"TO PROCLAIM THE SABBATH MORE FULLY."
IN "Early Writings," p. 27, we find the following words:—
"I saw that the holy Sabbath is, and will be, the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers, and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God's dear, waiting saints. I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully."
This language is commented upon by the author in the "Supplement to Experience and Views," p. 1, as follows :—
"This view was given in 1847, when there were but very few of the Advent brethren observing the Sabbath, and of these but few supposed that its observance was of sufficient importance to draw a line between the people of God and unbelievers. Now the fulfillment of that view is beginning to be seen. 'The commencement of the time of trouble,' here mentioned, does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in cheek so as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the 'latter rain,' or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out."
There is certainly something very remarkable in this language, both as a prediction and in the way in which it is now being fulfilled. The Sabbath truth is here particularly alluded to, and it is said that at the "commencement of the time of trouble," at the time of the "latter rain," when power will be given to the loud voice of the third angel, then the people of God will go forth to proclaim "the Sabbath more fully."
As a people we have always congratulated ourselves on the completeness of the arguments for the Sabbath truth; they have seemed as full as they could well be, and yet here is a time, and it is the present, when it is to be preached "more fully." Our recent experiences, our institutes and campmeetings, and the additional light we are receiving, is illustrating how this is to be brought about. The true relation of the Sabbath to the people of God as a sign of the creative and regenerating power of Christ, expressing all that Christ is to his people, is a grand truth, the force of which we have not clearly understood in the past.
But as it dawns upon our minds, there is a power in the Sabbath truth we have never known before. The same is true of other features of present truth, at least to some extent. And it is under the impulse of these truths thus proclaimed and lived out that the third angel's message is to go with great power. — G. C. Tenny, Review and Herald, July 11, 1893, pg 440.
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