-TI- Manuscript Releases Volume Two
-CT- A Vivid View of Future Events
Friday night several heard my voice exclaiming, "Look, Look!" Whether I
was dreaming or in vision, I cannot tell. I slept alone. The time of trouble
was upon us. I saw our people in great distress, weeping and praying, pleading
the sure promises of Elohim, while the wicked were all around us, mocking us and
threatening to destroy us. They ridiculed our feebleness, they mocked at the
smallness of our numbers, and taunted us with words calculated to cut deep.
They charged us with taking an independent position from all the rest of the
world. They had cut off our resources so that we could not buy or sell, and
they referred to our abject poverty and stricken condition. They could not see
how we could live without the world. We were dependent on the world, and we
must concede to the customs, practices, and laws of the world, or go out of
it. If we were the only people in the world whom Yehovah favored, the
appearances were awfully against us.
They declared that they had the truth, that miracles were among them;
that angels from heaven talked with them and walked with them, that great
power and signs and wonders were performed among them, and that this was the
temporal millennium they had been expecting so long. The whole world was
converted and in harmony with the Sunday law, and this little feeble people
stood out in defiance of the laws of the land and the law of Elohim, and claimed
to be the only ones right on the earth.
They declared, "The angels from heaven have spoken to us," referring to
those whom Satan personated that had died and they claimed had gone to heaven.
"You will bear the testimony of the heavenly messengers." They sneered, they
mocked, they derided and abused the sorrowing ones. There was much more but I
have not time to write it.
But while anguish was upon the loyal and true who would not worship the
beast or his image and accept and revere an idol Sabbath, One said, "Look up!
Look up!" Every eye was lifted, and the heavens seemed to part as a scroll
when it is rolled together, and as Stephen looked into heaven, we looked. The
mockers were taunting and reviling us, and boasting of what they intended to
do to us if we continued obstinate in holding fast our faith. But now we were
as those who heard them not; we were gazing upon a scene that shut out
There stood revealed the throne of Elohim; around it were ten thousand times
ten thousand and thousands upon thousands, and close about the throne were the
martyrs. Among this number I saw the very ones who were so recently in such
abject misery, whom the world knew not, whom the world hated and despised. A
voice said, "Yehoshua, who is seated upon the throne, has so loved man that He
gave His life a sacrifice to redeem him from the power of Satan, and to
exalt him to His throne. He who is above all powers, He who has the
greatest influence in heaven and in earth, He to whom every soul is indebted
for every favor he has received, was meek and lowly in disposition, holy,
harmless, and undefiled in life. He was obedient to all His Father's
commandments. Wickedness has filled the earth; it is defiled under the
inhabitants thereof. The high places of the powers of earth have been polluted
with corruption and base idolatries; but the time has come when righteousness
shall receive the palm of victory and triumph. Those who were accounted by the
world as weak and unworthy, those who were defenseless against the cruelty of
men, shall be crowned conquerors and more than conquerors."
[Rev. 7:9-17, quoted.]
They are before the throne enjoying the sunless splendors of eternal day,
not as a scattered, feeble company, to suffer by the satanic passions of a
rebellious world, expressing the sentiments, the doctrines, and the counsels
of demons. Strong and terrible have become the masters of iniquity in the
world under the control of Satan, but strong is Yehovah Elohim who judgeth
Babylon. The just have no longer anything to fear from force or fraud as long
as they are loyal and true. A mightier than the strong man armed is set for
their defense. All power and greatness and excellence of character will be
given to those who have believed and stood in defense of the truth, standing
up and firmly defending the laws of Elohim.
Another heavenly being exclaimed with firm and musical voice, "They have
come out of great tribulation. They have walked in the fiery furnace in the
world, heated intensely by the passions and caprices of men who would enforce
upon them the worship of the beast and his image, who would compel them to be
disloyal to the Elohim of heaven. They have come from the mountains, from the
rocks, from the dens and caves of the earth, from dungeons, from prisons, from
secret councils, from the torture chamber, from hovels, from garrets. They
have passed through sore affliction, deep self-denial, and deep
disappointment. They are no longer to be the sport and ridicule of wicked men.
They are to be no longer mean and sorrowful in the eyes of those who despise
them. Remove the filthy garments from them, with which wicked men have
delighted to clothe them. Give them a change of raiment, even the white robes
of righteousness, and set a fair mitre upon their heads."
They were clothed in richer robes than earthly beings had ever worn; they
were crowned with diadems of glory such as human beings had never seen. The
days of suffering, of reproach, of want, of hunger, are no more; weeping is
past. Then they break forth in songs, loud, clear, and musical; they wave the
palm branches of victory, and exclaim, "Salvation to our Elohim which sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
Oh, may Elohim endue us with His Spirit and make us strong in His strength!
In that great day of supreme and final triumph it will be seen that the
righteous were strong, and that wickedness in all its forms and with all its
pride was a weak and miserable failure and defeat. We will cling close to
Yehoshua, we will trust Him, we will seek His grace and His great salvation. We
must hide in Yehoshua, for He is a covert from the storm, a present help in time
of trouble.--Letter 6, 1884, pp. 1-4. (To G. I. Butler and S. N. Haskell,
Jan. 20, 1884.)
Released August 29, 1962.