Sunday May 1, 2011

It comes to mind that we should also bring a little definition to the term “in the faith of this message,” as used this past Friday. I labor to use and follow the terms and thinking of the pioneers. I believe this helps to keep me in the strait and narrow path. A word paints a picture, therefore it becomes important what pictures we have in mind.

So, going to the 1858 Great Controversy, we begin on page 158.

JESUS sent his angels to direct the disappointed ones, to lead their minds into the Most Holy place where he had gone to cleanse the Sanctuary, and make a special atonement for Israel. p. 157, Para. 1, [GC58].

I was then shown what did take place in heaven as the prophetic periods ended in 1844. I saw that as the ministration of JESUS in the Holy place ended, and he closed the door of that apartment, a great darkness settled upon those who had heard, and had rejected the messages of CHRIST’S coming, and they lost sight of him. p. 158, Para. 1, [GC58].

This is largely the make-up of Babylon. But, it is a critical distinction especially applicable to the Seventh-Day Adventist church, as a body, for they have denied the true faith, (here, here, and here), got off the path, down into the wicked world below; and it is “just as impossible for them to get on the path again & go to the city, as all the wicked world which God had rejected.” (The DayStar) This idea presents strong support for the attribute of the 144,000 being virgins, not defiled with church(es).

Through the sacrifices and offerings brought to the earthly Sanctuary, the children of Israel were to lay hold of the merits of a SAVIOUR to come. And in the wisdom of GOD the particulars of this work were given us that we might look back to them, and understand the work of JESUS in the heavenly Sanctuary. p. 160, Para. 1, [GC58].

As the priests in the earthly Sanctuary entered the Most Holy once a year to cleanse the Sanctuary, JESUS entered the Most Holy of the heavenly, at the end of the 2300 days of Dan, viii, in 1844, to make a final atonement for all who could be benefited by his mediation, and to cleanse the Sanctuary. p. 161, Para. 1, [GC58].

The third angel closes his message with these words, Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of GOD, and the faith of JESUS. As he repeated these words he pointed to the heavenly Sanctuary. The minds of all who embrace this message are directed to the Most Holy place where JESUS stands before the ark, making his final intercession for all those for whom mercy still lingers, and for those who have ignorantly broken the law of GOD. This atonement is made for the righteous dead as well as for the righteous living. JESUS makes an atonement for those who died, not receiving the light upon GOD’S commandments, who sinned ignorantly. p. 162, Para. 1, [GC58].

Here are two classes of people. The first class has to include the SDAs. Simply because they are excluded from the second group because of their knowledge of the law. The second class has to belong to the great multitude, as they will not be resurrected at the voice of God, but at the voice of Christ.

(I am suddenly taken away by the scene imagined! Christ, standing in all his glory, …. Then Jesus’ silver trumpet sounded, as he descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints then raised his eyes and hands to heaven & cried out, Awake! Awake! Awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise. Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted, Hallelujah! as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. The DayStar. What a thrilling sight! something to keep in mind as the years wear away!)

The third angel has lighted up the past, present and future, and they know that GOD has indeed led them by his mysterious providence. p. 163, Para. 1, [GC58].

It was represented to me that the remnant followed JESUS into the Most Holy place, and beheld the ark, and the mercy seat, and were captivated with their glory. p. 164, Para. 1, [GC58].

In the above paragraph is evidence of just where God’s people really are. This is why another angel comes out of the temple. Revelation 14:15. It is God’s people coming out, because they are following Christ, who has already come out, as probation has closed.

The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up, and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, from whence came the voice of GOD, like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were shaken open, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that GOD was to make with those who had kept his law. p. 205, Para. 2, [GC58].

Here we have the definitive passage as to exactly who are the 144,000. In the whole wide world there is not any who have the truth, as stated above, excepting the SDAs, and those who have come out of that church.

God Bless your separation from error

 

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In thinking about Revelation 14: 12, I’m wondering if the patience part doesn’t have a great deal to do with the age we live in… this fast age. Maybe God wants us to take time… for him, but Satan presses us with a feeling of pressure. Just a thought.

 

Sabbath April 30, 2011

In reviewing yesterday’s post, the number 2 item, it is not complete, there is additional information that needs to be put with it.

 

On the long thought…. I took extra time on this matter. I believe God wanted to give me some new thoughts about the 144,000. Originally it was deeply ingrained in me that the 144,000 are a special group because of some experience they went through, like living through the time of trouble in the sight of a holy God without a mediator.

 

When he leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor. p. 432, Para. 2, [4SP]. The 1884 GC.

 

Think about the process here. First, the above is wrong. It implies that this time (?) is especially different. It is not. Not different from what the righteous dead went through,… in this sense. We live, we die. The moment we die, our probation closes. The next instant (in the mind of the dead) the righteous will be living in the light of a holy God without an intercessor.

 

Is that going to be a fearful time!? I think not. There are enough problems in the ‘84GC that I do not study it. But I use it, like now, to point out what might be, or become, fatal thinking.

 

To come full circle. It brings us right back to perfection. When you and I become perfect, even as our Father, which is in Heaven, is perfect, then we will be living “as if” in the sight of a holy God, without an intercessor.

 

Those of the 144,000, who live through the plagues, will also go through the time of Jacob’s trouble. It seems to me that dying, for the righteous, is a similar experience. I do not know. I have little experience. But, maybe, it should be stated in the reverse. That is to say, that dying is more like a total loss of self, which is what the time of trouble will be for the 144,000. Probably a process of purification. Another heavy.

 

Back to the 144,000.

 

Then, after being rescued, in Heaven they are special, they follow Christ everywhere, they have a special temple in Heaven, &c.

 

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. Rev. 14:4

 

BUT, this kind of thinking comes from our human, worldly, papal educational system. (New download, E. A. Sutherland’s book, Studies in Christian Education.) There is a reward. Eternal life. There is also another reward. You will be rewarded according to what you did on earth. (Which is another topic for SDAs)

 

Look at the verse again. It clearly states that the 144,000 are firstfruits. Apparently, barley was the first grain ripe, so it was used for the offering of the firstfruits. So let’s think about this. What could possibly be different between the “firstfruits” and the rest of the harvest? Answer, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Exception being one. That they were harvested first. Because of that, they will be alive to hear the voice of God making a covenant of peace and watching Christ come to the earth, then, raising the great multitude.

 

God looks at many things differently than we do. This verse might be applicable here.

 

A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. Psalm 22:30

 

We see here, where a few, of a group, are “accounted” as the whole. It seems to me that the few, of the 144,000, that do go through the time of trouble, are “accounted” as the whole, until they become “whole” at the voice of God. Thus it then is said, “The living saints, 144,000 in number…”

 

Here are the references I used in my study. They are ordered by date published. Key words, “the living saints.”

 

The DayStar

The 1846 Broadside

A Word to the Little Flock, p. 14, Para. 2 & p. 20, Para. 1

1851 Christian Experience and Views, p. 5, Para. 2 & p. 8, Para. 2

Testimony for the Church, No. 4, p. 111, Para. 2

The 1858 Great Controversy, p. 143, Para. 1; p. 187, Para. 2; p. 207, Para. 1;

Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2, p. 30, Para. 2

Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, p. 83, Para. 1

 

God Bless your Sabbath

 

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There are two other items of interest.

 

1.) E. A. Sutherland’s book, Studies in Christian Education, is available for downloading. An excellent read for understanding the true impact of the papal influence.

 

2.) On the Counterfeit Books page is a new comparison of Redemption No. 3, which is clean. It is number 5.1 for reference. See the note on that page about the Redemption series problems.

 

Friday April 29, 2011

Back to our instruction from No. 30. We think that virtually all of the instructions, to be found in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, is entirely for the 144,000. Why? you might ask. Two reasons come to mind.

 

First, (this is my understanding at this point of my studies) the 144,000 are the ones who are, in some form, in the faith of this message. This means that they have some close relationship with the SDA faith. In my own case, I was reared in the church, spent the first fifty years of my life in the church, but then “left the church,” which means I terminated my membership in that church. Today, I am much stronger “in the faith” than I ever was, and, much more so than fully 95 percent of the membership.

 

Actually, now that I reflect on it, the true percentage is got to be closer to 99 percent. Here is the example that came to mind. In 1994, in Rwanda, a great civil tragedy took place. People killing people, simply based on the shape of their nose. While this seems absurdly simple, this, according to an article I once read, was the method used to “create” the two ethnic groups, the Tutsi and Hutu peoples, by Belgium.

 

According to estimates, between one half to one million people were killed. The SDA church was in the area actively working. According to rumor, some church members asked their pastors if it was ok to kill those of the other side. I personally believe that rumor. Here, you can check the fact, that a SDA pastor was involved. Not an anomaly; otherwise, the church would be in a different condition.

 

When a church is in willful darkness, this is what you get. They can not teach the true gospel.

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Matthew 12:34

 

Christ said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24. Why?

Here God gives us some more instruction.

 

I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep. The Present Truth, No. 8, p. 64.

 

If the message is an Elijah message, then what is it that it only goes to the sheep and not the shepherds? More later on that one.

 

So what if you are not in the faith? What is your position now? You will be a part of the great multitude. Revelation 7:9.

 

Second, and more simply, they are the only ones around who, from the heart, love the doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. They embrace the dangers, toil, hardship, pruning of God, affliction; they are drawn by the Father.

 

 

 

Dangers beset every path, and he who comes off conqueror, will indeed have a triumphant song to sing in the city of God. Some have strong traits of character that will need to be constantly repressed. If kept under the control of the Spirit of God, these traits will be a blessing; but if not, they will prove a curse. If those who are now riding upon the wave of popularity do not become giddy, it will be a miracle of mercy. If they lean to their own wisdom, as so many thus situated have done, their wisdom will prove to be foolishness. But while they shall give themselves unselfishly to the work of God, never swerving in the least from principle, the Lord will throw about them the everlasting arms, and will prove to them a mighty helper. “Them that honor me, I will honor.” p. 25, Para. 3, [30OT].

 

God Bless your study

 

Thursday April 28, 2011

I am often reminded, and especially now, of the dream given Ellen and published for us in No. 20.

 

An Impressive Dream. p. 28, Para. 1, [20OT].

 

I suggest you read it again, it’s only a few pages, for the inspiration and instruction. In particular, the following paragraph seems to carry a great deal of importance for the very near future.

 

We then thought of those who had not accustomed themselves to privations and hardships. Where were such now? They were not in the company. At every change, some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed themselves to endure hardships. The privations of the way only made these more eager to press on to the end. Our danger of falling from the pathway increased. We pressed close to the white wall, yet could not place our feet fully upon the path, for it was too narrow. p. 29, Para. 2, [20OT].

 

As the press comes closer and closer, … you will probably loose some friends. Not all will keep their eyes on Jesus, who leads us on the strait and narrow path to the city. The DayStar.

 

God Bless your study

 

Wednesday April 27, 2011

Admonitions and Warnings.

November 23, 1879, some things were shown me in reference to the institutions among us, and the duties and dangers of those who occupy a leading position in connection with them. I saw that these men have been raised up to do a special work as God’s instruments, to be led, guided, and controlled by his Spirit. They are to answer the claims of God, and never to feel that they are their own property, and that they can employ their powers as they shall deem most profitable to themselves. Although it is their purpose to be and to do right, yet they will most surely err, unless they are constant learners in the school of Christ. Their only safety is in humbly walking with God. p. 25, Para. 2, [30OT].

 

James has just about one year and eight months left to live, but neither he nor Ellen know this yet. How appropriate that such a testimony from God be given at such a time. It’s like passing the baton.

 

Back to the future 132 years, and God’s people have no big church. There are no institutions. There is only the remnant of the remnant… the last of the 144,000. Scattered, torn, poor, oppressed, tried, afflicted, esteemed to be smitten of God, stones, they are, all in God’s great workshop of the earth, blow after blow the master Workman strikes. Chips and stone dust gathers in the corners. Pieces fly every direction with every blow. The Master knows what he is doing.

 

Often many gather to watch a master workman ply his trade. This time,… a universe watches. In awe. Silence reigns. Events seem to be coming to a head. All being inexorably drawn to the ending.

 

All the 144,000 are in the position as “those who occupy a leading position in connection with” God’s great final work. Many portions of “the work” have closed up. You can not do medical work, in God’s way, without extremely great danger, extreme restrictions, &c. Having a school is a little easier, but not much. Satan has closed many doors.

 

Here are some important points to keep in mind.

 

1.) October 22, 1844 began “the end.” Matthew 24:14 For the gospel was preached to all the world just previous under the loud voice of the first angel’s message.

 

2.) The Shaking started January 26, 1850. The Present Truth, No. 9, page 72

 

3.) You and I are created beings. We are only allotted 70 years. Psalm 90:10 Events happen in God’s time, not ours. Think about this in context with the above passage, from No. 30. But, current events are looking like Sunday will soon be made a test.

 

One more big disaster and things will accelerate to a blinding speed. From my personal perspective, I do not believe the people of the United States of America will stand much austerity. Unless God restrains men, this country will explode with trouble of every kind. Many will die.

 

You are of “those who occupy a leading position” in God’s plan; this is the role of the 144,000.

 

You “have been raised up to do a special work as God’s instruments, to be led, guided, and controlled by his Spirit.”

 

You “are to answer the claims of God, and never to feel that they you are their your own property and that they you can employ their your powers as they you shall deem most profitable to themselves yourself.”

 

“Although it is their your purpose to be and to do right, yet they you will most surely err, unless they you are constant learners in the school of Christ.”

 

Your “only safety is in humbly walking with God.”

 

I know, this is a heavy thing. I know. But, “Many misunderstand the object for which they were created.” No. 28, p. 144.

 

May God Bless your preparation moment by moment

Tuesday April 26, 2011

Attaining perfection is a positive duty for the true Christian.

 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48

Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. Deut. 18:13

 

Do you want to live in Heaven? If the answer is yes, then, why? Are you preparing for living with a God like this?

 

He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deut. 32:4 As for God, his way is perfect; 2 Samuel 22:31  As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. Psalm 18:30

 

Here is part of God’s attitude toward his people.

 

God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33

 

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. 2 Chron. 16:9

 

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Job 1:1

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Job 1:8

 

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Psalm 18:32 (notice that this text is repeated, a very rare thing for the Bible)

 

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace. Psalm 37:37

 

The disciples also taught and understood perfection.

 

For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 2 Cor. 13:9 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Hebrews 6:1

 

In working in the power of Christ to overcome as he overcame (Revelation 3:21), there are often trials &c., the pruning of God, preparing us for the heavenly temple. It can be very painful.

 

But your peace can be perfect.

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: Isaiah 26:3

 

Remember Enoch? This is from yesterday’s post. Notice the highlighted portion.

 

Enoch’s case is before us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him. He trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly and divine things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine. His countenance was lighted up with the light which shineth in the face of Jesus. Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was not surrounded with society any more friendly to righteousness than we. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in which he lived. And so may we remain as pure and uncorrupted as did the faithful Enoch. He was a representation of the saints living amid the perils and corruptions of the last days. For his faithful obedience to God, he was translated. So, also, those who are alive and remain, who are faithful, will be translated to Heaven. They will be removed from a sinful and corrupt world to the pure joys of Heaven. p. 13, Para. 1, [16OT].

 

In your mind is the battle. Thus the need for minding your health. You and I can train our minds, … just like Enoch did. We can, in the strength we get from Christ, educate our minds to run in the same channel, … just like Enoch did.

 

That is why this was placed in the Testimonies, to leave all (that’s you and me) without excuse. No. 20, p.42-49 “This is the way, walk ye in it.”

 

God Bless your striving to attain

 

Monday April 25, 2011

Enoch.

 

Enoch, separating himself from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God, represents God’s loyal people in the last days who will be separate from the world. Unrighteousness will prevail to a dreadful extent upon the earth. Men will give themselves up to follow every imagination of their corrupt hearts, and carry out their deceptive philosophy, and rebel against the authority of high Heaven. p. 64, Para. 3, [1SP].

 

God’s people will separate themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them, and will seek for purity of thought, and holy conformity to his will, until his divine image will be reflected in them. Like Enoch they will be fitting for translation to Heaven. While they endeavor to instruct and warn the world, they will not conform to the spirit and customs of unbelievers, but will condemn them by their holy conversation and godly example. Enoch’s translation to Heaven just before the destruction of the world by a flood, represents the translation of all the living righteous from the earth previous to its destruction by fire. The saints will be glorified in the presence of those who have hated them for their loyal obedience to God’s righteous commandments. p. 65, Para. 1, [1SP].

 

“Those who have experienced the cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ upon their hearts will be like their Master, pure, peaceable, and lowly of heart. No matter how bold and earnest one may be in his claims of spiritual soundness, and perfection of character, if he lacks Christian grace and humility, the dregs of the disease of sin is in his nature, and, unless it is purged from him, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The truly holy, who walk with God like Enoch of old, will not be boastful of their purity, but be courteous, humble, unselfish, free from spiritual pride and exaltation. Those who know most of God, and keep their eye fixed on the Author and Finisher of their faith will see nothing good or great in themselves. They will feel, after doing all in their power to be faithful, that they are yet unprofitable servants. p. 211, Para. 3, [LS80].

 

Enoch’s case is before us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him. He trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly and divine things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine. His countenance was lighted up with the light which shineth in the face of Jesus. Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was not surrounded with society any more friendly to righteousness than we. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in which he lived. And so may we remain as pure and uncorrupted as did the faithful Enoch. He was a representation of the saints living amid the perils and corruptions of the last days. For his faithful obedience to God, he was translated. So, also, those who are alive and remain, who are faithful, will be translated to Heaven. They will be removed from a sinful and corrupt world to the pure joys of Heaven. p. 13, Para. 1, [16OT].

 

God has order in Heaven to be imitated by those upon earth who are heirs of salvation. The nearer mortals attain to the order and arrangement of Heaven, the more closely are they brought into that acceptable state before God which will make them subjects of the heavenly kingdom, and give them that fitness for translation from earth to Heaven which Enoch possessed preparatory to his translation. p. 179, Para. 2, [20OT].

 

The father who is the house-band of the family, will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strength, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus, and takes hold of the strength of the Most High. Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly, in your closet; and while engaged in your daily — labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to a throne of grace, and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial. p. 133, Para. 3, [30OT].

 

God Bless your preparation for Heaven

 

Sunday April 24, 2011

On the last sheet of The Present Truth, No. 10, p. 79-80, is a remarkable story in the form of a letter from brother Otis Nichols. This letter details, in brief, the sickness of sister Temple. Brother Nichols and a companion (no further details, I assume this to be his wife as this companion does the actual anointing with the oil), meet with sister Temple and brother Nichols “told her that I felt that the sickness was for the glory of God, and that there was an injunction for her to obey, James 5:14, and a promise for her if she would comply.”

 

She did comply and after the unbeliever was asked to leave, she was healed. It is a remarkable story as all parties acted in total obedience to God’s instructions, and the healing came. Sister Temple was instantly healed, totally, completely.

 

Here is the strength of Israel. Here is God in visible action. The results are real, tangible, felt, enduring, witnessing of our God’s willingness and strong desire, to show up and really help. Now we always believe that he is helping us, &c., but here is faith become sight! It is real!

 

God is who to turn to for help. If you feel that you have been poisoned by Satan’s attempts to prevent you from comprehending the things of God, go to God for help. He will save us, he cares for his own. Have faith in God! This is the purpose of the original materials which God has preserved for his people in these last days. It is to grow your faith, if you will believe.

 

Now, while you are in there, please read the paragraph on gospel order. It is on the right, in a passage written by James. This paragraph brings definition to the term “gospel order,” which is used in the 1854 Supplement, in an eight page segment, beginning on page 15. I was for many years aware of this subject, but in darkness as to it’s real meaning. For such is the darkness of the SDA church.

 

If you are privileged to be in communion with other believers, New Testament gospel order should be maintained at your meetings.

 

God Bless your study

 

Sabbath April 23, 2011

The battlefield is largely in your mind. How do you protect it? How do you protect your children’s minds?

In order to render to God perfect service, you want clear conceptions of his requirements. You should indulge in the use of the most simple food, prepared in the most simple manner, that the fine nerves of the brain be not weakened, benumbed nor paralyzed, making it impossible for you to discern sacred things, and to value the atonement, and the cleansing blood of Christ as of priceless worth. p. 35, Para. 2, [15OT].

If we should eat this way, what about the world in which we live? Satan claims this world as his. He uses every possible device to prevent you from gaining salvation. Usually we think of some spiritual device, now, I am thinking of our world which we live in.

You should study a bit about your own health. Here is an article about the poisoning of our minds, directly, by pesticides, preventing the forming of our ability to think.

And another one.

Many people have become aware of the danger of a vaccine/autism link. This article details the corporate link to falsifying data people depend on for safety. Here is an excerpt.

Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money-laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and increased rates of autism.

We are going to die under Satan’s rule. Only God can save us. Here is the promise.

And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26

In this counsel to someone we find the steps to perfection, the safe haven for all our needs, the course to follow, step by step.

You mark little deviations from what you think is right, and you sternly seek to correct them. While you are thus overbearing and dictatorial, quick to observe a brother’s faults, you do not closely search your own heart to see the evils existing in your life. You show great moral weakness in indulgence of your appetite and passions. The slavery of appetite for tobacco has such control of you that although you resolve and re-resolve to overcome the habit, you do not accomplish it. This wrong habit has perverted your senses. My brother, where is your self-denial? Where is your moral power to overcome? Christ overcame the power of appetite in the wilderness of temptation on your account, making it possible for you to overcome on your own account. Now the battle is yours. In the name of the Conqueror you have an opportunity to deny your appetite and gain a victory for yourself. You require much of others, what are you willing to do to get the victory over a disgusting, health-destroying, soul-polluting indulgence? The battle is yours. No one can fight it for you. They can pray for you, but the work must be wholly your own. p. 170, Para. 2, [27OT].

 

God Bless your Sabbath

 

Friday April 22, 2011

It is not the plan of God to compel men to yield their wicked unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which to accept. The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong. God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture. Had the Jews laid by their prejudice, and compared written prophecy with the facts characterizing the life of Jesus, they would have perceived a beautiful harmony between the prophecies and their fulfillment in the life and ministry of the lowly Galilean. p. 371, Para. 1, [2SP].

 

I recently had the opportunity to witness to one who had given up the faith. I shared the website s8int.com as being a great source of evidence for the flood. Shortly after that communication was refused.

 

Of all the religious websites out there today, I think none compare with this site. S8int.com has amassed an overwhelming array of evidence. There, is something to meet any and every mind. If there is any shred of honesty in the mind of the seeker, the sheer weight of evidence will sweep away any skepticism that could be offered. And, for the believer, it affords an excellent place to increase your faith.

 

This crowning miracle of Christ caused many to believe on him. But some who were in the crowd about the grave, and heard and saw the wonderful works performed by Jesus, were not converted, but steeled their hearts against the evidence of their own eyes and ears. This demonstration of the power of Christ was the crowning manifestation offered by God to man as a proof that he had sent his Son into the world for the salvation of the human race. If the Pharisees rejected this mighty evidence, no power in Heaven nor upon earth could wrest from them their Satanic unbelief. p. 366, Para. 1, [2SP].

 

They therefore decided that Lazarus must also die. p. 374, Para. 1, [2SP].

 

To such lengths do envy and bitter prejudice lead their slaves. In rejecting Christ, the Pharisees placed themselves where darkness and superstition closed around them, until, continually increasing in hatred and unbelief, they were ready to imbrue their hands in blood to accomplish their unholy ends, and would even take the life of one whom Infinite power had rescued from the grave. They placed themselves where no power, human or divine, could reach them; they sinned against the Holy Spirit, and God had no reserve power to meet their case. Their rebellion against Christ was settled and determined; he was a stumbling-block and a rock of offense to them; they would not have this man Jesus to reign over them. p. 374, Para. 2, [2SP].

 

Therefore, we have two pieces of counsel from God.

 

I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily imbibing new errors. I saw that young and old should not attend their assemblies; for it is wrong to encourage them by attending their meetings while they teach error that is poisonous, and death to the soul, and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. And the influence is not good. If God has delivered us from such darkness and error, we should stand fast in the liberty wherewith he has set us free, and rejoice in the truth. God is displeased with those who go to listen to error, when they are not obliged to; for unless he sends us to these meetings, where error is forced home to the people by the power of the will, he will not keep us. The angels cease their watchful care over us, and we are left to the buffetings of the enemy, to be darkened and weakened by him, and the power of his evil angels; and the light around us becomes contaminated with the darkness. p. 45, Para. 2, [SUPCEV].

 

I saw that we had not time to throw away in listening to fables. Our minds should not be thus diverted; but should be occupied with the present truth, and seeking wisdom that we may obtain a more thorough knowledge of our position; that with meekness we may give a reason of our hope from the Scriptures. While the mind is occupied in hearing false doctrines, and dangerous error, pressed upon the hearers, it cannot be dwelling upon the truth which is to fit and prepare the house of Israel to stand in the day of the Lord. p. 46, Para. 1, [SUPCEV].

 

I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep. The Present Truth, No. 8, p. 64

 

God Bless your study