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Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given Me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
The following thought is from an unidentified speaker at the General Conference of 1901. It is recorded in the General Conference Bulletin, April 5, 1901.
Addition: I wish to thank a contributor who has shown me that it was E J Waggoner who was speaking.
. . . I thank God for this gospel of the kingdom.
What is the sign of the Lord’s coming? "Behold, I and the children whom thou hast given me," are for signs and wonders.[Isaiah 8:18.]
I do not in the least discount the importance of the signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars[or the events in the political world] ; but I will tell you, my brethren, the greatest sign of the coming of the Lord – the greatest sign that can be – is this:
A people filled with the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And when you see a people – there may not be very many of them – but when you see a company of people united together in the bonds of the Lord Jesus Christ, with one mind, and that Christ’s Spirit, and Christ’s life, so that they have in them the testimony of Jesus, and give the same testimony that he gave, and have the same teaching that he gave – that teaching which drove out devils – be sure that the Lord’s coming is very near then.
Christ raised from the grave to heaven, and present in his fullness in all his people, is the great sign of his coming. May God grant that every one of us may have that marvelous power that we may stand as signs and wonders in the world, proclaiming the testimony of our Lord Jesus, faithful witnesses together with him of the power of the kingdom of God.
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