Editorial – The Final Invitation to be Saved

When Christ entered the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to perform His final work as a mediator and High Priest, to perform the closing work of the atonement, He committed to His servants the last message of mercy found in Revelation 14:6–12 to give to the world.

This message exalts Christ as the sinner’s refuge (Revelation 14:6), and involves the preaching and understanding of repentance and faith (Acts 20:21). But the gospel must be presented with the law of God and the fact that we are living in the day of judgment: “Our duty to obey this law is to be the burden of this last message of mercy to the world. God’s law is not a new thing. It is not holiness created, but holiness made known. It is a code of principles expressing mercy, goodness, and love. It presents to fallen humanity the character of God, and states plainly the whole duty of man.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 1, 1104, 1105

“In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in this world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last message of mercy for a perishing world.” The Review and Herald, November 23, 1905

“The Lord calls upon you, O church that has been blessed with the truth! to give a knowledge of this truth to those who know it not. From one end of the world to the other must the message of Christ’s soon coming be proclaimed.” Ibid., November 17, 1910

“Those who think that they can please God by obeying some other law than His, and by performing works other than those which the gospel has enjoined, are mocking God. They are insulting the Holy One of Israel. Warning after warning is given … . The worst of sinners are to hear the call. All are to be given a final test. …”

“When the Saviour saw in the Jewish people a nation divorced from God, He saw also a professed Christian Church united to the world and the papacy. And as He stood upon Olivet, weeping over Jerusalem till the sun sank behind the western hills, so He is weeping over and pleading with sinners in these last moments of time.” Ibid., October 8, 1901