not to dance and play.
Pray is the safe course
spoke these words, “Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is”
(Mark 13:33), in reference to the time of the end, and His second coming
to take His faithful children home.
are to watch. Watch, lest you should speak hastily, fretfully and
impatiently. Watch, lest pride should find a place in your heart.
Watch, lest evil passions should overcome you, instead of your subduing
them. Watch, lest a careless, indifferent spirit comes upon you, and you
neglect your duty and become light and trifling, and your influence
savour of death, rather than life.
you are to pray. Jesus would not have enjoined this upon you, unless
there was actual necessity for it. It is well known to Him that of
yourself you cannot overcome the many temptations of the enemy, and the
many snares laid for your feet. He has not left you alone to do this,
but has provided a way that you can obtain help. Therefore He has bid
you to pray.
aright is to ask God in faith for the very things you need. Go to your
chamber, or in some retired place, and ask your Father for Jesus’ sake to
help you. There is power in that prayer that is sent up from a heart
convinced of its own weakness, yet earnestly longing for that strength
that comes from God. The earnest, fervent prayer will be heard and
Go to your
God who is strong, and who loves to hear children pray, and, although you
may feel very weak, and find yourself at times overcome by the enemy,
because you have neglected the first command of our Saviour, to watch,
yet do not give up the struggle. Make stronger efforts yourself than
before. Faint not.
yourself at the feet of Jesus, who has been tempted, and knows how to
help such as are tempted. Confess your faults, your weakness, and that
you must have help to overcome, or you perish. And as you ask, you must
believe that God hears you. God will help you. Angels will watch over
angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and
delivereth them” (Psalms 34:7).
you can expect this help, you must do what you can on your part. Watch
and pray. Let your prayers be fervent. Let this be the language of your
heart, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26).
Have a set
time, a special season for prayer at least three times a day. “Evening,
and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear
my voice” (Psalms 55:17).
morning, and at noon Daniel prayed to his God, “he
kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks
before his God” (Daniel 6:10). This Daniel did
notwithstanding the king’s decree, and the fearful den of lions. He was
not ashamed or afraid to pray, but with “his windows being open in his
chamber” (Daniel 6:10) he prayed on his knees three times a day.
warning to “watch and pray,” Jesus has indicated the only safe course.
There is need of watchfulness. “The heart is deceitful
above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah
examine your own heart as in the light of eternity. Hide nothing from
your examination. “Search
me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if
there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting”
oh! search, as for your life, and condemn yourself, pass judgment upon
yourself, and then by faith claim the cleansing blood of Christ to remove
the stains from your Christian character.
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
advent of Christ will surprise those who have risen to dance and play,
instead of watching and praying. They will know not when “Sudden
destruction cometh upon them" (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Upon all who dwell
on the face of the whole earth, upon all who make this world their home,
who instead of watching and praying, dance and play, the day of God will
come as a snare. It comes to them as a prowling thief.
delay of Moses' return
to the perceived delay in Exodus 32:1-6: “And when the people saw that Moses
delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together
unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for
as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot
not what is become of him.
said unto them, break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of
your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
And all the people brake off the golden earrings, which were in their
ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand,
and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf:
and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of
the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it;
and Aaron made proclamation, and said, to morrow is a feast to the Lord.
rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought
peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up
here that the children of Israel were involved in the wrong kind of music
and dancing. This parallels with the contemporary, celebration music
that has come into many Christian churches. The true doctrines are put
aside for the want of attracting new worldly people to the churches.
these new modern styles of worship are characterised by shouting, with
drums, music, and dancing. By this dance and play, the senses of
rational beings become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make
right decisions. Yet this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit. But
this is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for
making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling,
sanctifying truth for this time.
although the Israelites demanded idols, Aaron, the minister, supported
their sin. The fact that Aaron had been blessed and honoured so far
above the people was what made his sin so heinous. It was Aaron “the
saint of the Lord” (Psalm 106:16), that had made the idol and announced
the feast. It was he who had been appointed as spokesman for Moses, and
concerning whom God Himself had testified, “I know that he can speak
well” (Exodus 4:14), that had failed to check the idolaters in their
was he to whom God had committed the government of the people in the
absence of Moses, was found sanctioning their rebellion. “The Lord was
very angry with Aaron to have destroyed him” (Deuteronomy 9:20). But in
answer to the earnest intercession of Moses, his life was spared; and in
penitence and humiliation for his great sin, Aaron was restored to the
favour of God.
came down the mountain, he found the children of Israel singing and
dancing, and he also found that they were naked. The Bible tells us that
Aaron had caused them to be naked (Exodus 32:25). We are told in
Revelation 3:17 of the end time church being naked. A careful study of
the Bible shows nakedness to represent the lack of Christ’s
righteousness. Every soul that seeks the righteousness of Christ to whom
will He grant freely.
confronted the children of Israel, he told them that they had to make a
choice. “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on
the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered
themselves together unto him” (Exodus 32:26). The Levites did not dance
and play during the perceived delay of Moses. Like the Levites, God is
counting on you to watch and pray – to shun dance and play worships.
that long time spent in communion with God, the face of Moses had
reflected the glory of the divine Presence. Such a light illumined the
countenance of Stephen when brought before his judges; “and all that sat
in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been
the face of an angel” (Acts 6:15). Aaron as well as the people shrank
away from Moses, and “they were afraid to come nigh him” (Exodus 34:30).
In their conscious guilt, feeling themselves still under the divine
displeasure, they could not endure the heavenly light, which, had they
been obedient to God, would have filled them with joy. There is fear in
guilt. The soul that is free from sin will not wish to hide from the
light of heaven.
Israelites, we are in danger of asking our Aarons to make us the golden
calf. We have become impatient with the delay in Christ’s return and
some who lead are forming a golden calf for us by bringing the worship,
doctrines, and world methods of church growth to us. And many of us are
offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, and eating, drinking,
singing, dancing, and having a good old time. But, we cannot cast all
the blame on leaders. Remember, it was the impatient children of Israel
who came to Aaron and asked him to make them gods. Our leaders, in many
cases are responding to what they believe we want. We all have to accept
responsibility for what is taking place in most camps of spiritual
Israel. The spiritual Levites must stay the course, watch and pray.
For the remnant
church, the prophecy is clear: “The things you have described as taking place
in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of
probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with
drums, music, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused
that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving
of the Holy Spirit” (Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 36). Sadly, this prophecy has
long been fulfilled in the remnant church. Whilst a call for a true reformation is
made, unfortunately, few Adventists are heeding the call, but many are given to
contemporary worship with its music and drums.
servant: My Lord delayeth
of the Saviour in the parable of the wicked servant apply very forcibly
to those who ridicule the near coming of the Son of man: “But and if that
evil servant shall say in his heart, My Lord delayeth His coming; and
shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the
drunken; the Lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not
for Him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, and shall cut him
asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be
weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:48-51).
fearful need be noticed about this evil servant. He calls Christ, “My
Lord.” Then he says, “My Lord delayeth His coming.” He does not say
that Christ will not come; he does not scoff at the idea of His second
coming; but he tells the people that His coming is delayed. He is
removing from the minds of others the conviction that the Lord is coming
quickly. His influence leads men to presumptuous, careless delay. Thus
they are off their watch and they echo the words of the unfaithful
watcher; still others catch them up, and the evil spirit, and men are
confirmed in their worldliness and stupor. Their course is downward, not
upward; they are not looking for and hasting unto the day of God.
Earthly passions, corrupt thoughts, take possession of the mind.
Careless worshippers, they all become.
servant smites his fellow servants who are seeking to do the will of his
Lord. He eats and drinks with the drunken, those who are carnally
minded, notwithstanding their profession of Christianity. They are
opposed to Christ and the work He came to our world to do, which was to
live the law of God in humanity, to be an example to all humanity, to
defeat transgression of the law (sin).
surrounded by His disciples, and a vast congregation were listening to
His words when He said, “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your
hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this
life, and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). Paul tells
us, “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1
influence of the evil servant is at work in all Christendom. The world,
full of rioting, full of godless pleasure, is asleep, asleep in carnal
security. Men are putting afar off the coming of the Lord. They laugh
at warnings. The proud boast is made, “Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all
things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation”
(2 Peter 3:4). “Tomorrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant”
(Isaiah 56:12). We will go deeper into pleasure loving.
says, “Behold, I come as a thief” (Revelation 16:15). At the very time
when the world is asking in scorn, “Where is the promise of His coming?”
the signs are fulfilling. While they cry, “Peace and safety” (1
Thessalonians 5:3), sudden destruction is coming. When the scorner, the
rejecter of truth, has become presumptuous; when the routine of work in
the various money-making lines is carried on without regard to principle;
when the student is eagerly seeking knowledge of everything but his
Bible, Christ comes as a thief.
of God is withdrawing from the earth, and calamity follows calamity by
sea and by land. There are tempests, earthquakes, fires, floods, murders
of every grade. Who can read the future? Where is security? There is
assurance in nothing that is human or earthly. Sadly, very few believe
with heart and soul that we have a hell to shun and a heaven to win.
lovers are still bowling, gambling, or horse racing. Satan has set all
his agencies at work that men may be deceived, deluded, occupied and
entranced, until the day of probation shall be ended, and the door of
mercy be forever shut.
watch and pray if you will escape the coming sudden destruction.
Solemnly there come to us down through the centuries the warning words of
our Lord from the Mount of Olives: “Take heed to yourselves, lest at any
time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and
cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke
21:34). “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand
before the Son of man” (Luke 21:36).
virgins watching for Christ
We come to the story of the ten virgins, watching for the bridegroom.
The ten virgins all “took their lamps, and went forth to meet the
bridegroom” (Matthew 25:1). But five were wise and five were foolish.
The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be
waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a
pure faith. By the lamps is represented the word of God. The psalmist
says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto may path”
(Psalms 119:105). The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
In the parable, all the ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom. All
had lamps and vessels for oil. For a time there was seen no difference
between them. So with the church that lives just before Christ's second
coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the
message of Christ's near approach, and confidently expect His appearing.
But as in the parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith
is tried; and when the cry is heard, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go
ye out to meet Him” (Matthew 25:6), many are unready. They have no oil in
their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit.
Without the Spirit of God a knowledge of His word is of no avail. The
theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the
soul or sanctify the heart. One may be familiar with the commands and
promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the truth home,
the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the
Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they
will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan.
The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They
have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are
attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded
themselves to the Holy Spirit's working. They have not fallen upon the
Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up.
The class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a
superficial work. They have not studied the character of God; they have
not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how
to look and live. “They come unto thee as the people cometh, and they
sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not
do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their heart goeth
after their covetousness” (Ezekiel 33:31).
The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic
of those who live just before Christ’s second coming. He says, “In the
last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own
selves; . . . lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form
of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
This is the class that in time of peril are found crying, Peace and
safety. They lull their hearts into security, and dream not of danger.
When startled from their lethargy, they discern their destitution, and
entreat others to supply their lack; but in spiritual things no man can
make up another’s deficiency. The grace of God has been freely offered to
every soul. The message of the gospel has been heralded, “Let him that is
athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”
But character is not transferable. No man can believe for another. No man
can receive the Spirit for another. No man can impart to another the
character which is the fruit of the Spirit’s working. “Though Noah,
Daniel, and Job were in it,” in the land, “as I live, saith the Lord God,
they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their
own souls by their righteousness” (Ezekiel 14:20).
At the final day, many will claim admission to Christ’s kingdom, saying,
“We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence, and Thou hast taught in our
streets” (Luke 13:26). “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name?
and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful
works?” (Matthew 7:22). But the answer is, “I tell you, I know you not
whence ye are; depart from Me” (Luke 13:27).
In this life they have not entered into fellowship with Christ; therefore
they know not the language of heaven, they are strangers to its joy.
“What man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in
him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God” (1
We cannot be ready to meet the Lord by waking when the cry is heard,
“Behold, the Bridegroom!” and then gathering up our empty lamps to have
them replenished. We cannot keep Christ apart from our lives here, and
yet be fitted for His companionship in heaven.
The foolish virgins do not live in Christ but profess a relationship with
Christ based on their feelings. If it feels good, to them it is the
prayed, “sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John
17:17). To them, truth is what you make it to be, no longer what God has
said in Scriptures. They will rationalise the Scriptures to suit their
feelings. The command “be ye holy” is seen as relative to their carnal
ability outside the power of Christ.
In the parable the wise virgins had oil in their vessels with their
lamps. Their light burned with undimmed flame through the night of
watching. It helped to swell the illumination for the bridegroom’s honor.
Shining out in the darkness, it helped to illuminate the way to the home
of the bridegroom, to the marriage feast.
So the followers of Christ are to shed light into the darkness of the
world. Through the Holy Spirit, God’s word is a light as it becomes a
transforming power in the life of the receiver. By implanting in their
hearts the principles of His word, the Holy Spirit develops in men the
attributes of God. The light of His glory – His character – is to shine
forth in His followers. Thus they are to glorify God, to lighten the path
to the Bridegroom’s home, to the city of God, to the marriage supper of
The coming of the bridegroom was at midnight – the darkest hour. So the
coming of Christ will take place in the darkest period of this earth’s
history. The days of Noah and Lot pictured the condition of the world
just before the coming of the Son of man – we live in a world darkened by
The Scriptures pointing forward to this time declare that Satan will work
with all power and “with all deceivableness of unrighteousness” (2
Thessalonians 2:9, 10). His working is plainly revealed by the rapidly
increasing darkness, the multitudinous errors, heresies, and delusions of
these last days.
Not only is Satan leading the world captive, but his deceptions are
leavening the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ. The great
apostasy will develop into darkness deep as midnight, impenetrable as
sackcloth of hair. To God’s people it will be a night of trial, a night
of weeping, a night of persecution for the truth’s sake. But out of that
night of darkness God’s light will shine. Must we then to whom this dark
night approaches dance and play? No, God forbid! The bridegroom cometh,
we must watch and pray, and remain wise virgin.
of mother and daughter
the time of Herod, when John the Baptist rebuked his sin, the truth is
opposed on every side. Many of those who profess to believe the truth
would say, if they expressed their real sentiments, What need is there of
speaking so plainly? They might as well ask, Why need John the Baptist
have said to the Pharisees, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you
to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matthew 3:7). Why need he have
provoked the anger of Herodias by telling Herod that it was unlawful for
him to live with his brother’s wife? He lost his life by speaking so
plainly. Why could he not have moved along without incurring the anger
there is need of the voice of stern rebuke; for grievous sins have
separated the people from God. Infidelity is fast becoming fashionable.
“We will not have this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14), is the
language of thousands. The smooth sermons so often preached make no
lasting impression; the trumpet does not give a certain sound. Men are
not cut to the heart by the plain, sharp truths of God's word. The
present truth of Revelation 14 is ignored.
to please men leads many leaders to suppress truth. Plain truth, “Thou
art the man” (2 Samuel 12:7), words as unmistakably plain as these spoken
by Nathan to David, are seldom heard in the pulpits of today, seldom seen
in the public press. If they were not so rare, we should see more of the
power of God revealed among men. The Lord’s messengers should not
complain that their efforts are without fruit until they repent of their
own love of approbation and their desire to please men, which leads them
to suppress the present truth.
use men who, in time of peril, when the strength, courage, and influence
of all are needed, are afraid to take a firm stand for the right. God
calls for men who will do faithful battle against wrong, warring “against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
It is to such as these that He will speak the words: “Well done, good and
faithful servant; . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” (Matthew
is running out for the faithful Johns of our day to speak plain truth.
The alliance of mother and daughter will soon be repeated, as was one of
Herodias and Solome in causing Herod to behead John. We pick up the
story in Mark 6:17-28.
John the Baptist had rebuked Herod, saying that it was unlawful for Herod
to have taken his brother’s wife, Herodias, to wife. The wicked queen,
Herodias, determined to use her influence over Herod, to have John
killed. First, she persuaded him to have John imprisoned. Then she
asked to have John executed, but Herod refused. He knew that John was a
true prophet and feared political backlash from the people.
queen then allied with her daughter. It was a birthday party for Herod
and his lords were feasting and drinking in the banqueting hall. The
queen, Herodias, debased with crime and passion, sent her daughter,
Salome, dressed in a most enchanting manner, into the presence of Herod
and his royal guests. Salome was decorated with costly garlands and
flowers. Like modern churchgoers, she was adorned with sparkling jewels
and flashing bracelets. With little covering and less modesty she danced
for the amusement of the royal guests.
his guests, to their perverted senses, the enchanting appearance of this,
to them, vision of beauty and loveliness charmed them. Instead of being
governed by enlightened reason, refined taste, or sensitive consciences,
the lower qualities of the mind held the guiding reins. Virtue and
principle had no controlling power.
danced and played, the false enchantment of the dizzy scene seemed to
take away reason and dignity from Herod and his guests, who were flushed
Herod made a pompous oath: “Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give
it thee, unto the half of my kingdom” (Mark 6:23). At the advice of the
mother, the daughter replied, “I
will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the
Baptist” (Mark 6:25). King Herod, though exceeding sorry, yet “for their
sakes which sat with him,” he
gave the orders and that very day John was beheaded in prison.
pray, for the mother and daughter alliance is coming again after God’s
faithful people. In
Bible prophecy, a woman symbolizes a church. A pure woman represents
God’s true church as described in Revelation 12. An unfaithful woman
represents a church that has departed from the Scriptures. We can be
certain who this fallen woman is, because Revelation 17:18 says she was
ruling when Revelation was written. History tells us it was pagan Rome
(Luke 2:1) that eventually turned over its authority, capital city, and
power to papal Rome.
Revelation 17:4-5 this woman is described as “arrayed in purple and
scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and
filthiness:...and upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon
the Great, the mother of harlots.” Says the prophet: “I saw the woman
drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of
Jesus.” Babylon is further declared to be “that great city, which
reigneth over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:4-6, 18).
that for so many centuries maintained despotic sway over the monarchs of
Christendom is Rome. The purple and scarlet colour, the gold and
precious stones and pearls, vividly picture the magnificence and more
than kingly pomp affected by the haughty see of Rome. And no other power
could be so truly declared “drunken with the blood of the saints” as that
church which has so cruelly persecuted the followers of Christ in the
As to the
“mother of harlots”, it
is widely known that there is only one church that claims to be the
mother church – the great Roman Catholic Church. A prominent Catholic
priest, John A. O'Brien, said: “That observance [Sunday keeping] remains
as a reminder of the Mother Church from which the non-Catholic sects
broke away” (John A. O'Brien, The Faith of Millions ((Huntington,
IN: Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., 1974), p. 401)).
That the papacy is the power described in Revelation 17 is widely
accepted by Protestants. Many
leaders of the Reformation (Huss, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli,
Melanchthon, Cranmer, Tyndale, Latimer, Ridley, and others) taught that
the papacy is the power here involved (George
Eldon Ladd, The Blessed Hope, Grand Rapids, MI: William B.
Eerdman's Publishing Co., 1956, pp. 32-34).
The details by which the papacy is
described in Revelation 17 are too clear for doubt.
said to be “the mother of harlots.” By her daughters must be symbolised
churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, such as the
honouring of Sunday worship instead of Sabbath, and follow her example of
sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an
unlawful alliance with the world.
said: “Protestants little know what they are doing when they propose to
accept the aid of Rome in the work of Sunday exaltation. While they are
bent upon the accomplishment of their purpose, Rome is aiming to
re-establish her power, to recover her lost supremacy...
silently growing into power. Her doctrines are exerting their influence
in legislative halls, in the churches, and in the hearts of men. She is
piling up her lofty and massive structures in the secret recesses of
which her former persecutions will be repeated” (Ellen White, Great
California: Pacific Press Publishing Association,
1950 Revised edn, pp. 581, 582).
religious and political powers unite to enact a law demanding God’s
people to keep Sunday holy, the alliance of mother and daughter (Herodias
and Salome) in urging the state (Herod) to behead John (the pure woman in
Revelation 12) will be repeated.
alliance has been long formed, now at the dancing stage. When the
leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of
doctrine as are held by them in common with papal Rome, shall influence
the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions,
then the mother and daughter alliance will produce a Sunday law, which
will inflict civil penalties upon dissenters.
for the patience of the saints, who “keep the commandments of God and the
faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12), to watch and pray. The dancing
daughter, on the advice of the mother, asked the state to inflict death
upon a man of God. While the alliance prepare to inflict pain or death
upon God’s people, your safe course is to watch and pray, not to dance
that time comes, when mother and daughter ally with the state to force
conscience of worship, God will surely act. Daniel 12:1 tells us: “At
that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found
written in the book.” Zechariah 2:8 tells us: “For thus saith the LORD
of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled
you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.” But God’s
help will only be to those that have heeded the call to watch and pray.
and pray, not dance and play. What happened to the church in the camp of
Israel, when they perceived Moses delayed coming down from the Mount, and
rose up to play, should ever stand as a warning to us. As a result of the
Israelites dancing and playing in worship to the idol god, “there fell of the
people that day about three thousand men” (Exodus 32:28). As we wait for Christ's
return, we must not be found dancing and playing in worship of idols in the
celebratory worship styles, but rather watching and praying.
must not underestimate the negative effects of contemporary worship styles.
These modern worship styles are characterised by shouting, with drums, music,
and dancing. By this dance and play, the senses of rational beings become so
confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. Truth, character
purification in preparation for the close of probation, is sacrificed to the
idols of pleasure and excitement.
Mother-Daughter alliance to persecute God's people is upon us. With the
daughters of “the Mother of harlots” (Revelation 17:5) in a dance and celebratory
worship styles, it will not be long before the state accedes to the demands of
the Mother to behead careful worshippers. This calls for the patience of the saints
of God, who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12),
to watch and pray, not to dance and play. To watch includes obeying God's law.
Finally, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes