1. Golden jets of light are breaking
    ‘Cross the lofty mountain way.
Satan’s kingdom is now shaking
    As the darkness turns to day.

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Light, the precious light is beaming,
    Herald of the golden day,
Soon full glory will be streaming,
    Stealing shades of night away.

2. Dark and tense has been the waiting,
    Long has evil held full sway;
Satan’s darkness is abating,
    For the light now beams the way.
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3. Mighty angel comes ascending,
    From the rising of the sun,
Pow’r and glory is descending,
    For the sealing has begun.
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The tune for this song was taken from the hymn Let the Lower Lights Be Burning.

The topic of the text is about the final message that God gives to the world to save His people, first from their sins and errors, and then from the outpouring of His wrath.

The outpouring of God’s wrath, represented in Revelation 16 as the “seven last plagues”, and in Revelation 7 as the letting go of the “four winds of strife” marks the point of time at which God no longer restrains the consequences of the broken law.

But before that time comes, God sends a warning to the world. This warning is presented in various parts of Revelation. First here, in Revelation 7, it is presented as the sealing angel. In Revelation 14, it is presented as a series of messages that lead to a people who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus”. In Revelation 18 it is presented as a “mighty angel who lightens the earth with his glory”.

The work of this angel is to finish the gospel plan, that is, to save man from his sins and restore in him the image, or character, of God. The finishing of this gospel work is represented by various symbols:

  • The Sealing – this picture conveys two ideas: first that of a jar sealed to keep the goodness in so the food does not spoil. This is the work of the Holy Spirit, who after planting the righteousness or life of Christ in us, guards and keeps it safe. The second idea is that of a wax seal on a letter, like the kings used to do to give authority to their written message. In this illustration, we represent the paper and the message written within is God’s character which is put within us. The seal that is put outside the letter, pressed into the wax, is similar. Again, we are the wax, and God impresses His character into us. But the wax seal was put on when the letter was complete. Therefore this carries the idea of finishing, completeness. The character of God, or the Law, is completely represented in His people, then the seal is put on the letter. If we look at the Law itself, then the Sabbath day is the seal of the Law, having the Creator’s name and title in it:

    The Great Controversy, p. 452
    The Lord commands by the same prophet: “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among My disciples.” Isaiah 8:16. The seal of God’s law is found in the fourth commandment. This only, of all the ten, brings to view both the name and the title of the Lawgiver. It declares Him to be the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and thus shows His claim to reverence and worship above all others. Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the Decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given. When the Sabbath was changed by the papal power, the seal was taken from the law. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to restore it by exalting the Sabbath of the fourth commandment to its rightful position as the Creator’s memorial and the sign of His authority.

    Therefore, true sabbath-keeping is essential to the perfection of the saints. This means much more than simply resting from manual work on the seventh day. It means resting from sin, through the mighty power of the gospel; it means listening to God’s voice, to His appointed teachers, and resting from my own messages, my own will, my own plans and desires for my life, and choosing His plans and desires. The Sabbath, as a day wherein the living God communicates to His church and speaks to them His messages of life, is how the sealing takes place.

  • God’s Handwriting – This thought is mentioned in Revelation:

    Revelation 14
    1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

    It is also especially brought out in 2 Corinthians:

    2 Corinthians 3
    3 Forasmuch as you are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

    Again, the idea is that the Law of God, which represents His character, is to be written within us, by living power.

  • A Robe – this symbol is used extensively throughout the Bible, starting with the lamb skins that Adam and Eve were given to replace their fig leaf garments, and ending with the verse from this sealing chapter of Revelation:

    Revelation 7
    14 …These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

    As mentioned elsewhere, the Robe is not simply Jesus’ character standing in our place, it is our own characters, that are washed by the gospel, and made white by Jesus’ blood. It is His life, transferred and transplanted into us, and then living in us, changing our motives, thoughts, and habits. This is the full meaning of the symbol of the Robe.

  • The Judgment – this is a solemn symbol, used in the following verses:

    Revelation 14
    6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
    7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

    The Judgment means final reckoning, analysis, inspection. People don’t like this, because they have hidden their weaknesses and defects under many excuses. But the gospel cannot co-habit with excuses. And so the closing work of the gospel will produce a people who can be inspected even into their innermost thoughts and motives, and will still come out clean and innocent before the Law of the Lord.

    By this awesome demonstration of the Saviour’s power to deliver His children even to the “uttermost” from sin and its destructive work, the promises and ways of God will be justified and proved as the best and only way to live.

Every saint then, should be able to rejoice when they see the messages going forth represented by the sealing angel, the three angels of Revelation 14, or the angel of Revelation 18. This song celebrates that wonderful time, the time when the Saviour’s work will be complete in behalf of His church, and heaven and earth will be united in one happy family, never to part again.

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