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    THE FORMER DAYS.-NO. 2

    J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH.

    AT the time of the organization of the General Conference, May 20, 1863, the whole delegation was not so large as that now in some of our smaller State conferences. The third angel’s message has now so spread its interests through the world, with its printed matter in thirty-six of the leading languages of the world, that it is utterly impossible for one general council to give proper attention to the details of the work in all parts of the field, as the General Conference did in its early days.HEVI 15.10

    As the work thus advances harmoniously under the Lord’s leadership, in “Testimonies for the Church,” No.33, he gives encouraging testimony to us:—HEVI 15.11

    But God’s servants are not to trust to themselves in the great emergency. In the visions given to Isaiah, to Ezekiel, and to John, we see how closely heaven is connected with the events taking place upon the earth, and how great is the care of God for those loyal to him. The world is not without a ruler. The program of coming events is in the hands of the Lord. The Majesty of heaven has the destiny of nations, as well as the concerns of the church, in his own charge.HEVI 15.12

    We permit ourselves to feel altogether too much care, trouble, and perplexity in the Lord’s work. Finite men are not left to carry the burden of responsibility. We need to trust in God, believe in him, and go forward. The tireless vigilance of the heavenly messengers, and their unceasing employment in the ministry in connection with the beings on earth, show us how God’s hand is guiding the wheel within a wheel. The divine Instructor is saying to every actor in his work, as he said to Cyrus of old, “I girded thee, though thou hast not known me.”HEVI 15.13

    In Ezekiel’s vision, God had his hands beneath the wings of the cherubim. This is to teach his servants that it is divine power that gives them success. He will work with them if they will put away iniquity, and become pure in heart and life.HEVI 15.14

    The bright light going among the living creatures with the swiftness of lightning, represents the speed with which this work will finally go forward to completion. He who slumbers not, who is constantly at work for the accomplishment of his designs, can carry forward his work harmoniously. That which appears to finite minds entangled and complicated.HEVI 15.15

    Brethren, it is no time now for mourning and despair, no time to yield to doubt and unbelief. Christ is not now a Saviour in Joseph’s new tomb, closed with a great stone, and sealed with a Roman seal. We have a risen Saviour. He is the King, the Lord of hosts; he sitteth between the cherubim; and amid the strife and tumult of nations, he guards his people still. He who ruleth in the heavens is our Saviour. He measures every trial. He watches the furnace fire that must try every soul. When the strongholds of kings shall be overthrown, when the arrows of God’s wrath shall strike through the hearts of the enemies, his people will be safe in his hands. The Review and Herald, April 11, 1899.HEVI 15.16

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