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yet at its fullest swelling, does not mean that the Loud Cry had not yet begun to swell and was not yet lightening some of the world with its glory!  And since the Loud Cry had already started, it clearly shows all of God’s followers today that when these precious messages of the third and fourth angel are combined together, coupled with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, you still have the Loud Cry going forth – including today!
     Many have been taught that God’s people have to wait for the Sunday law to be passed, or for some other future event to occur, before they are to rise up and proclaim these precious messages in the power of the Spirit.  They believe this because they have been taught that the Sunday law is the signal for the time when the Latter Rain is to fall, and for the Loud Cry to begin.  Thus they reason that only at this time will it begin to swell and then fill the whole earth with God’s glory.  But the correct understanding is that it was already time for God’s people to rise up and proclaim these most precious messages in Ellen White’s day, because the time for the Loud Cry to start was already here, and it had already begun to swell!
     Dear readers, it is time now for the Latter Rain to fall!  And it has already begun to fall!  Please let this sink into your understanding, and do not allow the Devil to snatch this precious realization away from you!  Do not allow Satan, through any Ministry, minister, elder, pastor, or any other human being, to mislead you into believing that the Latter Rain can only fall in the future, because God says that it is time now!
     If this is really true, and the Latter Rain was already falling over 100 years ago, why are we still here?  The only reason why we are still here today is because the SDA church turned her back on this realization, mocked at the idea that the Latter Rain could be falling, and instead ridiculed, criticized, slighted, and rejected the message of Christ’s righteousness!
     “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, p 234-235.

     “The religion of many among us will be the religion of apostate Israel, because they love their own way, and forsake the way of the Lord.  The true religion, the only religion of the Bible, that teaches forgiveness only through the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour, that advocates righteousness by the faith of the Son of God, has been slighted, spoken against, ridiculed, and rejected.  It has been denounced as leading to enthusiasm and fanaticism.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 467-468.

     By the SDA church mocking at the idea that the Latter Rain could be falling then, and ridiculing, criticizing, slighting, and rejecting the message of Christ’s righteousness, they in effect rejected the Latter Rain, rejected the Holy Spirit, and thereby crucified Christ afresh!
     “The Lord God, who dwelleth in the holy place, sees every soul that shows contempt for the manifestations of his Holy Spirit.  God has revealed himself again and again in a most marked manner in Battle Creek.  He has given a large measure of his Holy Spirit to the believers there.  It has come unexpectedly at times, and there have been deep movings upon hearts and minds...This blessing extended to large numbers...Some felt annoyed at this outpouring, and their own natural dispositions were manifested.  They said, ‘This is only excitement; it is not the Holy Spirit, not showers of the latter rain from heaven.’  There were hearts full of unbelief, who did not drink in of the Spirit, but who had bitterness in their souls.
     “On many occasions the Holy Spirit did work; but those who resisted the Spirit of God at Minneapolis were waiting for a chance to travel over the same ground again, because their spirit was the same....But all the universe of heaven witnessed the disgraceful treatment of Jesus Christ, represented by the Holy Spirit.  Had Christ been before them, they would have treated him in a manner similar to that in which the Jews treated Christ....
     “The Lord is coming; but those who venture to resist the light that God gave in rich measure at Minneapolis, who have not humbled their hearts before God, will follow on in the path of resistance, saying, ‘Who is the Lord that I should obey his voice?’  The banner all will bear who voice the message of the third angel, is being covered with another color that virtually kills it.  This is being done.  Will our people now hold fast to the truth?” Series A, #6, p 19-20, 26.

     Not only this, but the SDA church leaders told the Holy Spirit to go away and not to come back until they called for Him!
     “Had thorough work been done during the last General Conference at Battle Creek; had there been as God designed there should be, a breaking up of the fallow ground of the heart, by the men who had been bearing responsibilities; had they, in humility of souls, led out in the work of confession and consecration; had they given evidence that they received the counsels and warnings sent by the Lord to correct their mistakes, there would have been one of the greatest revivals that there has been since the day of Pentecost.
     “What a wonderful work could have been done for the vast company gathered in Battle Creek at the General Conference of 1901, if the leaders of our work had taken themselves in hand.  But the work that all heaven was waiting to do as soon as men prepared the way, was not done; for the leaders closed and bolted the door against the Spirit’s entrance.  There was a stopping short of entire surrender to God.  And hearts that might have been purified from all error were strengthened in wrong doing.  The doors were barred against the heavenly current that would have swept away all evil.  Men left their sins unconfessed.  They built themselves up in wrong doing, and said to the Spirit of God, ‘Go thy way for this time; when I have a more convenient season, I will call for thee.’” Battle Creek Letters, p 55-56 (Letter 123, August 5, 1902).

     Today God’s people do not need to follow in the footsteps of the SDA church.  They do not need to refuse to accept the idea that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit has already arrived, is already falling, and in unbelief try to soothe their consciences by believing that only in the future will the Latter Rain fall.  But they can accept God’s inspired words and know that it is time now!   And as more and more of our brothers and sisters understand this reality, look to Jesus and then separate to Christ in following the third and fourth angels’ messages, then more of the Latter Rain can be poured out, the Loud Cry can continue to increase in intensity, and swell more and more until all the earth is filled with God’s glory and all the people of the earth have made their decisions for God or for Babylon.
     Over 100 years ago, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the heavenly angels, were all anxiously waiting for more Adventists to believe and follow the Spirit of Prophecy and then rise up in giving this precious message to the world.  But not enough were willing to do so at that time, and so it could not swell into a full Loud Cry.  Instead of accepting these messages and swelling the Loud Cry, the SDA church rejected these precious messages – and this rejection continues up to the present day!  Therefore they have been rejected by God, and He is calling all His honest SDA people to come out of her so that they can help to finish the work which the church has refused to do for over 100 years!

     Now for those who have already separated themselves from all the corrupt harlot churches – including the SDA church, God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the heavenly angels are still anxiously waiting for us to understand that as the Loud Cry had already begun to swell in Ellen White’s day, so we have the distinct privilege  to help it  to swell in our day!  This privilege will only be for those who will rise up, making sure that they completely obey this message themselves – by purifying their hearts by separating from all sin, separating from all corrupt churches of fallen Babylon, and then preach these precious truths to others.  As more and more of our brothers and sisters understand this truth, and join this precious “movement symbolized by the angel” of Revelation 18, more of the Latter Rain can be poured out, the Loud Cry can continue to increase in intensity, and swell more and more until all the people of the earth have made their decision to either stand with Jesus and His pure righteous remnant few, or to stand with Satan and his wicked corrupt majority!
     So I ask all of those who honestly desire to be the true followers of God: How do we today swell the third angel’s message of the righteousness of Christ into the Loud Cry?
     “As these warnings (Revelation 18:1-5) join the third angel’s message, it swells to a loud cry.” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 422.

     If the Revelation 18 message is not given today in combination and union with the third angel’s message, then there can not be any further swelling of the Loud Cry!  And yet, what do we see among our people?  They are very willing to preach the third angel’s message, but when it comes to the giving of the fourth angel’s message, there is great reluctance, if not outright refusal to preach it.  So instead of God seeing the Loud Cry swell, as He has been waiting for over 100 year now, He is forced to watch it be smothered because not enough of his supposed followers are willing to give the Revelation 18 message as He desires!
     But if we recognize our duty to God and to our fellow men, and rise up in loudly giving this Revelation 18 message in union with the third angel, then the cry will swell louder and louder until the whole world is lit on fire with God’s glory.  And then the work can finally close up!  But this all depends upon those people of God understanding the time in which we are NOW living in!
     God distinctly declares, in unmistakably plain language, to all of His people today regarding when the message of Revelation 18 is to be given.
     “All are to hear the last message of warning. The prophecies in the book of Revelation, chapters 12 to 18, are being fulfilled. In the eighteenth chapter is recorded the very last call to the churches.  This call is now to be given.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 83 (Manuscript 75, September 20, 1906) (see also Upward Look, p 277).

     Beloved, how much more plainly can God state it?  “This call is now to be given”!  But there will always be some who allow the Devil to deceive them into believing that when God states “NOW”, it really means “later”.  To help you avoid this snare and trap of the Devil, here are some more testimonies showing that God really meant “now” to be immediately!
     “The time has come” to sound the loud cry, and “the cry is sounding” – Signs of the Times, vol 3, p 165 (November 19, 1894).

     The last call of mercy and warning is “now” to be given--Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 362; Special Testimonies on Education, p 141 (March 21, 1895).

     “The time has come” to give this message, which is the “special work” of “His church”--Review and Herald, vol 3, p 593 (July 26, 1898).

     “The time has come” to give this message of Revelation 18--Manuscript Release #311, p 47 (Manuscript 177, May 10, 1899).

     The message of Revelation 18 is “the message for this time”--Manuscript Releases, vol 9, p 290 (Letter 28, February 17, 1900).

     “(Revelation 18) is now to be given to all parts of the world”--Manuscript Releases, vol 9, p 290 (Letter 86, June 18, 1900.)

     “Today” we are to be “announcing” the message of the third and fourth angel--Manuscript Releases, vol 10, p 315 (Letter 121, August 13, 1900).

     “The time has come” to give this last message of warning--Review and Herald, vol 4, p 251 (January 1, 1901).

     We are to “advance the proclamation of” this message--Review and Herald, vol 5, p 61 (July 28, 1904).

     “The time has come” to give this last warning message--Manuscript Releases, vol 10, p 219 (September 17, 1909).

     “The message for today” is Revelation 18--Prophets and Kings, p 187; Lift Him Up, p 164; Review and Herald, vol 6, p 382 (November 20, 1913).

     Through inspiration God has plainly declared that Revelation 18 is already “the message for today”, and that it “is now to be given”.  Why?  Because the “loud cry of the third angel has already begun”, was already “swelling into a loud cry”, and thus was “already lightening the earth with its glory”!  But we must also expect that there will be perverse men who will try to kill this message and seek to divert it from being given until some time in the future.  Thus the Loud Cry has to struggle to try and lighten this earth with God’s glory because there are not enough voices willing to give it!
     Are you, dear reader, one of these perverse people who are working to hinder this glorious message of Revelation 18 from going forth by believing that it is not yet time for the Loud Cry to be given?  Or are you one of those who are awake and desire to give this message now so that the Loud Cry can swell to the glory of God?
     Don’t you see what time we are living in today?  We are all living in the time of the Latter Rain – the time of the swelling of the Loud Cry!  Don’t you see what honor God is holding out to each one of us?  The blessed honor and privilege to have a part NOW in helping to swell this message into the loudest cry possible, and to NOW fill this earth with God’s glory!  Oh brothers and sisters, what blessed possibilities are lovingly held out for each one of us TODAY!  Shall we not grasp them?
     Please do not allow the Devil to hold you into a position of inaction, believing in a futuristic doctrine that it's not yet time for the Latter Rain to fall; or that it's not time to give this last message of mercy; or that it's not yet time for the probation of all the churches to be closed; or that it's not yet time to separate from all the churches that make up Babylon the great; or that the beginning of the Loud Cry is not yet here, or has not yet begun to swell – because all of the above is not true!  God clearly states to all who have ears to hear:
     “The work to be done now is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world....The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time.  And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.  They will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the earth with its glory.  Nothing is worth contending for but the glory of God. The only rock that will stand is the Rock of Ages.  The truth as it is in Jesus is the refuge in these days of error.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 114.

     “The messenger turned to the congregation and said, ‘Do you believe the prophecies?  Do you who know the truth, understand that the last message of warning is now being given to the world,--the last call of mercy is now being heard?  Do you believe that Satan has come down with great power, working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in every place?  Do you believe that great Babylon has come up in remembrance before God, and that soon she will receive from God’s hand double for all her sins and iniquities?’...If the enemy can keep workers out of the field on any pretext, he will do so.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, p 362-363.

     Dear friend, on which side are you standing?  It is clearly revealed by what position you hold on this message of Revelation 18!



 #5  – Who Will God Choose to Give this Message?

     Whom will God use to give this important message?  God will use men and women who are humble (Evangelism, p 699; Faith I Live By, p 330), lowly, and who may be despised by others (Great Controversy, p 142).  Those who have consecrated themselves to God’s service (Evangelism, p 699; Faith I Live By, p 335), who are men of faith and prayer, and who are constrained with holy zeal (Evangelism, p 700; Faith I Live By, p 330).  Those who are not qualified by the training of literary institutions, but who are qualified instead by the Holy Spirit (Evangelism, p 700; Faith I Live By, p 330).

     We are also told this:
     “The Lord Himself will call men, as of old He called the humble fisherman, and will Himself give them instruction regarding their field of labor and the method they should follow.  He will call men from the plow and from other occupations to give the last note of warning to perishing souls.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 80 (Letter 210, Sept 21, 1903).

     This means that God can use even you and me!  As long as we humbly depend upon God, following the truth that will moisturize our dry hearts, and then we can do His will and be a partner with Him in giving this last message of mercy to perishing souls.
     But under what conditions will these consecrated young and old men, women, and even children, who humbly submit themselves unreservedly to God, give this last message?
     “The last great conflict is before us, but help is to come to all who love God and obey His law, and the earth, the whole earth, is to be lighted with the glory of God.  ‘Another angel’ is to come down from heaven.  This angel represents the giving of the loud cry, which is to come from those who are preparing to cry mightily, with a strong voice, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallenand is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’ (Rev.18:1, 2).
     “We have a testing message to give, and I am instructed to say to our people, ‘Unify, unify.’  But we are not to unify with those who are departing from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.  With our hearts sweet and kind and true, we are to go forth to proclaim the message, giving no heed to those who lead away from the truth.” Selected Messages, book 3, p 412 (Manuscript 31, 1906).

     Are any in this Revelation 18 Movement to be unified with, or members of, any church or group that has rejected or is unwilling to give this message from heaven?  NO!  Absolutely not, if we would follow God!  Any union with those who oppose this message and this last day Movement only gives the enemy greater chance to lead us to give up this truth, and thus deny and betray our Lord.



 #6 – What Happens After this Message is Heard?

     “When the earth is lighted with the glory of the angel of Revelation eighteen, the religious elements, good and evil, will awake from slumber...” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 983 (Manuscript 175, 1899).

     What awakens both the good and the evil religious people out of their sleep?  The light of Revelation 18 – the message of the Righteousness of Christ of the third angel and the message of  separation to Christ from the corrupt church.  In other words, it is the Loud Cry which wakes them up!  So these two messages combined together swells into the Loud Cry, and this is what awakens both the followers of God and the followers of the Devil out of their slumber.  Both groups then make a decision either for or against the message.  Thus two groups would be seen forming – one accepting this message, while the other rejecting it.  But please remember that it was the preaching of the Revelation 18 message that woke them up in the first place!
     I hope that you can begin to realize the importance of this “Babylon is the church” message of Revelation 18, because it is this very message which clearly identifies those who are the chosen vessels and followers of God, from those who are the agents and followers of the Devil!
     “The Lord is soon to come; there must be a refining, winnowing process in every church, for there are among us wicked men who do not love the truth.  There is need of a transformation of character.  Will the church arise and put on her beautiful garments, the righteousness of Christ?  It is soon to be seen who are vessels unto honor.  ‘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.’  ‘Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.  For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in his wings.’
     “Here are brought plainly to view those who will be vessels unto honor; for they will receive the latter rain.  Every soul that continues in sin in the face of the light now shining upon our pathway, will be blinded and accept the delusions of Satan.  We are now nearing the close of this world’s history.  Where are the faithful watchmen on the walls of Zion, who will not slumber, but faithfully declare the time of night?” Review and Herald, March 19, 1895 (vol 3, p 239).

     It is this Babylon message of Revelation 18 which allows all to clearly distinguish between those who are really following and working for God, versus those who are really following and working for the Devil.  As this is true,  where are you in this scenario?  Are you working for, or do you desire to be working for God by plainly and boldly giving the message that “Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven”?  If not, may God fully awaken you out of sleep to realize your dire situation in these last few moments of earth’s history, and grant you the courage to stand up for God and be counted on His side through your life and the message you bear!
     It is this message of Revelation 18 that awakens both the good and bad, and it will be the evil  religious elements who hate this message, and will do anything to try to stop it – even to the point of getting laws passed.  This, of course, eventually leads to the passing and enforcing of the Sunday law.
     But can this really be true?  Is it really the giving of the Loud Cry which brings on the crisis of the Sunday law, and not the Sunday law crisis which signals the time to give the Loud Cry?  Please read attentively as to what God states is the truth to this question:
     “The sins of Babylon will be laid open.  The fearful results of a union of Church and State, the inroads of Spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power,--all will be unmasked.  By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred.  Thousands upon thousands have never listened to words like these.  In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from Heaven.  The people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so?  The ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears, and quiet the awakened conscience.  But many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men, and demand a plain ‘Thus saith the Lord.’  The popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, are filled with anger as their authority is questioned; they denounce the message as of Satan, and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it.
     “As the controversy extends into new fields, and the minds of the people are called to God’s down-trodden law, Satan is astir.  The power attending the message only maddens those who oppose it.  The clergy put forth almost superhuman efforts to shut away the light, lest it should shine upon their flocks.  By every means at their command they endeavor to suppress the discussion of these vital questions.  The church appeals to the strong arm of civil power, and in this work, papists are solicited to come to the help of Protestants.  The movement for Sunday enforcement becomes more bold and decided.  The law is invoked against commandment-keepers.” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 424-425.

     Did you notice that the Revelation 18 message is given first, and then the wicked religious elements awake from slumber and the Sunday law and crisis comes?  God plainly tells His people again:
     “Today, as in the days of Elijah, the line of demarcation between God’s commandment-keeping people and the worshipers of false gods is clearly drawn.  ‘How long halt ye between two opinions?’  Elijah cried; ‘if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.’ 1 Kings 18:21. And the message for today is: ‘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. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.’ Rev 18:2, 4, 5.

     “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul.  The observance of the false Sabbath will be urged upon us.” Prophets and Kings, p 187-188.

     So once again inspiration has unmistakably declared that the Revelation 18 message of the Loud Cry is given first, and this truth is what brings the crisis of the Sunday law!  And it is not what the majority of Independent Ministries and ministers have been telling God’s people for years now – that it is the Sunday law which signals the time for the Loud cry to be given!
     But again, in loving mercy, God tells His people whether it is the truth or an event -- such as the Sunday law -- which will bring on the crisis:
     “We have the truth which, in its proclamation is to bring the crisis for this world’s history.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 190 (Letter 94, July 3, 1900).

     What is to bring the crisis for this world’s history?  The proclamation of the truth – specifically the Loud Cry message of Revelation 18 combined with that of the third angel.  These are the last messages of mercy that will ever come to God’s people.  And it is time now to rise up, obey and loudly proclaim these life and death messages to any and all people – whether they will hear or forbear (see Ezekiel 3:10-11, 17-21).
     May we all think most seriously upon this subject, and then make our decision on whose side will we stand on, fight for, and whose message will we preach today!

THE SUNDAY LAW - A "SECTION" CORNER

Circa 1886

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH. VOL. 5, p. 451 -- No. 32 THE COMING CRISIS -- to supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law. Those who fear God cannot accept an institution that violates a precept of the DecalogueOn this battle-field comes the last great conflict of the controversy between truth and error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Now, as in the days of Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate his truth and his people.

By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself 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.

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 5. p. 464-465 -- Eternity stretches before us. The curtain is about to be lifted. We who occupy this solemn, responsible position, what are we doing, what are we thinking about, that we cling to our selfish love of ease, while souls are perishing around us? Have our hearts become utterly callous? Cannot we feel or understand that we have a work to do for the salvation of others? Brethren, are you of the class who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not? Is it in vain that God has given you a knowledge of his will? Is it in vain that he has sent you warning after warning? Do you believe the declarations of eternal truth concerning what is about to come upon the earth, do you believe that God's judgments are hanging over the people, and can you still sit at ease, indolent, careless, pleasure-loving?

It is no time now for God's people to be fixing their affections or laying up their treasure in the world.
The time is not far distant, when, like the early disciples, we shall be forced to seek a refuge in desolate and solitary places. As the siege of Jerusalem by the Roman armies was the signal for flight to the Judean Christians, so the assumption of power on the part of our nation, in the decree enforcing the papal Sabbath, will be a warning to us. It will then be time to leave the large cities, preparatory to leaving the smaller 
ones for retired homes in secluded places among the mountains. And now, instead of seeking expensive dwellings here, we should be preparing to move to a better country, even a heavenly. Instead of spending our means in self-gratification, we should be studying to economize. Every talent lent of God should be used to his glory, in giving the warning to the world. God has a work for his co-laborers to do in the cities. Our missions must be sustained; new missions must be opened. To carry forward this work successfully will require no small outlay. Houses of worship are needed, where the people may be invited to hear the truths for this time. For this very purpose, God has entrusted a capital to his stewards. Let not your property be tied up in worldly enterprises, so that this work shall be hindered. Get your means where you can handle it for the benefit of the cause of God. Send your treasures before you into Heaven.

The members of the church should individually hold themselves and all their possessions upon the altar of God. Now, as never before, the Saviour's admonition is applicable: "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Those who are fastening their means in large houses, in lands, in worldly enterprises, are saying by their actions, "God cannot have it; I want it for myself." They have bound up their one talent in a napkin, and hid it in the earth. There is cause for such to be alarmed. Brethren, God has not intrusted means to you to lie idle, nor to be covetously retained or hid away, but to be used to advance his cause, to save the souls of the perishing. It is not the time now to bind up the Lord's money in your expensive buildings and your large enterprises, while his cause is crippled and left to beg its way, the treasury half-supplied. The Lord is not in this way of working. Remember, the day is fast approaching when it will be said, "Give an account of thy stewardship." Can you not discern the signs of the times?

Warning
Selected Messages, bk. i, pp. 41-42 -- VARYING ATTITUDES ENUMERATED -- Soon every possible effort will be made to discount and pervert the truth of the testimonies of God's Spirit. We must have in readiness the clear, straight messages that since 1846 have been coming to God's people.

There wild be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls....

Those who have treated the light that the Lord has given as a common thing will not be benefited by the instruction presented.

There are those who will misinterpret the messages that God has given, in accordance with their spiritual blindness.

Some will yield their faith, and will deny the truth of the messages, pointing to them as falsehoods.

Key Interpretive Principles
Letter 73, 1903 -- 
Some will hold them up to ridicule, working against the light that God has been giving for years, and some who are weak in the faith will thus be led astray.

But others will be greatly helped by the messages. Though not personally addressed, they will be corrected, and will be led to shun the evils specified.... The Spirit of the Lord will be in the instruction, and doubts existing in many minds will be swept away. The testimonies themselves will be the key that will explain the messages given, as scripture is explained by scripture. Many will read with eagerness the messages reproving wrong, that they may learn what they may do to be saved.... Light will dawn upon the understanding, and the Spirit will make an impression on minds, as Bible truth is clearly and simply presented in the messages that since 1846 God has been sending His people. These messages are to find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.

Selected Messages, bk. i, p. 57 -- THE USE OF THE TESTIMONIES -- Time and Place to be Considered -- 
Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered. Nothing must be done untimely. Some matters must be withheld because some persons would make an improper use of the light given. Every jot and tittle is essential and must appear at an opportune time. In the past, the testimonies were carefully prepared before they were sent out for publication. And all matter is still carefully studied after the first writing.

 #7 – The Importance of Following this Message Yourself
and Joining this virginal (pure truth) procession/movement of God

     Through the messages of the third and fourth angels, all churches, including the SDA church, are represented as making up Babylon the Great!  And thus God is calling all of his followers to come out and separate from every denomination, because they are all connected with Babylon, and those who refuse to leave their harlot church will be held corporately responsible for her sins and will be destroyed along with her!
     But how is this possible?  How can a message centering in Christ and His righteousness, and a message of separation out of the harlot church, be combined into one harmonious truth called the last message of mercy?  Many are trying their utmost to keep these two messages distinct from each other.  But are they to be distinct?  Or it is God’s will that they be combined together?
     The message of Revelation 18 is the final half of the last message of mercy, and it joins the message of the Righteousness of Christ of the third angel as the midnight cry joined the second angel’s message (see Early Writings, p 277).  Let us explore how this is accomplished.
     The third angel’s message points hungering and thirsting souls to Jesus; Revelation 18 separates the people from man-controlled bondage to be completely free in Jesus!  The third angel’s message separates the soul from the contamination of personal sins; the fourth angel’s message separates the person from being corporately contaminated  by the sins of their wicked church!  So both messages involve separation; one from personal sin, the other from corporate sin.  Refusing to obey either message means that you cannot be completely perfect and free from sin – whether personal or corporate.  Thus you will never be able to perfectly reflect God’s righteous character in purity and spotlessness because of the stain of sin, and thus cannot give Him glory!
     Therefore if you neglect to obey either message, you will still be contaminated with sin, whether your own or the corporate church.  This would mean that you would be held guilty of the rejection of Jesus by not bearing your cross – to separate from personal sin, which is the third angel’s message, or not bearing your cross to separate from groups of determined sinners, which is the fourth angel’s message.  Thus you would not receive the seal of God.  Refuse to overcome all sin, or refuse to separate from all the harlot churches, and you will not receive the seal of God!
     “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.

     So even if you overcame all your personal sins, but refused to separate from your corrupt church, you would still fail to perfect righteousness completely and to be without the spot and stain of sin.  Thus you would not receive the seal of God because of your impurity.
     “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.

     That is why there is such an intense, unceasing and sleepless battle going on for the control of our minds right now.  And probation is closing upon those who decidedly reject either of these shut door messages of the third or fourth angel.
     But the majority of church members will not recognize the time of night, and will reject part or all of the Loud Cry.  In doing so they cast away “their last hope of salvation.”  Especially will the majority of SDA’s reject the Revelation 18 message and refuse to separate from their babylonish church.  Hence the harvest will pass them by; judgment will be pronounced upon them while they still live; probation shall close upon them; and their last hope of salvation will be gone forever.  And when they finally realize this, they will sing a most bitter wailing song of despair!
     “...there are many, many in our churches who know little of the real meaning of the truth for this time....Oh, how many who have not sought their souls’ salvation will soon make the  bitter lamentation: ‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.’ [Jeremiah 8:20]!” Testimonies, vol 8, p 252.

     What came to these SDA people which they chose to reject?  “The truth for this time”!  And what then passed them by?  The time of harvest!  Hence I hope you can see the clear connection between the time of harvest and the proclamation of the truth for this time!  And what is the message of truth which is to be proclaimed  today?  The Loud Cry message of Revelation 18!
     But why can’t the SDA people see and awake to the solemn reality of what’s taking place right now?  Why can’t they, along with all the other members of the various apostate churches, see and understand the issues as God sees them, instead of viewing them as other men have taught?  The Loud Cry is going forth now!  Those who awaken, who study for themselves, and who follow and accept this precious message are harvested out of the doom harlot church.  While those who awaken, who may study for themselves, but who reject this Babylon is the church and separation message, will be past by, and the harvest will end – leaving them to suffer the same punishment  as their harlot church.
     So I hope you can understand that God has designed this message of Revelation 18 to be the harvest message, and Satan, along with all of his deceiving agents within all the churches, and especially within the Independent ranks, are doing their utmost to keep God’s people asleep, keeping them from hearing and following this precious message.  And why?  Because the Devil wants the harvest to pass them by so that they will be forever lost!
     The question for you to answer is: Will you let the harvest pass you by?  Will you refuse to follow the harvest message of the Loud Cry and instead remain connected to a doomed harlot church?  God clearly states:
     “The message must go from east to west, and from west to east again.  A great shaking must come up.  The professed believers in the truth for this time are asleep....
     “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).

     Thus the time of harvest occurs when the message of the Loud Cry reaches you!  And your salvation is determined by how you react to this solemn message!  This means that the time of harvest is not at some future event, such as at the Sunday law, but occurs when the people hear this precious message!  Thus the harvest is taking place right NOW!!
     Those deciding against and rejecting this message prove themselves to be unworthy of eternal life, and are determined for destruction without a second chance.  Their probation will close while they still live showing that their case had already been decided in heaven!  Which means that the judgment of the living had already begun upon them individually!  So the time of harvest is now – the time of the judgment of the living is now – for those who hear, but who reject, the last message of mercy!  And inspiration tells all of God’s people this very thing!
     “Let both grow together until the harvest.  Then the Lord sends forth His reapers to gather out the tares and bind them in bundles to burn, while the wheat is gathered into the heavenly garner.  The time of the judgment is a most solemn period, when the Lord gathers His own from among the tares.  Those who have been members of the same family are separated.  A mark is placed upon the righteous.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 234.

     “The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time.” Christ’s Object Lessons, p 72.

     So the harvest occurs on an individual basis in the time of the judgment of that living individual, in the end of their probationary time, for all those individuals who decidedly reject these messages!

     Oh friends, I pray that you can see the seriousness of the times we are now living in!  God solemnly declares to you:
     “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.” Isaiah 52:11.

     One of the key words used here is “touch no unclean thing.”  But how can we “touch” an unclean thing or unclean church?  We can touch an unclean church by fellowshipping with her, but especially by being a member in her.
     Membership in a corrupt apostate harlot church connects you, or touches you, with the unclean harlot church.  So even if you have left the church, but have not removed your name from the roll-books, your membership still touches you to that unclean church.  Hence you would be touching the unclean thing by retaining your membership, you would be unclean by this touch, and would be considered a partaker in the sins of harlot church!
     Some want to deny that membership in the harlot church makes them impure.  They use the human reasoning that their local church is not like the corrupt headquarters of their church system; that their local church is pure and not affected by the corruption and apostasy of the church headquarters.  But this reasoning is erroneous, and has no foundation whatsoever in God’s inspired word.
     God clearly states:
     “...as the human heart throws its living current of blood into all parts of the body, so does the management at this place, the headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers.  If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy;  but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid.  So it is with us.  If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence.” Testimonies, vol 4, p 210.

     As the headquarters of the church is corrupt, then everything connected with the headquarters – all around the world – is also corrupt.  This would include World Divisions, Union Conferences, State Conferences, Institutions, Publishing Houses, all local churches, evangelists, pastors, elders, teachers, and hence all church members!  So if you are connected with any corrupt and impure church, in either membership or association, then you are touching the unclean woman; you are thereby unclean and considered a partaker in her sins!
     “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3.

     “We are exhorted, ‘touch not the unclean.’  Those who associate with the impure, themselves become impure.  If we choose the society of the ungodly, we shall be affected by their ungodliness.” Review and Herald, October 23, 1888 (vol 2, p 255).

     “You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean.  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.” Bible Commentary, vol 6, p 1102 (Review and Herald, vol 4, p 137).

     By your willing choice to remain associated with, or by retaining your membership in, a corrupt apostate church, you are made partakers in the sins of the church – being corporately responsible in all the church’s wickedness.   Thus you are not distinct, but considered one with this unclean woman in sin, and you will receive the same punishment as your apostate harlot church does!
     “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?  Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot?  God forbid.  What?  Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?  For two, saith He, shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:16.

     For those members of the SDA church who may have any doubts as to whether or not their church is a harlot along with all the rest, inspiration clearly declares that the SDA church is indeed a harlot!
     “In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed....Why is there so dim a perception of the true spiritual condition of the church?...The heavenly Teacher inquired: ‘What stronger delusion can beguile the mind than the pretense that you are building on the right foundation and that God accepts your works, when in reality you are working out many things according to worldly policy and are sinning against Jehovah?’...
     “I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness.  Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath.  Then He said to me: ‘Can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character? ‘How is the faithful city become a harlot!’  My Father’s house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed.’” Testimonies, vol 8, p 247-250.

     Jesus is not united with, or a part of, any of the harlot churches!  And neither should any of His true followers since Jesus is not there (see John 12:26)!  But Jesus is separate and distinct from all the harlot churches, and He is lovingly beckoning with open waiting arms for all His people to come away from all the corruption, away from all the apostasy of the churches, and to come unto Him outside.  This loving and merciful message of the Loud Cry is Jesus Himself calling for you to come out to be with Him!
     Does God want His people to cling to corruption, or to the pure Jesus?  In clinging to the corrupt and apostate church, you are clinging to Satan – who is the author of the corruption and apostasy.  Thus you would be far from the Lord Jesus!  But you do not have to remain far from Jesus!  You do not have to remain connected to the corrupt churches.  You can obey this last message of mercy, separating yourself from personal sin and from corporate sin, and come out of all the churches in order to be with Jesus outside!  Will you follow Jesus?  Will you bear your cross of separation and follow Him out of the church?
     “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” Hebrews 13:12-13.

     Thus Jesus is not connected with any of the apostate churches.  He has separated Himself from them all.  This is because sanctification is not obtained by remaining within the corrupt church, but only by coming out of her and joining Christ and His true people outside.  Will you follow Jesus out of the camp, out of the sheepfold, out of the cage and prison house – out of all the churches?  Will you open your ears to hear His voice calling for you!
     “I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house (the church).” Isaiah 42:6-7.

     “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him (Christ) the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” John 10:1-5.



In Closing

     Who wants to end this great controversy?  Who wants to go home and be with our Saviour for eternity?  I, for one, do not want to sit down, relax, and wait for the crisis to come; which will never come, because no one will give the only message that will bring it!  Hasn’t 100 years of waiting been enough time to prove this so?
     Brethren, let us go to work, for our light has already come, and the glory of the Lord has already risen upon us (Isaiah 60:1-3).  Let us completely follow this glorious light of the last message of mercy ourselves – the third and fourth angels’ message, and then take this light and fill this earth with God’s glory!  But we cannot do this important work while we are connected to either personal sin, or to a harlot Babylon fallen church.
     So if you really want to go home to heaven, and be with our blessed Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ, then it’s time to accept, to act upon, to live, and raise your voices today in giving this last saving message of mercy to all the world in unmuffled boldness and power.  This will swell this Loud Cry, awaken both good and evil followers, bring on the Sunday law and crisis, and the second coming of Christ, and the ending of this whole great controversy, to the glory of God
     Some are doing this right now!  Will you unite and join your voices with us?  Or will you be led away from giving the Loud Cry message by the perversion of men who twist the truth into a lie, and thus keep yourselves out of the field of labor by following a false pretext and erroneous futuristic message?

     It’s harvest time!  The Latter Rain is falling!  The Loud Cry is swelling!  This world is being lightened with the glory 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).

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 fertilising 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

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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).

The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost

In obedience to Christ's command, they [the disciples] 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 fulfilment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief. . . . 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 35-37 (1911).

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).

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

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the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church.--AA 54, 55 (1911).

Consequences of the Early Rain at Pentecost

Under the influence of the Spirit, words of penitence and confession mingled with songs of praise for sins forgiven. . . . Thousands were converted in a day. . . . The Holy Spirit . . . enabled them to speak with fluency languages with which they had heretofore been unacquainted. . . . The Holy Spirit did for them that which they could not have accomplished for themselves in a lifetime.--AA 38-40 (1911).

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.--AA 46 (1911).

What was the result of the outpouring 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. . . . The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Backsliders were reconverted. . . . The ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ's character and to labour for the enlargement of His kingdom.--AA 48 (1911).


The Promise of the Latter Rain

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result. But the latter rain will be more abundant.--8T 21 (1904).

Near the close of earth's harvest, a special bestowal of spiritual grace is promised to prepare the church for the coming of the Son of man. This outpouring of the Spirit is likened to the falling of the latter rain.--AA 55 (1911).

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).

The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the "former rain" was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the "latter rain" will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest.--GC 611 (1911).

The Latter Rain Will Produce the Loud Cry 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 (1854).

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had made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel."--EW 271 (1858).  

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).

The Holy Spirit seeks to abide in each soul. If it is welcomed as an honoured guest, those who receive it will be made complete in Christ. The good work begun will be finished; the holy thoughts, heavenly  affections, and Christlike actions will take the place of impure thoughts, perverse sentiments, and rebellious acts.--CH 561 (1896).

We may have had a measure of the Spirit of God, but by prayer and faith we are continually to seek more  of the Spirit. It will never do to cease our efforts. 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. . . .

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The convocations of the church, as in camp meetings, the assemblies of the home church, and all occasions where there is personal labour for souls, are God's appointed opportunities for giving the early and the latter rain.--TM 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.--1SM 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.--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).

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.

We are not willing enough to trouble the Lord with our petitions, and to ask Him for the gift of the Holy

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Spirit. The Lord wants us to trouble Him in this matter. He wants us to press our petitions to the throne.--FE 537 (1909).

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.

Reformation Must Accompany Revival

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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).

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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

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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,

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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).

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

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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 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

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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.--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).

     May God help us all to clearly understand the seriousness of the times in which we are NOW living in.


Great Distress Coming
Testimonies Vol. 1 pages 260-263

I saw greater distress in the land than we have yet witnessed. I heard groans and cries of distress, and saw large companies in active battle. I heard the booming of the cannon, the clash of arms, the hand-to-hand fight, and the groans and prayers of the dying. The ground was covered with the wounded and the dead. I saw desolate, despairing families, and pinching want in many dwellings. Even now many families are suffering want, but this will increase. The faces of many looked haggard, pale, and pinched with hunger.

I was shown that the people of God should be closely united in the bonds of Christian fellowship and love. God alone can be our shield and strength in this time of our national calamities. The people of God should awake. Their opportunities to spread the truth should be improved, for they will not last long. I was shown distress and perplexity and famine in the land. Satan is now seeking to hold God's people in a state of inactivity, to keep them from acting their part in spreading the truth, that they may at last be weighed in the balance and found wanting.

God's people must take warning and discern the signs of the times. The signs of Christ's coming are too plain to be doubted, and in view of these things everyone who professes the truth should be a living preacher. God calls upon all, both preachers and people, to awake. All heaven is astir. The scenes of earth's history are fast closing. We are amid the perils of the last days. Greater perils are before us, and yet we are not awake. This lack of activity and earnestness in the cause of God is dreadful. This death stupor is from Satan. He controls the minds of unconsecrated Sabbathkeepers, and leads them to be jealous of one another, faultfinding, and censorious. It is his special work to divide hearts that the influence, strength, and labor of God's servants may be kept among unconsecrated Sabbathkeepers and their precious time be occupied in settling little differences when it should be spent in proclaiming the truth to unbelievers.

I was shown God's people waiting for some change to take place--a compelling power to take hold of them. But they will be disappointed, for they are wrong. They must act, they must take hold of the work themselves and earnestly cry to God for a true knowledge of themselves. The scenes which are passing before us are of sufficient magnitude to cause us to arouse and urge the truth home to the hearts of all who will listen. The harvest of the earth is nearly ripe.

I was shown how important it is that the ministers who engage in the solemn, responsible work of proclaiming the third angel's message be right. The Lord is not straitened for means or instruments with which to do His own work. He can speak at any time, by whom He will, and His word is powerful and will accomplish the thing whereunto it is sent. But if the truth has not sanctified, made pure and clean, the hands and heart of him who ministers in holy things, he is liable to speak according to his own imperfect experience; and when he speaks of himself, according to the decisions of his own unsanctified judgment, his counsel is not then of God, but of himself. As he that is called of God is called to be holy, so he that is approved and set apart of men must give evidence of his holy calling and show forth in his heavenly conversation and conduct that he is faithful to Him who hath called him.

There are fearful woes for those who preach the truth, 262 but are not sanctified by it, and also for those who consent to receive and maintain the unsanctified to minister to them in word and doctrine. I am alarmed for the people of God who profess to believe solemn, important truth, for I know that many of them are not converted nor sanctified through it. Men can hear and acknowledge the whole truth, and yet know nothing of the power of Godliness. All who preach the truth will not themselves be saved by it. Said the angel: "Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord."

The time has come when those who choose the Lord for their present and future portion must trust in Him alone. Everyone professing Godliness must have an experience of his own. The recording angel is making a faithful record of the words and acts of God's people. Angels are watching the development of character and weighing moral worth. Those who profess to believe the truth should be right themselves and exert all their influence to enlighten and win others to the truth. Their words and works are the channel through which the pure principles of truth and holiness are conveyed to the world. They are the salt of the earth and the light thereof. I saw that in looking heavenward we shall see light and peace, but in looking to the world we shall see that every refuge must soon fail us and every good soon pass away. There is no help for us but in God; in this state of earth's confusion we can be composed, strong, or safe, only in the strength of living faith; nor can we be at peace, only as we rest in God and wait for His salvation. Greater light shines upon us than shone upon our fathers. We cannot be accepted or honored of God in rendering the same service, or doing the same works, that our fathers did. In order to be accepted and blessed of God as they were, we must imitate their faithfulness and zeal,--improve our light as they improved theirs, --and do as they would have done had they lived in our day. We must walk in the light which shines upon us, otherwise that light will become darkness. God requires of us to exhibit to the world, in our character and works, that measure of the spirit of union and oneness which is in accordance with the sacred truths we profess and with the spirit of those prophecies that are fulfilling in these last days. The truth which has reached our understanding, and the light which has shone on the soul, will judge and condemn us, if we turn away and refuse to be led by them.

What shall I say to arouse the remnant people of God? I was shown that dreadful scenes are before us; Satan and his angels are bringing all their powers to bear upon God's people. He knows that if they sleep a little longer he is sure of them, for their destruction is certain. I warn all who profess the name of Christ to closely examine themselves and make full and thorough confession of all their wrongs, that they may go beforehand to judgment, and that the recording angel may write pardon opposite their names. My brother, my sister, if these precious moments of mercy are not improved, you will be left without excuse. If you make no special effort to arouse, if you will not manifest zeal in repenting, these golden moments will soon pass, and you will be weighed in the balance and found wanting. Then your agonizing cries will be of no avail. Then will apply the words of the Lord: "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." -

Men of God’s appointment are to be raised up to step in their lot and place, and sound the grand testing message for this time. The word of the Lord must come to the people. The trumpet must give a certain sound. This is a life-and-death message, and it must not come uncertainly from the watchmen who stand on the walls of Zion.—Letter 147, 1899.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household?” Can we answer? Am I the steward, faithful to the sacred trust which is committed to me? To every man is given an individual responsibility. The watchmen have their specific work to discern the approach of danger and sound the note of warning. The soldiers of the cross of Christ are to have ears keen to hear. In their position of responsibility they are to give the trumpet a certain sound, that everyone may gird on the armor for action.

A special signal was first given by the trumpeters to call the attention of the people; then all were to be attentive and obey the certain sound of the trumpets. There was no confusion of sound in the voices of the trumpets, therefore there was no excuse for confusion in movements. The head officer of each company gave definite directions in regard to the movements they were required to make, and none who gave attention were left in ignorance of what they were to do. If any failed to comply with the requirements given by the Lord to Moses, and by Moses to the people, they were punished with death. It would be no excuse to plead that they knew not the nature of these requirements, for they would only prove themselves willingly ignorant, and would receive the just punishment for their transgression. If they did not know the will of God concerning them, it was their own fault. They had the same opportunities to obtain the knowledge imparted as others of the people had, therefore their sin of not knowing, not understanding, was as great in the sight of God as if they had heard and then transgressed.

The dreadful state of our nation calls for deep humility on the part of God's people. 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?

I saw that God is purifying and proving His people. He will refine them as gold, until the dross is consumed and His image is reflected in them. All have not that spirit of self-denial and that willingness to endure hardness and to suffer for the truth's sake, which God requires. Their wills are not subdued; they have not consecrated themselves wholly to God, seeking no greater pleasure than to do His will. Ministers and people lack spirituality and true Godliness. Everything is to be shaken that can be shaken. God's people will be brought into most trying positions, and all must be settled, rooted, and grounded in the truth, or their steps will surely slide. If God comforts and nourishes the soul with His inspiring presence, they can endure, though the way may be dark and thorny. For the darkness will soon pass away, and the true light shine forever. I was pointed to Isaiah 58; 59:1-15; Jeremiah 14:10-12, as a description of the present state of our nation. The people of this nation have forsaken and forgotten God. They have chosen other Gods and followed their own corrupt ways until God has turned from them. The inhabitants of the earth have trampled upon the law of God and broken His everlasting covenant.

The Need of Earnest, Whole-Souled Labor

If our ministers realized how soon the inhabitants of the world are to be arraigned before the judgment seat of God, to answer for the deeds done in the body, how earnestly they would work together with God to present the truth! How untiringly they would labor to advance God’s cause in the world, proclaiming in word and deed: “The end of all things is at hand.” 1 Peter 4:7.
“Prepare to meet thy God” is the message we are everywhere to proclaim. 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.” Revelation 18:2-4. The words of this scripture are to be fulfilled. Soon the last test is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth. At that time prompt decisions will be made. Those who have been convicted under the presentation of the word will range themselves under the blood-stained banner of Prince Immanuel. They will see and understand as never before they have missed many opportunities for doing the good they ought to have done. They will realize that they have not worked as zealously as they should, to seek and save the lost, to snatch them, as it were, out of the fire.
God’s servants are to be “not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord.” Listlessness and inefficiency are not piety. When we realize that we are working for God we shall have a higher sense than we have ever had before of the sacredness of spiritual service. This realization will put life and vigilance and persevering energy into the discharge of every duty.
Religion, pure, undefiled religion, is intensely practical. Nothing but earnest, wholehearted labor will avail in the saving of souls. We are to make our everyday duties acts of devotion, constantly increasing in usefulness, because we see our work in the light of eternity.
Our work has been marked out for us by our heavenly Father. We are to take our Bibles and go forth to warn the world. We are to be God’s helping hands in saving souls—channels through which His love is day by day to flow to the perishing. The realization of the great work in which he has the privilege of taking part, ennobles and sanctifies the true worker. He is filled with the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Nothing is drudgery to the one who submits to the will of God. Doing it unto the Lord” is a thought that throws a charm over whatever work God gives him to do.

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.
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.


The Latter Rain is "NEW LIGHT".

"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 comeIt 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.

"Ask ye of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) Rain in the time of the Latter Rain, so the LORD shall make bright (flashing, lightning) clouds, and give them showers of Rain, and to every one grass in the field . . . !" Zechariah 10:1 & Deuteronomy 23:1-2

" 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.

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

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" (Zechariah 4:6).

     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.

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.

     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 laborers together with God. When we have entire, wholehearted consecration to the service of ChristGod will recognize the fact by an outpouring of His Spirit without measure; but this will not be while the largest portion of the church are not laborers together with God.

     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." -Last Day Events page 192, 193  


The Latter Rain Message is a Test

“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.
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