Thursday August 1, 2013

Since we were in No. 18, over eggs, I found several other items of interest and thought to place them here to pique your interest in reading this book. It is wonderful.

But when we take any course which decreases our strength, expends our vitality beclouds the intellect, and destroys the powers of the mind, we sin against God. In pursuing this course we are not glorifying him in our bodies and spirits which are his; but are committing a great wrong in his sight. p. 1, Para. 3, [18OT].

Even if you are most strict in the quality of your food, do you glorify God in your bodies and spirits, which are his, by partaking of such a quantity of food? Those who place so much food upon the stomach, and thus load down nature, could not appreciate the truth, should they hear it dwelt upon. They could not arouse the benumbed sensibilities of the brain to realize the value of the atonement, and the great sacrifice that has been made for fallen man. It is impossible for such to appreciate the great, precious, and exceedingly rich reward that is in reserve for the faithful overcomers. The animal part of our nature should never be left to govern the moral and intellectual. p. 15, Para. 1, [18OT].

When I have been from home sometimes, the bread, and the food generally, brought upon the table, I knew would hurt me. But I would have to eat a little to sustain life. I have suffered for want of proper food. It is a sin in the sight of Heaven to have such food. p. 28, Para. 2, [18OT].

_____ _____ has been very deficient. His wife was not provided with wholesome food, and a plenty of it, and proper clothing, while in her best condition of health. Then, when she needed extra clothing and extra food, and that of a simple, yet nutritious quality, it was not allowed her. Her system craved material to convert into blood; but he would not provide it. A moderate amount of milk and sugar, a little salt, white bread raised with yeast, for a change, graham flour prepared by other hands than her own, in a variety of ways, plain cake with raisins cooked in it, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things mentioned, a little domestic wine [just like Paul counseled!] would have done her no injury, but would have been better than for her to have done without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it. p. 44, Para. 2, [18OT].

Regularity in eating is very important for health of body and serenity of mind. p. 68, Para. 2, [18OT].

Violent exercise should not be engaged in immediately after a full meal; neither should the student engage in study; for this would be a violation of the laws of the system. Immediately after eating, there is a strong draught upon the nervous energy, calling into active exercise the brain force, concentrating it upon the field of labor, which is the stomach; therefore when the mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The electricity of the system, which is wanted to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another. p. 87, Para. 2, [18OT].

The brain nerve-energy is benumbed and almost paralyzed by being over-taxed through overeating. p. 89, Para. 2, [18OT].

By the law is the knowledge of sin. The mirror which would discover to them the defects in their character, they are infuriated against, because it points out their sins. Leading Adventists who have rejected the light are fired with madness against God’s holy law, as the Jewish nation were against the Son of God. They are in a terrible deception, deceiving souls and being deceived themselves. They will not come to the light lest their deeds should be reproved. Such will not be taught. But the people who profess to keep the law of God, he corrects, he reproves. He points out their sins, and lays open their iniquity; because he wishes to separate all sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in his fear, and be prepared to die in the Lord, or for translation to Heaven. God will rebuke, reprove, and correct them. That they may be refined, sanctified, elevated, and finally exalted to his own throne. p. 144, Para. 2, [18OT].

Ample provisions have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully, set about the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Power and strength, grace and glory, have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to the heirs of salvation. None are so low, and corrupt, and vile, but that they can find in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if they will put away their sins, stop their course of iniquity, and turn with full purpose of heart to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their garments, stained and polluted by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright robes of righteousness; and he bids them live and not die. In him they may flourish. Their branches will not wither nor be fruitless. If they abide in him, they can draw sap and nourishment from him, be imbued with his Spirit, and walk even as he has walked, and overcome as he has overcome, and be exalted to his own right hand. p. 146, Para. 1, [18OT].

The word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, to be understood by those who have any wish to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some of those who profess to make the word of God their study, are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. Then to leave men and women without excuse, God has given plain and pointed testimonies, [notice it is not Ellen!]  bringing them to the word they have neglected to follow. Yet all the light is turned from by those who serve their own lusts, and they will not cease their course of sin, but continue to take pleasure in unrighteousness, in the face of the threatenings and vengeance of God against those who do such things. p. 148, Para. 2, [18OT].

One family in particular have needed all the benefits they could receive from the reform in diet. Yet these very ones were completely backslidden. Meat and butter were used quite freely, spices were not entirely discarded. … There should have been a specified time for each meal, and the food should have been prepared free from grease in a simple form; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting. p. 191, Para. 1, [18OT].

The case referred to above is not an isolated one. If it were, I would not introduce it here. When Satan takes possession of the mind, how soon the light and instruction that the Lord has graciously given, fade away, and have no force! How many excuses are framed, how many necessities made, which have no existence, to bear them up in their course of wrong, in setting aside the light and trampling it under foot! I wish to speak with assurance, that the greatest objection to health reform is, this people do not live it out, and they will gravely say they cannot live the health reform and preserve their strength. p. 193, Para. 1, [18OT].

We find in every such instance a good reason why they cannot live out the health reform. They do not live it out, and have never followed it strictly, therefore cannot be benefited by it. Some fall into the error, that because they leave meat they have no need to supply its place with the best of fruits and vegetables, prepared in their most natural state, free from grease and spices. If they will only skillfully arrange the bounties the Creator has surrounded them with, and with a clear conscience parents and children unitedly engage in the work, they would enjoy simple food, and would then be able to speak understandingly of health reform. p. 193, Para. 2, [18OT].

Wow! What a feast for a Thursday!
But, it gets better! Far better….

God Bless your Study

Wednesday July 31, 2013

Today we are looking at what God has to say through the voice of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

We must go no faster than we can take those with us whose consciences and intellects are convinced of the truths we advocate. We must meet the people where they are. Some of us have been many years in arriving at our present position in health reform. Reform in diet is slow to obtain. We have powerful appetite to meet; for the world is given to gluttony. If we should allow the people as much time as we have required to come up to the present advanced state in reform, we should be very patient with them, and allow them to advance step by step, as we have done, until their feet are firmly established upon the health-reform platform. But we should be very cautious to not take one step too fast, that we shall be obliged to retrace. In reforms, we had better come one step short of the mark than to go one step beyond it. And if there is error at all, let it be on the side next to the people. p. 22, Para. 1, [21OT].

And, above all, we should not with our pens advocate positions that we do not put to a practical test in our own families, upon our own tables. This is dissimulation, and a species of hypocrisy. In Michigan we can do better in leaving salt, sugar, and milk, than many who are situated in the far West, or in the far East, where there is a scarcity of fruit. There are but very few families in Battle Creek who do not use these articles upon their tables. We know that a free use of these articles is positively injurious to health, and, in many cases, we think if they were not used at all, a much better state of health would be enjoyed. At present, our burden is not upon these things. The people are so far behind that we see it is all they can bear to have us draw the line upon their injurious indulgences and stimulating narcotics. We bear positive testimony against tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh-meats, butter, spices, rich cakes, mince pies, a large amount of salt, and all exciting substances used as articles of food. p. 22, Para. 2, [21OT].

If we come to persons who have not been enlightened in regard to health reform, and present our strongest positions at first, there is danger of their becoming discouraged as they see how much they have to give up, so that they will make no effort to reform. We must lead the people along patiently and gradually, remembering the hole of the pit whence we were digged. p. 23, Para. 1, [21OT].

In this day and age, 169 years since 1844, the hole of the pit is the Seventh-Day Adventist church that is in such gross apostasy. It is this church that consistently uses the counterfeit SOP to make of none effect the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

Here is a passage that clearly tells us who the author really is.

I saw the state of some who stood on present truth, but disregarded the visions,–the way God had chosen to teach in some cases, those who erred from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against the visions they did not strike against the worm–the feeble instrument that God spake through; but against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small thing to speak against the instrument, but it was dangerous to slight the words of God. I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late. Then in the time of trouble I heard them cry to God in agony–“Why didst thou not show us our wrong, that we might have got right and been ready for this time?” Then an angel pointed to them and said–“My Father taught, but you would not be taught.–He spoke through visions, but you disregarded his voice, and he gave you up to your own ways, to be filled with your own doings.” 1849 Broadside.

There are nine times in these seven sentences that God is identified as the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. Because our leading subject here is using eggs for food I will point out that eggs are not mentioned in the above passage from No. 21. But this is in no way an endorsement of any item, just because it is not mentioned here.

God has set up the tests. We are in the patient, waiting, watching time and one of the tests God has arraigned is about our diet. It’s not a sin to eat an egg. But for you it might be a sin to make them a regular item of your diet. God has told us what is best. Everything else is something less than the best.

The question on the test is, are you going to conform your diet to the manna? or murmur and complain that you don’t have quail to eat, or their eggs? which others claim to be excellent in taste.

Eternal life, joy unutterable, comforts of every kind, security that will never ever be breached, forever at peace with all, no bills ever, wings to fly, friends who will never betray, food that you will relish at every bite, what’s it worth? A few years here to perfect your character? What is that? to the reward!!!!!

We have a hope that will not be disappointed, it extends so far beyond the grave that we can not comprehend it, but we trust in God, for he has proven himself to be pure, in every word, in every act.

God Bless your study

Tuesday July 30, 2013

Here are the three statements from the counterfeit on the use of eggs for food which the White Estate would have us study. As you read, be careful how you think. Firstly, this is the smooth reasoning of Satan, not Ellen. Second, God warns us on page 180 of the 1858 Great Controversy, that Satan is constantly putting suggestions into our minds.

And what might these suggestions be? Well, in the particular case at hand, the counterfeit SOP is so designed by Satan to deceive you into thinking that the eating of eggs is ok… for you. Better err on God’s side not Satan’s. Don’t lust for forbidden pleasures of taste. Eternal life is at stake, for you, I have made my decision.

Those who live in new countries or in poverty-stricken districts, where fruits and nuts are scarce, should not be urged to exclude milk and eggs from their dietary. It is true that persons in full flesh and in whom the animal passions are strong need to avoid the use of stimulating foods. Especially in families of children who are given to sensual habits, eggs should not be used. But in the case of persons whose blood-making organs are feeble,–especially if other foods to supply the needed elements cannot be obtained,–milk and eggs should not be wholly discarded. Great care should be taken, however, to obtain milk from healthy cows, and eggs from healthy fowls, that are well fed and well cared for; and the eggs should be so cooked as to be most easily digested. {MH 320.1}
The diet reform should be progressive. As disease in animals increases, the use of milk and eggs will become more and more unsafe. {MH 320.2}

Concerning flesh meat, we should educate the people to let it alone. Its use is contrary to the best development of the physical, mental, and moral powers. And we should bear a clear testimony against the use of tea and coffee. It is also well to discard rich desserts. Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit and cannot afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet. {7T 134.6}
Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. {7T 135.1}

Some of our people, while conscientiously abstaining from eating improper foods, neglect to supply themselves with the elements necessary for the sustenance of the body. Those who take an extreme view of health reform are in danger of preparing tasteless dishes, making them so insipid that they are not satisfying. Food should be prepared in such a way that it will be appetizing as well as nourishing. It should not be robbed of that which the system needs. I use some salt, and always have, because salt, instead of being deleterious, is actually essential for the blood. Vegetables should be made palatable with a little milk or cream, or something equivalent. {9T 161.4}
While warnings have been given regarding the dangers of disease through butter, and the evil of the free use of eggs by small children, yet we should not consider it a violation of principle to use eggs from hens that are well cared for and suitably fed. Eggs contain properties that are remedial agencies in counteracting certain poisons. {9T 162.1}
Some, in abstaining from milk, eggs, and butter, have failed to supply the system with proper nourishment, and as a consequence have become weak and unable to work. Thus health reform is brought into disrepute. The work that we have tried to build up solidly is confused with strange things that God has not required, and the energies of the church are crippled. But God will interfere to prevent the results of these too strenuous ideas. The gospel is to harmonize the sinful race. It is to bring the rich and poor together at the feet of Jesus. {9T 162.2}
The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs; but it is not necessary to bring upon ourselves perplexity by premature and extreme restrictions. Wait until the circumstances demand it and the Lord prepares the way for it. {9T 162.3}

These three different sources have a wicked harmony between them. First, in claiming that Ellen is the author, second, in catering to the lusts of the people.

The gospel takes a man where he is. This is a very important point. Any journey to any place of any distance must begin where you are, because there is no other beginning. But it is also true that you can not go anywhere without taking a step.

There are far too many who would remain at the beginning, hence they will not be in Heaven because they refuse to travel, to take a step, to grow, to perfect their characters.

Tomorrow we’ll look at what God has to say on this and I think that if you have never read it before, you will be surprised.

God Bless your Study

 

Monday July 29, 2013

In continuing our look at the eggs in health reform… we will now look at the appendix that was added to the counterfeit SOP to explain away the point God is trying to make. This is found at the very end of Volume 2, or known as 2T. The caps are all their’s, the color is mine.

APPENDIX
PAGE 400–THE ADMONITION IN THE PERSONAL TESTIMONY ADDRESSED TO BROTHER AND SISTER E, THAT “EGGS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED UPON YOUR TABLE,” HAS BY SOME BEEN GIVEN A GENERAL APPLICATION. THAT THIS WAS NOT INTENDED AS A GENERAL TEACHING FOR FAMILIES OF NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES IS MADE CLEAR NOT ONLY BY THE SETTING OF THE STATEMENT ITSELF, BUT ALSO BY NO LESS THAN THREE SPECIFIC PUBLISHED UTTERANCES OF ELLEN G. WHITE WHICH WOULD CORRECT ANY MISAPPLICATION OF THIS PERSONAL TESTIMONY. THESE ARE FOUND IN TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOLUME 7, PAGE 135 (1902), THE MINISTRY OF HEALING, PAGE 320 (1905), AND TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOLUME 9, PAGE 162 (1909). WE QUOTE THE LAST TWO STATEMENTS: {2T 712.1} [they then quoted from two sources in the counterfeit, which we place below. (tomorrow)]

These are the statements from the counterfeit, upon which we will comment at length. For starters, remember that we are dealing with on the one hand, the authentic Spirit of Prophecy of which we have proven that God is the author, not Ellen. On the other hand we have the lies of Satan in the counterfeit which speaks smooth things to the sinners in Zion. This is one such. I like the taste of eggs, but I like the taste of meat also; these things mean nothing, we are not to consult taste in the choice of food to eat. We are to be obedient to God.

In the appendix above they have very conveniently left out the next sentence, which says “They are an injury to your children.” The church would have us believe that this testimony is personal, only for these people, but is this the case? No! There are a great many personal testimonies for individuals in the church that are included in the Testimonies—for a reason. And here it is.

I have sought to do my duty. I have pointed out the special sins of some. I was shown that the sins and errors of all in the wisdom of God would not be revealed. All would have sufficient light; all could see, if they desired to do so, and earnestly wished to put their sins and errors from them, and perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. They could see what sins God marked and reproved in others. If these sins were cherished by them, they should know that they were abhorred of God, and were separated from him; and unless they earnestly and zealously set about the work to put them away, they would be left in darkness. God is too pure to behold iniquity. A sin marked in one is just as grievous in the sight of God in every case. There will be no exception made by an impartial God. All who are guilty are addressed in these individual testimonies, although their names may not be attached to the special testimony borne; and if individuals pass over their own sins because their names are not especially called, if they cover their sins, they will not be prospered of God. They cannot advance in the divine life, but will become darker and darker until the light of Heaven will be entirely withdrawn. p. 137, Para. 1, [18OT].

There you have the true position of the original testimony. Even though given to a specific party, and even though it is truly a “personal” testimony, as God points out in the above paragraph, it is truly applicable to all, and especially those for whom the eating of eggs is an idol.

If you give it a bit of thought, really nothing else goes into the egg before the chick comes out. That makes it a “form” of meat eating. I personally like eggs, especially good country eggs, which are called “premium” eggs in professional cooking. And with good reason, they taste great.

I also like Salmon, tri-tip and many other things that God points out are harmful to our my spiritual life. So I left them behind on the path… and continued walking in the light of the Midnight Cry so that I might not stumble and fall off the path. As a result I have been greatly blessed with more and more light. It is an amazing thing and I am very grateful to God for his great mercy on me.

 

More tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Sunday July 28, 2013

The health reform is not well received by many because it cuts directly across their favorite path. It is the voice of God pointing out the habits of diet that are harmful to the fine nerves of the brain, which are so necessary for comprehension of spiritual things. Satan wars against your understanding of these things, for in understanding new thoughts are formed, which are parent to new actions taken, which lead to eternal life.

Here at sopvindicated.org we strive to point out the dividing line between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit. This dividing line is comprised of several items. We have the death of James, the date, August 6, 1881, of his death, the take-over of Willie and his team, the immediate beginning of an unbroken stream of R&H articles published under Ellen’s name, the immediate commencement of the re-writing of all the previously published authentic Spirit of Prophecy, and some small miscellaneous items.

Another item of health reform has come to my attention and we will discuss it today. Though it centers around eating eggs for food, the arguments in favor of this practice are specious and a blending of the counterfeit SOP to make a case against the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. There is a great need of all to understand this dividing line between the two and to understand that the counterfeit one is the smooth lies of Satan designed to steal your eternal life.

Here is what God has to say through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

The Lord, in his wisdom, designed to bring his people into a position where they would separate from the world in spirit and practice, then their children would not so readily be led away into idolatry, and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age.

This is an excellent example of the meaning of the term “out so far,” as shown in The Day-Star, which some murmurers and complainers that rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry grow weary of, this separation from the world.

It is God’s purpose that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the gratification of appetite to attain to Christian perfection.

Some people just hate these absolute phrases, yet, it is God that reaches out to them through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy to touch their idols, showing them the deception they are under in believing that he will accept them in their sin, as opposed to from their sin.

You cannot arouse the moral sensibilities of your children while you are not careful in the selection of their food. The tables that parents usually prepare for their children are a snare to them. The diet is not simple, and it is not prepared in a healthful manner. The food is frequently rich and fever-producing, having a tendency to irritate and excite the tender organs of the stomach. The animal passions are strengthened, while the moral and intellectual are weakened. The lower order of passions bears sway, while the moral and intellectual are servant to the baser passions. You should study to prepare a simple yet nutritious diet. Rich cakes, rich pies, prepared with spices, of any kind, and flesh-meats, are not the most healthful and nourishing diet. Eggs should not be placed upon your table. They are an injury to your children.

The last two sentences immediately above are the focus of the White Estate comments. They would have you believe that this testimony is solely for the recipient, but, as we will discover, this is not the truth.

Fruits and grains, prepared in the most simple form, are the most healthful, and will impart the greatest amount of nourishment, and, at the same time, the intellect will be unimpaired. p. 68, Para. 1, [18OT].

This last sentence is in perfect harmony with that said in No. 17, page 192.
We will continue this discussion tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath July 27, 2013

These are amazing times as God has blessed us with much important light heretofore hidden from sight. We just put up three (3) important files which we highly recommend that you download ASAP. You never know when these things will be stolen from your site by the great rebel-(roaring)-lion, Satan.

In God’s providence they are available now.

Very much in these three files has never been published before. The former stewards wickedly withheld them for years and even denied the very existence of some, which has to be the reason for their angst at being exposed as such.

All of this material has been in the public domain for at least 23 years without being made available, even though paid a handsome fortune over the years to do that very thing.

So there is lots to read, lots to study, lots to compare, for us all. We have a small cloud-crowd actively studying this material and you might as well join in. We do kindly ask that when you find something, please drop us a note……

Thank you,

God Bless your Study

Friday July 26, 2013

In the late ‘70s or early ‘80s a big storm system hit the west coast of the US. All along the coast was massive flooding from all the heavy rains. This action carried large numbers of trees and stumps out to the ocean, which in turn used these items as battering rams with every wave as it crashed against whatever was on the coast. The effect was devastating.

Some time after this I went for a walk on a portion of the ocean beach. It was a beautiful day, light breeze, clear skies, clean sand, the waves lapping at your feet as you walk.

It was very warm that day, but I enjoyed the shade of a house… that was about thirty feet in the air over my head! Clearly the owner had wanted a home on the beach and it was built on the sand, but correctly so, so that it was actually supported on piers drilled down to bedrock. And then this storm came by and washed away the sand, totally transforming the beach from a high hill to flat with the ocean for miles, leaving that fine home… thirty feet in the air!

But this is no different than people building on a flood plain. The rains come and the waters rise and presto! muddy water in the home, all over the furniture, mud! And the people are amazed that their TV watching is interrupted! And why the .gov didn’t wave their magic wand and stop the waters!

As humans we do these things because we don’t stop and think, actually think about what we are doing. Most people would rather do anything except think. They hurry from one activity to another never pausing to ask themselves what it is they are trying to accomplish.

These habits affect our spiritual lives also. God, through Ellen, has for years been calling our attention to this deficit, this deficiency in our lives and to stop and take time to pray and meditate.

Sixty eight times this spiritual exercise is mentioned in the thirty original authentic testimonies. I like these.

Sr. —-, work less, and pray and meditate more. Eternal interests should be primary with you. p. 59, Para. 3, [17OT].

Meditation upon heavenly things is profitable, and will ever be accompanied with peace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. p. 149, Para. 3, [17OT].

You look upon the objectionable features in the character of those you associate with, and dwell upon their seeming inconsistencies and wrongs, overlooking their redeeming traits. I was referred to this scripture, “Finally, brethren, Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be ANY virtue, and if there be any praise, think on THESE things.” Here, dear sister, you may meditate and speculate with profit. Dwell upon the good qualities of those with whom you associate, and see as little as possible of their errors and failings. p. 122, Para. 1, [18OT].

We are daily recipients of the bounties of Heaven, and should have loving gratitude springing up in our hearts to God, which should cause us to sympathize with our neighbors and make their interests our own. Thoughts and meditations upon the goodness of God to us would close the avenues of the soul to Satan’s suggestions. p. 118, Para. 3, [27OT].

God Bless your Study

Thursday July 25, 2013

My father and I found a copperhead snake, a poisonous pit viper, which was promptly caught and carried back to the house. We admired the size of it, quite large for that type, and decided to guess at it’s length before the tape measure was brought out.

My father guessed 36 inches, which was actually the correct length, but now that he had taken that number I felt forced to choose a different one, 37 inches. Out comes the tape measure and a nail through the head into a log and my father measured. When he got to the end of the tail, and 36 it was, I, having a good hold on said tail, leaned back hard using the nail in the head as anchor! Ha! You could hear clearly as every joint in that snake’s back cracked!

Now the snake measured 36… and a half! LoL! Nothing like saving the day!

This morning as I was studying I found something that just angered me—again! Too many people are engaged in tail pulling to try and make things fit an agenda!

I have for some time promoted a CD with lots of files on it called Prepare Ye the Way. Evidently the man who produced that CD stopped, and or died, he was way older than I, and someone kept monies that arrived it the mail without sending out what was paid for. That CD has several “unpublished manuscripts” on it. One of them reads as follows.

There are those in this church who love this world better than they love Jesus. They love their treasures here better than they love heaven or eternal life, and with . . . [ 1 line missing] … speaks to a lukewarm church, Be zealous and repent; but they scarcely hear or heed the message. A few are afflicting their souls, a few are heeding the counsel of the true witness. Unless the church speedily arouses they will go into darkness, be ensnared and overcome by the enemy.[Unpublished Manuscripts, Volume 5 p. 31 para. 1]

And then we have the mystery file from the White Estate, taken, not released.

There are those in the church who love this world better than they love Jesus. They love their treasures here better than they love heaven or eternal life, and with their earthly treasure they will perish. The True Witness now speaks to a lukewarm church. Be zealous and repent; but they scarcely hear or heed the message. A few are afflicting their souls. A few are heeding the counsel of the True Witness. Unless the church speedily arouses they will go into darkness, be ensnared and overcome by the enemy. Manuscript 1, 1857.

It looks to me to be quite clear that an agenda was controlling the output. Plus, the White Estate is again caught in a baldfaced lie. The line is not missing! The line states clearly that God is the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and not Ellen; obviously that is why those words were removed.

But hey! don’t worry! In the 2008 Research CD they produced, this is not in there at all! Presto! No problem! Now wasn’t that easy?

You got to be careful as you study!

God Bless your Study

Wednesday July 24, 2013

We live in a very special hour of the plan of salvation. That this was fully known to the disciples is abundantly clear from their words published in the Bible under the inspiration of the Spirit. The following is a perfect example.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19

That “times of refreshing” did come beginning October 22, 1844. We know this to be fact because God confirmed the movement of Christ into the Most Holy place on October 23, 1844 in a vision given to his church through Hiram Edson.

We know that the “times of refreshing” did come because in our study of the sanctuary service in the typical, the Day of Atonement was the day of the blotting out of the sins that had been confessed. According to the text, these two events are happening together. So we can say, since the time of the blotting out of sins has come, that means we are in the times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

This is intensely interesting. Much, very much of the plan of salvation is focused on this point. We need to bring in another very important text.

and this is the refreshing: Isaiah 28:12

There are sixteen verses in the Bible that us the word refresh in some form. The first two tie this word directly to the Sabbath. Exodus 23:12; 31:17 Very interesting….

And Isaiah 28:12 also says, “This is the rest.” That means that rest and refreshing are very nearly the same thing. Hebrews has something to say on this rest too.

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:9-11

So what is this rest? and what is this refreshing? and what is behind the word this? what is it talking about? Hebrews again has something to say about it.

For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Hebrews 4:4

“Oh! the Sabbath, it’s the Sabbath!” you say. Not so fast. The answer is both yes and no. It is the Sabbath on the surface, of which the other does not negate, but it is much more than the Sabbath. More from Isaiah.

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. Isaiah 28:11-13

Have you heard God’s voice speak to you with stammering lips? That’s a real question. How about with another tongue? I know, SDAs are terrified of tongues. I did not write the Bible, that is just what it says. It is saying that God’s voice heard as stammering lips and another tongue is the rest and is the refreshing, BUT, they would not hear it! Why? Because it was foreign to them, it scared them, they were not familiar with it!!!

That is exactly why God says that we need to enter into this rest. We must become familiar with this refreshing. It is God’s voice, that’s what it says. Then it says, “the word of the Lord,” I think that means God’s voice, and it goes on to carefully show us in very explicit language that it must be God’s word, stacked on top of Bible text, on top of God’s word, on top of Bible text, on top of God’s voice in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, on top of, a total of ten layers deep!!!

What is this? It is very carefully explained in the Bible.

not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:13-14

Right here is a big problem with Laodicea, they think they are rich in spiritual discernment, No. 23, p. 12, when the very fact that they know nothing about the true Sabbath rest and refreshing is prima facie evidence that they most certainly are not.

Better study it! Don’t be a natural man who won’t receive the things of the Spirit of God!

God Bless your Study

 

Tuesday July 23, 2013

Corn is an interesting grain. Tis that time of year when it is a very cheap food of high quality, especially if you can get real organic. When I think of corn, I usually think of “corn and wine” and oil.

Until I come and take you away to
a land like your own land,
a land of corn and wine,
a land of bread and vineyards,
a land of oil olive and of honey,
that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. 2 Kings 18:32

An interesting parallelism in this verse. Corn is an important grain. Often corn is taken to mean wheat, or something similar. I like the taste of Mexican tamales, specifically the Masa that makes up the body of the tamales.

So I began doing some research on Masa to learn something of it, how to cook it, &c. I learned something interesting. Corn, as it comes from the plant, is not the best of foods. It needs to go through a process called nixtamalization which can be studied on this Wikipedia page.

It is basically a chemical process of using an alkaline solution, usually limewater, to break down the corn into the better food it can be. But here is what I noticed in my research, the writers almost uniformly approach this subject as something developed by early native peoples.

However, we know this to be false. Being a believer in the Bible and God’s providence in all things, we know that Noah lived 950 years, that’s 350 past the flood. Two points on this. God instructed Noah in the building of the Ark, and I am quite sure he also gave him instruction in how to live after the flood, things about the climate were very different than before the flood. Secondly, Noah was smart. It takes some chemistry to understand what needs to happen to corn to make it into a better food. Two reasons I am sure this information came from God.

Think about it. This knowledge had to have been passed down over the years to the children and this is the source of the various “native” people of various lands all over the world. We have to think constantly in terms of God’s hand in the affairs of man to combat this constant pressure from Satan’s wiles.

This is a core reason for Christian education at home, separate from the world, read Satan here, and it’s teaching that is so destructive to faith.

Next time you pick up an ear of corn… and pause… and someone asks you if something is wrong, tell them, “No, everything is just fine, God is in control.”

YES!!! PRAISE GOD!!!

God Bless your Study