the bowl of the golden candlestick which Zechariah saw in vision in the Sanctuary

The Spirit and the Bride say “Come”. There is, then, to be heard a midnight cry. “Behold the Bridegroom comes, go out to meet Him!” And we must see to it that we arise and trim our lamps, that Death surprises us not in our slumber, and find us unprepared for the summons that is NOW RINGING upon our ears. The WILDERNESS procession into the most Holy Place with Christ is NOW in progress. (Wilderness means OBSCURE, little known to the Catholics)

The Loud Cry will increase in strength and power at the Sunday law, but the Loud Cry has been going on since 1844. The latter rain has been falling since 1844. Do you know what it is? It is TESTING PERFECTING MESSAGES. Messages that will cause you to take action. You will decide to obey or to disobey or disregard the messages as false. THE LAST MESSAGE IS TO COME OUT OF ALL CHURCHES and follow Christ alone.

Claim Christ’s victory as your very own. Join the 5 wise virgin procession that joins to Christ and follows Him into the Most Holy place by faith and sits down by faith beside Christ and His Father on the throne in Heaven. The Loud Cry has been going on since 1888 and has been growing in power until probation closes for the world. It increases in power and strength and is ONLY given to those who GO OUT from all 501c3 churches and error into pure truth which is Christ. Jesus says I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH and the Life…. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1. To THOSE who GO OUT to meet the Bridegroom is THIS message given.”  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3.

(Psalm 68:24 “Your procession, God, has come into view, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary.”) already on its way to the gospel feast, (this “procession” or “movement” is already in the wilderness which means: obscure, veiled, covered, in a “raised field” being prepared to soon stand in the sight of a Holy God without our intercessor, Christ.

Song of Solomon 6:10 “Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession?”

 God’s ministers are symbolized by the seven stars, which He who is the first and the last has under His special care and protection.” Gospel Workers 1915, p. 13.3

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The third angels message is Christ’s Righteousness, TRUTH that we claim as our very own covering. “What are the chambers (bridal chambers – the bride of Christ -hides herself in her husband’s truth/faith/righteousness/his character/his glory = children of the bridalchamber/bridechamber) in which they are to hide?—They are the protection of Christ and holy angels. The people of God are not at this time all in one place. They are in different companies, and in all parts of the earth; and they will be tried singly, not in groups. Every one must stand the test for himself.” (The Review and Herald, November 19, 1908).S.D.A. Bible Commentary

THE TEN VIRGINS. “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took …. Every specification of this parable should be carefully studied. The five wise virgins trim their lamps, and go forth to meet the bridegroom. The 5 foolish virgins represent laodiceans. (“The state of the church represented by the foolish virgins is also spoken of as the Laodicean state.” (EGW Review and Herald, August, 1890)) Laodiceans are spued out or denied entrance to the supper of the lamb, the covering of the Righteousness of Christ, the protection of Christ and His angels. The covering that is drawn over those who separate from apostasy is Christ’s spirit working within us, and His righteousness is upon us.
If we humble ourselves and have His converting power every moment, His righteousness will be our covering. “Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; and the glory (character) of the Lord shall be thy rereward” (Isa. 58:8).” Christ Triumphant, p. 62.7

Claim the Blood of Christ as your veil, your shield, your faith over you and your household. Put the blood on the doorposts of your mind. Claim Christ’s mind as your very own. Claim His breath, His very soul as yours. His WORDS, claim them as yours! My WORDS are SPIRIT and they ARE LIFE! Read them, believe them! USE THEM AS YOUR WEAPON AGAINST EVIL! Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Ephesians 6:17 “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

The appearance of fire signified the fervent zeal with which they would labor:

     “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” The Holy Ghost assuming the form of tongues of fire divided at the tips, and resting upon those assembled, was an emblem of the gift which was bestowed upon them of speaking with fluency several different languages, with which they had formerly been unacquainted; and the appearance of fire signified the fervent zeal with which they would labor, and the power (character=thoughts and feelings) which would attend their words. {7Red 5.2}

Revelation 1:16
In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

“God’s ministers are symbolized by the seven stars, which He who is the first and the last has under His special care and protection.” Gospel Workers 1915, p. 13.3
If you would be a saint in heaven, you must first be a saint on earth. The traits of character you cherish in life will not be changed by death or by the resurrection. You will come up from the grave with the same disposition you manifested in your home and in society. Jesus does not change the character at His coming (this is when you receive the finishing touch of immortality). The work of transformation must be done NOW. Our daily lives are determining our destinyLast Day Events, p. 295.1

Claim 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” as your very own promise from God Himself! Claim this verse over yourself, your children, your husband and all those who are Christ’s. Intercede on behalf of someone by asking God to bless them and claim the Bible verses/promises over them as protection from evil.

1 Peter 1:25
but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

Isaiah 49:2
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

Psalm 45:3
Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 149:6
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

Proverbs 5:4
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

Isaiah 49:2
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.

Jeremiah 23:29
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

John 12:48
There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

Acts 7:38
He was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our ancestors; and he received living words to pass on to us.

1 Corinthians 14:24
But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all,

Ephesians 5:26
to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Ephesians 6:17
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

1 Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 6:5
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age

1 Peter 1:23
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Revelation 1:16
In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

“Excitement is not sanctification.  Entire conformity to the will of our Father which is in heaven is alone sanctification, and the will of God is expressed in His holy lawThe keeping of all the commandments of God is sanctification.  Proving yourselves obedient children to God’s Word is sanctification.  The Word of God is to be our guide, not the opinions or ideas of men.”  Review and Herald, March 25, 1902.

Reflecting Christ, p. 210.2: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105.

The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith. By the lamps is represented the Word of God. The psalmist says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” The oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Thus the Spirit is represented in the prophecy of Zechariah…. “I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, … and two olive trees by it.” …

From the two olive trees the golden oil was emptied through the golden pipes into the bowl of the candlestick, and thence into the golden lamps that gave light to the sanctuary. So from the holy ones that stand in God’s presence His Spirit is imparted to the human instrumentalities who are consecrated to His service. The mission of the two anointed ones is to communicate to God’s people that heavenly grace which alone can make His Word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”

In the parable, all the ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom. All had lamps and vessels for oil. For a time there was seen no difference between them. So with the church that lives just before Christ’s second coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the message of Christ’s near approach, and confidently expect His appearing. But as in the parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith is tried; and when the cry is heard, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh,” … many are unready. They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit….

The theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart. One may be familiar with the commands and promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the truth home, the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan….

Character is not transferable. No man can believe for another. No man can receive the Spirit for another. No man can impart to another the character which is the fruit of the Spirit’s working.—Christ’s Object Lessons, 406-412Reflecting Christ, p. 210.2

The FOURTH ANGEL’S MESSAGE: “It is to be the harvest message. The trumpet is to give a certain sound. “Are all messengers? No, no, God’s messengers have A MESSAGE.” The Present Truth,  April 1, 1850, (Vol. 1, #9)

The Fourth Angel’s Message as presented in 1888, will be heard again. This time, it will swell in the Loud Cry and finish the Gospel work. In 1888, in the General Conference held at Minneapolis, Minn., the angel of Revelation 18 came down to do his work (this is the fourth angel), and was ridiculed, criticized, and rejected, and when the message he brings will AGAIN SWELL INTO A LOUD CRY, it will AGAIN be ridiculed and spoken against and rejected by the majority. (Are Seventh-day Adventists Doing God’s Will, by Elder W.L. Brisbin, p 10)

What is the Fourth Angel’s Message that was rejected in 1888?

“And after these things, I saw another angel (the fourth angel) come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory… (His message is:) Babylon is fallen… come out of her, my people that ye be not partakers of her sins. (Revelation 18:1-4)

THE FORTH ANGEL’S MESSAGE IS THE HARVEST MESSAGE and is the message that “lightens the earth with the glory of God” (a term used only to describe the fourth angel of Revelation 18) AND THAT MESSAGE IS TO COME OUT OF ALL CHURCHES INCLUDING THE SDA CHURCH BEFORE IT IS DESTROYED LIKE JERUSALEM WAS in 70 AD BECAUSE OF ITS GREAT LIGHT SETUP IN THE BEGINNING OF ADVENTISM THAT THE SDA LEADERSHIP HAVE REJECTED.

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 (the 4th angel’s message to come out of all churches), to slay utterly both old and young (who do not obey and come out of all churches).” Testimonies, vol 5, p 505.

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

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

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

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

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

The 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 (the 4th angel’s message to come out of all churches), to slay utterly both old and young (who do not obey and come out of all churches).” Testimonies, vol 5, p 505.

The 4th angel represents faithful men and women who give the last warning harvest message, the latter rain, the loud cry that separates the wheat from the tares is the latter rain loud cry warning message “to come out of all churches, including the 501c3 SDA church” “I saw that our message was NOT to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep.” Ellen White, PT March 1, 1850, par. 3

“As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They cooperate with heavenly agencies (angels), for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers.” Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, p. 27

“They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 & Mark 16:15-18). No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel Seed (Luke 8:10-11). Testimonies for the Church Volume 7, p. 27.1

 Many who hear the message by far the greatest number–will not credit the solemn warning. Many will be found disloyal to the commandments of God, which are a test of character. The Lord’s servants will be called enthusiasts. Ministers will warn the people not to listen to them. Noah received the same treatment while the Spirit of God was urging him to give the message, whether men would hear or whether they would forbear.

     Some will listen to these warnings, but by the vast majority they will be disregarded.”

LDE 210 

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

“Let the members of our churches deny every selfish appetite. Every pennyexpended for tea, coffee, and flesh meat is worse than wasted, for: these thingshinder the best development of the .. . spiritual powers.”—Medical Ministry, p. 274.

The indulgence of appetite affects them in all the relations of life. It is seen in their family, in their church, in the prayer meeting, and in the conduct of their children. It has been the curse of their lives. You cannot MAKE THEM understand the truths for these last days.” —Counsels on Health, p. 152.

“Intemperance in eating and drinking, lead­ing as it does to the indulgence of the lower passions, prepares the way for men to disre­gard all moral obligations. When assailed by temptation, they have little power of resistance.” —Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 378.
This is the message – the latter rain – the Loud cry message – the testing perfecting message, that separates the wheat from the tares given by the angel that symbolizes/represents faithful men and women:

“The message of the angel 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.”—Letter 86, 1900. LDE 208.1

“lightens the earth with the glory of God” (a term used only to describe the fourth angel of Revelation 18)

According to the Bible, what is the call of the fourth angel, which bears so much light?

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

“I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from HER (all 501c3 churches and false doctrines), my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues.” Revelation 18:4  (AMP)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, (living reality experiencing Jesus helping you in your life trials)  and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1. TO THOSE WHO GO OUT TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM IS THIS MESSAGE GIVEN.”  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3

All who… do not join the angels (faithful men and women who tell you to come out of the SDA 501c3 churches) 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, Extra, Dec, 23, 1890)

Well, in 1888, the Fourth Angel’s Message went over like a ton of bricks and TODAY it is rejected and seen as a false light, just as Sister White predicted.

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

But what about now? Mercifully God is sending this brilliant message again. How will MOST Seventh-day Adventists respond when the Fourth Angel speaks his wondrous message once again? Mrs. White had a great deal to say about this. In fact, she told that the angel who “lightens the earth with the glory of God” (a term used only to describe the fourth angel of Revelation 18) would be seen as a dangerous message by the majority. Once again it will be rejected. But this is far less surprising now that we know what really happened in 1888.

In the manifestation of that power WHICH LIGHTENS THE EARTH THE GLORY OF GOD, THEY (the SDA church leadership) will see only something, which in their blindness, they think dangerous. Something will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it. (Maranatha, p 219)

…The light which will lighten the earth with glory WILL be called a false light by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory (more light – more truth) (Review and Herald, May, 1890)

I was shown that if God’s people… 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… they will be found wanting… The refreshing power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by… perfecting holiness in the fear of God (which is Spirit-empowered obedience to His whole Holy Law). (Testimonies, Vol. 1, 619)

What was Heaven’s response to this rejection of heavenly light?

All heaven is filled with amazement that (when this loving message is presented to men) they are so indifferent, so cold, and unmoved… The Lord has sent a message to arouse His people to repent, and DO THEIR FIRST WORK. (Review and Herald, Dec. 23, 1890)

The Seventh-day Adventist leadership actually PUT OUT the light of the fourth angel in 1888!

The whole of Revelation 18 will be fulfilled in the glorious closing of this work. It hasn’t yet been fulfilled, and the light of the fourth angel’s message began to shine in that strange and impressive way at Minneapolis. The only reasonable conclusion is that the light was PUT OUT by human instrumentalities. (Letter 106)

An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this TRUTH, lay at the foundation of… the opposition manifested at Minneapolis against the LORD’S MESSAGE THROUGH BRETHREN WAGGONER AND JONES… The light that was to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted, and by the action of our own brethren… kept away from the world. (1888 Materials, p 1575)

Matthew 25:6 “And at midnight (the last hour/minute) there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

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

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

  • Harlot = Apostate church/religion Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

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

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

“TO THOSE WHO GO OUT TO MEET THE BRIDEGROOM IS THIS MESSAGE GIVEN.”  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3

This message is the LOUD CRY message that GROWS in POWER which is the EXPERIENCE of those who OBEY the third angel’s message and come out of ALL churches. “Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies (including SDA churches because they rejected the God of the pioneers and have promoted Sunday worship for years) answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction.

Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.”

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

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

Matthew 25:6 “And at midnight (the last hour/minute) there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

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

When the decree GOES FORTH and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless FOR ETERNITY. Now is the time to prepare.” T5, 216.

“A darkness will cover the inhabitants of the earth when Jesus moves out of the heavenly sanctuary such as enveloped the earth at the time of his crucifixion. This will be an evidence, to those who have known the truth, that probation’s hours are past, and the eternal destiny of every soul is sealed beyond recall; but this will only strike terror to the soul that has failed to heed the warning message, “Prepare to meet thy God”. Review & Herald Articles Book 3, page 581. Review and Herald Supplement of June 21, 1898
“When the storm of persecution really breaks upon us, … then will the message of the third angel swell to a loud cry, and the whole earth will be lightened with the glory of the Lord.—Testimonies for the Church 6:401 (1900). LDE 208.2

More about what Ellen G. White, as an eye-witness, had to say about 1888:

Here is the secret of the movements made to opposed the men whom God sent with a message of blessing for His people. These men have been hated, the message was despised, as verily as Christ Himself was hated… at His first advent… (1888 Materials, p.1525)

Things new and old were brought before us… Truths were revealed that the people were scarcely able to comprehend and appropriate… Light flashed from the oracles of God in relation to the LAW AND THE GOSPEL… which seemed to souls who were hungry for truth, as light too precious to be received. (Review and Herald, July 23, 1889)

NOTE: How does the Bible define the Gospel? It is the first angel’s reminder to “Fear God – and give glory to Him…” (See Revelation 14:6-7) Fearing God and giving Him glory is keeping His law (See Deut. 6:2, Deut. 17:19, Eccl. 12:13) Thus, we see that the message of 1888 was an uplifting of God’s whole Law.

The real issue was Waggoner’s interpretation of the law in the book of Galatians and Romans… Traditionally Seventh-day Adventists had always taught that the law which Paul spoke about in the book of Galatians was actually the ceremonial law… (and that it passed away at the death of Christ)… Elder Waggoner, however had studied the book of Galatians very carefully and had come to the conclusion (which he presented in the Signs of the Times), that this law which Paul speaks about, actually… (was) the MORAL LAW… (and was NOT nailed to the cross)…” (The Return of the Fourth Angel, p 2)

(Mrs. White:) Said my guide, ‘There is much light yet to shine forth from the law of God and the gospel of righteousness. The message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory. (Manuscript Releases, Vol. 2, 58)

There will be found, at last, by every possessor of a lamp which has “gone out” — an unopened door and a rebuking Savior. So it is of the utmost importance that we should diligently seek every needed preparation, so that we may go in with the Bridegroom to the marriage supper, and not come at the last, after fruitless effort to buy the oil of grace at human shambles, amidst the unillumined darkness of the midnight of death — to that unopened door, only to hear from within, in response to our knocks, and our cry “Lord, Lord, open unto us,” the stern rebuff, “Truly I say unto you: I don’t know you!”

That we may, therefore, avoid the doom of the foolish virgins, and secure the position of the wise virgins — let us give all diligence to our Lord’s injunction, “Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes!”

Each Christian’s heart must be like the bowl of the golden candlestick which Zechariah saw in vision in the Sanctuary, wherein was kept the oil — pure — costly — elaborately prepared; which, through golden pipes, “fed the seven lamps on the top thereof.” Every lamp of the Christian profession must draw its oil through these golden pipes of the Sanctuary, and from this golden bowl, filled with the oil of God’s Spirit.

The wise virgins had taken oil in their vessels with their lamps — but the foolish virgins neglected this precaution, and when the first flame of enthusiasm or mental fervor was burnt out — they had no supply of grace to sustain the light of life.

They differed also in the fact that, while, at the midnight cry, the lamps of the wise virgins were still burning, and only needed “trimming,” the lamps of the foolish had altogether “gone out.” Consequently, while the one class was prepared to go out to meet the bridegroom — the other was embarrassed and unprepared. The midnight hour was no time wherein to buy the needed oil; and, though they attempted to repair their indiscretion, it was too late. The wise virgins, joining the procession with trimmed and burning lamps, passed on in the bridegroom’s train, and “the door was shut!”

The broad difference thus indicated still exists between the sincere Christian and the professed, in name only Christian.

The lamps of the false professor often go out in this life, when they who have begun in the spirit, end in the flesh, and they break out perhaps into open apostasy. How often, in the language of Job, is “the candle of the wicked” thus “put out,” for they have not, with the lamp of profession — a heart filled with the oil of grace. This oil of grace, lodged in the heart — is the sole replenisher of the lamp of profession.

Each Christian’s heart must be like the bowl of the golden candlestick which Zechariah saw in vision in the Sanctuary, wherein was kept the oil — pure — costly — elaborately prepared; which, through golden pipes, “fed the seven lamps on the top thereof.” Every lamp of the Christian profession must draw its oil through these golden pipes of the Sanctuary, and from this golden bowl, filled with the oil of God’s Spirit.

“God’s ministers are symbolized by the seven stars, which He who is the first and the last has under His special care and protection.” Gospel Workers 1915, p. 13.3

RH February 3, 1903, par. 4 “We are here warned not to defraud our souls of the privileges that the Lord has provided in order that we may be rich in faith, and heirs according to the promise. We are to watch vigilantly for the coming of the Lord. The first symptoms of spiritual slumber are to be sternly overcome. The first inclinations to spiritual indolence are to be firmly resisted. “Be sober, be vigilant,” is the apostle’s exhortation. Every moment is to be faithfully employed. “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” We are told to work out our own salvation, and the way in which we are to do this is plainly stated: “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Those who would be ready to meet their Lord must keep their lamps filled with the oil of grace. It was a neglect to do this that distinguished the foolish virgins from the wise. They had lamps, but no oil; their characters could not stand the test. The wise virgins had not only an intelligent knowledge of the truth, but through the grace of Christ their faith and patience and love constantly increased. Their lamps were replenished by their vital connection with the Light of the world. And while the foolish virgins awoke to find their lamps burning dimly or going out in the darkness, the wise virgins, their lamps burning brightly, entered the festal hall, and the doors were shut.

The oil with which the wise virgins filled their lamps represents the Holy Spirit. “The angel that talked with me,” writes Zechariah, “came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: and two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof…. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick, and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches, which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my Lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

By the holy beings surrounding his throne, the Lord keeps up a constant communication with the inhabitants of the earth. The golden oil represents the grace with which God keeps the lamps of believers supplied. Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages of God’s Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men.

God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications that he sends us. Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness. When the call shall come, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him,” those who have not received the holy oil, who have not cherished the grace of Christ in their hearts, will find, like the foolish virgins, that they are not ready to meet their Lord. They have not in themselves the power to obtain the oil, and their lives are wrecked. But if God’s Spirit is asked for, if we plead, as did Moses, “Show me thy glory,” the love of God will be shed abroad in our hearts. The golden oil will be given to us.

Only by knowing God here can we prepare to meet him at his coming. “This is life eternal,” said Christ, “that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” But many of those who profess to believe in Christ do not know God. They have only a surface religion. They do not love God; they do not study his character; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to look and live. They do not know what restful love is, or what it means to walk by faith. Opportunities to hear and receive the messages of God’s love are unappreciated and unimproved. They fail of understanding that it is their duty to receive, in order that they may enrich others.

The world by wisdom knows not God. Many have talked eloquently about him, but their reasoning brings men no nearer to him, because they themselves are not in vital connection with him. Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools. Their knowledge of God is imperfect. They are not conformed to him.

Christ is a perfect revelation of God. “No man hath seen God at any time,” he says; “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” Only by knowing Christ can we know God. And as we behold him, we shall be changed into his image, prepared to meet him at his coming.

So fully did Christ reveal the Father, that the messengers sent by the Pharisees to take him were charmed by his presence. As they heard the gracious words that fell from his lips, they forgot their commission. And when, returning without him, they were asked by the Pharisees, “Why have ye not brought him?” they answered, “Never man spake like this man.”

Now is the time to prepare for the coming of our Lord. Readiness to meet him cannot be attained in a moment’s time. Preparatory to that solemn scene there must be vigilant waiting and watching, combined with earnest work. So God’s children glorify him. Amid the busy scenes of life their voices will be heard speaking words of encouragement, hope, and faith. All they have and are is consecrated to the Master’s service. Thus they prepare to meet their Lord; and when he comes, they will say, with joy, “This is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us…. We will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”  RH February 3, 1903, par. 4

 “The law is an expression of God’s idea. When we receive it in Christ, it becomes our idea. It lifts us above the power of natural desires and tendencies, above temptations that lead to sin. “Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them”—cause them to stumble. There is no peace in unrighteousness; the wicked are at war with God. But he who receives the righteousness of the law in Christ is in harmony with heaven. As received in Christ, it [God’s law] works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages.” The Faith I Live By, p. 83.6

Mrs. E. G. White RH May 16, 1899, par. 2: “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hands who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks: I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.” “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”

This figure, presented to John by Christ when he appeared to him on the Island of Patmos, is similar, in many respects, to the one shown to Zechariah. “The angel that talked with me,” writes Zechariah, “came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof…. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive-trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

This chapter is full of encouragement for those who do the work of the Lord in these last days. Zerubbabel had gone to Jerusalem to build the house of the Lord. But he was compassed with difficulties. His adversaries “weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building,” “and made them to cease by force and power.” But the Lord interposed in their behalf, and the house was finished. “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it…. For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”

The very same difficulties which were created to hinder the restoration and upbuilding of the work of God, the great mountains of difficulty which loomed in Zerubbabel’s way, will be met by all who today are loyal to God and to his work. Many human inventions are used to carry out plans after the mind and will of men with whom God is not working. But it is not boastful words nor a multitude of ceremonies that show that the Lord is working with his people. The assumed power of the human agent does not decide this question. Those who place themselves in opposition to the Lord’s work may hinder for a time, but the same Spirit that has guided the Lord’s work all the way through will guide it today. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” Through the golden pipes, the olive-branches empty the golden oil out of themselves. These olive-branches are the anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. Through them the Holy Spirit is communicated to the churches. Thus heaven and earth are united. The power that is in heaven unites with human intelligences.

The Lord would have every soul strong in his strength. He would have us look to him, receiving our directions from him. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.”

We are to ask God for wisdom, believing that our prayers are heard. Thus we may brace ourselves against temptation. God would have us stand as firm as a rock to principle, working in harmony with him, that he may answer our prayers; for he can do nothing to help unless we co-operate with him. Unless we keep our souls in the love of God, unless we have firm, determined faith, we are like the waves of the sea, driven by the wind and tossed. Under favorable circumstances and good influences, we seem to make advancement, and we think we have faith. But when circumstances alter, when the waves of temptation beat strongly against us, we falter, and lose heart. God would have us advance always, trusting in his power. Angels of God minister to every believing child. Only believe the promises of God; and when temptation comes, set your face as a flint Zionward, and move forward.

God would ever have us witness for him, strengthened to do this by his Holy Spirit. As we do this, we may be called upon to suffer tribulation; but wherever we are, whatever we are called upon to suffer, Christ will be near us. The disciple John ever bore the most unflinching testimony for Christ. As long as he lived, he preached Christ as the word of life. “The Word was with God, and the Word was God,” he declared. “The same was in the beginning with God…. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.” “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” As John drew near the close of his life, his testimony was given with the power of the Spirit of God.

This living witness greatly disturbed those who had rejected Jesus. Kings and rulers could not bear to hear this name; for they deemed Christ a rival. The mention of his name, the incidents of his life, his death, and his resurrection, kindled their furious jealousy. They saw John the aged, honored and beloved, constantly referring to Jesus as the eternal Word, giving to him a power exceeding their power. His testimony was always the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. And notwithstanding his age, his venerable appearance, his white locks, in their envy and jealousy they condemned the faithful apostle to what was then thought to be the most severe of all punishments. He was separated from his beloved people, and banished to Patmos. “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Christ’s aged representative was exiled, that his testimony might no longer be heard; for it was a living power on the side of right. But though separated from his brethren, he was visited by Christ, whom he had not seen since the ascension. “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day,” he writes, “and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore.”

Christ knew just where to find John; and there, on the lonely island, he gave him a view of the closing scenes of this earth’s history. This has been recorded for us. The record is “the revelation of Jesus Christ.” The revealer is the revealed. The living God is shown, superintending, day by day, the events connected with his church. John was shown the slain Lamb of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Conqueror, standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, which are the seven churches.

When the mother of Zebedee’s children came to Christ with the request, “Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom,” Christ said, “Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give.” This baptism James had already experienced. John was now drinking of the cup of which Christ had partaken. He was being baptized with suffering for his name’s sake.

God judges every man according to his work. Not only does he judge, but he sums up, day by day and hour by hour, our progress in well-doing. Should not this constrain us no longer to be children, but men, who are learning of Christ? Shall we not create such an atmosphere about our souls, through the grace given us by Christ, that we shall constantly advance heavenward? As the people of God, shall we not unite in seeking him with humble and contrite hearts? The Lord said to Jacob, “Let me go, for the day breaketh.” But Jacob said, “I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.” And there and then he was blessed. “Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel,” God declared; “for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Even so will God’s children be blessed if they wrestle with him for his Spirit.

We are living amid the closing scenes of this world’s history, and our lives should not be as the life of a butterfly. As servants of God, we should quit us like men, and be strong. The contrast between a vain life and a life full of holy purpose can not fail to be seen. Let us remember that our citizenship is in heaven. Here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Let us heed the call, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate.” Do not mingle with the world from choice; but if you have a word of warning, of invitation, of entreaty, do not fear to speak it. Lose no opportunity of witnessing for Christ. He is the source of all grace, and he will send to his people the precious golden oil, enabling them to witness boldly for him. As we consecrate ourselves to God, the Holy Spirit will impart to us the holy oil, that our lamps may be kept bright and shining.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” RH May 16, 1899, par. 2

That life of outward devotion, of external profession, which is not daily fed by the indwelling grace of the Holy Spirit — is a foolish virgin’s lamp. It will do while they slumber and sleep (did not study and obey)— but will fill them with sore dismay when the cry shall be made at midnight: “Behold the Bridegroom comes; go out to meet him!” when they shall discover — alas! too late — that they have “no oil in their vessels with their lamps.”

Such being the points of similarity and dissimilarity between the wise and foolish virgins — we now turn to examine the respective results in the case of each.

The wise virgins, though sleeping when the midnight cry was heard, “arose, and trimmed their lamps,” and were soon in a condition to go out and meet the bridegroom. Joining the nuptial procession, they moved along to the bridegroom’s house, and “went in with him to the marriage.”

The foolish virgins, like the wise virgins, arose and trimmed their lamps — but having no oil with which to replenish them, sought to borrow some from their sister virgins, and failing in this, “went to buy” some. While thus engaged, the bridegroom came. The procession moved on; the wise virgins passed in to the feast. And when afterward the other virgins came, they found the streets dark and deserted, and when they reached the bridegroom’s house, “the door was shut!” In vain they cried, “Lord, Lord, open to us!” His reply was, “I don’t know you!”

In like manner, will the false professors fail to gain admittance to the marriage-supper of the Lamb in Heaven. Lacking the oil of grace, they will not be able to join with the bridegroom’s train; and when in despair they besiege the ear of God with the cry, “Lord, Lord, open unto us!” — they will find the door shut, and will hear the voice of the Heavenly Bridegroom saying from within, “I don’t know you!”

There is no entreaty that will then avail — the virgin chasteness of an outward morality; the lamp of a once bright profession; the companionship of the wise virgins — will each be worthless. What is needed at that midnight hour, and to gain an entrance through that open door to the marriage-feast — is the burning lamp fed with the oil of grace, and shining out in the holy faith and pious works of one made “wise” by the renewing of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord Jesus gives us the moral of this parable in the words, “Watch, therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of Man comes!”

Watchfulness is an essential requisite of Christian character; and this watchfulness must be exercised in reference to things within and things without.

We must watch the affections of the heart — their character, their direction, their force.

We must watch the operations of our minds — their motions, thoughts, imaginations.

We must watch the outgoing desires of our soul — their aim, their tendency, their exciting cause.

We must watch also our outward temptations — the snares spread for our feet, the wiles of the adversary, and the manifold arts and transformations whereby he lays in wait to deceive.

If it is true in politics, where we have but human enemies to contend with, that the price of liberty “is eternal vigilance” — much more in religion, where we wrestle not against “flesh and blood — but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,” is it true that the price of eternal life is unrelaxing watchfulness.

The unwatching — will soon be a conquered Christian.

The Christian’s lamp needs daily replenishing from the fountain of all light. The oil of grace needs daily renewal, and must be daily sought for at the mercy seat.

Especially is there a necessity for this constant preparation to meet the Bridegroom, in view of the uncertainty of the time when He will appear.

That “He will come and will not tarry,” is a revealed and certain truth. But when He will come — the week, the day, the hour — we know not. How He will come — suddenly or slowly, at home or abroad, with lingering disease or unforeseen accident — we know not. Hence the necessity of being always prepared, of having our lamps always “trimmed,” and of having “oil in our vessels with our lamps,” that when the summons comes, we may be prepared to obey it, and go in unto the marriage supper of the Lamb in Heaven!

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