Signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God.
“The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause. Men cannot discern the sentinel angels restraining the four winds that they shall not blow until the servants of God are sealed; but when God shall bid His angels loose the winds, there shall be such a scene of strife as no pen can picture.”
— Testimonies for the Church, vol.6, p.408
The agencies of evil are combining their forces and consolidating for the last great crisis.
“The days in which we live are solemn and important. The Spirit of God is gradually but surely being withdrawn from the earth. Plagues and judgments are already falling upon the despisers of the grace of God. The calamities by land and sea, the unsettled state of society, the alarms of war, are portentous. They forecast approaching events of the greatest magnitude. The agencies of evil are combining their forces, and consolidating. They are strengthening for the last great crisis. Great changes are soon to take place in our world, and the final movements will be rapid ones.”
— Testimonies for the Church, vol.9, p.11.
The world is filled with terrible disasters.
“I was shown the inhabitants of the earth in the utmost confusion. war, bloodshed, privation, want, famine, and pestilence were abroad in the land...My attention was then called from the scene. There seemed to be a little time of peace. Once more the inhabitants of the earth were presented before me; and again everything was in the utmost confusion. Strife, war, and bloodshed, with famine and pestilence, raged everywhere. Other nations were engaged in this war and confusion. War caused famine, want and bloodshed caused pestilence; And then men’s hearts failed them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.”
— Testimonies for the Church, vol.1, p.268
The time is not far distant, when the test will come.
“The time is not far distant, when the test will come to every soul...In this time, the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy, will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat.”
— Testimonies for the Church, vol.5, p.81