The Time Of Trouble – The Great Controversy, Chapter 39

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In Short:

  • Those who delay a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble, or at any subsequent time. The case of all such is hopeless.
  • The period of probation is granted to all to prepare for that time. It is now. Return to God with true repentance. Pray long and earnestly for His blessing. Cling with unyielding faith to His promises.
  • Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ.

The people of God have accomplished the work of The Third Angels Message

Moreover, they have received the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and are prepared for the trying hour before them.

The final test has been brought upon the world. All who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received the seal of the living God.

Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the Sanctuary above – It is done. Every case has been decided for life or death.

Time when the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an Intercessor. 

Furthermore, the Spirit of God, persistently resisted, has been at last withdrawn.

There are evil forces now ready to spread desolation everywhere when God lets loose all the elements of human passion and strife.

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The Bible Sabbath

Those who honor the Law of God have been accused of bringing judgments upon the world. 

Therefore, they will be regarded as the cause of the fearful natural disasters and the strife and bloodshed among people.

Sabbath has become a special point of controversy. Religious and secular authorities have combined to enforce the observance of the Sunday.

Thus the few who stand in opposition to the church’s institution and the State’s law ought to suffer than the whole nation to be thrown into confusion and lawlessness.

∴ The same argument 2000 years ago was brought against Christ by the rulers of the people.

The time of Jacob’s trouble

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For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. Jeremiah 30:5, 7.

Jacob’s night of anguish, when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau represents the experience of God’s people in the time of trouble. Genesis 32:24-30.

Through humiliation, repentance and self-surrender, this sinful, erring mortal prevailed with the Majesty of Heaven.

He had power over the Angel, and prevailed. Hosea 12:4.

And the fact that Jacob had prevailed with God was an assurance that he would prevail with men.

He no longer feared to encounter his brother’s anger; for the Lord was his defence.

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Afflicting their souls before God

As Satan accuses the people of God on account of their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the utmost. 

They fear that every sin has not been repented of, and that through some fault in themselves they shall 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.

Though suffering the keenest anxiety, terror and distress, they do not cease their intercessions. 

They lay hold of the strength of God as Jacob laid hold of the Angel – I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

While they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they have no concealed wrongs to reveal.

Enduring faith

We should learn the lessons of faith now. Moreover, to make it a habit to trust God and be acquainted with Him by proving His promises. 

Furthermore, we must take time to pray. Even to pray for the blessings of God as Jacob did.

Thus we would find many places where we could say: I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Genesis 32:30

Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ. 

It is in this life that we are to separate sin from us, through faith in the atoning blood of Christ. 

He invites us to join ourselves to Him and unite our: 

  • weakness to His strength
  • ignorance to His wisdom
  • unworthiness to His merits. 

God’s providence is the school in which we are to learn the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. 

The Lord is ever setting before us the true aims of life. It rests with us to cooperate with the agencies which Heaven employs in the work of conforming our characters to the Divine model. 

∴ None can neglect or defer this work but at the most fearful peril to their souls.

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The great drama of deception

Satan himself will impersonate Christ. He will make it appear that Christ has come. 

In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in Revelation 1:13-15

It is almost overmastering delusion. Nevertheless, the people of God will not be misled. 

The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures. 

Furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ’s advent. 

The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. 

Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 

For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24, 26, 27.

There is no possibility of counterfeiting this coming. It will be universally known – witnessed by the whole world.

Fleeing from the cities and villages

As the decree is issued against commandment-keepers, they will associate together in companies, dwelling in the most desolate and solitary places. 

Many will find refuge in the strongholds of the mountains and will thank God for the munitions of rocks. Isaiah 33:16.

Nevertheless, many will be shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain. 

∴ Will the Lord forget His people in this trying hour?

Zion said, Jehovah hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? 

yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graved thee upon the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:14-16.

The Lord of hosts has said, He that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye. Zechariah 2:8.

Nothing can cut off the communication between their souls and Christ. 

He is above all earthly powers; and angels will come to them in lonely cells, bringing light and peace from Heaven. 

The people of God will not be free from suffering in the plagues that follow. 

While persecuted and distressed, while enduring privation, and suffering for want of food, they will not be left to perish.

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. Psalm 121:5-7

The Heavenly Sentinels

Celestial beings have taken an active part in the affairs of humans. They have: 

  • appeared clothed in garments that shone as the lightning and in human form to people of God
  • accepted the hospitality of human homes
  • acted as guides to benighted travellers
  • with their own hands, kindled the fires of the altar
  • opened prison doors and set free the servants of the Lord
  • rolled away the stone from the Saviour’s tomb.

In human form, angels are often found in the assemblies of the righteous and the wicked.

In conclusion

Glorious will be the deliverance of those who have patiently waited for Christ’s coming, and whose names are written in the book of life.

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Why Wait Longer?

Your Creator And Redeemer Longs For You – Take Him At His Word

Learn to trust in God’s love and His power to save and restore His image in you. The Spirit of God is pleading with you to seek for those things that alone can give you peace and rest – the grace of Christ and the joy of holiness. Give to Christ your guilt and fear today. He can satisfy the craving of your heart. Believe the Son of God. He will receive you.

His hand is stretched out still. Why wait longer?


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