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ROOT AND BRANCH
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be, stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up,” says the LORD of hosts, That will leave them neither root nor branch.”__Malachi 4:1__
The confederacy of evil will not stand. The Lord says, “Associate yourselves, Oh ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; … Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself, and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread: and he shall be for a sanctuary.” [Isaiah 8:9-14.1]
Satan will use his agencies to carry out diabolical devices, to overpower the saints of God, as in times past he used the Roman power to stay the course of Protestantism; yet the people of God can look calmly at the whole array of evil and come to the triumphant conclusion that because Christ lives we shall live also. The people of God are to advance in the same spirit in which Jesus met the assaults of the prince of darkness in the past.
The evil confederacy can advance only in the course which Jesus has marked out before them; every step of their advance brings the saints of God nearer the great white throne, nearer the successful termination of their warfare. The confederacy of evil will finally be destroyed, for the prophet says “Behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all that proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” [Malachi 4:1J (Manuscript 92, 1894)
Satan, the root of every sin, and all evil workers, who are his branches, shall be utterly cut off. An end will be made of sin, with all the woe and ruin that have their from it. Says the psalmist, “Thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out pelt- name forever and ever. 0 thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end.” psalm 9:5, 6. (Patriarchs and Prophets, 341)