Q&A – How to Differentiate between Satan’s False Revival and the Loud Cry?

The Loud Cry” is a statement that is mentioned a number of times in the writings of Ellen White. The Bible refers to it as “the times of refreshing” (Acts 3:19), which takes place at the same time as the “latter rain.” “It is the latter rain, the refreshing from the presence of the Lord, the loud cry of the third angel.” Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen G. White, 177.

The purpose of the Loud Cry is to get the final message of mercy to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. It is the finishing of the work and the gathering of the remnant just before Jesus comes. There is no new doctrine, but the same message with new vigor and power—the truth about the love of God and the overcoming of all sin. It will carry with it an urgency to prepare for heaven. This message will not teach that you can continue sinning until Jesus comes and He will miraculously convert you to a sinless being. It will urge us to take hold of the power of God and overcome sin.

It is described like this: “I heard those clothed with the armor speak forth the truth with great power. It had effect. Many had been bound; some wives by their husbands, and some children by their parents. The honest who had been prevented from hearing the truth now eagerly laid hold upon it. All fear of their relatives was gone, and the truth alone was exalted to them. They had been hungering and thirsting for truth; it was dearer and more precious than life. 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.’ ” Early Writings, 271.

The false revival will have much power, but it will not teach the necessity of overcoming sin and it will not have the love of Jesus. It will speak lightly of the seventh day Sabbath. Miracles will be performed, however of a very different spirit.

In order for us to be able to distinguish between the false and the true we must be prepared for the deception that is coming. “None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey God rather than men?” The Great Controversy, 593, 594.

“It is the duty of every one to search the Scriptures for himself. We cannot accept the assertions of men as infallible.” Historical Sketches, 197.

“As we near the end of time, falsehood will be so mingled with truth, that only those who have the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be able to distinguish truth from error. We need to make every effort to keep the way of the Lord. We must in no case turn from His guidance to put our trust in man. The Lord’s angels are appointed to keep strict watch over those who put their faith in the Lord, and these angels are to be our special help in every time of need. Every day we are to come to the Lord with full assurance of faith, and to look to Him for wisdom. … Those who are guided by the Word of the Lord will discern with certainty between falsehood and truth, between sin and righteousness.” God’s Amazing Grace, 201.

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