The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 29: Satan's Enmity Against the Law
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Never since man was created had there been witnessed such a
manifestation of divine power as when the law was proclaimed
from Sinai. "The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the
presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of
God, the God of Israel." Psalm 68:8. Amid the most terrific
convulsions of nature the voice of God, like a trumpet, was heard
from the cloud. The mountain was shaken from base to summit,
and the hosts of Israel, pale and trembling with terror, lay upon
their faces upon the earth. He whose voice then shook the earth
has declared, "Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also
heaven." Hebrews 12:26. Says the Scripture, "The Lord shall
roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation;"
"and the heavens and the earth shall shake." Jeremiah
25:30; Joel 3:16. In that great coming day, the heaven itself
shall depart "as a scroll when it is rolled together." Revelation
6:14. And every mountain and island shall be moved out of its
place. "The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and
shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof
shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again."
"Therefore shall all hands be faint," all faces shall be "turned
into paleness," "and every man's heart shall melt. And they
shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them."
"And I will punish the world for their evil," saith the Lord,
"and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will
lay low the haughtiness of the terrible." Isaiah 13:7, 8, 11;
When Moses came from the divine Presence in the mount,
where he had received the tables of the testimony, guilty Israel
could not endure the light that glorified his countenance. How
much less can transgressors look upon the Son of God when He
shall appear in the glory of His Father, surrounded by all the
heavenly host, to execute judgment upon the transgressors of
His law and the rejecters of His atonement. Those who have
disregarded the law of God and trodden under foot the blood of
Christ, "the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich
men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men," shall hide
themselves "in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains," and [p. 341] they shall say to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us, and hide
us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the
wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of His wrath is come; and
who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17. "In that day a
man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, . . . to the
moles and to the bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into
the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the
glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the
earth." Isaiah 2:20, 21.
Then it will be seen that Satan's rebellion against God has
resulted in ruin to himself and to all that chose to become his
subjects. He has represented that great good would result from
transgression; but it will be seen that "the wages of sin is death."
"For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and
all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be 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 4:1.
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 resulted from it. Says the
psalmist, "Thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their
name forever and ever. O thou enemy, destructions are come to
a perpetual end." Psalm 9:5, 6.
But amid the tempest of divine judgment the children of
God will have no cause for fear. "The Lord will be the hope of
His people, and the strength of the children of Israel." Joel 3:16.
The day that brings terror and destruction to the transgressors
of God's law will bring to the obedient "joy unspeakable and
full of glory" "Gather My saints together unto Me," saith the
Lord, "those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.
And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is
"Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and
the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth
Him not." Malachi 3:18. "Hearken unto Me, ye that know
righteousness, the people in whose heart is My law." "Behold,
I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, . . . thou
shalt no more drink it again." I, even I, am He that comforteth
you." Isaiah 51:7, 22, 12. "For the mountains shall depart, and
the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, [p. 342] neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the
Lord that hath mercy on thee." Isaiah 54:10.
The great plan of redemption results in fully bringing back
the world into God's favor. All that was lost by sin is restored.
Not only man but the earth is redeemed, to be the eternal abode
of the obedient. For six thousand years Satan has struggled to
maintain possession of the earth. Now God's original purpose
in its creation is accomplished. "The saints of the Most High
shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even
forever and ever." Daniel 7:18.
"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same
the Lord's name is to be praised." Psalm 113:3. "In that day
shall there be one Lord, and His name one." "And Jehovah shall
be king over all the earth." Zechariah 14:9. Says the Scripture,
"Forever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven." "All His
commandments are sure. They stand fast forever and ever."
Psalms 119:89; 111:7, 8. The sacred statutes which Satan has hated
and sought to destroy, will be honored throughout a sinless
universe. And "as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the
garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so
the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth
before all nations." Isaiah 61:11.
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