Let’s consider this quote to start with: “Now 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 Revelation 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 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. Scenes will take place the fearfulness of which we cannot imagine.” The Review and Herald, July 5, 1906.
On September 11, 2001 the “great buildings” of New York City came down. Sister White plainly says that when this takes place Revelation 18:1-3 is fulfilled. Revelation 18:1 speaks about a mighty angel coming down out of heaven and the earth was lightened with its glory. Sister White says that the three angels of Revelation 8 and 14 are to be repeated. The pioneers taught that the first angel of Revelation 14 began in 1798, but that the first angel’s message was empowered when the mighty angel of Revelation 10 came down.
The pioneers correctly taught that the first angel of Revelation 14 and the angel that comes down in Revelation 10 are the same angel. When the angel of Revelation 18 came down on September 11, 2001, the history of the first angel’s message was repeated. Sister White says the three angels’ messages were to be repeated (The Review and Herald, October 31, 1899). As Seventh-day Adventists we know that when the angel of Revelation 18 descends and joins with the third angel’s message, the latter rain begins to fall. That is standard understanding in Adventism. What Adventism doesn’t understand is that before the Holy Spirit is poured out without measure at the Sunday law in the United States, it first begins to sprinkle upon God’s people.
At the Sunday law in the United States the church is purified. One group of Adventism receives the mark of the beast and the other receives the seal of God. At that point, the Holy Spirit is poured out without measure upon those who have the seal of God. Then the two classes in Adventism have been separated. One class receives the mark of the beast and strong delusion, one the seal of God and the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Inspiration teaches that before that time period, while the wheat and tares are still together, before they are separated, the latter rain begins to fall. You can see this in Testimonies to Ministers, 507: “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.”
September 11, 2001 when the mighty angel of Revelation 18 descended, when the great buildings of New York City were thrown down, one of the things that happened is that the fourth angel had joined the third. The other thing is, that the latter rain began to sprinkle upon Adventists. Some Adventists receive it, some don’t. The Holy Spirit is now being poured out with measure. When Adventism is separated at the Sunday law, then it’s poured out without measure. On September 11, 2001 the third woe arrived in history.
There is a multitude of verses in the Bible that teach upon the testimony of two or three, a thing is established (1 Corinthians 13:1; Matthew 16:16). The fifth trumpet was the first woe; the sixth trumpet was the second woe. The pioneer understanding is that the first woe was Islam and the second woe was Islam. Upon a testimony of two, a thing is established. If the first woe was Islam and the second woe was Islam then the third woe is Islam. On September 11, 2001, the third woe arrived in history. It began when the mighty buildings of New York City were thrown down. At this point the work of the Holy Spirit is to arouse and to awaken Seventh-day Adventists. When we are awakened we have the opportunity to enter into the finishing of the work of sanctification, that we might receive the seal of God. A careful study of the Holy Spirit demonstrates that the latter rain first awakens us and gives us opportunity to prepare. Prepare for the Sunday law, because at the Sunday law our probation closes. The Bible teaches: “Surely the Lord our God will do nothing, accept he will reveal it through his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. God’s character demands that before He closes the probation upon His people He will warn them through the prophetic word. September 11, 2001 is that warning!