The Shaking


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You may be asking yourself, "Why is the Third Elijah Message not mentioned in the writings of Ellen White?" There are a couple of reasons for this but it is important to know the message is there by a different name. This is actually a name well known to Adventists. It is known as, "The Shaking".

There are a great many battles being fought in the search for God's Truth. The Seventh-day Adventist church has backslidden on the subject of God's Law. Many are openly declaring the Law of Moses is nailed to the cross. Most reject any suggestion of an interest in what they scornfully call the "Jewish feasts".

Quietly, thousands of Seventh-day Adventists are learning and practicing the feasts (yearly Sabbaths) and the Law of Moses. Soon there will be 144,000. Those who are learning are quietly sharing with those who are interested in learning more truth.

Unfortunately, some who know the 21st century present truth and seek to share it with the brethren are disruptive and militant, presenting truth with critical voices and the proverbial baseball bat. This does not follow the example of our Savior and does not present a good example for God's cause. Some use exaggeration and extreme methods, which is not helpful either. Some may even present shaky and poorly researched concepts. Nevertheless, God has many different people and many different methods. His cause will prevail.

The Three Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) has taken the lead in spreading the error which states the Law of Moses is nailed to the cross. Their worldwide reach and the power of their presence is heavily felt. Their goal of spreading the undiluted Three Angels Message has been very successful, though the message is not undiluted. The error of rejecting the Law of Moses, contradicts the word of God.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Malachi 4:4

3ABN recognizes this discrepancy is part of the final shaking as evidenced by their own statements in a special "Today Live" program titled "Feast-keeping and the Final Crisis". This program was played an unusual three times in the live slot in less than a year (so far). A transcript of the program is available on this web site:

http://www.iaua.name/Archives/TLA010526.html

I agree with 3ABN, the controversy over this error is the subject of the final shaking. Unfortunately, I am concerned 3ABN is on the wrong side of God's Truth. Ellen White did not claim to know the exact issues which caused the shaking. She clearly and often spoke on the topic of the coming shaking. These are some quotes from Ellen White on the topic of "The Shaking".

Ellen White Statements

The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme homage to "science falsely so called" will not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster. {5T 80.1}

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's righteousness, will appear in the shame of their own nakedness. {5T 81.1}

The shaking is described as having already begun and is growing to a greater force. Since this was already true in 1901 (after 1888), it is much more true today. Notice the importance of obedience.

We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His commands. If we make no effort to win souls to Christ, we shall be held responsible for the work we might have done, but did not do because of our spiritual indolence. Those who belong to the Lord's kingdom must work earnestly for the saving of souls. They must do their part to bind up the law and seal it among the disciples. {RH, January 22, 1901 par. 9} {6T 331.2}

The shaking will reach a peak as the sealing begins.

Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming (MS 173, 1902). {4BC 1161.6}

The shaking will purify the church.

Just as long as God has a church, he will have those who will cry aloud and spare not, who will be his instruments to reprove selfishness and sins, and will not shun to declare the whole counsel of God, whether men will hear or forbear. I saw that individuals would rise up against the plain testimonies. It does not suit their natural feelings. They would choose to have smooth things spoken unto them, and have peace cried in their ears. I view the church in a more dangerous condition than they ever have been. Experimental religion is known but by a few. The shaking must soon take place to purify the church. {2SG 284.1}

Many have expressed a concern because there are so many in the church who do not see the truth of the Elijah Message. It is important to remember we are judged only by the light we have received.

Many who have not had the privileges that we have had will go into heaven before those who have had great light and who have not walked in it. Many have lived up to the best light they have had and will be judged accordingly.--Letter 36, 1895. {LDE 216.3}

The time will come when the light will be given and a decision will be required.

All must wait for the appointed time, until the warning shall have gone to all parts of the world, until sufficient light and evidence have been given to every soul. Some will have less light than others, but each one will be judged according to the light received.--Ms 77, 1899. {LDE 217.1}

We have been given great light in regard to God's law. This law is the standard of character. To it man is now required to conform, and by it he will be judged in the last great day. In that day men will be dealt with according to the light they have received.--RH Jan. 1, 1901. {LDE 217.2}

She again mentioned the Law of God as part of the light.

Those who have had great light and have disregarded it stand in a worse position than those who have not been given so many advantages. They exalt themselves but not the Lord. The punishment inflicted on human beings will in every case be proportionate to the dishonor they have brought on God.--8MR 168 (1901). {LDE 217.3}

Everyone is to have sufficient light to make his decision intelligently.--GC 605 (1911). {LDE 217.4}

We also need to remember there is no excuse for willful blindness.

None will be condemned for not heeding light and knowledge that they never had, and they could not obtain. But many refuse to obey the truth that is presented to them by Christ's ambassadors, because they wish to conform to the world's standard, and the truth that has reached their understanding, the light that has shone in the soul, will condemn them in the judgment.--5BC 1145 (1884). {LDE 217.5}

Those who have an opportunity to hear the truth and yet take no pains to hear or understand it, thinking that if they do not hear they will not be accountable, will be judged guilty before God the same as if they had heard and rejected. There will be no excuse for those who choose to go in error when they might understand what is truth. In His sufferings and death Jesus has made atonement for all sins of ignorance, but there is no provision made for willful blindness. {LDE 218.1}

We shall not be held accountable for the light that has not reached our perception, but for that which we have resisted and refused. A man could not apprehend the truth which had never been presented to him, and therefore could not be condemned for light he had never had.--5BC 1145 (1893). {LDE 218.2}

We are standing at the threshold of Final Events! The foot of the 144,000 is lifting to step over. Judgment will begin at the church. Are you looking to heaven or is your head in the sand? Now is the time! Tomorrow may be too late.

Ellen White Vision

There is a sequence of prophetic events here. This is important to guide us in knowing the present truth for the present time. The Laodicean Message will grow into the Third Elijah Message and lead to the shaking of the church.

The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation, and is applicable to the people of God at the present time. {3T 252.1} {RH, September 16, 1873 par. 1}

Consider Ellen's powerful vision of "The Future" from the Review and Herald December 31, 1857 concerning a future shaking which has already begun and will soon reach a peak. Given a new title, "The Shaking", it was placed in the book Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1 (1858). It also appears in Volume 1 of the Testimonies to the Church after 1868, and in Early Writings in 1882.

Nov. 20th, I was shown the people of God, and saw them mightily shaken. I saw some with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. Their countenances were pale, and marked with deep anxiety which expressed their internal struggle. There was firmness and great earnestness expressed in their countenances, while large drops of perspiration rose upon their foreheads, and fell. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God's approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look settled upon them." {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 1} {1SG 183.1} {EW 269.1} {1T 179.3}

Evil angels crowded around them, pressing their darkness upon them, to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and they distrust God, and next murmur against him. Their only safety was in keeping their eyes directed upward. Angels were having the charge over the people of God, and as the poisonous atmosphere from these evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the angels, which had the charge over them, were continually wafting their wings over them, to scatter the thick darkness that surrounded them. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 2} {1SG 183.2} {EW 269.2} {1T 180.1}

Some, I saw, did not participate in this work of agonizing and pleading. They seemed indifferent and careless. They were not resisting the darkness around them, and it shut them in like a thick cloud. The angels of God left them, and went to the aid of those earnest, praying ones. I saw the angels of God hasten to the assistance of every one who were struggling with all their energies to resist those evil angels, and trying to help themselves by calling upon God with perseverance. But the angels left those who made no effort to help themselves, and I lost sight of them. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 3} {1SG 184.1} {EW 270.1} {1T 180.2}

As these praying ones continued their earnest cries, at times a ray of light from Jesus came to them, and encouraged their hearts, and lighted up their countenances. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 4} {1SG 184.2}

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen. I was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. It will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver of the testimony, and it will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. This straight testimony, some will not bear. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 5} {1SG 184.3} {EW 270.2} {1T 181.1}

I saw that the testimony of the True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony upon which the destiny of the Church hangs, has been lightly esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must work deep repentance, and all that truly receive it, will obey it, and be purified. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 6} {1SG 185.1} {EW 270.3} {1T 181.2}

Said the angel, "List ye!" Soon I heard a voice that sounded like many musical instruments, all sounding in perfect strains, sweet and harmonious. It surpassed any music I had ever heard. It seemed to be so full of mercy, compassion, and elevating, holy joy. It thrilled through my whole being. Said the angel, "Look ye!" My attention was then turned to the company I had seen before, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping, and praying with agony of spirit. I saw that the company of guardian angels around them had doubled, and they were clothed with an armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, firm like a company of soldiers. Their countenances expressed the severe conflict which they had endured, the agonizing struggle they had passed through. Yet their features, marked with severe internal anguish, shone now with the light and glory of heaven. They had obtained the victory, and it called forth from them the deepest gratitude, and holy, sacred joy. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 7} {1SG 185.2} {EW 270.4} {1T 181.3}

The numbers of this company had lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left by the way. The careless and indifferent who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to agonize, persevere, and plead for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their numbers were immediately made up by others taking hold of the truth, and coming into the ranks. Still the evil angels pressed around them, but they could have no power over them. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 8} {1SG 186.1} {EW 271.1} {1T 182.1}

I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth in great power. It had effect. I saw those who had been bound; some wives had been bound by their husbands, and some children had been bound by their parents. The honest who had been held or prevented from hearing the truth, now eagerly laid hold of the truth spoken. All fear of their relatives was gone. The truth alone was exalted to them. It was dearer and more precious than life. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth. I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered, "It is the latter rain. The refreshing from the presence of the Lord. The loud cry of the Third Angel. {RH, December 31, 1857 par. 9} {1SG 186.2} {EW 271.2} {1T 182.2}

The Shaking will be followed by the Loud Cry, which is associated with the Latter Rain, a future event.

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