The aim of the great rebel has ever been to justify himself and to prove
the divine government responsible for the rebellion. To this end he has
bent all the power of his giant intellect.
He has worked deliberately and systematically, and with marvelous success,
leading vast multitudes to accept his version of the great controversy
which has been so long in progress. For thousands of years this chief of
conspiracy has palmed off falsehood for truth. But the time has now come
when the rebellion is to be finally defeated and the history and character
of Satan disclosed. In his last great effort to dethrone Christ, destroy
His people, and take possession of the City of God, the archdeceiver has
been fully unmasked. Those who have united with him see the total failure
of his cause. Christ's followers and the loyal angels behold the full
extent of his machinations against the government of God. He is the object
of universal abhorrence.
Satan sees that his voluntary rebellion has unfitted him for heaven. He
has trained his powers to war against God; the purity, peace, and harmony
of heaven would be to him supreme torture. His accusations against the
mercy and justice of God are now silenced. The reproach which he has
endeavored to cast upon Jehovah rests wholly upon himself. And now Satan
bows down and confesses the justice of his sentence.
"Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? for Thou only art
holy: for all nations shall come and worship before Thee; for Thy
judgments are made manifest." Verse 4. Every question of truth and error
in the long-standing controversy has now been made plain. The results of
rebellion, the fruits of setting aside the divine statutes, have been laid
open to the view of all created intelligences. The working out of Satan's
rule in contrast with the government of God has been presented to the
whole universe. Satan's own works have condemned him.
God's wisdom, His justice, and His goodness stand fully vindicated. It is
seen that all His dealings in the great controversy have been conducted
with respect to the eternal good of His people and the good of all the
worlds that He has created. "All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord; and
Thy saints shall bless Thee." Psalm 145:10. The history of sin will stand
to all eternity as a witness that with the existence of God's law is bound
up the happiness of all the beings He has created. With all the facts of
the great controversy in view, the whole universe, both loyal and
rebellious, with one accord declare: "Just and true are Thy ways, Thou
King of saints."
Before the universe has been clearly presented the great sacrifice made by
the Father and the Son in man's behalf. The hour has come when Christ
occupies His rightful position and is glorified above principalities and
powers and every name that is named. It was for the joy that was set
before Him--that He might bring many sons unto glory--that He endured the
cross and despised the shame. And inconceivably great as was the sorrow
and the shame, yet greater is the joy and the glory. He looks upon the
redeemed, renewed in His own image, every heart bearing the perfect
impress of the divine, every face reflecting the likeness of their King.
He beholds in them the result of the travail of His soul, and He is
satisfied. Then, in a voice that reaches the assembled multitudes of the
righteous and the wicked, He declares: "Behold the purchase of My blood!
For these I suffered, for these I died, that they might dwell in My
presence throughout eternal ages." And the song of praise ascends from the
white-robed ones about the throne: "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to
receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory,
and blessing." Revelation 5:12.
Notwithstanding that Satan has been constrained to acknowledge God's
justice and to bow to the supremacy of Christ, his character remains
unchanged. The spirit of rebellion, like a mighty torrent, again bursts
forth. Filled with frenzy, he determines not to yield the great
controversy. The time has come for a last desperate struggle against the
King of heaven. He rushes into the midst of his subjects and endeavors to
inspire them with his own fury and arouse them to instant battle. But of
all the countless millions whom he has allured into rebellion, there are
none now to acknowledge his supremacy. His power is at an end. The wicked
are filled with the same hatred of God that inspires Satan; but they see
that their case is hopeless, that they cannot prevail against Jehovah.
Their rage is kindled against Satan and those who have been his agents in
deception, and with the fury of demons they turn upon them.
Saith the Lord: "Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the
nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy
wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down
to the pit." "I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of
the stones of fire. . . . I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee
before kings, that they may behold thee. . . . I will bring thee to ashes
upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. . . . Thou shalt
be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more." Ezekiel 28:6-8, 16-19.
"Every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled
in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire." "The
indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and His fury upon all their
armies: He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the
slaughter." "Upon the wicked He shall rain quick burning coals, fire and
brimstone and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their
cup." Isaiah 9:5; 34:2; Psalm 11:6, margin. Fire comes down from God out
of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are
drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very
rocks are on fire.
The day has come that shall burn as an oven. The elements melt with
fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein are burned
up. Malachi 4:1; 2 Peter 3:10. The earth's surface seems one molten
mass--a vast, seething lake of fire. It is the time of the judgment and
perdition of ungodly men--"the day of the Lord's vengeance, and the year
of recompenses for the controversy of Zion." Isaiah 34:8.