I am thinking of you today and desiring to share with you the thoughts of my heart on the nearness of the close of probation. The world is sitting on the brink of the end of all things and they know it not, and neither do they want to know. It is natural for the human heart to put off the day of disaster until it is too late to receive salvation. For example, the people in the time of Noah scoffed at his message for 120 years. Then when the door was shut and the rains began to come down from the sky, they realized that they had put off the day of salvation until it was too late to find refuge in the ark of safety.
So it will be with this wicked generation. They will eat and drink and scoff at the signs I am sending about my soon coming, and carry on their lives as usual until the voices of my messengers are silent, for probationary time will have closed forever on the world and its inhabitants. But there is a joyful side to all of this, for my true sheep are hearing my voice calling them to get ready, and they are responding to my call and are following me. This is my focus right now, and I hope it is yours, too, for I count on you as my undershepherds to seek out my sheep, for many of them are slumbering on the brink of eternity, and must be given the chance to awaken and prepare themselves and their families to be ready to meet me in peace.
I appreciate your cooperation with me on this matter, because I know it can be fearful to speak about my soon coming to people who would prefer to stay asleep and not heed the call of the Good Shepherd. So my topic for today is, "prophesy!" Do you remember the text in Revelation 10 that encouraged the early pioneers who remained faithful to me during and after the disappointment in 1844 as they diligently searched the Scriptures for answers? I was very pleased with that little band of believers and I used them to establish the Seventh-day Adventist Church. But there is a statement at the end of that chapter that still must be fulfilled. It reads like this:
"And he said unto me, you must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. Rev. 10:11.
When they read this prophecy, my Holy Spirit communicated a message that rings down the years to you. They gave up everything they had or held dear to preach the message of my coming to the world at that time. They misunderstood the location of my coming, but they were true to my calling and the importance of the message. But now my church is languishing on the very borders of the Kingdom, for this time I will appear in the clouds of glory to take my faithful people home. Now there needs to be the same fervor, the same message, and the same conviction. You must prophesy again is not a suggestion, but a command. And with that command, I will provide for the propagation of the truth. Whether it is money or strength or openings of Providence, I will provide whatever is needed to preach the warning around the earth.
The problem is not means, but men. Where are my messengers who will clearly preach the message that is needed now, for it is present truth! "Prepare to meet thy God!" Is the message that should be ringing from the pulpits all over the world? You must prophesy again! You must prepare the way for me in the hearts of people just as John the Baptist did before my first coming. That was an Elijah message, and so is yours. John's message was:
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough way shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." Luke 3:4-6.
Those who refuse to see the importance of this work at the present time have allowed the light of the glory of the 1844 message to go out of their hearts, and therefore are unmoved at this vital time when the message of my soon coming is to go forth to the world. If you find yourself among that number it is not too late to arouse from your slumbers and join the wise virgins who are announcing the coming of the bridegroom. Your eternal destiny depends upon it, for there is no reward for the slothful servant when the master returns from his long absence and finds them unready.
And now, my beloved ones, examine your hearts and ask yourselves: Am I ready and willing to "prophesy again" of my Master's return? Am I ready and willing to pick up the Advent message where the pioneers left off, and preach it until the return of my Lord? I am counting on each of you, my beloved ones, who have my truth for these last days. If your lamps have gone out or are burning low, rekindle the fire of your love and your witness for me from the golden candlesticks in my heavenly Sanctuary, which are constantly burning to light your way to the throne of God. Do not linger, for the time grows short and the days are evil. I am waiting with arms outstretched to welcome you. The journey is short, for I am just a prayer away! Do you remember the song, "In a little while we're going home"? We can sing it as we journey together today. Give me your whole heart, and I will give you the power to "prophesy again" of my soon coming, and we will see souls responding to the invitation to the wedding of the Lamb! Lovingly, Jesus.