The Second Resurrection
THEN Jesus and all the retinue of holy
angels, and all the redeemed saints, left the city. The angels surrounded their Commander
and escorted Him on His way, and the train of redeemed saints followed. Then, in terrible,
fearful majesty, Jesus called forth the wicked dead; and they came up with the same
feeble, sickly bodies that went into the grave. What a spectacle! What a scene! At the
first resurrection all came forth in immortal bloom, but at the second the marks of the
curse are visible on all. The kings and noblemen of the earth, the mean and low, the
learned and unlearned, come forth together. All behold the Son of man; and those very men
who despised and mocked Him, who put the crown of thorns upon His sacred brow and smote
Him with the reed, behold Him in all His kingly majesty. Those who spat upon Him in the
hour of His trial now turn from His piercing gaze and from the glory of His countenance.
Those who drove the nails through His hands and feet now look upon the marks of His
crucifixion. Those who thrust the spear into His side behold the marks of their cruelty on
His body. And they know that He is the very one whom they crucified and derided in His
expiring agony. And then there arises one long protracted wail of agony, as they flee to
from the presence of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
All are seeking to hide in
the rocks, to shield themselves from the terrible glory of Him whom they once despised.
And, overwhelmed and pained with His majesty and exceeding glory, they with one accord
raise their voices, and with terrible distinctness exclaim, "Blessed is He that
cometh in the name of the Lord!"
Then Jesus and the holy
angels, accompanied by all the saints, again go to the city, and the bitter lamentations
and wailings of the doomed wicked fill the air. Then I saw that Satan again commenced his
work. He passed around among his subjects and made the weak and feeble strong, and told
them that he and his angels were powerful. He pointed to the countless millions who had
been raised. There were mighty warriors and kings who were well skilled in battle and who
had conquered kingdoms. And there were mighty giants and valiant men who had never lost a
battle. There was the proud, ambitious Napoleon, whose approach had caused kingdoms to
tremble. There stood men of lofty stature and dignified bearing, who had fallen in battle
while thirsting to conquer.
As they come forth from their
graves, they resume the current of their thoughts where it ceased in death. They possess
the same desire to conquer which ruled when they fell. Satan consults with his angels, and
then with those kings and conquerors and mighty men. Then he looks over the vast army, and
tells them that the company in the city is small and feeble, and that they can go up and
take it, and cast out its inhabitants, and possess its riches and glory themselves.
Satan succeeds in deceiving
them, and all immediately begin to prepare themselves for battle. There are many skillful
men in that vast army, and they
construct all kinds of implements of war. Then with Satan
at their head, the multitude move on. Kings and warriors follow close after Satan, and the
multitude follow after in companies. Each company has its leader, and order is observed as
they march over the broken surface of the earth to the Holy City. Jesus closes the gates
of the city, and this vast army surround it, and place themselves in battle array,
expecting a fierce conflict.
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