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A Firm Platform
I SAW a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would
unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was
shown three steps--the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying
angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true
understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon
the manner in which they are received."
I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had
purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe
conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid
immovable platform. I saw individuals approach the platform and examine the foundation.
Some with rejoicing immediately stepped upon it. Others commenced to find fault with the
foundation. They wished improvements made, and then the platform would be more perfect and
the people much happier.
Some stepped off the platform to examine it, and declared it to be laid wrong. But I saw
that nearly all stood firm upon the platform and exhorted those who had stepped off to
cease their complaints; for God was the Master Builder, and they were fighting against
Him. They recounted the wonderful work of God, which had led them to the firm platform,
and in union raised their eyes to heaven and with a loud voice glorified God. This
affected some of those who had complained and left the platform, and they with humble look
again stepped upon it.
Experience of Jews Repeated
I was pointed back to the proclamation of the first advent of Christ. John was sent in the
spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way for Jesus. Those who rejected the testimony
of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that
foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest
evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to
go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves where
they could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them
the way into the heavenly sanctuary.
The rending of the veil of the temple showed that the Jewish sacrifices and ordinances
would no longer be received. The great Sacrifice had been offered and had been accepted,
and the Holy Spirit which descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the
disciples from the earthly sanctuary to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own
blood, to shed upon His disciples the benefits of His atonement. But the Jews were left in
total darkness. They lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of
salvation, and still trusted in their useless sacrifices and offerings. The heavenly
sanctuary had taken the place of the earthly, yet they had no knowledge of the change.
Therefore they could not be benefited by the the mediation of Christ in the holy place.
Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and as
they read the history of His shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not have
denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God, who reads the hearts
of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel.
All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel's message.
But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the
cross, derided the good news of His coming. Instead of receiving the message with
gladness, they declared it to be a delusion. They hated those who loved His appearing and
shut them out of the churches. Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited
by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them
to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by
rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can
see no light in the third angel's message, which shows the way into the most holy place.
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