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Yes, Elder Pierson, wouldn't it be wonderful if PENTECOST could fall this very day?
Today is Sunday, June 14, 1970.
THE SUNDAY ON WHICH, OVER 19 CENTURIES AGO, PENTECOSTAL POWER FELL UPON THE 120 IN THE UPPER ROOM.
TODAY IS AN IMPORTANT MEMORIAL OF THAT GREAT EVENT!
And when PENTECOST does come, it will come on Sunday, showing that God begins His work of re-creation on the first day of the week just as He did His work of creation.
"In like manner the TYPES (important events like PENTECOST) which relate to the second advent, MUST BE FULFILLED AT THE TIME POINTED OUT IN THE SYMBOLIC SERVICE (Ceremonial Law)." G.C. 399,400.
In 1844 the Ceremonial Law, or the "symbolic service" of the MOSAIC SYSTEM, was used to show when the Day of Atonement would come ---
"Under the MOSAIC SYSTEM the cleansing of the sanctuary, or the great Day of Atonement, occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month ... The tenth day of the seventh month, the great Day of Atonement, the TIME OF THE CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY, which in the year 1844 fell upon the twenty-second of October was regarded as the time of the Lord's coming ... ARGUMENTS DRAWN FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT TYPES also pointed to the autumn as the time when the event represented by the 'cleansing of the sanctuary' MUST TAKE PLACE." Ibid. p. 400,399
SO YOU SEE, BRETHREN, THE CEREMONIAL LAW SETS THE TIME FOR THE IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THESE LAST DAYS!!
Since today is the antitypical Day of Pentecost for this year, WILL THE SPIRIT'S POWER DESCEND TODAY AS OF OLD?
"Only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming it when it shall have swelled into the loud cry." –E.G. White, Review & Herald, Nov. 19, 1908
"Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. THEN THE LATTER RAIN WILL FALL UPON US AS THE EARLY RAIN FELL UPON THE DISCIPLES ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST." Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 214
CLEARLY, REVIVAL AND REFORMATION PRECEDE PENTECOST.
Who brings this GREAT REFORMATION?
"Then I saw ANOTHER MIGHTY ANGEL (THE BRANCH) commissioned to descend to the earth, to UNITE HIS VOICE (message) WITH THE THIRD ANGEL, and give power and force to his message... The work of this angel (message) comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD (S.D.A.) ARE THUS PREPARED TO STAND IN THE HOUR OF TEMPTATION... THIS MESSAGE (Rev. 18:1) seemed to be an ADDITION TO THE THIRD MESSAGE." – Early Writings, page 277.
Brethren, are you looking for the PENTECOSTAL POWER, when what YOU NEED IS THE POWER OF THE ADDED LIGHT AND TRUTH THAT THIS MIGHTY ANGEL OF REV. 18:1 BRINGS? Remember 1888?
Bible Truth is power. Speaking of the 3rd angel's message, Sister White wrote, "...the very message...that has...given...POWER to our work." Counsels to Writers, p. 54
BRETHREN, IF YOU WANT PENTECOSTAL POWER, GET THE 4TH & 5TH ANGEL'S MESSAGES OF REV. 14:15-17 FIRST, THEN YOU CAN EXPECT THE POWER PROMISED IN REV. 14:18.
"All classes of second advent believers agree, that the angel brought to view in the 6th, and 7th verses of this chapter (Rev. 14), represents the advent message, to the church and world. If this is true, THEN ALL FIVE OF THE ANGELS brought to view in this chapter represent FIVE DISTINCT MESSAGES, PRIOR to the advent, OR WE ARE LEFT WITHOUT A RULE TO INTERPRET THIS CHAPTER... The LAST TWO ANGELS ARE MESSAGES OF PRAYER. We shall, no doubt, BETTER UNDERSTAND THEM AT THE TIME OF THEIR FULFILLMENT." – A Word to the Little Flock, pp. 10,11
As you well know, the parable of the 10 virgins applies to the S.D.A. Church. How can the sleeping virgins receive PENTECOST while sleeping, and what will awaken them? "GOD WILLS THAT A VOICE (Rev. 18:1) SHALL BE HEARD AROUSING HIS PEOPLE TO ACTION." C.W. 41. Rev. 18:1 joins the 3rd angel as "the midnight cry (voice arousing virgins) joined the second angel's message in 1844." E.W. 277
WILL GOD GIVE A SLEEPING PEOPLE PENTECOSTAL POWER?
Clear as the light at noon-day, brethren, God sends a message, as He did in 1844, to awaken His people THAT THEY MAY BE PURIFIED AND PREPARED FOR PENTECOST!
Notice in Joel 2:23 and 28: "...and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the FORMER RAIN, and the LATTER RAIN, in the FIRST MONTH ... and it shall come to pass AFTERWARD, that I will pour out MY SPIRIT..."
NOTICE BRETHREN! The LATTER RAIN OF TRUTH (marginal, teacher of righteousness, 4th angel of Rev. 14) comes in the FIRST MONTH, then A-F-T-E-R-W-A-R-D (50 days after waving the wave-sheaf) COMES THE PENTECOSTAL POWER.
Check the Ceremonial Law, Brethren. Did Pentecost come in the first month or 50 days later, in the third month. Do you say, this makes no difference or do you see that there is a difference between the "Latter rain of truth" and the "Latter rain of power"?
"...the JEWISH ECONOMY IS FULL OF INSTRUCTION FOR US..."
-- E.G. White, R&H, Feb. 4, 1902
LOOK AGAIN, Joel 2:24 ------- "And the floors shall be full of wheat..." THE HARVEST TIME, between the "FIRST MONTH" and "PENTECOST"! Think back to Jesus' day. When were the 120 preparing for and being gathered to the Upper Room? Between Passover, in the 1st month, and Pentecost, in the 3rd month. This was the "harvesting" time for the 120.
COMPARE Joel 2:23,24,28 with Rev. 14:15,16,18 ---
(REMEMBER FIVE ANGEL'S MESSAGES IN REV. 14)
FORMER RAIN "MESSAGE" BY 3RD ANGEL IN SEVENTH MONTH, OCT. 1844
LATTER RAIN "MESSAGE" IN FIRST MONTH BY 4TH ANGEL
PENTECOSTAL "TRUTH" – HARVEST–JUDGMENT BY 5TH ANGEL'S MESSAGE
LATTER RAIN PENTECOSTAL "POWER" IN THIRD MONTH. HOW PLAIN!
If you want the Pentecostal POWER, get the preceding PENTECOSTAL TRUTH!