A battle is raging at the headquarters of our faith, not of flesh and blood, but “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
In Revelation 12 Satan is pictured as being exceedingly angry with the church.
“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” (Rev. 12:17 cf. 19:10).
Testimonies for the Church, vol. 4, warns,
Satan’s chief work is at the headquarters of our faith. He spares no pains to corrupt men in responsible positions and to persuade them to be unfaithful to their several trusts. He insinuates his suspicions and jealousies into the minds of those whose business it is to do God’s work faithfully. (210.5)
The reason for Satan’s efforts at the remnant headquarters is,
As the human heart throws its living current of blood into all parts of the body, so does the management at this place, the headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers. If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy; but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid. So it is with us. If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence. (210.4)
Our leaders are not left to contend with the dragon alone. God is able to defend His church. There is One, out of reach of the dragon, who will defend the church from evil. “She brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne” (Rev. 12:5).
Great events are happening in the world. Prophecy is fulfilling, and God’s church needs a Saviour at such a time as this. Jesus is our mighty Saviour in heaven and the Leader of the Advent movement (Revelation 10)! Jesus does not change—His standard of judgment does not change. Truth yesterday is truth forever. Jesus defended His church in ages past, and He will defend it today. The gospel work will close in greater glory than it began.
Many have been earnestly praying that God may bless this year’s Annual Council. God’s church needs revival and reformation. More prayer is needed. Satan rages, but Jesus is in control. Christ will come unto us, “as the rain, as the latter and former rain, upon the earth” (Hos. 6:3), if we pray (Jer. 29:12, 13; 2 Chron. 7:14).