The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed

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Testimony For The Church Number 7.

By Ellen G. White.

Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association Battle Creek, Mich.

1871 Number Seven Great Distress Coming, And God's People Not Prepared For It. p. 58, Para. 1, [7OT].




January 4, 1862, I was shown some things in regard to our nation. My attention was called to the Southern rebellion. The South had prepared themselves for a fierce conflict, while the North were asleep as to their true feelings. Before President Lincoln's administration commenced, great advantage was taken by the South. The former administration planned and managed for the South to rob the North of their implements of war. They had two objects for so doing: 1. They were contemplating a determined rebellion, and must prepare for it; 2. When they should rebel, the North would be wholly unprepared. They would thus gain time, and by their violent threats and ruthless course they thought they could so intimidate the North that they would be obliged to yield to them and let them have everything their own way. p. 253, Para. 1, [1T].

 The North did not understand the bitter, dreadful hatred of the South toward them, and were unprepared for their deep-laid plots. The North had boasted of their strength and ridiculed the idea of the South leaving the Union. They considered it like the threats of a willful, stubborn child, and thought that the South would soon come to their senses, and, becoming sick of leaving the Union, would with humble apologies return to their allegiance. The North have had no just idea of the strength of the accursed system of slavery. It is this, and this alone, which lies at the foundation of the war. The South have been more and more exacting. They consider it perfectly right to engage in human traffic, to deal in slaves and the souls of men. They are annoyed and become perfectly exasperated if they cannot claim all the territory they desire. They would tear down the boundaries and bring their slaves to any spot they please, and curse the soil with slave labor. The language of the South has been imperious, and the North have not taken suitable measures to silence it. p. 253, Para. 2, [1T].

 The rebellion was handled so carefully, so slowly, that many who at first started with horror at the thought of rebellion were influenced by rebels to look upon it as right and just, and thousands joined the Southern Confederacy who would not had prompt and thorough measures been carried out by our Government at an early period of the rebellion, even as ill-prepared as it then was for war. The North have been preparing for war ever since, but the rebellion has been steadily increasing, and there is now no better prospect of its being subdued than there was months ago. Thousands have lost their lives, and many have returned to their homes, maimed and crippled for life, their health gone, their earthly prospects forever blighted; and yet how little has been gained! Thousands have been induced to enlist with the understanding that this war was to exterminate slavery; but now that they are fixed, they find that they have been deceived, that the object of this war is not to abolish slavery, but to preserve it as it is. p. 254, Para. 1, [1T].

 Those who have ventured to leave their homes and sacrifice their lives to exterminate slavery are dissatisfied. They see no good results from the war, only the preservation of the Union, and for this thousands of lives must be sacrificed and homes made desolate. Great numbers have wasted away and expired in hospitals; others have been taken prisoners by the rebels, a fate more to be dreaded than death. In view of all this, they inquire: If we succeed in quelling this rebellion, what has been gained? They can only answer discouragingly: Nothing. That which caused the rebellion is not removed. The system of slavery, which has ruined our nation, is left to live and stir up another rebellion. The feelings of thousands of our soldiers are bitter. They suffer the greatest privations; these they would willingly endure, but they find they have been deceived, and they are dispirited. Our leading men are perplexed, their hearts are failing them for fear. They fear to proclaim freedom to the slaves of the rebels, for by so doing they will exasperate that portion of the South who have not joined the rebellion but are strong slavery men. And again they have feared the influence of those strong antislavery men who were in command, holding responsible stations. They have feared the effects of a bold, decided tone, for it fanned to a flame the strong desire of thousands to wipe out the cause of this terrible rebellion, by letting the oppressed go free and breaking every yoke. p. 254, Para. 2, [1T].

 Many of those who are placed high in command to fill responsible stations have but little conscience or nobility of soul; they can exercise their power, even to the destruction of those under them, and it is winked at. These commanders could abuse the power given them and cause those subject to them to occupy dangerous positions where they would be exposed to terrible encounters with the rebels without the least hope of conquering them. In this way they could dispose of daring, thoroughgoing men, as David disposed of Uriah. 2 Samuel 11:14, 15. p. 255, Para. 1, [1T].

 Valuable men have thus been sacrificed to get rid of their strong antislavery influence. Some of the very men whom the North most need in this critical time, whose services would be of the highest value, are not. They have been wantonly sacrificed. The prospects before our nation are discouraging, for there are those filling responsible stations who are rebels at heart. There are commanding officers who are in sympathy with the rebels. While they are desirous of having the Union preserved, they despise those who are antislavery. Some of the armies also are composed largely of such material; they are so opposed to one another that no real union exists among many regiments. p. 255, Para. 2, [1T].

 As this war was shown to me, it looked like the most singular and uncertain that has ever occurred. A great share of the volunteers enlisted fully believing that the result of the war would be to abolish slavery. Others enlisted intending to be very careful to keep slavery just as it is, but to put down the rebellion and preserve the Union. And then to make the matter still more perplexing and uncertain, some of the officers in command are strong proslavery men whose sympathies are all with the South, yet who are opposed to a separate government. It seems impossible to have the war conducted successfully, for many in our own ranks are continually working to favor the South, and our armies have been repulsed and unmercifully slaughtered on account of the management of these proslavery men. Some of our leading men in Congress also are constantly working to favor the South. In this state of things, proclamations are issued for national fasts, for prayer that God will bring this war to a speedy and favorable termination. I was then directed to Isaiah 58:5- 7: "Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" p. 256, Para. 1, [1T].

 I saw that these national fasts were an insult to Jehovah. He accepts of no such fasts. The recording angel writes in regard to them: "Ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness." I was shown how our leading men have treated the poor slaves who have come to them for protection. Angels have recorded it. Instead of breaking their yoke and letting the oppressed go free, these men have made the yoke more galling for them than when in the service of their tyrannical masters. Love of liberty leads the poor slaves to leave their masters and risk their lives to obtain liberty. They would never venture to leave their masters and expose themselves to the difficulties and horrors attending their recapture if they had not as strong a love for liberty as any of us. The escaped slaves have endured untold hardships and dangers to obtain their freedom, and as their last hope, with the love of liberty burning in their breasts, they apply to our Government for protection; but their confidence has been treated with the utmost contempt. Many of them have been cruelly treated because they committed so great a crime as to dare to make an effort to obtain their freedom. Great men, professing to have human hearts, have seen the slaves almost naked and starving, and have abused them, and sent them back to their cruel masters and hopeless bondage, to suffer inhuman cruelty for daring to seek their liberty. Some of this wretched class they thrust into unwholesome dungeons, to live or die, they cared not which. They have deprived them of the liberty and free air which heaven has never denied them, and then left them to suffer for food and clothing. In view of all this, a national fast is proclaimed! Oh, what an insult to Jehovah! The Lord saith by the mouth of Isaiah: "Yet they seek Me daily, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God." p. 257, Para. 1, [1T].

 The escaped slaves have been told by their masters that the Northern men wanted to get possession of them that they might cruelly misuse them; that the abolitionists would treat them worse than they had been treated while in slavery. All manner of horrible stories have been repeated in their ears to make them detest the North, and yet they have had a confused idea that some hearts in the North felt for their grievances and would yet make an effort to help them. This has been the only star which has shed its glimmering light upon their distressed and gloomy bondage. The manner in which the poor slaves have been treated has led them to believe that their masters have told them the truth in these things. And yet a national fast is proclaimed! Saith the Lord: "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" When our nation observes the fast which God has chosen, then will He accept their prayers as far as the war is concerned; but now they enter not into His ear. He turns from them, they are disgusting to Him. It is so managed that those who would undo the heavy burdens and break every yoke are placed under censure, or removed from responsible stations, or their lives are planned away by those who "fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness." p. 258, Para. 1, [1T].

 I was shown that if the object of this war had been to exterminate slavery, then, if desired, England would have helped the North. But England fully understands the existing feelings in the Government, and that the war is not to do away slavery, but merely to preserve the Union; and it is not for her interest to have it preserved. Our Government has been very proud and independent. The people of this nation have exalted themselves to heaven, and have looked down upon monarchical governments, and triumphed in their boasted liberty, while the institution of slavery, that was a thousand times worse than the tyranny exercised by monarchical governments, was suffered to exist and was cherished. In this land of light a system is cherished which allows one portion of the human family to enslave another portion, degrading millions of human beings to the level of the brute creation. The equal of this sin is not to be found in heathen lands. p. 258, Para. 2, [1T].

 Said the angel: "Hear, O heavens, the cry of the oppressed, and reward the oppressors double according to their deeds." This nation will yet be humbled into the dust. England is studying whether it is best to take advantage of the present weak condition of our nation, and venture to make war upon her. She is weighing the matter, and trying to sound other nations. She fears, if she should commence war abroad, that she would be weak at home, and that other nations would take advantage of her weakness. Other nations are making quiet yet active preparations for war, and are hoping that England will make war with our nation, for then they would improve the opportunity to be revenged on her for the advantage she has taken of them in the past and the injustice done them. A portion of the queen's subjects are waiting a favorable opportunity to break their yoke; but if England thinks it will pay, she will not hesitate a moment to improve her opportunities to exercise her power and humble our nation. When England does declare war, all nations will have an interest of their own to serve, and there will be general war, general confusion. England is acquainted with the diversity of feeling among those who are seeking to quell the rebellion. She well knows the perplexed condition of our Government; she has looked with astonishment at the prosecution of this war-- the slow, inefficient moves, the inactivity of our armies, and the ruinous expenses of our nation. The weakness of our Government is fully open before other nations, and they now conclude that it is because it was not a monarchical government, and they admire their own government, and look down, some with pity, others with contempt, upon our nation, which they have regarded as the most powerful upon the globe. Had our nation remained united it would have had strength, but divided it must fall. p. 259, Para. 1, [1T].

 GREAT DISTRESS COMING I saw greater distress in the land than we have yet witnessed. I heard groans and cries of distress. I, and saw large companies in active battle. I heard the booming of the cannon, the clash of arms, the hand-to-hand fight. I heard, and the groans and prayers of the dying. The ground was covered with the wounded and the dead. I saw desolate, despairing families, and pinching want in many dwellings. I saw that eEven now many families are suffering want, but this will increase. The faces of many families looked haggard, pale, and pinched with hunger. p. 260, Para. 1, [1T].

 I was shown that the people of God should be closely united in the bonds of Christian fellowship and love. God alone can be our shield and strength in this time of our national calamities. p.

58, Para. 2, [7OT].

The people of God should awake. Their opportunities to spread the truth should be improved, for they will not thus last long. I was shown distress, and perplexity, and famine, in the land; and. Satan is now seeking to hold God's people in a state of inactivity, to keep them from acting their part in spreading the truth, and that they may be at last be weighed in the balance and found wanting. p. 58260, Para. 32, [7OT1T].

I saw that God's people must take warning and discern the signs of the times. The signs of Christ's coming are too plain to be doubted;, and in view of these things every oneeveryone who professes the truth should be a living preachers. God calls upon all to awake;, both preachers and people must, to awake.

 All Hheaven is astir. The scenes of this earth's history are fast closing. We are amid the perils of the last days.

 Greater perils are before us, and yet we are not awake.

 This lack of activity and earnestness in the cause of God is dreadful. This death-stupordeath stupor is from Satan. He controls the minds of unconsecrated Sabbath-keepers, and leads them to be jealous of each otherone another, faultfinding, and censorious.

 It is Satan'shis special work to divide hearts, that the influence, strength, and labor, of God's servants may be kept among unconsecrated Sabbath-keepers,Sabbathkeepers and their precious time be occupied to settlein settling little differences, which when it should be spent in proclaiming the truth to unbelievers the truth. p. 58260, Para. 43, [7OT1T].

 I was shown God's people waiting for some change to take place--a compelling power to take hold of them. But they will be disappointed. T, for they are wrong. They must act. T, they must take hold of the work themselves, and earnestly cry untoto God for a true knowledge of themselves. The scenes which are passing before us are of sufficient magnitude to cause us to arouse. In view of these things we must and urge the truth home to the hearts of all whom we can get to will listen to it. The harvest of the earth is nearly ripe. p.

59 261, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 I was shown how important it is that the ministers be right who engage in the solemn, responsible work of proclaiming the third angel's message be right. The Lord is not straightened for means or instruments with which to do hHis own work. He can speak at any time, by whom hHe will, and hHis word is powerful and will accomplish the thing whereunto it is sent. But if the truth has not sanctified, and made pure and clean, the hands and heart of him who ministers in holy things, he is liable to speak according to his own imperfect experience; and when he speaks of himself, according to the decisions of his own unsanctified judgment, his counsel is not then of God, but of himself. As he that is called of God is called to be holy, so he that is approved and set apart of men must give evidence of his holy calling, and show forth in his heavenly conversation and conduct that he is faithful to Him who hath called him. p. 59261, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

I saw that t There wereare fearful woes for those who preach the truth and, but are not sanctified by it, and there are woes also for those who consent to receive and maintain the unsanctified to minister to them in word and doctrine,. I am alarmed for the people of God who profess to believe solemn, important truth, for I know that many who now profess to believe the truthof them are not converted nor sanctified through the truthit. Men can hear and acknowledge the whole truth, and yet know nothing of the power of gGodliness. All who carrypreach the truth will not themselves be saved by the truth they preachit. Said the angel,: "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." p. 59261, Para. 3, [7OT1T].

I saw that t The time has come when those who choose the Lord for their present and future portion, must trust in hHim alone. Every oneEveryone professing gGodliness must have an experience of theirhis own. The recording angel is making a faithful record of the words and acts of God's people.

 Angels are watching the development of character, and weighing moral worth. p. 60, Para. 1, [7OT].

I saw that thoseThose who profess to believe the truth should be right themselves, and exert all their influence to enlighten and win others to the truth. Their words and works are the channel through which the pure principles of truth and holiness are conveyed to the world. They are the salt of the earth, and the light thereof. I saw that in looking Hheavenward we shall see light and peace, but in looking to the world we shall see that every refuge must soon fail us, and every good soon pass away. There is no help for us but in God, and; in this state of earth's confusion we cannotcan be composed, strong, or safe, only in the strength of living faith; nor can we be inat peace, only as we rest in God, and wait for hHis salvation. Greater light shines upon us than shone upon our fathers. We cannot be accepted or honored of God in rendering the same service, or doing the same works, that our fathers have donedid. In order to be accepted and blessed of God as our fathersthey were, we must imitate their faithfulness and zeal,--improve- -improve our light as they improved theirs, --and do as they would have done ifhad they had lived in our day. We must improve and walk in the light which shines upon us, otherwise ourthat light will become darkness. God requires of us to exhibit to the world, in our character and works, that measure of the Sspirit, of union, and oneness, which areis in accordance with the sacred truths we profess, and with the spirit of those prophecies that are being fulfilledfulfilling in these last days. The truth which has reached our understanding, and the light thatwhich has shone on the soul, will judge and condemn us, if we turn away and refuse to be led by them. p. 60262, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 What shall I say to arouse the remnant people of God? I was shown that dreadful scenes are before us, and; Satan and his angels are bringing all their powers to bear upon God's people. He knows that if they sleep a little longer he is sure of them, for their destruction is certain. I warn all who profess the name of Christ to closely examine themselves, and make full and thorough confessions of all their wrongs, and let themthat they may go beforehand to judgment, and that opposite their names the recording angel may write, P pardon opposite their names. IMy brother, my sister, if these precious, merciful moments of mercy are not improved, you arewill be left without excuse. If you will make no special effort to arouse, if you will not manifest zeal in repenting, these golden moments will soon pass, and you will be weighed in the balance and found wanting, and t. Then your agonizing cries will be of no avail. Then will apply the words of the Lord: "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out mMy hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at naought all mMy counsel, and would none of mMy reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity,; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon mMe, but I will not answer; they shall seek mMe early, but they shall not find mMe: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord;: they would none of mMy counsel;: they despised all mMy reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto mMe shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." p. 61263, Para. 1, [7OT].

Perilous Times. p. 62, Para. 1, [7OT].


 SLAVERY AND THE WAR God is punishing this nation for the high crime of slavery. He has the destiny of the nation in His hands. He will punish the South for the sin of slavery, and the North for so long suffering its overreaching and overbearing influence. p. 264, Para. 1, [1T].

 At the Conference at Roosevelt, New York, August 3, 1861, when the brethren and sisters were assembled on the day set apart for humiliation, fasting, and prayer, the Spirit of the Lord rested upon us, and I was taken off in vision and shown the sin of slavery, which has so long been a curse to this nation. The fugitive slave law was calculated to crush out of man every noble, generous feeling of sympathy that should arise in his heart for the oppressed and suffering slave. It was in direct opposition to the teaching of Christ. God's scourge is now upon the North, because they have so long submitted to the advances of the slave power. The sin of Northern proslavery men is great. They have strengthened the South in their sin by sanctioning the extension of slavery; they have acted a prominent part in bringing the nation into its present distressed condition. p. 264, Para. 2, [1T].

 I was shown that many do not realize the extent of the evil which has come upon us. They have flattered themselves that the national difficulties would soon be settled and confusion and war end, but all will be convinced that there is more reality in the matter than was anticipated. Many have looked for the North to strike a blow and end the controversy. p. 264, Para. 3, [1T].

 I was pointed back to ancient Israel, held in bondage by the Egyptians. The Lord wrought by Moses and Aaron to deliver them. Miracles were performed before Pharaoh to convince him that these men were especially sent of God to bid him let Israel go. But Pharaoh's heart was hardened against the messengers of God, and he reasoned away the miracles performed by them. Then the Egyptians were made to feel God's judgments. They were visited with plagues, and while suffering under the effect of them, Pharaoh consented to let Israel go. But as soon as the cause of their suffering was removed, his heart was hardened. His counselors and mighty men strengthened themselves against God and endeavored to explain the plagues as the result of natural causes. Each visitation from God was more severe than the preceding one, yet they would not release the children of Israel until the angel of the Lord slew the first-born of the Egyptians. From the king upon the throne down to the most humble and lowly, there was wailing and mourning. Then Pharaoh commanded to let Israel go; but after the Egyptians had buried their dead, he repented that he had let Israel go. His counselors and mighty men tried to account for their bereavement. They would not admit that the visitation or judgment was from God, and therefore they pursued after the children of Israel. p. 264, Para. 4, [1T].

 When the Israelites beheld the Egyptian host in pursuit, some upon horses and some in chariots, and equipped for war, their hearts failed them. The Red Sea was before, the Egyptian host behind. They could see no way of escape. A shout of triumph burst from the Egyptians to find Israel completely in their power. The Israelites were greatly terrified. But the Lord commanded Moses to bid them go forward, and to lift up the rod and stretch out his hand over the sea and divide it. He did so, and lo, the sea parted, and the children of Israel passed over dry shod. Pharaoh had so long withstood God, and hardened his heart against His mighty, wondrous works, that he in blindness rushed into the path which God had miraculously prepared for His people. Again Moses was commanded to stretch forth his hand over the sea, "and the sea returned to his strength," and the waters covered the Egyptian host, and they were drowned. p. 265, Para. 1, [1T].

 This scene was presented before me to illustrate the selfish love of slavery, and the desperate measures which the South would adopt to cherish the institution, and the dreadful lengths to which they would go before they would yield. The system of slavery has reduced and degraded human beings to the level of the brutes, and the majority of slave masters regard them as such. The consciences of these masters have become seared and hardened, as was Pharaoh's; and if compelled to release their slaves, their principles remain unchanged, and they would make the slave feel their oppressive power if possible. It looked to me like an impossibility now for slavery to be done away. God alone can wrench the slave from the hand of his desperate, relentless oppressor. All the abuse and cruelty exercised toward the slave is justly chargeable to the upholders of the slave system, whether they be Southern or Northern men. p. 266, Para. 1, [1T].

 The North and the South were presented before me. The North have been deceived in regard to the South. They are better prepared for war than has been represented. Most of their men are well skilled in the use of arms, some of them from experience in battle, others from habitual sporting. They have the advantage of the North in this respect, but have not, as a general thing, the valor and the power of endurance that Northern men have. p. 266, Para. 2, [1T].

 I had a view of the disastrous battle at Manassas, Virginia. It was a most exciting, distressing scene. The Southern army had everything in their favor and were prepared for a dreadful contest. The Northern army was moving on with triumph, not doubting but that they would be victorious. Many were reckless and marched forward boastingly, as though victory were already theirs. As they neared the battlefield, many were almost fainting through weariness and want of refreshment. They did not expect so fierce an encounter. They rushed into battle and fought bravely, desperately. The dead and dying were on every side. Both the North and the South suffered severely. The Southern men felt the battle, and in a little while would have been driven back still further. The Northern men were rushing on, although their destruction was very great. Just then an angel descended and waved his hand backward. Instantly there was confusion in the ranks. It appeared to the Northern men that their troops were retreating, when it was not so in reality, and a precipitate retreat commenced. This seemed wonderful to me. p. 266, Para. 3, [1T].

 Then it was explained that God had this nation in His own hand, and would not suffer victories to be gained faster than He ordained, and would permit no more losses to the Northern men than in His wisdom He saw fit, to punish them for their sins. And had the Northern army at this time pushed the battle still further in their fainting, exhausted condition, the far greater struggle and destruction which awaited them would have caused great triumph in the South. God would not permit this, and sent an angel to interfere. The sudden falling back of the Northern troops is a mystery to all. They know not that God's hand was in the matter. p. 267, Para. 1, [1T].

 The destruction of the Southern army was so great that they had no heart to boast. The sight of the dead, the dying, and the wounded gave them but little courage to triumph. This destruction, occurring when they had every advantage, and the North great disadvantage, caused them much perplexity. They know that if the North have an equal chance with them, victory is certain for the North. Their only hope is to occupy positions difficult of approach, and then have formidable arrangements to hurl destruction on every hand. p. 267, Para. 2, [1T].

 The South have strengthened themselves greatly since their rebellion first commenced. If active measures had then been taken by the North, this rebellion would have been speedily crushed out. But that which was small at first has increased in strength and numbers until it has become most powerful. Other nations are intently watching this nation, for what purpose I was not informed, and are making great preparations for some event. The greatest perplexity and anxiety now exists among our national men. Proslavery men and traitors are in the very midst of them; and while these are professedly in favor of the Union, they have an influence in making decisions, some of which even favor the South. p. 267, Para. 3, [1T].

 I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. War, bloodshed, privation, want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land. As these things surrounded God's people, they began to press together, and to cast aside their little difficulties. Self-dignity no longer controlled them; deep humility took its place. Suffering, perplexity, and privation caused reason to resume its throne, and the passionate and unreasonable man became sane, and acted with discretion and wisdom. p. 268, Para. 1, [1T].

 My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine. Want and bloodshed caused pestilence. And then men's hearts failed them for fear, "and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth." p. 268, Para. 2, [1T].

 PERILOUS TIMES The unbelieving world will soon have something to think of besides their dress and appearance; and as their minds are torn from these things by distress and perplexity, they will have nothing to turn to. They are not prisoners of hope, and therefore do not turn to the Strong Hhold. Their hearts will fail them for repining and fear. They have not made God their refuge, and hHe will not be their consolation then, but will laugh at their calamity, and mock when their fear cometh. They have despised and trampled upon the truths of God's word. They have indulged in extravagant dress, and have spent their lives in hilarity and glee.

 They have sown to the wind,; they must reap the whirlwind.

p. 62, Para. 2, [7OT].

In the time of distress and perplexity of nations there will be many who have not given themselves wholly to the corrupting influences of the world and the service of Satan, who will humble themselves before God, and turn to hHim with their whole heart and find acceptance and pardon.

 p. 62268, Para. 3, [7OT1T].

 Those among Sabbath-keepers who have been unwilling to make any sacrifice, but have yielded to the influence of the world, are to be tested and proved. The perils of the last days are upon us, and a trial is before the young which they have not anticipated. They are to be brought into most distressing perplexity. The genuineness of their faith will be proved. They profess to be looking for the coming of the Son of man, yet some of them have been a miserable examples to unbelievers. They have not been willing to give up the world, but have united with them, have attended picnics, and other gatherings of pleasure, flattering themselves that they were engaging in innocent amusement. Yet I was shown that it wasis just such indulgences that separate them from God, and make them children of the world. God ownsdoes not own the pleasure, or amusement-seeker seeker as hHis follower. He has given us no such example. Theose only who are self-denying, and who live a life of sobriety, humility, and holiness, are true followers of Jesus; and such cannot engage in, and enjoy the frivolous, empty conversation of the lovers of the world.

 p. 62269, Para. 41, [7OT].

Isa. iii,1T].

 A day of heart-rending anguish is before us. I was shown that pointed testimonies should be borne, and that those who will come up to the help of the Lord will receive His blessing. But Sabbathkeepers have a work to do. Hoops, I was shown, are an abomination, and every Sabbathkeeper's influence should be a rebuke to this ridiculous fashion, which has been a screen to iniquity, and which arose from a house of ill fame in Paris. Individuals were shown me who will despise instruction, even if it comes from heaven; they will frame some excuse to avoid the most pointed testimony, and in defiance of all the light given will put on hoops because it is the fashion, and risk the consequences. p. 269, Para. 2, [1T].

 The prophecy of Isaiah 3 was presented before me. I was shown that this prophecy has its application as applying to these last days;, and the reproofs are given to the daughters of Zion who have thought only of appearance and display. Read verse 25: "Thy men shall fall by the sword, and thy mighty in the war." I was shown that this scripture will be strictly fulfilled.

 Young men and women professing to be Christians, yet having no Christian experience, and having borne no burdens, and felt no individual responsibility, are to be proved. They will be brought low in the dust, and will long for an experience in the things of God, which they have failed to obtain. War lifts his helmet to his brow; O God, protect Thy people now. p. 63270, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

Our Duty To The Poor. p. 63, Para. 2, [7OT].


 ORGANIZATION August 3, 1861, I was shown that some have feared that our churches would become Babylon if they should organize; but those in central New York have been perfect Babylon, confusion. And now unless the churches are so organized that they can carry out and enforce order, they have nothing to hope for in the future; they must scatter into fragments. Previous teachings have nourished the elements of disunion. A spirit has been cherished to watch and accuse, rather than to build up. If ministers of God would unitedly take their position, and maintain it with decision, there would be a uniting influence among the flock of God. Separating bars would be broken to fragments. Hearts would flow together and unite like drops of water. Then there would be a power and strength in the ranks of Sabbathkeepers far exceeding anything we have yet witnessed. p. 270, Para. 2, [1T].

 The hearts of God's servants are made sad as they journey from church to church, by meeting the opposing influence of other ministering brethren. There are those who have stood ready to oppose every advance step that God's people have taken. The hearts of those who have dared to venture out are saddened and distressed by the lack of union of action on the part of their fellow laborers. We are living in a solemn time. Satan and evil angels are working with mighty power, with the world on their side to help them. And professed Sabbathkeepers who claim to believe solemn, important truth unite their forces with the combined influence of the powers of darkness to distract and tear down that which God designs to build up. The influence of such is recorded as of those who retard the advancement of reform among God's people. p. 271, Para. 1, [1T].

 The agitation of the subject of organization has revealed a great lack of moral courage on the part of the ministers proclaiming present truth. Some who were convinced that organization was right have failed to stand up boldly and advocate it. They let some few understand that they favored it. Was this all that God required of them? No; He was displeased with their cowardly silence and lack of action. They feared blame and opposition. They watched the brethren generally to see how their pulse beat, before standing manfully for what they believed to be right. The people waited for the voice of their favorite ministers, and because they could hear no response in its favor from them, decided that organization was wrong. p. 271, Para. 2, [1T].

 Thus the influence of some of the ministers was against organization, while they professed to be in favor of it. They were afraid of losing their influence. But someone must move out and bear responsibility, and venture his influence; and as the one who has done this has become inured to censure and blame, he is suffered to bear it. His fellow laborers, who should stand by his side and take their share of the burden, are looking on to see how he succeeds in fighting the battle alone. But God marks his distress, his anguish, his tears, his discouragement and despair, while his mind is taxed almost beyond endurance; and when ready to sink, God lifts him up and points him to the rest for the weary, the reward for the faithful; and again he puts his shoulder under the heavy burden. I saw that all will be rewarded as their works shall be. Those who shun responsibility will meet with loss in the end. The time for ministers to stand together is when the battle goes hard. p. 271, Para. 3, [1T].

 DUTY TO THE POOR Inquiries are often made in regard to our duty to the poor who embrace the third message; and we ourselves have long been anxious to know, ourselves, how to manage with discretion the cases of poor families who embrace the Sabbath. But while at Roosevelt, New York, August 3, 1861, I was shown some things in regard to the poor. p. 63272, Para. 31, [7OT1T].

 God does not require our brethren to take charge of every poor family that shall embrace this message. If they should do this, the work of the messengersministers must cease to enter new fields must cease, for the funds would be exhausted. Many are poor from their own lack of diligence and economy, and; they know not how to use means aright. If they should be helped, it would hurt them. Some will always be poor. If they should have the very best advantages, their cases would not be helped.

 They have not good calculation, and would use all the means they could obtain, bewere it much or little. Some know nothing of denying self and economizing to keep out of debt, and to get a little ahead for a time of need. If the church should help such individuals instead of leaving them to rely upon their own resources, theyit would injure them in the end;, for they look to the church, and expect to receive help from them, and do not practice self-denial and economy when they are well provided for. And if they do not receive help every time, Satan tempts them, and they become jealous, and very conscientious for their brethren, fearing they will fail to do all their duty to them. The mistake is on their own part. They are deceived. They are not the Lord's poor.

 p. 63272, Para. 42, [7OT1T].

 The instructions given in the word of God in regard to helping the poor do not touch such cases, but are for the unfortunate and afflicted. God in hHis providence has afflicted individuals to test and prove others. Widows and invalids are in the church to prove a blessing to the church. They are a part of the means which God has chosen to develop the true character of Christ's professed followers, and to call into exercise the precious traits of character manifested by our compassionate Redeemer. p. 64273, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 Many who are single, and can but barely live when they are single, choose to marry and raise a family, when they know they have nothing with which to support them. And worse than this, they have no family government. Their whole course in their family is marked with their loose, slack habits. They have but little control ofover themselves, and are passionate, impatient, and fretful. SWhen such embrace the message, and theny feel that they are entitled to assistance from their more wealthy brethren; and if their expectations are not met, they complain of the church, and accuse them of not living out their faith. Who must be the sufferers in this case? Must the cause of God be sapped, and the treasury in different places exhausted, to take care of these large families of poor? No. The parents must be the sufferers. They will not, as a general thing, suffer any greater lack after they embrace the Sabbath than they did before. p. 64273, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

 There is an evil among some of the poor which will certainly prove their ruin unless they overcome it. They have embraced the truth with their coarse, rough, uncultivated, habits, and it takes some time for them to see and realize their coarseness, and that it is not in accordance with the character of Christ. They look upon others who are more orderly and refined, as being proud, and you may hear them say,: "The truth brings us all down upon a level." HereBut it is an entire mistake, in thinking to think that the truth brings the receiver down. It brings him up, refines his taste, sanctifies his judgment, and, if lived out, is continually fitting him for the society of holy angels in the cCity of God. The truth is designed to bring us all up upon a level. p. 64274, Para. 31, [7OT1T].

 The more able should ever act a noble, generous, part in their deal with their poorer brethren, and should also give them good advice, and then leave them to fight life's battles through. But I was shown that a most solemn duty rests upon the church, to have an especial care for the destitute widows, orphans, and invalids. p. 65, Para. 1, [7OT].

Power of Example. p. 65274, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

 POWER OF EXAMPLE In the epistle of Paul to Titus, chap. ii, chapter 2:13, 14, we read,: "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,; who gave hHimself for us, that hHe might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto hHimself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." This great work is to be performed for those only who are willing to be purified, willing to be peculiar, and who manifest a zeal in good works. How many shrink from the purifying process! They are unwilling to live out the truth, unwilling to appear singular in the eyes of the world. It is this mingling with the world whichthat destroys our spirituality, pureness, and zeal. Satan's power is constantly exercised to stupefy the sensibilitysensibilities of God's people, that their consciences may not be sensitive to wrong, and that the sign of distinction between them and the world may be destroyed. p. 65274, Para. 3, [7OT1T].

 I have frequently received letters of inquiry in regard to dress, and some have not rightly understood what I have written. The very class whichthat have been presented before me, who were as imitating the fashions of the world, have been very slow, and the last, to be affected or reformed. There has been aAnother class who lacked taste and order in dress, who have taken advantage of what I have written, and takenhave gone to the opposite extreme, and considered; considering that they were free from pride, andthey have looked upon those who dress neatly and orderly and neat as being proud. Oddity and carelesscarelessness in dress have been considered by some a special virtue by some. Such take a course which destroys their influence over unbelievers.

 They disgust those whowhom they might be benefited. p. 275, Para. 1, [1T].

 While the visions have reproved pride and imitating the fashions of the world, they have also reproved those who were careless ofin regard to their apparel, and lacked cleanliness of person and dress.

 Especially have I been shown that those who profess present truth should have a special care to appear before God to worship him upon the Sabbath, in a manner showingwhich would show that we respect the Creator who has sanctified and placed special honors upon that day. All who have any regard for the Sabbath should be cleanly in person, neat and orderly in dress,; for they are to appear before athe jealous God, who is offended at uncleanliness and disorder, and who marks every token of disrespect. God is offended at uncleanness and disorder. IndividualsSome have thought it would be wrong to wear anything upon their heads but a sunbonnet.

 Such go to great extremes. It cannot be called pride to wear a neat, plain, straw or silk bonnet. Our faith, if carried out, will lead us to be so plain in dress, and zealous of good works, that we shall be marked as peculiar. But when we lose taste for order and neatness in dress, we virtually leave the truth, for the truth never degrades, but elevates. Unbelievers look upon Sabbathkeepers as degraded, and when individualspersons are neglectful of their dress, and are coarse and rough in their manners, their influence strengthens unbelievers in theirthis conclusions. p. 65275, Para. 42, [7OT1T].

 Those who profess to be Christians in theseamid the perils of the last days which are full of peril, and do not imitate the humble, self-denying Pattern, place themselves in the enemy's ranks. He considers them his subjects, and they serve as important a purpose for Satanhim as do any of his subjects, for they have a name to live, and are dead. Others take them foras an example, and by following them lose Hheaven, when if they had, had these not professed to be Christians, theytheir example would have been shunned their example. These unconsecrated professors are not aware of the weight of their influence. They make the conflict much more severe for those who would be God's peculiar people. Paul, in Titus ii, 2:15, refers to God'sthe people who are looking for the appearing of Christ. He says,: "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke, with all authority.

 Let no man despise thee." p. 276, Para. 1, [1T].

 As we bear testimony against pride and following the fashions of the world, we are met with excuses and self-justification. Some urge the example of others. Such a sister wears hoops; if it is wrong for me to wear them, it is wrong for her. Children urge the example of other children, whose parents are Sabbathkeepers.

Bro. Brother A. is a deacon of the church. His children wear hoops, and why is it any worse for me to wear them thean it is for them? Those who by their example furnish unconsecrated professors with arguments against those who would be peculiar, are laying a cause of stumbling in the way of the weak, and to God; they must render an account to God for suchtheir example. I am often asked,: "What do you think of hoops?" I reply,: I have given you the light which has been given me. I was shown that hoops wereare a shame, and that we should not give the least countenance to a fashion carried to such ridiculous lengths. p. 276, Para. 2, [1T].

 I am often surprised to hear that " sister White says it is not wrong to wear small hoops." No one has ever heard me say this. After being shownseeing what I have in regard to hoops, nothing would induce me to give the least encouragement to any to wear them.

 Heavy quilts and hoops are alike unnecessary. He that framed us never designed that we should be deformed with hoops, or anything to look like them. It isBut God's people have so long been led by the inventions and fashions of the world that have led God's people, and they are unwilling to move out independent of the fashions and customs of the worldthem. WhileWhen I study God's wordthe Scriptures, I am alarmed for the Israel of God in these last days. They are exhorted to flee from idolatry. I fear that God's peoplethey are asleep, and so conformed to the world that we can hardly know them, orit would be difficult to discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth hHim not. The distance is widening between Christ's and hHis people, and lessening between them and the world. The marks of distinction between Christ's professed people and the world, have almost disappeared.

They Like ancient Israel, they follow after the abominations of the nations around them. p. 276, as did ancient IsraelPara. 3, [1T].

 From what has been shown me, hoops are an abomination. They are indecent,; and God's people err if they follow, in the least degree follow, or give countenance to, this fashion. p. 66, Para. 1, [7OT].

Sabbath-keepersThose who profess to be God's chosen, peculiar, people, should discard hoops, and their practice and example should be a living rebuke to those who wear them.

 Some may plead convenience. I have traveled much, and have seen a great deal of inconvenience attending the wearing of hoops; and t. Those who plead the necessity on account of health, wear them in the winter, which iswhen they are a greater injury than quilted skirts. While traveling in the cars and stages, I have often been led to exclaim,: O mModesty, where is thy blush?! I have seen large companies crowding into the cars, and in order to make any headway, the hoops had to be raised and placed into a shape which was indecent. And the exposure of the form was ten-fold more with those who wore hoops, than with those who did not; and w. Were it not for fashion, those who thus immodestly expose themselves would be hissed at,; but modesty and decency must be sacrificed to the god of fashion. May the Lord deliver hHis people from this grievous sin.! God will not pity those who will be slaves to fashion. But supposing there is some little convenience in wearing hoops, does this prove that it is right to wear them? Let the fashion change, and convenience would no longer be mentioned. It is the duty of every child of God to inquire, : "Wherein am I separate from the world?

" Let themus suffer a little inconvenience, and be on the safe side. What crosses do God's people bear? They mingle with the world, partake of their spirit, dress, talk, and act, like them. p. 68277, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 Read 1 Tim. ii, Timothy 2:9, 10.: "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh gwomen professing Godliness) with good works." p. 69, Para. 1, [7OT].

Also 1 Pet. iii, er 3:3-5.: "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 int 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. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands." p. 69278, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 The power of example is great. Sister A. ventures to wear small hoops. Sister B. says,: It is no worse for me to wear hoops than sfor Sister A., and she wears hoopsthem a little larger.

 Sister C. imitates the example of sSisters A. and B., and wears her hoops a little larger than A. and B., but all contend that their hoops are small. p. 69278, Para. 32, [7OT1T].

 Parents who would teach their children the evil of following the fashions of the world, have a hard battle.

 They are met with,: "Why, mother, sSisters A., B., and C., wear hoops; if it is wicked for me, it is for them." What can the parents say? They should set a right example before their children, and although the example of professed followers of Christ causes the children to think that their parents are too careful and severe in their restrictions, yet God will bless the efforts of these conscientious parents. If the parents do not take a decided, firm, course, their children will be borne down with the current, for Satan and his evil angels are working upon their minds, and the example of unconsecrated professors is against their efforts, which makes the work of overcoming far more laborious for their childrenthem. Yet with faith in God, and earnest prayer, believing parents mayshould press on in thise rugged path of duty. The way of the cross is an onward, upward, way. And as we advance therein, seeking the things that are above, we must leave farther and farther in the distance the things which belong to the earth. While the world and carnal professors are rushing downward to death, those who climb the hill will have to put forth efforts or they will be carried down in the broad roadwith them. p. 69278, Para.

4 3, [7OT1T].

 The children of the world are called the children of darkness. They are blinded by the god of this world, and are led by the spirit of the prince of darkness. They cannot enjoy heavenly things. The children of light have their affections set on things above. They leave behind them the things of this world. They fulfill the command, ": Come out from among them, and be ye separate." Here is the conditional promise.: "I will receive you." Christ fFrom the beginning, Christ has chosen hHis people out of the world, and required them to be separate, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. If they love God and keep hHis commandments, they will be far from having the friendship, and loving the pleasures, of the world. There is no concord between Christ and Belial. p. 70279, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 The prophet Ezra, and other faithful servants of the Jewish church, were astonished when the princes came to them, saying,: "The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations." "And after all that is come upon us for our evil deeds, and for our great trespass, seeing that tThou our God hast punished us less than our iniquities deserve, and hast given us such deliverance as this,; should we again break tThy commandments, and join in affinity with the people of these abominations? Wouldstwouldest not tThou be angry with us till tThou hadst consumed us, so that there should be no remnant nor escaping? O Lord God of Israel, tThou art righteous;: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before tThee in our trespasses,: for we cannot stand before tThee because of this." Ezra ix, 9:1, 13-15. p. 70279, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

 2 Chron. xxxvi, Chronicles 36:14-16.: "Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord which hHe had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by hHis messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because hHe had compassion on hHis people, and on hHis dwelling-place. Bdwelling place: but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised hHis words, and misused hHis prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against thHis people, till there was no remedy." p. 71280, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

Lev. xviii Leviticus 18:26, 26,27.: "Ye shall therefore keep mMy statutes and mMy judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (for all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled).") p. 71280, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

Deut xxxii, Deuteronomy 32:16-22.: "They provoked hHim to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they hHim to anger.

 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods, that came newly came up, whom your fathers feared not. Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee. And when the Lord saw it, hHe abhorred them, because of the provoking of hHis sons, and of hHis daughters. And hHe said, I will hide mMy face from them, I will see what their end shall be;: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. They have moved mMe to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked mMe to anger with their vanities,: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation. For a fire is kindled in mMine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains." p. 71280, Para. 3, [7OT1T].

 We here read the warnings which God gave to ancient Israel. It was not hHis good pleasure that they should wander so long in the wilderness, and h; He would have brought them immediately to the pPromised lLand, if had they had submitted, and loved to be led by hHim; andbut because they so often grieved hHim in the desert, hHe sware in hHis wrath that they should not enter into hHis rest, save two, who wholly followed hHim. God required hHis people to trust in hHim alone. He did not wish them to receive help offrom those who did not serve hHim. p. 281, Para. 1, [1T].

 Please read Ezra iv, 4:1-5.: "Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel,; then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you;: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto hHim since the days of Esar-haddon,Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as kKing Cyrus, the king of Persia, hath commanded us.

 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, and hired counselors against them, to frustrate their purpose." p.

72 281, Para. 12, [7OT1T].

 Ezra viii, 8:21-23.: "Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of hHim a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way;: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek hHim; but hHis power and hHis wrath is against all them that forsake hHim. So we fasted and besought our God for this,: and hHe was entreated of us." p. 72282, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 The prophet and these fathers did not consider themregard the people of the land as worshipers of the true God, and though theyse professed friendship and wished to help them, they dared not unite with them in anything relating to hHis worship. When going up to Jerusalem, to build the temple of God and to restore hHis worship, they would not ask help of the king to assist them in the way, but by fasting and prayer sought the Lord for help. They believed that God would defend and prosper hHis servants in their efforts to serve hHim. The Creator of all things needethneeds not the help of hHis enemies to establish hHis worship. He asks not the sacrifice of wickedness, nor accepts the offerings of those who have other gods before the Lord. p. 72282, Para. 32, [7OT1T].

 We often hear the remark, : "You are too exclusive." As a people we would make any sacrifice to save souls, or lead them to the truth; b. But to unite with them, to love the things that they love, and have friendship with the world, we dare not, for we should then be at enmity with God. p.

73 282, Para. 13, [7OT1T].

 By reading the following scriptures we shall see how God regarded his ancient Israel.: p. 73282, Para. 24, [7OT1T].

Ps. cxxxv, Psalm 135:4.: "For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto hHimself, and Israel for hHis peculiar treasure." p. 73282, Para. 35, [7OT1T].

Deut. xiv, Deuteronomy 14:2.: "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto hHimself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." p. 73282, Para. 46, [7OT1T].

Deut. vii, Deuteronomy 7:6, 7.: "For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God;: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto hHimself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set hHis love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people." p. 73283, Para. 51, [7OT1T].

Ex. xxxiii, Exodus 33:16.: "For wherein shall it be known here that I and tThy people have found grace in tThy sight? Iis it not in that tThou goest with us? Sso shall we be separated, I and tThy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth." p. 73283, Para. 62, [7OT1T].

 How frequently ancient Israel rebelled, and how often they were they visited with judgments, and thousands slain, because they would not heed the commands of God who had chosen them. p. 73, Para. 7, [7OT].

! The Israel of God in these last days are in constant danger of mingling with the world, and losing all signs of their being the chosen people of God. Read again Titus ii, 2:13-15. We are here brought down to the last days, when God is purifying unto hHimself a peculiar people. Shall we provoke GodHim as did ancient Israel? Shall we bring hHis wrath upon us by departing from hHim and mingling with the world, and following the abominations of the nations around us? p.

74 283, Para. 13, [7OT1T].

 The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for hHimself, and; this consecration to God, and separation from the world, is plainly declared and positively enjoined in both the Old and the New Testaments. There is a wall of separation which the Lord hHimself has established between the things of the world and the things hHe has chosen out of the world, and sanctified unto hHimself. The calling and character of God's people are peculiar. T, their prospects are peculiar, and these peculiarities distinguish them from all other people. All of God's people upon the earth are one body, from the beginning to the end of time. They have one Head that directs and governs the body. The same injunctions that rested upon ancient Israel, rest upon God's people now, to be separate from the world, as rested upon ancient Israel. The great Head of the church has not changed. The experience of Christians in these days is much like the travels of ancient Israel. Please read 1 Cor. xCorinthians 10, especially from the 6th to the 15th verse.: p. 74283, Para. 24, [7OT1T].

 "Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. . . . Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man;: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way ofto escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say." p. 74284, Para. 31, [7OT1T].

 1 John iii, 3:1.: "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God;: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew hHim not." p. 75284, Para. 12, [7OT1T].

 1 John ii, 2:15-17.: "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. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof; but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever." p. 75284, Para.

2 3, [7OT1T].

 2 Pet. ii,Peter 2.:20: "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning." p. 75284, Para. 34, [7OT1T].

 James iv, 4.:4: "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." p. 75285, Para. 41, [7OT1T].

 James i, 1:27.: "Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." p. 75285, Para. 52, [7OT1T].

 Titus ii, 12-14.2:12: "Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." p. 75285, Para. 63, [7OT1T].

Rom. xii, 2. Romans 12:2: "And be not conformed to this world;: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." p. 75285, Para. 74, [7OT1T].

 John xvii, 17:14, 15, 17.: "I have given them tThy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that tThou shouldest take them out of the world, but that tThou shouldest keep them from the evil." "Sanctify them through tThy truth; t: Thy word is truth." p. 76285, Para. 15, [7OT1T].

 Luke vi, 6:22, 23.: "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Mman's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy;: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven;: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." p. 76285, Para. 26, [7OT1T].

 John xv, 15:16-19.: "Ye have not chosen mMe, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain;: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in mMy name, hHe may give it you.

 These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated mMe before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own;: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." p. 76285, Para. 37, [7OT1T].

 1 John iv, 4:4, 5.: "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is hHe that is in you, than he that is in the world;. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them." p. 76285, Para. 48, [7OT1T].

 1 John ii, 2:5, 6.: "But whoso keepeth hHis word, in him verily is the love of God perfected;: hereby know we that we are in hHim. He that saith he abideth in hHim ought himself also so to walk, even as hHe walked." p. 76286, Para. 51, [7OT1T].

 1 Pet. ii, er 2:9.: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of hHim who hath called you out of darkness into hHis marvelous light." p. 76286, Para. 62, [7OT1T].


 As we read the word of God, how plain it appears that God'sHis people are to be peculiar and distinct from the unbelieving world around them. Our position is interesting and fearful; living in the last days, how important that we imitate the example of Christ, and walk even as hHe walked. "If any man will come after mMe, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow mMe." The opinions and wisdom of men must not guide noror govern us. They always lead away from the cross. p.

76, Para. 7, [7OT].

The servants of Christ have notneither their home ornor their treasure here. Would that all of them could understand that it is only because the Lord reigns that we are even permitted to dwell in peace and safety among our enemies.

 It is not our privilege to claim special favors of the world. We must consent to be poor and despised among men, until the warfare is finished and the victory won. The members of Christ are called to come out and be separate from the friendship and spirit of the world, and; their strength and power consists in their being chosen and accepted of God. p. 77286, Para. 13, [7OT1T].

 The Son of God was the heir of all things, and the dominion and glory of the kingdoms of this world were promised to hHim. Yet when hHe appeared in this world, it was without riches or splendor. The world understood not hHis union with the Father; and the excellency and glory of hHis divine character were hid from them. He was therefore "despised and rejected of men," and "we did esteem hHim stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." p. 77, Para. 2, [7OT].

Even so the members of Christ are as he was in this world.

Even as Christ was in the world, so are His followers. They are the sons of God, and joint heirs with Christ; and the kingdom and the dominion belong to them. The world understand not their character and holy calling. T; they perceive not their adoption into the family of God. Their union and fellowship with the Father and Son areis not manifest to the world, and while theythe world behold their humiliation and reproach, it does not appear what they are, or what they shall be. They are strangers. The world knows them not, and appreciate not the motives which actuate them. p. 77286, Para. 34, [7OT1T].

 The world is ripening for its destruction. God can bear with sinners but a little longer. They must drink the dregs of the cup of hHis wrath unmixed with mercy. Those who will be heirs of God, and joint-heirsjoint heirs with Jesus Christ to the immortal inheritance, will be peculiar. Yes, so peculiar that God places a mark upon them as hHis, wholly hHis. Think ye that God will receive, honor, and acknowledge a people so mixed up with the world that they differ from them only in name? Read again Titus ii, 2:13-15. It is soon to be known who is on the Lord's side, who will not be ashamed of Jesus. Those who have not moral courage to conscientiously take their position conscientiously in the face of unbelievers, and leave the fashions of the world, and imitate the self-denying life of Christ, are ashamed of hHim, and do not love his example. p. 77, Para. 4, [7OT].

Consecration. p. 78, Para. 1, [7OT].

Sabbath-keepersHis example. p. 287, Para. 1, [1T].

 CONSECRATION The people of God will be tested and proved. A close and searching work must go on among the people of GodSabbathkeepers. How soon, lLike ancient Israel, how soon we forget God and hHis wondrous works, and rebel against hHim. Some look to the world, and desire to follow its fashions, and participate in its pleasures in the same manner thatpleasure, just as the children of Israel looked back intoto Egypt, and lusted for the good things which they had enjoyed there, and which God chose to withhold from them to prove them, and thereby test their fidelity to hHim. He wished to see if hHis people valued more highly hHis service, and the freedom hHe had so miraculously given them, more highly than the indulgences they enjoyed in Egypt while in servitude to a tyrannical, idolatrous people. p. 78287, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

Every All true followers of Jesus will have sacrifices to make.

 God will prove them, and test the genuineness of their faith. I have been shown that the true followers of Jesus will discard picnics, donations, shows, and other gatherings offor pleasure, the true followers of Jesus will discard. They can find no Jesus there, and no influence which will make them heavenly-minded,heavenly minded and increase their growth in grace. The word of God obeyed, leads us to come out from all these things and be separate.

 The things of the world are sought for, and considered worthy to be admired and enjoyed, by all those who are not devoted lovers of the cross, and are not spiritual worshipers of a crucified Jesus. p. 78288, Para. 31, [7OT1T].

 There is chaff among us, and this is why we are so weak.

 Some are constantly leaning to the world. Their views and feelings harmonize much better with the spirit of the world than with that of Christ's self-denying followers. It is perfectly natural for them to prefer the company of those whose spirit will best agree with their own. And such have quite too much influence among God's people. They take a part with them, and have a name among them, and are a text for unbelievers and the weak and unconsecrated ones in the church. These persons of two minds will ever have objections to the plain, pointed, testimony which reproves individual wrongs. In this refining time, these persons will either be wholly converted wholly, and sanctified by obeying the truth, or they will be left with the world, where they belong, to receive their reward with them. p. 79288, Para. 12, [7OT1T].


 "By their fruits ye shall know them." All of Christ'sthe followers of Christ bear fruit to hHis glory. Their lives testify that a good work has been wrought in them by the Spirit of God, and their fruit is unto holiness. It isTheir lives are elevated and pure.

 Those who bear no fruit have no experience in the things of God. They are not in the vVine. Read John xv, 15:4, 5.: "Abide in mMe, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine,; no more can ye, except ye abide in mMe. I am the vVine, ye are the branches: hHe that abideth in mMe, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without mMe ye can do nothing." p. 79289, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 If we would be spiritual worshipers of Jesus Christ, we must sacrifice every idol, and fully obey the first four commandments. Matt. xxii, Matthew 22:37, 38.: "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment." p. 79, Para. 3, [7OT].

The first four commandments allow us no separation of the affections from God. Nor is anything allowed to divide, or share, our supreme delight in hHim. Whatever divides the affections, and takes away from the soul supreme love to God, takesassumes the form of an idol. Our carnal hearts would cling to, our idols and seek to carry them along, our idols; but we cannot advance until we put them away;, for they separate us from God.

 The great Head of the church has chosen hHis people out of the world, and requireds them to be separate. He designs that the spirit and life of hHis commandments shall draw them to hHimself, and separate them from the elements of the world. To love God and keep hHis commandments is to be far from loving the world's pleasures and friendship. There is no concord between Christ and Belial. The people of God may safely trust in hHim alone, and without fear press on in the way of obedience. p. 79289, Para. 42, [7OT1T].

Philosophy and Vain Deceit. p. 80, Para. 1, [7OT].

 PHILOSOPHY AND VAIN DECEIT I have been shown that we must be guarded on every side, and perseveringly resist the insinuations and devices of Satan. He has transformed himself into an angel of light, and is deceiving thousands and leading thousandsthem captive. The advantages he takes of the science of the human mind, is tremendous. Here, serpent-like, he imperceptibly creeps in to corrupt the work of God. The miracles and works of Christ, he makes all would make appear as the result of human skill and power. If Satanhe should make an open, bold attack upon Christianity, it would bring the Christian in distress and agony atto the feet of his Redeemer, and thehis strong and mighty Deliverer would affrightput the bold adversary awayto flight. But Satan, transformedHe therefore transforms himself into an angel of light, and works upon the mind to allure from the only safe and right path. The sciences of phrenology, psychology, and mesmerism, have been are the channel through which Satan hase comes more directly to this generation, and wroughtworks with that power which wasis to characterize his workefforts near the close of probation. p. 80290, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 Read 2 Thess. ii, Thessalonians 2:8-12.: "And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of hHis mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of hHis coming;: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish,; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." p. 80290, Para. 32, [7OT1T].

 Satan has come unperceived through these sciences, and has poisoned the minds of thousands and led them to infidelity.

 He is well pleased to have them spread wide. It is his own plan, laid out by himself, that he may havethe knowledge of these sciences widespread. It is a plan which he himself has laid that he may gain access to minds, and influence them as he pleases. And wWhile it is believed that one human mind so wonderfully affects another, Satan, ready at hand, insinuates himself, and works on the right hand and on the left. And while those devoted to these sciences laud them to the heavens because of the great and good works they affirm are wrought by them, they are cherishing and glorifying Satan himself, who steps in and works with all power and signs and lying wonders--with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. p.

81, Para. 1, [7OT].

Said the angel,: "Mark its influence. The controversy between Christ and Satan is not yet ended." This entering in of Satan through the sciences, is well devised by his Satanic majesty, and will eventually root out ofin the minds of thousands will eventually destroy true faith in Christ's being the Messiah, the Son of God. p. 81290, Para. 23, [7OT1T].

 I was directed to the power of God manifested through Moses, when the Lord sent him in before Pharaoh. Satan understood his business, and was upon the ground. He well knew that Moses was chosen of God to break the yoke of bondage upon the children of Israel;, and that he in his work he prefigured Christ's first advent to break Satan's power over the human family, and deliver those who were made captives by his power. Satan knew that when Christ should appear, mighty works and miracles would be wrought by hHim, that the world might know that the Father had sent hHim. He trembled for his power. He consultsed with his angels how to accomplish a work which shallshould answer a two-fold purpose: 1. To destroy the influence of the work wrought by God through hHis servant Moses, by working through his agents, and thus counterfeiting the true work of God.; 2. TheTo exert an influence ofby his work through the magicians which would reach down through all ages, and would destroy in the minds of many, true faith in the mighty miracles and works of Christ, which wouldto be performed by himChrist when hHe should come to this world. He knew that his kingdom would suffer, for the power which he held over mankind would be subject to Christ. It was no human influence or power Moses possessed, which wrought on the minds, by Moses that produced those miracles wrought before Pharaoh. It was the power of God. Theose signs and wonders were wrought through Moses, to convince Pharaoh that the great "I AM" sent him to command Pharaoh to let Israel go, that they might serve hHim. p. 81291, Para. 31, [7OT1T].

 Pharaoh called for the magicians to work with their enchantments. They also showed signs and wonders, for Satan came to their aid, to work through them. Yet even here, the work of God was shown to be superior to the power of Satan, for the magicians could not perform all those miracles which God wrought through Moses. Only a few of them could they do.

 The magicians' rods did become serpents, but Aaron's rod swallowed up theirsthem up. After the magicians sought to produce the lice, and could not, then they were compelled by the power of God to acknowledge even to Pharaoh, saying,: "This is the finger of God." Satan wrought through the magicians in a manner calculated to harden the heart of the tyrant Pharaoh against the miraculous manifestations of God's power. Satan thought to stagger the faith of Moses and Aaron in the divine origin of their mission, and then his instruments, the magicians, would prevail. Satan was unwilling to have the people of Israel released from Egyptian servitude, that they might serve God. The magicians failed to produce the miracle of the lice, and could no more imitate Moses and Aaron. God would not suffer Satan to proceed further, and the magicians could not save themselves from the plagues. "And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians." Ex. ix, Exodus 9:11. p. 82292, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 God's controlling power here cut off the channel through which Satan worked, and caused even those through whom Satan had wrought so wonderfully to feel hHis wrath. Sufficient evidence was given to Pharaoh to believe, if he would.

 Moses wrought by the power of God. The magicians wrought not by their own science alone, but by the power of their god--the Dgod, the devil. Satan has, who ingeniously carried out his deceptive work inof counterfeiting the work of God. p. 83292, Para. 12, [7OT1T].

 As we near the close of time, the human mind is more readily affected by Satan's devices. He leads deceived mortals to account for the works and miracles of Christ upon general principles. Satan has ever been ambitious to counterfeit the work of Christ, and establish his own power and claims. He does not generally do this openly and boldly. He is artful, and knows that the most effectual way for him to accomplish his work, is to come to poor, fallen man in the form of an angel of light. Satan came to Christ in the wilderness in the form of a beautiful young man-- more like a monarch than a fallen angel. He came withangel--with scripture in his mouth. Said he,: "It is written,." &c. Our suffering Saviour meetsmet him with scripture, saying,: "It is written." Satan takestook advantage of the weak, suffering condition of Christ, who had taken upon hHim our human nature. p. 83293, Para. 21, [7OT1T].

 Read Matt. iv, Matthew 4:8-11.: "Again, the Ddevil taketh hHim up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheoweth hHim all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto hHim., All these things will I give tThee, if tThou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan;: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and hHim only shalt thou serve. Then the Ddevil leaveth hHim, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto hHim." p. 83293, Para. 32, [7OT1T].

 Here Satan spread the world before Christ in the most attractive light, and intimatesd to hHim that hHe need not endure so much suffering to obtain the kingdoms of the earth.

He will; Satan would yield all his claims if he willChrist would but worship him.

 Satan's dissatisfaction first commenced in Hheaven because he could not be first and highest in command--equalcommand --equal with God, exalted above Christ. He rebelled and lost his estate,; and he, and those who sympathized with him, were turned out of Hheaven. In the wilderness he hoped to gain advantage through the weak and suffering condition of Christ, and obtain from hHim that homage which he could not obtain in Hheaven.

 But Jesus, even in hHis faint and exhausted condition, yieldsed not to the temptation of Satan for a moment, but shows hed His superiority and exercises hd His authority by bidding Satan,: "Get thee hence"--or, dDepart from mMe. Satan was baffled, and. He then studied how he could accomplish his purpose and receive the honor from the human race which was refused him in Hheaven, and by Jesus upon earth. Could he have succeeded in tempting Jesus Christ, then the plan of salvation would have failed, and he would have succeeded in bringing hopeless misery upon mankind. TBut that which Satan failed to effect in coming to Christ, he has accomplished in coming to man. p. 84293, Para. 13, [7OT1T].

 If Satan can so befog and deceive the human mind, and as to lead mortals to think that there is an inherent power in themselves to accomplish great and good works, they cease to rely upon God to do that for them that which they think existsthere is power in themselves to do. They acknowledge not a superior power.

 They give not God the glory hwhich He claims, and which is due to hHis great and excellent Majesty. Satan's object is thus accomplished. H, and he exults that fallen maen presumptuously exalts himself, themselves as he exualted himself in Hheaven, and was thrust out. He knows that the ruin ofif man is just as sure if he exalts himself, as his was certain. He hashis ruin is just as certain as was his own. p. 294, Para. 1, [1T].

 Satan failed in his temptations to Christ in the wilderness. The plan of salvation has been carried out. The dear price has been paid for man's redemption. And now Satan seeks to tear away the foundation of the Christian's hope, and turn the minds of men ininto such a channel that they may not be benefitted or saved by the great sacrifice offered. He leads fallen man, through his "all deceivableness of unrighteousness," to believe that he can do very well without an atonement;, that he need not depend upon a crucified and risen Saviour;, that man's own merits will entitle him to God's favor, a. And then he destroys man's confidence in the Bible, well knowing that if he succeeds here, and faith in the detector which places a mark upon himself is destroyed, he is safe. And hHe fastens upon minds the delusion upon minds that there is no personal Ddevil, and those who believe this make no effort to resist and war against that which they think does not exist, and. Thus poor, blind mortals finally adopt the maxim--, "Whatever is, is right." They acknowledge no rule to measure their course. p. 294, Para. 2, [1T].

 Satan leads many to believe that prayer to God is useless, and but a form. He well knows how needful isare meditation and prayer, to keep Christ's followers aroused to resist his cunning and deceptions. Satan'sBy his devices willhe would divert the mind from these important exercises, that the soul may not lean for help upon the mMighty One, and obtain strength from hHim to resist his attacks. p. 84, Para. 2, [7OT].

I was pointed to the fervent, effectual prayers of hisGod's people anciently. "ElijahElias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly." Daniel prayed unto his God three times a day. Satan is enraged at the sound of fervent prayer, for he knows that he will suffer loss. Daniel was preferred above the presidents and the princes, because an excellent spirit was in him. Fallen angels feared that his influence would weaken their control over the rulers of the kingdom, for Daniel was high in command.

 The accusing host of evil angels stirred up the presidents and princes to envy and jealousy, and they watched Daniel closely to find some occasion against him that they might report him to the king,; but they failed. Then these agents of Satan sought to make his faithfulness to God the cause of his destruction. Evil angels laid out the plan for them, and these agents readily carried it into effect. p. 295, Para. 1, [1T].

 The king was ignorant of the subtle mischief purposed against Daniel. With the full knowledge of the king's decree he, Daniel still bows before his God, "his windows being open." He considers supplication to God of sufficientso great importance tothat he would rather sacrifice his life rather than to relinquish it. On account of his praying to God, he wasis cast into the lions' den. Evil angels thus far accomplished their purpose thus far. But Daniel continues to pray, even in the den of lions. Was Danielhe suffered to be consumed? Did God forget him there? Oh, no; Jesus, the mighty Commander of the hosts of Hheaven, sent hHis angel to close the mouths of those hungry lions that they should not hurt the praying man of God,; and all was peace in that terrible den. The king witnessed his preservation, and brought him out with honors. Satan and his angels were defeated and enraged. The agents Satanhe had employed were doomed to perish in the same terrible manner in which they had plotted to destroy Daniel. p. 295, Para. 2, [1T].

 The prayer of faith is the great strength of the Christian, and will assuredly prevail against Satan.

this This is why he insinuates that we have no need of prayer.

 The name of Jesus, our aAdvocate, he detests,; and when we earnestly come to hHim for help, Satan's host is alarmed.

p. 85, Para. 1, [7OT].

It will serves his purpose well if we neglect the exercise of prayer, for then his lying wonders are more readily received. Satan accomplishes his object in setting his deceitful temptations before man, tThat which he failed to accomplish in tempting Christ, he accomplishes by setting his deceitful temptations before man. He sometimes comes in the form of a lovely young person, or inof a beautiful shadow. He works cures, and is worshiped by deceived mortals as a benefactor of our race. Phrenology and mesmerism are very much exalted. They are good in their place, but they are seized upon by Satan as his most powerful agents to deceive and destroy souls. THis arts and devices are received as from heaven, and faith in the detector, the Bible, is destroyed in the minds of thousands, and Satan uses his arts and devices, which are received as from Heaven. And Satan here receives the worship which suits his Satanic majesty.

 Thousands are conversing with, and receiving instructions from, this demon-god, and acting according to his teachings.

 The world, which is consideredsupposed to be benefitted so much by phrenology and animal magnetism, never was so corrupt.

 Satan uses these very things to destroy virtue and lay the foundation of Sspiritualism. p. 86296, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 I was directed to this scripture as especially applying to modern Sspiritualism. Col. ii, : Colossians 2:8.: "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Thousands, I was shown, have been spoiled through the philosophy of phrenology and animal magnetism, and have been driven into infidelity. If the mind commences to run in this channel, it is almost sure to lose its balance, and be controlled by a demon. "Vain deceit" fills the minds of poor mortals. They think there is such power in themselves to accomplish great works, that they realize no necessity of a higher power. Their principles and faith are "after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." Jesus has not taught them this philosophy. Nothing of the kind can be found in hHis teachings. He did not direct the minds of poor mortals to themselves, to a power which they possessed. He was ever directing their minds to God, the Creator of the universe, as the source of their strength and wisdom. EsSpecial warning is given in verse 18.: "Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." p. 297, Para. 1, [1T].

 The teachers of Sspiritualism will come in a pleasing, bewitching manner to deceive you, and if you listen to their fables you are beguiled by the enemy of righteousness, and will surely lose your reward. When once the fascinating influence of the arch deceiverarchdeceiver overcomes you, you are poisoned, and its deadly influence adulterates and destroys your faith in Christ's being the Son of God, and you cease to rely on the merits of hHis blood. Those deceived by this philosophy are beguiled of their reward through the deceptions of Satan.

 They rely upon their own merits, exercise voluntary humility, are even willing to even make sacrifices, and debase themselves, and yield their minds to the belief of supreme nonsense, receiving the most absurd ideas through those whom they believe to be their dead friends. Satan has so blinded their eyes, and perverted their judgment, that they perceive not the evil. T; and they follow out the instructions purporting to be from their dead friends, now angels in a higher sphere. p. 297, Para. 2, [1T].

 Satan has chosen thea most certain, fascinating delusion, one that is calculated to take hold of the sympathies of those who have laid their loved ones in the grave. Evil angels assume the form of these loved ones, and relate incidents connected with their lives, and perform acts which their friends performed while living. In this way they deceive, and lead the relatives of the dead to believe that their deceased friends are angels hovering about them, and communing with them, which. These they regard with a certain idolatry. W, and what they may say has greater influence over them than the word of God. These evil angels, who assume to be dead friends, will either utterly reject God's word as idle tales, or, if it suits their purpose best, will select the vital portions which testify of Christ and point out the way to Hheaven, and change the plain statements of the word of God to suit their own corrupt nature, and ruin souls. All may, wWith due attention to the word of God, all may be convinced if they will of this soul-destroying delusion.

 The word of God declares in positive terms that "the dead know not anything." Eccl. ix, Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6.: "For the living know that they shall die;: but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun." p. 87298, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 Deceived mortals are worshiping evil angels, believing them to be the spirits of their dead friends. The word of God expressly declares that "the dead have no more a portion in anything done under the sun." Spiritualists say that the dead know everything that is done under the sun, that they communicate to their friends on earth, give valuable information, and perform wonders. Ps. cxv, Psalm 115:17.: "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence." I have been shown that Satan, transformed into an angel of light, works with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. He who could take up the Son of God, who was made a little lower thatn the angels, and place hHim upon a pinnacle of the temple, and take hHim up into and exceeding high mountain to present before hHim the kingdoms of the world, can exercise his power upon the human family, who are far inferior in strength and wisdom to the Son of God, even after hHe had taken upon himself man's nature. p. 298, Para. 2, [1T].

 In this degenerate age, Satan holds control over mortalsthose who depart from the right, and venture upon his ground. He exercises his power upon such in an alarming manner. I was directed to these words,: "Intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." Some, I was shown, gratify their curiosity, and tamper with the Ddevil. They have no real faith in Sspiritualism, and would start back with horror at the idea of being a mediums.

 Yet they venture, and place themselves in a position where Satan can exercise his power upon them. TheySuch do not mean to enter deep into this work, but suchthey know not what they are doing. They are venturing uponon the Ddevil's ground, and are tempting him to control them. This powerful destroyer considers suchthem his lawful prey, and will exercises his power upon them, and that against their will. When they wish to control themselves they cannot. They yielded their minds to Satan, and he holds them captive, and he will not release his claims, but holds them captive. No power can deliver the ensnared soul but the power of God, in answer to the earnest prayers of hHis faithful followers. p. 88299, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 The only safety now is to search for the truth as revealed in the word of God, as for hid treasure. The subjects of the Sabbath question, andthe nature of man not immortal, and the testimony of Jesus, are the great and important truths to be understood, which; these will prove as an anchor to hold God's people in these perilous times. But the mass of mankind despise the truths of God's word, and prefer fables. 2 Thess. iiThessalonians 2:10, 11, 12.: "Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved: a. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie." p. 90300, Para. 1, [7OT1T].

 The most licentious and corrupt are highly flattered by these Satanic spirits, which they believe to be the spirits of their dead friends, and they are "vainly puffed up in their fleshly minds." Col. ii, Colossians 2:19.: "And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God," they deny Him who ministers strength to the body, that every member may increase with the increase of God. p. 90300, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

" Vain philosophy." The members of the body are controlled by the head. Spiritualists lay aside the Head, and everybelieve that all the members of the body they believe must act themselves, and that fixed laws will lead them on in a state of progression to perfection without a head. John. xv 15:1, 1-6.2, 4-6: "I am the tTrue vVine, and mMy Father is the hHusbandman. Every branch in mMe that beareth not fruit h, He taketh away;: and every branch that beareth fruit, hHe purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." "Abide in mMe, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine,; no more can ye, except ye abide in mMe. I am the vVine, ye are the branches; h: He that abideth in mMe, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit;: for without mMe ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in mMe, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." p. 90300, Para. 3, [7OT1T].

 Christ is the source of our strength. He is the vVine, we are the branches. We must receive nourishment from the living vVine. Deprived of the strength and nourishment of the vat Vine, we are as members of the body without a head, and are in the very position which Satan wishes us to be in, that he may control these membersus as pleases himself. He works "with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish,; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusions, that they should believe a lie." Spiritualism is a lie. It is founded upon the great original lie., "ThouYe shaltl not surely die." Thousands cut off the Head, and the result is the members act without Jesus for their head, and the result is, another guides the body. Satan controls them. p. 90301, Para. 41, [7OT1T].

 I was shown that Satan cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. Those who depart from the right are in serious danger now. They separate themselves from God, and from the watch-care of theHis angels of God, and Satan, ever upon the watch to destroy souls, begins to present to suchthem his deceptions, and they. Such are in the utmost peril. A; and if they see and try to resist the powers of darkness, and to free themselves from Satan's snare, it is not an easy matter. They have ventured on Satan's ground, and he claims them. He will not hesitate to engage all his energies, and call to his aid all his evil host to wrest a single human being from the hand of Christ. And tThose who have tempted the Ddevil to tempt them will have to make desperate efforts to free themselves from his power. WBut when they begin to work for themselves, then angels of God whom they have grieved will come to their rescue. Satan and his angels are unwilling to lose their prey. They contend and battle with the holy angels, and the conflict is severe.

And But if those who have erred continue to plead, and in deep humility confess their wrongs, angels who excel in strength will prevail, and wrench them from the power of the evil angels. p. 91301, Para. 12, [7OT1T].

 As the curtain was lifted, and I was shown the corruption of this age, my heart sickened, my spirit nearly fainted within me. I saw that the inhabitants of the earth were filling up the measure of the cup of their iniquity. God's anger is kindled, and will be no more appeased until the sinners are destroyed out of the earth. p. 92, Para. 1, [7OT].

Satan is Christ's personal enemy. He is the originator and leader of every species of rebellion in Hheaven and earth.

 His rage increases, and; we do not realize his power. If our eyes could be opened to discern the fallen angels at their work with those who feel at ease and consider themselves safe, we shouldwould not feel so secure. Evil angels are upon our track every moment. We expect a readiness on the part of bad men to act as Satan suggests; but while our minds are unguarded against Satan'shis invisible agents, they will assume new ground, and will work marvels and miracles in our sight. Are we prepared to resist them by the word of God, the only weapon we can use successfully? p. 302, Para. 1, [1T].

 Some will be tempted to receive these wonders as from God. The sick will be healed before us. Miracles will be performed in our sight. Are we prepared for the trial which awaits us when the lying wonders of Satan shall be more fully exhibited? Will not many souls be ensnared and taken? Forms of error, and departureBy departing from the plain precepts and commandments of God, and giving heed to fables, is fittingthe minds forof many are preparing to receive these lying wonders of Satan. We must all now seek to arm ourselves for the contest in which we must soon engage. Faith in God's word, prayerfully studied and practically applied, will be our shield from Satan's power, and will bring us off conquerors through the blood of Christ. p. 92302, Para. 2, [7OT1T].

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