The Gospel Herald -- Promoting the fundamentals of the 1888 message.


The author is a Seventh-day Adventist minister whose career includes 20 years as a pastor in the United States and 24 years in African Mission work where he served as Field administrator, founder of the East African Voice of Prophecy, and author and editor for the Africa Herald Publishing House. His latest appointment has been that of Adventist All Africa Editorial Consultant. His evangelistic writings have been widely published all over Africa.

No cache of buried treasure could have thrilled Robert J. Wieland more than his youthful discovery that the message of Christ's righteousness constitutes "the third angel's message in verity." This idea has lent a distinctive touch to his ministry. For over 34 years he has sensed a compulsion to dig into buried facts of the 1888 message and history, discovering that for nearly a decade Ellen White endorsed that message nearly 300 times as "most precious," "just what the people needed," "a draught from the well of Bethlehem," the surprising "beginning" of the long-awaited latter rain and loud cry of Revelation 18.

Yet the author has been puzzled that a work which inspiration said must go "as fire in the stubble" should smolder for nearly a century. His conclusion: some enemy has tried to put out the fire that the Lord Himself lit.

The Knocking at the Door (written 1974) seeks to relate Christ's special message to the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist Church to a strange reluctance to respond to His loving invitation in the 1888 message. The basic idea turns out to be disturbing, even shocking. The author traces our current denominational problems to a single prime source: our failure to let that loving One in who has kept knocking at our "door" for over a century. He believes that the Lord is still knocking, and that there is a solution of hope: denominational repentance.

The idea of publishing this book in this form is not the author's initiative. It has been conceived by a group of concerned pastors and laymen.

The Knocking at the Door, Table of Contents