Tuesday November 1, 2011

One thing that interests me is the physical position of the book of Jonah in the Bible. It is right after Obadiah, which appears to apply to the SDA church with special significance.

Everyone remembers the story of Jonah. I see it as applying to the SDA church; particularly as it relates to  “The Third Angel’s Message” doctrine of the pioneers. Most would claim that the church has kept this doctrine, that it is a central doctrine of the church. But this is only true on the surface.

“The case of Jonah was presented before me. God commanded him to go into Nineveh and deliver the message that he gave him. Jonah obeyed, and for the space of three days and nights the solemn cry was heard throughout the streets of the wicked city, ‘Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!’ The city was a marvel of wealth and magnificence; yet the king believed the warning and humbled himself and his people before the Lord in fasting and sackcloth. p. 203, Para. 2, [LS80].
“A merciful God accepted their repentance and lengthened the days of their probation. He turned away his fierce anger and awaited the fruits of Nineveh’s humiliation. But Jonah dreaded being called a false prophet. He murmured at the compassion of God in sparing the people whom he had warned of destruction by the mouth of his prophet. He could not bear the thought of standing before the people as a deceiver. He overlooked the great mercy of God toward the repentant city, in the personal humiliation of seeing his prophecy unfulfilled. p. 203, Para. 3, [LS80].
Elder Morse was in a similar condition to that of the disappointed prophet. He had proclaimed that the Lord would come in 1844. The time had passed. The check of fear that had partially held the people was removed, and they indulged in derision of those who had looked in vain for Jesus. Elder Morse felt that he was a byword among his neighbors, an object of jest. He could not be reconciled to his position. He did not consider the mercy of God in granting the world a longer time to prepare for his coming; that the warning of his judgment might be heard more widely, and the people tested with greater light. He only thought of the humiliation of God’s servants. p. 203, Para. 4, [LS80].

Jonah’s pride was at stake. The pride of the SDA church is at stake.

The third angel’s message completely encompasses the first and second angel’s messages, and the whole plan of salvation. Further, it encompasses the strait and narrow path, on which the saints are traveling to the City; but only in the light of the Midnight Cry. This light is present truth, and it is this that the church rejects.

They want to be accepted as “normal” and not as “peculiar.” So the doctrine was changed. They got off that strait and narrow path.

Then I saw Laodiceans. They will make a mighty effort. Will they get the victory? One who has the truth will chase a thousand, and two will put ten thousand to flight. They are coming to conclusions that bring them into close quarters and they cannot tell where they be themselves, for they are lost in the foggy, terrible fear that takes hold of them. Anguish of spirit will seize them. Dare they admit that the door is shut? The sin against the Holy Ghost was to ascribe to Satan what belongs to God, or what the Holy Ghost has done. They said the shut door was of the devil, and now admit it is against their own lives. They shall die the death. Look ye at the Pattern. Follow Him, for He is meek and lowly in heart. Shut your eyes to everything but the present, saving truth.–Ms 11, 1850, pp. 3, 4. (Vision at Paris, Maine, December 25, 1850.) [5MR203.03] p. 5, Para. 9, [1850MS].

I found this among the manuscripts; it is not authenticated. It does bring to view the terrible decisions that face Laodicea. I had my name removed from the church records. I made my decision.

God Bless yours

Monday October 31, 2011

Today’s excerpt, from the 1858 Great Controversy, is about false reformations. Something to beware of.

I saw that the nominal churches, as the Jews crucified JESUS, had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the move made in heaven, or of the way into the Most Holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of JESUS there. Like the Jews, who offered their useless sacrifices, they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which JESUS has left, and Satan, pleased with the deception of the professed followers of CHRIST, fastens them in his snare, and assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, and works with his power, his signs and lying wonders.

The Protestant churches of the day, now in 2011, fit this picture perfectly. This was the satanic thrust of the ‘50s secret meetings between those churches and the SDA church, which was exposed by M. L. Andreasen. We posted about this point just a few days ago, showing you a quote from Signs of the Times, with Ellen’s name attached to it, as if she wrote it, proclaiming that the atonement was complete on the cross.

The Protestant churches are truly ignorant of Christ’s work in Heaven.

What is particularly interesting is the great ignorance of the membership of the SDA church on this subject. It helps to make the case for calling the church Babylon, or at least a daughter thereof.

 Some he [ Satan] deceives in one way and some in another. He has different delusions prepared to affect different minds. Some look with horror upon one deception, while they readily receive another. Satan deceives some with Spiritualism. He also comes as an angel of light, and spreads his influence over the land. I saw false reformations everywhere.The churches were elated, and considered that GOD was marvelously working for them, when it was another spirit. It will die away and leave the world and the church in a worse condition than before. p. 171, Para. 1, [GC58].
I saw that GOD had honest children among the nominal Adventists, and the fallen churches, and ministers and people will yet be called out from these churches, before the plagues shall be poured out, and they will gladly embrace the truth.

How many times has someone promoted a movement in the SDA church? Countless? I remember being told, that some years past it was published in the Review, a campaign to start the Loud Cry, by praying for it. Perhaps you have heard of similar.

 Satan knows this, and before the loud cry of the third angel, raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think GOD is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest, and lead them to think that GOD is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and every one of the honest ones will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant. p. 172, Para. 1, [GC58].

While we do not know for sure, we expect there to be some special excitement in the future that will indicate the time for Sunday to be made a test. Another possibility is the great success of the Willow Creek training in creating huge churches throughout the land. Time will tell.

God Bless your Study

Sunday October 30, 2011

As we think of the future, it might be well to consider, carefully, your current position. I have here three divergent items for your examination today.

Oh! it is a great thing to be right with God, the soul in harmony with its Maker, that amid the contagion of evil example, which in its deceitful appearance would lure the soul from duty. Angels may be sent to your rescue; but bear in mind, if you invite temptation, you will not have divine aid to keep you from being overcome. The three worthies endured the fiery furnace, for Jesus walked with them in the fiery flame. If they had, of themselves, walked in the fire, they would have been consumed. Thus will it be with you. If you do not walk deliberately into temptation, God will sustain you when the temptation comes. p. 65, Para. 3, [21OT].

There are at least two clear lessons from the above passage. 1.) Presumption, taking some action that would force God to work to preserve you, is wrong. 2.) As we have been noticing, about 1 John 1:7, believing we are walking in the light as God is in the light, even of our trials. And here is the perfect picture of that. The three worthies, in their trial, walking in the light as God is in the light.

If men fail to render to God that which he has lent them to use to his glory, and thus rob God, they will make an entire failure. God has lent them means which they can improve upon, and be constantly laying up treasure in heaven, by losing no opportunity of doing good with their means. But if like the man who had one talent, they hide it [in worldly enterprise, especially if called of God], fearing that God will get that which their talent gains, they will not only lose the increase which will finally be awarded the faithful steward, but also the principal which God gave them to work upon. They will not have laid up treasure in Heaven, because they have robbed God, and they lose their earthly treasure also. No habitation on earth, and no friend in Heaven to receive them into the everlasting habitation of the righteous. p. 58, Para. 2, [12OT].

We all need to be preparing to move to Heaven. Often people repeat these words as true, “You can’t take it with you!” But this is not what we are told. God tells us that you can take it with you,… but there is a condition to it. You must send it before you go. And, no, a Will will not do the deed. You must send it before you die, otherwise your heart will be staying right here with your treasures.

Here are some references to all the baggage in Heaven. Enjoy.

I saw an angel standing by them pointing them upward, and saying these words, “Ye have bags in heaven! Ye have bags in heaven that wax not old! Endure unto the end, and great will be thy reward!” p. 248, Para. 2, [2SG].
p. 90, Para. 2, [4OT]; – p. 148, Para. 2, [20OT]; – p. 104, Para. 1, [24OT]; – p. 132, Para. 2, [25OT].
And, …
“When God calls for our treasure, whatever the amount may be, the willing response makes the gift a consecrated offering to him, and lays up for the giver a treasure in Heaven that moth cannot corrupt, nor thieves break in and steal, nor fire consume. The investment is safe. The money is placed in bags that have no holes. It is secure. p. 107, Para. 2, [26OT].

In our last item, we will place the date, for the hour is far spent. This was published first in 1851. That is, the comment on page 27, is in Christian Experience and Views. We have already added this item to our “list,” which is going to have to get named soon me thinks, as there are things to discuss about these false reformations. For now we will confine our comments to other portions of the passage.

3. The “false reformations” referred to on page 27, are yet to be more fully seen. This view relates more particularly to those who have heard and rejected the light of the Advent doctrine. They are given over to strong delusions. Such will not have “the travail of soul for sinners” as formerly. Having rejected the Advent, and being given over to the delusions of Satan, “the time for their salvation is past.” This does not, however, relate to those who have not heard and have not rejected the doctrine of the Second Advent. p. 4, Para. 2, [SUPCEV].

Here a nice distinction is made. Those who heard the proclamation of the first angel’s message and rejected it, are (or were) rejected by God. This is the proper position for the “shut door” part of Matthew 25’s parable of the ten virgins.

But I was struck by the position of the SDA church, in that, they, refuse to walk in the light of the Midnight Cry. Is not this a rejection of the Advent doctrine? It would seem so. Certainly they are given over to strong delusions. Where is the true Advent pioneer who would entertain, even for a moment, the very idea of setting up a liaison with Rome!?

God Bless your study

Sabbath October 29, 2011

Our list is growing. That list which identifies the various items going on with God’s people right now. It’s like an “event storm cloud” we are caught up in; most of which has been believed to be yet future by many. This is a great danger. God has given us light to keep us safe and secure.

We are now in the process of humbly gathering up all the rays of light we can find; lest we be found wanting when our name comes up in the judgment. I will here state, as a reminder, the truth about the judgment taking place in Heaven now. When Christ comes the second time, it is to take the faithful home, not to sit in judgment. Therefore, all cases must be decided before then. That is why the judgment proceeds now.

 Our last posting of this list was about fifteen days ago and I have since added some.

1.) The End, of Matthew 24:14. — Started at the end of the first angel’s message, which went to all the world, March 21, 1844. (Life Incidents, p. 120-153; especially p. 141).

2.) The Sounding of the Seventh Trumpet. — Started, October 22, 1844, (The Seven Trumpets by James White, p. 94-96)

3.) The Third, and final, WOE. — Started, October 22, 1844, (The Seven Trumpets” by James White, p. 94-96)

4.) The Great anti-typical Day of Atonement. — Started, October 22, 1844. (“The Sanctuary,” by O. R. L. Crosier, The Advent Review, No. 3, p. 42-47, and, No. 4, p. 57-63)

5.) The Investigative Judgment. — Started, October 22, 1844. (Same as No. 4 above)

6.) The Sealing Time of the 144,000. — Started October 23, 1844, “This seal is the Sabbath.” (1849 Broadside)

7.) The Sounding of the Third Angel’s Message. — Started, October 23, 1844, Hiram Edson’s vision in the field. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiram_Edson#cite_ref-4) and (A Sealing Message, p. 24-26)

8.) The Patient Waiting, Watching Time. — Started, October 23, 1844. (No. 16, p. 96)

9.) The Third Watch. — Started, October 23, 1844. (No. 16, p. 96)

10.) The Scattering Time. — Began, 1845.  (The Advent Review, No. 1, p. 13)

11.) The Scattering Ended and the Gathering Began. — Spring of 1848, (The Present Truth, No. 10, p. 75), notes by James W. on William Miller’s dream of the man with the “dirt-brush.”

12.) A “time of trouble.” — November 18, 1848, vision notes by Joseph Bates (The Sealing Message, p. 24-26) and (SUPCEV. p. 1, “a short period.”) and (The 1847 Broadside)

13.) The Anger of the Nations. — “The nations are now getting angry…” (1849 Broadside & CEV, p. 19)

14.) The Shaking. — Started, January 26, 1850. (The Present Truth, No. 9, p. 72)

15.) The True Pioneers set Present Truth for the Last Days. — November 1850. (The Present Truth, No. 11, p. 86) lower right column, paragraph starting with the hand, pointing a finger.

16.) The Message to the Laodiceans Now Applies.1859 {Just added the date this morning, this should be in the No. 19 place for correct order}  (No. 5, p. 32.)

17.) The Saints are Perfected Here. — While true of all ages past, it is also true to the end; for probation closes while we are here.

God proves his people in this world. This is the fitting up place to appear in his presence.  p. 34, Para. 3, [5OT].
“In this refining time, these persons will either be converted wholly, and sanctified by obeying the truth, or they will be left with the world, where they belong, to receive their reward with them. p. 79, Para. 1, [7OT].

(I decided to separate the two items from this passage.)

18.) A Time of False Reformations — First warning given 1851.

I saw that the mysterious signs and wonders, and false reformations would increase, and spread. The reformations that were shown me, were not reformations from error to truth. p. 12,  Para. 6, [CEV].
And re-confirmed in 1858.
I saw false reformations everywhere. p. 171, Para. 1, [GC58].

19.) A Time of Mysterious Signs and Wonders — First warning given 1851.

I saw that the mysterious signs and wonders, and false reformations would increase, and spread. The reformations that were shown me, were not reformations from error to truth. p. 12,  Para. 6, [CEV].

 

20.) The Resurrection of the Authentic, Original Spirit of Prophecy.

In looking back over the years of SDA history we can see a few who stood up to announce the discovery of the counterfeit. But in those times it was very difficult to communicate such a discovery. Today we have the power of the computer and the Net, both circumvent the throttling attempts of the establishment.

Then, it was hard to actually unravel the twisted path of the counterfeit. Then, a group of thee to four would follow the tedious reading of each character. Today, a software program, WordPerfect, performs a precise comparison of a medium sized article within about two minutes.

We have this testimony from Ellen, via, a research paper, the 1919 Bible Conference research paper by Bert Haloviak, In the Shadow of the ‘Daily,’ page 24.

“In 1918 Stephen Haskell recalled a conversation with Mrs. White some 40 [1878] years previous. According to Haskell, Mrs. White predicted a time when the testimonies would be in demand “just as they were originally given in order to meet objections before we got through.”

And now, PRAISE God, in his providence, we can meet the objections of those who claim that the Shaking is yet future, that the “short period” is yet future, &c.

Next known Step, Yet Future.

21.) The World’s last Warning, The Loud Cry — Starts after Sunday is made a test. (No. 6, p. 22) “And then the fearful warning…”

He [God] designs that the warning, testing message should be given to the world, and that his people, who are the light of the world, should be interspersed among the moral darkness of the world, as witnesses; their lives, their testimonies, and example, to be a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death. p. 137, Para. 1, [20OT].

God Bless your study

Friday October 28, 2011

Time to expose another lie of Satan, found in the counterfeit.

“God gives opportunities, success depends on the use made of them.” That’s the lie. Would you like to know the truth? It’s easy, right in the Bible.

    But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. Deut. 8:18

There it is, straight from the Bible. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

I am very sure that W. C. White was a very smart man, plus he had the backing of Satan. But all that is lies. What is that to the truth? Nothing, that’s what. Click on Willie’s name in the Topics section to find out more about him.

Here is the listing of the many times this lie was published to a church having itching ears.

1.) — CSA – A Call To Stand Apart (2002) {CSA 56.1}
2.) — CE – Christian Education (1893, 1894)  {CE 226.2}
3.) — ChS – Christian Service (1925) {ChS 257.10}
4.) — CC – Conflict and Courage (1970) {CC 78.2}
5.) — CC – Conflict and Courage (1970){CC 247.3}
6.) — AG – God’s Amazing Grace (1973){AG 111.3}
7.) — LHU – Lift Him Up (1988){LHU 193.3}
8.) — MYP – Messages to Young People (1930){MYP 147.3}
9.) — 1MCP – Mind, Character, and Personality Volume 1 (1977) {1MCP 100.1}
10.) — PP – Patriarchs and Prophets (1890){PP 223.1}
11.) — PK – Prophets and Kings (1917){PK 486.2}
12.) — 5T – Testimonies for the Church Volume Five (1882-1889){5T 321.2}
13.) — ST – The Signs of the Times {ST, January 31, 1884 par. 8}
14.) — YI – The Youth’s Instructor {YI, August 20, 1903 par. 5}
Fourteen times, because it sounds soooo goood.

I went through quite a time where I had to keep reminding myself of the fact that virtually all my memories of quotes needed to be forgotten and flushed. So I pumped in the truth. That was very refreshing.

God Bless your Study

Thursday October 27, 2011

In Matthew 24:4-7 God is telling us that national and international conflict will be part and parcel of life on earth, so long as time lasts. Because this time around we are involved, it makes no difference. James makes some salient point here that are well to ponder,… for war is the end result of our current global financial madness.

Wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes, have occurred at different periods since these words were spoken. Therefore these, as they have ever existed, cannot be regarded as the especial signs of the end. It may be urged, however, with a good degree of consistency, that the Scriptures teach that these calamities would exist in the last days to that extent as to constitute a sign of the approaching Judgement. We wish to keep the important fact distinctly before the mind, that the sacred Scriptures do teach when men may not, and when they may, look for the second appearing of Christ. p. 10, Para. 11, [MATT24].
The sacred writers have so uniformly associated such judgments as war, famine, pestilence, and earthquake, with the last Judgement, that the disciples would be in danger of concluding that the end would immediately follow the first great appearance of these calamities; hence the caution given: “These things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Here the disciples were clearly taught that they should not expect the end in their day.p. 11, Para. 1, [MATT24].
We have seen that this position is incorrect so far as the early disciples were concerned. They are cite to the distant future as the time when their Lord should come. They are assured that they need not be troubled at hearing of wars and rumors of wars; “for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Our Lord then guides the minds of his disciples, as we shall see in the examination of this chapter, down over the time of the great apostasy, and the long period of the rule of papal Rome, before mentioning a sign of His second advent. He does not intimate that His people during these long periods may expect the end. No, not once. But when he comes near our time, the Lord gives signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and adds: “When ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” p. 11, Para. 2, [MATT24].
Mark this: Our Lord does not mention wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes as signs of His second advent, but rather as events of common occurrence all the way through the Christian age, which must exist before the end. And history attests the fact that these calamities have covered at least seventeen centuries. p. 11, Para. 3, [MATT24].

While these things linger on future’s horizon, we encourage you to prepare for life in Heaven, and allow God to lead us while on earth.

God Bless your preparation

Wednesday October 26, 2011

I invite you to examine the life of Enoch. God had his story recorded and published twice, with several other mentions throughout the Testimonies. The special purpose of this, is because Enoch represents God’s people in these last days.

In fact, I recently came across an incredible passage that has a peculiar application at this point.

From what the Lord has shown me, this order of things [meat eating] will be changed, and God’s peculiar people will exercise temperance in all things. p. 53, Para. 2, [15OT].

How very interesting… When you look carefully at this, you understand, God’s people will make that change of order,… themselves! This is a part of cleansing themselves, the perfecting of “holiness in the fear of God.” This Enoch strove for.

Enoch was a holy man. He served God with singleness of heart. He realized the corruptions of the human family, and separated himself from the descendants of Cain, and reproved them for their great wickedness. There were those upon the earth who acknowledged God, who feared and worshiped him. Yet righteous Enoch was so distressed with the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, that he would not daily associate with them, fearing that he should be affected by their infidelity, and that his thoughts might not ever regard God with that holy reverence which was due his exalted character. His soul was vexed as he daily witnessed their trampling upon the authority of God. He chose to be separate from them, and spent much of his time in solitude, which he devoted to reflection and prayer. He waited before God, and prayed to know his will more perfectly, that he might perform it. God communed with Enoch through his angels, and gave him divine instruction. p. 54, Para. 1, [3SG].

The Lord opened more fully to Enoch the plan of salvation, and by the spirit of prophecy carried him down through the generations which should live after the flood, and showed him the great events connected with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. p. 55, Para. 2, [3SG].

Enoch faithfully rehearsed to the people all that God had revealed to him by the spirit of prophecy. … He would remain with them as long as he could benefit them by his godly conversation and holy example, and then would withdraw himself from all society–from the just, the scoffing and idolatrous, to remain in solitude hungering and thirsting for communion with God, and that divine knowledge which he alone could give him. p. 56, Para. 1, [3SG].

Enoch continued to grow more heavenly while communing with God. His face was radiant with a holy light which would remain upon his countenance while instructing those who would hear his words of wisdom. His heavenly and dignified appearance struck the people with awe. The Lord loved Enoch because he steadfastly followed him, and abhorred iniquity, and earnestly sought heavenly knowledge that he might do his will perfectly. He yearned to unite himself still more closely to God, whom he feared, reverenced, and adored. p. 57, Para. 1, [3SG].

The Lord here teaches a lesson of the greatest importance by the translation of Enoch, a descendant of fallen Adam, that all would be rewarded, who by faith would rely upon the promised Sacrifice, and faithfully obey his commandments. p. 57, Para. 2, [3SG].

You DO have a crown, with your name on it, waiting for your arrival! You DO have a BEAUTIFUL home THERE, IN HEAVEN waiting for your arrival! It is all REAL! Believe, brothers and sisters, BELIEVE!

In this moment I was moved to take up The Present Truth to see if I ought to place “brother and sister” in caps or not, as the pioneers did. I flipped the pages to 88, there on the left column, center, is a note about a hymn so published on page 81 of the same No.11. Turning to it I began to read,… and shortly to weep. It is so beautiful. Give it a read also, may it cheer you this day with a sense of the reality of your very own home in Heaven.

In the case of Enoch the desponding faithful were taught that although living among a corrupt and sinful people, who were in open and daring rebellion against God, their Creator, yet if they would obey him, and have faith in the promised Redeemer, they could work righteousness like the faithful Enoch, be accepted of God, and finally exalted to his heavenly throne. p. 58, Para. 2, [3SG].

Enoch, separating himself from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God [this seems like such a waste of time! but God’s ways are not our ways], 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. 58, Para. 3, [3SG].

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. … The saints will be glorified in the presence of those who have hated them for their loyal obedience to God’s righteous commandments. p. 59, Para. 1, [3SG].

Here is presented a perfect picture of God’s people’s acts. It is the true, great Advent movement, away from the world and wickedness, toward God, toward righteousness. Never you mind what you think about your position on this path; remember Joseph; remember Daniel; &c., “and what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell” of so many more.

 

You might also like to check out No. 16, p. 12-13, for some very interesting information about Enoch.

God Bless your meditation and acts

Tuesday October 25, 2011

This past Sunday’s post on 1 John 1:5, last part, has really been greatly impressed upon me. We will re-visit this in the future. And before that was the post on the 7th verse. I will testify to you my experience of a few days since.

After reading that 7th verse and then laying down to sleep, my mind was much exercised about just what it was to be walking in the light, the same light, that God is in.

Then I thought about the light of the Midnight Cry, that was shining on the strait and narrow path the Advent people were on, traveling to the City (The DayStar). Realizing that, that light was pure and true, light from God, shining on the path to keep his people from stumbling.

To stumble is to make some mistake. Then I got to thinking about the trials and afflictions we all have, and began to realize that God is the disposer of events (Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, p. 213), I then came to realization that even in my trials and afflictions, I was in God’s appointed way.

For he was pruning me (No. 28, p. 144) with trials that he provided just for me (1 Corinthians 10:13) as a part of his appointed way for my life. Being in that appointed way,… is… being in the light as he is in the light, if… we do not rebel, murmur or complain.

I want to re-state here, that much of my life, before coming to this Advent faith, I was deceived by Satan into thinking that many of my trials were not from God, but, just a part of life. This is all wrong. Nothing happens without God’s oversight, period.

As these thoughts were cascading through my mind, I began to get a mental picture, of just the upper part of a mans torso, sorta tan colored, a light gray color surrounding, that fades to nothing. And a feeling of such peace came over me. A feeling of being totally in the light, as he is in the light, even through trials, for they were his appointed way for me to be in that light as he wanted it to be.

It was incredibly comforting. Knowing that even in pain I was where he wanted me to be, in the light he wanted me to be in,… just like Christ experienced the trials of man, and he walked in the light as his Father was in the light,… because it was the Father’s appointed way,… ALL the way, to the cross. I wept.

May God Bless you in the light of your trials

Monday October 24, 2011

Something must arise to lessen the hold of God’s people upon the world. No. 12, p. 40.

It would appear that we are on track, an irreversible track, to financial ruin in this country. I will point you to this article from ZeroHedge.com.
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/visualizing-true-cost-first-bank-bailout-35-trillion-and-rising-over-1-trillion-every-year

And be sure to enlarge the chart.
The operative line: “And despite what economic voodoo theories say, near infinite debt always ends in near infinite pain. It will this time too. Guaranteed.”

The disposing of events is of his providence. Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, p. 213.

As we watch these events unfold before our eyes, we think God is disposing this event, the financial collapse of America, for the purpose of preparing his people for the last days, by, lessening their hold on the world.

    Acquire what you may, preserve it with all the jealous care you are capable of exercising, and yet the mandate may go forth from the Lord, and in a few hours a fire which no skill can quench, has destroyed the accumulation of your entire life; they lay a mass of smouldering ruins. This was the case with Chicago. God’s word had gone forth to lay the city of Chicago in ruins. p. 68, Para. 2, [26OT]. This is not the only city that will realize the visible marks of God’s displeasure. He has made a beginning; but not an end. The sword of his wrath is stretched out over the people who have by their pride and wickedness provoked the displeasure of a just God. Storms, earthquakes, whirlwinds, fire and the sword will spread desolation everywhere, until men’s hearts shall fail them for fear, looking for those things which shall come upon the earth. You know not how small a space is between you and eternity. You know not how soon your probation may close. p. 69, Para. 1, [26OT].

Therefore: Take heed.

    Take heed that no man deceive you. Matthew 24:4
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

I encourage you to ensure you are right with God.

    If they possessed genuine faith, instead of increasing their treasures upon the earth they would be selling off, freeing themselves from the cumbersome things of earth, and transferring their treasure before them to Heaven. No. 16, p. 101.

Prepare for living in Heaven, not earth.

Oh! what a work you have to do to perfect holiness in the fear of God, and be prepared for the society of the pure and holy angels. You need to humble your heart before God, and seek meekness and righteousness, that you may be hid in the day of the Lord’s fierce anger. p. 28, Para. 3, [17OT].

Soon, none know how soon, …

The Lord is proving and testing his people. Angels of God are watching the development of character, and weighing moral worth. Probation is almost ended, and you are unready. Oh! that the word of warning might burn into your soul. Get ready! Get ready! Work while the day lasts, for the night cometh when no man can work. The mandate will of forth, He that is holy, let him be holy still, and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still. The destiny of all will be decided. A few, yes, only a few, of the vast number who people the earth, will be saved unto life eternal, while the masses who have not perfected their souls in obeying the truth, will be appointed for the second death. O Saviour, save the purchase of thy blood, is the cry of my anguished heart. I am in terrible fear for you, and for many who profess to believe the truth in _____. Oh! search, search diligently your own hearts, and make thorough work for the Judgment. p. 70, Para. 1, [18OT].

God Bless your preparation for Heaven

Sunday October 23, 2011

God is light and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5

The Bible is light and in it is no darkness at all.

I saw however pious men may have appeared to be; however strong they may have advocated the truth; when they begin to talk unbelief in regard to some scriptures which caused them to doubt the inspiration of the Bible, be afraid of them; for God is at a great distance from them. p. 26, Para. 3, [9OT].

The authentic Spirit of Prophecy is light and in it is no darkness at all.

The true Spirit of Prophecy is NOT a part of the Bible.

When brethren manifest the spirit of the dragon, to make war upon those who believe that God has communicated light and comfort to them through the Testimonies, it is time for the brethren and sisters to assert their liberty and perfect freedom of convenience. God has given them light, and it is their privileges to cherish the light and to speak of it to strengthen and encourage one another. Bro. B—- would confuse the mind by seeking to make it appear that the light God has given through the Testimonies is an addition to the Word of God. But in this he presents it in a false light. God has seen fit in this manner to bring the minds of his people to his Word, to give them a more clear understanding of it. p. 153, Para. 1, [27OT].

God is the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, which is a part, of that very special light that comes from Jesus’ glorious right arm as he raises it. This light encourages the Advent people as they are traveling the strait and narrow path to the City. It has now been 167 years since the Advent people started on this path, and many have grown weary with the journey of waiting and watching.

I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher. At this, I raised my eyes and see a strait and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah! (The DayStar)

I saw that it was impossible to have the affections and interests engrossed in worldly cares, increasing their possessions, laying up treasures upon the earth, and yet be in a waiting, watching position, as our Saviour has commanded. Said the angel, “They can secure but one world. In order to acquire the heavenly treasure, they must sacrifice the earthly. They cannot have both worlds.” …  Watch after watch, I saw, was in the past. Because of this, should there be a lack of vigilance? Oh! no. There is the greater necessity of unceasing watchfulness, for now the moments are fewer than before the passing of the first watch. [ the first angel’s message, which ended March, 1844; Life Incidents, p. 154] Now the period of time for the waiting is necessarily shorter than at first. If we watched with unabated vigilance then, how much more need of double watchfulness in the second watch. [the second angel’s message and Midnight Cry, which ended October 22, 1844] The passing of the second watch has brought us to the third, [the patient waiting watching time, now 167 years long, which we believe will end when Sunday is made a test, and the watch will end at the voice of God giving us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming] and now it is inexcusable to relax our watching. The third watch calls for threefold earnestness. To become impatient now, would be a loss of all our earnest, persevering watching heretofore. The long night of gloom is trying, but the morning is deferred in mercy, because if the Master should come, so many would be found unready. God’s unwillingness to have his people perish, has been the reason of so long delay. p. 98, Para. 1, [16OT].

This glorious light that waves over the Advent band does not wave over the wicked. They can not understand what the attraction is, to these old books. They do not understand that the Holy Spirit does not teach through the counterfeit SOP, for Satan is the author of the counterfeit; but Satan is at hand, for it is his sophistry. They are led further and further from the truth, but they know it not.

The different parties of professed Advent believers have a little truth, but God has given all that to his children who are being prepared for the day of God; also truths that neither of these parties know, and will not understand. Things which are sealed up to them, the Lord has opened to those who will see, and are ready to understand them. And if God has any new light to communicate, he will let his chosen and beloved understand it, without their going to hear those who are in error and darkness [read: the SDA church] to have their minds enlightened. p. 45, Para. 1, [SUPCEV].

I was privileged to feel this, in a small part, when God so ordered events in his providence, as to cause to come into my stewardship, a first edition copy of a 1858 Great Controversy, which proved the faithfulness of the copy we had in hand. PRAISE GOD! It was quite an event.

God Bless your walk in light