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     "As God has shown me in holy vision the travels of the Advent people to the Holy City, and the rich reward to be given those who wait the return of their Lord from the wedding, it may be my duty to give you a short sketch of what God has revealed to me.  The dear saints have got many trials to pass through.  But our light afflictions which are but for a moment worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  I have tried to bring back a good report, & a few grapes from the heavenly Canaan, for which many would stone me, as the congregation bade stone Caleb and Joshua for their report, (Numbers 14:10).  But I declare to you, my brother in the Lord, it is a goodly land, and we are well able to go up and possess it.  While praying at the family altar the Holy Ghost fell on me and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world.  I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher.  At this, I raised my eyes and see a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world.  On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path.  They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry.  This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble.  And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe.  But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before.  Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which wave over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah!  Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far.  The light behind them went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below.  It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again & go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected.  They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming.  The living saints, 144,000 in number, know and understand the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder & an earthquake.  When God spake the time, he poured on us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God as Moses did when he came down from Mount Sinai, (Ex.  34:30_34).  By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united.  On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name.  At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us in prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and the wicked would fall helpless to the ground.  Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another's feet, and salute the holy brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshipped at our feet.  Soon our eyes were drawn to the East, for a small black cloud had appeared about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the Sign of the Son of Man.  We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, lighter, and brighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud.  The bottom appeared like fire, a rainbow was over it, around the cloud were ten thousand angels singing a most lovely song.  And on it sat the Son of Man, on his head were crowns, his hair was white and curly and lay on his shoulders.  His feet had the appearance of fire, in his right hand was a sharp sickle, in his left a silver trumpet.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, which searched his children through and through.  Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness.  Then we all cried out, who shall be able to stand?  Is my robe spotless?  Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke, Those who have clean hands and a pure heart shall be able to stand, my grace is sufficient for you.  At this, our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart.  And the angels struck a note higher and sang again while the cloud drew still nearer the earth.  Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as he descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire.  He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints then raised his eyes and hands to heaven & cried out, Awake!  Awake!  ye that sleep in the dust, and arise.  Then there was a mighty earthquake.  The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality.  The 144,000 shouted, Hallelujah!  as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.  We all entered the cloud together, and were 7 days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads.  He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory.  Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square.  Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright.  Some crowns appeared hung with stars, while others had but few.  All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns.  And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet.  Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the City.  Jesus raised his mighty glorious arm, laid hold of the gate and swung it back on its golden hinges, and said to us, You have washed your robes in my blood, stood stiffly for my truth, enter in.  We all marched in and felt we had a perfect right in the City.  Here we see the tree of life, & the throne of God.  Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life.  On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure transparent gold.  At first I thought I see two trees.  I looked again and see they were united at the top in one tree.  So it was the tree of life on either side of the river of life.  Its branches bowed to the place where we stood.  And the fruit was glorious, which looked like gold mixed with silver.  We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when Bro.  Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping.  We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out Hallelujah, heaven is cheap enough, and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring.  And as we were gazing at the glories of the place, our eyes were attracted upwards to something that had the appearance of silver.  I asked Jesus to let me see what was within there.  In a moment we were winging our way upward and entering in.  Here we saw good old father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many like them.  And I saw a veil with a heavy fringe of silver, and gold as a border on the bottom.  It was very beautiful.  I asked Jesus what was within the veil.  He raised it with his own right arm, and bade me take heed.  I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with pure gold, and it had a glorious border resembling Jesus' crowns.  On it were two bright angels; their wings were spread over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces turned towards each other and looking downward.  In the ark, beneath where the angels wings were spread, was a golden pot of Manna of a yellowish cast, and I saw a rod, which Jesus said was Aarons, I saw it bud, blossom, and bear fruit.  And I saw two long golden rods on which hung silver wires, and on the wires most glorious grapes.  One cluster was more than a man here can carry.  And I saw Jesus step up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes, and pomegranates, and bear them down to the city, and place them on the supper table.  I stepped up to see how much was taken away, and there was just as much left, and we shouted Hallelujah.  Amen.  We all descended from this place down into the city, and with Jesus at our head we all descended from the city down to this earth, on a great and mighty mountain, which could not bear Jesus up, and it parted asunder, and there was a mighty plain.  Then we looked up and saw the great city with twelve foundations, twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate, and all cried out the city, the great city, it's coming, it's coming down from God, out of heaven, and it came and settled on the place where we stood.  Then we began to look at the glorious things outside of the city.  There I saw most glorious houses, that had the appearance of silver, supported by four pillars, set with pearls most glorious to behold, which were to be inhabited by the saints.  In them was a golden shelf, I saw many of the saints go into the houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the shelf, then go out into the field by the houses to do something with the earth, not as we have to do with the earth here; no, no.  A glorious light shone all about their heads, and they were continually shouting and offering praises to God.  And I saw another field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out, well they will never fade.  Next I saw a field of tall grass, most glorious to behold.  It was living green, and had a reflection of silver and gold as it waved proudly to the glory of King Jesus.  Then we entered a field full of all kinds of beasts; the lion, the lamb, the leopard and the wolf, altogether in perfect union.  We passed through the midst of them, and they followed on peaceably after.  Then we entered a wood, not like the dark woods we have here, no no, but light, and all over glorious.  The branches of the trees waved to and fro, and we all cried out, we will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in this woods.  We passed through the woods, for we were on our way to Mount Zion, as we were traveling along we met a company who were also gazing at the glories of the place: I noticed red as a border on their garments.  Their crowns were brilliant__their robes were pure white.  As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they were?  He said they were martyrs that had been slain for him.  With them was an innumerable company of little ones, they had a hem of red on their garments also.  Mount Zion was just before us, and on the Mount sat a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses and lilies, and I saw the little ones climb, or if they chose use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains, and pluck the never fading flowers.  There were all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place.  The box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate and the fig tree, bowed down with the weight of its timely figs that made the place look all over glorious.  And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised his lovely voice and said, only the 144,000 enter this place, and we shouted Hallelujah.  Well bless the Lord, Bro. Jacobs, it is an extra meeting for those who have the seal of the living God.  This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious.  The glorious things I saw there, I cannot begin to describe.  O, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the upper world; but if faithful you soon will know all about it.  I saw there the tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000, were engraved in letters of gold.  After we had beheld the glory of the temple, we went out.  Then Jesus left us and went to the city.  Soon we heard his lovely voice again, saying: Come my people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done my will, suffered for me, come in to supper, for I will gird myself, and serve you.  We shouted Hallelujah, glory, and entered into the city, and I saw a table of pure silver, it was many miles in length, yet our eyes could extend over it.  And I saw the fruit of the tree of life, the manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many other kinds of fruit.  We all reclined at the table.  I asked Jesus to let me eat of the fruit.  He said, not now.  Those who eat of the fruit of this land, go back to earth no more.  But in a little while if faithful, you shall both eat of the fruit of the tree of life, and drink of the water of the fountain, and he said, you must go back to earth again, and relate to others, what I have revealed to you.  Then an angel bore me gently down to this dark world.  Sometimes I think I cannot stay here any longer, all things of earth look so dreary.  I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a better land.  O, that I had wings like a dove, then would I fly away, and be at rest."  The Day-Star, January 24, 1846 (Letter December 20, 1845) (Broadside April 6, 1846; Early Writings, p 13-19; Experiences and Views (1854), p 10-15; Life Sketches (1880 & 1888), p 217-218; Life Sketches (1915), p 65-66; Maranatha, p 287, 305; Review and Herald, July 21, 1851; Spiritual Gifts, vol 2, p 31-33, 53-55; Testimonies, vol 1, p 59-60, 68-69; Word To The Little Flock, p 14-17).

     "The Lord has given me a view of other worlds.  Wings were given me, and an angel attended me from the city to a place that was bright and glorious.  The grass of the place was living green, and the birds there warbled a sweet song.  The inhabitants of the place were of all sizes, they were noble, majestic and lovely.  They bore the express image of Jesus, and their countenances beamed with holy joy, expressive of the freedom and happiness of the place.  I asked one of them why they were so much more lovely than those on the earth.  The reply was__'we have lived in strict obedience to the commandments of God, and have not fallen by disobedience, like those on the earth.'  Then I saw two trees, one looked much like the tree of life in the city.  The fruit of both looked beautiful; but of one they could not eat.  They had power to eat of both, but were forbidden to eat of one.  Then my attending angel said to me__'none in this place have tasted of the forbidden tree; but if they should eat they would fall.'  Then I was taken to a world which had seven moons.  There I saw good old Enoch, who had been translated.  On his right arm he bore a glorious palm, and on each leaf was written Victory.  Around his head was a dazzling white wreath, and leaves on the wreath, and in the middle of each was written Purity; and around the leaf were stones of various colors, that shone brighter than the stars, and cast a reflection upon the letters, and magnified them.  On the back part of his head was a bow that confined the wreath, and upon the bow was written Holiness.  Above the wreath was a lovely crown that shone brighter than the sun.  I asked him if this was the place he was taken to from the earth.  He said, 'It is not; but the city is my home, and I have come to visit this place.'  He moved about the place as if perfectly at home.  I begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place.  I could not bear the thought of coming back to this dark world again.  Then the angel said__'you must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000 shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handy work of God.'" Broadside, January 31, 1849 (Adventist Home, p 543; Early Writings, p 39-40; Experiences and Views (1854), p 22-23; Maranatha, p 368, Present Truth, August 1, 1849).

     "I saw that she was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000.  I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company.  I saw her death would result in good." --Letter 10, 1850. Manuscript Releases, vol 14, p 53 (Faith I Live By, p 173; Selected Messages, book 2, p 263).

     "One of the marked features in the representation of the 144,000 is that in their mouth was found no guile.  The Lord has said, 'Blessed is the man...in whose spirit there is no guile' [Psalms 32:2].  They profess to be children of God, and are represented following the Lamb withersoever He goeth.  They are prefigured before us as standing on Mount Zion, girt for holy service, clothed in white linen, which is the righteousness of the saints.  But all who follow the Lamb in heaven will first have followed Him on earth, in trustful, loving, willing obedience; followed Him not fretfully and capriciously, but confidently, truthfully, as the flock follows the shepherd." Manuscript Releases, vol 14, p 93 (Selected Messages, book 3, p 424).

     "At the commencement of the Holy Sabbath, (Jan.  5,) we engaged in prayer with Bro.  Belden's family at Rocky Hill, Ct., and the Holy Ghost fell upon us.  I was taken off in Vision to the most holy place, where I saw Jesus still interceding for Israel.  On the bottom of his garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate.  Then I saw that Jesus would not leave the most holy place until every case was decided either for salvation or destruction: and that the wrath of God could not come until Jesus had finished his work in the most holy place__laid off his priestly attire and clothed himself with the garments of vengeance.  Then Jesus will step out from between the Father and man, and God will keep silent no longer; but pour out his wrath on those who have rejected his truth.  I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of God, and the time to judge the dead, were separate events, one following the other.  I saw that Michael had not stood up, and that the time of trouble, such as never was, had not yet commenced.  The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished his work in the Sanctuary, he will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out.  I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus work was done in the Sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues.  These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous, and they thought that we had brought them down upon them, and if they could rid the earth of us, then the plagues would be stayed.  A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance.  This was the time of Jacob's trouble.  Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the Voice of God.  Then the 144,000 triumphed.  Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God.  Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony.  On their garments was written in large characters__thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting.  I asked who this company were.  The angel said,'these are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up.'  I heard them cry with a loud voice__'we have believed in thy coming, and taught it with energy.'  And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and then they would wail aloud.  I saw they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the residue with their feet__trodden the Sabbath underfoot, and that is why they were weighed in the balance and found wanting.  Then my attending angel directed me to the city again, where I saw four angels winging their way to the gate of the city, and were just presenting the golden card to the angel at the gate.  Then I saw another angel swiftly flying from the direction of the most excellent glory, and crying with a loud voice to the other angels, and waving something up and down in his hand.  I asked my attending angel for an explanation of what I saw.  He told me that I could see no more then, but he would shortly show me what those things that I then saw meant."  Broadside, January 31, 1849 (Present Truth, August 1, 1849; Early Writings, p 36-37; Experiences and Views (1854), p 19-20; Life Sketches, p 117; Maranatha, p 279).

     "I have no light on the subject [as to just who would constitute the 144,000]....Please tell my brethren that I have nothing presented before me regarding the circumstances concerning which they write, and I can set before them only that which has been presented to me." Selected Messages, book 3, p 51 (Quoted in a letter by C.C. Crisler to E.E. Andross, Dec. 8, 1914. In White Estate Document File, Number 164).

     "Revelation 7:9_17 quoted.  Those whom the Lamb shall lead by the fountains of living waters, and from whose eyes He shall wipe away all tears, will be those now receiving the knowledge and understanding revealed in the Bible, the Word of God." S.D.A. Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 970.

     "John saw a Lamb on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.  They bore the signet of heaven.  They reflected the image of God.  They were full of the light and the glory of the Holy One.  If we would have the image and superscription of God upon us, we must separate ourselves from all iniquity.  We must forsake every evil way, and then we must trust our cases in the hands of Christ.  While we are working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, God will work in us to will and to do of his own good pleasure.  While you must do your part, yet it is God that must give you aid, and sanctify you.  Christ makes us penitent that he may forgive us.  We have an idea that we must do some part of the work alone.  We have thought that there are two or three steps that we must take without any help or support.  But this is not so.  The Spirit of God is continually wooing and drawing the soul to right purposes, and into harmony with the law of God.  The invitation is given to the helpless, 'Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price.'  As soon as we separate ourselves from evil, and choose to serve God, we shall respond to this invitation." Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, March 19, 1889 (SDA Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 978).

     "Christ says that there will be those in the church who will present fables and suppositions, when God has given grand, elevating, ennobling truths, which should ever be kept in the treasure_house of the mind.  When men pick up this theory and that theory, when they are curious to know something it is not necessary for them to know, God is not leading them.  It is not His plan that His people shall present something which they have to suppose, which is not taught in the Word.  It is not His will that they shall get into controversy over questions which will not help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty_four thousand.  This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question." Notebook Leaflets from the Elmshaven Library, vol 2, p 164 (SDA Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 978; Selected Messasges, book 1, p 174).

     "Our first conference was at Volney in Bro.  Arnold's barn.  There were about thirty_five present, all that could be collected in that part of the State.  There were hardly two agreed.  Each was strenuous for his views, declaring that they were according to the Bible.  All were anxious for an opportunity to advance their sentiments, or to preach to us.  They were told that we had not come so great a distance to hear them, but had come to teach them the truth.  Bro.  Arnold held that the 1000 years of Rev. xx were in the past; and that the 144,000 were those raised at Christ's resurrection.  And as we had the emblem of our dying Lord before us, and was about to commemorate his sufferings, Bro.  A.  arose and said he had no faith in what we were about to do; that the Sacrament was a continuation of the Passover, to be observed but once a year." Spiritual Gifts, vol 2, p 97-98 (Life Sketches (1880 & 1888), p 247-248).

     "One brother held that the one thousand years of the twentieth chapter of Revelation were in the past, and that the one hundred and forty_four thousand mentioned in the seventh and fourteenth chapters of Revelation, were those raised at Christ's resurrection." Life Sketches, p 110-111.

     "These (144,000) are they that stand upon Mount Zion with the Lamb, having the Father's name written in their foreheads.  They sing the new song before the throne, that song which no man can learn save the hundred and forty and four thousand which were redeemed from the earth." Prophets and Kings, p 591 (Voice in Scripture and Song, p 467).

     "About four months since, I had a vision of events, all in the future.  And I saw the time of trouble, such as never was,__Jesus told me it was the time of Jacob's trouble, and that we should be delivered out of it by the voice of God.  Just before we entered it, we all received the seal of the living God.  Then I saw the four Angels cease to hold the four winds.  And I saw famine, pestilence and sword, nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion.  Then we cried to God for deliverance day and night till be began to hear the bells on Jesus' garment.  And I saw Jesus rise up in the Holiest, and as he came out we heard the tinkling of bells, and knew our High Priest was coming out.  Then we heard the voice of God which shook the heavens and earth, and gave the 144,000 the day and hour of Jesus' coming.  Then the saints were free, united and full of the glory of God, for he had turned their captivity.  And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus stood and he laid off his priestly garment and put on his kingly robe, took his place on the cloud which carried him to the east where it first appeared to the saints on earth, a small black cloud, which was the sign of the Son of Man.  While the cloud was passing from the Holiest to the east which took a number of days, the Synagogue of Satan worshiped at the saints feet." The Day_Star, March 14, 1846 (Letter, February 15, 1846) (Broadside, April 6, 1846).

     "I have received yours dated June 3.  In this letter you speak in these words: 'Elder Robinson does not wish me to leave, but urges that I enter the canvassing field until such time as the conference can afford to employ me in some other capacity, but states positively that I cannot be sent out to present the truth to others until some points held by me are changed or modified in order that the views regarded by us as a people should be properly set forth.  He quotes as a sample, 'My idea in reference to the Holy Ghost's not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ, but the angel Gabriel, and my belief that the 144,000 will be Jews who will acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.  On all fundamental points I am in perfect harmony with our people; but when I try to show what seems to me to be new light on the truth, those in authority, none of whom have seemingly ever made a personal investigation of the matter, refuse to look into the Bible, but brand me as a fellow with queer ideas of the Bible.'"--Letter June 11, 1891. Manuscript Releases, vol 14, p 175.

     "Why were they [the 144,000] so specially singled out?  Because they had to stand with a wonderful truth right before the whole world, and receive their opposition, and while receiving this opposition they were to remember that they were sons and daughters of God, that they must have Christ formed within them the hope of glory.  They were ever keeping in view the great and blessed hope that is before them.  What is it?  It is an eternal weight of glory.  Nothing could surpass it." Sermons and Talks, p 72-73.

     "O that every one of our youth would realize the evil of foolish conversation, and correct the habit of speaking idle words!  Let every one who has indulged in this sin repent of it, confess it before God, and put if far from him.  In speaking foolish words, you have dishonored the name of Christ; for you have misrepresented him in character.  No word of guile was found in his lips, no word of prevarication or falsehood.  The people that are described as making up the one hundred and forty_four thousand, have the Father's name written in their foreheads, and of them it is said: 'In their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.'  If they had been speaking foolish, senseless, false words, they would not have been found without guile, and without fault before the throne of God.  John also wrote, saying: 'After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshiped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever, Amen.  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes?  and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest.  And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.'" The Youth's Instructor, June 27, 1895 (Our High Calling, p 292).

     "The true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character.  They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God.  Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty_four thousand, who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God's professed people.  This is forcibly set forth by the prophet's illustration of the last work under the figure of the men, each having a slaughter weapon in his hand.  One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side.  'And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.'" Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, September 23, 1873 (June 8, 1886; Testimonies, vol 3, p 266).