The, Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through EldersWaggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world theuplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. . . . It is the third angel’smessage, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouringof His Spirit in a large measure.—TM 91, 92.The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begunin the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is thebeginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.—R&H, November 22, 1892.
Since the imperative demand was made in
Movement of Destiny
that wemake a public “confession,” we have spent much time in thought and prayer,considering what our response should be. We love the remnant church, we area part of it, and our confidence in its ultimate triumph is strong. For the twenty-two years since we presented the original document to the General ConferenceCommittee we have remained missionaries and ministers and have earnestly triedto carry out whatever assignments the church organization has given us, whether in Africa or in our homeland. We are grateful that the
Review and Herald
couldsay of us: “There has been no question on the part of the church leadership of the loyalty and sincerity of Elders Wieland and Short. . . . They firmly support theorganization and unity of the church.”—R&H, May 8, 1969, pages 5, 6.We have never supported or approved of any offshoot movement or disloyal element. It has been and is still our prayer that God’s grace will sustainus in loyal service to Christ and His Church until He comes again.There are many Seventh-day Adventists who have known little or nothingabout that “beginning of the Latter Rain and Loud Cry” in 1888 or the realreason why the finishing of God’s work has been delayed so many decadessince. We are grateful that
Movement of Destiny
has told the church of the greatimportance of the 1888 Conference. We hope it enjoys wide readership. Andwe are especially glad that for the first time in history a major volume clearlyconfesses that the Lord gave through Elders Jones and Waggoner what was inreality “the beginning of the Latter Rain” (see pages 262, 318, 321, 322, 325,345, 570, 667, etc.). We see in this published call for us to make “an explicitconfession” an indication of duty the Lord Himself has laid upon us. Throughthe years He has providentially placed in our hands a remarkable collection of unpublished Ellen G. White material that bears directly on the subject matter of this “confession.” We believe that publication of this epochal volume by theReview and Herald Publishing Association will prove to be a major step towardbringing about those final events which will result in the finishing of God’s workin this generation. We have waited many months beyond the publication of thisbook for the world field to have a chance to become acquainted with what it says.Now we must respond to its call.