God’s Final Movement: A Deeper Look

Babylon LogoThe commencement of the three angels’ messages was foretold in prophecy. The 2300-day prophecy of Daniel 8 speaks of a time in the future when God’s final judgment will begin. This end-time message of judgment—this antitypical Day of Atonement—is described in greater detail in Revelation 14.

Who will represent God in His mission against the final end-time confederacy of religious supremacy? Who will take God’s three angels’ messages to the world? Throughout history God has always had a faithful minority to champion His cause, and He will have a remnant in the end of time to preach His final message.

Present Truth

The book of Daniel was sealed until the time of the end. This is because a focus on judgment before the time of judgment would be premature. Present truth focuses on where Jesus is now and what He is doing. Before 1844, Jesus was in the holy place, and everything related to that was present truth.

Now Jesus is in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, and everything relating to the most holy place is present truth. The distinctive elements of God’s final messages will be centered in the most holy place: the law, the Sabbath, health reform (the manna), the judgment of the living (cleansing the soul temple as Jesus is cleansing the heavenly temple), and the state of the dead. These things are present truth and these will be the points of controversy in the end of time.

God’s people must have their eyes on Jesus and what He’s doing now in the most holy place. They cannot worship only in the holy place with the majority of Christendom.

Identification of God’s Remnant Movement

In Revelation 12, God’s remnant church at the end of time is clearly described. The history of the Christian church is portrayed as a woman, from the time of Jesus (the child in verse 5) to the end of the 1260 years. At that point, the scriptures say that the dragon “went to make war with the rest of her offspring (or “the remnant of her seed” in the KJV), who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17, NKJV).

After the termination of the 1260-year period in 1798, predicted seven times in Daniel and Revelation, Satan changes his focus. It is no longer on the woman (who is a symbol of God’s faithful people throughout the ages). It is on a particular group: the rest of her offspring, otherwise known “the remnant of her seed” or the remnant church.

Who Are The Remnant?

The two identifying signs Revelation gives of the remnant church are that “they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” In fact, there are several identifying marks of the remnant church beyond this. Altogether she must meet six criterions:

1) She must arise at the right time (after 1798, when the 1260-year prophecy ended and yet in time to proclaim the end of the 2300-year prophecy in 1844).

2) She must preach a message of judgment, as seen above.

3) She must have a worldwide distribution (“to every nation, tribe, and people” Revelation 14:6).

4) She must keep the commandments of God, including the Sabbath (Revelation 12:17, Revelation 14:12, Revelation 22:14).

5) She must have the faith of Jesus (Revelation 14:12).

6) She must have the testimony of Jesus (The spirit of prophecy—Revelation 19:10)

There is only one movement in the world that meets all these criteria: the Seventh Day Adventist church. Though the devil can counterfeit a few of these attributes, he can’t forge all of them.

1) The Millerite movement rose up in the years prior to 1844. This people came from all denominations to preach the final message of judgment and faith in Christ in its fullness, eventually forming what is now called The Seventh Day Adventist church in 1863.

2) Adventists alone preach the Three Angels’ Messages of judgement.

3) The Adventist presence manifests itself in nearly every country of the globe.

4) While most other denominations believe that God’s law has been done away with, Adventism emphasizes the immutability of the Ten Commandments, including the fourth. God’s downtrodden seventh day Sabbath is an especially distinguishing mark since, in the early church, keeping the Sabbath would not have been a distinctive sign. Not so today, as most Christians observe Sunday as the Sabbath.

5) Seventh Day Adventists are Christ-centered and believe that men can overcome sin just like Jesus did by trusting in God in the same way.

6) Adventists believe that the testimony of Jesus was manifested among them in the life and work of Ellen G. White.

The Evidence of False Theories, Religions, and Manuscripts

Another evidence that God raised up the Seventh Day Adventist movement is the plethora of prophetic movements surrounding 1844. A longtime strategy of Satan is to muddle true issues by creating diversions to bury the truth in a quagmire of false prophecy. The list is impressive:

  • Communism: Karl Marx published The Communist Manifesto in 1848, but all the major components of Marxism were outlined in the mind of Karl Marx by late 1844.
  • Evolution: Charles Darwin began developing his theory of natural selection in the 1840s, expanding his initial sketches to an essay in 1844. On the Origin of Species was published in 1859
  • Spiritualism: The Fox sisters’ popularize spiritualism in the mid 1800s.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: Founded in the late 1870s by Charles Taze Russell.
  • Christian Science: Founded in the late 1870s by Mary Baker Eddy.
  • Bahia Faith: In 1844, Siyyid `Alí-Muhammad of Shiraz, Iran proclaimed that he was “the Báb” (the Gate). This was the beginning of the Bahá’í Faith.

The Evidence of the Great Disappointment

The Great Disappointment was the outcome of William Miller’s misinterpretation of end time prophecy. The Seventh Day Adventist church formed out of the few who remained with the movement after this bitter trial.

This event was foretold in prophecy. The little book that John ate in Revelation 10:10 that was so sweet but turned to bitterness in his stomach describes this event that would happen at the time of the end.

The same thing happened in type with the disciples. Their visions of Christ’s glorious coming were turned to bitterness by His death. The hopes of those in the Second Great Awakening who believed Jesus would come in glory were likewise dashed.

The Evidence of the Papacy’s Witness

The Catholic Church openly acknowledges that, of all Protestant churches, only the Seventh-day Adventist Church abides by the Scriptures:

“The Adventists are the only body of Christians with the Bible as their teacher, who can find no warrant in its pages for the change of the day from the seventh to the first. Hence their appellation, ‘Seventh-day Adventists.’ Their cardinal principle consists in setting apart Saturday for the exclusive worship of God, in conformity with the positive command of God himself, repeatedly reiterated in the sacred books of the Old and New Testaments, literally obeyed by the children of Israel for thousands of years to this day, and endorsed by the teaching and practice of the Son of God while on earth (emphasis added)” (The Catholic Mirror, September 23, 1893).

“The (Catholic) Church changed the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday by right of the divine, infallible authority given to her by her Founder, Jesus Christ. The Protestant claiming the Bible to be the only guide of faith has no warrant for observing Sunday. In this matter the Seventh-day Adventist is the only consistent Protestant” (“The Question Box,” The Catholic Universe Bulletin, August 14, 1942).

“People who think that the Scriptures should be the sole authority, should logically become 7th Day Adventists, and keep Saturday holy” (The Saint Catherine Catholic Church Sentinel Volume 50, Number 22, May 21,1995).

God’s Remnant Church

These compelling witnesses affirm that the Seventh Day Adventist movement is God’s remnant church. God has called it into existence to proclaim the final atonement and call His people to separate from Babylon so that Jesus can come. This is why the Seventh Day Adventist church exists.

This was not meant to be an Adventist exclusive. God revealed this message to most of the Protestant churches in the Second Great Awakening of the 1800s. However, when they rejected the message, God raised up a new church from that movement to give it to the world: the Seventh Day Adventists.

Identification as the remnant doesn’t give Adventist exclusive status with God. Adventists believe that they, along with the faithful of all ages in all churches (including the Catholic Church), are members of God’s “invisible church.” God’s remnant movement just has a special assignment.

Church membership doesn’t guarantee salvation. We are saved as individuals, not as churches. Even those within God’s final remnant aren’t guaranteed safety. Even they can fall prey Satan’s deadly deceptions. This is why Jesus said that even the very elect may not be beyond his treachery (Matthew 24:24).

Privilege and Consequence

Yet for those with the fortitude to preach present truth, membership has its privileges. Those who stand with God’s remnant have access to the inspired counsel of Ellen White and have the joy of working with God to proclaim the end-time three angels’ messages to the world. However, standing with God’s remnant church won’t be a picnic. Proclaiming God’s truth has never been popular and is often quite dangerous. Like Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).

What did they do to Noah? They universally mocked him.