Satan was once an honoured angel in heaven, next to Christ. His countenance, like those
of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and
broad, showing great intelligence. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic.
But when God said to His Son, "Let us make man in our image," Satan was jealous
of Jesus. He wished to be consulted concerning the formation of man, and because he was
not, he was filled with envy, jealousy, and hatred. He desired to receive the highest
honours in heaven next to God.
Until this time all heaven had been in order, harmony, and perfect subjection to the
government of God. It was the highest sin to rebel against His order and will. All heaven
seemed in commotion. The angels were marshalled in companies, each division with a higher
commanding angel at its head. Satan, ambitious to exalt himself, and unwilling to submit
to the authority of Jesus, was insinuating against the government of God. Some of the
angels sympathised with Satan in his rebellion, and others strongly contended for the
honour and wisdom of God in giving authority to His Son. There was contention among the
angels. Satan and his sympathisers were striving to reform the government of God. They
wished to look into His unsearchable wisdom, and ascertain His purpose in exalting Jesus
and endowing Him with such unlimited power and command. They rebelled against the
authority of the Son. All the heavenly host were summoned to appear before the Father to
have each case decided. It was there determined that Satan should be expelled from heaven,
with all the angels who had joined him in the rebellion. Then there was war in heaven.
Angels were engaged in the battle; Satan wished to conquer the Son of God and those who
were submissive to His will. But the good and true angels prevailed, and Satan, with his
followers, was driven from heaven.
After Satan and those who fell with him were shut out of heaven, and he realised that
he had forever lost all its purity and glory, he repented, and wished to be reinstated in
heaven. He was willing to take his proper place, or any position that might be assigned
him. But no; heaven must not be placed in jeopardy. All heaven might be marred should he
be taken back; for sin originated with him, and the seeds of rebellion were within him.
Both he and his followers wept, and implored to be taken back into the favour of God. But
their sin--their hatred, their envy and jealousy--had been so great that God could not
blot it out. It must remain to receive its final punishment.
When Satan became fully conscious that there was no possibility of his being brought
again into favour with God, his malice and hatred began to be manifest. He consulted with
his angels, and a plan was laid to still work against God's government. When Adam and Eve
were placed in the beautiful garden, Satan was laying plans to destroy them. In no way
could this happy couple be deprived of their happiness if they obeyed God. Satan could not
exercise his power upon them unless they should first disobey God and forfeit His favour.
Some plan must therefore be devised to lead them to disobedience that they might incur
God's frown and be brought under the more direct influence of Satan and his angels. It was
decided that Satan should assume another form and manifest an interest for man. He must
insinuate against God's truthfulness and create doubt whether God did mean just what He
said; next, he must excite their curiosity, and lead them to pry into the unsearchable
plans of God-- the very sin of which Satan had been guilty--and reason as to the cause of
His restrictions in regard to the tree of knowledge. -
The Fall of Man
Holy angels often visited the garden, and gave instruction to Adam and Eve concerning
their employment and also taught them concerning the rebellion and fall of Satan. The
angels warned them of Satan and cautioned them not to separate from each other in their
employment, for they might be brought in contact with this fallen foe. The angels also
enjoined upon them to follow closely the directions God had given them, for in perfect
obedience only were they safe. Then this fallen foe could have no power over them.
Satan commenced his work with Eve, to cause her to disobey. She first erred in
wandering from her husband, next in lingering around the forbidden tree, and next in
listening to the voice of the tempter, and even daring to doubt what God had said,
"In the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." She thought that
perhaps the Lord did not mean just what He said, and venturing, she put forth her hand,
took of the fruit and ate. It was pleasing to the eye and pleasant to the taste. Then she
was jealous that God had withheld from them what was really for their good, and she
offered the fruit to her husband, thereby tempting him. She related to Adam all that the
serpent had said and expressed her astonishment that he had the power of speech.
I saw a sadness come over Adam's countenance. He appeared afraid and astonished. A
struggle seemed to be going on in his mind. He felt sure that this was the foe against
whom they had been warned, and that his wife must die. They must be separated. His love
for Eve was strong, and in utter discouragement he resolved to share her fate. He seized
the fruit and quickly ate it. Then Satan exulted. He had rebelled in heaven, and had
gained sympathisers who loved him and followed him in his rebellion. He had fallen and
caused others to fall with him. And he had now tempted the woman to distrust God, to
inquire into His wisdom, and to seek to penetrate His all-wise plans. Satan knew that the
woman would not fall alone. Adam, through his love for Eve, disobeyed the command of God,
and fell with her.
The news of man's fall spread through heaven. Every harp was hushed. The angels cast
their crowns from their heads in sorrow. All heaven was in agitation. A council was held
to decide what must be done with the guilty pair. The angels feared that they would put
forth the hand, and eat of the tree of life, and become immortal sinners. But God said
that He would drive the transgressors from the garden. Angels were immediately
commissioned to guard the way of the tree of life. It had been Satan's studied plan that
Adam and Eve should disobey God, receive His frown, and then partake of the tree of life,
that they might live forever in sin and disobedience, and thus sin be immortalised. But
holy angels were sent to drive them out of the garden, and to bar their way to the tree of
life. Each of these mighty angels had in his right hand something which had the appearance
of a glittering sword.
Then Satan triumphed. He had made others suffer by his fall. He had been shut out of
heaven, they out of Paradise. -
The Plan of Salvation
Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realised that man was lost, and that world which God
had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and there
was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely
Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him
approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying
angel, He is in close converse with His Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be
intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times He was shut in by the
glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father, His person
could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and doubt, and shone
with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the
angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that He had
been pleading with His Father, and had offered to give His life a ransom, to take the
sentence of death upon Himself, that through Him man might find pardon; that through the
merits of His blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favour of God,
and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life.
At first the angels could not rejoice; for their Commander concealed nothing from them,
but opened before them the plan of salvation. Jesus told them that He would stand between
the wrath of His Father and guilty man, that He would bear iniquity and scorn, and but few
would receive Him as the Son of God. Nearly all would hate and reject Him. He would leave
all His glory in heaven, appear upon earth as a man, humble Himself as a man, become
acquainted by His own experience with the various temptations with which man would be
beset, that He might know how to succour those who should be tempted; and that finally,
after His mission as a teacher would be accomplished, He would be delivered into the hands
of men, and endure almost every cruelty and suffering that Satan and his angels could
inspire wicked men to inflict; that He would die the cruellest of deaths, hung up between
the heavens and the earth as a guilty sinner; that He would suffer dreadful hours of
agony, which even angels could not look upon, but would veil their faces from the sight.
Not merely agony of body would He suffer, but mental agony, that with which bodily
suffering could in no wise be compared. The weight of the sins of the whole world would be
upon Him. He told them He would die and rise again the third day, and would ascend to His
Father to intercede for wayward, guilty man.
The angels prostrated themselves before Him. They offered their lives. Jesus said to
them that He would by His death save many, that the life of an angel could not pay the
debt. His life alone could be accepted of His Father as a ransom for man. Jesus also told
them that they would have a part to act, to be with Him and at different times strengthen
Him; that He would take man's fallen nature, and His strength would not be even equal with
theirs; that they would be witnesses of His humiliation and great sufferings; and that as
they would witness His sufferings, and the hatred of men toward Him, they would be stirred
with the deepest emotion, and through their love for Him would wish to rescue and deliver
Him from His murderers; but that they must not interfere to prevent anything they should
behold; and that they should act a part in His resurrection; that the plan of salvation
was devised, and His Father had accepted the plan.
With a holy sadness Jesus comforted and cheered the angels and informed them that
hereafter those whom He should redeem would be with Him, and that by His death He should
ransom many and destroy him who had the power of death. And His Father would give Him the
kingdom and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, and He would possess it
forever and ever. Satan and sinners would be destroyed, nevermore to disturb heaven or the
purified new earth. Jesus bade the heavenly host be reconciled to the plan that His Father
had accepted and rejoice that through His death fallen man could again be exalted to
obtain favour with God and enjoy heaven.
Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. And the heavenly host sang a song of praise
and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before,
for the great mercy and condescension of God in yielding up His dearly Beloved to die for
a race of rebels. Praise and adoration were poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice
of Jesus; that He would consent to leave the bosom of His Father, and choose a life of
suffering and anguish, and die an ignominious death to give life to others.
Said the angel, "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son
without a struggle? No, no. It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let
guilty man perish, or to give His beloved Son to die for Him." Angels were so
interested for man's salvation that there could be found among them those who would yield
their glory and give their life for perishing man, "But," said my accompanying
angel, "that would avail nothing. The transgression was so great that an angel's life
would not pay the debt. Nothing but the death and intercessions of His son would pay the
debt and save lost man from hopeless sorrow and misery."
But the work of the angels was assigned them, to ascend and descend with strengthening
balm from glory to soothe the Son of God in His sufferings, and minister unto Him. Also,
their work would be to guard and keep the subjects of grace from the evil angels and the
darkness constantly thrown around them by Satan. I saw that it was impossible for God to
alter or change His law to save lost, perishing man; therefore He suffered His beloved Son
to die for man's transgression.
Satan again rejoiced with his angels that he could, by causing man's fall, pull down
the Son of God from His exalted position. He told his angels that when Jesus should take
fallen man's nature, he could overpower Him and hinder the accomplishment of the plan of
I was shown Satan as he once was, a happy, exalted angel. Then I was shown him as he
now is. He still bears a kingly form. His features are still noble, for he is an angel
fallen. But the expression of his countenance is full of anxiety, care, unhappiness,
malice, hate, mischief, deceit, and every evil. That brow which was once so noble, I
particularly noticed. His forehead commenced from his eyes to recede. I saw that he had so
long bent himself to evil that every good quality was debased, and every evil trait was
developed. His eyes were cunning, sly, and showed great penetration. His frame was large,
but the flesh hung loosely about his hands and face. As I beheld him, his chin was resting
upon his left hand. He appeared to be in deep thought. A smile was upon his countenance,
which made me tremble, it was so full of evil and satanic slyness. This smile is the one
he wears just before he makes sure of his victim, and as he fastens the victim in his
snare, this smile grows horrible. -
The First Advent Of Christ
I was carried down to the time when Jesus was to take upon Himself man's nature, humble
Himself as a man, and suffer the temptations of Satan.
His birth was without worldly grandeur. He was born in a stable and cradled in a
manger; yet His birth was honoured far above that of any of the sons of men. Angels from
heaven informed the shepherds of the advent of Jesus, and light and glory from God
accompanied their testimony. The heavenly host touched their harps and glorified God. They
triumphantly heralded the advent of the Son of God to a fallen world to accomplish the
work of redemption, and by His death to bring peace, happiness, and everlasting life to
man. God honoured the advent of His Son. Angels worshiped Him.
Angels of God hovered over the scene of His baptism; the Holy Spirit descended in the
form of a dove and lighted upon Him, and as the people stood greatly amazed, with their
eyes fastened upon Him, the Father's voice was heard from heaven, saying, Thou art My
beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased.
John was not certain that it was the Saviour who came to be baptised of him in Jordan.
But God had promised him a sign by which he should know the Lamb of God. That sign was
given as the heavenly dove rested upon Jesus, and the glory of God shone round about Him.
John reached forth his hand, pointing to Jesus, and with a loud voice cried out,
"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world!"
John informed his disciples that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Saviour of the
world. As his work was closing, he taught his disciples to look to Jesus, and follow Him
as the Great Teacher. John's life was sorrowful and self-denying. He heralded the first
advent of Christ, but was not permitted to witness His miracles, and enjoy the power
manifested by Him. When Jesus should establish Himself as a teacher, John knew that he
himself must die. His voice was seldom heard, except in the wilderness. His life was
lonely. He did not cling to his father's family, to enjoy their society, but left them in
order to fulfil his mission. Multitudes left the busy cities and villages and flocked to
the wilderness to hear the words of the wonderful prophet. John laid the axe to the root
of the tree. He reproved sin, fearless of consequences, and prepared the way for the Lamb
Herod was affected as he listened to the powerful, pointed testimonies of John, and
with deep interest he inquired what he must do to become his disciple. John was acquainted
with the fact that he was about to marry his brother's wife, while her husband was yet
living, and faithfully told Herod that this was not lawful. Herod was unwilling to make
any sacrifice. He married his brother's wife, and through her influence, seized John and
put him in prison, intending however to release him. While there confined, John heard
through his disciples of the mighty works of Jesus. He could not listen to His gracious
words; but the disciples informed him and comforted him with what they had heard. Soon
John was beheaded, through the influence of Herod's wife. I saw that the humblest
disciples who followed Jesus, witnessed His miracles, and heard the comforting words which
fell from His lips, were greater than John the Baptist; that is, they were more exalted
and honoured, and had more pleasure in their lives.
John came in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the first advent of Jesus. I
was pointed down to the last days and saw that John represented those who should go forth
in the spirit and power of Elijah to herald the day of wrath and the second advent of
After the baptism of Jesus in Jordan, He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, to
be tempted of the devil. The Holy Spirit had prepared Him for that special scene of fierce
temptations. Forty days He was tempted of Satan, and in those days He ate nothing.
Everything around Him was unpleasant, from which human nature would be led to shrink. He
was with the wild beasts and the devil, in a desolate, lonely place. The Son of God was
pale and emaciated, through fasting and suffering. But His course was marked out, and He
must fulfil the work which He came to do.
Satan took advantage of the sufferings of the Son of God and prepared to beset Him with
manifold temptations, hoping to obtain the victory over Him, because He had humbled
Himself as a man. Satan came with this temptation: "If Thou be the Son of God,
command this stone that it be made bread." He tempted Jesus to condescend to give him
proof of His being the Messiah, by exercising His divine power. Jesus mildly answered him,
"It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of
Satan was seeking a dispute with Jesus concerning His being the Son of God. He referred
to His weak, suffering condition and boastingly affirmed that he was stronger than Jesus.
But the word spoken from heaven, "Thou art My beloved Son; in Thee I am well
pleased," was sufficient to sustain Jesus through all His sufferings. I saw that
Christ had nothing to do in convincing Satan of His power or of His being the Saviour of
the world. Satan had sufficient evidence of the exalted station and authority of the Son
of God. His unwillingness to yield to Christ's authority had shut him out of heaven.
Satan, to manifest his power, carried Jesus to Jerusalem, and set Him upon a pinnacle
of the temple, and there tempted Him to give evidence that He was the Son of God, by
casting Himself down from that dizzy height. Satan came with the words of inspiration:
"For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: and in
their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a
stone." Jesus answering said unto him, "It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the
Lord thy God." Satan wished to cause Jesus to presume upon the mercy of His Father
and risk His life before the fulfilment of His mission. He had hoped that the plan of
salvation would fail; but the plan was laid too deep to be overthrown or marred by Satan.
Christ is the example for all Christians. When they are tempted, or their rights are
disputed, they should bear it patiently. They should not feel that they have a right to
call upon the Lord to display His power that they may obtain a victory over their enemies,
unless God can be directly honoured and glorified thereby. If Jesus had cast Himself from
the pinnacle of the temple, it would not have glorified His Father; for none would have
witnessed the act but Satan and the angels of God. And it would have been tempting the
Lord to display His power to His bitterest foe. It would have been condescending to the
one whom Jesus came to conquer.
"And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, showed unto Him all the
kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power
will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever
I will I give it. If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be Thine. And Jesus
answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt
worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."
Satan presented before Jesus the kingdoms of the world in the most attractive light. If
Jesus would there worship him, he offered to relinquish his claims to the possessions of
earth. If the plan of salvation should be carried out, and Jesus should die to redeem man,
Satan knew that his own power must be limited and finally taken away, and that he would be
destroyed. Therefore it was his studied plan to prevent, if possible, the completion of
the great work which had been commenced by the Son of God. If the plan of man's redemption
should fail, Satan would retain the kingdom which he then claimed. And if he should
succeed, he flattered himself that he would reign in opposition to the God of heaven.
Satan exulted when Jesus laid aside His power and glory and left heaven. He thought
that the Son of God was then placed in his power. The temptation took so easily with the
holy pair in Eden that he hoped by his satanic power and cunning to overthrow even the Son
of God, and thereby save his own life and kingdom. If he could tempt Jesus to depart from
the will of His Father, his object would be gained. But Jesus met the tempter with the
rebuke, "Get thee behind Me, Satan." He was to bow only to His Father. Satan
claimed the kingdom of earth as his and insinuated to Jesus that all His sufferings might
be saved: that He need not die to obtain the kingdoms of this world; if He would worship
him He might have all the possessions of earth and the glory of reigning over them. But
Jesus was steadfast. He knew that the time was to come when He would by His own life
redeem the kingdom from Satan, and that, after a season, all in heaven and earth would
submit to Him. He chose His life of suffering and His dreadful death, as the way appointed
by His Father that He might become a lawful heir to the kingdoms of earth and have them
given into His hands as an everlasting possession. Satan also will be given into His hands
to be destroyed be death, nevermore to annoy Jesus or the saints in glory. -
The Ministry of Christ
After Satan had ended his temptations, he departed from Jesus for a season, and angels
prepared Him food in the wilderness, and strengthened Him, and the blessing of His Father
rested upon Him. Satan had failed in his fiercest temptations; yet he looked forward to
the period of Jesus' ministry, when he should at different times try his cunning against
Him. He still hoped to prevail against Him by stirring up those who would not receive
Jesus, to hate and seek to destroy Him. Satan held a special council with his angels. They
were disappointed and enraged that they had prevailed nothing against the Son of God. They
decided that they must be more cunning and use their power to the utmost to inspire
unbelief in the minds of His own nation as to His being the Saviour of the world, and in
this way discourage Jesus in His mission. No matter how exact the Jews might be in their
ceremonies and sacrifices, if they could be kept blinded as to the prophecies and be made
to believe that the Messiah was to appear as a mighty worldly king, they might be led to
despise and reject Jesus.
I was shown that Satan and his angels were very busy during Christ's ministry,
inspiring men with unbelief, hate, and scorn. Often when Jesus uttered some cutting truth,
reproving their sins, the people would become enraged. Satan and his angels urged them on
to take the life of the Son of God. More than once they took up stones to cast at Him, but
angels guarded Him and bore Him away from the angry multitude to a place of safety. Again,
as the plain truth dropped from His holy lips, the multitude laid hold of Him and led Him
to the brow of a hill, intending to cast Him down. A contention arose among themselves as
to what they should do with Him, when the angels again hid Him from the sight of the
multitude, and He, passing through the midst of them, went His way.
Satan still hoped that the great plan of salvation would fail. He exerted all his power
to make the hearts of the people hard and their feelings bitter against Jesus. He hoped
that so few would receive Him as the Son of God that He would consider His sufferings and
sacrifice too great to make for so small a company. But I saw that if there had been but
two who would have accepted Jesus as the Son of God and believed on Him to the saving of
their souls, He would have carried out the plan.
Jesus began His work by breaking Satan's power over the suffering. He restored the sick
to health, gave sight to the blind, and healed the lame, causing them to leap for joy and
to glorify God. He restored to health those who had been infirm and bound by Satan's cruel
power many years. With gracious words He comforted the weak, the trembling, and the
desponding. The feeble, suffering ones whom Satan held in triumph, Jesus wrenched from his
grasp, bringing to them soundness of body and great joy and happiness. He raised the dead
to life, and they glorified God for the mighty display of His power. He wrought mightily
for all who believed on Him.
The life of Christ was filled with words and acts of benevolence, sympathy, and love.
He was ever attentive to listen to and relieve the woes of those who came to Him.
Multitudes carried in their own persons the evidence of His divine power. Yet after the
work had been accomplished, many were ashamed of the humble yet mighty teacher. Because
the rulers did not believe on Him, the people were not willing to accept Jesus. He was a
man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. They could not endure to be governed by His
sober, self-denying life. They wished to enjoy the honour which the world bestows. Yet
many followed the Son of God and listened to His instructions, feasting upon the words
which fell so graciously from His lips. His words were full of meaning, yet so plain that
the weakest could understand them.
Satan and his angels blinded the eyes and darkened the understanding of the Jews, and
stirred up the chief of the people and the rulers to take the Saviour's life. Others were
sent to bring Jesus unto them; but as they came near where He was they were greatly
amazed. They saw Him filled with sympathy and compassion, as He witnessed human woe. They
heard Him in love and tenderness speak encouragingly to the weak and afflicted. They also
heard Him, in a voice of authority, rebuke the power of Satan and bid his captives go
free. They listened to the words of wisdom that fell from His lips, and they were
captivated; they could not lay hands on Him. They returned to the priests and elders
without Jesus. When asked, "Why have ye not brought Him?" they related what they
had witnessed of His miracles, and the holy words of wisdom, love, and knowledge which
they had heard, and ended with saying, "Never man spake like this man." The
chief priests accused them of being also deceived, and some of the officers were ashamed
that they had not taken Him. The priests inquired in a scornful manner if any of the
rulers had believed on Him. I saw that many of the magistrates and elders did believe on
Jesus; but Satan kept them from acknowledging it; they feared the reproach of the people
more than they feared God.
Thus far the cunning and hatred of Satan had not broken up the plan of salvation. The
time for the accomplishment of the object for which Jesus came into the world was drawing
near. Satan and his angels consulted together and decided to inspire Christ's own nation
to cry eagerly for His blood and heap upon Him cruelty and scorn. They hoped that Jesus
would resent such treatment and fail to maintain His humility and meekness.
While Satan was laying his plans, Jesus was carefully opening to His disciples the sufferings through which He must pass--that He would be crucified and that He would rise again the third day. But their understanding seemed dull, and they could not comprehend what He told them.
The faith of the disciples was greatly strengthened at the transfiguration, when they
were permitted to behold Christ's glory and to hear the voice from heaven testifying to
His divine character. God chose to give the followers of Jesus strong proof that He was
the promised Messiah, that in their bitter sorrow and disappointment at His crucifixion,
they would not entirely cast away their confidence. At the transfiguration the Lord sent
Moses and Elijah to talk with Jesus concerning His sufferings and death. Instead of
choosing angels to converse with His Son, God chose those who had themselves experienced
the trials of earth.
Elijah had walked with God. His work had been painful and trying, for the Lord through
him had reproved the sins of Israel. Elijah was a prophet of God; yet he was compelled to
flee from place to place to save his life. His own nation hunted him like a wild beast
that they might destroy him. But God translated Elijah. Angels bore him in glory and
triumph to heaven.
Moses was greater than any who had lived before him. He had been highly honoured of
God, being privileged to talk with the Lord face to face, as a man speaks with a friend.
He was permitted to see the bright light and excellent glory that enshrouded the Father.
The Lord through Moses delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Moses was a
mediator for his people, often standing between them and the wrath of God. When the anger
of the Lord was greatly kindled against Israel for their unbelief, their murmurings, and
their grievous sins, Moses' love for them was tested. God proposed to destroy them and to
make of him a mighty nation. Moses showed his love for Israel by his earnest pleading in
their behalf. In his distress he prayed God to turn from His fierce anger and forgive
Israel, or blot his name out of His book.
When Israel murmured against God and against Moses because they could get no water,
they accused him of leading them out to kill them and their children. God heard their
murmurings and bade Moses speak to the rock, that the people might have water. Moses smote
the rock in wrath and took the glory to himself. The continual waywardness and murmuring
of the children of Israel had caused him the keenest sorrow, and for a little time he
forgot how much the Lord had borne with them, and that their murmuring was not against
him, but against God. He thought only of himself, how deeply he was wronged, and how
little gratitude they manifested in return for his deep love for them.
It was God's plan to bring often His people into strait places, and then in their
necessity to deliver them by His power, that they might realise His love and care for
them, and thus be led to serve and honour Him. But Moses had failed to honour God and
magnify His name before the people that they might glorify Him. In this he brought upon
himself the Lord's displeasure.
When Moses came down from the mount with the two tables of stone and saw Israel
worshipping the golden calf, his anger was greatly kindled, and he threw down the tables
of stone and broke them. I saw that Moses did not sin in this. He was wroth for God,
jealous for His glory. But when he yielded to the natural feelings of his heart and took
to himself the honour which was due to God, he sinned, and for that sin God would not
suffer him to enter the land of Canaan.
Satan had been trying to find something wherewith to accuse Moses before the angels. He
exulted at his success in leading him to displease God, and he told the angels that he
could overcome the Saviour of the world when He should come to redeem man. For his
transgression, Moses came under the power of Satan-- the dominion of death. Had he
remained steadfast, the Lord would have brought him to the Promised Land, and would then
have translated him to heaven without his seeing death.
Moses passed through death, but Michael came down and gave him life before his body had
seen corruption. Satan tried to hold the body, claiming it as his; but Michael resurrected
Moses and took him to heaven. Satan railed bitterly against God, denouncing Him as unjust
in permitting his prey to be taken from him; but Christ did not rebuke His adversary,
though it was through his temptation that the servant of God had fallen. He meekly
referred him to His Father, saying, "The Lord rebuke thee."
Jesus had told His disciples that there were some standing with Him who should not
taste of death till they should see the kingdom of God come with power. At the
transfiguration this promise was fulfilled. The countenance of Jesus was there changed and
shone like the sun. His raiment was white and glistening. Moses was present to represent
those who will be raised from the dead at the second appearing of Jesus. And Elijah, who
was translated without seeing death, represented those who will be changed to immortality
at Christ's second coming and will be translated to heaven without seeing death. The
disciples beheld with astonishment and fear the excellent majesty of Jesus and the cloud
that overshadowed them, and heard the voice of God in terrible majesty, saying, "This
is My beloved Son; hear Him."
The Betrayal of Christ
I was carried down to the time when Jesus ate the Passover supper with His disciples.
Satan had deceived Judas and led him to think that he was one of Christ's true disciples;
but his heart had ever been carnal. He had seen the mighty works of Jesus, he had been
with Him through His ministry, and had yielded to the overpowering evidence that He was
the Messiah; but Judas was close and covetous; he loved money. He complained in anger of
the costly ointment poured upon Jesus. Mary loved her Lord. He had forgiven her sins,
which were many, and had raised from the dead her much-loved brother, and she felt that
nothing was too dear to bestow upon Jesus. The more precious the ointment, the better
could she express her gratitude to her Saviour by devoting it to Him. Judas, as an excuse
for his covetousness, urged that the ointment might have been sold and given to the poor.
But it was not because he had any care for the poor; for he was selfish, and often
appropriated to his own use that which was entrusted to his care to be given unto the
poor. Judas had been inattentive to the comfort and even to the wants of Jesus, and to
excuse his covetousness he often referred to the poor. This act of generosity on the part
of Mary was a most cutting rebuke of his covetous disposition. The way was prepared for
Satan's temptation to find a ready reception in the heart of Judas.
The priests and rulers of the Jews hated Jesus; but multitudes thronged to listen to
His words of wisdom and to witness His mighty works. The people were stirred with the
deepest interest and anxiously followed Jesus to hear the instructions of this wonderful
teacher. Many of the rulers believed on Him, but dared not confess their faith lest they
should be put out of the synagogue. The priests and elders decided that something must be
done to draw the attention of the people from Jesus. They feared that all men would
believe on Him. They could see no safety for themselves. They must lose their position or
put Jesus to death. And after they should put Him to death, there would still be those who
were living monuments of His power. Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, and they
feared that if they should kill Jesus, Lazarus would testify of His mighty power. The
people were flocking to see him who was raised from the dead, and the rulers determined to
slay Lazarus also, and put down the excitement. Then they would turn the people to the
traditions and doctrines of men, to tithe mint and rue, and again have influence over
them. They agreed to take Jesus when He was alone; for if they should attempt to take Him
in a crowd, when the minds of the people were all interested in Him, they would be stoned.
Judas knew how anxious they were to obtain Jesus and offered to betray Him to the chief
priests and elders for a few pieces of silver. His love of money led him to agree to
betray his Lord into the hands of His bitterest enemies. Satan was working directly
through Judas, and in the midst of the impressive scene of the last supper, the traitor
was devising plans to betray his Master. Jesus sorrowfully told His disciples that all of
them would be offended because of Him that night. But Peter ardently affirmed that
although all others should be offended because of Him, he would not be offended. Jesus
said to Peter: "Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I
have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy
brethren." Luke 22:31,32.
I beheld Jesus in the garden with His disciples. In deep sorrow He bade them watch and
pray, lest they should enter into temptation. He knew that their faith was to be tried,
and their hopes disappointed, and that they would need all the strength which they could
obtain by close watching and fervent prayer. With strong cries and weeping, Jesus prayed,
"Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from Me: nevertheless not My will, but
Thine, be done." The Son of God prayed in agony. Great drops of blood gathered upon
His face and fell to the ground. Angels were hovering over the place, witnessing the
scene, but only one was commissioned to go and strengthen the Son of God in His agony.
There was no joy in heaven. The angels cast their crowns and harps from them and with the
deepest interest silently watched Jesus. They wished to surround the Son of God, but the
commanding angels suffered them not, lest, as they should behold His betrayal, they should
deliver Him; for the plan had been laid, and it must be fulfilled.
After Jesus had prayed, He came to His disciples; but they were sleeping. In that
dreadful hour He had not the sympathy and prayers of even His disciples. Peter, who was so
zealous a short time before, was heavy with sleep. Jesus reminded him of his positive
declarations and said to him, "What, could ye not watch with Me one hour?" Three
times the Son of God prayed in agony. Then Judas, with his band of armed men, appeared. He
approached his Master as usual, to salute Him. The band surrounded Jesus; but there He
manifested His divine power, as He said, "Whom seek ye?" "I am He."
They fell backward to the ground. Jesus made this inquiry that they might witness His
power and have evidence that He could deliver Himself from their hands if He would.
The disciples began to hope as they saw the multitude with their staves and swords fall
so quickly. As they arose and again surrounded the Son of God, Peter drew his sword and
smote a servant of the high priest and cut off an ear. Jesus bade him to put up the sword,
saying, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently
give Me more than twelve legions of angels?" I saw that as these words were spoken,
the countenances of the angels were animated with hope. They wished then and there to
surround their Commander and disperse that angry mob. But again sadness settled upon them,
as Jesus added, "But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must
be?" The hearts of the disciples also sank in despair and bitter disappointment, as
Jesus suffered Himself to be led away by His enemies.
The disciples feared for their own lives, and they all forsook Him and fled. Jesus was
left alone in the hands of the murderous mob. Oh, what a triumph of Satan then! And what
sadness and sorrow with the angels of God! Many companies of holy angels, each with a tall
commanding angel at their head, were sent to witness the scene. They were to record every
insult and cruelty imposed upon the Son of God, and to register every pang of anguish
which Jesus should suffer; for the very men who joined in this dreadful scene are to see
it all again in living characters.
The Trial of Christ
The angels as they left heaven, in sadness laid off their glittering crowns. They could
not wear them while their Commander was suffering and was to wear a crown of thorns. Satan
and his angels were busy in the judgement hall to destroy human feeling and sympathy. The
very atmosphere was heavy and polluted by their influence. The chief priests and elders
were inspired by them to insult and abuse Jesus in a manner the most difficult for human
nature to bear. Satan hoped that such mockery and violence would call forth from the Son
of God some complaint or murmur; or that He would manifest His divine power, and wrench
Himself from the grasp of the multitude, and that thus the plan of salvation might at last
Peter followed his Lord after His betrayal. He was anxious to see what would be done
with Jesus. But when he was accused of being one of His disciples, fear for his own safety
led him to declare that he knew not the man. The disciples were noted for the purity of
their language, and Peter, to convince his accusers that he was not one of Christ's
disciples, denied the charge the third time with cursing and swearing. Jesus, who was at
some distance from Peter, turned a sorrowful reproving gaze upon him. Then the disciple
remembered the words which Jesus had spoken to him in the upper chamber, and also his own
zealous assertion, "Though all men shall be offended because of Thee, yet will I
never be offended." He had denied his Lord, even with cursing and swearing; but that
look of Jesus' melted Peter's heart and saved him. He wept bitterly and repented of his
great sin, and was converted, and then was prepared to strengthen his brethren.
The multitude were clamorous for the blood of Jesus. They cruelly scourged Him, and put
upon Him an old purple kingly robe, and bound His sacred head with a crown of thorns. They
put a reed into His hand, and bowed to Him, and mockingly saluted Him, "Hail, king of
the Jews!" They then took the reed from His hand and smote Him with it upon the head,
causing the thorns to penetrate His temples, sending the blood trickling down His face and
It was difficult for the angels to endure the sight. They would have delivered Jesus,
but the commanding angels forbade them, saying that it was a great ransom which was to be
paid for man; but it would be complete and would cause the death of him who had the power
of death. Jesus knew that angels were witnessing the scene of His humiliation. The weakest
angel could have caused that mocking throng to fall powerless and could have delivered
Jesus. He knew that if He should desire it of His Father, angels would instantly release
Him. But it was necessary that He should suffer the violence of wicked men, in order to
carry out the plan of salvation.
Jesus stood meek and humble before the infuriated multitude, while they offered Him the
vilest abuse. They spit in His face--that face from which they will one day desire to
hide, which will give light to the city of God and shine brighter than the sun. Christ did
not cast upon the offenders an angry look. They covered His head with an old garment,
blindfolding Him, and then struck Him in the face and cried out, "Prophesy, who is it
that smote Thee?" There was commotion among the angels. They would have rescued Him
instantly; but their commanding angels restrained them.
Some of the disciples had gained confidence to enter where Jesus was and witness His
trial. They expected that He would manifest His divine power, and deliver Himself from the
hands of His enemies, and punish them for their cruelty toward Him. Their hopes would rise
and fall as the different scenes transpired. Sometimes they doubted, and feared that they
had been deceived. But the voice heard at the mount of transfiguration, and the glory they
there beheld, strengthened their faith that He was the Son of God. They called to mind the
scenes which they had witnessed, the miracles which they had seen Jesus perform in healing
the sick, opening the eyes of the blind, unstopping the deaf ears, rebuking and casting
out devils, raising the dead to life, and even calming the wind and the sea. They could
not believe that He would die. They hoped that He would yet rise in power, and with His
commanding voice disperse that bloodthirsty multitude, as when He entered the temple and
drove out those who were making the house of God a place of merchandise, when they fled
before Him as if pursued by a company of armed soldiers. The disciples hoped that Jesus
would manifest His power and convince all that He was the King of Israel.
Judas was filled with bitter remorse and shame at his treacherous act in betraying
Jesus. And when he witnessed the abuse which the Saviour endured, he was overcome. He had
loved Jesus, but had loved money more. He had not thought that Jesus would suffer Himself
to be taken by the mob which he led on. He had expected Him to work a miracle, and deliver
Himself from them. But when he saw the infuriated multitude in the judgement hall,
thirsting for blood, he deeply felt his guilt; and while many were vehemently accusing
Jesus, Judas rushed through the multitude, confessing that he had sinned in betraying
innocent blood. He offered the priests the money which they had paid him, and entreated
them to release Jesus, declaring that He was entirely innocent.
For a short time vexation and confusion kept the priests silent. They did not wish the
people to know that they had hired one of the professed followers of Jesus to betray Him
into their hands. Their hunting Jesus like a thief and taking Him secretly, they wished to
hide. But the confession of Judas, and his haggard, guilty appearance, exposed the priests
before the multitude, showing that it was hatred that had caused them to take Jesus. As
Judas loudly declared Jesus to be innocent, the priests replied, "What is that to us?
see thou to that." They had Jesus in their power, and were determined to make sure of
Him. Judas, overwhelmed with anguish, threw the money that he now despised at the feet of
those who had hired him, and, in anguish and horror, went and hanged himself.
Jesus had many sympathisers in the company about Him, and His answering nothing to the
many questions put to Him amazed the throng. Under all the mockery and violence of the
mob, not a frown, not a troubled expression, rested upon His features. He was dignified
and composed. The spectators looked upon Him with wonder. They compared His perfect form
and firm, dignified bearing with the appearance of those who sat in judgement against Him,
and said to one another that He appeared more like a king than any of the rulers. He bore
no marks of being a criminal. His eye was mild, clear, and undaunted, His forehead broad
and high. Every feature was strongly marked with benevolence and noble principle. His
patience and forbearance were so unlike man that many trembled. Even Herod and Pilate were
greatly troubled at His noble, Godlike bearing.
From the first, Pilate was convicted that Jesus was no common man. He believed Him to
be an excellent character, and entirely innocent of the charges brought against Him. The
angels who were witnessing the scene marked the convictions of the Roman governor, and to
save him from engaging in the awful act of delivering Christ to be crucified, an angel was
sent to Pilate's wife, and gave her information through a dream that it was the Son of God
in whose trial her husband was engaged, and that He was an innocent sufferer. She
immediately sent a message to Pilate, stating that she had suffered many things in a dream
on account of Jesus and warning him to have nothing to do with that holy man. The
messenger, pressing hastily through the crowd, placed the letter in the hands of Pilate.
As he read, he trembled and turned pale, and at once determined to have nothing to do with
putting Christ to death. If the Jews would have the blood of Jesus, he would not give his
influence to it, but would labour to deliver Him.
When Pilate heard that Herod was in Jerusalem, he was greatly relieved; for he hoped to
free himself from all responsibility in the trial and condemnation of Jesus. He at once
sent Him, with His accusers, to Herod. This ruler had become hardened in sin. The murder
of John the Baptist had left upon his conscience a stain from which he could not free
himself. When he heard of Jesus and the mighty works wrought by Him, he feared and
trembled, believing Him to be John the Baptist risen from the dead. When Jesus was placed
in his hands by Pilate, Herod considered the act an acknowledgement of his power,
authority, and judgement. This had the effect to make friends of the two rulers, who had
before been enemies. Herod was pleased to see Jesus, expecting Him to work some mighty
miracle for his satisfaction. But it was not the work of Jesus to gratify curiosity or to
seek His own safety. His divine, miraculous power was to be exercised for the salvation of
others, but not in His own behalf.
Jesus answered nothing to the many questions put to Him by Herod; neither did He reply
to His enemies, who were vehemently accusing Him. Herod was enraged because Jesus did not
appear to fear his power, and with his men of war he derided, mocked, and abused the Son
of God. Yet he was astonished at the noble, Godlike appearance of Jesus when shamefully
abused, and fearing to condemn Him, he sent Him again to Pilate.
Satan and his angels were tempting Pilate and trying to lead him on to his own ruin.
They suggested to him that if he did not take part in condemning Jesus others would; the
multitude were thirsting for His blood; and if he did not deliver Him to be crucified, he
would lose his power and worldly honour and would be denounced as a believer on the
impostor. Through fear of losing his power and authority, Pilate consented to the death of
Jesus. And notwithstanding he placed the blood of Jesus upon His accusers, and the
multitude received it, crying, "His blood be on us, and on our children," yet
Pilate was not clear; he was guilty of the blood of Christ. For his own selfish interest,
his love of honour from the great men of earth, he delivered an innocent man to die. If
Pilate had followed his own convictions, he would have had nothing to do with condemning
The appearance and words of Jesus during His trial made a deep impression upon the
minds of many who were present on that occasion. The result of the influence thus exerted
was apparent after His resurrection. Among those who were then added to the church, there
were many whose conviction dated from the time of Jesus' trial.
Satan's rage was great as he saw that all the cruelty which he had led the Jews to
inflict on Jesus had not called forth from Him the slightest murmur. Although He had taken
upon Himself man's nature, He was sustained by a Godlike fortitude, and departed not in
the least from the will of His Father. -
The Crucifixion of Christ
The Son of God was delivered to the people to be crucified; with shouts of triumph they
led the dear Saviour away. He was weak and faint from weariness, pain, and loss of blood
by the scourging and blows which He had received; yet the heavy cross upon which He was
soon to be nailed was laid upon Him. Jesus fainted beneath the burden. Three times the
cross was placed upon His shoulders, and three times He fainted. One of His followers, a
man who had not openly professed faith in Christ, yet believed on Him, was next seized.
Upon him the cross was laid, and he bore it to the fatal spot. Companies of angels were
marshalled in the air above the place. A number of Christ's disciples followed Him to
Calvary, in sorrow, and with bitter weeping. They called to mind His triumphal ride into
Jerusalem but a few days before, when they had followed Him, crying, "Hosanna in the
highest!" and strewing their garments and the beautiful palm branches in the way.
They had thought that He was then to take the kingdom and reign a temporal prince over
Israel. How changed the scene! How blighted their prospects! Not with rejoicing, not with
cheerful hopes, but with hearts stricken with fear and despair they now slowly, sadly
followed Him who had been disgraced and humbled, and who was about to die.
The mother of Jesus was there. Her heart was pierced with anguish such as none but a
fond mother can feel; yet, with the disciples, she still hoped that Christ would work some
mighty miracle and deliver Himself from His murderers. She could not endure the thought
that He would suffer Himself to be crucified. But the preparations were made, and Jesus
was laid upon the cross. The hammer and the nails were brought. The hearts of the
disciples fainted within them. The mother of Jesus was bowed with agony almost beyond
endurance. Before the Saviour was nailed to the cross, the disciples bore her from the
scene, that she might not hear the crashing of the spikes as they were driven through the
bone and muscle of His tender hands and feet. Jesus murmured not, but groaned in agony.
His face was pale, and large drops of sweat stood upon His brow. Satan exulted in the
suffering through which the Son of God was passing, yet feared that his efforts to thwart
the plan of salvation had been in vain, that his kingdom was lost, and that he must
finally be destroyed.
After Jesus had been nailed to the cross, it was raised and with great force thrust
into the place which had been prepared for it in the ground, tearing the flesh and causing
the most intense suffering. To make the death of Jesus as shameful as possible, two
thieves were crucified with Him, one on each side. The thieves were taken by force, and
after much resistance on their part, their arms were thrust back and nailed to their
crosses. But Jesus meekly submitted. He needed no one to force His arms back upon the
cross. While the thieves were cursing their executioners, the Saviour in agony prayed for
His enemies, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." It was not
merely agony of body which Christ endured; the sins of the whole world were upon Him.
As Jesus hung upon the cross, some who passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads as if
bowing to a king, and said to Him, "Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it
in three days, save Thyself. If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross."
Satan used the same words to Christ in the wilderness-- "If Thou be the Son of
God." The chief priests, elders, and scribes mockingly said, "He saved others;
Himself He cannot save. If He be the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross,
and we will believe Him." The angels who hovered over the scene of Christ's
crucifixion were moved to indignation as the rulers derided Him and said, "If He be
the Son God, let Him deliver Himself". They wished there to come to the rescue of
Jesus and deliver Him, but they were not suffered to do so. The object of His mission was
not yet accomplished.
As Jesus hung upon the cross during those long hours of agony, He did not forget His
mother. She had returned to the terrible scene, for she could not longer remain away from
her Son. The last lesson of Jesus was one of compassion and humanity. He looked upon the
grief-stricken face of His mother, and then upon His beloved disciple John. He said to His
mother, "Woman, behold thy son!" Then He said to John, "Behold thy
mother!" And from that hour John took her to his own house.
Jesus thirsted in His agony, and they gave Him vinegar and gall to drink; but when He
tasted it, He refused it. The angels had viewed the agony of their loved Commander until
they could behold no longer, and they veiled their faces from the sight. The sun refused
to look upon the awful scene. Jesus cried with a loud voice, which struck terror to the
hearts of His murderers, "It is finished." Then the veil of the temple was rent
from the top to the bottom, the earth shook, and the rocks rent. Great darkness was upon
the face of the earth. The last hope of the disciples seemed swept away as Jesus died.
Many of His followers witnessed the scene of His sufferings and death, and their cup of
sorrow was full.
Satan did not then exult as he had done. He had hoped to break up the plan of
salvation; but it was laid too deep. And now by the death of Christ he knew that he
himself must finally die, and his kingdom be given to Jesus. He held a council with his
angels. He had prevailed nothing against the Son of God, and now they must increase their
efforts and with their power and cunning turn to His followers. They must prevent all whom
they could from receiving the salvation purchased for them by Jesus. By so doing Satan
could still work against the government of God. Also it would be for his own interest to
keep from Jesus as many as possible. For the sins of those who are redeemed by the blood
of Christ will at last be rolled back upon the originator of sin, and he must bear their
punishment, while those who do not accept salvation through Jesus will suffer the penalty
of their own sins.
The life of Christ had ever been without worldly wealth, honour, or display. His
humility and self-denial had been in striking contrast to the pride and self-indulgence of
the priests and elders. His spotless purity was a continual reproof of their sins. They
despised Him for His humility, holiness, and purity. But those who despised Him here will
one day see Him in the grandeur of heaven and the unsurpassed glory of His Father.
In the judgement hall He was surrounded by enemies who were thirsting for His blood;
but those hardened ones who cried out, "His blood be on us, and on our
children," will behold Him an honoured King. All the heavenly host will escort Him on
His way with songs of victory, majesty, and might to Him that was slain, yet lives again,
a mighty conqueror.
Poor, weak, miserable man spat in the face of the King of glory, while a shout of
brutal triumph arose from the mob at the degrading insult. They marred with blows and
cruelty that face which filled all heaven with admiration. They will again behold that
face, bright as the noonday sun, and will seek to flee from before it. Instead of that
shout of brutal triumph, they will wail because of Him.
Jesus will present His hands with the marks of His crucifixion. The marks of this
cruelty He will ever bear. Every print of the nails will tell the story of man's wonderful
redemption and the dear price by which it was purchased. The very men who thrust the spear
into the side of the Lord of life will behold the print of the spear and will lament with
deep anguish the part which they acted in marring His body.
His murderers were greatly annoyed by the superscription, "The King of the
Jews," placed upon the cross above His head. But then they will be obliged to see Him
in all His glory and kingly power. They will behold on His vesture and on His thigh,
written in living characters, "King of kings, and Lord of lords." They cried to
Him mockingly, as He hung upon the cross, "Let Christ, the King of Israel, descend
from the cross, that we may see and believe." They will behold Him then with kingly
power and authority. They will demand no evidence of His being King of Israel; but
overwhelmed with a sense of His majesty and exceeding glory, they will be compelled to
acknowledge, "Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord."
The shaking of the earth, the rending of the rocks, the darkness spread over the earth,
and the loud, strong cry of Jesus, "It is finished," as He yielded up His life,
troubled His enemies and made His murderers tremble. The disciples wondered at these
singular manifestations; but their hopes were crushed. They were afraid that the Jews
would seek to destroy them also. They felt assured that such hatred as had been manifested
against the Son of God would not end with Him. Lonely hours they spent in weeping over
their disappointment. They had expected that Jesus would reign a temporal Prince, but
their hopes died with Him. In their sorrow and disappointment, they doubted whether He had
not deceived them. Even His mother wavered in her faith in Him as the Messiah.
Notwithstanding the disciples had been disappointed in their hopes concerning Jesus,
they yet loved Him and desired to give His body an honoured burial, but knew not how to
obtain it. Joseph of Arimathaea, a wealthy and influential councillor of the Jews and a
true disciple of Jesus, went privately yet boldly to Pilate and begged from him the
Saviour's body. He dared not go openly, because of the hatred of the Jews. The disciples
feared that an effort would be made by them to prevent the body of Christ from having an
honoured resting place. Pilate granted the request, and the disciples took the lifeless
form down from the cross, while in deep anguish they mourned over their blighted hopes.
Carefully the body was wrapped in fine linen, and laid in Joseph's new sepulchre.
The women who had been Christ's humble followers while He lived, would not leave Him
until they saw Him laid in the tomb and a stone of great weight placed before the door,
lest His enemies should seek to obtain His body. But they need not have feared; for I saw
that the angelic host watched with untold interest in the resting place of Jesus,
earnestly waiting for the command to act their part in liberating the King of glory from
His prison house.
Christ's murderers feared that He might yet come to life and escape them. They
therefore asked of Pilate a watch to guard the sepulchre until the third day. This was
granted, and the stone at the door was sealed, lest His disciples should steal Him away
and say that He had risen from the dead. -
The Resurrection of Christ
The disciples rested on the Sabbath, sorrowing for the death of their Lord, while
Jesus, the King of glory, lay in the tomb. As night drew on, soldiers were stationed to
guard the Saviour's resting place, while angels, unseen, hovered above the sacred spot.
The night wore slowly away, and while it was yet dark, the watching angels knew that the
time for the release of God's dear Son, their loved Commander, had nearly come. As they
were waiting with the deepest emotion the hour of His triumph, a mighty angel came flying
swiftly from heaven. His face was like the lightning, and his garments white as snow. His
light dispersed the darkness from his track and caused the evil angels, who had
triumphantly claimed the body of Jesus, to flee in terror from his brightness and glory.
One of the angelic host who had witnessed the scene of Christ's humiliation, and was
watching His resting place, joined the angel from heaven, and together they came down to
the sepulchre. The earth trembled and shook as they approached, and there was a great
Terror seized the Roman guard. Where was now their power to keep the body of Jesus?
They did not think of their duty or of the disciples' stealing Him away. As the light of
the angels shone around, brighter than the sun, that Roman guard fell as dead men to the
ground. One of the angels laid hold of the great stone and rolled it away from the door of
the sepulchre and seated himself upon it. The other entered the tomb and unbound the
napkin from the head of Jesus. Then the angel from heaven, with a voice that caused the
earth to quake, cried out, "Thou Son of God, Thy Father calls Thee! Come forth."
Death could hold dominion over Him no longer. Jesus arose from the dead, a triumphant
conqueror. In solemn awe the angelic host gazed upon the scene. And as Jesus came forth
from the sepulchre, those shining angels prostrated themselves to the earth in worship,
and hailed Him with songs of victory and triumph.
Satan's angels had been compelled to flee before the bright, penetrating light of the
heavenly angels, and they bitterly complained to their king that their prey had been
violently taken from them, and that He whom they so much hated had risen from the dead.
Satan and his hosts had exulted that their power over fallen man had caused the Lord of
life to be laid in the grave, but short was their hellish triumph. For as Jesus walked
forth from His prison house a majestic conqueror, Satan knew that after a season he must
die, and his kingdom pass unto Him whose right it was. He lamented and raged that
notwithstanding all his efforts, Jesus had not been overcome, but had opened a way of
salvation for man, and whosoever would might walk in it and be saved.
The evil angels and their commander met in council to consider how they could still
work against the government of God. Satan bade his servants go to the chief priests and
elders. Said he, "We succeeded in deceiving them, blinding their eyes and hardening
their hearts against Jesus. We made them believe that He was an impostor. That Roman guard
will carry the hateful news that Christ has risen. We led the priests and elders on to
hate Jesus and to murder Him. Now hold it before them that if it becomes known that Jesus
is risen, they will be stoned by the people for putting to death and innocent man."
As the host of heavenly angels departed from the sepulchre and the light and glory
passed away, the Roman guard ventured to raise their heads and look about them. They were
filled with amazement as they saw that the great stone had been rolled from the door of
the sepulchre and that the body of Jesus was gone. They hastened to the city to make known
to the priests and elders what they had seen. As those murderers listened to the
marvellous report, paleness sat upon every face. Horror seized them at the thought of what
they had done. If the report was correct, they were lost. For a time they sat in silence,
looking upon one another's faces, not knowing what to do or what to say. To accept the
report would be to condemn themselves. They went aside to consult as to what should be
done. They reasoned that if the report brought by the guard should be circulated among the
people, those who put Christ to death would be slain as His murderers. It was decided to
hire the soldiers to keep the matter secret. The priests and elders offered them a large
sum of money, saying, "Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole Him away while
we slept." And when the guard inquired what would be done with them for sleeping at
their post, the Jewish officers promised to persuade the governor and secure their safety.
For the sake of money, the Roman guard sold their honour, and agreed to follow the counsel
of the priests and elders.
When Jesus, as He hung upon the cross, cried out, "It is finished," the rocks
rent, the earth shook, and some of the graves were opened. When He arose a victor over
death and the grave, while the earth was reeling and the glory of heaven shone around the
sacred spot, many of the righteous dead, obedient to His call, came forth as witnesses
that He had risen. Those favoured, risen saints came forth glorified. They were chosen and
holy ones of every age, from creation down even to the days of Christ. Thus while the
Jewish leaders were seeking to conceal the fact of Christ's resurrection, God chose to
bring up a company from their graves to testify that Jesus had risen, and to declare His
Those risen ones differed in stature and form, some being more noble in appearance than
others. I was informed that the inhabitants of earth had been degenerating, losing their
strength and comeliness. Satan has the power of disease and death, and with every age the
effects of the curse have been more visible, and the power of Satan more plainly seen.
Those who lived in the days of Noah and Abraham resembled the angels in form, comeliness,
and strength. But every succeeding generation have been growing weaker and more subject to
disease, and their life has been of shorter duration. Satan has been learning how to annoy
and enfeeble the race.
Those who came forth after the resurrection of Jesus appeared to many, telling them
that the sacrifice for man was completed, that Jesus, whom the Jews crucified, had risen
from the dead; and in proof of their words they declared, "We be risen with
Him." They bore testimony that it was by His mighty power that they had been called
forth from their graves. Notwithstanding the lying reports circulated, the resurrection of
Christ could not be concealed by Satan, his angels, or the chief priests; for this holy
company, brought forth from their graves, spread the wonderful, joyful news; also Jesus
showed Himself to His sorrowing, heartbroken disciples, dispelling their fears and causing
them joy and gladness.
As the news spread from city to city and from town to town, the Jews in their turn
feared for their lives and concealed the hatred which they cherished toward the disciples.
Their only hope was to spread their lying report. And those who wished this lie to be true
accepted it. Pilate trembled as he heard that Christ had risen. He could not doubt the
testimony given, and from that hour peace left him forever. For the sake of worldly honour,
for fear of losing his authority and his life, he had delivered Jesus to die. He was now
fully convinced that it was not merely an innocent man of whose blood he was guilty, but
the Son of God. Miserable to its close was the life of Pilate. Despair and anguish crushed
every hopeful, joyful feeling. He refused to be comforted and died a most miserable death.
Herod's heart had grown still harder; and when he heard that Christ had risen, he was
not much troubled. He took the life of James, and when he saw that this pleased the Jews,
he took Peter also, intending to put him to death. But God had a work for Peter to do, and
sent his angel to deliver him. Herod was visited with the judgements of God. While
exalting himself in the presence of a great multitude, he was smitten by the angel of the
Lord, and died a most horrible death.
Early in the morning of the first day of the week, before it was yet light, holy women
came to the sepulchre, bringing sweet spices to anoint the body of Jesus. They found that
the heavy stone had been rolled away from the door of the sepulchre, and the body of Jesus
was not there. Their hearts sank within them, and they feared that their enemies had taken
away the body. Suddenly they beheld two angels in white apparel, their faces bright and
shining. These heavenly beings understood the errand of the women and immediately told
them that Jesus was not there; He had risen, but they could behold the place where He had
lain. They bade them go and tell His disciples that He would go before them into Galilee.
With fear and great joy the women hurried back to the sorrowing disciples and told them
the things which they had seen and heard.
The disciples could not believe that Christ had risen, but, with the women who had
brought the report, ran hastily to the sepulchre. They found that Jesus was not there;
they saw His linen clothes, but could not believe the good news that He had risen from the
dead. They returned home marvelling at what they had seen, also at the report brought them
by the women. But Mary chose to linger around the sepulchre, thinking of what she had
seen, and distressed with the thought that she might have been deceived. She felt that new
trials awaited her. Her grief was renewed, and she broke forth in bitter weeping. She
stooped down to look again into the sepulchre, and beheld two angels clothed in white. One
was sitting where the head of Jesus had lain, the other where His feet had been. They
spoke to her tenderly, and asked her why she wept. She replied, "They have taken away
my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him."
As she turned from the sepulchre, she saw Jesus standing near, but knew Him not. He
spoke to her tenderly, inquiring the cause of her sorrow and asking whom she was seeking.
Supposing that He was the gardener, she begged Him, if He had borne away her Lord, to tell
her where he had laid Him, that she might take Him away. Jesus spoke to her with His own
heavenly voice, saying, "Mary!" She was acquainted with the tones of that dear
voice, and quickly answered, "Master!" and in her joy was about to embrace Him;
but Jesus said, "Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and
your God." Joyfully she hastened to the disciples with the good news. Jesus quickly
ascended to His Father to hear from His lips that He accepted the sacrifice, and to
receive all power in heaven and upon earth.
Angels like a cloud surrounded the Son of God and bade the everlasting gates be lifted
up, that the King of glory might come in. I saw that while Jesus was with that bright
heavenly host, in the presence of God, and surrounded by His glory, He did not forget His
disciples upon the earth, but received power from His Father, that He might return and
impart power to them. The same day He returned and showed Himself to His disciples. He
suffered them then to touch Him; for He had ascended to His Father and had received power.
At this time Thomas was not present. He would not humbly receive the report of the
disciples, but firmly and self-confidently affirmed that he would not believe unless he
should put his fingers in the prints of the nails and his hand in the side where the cruel
spear was thrust. In this he showed a lack of confidence in his brethren. If all should
require the same evidence, none would now receive Jesus and believe in His resurrection.
But it was the will of God that the report of the disciples should be received by those
who could not themselves see and hear the risen Saviour. God was not pleased with the
unbelief of Thomas. When Jesus again met with His disciples, Thomas was with them; and
when he beheld Jesus, he believed. But he had declared that he would not be satisfied
without the evidence of feeling added to sight, and Jesus gave him the evidence which he
had desired. Thomas cried out, "My Lord and my God!" But Jesus reproved him for
his unbelief, saying, "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed
are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."
In like manner those who have had no experience in the first and second angels'
messages must receive them from others who had an experience and followed down through the
messages. As Jesus was rejected, so I saw that these messages have been rejected. And as
the disciples declared that there is salvation in no other name under heaven, given among
men, so also should the servants of God faithfully and fearlessly warn those who embrace
but a part of the truths connected with the third message, that they must gladly receive
all the messages as God has given them, or have no part in the matter.
While the holy women were carrying the report that Jesus had risen, the Roman guard
were circulating the lie that had been put into their mouths by the chief priests and
elders, that the disciples came by night, while they slept, and stole the body of Jesus.
Satan had put this lie into the hearts and mouths of the chief priests, and the people
stood ready to receive their word. But God had made this matter sure, and placed this
important event, upon which our salvation depends, beyond all doubt; and it was impossible
for priests and elders to cover it up. Witnesses were raised from the dead to testify to
Jesus remained with His disciples forty days, causing them joy and gladness of heart as
He opened to them more fully the realities of the kingdom of God. He commissioned them to
bear testimony to the things which they had seen and heard concerning His sufferings,
death, and resurrection, that He had made a sacrifice for sin, and that all who would
might come unto Him and find life. With faithful tenderness He told them that they would
be persecuted and distressed; but they would find relief in recalling their experience and
remembering the words which He had spoken to them. He told them that He had overcome the
temptations of Satan and obtained the victory through trials and suffering. Satan could
have no more power over Him, but would bring his temptations to bear more directly upon
them and upon all who should believe in His name. But they could overcome as He had
overcome. Jesus endowed His disciples with power to work miracles, and told them that
although they should be persecuted by wicked men, He would from time to time send His
angels to deliver them; their lives could not be taken until their mission should be
accomplished; then they might be required to seal with their blood the testimonies which
they had borne.
His anxious followers gladly listened to His teachings, eagerly feasting upon every
word which fell from His holy lips. Now they certainly knew that He was the Saviour of the
world. His words sank deep into their hearts, and they sorrowed that they must soon be
parted from their heavenly Teacher and no longer hear comforting, gracious words from His
lips. But again their hearts were warmed with love and exceeding joy, as Jesus told them
that He would go and prepare mansions for them and come again and receive them, that they
might be ever with Him. He promised also to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide
them into all truth. "And He lifted up His hands, and blessed them." -
The Ascension of Christ
All heaven was waiting the hour of triumph when Jesus should ascend to His Father.
Angels came to receive the King of glory and to escort Him triumphantly to heaven. After
Jesus had blessed His disciples, He was parted from them and taken up. And as He led the
way upward, the multitude of captives who were raised at His resurrection followed. A
multitude of the heavenly host were in attendance, while in heaven an innumerable company
of angels awaited His coming. As they ascended to the Holy City, the angels who escorted
Jesus cried out, "Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting
doors; and the King of glory shall come in." The angels in the city cried out with
rapture, "Who is this King of glory?" The escorting angels answered in triumph,
"The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O ye
gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in!"
Again the waiting angels asked, "Who is this King of glory?" and the escorting
angels answered in melodious strains, "The Lord of hosts, He is the King of
glory." And the heavenly train passed into the city of God. Then all the heavenly
host surrounded their majestic Commander, and with the deepest adoration bowed before Him
and cast their glittering crowns at His feet. And then they touched their golden harps,
and in sweet, melodious strains filled all heaven with rich music and songs to the Lamb
who was slain, yet lives again in majesty and glory.
As the disciples gazed sorrowfully toward heaven to catch the last glimpse of their
ascending Lord, two angels clothed in white apparel stood by them and said to them,
"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into
heaven." The disciples and the mother of Jesus, who with them had witnessed the
ascension of the Son of God, spent the following night in talking over His wonderful acts
and the strange and glorious events which had taken place within a short time.
Satan again counselled with his angels, and with bitter hatred against God's government
told them that while he retained his power and authority upon earth their efforts must be
tenfold stronger against the followers of Jesus. They had prevailed nothing against Christ
but must overthrow His followers, if possible. In every generation they must seek to
ensnare those who would believe in Jesus. He related to his angels that Jesus had given
His disciples power to rebuke them and cast them out, and to heal those whom they should
afflict. Then Satan's angels went forth like roaring lions, seeking to destroy the
followers of Jesus. -
The Disciples of Christ
With mighty power the disciples preached a crucified and risen Saviour. Signs and
wonders were wrought by them in the name of Jesus; the sick were healed; and a man who had
been lame from his birth was restored to perfect soundness and entered with Peter and John
into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God in the sight of all the people. The
news spread, and the people began to press around the disciples. Many ran together,
greatly astonished at the cure that had been wrought.
When Jesus died, the priests thought that no more miracles would be performed among
them, that the excitement would die out and the people would again turn to the traditions
of men. But lo! right among them the disciples were working miracles, and the people were
filled with amazement. Jesus had been crucified, and they wondered where His followers had
obtained this power. When He was alive, they thought that He imparted power to them; but
when He died, they expected the miracles to cease. Peter understood their perplexity and
said to them, "Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly
on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of
Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified His Son Jesus;
whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to
let Him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted
unto you; and killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we
are witnesses. And His name through faith in His name hath made this man strong, whom ye
see and know."
The chief priests and elders could not bear these words, and at their command Peter and
John were seized and put in prison. But thousands had been converted and led to believe in
the resurrection and ascension of Christ by hearing only one discourse from the disciples.
The priests and elders were troubled. They had slain Jesus that the minds of the people
might be turned to themselves; but the matter was now worse than before. They were openly
accused by the disciples of being the murderers of the Son of God, and they could not
determine to what extent these things might grow or how they themselves would be regarded
by the people. They would gladly have put Peter and John to death, but dared not, for fear
of the people.
On the following day the apostles were brought before the council. The very men who had
eagerly cried for the blood of the Just One were there. They had heard Peter deny his Lord
with cursing and swearing when charged with being one of His disciples, and they hoped
again to intimidate him. But Peter had been converted, and he now saw an opportunity to
remove the stain of that hasty, cowardly denial and to exalt the name which he had
dishonoured. With holy boldness, and in the power of the Spirit, he fearlessly declared
unto them, "By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God
raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the
stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given
among men, whereby we must be saved."
The people were astonished at the boldness of Peter and John and took knowledge of them
that they had been with Jesus; for their noble, fearless conduct was like that of Jesus
when before His enemies. Jesus, by one look of pity and sorrow, reproved Peter when he had
denied Him, and now as he boldly acknowledged his Lord, Peter was approved and blessed. As
a token of the approbation of Jesus, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The priests dared not manifest the hatred which they felt toward the disciples. They
commanded them to go aside out of the council, and then conferred among themselves,
saying, "What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been
done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it."
They were afraid to have the report of this good deed spread among the people. Should it
become generally known, the priests felt that their own power would be lost, and they
would be looked upon as the murderers of Jesus. Yet all that they dared to do was to
threaten the apostles and command them to speak no more in the name of Jesus, lest they
die. But Peter declared boldly that they could but speak the things which they had seen
By the power of Jesus the disciples continued to heal the afflicted and the sick who
were brought to them. Hundreds enlisted daily under the banner of a crucified, risen, and
ascended Saviour. The priests and elders, and those particularly engaged with them, were
alarmed. Again they put the apostles in prison, hoping that the excitement would subside.
Satan and his angels exulted; but the angels of God opened the prison doors, and, contrary
to the command of the high priests and elders, bade the apostles, "Go, stand and
speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life."
The council assembled and sent for their prisoners. The officers unclosed the prison
doors; but those whom they sought were not there. They returned to the priests and elders
and said, "The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing
without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within." "Then
came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the
temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them
without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when
they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and,
behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood
Those Jewish leaders were hypocrites; they loved the praise of men more than they loved
God. Their hearts had become so hardened that the most mighty works wrought by the
apostles only enraged them. They knew that if the disciples preached Jesus, His
crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, it would fasten guilt upon them as His
murderers. They were not as willing to receive the blood of Jesus as when they vehemently
cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children."
The apostles boldly declared that they ought to obey God rather than men. Said Peter,
"The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath
God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to
Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses of these things; and so is also
the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey Him." At these fearless words
those murderers were enraged, and determined to imbrue their hands again in blood by
slaying the apostles. They were planning to do this, when an angel from God moved upon the
heart of Gamaliel to counsel the priests and rulers: "Refrain from these men, and let
them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it
be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God."
Evil angels were moving upon the priests and elders to put the apostles to death; but God
sent His angel to prevent it by raising up among the Jewish leaders themselves a voice in
favour of His servants. The work of the apostles was not finished. They were to be brought
before kings to witness to the name of Jesus and to testify of the things which they had
seen and heard.
The priests unwillingly released their prisoners, after beating them and commanding
them to speak no more in the name of Jesus. "And they departed from the presence of
the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name. And
daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus
Christ." Thus the word of God grew and multiplied. The disciples boldly testified to
the things which they had seen and heard, and through the name of Jesus they performed
mighty miracles. They fearlessly charged the blood of Jesus upon those who had been so
willing to receive it when they were permitted to have power over the Son of God.
I saw that angels of God were commissioned to guard with special care the sacred,
important truths which were to serve as an anchor to the disciples of Christ through every
generation. The Holy Spirit especially rested upon the apostles, who were witnesses of our
Lord's crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension-- important truths which were to be the
hope of Israel. All were to look to the Saviour of the world as their only hope, and walk
in the way which He had opened by the sacrifice of His own life, and keep God's law and
live. I saw the wisdom and goodness of Jesus in giving power to the disciples to carry on
the same work for which He had been hated and slain by the Jews. In His name they had
power over the works of Satan. A halo of light and glory centred about the time of Jesus'
death and resurrection, immortalising the sacred truth that He was the Saviour of the
The Death of Stephen
Disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and many of the priests were obedient to the
faith. Stephen, full of faith, was doing great wonders and miracles among the people. The
Jewish leaders were stirred to greater anger as they saw priests turning from their
traditions, and from the sacrifices and offerings, and accepting Jesus as the great
sacrifice. With power from on high, Stephen reproved the unbelieving priests and elders,
and exalted Jesus before them. They could not withstand the wisdom and power with which he
spoke, and as they found that they could prevail nothing against him, they hired men to
swear falsely that they had heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against
God. They stirred up the people and took Stephen, and, through false witnesses, accused
him of speaking against the temple and the law. They testified that they had heard him say
that this Jesus of Nazareth would destroy the customs which Moses gave them.
As Stephen stood before his judges, the light of the glory of God rested upon his
countenance. "And all that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his
face as it had been the face of an angel." When called upon to answer to the charges
brought against him, he began at Moses and the prophets and reviewed the history of the
children of Israel and the dealings of God with them and showed how Christ had been
foretold in prophecy. He referred to the history of the temple and declared that God
dwelleth not in temples made with hands. The Jews worshiped the temple and were filled
with greater indignation at anything spoken against that building than if it had been
spoken against God. As Stephen spoke of Christ and referred to the temple, he saw that the
people were rejecting his words; and he fearlessly rebuked them: "Ye stiff-necked and
uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost." While they
observed the outward ordinances of their religion, their hearts were corrupt and full of
deadly evil. He referred to the cruelty of their fathers in persecuting the prophets, and
declared that those whom he addressed had committed a greater sin in rejecting and
crucifying Christ. "Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they
have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been
now the betrayers and murderers."
As these plain, cutting truths were spoken, the priests and rulers were enraged, and
they rushed upon Stephen, gnashing their teeth. "But he, being full of the Holy
Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God," and said,
"Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of
God." The people would not hear him. "They cried out with a loud voice, and
stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, and cast him out of the city, and
stoned him." And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, lay not this
sin to their charge."
I saw that Stephen was a mighty man of God, especially raised up to fill an important
place in the church. Satan exulted in his death; for he knew that the disciples would
greatly feel his loss. But Satan's triumph was short; for in that company, witnessing the
death of Stephen, there was one to whom Jesus was to reveal Himself. Saul took no part in
casting the stones at Stephen, yet he consented to his death. He was zealous in
persecuting the church of God, hunting them, seizing them in their houses, and delivering
them to those who would slay them. Saul was a man of ability and education; his zeal and
learning caused him to be highly esteemed by the Jews, while he was feared by many of the
disciples of Christ. His talents were effectively employed by Satan in carrying forward
his rebellion against the Son of God, and those who believed in Him. But God can break the
power of the great adversary and set free those who are led captive by him. Christ had
selected Saul as a "chosen vessel" to preach His name, to strengthen His
disciples in their work, and to more than fill the place of Stephen.
The Conversion of Saul
As Saul journeyed to Damascus, with letters authorising him to take men or women who
were preaching Jesus, and bring them bound to Jerusalem, evil angels exulted around him.
But suddenly a light from heaven shone round about him, which made the evil angels flee
and caused him to fall quickly to the ground. He heard a voice saying, "Saul, Saul,
why persecutest thou Me?" Saul inquired, "Who art Thou, Lord?" And the Lord
said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the
pricks." And Saul, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me
to do?" And the Lord said, "Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told
thee what thou must do."
The men who were with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. As the
light passed away and Saul arose from the earth and opened his eyes, he found himself
totally deprived of sight. The glory of the light of heaven had blinded him. They led him
by the hand and brought him to Damascus, and he was three days without sight, neither did
he eat nor drink. The Lord then sent His angel to one of the very men whom Saul had hoped
to take captive and revealed to him in vision that he should go into the street called
Straight, "and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for,
behold, he prayeth, and hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting
his hand on him, that he might receive his sight."
Ananias feared that there might be some mistake in this matter, and began to relate to
the Lord what he had heard of Saul. But the Lord said unto Ananias, "Go thy way: for
he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel: for I will show him how great things he must suffer for My name's
sake." Ananias followed the directions of the Lord, and entered into the house, and
putting his hands on him, said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared
unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight,
and be filled with the Holy Ghost."
Immediately Saul received sight and arose and was baptised. He then taught in the
synagogues that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. All who heard him were amazed and
inquired, "Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem,
and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief
priests?" But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews. They were
again in trouble. All were acquainted with Saul's opposition to Jesus and his zeal in
hunting out and delivering up to death all who believed on His name; and his miraculous
conversion convinced many that Jesus was the Son of God. Saul related his experience in
the power of the Holy Spirit. He was persecuting unto death, binding and delivering into
prison both men and women, when, as he journeyed to Damascus, suddenly a great light from
heaven shone round about him, and Jesus revealed Himself to him, and taught him that He
was the Son of God.
As Saul thus boldly preached Jesus, he exerted a powerful influence. He had a knowledge
of the Scriptures, and after his conversion a divine light shone upon the prophecies
concerning Jesus, which enabled him clearly and boldly to present the truth and to correct
any perversion of the Scriptures. With the Spirit of God resting upon him, he would in a
clear and forcible manner carry his hearers down through the prophecies to the time of
Christ's first advent and show them that the scriptures had been fulfilled which referred
to His sufferings, death, and resurrection. -
The Jews Decide to Kill Paul
As the chief priests and rulers witnessed the effect of the relation of Paul's
experience, they were moved with hatred against him. They saw that he boldly preached
Jesus and wrought miracles in His name, that multitudes listened to him and turned from
their traditions and looked upon the Jewish leaders as the murderers of the Son of God.
Their anger was kindled, and they assembled to consult as to what was best to be done to
put down the excitement. They agreed that the only safe course was to put Paul to death.
But God knew of their intention, and angels were commissioned to guard him, that he might
live to fulfil his mission.
Led by Satan, the unbelieving Jews watched the gates of Damascus day and night, that as
Paul should pass out, they might immediately kill him. But Paul had been informed that the
Jews were seeking his life, and the disciples let him down over the wall in a basket by
night. At this failure to carry out their purposes, the Jews were ashamed and indignant,
and Satan's object was defeated.
After this, Paul went to Jerusalem to join himself to the disciples; but they were all
afraid of him. They could not believe that he was a disciple. His life had been hunted by
the Jews in Damascus, and his own brethren would not receive him; but Barnabas took him
and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the
way and that he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
But Satan was stirring up the Jews to destroy Paul, and Jesus bade him leave Jerusalem.
In company with Barnabas, he went into other cities, preaching Jesus and working miracles,
and many were converted. As one man was healed who had always been lame, the people who
worshiped idols were about to sacrifice to the disciples. Paul was grieved, and told them
that he and his fellow labourer were only men and that the God who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all things that are therein, must alone be worshiped. Thus Paul exalted God
before the people; but he could scarcely restrain them. The first conception of faith in
the true God, and of the worship and honour due to Him, was being formed in their minds;
and as they were listening to Paul, Satan was urging on the unbelieving Jews of other
cities to follow after Paul to destroy the good work wrought through him. These Jews
stirred up the minds of those idolaters by false reports against Paul. The wonder and
admiration of the people now changed to hate, and they who a short time before were ready
to worship the disciples, stoned Paul and drew him out of the city, supposing that he was
dead. But as the disciples were standing about Paul and mourning over him, to their joy he
rose up and went with them into the city.
Again, as Paul and Silas preached Jesus, a certain woman possessed with a spirit of
divination followed them, crying, "These men are the servants of the most high God,
which show unto us the way of salvation." Thus she followed the disciples many days.
But Paul was grieved; for this crying after them diverted the minds of the people from the
truth. Satan's object in leading her to do this was to disgust the people and destroy the
influence of the disciples. Paul's spirit was stirred within him, and he turned and said
to the spirit, "I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her";
and the evil spirit was rebuked, and left her.
Her masters were pleased that she cried after the disciples; but when the evil spirit
left her, and they saw her a meek disciple of Christ, they were enraged. They had gathered
much money by her fortune telling, and now the hope of their gain was gone. Satan's object
was defeated; but his servants caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the market place,
unto the rulers, and to the magistrates, saying, "These men, being Jews, do
exceedingly trouble our city." And the multitude rose up together against them, and
the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid
many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailer to keep them
safely, who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison and made
their feet fast in the stocks. But the angels of the Lord accompanied them within the
prison walls, and caused their imprisonment to tell to the glory of God, and show to the
people that God was in the work, and with His chosen servants.
At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God, and suddenly there was a
great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and I saw that
immediately the angel of God loosed everyone's bands. The keeper of the prison, upon
awaking and seeing the prison doors open, was affrighted. He thought that the prisoners
had escaped, and that he must be punished with death. But as he was about to kill himself,
Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, "Do thyself no harm: for we are all here."
The power of God there convicted the jailer. He called for a light, and springing in,
came trembling and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said,
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe on the Lord
Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." The keeper of the prison then
assembled his whole household, and Paul preached unto them Jesus. Thus the jailer's heart
was united to those of his brethren, and he washed their stripes, and he and all his house
were baptised that night. He then set food before them, and rejoiced, believing in God
with all his house.
The wonderful news of the manifestation of the power of God in opening the prison
doors, and in the conversion of the keeper and his family, was soon spread abroad. The
rulers heard of these things, and were afraid, and sent to the jailer, requesting him to
let Paul and Silas go. But Paul would not leave the prison in a private manner; he was not
willing that the manifestation of the power of God should be concealed. He said unto them,
"They have beaten us openly uncondemned, being Romans, and have cast us into prison;
and now do they thrust us out privily? nay verily; but let them come themselves and fetch
us out." When these words were told to the magistrates, and it was known that the
apostles were Roman citizens, the rulers were alarmed for fear they would make complaint
to the emperor of their unlawful treatment. And they came and besought them, and brought
them out, and desired them to depart out of the city.
Paul Visits Jerusalem
After Paul's conversion, he visited Jerusalem and there preached Jesus and the wonders
of His grace. He related his miraculous conversion, which so enraged the priests and
rulers that they sought to take his life. But that he might be saved, Jesus again appeared
to him in a vision while he was praying, and said unto him, "Get thee quickly out of
Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning Me." Paul answered,
"Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on
Thee: and when the blood of Thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and
consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him." Paul thought
that the Jews in Jerusalem could not resist his testimony; that they would consider that
the great change in him could be wrought only by the power of God. But the reply was more
decided than before: "Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles."
During Paul's absence from Jerusalem, he wrote many letters to different places,
relating his experience and bearing a powerful testimony. But some strove to destroy the
influence of those letters. They were forced to admit that his letters were weighty and
powerful, but they declared that his bodily presence was weak and his speech contemptible.
The facts in the case were that Paul was a man of great learning, and his wisdom and
manners charmed his hearers. Learned men were pleased with his knowledge, and many of them
believed on Jesus. When before kings and large assemblies, he would pour forth such
eloquence as would fascinate all before him. This greatly enraged the priests and elders.
Paul could readily enter into deep reasoning and, soaring up, carry the people with him in
the most exalted trains of thought, bringing to view the deep riches of the grace of God
and portraying before them the amazing love of Christ. Then with simplicity he would come
down to the understanding of the common people and in a most powerful manner relate his
experience, which called forth from them an ardent desire to become the disciples of
Again the Lord appeared to Paul and revealed to him that he must go up to Jerusalem,
that he would there be bound and suffer for His name. Although he was a prisoner for a
great length of time, yet the Lord carried forward His special work through him. His bonds
were to be the means of spreading the knowledge of Christ and thus glorifying God. As he
was sent from city to city for his trial, his testimony concerning Jesus and the
interesting incidents of his own conversion were related before kings and governors, that
they should be left without excuse concerning Jesus. Thousands believed on Him and
rejoiced in His name. I saw that God's special purpose was fulfilled in the journey of
Paul upon the sea; He designed that the ship's crew might thus witness the power of God
through Paul and that the heathen also might hear the name of Jesus, and that many might
be converted through the teaching of Paul and by witnessing the miracles he wrought. Kings
and governors were charmed by his reasoning, and as with zeal and the power of the Holy
Spirit he preached Jesus and related the interesting events of his experience, conviction
fastened upon them that Jesus was the Son of God. While some wondered with amazement as
they listened to Paul, one cried out, "Almost thou persuadest me to be a
Christian." Yet the most of those who heard thought that at some future time they
would consider what they had heard. Satan took advantage of the delay, and, as they
neglected the opportunity when their hearts were softened, it was forever lost. Their
hearts became hardened.
I was shown the work of Satan in first blinding the eyes of the Jews so that they would
not receive Jesus as their Saviour; and next in leading them, through envy because of His
mighty works, to desire His life. Satan entered one of Christ's own followers and led him
on to betray Him into the hands of His enemies, that they might crucify the Lord of life
After Jesus arose from the dead, the Jews added sin to sin as they sought to hide the
fact of His resurrection by hiring the Roman guard to testify to a falsehood. But the
resurrection of Jesus was made doubly sure by the resurrection of a multitude of witnesses
at the same time. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples, and to above
five hundred at once, while those whom He brought up with Him appeared unto many,
declaring that Jesus had risen.
Satan had caused the Jews to rebel against God by refusing to receive His Son, and by
staining their hands with His most precious blood. No matter how powerful the evidence now
produced that Jesus was the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world, they had murdered Him,
and would not receive any evidence in His favour. Their only hope and consolation, like
that of Satan after his fall, was in trying to prevail against the Son of God. They
therefore continued their rebellion by persecuting the disciples of Christ, and putting
them to death. Nothing fell so harshly on their ears as the name of Jesus whom they had
crucified; and they were determined not to listen to any evidence in His favour. As when
the Holy Spirit through Stephen declared the mighty evidence of Jesus' being the Son of
God, they stopped their ears lest they should be convinced. Satan had the murderers of
Jesus fast in his grasp. By wicked works they had yielded themselves his willing subjects,
and through them he was at work to trouble and annoy the believers in Christ. He worked
through the Jews to stir up the Gentiles against Jesus and against those who followed Him.
But God sent His angels to strengthen the disciples for their work, that they might
testify of the things they had seen and heard, and at last by their steadfastness, seal
their testimony with their blood.
Satan rejoiced that the Jews were safe in his snare. They still continued their useless
forms, their sacrifices, and ordinances. As Jesus hung upon the cross and cried, "It
is finished," the veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, to signify
that God would no longer meet with the priests in the temple, to accept their sacrifices
and ordinances, and also to show that the partition wall between the Jews and the Gentiles
was broken down. Jesus had made an offering of Himself for both, and if saved at all, both
must believe in Him as the only offering for sin, the Saviour of the world.
When the soldier pierced the side of Jesus as He hung upon the cross, there came out
two distinct streams, one of blood, the other of water. The blood was to wash away the
sins of those who should believe in His name, and the water was to represent that living
water which is obtained from Jesus to give life to the believer.
The Great Apostasy
I was carried forward to the time when heathen idolaters cruelly persecuted and killed
the Christians. Blood flowed in torrents. The noble, the learned, and the common people
were alike slain without mercy. Wealthy families were reduced to poverty, because they
would not yield their religion. Notwithstanding the persecution and sufferings which these
Christians endured, they would not lower the standard. They kept their religion pure. I
saw that Satan exulted and triumphed over their sufferings. But God looked upon His
faithful martyrs with great approbation. The Christians who lived in that fearful time
were greatly beloved of Him, because they were willing to suffer for His sake. Every
suffering endured by them increased their reward in heaven.
Although Satan rejoiced because of the sufferings of the saints, yet he was not
satisfied. He wanted control of the mind as well as the body. The sufferings that they
endured only drove them closer to the Lord, leading them to love one another, and causing
them to fear more than ever to offend Him. Satan wished to lead them to displease God;
then they would lose their strength, fortitude, and firmness. Although thousands were
slain, yet others were springing up to supply their places. Satan saw that he was losing
his subjects; for although they suffered persecution and death, yet they were secured to
Jesus Christ, to be the subjects of His kingdom. Satan therefore laid his plans to fight
more successfully against the government of God and overthrow the church. He led the
heathen idolaters to embrace a part of the Christian faith. They professed to believe in
the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, and proposed to unite with the followers of
Jesus, without a change of heart. Oh, the fearful danger of the church. It was a time of
mental anguish. Some thought that if they should come down and unite with those idolaters
who had embraced a portion of the Christian faith, it would be the means of their full
conversion. Satan was seeking to corrupt the doctrines of the Bible.
I saw that at last the standard was lowered, and that the heathen were uniting with the
Christians. Although these worshipers of idols professed to be converted, they brought
their idolatry with them into the church, only changing the objects of their worship to
images of saints, and even of Christ and of Mary His mother. As the followers of Christ
gradually united with them, the Christian religion became corrupted and the church lost
its purity and power. Some refused to unite with them; such preserved their purity and
worshiped God alone. They would not bow down to an image of anything in the heavens above
or in the earth beneath.
Satan exulted over the fall of so many; and then he stirred up the fallen church to
force those who would preserve the purity of their religion either to yield to their
ceremonies and image worship or be put to death. The fires of persecution were again
kindled against the true church of Christ, and millions were slain without mercy.
It was presented before me in the following manner: A large company of heathen
idolaters bore a black banner, upon which were figures of the sun, moon, and stars. This
company seemed to be very fierce and angry. I was then shown another company bearing a
pure white banner, upon which was written, "Purity and holiness unto the Lord."
Their countenances were marked with firmness and heavenly resignation. I saw the heathen
idolaters approach them, and there was a great slaughter. The Christians melted away
before them; and yet the Christian company pressed the more closely together, and held the
banner more firmly. As many fell, others rallied around the banner and filled their
I saw the company of idolaters consulting together. Failing to make the Christians
yield, they agreed to another plan. I saw them lower their banner and then approach that
firm Christian company and make propositions to them. At first their propositions were
utterly refused. Then I saw the Christian company consulting together. Some said that they
would lower the banner, accept the propositions, and save their lives, and at last they
could gain strength to raise their banner among the heathen. A few, however, would not
yield to this plan, but firmly chose to die holding their banner rather than to lower it.
Then I saw many lower the banner and unite with the heathen; but the firm and steadfast
would again seize it and bear it on high. I saw that persons were continually leaving the
company of those who bore the pure banner, and were uniting with the idolaters under the
black banner, to persecute those bearing the white banner. Many were slain, yet the white
banner was held high, and believers were raised up to rally around it.
The Jews who first aroused the rage of the heathen against Jesus were not to escape
unpunished. In the judgement hall, as Pilate hesitated to condemn Jesus, the infuriated
Jews cried, "His blood be on us, and on our children." The fulfilment of this
terrible curse which they called down upon their own heads, the Jewish nation has
experienced. The heathen and those called Christians alike have been their foes. Those
professed Christians, in their zeal for Christ, whom the Jews crucified, thought that the
more suffering they could bring upon them, the better would God be pleased. Many of the
unbelieving Jews were therefore killed, while others were driven from place to place and
were punished in almost every manner.
The blood of Christ and of the disciples, whom they had put to death, was upon them,
and they were visited with terrible judgements. The curse of God followed them, and they
were a byword and a derision to the heathen and to so-called Christians. They were
degraded, shunned, and detested, as if the brand of Cain were upon them. Yet I saw that
God had marvellously preserved this people and scattered them over the world that they
might be looked upon as specially visited by the curse of God. I saw that God had forsaken
the Jews as a nation; but that individuals among them will yet be converted and be enabled
to tear the veil from their hearts and see that the prophecy concerning them has been
fulfilled; they will receive Jesus as the Saviour of the world and see the great sin of
their nation in rejecting and crucifying Him. -
The Mystery of Iniquity
It has ever been the design of Satan to draw the minds of the people from Jesus to man,
and to destroy individual accountability. Satan failed in his design when he tempted the
Son of God; but he succeeded better when he came to fallen man. Christianity became
corrupted. Popes and priests presumed to take an exalted position, and taught the people
to look to them for the pardon of their sins, instead of looking to Christ for themselves.
The people were wholly deceived. They were taught that the popes and priests were
Christ's representatives, when in fact they were the representatives of Satan, and those
who bowed to them worshiped Satan. The people called for the Bible; but the priests
considered it dangerous to let them have it to read for themselves, lest they should
become enlightened and expose the sins of their leaders. The people were taught to receive
every word from these deceivers as from the mouth of God. They held that power over the
mind which God alone should hold. If any dared to follow their own convictions, the same
hate which Satan and the Jews exercised toward Jesus would be kindled against them, and
those in authority would thirst for their blood.
I was shown a time when Satan especially triumphed. Multitudes of Christians were slain
in a dreadful manner, because they would preserve the purity of their religion. The Bible
was hated, and efforts were made to rid the earth of it. The people were forbidden to read
it, on pain of death; and all the copies which could be found were burned. But I saw that
God had a special care for His Word. He protected it. At different periods there were but
a very few copies of the Bible in existence, yet He would not suffer His Word to be lost,
for in the last days copies of it were to be so multiplied that every family could possess
it. I saw that when there were but few copies of the Bible, it was precious and comforting
to the persecuted followers of Jesus. It was read in the most secret manner, and those who
had this exalted privilege felt that they had had an interview with God, with His Son
Jesus, and with His disciples. But this blessed privilege cost many of them their lives.
If discovered, they were taken to the headsman's block, to the stake, or to the dungeon to
die of starvation.
Satan could not hinder the plan of salvation. Jesus was crucified, and rose again the
third day. But Satan told his angels that he would make the crucifixion and resurrection
tell to his advantage. He was willing that those who professed faith in Jesus should
believe that the laws regulating the Jewish sacrifices and offerings ceased at the death
of Christ, if he could push them farther and make them believe that the law of ten
commandments also died with Christ.
I saw that many readily yielded to this device of Satan. All heaven was moved with
indignation as they saw the holy law of God trampled underfoot. Jesus and all the heavenly
host were acquainted with the nature of God's law; they knew that He would not change or
abrogate it. The hopeless condition of man after the fall caused the deepest sorrow in
heaven, and moved Jesus to offer to die for the transgressors of God's holy law. But if
that law could be abrogated, man might have been saved without the death of Jesus.
Consequently His death did not destroy the law of His Father, but magnified and honoured
it and enforced obedience to all its holy precepts.
Had the church remained pure and steadfast, Satan could not have deceived them, and led
them to trample on the law of God. In this bold plan, Satan strikes directly against the
foundation of God's government in heaven and on earth. His rebellion caused him to be
expelled from heaven. After he rebelled, in order to save himself he wished God to change
His law, but was told before the whole heavenly host that God's law was unalterable. Satan
knows that if he can cause others to violate God's law, he has gained them to his cause;
for every transgressor of that law must die.
Satan decided to go still farther. He told his angels that some would be so jealous of
God's law that they could not be caught in this snare; the ten commandments were so plain
that many would believe that they were still binding, and therefore he must seek to
corrupt only one of the commandments. He then led on his representatives to attempt to
change the fourth, or Sabbath, commandment, thus altering the only one of the ten which
brings to view the true God, the Maker of the heavens and the earth. Satan presented
before them the glorious resurrection of Jesus, and told them that by His rising on the
first day of the week, He changed the Sabbath from the seventh to the first day of the
Thus Satan used the resurrection to serve his purpose. He and his angels rejoiced that
the errors they had prepared took so well with the professed friends of Christ. What one
looked upon with religious horror, another would receive. Thus different errors were
received and defended with zeal. The will of God, so plainly revealed in His Word, was
covered up with errors and traditions, which have been taught as the commandments of God.
Although this heaven-daring deception will be suffered to be carried on until the second
appearing of Jesus, yet through all this time of error and deception, God has not been
left without witnesses. Amid the darkness and persecution of the church there have always
been true and faithful ones who kept all of God's commandments.
I saw that the angelic host were filled with amazement as they beheld the sufferings
and death of the King of glory. But I saw that it was no marvel to them that the Lord of
life and glory, He who filled all heaven with joy and splendour, should break the bands of
death, and walk forth from His prison house, a triumphant conqueror. Therefore, if either
of these events should be commemorated by a day of rest, it is the crucifixion. But I saw
that neither of these events was designed to alter or abrogate God's law; on the contrary,
they give the strongest proof of its immutability.
Both of these important events have their memorials. By partaking of the Lord's supper,
the broken bread and the fruit of the vine, we show forth the Lord's death until He comes.
The scenes of His sufferings and death are thus brought fresh to our minds. The
resurrection of Christ is commemorated by our being buried with Him by baptism, and raised
out of the watery grave, in likeness of His resurrection, to live in newness of life.
I was shown that the law of God would stand fast forever, and exist in the new earth to
all eternity. At the creation, when the foundations of the earth were laid, the sons of
God looked with admiration upon the work of the Creator, and all the heavenly host shouted
for joy. It was then that the foundation of the Sabbath was laid. At the close of the six
days of creation, God rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made; and
He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because that in it He had rested from all
His work. The Sabbath was instituted in Eden before the fall, and was observed by Adam and
Eve, and all the heavenly host. God rested on the seventh day, and blessed and hallowed
it. I saw that the Sabbath never will be done away; but that the redeemed saints, and all
the angelic host, will observe it in honour of the great Creator to all eternity.
Death Not Eternal Life in Misery
Satan commenced his deception in Eden. He said to Eve, "Ye shall not surely
die." This was Satan's first lesson upon the immortality of the soul, and he has
carried on this deception from that time to the present, and will carry it on until the
captivity of God's children shall be turned. I was pointed to Adam and Eve in Eden. They
partook of the forbidden tree, and then the flaming sword was placed around the tree of
life, and they were driven from the garden, lest they should partake of the tree of life,
and be immortal sinners. The fruit of this tree was to perpetuate immortality. I heard an
angel ask, "Who of the family of Adam have passed that flaming sword, and have
partaken of the tree of life?" I heard another angel answer, "Not one of the
family of Adam has passed that flaming sword, and partaken of that tree; therefore there
is not an immortal sinner." The soul that sinneth, it shall die an everlasting
death-- a death from which there will be no hope of resurrection; and then the wrath of
God will be appeased.
It was a marvel to me that Satan could succeed so well in making men believe that the
words of God, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die," mean that the soul that
sinneth it shall not die, but live eternally in misery. Said the angel, "Life is
life, whether it is in pain or happiness. Death is without pain, without joy, without
Satan told his angels to make a special effort to spread the lie first repeated to Eve
in Eden, "Ye shall not surely die." And as the error was received by the people,
and they were led to believe that man was immortal, Satan led them on to believe that the
sinner would live in eternal misery. Then the way was prepared for Satan to work through
his representatives and hold up God before the people as a revengeful tyrant--one who
plunges all those into hell who do not please Him, and causes them ever to feel His wrath;
and while they suffer unutterable anguish, and writhe in the eternal flames, He is
represented as looking down upon them with satisfaction. Satan knew that if this error
should be received, God would be hated by many, instead of being loved and adored; and
that many would be led to believe that the threatenings of God's Word would not be
literally fulfilled, for it would be against His character of benevolence and love to
plunge into eternal torments the beings whom He had created.
Another extreme which Satan has led the people to adopt is entirely to overlook the
justice of God, and the threatenings in His Word, and to represent Him as being all mercy,
so that not one will perish, but that all, both saint and sinner, will at last be saved in
In consequence of the popular errors of the immortality of the soul and endless misery,
Satan takes advantage of another class and leads them to regard the Bible as an uninspired
book. They think it teaches many good things; but they cannot rely upon it and love it,
because they have been taught that it declares the doctrine of eternal misery.
Another class Satan leads on still further, even to deny the existence of God. They can
see no consistency in the character of the God of the Bible, if He will inflict horrible
tortures upon a portion of the human family to all eternity. Therefore they deny the Bible
and its Author and regard death as an eternal sleep.
There is still another class who are fearful and timid. These Satan tempts to commit
sin, and after they have sinned, he holds up before them that the wages of sin is not
death but life in horrible torments, to be endured throughout the endless ages of
eternity. By thus magnifying before their feeble minds the horrors of an endless hell, he
takes possession of their minds, and they lose their reason. Then Satan and his angels
exult, and the infidel and atheist join in casting reproach upon Christianity. They claim
that these evils are the natural results of believing in the Bible and its Author, whereas
they are the results of the reception of popular heresy.
I saw that the heavenly host were filled with indignation at this bold work of Satan. I
inquired why all these delusions should be suffered to take effect upon the minds of men
when the angels of God were powerful, and if commissioned, could easily break the enemy's
power. Then I saw that God knew that Satan would try every art to destroy man; therefore
He had caused His word to be written out, and had made His purposes in regard to the human
race so plain that the weakest need not err. After having given His word to man, He had
carefully preserved it from destruction by Satan or his angels, or by any of his agents or
representatives. While other books might be destroyed, this was to be immortal. And near
the close of time, when the delusions of Satan should increase, it was to be so multiplied
that all who desired might have a copy, and, if they would, might arm themselves against
the deceptions and lying wonders of Satan.
I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible; yet when copies of it were few,
learned men had in some instances changed the words, thinking that they were making it
more plain, when in reality they were mystifying that which was plain, by causing it to
lean to their established views, which were governed by tradition. But I saw that the Word
of God, as a whole, is a perfect chain, one portion linking into and explaining another.
True seekers for truth need not err; for not only is the Word of God plain and simple in
declaring the way of life, but the Holy Spirit is given as a guide in understanding the
way to life therein revealed.
I saw that the angels of God are never to control the will. God sets before man life
and death. He can have his choice. Many desire life, but still continue to walk in the
broad road. They choose to rebel against God's government, notwithstanding His great mercy
and compassion in giving His Son to die for them. Those who do not choose to accept of the
salvation so dearly purchased, must be punished. But I saw that God would not shut them up
in hell to endure endless misery, neither will He take them to heaven; for to bring them
into the company of the pure and holy would make them exceedingly miserable. But He will
destroy them utterly and cause them to be as if they had not been; then His justice will
be satisfied. He formed man out of the dust of the earth, and the disobedient and unholy
will be consumed by fire and return to dust again. I saw that the benevolence and
compassion of God in this matter should lead all to admire His character and to adore His
holy name. After the wicked are destroyed from off the earth, all the heavenly host will
Satan looks with great satisfaction upon those who profess the name of Christ, yet
closely adhere to the delusions which he himself has originated. His work is still to
devise new delusions, and his power and art in this direction continually increase. He led
his representatives, the popes and the priests, to exalt themselves, and to stir up the
people to bitterly persecute and destroy those who were not willing to accept his
delusions. Oh, the sufferings and agony which the precious followers of Christ were made
to endure! Angels have kept a faithful record of it all. Satan and his evil angels
exultingly told the angels who ministered to these suffering saints that they were all to
be killed, so that there would not be left a true Christian upon the earth. I saw that the
church of God was then pure. There was no danger of men with corrupt hearts coming into
it; for the true Christian, who dared to declare his faith, was in danger of the rack, the
stake, and every torture which Satan and his evil angels could invent or inspire in the
mind of man. -
Notwithstanding all the persecution of the saints, living witnesses for God's truth
were raised up on every hand. Angels of the Lord were doing the work committed to their
trust. They were searching in the darkest places and selecting out of the darkness men who
were honest in heart. These were all buried up in error, yet God called them, as He did
Saul, to be chosen vessels to bear His truth and raise their voices against the sins of
His professed people. Angels of God moved upon the hearts of Martin Luther, Melanchthon,
and others in different places, and caused them to thirst for the living testimony of the
Word of God. The enemy had come in like a flood, and the standard must be raised against
him. Luther was the one chosen to breast the storm, stand up against the ire of a fallen
church, and strengthen the few who were faithful to their holy profession. He was ever
fearful of offending God. He tried through works to obtain His favour, but was not
satisfied until a gleam of light from heaven drove the darkness from his mind and led him
to trust, not in works, but in the merits of the blood of Christ. He could then come to
God for himself, not through popes or confessors, but through Jesus Christ alone.
Oh, how precious to Luther was this new and glorious light which had dawned upon his dark understanding and driven away his superstition! He prized it higher than the richest earthly treasure. The Word of God was n
dreaded because he could not see beauty in it, was now life, eternal life, to him. It
was his joy, his consolation, his blessed teacher. Nothing could induce him to leave its
study. He had feared death; but as he read the Word of God, all his terrors disappeared,
and he admired the character of God and loved Him. He searched the Bible for himself and
feasted upon the rich treasures it contained; then he searched it for the church. He was
disgusted with the sins of those in whom he had trusted for salvation, and as he saw many
others enshrouded in the same darkness which had covered him, he anxiously sought an
opportunity to point them to the Lamb of God, who alone taketh away the sin of the world.
Raising his voice against the errors and sins of the papal church, he earnestly
endeavoured to break the chain of darkness which was confining thousands and causing them
to trust in works for salvation. He longed to be enabled to open to their minds the true
riches of the grace of God and the excellence of salvation obtained through Jesus Christ.
In the power of the Holy Spirit he cried out against the existing sins of the leaders of
the church; and as he met the storm of opposition from the priests, his courage failed
not; for he firmly relied upon the strong arm of God, and confidently trusted in Him for
victory. As he pushed the battle closer and closer, the rage of the priests was kindled
still hotter against him. They did not wish to be reformed. The chose to be left in ease,
in wanton pleasure, in wickedness; and they desired the church also to be kept in
I saw that Luther was ardent and zealous, fearless and bold, in reproving sin and
advocating the truth. He cared not for wicked men or devils; he knew that he had One with
him mightier than they all. Luther possessed zeal, courage, and boldness, and at times was
in danger of going to extremes. But God raised up Melanchthon, who was just the opposite
in character, to aid Luther in carrying on the work of reformation. Melanchthon was timid,
fearful, cautious, and possessed great patience. He was greatly beloved of God. His
knowledge of the Scriptures was great, and his judgement and wisdom excellent. His love
for the cause of God was equal to Luther's. The hearts of these men the Lord knit
together; they were inseparable friends. Luther was a great help to Melanchthon when in
danger of being fearful and slow, and Melanchthon in turn was a great help to Luther when
in danger of moving too fast. Melanchthon's farseeing caution often averted trouble which
would have come upon the cause had the work been left alone to Luther; and ofttimes the
work would not have been pushed forward had it been left to Melanchthon alone. I was shown
the wisdom of God in choosing these two men to carry on the work of reformation.
I was then carried back to the days of the apostles and saw that God chose as
companions an ardent, zealous Peter and a mild, patient John. Sometimes Peter was
impetuous, and often when this was the case the beloved disciple would check him. This,
however, did not reform him. But after he had denied his Lord, repented, and been
converted, all he needed to check his ardour and zeal was a mild caution from John. The
cause of Christ would often have suffered had it been left to John alone. Peter's zeal was
needed. His boldness and energy often delivered them from difficulty and silenced their
enemies. John was winning. He gained many to the cause of Christ by his patient
forbearance and deep devotedness.
God raised up men to cry against the existing sins of the papal church and carry
forward the Reformation. Satan sought to destroy these living witnesses; but the Lord made
a hedge about them. Some, for the glory of His name, were permitted to seal with their
blood the testimony they had borne; but there were other powerful men, like Luther and
Melanchthon, who could best glorify God by living and exposing the sins of priests, popes,
and kings. These trembled before the voice of Luther, and his fellow labourers. Through
those chosen men, rays of light began to scatter the darkness, and very many joyfully
received the light and walked in it. And when one witness was slain, two or more were
raised up to take his place.
But Satan was not satisfied. He could only have power over the body. He could not make
believers yield their faith and hope. And even in death they triumphed with a bright hope
of immortality at the resurrection of the just. They had more than mortal energy. They
dared not sleep for a moment, but kept the Christian armour girded about them, prepared
for a conflict, not merely with spiritual foes, but with Satan in the form of men whose
constant cry was, "Give up your faith, or die." These few Christians were strong
in God, and more precious in His sight than half a world who bear the name of Christ, and
yet are cowards in His cause. While the church was persecuted, its members were united and
loving; they were strong in God. Sinners were not permitted to unite with the church.
Those only who are willing to forsake all for Christ could be His disciples. These loved
to be poor, humble, and Christlike. -
The Church and the World United
After this I saw Satan consulting with his angels and considering what they had gained.
True, they had, through fear of death, kept some timid souls from embracing the truth; but
many, even of the most timid, had received the truth, and thereupon their fears and
timidity immediately left them. As these witnessed the death of their brethren and beheld
their firmness and patience, they knew that God and angels assisted them to endure such
sufferings, and they grew bold and fearless. And when called to yield their own lives,
they maintained their faith with such patience and firmness as caused even their murderers
to tremble. Satan and his angels decided that there was a more successful way to destroy
souls, one that would be more certain in the end. Although Christians were made to suffer,
their steadfastness, and the bright hope that cheered them, caused the weakest to grow
strong and enabled them to approach the rack and the flames undaunted. They imitated the
noble bearing of Christ when before His murderers, and by their constancy and the glory of
God which rested upon them, they convinced many others of the truth.
Satan therefore decided that he must come in a milder form. He had already corrupted
the doctrines of the Bible, and traditions which were to ruin millions were taking deep
root. Restraining his hate, he decided not to urge on his subjects to such bitter
persecution, but lead the church to contend for various traditions, instead of for the
faith once delivered to the saints. As he prevailed on the church to receive favours and
honours from the world, under the pretence of receiving benefits, she began to lose favour
with God. Shunning to declare the straight truths which shut out the lovers of pleasure
and friends of the world, she gradually lost her power.
The church is not now the separate and peculiar people she was when the fires of
persecution were kindled against her. How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine
gold changed! I saw that if the church had always retained her peculiar, holy character,
the power of the Holy Spirit which was imparted to the disciples would still be with her.
The sick would be healed, devils would be rebuked and cast out, and she would be mighty
and a terror to her enemies.
I saw a very large company professing the name of Christ, but God did not recognise
them as His. He had no pleasure in them. Satan seemed to assume a religious character and
was very willing that the people should think they were Christians. He was even anxious
that they should believe in Jesus, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Satan and his
angels fully believe all this themselves, and tremble. But if this faith does not provoke
to good works, and lead those who profess it to imitate the self-denying life of Christ,
Satan is not disturbed; for they merely assume the Christian name, while their hearts are
still carnal, and he can use them in his service even better than if they made no
profession. Hiding their deformity under the name of Christian, they pass along with their
unsanctified natures, and their evil passions unsubdued. This gives occasion for the
unbeliever to reproach Christ with their imperfections, and causes those who do possess
pure and undefiled religion to be brought into disrepute. 228
The ministers preach smooth things to suit carnal professors. They dare not preach
Jesus and the cutting truths of the Bible; for if they should, these carnal professors
would not remain in the church. But as many of them are wealthy, they must be retained,
although they are no more fit to be there than Satan and his angels. This is just as Satan
would have it. The religion of Jesus is made to appear popular and honourable in the eyes
of the world. The people are told that those who profess religion will be more honoured by
the world. Such teachings differ very widely from the teachings of Christ. His doctrine
and the world could not be at peace. Those who followed Him had to renounce the world.
These smooth things originated with Satan and his angels. They formed the plan, and
nominal professors carried it out. Pleasing fables were taught and readily received, and
hypocrites and open sinners united with the church. If the truth had been preached in its
purity, it would soon have shut out this class. But there was no difference between the
professed followers of Christ and the world. I saw that if the false covering had been
torn off from the members of the churches, there would have been revealed such iniquity,
vileness, and corruption that the most diffident child of God would have had no hesitancy
in calling these professed Christians by their right name, children of their father, the
devil; for his works they did.
Jesus and all the heavenly host looked with disgust upon the scene; yet God had a
message for the church that was sacred and important. If received, it would make a
thorough reformation in the church, revive the living testimony that would purge out
hypocrites and sinners, and bring the church again into favour with God.
God sent His angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible,
to lead him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, to
guide his mind and open to his understanding prophecies which had ever been dark to God's
people. The commencement of the chain of truth was given to him, and he was led on to
search for link after link, until he looked with wonder and admiration upon the Word of
God. He saw there a perfect chain of truth. That Word which he had regarded as uninspired
now opened before his vision in its beauty and glory. He saw that one portion of Scripture
explains another, and when one passage was closed to his understanding, he found in
another part of the Word that which explained it. He regarded the sacred Word of God with
joy and with the deepest respect and awe.
As he followed down the prophecies, he saw that the inhabitants of the earth were
living in the closing scenes of this world's history, yet they knew it not. He looked at
the churches and saw that they were corrupt; they had taken their affections from Jesus
and placed them on the world; they were seeking for worldly honour, instead of that honour
which cometh from above; grasping for worldly riches, instead of laying up their treasure
in heaven. He could see hypocrisy, darkness, and death everywhere. His spirit was stirred
within him. God called him to leave his farm, as He called Elisha to leave his oxen and
the field of his labour to follow Elijah. With trembling, William Miller began to unfold
to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the
prophecies to the second advent of Christ. With every effort he gained strength. As John
the Baptist heralded the first advent of Jesus and prepared the way for His coming, so
William Miller and those who joined with him proclaimed the second advent of the Son of
I was carried back to the days of the disciples and was shown that God had a special
work for the beloved John to accomplish. Satan was determined to hinder this work, and he
led on his servants to destroy John. But God sent His angel and wonderfully preserved him.
All who witnessed the great power of God manifested in the deliverance of John were
astonished, and many were convinced that God was with him, and that the testimony which he
bore concerning Jesus was correct. Those who sought to destroy him were afraid to attempt
again to take his life, and he was permitted to suffer on for Jesus. He was falsely
accused by his enemies and was shortly banished to a lonely island, where the Lord sent
His angel to reveal to him events which were to take place upon the earth and the state of
the church down to the end --her backslidings and the position which she should occupy if
she would please God and finally overcome.
The angel from heaven came to John in majesty, his countenance beaming with the
excellent glory of God. He revealed to John scenes of deep and thrilling interest in the
history of the church of God and brought before him the perilous conflicts which Christ's
followers were to endure. John saw them passing through fiery trials, made white and
tried, and, finally, victorious overcomers, gloriously saved in the kingdom of God. The
countenance of the angel grew radiant with joy and was exceeding glorious, as he showed
John the final triumph of the church of God. As the apostle beheld the final deliverance
of the church, he was carried away with the glory of the scene and with deep reverence and
awe fell at the feet of the angel to worship him. The heavenly messenger instantly raised
him up and gently reproved him, saying, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant,
and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of
Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." The angel then showed John the heavenly city with
all its splendour and dazzling glory, and he, enraptured and overwhelmed, and forgetful of
the former reproof of the angel, again fell to worship at his feet. Again the gentle
reproof was given, "See thou do it not for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy
brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God."
Preachers and people have looked upon the book of Revelation as mysterious and of less
importance than other portions of the Sacred Scriptures. But I saw that this book is
indeed a revelation given for the especial benefit of those who should live in the last
days, to guide them in ascertaining their true position and their duty. God directed the
mind of William Miller to the prophecies and gave him great light upon the book of
If Daniel's visions had been understood, the people could better have understood the
visions of John. But at the right time, God moved upon His chosen servant, who, with
clearness and in the power of the Holy Spirit, opened the prophecies and showed the
harmony of the visions of Daniel and John and other portions of the Bible, and pressed
home upon the hearts of the people the sacred, fearful warnings of the Word to prepare for
the coming of the Son of man. Deep and solemn conviction rested upon the minds of those
who heard him, and ministers and people, sinners and infidels, turned to the Lord and
sought a preparation to stand in the judgement.
Angels of God accompanied William Miller in his mission. He was firm and undaunted,
fearlessly proclaiming the message committed to his trust. A world lying in wickedness and
a cold, worldly church were enough to call into action all his energies and lead him
willingly to endure toil, privation, and suffering. Although opposed by professed
Christians and the world, and buffeted by Satan and his angels, he ceased not to preach
the everlasting gospel to crowds wherever he was invited, sounding far and near the cry,
"Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come." -
The First Angel's Message
I saw that God was in the proclamation of the time in 1843. It was His design to arouse
the people and bring them to a testing point, where they should decide for or against the
truth. Ministers were convinced of the correctness of the positions taken on the prophetic
periods, and some renounced their pride, and left their salaries and their churches to go
forth from place to place to give the message. But as the message from heaven could find a
place in the hearts of but few of the professed ministers of Christ, the work was laid
upon many who were not preachers. Some left their fields to sound the message, while
others were called from their shops and their merchandise. And even some professional men
were compelled to leave their professions to engage in the unpopular work of giving the
first angel's message.
Ministers laid aside their sectarian views and feelings and united in proclaiming the
coming of Jesus. Wherever the message was given, it moved the people. Sinners repented,
wept, and prayed for forgiveness, and those whose lives had been marked with dishonesty
were anxious to make restitution. Parents felt the deepest solicitude for their children.
Those who received the message laboured with their unconverted friends and relatives, and
with their souls bowed with the weight of the solemn message, warned and entreated them to
prepare for the coming of the Son of man. Those cases were most hardened that would not
yield to such a weight of evidence set home by heartfelt warnings. This soul-purifying
work led the affections away from worldly things to a consecration never before
Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God
were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message. Like John, the
forerunner of Jesus, those who preached this solemn message felt compelled to lay the axe
at the root of the tree, and call upon men to bring forth fruits meet for repentance.
Their testimony was calculated to arouse and powerfully affect the churches and manifest
their real character. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was
sounded, many who were united with the churches received the healing message; they saw
their backslidings, and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled
themselves before God. And as the Spirit of God rested upon them, they helped to sound the
cry, "Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come."
The preaching of definite time called forth great opposition from all classes, from the
minister in the pulpit down to the most reckless, heaven-daring sinner. "No man
knoweth the day nor the hour," was heard from the hypocritical minister and the bold
scoffer. Neither would be instructed and corrected by those who were pointing to the year
when they believed the prophetic periods would run out, and to the signs which showed
Christ near, even at the doors. Many shepherds of the flock, who professed to love Jesus,
said that they had no opposition to the preaching of Christ's coming, but they objected to
the definite time. God's all-seeing eye read their hearts. They did not love Jesus near.
They knew that their unchristian lives would not stand the test, for they were not walking
in the humble path marked out by Him. These false shepherds stood in the way of the work
of God. The truth spoken in its convincing power aroused the people, and like the jailer,
they began to inquire, "What must I do to be saved?" But these shepherds stepped
in between the truth and the people, and preached smooth things to lead them from the
truth. They united with Satan and his angels, crying, "Peace, peace," when there
was no peace. Those who loved their ease and were content with their distance from God
would not be aroused from their carnal security. I saw that angels of God marked it all;
the garments of those unconsecrated shepherds were covered with the blood of souls.
Ministers who would not accept this saving message themselves hindered those who would
have received it. The blood of souls is upon them. Preachers and people joined to oppose
this message from heaven and to persecute William Miller and those who united with him in
the work. Falsehoods were circulated to injure his influence; and at different times after
he had plainly declared the counsel of God, applying cutting truths to the hearts of his
hearers, great rage was kindled against him, and as he left the place of meeting, some
waylaid him in order to take his life. But angels of God were sent to protect him, and
they led him safely away from the angry mob. His work was not yet finished.
The most devoted gladly received the message. They knew that it was from God and that
it was delivered at the right time. Angels were watching with the deepest interest the
result of the heavenly message, and when the churches turned from and rejected it, they in
sadness consulted with Jesus. He turned His face from the churches and bade His angels
faithfully watch over the precious ones who did not reject the testimony, for another
light was yet to shine upon them.
I saw that if professed Christians had loved their Saviour's appearing, if they had
placed their affections on Him, and had felt that there was none upon the earth to be
compared with Him, they would have hailed with joy the first intimation of His coming. But
the dislike which they manifested, as they heard of their Lord's coming, was a decided
proof that they did not love Him. Satan and his angels triumphed, and cast it in the face
of Christ and His holy angels, that His professed people had so little love for Jesus that
they did not desire His second appearing.
I saw the people of God joyful in expectation, looking for their Lord. But God designed
to prove them. His hand covered a mistake in the reckoning of the prophetic periods. Those
who were looking for their Lord did not discover this mistake, and the most learned men
who opposed the time also failed to see it. God designed that His people should meet with
a disappointment. The time passed, and those who had looked with joyful expectation for
their Saviour were sad and disheartened, while those who had not loved the appearing of
Jesus, but embraced the message through fear, were pleased that He did not come at the
time of expectation. Their profession had not affected the heart and purified the life.
The passing of the time was well calculated to reveal such hearts. 236 They were the first
to turn and ridicule the sorrowful, disappointed ones who really loved the appearing of
their Saviour. I saw the wisdom of God in proving His people and giving them a searching
test to discover those who would shrink and turn back in the hour of trial.
Jesus and all the heavenly host looked with sympathy and love upon those who had with
sweet expectation longed to see Him whom their souls loved. Angels were hovering around
them, to sustain them in the hour of their trial. Those who had neglected to receive the
heavenly message were left in darkness, and God's anger was kindled against them, because
they would not receive the light which He had sent them from heaven. Those faithful,
disappointed ones, who could not understand why their Lord did not come, were not left in
darkness. Again they were led to their Bibles to search the prophetic periods. The hand of
the Lord was removed from the figures, and the mistake was explained. They saw that the
prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to
show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844.
Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying
time--"Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it." In their love for Christ's
immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to
manifest the true waiting ones. Again they had a point of time. Yet I saw that many of
them could not rise above their severe disappointment to possess that degree of zeal and
energy which had marked their faith in 1843.
Satan and his angels triumphed over them, and those who would not receive the message
congratulated themselves upon their farseeing judgement and wisdom in not receiving the
delusion, as they called it. They did not realise that they were rejecting the counsel of
God against themselves, and were working in union with Satan and his angels to perplex
God's people, who were living out the heaven-sent message.
The believers in this message were oppressed in the churches. For a time, those who
would not receive the message were restrained by fear from acting out the sentiments of
their hearts; but the passing of the time revealed their true feelings. They wished to
silence the testimony which the waiting ones felt compelled to bear, that the prophetic
periods extended to 1844. With clearness the believers explained their mistake and gave
the reasons why they expected their Lord in 1844. Their opposers could bring no arguments
against the powerful reasons offered. Yet the anger of the churches was kindled; they were
determined not to listen to evidence, and to shut the testimony out of the churches, so
the others could not hear it. Those who dared not withhold from others the light which God
had given them, were shut out of the churches; but Jesus was with them, and they were
joyful in the light of His countenance. They were prepared to receive the message of the
second angel. -
The Second Angel's Message
As the churches refused to receive the first angel's message, they rejected the light
from heaven and fell from the favour of God. They trusted to their own strength, and by
opposing the first message placed themselves where they could not see the light of the
second angel's message. But the beloved of God, who were oppressed, accepted the message,
"Babylon is fallen," and left the churches.
Near the close of the second angel's message, I saw a great light from heaven shining
upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the
voices of angels crying, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!"
This was the midnight cry, which was to give power to the second angel's message.
Angels were sent from heaven to arouse the discouraged saints and prepare them for the
great work before them. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message.
Angels were sent to the humble, devoted ones, and constrained them to raise the cry,
"Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!" Those entrusted with the
cry made haste, and in the power of the Holy Spirit sounded the message, and aroused their
discouraged brethren. This work did not stand in the wisdom and learning of men, but in
the power of God, and His saints who heard the cry could not resist it. The most spiritual
received this message first, and those who had formerly led in the work were the last to
receive and help swell the cry, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet
In every part of the land, light was given upon the second angel's message, and the cry
melted the hearts of thousands. It went from city to city, and from village to village,
until the waiting people of God were fully aroused. In many churches the message was not
permitted to be given, and a large company who had the living testimony left these fallen
churches. A mighty work was accomplished by the midnight cry. The message was
heart-searching, leading the believers to seek a living experience for themselves. They
knew that they could not lean upon one another.
The saints anxiously waited for their Lord with fasting, watching, and almost constant
prayer. Even some sinners looked forward to the time with terror; but the great mass
manifested the spirit of Satan in their opposition to the message. They mocked and
scoffed, repeating everywhere, "No man knoweth the day nor the hour." Evil
angels urged them on to harden their hearts and to reject every ray of light from heaven,
that they might be fastened in the snare of Satan. Many who professed to be looking for
Christ had no part in the work of the message. The glory of God which they had witnessed,
the humility and deep devotion of the waiting ones, and the overwhelming weight of
evidence, caused them to profess to receive the truth; but they had not been converted;
they were not ready for the coming of their Lord.
A spirit of solemn and earnest prayer was everywhere felt by the saints. A holy
solemnity was resting upon them. Angels were watching with the deepest interest the effect
of the message, and were elevating those who received it, and drawing them from earthly
things to obtain large supplies from salvation's fountain. God's people were then accepted
of Him. Jesus looked upon them with pleasure, for His image was reflected in them. They
had made a full sacrifice, an entire consecration, and expected to be changed to
immortality. But they were destined again to be sadly disappointed. The time to which they
looked, expecting deliverance, passed; they were still upon the earth, and the effects of
the curse never seemed more visible. They had placed their affections on heaven, and in
sweet anticipation had tasted immortal deliverance; but their hopes were not realised.
The fear that had rested upon many of the people did not at once disappear; they did
not immediately triumph over the disappointed ones. But as no visible tokens of God's
wrath appeared, they recovered from the fear which they had felt and commenced their
ridicule and scoffing. The people of God were again proved and tested. The world laughed
and mocked and reproached them; and those who had believed without a doubt that Jesus
would ere then have come to raise the dead, and change the living saints, and take the
kingdom, to possess it forever, felt as did the disciples at the sepulchre of Christ,
"They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him." -
The Advent Movement Illustrated
I saw a number of companies that seemed to be bound together by cords. Many in these
companies were in total darkness; their eyes were directed downward to the earth, and
there seemed to be no connection between them and Jesus. But scattered through these
different companies were persons whose countenances looked light, and whose eyes were
raised to heaven. Beams of light from Jesus, like rays from the sun, were imparted to
them. An angel bade me look carefully, and I saw an angel watching over every one of those
who had a ray of light, while evil angels surrounded those who were in darkness. I heard
the voice of an angel cry, "Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His
judgement is come."
A glorious light then rested down upon these companies, to enlighten all who would
receive it. Some of those who were in darkness received the light and rejoiced. Others
resisted the light from heaven, saying that it was sent to lead them astray. The light
passed away from them, and they were left in darkness. Those who had received the light
from Jesus joyfully cherished the increase of precious light which was shed upon them.
Their faces beamed with holy joy, while their gaze was directed upward to Jesus with
intense interest, and their voices were heard in harmony with the voice of the angel,
"Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgement is come." As
they raised this cry, I saw those who were in darkness thrusting them with side and with
shoulder. Then many who cherished the sacred light, broke the cords which confined them
and stood out separated from those companies. As they were doing this, men belonging to
the different companies and revered by them passed through, some with pleasing words, and
others with wrathful looks and threatening gestures, and fastened the cords which were
weakening. These men were constantly saying, "God is with us. We stand in the light.
We have the truth." I inquired who these men were, and was told that they were
ministers and leading men who had rejected the light themselves, and were unwilling that
others should receive it.
I saw those who cherished the light looking upward with ardent desire, expecting Jesus
to come and take them to Himself. Soon a cloud passed over them, and their faces were
sorrowful. I inquired the cause of this cloud and was shown that it was their
disappointment. The time when they expected their Saviour had passed, and Jesus had not
come. As discouragement settled upon the waiting ones, the ministers and leading men whom
I had before noticed, rejoiced, and all those who had rejected the light triumphed
greatly, while Satan and his evil angels also exulted.
Then I heard the voice of another angel saying, "Babylon is fallen, is
fallen!" A light shone upon those desponding ones, and with ardent desires for His
appearing, they again fixed their eyes upon Jesus. I saw a number of angels conversing
with the one who had cried, "Babylon is fallen," and these united with him in
the cry, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him." The musical
voices of these angels seemed to reach everywhere. An exceedingly bright and glorious
light shone around those who had cherished the light which had been imparted to them.
Their faces shone with excellent glory, and they united with the angels in the cry,
"Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." As they harmoniously raised the cry among the
different companies, those who rejected the light pushed them and with angry looks scorned
and derided them. But angels of God wafted their wings over the persecuted ones, while
Satan and his angels were seeking to press their darkness around them, to lead them to
reject the light from heaven.
Then I heard a voice saying to those who had been pushed and derided, "Come out
from among them, and touch not the unclean." In obedience to this voice, a large
number broke the cords which bound them, and leaving the companies that were in darkness,
joined those who had previously gained their freedom, and joyfully united their voices
with them. I heard the voice of earnest, agonising prayer from a few who still remained
with the companies that were in darkness. The ministers and leading men were passing
around in these different companies, fastening the cords more firmly; but still I heard
this voice of earnest prayer. Then I saw those who had been praying reach out their hands
for help toward the united company who were free, rejoicing in God. The answer from them,
as they earnestly looked to heaven, and pointed upward, was, "Come out from among
them, and be separate." I saw individuals struggling for freedom, and at last they
broke the cords that bound them. They resisted the efforts which were made to fasten the
cords tighter and refused to heed the repeated assertions: "God is with us."
"We have the truth with us."
Persons were continually leaving the companies that were in darkness and joining the
free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was
directed upward, the glory of God rested upon them, and they joyfully shouted His praise.
They were closely united and seemed to be wrapped in the light of heaven. Around this
company were some who came under the influence of the light, but who were not particularly
united to the company. All who cherished the light shed upon them were gazing upward with
intense interest, and Jesus looked upon them with sweet approbation. They expected Him to
come and longed for His appearing. They did not cast one lingering look to earth. But
again a cloud settled upon the waiting ones, and I saw them turn their weary eyes
downward. I inquired the cause of this change. Said my accompanying angel, "They are
again disappointed in their expectations. Jesus cannot yet come to earth. They must endure
greater trials for His sake. They must give up errors and traditions received from men and
turn wholly to God and His Word. They must be purified, made white, and tried. Those who
endure that bitter trial will obtain an eternal victory."
Jesus did not come to the earth as the waiting, joyful company expected, to cleanse the
sanctuary by purifying the earth by fire. I saw that they were correct in their reckoning
of the prophetic periods; prophetic time closed in 1844, and Jesus entered the most holy
place to cleanse the sanctuary at the ending of the days. Their mistake consisted in not
understanding what the sanctuary was and the nature of its cleansing. As I looked again at
the waiting, disappointed company, they appeared sad. They carefully examined the
evidences of their faith and followed down through the reckoning of the prophetic periods,
but could discover no mistake. The time had been fulfilled, but where was their Saviour?
They had lost Him.
I was shown the disappointment of the disciples as they came to the sepulchre and found
not the body of Jesus. Mary said, "They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where
they have laid Him." Angels told the sorrowing disciples that their Lord had risen,
and would go before them into Galilee.
In like manner I saw that Jesus regarded with the deepest compassion the disappointed
ones who had waited for His coming; and He sent His angels to direct their minds that they
might follow Him where He was. He showed them that this earth is not the sanctuary, but
that He must enter the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to make an atonement for
His people and to receive the kingdom from His Father, and that He would then return to
the earth and take them to dwell with Him forever. The disappointment of the first
disciples well represents the disappointment of those who expected their Lord in 1844.
I was carried back to the time when Christ rode triumphantly into Jerusalem. The joyful
disciples believed that He was then to take the kingdom and reign a temporal prince. They
followed their King with high hopes. They cut down the beautiful palm branches, and took
off their outer garments, and with enthusiastic zeal spread them in the way; and some went
before, and others followed, crying, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that
cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest." The excitement disturbed the
Pharisees, and they wished Jesus to rebuke His disciples. But He said unto them, "If
these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." The prophecy of
Zechariah 9:9 must be fulfilled; yet the disciples were doomed to a bitter disappointment.
In a few days they followed Jesus to Calvary, and beheld Him bleeding and mangled upon the
cruel cross. They witnessed His agonising death and laid Him in the tomb. Their hearts
sank with grief; their expectations were not realised in a single particular, and their
hopes died with Jesus. But as He arose from the dead and appeared to His sorrowing
disciples, their hopes revived. They had found Him again.
I saw that the disappointment of those who believed in the coming of the Lord in 1844
was not equal to the disappointment of the first disciples. Prophecy was fulfilled in the
first and second angels' messages. They were given at the right time and accomplished the
work which God designed to accomplish by them. -
I was shown the interest which all heaven had taken in the work going on upon the
earth. Jesus commissioned a mighty angel to descend and warn the inhabitants of the earth
to prepare for His second appearing. As the angel left the presence of Jesus in heaven, an
exceedingly bright and glorious light went before him. I was told that his mission was to
lighten the earth with his glory and warn man of the coming wrath of God. Multitudes
received the light. Some of these seemed to be very solemn, while others were joyful and
enraptured. All who received the light turned their faces toward heaven and glorified God.
Though it was shed upon all, some merely came under its influence, but did not heartily
receive it. Many were filled with great wrath. Ministers and people united with the vile
and stoutly resisted the light shed by the mighty angel. But all who received it withdrew
from the world and were closely united with one another.
Satan and his angels were busily engaged in seeking to attract the minds of as many as
possible from the light. The company who rejected it were left in darkness. I saw the
angel of God watching with the deepest interest His professed people, to record the
character which they developed as the message of heavenly origin was presented to them.
And as very many who professed love for Jesus turned from the heavenly message with scorn,
derision, and hatred, an angel with a parchment in his hand made the shameful record. All
heaven was filled with indignation that Jesus should be thus slighted by His professed
I saw the disappointment of the trusting ones, as they did not see their Lord at the
expected time. It had been God's purpose to conceal the future and to bring His people to
a point of decision. Without the preaching of definite time for the coming of Christ, the
work designed of God would not have been accomplished. Satan was leading very many to look
far in the future for the great events connected with the judgement and the end of
probation. It was necessary that the people be brought to seek earnestly for a present
As the time passed, those who had not fully received the light of the angel united with
those who had despised the message, and they turned upon the disappointed ones with
ridicule. Angels marked the situation of Christ's professed followers. The passing of the
definite time had tested and proved them, and very many were weighed in the balance and
found wanting. They loudly claimed to be Christians, yet in almost every particular failed
to follow Christ. Satan exulted at the state of the professed followers of Jesus. He had
them in his snare. He had led the majority to leave the straight path, and they were
attempting to climb up to heaven some other way. Angels saw the pure and holy mixed up
with sinners in Zion and with world-loving hypocrites. They had watched over the true
disciples of Jesus; but the corrupt were affecting the holy. Those whose hearts burned
with an intense desire to see Jesus were forbidden by their professed brethren to speak of
His coming. Angels viewed the scene and sympathised with the remnant who loved the
appearing of their Lord.
Another mighty angel was commissioned to descend to earth. Jesus placed in his hand a
writing, and as he came to the earth, he cried, "Babylon is fallen, is fallen."
Then I saw the disappointed ones again raise their eyes to heaven, looking with faith and
hope for their Lord's appearing. But many seemed to remain in a stupid state, as if
asleep; yet I could see the trace of deep sorrow upon their countenances. The disappointed
ones saw from the Scriptures that they were in the tarrying time, and that they must
patiently wait the fulfilment of the vision. The same evidence which led them to look for
their Lord in 1843, led them to expect Him in 1844. Yet I saw that the majority did not
possess that energy which marked their faith in 1843. Their disappointment had dampened
As the people of God united in the cry of the second angel, the heavenly host marked
with the deepest interest the effect of the message. They saw many who bore the name of
Christians turn with scorn and derision upon those who had been disappointed. As the words
fell from mocking lips, "You have not gone up yet!" an angel wrote them. Said
the angel, "They mock God." I was pointed back to a similar sin committed in
ancient times. Elijah had been translated to heaven, and his mantle had fallen upon
Elisha. Then wicked youth, who had learned from their parents to despise the man of God,
followed Elisha, and mockingly cried, "Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald
head." In thus insulting His servant, they insulted God and met their punishment then
and there. In like manner, those who have scoffed and mocked at the idea of the saints'
going up, will be visited with the wrath of God, and will be made to feel that it is not a
light thing to trifle with their Maker.
Jesus commissioned other angels to fly quickly to revive and strengthen the drooping
faith of His people and prepare them to understand the message of the second angel and the
important move which was soon to be made in heaven. I saw these angels receive great power
and light from Jesus and fly quickly to earth to fulfil their commission to aid the second
angel in his work. A great light shone upon the people of God as the angels cried,
"Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him." Then I saw these
disappointed ones rise and in harmony with the second angel proclaim, "Behold, the
Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him." The light from the angels penetrated the
darkness everywhere. Satan and his angels sought to hinder this light from spreading and
having its designed effect. They contended with the angels from heaven, telling them that
God had deceived the people, and that with all their light and power they could not make
the world believe that Christ was coming. But notwithstanding Satan strove to hedge up the
way and draw the minds of the people from the light, the angels of God continued their
Those who received the light appeared very happy. They looked steadfastly toward heaven
and longed for the appearing of Jesus. Some were weeping and praying in great distress.
Their eyes seemed to be fixed upon themselves, and they dared not look upward. A light
from heaven parted the darkness from them, and their eyes, which had been fixed in despair
upon themselves, were turned upward, while gratitude and holy joy were expressed upon
every feature. Jesus and all the angelic host looked with approbation upon the faithful,
Those who rejected and opposed the light of the first angel's message, lost the light
of the second, and could not be benefited by the power and glory which attended the
message, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh." Jesus turned from them with a frown;
for they had slighted and rejected Him. Those who received the message were wrapped in a
cloud of glory. They greatly feared to offend God, and waited and watched and prayed to
know His will. I saw Satan and his angels seeking to shut this divine light from the
people of God; but as long as the waiting ones cherished the light and kept their eyes
raised from earth to Jesus, Satan could have no power to deprive them of its precious
rays. The message given from heaven enraged Satan and his angels, and led those who
professed to love Jesus, but despised His coming, to scorn and deride the faithful,
trusting ones. But an angel marked every insult, every slight, every wrong, which the
children of God received from their professed brethren.
Very many raised their voices to cry, "Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!" and
left their brethren who did not love the appearing of Jesus, and who would not suffer them
to dwell upon His second coming. I saw Jesus turn His face from those who rejected and
despised His coming, and then He bade angels lead His people out from among the unclean,
lest they should be defiled. Those who were obedient to the message stood out free and
united. A holy light shone upon them. They renounced the world, sacrificed their earthly
interests, gave up their earthly treasures, and directed their anxious gaze to heaven,
expecting to see their loved Deliverer. A holy light beamed upon their countenances,
telling of the peace and joy which reigned within. Jesus bade His angels go and strengthen
them, for the hour of their trial drew on. I saw that these waiting ones were not yet
tried as they must be. They were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of
God in sending a warning to the people of the earth, and repeated messages to lead them to
a diligent searching of heart, and study of the Scriptures, that they might divest
themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists. Through
these messages God has been bringing out His people where He can work for them in greater
power, and where they can keep all His commandments. -
I was shown the grievous disappointment of the people of God that they did not see
Jesus at the expected time. They knew not why their Saviour did not come; for they could
see no evidence that prophetic time had not ended. Said the angel, "Has God's word
failed? Has God failed to fulfil His promises? No; He has fulfilled all that He promised.
Jesus has risen up and shut the door of the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and has
opened a door into the most holy place and entered in to cleanse the sanctuary. All who
wait patiently shall understand the mystery. Man has erred; but there has been no failure
on the part of God. All was accomplished that God promised; but man erroneously believed
the earth to be the sanctuary to be cleansed at the end of the prophetic periods. It is
man's expectation, not the promise of God, that has failed."
Jesus sent His angels to direct the minds of the disappointed ones to the most holy
place, where He had gone to cleanse the sanctuary and make a special atonement for Israel.
Jesus told the angels that all who found Him would understand the work which He was to
perform. I saw that while Jesus was in the most holy place He would be married to the New
Jerusalem; and after His work should be accomplished in the holiest, He would descend to
the earth in kingly power and take to Himself the precious ones who had patiently waited
I was shown what did take place in heaven at the close of the prophetic periods in
1844. As Jesus ended His ministration in the holy place and closed the door of that
apartment, a great darkness settled upon those who had heard and rejected the message of
His coming, and they lost sight of Him. Jesus then clothed Himself with precious garments.
Around the bottom of His robe was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. A
breastplate of curious work was suspended from His shoulders. As He moved, this glittered
like diamonds, magnifying letters which looked like names written or engraved upon the
breastplate. Upon His head was something which had the appearance of a crown. When fully
attired, He was surrounded by angels, and in a flaming chariot He passed within the second
I was then bidden to take notice of the two apartments of the heavenly sanctuary. The
curtain, or door, was opened, and I was permitted to enter. In the first apartment I saw
the candlestick with seven lamps, the table of shewbread, the altar of incense, and the
censer. All the furniture of this apartment looked like purest gold and reflected the
image of the one who entered the place. The curtain which separated the two apartments was
of different colours and material, with a beautiful border, in which were figures wrought
of gold to represent angels. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the second apartment.
I saw there an ark which had the appearance of being of the finest gold. As a border
around the top of the ark, was most beautiful work representing crowns. In the ark were
tables of stone containing the ten commandments.
Two lovely cherubs, one on each end of the ark, stood with their wings outstretched
above it, and touching each other above the head of Jesus as He stood before the mercy
seat. Their faces were turned toward each other, and they looked downward to the ark,
representing all the angelic host looking with interest at the law of God. Between the
cherubim was a golden censer, and as the prayers of the saints, offered in faith, came up
to Jesus, and He presented them to His father, a cloud of fragrance arose from the
incense, looking like smoke of most beautiful colours. Above the place where Jesus stood,
before the ark, was exceedingly bright glory that I could not look upon; it appeared like
the throne of God. As the incense ascended to the Father, the excellent glory came from
the throne to Jesus, and from Him it was shed upon those whose prayers had come up like
sweet incense. Light poured upon Jesus in rich abundance and overshadowed the mercy seat,
and the train of glory filled the temple. I could not long look upon the surpassing
brightness. No language can describe it. I was overwhelmed and turned from the majesty and
glory of the scene.
I was also shown a sanctuary upon the earth containing two apartments. It resembled the
one in heaven, and I was told that it was a figure of the heavenly. The furniture of the
first apartment of the earthly sanctuary was like that in the first apartment of the
heavenly. The veil was lifted, and I looked into the holy of holies and saw that the
furniture was the same as in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The priest
ministered in both apartments of the earthly. He went daily into the first apartment, but
entered the most holy only once a year, to cleanse it from the sins which had been
conveyed there. I saw that Jesus ministered in both apartments of the heavenly sanctuary.
The priests entered into the earthly with the blood of an animal as an offering for sin.
Christ entered into the heavenly sanctuary by the offering of His own blood. The earthly
priests were removed by death; therefore they could not continue long; but Jesus was a
priest forever. Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly sanctuary, the
children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a Saviour to come. And in the wisdom
of God the particulars of this work were given us that we might, by looking to them,
understand the work of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary.
As Jesus died on Calvary, He cried, "It is finished," and the veil of the
temple was rent in twain, from the top to the bottom. This was to show that the services
of the earthly sanctuary were forever finished, and that God would no more meet with the
priests in their earthly temple, to accept their sacrifices. The blood of Jesus was then
shed, which was to be offered by Himself in the heavenly sanctuary. As the priest entered
the most holy once a year to cleanse the earthly sanctuary, so Jesus entered the most holy
of the heavenly, at the end of the 2300 days of Daniel 8, in 1844, to make a final
atonement for all who could be benefited by His mediation, and thus to cleanse the
The Third Angel's Message
As the ministration of Jesus closed in the holy place, and He passed into the holiest,
and stood before the ark containing the law of God, He sent another mighty angel with a
third message to the world. A parchment was placed in the angel's hand, and as he
descended to the earth in power and majesty, he proclaimed a fearful warning, with the
most terrible threatening ever borne to man. This message was designed to put the children
of God upon their guard, by showing them the hour of temptation and anguish that was
before them. Said the angel, "They will be brought into close combat with the beast
and his image. Their only hope of eternal life is to remain steadfast. Although their
lives are at stake, they must hold fast the truth." The third angel closes his
message thus: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." As he repeated these words, he pointed
to the heavenly sanctuary. The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the
most holy place, where Jesus stands before the ark, making His final intercession for all
those for whom mercy still lingers and for those who have ignorantly broken the law of
God. This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living. It
includes all who died trusting in Christ, but who, not having received the light upon
God's commandments, had sinned ignorantly in transgressing its precepts.
After Jesus opened the door of the most holy, the light of the Sabbath was seen, and the people of God were tested, as the children of Israel were tested anciently, to see if they would keep God's law. I saw the third angel pointing upward, showing the disappointed ones the way to the holiest of the heavenly sanctuary. As they by faith enter the most holy, they find Jesus, and hope and joy spring up an
past, from the proclamation of the second advent of Jesus, down through their
experience to the passing of the time in 1844. They see their disappointment explained,
and joy and certainty again animate them. The third angel has lighted up the past, the
present, and the future, and they know that God has indeed led them by His mysterious
It was represented to me that the remnant followed Jesus into the most holy place and
beheld the ark and the mercy seat, and were captivated with their glory. Jesus then raised
the cover of the ark, and lo! the tables of stone, with the ten commandments written upon
them. They trace down the lively oracles, but start back with trembling when they see the
fourth commandment among the ten holy precepts, with a brighter light shining upon it than
upon the other nine, and a halo of glory all around it. They find nothing there informing
them that the Sabbath has been abolished, or changed to the first day of the week. The
commandment reads as when spoken by the voice of God in solemn and awful grandeur upon the
mount, while the lightnings flashed and the thunders rolled; it is the same as when
written with His own finger on the tables of stone: "Six days shalt thou labour, and
do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God." They are
amazed as they behold the care taken of the ten commandments. They see them placed close
by Jehovah, overshadowed and protected by His holiness. They see that they have been
trampling upon the fourth commandment of the decalogue, and have observed a day handed
down by the heathen and papists, instead of the day sanctified by Jehovah. They humble
themselves before God and mourn over their past transgressions.
I saw the incense in the censer smoke as Jesus offered their confessions and prayers to
His Father. And as it ascended, a bright light rested upon Jesus and upon the mercy seat;
and the earnest, praying ones, who were troubled because they had discovered themselves to
be transgressors of God's law, were blessed, and their countenances lighted up with hope
and joy. They joined in the work of the third angel and raised their voices to proclaim
the solemn warning. But few at first received it; yet the faithful continued with energy
to proclaim the message. Then I saw many embrace the message of the third angel and unite
their voices with those who had first given the warning, and they honoured God by
observing His sanctified rest day.
Many who embraced the third message had not had an experience in the two former
messages. Satan understood this, and his evil eye was upon them to overthrow them; but the
third angel was pointing them to the most holy place, and those who had had an experience
in the past messages were pointing them the way to the heavenly sanctuary. Many saw the
perfect chain of truth in the angels' messages, and gladly received them in their order,
and followed Jesus by faith into the heavenly sanctuary. These messages were represented
to me as an anchor to the people of God. Those who understand and receive them will be
kept from being swept away by the many delusions of Satan.
After the great disappointment in 1844, Satan and his angels were busily engaged in
laying snares to unsettle the faith of the body. He affected the minds of persons who had
had an experience in the messages, and who had an appearance of humility. Some pointed to
the future for the fulfilment of the first and second messages, while others pointed far
back into the past, declaring that they had been there fulfilled. These were gaining an
influence over the minds of the inexperienced and unsettling their faith. Some were
searching the Bible to build up a faith of their own, independent of the body. Satan
exulted in all this; for he knew that those who broke loose from the anchor he could
affect by different errors and drive about with divers winds of doctrine. Many who had led
in the first and second messages now denied them, and there was division and confusion
throughout the body.
My attention was then called to William Miller. He looked perplexed and was bowed with
anxiety and distress for his people. The company who had been united and loving in 1844
were losing their love, opposing one another, and falling into a cold, backslidden state.
As he beheld this, grief wasted his strength. I saw leading men watching him, and fearing
lest he should receive the third angel's message and the commandments of God. And as he
would lean toward the light from heaven, these men would lay some plan to draw his mind
away. A human influence was exerted to keep him in darkness and to retain his influence
among those who opposed the truth. At length William Miller raised his voice against the
light from heaven. He failed in not receiving the message which would have fully explained
his disappointment and cast a light and glory on the past, which would have revived his
exhausted energies, brightened his hope, and led him to glorify God. He leaned to human
wisdom instead of divine, but being broken with arduous labour in his Master's cause and
by age, he was not as accountable as those who kept him from the truth. They are
responsible; the sin rests upon them.
If William Miller could have seen the light of the third message, many things which
looked dark and mysterious to him would have been explained. But his brethren professed so
deep love and interest for him, that he thought he could not tear away from them. His
heart would incline toward the truth, and then he looked at his brethren; they opposed it.
Could he tear away from those who had stood side by side with him in proclaiming the
coming of Jesus? He thought they surely would not lead him astray.
God suffered him to fall under the power of Satan, the dominion of death, and hid him
in the grave from those who were constantly drawing him from the truth. Moses erred as he
was about to enter the Promised Land. So also, I saw that William Miller erred as he was
soon to enter the heavenly Canaan, in suffering his influence to go against the truth.
Others led him to this; others must account for it. But angels watch the precious dust of
this servant of God, and he will come forth at the sound of the last trump. -
A Firm Platform
I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who
would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I
was shown three steps-- the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my
accompanying angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these
messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of
souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." I was again brought down
through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their
experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led
them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. I saw
individuals approach the platform and examine the foundation. Some with rejoicing
immediately stepped upon it. Others commenced to find fault with the foundation. They
wished improvements made, and then the platform would be more perfect, and the people much
happier. Some stepped off the platform to examine it and declared it to be laid wrong. But
I saw that nearly all stood firm upon the platform and exhorted those who had stepped off
to cease their complaints; for God was the Master Builder, and they were fighting against
Him. They recounted the wonderful work of God, which had led them to the firm platform,
and in union raised their eyes to heaven and with a loud voice glorified God. This
affected some of those who had complained and left the platform, and they with humble look
again stepped upon it.
I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in
the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of Jesus. Those who rejected the
testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the
message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the
strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of
John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed
themselves where they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would
have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary. The rendering of the veil of the
temple showed that the Jewish sacrifices and ordinances would no longer be received. The
great Sacrifice had been offered and had been accepted, and the Holy Spirit which
descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the disciples from the earthly
sanctuary to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own blood, to shed upon His
disciples the benefits of His atonement. But the Jews were left in total darkness. They
lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of salvation, and still trusted
in their useless sacrifices and offerings. The heavenly sanctuary had taken the place of
the earthly, yet they had no knowledge of the change. Therefore they could not be
benefited by the mediation of Christ in the holy place.
Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and
as they read the history of His shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not
have denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God who reads the
hearts of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel.
All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel's message.
But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the
cross, derided the good news of His coming. Instead of receiving the message with
gladness, they declared it to be a delusion. They hated those who loved His appearing and
shut them out of the churches. Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited
by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them
to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by
rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can
see no light in the third angel's message, which shows the way into the most holy place. I
saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these
messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they
cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their
useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has
left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the
minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and
lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare. Some he deceives in one way, and some in
another. He has different delusions prepared to affect different minds. Some look with
horror upon one deception, while they readily receive another. Satan deceives some with
Spiritualism. He also comes as an angel of light and spreads his influence over the land
by means of false reformations. The churches are elated, and consider that God is working
marvellously for them, when it is the work of another spirit. The excitement will die away
and leave the world and the church in a worse condition than before.
I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen
churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called
out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before
the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious
bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes
to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches.
But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take
their stand with the remnant. (262)
The rapping delusion was presented before me, and I saw that Satan has power to bring
before us the appearance of forms purporting to be our relatives or friends who sleep in
Jesus. It will be made to appear as if these friends were actually present, the words they
uttered while here, with which we were familiar, will be spoken, and the same tone of
voice that they had while living will fall upon the ear. All this is to deceive the world
and ensnare them into the belief of this delusion.
I saw that the saints must have a thorough understanding of present truth, which they
will be obliged to maintain from the Scriptures. They must understand the state of the
dead; for the spirits of devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved
relatives or friends, who will declare to them unscriptural doctrines. They will do all in
their power to excite sympathy and will work miracles before them to confirm what they
declare. The people of God must be prepared to withstand these spirits with the Bible
truth that the dead know not anything, and that they who thus appear are the spirits of
We must examine well the foundation of our hope; for we shall have to give a reason for
it from the Scriptures. This delusion will spread, and we shall have to contend with it
face to face; and unless we are prepared for it, we shall be ensnared and overcome. But if
we do what we can on our part to be ready for the conflict that is just before us, God
will do His part, and His all-powerful arm will protect us. He would sooner send every
angel out of glory to make a hedge about faithful souls, than have them deceived and led
away by the lying wonders of Satan.
I saw the rapidity with which this delusion was spreading. A train of cars was shown
me, going with the speed of lightning. The angel bade me look carefully. I fixed my eyes
upon the train. It seemed that the whole world was on board. Then he showed me the
conductor, a fair, stately person, whom all the passengers looked up to and reverenced. I
was perplexed and asked my attending angel who it was. He said, "It is Satan. He is
the conductor, in the form of an angel of light. He has taken the world captive. They are
given over to strong delusions, to believe a lie that they may be damned. His agent, the
highest in order next to him, is the engineer, and others of his agents are employed in
different offices as he may need them, and they are all going with lightning speed to
I asked the angel if there were none left. He bade me look in the opposite direction,
and I saw a little company travelling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united by
the truth. This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe
trials and conflicts. And it appeared as if the sun had just arisen from behind a cloud
and shone upon their countenances, causing them to look triumphant as if their victories
were nearly won.
I saw that the Lord has given the world opportunity to discover the snare. This one
thing is evidence enough for the Christian if there were no other; there is no difference
made between the precious and the vile. Thomas Paine, whose body has now mouldered to dust
and who is to be called forth at the end of the one thousand years, at the second
resurrection, to receive his reward, and suffer the second death, is represented by Satan
as being in heaven, and highly exalted there. Satan used him on earth as long as he could,
and now he is carrying on the same work through pretensions of having Thomas Paine so much
exalted and honoured in heaven; and as he taught here, Satan would make it appear that he
is teaching there. And some who have looked with horror at his life and death, and his
corrupt teachings while living, now submit to be taught by him--one of the vilest and most
corrupt of men, one who despised God and His law.
He who is the father of lies, blinds and deceives the world by sending forth his angels
to speak for the apostles, and to make it appear that they contradict what they wrote by
the dictation of the Holy Ghost when on earth. These lying angels make the apostles to
corrupt their own teachings and to declare them to be adulterated. By so doing, Satan
delights to throw professed Christians and all the world into uncertainty about the Word
of God. That holy Book cuts directly across his track and thwarts his plans; therefore he
leads men to doubt the divine origin of the Bible. Then he sets up the infidel Thomas
Paine, as if when he died he were ushered into heaven, and now, united with the holy
apostles whom he hated on earth, were engaged in teaching the world.
Satan assigns to each of his angels a part to act. He enjoins upon them all to be sly,
artful, cunning. He instructs some of them to act the part of the apostles and to speak
for them, while others are to act the part of infidels and wicked men who died cursing
God, but now appear to be very religious. There is no difference made between the most
holy apostles and the vilest infidels. They are both made to teach the same thing. It
matters not whom Satan makes to speak, if his object is only accomplished. He was
intimately connected with Paine upon earth, aiding him in his work, and it is an easy
thing for him to know the very words and the handwriting of one who served him so
faithfully and accomplished his purposes so well. Satan dictated much of Paine's writings,
and it is an easy thing for him to dictate sentiments through his angels now, and make it
appear that they come through Thomas Paine. This is the masterpiece of Satan. All this
teaching, purporting to be from apostles and saints and wicked men who have died, comes
directly from his satanic majesty.
The fact that Satan claims that one whom he loved so well, and who hated God so
perfectly, is now with the holy apostles and angels in glory, should be enough to remove
the veil from all minds and discover to them the dark, mysterious works of Satan. He
virtually says to the world and to infidels, "No matter how wicked you are, no matter
whether you believe or disbelieve in God or the Bible, live as you please, heaven is your
home; for all know that if Thomas Paine is in heaven, and so exalted, they will surely get
there." This is so glaring that all may see if they will. Satan is now doing, through
individuals like Thomas Paine, what he has been trying to do since his fall. He is,
through his power and lying wonders, tearing away the foundation of the Christian's hope
and putting out the sun that is to light the narrow way to heaven. He is making the world
believe that the Bible is uninspired, no better than a storybook, while he holds out
something to take its place; namely, spiritual manifestations.
Here is a channel wholly devoted to himself, under his control, and he can make the
world believe what he will. The book that is to judge him and his followers, he puts back
into the shade, just where he wants it. The Saviour of the world he makes to be no more
than a common man; and as the Roman guard that watched the tomb of Jesus spread the lying
report that the chief priests and elders put into their mouths, so will the poor, deluded
followers of these pretended spiritual manifestations repeat and try to make it appear
that there is nothing miraculous about our Saviour's birth, death, and resurrection. After
putting Jesus in the background, they attract the attention of the world to themselves and
to their miracles and lying wonders, which, they declare, far exceed the works of Christ.
Thus the world is taken in the snare and lulled to a feeling of security, not to find out
their awful deception until the seven last plagues shall be poured out. Satan laughs as he
sees his plan succeed so well and the whole world taken in the snare. -
I saw that Satan bade his angels lay their snares especially for those who were looking
for Christ's second appearing and keeping all the commandments of God. Satan told his
angels that the churches were asleep. He would increase his power and lying wonders, and
he could hold them. "But," he said, "the sect of Sabbathkeepers we hate;
they are continually working against us, and taking from us our subjects, to keep the
hated law of God. Go, make the possessors of lands and money drunk with cares. If you can
make them place their affections upon these things, we shall have them yet. They may
profess what they please, only make them care more for money than for the success of
Christ's kingdom or the spread of the truths we hate. Present the world before them in the
most attractive light, that they may love and idolise it. We must keep in our ranks all
the means of which we can gain control. The more means the followers of Christ devote to
His service, the more will they injure our kingdom by getting our subjects. As they
appoint meetings in different places, we are in danger. Be very vigilant then. Cause
disturbance and confusion if possible. Destroy love for one another. Discourage and
dishearten their ministers; for we hate them. Present every plausible excuse to those who
have means, lest they hand it out. Control the money matters if you can, and drive their
ministers to want and distress. This will weaken their courage and zeal. Battle every inch
of ground. Make covetousness and love of earthly treasures the ruling traits of their
character. As long as these traits rule, salvation and grace stand back. Crowd every
attraction around them, and they will be surely ours. And not only are we sure of them,
but their hateful influence will not be exercised to lead others to heaven. When any shall
attempt to give, put within them a grudging disposition, that it may be sparingly."
I saw that Satan carries out his plans well. As the servants of God appoint meetings,
Satan with his angels is on the ground to hinder the work. He is constantly putting
suggestions into the minds of God's people. He leads some in one way and some in another,
always taking advantage of evil traits in the brethren and sisters, exciting and stirring
up their natural besetments. If they are disposed to be selfish and covetous, Satan takes
his stand by their side, and with all his power seeks to lead them to indulge their
besetting sins. The grace of God and the light of truth may melt away their covetous,
selfish feelings for a little, but if they do not obtain entire victory, Satan comes in
when they are not under a saving influence and withers every noble, generous principle,
and they think that too much is required of them. They become weary of well-doing and
forget the great sacrifice which Jesus made to redeem them from the power of Satan and
from hopeless misery.
Satan took advantage of the covetous, selfish disposition of Judas and led him to
murmur when Mary poured the costly ointment upon Jesus. Judas looked upon this as a great
waste, and declared that the ointment might have been sold and given to the poor. He cared
not for the poor, but considered the liberal offering to Jesus extravagant. Judas prized
his Lord just enough to sell Him for a few pieces of silver. And I saw that there were
some like Judas among those who profess to be waiting for their Lord. Satan controls them,
but they know it not. God cannot approve of the least degree of covetousness or
selfishness, and He abhors the prayers and exhortations of those who indulge these evil
traits. As Satan sees that his time is short, he leads men on to be more and more selfish
and covetous, and then exults as he sees them wrapped up in themselves, close, penurious,
and selfish. If the eyes of such could be opened, they would see Satan in hellish triumph,
exulting over them and laughing at the folly of those who accept his suggestions and enter
Satan and his angels mark all the mean and covetous acts of these persons and present
them to Jesus and His holy angels, saying reproachfully, "These are Christ's
followers! They are preparing to be translated!" Satan compares their course with
passages of Scripture in which it is plainly rebuked and then taunts the heavenly angels,
saying, "These are following Christ and His Word! These are the fruit of Christ's
sacrifice and redemption!" Angels turn in disgust from the scene. God requires a
constant doing on the part of His people; and when they become weary of well-doing, He
becomes weary of them. I saw that He is greatly displeased with the least manifestation of
selfishness on the part of His professed people, for whom Jesus spared not His own
precious life. Every selfish, covetous person will fall out by the way. Like Judas, who
sold his Lord, they will sell good principles and a noble, generous disposition for a
little of earth's gain. All such will be sifted out from God's people. Those who want
heaven must, with all the energy which they possess, be encouraging the principles of
heaven. Instead of withering up with selfishness, their souls should be expanding with
benevolence. Every opportunity should be improved in doing good to one another and thus
cherishing the principles of heaven. Jesus was presented to me as the perfect pattern. His
life was without selfish interest, but ever marked with disinterested benevolence. -
I saw some, with strong faith and agonising cries, pleading with God. Their
countenances were pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal
struggle. Firmness and great earnestness was expressed in their countenances; large drops
of perspiration fell from their foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with
the marks of God's approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would
settle upon them.
Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their
view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they
be led to distrust God and murmur against Him. Their only safety was in keeping their eyes
directed upward. Angels of God had charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere
of evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually
wafting their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness.
As the praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus
came to them, to encourage their hearts and light up their countenances. Some, I saw, did
not participate in this work of agonising and pleading. They seemed indifferent and
careless. They were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a
thick cloud. The angels of God left these and went to the aid of the earnest, praying
ones. I saw angels of God hasten to the assistance of all who were struggling with all
their power to resist the evil angels and trying to help themselves by calling upon God
with perseverance. But His angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I
lost sight of them.
I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by
the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans.
This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the
standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony.
They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a shaking among God's people.
I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn
testimony upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly esteemed, if not
entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance; all who truly receive it
will obey it and be purified.
Said the angel, "List ye!" Soon I heard a voice like many musical instruments
all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever
heard, seeming to be full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy. It thrilled
through my whole being. Said the angel, "Look ye!" My attention was then turned
to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before
seen weeping and praying in agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them
had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armour from their head to their feet. They
moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe
conflict which they had endured, the agonising struggle they had passed through. Yet their
features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone with the light and glory of
heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude
and holy, sacred joy.
The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out and left by the way.
The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation
enough to perseveringly plead and agonise for it, did not obtain it, and they were left
behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the
truth and coming into the ranks. Evil angels still pressed around them, but could have no
power over them.
I heard those clothed with the armour speak forth the truth with great power. It had
effect. Many had been bound; some wives by their husbands, and some children by their
parents. The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold
upon it. All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them.
They had been hungering and thirsting for truth; it was dearer and more precious than
life. I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter
rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel."
Great power was with these chosen ones. Said the angel, "Look ye!" My
attention was turned to the wicked, or unbelievers. They were all astir. The zeal and
power with the people of God had aroused and enraged them. Confusion, confusion, was on
every side. I saw measures taken against the company who had the light and power of God.
Darkness thickened around them; yet they stood firm, approved of God, and trusting in Him.
I saw them perplexed; next I heard them crying unto God earnestly. Day and night their cry
ceased not: "Thy will, O God, be done! If it can glorify Thy name, make a way of
escape for Thy people! Deliver us from the heathen around about us. They have appointed us
unto death; but Thine arm can bring salvation." These are all the words which I can
bring to mind. All seemed to have a deep sense of their unworthiness and manifested entire
submission to the will of God; yet, like Jacob, every one, without an exception, was
earnestly pleading and wrestling for deliverance.
Soon after they had commenced their earnest cry, the angels, in sympathy, desired to go
to their deliverance. But a tall, commanding angel suffered them not. He said, "The
will of God is not yet fulfilled. They must drink of the cup. They must be baptised with
Soon I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a
mighty earthquake. Buildings were shaken down on every side. I then heard a triumphant
shout of victory, loud, musical, and clear. I looked upon the company, who, a short time
before, were in such distress and bondage. Their captivity was turned. A glorious light
shone upon them. How beautiful they then looked! All marks of care and weariness were
gone, and health and beauty were seen in every countenance. Their enemies, the heathen
around them, fell like dead men; they could not endure the light that shone upon the
delivered, holy ones. This light and glory remained upon them, until Jesus was seen in the
clouds of heaven, and the faithful, tried company were changed in a moment, in the
twinkling of an eye, from glory to glory. And the graves were opened, and the saints came
forth, clothed with immortality, crying, "Victory over death and the grave"; and
together with the living saints they were caught up to meet their Lord in the air, while
rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were upon every immortal tongue. -
The Sins of Babylon
I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, they have been
growing more and more corrupt. They bear the name of being Christ's followers; yet it is
impossible to distinguish them from the world. Ministers take their texts from the Word of
God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only
the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the
carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan,
makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience the fearful realities of
a judgement soon to come. Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without
true godliness, and they will aid and support such a religion.
Said the angel, "Nothing less than the whole armour of righteousness can enable
man to overcome the powers of darkness and retain the victory over them. Satan has taken
full possession of the churches as a body. The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon
instead of the plain, cutting truths of the Word of God. The spirit and friendship of the
world are at enmity with God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in
Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit
of persecution. Very many who profess to be Christians have not known God. The natural
heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with God. They are
Satan's faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name."
I saw that since Jesus left the holy place of the heavenly sanctuary and entered within
the second veil, the churches have been filling up with every unclean and hateful bird. I
saw great iniquity and vileness in the churches; yet their members profess to be
Christians. Their profession, their prayers, and their exhortations are an abomination in
the sight of God. Said the angel, "God will not smell in their assemblies.
Selfishness, fraud, and deceit are practised by them without the reprovings of conscience.
And over all these evil traits they throw the cloak of religion." I was shown the
pride of the nominal churches. God is not in their thoughts; their carnal minds dwell upon
themselves; they decorate their poor mortal bodies, and then look upon themselves with
satisfaction and pleasure. Jesus and the angels look upon them in anger. Said the angel,
"Their sins and pride have reached unto heaven. Their portion is prepared. Justice
and judgement have slumbered long, but will soon awake. Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,
saith the Lord." The fearful threatenings of the third angel are to be realised, and
all the wicked are to drink of the wrath of God. An innumerable host of evil angels are
spreading over the whole land and crowding the churches. These agents of Satan look upon
the religious bodies with exultation, for the cloak of religion covers the greatest crime
All heaven beholds with indignation human beings, the workmanship of God, reduced by
their fellow men to the lowest depths of degradation and placed on a level with the brute
creation. Professed followers of that dear Saviour whose compassion was ever moved at the
sight of human woe, heartily engage in this enormous and grievous sin, and deal in slaves
and souls of men. Human agony is carried from place to place and bought and sold. Angels
have recorded it all; it is written in the book. The tears of the pious bondmen and
bondwomen, of fathers, mothers, and children, brothers and sisters, are all bottled up in
heaven. God will restrain His anger but little longer. His wrath burns against this nation
and especially against the religious bodies that have sanctioned this terrible traffic and
have themselves engaged in it. Such injustice, such oppression, such sufferings, are
looked upon with heartless indifference by many professed followers of the meek and lowly
Jesus. And many of them can themselves inflict, with hateful satisfaction, all this
indescribable agony; and yet they dare to worship God. It is solemn mockery; Satan exults
over it and reproaches Jesus and His angels with such inconsistency, saying, with hellish
triumph, "Such are Christ's followers!"
These professed Christians read of the sufferings of the martyrs, and tears course down
their cheeks. They wonder that men could ever become so hardened as to practice such
cruelty toward their fellow men. Yet those who think and speak thus are at the same time
holding human beings in slavery. And this is not all; they sever the ties of nature and
cruelly oppress their fellow men. They can inflict most inhuman torture with the same
relentless cruelty manifested by papists and heathen toward Christ's followers. Said the
angel, "It will be more tolerable for the heathen and for papists in the day of the
execution of God's judgement than for such men." The cries of the oppressed have
reached unto heaven, and angels stand amazed at the untold, agonising sufferings which
man, formed in the image of his Maker, causes his fellow man. Said the angel, "The
names of the oppressors are written in blood, crossed with stripes, and flooded with
agonising, burning tears of suffering. God's anger will not cease until He has caused this
land of light to drink the dregs of the cup of His fury, until He has rewarded unto
Babylon double. Reward her even as she rewarded you, double unto her double according to
her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double."
I saw that the slave master will have to answer for the soul of his slave whom he has
kept in ignorance; and the sins of the slave will be visited upon the master. God cannot
take to heaven the slave who has been kept in ignorance and degradation, knowing nothing
of God or the Bible, fearing nothing but his master's lash, and holding a lower position
than the brutes. But He does the best thing for him that a compassionate God can do. He
permits him to be as if he had not been, while the master must endure the seven last
plagues and then come up in the second resurrection and suffer the second, most awful
death. Then the justice of God will be satisfied.
The Loud Cry
I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again
ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfilment of some important event. Then I saw
another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the
third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted
to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light which
attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice,
"Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and
the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." The
message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the second angel, is repeated, with the
additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844.
The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the
third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared
to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light
resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message.
Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from heaven, and I heard voices which seemed
to sound everywhere, "Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her
sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and
God hath remembered her iniquities." This message seemed to be an addition to the
third message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844.
The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the
last solemn warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon and calling upon God's people to come
out of her that they might escape her fearful doom.
The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the
churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the
call and left the fallen churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these
messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose
life or death. Some chose life and took their stand with those who were looking for their
Lord and keeping all His commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to
be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies.
A compelling power moved the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a
fear and restraint upon their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not,
neither had they the power to, hinder those who felt the work of the Spirit of God upon
them. The last call was carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them poured
forth their songs of rapturous joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance. Their
masters could not check them; fear and astonishment kept them silent. Mighty miracles were
wrought, the sick were healed, and signs and wonders followed the believers. God was in
the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, followed the convictions of his own
conscience and united with those who were keeping all the commandments of God; and with
power they sounded abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power
and strength far exceeding the midnight cry.
Servants of God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and
shining with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that
were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious
were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her
destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them
in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a
multitude of voices saying, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that
keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."
The Third Message Closed
I was pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of
God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the
trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the
presence of the Lord, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning
had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who
would not receive the message.
I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his
side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints
were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark
containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a
loud voice said, "It is done." And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as
Jesus made the solemn declaration, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and
he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be
righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."
Every case had been decided for life or death. While Jesus had been ministering in the
sanctuary, the judgement had been going on for the righteous dead, and then for the
righteous living. Christ had received His kingdom, having made the atonement for His
people and blotted out their sins. The subjects of the kingdom were made up. The marriage
of the Lamb was consummated. And the kingdom, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven, was given to Jesus and the heirs of salvation, and Jesus was to reign as
King of kings and Lord of lords.
As Jesus moved out of the most holy place, I heard the tinkling of the bells upon His
garment; and as He left, a cloud of darkness covered the inhabitants of the earth. There
was then no mediator between guilty man and an offended God. While Jesus had been standing
between God and guilty man, a restraint was upon the people; but when He stepped out from
between man and the Father, the restraint was removed and Satan had entire control of the
finally impenitent. It was impossible for the plagues to be poured out while Jesus
officiated in the sanctuary; but as His work there is finished, and His intercession
closes, there is nothing to stay the wrath of God, and it breaks with fury upon the
shelterless head of the guilty sinner, who has slighted salvation and hated reproof. In
that fearful time, after the close of Jesus' mediation, the saints were living in the
sight of a holy God without an intercessor. Every case was decided, every jewel numbered.
Jesus tarried a moment in the outer apartment of the heavenly sanctuary, and the sins
which had been confessed while He was in the most holy place were placed upon Satan, the
originator of sin, who must suffer their punishment.
Then I saw Jesus lay off His priestly attire and clothe Himself with His most kingly
robes. Upon His head were many crowns, a crown within a crown. Surrounded by the angelic
host, He left heaven. The plagues were falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some
were denouncing God and cursing Him. Others rushed to the people of God and begged to be
taught how they might escape His judgements. But the saints had nothing for them. The last
tear for sinners had been shed, the last agonising prayer offered, the last burden borne,
the last warning given. The sweet voice of mercy was no more to invite them. When the
saints, and all heaven, were interested for their salvation, they had no interest for
themselves. Life and death had been set before them. Many desired life, but made no effort
to obtain it. They did not choose life, and now there was no atoning blood to cleanse the
guilty, no compassionate Saviour to plead for them, and cry, "Spare, spare the sinner
a little longer." All heaven had united with Jesus, as they heard the fearful words,
"It is done. It is finished." The plan of salvation had been accomplished, but
few had chosen to accept it. And as mercy's sweet voice died away, fear and horror seized
the wicked. With terrible distinctness they heard the words, "Too late! too
Those who had not prized God's Word were hurrying to and fro, wandering from sea to
sea, and from the north to the east, to seek the Word of the Lord. Said the angel,
"They shall not find it. There is a famine in the land; not a famine of bread, nor a
thirst for water, but for hearing the words of the Lord. What would they not give for one
word of approval from God! but no, they must hunger and thirst on. Day after day have they
slighted salvation, prizing earthly riches and earthly pleasure higher than any heavenly
treasure or inducement. They have rejected Jesus and despised His saints. The filthy must
remain filthy forever."
Many of the wicked were greatly enraged as they suffered the effects of the plagues. It
was a scene of fearful agony. Parents were bitterly reproaching their children, and
children their parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers. Loud, wailing
cries were heard in every direction, "It was you who kept me from receiving the truth
which would have saved me from this awful hour." The people turned upon their
ministers with bitter hate and reproached them, saying, "You have not warned us. You
told us that all the world was to be converted, and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every
fear that was aroused. You have not told us of this hour; and those who warned us of it
you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin us." But I saw that the
ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was tenfold greater than that
of their people. -
The Time of Trouble
I saw the saints leaving the cities and villages, and associating together in
companies, and living in the most solitary places. Angels provided them food and water,
while the wicked were suffering from hunger and thirst. Then I saw the leading men of the
earth consulting together, and Satan and his angels busy around them. I saw a writing,
copies of which were scattered in different parts of the land, giving orders that unless
the saints should yield their peculiar faith, give up the Sabbath, and observe the first
day of the week, the people were at liberty after a certain time to put them to death. But
in this hour of trial the saints were calm and composed, trusting in God and leaning upon
His promise that a way of escape would be made for them. In some places, before the time
for the decree to be executed, the wicked rushed upon the saints to slay them; but angels
in the form of men of war fought for them. Satan wished to have the privilege of
destroying the saints of the Most High; but Jesus bade His angels watch over them. God
would be honoured by making a covenant with those who had kept His law, in the sight of
the heathen round about them; and Jesus would be honoured by translating, without their
seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who had so long expected Him.
Soon I saw the saints suffering great mental anguish. They seemed to be surrounded by
the wicked inhabitants of the earth. Every appearance was against them. Some began to fear
that God had at last left them to perish by the hand of the wicked. But if their eyes
could have been opened, they would have seen themselves surrounded by angels of God. Next
came the multitude of the angry wicked, and next a mass of evil angels, hurrying on the
wicked to slay the saints. But before they could approach God's people, the wicked must
first pass this company of mighty, holy angels. This was impossible. The angels of God
were causing them to recede and also causing the evil angels who were pressing around them
to fall back.
It was an hour of fearful, terrible agony to the saints. Day and night they cried unto
God for deliverance. To outward appearance, there was no possibility of their escape. The
wicked had already begun to triumph, crying out, "Why doesn't your God deliver you
out of our hands? Why don't you go up and save your lives?" But the saints heeded
them not. Like Jacob, they were wrestling with God. The angels longed to deliver them, but
they must wait a little longer; the people of God must drink of the cup and be baptised
with the baptism. The angels, faithful to their trust, continued their watch. God would
not suffer His name to be reproached among the heathen. The time had nearly come when He
was to manifest His mighty power and gloriously deliver His saints. For His name's glory
He would deliver every one of those who had patiently waited for Him and whose names were
written in the book.
I was pointed back to faithful Noah. When the rain descended and the flood came, Noah
and his family had entered the ark, and God had shut them in. Noah had faithfully warned
the inhabitants of the antediluvian world, while they had mocked and derided him. And as
the waters descended upon the earth, and one after another was drowning, they beheld that
ark, of which they had made so much sport, riding safely upon the waters, preserving the
faithful Noah and His family. So I saw that the people of God, who had faithfully warned
the world of His coming wrath, would be delivered. God would not suffer the wicked to
destroy those who were expecting translation and who would not bow to the decree of the
beast or receive his mark. I saw that if the wicked were permitted to slay the saints,
Satan and all his evil host, and all who hate God, would be gratified. And oh, what a
triumph it would be for his satanic majesty to have power, in the last closing struggle,
over those who had so long waited to behold Him whom they loved! Those who have mocked at
the idea of the saints' going up will witness the care of God for His people and behold
their glorious deliverance.
As the saints left the cities and villages, they were pursued by the wicked, who sought
to slay them. But the swords that were raised to kill God's people broke and fell as
powerless as a straw. Angels of God shielded the saints. As they cried day and night for
deliverance, their cry came up before the Lord. -
Deliverance of the Saints
It was at midnight that God chose to deliver His people. As the wicked were mocking
around them, suddenly the sun appeared, shining in his strength, and the moon stood still.
The wicked looked upon the scene with amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy
the tokens of their deliverance. Signs and wonders followed in quick succession.
Everything seemed turned out of its natural course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark,
heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of
settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the
earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in
faith under the third angel's message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty
beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had
kept His law.
The sky opened and shut and was in commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the
wind and cast out ragged rocks all around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones
upon the land. And as God spoke the day and the hour of Jesus' coming and delivered the
everlasting covenant to His people, He spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the
words were rolling through the earth. The Israel of God stood with their eyes fixed
upward, listening to the words as they came from the mouth of Jehovah and rolled through
the earth like peals of loudest thunder. It was awfully solemn. At the end of every
sentence the saints shouted, "Glory! Hallelujah!" Their countenances were
lighted up with the glory of God, and they shone with glory as did the face of Moses when
he came down from Sinai. The wicked could not look upon them for the glory. And when the
never-ending blessing was pronounced on those who had honoured God in keeping His Sabbath
holy, there was a mighty shout of victory over the beast and over his image.
Then commenced the jubilee, when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in
victory and triumph, and shake off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was
in confusion and knew not what to do; for the wicked could not understand the words of the
voice of God.
Soon appeared the great white cloud, upon which sat the Son of man. When it first
appeared in the distance, this cloud looked very small. The angel said that it was the
sign of the Son of man. As it drew nearer the earth, we could behold the excellent glory
and majesty of Jesus as He rode forth to conquer. A retinue of holy angels, with bright,
glittering crowns upon their heads, escorted Him on His way. No language can describe the
glory of the scene. The living cloud of majesty and unsurpassed glory came still nearer,
and we could clearly behold the lovely person of Jesus. He did not wear a crown of thorns,
but a crown of glory rested upon His holy brow. Upon His vesture and thigh was a name
written, King of kings, and Lord of lords. His countenance was as bright as the noonday
sun, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet had the appearance of fine brass. His
voice sounded like many musical instruments. The earth trembled before Him, the heavens
departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved
out of their places. "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 sitteth 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?" Those who a short time before would have destroyed God's faithful children
from the earth, now witnessed the glory of God which rested upon them. And amid all their
terror they heard the voices of the saints in joyful strains, saying, "Lo, this is
our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us."
The earth mightily shook as the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping
saints. They responded to the call and came forth clothed with glorious immortality,
crying, "Victory, victory, over death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O
grave, where is thy victory?" Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their
voices in a long, transporting shout of victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the
grave bearing the marks of disease and death came up in immortal health and vigour. The
living saints are changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and caught up with the
risen ones, and together they meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting!
Friends whom death had separated were united, never more to part.
On each side of the cloudy chariot were wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and
as the chariot rolled upward, the wheels cried, "Holy," and the wings, as they
moved, cried, "Holy," and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried,
"Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!" And the saints in the cloud cried,
"Glory! Alleluia!" And the chariot rolled upward to the Holy City. Before
entering the city, the saints were arranged in a perfect square, with Jesus in the midst.
He stood head and shoulders above the saints and above the angels. His majestic form and
lovely countenance could be seen by all in the square. -
The Saints' Reward
Then I saw a very great number of angels bring from the city glorious crowns--a crown
for every saint, with his name written thereon. As Jesus called for the crowns, angels
presented them to Him, and with His own right hand, the lovely Jesus placed the crowns on
the heads of the saints. In the same manner the angels brought the harps, and Jesus
presented them also to the saints. The commanding angels first struck the note, and then
every voice was raised in grateful, happy praise, and every hand skilfully swept over the
strings of the harp, sending forth melodious music in rich and perfect strains. Then I saw
Jesus lead the redeemed company to the gate of the city. He laid hold of the gate and
swung it back on its glittering hinges and bade the nations that had kept the truth enter
in. Within the city there was everything to feast the eye. Rich glory they beheld
everywhere. Then Jesus looked upon His redeemed saints; their countenances were radiant
with glory; and as He fixed His loving eyes upon them, He said, with His rich, musical
voice, "I behold the travail of My soul, and am satisfied. This rich glory is yours
to enjoy eternally. Your sorrows are ended. There shall be no more death, neither sorrow
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." I saw the redeemed host bow and
cast their glittering crowns at the feet of Jesus, and then, as His lovely hand raised
them up, they touched their golden harps and filled all heaven with their rich music and
songs to the Lamb.
I then saw Jesus leading His people to the tree of life, and again we heard His lovely
voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, saying, "The leaves of
this tree are for the healing of the nations. Eat ye all of it." Upon the tree of
life was most beautiful fruit, of which the saints could partake freely. In the city was a
most glorious throne, from which proceeded a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal. On each side of this river was the tree of life, and on the banks of the river
were other beautiful trees bearing fruit which was good for food.
Language is altogether too feeble to attempt a description of heaven. As the scene
rises before me, I am lost in amazement. Carried away with the surpassing splendour and
excellent glory, I lay down the pen, and exclaim, "Oh, what love! what wondrous
love!" The most exalted language fails to describe the glory of heaven or the
matchless depths of a Saviour's love. -
The Earth Desolated
My attention was again directed to the earth. The wicked had been destroyed, and their
dead bodies were lying upon its surface. The wrath of God in the seven last plagues had
been visited upon the inhabitants of the earth, causing them to gnaw their tongues from
pain and to curse God. The false shepherds had been the signal objects of Jehovah's wrath.
Their eyes had consumed away in their holes, and their tongues in their mouths, while they
stood upon their feet. After the saints had been delivered by the voice of God, the wicked
multitude turned their rage upon one another. The earth seemed to be deluged with blood,
and dead bodies were from one end of it to the other.
The earth looked like a desolate wilderness. Cities and villages, shaken down by the
earthquake, lay in heaps. Mountains had been moved out of their places, leaving large
caverns. Ragged rocks, thrown out by the sea, or torn out of the earth itself, were
scattered all over its surface. Large trees had been uprooted and were strewn over the
land. Here is to be the home of Satan with his evil angels for a thousand years. Here he
will be confined, to wander up and down over the broken surface of the earth and see the
effects of his rebellion against God's law. For a thousand years he can enjoy the fruit of
the curse which he has caused. Limited alone to the earth, he will not have the privilege
of ranging to other planets, to tempt and annoy those who have not fallen. During this
time, Satan suffers extremely. Since his fall his evil traits have been in constant
exercise. But he is then to be deprived of his power, and left to reflect upon the part
which he has acted since his fall, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the
dreadful future, when he must suffer for all the evil that he has done and be punished for
all the sins that he has caused to be committed.
I heard shouts of triumph from the angels and from the redeemed saints, which sounded
like ten thousand musical instruments, because they were to be no more annoyed and tempted
by Satan and because the inhabitants of other worlds were delivered from his presence and
Then I saw thrones, and Jesus and the redeemed saints sat upon them; and the saints
reigned as kings and priests unto God. Christ, in union with His people, judged the wicked
dead, comparing their acts with the statute book, the Word of God, and deciding every case
according to the deeds done in the body. Then they meted out to the wicked the portion
which they must suffer, according to their works; and it was written against their names
in the book of death. Satan also and his angels were judged by Jesus and the saints.
Satan's punishment was to be far greater than that of those whom he had deceived. His
suffering would so far exceed theirs as to bear no comparison with it. After all those
whom he had deceived had perished, Satan was still to live and suffer on much longer.
After the judgement of the wicked dead had been finished, at the end of the one
thousand years, Jesus left the city, and the saints and a train of the angelic host
followed Him. Jesus descended upon a great mountain, which as soon as His feet touched it,
parted asunder and became a mighty plain. Then we looked up and saw the great and
beautiful city, with twelve foundations, and twelve gates, three on each side, and an
angel at each gate. We cried out, "The city! the great city! it is coming down from
God out of heaven!" And it came down in all its splendour and dazzling glory and
settled in the mighty plain which Jesus had prepared for it.
The Second Resurrection
Then Jesus and all the retinue of holy angels, and all the redeemed saints, left the
city. The angels surrounded their Commander and escorted Him on His way, and the train of
redeemed saints followed. Then, in terrible, fearful majesty, Jesus called forth the
wicked dead; and they came up with the same feeble, sickly bodies that went into the
grave. What a spectacle! what a scene! At the first resurrection all came forth in
immortal bloom; but at the second the marks of the curse are visible on all. The kings and
noblemen of the earth, the mean and low, the learned and unlearned, come forth together.
All behold the Son of man; and those very men who despised and mocked Him, who put the
crown of thorns upon His sacred brow, and smote Him with the reed, behold Him in all His
kingly majesty. Those who spit upon Him in the hour of His trial now turn from His
piercing gaze and from the glory of His countenance. Those who drove the nails through His
hands and feet now look upon the marks of His crucifixion. Those who thrust the spear into
His side behold the marks of their cruelty on His body. And they know that He is the very
one whom they crucified and derided in His expiring agony. And then there arises one long
protracted wail of agony, as they flee to hide from the presence of the King of kings and
Lord of lords.
All are seeking to hide in the rocks, to shield themselves from the terrible glory of
Him whom they once despised. And, overwhelmed and pained with His majesty and exceeding
glory, they with one accord raise their voices, and with terrible distinctness exclaim,
"Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord!"
Then Jesus and the holy angels, accompanied by all the saints, again go to the city,
and the bitter lamentations and wailings of the doomed wicked fill the air. Then I saw
that Satan again commenced his work. He passed around among his subjects, and made the
weak and feeble strong, and told them that he and his angels were powerful. He pointed to
the countless millions who had been raised. There were mighty warriors and kings who were
well skilled in battle and who had conquered kingdoms. And there were mighty giants and
valiant men who had never lost a battle. There was the proud, ambitious Napoleon, whose
approach had caused kingdoms to tremble. There stood men of lofty stature and dignified
bearing, who had fallen in battle while thirsting to conquer. As they come forth from
their graves, they resume the current of their thoughts where it ceased in death. They
possess the same desire to conquer which ruled when they fell. Satan consults with his
angels, and then with those kings and conquerors and mighty men. Then he looks over the
vast army, and tells them that the company in the city is small and feeble, and that they
can go up and take it, and cast out its inhabitants, and possess its riches and glory
Satan succeeds in deceiving them, and all immediately begin to prepare themselves for
battle. There are many skilful men in that vast army, and they construct all kinds of
implements of war. Then with Satan at their head, the multitude move on. Kings and
warriors follow close after Satan, and the multitude follow after in companies. Each
company has its leader, and order is observed as they march over the broken surface of the
earth to the Holy City. Jesus closes the gates of the city, and this vast army surround
it, and place themselves in battle array, expecting a fierce conflict. Jesus and all the
angelic host and all the saints, with the glittering crowns upon their heads, ascend to
the top of the wall of the city. Jesus speaks with majesty, saying, "Behold, ye
sinners, the reward of the just! And behold, My redeemed, the reward of the wicked!"
The vast multitude behold the glorious company on the walls of the city. And as they
witness the splendour of their glittering crowns and see their faces radiant with glory,
reflecting the image of Jesus, and then behold the unsurpassed glory and majesty of the
King of kings and Lord of lords, their courage fails. A sense of the treasure and glory
which they have lost rushes upon them, and they realise that the wages of sin is death.
They see the holy, happy company whom they have despised, clothed with glory, honour,
immortality, and eternal life, while they are outside the city with every mean and
The Second Death
Satan rushes into the midst of his followers and tries to stir up the multitude to
action. But fire from God out of heaven is rained upon them, and the great men, and mighty
men, the noble, the poor and miserable, are all consumed together. I saw that some were
quickly destroyed, while others suffered longer. They were punished according to the deeds
done in the body. Some were many days consuming, and just as long as there was a portion
of them unconsumed, all the sense of suffering remained. Said the angel, "The worm of
life shall not die; their fire shall not be quenched as long as there is the least
particle for it to prey upon."
Satan and his angels suffered long. Satan bore not only the weight and punishment of
his own sins, but also of the sins of the redeemed host, which had been placed upon him;
and he must also suffer for the ruin of souls which he had caused. Then I saw that Satan
and all the wicked host were consumed, and the justice of God was satisfied; and all the
angelic host, and all the redeemed saints, with a loud voice said, "Amen!"
Said the angel, "Satan is the root, his children are the branches. They are now
consumed root and branch. They have died an everlasting death. They are never to have a
resurrection, and God will have a clean universe." I then looked and saw the fire
which had consumed the wicked, burning up the rubbish and purifying the earth. Again I
looked and saw the earth purified. There was not a single sign of the curse. The broken,
uneven surface of the earth now looked like a level, extensive plain. God's entire
universe was clean, and the great controversy was forever ended. Wherever we looked,
everything upon which the eye rested was beautiful and holy. And all the redeemed host,
old and young, great and small, cast their glittering crowns at the feet of their
Redeemer, and prostrated themselves in adoration before Him, and worshiped Him that liveth
forever and ever. The beautiful new earth, with all its glory, was the eternal inheritance
of the saints. The kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole
heaven, was then given to the saints of the Most High, who were to possess it forever,
even forever and ever.