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The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress

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    It was not all “smooth sailing” with ancient Israel. They had foes without who were seeking to impede their progress at every step. The “mixt multitude” and unconsecrated ones within the camp were ready tools, through whom Satan sought to stir up discontent, strife, murmuring, and rebellion. The fact that God’s prospering hand was with the confiding ones, and that victory attended their efforts, was proof that this people had found grace in his sight—that the hand of the Lord was leading them.GSAM 330.3

    So in the rise and progress of the third angel’s message; its advancement has not been because the truths presented have been something congenial to the natural heart of man. On the contrary, the very central truth of the message—the Sabbath of the Lord—conflicts with selfish, worldly interests, separating those who obey it from the business of the world two days in a week. The cause of present truth has had its external foes, determined and persistent in their efforts to overthrow the work. Of them it may be said, in the words of the psalmist, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say; if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us; then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us.” 2Psalm 124:1-3.GSAM 331.1

    Selfish and discontented persons within our ranks have arisen from time to time, telling what great things would be done when their purposes were accomplished; but like a will-o’-the-wisp their lights have long since gone out. The cause of present truth, meanwhile, had been surely and steadily making its way round the world, gaining in stability and strength with every advance movement.GSAM 331.2

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