The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed


"But the Spirit of Prophecy speaks only truth"
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Testimony for the Church No. 4 By Ellen G. White Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association Battle Creek, Michigan, 1871 Testimony for the Church Number Four Young Sabbath-keepersNUMBER FOUR

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH

YOUNG SABBATHKEEPERS

August 22, 1857, at the house of prayer in Monterey, Michigan, I was shown that many have not yet heard the voice of Jesus, and the saving message has not taken hold of the soul, and worked a reformation in the life. p. 67, Para. 1, [4OT].

Many of the young, I saw, have not the Sspirit of Jesus.

 The love of God is not in their hearts, therefore all the natural besetments hold the victory instead of the Spirit of God and salvation. p. 67154, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Those who really possess the religion of Jesus, will not be ashamed nor afraid to bear the cross before those who have more experience than they have. They will, if they earnestly long to be right, desire all the help they can get from older Christians they can get. Gladly will they be helped by them; and a hearts that isare warmed by love to God will not be hindered by trifles in the Christian course. They will talk out what the Spirit of God works in. They will sing it out, pray it out. It is the lack of religion, lack of holy living, that makes the young backward. Their life condemns them. They know they do not live as Christians should, therefore they have not confidence toward God, or before the church. p. 67154, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 Why the young feel more liberty when the older ones are absent, is, t: They are with those of their kind. Each think they ares he is as good as the other. All fail of the mark, but measure themselves by themselves, and compare themselves among themselves, and have neglected the only perfect and true standard. Jesus is the true pPattern. His self-sacrificing life is our example. p. 68154, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 I saw how little the Pattern was studied, how little exalted before them. How little do the young suffer, or deny self, for their religion! To sacrifice is scarcely thought of among them. They entirely fail of imitating the Pattern in this respect. I saw that this was the language of their lives, is: Self must be gratified, pride must be indulged. They forget the Man of Sorrows, who was acquainted with grief. The sufferings of Jesus in Gethsemane, hHis sweating as it were great drops of blood in the garden, the platted crown of thorns that pierced hHis holy brow, do not move them. They have become benumbed.

 Their sensibilities are blunted, and they have lost all sense of the great sacrifice made for them. They can sit and listen to the story of the cross, hear how the cruel nails that were driven through the hands and feet of the Son of God.

It, and it does not stir the depths of the soul. p. 68155, Para. 21, [4OT1T].

  


 Said the angel,: "If such should be ushered into the city of God, and told that all its rich beauty and glory was theirs to enjoy eternally, they would have no sense of how dearly that inheritance was purchased for them. They would never realized the matchless depths of a Saviour's love. They have not draunk of the cup, nor been baptized with the baptism. Heaven would be marred if such should dwell there.

 Those only who have partaken of the sufferings of the Son of God, and have come up through great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb, can enjoy the indescribable glory and unsurpassed beauty of Hheaven." p. 69155, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 The want of this necessary preparation will shut out the greatestr portion of the young professors, for they will not labor earnestly and zealously enough to obtain that rest that remains for the people of God. They will not honestly confess their sins, that they may be pardoned and blotted out. These sins in a short time will be revealed in just their enormity. God's eye does not slumber. He knows every sin that is hidden from mortal eye. The guilty know just what sins to confess, that their souls may be clean before God. p. 69, Para. 2, [4OT].

I saw that Jesus wasis now giving them opportunity to confess, to repent in deep humility, and purify their lives by obeying and living out the truth. I saw that nNow wasis the time for wrongs to be righted, and sins to be confessed, or they will appear before the sinner in the day of God's wrath. p. 70155, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


I saw that p Parents generally put too much confidence in their children, and; for often when their parents are confiding in them, they are in concealed iniquity. Parents, watch your children with a jealous care. Exhort, reprove, counsel them when you rise up, and when you sit down;, when you go out, and when you come in; ", line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little." Subdue your children when they are young. With many parents this has beenis sadly neglected. p. 70, Para. 2, [4OT].

I saw that many parentsThey do not take as firm and decided a stand as they should in regard to their children. They suffer them, and (by so doing) encourage in their children a disposition to be like the world, to love dress, and associate with those thatwho hate the truth, and whose influence is poisonous. By so doing they encourage in their children a worldly disposition. p. 70156, Para. 31, [4OT1T].


 I saw that in Christian parents there should always be a fixed principle with themChristian parents to be united in the government of their children. I saw tThere wasis a fault in this respect with some parents--aparents-- a lack of union. The fault is sometimes with the father, but oftener with the mother. The fond mother pets and indulges her children. The father's labor calls him from home often, and from the society of his children. The mother's influence tells. Her example does much toward forming the character of the children. p. 70156, Para. 42, [4OT1T].


 Some fond mothers suffer wrongs in their children, which should not be sufferedallowed in them for a moment. The wrongs of the children are sometimes concealed from the father.

 Articles of dress or some other indulgence is granted by the mother, with the understanding that the father is to know nothing about it;, for he would reprove for these things.

 p. 71156, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 Here is a lesson of deception is effectually taught the children. Then if the father discovers these wrongs, vain excuses are made, and but half the truth told. The mother is not openhearted. She does not consider as she should that the father has the same interest in the children as herself, and that he should not be kept ignorant of their wrongs or besetments that ought to be corrected in them while young. Things have been covered. The children know the lack of union in their parents. I, and it has its effect. The children begin young to deceive, cover up, tell things in a different light from what they are, to their mother, as well as their father. Exaggeration becomes habit. B, and blunt falsehoods arecome to be told with but little conviction or reproof of conscience. p. 71157, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 These wrongs commenced by the mother's concealing things from the father, who has a mutualn equal interest with her in the character histheir children are forming. The father should have been consulted freely. All should have been laid open to him.

 But the opposite course, taken to conceal and hide the wrongs of the children, encourages in them a disposition to deceive, a lack of truthfulness and honesty. p. 72157, Para.

1 2, [4OT1T].


 The only hope of these children, whether they profess religion or not, is to be thoroughly converted. Their whole character must be changed. Thoughtless mother, do you know, as you teach your children, that their whole religious experience is affected by their teaching when young? Subdue them young; teach them to submit to you, and the more readily will they learn to yield obedience to the requirements of God. Encourage in your childrenthem a truthful, honest disposition. Let them never have occasion to doubt your sincerity and exact truthfulness. p. 72157, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


 I saw that the young profess, but do not enjoy, the saving power of God. They lack religion, lack salvation. And, oh!

, the idle, unprofitable words they speak.! There is a faithful, fearful record kept of them, and mortals will be judged according to the deeds done in the body. Young friends, your deeds and your idle words are written in the book. Your conversation has not been on eternal things, but upon this, that, and the other--common, worldly conversation that Christians should not engage in. It is all written in the book. p. 72157, Para. 34, [4OT1T].


 I saw that unless there is an entire change in the young, a thorough conversion, they may despair of Hheaven. From what has been shown me, there isare not more than half of the young who profess religion and the truth, who have been truly converted. If they had been converted, they would bear fruit to the glory of God. Many are leaning upon a supposed hope without a true foundation. p. 73, Para. 1, [4OT].

The fountain is not cleansed, therefore the streams proceeding from that fountain are not pure. Cleanse the fountain, and the streams will be pure. If the heart is right, your words, your dress, your acts, all willwill all be right. True gGodliness is lacking. I would not dishonor my Master so much as to admit that a careless, trifling, prayerless person is a Christian. No; a Christian has victory over his besetments, over his passions. There is a remedy for the sin-sick soul. That remedy is in Jesus.

 Precious Saviour! hHis grace is sufficient for the weakest; and the strongest must also have hHis grace, or perish. p.

73 158, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 I saw how this grace could be obtained. Go to your closet, and there alone plead with God: "Create in me a clean heart, O God,; and renew a right spirit within me." Be in earnest, be sincere. Fervent prayer availeth much. Jacob likeJacoblike, wrestle in prayer. Agonize. Jesus, in the garden, sweat great drops of blood; you must make an effort. Do not leave your closet until you feel strong in God; then watch, and just as long as you watch and pray, you can keep these evil besetments under, and the grace of God can, and will, appear in you. p. 73158, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 God forbid that I should cease to warn you. Young friends, seek the Lord with all your heart. Come with zeal, and when you sincerely feel that without the help of God, you perish;, when you pant after hHim as the hart panteth after the water-brookswater brooks, then will the Lord strengthen you speedily. Then will your peace pass all understanding. If you expect salvation, you must pray. Take time. Be not hurried and careless in your prayers. Beg of God to work in you a thorough reformation, that the fruits of hHis Spirit may dwell in you, and you shine as lights in the world. Be not a hindrance or curse to the cause of God; you can be a help, a blessing. Does Satan tell you that you cannot enjoy salvation, full and free? Believe him not. p. 74158, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 I saw that it wasis the privilege of every Christian to enjoy the deep movings of the Spirit of God. A sweet, heavenly peace will pervade the mind, and you will love to meditate upon God and Hheaven. You will feast upon the glorious promises of hHis word. p. 74, Para. 2, [4OT].

But know first that you have begun the Christian course.

 Know that the first steps are taken in the road to everlasting life. Be not deceived. I fear, yea, I know, that many of you know not what religion is. You have felt some excitement, some emotions;, but you have never seen sin in its enormity. You have never felt your undone condition, and turned from your evil ways with bitter sorrow. You have never have died to the world. You still love its pleasures; you love to engage in conversation on worldly matters. But when the truth of God is introduced, you have nothing to say. Why so silent? Why so talkative upon worldly things, and so silent upon the subject that should most concern you--a subject that should engage your whole soul? The truth of God does not dwell in you. p. 75159, Para. 1, [4OT1T].

  


 I saw that many are fair in their profession, butwhile within is corruption. Deceive not yourselves, false-hearted professors. God looks at the heart. "Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." The world, I saw, is in the heart of such;, but the religion of Jesus is not there.

 If the professed Christians loves Jesus better than the world, hethey will love to speak of hHim, histheir best fFriend, in whom histheir highest affections are centered. p. 75, Para. 2, [4OT].

He came to their aid when they felt their lost and perishing condition. When weary and heavy laden with sin, they turned unto hHim. He removed their burden of guilt and sin, took away their sorrow and mourning, and turned the whole current of their affections. The things they once loved, they now hate; and the things they hated, they now love. p. 76159, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 Has this great change taken place in you? Be not deceived.

 I would never name the name of Christ, or I would give hHim my whole heart, my undivided affections. I saw that wWe should feel the deepest gratitude that Jesus will accept this offering. JesusHe demands all. When we are brought to yield to hHis claims, and give up all, then, and not till then, will hHe throw around us hHis arms of mercy. But what do we give, when we give all? A sin-polluted soul tofor Jesus, to purify, to cleanse by hHis mercy, and to save from death by hHis matchless love. And yet I saw that some thought it hard to give up all. I am ashamed to hear it spoken of, ashamed to write it. p. 76160, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Do weyou talk about self-denial? What did Christ give for us?

 When you think it hard that Christ requires all, go to mount Calvary, and weep there over such a thought. Behold the hands and feet of your Deliverer torn by the cruel nails, that you may be washed from sin by hHis own blood.

! p. 76160, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 Those who feel the constraining love of God askdo not ask how little may be given, in order to obtain the heavenly reward; they ask not for the lowest standard, but aim at a perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With ardent desire they will yield all, and manifest zeal proportionate to the value of the object of which they are in pursuit of. What is the object? Immortality, eternal life.

 p. 77160, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 Young friends, many of you are sadly deceived. You have been satisfied with something short of pure and undefiled religion. I want to arouse you. The angels of God are trying to arouse you. Oh!, that the important truths inof the word of God may arouse you to a sense of your danger, and lead you to a thorough examination of yourself.yourselves! Your heart iss are yet carnal. It isThey are not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. ThisThese carnal hearts must be changed, and you see such beauty in holiness, that you will pant after it as the hart panteth after the water-brookswater brooks. Then you will love God, and love hHis law. Then the yoke of Christ will be easy, and hHis burden light. Although you will have trials, yet these trials, well borne, only make the way more precious. The immortal inheritance is for the self-denying Christian. p. 77160, Para. 24, [4OT1T].


 I saw that the Christian should not set too high a value, or depend too much, upon a happy flight of feeling. These feelings are not always true guides. I saw that itIt should be the study of every Christian to serve God from principle, and not be ruled by feeling. By so doing, faith will be brought into exercise, and will increase. I was shown that if the Christian lives a humble, self-sacrificing life to God, peace and joy in the Lord will be the result. But the greatest happiness experienced, will be in doing others good, in making others happy. Such happiness will be lasting. p. 77161, Para. 31, [4OT1T].


I have been shown that m Many of the young have not a fixed principle to serve God. They do not exercise faith. They sink under every cloud. They have no power of endurance.

 They do not grow in grace. They appear to keep the commandments of God. They praymake now and then a formal prayer, and are called Christians. Their parents are so anxious for them, that they accept anything thatwhich appears favorable, and do not labor with them, and teach them that the carnal mind must die. They encourage the youngthem to come along and act a part,; but they fail to lead them to search their own hearts diligently, to examine themselves, and to count the cost of what it is to be a Christian. The result is, the young come alongprofess to be Christians without sufficiently trying their motives, and profess to be Christians. p. 78161, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 Says the True Witness,: "I would thou wert cold or hot. So then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of mMy mouth." Satan is willing that you should be a Christians in name, for you can suit his purposes better. YIf you can have a form and not true gGodliness, and Satanhe can use you to decoy others into the same self-deceived way. Some poor souls will look to you, instead of looking to the Bible standard. They, and will come up no higher than you; t. They are as good as you, and are satisfied. p. 78162, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 The young are often urged to do duty, to speak or pray in meeting; urged to die to pride. Every step they are urged.

 Such religion is worth nothing. Let the carnal heart be changed, and it will not be such drudgery, ye coldhearted professors, to serve God; and a. All that love of dress and pride of appearance will be gone. The time that you spend standing before the glass, to prepare preparing the hair, to please the eye, should be devoted to prayer and searching of heart. There will be no place for outward adorningadornment in the sanctified heart; but there will be an earnest, anxious seeking for the inward adorning, the Christian graces, --the fruits of the Spirit of God. p. 79162, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 Says the apostle: "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." p. 79162, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


 Subdue the carnal mind, reform the life, and the poor, mortal frame will not be so idolized. If the heart is reformed, it will be seen in the outward appearance. If Christ be in us the hope of glory, we shall discover such matchless charms in hHim that the soul will be enamored. It will cleave to hHim, choose to love hHim, and in his admiration of Him, self will be forgotten. Jesus will be magnified, and adored, and self abased and humbled. p. 80, Para. 1, [4OT].

But a profession, without this deep love, is mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery. Many of you may retain a notion of religion in the head, an outside religion, when the heart is not cleansed. God looks at the heart; "all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Will hHe be satisfied with anything but truth in the inward parts? Every truly converted soul will carry the unmistakable marks that the carnal mind is subdued. p. 80162, Para. 24, [4OT1T].


 I speak plainly;. I do not think this will discourage a true Christian; and I do not want any of you to come up to the time of trouble without a well-grounded hope in your Redeemer. Determine to know the worst of your case.

 Ascertain if you have an inheritance on high. Deal truly with your own soul. Remember that a church without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, will Jesus present to hHis Father. p. 80163, Para. 31, [4OT1T].


 How are you to know that you are accepted of God? Study hHis word prayerfully. Lay it not aside for any other book.

 This bBook convinces of sin. It plainly reveals plainly the way of salvation. It brings to view a bright and glorious reward.

 It reveals to you a complete Saviour, and teaches you that through hHis boundless mercy alone can you expect salvation.

 p. 81163, Para. 12, [4OT1T].

  


 Do not neglect secret prayer, for it is the soul of religion. With earnest, fervent prayer, plead for purity of soul. Plead as earnestly, as eagerly, as you would for your mortal life, were it at stake. Remain before God until unutterable longings are begotten within you for salvation, and the sweet evidence is obtained of pardoned sin. p. 81163, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


 The hope of eternal life is not to be taken upreceived upon slight grounds. It is a subject to be settled between God and your own soul; --settled for eternity. A supposed hope, and nothing more, will prove your ruin. Since you are to stand or fall by the word of God, it is to that word you must look for testimony in your case. There you can see what is required of you to become a Christian. Do not lay off your armor, or leave the battlefield until you have obtained the victory, and triumph in your Redeemer. p. 81163, Para. 34, [4OT1T].


LOVE ONE ANOTHER.--The CHURCH TRIALS The following view was given me at Ulysses, Penn.Pennsylvania, July 6, 1857. It relates to things as they have existed in Roosevelt, N. Y., and Oswego Co. in particular, also to other places in that State. p. 82164, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


I have seen that t There have been so many church trials among the brethren in the State of New York, that God has not had the least to do with, that the church have lost their strength, and they know not how to regain it. The lLove for one another has gonedisappeared, and a faultfinding, accusing spirit has prevailed. It has been considered a virtue to hunt up everything about one another that looked wrong, and make it appear fully as bad as it really was. The bowels of compassion that yearn in love and pity toward brethren, have not existed. The religion of some has consisted in faultfinding, picking at everything bearing the appearance of wrong, until the noble feelings of the soul are withered. The mind should be elevated to dwell upon eternal scenes, Hheaven, its treasures, its glories, and should take sweet and holy satisfaction in the truths of the Bible.

They It should love to feed upon the precious promises that God's word affords, draw comfort from itthem, and the mind should be lifted above trifles to weighty, eternal things.

 p. 82164, Para. 2, [4OT1T].


 But, oh, how differently has the mind been employed!

 Picking at straws! Church meetings, as they have been held, have been a living curse to many in New York. These manufactured trials have given full liberty to evil surmising. Jealousy has been fed. Hatred has existed, but they knew it not. A wrong idea has been in the minds of some, to reprove without love, hold others to their idea of what is right, and spare not, but bear down with crushing weight. p. 82164, Para. 3, [4OT1T].


 I saw that many in New York have had so much care for their brethren, to keep them straight, that they have neglected their own hearts. They are so fearful that their brethren will not be zealous, and repent, that they forget that they have wrongs whichthat must be righted. With their own hearts unsanctified, they try to right their brethren. Now the only way the brethren and sisters in New York can rise, is for each to attend to theirhis own individual cases, and each set his own heart in order. And iIf sin is plain uponin a brother, breathe it not to another, but with love for the brother's soul, with a heart full of compassion, with bowels of merciesmercy, tell him the wrong, then leave it upon the brothermatter with him and the Lord. You have discharged your duty. You are not to pass sentence. p. 83165, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


You have It has been made it too light an affair to rein up a brother, to condemn him, and hold him under condemnation. There has been a zeal offor God, but not according to knowledge. If alleach would set theirhis own hearts in order, when theythe brethren meet together their testimony would be ready, and come from a full soul;, and the people around that believe not the truth would be moved. The manifestation of the Spirit of God would tell to their hearts that you are the children of God. Our love for each otherone another should be visible to all. IThen it will tell. It will have an influence. p. 83165, Para. 2, [4OT1T].


 I saw that the church in New York might rise. Individually tTake hold of the work in earnestindividually, be zealous, and repent; and after all known wrongs are righted that you have knowledge of, then believe that God accepts you. Go not mourning, but take God at hHis word. Seek hHim diligently, and believe that hHe receives you. A part of the work is to believe. He is faithful who has promised. Climb up by faith. p. 84165, Para.

1 3, [4OT1T].


I saw in New York t The brethren can ariserise in New York as well as in other places; and they can drink inof the salvation of God. They can move understandingly, and alleach have an experience for themselveshimself in this message of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. The church feel that they are down, but know not how to rise. The intentions of some may be very good; they may confess; yet, I saw that they wereare watched with suspicion, they wereand are made an offenders for a word, until they have no liberty, no salvation. They dare not act out the simple feelings of the heart, because they are watched.

 It is God's pleasure that hHis people should fear hHim, and have confidence before each otherone another. p. 84165, Para. 24, [4OT1T].


 I saw that many have taken advantage of what God has shown in regard to the sins and wrongs of others. They have taken the extreme meaning of what has been shown in vision;, and then have pressed it, until it has had a tendency to weaken the faith of many in what God has shown, and also to discourage and dishearten the church. p. 85, Para. 1, [4OT].

I was shown that with tender compassion should brother deal with brother. Delicately should he deal with feelings.

And I saw that it It is the nicest and most important work that ever yet was done, and the nicest point to touch the wrongs of another. With the deepest humility should a brother do this, considering his own weakness, lest he also should be tempted. p. 85166, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 I have seen the great sacrifice which Jesus made to redeem man.

 He did not consider hHis own life too dear to sacrifice. Said Jesus,: "Love one another, as I have loved you." Do you feel, when a brother errs, that you could give your life to save him? If you feel thus, you can approach him and affect his heart. Y; you are just the one to visit that brother; b. But it is a lamentable fact that many who profess to be brethren, are not willing to sacrifice any of their opinions or their judgment to save a brother. There is but little love for one another. A selfish spirit has beenis manifested. p. 85166, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 Discouragement has come upon the church. They have been loving the world, loving their farms, their cattle, &cetc. Now Jesus calls them to cut loose, to lay up treasure in Hheaven, to buy gold, white raiment, and eyesalve. Precious treasures are these. They will obtain for the possessor an entrance into the kingdom of God. p. 86166, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 The people of God must move understandingly. They should not be satisfied until every known sin is confessed; then it is their privilege and duty to believe that Jesus accepts them. They must not wait for others to press through the darkness and obtain the victory for them to enjoy. Such enjoyment will last only till the meeting closes. But thereGod must be a serving of Godserved from principle, instead of from feeling. Morning and night obtain the victory for yourselves in your own family. Let not your daily labor keep you from this. Take time to pray, and believe as you pray, believe that God hears you. Have faith mixed with your prayers. You may not at all times feel the immediate answer at all times;; but then it is that faith is tried. You are proved to see whether you will trust in God, whether you have living, abiding faith. "Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it." Walk the narrow plank of faith. Trust all on the promises of Godthe Lord. Trust God in darkness. That is the time to have faith. But you often let feeling govern you.

 You look for worthiness in yourselves, when you do not feel comforted by the Spirit of God, and despair because you cannot find it. You do not trust enough in Jesus, precious Jesus. You do not make hHis worthiness to be all, all. The very best you can do will not merit the favor of God. It is Jesus' worthiness that will save you; h, His blood that will cleanse you. But you have efforts to make. You must do what you can on your part. Be zealous, and repent;, then believe.

 p. 86167, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Confound not faith and feeling together. They are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise. This faith we must keep in exercise. Believe, believe. Let your faith take hold of the blessing, and it is yours by faith. Your feelings have nothing to do with this faith.

 When faith brings the blessing to your heart, thenand you rejoice in the blessing. I, it is no more faith, but feeling.

 p. 87167, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 The people of God in New York must steadily ariserise, and come out from theof darkness, and let their light shine. They are standing right in the way of the work of God. They must let the message of the third angel do its work upon their hearts. Brethren, God is dishonored by your long, faithless prayers.

 Look away from the unworthiness of self, and exalt Jesus.

 Talk of faith, of light, and Hof heaven, and you will have faith, light, faith and love, and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. p.

87 167, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


"Take Heed."--The “TAKE HEED” The following iswas addressed to two brethren, but being applicable to many, it is here given for the benefit of the church. p. 88168, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


 Dear bBrethren, i: In the vision given me at your place, I was shown something concerning you both. The angel pointed to you, and repeated these words: "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any timeanytime your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." p. 88168, Para. 2, [4OT1T].


 I saw that you both have a great conflict before you; you will have a constant warfare to keep this world out of your hearts. Y, for you love this world; now tit. The great study must be with you, now must be how to love Jesus and hHis service better than the world. If you love the world the most, your works will testify to the fact. If you love Jesus and hHis service most, your works will testify to that fact also. I saw that the gaze of many ofin this world is upon you. Many would exult in your downfall, others rejoice in your advancement.

 Satan and evil angels will present to you the glory of the kingdoms of this world. If you will worship him, or worship a worldly treasure, he will hold it up in every light to attract and lead you to love and worship. p. 88168, Para. 3, [4OT1T].


 Jesus and your guardian angels are pointing you above your farms, your cattle, and your earthly treasure, to the kingdom of Hheaven, to an immortal inheritance, an eternal substance in the kingdom of glory. p. 88, Para. 4, [4OT].

Said the angel,: "You must die to this world." "Love not the world, neither the THINGS that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." p. 89168, Para. 14, [4OT1T].


 I saw that if, in the providence of God, wealth has been acquired, there wasis no sin in possessing it; and if no opportunities presented themselves to use this means to advance the cause of God, there is no sin in still possessing it. But if opportunities are presented to the brethren to use their property to the glory of God and the advancement of hHis cause, and they withhold it, it will be a cause of their stumbling to them. In the day of trouble, that which was their hoarded treasure will be an offense unto them. Then all opportunities will be passedpast for using their substance to the glory of God, and in anguish of spirit they will cast it from them in anguish of spirit to the moles and to the bats. Their gold and their silver cannot save them in that day. It falls upon them with crushing weight, that an account must be given of their stewardship, and what use they have made of their Lord's money. Self-love made them believe that it was all their own, and that they might want it all; but they then feel, bitterly feel then, and understand, that their means was only lent them of God, to be freely handed to him again, inreturned by being used to advance hHis cause. Their riches deceived them. They felt poor, and lived for themselves, and at last they will find that the portion they might have used for God's cause is a terrible burden. p. 89169, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Said the angel of God,: "Lay all upon the altar, a living, consuming sacrifice. Bind it with cords, if you cannot keep it there. Give yourselves to prayer. Live at the altar.

 Strengthen your purposes by the promises of God." p. 90, Para. 1, [4OT].

"Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the Hheavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth." p. 90, Para. 2, [4OT].

"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal;: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Hheaven." p. 90169, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 I saw that if God had given you wealth above the plainest and poorest, it should humble you, for it lays you under the greatestr obligations. Where much is given, even of a worldly substance, much will be required. Upon this principle you are bound to possess noble, generous dispositions. Seek for opportunities to do good with what you have. "Lay up for yourselves treasures in Hheaven." p. 90170, Para. 41, [4OT1T].


 I saw that the least that has been required of every Christians in past days, is to possess a spirit of liberality, and to consecrate to the Lord a portion of all histheir increase. Every true Christian has considered this a privilege.

Some, but some who have borne the name only, have considered it a task; but the grace and love of God had never wrought in them the good work, or they would gladly have advanced the cause of their Redeemer. But Christians who are living in the last days, and who are waiting for yourtheir Lord, are required to do even more than this. God requires even more of you than this. He requires youthem to sacrifice. p. 90170, Para. 52, [4OT1T].


 Said the angel,: "Jesus left a bright track for you to follow. Tread closely in hHis footsteps. Share hHis life of self-denial, hHis self-sacrificing life, and inherit with hHim the crown of glory." p. 91170, Para. 13, [4OT1T].

"He Went away Sorrowful, for He Had Great Possessions." p. 91, Para. 2, [4OT].

At Monterey, Oct.


 THE RICH YOUNG MAN At Monterey, Michigan, October 8, 1857, I was shown in vision that the condition of many Sabbath-keepers was like that of the young man who came to Jesus to know what he should do to inherit eternal life. p. 91170, Para. 34, [4OT1T].


 "And, behold, one came and said unto hHim, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

p. 91, Para. 4, [4OT].

"And hHe said unto him, Why callest thou mMe good? Tthere is none good but oOne, that is, God;: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. p. 91, Para. 5, [4OT].

"He saith unto hHim, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother;: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. p. 91, Para. 6, [4OT].

"The young man saith unto hHim, All these things have I kept from my youth up;: what lack I yet? p. 92, Para. 1, [4OT].

"Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow Me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. p. 170, Para. 5, [1T].


 "Then said Jesus unto His disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:16-26. p. 171, Para. 1, [1T].


 Jesus quoted five of the last six commandments to the young man, also the second great commandment, on which the last six commandments hang. Those mentioned he thought he had kept. Jesus did not mention the first four commandments, containing our duty to God. In answer to the inquiry of the young man, "What lack I yet?" Jesus said unto him: "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven; and come and follow me. p. 92, Para.

2, [4OT].

"But when the young man heard that saying, heaven." p. 171, Para. 2, [1T].


 Here was his lack. He failed to keep the first four commandments, also the last six. He failed to love his neighbor as himself. Said Jesus: "Give to the poor." Jesus touched his possessions. "Sell that thou hast, and give to the poor." In this direct reference He pointed out his idol. His love of riches was supreme; therefore it was impossible for him to love God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind. And this supreme love for his riches shut his eyes to the wants of his fellow men. He did not love his neighbor as himself, therefore he failed to keep the last six commandments. His heart was on his treasure. It was swallowed up in his earthly possessions. He loved his possessions better than God, better than the heavenly treasure. He heard the conditions from the mouth of Jesus. If he would sell and give to the poor, he should have treasure in heaven. Here was a test of how much higher he prized eternal life than riches. Did he eagerly lay hold of the prospect of eternal life? Did he earnestly strive to remove the obstacle that was in his way of having a treasure in heaven? Oh, no; "he went away sorrowful;: for he had great possessions." p. 92171, Para. 3, [4OT].

"Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of Heaven. p. 92, Para. 4, [4OT].

"And again I say unto you, 1T].


 I was pointed to these words: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. p. 92, Para. 5, [4OT].

"When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? p. 92, Para. 6, [4OT].

"But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, " Said Jesus: "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Matt.

19:16-26. p. 92, Para. 7, [4OT].

Jesus quoted five of the last six commandments to the young man, also the second great commandment on which the last six commandments hang. These mentioned, he thought he had kept. Jesus did not mention the first four commandments, containing our duty to God. In answer to the inquiry of the young man, "What lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven." p. 92, Para. 8, [4OT].

Here was his lack. He failed of keeping the First four commandments, also the last six. He failed of loving his neighbor as himself. Said Jesus, "Give to the poor." Jesus touches his possessions. "Sell that thou hast, and give to the poor." In this direct reference he pointed out his idol. His love of riches was supreme, therefore it was impossible for him to love God with all his heart, with all his soul, with all his mind. And this supreme love for riches shut his eyes to the wants of his fellow-men. He did not love his neighbor as himself, therefore he failed to keep the last six commandments. His heart was on his treasure. It was swallowed up with his earthly possessions.

He loved his possessions better than God, better than the heavenly treasure. He heard the conditions from the mouth of Jesus. If he would sell and give to the poor, he should have treasure in Heaven. Here was a test of how much higher he prized eternal life than his riches. Did he eagerly lay hold of the prospect of eternal life? Did he earnestly strive to remove the obstacle that was in his way of having a treasure in Heaven? Oh, no! "he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions." p. 93, Para. 1, [4OT].

I was pointed to these words, "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Said Jesus, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Said the angel,: "Will God permit the rich men to keep their riches, and yet they enter into the kingdom of God?" Said aAnother angel, answered: "No, never!." p. 94172, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


 I saw that it wasis God's plan that these riches should be used properly, and distributed to bless the needy, and to advance the work of God. I saw that ifIf men love their riches better than they love their fellow-menfellow men, better than they love God or the truths of hHis word, andif their hearts are on their riches, they cannot have eternal life. They would rather yield the truth than sell and give to the poor. Here they are proved to see how much God is lovedthey love God, how much they love the truth is loved,; and, like the young man in the Bible, many go away sorrowful, because they cannot have their riches and a treasure in Hheaven, too. They cannot have both. T; and they venture to risk their chance of eternal life for a worldly possession. p. 94172, Para. 2, [4OT1T].


 "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Then I saw that wWith God all things are possible.

 Truth, set home to the heart by the Spirit of God, will crowd out the love of riches. The love of Jesus and of riches cannot dwell in the same heart. The love of God so far surpasses the love of riches that the possessor breaks away from his riches and transfers his affections to God. And thenThrough love he is then led through his love to God to administerminister to the wants of God's cause. It is his highest pleasure to make a right disposition of his Lord's goods. Love to God and his fellow-menfellow men predominates, and he holds all that he has as not his own, and faithfully discharges his duty as God's steward. Then can he keep both the first fourgreat commandments, and of the last six.law: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." In this way it is possible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

 "And every oneeveryone that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last,; and the last shall be first." p. 94172, Para.

2 3, [4OT1T].


 Here is the reward for those who sacrifice for God. They receive an hundredfold in this life, and shall inherit everlasting life. "But many, I saw, that are first shall be last,; and the last shall be first." I was shown those who receive the truth, but do not live it. They cling to their possessions, and are not willing to distribute of their substance to advance the cause of God.

 They have not faith to venture and trust God. Their love of this world swallows up their faith. God has calleds for a portion of their substance, but they heed it not. They reason thus, that they have labored hard to obtain what they have, and they cannot lend it to the Lord, for they may come to want. "O ye of little faith!." That God who cared for Elijah in the time of famine, will not pass by one of hHis self-sacrificing children. He thatwho has numbered the hairs of their heads, will care for them, and in days of famine they will be satisfied. While the wicked are perishing all around them for want of bread, their bread and water will be sure. Those who will still cling to their earthly treasure, and will not make a right disposition of that which is lent them of God, will lose their treasure in Hheaven, lose everlasting life. p. 95173, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


I saw that God in hHis providence has moved upon the hearts of some of those who have riches, and has converted them to the truth, that they with their substance may assist to keep hHis work moving. And if those who are wealthy will not do this, if they do not fulfill the purpose of God, hHe will pass them by, and raise up others to fill their place who will fulfill hHis purpose, and with their possessions gladly distribute to meet the necessities of the cause of God. In this they will be first. God will have those in hHis cause who will do this. p. 96174, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


I saw that God He could send means from Hheaven to carry on hHis work; but this is out of hHis order. He has ordained that men should be hHis instruments, that as a great sacrifice was made to redeem them, they should act a part in this work of salvation, by making a sacrifice for each otherone another, and by thus doing show how highly they prize the sacrifice that has been made for them. p. 97174, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 I was directed to James 5:1-3: "Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten.

 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days." p. 97174, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


 I saw that these fearful words apply particularly to the wealthy who profess to believe the present truth. The Lord calls them to use their means to advance hHis cause.

 Opportunities are presented to them, but they shut their eyes to the wants of the cause, and cling fast to their earthly treasure. Their love offor the world is greater than their love offor the truth, their love offor their fellow-menfellow men, or their love offor God. He has calleds for their substance, but they selfishly, covetously, retain what they have. They give a little now and then to ease their consciences, but have not overcome their love for this world. They do not sacrifice for God. The Lord has raised up others that prize eternal life, and that can feel and realize something of the value of the soul, and their means they have freely bestowed their means to advance the cause of God. The work is closing; and soon the rich menmeans of those who have kept their riches, their large farms, their cattle, &cetc. Their means are, will not be wanted then, and. I saw the Lord turn to themsuch in anger, in wrath, and repeat these words: "Go to now, ye rich men." He has called, but yeou would not hear. Love of this world has drowned hHis voice. Now hHe has no use for you, and lets you go, bidding you,: "Go to now, ye rich men." p. 97174, Para. 34, [4OT1T].


 Oh!, I saw it was an awful thing to be let gothus forsaken by the Lord.

ALord--a fearful thing to hold on toonto a perishable substance here, when hHe has told you,said that if youwe will sell and give alms, youwe can lay up treasure in Hheaven. p. 98, Para. 1, [4OT].

I was shown that as the work wasis closing up, and the truth is going forth in mighty power, these rich men will bring their means and lay themit at the feet of the servants of God, begging them to accept themit. The answer from the servants of God is,will be: "Go to now, ye rich men. Your means areis not needed. Ye withheld it when ye could do good with it in advancing the cause of God. The needy have suffered,; they have not been blessed by your means. God will not accept your riches now. Go to now, ye rich men." p. 98175, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Then I was directed to these words: "Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth;: and the cries of them which have reaped, are entered into the ears of the Lord of SabbathSabaoth." p. 99, Para. 1, [4OT].

I saw that God wasis not in all the riches that have beenare obtained. Satan often has much more to do with itacquiring property than God. It has, mMuch of it, been is obtained by oppressing the hireling in his wages. The naturally covetous, rich man has obtained theses his riches by grinding down the hireling, and taking advantage of individuals wherewherever he couldcan, andthereby adding to hisa treasure here, that will eat his flesh as it were fire. p. 175, Para. 2, [1T].


 A strictly honest, honorable course has not been taken by some. Such must work fast, and take a very different course and work fast to redeem the time. p. 99, Para. 2, [4OT].

I saw that mMany Sabbath-keepers are at fault here.

 Advantage is taken even of their poor brethren, and those who have of theiran abundance exact more than the real worth of things, more than they would pay for the same things, while these same brethren are embarrassed and distressed for want of means. God knows all these things. Every selfish act, every covetous extortion, will bring its reward. p. 99176, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 I saw that it wasis cruel and unjust to have no consideration offor a brother's situation. If he is distressed, or poor, yet doing the best he can, allowance should be made for him, and even the full value of the things he may purchase of the wealthy should not be exacted; but they should have bowels of compassion for him. God will approve of such kindly acts, and the doer will not lose his reward. But I saw a fearful account will stands against many Sabbathkeepers for close, covetous acts. p. 10076, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 I was pointed back, to and saw time when there waswere but few thatwho listened to, and embraced the truth, t. They had not much of this world's goods. The wants of the cause were divided among a very few. Then thereit was a necessitary for some to sell their houses and lands to be sold, and obtain cheaper to serve them as a shelter, or home, while their means were freely and generously lent to the Lord, to publish the truth, and to otherwise aid in advancing the cause of God. As I beheld these self -sacrificing ones, I saw that they had endured privation for the benefit of the cause. I saw an angel standing by them, pointing them upward, and saying these words,: "Ye have bags in Hheaven! Ye have bags in Hheaven, that wax not old! Endure unto the end, and great will be your reward." p. 10076, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


I saw that God hads been moving onupon many hearts. The truth thatfor which a few sacrificed so much for, in order to get it before others, has triumphed, and multitudes have laid hold of it.

 God has in hHis providence has moved upon those thatwho have means, and has brought them into the truth, that as theHis work of God increases, the wants of the cause may be met. Much means arehas been brought into the ranks of Sabbath-keepers. p.

101Sabbathkeepers, Para. 1, [4OT].

and I saw that at present God diddoes not call for the houses hHis people haveneed to live in, unless expensive houses are exchanged for cheaper ones. But if those who have of theiran abundance do not hear hHis voice, and cut loose from the world, and dispose of a portion of their property and lands, and sacrifice for God, hHe will pass them by, and call for those who are willing to do anything for Jesus, even to sell their homes to meet the wants of the cause.

 God will have a freewill offerings. Those who give must esteem it a privilege to do so. p. 10176, Para. 24, [4OT1T].


I have seen that s Some give of their abundance, but yet they feel no lack. They do not particularly deny themselves of anything for the cause of Christ. They still have all that heart can wish. They give liberally and heartily. God regards it, and the action and motive isare known, and strictly marked by hHim. They will not lose their reward.

 You thatwho cannot bestow so liberally, must not excuse yourselves, because you cannot do as much as some others.

 Do what you can. Deny yourselves of some article that you can doget along without, and sacrifice for the cause of God. Like the widow, cast in your two mites. You will actually give more than all those who have given of their abundance. A; and you will know how sweet it is to deny self, to give to the needy, to deny self, and sacrifice for the truth, and to lay up treasure in Heaven. p. 10177, Para. 31, [4OT1T].


 I was shown that the young, especially young men, who profess the truth, have yet a lesson of self-denial to learn. I saw that ifIf theyse made more sacrifice for the truth, they would esteem the truthit more highly. It would affect their hearts, and purify their lives, and they would hold it more dear and sacred. p. 10277, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


I saw that t The young do not take the burden, or feel the responsibility of the cause of God, or feel any responsibility in regard to it. Is it because God has excused them? Oh, no! I saw that; they excuse themselves.

! They are eased, and others are burdened. They do not realize that they are not their own. Their strength, their time, areis not their own. They are bought with a price. A dear Ssacrifice was made for them, and unless they possess the spirit of self-denial, and sacrifice, they can never possess the immortal inheritance. p. 10278, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 THE PRIVILEGE AND DUTY OF THE CHURCH The following relates to the Battle Creek church, but describes the condition and privileges of brethren and sisters scattered abroad. p. 10378, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 I saw that a thick cloud enveloped them, andbut that a few rays of light from Jesus pierced this cloud. I looked to see those who received this light, and saw individuals earnestly praying for victory. It was their study to serve God. Their persevering faith brought them returns. The light of Hheaven was shed upon them; but the cloud of darkness over the church in generally was thick. They were stupid and sluggish. My agony of soul was great. I asked the angel if that darkness was necessary. Said he,: "Look ye!" I then saw the church begin to rise, and earnestly plead with God, and rays of light began to penetrate this darkness, and the cloud was removed. The pure light of Hheaven shone upon them, and with holy confidence their attention was attracted upward. Said the angel,: "This is their privilege and duty." p. 10378, Para. 23, [4OT1T].


 Satan has come down in great power, knowing that his time is short. His angels are busy, and a great share of the people of God suffer themselves to be lulled to sleep by him. The cloud again passed over, and settled upon the church. p.

103, Para. 3, [4OT].

I saw that extra effort must be made, that the spell may be broken. It must beI saw that it would be only by earnest efforts and persevering prayer that this spell would be broken. p. 10378, Para. 4, [4OT1T].


I saw that t The alarming truths of the word of God had stirred the people of God a little. Now and then therey would bemake feeble efforts made;to overcome, but they soon tired, and suank back into the same lukewarm state. I saw that they did not have perseverance and fixed determination. Let the seeker for the salvation of God possess the same energy and earnestness for the salvation of God that he would have for a worldly treasure, and the object would be gained. I saw that the church may just as well drink of a full cup just as well, as to hold an empty one in the hand or toat the mouth. p. 10479, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


I saw that it was It is not the plan of God to have some eased and others burdened. Some feel the weight and responsibility of the cause, and the necessity of their acting, that they may gather with Christ, and not scatter abroad. Others go on free from any responsibility. They act, acting as though they had no influence. Such scatter abroad. God is not partial. All who are made partakers of hHis salvation here, and who hope to share the glories of the kingdom hereafter, must gather with Christ. Each must feel the responsibility of theirthat he is responsible for his own cases, and for the influence theyhe exerts over others, and gather with Christ. If theyse maintain their Christian walk, Jesus will be in them the hope of glory, and they will love to speak forth hHis praise that they may be refreshed. The cause of their Master will be near and dear to them. It will be their study to advance hHis cause, and to honor it by holy living. Said the angel,: "Every talent God will require with usury." Every Christian must go on from strength to strength, and employ all his powers in the cause of God. p. 10479, Para. 2, [4OT1T].


Vision of the Future.--Nov. THE SHAKING November 20, 1857, I was shown the people of God, and saw them mightily shaken. I saw sSome, with strong faith and agonizing cries, were pleading with God. Their countenances were pale, and marked with deep anxiety which expressed, expressive of their internal struggle. There were fFirmness and great earnestness were expressed in their countenances, while large drops of perspiration rose uponfell from their foreheads, and fell. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look settled upon them.* p. 105, Para. 1, [4OT].

*"Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, . . . Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where [is] their God?" Joel 2:15-17. p. 105, Para. 2, [4OT].

"Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:7-10. p. 105, Para. 3, [4OT].

"Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired; Before the decree bring forth, [before] the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD'S anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger." Zeph. 2:1-3. p. 105, Para. 4, [4OT].

would settle upon them.[*See Joel 2:15-17; James 4:7-10; Zeph. 2:1-3.] p. 179, Para. 3, [1T].


 Evil angels crowded around them, pressing their darkness upon them, to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and they distrust God, and next murmur against hHim. Their only safety was in keeping their eyes directed upward.

 Angels were having theof God had charge over theHis people of God, and as the poisonous atmosphere from these evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels which had charge over them, were continually wafting their wings over them, to scatter the thick darkness that surrounded them.

 p. 106180, Para. 1, [4OT1T].


 Some, I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing 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 them, and went to the aid of those earnest, praying ones. I saw the angels of God hastenthese, and I saw them hastening to the assistance of allthose who were struggling with all their energies to resist those evil angels, and trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But the angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them. p.

106, Para. 2, [4OT].

As these praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus would at times caome to them, andto encouraged their hearts, and lighted up their countenances.

 p. 107180, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen. I, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans.

It This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver of the testimony, and it will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. TSome will not bear this straight testimony some will not bear. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people. p. 10781, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


I saw that t 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, and all that truly receive it, will obey it, and be purified. p. 10781, Para. 32, [4OT1T].


 Said the angel, "List ye!" Soon I heard a voice that sounded like many musical instruments, all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever heard. It seemed to be so 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 before, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying with agony of spirit. I saw that tThe company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, firmly, like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, now shone now with the light and glory and light of Hheaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy. p.

108 181, Para. 13, [4OT1T].


 The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left by the way. [* See Rev. 3:15-17.] The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to agonize, persevere, andperseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it;, and they were left behind in darkness, andbut their numbers were immediately made up by others' taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks.

 Still the evil angels pressed aboutaround them, but they could have no power over them.**[*Eph 6:12-18.] p. 108182, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power. It had effect. I saw those who had been bound; some wives had been bound by their husbands, and some children had been bound by their parents. The honest who had been held or prevented from hearing the truth, now eagerly laid hold of the truth spokenit. All fear of their relatives was gone. The truth alone was exalted to them. It was dearer and more precious than life. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth. I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered,: "It is the latter rain; and, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord;, the loud cry of the third angel." p. 108182, Para. 32, [4OT].

*"I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" Rev. 3:15-17. p. 108, Para. 4, [4OT].

**"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. [Or, wicked spirits in heavenly places, as it reads in the margin.] p. 108, Para. 5, [4OT].

Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;" Eph. 6:12-18. p. 108, Para. 6, [4OT].

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 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 this company, who were havinghad the power and light of God.

 Darkness thickened around them;, yet there they stood, approved of God, and trusting in hHim. I saw them perplexed.

 Next I heard them crying unto God earnestly. Through the day and night their cry ceased not.* I heard these words,: "Thy will, O God, be done! If it can glorify tThy name, make a way of escape for tThy people! Deliver us from the heathen round about us! They have appointed us unto death; but tThine arm can bring salvation." These are all the words that I can bring to mind. TheyAll 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 like Jacob for deliverance. p. 110, Para. 1, [4OT].

*"And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:7-8[*See Luke 18:7, 8; see also Rev. 14:14-1514, 15.] p. 11083, Para. 21, [4OT1T].


 Soon after they had commenced their earnest cry, the angels, in sympathy, would have gone to their deliverance.

 But a tall, commanding angel suffered them not. Said he,: "The will of God is not yet fulfilled. They must drink of the cup. They must be baptized with the baptism." p. 11183, Para. 12, [4OT1T].


 Soon I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth.* There was a mighty earthquake. Buildings were shaken down, and fell on every side. I then heard a triumphant shout of victory, loud, musical, and clear. I looked upon this 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 weariness and marks of care were gone. H; health and beauty were seen in every countenance. Their enemies, the heathen roundaround 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 tThe graves were opened, and the saints came forth, clothed with immortality, crying v: "Victory over death and the grave,!" and together with the living saints, they were caught up to meet their Lord in the air;, while the rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were uponproceeded from every immortal tongue, and proceeding from every sanctified, holy lip. p. 111, Para. 2, [4OT].

*"The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.". [*See Joel 3:16; see also Heb. 12:26; Rev. 16:17.] p. 11184, Para. 31, [4OT1T].


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, were caught up to meet their Lord in the air; while the rich, musical shouts of glory and victory were upon every immortal tongue, and proceeding from every sanctified, holy lip. p. 111, Para. 2, [4OT].

*"The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel." Joel 3:16; see also Heb. 12:26; Rev. 16:17. p. 111, Para. 3, [4OT].



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