Wilderness Church

"with an open Bible on her banner and this motto, ‘Search the Scriptures,’ on her scroll” LF 160.8.


2 Samuel 17:27 And it came to pass, when David was come to Mahanaim, that Shobi the son of Nahash of Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and Machir the son of Ammiel of Lodebar, and Barzillai the Gileadite of Rogelim,

28 Brought beds, and basons, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and flour, and parched corn, and beans, and lentiles, and parched pulse,

29 And honey, and butter, and sheep, and cheese of kine, for David, and for the people that were with him, to eat: for they said, The people is hungry, and weary, and thirsty, in the wilderness.

2 Samuel 18:7-8: Where the people of Israel were slain before the servants of David, and there was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men.

For the battle was there scattered over the face of all the country: and the wood devoured more people that day than the sword devoured.

"Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted Hallelujah!" (A Word to the Little Flock).

“Our message is a life-and-death message, and we must let this message appear as it is, – the great power of God. Then the Lord will make it effectual. We are to present it in all its telling force.”  RH May 22, 1900, par. 20

"Those who rejected and opposed the light of the first angel’s message, lost the light of the second, and could not be benefited by the power and glory which attended the message, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh.” Jesus turned  from them with a frown; for they had slighted and rejected Him.”– Early Writings, p. 249

Sarah, Abrahams wife represents the 144,000: 


·         “…the MOVEMENT symbolized by the angel…”–{The Great Controversy 1888, p. 604.1}.

·         “but these are to be far exceeded by the MIGHTY MOVEMENT under the last warning of the third angel.” {GC88 610.3}

·         “The work in the cities is the essential work for this time, and is now to be taken hold of in faith. When the cities are worked as God would have them, the result will be the setting in operation of a MIGHTY MOVEMENT such as we have not yet witnessed. May the Lord give wisdom to our brethren that they may know how to carry forward the work in harmony with His will. With mighty power the cry is to be sounded in our large centers of population: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” Medical Ministry, p. 331.3

·         Soon the world will witness a united voice, God’s remnant people, who have been tried in the “refiner’s fire” (Mal. 3:2-3). Their voices will be sounding out mightily because God’s pouring of the His Spirit has occurred. In Joel 2:28 we read, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.” Our Lord call them “His jewels”. “And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal.3:17)

·           “Christ is spoken of as walking in the midst of the golden candlesticks. Thus is symbolized His relation to the (7) churches. He is in constant communication with His people. He knows their true state. He observes their order, their piety, their devotion. Although He is high priest and mediator in the sanctuary above, yet He is represented as walking up and down in the midst of His (7 types of people) churches on the earth....

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·              “Christ is represented as holding the seven stars in His right hand. This assures us that no church faithful to its trust need fear coming to nought, for not a star that has the protection of Omnipotence can be plucked out of the hand of Christ.”Acts of the Apostles, p 586.

·              “‘Who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks’ (Rev. 2:1). This Scripture shows Christ's relation to the churches. He walks in the midst of His churches throughout the length and breadth of the earth. He watches them with intense interest to see whether they are in such a condition spiritually that they can advance His kingdom. Christ is present in every assembly of the church.” Testimonies, vol 6, p 418-419.

·         I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, "Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. THESE THINGS SHOULD ENGROSS THE WHOLE MIND, THE WHOLE ATTENTION." {EW 118}

·         Third Angel—“No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 2, p. 387.
1) Fear God and Worship Him Only for the hour of His Judgement is come 2) Come out of all 501c3 churches/false doctrines 3)

·         The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of FAITHFUL MEN…” –{ E.G. White, The 1884 Great Controversy, p. 199-200},

·         “The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present truth. I heard an Angel say,‘speed the swift messengers, speed the swift messengers; for the case of every soul will soon be decided, either for Life, or for Death.’ “ The Present Truth, vol. 1, No. 4.

·         “I saw that the quick work that God was doing on earth would soon be cut short in righteousness (truth, right doing), and that the SWIFT MESSENGERS must speed on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said, "Are all messengers? No, no, God's messengers have A MESSAGE." The Present Truth, April 1, 1850, (Vol. 1, #9) The fire that fell on the disciples in the upper room symbolizes the FERVENT ZEAL that God’s people will work for his CHARACTER and primitive Godliness to be perfectly reproduced in their lives and others. The third angels message is to come out (latter rain=testing perfecting messages) of all 501c3 churches (false teachings) and to follow Christ ALONE so you can help to give the Loud Cry because you have a living experience/relationship/Divine romance with Christ.

·         "I then saw the THIRD ANGEL. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to SELECT THE WHEAT FROM THE TARES, AND SEAL, OR BIND, THE WHEAT FOR THE HEAVENLY GARNER." –{Early Writings, 118}

·         "And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. LIKE AS I PLEADED WITH YOUR FATHERS IN THE WILDERNESS OF THE LAND OF EGYPT, SO WILL I PLEAD WITH YOU, SAITH THE LORD GOD. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I WILL PURGE OUT FROM AMONG YOU THE REBELS, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. As for you, O house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; Go ye, serve ye every one his idols, and hereafter also, if ye will not hearken unto me: but pollute ye my holy name no more with your gifts, and with your idols." Ezekiel 20:34-39.

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


      When the 144,000 are filled with the Spirit so they fully reflect the character of God, they are in fact the embodiment of Christ Himself sent to warn the world through Christ’s own Spirit. The Spirit and the Bride say “Come, join us in our happiness as our guest!”

"The prophets of God spoke less for their own time than for the ages to come, and especially for the generation that would live amid the last scenes of this earth's history." Signs of the Times, vol 3, p 445.

     "Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us....All the great events and solemn transactions of Old Testament history have been, and are, repeating themselves in the church in these last days." Selected Messages, book 3, p 338-39.

Learn who the "CHURCH MILITANT" really is here.

#1 – What is this Message of Revelation 18 About?

     Please read carefully to what inspiration describes about this message:
     “Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from Heaven, lightening the earth with his glory, and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon.  In connection with his message the call is heard, ‘Come out of her, my people.’” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 422 (Great Controversy, p 604).

     What we see pictured in Revelation 18 is a Movement!  This Movement of God’s people is similar to the Movements of the past: such as the Exodus of God’s people from Egypt, or the Early Christian Church from Judaism, or the Reformers from Catholicism, or even Adventism from Protestantism.  But this Revelation 18 Movement is not the Advent Movement!  This Movement is the very last Movement of God’s people found recorded in the book of Revelation just before probation closes for the world!  Thus it is of vital importance to all those who join this Movement to know and understand what this message is all about!
     We are told about this important message:
     “The Lord has this one last call of mercy to give to the world...” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 78 (Letter 86, June 19, 1900).

     So the very last message, the very last call of mercy sounded to the entire world, is found in Revelation 18.  Then let us read Revelation 18:1-5:
     “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
     We need to define some of these symbols in order to get a clearer picture of what this message entails.

     “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven having great power...”
     Who represents this angel which comes down from heaven?
     “I have no specific time of which to speak when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit [Christ in us] will take place – when the mighty angel will come down from heaven...” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 984 (Review and Herald, March 29, 1892).

     Who did inspiration declare this mighty angel listed in Revelation 18 to be?  The Holy Spirit!  Now the Holy Spirit [Christ Himself in us] is not a created angel.  The word “angel” translates, “messenger” (see Strong’s, word #32).  Just as Christ is “Michael the archangel”, yet He is not created but is the messenger of the Lord, so the same with the Holy Spirit.
     Thus this mighty angel in Revelation 18 represents the Holy Spirit of Christ living in us the living law of God written to our daily choices the tables of our heart.  And He comes down from where?  From heaven.  So the Holy Spirit of Christ comes down, or is poured out, from heaven.  And what is another name for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit from heaven?  The Latter Rain (see Acts of the Apostles, p 55).
     Now is this mighty angel quiet when he is poured out from heaven?  No, because He cries mightily with a strong voice, or a Loud Cry (see Testimonies, vol 8, p 118), declaring the fall of Babylon.  Therefore when the Holy Spirit is poured out, or the Latter Rain falls, He brings the beginning of the Loud Cry.  It is very important to realize this.  When the Holy Spirit is poured out in the Latter Rain, He brings the beginning of the Loud Cry of Revelation 18.

     “and the earth...”
     What is a symbol representing the earth?  Our hearts – our heart soil [our daily choices is the living law of God made a daily habit=character=destiny].  Christ’s parable of the sower scattering the seed into four different types of soil represented four different types of heart-soil where the seeds of truth could lodge.  So the symbol of the earth can represent our hearts.  Thus when the Holy Spirit is poured out something happens to the earth or to the hearts of humanity.

     “was lightened with his glory.”
     When the Holy Spirit is poured out in Latter Rain power, our hearts are lightened with his glory (see Manuscript Releases, vol 8, p 212).  But what would represent this glory?
     “As great power and glory attended the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory.  It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble.  Their faces will shine with the glory of that light which attends the third angel.” Testimonies, vol 1, p 353.

     What is represented as the glory which attends the third angel?  The Latter Rain!  And what is the third angel’s message?  It is found in Revelation 14:9-12: dealing with the law of God, especially uplifting the Sabbath, or the fourth commandment of God.  It includes a warning against worshiping the Beast and his Image, and receiving their mark.  The Mark of the Beast is worshiping on Sunday after it is made a law.  And if the people receive the mark, and choose to worship the Beast or his Image, they will receive the wrath of God poured out in the seven last plagues.
     So the glory which lightens our hearts represents the Latter Rain which attends the third angel’s message.  Now please pay close attention, because inspiration reveals something else about the glory of the angel of Revelation 18:
     “The whole earth is to be lightened with the glory of God’s truth.  The Lord will not close up the period of probation until the warning shall be more distinctly proclaimed.  The trumpet must give a certain sound.  The law of God is to be magnified, its claims must be presented in their true, sacred character, that the people may be brought to decide for or against the truth.  Yet the work will be cut short in righteousness.  The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other.  This is the glory of God which closes the work of the third angel.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179 (Letter 2c, 1892).

     What did inspiration declare represented the glory of the angel of Revelation 18 which attends and closes the work of the third angel?  It represents the message of Christ’s righteousness.  And we also read earlier that the glory represented the outpouring of the Latter Rain!
     Now some have a problem understanding how the Latter Rain – or the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the message of Christ’s righteousness, can be united together as one.  But what does God state is the truth?
     In comparing God’s inspired word with God’s inspired word, we find that the Latter Rain is defined as being the “outpouring of the Holy Spirit” (Acts of Apostles, p 55).  We already found that the Latter Rain means the “glory of the angel of Revelation 18" (Testimonies, vol 1, p 353; Early Writings, p 279; Testimonies to Ministers, p 469; Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 234).  And we already found that the Latter Rain means the “message of the righteousness of Christ” (Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 179; Testimonies, vol 6, p 19; Manuscript Releases, vol 1, p 172).  Doing further investigation, we also find that the Latter Rain means the “refreshing from the presence of the Lord” – or the refreshing presence of Jesus (Testimonies, vol 1, p 183; Early Writings, p 71, 279; Review and Herald, vol 2, p 482; Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 234).  And lastly, we also find that the Latter Rain is the “beginning of the loud cry” (Testimonies, vol 1, p 183).  (If you would like to study more into the various definitions of the Latter Rain, there is a 35 page Spirit of Prophecy compilation which you can obtain by writing to this ministry).
     So we see that the Latter Rain is a symbol representing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the glory of the angel of Revelation 18, the message of the Righteousness of Christ, the refreshing presence of Jesus, and the beginning of the Loud Cry.  But the Holy Spirit is the key to obtaining all these blessings from heaven.
     Without the Holy Spirit, you would have no Latter Rain, you would have no glory, no attraction to the message of truth, no refreshing, no beginning of the Loud Cry, and you would have no Jesus.  And in turn, without the message of Christ’s righteousness, you would have no Latter Rain, etc.  But how can all these different areas be combined and blended together under the symbol of the Latter Rain?
     “The Lord is testing the people of today as much as He tested the Jews in their day.  When He sends His message of mercy, the light of His truth, He is sending the Spirit of truth to you and if you accept the message, you accept Jesus.” Review and Herald, April 11, 1893 (vol 3, p 38).

"And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you" Acts 3:20.

Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing (testing perfecting messages) may come from the Lord, 

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Acts 3:21
Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

     Do you see how all of these areas tie together in one harmonious glorious picture?  When God sends His messages of mercy, the light of His truth, He is sending the Spirit of truth to you through that message, and if you accept the message, you accept Jesus into your heart!
     Was this any different when the Holy Spirit was poured out in the Early Rain at Pentecost?
     “When the truth in its simplicity is lived in every place, then God will work through His angels as He worked on the day of Pentecost, and hearts will be changed so decidedly that there will be a manifestation of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.” Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 63.

     What was “represented” at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out?  A “manifestation of the influence of genuine truth.”  And God makes this point even clearer!
     “‘He [the Holy Spirit] shall glorify Me [Jesus].’  ‘This is eternal life, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.’  The Holy Spirit glorifies God by so revealing His character to His people that He becomes the object of their supreme affections and by making manifest His character in them.  They see clearly that there was never any righteousness in the world but His, no excellence in the world but that derived from Him.  When the Spirit was poured out from on High [at Pentecost] the church was flooded with light, but Christ was the source of that light; His name was on every tongue, His love filled every heart.  So it will be when that angel that comes down from heaven having great power, shall lighten the earth with his glory.  May the Lord help His people to see and understand what is truth.” 1888 Materials, vol 3, p 1017 (Letter 25b, August 30, 1892).
     So when the Holy Spirit was poured out in Early Rain power at Pentecost, the church was flooded with light  that centered in Jesus.  And what is going to happen when the Latter Rain falls today?  Again God’s people will be flooded with light, and Christ will be the source and center of that light.
     “I stated [at the 1888 General Conference Session] that...there was to be special light for God’s people as they neared the closing scenes of this earth’s history.  Another angel was to come down from heaven with a message, and the whole earth was to be lighted with his glory.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 64 (Letter 22, January 18, 1889).

     We have learned that the Latter Rain was to fall “with a message.”  But what message is this?  The message of the Righteousness of Christ – justification and sanctification by faith – the “third angel’s message in verity” (Evangelism, p 190) – the beginning of the Loud Cry!  Another way to look at this truth is that God desires to rain righteousness upon His people!
     “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: For it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.” Hosea 10:12.

     But why is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit connected with the message of truth centering in Jesus?
     “The only channel through which the Spirit operates is that of the truth.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 49.

     Therefore the only channel through which the Spirit could be poured out in Latter Rain power is that of “the truth.”  So the Latter Rain was to fall with a message of truth, and that message is the Righteousness of Christ.
     “The Saviour of men will be glorified, and the earth will be lightened with the bright shining of the beams of His righteousness.  He is the fountain of light, and light from the gates ajar has been shining upon the people of God, that they may lift Him up in His glorious character before those who sit in darkness.” Review and Herald, November 29, 1892.

     It is only through Christ and His righteousness that any of God’s people can avoid worshiping the Beast, his Image, or of receiving his mark!  It is only through making the character of God your own by faith, by beholding Him, uniting with Christ, and then by living through His grace and strength, that any of God’s people can be saved.  But was this the only message to the Loud Cry?

     “And I heard another voice from heaven...”
     Whose voice is this?  The mighty voice of God.

     “saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins.”
     To be a partaker of the sins of Babylon would mean that you would be held corporately responsible!
     What is corporate responsibility?  By just being a part of Babylon you are held responsible as a member for all the sins of Babylon! (You can see this principle taught in Jeremiah 26:15; Joshua 7:1-26; Testimonies, vol 3, p 265-269.  There is also a study which investigates further into this solemn truth on Corporate Responsibility through the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.  To read this study, please click here).

     “And that ye receive not of her plagues.”
     This means that since you are held corporately responsible for the sins in Babylon then you are judged guilty of receiving the same punishment as she does, because of your continued choice to remain in connection with that harlot.

     “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.”
     Since her sins have reached unto heaven, and God has remembered or investigated them, this means that her cup is full, judgment has been pronounced and corporate probation has closed upon Babylon.  And it is only after corporate probation has closed upon Babylon that God then asks His people to flee Babylon so that they will not be destroyed along with her.
     Please remember this point: this Movement of Revelation 18 is not seen, the Latter Rain cannot fall and the message of the Loud Cry is not given, until after probation has forever closed upon all of corporate Babylon.   Then after probation has closed, all these things occur and God calls His people out of Babylon to try and save their lives from being destroyed along with her.
     This clearly reveals that there is a difference between probation closing upon Babylon the Great, versus probation closing upon individuals within Babylon!  The closing of probation upon Babylon does not mean that probation has also closed upon every person within Babylon, because God calls His people to come out of her!

 #2 – Who is this Message to be Given to?

     “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen...”
     What is Babylon?  Babylon is depicted as being an impure woman (Revelation 17:1-5).  And what does a woman symbolize in Scripture?  A church (see Jeremiah 6:2; Ephesians 5:23-27).  So Babylon would then represent a church which is corrupt and impure.
     “...the message announcing the fall of Babylon must apply to some religious body that was once pure, and has become corrupt....Babylon is represented as a woman, a figure which is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of a church.  A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.  Babylon is said to be a harlot...” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 232-233 (Great Controversy, p 381).

     Hence Babylon represents a harlot church that was at one time pure, or at one time was chosen and used by God as His faithful bride, but who has chosen to depart from Christ, commit harlotry, and therefore has been condemned as Babylon.

     “and is become the habitation of devils...”
     The apostate church is no longer the habitation of God and Jesus.  But now it has become the habitation of devils.

     “And the hold of every foul spirit...”
     No longer is the church the place of the sweet influence of the Holy Spirit and the heavenly angels, but is now the place of the foul influence of evil spirits.

     “And a cage...”
     What is a cage?  A cage is a closed-in structure that keeps things from escaping it.  And this is exactly the meaning of this Greek word used for cage (see word #5438 in Strong’s Concordance).  This word for cage means a hold or prison, a ward or jail, which is a place where prisoners are guarded from escaping.  So this would represent a church (see Testimonies to Ministers, p 265; Review and Herald, February 26, 1895) which has become structured or organized like a cage or a prison house to try and prevent its membership from separating from her.  And the type of church organization which most closely resembles a closed-in structure like a cage is a hierarchy!  But what kind of people are in charge of this cage or prison house?

     “of every unclean and hateful bird.”
     What does a bird represent?  It represents men (see Isaiah 46:11; Proverbs 6:5).
     “For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.  As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses [or churches] full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.” Jeremiah 5:26-27.

     So a cage of every unclean and hateful bird would represent a church which has adopted a hierarchical structure of organization, turning it into a prison house filled with deceitful men and leadership who are trying to prevent their members from escaping.  And just how many churches are depicted in Revelation 18 as making up Babylon the Great?

     “For all nations...”
     Is this referring only to the various nations of the world – such as Russia, China, France, Mexico, Africa, Australia, the United States, etc?  Or is it spiritually referring to something else?
     “God has a controversy with the churches of today.  They are fulfilling the prophecy of John.  ‘All nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’”Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 979 (Letter 78, 1900).

     Hence “all nations” refer to “all churches” or all denominations – without the exclusion of a single one.  All the established churches of today are represented as making up Babylon the Great, and are included in this Loud Cry message.  But what have all these churches done?

     “have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
     The wine of Babylon is her false doctrines.  And the word “fornication” means to “commit harlotry” (Strong’s word #4202).  So all the churches of today are depicted as having accepted, embraced and become drunk upon Babylon’s false doctrines, and are in bed with, or united with, her in harlotry.  Thus they have all become a harlot of Babylon as well.
     But surely not every member in these Babylonian churches are of the Devil?  It is true that Christ does indeed have honest followers in every church.  But what consequences, if any, has their connection with Babylon brought them?

     “And the kings of the earth...”
     Does this only represent the various heads of the governments of the different nations of the world?  Or does it also have a spiritual meaning?  The Bible depicts the kings of the earth, in a spiritual sense, as being those who have accepted Jesus and His truth, and have entered into His service – being written in the Lamb’s book of Life (see Revelation 1:5-6, 5:10, 17:14, 21:24-27).  But what have these kings done, which will rule with Jesus if faithful to the end?  They have “committed fornication” with the harlot church!  Or in other words, they love and are physically connected with, or united with, their church in harlotry.

     “And the merchants of the earth.”
     This would not only represent the money power of the earth, but also has a spiritual meaning which would represent ministers.  Revelation 18:13 plainly defines these merchants as being  those who deal in "slaves and souls of men"! (see also Isaiah 23:8, Hosea 12:7).  So the merchants would spiritually represent the ministers in these corrupt harlot churches.  But what about these ministers?

     “Are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”
     The word “abundance” translates “force, miraculous power, violence, mighty work, and miracle worker” (Strong’s word #1411).  And “delicacies”  translates “strength” (Strong’s word #4764).  So these ministers are waxed rich through the abundance of the harlot’s delicacies, or in other words they are given much authority to rule over their church members, using force or violence if necessary,  because of the miraculous power and strength which their hierarchical system of church organization gives them.
     As we see that all these churches of Babylon operate under a system of organization set up like a cage to prevent a mass exodus of their church members, and a hierarchical structure works the best as a cage, is the Seventh-Day Adventist church included in this Loud Cry message?  Does the SDA church really operate under a organizational structure of Babylon – a hierarchical structure, which gives their ministers and leaders much power to rule over the membership?  We will allow the SDA church leadership themselves to answer this solemn question!
     “The plain and undeniable fact is that the Seventh-day Adventist church is most assuredly not a ‘congregational’ one (although it contains elements of congregationalism) but is clearly of the...‘hierarchical’ variety.” Neal C. Wilson (past President of the General Conference), Court Transcript of United States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Reply Brief for Defendants, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR, trial from 1974-1975 (parentheses in original).

     “...the church governs by a method of organization...which embraces exactly, from a legal standpoint, the same kind of organization (in opposition to ‘congregationalism’) as is embraced by the term ‘hierarchical’.” Neal C. Wilson, Court Transcript of United States vs the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the General Conference, Reply Brief for Defendants, Civil Case #74-2025, p 29, (parenthesis in original).

     “The Seventh-day Adventist Church is essentially a hierarchical system...” Bruce Manners (Associate Editor of the Record – the Official Paper of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, South Pacific Division), in the Record, June 23, 1990, p 2.

     “The session [55th General Conference Session in 1990] has demonstrated the hierarchical nature of the church’s administrative structure.” Gary Krause (Associate Editor of the Record), in the Record, August 4, 1990, p 2.

     “...the official hierarchy of the (SDA) church...” Walter Douglas (Chairman of the SDA Church History Department at the Andrews University Theological Seminary), in Adventist Review (the Official General Paper of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), Special Edition, October, 1994, p 51.

     “...the structure of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is essentially hierarchical...The pyramid of church organization...” Walter Scragg (President of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church), in the Record, June 23, 1990, p 4-5.

     “The Seventh-day Adventist Church follows a model of organizational order in the church which is modified from the orders of Roman Catholicism...” Douglas Devnich (President of the Canadian Union of Seventh-day Adventists), in the Messenger (Official Journal of the Canadian Union Conference), December, 1993, p 2.

     "The Seventh-day Adventist Church...maintains...a hierarchical structure of church authority." Neal C. Wilson, in the Court Transcript of the United States Secretary of Labor vs Pacific Union Conference and General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church, Case CV 75-3032-R, presided over by Judge Manuel L. Real, February 6, 1976.

     The leadership of the SDA church have plainly told all their membership that the organizational structure of the SDA church is a hierarchy – not patterned after the New Testament Christian church, but patterned after Roman Catholicism! (To see just how closely the SDA church resembles Roman Catholicism, please click here)  Thus we can clearly see that all denominations – including the SDA church – make up Babylon the Great, and are no longer part of God’s true movement and church.  But they have become converted into “a cage of every unclean and hateful” leadership who are determined to do all they possibly can to prevent their captive membership from escaping for their lives!  (For more information on who God considers to be His True Church please click here).

 #3 – How is this Message to be Proclaimed?

     No one can give this last message of mercy if they are unwilling to call others out of all the harlot Babylon fallen churches. God did not use the word “Babylon” in this last message of mercy to have it reasoned away as being too blunt for sensitive ears to hear!  God purposely put the word “Babylon” in the Loud Cry for a good reason – so that it could be wisely, but boldly given, and thus all may awaken at its sharp sound, and then begin to inquire “are these things really true?”
     Yet some declare that if you would just leave the “B” word out of the message, that more people would be converted.  But how does inspiration declare that this message of Revelation 18 – which joins the third angel’s message – is to be given?
     “Satan has devised a state of things whereby the proclamation of the third angel’s message shall be bound about.  We must beware of his plans and methods.  There must be no toning down of the truth, no muffling of the message for this time.  The third angel’s message must be strengthened and confirmed.  The eighteenth chapter of Revelation reveals the importance of presenting the truth in no measured terms but with boldness and power....There has been too much beating about the bush in the proclamation of the third angel’s message.  The message has not been given as clearly and distinctly as it should have been.” Evangelism, p 230.

     How did God state that the message of Revelation 18 is to be given?  He plainly declared that it is to be given “in no measured terms”, that His people are not to be “beating about the bush” when giving this message, not using toned down or muffled words, but that this message is to be given with boldness and power!  Why?
     “Our message is a life-and-death message, and we must let this message appear as it is, – the great power of God.  Then the Lord will make it effectual.  We are to present it in all its telling force.” Evangelism, p 230.

     Should we be afraid to publicly declare the truth that God has told us to give?  Are we to be afraid to publicly declare to the members of the various apostate churches that their harlot church is part of Babylon fallen, and that they will be destroyed if they remain connected to her?  No.  But it is also true that we must proclaim this powerful message with wisdom, tact and discernment, so that the people can be prepared to understand this vital truth.
     Yet there will always be those who will offer every excuse they can think of to avoid publicly declaring the harlot church to be Babylon fallen – until some indefinite time in the future.  And there will be others who will themselves believe that the church is Babylon fallen, but who will council all of God’s people to delay to use the “Babylon” word until a more appropriate time in the future.  And others will urge that a different word should be used other than Babylon, so that it will be more readily accepted by more people.  And others will urge that more time should be given before using this Babylon word.  And still others who will urge that the Babylon word itself is not to be publicly used, but just carefully lead the people to come to that conclusion themselves through their own personal study.  And the really sad part of all this is that if their excuses and council is not followed, then these people will pull themselves away from union with their fellow brethren – believing that their brethren are in the wrong for not following their counsel, and they are the only ones who have the correct view of how to present this message.
     But if no one is ever to publicly declare the harlot churches to be Babylon fallen until all have already been convicted that such is the truth beforehand, then this following testimony is a lie!
     “The sins of Babylon will be laid open....Thousands upon thousands have never listened to words like these.  In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from heaven.  The people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so?” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 424 (Great Controversy, p 606-607).
     Since this inspired testimony is not wrong, it clearly reveals to all of God’s people that multitudes will plainly hear the message that their church is Babylon fallen!  And after they hear this, then they began to inquire: “are these things so?”  Therefore it was hearing the Babylon message that got the people to investigate into this truth, and it was not their prior investigation into this truth that led them to understand the Babylon message!
     As this is true, who are we to declare in our own fallible human reasoning that no one is to publicly preach this Babylon message, or that no one is to use the word “Babylon”, until we think it is appropriate to do so?  None of us are God!  Then shouldn’t we give God leeway to impress His own servants as to when the time is appropriate to give this message, and how it should be given?  Surely God knows better than any of us when the Babylon message should be preached to any particular group at any particular time!
     Yet this difference between brethren regarding how to preach the Babylon message still exists today, and it is still causing division among us, when God commands there to be only harmony and unity!  But please read carefully as to what inspiration states in this difference between brethren on the timing of the giving of testing truth:
     “Caution is needed; but while some of the workers are guarded, and make haste slowly, if there are not united with them in the work those who see the necessity of being aggressive, very much will be lost; opportunities will pass, and the opening providence of God will not be discerned.” Evangelism, p 228-229.

     Dear readers, may we all clearly understand, that in this Revelation 18 Movement, we are not to be the ones who control the work according to our own ideas or opinions.  But this last day Movement is under the control of the Holy Spirit, and God will lead and use all His servants to do His will and to say His words at any given time He impresses.
     “Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning.  There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world.  God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 300.

     Please let us understand another important point: God desires everyone in this Movement of Revelation 18 to be united with Him and with one another in harmony and oneness in order to finish the work.  As such, God has designed that this very message of Revelation 18 is what His people are to be united together in!
     “Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory....The work of this angel comes in at the right time, and joins in the last great work of the third angel’s message, as it swells into a loud cry.  And the people of God are fitted up every where to stand in the hour of temptation which they are soon to meet.  I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united in the message, and fearlessly proclaimed with great power the third angel’s message....The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon, and calling upon God’s people to come out of her; that they might escape her fearful doom.” Spiritual Gifts, vol 1. p 193-194.
     So all of God’s people are to unite together in this message of Revelation 18!  That is why there is no real unity among those who oppose this Babylon message, or among those who do not believe that it is now to be preached.  This is because it is only in this Revelation 18 message that God has designed lasting unity to be achieved!
     But the question which is being asked to each one is: Will you unite with us in this message of Revelation 18?  Will you unite with us in giving this trumpet note a certain loud and clear sound to the world?
     “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).

 #4 – When is this Message to be Given?

     We learned earlier that before it comes time to give the message of Revelation 18 and the beginning and swelling of the Loud Cry, that the Holy Spirit must be poured out in Latter Rain power through the message of truth.  As we know what this message of truth is – the Righteousness of Christ, then is it yet time for the Holy Spirit to be poured out?  And if so, has the Latter Rain already started to fall?
     Multitudes declare most positively: NO!  They state that there can be no Latter Rain until after the Sunday Law.  Along with this they confidently declare that no one is supposed to be giving the message of Revelation 18 today, because there has been no outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power to attend the message needed to swell the Loud Cry and fill this earth with God’s glory.  But what we must remember is that these are only the sayings of supposedly “studied” and “learned” men.  So what does God declare?  Are we to wait until some future time for the Latter Rain to come upon us?
     “We must not wait for the latter rain.  It is coming upon all who will recognize and appropriate the dew and showers of grace that fall upon us.” Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 984 (Letter 151, 1897).

     God has plainly told all of His people that they are no longer to wait for the Latter Rain.  Why?
     “Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light.  Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain.  It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 507 (Review and Herald, March 2, 1897).

     So God tells all of His people that the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power could be falling on hearts all around, but many would not discern or receive it.  Why does it take discernment before you can receive the Latter Rain?  Because it was to fall with a message – the message of the Righteousness of Christ!  And since the message of the Righteousness of Christ began about the year 1888, then that means that the Holy Spirit could fall with this precious message at any time since then!  That is why God stated that it could already be falling on hearts all around.  This means that it was already time for the Latter Rain to fall back then, and it is still time for it to fall now!  Hence we do not have to wait until some future time for it to fall, because we can have the Latter Rain now!
     “The descent of the Holy Spirit upon the church is looked forward to as being in the future, but it is the privilege of the church to have it now.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 61 (Letter 15, June 25, 1892).

     In fact, there were some who were already enjoying the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the refreshing!
     “...the very time when that church was receiving the outpouring of the Spirit of God...is enjoying a season of refreshing...” Testimonies to Ministers, p 23 (Review and Herald, October 17, 1893).

     And the same is available for today!  God’s followers can have the Holy Spirit in Latter Rain power NOW!  Not just later, but now!  So no one needs to look into the future for the time for the Latter Rain to begin, because you can have it now!
     “Let us, with contrite hearts, pray most earnestly that now, in the time of the latter rain, the showers of spiritual grace may fall upon us....It is the time of the latter rain, when the Lord will give largely of His Holy Spirit.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 509, 512 (Review and Herald, March 2, 1897).

     Dear ones, God has clearly stated that it is time now for the Latter Rain to fall, and it had already begun to fall!  Therefore do not allow any ministry, or any minister, elder, pastor, or any other human being, to mislead you into believing that the Latter Rain can only fall in the future, because God says that it is time now!
     Since the Latter Rain had already begun to fall, and since both these precious messages of the Righteousness of Christ and of Revelation 18 were being combined together and preached with the convicting and converting power of the Holy Spirit by a few in Ellen White’s day, then surely the beginning of, and the swelling of, the Loud Cry must have already begun!  And believe it or not, the answer to this question is YES – it had already begun!
     “The third angel’s message is swelling into a loud cry...” Review and Herald, March 22, 1892.

     “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.” Review and Herald, November 22, 1892.

     So this last message of mercy was indeed already “swelling into a loud cry”!  Thus the Loud Cry of the third angel “has already begun”, and this was during Ellen White’s lifetime.
     Now please do not believe that the fullest extent of the Loud Cry took place at that time, because it did not happen then, and its fullness has still not yet occurred.  But inspiration declared that it had already started, and was already lightening some of the earth with its glory!
     “The work to be done NOW is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world....The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time.  And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.  They (God’s servants) will not be turned from the present message, which is already lightening the world with its glory.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 114.

     Even though the Loud Cry was not at its loudest point, or had not yet reached its greatest intensity, or was not