Measuring Them That Worship Therein.


Measuring Them That Worship Therein

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
Revelation 11:1

“The prophet was told to measure them that worship in the temple; for the creatures of His hand reflect His image, and are measured by the same standard. Angels worship in that temple, and they reflect the character of Him who is love. There were also men in that temple as worshipers; saints, who, while still on earth, were by faith within the inner veil; and they too were measured by the same reed of His law. Not an outward measure of stature, nor an external weighing of motives, as viewed by the human eye, but character was the test, with the rule of heaven for a standard.” Haskel, SSP, 194.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ec. 12: 13,14.

“To deal with our fellow men in every instance just as we should wish them to deal with us is a rule which we should apply to ourselves practically. God’s laws are to be obeyed to the letter. In all our intercourse and deal with our fellow men, whether believers or unbelievers, this rule is to be applied: ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself.’ Here many who profess to be Christians will not bear the measurement of God; when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, they will be found wanting.” 2Testimonies, 43.

“His church is to be a temple built after the Divine similitude, and the angelic architect has brought his golden measuring rod from heaven, that every stone may be hewed and squared by the divine measurement and polished to shine as an emblem of heaven, radiating in all directions the bright, clear beams of the Sun of righteousness. The church is to be fed with manna from heaven and to be kept under the sole guardianship of His grace. Clad in complete armor of light and righteousness, she enters upon her final conflict. The dross, the worthless material, will be consumed, and the influence of the truth testifies to the world of its sanctifying, ennobling character.”
Testimonies to Ministers, 17.

“The grand judgment is taking place, and has been going on for some time. Now the Lord says, ‘Measure the temple and the worshipers thereof.’ Remember when you are walking the streets about your business, God is measuring you; when you are attending your household duties, when you engage in conversation, God is measuring you. … When you are doing your work remember there is One that is watching the spirit in which we are doing it. Shall we not bring the Saviour into our everyday lives, into our secular work and domestic duties? Then in the name of God we want to leave behind everything that is not necessary, all gossiping or unprofitable visiting, and present ourselves as servants of the living God.”
(Manuscript 4, 1888). 7BC, 972.

“In vision on the Isle of Patmos John said: (Rev. 11:1 quoted.) This solemn work is to be done upon the earth. Look and see how stands your measurement of character as compared with God’s standard of righteousness, his holy law. The worshipers are to pass under the measuring line of God.
Who will bear the test? Christ says, ‘I know thy works.
’” Youth Instructor, 9/25/1886.

“All who occupy positions in our institutions will be tested. If they will make Christ their pattern, He will give them wisdom and knowledge and understanding; they will grow in grace and aptitude in Christ’s way; their characters will be molded after His similitude. If they fail of keeping the way of the Lord, another spirit will control the mind and judgment, and they will plan without the Lord and will take their own course and leave the positions they have occupied. The light has been given them; if they depart from it, let no man present a bribe to induce them to remain. They will be a hindrance and a snare. The time has come when everything is to be shaken that can be shaken, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Every case is coming in review before God; He is measuring the temple and the worshipers therein.”
7 Testimonies, 219.

“The Disappointment of those who expected our Lord to come to earth in 1844 is outlined in Rev. 10:9,10—the message from the book of Daniel concerning the cleansing of the sanctuary they interpreted to mean the coming of Christ to the earth. The thought of the Saviour’s return was sweet as honey to them, but the sweetness turned to bitterness when their hopes were dashed. However, the prophecy outlined that, following that is appointment, they would understand and preach concerning the true meaning of the cleansing of the sanctuary.

‘And he [the angel] said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.’ (Rev. 10:11; 11:1).

“This clearly states that, after the 1844 Disappointment, those who would then see the light concerning the ministry of Jesus in the heavenly sanctuary were to make this message known to all mankind. But more than this was included in this prophecy: the double meaning concerning the cleansing of the hurch and the individuals of the church was also to be made clear to the people. …However, this is a feature that has not been as fully proclaimed, as no
doubt it will be in the future, among those who are praying for the latter rain, which is to be followed by the reception of the seal of the living God upon the cleansed temple.” Were, 144,000 Sealed!,

“In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventhday Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the sentence: ‘Found wanting.’ By the light bestowed, the opportunities given, will she be judged.”
8Testimonies, 247.