_______ February 12 ______
NO MORE TEARS
The sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coining on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory__Matthew 24:30__
The signs of the times—the wars and rumors of wars, the strikes, murders, robberies, and accidents—tell us that the end of all things is at hand. God’s Word declares, As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39).
How true a description this is of the condition of the world today. The daily papers are full of notices of marriage after divorce—the marriage condemned in the words of the Savior—full of accounts of amusements and games, of pugilistic contests in which human beings main and disfigure one another to exhibit their brutal strength.
Under their great leader Lucifer, men are educating themselves to represent him. Who can doubt the truth of the prophet’s words, “The wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand.” (Daniel 12:10). There is an awful development of moral degeneracy. Under the guidance of Satan, men have lost their horror for bloodshed and murder. …
It is not only human agencies filled with the spirit of Satan that are arrayed against God. Satan himself stands at the head of his army, striving with all his power to perfect the force over which he rules, that he may wreak his vengeance on God’s people. Knowing that his time is short, he has come down with great power, to work against all that is good. He fills the minds of his instrumentalities with hatred against God and with an intense desire for revenge. In the Scriptures he is represented as walking up and down as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (Letter 153, October 26, 1901)
Christ is coming with clouds and with great glory. A multitude of shin¬ing angels will attend Him. He will come to raise the dead, and to change the living saints from glory to glory. He will come to honor those who have loved Him, and kept His commandments, and to take them to Himself. He has not forgotten them nor His promise. There will be a relinking of the family chain. … A little longer, and He will wipe all tears from our eyes. (The Desire of Ages, 632)