Wednesday February 1, 2012

Today’s post is from chapter thirteen.

Vision of August 24, 1850, Spalding and Magan, 1915-1916 (date published)

           Vision of August 24, 1850.

           Said the angel, Can ye stand in the battle in the day of the Lord? Ye need to be washed, and live in nearness of life to God.

This would be the same as walking “in the light as he is in the light.”

Then I saw those whose hands are engaged in making up the breach and are standing in the gap, that have formerly since 1844 broken the commandments, and have so far followed the pope as to keep the first day instead of the seventh, and who have since the light shone out of the Most Holy Place, changed their course, given up the institution of the pope, and are keeping God’s Sabbath, would have to go down into the water, and be baptized in the faith of the sanctuary, and keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

Baptism clearly is being taught as a necessary act of faith, for this faith. It is no different than Christ did, when he showed us the path to take. He took every step we are to take.

  I saw those who have been baptized as a door into the churches, would have to be baptized again as a door into the faith. Those who have not been baptized since 1844 will have to be before Jesus comes. And some I saw would not make progress till the duty was performed.

We have some criteria here that just seems to stick in the craw of many SDAs. I think it is largely because of the fact that the SDA church practices the correct form of baptism, immersion. But right at that point Satan tempts many with pride, it’s too humiliating to go down into the water after being in the church so many years. It’s taking a public stand, before other believers, that you were wrong, wrong so many years.

Well then, it’s high time to get it right. Shortly after God brought me into this faith, I was baptized, in a river. We don’t own any baptismals that I know of.

At this day, all SDAs have been baptized “as a door into the church.” When you decide to follow Christ all the way, you will need to be re-baptized into this faith. I encourage you to not delay. Don’t let anything stand between you and God.

The angel said, some tried too hard to believe. Faith is so simple they look above it.

This is a strong tendency that I have. I want to dissect everything that crosses my path. I have to have God’s help to get this right, just like we all do. Satan does all in his power to prevent your correct understanding of these things. We might remind you of the thoughts on faith and feelings, found on page #.

  Satan has deceived some, and got them to looking at their own unworthiness. I saw they must look away from self to the worthiness of Jesus, and throw themselves just as they are, needy, dependent upon His mercy, and draw by faith strength and nourishment from Him.
            Said the angel, The desolations of Zion are accomplished– the scattering time is past.

The scattering and gathering times are a real part of our, correctly taught, history, and present. We are now in the gathering time, and have been for over 160 years. This is God gathering his church into unity, by the truth.

Should the living go to the dead for knowledge? The dead know not anything. They have departed from the living God to converse with the dead.

We come to an important juncture. I have to share something with you that God led me to. It helped me in a big way to confirm my faith, give me a more clear understanding of why certain things were,  before, unexplainable.

I am fully, 100%, convinced that Ellen was a faithful prophet of God’s all her life. What I am about to share with you should convince you of the direct involvement of W. C. White in the counterfeiting of the true Spirit of Prophecy. This is a letter, allegedly from Ellen to W. C., in which the, now dead, by about four weeks, James, counsels Ellen while she is in a dream. The next to last line in the letter states, “The Lord forbids me.” This is pure blasphemy. Attributing the work of Satan to God.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, “neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun,” is how God puts it. I believe W. C. created that letter because he did not want to go to that meeting. I believe it was never intended to be made public. But death caught him, and another, knowing nothing of the matter, sorted papers for the files. Arthur White published it for the first time in “The Retirement Years,” but it was placed there as if normal, nothing wrong.

The above sentence is God’s warning to his church, specifically about the dead. And he is going to change completely for this one instance? NO NEVER! Our God is un-changing. His truth stands true forever. Here is the entire letter.

Ellen Dreams of James After His Death
A few days since I was pleading with the Lord for light in regard to my duty. In the night I dreamed I was in the carriage, driving, sitting at the right hand. Father was in the carriage, seated at my left hand. He was very pale, but calm and composed. “Why Father,” I exclaimed, “I am so happy to have you by my side once more! I have felt that half of me was gone. Father, I saw you die; I saw you buried. Has the Lord pitied me and let you come back to me again, and we work together as we used to?”
He looked very sad. He said, “The Lord knows what is best for you and for me. My work was very dear to me. We have made a mistake. We have responded to urgent invitations of our brethren to attend important meetings. We had not the heart to refuse. These meetings have worn us both more than we were aware. Our good brethren were gratified, but they did not realize that in these meetings we took upon us greater burdens than at our age we could safely carry. They will never know the result of this long-continued strain upon us. God would have had them bear the burdens we have carried for years. Our nervous energies have been continuously taxed, and then our brethren misjudging our motives and not realizing our burdens have weakened the action of the heart. I have made mistakes, the greatest of which was in allowing my sympathies for the people of God to lead me to take work upon me which others should have borne.
“Now, Ellen, calls will be made as they have been, desiring you to attend important meetings, as has been the case in the past. But lay this matter before God and make no response to the most earnest invitations. Your life hangs as it were upon a thread. You must have quiet rest, freedom from all excitement and from all disagreeable cares. We might have done a great deal for years with our pens, on subjects the people need that we have had light upon and can present before them, which others do not have. Thus you can work when your strength returns, as it will, and you can do far more with your pen than with your voice.”
He looked at me appealingly and said, “You will not neglect these cautions, will you, Ellen? Our people will never know under what infirmities we have labored to serve them because our lives were interwoven with the progress of the work, but God knows it all. I regret that I have felt so deeply and labored unreasonably in emergencies, regardless of the laws of life and health. The Lord did not require us to carry so heavy burdens and many of our brethren so few. We ought to have gone to the Pacific Coast before, and devoted our time and energies to writing. Will you do this now? Will you, as your strength returns, take your pen and write out these things we have so long anticipated, and make haste slowly? There is important matter which the people need. Make this your first business. You will have to speak some to the people, but shun the responsibilities which have borne us down.”
“Well,” said I, “James, you are always to stay with me now and we will work together.” Said he, “I stayed in Battle Creek too long. I ought to have gone to California more than one year ago. But I wanted to help the work and institutions at Battle Creek. I have made a mistake. Your heart is tender. You will be inclined to make the same mistakes I have made. Your life can be of use to the cause of God. Oh, those precious subjects the Lord would have had me bring before the people, precious jewels of light!”
I awoke. But this dream seemed so real. Now you can see and understand why I feel no duty to go to Battle Creek for the purpose of shouldering the responsibilities in General Conference. I have no duty to stand in General Conference. The Lord forbids me. That is enough.–Letter 17, 1881, pp. 2-4. (To W. C. White, September 12, 1881.)

           I saw that our minds must be stayed upon God,

This is a great part of the work we must do. It is our part of the work of Salvation, and God will not do this work for us. “We should be constantly training the mind to noble, unselfish thoughts. This education is necessary to bring into exercise the powers which God has given us in such a manner as shall best glorify his name upon the earth. We are accountable for all the noble qualities which God has given us, and to put these faculties to a use he never designed we should, is showing base ingratitude to God. The service of God demands the powers of our being, and we fail of meeting the design of God unless we bring to a high state of cultivation the powers of our minds, and educate the mind to love a contemplation of heavenly things, and bring out the energies of the soul, that in exercise it should strengthen, and be ennobled by right actions, operating to the glory of God. p. 90, Para. 2, [16OT].
“ God has required us to bear much fruit. He will not command, without giving with the command power for the performance of it. God will not do our part of the work, neither does he require that we do his. It is God that worketh in us, but we must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. “Faith without works is dead, being alone.” Faith must be sustained by works. The doers of the work are justified before God. p. 66, Para. 1, [16OT].

and we must not fear the fear of the wicked.

I would encourage you to look around you, in your minds eye, and notice the things the wicked are fearing. We have “a more sure word of prophecy,” and can trust God right to the grave.

Evil angels are around us trying to invent a new way to destroy us. The Lord would lift up a standard against him (the devil). We must take the shield of faith.

God Bless your study

Tuesday January 31, 2012

The third part.

     until they covered every one of the true jewels, diamonds and coins – until they were all excluded from sight. They also tore in pieces my casket,

The casket, (See first note on first page) represents the advent truth that Bro. Miller published to the world, as is marked out by the parable of the ten virgins. [Matt.xxv,1-11.] First, the time, 1813; second, the tarrying time; third, the midnight cry, at the seventh month, 1844, and fourth, the shut door. – No one who has read the second advent papers since 1843, will deny that Bro. Miller has advocated these four important points in advent history. This harmonious system of truth or “casket” has been torn in pieces, and scattered among the rubbish by those who have rejected their own experience, and have denied the very truths that they, with Bro. Miller so fearlessly preached to the world.

    and scattered it among the rubbish. I thought no man regarded my sorrow or my anger. I became wholly discouraged and disheartened, and sat down and wept. While I was thus weeping and mourning for my great loss and accountability, I remembered God, and earnestly prayed that he would send me help. Immediately the door opened, and a man entered the room, when the people left it; and he, having a dirt-brush

The man with the “dirt-brush” represents the clear light of present truth, as brought to view by the third angel’s message, [Rev.xiv,9-12,] which is now purging the errors away from the remnant. The cause of present truth began to revive in the spring of 1848, and has been rising and gaining strength from that time to the present. The “dirt-brush” has been moving, and the errors have been passing away before the clear light of truth, and some of the precious jewels, who but a short time since were covered up and excluded from sight by darkness and error, now stand in the clear light of present truth. This work of bringing out the jewels, and purging away error is fast increasing, and is destined to move on with increasing power, until the saints are all searched out, and receive the seal of the living God. —  Compare this with the thirty-fourth chapter of Ezekiel, and you will see that God has promised to gather his flock that have been scattered in this dark and cloudy day, since 1844. Before Jesus comes, the “little flock” will be gathered into the “unity of the faith.” Jesus is now purifying “unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” and when he comes he will find his “church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”  “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner, &c.” —  Matt.iii,12.

    in his hand, opened the windows, and began to brush the dust and rubbish from the room. I cried to him to forbear, for there were some precious jewels scattered among the rubbish. He told me to “fear not,” for he would “take care of them.” Then, while he brushed, the dust and rubbish, false jewels and counterfeit coin, all rose and went out of the windows like a cloud, and the wind carried them away. In the bustle I closed my eyes

Brother Miller closed his eyes in death, December 22, 1849, which fulfilled the following words in his dream, “In the bustle I closed my eyes for a moment.” This wonderful fulfilment is so plain that none will fail to see it.

     for a moment; when I opened them, the rubbish was all gone. The precious jewels, the diamonds, gold and silver coins lay scattered in profusion over all the room. He then placed on the table a casket much larger and more beautiful than the former,

The second “casket much larger and more beautiful than the former” into which the scattered “jewels,” “diamonds,” and “coins” were gathered, represents the broad field of living present truth into which the scattered flock will be gathered, even 144,000, all of them having the seal of the living God. Not one of the precious diamonds will be left in the dark. Although some are “not bigger than the point of a pin,” they will not be overlooked, and left out in this day when God is making up his jewels.  [Mal.iii,16-18.]  He can send his angels and haste them out as he did Lot out of Sodom.  “A short work will the Lord make upon the earth.”  “He will cut it short in righteousness.”  See Rom.ix,28.

     and gathered up the jewels, the diamonds, the coins, by the handfuls, and cast them into the casket, till not one was left, although some of the diamonds were not bigger than the point of a pin. He then called upon me, to “come and see.” I looked into the casket, but my eyes were dazzled with the sight. They shone with ten times their former glory.

The church will then be pure and “without fault before the throne of God,” having confessed all their errors, faults and sins, and having had them washed away by the blood of Christ and blotted out, they will be without “spot or wrinkle, or any such thing.” Then they will shine with “ten times their former glory.”

     I thought they had been scoured in the sand by the feet of those wicked persons who had scattered them, and trod them in the dust. I saw they were arranged in beautiful order in the casket, every one in its place, without any visible pains of the man who cast them in. – I shouted with very joy – and that shout awakened me. The effect of this on my mind has been extremely consoling and happy.
    WM. MILLER,
    Low Hampton, N. Y. Dec. 3, 1847.”

God Bless your Study

Monday January 30, 2012

Part two.

     When they first looked into the casket they would wonder, and shout for joy. But when the spectators increased, every one would begin to trouble the jewels, taking them out of the casket and scattering

When the flying angel [Rev.xiv,6,7] first began to preach the everlasting good news, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come,” many shouted for joy in view of the coming of Jesus, and the restitution, who afterwards opposed and scoffed, and ridiculed the truth that a little before filled them with joy. They troubled and scattered the jewels. This brings us to the autumn of 1844, when the scattering time commenced.
Mark this: It was those who once “shouted for joy” that troubled and scattered the jewels. And none have so effectually scattered the flock, and led them astray since 1844, as those who once preached the truth, and rejoiced in it; but have since denied the work of God, and the fulfilment of prophecy in our past advent experience.

them on the table. At this time I began to think the owner would require the casket and jewels again at my hand; and if I suffered them to be scattered, I could never place them in their places in the casket again as before: and I felt I should never be able to meet the accountability, for it would be immense. I then began to plead with the people not to handle them, nor take them out of the casket;

Bro. Miller’s testimony, for a number of months after the Midnight cry, at the seventh month, 1844, was that the door was shut, and that the advent movement was a fulfilment of prophecy, and that we had been right in preaching time.  He then exhorted his brethren, through the “Advent Herald” to hold fast, to be patient, and not grudge against one another; and God would soon justify them for preaching time. In this way he plead for the jewels, while he felt his “accountability” for them, and that “it would be immense.”

but the more I plead, the more they scattered; and now they seemed to scatter them all over the room, on the floor, and on every piece of furniture in the room. I now saw that among the genuine jewels and coin they had scattered an innumerable quantity of spurious jewels

The “spurious jewels and counterfeit coin” that were scattered among the genuine, clearly represent false converts, or “strange children,” [Hosea v,7,] since the door was shut in 1844.

  and counterfeit coin. I was highly incensed at their base conduct and ingratitude, and reproved and reproached them for it; but the more I reproached, the more they scattered the spurious jewels and false coin among the genuine. I then became vexed in my very soul, and began to use physical force to push them out of the room; but while I was pushing out one, three more would enter, and bring in dirt, and shavings, and sand, and all manner of rubbish,

The “dirt and shavings, sand and all manner of rubbish,” represent the various and numerous errors that have been brought in among second advent believers, since the autumn of 1844. Here I will notice a few of them.
1. The stand that some of the “shepherds” presumptuously took immediately after the Midnight cry was given, that the solemn melting power of the Holy Ghost that attended the seventh month movement was a mesmeric influence. George Storrs was among the first to take this stand. See his writings in the latter part of 1844, in the “Midnight Cry,” then published in New York city. J. V. Himes, at the Albany Conference in the spring of 1845, said that the seventh month movement produced mesmerism seven feet deep. This I am told by one who was present, and heard the remark. – Others who took an active part in the seventh month cry have since pronounced that movement the work of the Devil. Attributing the work of Christ and the Holy Ghost to the Devil, was in the days of our Saviour, blasphemy, and it is blasphemy now.
2. The many experiments on definite time. Since the 2300 days ended in 1844, quite a number of times have been set, by different individuals, for their termination. In doing this they have removed the “landmarks,” and have thrown darkness and doubt over the whole advent movement.
3.  Spiritualism with all its fancies and extravagances.  This wile of the Devil, which has accomplished an awful work of death, is very fitly represented by “shavings,” and “all manner of rubbish.”  Many of those who drank down the poison of spiritualism admitted the truth of our past advent experience, and from this fact many have been made to believe that spiritualism was the natural fruit of believing that God conducted the great advent movements in 1843 and 1844.  Peter, speaking of those who should “bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them,” says, “BY REASON OF WHOM THE WAY OF TRUTH SHALL BE EVIL SPOKEN OF.”
4.  S. S. Snow professing to be “Elijah the Prophet.”  This man in his strange and wild career, has also acted his part in this work of death, and his course has had a tendency to bring the true position for the waiting saints into disrepute, in the minds of many honest souls.
To this catalogue of errors I might add many more, such as the “thousand years” of Rev.xx,4,7, in the past, the 144,000 of Rev.vii,4; xiv,1, those who “arose and came out of the graves” after Christ’s resurrection, the no-work doctrine, the doctrine of the destruction of infants, &c. &c.
These errors were so industriously propagated, and urged upon the waiting flock that, at the time Bro. Miller had the dream, the true jewels were “excluded from sight,” and the words of the prophet were applicable – “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off,” &c. &c.  See Is.lix,14.  At that time there was not an advent paper in the land that advocated the cause of present truth.  The “Day-Dawn,” was the last to defend the true position of the little flock; but that died a number of months before the Lord gave Bro. Miller this dream; and in its last dying struggle pointed the weary sighing saints to 1877, then thirty years in the future, as the time of their final deliverance.  Alas! alas!  No wonder that Bro. Miller in his dream, “sat down and wept” over this sad state of things.

God Bless your Study

Sunday January 29, 2012

Continuing our posting of the chapters from the new book, Beginning & End. Millers dream is in three parts. I really learned a great deal about God’s care over his own through this dream.

We shift gears just a bit, to add Brother Miller’s dream about the man with the dirt-brush; with Notes and Introduction, by James White. I make no comments in this portion.

Brother Miller’s Dream, The Present Truth, No. 10, James White, Oswego, May, 1850,  p. 73.

BROTHER MILLER’S DREAM

The following dream was published in the “Advent Herald,” more than two years since. I then saw that it clearly marked out our past second advent experience, and that God gave the dream for the benefit of the scattered flock.

Among the signs of the near approach of the great and the terrible day of the Lord, God has placed dreams. See Joel ii,28-31; Acts ii,17-20. Dreams may come in three ways; first, “through the multitude of business.” See Eccl.v,3. Second, those who are under the foul spirit and deception of Satan, may have dreams through his influence. See Deut.xiii,1-5; Jer.xxiii,25-28; xxvii,9; xxix,8; Zech.x,2; Jude 8. And third, God has always taught, and still teaches his people more or less by dreams, which come through the agency of angels and the Holy Spirit. Those who stand in the clear light of truth will know when God gives them a dream; and such will not be deceived and led astray by false dreams.

“And he said, Hear now my words; if there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.” Num.xii,6. Said Jacob, “The angel of the Lord spake unto me in a dream.” Gen.xxxi,2. “And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night.” Gen.xxxi,24. Read the dreams of Joseph, [Gen.xxxvii,5-9,] and then the interesting story of their fulfilment in Egypt. “In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night.” – Kings iii,5. The great important image of the second chapter of Daniel was given in a dream, also the four beasts, etc. of the seventh chapter. When Herod sought to destroy the infant Saviour Joseph was warned in a dream to flee into Egypt. Matt.ii,13.

“And it shall come to pass in the LAST DAYS, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts ii,17.

The gift of prophecy, by dreams and visions, is here the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and in the last days is to be manifested sufficiently to constitute a sign. It is one of the gifts of the gospel church.

“And he gave some apostles; and some PROPHETS; and some evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” Eph.iv,11,12.

“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily PROPHETS,” etc. Cor.xii,28. “Despise not PROPHESYINGS.” Thess.v,20. See also Acts xiii,1; xxi,9; Rom.xii,6; Cor.xiv,1,24,39. Prophets or prophesyings are for the edification of the church of Christ; and there is no evidence that can be produced from the word of God, that they were to cease before evangelists, pastors and teachers were to cease. But says the objector, “There has been so many false visions and dreams that I can not have confidence in anything of the kind.” It is true that Satan has his counterfeit. He always had false prophets, and certainly we may expect them now in this his last hour of deception and triumph. Those who reject such special revelations because the counterfeit exists, may with equal propriety go a little farther and deny that God ever revealed himself to man in a dream or a vision, for the counterfeit always existed.

Dreams and visions are the medium through which God has revealed himself to man. Through this medium he spake to the prophets; he has placed the gift of prophecy among the gifts of the gospel church, and has classed dreams and visions with the other signs of the “LAST DAYS.” Amen.

My object in the above remarks has been to remove objections in a scriptural manner, and prepare the mind of the reader for the following

DREAM.

    “I dreamed that God, by an unseen hand, sent me a curiously wrought casket,

The “casket” represents the great truths of the Bible, relative to the second advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, which were given Bro. Miller to publish to the world.

about ten inches long by six square, made of ebony and pearls curiously inlaid. To the casket there was a key

The “key attached” was his manner of interpreting the prophetic Word – Comparing scripture with scripture – the Bible its own interpreter. With this key Bro. Miller opened the “casket,” or the great truth of the advent to the world.

attached. I immediately took the key and opened the casket, when, to my wonder and surprise, I found it filled with all sorts and sizes of jewels,

The “jewels, diamonds, &c.” of “all sorts and sizes” so “beautifully arranged in their several places in the casket” represent the children of God, [Mal.iii,17,] from all the churches, and from almost every station, and situation of life, who received the advent faith, and were seen to take a bold stand in their several stations, in the holy cause of truth. While moving in this order, each attending to his own duty, and walking humbly before God, “they reflected a light and glory” to the world, equalled only by the church in the days of the apostles. The message, [Rev.xiv.6,7,] went as it were, upon the wings of the wind, and the invitation, “Come, for all things are now ready,” [Luke xiv,17.] went abroad with power and effect.

diamonds, precious stones, and gold and silver coin of every dimension and value, beautifully arranged in their several places in the casket; and thus arranged they reflected a light and glory equalled only by the sun. I thought it was my duty not to enjoy this wonderful sight alone, although my heart was overjoyed at the brilliancy, beauty and value of its contents. I therefore placed it on a centre-table in my room, and gave out word that all who had a desire might come and see the most glorious and brilliant sight ever seen by man in this life. The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd.

“The people began to come in, at first few in number, but increasing to a crowd.” When the advent doctrine was first preached by Bro. Miller, and a very few others, it had but little effect, and but very few were waked up by it; but from 1840 to 1844, wherever it was preached, the whole community was aroused.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath January 28, 2012

And part two:

  and will go on, and all will be shaken out who are not willing to take a bold and unyielding stand for the truth,

 
How many times in your own history have you witnessed someone stand for the light they had? stand for the truth they understood? stand alone, facing the, nearly, whole church body? If you have not witnessed it, I am sure you have heard of such a case. Now, it is easier to understand in it’s true setting; for the shaking started, back in 1850.

and sacrifice for God and his cause. The angel said, “Think ye that any will be compelled to sacrifice. No. no. It must be a free-will offering. It will take all to buy the field.”–I cried to God to spare his people, some of whom were fainting and dying.

           I saw that those who have strength to labor with their hands, and help sustain the cause, were as accountable for that strength, as others were for their property.

           The I saw that the judgements of Almighty God were speedily coming. I begged of the angel to speak in his language to the people. Said he, “All the thunders and lightnings of Mount Sinai would not move those who will not be moved by the plain truths of the word of God; neither would an angel’s message awake them.”

           I then beheld the beauty and loveliness of Jesus. His robe was whiter than the whitest white. No language can describe his glory and exalted loveliness. All, all who keep the commandments of God, will enter in through the gates into the City, and have right to the tree of life, and ever be in the presence of the lovely Jesus, whose countenance shines brighter than the sun at noonday.

           Then I was pointed to Adam and Eve in Eden. They partook of the forbidden tree, and then the flaming sword was placed around the tree of life, and they were driven from the Garden, lest they should partake of the tree of life, and be immortal sinners. The tree of life was to perpetuate immortality. I heard an angel ask, “Who of the family of Adam have passed that flaming sword, and have partaken of the tree of life?” I heard another angel answer, “Not one of the family of Adam have passed that flaming sword, and partaken of that tree; therefore there is not an immortal sinner. The soul that sinneth it shall die an everlasting death; a death that will last for ever, where there will be no hope of a resurrection; and then the wrath of God will be appeased.”

           I saw that the saints will rest in the Holy City, and reign as kings and priests one thousand years; then Jesus will descend with the saints upon the mount of Olives, and the mount will part asunder, and become a mighty plain for the Paradise of God to rest upon.

This incredibly important point should be marked carefully by all. At Christ’s second coming, all the saints will meet him in the air, he will not then touch the earth. It is at this, his third coming, at the end of the 1,000 years, that Christ touches the mount of Olives.

This shows forth the truth. Beware of any other part of the counterfeit SOP that claims this happens at the second coming, it is the lies of Satan. There are two references of note on this point. The first is Desire of Ages, page 829, declares, “when he comes again” he will touch the mount of Olives. Great Controversy, page 359, quotes from Joseph Wolff’s journal, saying a much stronger, more elaborate, description, and nothing around it says he was wrong; he is quoted “as if” he were correct.

The rest of the earth will not be cleansed until the wicked dead are raised (at the end of the one thousand years) and gather up around the city; for the feet of the wicked will never desecrate the earth made new. Then fire will come down from God out of heaven and devour them; burn them up root and branch. Satan is the root, and his children are the branches. The same fire that will devour the wicked, will purify the earth.

We have perfect harmony with the 1858 Great Controversy in all points mentioned. This passage does not, however, tell all that we now know.

  Eli Curtis.–It is well known by many of the brethren, that Eli Curtis has published many of my visions. He has pursued such an inconsistent course for some time past; and his influence on the cause of truth is such at this time that I feel it my duty to say to the brethren that I have no faith in his course; and that he has published my visions contrary to my wishes, even after I had requested him not to publish them. E. G. White.

I left this last paragraph in, because too many people claim that they do not want to say anything bad about anyone.  Well, there comes a time when you will be held responsible for not sounding the warning about a wolf in sheep’s clothes.

God Bless your Study

Friday January 27, 2012

Chapter 12 is next. One chapter per vision, generally, but not always. Part one of two.

The Present Truth, No. 9, p. 71, April 1850, (date published)

April 1, 1850 To the “Little Flock.”

           Dear Brethren.–The Lord gave me a view, January 26, which I will relate. I saw that some of the people of God were stupid and dormant; and were but half awake, and did not realize the time we were now living in; and that the “man” with the “dirt-brush” had entered, and that some were in danger of being swept away.

You can find “Brother Miller’s Dream” about the man with the dirt-brush, in chronological order, in this work on page #.

  I begged of Jesus to save them, to spare them a little longer, and let them see their awful danger, that they might get ready before it should be for ever too late. The angel said, “Destruction is coming like a mighty whirlwind.” I begged of the angel to pity and to save those who loved this world, and were attached to their possessions, and were not willing to cut loose from them, and sacrifice them to speed the messengers on their way to feed the hungry sheep, who were perishing for want of spiritual food.

The 1858 GC points out, on page 142, that those who were perfect and prepared for translation on October 22, 1844, had made an entire consecration, a complete sacrifice.

   As I viewed poor souls dying for want of the present truth, and some who professed to believe the truth were letting them die, by withholding the necessary means to carry forward the work of God, the sight was too painful, and I begged of the angel to remove it from me. I saw that when the cause of God called for some of their property, like the young man who came to Jesus, [Matthew 19:16-22.] they went away sorrowful; and that soon the overflowing scourge would pass over and sweep their possessions all away, and then it would be too late to sacrifice earthly goods, and lay up a treasure in heaven.

Present Truth is now being revived. Various individuals have stood up in fulfillment of the saying in the 1858 Great Controversy, page 184, to give “the straight testimony” to the Laodiceans. But now, the Internet has arrived. No more can those in power prevent the spread of information. Light is available to all, virtually everywhere.

Bert Haloviak, evidently a researcher for the General Conference, wrote a paper titled, “In the Shadow of the ‘Daily’: Background and Aftermath of the 1919 Bible and History Teacher’s Conference,” available on the church’s web archive site, and noting an amazing point many have never heard of. On pages 24-25 he quotes Stephen Haskell as remembering a prediction by Ellen, that “there would be a time when the testimonies would be in demand ‘just as they were originally given in order to meet objections before we got through.’”
Today the demand is high, among those who want truth. You can help by supporting this work, wherever you see it being done.

           I then saw the glorious Redeemer, beautiful and lovely, that he left the realms of glory, and came to this dark and lonely world, to give his precious life and die, the just for the unjust. He bore the cruel mocking and scourging, and wore the platted crown of thorns, and sweat great drops of blood in the garden; while the burden of the sins of the whole world were upon him. The angel asked, “What for?” O, I saw and knew that it was for us; for our sins he suffered all this, that by his precious blood he might redeem us unto God.   
           Then again was held up before me those who were not willing to dispose of this world’s goods to save perishing souls, by sending them the truth, while Jesus stands before the Father, pleading his blood, his sufferings and his death for them; and while God’s messengers were waiting, ready to carry them the saving truth that they might be sealed with the seal of the living God.

Printed matter is called “the silent messengers” and for many, it is all they have.

           It was hard for some who professed to believe the present truth, to even do so little as to hand the messengers God’s own money, that he had lent them to be stewards over.
           Then the suffering Jesus, his sacrifice and love so deep, as to give his life for them, was again held up before me; and then the lives of those who professed to be his followers, who had this world’s goods, and considered it so great a thing to help the cause of salvation. The angel said, “Can such enter heaven?” Another angel answered, “No, never, never, never. Those who are not interested in the cause of God on earth, can never sing the song of redeeming love above.”
           I saw that the quick work that God was doing on earth would soon be cut short in righteousness, and that the swift messengers must speed on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said, “Are all messengers? No, no, God’s messengers have a message.”

Notice the perfect harmony here also, as the false shepherds are not mentioned as being subjects of the search. As I am sure you will remember, page # of this work, and the Present Truth, No. 8, p. 64, God explicitly instructs us not to try taking this message to the false shepherds.

  I saw that the cause of God had been hindered, and dishonored by some travelling who had no message from God. Such will have to give an account to God for every dollar they have used in travelling where it was not their duty to go; for that money might have helped on the cause of God, and for the lack of it, souls have starved and died for the want of spiritual food, that might have been given them by God’s called and chosen messengers if they had had the means.

Ever gone to a meeting where someone stood up to talk and he had no message? All such will have a fearful account to pay.

           The mighty shaking has commenced,

   This is the first announcement by God that the shaking has started. Once this is accepted, many other passages will be seen in their true light. A good example of this can be found in No. 9, p. 1, “Everything is to be shaken that can be shaken.”

   Now all the church trials through which you have had to pass make sense. You are being prepared for Heaven. Your character is being perfected.

   This also is in total disagreement with the way most understand this faith. There are a huge number of charts extant today, all showing the shaking as being yet future. They are all in darkness, the blind leading the blind. This is the effect of reading and studying the counterfeit as if it were from God, and this, in spite of the fact, that these words appear in six different publications of the counterfeit. “God does nothing in partnership with Satan.” No. 27, p. 129.

God Bless your Study

Thursday January 26, 2012

Fitting comfortably into one post is this from Chapter 11.

The Present Truth, No. 8, p. 64, March 1850, (date published)

       My Dear Brethren and Sisters –This is very important hour with us. Satan has come down with great power, and we must strive hard, and press our way to the kingdom. We have a mighty foe to contend with; but an Almighty Friend to protect and strengthen us in the conflict. If we are firmly fixed upon the present truth, and have our hope, like an anchor of the soul, cast within the second vail, the various winds of false doctrine and error cannot move us.

This is a very important point, that of being “firmly fixed upon the Present Truth.” This is echoed in Christian Experience and Views, page # in this work. Notice also that our anchor must be cast within the second vail. The 1858 Great Controversy is in perfect harmony on this point, page 166, that these messages, the three angel’s, are an anchor for God’s people in the last days.

           The excitements and false reformations of this day do not move us, for we know that the Master of the house rose up in 1844, and shut the door of the first apartment of the heavenly tabernacle; and now we certainly expect that they will “go with their flocks,” “to seek the Lord; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself (within the second vail) from them.”

You might like to review page #, which is the second part of The Day-Star, and it has some bearing on this point.

           The Lord has shown me that the power which is with them is a mere human influence, and not the power of God.  
           Those who have published the “Watchman” have removed the landmarks. I saw, two months ago, that their time would pass by; and then some honest souls, who have been deceived by this time, will have a chance to receive the truth. I saw that most of those who preach this new time do not believe it themselves. I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep.

The first point to notice here is that honest people can be deceived, or, lied to. So all those who are currently in the dark, are not necessarily wicked and evil.

Another very important point is given by God with relation to our work. We are given marching orders straight from God. We are NOT to be trying to convince the false shepherds of anything. This is emphasized again in the Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views, beginning on page 43, titled “False Shepherds,” which can be found on page # in this work.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday January 25, 2012

Part two of speaking in tongues.

Ellen’s vision begins here. We do not know who wrote this out, but it seems to have been Hiram, with Ellen signing later.

    “While in vision the Angel pointed to the earth, where I saw Bro. Rhodes in thick darkness; but he still bore the image of Jesus.

In confirmation of the 1858 Great Controversy, page 142, which tells us, “GOD’S people were then accepted with
him. JESUS looked upon them with pleasure. His image was reflected in them.” Brother Rhodes was one of those who were perfect, and prepared for translation.

I saw that it was the will of God that Brn. Edson and Ralph should go after him.

While we should be very careful about such, God does work through “feelings” that people have. The people must be living up to all the light they have available, or God will not honor them such, which is in effect, honoring their wrong ways of acting.

   Then I was shown Bro. Rhodes’ past labors in the Advent cause; that he had been mighty in word and in deed. I saw him standing before the people, with the Bible in his hand, and a stream of light coming from his mouth, which found its way to the hearts of the people. Some rejoiced, while others, who were in darkness, were troubled. I saw that he had proclaimed the advent with great confidence, and had shown his faith by his works, and when the time passed, the disappointment was very great. Then some professed Adventist wounded his heart, and I saw him overwhelmed with discouragement, and grief, as he left the little flock, and retired to the wilderness.
I saw that Jesus was pleading his blood for Bro. Rhodes, and that the Angel was ready to enroll his name, as soon as he would come out of that dark place, and stand on all the present truth.

This “dark place” was apparently because he was not socializing with his fellow church members. He was evidently not keeping the Sabbath at this point either.

  The Angel pointed me to the snare of Satan that bound him; and I saw that he thought that there was no hope, no mercy for him; and it would be no use for him to try. I saw that Brn. Edson and Ralph should make him believe there was hope, and mercy for him, and tear him away, then he would come among the flock; and that Angels would attend them on their journey. I heard an Angel say– “Can ye not see the worth of the soul? Pull him out of the fire.” I saw that in Bro. Rhodes’ there had been no guile in speaking against the present truth, relating to the Sabbath, and Shut Door. I also saw that the Lord had laid Bro. Rhodes’ case heavily on Bro. Edson.”

End of Ellen’s vision.

About eight days before our last Conference at the house of Bro. Harris in Centreport, I dreamed of attending the meeting, and as I came into the room where the brethren were, most of them appeared cheerful and happy.  I was anxious to make my way through the room into another.  I thought some of the brethren were disposed to draw my attention away from going into the other room by talking to me; but I made my way along, and got hold of the door.  at this point, a number stood in the way, and Sister White stood next to the door, and for some time prevented me from opening it.  I held on to the door, waiting patiently for Sister White to move out of the way.  At length she moved, and I opened the door, and passed into the room.  Here I saw a number bowed down to the floor.  I dreamed that one of them rose up, and put his arms around my neck, and said, “Oh  Bro. Edson, I am in the dark.  I am in the dark ” I awoke and behold it was a dream.

           As a general thing, I have placed but little confidence in dreams, and seldom tell one; but my mind was deeply impressed that I should see a fulfillment of this dream, in part, at the Centreport meeting.  It is now clear to me that what took place at the Centreport meeting in relation to Bro. Rhodes’ case was a fulfillment of most of the above dream.

We look forward to the greater fulfillment of Joel 2, in that more and more God will direct his people through the use of dreams.

    Monday Nov. 19, we started on our journey, in full faith that God had taken Bro. Rhode’s case into his own hands, and that he would come with us; for when God works, something is accomplished.  As we journeyed on, we felt the presence of God and his attending angels.  We did not have to go into the wilderness; for Bro. Rhodes had come out a few days previous, and we found him at work in a field, on a rise of ground on the east side of Black River.
           We told him that we had come in the name of the Lord to get him to go with us and see the brethren, and go with us into the Kingdom.  God displayed his convincing power, and Bro. Ralph spoke in a new tongue, and gave the interpretation in power, and in the demonstration of the Holy Ghost.
           Bro. Rhodes finally consented to come with us, and went about arranging his business in order to leave.  While he was doing this, Bro. Ralph and myself took a walk down to the river, and spent some time viewing it and its banks.  When Bro. Rhodes came back the next day, he said to us, “I thought, by this time, that you had concluded to go without me, and let me stay here.”  We told him no; he need not think any such thing. He turned from us and said, “It is too much, I cannot stand it:” and started for the woods.  I feared that he was going away from us not to return again, so I started and ran after him, and found him on his face, asking the Lord what all this meant, why his children should feel so much for him.
           I wish here to relate a dream which I dreamed about two years since, of which the above seems to be a fulfillment.
           I dreamed of going after Bro. Rhodes.  I thought he was in a field at work, and as I went where he was, I had to ascend a rise of ground.  After having some conversation with him, it appeared, by some means, that he was absent from me.  I dreamed of going with some person down by the bank of the river, and was some time there, viewing the river and its banks.  Again I thought I saw Bro. Rhodes, and he was making his way off from me down a descent of ground.  I feared it was to hide away from me, so I ran after him and found him.  I dreamed of talking with him, and as near as I can remember, he was disconsolate.  He said he had no hope of entering the Kingdom, and it was of no use for him to try.  Here I awoke.
           Two or three nights before we saw Bro. Rhodes, he dreamed that two men came to him who were on their way to the Kingdom.  Something asked him if he did not want to go with them to the Kingdom, which was just before them:  He said he did, and turned partly round to see the men.  But something seemed to say that he could not go with these men. The thought of not being permitted to go with them caused him great distress.  The men still waited for him, and he awoke.
           Friday, Nov. 23, we returned as far as Bro. Arnold’s, of Volney, and our dear Bro. Rhodes with us.   Sabbath morning we came to this place, in company with Brother and Sister Arnold, where many of the brethren in this region were assembled.  They were all rejoiced to see Bro. Rhodes.  Tears of joy and tenderness flowed freely as they greeted each other.  We had a sweet, heavenly sitting together during the meeting, and Bro. Rhodes faith and hope are fast increasing.  He stands firm in all the present truth; and we heartily bid him God speed, as he goes to search out and feed the precious, scattered flock of Jesus.     HIRAM EDSON.
           Oswego, N.Y. Nov. 26, 1849

God Bless your Study

Tuesday January 24, 2012

Next is the incident of speaking in tongues. Presented in two parts, this is the first.

Letter from Hiram Edson, with his writing(?) of Ellen’s vision relating to Brother Rhodes.
The Present Truth, No. 5, p. 35, December 1849, (date published)

In this most interesting portion, from the pen of Hiram Edson, we get an excellent view of the pioneers at work, in their various duties, and God working with them to accomplish his purposes.

Of far more importance is the core of this letter, a fulfillment of 1 Corinthians 14:13-14, the speaking in an unknown tongue, and then giving the interpretation. This is total anathema with SDAs. That whole chapter is one that you just avoided in reading.

           Beloved Brethren, scattered abroad —
           God is reviving his people, and building up his cause in Western New-York.— During the scattering time we have passed through many heart-rending trials, while we have seen the precious flock scattered, torn and driven; but, thank God, the time has come for the flock to be gathered into the “unity of the faith.”  Divisions are being thoroughly healed, and strong union, and fervent Christian love increase among us.  The “commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ” are to us the present truth— the meat in due season.  The little flock here in this region are established on the Sabbath, and our past advent experience.  

Here we have a perfect example of walking in the light of the Midnight Cry. It is also a great example of how the third angel’s message should be presented.

Our number is constant-ly increasing.  Honest souls are seeking for the truth, and are taking their stand with us.  The brethren have seen the importance of leaving their useless habits; — therefore they have put away snuff and tobacco, as useless, filthy and unclean.  Our general meetings have been rising in interest and power for some time past; but very recently they have been exceedingly interesting and powerful.
           Our general meeting, holden at the house of Bro. Harris, in Centreport, Nov. 17 and 18, was one of the best I ever attended— Here we met some of our beloved brethren from the east— Brethren Ralph and Belden from Connecticut, and Brother and Sister White from Maine.

The list of VIPs in attendance. James and Ellen’s presence becomes a sanction from our viewpoint of so many years into the future.

They came to us in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ,” strong in the present truth.  It was a melting, confessing, refreshing season.—The meeting was closed on the first day, in the forenoon, and almost all the brethren left.
        About ten days before the Centreport Conference, I was deeply impressed with a sense of duty to make one more effort to rescue our beloved Bro. Rhodes, whose case has laid with weight on my mind for some time past.
           Impressed with the shortness of time, and the necessity of doing what we have to do quickly, I judged it duty to start at once.  After I had journeyed fourteen miles, I could not feel free to go any further; for it seemed to me that the time had not come, I therefore; for it seemed to me that the time had not come, I therefore returned home.
           Here I would say for the information of the brethren abroad, that Bro. Rhodes was one of the most faithful, and self-sacrificing lectures on the Second Advent, that ever labored in this region, and that most of those who now stand on present truth, received their first light on the advent through him.  He spent a handsome property in the cause, in distributing publications, helping others out into the field to lecture, and in bearing his own expenses from place to place, to sound the advent message, until his means were entirely exhausted.

His covenant with God by sacrifice was consumed, not increased; as we have been instructed in the 1849 Broadside, found here on page #. God would also encourage us by telling us that by so doing we will be laying up “bags in Heaven.” This passage is found in Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2, page 248. “I was pointed back, and saw when there were but few that listened to, and embraced the truth, they had not much of this world’s goods. The wants of the cause were divided among a very few. Then there was a necessity for houses and lands to be sold and obtain cheaper to serve them as a shelter or home, while their means were freely and generously lent to the Lord to publish the truth, and to otherwise aid in advancing the cause of God. As I beheld these self-sacrificing ones, I saw they had endured privation for the benefit of the cause. 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!”.

           The passing of the time, the scattering of the flock, and the cool treatment which he received from some who professed to be looking for the Lord, was too much for him to endure, and he sunk down in discouragement, and sadness of heart. At this time he keenly felt the force of the words of the prophet—
           “Oh  That my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people
           “Oh  That I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of way-faring men, that I might leave my people and go from them.” –Jer.ix, 1, 2.
           With tenderest feelings for the torn flock, he left them and retired to the wilderness; for he feared that some of them might lean on him, and be lost.  Most of the time for three years he has been in the wilderness, about thirty miles from any settlement.  He has sustained himself principally by fishing and hunting.
           Bro. Rhodes has ever lived in the hearts of the remnant in this region; but for the past year there has been an increasing interest in his behalf.  We have often felt drawn out in prayer to God that he would bring him out of the wilderness; and twice within the past year, in company with other brethren, I have been about 180 miles to see him, and we have tried to persuade him to come among the brethren; but without success.
           At the close of the Centreport Conference, I introduced Bro. Rhodes’ case to Bro. Ralph.  When I first saw Bro. Ralph I had an impression that we had a work to do in connection; and he has since told me that he had the same impression.  We both felt deeply bro. Rhodes’ case, and in the evening some half dozen of us had a season of prayer over the subject.  Bro, Ralph asked the Lord, in secret, to pour our his Spirit upon us if it was his will that we should go after Bro. Rhodes.  The Spirit was poured out, and it settled upon us, so that the place was awful, and glorious.  While I was inquiring of the Lord if he had sent his servant so far to go with me to hunt up Bro. Rhodes, that moment Bro. Ralph broke out in a new tongue, some of the brethren, especially Brother and Sister White, had previous to this, had little or no faith in the interest we felt for Bro. Rhodes.  Sister White had cautioned Bro. Ralph to be sure to get a clear duty from the Lord.  She told him unknown to us all.  Then came the interpretation—“Yes to go with thee.”  I then saw the reason why the Lord did not want me to go after Bro. Rhodes when I started ten days before; for it was his will that Bro. Ralph should go with me.

Here it is, perfect harmony with 1 Corinthians 14. But SDAs want nothing to do with this, it’s too far out there. I know, I been there.

  Here I would say that some of the brethren, especially Brother and Sister White, had previous to this, had little or no faith in the interest we felt for Bro. Rhodes.  Sister White had cautioned Bro. Ralph to be sure to get a clear duty from the Lord.  She told him that she thought that my feelings for Bro. Rhodes were mere sympathy. The next morning we had a season of prayer, and the Spirit was richly poured out, and the Lord gave Sister White the following vision, which was contrary to her former opinion and feeling relating to our going after Bro. Rhodes, up to that time that the Spirit took her off in vision.

God Bless your Study

January 23.2, 2012

Update on Verne Bates:

Verne came home on Sunday. Apparently there is some condition he has that makes his blood clot easily, or more easily than normal. This caused the stroke and a severe case of gout in both feet and right knee. He was also dehydrated. In addition to all that,  he was diagnosed with Bronchial Pneumonia.

Now that he is home, with lots of help, I am sure he will be getting better. Since the challenges are identified it becomes much easier to deal with them.

We all are grateful that God has spared his life for the present.