-TI- Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1
-CT- The Great Apostasy
I saw the company of idolaters consulting
together. They failed to make the Christians yield, and they agreed to another plan. I saw them lower their banner, and they approached that firm Christian company, and made propositions to them. At first their propositions were utterly refused. Then I saw the Christian company consulting together. Some said that they would lower the banner, accept the propositions, and save their lives, and at last they could gain strength to raise their banner among those heathen idolaters. But some would not yield to this plan, but firmly chose to die holding their banner, rather than lower it. Then I saw many of that Christian company lower the banner, and unite with the heathen; while the firm and steadfast seized the banner, and bore it high again. I saw individuals continually leaving the company of those bearing the pure banner, and joining the idolaters, and they united together under the black banner, to persecute those bearing the white banner, and many were slain; yet the white banner was held high, and individuals were raised up to rally around it.
-TI- Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1
-CT- Another Illustration
Those who rejected and opposed the light of the first angel's message, lost the light of the second, and could not be benefited by the
power and glory which attended the message, Behold the Bridegroom cometh. Yahoshua turned from them with a frown. They had slighted and rejected him. Those who received the message were wrapt in a cloud of glory. They waited and watched and prayed to know the will of Elohim. They greatly feared to offend him. I saw Satan and his angels seeking to shut this divine light from the people of Elohim; but as long as the waiting ones cherished the light, and kept their eyes raised from earth to Yahoshua, Satan could have no power to deprive them of this precious light. The message given from heaven enraged Satan and his angels, and those who professed to love Yahoshua, but despised his coming, scorned and derided the faithful, trusting ones. But an angel marked every insult, every slight, every abuse they received from their professed brethren. Very many raised their voices to cry, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, and left their brethren who did not love the appearing of Yahoshua, and who would not suffer them to dwell upon his second coming. I saw Yahoshua turn his face from those who rejected and despised his coming, and then he bade angels lead his people out from among the unclean, lest they should be defiled. Those obedient to the messages stood out free and united. A holy and excellent light shone upon them. They renounced the world, tore their affections from it, and sacrificed their earthly
interests. They gave up their earthly treasure, and their anxious gaze was directed to heaven, expecting to see their loved Deliverer. A sacred, holy joy beamed upon their countenances, and told of the peace and joy which reigned within. Yahoshua bade his angels go and strengthen them, for the hour of their trial drew on. I saw that these waiting ones were not yet tried as they must be. They were not free from errors. And I saw the mercy and goodness of Elohim in sending a warning to the people of earth, and repeated messages to bring them up to a point of time, to lead them to a diligent search of themselves, that they might divest themselves of errors which have been handed down from the heathen and papists. Through these messages Elohim has been bringing out his people where he can work for them in greater power, and where they can keep all his commandments.
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It was represented to me that the remnant followed Y'hoshua into the Most Holy place, and beheld the ark, and the mercy-seat, and were captivated with their glory. Y'hoshua raised the cover of the ark, and behold! the tables of stone, with the ten commandments written upon them. They trace down the lively oracles; but they start back with trembling when they see the fourth commandment living among the ten holy precepts, while a brighter light shines upon it than upon the other nine, and a halo of glory is all around it. They find nothing there informing them that the Sabbath has been abolished, or changed to the first day of the week. It reads as when spoken by the mouth of Elohim in solemn and awful grandeur upon the mount, while the lightnings flashed and the thunders rolled, and when written with his own holy finger in the tables of stone. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath of Y'hovah thy Elohim. They are amazed as they behold the care taken of the ten commandments. They see them placed close by Y'hovah, overshadowed and protected by his holiness. They see that they have been trampling upon the fourth commandment of the 165 decalogue, and have observed a day handed down by the heathen and papists, instead of the day sanctified by Y'hovah. They humble themselves before Elohim, and mourn over their past transgressions.