The Seven Last Plagues and the Righteous
The Great Time of Trouble Begins After Probation's Close
When Christ shall cease His work as mediator in man's behalf, then this time of trouble
will begin. Then the case of every soul will have been decided, and there will be no
atoning blood to cleanse from sin. When Jesus leaves His position as man's intercessor
before God the solemn announcement is made, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust
still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him
be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still" (Rev. 22:11). Then
the restraining Spirit of God is withdrawn from the earth.--PP 201 (1890).
God's People Are Prepared for the Trying Hour Before Them
When the third angel's message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty
inhabitants of the earth.
The people of God have accomplished their work. They have received "the latter
rain," "the refreshing from the presence of the Lord," and they are
prepared for the trying hour before them.
Angels are hastening to and fro in heaven. An angel returning from the earth announces
that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have
proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living
God." Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. . . . Christ has
made the atonement for His people, and blotted out their sins. The number of His subjects
is made up; "the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the
whole heaven," is about to be given to the heirs of salvation, and Jesus is to reign
as King of kings, and Lord of lords.--GC 613, 614 (1911).
Terrible Beyond Comprehension
The season of distress and anguish before us will require a faith that can endure
weariness, delay, and hunger--a faith that will not faint, though severely tried. . . .
The "time of trouble such as never was," is soon to open upon us; and we
shall need an experience which we do not now possess, and which many are too indolent to
obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but
this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the
magnitude of the ordeal.--GC 621, 622 (1911).
When Jesus leaves the most holy His restraining Spirit is withdrawn from rulers and
people. They are left to the control of evil angels. Then such laws will be made by the
counsel and direction of Satan that, unless time should be very short, no flesh could be
saved.--1T 204 (1859).
Many Laid to Rest Before Time of Trouble
It is not always safe to ask for unconditional healing. . . . He knows whether or not
those for whom petitions are offered would be able to endure the trial and test that would
come upon them if they lived. He knows the end from the beginning. Many will be laid away
to sleep before the fiery ordeal of the time of trouble shall come upon our world.--CH 375
The Lord has often instructed me that many little ones are to be laid away before the
time of trouble. We shall see our children again. We shall meet them and know them in the
heavenly courts.--2SM 259 (1899).
Satan's Goal: Destroy All Sabbathkeepers
Says the great deceiver: . . . "Our principal concern is to silence this sect of
Sabbathkeepers. . . . We will finally have a law to exterminate all who will not submit to
our authority."--TM 472, 473 (1884).
It is the purpose of Satan to cause them to be blotted from the earth in order that his
supremacy of the world may not be disputed.--TM 37 (1893).
The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts.
Satan numbers the world as his subjects. He has gained control of the apostate churches;
but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from
the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy
Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the
people of God.--9T 231 (1909).
Arguments Used Against God's People
I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the
sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked
against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgements of God upon them,
and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed.--EW 36
When the angel of mercy folds her wings and departs Satan will do the evil deeds he has
long wished to do. Storm and tempest, war and bloodshed--in these things he delights, and
thus he gathers in his harvest. And so completely will men be deceived by him that they
will declare that these calamities are the result of the desecration of the first day of
the week. From the pulpits of the popular churches will be heard the statement that the
world is being punished because Sunday is not honoured as it should be.--RH Sept. 17,
It will be urged that the few who stand in opposition to an institution of the church
and a law of the state, ought not to be tolerated; that it is better for them to suffer
than for whole nations to be thrown into confusion and lawlessness. The same argument
eighteen hundred years ago was brought against Christ by the "rulers of the
people." . . . This argument will appear conclusive.--GC 615 (1911).
Death for All Who Do Not Honour Sunday
A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for
deliverance.--EW 36, 37 (1851).
As Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon issued a decree that all who would not bow down
and worship this image should be killed, so a proclamation will be made that all who will
not reverence the Sunday institution will be punished with imprisonment and death. . . .
Let all read carefully the thirteenth chapter of Revelation, for it concerns every human
agent, great and small.--14MR 91 (1896).
The time of trouble is about to come upon the people of God. Then it is that the decree
will go forth forbidding those who keep the Sabbath of the Lord to buy or sell, and
threatening them with punishment, and even death, if they do not observe the first day of
the week as the Sabbath.--HP 344 (1908).
The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of God, will decree that
small and great, rich and poor, free and bond" (Rev. 13:16), shall conform to the
customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath. All who refuse compliance
will be visited with civil penalties, and it will finally be declared that they are
deserving of death.--GC 604 (1911).
Especially will the wrath of man be aroused against those who hallow the Sabbath of the
fourth commandment, and at last a universal decree will denounce these as deserving of
death.--PK 512 (c. 1914).
Death Decree Similar to That Issued by Ahasuerus
The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very
similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church
see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment, a Mordecai at the gate. The
reverence of God's people for His law is a constant rebuke to those who have cast off the
fear of the Lord and are trampling on His Sabbath.--PK 605 (c. 1914).
I saw the leading men of the earth consulting together, and Satan and his angels busy
around them. I saw a writing, copies of which were scattered in different parts of the
land, giving orders that unless the saints should yield their peculiar faith, give up the
Sabbath, and observe the first day of the week, the people were at liberty after a certain
time, to put them to death.--EW 282, 283 (1858).
If the people of God will put their trust in Him and by faith rely upon His power, the
devices of Satan will be defeated in our time as signally as in the days of Mordecai.--ST
Feb. 22, 1910.
The Remnant Make God Their Defence
"And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which standeth for the
children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since
there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered,
every one that shall be found written in the book" [Dan. 12:1]. When this time of
trouble comes, every case is decided; there is no longer probation, no longer mercy for
the impenitent. The seal of the living God is upon His people.
This small remnant, unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers
of earth that are marshalled by the dragon host, make God their defence. The decree has
been passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive
his mark under pain of persecution and death. May God help His people now, for what can
they then do in such a fearful conflict without His assistance!--5T 212, 213 (1882).
God's People Flee the Cities; Many Imprisoned
As the decree issued by the various rulers of Christendom against commandment keepers
shall withdraw the protection of government, and abandon
them to those who desire their destruction, the people of God will flee from the cities
and villages and associate together in companies, dwelling in the most desolate and
solitary places. Many will find refuge in the strongholds of the mountains. . . . But many
of all nations and of all classes, high and low, rich and poor, black and white, will be
cast into the most unjust and cruel bondage. The beloved of God pass weary days bound in
chains, shut in by prison bars, sentenced to be slain, some apparently left to die of
starvation in dark and loathsome dungeons.--GC 626 (1911).
Though a general decree has fixed the time when commandment keepers may be put to
death, their enemies will in some cases anticipate the decree, and before the time
specified, will endeavour to take their lives. But none can pass the mighty guardians
stationed about every faithful soul. Some are assailed in their flight from the cities and
villages; but the swords raised against them break and fall powerless as a straw. Others
are defended by angels in the form of men of war.--GC 631 (1911).
The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in different
companies and in all parts of the earth; and they will be tried singly, not in groups.
Every one must stand the test for himself.--4BC 1143 (1908).
The faith of individual members of the church will be tested as though there were not
another person in the world.--7BC 983 (1890).
Houses and Lands of No Use
Houses and lands will be of no use to the saints in the time of trouble, for they will
then have to flee before infuriated mobs, and at that time their possessions cannot be
disposed of to advance the cause of present truth. . . .
I saw that if any held on to their property, and did not inquire of the Lord as to
their duty, He would not make duty known, and they would be permitted to keep their
property, and in the time of trouble it would come up before them like a mountain to crush
them, and they would try to dispose of it, but would not be able. . . . But if they
desired to be taught, He would teach them, in a time of need, when to sell and how much to
sell.--EW 56, 57 (1851).
It is too late now to cling to worldly treasures. Soon unnecessary houses and lands
will be of no benefit to anyone, for the curse of God will rest more and more heavily upon
the earth. The call comes, "Sell that ye have, and give alms" [Luke 12:33]. This
message should be faithfully borne--urged home to the hearts of the people--that God's own
property may be returned to Him in offerings to advance His work in the world.--16MR 348
Like the Time of Jacob's Trouble
A decree will finally be issued against those who hallow the Sabbath of the fourth
denouncing them as deserving of the severest punishment, and giving the people liberty,
after a certain time, to put them to death. Romanism in the Old World, and apostate
Protestantism in the New, will pursue a similar course toward those who honour all the
divine precepts. The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction
and distress described by the prophet as the time of Jacob's trouble.--GC 615, 616 (1911).
To human sight it will appear that the people of God must soon seal their testimony
with their blood, as did the martyrs before them. They themselves begin to fear that the
Lord has left them to fall by the hand of their enemies. It is a time of fearful agony.
Day and night they cry unto God for deliverance. . . .
Like Jacob, all are wrestling with God. Their countenances express their internal
struggle. Paleness sits upon every face. Yet they cease not their earnest
intercession.--GC 630 (1911). Jacob's experience during that night of wrestling and
anguish represents the trial through which the people of God must pass just before
Christ's second coming. The prophet Jeremiah, in holy vision looking down to this time,
said, "We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. . . . All faces
are turned into paleness. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even
the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it" (Jer. 30:5-7).--PP 201
The Righteous Have No Concealed Wrongs to Reveal
In the time of trouble, if the people of God had unconfessed sins to appear before them
while tortured with fear and anguish, they would be overwhelmed; despair would cut off
their faith, and they could not have confidence to plead with God for deliverance. But
while they have a deep sense of their unworthiness, they have no concealed wrongs to
reveal. Their sins have gone beforehand to judgement, and have been blotted out; and they
cannot bring them to remembrance.--GC 620 (1911).
God's people . . . will have a deep sense of their shortcomings, and as they review
their lives their hopes will sink. But remembering the greatness of God's mercy, and their
own sincere repentance, they will plead His promises made through Christ to helpless,
repenting sinners. Their faith will not fail because their prayers are not immediately
answered. They will lay hold of the strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the Angel, and
the language of their souls will be, "I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless
me."--PP 202 (1890).
The Saints Will Not Lose Their Lives
God would not suffer the wicked to destroy those who were expecting translation, and
who would not bow to the decree of the beast or receive his mark. I saw that if the wicked
were permitted to slay the saints, Satan and all his evil host, and all who hate
God, would be gratified. And oh, what a triumph it would be for his satanic majesty, to
have power, in the last closing struggle, over those who had so long waited to behold Him
whom they loved! Those who have mocked at the idea of the saints' going up will witness
the care of God for His people, and behold their glorious deliverance.--EW 284 (1858).
The people of God will not be free from suffering; but while persecuted and distressed,
while they endure privation, and suffer for want of food, they will not be left to
perish.--GC 629 (1911).
If the blood of Christ's faithful witnesses were shed at this time, it would not, like
the blood of the martyrs, be as seed sown to yield a harvest for God.--GC 634 (1911).
God Will Provide
The Lord has shown me repeatedly that it is contrary to the Bible to make any provision
for our temporal wants in the time of trouble. I saw that if the saints had food laid up
by them or in the field in the time of trouble, when sword, famine, and pestilence are in
the land, it would be taken from them by violent hands, and strangers would reap their
Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and He will sustain us. I saw that
our bread and water will be sure at that time, and that we shall not lack or suffer
hunger, for God is able to spread a table for us in the wilderness. If necessary He would
to feed us, as He did to feed Elijah, or rain manna from heaven, as He did for the
Israelites.--EW 56 (1851).
I saw that a time of trouble was before us, when stern necessity will compel the people
of God to live on bread and water. . . . In the time of trouble none will labour with
their hands. Their sufferings will be mental, and God will provide food for them.--Ms 2,
The time of trouble is just before us, and then stern necessity will require the people
of God to deny self and to eat merely enough to sustain life, but God will prepare us for
that time. In that fearful hour our necessity will be God's opportunity to impart His
strengthening power and to sustain His people.--1T 206 (1859).
Bread and water is all that is promised to the remnant in the time of trouble.--SR 129
In the time of trouble, just before the coming of Christ, the righteous will be
preserved through the ministration of heavenly angels.--PP 256 (1890).
No Intercessor, but Constant Communion With Christ
Christ has made the atonement for His people and blotted out their sins. The number of
His subjects is made up. . . .
When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that
fearful time the
righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor.--GC 613, 614
Will the Lord forget His people in this trying hour? . . . Though enemies may thrust
them into prison, yet dungeon walls cannot cut off the communication between their souls
and Christ. One who sees their every weakness, who is acquainted with every trial, is
above all earthly powers, and angels will come to them in lonely cells, bringing light and
peace from heaven. The prison will be as a palace, for the rich in faith dwell there, and
the gloomy walls will be lighted up with heavenly light as when Paul and Silas prayed and
sang praises at midnight in the Philippian dungeon.--GC 626, 627 (1911). Could men see
with heavenly vision, they would behold companies of angels that excel in strength
stationed about those who have kept the word of Christ's patience. With sympathising
tenderness, angels have witnessed their distress and have heard their prayers. They are
waiting the word of their Commander to snatch them from their peril. . . . The precious
Saviour will send help just when we need it.--GC 630, 633 (1911).
It is impossible to give any idea of the experience of the people of God who shall be
alive upon the earth when celestial glory and a repetition of the persecutions of the past
are blended. They will walk in the light proceeding from the throne of God. By means of
the angels there will be constant communication between heaven and earth. . . .
In the midst of the time of trouble that is coming--a time of trouble such as has not
been since there was a nation--God's chosen people will stand unmoved. Satan and his host
cannot destroy them, for angels that excel in strength will protect them.--9T 16, 17
God's People Cherish No Sinful Desires
Now, while our great High Priest is making the atonement for us, we should seek to
become perfect in Christ. Not even by a thought could our Saviour be brought to yield to
the power of temptation. Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a
foothold; some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their
power. But Christ declared of Himself: "The prince of this world cometh, and hath
nothing in Me." (John 14:30). Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would
enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father's commandments, and there was no
sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those
must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.--GC 623 (1911).
The Battle Against Self Continues
So long as Satan reigns, we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome; so
long as life shall last, there will be no stopping place, no point which we can reach and
say, I have fully attained. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience.--AA 560,
Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the
refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate
it to meditate upon pure and holy things.--2T 479 (1870).
We may create an unreal world in our own mind or picture an ideal church, where the
temptations of Satan no longer prompt to evil; but perfection exists only in our
imagination.--RH Aug. 8, 1893.
When human beings receive holy flesh, they will not remain on the earth, but will be
taken to heaven. While sin is forgiven in this life, its results are not now wholly
removed. It is at His coming that Christ is to "change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto His glorious body."--2SM 33 (1901).
They sing "a new song" before the throne, a song which no man can learn save
the hundred and forty and four thousand. It is the song of Moses and the Lamb--a song of
deliverance. None but the hundred and forty-four thousand can learn that song, for it is
the song of their experience--an experience such as no other company have ever had.
"These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth." These, having
been translated from the earth, from among the living, are counted as "the first
fruits unto God and to the Lamb" (Rev. 15:2, 3; 14:1-5.) "These are they which
came out of great tribulation"; they have
passed through the time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation; they
have endured the anguish of the time of Jacob's trouble; they have stood without an
intercessor through the final outpouring of God's judgements.--GC 648, 649 (1911).
It is not His will that they shall get into controversy over questions which will not
help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand?
This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question.--1SM 174
God's People Delivered
Satan's host and wicked men will surround them and exult over them because there will
seem to be no way of escape for them. But in the midst of their revelry and triumph there
is heard peal upon peal of the loudest thunder. The heavens have gathered blackness, and
are only illuminated by the blazing light and terrible glory from heaven, as God utters
His voice from His holy habitation.
The foundations of the earth shake, buildings totter and fall with a terrible crash.
The sea boils like a pot and the whole earth is in terrible commotion. The captivity of
the righteous is turned, and with sweet and solemn whisperings they say to one another:
"We are delivered. It is the voice of God."--1T 353, 354 (1862).
When the protection of human laws shall be withdrawn from those who honour the law of
God, there will be, in different lands, a simultaneous movement for
their destruction. As the time appointed in the decree draws near, the people will
conspire to root out the hated sect. It will be determined to strike in one night a
decisive blow, which shall utterly silence the voice of dissent and reproof.
The people of God--some in prison cells, some hidden in solitary retreats in the
forests and the mountains--still plead for divine protection, while in every quarter
companies of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing for the work of
death. . . . With shouts of triumph, jeering, and imprecation, throngs of evil men are
about to rush upon their prey when, lo, a dense blackness, deeper than the darkness of the
night, falls upon the earth. . . .
It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. . . .
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" (Rev.
16:17). That voice shakes the heavens and the earth. . . .
The proudest cities of the earth are laid low. The lordly palaces, upon which the
world's great men have lavished their wealth in order to glorify themselves, are crumbling
to ruin before their eyes. Prison walls are rent asunder, and God's people, who have been
held in bondage for their faith, are set free.--GC 635-637 (1911).