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Nov. 20th, I
was shown the people of God, and saw
them mightily shaken. I saw some with strong faith and agonizing cries,
pleading with God. Their countenances were pale, and marked with deep
anxiety which expressed their internal struggle. There
was firmness and great earnestness expressed in their
while large drops of perspiration rose upon their foreheads, and fell. Now
and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation,
and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look settled upon them.
angels crowded around them, pressing
their darkness upon them, to shut out Jesus from their view, that their
eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and they
distrust God, and next murmur against him.
only safety was in keeping their eyes directed upward. Angels were having the
charge over the people of God, and as the poisonous atmosphere from these
evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the
angels, which had the charge over them, were continually wafting their
wings over them, to scatter the thick darkness that surrounded them.
I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing and pleading.
They seemed indifferent and careless. They were not resisting the darkness
around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud. The angels of God left them, and
went to the aid of those earnest, praying ones.
I saw the angels of God hasten to the assistance of every one who were
struggling with all their energies to resist those evil angels, and trying
to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But the angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I
lost sight of them.
these praying ones continued their earnest cries,
at times a ray of light from Jesus came to them, and encouraged their
hearts, and lighted up their countenances.
I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen. I was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. It will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver of the testimony, and it will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth.
This straight testimony,
some will not
AND THIS WILL CAUSE A SHAKING
saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded.
testimony upon which the destiny of the
Church hangs, has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep
repentance, and all that truly receive it, will obey it, and be purified.
the angel, "List ye!" Soon I
heard a voice that sounded like many musical instruments, all sounding in
perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever
heard. It seemed to be so full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy
joy. It thrilled through my whole being.
the angel, "Look ye!" My
attention was then turned to the company I had seen before, who were
mightily shaken I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping, and
praying with agony of spirit.
I saw that the company of guardian angels around them had doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet.
numbers of this company had lessened.
Some had been shaken out, and left by the way.
The careless and indifferent
did not join with those who prized
plead for it,
did not obtain it,
and they were left behind in darkness,
and their numbers were immediately
made up by others taking hold of the truth, and coming into the ranks.
Still the evil angels pressed around them, but they could have no power
heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power.
It had effect. I saw those who had been bound; some wives had been bound
by their husbands, and some children had been bound by their parents. The
honest who had been held or prevented from hearing the truth, now eagerly
laid hold of the truth spoken. All fear of their relatives was gone. The
truth alone was exalted to them. It was dearer and more precious than
life. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth. I asked what had
made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter rain.
The refreshing from the presence of the Lord. The loud cry of the Third
power was with these chosen ones. Said the
angel, "Look ye!" My attention was turned to the wicked, or
unbelievers. They were all astir. The zeal and power with the people of
God had aroused and enraged them. Confusion, confusion, was on every side.
saw measures taken against this company,
were having the power and light of God.
thickened around them,
there they stood,
approved of God, and trusting in him.
saw them perplexed
Next I heard them crying unto God earnestly.
Through the day and night
their cry ceased not.
heard these words,
"Thy will, O God, be done!
it can glorify thy name,
a way of escape for thy people!
Deliver us from the heathen round about us!
They have appointed us unto death;
thine arm can bring salvation."
These are all the words I can bring to mind. They seemed to have a deep sense of their unworthiness, and manifested entire submission to the will of God. Yet every one, without an exception, was earnestly pleading, and wrestling like Jacob for deliverance.
after they had commenced their earnest cry, the angels, in sympathy would
have gone to their deliverance. But a
tall, commanding angel suffered them not. Said he, "The will of God
is not yet fulfilled. They must drink of the cup. They must be baptized
with the baptism."
I heard the voice of God, which shook the heavens and the earth.
There was a mighty earthquake. Buildings were shaken down, and fell on
I then heard a triumphant shout of victory,
loud, musical, and
I looked upon this company who,
A short time before were in such distress and bondage.
Their captivity was
A glorious light shone
How beautiful they then
All weariness and marks of care were gone.
Health and beauty were
seen in every countenance.
Their enemies, the
heathen round them, fell like dead men.
They could not endure the light that shone upon the delivered, holy
This light and glory remained upon them,
until Jesus was seen in
the clouds of heaven,
and the faithful, tried
company was changed in a moment,
in the twinkling of an
eye, from glory to glory.
And the graves were
opened and the saints came forth,
crying victory over death and the grave,
and together with the living saints,
were caught up to meet
their Lord in the air;
while the rich, musical
Glory, and Victory,
were upon every
proceeding from every sanctified, holy lip!
Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, December 31, 1857