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WHEN WILL THESE THINGS BE?
Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, “These things which you see— the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”__Luke 21:5-6__
God has a storehouse of retributive judgments, which He permits to fall upon these who have continued in sin in the face of great light. I have seen the most costly structures erected, and supposed to be fireproof. And just as Sodom perished in the flames of God’s vengeance, so will these proud structures become ashes. … Man’s pride will be buried with the treasures he has accumulated by fraud. God will avenge the widow and orphans who in hunger and nakedness have cried to Him for help from oppression and abuse. And the Lord keeps a record of every action of good or evil.
The time is right upon us when there will be sorrow in the world that no hu-man balm can heal. The flattering monuments of men’s greatness will be crumbled in the dust, even before the last great destruction comes upon the world.
The words of Revelation 18 will be fulfilled. Is not this description enough to cause all who read it to fear and tremble? But those who do not love the light, who will not come to the light lest their deeds be reproved, will not follow on to know the Lord. By their attitude they say, I want not thy way, 0 Lord; I want my own way. …
In the twenty-first chapter of Luke, Christ foretold what was to come upon Jerusalem, and with it he connected the scenes which were to take place in the history of this world just prior to the coming of the Son of Man in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. …
Let all remember that these words were among the last Christ gave his disciples. … In these sacred, solemn warnings the danger signal is lifted. It is this instruction that church members and the people of the world need; for it is present truth. (Letter 20, January 28, 1901)
Peter, John, James, and Andrew came to [Jesus] as He sat upon the Mount of Olives. “Tell us,” they said, “when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Jesus did not answer His disciples by taking up separately the destruction of Jerusalem and the great day of His coming. This entire discourse was given, not for the disciples only, but for those who should live in the last scenes of this earth’s history. (The Desire of Ages, 628)