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Matthew 22:1-10





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The Holy Spirit has prompted me that there is far more to Matthew 22:1-10, than He has shown me heretofore. I was not given the outline that follows in vision as of yet, but was alerted that these are important facts to consider as regards Matthew 22:1-10, Ezekiel 5,


The objective of this document is that we might explore the full meaning of Matthew 22:1-10 in an end-time setting. Ellen White reapplied these verses in Sermon and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 4-9.


It should be observed that in their proper historic context, these verses were applicable primarily after the close of Israel’s probation in A.D. 34. Thus, the two calls to the apostate Jewish church were made after that date.


It should further be noted that the two calls to the Jew were calls out of the apostate Jewish organization into home churches.



Matthew 22


1 “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant [those who did not return to their farms and merchandise etc.,] took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.”


Since the two calls were made to apostate Israel after its close of probation in A.D. 34, any contextual reapplication would of necessity occur after the close of probation for the apostate new movement Adventist Synagogue of Satan.


Adventists were bidden in 1844. The Jews were bidden long before their probation close in A.D. 34. In other words, they were God’s “chosen” people before that date, just as professing Seventh-day Adventists were bidden before the date they committed unpardonable sin.


Important Factors to Consider


1.    The disciples were told to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. That came on the typical Day of Pentecost. Acts. 2:1. They were sitting in the upper room of a house.

2.    5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Acts 2:5.

3.    Though the disciples were to go to the Jews first, there were devout men from every nation who heard the disciples speak in their own language.

4.    The disciples made two calls to apostate Jerusalem BEFORE any call was made to the Gentile world. Matthew 22:1-10.

5.    After the second call to the Jews was rejected, some of them killed some of God’s servants.

6.    Then the murderous city (Jerusalem) and the Temple were destroyed in A.D. 70. So the disciples “gathered out” faithful Jews from the apostate church into home churches from A.D. 31 until A.D. 66. A.D. 31 was 3 ½ years before probation closed for Israel in A.D. 34, which ended the 70 weeks (490 years) of Daniel’s prophecy.

7.    Then, the followers of Christ went to the highways and called all to the wedding feast.

8.    The temple and the murderous city were destroyed after the second call to the Jews.

9.    The call to all the world will not be made until the apostate SDA church is destroyed per Ezekiel 5:9-17.

10.     If you want to know who the men with destroying weapons are in Ezekiel 9:2, just look as who wielded those weapons in the last literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9. It was the enemies of the Jews—Rome, Babylon.

11.     Apostate spiritual Jerusalem, the apostate “SDA” new movement, and Babylon cannot be destroyed at the same time because it is Babylon that executes the sentence of Ezekiel 9:6 and Matthew 22:7.

12.     The critical A’ha moment here, is that There were two calls made to come out of A.D. 31-66 apostate Jerusalem. Amazingly, the first call OUT was made 3 ½ years before Israel’s probation was over in A.D. 34. The second call out was made from A.D. 34-66, at which time all the true Christians fled to the mountainous region of Pella.

13.      The first call was 1844, because the churches then were not fallen Babylon until they rejected the 1844 message. But they did teach apostate doctrines.

14.     The next call out of apostate Jerusalem involves apostate new movement Adventism because it adopted the antichrist teachings of Babylon in 1955, regarding the nature of Christ and His flesh. Those teachings sweep away the entire Christian economy. Also, in 1980, it adopted a version of Rome’s central doctrine, the Trinity Doctrine, which destroys the sacrifice that was made in the heavenly Sanctuary at the Incarnation, at which time the Son sacrificed His former state of being—as only existing as Divine Nature Holy Spirit, to become combined with man forever. This sacrifice gave us the life that was His, His Divine Nature Holy Spirit, the soul of His life, as a regenerating agency for overcoming all sin. At this point, the Son’s Holy Spirit Divine Nature was divested from His humanity in a way that rendered His Holy Spirit as a third person. This occurred from the foundation of the earth as part of the Everlasting Covenant.  Without that sacrifice, the “highest good, crowning gift that heaven could bestow,” there would have been no cure for sin so that we might be regenerated back into the image of God. The Trinity Doctrine denies this sacrifice by saying the Holy Spirit always existed as part of the Godhead—without this sacrifice of all sacrifices before the cross. Thus, the Trinity Doctrine in all its forms, in all its variations on a theme, does away with the Sanctuary and the Atonement sacrifice completed in heaven in that essential part of the Incarnation process there, before Christ came to this earth as a babe. Thus, as Ellen White saw, the Sanctuary is rendered as GONE and the Atonement is GONE, thus sweeping away the entire Christian economy by this heresy alone, just as a heretical teaching on the nature of Christ and His flesh sweeps away the entire Christian economy by rendering Him as not being an example for us because the heresy taught is that He did not partake of our sinful nature and flesh. Scripture says that all who so teach are antichrist.

15.     The apostasy described above is unpardonable sin for it embraces the teaching of Baal, after the SDA church had the truth. Such conspiracy with Baal after knowing the truth is indeed unpardonable sin as Jeremiah 11:9-15 attests. The Jews of that era, the time of their sojourn in Shiloh, demonstrates that a people may close their probation at any time. I refer to this as generational close of probation. God said not to pry for them. That connotes unpardonable sin. Ellen White said that very incident would have its counterpart at the end-time.

16.     The church committed unpardonable sin in the early 1960’s by ecumenical liaison with Babylon’s associations and confederacies. Isaiah 8:9-13. There can be no doubt of this fact. Word to the Little Flock, p. 14, makes this perfectly clear as well.

17.     Matthew 22:7, Ezekiel 9:6 and Ezekiel 5:9-17 are one and the same event.

18.     Laval Picard teaches a time of added probation for Israel based on Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 218. I deal with the entire context of that statement further along in this document.

19.     Two generations of unpardonable sin occurred within 25 years of one another. In 1955, the antichrist doctrine of Babylon was embraced on the human nature of Christ and His flesh. Twenty-five years later in 1980, the church adopted Rome’s central heretical doctrine, which sweeps away the entire Christian economy, the Trinity Doctrine. The church has continued in those antichrist heresies for 55 years, nearly three generations now.

20.     If we count the time at which Bible Readings for the Home Circle was first altered on the human nature and flesh of Christ in 1949, unpardonable sin has flourished in the SDA new movement for over three generations or 61 years.

21.     The outpouring of the Early Rain Holy Spirit was manifest in A.D. 31, 3 ½ years before Israel’s probation closed. At that time the disciples engaged their first call out message, calling faithful Jews out from the apostate Synagogue of Satan. So there was a call out message into home churches 3 ½ years before Israel’s general probation closed. The disciples were gathered out in A.D. 27, seven years before the general close of probation for corporate Israel in A.D. 34. Desire of Ages, 232. Probation can close for any generation of God’s people on a generational basis, to wit: Jeremiah 11:9-15 and the following Spirit of Prophecy statement: “The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach." The Upward Look, p. 131. Those who are unfaithful to the Lord’s work close their probation when they do so, Jer. 11:9-15 is proof of that.

22.     All of the above considerations have some bearing on the time God allows for the final gospel to go to the world. If He gave the Jews a call out message 3 ½ years before their probation closed, and for 32 years after it closed (A.D. 34-66), at which time all true Christians fled to the mountains of Pella, would He allow only 3 ½ years for the final gospel to go to all the world, when the final cry to apostate SDA’s should go first after the outpouring of the latter rain?

23.     All 3 ½ year end-time charts allow 75 days at the outside for the world to respond to the final Loud Cry of the gospel! How so? Because if the Universal Sunday Law is ENFORCED by at least 75 days after the Sunday Law comes into legislation, that means all folk with then be forced to take the mark or else. The people will be given only 75 days to make the greatest decision possible to make that will affect their eternal destiny. Does that seem fair to you? Oh, you say, the beast will sit for 3 ½ years or 42 months, and people will have that long to decide. How would that be when the law will be ENFORCED at the penalty of no buy and sell and even death for a certain number of violations (probably 3)?

24.     For the above reasons it seem far more reasonable that the gospel will go freely over the world for at least three and one-half years after the Sunday law is legislated (not enforced). During this time judgments will be coming upon the land to awaken all who will be awakened. Then, after that first 3 ½ year period, the abominations of desolation is seated and we will have to flee to the solitary places, because a Universal Sunday Law will be enforced per Matthew 24:14-18. Is this scenario not more like the order of these verses: 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

25.     How could the gospel go to all the world during a time when we cannot buy and sell? How could the gospel go to the world at such time as we have to flee to the mountains, which is what we must do when the abomination of desolation, the antichrist, is seated?



The Context of Added Probation for Apostate Israel


Laval Picard, a trained SDA minister who worked in that capacity, teaches added probation for the apostate SDA church based on the following chapter of Christ’s Object Lessons. Let’s examine the context of the concept of “added probation.”


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"Spare it this Year Also"

[This chapter is based on Luke 13:1-9.]

Christ in His teaching linked with the warning of judgment the invitation of mercy. "The Son of man is not come," He said, "to destroy men's lives, but to save them." Luke 9:56. "God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17. His mission of mercy in its relation to God's justice and judgment is illustrated in the parable of the barren fig tree.

Christ had been warning the people of the coming of the kingdom of God, and He had sharply rebuked their ignorance and indifference. The signs in the sky, which foretold the weather, they were quick to read; but the signs of the times, which so clearly pointed to His mission, were not discerned.

But men were as ready then as men are now to conclude that they themselves are the favorites of heaven, and that the message of reproof is meant for another. The hearers told Jesus of an event which had just caused great excitement. Some of the measures of Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea, had given offense to the people. There had

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been a popular tumult in Jerusalem, and Pilate had attempted to quell this by violence. On one occasion his soldiers had even invaded the precincts of the temple, and had cut down some Galilean pilgrims in the very act of slaying their sacrifices. The Jews regarded calamity as a judgment on account of the sufferer's sin, and those who told of this act of violence did so with secret satisfaction. In their view their own good fortune proved them to be much better, and therefore more favored by God, than were these Galileans. They expected to hear from Jesus words of condemnation for these men, who, they doubted not, richly deserved their punishment.

The disciples of Christ did not venture to express their ideas until they had heard the opinion of their Master. He had given them pointed lessons in reference to judging other men's characters, and measuring retribution according to their finite judgment. Yet they looked for Christ to denounce these men as sinners above others. Great was their surprise at His answer.

Turning to the multitude, the Saviour said, "Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." These startling calamities were designed to lead them to humble their hearts, and to repent of their sins. The storm of vengeance was gathering, which was soon to burst upon all who had not found a refuge in Christ.

As Jesus talked with the disciples and the multitude, He looked forward with prophetic glance and saw Jerusalem besieged with armies. He heard the tramp of the aliens marching against the chosen city and saw the thousands upon thousands perishing in the siege. Many of the Jews were, like those Galileans, slain in the temple courts, in the very act of offering sacrifice. The calamities that had fallen

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upon individuals were warnings from God to a nation equally guilty. "Except ye repent," said Jesus,"ye shall all likewise perish." For a little time the day of probation lingered for them. There was still time for them to know the things that belonged to their peace.

"A certain man," He continued, "had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"

Christ's hearers could not misunderstand the application of His words. David had sung of Israel as the vine brought out of Egypt. Isaiah had written, "The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His pleasant plant." Isa. 5:7. The generation to whom the Saviour had come were represented by the fig tree in the Lord's vineyard--within the circle of His special care and blessing.

God's purpose toward His people, and the glorious possibilities before them, had been set forth in the beautiful words, "That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified," Isa. 61:3. The dying Jacob, under the Spirit of inspiration, had said of his best-loved son, "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall." And he said, "The God of thy Father" "shall help thee," the Almighty "shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under." Gen. 49:22, 25. So God had planted Israel as a goodly vine by the wells of life. He had made His vineyard "in a very fruitful hill." He had "fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine." Isa. 5:1, 2.

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"And He looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes." Isa. 5:2. The people of Christ's day made a greater show of piety than did the Jews of earlier ages, but they were even more destitute of the sweet graces of the Spirit of God. The precious fruits of character that made the life of Joseph so fragrant and beautiful, were not manifest in the Jewish nation.

God in His Son had been seeking fruit, and had found none. Israel was a cumberer of the ground. Its very existence was a curse; for it filled the place in the vineyard that a fruitful tree might fill. It robbed the world of the blessings that God designed to give. The Israelites had misrepresented God among the nations. They were not merely useless, but a decided hindrance. To a great degree their religion was misleading, and wrought ruin instead of salvation.

In the parable the dresser of the vineyard does not question the sentence that the tree, if it remained fruitless, should be cut down; but he knows and shares the owner's interest in that barren tree. Nothing could give him greater joy than to see its growth and fruitfulness. He responds to the desire of the owner, saying, "Let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it; and if it bear fruit, well."

The gardener does not refuse to minister to so unpromising a plant. He stands ready to give it still greater care.

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He will make its surroundings most favorable, and will lavish upon it every attention.

The owner and the dresser of the vineyard are one in their interest in the fig tree. So the Father and the Son were one in their love for the chosen people. Christ was saying to His hearers that increased opportunities would be given them. Every means that the love of God could devise would be put in operation that they might become trees of righteousness, bringing forth fruit for the blessing of the world.

Jesus did not in the parable tell the result of the gardener's work. At that point His story was cut short. Its conclusion rested with the generation that heard His words. To them the solemn warning was given. "If not, then after that thou shalt cut it down." Upon them it depended whether the irrevocable words should be spoken. The day of wrath was near. In the calamities that had already befallen Israel, the owner of the vineyard was mercifully forewarning them of the destruction of the unfruitful tree.

The warning sounds down along the line to us in this generation. Are you, O careless heart, a fruitless tree in the Lord's vineyard? Shall the words of doom erelong be spoken of you? How long have you received His gifts? How long has He watched and waited for a return of love? Planted in His vineyard, under the watchful care of the gardener, what privileges are yours! How often has the tender gospel message thrilled your heart! You have taken the name of Christ, you are outwardly a member of the church which is His body, and yet you are conscious of no living connection with the great heart of love. The tide of His life does not flow through you. The sweet graces of His character, "the fruits of the Spirit," are not seen in your life.

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The barren tree receives the rain and the sunshine and the gardener's care. It draws nourishment from the soil. But its unproductive boughs only darken the ground, so that fruit-bearing plants cannot flourish in its shadow. So God's gifts, lavished on you, convey no blessing to the world. You are robbing others of privileges that, but for you, might be theirs.

You realize, though it may be but dimly, that you are a cumberer of the ground. Yet in His great mercy God has not cut you down. He does not look coldly upon you. He does not turn away with indifference, or leave you to destruction. Looking upon you He cries, as He cried so

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many centuries ago concerning Israel, "How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? How shall I deliver thee, Israel? . . . I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger. I will not return to destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not man." Hosea 11:8, 9. The pitying Saviour is saying concerning you, Spare it this year also, till I shall dig about it and dress it.

With what unwearied love did Christ minister to Israel during the period of added probation. Upon the cross He prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:24. After His ascension the gospel was preached first at Jerusalem. There the Holy Spirit was poured out. There the first gospel church revealed the power of the risen Saviour. There Stephen--"his face as it had been the face of an angel" (Acts 6:15)--bore his testimony and laid down his life. All that heaven itself could give was bestowed. "What could have been done more to My vineyard," Christ said, "that I have not done in it?" Isa. 5:4. So His care and labor for you are not lessened, but increased. Still He says, "I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment; lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day." Isa. 27:3.

Note by Ron: Clearly, the time of added probation was the time allotted to INDIVIDUALS of apostate Israel after they had slain their Messiah on the Cross until the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70! Had not the veil between the Holy and Most Holy rent in twain, showing that probation had closed for the corporate theocracy of Israel? Also, the added probation was all the time allotted individuals to accept Christ, from A.D. 34 until A.D. 66, when all true Christians fled. Then probation lingered only for those individuals who would respond to a call out from the apostate Synagogue of Satan.

"If it bear fruit, well; and if not, then after that"--

The heart that does not respond to divine agencies becomes hardened until it is no longer susceptible to the influence of the Holy Spirit. Then it is that the word is spoken, "Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?"

Today He invites you: "O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God. . . . I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely. . . . I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. . . . They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine. . . . From Me is thy fruit found." Hosea 14:1-8. Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 212, 218.

     “Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church, and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples.” {FLB 53.2}

     “We should pray as earnestly for the descent of the Holy Spirit as the disciples prayed on the day of Pentecost. If they needed it at that time, we need it more today.” {FLB 53.3}

     “The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for it, and the use we shall make of the light and knowledge that shall be given to us.” {FLB 53.4}

     “There are many who believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise; they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit, yet receive no benefit. They do not surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit God works in His people "to will and to do of his good pleasure." Phil. 2:13. But many will not submit to this. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. The power of God awaits their demand and reception. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive.” {FLB 53.5}

     “The Holy Spirit will come to all who are begging for the bread of life to give to their neighbors.
{FLB 334.6}

                         Loud Cry of the Third Angel

     “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. Rev. 18:1.” {FLB 335.1}

     “I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message.” {FLB 335.2}

     “A work of worldwide extent and unwonted power is here foretold.” {FLB 335.3}

     “Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory. The light which attended this angel penetrated everywhere, as he cried mightily, with a strong voice, "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." Rev. 18:2. The message of the fall of Babylon, as given by the second angel, is repeated, with the additional mention of the corruptions which have been entering the churches since 1844. The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. And the people of God are thus prepared to stand in the hour of temptation, which they are soon to meet. I saw a great light resting upon them, and they united to fearlessly proclaim the third angel's message.” {FLB 335.4}

     “Angels were sent to aid the mighty angel from heaven, and I heard voices which seemed to sound everywhere, "Come out of her, my people." . . . The glory of God rested upon the patient, waiting saints, and they fearlessly gave the last solemn warning, proclaiming the fall of Babylon and calling upon God's people to come out of her that they might escape her fearful doom.” {FLB 335.5}

     “The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated everywhere, and those in the churches who had any light, who had not heard and rejected the three messages, obeyed the call and left the fallen churches.”
{FLB 335.6}


The Early Rain Came in A.D. 31 at Pentecost--Acts 2


“In obedience to Christ's command, they [the disciples] waited in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father--the outpouring of the Spirit. They did not wait in idleness. The record says that they were "continually in the temple, praising and blessing God." (Luke 24:53). . . . {LDE 184.1}


“As the disciples waited for the fulfillment of the promise, they humbled their hearts in true repentance and confessed their unbelief. . . . The disciples prayed with intense earnestness for a fitness to meet men and in their daily intercourse to speak words that would lead sinners to Christ. Putting away all differences, all desire for the supremacy, they came close together in Christian fellowship.”--AA 35-37 (1911). {LDE 184.2}


“It was after the disciples had come into perfect unity, when they were no longer striving for the highest place, that the Spirit was poured out.”--8T 20 (1904). {LDE 184.3}


The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result.


“To the end of time the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church.”--AA 54, 55 (1911). {LDE 184.4}


The Early Rain Produces Conversion. The Latter Rain Develops a Christlike Character


“At no point in our experience can we dispense with the assistance of that which enables us to make the first start. The blessings received under the former rain are needful to us to the end. . . . As we seek God for the Holy Spirit, it will work in us meekness, humbleness of mind, a conscious dependence upon God for the perfecting latter rain.”--TM 507, 509 (1897). {LDE 187.1}


“Many have in a great measure failed to receive the former rain. They have not obtained all the benefits that God has thus provided for them. They expect that the lack will be supplied by the latter rain. When the richest abundance of grace shall be bestowed, they intend to open their hearts to receive it. They are making a terrible mistake. The work that God has begun in the human heart in giving His light and knowledge must be continually going forward. Every individual must realize his own necessity. The heart must be emptied of every defilement and cleansed for the indwelling of the Spirit. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God, that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same work, only in greater degree, must be done now. Then the human agent had only to ask for the blessing, and wait for the Lord to perfect the work concerning him. It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. {TM 507.1}