God has a “Time Clock”! We find it referred to, even spelled out, time and time again throughout Scripture. I will make just two references to it here. When it was time for God’s promise to Adam and Eve of a coming Savior to be fulfilled, Jesus came and was born in Bethlehem. The Scripture tells us, “God sent forth His Son . . . to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” Gal. 4:4,5). After Jesus had paid the price for our salvation, and was getting ready to leave to go back to Heaven, He told His disciples it was time to “Tell the World” (Matt. 28:18-20). Let us “GO AND TELL!” also.
Those very disciples, filled with the Holy Spirit, obeyed! They became the New Testament believers who shared the “Present Truth” of the birth, ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, with the promise that He would come again to take His redeemed ones home to be with Him forever. As we read through Acts and on into the New Testament, we can see many parallels between the organization of the First Christian Church established by humble, dedicated believers, and God’s Last Days Christian Church also organized and established by humble, dedicated believers.
Verses 1-3 tell us about a group of early Christians in AD 45, ministering to the Lord in Antioch. They are encouraged by the Holy Spirit to set Paul and Barnabas apart for a “new work,” of taking to the “World” the message of Christ, our Savior! Similarly, in AD 1852, a group of early Adventist Christians ministering to the Lord in Rochester, New York, United States of America, are encouraged by the Holy Spirit to set Hiram Edson and John N. Loughborough apart for a “new work,” taking to the “World” the “Present Truth” message of the 7th day Sabbath and the Second Coming of Jesus! Elder James White told Hiram Edson, “We want you to take old Charlie, the horse, and the carriage, and take Brother Loughborough around on a six weeks circuit in southwestern New York, and get him started preaching the message.” Miracles in My Life. J.N. Loughborough, p.31.
Verses 42-49 tell us that Paul and Barnabas took seriously the work of evangelism they had been commissioned to do, and thousands accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. Today there are almost 20 million Seventh-day Adventist members of God’s Church for the last days of earth’s history, which testify that Edson, Loughborough and others took seriously the work of evangelism commissioned to them. But how about you and me? Do we really take seriously the work commissioned to us to “Tell the World” that Jesus is coming soon?
Retired Conference Education Worker
Currently with Adventist Heritage Ministry