you despair and imagine a message of doom, let me bring to you some
good news. You only need an advocate if you have a case to answer in
court. We have all sinned, hence no question that we need an advocate.
is our advocate. “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made
with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself,
now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Hebrews 9:24). That our
advocate appears for us before the God of the heavenly courts should
who “appears” in the heavenly courts “for us”, Christ, is pleading in
your behalf; and you are to come and present your case to the Father
through Jesus Christ. Thus you can find access to God, if you sin, your
case is not hopeless. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1 John 2:1).
the only advocate that can plead your case. The apostle declared, “For
there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the
uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).
rest my case
advocate, Christ will not be on your case forever. Either you are worth defending
or you are not. Soon, He will declare to the Judge: I rest my case. The decision
will forever be made. He will then declare: “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” (Revelation 22:11).
our heavenly advocate does not practice His caseload in earthly
courts. So, when He appears on earth the second time, He is not on
your case. For those still living a sinful life when He appears, who
have rejected the truth or the opportunity to know the truth, it will
be fateful. “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins”
(Hebrews 10:26). To them, the fate of fear awaits.
prophet: “Who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when
He appeareth? for He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall
purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they
may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:2, 3).
who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall
cease in the heavenly courts are to stand in the sight of a holy God
without an advocate. Their robes must be spotless; their characters
must be purified from sin by the blood of Jesus. Through the grace of
God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle
with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in
heavenly courts, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed
from the heavenly courts, there must be a searching of souls down here
on earth, putting away of all sins. This work of purification is more
clearly presented in Revelation 14.
sanctuary service the high priest, having made the atonement for
Israel, came forth and blessed the congregation. So Christ, at the
close of His work as mediator, will appear, “without sin unto
salvation” (Hebrews 9:28), to bless His waiting people with eternal
priest, in removing the sins from the sanctuary, confessed them upon
the head of the scapegoat, so Christ will place all these sins upon
Satan, the originator and instigator of sin. The scapegoat, bearing the
sins of Israel, was sent away “unto a land not inhabited” (Leviticus
16:22); so Satan, bearing the guilt of all the sins which he has caused
God's people to commit, will be for a thousand years confined to the
earth (Revelation 20:2), which will then be desolate (Micah 7:13,
without inhabitant (Revelation 20:5), and he will at last suffer the
full penalty of sin in the fires that shall destroy all the wicked.
Thus the great plan of redemption will reach its accomplishment in the
final eradication of sin and the deliverance of all who have renounced
heavenly advocate does not plead our innocence, for we are guilty.
Unlike earthly advocates, our heavenly advocate is also our surety, and
pays the penalty for our guilt. On the cross, He paid the full price
for the transgression of the law. In faith we reach for holiness.
justice of God demanded a full atonement for sin. How appropriate are
the words of Isaiah, “It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put
him to grief.” His soul was made “an offering for sin.” “He was wounded
for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities” (Isaiah
53:10, 5). To show the depth of His love for man, God delivered up
His only begotten son for us so that we are saved from sin and its
power. “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world”
Him dying on the cross. Behold Him who was equal with God, mocked and
ridiculed by the mob. Behold Him in Gethsemane, bowed under the burden
of the sins of the whole world. Hear His cry, “My God, my God, why
hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). He was treated as a sinner, that
we might be treated as righteous, that we might be treated as righteous, that God might
be just, and yet the justifier of the sinner.
the all-powerful advocate
resurrected, having met and spoken to His disciples, He gave an
interview with a number of believers. The scene is well set out in
Matthew chapter 28. What happened is recounted. At the meeting on a
mountain in Galilee, all the believers who could be called together
were assembled. Of this meeting Christ Himself, before His death, had
appointed the time and place (verse 16). As the eleven disciples
gathered at this mountain, they spoke to the people around. Thomas
recounted the story of his unbelief, and told how his doubts had been
Jesus stood among them. There he was with His pierced hands and feet,
the marks He will bear forever. His countenance was as the face of
God, and when they saw Him, they worshiped Him (verse 17). Others of
course still doubted. So it will always be. There are those who find it
hard to exercise faith, and they place themselves on the doubting
side. To such, sinlessness is doom and despair.
interview, our great advocate spoke to them saying, “All power is given
unto me in heaven and in earth” (verse 18). The disciples beheld the
risen Saviour. Many of them had seen Him exercise His power in healing
the sick and controlling satanic agencies.
believed that He possessed power to set up His kingdom at Jerusalem,
power to quell all opposition, power over the elements of nature. He
had stilled the angry waters; He had walked upon the white-crested
billows; He had raised the dead to life. He had hitherto done all these
by the power of God the Father without His own power (John 5:30).
declared that “all power” was given to Him. His words carried the minds
of His hearers above earthly and temporal things to the heavenly and
eternal. They were lifted to the highest conception of His glory.
power over sin is with our heavenly advocate. His words on the
mountainside were the announcement that His sacrifice in behalf of man
was full and complete. The conditions of the atonement had been
fulfilled; the work for which He came to this world had been
accomplished. He was on His way to the throne of God, to be honoured by
angels, principalities, and powers. He had entered upon His work of
advocacy in the heavenly courts. There is no sin that He is unable to
conquer, for “all power” is given to Him.
before Christ returns
judgment time now. Christ returns at the end of the antitypical Day of Atonement and
the Investigative Judgment that begun at the end of the 2300 days (Daniel 8:14) in 1844
(see The Great Controversy, chapter 24). The service is presided over by God the Father
as the judge and the Son of God as the mediator. Only the cases of the professed people of
God are reviewed in this first judgment, for “Judgment must begin at the house of God”
(1 Peter 4:17). The judgment of the wicked is after the saints are taken to heaven and
the saints sit on that tribunal, for “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the
world?” (1 Corinthians 6:2).
based on the records. Daniel says: “the judgment was set, and the books were opened”
(Daniel 7:10). John adds: "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).
of remembrance” is kept wherein are recorded the good deeds of “them that feared the Lord,
and that thought upon His name” (Malachi 3:16). Nehemiah refers to this when he says: “Remember
me, O my God, . . . and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God”
(Nehemiah 13:14). In the book of God's remembrance every deed of righteousness is immortalised.
Says the psalmist: “Thou tellest my wanderings: put Thou my tears into Thy bottle: are they
not in Thy book?” (Psalm 56:8).
also recorded. “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether
it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). Christ says: “Every idle word that men
shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. By thy words thou shalt be
justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:36, 37). God “will bring to light
the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
“Behold, it is written before Me, . . . your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together,
saith the Lord” (Isaiah 65:6, 7).
based on the law of God. Says the wise man: “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the
whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14). James
adds: “So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty” (James 2:12).
come to review, names with sins on records, unrepented and unforgiven, are blotted out of the book of life.
The Lord declared to Moses: “Whosoever hath sinned against Me, him will I blot out of My book” (Exodus 32:33).
Due to unrepented sins, their good deeds are erased from the book of God's remembrance. Says Ezekiel: “When
the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, . . . all his righteousness
that he hath done shall not be mentioned” (Ezekiel 18:24).
have truly repented of sin, claimed the blood of Christ as their atoning sacrifice, obeyed the law of God,
their sins will be blotted out, and they will have eternal life. The Lord declares, by the prophet Isaiah:
“I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins”
(Isaiah 43:25). Said Jesus: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will
not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before
His angels” (Revelation 3:5). “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also
before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My
Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32, 33).
the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein.
The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon -
none know how soon - it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to
come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition:
'Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is' (Mark 13:33). 'If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will
come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee' (Revelation 3:3)” (The
Great Controversy, p. 490).
end of this antitypical Day of Atonement, when the work of the investigative judgment closes, the destiny of
all will have been decided for life or death. Judgement closes a short time before the appearing of the
Lord in the clouds of heaven. After He rests His case, Christ declares: “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. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to
give every man according as his work shall be” (Revelation 22:11, 12).
to redeem the time
the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary,
there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of all
sins. Now is the time to “work out your own salvation with fear and
trembling” (Philippians 2:12). We should be “redeeming the time,
because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).
Jesus rises up in the heavenly courts, and lays off His advocacy
garments, and clothes Himself with the garments of vengeance in place
of the priestly attire, the work for sinners will be done. The
probation of all closes when the pleading for sinners is ended and the
garments of vengeance are put on. The case of every soul will have been
decided, and there will be no atoning blood to cleanse from sin. As we
hear the warning today, let us heed “And grieve not the holy Spirit of
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians
advocate announce, it is finished, no more advocacy for sin. Then the
restraining Spirit of God is withdrawn from the earth. In that fearful
time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an
advocate or intercessor. The restraint, which has been upon the wicked,
is removed, and Satan has entire control of the finally impenitent
wicked. Satan will then plunge the inhabitants of the earth into one
great, final trouble. As the angels of God cease to hold in check the
fierce winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let
have a clean record in heaven before the advocate closes our files.
Those who would share the benefits of the Saviour's mediation should
permit nothing to interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the
fear of God. When probation ends, and we know not how soon our
probation may close, Christ will plead no more our case. Now is the
time to repent of all sins and to live holy lives or forever be doomed.
without an advocate
Jesus will lay off His priestly attire. John saw the sign that our
advocate will have rested His case in the heavenly court, in the
temple, when it was “filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from
His power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven
plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled” (Revelation 15:8). No
more pleading the case of sinners, for all cases are decided, for
eternal destruction or eternal life.
then clothes Himself with His most kingly robes. When He leaves the
heavenly courts, surrounded by the angelic hosts, the plagues of
Revelation 16 will be falling upon the inhabitants of the earth. Some
will denounce God and curse Him. Others will rush to the people of God
and beg to be taught how they might escape His judgments. But the
saints by then will have nothing for them.
tear for sinners having been shed, the last agonising prayer having
been offered, the last burden having been borne, and the last warning
given, there will no more sweet voice of mercy to invite them. When the
saints, and all heaven, were interested for their salvation, they had
no interest for themselves. Life and death had been set before them.
Many desired life, but made no effort to obtain it.
day, to the wicked, said the prophets of old, as they beheld in holy
vision the day of God: “Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; it
shall come as a destruction from the Almighty” (Isaiah 13:6). “Alas
for the day! for the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction
from the Almighty shall it come” (Joel 1:15). “In that day a man
shall cast the idols of his silver, and the idols of his gold, which
they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the
bats; to go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the
ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of His majesty,
when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth” (Isaiah 2:20, 21). When
Jesus appears, it will be execution of judgment for the wicked.
heaven will be united with Jesus, as the sinners hear the fearful
words, “It is done” (Revelation 16:17). “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” (Revelation 22:11). It is done. It is finished. It
will be too late for the wicked that have failed to give up sin!
the wicked will be greatly enraged as they suffer the effects of the
plagues found in Revelation 16. It will be a scene of fearful agony.
Parents will bitterly reproach their children, and children their
parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers. Loud,
wailing cries will be heard in every direction, ‘It was you who kept me
from receiving the truth which would have saved me from this awful
people will turn upon their ministers with bitter hate and reproach
them, saying, ‘You have not warned us. You told us that all the world
was to be converted, and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every fear that
was aroused. You have not told us of this hour; and those who warned us
of it you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin us.’
clearly Jesus warned the ministers of His day, today’s ministers will
not escape the wrath of God. Like ministers of old, today’s ministers
“shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in
yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in” (Matthew
23:13). Like the non-repentant city, “it shall be more tolerable in
that day for Sodom” (Luke 10:12) than for those wicked ministers. Woe
unto them that fail to teach the truth, for their suffering will be
tenfold greater than that of their people!
without an advocate
Jesus leaves the heavenly courts, it will be time for the saints to
leave the cities and villages, and associate together in companies, and
live in the most solitary places. Angels will keep the righteous safe
(Psalms 91:11) and provide them with food and water (Isaiah 33:16),
while the wicked will suffer from hunger and thirst (Ezekiel 4:17).
time, the leading men of the earth will consult together, and Satan and
his angels will surely be busy around them. Soon legislators will pass
laws and distribute these 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 are at
liberty after a certain time to put them to death. These legislations
will raise the fury of God to protect His people (Ezekiel 38:18). But
in this hour of trial the saints will be calm and composed
(Ezekiel 38:11), trusting
in God and leaning upon His promise that a way of escape would be made
for them, for the Lord’s promises are sure (Psalms 91:1-16).
places, before the time for the decree to be executed, the wicked will
rush upon the saints to slay them; but angels in the form of men of war
will fight for them (Psalms 91:11). Satan will wish to have the
privilege of destroying the saints of the Most High; but Jesus will bid
His angels to watch over them. God will be honoured by making a
covenant with those who have kept His law, in the sight of the heathen
round about them; and Jesus will be honoured by translating, without
their seeing death, the faithful, waiting ones who have so long
saints will suffer great mental anguish. They will seem to be
surrounded by the wicked inhabitants of the earth. Every appearance
will be against them. Some will begin to fear that God has at last left
them to perish by the hand of the wicked. But if their eyes could be
opened, they would see themselves surrounded by angels of God (2 Kings
the multitude of the angry wicked will come, and a mass of evil angels,
hurrying on the wicked to slay the saints. But before they can approach
God's people, the wicked must first pass this company of mighty, holy
angels (Psalms 34:7). This will be impossible. The angels of God will
cause them to recede and also cause the evil angels who will be
pressing around them to fall back.
be an hour of fearful, terrible agony to the saints. Day and night they
will cry unto God for deliverance. To outward appearance, there will
seem no possibility of their escape. The wicked will begin to triumph,
crying out, ‘Why does your God not deliver you out of our hands?
(Daniel 3:15) Why do you not you go up and save your lives?’ But the
saints will heed them not, and Like Jacob, they will wrestle with God
(Hosea 12:4). The angels longing to deliver them must nonetheless wait
a little longer; the people of God must drink of the cup and be
baptised with the baptism. The angels, faithful to their trust, will
continue their watch.
not suffer His name to be reproached among the heathen. The time then
will have come when He is to manifest His mighty power and gloriously
deliver His saints. For His name's glory He will deliver every one of
those who has patiently waited for Him and whose names is written in
the book (Daniel 12:1).
sanctified and righteous
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like
him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). “Now unto him that
is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before
the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24).
is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His
church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in
His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.
obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if
we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so
blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when
obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will,
refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His
service. When we know God, as it is our privilege to know Him, our life
will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the
character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become
hateful to us.
are greatly excited are told that they are sanctified, when they have
no intelligent idea of what the term means, for they know not the
Scriptures or the power of God. They flatter themselves that they are
in conformity to the will of God because they feel happy; but when they
are tested, when the Word of God is brought to bear upon their
experience, they stop their ears from hearing the truth, saying, ‘I am
sanctified,’ and that puts an end to the controversy. They will have
nothing to do with searching the Scriptures to know what is truth, and
prove that they are fearfully self-deceived. Sanctification means very
much more than a flight of feeling.
Excitement is not sanctification. Entire conformity to the will of our
Father which is in heaven is alone sanctification, and the will of God
is expressed in His holy law. The keeping of all the commandments of
God is sanctification. Proving yourselves obedient children to God's
Word is sanctification.
saints without an advocate
rests His case in the court above, His saints must be sealed. The sealing time is the present time.
Sealing is the settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so that you cannot be moved.
There are changes to be made in a person, intellectually and spiritually. These occur through the ideas
and doctrines we adopt. These modify our faith and practice. While truth sanctifies, error corrupts.
This is why sound doctrine is important. To him that will be sealed, Paul admonishes, “Take heed unto
thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and
them that hear thee” (1 Timothy 4:16).
sealed is to be settled in the testimony and the law of God; when we both know and love it, then the
Lord will declare: “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples” (Isaiah 8:16), and “never
suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalms 55:22). For every doctrine we must appeal to “the law and to
the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”
(Isaiah 8:20). For the law of God is the one unerring rule, by which all doctrines are to be tested.
be settled in the truth so “that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie
in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). The law and testimony represent “the hope of the gospel”
preached to us, in which we must be “grounded and settled, and be not moved away from” (Colossians 1:23).
The seal is therefore the pure mark of truth.
another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God” (Revelation 7:2) to place
on the servants of God. This seal is “a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually,
so they cannot be moved” (SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, p. 1161).
sealed, we must depart from iniquity. “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
(2 Timothy 2:19).
that are to be sealed, sin must “become exceeding sinful” (Romans 7:13). Even others' sin must grieve those
that are to be sealed. “The Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem,
and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in
the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4). We must no more be indifferent to sin.
to be sealed, patience is required. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the
commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12); “for the testimony of Jesus is the
spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10). It is by these that we are sealed.
angels are holding back the winds of strife “till we have sealed the servants of our God in
their foreheads” (Revelation 7:1-3).
same time, angels are sealing the saints to stand without an advocate; placing “a mark upon the
foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst
thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4).
word of Jesus, having left the heavenly courts will be heard. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust
still” and “he that is righteous, let him be righteous still” (Revelation 22:11-12).
the great time of trouble will come, and saints remain forever sealed, they cannot fall. At that time
our advocate stands up majestically and saves those “found written in the book” (Daniel 12:1-3).
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.
after court closes
The Great Controversy, p 615 onwards, we read: When God's presence was finally withdrawn from the Jewish nation,
priests and people knew it not. Though under the control of Satan, and swayed by the most horrible and malignant
passions, they still regarded themselves as the chosen of God. The ministration in the temple continued; sacrifices
were offered upon its polluted altars, and daily the divine blessing was invoked upon a people guilty of the blood
of God's dear Son and seeking to slay His ministers and apostles.
the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been forever fixed,
the inhabitants of the earth will know it not. The forms of religion will be continued by a people from whom the
Spirit of God has been finally withdrawn; and the satanic zeal with which the prince of evil will inspire them for
the accomplishment of his malignant designs, will bear the semblance of zeal for God.
Sabbath has become the special point of controversy throughout Christendom, and religious and secular authorities
have combined to enforce the observance of the Sunday, the persistent refusal of a small minority to yield to the
popular demand will make them objects of universal execration. 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.
argument was brought against Christ by the rulers of the people, that “it is expedient for us,” said Caiaphas,
“that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not” (John 11:50). This same argument
will appear conclusive; and a death decree will finally be issued against those who hallow the Sabbath of the
of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet as the time of
Jacob's trouble: “Thus saith the Lord: 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” (Jeremiah 30:5-7).
of Jacob's trouble will end with the appearing of Christ. “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, everyone that shall be found
written in the book” (Daniel 12:1). The court above has long closed, Christ has long rested His case, Christ
returns to take His people to heaven, the great controversy is finally ended, and God's people are forever saved.
therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord, and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable
us to stand without an advocate. Let all remember that God is holy, and that none but holy beings can ever dwell
in His presence. By God's grace, let us individually and as a body of faith give up all sins, “That He might present
it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).
rests His case in the heavenly courts above, it will be a fearful time. Once Christ ceases pleading for men; He
will make the final solemn announcement: “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” (Revelation 22:11). Both the living wicked and living righteous must stand without an advocate,
for their cases are forever decided.
righteous dead resurrect, the wicked will try to turn against the living righteous - hundred and forty-four
thousand who are preserved as “the first fruits” (Revelation 14:4) - it is the “time of Jacob's trouble”
(Jeremiah 30:7)! The plagues begin falling upon the wicked, they receive no water but blood, “For they have
shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink” (Revelation 16:6). Christ
returns at the end of the plagues.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes