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The Two Crowns

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The Two Crowns.

In the vision given me in Battle Creek, October 25,
1861, I was shown this earth, dark and gloomy. Said
the angel, “Look carefully!” Then I was shown the
people upon the earth: some were surrounded with

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angels of Elohim, others were in total darkness, surrounded
by evil angels. I saw an arm reached down from
Heaven, holding a golden scepter. On the top of the
scepter was a crown studded with diamonds. Every
diamond emitted light, bright, clear, and beautiful.
Inscribed upon the crown were these words, “All
who win me are happy, and shall have everlasting
life.”

Below this crown was another scepter upon which
was also placed a crown, in the center of which were
jewels, gold and silver, which reflected some light. The
inscription on this crown, was, “Earthly treasure–
Riches is power. All who win me have honor and
fame.” I saw a vast multitude rushing forward to
obtain this crown. They were clamorous. Some in
their eagerness seemed bereft of their reason. They
would thrust one another, crowding back those who
were weaker than they, and trample upon those who
in their haste fell. Many eagerly seized hold of the
treasures within the crown, and held them fast. The
heads of some were as white as silver, and their faces
were furrowed with care and anxiety. Their own
relatives, bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh, they
regarded not; but, as appealing looks were turned to
them, they held their treasures the firmer, as though
fearful, in an unguarded moment, they should lose a
little, or divide with them. Their eager eyes would
often fasten upon the earthly crown, and count and
recount its treasures. Images of want and wretchedness
appeared in that multitude, and looked wishfully
at the treasures there, and turned hopelessly away as
the stronger overpowered and drove back the weaker.
Yet they could not give it up thus; but with a multitude
of deformed, sickly and aged, sought to press
their way to the earthly crown. Some died in seeking
to reach it. Others fell just in the act of taking hold
of it. Many but just laid hold of it when they fell.
Dead bodies strewed the ground, yet on rushed the
multitude, trampling over the fallen and dead bodies
of their companions. Every one who reached the

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crown possessed a share in it, and were loudly
applauded by an interested company standing around it.

A large company of evil angels were very busy.
Satan was in their midst, and all looked with the most
exulting satisfaction upon the company struggling for
the crown. Satan seemed to throw a peculiar charm
upon those who eagerly sought it. Many who sought
this earthly crown were professed Believers. Some
of them seemed to have a little light. They would
look wishfully upon the heavenly crown, and often
seemed charmed with its beauty, yet could obtain no
true sense of its value and glory. While one hand
was reaching forth languidly for the heavenly the
other was reached eagerly for the earthly, determined
to possess that, and in their earnest pursuit for the
earthly, they lost sight of the heavenly. They were
left in darkness, yet they were anxiously groping
about to secure the earthly crown. Some became
disgusted with the company who sought it so eagerly,
and they seemed to have a sense of their danger, and
turned from it, and earnestly sought for the heavenly
crown. The countenances of such soon changed from
dark to light, from gloom to cheerfulness and holy joy.

A company I then saw pressing through the crowds
of people with their eyes intently fixed upon the
heavenly crown. As they earnestly urged their way
through the disorderly crowd, angels attended them,
and made room through the dense throng for them
to advance. As they neared the heavenly crown, the
light emanating from it shone upon them, and around
them, dispelling their darkness, and growing clearer
and brighter, until they seemed to be transformed,
and resembled the angels. They cast not one lingering
look upon the earthly crown. Those who were in
pursuit of the earthly, mocked them, and threw black
balls after them, which did them no injury while their
eyes were fixed upon the heavenly crown. But those
who turned their attention to the black balls were
stained with them. The following scripture was
presented before me:

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Matt. vii, 19-24: “Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal. But lay
up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not
break through nor steal; for where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.

“The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine
eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full
of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be
darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can
serve two masters; for he will either hate the one and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve Elohim and mammon.”

Then that which I had seen was explained to me as
follows: The multitude which were shown me, who
were so eagerly striving for the earthly crown, were
those who love this world’s treasure, and are deceived
and flattered with its short-lived attractions. Some, I
saw, who professed to be the followers of Yehoshua, are so
ambitious to obtain earthly treasures, that they lose
their love for Heaven, act like the world, and are
accounted of Heaven as of the world. They profess to
be seeking an immortal crown, a treasure in the
Heavens; but their interest and principal study is to
acquire earthly treasures. Those who have their treasures
in this world, and love their riches, cannot love
Yehoshua. They may think that they are right, and
although they cling to what they have with a miser’s
grasp, you cannot make them see it, or feel that they
love money more than the cause of truth, or the
heavenly treasure.

“If the light that is in thee be darkness, how great
is that darkness.” There was a point of time in the
experience of such, when the light given them was not
cherished, and it became darkness. Said the angel,
“Ye cannot love and worship the treasures of earth,
and have the true riches.”

The young man came to Yehoshua and said unto him,

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Matt. xix, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do,
that I may have eternal life?” Yehoshua gave him his
choice, to part with his possessions and have eternal
life, or retain them, and lose it. His riches were of
greater value to him than the heavenly treasure. The
condition, that he must part with his treasures, and give
to the poor, in order to be a follower of The Messiah, and
have eternal life, chilled his desire, and he went away
sorrowful.

Those who were shown me clamorous for the earthly
crown, were those who will resort to any means to
acquire property. They become insane upon that
point. Their whole thoughts and energies are directed
for earthly riches. They trample upon the rights
of others, and oppress the poor and the hireling in his
wages. If they can take advantage of those who are
less shrewd, and poorer than they, and manage to
increase their riches, they will not hesitate a moment to
oppress them, and even see them brought to beggary.

The men whose heads were white with an age, and their
faces furrowed with care, who were eagerly grasping
the treasures within the crown, were the aged who
have but a few years before them. Yet they were
eager to secure their earthly treasures. The nearer
they came to the grave, the more anxious they were
to cling to them. Their own relatives were not
benefited. The members of their own families were
permitted to labor beyond their strength to save a little
money. They did not use it for other’s good, or for
their own. It was enough for them to know that they
had it. When their duty to the poor, and the wants of
Elohim’s cause are presented before them, they are
sorrowful. They would gladly accept the gift of everlasting
life, but are not willing that it should cost them
any thing. The conditions are too hard. But Abraham
would not withhold his only son. He could
sacrifice this child of promise to obey Elohim, more easily
than many would sacrifice some of their earthly
possessions.

It was painful to see those who should be ripening

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for glory, and daily fitting for immortality, exerting
all their strength to keep their earthly treasures.
Such, I saw, could not value the heavenly treasure.
Their strong affections for the earthly, cause them to
show by their works that they do not esteem the heavenly
inheritance enough to make any sacrifice for it.

The “young man” manifested a willingness to keep
the commandments, yet our Lord told him that he lacked
one thing. He desired eternal life, but loved his
possessions more. Many are self-deceived. They have
not sought for truth as for hid treasures. Their energies
and powers are not put to the best account.
Their minds, which might be illuminated with Heaven’s
light, are perplexed and troubled. Mark iv, 19.
“The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of
riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke
the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” “Such,” said
the angel, “are without excuse.” I saw the light
waning away from them. They did not desire to
understand the solemn, important truths for this time,
and they thought they were well off without
understanding them. Their light went out, and they were
groping in darkness.

The multitude of deformed and sickly, pressing for
the earthly crown, are those whose interests and
treasures are in this world, and, although they are
disappointed on every side, they will not place their
affections on Heaven, and secure to themselves a treasure
and home there. They fail of the earthly, yet
while in pursuit of it, lose the heavenly. Notwithstanding
the disappointment, and unhappy life, and
death, of those who were wholly bent upon obtaining
earthly riches, others follow the same course in their
pursuit for earthly treasures. They rush madly on,
disregarding the miserable end of those whose example
they are following.

All those who reached the crown, and possessed a
share in it, and who were applauded, are those who
obtained that which was the whole aim of their life,–
riches. And they received that honor which the

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world bestows upon those who are rich. They have
influence in the world. Satan and his evil angels are
satisfied. They know that such are surely theirs, and
while they are living in rebellion against Elohim they
are Satan’s powerful agents.

Those who became disgusted with the company
clamoring for the earthly crown, are those who have
marked the life and end of those striving for earthly
riches, and have seen they were never satisfied, that
they were unhappy, and they became alarmed, and
separated themselves from that unhappy class, and
sought the true and durable riches.

Those who were urging their way through the
crowd for the heavenly crown, attended by holy
angels, were shown me to be Elohim’s faithful people.
Angels lead them on, and they were inspired with zeal
to press forward for the heavenly treasure.

The black balls which were shown me thrown after
the saints, were the reproachful falsehoods put in
circulation concerning Elohim’s people, by those who love
and make a lie. The greatest care should be taken to
live a blameless life, and abstain from all appearance
of evil, and then move boldly forward, and pay no
regard to the reproachful falsehoods of the wicked.
While the eyes of the righteous are fixed upon the
heavenly, priceless treasure, they will be more and
more like The Messiah, and will be transformed, and fitted
for translation.

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