Truth in the Wilderness

john the baptist wearing camel skin

Bible verse and the Spirit of Prophecy insight

Isaiah 40:30

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

The faith which for many centuries was held and taught by the Waldensian Christians was in marked contrast to the false doctrines put forth from Rome. Their religious belief was founded upon the written word of God, the true system of Christianity. But those humble peasants, in their obscure retreats, shut away from the world, and bound to daily toil among their flocks and their vineyards, had not themselves arrived at the truth in opposition to the dogmas and heresies of the apostate church. Theirs was not a faith newly received. Their religious belief was their inheritance from their fathers. They contended for the faith of the apostolic church,—”the faith which was once delivered to the saints.” “The church in the wilderness,” and not the proud hierarchy enthroned in the world’s great capital, was the true church of Christ, the guardian of the treasures of truth which God has committed to his people to be given to the world.

Ellen G. White – The Great Controversy, 1988 p.64.1

Present day application

Anyone who knows and proclaims the truth will eventually get into trouble. It has always been so. Even in the Old Testament times the true prophets were persecuted and had to go into hiding. Followers of the truth as preached by Jesus Christ will be hated by the world. What has also never changed is that the keepers of the truth preferred to live in the wilderness (remote places), while those who persecuted them had their roots planted deep in prominent cities of the world. Have you ever wondered why?

Living close to nature provides a better opportunity to learn more about the One who created it. Simple life away from temptations and pollution facilitates the rejuvenation of the body and spirit. The keepers of the truth favoured such. The Lord himself, after going through cities towns and villages, would often spend time alone in prayer in the gardens and mountains. This served as a pattern to follow to the Waldenses. They lived simple lives in the mountains but would go down to the valleys to evangelise those who lived in villages, towns and cities.

Nowadays, one might lose their job if they stick to what they believe. We can see that happening all over the world, even in so-called free and democratic countries. A time is coming, or perhaps is already here, when God’s people will have to set up small communities in remote places where they can grow their own food and be as independent as possible. There is often no other option but to forsake one’s beliefs and eat from Jezebel’s table. The spirit of Elijah will manifest itself once more to straighten the path for the coming King.

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