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BY THE BREATH OF HIS MOUTH
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth__Genesis 1:1__
In the formation of our world, God was not beholden to pre-existent substance or matter. “For the things that are seen were not made of the things which do appear.” On the contrary, all things, material or spiritual, stood up before the Lord Jehovah at His voice and were created for His own purpose. The heavens and all the host of them, the earth and all things that are therein, are not only the work of His hand. They came into existence by the breath of His mouth.
The Lord had given evidence that by His power He could in one short hour dissolve the whole frame of nature. He can turn things upside down, and destroy the things that man has built up in his most firm and substantial manner. “He removeth the mountains, he “overturneth them in His anger, he sweepeth the earth out of its place, and the billows thereof tremble.” “The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at His reproof: the mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence.”
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. When God’s restraining hand is removed, the destroyer begins his work. Then in our cities the greatest calamities will come. Is this because people do not keep Sunday? No; but because men have trampled upon the law of Jehovah. The Lord is slow to anger. This should inspire the heart with gratitude. …
The Lord puts constraint upon His own attributes. Omnipotence is exerted over Omnipotence Himself. (Manuscript 127, November 22, 1897
The Lord God commands things into being. He was the first designer. He is not dependent on man, but graciously invited man’s attention, and cooperates with him n progressive and higher designs. (Selected Messages Book 3, 311)