Sabbath June 1, 2013

Ever since Christ warned the Christians living at Jerusalem of the exact time to leave that city Satan has tempted them to doubt God’s tender care for their well-being. From time to time even the strongest saint gets blind-sided by Satan’s threats. Remember Elijah?

In the Apocrypha, in the book Wisdom of Solomon, chapters 4-6, give some great insight into the workings of God in such matters. This portion faithfully draws out the path of God’s hand and the reasons for his providence.

Something that comes to mind is Fitch and Stockman who God showed to Ellen would be in Heaven for he had laid them in the grave to save them. You can read about that in The Day-Star.

Here are a couple of lines from Wisdom of Solomon.

 

For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. 4:14

And to what end the Lord hath set him in safety. 4:17

 

Imagine running for your life before an infuriated mob and your friend is shot and killed… in your sight! Will you consider that God has set him in safety?

 

4:14 as shown above, is something I have thought about in the past a great deal. It does seem that the righteous are taken away when they could do a great good if allowed to live out a natural life. Obviously God knows better.

 

Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. 4:11

 

And there we have the answer.

This is a good subject to think about.

I think of Jonathan, David’s beloved friend. Reading David’s lamintation for Jonathan upon hearing of his death is soul moving. Look it up.

Our only hope is in God.

God Bless your Study

Friday May 31, 2013

From time to time questions come pointed and direct and must needs be answered. Here is one such.

It started with me asking a website owner a question about the statement in DA on page 568 which declares that “Christ is today standing at the altar of incense….” I asked him to explain it. It took him 24 days to reply and I left it that way.

However, recently the man has taken up the idea of book changes and teaching about them, wrongly and in deep error, as you will soon understand. And another sent me this question.

 

i don’t know who this is. [someone] sent it to me.
very good sermons on Jer 36 repeated

 

The following is my answer including my email exchange with the man.

 

Ok, I’ll tell you who he is.

Here is the conversation I had with the man not long ago.

~~~~~begin~~~~~~

On 4/1/2013 12:00 PM, Art wrote:
Hi,
I have a question for you, and I would like your honest answer, no equivocation please.
Take your DA and turn to page 568, original paging.
Count up from the bottom to the tenth line. Read it,… slowly.
Then email me your explanation.
Thank you,
Art

Subject: Re: Your new studies on DA
From: [name withheld] (Add as Preferred Sender)
Date: Thu, Apr 25, 2013 3:54 pm
To: art@sopvindicated.org

Dear Art:

Revelation 8:3-5. John sees the golden alter of incense before the Throne.

Pastor [name withheld]

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I have no knowledge about his past, all I really know is this interaction I had with him. Notice first of all that he took 24 days to reply. He was studying my site.

Secondly, he is quoting the Bible text of Revelation 8:3-5 as if it is an answer. It is a non answer. DA says quite clearly “today” placing the event after October 22, 1844. Revelation 8:3-5 is a depiction of events prior to that date.

Christ has three roles; prophet, priest, and king. At his first advent he came as a prophet. Upon his return to Heaven he became our High Priest and began his ministry at the altar of incense.

On October 22, 1844 he followed his Father into the Most Holy. In there he began his ministry at the ark, having a censer, not the altar, with him.

The temple in Heaven is so huge that God showed his church through Ellen that he went into the Most Holy in a flaming chariot. Then our High Priest, Christ, followed him, also in a flaming chariot, into the Most Holy, there to begin the great anti-typical Day of Atonement ministration. {The Day-Star}

Christ will never return to the Holy place to re-start that ministration. God used the figure of a door to illustrate the ministration. When the ministration ended God said the door was closed. Like as probation for mankind in the future will be closed never to be re-opened, so the door or ministration of the Holy place will never be re-opened.

It is actually blasphemy to claim that Christ is in the Holy place today still carrying on that ministration. When [the man] applied that text to the statement of alledged fact in DA, he was in effect siding with the opposition to the truth; under any pretext this is inexcuseable, especially so in a man claiming to be a pastor.

Also, in making his answer to my question, he is by faith placing himself in the Holy place, not the Most Holy. And the last part of The Day-Star tells us just who God depicts to us as if he were there, but of course he is not, “trying to carry on the work of God,” breathing upon the deceived “light and much power, but no sweet love, joy and peace.”

 

And now you have my answer also. This is very serious business. Clearly the end in very, very close. Eternal life beckons. It is imperative that we have the truth. We can only make decisions based on what we know to be the truth. We are making decisions every single day, both small and great. It’s going to cost you time to get the truth, but it will be eternally worth it.

God Bless your Study

Thursday May 29, 2013

I have been reading the Apocrypha. In the book Wisdom of Solomon is an interesting few lines from chapter 9. Here they are.

 

The Wisdom of Solomon

9:4 Give me wisdom, that sitteth by thy throne; and reject me not from among thy children:

 

We have previously pointed out that wisdom is defined as Christ in this same book, 7:22. Here it is pointed out that Wisdom sits “by thy throne.” Again we know this to be Christ. Amazing!

 

9:7 Thou hast chosen me to be a king of thy people, and a judge of thy sons and daughters:

9:8 Thou hast commanded me to build a temple upon thy holy mount, and an altar in the city wherein thou dwellest, a resemblance of the holy tabernacle, which thou hast prepared from the beginning.

 

This is proof of who the author is, Solomon, for many were chosen to be king, but only Solomon was commanded to build the temple.

 

9:9 And wisdom was with thee: which knoweth thy works, and was present when thou madest the world, and knew what was acceptable in thy sight, and right in thy commandments.

9:10 O send her out of thy holy heavens, and from the throne of thy glory, that being present she may labour with me, that I may know what is pleasing unto thee.

9:11 For she knoweth and understandeth all things, and she shall lead me soberly in my doings, and preserve me in her power.

9:12 So shall my works be acceptable, and then shall I judge thy people righteously, and be worthy to sit in my father’s seat.

9:13 For what man is he that can know the counsel of God? or who can think what the will of the Lord is?

9:14 For the thoughts of mortal men are miserable, and our devices are but uncertain.

9:15 For the corruptible body presseth down the soul, and the earthy tabernacle weigheth down the mind that museth upon many things.

9:16 And hardly do we guess aright at things that are upon earth, and with labour do we find the things that are before us: but the things that are in heaven who hath searched out?

9:17 And thy counsel who hath known, except thou give wisdom, and send thy Holy Spirit from above?

9:18 For so the ways of them which lived on the earth were reformed, and men were taught the things that are pleasing unto thee, and were saved through wisdom.

 

Soon the Apocrypha will be available on this site. I am just about done with the formatting.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday May 29, 2013

As we vindicate the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and point out the lies of the counterfeit SOP, we are actually pointing out a process. This process has two parts. The first part is largely depicted in these texts.

 

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not. Isaiah 66:3-4

 

It is a strong delusion that is sent upon those who have chosen their own ways instead of God’s ways because they have not received a love of the truth to be obedient to it.

Here is the second part. It comes in the form of a dream or night vision, as it is sometimes called, and is found in No. 20, pages 42-49. We strongly urge you to read this section as it is so important. The following are only a few excerpts.

 

A Solemn Dream. p. 42, Para. 1, [20OT].

You are looking and desiring that God should do the work for you which he has left you to do. If you will do thy work for yourselves which you know that you ought to do, then God will help you when you need his help. You have left undone the very things God has left you to do. And you have been calling upon God to do your work. Had you followed the light God has given you, then he would cause more light to shine upon you; but while you have neglected the counsels, and warnings, and reproofs, that have been given, how can you expect God to give you more light and blessings for you to neglect and despise? God is not as man. He will not be trifled with. p. 43, Para. 1, [20OT].

God has been pleased to give you line upon line, and precept upon precept. But there are not many of you that really know what is contained in the Testimonies. You are not familiar with the Scriptures. If you had made God’s word your study, with a desire to reach the Bible standard and attain to Christian perfection, you would not have needed the Testimonies. p. 43, Para. 2, [20OT].

It is because you have neglected to acquaint yourselves with God’s inspired Book that 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. The written testimonies are not to give new light; but to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed. Man’s duty to God and to his fellow-man has been distinctly specified in God’s word; yet but few of you are obedient to the light given. Additional truth is not brought out; but God has through the testimonies simplified the great truths already given, and in his own chosen way brought them before the people, to awaken and impress the mind with them, that all may be left without excuse. p. 44, Para. 1, [20OT].

I am authorized from God to tell you that not another ray of light through the testimonies will shine upon your pathway, until you make a practical use of the light the Lord has already given. He has walled you about with light; but you have not appreciated the light. You have trampled upon it. While some have despised the light, others have neglected it, or followed it but indifferently. p. 45, Para. 1, [20OT].

The testimonies have been to some several times repeated; but they have not felt that they were of sufficient importance to be careful to heed them. They have been to them like idle tales. When you gather up the rays of light God has given in the past, then will he give an increase of light. p. 45, Para. 2, [20OT].

If the people of God who now profess to be his peculiar treasure would obey his requirements, as specified in his word, special testimonies would not be given to awaken them to their duty, and impress upon them their sinfulness and fearful danger in neglecting to obey the word of God. Consciences have been blunted, because light has been set aside, neglected, and despised. And God will remove them [the Testimonies] away from the people, and will deprive them of strength, and humble them. p. 46, Para. 2, [20OT].

And right here is the crux of the matter. We believe that God primarily used W. C. White to remove the authentic Spirit of Prophecy from the church through the creation of the counterfeit SOP under patently false pretenses. We further believe that this is the strong delusion which God has chosen for the lovers of pleasure in unrighteousness.

Only a few humans got on the ark. Will it be only a few that greet Christ when he comes?

Remember that we have discovered that the 144,000 count started in October 23, 1844 with the start of the third angel’s message. Click on that topic to read why.

God Bless your study

Tuesday May 28, 2013

Charles Fitch helped to give the first angel’s message, the second and the Midnight Cry and died just before October 22, 1844. He was one “whom God had laid in the grave to save.” The Day-Star.

Jerry showed me that Charles wrote a book and one chapter out of that book is titled, Come Out of Her My People. This was also printed up as a pamphlet. The following is an excerpt.

 

This is God’s word: and all the spiritualizers on the footstool cannot alter it. They may undertake to tell what God means by it, God has given His own meaning in His own language, and He will make it good by fulfilling it as He has caused it to be written. If God had meant something else and not this, He would have told us what He did mean. Just as though when God had given us truth in symbolic language, and then interpreted it, that it might be fully understood, He had after all left it for men, in their upstart folly to improve His own revelation. My soul is pained when I reflect how the word of God has been rendered powerless upon the consciences and hearts of men by the attempts which have been made to alter it into something else.

 

Charles is here defining the work of the many translators. These do not understand the spiritual meaning of the spiritual words and calling it “ridiculous” (see Isaiah 33:19, the margin) they are attempting to make it more plain, and in the attempt are actually removing the truth.

It is amazing how the Advent Pioneers were so well versed in the spiritual understanding of the Bible, God having taught them through William Miller. We seek continually to follow in his footsteps on the strait and narrow path.

God Bless your Study

 

Monday May 27, 2013

Amalgamation is one of the topics we have on the right side. I suggest you read past posts about this as much information is there.

We know that “the amalgamation of man and beast” was not sexual, for that is rightly understood to be impossible, but manipulation of DNA. God calls this a base crime.

 

But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere. God purposed to destroy by a flood that powerful, long-lived race that had corrupted their ways before him. He would not suffer them to live out the days of their natural life, which would be hundreds of years. Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 3, page 64.

 

Most people are aware that world-wide mankind is heavily into the secrets of DNA. God calls this intruding.

 

intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind Colossians 2:18

 

And there is more.

 

Satan would convey the idea that by eating of the forbidden tree, they would receive a new and more noble kind of knowledge than they had hitherto attained. This has been his special work with great success ever since his fall, to lead men to pry into the secrets of the Almighty, and not to be satisfied with what God has revealed, and not careful to obey that which he has commanded. He would lead them to disobey God’s commands, and then make them believe that they are entering a wonderful field of knowledge. This is purely supposition, and a miserable deception. They fail to understand what God has revealed, and disregard his explicit commandments, and aspire after wisdom, independent of God, and seek to understand that which he has been pleased to withhold from mortals. They are elated with their ideas of progression, and charmed with their own vain philosophy; but grope in midnight darkness relative to true knowledge. They are ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. p. 36, Para. 2, [1SP ].

 

This passage accurately details the position of the wicked before God today. Many would claim that we are so much more advanced today than in the distant past, but this is Satan’s lie.

The following video has an image of a human body with a horse’s head. This is no figment of someone’s imagination. This is pure evidence preserved by God’s providence to speak to any who willing to hear. It is a vindication of God’s purposes in destroying the former wicked by a flood.

In the future it will be by fire.

Here is the link for the video. We in no way sanction the comments made on this video, but the image tells all. You may run up the time to 7:40 and not have to watch the whole thing.

Title: Ajanta Caves – 2,000 year old unexplained sophisticated technology

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHeel1GNFFY

God Bless your study

Sunday May 26, 2013

A big part of our work is to discover the truth about this early Advent message. If we do not have that truth, we will not be in Heaven, for that truth is within our reach.

What does it mean that it is within our reach? Simply this, taking the time to stay late, to ask questions, to seek it out, to knock on every door presented. It takes time. Only the serious are willing to take time. It means you will deliberately choose to not do something else which you could have done. Like… take your pick. We all have lots of things to do. It’s up to us to make a choice.

Here is the title of a book written by Joshua V. Himes, Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology, selected from Manuscripts of William Miller with a Memoir of His Life. On page 137, William Miller, quoted, has this to say about the first angel’s message of Revelation 14.

 

The first angel in the 6th verse represents the sounding out of missionaries and Bibles into every part of the world, which began about 1798.

 

I have in the past placed the beginning of the first angel’s message on August 7, 1831, as that was the date William preached his first public sermon. Now that we have his understanding of the beginning of this angel’s message, we will have to make some adjustments to our site to reflect this understanding. This will be staying in step with the true pioneers. 

God Bless your Study

Sabbath May 25, 2013

Time for a review of some very basic information, yet all too often overlooked by most—or is it… that we just don’t really believe that the big ‘I’ could ever possibly be deceived… and especially not ever by Satan! that is just too much to contemplate!

Stop and think for a moment about eternity… it’s truly forever. It’s important. So God has left specific information for us so that we can be saved. Because Satan is real.

 

The insinuations of Satan took effect until they [the angels in Heaven] really believed that the Father and the Son were their enemies, and Satan, the benefactor. Satan has the same power and the same control over minds now, only increased by exercise and experience a hundred-fold. Men and women are today deceived, blinded by his insinuations and devices, and know it not. They are, in giving place to doubts and unbelief in regard to the work of God, and cherishing feelings of distrust and cruel jealousies, preparing themselves for complete deception. p. 103, Para. 1, [23OT].

As we near the close of time, the human mind is more readily affected by Satan’s devices. No. 7, page 83, center of the page.

 

This is very powerful. God has given us warning and offered himself as our only hope.

 

Man is naturally inclined to follow Satan’s suggestions, and he cannot of himself successfully resist so terrible a foe, unless Christ, the mighty Conqueror, dwells in him, guiding his desires, and giving him strength. God alone can limit the power of Satan. He is going to and fro in the earth, and walking up and down in it. He is not off his watch for a single moment, through fear of losing an opportunity to destroy souls. It is important that God’s people understand this, that they may escape his snares. Satan is preparing his deceptions that in his last campaign against the people of God, they may not understand that it is he. 2 Cor. xi, 14. “And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” While some deceived souls are advocating that he does not exist, he is taking them captive, and is working through them to a great extent. Satan knows better than God’s people the power that they can have over him, when their strength is in Christ. When they humbly entreat the mighty Conqueror for help, the weakest believer in the truth, relying firmly upon Christ, can successfully repulse Satan and all his host. He is too cunning to come openly, boldly, with his temptations, for then the drowsy energies of the Christian would arouse, and he would rely upon the strong and mighty Deliverer. But Satan comes in unperceived, and in disguise he works through the children of disobedience, who profess godliness. Satan will go to the extent of his power to harass, tempt, and mislead, God’s people. p. 100, Para. 1, [8OT].

He who dared to face, and tempt, and taunt, our Lord, and who had power to take him in his arms and carry him to a pinnacle of the temple, and up into an exceeding high mountain, will exercise his power to a wonderful degree upon the present generation, who are far inferior in wisdom to their Lord, and who are almost wholly ignorant of his subtlety and strength. p. 100, Para. 2, [8OT].

 

I was shocked to come to the realization of the great deception that had been practiced upon me. I allowed myself to feel very strong anger over the matter about the authentic Spirit of Prophecy vs the counterfeit. It was that experience that spawned this site.

Here is another thing that happens all too commonly among pastors.

 

Minds must be terribly befogged by Satan, that can listen to the voice of the seducer because he is a minister, and therefore break God’s plain and positive commands, and flatter themselves that they commit no sin. Have we not the words of John: “He that saith I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him”? What saith the law? “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” The fact of a man’s professing to keep God’s holy law, and ministering in sacred things, and taking the advantage of the confidence his position gives him to indulge his base passions, should, of itself, be sufficient for a woman professing godliness, to see that, although his profession was as exalted as the heavens, any impure proposal coming from him was Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light. p. 151, Para. 2, [18OT].

 

So for those who wonder about Satan’s appearance as an angel of light, right here it is, he comes in the guise of your own pastor. He may not invite you to his bed, but every suggestion that the counterfeit SOP is just as good as the original is exactly “Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light.”

Neither does it end there. All suggestions that other translations of the Bible are good is also “Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light.”

And I am sure that you could name countless times that your pastor was “Satan disguised through the minister, as an angel of light” as he suggested that the Advent pioneers were wrong.

God Bless your study

Friday May 24, 2013

That William Miller was the leading figure in the first angel’s message few will deny. He became totally committed to this Advent message. Here are some lines from the 1858 Great Controversy, from the whole chapter that carries his name as the title.

 

I saw that God sent his angel to move upon the heart of a farmer who had not believed the Bible, and led him to search the prophecies. Angels of God repeatedly visited that chosen one, and guided his mind, and opened his understanding to prophecies which had ever been dark to God’s people. The commencement of the chain of truth was given him, and he was led on to search for link after link, until he looked with wonder and admiration upon the word of God. He saw there a perfect chain of truth. That Word which he had regarded as uninspired, now opened before his vision with beauty and glory. He saw that one portion of scripture explained another, and when one portion was closed to his understanding, he found in another portion of the Word that which explained it. He regarded the sacred word of God with joy, and with the deepest respect and awe. 1858 Great Controversy, p. 128.

 

A dear sister brought this to my attention and now I am sharing it with you. She even typed up the text of the note for us! Very cool. It is really great to be a part of God’s family.

We are at this day very grateful to God for his mercy and grace to work with William in the opening up of these great Advent truths. Nevertheless, William was a Mason. What to do. The same thing God calls us all, each and every one, to do, namely, change. We all must change. We can not honor God as we are nor can we be saved as we are, we must change.

William did come to this realization… and changed. Here is the letter of resignation from the Masons. This is the text and below is the thumbnail which can be clicked to view a larger image.

 

I Mr. Miller feeling willing to do everything that the gospel may permit me to do- to concilliate [sic] the feelings of my brethren in Christ. Do hereby renounce my connections with the Institution of Masonry, and again to have no fellowship with any practice that may be incompatible with the word of God among Masons. Sept 10 1831.

 

Here is the image of the letter.

Miller's letter resigning from Masons

 

 

 

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God Bless your study

Thursday May 23, 2013

Saul was a very self-confident man. He probably took classes in the subject. He knew just how to act and walk and talk. He thought he was in the true church, (just like I used to think I was in the true church!) But God saw something in him that neither you nor I can see.

So God knocked Saul off his donkey and blinded him. That was quite the day! You ever have any days like that? I bet.

We know the rest of the story, as it were, but I thought to bring this to your attention today. That is the bold, red text below.

 

Although he took no part in casting the stones at Stephen yet he consented to his death. Saul was zealous in persecuting the church of God, hunting them, seizing them in their houses, and delivering them to those who would slay them. Satan was using Saul effectually. But God can break the Devil’s power, and set free those who are led captive by him. Saul was a learned man, and Satan was triumphantly employing his talents to help carry out his rebellion against the Son of God, and those who believed in him. But Jesus selected Saul as a chosen vessel to preach his name, to strengthen the disciples in their work, and more than fill the place of Stephen. p. 89, Para. 1, [1SG ].

 

If someone is responding positively to the truth, here is what it means.

 

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: John 6:44

 

It means that God is drawing this person and has now involved you in the process. God is using you, his servant, to witness to the one drawn.

 

The great work which Jesus announced that he came to do was intrusted to his followers upon the earth. Christ as our head leads out in the great work of salvation, and bids us follow his example. He has given us a world-wide message. This truth must be extended to all nations, tongues, and people. Satan’s power was to be contested and he was to be overcome by Christ and also by his followers. p. 83, Para. 1, [24OT].

 

And again.

 

The Spirit of God is continually impressing the minds of men to seek for those things which alone will give peace and rest,–the higher, holier joys of Heaven. Christ, the Lord of life and glory, gave his life to redeem man from Satan’s power. Our Saviour is constantly at work. through influences seen and unseen, to attract the minds of men from the unsatisfactory pleasures of this life to the immortal future. p. 83, Para. 2, [30OT].

 

We have a part in this work. God does what we can not do. Remember how God sent Saul on into his real true church? That’s the way of what is left of our future.

God Bless your study