The radio has been rightly styled the "air arm of the message." It seeks to co-operate in the execution of a God-given commission which requires the message of Revelation 14 to be heard in every corner of this old world. "Then I saw another angel flying in mid-air with eternal good news to announce to the inhabitants of the earth"—thus commences the third angel's message as given in Goodspeed's translation.
To Job of old the question was put, "Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are ?" We have today reached a time when indeed the lightnings can speak, for it is now known that lightning and electricity are one and the same, and this mighty force has been utilized in speeding the human voice through telegraph, telephone, and radio to millions of listeners daily. God saw fit to reveal some of the secrets of His mighty power to earth's last generation in order that these powerful forces might be harnessed for the quick finishing of His work. He promised this revelation, telling through Daniel that in the time of the end "many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Since God has been so gracious in granting us ways and means unknown to our forefathers for the fulfillment of our task, we do well to consider the possibilities of a greater use of these facilities. Of all people the advent believers must be abreast of the times. Through the Spirit of prophecy has come message after message plainly declaring the church's responsibility in this matter. Consider these statements:
"It is the positive duty of God's people to go into the regions beyond."—"Testimonies," Vol. IX, p. 118. "A great work must be done in a very short time."—Id., p. 125. "We must take every justifiable means of bringing the light before the people."—Id., Vol. VI, p. 36.
Surely the radio is one of those means ! Now the messenger of God carries the thought further. These facilities are not only all to be used, but are all to be utilized to the fullest extent possible, because "the end is near, and for this reason, we are to make the most of every entrusted ability, and every agency that shall offer help to the work."—Id., page 440.
The fact that we are not yet making the most of every legitimate agency for spreading the message is borne out in the following striking statements applicable to the days just prior to the close of probation.
"As America, the land of religious liberty, shall unite with the Papacy in forcing the conscience and compelling men to honor the false Sabbath, the people of every country on the globe will be led to follow her example. Our people are not half awake to do all in their power, with the facilities within their reach, to extend the message of warning. . . . The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel."—/d., pp. 18, 19.
Truly "the night is far spent, the day is at hand." "Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake," let us capitalize every means for the finishing of the work. May the people of God indeed covenant with God "to do all in their power, with the facilities within their reach, to extend the message of warning." The radio is one of those modern means which is to be used—used to a far greater extent than we have as yet dreamed, to "sound from one end of the earth to the other" the message of Christ's righteousness.
* The Advent Radio Church in Australia corresponds to the Voice of Prophecy in America.