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The Certainty

of the

Awakening Message


Vols. III-IV



Box 284

Calistoga, California


Volume III
The Present Truth

as It Is in

the Sanctuary


More than one hundred and twenty years ago God gave to His remnant people a great light that would lead them safely and swiftly to the city of God. That light shone from the most holy place of the sanctuary in heaven. Since that time, four generations of Adventists have come and gone. Many are beginning to think that the city is a great way off. Few really expect to enter it in their lifetime. Some are trying to proceed along the path by the light of the sparks of their own kindling.
Recently, the children of Zion have been visited by a newßold message. It is the message of that open door to the most holy place. Some have been startled by it. Some have been infuriated by it. Some have been awakened by it. The message is a revival and re-emphasis of the great sanctuary truth which came so definitely to Godäs people in 1844. Indeed, it is the fulfilment of William Milleräs dream, recorded in the Spirit of Prophecy:
I dreamed that God, by an unseen hand, sent me a curiously wrought casket about ten inches long by six square, made of ebony and pearls curiously inlaid. To the casket there was a key attached. I immediately took the key and opened the casket, when, to my wonder and surprise, I found it filled with all sorts and sizes of jewels, diamonds, precious stones, and gold and silver coin of every dimension and value, beautifully arranged in their several places in the casket; and thus arranged they reflected a light and glory equaled only by the sun.
I thought it was not my duty to enjoy this wonderful sight alone, although my heart was overjoyed at the brilliancy, beauty, and value of its contents. I therefore placed it on a center table in mz room and gave out word that all who had a desire might come and see the most glorious and brilliant sight ever seen by man in this life.
The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd. When they first looked into the casket, they would wonder and shot for joy. But when the spectators increased, everzone would begin to trouble the jewels, taking them out of the casket and scattering them on the table.
I began to think that the owner would require the casket and the jewels again at my hand; and if I suffered them to be scattered, I could never place them in their places in the casket again as before; and felt I should never be able to meet the accountability, for it would be immense. I then began to lead with the people not to handle them, nor take them out of the casket; but the more I pleaded, the more they scattered; and now they seemed to scatter them all over the room, on the floor and on every piece of furniture in the room.
I then saw that among the genuine jewels and coin they had scattered an innumerable quantity of spurious jewels and counterfeit coin. I was highlz incensed at their base conduct and ingratitude, and reproved and reproached them for it; but the more I reproved, the more they scattered the spurious jewels and false coin among the genuine.
I then became vexed in mz physical soul and began to use physical force to push them out of the room; but while I was pushing out one, three more would enter and bring in dirt and shavings and sand and all manner of rubbish, until they covered every one of the true jewels, diamonds, and coins, which were all excluded from sight. They also tore in pieces my casket and scattered it among the rubbish. I thought no man regarded my sorrow or my anger. I became wholly discouraged and disheartened, and sat down and wept.
While I was thus weeping and mourning for mz great loss and accountability, I remembered God, and earnestly prayed that He would send me help.
Immediatelz the door opened, and a man entered the room, when the people all left it; and he, having a dirt brush in his hand, opened the windows, and began to brush the dirt and rubbish from the room.
I cried to him to forbear, for there were some precious jewels scattered among the rubbish. He told me to "fear not," for he would "take care of them."
Then, while he brushed the dirt and rubbish, false jewels and counterfeit coin, all rose and went out of the window like a cloud, and the wind carried them away. In the bustle I closed my eyes for a moment; when I opened them, the rubbish was all gone. The precious jewels, the diamonds, the gold and silver coins, lay scattered in profusion all over the room.
He then placed on the table a casket, much larger and more beautiful than the former, and gathered up the jewels, the diamonds, the coins, bz the handful, and cast them into the casket, tillnot one was left, although some of the diamonds were not bigger than the point of a pin.
He then called upon me to "come and see." I looked into the casket, but my eyes were dazzled with the sight. They shone with ten times their former glory. I thought they had been scoured in the sand by the feet of those wicked persons who had scattered and trod them in the dust. They were arranged in beautiful order in the casket, every one in its place, without any visible pains of the man who cast them in. I shouted with very joy, and that shout awoke me. --Early Writings, pp. 81-83.
Today, the man with the dirt brush is resetting the precious gems of 1844 in the framework of truth. Yes, it is the old light of the pioneers, but the beautiful order and arrangements of those gems of truth in the setting of the sanctuary makes them shine with ten times their former luster. The following article is a sample of the thrilling certainty of the present truth as it is in the Sanctuary.

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