:: Welcome to the 22nd General Conference Session
Dear Brethren, Sisters, and Friends,
All Israel was summoned to take part in three annual assemblies for worship at the sanctuary. The people were to leave their houses and properties under God’s special care so that they could fellowship in Jerusalem.
God has special plans for His people today, and one of them is to gather together to worship Him.
The Seventh Day Adventist Reform Movement meets in General Conference capacity every four years. This is a very special occasion when we receive representatives from around the whole world to give their reports and good news about the progress of the God’s work around the globe.
In addition, the delegation session makes important decisions about doctrinal points that need special consideration, particularly in view of the fact that God’s people are frequently bombarded by “winds of doctrine” that have no support in His holy word. And the delegation also makes plans for the next term to consider how to reach new areas with souls still ignorant of the three angels’ messages.
On these special occasions, God’s people are invited to be present during the public meetings that are held sometimes before, sometimes after the delegation session. This time, after 35 years, the next General Conference delegation session will be held in the United States of America. The last time this event was held in the USA was in 1979, in Bushkill, Pennsylvania.
For the success of these gatherings, we invite the family of God around the world to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit so that we may reach full unity before the outpouring of the latter rain which will prepare God’s people to give the last message to this agonizing world, and prepare the faithful remnant for the time of trouble, when the seven last plagues will be poured out on those who reject the free salvation that was so expensive for the Son of God, when He gave His perfect life on Calvary.
We still have one year ahead of us, since the next General Conference meetings will be held during the month of September 2015, in Roanoke, Virginia.
The theme for these general gatherings will be “Christ Is all, and in all.” Since God’s people need to spread God’s love by precept and example, we need to be closely connected by personal experience with Jesus, our Best Friend.
Let’s take time for studying God’s word, to pray as never before, and make known the everlasting gospel which involves the three angels messages found in Revelation 14:6-13 in conjunction with the message of Revelation 18.
“As the children of Israel celebrated the deliverance that God had wrought for their fathers, and his miraculous preservation of them during their journeying’s from Egypt, so should we gratefully call to mind the various ways He has devised for bringing us out from the world, and from the darkness of error, into the precious light of His grace and truth.”—Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 541.
May the Lord richly bless His people around the world to prepare earnestly and diligently for the soon coming of Jesus.
Elder Davi Paes Silva, President