-TI- Patriarchs and Prophets
-CN- 29
-CT- Satan's Enmity Against the Law
-PR- 01
-PG- 339
The time is not far distant when God will arise to vindicate
His insulted authority. "The Lord cometh out of His place to
punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity." Isaiah
26:21. "But who may abide the day of His coming? and who
shall stand when He appeareth?" Malachi 3:2. The people of
Israel, because of their sinfulness, were forbidden to approach
the mount when God was about to descend upon it to proclaim
His law, lest they should be consumed by the burning glory of
His presence. If such manifestations of His power marked the
place chosen for the proclamation of God's law, how terrible
must be His tribunal when He comes for the execution of these
sacred statutes. How will those who have trampled upon His
authority endure His glory in the great day of final retribution?
The terrors of Sinai were to represent to the people the scenes
of the judgment. The sound of a trumpet summoned Israel to
meet with God. The voice of the Archangel and the trump of
God shall summon, from the whole earth, both the living and
the dead to the presence of their Judge. The Father and the
Son, attended by a multitude of angels, were present upon the
mount. At the great judgment day Christ will come "in the glory
of His Father with His angels." Matthew 16:27. He shall then
sit upon the throne of His glory, and before Him shall be gathered
all nations.

-TI- Patriarchs and Prophets
-CN- 1
-CT- Why was Sin Permitted?
-PR- 02
-PG- 36
The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before
Him, that in their presence He might set forth the true position
of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created
beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory
of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. About the throne
gathered the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng--"ten thousand
times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands" (Revelation
5:11.), the most exalted angels, as ministers and subjects, rejoicing
in the light that fell upon them from the presence of the Deity.
Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared
that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter
into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the
mighty counsels of His will. The Son of God had wrought the
Father's will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to
Him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due.
Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the
earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek
power or exaltation for Himself contrary to God's plan, but
would exalt the Father's glory and execute His purposes of beneficence
and love.


-BC- 3SG
-TI- Spiritual Gifts. Volume 3
-CN- 2
-CT- The Temptation and Fall
-PR- 03
-PG- 37
At length all the angels are summoned to
appear before the Father, to have each case
decided. Satan unblushingly makes known to
all the heavenly family, his discontent, that


Christ should be preferred before him, to be
in such close conference with God, and he be
uninformed as to the result of their frequent
consultations. God informs Satan that this he
can never know. That to his Son will he
reveal his secret purposes, and that all the
family of Heaven, Satan not excepted, were
required to yield implicit obedience. Satan
boldly speaks out his rebellion, and points to
a large company who think God is unjust in
not exalting him to be equal with God, and in
not giving him command above Christ. He
declares he cannot submit to be under Christ's
command, that God's commands alone will he
obey. Good angels weep to hear the words
of Satan, and to see how he despises to follow
the direction of Christ, their exalted and
loving commander.