_______ June 15 ______
PREPARE A PEOPLE FOR ETERNITY
In the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is fully mixed, and He pours it out; surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth drain and drink down. __Psalm 75:8__
The third angel’s message is to be given to our world in clear, distinct lines. Some have thought that it is best to gradually prepare the way for the pre¬sentation of the Sabbath question. The Sabbath truth is the message to be proclaimed with a loud voice, as represented in the fifty-eighth chapter of Isaiah.
And in the fourteenth chapter of Revelation we read, “The third angel fol-lowed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, or receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the pres¬ence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” [Revelation 14:9, 10.] This message embraces the two preceding messages. It is represented as being given with a loud voice, that is, with the power of the Holy Spirit. The impres¬sion made by this message will be proportionate to the earnestness with which it is proclaimed.
ohn beholds the loyal people of God, and he exclaims, “Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” [Revelation 14:12.] Babylon is represented as holding a wine cup in her hand, from which she makes all nations drink. The nations commit spiritual fornication by divorcing themselves from God and trampling on His command¬ments. The time in which the saints live is a trying one for those who refuse to receive the mark of the beast and his image, but through it all the saints show their patience. They continue to be steadfast in the faith, even should their firm¬ness cost them their lives. (Letter 28, February 1Z 1900)
To prepare a people to stand in the day of God, a great work of reform was to be accomplished. God saw that many of His professed people were not building for eternity, and in His mercy He was about to send a message of warning to arouse them from their stupor and lead them to make ready for the coming of the Lord. (The Great Controversy, 311)