Monday January 23, 2012

We know that since October 22, 1844, we have been in the closing work for God’s church. The main focus of this time is the harvesting of the 144,000. It has already been 167 years since.

In America we have a muslim for a president, who is abusing the powers he already has, and word is out that he, as did Hitler before him, is asking a corrupt Congress for even more power. This Congress is, on average, earning twelve percent more, on the stock market, than anyone else, which equals insider trading, and I am sure, will agree to his demands.

We live today in the midst of great change. God tells us, in Revelation 13, exactly who it is that will be the last player in the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan, just before the second coming. I believe you and I have arrived at that day. Resources are shifting into place.

I am reminded of John the Baptist, who represents the 144,000. (YOU!)

John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord, and turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in these last days to whom God has entrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ. p. 88, Para. 3, [21OT].

John took some actions that many do not like. They will probably even tell you that “this is not necessary today.”

Sister N—- has not felt the importance of separation from the world as the command of God enjoins. The sight of her eyes and the hearing of her ears have perverted her heart. p. 152, Para. 1, [26OT].
John the Baptist was a man filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth, and if there was any one who could remain unaffected by the corrupting influences of the age in which he lived, it was surely he. Yet he did not venture to trust his strength; he separated himself from his friends and relatives, that his natural affections might not prove a snare to him He would not place himself unnecessarily in the way of temptation, nor where the luxuries or even the conveniences of life would lead him to indulge in ease or gratify his appetite, and thus lessen his physical and mental strength. By such a course the important mission he came to fill would have failed in its accomplishment. p. 152, Para. 2, [26OT].
He subjected himself to privation and solitude in the wilderness [out of the cities, anyone?] where he could preserve the sacred sense of the majesty of God, by studying his great book of nature and there becoming acquainted with the character of God, in his wonderful works. It was an atmosphere calculated to perfect moral culture and keep the fear of the Lord continually before him. John, the forerunner of Christ, did not expose himself to evil conversation and the corrupting influences of the world. He feared its effects upon his conscience, that sin might not appear to him so exceedingly sinful. He chose rather to have his home in the wilderness, where his senses would not be perverted by his surroundings. Should we not learn something from this example of one whom Christ honored and of whom he said, Among those born of women there are none greater than John the Baptist. p. 152, Para. 3, [26OT].
The first thirty years of Christ’s life was passed in retirement. Ministering angels waited upon the Lord of life, as he walked side by side with the peasants and laborers among the hills of Nazareth, unrecognized and unhonored. These high examples should teach us to avoid evil influences and shun the society of those who do not live aright. We should not flatter ourselves that we are too strong for any such influences to affect us, but we should, in humility guard ourselves from danger. p. 153, Para. 1, [26OT].

God is trying to teach us something, through the life of John. James White’s life illustrates this, from the life of John.

Although not one of the prophets had a higher mission or greater work to perform than had John, yet he was not to see even the result of his own labors. p. 84, Para. 2, [2SP].

Both these men will meet in Heaven, and there will they rejoice with all the saints, and see the fruits of their labors.

He was not privileged to be with Christ and witness the divine power attending the greater light. It was not for him to see the blind restored to sight, the sick healed, and the dead raised to life. He did not behold the light which shone through every word of Christ, reflecting glory upon the promises in prophecy. The world was illuminated with the brightness of the Father’s glory in the person of his Son; but the solitary prophet was denied the privilege of seeing and understanding the wisdom and mercy of God through a personal knowledge of the ministry of Christ. p. 84, Para. 2, [2SP].

James White was denied many things. He took part in the out-pouring of the Holy Ghost on October 22, 1844, but will not see the out-pouring of the Holy Ghost for the Loud Cry. An out-pouring that is to exceed the other by ten-fold, as God tells us in “Spalding and Magan,” page 4.

I believe we are on the verge of that hour.

The Lord has been for years calling the attention of his people to health reform. This is one of the great branches of the work of preparation for the coming of the Son of Man. …  John was a reformer. The angel Gabriel, direct from Heaven, gave a discourse upon health reform to the father and mother of John. He said he should not drink wine or strong drink, and should be filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth. p. 88, Para. 3, [21OT].

Read pages 14, 15 and 16 from No. 22, and do some comparisons with yourself. Are you in the light or out?

No. 20, pages 28-32, titled, “An Impressive Dream,” has a very interesting line. “At every change, some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed themselves to endure hardships.”

So, how is your “hardship quotient?

God Bless your Study

Sunday January 22, 2012

As a reminder, this book, Beginning & End, takes a look at each of the visions, in chronological order, as published. From that view we are building the Present Truth as given to us by God, through Ellen.

Here is part two of two.

           The Lord has shown me some who profess the present truth, whose lives do not correspond with their profession. They have got the standard of piety altogether too low, and come far short of Bible holiness. Some engage in vain, and unbecoming conversation; and others give way to the risings of self.

My own father gives a perfect example of this, he had a terrible temper. He would fly into a rage at the slightest provocation, or even an imagined provocation. Giving way to the risings of self. Of course Satan was at hand, inspiring, prodding, darkening.

  We must not expect to please ourselves, live and act like the world, have its pleasures, and enjoy the company of those who are of the world, and reign with Christ in glory.

This is the separation issue. Will God’s people be separate from the world?, separate from the enjoyment of friendship of worldly people?, separate from the comfort of dressing like the world?, separate from the comfort of not being different?, and living and acting like the world? If things are going to be different for you, something is going to have to change. That something is you, not God. If you want Heaven, you will have to buy it, by selling off all your own ideas about what and how to do it, and come into harmony with God’s plan, his appointed way.
Remember this from No. 28, p. 144?, “Many misunderstand the object for which they were created. It was to bless humanity and glorify God rather than to enjoy and glorify self.” I thought I was supposed to enjoy myself!

  We must be partakers of Christ’s sufferings here, if we would share in his glory hereafter. If we seek our own interest, how we can best please ourselves, instead of seeking to please God, and advance his precious, suffering cause, we shall dishonor God, and the holy cause we profess.

When we come to the realization that only 144,000, of those who have been exposed to this faith, will be saved, it becomes much more important to examine ourselves to see if we are in, . . . or out.

        We have but a little space of time left to work for God. Nothing should be too dear to sacrifice, for the salvation of the scattered and torn flock of Jesus. Those who make a covenant with God by sacrifice now, will soon be gathered home to share a rich reward, and possess the new kingdom forever and ever.

In the 1849 Broadside, God tells us that a sacrifice is consumed. But this is the best way to send your treasure to Heaven, by a willing sacrifice.

        O, let us live wholly for the Lord, and show by a well ordered life, and godly conversation that we have been with Jesus, and are his meek and lowly followers. We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God. Jesus is still in his Holy Temple, and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins, and will now pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before he leaves the Sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the Sanctuary, then he that is holy and righteous, will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust and filthy, will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the Sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father’s throne. Therefore, what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath, must be done before Jesus leaves the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. 

           The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present truth. I heard an Angel say, “speed the swift messengers, speed the swift messengers; for the case of every soul will soon be decided, either for life, or for death.”

The Present Sealing Truth, is the truth once delivered to the saints. God delivered that truth to the pioneers of this faith. That is why we are enjoined to go to them, to check any new point of faith that comes up; because they are the ones who determine what Present Truth is. We are to conform to what they have determined. All new light will be in complete harmony and completely supporting all past light. If not, it is not from God.

      I saw that those who had the means, were required to help speed those messengers, that God had called to labor in his cause, and as they went from place to place, they would be safe from the prevailing pestilence. But if any went that were not sent of God, they would be in danger of being cut down by the pestilence; therefore all should earnestly seek for duty, and be sure and move by the direction of the Holy Spirit.

God is in charge of his church, each is to go to God for duty. When that duty comes, it must be in total harmony with Present Truth.

Notice what we are not told. It does not say, “Wait for your pastor to tell you what to do.” No, you are to “move by the direction of the Holy Spirit.” (Which no one could do if there were no Holy Spirit.)

    What we have seen and heard of the pestilence, is but the beginning of what we shall see and hear. Soon the dead and dying will be all around us. I saw that some will be so hardened, as to even make sport of the judgements of God. Then the slain of the Lord will be from one end of the earth, to the other; they will not be lamented, gathered, nor buried; but their ill savor will come up from the face of the whole earth. Those only who have the seal of the living God, will be sheltered from the storm of wrath, that will soon fall on the heads of those who have rejected the truth.

This is another view of the time of trouble such as never was, the work of the plagues and the security of the covered saints, before being delivered by the voice of God. There is some excellent information in the 1858 Great Controversy in the chapter titled, “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble,” page 201.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath January 21.2, 2012

It is with a sad and heavy heart that we pass on the news that Verne Bates has had a stroke yesterday, Friday. According to Anna, who was present at the time, he was not doing good after the stroke hit.

He is in the hospital currently. More details should become available by this evening.

For now, this is all we have.

Sabbath January 21, 2012

As a reminder, this book, Beginning & End, takes a look at each of the visions, in chronological order, as published. From that view we are building the Present Truth as given to us by God, through Ellen.

Next up is the chapter on The Present Truth, No. 4, this being part one of two.

The Present Truth, No. 4, p. 31, September 1849, (date published)

   In this time of trial, we need to be encouraged, and comforted by each other.

Here one of the things God is pointing out to us that some have overlooked. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25 “But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 The word “communicate” in this verse means “fellowship.”

This is a great purpose of each, giving their personal testimony. Another being, glorifying God. Something happens to humans when we see others walking “the strait and narrow path,” we become encouraged. It is a wonderful thing.

Here is what you become involved in. “God works through human instrumentalities; and whoever shall awaken the consciences of men, provoking them to good works and a real interest in the advancement of the cause of truth, does not do it of himself, but by the Spirit of God which worketh in him.” p. 124, Para. 2, No. 29. Wonderful are the works of God!

By the words you speak, or write, you are, awakening “the consciences of men, provoking them to good works and a real interest in the advancement of the cause of truth,” and it is the Holy Ghost that is working in you, to yield to his promptings, to give your testimony. This is how we work with God.

There is a beautiful section titled, “Faithfulness” in the “Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views,” found on pages 34 to 38, but especially pages 36-37, that emphasizes these points. In this little work it is found on pages #

           The temptations of Satan are greater now, than ever before; for he knows that his time is short, and that very soon, every case will be decided, either for life, or for death. It is no time to sink down beneath discouragement, and trial now; but we must bear up under all our afflictions, and trust wholly in the mighty God of Jacob.
            The Lord has shown me that his grace is sufficient for all our trials; and although they are greater than ever before, yet if we trust wholly in God, we can overcome every temptation, and through his grace come off victorious.

Perfection is emphasized again by God. Why? Because only those who overcome as Christ overcame will go to Heaven. There are no testing trials to overcome in, at the time of the resurrection. To help to clear up this understanding, God has given us this, from No. 14, page 95. “Pride, self-love, selfishness, avariciousness, covetousness, love of the world, hatred, suspicion, jealousy, evil surmisings, must all be subdued and sacrificed forever. When Christ shall appear, it will not be to correct these evils, and then give a moral fitness for his coming. This preparation must all be made before he comes. It should be a subject of thought, of study and earnest inquiry, What shall we do to be saved? How shall we conduct that we may show ourselves approved unto God?”

The thief on the cross, saved at the 11th hour, is not a safe example to follow. Christ knew his heart, that he was safe to save, and was truly converted. After Christ’s death, he still had some trials to go through, remember? his legs were broken to hasten his agonizingly painful death. He was “purified, made white, and tried,” in the fire. The process is the same for all, there is only one Way. God chooses the fiery trials that burn the dross away.

If we overcome our trials, and get victory over the temptations of Satan, then we endure the time of our faith, which is much more precious than gold, and are stronger, and better prepared to meet the next. But if we sink down, and give way to the temptations of Satan, we shall grow weaker, and get no reward for the trial, and shall not be so well prepared to meet the next. In this way we shall grow weaker, and weaker, until we are led captive by Satan at his will.

God is warning us of exactly how Satan snares his victims. Following Christ’s example is the only path to Heaven, overcoming sin.

           We must have on the whole armour of God, and be ready at any moment, for a conflict with the powers of darkness. When temptations and trials rush in upon us, let us go to God, and agonize with him in prayer. He will not turn us away empty; but will give us grace and strength to overcome, and to break the power of the enemy. O, that all could see these things in their true light, and endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus. Then would Israel move forward, strong in God, and in the power of his might.

   I overcame some powerful, strong, bad habits in my life, through the strength of God, and the strong hand of his providence in my life. You can also. He is ready and willing to save.

           God has shown me that he gave his people a bitter cup to drink, to purify and cleanse them. It is a bitter draught, and they can make it still more bitter by murmuring, complaining, and repining. Those who receive it thus, must have another draught; for the first does not have its designed effect upon the heart. And if the second does not effect the work, then they must have another, and another, until it does have its designed effect, or they will be left filthy and impure in heart. I saw that this bitter cup can be sweetened by patience, endurance and prayer, and that it will have its designed effect upon the hearts of those who thus received it, and God will be honored and glorified. It is no small thing to be a Christian, and be owned and approved of God.

I used to think that many of my trials were of my own making and had little to nothing to do with my faith. But, finally, I learned the truth. God is in control of all parts of our life and he uses every trial we have to work on our characters, working to get us ready for Heaven. Here are a couple of passages where God speaks plainly about this process.

“How few are aware that they have darling idols, that they have cherished sins. God sees these sins to which you may be blinded, and he works with his pruning knife to strike deep and separate these cherished sins from you. You all want to choose for yourselves the process of purification. How hard it is for you to submit to the crucifixion of self; but when the work is all submitted to God, to him who knows our weaknesses and our sinfulness, he takes the very best way to bring about the desired results.” No. 25, p. 127
“Many misunderstand the object for which they were created. It was to bless humanity and glorify God rather than to enjoy and glorify self. God is constantly pruning his people, cutting off profuse, spreading branches, that they may bear fruit to his glory and not produce leaves only. God prunes us with sorrow, with disappointment and affliction, that the outgrowth of strong, perverse traits of character may, be weakened, and that the better traits may have a chance to develop. Idols must be given up, the conscience must become more tender; the meditation of the heart must be spiritual, and the entire character must become symmetrical. Those who really desire to glorify God, will be thankful for the exposure of every idol and every sin, that they may see them and put them away; but the divided heart will plead indulgence rather than denial”. p. 144, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

God Bless your Study

Friday January 20, 2012

Continuing with the last of three  parts from our new book, “Beginning & End,” the chapter on The Present Truth, No. 3, vision from God. It is a chronological study of Present Truth, of the Advent message, from the beginning to the end, hence the name.

   Oh! that all could get a view of it as God revealed it to me, that they might know more of the wiles of Satan, and be on their guard. I saw that Satan was at work in these ways to distract, deceive, and draw away God’s people, just now in this sealing time.

Again, we have confirmation that we are in the sealing time of the 144,000, which started with the Sabbath truth, like the rising sun, first cold, &c., in the vision God gave to his people, using Hiram Edson, October 23, 1844. Found on page # in this work.

           I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet were sliding; because they were not firmly planted on the truth, and the covering of Almighty God could not be drawn over them while they were thus trembling.

God points out the importance of not being like Thomas, who doubted. Check out the 1858 Great Controversy on this point, it’s on page 75. “But at this time Thomas was not present. He would not humbly receive the report of the disciples; but firmly, and self-confidently affirmed that he would not believe, unless he should put his fingers in the prints of the nails, and his hand in his side where the cruel spear was thrust. In this he showed a lack of confidence in his brethren. And if all should require the same evidence, but few would receive JESUS, and believe in his resurrection. But it was the will of GOD that the report of the disciples should go from one to the other, and many receive it from the lips of those who had seen and heard. GOD was not well pleased with such unbelief. And when JESUS met with his disciples again, Thomas was with them. The moment he beheld JESUS he believed. But he had declared that he would not be satisfied without the evidence of feeling added to sight, and JESUS gave him the evidence he had desired. Thomas cried out, My LORD and my GOD. But JESUS reproved Thomas for his unbelief. He said to him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.
“So, I saw, that those who had no experience in the first and second angels’ messages must receive them from those who had an experience, and followed down through the messages. As JESUS was crucified, so I saw that these messages have been crucified. And as the disciples declared that there was salvation in no other name under heaven, given among men; so, also, should the servants of GOD faithfully and fearlessly declare that those who embrace but a part of the truths connected with the third message must gladly embrace the first, second and third messages as GOD has given them, or have no part nor lot in the matter.”

Be a believer. Check out the evidence and be convinced on the evidence. To continue in the path of Thomas will mean your loss of Heaven at last. This is so, because Christ is not going to appear to you for your benefit. Beware.

Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, and the covering drawn over God’s people, and they left out, without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues.
           God has begun to draw this covering over his people, and it will very soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day of slaughter.

It appears that the covering happens right after the seal is placed. We think this happens at death for some; certainly in life for those who will go through the close of probation; and the language of the R&H article of May 6, 1862, indicates others, still living. You can check that on page # of this work. Certainly, if this covering is actually the covering of Christ’s blood over the confessed sins of the saints, which should also be the covering of Christ’s righteousness, then we have something that makes more sense.

We also have an un-authenticated manuscript, declaring that one, Sister Hastings was sealed, apparently, just before death. Because of the age of the alleged document, the possibility of authenticity is high. “I saw that she [Sister Hastings] was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000.”@hastings is in 4 places now.!@

God will work in power for his people; and Satan will be permitted to work also.

A warning, not to be taken lightly. The last 167 years, rightly understood, is a short time, is the closing work for God’s church. At the beginning of this faith, God worked in power for his church. Since that time, the church has apostated and gone after many evils. During this time Satan has done some mightily miracles. While we can not deny the miracle, we must ask, “What does the miracle support?”

The miracle that happened to Desmond Doss in WWII, where he rescued 75 men in one day, under fire, never being wounded on that day, though his clothes were riddled with holes, is indeed a miracle, but that miracle supports the GCSDA church. The very same that made a deal with the government to use SDA young men as human ginny pigs in what was called, “Operation Whitecoat.” You can go to sdaapostasy.org for a more complete story on that one.

Since that day, they have made themselves more vile. Growing up and spending fifty years in that church, these miracles and many others, made it a hard decision to have my membership removed and walk away. I have no doubt you feel the same as I. But finding the truth makes all the difference, in this world.

  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; but from bad to worse; for those who professed a change of heart, had only wrapt about them a religious garb, which covered up the iniquity of a wicked heart. Some appeared to have been really converted, so as to deceive God’s people; but if their hearts could be seen, they would appear as black as ever.

In looking back over the history of the SDA church, one can only conclude that it has been on a backsliding, slippery slope since early after the death of James W. The growth of the church in numbers, is only a result of the changing of the message. Thus, you have a pastor who thinks it right, that he should go and murder his Tutsi neighbor, in Uganda.

           My accompanying angel bade me look for the travail of soul for sinners as used to be. I looked, but could not see it; for the time for their salvation is past.

For the correct understanding of this, turn ahead to page # in the Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views, and see note number 3.

God Bless your Study

Thursday January 19, 2012

Continuing with the second of three  parts from our new book, “Beginning & End,” the chapter on The Present Truth, No. 3, vision from God. It is a chronological study of Present Truth, of the Advent message, from the beginning to the end, hence the name.

   Satan is now using every device in this sealing time,

Many are the devices of Satan. TV first comes to mind. It’s design is to grab your conscious mind and control it. It is very good at this. All forms of advertizing are designed to do the same, hence the need for God’s people to separate themselves from the world, physically. Be like Abraham and stay out of Sodom!

Any thing that comes between you and God must be guarded against. Satan will use anything, anything you might allow, to separate you from God, just a little tiny bit. That is all he needs to start the process.

        to keep the minds of God’s people from the present, sealing truth; and to cause them to waver.

Again, a clear call to control our own minds. If we don’t, apparently Satan will. Plans for work, thoughts about life, family, &c., anything but Present Truth, the sealing truth. To give in to this chain of thought means that you will not be sealed. You can review the confirmation of this on page #.

I saw a covering that God was drawing over his people, to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, and was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of Almighty God.

I just now discovered something that may be the information about this covering. It is a reference to the blood of Christ covering our sins. Here is the passage. “And according to the deception they practised, and as they deceived those who were beloved of God, and brought confusion into the church, so will their punishment be greater, and their sins will not remain covered, but will be exposed in the day of God’s fierce anger.” Upon reflection, this appears to be the same as the “blotting out” of our sins from the book in Heaven, a major part of the work for the anti-typical day of Atonement. While we do not know for sure, this is a good fit.

    Satan knew this, and was at work in mighty power, to keep the minds of as many as he possibly could unsettled, and wavering on the truth.

Whatever your questions are, get them answered. Get settled on the truth. Get the full scope of the weight of evidence before you. Make sure you have the anchor so solid that you can not be moved. Then, just say “No!” to doubt. Here is an excellent passage that bears on this point. “Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind, and teachable spirit. All should decide from the weight of evidence.” No. 23, p. 6

       I saw that the mysterious knocking in N.Y. and other places, was the power of Satan; and that such things would be more and more common, clothed in a religious garb, to lull the deceived to more security; and to draw the minds of God’s people, if possible, to those things and cause them to doubt the teachings, and power of the Holy Ghost.

Notice here the reference to “the teachings, and power of the Holy Ghost.” This is not taught, anywhere; I have never even heard of it being taught. All God’s people will be teaching and sharing the power and teachings of the Holy Ghost. Unfortunately the SDA church is afraid of the Holy Ghost, it’s just too uncontrollable.
Christ told us the Holy Ghost would lead us into all truth. Ellen mentioned at the very beginning of this vision that it was the Holy Ghost that was “poured out on us” and “I was taken off in the Spirit.” But many are even now questioning the existence of the Holy Ghost. Satan has been very successful in causing doubt.

    I saw that Satan was working through agents, in a number of ways. He was at work through ministers, who have rejected the truth, and are given over to strong delusions to believe a lie that they might be damned.

This is a direct reference to Satan’s coming as an angel of light. Using other words, anyone professing to have the truth and teaching, or promoting in any way, the lies of Satan, is in actuality, Satan, disguised as an angel of light. Here is the testimony of Jesus on this point, found in No. 18, page 152. “The fact of a man’s professing to keep God’s holy law, and ministering in sacred things, and taking the advantage of the confidence his position gives him to indulge his base passions, should, of itself, be sufficient for a woman professing godliness, to see that, although his profession was as exalted as the heavens, any impure proposal coming from him was Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light.”

There are a great many who have “rashly denied” the light of the Midnight Cry “and said that it was not God that had led them out so far.” That light “went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below.” The Day-Star can be reviewed on page #.

I would not follow those people. This great tree of darkness has born fruit in the SDA church, in  the creation of a liaison to the Pope, THE man of sin, and many other evils.

       While they were preaching, or praying some would fall prostrate and helpless; not by the power of the Holy Ghost, no, no; but by the power of Satan breathed upon these agents and through them to the people. Some professed Adventists who had rejected the present truth, while preaching, praying, or in conversation used Mesmerism to gain adherents, and the people would rejoice in this influence, for they thought it was the Holy Ghost. And even some that used it, were so far in the darkness and deception of the Devil, that they thought it was the power of God, given them to exercise. They had made God altogether such an one as themselves; and had valued his power as a thing of naught.

One of the popular devices of Satan that started being used in the recent past, is NLP, or Neuro Linguistic Programing. This device was not known in the 1800’s, but fits the description of Mesmerism quite handily. It certainly has been used and lauded as “the power of God, given them to exercise.” Few realize the power they are dealing with. This is one of the major reasons we are not to attend their meetings, unless God sends us. This instruction is found on page # of this work, and here is the passage. “I was shown the necessity of those who believe we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily imbibing new errors. I saw that young and old should not attend their assemblies; for it is wrong to encourage them by attending their meetings while they teach error that is poisonous, and death to the soul, and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. And the influence is not good. If God has delivered us from such darkness and error, we should stand fast in the liberty wherewith he has set us free, and rejoice in the truth. God is displeased with those who go to listen to error, when they are not obliged to; for unless he sends us to these meetings, where error is forced home to the people by the power of the will, he will not keep us. The angels cease their watchful care over us, and we are left to the buffetings of the enemy, to be darkened and weakened by him, and the power of his evil angels; and the light around us becomes contaminated with the darkness.” p. 45, Para. 2, [SUPCEV].

   Some of these agents of Satan were affecting the bodies of some of the saints; those that they could not deceive and draw away from the truth by a satanic influence.

I do not know what to make of this passage. It totally smacks of voodoo. In God’s time light will come on this point.

God Bless your study

Wednesday January 18, 2012

Continuing with the first of three  parts from our new book, “Beginning & End,” the chapter on The Present Truth, No. 3, vision from God. It is a chronological study of Present Truth, of the Advent message, from the beginning to the end, hence the name.

The Lord has shown me that it is my duty to relate to you, what he has revealed to me relating to the present truth, our present tried, scattered and tempted state, and our duty in view of the coming judgments of God.

           Sabbath, March 24th, 1849, we had a sweet, and very interesting meeting with the Brethren at Topsham, Me. The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us,

This is an amazing thing. When was the last time you went to a meeting and left calling it “a sweet, and very interesting” one? And how about the Holy Ghost being poured out on ALL! present. What a meeting. The only way we can come close to this, is reading the account left behind as “their works do follow them.”

and I was taken off in the Spirit to the City of the living God. There I was shown that the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, relating to the shut door, could not be separated,

The importance of the truth, here stated, warrants breaking into this sentence. We believe that the authenticated Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Jesus Christ, per Revelation 19:10. The commandments of God being the foundation of the Bible, it follows that the Bible and the true Spirit of Prophecy can not be separated. Though many do, and claim the testimony of Jesus is not important, only the Bible is needed; understanding not what they are claiming, nor the position they are taking, on the side of Satan.

The facts about this are stated quite clearly in No. 20, pages 42-49, where God tells us that “IF” his people had studied the Bible, the Testimonies would not have been needed. But, because they did not study the Bible, “he has sought to reach you by simple, direct testimonies, calling your attention to the words of inspiration you had neglected to obey, and urging you to fashion your lives in accordance with its pure and elevated teachings.” Today, the Spirit of Prophecy is not optional.

            and that the time for the commandments of God to shine out, with all their importance, and for God’s people to be tried on the Sabbath truth, was when the door was opened in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, where the Ark is, containing the ten commandments. This door was not opened, until the mediation of Jesus was finished in the Holy Place of the Sanctuary in 1844. Then, Jesus rose up, and shut the door in the Holy Place, and opened the door in the Most Holy, and passed within the second vail, where he now stands by the Ark; and where the faith of Israel now reaches.

The opening of the door into the Most Holy, took place October 22, 1844. The Sabbath truth, then being like the rising sun, first cold and growing warmer (see page # of this work on the November 18, 1848 vision from God), is the test for all, in this faith, since that date.

The regular Protestant churches, aka, Babylon, do not teach, nor understand, any part of the sanctuary service. Therefore, their faith does not reach into the Most Holy. This is the major purpose of the Loud Cry, to call God’s people out of Babylon, evidently because that is where they are.

I saw that Jesus had shut the door in the Holy Place, and no man can open it; and that he had opened the door in the Most Holy, and no man can shut it: (See Rev. iii:7, 8:) and that since Jesus has opened the door in the Most Holy Place, which contains the Ark, the commandments have been shining out to God’s people, and they are being tested on the Sabbath question.  

           I saw that the present test on the Sabbath could not come, until the mediation of Jesus in the Holy Place was finished; and he had passed within the second vail; therefore, Christians, who fell asleep before the door was opened in the Most Holy, when the midnight cry was finished, at the seventh month 1844; and had not kept the true Sabbath, now rest in hope; for they had not the light, and the test on the Sabbath, which we now have, since that door was opened. I saw that Satan was tempting some of God’s people on this point. Because so many good Christians have fallen asleep in the triumphs of faith, and have not kept the true Sabbath, they were doubting about it being a test for us now.  

           I saw that the enemies of the present truth have been trying to open the door of the Holy Place, that Jesus has shut; and to close the door of the Most Holy Place, which he opened in 1844, where the Ark is containing the two tables of stone, on which are written the ten commandments, by the finger of Jehovah.

This passage is of special significance as it’s light of truth reveals the darkness of error, the lies of Satan. There are at least ten times, in the counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy, that the enemies of this faith have placed these words, or similar, “He [Christ] is today standing at the altar of incense…,” this one, found in Desire of Ages, page 568. That altar is only in the Holy place, not the Most Holy.
God Bless your Study

Tuesday January 17.2, 2012

!!! ALERT NOTICE !!!

All should check out this post on Dutchsense’s blog. Something is very, very wrong.

http://sincedutch.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/1172012-12-girls-at-one-school-develop-tourettes-symptoms-one-common-factor-vaccines/

If vaccines are the culprit, the story will be spun and attempts made to protect the corporation behind this. We now live in an era of a corporate controlled government — media complex.

We remember the words from God on November 18, 1848, written out by Joseph Bates, on pages 24-26 of “A Seal of the Living God.”

    The time of trouble [a short period, see Supplement to CEV, page 3] has commenced, it is begun. The reason why the four winds have not let go is because the saints are not all sealed. It’s on the increase, and will increase more and more; the trouble will never end until the earth is rid of the wicked.

We look for this type of trouble to increase as we get closer to the end.

God Bless your preparation

Tuesday January 17, 2012

Continuing with the fifth and final part from our new book, “Beginning & End.” It is a chronological study of Present Truth, of the Advent message, from the beginning to the end, hence the name.

The Lord has shown me that some of his children would fear when they see the price of food rising, and they would buy food and lay it by for the time of trouble. Then in a time of need, I saw them go to their food and look at it, and it had bred worms, and was full of living creatures, and not fit for use. About one week since, the Lord showed me in vision, that houses and lands would be of no use in the time of trouble, and in that time they could not be disposed of. I saw it was the will of God that the saints should cut loose from every encumbrance–dispose of their houses and lands before the time of trouble comes, and make a covenant with God by sacrifice. I saw they would sell if they laid their property on the altar and earnestly inquired for duty. Then God will teach them when to dispose of these things. Then they will be free in the time of trouble, and have no clogs to weigh them down.

Notice that it is God who you are to get your instructions from, in this matter. When instructed in this way, we are not to take it lightly.

    I saw if they held on to their property, and did not inquire duty of the Lord, he would not make duty known, and they would be permitted to keep their property, and then in the time of trouble their property would come up before them like a mountain to crush them. Then they tried to get rid of it, but could not. I heard them mourn like this,– the cause was languishing–God’s people were suffering for truth, and we made no effort to supply the lack, and now our property is useless. Oh! that we had let it go, and laid up treasure in heaven. I saw a sacrifice did not increase, but decrease, and was consumed.

Some people are looking for a good return on their investment. We are warned against doing this at this time. Just consider Heaven and eternal life good enough.

I also saw that God had not required all of his people to dispose of their property at the same time, but in a time of need he would teach them, if they desired to be taught, when to sell and how much to sell. I saw that some had been required to dispose of their property in past time to sustain the advent cause, while he permitted others to keep theirs until a time of need. Then as the cause needs it, their duty is to sell.
           Now is the time to lay up treasure in heaven, and to set our hearts in order, ready for the time of trouble. Those only who have clean hands and a pure heart will stand that trying time. Now is the time for the law of God to be in our minds (foreheads), and written in our hearts. The Lord has shown me the danger of letting our minds be filled with worldly thoughts and cares.

Again this idea of staying in control of our thoughts, keeping our mind under our own control, is presented, to remind us of the dangers of allowing our minds to drift. This is Satan’s object; for in so doing there is no room for the seal of God. In this work, this can be found on page #.

I saw that some minds were led away from present truth and a love of the holy Bible, by reading other exciting books; and others were filled with perplexity and care for what they shall eat, drink and wear. I saw some, looking too far off for the coming of the Lord. Time has continued on a few years longer than they expected, therefore they think it may continue a few years more, and in this way their minds are being led from present truth, out after the world. In these things I saw great danger; for if the mind is filled with other things, present truth is shut out, and there is no place in our foreheads for the seal of the living God. This seal is the Sabbath.

The love of the world and the things of the world, the pre-occupation with the world, these are the bane of the Christian, and Satan knows it. But we hope. There is an interesting passage in No. 12, page 40; “Something must arise to lessen the hold of God’s people upon the world.”

  I saw that the time for Jesus to be in the most holy place was nearly finished, and that time can last but a very little longer; and what leisure time we have should be spent in searching the Bible, which is to judge us in the last day.
           My Dear Brethren and Sisters:–Let the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ be in your minds continually, and let them crowd worldly thoughts and cares from the mind. When you lie down, and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live, and act wholly in reference to the coming of the Son of Man.
           The sealing time is very short, and soon will be over. Now is the time to make our calling and election sure, while the four angels are holding the four winds.

   The sealing time has lasted 167 years,… so far,… but it too, is called, a “very short” time. When viewed from the big picture perspective, we are in the “closing work for the church,” No. 23, page 22, and it is short; just seems long to us.

           If any among us are sick, let us not dishonor God by applying to earthly physicians, but apply to the God of Israel. If we follow his directions (James 5:14, 15) the sick will be healed. God’s promise cannot fail. Have faith in God, and trust wholly in him, that when Christ who is our life shall appear we may appear with him in glory. E.G. White. Topsham, Jan. 31, 1849.

   There were many times when the pioneers did this, and many were healed. One day I want to add up the count of times people were healed in the early days of this faith. It is faith building to read these stories and be charmed by the truth.

   Now we are into Medical Missionary Evangelism, and it’s only the beginning of the 1849. Check  this out, we are not even supposed to call the doctor at all! We are supposed to get our Bibles and call a prayer meeting when someone gets sick. Interesting faith, wouldn’t you say?

God Bless your Study

Monday January 16, 2012

Continuing with the fourth of five parts from our new book, “Beginning & End.” It is a chronological study of Present Truth, of the Advent message, from the beginning to the end, hence the name.

Then I was taken to a world which had seven moons. There I saw good old Enoch, who had been translated. On his right arm he bore a glorious palm, and on each leaf was written Victory. Around his head was a dazzling white wreath, and leaves on the wreath, and in the middle of each was written Purity; and around the leaf were stones of various colors, that shone brighter than the stars, and cast a reflection upon the letters, and magnified them. On the back part of his head was a bow that confined the wreath, and upon the bow was written Holiness. Above the wreath was a lovely crown that shone brighter than the sun. I asked him if this was the place he was taken to from the earth. He said, “It is not; but the city is my home, and I have come to visit this place.” He moved about the place as if perfectly at home.

A brief view of the glories of the future life of the saints, is here given. It’s purpose is to encourage all with the reality of the truth of a real life, in a real Heaven, traveling in a real Universe, visiting other real, created beings. (Wow!)

    I begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought of coming back to this dark world again. Then the angel said–“you must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000 shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handy work of God.”

We have now come to a point that is made much of, by many. The question is about the language used. “Does this mean that Ellen is with the 144,000? or one of the 144,000?” From our study of Present Truth so far, we can conclude that all who die in the faith of this message, “keeping the Sabbath,” found in the 1858 Great Controversy, page 205, will be a part of the 144,000; based on the timing of their resurrection, as only the living saints will witness Christ’s second coming.

But, we now have something more, to meet the language objections of the above. We have discovered a quote from a manuscript that appears to be good, or authentic. Importantly, it harmonizes with the rest of Present Truth. This is about a Sister Hastings, who died, and is mentioned in an alleged letter, to the now remaining Brother Hastings. We notice that the language is the same as used above; therefore, we conclude that it was a common form of stating such a matter. Here is the quote. “I saw that she [Sister Hastings] was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000.” [14MR53.01] p. 19, Para. 5, [1850MS].

This confirms that Sister Hastings will be one of the 144,000 as that is the only ones who will witness Christ’s second coming; which means that Ellen will also be there, if faithful.

           For two years past, the Lord has shown me in vision, repeatedly, that it is contrary to the Bible to make any provision for our temporal wants in the time of trouble.

Because we do not know the time when the time of trouble such as never was, is to start, we are to follow the instruction given us, “Occupy till I come.” Therefore, it is wise and prudent to labor in harmony with the seasons. In the Spring you plant your seeds, in the Summer you tend your garden, in the Fall you harvest your crop, and store it away to eat all winter long, all next Spring, and Summer, till the next crop is in. This means you should have a year’s supply of food on hand. Do not depend on others to supply your wants “just in time” when you need it.

  I saw that if the saints have food laid up by them, or in the fields, in the time of trouble when sword, famine, and pestilence are in the land, it will be taken from them by violent hands and strangers would reap their fields.

This is the time of trouble such as never was, which starts at the close of probation.

Then will be the time for us to trust wholly in God, and he will sustain us. I saw that our bread and water would be sure at that time, and we should not lack, or suffer hunger.

Further harmony can be found in “The Spirit of Prophecy” Vol. 1, page 224, “Bread and water is all that is promised to the remnant in the time of trouble.”

God Bless your study