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1844 IN PROPHECY #11


Isaiah 7:17

1844 N PROFEIE #11

UN RZBOI CIVIL NTRE NORD I SUD Isaia 7:1-7 Dumnezeu nu a rnduit ca oamenii s-i insueasc tot ceea ce pmntul produce pentru scopurile lor egoiste. El le face apel s aduc zecimile i darurile n casa vistieriei, ca s fie hran n casa Lui. n India, China, Rusia, i n oraele din America, mii de brbai i femei mor de nfometare. Oamenii avui, pentru c ei au puterea, controleaz piaa. Ei cumpr la cele mai mici tarife tot ce pot obine, i apoi vnd la preuri foarte mult crescute. Aceasta nseamn nfometare pentru clasele mai srace, i va sfri ntr-un rzboi civil. Va fi un timp de strmtorare aa cum nu a mai fost de cnd exist vreo naiune. n vremea aceea se va scula marele voievod Mihail, ocrotitorul copiilor poporului tu; cci aceasta va fi o vreme de strmtorare cum n-a mai fost de cnd sunt neamurile i pn la vremea aceasta. Dar n vremea aceea, poporul tu va fi mntuit, i anume oricine va fi gsit scris n carte Muli vor fi curai, albii i lmurii; cei ri vor face rul i niciunul din cei ri nu va nelege, dar cei pricepui vor nelege. Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 305. 742 i 1863 AU FOST PUNCTELE DE COTITUR N RZBOIUL CIVIL Exist lecii de nvat din istoria trecutului; i atenia este ndrumat spre acestea, ca toi s neleag c Dumnezeu lucreaz dup aceleai linii\tipare acum, aa cum a fcut-o din totdeauna. Mna Lui este vzut acum n lucrarea Lui i printre naiuni, tot aa cum a fost vzut nc de cnd Evanghelia a fost proclamat pentru prima dat lui Adam n Eden. Sunt perioade care sunt puncte de cotitur n istoria naiunilor i a bisericii. m providena lui Dumnezeu, cnd aceste diferite crize apar, lumina pentru acel timp este dat. Dac este primit, are loc un progress spiritual; dac este respins, declinul spiritual i naufragiu urmeaz. Dumnezeu n Cuvntul Su a fcut cunoscut lucrarea agresiv a Evangheliei aa cum a fost ea vestit n trecut, i cum va fi i n viitor, chiar pn la ncheierea conflictului, cnd ageniile satanice vor face ultima lor micare surprinztoare. Bible Echo, August 26, 1895. 1

God does not design that men shall appropriate all that the earth produces for their own selfish purposes. He calls upon them to bring their tithes and offerings into His storehouse, that there may be meat in His house. In India, China, Russia, and the cities of America, thousands of men and women are dying of starvation. The monied men, because they have the power, control the market. They purchase at low rates all they can obtain, and then sell at greatly increased prices. This means starvation to the poorer classes, and will result in a civil war. There will be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and 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, everyone that shall be found written in the book. . . . Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand. Manuscript Releases, volume 5, 305.

742 & 1863 CIVIL WAR




There are lessons to be learned from the history of the past; and attention is called to these, that all may understand that God works on the same lines now that He ever has done . His hand is seen in His work and among the nations now, just the same as it has been ever since the gospel was first proclaimed to Adam in Eden. There are periods which are turning points in the history of nations and of the church . In the providence of God, when these different crises arrive, the light for that time is given. If it is received, there is spiritual progress; if it is rejected, spiritual declension and shipwreck follow. The Lord in His word has opened up the aggressive work of the gospel as it has been carried on in the past, and will be in the future, even to the closing conflict, when Satanic agencies will make their last wonderful movement. Bible Echo, August 26, 1895.


Isaiah 8:78



Isaia 8:7-8





Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. More than forty years ago [in 1863] the Lord gave us special light on health reform, but how are we walking in that light? How many have refused to live in harmony with the counsels of God! As a people, we should make advancement proportionate to the light received. It is our duty to understand and respect the principles of health reform. On the subject of temperance we should be in advance of all other people; and yet there are among us well-instructed members of the church, and even ministers of the gospel, who have little respect for the light that God has given upon this subject. They eat as they please and work as they please. Testimonies, volume 9, 158. Adventitii de Ziua a aptea mnuiesc adevruri memorabile. Cu mai bine de 50 de ani n urm [1863] Domnul ne-a dat lumina special cu privire la reforma sntii, dar cum umblm n aceast lumin? Ct de muli au refuzat s triasc n armonie cu sfatul lui Dumnezeu! Ca i popor, noi ar trebui s facem progrese pe msura luminii primite. Este de datoria nostr s nelegem i s respectm principiile reformei sntii. n ce privete subiectul cumptrii (temperanei) ar trebui s fim naintea tuturor oamenilor; i totui sunt printre noi membrii ai bisericii bine instruii, i chiar pastori ai Evangheliei, care au puin respect fa de lumina pe care Dumnezeu a dat-o pe acest subiect. Ei mnnc aa cum poftesc i lucreaz aa cum vor. " Mrturii, vol. 9, 158.




What is the message that we are to give?Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. . . . To my ministering brethren I would say, Prosecute this work with tact and ability. Set to work the young men and the young women in our churches. Combine the medical missionary work with the proclamation of the third angels message. Make regular, organized effort to lift the churches out of the dead level into which they have fallen, and have remained for years. Send into the churches workers who will set the principles of health reform in their connection with the third angels message, before every family and individual. Encourage all to take a part in work for their fellow men, and see if the breath of life will not quickly return to these churches. . . . The indifference which has existed among our ministers in regard to health reform and medical missionary work is surprising. Some who do not profess to be Christians treat these matters with greater reverence than do some of our own people, and unless we arouse, they will go in advance of us. Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, 1819.



Care este solia noastr? Voi toi cei nsetai, venii la ape, chiar i cel ce n-are bani! Venii i cumprai bucate, venii i cumprai, vin i lapte, fr bani i fr plat!... Frailor mei pastori a dori s le spun: ndeplinii aceast lucrare cu tact i cu abilitate. Punei la lucru tinerii i tinerele din bisericile noastre. Asociai lucrarea misionar medical cu proclamarea soliei ngerului al treilea. Facei eforturi organizate i sistematice pentru a ridica bisericile din starea de moarte n care au czut i n care se afl de ani n ir. Trimitei n biserici lucrtori care s-i prezinte fiecrei familii i fiecrui membru principiile reformei sntii n legtur cu solia ngerului al treilea. ncurajai-i pe toi s lucreze pentru semenii lor i vei vedea c suflarea de via va reveni rapid n aceste biserici... Indiferena manifestat n rndul pastorilor, cu privire la reforma sntii i lucrarea misionar medical, este surprinztoare. Muli care nu pretind a fi cretini trateaz aceste subiecte cu un respect mai mare dect unii din mijlocul poporului nostru i, dac nu vom fi mai activi, ei o vor lua naintea noastr. Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers, 1819.


The answer came in a very forceful way. Friday evening, February 15, as Ellen White met with her family in the sitting room for worship, she was deeply burdened with a decision about Dr. Kelloggs invitation. She began to pray about it. In reporting the experience, she says, I was asking the Lord where I should go and what I should do. I was for backing out. . . . Well, while I was praying and was sending up my petition, there was, as has been a hundred times or more, a soft light circling around in the room, and a fragrance like the fragrance of flowers, of a beautiful scent of flowers.MS 43a, 1901. And a voice said, Respect the courtesy of My servant, John Kellogg, the physician by My appointment. He needs encouragement that you can give him. Let him put his trust in Me. My arm is strong to uphold and sustain. He may safely lean upon My strength. I have a work for him to do. He must not fail nor be discouraged. Arthur White, EGW Biography, volume 5, 53. A REMNANT SHALL RETURN

Isaiah 7:3

MEDICII DOMNULUI Rspunsul a venit ntr-un mod puternic. Vineri seara, 15 februarie, dup cum Ellen White s-a ntlnit cu familia ei n camera de zi pentru nchinare, ea a fost adnc mpovrat n a lua o decizie cu privire la o invitaie a doctorului Kellog. Ea a nceput s se roage n legtur cu asta. n raportatrea experienei ea a spus: l-am ntrebat pe Dumnezeu unde ar trebui s merg i ce ar trebui s fac. Eram fr sprijin Ei bine, n timp ce m rugam i trimiteam cererea mea, a fost, aa cum s-a ntmplat de sute de ori, o lumin slab care se nvrtea n jurul camerei, i un parfum ca i parfumul florilor, de un miros frumos al florilor. MS 43a, 1901. i o voce a spus: respect curtoazia robului Meu John Kellog, medicul desemnat de Mine. El are nevoie de ncurajarea pe care toi o pot da. Las-l s-i pun ncrederea n Mine. Braul Meu este puternic pentru a ncuraja i susine. El se poate sprijini n siguran pe tria Mea. Am o lucrare pentru el. El nu trebuie s cad nici s fie descurajat. Arthur White, EGW Biography, volume 5, 53. O RMI SE VA NTOARCE Isaiah 7:3

CONDUCTA THE CONDUIT GIHON: H1521-Din H1518; ru; un ru de GIHON: H1521From H1518; stream; a river paradis; deasemenea o vale (sau scldtoare) of Paradise; also a valley (or pool) near Jerusalem: aproape de Ierusalim:Gihon. H1518 O rdcin Gihon. H1518 A primitive root; to gush forth (as primitiv; s neasc (ca apa), n general: a water), generally to issue. emite/da. The name (HebrewGin) may be interpreted as Bursting Forth, Gushing. Gihon is also the name of the only natural spring of water in the vicinity of Jerusalem (the place where King Solomon was anointed by the priest Zadok and Nathan (prophet)). It feeds the Pool of Siloam. Wikipedia. Numele ebraic Gin poate fi interpretat ca spargere, nete. Gihon este de asemenea sigurul izvor natural de ap din vecintatea Ierusalimului (locul unde regele Solomon a fost uns de ctre preotul adoc i Natan (profetul)). Alimenteaz scldtoarea Siloamului. Wikipedia. UN IZVOR DE AP CARE VA NI Ioan 4:13-14


John 4:1314

NI: G242 Vocea mijlocie a unui verb SPRINGING UP: G242Middle voice of aparent de baz; a sri; figurativ: a izbucni: - a apparently a primary verb; to jump; figuratively to gush: slta/sri, a ni. - leap, spring up. CANAL\CONDUCT: H8585 - Din H5927; un canal (n care apa ridicat pentru irigaie); which water is raised for irrigation); also a bandage or deasemenea un bandaj sau tencuial (ca pus pe o plaster (as placed upon a wound): - conduit, cured, healing, little river, trench, watercourse. H5927A ran): - canal, vindecat, tmduire, mic ru, san, primitive root; to ascend. cursul apei. H5927 Rdcina primar; a urca\a se CONDUIT: H8585From H5927; a channel (into

CONSTANT COMMUNICATION Christ is spoken of as walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks. Thus is symbolized His relation to the churches. He is in constant communication with His people. Acts of the Apostles, 586.


Ni se spune despre Hristos c umbl prin mijlocul sfenicelor de aur. Aceasta simbolizeaz legtura Lui cu bisericile. El este ntr-o continu comunicare (legtur) cu poporul Lui. Faptele apostolilor, 586. NGERII CERETI Scara pe care a vzut-o Iacov n vedenia lui de noapte avea baza pe pmnt i vrful ndreptat spre naltul cerului; Dumnezeu nsui Se afla deasupra scrii i slava Lui strlucea asupra fiecrei pri din ea, ngerii care urcau i coborau pe aceast scar plin de strlucire, care este un simbol al legturii continue dintre aceast lume i locurile cereti. Dumnezeu i aduce la ndeplinire voia Sa prin intermediul ngerilor cereti, care sunt mereu n legtur cu omenirea. Aceast scar descoper un important canal de legtur direct cu locuitorii acestui pmnt. Scara i-a reprezentat lui Iacov pe Mntuitorul lumii, care leag pmntul i cerul laolalt. Christian Education, 155 (Principiile Fund. ale Ed. Cretine, pag. 270) CRUCEA Crucea calvarului este aezat ntre Cer i pmnt ca un memorial perpetuu, atrgnd atenia spre o lume mai sfnt dect aceasta. Este mijlocul unei comunicri constante cu lumea de lumin; mintea este atras n mod constant de la cele lumeti ctre cele cereti, rspunznd atraciei Celui care triete pururea ca s mijloceasc pentru noi; iar cei care pstreaz astfel lumea cereasc n atenia sa, vor fi nlai deasupra acesteia n afeciunile i preocuprile lor. The Medical Missionary, May 1, 1891. Cei uni care stau naintea Domnului ntregului pmnt, ocup poziia odat dat lui Satana ca heruvim ocrotitor. Prin fiinele sfinte care nconjoar tronul Su, Domnul pstreaz o comunicare constant cu locuitorii pmntului . Uleiul auriu reprezint harul cu care Dumnezeu ine candelele credincioilor alimentate, ca ele s nu plpie i s se sting. Dac acest ulei sfnt nu ar fi fost picurat din cer sub forma soliilor Duhului lui Dumnezeu, ageniile rului ar fi avut control deplin asupra oamenilor. Dumnezeu este dezonorad cnd nu primim comunicrile pe cere El le trimite. n felul acesta noi refuzm uleiul auriu care El l-ar fi revrsat n sufletele noastre pentru a fi comunicat celor aflai n ntuneric. Cnd se va auzi strigtul: Iat mirele vine, ieii-i n ntmpinare!, cei care nu au primit 4

The ladder which Jacob saw in the night vision, the base of it resting upon the earth and the topmost round reaching unto the highest heavens; God himself above the ladder, and his glory shining upon every round; angels ascending and descending upon this ladder of shining brightness, is a symbol of constant communication kept up between this world and heavenly places. God accomplishes his will through the instrumentality of heavenly angels in continual intercourse with humanity. This ladder reveals a direct and important channel of communication with the inhabitants of this earth. The ladder represented to Jacob the worlds Redeemer, who links earth and heaven together. Christian Education, 155.

The cross of Calvary is placed between heaven and earth as a perpetual memorial, calling the attention to a holier world than this. It is the medium of a constant communication with the world of light; the mind is constantly drawn away from the earthly to the heavenly, surveying the attractions of Him who everliveth to make intercession for us; and those who thus keep the heavenly world in view will be uplifted above this in their affections and pursuits. The Medical Missionary, May 1, 1891. The anointed ones standing by the Lord of the whole earth, have the position once given to Satan as covering cherub. By the holy beings surrounding his throne, the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth . The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied, that they shall not flicker and go out. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of Gods Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men. God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness. When the call shall come, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him, those who have not received

the holy oil, who have not cherished the grace of Christ in their hearts, will find, like the foolish virgins, that they are not ready to meet their Lord. They have not, in themselves, the power to obtain the oil, and their lives are wrecked. But if Gods Holy Spirit is asked for, if we plead, as did Moses, Show me thy glory, the love of God will be shed abroad in our hearts. Through the golden pipes, the golden oil will be communicated to us. Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts. By receiving the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, Gods children shine as lights in the world. Review and Herald, July 20, 1897. THE HIGHWAY
Isaiah 35; 40:15; 62:612; Jeremiah 31:2123

uleiul sfnt, care nu au preuit harul lui Hristos n inimile lor, i vor da seama, asemenea fecioarelor nechibzuite, c nu sunt gata s-l ntlneasc pe Domnul lor. Ei nu au n ei nii puterea de a obine uleiul, i vieile lor sunt distruse. Dar dac Duhul Sfnt a lui Dumnezeu este cerut, dac struim, aa cum a fcut Moise, `Arat-mi Slava Ta, dragostea lui Dumnezeu va fi turnat n inimile nostre. Prin evile auri, uleiul auriu ne va fi transmis. `Nici prin putere, nici prin trie ci prin Duhul Meu zice Domnul otirilor!` Prin primirea razelor strlucitoare ale Soarelui Neprihnirii, copiii lui Dumnezeu strlucesc ca nite lumini n lume. Review and Herald, July 20, 1897. Calea larg
Isaia 35; 40:15; 62:612; Ieremia 31:2123


Isaiah 7:3; Isaiah 36:12; Malachi 3:14

OGORUL NLBITORULUI Isaia 7:3, Isaia 36:1-2, Maleahi 3:1-4 MALEAHI I CELE DOU CURIRI ALE TEMPLULUI Prin curirea templului, Isus i-a anunat misiunea Sa mesianic i i-a nceput lucrarea. Templul acela, nlat pentru ca Domnul s slluiasc n el prin prezena Lui, avea ca scop s fie o nvtur vie pentru Israel i pentru lume. Scopul lui Dumnezeu din veacurile venice a fost ca fiecare fiin creat, de la serafimul luminos i sfnt pn la om, s fie un templu n care Creatorul s locuiasc. Din cauza pcatului, omul a ncetat s mai fie un templu pentru Dumnezeu. Fiind ntunecat i pervertit de rele, inima omului n-a mai dat la iveal slava Celui Sfnt. Dar planul cerului a fost realizat prin ntruparea Fiului lui Dumnezeu. Dumnezeu locuiete n corp omenesc i, prin harul salvator, inima omului devine din nou templul Su. Dumnezeu voia ca Templul din Ierusalim s fie o mrturie continu despre destinul nalt pus n faa fiecrei fiine. Dar iudeii n-au neles nsemntatea cldirii la care priveau cu atta mndrie. Ei nu s-au consacrat pentru a fi temple sfinte ale Spiritului lui Dumnezeu. Curile Templului din Ierusalim, pline de zgomot i negustorie nesfnt, reprezentau prea bine templul inimii, ntinat de prezena patimilor senzuale i de gnduri nesfinte. Prin curirea templului de cumprtorii i vnztorii lumii, Isus a fcut cunoscut misiunea Lui de a cura inima de mnjirea pcatului de dorinele pmnteti, de plcerile egoiste i de obiceiurile rele, care stric sufletul. (Citat Maleahi 3, 1-3). Hristos Lumina Lumii, 161. 5

MALACHI AND THE TWO TEMPLE CLEANSINGS In the cleansing of the temple, Jesus was announcing His mission as the Messiah, and entering upon His work. That temple, erected for the abode of the divine Presence, was designed to be an object lesson for Israel and for the world. From eternal ages it was Gods purpose that every created being, from the bright and holy seraph to man, should be a temple for the indwelling of the Creator. Because of sin, humanity ceased to be a temple for God. Darkened and defiled by evil, the heart of man no longer revealed the glory of the Divine One. But by the incarnation of the Son of God, the purpose of Heaven is fulfilled. God dwells in humanity, and through saving grace the heart of man becomes again His temple. God designed that the temple at Jerusalem should be a continual witness to the high destiny open to every soul. But the Jews had not understood the significance of the building they regarded with so much pride. They did not yield themselves as holy temples for the Divine Spirit. The courts of the temple at Jerusalem, filled with the tumult of unholy traffic, represented all too truly the temple of the heart, defiled by the presence of sensual passion and unholy thoughts. In cleansing the temple from the worlds buyers and sellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin, from the earthly desires, the selfish lusts, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul. Malachi 3:13 quoted. The Desire of Ages, 161.

THREE HISTORIES The prophet says, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils (Revelation 18:1, 2). This is the same message that was given by the second angel. Babylon is fallen, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (Revelation 14:8). What is that wine? Her false doctrines. She has given to the world a false sabbath instead of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and has repeated the falsehood that Satan first told Eve in Edenthe natural immortality of the soul. Many kindred errors she has spread far and wide, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15:9). When Jesus began His public ministry, He cleansed the Temple from its sacrilegious profanation. Among the last acts of His ministry was the second cleansing of the Temple. So in the last work for the warning of the world, two distinct calls are made to the churches. The second angels message is, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (Revelation 14:8). And in the loud cry of the third angels message a voice is heard from heaven saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities (Revelation 18:4, 5). Selected Messages, book 2, 118.

ISTORIILE Profetul spune: Dup aceea, am vzut coborndu-se din cer un alt nger, care avea o mare putere; i pmntul s-a luminat de slava lui. El a strigat cu glas tare i a zis: A czut, a czut Babilonul cel mare! A ajuns un loca al dracilor, o nchisoare a oricrui duh necurat, o nchisoare a oricrei psri necurate i urte (Apoc.18:1-2). Aceasta este aceiai solie care a fost vestit de al doilea nger. Babilonul, cetatea cea mare, a czut, pentru c a adpat toate neamurile din vinul mniei curviei ei! (Apoc.14:8). Ce este vinul acesta? Doctrinele lui false. El a dat lumii un sabat fals n locul Sbatului poruncii a patra, i a repetat minciuna pe care Satana i-a spus-o prima dat Evei n Eden nemurirea natural a sufletului. El a rspndit pretutindeni multe erori asemntoare, nvnd ca nvturi nite porunci omeneti. (Matei 15:9) Cnd Isus i-a nceput misiunea public de slujire, El a curit Templul de lucrurile care l profanau. Printre ultimele acte ale lucrrii Lui a fost a doua crire a Templului. Tot aa, n ultima lucrare de avertizare a lumii, dou chemri distincte sunt adresate bisericilor. A doua solie ngereasc este: A czut, a czut Babilonul, cetatea cea mare, care a adpat toate neamurile din vinul mniei curviei ei! (Apoc. 14:8). Iar n marea strigarea a soliei ngerului al treilea, o voce este auzit din cer spunnd: Apoi am auzit din cer un alt glas, care zicea: Ieii din mijlocul ei, poporul Meu, ca s nu fii prtai la pcatele ei i s nu fii lovii cu urgiile ei! Pentru c pcatele ei s-au ngrmdit i au ajuns pn n cer; i Dumnezeu ia adus aminte de nelegiuirile ei. (Apoc. 18:4,5) Solii alese, vol. 2, pag. 118. CMPUL NOI CMPURI Tot astfel va fi vestit i solia ngerului al treilea. Cnd vine timpul ca ea s fie proclamat cu cea mai mare putere, Dumnezeu va lucra prin unelte umile, conducnd minile acelora care se consacr slujirii Sale. Lucrtorii vor fi calificai mai mult prin ungerea Duhului Su dect prin educaia dat de instituiile de nvmnt . Brbai ai credinei i ai rugciunii vor fi constrni s mearg cu zel sfnt, fcnd cunoscute cuvintele pe care Dumnezeu li le d. Pcatele Babilonului vor fi descoperite. Urmrile dezastruoase ale impunerii rnduielilor bisericii de ctre autoritatea civil, amgirile spiritismului, naintarea neobservat, dar rapid a puterii papale, toate vor fi demascate. Pin aceste avertizri solemne, oamenii vor fi trezii. Mii 6


Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest power, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of enforcing the observances of the church by civil authority, the inroads of spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal powerall will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be

stirred. Thousands upon thousands will listen who have never heard words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven. As the people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? the ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears and quiet the awakened conscience. But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain Thus saith the Lord, the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it. As the controversy extends into new fields and the minds of the people are called to Gods downtrodden law, Satan is astir. The power attending the message will only madden those who oppose it. The clergy will put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light lest it should shine upon their flocks. By every means at their command they will endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions. The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and, in this work, papists and Protestants unite. As the movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided, the law will be invoked against commandment keepers. They will be threatened with fines and imprisonment, and some will be offered positions of influence, and other rewards and advantages, as inducements to renounce their faith. But their steadfast answer is: Show us from the word of God our errorthe same plea that was made by Luther under similar circumstances. Those who are arraigned before the courts make a strong vindication of the truth, and some who hear them are led to take their stand to keep all the commandments of God. Thus light will be brought before thousands who otherwise would know nothing of these truths. The Great Controversy, 605606.

i mii vor auzi cuvinte pe care nu le-au mai auzit niciodat. Cu uimire vor asculta mrturia c Babilonul este biserica deczut din cauza rtcirilor i pcatelor ei, din cauza lepdrii adevrului trimis pentru ea din cer. Cnd oamenii merg la nvtorii lor de mai nainte, cu ntrebarea rscolitoare: Sunt aceste lucruri aa?, slujitorii le prezint fabule, proorocesc lucruri plcute pentru a le potoli temerile i pentru a liniti contiina trezit. Dar n timp ce muli refuz s se mulumeasc doar cu autoritatea oamenilor i cer un Aa zice Domnul, slujitorii populari, asemenea fariseilor din vechime, plini de mnie c autoritatea lor este pus la ndoial, vor denuna solia ca fiind de la Satana i vor provoca mulimile iubitoare de pcat s-i insulte i s-i prigoneasc pe aceia care o vestesc. Pe msur ce lupta se extinde n domenii noi i mintea oamenilor este atras ctre Legea lui Dumnezeu, cea clcat n picioare, Satana se agit. Puterea care nsoete solia nu face dect s-i mnie i mai mult pe aceia care se mpotrivesc. Conductorii spirituali vor face eforturi aproape supraomeneti pentru a ndeprta lumina ca s nu lumineze peste turma lor. Prin toate mijloacele pe care le au la dispoziie, vor ncerca s interzic discutarea acestor probleme vitale. Biserica va face apel la braul cel mai puternic al puterii civile i papistaii i protestanii se vor uni n aceast lucrare. Pe msur ce micarea pentru impunerea duminicii devine mai ndrznea i mai hotrt, va fi chemat n ajutor legea mpotriva celor ce pzesc porunca a patra. Ei vor fi ameninai cu amenzi i nchisoare, iar unora le vor fi oferite poziii cu influen i alte beneficii i avantaje, cu condiia s renune la credina lor. Dar rspunsul lor statornic va fi: Artai-ne din Cuvntul lui Dumnezeu rtcirea noastr, acelai rspuns pe care l-a dat i Luther n mprejurri asemntoare. Aceia care sunt tri naintea tribunalelor aduc o puternic susinere a adevrului, iar unii care aud sunt condui s ia poziie pentru pzirea tuturor poruncilor lui Dumnezeu. n felul acesta, lumina va fi adus multor mii de suflete care altfel n-ar putea cunoate nimic despre aceste adevruri. Tragedia veacurilor, pag. 605606.