In Jesus’ final instructions to His disciples before His ascension to heaven, He clearly stated that the Gospel message must “be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” (Matthew 24:14). The three angels’ messages are not messages and warnings pertaining to only “Christian” nations and peoples — they are for all the world, all nations, all peoples.
God’ last-day message is to warn the world concerning its pre-probationary crisis hour when the whole of mankind must individually decide to obey God and receive His mark or sign of approval, or to obey “the man of sin” and receive his mark of allegiance. This is a message of personal salvation through an in-dwelling Savior who recreates His character in individual hearts.
If the past has taught us anything, one lesson should be that we should not endeavor to interpret Bible prophecies by current political standings. That said, the nations and politics of the world will have their part to play in the end-time conflict. It will be the nations of the world that align together to declare the death decree upon God’ people.
Written in the early 1950s, the author carefully considered the political climate of his time in writing on the topic of the close of probation. Who were the main players, and how did they oppose God’s kingdom? The reader of Before Probation Closes will be fascinated to review some of the world’s history of some 70 years ago, and in the light of this history consider the conditions of the world today. How have the players changed and yet the agenda remains the same, as does Satan’s agenda to destroy God’s people by whatever means possible? In the end what matters is that Jesus is coming again, and He is looking for individuals who are clothed in His righteousness, and who are able to stand with joy in His presence.