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The Revelation

Chapter Eleven

Part 2


16. And the nations were angry, and Your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged...

The twenty-four elders here tell us of the attack on God’s people by the nations during the second "war", and its results. The close of probation for the world has occurred because every living person of capability has made up his or her mind and the "angry" time is now over. The seven last plagues (called God’s wrath) have fallen and we are in the time of God’s justice without mercy.

These rejecters are all dead back on earth as per their request.

Revelation 6:15-17

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

 

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17. Thus ends this portion of the book of The Revelation, with the attention of all focussed on the box which contains the Ten Commandments.

When God’s temple in heaven is opened, what a triumphant time that will be for all who have been faithful and true! In the temple will be seen the ark of the Testament in which were placed the two tables of stone, on which are written God’s law. These tables of stone will be brought forth from their hiding place, and on them will be seen the Ten Commandments engraved by the finger of God. Exodus 31:18. These tables of stone now lying in the ark of the Testament will be a convincing testimony to the truth and binding claims of God’s law.

Sacrilegious minds and hearts have thought that they were mighty enough to change the times and laws of God; but, safe in the archives of heaven, in the ark of God, are the original commandments, written upon two tables of stone. No ruler on earth has power to draw forth those tables from the sacred hiding place beneath the mercy seat.

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18. If ever there was a time when we needed faith and spiritual enlightenment, it is now. Those who are watching to prayer, and are searching the Scriptures daily with an earnest desire to know and do the will of God, will not be led astray by any of the deceptions of Satan. They alone will discern the pretext which cunning men adopt to beguile and ensnare. So much time and attention are bestowed upon the world, upon dress and eating and drinking and entertainment, that no time is left for prayer and the study of the Scriptures.

We want the truth on every point, and we must search for it as for hid treasures. Dishes of fables are presented to us on every hand, and men and women choose to believe error rather than truth, because the acceptance of the truth involves a cross.

Self must be denied; self must be crucified.

Therefore Satan presents to us an easier way by making void the law of God, telling us that it was "done away with on the cross". But, when God lets man have his own way, it is the darkest hour of his life. For a willful, disobedient child to be left to have his own way, to follow the bent of his own mind, and gather the dark clouds of God's judgment about him, is a terrible thing.

However, Satan has his agents who are too proud to repent, and who are constantly at work to tear down the cause of Jesus Christ and trample it under their feet. What a day of sorrow and despair when these meet their work with all its burden of results! Souls who might have been saved to Jesus Christ have been lost through their teachings and influence. Christ died for them that they might have life. He opened before them the way whereby they might, through His merits, keep the law of God.

Christ says, "I know your works; behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it."

How hard men work to close that door; but they are not able. John's testimony is,

"And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament."

Beneath the mercy-seat, within the ark, were the two tables of stone, containing the law of our Father. God's faithful ones saw the light that shone forth to them from the law, to be given to the world. And now Satan's intense activity is to close that door of light; but Jesus says that no man can shut it. Men will turn from the light, denounce it, and despise it, but it still shines forth in clear, distinct rays to cheer and bless all who will see it.

We will have a fierce conflict with the adversary of souls, and it will become more exceedingly bitter as we approach the close of the conflict. But the Lord will uphold those who stand in defence of His truth.

Many who see the light will not accept it, fearing to trust the Lord. Yet Jesus says,

Matthew 6:25-29

"Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature? And why take you thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow? they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say to you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."

The great Master Artist has provided the beautiful things in nature as an expression of His love to us. He has given the delicate tint to the flowers, and if He has done so much for a simple flower, "which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?"

Matthew 6:33

"Seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."

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