming
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back to this dark world again. Then the angel said, You must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handiwork of God. It all seems too good to be true, but God is very emphatic about this as He describes these things to us in Revelation 21:5 In other words, you have learned over the years that what I say is true. If you can't comprehend all these amazing things, be assured I have made all these things as you have read them and these words are true and faithful. We have proven God to be true and faithful and we have nothing to doubt. We can be sure that all the things we have been studying are real. If we love what we has been promised to us we can come back to Earth and take hold of the message that the three angel's messages were given for , especially the third angel, when it said You must prophesy again It hasn't been fulfilled as yet. Be faithful, prophesy again. That was Revelation 10:10-11 This information has been given us so that we will press to that, as it says in 2 Peter 3: 11-14 We are to look forward to this and to actually hasten the coming of Jesus, because we are inspired by all this.

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