Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 14: "Shall Not God Avenge His Own?"
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"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath
great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience,
that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive
the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come
will come, and will not tarry." Heb. 10:35-37. "Behold,
the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth,
and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and
latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts; for the
coming of the Lord draweth nigh." James 5:7, 8.
The long-suffering of God is wonderful. Long does
justice wait while mercy pleads with the sinner. But
"righteousness and judgment are the establishment of His
throne." Ps. 97:2, margin. "The Lord is slow to anger;"
but He is "great in power, and will not at all acquit the
wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the
storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet." Nahum 1:3.
The world has become bold in transgression of God's
law. Because of His long forbearance, men have trampled
upon His authority. They have strengthened one another
in oppression and cruelty toward His heritage, saying,
"How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the Most
High?" Ps. 73:11. But there is a line beyond which they
cannot pass. The time is near when they will have reached
the prescribed limit. Even now they have almost exceeded
the bounds of the long-suffering of God, the limits of His [p. 178] grace, the limits of His mercy. The Lord will interpose
to vindicate His own honor, to deliver His people, and to
repress the swellings of unrighteousness.
In Noah's day, men had disregarded the law of God
until almost all remembrance of the Creator had passed
away from the earth. Their iniquity reached so great a
height that the Lord brought a flood of waters upon the
earth, and swept away its wicked inhabitants.
From age to age the Lord has made known the manner
of His working. When a crisis has come, He has revealed
Himself, and has interposed to hinder the working out of
Satan's plans. With nations, with families, and with
individuals, He has often permitted matters to come to a crisis,
that His interference might become marked. Then He has
made manifest that there is a God in Israel who will
maintain His law and vindicate His people.
In this time of prevailing iniquity we may know that the
last great crisis is at hand. When the defiance of God's
law is almost universal, when His people are oppressed and
afflicted by their fellow men, the Lord will interpose.
The time is near when He will say, "Come, My people,
enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about
thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the
indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out
of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their
iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall
no more cover her slain." Isa. 26:20, 21. Men who claim
to be Christians may now defraud and oppress the poor;
they may rob the widow and fatherless; they may indulge
their Satanic hatred because they cannot control the
consciences of God's people; but for all this God will bring
them into judgment. They "shall have judgment without
mercy" that have "showed no mercy." (James 2:13.) Not
long hence they will stand before the Judge of all the earth, [p. 179] to render an account for the pain they have caused to the
bodies and souls of His heritage. They may now indulge
in false accusations, they may deride those whom God has
appointed to do His work, they may consign His believing
ones to prison, to the chain gang, to banishment, to death;
but for every pang of anguish, every tear shed, they must
answer. God will reward them double for their sins.
Concerning Babylon, the symbol of the apostate church, He
says to His ministers of judgment, "Her sins have reached
unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her
double according to her works: in the cup which she hath
filled fill to her double." Rev. 18:5, 6.
From India, from Africa, from China, from the islands
of the sea, from the downtrodden millions of so-called Christian
lands, the cry of human woe is ascending to God. That
cry will not long be unanswered. God will cleanse the earth
from it moral corruption, not by a sea of water as in
Noah's day, but by a sea of fire that cannot be quenched
by any human devising.
"There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was
since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that
time Thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be
found written in the book." Dan. 12:1.
From garrets, from hovels, from dungeons, from
scaffolds, from mountains and deserts, from the caves of the
earth and the caverns of the sea, Christ will gather His
children to Himself. On earth they have been destitute,
afflicted, and tormented. Millions have gone down to the
grave loaded with infamy because they refused to yield to
the deceptive claims of Satan. By human tribunals the
children of God have been adjudged the vilest criminals.
But the day is near when "God is judge Himself." (Ps.
50:6). Then the decisions of earth shall be reversed. "The [p. 180] rebuke of His people shall He take away." Isa. 25:8. White
robes will be given to every one of them. (Rev. 6:11.) And
"they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the
Lord." Isa. 62:12.
Whatever crosses they have been called to bear, whatever
losses they have sustained, whatever persecution they
have suffered, even to the loss of their temporal life, the
children of God are amply recompensed. "They shall see
His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads."
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