As the disrespect for God’s law becomes more manifest, the line
of demarcation between its observers and the world becomes more distinct.
Love for the divine precepts increases with one class according
as contempt for them increases with another class.

The crisis is fast approaching. The rapidly swelling figures show
that the time for God’s visitation has about come. Although loath to
punish, nevertheless He will punish, and that speedily.

The day of God’s vengeance is just upon us. The seal of God will
be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the
abominations done in the land. Those who link in sympathy with the
world are eating and drinking with the drunken and will surely be
destroyed with the workers of iniquity.

“The eyes of the Lord are over
the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of
the Lord is against them that do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12.

Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive
the seal of the living God or be cut down by the destroying weapons.
Already a few drops of God’s wrath have fallen upon the earth; but
when the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into
the cup of His indignation, then it will be forever too late to repent and
find shelter. No atoning blood will then wash away the stains of sin.

Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There
are many even among those who teach the truth to others who will
not receive the seal of God in their foreheads. They had the light of
truth, they knew their Master’s will, they understood every point of
our faith, but they had not corresponding works. These who were so
familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine wisdom should have
acted their faith. They should have commanded their households after
them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the world
the influence of the truth upon the human heart.

By their lack of devotion and piety, and their failure to reach a
high religious standard, they make other souls contented with their
position. Men of finite judgment cannot see that in patterning after
these men who have so often opened to them the treasures of God’s
word, they will surely endanger their souls. Jesus is the only true
pattern. Everyone must now search the Bible for himself upon his
knees before God, with the humble, teachable heart of a child, if he
would know what the Lord requires of him. However high any minister
may have stood in the favor of God, if he neglects to follow out the
light given him of God, if he refuses to be taught as a little child, he
will go into darkness and satanic delusions and will lead others in the
same path.

Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters
have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects
in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then
the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples
on the Day of Pentecost.

No one need say that his case is hopeless, that he cannot live the
life of a Christian. Ample provision is made by the death of Christ
for every soul. Jesus is our ever-present help in time of need. Only
call upon Him in faith, and He has promised to hear and answer your
petitions.

Oh, for a living, active faith! We need it; we must have it, or we
shall faint and fail in the day of trial. The darkness that will then rest
upon our path must not discourage us or drive us to despair. It is the
veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich
blessings. We should know this by our past experience. In that day
when God has a controversy with His people this experience will be a
source of comfort and hope.

It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted
from the world. It is now that we must wash our robes of character
and make them white in the blood of the Lamb. It is now that we must
overcome pride, passion, and spiritual slothfulness. It is now that we
must awake and make determined effort for symmetry of character.

“Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.” Hebrews 3:7,
8, 15.

Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed
upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed
upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It
will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false
tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without
spot before God—candidates for heaven. Go forward, my brethren
and sisters. I can only write briefly upon these points at this time,
merely calling your attention to the necessity of preparation. Search
the Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful
solemnity of the present hour.594