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ssl 2019 second half – the first angel’s message
Greetings to all our fellow pilgrims sown broadcast over the world by the Lord of hosts to shine brightly for Him in such a time as this, when darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.
As we approach the beginning of another semester, may those following lessons for the next half a year assist us very thoroughly to secure a character that will indeed be a living answer to the call of the first angel, “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7). As those startling words of song express, “then trim your lamps, my brethren dear, … the Master’s coming draweth near”.
What should be our study so close to the termination of our probationary time? Should it not be that which will secure for us the very condition Jesus declares upon those saved at the close of probation? “He that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11.
Do we assuredly know what it means to be righteous and holy? Is it not incumbent upon us to know it and to be just that? Therefore the Sabbath School Lessons for Advent Pilgrims for the next six months will encompass just such a study; a study into the first angel’s message of Revelation 14.
In this first section we will make a close study into the first part of this angel’s message; to understand what the everlasting gospel actually is in practical reality and what it is designed to achieve in the lives of those who receive it. In our research we will prepare our minds to benefit from the study of the second section by examining the provision of God by which we may reach the condition this section will clearly show the gospel to achieve.
Let us do just what the Bible admonishes in 2 Peter 1:10, 11:
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Our diligent study of this lesson will be used of God to gain His design for us.