Daily Devotional

Prepare for the Last Days

_______ March 19 ______

OUT OF THE CITIES

Let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her.

__Luke 21:21__

Christ is soon coming, and Satan knows that his time is short. As we draw near to the close of time, the cities will become more and more corrupt, and more and more objectionable as places for establishing centers of our work. The dangers of travel will increase, confusion and drunkenness will abound; and if there can be found places in retired mountain regions where it would be difficult for the evils of the cities to enter, let our people secure such places for our sanitariums and advanced schools. …

Let parents understand that the training of their children is an important work in the saving of souls. In country places abundant, useful exercise will be found in doing those things that need to be done, and which will give physical health by developing nerve and muscle. “Out of the cities” is my message for the education of our children. …

It is Satan’s purpose to attract men and women to the cities, and to gain his object he invents every kind of novelty and amusement, every kind of excite-ment. And the cities of the earth today are becoming as were the cities before the flood. …

In the days before the flood, every kind of amusement was invented to lead men and women to forgetfulness and sin. Today, … Satan is working with intensity, that the same conditions of evil shall prevail. And the earth is becoming corrupt. Religious liberty will be little respected by professing Christians, for many of them have no understanding of spiritual things. (Manuscript 85, June 30,1908)

Reflection:

Of the vast population of the earth before the Flood, only eight souls be¬lieved and obeyed God’s word through Noah. For a hundred and twenty years the preacher of righteousness warned the world of the coming destruction, but his message was rejected and despised. So it will be now. …

While God’s servants are giving the message that the end of all things is at hand, the world is absorbed in amusements and pleasure seeking. There is a constant round of excitement that causes indifference to God and prevents the people from being impressed by the truths which alone can save them from the coming destruction. (Patriarchs and Prophets, 102-103)