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    ALL THESE THINGS

    Our Lord says (Luke 21:28), “And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.” The signs began to come to pass with the dark day of 1780. Then it could be said that redemption draweth nigh, and from that time the humble follower of Jesus might look up in expectation of witnessing his glorious appearing. But (verse 31) “when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.”SCOC 47.2

    The signs in the sun, moon, and stars, are all that were given to base faith upon. All the other events mentioned in connection with these, have their fulfillment after the faith of God’s people is perfected, and the doom of all sinners is fixed; therefore they cannot be embraced in the phrase “all these things.” The three signs having come to pass, we may now learn the parable of the fig-tree, and know that Christ’s coming is near, even at the doors. The phrase, “all these things,” does not embrace the mourning of the tribes of the earth, and the sign of the Son of Man. Neither does it embrace the shaking of the powers of the heavens; for that does not take place until the seventh vial is poured out. But the faith of God’s people is perfected, and the doom of all sinners is forever fixed, before the pouring out of the first vial. The parable of the fig-tree was given to inspire faith in the minds of those who hear the reasons of Christ’s soon coming. But to suppose that this parable is to be learned after it said, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still... and he that is holy let him be holy still;” after the thunder, lightning, great earthquake, and great hail, “each stone about the weight of a talent,” is most absurd. No! The phrase, “all these things,” in Verse 33, embraces the three great signs in the sun, moon, and stars, given to strengthen the faith of God’s people, while merciful warnings are being given to the world. Here, then, since the falling stars of 1833, the parable of the fig-tree has force, and we may know that Christ’s coming is near, even at the doors, with all the certainty that we know that summer is nigh when the trees put forth their tender buds and leaves.SCOC 48.1

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