Editorial – The Babylonian Captivity

Have you ever had something happen that you previously thought could not happen? When it did happen, did your trust in God waver?

The church has passed through dark days in her long conflict with evil in the past and as we are preparing for the final conflict in the Great Controversy, we need to develop a faith that will not fail when things happen that seem totally unexplainable.

“The darkest hour of the church’s struggle with the powers of evil is that which immediately precedes the day of her final deliverance. But none who trust in God need fear; for when ‘the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall,’ God will be to His church ‘a refuge from the storm’ (Isaiah 25:4).” Prophets and Kings, 725.  (See Daniel 12:1, 2 and Jeremiah 30:1–9.)

The prophet wrote, “To Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered” (Micah 4:10).

Ellen White summarized it like this: “Fellow pilgrim, we are still amid the shadows and turmoil of earthly activities; but soon our Saviour is to appear to bring deliverance and rest. Let us by faith behold the blessed hereafter as pictured by the hand of God. He who died for the sins of the world is opening wide the gates of Paradise to all who believe on Him. Soon the battle will have been fought, the victory won. Soon we shall see Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. And in His presence the trials and sufferings of this life will seem as nothingness. The former things ‘shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.’ ‘Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry.’ ‘Israel shall be saved … with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end’ (Isaiah 65:17; Hebrews 10:35–37; Isaiah 45:17).

“Look up, look up, and let your faith continually increase. Let this faith guide you along the narrow path that leads through the gates of the city into the great beyond, the wide, unbounded future of glory that is for the redeemed. ‘Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh’ (James 5:7, 8).” Prophets and Kings, 731, 732.