A new movement of Godís people is always based upon the failure of all which have preceded it. There would not have been the necessity for the Christian Movement if the Jewish church would have accepted and embraced the truth that Christ was the Messiah. Neither would there have been the necessity for the Protestant Reformation Movement if the Catholic Church would have accepted and embraced the truths of righteousness by faith. Neither would there have been the necessity for the Great Advent Movement if the Protestant churches would have accepted and embraced the Advent truth.
The angel of Revelation 10 symbolized the Great Advent Awakening which led to the Great Advent Movement. This great awakening spread throughout the world because of the understanding of the truths contained in the first angelís message.
The Advent truth was designed to awaken the Protestant churches to return to their first love before they would be set aside and others chosen to take their place. This glorious truth of the first angelís message was rejected by the Protestant churches as a body, thus causing their fall from Godís favor to become Babylon fallen. So the second angelís message followed and united with the first.
Because these Babylonian Protestant churches rejected the Advent awakening based upon the first angelís message, they could not see any light in the second angelís message and rejected it as well. This second angelís message led those who were connected with these fallen churches to separate from and break all connection with them. Thus the movement of the people embracing the truth, and separating out of these fallen churches of Protestantism, made up the Great Advent Movement. These truths took hold of many people, and they rejoiced to be able to follow it, to unite with Christ and with one another, and to spread these truths around the world.1
The Seventh_day Adventist church arose to continue the Great Advent Movement, and was founded upon the truths of the three angelsí messages. God raised this church up to herald these truths around the world, and thus hasten the coming of Christ and the end of this great controversy.
The SDA church gradually allowed apostasy and corruption to sweep through the entire system, and the church became a harlot.2 She was in danger of failing her mission, being set aside by God, and another people chosen to finish the work.3 To avoid this possibility, God sent the glorious message of the righteousness of Christ. This message was designed to awaken the SDA church and bring her back to Godís loving side as a faithful bride once again, and then to herald this precious saving message to the world.
The SDA church rejected this glorious message4Sjust like the Protestant churches rejected the first angelís message. And the possibility of being set aside by God became reality.
Since the SDA church has failed in her mission under the Great Advent Movement, is there to be another new movement of Godís people today?
"ĎI 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... 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.í (Rev. 18:1,2,4) Of Babylon, at this time it is declared, ĎHer sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. (Rev. 18:5) She has filled up the measure of her guilt, and destruction is about to fall upon her. But God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of his judgments, these faithful ones must be called out, that they partake not of her sins, and receive not of her plagues. 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, ĎCome out of her, my people.í As these warnings join the third angelís message, it swells to a loud cry."5
The Great Advent Movement is not the last movement of God listed in the Scriptures! The angel of Revelation 18 symbolizes another movement of Godís people which takes place under the loud cry message.
Does this sound too hard to believe? It was not only Ellen White who prophesied this but James White also recognized this truth nearly 150 years ago:
"At the time when the message is proclaimed, ĎFear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come,í (Rev. 14:7) the people of God are mingled with this great Babylon. For another message follows, announcing the fall of Babylon. These two messages, we believe, have been faithfully proclaimed in the past. In the eighteenth chapter of Revelation, the message announcing the fall of Babylon is presented again, with additions, showing as we understand, that there is in the future a mighty movement to take place on this subject. We have no doubt that God has many dear saints united with the various bodies of professed Christians. These we believe will yet hear the call given in Rev. 18:4."6
This loud cry message of Revelation 18 is the last message of mercy which this world will ever hear.7 This is the last and final movement of God in these last days before Christ comes! Because the SDA church has failed to fulfill her calling and mission given her under the Great Advent Movement, and because the SDA church has rejected the 1888 message of the righteousness of Christ, there is prophesied the necessity for another movement. This movement is not under the control of the first angel, but under the control of the mighty angel of Revelation 18!
Not only has the SDA church rejected the truth of the righteousness of Christ, but they see no light in, and hence reject, the fourth angelís message of separation ("Come out of her my people"). Just like the Protestant churches, the Catholic Church and Jewish Church rejected the separation messages in their day. This loud cry message of separation is going forth right now! Thus this new and Great Last Day Movement of God is already taking shape!
For those who have recognized these vital truths, and have already willingly separated from all the apostate churches (including the SDA church) in obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit, and thus have joined and become a part of this Great Last Day Movement, what are we to do?
Obviously, every person who is a part of this Great Last Day Movement has an important part to act in this Movement. Each must be personally connected with Jesus Christ where our salvation is alone to be found, and then live, practice, and work to spread this glorious truth so that the earth can be filled with the glory of God and thus hasten the return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
By elder Robert Sessler
1. see EW 245-246.
2. see 8T 250.
3. see UL 131.
4. 1SM 235-235; TM 467-468.
5. 4SOP 422; GC88 604.
6. RH 02/21/54.
7. UL 277; 6T 19.