God’s Movement From Local to Global

Elder W. A. Graves

“The work of God in the earth presents, from age to age, a striking similarity in every great reformation or religious movement. The principles of God’s dealing with men are ever the same. The important movements of the present have their parallel in those of the past, and the experience of the church in former ages has lessons of great value for our own time.” GC 343.1

And, “No truth is more clearly taught in the Bible than that God by His Holy Spirit especially directs His servants on earth in the great movements for the carrying forward of the work of salvation.” GC 343.2

For almost four thousand years, God has been leading out a movement from the earth, He is not leading out offshoots, one here and one there. He has been leading a movement which will endure the attacks of Satan, the enemy of truth and righteousness. The last great celestial signs foretold by Christ in the sun, moon, and stars have been fulfilled. Likewise, the fulfillment of His word regarding the days of Noah and Lot when sin was broadcast in the earth as never before, is clearly seen in this generation. This should indicate that God’s final or last day movement is reaching the stage of ripening to be followed by the reaping of the harvest of the earth. Rev. 14:15, 16.

The cover design depicts God’s movement as climbing a steep mountain. Though few in number, compared to those who will constitute the harvest of the vine of the earth, they are steadfast and focused, with the light of His glory, His character, shining in their faces. They have left the dark and ugly ways of Egypt, and are journeying unitedly to the city which God has prepared for those who love and serve Him.