As we face various challenges, we, at WCAS, assess our mission, our method, and our targeted audience.
The book 40 Years in the Wilderness in Type and Antitype by Taylor Bunch (Return of the Latter Rain Publishers) gives us deep insight towards answering the questions posed. This short compilation of his sermons is highly recommended to Adventists who are sighing and weeping for the condition of our church (Ezekiel 9:4).
As ancient Israel was delivered out of Egyptian bondage, modern spiritual Israel was called out of spiritual Babylon. The first awakening call to ancient Israel came to turn toward the promised land after spending two years in Mt. Sinai. “Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey,” (Deuteronomy 1:6, 7).
Likewise, the first awakening call came to the Advent movement to get ready to enter into the heavenly Canaan in 1888 when the “Christ our righteousness” message was preached by Waggoner and Jones. Both ancient and modern Israel faltered at the border of the promised land. They experienced a Laodicean condition and entered into a tarrying time.
The second, and similar, awakening call came after ancient Israel wandered for 38 years around Mt. Seir. “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward,” (Deuteronomy 2:3). Their march to the Jordan was marked with an uninterrupted series of victory. “It was the Captain of the Lord’s host who vanquished the enemies of His people; and He would have done the same thirty-eight years before had Israel trusted in Him,” (PP 435). We are to conquer not by warfare but by strict obedience to all of God’s commands.
Likewise, the second awakening call will come to the Advent movement. Perhaps it has already started. This time the Lord will carry out His plan. As Israel of old apostatized at Canaan's border, we can expect the Advent movement to repeat this just prior to entering the heavenly Canaan. As we are being sealed into the likeness of Christ's character, many will be shaken out. The shaking and sealing are processes, not events.
The second and final awakening call for the Advent movement is exactly as the first call in 1888 – Christ our righteousness. Only by beholding Christ lifted up high on the cross of Calvary are we to be transformed and translated. This is “the third angel’s message in verity,” (RH April 1, 1890). This call produces the patience of the saints who “keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus,” (Revelation 14:12).
We believe WCAS is part of this second and the final awakening call. We would awaken those Adventist people who are in Laodicean slumber with the message of the uplifted Savior. The True Witness stands at the door, knocking and desiring to enter our hearts. He counsels us to buy of him gold tried in the fire, that we may be rich; and white raiment, that we may be clothed, and that the shame of our nakedness does not appear; and anoint our eyes with eyesalve, that we may see (Revelation 3:18). This counsel is “designed to arouse the people of God, to discover to them their backslidings, and to lead to zealous repentance, that they may be favored with the presence of Jesus, and be fitted for the loud cry of the third angel,” (1T 186).
Ellen White was given a night vision of this coming revival. “I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me in the night season. There seemed to be a great movement—a work of revival—going forward in many places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God’s call,” (TM 515.1).
We, at WCAS, sigh and weep for the condition of our church, God's remnant people. When we come in repentance, humbly seek His forgiveness, God will move. He is waiting for His people to be ready to move with Him.
WCAS calls our fellow members to return to primitive godliness, that we may be a part of the second and final awakening call of God. The awakening will be followed by the outpouring of the latter rain which gives the power to the loud cry of the three angels’ message, and the great controversy will end shortly.
This blessed promise, in Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, provides the answers to the questions posed at the beginning, not only for WCAS, but for the whole Advent movement. Let us all join together for the final reformation in God’s remnant church. Only through our individual transformation into oneness with our Savior, Christ, can the unity of His disciples that Jesus prayed for be realized.