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Infinite Wisdom saw that this signal manifestation of the wrath of God was necessary to guard the young

church from becoming demoralized. Their numbers were rapidly increasing. The church would have been
endangered if, in the rapid increase of converts, men and women had been added who, while professing to
serve God, were worshiping mammon. This judgment testified that men cannot deceive God, that He
detects the hidden sin of the heart, and that He will not be mocked. It was designed as a warning to
the church, to lead them to avoid pretense and hypocrisy, and to beware of robbing God. {AA 73.4}

At the commencement of the holy Sabbath, January 5, 1849, we engaged in prayer with Brother
Belden's family at Rocky Hill, Connecticut, and the Holy Ghost fell upon us. I was taken off in vision to the
most holy place, where I saw Jesus still interceding for Israel. On the bottom of His garment was a bell and
a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. Then I saw that Jesus would not leave the most holy place until
every case was decided either for salvation or destruction, and that the wrath of God could not come until
Jesus had finished His work in the most holy place, laid off His priestly attire, and clothed Himself with the
garments of vengeance. {CET 100.1}
Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and men, and God will keep silence no longer, but
pour out His wrath on those who have rejected His truth. I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of
God, and the time to judge the dead, were separate and distinct, one following the other; also that Michael
had not stood up, and that the time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced. The nations are
now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up, put
on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out. {CET 100.2}

Angels marvel at man's shallow appreciation of the love of God. Heaven stands indignant at the neglect
shown to the souls of men. Would we know how Christ regards it? How would a father and mother feel, did
they know that their child, lost in the cold and the snow, had been passed by, and left to perish, by those
who might have saved it? Would they not be terribly grieved, wildly indignant? Would they not denounce
those murderers with wrath hot as their tears, intense as their love? The sufferings of every man are the
sufferings of God's child, and those who reach out no helping hand to their perishing fellow beings provoke
His righteous anger. This is the wrath of the Lamb. To those who claim fellowship with Christ, yet have
been indifferent to the needs of their fellow men, He will declare in the great Judgment day, "I know you
not whence ye are; depart from Me, all ye workers of iniquity." Luke 13:27. {DA 825.4}

At the general conference of believers in the present truth, held at Sutton, Vermont, September, 1850, I
was shown that the seven last plagues will be poured out after Jesus leaves the sanctuary. Said the angel, "It
is the wrath of God and the Lamb that causes the destruction or death of the wicked. At the voice of God
the saints will be mighty and terrible as an army with banners, but they will not then execute the judgment
written. The execution of the judgment will be at the close of the one thousand years." {EW 52.1}