The Lord God commands things into being. He was the first Designer. He is not dependent on man, but graciously invites man’s attention, and co-operates with him in progressive and higher designs. Then man takes all the glory to himself, and is extolled by his fellow men as a very remarkable genius. He looks no higher than man. The one first cause is forgotten. This explains why the Lord cannot do much more for man in a variety of ways; man would use his communicated intelligence as did the inhabitants of the old world; and the very things proceeding from God would be made to militate against the purposes and will of God. Selfish workings come in. Dependence is placed on self, as though finite man were some wonderful prodigy. Then the Lord lets man work out his supposed capability, and there is defeat and failure.
When will Christians know and have a better understanding of God? God says, “I AM THAT I AM,” the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity. Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 57:15. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm 90:2. “I am the Lord, I change not.” Malachi 3:6. With Him is no variableness neither shadow of turning 12LtMs, Ms 127, 1897, par. 7 – 12LtMs, Ms 127, 1897, par. 8
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Updated 0322 GMT (1122 HKT) July 3, 2022
Locals save furniture from a house threatened by floodwaters in Camden, South Western Sydney, on July 3.
Melbourne, AustraliaThousands of residents were ordered to evacuate southwest Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, on Sunday with torrential rain and damaging winds pounding the east coast and threatening floods in areas that were hammered in March.
The weather bureau warned of heavy rainfall potentially leading to flash floods and landslides along the east coast region from Newcastle to Bateman’s Bay in New South Wales state, with rain expected to intensify over the next two days.
“We are now facing dangers on multiple fronts — flash flooding, riverine flooding and coastal erosion,” New South Wales emergency services minister Steph Cooke said in a televised media briefing.
She urged people to reconsider holiday travel, with the rough weather having hit at the beginning of school holidays.
“This is a life threatening emergency situation,” Cooke said.
More than 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rain have fallen over many areas with some hit by as much as 350 millimeters, the Bureau of Meteorology said, warning of flood risks along the Nepean River.
The heavy rains caused Sydney’s main dam to spill overnight, water authorities said, adding that modeling showed the spill would be comparable to a major spill in March 2021 at the Warragamba Dam.
“There’s no room for the water to remain in the dams. They are starting to spill. The rivers are flowing very fast and very dangerous. And then we have the risk of flash flooding, depending on where the rains are,” State Emergency Service Commissioner Carlene York said.
A local takes a photo of a road inundated by floodwaters in Camden in South Western Sydney, Sunday, July 3, 2022.
In the past day, 29 people have been rescued from floodwaters, including one who was hanging on to a pole for an hour as workers struggled to reach them.
The Australian government has provided the state with 100 troops who are helping with sandbagging and two helicopters to aid with any rescues, Defense Minister Richard Marles said on Sky News.
Ere long there will be a sudden change in God’s dealings. The Lord is preparing to visit the earth, for the iniquity of men is swelling to terrible proportions. “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the hearts of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil.” Ecclesiastes 8:11. The Sabbath of the Bible is transgressed, and an idol sabbath framed to take its place. The common takes the place of the sacred. God’s memorial of creation is torn down, and trampled under unholy feet. “Will I not judge for these things, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 5:9. The false has been placed where the true Sabbath should be, and those who have accepted this institution of Papacy with religious frenzy act as did those who thought they had Christ in their power. The priests and rulers crucified the Lord of glory because He would not accept and honor their traditions.
The Lord is teaching men that there are limits to His forbearance. In fires, in floods, in earthquakes, in the fury of the great deep, in calamities by sea and by land, the warning is given that God’s Spirit will not always strive with men. The times in which we live are times of great depravity and crime of every degree. Why?—-Because men whom God has blessed and favored have reduced His holy law to a dead letter, making void the law of God by the traditions and inventions of the man of sin. A more than common contempt is put upon the commandments of God, while the representative men of the Colonies have exalted the first day of the week to be observed by all men. They would have men bow down and worship it, as did Nebuchadnezzar when he exalted the golden image in the plains of Dura. When wickedness comes to this pass, it is fast reaching its height. Well may the prayer go forth from the people of God, calling for His interference, “It is time for thee, O Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126.
Will any be tempted by the universal scorn which they see thrown upon God’s law to think slightingly of it, to cease to respect it and give it less reverence? All false Christians in this age of the world will be distinguished from the true. In the words of David, the followers of Christ will say, “Therefore love I thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.” “Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore doth my soul keep them.” “The entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.” Verses 127, 129, 130.
“I opened my mouth and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.” Verse 131. “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey in the honey comb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11.
In proportion as the commandments of God are despised and set aside for the commandments of men, which bear not the least sanctity the appreciation of those who have come out from the world, and have separated from it is strikingly developed. On the other side, Satan through his masterly power will seek to obtain the supremacy. It is the last of the great controversy, and will end in his destruction. There is a point in the iniquity of men when it is necessary that God shall interfere, and this point is being reached; and those who are loyal to God’s commandments are more than ever bound to prize and love the law of God.
It is a terrible thing for a nation to wear out the patience of God. Each century of profligacy has treasured up wrath for its iniquity against the day of wrath. Christ is now bidding the abandoned of our day to fill up the measure of their fathers in their iniquity. When that time shall come, and their cup of iniquity is filled up, it will be demonstrated that to wear out the patience of God brings tremendous consequences to the disobedient. The nations of earth will act upon a shortsighted policy. Through their own course of action the priests and rulers will restore the lost ascendancy of the man of sin. Today there is ascending to heaven the blood of the martyrs that were slain beneath the altar for their adherence to the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
I can pursue this subject no further now. I call upon the people of God to awaken. I call upon all to search the Scriptures for in them they will find the truth for themselves. 12LtMs, Ms 127, 1897, par. 20 – 12LtMs, Ms 127, 1897, par. 26