revival and reformation. God brings against the Church
the heavy charge of spiritual feebleness, saying, "I know thy
works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert
cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable,
and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that
thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest
see” (Revelation 3:15-18).
calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place,
those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will
refuse to acknowledge them as His children.
true spiritual revival and reformation must be reached before the
latter rain is fully poured out. For many, the cares of this
world and pace of life leave them with no time for God. There is
often no thoughtful time given to studying the Word of God. In
His mercy, God sends messengers to revive and reform us. But in
rebellion, we arise against the messengers. We remain in a
lukewarm state “having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof” (2 Timothy 3:5). We mock God when we profess to be His
children yet play spiritual whoredom. God has responded by
withholding the latter rain. “Therefore the showers have been
withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a
whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed” (Jeremiah 3:3).
In preparing for the latter rain, there is only one safe way, and that
is, the way of obedience to a “Thus saith the Lord.”
should take place not only in individual lives but also in the
corporate body of Christ. The church must be “a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy
and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27), if the Church is to be an
effective agent of calling the other flock out of Babylon into the
fold. It calls for the faithful believer in the Church to “take heed
unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing
this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee” (1 Timothy
4:16); “continue in the faith grounded and settled” (Colossians
1:23). Not until we are purified by Christ’s doctrine, will He
pour out the Spirit. God could not display His power in behalf of
ancient Israel until they were purified.
will wait until His faithful remnants are purified before He will pour
out the latter rain. Israel was cleansed before they could stand
before their enemies. When the decree to honour Sunday as a day
of worship goes forth, unless fitted by the latter rain outpouring, we
will not stand before the enemy.
Israel, in the case of Achan’s sin God said to Joshua: “Neither will I
be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you”
(Joshua 7:12). Ministers who will not raise their voice against
sin and wrong, but whose sympathies are ever found with those who
defile the remnant Church with their sins, must now hearken to God if
they should have part in the latter rain. Without the latter
rain, we cannot stand against Sunday Law when it comes. Yet with
sin in Israel, God was clear to Joshua: “Thou canst not stand before
thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you”
(Joshua 7:13). God calls on Pastors, Elders, and all leaders, to
purge sin from the remnant Church in preparation for the latter rain.
1 Kings 18, it was after Elijah had removed the cause of Israel’s
apostasy by slaying the idolatrous priests that he then interceded in
behalf of Israel, with his face bowed between his knees, praying
earnestly for God to send rain. In some of our churches we have
patterned our worship after fallen churches. The Elijahs at the General
Conference have called for revival and reformation as to remove the
cause of Israel’s apostasy. It is for us now to respond by true
repentance. But if we heed not the call, sin will rest with us as
General Conference has called for revival and reformation. It is
now for individuals to heed the call. Not all in the church will
be revived, for there are tares and wheat. God will pour out the
latter rain upon those that revive and reform in the church, the wheat,
but the tares shall not discern or receive it.
Have victory over sin in Christ
for the latter rain require having victory over sin. For the
church to be “holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27), individual
members that have sincerely confessed their sins, should by God’s grace
“go, and sin no more” (John 8:11), and “sin no more, lest a more worse
thing come unto thee” (John 5:14), such as living without shelter of
the latter rain during the time of trouble.
is that sin in you? “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings” (Galatians 5:19-21), or simply being lukewarm? Now is
the time to pray to God to create us anew, to not only take away sin
but also give us the Holy Ghost to keep us from sinning, so that we
will be fitted for the final outpouring of the latter rain.
died that we might be renewed, refined, elevated, ennobled, that God
might see His image restored in the heart of man. But the Lord
cannot take away our sin unless we shall cooperate with Him in the
work. We must each inquire, am I cleansed from sin? Do I
hate sin, and love righteousness? Am I prepared to make any and
every sacrifice for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my
took upon Himself the infirmities of humanity, and lived a sinless
life, that men might have no fear that because of the weakness of human
nature they could not overcome sin. Because of what Christ did
for us, it is “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having
escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).
overcame sin. “The prince of this world cometh,” said Jesus, “and
hath nothing in me” (John 14:30). Christ did not consent to
sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may
be with us. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no
more dominion over us. In Christ, we overcome and need not retain
one sinful propensity.
bids you: “abide in me, and I in you” (John 15:4). For “whosoever
abideth in Him sinneth not” (1 John 3:6). When assailed by
temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but
to the power of the Word of God. All its strength is yours.
Grasp His promises as leaves from the tree of life: “him that cometh to
me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). As you come to Him,
believe that He accepts you, because He has promised. No one can
ever perish while he abides in Christ by faith.
is the time to have your soul purified that it may be ready for the
heavenly dew, ready for the showers of the latter rain; for the latter
rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is
purified from every defilement. It is our work now to yield our
souls to Christ that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from
the presence of the Lord, and be fitted for the outpouring of the Holy
we overcome sin, we cannot have the latter rain. We are told: “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” (Early Writings, p. 71).
one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have
one spot or stain upon them. 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” (Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 5,
p. 214). Note that the conditions for the sealing and for the latter
rain are here the same.
is the time when we are to confess and forsake our sins that they may
go beforehand to judgment and be blotted out. Now is the time to
“cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). The
Holy Spirit cannot be poured out into a filthy soul. The work of
overcoming sin is now, if we must partake of the latter rain.
pray for and receive the latter rain requires us to turn away from our
sins. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”
(2 Chronicles 7:14). God will heal our spiritual land if we pray and turn
from our wicked ways. If we forsake sin, the Lord will heal us by pouring
out upon us the latter rain.
full power of the Holy Spirit, we are like lifeless dry bones.
The prophet Ezekiel looking at the dry
bones, wrote: “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy,
son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the
four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and
they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army”
(Ezekiel 37:9). Christ seeks to revive us, and we must cooperate
with Him to overcome sin and receive the latter rain in order to be “an
exceeding great army.”
Ask Christ to breath the Spirit on you
Jesus was about to be taken in heaven, He breathed the same power, into
the dry bones, as it were, of His disciples. “And when he had
said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the
Holy Ghost” (John 20:22). This was before Pentecost. Before
the latter rain, the Holy Ghost will effect a true spiritual revival
and reformation in God’s saints.
act of Christ in breathing upon His disciples the Holy Ghost, and in
imparting His peace to them, was as a few drops before the plentiful
shower to be given on the day of Pentecost. So is the parallel to
the latter rain, which will be sprinkled before it is poured out, just
as it was in regard to Pentecost. Events of Pentecost are to be
repeated with even “greater power,” which is represented by the fourth
angel that John saw: “I saw another angel come down from heaven, having
great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory” (Revelation
18:1). By the latter rain, the warning message of the third angel
will reach the whole earth. But unless we receive the drops now
we will not receive this great power given through the latter rain.
the breathing of Jesus to His disciples prepared them for Pentecost, we
must first receive the refreshing through the doctrine in the Word of
God. “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to
understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from
the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon
precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a
little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak
to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye
may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would
not hear” (Isaiah 28:9-12).
Christ to breath on you, involves knowing your need of cleansing from sin and
casting yourself fully on Christ. “He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might He increaseth strength” (Isaiah
40:29). “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1
John 1:9). The Lord says, “Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that
thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God” (Jeremiah 3:13), and
“then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from
all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you”
(Ezekiel 36:25). Before the latter rain, Christ must “sprinkle
clean water upon you” so that you “shall be clean” and prepared for the
is the time to ask Christ to breath upon us. We need the Holy
Ghost to work His gifts in us. Christ breathed on His disciples
(John 20:22), and then He said to them, “Behold, I send the promise of
My Father upon you” (Luke 24:49). They already had a
measure of the Holy Spirit, they receive another measure, and they were
yet to receive outpouring of the same. But not until after the
ascension of Christ was the gift received in its fullness. Not
until through faith and prayer the disciples had surrendered themselves
fully for His working was the outpouring of the Spirit received at
“Unto every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the
gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7), the Spirit “dividing to every man
severally as He will” (1 Corinthians 12:11), like the disciples, we
need a great outpouring of the Spirit of God if we should complete the
gospel ministry in these perilous times. But Christ must first
breathe on us a measure of the Holy Ghost to enable us go through the
disciples’ experience in preparation.
Be sealed by settling in the truth
receive the latter rain, we must first be sealed, and to be sealed, we
must depart from iniquity. “Nevertheless the foundation of God
standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”
(2 Timothy 2:19). The Lord commands a halt on destruction until
His people are sealed (Revelation 7:2, 3). “Just as soon as the people
of God are sealed in their foreheads - it is not any seal or mark that
can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and
spiritually, so they cannot be moved - just as soon as God's people are
sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun
already” (SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 1161).
those that are to be sealed, sin must “become exceeding sinful” (Romans
7:13). Even others’ sin must grieve those that are to be
sealed. “The Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the
city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads
of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done
in the midst thereof” (Ezekiel 9:4). We must no more be
indifferent to sin.
be sealed is to be settled in the testimony and the law of God; when we
both know and love it, then the Lord will declare: “Bind up the
testimony, seal the law among my disciples” (Isaiah 8:16), and “never
suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalms 55:22). For every
doctrine we must appeal to “the law and to the testimony, if they speak
not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them”
(Isaiah 8:20). For the law of God is the one unerring rule by
which all doctrines are to be tested.
must be settled in the truth so “that we henceforth be no more
children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they
lie in wait to deceive” (Ephesians 4:14). The law and testimony
represent “the hope of the gospel” preached to us, in which we must be
“grounded and settled, and be not moved away from” (Colossians
1:23). We must first be sealed in the sense of being settled in
truth before the latter rain is poured out to enable us to take
undiluted truth to perishing souls.
Keep your vessels clean
for the latter rain require keeping our vessels clean, which entails a
total victory over every kind of sin. Says the apostle: “Repent
ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when
the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts
3:19). The apostle’s call for repentance is the same gospel
Jesus preached at the commencement of His ministry. “From that
time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of
heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). At the commencement of the
Loud Cry, the final warning message to the world, in the great power of
the angel of Revelation chapter eighteen, a true revival and
reformation calls for repentance and forsaking all sin.
those who are living up to all the truth they have received through the
former rain will receive the latter rain. We sin against God when
for whatever reason we ignore the truth. “Therefore to him that
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin” (James
4:17). If we continue regarding sin in our hearts while we pray
for the latter rain, God will not hear our prayers. “If I regard
iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Psalms 66:18).
If we should receive the latter rain, we must take heed to our
ways. If the psalmist could not be heard if he regarded iniquity
in his heart, our prayers also will not be heard while iniquity is
regarded in our hearts.
is the time to cleanse the vessels that will receive the latter
rain. “Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so
the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to
every one grass in the field” (Zechariah 10:1). When you realise
that now is “the times of refreshing” when your sins are being “blotted
out” (Acts 3:19), not at some future point when Sunday Law is passed,
then you know that now is “the time of the latter rain” and that you
must “ask ye of the LORD rain” (Zechariah 10:1). When the Sunday
Law is passed, only those who have lived according to all the light we
have, who have been sealed by the law and testimony that they cannot be
moved by every wind of doctrine, will receive the latter rain when this
is poured out abundantly to complete the Loud Cry.
Adventists cannot with impunity reject the warning which God in His
mercy has sent them through the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy and
therefore fail to develop a character that is worthy of the latter rain
and hope to develop such a character amidst the panic and fear of
enacted Sunday Law! At that time, “a large class who have professed
faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified
through obedience to the truth, [will] abandon their position and join
the ranks of the opposition” (The Great Controversy, p. 608).
the former rain was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the
opening of the gospel, to cause the up springing of the precious seed,
so the latter rain will be given at its close for the ripening of the
harvest. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost
is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the
earth” (Acts 1:8). “That I will give you the rain of your land in
his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest
gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil” (Deuteronomy
11:14). Those who have lived up to the light they have will
receive greater light, the latter rain, and proceed on to complete the
Loud Cry for the final harvest.
former rain was moderate, but the latter rain will be more
abundant. “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the
LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he
will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the
latter rain in the first month” (Joel 2:23). “Turn you to the
strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will
render double unto thee” (Zechariah 9:12). “Ask ye of the LORD
rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make bright
clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field”
(Zechariah 10:1). It will be said of the saints that wait
faithfully: “And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened
their mouth wide as for the latter rain” (Job 29:23).
us by God’s grace prepare the vessels to receive the latter rain.
If your body vessel should be ready, it is not enough that you only
“let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey
it” (Romans 7:12), but also you “abstain from all appearance of evil”
(1 Thessalonians 5:22).
keep your vessel clean requires you to follow the truth even if you do so
alone. “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). “The
greatest want of the world is the want of men, - men who will not be bought
or sold; men who in their inmost souls are true and honest; men who do not
fear to call sin by its right name; men whose conscience is as true to duty
as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right though the
heavens fall” (Education, p. 57). Indeed, “the Father seeketh such to
worship Him” (John 4:23). Only clean vessels will receive the latter
Pray earnestly and calmly
we are to participate in completing the Loud Cry, we must spend more
time in prayer to God, pleading for His Holy Spirit to enable us
overcome all sin, and for His latter rain in this time of the latter
rain. We must be wise, watchful and prayerful, lest we wake up
too late only to exclaim, “the harvest is past, the summer is ended,
and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). Rather look to Christ and
when He comes for you and hear Him say, “well done, thou good and
faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will
make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord”
(Matthew 25:21). Let us look forward to replying to Him,
“this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is
the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his
salvation” (Isaiah 25:9). Now is the time to separate from
worldly pleasures, sin and all appearance of evil, and receive the
is God’s favour that we receive the latter rain. “In the light of
the king’s countenance is life; and his favour is as a cloud of the
latter rain” (Proverbs 16:15). We must be patient as we
wait. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the
Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of
the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early
and latter rain” (James 5:7). For if we have done all to know and
love the truth, repented of all our sin, and prayed for the latter
rain, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going
forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the
rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth” (Hosea 6:3).
We must earnestly pray.
deep sense of our need and a great desire for the things for which we
ask must characterise our prayers, else they will not be heard.
We are not to become weary and cease our petitions because the answer
is not immediately received. “The kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). This
violence refer to a holy earnestness, such as Jacob manifested when “he
had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication
unto him” (Hosea 12:4). Like Jacob, we must earnestly pray.
praying for the latter rain, we need not try to work ourselves up into
an intense feeling, but calmly, and persistently, we are to press our
petitions at the throne of grace. Beware of spiritualism.
Our work is to humble our souls before God, confessing our sins, and in
faith drawing nigh unto God.
is the desire of God to reveal Himself in His providence and in His
grace. The object of our need of the latter rain in our prayers
must be the glory of God, not the glorification of our own, lest we
receive a counterfeit latter rain. Our petitions must be offered
in perfect submission and full surrender. But if we regard iniquity in
our hearts, if we cherish any darling sin, we may be assured that no
blessing will be given in response to our latter rain prayers.
Recall from whence thou art fallen
Seventh-day Adventists, we are a peculiar people separate from the
world in character - how we eat, socialize, dress, praise or worship,
and pray - called by God to be His ambassadors for Him in the last work of
salvation of men. Christ bids and warns us: “Remember therefore from
whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I
will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his
place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:5). If we should receive the
latter rain, we must first fully live by the former rain.
terms of how we eat, we have no excuse. We ought to have long awakened
to the dangers of flesh eating. The Spirit of Prophecy says: “God is
trying to lead us back, step by step, to His original design - that man
should subsist upon the natural products of the earth. Among those who
are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be
done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet. We should ever
keep this end in view, and endeavor to work steadily toward it”
(Counsels on Health, p. 450; Last Day Events, p. 81-82).
our members: “Those who indulge in meat eating, tea drinking, and gluttony
are sowing seeds for a harvest of pain and death. The unhealthful food
placed in the stomach strengthens the appetites that war against the soul,
developing the lower propensities. A diet of flesh meat tends to develop
animalism. A development of animalism lessens spirituality, rendering the
mind incapable of understanding truth” (Counsels on Health, p. 575).
our ministers: “Let not any of our ministers set an evil example in the
eating of flesh meat. Let them and their families live up to the light of
health reform. Let not our ministers animalize their own nature and the
nature of their children. Children whose desires have not been restrained,
are tempted not only to indulge in the common habits of intemperance,
but to give loose rein to their lower passions, and to disregard purity
and virtue. These are led on by Satan not only to corrupt their own
bodies, but to whisper their evil communications to others”
(Medical Ministry, p. 281).
Adventists: “Greater reforms should be seen among the people who claim
to be looking for the soon appearing of Christ. Health reform is to do
among our people a work which it has not yet done. There are those who
ought to be awake to the danger of meat eating who are still eating the
flesh of animals, thus endangering the physical, mental, and spiritual
health. Many who are now only half converted on the question of meat
eating will go from God's people, to walk no more with them”
(Review & Herald, 27 May 1902; LD Events, p. 82).
terms of how we socialize, the Spirit of Prophecy says: “I cannot find
an instance in the life of Christ where He devoted time to play and
amusement. He was the great Educator for the present and the future life.
I have not been able to find one instance where He educated His disciples
to engage in amusement of football or pugilistic games, to obtain physical
exercise, or in theatrical performances; and yet Christ was our pattern in
all things” (Fundamentals of Christian Education, 229).
terms of how we dress, we must not dress like the world does. “Wherefore
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord”
(2 Corinthians 6:17). Note that, “A person's character is judged by his
style of dress. A refined taste, a cultivated mind, will be revealed in
the choice of simple and appropriate attire” (Education, p. 238). The most
objectionable part of dressing like the world, for which the majority of
those that profess to be Seventh-day Adventists are guilty, especially
those in developed countries, is wearing of clothing that pertains to the
opposite sex. Yet, ignoring God's requirements (Deuteronomy 22:5; 1
Timothy 2:9; Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 457), souls expect to receive the
latter rain whilst dressed in abominable manner.
terms of how we praise, our praises are fast becoming abominations to
the heavenly visitors in our churches. Church music is fast turning into
worldly amusements. We are told: “Satan will make music a snare by the way
in which it is conducted. God calls upon His people, who have the light
before them in the Word and in the Testimonies, to read and consider, and
to take heed. Clear and definite instruction has been given in order that
all may understand” (Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 38).
to musical instruments in worship services, the Lord specified three
types of instruments to be used by the Levites in the Sanctuary: harp,
lyre, and the cymbal (1 Chronicles 25:1, 6; 2 Chronicles 29:25). In this
list there are no drums. The celebratory drum worship is not of God, and
those engaged therein cannot expect the Holy Spirit to reside therein,
let alone the worshippers receiving the true latter rain.
terms of how we pray, we cannot, in irreverent manner pray for the latter rain and expect to
receive it. Whilst Elijah did “cast himself down upon the earth, and
put his face between his knees” (1 Kings 18:42) praying for the rain,
in our churches today, we have the audacity to stand erect praying for
the latter rain! By the former rain we must first learn reverence in
Adventists who will receive the latter rain, we must humbly obey the duty:
“Both in public and in private worship it is our duty to bow on our
knees before God when we offer our petitions to Him (Selected Messages,
vol. 2, p. 312). “Jesus, our example, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’
Luke 22:41. Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too,
‘kneeled down, and prayed.’ Acts 9:40. Paul declared, ‘I bow my
knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Ephesians 3:14.
In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt. See Ezra
9:5. Daniel ‘kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and
prayed, and gave thanks before his God.’ Daniel 6:10” (Prophets and
Kings, p 48). Recall from whence thou art fallen!
Heed the Spirit of Prophecy
in His mercy sends messengers to revive and reform His people.
For us, Seventh-day Adventists, the Spirit of Prophecy contains enough
counsel that if heed would prepare the Church for the latter
rain. But many pay only lip service to it. Many excuses are
given for disregarding the truth contained therein. Those who
call others to heed the Spirit of Prophecy are often ridiculed and
suffer reproach from fellow church members.
Spirit of Prophecy offers counsel for almost every aspect of Christian
life, and is as relevant today as when it was written decades
ago. These are truly messages from heaven. Read the Spirit
of Prophecy daily alongside your Bible. Believe it. Promote
it. Use it. Teach it. Support it – and you will
discover a new power in your spiritual life that helps you to rise and
walk in newness of life” (GC President, Adventist World, November
2010, p. 10).
Spirit of Prophecy is given to us to make the Bible plain so that we
have no excuse. In his day, Peter warned that some misunderstand
the letters of Paul. For in Paul’s letters, there are “some
things hard to be understood” (2 Peter 3:16). The theme subjects
of Paul, grace of Jesus, victory over sin, and righteousness by faith,
could be more difficult to understand without the plainness in the
Spirit of Prophecy. The Spirit of Prophecy is to the church as
Philip was to the Ethiopian officer. In Acts 8:26-39 we find this
analogy. If you say, ‘I will only read my Bible, no Ellen G
White’s writings,’ Philip asks: “Understandest thou what thou readest?”
(verse 30). If you humble yourself, you will say: “How can I,
except some man should guide me?” (verse 31). We must accept the
aid of the Spirit of Prophecy to fully know the Bible truth in
preparing for the latter rain. Lest us humbly heed the Spirit of Prophecy!
preparation leading up to Pentecost, the message of repentance and
sharp rebuke of sin was borne by John, who was the lesser light,
leading to Jesus, the greater light. John said, “He must
increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Ellen G White
writings are understood as a lesser light leading to a greater
light. Those Jews who rejected the testimony of John were not
benefited by the teachings of Jesus. Those who will get lost in
the Seventh-day Adventist Church will first reject the lesser light and
eventually give up the greater light, just as it was when the Jews
rejected John and ended up crucifying Jesus (Acts 2:22, 23).
Those Jews, who rejected the reproofs and warnings of John, were not
prepared for the former rain on the day of Pentecost.
Seventh-day Adventists, who reject the Spirit of Prophecy, will not be
prepared for the latter rain. Let us heed the Spirit of Prophecy!
Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will
first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the
Testimonies of God's Spirit” (Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 84). “The
very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony
of the Spirit of God. Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways
and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God's
remnant people in the true testimony” (Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 48).
enemy has made his masterly efforts to unsettle the faith of our own
people in the Testimonies … This is just as Satan designed it should be,
and those who have been preparing the way for the people to pay no heed
to the warnings and reproofs of the Testimonies of the Spirit of God will
see that a tide of errors of all kinds will spring into life”
(Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 83).
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).