The Loud Cry
I SAW angels hurrying to and fro in heaven,
descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven, preparing for the fulfillment of
some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the
earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message.
Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was
lightened with his glory. The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he
cried mightily, with a strong voice, "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." Rev. 18:2.
The message of the fall of
Babylon, as given by the second angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the
corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844. The work of this angel 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 are thus prepared to stand in the hour of
temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they
united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message.
Angels were sent to aid the
mighty angel from heaven, and I heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, "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." Rev. 18:4, 5. This message seemed to be an addition to the third
message, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's message in 1844. 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.
The light that was shed upon
the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the churches who had any light, who
had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the call and left the fallen
churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given,
and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some
chose life and took their stand with those who were looking for their Lord and keeping all
His commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and
the precious ones were to be called out from the religious bodies.
A compelling power moved the
honest, while the manifestation of the power of God brought a fear and restraint upon
their unbelieving relatives and friends so that they dared not, neither had they the power
to, hinder those who felt the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call was
carried even to the poor slaves; and the pious among them poured forth their songs of
rapturous joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance. [NOTE.--THAT THERE WILL BE
SLAVERY AT THE TIME OF THE SECOND ADVENT IS MADE CLEAR BY THE PROPHET JOHN IN REVELATION
6:15, 16, IN HIS VIVID DESCRIPTION OF "EVERY BONDMAN, AND EVERY FREE MAN"
CALLING FOR THE "MOUNTAINS AND ROCKS" TO FALL ON THEM AND HIDE THEM "FROM
THE FACE OF HIM THAT SITTETH ON THE THRONE."-- COMPILERS.] Their masters could not
check them; fear and astonishment kept them silent. Mighty miracles were wrought, the sick
were healed, and signs and wonders followed the believers. God was in the work, and every
saint, fearless of consequences, followed the convictions of his own conscience and united
with those who were keeping all the commandments of God; and with power they sounded
abroad the third message. I saw that this message will close with power and strength far
exceeding the midnight cry.
Servants of God, endowed with
power from on high, with their faces lighted up, and shining with holy consecration, went
forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that were scattered all through the
religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed
churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were
strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared
them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying,
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God,
and the faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12.
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