The 2025 Prophecy

As you read through the material, (copied from and see another transcript about the charts by SDA pioneers, see the link below for Randy Moeller website called please bear in mind one important point. Ezekiel 37 says when the Latter Rain comes from the Four Winds it will revive [GOD's TRUTH & SPIRIT FILLED PEOPLE=HIS CHURCH].... So the present time is for you and I to wake up and be revived and let our spiritually dead, dry, bones stand upon their feet like an exceeding great army. So probation has not closed for us at the present time, and all still have an opportunity to receive the Latter Rain.

This website in no way offers a comprehensive study on this subject, but is intended to present enough evidence from the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy by Ellen G. White that the latter rain is being sprinkled, encouraging you to study this matter further. 

The Third Woe

There is a principle in Bible interpretation called the Triple Application of Prophecy. It says that the characteristics of the first and the second will be found in the third. For example, the characteristics of the first Israel (Jacob) and the nation of Israel, will be found in modern Israel. The characteristics of the first Elijah and the second Elijah (John the Baptist) can be found in the third Elijah (the people who walk/obey Seventh-day Adventist church historical doctrines). To study more on this, right click here and select "Open in new window".

Therefore if we study the characteristics of the first and second woe, we will be able to determine the characteristics of the third woe. To study the first and the second woes, I recommend the book "Daniel and the Revelation" by Uriah Smith, but here I will try to present them in a very condensed form just to glean the relevant characteristics. You can also study this subject here, by selecting the "Islam in Bible Prophecy" powerpoint (you will notice many other good powerpoints on this page, like the "Three Elijah's").

In Rev 9:1 we see a fallen star. Stars in Bible prophecy are religious messengers (Rev 1: 20; Dan 8:10 and 12:3). So Rev 9:1 introduces us to a fallen or false messenger. This, as you will see, is the prophet of Islam, Mohammed. We will see that in the first and second woes, God used Islam to punish apostate Christendom and enable the Reformation to go forward.

The Bottomless Pit here can mean the dark and evil side of the world or any desolate area, and Islam came upon the world from the desert lands of North Africa. The Abyss, many scholars believe, is a term describing the arsenal or stronghold of Satan. Any power emerging from the abyss is inspired by Satan. In the book of Revelation, powers inspired of God are represented as "coming from above", but powers inspired by Satan are represented as "coming from beneath", from the sea, from the earth, from the abyss. (Rev 10:8; 14:6,8,9; 13:1,11; 17:9; James 3:15-17.)

In Rev 9:2 this leader, Mohammed, in the first woe has the key to the abyss - the arsenal of Satan. The key represents power or authority - the ability to unlock, to free, or release, and he releases smoke that darkens the sun and air. The sun here represents Christ, the Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4:2). Thus Mohammed releases falsehood and error that would darken the light of the gospel - that would obscure Christ the Light of the world. While the Quran in four places tells us the Bible is the true word of God, it obscures that truth with the errors of Islam.

Rev 9:3 describes the Mohammedans as locusts and scorpions. The Bible employs the locust as a symbol of the Arab. Speaking of the Midianite Arabs it says, "They came as grasshoppers [Hebrew: locusts] for multitude." Judges 6:5. Midianites and the Amalekites [Arab tribes]... lay along the valley like grasshoppers [Hebrew: locusts]..." Judges 7:12.

A famous traveller named Niebuhr in his journeys through Arabia described the appearance of the swarms of locusts, "The swarms of these insects darken the air and appear at a distance like clouds of smoke." NiebuhrTravels' Vol. II. p 337.

Edward Gibbon quoting Volney, "the most judicious of our Syrian travelers" declared, "The inhabitants of Syria have remarked that locusts come constantly from the desert of Arabia." C. Volney "Voyage en Egypte et en Syrie." Chap.XX Sect. 5.

So these two desert creatures closely resemble the Islamic armies of the Arabian desert; the locusts (that would come out of the deserts at certain times and destroy the crops) and the scorpion, (a feared and poisonous creature) that would strike with the sting in his tail inflicting agonising pain. So radical Islam in the third woe can be expected to attack the army of Rome suddenly and destructively, as they did in the first and the second woe.

Rev 9:4 prophesied how Abu Beker instructed his army to leave at peace those Christians who kept the true seventh-day Sabbath (the seal of God), but to kill the Catholic Christians. Here is an important characteristic, that Islam in the first woe is used as a shelter to God's people by distracting the army of Rome from persecuting them, and are also used to punish apostate Christendom. The army of Rome in the last days is America according to Rev 13 and The Great Controversy. Thus in the third woe we can expect the hand of Rome to be raised, ready to persecute Seventh-day Adventists, but somehow, radical Islam is used to shelter God's people during the time of the sealing of the saints (Rev 7:1-4).

Gibbon declares, "Abubeker ascended the hill, reviewed the men, the horses, and the arms, and poured forth a fervent prayer for the success of their undertaking. 'Remember', said the successor of the prophet... 'Destroy no palm trees, nor burn any field of corn. Cut down no fruit trees, nor do any mischief to cattle, only such as you kill to eat... As you go on, you will find some religious persons, who live retired in monasteries, and propose to themselves to serve God that way: let them alone and neither kill them nor destroy their monasteries. And you will find another sort of people that belong to the synagogue of Satan, who have shaven crowns; be sure you cleave their skulls, and give them no quarter, till they either turn Mahometans or pay tribute'.

"Even in the 7th century the monks... shaved their heads when they were ordained priests. The circular tonsure was sacred and mysterious; it was the crown of thorns; but it was likewise a royal diadem, and every priest was a king." Abubeker's Command, Edward Gibbon 'Decline and Fall', Vol.V:489-490.

"In the early centuries of the Christian era, the church of the East [not the Western or Latin church] sometimes called the Assyrian church... [who were observers of the true Sabbath] very effectively spread throughout Asia and the East, but remained separate from the church in the West, especially the apostasy. These true Christians became the teachers of the Saracens..." B. G. Wilkinson, Truth Triumphant, P268-291.

"To his Christian subjects [i.e. the true Christians, not the apostates whom the Arabs tormented]; Mohomet readily granted the security of their persons, the freedom of their trade, the property of their goods, and the toleration of their worship." Gibbon, 'Decline and Fall', Vol.V:439-W; 579-580; 390-391.

Rev 9:5, 6. The Mohammedans tormented the Eastern Roman empire for 150 years, but never managed to destroy it completely, and were unable to conquer Eastern or Western Rome, thus "they should not kill them", but "hurt" them (v10) for 5 months. Therefore under the third woe, we can expect radical Islam to initially just hurt the army of Rome.

In Bible prophecy, 1 prophetic day represents 1 literal year (Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6). 1 biblical month equals 30 literal days, and so this 5 month prophecy equals 150 years. When did the 150 years start? According to Edward Gibbon, "Othman first entered the territory of Nicomedia on the 27th July 1299", and thus started to attack Eastern Rome, which ended in 1449. (1299 + 150 = 1449). In 1449 a change came. In the year 1448 John Paleologus, the Greek emperor, died, and on January 6, 1449 Constantine XI was crowned at

Rev 9:7-9. When one examines the locust of Arabia he will soon see that they literally look like little horses. In fact the Bedouins describe them as "soldiers' horses". The old Italians called them "little horses". The locust is used in scripture to denote swarming numbers, and this was a neat symbol of the amazing numbers of the Arabs as they swarmed out of the desert in conquest. The prophet said, "Make thyself many as the locusts." Nahum 3:5. The Arab warrior on their swift horses did not march in rows or ranks like Greek or Roman soldiers, they swarmed down onto their enemies on their swift horses almost as quickly as if they were flying (sounding and behaving like locusts). The Arab tribes issuing from Arabia with their great speed, struck the army of Rome suddenly and unexpectedly, symbolised by the swarms of locusts.

The "Crowns of Gold" were the yellow turbans these men wore. It is interesting to note that the Bible says, "The Sabeans from the wilderness which put beautiful crowns upon their heads." Ezek 23:42.

They also wore iron breast-plates, long hair, either braided up or loose, with full beards, and the "teeth of lions" represented their fierceness in battle. Mohammedans were extremely destructive, which is typical of the lion. Naturalists inform us that the home of the lion is Arabia, and in Arabic literature the lion is the constant emblem of the valiant warriors.

Rev 9:11. There was no central king over the Arabs and each tribe had it's own ruler; but in 1299, Othman became king and the "Ottoman Empire" was set up. We know that the "five months" begins at this time because the prophecy says "they have a king".

Here the first woe ends and the second woe begins. Rev 9:12-15. Now, under the 2nd woe, we see this same dark, religious, Islamic power, but this time coming from the "river Euphrates", which is now the country of Turkey. The "four angels" refer to the four great sultanate's; Bagdad, Damascus, Iconium, and Aleppo of which at that time the Turkish power was composed. The Roman Empire was divided into 3 parts and this 3rd part related to the Greek, Eastern Roman empire, whose capital was Constantinople.

An hour, a day, a month, and a year in Bible prophecy equals 391 years and 15 days. Adding this period of time to the end of the 1st woe (27th July 1449) brings us to 11th August 1840, when the Turkish leader signed a paper that took away the independence and power of the Turkish Sultan forever. Turkish supremacy was passed to the four great Powers of Europe, Christian powers, who had come together in a "coalition of the willing" to decide the fate of Islam.

Verse 15 also tells us that the Turks "slay" the army of Rome. Thus under the third woe, we can expect radical Islam to first, suddenly and unexpectedly "hurt" the army of Rome, then the Christian powers come together in a "coalition of the willing" to decide the fate of Islam, when again, suddenly and unexpectedly radical Islam kill (or slay) the army of Rome.

The Greek and Hebrew text for Rev 9:16 is "myriads" (compare the Hebrew in Gen 24:60, Num10:36 and Dan 7:10) and was actually the Turkish method of numbering! They numbered by to tomens. A tomen is ten thousand people or the number ten thousand, or myriad. Gibbon himself uses this very term when he describes the Turks. Alluding to the leader of the Eastern Turks he says, "The [Bosporus] sea rolled between the two continents of Europe and Asia and the lord of so many tomens or myriads of horse was not master of a single galley".

Gibbon, Vol VII p72. Of the Turkish invasion of Asia Minor he says, "The myriads of Turkish horses overspread a frontier of 600 miles..." Gibbon, Vol VI P252.

In v17-18, the word "Jacinth" in the Greek denotes the colour blue. Thus when it speaks of "fire and jacinth and brimstone" it means red, blue and yellow. Fire is red, jacinth is blue and brimstone is yellow, and these were the colours of the uniforms of the Turkish army. Daubuz, an English scholar writing of the time, says, "From their first appearance the Ottomans have affected to wear war-like apparel of scarlet, blue and yellow..." Daubuz, Quoted By Elliott, "Horae Apocalyptica", ch. VII, p.508.

Furthermore, Mahomet II used canons to take Constantinople on 29th of May, 1453. Gunpowder and guns were used for the first time against the people of Eastern Europe. When the pistols were held close to the horses as they rode to battle, it looked like fire and brimstone came from the mouths of the horses. So in the third woe we can expect radical Islam to suddenly and unexpectedly attack the army of Rome (now America) using explosives.

Verse 19 is referring to the Turks' ensign, the standard which was a horse's tail. The horse's tail was the badge of authority, as Elliott says, "The ensign of one, two, or three horse tails that marks distinctively the dignity and power of the Turkish Pasha". Elliott, ch VII, p.514. Verses 20 and 21 elaborate on how radical Islam is used to punish Rome and apostate Christianity, while they shelter God's people.

In this 2nd woe, Islam (under the Turks) again sheltered God's people during the Reformation, while they were used to punish apostate Christianity (Rome). It happened during the reign of Charles V {GC 197.2}, and, "In the 16th and 17th centuries support and encouragement for Protestants and Calvinists... were one of the fundamental principles of Ottoman policy." Halil Inalcik "The Heyday and Decline of the Ottoman Empire" in "History of Islam" pp.325-329.

Kenneth Oster writes, "There would have been no Protestantism had there been no Turk.", Islam Reconsidered, p.72. Quoted by M. Maxwell "God Cares II" pp.255-256.

Thus in the third woe we can expect the hand of Rome to be raised, ready to persecute Seventh-day Adventists, when suddenly and unexpectedly radical Islam strikes with explosives, "hurting" America. Then Rome's army is distracted while it "restrains" radical Islam and the people of God are sheltered during the sealing time (Rev 7:1-4). The Christian powers came together in a coalition of the willing to decide the fate of Islam, just as they did in 1840. Then, Amercia (the army of Rome) will be "slayed" by radical Islam.

But something else happened in 1840; the first angel of Rev 14 came down from heaven to begin the last day message to the world. It was a message that the judgement of the dead had begun. So under the third woe, can we expect an angel to come down from heaven to announce the last message to the world, and that the judgment of the living has begun? Just as the Midnight Cry was sounded in the 1840's, will the third woe signal the start of the Latter Rain message? In fact the only angel we are waiting for now is the 4th angel of Rev 18, and he does indeed bring the Latter Rain message with him.

The Millerites used the 1843 chart below to preach their message. Ellen White said that it was "directed by the hand of the Lord" (except for the date 1843). "I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the Lord, and that it should not be altered; that the figures were as He wanted them; that His hand was over and hid a mistake in some of the figures, so that none could see it, until His hand was removed." Early Writings, 74-75. She also wrote, "I saw thatGod was in the publishment of the chart by Brother Nichols." {13MR 359.1}

Can you see what symbol God used to represent the Mohammedans in the first and second woes? They are on the right hand side of the charts (the 1843 and 1850 charts below). It is an angry horse.

The same symbol that Rev 9:7 uses, "And the shapes of the locusts were like untohorses prepared unto battle". So militant Islam is represented in Bible prophecy as an angry horse, war horse or battle horse. You can see this also in Rev 9:9, as "many horses running to battle", and in verse 16 as "an army of horsemen", and in verse 17 where John saw, "the horses in the vision... and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions". Lastly, Gen 16:12 introduces Ishmael, the father of Islam for the very first time. In the King James version it calls him, "a wild man", but if you look in the Hebrew it actually reads "wild ass" or donkey, or horse.

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So God has used the symbol of an angry horse to represent radical Islam. In the next chapter we will see what He says that angry horse will be doing at the end of the world.

The Four Winds Restrained for the Sealing

Ellen White says that an angry horse represents radical Islam, and that the four winds represent an angry horse. Thus radical Islam is represented by an angry horse and by the four winds (NB: The four winds also represent natural disasters). "Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse".

But notice that she links the four winds of Ezekiel 37:9 with the four winds of Rev 7:1, thus she is saying that these four winds in these 2 verses are exactly the same entity. "Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horseseeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path. Shall we sleep on the very verge of the eternal world? Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live." {20MR 217.1}. Please notice the wording used to describe the four winds here comes from both Ezek 37:9 and Rev 7:1, "Angels are holding the four winds" and "Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live." Notice also that these dead dry bones are in fact "our churches" or the Seventh-day Adventists, and that it is placed at the very end of the world, "on the verge of the eternal world".

So now we see that the Spirit and breath of God, which is the holy Spirit or the Latter Rain message at the end of the world, will come when militant Islam are loosed for just one moment, and then immediately restrained.

Just as the Third Woe will be radical Islam hurting then killing the army of Rome (America, Rev 13), the Four Winds are also radical Islam causing destruction and death around the world.

You can compare Rev 7:1-4 with rev 9:3-4 to see that the 4 winds are radical Islam, as they hurt the same things when they are loosed.

So the four winds being held back is in fact radical Islam being restrained from causing destruction over the face of the whole earth. The four winds being restrained is the War on Terror.

Revelation 7:1-4, "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand..."

Ellen White says that at some point in time, the four angels will almost let go of the four winds, but they are commanded to restrain them a little longer, so that the 144,000 can be sealed. Could this event be September 11th?

"I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He gave His angels charge over things on the earth; that the four angels had power from God to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let them go; but while their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father, and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels, and bid them hold, until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads." {CET 102}

What event was it that caused the four winds to almost be loosed upon the earth? Just as it fit the description of the Third Woe, Sept 11th seems to perfectly fit the quote above. Radical Islam tried to "hurt" the army of Rome, the United States of America, on Sept 11th, but the world powers came together in a coalition of the willing to decide the fate of Islam. Since then Al Qaida, The Taliban, Libya, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Iran and now Pakistan have all been restrained by the War on Terror.

On September 11th, the four angels holding the winds were "about to let them go" but were restrained so God could seal the saints. Therefore the sealing must have at least started on Sept 11th, and for a sealing to take place, you need the Judgment of the Living to be occurring.

Sept 11th being the commencement of the sealing of the 144,000 and the start of the Judgment of the Living harmonizes with 1 Peter 4:17, "For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God." The leaders of the church are judged first, then the rest of the professed Seventh-day Adventists, before the judgment moves onto others who have claimed the blood of Christ.

Islam has a twofold role in Bible prophecy, to punish Rome and at the same time to shelter God's people. Radical Islam, like a "wild donkey" (Gen 16:12), or an "angry horse", tried to "break loose" on 9/11 and begin to punish too soon, and were promptly restrained, but at the same as they are trying to punish Rome they were a blessing to Seventh-day Adventists by "distracting Rome" and giving us a time of "peace and safety" in which to prepare for the Sunday Law crisis.

On May 31, 1998 Pope John Paul II released a papal letter entitled "Dies Domini", telling Catholics to urge their governments to pass Sunday Laws.

"Therefore, also in the particular circumstances of our own time, Christians will naturally strive to ensure that civil legislation respects their duty to keep Sunday holy." (112)

"The Code of Canon Law of 1917 for the first time gathered this tradition into auniversal law.(81) The present Code reiterates this, saying that "on Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to attend Mass".(82) This legislation has normally been understood as entailing a grave obligation: this is the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church."

"In this matter, my predecessor Pope Leo XIII in his Encyclical Rerum Novarum spoke of Sunday rest as a worker's right which the State must guarantee." (110)

It seemed to a lot of Adventists that last day events were just about to begin. Then suddenly and unexpectedly, radical Islam struck the buildings in New York with explosives, and Rome's army, the United States of America, turned her attention to radical Islam.

This happened on Sept 11, 2001 at the start of the third woe, and during the first and second woe as we saw earlier, "God's providence had held in check the forces that opposed the truth. Charles V was bent on crushing the Reformation,but often as he raised his hand to strike he had been forced to turn aside the blow. Again and again the immediate destruction of all who dared to oppose themselves to Rome appeared inevitable; but at the critical moment the armies of the Turk appeared on the eastern frontier... and thus, amid the strife and tumult of nations, the Reformation had been left to strengthen and extend." {GC 197.2}

There is a quote that Adventists are well aquainted with now, in relation to 9/11. It is 9T,11. In fact, the very reference is 9/11; 9T,11. And what Bible verse did Ellen White choose to introduce this chapter? It is a verse that alludes to a tarrying time before the 2nd Coming. "Yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry." Hebrews 10:37. So is Ellen White here describing September 11th and alluding to a tarrying time? My comments are in [SQUARE BRACKETS]

"On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used... The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe." But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines...


"Daniel 11:40-45 (King James Version)

 40And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

 41He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

 42He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.  [CLICK HERE TO SEE ONLINE NEWS ABOUT EGYPT]

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 43But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

 44But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.

 45And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain [Vatican in Jerusalem]; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him."

Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place... Not all in this world have taken sides with the enemy against God. Not all have become disloyal. There are a faithful few who are true to God; for John writes: "Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12. Soon the battle will be waged fiercely between those who serve God and those who serve Him not. Soon everything that can be shaken will be shaken, [THE SHAKING TIME] that those things that cannot be shaken may remain... Although church and state will unite their power to compel all, "both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive the mark of the beast, yet the people of God will not receive it. Revelation 13:16. [THEN THE VERY NEXT EVENT IS THE SUNDAY LAW - WE THINK, (ASK GOD FOR ANSWERS, as GOD says to do in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.") THE CLOSE OF PROBATION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD THE MOST TRUTH, ie SABBATH, THREE ANGELS MESSAGES, ect... NOT for those who don't KNOW the TRUTH... like I said, be sure to ask GOD for answers, this seems true to our study of the BIBLE.]

Returning to the theme of radical Islam creating a tarrying time to momentarily shield the people of God, Ellen White says that it is a delay in Christ's coming that causes the foolish virgins to be found without oil.

"Lingering near the bride's house are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, "Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him." The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth. But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergency." {COL 405}

The Midnight Cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh" is the Loud Cry in our time. So if you wake up at the Sunday Law without a perfect character, then like the foolish virgins you will be lost. The Sunday Law is the close of probation for Seventh-day Adventists in that we must already have the character of Christ when the Sunday Law is passed. At that point it will be too late to buy oil, and to do the work of character preparation. The Sunday Law crisis will reveal our character, not develop it.

"Had the people of God believed Him and been doers of His word, had they kept His commandments, the angel would not have come flying through heaven with the message to the four angels that were to let loose the winds that they should blow upon the earth crying, Hold, hold the four winds that they blow not upon the earth until I have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads. But because the people are disobedient, unthankful, unholy, as were ancient Israel, time is prolonged that all may hear the last message of mercy proclaimed with a loud voice. The Lord's work has been hindered, the sealing time delayed." Manuscript Releases, volume 15, 292.

The four winds are finally, fully released at the close of human probation, however they are released progressively. As we draw closer to the close of our probation, you will begin to see in the news the four winds getting ready to blow again. Do we see this with the stand-off between Iran and America now? All last day events are progressive, e.g. the Sunday Law, the healing of the deadly wound, the latter rain, the judgment, the close of probation, the call out from Babylon, the increase of knowledge, the formation of the image to the beast, the sealing, the Loud Cry (which "swells"), the time of trouble, ("...the time of trouble, which is to increase until the end...)." {CCh 336.5}

In the same way the four winds are progressive, and since Sept 11th, the four winds, or the angry horse has been progressively angering the nations, whether it be in the form of Al Qaieda, the Taliban, Iraq, or Iran's nuclear policy. In the next chapter we will see what Ellen White wrote about our present time, when,

The Angry Horse will be Angering the Nations

Ellen White says, when the four winds were almost loosed but then restrained, radical Islam will be stirring up the nations to one deadly combat.

"I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels... saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. Rev. 7:2, 3. Four mighty angels are still holding the four winds of the earth. Terrible destruction is forbidden to come in full. The accidents by land and by sea; the loss of life, steadily increasing, by storm, by tempest, by railroad disaster, by conflagration; the terrible floods, the earthquakes, and the winds will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat, while the angels hold the four winds, forbidding the terrible power of Satan to be exercised in its fury until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads.Angels are holding the four winds, which are represented as an angry horseseeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path... While their hands were loosening, and the four winds were about to blow, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not sealed, and He raised His hands to the Father and pleaded with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels and bid them hold until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads." My Life Today, 308.

The "distress of nations" is today caused by Islam just as it was in 1840. Ellen White wrote, "The nations are now getting angry..." {Mar 258.1}, and, "I saw that the shaking of the powers in Europe is not, as some teach, the shaking of the powers of heaven, but it is the shaking of the angry nations." {CET 111.2}. In the same time frame as the signs in the sun, moon and stars (1780 and 1833) it was Islam, under the Ottoman's, that made the nations of Europe angry. Luke 21:25 places the distress of nations in this time frame (1780-1833), "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations..." Then, on August 11th 1840, the four European powers came together in a "coalition of the willing" to decide the fate of Islam, and it was that which ended the 2nd woe, thus restraining Islam.

"November 13, 1833, there was the most wonderful display of falling stars ever beheld by men. Again thousands believed that the day of judgment had come.Since that time earthquakes, tempests, tidal waves, pestilence, famine, and destructions by fire and flood, have multiplied. All these, and "distress of nations, with perplexity," declare that the Lord's coming is near." {SJ 176}

And so, as the final events took shape from 1833, readying for the Lord's coming before 1888, so we see a similar repeat of the same pattern today. Just as Islam caused the distress of nations under the 2nd Woe, so too do they cause the distress of nations under the 3rd Woe. Rev 11:14-18, "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly... And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged..."

Ellen White said, "the winds will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat" My Life Today, 308. Islam began to stir up the nations when the 3rd Woe began on Sept 11th, beginning the angering of the nations. So the angering of the nations will eventually result in one deadly combat, when, "his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him" Gen 16:11. Radical Islam will stir up the nations, and the world will come together against Islam in a Third World War. This is when the 4 Winds are no longer restrained and finally, 

The Four Winds are Loosed

Ellen White says the four winds are finally and fully loosed at the close of human probation, "The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out. I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues." {CET 100}

Remember how the four winds are released when the saints are sealed? So the saints are also finally and fully sealed at the close of probation. "An angel with a writer's inkhorn by his side returned from the earth and reported to Jesus that his work was done, and the saints were numbered and sealed. Then I saw Jesus... throw down the censer. He raised His hands, and with a loud voice said, "It is done." ...When Jesus leaves the sanctuary, then they who are holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God." {Mar 242.4}

An angel returning from the earth announces that his work is done; the final test has been brought upon the world, and all who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received "the seal of the living God." Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above. He lifts His hands and with a loud voice says, "It is done." . . . When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor... As the angels of God cease to hold in check the fierce winds of human passion, all the elements of strife will be let loose. The whole world will be involved in ruin more terrible than that which came upon Jerusalem of old. Those only who have clean hands and pure hearts will stand in that trying time... Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure. {Mar 265}

So what will the four winds, or radical Islam do when they are finally released?

"The nations are angry, and great preparations for war are being made. Nation is plotting against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. The great day of God is hasting greatly. But although the nations are mustering their forces for war and bloodshed, the command to the angels is still in force, that they hold the four winds until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. As yet the four winds are held until the servants of God shall be sealed in their foreheads. Then the powers of earth will marshal their forces for the last great battle. How carefully we should improve the little remaining period of our probation! Just before we entered it [the time of trouble], we all received the seal of the living God. Then I saw the four angels cease to hold the four winds. And I saw famine, pestilence and sword, nation rose against nation, and the whole world was in confusion. " {Mar 243} See also Mar 63.4 and 6T, 14.1. This battle is also called "one deadly combat", "the winds [radical Islam] will be the stirring up of the nations to one deadly combat". (RH, June 7, 1887). "...the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face ofthe whole earth..." {My Life Today, 308}.

"John sees the elements of nature - earthquake, tempest, and political strife - represented as being held by four angels." Testimony to Ministers, 444.

The Great Controversy page 439 says that the four winds have always represented political strife and war, "Winds are a symbol of strife. The four winds of heaven striving upon the great sea represent the terrible scenes ofconquest and revolution by which kingdoms have attained to power." {GC 439.3} See also Jer 49:36, 37.

The 4 winds are also synonymous with the four corners of the earth denoting "worldwide" (Matt 24:31, Mark 13:27, Ezekiel 37:9, Dan 8:8, 11:4, Zech 2:6). So the four winds are specifically worldwide war (and natural disasters) against radical Islam, that commence at the close of probation.

Ellen White further describes this "last great battle" as the battle of Armageddon, "Four mighty angels hold back the powers of this earth till the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads. The nations of the world are eager for conflict; but they are held in check by the angels. When this restraining power is removed, there will come a time of trouble and anguish. Deadly instruments of warfare will be invented. Vessels, with their living cargo, will be entombed in the great deep. All who have not the spirit of truth will unite under the leadership of satanic agencies. But they are to be kept under control till the time shall come for the great battle of Armageddon." {Mar 257.2}

"In the last scenes of this earth's history, war will rage." {Mar 297.3}

So far we have seen that the four winds are radical Islam, that they "hurt" the army of Rome (America) on Sept 11th in fulfillment of the first element of the 3rd Woe. They were immediately restrained, so that the sealing of the saints and therefore the Judgment of the Living could commence. This event also angered the nations, which will eventually, at the close of human probation, lead to radical Islam (the four winds) being fully loosed to lead the world into one last World War, when radical Islam finally "slays" America as divine judgment upon America for the "national apostacy" of passing a National Sunday Law.

But did anything else happen on Sept 11th, when those great buildings were thrown down?

The Latter Rain Falling Since 9/11

So did anything else happen on Sept 11th, when those great buildings were thrown down?

"How comes the word that I have declared that New York is to be swept away by a tidal wave? This I have never said. I have said, as I looked at the great buildings going up there, story after story, 'What terrible scenes will take place when the Lord shall arise to shake terribly the earth! Then the words of Rev. 18:1-3 will be fulfilled.' The whole of the eighteenth chapter of Revelation is a warning of what is coming on the earth. But I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only that I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God's power. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of his mighty power, and these massive structures will fall." {RH, July 5, 1906 par. 14, and LS 411.5}

Above we are told that "great buildings" in New York, consisting of "story after story", "will be thrown down", and when "these massive structures will fall", "Then the words of Rev. 18:1-3 will be fulfilled". Please note, the exact verses Ellen White chose to be fulfilled. It was not the entire chapter of Rev 18, but only the first 3 verses. These describe the beginning of the Latter Rain, when the message goes forth. Not the entire event right to the end, when we see Babylon destroyed and the close of human probation. This we do not see until verses 8-24. So we cannot interpret the above quote, LS 411.5, as being at any time but the beginning of the Latter Rain.

The angel of Rev 18 is the angel that brings the Latter Rain message. So when you see skyscrapers thrown down in New York, know that the Latter Rain has started to fall. Obviously this happened to the World Trade Centre on Sept 11th, so apparently, not only did the Third Woe, Judgment of the Living, Sealing of the saints and restraining of the 4 winds occur on September 11, but also the falling of the Later Rain.

Don't be put off (as I first was) by the Ellen White's use of Isaiah 2:19 and 21, "when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth." This phrase is only ever used in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy at the time of the Second Coming of Christ, so I began to think you could not correctly place this quote on Sept 11, and that it should be placed at the Second Coming. However, in the above quote, Ellen White is clearly saying that this event IS the beginning of the Latter Rain, which means you cannot use the preceding sentence to chronologically place this event. This event is already identified by Ellen White specifically at the commencement of the Latter Rain. It did confuse me why she used a verse uniquely linked to the 2nd Coming, to describe an event that occurs at the commencement of the Latter Rain; but she does, and obviously there is no way one can argue that this event is not occurring at the commencement of the Latter Rain, because she says it is; "Then the words of Rev 18:1-3 will be fulfilled". Furthermore, the Latter Rain is well finished by the time of the 2nd Coming, so one cannot even argue that it is a 'part' of the Latter Rain that is occurring at the 2nd Coming.

Ellen White must therefore be using the words of Isaiah 2:19 and 21 as they so well describe the event, but not to define the verse (especially chronologically).

So when the buildings come down in New York it is the start of the Latter Rain, which perfectly matches the parallel events in the time of the Millerites, when on August 11th 1840, at the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy (Rev 9:15), four European powers came together to decide the fate of radical Islam, and an angel came down from heaven to give the beginnings of the end time message (the 1st angels message). So on Sept 11th, at the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy (Rev 7:1-4, Rev 11:14, RH, July 5, 1906 par. 14, CET 102.2), powers from the 4 corners of the earth came together in a coalition of the willing to decide the fate of radical Islam, and an angel came down from heaven to give the end time message (the 4th angel joined the second angel).

Ellen White did say that the events of 1840-1844 (The Midnight Cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh"), would be repeated to the very letter, "I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter" {RH, August 19, 1890 par. 3}.

Isaiah 30:23-30 says that just before the 2nd Coming the Latter Rain will be given when the towers fall, "Then shall he give the rain of thy seed... And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall."

Let us look again at Ezekiel 37:9 as it is particularly clear and is the verse that I would consider the main proof text for this study. It says that the Latter Rain will come from a "prophesy" of the Four Winds, and Ellen White says the Four Winds are an angry horse which on the 1843 Chart we know is radical Islam. The "prophesy" of the Four Winds is found in Rev 7:1-4 and is when radical Islam is restrained, as it was on 9/11. "Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come fromthe four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." Ellen White clearly identifies this "breath" and "wind" that is being summoned from the 4 winds, as the Latter Rain that falls upon the SDA church. She says the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 are the Seventh-day Adventists, "These bones represent the house of Israel, the church of God, and the hope of the church is the vivifying influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord must breathe upon the dry bones, that they may live. The Spirit of God, with its vivifying power, must be in every human agent..." RH, January 17, 1893 par. 8-9.

Please remember the important point I mentioned on the Home page. Ezekiel 37 says when the Latter Rain comes from the Four Winds it will revive the Seventh-day Adventists. So the present time is for you and I to wake up and be revived and let our spiritually dead, dry, bones stand upon their feet like an exceeding great army. So probation has not closed for us at the present time, and all still have an opportunity to receive the Latter Rain.

That is why Ellen White says the Latter Rain experience from Ezekiel 37:1-14 occurs at the same time as the angry horse is restrained, "Angels are holding thefour winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path. Shall we sleep on the very verge of the eternal world? Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live." {20MR 217.1}

Do you remember how in T9,11 Ellen White said after the "buildings" in "New York" "were consumed as if made of pitch", it would be the shaking time? Well Ezekiel 37 says that during "a shaking", God "will cause breath to enter into... the whole house of Israel" and this will be God putting His Spirit in them (Ezek 37:7, 5, 11, 14). This clearly describes the Latter Rain time period. So Ellen White says the Latter Rain begins to fall when the "Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth" as well as after the "buildings" in "New York" "were consumed as if made of pitch", during the shaking time.

The concept of the Latter Rain falling before the National Sunday Law was new to me, as I'm sure it will be to many Adventists. So what does the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy say about The Latter Rain Before the National Sunday Law?

The Latter Rain Before the Sunday Law

We only have two models for the Latter Rain; 31AD and 1888. In 31AD the outpouring of the holy Spirit began on the day of Pentecost; this was the Early Rain, but the Early Rain was sprinkled with measure, before it was poured out without measure, "The act of Christ in breathing upon his disciples the Holy Ghost, and in imparting his peace to them, was as a few drops before the plentiful shower to be given on the day of Pentecost." {3SP 243.1}. So there is reason to believe that the Latter Rain will be sprinkled before it is poured out, just as it was in AD31, as "the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel... will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost" {GC611}, and, "...the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, 'I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.'" {SDA Bible Commentary 6, 1055}.

Ellen White said Christ would have come by 1888 if His people were ready. In 1888 we saw last day events unravelling, not as a dress-rehearsal, but as what was supposed to be the real thing. And at that time, before any Sunday Law had been passed in America, Ellen White said the Loud Cry had already started, "The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth." {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

If you were sitting with Ellen White when she wrote this on Nov 22, 1892, would you have approached her and told her she was mistaken that the Loud Cry had already started and the angel of Rev 18:1-3, whose glory shall fill the whole earth (Rev 18:1) had come, because they had not yet seen a National Sunday Law in America? Further contesting that the angel of Rev 18, or the Latter Rain, comes only after the Sunday Law!

So Ellen White said that the angel of Rev 18 had already started the Loud Cry, before the Sunday Law had passed in the 1888 time period. She also says that the Latter Rain had already started to fall, before any Sunday Law was passed in America, "Let us, with contrite hearts, pray most earnestly that now, in the time of the latter rain, the showers of grace may fall upon us. At every meeting we attend, our prayers should ascend that at this very time, God will impart warmth and moisture to our souls. As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 7}

Again, would any reader honestly admit that they would have approached Ellen White in 1897 and told her she must be mistaken, because the Latter Rain couldn't possibly be falling now because America has not passed the Sunday Law. Or is it that as Adventists we have not understood that, like in AD31, the Latter Rain is sprinkled before the Sunday Law, and then poured out without measureafter the Sunday Law.

Mrs White said that the latter rain had already arrived before the Sunday Law, in the message of Righteousness by Faith given to Jones and Waggoner, "The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God... This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure." TM 91, 92 (1895). {LDE 200.2}

AD31 and 1888 are the only two parallels we have for the Latter Rain, and in both, the Latter Rain began to fall before the outpouring (either Pentecost or the National Sunday Law). Why would we think it is any different today?

The reception of the latter rain has specific spiritual requirements. No one receives the seal of God that has one spot or stain upon his character. Before the Sunday law sin must be forever overcome by those that will participate in the outpouring of the Latter Rain. The period of time when the Latter Rain begins to sprinkle (which precedes the full outpouring at the Sunday Law) is the time when the sealing of the 144,000 begins. It is the time when we fully settle into the truth, just prior to the Sunday Law test. So just as the Latter Rain and Loud Cry had begun in the 1888 time period, so too had the sealing. "...just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already..." Maranatha, 200.

After August 11th, 1840, radical Islam was restrained by the four Christian powers of Europe, and the sealing of God's people had begun. On "Sabbath, March 24, 1849" Ellen White said the sealing had already started, "Satan is nowusing every device in this sealing time..." and "just now in this sealing time" EW 43.2. and 44.1

So Ellen White, in all the above quotes tells us that before the Sunday Law, the sealing, Latter Rain and Loud Cry had all, already started.

If the Latter Rain only commences at the National Sunday Law, and every Seventh-day Adventist knows that, how is it that, "...the latter rain... may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." {RH, March 2, 1897 par. 4}? If the Latter Rain only fell at the Sunday Law, every Adventist would discern that the Latter Rain is falling (even if they knew they weren't receiving it).

It was not until I studied this message, pioneered by Jeff Pippenger of that I realized these important characteristics of the Latter Rain, that most, if not all of Adventism had misinterpreted. But are there any other characteristics of the Latter Rain that have as yet gone unnoticed? We have always thought that the Latter Rain is just going to add power to our message. That we will be preaching the same 165 year old message, only power will suddenly be added to it. But is that true? Or is The Latter Rain a Message in and of itself?