Category: 144,000 Saints – Philadelphia

Thursday October 10, 2013

Time for a little Bible lesson.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105

We are going to focus on the word lamp. God’s word is a lamp.

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. Genesis 15:17

Spiritually, God’s word is a lamp. Here we are being taught by God that his lamp is burning.

The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out. Leviticus 6:13

Spiritually, God’s word shall ever be burning. Period. Don’t be afraid to eat one small bite of God’s words.

He [John the Baptist] was a burning and a shining light: John 5:35

Spiritually, John the Baptist was God’s word teaching God’s word. (Psalms 119:135 shine is to teach)

John the Baptist is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 44. Check out this verse.

Then stood up Elias [Elijah] the prophet as fire, and his word burned like a lamp. Eccleasiasticus 48:1 That’s right, from the authentic Apocrypha.

Spiritually, Elijah was God’s word. And his word was God’s word not his own.

Elijah is a representative of the 144,000, Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, page 337.

Shifting gears a bit. Often the spiritual definitions have two sides, just like a coin. Here are a few verses on the other side of this spiritual definition.

Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. Job 41:19-21

That would be Satan, the leviathan.

An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire. Proverbs 16:27
Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross. Proverbs 26:23

Clearly this is not a reference to God or his words. As you study remember that often the definitions you learn have a good and a bad side. It’s just a part of God’s plan.

God Bless your Study

Sunday October 6, 2013

I am exasperated! There is a constant stream of vomit and filthiness that must be waded through to get the truth in researching the authentic Spirit of Prophecy vs the counterfeit SOP. I sometimes feel like I have jumped into a septic tank that must be bailed out by hand!!! Gross, YES!!! Sometimes necessary. Lord have mercy and give me strength to swim this filthy tide!

In picking up Questions on the Sealing Message, by J. N. Loughborough, published 1916, to check something else, my eyes fell upon these lines, page 18, which were highlighted.

If there is still a doubt of the resurrected Sabbath keepers’ being numbered with the 144,000, consider the following from Sister White’s words in 1909. At the General Conference in 1909, Elder Irwin had a stenographer accompany him in a call upon Sister White. He wished to ask her some questions, and have an exact copy of the words of the replies.
Among other questions was this one: “Will those who have died in the message be among the 144,000?” In reply, Sister White said: “Oh, yes, I those who have died in the faith will be among the 144,000. I am clear on that matter.” These were the exact words of question and answer, as Brother Irwin permitted me to copy from his stenographer’s report.

Previous to this I had not put much weight on this information, because we have The Day-Star and the 1858 Great Controversy, page 205, which, when combined, show clearly that all those who hear the voice of the Father giving the day and hour of Jesus coming and watch him come to this earth are, in fact, the 144,000, there are no others present.

After reading Loughborough’s comments today, I decided to see if Elder Irwin’s notes might be available on the White Estate CD. In checking this, I found the muck! and that is what I hate about doing this research. I feel dirty handling this junk! Here is what was found.

e. The Interviews: He [Elder G. A. Irwin] has with him a little notebook in which he has noted down perplexing questions which he brings before me, and if I have any light upon these points, I write it out for the benefit of our people, not only in America but in this country [Australia].–Letter 96, 1899. {3SM 51.1}
f. When There Was No Light: I have no light on the subject [as to just who would constitute the 144,000]. . . . Please tell my brethren that I have nothing presented before me regarding the circumstances concerning which they write, and I can set before them only that which has been presented to me.–Quoted in a letter by C. C. Crisler to E. E. Andross, Dec. 8, 1914. (In White Estate Document File, Number 164.) {3SM 51.2}

Let’s walk through this.

1.) Elder Irwin is getting written up in a letter dated 1899, for the exact same thing which Loughborough is describing in 1916, as having happened in 1909. So we can surmise that Irwin had a habit of doing this type of thing.

2.) Now all this is being written up in book 3 of Selected Messages. Lo, and behold! the very next item on that very page is a question about the 144,000, as to who they would be constituted of. And we have a letter (read proof here), dated December 8, 1914, of “Ellen’s” answer. “I have no light on the subject….”

3.) Just five years previous we have a highly credible report from a man who has made it a habit to ask Ellen, personally, difficult questions, and a highly credible report of the answer to one of those questions, from a man, who had only eight more years to live, but was a true pillar of the church, verified so.

But we have two “Ellens”!!!!!

God’s prophets do not speak with forked tongue!!!

This is another one of those cases where you MUST decide. You are forced to choose! You can not have it both ways!

Either Ellen was true and faithful to God, or she was not.

On this site we prove that Willie was Satan’s agent to re-write the entire authentic Spirit of Prophecy and that he took control immediately after James’ death, writing his views, his thoughts, his opinions, then putting Ellen’s name on the work as his authority it were, her work.

God Bless your study

Sabbath October 5, 2013

It is a fearful deception to think that somehow, someway, because there are now and have been past, so many good Seventh-Day Adventists throughout the known world, there must be more than 144,000, of those exposed to this faith, who will be saved.

Currently, there are over 17 million SDAs in the world. If they were all truly converted the great controversy would have been over with long ago. Numbers will not do it. What the numbers really show is how this message has been dumbed down, changed, from what God gave to the world, to what unconverted man thinks it should be. Not counting Catholic influence.

Many claim that there are Jesuits in the church. That may be. The real point is that the members have not embraced the very thing that would keep sin and sinners out of the church— the living testimony, the voice of reproof and rebuke, the pointed testimony, it goes by a few names.

Everybody wants to look good, smell good, feel good, and have their feelings of importance stroked. This is not God’s appointed way. Here is his appointed way.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Revelation 3:19

I like the way Dale Carnegie states it in his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. “There is only one way under high Heaven to get anybody to anything. Did you ever stop and think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it. Remember, there is no other way.”

He goes on to quote William James, “‘The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” He didn’t speak, mind you, of the ‘wish’ or the ‘desire’ or the ‘longing’ to be appreciated. He said the ‘craving’ to be appreciated.” Dale then goes on to educate people in the arts of the ways of the world. But these are not God’s ways.

It is because the church has adopted the ways of the world that it has so many members. It is stroking this “craving” to be appreciated, using social proof, “Well, there are so many, it must be right, if I am a part of it I can be right too.” Best you take a good hard look at the past. Only eight got in the ark, only one Abraham was chosen, only one Elijah stood against apostasy, only three were thrown in the fiery furnace, only, only, only! “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of” them all! Only a few.

Time to review some evidence.

They [the Advent people] 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 Day-Star.

And now the second voice of evidence.

But there was one clear place of settled glory, from whence came the voice of God, like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were shaken open, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept his law. And as God spake the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivered the everlasting covenant to his people,…. 1858 Great Controversy, p. 205.

From these two pieces of evidence all should be able to see that “the voice of God like many waters” calls from the grave a certain very well defined and explicitly stated group of people, for the explicit purpose of giving them “the day and hour of Jesus coming.” Then we go back to The Day-Star for a final piece of evidence.

The living saints, 144,000 in number, know and understand the voice….

Notice, that it is only after that resurrection by the voice of the Father that the saints are called “the living saints.” Of course they are living! they just got resurrected! Some of them, we know not how many, have physically gone through the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble.

We are rapidly closing in on the 169th anniversary of October 22, 1844 and because so few are walking in the light of the Midnight Cry, they reason within themselves, “There must be more than 144,000, there must be… it must be a figurative number, yes, that’s it! Those words must mean a figurative number!” And so the first lie of Satan spreads like wildfire! “Ye shall not surely die!” And this, in the face of very explicit words.

All this means that the 144,000 count started with the Sabbath message, which started with the third angel’s message, which started October 23, 1844 with the vision God gave to Hiram Edson, which proved that Christ, our high priest, went into the Most Holy place and the great antitypical Day of Atonement began. When that count is done, when the last saint is numbered and sealed, here is what happens next.

I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel returned from the earth with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, that the saints were numbered and sealed. THEN I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised his hands upward, and with a loud voice said, It is done. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still. p. 197, Para. 2, [1SG ].

There is only one numbered group of saints. The number is very explicit, “144,000 in number.” It’s taken, to date, 169 years so far, and the count is not over. This means that even fewer than 144,000 of those who have been exposed to the truth before today will be saved. All are responsible for the light they had access to. Many, many will die. You have the opportunity to become immortal. God so loved you that he gave his only Son, to die, to pay the price so that you could live, but it can only be in God’s appointed way.

If you have questions, write me. art at sopvindicated, with a dot org

God Bless your study

Tuesday September 24, 2013

“And when thou art converted.”

You will remember that, that’s what Jesus told Peter. But Peter had been with the Word all this time, about three years. Why is it that he was not converted? Apparently ten of the twelve were converted.

Daniel says, “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” Under the second angel’s message about 50,000 people came out of the fallen churches and waited on October 22, 1844 for Christ to come. He did not come. They were “purified, and made white, and tried,” and many of them failed the test. They left the faith. By some estimates there were only about fifty who remained faithful.

What is it in the heart of man that “I” would fail the test?

It’s amazing that Christ said this about Nathanael, “Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!” How could he say that about the man? Because he is God. God reads our hearts and knows who should be saved and who should not get the hidden words of God, the mystery of kingdom of God, Mark 4:11.

On this site we are following God’s instruction in Matthew.

There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. Matthew 10:26-27

You might get a lot of information, you might be witness to much, as was Simon in Acts 8, but, you might not be right with God. Remember that he reads every secret of your heart. All this might be the source of these words.

I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, Look again, and look a little higher. At this, I raised my eyes and see a strait and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, Hallelujah! Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out which left their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again & 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 Day-Star

The words in red communicate certain things without stating them explicitly. The word “they” indicates those who profess the truth. The path is the strait and narrow way to the City, and it should be remembered that it goes all the way to the City. The falling off the path is, of course, leaving the faith.

Here is the critical point, people are falling off the path, or, leaving the faith “until we heard the voice of God.” This hearing of God’s voice happens AT the deliverance of the saints, 1858 Great Controversy, page 205. Meaning that some, apparently, will be giving up the faith during the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble. It would appear that they were not sealed even though professing the faith and going through, or nearly through, the time of trouble. God, who knows all things, knows what none of the rest of the saints knows, that is, that this person is not right with him and should not be saved.

Like Peter, they know not themselves. They withstand some trials, some of the time of trouble such as never was, some hardships, but God reads their hearts, their inner secrets, and there is no more time for character formation. If this be so, doubtless they will not suffer much in the fires of the last day. We have so much to be grateful for that God is just and righteous altogether.

Be careful with God. This is not a game, not a social club, this is real.

God Bless your study

Friday September 20, 2013

As we contemplate the probable near future… this portion from No. 8 looks worthy of a review. Too many times we get in a rut and forget to broaden our reading to full scope of what we have available. This reads a little differently, but is in perfect harmony with the 1858 Great Controversy as well as the rest of the Spirit of Prophecy.

The Future. p. 112, Para. 3, [8OT].
At the transfiguration Jesus was glorified by his Father. We hear him say, “Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.” Thus before his betrayal and crucifixion he was strengthened for his last dreadful sufferings. p. 112, Para. 4, [8OT].

As the members of the body of Christ approach the period of their last conflict, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” they will grow up into Christ, and will partake largely of his Spirit. As the third message swells to a loud cry, and as great power and glory attends the closing work, the faithful people of God will partake of that glory. It is the latter rain which revives and strengthens them to pass through the time of trouble. Their faces [minds] will shine [teach God’s Word] with the glory of that light [the Word] which attends the third angel. p. 112, Para. 5, [8OT].

I saw that God would in a wonderful manner preserve his people through the time of trouble. As Jesus poured out his soul in agony in the garden, they will earnestly cry and agonize with him day and night for deliverance. The decree will go forth that they must disregard the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and honor the first day, or lose their lives; but they will not yield, and trample under their feet the Sabbath of the Lord, and honor an institution of Papacy. Satan’s host, and wicked men, will surround them, and exult over them, because there will seem to be no way of escape for them. But in the midst of their revelry and triumph, there is peal upon peal of the loudest thunder. The heavens have gathered blackness, and are only illuminated by the blazing light and terrible glory from Heaven, as God utters his voice from his holy habitation. p. 112, Para. 6, [8OT].

Here is the special resurrection of only the righteous saints that have “died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath.” 1858 Great Controversy, page 205.

The foundations of the earth shake, buildings totter and fall with a terrible crash. The sea boils like a pot, and the whole earth is in terrible commotion. The captivity of the righteous is turned, and with sweet and solemn whisperings they say to each other, “We are delivered. It is the voice of God.” With solemn awe they listen to the words of the voice. The wicked hear, but understand not the words of the voice of God. They fear and tremble, while the saints rejoice. Satan and his angels, and wicked men, who had been exulting that the people of God were in their power, that they might destroy them from off the earth, witness the glory conferred upon those who have honored the holy law of God. They behold the faces of the righteous lighted up, and reflecting the image of Jesus. Those who were so eager to destroy the saints, could not endure the glory resting upon the delivered ones, and they fell like dead men to the earth. Satan and evil angels fled from the presence of the saints glorified. Their power to annoy them was gone forever. p. 113, Para. 1, [8OT].

Remember that the image of Jesus can only be acquired this side of the close of probation. We must get ready now!

God Bless your study

Thursday September 19, 2013

 

That man might not lose the blessed results of benevolence, our Redeemer formed the plan of enlisting him as his co-worker.

Being a co-worker is not the same as a co-redeemer, as some claim against those who promote the Bible position of faith and works.

By a chain of circumstances which would call forth his charities, he brings man under the best means of cultivating benevolence, and keeps him habitually giving to help the poor, and to advance his cause. He sends his poor as the representatives of himself. A ruined world is drawing forth from us by their necessities talents of means and of influence to present to them the truth [the Word], of which they are in perishing need.

A pure chain of texts shows exactly what it means “to present to them the truth.”

1.) Psalms 119:105 where God defines his word as a lamp and a light. The other words tell what they are used for.

2.) In Genesis 5:17 God adds the word burning to lamp, thus we have God’s word as both a burning and a lamp.

3.) Back to Psalms 119:135, here God defines to shine means to teach.

4.) John 17:17 is the definition of truth. God says it is his word.

5.) John 5:35 is where Christ was discussing John the Baptist. Christ identified John as a burning and a shining light.

We know that John the Baptist was a representative of the 144,000, the saints who are living in the end of Matthew 24:14.

John was a representative of the people of God in the last days, to whom God has committed important and solemn truths. Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 44.

Now we can say, in order “to present to them the truth” God people must be like John the Baptist who, Christ says, was God’s word teaching God’s word. That is the spiritual definition of “a burning and a shining light” as taught by God.

And as we heed these calls, by labor and acts of benevolence, [faith and works] we are assimilated into the image of him [the Word] who for our sakes became poor. In bestowing, we bless others, and thus accumulate the true riches. p. 74, Para. 1, [24OT].

The moral darkness of a ruined world pleads to Christian men and women to put forth individual effort, to give of their means, and of their influence, that they may be assimilated into the image of Him [the Word] who, though he possessed infinite riches, yet for our sakes became poor. The Spirit of God cannot abide with those to whom he has sent the message of his truth [the Word], who need to be urged before they can have any sense of their duty to be co-workers with Christ. The apostle enforces the duty of giving from higher grounds than merely human sympathy, because the feelings are moved. He enforces the principle that we should labor unselfishly with an eye single to the glory of God. p. 88, Para. 2, [24OT].

Perfecting your character is a work every bit of which is glorifying God. It is a work of faith and works together, and a cleaning of ourselves by taking a shower, as it were, in the living water of the Word. Following the example of Christ in all things.

Now comes clear the imagery of Paul as he identifies this very process.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it [the church] with the washing of water by the word, Ephesians 5:26

How amazing!!! So much comes clear as we correctly understand the Word and God’s definitions for that Word.

God Bless your study

Sunday September 8, 2013

The more I get into this study of Psalms 119:105 and the spiritual understanding of those words, the more astonished I am at the other things to be found in the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and other Bible texts. It’s an opening of the vail of the deeper things of God. An entering into the mystery of the kingdom of God.

Just look at this passage from No. 20, page 173-174.

We are only accountable for the light that shines upon us. The commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus are testing us. If faithful and obedient, God will delight in us and bless us as his own, chosen, peculiar people. When perfect faith, and perfect love and obedience, abound, working in the hearts of those who are Christ’s followers, they will have a powerful influence. Light [God’s word] will emanate from them, dispelling the darkness around them, refining and elevating all within the sphere of their influence, and bringing to a knowledge of the truth all who are willing to be enlightened, and follow in the humble path of obedience. p. 173, Para. 2, [20OT].

This reads like a description of John the Baptist! And why not? is not this Spirit of Prophecy for the 144,000? of which John the Baptist was a representative.

Those who possess the carnal mind cannot comprehend the sacred force of vital truth upon which their salvation depends

Remember 1 Corinthians 3:1-3?

because they will cherish pride of heart, love of the world, love of ease, selfishness, covetousness, envy, jealousy, lust, hatred, and every evil. If they would overcome these, they might be partakers of the divine nature. Many leave the plain truths of God’s word, and neglect to follow the light that shines clearly upon their pathway; but are prying into secrets not plainly revealed, and are conjecturing, and talking, and disputing, in regard to questions they are not required to understand, for they have no special reference to their salvation. Thousands have been beguiled in this way by Satan. They have neglected present faith and present duty which were clear and comprehensive to all who have their reasoning powers; and they have dwelt upon doubtful theories, and scriptures which they could not comprehend, and have erred concerning the faith. They have a mixed faith. p. 174, Para. 1, [20OT].

One of the items not plainly revealed is the vision where Ellen heard the angel say, “Some food for worms, some subjects of the seven last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth, to be translated at the coming of Jesus.” p. 18, Para. 1, [2OT]. I have not found a way to explain how some could be subjects of the seven last plagues. I just trust that God has an answer and at the right time he will reveal it.

God would have all make a practical use of the plain teachings of his word in regard to the salvation of man. If they are doers of the word which is plain and powerful in its simplicity, they will not fail to perfect Christian character. They will be sanctified through the truth, and through humble obedience to the truth, will secure everlasting life. God wants servants that are true, not only in word, but in deed. Their fruits will show the genuineness of their faith. p. 174, Para. 2, [20OT].

It’s there, for whosoever will ask, seek, and knock.

God Bless your Study

Sunday August 11, 2013

Since October 22, 1844 we have been living in the great anti-typical Day of Atonement. Most SDAs understand this to be true. But, there is a specific work we are to be about during this time; it is confessing our sins to God that they might be blotted out, and, perfecting our character that we might be ready for translation.

O. R. L. Crosier wrote out the truth of the application of this truth in The Day-Star EXTRA, February 7, 1846. It was endorsed by God through Ellen in A Word to the Little Flock, page 12. Our digital copy we have corrected back to the original which can be had for free from our download page. It is near the bottom of the page.

There are typos and mistakes in the original which we have replaced back into the digital copy for download. These mistakes are a part of the original text and we believe we should not do any correcting of the document to suit anyone, least of all, ourselves. You prove it. You check it. You correct your copy the way you want it corrected.

There is a second file available immediately under the corrected one, it is a comparison of the original with the digital copy we were first provided with. We invite you to look it over for the changes made and see if you agree. If so you can add them to your copy. We choose to provide a pure copy first, corrections may come later.

We highly recommend Crosiers article. All should have a copy and it should be read more than once. Many false teachers have arisen these days with every wind of doctrine blowing from their mouths. This truth is so designed by God to help anchor your faith that you may stand firm in the truth. But if you do not know that truth, you can not stand in it.

There is very much that this document teaches. Here are some high points.

1.) The law of Moses is not God’s ten commandments.

2.) It was the law of Moses that was nailed to the cross.

3.) When type met antitype the type was done away. The type was the law of Moses and it included the various feast days. These have all been done away since the cross.

4.) The type is the shadow. When we reach the substance that caused the shadow, there is no more shadow.

5.) The earthly sanctuary teaches us about the Heavenly.

6.) No atonement, at all, in any form, was ever done on Calvary.

7.) We are in the transition time between two dispensations; the Gospel dispensation, also called the dispensation of the grace of God, and it is the mystery of God, or Christ; secondly, at the beginning of the sounding of the seventh trumpet the dispensation of the fullness of times started. The overlap of the two has now been 169 years.

8.) The Day of Atonement work was not an individual work, but a corporate work, for the whole nation, as a nation. I saved this one for last, making it easier to comment upon.

God’s ways are not our ways. We all should know this. When God counts up his jewels it matters not that some are in the grave. The count for this corporate body is 144,000, no more, no less. This is very clear from a reading of The Day-Star, “The living saints, 144,000 in number.” Too many want to enlarge that number to include “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.” But this is a device of Satan.

The Day-Star should be taken with the 1858 Great Controversy, page 205. Here is brought to light, for the honest in heart, how the count started for the 144,000 in October 23, 1844. Read and study these two documents carefully. Both are available freely from this site, at the link above.

Study carefully my friend. Your immortal life depends on it.

God Bless your Study

Sabbah June 29, 2013

I fell to thinking about the seven day trip to Heaven this morning.

Why seven days? What will we be doing during that time?

This might possibly be a partial answer. Think about this. We will all have just been rescued! This resurrection event is the grand culmination of the Gospel dispensation. All the saints will have a true conscious understanding of going into the prisonhouse of death, either at the hands of the wicked through martyrdom or natural causes; now suddenly! set free!!! rescued!!!

In an instant from those pangs of death or the threat thereof for the 144,000, to the glow of immortality and a rising from the earth to meet Christ in the air!!! I believe there will be great expressions of thanks to God as faith has become sight!!!

We actually have a biblical precedent for this. Remember when the three were thrown into the fiery furnace? the flames so hot they slew those strong men who threw them in, shooting seventy five feet into the air!

Those three chose death at the hands of the wicked. In their own minds they were martyred. Yet instead of heat they experienced “a moist whistling wind” as they passed into the furnace. Then in the Apocrypha we have the story. I believe this story will be lived out again at Christ’s second coming, a thousand times a thousand and thousands of thousands! as the rescued saints realize the substance of their faith.

I am going to put that story here, in it’s entirety, for your convenience. I pray that this Sabbath day you will see these things with the eye of faith, enter into the PRAISE OF GOD!!! by faith as he rescues all the saints the final time! Ponder your own reaction as you personally realize this deliverance from the jaws of death! Will you not be as grateful as the three in the furnace? I think so. Ponder as you read this Sabbath day of that future’s day of joy unspeakable!!!

The Song of the three holy children, which followeth in the third Chapter of Daniel after this place, [And they walked in the midst of the fire, praising God, and blessing the Lord.] That which followeth is not in the Hebrew; to wit, [Then Azarias stood up] unto these words, [And Nabuchodonosor.]

1:1 Then Azarias stood up, and prayed on this manner; and opening his mouth in the midst of the fire said,
1:2 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: thy name is worthy to be praised and glorified for evermore:
1:3 For thou art righteous in all the things that thou hast done to us: yea, true are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgments truth.
1:4 In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers, even Jerusalem, thou hast executed true judgment: for according to truth and judgment didst thou bring all these things upon us because of our sins.
1:5 For we have sinned and committed iniquity, departing from thee.
1:6 In all things have we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast commanded us, that it might go well with us.
1:7 Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment.
1:8 And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world.
1:9 And now we cannot open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproach to thy servants; and to them that worship thee.
1:10 Yet deliver us not up wholly, for thy name’s sake, neither disannul thou thy covenant:
1:11 And cause not thy mercy to depart from us, for thy beloved Abraham’s sake, for thy servant Issac’s sake, and for thy holy Israel’s sake;
1:12 To whom thou hast spoken and promised, that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the seashore.
1:13 For we, O Lord, are become less than any nation, and be kept under this day in all the world because of our sins.
1:14 Neither is there at this time prince, or prophet, or leader, or burnt offering, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place to sacrifice before thee, and to find mercy.
1:15 Nevertheless in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be accepted.
1:16 Like as in the burnt offerings of rams and bullocks, and like as in ten thousands of fat lambs: so let our sacrifice be in thy sight this day, and grant that we may wholly go after thee: for they shall not be confounded that put their trust in thee.
1:17 And now we follow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face.
1:18 Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy lovingkindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies.
1:19 Deliver us also according to thy marvellous works, and give glory to thy name, O Lord: and let all them that do thy servants hurt be ashamed;
1:20 And let them be confounded in all their power and might, and let their strength be broken;
1:21 And let them know that thou art God, the only God, and glorious over the whole world.
1:22 And the king’s servants, that put them in, ceased not to make the oven hot with rosin, pitch, tow, and small wood;
1:23 So that the flame streamed forth above the furnace forty and nine cubits.
1:24 And it passed through, and burned those Chaldeans it found about the furnace.
1:25 But the angel of the Lord came down into the oven together with Azarias and his fellows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven;
1:26 And made the midst of the furnace as it had been a moist whistling wind, so that the fire touched them not at all, neither hurt nor troubled them.
1:27 Then the three, as out of one mouth, praised, glorified, and blessed, God in the furnace, saying,
1:28 Blessed art thou, O Lord God of our fathers: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.
1:29 And blessed is thy glorious and holy name: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.
1:30 Blessed art thou in the temple of thine holy glory: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever.
1:31 Blessed art thou that beholdest the depths, and sittest upon the cherubims: and to be praised and exalted above all for ever.
1:32 Blessed art thou on the glorious throne of thy kingdom: and to be praised and glorified above all for ever.
1:33 Blessed art thou in the firmament of heaven: and above all to be praised and glorified for ever.
1:34 O all ye works of the Lord, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever,
1:35 O ye heavens, bless ye the Lord : praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:36 O ye angels of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:37 O all ye waters that be above the heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:38 O all ye powers of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:39 O ye sun and moon, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:40 O ye stars of heaven, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:41 O every shower and dew, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:42 O all ye winds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever,
1:43 O ye fire and heat, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:44 O ye winter and summer, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:45 0 ye dews and storms of snow, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:46 O ye nights and days, bless ye the Lord: bless and exalt him above all for ever.
1:47 O ye light and darkness, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:48 O ye ice and cold, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:49 O ye frost and snow, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:50 O ye lightnings and clouds, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:51 O let the earth bless the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:52 O ye mountains and little hills, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:53 O all ye things that grow in the earth, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:54 O ye mountains, bless ye the Lord: Praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:55 O ye seas and rivers, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:56 O ye whales, and all that move in the waters, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:57 O all ye fowls of the air, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:58 O all ye beasts and cattle, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:59 O ye children of men, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:60 O Israel, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:61 O ye priests of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:62 O ye servants of the Lord, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:63 O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:64 O ye holy and humble men of heart, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever.
1:65 O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: praise and exalt him above all for ever: far he hath delivered us from hell, and saved us from the hand of death, and delivered us out of the midst of the furnace and burning flame: even out of the midst of the fire hath he delivered us.
1:66 O give thanks unto the Lord, because he is gracious: for his mercy endureth for ever.
1:67 O all ye that worship the Lord, bless the God of gods, praise him, and give him thanks: for his mercy endureth for ever.

I will make a further comment at this point. Because of the similarities of the above to the Catholic mass I have to believe the mass to be Satan’s counterfeit of real praise to God. We have some shades of understanding on this point found in Christian Experience and Views, page 36, wherein we are instructed by God, “‘Continual repetition,’ said the Angel, ‘yet God is glorified by it.’” It appears that we have some things to learn about true praise to the Father.

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