The Significance of 1888
Seventh-day Adventists have long recognized that God desired to do great things for and through them.
After the disappointment of 1844,a small group of about fifty souls restudied the prophecies and began to share the truths that had been revealed to them. They dared to believe they had a message, that somehow, the entire world must hear. On the masthead of The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald was to be found a picture of a globe with the words, "The Field is the World" upon a banner circling the globe.
Today, God still wants to do great things for and with His people; far greater than we have ever dreamed of, or have attempted. Sadly, many of us do nothing but wait and hope because we fail to recognize God's purpose for us and fail to fully recognize the significance of the time in which we live. In the book of Revelation there is a passage that probably every Seventh-day Adventist is familiar with:
And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, 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. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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. (Revelation 18:1-4)
Adventists have believed for more than a hundred and fifty years that this refers to what we call "The Loud Cry," the "Latter Rain," the final warning message to go to the whole world. We have believed that one day the power of God will come upon His people as it did at Pentecost and that when this happens, this passage will be fulfilled. This representation of a mighty angel coming down from heaven signifies a time when the power of God will come upon His people in Pentecostal measure and the final work of God upon earth will be accomplished. At that time all of God's people will finally be completely separated from all that is apostate and false.