CHARACTER OF THE TWELVE TRIBES BEFORE AND AFTER COMPLETE PERFECTION: COMPARE GEN. 49 & DEUT. 33 TO REV. 7
Based on the Book: The Cross and Its Shadow by S. N. Haskell
BEFORE AFTER
1. Reuben: Unstable as water 1. Great searching of heart
2. Simeon: cruel, murderer 2. Repentant
3. Levi: participated in murder 3. Faithful in crisis
4. Judah: tendency to selfishness 4. Integrity
5. Zebulun: self-centered 5. Ready to die for Christ
6. Issachar: natural bent to evil 6. Strong, burden bearer
7. Dan: backbiter 7. Manasses the just
8. Gad: backslider 8. Mighty in battle
9. Asher: natural propensities 9. Giving all to the cause
10. Naphtali: free from responsibility 10. Comforter, giver
11. Joseph: tendency to self-elevation 11. Faithfulness, self-sacrifice
12. Benjamin: gluttony, passionate 12. Missionary spirit of Paul

CONCLUSION:
"The world is fast approaching that point in iniquity and human depravity when God's interference will become necessary. And at that time His professed followers should be more marked for their fidelity to His holy law. Their prayer will be as that of David: "It is time for Thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void Thy law." And by their conduct they will say: "Therefore I love Thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold." The very contempt that is shown to the law of God is sufficient reason why His commandment-keeping people should come to the front and show their esteem and reverence for His downtrodden law.

"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." The very atmosphere is polluted with sin. Soon God's people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers. The promise is: "Them that honor Me I will honor." Shall we be less firmly attached to God's law because the world at large have attempted to make it void?

Already the judgments of God are abroad in the land, as seen in storms, in floods, in tempests, in earthquakes, in peril by land and by sea. The great I AM is speaking to those who make void His law. When God's wrath is poured out upon the earth, who will then be able to stand? Now is the time for God's people to show themselves true to principle. When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason. The nation will be on the side of the great rebel leader.

The test will surely come; that what is now transpiring would take place, that the observance of an institution of the papacy would be enforced upon the people by a Sunday law, while the sanctified rest day of Jehovah would be trampled underfoot.

The Captain of our salvation will strengthen His people for the conflict in which they must engage. How often when Satan has brought all his forces to bear against the followers of Christ, and death stares them in the face, have earnest prayers put up in faith brought the Captain of the Lord's host upon the field of action and turned the tide of battle and delivered the oppressed.

Now is the time when we should closely connect with God, that we may be hid when the fierceness of His wrath is poured upon the sons of men. We have wandered away from the old landmarks. Let us return. If the Lord be God, serve Him; if Baal, serve him. Which side will you be on?" Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 136, 137.

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