-CT- God's Judgments in the Land
<SI 25 <EI
<SB God's Judgments in the Land <EB
<SB Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those
things which are coming on the earth. Luke 21:26. <EB
O that God's people had a sense of the impending destruction
of thousands of cities, now almost given to idolatry! . . .
Not long ago a very impressive scene passed before me. I
saw an immense ball of fire falling among some beautiful mansions,
causing their instant destruction. I heard someone say,
"We knew that the judgments of God were coming upon the
earth, but we did not know that they would come so soon." Others
said, "You knew? Why then did you not tell us? We did not
know." On every side I heard such words spoken. . . .
Soon grievous troubles will arise among the nations--trouble
that will not cease until Jesus comes. As never before we
need to press together, serving Him who has prepared His
throne in the heavens and whose kingdom ruleth over all. God
has not forsaken His people, and our strength lies in not
The judgments of God are in the land. The wars and rumors
of wars, the destruction by fire and flood, say clearly that the
time of trouble, which is to increase until the end, is very near at
hand. We have no time to lose. The world is stirred with the
spirit of war. The prophecies of the eleventh of Daniel have
almost reached their final fulfillment. . . .
Last Friday morning, just before I awoke, a very impressive
scene was presented before me. I seemed to awake from sleep
but was not in my home. From the windows I could behold a
terrible conflagration. Great balls of fire were falling upon
houses, and from these balls fiery arrows were flying in every
direction. It was impossible to check the fires that were kindled,
and many places were being destroyed. The terror of the people
Strictly will the cities of the nations be dealt with, and yet they
will not be visited in the extreme of God's indignation, because
some souls will yet break away from the delusions of the enemy,
and will repent and be converted, while the mass will be treasuring
up wrath against the day of wrath.
-CT- A Better and Nobler Way
<SI 26 <EI
<SB A Better and Nobler Way <EB
<SB Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings
from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well. Isa.
1:16, 17. <EB
Ignorance, pleasure loving, and sinful habits, corrupting
soul, body, and spirit, make the world full of moral leprosy; a
deadly moral malaria is destroying thousands and tens of thousands.
Many are sunken in sin. Many are in distress. They are
pressed with suffering, want, unbelief, despondency. Disease of
every type afflicts them, both in body and in soul. They long to
find a solace for their troubles, and Satan tempts them to seek
it in lusts and pleasures that lead to ruin and death. He is offering
them the apples of Sodom, that will turn to ashes upon their
A terrible picture of the condition of the world has been
presented before me. Immorality abounds everywhere. Licentiousness
is the special sin of this age. Never did vice lift its deformed
head with such boldness as now. . . . The iniquity which abounds
is not merely confined to the unbeliever and the scoffer. Would
that this were the case, but it is not. Many men and women who
profess the religion of Christ are guilty. Even some who profess
to be looking for His appearing are no more prepared for that
event than Satan himself. They are not cleansing themselves
from all pollution. They have so long served their lust that it is
natural for their thoughts to be impure and their imaginations
corrupt. It is as impossible to cause their minds to dwell upon
pure and holy things as it would be to turn the course of Niagara
and send its waters pouring up the falls. . . . Every Christian will
have to learn to restrain his passions and be controlled by
principle. . . .
If lasciviousness, pollution, adultery, crime, and murder are
the order of the day among those who know not the truth, and
who refuse to be controlled by the principles of God's word,
how important that the class professing to be followers of Christ,
closely allied to God and angels, should show them a better and
nobler way! How important that by their chastity and virtue they
stand in marked contrast to that class who are controlled by
-TI- Last Day Events
-CT- The Cities
<SB Judgments Coming on the Cities <EB
Terrible shocks will come upon the earth, and the
lordly palaces erected at great expense will certainly
become heaps of ruins.--3MR 312 (1891).
When God's restraining hand is removed, the
destroyer begins his work. Then in our cities the greatest
calamities will come.--3MR 314 (1897).
The Lord gives warnings to the inhabitants of the
earth, as in the Chicago fire and the fires in Melbourne,
London, and the city of New York.--Ms 127, 1897.
The end is near and every city is to be turned upside
down every way. There will be confusion in every city.
Everything that can be shaken is to be shaken and we
do not know what will come next. The judgments will
be according to the wickedness of the people and the
light of truth that they have had.--1MR 248 (1902).
O that God's people had a sense of the impending
destruction of thousands of cities, now almost given
to idolatry.--Ev 29 (1903).
The time is near when large cities will be swept
away, and all should be warned of these coming
judgments.--Ev 29 (1910).
-TI- Last Day Events
-CT- The Cities
Buildings Will Become Ashes <EB
I have seen the most costly structures in buildings
erected and supposed to be fireproof, and just as
Sodom perished in the flames of God's vengeance so
will these proud structures become ashes. . . . The
flattering monuments of men's greatness will be
crumbled in the dust even before the last great
destruction comes upon the world.--3SM 418 (1901).
God is withdrawing His Spirit from the wicked
cities, which have become as the cities of the
antediluvian world and as Sodom and Gomorrah. . . . Costly
mansions, marvels of architectural skill, will be
destroyed without a moment's notice when the Lord sees
that the owners have passed the boundaries of forgiveness.
The destruction by fire of the stately buildings,
supposed to be fireproof, is an illustration of
how in a short time earth's architecture will lie in
ruins.--TDG 152 (1902).
Men will continue to erect expensive buildings,
costing millions of money. Special attention will be
called to their architectural beauty and the firmness
and solidity with which they are constructed, but the
Lord has instructed me that despite the unusual firmness
and expensive display, these buildings will share
the fate of the temple in Jerusalem.--5BC 1098 (1906).
God has not executed His wrath without mercy. His
hand is stretched out still. His message must be given
in Greater New York. The people must be shown how
it is possible for God, by a touch of His hand, to destroy
the property they have gathered together against the
last great day.--3MR 310, 311 (1902).
I have no light in particular in regard to what is
coming on New York, only that I know that one day
the great buildings there will be thrown down by the
turning and overturning of God's power. . . . Death
will come in all places. <SI This is why I am so anxious for
our cities to be warned <EI.--RH July 5, 1906.
On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in
the night season called upon to behold buildings rising
story after story toward heaven. These buildings were
warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to
glorify their owners and builders. . . .
The scene that next passed before me was an alarm
of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly
fireproof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe."
But these buildings were consumed as if made of
pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the
destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the
engines.--9T 12, 13 (1909).
<SB Chicago and Los Angeles <EB
Scenes that would soon take place in Chicago and
other large cities also passed before me. As wickedness
increased and the protecting power of God was
withdrawn there were destructive winds and tempests.
Buildings were destroyed by fire and shaken
down by earthquakes. . . .
Some time after this I was shown that the vision of
buildings in Chicago and the draft upon the means of
our people to erect them, and their destruction, was
an object lesson for our people, warning them not to
invest largely of their means in property in Chicago,
or any other city, unless the providence of God should
positively open the way and plainly point out duty to
build or buy as necessary in giving the note of warning.
A similar caution was given in regard to building
in Los Angeles. Repeatedly I have been instructed
that we must not invest means in the erection of
expensive buildings in cities.--PC 50 (1906).
<SB San Francisco and Oakland <EB
San Francisco and Oakland are becoming as Sodom
and Gomorrah, and the Lord will visit them. Not far
hence they will suffer under His judgments.--Ms 30,
The terrible earthquake that has visited San
Francisco[1. THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AND FIRE
OF APRIL 18-19, 1906, LEFT 503 DEAD AND RESULTED
IN AN ESTIMATED $350 MILLION IN PROPERTY DAMAGE.]
will be followed by other manifestations of the
power of God. His law has been transgressed. Cities
have become polluted with sin. Study the history of
Nineveh. God sent a special message by Jonah to that
wicked city. . . . Many such messages as his would be
given in our age, if the wicked cities would repent as
did Nineveh.--Ms 61a, June 3, 1906.
Even in the cities where the judgments of God have
fallen in consequence of such transgression there is no
sign of repentance. The saloons are still open, and
many temptations are kept before the people.--Letter
268, Aug. 20, 1906.
<SB Other Wicked Cities <EB
As we near the close of this earth's history, we shall
have the scenes of the San Francisco calamity repeated
in other places. . . . These things make me feel
very solemn because I know that the judgment day is
right upon us. The judgments that have already come
are a warning, but not the finishing, of the punishment
that will come on wicked cities. . . .
[Hab. 2:1-20; Zeph. 1:1-3:20; Zech. 1:1-4:14; Mal.
1:1-4, quoted.] These scenes will soon be witnessed,
just as they are clearly described. I present these
wonderful statements from the Scriptures for the
consideration of everyone. The prophecies recorded in
the Old Testament are the word of the Lord for the last
days, and will be fulfilled as surely as we have seen the
desolation of San Francisco.--Letter 154, May 26,
I am bidden to declare the message that cities full
of transgression, and sinful in the extreme, will be
destroyed by earthquakes, by fire, by flood.--Ev 27
(April 27, 1906).
All the warnings of Christ regarding the events
that will occur near the close of this earth's history are
now being fulfilled in our large cities. God is permitting
these things to be brought to light that he who
runs may read. The city of San Francisco is a sample
of what the whole world is becoming. The wicked
bribery, the misappropriation of means, the fraudulent
transactions among men who have power to
release the guilty and condemn the innocent--all this
iniquity is filling other large cities of the earth and is
making the world as it was in the days that were
-TI- The Great Controversy
-CT- The Time of Trouble
The "time of trouble, such as never was," is soon to open
upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not
now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is
often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in
reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most
vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal.
In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before
God. "Though Noah, Daniel, and Job" were in the land, "as
I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son
nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their
righteousness." Ezekiel 14:20.
Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement
for us, we should seek to become perfect in Christ. Not
even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to
the power of temptation. Satan finds in human hearts some
point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is
cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their
power. But Christ declared of Himself: "The prince of this
world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30. Satan
could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him
to gain the victory. He had kept His Father's commandments,
and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use
to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must
be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.
It is in this life that we are to separate sin from us, through
faith in the atoning blood of Christ. Our precious Saviour
invites us to join ourselves to Him, to unite our weakness to
His strength, our ignorance to His wisdom, our unworthiness
to His merits. God's providence is the school in which we
are to learn the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. The Lord
is ever setting before us, not the way we would choose, which
seems easier and pleasanter to us, but the true aims of life. It
rests with us to co-operate with the agencies which Heaven
employs in the work of conforming our characters to the
divine model. None can neglect or defer this work but at
the most fearful peril to their souls.
The apostle John in vision heard a loud voice in heaven
exclaiming: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the
sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath,
because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Revelation
12:12. Fearful are the scenes which call forth this
exclamation from the heavenly voice. The wrath of Satan
increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and
destruction will reach its culmination in the time of trouble.
Fearful sights of a supernatural character will soon be
revealed in the heavens, in token of the power of miracle-working
demons. The spirits of devils will go forth to the
kings of the earth and to the whole world, to fasten them
in deception, and urge them on to unite with Satan in his
last struggle against the government of heaven. By these
agencies, rulers and subjects will be alike deceived. Persons
will arise pretending to be Christ Himself, and claiming the
title and worship which belong to the world's Redeemer.
They will perform wonderful miracles of healing and will
profess to have revelations from heaven contradicting the
testimony of the Scriptures.
As the crowning act in the great drama of deception,
Satan himself will personate Christ. The church has long
professed to look to the Saviour's advent as the consummation
of her hopes. Now the great deceiver will make it appear
that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan
will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of
dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son
of God given by John in the Revelation. Revelation 1:13-15.
The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything
that mortal eyes have yet beheld. The shout of triumph rings
out upon the air: "Christ has come! Christ has come!" The
people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while
he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as
Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth.
His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody. In gentle,
compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious,
heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the
diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of
Christ, he claims to have changed the Sabbath to Sunday, and
commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed. He
declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh
day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his
angels sent to them with light and truth. This is the strong,
almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who
were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes, from the
least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This
is "the great power of God." Acts 8:10.
But the people of God will not be misled. The teachings
of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures.
His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast
and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares
that God's unmingled wrath shall be poured out.
And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the
manner of Christ's advent. The Saviour has warned His
people against deception upon this point, and has clearly
foretold the manner of His second coming. "There shall
arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great
signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they
shall deceive the very elect. . . . Wherefore if they shall say
unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth; behold,
He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning
cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew
24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.
This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will
be universally known--witnessed by the whole world.
Only those who have been diligent students of the
Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be
shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world
captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver
in his disguise. To all the testing time will come. By the
sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed.
Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His
word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses?
Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible
only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining
a preparation to stand in that day. He will so arrange affairs
as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures,
cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that
their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life
and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.
As the decree issued by the various rulers of Christendom
against commandment keepers shall withdraw the protection
of government and abandon them to those who desire
their destruction, the people of God will flee from the cities
and villages and associate together in companies, dwelling in
the most desolate and solitary places. Many will find refuge
in the strongholds of the mountains. Like the Christians of
the Piedmont valleys, they will make the high places of the
earth their sanctuaries and will thank God for "the munitions
of rocks." Isaiah 33:16. But many of all nations and of
all classes, high and low, rich and poor, black and white, will
be cast into the most unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved
of God pass weary days, bound in chains, shut in by prison
bars, sentenced to be slain, some apparently left to die of
starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons. No human ear
is open to hear their moans; no human hand is ready to lend
Will the Lord forget His people in this trying hour? Did
He forget faithful Noah when judgments were visited upon
the antediluvian world? Did He forget Lot when the fire
came down from heaven to consume the cities of the plain?
Did He forget Joseph surrounded by idolaters in Egypt?
Did He forget Elijah when the oath of Jezebel threatened
him with the fate of the prophets of Baal? Did He forget
Jeremiah in the dark and dismal pit of his prison house?
Did He forget the three worthies in the fiery furnace? or
Daniel in the den of lions?
"Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath
forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that
she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?
yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I
have graven thee upon the palms of My hands." Isaiah
49:14-16. The Lord hosts has said: "He that toucheth
you toucheth the apple of His eye." Zechariah 2:8.
Though enemies may thrust them into prison, yet dungeon
walls cannot cut off the communication between their
souls and Christ. One who sees their every weakness, who is
acquainted with every trial, is above all earthly powers; and
angels will come to them in lonely cells, bringing light and
peace from heaven. The prison will be as a palace; for the
rich in faith dwell there, and the gloomy walls will be lighted
up with heavenly light as when Paul and Silas prayed and
sang praises at midnight in the Philippian dungeon.
God's judgments will be visited upon those who are seeking
to oppress and destroy His people. His long forbearance
with the wicked emboldens men in transgression, but their
punishment is nonetheless certain and terrible because it is
long delayed. "The Lord shall rise up as in Mount Perazim,
He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do
His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His
strange act." Isaiah 28:21. To our merciful God the act of
punishment is a strange act. "As I live, saith the Lord God,
I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked." Ezekiel 33:11.
The Lord is "merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and
abundant in goodness and truth, . . . forgiving iniquity
and transgression and sin." Yet He will "by no means clear
the guilty." The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power,
and will not at all acquit the wicked." Exodus 34:6, 7; Nahum
1:3. By terrible things in righteousness He will vindicate
the authority of His downtrodden law. The severity of
the retribution awaiting the transgressor may be judged by
the Lord's reluctance to execute justice. The nation with
which He bears long, and which He will not smite until it
has filled up the measure of its iniquity in God's account,
will finally drink the cup of wrath unmixed with mercy.
When Christ ceases His intercession in the sanctuary, the
unmingled wrath threatened against those who worship the
beast and his image and receive his mark (Revelation 14:9,
10), will be poured out. The plagues upon Egypt when God
was about to deliver Israel were similar in character to those
more terrible and extensive judgments which are to fall upon
the world just before the final deliverance of God's people.
Says the revelator, in describing those terrific scourges:
"There fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which
had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshiped
his image." The sea "became as the blood of a dead man:
and every living soul died in the sea." And "the rivers and
fountains of waters . . . became blood." Terrible as these
inflictions are, God's justice stands fully vindicated. The
angel of God declares: "Thou art righteous, O Lord, . . .
because Thou hast judged thus. For they have shed the blood
of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to
drink; for they are worthy." Revelation 16:2-6. By
condemning the people of God to death, they have as truly
incurred the guilt of their blood as if it had been shed by their
hands. In like manner Christ declared the Jews of His time
guilty of all the blood of holy men which had been shed since
the days of Abel; for they possessed the same spirit and were
seeking to do the same work with these murderers of the
In the plague that follows, power is given to the sun "to
scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great
heat." Verses 8, 9. The prophets thus describe the condition
of the earth at this fearful time: "The land mourneth; . . .
because the harvest of the field is perished. . . . All the trees
of the field are withered: because joy is withered away from
the sons of men." "The seed is rotten under their clods, the
garners are laid desolate. . . . How do the beasts groan!
the herds of cattle are perplexed, because they have no
pasture. . . . The rivers of water are dried up, and the fire
hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness." "The songs of the
temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God:
there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast
them forth with silence." Joel 1:10-12, 17-20; Amos 8:3.
These plagues are not universal, or the inhabitants of the
earth would be wholly cut off. Yet they will be the most
awful scourges that have ever been known to mortals. All
the judgments upon men, prior to the close of probation,
have been mingled with mercy. The pleading blood of
Christ has shielded the sinner from receiving the full measure
of his guilt; but in the final judgment, wrath is poured
out unmixed with mercy.
In that day, multitudes will desire the shelter of God's
mercy which they have so long despised. "Behold, the days
come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the
land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of
hearing the words of the Lord: and they shall wander from
sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run
to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find
it." Amos 8:11, 12.