In a moment shall they [the wicked] die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand. Job 34:20.
He [God] has always chosen extremities, when there seemed no possible chance for deliverance from Satan’s workings, for the manifestation of His power.
It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. The sun appears, shining in its strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Everything in nature seems turned out of its course. The streams cease to flow. Dark, heavy clouds come up and clash against each other. In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of indescribable glory, whence comes the voice of God like the sound of many waters, saying: “It is done.” Revelation 16:17.
The powers of heaven will be shaken at the voice of God. Then the sun, moon, and stars will be moved out of their places. They will not pass away, but be shaken by the voice of God.
Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. The atmosphere parted and rolled back; then we could look up through the open space in Orion, whence came the voice of God.
Now in regard to the coming of the Son of man, this will not take place until after the mighty earthquake shakes the earth after the people have heard the voice of God. They are in despair and trouble such as never was since there was a nation, and in this the people of God will suffer affliction. The clouds of heaven will clash and there will be darkness. Then that voice comes from heaven and the clouds begin to roll back like a scroll, and there is the bright, clear sign of the Son of man. The children of God know what that cloud means.
The 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God.
When the voice of God turns the captivity of His people, there is a terrible awakening of those who have lost all in the great conflict of life.
The day of wrath to the enemies of God is the day of final deliverance to His church.
Maranatha p. 271
—–Please pray for Patsy whose sister died yesterday. Rose
—– Please pray for my daughter Crystal, I’m worried about her. Linda
——Please pray that God will supply all of my children’s needs.
Kate was a little girl who loved animals—all animals. If it was living, she loved it. One day she heard something rustling in her closet. Puzzled, she followed the noise until she found its source—a little mouse. Most little girls would have screamed, but not Kate. She had no fear of the creature. In fact, she was happy to have this new friend. Quietly she closed the door and went to the kitchen. She took a corner off from a slice of bread and found a jar lid in one of the drawers. Back to her room she went. Very slowly, Kate opened the closet door and placed the bread onto the floor. Then she went to the bathroom and filled the jar lid with water. After placing the lid in her closet, she quietly closed the door.
The next day, she brought her new “friend” a little cake and gave him fresh water. Kate decided her mouse friend needed a little house. She looked around until found a shoebox and her scissors. Then, she cut a hole in one end of the box, placed it upside down in one corner of her closet, and put the food inside the box.Within days, she had tamed that mouse to the point that it had no fear of her and would run all over her whenever she sat on the floor. How happy she was happy to have such a nice little pet right there in her own room.
One day while Kate was playing at a friend’s house, her mother decided to clean out that closet. She knew that Kate had outgrown some of her clothes and there was no reason to keep what no longer fit Mother looked around and saw the usual clutter on the closet floor. Before she tackled the hang-up clothes, she would pick up the mess on the floor—-including the shoebox. Sadly for Mr.Mouse, he was hiding inside! As soon as Kate’s mother saw him looking up at her, she screamed! Grabbing her broom, she got rid of the little creature. After his demise, she began picking up the clutter again. It was only then that she saw the hole in one end of the box and the jar lid filled with water. When Kate got home, her mother met her with a frown. Little Kate was heartbroken at the thought of what happened to her little pet, but as her mother explained that making a pet of an animal that spreads so much sickness was not the best thing to do, she began to understand.
How often we have a “mouse in the closet” so to speak. We nurture it and pet it and play with it. That “mouse” seems so attractive and pleasing to us, but it will eventually hurt us and destroy us. It may be daydreaming, intemperance, evil speaking, pride, lack of love for others, covetousness—anything that is more important to us than God. As we hold to it, it grows larger and stronger until that tiny “mouse in the closet” begins to control us. Suddenly we realize that we are chained to our sin. We cry out, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Rom 7:24 Our Dear Saviour answers, “call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Ps 50:15 We respond, “Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.” Ps 38:21, 22 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Ps 139:24, 25
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. . . .He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.” Ps 103:12-18
Praise God! We have a Saviour Who will get rid of our “mouse in the closet!”! We have a deliverer Who is able to protect us from the evil one! He will deliver us from the chains of the enemy! He is mighty of save!
Let us sing praises unto the LORD for His wondrous love! Let us allow Him to take complete control of our life. Let us love our Great Redeemer with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, with all our strength for He is our crown of rejoicing, our Saviour, our Redeemer, our King!