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Religious Events of the Future - Volume Six
The Law of Liberty
"But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty,
and continues therein,
he being not a forgetful hearer,
but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."
a series entitled
"Religious Events of the Future"
This volume is based on:-
Esther 3:7-15; Revelation 6:12-17; 16:17-21; 18:1-8; Jeremiah 4:23-31.
It is recommended that you read these before you
read the book.
The language of the Scripture quotes has been
modernised for easier understanding.
One nights work
When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honour the law of God, there will be, in different lands around the earth, a simultaneous movement for their destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to strike in one night a decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof.
The people of God - some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the forests and the mountains - still plead for divine protection, while in every quarter companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing for the work of death.
It is now, in the hour of utmost extremity, that the God of Israel will interpose for the deliverance of His chosen.
Says the Lord; "You shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goes.... to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the Mighty One of Israel. And the Lord shall cause His glorious voice to be heard, and shall show the lighting down of His arm, with the indignation of His anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones." Isaiah 30:29-30.
The darkness falls
With shouts of triumph, jeering, and swearing, throngs of evil men are about to rush upon their prey, when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the night, falls upon the earth. See Revelation 16:10.
Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company. Revelation 4:3. The angry multitudes are suddenly stopped. Their mocking cries die away. The objects of their murderous rage are forgotten. With fearful forebodings they gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness.
By the people of God a voice, clear and melodious, is heard, saying, "Look up," and lifting their eyes to the heavens, they behold the bow of promise. Genesis 9:12-13.
The black, angry clouds that covered the firmament are parted, and like Stephen they look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of God and the Son of man seated upon His throne.
Jesus is near
In His divine form they discern the marks of His humiliation; and from His lips they hear the request presented before His Father and the holy angels: "I will that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am." John 17:24.
Again a voice, musical and triumphant, is heard, saying: "They come! they come! holy, harmless, and undefiled. They have kept the word of My patience; they shall walk among the angels;" and the pale, quivering lips of those who have held fast their faith utter a shout of victory.
Many unusual events
It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. Consider Exodus 11:4; Matthew 25:6. The sun appears, shining in its strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance.
Everything in nature seems
turned out of its course. The streams cease to flow. Dark, heavy
clouds come up and clash against each other.
In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of indescribable glory, from which comes the voice of God like the sound of many waters, saying: "It is done." Revelation 16:17.
That voice shakes the heavens and the earth. Hebrews 12:26. There is a mighty earthquake, "such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great." Revelation 16:17-18. The sky 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. See Revelation 6:12-17.
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 give to 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.
The special resurrection
Prison walls are torn asunder, and God's people, who have been held in bondage for their faith, are set free.
Graves are opened, and "many [but not all] 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, keeping Gods Sabbath, come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law.
"They also which pierced Him" (Revelation 1:7), those that mocked and derided Christ's dying agonies, and the most violent opposers of His truth and His people, are raised to behold Him in His glory and to see the honour placed upon the loyal and obedient.
Thick clouds still cover the sky; yet the sun now and then breaks through, appearing like the avenging eye of God Almighty.
Fierce lightnings leap from the heavens, enveloping the earth in a sheet of flame. Above the terrific roar of thunder, voices, mysterious and awful, declare the doom of the wicked.
For the Babylonian teachers
The words spoken are not comprehended by all; but they are distinctly understood by the false teachers.
Those who a little before were so reckless, so boastful and defiant, so exultant in their cruelty to God's commandment-keeping people, are now overwhelmed with consternation and shuddering in fear. Their wails are heard above the sound of the elements.
Demons (fallen angels) also acknowledge the deity of Christ and tremble before His power, while men are supplicating for mercy and grovelling in abject terror.
Said the prophets of old, as they beheld in holy vision the day of God: "Howl you; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty." Isaiah 13:6.
"Enter into the rock, and hide you in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty. The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon everyone that is proud and lofty, and upon everyone that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low."
"In that day a man shall cast the idols of his silver, and the idols of his gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks,
for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty, when He arises to shake terribly the earth." Isaiah 2:10-12, 20, 21, margin.
The light of love
Through a rift in the clouds there beams a star whose brilliancy is increased fourfold in contrast with the darkness. It speaks hope and joy to the faithful, but severity and wrath to the transgressors of God's law.
Those who have sacrificed all for Christ are now secure, hidden as in the secret of the Lord's pavilion. Psalm 18:6-21.
The glorified Christians
They have been tested, and before the world and the despisers of truth they have shown their loyalty to Him who died for them. A marvellous change has come over those who have held fast their integrity in the very face of death.
They have been suddenly delivered from the dark and terrible tyranny of men transformed to demons. Their faces, so lately pale, anxious, and haggard, are now aglow with wonder, faith, and love. Their voices rise in triumphant song:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." Psalm 46:1-3.
While these words of holy trust ascend to God, the clouds sweep back, and the starry heavens are seen, unspeakably glorious in contrast with the black and angry sky on either side.
The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar.
Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet: "The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself." Psalm 50:6. That holy law, God's righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. James 2:8-13.
The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the words of the Ten Commandments, traced as with a pen of fire. The words are so plain that all can read them.
Memory is aroused, the darkness of superstition and heresy is swept from every mind, and God's ten words, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, are presented to the view of all the inhabitants of the earth.
It is impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled upon God's holy requirements. The Lord gave them His law; they might have compared their characters with it and learned their defects while there was yet opportunity for repentance and reform; but in order to secure the favour of the world, they set aside its precepts and taught others to transgress.
They have endeavoured to compel God's people to profane His Sabbath. Now they are condemned by that law which they have despised. With awful distinctness they see that they are without excuse. They chose whom they would serve and worship. "Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves God and him that serves Him not." Malachi 3:18.
The enemies of God's law, from the ministers down to the least among them, have a new conception of truth and duty. Too late they see that the Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the seal of the living God. Too late they see the true nature of their spurious sabbath and the sandy foundation upon which they have been building. They find that they have been fighting against God.
Religious teachers have led souls to perdition while professing to guide them to the gates of Paradise. Not until the day of final accounts will it be known how great is the responsibility of men in holy office and how terrible are the results of their unfaithfulness. Only in eternity can we rightly estimate the loss of a single soul. Fearful will be the doom of him to whom God shall say: Depart, you wicked servant.
The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and speaking the everlasting covenant (the Ten Commandments) to His people. See Mark 13:32.
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. The wicked cannot look upon them. And when the blessing is pronounced on those who have honoured God by keeping His Sabbath holy, there is a mighty shout of victory.
The sign of the Son of man
Soon there appears in the east a small black cloud, about half the size of a man's hand. It is the cloud of angels 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 draws 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. "Faithful and True," "in righteousness He does judge and make war." And "the armies which were in heaven" (Revelation 19:11, 14) follow Him. With anthems of celestial melody the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng, attend Him on His way.
The firmament seems filled with radiant forms - "ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." No human pen can portray the scene; no mortal mind is adequate to conceive its splendour. "His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. And His brightness was as the light." Habakkuk 3:3-4.
As the living cloud comes still nearer, every eye beholds the Prince of life. No crown of thorns now mars that sacred head; but a diadem of glory rests on His holy brow. His countenance outshines the dazzling brightness of the noonday sun.
"And He has on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords." Revelation 19:16.
All feel judged
Before His presence "all faces are turned into paleness". Upon the rejecters of God's mercy falls the terror of eternal despair. "The heart melts, and the knees smite together, .... and the faces of them all gather blackness." Jeremiah 30:6; Nahum 2:10.
The righteous cry with trembling: "Who shall be able to stand?" The angels' song is hushed, and there is a period of awful silence. Revelation 8:1.
Then the voice of Jesus is heard, saying: "My grace is sufficient for you." The faces of the righteous are lighted up, and joy fills every heart. And the angels strike a note higher and sing again as they draw still nearer to the earth.
The King of kings descends upon the cloud, wrapped in flaming fire. The heavens are rolled together as a scroll, the earth trembles before Him, and every mountain and island is moved out of its place.
"Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people." Psalm 50:3,4.
"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 freeman, 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?" Revelation 6:15-17.
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. Nothing 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.
The Ten Commandments
And God spoke all these words, saying, I am the LORD your God, which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy to thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes His name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labour, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Honour your father and your mother: that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God gives you.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour's house, you shall not covet your neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is your neighbour's.
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Daniel and The Revelation made easy to understand.
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