“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (to fulfill My promises to you) . . . . Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you . . . . And ye shall seek Me, and ye shall find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all of your heart ! And I will be found of you, saith the LORD, and I will turn away your captivity . . . !” Jeremiah 29:11-14
“For unto this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit . . . and that trembleth at My Word !” Isaiah 66:1-2
“I am instructed to bear a message to those who minister by holding forth the Word of God to others. You must be converted. This is surely what you need. The spiritual anointing of the LORD will never come to self-sufficient men and women. Many who are in God’s service, proclaiming the Truth by pen and voice, are not worked by the Holy Spirit. Self has grown to large proportions. Until the soul is emptied of self and the Holy Spirit takes possession, you will be unready for the coming of Christ. You will certainly be weighed in the golden scales of the heavenly sanctuary and be found wanting.
God’s Promise is to us and to our children (Acts 2:30-39 & Galatians 3:14), and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. We may claim this Promise for ourselves, and receive the Holy Spirit in His fullness. Then shall not we who preach the Word be clothed with the power of God? Shall we not be in truth (verity) His messengers? . . .
Who is willing to take himself in hand? Who is willing to lay his finger upon his cherished idols of sin, and allow Christ to purify the temple by casting out the buyers and sellers? Who is prepared to allow Jesus to enter the soul and cleanse it from everything that tarnishes or corrupts?”
– Manuscript Releases Vol.1, p.367
” A burden was upon my soul. I knew that the Lord would manifest His power. I was urged by the Spirit of God to make strong appeals to my brethren who were to cross the Rocky Mountains, to attend the general conference at Minneapolis. I urged them to humble themselves before God, and receive the assurance of His grace,* (G5485) to be baptized with the Holy Ghost, that they might be in a condition to impart Light, and strength, and courage to those who should assemble in the conference, and that there might be a union between the east and the west.
I knew that there must be a renewal of the grace* of Christ; life and power must be infused into the work (John 6:63). Little did I think, when making these solemn appeals, that a letter had gone forth from one present at that meeting stating things he thought were true but were not true and which preceded us and built up a wall of difficulty, placing men prepared to fight everything those who crossed the Rocky Mountains should introduce. For long years prejudice had existed with those at Battle Creek without cause against the laborers on the Pacific coast and Satan used his influence to have that letter do a work which will prove to the loss of souls. God never prompted that letter.
I was shown into the room where the letter was received. I stepped up and read the name distinctly and afterward asked Eld. Butler if Bro. [Healey] did not write to him certain things. He said he did. I asked if he would let me see the letter. I wanted to know what testimony was given to create such a state of things as we met at Minneapolis. He said he burned the letter, but the impress had made an indelible impression on his mind and on the minds of others which are still as if bed in the rock. At this period of time when the powers of darkness were moved from beneath to take the field, and in wily, crafty movements, to outgeneral the church to which God has committed sacred, holy trusts. Although through the voices and pens of many, the trumpet had given a certain sound, others of the watchmen were asleep, and knew not the time of their visitation . . . !”
– 1888 Materials, p.55