Monday August 1, 2011

We, having been born into war, must cling to truth. If we attempt to take action upon unproven information without proving it, we stand a 50/50 chance of coming out, Ok. I choose to take the time to prove the information. I want to stack the odds in my favor.

We have now a body of information that will see us through to the second coming of Christ. It is truth, enough to supply the wants of God’s people for these last days of earth’s history. The great question with us is, “Do you know the truth?”

Truth can not set you free unless you know it. There are billions of people who will be lost, outside the city, because they chose not truth. All the truth of salvation, it’s price, it’s ability to save us, will not save those who will not know it. All the truth of the Bible will not save those who will not know it. Neither will all the truth of the Spirit of Prophecy give a correct understanding of God’s will for your life if you will not read it.

These next two passages are for the readers and those who study. Take the time needed to understand differences in understanding that greatly affect your life as it is lived out. Your life is at stake. Increase the odds in your favor. Let this matter consume your thinking.

The most persistent attacks of the enemy of souls are made upon the truth we profess, and any deviation from the right reflects dishonor upon it. Our chief danger is in having the mind diverted from Christ. The name of Jesus has power to drive back the temptation of Satan, and lift up for us a standard against him. So long as the soul rests with unshaken confidence in the virtue and power of the atonement, it will stand firm as a rock to principle, and all the powers of Satan and his angels cannot swerve it from its integrity. The truth as it is in Jesus is a wall of fire around the soul that clings to him. Temptations will pour in upon us, for by them we are to be tried during our probation upon earth. It is the proving of God, a revelation of our own hearts. There is no sin in having temptations; but sin comes in when temptation is yielded to. p. 150, Para. 1, [28OT].
 If your aptness and skill had been as much exercised in saving souls, and in disseminating the truth to those who are in darkness as it has been to get gain and to increase your earthly possessions, you would have many stars in the crown of your rejoicing in the kingdom of glory. There are but few who are as faithful in the service of God as they are in serving their own temporal interest. A resolute purpose is sure to accomplish the desired end. Many do not feel that it is essential to be as discriminating, apt, and accomplished, in the work of God as in their own temporal business. The mind and heart of those who profess to believe the truth should be elevated, refined, ennobled, and spiritualized. The work of educating the mind for this great and important matter is fearfully neglected. The work of God is done negligently, slothfully, and in a most bungling manner, because so often left to the caprice of feeling rather than to sanctified principle and holy purpose. p. 150, Para. 2, [28OT].

 I saw that the enemy would either contend for the usefulness or the life of the godly, and will try to mar their peace as long as they live in this world. But his power is limited. He may cause the furnace to be heated, but Jesus and angels will watch the trusting Christian, that nothing may be consumed but the dross. The fire kindled by Satan can have no power to destroy or hurt the true metal. It is important to close every door possible, against the entrance of Satan. It is the privilege of every family to so live that Satan cannot take advantage of anything they may say or do, to tear each other down. Every member of the family [Christian extended family too] should bear in mind that all have just as much as they can do to resist our wily foe, and with earnest prayers and unyielding faith, they must rely upon the merits of the blood of Christ, and claim his saving strength. The powers of darkness gather about the soul and shut Jesus from our sight, and at times we can only wait in sorrow and amazement until the cloud passes over. These seasons are sometimes terrible. Hope seems to fail, and despair seizes upon us. In these dreadful hours we must learn to trust, to depend on the sole merits of the atonement, and in all our helpless unworthiness cast ourselves upon the merits of the crucified and risen Saviour. We shall never perish while we do this–never! When light shines on our pathway, it is no great thing to be strong in the strength of grace. But to wait patiently in hope, when all is dark, when clouds envelope us, requires faith and submission which causes our will to be swallowed up in the will of God. We are too quickly discouraged, and earnestly cry for the trial to be removed from us; when we should plead for patience to endure, and grace to overcome. p. 98, Para. 2, [8OT].

God Bless the blotting out of your sins

Sunday July 31, 2011

When I put up the comparison of Redemption No. 2, I placed a warning at the very beginning of it regarding error it contained. The error is believed to be the work of Uriah Smith, but there is no proof at this time. Yet the error is there.

In that book Eve is said to overstate God’s requirements. Because the Bible does not say that they were not to touch the tree, it is claimed that Eve overstated God.

The following are four passages, all in perfect harmony, about God’s requirement that they, Adam and Eve, were not to touch the tree.

In the midst of the garden, near the tree of life, stood the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Of this tree the Lord commanded our first parents not to eat, neither to touch it, lest they die. He told them that they might freely eat of all the trees in the garden except one; but if they ate of that tree they should surely die. p. 35, Para. 2, [3SG].  

The beautiful Eve was beguiled by the serpent to eat of the fruit of the only tree of which God had forbidden them to eat, or even touch it lest they die. p. 120, Para. 1, [4SGa].

Poor child! you occupy a position similar to that which Eve did in Eden. She imagined that she should be highly exalted if she could only eat of the fruit of the tree which God had forbidden her even to touch, lest she die. She ate, and lost all the glories of Eden. p. 78, Para. 1, [19OT].  

Of this tree the Lord commanded our first parents not to eat, neither to touch it, lest they die. He told them that they might freely eat of all the trees in the garden except one; but if they ate of that tree they should surely die. p. 27, Para. 1, [1SP].

I suggest you study this matter and decide for yourself. It is impossible to reconcile the two sides, they are opposite each other. One is right and one is wrong.

In looking at the Redemption No. 2 comparison, you will discover that the material was published in the Review and Herald. Both read the same. It is evident that whoever published one, published the other. Uriah Smith was the one most often in charge, and, as already proven, he was guilty of rejecting the light of the visions as from God. Therefore, the light he had had become darkness. This is what I base my opinion on, that he was the guilty party.

God Bless your search for truth

Sabbath July 30, 2011

ALERT NOTICE:
Follow this link to observe that Friday, 7/29/2011, there were six plumes, outgassings, of six, widely spaced volcanoes in the southern California and Nevada states. Evidence of massive activity on the west coast of America.

This would be a direct sign of the last days. We post again the pertinent passage from Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, pages 82, 83.

These wonderful exhibitions will be more numerous and terrible just before the second coming of Christ and the end of the world, as signs of it’s speedy destruction. … These manifestations bear the special marks of God’s power.

Here is also proof that the USGS is lying to cover up the fact of increased earth activity, here in the California area, and around the world. In the video he mentions the dramatic increase of volcanoes around the world that the USGS is massively downgrading the sizes.

These things should be viewed as a continuing part of this “time of trouble” that we are experiencing. Also remember, it is never to cease, but get worse and worse until the end.

As I sit making up this post, I turned the page, 84, in the same book, and lo!, here is another passage using the very same phrase as used in the vision Joseph Bates took notes on. Here it is.

Greater wonders than have yet been seen will be witnessed by those up the earth a short period previous to the coming of Christ.

It makes me wonder if it might be referring to the 160 plus year “short period” time of trouble we have discovered ourselves to be in? Well, time will tell about that one.

Consider well your position before the Lord. This is the great anti-typical day of atonement. You and I must be confessing our sins that they might be blotted out before our probation closes. That is how you “Get Ready!”

I recently heard of one who was given a message to bear to another. Without endorsing, yea or nay, to this point, and with the evidence in hand so far, it appears to be genuine. If so, it would be evidence of the living testimony being revived among God’s people. See page 197 of the 1858 Great Controversy.

We do not expect this revival of the living testimony to reside in only one, as was the case of Ellen. We do expect it to be manifest in many, if not all, of God’s people, his true church. I would encourage you to re-read Acts and the stories of the very early days of this faith. Those people were close to God.

Remember what the 58GC declares on page 142? God was pleased with those people. They were perfect before him. We look for that time again. It will come, it must come.

God Bless your Sabbath

Friday July 29, 2011

I just discovered that H. S. Gurney was around in 1885, for what that is worth. {17MR 328.2} I wonder what he was doing besides printing, early in the faith. In this manuscript/letter, Ellen is asking Wille to get some things from Gurney. That means he was available and around. Time will tell.

 

In A Word to the Little Flock, James makes two very interesting comments in the same paragraph. Here it is.

 

The burden of this prophesy is time, concerning which, there has been true, and false visions. The true vision (or light) on time, was written on the Chart, or table. – Hab. 2:2. God approved of the proclamation of 1843, and the 10th day of the 7th month 1844: by the pouring out of the Holy Ghost. Since the 7th month 1844, the “rebellious house” of Israel, have been removing the “land-marks,” and writing, and proclaiming false visions; but we all know that it has been the work of man, and not of God. These flattering divinings, have cheered on the “rebellious house” of Israel to some extent; but the work has not had the holy, sanctifying influence, as when God’s hand was in the work on time. p. 5, Para. 9, [WLF].

 

On the first point, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. James wrote a book titled, Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ,  published in 1870. The last chapter of that book is titled “Saving Faith.” You should read it. Here is a small taste.

 

The love of Jesus filled every soul, and beamed from every face, and with inexpressible desires, they prayed, “Come, Lord Jesus, and come quickly.”

 

Satan hated that, moved on his agents to counterfeit the book and take that last chapter and completely change it. They did. I have a copy.

 

On the second point; many were in rebellion. Removing landmarks! and here we have testimony that they were “writing and proclaiming false visions!” It’s no wonder there is so much trash out there. On the last page of The Present Truth, No. 10, p. 80, Ellen makes a public statement against Eli Curtis for publishing her visions without permission and against her request.

 

We look for such trouble in the future also.

 

God Bless your study

Thursday July 28, 2011

When discussing the idea that “insiders,” or, persons who were within the inner circle of activity, actually had a hand in corrupting the pure truth, it is important to remember that Satan is a real being. He is actively at work especially on people who are preparing for Heaven. He even comes as a minister, who, has himself given in to the deceptions of Satan. Here is an example of the process.

 

I was shown that Bro. —- while he was at Battle Creek, was weak in moral power. He had not been seeking to cling to God and preserve his soul in purity of thoughts and actions, and he was left to follow his own mind, and to receive impressions that were detrimental to his spiritual interest. He met those who perverted the truth and was led by them to believe things which were untrue, and as he had opened the door to the enemy and received him as an angel of light, he was readily overcome by temptations. p. 150, Para. 2, [24OT].

Minds must be terribly befogged by Satan, that can listen to the voice of the seducer because he is a minister, and therefore break God’s plain and positive commands, and flatter themselves that they commit no sin. …The fact of a man’s professing to keep God’s holy law, and ministering in sacred things, and taking the advantage of the confidence his position gives him to indulge his base passions, should, of itself, be sufficient for a woman professing godliness, to see that, although his profession was as exalted as the heavens, any impure proposal coming from him was Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light. p. 151, Para. 2, [18OT].

 

This brings us to the work of Uriah Smith. He is hailed as a pioneer of this faith. He is not. He left the faith, at 12 years old, right after the Disappointment to go to school, therefore he is not qualified to help set Present Truth.

 

Further, there is quite a bit of evidence extant, that he was in rebellion against God. It is important to point out here, that even a small rebellion will keep you out of Heaven. Uriah did not really believe that God was the author of the visions. Here is the proof.

 

In The Present Truth, No. 11, p. 86, God tells us, the first time, that none of the wicked are resurrected at the second coming. Then in the 1851 Christian Experience and Views, p. 34, in God’s providence, the instruction is repeated. Uriah was an intelligent man. He was well read in this material, but he did not accept this instruction as coming from God.

 

When God is pleased to give you some light and you reject that light, all the other light you have becomes darkness, AND, you willingly become an agent of Satan. If there is any, any point of truth that you have any question about, first, get it proved, find the source, prove the source, then stand on that truth, never give it up. That is my task here, to make public the proven source. It is available 24/7/365, and it is God the Father that draws you to the truth.

 

Uriah re-joined himself to the group in 1853, he was 21. You can read about his life, from a church biased viewpoint, at this link. I really do not know what to think about the man, in terms of his true affiliation. Was he a Jesuit? Who knows. What we do know is that the people at the link above laud and applaud him as a true pioneer. But they were compiling some history, not examining truths. They just did not know.

 

Because so few actually study the authentic, original Spirit of Prophecy they are adrift on an ocean of errors published with Ellen’s name attached, as if she wrote it. The use of her name attaches a certain sanctity to the work. To attribute the work of Satan to God is blasphemy, yet they know it not.

 

The first time Uriah published this particular error was in 1868, in a book titled, The Visions of Mrs. E.G. White, in which he defends against some of the objections to the visions. Very interestingly, one of the very objections dealt with in his book, found on page 50, is the very passage from Joseph Bates’ book on the sealing which we have just been discussing. Uriah comes off like a news commentator of our day, “The alleged expressions are these: “The time of trouble has commenced, it is begun. &c.” He proceeds to discount Joseph’s notes as if the man were an idiot. So sad.

 

The next time his error was published, was in 1878, in a book known as the Biblical Institute. This book was written from lectures given by both James and Uriah, but it appears that Uriah wrote the book. It seems James was not aware of this particular error Uriah held.

 

He published again in 1884, Synopsis of the Present Truth, where the error is again placed before the people, on page 319. And again in 1897 Daniel and Revelation, which is a continuation of an 1873 publication, Thoughts Critical, and Practical, on the Book of Daniel, in which, on page 351, he argues from a purely intellectual position, that his view and understanding is the only right one.

 

Now this flies in the face of the vision from God. It virtually declares that Ellen wrote her own ideas about things and the visions were not from God. Seeing that there are only two positions, on the side of God or Satan, then he had to have believed the visions were from Satan, because they were wrong. Which probably was the prompting, in part, for some Testimonies directed to him.

 

This error, we have now traced, is an evidence of the sophistry of Satan in these last days and the shaking of God, to shake everything that can be shaken.

 

God Bless the guarding of your faith

Wednesday July 27, 2011

The 1849 Broadside is an important document. It is my guess, at this point, that Joseph Bates published this one also. We know he published the 1847 Broadside. You should have a copy of the 1849 Broadside saved and/or printed out so you can study it.

There are several points contained in this Broadside that are not found elsewhere. We will be taking a look at those here today, through this comparison.  In doing the comparison of the three Broadsides and other papers with the 1851 Christian Experience and Views, there are certain changes that were made in the text, that beg a question, “Why?”

I fully believe that James White was faithful all his life and will be one of the 144,000. I would suggest that you take a look at this page on the net and try to get your mind around the tremendous amount of work it then took, to produce a page of text — ready to be used. Each and every letter, had to be picked out of a try and placed in position, and then justified, and then shimmed, and then clamped, and then proofed, all before it could be used. Hours and hours of work went into the process of producing one (1) page, just one.

I believe at this point, that H. S. Gurney was helping James produce the copy. I could be wrong about this. In my opinion, his re-production of, and changes to, The DayStar visions, proves that he was willing to make changes as he saw fit. Irregardless, someone did the same, and is responsible for the same, to the 1849 Broadside, when it was re-produced in the 1851 CEV.

NOTE THIS: Update – I just went out and checked the DayStar comparison, and … there it was! It looks like the same mind at work, the same subject matter is deleted about the sealing. I see this as pointing to Gurney.  Check it out.

We’ll look at those points now.

1.) This occurs in the third paragraph of the Broadside. It is the material deleted from being republished, and is only later to be found in 1 Selected Messages, p.40. Also there, is given a title to the paper I had not seen before. It is, To Those Who Are Receiving the Seal of the Living God.

This portion contains valuable information. I am re-stating the points.
A.) Disregarding the visions is the same as not holding Present Truth.
B.) Striking against the visions is actually striking against the Holy Ghost.
C.) The Testimonies are, in fact, the words of God.
D.) The Testimonies are, in fact,  the teachings of God.
E.) The time of trouble here referred to, is after the close of probation.

2.) About the end of this third paragraph is the change in the text which depicts the four angel’s loosening their grip on the four winds of human strife. I consider this to be trash. I could be wrong here. This idea is expounded upon in the counterfeit, as if, the angel’s can hardly hold these winds. I’ll tell you what, when God tells an angel to go and do something, it gets done! because the angel has the power of God with him!

Anyway, I consider this questionable.

3.) In paragraph 9 of the Broadside God gives us warning about preparing for the time of trouble. We are not to do it. We are to be preparing for going home to Heaven. There are three points here.

A.) We are not to prepare for the time of trouble.

B.) We are to be selling off our houses and lands and making a covenant with God by sacrifice. When I see words deleted, as in this case, for the sake of grammar?, I do not know, it pains me. Repetition equals emphasis. I prefer the bad grammar over the changes.

C.) The idea of God sending ravens with food or raining manna for the saints during the time of trouble is not found any other place. I think it was added here by whoever did the editing. The only real parallel is Elijah, a representative of the 144,000, was fed by ravens. But that fact does not make it a part of the original vision. I believe God does not need either. He can make the stones into bread.

4.) Paragraph 11, has a most important complete sentence that was deleted. Here it is. “This seal is the Sabbath.” Why was this deleted? It would seem, because the one doing the editing did not agree with it. I do not know. We may never know. But just like uncovering the modern day false flag events of Waco and 9/11, you want to analyze the first reports, and here we want to analyze the first printings to get to the truth.

Counterfeits always come after the truth is out. That is the very nature of counterfeits, to try and pass off as the real. Here is some counterfeit on this very point.

(Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). A Mark Which Angels Read.–[Ephesians 1:13 quoted.] What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His people? It is a mark which angels, but not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of redemption (Letter 126, 1898).  {4BC 1161.4}
The angel with the writer’s ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel (Letter 12, 1886).  {4BC 1161.5}

This is just trash. Ezekiel tells us that those who have charge over the city are men, not angels. It further claims that there is one destroying angel, Ezekiel lists off six men with the destroying weapons.

(Revelation 7:2.) Seal Is a Settling Into Truth.–Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads–it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved–just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming (MS 173, 1902).  {4BC 1161.6}

Two points here: first, the seal is not a settling into the truth, it is the Sabbath message. Second, the shaking already started in 1850, God told us so on January 26 of that year. Then they turn and say it has begun! God does not speak with forked tongue. Plus, judgements are not the shaking.

And another………….

When Perfection of Character Is Reached.–Are we striving with all our God-given powers to reach the measure of the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for His fullness, ever reaching higher and higher, trying to attain to the perfection of His character? When God’s servants reach this point, they will be sealed in their foreheads. The recording angel will declare, “It is done.” They will be complete in Him whose they are by creation and by redemption.– Manuscript 148, 1899.  {3SM 427.2}

This is another lie. The recording angel does not use these words. See page 197 of the 1858 Great Controversy and Ezekiel 9:11. Only Christ says these words.

5.) Lastly, the last paragraph. This passage has never been republished in any document I can find. Great admonition from God. We should be gathering up light, not throwing it out.

God Bless your study

Tuesday July 26, 2011

There is another important point of instruction found in the November 18, 1848 vision we have been looking at only in passing. Here is the portion from the vision notes.

   It’s on the increase [the time of trouble], and will increase more and more; the trouble will never end until the earth is rid of the wicked.

Quite recently I would read about the predations of those at the highest levels of government in America, and allow myself to feel anger over their actions. I would say to myself, “They should not be doing that, or, that is not right, someone should be holding them accountable, &c.!” But now I can see that all that is useless.

These people are called “the wicked” because they are in rebellion against God and his law. They are following their leader, Satan, just as we are following our leader, Christ. There will never be any peace between these two parties. This is war we are born into. It is a fact that this country is ripening for destruction. It is also a fact that God’s people are ripening for Heaven. Small wonder then that the Bible declares, “But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37:11

We have a hope and a faith that is sure. God is moving among his people to accomplish his word. It will not return to him void. His people are perfecting their characters and you and I get to be a part of the 144,000 who will see that small cloud in the east, and Christ ride forth a King of Kings to take his faithful home to himself. Then, we will delight ourselves in a total immersion of real security, truth, and sweet love, joy and peace.

I encourage you to fully embrace the proven truth. I am sure our joys will be multiplied now as we grow in grace and truth. I just recently heard of a brother and sister who are rejoicing in the truth and preparing a real meeting for God’s people. It thrills my heart to know God is working with others, drawing them closer to himself.

You need to know that people are preparing, they are seeking truth, they are perfecting their characters, they are getting ready. Praise God!

God Bless your decisions for life

Monday July 25, 2011

Yesterday morning as I was continuing the research into this “a short period” “time of trouble” I became aware of a slight change that occurs in an important passage. Here is that passage.

 

And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth, and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time, God’s chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. And I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the land. The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments down on them. They rose up and took counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed. [Broadside 04-07-47 para. 04] p. 3, Para. 4, [1847MS].

 

It the above, the sentence in blue contains the two words in red “the church.” This phrase is vernacular common to the SDA culture and refers to the SDA church. What is interesting about this is that, per our chart, this vision was first published in the 1847 Broadside, by Joseph Bates, a faithful pioneer. Next, it was published in the pamphlet A Word to the Little Flock. It was not changed. Then it was published in the 1851 Christian Experience and Views, page 17, but changed. Someone made the word “church” plural, they added “es” on to it.

 

The pluralizing of this particular word would then implicate the other churches of Babylon, and not the SDA church. Because the author of the Spirit of Prophecy writings is God, much that is stated is prophetic. God’s people in this time, 1844 to 1851, had little formal organization; therefore we conclude this phrase to be prophetic, to be applied in this our day, to the SDA General Conference Corporation, and as such, it should remain singular.

 

It also appears plural in the Review and Herald, 7/21/1851. Which of the two reprints occurred first is not known at this time. If someone would like to do some research on that and drop me an email, it would be appreciated.

 

 

I think it is worth noting here, that we are dealing with a group of people who were “perfect” they reflected Jesus’ image, on October 22, 1844. You can read that in the ‘58GC, page 142. But at this time others were joined to the group. At this time I consider H. S. Gurney to be suspect.

 

If you look carefully at this comparison between The DayStar and the 1846 Broadside, you will see this line in blue, “Just before we entered it, we all received the seal of the living God.” That means that it was left out, deleted. We know Gurney published this Broadside, so we lay the blame at his feet. But I am not sure where he was in 1851. More to follow.

 

God Bless your study

 

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In another, more personal matter…. I would like to find this person.

 

In 1977 or 78 I was privileged to meet one Enoch Loneʹa. Now that last name is spelled differently than I spelled it, but that is how I remember it said.

 

His family lived in Fresno, in a custom home on Jensen Ave. His father was a doctor. He married Linda ? in about 1970 and loaded her up in a truck and went to Honduras. He lived there for several years before I met him and his family. At that time they had one son and maybe a second child.

 

He was very spiritually oriented and I would like to share this material with him.

 

If anyone knows of him or the correct spelling of the last name or has some ideas on it, I would appreciate an email.

 

Thank you.

Sunday July 24, 2011

I have put up some more comparisons. They are the Redemption series No. 1, 2, & 5. Redemption No. 3 is already up. The rest are not done yet.

 

Here is the link.

 

Redemption No. 2 carries a heavy warning.

 

Satan has moved someone to write this and they were able to get it published… TWICE! It is in it’s entirety in the various Review and Herald articles, listed at the top, and Redemption No. 2.

 

The material was published, maybe (?), first in the R&H, and it is not known who the author was. It does not appear in any manuscripts or other places. Perhaps James was gone at the time this was published. I do not know at this time. As time goes on, more will come out. It might have been H. S. Gurney, but we do not know, yet.

 

I suggest you treat it with great care, like as if it were a fragile glass jar full of caustic acid. Error is dangerous to read. Be extremely careful.

 

God Bless your Study

Sabbath July 23, 2011

We have put up some comparisons between the early publications. It is interesting, now some 160+ years later, looking at these computer generated comparisons. They strip the excuses all away and reveal in stark detail what people did.

Thinking about this in conjunction with this “time of trouble” that started November 18, 1848, there are some further points that should be brought out.

1.) Remember that we were told that the shaking had started also, January 26, 1850, Present Truth, No. 9.

2.) The third WOE started October 22, 1844. I will re-post some portions of the vision here.

 

The angels are holding the four winds. It is God that restrains the powers.The angels have not let go, for the saints are not all sealed. The time of trouble has commenced, it is begun. The reason why the four winds have not let go, is because the saints are not all sealed. Its on the increase, and will increase more and more; the trouble will never end until the earth is rid of the wicked. At that time neighbor will be against neighbor. That time has not yet come, when brother against brother and sister against sister; but will come when Michael stands up. When Michael stands up, this trouble will be all over the earth. Why they are just ready to blow. There’s a check put on because the saints are not sealed. {1849 JB, SLG 26.2}

 

God is re-assuring us that his angels will hold the powers of strife in restraint, until, after the close of probation. That time has not yet come, but we are under the third WOE. This, we are told, “will increase more and more; the trouble will never end until the earth is rid of the wicked.” This clearly indicates a continual ramping up of the trouble, right to and through the close of probation. At which point it flares up higher, to the point where every one is against every other one, of the wicked that is.

I have a personal opinion at this point. It seems that as it was with Noah, being seven days in the Ark before the rain, so may it be with God’s people; some time after the close of probation is when things will really flare.

Here is what I base this on. Christ proclaims “It is done! …&c.,” and begins the closing work of the sanctuary services. Do you know what this work is? If not, I might suggest The Cross and It’s Shadow, by Haskell. Excellent reading.

We are specifically told that Christ will come as “King of Kings.” This means that he must move from being a priest to become king. Further, it means that all work as priest must be done and over with; for Christ is not going to ever go back to being a priest.

As an aside, this is directly opposite to what the 1911GC teaches on page 658, paragraph 1. That book is a part of the counterfeit.

We are also told specifically that Christ will put on the robe of vengeance, as a king, and only then will the seven last plagues fall.

Now back to this WOE, or time of trouble, that we are living under. It is to get worse and worse as time goes on, and that is exactly what has happened. Today we are entering the more “felt” phase of this global financial collapse. In the USA especially, and every other country that leans heavy on the dollar, is this impact going to be felt more and more.

The next shoe to drop is for Sunday to be made a test.

But even before that time, being still in the shaking, there are those who have taken a stand, they have stood in church in defense of the Spirit of Prophecy, they have quit working on the Sabbath, they have, in some cases, been “cast out.” They lost their homes, their jobs, some, their families, others, their lives. Here is God’s message to us during this time.

 

I was shown years ago that God’s people would be tested upon this point of making homes for the homeless. That there would be many without homes in consequence of their believing the truth. Opposition and persecution would deprive believers of their homes. And it was the duty of those who have homes to open a wide door to those who have not. I have been shown more recently that God would especially test his professed people in reference to this matter. Christ for our sakes became poor that we through his poverty might be made rich. He made a sacrifice that he might provide a home for pilgrims and strangers in the world seeking for a better country, even an heavenly. Shall those who are subjects of his grace, who are expecting to be heirs of immortality, refuse, or even feel reluctant to share their homes with the homeless and needy? Must the strangers be refused entrance to our doors, who are disciples of Jesus, because they can claim no acquaintance with any of its inmates? p. 18, Para. 3, [15OT].

 

“Opposition and persecution” now that sounds like the time of trouble to me. What do you think?

God knows what he is talking about. It is up to us to follow directions. All of us, all since October 22, 1844, are being tested, and the test is heating up, more and more. Are you ready?

God Bless your preparations for Heaven

 

 

I made a discovery as I was researching this November 18, 1848 vision. It appears in a book by J. N. Loughborough, The Great Second Advent Movement. On page 274 of that book he claims to have reprinted that vision. …. But, he left out quite a bit of it. It is not a faithful reproduction of the vision notes, as published by Joseph Bates. And guess what? he left out the phrase that declares “The time of trouble has commenced, it is begun.”

I used to think higher of the man.