Shaking Time

In Seventh-day Adventist parlance, a period preceding the second coming of Christ when many members leave the church because of indifference, satanic deceptions, and the pressure of circumstances. The expression is apparently derived from Heb. 12:26 , 27 , especially the phrase “that those things which cannot be shaken may remain” ( cf. “the shaking of an olive tree” [ Isa. 17:6 ]; “a great shaking in the land of Israel” [ Eze. 38:19 ]; “as a fig tree . . . shaken of a mighty wind” [ Rev. 6:13 ]). This period is also sometimes referred to as a sifting time or testing time ( 5T 80, 47). Ellen White speaks of the shaking time as a “time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken,” including those who know the truth but do not obey God ( 6T 332; cf. 7T 219; 9T 15, 1...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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