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The Plan of Salvation
SORROW filled heaven, as it was realized that man was
lost and that world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery,
sickness, and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of
Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon
His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the
Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with His Father. The anxiety
of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. Three times
He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came out from
the Father, His person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity
and doubt, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express.
He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He
told them that He had been pleading with His Father, and had offered to give His life a
ransom, to take the sentence of death upon Himself, that through Him man might find
pardon; that through the merits of His blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could
have the favor of God and be brought into the beautiful garden and eat of the fruit of the
tree of life.
At first the angels could not rejoice, for their Commander concealed nothing from them,
but opened before them the plan of salvation. Jesus told them that He would stand between
the wrath of His Father and guilty man, that He would bear iniquity and scorn, and but few
would receive Him as the Son of God. Nearly all would hate and reject Him. He would leave
all His glory in heaven, appear upon earth as a man, humble himself as a man, become
acquainted by His own experience with the various temptations with which man would be
beset, that He might know how to succor those who should be tempted; and that finally,
after His mission as a teacher would be accomplished, He would be delivered into the hands
of men and endure almost every cruelty and suffering that Satan and his angels could
inspire wicked men to inflict; that He would die the cruelest of deaths, hung up between
the heavens and the earth as a guilty sinner; that He would suffer dreadful hours of
agony, which even angels could not look upon, but would veil their faces from the sight.
Not merely agony of body would He suffer, but mental agony, that with which bodily
suffering could in no wise be compared. The weight of the sins of the whole world would be
upon Him. He told them He would die and rise again the third day, and would ascend to His
Father to intercede for wayward, guilty man.
The One Possible Way of Salvation
The angels prostrated themselves before Him. They offered their lives. Jesus said to
them that He would by His death save many, that the life of an angel could not pay the
debt. His life alone could be accepted of His Father as a ransom for man. Jesus also told
them that they would have a part to act, to be with Him and at different times strengthen
Him; that He would take man's fallen nature, and His strength would not be even equal with
theirs; that they would be witnesses of His humiliation and great sufferings; and that as
they would witness His sufferings and the hatred of men toward Him, they would be stirred
with the deepest emotion, and through their love for Him would wish to rescue and deliver
Him from His murderers; but that they must not interfere to prevent anything they should
behold; and that they should act a part at His resurrection; that the plan of salvation
was devised, and His Father had accepted the plan.
With a holy sadness Jesus comforted and cheered the angels and informed them that
hereafter those whom He should redeem would be with Him, and that by His death He should
ransom many and destroy him who had the power of death. And His Father would give Him the
kingdom and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, and He would possess it
forever and ever. Satan and sinners would be destroyed, nevermore to disturb heaven or the
purified new earth. Jesus bade the heavenly host be reconciled to the plan that His Father
had accepted and rejoice that through His death fallen man could again be exalted to
obtain favor with God and enjoy heaven.
Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven. And the heavenly host sang a song of praise
and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before,
for the great mercy and condescension of God in yielding up His dearly Beloved to die for
a race of rebels. Praise and adoration were poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice
of Jesus; that He would consent to leave the bosom of His Father and choose a life of
suffering and anguish, and die an ignominious death to give life to others.
Said the angel, "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a
struggle? No, no. It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man
perish, or to give His beloved Son to die for him." Angels were so interested for
man's salvation that there could be found among them those who would yield their glory and
give their life for perishing man, "But," said my accompanying angel, "that
would avail nothing. The transgression was so great that an angel's life would not pay the
debt. Nothing but the death and intercessions of His Son would pay the debt and save lost
man from hopeless sorrow and misery."
But the work of the angels was assigned them, to ascend and descend with strengthening
balm from glory to soothe the Son of God in His sufferings and minister unto Him. Also,
their work would be to guard and keep the subjects of grace from the evil angels and the
darkness constantly thrown around them by Satan. I saw that it was impossible for God to
alter or change His law to save lost, perishing man; therefore He suffered His beloved Son
to die for man's transgression.
Satan again rejoiced with his angels that he could, by causing man's fall, pull down the
Son of God from His exalted position. He told his angels that when Jesus should take
fallen man's nature, he could overpower Him and hinder the accomplishment of the plan of
I was shown Satan as he once was, a happy, exalted angel. Then I was shown him as he now
is. He still bears a kingly form. His features are still noble, for he is an angel fallen.
But the expression of his countenance is full of anxiety, care, unhappiness, malice, hate,
mischief, deceit, and every evil. That brow which was once so noble, I particularly
noticed. His forehead commenced from his eyes to recede. I saw that he had so long bent
himself to evil that every good quality was debased, and every evil trait was developed.
His eyes were cunning, sly, and showed great penetration. His frame was large, but the
flesh hung loosely about his hands and face. As I beheld him, his chin was resting upon
his left hand. He appeared to be in deep thought. A smile was upon his countenance, which
made me tremble, it was so full of evil and satanic slyness. This smile is the one he
wears just before he makes sure of his victim, and as he fastens the victim in his snare,
this smile grows horrible.
In humility and inexpressible sadness Adam and Eve left the lovely garden wherein they had
been so happy until they disobeyed the command of God. The atmosphere was changed. It was
no longer unvarying as before the transgression. God clothed them with coats of skins to
protect them from the sense of chilliness and then of heat to which they were exposed.
God's Unchangeable Law
All heaven mourned on account of the disobedience and fall of Adam and Eve, which
brought the wrath of God upon the whole human race. They were cut off from communing with
God, and were plunged in hopeless misery. The law of God could not be changed to meet
man's necessity, for in God's arrangement it was never to lose its force nor give up the
smallest part of its claims.
The angels of God were commissioned to visit the fallen pair and inform them that although
they could no longer retain possession of their holy estate, their Eden home, because of
their transgression of the law of God, yet their case was not altogether hopeless. They
were then informed that the Son of God, who had conversed with them in Eden, had been
moved with pity as He viewed their hopeless condition, and had volunteered to take upon
Himself the punishment due to them, and die for them that man might yet live, through
faith in the atonement Christ proposed to make for him. Through Christ a door of hope was
opened, that man, notwithstanding his great sin, should not be under the absolute control
of Satan. Faith in the merits of the Son of God would so elevate man that he could resist
the devices of Satan. Probation would be granted him in which, through a life of
repentance and faith in the atonement of the Son of God, he might be redeemed from his
transgression of the Father's law, and thus be elevated to a position where his efforts to
keep His law could be accepted.
The angels related to them the grief that was felt in heaven as it was announced that they
had transgressed the law of God, which had made it expedient for Christ to make the great
sacrifice of His own precious life.
When Adam and Eve realized how exalted and sacred was the law of God, the transgression of
which made so costly a sacrifice necessary to save them and their posterity from utter
ruin, they pleaded to die themselves, or to let them and their posterity endure the
penalty of their transgression, rather than that the beloved Son of God should make this
great sacrifice. The anguish of Adam was increased. He saw that his sins were of so great
magnitude as to involve fearful consequences. And must it be that heaven's honored
Commander, who had walked with him and talked with him while in his holy innocence, whom
angels honored and worshiped, must be brought down from his exalted position to die
because of his transgression?
Adam was informed that an angel's life could not pay the debt. The law of Jehovah, the
foundation of His government in heaven and upon earth, was as sacred as God Himself; and
for this reason the life of an angel could not be accepted of God as a sacrifice for its
transgression. His law is of more importance in His sight than the holy angels around His
throne. The Father could not abolish or change one precept of His law to meet man in his
fallen condition. But the Son of God, who had in unison with the Father created man, could
make an atonement for man acceptable to God, by giving His life a sacrifice and bearing
the wrath of His Father. Angels informed Adam that, as his transgression had brought death
and wretchedness, life and immortality would be brought to light through the sacrifice of
A View of the Future
To Adam were revealed future important events, from his expulsion from Eden to the
Flood, and onward to the first advent of Christ upon the earth; His love for Adam and his
posterity would lead the Son of God to condescend to take human nature, and thus elevate,
through His own humiliation, all who would believe on Him. Such a sacrifice was of
sufficient value to save the whole world; but only a few would avail themselves of the
salvation brought to them through such a wonderful sacrifice. The many would not comply
with the conditions required of them that they might be partakers of His great salvation.
They would prefer sin and transgression of the law of God rather than repentance and
obedience, relying by faith upon the merits of the sacrifice offered. This sacrifice was
of such infinite value as to make a man who should avail himself of it more precious than
fine gold, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Adam was carried down through successive generations and saw the increase of crime, of
guilt and defilement, because man would yield to his naturally strong inclinations to
transgress the holy law of God. He was shown the curse of God resting more and more
heavily upon the human race, upon the cattle, and upon the earth, because of man's
continued transgression. He was shown that iniquity and violence would steadily increase;
yet amid all the tide of human misery and woe, there would ever be a few who would
preserve the knowledge of God and would remain unsullied amid the prevailing moral
degeneracy. Adam was made to comprehend what sin is--the transgression of the law. He was
shown that moral, mental, and physical degeneracy would result to the race, from
transgression, until the world would be filled with human misery of every type.
The days of man were shortened by his own course of sin in transgressing the righteous law
of God. The race was finally so greatly depreciated that they appeared inferior and almost
valueless. They were generally incompetent to appreciate the mystery of Calvary, the grand
and elevated facts of the atonement, and the plan of salvation, because of the indulgence
of the carnal mind. Yet, notwithstanding the weakness, and enfeebled mental, moral, and
physical powers of the human race, Christ, true to the purpose for which He left heaven,
continues His interest in the feeble, depreciated, degenerate specimens of humanity, and
invites them to hide their weakness and great deficiencies in Him. If they will come unto
Him, He will supply all their needs.
The Sacrificial Offering
When Adam, according to God's special directions, made an offering for sin, it was to
him a most painful ceremony. His hand must be raised to take life, which God alone could
give, and make an offering for sin. It was the first time he had witnessed death. As he
looked upon the bleeding victim, writhing in the agonies of death, he was to look forward
by faith to the Son of God, whom the victim prefigured, who was to die man's sacrifice.
This ceremonial offering, ordained of God, was to be a perpetual reminder to Adam of his
guilt, and also a penitential acknowledgment of his sin. This act of taking life gave Adam
a deeper and more perfect sense of his transgression, which nothing less than the death of
God's dear Son could expiate. He marveled at the infinite goodness and matchless love
which would give such a ransom to save the guilty. As Adam was slaying the innocent
victim, it seemed to him that he was shedding the blood of the Son of God by his own hand.
He knew that if he had remained steadfast to God, and true to His holy law, there would
have been no death of beast nor of man. Yet in the sacrificial offerings, pointing to the
great and perfect offering of God's dear Son, there appeared a star of hope to illuminate
the dark and terrible future, and relieve it of its utter hopelessness and ruin.
In the beginning the head of each family was considered ruler and priest of his own
household. Afterward, as the race multiplied upon the earth, men of divine appointment
performed this solemn worship of sacrifice for the people. The blood of beast was to be
associated in the minds of sinners with the blood of the Son of God. The death of the
victim was to evidence to all that the penalty of sin was death. By the act of sacrifice
the sinner acknowledged his guilt and manifested his faith, looking forward to the great
and perfect sacrifice of the Son of God, which the offering of beasts prefigured. Without
the atonement of the Son of God there could be no communication of blessing or salvation
from God to man. God was jealous for the honor of His law. The transgression of that law
caused a fearful separation between God and man. To Adam in his innocency was granted
communion, direct, free, and happy, with his Maker. After his transgression God would
communicate to man through Christ and angels.
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