WHAT ELIJAH’S MANTLE MAY SIGNIFY
"We answer; we believe that the peoples of earth, the public in general, are to be judged by the truth. The people are represented by waters. It would seem that in some way the people are to be judged and tested; and that a division of public sentiment is to be caused, in connection with the truth. Waters are to be separated from waters, people from people, and the truth being received by some and rejected by others. Elijah wrapped his mantle together and smote the waters; and they were divided. Elijah’s mantle was the outward indication, or sign of God’s power with him, and represented God’s power and blessing with the church. The mantle was in Elijah’s hand when he smote the waters with it. So the church, it would seem, will use what is in their hand, the power and authority of the truth, the power of God, in smiting the waters - peoples.
It could very well prove possible that events may unfold even as we imagine, that Satan operating as an angel of light with all power signs and lying wonders at his disposal will be feverously about engaged in performing miraculous wonders all throughout Christendom in order to deceive. “Our Lord's own words indicate that when matters come to this condition, where Satan will cast out Satan and heal disease, it is a marked evidence that his throne is tottering to its fall--that, so to speak, this is the last extremity of the adversary's efforts to deceive.” (R 2669:6)
We believe that the test which shall result in the division of the people will be between those who side with the Church and their denunciation of the miraculous wonders then taking place, who attribute these to the devil rather than to the Lord, and those who believe to the contrary. Now of course we can see why it is that some would be so admittedly opposed to such a suggestion for did not some likewise once say that it was the power of Beelzebub acting through the man Christ Jesus who performed the miracles he did?
"... We are keeping watch to see in what way God will exercise some very wonderful power causing some division as respects the truth. We are merely thinking aloud with you. We are looking for some very pronounced division on the subject of the truth, something that will eventually lead up to a great hatred. You remember that in our Lord’s ministry he presented certain truths that caused the scribes and Pharisees to hate him. It was their hatred that led up to his arrest and crucifixion. The hate was there. They said, ‘We must kill him.’
It appears the same situation shall arise once again; this time with respects to the last members of the Church this side of the Vail, they will be found espousing certain truths which in the eyes of orthodoxy are deemed heresy specifically their declaration that the miracles preformed throughout Christendom are of the devil. Thus it will be deemed expedient that such heretics be silenced, imprisoned, killed as they will be accused of being dissenters, opponents of the Lord and of the truth.
"We shall not do anything foolish; we shall not go out on the streets to stir up trouble. We are to exercise the spirit of a sound mind - gentleness, meekness, patience, brotherly- kindness and love. We are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves’ (Gal 5:22, 23 Matt 10:16). All these instructions we must never forget. But when we see any trouble coming upon us when we are doing what is right, when we are obeying the Lord, then we are able to take it as from him. If we do not manifest the Master’s spirit, if we speak proudly or boastfully to people, then we shall have it to regret that we did not follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
There is a distinction between declaring the truth on a subject with the intent to aid, instruct and to inform as opposed to the thought of declaring truth boastfully, proudly in order to elevate oneself at the expense of the ridicule and ignorance of others.
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