Gene Benjamin II
A Safe Refuge
This is from the pen of Ellen White: She spoke this over 100 yrs ago!
A SAFE REFUGE
(Maranatha: The Lord is Coming) [page 67]
Behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. Isa. 26:21
There is coming rapidly and surely an almost universal guilt upon the inhabitants of the cities, because of the steady increase of determined wickedness. The corruption that prevails, is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of strife, bribery, and fraud; every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal fiendish destruction of human life……
Our God is a God of mercy. With long-sufferance and tender compassion He deals with the transgressors of His law….The warnings to save them from divine wrath; but a time will come when pleadings for mercy will no longer be heard…..
The conditions prevailing in society, and especially in the great cities of the nations, proclaim in thunder tones that the hour of God’s judgments is come and that the end of all things earthly is at hand. We are standing on the threshold of the crisis fo the ages. In quick succession the judgments of God will follow one another—fire, and flood, and earthquake, with war and bloodshed….
The storm of God’s wrath is gathering; and those only will stand who respond to the invitations of mercy…and become sanctified through obedience to the laws of the divine Ruler. The righteous alone will be hid with Christ in God till the desolation be overpast. Let the language of the soul be:
“ Other refuge have I none;
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, Oh leave me not alone!
Still support and comfort me.
“Hide me, O my Savior, hide
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
Oh, receive my soul at last!”
People there is a safe refuge in Yeshua (Yahweh) God. If you are down and worried about the things coming on the earth—-run to him! Are you worrying about someone with a gun shooting you down—run to him! He says in Psalms 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded!
Yahweh is the KING—and knows all things—trust him folks—Budda don’t have him, Hinduism can’t hold him, Muslims think they have him, New Agers are confused, and Catholics blasphemed him—-time to repent and come into the arms of Yahweh—consider Him in all his way—and He says if you love me—keep my commandments! The Lord want to be your friend—but He is your true father!
Isaiah 32:9-11 says:
Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. 10. many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless woman: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. 11.Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins.
It’s time to rise up and shout the good news! Jesus is coming soon!
Women in prophecy means church! Rev: 14:7 is shouting out! Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his
judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven , and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. 9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in is forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosover receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
It’s time to come out of her false churches—my people—so that you do not suffer the things coming on the earth and you can escape!
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven; after [omitting “and”]… coming down, etc. The usual form of introduction to a new vision (cf. Rev_4:1; Rev_7:1, etc.). The “mystery” of the beast and the harlot having been declared, the angel now describes the doom in store for them. The angel is from heaven, as carrying the news of the judgment which is sent from heaven (cf. Rev_10:1; Rev_19:6, Rev_19:15, Rev_19:17; Rev_15:1, etc.). Having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. The great “authority” refers to the judgment which follows, which, however, is not acted out before the seer, but only described. The last clause records the visible manifestation of the great power (cf. the description in Eze_43:2).
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying; and he cried with a strong voice, saying. This “strong voice” is characteristic of the heavenly utterances (cf. Rev_7:2; Rev_14:7, etc.). Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen. The event, though future, is described as past, being predetermined in the counsels of God. The words here are a reproduction of Isa_21:9. And is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird; a habitation … a hold of every unclean spirit, and a hold of every unclean and hated bird. “Devils” (Greek, δαιμόνια), inferior evil spirits. The three phrases express the same idea, viz. the loathsome and hateful state to which Babylon is reduced. The language is derived from the prophets (cf. Isa_13:21, Isa_13:22; Isa_34:11-15; Jer_1:1-19 :39; Jer_51:37). A hold (Greek, φυλακή, “a strong place”); the natural and fitting stronghold of the devils, rather than a place to which they are involuntarily confined.
For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. “The wine” is omitted in A, C, but it is inserted in א, B, and retained in the Revised Version. “The wrath” is omitted (cf. the expression in Rev_14:8 and Rev_17:2). And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. (On the figure employed, as well as the identical language, see Rev_17:2.) And the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. The “abundance” (Greek, δύναμις, which Vitringa renders by copia, referring to Job_31:25; Eze_28:4, LXX.). “Delicacies.” (Greek, στρῆνος, occurs in the New Testament only here, and as a verb in Rev_18:7, Rev_18:9, and (compounded) in 1Ti_5:11. It signifies overweening pride and insolence and wantonness, arising from superfluity of wealth and gifts. Cf. the warning to the Church of Laodicea (Rev_3:17).
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying. Probably the voice of another angel in succession to the one mentioned in Rev_18:1. Another angel takes up the theme, because the message is now directly addressed to Christians. Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. The angel says, “my people,” because he is representing God. These words, resembling Isa_48:20; Isa_52:1-15 :l; Jer_1:8; and especially Jer_51:6 (cf. also Jer_51:8), 45, recall also the warning of our Lord in Mat_24:16 (cf. also Gen_19:22, “I cannot do anything till thou be come thither”). Since the harlot, who is identical with Babylon, is representative of the faithless part of the Church of God, these words form a direct warning to Christians. The departure which is commanded is not necessarily a literal, visible one; but the command implies a dissociation from, and condemnation of, the works of Babylon. Lot’s wife literally departed from Sodom, but was overtaken with punishment, because her heart was not dissevered from the wickedness of the city.
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. That is, the accumulation of sin is so great as to reach up to the heaven. Exactly the description of the judgment of Babylon given in Jer_51:9, “Forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country; for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.” repetition of Rev_16:19.
January 17, 2013 CE