What is the "Latter Rain", and "when" will it happen?

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"The hour has come, the hour is striking and striking at you, the hour and the end!" Eze. 7:6 (Moffatt) 

"In the time of trouble, just previous to the coming of Christ, the lives of the righteous will be preserved through the ministration of holy angels. But there will be no security for the transgressor. Angels cannot then protect those who are living in neglect of a known duty or an express command of Jehovah." ST February 26, 1880, Art. A, par. 21 

REPENTANCE AND OBEDIENCE ARE THE PRICE OF DELIVERANCE FROM THE ENEMY!

Says the apostle, "Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience," . Here is work resting upon every one who professes to follow Jesus Christ, to live upon the plan of addition. 

 Peter 1:Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and preciousapromises: that by these ye might be bpartakers of the cdivinednature, having eescaped the fcorruption that is in the world through glust.

 Peter 1:And beside this, giving all adiligence, add to your faith bvirtue; and to virtue cknowledge;

 Peter 1:And to knowledge atemperance; and to temperance bpatience; and to patience cgodliness;

 Peter 1:And to godliness abrotherly bkindness; and to brotherly kindness ccharity.

 Peter 1:For if these things be in you, and aabound, they make you that ye shall neither be bbarren nor cunfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 Peter 1:But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.


"Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made."  {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 12} 

Under the proclamation of these messages the cry was made, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh." The believers in these messages were compelled to go out from the churches because they preached the second appearing of Christ in the clouds of heaven. The whole world was to hear the message, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." Many who heard these messages thought they would live to see Christ come; but there was a delay in the coming of the Bridegroom, in order that all might have an opportunity to hear the last message of mercy to a fallen world. {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 9} 

     Had those who claimed to believe the truth acted their part as wise virgins, the message would ere this have been given to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. But five were foolish. The truth should have been proclaimed by the ten virgins, but only five had made the provision essential to join the company that walked in the light given to them.  {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 10} 

     The first, second, and third angels' messages are to be repeated. The call is to be given to the church: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. . . .Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities."  {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 11} 


The Lord says, Bring forth your light. Set it on a candlestick, that it may give light to all that are in the house. Wake up, my brethren and sisters, wake up, and work for the conversion of souls. 

"God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. . . . Gluttony is the prevailing sin of this age."—Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 32.


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Numbers 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity [shall be] upon him. 
15:32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day
15:33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 
15:34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 
15:35 And the LORD said unto MosesThe man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.
15:36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses. 
15:37 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 
15:39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 
15:40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 
15:41 I [am] the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I [am] the LORD your God.
This is why DRESS REFORM is so important for us as the professed people of God. It is not even so much for the WORLD to know WHO we are----but for US to remember WHO we are and to help us remember all the commandments of the LORD and DO THEM!
Deuteronomy 22:5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.
Commenting on this subject under the American Costume that came about in EG White's day (a forerunner to the pant suits of the 70's and what women wear today:
Some who believe the truth may think that it would be more healthful for the sisters to adopt the American costume, yet if that mode of dress would cripple our influence among unbelievers so that we could not so readily gain access to them, we should by no means adopt it, though we suffered much in consequence. But some are deceived in thinking there is so much benefit to be received from this costume. While it may prove a benefit to some, it is an injury to others.
I saw that God's order has been reversed, and His special directions disregarded, by those who adopt the American costume. I was referred to Deuteronomy 22:5: "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God." God would not have His people adopt the so-called reform dress. It is immodest apparel, wholly unfitted for the modest, humble followers of Christ. {1T 421.2} 
There is an increasing tendency to have women in their dress and appearance as near like the other sex as possible, and to fashion their dress very much like that of men, but God pronounces it abomination. "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety." 1 Timothy 2:9.
 {1T 421.3} 
Those who feel called out to join the movement in favor of woman's rights and the so-called dress reform (the American Costume...pants for womenmight as well sever all connection with the third angel's messageThe spirit which attends the one cannot be in harmony with the other. The Scriptures are plain upon the relations and rights of men and women. Spiritualists have, to quite an extent, adopted this singular mode of dress. Seventh-day Adventists, who believe in the restoration of the gifts, are often branded as spiritualists. Let them adopt this costume, and their influence is dead. The people would place them on a level with spiritualists and would refuse to listen to them.  {1T 421.4}

Check this one out:
Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and [that], when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: 
21:19
 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; 
21:20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; [he is] a glutton, and a drunkard. 
21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.
This is how serious stubbornness, rebellion and gluttony is in God's economy of things! Can you imagine? How different it would be if God instantly punished now instead of waiting for the judgment day. People think God has changed His mind. Some commentary from the SOP on this fact--

Ecclesiastes 8:11God's Long-suffering Leads Some to Carelessness.--In His dealings with the human race, God bears long with the impenitent. He uses His appointed agencies to call men to allegiance, and offers them His full pardon if they will repent. But because God is long-suffering, men presume on His mercy. "Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." The patience and long-suffering of God, which should soften and subdue the soul, has an altogether different influence upon the careless and sinful. It leads them to cast off restraint, and strengthens them in resistance. They think that the God who has borne so much from them will not heed their perversity. If we lived in a dispensation of immediate retribution, offenses against God would not occur so oftenBut though delayed, the punishment is none the less certain. There are limits even to the forbearance of God. The boundary of His long-suffering may be reached, and then He will surely punish. And when He does take up the case of the presumptuous sinner, He will not cease till He has made a full end. {3BC 1166.1} 

Very few realize the sinfulness of sin; they flatter themselves that God is too good to punish the offender. But the cases of Miriam, Aaron, David, and many others show that it is not a safe thing to sin against God in deed, in word, or even in thought. God is a being of infinite love and compassion, but He also declares Himself to be a "consuming fire, even a jealous God" (RH Aug. 14, 1900). {3BC 1166.2} 

(Matthew 26:36-46; Revelation 15:3.) Every Offense Set Down for Reckoning.--The death of Christ was to be the convincing, everlasting argument that the law of God is as unchangeable as His throne. The agonies of the Garden of Gethsemane, the insult, the mockery, and abuse heaped upon God's dear Son, the horrors and ignominy of the crucifixion, furnish sufficient and thrilling demonstration that God's justice, when it punishes, does the work thoroughly.The fact that His own Son, the Surety for man, was not spared, is an argument that will stand to all eternity before saint and sinner, before the universe of God, to testify that He will not excuse the transgressor of His law. Every offense against God's law, however minute, is set down in the reckoning, and when the sword of justice is taken in hand, it will do the work for impenitent transgressors that was done to the divine Sufferer. Justice will strike; for God's hatred of sin is intense and overwhelming (MS 58, 1897). {3BC 1166.3}

The third angel's message increases in importance as we near the close of this earth's history. It is the last offer of mercy to the world, the most solemn message ever given to mortalsIn heaven there is a record kept of the impieties of nations, of families, of individuals. God may bear long while the account goes on; calls to repentance and offers of pardon may be given; yet a time will come when the account will be full, when the soul's decision will have been made, when by his own choice man's destiny will have been fixed. Then the signal will be given for judgment to be executed. {ST, January 25, 1910 par. 15} 

The forbearance that God has exercised toward the wicked has emboldened men in transgression; but their punishment will be none the less certain and terrible for being long delayed. "The Lord shall rise up as in Mount Perazim, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act." To our merciful God the act of punishment is a strange act. Yet He will "by no means clear the guilty." By terrible things in righteousness He will vindicate the authority of His downtrodden law. The very fact of His reluctance to execute justice, testifies to the enormity of the sins that call forth His judgments, and to the severity of the retribution awaiting the transgressor. {ST, January 25, 1910 par. 16} 

All the inhabitants of earth are soon to meet the great Lawgiver over His broken law. There are many, many in the popular churches who know little of the real meaning of the message for this time. I appeal to them not to disregard the fulfilling of the signs of the times, which say so plainly that the end is near. O how many who have not sought their soul's salvation, will soon make the bitter lamentation, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!" {ST, January 25, 1910 par. 17} 

When will men learn that God is God, not man, and that He does not change? Every calamity, every death, is a witness to the power of evil and to the truth of the living God. The Word of God is life, and it will abide forever. Through all eternity it will stand fast.How can man, knowing what God is and what He has done, choose Satan's way instead of God's way? There is only one path to Paradise restored,--the path of obedience. {ST, January 25, 1910 par. 18}

"When the third angel's message is preached as it should be, power attends its proclamation, and it becomes an abiding influence. It must be attended with divine power, or it will accomplish nothing. I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. In the parable, the ten virgins had lamps, but only five of them had the saving oil with which to keep their lamps burning. This represents the condition of the Church. The wise and the foolish have their Bibles, and are provided with all the means of grace; but many do not appreciate the fact that they must have the heavenly unction. They do not heed the invitation, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matt. 11:18" {RH, August 19, 1890 par. 3}  RH August 26, 1890, par. 1

"To those that ASK HimJesus imparts (To grant a share of; bestow) the Holy Spirit (God" shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19-20)." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"The work of the Holy Spirit is not to daub with untempered mortar, but it is to convince (persuade - satisfy - assure - induce) the world of sin, of righteousness, of judgment to come." RH August 26, 1890, par. 1

"Pray that the mighty energies of the Holy Spirit, with all their quickening, recuperative, and transforming power, may fall like an electric shock on the palsy-stricken soul, causing every nerve to thrill with new life, restoring the whole man from his dead, earthly, sensual state to spiritual soundness. You will thus become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust; and in your souls will be reflected the image of Him by whose stripes you are healed." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 267.2

Christ says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life;” and it is the privilege of every soul to make Christ his personal Saviour. You need not wait to grow good; you need not think that any effort of yours will make your prayers acceptable, and bring you salvation. Let each man and woman pray to God, not to man. Let each one come to Christ in humility, speak to him with your own lips. The request, “Will you pray for me?” has become simply a form of speech; you should pray to God for yourself, believing that he listens to every word you utter. Lay bare your heart for his inspection, confess your sins, asking him to forgive you, pleading the merits of the atonement, and then by faith contemplate the great scheme of redemption, and the Comforter will bring all things to your remembrance.

The more you study the character of Christ, the more attractive will he appear to you. He will become as one near you, in close companionship with you; your affections will go out after him. If the mind is molded by the objects with which it has most to do, then to think of Jesus, to talk of him, will enable you to become like him in Spirit and character. You will reflect his image in that which is great and pure and spiritual. You will have the mind of Christ, and he will send you forth to the world as his spiritual representative. He will be your only glory. You cannot affiliate with the world without becoming a partaker of its spirit, without becoming guilty of treason against the Lord who has bought you.
  • 1989 - In the NAD guidelines for "Homecoming Emphasis During Year of Evangelism" on p 37, lines 30-35, it states the General Conferences' desire that every SDA pastor in the North American Division be trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming hypnosis, and that 200 SDA pastors have already been certified as trainers. In Selected Messages, book 2, 351, God tells us that when we see this, we are "near the close of probation."

"Many are holding the truth with only the tips of their fingers. They have had great light and many privileges. Like Capernaum they have been exalted to heaven in this respect. In the time of test and trial that is approachingthey will become apostates unless they put away their pride and self-confidence, unless they have an entire transformation of character."—Letter 5, 1883. White Estate Washington, D. C., May 17, 1984. Selected Messages Book 3, p. 415.4

"To Abide in Christ the Will (our choices) Must Be Surrendered." ST October 29, 1894, par. 4

"The word of God declares that the followers of Christ will be called upon to endure trials for the sake of truth. Says Paul, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution; for “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” Said our Lord, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.” With what zeal will the workers of iniquity pursue their Satanic purpose! They will put light for darkness, and darkness for light, until they will sincerely believe they are servants of God, and doing him service by persecuting his children. It has been so in the conflicts of the past; and in the closing work of God the same spirit will be manifested. Says the prophet, “The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.Jesus was treated as the worst of malefactors, and the servant is not greater than his Lord. Said the Saviour, “These things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them.” RH May 8, 1888, par. 1

"When we learn the POWER of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God's command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other." The Desire of Ages, p. 121.2  Learn more about the power of God's Word here.

Carry on all your work on strictly religious principles. Let your earnest inquiry be: What can I do to please the Master?” Visit places where the believers need encouragement and help. At every step ask: Is this the way of the Lord? Am I, in spirit, in word, in action, in harmony with His will?” If you labor for God with an eye single to His glory, your work will bear the divine mold, and you will be carrying out the Lord’s purposes.

“By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature.

“It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, which Jesus said He would send into the world, that changes our character into the image of Christ; and when this is accomplished, we reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord.” God’s Amazing Grace, 246.


In your study of the word of God, penetrate deeper and still deeper beneath the surface. Lay hold by faith on divine power and sound the depths of inspiration. Bring into your ministry the power of God, remembering that the Lord is behind you. Let His love shine through all you do and say. Let the truth, the precious, simple truth of the word of God, shine out in full brightness. Humble self before God. Christ will be your efficiency. He has appointed you as rulers over His household, to give meat in due season. Christ’s laborers are very near His heart of love. He desires to perfect His household through the perfection of His ministers.

"Oh, that our people could realize what advantages would be theirs if they would look constantly to Jesus.... He is our Alpha and our Omega. Pressing close to Him, and holding communion with Him, we become like Him. Through the transforming power of the Spirit of Christ, we are changed in heart and life."—(Australasian) Union Conference Record, February 1, 1904.

God is Drawing a COVERING over HIS PEOPLE.
DO YOU HAVE IT? His covering is "Christ's Righteousness and Christ's Merits - Jesus lives in the sanctuary/temple of our minds and His merits cover us.

"He that sowed the good seed is the Son of man. . . . The good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one." The good seed represents those who are born of the word of God, the truth. The tares represent a class who are the fruit or embodiment of error, of false principles. "The enemy that sowed them is the devil." Neither God nor His angels ever sowed a seed that would produce a tare. The tares are always sown by Satan, the enemy of God and man. {COL 70.3} 

"If we humble ourselves and have His converting power every moment, His righteousness will be our covering. "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory (character) of the Lord shall be thy rereward" (Isa. 58:8)." Christ Triumphant, p. 62.7




"Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3


The Circumcision of Faith ?
“In Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.” Gal. 5:6. With those who were
in mind when this scripture was originally written, circumcision was ev-everything, and it was everything simply because of what it represented !

And what circumcision represented to those people was works and works only. It was the greatest of

all works --greater than creation itself --because, as the rabbis put it, “So great is circumcision, that but for it the Holy One, blessed be He, would not have created the world.” “It is as great as all the other commandments,” “equivalent to all the commandments of the law.” ref: (Farrar's “Life of Paul,” chapter 22, para. 5, note; chapter 35, para 4, note).

Yet this which to them was so great, the Lord sweeps away, as with a blast, in the Words, “Circumcision is nothing,” and in Christ Jesus, circumcision avails nothing. And, in view of what circumcision meant to them, this was simply to say that works are nothing and in Christ Jesus works avail nothing !

Then to all the others who, in view of this, might be inclined to boast in their lack of works and thus excuse sin, the Word is given with equal force: “And uncircumcision is nothing.” “In Jesus Christ neither . . . uncircumcision availeth anything,” which, in its connection, was simply to say that the absence of works is nothing and in Christ Jesus the absence of works avails nothing.

So then works are nothing and the absence of works is nothing. In Christ Jesus neither works nor the lack of works avails anything. This Word of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), therefore, utterly and forever excludes both classes from all merit and from all ground of merit in themselves or in anything they ever did or did not do.

And this is all as True (Verily So) today as ever. Today, whether persons are out of Christ or in Christ, neither works nor no works avail anything. For it is written: “Are you in Christ? Not if you do not acknowledge yourselves erring, helpless, condemned sinners. . . . Your birth, your reputation, your wealth, your talents, your virtues, your piety, your philanthropy, or anything else in you or connected with you, will not form a bond of union between your soul and Christ.
- Testimony for the Church, No. 31, pages 44-45.
What then? Is everybody left in utter emptiness? No, no! Thank the LORD there is something which avails for all and avails forever ! Though it be the everlasting Truth that “in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, neither works nor no works avail anything; yet it is also the eternal Truth that “in Jesus Christ . . . FAITH WHICH WORKETH” does avail !

For therein is the Righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The Just shall live by faith ! . . . Even the righteousness of God which is
by faith of Jesus Christ (Yehushua ha Moshiac), unto all and upon all them that believe
. . . !” Romans 1:17 & 3:22

For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it (his faith in God’s Word) was counted unto him for righteousness . . . And he received the sign (token, indication) of circumcision, a Seal (mark) of the righteousness of the faith which he had while yet being uncircumcised. That he might be the father of all them that believe . . . who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised . . . !” Romans 4:3,11-12


Notice that it is not faith and works that avail; it is “faith WHICH worketh.” It is faith which itself is able to work and does work --it is this and this alone that avails for anybody anywhere at any time!

Faith is only of God; and working, it works only the works of God. Thus he who, in Christ Jesus, has the “faith which worketh,” has that which avails to show God manifest in the flesh, working the works of God. And thus “this is the work of God, that ye believe on Him Whom He hath sent.” ref: John 6:29

For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory, the glory (righteousness, character) as of the Only begotten of The Father, full of Grace and Truth !” Romans 10:17 & John 1:14

And so, while you are in Christ, “if there is any good in you, it is wholly attributable to the mercy of the com-passionate Saviour. . . . Your connection with the church, the manner in which your brethren regard you, will be of no avail unless you believe in Christ. It is not enough to believe about Him; you must believe (trust completely) in Him to your own account. You must rely wholly upon His saving grace.” --Id., pages 44-45.

Let every one who claims to believe that the Lord is soon coming, search the Scriptures as never before; for Satan is determined to try every device possible to keep souls in darkness, and blind the mind to the perils of the times in which we are living. Let every believer take up his Bible with earnest prayer, that he may be enlightened by the holy Spirit as to what is Truth (Thy Word is Truth - Verily So!), that he may know more of God and of Jesus Christ Whom He has sent . . .

The time of test is just upon us, for the Loud Cry of the third angel has already begun in . . . the revelation (revealing) of the Righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the Light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth (ref: Revelation 14:1-15).

For it is the work of every one to whom the message of warning has come, to lift up Jesus, to present him ! . . . If you would stand through the time of trouble, you must know Christ, and appropriate by faith, the gift of His Righteousness, which He imputes to the repentant sinner
!” - Review & Herald, November 22, 1892

“Hast thou faith?” Have the faith of God. “Here are they that keep . . . the faith of Jesus !”

A.T. Jones - Review & Herald, Mar. 28, 1899
with added Scripture references in italics


"Christ works within (inside) us, and His righteousness ("the fruit of the Spirit = the fruit or result of having and knowing Jesus inside you -  is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23.)  is upon us.Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

Of course, the more deeply we love the Lord, the more we will long to exhibit His character to the world in the midst of our own circumstances. If we love Him passionately, then we will desire, more than anything, to exhibit His character in our hearts, attitudes and daily lives. We desire to don the apparel of righteousness and goodness in direct proportion to the intensity of our love for Him. How deeply we want to know how to wear what is pleasing to Him!

Here, then, are just a few of the articles in our wardrobe: in addition to forgiveness, patience, kindness, and unconditional love there is thankfulness, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, gentleness, self-control, forbearance, ingenuousness, fairness, generosity, humility, self-sacrifice, modesty, courage, faith in
God's unwavering goodness to us, empathy, gladness, and praise. I'm sure you can think of many others.

We are to wear as many of these things as we possibly can. And, what is most important, once we put them on, we are to take care not to take them off again, only to expose ourselves to the shame of our nakedness. If they fall off, we must put them on again, not through any strength of our own, but through a total dependence upon the grace (divine influence) of God.


To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit ("the fruit of the Spirit = the fruit or result of having and knowing Jesus inside you -  is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23.); for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us.Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

In Isaiah 61:10 there is a reference to the robe of
righteousness: "I will rejoice greatly in the Lord; My soul will
exult in my God, for He has clothed me with garments of
salvation; He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, as a
bridegroom decks himself with a garland and as a bride adorns
herself with her jewels." This is a tremendous picture of the
sanctity of the redeemed, arrayed in the splendor of God's
holiness.


Of course, the image that should immediately come to our minds as we contemplate this passage from Isaiah is that of the bride of Christ, without spot or wrinkle, bedecked in fine linen,

as she is described in the nineteenth chapter of Revelation.
Here we are told that the fine linen is the righteousness of the
saints. What a tremendous thing it is to aspire, with all of
one's heart and soul and mind, to be clothed with the fine linen
of God's righteousness. But what does it mean to be clothed in
the garments of salvation, and how can we attain to it?



It is clearly not our own doing, for, in the text from
Isaiah, it says "He has clothed me with the garments of
salvation, and He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness."
It is God who clothes us. Nothing that we do, in and of
ourselves, can possibly be sufficient to earn us salvation or
righteousness. As it says in Isaiah 64:6, all of our own
righteousness is as filthy rags. Only God can cleanse us from
iniquity and cause us to be truly blameless, or righteous. The
Lord says in Zechariah 3:4, "See, I have taken your iniquity away
from you and will clothe you with festal robes."

Nevertheless, we read of the bride in Revelation 19:8 that
it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen. And in
Isaiah 52:1, the Lord exhorts us with these words: "Awake, awake,
clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your
beautiful garments." So we see that while only God can
accomplish this, we also have responsibility in the matter. We
must seek God earnestly, asking him to clothe us with the
garments of blamelessness. And when He begins to answer, we must
then, in turn, respond to His promptings to obey Him, even when
He speaks in the still, small voice of conscience.

What does it mean to be clothed with the robe of
righteousness? It means to abide continually in Godly attitudes.
To give an example, to be clothed with forgiveness means that you
are walking in forgiveness continually, without any interruption.
It means that you have decided ahead of time that, no matter what
anybody does to you, no matter how harmful or insane it is, you
will forgive that person before, during, and after the incident.
It means that you are walking in total empathy for those who hate
you, even if you are being dealt a death blow.

Or, to give another example, to be attired in the robe of
patience means that, no matter how trying someone may seem, you
are not angry or upset with that person, and you still treat him
or her with gentleness. To be attired in the garments of
patience also means, that no matter how difficult a situation may
be, you are not allowing those circumstances to alienate you from
God and from humanity. Apart from the operation of the grace of
God, we cannot exercise patience on a continual basis, but with
God all things are possible. We all fall short in certain ways,
but if we sincerely call upon Him to clothe us, He can supply us
with forgiveness and patience.

I believe that God is trying to teach us how to walk in such
a way as to be completely clothed by his attributes. What are
some of these attributes? What other attitudes should we be
walking in continually? What raiments should we be wearing?
Well, there's the garment of kindness. As we go about our daily
lives we should have an aura of kindness about us. I'm not
talking about a hypocritical kindness that pretends to be nice
but is really secretly harboring unkind thoughts toward others.
I'm talking about genuine kindness in thought, word, and actions,
in which one is never assuming evil of anyone.

We need to be bedecked with unconditional love. We are to
love our enemies. This means thinking and doing what is in the
best interest of those who hate us, even when it is to our own
disadvantage. We are to do this, not sometimes, but always.
This is to be done on a continual basis. That's what's meant by
being arrayed with these attributes. If we cease in these
attitudes, then we are either naked, or, what's worse, we become
clothed with our own filthy rags, a hypocritical righteousness
that has the appearance of goodness but is really only a
pretense. We can appear to be doing good outwardly, but
inwardly, we can be filled with hatred, bitterness, and
unforgiveness. Only God can deliver us of these things. We must
ask Him earnestly to do so, for only then can He clothe us with
His attitudes, motivations, desires, and intentions.

Our wardrobe is very extensive. The Bible only gives us the
slightest glimpses, or hints, as to the extent of the wardrobe
that is our inheritance in Christ. And this inheritance is for
our use, not only in the by-and-by, but in the here and now. In
fact, we have a far greater need for these garments now than we
ever will in the age to come, in which there is no evil. Where
there is no wickedness, there is no opportunity to return good
for evil or to exhibit longsuffering, or unconditional love.
Where there is no hardship, there can be no self-sacrifice, and
where there is no privation, there can be no generosity.

Of course, the more deeply we love the Lord, the more we
will long to exhibit His character to the world in the midst of
our own circumstances. If we love Him passionately, then we will
desire, more than anything, to exhibit His character in our
hearts, attitudes and daily lives. We desire to don the apparel
of righteousness and goodness in direct proportion to the
intensity of our love for Him. How deeply we want to know how to
wear what is pleasing to Him!

Here, then, are just a few of the articles in our wardrobe:
in addition to forgiveness, patience, kindness, and unconditional
love there is thankfulness, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness,
gentleness, self-control, forbearance, ingenuousness, fairness,
generosity, humility, self-sacrifice, modesty, courage, faith in
God's unwavering goodness to us, empathy, gladness, and praise.
I'm sure you can think of many others.

We are to wear as many of these things as we possibly can.
And, what is most important, once we put them on, we are to take
care not to take them off again, only to expose ourselves to the
shame of our nakedness. If they fall off, we must put them on
again, not through any strength of our own, but through a total
dependence upon the grace of God.

A few of the garments I have mentioned are described in the
Bible. For example, Isaiah 61:3 mentions the garment of praise,
and Psalm 30:11 says, "Thou hast turned my mourning into dancing
for me. Thou has put off my sackcloth and girded me with
gladness." This is clearly the work of God's grace. But He has
also given us the power, through the shed blood of Christ, to
appropriate His grace. It is usually possible, by an act of the
will, either to accept or reject happiness or depression.
Similarly, we can usually choose to walk either in a spirit of
ingratitude or in an attitude of thankfulness. If we dwell upon
misery, we will begin to become pessimists, whereas if we dwell
upon that which is positive, we will become optimists. If we
harbor bitterness we will walk in hatred, but if we are clothed
with forbearance and forgiveness, we will walk in the beautiful
garments of kindness and unconditional love.

It is not flattering to us to be clothed in ugly garments,
but as we walk in inward beauty, and if, as a result of this we
begin to exercise beauty in our relationships with one another,
it is very becoming to us, and we cannot help but be noticed.
However, our objective is not to be noticed, but to please our
lover, Jesus Christ. He can't be fooled. He knows whether or
not our garments are pure. We often don't even realize ourselves
that our garments are soiled or worn. Jesus said in Revelation
3:4 that the church in Sardis had a few people who had not soiled
their garments, implying that there must have been others who had
soiled their garments. And He said to the church in Laodicea,
"you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and
blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by
fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may
clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be
revealed."

It's possible to walk in good works, but God knows better
than we do why we are walking in them. Is it in order to look
good? Or is it in order to assuage guilt? Are we only
pretending to be good in order to gain respect from others, or
are our deeds flowing from a heart that truly desires to see
others prosper, even at our own expense? All of humanity is
tainted by selfishness, but God can and will change our hearts
and remake us. But He usually only does this for us if we know
in the first place that we need Him to do it. It is when we see
that our garments are spotted, or that we are really naked, that
we are able to come to Him, and exchange our filthy rags for His
garments of righteousness and praise.

May God grant that each of us might see those areas in which
we need to be clothed more fully with the garments of Christ.
Lord, we do not desire to walk in a miserable and soiled or naked
state. We pray that you would grant us revelation, that we might
exchange our garments for yours, that we would be able, more
fully, to walk in all of the raiments of your heavenly wardrobe,
so that each of us might be a vessel of glorious praise to you.


"I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet sliding, because they were not firmly planted on the truth, and the covering of Almighty God could not be drawn over them while they were thus trembling." Early Writings, p. 44.1

Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues. God has begun to draw this covering over His people, and it will soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day of slaughter. God will work in power for His people; and Satan will be permitted to work also. 

I saw that the mysterious signs and wonders and false reformations would increase and spread. The reformations that were shown me were not reformations from error to truth. My accompanying angel bade me look for the travail of soul for sinners as used to be. I looked, but could not see it; for the time for their salvation is past." Early Writings, p. 44.1

The angel [of Ezekiel 9] is to place a mark upon the forehead of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel will follow, to slay utterly both old and young.” Testimonies, vol 5, p 505. 

 “The message presented at this time is the last message of mercy for a fallen world.  Those who have the privilege of hearing this message, and persist in refusing to heed the warning, cast away their last hope of salvation.  There will be no second probation.” Testimonies, vol 6, p 19.

The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.--COL 415, 416 (1900).


The Spirit will be poured out upon those who yield to His promptings. Casting off man's binding rules and cautious movements, they will join the army of the Lord. In the future, men in the common walks of life will be impressed by the Spirit of the Lord to leave their ordinary employment and go forth to proclaim the Last message of mercy !

 “The trumpet is to give a certain sound.  Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” Review and Herald, December 9, 1902 (vol 4, p 472).

 I saw that the quick work that God was doing on earth would soon be cut short in righteousness, and that the swift messengers must speed on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said, "Are all messengers? No, no, God's messengers have A MESSAGE." The Present Truth,  April 1, 1850, (Vol. 1, #9)

 “We know that now everything is at stake.  The third angel’s message is to be at this time regarded as of the highest importance.  It is a life and death question.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 76 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).


 “The message of the angel [of Revelation 18] following the third is now to be given to all parts of the world.  It is to be the harvest message, and the whole earth will be lighted with the glory of God.  The Lord has this one [last] call of mercy to [give to] the world, but the perversity of men diverts the work from its true bearing, and the light has to struggle amid the darkness of men who feel themselves competent to do a work that God has not appointed them to do.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 78 (Letter 86, June 18, 1900).

"This scripture points forward to a time when the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel of Revelation 14, is to be repeated, with the ADDITIONAL mention of the corruptions which have been entering the various organizations (churches) that constitute Babylon (all churches who have adopted false doctrines - all 501c3 churches), since that message was first given, in the summer of 1844." The Great Controversy 1888, p. 603.2

"In this scripture the announcement of the fall of Babylon, as made by the second angel, [Revelation 14:8.] is repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844." The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 421.2 (1844 = SDA churches because this is the one church that claimed to be pure, the other churches did not claim to keep the Sabbath or worship the true God...

The work of judgment which began in 1844 must continue until the cases of all are decided, both of the living and the dead; hence it will extend to the close of human probation."The question of deepest interest to each one should be, Am I meeting the requirements of the law of God? ... Only by a close examination of self in the light of God’s Word can we discover our deviations from His holy rule of right.... In Him we may have pardon for past failures, and in His strength grow up to be perfect men and women in Christ Jesus." (Youth’s Instructor, June 10, 1897).

"Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6-12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon (false doctrines mixed with truth=like the tree of knowledge of good and evil) will be called upon to separate from her communionTHIS message is the LAST that will ever be given to the world.-- The Great Controversy 1888, p. 390.2 (1911).

False doctrine warning: "However kindly or beautiful or apparently profound his sermons or articles may be, when a man has arrived at the place where he teaches the heathen Catholic doctrine of the Trinity, and denies that the Son of God died for us, is he a true Seventh-day Adventist? Is he even a true preacher of the Gospel? And when many regard him as a great teacher and accept his unscriptural theories, absolutely contrary to the Spirit of Prophecy, it is time that the watchmen should sound a note of warning.…" [Portions of a letter written by J. S. Washburn in 1939. This letter was liked by a conference president so much that he distributed it to 32 of his ministers.] 

"Those who are uniting with the world, are receiving the worldly mold, and preparing for the mark of the beast." {CET 191.1}

How can we differentiate between Satan's false revival and the loud cry?

"There is an emotional excitement, a mingling of the true with the false, that is well adapted to mislead. Yet none need be deceived. In the light of God's Word it is not difficult to determine the nature of these movements. Wherever men neglect the testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world, there we may be sure that God's blessing is not bestowed. And by the rule which Christ Himself has given, 'Ye shall know them by their fruits' (Matt. 7: 16), it is evident that these movements are not the work of the Spirit of God" (GC 464, 465).


Jesus is our Atoning sacrifice; we can make no atonement for ourselves, but by faith we can (and must) accept the atonement that has been made.

“Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand.” Review 
and Herald, March 9, 1905.

 Since these are the final messages that will be heard by everyone in this world, they can be likened to a shut door.  If either the message of the Righteousness of Christ, or the message of Revelation 18, is decidedly rejected, there are no other messages which can bring you back to God.  In decidedly rejecting either one, the door of your probation closes!
     “We know that now everything is at stake.  The third angel’s message is to be at this time regarded as of the highest importance.  It is a life and death question.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 76 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).
For more on this - keep reading to the END of this page!

"Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6-12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon (false doctrines mixed with truth=like the tree of knowledge of good and evil) will be called upon to separate from her communionTHIS message is the LAST that will ever be given to the world.-- The Great Controversy 1888, p. 390.2 (1911).

 “The trumpet is to give a certain sound.  Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” Review and Herald, December 9, 1902 (vol 4, p 472).

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

"I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from HER, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues." Revelation 18:4  (AMP)

"HER" "The woman is a symbol of the church (His People who obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent."  Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

• Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
• Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
• Harlot = Apostate church/religion Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

Revelation 3:4; "which have not defiled their garments (characters/minds/choices). .... virgins-spiritually (Mt 25:1); in contrast to the apostate Church, Babylon=false doctrines (Re 14:8), spiritually "a harlot" .

Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

"The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith." {COL 406.3} 

The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated every where, and those who had any light in the churcheswho had not heard and rejected the three messages, answered to the call, and LEFT the fallen (modern SDA and ALL OTHER denominational) churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the RELIGIOUS BODIES. A compelling power moves the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call is carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them, with humble expressions, pour forth their songs of extravagant joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance,and their masters cannot check them; for a fear and astonishment keep them silent. Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 193-196

As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They cooperate with heavenly agencies (angels), for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers.

They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 & Mark 16:15-18). No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel Seed (Luke 8:10-11).

Christ is soon to come. We must preach the first, second and third angel’s messages. Use the Bible, which will transform character. Preach Christ, and present the pattern, and work in His lines....

At the Final Coronation of Christ. In describing the final coronation of Christ and the final judgment of men at the close of the millennium:

"As if entranced, the wicked have looked upon the coronation of the Son of God. They see in His hands the tables of the divine law, the statutes which they have despised and transgressed. They witness the outburst of wonder, rapture, and adoration from the saved; and as the wave of melody sweeps over the multitudes without the city, all with one voice exclaim, `Marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints (Rev. 15:3);' and falling prostrate, they worship the Prince of life."--4SP 484; GC 668, 669.

Having received the faith of the gospel, the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus prepare the mind for the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation of all true service and the only real safeguard against temptation. This ALONE can make one like God in character. No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires the righteousness of God." From Trials to Triumph, p. 278.4

"The more one sees of the character of God, the more humble he becomes, and the lower his estimation is of himself. This indeed is the evidence that he beholds God, that he is in union with Jesus Christ. Unless we are meek and lowly, we cannot in truth claim that we have any conception of the character of God. Men may think that they possess superior qualifications. Their splendid talents, great learning, eloquence, activity, and zeal, may dazzle the eye, delight the fancy, and awaken the admiration of those who cannot read beneath the surface; but unless humility and modesty is linked with these other gifts, self-glorification and self-exaltation will be seen. Unless each qualification is consecrated to the Lord, unless those to whom the Lord has entrusted gifts seek that grace which alone can make their qualifications acceptable to God, they are looked upon by the Lord ... as unprofitable servants. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God thou wilt not despise.” ... Those whose hearts are melted and subdued, who have seen the glorious manifestation of God's character, will show no heedless presumption.... Self will be lost in the consciousness they have of God's wonderful glory, and their own utter unworthiness. All who value a happy and holy walk with God ... will leave nothing undone if only they may gain a glimpse of His glory. In every place and under every circumstance, they will pray to God that they may be allowed to see Him. They will cherish that meek and contrite spirit that trembles at the word of God." 5 Letter 87, 1896. Sons and Daughters of God, p. 68.4

"Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures, and who have received the love of the truth, will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive." The Faith I Live By, 346; The Great Controversy 1888, p. 625.2

  “The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God’s truth.  The Lord will not close up the period of probation until the warning shall be more distinctly proclaimed.  The trumpet must give a certain sound.  The law of God is to be magnified, its claims must be presented in their true, sacred character, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.  Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness.  The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other.  This is the glory (character) of God which closes the work of the third angel.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179 (Letter 2c, 1892).

"It is a fearful thing to treat lightly the truth which has convinced our understanding and touched our hearts. We cannot with impunity reject the warnings which God in mercy sends us. A message was sent from heaven to the world in Noah's day, and the salvation of men depended upon the manner in which they treated that message. Because they rejected the warning, the Spirit of God was withdrawn from the sinful race, and they perished in the waters of the flood. In the time of Abraham, mercy ceased to plead with the guilty inhabitants of Sodom, and all but Lot with his wife and two daughters were consumed by the fire sent down from heaven. So in the days of Christ. The Son of God declared to the unbelieving Jews of that generation, 'Your house is left unto you desolate.' Looking down to the last days, the same infinite power declares, concerning those who 'received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,' 'For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.' As they reject the teachings of His Word, God withdraws His Spirit, and leaves them to the deceptions which they love."

The Latter Rain is perfecting, testing messages and they are being given NOW! It is NOW swelling into the "loud cry" that will happen when "the law of God is finally made void by legislation."--{ST June 12, 1893, par. 13} Unless the former rain has fallen, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. Probation is closing daily for many; soon it closes for the house of God and then a short time later, the world, are you ready?



"By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy (Sunday Law) in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 451.1

The Last Act in the Drama

"This earth has almost reached the place where God will permit the destroyer to work his will upon it. The substitution of the laws of men for the law of God, the exaltation, by merely human authority, of Sunday in place of the Bible Sabbath, is the last act in the drama. When this substitution becomes universal, God will reveal Himself. He will arise in His majesty to shake terribly the earth. He will come out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the world for their iniquity, and the earth shall disclose her blood and shall no more cover her slain." Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, p. 141.1


US President Ronald Reagan (left) and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, former leaders of the Cold War's two rival superpowers, meeting in Geneva in 1985. The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole (world) superpower.[1]

"A superpower is a state with a dominant position in the international system which has the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests. A superpower is traditionally considered to be a step higher than a great power." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superpower


Newsweek December 25, 1989 (PEOPLE OF THE YEAR STANDING UP FOR FREEDOM - Mikhail Gorbachev shadow on cover -

     Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself. Were we 
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to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time.  {COL 71.3} 



Provide Homes for Homeless—Years ago I was shown that God’s people would be tested upon this point of making homes for the homeless; that there would be many without homes in consequence of their believing the truth. Opposition and persecution would deprive believers of their homes, and it was the duty of those who had homes to open a wide door to those who had not. I have been shown more recently that God would specially test His professed people in reference to this matter.

Christ for our sakes became poor that we through His poverty might be made rich. He made a sacrifice that He might provide a home for pilgrims and strangers in the world seeking for a better country, even an heavenly. Shall those who are subjects of His grace, who are expecting to be heirs of immortality, refuse, or even feel reluctant, to share their homes with the homeless and needy? Shall we, who are disciples of Jesus, refuse strangers an entrance to our doors because they can claim no acquaintance with the inmates?

Has the injunction of the apostle no force in this age: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”? ...

Our heavenly Father lays blessings disguised in our pathway, but some will not touch these for fear they will detract from their enjoyment. Angels are waiting to see if we embrace opportunities within our reach of doing good—waiting to see if we will bless others, that they in their turn may bless us....

I have heard many excuse themselves from inviting to their homes and hearts the saints of God. “Why, I have nothing prepared, I have nothing cooked; they must go to some other place.” And at that place there may be some other excuse invented for not receiving those who need hospitality, and the feelings of the visitors are deeply grieved, and they leave with unpleasant impressions in regard to the hospitality of these professed brethren and sisters. If you have no bread, sister, imitate the case brought to view in the Bible. Go to your neighbor and say, “Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” We have not an example of this lack of bread ever being made an excuse to refuse entrance to an applicant. When Elijah came to the widow of Sarepta, she shared her morsel with the prophet of God, and he wrought a miracle, and caused that in that act of making a home for his servant, and sharing her morsel with him, she herself was sustained, and her life and that of her son preserved. Thus will it prove in the case of many, if they do this cheerfully, for the glory of God.—Testimonies for the Church 2:27-29. Welfare Ministry, p. 211.4

What time is here referred to?

What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but his return from his ministration in the most holy, laying off his priestly attire, and clothing himself with garments of vengeance, when the mandate goes forth, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still." 

Original Testimony, No. 16, pp. 93 & 94: - "Jesus has left us word, "Watch ye therefore; for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you, I say unto all, Watch." We are waiting and watching for the Master's return, who is to bring the morning, lest coming suddenly he find us sleeping. What time is here referred to? Not to the revelation of Christ in the clouds of heaven to find a people asleep. No; but his return from his ministration in the most holy, laying off his priestly attire, and clothing himself with garments of vengeance, when the mandate goes forth, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still." 


"He that sowed the good seed is the Son of man. . . . The good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one." The good seed represents those who are born of the word of God, the truth. The tares represent a class who are the fruit or embodiment of error, of false principles. "The enemy that sowed them is the devil." Neither God nor His angels ever sowed a seed that would produce a tare. The tares are always sown by Satan, the enemy of God and man. {COL 70.3} 

Christ Object Lessons: Chapter 4 = Tares

"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also." {COL 70.1}

"The field," Christ said, "is the world." But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world. The parable is a description of that which pertains to the kingdom of God, His work of salvation of men; and this work is accomplished through the church. True, the Holy Spirit has gone out into all the world; everywhere it is moving upon the hearts of men; but it is in the church that we are to grow and ripen for the garner of God. {COL 70.2}

"He that sowed the good seed is the Son of man. . . . The good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one." The good seed represents those who are born of the word of God, the truth. The tares represent a class who are the fruit or embodiment of error, of false principles. "The enemy that sowed them is the devil." Neither God nor His angels ever sowed a seed that would produce a tare. The tares are always sown by Satan, the enemy of God and man. {COL 70.3}

In the East, men sometimes took revenge upon an enemy by strewing his newly sown fields with the seeds of some noxious weed that, while growing, closely resembled wheat. Springing up with the wheat, it injured the crop and brought trouble and loss to the owner of the field. So it is from enmity to Christ that Satan scatters his evil seed among the good grain of the kingdom. The fruit of his sowing he attributes to the Son of God. By bringing into the church those who bear Christ's name while they deny His character, the wicked one causes that God shall be dishonored, the work of salvation misrepresented, and souls imperiled. {COL 71.1}

Christ's servants are grieved as they see true and false believers mingled in the church. They long to do something to cleanse the church. Like the servants of the householder, they are ready to uproot the tares. But Christ says to them, "Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest." {COL 71.2}

Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself. Were we to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time. {COL 71.3}

There is in the Saviour's words another lesson, a lesson of wonderful forbearance and tender love. As the tares have their roots closely intertwined with those of the good grain, so false brethren in the church may be closely linked with true disciples. The real character of these pretended believers is not fully manifested. Were they to be separated from the church, others might be caused to stumble, who but for this would have remained steadfast. {COL 72.1}

The teaching of this parable is illustrated in God's own dealing with men and angels. Satan is a deceiver. When he sinned in heaven, even the loyal angels did not fully discern his character. This was why God did not at once destroy Satan. Had He done so, the holy angels would not have perceived the justice and love of God. A doubt of God's goodness would have been as evil seed that would yield the bitter fruit of sin and woe. Therefore the author of evil was spared, fully to develop his character. Through long ages God has borne the anguish of beholding the work of evil, He has given the infinite Gift of Calvary, rather than leave any to be deceived by the misrepresentations of the wicked one; for the tares could not be plucked up without danger of uprooting the precious grain. And shall we not be as forbearing toward our fellow men as the Lord of heaven and earth is toward Satan? {COL 72.2}

The world has no right to doubt the truth of Christianity because there are unworthy members in the church, nor should Christians become disheartened because of these false brethren. How was it with the early church? Ananias and Sapphira joined themselves to the disciples. Simon Magus was baptized. Demas, who forsook Paul, had been counted a believer. Judas Iscariot was numbered with the apostles. The Redeemer does not want to lose one soul; His experience with Judas is recorded to show His long patience with perverse human nature; and He bids us bear with it as He has borne. He has said that false brethren will be found in the church till the close of time. {COL 72.3}

Notwithstanding Christ's warning, men have sought to uproot the tares. To punish those who were supposed to be evildoers, the church has had recourse to the civil power. Those who differed from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to death, at the instigation of men who claimed to be acting under the sanction of Christ. But it is the spirit of Satan, not the Spirit of Christ, that inspires such acts. This is Satan's own method of bringing the world under his dominion. God has been misrepresented through the church by this way of dealing with those supposed to be heretics. {COL 74.1}

Not judgment and condemnation of others, but humility and distrust of self, is the teaching of Christ's parable. Not all that is sown in the field is good grain. The fact that men are in the church does not prove them Christians. {COL 74.2}

The tares closely resembled the wheat while the blades were green; but when the field was white for the harvest, the worthless weeds bore no likeness to the wheat that bowed under the weight of its full, ripe heads. Sinners who make a pretension of piety mingle for a time with the true followers of Christ, and the semblance of Christianity is calculated to deceive many; but in the harvest of the world there will be no likeness between good and evil. Then those who have joined the church, but who have not joined Christ, will be manifest. {COL 74.3}

The tares are permitted to grow among the wheat, to have all the advantage of sun and shower; but in the time of harvest ye shall "return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not." Malachi 3:18. Christ Himself will decide who are worthy to dwell with the family of heaven. He will judge every man according to his words and his works. Profession is as nothing in the scale. It is character that decides destiny. {COL 74.4}

The Saviour does not point forward to a time when all the tares become wheat. The wheat and tares grow together until the harvest, the end of the world. Then the tares are bound in bundles to be burned, and the wheat is gathered into the garner of God. "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father." Then "the Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." {COL 75.1}

The more that I study the more important I realize that it is to understand these 3 angel's messages, for only those that have fortified their minds with the truths for this time will stand through the last great conflict. I am tickled to find end time events IN THEIR ORDER in SOP Vol. 4! God has NOT left us in Darkness! Hallelujah! Download the SOP Vol. 4 in PDF format here.

"I have been instructed that we should make prominent the testimony of some of the old workers who are now dead. Let them continue to speak through their articles as found in the early numbers of our papers. These articles should now be reprinted, that there may be a living voice from the Lord's witnesses." Letter 99, 1905

See www.testimonypress.com for some of these great articles.


To whom does God promise protection in times of trial? Revelation 3:10. 

NOTE: "He [Satan] can gain his object only as men voluntarily yield to his temptations. Those who are earnestly seeking a knowledge of the truth and are striving to purify their souls through obedience, thus doing what they can to prepare for the conflict, will find, in the God of truth, a sure defense. . . . He would sooner send every angel out of heaven to protect His people than leave one soul that trusts in Him to be overcome by Satan." The Great Controversy, 560.

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. (Testimonies for the Church Volume 2, p. 109.1)  "The saints then will be an obscure (relatively unknown - a person who is little known) people little KNOWN to the Catholics." --{Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5} sabbath-keepers “will be denounced as enemies of law and order” (The Great Controversy 1888, p. 592.1).

"The vision that Christ presented to John, presenting the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, is to be definitely proclaimed to all nations, people, and tongues. The churches, represented by Babylon, are represented as having fallen from their spiritual state to become a persecuting power against those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. To John this persecuting power is represented as having horns like a lamb, but as speaking like a dragon." Evangelism, p. 197.2, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 117.4

"That night I dreamed that I was in Battle Creek looking out from the side glass at the door and saw a company marching up to the house, two and two. They looked stern and determined. I knew them well and turned to open the parlor door to receive them, but thought I would look again. The scene was changed. The company now presented the appearance of a Catholic procession. One bore in his hand a cross, another a reed. And as they approached, the one carrying a reed made a circle around the house, saying three times: “This house is proscribed. The goods must be confiscated. They have spoken against our holy order.” Terror seized me, and I ran through the house, out of the north door, and found myself in the midst of a company, some of whom I knew, but I dared not speak a word to them for fear of being betrayed. I tried to seek a retired spot where I might weep and pray without meeting eager, inquisitive eyes wherever I turned. I repeated frequently: “If I could only understand this! If they will tell me what I have said or what I have done!”

I wept and prayed much as I saw our goods confiscated. I tried to read sympathy or pity for me in the looks of those around me, and marked the countenances of several whom I thought would speak to me and comfort me if they did not fear that they would be observed by others. I made one attempt to escape from the crowd, but seeing that I was watched, I concealed my intentions. I commenced weeping aloud, and saying: “If they would only tell me what I have done or what I have said!” My husband, who was sleeping in a bed in the same room, heard me weeping aloud and awoke me. My pillow was wet with tears, and a sad depression of spirits was upon me."  Testimonies for the Church Volume 1, p. 578.1

"I saw that God had stretched out His hand the second time to recover the remnant of His people. They are these who have been covered up in the “rubbish” since 1844. I saw that efforts to spread the truth should now be put forth, such as in 1843 and 1844. In the scattering, efforts to spread the truth had but little effect—accomplished but little or nothing—but now in the gathering time, when God has set His hand to gather His people, efforts to spread the truth will have their designed effect; and all should be zealous and united in the work. I saw that a paper was needed, and all should feel interested in it." Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5

"I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hated us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institutions of the people; that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday." Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5

"The church of God below is one with the church of God above. Believers on the earth and the beings in heaven who have never fallen constitute one church. Every heavenly intelligence is interested in the assemblies of the saints who on earth meet to worship God. In the inner court of heaven they listen to the testimony of the witnesses for Christ in the outer court on earth, and the praise and thanksgiving from the worshipers below is taken up in the heavenly anthem, and praise and rejoicing sound through the heavenly courts because Christ has not died in vain for the fallen sons of Adam. While angels drink from the fountainhead, the saints on earth drink of the pure streams flowing from the throne, the streams that make glad the city of our God. Oh, that we could all realize the nearness of heaven to earth! When the earthborn children know it not, they have angels of light as their companions. A silent witness guards every soul that lives, seeking to draw that soul to Christ. As long as there is hope, until men resist the Holy Spirit to their eternal ruin, they are guarded by heavenly intelligences. Let us all bear in mind that in every assembly of the saints below are angels of God, listening to the testimonies, songs, and prayers. Let us remember that our praises are supplemented by the choirs of the angelic host above." --{Testimonies for the Church Volume 6, p. 366.1}

Break the Spell: “Go to Work, Whether You Feel Like It or Not.”—My brethren and sisters, do you desire to break the spell that holds you? Would you arouse from this sluggishness that resembles the torpor of death? Go to work, whether youfeel like it or not. Engage in personal effort to bring souls to Jesus and the knowledge of the truth. In such labor you will find both a stimulus and a tonic; it will both arouse and strengthen. By exercise your spiritual powers will become more vigorous, so that you can with better success work out your own salvation. The stupor of death is upon many who profess Christ. Make every effort to arouse them. Warn, entreat, expostulate. Pray that the melting love of God may warm and soften their icebound natures. Though they may refuse to hear, your labor will not be lost. In the effort to bless others your own souls will be blessed.—Testimonies for the Church 5:387.

"If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God." 3T 281.

"If one neglects the duty Christ has enjoined, of trying to restore those who are in error and sin, he becomes a partaker in the sin. For evils that we might have checked, we are just as responsible as if we were guilty of the acts ourselves." DA 441.

The Word of God says: "Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in his guilt." Lev. 19:17. NIV.

Carrying the Atmosphere of Heaven—Visiting the sick, comforting the poor and the sorrowful for Christ’s sake, will bring to the workers the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and even the countenance will express the peace that dwells in the soul. The faces of men and women who talk with God, to whom the invisible world is a reality, express the peace of God. They carry with them the soft and genial atmosphere of heaven, and diffuse it in deeds of kindness and works of love. Their influence is of a character to win souls to Christ. If all could see and understand, and be doers of the words of God, what peace, what happiness, what health of body and peace of soul, would be the result!

I can finally see why the oil in the wise virgins lamps (lamps = knowledge of the truth) is not able to be shared with the unwise virgins. "No person can give to another his own mold of character (The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.)."  RH September 17, 1895, par. 10


The action you take to carry out the values, ethics and morals that you believe in.

Character is not reflected by what we intend, it is a reflection of what we say and do. The little (and big) things that we choose TODAY determine our destiny!

What is Character?

The action you take to carry out the values, ethics and morals that you believe in.

Consistency between what you say you will do and what you actually do.

Putting the ethics into action.

Defines, builds, or breaks your reputation.

Moral strength. It takes moral courage to do what is right when it may cost more than you  
       are willing to pay.

Who you are and what you do when no one is looking.

The foolish virgins have a head knowledge of the truth and not a working heart experience (The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual) . Because the more you obey the light you are given, the more light you ARE given. You cannot share experience it is something you get by obeying God only. This is why you have to give your ALL to the cause of Christ. If I had not obeyed the light I was shown, I could not have understood the next message. It's like if you don't follow the first clue's instruction in a treasure hunt, you would not understand a clue further down the line, it would mess up the treasure hunt.

Jesus is desperately trying to tell us "I am YOUR righteousness!" Don't you get it? USE my sacrifice to help you through the minefields the devil has laid to trap you! Live YOUR life through me! Ask me to take you for you cannot give yourself to me! MY sinless life/sacrifice will cover your old sins and I WILL help you be sin free like me!  I am your magic potion to use to be good. When you come to me, just as you are, I CAN HELP YOU! You must ask for the help. YOU MUST CHOOSE ME!

To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit ("the fruit of the Spirit (the fruit or result of having and knowing Jesus inside you) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23.); for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us.Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3


Healed 

= (H7495), to mend, to cure, heal, physician, make whole!

Christ alone is able to do this, for “in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful (full of mercy) and faithful (trust worthy, full of faith) High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people . . . For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succour (to aid, relieve, help) them that are tempted” Hebrews 2:17-18.

Who His Own Self bare our sins in His Own body upon the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed !” 
I Peter 2:24 and ref: Matthew 8:14-17*

(Col 4:5 KJV) "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." (Eph 5:16 KJV) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (1 Cor 7:29 KJV) But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; (Rom 13:11 KJV) And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. (Psa 90:12 KJV) "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."

Compromise for the present without concern for the future is foolishness.

CHRIST GAVE HIS CHILDREN THE AUTHORITY TO SPEAK WITH AUTHORITY!

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

Into the Lion's Den and Fiery Furnace
The Fourth Man in the Furnace

In Daniel what we see is a man completely faithful to God. He is consistent. The plot of his enemies counted on that fact. And look at this, a law was passed regarding religious worship. The decree affected everybody, but it was all about Daniel. In the end of time, there is another decree that will also impact everyone, but its real purpose will be all about a small remnant: it will be about those who are faithful in following Jesus.

"As the children of Israel charged all their suffering upon Moses, he was greatly distressed, and felt almost like murmuring because the Lord delayed to deliver his people. They were not yet prepared to be delivered. They had but little faith, and were unwilling to patiently suffer and perseveringly endure their afflictions, until God should work for them a glorious deliverance." The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 1, p. 180.3

What is Christ waiting for? FOR US to manifest His Character! Which is the fruits of having the Spirit of Jesus living inside us: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance! Will He find Faith? Which is TRUST IN GOD?

“And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” They had neglected to prepare themselves to meet the bridegroom, and now turned to those who had provided themselves with oil (daily studying the Bible/SOP and praying to God for the "Holy" Spirit or Divine influences: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance)

Where did Daniel start? BY EATING RIGHT! JESUS FASTED 40 days before He started His ministry! Where should we start? By what we put into our bodies! And by the words that we speak! 

"Then one of the most solemn addresses was given upon temperance. The subject was taken up from the table. 'Here,' said the speaker, 'is the appetite created for love of strong liquor. Appetite and passion are the ruling sins of the age. Appetite, the way it is indulged, influences the stomach and excites the animal propensities. The moral powers are depressed and become the slave to appetite. The use of flesh meats stimulates and inflames; the flesh of dead animals produces disease of almost every type and the afflicted think and talk as though God's providence had something to do with it when the cause of their sufferings was what they placed upon their own tables in butter, in spices, in cheese, in flesh meats and a variety of dishes that are not liquor, which tempt constantly to eat too much.'" --Ms 7, 1874, p. 3. 7MR 347

"For your own personal enjoyment in this world I entreat of you both to be health reformers. Emma, educate your appetite. Banish butter, cheese, flesh meats, and every article that is not the most simple and the best calculated to make a healthy quality of blood."--Letter 47a, 1874, p. 2. 7MR 347

"It seems so hard for some, even for their conscience' sake, to deny themselves the things that do not tend to health. We felt drawn out to speak to some on this subject. I shall not be clear unless I speak decidedly, for the spirit of self-indulgence will increase unless we take a decided stand. I have had grace given me to present decidedly the subject of health reform. Butter, cheese, flesh meats of dead animals, rich cake and poor cookery create disease and will certainly corrupt the blood, bring disease and suffering, and pervert the discernment. I beseech our people, to consider that health reform is essential and that which we place in our stomachs should be the simple nourishment of good, plainly prepared bread and fruits and grains. I shall have a much sharper testimony to bear on this subject. We must deny perverted appetite. I urge upon our people to learn the art of simplicity in eating. When will our people heed the word of the Lord given to caution them?"--Ms 5, 1879, pp. 3, 4. 7MR 348

"Not a morsel of meat or butter has been on my table since I returned. We have milk, fruit, grains, and vegetables. For a time I lost all desire for food. Like the children of Israel, I hankered after flesh meats. But I firmly refused to have meat bought or cooked. I was weak and trembling, as every one who subsists on meat will be when deprived of the stimulus. But now my appetite has returned, I enjoy bread and fruit, my head is generally clear, and my strength firmer. I have none of the goneness so common with meat eaters. I have had my lesson, and, I hope, learned it well. . . . 7MR 349

"It seems so hard for some, even for their conscience' sake, to deny themselves the things that do not tend to health. We felt drawn out to speak to some on this subject. I shall not be clear unless I speak decidedly, for the spirit of self-indulgence will increase unless we take a decided stand. I have had grace given me to present decidedly the subject of health reform. Butter, cheese, flesh meats of dead animals, rich cake and poor cookery create disease and will certainly corrupt the blood, bring disease and suffering, and pervert the discernment. I beseech our people, to consider that health reform is essential and that which we place in our stomachs should be the simple nourishment of good, plainly prepared bread and fruits and grains. I shall have a much sharper testimony to bear on this subject. We must deny perverted appetite. I urge upon our people to learn the art of simplicity in eating. When will our people heed the word of the Lord given to caution them?"--Ms 5, 1879, pp. 3, 4. 

Concerning flesh meat, we should educate the people to let it alone. Its use is contrary to the best development of the physical, mental, and moral powers. And we should bear a clear testimony against the use of tea and coffee. It is also well to discard rich desserts. Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit and cannot afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet. 7T 134

Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh-meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit, and can not afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health-reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health-reform diet. 7T 135

I think that healthy, growing youth need a nourishing diet, especially when dispensing with meat, which has an immediate stimulating influence, to be followed by depression. Meat eating cannot be tolerated in the school. Tea or coffee should not be allowed. And if the students are allowed to have lunches in their rooms, unwholesome food will be eaten, which will be deleterious to health.--Letter 141, 1899, pp. 1, 2. (To A. G. Daniells, W. C. White and E. R. Palmer, September 15, 1899.) Released June 21, 1978. 8MR 372

Every church should be staunch and true to the light God has given. Some justify their use of tea and of meat by saying that they have been in the habit of eating meat and drinking tea. But this is a great evil. He who thus tries to justify these practices is not walking in the light. Some try to live the truth but their habits are not brought into conformity with the will of God. Their appetites and passions bear away the victory, and the safeguards are broken down. How then will the church be prepared to help those newly come to the faith. They are far behind in the principles of health reform, and lead others in the same line.--Ms 49, 1898, p. 14. ("The Lack of Spirituality in Our Churches," April 9, 1898.) Released June 21, 1978. 8MR 383

Closing Sequence and Sabbath

Daniel provides us an encouragement. Consider the plottings that will come our way. When we are faithful in following Jesus, true to God and His Sabbath, we will fall under the beady eyeballs of God’s enemies. Events will happen in sequence that will lead us to our own “lion’s den” experience. Do you know the sequence?

For maximum detail, we gather the basic order of events from a book called The Great Controversy. We understand this guidance to be inspired. That is, that the Holy Spirit revealed to the author by means of prophesy, details that would be of special benefit for we who live at this end of time.

As Daniel could see things developing around him, and went straight on faithfully, we, in some respects, can see events shaping around us as well. And we must go on, faithfully.

The idea is to follow Jesus wherever He goes. Daniel followed Jesus right into the lion’s den, and we are to follow Jesus right into the lion’s den. As an aid then, to those who would follow closely, God reveals things before they come to pass. And now, a dozen way marks on our pathway to the lion’s den. Just one proviso: Although there is a rough sequence, there is at several places considerable overlap in what follows.

  1. Long struggle concerning God, His character, His government, His law (Begins in Genesis, ends in Revelation). “The last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle of the long-standing controversy concerning the law of God” (The Great Controversy, p. 582).
  2. The theory of the removal of God’s law leads to sharp decline in morals, fast-spreading corruption. “The doctrine that men are released from obedience to God’s requirements has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon the world” (p. 585).
  3. Removal of respect for His law means His removal of His blessings and protection. (Removal of this protection also leaves Protestants open to the deception of joining with Rome, which they soon embark upon.) “The Lord. . . will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His law and teaching and forcing others to do the same” (p. 589).
  4. “Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world” (pp. 588, 589).
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"Mum and dad belong to us on Sunday"

First European Citizens' initiative for a work-free Sunday in Europe

We need a work-free Sunday in all of Europe,

• because children need a family day, which is protected as a day off-work

• because this brings Europe forward on it's way to become the most child-friendly region in the world

• because according to EU legislation, Sunday is the weekly rest day for children and adolescents

• because schools and public institutions never used to work on Sundays and do not intend to do so in the future  - despite of various  religious, cultural and ethnical backgrounds

• because studies prove the positive health effects of the work-free free Sunday

• because every person needs spare time - to relax, to be active in civil society, for hobbies and for religion

• because the work-free Sunday is an essential pillar of the European Social Model and a part of the European cultural heritage.

Can you hear the rumblings?
  1. Further societal consequences of removal of blessing and protection:
    a. “Populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation” (p. 589).
    b. Natural disasters increase (pp. 589, 590).

    [[[[ We are today more or less here, at step 5 and 6, and approaching 7 ]]]]

  2. c. Food shortages (p. 590).
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    The last act in the drama of this earths history is a people giving a 3 messages followed by a forth Rev 14
    1st message Fear (Obey) God.
    2nd message Babylon =Babel= Confusion is fallen = COME OUT OF HER = ALL CHURCHES (even SDA)!!!
    3rd Angel If any man worship the beast (Papacy/trinity of gods or received his mark (Sunday Worship when enacted by legislation), him will the plagues fall on.

  1. General claim made: “The fast-spreading corruption is largely attributable to the desecration of the so-called ‘Christian sabbath’. . . the enforcement of Sunday observance would greatly improve the morals of society” (p. 587).
  2. Specific claim made: “The class that have provoked the displeasure of heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God’s commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity” (p. 590).
  3. A full blend of church-state union now demands “that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the law of God” (p. 591).
  4. Seventh-day Adventists who are faithful (people who are a restorer of the breach - restorer of the old paths of Historic Adventism = “I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109"The saints then will be an obscure people little KNOWN to the Catholics." --{Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5} sabbath-keepers “will be denounced as enemies of law and order” (p. 592).
  5. “Rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance” (p. 592).
  6. Rights of conscience not respected, laws passed. “All who refuse compliance will be visited with civil penalties. . .” (p. 604).
  7. Death decree. “It will be urged that the few who stand in opposition to an institution of the church and a law of the state ought not to be tolerated. . . a decree will finally be issued against those who hallow the sabbath of the fourth commandment, denouncing them as deserving of the severest punishment and giving the people liberty, after a certain time, to put them to death” (pp. 615, 616).

There are references to Satan appearing in the period leading up to the end, but it is only as “the crowning act” that He actually comes fully out into the open and appears claiming to be Christ (p. 624). Statements about Satan’s appearing in the pages leading up to “the crowning act” are always more general (pp. 588, 589). References to the subtle work of influence by evil spirits at pp. 591 and 604 make little sense if he is already present actually impersonating Christ, but much sense if the 588, 589 statements are speaking broadly of general demonic activity.

Look at what inspiration says in this sequence: The crisis develops from bottom to top, not top to bottom. It does not come down directly from world leaders and popes, it comes up from popular demand and political seeking of public favor. The demand for Sunday laws—the influence that actually makes the difference—comes from your next door neighbor.

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Sunday is for children

"Mum and dad belong to us on Sunday": Nowadays, this slightly changed former German labour union slogan is more up to date than ever before. Many times, especially children suffer from the so-called "flexibilization" of the labour market. Children have a right to their parents and vice versa. We can only protect children, if their parents have time for them. With a free Sunday, there is at least one fixed spare day a week. This is, why we demand a work-free Sunday in Europe.

Sunday - A day like no other

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The loose sequence we have here marked out offers cause for thankfulness. God has shown us before it comes to pass, that we might prepare. The road into the lion’s den for us is paved with the example of thankful Daniel. We need not be mistaken by fables that circulate (1 Timothy 1:4; 4:7; 2 Timothy 4:4). Our watchword is not fear but thankfulness. The eye of Jesus is on His children.

Conclusion

That’s just the way it should be, isn't it? That our God would provide for us the encouragement of understanding the experience of other of His followers who have gone before us. Three times a day, Daniel gave thanks to God. Even in Babylon; even with his life endangered; even in the face of ugly religious laws.

We need to be careful. Some who do not understand the Bible might look at what we believe and say that all that God’s church has to offer is a religion of fear. They would be wrong though—at least if we are trusting in God as did Daniel. I am convinced that we can trust Jesus, we can be thankful for whatever He permits to come our way, no matter how unfairly or painfully we are impacted.

Ours is a religion of hope. We believe that our God will bring sin to a conclusion. We believe that all suffering will be ended, all love will ultimately prevail. We do not believe this out of an empty hope, but out of one that is very full.

Ours is a caring God who did not abandon Daniel and will not abandon us. He will walk through with us. We must watch and pray, but we have no business offering unfounded fear-mongering stories that cause some to see the religion of God’s people as foolish. If we receive the Spirit of God, we will have the Spirit of Jesus, we will have the help of our Father.

Into the lion's den? Yes. Without Jesus? Never. He will be with us as He was with Daniel. For this we can be thankful.


"The work must be carried forward in the simplicity of truth. God says: “I have words of encouragement for you.” The Lord has in our large cities many precious souls who have not bowed the knee to Baal, and He has those who have worshiped Baal ignorantly. On these the light of truth is to shine, that they may see Christ as the way, the truth, and the life. Testimonies for the Church Volume 9, p. 142.1

... Israel and the prophets of Baal. A lone man in that vast ... sight are the altars of Baal. Ahab stands at the head of the priests of Baal, and all wait in anxious

"Yet this apostasy, widespread as it has come to be, is not universal. Not all in the world are lawless and sinful; not all have taken sides with the enemy. God has many thousands who have not bowed the knee to Baal, many who long to understand more fully in regard to Christ and the law, many who are hoping against hope that Jesus will come soon to end the reign of sin and death. And there are many who have been worshiping Baal ignorantly, but with whom the Spirit of God is still striving.—Prophets and Kings, 170, 171.

Have You Oil in Your Vessels With Your Lamps?


“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.”

Though five of these virgins are represented as wise and five as foolish, all had lamps. They had all been convicted that they must prepare for the coming of the bridegroom, and all had gained a knowledge of the truth. There was no apparent difference between the wise and the foolish until the cry was made, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him;” but the true state of things was then developed. The wise had taken precautions to carry oil with them in their vessels, so that their lamps that were beginning to burn dimly might be replenished with oil; but the foolish had not provided for this emergency, and now they made an earnest, distressed petition to those who were wise. “And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” They had neglected to prepare themselves to meet the bridegroom, and now turned to those who had provided themselves with oil (daily studying the Bible/SOP and praying to God for the "Holy" Spirit or Divine influences: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance). “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.”

(Foolish Virgins = those with a knowledge of pure truth who do not put it into practice)

In reading this parable one cannot but pity the foolish virgins, and ask the question, Why is it that the wise did not divide their supply of oil? But as we make the spiritual application of the parable, we can see the reason. It is not possible for those who have faith and grace to divide their supply with those who have not. It is not possible for those who have made a thorough heart work, to impart the benefit of this to those who have done but surface work. The parable is designed to point out the peril of doing a surface work. Many profess to be Christians, and for a time their half-heartedness is not discerned. The difference between them and those who are truly pious is not made apparent. This parable should awaken solemn reflections. Considering it we should ask ourselves, Are we doers of the words of Christ? Are we building on the rock? Are we, in our probationary time, making our calling and election sure? We should not soothe our consciences in expectation of heaven, when we are not bearing the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian life. Paul says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

All the ten virgins appeared to be ready for the coming of the bridegroom, and yet the test brought out the fact that five were unready. Those who have true piety esteem and revere the law of God. Through the grace of Christ they exemplify the principles of the law in their lives, and will not willfully break any of the commandments of God. They realize that “to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” They yield to Christ, who leads men to repentance of sin, who pardons the penitent soul, and clothes him with his own righteousness. The converted soul has a hatred of sin; he does not indulge in self-complacency, self-love, self-sufficiency, nor pass on day after day, claiming to be a Christian, and yet bringing dishonor upon Christ by misrepresenting him in character. Those who make this mistake, and pass on filled with self-righteousness, have not in reality made the first step heavenward. The first step toward heaven is conviction of sin, the second is repentance and obedience. True piety never exalts self.

The foolish virgins do not represent those who are hypocritical. They had a regard for truth, they advocated the truth, they were intending to go forth to meet the bridegroom. They are attached to those who believe the truth, and go with them, having lamps, which represent a knowledge of the truth. When there was a revival in the church, their feelings were stirred; but they failed to have oil in their vessels, because they did not bring the principles of godliness into their daily life and character. They did not fall upon the rock Christ Jesus, and permit their old nature to be broken up. This class is represented also by the stony-ground hearers. Christ said: “Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside; and the fowls came and devoured them up; some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth; and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth.” Jesus explains these stony-ground hearers, and says, “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for awhile; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”

Many receive the truth readily, but they fail to assimilate truth, and its influence is not abiding. They are like the foolish virgins, who had no oil in their vessels with their lamps. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, which is brought into the soul through faith in Jesus Christ. Those who earnestly search the Scriptures with much prayer, who rely upon God with firm faith, who obey his commandments, will be among those who are represented as wise virgins. The teachings of the word of God are not yea and nay, but yea and amen. The requirement of the gospel is far-reaching. Says the apostle, “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Practical piety will not be attained by giving the grand truths of the Bible a place in the outer courts of the heart. The religion of the Bible must be brought into the large and the little affairs of life. It must furnish the powerful motives and principles that will regulate the Christian’s character and course of action.

Human nature is depraved, and is justly condemned by a holy God. But provision is made for the repenting sinner, so that by faith in the atonement of the only begotten Son of God, he may receive forgiveness of sin, find justification, receive adoption into the heavenly family, and become an inheritor of the kingdom of God. Transformation of character is wrought through the operation of the Holy Spirit, which works upon the human agent, implanting in him, according to his desire and consent to have it done, a new nature. The image of God is restored to the soul, and day by day he is strengthened and renewed by grace, and is enabled more and more perfectly to reflect the character of Christ in righteousness and true holiness.

The oil so much needed by those who are represented as foolish virgins, is not something to be put on the outside. They need to bring the truth into the sanctuary of the soul, that it may cleanse, refine, and sanctify. It is not theory that they need; it is the sacred teachings of the Bible, which are not uncertain, disconnected doctrines, but are living truths, that involve eternal interests that center in Christ. In him is the complete system of divine truth. The salvation of the soul, through faith in Christ, is the ground and pillar of the truth. Those who exercise true faith in Christ make it manifest by holiness of character, by obedience to the law of God. They realize that the truth as it is in Jesus reaches heaven, and compasses eternity. They understand that the Christian’s character should represent the character of Christ, and be full of grace and truth. To them is imparted the oil of grace, which sustains a never-failing light. The Holy Spirit in the heart of the believer, makes him complete in Christ. It is not a decided evidence that a man or a woman is a Christian because he manifests deep emotion when under exciting circumstances. He who is Christlike has a deep, determined, persevering element in his soul, and yet has a sense of his own weakness, and is not deceived and misled by the Devil, and made to trust in himself. He has a knowledge of the word of God, and knows that he is safe only as he places his hand in the hand of Jesus Christ, and keeps firm hold upon him.

Character is revealed by a crisis. When the earnest voice proclaimed at midnight, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,” the sleeping virgins roused from their slumbers, and it was seen who had made preparation for the event. Both parties were taken unawares, but one was prepared for the emergency, and the other was found without preparation. Character is revealed by circumstances. Emergencies bring out the true metal of character. Some sudden and unlooked-for calamity, bereavement, or crisis, some unexpected sickness or anguish, something that brings the soul face to face with death, will bring out the true inwardness of the character. It will be made manifest whether or not there is any real faith in the promises of the word of God. It will be made manifest whether or not the soul is sustained by grace, whether there is oil in the vessel with the lamp.

Testing times come to all. How do we conduct ourselves under the test and proving of God? Do our lamps go out? or do we still keep them burning? Are we prepared for every emergency by our connection with Him who is full of grace and truth? The five wise virgins could not impart their character to the five foolish virgins. Character must be formed by us as individuals. It cannot be transferred to another, even if the possessor were willing to make the sacrifice. There is much we can do for each other while mercy still lingers. We can represent the character of Christ. We can give faithful warnings to the erring. We can reprove, rebuke, with all long-suffering and doctrine, bringing the doctrines of Holy Writ home to the heart. We can give heartfelt sympathy. We can pray with and for one another. By living a circumspect life, by maintaining a holy conversation, we may give an example of what a Christian should be; but no person can give to another his own mold of character. Let us duly consider the fact that we are to be saved, not as companies, but as individuals. We shall be judged according to the character we have formed. It is perilous to neglect to prepare the soul for eternity, and to put off making our peace with God until upon a dying bed. It is by the daily transactions of life, by the spirit we manifest, that we determine our eternal destiny. He who is faithful in that which is least, is faithful also in much. If we have made Christ our pattern, if we have walked and worked as he has given us an example in his own life, we shall be able to meet the solemn surprises that will come upon us in our experience, and say from our heart, “Not my will, but thine, be done.
It is in probationary time, the time in which we are living, that we should calmly contemplate the terms of salvation, and live according to the conditions laid down in the word of God. We should educate and train ourselves, hour by hour and day by day, by careful discipline, to perform every duty. We should become acquainted with God and with Jesus Christ whom he has sent. In every trial it is our privilege to draw upon him who has said, “Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.” The Lord says he is more willing to give us the Holy Spirit than parents are to give bread to their children. Then let us have the oil of grace in our vessels with our lamps, that we may not be found among those who are represented as foolish virgins, who were not prepared to go forth to meet the bridegroom." RH September 17, 1895, par. 4

"Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices (multitudes of voices), all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand." (GC 612) 

Transgression has almost reached its limit. Confusion fills the world, and a great terror is soon to come upon human beings.”  Last Day Events, p. 41.4


"Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the RELIGIOUS BODIES. A compelling power moves the honest, (remember how a compelling power moved all of the animals INTO Noah's ark to be saved? This SAME compelling power calls His People OUT of all churches into the ark of TRUTH and God's covering that is being drawn over His People) while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them.... Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites (joins) with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 193-196, Early Writings, p. 278.1

"Few realize the dangerous character of the sentiments that we are having to meet. I have been over the ground. I have been given plain words to speak concerning these specious, bewitching sentiments. If they are not most decidedly met and reproved, souls will be lost. We can not afford to be deceived. We must point our people to the old landmarks. We are to obtain strength and courage from on high, that we may obey the command given me, "Meet it.""  SpM 339.5 
 
"God has given me light regarding our periodicals. What is it?--He has said that the dead are to speak. How?--Their works shall follow them. We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work. They moved forward step by step under the influence of the Spirit of God. One by one these pioneers are passing away. The word given me is, Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced." RH, May 25, 1905 par. 22


What rejoiced Ellen White’s heart most in hearing the more mature Gospel presented in our 1888 history was the union of justification by faith with sanctification by faith. “I have had the question asked, “What do you think of this light that these men are presenting?” Why, I have been presenting it to you for the last forty-five years—the matchless charms of Christ. This is what I have been trying to present before your minds. When Brother Waggoner brought out these ideas in Minneapolis, it was the first clear teaching on this subject from any human lips I had heard, excepting the conversations between myself and my husband. I have said to myself, It is because God has presented it to me in vision that I see it so clearly, and they cannot see it because they have never had it presented to them as I have. And when another presented it, every fiber of my heart said, Amen.”

The tares are gathered into the midst of apostate Jerusalem, Ezekiel 22:17-31. This is precisely what happened in the type in 70 A.D. Ellen White said that was a prefigure which is a type! Zion is theremnant that go forth OUT OF APOSTATE JERUSALEM, Isaiah 37:31, 32. This remnant is also the Third Angel who selects, seals and binds the wheat for the heavenly garner:

"I then saw the THIRD ANGEL. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner." E.G. White, Early Writings, 118.

"The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message WAS NOT to be committed to the religious leaders of the people." E.. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, 199, 200.

"The third angel's message will not be comprehended, the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light, by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory." E.G. White, Review and Herald, 5-27-1890, p. 321.

So Great Salvation!

"To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit"! Selected Messages Book Book 1, Page 395
ASK HIM TO IMPART THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!! WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? 

"The Lord would have His people sound in the faith—not ignorant of the great salvation so abundantly provided for them. They are NOT to look forward,thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is NOW complete. The believer is NOT called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do thisHe is to accept Christ as his peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse from all those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace of Christ. To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us.Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God.The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side."--GC 612 (1911).

Some will listen to these warnings, but by the vast majority they will be disregarded.--HP 343 (1897).

"I saw that many professed Sabbathkeepers will come short of everlasting life." TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH VOLUME 1, PAGE 533

Many who hear the message--by far the greatest number--will not credit the solemn warning (to come OUT of ALL churches denominations including SDA). Many will be  found disloyal to the commandments of God, which are a test of character. The Lord's servants will be called enthusiasts. (fanatics/offshoot) Ministers will warn the people not to listen to them. Noah received the same treatment while the Spirit of God was urging him to give the message, whether men would hear or whether they would forbear.--TM 233 (1895).

"The work of sanctification is the work of a lifetime; it must go on continually; but this work cannot go on in the heart while the light on any part of the truth is rejected or neglected. The sanctified soul will not be content to remain in ignorance, but will desire to walk in the light and to seek for greater light. As a miner digs for gold and silver, so the follower of Christ will seek for truth as for hidden treasures, and will press from light to a greater light, ever increasing in knowledge. He will continually grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Self must be overcome. Every defect of character must be discerned in God’s great mirror. We may discover whether or not we are condemned by God’s standard of character."  Selected Messages Book 1, p. 317.2

"As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to them.”  The Desire of Ages, p. 283.4

When the storm of persecution really breaks upon us, . . . then will the message of the third angel swell to a loud cry, and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord.--6T 401 (1900).


"As the storm approaches (Notice it is not here yet) a LARGE CLASS who have professed faith in the third message, (Note- Not Catholics, not Evangelicals not Muslims, not hula dancers, but those that have professed faith in the 3 angel's messages) but have not been sanctified through it, (sanctification comes through obedience, how do we obey the THIRD MESSAGE? "Go Ye OUT to meet Him! Come OUT of her my people that ye be not partakers of her sins and receive not of her plagues) Abandon their position, (NOTICE, Abandon their position, NOT THE CHURCH) and take refuge under the banner of the powers of darkness. By uniting with the world (hum... think this has anything to do with the ecumenical drive to join and be like all the other churches?) and partaking of it's spirit, they come to view matters in NEARLY the same light; and when the test is brought, (What test? The Sunday law test that shall come upon the whole world!) they are prepared to choose the EASY, POPULAR Side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become THE MOST BITTER Enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbath- Keepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, THESE APOSTATES are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. (SOP Vol 4 Pg. 426)
 
And so one sentence tells us all we need to know, that the majority of those in the church will stay with the ship and go down with the ship, into worldly eating, living, dressing, and doctrines of devils, driven on with the Spiritual formation and devilish excitement of worship of the leaders in place of God.
 
The Midnight cry is still going forth to the professed people of God, it is the test for us, for when the Sunday law comes, probation is already past for Sabbath keepers.

God help the faithful few to stand NOW when champions are few, to fight the battles of the Lord. This is the last hour of decision time.

Will you be faithful to God? Will I?

The Union of Justification and Sanctification

"Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message 
and I have answered, "It is the third angel's message in verity."--1SM 372 (1890).

--What is Justification?  Justification is the gift from God of full and complete pardon from passed acknowledged, confessed, and forsaken sins (Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9, 1SM 391, 6BC 1071).  Justification is manifested by the transformation of character (6BC 1071), and is not given or retained while transgressing God's law (1SM 213, 366, James 2:24).  It is not "once justified (saved) always justified (saved)!"



Unbelief vs Faith

"THERE IS NO SIN GREATER THAN UNBELIEF."---My Life Today, p. 14.2 

OBEDIENCE IS PROOF OF FAITH

John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." Rev 21:8

What is Faith? “Faith is trusting God.” (Education, p. 253)  "To each was given according to his faith." (Caleb and Joshua) (PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, PAGE 513)   We Expect too little of our Father? "According to your faith be it unto you . . . !" Matthew 9:29.  “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4.  

"Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is yours. A single earnest expression of faith strengthens faith; but every expression of doubt confirms doubt, and helps to gather about your soul the dark shadows of unbelief." ST March 5, 1885, par. 12

Those who exercise true faith in Christ make it manifest by holiness of character, by obedience to the law of God. They realize that the truth as it is in Jesus reaches heaven, and compasses eternity. They understand that the Christian’s character should represent the character of Christ, and be full of grace and truth. 

God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

Faith and Hope means positive expectation in our God!

--What is Sanctification?  Sanctification is the continual growing in grace (7BC 947) by daily studying God's word (1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Timothy 4:5, John 17:19) and daily dying to self by conforming to God's will (4T 299).  We must keep God's law to attain and maintain sanctification (CH 69, GC 467, 2T 472).  Thus it means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to God's will (Isaiah 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, AA 565).

"It [sanctification] is not merely a theory, an emotion, or a form of words, but a living, active principle, entering into the everyday life. It requires that our habits of eating, drink­ing, and dressing, be such as to secure the preservation of physical, mental, and moral health, that we may present to the Lord our bodies—not an offering corrupted by wrong habits, but—`a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.' "—Temperance, p. 19.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

I believe the biggest thing for those who are striving to be Saints, perfect, blameless, so Jesus can present us without fault before the Father - is our words we speak. By our words....we are sanctified or condemned....Jesus says He judges by what he HEARS. 

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. John 5:30
Isn't that amazing? He judges by what He HEARS!
I want no trace of self, not one speck of ambition, self-respect, self-esteem, self-will. Just as Jesus did not have these, neither do I want these traits. I want no agenda, no plans for myself, no path for success other than what would please our Heavenly Father in every step, every decision, every thought and word. I want to empty myself, lay aside, make of none effect, my own carnal fleshly wants and desires. I want to be able to perform all of my duties by the power of God through the ministration of angels.

What is the definition of ambition? an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame, or wealth, and the willingness to strive for its attainment: Too much ambition caused him to be disliked by his colleagues.

What is self-respect = self esteem or PRIDE in oneself! We should have self-doubt, and uncertainty about ourselves - but complete belief and confidence in the will of God for our lives - to carry out HIS objectives His ways, HIS CHOICES in our every decision....
pride in oneself is self respect per the dictionary.
Synonyms:amour-propre, conceitconfidencedignity,egotism, faith in oneself, moralenarcissismself-assurance, self-content, self-regard, self-satisfaction, vanityworth
Antonyms:self-doubt, uncertainty

SELF-WILL defined by the dictionary: bullheadedness. 
Part of Speech:noun
Definition:obstinacy
Synonyms:doggedness, hardheadedness, headstrongness,mulishness, obstinateness, pertinaciousness,pertinacity, pigheadedness, resolveself-willstubbornness, tenaciousness, tenacitywillfulness

See, these are all things the world teaches you that you NEED!!! Jesus says no, we need Him. Of ourselves WE CAN DO NOTHING!!! Just as Jesus said. HE IS OUR EXAMPLE!!!

Sanctify them by the truth, your word is truth”. (John 17:17). Jesus CHRIST, the Son of the Living God is the "TRUTH"!!! Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Jesus is the WORD, the Bible is the revelation of God sent to us through His Son Jesus the Word of God! See Proverbs 30:4 answered by Revelation 19:13, "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood (crucified): and his name is called The Word of God." THE BIBLE IS ALIVE = the devil always has a counterfeit for truth - the devil has a book of sorceries (witchcraft) GOD has the BIBLE!!! THE BIBLE is REAL! THE VERSES IN IT ARE ALIVE! THEY ARE PROMISES for us to claim that God will fulfill!

Jesus IS (the whole of God’s revealed will)
"
Whoever hates Me also hates My Father." 
John 15:23

"[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting—holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens." Hebrews 7:26

Studying the Bible, the curtain that separates the visible from the invisible world is lifted, and we behold the conflict of the opposing forces of good and evil, from the first entrance of sin, to the final triumph of righteousness and truth; and all is but a revelation of the character of God.

Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons.


Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless (Pure and Holy and just in conduct and in conversation, no lie was found upon their lips: (spotless, untainted, without blemish)not self-willed or arrogant or presumptuous; he must not be quick-tempered or given to drink or pugnacious (brawling, violent); he must not be grasping and greedy for filthy lucre (financial gain) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will). Psalm 119:1

"Let my heart be sound (sincere and wholehearted and blameless) in Your statutes, that I may not be put to shame." Psalm 119:80

"For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the men of integrity, blameless and complete [in God’s sight], shall remain in it;" Proverbs 2:21

Proverbs 11:20
  • They who are willfully contrary in heart are extremely disgusting and shamefully vile in the eyes of the Lord, 
  • Proverbs 28:10
    • Whoever leads the upright astray into an evil way, he will himself fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.

Listen to the words of your heart and understand that they are "devarim", things; that are defining the course of your life right now. Our thoughts and words "exhale" the breath of God that was given to each of us. In a very real sense they are "prayers" we are constantly offering...



Reading the Bible is like learning a new language - the language of Heaven - the Language of your soul.

God's Word (Jesus + the Bible) will form your thoughts and prayers when prayerfully studied with a desire to implement them in your life. The Bible will become the language of your soul. The Bible is the revealed language of Heaven and God Himself, the God and Father of Jesus.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21

Deuteronomy 18:13 You shall be blameless [and absolutely true] to the Lord your God.

1 Chronicles 28:9 Know God "[have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with, and understand Him; appreciate, heed, and cherish Him] and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind. For the Lord searches all hearts and minds and understands all the wanderings of the thoughts. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him as your first and vital necessity] you will find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever!"

1 Kings 8:61 Let your hearts therefore be blameless and wholly true to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as today.


"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14 (KJV)

"For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in WORD, the same is a perfect man (blameless, faultless), and able also to bridle the whole body." James 3:2

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Our words index the state of our heart; and whether men talk much or little, their words express the character of their thoughts. A man’s character may be quite accurately estimated by the nature of his conversation." YI June 13, 1895, par. 3

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29KJV

Proverbs 12:13 "The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble."

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it." Ephesians 4:29 Amplified Bible (AMP)

"Do not find fault and criticizeThus you spend your energies in Satan's causeDo not give way to anger because you think that you are misunderstood. Was not your Master misunderstood? Speak no word of doubt or unbelief. The more you talk of the difficulties in the way, the larger will they appear. Do not accuse your brethren. Rather accuse yourselves. An untold amount of mischief is done by words of faultfinding and slander. Never tear down the reputation of a fellow being."  {RH, November 10, 1910 par. 12}

Amplified Bible
For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect (blamelessman, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature." James 3:2

Mark the perfect (blameless) man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

Psalm 15:2 He who walks and lives uprightly and blamelessly, who works rightness and justice and speaks and thinks the truth in his heart,

Psalm 18:23 I was upright before Him and blameless with Him, ever [on guard] to keep myself free from my sin and guilt.

  • The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).
  • 1 Timothy 5:1-7 Amplified Bible (AMP):
    Do not sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers;
    [Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.
    [Always] treat with great consideration and give aid to those who are truly widowed (solitary and without support).
    But if a widow has children or grandchildren, see to it that these are first made to understand that it is their religious duty [to defray their natural obligation to those] at home, and make return to their parentsor grandparents [for all their care by contributing to their maintenance], for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
    Now [a woman] who is a real widow and is left entirely alone anddesolate has fixed her hope on God and perseveres in supplications and prayers night and day,
    Whereas she who lives in pleasure and self-gratification [giving herself up to luxury and self-indulgence] is dead even while she [still] lives.
    7 TELL /"Charge [the people] thus, so that they may be without reproach and blameless.

  • 1 Timothy 5:7 Charge [the people] thus, so that they may be without reproach and blameless.
Psalm 101:6
  • My eyes shall [look with favor] upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; he who walks blamelessly, he shall minister (consecrated workers) to me.

    Psalm 119:1
    • Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).
Examples of blameless or perfect people:
“I believe He accepts me,” she said, “I believe He loves me and I all undeserving, have His peace.”
  1. Noah
  2. Abraham
  3. David
  4. Asa
  5. Saul later Paul
  6. Jesus the Son of His God and Father became flesh the Son of his earthly father by adoption, our example! Just as we become sons and daughters of His heavenly Father by ADOPTION! Things with Jesus go in reverse for us...like twice born...see more about that on this page: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/ (search for  "twice born".
    1. "As Christ was twice born, once in eternity, the only begotten of the Father, and again here in the flesh, thus uniting the divine with the human in that second birth, so we, who have been born once already in the flesh, are to have the second birth, being born again of the Spirit, in order that our experience may be the same, the human and the divine being joined in a life union." W.W. PRESCOTT Review and Herald, April 14, 1896 p. 232.

      "He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, GOD's first- born, to the earth, and was born again, But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of GOD, was born again, in order that we might be born again." A.T. JONES

      "If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again? No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God." Review and Herald, Aug. 1, 1899 (Lessons on Faith p. 154.)

      "Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." (GC 493)

      Firstborn of every creature (Col 1:15-16) Before creation.

      Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (This is why the Jews killed Jesus - for "blasphemy" saying that before Abraham "I am" or that he existed was born of God prior to Bethlehem. If you believe and share this = you will be hated and persecuted also - perhaps beheaded, just as Jesus suffered persecution.

      John 6:42 They said, "Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, 'I came down from heaven'?"

      The words "going forth" actually means "Origins" and is translated in many bibles that way. So his origin was in eternity, from everlasting, just as Proverbs 8 says.

      “Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900)

      “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

      “Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

      "As to when He was begotten, it is not for us to inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told. The prophet Micah tells us all that we can know about it in these words, “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity.” Micah 5:2, margin. There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning" (E. J. Waggoner—Christ and His Righteousness, pp. 21, 22).

      Waggoner: The Father must not be ignored. "Let no one image that we would exalt Christ at the expense of the Father." "We honor the Father in honoring the Son. We are mindful of Paul's words, that 'to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him" 1 Cor. 8:6. He then concludes,

      "All things proceed ultimately from God, the Father; even Christ Himself proceeded and came forth from the Father; but it has pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, and that He should be the direct, immediate Agent in every act of creation. Our object in this investigation is to set forth Christ's rightful position of equality with the Father, in order that His power to redeem may be the better appreciated." CHR p. 19

      "Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: 'But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.' Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. Christ 'is [sic] in the bosom of the Father;' being by nature of the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One, and is thus styled in Jer. 23:56, where it is said that the righteous Branch, who shall execute judgment and justice in the earth, shall be known by the name of Jehovah-tsidekenu-THE LORD, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS." CHR p. 23, 24.

      John 1:1, John 1:18 and John 3:16 
      "According to this, Jesus Christ is begotten of God in a sense that no other being is; else he could not be his only begotten Son. Angels are called sons of God, and so are righteous men; but Christ is his Son in a higher sense, in a closer relation, than either of these." "God made men and angels out of materials already created. He is the author of their existence, their Creator, hence their Father. But Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father's own substance. He was not created out of material as the angels and other creatures were. He is truly and emphatically the "Son of God," the same as I am the son of my father." D. M. Canright, Review and Herald, June 18, 1867

      "Even the angels of God have all had beginning of days, so that they would be as much excluded by this language as the members of the human family. And as to the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days." J. N. Andrews, Review and Herald, 7th September 1869

      "Christ is the only literal son of God. 'The only begotten of the Father.' John 1:14. He is God because he is the Son of God; not by virtue of His resurrection. If Christ is the only begotten of the Father, then we cannot be begotten of the Father in a literal sense. It can only be in a secondary sense of the word." J. G. Matteson, Review & Herald, October 12, 1869 p. 123

      "The Word then is Christ. The text speaks of His origin. He is the only begotten of the Father. Just how he came into existence the Bible does not inform us any more definitely; but by this expression and several of a similar kind in the Scriptures we may believe that Christ came into existence in a manner different from that in which other beings first appeared; That He sprang from the Father's being in a way not necessary for us to understand." C. W. Stone, The Captain of our Salvation, page 17, written 1883, published by Uriah Smith 1886. Charles Wesley Stone was Secretary to the General Conference, teacher in Battle Creek College

      "Back in the ages, which finite mind cannot fathom, the Father and Son were alone in the universe. Christ was the first begotten of the Father, and to Him Jehovah made known the divine plan of Creation." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 93, 94. 1905 "Christ was the firstborn in heaven; He was likewise the firstborn of God upon earth, and heir to the Father's throne. Christ, the firstborn, though the Son of God, was clothed in humanity, and was made perfect through suffering." S. N. Haskell, The Story of the Seer of Patmos, pp. 98, 99. 1905.

      "From a reading of John 1:1-3, 10, it will be seen that the world, with all it contains, was created by Christ (the Word), for "all things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." The angels, therefore, being created, are necessarily lower than Christ, their Creator. Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present, and Future, page 52, chapter, 'Angels - their nature', 1914 edition (1909)

      "The divinity and pre-existence of our Saviour are most clearly proved by those scriptures which refer to him as "the Word." [quotes] John i, 1-3. This expresses plainly a pre-existent divinity." J. H. Waggoner, Review and Herald, October 27, 1863 'The atonement'

      Ellen White clearly denied the Deomonic doctrine of role playing 

      “The sonship of Jesus, however, is not ontological, but functional. In the plan of salvation each member of the trinity has accepted a particular role”. - The Trinity In Scripture by Gerhard Pfandl, Biblical Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD. June 1999.  
      (Today the Modern SDA Church proclaims that it believes in the orthodox Trinity, but actually it teaches a form of Tritheism. https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/stay-on-the-ship/seventh-day-adventism-cannot-be-the-remnant)

      which is promoted by the Modern Adventist Church, when she wrote that Christ was the eternal Son of GOD, begotten before he came to earth: 

      Ellen White: “But while God's Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding his pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with his Father. From everlasting he was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted him, were to be blessed."  {
      Selected Messages Book 1, p. 247.2, RH April 5, 1906, par. 5}

      Ellen White: Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900, par. 4

      Ellen White: “The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

      Ellen White: “Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

      Ellen White:
       “He gave His only begotten Son— not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”.  
      ST May 30, 1895, par. 3 

      Ellen White: "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind."
       RH July 9, 1895, par. 13

      James White: “Here we might mention  the Trinity, which  does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being ‘buried with Christ in baptism,’ ‘planted in the likeness of his death:’ but we pass from these fables to notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant [the Sunday]” James White, Review and Herald, December 11, 1855

      Ellen White: "This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul, the eternal torment of the wicked, the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem, and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day. These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial.

      “Fallen angels upon earth form confederations with evil men. In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, ‘Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’”  {Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 61.3 Evangelism, p. 365.1 Testimony Treasures Volume 2, p. 362.3, RH September 12, 1893, par. 20Notebook Leaflets from the Elmshaven Library Vol. 1, p. 52.2} 

      "Before the foundations of the world were laid, Christ, the Only Begotten of God, pledged Himself to become the Redeemer of the human race, should Adam sin. Adam fell, and He who was partaker of the Father’s glory before the world was, laid aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from His high authority to become a Babe in Bethlehem, that by passing over the ground where Adam stumbled and fell, He might redeem fallen human beings. He subjected Himself to all the temptations that the enemy brings against men and women; and all the assaults of Satan could not make Him swerve from His loyalty to the Father. By living a sinless life He testified that every son and daughter of Adam can resist the temptations of the one who first brought sin into the world.

      Christ brought men and women power to overcome. He came to this world in human form, to live a man amongst men. He assumed the liabilities of human nature, to be proved and tried. In His humanity He was a partaker of the divine nature. In His incarnation He gained in a new sense the title of the Son of God."  Selected Messages Book 1, p. 226.2


      Christ is the Son of GOD, that by some Divine Act Christ was brought forth from the Father before creation. And the Spirit proceeds from the Father, through the Son, making them both every-where present. The "Holy" Spirit is their Divine Influence helping us to bring the fruit of the Spirit into harmony in our very lives such as  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23. Christ never once used His own divine power while on earth (4T 45, CT 276-77, DA 119, 5BC 1124), not even for others (angels did the miracles--DA 143), but completely worked with and relied upon His Father for help to overcome the great temptations and to sustain Him in His work (DA 24, 147, 674-75, Ed 80, MYP 58).  Thus Christ had no advantage over humanity, and we can, by uniting with God through Christ by faith, exercise the same powers which Christ had in order to live a pure spotless life out of love for God (DA 24, 664).


      Prayer, "I come to you Holy Heavenly Daddy/Father just now through the name of your Son, asking that my character and that of my family and all those who are yours be made white/ready (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) through the blood sacrifice of your one and only dear Son. Help us to live spiritually through the risen life that you gave Him. I believe that you, the God and Father of your Son, raised your Son from the dead and that Jesus is Lord. Save me from myself in spite of myself. Give me and all those who are yours the strength and power to make it to Heaven, these things we ask in the name of the messiah, Christ our Lord, Amen." 


      Jesus says, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30


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  7. Daniel
  8. Job
  9. Zacharias and Elisabeth = Father & Mother of John the Baptist
  10. Enoch
  11. James S White "his father was descended from one of the pilgrims who came on the ship Mayflower and landed on plymouth rock in December, 1620." "The best man that ever trod shoe-leather." (in his sphere - besides Jesus) –Ellen White
  12. Ellen WhiteThe end came on Friday, July 16, 1915, at 3:40 P. M., in the sunny upper chamber of her “Elmshaven” home where she had spent so much of her time during the last happy, fruitful years of her busy life. She fell asleep in Jesus as quietly and peacefully as a weary child goes to rest. Surrounding her bedside were her son, Elder W. C. White, and his wife; her granddaughter, Mrs. Mabel White Workman; her long-time and faithful secretary, Miss Sara McEnterfer; her niece and devoted nurse, Miss May Walling; another of her untiring bedside nurses, Mrs. Carrie Hungerford; her housekeeper, Miss Tessie Woodbury; her old-time companion and helper, Mrs. Mary Chinnock Thorp; and a few friends and helpers who had spent many years in and about her home and in her office.

    For several days prior to her death, she had been unconscious much of the time, and toward the end she seemed to have lost the faculty of speech and that of hearing. The last words she spoke to her son were, “I know in whom I have believed.”

    “God is love.” “He giveth His beloved sleep.” To them the long night of waiting until the morning of the resurrection is but a moment; and even to those who remain the time of waiting will not be long, for Jesus is coming soon to gather His loved ones home. As our beloved sister herself declared to those about her one Sabbath day during her sickness, “We shall all be home very soon now.”  LIFE SKETCHES OF ELLEN G. WHITE, PAGE 449

    On the twenty-sixth Mrs. White had a bad day. Under the painful stress of Edith’s death her mind turned back to the time only a few years before when James White, her husband of 35 years, [James White died August 6, 1881, in the Battle Creek Sanitarium. He lies buried next to his wife who fell asleep July 16, 1915—34 years later. They rest until the happy morning of resurrection in the White family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan, where all four of their sons are resting. James White’s parents are also resting there. Elder White was born on August 4, 1821, in Palmyra, Maine. He reported in his Life Incidents, Page 9, that his father was descended from one of the pilgrims who came on the ship Mayflower and landed on plymouth rock in December, 1620. James’s mother was a granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Shepard, an eminent baptist minister of New England. White was the fifth of nine children, and one of the three founders of the Seventh-day Adventists Church. He served as president of the general conference for an aggregate of ten years: May 17, 1865, to May 14, 1867; May 18, 1869, to December 29, 1871; August 13, 1874, to October 11, 1880. (See The sda Encyclopedia, p. 1419.)] was snatched away from her by a sudden attack of malaria, then before that to the death of her firstborn, Henry, at the age of 16, and her baby boy, Herbert, at three months (see Manuscript 30, 1885). ELLEN G. WHITE IN EUROPE 1885-1887, BY D. A. DELAFIELD, PAGE 90

  13. and many more blameless or people  the Bible calls perfect, because they were MADE perfect by God just as we can be if we submit our all to God in the name of His dear Son!

Genesis 6:9 Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.

Genesis 17:1 Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).

1 Samuel 29:9 And Achish said to David, I know that you are as blameless in my sight as an angel of God

1 Kings 15:14 Yet Asa’s heart was blameless with the Lord all his days.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who [reverently] feared God and abstained from and shunned evil [because it was wrong].

Daniel 6:22 Daniel: "My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions’ mouths so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent and blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, [as you very well know] I have done no harm or wrong."

Luke 1:5-7 Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was ElisabethAnd they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

Acts 3:14 Jesus "But you denied and rejected and disowned the Pure and Holy, the Just and Blameless One, and demanded [the pardon of] a murderer to be granted to you." "[Here is] the High Priest [perfectly adapted] to our needs, as was fitting—holy, blameless, unstained by sin, separated from sinners, and exalted higher than the heavens." Hebrews 7:26

Philippians 3:6 Saul later Paul: As to my zeal, I was a persecutor of the church, and by the Law’s standard of righteousness (supposed justice, uprightness, and right standing with God) [because of Jesus blood covering my confessed and forsaken sins] I was proven to be blameless and no fault was found with me.

Acts 24:16
  • Amplified Bible
    Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men.
1 Corinthians 1:8
  • King James Version
    Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:4
  • Amplified Bible
    I am not conscious of anything against myself, and I feel blameless; but I am not vindicated and acquitted before God on that account. It is the Lord [Himself] Who examines and judges me.
Ephesians 1:4
  • Amplified Bible
    Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

Philippians 1:10
  • Amplified Bible
    So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital, and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value [recognizing the highest and the best, and distinguishing the moral differences], and that you may be untainted and pure and unerring and blameless [so that with hearts sincere and certain and unsullied, you may approach] the day of Christ [not stumbling nor causing others to stumble].

Philippians 2:15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guileless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

1 Thessalonians 2:10
  • Amplified Bible
    You are witnesses, [yes] and God [also], how unworldly and upright and blameless was our behavior toward you believers [who adhered to and trusted in and relied on our Lord Jesus Christ].
1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

Genesis 44:10 "he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless."

Revelation 14:5
  • Amplified Bible
    No lie was found to be upon their lips, for they are blameless (spotless, untainted, without blemish) before the throne of God.
By our words we are either SANCTIFIED OR CONDEMNED!!!

Let the language of our soul be the words of Jesus. God says "Listen to my son!" He tells you the truth in all things! When the words that come out of our mouth match the words of the Bible then we have the language of Heaven upon our tongue. 
Death and life are in the power of the tongue.  The words of your mind are defining the course of your life right now. Our thoughts and words "exhale" the breath of God that was given to each of us. In a very real sense they are "prayers" we are constantly offering..."For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." James 3:2

"When the converting power of God comes upon minds, there will be a decided change. Men will have no inclination to criticize and tear down. They will not stand in a position that hinders the light from shining to the world. Their criticism, their accusing, will cease."  RH September 10, 1903, par. 5

Jude 24
(Jude 1:24 KJV) Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
 
In this verse we find the beginning of one of the great benedictions in the Bible. Not only is this a benediction and should be read to the congregation but we need to dissect it to bring out some of the great truths packed in it.
 
Keep you from falling - The first major truth in this verse is that we read that God is the one who keeps us from falling. In the context of the book of Jude where we were reading about the false teachers who come to the Christians with their silver tongues and promises of bliss while delivering nothing but hopeless and futile teachings, we read that only those who are rooted in Christ and who are stable in the Scriptures will not be moved from the truth of Christ to follow another gospel.
 
(1 Pet 1:4-5 KJV) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, {5} Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
 
In this verse we read that we are kept by the power of God. The Christian does not have the power to maintain their salvation so it is God who under girds the Christian by sustaining them with His own power. This is a great truth since the true child of God can never be moved into believing a false Gospel since it is God’s power that sustains and protects us.
 
The word “from falling” in Jude 24 is a Greek word which not only means that God will keep us from falling but it carries with it the meaning of “not stumbling.” Have you ever been walking and you stumbled and fell over a rock or some other hindrance in your pathway? This is what this word is implying. It is used only once in the New Testament. It represents a sure footedness just like a Ram or a Mountain Lion which can run from cliff to cliff without worrying about stumbling or falling. Have you ever seen a squirrel jump from tree to tree or walk along a wire like they don’t have a care in the world? This is what the Lord is telling us that when we are true believers, we can walk in the truth and light of the Gospel with a sure footedness and have no fear that false Gospels will ever affect our walk or our salvation.
 
Present you faultless - Not only does God keep His children from stumbling in false teachings but He also will present us faultless before Him. The word “faultless” carries with it the meaning of “without blame.” The believer can appear before the Lord without blame because of the atonement made by the Lord Jesus Christ on behalf of the Elect of God.
 
(Rev 14:5 KJV) And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Above we read a verse which teaches us that the Christian will be before the throne of God and we will be blameless. The reason that we will be blameless is found in these two great verses below.
 
(Col 2:13-14 KJV) And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
 
These verses are very important in that they are teaching us that Christ did not cover our sins but He removed them, so that there will never be any sin that will be associated with the true believer. If there was any sin, then the believer would have to be judged and thrown into Hell which means the atonement of Christ would be invalid. It is a shame that many Christians believe they are going to stand before the Lord for some type of judgment. This is because there is rank ignorance concerning the subject of the atonement of Christ. It is a sad thing but the majority of Christians are very ignorant of what happened at Calvary. Most Christians do not realize it but they support a partial atonement and not a full atonement.
 
With exceeding joy - The third great truth in this verse is that we Christians are going to be in Heaven with exceeding joy. The words “exceeding joy” is a single word in the Greek and it means “exultation.” Exultation means to be extremely joyful and rejoicing. Now if we Christians had to face a judgment before the Lord in Heaven, then how could God say that we will be in Heaven with great joy? This is because the believer’s have already been judged in Christ and found not guilty of our sins because Christ was our substitutionary sacrifice who removed every sin from the life of the believer. That is why we have the great joy in Heaven because we are no longer connected to anything of earth, which was riddled with sin. (Isa 65:17 KJV) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
 
Jude 25
(Jude 1:25 KJV) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.
 
Now Jude begins the final part of his message by focusing on the greatness of God. The Bible tells us that God will keep us with His power and we will have exceeding joy. Now Jude gives us five descriptions of the magnitude of God.
 
Wise - In the modern versions this description of God is omitted. Satan doesn’t think that God is wise and neither does his counterfeit bible writers. The word “wise” as used in this verse carries with it the meaning of “clever or skillful.” It is an adjective describing God. If one looks at the creation and in the animal world we see such imputed wisdom that necessitates a creator and not natural course. (Study a Giraffe and see what you will come up with) When one looks at the entire creation, both earth and the universe, we see such an immense creation with many laws and principles in action that it would be impossible for anyone to attribute it to evolution. God has also taken His salvation program and wisely hid it from the unbelievers so that it looks like foolishness to them.
 
Glory - The glory of God is made manifest in all the world. The glory of God abides in His children. Glory is the visible presentation of the attributes of God. Each attribute of God represents a facet of the glory of God. Even in judgment the glory of God is represented.
 
Majesty - This attribute of God details the fact that He is sovereign ruler over all the Earth and Universe. He rules in Heaven as well as over Satan’s crowd. There is nothing that God does not rule over. He is King of the Universe and King of Heaven.
 
Dominion - This attribute tells us that God is in control of everything in this world and universe. There is nothing that can happen outside of the planning of God. God plans and executes even the most minute things and details in our lives. If God was not in control, the human race would have destroyed themselves by their sin a long time ago. Can you imagine atom bombs in the hand of uncontrolled sinners? God also controls those things we call “disasters.” There is nothing outside the plan and execution of God.
 
Power - This speaks of the authority of God. Since God has supreme authority over the entire creation and Heaven, He maintains the right to do as He pleases according to His own plans and reasons. This does not mean that he toys with us, but everything that happens in our life has been planned and executed by God, according to His wisdom.
 
Now and Ever - Jude ends this book by saying that all the attributes and ruling sovereignty of God, is both for now and for eternity. Everything that has been done in the past, present, and future is done and will be done under the wise, ruling hand of God.
 
Amen - So Let It Be!



"Christ came not to be ministered unto, but to minister; and when his love reigns in the heart, we shall follow his example. If we keep uppermost in our minds the unkind and unjust acts of others, we shall find it impossible to love them as Christ has loved us; for there are few persons who do not on close acquaintance reveal unamiable traits of character. Even the best of us have these unlovely traits; and in selecting friends we should choose those who will not be driven away from us when they learn that we are not perfect. Mutual forbearance is called for. We should love and respect one another notwithstanding the faults and imperfections that we cannot help seeing; for this is the Spirit of Christ. Humility and self-distrust should be cultivated, and a patient tenderness with the faults of others. This will kill out all narrowing selfishness and make us large-hearted and generous.

If you have perplexities and troubles—and these are the common lot of mankind—do not tell them to others, and thus shadow their path. Do not go for help to every source but the right one; but tell Jesus everything; take it to the Lord in prayer, and then believe that he accepts you and your burden. Faith is the gift of God, but the power to exercise it is yours. A single earnest expression of faith strengthens faith; but every expression of doubt confirms doubt, and helps to gather about your soul the dark shadows of unbelief. Then do not open your soul to Satan’s temptations by cherishing and expressing the doubts that he insinuates. Talk faith and courage. Press to the light; and bright beams from the Sun of Righteousness will dispel clouds and darkness, and sweet peace will pervade the soul.

“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” and make them your rule of life. And “when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” ST March 5, 1885, par. 12

When do her sins reach unto heaven [Rev. 18:2-5]? When the law of God is finally made void by legislation.--ST June 12, 1893.

The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side.--GC 612 (1911).

Influence of the Printed Page

More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.--Ev 693 (1885).

The results of the circulation of this book [ The Great Controversy ] are not to be judged by what now appears. By reading it some souls will be aroused and will have courage to unite themselves at once with those who keep the commandments of God. But a much larger number who read it will not take their position until they see the very events taking place that are foretold in it. The fulfilment of some of the predictions will inspire faith that others also will come to pass, and when the earth is lightened with the glory of the Lord in the closing work, many souls will take their position on the commandments of God as the result of this agency.--CM 128, 129 (1890).

In a large degree through our publishing houses is to be accomplished the work of that other angel who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory [Rev. 18:1].--7T 140 (1902).

The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel.--6T 19 (1900).

The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.--COL 415, 416 (1900).

As the end approaches, the testimonies of God's servants will become more decided and more powerful.--3SM 407 (1892).

As foretold in the eighteenth of Revelation, the third angel's message is to be proclaimed with great power by those who give the final warning against the beast and his image.--8T 118 (1904).

The power which stirred the people so mightily in the 1844 movement will again be revealed. The third angel's message will go forth, not in whispered tones, but with a loud voice.--5T 252 (1885).

I saw that this message will close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry.--EW 278 (1858).


When I read the Spirit of Prophecy, right at the end, you know the statement in the Bible that says men’s hearts are going to fail them for fear (Luke 21:26), it is not some type of symbolic speech. It is actually literal. People are going to become so fearful that their heart is going to stop and they are going to drop dead.

"We, who know the truth, should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise.” Testimonies for the Church Volume 8, p. 28.1

As we are preparing? We have an obligation to see that other people find out what to do to be ready for the end. Here is what she says about this.

“The Lord calls upon those who believe in Him to be workers together with Him. . . . Shall we allow the signs of the end to be fulfilled without telling [the] people of what is coming upon the earth? Shall we allow them to go down in darkness without having urged upon them the need of a preparation to meet their Lord? Unless we ourselves do our duty to those around us, the day of God will come upon US as a thief.” The Review and Herald, November 22, 1906. 

Did you notice that? Unless we are doing our duty to those around us, the day of the Lord is going to come upon us as a thief.

Are you helping to give the Three Angels’ Messages? Do you even know what the last 3 angels warning messages are? 

We have to do our duty to see that these people have an opportunity to know. Some of these people will listen if they hear the message. But we do not have a lot of time.

Probationary time will not continue much longer. Now God is withdrawing His restraining hand from the earth. Long has He been speaking to men and women through the agency of His Holy Spirit; but they have not heeded the call. Now He is speaking to His people, and to the world, by His judgments.” Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 159.2

"Transgression has almost reached its limit. Confusion fills the world, and a great terror is soon to come upon human beings. The end is very near. We who know the truth should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise."  Testimonies for the Church Volume 8, p. 28.1


Transgression Has Almost Reached Its Limit

Time will last a little longer until the inhabitants of the earth have filled up the cup of their iniquity, and then the wrath of God, which has so long slumbered, will awake, and this land of light will drink the cup of His unmingled wrath.—Testimonies For The Church 1:363 (1863).

The cup of iniquity is nearly filled, and the retributive justice of God is about to descend upon the guilty.—Testimonies for the Church 4:489 (1880).

The wickedness of the inhabitants of the world has almost filled up the measure of their iniquity. This earth has almost reached the place where God will permit the destroyer to work his will upon it.—Testimonies for the Church 7:141 (1902).

"The end is very near. God’s people should be preparing for what is to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise.

The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job” were in the land, “as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.” Ezekiel 14:20." OUR FATHER CARES, PAGE 325

You see, I grew up in Adventism. I grew up in the Adventist Church and I understand how Adventists think. All my life we have looked forward to the future and to these judgments of God, these terrible things in the end. We have looked forward to this happening in the future. Ellen White teaches that when it is all over, people are going to realize what they thought was in the future is already done. We are living in the judgments of God right now, friends.

We are going to see that very clearly in just a few minutes when we read from the prophecy that Jesus gave about our time in Matthew 24. But first, let us just read two more statements.

7. From Fundamentals of Christian Education, 336. It says, “The solemn fact is to be kept not only before the people of the world, but before our own churches also, that the day of the Lord will come suddenly, unexpectedly.”

Notice those two adverbs. The day of the Lord is going to come suddenly and it is going to come unexpectedly. Oh, friend, whatever you do, do not wait to get ready. Ask the Lord to help you to get ready now. If you wait to get ready, it is going to be too late. Mrs. White says, continuing this statement: “The fearful warning of the prophecy is addressed to every soul. Let no one feel that he is secure from the danger of being surprised.”

Now that is quite a statement. She says keep this, not just before the world, but keep it before our own churches. Do not let anybody think that you are secure from the danger of being surprised. Just do not think that.

Written in 1909: “ I saw an immense ball of fire fall among some beautiful mansions, causing their instant destruction. I heard someone say: “We knew that the judgments of God were coming upon the earth, but we did not know that they would come so soon.” Others, with agonized voices, said: “You knew! Why then did you not tell us? We did not know.On every side I heard similar words of reproach spoken.’”  Testimonies for the Church Volume 9, p. 28.1

Oh, my friends, when it happens, what are your neighbors going to say? What are the people you do business with going to say? What are the people you work in the office with going to say? Are they going to say, You mean that you knew this and you did not tell me? Oh, right now you are scared to tell them because you are scared they will not believe, they will scoff, they will laugh, and they will whatever.

Let me tell you, when the Day of Judgment comes, there will not be anybody who will be telling you off because you warned them that it was coming. Let us look at what Jesus said about it. If you have your Bible, please open it to Matthew 24. This is a chapter of the Bible that we, living in our time, need to make a special study. We studied a few verses last night from this chapter, so we are not going to study those again.

We are going to start in at the beginning of the chapter and we are going to try to go over very, very quickly about nine points. Let us read Matthew 24:1, 2.

“Then Jesus went out and departed [Jesus was going out] from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things. Assuredly I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another that shall not be thrown down.’”

That temple was one of the wonders of the ancient world, and I want to tell you, when Jesus said that to His disciples as they were going out the door, they were in a state of shock, because that temple was the headquarters of God’s chosen people. 

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." Hebrews 2:18.

"Our Redeemer perfectly understood the wants of humanity. He who condescended to take upon Himself man’s nature was acquainted with man’s weakness. Christ lived as our example. He was tempted in all points as we are, that He might know how to succor all who should be tempted. He has trodden the path of life before us and endured the severest tests in our behalf. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief....

Christ took upon Himself our infirmities, and in the weakness of humanity He needed to seek strength from His Father. He was often to be found in earnest prayer, in the grove, by the lakeside, and in the mountains. He has enjoined upon us to watch and pray.... Without a deep sense of our need of help from God there will be but little earnest, heartfelt prayer for divine aid. Our hearts are deceitful, our foes many and vigilant. If we neglect to fortify a single weak point in our character, Satan will assail us at that point with his temptations. He is constantly plotting the ruin of the soul, and he will take every advantage of our careless security.

Christ came to our world to engage in singlehanded combat with this enemy of man, and thus to wrest the race from Satan’s grasp. In the accomplishment of this object He withheld not His own life. And now, in the strength that Christ will give, man must stand for himself, a faithful sentinel against the wily, plotting foe. Says the great apostle, “Walk circumspectly”—guard every avenue of the soul, look constantly to Jesus, the true and perfect Pattern, and seek to imitate His example, not in one or two points merely, but in all things. We shall then be prepared for any and every emergency.... He whose mind loves to dwell upon God has a strong defense. He will be quick to perceive the dangers that threaten his spiritual life, and a sense of danger will lead him to call upon God for help and protection.3 The Review and Herald, October 11, 1881."The last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle of the long-standing controversy concerning the law of God. Upon this battle we are now entering—a battle between the laws of men and the precepts of Jehovah, between the religion of the Bible and the religion of fable and tradition." That I May Know Him, p. 240.4

"THERE IS NO SIN GREATER THAN UNBELIEF."---My Life Today. P. 14


"There is no sin greater than unbelief. And when there is unbelief in the heart, there is danger that it will be expressedThe lips should be kept in as with bit and bridle, lest by giving expression to this unbelief you not only exert an injurious influence over others, but place yourselves upon the enemy’s ground.
If we believe in God, we are armed with the righteousness of Christ; we have taken hold of His strength...We want to talk with our Saviour as though He were right by our side....
It is our privilege to carry with us the credentials of our faith,—love, joy, and peace. When we do this, we shall be able to present the mighty arguments of the cross of Christ. When we learn to walk by faith and not by feeling, we shall have help from God just when we need it, and His peace will come into our hearts. It was this simple life of obedience and trust that Enoch lived. If we learn this lesson of simple trust, ours may be the testimony that he received, that he pleased God. 
If we commit the keeping of our souls to God in the exercise of living faith, His promises will not fail us; for they have no limit but our faith."
My Life Today, p. 14.2

"The true believer not only has faith, but he has a knowledge of the efficacy of the blood of Christ to cleanse from the defilement of sin. Christ crucified is the subject of his thought and meditation."  ST July 27, 1888, par. 8 

"The people of God are now to pray, and humble their hearts before him. Then they will see all things clearly. It is a heart humiliation that is needed by the people who have in trust so great and important a truth,—a truth that if received and believed, will cleanse the life from all defilement. God’s people need to draw near to him, and love as brethren. If Satan can keep at variance those whose hearts should ever be full of kindness and love, on whose lips there should ever be the law of kindness, how pleased he is!

O that God’s people had a sense of the impending destruction of thousands of cities, now almost given to idolatry! But many of those who should be proclaiming the truth are accusing and condemning their brethren. When the converting power of God comes upon minds, there will be a decided change. Men will have no inclination to criticize and tear down. They will not stand in a position that hinders the light from shining to the world. Their criticism, their accusing, will cease.RH September 10, 1903, par. 5

Keep on an Even Keel, September 11

For I have given you an example. John 13:15.

We are forming characters for heaven. No character can be complete without trial and suffering. We must be tested, we must be tried. Christ bore the test of character of our behalf that we might bear this test in our own behalf through the divine strength He has brought to us. Christ is our example in patience, in forbearance, in meekness and lowliness of mind. He was at variance and at war with the whole ungodly world, yet He did not give way to passion and violence manifested in words and actions, although receiving shameful abuse in return for good works. He was afflicted, He was rejected and despitefully treated, yet He retaliated not. He possessed self-control, dignity, and majesty. He suffered with calmness and for abuse gave only compassion, pity, and love....

Imitate your Redeemer in these things. Do not get excited when things go wrong. Do not let self arise, and lose your self-control because you fancy things are not as they should be. Because others are wrong is no excuse for you to do wrong. Two wrongs will not make one right. You have victories to gain in order to overcome as Christ overcame.

Christ never murmured, never uttered discontent, displeasure, or resentment. He was never disheartened, discouraged, ruffled, or fretted. He was patient, calm, and self-possessed under the most exciting and trying circumstances. All His works were performed with a quiet dignity and ease, whatever commotion was around Him. Applause did not elate Him. He feared not the threats of His enemies. He moved amid the world of excitement, of violence and crime, as the sun moves above the clouds. Human passions and commotions and trials were beneath Him. He sailed like the sun above them all. Yet He was not indifferent to the woes of men. His heart was ever touched with the sufferings and necessities of His brethren, as though He Himself was the one afflicted. He had a calm inward joy, a peace which was serene. His will was ever swallowed up in the will of His Father. Not My will but Thine be done, was heard from His pale and quivering lips."—Letter 51a, September 11, 1874, to Edson and Emma White.

Turn to God While There is Time

Pray for yourself, in the name of Christ. Pray earnestly, fervently, sincerely. I hope that your life may be spared, and that you may give yourself wholly to repentance. Come to the Lord, and surrender all to Him. You must, or you will be taken captive by the enemy.

You must place yourself at the feet of Christ as a learner, else you will surely fail of obtaining the overcomer’s reward. Lay off your commanding, kingly authority, and become one of God’s little children. Until you are willing to study and obey God’s will, you will be overcome by temptations and led to do strange things, which will disqualify you for filling a position of influence.

Will you not repent and be converted? Will you not act every moment with the realization that you are under the divine scrutiny? Will you not make God your companion in all your work? His holiness, His justice, His truth, should purify your words and actions.

You need to stop and consider that there is a God. He has spoken good in your behalf, and He will be much displeased if you deal unjustly with His heritage.

You should not neglect diligent study, but should pray for light from God that He would open to your understanding the treasures of His word, that you may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works. You will never be in a position where it is not necessary for you to watch and pray earnestly in order to overcome your besetments. You will need to be guarded continually to keep self out of sight. Do no encourage a habit of making yourself very prominent, dwelling upon your family difficulties and your poor health. In short, do not make yourself the theme of your conversation and have it come in between you and your Saviour. You should forget self and hide behind Jesus. Let the dear Saviour be magnified, but lose sight of self. When you see and feel your weakness you will not see that there is anything in yourself worthy of notice or remark.

Hide yourself in Jesus; let self-love and self-pride be sacrificed, and you, my son, be fitting with a rich Christian experience, to be of use in any position that God may require you to occupy. Seek for thorough heartwork. A surface work will not stand the test of the judgment. Seek for thorough transformation from the world. Let not your hands be stained, your heart spotted, your character sullied, by its corruptions. Keep distinct. God calls: ‘Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.’ ‘Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.’

The work rests upon us to perfect holiness. When God sees us doing all we can on our part, then He will help us. Angels will aid us, and we shall be strong through Christ strengthening us. Do not neglect secret prayer. Pray for yourself. Grow in grace. Advance. Don’t stand still, don’t go back. Onward to victory. Courage in the Lord! Battle with the great adversary only a little longer, and then release will come, and the armor will be laid off at the feet of our dear Redeemer. Press through every obstacle. If the future looks somewhat clouded, hope on, believe on. The clouds will disappear, and light again shine. Praise God, my heart says, praise God for what He has done for you.

"I saw the words of Christ, “I am your Restorer,” and I have hung right [on] to them since." You see the position we must be brought into. We have had to move wholly by faith. We have to go by faith. We have to march out without any sight or feeling.

The Lord is our Supporter. The impression must come from the Lord, and the things that we should talk about should be—faith in Christ and the righteousness of Christ— things for which the people are just starving.


Individually all need a heart work. A good work cannot be done by the human agent alone. For the full development and efficiency of the intellectual as well as the spiritual powers, there is, there must be, a vital connection with God, a communion with the highest source of activity. Then with the soul all aglow with zeal for the Master, we can be a blessing to others. Jesus said, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14. Those who become partakers of the grace of Christ will guide others to the living stream.

Is it not a privilege to be thus copartners with Jesus? Is it not an honor to be connected with the grand work of saving souls, acting the part assigned us by our Saviour? And none can impart a blessing to others without receiving benefit himself. “He that watereth shall be watered also himself.” Proverbs 11:25.

“The time of God’s destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who have no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched; His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter.” Last Day Events, p. 182.2

This is an interesting one. “We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have an occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed.” Selected Messages Book 1, p. 37.3 

“Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the word of God and striving to conform their lives to its precepts. The tremendous issues of eternity demand of us something besides an imaginary religion, a religion of words and forms, where truth is kept in the outer court. God calls for a revival and reformation.” Lift Him Up, p. 157.6 



"I stated that... there was to be special light for God's people as they neared the closing scenes of this earth's history. Another angel was to come from heaven with a message, and the whole earth was to be lightened with his glory. It would be impossible for us to state just how this additional light would come. It might come in a very unexpected manner, in a way that would not agree with the ideas that many have conceived. It is not at all unlikely, or contrary to the ways and works of God, to send light to His people in unexpected ways." Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 334.

"The great outpouring of the Spirit of God, which lightens the whole earth with His glory, will not come until we have an enlightened people, that know by experience what it means to be labourers together with God. When we have entire, wholehearted consecration to the service of Christ, God will recognise the fact by an outpouring of His Spirit without measure; but this will not be while the largest portion of the church (church = “I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109.) are not labourers together with God.--ChS 253 (1896).

Claim this promise of God: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jer 33:3)

We are living in the closing scenes of this earth’s history. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The hours of probation are fast passing. We have no time—not a moment—to lose. Let us not be found sleeping on guard.

"The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us." --{RH May 5, 1896, Last Day Events, p. 188.5}

How much we get of the "latter rain/"holy" Spirit/messages of truth" depends on how badly we want it and how we use what is given to us. How much of Jesus do we want? How will we use the truth He imparts to us? If we reject the messages He sends us, do you think He keeps sending more? "To disregard light is to reject it.”—5 Testimonies, 680. 

"Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues."1Early Writings, 43, 44. --{Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2}

"What are the chambers in which they are to hide?—They are the protection of Christ and holy angels. The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in different companies, and in all parts of the earth; and they will be tried singly, not in groups. Every one must stand the test for himself." (The Review and Herald, November 19, 1908).S.D.A. Bible Commentary 

"There was a coming out, a decided separation from the wicked, an escape for life. So it was in the days of Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; and SO IT WILL BE IN THE LAST DAYSAgain the voice of God is heard in a message of warning, bidding His people separate themselves from the prevailing iniquity." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 166.

The saints then will be an obscure people little KNOWN to the Catholics." Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5 

"I know from the light that God has given me that there should be a revival of the messages that have been given in the pastbecause men will seek to bring in new theories, and will try to prove that these theories are scriptural, whereas they are error, which, if allowed a place, will undermine faith in the truth. We are not to accept these suppositions and pass them along as truth. No, no; we must not move from the platform of truth on which we have been established." {UL 199 Ellen White}


"From some the knowledge of their true state seems to be hidden. They see the truth, but perceive not its duties or its claims; or they hear the truth, but do not fully understand it, because they do not conform their lives to itYet they rest as unconcerned and self-satisfied as if the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, as tokens of God’s favor, went before them. How great is the darkness of such! yet they know it not. No stronger delusion can deceive the human mind than that which makes them believe that they are right and accepted of God, when they are sinning against him. They mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof. They believe that they are rich and have need of nothing, when they are poor, wretched, blind, and naked, and need all things. The people of God should be careful to depart from all iniquity. Christ is denied in many ways. WE MAY DENY HIM by speaking contrary to truth, or by speaking evil of others, or by foolish talking or jesting, or by words that are idle. In these things we manifest little wisdom. We make ourselves weak. Then with our feeble efforts we cannot resist the great enemy, and we are conquered. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, and through lack of watchfulness we confess that Christ is not in us." –{SW September 8, 1908, par. 4}


When the law of God is made void, the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Instead of being strengthened when brought into strait places, many prove that they are not living branches of the True Vine, they bear no fruit, and the husbandman taketh them away. But when the iniquitous powers work to make void the law of God, what will be the effect upon the truly obedient and righteous? Will they be carried away by the strong current of evil? Because so many range themselves under the banner of the prince of darkness, will God's commandment-keeping people swerve from their allegiance? Never! No one who is abiding in Christ will fail or fall. His followers will not bow in obedience to any earthly potentate. Adventist or Catholic or any church denomination. ABIDE IN CHRIST ALONE. IF you have Christ, you have His Father, our God also. Selected Messages Book 2, p. 368.1

     While the contempt placed upon God's commandments causes many to suppress the truth and show less reverence for it, the disrespect shown to the law of Jehovah causes the faithful ones with greater earnestness to hold aloft its distinguishing truths....


We Must Humble Our Hearts in True Repentance

"A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer."—Selected Messages 1:121 (1887).

I tell you that there must be a thorough revival among us. There must be a converted ministry. There must be confessions, repentance, and conversions. Many who are preaching the Word need the transforming grace of Christ in their hearts. They should let nothing stand in the way of their making thorough work before it shall be forever too late.—Letter 51, 1886.


God will vindicate every message He has given to His people. He will justify all His dealings with them. They have departed out of the way, and the only course that can bring relief and hope and success in bearing the solemn message for this time is for them to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God.

"The church that holds to the word of God is irreconcilably separated from Rome." Signs of the Times, February 19, 1894 

"It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out."--8T 20 (1904).

“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3


"Christ calls for unity. But He does not call for us to unify on wrong practices. The God of heaven draws a sharp contrast between pure, elevating, ennobling truth and false, misleading doctrines. He calls sin and impenitence by the right name. He does not gloss over wrongdoing with a coat of untempered mortar. I urge our brethren to unify upon a true, scriptural basis."--Manuscript 10, 1905. 

"Most startling messages will be borne by men of God's appointment, messages of a character to WARN the people, to AROUSE them. And while some will be PROVOKED by the warning, and led to RESIST LIGHT AND EVIDENCE, we are to see from this that we ARE giving the TESTING MESSAGE FOR THIS TIME. Messages will be given OUT OF THE USUAL ORDER." Testimonies,Vol. 9, p. 136.

"testing" definition: requiring maximum effort or ability <a most difficult and testing problem Reveal the strengths or capabilities of (someone or something) by putting them under strain: "such behavior would test any marriage".

Hereby - Greek, "By this;" that is, by the test which is immediately specified.

A Message to Startle People to Study—"The testing message for this time is to be borne so plainly and decidedly as to startle the hearers, and lead them to desire to study the Scriptures."—Testimonies For The Church 9:109 (1909).

"Bear in mind that as you deliver the testing message for this time, your own heart will be softened and quickened by the subduing influence of the Holy Spirit, and you will have souls for your hire. As you stand before multitudes in the cities, remember that God is your helper, and that by His blessing you may bear a message of a character to reach the hearts of the hearers."—Manuscript 53, 1910.

"The time has come when we must know who is on the Lord’s side. The cause of God calls for immediate action. And those who cannot endure the smallest test of their fidelity now, what will they do when the dragon host is at war with those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus?" 

Letter 3, August 11, 1851, (see also MAR 245; 3SM 260-61)

     I saw the exceeding loveliness and glory of Jesus. His countenance was brighter than the sun at noonday. His robe was whiter than the whitest white. How can I describe to you the glories of heaven and the lovely angels singing and playing upon their harps of ten strings?...

     I saw that we sensed and realized but little of the importance of the Sabbath to what we yet should realize and know of its importance and glory. I saw we knew not yet what it was to ride upon the high places of the earth and to be fed with the heritage of Jacob. But when the refreshing and latter rain shall come from the presence of the Lord and the glory of His power, we shall know what it is to be fed with the heritage of Jacob and ride upon the high places of the earth. Then shall we see the Sabbath more in its importance and glory. But we shall not see it in all its glory and importance until the covenant of peace is made with us at the voice of God, and the pearly gates of the New Jerusalem are thrown open and swing back on their glittering hinges, and the glad and joyful voice of the lovely Jesus is heard, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, bidding us enter.

     I saw that we had a perfect right in the city, for we had kept the commandments of God, and heaven, sweet heaven is our home, for we have kept the commandments of God.

 
"At the transfiguration, Jesus was glorified by His Father. We hear Him say: “Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him.” John 13:31. Thus before His betrayal and crucifixion He was strengthened for His last dreadful sufferings. As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” they will grow up into Christ, 

("It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out."--8T 20 (1904).)

Should you worship with those who deny God’s Word?

"And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed." (KJV) 2 Thessalonians 3:14

"We should NEVER give sanction to sin by our words or our deeds, our silence or OUR PRESENCE." —{The Desire of Ages, p. 152}

Any connection with infidels and unbelievers which would identify us with them is forbidden by the word. We are to come out from them and be separate. In NO CASE are we to link ourselves with them IN THEIR PLANS OR WORK.” –{E.G. White, FE 482}

The convocations of the church, as in camp meetings, the assemblies of the home church, and all occasions where there is personal labor for souls, are God’s appointed opportunities for giving the early and the latter rain.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 508 (1897).


and will partake largely of His spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain (perfecting testing messages) which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory (character of God, peace, joy, love...ect...and health because they are eating/drinking fruits nuts and seeds) of that light which attends the third angel.

I saw that God will in a wonderful manner preserve His people through the time of trouble. As Jesus poured out His soul in agony in the garden, they will earnestly cry and agonize day and night for deliverance. The decree will go forth that they must disregard the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but they will not yield, and trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an institution of papacy. Satan’s host and wicked men will surround them, and exult over them, because there will seem to be no way of escape for them. But in the midst of their revelry and triumph, there is heard peal upon peal of the loudest thunder. The heavens have gathered blackness, and are only illuminated by the blazing light and terrible glory from heaven, as God utters His voice from His holy habitation.*1862, Testimonies for the Church 1:353, 354.

"We have no time to lose. The end is near. The passage from place to place to spread the truth will soon be hedged with dangers on the right hand and on the left. Everything will be placed to obstruct the way of the Lord’s messengers, so that they will not be able to do that which it is possible for them to do now. We must look our work fairly in the face and advance as fast as possible in aggressive warfare. From the light given me of God I know that the powers of darkness are working with intense energy from beneath, and with stealthy tread Satan is advancing to take those who are now asleep, as a wolf taking his prey. We have warnings now which we may give, a work now which we may do; but soon it will be more difficult than we can imagine. God help us to keep in the channel of light, to work with our eyes fastened on Jesus our Leader, and patiently, perseveringly press on to gain the victory. In our life here, earthly, sin-restricted though it is, the greatest joy and the highest education are in service. And in the future state, untrammeled by the limitations of sinful humanity, it is in service that our greatest joy and our highest education will be found."  Maranatha, p. 29.5



The convocations of the church, as in camp meetings, the assemblies of the home church, and all occasions where there is personal labor for souls, are God’s appointed opportunities for giving the early and the latter rain.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 508 (1897).

When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come. Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God’s people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth.—Selected Messages 1:124 (1887).

We Should Pray Earnestly for the Descent of the Holy Spirit

We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the Day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today.—Testimonies for the Church 5:158 (1882).

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future, but it is the privilege of the church to have it now. Seek for it, pray for it, believe for it. We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it.—Evangelism, 701 (1895).



The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for it, and the use we shall make of the light and knowledgethat shall be given to us.—The Review and Herald, May 5, 1896.


"Most startling messages will be borne by men of God’s appointment, messages of a character to warn the people, to arouse them. And while some will be provoked by the warning and led to resist light and evidence, we are to see from this that we are giving the testing message for this time."  Testimonies for the Church Volume 9, p. 137.1

We are living in the closing scenes of this earth’s history. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The hours of probation are fast passing. We have no time—not a moment—to lose. Let us not be found sleeping on guard. Let no one say in his heart or by his works: “My Lord delayeth His coming.” Let the message of Christ’s soon return sound forth in earnest words of warning. Let us persuade men and women everywhere to repent and flee from the wrath to come.

"The Lord has given to some ministers the ability to gather and to hold large congregations. This calls for the exercise of tact and skill. In the cities of today, where there is so much to attract and please, the people can be interested by no ordinary efforts. Ministers of God’s appointment will find it necessary to put forth extraordinary efforts in order to arrest the attention of the multitudes. And when they succeed in bringing together a large number of people, they must bear messages of a character so out of the usual order that the people will be aroused and warned." Gospel Workers 1915, p. 354.1

"Humiliation, confession and most earnest prayer will bring about that which all the devising of men, be they high or low, cannot accomplish. Let us remember that it is Satan’s purpose to set at work forces which will obscure the testing message for this time. If ever there was a time when self-sacrifice must be made, when earnest sincere prayer must be offered, when diligent work must be done, it is now. Satan has come down with great power to work with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. God looks with contempt upon the large assemblies at the Battle Creek Tabernacle, while the hearts of those present are lifted up unto vanity. Their numbers displease Him. Is there not a world to be warned? Why then are there those assembled in the Tabernacle whose hearts swell with vanity because of their large assembly and their music. Let there be a humiliation of soul before God, that He may remove the discipline He has placed upon His people because they have departed from God. The simplicity and integrity that God requires His people to show is the line of demarcation between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. At the very heart of the work there is necessity for sincere, true humiliation, which has not yet been seen. God will vindicate every message He has given to His people. He will justify all His dealings with them. They have departed out of the way, and the only course that can bring relief and hope and success in bearing the solemn message for this time is for them to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. There is a careless, venturesome spirit which needs to be guarded. It is humiliating for us to acknowledge that we have done wrong, but this is often necessary. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Prayer will draw down from heaven great blessings when those who claim to believe the truth shall come down from their stilts of self-exaltation and afflict their souls, even as Daniel afflicted his soul." MANUSCRIPT RELEASES VOLUME ELEVEN [NOS. 851-920], PAGE 100

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners IN ZION (the church of the firstborn whose names are written in Heaven) will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat [AFTER THE CLOSE OF PROBATIONARY TIME--CHRIST'S OBJECT LESSONS 72]. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths...

The REMNANT that purify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy. All these, He says, 'I have graven . . . upon the palms of my hands' (Isa. 49:16)... That which God required of Adam before his fall was perfect obedience to His law. God requires now what He required of Adam, perfect obedience, righteousness without a flaw, without shortcoming in His sight....We cannot do this without that faith that brings Christ's righteousness into daily practice." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, 380.

The Work of the Spirit Likened to Rain

"He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain." In the East the former rain falls at the sowing time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. [1. SEE ZECHARIAH 10:1; HOSEA 6:3; JOEL 2:23, 28.]

As the dew and the rain  are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God's grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

The latter rain, ripening earth's harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.--TM 506 (1897).

Rev 19:7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the
marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready.

“When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church (His People). When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69.1 

What IS the character of Christ that we all so desperately need? "But the fruit of the Spirit (the fruit or result of having and knowing Jesus inside you) is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23. Christ never once used His own divine power while on earth (4T 45, CT 276-77, DA 119, 5BC 1124), not even for others (angels did the miracles--DA 143), but completely worked with and relied upon His Father for help to overcome the great temptations and to sustain Him in His work (DA 24, 147, 674-75, Ed 80, MYP 58).  Thus Christ had no advantage over humanity, and we can, by uniting with God through Christ by faith, exercise the same powers which Christ had in order to live a pure spotless life out of love for God (DA 24, 664).

"No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of selfBut no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 159.3 

Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter. 

"And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!" Isaiah 30:18, Amplified Bible.

We must keep the law of God as the apple of our eye; for his law governs the whole universe. I am thankful that we have a standard with which to compare our character! 

"That law of ten precepts of the greatest love that can be presented to man is the voice of God from heaven speaking to the soul in promise, "
This do, and you will not come under the dominion and control of Satan." There is not a negative in that law, although it may appear thus. It is DO and Live." EGW God's Amazing Grace - Page 132

James 1:22 KJV "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." 
Philippians 4:13 (King James Version) "I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Is God’s Law Still Binding?

No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more directly opposed to the dictates of reason, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that God’s law is no longer binding upon men. Every nation has its laws, which command respect and obedience; no government could exist without them; and can it be conceived that the Creator of the heavens and the earth has no law to govern the beings He has made? Suppose that prominent ministers were publicly to teach that the statutes which govern their land and protect the rights of its citizens were not obligatory—that they restricted the liberties of the people, and therefore ought not to be obeyed; how long would such men be tolerated in the pulpit? But is it a graver offense to disregard the laws of states and nations than to trample upon those divine precepts which are the foundation of all government?

The Great Controversy, pp. 582-584


Revelation 12:17. “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

"There will be those who will come in at the eleventh hour, and they will receive an equal reward with those who have long known the truth. And why is this?--It is because they used all their talents to the utmost of their ability, and brought all their powers to bear on the work of advancing the light of the truth. When the truth was brought to their attention, they accepted it with joy, and God could trust them with a large measure of light and power." Advent Review and Sabbath Herald-1889, 21. Article Title: The Secret of Unity

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

The musical voices of these angels seemed to reach every where. An exceeding bright and glorious light shone around those who had cherished the light which had been imparted to them. Their faces shone with excellent glory, and they united with the angels in the cry, Behold, the Bridegroom cometh! And as they harmoniously raised the cry among these different companies, those who rejected the light, pushed them, and with angry looks, scorned and derided them. But the angels of God wafted their wings over the persecuted ones, while Satan and his angels were
seeking to press their darkness around them, to lead them to reject the light from heaven.” {1SG 146.1}

“Then I heard a voice saying to those who had been pushed and derided, Come out from among
them, and touch not the unclean. A large number broke the cords which bound them, and they obeyed
the voice, and left those who were in darkness, and united with those who had previously
broken the cords, and they joyfully united their voices with them. I heard the voice of earnest,
agonizing prayer from a few who still remained with the companies who were in darkness. The ministers andleading men were passing around in these different companies, fastening the cords stronger; but still I heard this voice of earnest prayer. Then I saw those who had been praying reach out their hands for
help towards that united company who were free, rejoicing in God. The answer from them, as they earnestly looked to heaven, and pointed upward, was, Come out from among them, and be separate. I saw individuals struggling for freedom, and at last they broke the cords that bound them. They resisted the efforts which were made to fasten the cords tighter, and would not heed the repeated assertions, God is with us, We have the truth with us. Individuals continued to leave the companies who were in darkness, and joined the free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth. Their gaze was upward, and the glory of God rested upon them, and they shouted the praises of God. They were united, and seemed to be wrapt in the light of heaven.”
{1SG 146.2}

Those who have delayed a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble, or at any future period.

The foolish virgin ladocieans find out at the end that they are lost. 

Matthew 25:10-12  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.  (11)  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  (12)  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.

It will be a dreadful day for Laodicea when they find out it’s “too late”. God forbid that we should remain in this “foolish” condition.
  
The Glory that Lightens the Earth -The Loud Cry

The message of the loud cry will not be heard by Laodiceans. 

The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us.--RH May 5, 1896.

The storm is coming, the storm that will try every man's faith of what sort it is. Believers must now be firmly rooted in Christ or else they will be led astray by some phase of error.--Evangelism, pp. 361, 362 (1905). Click here to learn more about growing up in Christ.

"The Spirit of Christ—true faith." ST April 7, 1887, par. 5


Avoid Trifling Speech

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sin; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

But while we are saved through grace, the apostle presents the part that we are to act. He says: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling [lest you become an influence to lead others astray]: for it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” In these scriptures is presented the co-working of God with man and man with God. How important it is that the work shall go forward harmoniously, so that, as a result, the perfection of Christian character may be obtained through the union of the human and divine! Where this cooperation is found, these words are appropriate: “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled,” that he may “present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.” Let every soul remember that the Christian armor cannot be laid aside for one moment. We are called upon to keep up the warfare, to resist Satan, to watch and pray.

Where the heart is purified and refined, and made fit for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the tongue will be sanctified to the glory of God. When you hear young men jesting and joking, do not join in the merriment that dishonors Jesus Christ who died for them, but rather reprove them. Watch over one another for good. Pray for and with one another. You can surround your souls with an atmosphere that will be like breezes from the heavenly Eden. Open your heart to the Lord Jesus. Guard your tongue. Let not your tongue run at random in jesting and joking. These are signs that your heart needs to be cleansed from its defilement. Those who are earnestly striving to obtain the world to come, will act according to Christian principles in all the concerns of life. They will bring into practice the injunction: “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” If we are sincere Christians in meeting, we shall be sincere Christians at all times and in all places. I am very desirous that all who are acquainted with Christ shall manifest the fact by the spirit revealed in their words. Christ said: “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Our words index the state of our heart; and whether men talk much or little, their words express the character of their thoughts. A man’s character may be quite accurately estimated by the nature of his conversation. Sound, truthful words have the right ring in them. “The end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” YI June 13, 1895, par. 3


“When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69.1 

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

We NEED to HAVE JESUS OWN SPIRIT, HIS OWN LIFE living in the midst of us and surrounding us so we CAN manifest Jesus Himself through us so we will have the Spirit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance to share with others, just as God shares it with Jesus.

The "HOLY" Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. His own Spirit, His own life, His own divine influences. He pours out His Spirit which is His own self into the midst of us surrounding us with His glory and favor, when we ask Him to come into our hearts/minds. Remember, Christ said, I can do NOTHING of myself. Our one and only wise Sovereign, immortal (the only being who cannot die), invisible Father and God, gave Christ all the power and authority of Heaven and Earth - Christ in turn gives this power and authority to us - to be representatives of Him. Christ says, 
"Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly = gentle and humble. Christ own Spirit consists of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. 

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?  Ask for Christ to impart the "Holy" Spirit to you and you to will have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63) To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law.
 

"The Spirit of Christ—true faith." ST April 7, 1887, par. 5

But the truth must be brought into the inner sanctuary of the soul. We must by living faith grasp the arm of Omnipotence; for Christ has said, “Without me ye can do nothing.” But if we are laborers together with God, we shall be able to do all things. We shall be tested, we shall be proved to see what kind of material we have brought into our character building. If we have brought material into our life and character that is not of a divine order, this will be made manifest in the moral warfare in which every soul will be called upon to act a part. The truth cannot be justly sustained or defended by words that arouse the unbeliever to resistance and contention. The true spirit that controls the heart will be revealed in a company where ideas are presented that are opposed to ideas that others hold. If those who stand in defense of truth are under the control of the Spirit of Christ, they will be calm and self-possessed, kind and courteous, and will not be betrayed into the use of harsh language. They will not be accusers of those who honestly differ from them in opinion, nor regard their own ideas as infallible, and thus be led to look upon all those who differ with them as enemies and apostates. They will not make them the subjects of jest and ridicule.

The defendants of the faith once delivered to the saints, must ever come to Jesus and learn of him who is meek and lowly in heart. He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We testify that the yoke of Christ is not grievous to the wearer; for he who bears it, no longer follows his own will, nor does his own pleasure. In difficulties he looks to his Master to direct his course, and follows not the way of his own choosing. The more trying the circumstances under which he is placed, the more closely will he press to the side of Jesus. He understands that God alone is his helper.

The Latter Rain is perfecting, testing messages and they are being given NOW! Unless the former rain has fallen, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection. Probation is closing daily for many; soon it closes for the house of God and then a short time later, the world, are you ready?

Daniel was also a good example of instant obedience, another great spiritual lesson we can learn from this great prophet. It is by sinful indulgence that men give Satan access to their minds, and they go from one stage of wickedness to another. The rejection of light darkens the mind and hardens the heart, so that it is easier for them to take the next step in sin and to reject still clearer light, until at last their habits of wrongdoing become fixed. Sin ceases to appear sinful to them. He who faithfully preaches God's word, thereby condemning their sins, too often incurs their hatred. Unwilling to endure the pain and sacrifice necessary to reform, they turn upon the Lord's servant and denounce his reproofs as uncalled for and severe. Like Korah, they declare that the people are not at fault; it is the reprover that causes all the trouble. And soothing their consciences with this deception, the jealous and disaffected combine to sow discord in the church and weaken the hands of those who would build it up.

Every advance made by those whom God has called to lead in His work has excited suspicion; every act has been misrepresented by the jealous and faultfinding. Thus it was in the time of Luther, of the Wesleys and other reformers. Thus it is today. — Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 403-404.

The facts relative to Korah and his company, who rebelled against Moses and Aaron, and against Jehovah, are recorded for a warning to God's people, especially those who live upon the earth near the close of time. Satan has led persons to imitate the example of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, in raising insurrection among the people of God.  —The Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, pp. 306-307. 

The parable of the sower excited much questioning. Some of the hearers gathered from it that Christ was not to establish an earthly kingdom, and many were curious and perplexed. Seeing their perplexity, Christ used other illustrations, still seeking to turn their thoughts from the hope of a worldly kingdom to the work of God's grace in the soul. 

"And He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." Mark 4:26-29

The husbandman who "putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come," can be no other than Christ. It is He who at the last great day will reap the harvest of the earth. But the sower of the seed represents those who labor in Christ's stead. The seed is said to "spring and grow up, he knoweth not how," and this is not true of the Son of God. Christ does not sleep over His charge, but watches it day and night. He is not ignorant of how the seed grows.

The parable of the seed reveals that God is at work in nature. The seed has in itself a germinating principle, a principle that God Himself has implanted; yet if left to itself the seed would have no power to spring up. Man has his part to act in promoting the growth of the grain. He must prepare and enrich the soil and cast in the seed. He must till the fields. But there is a point beyond which he can accomplish nothing. No strength or wisdom of man can bring forth from the seed the living plant. Let man put forth his efforts to the utmost limit, he must still depend upon One who has connected the sowing and the reaping by wonderful links of His own omnipotent power. 

There is life in the seed, there is power in the soil; but unless an infinite power is exercised day and night, the seed will yield no returns. The showers of rain must be sent to give moisture to the thirsty fields, the sun must impart heat, electricity must be conveyed to the buried seed. The life which the Creator has implanted, He alone can call forth. Every seed grows, every plant develops, by the power of God.
"As the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth." Isa. 61:11. As in the natural, so in the spiritual sowing; the teacher of truth must seek to prepare the soil of the heart; he must sow the seed; but the power that alone can produce life is from God. There is a point beyond which human effort is in vain. While we are to preach the word, we can not impart the power that will quicken the soul, and cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. In the preaching of the word there must be the working of an agency beyond any human power. Only through the divine Spirit will the word be living and powerful to renew the soul unto eternal life. This is what Christ tried to impress upon His disciples. He taught that it was nothing they possessed in themselves which would give success to their labors, but that it is the miracle-working power of God which gives efficiency to His own word.

The work of the sower is a work of faith. The mystery of the germination and growth of the seed he cannot understand. But he has confidence in the agencies by which God causes vegetation to flourish. In casting his seed into the ground, he is apparently throwing away the precious grain that might furnish bread for his family. But he is only giving up a present good for a larger return. He casts the seed away, expecting to gather it manyfold in an abundant harvest. So Christ's servants are to labor, expecting a harvest from the seed they sow.

The good seed may for a time lie unnoticed in a cold, selfish, worldly heart, giving no evidence that it has taken root; but afterward, as the Spirit of God breathes on the soul, the hidden seed springs up, and at last bears fruit to the glory of God. In our lifework we know not which shall prosper, this or that. This is not a question for us to settle. We are to do our work, and leave the results with God. "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand." Eccl. 11:6. God's great covenant declares that "while the earth remaineth, seed-time and harvest . . . shall not cease." Gen. 8:22. In the confidence of this promise the husbandman tills and sows. Not less confidently are we in the spiritual sowing to labor, trusting His assurance, "So shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth; it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isa. 55:11. "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Ps. 126:6. 

The germination of the seed represents the beginning of spiritual life, and the development of the plant is a beautiful figure of Christian growth. As in nature, so in grace; there can be no life without growth. The plant must either grow or die. As its growth is silent and imperceptible, but continuous, so is the development of the Christian life. At every stage of development our life may be perfect; yet if God's purpose for us is fulfilled, there will be continual advancement. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. As our opportunities multiply, our experience will enlarge, and our knowledge increase. We shall become strong to bear responsibility, and our maturity will be in proportion to our privileges. 

The plant grows by receiving that which God has provided to sustain its life. It sends down its roots into the earth. It drinks in the sunshine, the dew, and the rain. It receives the life-giving properties from the air. So the Christian is to grow by co-operating with the divine agencies. Feeling our helplessness, we are to improve all the opportunities granted us to gain a fuller experience. As the plant takes root in the soil, so we are to take deep root in Christ. As the plant receives the sunshine, the dew, and the rain, we are to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. The work is to be done "not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts." Zech. 4:6. If we keep our minds stayed upon Christ, He will come unto us "as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3. As the Sun of Righteousness, He will arise upon us "with healing in His wings." Mal. 4:2. We shall "grow as the lily." We shall "revive as the corn, and grow as the vine." Hosea 14:5, 7. By constantly relying upon Christ as our personal Saviour, we shall grow up into Him in all things who is our head.

The wheat develops "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." The object of the husbandman in the sowing of the seed and the culture of the growing plant is the production of grain. He desires bread for the hungry, and seed for future harvests. So the divine Husbandman looks for a harvest as the reward of His labor and sacrifice. Christ is seeking to reproduce Himself in the hearts of men; and He does this through those who believe in Him. The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing--the reproduction of Christ's character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others.

The plant does not germinate, grow, or bring forth fruit for itself, but to "give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater." Isa. 55:10. So no man is to live unto himself. The Christian is in the world as a representative of Christ, for the salvation of other souls.

There can be no growth or fruitfulness in the life that is centered in self. If you have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, you are to forget yourself, and try to help others. Talk of the love of Christ, tell of His goodness. Do every duty that presents itself. Carry the burden of souls upon your heart, and by every means in your power seek to save the lost. As you receive the Spirit of Christ--the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others--you will grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Gal. 5:22, 23. This fruit can never perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life. 

"When the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.
It is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Peter 3:12, margin). Were all who profess His name bearing fruit to His glory, how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel. Quickly the last great harvest would be ripened, and Christ would come to gather the precious grain.


If a brother or a sister has followed a wrong course, the true Christian will not speak to others of the wrong he sees in them, but will feel as Christ feels toward them,—a feeling of pity and sorrow, a longing, tender compassion; for he loves their souls. He will not make a jest of their mistakes, or meet them in the spirit of Satan. He will not talk much, for his soul is filled with tender compassion, and his words, his deportment, will testify of the character which he bears. He who is a devoted child of God will reveal this fact in his association with others.

Never let him who is named as a child of God, meet another who differs with him in his religious faith with a spirit of ridicule. This was the spirit the persecutors of Protestants had when dealing with those whom they termed “heretics.” They could not show where dissenters were in error from “the law and the testimony,” and therefore they resorted to ridicule, and some of the faithful found it more difficult to bear a sneer, than to face their enemies in open conflict. Soldiers in the army of Jesus Christ have turned cowards before ridicule, and Satan has worked through cold, unconsecrated professors of his name, to intimidate those with the weapon of jest, who never would have been turned from their loyalty to God if the rack, the stake, the dungeon, and death alone had threatened them.

Let no one from among us ever stoop to the use of ridicule when dealing with men who do not believe our doctrines. When this is done, it is evident that the would-be defender of truth is filled with self-importance and self-righteousness and with the very spirit that prompted the Pharisees to reject the light which God had graciously given them from heaven. When those who are claiming to investigate the Scriptures for truth, cease to have the meekness and the lowliness of Christ, and form a confederacy to resist every doctrine and view that differs from what they have regarded as truth, then Satan himself presides in their assemblies; and when this is the case, all who are brought within the sphere of their influence are leavened with the spirit of doubt, of questioning, and of unbelief, even as were the Pharisees in the days of Christ. All heaven is looking down upon the people who are to be defenders of truth, to see if they will follow the same course of action as did the Pharisees, and as have all the churches when new rays of light have been sent to them in messages of warning and exhortation. The Pharisees rejected Christ because he did not come in the very manner in which they had flattered themselves that he would come, and as a consequence, they were fettered in chains of their own forging, and bound themselves in doubt, in questioning, in criticism and unbelief, and worked their own eternal ruin.

"The class who do not feel grieved (agonize, anguish, bleed, hurt, mourn, sorrow, suffer, eat one's heart out, tear one's hair) over their own spiritual declension (a bending or sloping downward; slope; descent; a falling off or away; decline, deterioration), nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God..." VOL. 5, TESTIMONIES P 211. 

The one all-important inquiry which should now engross the mind of everyone is: Am I prepared for the day of God? Can I stand the trying test before me?

The ambition of the believers is to reveal the likeness of Christ's character and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom. (AA 48)

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Some folks look with dread upon the thought of having to wage a continual warfare with self and worldly lusts. That is because they do not as yet know anything about the joy of victory. They have experienced only defeat. But it isn't so doleful a thing to battle constantly, when there is continual victory . . . !"

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For whatsoever is born (begotten again) of God overcometh the world: and this is the Victory that overcometh the world, even our Faith !"     I John 5:4

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

As the student of the Bible beholds the Redeemer, there is awakened in the soul the mysterious power of faith, adoration, and love. Upon the vision of Christ the gaze is fixed, and the beholder grows into the likeness of that which he adores. The words of the apostle Paul become the language of the soul: “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: ... that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings.” Philippians 3:8-10. 
Education, p. 192.1

"No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 159.3 

Quote: “The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !"  - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13


The language of the soul must be, “He is mine; I will never let go his arm. He will bless me; the cleansing blood will be applied to my soul.”

The language of the soul is, “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” He has a foundation for his faith. It is Christ, the Rock of Ages. He dares to love him, for the light reflected from the cross of Calvary reveals his Saviour to his soul, as “the chiefest among ten thousand,” and the one “altogether lovely.”

"The language of the soul will be, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” [Psalm 119:97.]" 

Let the language of the soul be:

“Other refuge have I none, 

Hangs my helpless soul on Thee; 
Leave, O, leave me not alone! 
Still support and comfort me.

“Hide me, O my Saviour, hide! 
Till the storm of life is past; 
Safe into the haven guide, 
O receive my soul at last!”
Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, just what course to pursue. And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength. Power for obedience, for service, wilt be imparted to them, as Christ has promised. {DA 668.4}.

The way to heaven is consecrated by the Saviour's footprints. The path may be steep and rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel thorns, to make the pathway easier for us. Every burden that we are called to bear He Himself has born. {DA 480.4}

Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the eternal throne. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss. Then we shall cast our crowns at His feet, and raise the song, 'Worthy Is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, honor'  {DA 131.2}

"Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues (
love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, m
eekness, temperance)
, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ("The Lord (Jesus) is that Spirit." 2 Cor 3:17) in the latter rain (perfecting testing messages). It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." (TM 507) Now isn't that a scary thought that we shall not discern or receive it??? UNLESS we are repenting of our sins and changing our everyday "little" choices into right ones.

Who is the comforter? Who is it that our Lord God sends to help us? Read this plain testimony of who it is that really helps us when "the times of refreshing or "latter rain" shall come from the presence of God the Father!!! 

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20. 20 The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost." (GC 611-612) Very plain isn't it? God shall send Jesus to help us! "The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church."--AA 54, 55 (1911).

Pentecost: The visible Jesus ascended to Heaven and then returned by His own Divine invisible omnipresent (able to be everywhere all the time) Spirit. Jesus did not send someone else to us, but came Himself to comfort and be with us during our trials and time of need.

We need to trust in Jesus daily, hourly. He has promised that as our day is, our strength shall be. By His grace (mercy) we may bear all the burdens of the present and perform its duties. 5T 200.

The Bible says God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH! (God is a Spirit and Jesus is "TRUTH" "I am the way, the TRUTH" John 4:24 & John 14:6 ), and if we have Jesus (Truth) we have BOTH the Father and the Son's presence with us: "...we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14:23; "and he hath both the Father and the Son." 2 John 1:9. Notice the word "both"? Both is not three persons. Dictionary meaning of "Both": Used to refer to two people or things, regarded and identified together: "both his parents indulged him"."the one as well as the other <both of us>" Definition of BOTH: being the two: affecting or involving the one and the other <both feet> <both his eyes> <both these armies>

"Satan is to work to misrepresent the character of God, that he may 'seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.'" 5T 746.

"Everything around the children of Israel was calculated to make them forget the living God. Yet there were those among the Hebrews who preserved the knowledge of the true God, the Maker of the heavens." 
Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 201.2

"Thousands have a false conception of God and His attributes. They are as verily serving a false god as were the servants of Baal. Are we worshiping the true God as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, in nature, or are we adoring some philosophical idol enshrined in His place? God is a God of truth. Justice and mercy are the attributes of His throne. He is a God of love, of pity and tender compassion. Thus He is represented in His Son, our Saviour. He is a God of patience and long-suffering. If such is the being whom we adore and to whose character we are seeking to assimilate, we are worshiping the true God."  {5T 173.4} 

Many Have Not Bowed to Baal—There are in our cities thousands who have the fear of God before them, who have not bowed the knee to Baal. It is because so many of these are in lowly circumstances that the world does not notice them. But though hidden in highways and hedges, these are seeking God (Manuscript 17, 1898).

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future, but it is the privilege of the church to have it NOW. Seek for it, pray for it, believe for it. We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it.--Ev 701 (1895). 

"They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is NOW complete." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"Those who have delayed a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble, or at any future period. The righteous will not cease their earnest, agonizing cries for deliverance. They cannot bring to mind any particular sins; but in their whole life they can see little good. Their sins have gone beforehand to judgment, and pardon has been written. Their sins have been borne away into the land of forgetfulness, and they cannot bring them to remembrance. Certain destruction threatens them, and, like Jacob, they will not suffer their faith to grow weak because their prayers are not immediately answered. Though suffering the pangs of hunger, they will not cease their intercessions. They lay hold of the strength of God, as Jacob laid hold of the angel; and the language of their soul is “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me” (Genesis 32:26). That season of distress and anguish will require an effort of earnestness and determined faith that can endure delay and hunger, and will not fail under weakness, though severely tried. The period of probation is the time granted to all to prepare for the day of God."—The Signs of the Times, November 27, 1879.

How many who profess to be Christians, will become excited over some worldly enterprise. Their interest is awakened for new and exciting amusements, while they are cold-hearted, and appear as if frozen in the cause of God. But here is a theme, poor formalist, which is of sufficient importance to excite you. Eternal interests are here involved. To be calm and unimpassioned on this theme is even sinful. The scenes of Calvary call for the deepest emotions. Upon this subject you will be excusable if you manifest enthusiasm. That Christ, so excellent, so innocent, should suffer such a painful death, bearing the weight of the sins of the world, our most extended thoughts and imaginations can never be able to fully reach, and enable us to comprehend the length, thebreadth, the light, the depth, of such amazing love. The contemplation of the matchless depths of a Saviour’s love, viewed by faith, fills and absorbs the mind, touches and melts the soul, refines and elevates the affections, and completely transforms the whole character. The language of the apostle is, “I determine not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and him crucified.” We may look toward Calvary, and also exclaim, “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

It’s harvest time! The Latter Rain is falling! The Loud Cry is swelling! This world is being lightened with the glory (holy character traits of God manifest in His People!
 Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) of God. 

What does it mean to "give glory to Him"? To give glory to God means to reflect His righteous character (embodied in the Ten Commandments manifesting the fruits of the "Holy" Spirit) in your own life and actions (Exodus 33:18-23, 34:5-8, Acts 10:35, 1 Corinthians 15:33-34, Psalms 29:1-2, 86:7-13).

The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for itand the use we shall make of the light and knowledge (perfecting testing messages) that shall be given to us.--RH May 5, 1896.

AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? 

"We must watch with earnestness that we may discern any ray of light which God shall present to us. We are to catch the first gleamings of truth; and through prayerful study, clearer light may be obtained, which can be brought before others." .--Gospel Workers, pp. 297-300. (1915.)

"It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. (TM 507)

Preparation required. I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of "refreshing"and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. (EW 71)

I was shown that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (1T 619)

The Needful Preparation

It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. (TM 507)

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20. 20 The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost." (GC 611-612)

Acts 2

King James Version (KJV)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

(when you are filled with the Holy Spirit God will give you perfecting testing messages to share with others so they too can become partakers of His Spirit)

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,

10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,

11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.

12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?

13 Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.

14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.

16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:

18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

34 For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

35 Until I make thy foes thy footstool.

36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

"There can be no actual connection with Christ if the person who claims it has no practical knowledge of the sufficiency of the grace of God that is potent to elevate, ennoble, refine, and fit the Christian for the courts of Heaven. Those who know Christ, will make manifest the desirableness of his love and peace. Every genuine believer will taste, and see that the Lord is good, and will show forth the praises of him who called us out of darkness into the marvelous light of the children of God. The true believer not only has faith, but he has a knowledge of the efficacy of the blood of Christ to cleanse from the defilement of sin. Christ crucified is the subject of his thought and meditation. The word of God to him is not a cunningly devised fable. Christ crucified, though unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness, is to him the power and wisdom of God. When assailed by skeptics, his living experience in the things of God will furnish him with arguments that cannot be gainsaid, and will enable him to resist every dart of the wicked one, so that even the uneducated believer may have simple and genuine proofs of his position, that cannot be overborne by the doubts and cavils of infidels. He can relate that which he has himself experienced. He can say, “I know whom I have believed.”

Those who connect with the school of Christ will be careful to obey the words of the Lord. Their faith will be founded upon knowledge, for they will be diligent students of the Scriptures. Like the humble fishermen who united with the Saviour to learn of him, those who love Christ today will not only listen to his words, but practice his precepts, and follow in his footsteps. The greatest Teacher the world has ever known, has opened their understanding, and has given them knowledge and judgment, that they may approve things that are excellent. The most educated, as well as the most ignorant, may become partakers of the knowledge of Christ’s salvation. The great apostle himself learned in the school of Christ, and strengthened his faith by his experience in following Jesus, and by acquiring knowledge of Bible history. He convinced men that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God, and Christ shed his glory upon the apostle, and he could speak from what he had seen and known.

It is the very knowledge that we gain daily, in our conflicts with Satan, that will be valuable to us in the future. It is the experience that we acquire in the things that Jesus is doing for us, in guarding our souls and bodies from the cruel power of our enemy, that will increase our hope and add to our power to fight our way through. In Paul’s experience of suffering for his Lord, he realized the consolation and support of his Redeemer. His trials did not dishearten him, for the rich grace of God nerved him for the conflict, and with fortitude and courage, he gloried in tribulation.

What are we doing with the light God has given to us? In temporal matters, many give thought and attention, and close application of mind, in order to make a business success. Should we not give our very best talent to the service of God? Should we not seek to gain a greater knowledge, and a more intelligent manner of doing the work of the Lord? Are we content to exalt the temporal above the eternal interests?

As the apostle prayed for the Philippian brethren, so pray for yourselves, and for each other, “that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” We should not be satisfied with our present spiritual attainments. If the Lord should open before us our condition as it really is, and we should see the danger there is of losing our souls, even those who now profess to be Christians would fall upon their knees, and pray earnestly, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner.” The astonishing indifference and carelessness which many now feel, is because they are separated in their thoughts from God, and really ignorant of their own peril. If the truth does not have a sanctifying influence upon your life and character, you will be like the foolish virgins, whose lamps were gone out at the very time when the bridegroom came to go in to the marriage. A theory of the truth is not enough. There is a high standard for us to reach. Our conflict is a continual conflict with the powers of darkness, and we must put on the whole armor of God, fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life. But how few are willing to urge their way heavenward against every opposing force of evil in the world!

The apostle prayed that love might abound more and more. There must be a living faith, before there can be a living experience. There are many who have a certain formal knowledge of Christ, and an indefinite faith that does not have an active influence upon the life and character. This faith is not a saving faith. Our love for Jesus must commence here, if we expect to love him through the ages of eternity. All who love Christ will talk of him. How shall the world know of the blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of your Lord and Saviour, unless you make it the theme of your thought and conversation? If our hearts are rejoicing in the hope of beholding our coming Saviour, shall we not speak of it to others? “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” We shall have the Spirit of Christ, if we are in union with him; and with the same untiring love and patience, we shall seek that which is lost. One soul is worth the world. It is the purchase of the blood of Christ, and those who really love Christ will feel the value of the souls for whom he shed his precious blood.

The glory of the eternal world is just before us. Are you forwarding your treasure from this perishing earth to the land of safety? What care is taken to secure proper titles to your worldly possessions. Has your thought been exercised in regard to securing a title to the heavenly possessions? Your worldly estates will soon pass away, notwithstanding all your anxiety and toil. You must leave them all sometime. You may die before the coming of Jesus, or you may live till his appearing; however it is, the thoughts and ambitions of earth must be relinquished; but if your treasure is laid up on high, your riches will be incorruptible, undefiled, and will never pass away.

Make friendship with Christ today. Put your case in the hands of the great Advocate. He will plead your cause before the Father. Though you have transgressed the law, and must plead guilty before God, Christ will present his precious blood in your behalf; and through faith and obedience, and a vital union with Christ, you may stand acquitted before the Judge of all the earth, and he will be your friend when the final trump shall sound, and the scenes of earth shall be no more."  ST July 27, 1888, par. 8

Partakers of His Spirit

As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, "the time of Jacob's trouble," they will grow up into Christ, and will partake largely of His spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory of that light which attends the third angel. (1T 353)

At that time the "'latter rain," or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out. (EW 86)

Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the Tree Witness, and they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation. (1T 187)

Under the showers of the latter rain the inventions of man, the human machinery, will at times be swept away, the boundary of man's authority will be as broken reeds, and the Holy Spirit will speak through the living, human agent, with convincing power. No one then will watch to see if the sentences are well rounded off, if the grammar is faultless. The living water will flow in God's own channels. (2SM 58-59)

Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand. (GC 612)

More abundant than the former rain. The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are "the times of refreshing" to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20. 20 The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. (GC 611-612)

Why has the history of the work of the disciples, as they labored with holy zeal, animated and vitalized by the Holy Spirit, been recorded, if it is not that from this record the Lord's people today are to gain an inspiration to work earnestly for Him? What the Lord did for His people in that time, it is just as essential, and more so, that He do for His people today. All that the apostles did, every church member today is to do. And we are to work with as much more fervor, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit in as much greater measure, as the increase of wickedness demands a more decided call to repentance. (GC 611)

It is with an earnest longing that I look forward to the time when the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, "I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." Then, as at the Pentecostal season, the people will hear the truth spoken to them, every man in his own tongue .... Thousands of voices will be imbued with the power to speak forth the wonderful truths of God's Word. The stammering tongue will be unloosed, and the timid will be made strong to bear courageous testimony to the truth. May the Lord help His people to cleanse the soul temple from every defilement, and to maintain such a close connection with Him that they may be partakers of the latter rain when it shall be poured out. (SDABC EGW's comments on Acts 2:1-4 p. 1055)

Do you have the mind of God in you?

God's Character/mind is revealed in the Ten Commandments. Blessings will follow obedience to God’s law. Do you have it? Do 
satanturnsYOU have the mind of God? ("Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Philippians 2:5)

Absorbent Mind

We have heard it time and time again, “By beholding we become changed”. But what does it really mean? God has made us as creatures with impressionable minds. In a nutshell, we are like sponges. We absorb what we immerse ourselves in. Whatever we focus on is what we become like, thus the phrase, by beholding we become changed. The choices of music, books, people we associate with, thoughts we think, determine our words, actions and destiny. It's the little foxes that spoil the vine - or it's the "little" things we choose to do that determine our final destiny = eternal life or eternal death. Even if we wash the dishes or sweep the floor diligently or half way. It's the little tasks of life and how we choose to perform them that matter. "The ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ's character and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom." (AA 48)

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Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the True Witness, and they will receive the latter rain (perfecting testing messages (Rev 18:4 Come OUT of all churches & Behold the Bridegroom cometh, Go ye OUT to meet Him), and thus be fitted for translation." (1T 187)

Plain, close, searching, practical discourses were given by Christ. His ambassadors should follow his example in every discourse. Christ and his Father were one; in all the Father’s requirements Christ cheerfully acquiesced. (Acquiesced: To consent or comply passively or without protest.) He had the mind of God. The Redeemer was the perfect pattern. Jehovah was manifested in him. Heaven was enshrined in humanity, and humanity enclosed in the bosom of Infinite Love. If ministers will in meekness sit at the feet of Jesus, they will soon obtain right views of God’s character, and will be able to teach others also. Some enter the ministry without deep love to God or to their fellow-men. Selfishness and self-indulgence will be manifested in the lives of such; and while these unconsecrated, unfaithful watchmen are serving themselves, instead of feeding the flock and attending to their pastoral duties, the people perish for want of proper instruction." GOSPEL WORKERS 1892, PAGE 14
  1. Isaiah 59:21
    As for me, this is my covenant (unmerited favor) with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
    Isaiah 59:20-21 (in Context) Isaiah 59 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  2. Isaiah 66:2
    For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
    Isaiah 66:1-3 (in Context) Isaiah 66 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  3. Micah 2:7
    O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
    Micah 2:6-8 (in Context) Micah 2 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  4. Zechariah 4:6
    Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
"Many give a bare assent to truth when they are not sanctified through the truth. They do not in Spirit represent Christ. They are surface workers, and delude themselves with the idea that they are ChristiansSo effectually does this delusion take possession of heart and mind that the sharp arrows of the Lord fail to penetrate the armor of self righteousness in which they are encased. The spell is so strong that they will listen to the truth, the most earnest and powerful, even to the very portraying of the delusions which are upon them without any thought of self-examination to see if it means them. This is the class our Saviour found most difficult to arouse. The most authoritative teachings were heard and listened to as if they heard not. Thus it is with many, many in this generation." 1888, p. 796. 

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

“Whosoever is born of God doth NOT commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

"But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning". Signs of the Times, Mar 3, 1898

While good works will not save even one soul, yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works". Selected Messages, bk. 1, p. 377 "True sanctification means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to the will of God. We are to be sanctified to God through obedience to the truth. Our conscience must be purged from dead works to serve the living God. We are not yet perfect; but it is our privilege to cut away from the entanglements of self and sin, and advance to perfection. Great possibilities, high and holy attainments, are placed within the reach of all." {AA 565.1} 

the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life John 6:63 Jesus name is the WORD OF GOD and is our Lamp! We are to keep our "lamps" trimmed and burning. Filled with Jesus who name IS the Word of GOD. If we are filled with God and Jesus we bear the fruits and works of their Spirit;  love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. 

Remember? When the fruit is brought forth, immediately Jesus putteth in the sickle (comes to get His People), because the harvest is come.” Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church (His faithful people). When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.

Christ is only waiting for us to be willing to be MADE willing so He can manifest HIMSELF in His people. Forget self, spend time on your knees praying, studying and look around you. Help others. Look at them and help them solve their problems like they were your own problems. When you look at them, look at them like it's your own self you are helping. Would you give up on yourself and say "s/he is a lost cause"? If you don't think you are a lost cause, and can't be helped, don't look at others and say that either. Love is the greatest of these: Faith, Hope and LOVE!

Those who are imbued with the love of Christ will make it manifest. Their very countenance will speak pity, and will reveal to their brethren and sisters that they are filled with a spirit of compassion towards them.

Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church (His faithful people). When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. 

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

Oh, that those who have not the milk of human kindness in them might see that their thoughts, their feelings, words, and actions must be decidedly changed in order that the prayer of Christ may be fulfilled in the church. Christ wants what? To see HIMSELF manifested in His People! What should be manifested? The "HOLY" Spirit/Ghost which is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

The character of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be reproduced in those who believe in him as their personal Saviour. They will be "rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." Our acceptance with God is not upon the ground of our good works, but our reward will be according to our works. "For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh; that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

"The carnal [or natural] mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Human nature could not keep the law, even if it would. Apart from Christ, without union with him, we can do nothing. "Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God." The law requires us to present to God a holy character. It demands of men today just what it demanded of Adam in Eden,—perfect obedience, perfect harmony with all its precepts in all relations of life, under all circumstances and conditions. No unholy thought can be tolerated, no unlovely action can be justified. As the law requires that which no man of himself can render, the human family are found guilty before the great moral standard, and it is not in the province of law to pardon the transgressor of law. The standard of the law cannot be lowered to meet man in his fallen condition. No compromise can be made with the sinner to take less than the full requirement of the law. The law cannot acquit the guilty, it cannot cleanse the sinner, or give power to the transgressor to raise himself into a purer, holier atmosphere. Standing before a holy, good, and just law, and finding ourselves condemned because of transgression, we may well cry out, What shall we do to be saved?

There is but one way of escape for the sinner. There is but one agency whereby he may be cleansed from sin. He must accept the propitiation that has been made by the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world. The shed blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." "Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." A complete offering has been made; for "God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"—not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

John said, "We have seen, and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world." The Son of God took upon him human nature,—"the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us." "God was manifest in the flesh." The union of divinity with humanity brings to the fallen race a value which we scarcely comprehend. The human and the divine were united in Christ, in order that he might represent those who should believe in him. He took our nature, and passed through our experiences, and as our representative he assumed our responsibilities. The sins of men were charged to Christ, and, innocent though he was, he engaged to suffer for the guilty, that through faith in him the world might be saved. "We were reconciled to God by the death of his Son." Christ reconciled the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. O, what compassion and love are here revealed! How is humanity exalted through the merits of Christ! His sacrifice was ample and complete. The Holy One died instead of the unholy. He clothed himself in our filthy garments, that we might wear the spotless robe of his righteousness, which was woven in the loom of heaven. He paid the whole debt for all who would believe in him as their personal Saviour. His blood cleanseth from all sin and purifieth from all unrighteousness. In him, through him alone, we have forgiveness of sins. Through faith in his blood we have justification in the sight of God.

It will avail nothing for us to do penance, to afflict the body for the sin of the soul, or to flatter ourselves that by our good works we shall merit or purchase an inheritance among the saints. When the question was asked Christ, "What shall we do that we might work the works of God?" he answered, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." We are not to do something in order to purchase our entrance into heaven; for the Lord gives us heaven through the merit of Jesus Christ, and not through any merit of our own. Good works are the result of faith and love; for, conscious of the debt of love and gratitude which we owe to God for the infinite sacrifice made in our behalf, we show forth the praises of him who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Every one is under bonds to God to manifest obedience to all his commandments, relying fully on the righteousness of Christ for his acceptance with God. Accepting the grace of Christ, we are to live to the honor and glory of God, keeping the commandments at any sacrifice to ourselves. "There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

The atonement of Christ was not made in order to induce God to love those whom he otherwise hated; it was not made to produce a love that was not in existence; but it was made as a manifestation of the love that was already in God's heart, an exponent of the divine favor in the sight of heavenly intelligences, in the sight of worlds unfallen, and in the sight of a fallen race. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." We are not to entertain the idea that God loves us because Christ has died for us, but that he so loved us that he gave his only-begotten Son to die for us. The death of Christ was expedient in order that mercy might reach us with its full pardoning power, and at the same time that justice might be satisfied in the righteous substitute. The glory of God was revealed in the rich mercy that he poured out upon a race of rebels, who through repentance and faith might be pardoned through the merits of Christ, for God will by no means clear the guilty who refuse to acknowledge the merit of a crucified and risen Saviour. It is only through faith in Christ that sinners may have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto them, and that they may be "made the righteousness of God in him." Our sins were laid on Christ, punished in Christ, put away by Christ, in order that his righteousness might be imputed to us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Although sin was charged to his account on our behalf, yet he remained perfectly sinless.

O, what a history we have in the life and death, resurrection and exaltation of Christ! He was the incarnate God, the Lord of life and glory; yet for our sakes he was delivered into the hands of wicked men. Satan and the whole confederacy of evil men and evil angels raged around him, and he suffered that which would have been insupportable to any human being. His life was one of utter self-denial and self-sacrifice, full of achievements of divine mercy, goodness, and power. Disease fled at his touch, the blind saw, the deaf heard, demons were cast out, the dead were raised. The tempest-tossed waters were stilled at his command, and as he hung upon the cross, nature gave signs that she sympathized with her dying Author. The earth reeled and heaved beneath the feet of men; the sun clothed itself in sackcloth. When the mighty angel descended from heaven, parting the darkness from his track, the Roman guard fell as dead men before the resplendent glory, and Christ in his Godhead shone forth as he burst from the tomb, and rose triumphant over death and the grave. The disciples understood, when they saw him arisen from the dead, what he meant when he said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."

Shall our faith ever falter again? What stronger evidence could God have given us that Jesus is the Son of God? What greater evidence could be given of the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ than that which has been given by those who were eyewitnesses of his Majesty? Will those who claim to believe in Christ as a personal Saviour, dishonor God by doubting that he to whose guardianship they have committed their souls will keep that which has been committed to his trust against that day? Jesus is a risen Saviour. He came forth from the grave to vindicate his previous claims, to confirm the faith of his followers, to establish the truth of his Godhead before men, to make doubly sure the assurance that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Any connection with infidels and unbelievers which would identify us with them is forbidden by the word. We are to come out from them and be separate. In no case are we to link ourselves with them in their plans or work. E.G. White, FE 482.

The apostle Paul sends down the note of warning along the line to this time. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Cor. 6:14-18) {LYL 83.4}

"Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand." (GC 612)

"Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory (character) which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, 'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' "Early Writings, pp. 277-279.  

  • "I heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues; for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." --{See Revelation 14:12, Revelation 18, Joel 2:9-11; The Great Controversy Chapter 34,  The Story of Redemption, p. 399.3 }
  • "I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, 'Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.' "Early Writings, pp. 277-279.  
  • "a multitude of voices were heard crying: “Let us depart hence.” (OUT of Jerusalem/modern 501c3 SDA church organization) THE GREAT CONTROVERSY, PAGE 29 (the destruction of Jerusalem parallels with destruction of all churches and that we are warned to come out of modern SDA church =all denominations not just the one who has had GREAT LIGHT.)
  • "a multitude of voices break forth in the anthem which all the nations of the saved shall one day sing: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14.   The Great Controversy, p. 314.2
  • "a multitude of voices joining in melody with the sound of musical instruments. “David and the house of Israel played before the Lord ... on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.” With solemn gladness the vast procession wound its way along the hills and valleys toward the Holy City."   From Eternity Past, p. 511.5

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. "I saw that our message was NOT to the Shepards who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry sheep. In hope, E.G. White." (The Present Truth, March 1, 1850, Vol. 1, #8)

"I will rescue My sheep." Ezekiel 34:10
"I will feed My sheep." Ezekiel 34:15
"Feed my sheep." John 21:16

 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

 9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

 10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat. Matthew 10:6-10, King James Version (KJV)

6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand!

8 Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons. Freely (without pay) you have received, freely (without charge) give.

9 Take no gold nor silver nor [even] copper money in your purses (belts);

10 And do not take a provision bag or a [a]wallet for a collection bag for your journey, nor two undergarments, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the workman deserves his support (his living, his food). Matthew 10:6-10, Amplified Bible (AMP)



I pray "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works (because Jesus was restricted by what he could do, because if He did too much it would have cut short His work - our work or rather Jesus work will be cut short in righteousness! = this is WHY we will be able to do "greater works" than Jesus was able to do. Beautiful? Yes!), because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

Christ never once used His own divine power while on earth (4T 45, CT 276-77, DA 119, 5BC 1124), not even for others (angels did the miracles--DA 143), but completely worked with and relied upon His Father for help to overcome the great temptations and to sustain Him in His work (DA 24, 147, 674-75, Ed 80, MYP 58).  Thus Christ had no advantage over humanity, and we can, by uniting with God through Christ by faith, exercise the same powers which Christ had in order to live a pure spotless life out of love for God (DA 24, 664).  Christ bore, suffered, and died upon the cruel cross, rose the third day, and ascended to heaven to minister as our High Priest before God in securing for humanity the choice to serve God or Satan.  Thus the "humanity of Christ means everything to us" (OHC 48), because if Christ did not take on Him our fallen sinful nature, but had an unfallen nature like Adam before the fall or of the angels, then He could not have suffered by being tempted, and would not know what you or I are going through when we are tempted.  Thus He could not know how to succor or help us out of the temptation!  But praise God this is not the case.  Christ did have our fallen sinful nature upon Him, and He did suffer by being tempted.  Thus He can help us in every time of need (Heb 2:10, 16, 18, 5:7-9, 5T 177).


"Since the fall of Adam, every judgement of God on this earth has been mingled with mercy. Since the fall of Adam, we had a Mediator. We can ask for forgiveness, and we are forgiven. It has been like that since the fall of Adam. Even now, we are told in Revelation 7 the angels are holding back the winds of destruction. There is still mercy [...].

God is waiting for his people to be sealed, otherwise they would not be able to survive the closing events of the earth's history. 

When judgement ends, however, things change dramatically. There is no mercy, and in Revelation 22:11-12 we are told those that are righteous will stay righteous. Those that are holy will stay holy. Those that are filthy will stay filthy. There is no change. Every case has been decided [...].

We have to come to the point in our life that Jesus is fully manifest in us every moment of every day, because we will be living without a Mediator."

According to the Bible, the seven last plagues will start when the judgement ends. 

When Revelation 14:9-10 talks about these plagues, by using the expression "the wine of the wrath of God", it stresses the fact that this wine "is poured out without mixture", which means there will be no mercy.

One chapter later, in Revelation 15:8, we read that "no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." This means that the intercessory work of Jesus as our Mediator is finished.

These statements are very significat for our generation, as all the timed prophecies have been fulfilled and we are closer than ever to the closing of judgement and the seven plagues. 

Many Christians like to believe that the seven plagues will not affect them, as they will have beep secretely raptured by Christ before they take place. But this is not what the Bible teaches. Christians will still be on earth during the plagues. Moreover, as stated earlier, Christ will no longer be their Mediator during those incredibly difficult times. How will they survive? What protection can they count on?We higly recommend this message, as it deals with one of the most important aspects of the Christian experience - how to become perfect before the judgement ends, and before the mediating work of Jesus ends.

Living Without Christ as Mediator - Sermon Summary

Those living when Jesus returns:

  • Living during time in history very different from any other previous time since fall of Adam
Daniel 12:1-3
Since fall of Adam in sin:
  • God’s mercy seen in world.
  • Now angels are holding back destructive forces until God’s children are sealed by Holy Spirit (Revelation 7:1-3Ephesians 4:30).
Time after judgment ended:

A Purification Time

Mal 3:1-3 - purification time just before judgment ends
  • Ellen White quotes Mal. 3:2,3:

"Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above, are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort, they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative Judgment is going forward in Heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth. 

"When this work shall have been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for his appearing. ‘Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ [Mal. 3:4]. Then the church which our Lord at his coming is to receive to himself will be ‘a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.’ [Eph. 5:27] " The Great Controversy, p.425

Notice:
  • Just prior to Christ’s second coming -great refining process
  • Purifying process will cause God’s children to have spotless characters.
  • Conquerors over every temptation and sin.
  • Ellen White wrote of this experience:

"Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69

Note that Ellen White says:
  • Character of Christ "perfectly reproduced in His people." Not justification only
  • Christ’s perfect character being imparted to His people.
  • Only way they can live in the sight of a holy God without a mediator.
1 John 3:2 Those ready to meet Jesus - Just like Jesus

Jude 24
  • Keep us from falling,
  • Present us faultless
  • In the presence of His glory – 2nd coming
Ellen White described this experience:

"All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God, as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us." Desire of Ages, p.668

How can this happen?
  • Allow Christ to live out His life in us continually.

--What is sin?  "Sin is the transgression of the law" of God, or the ten commandments (1 John 3:4, 2:7, Exodus 20:1-17).

--What is Justification?  (made innocent) Justification (acquittal, show or render innocent, righteous) is the gift from God of full and complete pardon from passed acknowledged, confessed, and forsaken sins (Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9, 1SM 391, 6BC 1071).  Justification is manifested by the transformation of character (6BC 1071), and is not given or retained while transgressing God's law (1SM 213, 366, James 2:24).  It is not "once justified (saved) always justified (saved)!"

--What is Sanctification?  Sanctification is the continual growing in grace (mercy) (7BC 947) by daily studying God's word (1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Timothy 4:5, John 17:19) and daily dying to self by conforming to God's will (4T 299).  We must keep God's law to attain and maintain sanctification (CH 69, GC 467, 2T 472).  Thus it means perfect love, perfect obedience, perfect conformity to God's will (Isaiah 5:16, 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:13, AA 565).

Growing in GRACE or MERCY means to have unmerited divine assistance (Divine Influence= "Holy" Spirit) given humans for their regeneration or sanctification; a virtue coming from God; a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace; approvalfavor <stayed in his good graces>; archaic : mercypardona special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage; disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency; a charming or attractive trait or characteristic; ease and suppleness of movement or bearing; sense of propriety or right; the quality or state of being considerate or thoughtful...

--What does it mean to "fear God"?  To fear God means to love (Deuteronomy 10:12), reverence (Psalms 89:7), trust (Psalms 115:11), serve (Joshua 24:14, 1 Samuel 12:14, 24), hope (Psalms 33:18-22, 147:11), keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 31:12-13, 17:19, 5:29, Psalms 112:1), and depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7, 16:6, 2 Chronicles 19:7, Exodus 20:20, Psalms 34:11, 14, Job 28:28, Proverbs 8:13).

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory (character=traits/reputation) of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory (revealed by our "holy" character trait to character trait=holy reputation=love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance - Christ made Himself of no reputation- he reflected His Father's image just as we need to reflect our Saviours image = perfection of character or to become a copy of Jesus's character traits
), even as by the Spirit of the Lord (Jesus)." 2 Corinthians 3:18, King James Version (KJV)

Amplified Bible (AMP)
18 And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] (Bible reveals God and His Son, the Word of God, your Word (Jesus revealed in the Bible) is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path) as in a mirror the glory (character/mind) of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image (copy of/in perfection of character) in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory (holy character=holy traits, holy reputation) to another; [for this comes] from the Lord (Jesus) [Who is] the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18,

If we want to be like Christ, we must spend time getting to know Him and continue to “hang around” him by immersing ourselves in His word (the Bible and Prayer).

It’s harvest time! The Latter Rain is falling! The Loud Cry is swelling! This world is being lightened with the glory (character
) of God. AND WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?   

All who venture to have their own way, who do not join the angels who are sent from heaven with a message to fill the whole earth with its glory, will be passed by.  The work will go forward to victory without them, and they will have no part in its triumph.” Review and Herald, December 23, 1890 (vol 2, p 454).

Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. Our only safety is in being ready for the heavenly refreshing, having our lamps trimmed and burning.

The Latter Rain is perfecting "testing messages", and not JUST an experience. Are you ready to help sound the testing perfecting messages? Do you even know what they are? There is NO TIME TO WASTE! Get ready! Get ready! Get ready!  

—"The perils of the last days are upon us, and in our work we are to warn the people of the danger they are in. Let not the solemn scenes which prophecy has revealed, be left untouched. If our people were half awake, if they realized the nearness of the events portrayed in the Revelation, a reformation would be wrought in our churches (our vessels), and many more would believe the message. We have no time to lose; God calls upon us to watch for souls as they that must give an account. Advance new principles, and crowd in the clear-cut truth. It will be as a sword cutting both ways. But be not too ready to take a controversial attitude. There will be times when we must stand still and see the salvation of God. Let Daniel speak, let the Revelation speak, and tell what is truth. But whatever phase of the subject is presented, uplift Jesus as the center of all hope, “the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning Star.”—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 118 (1896).

"Before the final visitation of God's judgements upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children."--GC 464 (1911).

When the truth in its simplicity (the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded) is lived (to maintain in Jesus strength - to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in <lived Christ's life to the fullest> to experience firsthand; to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with <she lives Jesus work>) in every place, then God will work through His angels as He worked on the day of Pentecost, and hearts will be changed so decidedly that there will be a manifestation (visible expression; a public demonstration of power and purpose) of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.” Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 63.

primitive: of or relating to the earliest age or period; belonging to or characteristic of an early stage of development : crude, rudimentary. John the Baptist and Moses comes to mind. 

We Must Humble Our Hearts in True Repentance

"A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it. Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him, than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children. But it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfil the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessing. A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer."--1SM 121 (1887).

"I tell you that there must be a thorough revival among us. There must be a converted ministry. There must be confessions, repentance, and conversions. Many who are preaching the Word need the transforming grace of Christ in their hearts. They should let nothing stand in the way of their making thorough work before it shall be forever too late."--Letter 51, 1886.

"We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the Day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today."--5T 158 (1882).

The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as in the future, but it is the privilege of the church to have it NOW. Seek for it, pray for it, believe for it. We must have it, and Heaven is waiting to bestow it.--Ev 701 (1895). 

"They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is NOW complete." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"The Lord would have His people sound in the faith—not ignorant of the great salvation so abundantly provided for them. They are NOT to look forward, thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for themfor the work is NOW completeThe believer is NOT called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do this. He is to accept Christ as his peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse fromall those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace of Christ. To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit; for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit (God & His Son's Spirit's combined=they will make their abode in us John 14:23), the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us. Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for it, and the use we shall make of the light and knowledge that shall be given to us.--RH May 5, 1896.

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

We are not willing enough to trouble the Lord with our petitions, and to ask Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Lord wants us to trouble Him in this matter. He wants us to press our petitions to the throne.--FE 537 (1909).

"The flock of God is in need of help from Heaven, and the sheep and lambs are perishing for food. But let those who would have a deep and living experience in the things of God, cease to depend upon meneven upon their own pastors and teachers, and put their trust wholly upon God using their God-given ability to His glory."  Manuscript Releases Volume Sixteen [Nos. 1186-1235], p. 110.2

Are you ready to give the SIGNAL to your fellow mortals? The "perfecting testing message"? The latter rain message? 
 
Have you begged and pleaded with God for the latter rain? Have you pleaded for the perfecting testing messages? Have you pleaded for the strength and power to obey God without delay? 

beg - implore - entreat - beseech

Pray, beg and plead (Make an emotional appeal. To appeal or entreat earnestly - argue your case or cause) with God, Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ.” --{Last Day Events, p. 194.1

Let Christians put away all dissension and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come.

The Early Rain Produces Conversion; The Latter Rain Develops a Christlike Character

At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the first start. The blessings received under the former rain are needful to us to the end. . . . As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain.--TM 507, 509 (1897).

Reformation Must Accompany Revival

A revival and a reformation must take place, under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a  renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganisation, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.--RH Feb. 25, 1902.

We Must Put Away All Strife and Dissension

When the labourers have an abiding Christ in their own souls, when all selfishness is dead, when there is no rivalry, no strife for the supremacy, when oneness exists, when they sanctify themselves, so that love for one another is seen and felt, then the showers of the grace of the Holy Spirit will just as surely come upon them as that God's promise will never fail in one jot or tittle. But when the work of others is discounted, that the workers may show their own superiority, they prove that their own work does not bear the signature it should. God cannot bless them.--1SM 175 (1896).

If we stand in the great day of the Lord with Christ as our refuge, our high tower, we must put away all envy, all strife for the supremacy. We must utterly destroy the roots of these unholy things, that they may  not again spring up into life. We must place ourselves wholly on the side of the Lord.--TDG 258 (1903).
 
Let Christians put away all dissension and give themselves to God for the saving of the lost. Let them ask in faith for the promised blessing, and it will come.--8T 21 (1904).

Love One Another

Christianity is the revealing of the tenderest affection for one another. . . . Christ is to receive supreme love from the beings He has created. And He requires also that man shall cherish a sacred regard for his fellow beings. Every soul saved will be saved through love, which begins with God. True conversion is a change from selfishness to sanctified affection for God and for one another.--1SM 114, 115 (1901).

The attributes which God prizes most are charity and purity. These attributes should be cherished by every Christian.--5T 85 (1882).

The strongest argument in favour of the gospel is a loving and loveable Christian.--MH 470 (1905).

Total Surrender Required

God will accept nothing less than unreserved surrender. Half-hearted, sinful Christians can never enter heaven. There they would find no happiness, for they know nothing of the high, holy principles that govern the members of the royal family. The true Christian keeps the windows of the soul open heavenward. He lives in fellowship with Christ. His will is conformed to the will of Christ. His highest desire is to become more and more Christlike.--RH May 16, 1907.

We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people "to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given.--DA 672 (1898).

Clearing the Way for the Latter Rain

I saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should therefore be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.--EW 71 (1851).

It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement.  Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.--5T 214 (1882).

There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church. . . . Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, "not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" (Zech. 4:6).--1SM 124 (1887).

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

The latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every defilement. It is our work today to yield our souls to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord--fitted for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.--1SM 191 (1892).

Become Active Labourers in Christ's Service

When the churches become living, working churches, the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.--RH Feb. 25, 1890.

The great outpouring of the Spirit of God, which lightens the whole earth with His glory, will not come until we have an enlightened people, that know by experience what it means to be labourers together with God. When we have entire, wholehearted consecration to the service of Christ, God will recognise the fact by an outpouring of His Spirit without measure; but this will not be while the largest portion of the church are not labourers together with God.--ChS 253 (1896).

When the reproach of indolence and slothfulness shall have been wiped away from the church, the Spirit of the Lord will be graciously manifested. Divine power will be revealed. The church will see the providential working of the Lord of hosts.--9T 46 (1909).

"Keep the Vessel Clean and Right Side Up"

We need not worry about the latter rain. All we have to do is to keep the vessel clean and right side up and prepared for the reception of the heavenly rain, and keep praying, "Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me; give me a part in the work; let me sound the proclamation; let me be a colabourer with Jesus Christ." Thus seeking God, let me tell you, He is fitting you up all the time, giving you His grace.--UL 283 (1891). The answer may come with sudden velocity (quickness) and overpowering might, or it may be delayed for days and weeks, and our faith receive a trial. But God knows how and when to answer our prayer. It is our part of the work to put ourselves in connection with the divine channel. God is responsible for His part of the work. He is faithful who hath promised. The great and important matter with us is to be of one heart and mind, putting aside all envy and malice and, as humble supplicants, to watch and wait. Jesus, our Representative and Head, is ready to do for us what He did for the praying, watching ones on the Day of Pentecost.--3SP 272 (1878).

I have no specific time of which to speak when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will take place--when
the mighty angel will come down from heaven and unite with the third angel in closing up the work for this world. My message is that our only safety is in being ready for the heavenly refreshing, having our lamps trimmed and burning.--1SM 192 (1892).

Not All Will Receive the Latter Rain

I was shown that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting.--1T 619 (1867).

Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? That time will never come. There are persons in the church who are not converted, and who will not unite in earnest, prevailing prayer. We must enter upon the work individually. We must pray more, and talk less.--1SM 122 (1887).

We may be sure that when the Holy Spirit is poured out, those who did not receive and appreciate the early rain will not see or understand the value of the latter rain (perfecting testing messages).--TM 399 (1896).

Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognise the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.--TM 507 (1897).

Those who make no decided effort, but simply wait for the Holy Spirit to compel them to action, will perish in darkness. You are not to sit still and do nothing in the work of God.--ChS 228 (1903).


Unless the former rain has fallen, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.

Former and latter rain both personal and general

"Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain." "He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain." In the East the former rain falls at the sowing-time. It is necessary in order that the seed may germinate. Under the influence of the fertilizing showers, the tender shoot springs up. The latter rain, falling near the close of the season, ripens the grain, and prepares it for the sickle. The Lord employs these operations of nature to represent the work of the Holy Spirit. As the dew and the rain are given first to cause the seed to germinate, and then to ripen the harvest, so the Holy Spirit is given to carry forward, from one stage to another, the process of spiritual growth. The ripening of the grain represents the completion of the work of God's grace in the soul. By the power of the Holy Spirit the moral image of God is to be perfected in the character. We are to be wholly transformed into the likeness of Christ.

The latter rain, ripening earth's harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection.

There is to be "first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear." There must be a constant development of Christian virtue, a constant advancement in Christian experience. This we should seek with intensity of desire, that we may adorn the doctrine of Christ our Saviour.

Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain. When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward. Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement, and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit ....

At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the first start. The blessings received under the former rain are needful to us to the end. Yet these alone will not suffice. While we cherish the blessing of the early rain, we must not, on the other hand, lose sight of the fact that without the latter rain, to fill out the ears and ripen the grain, the harvest will not be ready for the sickle, and the labor of the sower will have been in vain. Divine grace is needed at the beginning, divine grace at every step of advance, and divine grace alone can complete the work ....

As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain. If we pray for the blessing in faith, we shall receive it as God has promised. (TM 506-509)

The former rain

Necessary preparation made. As the disciples returned from Olivet to Jerusalem [after Jesus' ascension], the people looked on them, expecting to see on their faces expressions of sorrow, confusion, and defeat; but they saw there gladness and triumph ....

In obedience to Christ's command, they waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father--the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were "continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." Luke 24:53 ....

As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief. (AA 35-36)

These days of preparation were days of deep heart searching. The disciples felt their spiritual need and cried to the Lord for the holy unction that was to fit them for the work of soul saving. They did not ask for a blessing for themselves merely. They were weighted with the burden of the salvation of souls. They realized that the gospel was to be carried to the world, and they claimed the power that Christ had promised.

The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship. (AA 37)

Notice that it was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out. They were of one accord. All differences had been put away. And the testimony borne of them after the Spirit had been given is the same. Mark the word: "The multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul." Acts 4:32. (8T 20)

Spiritually affected. The Spirit came upon the waiting, praying disciples with a fullness that reached every heart. The Infinite One revealed Himself in power to His church .... And under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven. Words of thanksgiving and of prophecy were heard. (AA 38)

Those who at Pentecost were endued with power from on high, were not thereby freed from further temptation and trial. As they witnessed for truth and righteousness they were repeatedly assailed by the enemy of all truth, who sought to rob them of their Christian experience. They were compelled to strive with all their God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. Daily they prayed for fresh supplies of grace, that they might reach higher and still higher toward perfection. Under the Holy Spirit's work- ing even the weakest, by exercising faith in God, learned to improve their entrusted powers and to become sanc- tified, refined, and ennobled. As in humility they sub- mitted to the molding influence of the Holy Spirit, they received of the fullness of the Godhead and were fash- ioned in the likeness of the divine. (AA 39-40)

Witnessing affected. What was the result of the out- pouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost? The glad tidings of a risen Saviour were carried to the uttermost parts of the inhabited world. As the disciples proclaimed the message of redeeming grace, hearts yielded to the power of this message. The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Backsliders were reconverted. Sinners united with believers in seeking the pearl of great price. Some who had been the bitterest opponents of the gospel became its champions. (AA 48)

The sword of the Spirit, newly edged with power and bathed in the lightnings of heaven, cut its way through unbelief. Thousands were converted in a day. (AA 38)

With what burning language they clothed their ideas as they bore witness for Him! Their hearts were surcharged with a benevolence so full, so deep, so far-reaching, that it impelled them to go to the ends of the earth, testifying to the power of Christ. They were filled with an intense longing to carry forward the work He had begun. They realized the greatness of their debt to heaven and the responsibility of their work. Strengthened by the endowment of the Holy Spirit, they went forth filled with zeal to extend the triumphs of the cross. (AA 46)

The ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ's character and to labor for the enlarge- ment of His kingdom. (AA 48)

The latter rain

Preparation required. I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of "refreshing"and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. (EW 71)

I was shown that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (1T 619)

It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. (TM 507)

Partakers of His Spirit

As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, "the time of Jacob's trouble," they will grow up into Christ, and will partake largely of His spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attend the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory of that light which attends the third angel. (1T 353)

At that time the "'latter rain," or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out. (EW 86)

Those who come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may, have heeded the counsel of the Tree Witness, and they will receive the latter rain, and thus be fitted for translation. (1T 187)

Under the showers of the latter rain the inventions of man, the human machinery, will at times be swept away, the boundary of man's authority will be as broken reeds, and the Holy Spirit will speak through the living, human agent, with convincing power. No one then will watch to see if the sentences are well rounded off, if the grammar is faultless. The living water will flow in God's own channels. (2SM 58-59)

Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given. Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers .... Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand. (GC 612)

More abundant than the former rain. The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are "the times of refreshing" to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20. 20 The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. (GC 611-612)

Why has the history of the work of the disciples, as they labored with holy zeal, animated and vitalized by the Holy Spirit, been recorded, if it is not that from this record the Lord's people today are to gain an inspiration to work earnestly for Him? What the Lord did for His people in that time, it is just as essential, and more so, that He do for His people today. All that the apostles did, every church member today is to do. And we are to work with as much more fervor, to be accompanied by the Holy Spirit in as much greater measure, as the increase of wickedness demands a more decided call to repentance. (GC 611)

It is with an earnest longing that I look forward to the time when the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, "I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory." Then, as at the Pentecostal season, the people will hear the truth spoken to them, every man in his own tongue .... Thousands of voices will be imbued with the power to speak forth the wonderful truths of God's Word. The stammering tongue will be unloosed, and the timid will be made strong to bear courageous testimony to the truth. May the Lord help His people to cleanse the soul temple from every defilement, and to maintain such a close connection with Him that they may be partakers of the latter rain when it shall be poured out. (SDABC EGW's comments on Acts 2:1-4 p. 1055)

The work of judgment which began in 1844 must continue until the cases of all are decided, both of the living and the dead; hence it will extend to the close of human probation."The question of deepest interest to each one should be, Am I meeting the requirements of the law of God? ... Only by a close examination of self in the light of God’s Word can we discover our deviations from His holy rule of right.... In Him we may have pardon for past failures, and in His strength grow up to be perfect men and women in Christ Jesus." (Youth’s Instructor, June 10, 1897).

Jesus is our Atoning sacrifice; we can make no atonement for ourselves, but by faith we can (and must) accept the atonement that has been made.

“Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand.” Review
and Herald, March 9, 1905.

 Since these are the final messages that will be heard by everyone in this world, they can be likened to a shut door.  If either the message of the Righteousness of Christ, or the message of Revelation 18, is decidedly rejected, there are no other messages which can bring you back to God.  In decidedly rejecting either one, the door of your probation closes!
     “We know that now everything is at stake.  The third angel’s message is to be at this time regarded as of the highest importance.  It is a life and death question.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 76 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).
For more on this - keep reading to the END of this page!

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

"When the churches of our land, uniting upon such points of faith as are held by them in common, shall influence the State to enforce their decrees and sustain their institutions, then will Protestant America have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy. Then the true church will be assailed by persecution, as were God's ancient people." http://www.preparingforeternity.com/sr/sr54.htm


You should never rest until you know how to win souls to Christ, and give all the praise and honor and glory to God for your success.

When the reproach of indolence and slothfulness shall have been wiped away from the church (fleshy bodies=vessels=church), the Spirit of the Lord will be graciously manifested. Divine power will be revealed.  (to make (something secret or hidden) publicly or generally known <reveal a secret>)

reproach = an expression of rebuke or disapproval, a cause or occasion of blame, discredit, or disgrace
indolence = inclination to laziness : sloth

“Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but
a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come.” 4BC 1161.

“The mighty shaking has commenced (written in 1847) and will go on, and all will be shaken out who are not willing to take a bold and unyielding stand for the truth, and to sacrifice for God and His cause.” (Ellen White A Word to the Little Flock, p. 31,- 1847)


“I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen. I was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the true Witness to the Laodiceans..” (Spiritual Gifts, vol. 1, pp. 184, 185)

Who are the Laodiceans?

“The message to the Laodiceans is applicable to SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS who have great light and have not walked in the light.” (2 Selected Messages p. 66)

Laodicea does not represent the true Adventists, it represents Adventists who have not walked in the light, nominal Adventists, or professed Adventists. Joseph Bates once wrote this plainly…

“First part, SARDIS, the nominal church or Babylon. Second part, Laodicea, the nominal Adventist. Third part, Philadelphia, the only true church of God on earth, for they ask to be translated to the city of God. Rev.iii,12; Heb.xii,22–24. In the name of Jesus, I exhort you again to flee from the Laodiceans, as from Sodom and Gomorrah. Their teachings are false and delusive; and lead to utter destruction. Death! DEATH!! eternal DEATH!!! is on their track. Remember Lot’s wife.” JOSEPH BATES. Fairhaven, Mass., Nov. 10, 1850. (The Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, November 1850)

We are told straightly Laodicea represents nominal Adventists, or professed Adventists. They say they are Adventists and are not. Having a name on your organization makes them Adventist as much as calling yourself a Jew means you are a real Jew, or saying you are Abraham’s seed, but your real father is the devil. The true Adventist is not one which has a baptismal certificate which says he is a Seventh-day Adventist, but rather the true Adventist is one which is one inwardly, in the heart, in the spirit, whose praise is not of men, but of God. (See Rom 2:28, 29).  

“The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the
meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present
truth. I heard an Angel say, ‘speed the swift messengers, speed the swift messengers; for the case of every soul will soon be decided, either for Life, or for Death.’ “ The Present Truth, vol. 1, No. 4.

“As great power and glory attended the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory (glory=character of God in His people). It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces will shine with the glory (character of God) of that light (message) which attends the third angel.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 353.

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

The latter rain WAKES up the 5 WISE virgins who JOIN the procession with the BRIDEGROOM (Jesus) already in progress! (wise because they obey the perfecting testing messages without delay) and virgins because they LIVE the truth in its simplicity so the manifestation of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.

"The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith.” {COL 406.3}

"When the third angel's message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty inhabitants of the earth. The people of God have accomplished their work. They have received "the latter rain," "the refreshing from the presence of the Lord," (received and obeyed the perfecting testing messages - "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words") and they are prepared for the trying hour before them. Angels are hastening to and fro in Heaven. An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living God." {GC88 613.2} 

The perfecting testing messages God is sending to His People (latter rain) is falling/given to His People today! These messages are sent to those who are studying with an intensity never before seen. This is HOW you receive the latter rain's perfecting testing messages, is to pray for it (Pray: “Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ.”) STUDY the Bible (the Bible is the mind of God revealed to mankind - if you want to have His divine mind inside your head you must partake of or study the Bible and SOP - start today! Study like your eternal life depends on it, because it does. And you don't have much time left to know what you need to know to make it to Heaven. Probation is soon to close - so get ready! Rivet yourself to the eternal divine rock so the stormy tempest of false doctrines will not sweep your soul to eternal death.

Jesus is right now in the Most Holy place as our one and only mediator between God and man  - Jesus is our advocate or lawyer on our behalf - taking our prayers and turning them into heavenly language to God. Satan is accusing us day and night - but Jesus wants to say "my blood covers (your name), s/he is MINE, I rebuke you Satan for trying to take (your name) who is my property, who's sins are covered by MY BLOOD. S/he is bought and paid for. They have yielded to my ways." Check out more about what Jesus is doing right now here: http://www.messiahsmansion.com/

  “The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God’s truth.  The Lord will not close up the period of probation until the warning shall be more distinctly proclaimed.  The trumpet must give a certain sound.  The law of God is to be magnified, its claims must be presented in their true, sacred character, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.  Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness.  The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other.  This is the glory (character) of God which closes the work of the third angel.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179 (Letter 2c, 1892).

     "All these truths are immortalized in my writings.  The Lord never denies His word.  Men may get up scheme after scheme, and the enemy will seek to seduce souls from the truth, but all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days." 8MR 319-20 (Letter 50, 1-30-1906).

The only channel through which the Spirit operates is that of the truth.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 49.

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (fleshy vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

And what is truth? "Thy law is the truth." Psalms 119:142! "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism! Ephesians 4:5. Now the Lord is that Spirit 2 Corinthians 3:17 - The word "Lord" here refers to the Lord Jesus; see 2 Corinthians 3:16. 




"Now the Lord (Jesus) is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord (Jesus) is, there is liberty (freedom from bondage)." 2 Corinthians 3:17, King James Version (KJV)

The "Holy" Spirit is actually the spiritual PRESENCE of both the Father AND the Son, but not in their bodily form.
The Bible teaches that there is only ONE Lord (Eph. 4:5)
The Bible teaches that there is only ONE Spirit (Eph. 4:4)
Who is the ONE Lord and the ONE Spirit? Here is the answer in 2 Corinthians 3:17. Now the Lord IS that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is LIBERTY!!!

"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath BOTH the Father and the Son." 2 John 1:9
Usage Note: Both indicates that the action or state denoted by the verb applies individually to each of two entities. Both books weigh more than five pounds, for example, means that each book weighs more than five pounds by itself, not that the two books weighed together come to more than five pounds. Both is inappropriate where the verb does not apply to each of the entities by itself. · In possessive constructions of both is usually preferred: the mothers of both (rather than both their mothers); the fault of both(rather than both their fault or both's fault). · When both is used with and to link parallel elements in a sentence, the words or phrases that follow them should correspond grammatically: in both India and China or both in India and in China (not both in India and China). http://www.thefreedictionary.com/both

2 John 1:9 Amplified Bible (AMP) "Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has 
both the Father and the Son."

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my wordsand my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 14:23

“The Lord is testing the people of today as much as He tested the Jews in their day.  When He sends His message of mercy, the light of His truth, He is sending the Spirit of truth to you and if you accept the message, you accept Jesus.” Review and Herald, April 11, 1893 (vol 3, p 38).

  “The Saviour of men will be glorified, and the earth will be lightened with the bright shining of the beams of His righteousness.  He is the fountain of light, and light from the gates ajar has been shining upon the people of Godthat they may lift Him up in His glorious character before those who sit in darkness.” Review and Herald, November 29, 1892.

When the truth in its simplicity is lived in every place, then God will work through His angels as He worked on the day of Pentecost, and hearts will be changed so decidedly that there will be a manifestation of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.” Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 63.

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

The Latter Rain is sprinkled before the Sunday Law, and then poured out without measure after the Sunday Law is enacted and then enforced? 

The closing of Probation and the Sunday Law degree going forth to kill all those who disobey it and the "latter rain" all go hand in hand. For all those who keep the 7th day Holy instead of Sunday, when the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. The closing of probation for the house of God comes first...I believe it may happen as the nation reaches the apocalyptic crescendo of the U.S.A.’s inevitable collapse. It may happen when Israel is nuked or destroyed.

"The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth." {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

"Our only safety is in being ready for the heavenly refreshing (Latter Rain=testing/perfecting messages), having our lamps trimmed and burning. Christ has told us to watch; 'for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh.' 'Watch and pray' is the charge that is given us by our Redeemer. Day by day we are to seek the enlightenment of the Spirit of God (Jehovah, Yehuwah), that it may do Its office work upon the soul and character. O, how much time has been wasted through giving attention to trifling things." (The 1888 Materials, p. 960).

"Satan leads many to believe that God will overlook their unfaithfulness in the minor affairs of life; but the Lord shows in His dealings with Jacob that He will in no wise sanction or tolerate evil. All who endeavour to excuse or conceal their sins, and permit them to remain upon the books of heaven, unconfessed and unforgiven, will be overcome by Satan. The more exalted their profession and the more honourable the position which they hold, the more grievous is their course in the sight of God and the more sure the triumph of their great adversary. Those who delay a preparation for the day of God cannot obtain it in the time of trouble or at any subsequent time. The case of all such is hopeless." GC11 620

We only have two models for the Latter Rain; 31AD and 1888. In 31AD the outpouring of the holy Spirit began on the day of Pentecost; this was the Early Rain, but the Early Rain was sprinkled with measure, before it was poured out without measure, "The act of Christ in breathing upon his disciples the Holy Ghost, and in imparting his peace to them, was as a few drops before the plentiful shower to be given on the day of Pentecost." {3SP 243.1}. So there is reason to believe that the Latter Rain will be sprinkled before it is poured out, just as it was in AD31, as "the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel... will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost" {GC611}, and, "...the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, 'I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.'" {SDA Bible Commentary 6, 1055}.

The Latter Rain is God's "words" which by definition are messages, "For as the rain cometh down... but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth..." Isaiah 55:6-11.

"Let us, with contrite hearts, pray most earnestly that now, in the time of the latter rain, the showers of grace may fall upon us. At every meeting we attend, our prayers should ascend that at this very time, God will impart warmth and moisture to our souls. As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 7}

The "latter rain" is PERFECTING messages! REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST JESUS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND! Study and pray like you've never before prayed and studied or you will be lost dear brother and sister! Here is a good place to start: Pray and ask God to send you the light of His Son and claim Jer 33:3; use BibleGateway.com and http://text.egwwritings.org/ to get started. There are lots of topics on this site also...but it is only scratching the surface for each one. Ask God Himself to guide you - in the name of His Son!

Jesus pleads with honest seekers of TRUTH to claim this verse: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Jer 33:3. Ask God to help you DO what He shows you, or it is worthless to study.

If you do not know what the last day messages or latter rain is, get down on your knees and go directly to God, seek His face, while He may be found and ask Him to show you! Ask God to show you, in the name of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ! Ask right now! Also ask for the strength and power to obey what He reveals to you, because it WILL change or rather revolutionize your whole life and way of thinking. It has mine. It does no good to know and not put into practice what God reveals to you. So ask for that strength and power also - to obey God without delay.

Are you ready to give the SIGNAL to your fellow mortals? The "testing message"? The latter rain message?
 
Pray, “Let the latter rain come into my vessel. Let the light of the glorious angel which unites with the third angel shine upon me. Give me a part in the work. Let me sound the proclamation. Let me be a co-laborer with Jesus Christ.” --{Last Day Events, p. 194.1

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109When the churches become living, working churches (vessels), the Holy Spirit will be given in answer to their sincere request. . . . Then the windows of heaven will be open for the showers of the latter rain.

Jerusalem compares to the modern SDA church in prophecy

"Let no one take for granted that he is saved. Sanctification is the work of a lifetime. Said Christ, “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven” [Matthew 5:19, 20].

When we stand the test of God, in the refining, purifying process, when the furnace fires consume the dross, and the true gold of a purified character appears, then we may say as did Paul, “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after.... This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” [Philippians 3:12-14].

These parables were spoken after the solemn lessons given in the twenty-third and twenty-fourth chapters of Matthew, when Christ dwelt particularly upon His second coming, and revealed things which would transpire before His second appearing in the clouds of heaven.O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,” Christ said, “thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not” [Matthew 23:37].

In this lamentation over Jerusalem is given the assurance of protection to all who will come unto Christ. He will accept and protect them, poor, defenseless, dependent, even as the hen spreads her protecting wings over her brood. If her chickens wander from her, the hen has a peculiar call by which she warns them of peril or storm. If they will heed the danger signal, and can reach their mother’s protecting wings, they find warmth and safety, for she will defend them while she has any life. She forgets herself, and will give her life in defending her helpless little flock.

What a touching figure is this! What an idea it gives us of the watchful care of Christ for all who trust in Him. Christ longed to gather Israel under His mediatorial wings. He longed to hear their voice calling upon Him, and saying: “Hold up my going in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. I have called upon Thee, for Thou wilt hear me, O God: incline Thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Show Thy marvelous loving kindness, O Thou that savest by Thy right hand them which put their trust in Thee from those that rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Thy wings” [Psalm 17:5-8].


[Psalm 36:5-11, quoted.]

“I will abide in Thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of Thy wings” [Psalm 61:4].

But Christ could not do for Israel (applies to modern spiritual Israel today = modern SDA church) all that He desired to do, because they would not respond to His invitations. “Ye would not,” He said. Their will was stubborn and unyielding. His last words to the impenitent nation were, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see Me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord” [Matthew 23:38, 39].—Manuscript 92a, 1898. Ellen G. White Estate October 30, 1986. Manuscript Releases Volume Sixteen [Nos. 1186-1235], p. 276.1


Ellen White has over 100 statements paralleling us to the Jews.


“The history of the early experiences in the message will be a power to withstand the masterly ingenuity of Satan's deceptions.” EGW, Letter 99, 1905.


Trumpeted from the pulpits, preachers and leaders of the churches is the peace and safety messages of the wolves in sheep's clothing:

How can there be such confident assurances today, as we clearly hear the denominational leaders trumpet from the pulpits of the land, “She is the ship of God, perhaps listing badly, yet we are assured that she is sailing steadfastly into the heavenly port…. STAY WITH THE SHIP!” “She is the ‘apple of God’s eye,’ ‘the remnant church.’ DON’T GIVE UP, NOW!” “Defective and feeble though she be, -- indeed, she is not perfect, -- but God will purify His church. THE APOSTATES WILL LEAVE! DON’T BE FOUND OUTSIDE WITH THEM.” “The church will appear as about to fall, BUT SHE WILL NOT FALL!” 

It is TRUE that we should stay with the SHIP, but a church is not the ship, Jesus is the SHIP.

“We have far more to fear from within than from without. The hindrances to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world. Unbelievers have a right to expect that those who profess to be keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, will do more than any other class to promote and honor, by their consistent lives, by their godly example and their active influence, the cause which they represent. But how often have the professed advocates of the truth proved the greatest obstacle to its advancement! The unbelief indulged, the doubts expressed, the darkness cherished, encourage the presence of evil angels, and open the way for the accomplishment of Satan's devices.”--1SM 122 (1887). {LDE 156.2} 

1 Samuel 15:23 "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry."


OUR ANSWER TO THOSE WHO TRY TO SHUT UP THE TRUTH: ... "Whether it be right in the sight of God to harken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we can not but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” The Acts of the Apostles, p. 64.1


"The great outpouring of the Spirit of God, which lightens the whole earth with His glory, will not come until we have an enlightened people, that know by experience what it means to be labourers together with God. When we have entire, wholehearted consecration to the service of Christ, God will recognise the fact by an outpouring of His Spirit without measure; but this will not be while the largest portion of the church (church = “I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109.) are not labourers together with God."--ChS 253 (1896).


Written in 1896: "My mind was carried to the future (NOW), when the SIGNAL will be given. 'Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye OUT (of all churches) to meet him.' But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is represented by the oil, is not transferable." Review and Herald, February 11, 1896.

The Close of Probation

"I WAS pointed down to the time when the third angel's message was closing. The power of God had rested upon His people; they had accomplished their work and were prepared for the trying hour before them. They had received the latter rain, or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and the living testimony had been revived. The last great warning had sounded everywhere, and it had stirred up and enraged the inhabitants of the earth who would not receive the message." Early Writings, p. 279.1 

“I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109.

"They (the remnant) teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

  “The trumpet is to give a certain sound.  Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” Review and Herald, December 9, 1902 (vol 4, p 472).

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of HER, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4 (KJV)

"I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from HER, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues." Revelation 18:4  (AMP)

Matthew 25:6 "And at midnight (the last hour/minute) there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him."

"HER" "The woman is a symbol of the church (His People who obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent."  Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

• Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
• Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
• Harlot = Apostate church/religion Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

Revelation 3:4; "which have not defiled their garments (characters/minds/choices). .... virgins-spiritually (Mt 25:1); in contrast to the apostate Church, Babylon=false doctrines (Re 14:8), spiritually "a harlot" .

Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

"The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith." {COL 406.3}

The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated every where, and those who had any light in the churcheswho had not heard and rejected the three messages, answered to the call, and LEFT the fallen (modern SDA and ALL OTHER denominational) churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the RELIGIOUS BODIES. A compelling power moves the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call is carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them, with humble expressions, pour forth their songs of extravagant joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance,and their masters cannot check them; for a fear and astonishment keep them silent. Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 193-196

When you realize that now is the time that the saints are being sealed, now is the time of refreshing when your sins are being blotted out, and now is the judgment of the living; it should change your experience (thus this Latter Rain message brings with it an experience, just as we always believed the Latter Rain would) if you have been lulled into becoming a foolish virgin, this should awaken you to buy (repent and be filled with Jesus and God's vital Divine Presence and Power =their Divine influences=fruits of the Spirit) oil now before it is too late. If you do not realize that you are now in the time of the Latter Rain, then "...the latter rain... may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 4}

Jesus did say,
"So when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains" (Mark 13:14). The "abomination of desolation" is the new SDA signage showing their apostasy and unity with Babylon =  Joining Together Across Church Divides (false doctrines)  

"The church that 
holds to the word of God is irreconcilably separated from Rome." Signs of the Times, February 19, 1894 

A parallel passage reads,
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies (modern SDA churches joining with other churches who do not obey the ten commandments that contain false doctrines accepting them as brethren and joining in their work and plans together), then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains" (Luke 21:20-21). Come out of all churches = second angels message

Ecumenical fraternity with Baal’s Babylon, is a plea “…for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth.” That is the point at which we are to fear and shun them. And what will be the result for those who refuse to obey God’s clear instruction? Isaiah 8:9-13, Ezekiel 9, and Ezekiel 22:17-31, along with Revelation 14:10-11 give the pathos, woeful answer, for you see friend of mine, ecumenical fraternity with Babylon is a clear disobedience to the first and second angel’s messages.

Revelation 11:18 (King James Version)"And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth."

Romans 8:35 (KJV) "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"


 
     

Should you worship with those who deny God’s Word?

"And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed." (KJV) 2 Thessalonians 3:14

"We should NEVER give sanction to sin by our words or our deeds, our silence or OUR PRESENCE." —{The Desire of Ages, p. 152}

Any connection with infidels and unbelievers which would identify us with them isforbidden by the word. We are to come out from them and be separate. In NO CASE are we to link ourselves with them IN THEIR PLANS OR WORK.” –{E.G. White, FE 482}

Many modern Adventists give various excuses for remaining in the Adventist church, but good intentions do not impress God when they cause you to disobey His Word. More than anything, God wants obedience:

"Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the LORD thy God, and do his commandments and his statutes, which I command thee this day." (KJV) Deuteronomy 27:10

"Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God..." Jeremiah 42:6

Obedience or sacrifice? Sometimes Adventists remain in the church insisting that they are sacrificing their personal desires for the good of others. But God would rather have obedience than sacrifice:

"And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice..." (KJV) 1 Samuel 15:22

Why won’t people come out? Despite God’s clear instructions in His Word, some people still refuse to leave the modern Adventist organization. There are three possible reasons why:

1.   They honestly don’t know that God wants them to leave the church organization.

2.   They think in their heart that their hope for salvation is still in the Adventist church, instead of Jesus Christ, and they are afraid to leave.

3.   They are foolish virgin Laodiceans and asleep. Listening to their preacher in wolf’s clothing (perhaps because he has not studied for himself like he should) speak conscience soothing sermons. They are not putting the eyesalve on, nor seeking the Kingdom of Heaven earnestly (Matthew 6:33). They are not studying to show themselves approved, a workman that needs not be ashamed. They are lukewarm, Laodiceans, foolish virgins asleep with no oil in their lamps. The Bridegroom is almost here. Wake up and study to know the truth before its forever too late, my dear brother, my dear sister. Have a heart/mind change.

No Excuse for Willful Blindness

1884 -- “None will be condemned for not heeding light and knowledge that they never had, and they could not obtain. But many refuse to obey the truth that is presented to them by Christ's ambassadors, because they wish to conform to the world's standard, and the truth that has reached their understanding, the light that has shone in the soul, will condemn them in the judgment.”—{5BC 1145 (1884).  {LDE 217.5}}

“Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth and yet take no pains to hear or understand it, thinking that if they do not hear they will not be accountable, will be judged guilty before God the same as if they had heard and rejected. There will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth. In His sufferings and death Jesus has made atonement for all sins of ignorance, but there is no provision made for willful blindness.” –-{LDE 218.1}

1893 -- “We shall not be held accountable for the light that has not reached our perception, but for that which we have resisted and refused. A man could not apprehend the truth which had never been presented to him, and therefore could not be condemned for light he had never had.”—{BC 1145 (1893).  {LDE 218.2}}

Only you can tell which category you fit in because no one else knows your heart.

Was he really converted? I remember talking with an Adventist young man who willingly admitted his lost condition and his need to trust Christ as Savior. He prayed and asked Jesus to come into his heart. He had no problem with that.

Then I told him he needed to leave the modern Adventist organization. He recoiled and blurted out, “Oh, I could never leave the Adventist church!”

“Why not?” I asked.

He explained that he had been born and raised in the Seventh-day Adventist church and that the church was necessary for salvation. Whether this young man understood it or not, his hope for eternal life was in the modern Seventh-day Adventist church, not in Jesus Christ.

Like him, many Adventists today claim to be born again, yet refuse to obey God. Certainly, no one can judge another man’s salvation, but the Bible does reveal that those who trust in traditions of men will be bitterly disappointed on Judgment Day:

"Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." (KJV) Jeremiah 17:5

If you are a modern Seventh-day Adventist member who refuses to come out of modern Adventism, you are, at best, a Christian living in disobedience to God, and, at worst, an unsaved person deceived into thinking you are a Christian:

"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." (KJV) Ephesians 5:11

If you really want to please God, you must obey Him and leave this system that denies His truths. Ellen White says that our truth (historical SDA doctrines) admits of NO COMPROMISE. She says we should REPUDIATE EVERYTHING THAT IS NOT IN HARMONY WITH THIS TRUTH. –{Selected Messages Book 1, p. 205.1}

No fear: Another reason people don’t leave the modern Seventh-day Adventist or any other denomination church is fear. The church has instilled in them the belief that salvation is available only through the Seventh-day Adventist church! I remember clearly hearing the denominational leaders trumpet from the pulpits of the land,

She is the ship of God, perhaps listing badly, yet we are assured that she is sailing steadfastly into the heavenly port…. STAY WITH THE SHIP!” “She is the ‘apple of God’s eye,’ ‘the remnant church.’ DON’T GIVE UP, NOW!” “Defective and feeble though she be, -- indeed, she is not perfect, -- but God will purify His church. THE APOSTATES WILL LEAVE! DON’T BE FOUND OUTSIDE WITH THEM.” “The church will appear as about to fall, BUT SHE WILL NOT FALL!” These ideas are promoted more heavily in officialdom than I can ever recall.

You need not fear leaving the modern Seventh-day Adventist church. They are the ones who have rashly (foolishly) denied the bright light setup in the beginning of Adventism and changed their doctrines. (See a picture of this terribly event here.) Their feet have slipped off the upward path into darkness below and would lead you there as well. Don’t go with them any further. Go back to the bright light setup in the beginning by our early pioneers. It remains the truth in every particular. Have no fear, God will go with you and hold your hand every step of the way back to Him and onward to the Heavenly Canaan flowing with milk and honey.

Fear and Shun "'They that forsake the law praise the wicked.' Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God' people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood." –{E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 660}

Every excuse proffered by SDA leaders for ecumenical fraternity with Baal’s Babylon, is a plea “…for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth.” That is the point at which we are to fear and shun them. And what will be the result for those who refuse to obey God’s clear instruction? Isaiah 8:9-13, Ezekiel 9, and Ezekiel 22:17-31, along with Revelation 14:10-11 give the pathos, woeful answer, for you see friend of mine, ecumenical fraternity with Babylon is a clear disobedience to the first and second angel’s messages.

No more idols: To help you be set free from the power of this false church, it is important that you remove from your home anything associated with it.

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. new organization would be established.Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced." –{Selected Messages Book 1, p. 204.2}

(Keep your Bible and Spirit of Prophecy books written by Ellen White and the early pioneers.) Any doctrinal books, (the book Evangelism, and many others have been revised, and I mean REVISED/compiled by Leaders as wolves inside the camp--Ezekiel 22:27, “the book Living Temple is unsound” --{EGW, SM, B 1, p. 201}, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Hypnosis) as taught to and practiced by their Ministers,  Charismatic--celebration worship, the doctrine of the Trinity of gods worship and anything that promotes it, is idolatry, Books of a New Order,  pamphlets, DVD’s or CD’s that promote or are published by the apostate modern SDA church, independent ministries literature who promote the trinity doctrines and modern SDA churches, books of a new order and the changed religion that Ellen White warned us about, remove from your home. You will have to ask God what you should keep or get rid of - He will guide you in the NAME of His Son. 

The wolf in sheep’s clothing leadership have changed books such as Bible Readings and Daniel and Revelation to coincide with the Trinity doctrine, as James White, A.T. Jones, J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, Loughborough and other pioneers knew that the Trinity doctrine did great despite to the Atonement. Books of a New Order also include Movement of Destiny by LeRoy Froom, a book called “The Coming of the Comforter” written by LeRoy Froom, as well as Books by Ochs, Marvin Moore, Roy Adams, to name a few. (Another example is the Adventist Sabbath School quarterly which teaches idolatry worship. Sister Joanne writes about the SS (SS=Synagogue of Satan) quarterly, “Depending wholly upon the quarterly becomes a lesson in confusion to say nothing of actual errors.”) 

Any book or publication that teaches that Christ did not take the sinful nature of Adam (not the fallen MIND of Adam - let this MIND be in YOU that was IN Christ Jesus- the Divine Mind of God), and/or the trinity doctrine, is a book of a New Order. Ellen White says that Christ took upon Himself our sinful nature.

These are idolatrous items, and God hates idolatry:

      "Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry." (KJV) 1 Corinthians 10:14

The Apostle Paul plainly states that those who practice idolatry will not go to heaven. (See Galatians 5:19-21.)

The best way to dispose of these idolatrous items is to burn them (See Acts 19:19).

“I’ll reach them from within” Another excuse people use to avoid leaving the modern Adventist organization is they want to win those still in the church from within.

But the truth is, the best way to win others is to obey God so you can have His power in your life. It doesn’t make sense to disobey God to do His work better. If God instructs you to come out of the modern Seventh-day Adventist organization, then you should obey Him.

A converted preacher: Several years ago, an Adventist minister who learned that his church was in error asked Jesus to come into his heart and save him.

In obedience to God, he left the modern Seventh-day Adventist church. But every Saturday morning he drove back to his old church and sat in his car in the parking lot. After services, as former parishioners walked by and recognized him, they’d say something like, “Hey Preacher, we heard you left the church. What happened to you?” He’d reply, “Yes, I did leave because something exciting happened. Hop in the car and I’ll tell you about it.” Using this method, he led over half his former congregation to true salvation in Jesus Christ.

"The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But MORE ESPECIALLY will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its MEMBERS are doing after the manner of the world... They mourn before God to see religion despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. They lament and afflict their souls because pride, avarice, selfishness, and deception of almost every kind are in the church." –{E.G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 209, 210}

Conclusion: So, my friend, the choice is yours. If you are now a true Christian, you know what God wants you to do. The question is, “Will you obey Him?”

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:17

Liberty or Bondage? You can be delivered from the bondage of the modern Seventh-day Adventist church, and experience the same liberty I have. Jesus already did the work to set you free:

"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:15

Paul discusses the same subject again:

"Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (KJV) Galatians 4:3-5

Love or hate? Paul follows these remarks with this statement:

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" Galatians 4:16

In closing, I ask you the same question. Am I your enemy because I have told you the truth? Some will certainly suggest that I am against Adventists. I am not!

On the contrary, I have presented here the one and only message that can spare Adventists (and all people) from eternal death. That’s not hate, that’s love.

I want all Adventists to receive the gift of eternal life. I want you to be set free from a religion that enslaves you. That’s not hate, that’s love.

I want you to experience the joy and peace that only Jesus Christ can give. That’s not being an enemy…that’s being a friend.

Your Real Enemy

You do have an enemy, though. His name is Satan. He hates you and wants you to burn up and be destroyed forever.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

The devil knows that to devour you he must keep you from obeying God’s Word.

Here’s his plan:

First he creates a religion, complete with all the religious trappings to make it appear authentic.

Next, he formulates and smuggles unbiblical doctrines that members must perform. People become so busy that they never find Christ.

Another earmark of Satan’s religions is the denigrating of Jesus Christ. The devil hates Jesus and knows that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). Therefore, Satan will do everything He can to keep people’s eyes off Christ.

Unfortunately, this plan has been working for centuries. Don’t underestimate Satan. He is a master deceiver. (See Revelation 12:9)

"Satan is wide awake, and is studying and counseling with his evil angels another mode of attack where he can be successful. The contest will wax more and more fierce on the part of Satan; for he is moved by a power from beneath." —{Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 406, 407}

Please don’t let the devil deceive you any longer. He is your real enemy and he is using a religion to keep you away from Jesus Christ. Please don’t let him keep you away any longer.

Turn your eyes to Jesus today. He is waiting to set you free. God bless you as you experience true salvation in Jesus Christ:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5

2 Timothy 2:13 says, if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.

Chaldean's and Babylonians are the same thing. Today they represent false doctrines. Satan's church had its beginning at Babylon with the construction of the Tower of Babel on the plain of Shinar by the River Euphrates many generations after the deluge. At the time of the construction of Babylon at the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-4), mankind had multiplied and spoken one language. Cush who was the son of Ham and grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:1, 6), helped to plan with his son Nimrod, a blueprint by which to rule the world of humanity through a wicked counterfeit religion. Nimrod was the originator of sun worship and founder of Babylon. A Bible translation called the Targum says, “Nimrod became a mighty man of sin, a murderer of innocent men, and a rebel before the Lord.”



"Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesusand fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below." TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH VOLUME 1, PAGE 59 

"As the Jews departed from God, and failed to make the righteousness of Christ their own by faith, the Sabbath lost its significance to themSatan was seeking to exalt himself and to draw men away from Christ, and he worked to pervert the Sabbath, because it is the sign of the power of Christ. The Jewish leaders accomplished the will of Satan by surrounding God's rest day with burdensome requirements. In the days of Christ the Sabbath had become so perverted that its observance reflected the character of selfish and arbitrary men rather than the character of the loving heavenly Father. The rabbis virtually represented God as giving laws which it was impossible for men to obey. They led the people to look upon God as a tyrant, and to think that the observance of the Sabbath, as He required it, made men hard-hearted and cruel. It was the work of Christ to clear away these misconceptions. Although the rabbis followed Him with merciless hostility, He did not even appear to conform to their requirements, but went straight forward, keeping the Sabbath according to the law of God." The Desire of Ages, p. 283.4


If you think that the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists will not stop upholding/keeping the Sabbath - think again
"As the Jews departed from God, the Sabbath lost its significance to them." 


"The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week. There are calamities on sea and land: and these calamities will increase, one disaster following close upon another; and the little band of conscientious Sabbath-keepers will be pointed out as the ones who are bringing the wrath of God upon the world by their disregard of Sunday." RH March 18, 1884, par. 8


"Unsanctified ministers are arraying themselves against God. They are praising Christ and the God of this world in the same breath. While professedly they receive Christ, they embrace Barabbas, and by their actions say, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Let all who read these lines, take heed. Satan has made his boast of what he can do. He thinks to dissolve the unity which Christ prayed might exist in His church. He says, “I will go forth and be a lying spirit to deceive those that I can, to criticize, and condemn, and falsify.” Let the son of deceit and false witness be entertained by a church that has had great light, great evidence, and that church will discard the message the Lord has sent, and receive the most unreasonable assertions and false suppositions and false theories. Satan laughs at their folly, for he knows what truth is.

Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of SatanIf doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much.“If thou hadst known,” said Christ, “even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.”Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 409.3
"I was told that men will employ every policy to make less prominent the difference between the faith of Seventh-day Adventists and those who observe the first day of the week. In this controversy the whole world will be engaged, and the time is short. This is no time to haul down our colors." Selected Messages Book 2, p. 385.1
"The truth for this time is precious, but those whose hearts have not been broken by falling on the rock Christ Jesus, will not see and understand what is truth.They will accept that which pleases their ideas, and will begin to manufacture another foundation than that which is laid. They will flatter their own vanity and esteem, thinking that they are capable of removing the pillars of our faith, and replacing them with pillars they have devised." Selected Messages Book 2, p. 389.1


Today, we must obey Revelation 18:4. This is our only Safety - to obey the REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST to us.

Revelation 18:4

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Then I heard another voice from heaven:

Come out of her, My people,
so that you will not share in her sins
or receive any of her plagues.

This is the third angels message to the WORLD!

A picture is worth a thousand words! 
Click the picture below to enlarge it and see what we are supposed to do and why:


The Little Flock Remnant Church Triumphant Zion Firstborn Philadelphian name written in Heaven
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Click here to open and print a 8x11.5 size PDF color picture of this image.

Zion, the church of the Firstborn, the church triumphant, the first-fruits, Philadelphia - the church of brotherly love - the symbolic church that God found no fault in. The church in Heaven that members names are written in the Book of Life.

We need to pray as never before - as David did, that it is time for the LORD to work, to enable those that are His to perfect their characters to reflect the character of Christ - then He can come back to receive us unto Himself - that where He is - we can be also.

Here is the awful work we have to do. The angel that gives the last loud cry warning message IS represented by Faithful Men & Women! Do YOU want to be part of God's wonderful last work of giving His last warning message to a dying world? Wake up, dear brother and sister! Let's work together to warn our brethren of the awful things that are about to burst upon us - NOW is the time to repent and change our ways. This is the last warning message. Come OUT of HER my People - be separate from sin AND sinners. God permits us to draw near to our brethren in their necessity - to help to warn them - to try to wake them up to what is about to burst upon us. 

Only those who are striving to be like Jesus, committing their will to Him - coming to Him JUST AS WE ARE SO HE CAN TAKE OUR BURDENS from us will be covered by the covering of God that he draws over His Saints to keep them safe from the plagues. We may be beheaded for the sake of Christ. But do not be afraid - only be afraid of those that can kill our soul. God has promised to raise up those who have died believing in Him into immortal beings. A special resurrection is promised to those who believe in and help to give the three angels warning messages. This special resurrection will occur just before God gives the day and time of Jesus appearing in the clouds of Heaven.

I believe this is the time when those who have "professed" to be Christ's but have lied and are not, will bow to the Saints they have derided and despised, and admit to them that Jesus has loved us because we have obeyed and followed the Lamb withersoever He goeth. Jesus our Shepard and Pastor is saying Come sheep, come lambs, come MY PEOPLE and follow me OUT of the churches that have forsaken my ways and my Father's Ten Commandments. Come out so that you will be spared the plagues that will fall on all those who have followed and adopted the heathen/pagan Babylonian customs and gods. Come out and shut your doors of your home/mind from the influences of the false doctrines in all the churches. Come out/go out to meet the Bridegroom Jesus our spiritual husband. We do not want to defile ourselves with other churches/false doctrines but keep ourselves the pure faith of Jesus our Shepard and spiritual husband.

We are to COME OUT into our HOMES. Jesus our Shepard says,

"Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers (rooms/home), and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast." (KJV) Isaiah 26:20

"As the Lord bade faithful Noah before the flood, Come thou, and all thy house, into the ark, he will, previous to the time of trouble, say to his faithful saints, who have been preparing for translation, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee. Hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth, also, shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” --{Spiritual Gifts, Volume 4a, p. 149.1}

"May the light that shines from the throne of God shine into the chambers of the mind and into the soul-temple." --{Sermons and Talks Volume Two, p. 268.2}

(Isaiah 49:16). How to Prepare for Future Protection—When tempted to sin, let us remember that Jesus is pleading for us in the heavenly sanctuary. When we put away our sins and come to Him in faith, He takes our names on His lips, and presents them to His Father, saying, “I have graven them upon the palms of my hands; I know them by name.” And the command goes forth to the angels to protect them. Then in the day of fierce trial He will say, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” What are the chambers in which they are to hide?—They are the protection of Christ and holy angels. The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in different companies, and in all parts of the earth; and they will be tried singly, not in groups. Every one must stand the test for himself (The Review and Herald, November 19, 1908).
S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 4, p. 1143.6

What are the chambers in which they are to hide?

"What are the chambers in which they are to hide?—They are the protection of Christ and holy angels. The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in different companies, and in all parts of the earth; and they will be tried singly, not in groups. Every one must stand the test for himself." (The Review and Herald, November 19, 1908).S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 4, p. 1143.6

"Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's people from the present truth, and to cause them to waver. I saw a COVERING that God was drawing over His people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, and was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of the Almighty. Satan knew this, and he was at work in mighty power to keep the minds of as many people as he possibly could wavering and unsettled on the truth.... I saw that Satan was at work ... to distract, deceive, and draw away God's people, just now in this sealing time. I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet sliding because they were not firmly planted on the truth...."  Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2


"Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues."1Early Writings, 43, 44. --{Sons and Daughters of God, p. 342.2}

To read more about the chambers in which we are to hide, click here Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5

"There was a coming out, a decided separation from the wicked, an escape for life. So it was in the days of Noah; so with Lot; so with the disciples prior to the destruction of Jerusalem; and SO IT WILL BE IN THE LAST DAYSAgain the voice of God is heard in a message of warning, bidding His people separate themselves from the prevailing iniquity." Patriarchs and Prophets, p 166.

The saints then will be an obscure people little KNOWN to the Catholics." Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.5 


Read more on this "close of probation" topic here:

Ephesians 4 "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."

We must pass though what our example Jesus passed through:
"While we cannot now comprehend the works and ways of God, we can discern His great love, which underlies all His dealings with men. He who lives near to Jesus will understand much of the mystery of godliness. He will recognize the mercy that administers reproof, that tests the character, and brings to light the purpose of the heart.

When Jesus presented the testing truth that caused so many of His disciples to turn back, He knew what would be the result of His words; but He had a purpose of mercy to fulfill. He foresaw that in the hour of temptation every one of His beloved disciples would be severely tested. His agony in Gethsemane, His betrayal and crucifixion, would be to them a most trying ordeal. Had no previous test been given, many who were actuated by merely selfish motives would have been connected with them. (the testing message that separates today is the 1st and second and third angels messages; 1) the trinity of gods, 2) coming out of all churches, 3) obeying all 10 commandments) When their Lord was condemned in the judgment hall (court persecution for not worshiping the trinity and coming out of all 501c3 churches, and keeping all 10 commandments); when the multitude who had hailed Him as their king hissed at Him and reviled Him; when the jeering crowd cried, “Crucify Him!”—when their worldly ambitions were disappointed, these self-seeking ones (today "professed" Adventists/Christians) would, by renouncing their allegiance to Jesus, have brought upon the disciples a bitter, heart-burdening sorrow, in addition to their grief and disappointment in the ruin of their fondest hopes. In that hour of darkness, the example of those who turned from Him might have carried others with them (obey the 3 angels message without delay or "professed" SDA/Christians could do the same to you). But Jesus brought about this crisis while by His personal presence He could still strengthen the faith of His true followers. (Before Christ stands up in the most Holy he can still mediate/help us)

"Compassionate Redeemer, who in the full knowledge of the doom that awaited Him, tenderly smoothed the way for the disciples, prepared them for their crowning trial, and strengthened them for the final test!"  The Desire of Ages, p. 394.2

"...Those who are living on the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil....". (The Great Controversy p. 425).

"I stated that... there was to be special light for God's people as they neared the closing scenes of this earth's history. Another angel was to come from heaven with a message, and the whole earth was to be lightened with his glory. It would be impossible for us to state just how this additional light would come. It might come in a very unexpected manner, in a way that would not agree with the ideas that many have conceived. It is not at all unlikely, or contrary to the ways and works of God, to send light to His people in unexpected ways." Manuscript Releases, volume 13, 334.

 Who and What is “The Church”?

 

1.                 “I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth are God’s chosen people, His modern Israel”. 2T-109.

2.                 
“There is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it. Adventists, seeing that the churches rejected the testimony of God’s word, could no longer regard them as constituting the church of Christ.” 4 SP-237.

3.     “God has a church. It is not the great cathedrals, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominationsit is the people who love God and keep His commandments. ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them’. Matthew 18:20. Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.” 
Upward Look, 315.
 

Who and What is The Church?
 The Church is, those who are trying to obey God and purifying their souls through obedience to the truth”, “those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it”, “the people who love God and keep His commandments.” With this as our definition of Who and What The Church is, we can then decide who is NOT The Church


Click here for more details about Coming OUT of all churches and why to obey God in this "TESTING MESSAGE".

“The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God’s truth.  The Lord will not close up the period of probation until the warning shall be more distinctly proclaimed.  The trumpet must give a certain sound.  The law of God is to be magnified, its claims must be presented in their true, sacred character, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.  Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness.  The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other.  This is the glory (character) of God which closes the work of the third angel.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179 (Letter 2c, 1892).

   “It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure.  ‘What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?  and what communion hath light with darkness?  and what concord hath Christ with Belial?’  God and Christ and the heavenly host would have man know that if he unites with the corrupt, he will become corrupt.” Review and Herald, January 2, 1900 (vol 4, p 137).

     Following or preaching only the message of the Righteousness of Christ, but not following the Loud Cry message, will leave people contaminated with corporate sin.  Thus they will lose eternal life.  Following or preaching only the Loud Cry message, but not pointing the people to Christ and His righteousness,  will leave the people contaminated with personal sin.  Thus they will also fail of eternal life.  Both messages of the third and fourth angels must be obeyed in order to fulfill all righteousness and be completely free from every spot of sin in Jesus.
     Since these are the final messages that will be heard by everyone in this world, they can be likened to a shut door.  If either the message of the Righteousness of Christ, or the message of Revelation 18, is decidedly rejected, there are no other messages which can bring you back to God.  In decidedly rejecting either one, the door of your probation closes!
     “We know that now everything is at stake.  The third angel’s message is to be at this time regarded as of the highest importance.  It is a life and death question.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 76 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).

So this last message of mercy is a life and death question!  And the third and fourth angels’ messages are the last messages of mercy ever to be given to the inhabitants of this wicked earth.  If the message of Christ’s righteousness of the third angel – of being able to overcome all sin before Jesus comes (see Acts of Apostles, p 531) – is decidedly rejected and cast away, the door shuts, probation individually closes while you are still living.  And for probation to close while you are still living, what would have had to take place in the heavenly sanctuary above?  Judgment would have taken place against your name!
     Yet if the third angel’s message is accepted, but the Revelation 18 message – to separate physically from your Babylonian church – is decidedly rejected and cast away, then the door also shuts, probation individually closes upon you while you are still living.  Thus judgment would have had to take place against your name in the heavenly sanctuary!   So I hope you can clearly see that these precious messages of the third and fourth angels are connected with the judgment of the living!
     These are the last messages of mercy that will ever be given to this world.  And if persistent determined rejection to either one occurs, there is no more hope of salvation because there will be no second chance.
     “Those who have had the light of truth, and heard the warning message, heard the invitation to the marriage supper--farmer, merchant, lawyer, false shepherds who have quieted the convictions of the people, unfaithful watchmen who have not sounded the warning or known the time of night--all who have refused obedience to the laws of the kingdom of God, will have no right therein.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 235.

     “The message presented at this time is the last message of mercy for a fallen world.  Those who have the privilege of hearing this message, and persist in refusing to heed the warning, cast away their last hope of salvation.  There will be no second probation.” Testimonies, vol 6, p 19.
God is pouring out His Holy Spirit (Divine Influences) and only those who are striving to overcome to be found without guile in our mouths and in the express image of Jesus will be saved..."Prayer is heaven's ordained means of success in the conflict with sin and the development of Christian character .

God is drawing a covering over His faithful men and women. We are to be painting/imprinting the Ten Commandments upon the doorposts of our mind like the children of Israel painted the blood on their door posts. Their parents were supposed to gather their children into their homes. This is what I feel I must do today. Gather my children inside our home.  I believe the Holy Spirit is being poured out NOW (the Latter Rain - "my doctrine" the teaching of Jesus Christ which will grow in strength and power) and it is faithful men and women who are to give the last warning message - the loud cry (faithful men and women are symbolized by angels according to EGW)  ---that the last warning 3rd angel's message is to "come OUT of ALL churches". An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this truth, lay at the foundation of a large share of the opposition manifested today against the present truth message or latter rain message: "Go ye OUT to meet the Bridegroom" and "depart out" and "come out of ALL CHURCHES My People".

Historically and symbolically, Babylon is any organized system that replaces God’s rule with human or demonic rule.

If every soldier of Christ had done his duty, if every watchman on the walls of Zion had given the trumpet a certain sound, the world might ere this have heard the message of warning. But the work is years behind. While men have slept, Satan has stolen a march upon us.—Testimonies for the Church 9:29.


Is this what happened in 31AD and 1888? On both occasions a new message accompanied the Early or Latter Rain, or to put it another way, a new message was the vessel for the Early and the Latter rain. That is to say that the Latter Rain comes contained in a message. What's more, they were new messages (which contained "precious old light"). In AD31 the new message was, "a risen Saviour". In 1888 the new message was, "Righteousness by Faith". Both were "precious old light" {1SM 401.2}, but if you rejected the message you rejected the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So why would we expect it to be any different today?

In the 1888 time period the Lord delivered a "most precious message" which was identified as the "third angel's message" that was to be proclaimed with a "loud voice" and "attended with the outpouring of His Spirit." The message of Jones and Waggoner in the 1888 time period was the Latter Rain message, thus the Lord attempted to pour out the Latter Rain through Jones and Waggoner in 1888 by sending a message. The latter rain is a message. (Come OUT of all churches, my people, go ye OUT to meet Him, depart out....separating His people to a be a separate  pure people, separate from corrupting mixed truth/error)

"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God... This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure." Testimonies to Ministers, 91.

"An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this truth, lay at the foundation of a large share of the opposition manifested at Minneapolis against the Lord's message through Brethren [E.J.] Waggoner and [A.T.] Jones. By exciting that opposition Satan succeeded in shutting away from our people, in a great measure, the special power of the Holy Spirit that God longed to impart to them. The enemy prevented them from obtaining that efficiency which might have been theirs in carrying the truth to the world, as the apostles proclaimed it after the day of Pentecost. The light that is to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted, and by the action of our own brethren has been in a great degree kept away from the world." Selected Messages, book 1, 234.

So in AD31, if you were preaching the 10 Commandments, Christ the Lamb of God, repent and be baptized , don't eat unclean meat, abstain from blood and fornication etc. but you were NOT preaching "A Risen Saviour", then you did not receive the Early Rain. The Early Rain was a specific and distinct message which was new light on present truth, that contained precious old light.

Equally, in the 1888 time period, if you were preaching the sanctuary message, Daniel 8:14, the seventh-day Sabbath, vegetarianism, dress reform, Babylon is fallen etc. but you were NOT preaching "Christ Our Righteousness", then you did not receive the Latter Rain.

Thus the Latter Rain IS NOW a specific and distinct message which is new light on present truth (e.g. the present sprinkling of the Latter Rain since Sept 11, Rev 18:4 "Come out of all churches" and "the Bridegroom cometh, Go Ye OUT to meet Him" among other things like the trinity of gods, spiritual formation), that contains precious old light (e.g. the first and second woe and the events of 1840-1844).

There are a few more verses I'd like to share with you that tell us the Latter Rain is a message, and not JUST an experience.

Bearing in mind the harvest of the earth is ripened by the Latter Rain, Ellen White here is saying that the Latter Rain is a message, "He [John the Revelator] records the closing messages which are to ripen the harvest of the earth, either as sheaves for the heavenly garner or as fagots for the fires of destruction." The Great Controversy, 341.

"Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit..." RH, July 20, 1897 par. 6.

The Latter Rain is God's words which by definition are messages, "For as the rain cometh down... but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth..." Isaiah 55:6-11.

Isaiah 28:9-12 (Only v9 and 12 are quoted here), "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts... To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear."

True doctrine is the Latter Rain, "My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deuteronomy 32:2.

So Christ has to send a new message to wake us up before the National Sunday Law, just as He did in 1888.

So now we need to look for the (new) message which is the vessel for the Latter Rain. It has to contain the above information on present truth; 9/11, the start of the Latter Rain, the 3rd Woe, the sealing of the 144,000, as that is present truth (it is the "new" part of the message). So what new message that contains precious old light can we find in Adventism since Sept. 11th, 2001?

If you cannot identify that you are in the Latter Rain time period, you will not realise that you have to pray and ask for the Latter Rain right now (Zechariah 10:1).

When you realize that now is the time that the saints are being sealed, now is the time of refreshing when your sins are being blotted out, and now is the judgment of the living; it should change your experience (thus this Latter Rain message brings with it an experience, just as we always believed the Latter Rain would) if you have been lulled into becoming a foolish virgin, and awaken you to buy oil now before it is too late. If you do not realize that you are now in the time of the Latter Rain, through this study, then "...the latter rain... may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 4}

The Latter Rain will not be given to anyone with one spot or blemish on their character; only to those that perfectly reflect the character of Christ. Now is the time brothers and sisters. Probation closes for the Seventh-day Adventists (or those who have enjoyed GREAT LIGHT) at the Sunday Law. That is when you either receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit without measure, or Ellen White says you are lost. So if you are waiting for the National Sunday Law to put away those last few spots or stains (not just "sins", but every trace of sin!), then you will be a foolish virgin. Remember, the foolish virgins were "virgins". They were of the true and pure church, they knew and preached and believed the straight truth, but they waited too long to put away every spot and stain on their characters, and when the (loud) cry went out, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh, go ye out to meet Him", they were found wanting as they had not the character to take them through the time of trouble. Do you suppose Ellen White is here talking about those true believers who thought they could wait until the Sunday Law to buy oil, thinking that the (loud) cry would come at the Sunday Law, but when the Sunday Law did come, they were found wanting, because the (loud) cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh, GO YE OUT TO MEET HIM" had already been falling? Those who come out of all churches or go out to meet the Bridegroom JOINED the procession. If they were already a part of it, they would not NEED to JOIN the procession. You don't join something you are already a member of.... I believe this procession that is with the Bridegroom are those that have already come out of all the various churches and are following Christ only. They are giving the loud cry or the latter rain message to come out and be separate and worship God only for the hour of His judgement is come. That the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

"My mind was carried to the future (NOW), when the signal will be given. 'Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' But some will have delayed to obtain the oil for replenishing their lamps, and too late they will find that character, which is represented by the oil, is not transferable." Review and Herald, February 11, 1896.

"The oil with which the wise virgins filled their lamps represents the Holy Spirit... Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God's Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men... God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness." Review and Herald, July 20, 1897.

The next event is the Sunday Law and the close of your probation. There are no more warnings to look out for before you perfect your character in Jesus. At the Sunday Law, the Loud Cry goes forth with unmeasured power, and you will either give that cry or be lost. And NOW is the time God is choosing and sealing those without spot or blemish to give that Loud Cry. 

The Prudence of the Wise Virgins 
We read that the wise virgins took oil not only in their lamps but also in the vessels with their lamps. By this we see that they availed themselves of every privilege, every opportunity, and every experience that was opened up to them. They treasured that which they had received and would not allow themselves to be without it.
The wise virgins are like these who do not stop short of one experience that God has for them, but who, after receiving the fullness of the blessing, press on to receive and retain the power which the Word of God states will be given "after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" [Acts:1:8]. Godly people know that even though one may have been justified, sanctified wholly, and baptized with the Holy Ghost, he will not be a full overcomer unless he absolutely retains these experiences by keeping the faith -- walking in the light as it is manifested to him. Even though a person has had these three great and wonderful experiences in his possession, he can still be lost forever through neglect of his full salvation. The passive sin of neglect can rob one of eternal life and eternal glory.
Since the whole parable deals with those who are, in a certain sense, watching for the coming of the Lord, we can say that these wise virgins represent the members of the true Church of Christ. They were not as Israel's former mixed multitude, or as the group who failed to go all the way into the Promised Land. They were living up to their privileges in Christ and were seeking constantly for divine favour upon their lives. They did not neglect their salvation or their opportunities for receiving more than was first given to them. They were walking in all the light of the Gospel that was made manifest to them.

In studying about this body of Christ, which in other passages of Scripture is called the Bride of Christ, we see that they are full overcomers, for they have made themselves ready [Revelation:12:11] [Revelation:19:7]. The Psalmist described the glory of the Bridegroom and the eternal privileges of the Bride when he wrote: "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter. Thou lovest righteousness, and halest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows . . . upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir." And he proceeded to give once more the call that reaches out to all, that they might separate themselves from all that would hinder and defile them, by saying, "Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house; so shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him" [Psalms:45:6-7] [Psalms:45:9-11].


A double portion of the latter rain (a new message/a specific and distinct message/new light on present truth, that contains and does not contradict precious old light) will be given to God's end time people and will be poured out prior to and after the Sunday law is ENFORCED. It is the third angel's message, with the additional mention of the corruptions that have been entering the SDA churches since 1844; which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit (Divine Influences) in a large measure.

Don't miss this! Check out this great little study on the parable of the TEN VIRGINS: http://www.testimonypress.com/web_documents/ten_virgin_parable.pdf

"My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:" Deuteronomy 32:2

THE LAMPS (LIGHT) WHICH ALL THE VIRGINS HAVE = THE WORD OF GOD: -
Psalm 119:105: - “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

"My Words are spirit and they are life." (John 6:63)

MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE. We need to stop and meditate on this powerful scripture. It can change your life forever! God's Word is alive! It is a living force that will bring life and victory to any circumstance we may face. The Lord Jesus stated:  "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

“The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord.
They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith.” {COL 406.3}

That "rain" signifies the Divine truth from heaven, appears from these passages:--

My doctrine shall flow down as the rain, My word shall drop as the dew (Deut. 32:2).

If ye serve other gods, Jehovah will shut heaven, that there be no rain (Deut. 11:11, 14, 16, 17).

I will lay My vineyard a desolation, and I will command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it (Isa. 5:6).

The showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; but still the forehead of a harlot woman remained to thee (Jer. 3:3).

As the rain cometh down from heaven, so shall My woe be that goeth forth out of My mouth (Isa. 55:10, 11).

Ye sons of Zion rejoice and be glad in Jehovah, for He hath given you the former rain in justice (Joel 2:23).

Thou, O God, didst make to drop down a rain of good pleasure (Ps. 68:9).

He shall come down like rain upon the herb of the meadow, in his days shall the just flourish (Ps. 72:6, 7).

Jehovah shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain irrigateth the earth (Hos. 6:3).

My word shall drop upon them, and they shall wait for Me as the rain, and he shall open his mouth to the latter rain (Job 29:22, 23).

Son of man, say, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, on which there is no rain in the day of anger, there is a conspiracy of the prophets in the midst of it (Exod. 22:24, 25; Isaiah 30:23; Jeremiah 5:24; 10:12, 13, 14:3, 4; 51:16; Ezekiel 34:26, 27; Amos 4:7, 8; Zechariah 10:1; Psalms 65:9, 10; 135:7; 2 Samuel 23:3, 4).

"An inundating rain" is for the devastation of truth (Ezekiel 13:11, 13, 14; 38:22); and for temptation (Matthew 7:24-27).

If the Latter Rain message is now upon us, then it must be salvational to us whether or not we accept it and live it. Ellen White says we receive the Latter Rain or we are lost, "If we do not progress, if we do not place ourselves in an attitude to receive both the former and the latter rain, we shall lose our souls, and the responsibility will lie at our own door." {TM 507.2}

Is this message salvational just as every present truth message has been (Noah, Jeremiah, John the Baptist, Jones and Waggoner etc)?

"Obedience to the law of God, and the spirit of prophecy has always distinguished the true people of God, and the test is usually given on present manifestations. In Jeremiah's day the people had no question about the message of Moses, Elijah, or Elisha, but they did question and put aside the message sent of God to Jeremiah until its force and power was wasted and there was no remedy but for God to carry them away into captivity. Likewise in the days of Christ the people had learned that Jeremiah's message was true, and they persuaded themselves to believe that if they had lived in the days of their fathers they would have accepted his message, but at the same time they were rejecting Christ's message, of whom all the prophets had written." {LLM 33}

"Men cannot with impunity reject the warning which God in mercy sends them. A message was sent from heaven to the world in Noah's day, and their salvation depended upon the manner in which they treated that message. Because they rejected the warning, the Spirit of God was withdrawn from the sinful race, and they perished in the waters of the Flood... Looking down to the last days, the same Infinite Power declares, concerning those who "received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved": "For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. As they reject the teachings of His word, God withdraws His Spirit and leaves them to the deceptions which they love." {GC 431.1}

But perhaps you still think that there is no new message for us, and we are simply to keep preaching the same message that we have done for four generations, or "ages" now, "In every age there is a new development of truth, amessage of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it. It is only as the old truths are understood that we can comprehend the new." Christ's Object Lessons, 128.

Perhaps this message that we are identifying will fit us to receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain at the National Sunday Law? If we reject this message, then we may not be fitted for the outpouring. Again, this is how it was in the only two models we have for the Latter Rain, AD31 and 1888.

"Those who rejected the testimony of John were not benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Their opposition to the message that foretold His coming placed them where they could not readily receive the strongest evidence that He was the Messiah. Satan led on those who rejected the message of John to go still farther, to reject and crucify Christ. In doing this they placed themselves wherethey could not receive the blessing on the day of Pentecost, which would have taught them the way into the heavenly sanctuary. The rendering of the veil of the temple showed that the Jewish sacrifices and ordinances would no longer be received. The great Sacrifice had been offered and had been accepted, and the Holy Spirit which descended on the day of Pentecost carried the minds of the disciples from the earthly sanctuary to the heavenly, where Jesus had entered by His own blood, to shed upon His disciples the benefits of His atonement. But the Jews were left in total darkness. They lost all the light which they might have had upon the plan of salvation, and still trusted in their useless sacrifices and offerings... Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and as they read the history of His shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not have denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God who reads the hearts of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel. All heaven watched with the deepest interest the reception of the first angel's message. But many who professed to love Jesus, and who shed tears as they read the story of the cross, derided the good news of His coming. Instead of receiving the message with gladness, they declared it to be a delusion. They hated those who loved His appearing and shut them out of the churches. Those who rejected the first message could not be benefited by the second; neither were they benefited by the midnight cry, which was to prepare them to enter with Jesus by faith into the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. And by rejecting the two former messages, they have so darkened their understanding that they can see no light in the third angel's message, which shows the way into the most holy place. I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare." Early Writings, 259-261.

Please note the next three quotes. In 1844, those who misunderstood and rejected a prophecy eventually failed the test. On Oct 23rd, 1844, those that had an incorrect understanding of the sanctuary in Dan 8:14 and were not willing to go on to search and correct their understanding failed the test, "Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made." Review and Herald, October 31, 1899.

They obviously did not have a true experience with Christ and this led them to their error. I am not trying to focus on works, nor am I suggesting that if one nominally accepts and preaches a true message, that is all they need to be saved. I am just trying to point out that the test in in October of 1844 was on prophecy.

"I was shown what did take place in heaven at the close of the prophetic periods in 1844. As Jesus ended His ministration in the holy place and closed the door of that apartment, a great darkness settled upon those who had heard and rejected the message of His coming, and they lost sight of Him." Early Writings, 251.

If they never repented of this, and never went back to search out the meaning of the sanctuary in Daniel 8:14, and all its implications, eventually Ellen White says they fell away, as Satan answered the prayers of those who stayed in the Holy Place, "I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, "Father, give us Thy Spirit." Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children." {EW 56.1}

His Glory shall Shine !

 
"Then I said, I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His Name. But His Word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay !"      Jeremiah 20:9
      God will move upon men in humble positions to declare the message of Present Truth !
 
     "Let every one who claims to believe that the Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King) is soon comingsearch the Scriptures as never before; for Satan is determined to try every device possible to keep souls in darkness, and blind the mind to the perils of the times in which we are living. Let every believer take up his Bible with earnest prayer, that he may be enlightened by the Holy Spirit as to what is Truth, that he may know more of God and of Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Search for the Truth as for hidden treasures, and disappoint the enemy. 

The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel (Revelation 14:6-13) has already begun in the revelation of the Righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the Light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. For it is the work of every one to whom the message of warning has come, to lift up Jesus, to present Him to the world as revealed in types, as shadowed in symbols, as manifested in the revelations of the prophets, as unveiled in the lessons given to His disciples and in the wonderful miracleswrought for the sons of men. 

Search the Scriptures; for they are they that testify of Him. If you would stand through the time of trouble, you must know Christ, and appropriate the gift of His Righteousness, which He imputes to the repentant sinner. - 1Selected Messages p.363
 

"Many such will be seen hastening hither and thither, constrained by the Spirit of God to give the Light to those in darkness. The Truth is as a fire in their bones, filling them with a burning desire to enlighten those who sit in darkness (doubt, fear and sin). Many, even among the uneducated, will proclaim the Word of the LORD.

Children will be impelled by the Holy Spirit to go forth to declare the message of heaven.

"And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with His glory !"   Revelation 18:1 

The Spirit will be poured out upon those who yield to His promptings. Casting off man's binding rules and cautious movements, they will join the army of the Lord. In the future, men in the common walks of life will be impressed by the Spirit of the Lord to leave their ordinary employment and go forth to proclaim the Last message of mercy !

As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They cooperate with heavenly agencies (angels), for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers.

They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 & Mark 16:15-18). No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel Seed (Luke 8:10-11).

Life's best things
 -- simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, purity, unsullied integrity -- cannot be bought or sold; they are as free to the ignorant as to the educated, to the black man as to the white man, to the humble peasant as to the king upon his throne.

Humble workers, who do not trust in their own strength, but who labor in simplicity, trusting always in God, will share in the joy of the Saviour. Their persevering prayers will bring souls to the cross. In cooperation with their self-sacrificing efforts Jesus will move upon hearts, working miracles in the conversion of souls. Men and women will be gathered into church fellowship. Meetinghouses will be built and schools established. The hearts of the workers will be filled with joy as they see the Salvation (deliverance, freedom, healing) of God !

--Testimonies, vol. 7, pp. 26-28. {YRP 22.3}


Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose, and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path. . . .

“I tell you in the name of the Lord God of Israel that all injurious, discouraging influences are held in control by unseen angel hands, until everyone that works in the fear and love of God is sealed in his forehead.”  Selected Messages, Book 3, 409.

If you study this carefully, Ellen White is talking about firstfruits.  You may read about firstfruits in Revelation 14.  The 144,000 are called firstfruits.  Why?  In the Old Testament, the Levitical feast days and customs were observed.  When the harvest was ready, the farmers would not harvest their crops until a sheaf of the firstfriuts had been waved before the Lord by the High Priest.  (Leviticus 23:10, 11.)

“From the harvest fields the first heads of ripened grain were gathered, and when the people went up to Jerusalem to the Passover, the sheaf of firstfruits was waved as a thank offering before the Lord.  Not until this was presented could the sickle be put to the grain, and it be gathered into sheaves.”  The Desire of Ages, 786.

That offering was waved up and down, up and down, as the Lord’s acceptance of the firstfruits was sought.  The firstfruits offering was brought with the query, Lord, are they ripened correctly?  Are these firstfruits acceptable unto Thee?  When God accepted that firstfruits offering, the harvest could then proceed. 

So it is that the harvest must have one condition: the firstfruits must be approved. Spiritually speaking, that has to do with the understanding of the truth and sanctification by the truth.  One must not only know the truth intellectually but also spiritually.  That is why Mrs. White said that the sealing experience is a settling into the truth in two ways, intellectually and spiritually, so that we will not be moved anymore. 

“Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come.  Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming.”  “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1161. 

The Harvest

We must understand the truth and know what it is.  We must be deeply grounded spiritually.  We must experience the truth.  When we experience the truth, we will then be sealed in our foreheads.  Then, God is going to ready the firstfruits, bundled up, offered, and accepted.  The High Priest will direct the harvest to commence.  All of the tares will be taken out and burned, and the wheat will be taken into the storage. 

Jesus Christ is still lingering and waiting in the heavenly sanctuary because the firstfruits are not ready.  The Bible says the 144,000 are the firstfruits.  As you study history, Jesus Christ was the firstfruits, was He not?  Twelve disciples were the firstfruits.  About 120 people in the upper room were the firstfruits, and, as you continue down through the ages, other firstfruits may be identified, but at the end, God must have 144,000 who are sealed with the seal of the living God, who have the true Sabbath-keeping experience. 

No Fakes Accepted

If you truly keep the Sabbath, you can keep all of the other nine commandments.  How can you keep the Sabbath while you are coveting?  How can you keep the Sabbath while you are committing adultery?  How can you keep the Sabbath when you hate someone?  How can you truly keep the Sabbath while you are not obeying the other commandments, while you have idols in your heart?  How can you keep the Sabbath, let alone go to church and pretend that you love Jesus Christ?  Oh, you can pretend it; you can fake it, but faking cannot be accepted by God.

The seal of the living God is the Sabbath-keeping experience, because that is the outward sign for our inner experience with Jesus.  We must become firstfruits, and then Jesus will let the four winds loose.  This life then will soon be finished, and we will go home. 

Winds Loosed

“The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world.  Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession.  Science seeks to explain all these.  The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause.  Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed.”  Testimonies, vol. 6, 408.

“The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances.”  Ibid., vol. 5, 463.

I tell you, Adventist churches are boasting about their growth, but in many, many of their programs, they are following the growth programs of Babylonian churches, which is devastating.  To follow and implement those programs, the churches must lower the standard of righteousness and truth in order to accommodate the people who are not ready to come in.  Many times we are increasing our future persecutors within the church. 

I say this because I love God’s people, and I pray that someone may read my article or hear a sermon I preach and maybe think again. 

Happenings of Our Time

Sometimes I receive Signs and Wonders for Our Times, a Catholic magazine.  (Signs and Wonders for Our Times, Herndon, Virginia.)  It features articles about all the signs of Jesus’ coming, keeping God’s Commandments, miracles of supernatural power of the Virgin Mary, and even about Satan talking about Jesus’ coming and about his keeping God’s Commandments.  Interesting!

Recently, some conservative groups have started saying that God’s judgment day is 2007!

Recently we have heard and seen a great controversy over the display of the Ten Commandments in public places, especially in government buildings.  Tremendous things are happening. 

Even though the fourth commandment of the Ten Commandments being displayed says, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” when someone in the secular world refers to this, they are talking about the Sunday. 

Have you ever heard about Christian Churches Together (C.C.T.)?  This ecumenical movement states on its web site that, “34 churches and national Christian organizations, representing over 100 million Americans, have officially formed the broadest, most inclusive fellowship of Christian churches and traditions in the U.S.A.”  Formed in January 2003, it is a significant force now.  It is pushing for the Sunday law.  Incidentally, this organization was initiated by a Catholic priest.

To All The World

Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

I do believe this gospel of the kingdom has been preached to all the world already.  Why do I believe this?  In Colossians 1:23, the apostle Paul said, “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and [be] not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.”

He said, very plainly, “The gospel, which ye have heard, [and] which was preached.”  That is already past tense, right?  “Was preached to every creature which is under heaven.”  Is that not clear?  This gospel has been preached to everybody under heaven once before. 

Upon what basis did he say this?  He did not say, “The gospel of the kingdom of God persuaded everyone.”  Nor did he say, “The gospel of the kingdom of God convinced everyone.”  What he did say is, “This gospel of the kingdom has been scattered so widely in the world, at this time, that if there is anyone, even on an island or on a mountainside, who is really sincerely seeking for the truth, he can look around and find it.” 

So the gospel and truth have been scattered that much!  That is what he was talking about.  In the same sense, the same principle, I tell you that I believe that the Three Angels’ Messages have been preached to all the parts of the world.  Any person who is sincerely seeking for the truth and prays to God can look around and find it.  Those living in any country in the world can do this. 

If you do not understand this, you do not understand that God is doing wondrous things in the world.  He is making sure that this gospel of the kingdom is being made ready, so, as the firstfruits appear, He can seal them and say, “Let us go and harvest.”

Read Leviticus 23:10, 11: “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest: And he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

“Genuine conversion is needed, not once in years, but daily. . . .  Divine grace must be received daily, or no man will stay converted.”  Our High Calling, 215.  There are those who will say, “Oh, I was converted and born again two years ago.”  You must be converted every day, by the grace of God. 

“Excitement is not sanctification.  Entire conformity to the will of our Father which is in heaven is alone sanctification, and the will of God is expressed in His holy law.  The keeping of all the commandments of God is sanctification.  Proving yourselves obedient children to God’s Word is sanctification.  The Word of God is to be our guide, not the opinions or ideas of men.”  Review and Herald, March 25, 1902.

A Finished Work

But, how will God finish this work? 

1. By simple methods. 

“God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands.  The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.”  Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 300.   

2. By wonderful workings of divine providence.

“Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, will hasten from place to place to proclaim the message from heaven.  By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the warning will be given.  Miracles will be wrought, the sick will be healed, and signs and wonders will follow the believers.  Satan also works, with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men.  Revelation 13:13.  Thus the inhabitants of the earth will be brought to take their stand.”  The Great Controversy, 612.

“While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he [Satan] will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation.  Even now he is at work.  In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power.  He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow.  He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence.”  Ibid., 589, 590.

Allow me to illustrate.  Suppose that there is a tremendous earthquake in your area today.  It registers as a 9.5 earthquake on the Richter scale.  Every building is collapsed, and many, many people are killed, yet you are safe.  Do you know what would happen?  All of the media would surround you; helicopters would swarm above you.  They will come from every direction and will start to ask you questions: “What kind of person are you?  What kind of God are you worshipping?  What do you believe?  There is tremendous devastation all around this area.  What is happening?”

Do you think you would be a testimony?  Yes, you definitely would be.  Do you think all of the world would watch you?  Just think, your testimony would receive free airtime throughout the world.  God is going to use very wonderful workings of divine providence that His truth will be known to the people. 

3. With the help of the holy angels. 

In the Book of Acts, you may read about the assistance of holy angels.  The same thing is going to take place in our time.  Angels are going to come to us in the form of humanity to aid us. 

“When divine power is combined with human effort, the work will spread like fire in the stubble.  God will employ agencies whose origin man will be unable to discern; angels will do a work which men might have had the blessing of accomplishing, had they not neglected to answer the claims of God.”  Review and Herald, December 15, 1885.

God is going to finish this work in His own way. 

4. With the help of the eleventh hour workers.  This is very important.  

“God has children, many of them, in the Protestant churches, and a large number in the Catholic churches, who are more true to obey the light and to do [to] the very best of their knowledge than a large number among Sabbathkeeping Adventists who do not walk in the light.  The Lord will have the message of truth proclaimed, that Protestants may be warned and awakened to the true state of things, and consider the worth of the privilege of religious freedom which they have long enjoyed.”  Selected Messages, Book 3, 386.  Do you need to read this paragraph again? 

“There are many souls to come out of the ranks of the world, out of the churches—even the Catholic Church—whose zeal will far exceed that of those who have stood in rank and file to proclaim the truth heretofore.  For this reason the eleventh hour laborers will receive their penny.”  Ibid., 386, 387.

Eleventh hour workers are the people who are going to come out from the Babylonian churches.  In Matthew 20, Jesus Christ said that this work is going to be finished by the eleventh hour workers in the vineyard.  Eleventh hour workers are going to come in to help us.

“These will see the battle coming and will give the trumpet a certain sound.  When the crisis is upon us, when the season of calamity shall come, they will come to the front, gird themselves with the whole armor of God, and exalt His law, adhere to the faith of Jesus [another expression of keeping God’s Commandments and having the faith of Jesus], and maintain the cause of religious liberty which reformers defended with toil and for which they sacrificed their lives.”  Ibid., 387.

Eleventh hour workers are outside right now, and God is going to bring them to the harvest to finish the work so that we can go home.  When God takes the reins into His own hands, He is going to use simple people and simple methods, and it is going to take no time at all.  He has to finish the work, and we have to let Him.  How?  You and I must become firstfruits. 

Some of The following note is from a DVD series by Jeff Pippenger. As you read it, please bear in mind what Ellen White says about the Midnight Cry, "At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the further end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry... Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark, and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below."

So the Midnight Cry was a prophecy (Dan 8 and 9) which was a test in 1844. If they failed that test and denied the true interpretation of the prophecy of the Midnight Cry, they "lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below."

The transcript from the DVD continues, "Daniel 9 is the footprint of the 2300 days, and without the footprint of Dan 9, no one would have stood on the Midnight Cry... Daniel 9 was the foundational text that led to the [1843 and 1844] chart [and the date Oct 22, 1844] and is the foundation upon what the Midnight Cry is built. In Albany in April of 1845 when... all the major Millerite leaders denied the validity of the true Midnight Cry, based upon the chronology of Daniel 9, they went into darkness. Daniel 9 was the key text that allowed those who went in with Christ by faith into the Most Holy Place, they knew that that chronology was biblical and it was sound".

Jeff Pippenger adds, "Samuel Snow is the one that brought the message to this camp meeting in August 12th-17th, and the message he brought was a message based upon the chronology of Daniel chapter 9, that allowed him to reach out into other passages of the Bible as well and identify... the Day of Atonement arrives... Oct 22nd 1844. Snow's calculation, based upon Daniel 9, where they nailed down Oct 22nd, 1844, is the message of the Midnight Cry, that made them realize, "Oct 22nd 1844, this is the message!" And they took it to the world."

Most Seventh-day Adventist's are aware that Miller made a mistake and gave up the Sabbath, but few are aware that the first mistake William Miller made was to reject the Midnight Cry which had sounded since the Exeter Camp Meeting in the summer of 1844 (he only rejected it after Oct 22nd 1844). This then led to the second mistake Miller made, which was to then go on to reject the Sabbath. The Midnight Cry was a prophetic message, so the test was over prophecy. Seeing as the events of 1840-1844 will be repeated to the very letter, does that suggest that those who now reject the prophetic message under the Midnight Cry will go on to reject the Sabbath under the Sunday Law?

"The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth." {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

Please note that she calls this time period (before the Sunday Law) "The time of test". This is important because I would like to suggest that since 9/11, since the angel of Rev 18:1-3 has been sprinkling the Latter Rain (with measure), it has been a time of test for Seventh-day Adventists. And what we are tested on, is if we accept and live the Latter Rain message, just as the Adventists were tested on the Latter Rain message of Jones and Waggoner leading up to 1888. To be honest with you, even if, at the end of this limited study, you cannot clearly see the relevance of Sept 11th, surely this study has provided enough evidence to show that the Latter Rain, Loud Cry and Sealing begin before the Sunday Law. So if you agree with me that the Sunday Law is right around the corner, surely these events are happening now, whether they started on Sept 11th or at some time subsequent to that - they have started. And what does that mean to you personally?

When you realise that now is "the times of refreshing" when your sins are being "blotted out" (Acts 3:19), not at some future point, after the Sunday Law (so don't think that when you see the agitation for the Sunday Law you can start to get ready!), when you will awake and buy oil, supposedly before the Loud Cry goes out. Now is the time that the Lord is sealing His people, and He is now choosing those that will receive the Latter Rain without measure at the Sunday Law, by sealing those that now have no spot or stain on their characters. Who is and who is not to receive the Latter Rain is not decided from the Sunday Law onward.  When the Sunday Law is passed, all those who have lived the Latter Rain message (which must come before the Sunday Law) will receive the outpouring of the Latter Rain without measure, while Ellen White says the rest are lost. Don't be a foolish virgin who wakes up at the Sunday Law, when the Loud Cry goes forth with power, when it is too late for Christ to develop your character.

Dear brothers and sisters, I don't know about you, but I have been an SDA since I was a babe in a cradle. I know all about compromise. When the craving for that one cherished sin gets too much, "I'll just do it today and then from tomorrow, I'll give up for good." Or, "At the end of the month I'm gonna quit". "New Years Day I'm gonna give that up." And why did I always, year after year go through that same pattern. Well, many reasons, I didn't love Christ enough, or in the right, unselfish way. I lacked in faith. I wasn't submitted. But one reason was because I believed that today was not the day of judgement for me. I "knew" that after the Sunday Law, your sins are blotted out. So I could just wait until I saw the agitation for the Sunday Law, before I really knuckle down and get rid of those last few spots and stains. But brothers and sisters, when I realized that several years ago, Christ had already started to select those that will receive the Latter Rain and those that will not, then I realized that NOW is the time to overcome every spot and stain on my character through Christ. If Christ is selecting those who receive the Latter Rain NOW, and you only receive it when you have overcome every spot and stain of sin on your character, then NOW is the time to overcome every spot and stain through Christ. 

If you wait until the Sunday Law, you will have woken up at the Loud Cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh, GO YE OUT OF ALL CHURCHES TO MEET HIM" without the character represented by the oil, and you will be a lost and foolish virgin. 

When I realized that several years ago Christ had already started to separate the wheat from the tares to have Himself a PURE CHURCH, a church Triumphant, the church of the firstborn, that is SEPARATE FROM ALL, a PECULIAR people, and all the while I slept on, waiting for the Loud Cry at the Sunday Law to awake and trim my lamp, then I realized that NOW is the time to put away every spot and stain. Not every sin, every stain of sin, every spot of sin. If your sins are being blotted out now, then if you don't give your sins to Jesus now, in the near future there will be no more opportunity for them to be blotted out. If they are not blotted out, then they remain on the books in heaven until your probation is over. In only months from now it will be forever too late, as in only months from now the Sunday Law is passed, and the 144,000 will already have been chosen. If at that point you have not sacrificed every spot or stain of sin to your Saviour, you will not receive the Latter Rain, and Ellen White says you will be lost.

NOW is the time brothers and sisters. If the Sunday Law was passed today, and you knew your probation was closed, in that you have no more opportunity to develop your character (as Ellen White says), what would you say? If your probation REALLY closed today. All the years you might have believed that "one day" you will quit that "little" sin. And every day you "know" you will be eventually making it to heaven, you just need to quit that little sin; maybe tomorrow. But now, imagine your probation has closed on you, because you waited for the Sunday Law before you would fully submit, would you cry out, "If only I had 6 more months!! I would put every effort into submitting myself daily to Christ, and in 6 months I could be ready!" Well, don't wake up one day when you are already hearing about a Sunday Law, and cry that cry. Because it may be too late.

Your probation closes at the Sunday Law, "When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity. Now is the time to prepare." T5, 216.

NOW is the time when you have that proverbial "6 months" to put every impulse into daily submission to Christ.  Morning worship is one of the most important keys. Country living is essential in my view. These things made all the difference to me after my 10 failed years of giving Christ 99%. Also, realise that it will take a sacrifice. You will have to sacrifice that craving just a bit. You will have to go without. Realise that the effort you already put into the whole 99%, will be equal to just that last tiny 1% remaining.


 

"To be half a Christian and half a worldly man makes you aboutone-hundredth part Christian and all the rest worldly". 2 Testimonies, Pg. 264


"Almost but not wholly saved, means to be not almost but wholly lost." Christ's Object Lessons, Page 118 


We must get our POWER from GOD through His Son and do/live His Ten Commandments to be able to rest & have perfect peace in Him.  "Great peace have they who love your law: and NOTHING shall offend them."  Psalm 119:165 Or in other words those who love God's instructions have great peace and do not stumble
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Jeremiah 32:27 "I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?

Our true character will shine out in a CRISIS! It is a CRISIS that tests whether our character is like Jesus or not.

But one thing I can promise you from painful experience, is that if you remove all temptation from your life first, then whenever temptation comes upon you unexpectedly, remove yourself, your eyes, your thoughts immediately from that temptation, and immediately shoot up that prayer of faith, "Dear heavenly Father, please take away these sinful thoughts" or "JESUS SAVE ME FROM MYSELF!" or whatever may be tempting you - that craving will miraculously and mysteriously disappear. It is the mystery of godliness. You may have to pray a dozen times in one hour, but I promise you, a few days of this, and a few weeks of this, and a few months of this will have you a changed person, until the cravings are not so strong at all, eventually disappearing completely, and your nature has been changed.

Ellen White said even our sinful tendencies can be changed, so we have no tendency to sin. Read and pray about Christ; in His minsitry, in His temple, and perhaps most of all in His prophecies. When your probation closes, you will not be saying, "I wish I got that fitted kitchen after all." Or "I wish I spent more time in the office", "I wish I worked harder and could have afforded to go on that cruise." The only wish any of us will have is that we spent more time in prayer to God, pleading for His holy Spirit, for His Latter Rain in the time of the Latter Rain. Don't be among the foolish virgins who wake up at the Sunday Law and say, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved". Rather look to Christ and when He comes for you and hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." And reply to Him, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in Him, and He saved us"


  There are quite a few different ideas, theories, and beliefs being taught today in regards to the subject of the Latter Rain and Loud Cry – especially when they are to begin.  As we know that every wind of doctrine will be and is blowing, we all are forced to ask ourselves this question: Is what I have heard, or may believe, on this subject really the truth?  Or is it just the faulty opinions and theories of men?  This is a vital question because what you may or may not believe on this particular subject will indeed involve your salvation!
     “Do you ask, What shall I do to be saved?  You must lay your preconceived opinions, your hereditary and cultivated ideas, at the door of investigation.  If you search the Scriptures to vindicate your own opinions, you will NEVER reach the truth.  Search in order to learn what the Lord says.  If conviction comes as you search, if you see that your cherished opinions are not in harmony with the truth, do not misinterpret the truth in order to suit your own belief, but accept the light given.  Open mind and heart that you may behold wondrous things out of God’s Word.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p 112.

     “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20.

     So I humbly ask you to lay aside any preconceived opinions, any hereditary and cultivated ideas, at the door of investigation into this vital subject of the Latter Rain and Loud Cry, and join with me in searching throughout the Bible and the Testimony of Jesus (or the Spirit of Prophecy – Revelation 19:10) for what the Lord says is the truth.  And may we be constantly praying for God to grant us divine enlightenment, especially sending to us the precious Holy Spirit, so that we may understand what is truth.

     In this study into the Latter Rain and Loud Cry of Revelation 18:1-5 we want to try and comprehend all the truth that this glorious message has for us.  As such, we will carefully investigate into the following seven main areas:



 #1 – What is this Message of Revelation 18 About?

     Please read carefully to what inspiration describes about this message:
     “Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from Heaven, lightening the earth with his glory, and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon.  In connection with his message the call is heard, ‘Come out of her, my people.’” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 422 (Great Controversy, p 604).

     What we see pictured in Revelation 18 is a Movement!  This Movement of God’s people is similar to the Movements of the past: such as the Exodus of God’s people from Egypt, or the Early Christian Church from Judaism, or the Reformers from Catholicism, or even Adventism from Protestantism.  But this Revelation 18 Movement is not the Advent Movement!  This Movement is the very last Movement of God’s people found recorded in the book of Revelation just before probation closes for the world!  Thus it is of vital importance to all those who join this Movement to know and understand what this message is all about!
     We are told about this important message:
     “The Lord has this one last call of mercy to give to the world...” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 78 (Letter 86, June 19, 1900).

     So the very last message, the very last call of mercy sounded to the entire world, is found in Revelation 18.  Then let us read Revelation 18:1-5:
     “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
     We need to define some of these symbols in order to get a clearer picture of what this message entails.

     “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven having great power...”
     Who represents this angel which comes down from heaven?
     “I have no specific time of which to speak when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will take place – when the mighty angel will come down from heaven...” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 984 (Review and Herald, March 29, 1892).

     Who did inspiration declare this mighty angel listed in Revelation 18 to be?  The Holy Spirit!  Now the Holy Spirit is not a created angel.  The word “angel” translates, “messenger” (see Strong’s, word #32).  Just as Christ is “Michael the archangel”, yet He is not created but is the messenger of the Lord, so the same with the Holy Spirit.
     Thus this mighty angel in Revelation 18 represents the Holy Spirit.  And He comes down from where?  From heaven.  So the Holy Spirit comes down, or is poured out, from heaven.  And what is another name for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit from heaven?  The Latter Rain (see Acts of the Apostles, p 55).
     Now is this mighty angel quiet when he is poured out from heaven?  No, because He cries mightily with a strong voice, or a Loud Cry (see Testimonies, vol 8, p 118), declaring the fall of Babylon.  Therefore when the Holy Spirit is poured out, or the Latter Rain falls, He brings the beginning of the Loud Cry.  It is very important to realize this.  When the Holy Spirit is poured out in the Latter Rain, He brings the beginning of the Loud Cry of Revelation 18.

     “and the earth...”
     What is a symbol representing the earth?  Our hearts – our heart soil.  Christ’s parable of the sower scattering the seed into four different types of soil represented four different types of heart-soil where the seeds of truth could lodge.  So the symbol of the earth can represent our hearts.  Thus when the Holy Spirit is poured out something happens to the earth or to the hearts of humanity.

     “was lightened with his glory.”
     When the Holy Spirit is poured out in Latter Rain power, our hearts are lightened with his glory (see Manuscript Releases, vol 8, p 212).  But what would represent this glory?
     “As great power and glory attended the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory.  It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble.  Their faces will shine with the glory of that light which attends the third angel.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 353.

     What is represented as the glory which attends the third angel?  The Latter Rain!  And what is the third angel’s message?  It is found in Revelation 14:9-12: dealing with the law of God, especially uplifting the Sabbath, or the fourth commandment of God.  It includes a warning against worshiping the Beast and his Image, and receiving their mark.  The Mark of the Beast is worshiping on Sunday after it is made a law.  And if the people receive the mark, and choose to worship the Beast or his Image, they will receive the wrath of God poured out in the seven last plagues.
     So the glory which lightens our hearts represents the Latter Rain which attends the third angel’s message.  Now please pay close attention, because inspiration reveals something else about the glory of the angel of Revelation 18:
     “The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God’s truth.  The Lord will not close up the period of probation until the warning shall be more distinctly proclaimed.  The trumpet must give a certain sound.  The law of God is to be magnified, its claims must be presented in their true, sacred character, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.  Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness.  The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other.  This is the glory of God which closes the work of the third angel.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179 (Letter 2c, 1892).

     What did inspiration declare represented the glory of the angel of Revelation 18 which attends and closes the work of the third angel?  It represents the message of Christ’s righteousness.  And we also read earlier that the glory represented the outpouring of the Latter Rain!
     Now some have a problem understanding how the Latter Rain – or the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the message of Christ’s righteousness, can be united together as one.  But what does God state is the truth?
     In comparing God’s inspired word with God’s inspired word, we find that the Latter Rain is defined as being the “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” (Acts of Apostles, p 55).  We already found that the Latter Rain means the “glory of the angel of Revelation 18" (Testimonies, vol 1, p 353; Early Writings, p 279; Testimonies to Ministers, p 469; Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 234).  And we already found that the Latter Rain means the “message of the righteousness of Christ” (Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179; Testimonies, vol 6, p 19; Manuscript Releases, vol 1, p 172).  Doing further investigation, we also find that the Latter Rain means the “refreshing from the presence of the Lord” – or the refreshing presence of Jesus (Testimonies, vol 1, p 183; Early Writings, p 71, 279; Review and Herald, vol 2, p 482; Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 234).  And lastly, we also find that the Latter Rain is the “beginning of the loud cry” (Testimonies, vol 1, p 183).  (If you would like to study more into the various definitions of the Latter Rain, there is a 35 page Spirit of Prophecy compilation which you can obtain by writing to this ministry).
     So we see that the Latter Rain is a symbol representing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the glory of the angel of Revelation 18, the message of the Righteousness of Christ, the refreshing presence of Jesus, and the beginning of the Loud Cry.  But the Holy Spirit is the key to obtaining all these blessings from heaven.
     Without the Holy Spirit, you would have no Latter Rain, you would have no glory, no attraction to the message of truth, no refreshing, no beginning of the Loud Cry, and you would have no Jesus.  And in turn, without the message of Christ’s righteousness, you would have no Latter Rain, etc.  But how can all these different areas be combined and blended together under the symbol of the Latter Rain?
     “The Lord is testing the people of today as much as He tested the Jews in their day.  When He sends His message of mercy, the light of His truth, He is sending the Spirit of truth to you and if you accept the message, you accept Jesus.” Review and Herald, April 11, 1893 (vol 3, p 38).

     Do you see how all of these areas tie together in one harmonious glorious picture?  When God sends His messages of mercy, the light of His truth, He is sending the Spirit of truth to you through that message, and if you accept the message, you accept Jesus into your heart!
     Was this any different when the Holy Spirit was poured out in the Early Rain at Pentecost?
     “When the truth in its simplicity is lived in every place, then God will work through His angels as He worked on the day of Pentecost, and hearts will be changed so decidedly that there will be a manifestation of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.” Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 63.

     What was “represented” at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out?  A “manifestation of the influence of genuine truth.”  And God makes this point even clearer!
     “‘He [the Holy Spirit] shall glorify Me [Jesus].’  ‘This is eternal life, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’  The Holy Spirit glorifies God by so revealing His character to His people that He becomes the object of their supreme affections and by making manifest His character in them.  They see clearly that there was never any righteousness in the world but His, no excellence in the world but that derived from Him.  When the Spirit was poured out from on High [at Pentecost] the church was flooded with light, but Christ was the source of that light; His name was on every tongue, His love filled every heart.  So it will be when that angel that comes down from heaven having great power, shall lighten the earth with his glory.  May the Lord help His people to see and understand what is truth.” 1888 Materials, vol 3, p 1017 (Letter 25b, August 30, 1892).
     So when the Holy Spirit was poured out in Early Rain power at Pentecost, the church was flooded with light  that centered in Jesus.  And what is going to happen when the Latter Rain falls today?  Again God’s people will be flooded with light, and Christ will be the source and center of that light.
     “I stated [at the 1888 General Conference Session] that...there was to be special light for God’s people as they neared the closing scenes of this earth’s history.  Another angel was to come down from heaven with a message, and the whole earth was to be lighted with his glory.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 64 (Letter 22, January 18, 1889).

     We have learned that the Latter Rain was to fall “with a message.”  But what message is this?  The message of the Righteousness of Christ – justification and sanctification by faith – the “third angel’s message in verity” (Evangelism, p 190) – the beginning of the Loud Cry!  Another way to look at this truth is that God desires to rain righteousness upon His people!
     “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: For it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12.

     But why is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit connected with the message of truth centering in Jesus?
     “The only channel through which the Spirit operates is that of the truth.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 49.

     Therefore the only channel through which the Spirit could be poured out in Latter Rain power is that of “the truth.”  So the Latter Rain was to fall with a message of truth, and that message is the Righteousness of Christ.
     “The Saviour of men will be glorified, and the earth will be lightened with the bright shining of the beams of His righteousness.  He is the fountain of light, and light from the gates ajar has been shining upon the people of God, that they may lift Him up in His glorious character before those who sit in darkness.” Review and Herald, November 29, 1892.

     It is only through Christ and His righteousness that any of God’s people can avoid worshiping the Beast, his Image, or of receiving his mark!  It is only through making the character of God your own by faith, by beholding Him, uniting with Christ, and then by living through His grace and strength, that any of God’s people can be saved.  But was this the only message to the Loud Cry?

     “And I heard another voice from heaven...”
     Whose voice is this?  The mighty voice of God.

     “saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins.”
     To be a partaker of the sins of Babylon would mean that you would be held corporately responsible!
     What is corporate responsibility?  By just being a part of Babylon you are held responsible as a member for all the sins of Babylon! (You can see this principle taught in Jeremiah 26:15; Joshua 7:1-26; Testimonies, vol 3, p 265-269.  There is also a study which investigates further into this solemn truth on Corporate Responsibility through the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.  To read this study, please click here).

     “And that ye receive not of her plagues.”
     This means that since you are held corporately responsible for the sins in Babylon then you are judged guilty of receiving the same punishment as she does, because of your continued choice to remain in connection with that harlot.

     “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
     Since her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered or investigated them, this means that her cup is full, judgment has been pronounced and corporate probation has closed upon Babylon.  And it is only after corporate probation has closed upon Babylon that God then asks His people to flee Babylon so that they will not be destroyed along with her.
     Please remember this point: this Movement of Revelation 18 is not seen, the Latter Rain cannot fall and the message of the Loud Cry is not given, until after probation has forever closed upon all of corporate Babylon.   Then after probation has closed, all these things occur and God calls His people out of Babylon to try and save their lives from being destroyed along with her.
     This clearly reveals that there is a difference between probation closing upon Babylon the Great, versus probation closing upon individuals within Babylon!  The closing of probation upon Babylon does not mean that probation has also closed upon every person within Babylon, because God calls His people to come out of her!



 #2 – Who is this Message to be Given to?

     “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen...”
     What is Babylon?  Babylon is depicted as being an impure woman (Revelation 17:1-5).  And what does a woman symbolize in Scripture?  A church (see Jeremiah 6:2; Ephesians 5:23-27).  So Babylon would then represent a church which is corrupt and impure.
     “...the message announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to some religious body that was once pure, and has become corrupt....Babylon is represented as a woman, a figure which is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of a church.  A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.  Babylon is said to be a harlot...” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 232-233 (Great Controversy, p 381).

     Hence Babylon represents a harlot church that was at one time pure, or at one time was chosen and used by God as His faithful bride, but who has chosen to depart from Christ, commit harlotry, and therefore has been condemned as Babylon.

     “and is become the habitation of devils...”
     The apostate church is no longer the habitation of God and Jesus.  But now it has become the habitation of devils.

     “And the hold of every foul spirit...”
     No longer is the church the place of the sweet influence of