A Great and Terrible Storm is Coming
A Storm of persecution
The first part and main body of this paper is a newsletter by SDA Danny Vierra of http://www.modernmanna.org/. Read it first and then we will see some revealing comments by Ellen White and in Revelation on the same topic.
A STORM IS COMING
Relentless in its Fury
I received a very interesting email this week from Dr. Diane Barnett, a physician who works at Uchee Pines. It is very sobering to say the least. The letter tells of a number of people who have had dreams about a coming storm that is relentless in its fury.
But before I share Dr. Diane's letter (she has given me permission to share it with you), please read carefully the following quote from the Spirit of Prophecy: "This is the day of the Lord's preparation. He says: "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. The great work from which the mind should not be diverted, is the consideration of our safety in the sight of God. The storm is coming, relentless in its fury. Are we prepared to meet it? Are our feet on the Rock of Ages? Are we one with Christ, as he is one with the Father?" RH, Dec. 27, 1898.
Now here is the letter from Dr. Diane Barnett:
I recently had a dream that when I related it to others I found that they too, had a dream about a storm. May the seriousness and soberness of the hour be with us.
On Tuesday, August 3rd, I had a dream before awakening in the morning. I was walking outside to go into a building with my family. It was a clear day and one of my brothers was racing and playing around on the way in, making me laugh. As we got inside to a certain room, I felt wind blowing in. I knew that the room would never get warm unless the opening to the room was closed. My father and I went to go close it and saw that the main doors into the building were wide open. At that point I realized that the building was made of wood and was much like a barn. As we approached the doors, I saw that a tremendous storm was on us. The atmosphere of laughter was turned into crisis. All was dark and things were whirling every direction with winds of hurricane strength. We were struggling to close the doors as the strength of the winds were so strong that we could barely pull them. I heard a dog scream in the destruction of the winds just before waking.
As soon as I awoke I felt that the storm was the final crisis of the earth and that it is "near, even at the doors." I realized that all earthly buildings (spiritual and temporal) would be destroyed in such winds. I felt desperate to have the fullness of God's grace, His protection. I felt anxious to know that I had oil in my lamp. I have been praying for direction regarding certain decisions I must make, and I felt this dream was to help me know what to do. I felt it was significant as it was in the exact same manner as two previous dreams I had regarding my daughter's cancer: At 4:00 in the morning, short, succinct, and memorable.
I felt I had to tell someone of the dream so not to lose the impact. I called Winnie in Bermuda to tell her, and we had a prayer for help to get ready. Then when I got to work, Lisa was in my office.
"Lisa, I have to tell you about the dream I had this morning." After relating to her my dream, she said to me: "That's strange. I had a dream last night about a storm, too. In my dream I was standing outside of a large white building. Before me was a river and there were people all over the place playing and going about whatever business they had. Several of us were standing next to the white building, and though I was with them I had a sense that I really should be in the building. Very soon a warning was given to all of us that a really bad storm was coming and that we should seek shelter. Since I was standing close to the entrance of this large white building I thought that I'd stay outside just long enough to see the storm approach. I have always enjoyed storms so I didn't feel intimidated. But quite unexpected the storm blew in on a sunshiny day and all were so surprised that it was hard to maintain our footing. A large stocky man came out of nowhere and grabbed my arm and dragged me to safety inside the building rebuking me for being outside. People were screaming and all was crazy outside, but inside everything was peaceful and restful. And immediately I had the sense that this place was for only those who kept the health message and lived in unity with God. Many did not come inside though there was space for everyone. At that point, I woke up.
She did not think her dream was anything significant until she heard my dream. Hearing her dream also brought greater impact regarding my dream.
Later on Thursday of that week we were having devotions for medical conference. I shared my dream as well as Lisa's. One of the students then said that Nicky had also had a dream about a storm. When Nicky came in we asked her to share her dream.
She dreamed that there was a tsunami. Hundreds of people were being pulled out to the ocean and drowning. She was striving with all her energy to save an unknown person. She had to grab hold of the person and pull with all her strength to get the person to shore. There was a stairway with a banister coming out of the ocean. She put the person in front of her so that she could prevent the wave from crashing on the person. She got a hold of the banister with one hand, and with the other held onto the person. It took great effort to keep the person from being pulled out with the under-tow.
The next day, Friday morning, I had a phone conversation with a patient's mother in England. She told me that she and her husband were convicted that they needed to move back out to the countryside. They had moved closer to the city for convenience because of her husband's work. But the children were now totally unruly after being in public school.
I told her it was not only an option, but a directive from God as we are at the end of time. I then related my dream, as well as Lisa's and Nicky's. With amazement she then told me: "Dr. Diane, I had a dream about a storm six weeks ago. It was flooding and people were drowning everywhere. My concern was for my 5 children. I was desperately looking for all of them to make sure they were safe."
I had a lecture to give to our lifestyle guests at Uchee Pines that morning. As I finished my talk on cancer, I told them that I believed we were at the end of time. I related all the dreams about a storm to them, now four in number.
The following week on Monday afternoon I was seeing patients. I was visiting with our 15 year-old guest and her mother. Sydni left the room for a fever treatment while I finished discussing plans with her mother. June related to me how thankful she was to be able to come to Uchee Pines. She had struggled with weight issues for over 24 years unsuccessfully. What she had learned here at Uchee led her to a full commitment, and with God's grace, she and her husband would follow God's plan as a family.
I then asked her if she heard my lecture on Friday when I told about the storm dreams, especially Lisa's with the building that was for people that kept the Health Message.
"Dr. Diane, I almost fell out of my chair when you told those dreams. Sydni had a dream last week about a storm. I went and found her to ask her about the dream, but all she could tell me was that it was a horrible storm and she was so afraid."
The import of these messages seemed to be growing in weight. I had to tell everyone. I went to the executive office and asked Brother Champen if I could tell him something. "Well, I don't know. Is it good or bad?" he asked. "Yes!" was my answer.
I then related all the above stories. When I finished, he remarked that "this is very sobering, and we are not ready. We are too busy."
I then went to my office to get ready to go home. A young woman from off-campus came in to visit. "Chrissy, I have to tell you something."
"Oh no. Do I need to sit down?" she asked. "No," I said, "you need to kneel down."
After I told her all of the dreams, she said to me, "Dr. Diane, I had two dreams last week about tidal waves. But there was a big wall by the shore and as long as we stood on the wall we were safe."
On Tuesday, Dr. Karla Boutet's told me of an experience (not a dream) that she had while at camp meeting at Camp Alamosa. It was a nice day and she decided to take the kids out on the lake in the paddle boat. As they paddled down the lake a little way, a woman stepped out on her porch and yelled out to them, "A storm is coming." Karla turned and asked her if she knew when it was coming. Others turned and headed for shore, encouraging her to head for shore as well. Just as they reached the dock the storm burst upon them. She felt impressed that this was as the storm coming upon the earth and that she should not ask "when" but to head for shore and be ready for the storm in shelter.
I continue to share this series of dreams because the seriousness grows as I hear from others that they, too, have had a dream or an experience of a storm.
August 14th after church on Sabbath I shared the stories with the Hargreaves. Teresa tells me that in the last week she woke in the morning with the song "Shelter in the Time of Storm" on her mind and she couldn't get it out of her mind.
She She said that was unusual for her; she never awakens with a song on her mind like that. She even told her parents about it as it seemed so out of the ordinary.
Later that day I had some friends over to the house. When I begin to share with them the story of the storm dreams, Jane interrupts me about three dreams into the story. About 4 weeks ago she had a dream about a storm wave. Joella's family, her own family, and her church family come to a house that they had never been to before but they feel like they know it. Someone suddenly shouts: "There's a big wave coming." "I walk to the front door and I see a huge wave, so huge it looks like it could hit the moon. I am afraid because I am thinking that no one is going to survive this, no one here underneath this roof. I stand watching it and as it gets closer it turns into monuments, like the red rock monuments of our land. I turned from looking out the door and saw that everyone in the room was in deep prayer. It seems like their prayers are what turned the waves into monuments. I felt impressed not to disturb them and went to the back of the house. I then felt at peace, not afraid. It felt like God was there."
"When this dream occurred, I was going through very difficult trials at that time here at UP. I felt out of place and I wanted to go home. As I woke up from this dream, I felt assurance that I was doing the right thing getting the training here at UP because the storm is coming and that this is what I need to go back home and get my people ready."
August 27, 2010: In the last week, four more people have told me of a dream they have had in the last 2 months pertaining to being in a storm, mostly a tidal wave or tsunami. Amy Pershin had a dream of a tidal wave. She knew it was coming and the Lord said: "Just hold on." She felt herself under water temporarily with the Lord again saying, "Just hold on." She came out from under the water and felt the peace and security in the Lord. Mary Jane Lewis, Tatiana Meinhart, and Garrison Haywood all had a dream of a storm and I will add the details of these after they give them to me.
September 2, 2010: Sean Bryant told me today that he dreamed he was in a house and a tremendous and frightening storm was outside. All of the events Christ said would happen before His coming were happening, one right after another in quick succession. He said he knew they would happen quickly, but he didn't know it would be that quick. He saw fire coming out of the sky. He looked outside and saw a black cloud the size of a man's fist, growing as it came closer. He could see that it was the Lord coming but it dissipated before reaching him. He awoke feeling the great need to be ready now for the Lord's coming.
I feel very sure that the Lord is giving the message of urgency and the imminence of the hour.
When we as doctors have a patient that is approaching the end of their life, we tell them that "they need to get his/her affairs in order ... Is your will made?" I believe the Lord is telling us that we are at the end of life here on earth. It is time to get our affairs in order. Our living will needs to be in place.
Isaiah 26:20 says: "Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."
Matthew 7:24-27 says: "Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
(signed) Dr. Diane Barnett
We know natural disasters are increasing on the earth and will get worse as we get closer to the Second Coming of Christ. But these dreams speak to my heart of another storm soon coming when everything that can be shaken will be shaken: "We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His commands. If we make no effort to win souls to Christ we shall be held responsible for the work we might have done, but did not do because of our spiritual indolence. Those who belong to the Lord's kingdom must work earnestly for the saving of souls. They must do their part to bind up the law and seal it among the disciples." CM 12.
"The time is coming when we cannot sell at any price. The decree will soon go forth prohibiting men to buy or sell of any man save him that hath the mark of the beast. We came near having this realized in California a short time since, but this was only the threatening of the blowing of the four winds. As yet they are held by the four angels. We are not just ready. There is a work yet to be done, and then the angels will be bidden to let go, that the four winds may blow upon the earth.
"In the last great conflict in the controversy with Satan those who are loyal to God will see every earthly support cut off. Because they refuse to break His law in obedience to earthly powers they will be forbidden to buy or sell. LDE 148.
"Now is the time to prepare. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious, world-loving man or woman. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God--candidates for heaven. Go forward, my brethren and sisters. I can only write briefly upon these points at this time, merely calling your attention to the necessity of preparation. Search the Scriptures for yourselves, that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour." CCh 334 - The Coming Crisis.
May we all make preparation while the door of the Ark is still open!
A Watchman on the Walls of Zion,
END OF VIERRA NEWSLETTER
Now let’s take a look at a testimony from two men regarding a startling comment made by Ellen White in 1908.
Bro. Will Ross now deceased was a personal friend of mine for about 45 years. In our church fellowship we very often spent Sabbath afternoons discussing his experience in the message, and his conversations with Mrs. Ellen G. White.
About 1908, while living in Loma Linda near Sister White, he frequently accompanied her in her walks, and would discuss the message and future events. On one of these occasions, while waiting at the railroad depot, in company with Sister McInterfer and Elder D. E. Robinson, her granddaughter's husband, Sister White related to the three of them about the storm of persecution that was to come upon Seventh-day Adventists. Brother Will related it to me as follows:
"Sister White told us as we three stood there on the depot platform, that a terrible storm of persecution was coming like a windstorm that blew down every standing object. There was not a Seventh-day Adventist to be seen. They, like the disciples, forsook Christ and fled. All who had sought positions were never seen again.
"After the storm there was a calm, then the Adventists arose like a great flock of sheep, but there were no shepherds. They all waited in earnest prayer for help and wisdom, and the Lord answered by helping them to choose leaders from among them who had never sought positions before. They prayed earnestly for the Holy Spirit which was poured out upon them making them fully ready for service. They then went forth 'fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,' to give this message to the world. "I was astonished, and asked if that applied to Loma Linda, as we were looking in that direction. Sister White replied to my question by stating that it applied to the entire denominational world. It so stunned me that I did not ask any more questions." --- Will Ross, Boulder, Colorado.
In the year 1943 when Elder D. E. Robinson was visiting the churches in Colorado, I was serving on the platform the Sabbath that Elder Robinson visited the Boulder Church, having with him the large Bible which Sister White held in her hand and leafing through during one of her visions.
At the close of the service Brother Ross spoke with Elder Robinson about when he, Sister Mcinterfer and Sister White were standing on the depot platform visiting together, and Sister White related to him about the terrible storm of persecution that was coming to Seventh-day Adventists. Elder Robinson replied, "Yes, Brother, Ross, I remember it."
So I documented this reply January 15, 1946, not wishing to forget this important narration related to me by Brother Ross. I frequently discussed it with him in later years, and his statement never varied. - [signed] Elmer M. Johnson.
So first we saw the newsletter by Danny Vierra which related testimonies of recent dreams by numerous SDA’s concerning great storms that are coming. The individuals who had the dreams related these storms to storms of persecution. Then next we saw this comment by EGW that a great storm is coming. Here we have both sources complimenting each other concerning the storms of persecution.
These storms may be events surrounding the enforcement of the Sunday Laws that are coming soon. Great disasters will be in the land, natural disasters and also perhaps an economic collapse. Then perhaps some tremendous events also will take place, causing the world to assume that God is angry with the inhabitants of planet Earth. Sabbath keepers will be pointed out as the cause of pain and suffering that has been inflicted through the various disasters. All-out rage and contempt will be directed toward those who keep the Sabbath of the Ten Commandments. It is only through earnest prayer and humility that the Holy Spirit will come to our aid and enable us to survive this great and terrible storm.
What does the Bible say about these storms?
The recent dreams that were featured in Danny Vierra's newsletter, and written by Dr. Diane Barnett, contain mainly storms with water that threaten the lives of God's people. They seem to symbolize storms of persecution.
Notice here in Revelation 12:15-17, these verses seem to fit together as one unit, in light of these recent dreams:
“15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. “
Verse 15 may be referencing this flood of persecution that is coming soon, aimed at God's faithful people. Verse 14 ended in 1798. In verse 17, this war has not taken place yet, but will happen after 1798, after we receive the Spirit of Prophecy or the testimony of Jesus Christ, so after 1844. We have not yet seen this war, because it is a future war that we are about to see. It is a flood of persecution that is coming, such as a war against those that “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Notice also Revelation 7:1 “ And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”
Winds of strife and persecution are coming but the 144,000 will make it through the storm. (Doug Batchelor thinks this group is made up of faithful SDA’s) A storm of persecution is coming along with the Mark of the Beast Showdown applying the pressure on us.
At this same time we see the economy about collapse as many are saying could happen. An article recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal saying we are in an economic depression. Natural disasters are increasing too. Perhaps a great disaster will occur and the pope or Satan personating Christ will point out Sabbath keepers as the cause of such. A great storm will then begin to blow across the earth.
Let us all draw nearer to the Lord in these closing hours