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COME REST AWHILE
He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.__Mark 6:31__
We cannot fail to see that the Lord of the world is soon to come. Satan is working upon the minds of men and women, and many seem filled with a desire for amusement and excitement. As it was in the days of Noah, every kind of evil is on the increase. Divorce and marriage is the order of the time. At such a time as this, the people who are seeking to keep the commandments of God should look for retired places away from the cities. …
We are charged with this message: Christ is coming to judge the world for her iniquity; and the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Then the great multitude will be without God and without hope in the world.
One of the marked features of Noah’s day was the intense worldliness that prevailed. Eating and drinking and dressing, buying and selling, marrying and giving in marriage marked all classes, high and low. …
Who will be warned? We say again, Out of the cities. Do not consider it a great deprivation, that you must go into the hills and mountains, but seek for that retirement where you can be alone with God, to learn His will and way. …
Do not consider it a privation when you are called to leave the cities and move out into country places. Here there await rich blessings for those who will grasp them. By beholding the scenes of nature, the works of the Creator, by studying God’s handiwork, imperceptibly you will be changed into the same image.
I have been given a decided message to bear regarding this matter. I am bid¬den to say to our people, Prepare to meet thy God. (Manuscript 85, June 30, 1908)
The tempter’s agency is not to be accounted an excuse for one wrong act. de is jubilant when he hears the professed followers of Christ making excuses for their Aefhortnity of character. It is these excuses that lead to sin. There is no excuse for sinning. (The temper, a Christ like life, is accessible to every repenting, believing child of God. e Desire of Ages, 311)