Tuesday December 1, 2009

The Counterfeit

I read this paragraph today and just had to share the thoughts of my mind with you.

Here is the reading:
“The magicians seemed to perform several things with their enchantments similar to those things which God wrought by the hand of Moses and Aaron. They did not really cause their rods to become serpents, but by magic, aided by the great deceiver, made them to appear like serpents, to counterfeit the work of God. Satan assisted his servants to resist the work of the Most High, in order to deceive the people, and encourage them in their rebellion. Pharaoh would grasp at the least evidence he could obtain to justify himself in resisting the work of God performed by Moses and Aaron. He told these servants of God that his magicians could do all these wonders. The difference between the work of God and that of the magicians was, one was of God, the other of Satan. One was true, the other false.” p. 184, Para. 2, [1SP].
{that would be Vol. 1, of the Spirit of Prophecy set}

Ok, so now here are the thoughts that went racing through as I paused in my reading:

The General Conference SDA church leadership seemed to create several things with their editing of the Testimonies, similar to those things which God wrought by the hand of Ellen G. White. They did not really create inspired works by their writings, but by magic, aided by the great deceiver, made them to appear like the true Spirit of Prophecy, to counterfeit the work of God. Satan assisted his servants to resist the work of the Most High, in order to deceive the church membership, and encourage them in their rebellion. Besides, only a few, fringe groups even professed to liking the SOP. The church membership would grasp at the least evidence they could obtain to justify themselves in resisting the work of God performed by James and Ellen White. They told these servants of God that the church editors could do just as good, besides, the changes were very slight anyway. The difference between the work of God and that of the SDA church editors was, one was of God, the other of Satan. One was true, the other false.

End of the thought train.

Unfortunately the picture has been accurately painted.

Consider this very famous statement from the 1911 Great Controversy, page p. 593, Para. 2.
“None but those who have fortified the mind with the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict.”

But, here is how it reads in Vol. 4 of the Spirit of Prophecy set.
“None but those who have trained the intellect to grasp the truths of the Bible will stand through the last great conflict.”

One is true, the other false.

In the 1911 GC you are taught that memorization is what is important. Now that is a very Jesuit teaching and you can find that on page 16 of the book, “Studies in Christian Education” by E.A. Sutherland.

In Vol. 4 of the Spirit of Prophecy, you are taught to go to God for training your mind to grasp the truth and think for yourself.

May God Bless your study.

Monday November 30, 2009

Found this quote on the importance of health reform.

John was a representative of the people of God in the last
days, to whom God has committed important and solemn
truths. The world at large are given to gluttony and the
indulgence of base passions. The light of health reform is
opened before the people of God at this day, that they may
see the necessity of holding their appetites and passions
under control of the higher powers of the mind. This is
also necessary, that they may have mental strength and
clearness, to discern the sacred chain of truth, and turn
from the bewitching errors and pleasing fables, that are
flooding the world. Their work is to present before the
people the pure doctrine of the Bible. Hence health reform
finds its place in the preparatory work for the second
appearing of Christ. p. 44, Para. 1, [2SP].

Sunday November 29, 2009

Here are three interesting statements about the condition of the Jews at the time of Christ’s birth and the resultant consequences.

I placed the fourth statement in for reference.

The Jews had separated themselves so far from God by their wicked works, that angels could not communicate to them the tidings of the advent of the infant Redeemer. God chooses the wise men of the East to do his will. p. 19, Para. 4, [2SP].

The churches of our time are seeking worldly aggrandizement, and are as unwilling to see the light of the prophecies, and receive the evidences of their fulfillment, which show that Christ is soon to come, as were the Jews in reference to his first appearing. They were looking for the temporal and triumphant reign of Messiah in Jerusalem. Professed Christians of our time are expecting the temporal prosperity of the church, in the conversion of the world, and the enjoyment of the temporal millennium. p. 21, Para. 2, [2SP].

All this terrible calamity was suffered of God, to humble the pride of the Jewish nation. Their crimes and wickedness had been so great that the Lord permitted the wicked Herod to thus punish them. Had they been less boastful and ambitious, their lives pure, their habits simple and sincere, God would have preserved them from being thus humiliated and afflicted by their enemies. God would, in a signal manner, have made the wrath of the king harmless to his people, had they been faithful and perfect before him. But he could not especially work for them, for their works were abhorred by him. p. 28, Para. 1, [2SP].

The pious Jews were looking, believing, and earnestly praying, for the coming of the Messiah. God could not manifest his glory and power to his people through a corrupt priesthood. The set time to favor his people had come. The faith of the Jews had become clouded, in consequence of their departure from God. Many of the leaders of the people brought in their own traditions, and enforced them upon the Jews, as the commandments of God. The pious Jews believed, and trusted in God that he would not leave his people in this condition, to be a reproach to the heathen. He had, in time past, raised them up a deliverer when in their distress they had called upon him. From the predictions of the prophets, they thought the time appointed of God had arrived when Messiah would come. And when he should come, they would have a clear revelation of the divine will, and that their doctrines would be freed from the traditions and needless ceremonies which had confused their faith. The pious, aged Jews waited day and night for the coming Messiah, praying that they might see the Saviour before they died. They longed to see the cloud of ignorance and bigotry dispelled from the minds of the people. p. 41, Para. 2, [2SP].

Something to think about.

Sabbath November 28, 2009

There are actually several angels mentioned in Revelation 14. We are all familiar with the first, second and third angel’s messages. In verse 14 we are told that the Son of man is sitting on a cloud. In the next verse we are told that “another angel” comes “out of the temple” crying with a loud voice.

In “A Word to the Little Flock” on page 12 we are told that this angel is a representation of the saints in that time that will cry “with a loud voice to Jesus on the cloud to thrust in his sharp sickle and reap.”

I wonder how many other angels are representative of God’s people.

Friday November 27, 2009

Amalgamation of Man and Beast

Of all the statements by the Spirit of Prophecy these relating to the amalgamation of man and beast have caused the most angst in many minds.

So let’s review the situation.

Here are the quotes:

But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere. God purposed to destroy by a flood that powerful, long-lived race that had corrupted their ways before him. He would not suffer them to live out the days of their natural life, which would be hundreds of years. It was only a few generations back when Adam had access to that tree which was to prolong life. After his disobedience he was not suffered to eat of the tree of life and perpetuate a life of sin. In order for man to possess an endless life he must continue to eat of the fruit of the tree of life. Deprived of that tree, his life would gradually wear out.
p. 69, Para. 1, [1SP ]. Also p. 64, Para. 1, [3SG ].

Every species of animals which God had created was preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood. Since the flood, there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain races of men.
p. 78, Para. 2, [1SP ]. Also p. 75, Para. 2, [3SG ].

First, God is communicating with man through the Spirit of Prophecy;
Second, the authentic writings of Ellen G. White are in fact the communications of God to his people in these last days;
Third, God knows exactly what he is talking about, it is our place to believe, humbly believe his word;
Fourth, it is Satan that tempts people to place science, so called, above the simple words of God, thus making an idol of science.

I choose to believe in God and his word.

Fact: Noah and family were highly intelligent.
Fact: Go to this site for tons of information on the flood and after the flood.
Fact: Within that site you will find evidence covered up by Satan of the intelligence of those people.
Fact: It is approximately 800 years from the flood to the time of Ancient Greece.
Fact: The Bible documents the peoples of earth that have some connection with God’s people. Therefore, many peoples around the world are not mentioned in the Bible.
Fact: There are many clues and pieces of evidence demonstrating a very high level of intelligence at work after the flood.
Fact: It is impossible for God to lie, even in the Spirit of Prophecy writings.
Fact: I have right now documents announcing the amalgamation of man and beast in an experiment in Palo Alto, California, USA. Scientists produced a mouse with a 100% human brain.
Fact: I have documents announcing that a doctor in England, (UK?) is cloning person’s DNA and raising sheep that have 100% human organs for the purpose of transplanting to humans who’s DNA was used to create the organ.
Fact: Before the movie Jurassic Park was released, I had on file enough documents proving that scientists had the ability to actually create such a park in real life.

I choose to believe that God told the truth about people amalgamating with animals, as currently proven today, is in fact a reality. I believe that the people that descended from Noah’s family were smart enough to have developed and used DNA and genetic engineering.

I choose to believe that the items of Greek mythology were in fact actual amalgamations of man and beast. Consider the Minotaur, the Centaur, the Mermaid, and many other items with various mixtures of human and animal features.

Now some will laugh and chide that all that is myth. But they usually are the same ones who laugh at the “legend” of the Loch Ness Monster.

It is important to understand the position of the scientific community about these matters. They do not believe in the word of God. Dr. Kent Hovind produced a video about dinos (my copy is out on loan) and he tells that the Loch ness finally had a road installed on one side of the lake and since that time there have been over 11,000 sightings of the Loch ness monster. One of the sightings was late at night by veterinarian who saw the plesiosaurs come out of the water, cross the road in front of him, grab a sheep and take it back into the water.

But the powers of darkness do not want you know that information, so it’s not on the wiki page.

So who is on the Lord’s side?

Thursday November 26, 2009

Praise God that we still have peace in this nation.

It seems peace will soon be lost for some time. Many are hurting deeply from the current depression. By some accounts we are through the first third on the way to the bottom, two more to go.

I do hope you will do what you must to ensure that you have a copy of the authentic SOP books. Please check this page for the list of books to get and the suggested order of importance.

In Spirit of Prophecy Vol. 1, chapters 1 – 6 are of primary importance.

Here are the chapter titles:
1- The Fall of Satan
2- The Creation
3- The Temptation and Fall
4- The Plan of Salvation
5- Cain and Able
6- Seth and Enoch

Within these chapters are the foundation of proper thought about your own salvation. These chapters take you by the hand and lead you through the first part of the bible. It is very important that you understand the information in these chapters.

If you do not have Vol. 1 of the Spirit of Prophecy series, pray, ask God to help you get your own copy. He will. Then I suggest you use a highlighter or colored pencil or whatever you like, but personalize it. Doing this will help to embed these thoughts into your mind.

God Bless you study.

Wednesday November 25, 2009

In speaking of the time when Christ was 12 and teaching the teachers at the temple, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 37, “Here is a lesson of instruction to all the followers of Christ. He designed that none of these lessons should be lost, but be written for the benefit of future generations.”

{Here we have specific instruction relating to the publication of materials that have been preserved to this day by others before us. This is a work that we will be engaging in as a service to God’s people. We will be making more announcements about this and how you can join with us in this work.}

Continuing with the quote: “There is necessity o f carefulness of words and actions when Christians are associated together, lest Jesus be forgotten of them, and they pass along careless of  the fact that Jesus is not among them. When they are aroused to their condition, they discover that they have journeyed without the presence of Him who could give peace and joy to their hearts, and days are occupied in returning, and searching for him whom they should have retained with them every moment.

{ this might be a call to prayer without ceasing? what do you think?}

“Jesus will not be found in the company of those who are careless of his presence, and who engage in conversation having no reference to their Redeemer, in whom they profess their hopes of eternal life are centered. Jesus shuns the company of such, so also do the angels who do his commands. These heavenly messengers are not attracted to the crowd where minds are diverted from heavenly things.”

{ I remember week on end when after church going over to friends homes to “socialize” and enjoy each others company. Then after the Sabbath closed it was time to watch a “good” movie. Right? You may have done the same thing. Here is another of God’s warnings to us.}

“Satan is now using every device in this sealing time, to keep the minds of God’s people from the present truth, and to cause them to waver.”

{How easily do we play into the hands of Satan and nestle down into the easy chair and relax for a little “entertainment.”
But here is what we loose.}

“I saw a covering that God was drawing over his people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, and was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of Almighty God.” p. 12, Para. 1, [CEV].

{We are not covered with the covering and will not be protected when we give the hours to Satan and his especial device, T.V., that we should be using to prepare for the future in heaven with the angels and Christ.}

Continuing with our quote: “These pure and holy spirits cannot remain in the company where Jesus’ presence is not desired and encouraged, { I never thought about inviting Jesus to watch a movie with me} and his absence not marked. For this reason, great mourning, grief, and discouragement exist. Through lack of meditation, watchfulness, and prayer, they have lost all that is valuable. The divine rays of light emanating from Jesus are not with them, cheering them with their loving, elevating influence. They are enshrouded in gloom, because their careless, irreverent spirit has separated Jesus from their company, and driven the ministering angels from them.” p. 37, Para. 1, [2SP].

I have thrown out probably over $1,000.00 dollars worth of movies. I had a box set of “The Godfather” which sells for about $50.00 on ebay. I threw it in the trash. I did not want to be guilty of putting that in the way of another. I choose to sell myself to work righteousness, not wickedness, I choose God and the way of Salvation.

Tuesday November 24, 2009

This portion is from the last part of the book Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2.

This points out the work of the angels and how we can cooperate with them in working out our salvation.

Testimony for the Church.

I have been shown that Satan has not been stupid and careless these many years, since his fall, but has been learning. He has grown more artful. His plans are laid deeper, and are more covered with a religious garment to hide their deformity. The power of Satan now to tempt and deceive is tenfold greater than it was in the days of the apostles. His power has increased, and it will increase, until it is taken away. His wrath and hate grow stronger as his time to work draws near its close. p. 277, Para. 1, [2SG].

God knows how Satan is working, and sends his angels to watch over his children, to protect them from the Devil’s power. And the battle is constantly going on between the angels of God, and the Devil’s angels. The angels of God are clothed with a complete armor, the panoply of heaven, and, although surrounded with deadly foes, fear nothing, for they are doing the will of their loved Commander. They enter the darkest places to rescue the children of God from the snares of Satan, and their presence causes the evil angels to fall back. And as the evil angels are defeated, they utter terrible imprecations against the injustice of God, and against his angels. p. 277, Para. 2, [2SG].

I saw that the angels of God are not to force or bend the will of the individual they watch over. They are to gently chide, warn and guard. Satan can never force back these holy angels from their charge. None can do this but the individuals that they are watching over. If these individuals continue to grieve these tender, holy angels; if they go astray from their counsel and warnings, and choose an independent course of their own, they will drive these angels from them. If the will is submitted to them, they will bend it in the heavenly channel, and they will ever be on the watch for their interests, leading them from a thousand dangers, preventing their lives being taken by Satan, and, if they are inclined to go a wrong course, stand in the path before them to prevent their ruin. p. 277, Para. 3, [2SG].

But if individuals continue to retain their own will, choose their own course, and have their own way, the angels leave them in sadness. Then Satan comes in to control the will, and bend the mind, and smiles in hellish triumph at his success. p. 278, Para. 1, [2SG].

Monday November 23, 2009

I was reading this this morning and decided to share it with you.

“The Jewish system was symbolical, and was to continue until the perfect Offering should take the place of the figurative. The Mediator, in his office and work, would greatly exceed in dignity and glory the earthly, typical priesthood. The people of God, from Adam’s day down to the time when the Jewish nation became a separate and distinct people from the world, had been instructed in regard to the Redeemer to come, which their sacrificial offerings represented. This Saviour was to be a mediator, to stand between the Most High and his people. Through this provision, a way was opened whereby the guilty sinner might find access to God through the mediation of another. The sinner could not come in his own person, with his guilt upon him, and with no greater merit than he possessed in himself. Christ alone could open the way, by making an offering equal to the demands of the divine law. He was perfect, and undefiled by sin. He was without spot or blemish. The extent of the terrible consequences of sin could never have been known, had not the remedy provided been of infinite value. The salvation of fallen man was procured at such an immense cost that angels marveled, and could not fully comprehend the divine mystery that the Majesty of Heaven, equal with God, should die for the rebellious race.” p. 11, Para. 1, [2SP].

The Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2

Sunday November 22, 2009

I wish to share with you a focus on the introduction to Vol. 1 of the Spirit of Prophecy series. And I shall provide the link here for your convenience.

In this introduction by James White, we have a forceful lesson about the Spirit of Prophecy as a gift from God to his people, which is to continue through the gospel dispensation, and be especially manifested at the end of that dispensation.

I am posting an excerpt from that introduction here just to whet your interest.
Enjoy.

“Of all the blessings which God has bestowed upon his people, the gift of his Son excepted, none have been so sacred, and so important to their welfare, as the gift of his holy law, and his Holy Spirit. And none have been so well calculated to thwart the plans of Satan, and, consequently, to stir his rage, as these. And when that people should arise in the last generation of men, who should be observing all ten of the precepts of God’s holy law, and should recognize the revival of the spirit of prophecy, they might expect to feel that bitterness from their opponents, which can arise only from the direct inspiration of Satan. “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. p. 10, Para. 2, [1SP].

“The testimony of Jesus,” said the angel to John, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev. 19:10. It is the keeping of the commandments of God, and the recognition of the revival of the spirit of prophecy by the remnant of the church, or the Christians of the last generation, that stirs the ire of the dragon.” p. 11, Para. 1, [1SP].

“The Jewish age, notwithstanding its apostasies, opened and closed with special manifestations of the Spirit of God. And it is not reasonable to suppose that the Christian age, the light of which, compared with the former dispensation, is as the light of the sun to the feeble rays of the moon, should commence in glory, and close in obscurity. And since a special work of the Spirit was necessary to prepare a people for the first advent of Christ, how much more so for his second advent.” p. 11, Para. 2, [1SP].

“God has never manifested his power to his people simply for their gratification; but according to their necessities has he wrought for them. Then we may safely conclude that as his people are passing the perils of the last days in the final struggle with the aroused powers of darkness, when false prophets shall have power to show great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect, our gracious God will bless and strengthen his fainting people with the gifts, as well as the graces, of the Holy Spirit.” p. 11, Para. 3, [1SP].