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Who Are Those That Will Stand At This Time?

Who Are Those That Will Stand At This Time?

Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12

Every one who is not centered in Christ will fail to stand the test and ordeal of that day . While those who are clothed with Christ’s righteousness will stand firm to truth and duty, those who have trusted in their own righteousness will be ranged under the black banner of the prince of darkness. Then it will be seen whether the choice is for Christ or Belial. Review and Herald, vol. 2, p. 609, (1892)

As we near the end of time, falsehood will be so mingled with truth, that 1) only those who have the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be able to distinguish truth from error. 2) We need to make every effort to keep the way of the Lord. 3) We must in no case turn from His guidance to put our trust in man. The Lord’s angels are appointed to keep strict watch over those who put their faith in the Lord, and these angels are to be our special help in every time of need. 4) Every day we are to come to the Lord with full assurance of faith, 5) and to look to Him for wisdom. . . . 6) Those who are guided by the Word of the Lord will 7) discern with certainty between falsehood and truth, between sin and righteousness. Maranatha, p. 192 

NONE but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths.… The remnant that purify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy. Maranatha, p. 203, or SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 911

The season of distress before God’s people 1) will call for a faith that will not falter. 2) His children must make it manifest that He is the only object of their worship, and 3) that no consideration, not even that of life itself, can induce them to make the least concession to false worship. 4) To the loyal heart the commands of sinful, finite men will sink into insignificance beside the word of the eternal God. 5) Truth will be obeyed though the result be imprisonment or exile or death. Prophets and Kings, pp. 512, 513

God would have his people prepared for the soon-coming crisis. Prepared or unprepared, we must all meet it. Only those whose characters are thoroughly disciplined to meet the divine standard will be able to stand firm in that testing time. But when enemies shall be on every side, watching them for evil, the God of Heaven will be watching his precious jewels for good. When secular rulers unite with the ministers of religion to come between God and our conscience, then those who cherish the fear of God will be revealed. When the darkness is deepest, then the light of a noble, Godlike character will shine the brightest. When every other trust fails, then it will be seen who have an abiding trust in God. Review and Herald, November 9, 1911, or Sketches from the Life of Paul, p. 252

The stronger and purer the faith of God’s people, and the firmer their determination to obey him, the more will Satan stir up the rage of those who claim to be righteous, while they trample upon the law of God. In that coming emergency, rulers and magistrates will not interpose in behalf of God’s people. There will be a corrupt harmony with all who have not been obedient to the law of God.… It will require the firmest trust, the most heroic purpose, to hold fast the faith once delivered to the saints. Sketches from the Life of Paul, p. 252

Who shall stand at this time, only those whose faith is centered in Christ. Only those overcoming by the blood of the Lamb. Only those who have made God their sole object of worship. Only those that have been purifying their souls by obeying the truth. Only those whose characters are thoroughly disciplined to meet the divine standard will be able to stand firm in that testing time. Dear reader: can you not see the Sunday/Mark of the Beast crisis, is the revealer of character, and will be the time of the judgment of the living that will determine your ETERNAL destiny? Again the words of the prophet Zephaniah comes to us as God’s plea—

[The time for repentance is speeding by like chaff whirled before the wind!] Therefore consider, before God’s decree brings forth [Revelation 22:11], before the time [to repent] is gone like the drifting chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord comes upon you—yes, before the day of the wrath of the Lord comes upon you! Seek the Lord [inquire for Him, inquire of Him, and require Him as the foremost necessity of your life], all you humble of the land who have acted in compliance with his revealed will and have kept His commandments; seek righteousness, seek humility [inquire for them, require them as vital]. It may be you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. Zephaniah 2:2, 3, The Amplified Bible