Deliverance of the Saints
IT WAS at midnight that God chose to
deliver His people. As the wicked were mocking around them, suddenly the sun appeared,
shining in his strength, and the moon stood still. The wicked looked upon the scene with
amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Signs
and wonders followed in quick succession. Everything seemed turned out of its natural
course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each
other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like
many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves
were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel's message, keeping the
Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that
God was to make with those who had kept His law.
The sky opened and shut and
was in commotion. The mountains shook like a reed in the wind and cast out ragged rocks
all around. The sea boiled like a pot and cast out stones upon the land. And as God spoke
the day and the hour of Jesus' coming and delivered the everlasting covenant to His
people, He spoke one sentence, and then paused, while the words were rolling through the
earth. The Israel of
God stood with their eyes fixed upward, listening to the words as
they came from the mouth of Jehovah and rolled through the earth like peals of loudest
thunder. It was awfully solemn. At the end of every sentence the saints shouted,
"Glory! Hallelujah!" Their countenances were lighted up with the glory of God,
and they shone with glory as did the face of Moses when he came down from Sinai. The
wicked could not look upon them for the glory. And when the never-ending blessing was
pronounced on those who had honored God in keeping His Sabbath holy, there was a mighty
shout of victory over the beast and over his image.
Then commenced the jubilee,
when the land should rest. I saw the pious slave rise in victory and triumph, and shake
off the chains that bound him, while his wicked master was in confusion and knew not what
to do, for the wicked could not understand the words of the voice of God.
Second Advent of Christ
Soon appeared the great white
cloud, upon which sat the Son of man. When it first appeared in the distance, this cloud
looked very small. The angel said that it was the sign of the Son of man. As it drew
nearer the earth, we could behold the excellent glory and majesty of Jesus as He rode
forth to conquer. A retinue of holy angels, with bright, glittering crowns upon their
heads, escorted Him on His way.
No language can describe the
glory of the scene. The living cloud of majesty and unsurpassed glory came still nearer,
and we could clearly behold the lovely person of Jesus. He did not wear a crown of thorns,
but a crown of glory rested upon His holy brow. Upon His vesture and thigh was a name
King of kings, and Lord of lords. His countenance was as bright as the noonday
sun, His eyes were as a flame of fire, and His feet had the appearance of fine brass. His
voice sounded like many musical instruments. The earth trembled before Him, the heavens
departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved
out of their places. "And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich
men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man,
hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains
and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and
from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able
to stand?" Rev. 6:15-17.
Those who a short time before
would have destroyed God's faithful children from the earth, now witnessed the glory of
God which rested upon them. And amid all their terror they heard the voices of the saints
in joyful strains, saying, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will
save us." Isa. 25:9.
The earth mightily shook as
the voice of the Son of God called forth the sleeping saints. They responded to the call
and came forth clothed with glorious immortality, crying, "Victory, victory, over
death and the grave! O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"
(See 1 Cor. 15:55.) Then the living saints and the risen ones raised their voices in a
long transporting shout of victory. Those bodies that had gone down into the grave bearing
the marks of disease and death came up in immortal health and vigor. The living saints are
changed in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, and caught up with the risen ones, and
together they meet their Lord in the air. Oh, what a glorious meeting! Friends whom death
had separated were united, never more to part.
On each side of the cloudy
chariot were wings, and beneath it were living wheels; and as the chariot rolled upward,
the wheels cried, "Holy," and the wings, as they moved, cried, "Holy,"
and the retinue of holy angels around the cloud cried, "Holy, holy, holy, Lord God
Almighty!" And the saints in the cloud cried, "Glory! Alleluia!" And the
chariot rolled upward to the Holy City. Before entering the city, the saints were arranged
in a perfect square, with Jesus in the midst. He stood head and shoulders above the saints
and above the angels. His majestic form and lovely countenance could be seen by all in the
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