by Sister Sabbay ( Sept 15, 2008 )
How Serious is the Threat of Martial Law?
“We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand. The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude”
(Testimonies for the Church Vol. 9 p. 11).
Is it alarming that within the year of 2008, a year of judgment, (120 years from the inception of the Precious “Message of Righteousness by Faith”, Testimonies to Ministers p. 91-92) the world is being exposed to news of financial disaster and potential imminent Depression?
Although America’s current President Bush Jr. appears to minimize the crisis by labeling it as a “FINANCIAL ADJUSTMENT”, God’s spiritual remnant discerns the facade; as Wall street’s stocks spiral downward. While Wall street’s unstable markets point to sadness and shock, Commandment keepers and faithful Messiah followers can prepare for God’s imminent judgment and wrath, unmingled with mercy (Rev 14:9-11). As the message of God’s fourth angel firmly forewarns “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev 18:4).
However subtle and disguising it may appear, times are changing before our eyes. I encourage family and loved ones to become familiar with the Testimonies For The Church and its nine volumes. I am providing a link below and a small excerpt of this powerful and Holy Spirit inspired reading for all. Be reminded that we are living in serious times, and God is holding back the winds of strife until His servants are sealed, as satan wishes to destroy lives; the adversary aims to increase the count of lost souls (Rev 7:1-3). Thus we must “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” ( 1Peter 5:8 ). Additionally, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev 12:12).
EGW’s publishings remind all of her vision in New York City: “On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used. Those to whom these buildings belonged were not asking themselves: “How can we best glorify God?” The Lord was not in their thoughts”.
“I thought: ‘Oh, that those who are thus investing their means could see their course as God sees it! They are piling up magnificent buildings, but how foolish in the sight of the Ruler of the universe is their planning and devising. They are not studying with all the powers of heart and mind how they may glorify God. They have lost sight of this, the first duty of man'”.
“As these lofty buildings went up, the owners rejoiced with ambitious pride that they had money to use in gratifying self and provoking the envy of their neighbors. Much of the money that they thus invested had been obtained through exaction, through grinding down the poor. They forgot that in heaven an account of every business transaction is kept; every unjust deal, every fraudulent act, is there recorded. The time is coming when in their fraud and insolence men will reach a point that the Lord will not permit them to pass, and they will learn that there is a limit to the forbearance of Jehovah” (Testimonies For The Church Vol. 9 p. 12).
Appropriately entitled, The Last Crisis, written by EGW in 1904 (approx), this beginning quotation of Testimonies For the Church Volume 9 has a powerful message to all those who are questioning the timing of our Returning Savior Christ Jesus. From studying the Word, we learn that Christ’s return for his harvest, 144,000, remnant, is conditional. Thus, our readiness will precipitate Our Redeemer’s return. Overcomers in these end times will be fueled by the Holy Spirit’s Early and Latter rain (Jer 5:24, Zech 10:1, James 5:7), bringing God’s Harvest to the “Measure of the Stature of the fullness of Christ” (Acts 17:26, Eph 4:13). Our focus, the manifestation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), as we “take on the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD” (Eph 6:17).
We are truly living in the END TIMES and as the 144,000, we will need to be spiritually equip to withstand trials and tribulation (Rev 6:17). The Mark of the Beast, ENFORCED Sunday Pagan Worship, having “no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image” [Romanism & Protestant Entities] (Rev 13:11-18, Rev 14:9-11), will cause a loss of purchasing power for God’s chosen. However, the Creator will provide resources for His own “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna…” coriander seed, honey wafers (Exo. 16:31, John 6:58, Rev 2:17). The Ten Commandments, a legal and binding Heavenly governmental ordinance, will be a last day constitutional mandate, maintained by God’s chosen (Exo. 20, Rev 14:12). Spiritual Babylonians will be a tool by Satan, persecuting the remnant of Christ’s seed (Rev 12:17). Be encouraged, as persecution will purify the faithful body of Christ (Mal. 3:1-3, Tit 2:11-15, Rev 14:1-5), reserving their seat at the throne of God (Rev 3:21).