The Latter Rain Falling Since 9/11

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So did anything else happen on Sept 11th, when those great buildings were thrown down?

"How comes the word that I have declared that New York is to be swept away by a tidal wave? This I have never said. I have said, as I looked at the great buildings going up there, story after story, 'What terrible scenes will take place when the Lord shall arise to shake terribly the earth! Then the words of Rev. 18:1-3 will be fulfilled.' The whole of the eighteenth chapter of Revelation is a warning of what is coming on the earth. But I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only that I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God's power. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of his mighty power, and these massive structures will fall." {RH, July 5, 1906 par. 14, and LS 411.5}

Above we are told that "great buildings" in New York, consisting of "story after story", "will be thrown down", and when "these massive structures will fall", "Then the words of Rev. 18:1-3 will be fulfilled". Please note, the exact verses Ellen White chose to be fulfilled. It was not the entire chapter of Rev 18, but only the first 3 verses. These describe the beginning of the Latter Rain, when the message goes forth. Not the entire event right to the end, when we see Babylon destroyed and the close of human probation. This we do not see until verses 8-24. So we cannot interpret the above quote, LS 411.5, as being at any time but the beginning of the Latter Rain.

The angel of Rev 18 is the angel that brings the Latter Rain message. So when you see skyscrapers thrown down in New York, know that the Latter Rain has started to fall. Obviously this happened to the World Trade Centre on Sept 11th, so apparently, not only did the Third Woe, Judgment of the Living, Sealing of the saints and restraining of the 4 winds occur on September 11, but also the falling of the Later Rain.

Don't be put off (as I first was) by the Ellen White's use of Isaiah 2:19 and 21, "when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth." This phrase is only ever used in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy at the time of the Second Coming of Christ, so I began to think you could not correctly place this quote on Sept 11, and that it should be placed at the Second Coming. However, in the above quote, Ellen White is clearly saying that this event IS the beginning of the Latter Rain, which means you cannot use the preceding sentence to chronologically place this event. This event is already identified by Ellen White specifically at the commencement of the Latter Rain. It did confuse me why she used a verse uniquely linked to the 2nd Coming, to describe an event that occurs at the commencement of the Latter Rain; but she does, and obviously there is no way one can argue that this event is not occurring at the commencement of the Latter Rain, because she says it is; "Then the words of Rev 18:1-3 will be fulfilled". Furthermore, the Latter Rain is well finished by the time of the 2nd Coming, so one cannot even argue that it is a 'part' of the Latter Rain that is occurring at the 2nd Coming.

Ellen White must therefore be using the words of Isaiah 2:19 and 21 as they so well describe the event, but not to define the verse (especially chronologically).

So when the buildings come down in New York it is the start of the Latter Rain, which perfectly matches the parallel events in the time of the Millerites, when on August 11th 1840, at the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy (Rev 9:15), four European powers came together to decide the fate of radical Islam, and an angel came down from heaven to give the beginnings of the end time message (the 1st angels message). So on Sept 11th, at the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy (Rev 7:1-4, Rev 11:14, RH, July 5, 1906 par. 14, CET 102.2), powers from the 4 corners of the earth came together in a coalition of the willing to decide the fate of radical Islam, and an angel came down from heaven to give the end time message (the 4th angel joined the second angel).

Ellen White did say that the events of 1840-1844 (The Midnight Cry, "Behold the Bridegroom Cometh"), would be repeated to the very letter, "I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter" {RH, August 19, 1890 par. 3}.

Let us look again at Ezekiel 37:9 as it is particularly clear and is the verse that I would consider the main proof text for this study. It says that the Latter Rain will come from a "prophesy" of the Four Winds, and Ellen White says the Four Winds are an angry horse which on the 1843 Chart we know is radical Islam. The "prophesy" of the Four Winds is found in Rev 7:1-4 and is when radical Islam is restrained, as it was on 9/11. "Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live." Ellen White clearly identifies this "breath" and "wind" that is being summoned from the 4 winds, as the Latter Rain that falls upon the SDA church. She says the dry bones in Ezekiel 37 are the Seventh-day Adventists, "These bones represent the house of Israel, the church of God, and the hope of the church is the vivifying influence of the Holy Spirit. The Lord must breathe upon the dry bones, that they may live. The Spirit of God, with its vivifying power, must be in every human agent..." RH, January 17, 1893 par. 8-9.

Please remember the important point I mentioned on the Home page. Ezekiel 37 says when the Latter Rain comes from the Four Winds it will revive the Seventh-day Adventists. So the present time is for you and I to wake up and be revived and let our spiritually dead, dry, bones stand upon their feet like an exceeding great army. So probation has not closed for us at the present time, and all still have an opportunity to receive the Latter Rain.

That is why Ellen White says the Latter Rain experience from Ezekiel 37:1-14 occurs at the same time as the angry horse is restrained, "Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth, bearing destruction and death in its path. Shall we sleep on the very verge of the eternal world? Shall we be dull and cold and dead? Oh, that we might have in our churches the Spirit and breath of God breathed into His people, that they might stand upon their feet and live." {20MR 217.1}

Do you remember how in T9,11 Ellen White said after the "buildings" in "New York" "were consumed as if made of pitch", it would be the shaking time? Well Ezekiel 37 says that during "a shaking", God "will cause breath to enter into... the whole house of Israel" and this will be God putting His Spirit in them (Ezek 37:7, 5, 11, 14). This clearly describes the Latter Rain time period. So Ellen White says the Latter Rain begins to fall when the "Angels are holding the four winds, represented as an angry horse seeking to break loose and rush over the face of the whole earth" as well as after the "buildings" in "New York" "were consumed as if made of pitch", during the shaking time.

The concept of the Latter Rain falling before the National Sunday Law was new to me, as I'm sure it will be to many Adventists. So what does the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy say about The Latter Rain Before the National Sunday Law?