Paperback, 198 pages, re-published 2020. A modern-language adaptation of sermons by A.T. Jones, given at the 1893 General Conference Session. A project by Pastor Rob Benardo and the Battle Creek SDA Tabernacle Book Evangelism project. (Other books by this project are available from our ministry: W.W. Prescott’s sermons from the same 1893 General Conference session: The Promise of the Spirit; also a concise summary of the 1888 history and message, The Matchless Charms of Christ).
Update 2021: We have been studying this book monthly in an online study group. You can see the videos here.
Alonzo Trevier Jones (commonly known as A.T. Jones), along with E. J. Waggoner and others We’re given a powerful, heartwarming message to take to the church and to the world around the end of the 19th century. Ellen White would say this about the message and the messengers: “The Lord in His Mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Savior, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; It invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest and obedience to all the commandments of God…This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel’s message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure” (Testimony to Ministers, pg.92).
The twelve chapters in this book come from a series of twenty-four sermons preached by A.T. Jones during the 1893 General Conference Session. As you read, you will notice many references to “four years,” which refers back to the 1888 General Conference Session, where the Spirit of God was poured out in a large measure. As these sermons were spoken and then taken down in shorthand, the editors have felt it necessary to reformat and re-edit the material for optimum understanding for the modern leader. Every effort has been made to maintain the original intent of the speaker, while, at the same time, making the concepts understandable in the written form. At the heart of the messages is Jesus Himself as the uplifted Savior. Faith, grace, the righteousness of Christ, the role of the law, and the true meaning of the latter rain are just a few of the life-changing concepts you will find in these pages.
It is our prayer that these messages will help re-ignite the fire that burned in the hearts of the hearers of that day, and lead to the hastening of the return of our dear Jesus who has waited so long for “His bride to make herself ready.” Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return in the near future, and His message will soon run like “fire in the stubble.” May the final sounding of the third angel go forth unhindered, ushering in the great day of the Lord — for His sake, we pray.Editors’ foreword of the book