Wednesday May 1, 2013

The 2520 prophecy has come under fire in the last few years and today seems a good time to set the record straight and dispel some misconceptions by showing the truth. My favorite topic, the truth.

Over the course of the next five days we will show the following.

1.) That the 2520 prophecy is a valid prophetic timeline.

2.) That no person can prove that James White was the author of an article in the R&H of January 26, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi., 1864 which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline.  I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article.

 

3.) Some evidence to the effect that Uriah Smith was the real author of that article in the R&H of January 26, 1864 which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline.

4.) That there is only one 2520 prophecy and no more. Prophecy does not repeat nor does it have a re-application.

5.) The correct purpose of the 2520 prophecy for our day.

We have to remember that Satan is a liar and the father of all such as make lies their stronghold. Lies will be told and put forth as truthful facts. Only those who are willing to stay after the meeting and go the extra mile, or even two miles, to get to speak with Christ when he is alone, will be rewarded by hearing the sweet words from his lips, “unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God;” and hear words of truth and beauty and then you will understand.

So I would encourage you to get your studies in order, call your friends about this crazy blog, or whatever it is that you need to do to tackle this subject. Maybe put another folder in your computer to save the posts to. Just don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, cause it does.

God Bless your study

 

Tuesday April 30, 2013

Probably the largest book with Ellen G. White’s name on it has never been published. That’s right, it has never been published.

How many times is it that you have heard someone, anyone, speak up and say, “Ellen White says,” or, “Sister White says,” or, and this is my favorite, “the Servant of the Lord says,” and then they proceed to tell you EXACTLY what it is that the text states; the only problem is, it can not be found!

Recently someone sent me something from facebook where a SDA pastor was ranting about something and in three numbered paragraphs he proceeded to expound to the reader EXACTLY what it was E.G.W. had said. He even went so far as to put it in quotation marks! Now mind you, he did exactly what all self-proclaimed experts do, he gave no references for his quotations. That’s right, not one.

I have gotten pretty good at searching for things on the White Estate CD because I do it so much and what this guy put in quotes just was not there, not at all.

But this is quite common in the church. Meeting after meeting, people have the gall to spout off as fact something they proclaim to have been written by Sister White. But how few ever give a reference!? something you can check on to see if it was stated correctly.

This is actually a huge problem in the church. Many people are willing to take action on a claim without checking to verify it. They are willing to trust a supposed expert. But upon examination most such experts are nothing but a fountain of pride. Resting on their past educational accomplishments in a Jesuit system they are wandering stars* walking in the sparks of their own kindling.**

 

*There are wandering stars professing to be ministers sent of God, who are preaching the Sabbath from place to place, and have truth mixed up with erroneous sentiments, and throw out a strange jumble of views to the people. p. 154, Para. 1, [10OT].

**Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow. Isaiah 50:11

 

When it comes to truth, you don’t have to worry. People are not afraid to give you a reference. They are not afraid to have you check on what they say. They know their facts and operate from facts not fiction, or opinion. This is the reason that this site carries available for free download all the authentic Spirit of Prophecy materials we have at hand. You don’t have to go anywhere else to check, it’s all right here.

We do have projects we are working on that are not up yet, like the Apocrypha. The plan is to make that available in whole or by the book. Currently the text we have is being cleaned up for this presentation. And there are other items that are in process. In time they will all be added so that you have at hand for free all the same material we work from. We want you to have the truth, the whole truth, provided by God.

I will further state this. Do not depend on this site always being here. Satan and his agents are very active and God might at any time allow this voice to go silent. Don’t get caught without the proof that is so easy to download and save to your computer, today.

The government is every day getting more and more invasive, Christians are targeted by the so called Homeland Security. The day is not far distant when the words, “papers please,” will sound at every corner all in the name of security. How long such security will last after that is very questionable. This site may be taken down as, offensive, at any time. Don’t be slack, don’t be casual.

I heard a great man, Jim Rohn, say once, “casualness leads to casualties.” So secure the information that is important to you before it’s too late.

God Bless your Study

Monday April 29, 2013

In considering the Apocrypha and the reference James added when he republished The Day-Star vision, it suddenly occurred to me that the greatest, or perhaps second greatest, endorsement of the Apocrypha is, once again!, hidden in plain sight.

Correctly understanding this requires the comparison of two items. The first is The Day-Star and the second is No. 20, pages 42-49. Now both of these were mentioned just the other day, but this particular point was not brought out.

Looking first at No. 20 we find the Testimonies are “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed.” Three other times in this section God tells us that the Spirit of Prophecy is not to give new light. Ok. Now look at The Day-Star.

 

We all entered the cloud together, and were 7 days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. The Day-Star

 

Taken together, this means that God himself is declaring the Apocrypha, as in the 1611 KJV Bible, to be a part of the pure word of God. Don’t forget, the Apocrypha has been counterfeited also. The proof is in the textual reference James added in A Word to the Little Flock. Here it is again.

 

And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one of their heads he set crowns, and was the more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly. 2 Esdras 2:43

 

Since the Spirit of Prophecy is not give new light, but “to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed,” then, from this portion of The Day-Star, “the truths of inspiration already revealed,” are those revealed in 2 Esdras 2:43, a part of the Apocrypha.

This exact process is also duplicated on page 209 of the 1858 Great Controversy. In similar language as The Day-Star, we are told that it is Christ who places the crown on the head of each saint.

So we have the Apocrypha, published for 274 years with the KJV Bible, and, two solid references to a text in the Apocrypha, one in the first vision God gave to the church and the second from the great controversy vision of Lovett Grove in 1858.

Thus God places his seal on the Apocrypha.

I will follow his leading.

God Bless your Study

Sunday April 28, 2013

Controlling our minds is a primary goal. This is a putting on of the armor. Without doing this, we make and keep ourselves venerable to the devices of Satan.

Some good counsel on this point follows, see if it makes sense to you.

It is the special work of Satan in these last days to take possession of the minds of youth, to corrupt their thoughts, and inflame their passions, knowing that by thus doing he can lead them to moral pollution, and then all the noble faculties of the mind will become debased, and he can control them to suit his own purposes. All are free moral agents. And as such they must bring their thoughts to run in the right channel. Their meditations should be of that nature which will elevate their minds, and make Jesus and heaven the subjects of their thoughts. Here is a wide field in which the mind can safely range. If Satan seeks to divert the mind from this to low and sensual things, bring it back again, and place it on eternal things; and when the Lord sees the determined effort made to retain only pure thoughts, he will attract the mind, like the magnet, and purify the thoughts, and enable them to cleanse themselves from every secret sin. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” The first work for those who would reform, is to purify the imagination. If the mind is led out in a vicious direction, it must be restrained to dwell only upon pure and elevated subjects. When tempted to yield to a corrupt imagination, then flee to the throne of grace and pray for strength from Heaven. In the strength of God the imagination can be restricted to dwell upon things which are pure and heavenly. p. 29, Para. 3, [APM].

You can be a happy family if you will do what God has given you to do, and enjoined upon you as a duty to perform. God will not do for you that which he has left for you to do. Bro. —– deserves pity. He has so long felt unhappy that life has become a burden to him. It need not be thus. His imagination is diseased, and, if he meets with adversity or disappointment, he has so long kept his eyes on the dark picture that he imagines every thing is going to ruin, that he will come to want, that everything is against him, that he has the hardest time of any one; and thus his life is made wretched. The more he thinks thus, the more miserable he makes his life and the lives of all around him. He has no reason to feel as he does; it is all the work of Satan. He must not suffer Satan thus to control his mind. He should turn his mind away from the dark and gloomy picture to that of the loving Saviour, the glory of Heaven, the rich inheritance prepared for all who shall be humble and obedient, possessing grateful hearts and abiding faith in the promises of God. This will cost him an effort, a struggle, but it must be done. Your present happiness and your eternal, future happiness, depend upon your fixing your mind upon cheerful things, looking away from the dark picture, which is imaginary, to the unseen, eternal, and the benefits God has strewn in your pathway. p. 93, Para. 1, [14OT].

Ahh! Peace, wonderful peace! in Christ we can live and have life. Outside of Christ, death reigns.

I found a beautiful text. Christ is talking to Paul, giving him instruction.

To open their eyes, and to turn them
from         darkness          to light, and
from the power of Satan unto God,
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.  Acts 26:18

Notice the parallelism here. Darkness is the power of Satan and light is God. This last part is reflected in

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

Praise God!!!

God Bless your Study

Sabbath April 27, 2013

Recently I was searching on the phrase “work of Satan” and found this passage. Feeling especially the need of order in my own life and seeing how God is leading me down that path, developing and infusing order into my character, I wanted to share and praise the name of God.

All the universe is watching. With me, I am sure they saw the dis-organization and lack of order. It certainly becomes us to praise God with our actions, not just words. This would be faith and works, working together the thing that is good. Praise God!

If discipline and order is necessary for successful action on the battle field, the same order is as much more needful in the warfare in which we are engaged, to that degree that the object to be gained is of greater value and more elevated in character, than the warfare of opposing forces upon the battle field. In this conflict in which we are engaged, eternal consequences are at stake. Angels work harmoniously. Perfect order characterizes all their movements. p. 25, Para. 2, [14OT ].

     The more closely we imitate the harmony and order of the angelic host, the more successful will be the efforts of these heavenly agents in our behalf. If we see no necessity of harmonious action, and are disorderly, undisciplined and disorganized in our course of action, angels who are thoroughly organized, and move in perfect order, cannot work for us successfully. They turn away in grief for they are not authorized to bless confusion, distraction and disorganization. p. 25, Para. 3, [14OT ].

     All who desire the co-operation of the heavenly messengers, must work in unison with them to the same end. If they have the unction from on high, their efforts will be to encourage order, discipline and union of action. Then can the angels of God co-operate with them. But never, never will these heavenly messengers place their endorsement upon irregularity, disorganization and disorder. All these evils are the result of the work of Satan to weaken our forces, and destroy courage, and successful action. p. 26, Para. 1, [14OT ].

     Satan well knows that success can only attend order and harmonious action. He well knows that every thing connected with Heaven is in perfect order. Subjection and thorough discipline mark the movements of the angelic host. Satan’s studied efforts are to lead professed Christians just as far from Heaven’s arrangement as he can. Therefore he deceives even the professed people of God, and makes them believe that order and discipline are enemies to the spirituality of God’s people; that the only safety for them is to each pursue his or her own course, and to remain especially distinct from bodies of Christians who are united, and are laboring to establish discipline and harmony of action. All the efforts made to establish order are considered dangerous, and are feared as popery, a restriction of right and liberty. p. 26, Para. 2, [14OT ].

     These deceived souls consider it a virtue to boast of their freedom to think and act independently. They will not take any man’s say so. They are amenable to no man. I was shown that it is Satan’s especial work to lead men to feel that it is God’s order for them to strike out for themselves, and choose their own course, independent of their brethren. p. 26, Para. 3, [14OT ].

A word further about this passage is warranted. Choose very carefully just who your “brethren” shall be, those with whom you associate. Because you know the only Bible to use is the KJV and that there is a very wide chasm between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit, then you should choose associates of the same belief.

If you can not find such, perhaps it is God’s call to you to draw within your circle those with whom you can share and teach the truth. If we depart from the teachings of the true Advent pioneers, those who have been in all the messages and are firm in all the present truth, we are leaving the light of the Midnight Cry, which gives light for our feet that we might not stumble, all the way to the city.

Be humble enough to follow the leader, Christ, and those he has appointed to blaze the trail, especially his prophet, Ellen. Otherwise you invite the deceptions of Satan to cloud your understanding of the simplest things.

God Bless your study

Friday April 26, 2013

Ending yesterday’s post, we mentioned that there were some items that once mentioned were never brought up again. It appears that the Apocrypha is in this same class.

Beginning with Ellen’s first vision, published in The Day-Star, we have a couple of sentences that are not in Early Writings. They tell us something about the people who rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry and fall off the path.

It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until* we heard the voice of God like many waters,** which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming.”

* The actual end of the removed material.
** The special resurrection occurs at this point, page 205, 1858 Great Controversy, thus making “the living saints, 144,000 in number.”

Next we have the 1849 Broadside. This vision has two items that has never been published again, before James’ death. The first is seven sentences that nine (9) times define God as the true author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. They were republished, after Ellen’s death, in 1SM page 40. The second is two sentences about the angels having a golden card, used for access to the gates of the City. To my knowledge this information was only published twice more before James’ death.

There are two items mentioned in the 1854 Supplement to the 1851 CEV that suffer the same status. The first is gospel order and under that is the holy kiss. Never published again is the holy kiss, with gospel order being published after James’ death in the counterfeit SOP.

Please do not consider this a complete list. These are just the items that have come to mind for this post. There are doubtless a host more, especially considering the List of Lies category, on the right of the blog. Satan’s efforts to cover up the truth for the last days is severe. Truths that the 144,000 will need to make it through to the end, truths that the GCSDA church has helped to cover up and hide from the saints, are hidden by ignoring.

And one more.

No. 30, the last of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy Testimonies, published in 1881, pages 151 to 178, titled Simplicity of Dress, is all about dress reform. Largely speaking, dress reform is focused on the females. It’s just a fact of life. Satan has used and is using, unconverted women to his advantage against Christ.

Here are some passages from the mentioned section. It details the status of items seemingly left to trail in the dust.

Perhaps no question has ever come up among us which has caused such a development of character as has the dress reform. p. 162, Para. 3, [30OT].

    I had no burden of testimony on the subject of dress. I made no reference to it in any way, either to advocate or to condemn. It was the Lord’s purpose to prove his professed people, and reveal the motives of their hearts. At the camp-meetings, I seldom had anything to say upon the subject. I avoided all questions, and answered no letters. p. 164, Para. 2, [30OT].

    God has been testing his people. He allowed the testimony concerning dress to become silent, that our sisters might follow their own inclination, and thus develop the real pride existing in their hearts. It was to prevent the present state of worldliness that the reform dress was recommended. Many scorned the idea that this dress was necessary to preserve them from following the fashions. The Lord has permitted them to prove that pride was cherished in their hearts, and that this was just what they would do. And it is now shown that they needed the restriction which the reform dress imposed. p. 167, Para. 1, [30OT].

The fact that God allowed the testimony on dress reform to become silent is mute testimony to the other items listed above, and still more, also allowed to become silent.

If God says something one time that should be enough. The fact that it is repeated, even once more should greatly increase our attention. It is our responsibility to cherish the light God has given. We cherish this light from God by giving it the prime spot at our desk.

It is not for lack of knowledge that God’s people are now perishing. They will not be condemned because they do not know the way, the truth, and the life. The truth that has reached their understanding, the light which has shone on the soul, that has not been cherished, and which they have neglected, or refused to be led by, will condemn them. p. 15, Para. 2, [16OT].

    It should be the first business of your life to seek the kingdom of Heaven and the righteousness of God; then you have the promise that all things shall be added. Here is where you have failed in your family. Had you been agonizing, that you and yours might enter in at the strait gate, you would have earnestly gathered every ray of light that the Lord has permitted to shine upon your pathway, and would have cherished and walked in it. You have not regarded the light that has been graciously given you. You have had a spirit of rising up against the light the Lord has given upon health reform. You have seen no importance in it, why you should receive it. You have not felt willing to restrict your appetite. You could not see the wisdom of God in giving light in regard to the restriction of appetite. All that you could discern was the inconvenience attending the denial of the taste. The Lord has let his light shine upon us in these last days, that the gloom and darkness which have been gathering in past generations, because of sinful indulgences, might be dispelled in some degree, and the train of evils which have been the result of intemperate eating and drinking to gratify appetite, might be lessened. p. 67, Para. 1, [18OT].

And because the church has not cherished the light given, it has only been mentioned once, in some cases, and allowed to fall silent.

Grasp that light and hang on to it!

God Bless your Study

Thursday April 25, 2013

Today we post the following manuscript release which deals with the Apocrypha. This has been prepared by the White Estate and carries the name of Arthur L. White as the author.

Because we have some comments about it and it is an official position paper on the Apocrypha we present it in full, all emphasis is their’s with the exception of colorized text.

MR No. 1148 – Ellen G. White and the Apocrypha

[A STATEMENT PREPARED BY ARTHUR L. WHITE IN 1969 AND NOW REQUESTED FOR CLASSROOM USE BY RON JOLLIFF, RELIGION TEACHER AT SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST COLLEGE. THE PARAGRAPH FROM MANUSCRIPT 4, 1850, HAS NOT HERETOFORE BEEN RELEASED.–R. W. OLSON.]  {15MR 65.1}

This gives a good picture of exactly how manuscript releases happened.

WHILE ELLEN G. WHITE IS NOT KNOWN TO HAVE QUOTED FROM THE APOCRYPHA

Maybe Ellen never quoted from it, but God did. No. 20, pages 42-49 God tells us that  the Spirit of Prophecy is not to give new light. In the first published vision, in The Day-Star, God gave to the church a view of 2 Esdras 2:43 and insured the correct interpretation.

THERE IS SOME DOCUMENTATION OF THE EARLY YEARS WHICH MAY BE OF INTEREST IN CONNECTION WITH A STUDY OF HER RELATIONSHIP TO IT. JAMES WHITE, IN HIS PAMPHLET, A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, IN HIS FIRST ARTICLE ENTITLED “THE SEVEN LAST PLAGUES” INCLUDES TWO REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA.  {15MR 65.2}
PAGE 2: “THE SEED IS ROTTEN UNDER THEIR CLODS, THE GARNERS ARE  LAID DESOLATE, THE BARNS ARE BROKEN DOWN, FOR THE CORN IS  WITHERED.”–SEE JOEL 1:15-18; JEREMIAH 30:23, 24; DANIEL 12:1; HABAKKUK 3:12, 13; ZEPHANIAH 1:17, 18; 2 ESDRAS 15:10-13.  {15MR 65.3}
PAGE 3: “I WILL BRING THEM (THE SAINTS) WITH A MIGHTY HAND AND A STRETCHED-OUT ARM, AND SMITE EGYPT WITH PLAGUES AS BEFORE,” ETC. –2 ESDRAS 15:11.  {15MR 65.4}
AS HE FURNISHED SCRIPTURE REFERENCES TO TWO ELLEN G. WHITE VISIONS, INCORPORATED IN A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, HE ALSO INCORPORATED SOME REFERENCES TO THE APOCRYPHA. HIS EXPLANATION WHICH PRECEDES THE PUBLICATION OF THE FIRST VISION STATES:  {15MR 65.5}
“THE FOLLOWING VISION WAS PUBLISHED IN THE DAY STAR, MORE THAN A YEAR AGO. BY THE REQUEST OF FRIENDS, IT IS RE-PUBLISHED IN THIS LITTLE WORK, WITH SCRIPTURE REFERENCES, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LITTLE FLOCK.”–A WORD TO THE LITTLE FLOCK, P. 13  {15MR 65.6}
AT THE BOTTOM OF PAGES 15 AND 17 THERE ARE REFERENCES KEYED TO THE E. G. WHITE TEXT, ONE REFERENCE TO 2 ESDRAS 2:43, (P. 15) AND THE OTHER TO 2 ESDRAS 2:19, (P. 17). {15MR 65.7}

Checking my copy of A Word to the Little Flock, we find Arthur remiss in doing his job, or was it intentional? Something to minimize the Apocrypha maybe? We may never know. What we do know is the following: page 15, one reference; page 17, one reference; page 19, four (4) references; page 20, one reference. I rather doubt Arthur happened not to have seen page 19. His reference to only two pages, with one reference each to the Apocrypha, is disingenuous to say the least.

We will further state in particular that 2 Esdras 2:43 is a pure confirmation that it is Christ alone that places the crown on the head of each saint. Something God showed his people through Ellen in the first vision given her, of which WLF carries a reprint and James added the texts.

IT IS CLEAR THAT JAMES WHITE SAW SOME SIMILARITIES BETWEEN WHAT ELLEN WHITE WROTE AND SOME THINGS HE HAD READ IN ESDRAS, AND SO USED THESE REFERENCES AS HE DID SCRIPTURE REFERENCES WHICH HE SAYS HE SUPPLIED.  {15MR 66.1}

The implication here is that James was doing his own thing, hardly!!! Here is what 2 Esdras 2:43 says. “And in the midst of them there was a young man of a high stature, taller than all the rest, and upon every one the their heads he set crowns, and was the more exalted; which I marvelled at greatly.” It’s not something only James saw, the text states it very plainly.

THE HIDDEN BOOK
IN A REPORT SIGNED BY THREE EARLY BELIEVERS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK AS ELLEN WHITE UTTERED CERTAIN WORDS IN VISION. HERE IS THE ACCOUNT:  {15MR 66.2}
“AT ANOTHER TIME AT A MEETING HELD AT BROTHER CURTIS’ IN TOPSHAM, MAINE, SHE WAS TAKEN OFF IN VISION, AND AROSE TO HER FEET, TOOK THE LARGE FAMILY BIBLE FROM THE TABLE, AND HELD IT ON HER HAND SOME TIME AT AN ANGLE OF FORTY-FIVE DEGREES, AND SAID THE HIDDEN BOOK WAS NOT THERE. WHEN SOME ONE ASKED IF THE  APOCRYPHA WAS NOT IN THE BIBLE, BROTHER CURTIS REMARKED IT WAS  NOT. SHE TALKED SOMETIME ABOUT THE HIDDEN BOOK. NO ONE KNEW  BUT BRO. CURTIS FAMILY THAT THE APOCRAPHA [APOCRYPHA] WAS NOT THERE.
MRS. S. HOWLAND
REBECCA HOWLAND WINSLOW
FRANCES HOWLAND LUNT”  {15MR 66.3}
IN THE REPORT OF A VISION GIVEN TO ELLEN WHITE AT OSWEGO, NEW YORK ON JANUARY 11, 1850, AND CARRYING A COPYING DATE OF JANUARY 28, 1850, ELLEN WHITE MAKES A REFERENCE TO THE HIDDEN BOOK. HER DESCRIPTION OF WHAT WAS SHOWN TO HER IN THE VISION CONTAINS MANY ITEMS AND AS ON FILE COMPRISES FOUR AND A QUARTER TYPE-WRITTEN PAGES.

This is an interesting piece of information. In The Present Truth, No. 9, page 71, right column, Ellen informs us that she was given this vision on January 26. The “copying date” of January 28, 1850 would probably be the re-writing of the vision and adding to it some details left out of the first writing, perhaps after having sent the first writing to the editor of The Present Truth, James.

We can not be sure who made the mistake of writing January 11, or even if January 28 is correct. We do know that the White Estate was not in existence at the time of the publication of The Present Truth and we therefore place the greatest weight on what it proclaims, January 26, to be the correct date of the vision being given, and it being copied and added to some time after, with the 28th, a Monday, perhaps appropriate.

NEAR THE CLOSE OF HER STATEMENT WE FIND THESE WORDS:  {15MR 66.4}
“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 that lovely Jesus whose countenance shines brighter than the sun at noon day. I then saw the word of God pure and unadulterated, and that we must answer for the way we received the truth proclaimed from that word. I saw that it had been a hammer to break the flinty heart in pieces, and a fire to consume the dross and tin, that the heart might be pure and holy. I saw that the Apocrypha was the hidden book, and that the wise of these last days should understand it. I saw that the Bible was the standard book, that will judge us at the last day. I saw that heaven would be cheap enough, and that nothing was too dear to sacrifice for Jesus, and that we must give all to enter the kingdom.”–Manuscript 4, 1850, (A copy of E. G. White’s Vision which she had at Oswego, N.Y.)
ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS REFERENCE IS MADE TO THE APOCRYPHA IN ARTICLES IN THE REVIEW AND HERALD. THESE ARE OF INTEREST, AND COPY OF THE MATERIALS IS ATTACHED.  {15MR 66.5}

I do not currently know what these are as they were not with this MR.

THE FULL MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE E. G. WHITE STATEMENT OF 1850 IS NOT CLEARLY SEEN. IT SHOULD BE OBSERVED THAT ELLEN WHITE MAKES NO REFERENCE TO THE APOCRYPHA AT ANY TIME IN HER WRITINGS IN THE SUBSEQUENT 65 YEARS. IF WHAT WE HAVE IS A CORRECT COPY OF WHAT SHE WROTE, AND AT TIMES THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY AS TO THE ACCURACY OF SOME OF THE STATEMENTS BEARING THESE EARLY DATES, AT NO TIME SUBSEQUENT TO THAT, DID SHE HAVE OCCASION TO CALL THE ATTENTION OF THE CHURCH TO THE APOCRYPHA TO URGE ITS READING OR TO EXPLAIN ITS SIGNIFICANCE. THIS BEING THE CASE, OUR COUNSEL WOULD BE TO GIVE THE MATTER A MINIMUM OF ATTENTION. SURELY THE SILENCES IN HER PUBLISHED WRITINGS ON THIS SUBJECT CARRY SIGNIFICANCE. ARTHUR L. WHITE Ellen G. White Estate Washington, D. C. Release Date June 6, 1985  {15MR 67.1}

At this juncture it is important to point out something missed by most readers. There is actually quite a list of items, some listed only once, that are left and never brought up again. We will address this tomorrow, as well as the significance of silence.

God Bless your study

Wednesday April 24, 2013

Whenever the subject of the Apocrypha came up the pastor or an elder was quick to point out that it was not accepted as a part of the Bible.

Ever since I left the SDA church about eight years ago, God has been leading me into truth after truth after truth, each one of which proves false something I learned during my fifty years in the SDA church. The first of these truths was opening my eyes to the reality of truthful church history… and just how bad the apostasy really was. Then understanding just how bad it currently IS, that is what sealed my decision to leave.

About a year after that I was introduced to the truth of the original Advent faith, the faith of the true pioneers. This truth confirmed the former and revealed an even greater depth of apostasy of the SDA church. Then came several years of study and making this information available to the world.

There were lots of truths discovered, or better yet, re-discovered, from the dustbins of now ancient church history, that each confirmed the other and opened new understandings. What is interesting to me is the way these truths existed in plain sight, right in front of me, yet I was as a blind man who could not see.

Add to this mix the full light of day, the simple method of asking God what his words in his Bible mean, the using of scripture to define scripture. Again, a truth right in your face that many reject because it carries the disdain of the “highly” educated. It requires a faith and trust in God, with a humble spirit.

Enter the Apocrypha. For credentials, it carries the disdain of most of professing Christendom. This would include the SDA church, which is where I got my understanding of it from. This alone should give some indication of it’s value. It was removed from the regular printing of the KJV Bible in 1885. It has been counterfeited by the Catholic church. Perhaps it is just possible that the Apocrypha is an important part of the information the 144,000 need to make it through to “the voice of God like many waters.”

Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  1 Corinthians 10:11

I have recently been looking at the Apocrypha. I have read about sixty to seventy percent of it so far. Everything I have read is in harmony with the rest of the Bible. Beginning with Genesis chapter 1, there are marginal notes throughout the 1611 KJV Bible that point to a text in the Apocrypha, and likewise, from the Apocrypha back to other books of the Bible.

An interesting point is the situation of the true Advent pioneers, “those who have been in all the messages, and are firm in all the present truth,” they had the pure KJV Bible, with the Apocrypha in it, and they used it. They also had the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, in it’s purity.

Today, we are just now approaching this position.

It is said that the word Apocrypha means hidden. It’s current position with the rest of Christendom might be a mute testimony to the fact that, like the spiritual meaning of God’s words defined by other of God’s words is hidden in plain sight, so is the Apocrypha hidden in plain sight, by the rejection by Christendom, in their setting it aside as a thing of nought.

Tomorrow we will look at some material with Ellen’s name on it, but is currently not authenticated. To us this means that we have no original hardcopy.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday April 23, 2013

The arrogant spirit manifested in the writings of the counterfeit SOP never cease to amaze me. Another example of this, found in Christ’s Object Lessons, is one of the prime ones.

    These scenes are to be repeated, and with greater power. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost was the former rain, but the latter rain will be more abundant. The Spirit awaits our demand and reception. Christ is again to be revealed in His fulness by the Holy Spirit’s power. Men will discern the value of the precious pearl, and with the apostle Paul they will say, “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:7, 8.  {COL 121.1}

Satan would have man believe that God, that is what the Spirit is, “awaits our demand!!!” Who is in charge here? Man? God forbid!!! Where is humility?

Satan is stroking the pride of man.

Get your Bible and read about man’s necessity to be humble before our Creator.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.  Isaiah 2:11

  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:4

And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.  Matthew 23:12

Just a few to get you started.

God Bless your study

Monday April 22, 2013

Many people have never done the research behind the words the church leaders have said, and it amazes me that they themselves publish the very material that condemns their own actions. Nevertheless, it is even so.

Today we examine a “letter” buried up in the detritus of time. This portion of the counterfeit SOP is more clearly seen as being from the hand of Willie than other portions.

As has been famously stated, “Follow the money.” This letter addresses the issue of the money. It is quite obvious that Willie needs money, after all, “mother” has to pay the workers…, of which he is one….

Chap. 81 – To Brethren  B-1-1890

St. Helena, Calif., May 14, 1890 Dear Brethren,–
I have been deeply burdened in regard to the manner in which Vol. IV, “The Great Controversy,” has been treated by our canvassers, because it has so long been kept from the field. It is nearly two years since the new edition was completed, and but little has been done to bring it before the people.  {1888 651.1}
I was moved by the Spirit of the Lord to write that book, … {1888 651.2}

We might here ask why it is that this is now the second revision, with another coming in 1911? I’ll tell you why, because Willie was smarting from some mistakes he had made.

I was shown that much of my time had been occupied in speaking to the people, when it was more essential that I should devote myself to writing out the important matters for Vol. IV;  {1888 652.1}

For some unknown reason Willie seemed quite averse to travel and helping Ellen get to the various meetings, but almost driven to produce writings, ah, in Ellen’s name, of course.

Is this work of the Lord? I know that it is, and our people also profess to believe it. The warning and instruction of this book are needed by all who profess to believe the present truth, and the book is adapted to go also to the world, calling their attention to the solemn scenes just before us.  {1888 652.3}

Why did God bid “Ellen” to write so many editions of the same book?

For nearly two years the book containing warnings and instruction from the Lord, given especially for this time, has been lying in our publishing houses, and no one feels the necessity or importance of bringing it before the people. Brethren, how long am I to wait for you to get the burden? Now Vol. I, or “Patriarchs and Prophets,” is ready for circulation; but even for this book I will not allow Vol. IV to remain longer as a light under a bushel. I am in sore distress of mind, but who of my brethren cares for this?  {1888 654.2}

I was intregued to understand that as late as 1890 Willie is still calling the GC as being Vol.IV; in addition, this is the first reference I have read that indicates the Conflict series was the replacement for the Spirit of Prophecy Vol. I-IV.

Many have asked me if I was not getting rich by the sale of my books.

This was the source of income for Ellen, the only source, excepting donations. It was this source that funded Willie’s work to create the counterfeit SOP.

Far from it. I invested about 3000 dollars in the new edition of Vol. IV. I own the plates, and it was agreed that I should receive fifteen cents a copy on the books. Then the publishers represented to me how little the publishing houses made in handling the books, and I finally consented to accept twelve and a half cents, being assured that they would throw their interest and energy into circulating the book, and that the large editions sold would bring me back all that I had invested, and much more, to help pay the expense of publishing other works, which were in preparation. But soon after I consented to take twelve and a half cents, Bible Readings came from the press, and it was decided to carry that book almost exclusively, until the market was supplied. Thus instead of giving Vol. IV an equal chance with Bible Readings, the managers allowed it no place at all.  {1888 656.1}

Willie is complaining because his source of funding has been cut short.

During my stay in Europe I spent freely my own means to advance the various interests of the cause. Since my return to America I have invested $1600 in various branches of the work, expecting that the sale of my books would supply the necessary means, but instead of this I have been obliged to borrow the money and to pay interest upon it. If I publish new books, I must have money to pay my helpers, who assist in preparing the matter for the press. Then there is the cost of type-setting, making plates, illustrations, etc., etc. All these things require money. Now what am I to do? Shall I dismiss my helpers? stop publishing?  {1888 656.2}

This is a look behind the scenes of Willie’s publishing operation.

The managers of the Review and Herald could not be ignorant of my financial situation, but what interest have they shown to change this order of things? I thank them for permitting me to draw money to carry on the work. But their course in regard to the circulation of my books has made it a necessity for me to speak. I cannot be clear and keep silent. I cannot have confidence to leave these matters, which to me involves so much, to their discretionary power, when I am brought into constant embarrassment. I have less confidence in their management than I have had, for I cannot believe that the Lord leads them to pursue the course they have taken.  {1888 657.1}
I certainly mistake our canvassers, if with proper instruction–having the matter set before them in its true bearings–  they would choose to give the field entirely to Bible Readings, to the neglect of Vol. IV. If it should prove that they will not receive counsel, if they are unwilling to do the work so essential at this time,– to bring before the people the very books that the world should have,– then there is only [one] course left for me; that is, to raise and train a company of canvassers for this special work,— men and women who shall work not merely to please themselves, not merely for gain, but to do the work of God, to bring before the people the warnings of God to them. This I proposed to do some time since, but was urged to wait a little. Some of the leaders in the canvassing work felt that it would not be the right thing for me to have a separate canvassing company organized, that it would throw things into confusion. {1888 657.4}

I seem to be bound about by rules or customs or something which I cannot define, so that I am powerless to do anything; and those who are in responsible positions are themselves taking no burden of the matter.  {1888 659.3}

The course pursued toward Vol. IV. has confirmed the word of the Lord which has been given me, that men were occupying responsible positions who were not working where God was working; that the testimony of the spirit of God had no special sacredness to them unless it sanctioned their ideas and actions. Anything not in harmony with their ideas, they did not receive. {1888 660.1}

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh,” and Willie shows his own thoughts and how he thinks about the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. How else dare he lift his hand to completely re-write the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, the words of God to his church!!!

    You know I needed the money which the sale of my books would bring. You undertook to manage the sale for me, and if I have been justly dealt with I have yet to do this.  {1888 661.2}
I have now several works which will soon be ready for sale, but what reason have I to hope that you will feel any more burden to circulate them than you have manifested for Vol. IV.  {1888 662.1}

I hope you take the time to read the entire letter. These are the high points that show the money concerns on Willie’s mind.

God Bless your Study