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    The men whom God has chosen as a means of communication between heaven and earth, form a galaxy of noted characters. The gift of prophecy is called the “best gift,” and the church is exhorted to covet that “best gift.” To be able to view scenes still future and to talk in the language of heaven, requires a closer walk with God than is attained by most men. But through all the ages, there have been those whose lives were so in unison with the laws of Jehovah that they became the channel of the Spirit of God.SSP 11.1

    It is not that such men have greater attainments than all others, but they are like the dense MarginNote.-In the margin are many passages of scripture that will direct the mind of the reader to those portions of the Bible which give light upon the story of the Seer of Patmos. In the texts quoted, marks of ellipsis are omitted; and frequently several verses are cited in the reference, though only one or more are printed in full.
    Disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious. 1 Peter 2:4.
    By a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. Hosea 12:13.
    Genesis 20:7.
    1 Corinthians 14:1.
    Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints. Jude 14. Genesis 5:24.
    2 Corinthians 12:1-5.
    Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are. James 5:17.
    Amos 7:14, 15.
    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8.
    cloud with its falling rain drops, through which the sun shines to produce the rainbow in its glory. One forgets the cloud while watching the bow of promise. So with the prophet; one loses sight of the instrument through whom God speaks, by beholding the glory of the scene which He portrays. But lest the Spirit should be lost in its transmission, the chosen instrument must be purified in the furnace of affliction. Those tests which bring the human soul in touch with the divine are necessary experiences, before human eyes can see, or human tongues can speak of things yet future.
    SSP 11.2

    Genesis,-that condensed treatise on the plan of salvation,-the work which contains the Gospel in embryo,-was written in the Midian desert, probably near Mount Horeb, while Moses watched the flocks of Jethro. Every other book in the Bible is but the unfolding of the truths of Genesis. It is the Alpha, and the book of Revelation is the Omega, of the Word of God to man.SSP 12.1

    As God prepared Moses, by a life of forty years in the solitudes of Midian, so He called the Apostle John from the society of men, and led him along a strange path upward, and still upward, until at last on the rocky coast of Patmos, heaven was opened to his wondering gaze, and the future history of the church was made known.SSP 12.2

    About six hundred years before the advent of Christ, there lived another seer, Daniel. To him God revealed the history of the nations of the world. From his own day, when Babylon bore universal sway, until nations should be no more, Daniel was shown the world’s history. In connection with the account of the rise and fall of nations, Daniel saw the history of his own MarginWhen I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. Genesis 9:14.
    Ezekiel 1:28.
    1 Corinthians 1:25-28.
    I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant. Genesis 9:16.
    To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Psalm 63:2.
    Isaiah 63:9.
    Isaiah 48:10, 11.
    Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. 1 Peter 4:12.
    And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
    And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
    Mark 1:19, 20.
    Revelation 1:9.
    Daniel 1:1.
    Daniel 2:31-45.
    These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.
    But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. Daniel 7:17, 18.
    And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself. Daniel 9:24-20.
    Daniel 1:3; 6.
    people, the Hebrew race, from their captivity in Babylon, until they rejected the Anointed of God. Daniel was of the royal seed of Israel, and was prime minister in the Court of Babylon during the years when this history was revealed to him. He of all men was fitted by education and position to write the history of the world.
    SSP 12.3

    As foretold by ancient prophets, the Saviour came a servant of men. He was anointed at the very time predicted by the Prophet Daniel. “And Jesus when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” MarginLuke 24:27.
    The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Proverbs 4:18.
    Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel 2:48.
    Daniel 5:11, 12.
    Daniel 1:17, 20.
    Hebrews 12:6.
    Hebrews 12:8.
    Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things that are, and the things which shall be hereafter. Revelation 1:19.
    Daniel 8:27.
    Genesis 3:15.
    Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the back side of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. Exodus 3:1.
    Genesis 1:1.
    Daniel 9:25. Sixty-nine weeks or 483 years from the commandment to restore Jerusalem unto Messiah.
    Ezra 7:9-26. Command given 456 1-2 B. C.
    John 1:41 [margin]. Messiah means Christ or anointed.
    Acts 10:38. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost.
    Matthew 3:15-17. The Holy Ghost Came on Christ at His baptism; 483 years added to 456 1-2 years b. c. reaches to 26 1-2 a. d., or 27 a. d., the date of Christ’s baptism.
    Standing on the banks of the Jordan, a witness to this anointing, was a young man chosen of Heaven, to continue the history begun by Daniel.
    SSP 13.1

    The Hebrew prophet Daniel, was in the schools of Chaldea three years, during which time God revealed to the wise men of Babylon the superiority of the wisdom of God over all the learning of the world. While in that school, Daniel received the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. John the fisherman, the first of Christ’s disciples, spent three years at the side of the Master Teacher, receiving such instruction as fitted him, in spiritual things to become a leader of nations. Daniel will stand in his lot in the latter days, by his prophecies revealing the time of the end. John, according to the words of Christ, will by his prophecies tarry until the coming of the Saviour in the clouds of heaven. For, when in answer to Peter’s question concerning the future of the beloved disciple, Jesus said, “If I will that he tarry till I come,” He revealed the prophetic mission of that disciple. The Saviour saw him on Patmos receiving the Revelation.SSP 14.1

    The prophecy as given to John is a revelation of Jesus Christ, and is the history of God’s dealings with the church which bears the name, Christian. Daniel is a history of nations; the Revelation is ecclesiastical history, and into it, nations are introduced only when they affect the growth of the church.SSP 14.2

    The life of Daniel shows how God can work through men in high positions: the preparation of John for his work as a prophet is the story of the transformation wrought in the heart of a fisherman by the Spirit of God. The extremes MarginJohn 1:36-38.
    Revelation 1:19.
    And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
    Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Daniel 1:5, 6.
    There is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these. Daniel 2:28.
    Luke 9:52-56.
    Mark 9:38-40.
    But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. Daniel 12:13.
    If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. John 21:22.
    The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass. Revelation 1:1.
    The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26.
    Revelation 2:1-29.
    Revelation 3:1-22.
    Revelation 6:1-17.
    Revelation 8:1-13.
    Revelation 9:1-21.
    Daniel 2:48.
    Daniel 6:1-3,
    Mark 1:19, 20.
    of society were represented by these two men The story of each life is the narration of the events of a life in which love worked, and is an object lesson of the development of Christian character.
    SSP 14.3

    In the town of Bethsaida, on the west shore of the Sea of Galilee, lived the fisherman, Zebedee, with his wife, Salome, and two sons, James and John. The two young men were partners with their father in his business, and were accustomed to the toil and hardships of a fisherman’s life. A spirit of piety characterized the home; for beneath the rough exterior, was a desire to understand the Word of God. The promise of the Messiah had been read, and when it was known that the Prophet of the Wilderness was preaching and baptizing at Enon, and proclaiming the advent of Christ, the younger son of Zebedee, in company with Andrew of Bethsaida, sought baptism. It was there that they witnessed the anointing, and heard the Baptist’s words, “Behold the Lamb of God.” John and Andrew were the two disciples who followed after Christ, and to whom He turned saying, “What seek ye?” They said unto Him, “Rabbi ...where dwellest thou?” And when He led them to the place where He abode, they talked with Him, they believed, and the nucleus of the Christian church was formed. MarginBethsaida of Galilee. John 12:21.
    Mark 6:45.
    Matthew 4:21.
    Matthew 27:56.
    Going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. Matthew 4:21.
    For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Acts 15:21.
    And John also was baptizing in Enon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized. John 3:23.
    Again the next day after, John stood, and two of his disciples;
    And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
    And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
    Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
    He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
    One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. John 1:35-40.
    And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. John 12:32.
    Christ, the center, the life, drew John, and the young man’s heart responded to the quickening touch. This was the beginning of a new life,-a soul communion. Andrew, too, was convinced of the divinity of Christ, but Andrew represents those who accept because the mind is convinced of truth. He sought at once for his brother Peter, saying, “We have found the Messiah, ...the Christ, the Anointed.” And when Peter came to Christ he was convinced of the divine nature of Jesus, because the Saviour read his character and gave him a name in accord with Peter’s nature.
    SSP 15.1

    But John represents those of the inner circle of discipleship. He was won by love, not argument. His heart was held by love, and the whole theme of all his writings is love. He saw only love in Christ, and he responded freely to that wondrous drawing power. It was like an electric current flowing from Christ, and John desired to be ever in the circuit. He kept close to Jesus, walked hand in hand with Him, sat next to Him at the table, lay on His bosom,-he was “that disciple whom Jesus loved.”SSP 16.1

    As long as John kept in touch with the divine life of the Master, there was nothing in his life out of harmony with the Saviour. That there were times when the harmony was broken, is true, and this was due to the fact that the human in John had not yet been subdued. The human channel through which the spirit flowed, sometimes arrested the flow. This was the case when James and John asked to sit, one on the left, and the other on the right, of the throne in the new kingdom. Christ recognized the desire as a result of more than human affection, and so Margin1 John 5:11, 12.
    1 Timothy 3:16.
    John 1:41.
    John 1:42.
    Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
    John 4:29.
    Genesis 32:28.
    Genesis 25:30.
    Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
    He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:6-12.
    1 John 3:1.
    The soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the Lord thy God. 1 Samuel 25:29.
    And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all. Luke 6:19.
    Mark 5:30.
    Luke 8:46.
    Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. John 13:23.
    Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected hereby know we that we are in him. 1 John 2:5.
    1 John 1:7.
    Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
    For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:16, 17.
    But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
    But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
    And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. Mark 10:35-45.
    in place of a rebuke, He attempted only to deepen and purify that love.
    SSP 16.2

    The entire life of John tended to cleanse the soul temple, and to prepare him for his final work. The union between the soul of Christ and John, is shown by numerous incidents. During the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, John sought Him out, longing to go with Him. But Christ bade John return, for He did not wish the young man to witness the fierce struggles with the prince of darkness. When not allowed to remain as companion in the wilderness, he sought out Mary of Nazareth, who was in doubt as to the whereabouts of her Son. Sitting by the side of the lonely mother, John related the story of Christ’s baptism, and told her of His present condition. He won his way into the heart of the family, as well as into the heart of Jesus. This explains why the Saviour, when hanging on the cross, gave directions for John to make a home for this same mother.SSP 17.1

    Such gentleness was not altogether natural with the sons of Zebedee; for when they first became Christ’s followers, He called James and John “Boanerges,” “Sons of Thunder.” They possessed an ambitious, hasty, outspoken spirit, which was subdued by association with the Saviour. The natural inclinations were replaced by contrition, faith, and love. John especially yielded to that power of the Christ.SSP 17.2

    Every experience of this disciple pointed unmistakably to the crowning work of his life. When the Saviour had returned to heaven, John MarginBe ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord. Isaiah 52:11.
    Matthew 17:1.
    Mark 5:37.
    Mark 13:3.
    Luke 8:51.
    Luke 22:8.
    Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
    Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Matthew 4:10, 11.
    Luke 3:21, 22.
    John 19:26, 27.
    James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder. Mark 3:17.
    1 John 3:23.
    I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20.
    would become the medium of communication between God and man. He was not the only prophet of the apostolic church, for sixteen others are named in the New Testament; but to him was given the most extended view of the future work of God in the earth. Bearing in mind that the eye of Heaven was upon John, and that he was in every act preparing for that noblest of callings, although he knew it not, the history of this disciple becomes a wonderful object lesson to those who live in the end of time.
    SSP 17.3

    He yielded himself fully to the teachings of the Man of God; his mind met the mind of Christ; his soul touched the soul of the Divine One. Life flowed from Christ, begetting life in the disciples. This is Christian experience; this will be the experience of all who live to see the Saviour coming in the clouds of Heaven; and this experience enabled John to say, “Of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace.”SSP 18.1

    The growth in grace was a gradual development, and, at times, an unholy zeal over-mastered the tenderness which Christ constantly sought to impart. There was one man who cast out devils, and John rebuked him because this man was not like the disciples a follower of the Saviour. This spirit of judging all others by a self-reared standard, was rebuked in the words of the Master, “Forbid them not.” When the Samaritans offered insult to the Saviour, John was the one who wished to call down fire from heaven and destroy them. He was surprised when the Saviour revealed to him the fact that such a spirit was one of persecution, and that He, the Son of God, had not “come to destroy men’s’ Marginnew testament prophets.
    Acts 7:37. Jesus.
    Matthew 11:9-11. John the Baptist.
    2 Corinthians 12:1-7. Paul.
    Revelation 1:10. John.
    Acts 10:9-17. Peter.
    Acts 11:27, 28. Agabus and one other.
    Acts 21:8, 9. Philip’s four daughters.
    Acts 15:32. Judas and Silas.
    Luke 1:67. Zacharias.
    Luke 2:25-28. Simeon.
    Luke 2:36. Anna.
    James 5:1-5. James.
    Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. James 5:10.
    Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:3.
    And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. John 17:2-4.
    And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds. 2 Samuel 23:3, 4.
    And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us; and we forbade him, because he followeth not us.
    But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. Mark 9:38, 39.
    Romans 2:1.
    Matthew 7:1.
    Romans 14:3, 4.
    And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
    But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. Luke 9:54, 55.
    lives, but to save them.” Each correction was keenly felt, but it opened to the mind of John the principle of divine government, and revealed to him the depth of divine love.
    SSP 18.2

    Near the close of Christ’s ministry, the mother of James and John came to ask for her sons the place of honor in His kingdom. Salome herself was a follower of Christ, and the great love of the family for the Saviour, led them all to desire to be near Him. Love always draws us near the object of our love. Jesus saw what the granting of the request would imply, and in tones of sadness, answered that the place nearest the throne would be occupied by those who endured most, who sacrificed most, and who loved most. In later life John comprehended the meaning of the answer; for he was given a view of the redeemed as they will gather on the sea of glass about the throne.SSP 19.1

    These human desires came at times when the life current was partially broken. At other MarginNow no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous. Hebrews 12:11.
    Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
    And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. Matthew 20:20, 21.
    My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. Song of Solomon 5:10.
    I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me. Song of Solomon 7:10.
    To sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. Matthew 20:23.
    And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. Revelation 15:1-3.
    Thou hast made me to serve with thy sins. Isaiah 43:24.
    Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. Song of Solomon 4:7.
    Luke 9:28-36.
    Matthew 17:1-13.
    Mark 9:2-10.
    times its flow was steady and strong. Thus it was when John stood with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration, and heard the voices of Moses and Elijah, as they sought to strengthen the Saviour for His soon coming death. John sat at the Saviour’s left hand at the Passion Supper, and as the little company of twelve walked in the moonlight toward Olivet on that last night, John pressed close to the Saviour’s side. As they entered the Garden of Gethsemane, eight of the disciples remained without the gate; while Peter, James, and John went on a little farther. The Son of Man longed to have John sit beside Him during that bitter struggle; and although John had lived so near to Jesus, yet he failed to grasp that last opportunity which would have placed him next the throne. While the Saviour pleaded in agony, and finally fell fainting to the ground, John was sleeping. The flesh was weak although the spirit was willing. His love so fervent, was still weakened by the clay channel through which it flowed. Still more bitter trials were needed to burn out all the dross.
    SSP 19.2

    Having slept, he too fled when the mob came for the Saviour, but his love drew him back. Ashamed of his cowardice, he returned, and entered, MarginThen cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
    And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Matthew 26:36, 37.
    And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
    Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
    He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
    And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. Matthew 26:40-43.
    Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3.
    And they all forsook him, and fled. Mark 14:50.
    And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.
    But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter. John 18:15, 16.
    the judgment hall, keeping close to the man condemned as a criminal. All night long he watched and prayed, and hoped soon to see a flash of divinity which would forever silence the accusers. He followed to Calvary. Every nail that was driven seemed to tear his own flesh. Faint, he turned away, but came back to support the mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the cross. That dying cry pierced to his very heart; the One whom he had loved was dead. Unable to comprehend the meaning of it all, yet he helped prepare the body for burial, and with the other sorrowing disciples passed a lonely Sabbath. Life seemed scarcely worth living; for He for whom they had given up everything, and whom they had believed to be the Son of God, was silent in death. The words which Christ had spoken concerning His own death, and which John should have understood, had fallen on deaf ears. Much as he loved his Lord he was dull of hearing.
    SSP 20.1

    On the morning of the resurrection John was the first of the twelve to reach the tomb; for he outran Peter, when Mary Magdalene reported that the body was gone. Seeing the folded napkin in the sepulchre, he recognized the familiar touch of a risen Saviour, and believed.SSP 21.1

    On the evening after the resurrection John received the benediction when Christ appeared; but since he could no longer see his Master with the physical eye, he returned to his fishing on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. But Jesus sought him again, and bade him go forth a fisher of men. In the last recorded interview between Christ and His disciples, the Saviour prophetically gave the work of Peter and John, those two earnest followers, MarginAnd all his acquaintance, and the women that followed him from Galilee, stood afar off, beholding these things. Luke 23:49.
    John 19:26, 27.
    And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
    Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. Matthew 27:46, 50.
    Luke 23:50-53.
    Mark 15:42-47.
    And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.
    And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid.
    And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment. Luke 23:54-56.
    Matthew 16:21-23.
    Matthew 20:17-19.
    Mark 8:31-33.
    Mark 9:31, 32.
    Mark 10:32-34.
    Isaiah 29:10.
    Luke 9:21, 22.
    Luke 18, 31-34.
    And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
    Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed. John 20:4-9.
    John 20:19-23.
    Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing. John 21:1-3.
    Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.
    who had passed through so many clouds, and yet had seen such bright rays of sunlight. Peter was told it would be his lot to follow his Lord to the cross. When he asked the fate of John, Christ replied, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?”
    SSP 21.2

    The life of John is but briefly referred to after the ascension. He remained in Jerusalem for a number of years, and was known as one of the pillars of that church as late as a. d. 58. John’s fervent love for the Saviour grew stronger as he suffered oppression and imprisonment. His own brother, James, was among the first martyrs to the cause of Christianity. Living as John did at the center of the work, he witnessed the spread of the truth, and knew of its triumphs as MarginThen spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
    Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord which is he that betrayeth thee?
    Peter seeing him saith to Jesus Lord, and what shall this man done
    Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. John 21:18-22.
    Her sins, which are many, are forgiven for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven the same loveth little Luke 7:47.
    And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship. Galatians 2:9.
    And the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Daniel 9:26.
    well as its vicissitudes. Roman oppression became greater. The city of Jerusalem was destroyed by the army of Titus, and John was banished to the Isle of Patmos. He himself says that he was there for the “Word of God, and for the Testimony of Jesus Christ.”
    SSP 22.1

    It is a beautiful thought that he whose heart was so bound up in Jerusalem and the Hebrew race, and who was always so true to both, should have been permitted to see the glories of the New Jerusalem, the city finally to take the place of his own earthly Zion. To him was given the entire history of the church of God, which must do the work rejected by his own race.SSP 23.1

    The road from the Jordan to the rocky height of Patmos was a steep and stony way; but when he sat alone upon the mountain side overlooking the sea, the intense love, the soul union with Christ, which those previous years had developed, enabled that “disciple whom Jesus loved” to become the connecting link between heaven and earth. Gabriel, Christ’s own angel, stood by the side of the last survivor of the chosen twelve, and opened to his vision the glories of the future. A nature less spiritual would have failed to grasp the picture of eternity; a mind less consecrated could not have been the channel for such a flood of divine enlightenment.SSP 23.2

    In the Midian desert, where none but God was near, Moses wrote Genesis, the Alpha of all things. John wrote Revelation-the complete unfolding of that first book-the Omega-when alone on an island in the midst of the sea. The pen of him who wrote the history of creation, was guided by the same angel who bore to John the heavenly message concerning the consummation of the plan of redemption. MarginRevelation 1:9.
    The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10.
    Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Psalm 122:6.
    And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2.
    For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Romans 11:21.
    Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned. Song of Solomon 8:7.
    If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. Numbers 12:6.
    Daniel 10:21.
    Daniel 8:16.
    Revelation 1:1.
    But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14.
    And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27.
    And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
    Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.Revelation 22:8, 9.
    I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. Deuteronomy 18:18.
    SSP 23.3

    Moses recorded the story of Creation and the Fall, and by faith he grasped the promise of a Redeemer. John lived with that Redeemer, and as he stood on Patmos, he looked back into the past to the place where Moses stood on Pisgah, and then forward to the City of God, which he saw descending on the Mount of Olives. The two mountain peaks from which all history can be viewed are Genesis and Revelation, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. MarginActs 3:22, 23.
    Deuteronomy 34:1-4.
    Revelation 21:1, 2.
    Zechariah 14:4, 5.
    Genesis 1:1.
    Revelation 22:10.
    SSP 24.1

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