Testimonies for the Church
Apocalypse, Chapter: 8 13. Then, I saw an eagle flying high and I heard it say in a loud voice: “Disasters, disasters, disasters for the inhabitants of the earth. They will begin after the last three angels blow the trumpets.
Ellen G. White: God's Judgments on Our Cities
Whilein Loma Linda, California, on April 16, 1906, an astonishing scene passed before me. In a vision of the night, I was on a height from where I saw the houses shake like the wind shakes the reeds. Buildings, large and small, were collapsing. Recreation sites, theaters, hotels, and sumptuous palaces were shaken and torn down. Many lives were destroyed and the laments of the wounded and terrified filled the space. The destroying angels, sent by God, were at work. A simple touch, and buildings so solidly constructed that men considered them safe from harm were reduced to a heap of rubble. There was no security anywhere. Personally, I did not feel in danger, but I cannot describe the terrible scenes that unfolded before my sight. It was as if God's patience had run out and the day of judgment had arrived. Then the angel next to me told me that very few people realize the evil that reigns in the world today, especially in big cities. He declared that the Lord has set a time when his wrath will punish transgressors for their persistent undermining of his law. Although terrible, the scene that passed before my eyes did not make as much impression as the instructions I received on that occasion. The angel beside me declared that the sovereignty of God, the sacredness of his law, must be manifested to those who stubbornly refuse to obey the King of kings. Those who prefer to remain unfaithful will have to be wounded by the merciful judgments of God, so that, if possible, they come to realize the guilt of their conduct. During the next day, I was thinking about the scenes that had passed before my eyes and the instructions that had accompanied them. In the afternoon we went to Glendale, near Los Angeles. Over the next night, I received further instructions about the holy and binding character of the ten commandments and the supremacy of God over all earthly rulers. I seemed to be in the middle of an assembly, presenting to the public the requirements of divine law. I read the passage regarding the institution of the Sabbath in Eden, at the end of creation week, and regarding the promulgation of the law at Sinai. I then declared that the Sabbath should be observed as a sign of an “everlasting covenant” between God and those who belong to him, so that they know that they are sanctified by Jehovah, their Creator. Then I insisted on the fact that the government of God rules supreme over all the governments of men. Its law should be a rule of conduct for all. Men are not allowed to pervert their senses by intemperance, or subject their minds to satanic influences, because this leaves them unable to observe the law of God. Although the divine Sovereign patiently endures evil, he cannot be deceived and will not be silent forever. His authority and supremacy as Prince of the universe must be recognized, and the just demands of his law vindicated. Many other instructions about God's long-suffering and the need to make transgressors understand how dangerous their position is in God's sight were repeated to the public as I had received them from my instructor. On April 18, two days after I had the vision of the collapse of the buildings, I went to the chapel on Carr Street in Los Angeles, where I was expected. When we were near the church, we heard the newspaper vendors shouting: "San Francisco destroyed by an earthquake!" With an anguished heart I read the first news of the terrible disaster. Two weeks later, on returning to our house, we passed through San Francisco, and in a rented car we visited the desolation of that great city for an hour and a half. Buildings reputed indestructible lay in ruins. Some houses were partially sunk in the ground. The city offered a pitiful picture of the vanity of human efforts to build fire- and earthquake-proof buildings. Through the mouth of the prophet Zephaniah, the Lord speaks of the judgments with which he will afflict those who do evil: “I will completely destroy all things off the face of the earth, says Jehovah. I will destroy men and beasts; I will destroy the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and I will cut off the wicked; and I will wipe out men from off the face of the earth, says Jehovah ... “And on the day of Jehovah's sacrifice I will punish the princes, and the king's sons, and all who wear clothing Foreign. Likewise on that day I will punish all who jump at the gate, who fill the houses of their masters with theft and deceit. “And there will be in that day, says Jehovah, a voice of cry from the Fish Gate, and a howling from the second gate, and great destruction from the hills. Howl, ye inhabitants of Mactes, for all the merchant people are destroyed; destroyed are all those who brought money. “It will come to pass at that time that I will search Jerusalem with a flashlight, and I will punish the men who rest quiet as settled wine, who say in their hearts: Jehovah will neither do good nor do evil. Therefore their property will be plundered, and their houses laid waste; They will build houses, but they will not inhabit them, they will plant vineyards, but they will not drink their wine. “The great day of Jehovah is near, near and very near; the voice of the Lord's day is bitter; the mighty man will cry there. A day of wrath that day, a day of distress and distress, a day of uproar and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of cloudiness and gloom, a day of trumpet and noise over the fortified cities, and on the high towers . And I will trouble men, and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against Jehovah; and their blood will be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of Jehovah's wrath, for all the earth will be consumed with the fire of his zeal; for it will certainly make hasty destruction of all the inhabitants of the earth. Zephaniah 1: 2, 3, 8-18. God cannot be patient much longer. His judgments are already beginning to fall in some places, and soon his displeasure will manifest itself openly in other places. There will be a series of events that are intended to show that God is in control of the situation. The truth will be proclaimed in clear and unambiguous language. It is incumbent upon us as a people to prepare the way of the Lord under the guidance of his Holy Spirit. The Gospel must be proclaimed in its purity. The stream of living waters must deepen and widen its course. In all fields, near and far, there will be men who will be called to leave the plow and business that usually occupy thought, to prepare alongside men of experience. As they learn to work successfully, they will announce the truth with power. Thanks to the wonderful operations of divine Providence, mountains of difficulties will be removed and thrown into the sea. The message, which means so much to all the inhabitants of the earth, will be heard and understood. Men will see where the truth is. The work will progress more and more until the whole earth is warned; And then the end will come.