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    The history of our little planet reveals the conflict between two opposing characters. The good and the evil, the true and the false, have made this the battle field of contention. The contest has been over two principles, and every individual has enlisted on one side, or on the other. There has been no middle ground. Christ is General of the forces of heaven, and love and truth have been the banners under which His people have fought. Satan has commanded the other army, and it has been, his plan to overthrow not only those who fought with Emmanuel, but to blot out the government of God. To this end he has fought; and in the contest of six thousand years, only two minds have controlled. Men who have not accepted Christ have been enrolled in the army of the enemy. The life history of Satan is sad beyond measure. It is the record of one who took a position for self, for false MarginThus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. Jeremiah 21:8.
    Amos 5:14.
    He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Matthew 12:30.
    Joshua 5:14.
    He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:4.
    Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. Psalm 83:12.
    No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Luke 16:13.
    hood, and for tyranny. In the whole course of its progress, it has been a succession of defeats. Seeming Victory for a time, was but the herald of a more overwhelming rebuff, when the end was known. In wisdom, the arch enemy excelled all in the universe, except the Father and the Son; in beauty, he outshone the angelic hosts; in power, he stood next to Christ. He is thus described by inspiration: “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty ...every precious stone was thy covering.... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
    SSP 324.1

    Then from this exalted place as covering cherub, whose wings overspread the throne, and through whom the eternal glory shone, he fell through pride. “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.” Jealous of Christ, the only one united with the Father in the councils of heaven, Satan raised rebellion. This was the beginning of self-exaltation, and all iniquity has since flowed from this fountain head. “There was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not.” This was the first defeat, the first step toward his complete destruction. He left his position by the throne to set up a rival government. Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven. “Neither was their place found any more in MarginEzekiel 28:17.
    Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas. Ezekiel 28:2.
    Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. John 8:44.
    Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Ezekiel 28:12.
    first fall of satan.
    Ezekiel 28:15. Was perfect when created.
    Ezekiel 28:12. Full of wisdom.
    Ezekiel 28:12. Perfect in beauty.
    Ezekiel 28:14. Covering cherub.
    Ezekiel 28:17. He first became proud of his beauty.
    Ezekiel 28:17. His pride ruined his wisdom.
    Isaiah 14:13. He coveted a higher position.
    Isaiah 14:14. Coveted the throne of God.
    Revelation 12:7. Other angels were affected by his course.
    Revelation 12:7. Christ and the loyal angels fought against Satan and his angels.
    Revelation 12:8. Satan was defeated.
    Isaiah 14:12. Satan cast out of heaven.
    Revelation 12:9. His angels were cast out with him.
    Revelation 12:9. They were cast to this earth.
    Genesis 3:1-6. He caused our first parents to sin.
    Romans 6:16. Gained Adam’s dominion.
    Ephesians 2:2. Prince of the power of the air.
    John 14:30. The Saviour called him the prince of this world.
    heaven” This was the first casting done of Lucifer.
    SSP 325.1

    Cast out from the presence of God, Satan was allowed to make the earth the seat of his power, that God might vindicate His law and His government in the sight of all the universe. The devil, therefore, became the prince of the earth and the air, and as the prince of the earth, he met with the representatives of other worlds before the gate of heaven. Year after year, he stood in that assembly as the accuser of Christ and the brethren. He still basely accused God of injustice, and laid upon Him the blame of the rebellion. On earth, he was exerting every effort to establish a government that would not be overthrown; in the council, he was striving to prove that his lack of success was due to interference with his plans by the God of heaven.SSP 326.1

    In the fullness of time, the Prince of Peace came to the earth. In the heart of the government of the enemy He lived a sinless life. The will of God was done by Him as it is constantly done in heaven. But the sinless One was slain: the cross was the reward of virtue, when Satan meted out the judgment. Unfallen worlds watched and wondered; and as Christ hung upon the cross, the assembly at the gate of heaven decided that Satan should no longer enter there. “It is finished,” the Saviour cried, as His gaze pierced the gloom. “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out”; and seeing the triumph of the cross, He said, “I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all unto Me.” And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, MarginPride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18.
    Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:1.
    second fall of satan.
    1 Kings 22:19-22. Although Satan and his angels had been cast from heaven, they still could appear in the councils of the Lord at the gate of heaven.
    Job 1:6. Satan met with the sons of God.
    Luke 3:38. Adam as prince of this earth was called a “son of God.”
    2 Peter 2:19. Satan usurped Adam’s position.
    Job 1:7. He represented the earth in the council.
    Job 1:9, 10. He accused God of being arbitrary.
    Job 1:12-22. When given power he only destroyed.
    John 14:30. Satan has no part in Christ. He was a son of Adam but never sinned.
    John 12:31-33. Christ said His death would judge Satan.
    John 12:31. Christ’s death cast Satan out of his place.
    Luke 10:18. He fell as lightning from heaven.
    Revelation 2:10. A shout rang through heaven when the accused was cast out.
    2 Peter 2:19. Christ overcame Satan, and is now the representative of this world.
    Hebrews 2:17. Instead of an accuser now at the gate of heaven, we have a merciful High Priest.
    Hebrews 4:14-16. One who loves to be merciful to us.
    As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
    That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:14, 15.
    Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.” Thus Satan, at the crucifixion, was shut out of the council of worlds. Christ said, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” This was his second casting down.
    SSP 326.2

    Since the resurrection of Christ, Satan, knowing that his time for work was short, has put forth all his strength in gaining subjects for his kingdom. He goes about to-day as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The kingdoms of the earth are becoming more and more under his power. The churches, once controlled by the Spirit of God, now render allegiance to the prince of this world. A miracle working power is abroad in the earth, deceiving, if possible, the very elect. The little company who preserve the knowledge of God in the earth, are hunted and persecuted on all sides; but finally the Saviour will appear to take these to the city which He is now preparing for them. The wicked are slain by the brightness of His coming, and are scattered over the face of the earth,-a feast for birds of prey; or are swallowed up in the mighty earthquakes. The earth, broken and torn by the reelings to and fro in the seventh plague, is dark and dismal. It is without MarginHe said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke 10:18.
    The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7.
    For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 2 Corinthians 13:8.
    Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. 1 Peter 2:22.
    Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Acts 2:23.
    The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Acts 5:30.
    form, and void, and darkness is upon the face of the deep, as before God spake forth the creation of light. It is chaos, the bottomless pit, or the abyss of Rotherham’s translation. “And I saw a messenger coming down out of the heavens; having the key of the abyss, and a great chain over his hand. And he seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is Adversary and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and hurled him into the abyss, and fastened and sealed [it] up above him, that he might not deceive any longer the nations.” He is cast into the abyss, and it is sealed above him; so for one thousand years, Satan is confined to the earth. He no longer has liberty to visit other worlds; but alone on the earth, from which all life is gone; alone with his own thoughts, he has time to contemplate the record of the past six thousand years of rebellion against the throne of God. He is no longer the beautiful covering cherub, the leader of the angel choir, the sweet singer of heaven, sealing up the sum full of wisdom and beauty. The glory has faded, and the countenance, once lighted with the love of God, now betrays the scheming wickedness of six thousand years of crime. This is the third casting out of Satan. At the end of the thousand years, “he must be loosed a little season”; and then comes the final destruction, the blotting out of the last trace of sin.
    SSP 327.1

    The question sometimes arises, “What will take place during the thousand years between the binding of Satan and his being loosed for a little season?” To John was revealed the event which would take place during that time.SSP 328.1

    “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded MarginAnd they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Isaiah 24:21, 22.
    And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
    And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
    And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. Revelation 20:1-3.
    third fall of satan.
    Revelation 20:1-3. It does not take Christ or a host of angels to overcome Satan now, one angel can bind him.
    Revelation 20:3. He is confined to his own territory.
    Jeremiah 4:23-26, Isaiah 24:19-21. Sin has made the earth a dark abyss.
    1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. The righteous are in heaven.
    Jeremiah 25:31-33. The wicked are all dead.
    Revelation 20:3. Satan is alone with the evil angels for one thousand years.
    Revelation 20:5. The wicked live again at the end of the thousand years.
    Revelation 20:7. This gives Satan work and he is said to be “loosed.”
    Revelation 20:8. He deceives the wicked.
    Revelation 20:9. As they gather for battle they are all destroyed.
    Hebrews 2:14. Christ died to destroy Satan.
    Revelation 20:10. As long as Satan lives in the fire he suffers torment.
    Ezekiel 28:18, 19. Satan becomes ashes upon the earth in the sight of all the righteous.
    Malachi 4:1-3. Ashes on the new earth is all that remains of Satan and sinners.
    for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image ...and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” When Christ appears on the white cloud, “He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Paul saw the same scene, and thus describes it: “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” This is the first resurrection, when the righteous dead will come forth at the sound of the voice of Christ, and with the living righteous, meet the Lord in the air. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.... They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”
    SSP 328.2

    “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.” During the thousand years, the saints live in the New Jerusalem, the city of God; and as priests of God and of Christ, they sit in judgment on the cases of the wicked. “Do ye not know,” wrote Paul to the Corinthians, “that the saints shall judge the world? ...Know ye not that we shall judge angels?” Peter had this judicial work in mind when he wrote that “God MarginAnd I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Revelation 20:4.
    Matthew 24:31.
    Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Psalm 50:5.
    The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. Jeremiah 25:30.
    1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17.
    Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
    And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life: and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:28, 29.
    Revelation 20:6.
    Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life 1 Corinthians 6:2, 3.
    For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. 2 Peter 2:4.
    Jude 6.
    spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.”
    SSP 329.1

    While the world has been making history, heaven has been keeping the records. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”SSP 330.1

    “But I say unto you,” said Christ, “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” During the life of each individual, angels are recording the thoughts and the acts. These things are placed in a book, called by Malachi, the “Book of Remembrance.” This is the daybook of heaven, and in it are recorded not only the words and deeds, but the circumstances and motives which prompted the acts. The place in which a man is born is put on record as of importance in meting out justice. “Jehovah will relate in the records of the peoples: [that] This One was born there.” I will mention Egypt and Babylon among those who acknowledge Me. Behold, O Philistia, and Tyre, together with Cush, This one shall be born there.” (Spurrell.) David prays, “Recount Thou my griefs! Put my tears into Thy bottle! Are they not recorded in Thy book?” (Spurrell.) Every heartache caused by sin or oppression, every longing for a higher spirituality, a closer walk with God,-these are all written in this Book of Remembrance, in which are no false entries, for the records are divine. MarginAlso now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. Job 16:19.
    For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much sope, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God. Jeremiah 2:22.
    Ecclesiastes 12:14.
    Galatians 6:7.
    Matthew 12:36, 37.
    Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? Ecclesiastes 5:6.
    Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name. Malachi 3:16.
    Psalm 84:4, 6.
    Psalm 56:8.
    For the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
    He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
    As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:
    So the Lord alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him. Deuteronomy 32:9-12.
    “I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good.... Behold, it is written before Me.... Therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.”
    SSP 330.2

    These are some of the things which are written over against our names in the daily records of heaven All nature teaches the same lesson. There is a record kept in heaven; and there is an account just as accurate, kept in the body of each individual. The acts of each day shape the character, shape the vessel which contains the spirit, as truly as the clay is shaped on the wheel in the hands of the potter. The facial expression, the language, the gestures, every thing about a person, can be read as an open book, by the keen eye of Jehovah; and this life record which each man carries with him to the time of death, is as true as the one in heaven. The two will exactly correspond in the day of judgment, when the books are opened, and the dead small and great stand before God. Man may deceive his fellow man as to his character, MarginIsaiah 65:2, 6, 7.
    A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth.
    He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet, he teacheth with his fingers;
    Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Proverbs 6:12-14.
    Revelation 20:12.
    The judgment was set, and the books were opened. Daniel 7:10.
    I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books according to their works. Revelation 20:12.
    The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Isaiah 3:9.
    Thou hast filled me with wrinkles, which is a witness against me: and my leanness rising up in me beareth witness to my face. Job 16:8.
    Jeremiah 18:4-6.
    He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. Proverbs 10:18.
    but this is only because of his brother’s inability to read. Every page is unwritten at birth; but with the first breath, the recording angel begins to write. If only one life were effected by the acts of to-day, they might be lightly passed; but our daily thoughts and deeds are reproduced tomorrow in a new generation. God, seeing the influence of heredity, passes judgment upon the one who is truly to blame. In earthly tribunals, many a man suffers for the crimes of his ancestors. In the final judgment, this will not be so; for the Book of Remembrance is the record of an infinite Being. He sees the end from the beginning, and knoweth our thoughts from afar off.
    SSP 331.1

    Besides the Book of Remembrance there is the Book of Life. This is referred to many times in the Scriptures. On its pages, appear the names of all who have ever professed the name of Christ; all who have reached heavenward for help. The Saviour gently rebuked His disciples when they gloried over the success which attended their first missionary trip, and said, “Rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” Those who remain true to God have their names retained in the Lamb’s Book of Life; and the good deeds from the Book of Remembrance are written opposite these names. Those who grow weary, and turn away from the Lord, have their names blotted out of the Book of Life; and at the same time, the record in the Book of Remembrance, shows only the sins they have committed. When a name is enrolled in the Book of Life, the name of Christ is taken, and by faith the works of Christ are imputed to the believer. When man forsakes Christ, there MarginI will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
    My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
    Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:14-16.
    Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his fathers sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such like,
    That hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, hath not defiled his neighbor’s wife,
    Neither hath oppressed any, hath not withholden the pledge, neither hath spoiled by violence, but hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment,
    That hath taken off his hand from the poor, that hath not received usury nor increase, hath executed my judgments, hath walked in my statutes; he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live. Ezekiel 18:14-17.
    I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:3.
    Luke 10:20.
    The Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Exodus 32:33.
    When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. Ezekiel 18:26.
    Galatians 6:7, 8.
    is no record of good deeds, for without Him we can do nothing; and the page is soon filled with a record of pride, selfishness, and all the works of the flesh. “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption.”
    SSP 332.1

    On the other hand, when a soul repents, it matters not what the past record of sin may have been, his name is entered on the pages of the Book of Life; those sins are covered by the blood of Christ, and are finally blotted out. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”SSP 333.1

    The third book is the Book of Death, and in it are the names of those who might have had life, but who chose death. Over against each name, is the list of sins, to which flesh is heir when it stands to battle with the world and the devil, without the aid of Christ. “For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before Me, saith the Lord God.” This Book of Death is referred to when Hosea says: “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid.” And Job said: “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and Thou sewest up mine iniquity.”SSP 333.2

    These three books,-the Book of Life of the Lamb, the Book of Remembrance, and the Book of Death are often referred to by the inspired writer. When the investigative judgment began in 1844, the Book of Life was opened; and before the Father, Christ pleaded His own blood for every name for which pardon was written. The Book of Remembrance told of sins committed by these, but Christ’s righteousness was MarginTHE THREE BOOKS OF JUDGMENT.
    i. book of remembrance.
    Malachi 3:16. Records every word.
    Matthew 12:36, 37. Idle words.
    Psalm 56:8. Tears of repentance.
    Psalm 87:4-6. Birthplace and environments.
    Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. Every secret act.
    1 Corinthians 4:5. Counsels of the heart.
    ii. book of life.
    Luke 10:20. Names written in heaven.
    Luke 10:19, 20. To be enrolled in the book of life is the highest honor given mortals.
    Philippians 4:3. Names of faithful workers recorded.
    Exodus 32:33. The names of those that cling to sin will be removed.
    Revelation 3:5. Names of the faithful retained.
    Revelation 13:8; 17:8. Wicked are not recorded.
    Revelation 20:15. None will be saved whose names are not recorded in the book of life.
    Isaiah 4:3 [margin.]
    Psalm 69:28; Ezekiel 13:9.
    Hebrews 12:23; Daniel 12:1.
    iii. book of death.
    Jeremiah 17:13. Those that forsake God are written in the earth.
    Jeremiah 2:22. Sins all recorded.
    Job 14:17. Sins sealed up.
    Deuteronomy 32:32-36. The sins of the wicked are all “laid up in store’ until the day of punishment.
    Hosea 13:12. Sin bound up.
    a covering, and the sins were transferred to Satan’s account in the Book of Death. This was the work of Christ in the most holy place of the temple in heaven. It was typified by the work of the high priest in the earthly sanctuary on the day of atonement. On that day the priest came out of the sanctuary, and laid his hand on the head of the scapegoat, in the outer court and confessed the sins of the people upon its head, in type transferring them to the goat, which was then led into the wilderness by the hand of a “man of opportunity” This represented the work brought to view in the twentieth chapter of Revelation. When Christ finishes His work in the temple, the sins of Israel will all be laid upon Satan: and during the thousand years on the earth, alone and desolate, the sins which he tempted the redeemed to commit, will rest heavily on his heart. His name heads the list in that Book of Death, and it is followed by the multitudes innumerable as the sands by the seaside who have chosen him as leader. During the thousand years the righteous reign with Christ, and with Him, go through the Book of Death, awarding punishment to those whose names are written there.
    SSP 333.3

    “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power.... And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison.”SSP 334.1

    At the voice of God, the earth gave up the dead, who have long slept in her bosom. “The sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and the grave delivered up the dead which were in them.” They rise to see the holy city MarginWhen he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat:
    And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:
    And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
    Leviticus 16:20-22.
    His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate. Psalm 7:16.
    But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
    Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
    And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. Revelation 20:5-7
    Revelation 20:6, 7.
    Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Isaiah 26:19.
    come down from God out of heaven. The Mount of Olives cleaves asunder and the city with all its inhabitants rests there,-the wicked behold the reward of the righteous. Then Satan marshals the hosts of the wicked who have been resurrected, and inspires in them a hope that the city of God can be taken. His army is innumerable; it is composed of men from all ages,-giant intellects, heroes and the great men of earth, kings, rulers, and mighty men of wealth, come forth from their graves with the same selfish ambitions with which life closed. These, the number of whom is as the sands of the sea, are perfectly organized and thoroughly drilled. In battle array, they march over the broken surface of the earth, toward the holy city, which stands beautiful and glorified. As the hosts approach the holy city, with its glittering foundations and gates of pearl, shrouded in the light of its King, the gates are closed, and on a great white throne, high and lifted up above the city walls, in full view of the unnumbered hosts, sits the King of Kings, holding aloft the law of God. Those in harmony with this foundation truth are within the city. Those who have rejected this, and chosen the leadership of Satan are without. For a brief time the wicked behold the glories which they have lost. Christ is seen in all His beauty. The story of redeeming love from the fall to the end, revealed by the cross, flashes vividly before every mind. “His horn shall be exalted with honor. The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.” “There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, MarginI will set my glory among the heathen, arid all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. Ezekiel 39:21.
    His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. Zechariah 14:4.
    For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
    They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
    They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
    For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.Psalm 83:2-5.
    And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
    And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city. Revelation 20:8, 9
    I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. Revelation 20:11.
    The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. Psalm 98:2.
    The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory. Psalm 97:6.
    Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. Isaiah 33:17.
    when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and ye yourselves thrust out.” Christ is exalted in the presence of that host; every knee is bent before Him, and every soul in that multitude, of the condemned, renders praise to Jehovah. Satan himself is obliged to witness to the triumph of truth in the Son of God. The righteous, within the city, who have looked into the life records of those without the walls, see, as this host marches in battle array, that the spirit of destruction still possesses their hearts, and they acknowledge that the judgments of God are true and righteous altogether.
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    Then from His throne, God breathes upon the assembled multitudes. Fire comes down from God out of heaven, and mingles with the fire which comes from the interior of the earth; and it devours them. “The devil that deceived them [the nations] was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are.” “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.... And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” This is the second death. Here, the words of the Psalmist are fulfilled: “The righteous shall be recompensed in the earth: much more the wicked and the sinner.” The city of God, like the ark in the flood, rides safely on the billows of flame. The elements melt with fervent heat, and the earth, with all its works is burned up. The MarginHe shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
    Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still. Isaiah 9:20, 21.
    Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
    That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
    And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11.
    And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
    And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
    And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
    wicked become ashes under the soles of the feet of the righteous. The last act in the shadowy service of the tabernacle,-the placing of the ashes of the bullock in a clean place,-has met its antitype. The earth is cleansed by fire; sin, and all its blasting effects are destroyed. The controversy is at an end. The enemy of truth, together with all who have championed his cause, is forever blotted out of existence: the earth is ready to be renewed by the presence of God, and repeopled by those who have been snatched by the love of Christ from the ruin which threatened to engulf the race. The struggle was a terrible one; the victory was dearly bought, but looking upon the company, gathered about the throne, Christ sees the travail of His soul and is satisfied. Marginbook of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
    And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
    And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
    And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:9-15
    What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. Nahum 1:9.
    He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:11.
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