Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ March 6 ______

CALAMITIES FOR UNDERSTANDING

I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete

__Revelation 15:1__

Is it true that the end of all things is at hand? What mean the awful calami- ties by sea vessels shipwrecked and lives hurled into eternity without a moment’s warning? What mean the awful accidents by land—fire consuming the riches men have hoarded, much of which has been accumulated by oppression of the poor? The Lord will not interfere to protect the property of those who transgress His law, break His covenant, and trample upon His Sabbath, accepting in its place a spurious rest day. As Nebuchadnezzar set up an image in the plains of Dura, and commanded all to bow before it, so this false sabbath has been exalted before the world, and men are commanded to keep it holy. …

The plagues of God are already falling upon the earth, sweeping away costly structures as if by a breath of fire from heaven. Will not these judgments bring professing Christians to their senses? God permits them to come that the world may take heed, that sinners may be afraid and tremble before him. (Letter 21, February 16, 1902)

They have become men whom the Lord can use in the proclamation of His truth. …

They who will not seek to exalt themselves are the ones whom God can most safely entrust with responsibilities. (Manuscript 89, October 22, 1906)

Reflection:

The Lord permits calamities to come that men may understand the sin¬fulness of their course, and turn to the Lord with humble confession. Often men, who were in darkness have, through trying circumstances which the Lord has permitted, been awakened and turned to Him. (Manuscript 89, October 22, 1906)