THE THREE ANGELS’
15. WHAT IS THE PATIENCE OF THE
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he
that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.
Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Why should the saints exercise patience?
8. Faith: Testing
What is the patience of the saints?
Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they
that keep the commandments of God, and the faith
Desire to endure
Desire to persevere
Desire to suffer long
God is in control…outcome
God is our avenger
Suffer with Christ
Servants not Superstars
BIBLE EVIDENCE: PATIENCE OF THE
LUKE 18:1-3, 5-8
And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that
men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying,
There was in a city a judge, which feared not God,
neither regarded man: And there was a widow in
that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge
me of mine adversary. Yet because this widow
troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual
coming she weary me. I tell you that he will avenge
them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man
cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
SYMBOLISMS & REPRESENTATIONS
Application: LUKE 18:1-3, 5-8
2. The Judge: Jesus Christ
ELLEN G. WHITE, Christ object lessons, “Shall Not
God Avenge His Own?”--p.164
2. The adversary: Devil
1 PETER 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour:
3. The forsaken widow: Church or elect of God
[LUKE 18: 7]
WIDOW/CHURCH NEEDS PATIENCE:
MATTHEW 24: 21-22-24
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not
since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor
ever shall be. …But for the elect's sake those days
shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto
you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not.
For there shall arise false Christ's, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders;
insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall
deceive the very elect.
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire
come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of
HOW SOON WILL DELIVERANCE OF
THE SAINTS COME?
LUKE 21:1-3 [The widow’s mite] & 4-9
- Betrayal by parents: Family & friends
- They will: Hate/kill you…Christ name
For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken
and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth,…For a
small moment have I forsaken thee; …In a little
wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but
with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee,
For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be
removed; but my kindness shall not depart from
thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be
removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.
Is this similar to what’s going to happen in the
DANIEL 11 & 12—Saints:
• A time of trouble…similar to Jacob’s
• Assurance of forgiveness of past sins
• Michael will stand up for the Saints
• Faith: Severely tested
PATIENCE OF JOB: ADVERSARY
Did Job loose everything he had?
Did Job loose his servants, children, health, and his
Did Job loose his friends?
Did Job cry out to God for justice?
Was there a delay? Does Job give up?
Does Job keep on persisting like the widow?
Does God answer Job at the end of his torment?
Does God restore or double all his possessions?
JOB’S NINE P’S
Position or status
WHO WAS JOB’S ADVERSARY?
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his
tongue with a cord [which] thou lettest down?
Who is leviathan?
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and
strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing
serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and
he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.
Did Job give up his patience?
SAINTS: TESTED LIKE JOB & THE
THREE HEBREW BOYS
Hebrew Boys: Golden image
Did Nebuchadnezzar imposed a nationwide law
against worshipping the true God?
Could God have delivered those three boys before
they were thrown into the furnace?
Was their faith severely tested?
Did these tests and experiences strengthened their
WAS THERE A DELAY?
DANIEL 3:28--[Delay vss. 20-28]
Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed [be]
the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who
hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants
that trusted in him, and have changed the king's
word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not
serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
EARTH’S COMING CRISIS: SAINTS
Who is going to bring on this crisis?
- The beast [Sea], his mark, and his number…
- The beast [Land] or the image to the beast
- False prophet (s)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not
since the beginning of the world to this time, no,
nor ever shall be.
- Hebrew boys: Seven times
- Patience of the saints: Seven last plagues
CANAANITE WOMAN: SYMBOL
And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the
same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have
mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] son of David; my
daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he
answered her not a word. And his disciples came
and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she
crieth after us. …Then came she and worshipped
him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and
said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and
cast [it] to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the
dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters'
table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O
woman, great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even
as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole
from that very hour.
WAS THERE A DELAY IN THE
CANAANITE’S WOMAN’S REQUEST?
Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman,
great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which
cry day and night unto him, though he bear long
PSALMS 22:1, 2
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? O
my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not;
and in the night season, and am not silent.
“MY GOD…” GOD IS SILENT!
MATTHEW 26:39, 42, 44
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and
prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let
this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but
as thou [wilt]. He went away again the second time,
and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not
pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be
done. And he left them, and went away again, and
prayed the third time, saying the same words.
…Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? …My God, my God,
why hast thou forsaken me?
DID JESUS HAVE FAITH IN HIS FATHER?
HEBREWS 5:7, 8
Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered
up prayers and supplications with strong crying and
tears unto him that was able to save him from death,
and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a
Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the
angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came
and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat
HOW WILL THE SAINTS OF GOD
Behold, I have refined thee, but not with
silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of
But he knoweth the way that I take: [when] he
hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
ELLEN G. WHITE, THE GREAT CONTROVERSY,
pp. 618, 619, 630-631
Jacob was driven almost to despair; but he knew that
without help from Heaven he must perish. He had
sincerely repented of his great sin, and he appealed
to the mercy of God. He would not be turned from
his purpose, but held fast the Angel, and urged his
petition with earnest, agonizing cries, until he
prevailed. As Satan influenced Esau to march
against Jacob, so he will stir up the wicked to
destroy God's people in the time of trouble. He
numbers the world as his subjects; but the little
company who keep the commandments of God are
resisting his supremacy….
…As Satan accuses the people of God on account of
their sins, the Lord permits him to try them to the
uttermost. Their confidence in God, their faith and
firmness, will be severely tested. Their faith does
not fail because their prayers are not
immediately answered. Though suffering the
keenest anxiety, terror, and distress, they do not
cease their intercessions. Day and night they cry
unto God for deliverance. Yet they cease not their
earnest intercession. But they must wait yet a little
longer. The very delay, so painful to them, is the
best answer to their petitions. As they endeavor to
wait trustingly for the Lord to work, they are led to
exercise faith, hope, and patience, which have been
too little exercised during their religious experience.
Yet for the elect's sake, the time of trouble will be