And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth … , saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come. Revelation 14:6, 7.
An upright, honesthearted farmer, who had been led to doubt the divine authority of the Scriptures, yet who sincerely desired to know the truth, was the man specially chosen of God to lead out in the proclamation of Christ’s second coming.
God sent His angel … to lead him to search the prophecies…. He saw that the inhabitants of the earth were living in the closing scenes of this world’s history, yet they knew it not…. God called him to leave his farm…. With trembling, William Miller began to unfold to the people the mysteries of the kingdom of God, carrying his hearers down through the prophecies to the second advent.
Thousands were led to embrace the truth preached by William Miller, and servants of God were raised up in the spirit and power of Elijah to proclaim the message…. And as the solemn warning to flee from the wrath to come was sounded, many who were united with the churches received the healing message; they saw their backslidings, and with bitter tears of repentance and deep agony of soul, humbled themselves before God.
The special blessing of the Lord, both in the conversion of sinners and the revival of spiritual life among Christians, … testified that the message was of Heaven.
With clearness the believers … gave the reasons why they expected their Lord in 1844. Their opposers could bring no arguments against the powerful reasons offered.
The announcement, “The hour of his judgment is come,” points to the closing work of Christ’s ministration for the salvation of men. It heralds a truth which must be proclaimed until the Saviour’s intercession shall cease, and He shall return to the earth to take His people to Himself.
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Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for Barney who has MRSA in his knee and is in a rehab hospital. He also was supposed to have his pills crushed but they failed to do so. He aspirated some of the pill and is in danger of pneumonia. Pray for his daughter Kim who is having to deal with this. Rose
—-I have not heard from my daughter for about two weeks.:(please continue to pray): Eva
—-Prayer request for my neighbor who collapsed 4 days ago. He is just now being taken in for brain surgery. He also has a mass on his lung. His name is Don. He’s very ill. Judy
—-Prayer request for my nephew by marriage. His name is Richard and he fell off a roof. He is currently in ICU. We know for sure he has a punctured lung, broken ribs and broken hand. He suffered a head wound. Include my niece, Margaret in your prayers too as she helps he husband recover. Christine
Dear Friends,
A few weeks ago, we drove down to Oklahoma to see the Hezekiah and Isaiah seals. It was a very interesting display to not only see the seals but also the time in which they lived. How vital to our own walk with our Saviour is the study of the lives of those recorded in the Holy Bible. The Apostle Paul tells us, “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor 10:11 Israel was to be a nation whose king was their Redeemer, a theocracy. He had such wonderful plans for them. Through His chosen people, He wanted to bring the rest of the world to Himself. Sadly, the people took their eyes off from the One Who loved them with an everlasting love and looked instead to a human leader; so that they could be like the nations around them. What a lot of trouble that rejection caused them throughout their generations. When they were ruled by a good king, his subjects tended to be good. When they were ruled by an evil king, the people became wicked.
Hezekiah was one of Judah’s good kings whose life it is important to study for it has many lessons for us. He tried to do right in the sight of the Lord. The Passover had not been celebrated for many years. One of his first goals was to point both Israel and Judah to their Only Saviour and lead them back to the right way. “And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel” 2 Chron 30:1
Later, when the king of Assyria decided to add Judah to his collection of nations and sent a letter to this good king, Hezekiah turned his eyes to the Only One Who could save him and his people. “And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only.” 2 Ki 19:15-19 The Great King of the Universe heard and answered the prayer of His servant. He sent a mighty angel and slew 185,000 of the Assyrian army.
One day this good king became very sick. In mercy the Lord sent Isaiah with the message, “Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.” 2 Kings 20:1 Hezekiah was shocked. He thought over all of his zeal for his Maker and couldn’t understand why this must be. “Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying, I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.” 2 Ki 20:2,3
How quickly our Loving Saviour answered that prayer. “And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.” 2 Ki 20:4-6 How Hezekiah’s heart should have filled with joy, but instead a little doubt entered in. Hezekiah seemed to languish spiritually after his healing. Instead of believing Isaiah’s word, he asked for a sign showing his unbelief. Our Merciful Redeemer gave the king the wanted sign. The sun’s shadow went backwards ten degrees.
Through this sign, the Lord was drawing the sun worshipping nation of Babylon to Hezekiah that he might teach them of the True and Living God. Sadly, “Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up.” 2 Chron 32:25 He failed to give glory to God for this miracle and as a result of his bragging about the greatness of his kingdom and all of his riches, the Babylonians never learned about the One Who wanted to save them. Through the prophet he was told that because of this, his posterity would be taken captive and the kingdom destroyed. His first comment was that as long as it didn’t happen during his lifetime, he didn’t really care. Yet upon reflection, Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.” 2 Chron 32:26
Moreover, Manassah was not born until after that event and the sad history of his life would never have happened if Hezekiah had died when he was first sick. Sometimes we do not understand why things happen as they do. Sometimes we stumble and reel under the trials that come upon us, yet we must be careful not to insist that God answer our prayer just the way we ask. He knows the future. He knows what is best. He says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isa 55:8,9
From Hezekiah’s experience, we can see that a miraculous healing is not always the best way. Sometimes a more gradual healing, a more gradual deliverance from our trial (or no healing, no deliverance from trial) can be a greater blessing because it can keep the person from becoming the center of attention, a celebrity, lifted up in his own sight and in the sight of others.
Let us trust fully in our Dear Saviour’s leading. Let us rely on Him Who knows the end from the beginning. Let us be faithful to the One Who loves us so.

The Judgment-Hour Message