_______ JANUARY 30 ______
GOD’S FORBEARANCE WILL COME TO AN END
The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. The LORD has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.__Nahum 1:3__
God will arise in mighty power, and show, though slow to anger, He will not acquit the wicked. The wickedness of each generation is not forgotten. Each century of increased profligacy has treasured up wrath, and Christ said unto those who resisted all His mercy, all the blessings He presented to them, addressing the rejecters of His salvation, “Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers,” for the blood of all the prophets which had been shed from the foundation of the world should be required of the nation He addressed. [Matthew 23:32, 35]. They had the beacon warning in the jealousies, in the hatred, in the despising of warnings and messages sent to them, and God’s punishment came upon them for their cruelty, and notwithstanding all this, those who sepa¬rated from God repeated the history of their fathers, and thus it is in our day. …
We have proof that God keeps a reckoning with nations, that there is a sum total of guilt that although it is beyond the power of human minds to define the amount God allows not to pass, but when the point of transgression is fully reached, when the law of God is made void, God takes account of the dishonor put upon His government, and He charges one generation with the crimes of the preceding generation, if they follow in the same evil course. Your light is constantly increasing.
What can I say that will affect the soul? What can I say that will arouse our people to serious contemplation and true devotion? (Letter 60, July 20, 1893)
The world has become bold in transgression of God’s law. Because of His log forbearance, men have trampled upon His authority. … But there is a line beyond which they cannot pass. The time is near when they will have reached the prescribed 1_1•Int.t. Even now they have almost exceeded the bounds of the long-suffering of God, the hunts of His grace, the limits of His mercy. (Christ’s Object Lessons, 177-178)