There are too many of God's professed people living in ease and comfort and continuing on with their lives as if nothing is about to happen. For some time now I have heard people tell me that we must continue "living life as normal", and that we cannot start living as if tomorrow was our last day. Now I would love to know where this teaching came from, because it is neither Biblical, nor does it come from the spirit of prophecy. What did Jesus even say? He said in Luke 17:26 that "And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man." ... What was it like in the days of Noah, when Noah was warning the people that the earth was soon to be destroyed? The people were "eating, drinking, marrying" etc, as if nothing was about to happen. And Jesus is WARNING us NOT to be like this. Because what happened to those who carried on "living as normal"? They were destroyed!
If we as God's people are not willing to heed the warning found in the message to the Laodicean church (Revelation 3), and this message found in Ezekiel 9, then we have a problem. God, in His mercy, is giving us plenty of warning to get right with Him. In His mercy, He is showing us that merely "knowing" the truth about the end times and the mark of the beast is NOT ENOUGH to get us through. Because if we really had a love for the truth, then that truth would stir us into action for Christ Jesus and His people. So let's take a look at what Ezekiel 9 says and what the spirit of prophecy says about it.
Ezekiel 9:2-6 ...'And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the 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 all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.'
So who is the one with the "writer's inkhorn" by his side? This is none other than the SEALING ANGEL who places the seal of God upon all of God's true people. Take a look at what Ellen White says about the one with the writer's inkhorn ...
"I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and SEALED. Then I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, "It is done". And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still". (E.G.White, Early Writings, p.279)
Now you may say, "big deal! This is just confirming that God will seal those who refuse the mark of the beast". But is it THAT simple. Is it just a case of waiting until the Sunday law comes along, refuse to go along with it, and we will be sealed? No, I'm afraid it's not THAT simple. Because anyone who truly loves Christ Jesus will not sit back waiting for the Sunday law to come along. They will be ACTIVE in God's work. They will be ACTIVE in turning away from sin. They will be ACTIVE in doing good works. They will be ACTIVE in getting the truth out there and warning the world. Which is why people in the lukewarm Laodicean state are so wretched. Because even though they know the truth, they are doing NOTHING about it. They think that they are safe and continue to live life as normal, waiting to see what happens.
Now does God say in Ezekiel 9 that the sealing angel will seal those who merely "know" the truth and keep the sabbath day? No. The sealing angel with the writer's inkhorn seals those who are sighing and crying for the sins that are committed in the earth and in the midst of God's people. In other words, those who have been truly CHANGED by the truth. Those who have humbled themselves before God and turned away from sin themselves and are hurt and cry for the sins that are committed in the midst of the church. Those who warn others with the truth they have been shown.
Ellen White states that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY fulfilled.
"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity." (E.G.White, Manuscript Releases, Vol.1, p.260)
My friend, please heed the warning. Please put the sacred truths that have been revealed to you into ACTION. Do not be one of the many whom the Lord will spue out of His mouth, because they didn't have a love for the truth. Please give your ALL to Christ Jesus now and let Him use you to further God's kingdom on earth. Please get right with God now before it's too late and probation closes forever.
What did God say will happen to those who do not have a love for the truth? ... 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 ...'And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.'
They will be deceived!
"While the man of business is absorbed in the pursuit of gain, while the pleasure lover is seeking indulgence, while the daughter of fashion is arranging her adornments - it may be in that hour the Judge of all the earth will pronounce the sentence: "Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting." (E.G.White, Last Day Events, p.230)
"When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly - at a time when we are least expecting it. But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us." (E.G.White, Last Day Events, p.230)
The people are perishing. Please do what you can to warn them!
Please heed the solemn warning found in Ezekiel 9.