That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. Genesis:6:2-3
*In the very time in which we live, the Lord has called His people and has given them a message to bear. He has called them to expose the wickedness of the man of sin who has made the Sunday law a distinctive power, who has thought to change times and laws, and to oppress the people of God who stand firmly to honor Him by keeping the only true Sabbath, the Sabbath of creation, as holy unto the Lord. He has called them to bear the sign of God, to exalt the Lord in keeping holy His law; for it is a transcript of His character. No part of the law of God and their covenant obligation to keep that law holy is to lose its binding claims upon all the world.* Those who have had the light upon keeping the law of Jehovah are to stand firmly in the faith, and *to make that light shine forth in clear, distinct rays.*
The thirteenth chapter of Revelation presents a power that is to be made prominent in these last days. *Let all understand that it is Christ, the Captain of the Lord’s host, who gave these visions to John. Christ came in person to the lonely isle of Patmos and showed John the things that must be, that were of the highest importance to His people. (?) (Through the person of His highest angels. He had veiled His own glory.)* This message is to come to God’s people straight, sharp, and clean from all mixture of human wisdom and tradition.
The enmity between the seed of the woman and the serpent is clearly defined by the Lord. *“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” “And unto Adam He said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat of the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” Genesis 3:15, 17-19.*
*By following his own way, by acting in harmony with Satan’s temptations and in opposition to the known will of God man vainly attempted to elevate and bless himself.* Thus he gained *an experimental knowledge of disobedience to God’s commandments.* Thus he knew good and evil; thus he lost his fidelity and loyalty to God and *opened the floodgates of evil and suffering to the whole human family. How many today are making the same experiment!* When will man learn that the *only means for his safety is through a full confidence in a “thus saith the Lord.”*
*Satan is seeking to intrude his own inventions upon the children of God through human methods.* He is seeking *to be received as God, or even to be placed above God*. In changing the Sabbath to the first day of the week, he leads men to disbelieve God’s declarations, and so to regard their own ways and plans that they appear exceeding wise in their own eyes and in their perverted judgment. *Through human policy he leads men to regard the expressed commandments of God as of less force than human tradition and to regard a deviation from that law which is always holy and just and good as of little account. He sees that by thus preventing human agencies from walking as obedient children in harmony with God, he can hinder the accomplishment of God’s work in our world.*
*But Satan’s connivings with human agencies who stand in responsible positions* are just as much to be feared and shunned now, after the experiment of sin has been tried, *as it was in the case of our first parents*. I am instructed to say that the *men who are placed in positions of responsibility in the work of God have overestimated their right to control others.* The position a man occupies does not change his character. *Some have seemed to feel that they must devise for churches and for sanitariums, and that there was to be no questioning of their judgment.*
Let them learn of Jesus at every step. He should be the chief authority for every man.
The One who has often been our Instructor says, *“How hard it is for man to walk humbly with his God, in a contrite spirit taking God’s way and rejecting Satan’s propositions which seem to present great worldly advantages.”*
The influence of man’s having his own way in the place of firmly standing on the solid foundation, that God alone has laid, has been repeated over and over again. *Refusing to walk in the straight paths that God has signified will bring them to confusion and will not teach wisdom to others who have the same test and trial. When will man learn that God is God, and not a man that He should change?*
Some who have departed from the right way have been in a continual fever to grasp responsibilities that God has not laid upon them. *God calls upon every minister and every physician to maintain the simplicity of the truth. The Son of God who is revealed in both the old and new testaments is the Saviour of our world today.*
From Him *every medical missionary is to receive his training.*
Unless he shall separate himself from *the prince of the power of the air, he will mislead souls who have confidence in him.*
Let all beware of men who are so educated and uplifted that *their plans cannot be understood by the common people.*
The intrigues of sin surpass infinite conception. *Every calamity, every suffering and death is an evidence, not only of the power of evil, but of the truth of the living God. Having known the truth, the Word of the living God, which abideth forever, and which through obedience gives life, man’s weakness in conforming to Satan’s ingenuity is surpassingly strange.* All who are taught of God recognize Christ as His Son. *All who disbelieve the known declarations of God demonstrate the popularity of sin, and are not working on the side of life and immortality which are brought to light through perfect sanctification of the truth*. Unless they make a change in character, in words, and in spirit, *souls will be lost.*
*There is no middle path to Paradise restored.* The message given to man for these *last days is not to become amalgamated with human devising.*
We are not to lean upon the policy of worldly lawyers. We must be humble men of prayer, not acting like those who are blinded by Satan’s agencies.
Many have a faith, but not a faith that works by love and purifies the soul. *Saving faith is not simply a mere belief of the truth. “The devils also believe and tremble.” James 2:19.* The inspiration of the Spirit of God gives to men a faith that is an impelling power, a power that molds character and leads men higher than mere formal actions. *The words, the actions, and the spirit are to bear testimony to the fact that we are followers of Christ.*
The greatest light and blessing that God has bestowed is not a security against transgression and apostasy in these last days. *Those whom God has exalted to high positions of trust may turn from heaven’s light to human wisdom. Their light will then become darkness, their God-entrusted capabilities a snare, their character an offense to God. God will not be mocked. A departure from Him has been and always will be followed by its sure results.* The commission of acts that displease God will, unless decidedly repented of and forsaken instead of seeking to justify them, lead the evil doer on step by step in deception, till many sins are committed with impunity. *All who would possess a character that would make them laborers together with God and receive the commendation of God must separate themselves from the enemies of God, and maintain the truth which Christ gave to John to give to the world.*
*“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea! And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and His feet were like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He had in His right hand seven stars; and out of His mouth went a sharp, two-edged sword; and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as one dead! And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:10-20.*
The revelation of Christ to John is a wonderful, dignified, exalted, solemn message. To present this message with decided emphasis demands all the talents of capabilities that God has given to man. When John received it, he was worked by the Holy Spirit, for Christ Himself came from heaven and told him what to write.
*Those who claim to be disciples of Christ often express hardness of heart and blindness of mind, because they do not choose and practice God’s way instead of their own*. Selfish motives come in and take possession of mind and character, *and in their self-confidence they suppose their own way to be full of wisdom. They are not particular to follow the ways and words of God. Circumstances, they say, alter cases.* Worldly policy comes in and they are tempted and drawn away. *They move according to their own unsanctified desires, making crooked paths for their own feet and for the feet of others to tread in. The lame and weak suppose them to be led by God and therefore think that their judgment must be right. Thus many follow in false paths that are not cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in.*
*The leaders are responsible not only for their own unsanctified mistakes, but for the mistakes of those who follow their example.*
When reproved for bringing in wrong principles *they manifest a perverse spirit, a spirit that will not be corrected or humbled. “Shall I not judge for these things, saith the Lord of hosts?” Jeremiah 5:9.*
Their own wisdom and their own judgment they hold fast as a precious possession and sullenly pursue their own ways. *This is the reason that the Holy Spirit of God is not manifest in our churches.*
If those who have had the blessings of being corrected *would humble themselves before God, and gladly take the Lord’s way, reforming their own ways, Jesus Christ would bestow upon them rich gifts and grant answers to humble, contrite prayers.* By walking in the light given, they would better understand their *own individual character.* Those who *think they can improve upon God’s plan, that some other course would be better than that which Christ has laid down in His Word, savor not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.*
They *harden their hearts and close their eyes in regard to the ways of the Lord and prefer their own ways.* Unless these are transformed in every respect, in thought, in word, and in deed, they will be requested to take the lowest seat.
*If men only knew that their own wisdom exercised without Christ is a dangerous element that will mislead! If those who occupy positions of trust would be benefited by the intercessions of Christ, and receive the rich blessings of His commendation, if they would be owned of God in the judgment, they must hear His counsels and be governed by His will; they must hold their confidence firm unto the end, never deviating from a plain “thus saith the Lord.”*
Prevarication, even in the slightest shadow, must not be seen; every jot and tittle of this must be put away, *because no falsehood can honor God. There is no man who works in obedience to Christ’s life in this world, who does all in Christ’s name and to His glory, but will be honored*.
*Those who hope to gain worldly recognition, who desire to be the highest in authority, and yet refuse to maintain Bible principles, principles of unselfish character in the service of God—however they may be exalted by those who themselves have not wisdom to obey God in keeping all His commandments—such exaltation and honor is of no value, for it is not recognized or endorsed in the heavenly courts.*
*Seeking to stand as supreme in wisdom by securing the approval of men does not exalt them one tittle with God.*
“Every good and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17.
*But few in our churches are Christians. But few are bright and shining lights amid the moral darkness of this world.*
Were those who occupy positions as teachers *worked by the Holy Spirit, Satan could not take possession of their hearts and minds.*
We call for a decided, earnest seeking of God. *Satan has come down in great power to our world and is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish*.
*There is hope for our churches if they will heed the message given to the Laodiceans.*
Sabbath after Sabbath they meet together and with effort sing the songs that are assigned, but that do not come from heart.
The joy of Christ in the heart will make songs to come from inspired lips and warm, thankful hearts.
The Lord would be *much better glorified if His people possessed the spirit of meekness and humility. Personal labor is needed in our churches.*
*Men and women inspired with an evangelistic spirit should go forth and invigorate others with the hope of the gospel.*
Let all our assemblies be stirred by *the old heart-searching truths of the gospel. These truths will bring conviction to souls*. Say to those assembled, *“When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?* Be warned, be entreated to arise from lethargy, and *remove this self-complacent spirit.” See Luke 18:8.*
When true faith is exercised, the Spirit of God will mold and fashion the soul that it may become a pure and holy place, a dwelling place for God.
When Christ is “formed within, the hope of glory,” a new life is imparted. Colossians 1:27.
*Satan is busily at work in our crowded cities. His work is to be seen in the confusion, the strife and discord between labor and capital, and the hypocrisy that has come into the churches.* That men may not take time to meditate, *Satan leads them into a round of gaiety and pleasure-seeking, of eating and drinking. He fills them with ambition to make an exhibition that will exalt self. Step by step, the world is reaching the conditions that existed in the days of Noah.*
Every conceivable crime is committed. *The lust of the flesh, the pride of the eyes, the display of selfishness, the misuse of power, the cruelty, and the force used to cause men to unite with confederacies and unions—binding themselves up in bundles for the burning of the great fires of the last days—all these are the working of satanic agencies.*
This round of crime and folly men call “life.”
*Death, eternal death, will soon be the portion of all who reject Christ.*
All heaven is looking on to see what is being done by those who know the truth.
Many are in the condition that Christ speaks of as “neither cold nor hot.” Revelation 3:15. *The works of such testify against them that they are not walking, and working, and praying, and teaching the Word of life.*
*The world, who act as though there were no God, absorbed in selfish pursuits, will soon experience sudden destruction and shall not escape.* Many continue in the careless gratification of self until they become so disgusted with life that they kill themselves.
*Dancing and carousing, drinking and smoking, indulging their animal passions, they go as an ox to the slaughter. Satan is working with all his art and enchantments to keep men marching blindly onward until the Lord arises out of His place to punish the inhabitants of earth for their iniquities, when the earth shall disclose her blood and no more cover her slain. The whole world appears to be in the march to death.*
*Will the message to the Laodicean church now be heeded?* Christ represents Himself as being disgusted with the churches of today. He cannot endure their taste; but yet He offers for them a word of hope. *“As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent.” Verse 19.* Let every one heed the words that come to the people of God today, *“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1.*
*Shall we by confessing our sins seek the Lord before the terrible spirit from beneath becomes the sole ruling power in our lives?* 18LtMs, Ms 139, 1903, par. 21 – 18LtMs, Ms 139, 1903, par. 47
But unto *the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?* Seeing thou *hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.* *When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.*
*And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:* Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
*They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof. The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy*, and in the night is as a thief. The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face. *In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.*