Category: B.) Noah

Sabbath August 17, 2013

Continuing our reading from James’s book, Life Incidents.

1. The three messages constitute a solemn warning to the world to prepare for the coming of Christ. The closing division of this great warning is a test to the world and ripens the harvest of the earth. Those who receive the warning and prepare for the coming of the Lord, are ripened by it for immortality. Those who reject it, are ripened for the day of slaughter. p. 339, Para. 1, [LIFE].

2. The warning given by Noah, the manner his message was treated, and the wrath of God in a flood of water, illustrate the closing events of the present state of things. “As the days of Noah were, so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.” God did not call this preacher of righteousness to warn the next to the last generation before the flood, but the very last. The very generation which drank the waters of the flood, saw Noah build the ark, and heard his warning voice. How absurd the supposition that Noah built the ark, and gave his warning message in the time of next to the last generation, so that those who heard his message and saw his work, passed into the grave, and the ark went to decay, and their children came upon the stage of action to witness unwarned the terrors of the flood. p. 339, Para. 2, [LIFE].

3. The last great warning was to be given to the last generation of men. They very ones who hear it, receive it, obey it, and are waiting for the Lord, will exclaim, as the Son of man shall return with his angels down the blazing vault of heaven, “Lo! this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us.” And the very men who reject the warning, and justly merit the wrath of God, will also witness the second advent in flaming fire with terror and anguish. This warning is not given to next to the last generation, but to the very last. Then, as certain as the great warning, illustrated by the three messages of Rev. xiv, had been, and is being given in our day, just so certain the generation that has heard the warning will witness the day of wrath, and the revelation of the Son of God from Heaven. One of two things is certain; either Seventh-day Adventists are wrong in the application of the messages, or Christ is very soon coming. If they are correct in their application of the great warning, then the very men who hear it will witness its terrible realities. p. 339, Para. 3, [LIFE].

“Verily I say unto you,” says Christ, “this generation shall not pass away, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matt. xxiv, 34, 35. We do not believe that the word generation marks any definite number of years. The Lord designed to teach that the people who should live at the time of the fulfillment of the last sign mentioned (falling stars of 1833,) and should hear the proclamation of the coming of Christ, based partly upon the fulfilled signs, should witness the scenes connected with his coming. God has raised up men to give the solemn warning to the world at the right time. The signs were fulfilled at the right time to give force to the warning. And the very generation of men that live after the three great signs are fulfilled, and who hear and reject the warning message, will drink the unmingled cup of the wrath of God. And those of this very generation who receive the message, suffer disappointment and endure the trials of the waiting position, will witness the coming of Christ, and exclaim, “Lo! this is our God, we have waited for him.” p. 340, Para. 1, [LIFE].

Dear reader, if watchful and faithful to duty, we shall very soon enter the harbor of eternal rest. Keep a good look-out. Oh, be not deceived, and overcome by the world, the flesh, and the Devil. True faith forbids your looking into the future, and laying plans for the benefit of the next generation. It shuts you up to the present. But it is to be feared that those who are employing their physical and mental forces to accumulate wealth for their children, while they are neglecting their duty to the cause of present truth, and do not give themselves and families time to seek and serve God, are making a terrible mistake. They not only fail to help the cause, and fail to walk with God, and fail to exert the best influence in their own families, but their influence in professing so solemn and definite a position as that the present is the period for the third and last solemn warning, while in works they deny their faith, is decidedly against the cause. p. 340, Para. 2, [LIFE].

The world exhibits madness in grasping for wealth. A spirit of insanity has taken hold of men upon the subject of worldly gain; and many who profess present truth are more or less imbued with it. With those who do not fear God and keep his commandments, and are not looking for the soon coming of his Son, this is what might be expected. But with Seventh-day Adventists there is no excuse. With them it is insanity and madness. Why should they accumulate wealth for their children? Should the Lord remain away a hundred years, wealth handed down to them would be their almost certain ruin. Look to the history of truly good and great men. Have they sprung up amid wealth? Or have they come from families trained in the school of poverty and want? Read the histories of the early lives of martin Luther and Abraham Lincoln. Both were poor boys. But they soon became great men, by facing want, grappling with poverty, and overcoming those obstacles ever lying in the path of want. Such a struggle in early life gave them experience, and was the safeguard of their purity. While the names of these good men are embalmed in the memory and affection of the people, those of hundreds, who received riches from their parents, have rotted, because money was in the way of their doing what they should have done, and being what they might have been. setting aside the coming of the Lord, there is no more certain ruin to the children than for them to look to, and lean upon, their parents wealth. p. 341, Para. 1, [LIFE].

But what can be said of the influence of those brethren who profess to believe that the last great warning to the world is being given, yet devote their entire energies to accumulating wealth for their children? What can be the influence upon their children? Is it not to lead them to love this world? to put off the coming of the Lord? to neglect the necessary preparation? Are they not taking a course directly to shut them out of the kingdom of Heaven? And is there any hope of the salvation of either parents or children while pursuing such an inconsistent course? Without the faith of the soon coming of the Lord, they are pursuing a course to secure their ruin. With this faith, while pursuing a course to deny it in work, they are making that ruin certain. p. 342, Para. 1, [LIFE].

The short period of probation remaining should be improved in laying up treasure in Heaven, and seeking that preparation necessary to its enjoyment in the next life. Parents, I entreat of you, live out the precious Advent faith before your children. Lead them to Jesus, and teach them by your faith and works to secure a preparation for his coming. Let your influence in favor of truth and holiness extend to all around, that it may be said to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. p. 342, Para. 2, [LIFE].

This material gave me a much needed better handle on the subject. Clearly God has called us to a unique position. Holding that position is not easy, but it is God ordained as the very best thing for us in this patient, waiting, watching time.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday March 26, 2013

There is this remarkable story in the Bible,… about a man called Noah.

I was reading on something the other day and this text caught my eye. That is how God works you know. First, we must set the stage. I want to bring some apparently disconnected thoughts together, then show you the connecting thought, or text in this case.

God told us early on, in The Day-Star, an interesting piece of information. I’ll show a bit of the context and then we will extract what we are after.

The 144,000 shouted, Hallelujah! as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. We all entered the cloud together, and were 7 days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads.

The first thought is the marked text. On to the second one.

This deals with calendering issues. That the Advent pioneers were correct in their reckoning of October 22, 1844, should be a mute point. That was, or would have been, an actual Day of Atonement feast. They figured that Christ would return to earth on that day.

Because they were correct in 1844 does not mean we would, or could be correct about calculating a future date. I’ll explain.

We have a pure Bible record that Christ was crucified on a Friday. Yet today, in 2013, according to the best calculations man can make, as reported by many, using government, it seems to have been Navy? resources, Christ was actually crucified on a Wednesday. I take this as proof that man can not accurately calculate God’s time. Hold that thought.

Let’s review some thoughts about Noah’s ark. It was a means of transportation from a world destroyed by God to a new world. It was the rescue ship, the lifeboat. It was the communicating link from the old to the new.

Now I will remind you of what we are told in No. 20, pages 42-49, that the authentic Spirit of Prophecy is not to give new light. This means that everything we are told has it’s source in the Bible, it is our job to dig it out; probably though the use of the language of Heaven, spiritual things spiritually discerned, the Bible defining it’s own words.

Here is the text.

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:4

I was brought to tears as I meditated on this text.

The Day of Atonement was on the tenth day of the seventh month.

If Christ were to come on that day, then it will take seven days to get to Heaven.

If the ark were a figure of the cloud upon which Christ comes and upon which the saved ride to Heaven, then it would be on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the saints would arrive.

I do not believe that man will be able to calculate God’s time. God can do anything. He made the sun stand still, he made it go backwards. He can have the new moon show up when he wants it to show. He is not indebted to the laws of nature as we know them.

This would make the mountains of Ararat a figure of Heaven, or something in Heaven.

We know the Rest is spiritually entering into God’s word, which is housed in the Ark of the Covenant. In the text the ark rests after the trip on the seventeenth day, in a new world.

Using these, not yet proven to be correct, figures from a real, literal story, combined with our other thoughts introduced above, we get the Bible confirmation of The Day-Star vision in the seven day trip to Heaven for all the redeemed.

There is a great deal that needs to be studied on this, yet the figures seem to be a match. An amazing match actually. The whole story of Noah, as written, may hold much information for the 144,000 as they enter the final scenes of earth’s probation. Certainly the closing of the door is a figure of the close of probation. Lot’s to think about….

God Bless your study

Sabbath March 16, 2013

I fell to thinking about the ark, Noah’s ark to be exact. And I got to looking at that word, as a word. I began to realize that there was no other use for that word than what God had chosen.

Just as a check I look it up in Dictionary.com and here is what I found.

 

ark: noun
1. ( sometimes initial capital letter  ) . Also called Noah’s Ark. the large boat built by Noah in which he saved himself, his family, and a pair of every kind of creature during the Flood. Gen. 6-9.
2. Also called ark of the covenant. a chest or box containing the two stone tablets inscribed with the ten commandments, carried by the Israelites in their wanderings in the desert after the Exodus: the most sacred object of the tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem, where it was kept in the holy of holies.
3. a place of protection or security; refuge; asylum.
4. ( initial capital letter  ) Judaism. Holy Ark.
5. a flatboat formerly used on the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

 

An incredible commentary on a word, probably known by fully 90% of persons in the USA anyway, and not really used for anything else!

Oh, and while we are at it, the Ark of the Covenant was used to circumvent the city of Jericho, once every day for six days, and on “the seventh day,” which is a term meaning the Sabbath, they went around the city seven times. Then there was a blast on the trumpets. Then came the loud cry.

It appears to be a figure of the events surrounding the final days, for it is that loud cry that brings down the walls of Jericho and exposes the foundations. This is in perfect harmony with things we have been studying out of a focus point in Ezekiel 13.

God Bless your study

Wednesday March 13, 2013

There is a little more we need to look at from this section of the 1851 Christian Experience and Views. This is a section of much repetition. God is driving home a point. Because it is couched in the context of the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble, it is considered to be some special preparation, different from the preparation of Christians through the ages, all the way back to Adam. Let’s look at it.

    I also saw that many did not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the Lord, without a High Priest in the Sanctuary, through the time of trouble.

This sentence positively identifies the time period talked about. It is the close of man’s probation.

Those who receive the seal of the living God, and are protected in the time of trouble, must reflect the image of Jesus fully. p. 58, [CEV].

Here is a couple of good questions. What is different about the 144,000 from those who are resurrected when Christ’s silver trumpet sounds? Will not the great multitude that no man can number be living in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor?

I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful, and were looking to the time of the “refreshing” and “latter rain” to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord, and to live in his sight. O, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation, therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God.

Only those living under the third angel’s message are tempted on this point. Usually it is because they have a wrong understanding of the time.

 Those who refuse to be hewed by the prophets, and do not purify their souls in obeying the whole truth, and are willing to believe that their condition is far better than it really is, will come up to the time of the falling of the plagues, and then see that they needed to be hewed and squared for the building.

The hewing by the prophets spoken of at this point includes Ellen. Many reject this idea. They do not like the voice of reproof and rebuke they see in the Spirit of Prophecy, so they embrace the lies of Satan about the definition of inspiration. These lies are more pleasing to world loving heart and gives them an excuse to use the Bible only.

But there will be no time then to do it; and no Mediator to plead their cause before the Father. Before this time, the awfully solemn declaration has gone forth, “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.” I saw that none could share the “refreshing,” unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, all pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action.

Here we see that voice of reproof and rebuke. Gaining “the victory over every besetment, all pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action” is something required of all God’s people in every age.

Can you really imagine a heaven full of people who have not gained this victory? Or, does Christ’s righteousness somehow step in to prevent such ones, in Heaven, from being prideful, selfish, trying to chisel gold off your home, having a temper tantrum? Are not these characteristics called “unholy?” I’m sure you get the picture.

    We should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord, and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.

I think this sentence is about the patient, waiting, watching, time. Any battle after the close of probation is the time of Jacob’s trouble, it is entirely personal.

Let all remember that God is holy, and none but holy beings can ever dwell in his presence. p. 58, [CEV].

This sentence is the capstone. It encompasses the entire hosts of the redeemed. Much like Matthew 24 is a mix of Christ’s answer to two questions, I see this passage pointing to the preparation of all Christians for Heaven, and the preparation of those living in the time of the end.

Lest we forget, here are a few texts about the great multitude that no man can number.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, Jude 1:14 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:24

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:9

the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1

   Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. Deuteronomy 18:13

Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, Job 8:20

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, Revelation 2:7

God Bless your study

Thursday January 24, 2013

The first of the hidden treasure words in Obadiah 18 is, house.  This word is used 2,026 times in the Bible, according to e-Sword. We need to discover the definition of the word so we can understand what God wants to communicate through this verse.

1.) house      

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  Genesis 7:1

We have all read the story of Noah before. We know that Noah did not disassemble his house and move it into the ark. Noah used the ark as his new home. Gail Riplinger points out that God puts definitions right near the word to be defined. So we can look around and see.

And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.  And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.  Genesis 7:5, 7

Here we have it! Verse 5 tells us that Noah was obedient, verse 7 gives us the scope of his house, it was those of his family.

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country,
 and from thy kindred,
    and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:  Genesis 12:1

And just a bit more into the book of Genesis God confirms the proper definition. This time he uses peg words so that we will be led to focus on this definition. Interesting too, is that this is the second reference in the e-Sword list with the word house.

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.  Hebrews 3:6

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.  1 Timothy 3:15

Then we have house defined as you and I, and in the next verse, as the church. Very interesting to allow God to teach us. 😉 I love the beauty of the harmony!

God Bless your study

Thursday January 17, 2013

Noah stood at the threshold of, literally, a new (ly) re-made world. He knew that everything left behind would be destroyed. Including people. He plead. He preached. He worked. He successfully saved seven other people.

 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  1 Peter 3:20
    And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  2 Peter 2:5

James White points out that at that time the preaching of one man condemned the whole world.

What if only eight of the 144,000 remain to go through the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble? Is it possible?

You remember that Enoch and Elijah were both translated without seeing death. Both represented the 144,000 in some way. Jonathan also represents the 144,000, and he was cut down, “slain in thine high places.” 2 Samuel

You also remember John the Baptist. Beheaded. As may be indicated by the last three of the six reasons stated in Revelation 20:5.

Something big is afoot. Many things are not revealed, perhaps for our own good.

God Bless your study

Tuesday January 15, 2013

Genesis tells us the story of the flood. Someone asked why it was there were no children on the ark. I don’t have the answer, but I will remind you about the story of Rahab of Jericho. Keep that in mind.

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.  Genesis 7:1
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.  Genesis 7:7

I had never given it a thought before, children on the ark. Time to do some checking on what we know about this.

 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:  Genesis 11:10

This means Shem was 98 when the flood came + or – some, they must have had children, but like Lot, they had to leave them behind?

Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.      Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.  Genesis 13:11,12

Lot studied the world, wanted to like it, moved closer to it, wanted it’s gain, yet it cost him dearly.

    And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed. Genesis 19:12-17

Perhaps Noah’s children were many, who’s to say? Maybe like Rahab, because of her faith many were saved; because of Noah’s faith his family were saved. In each case we have a time of mercy, a call to action, a deadline, a shut door, destruction.

I would venture to say that there were some of Rahab’s relatives that scoffed at the idea of going to her place for safety. It’s too simple a plan. And Lot discovered that getting as close to sin and sinners as possible has a devastating effect. Noah’s case can not be much different. We can not be much different either.

It might be time to think differently about these things. After all, he was a representative of the 144,000.

This is also a good time to remind you of the flood evidence site, s8int.com, check it out.

God Bless your study

Tuesday September 11, 2012

Still talking about “peg” words; someone reminded me of Hebrews 11. Here it is, peg words marked and stacked, with some definitions marked also. 😉 And this is a starter set. Labour to enter.

Now faith is
the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence  of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain,
by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and
by     it    he being dead yet speaketh.
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of
the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
By faith he sojourned
in the land of promise, as
in     a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many
as the stars of the sky in multitude, and
as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried,
offered up          Isaac:         and he that had received the promises
offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.
By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.
And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who
through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
they were stoned,
they were sawn asunder,
were tempted,
were slain with the sword:
they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:)
they wandered
  in deserts,
and in mountains,
and in dens
and caves of the earth.

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. Hebrews 11

God Bless your study

Friday August 31, 2012

As potential candidates for the numbered group of the 144,000, we have several representatives. Probably the first of which would be Enoch.

Enoch was translated having never died. We are told that some of the 144,000 will experience the same.

I would say the second would have to be Noah. Noah went alive, through the destruction of the world. We are told that some of the 144,000 will experience the same. He sounded the last warning for the whole world.

Moses death, before entrance to the heavenly Canaan, surly prefigures the church of Philadelphia members, whose lifetime ran out before the end of the world. Interesting too is that he never did enter the earthly Canaan. Neither do any of the 144,000.

I think Rahab the harlot is another candidate. She supported those who spied out the land to report back to the leader of Israel. There is a lot more to this story than a surface meaning. I’m sure the hidden treasure language will reveal wonderful things.

Jacob, and his time of trouble, mirrors the time of trouble such as never was for some of the 144,000 who will live through that experience, just before the second coming of Christ.

Elijah represents the 144,000 in the giving of the loud cry testing message and warning to those in power. He was fed by a miracle of God’s providence while he was in hiding from the powers of earth, who sought his life.

John the Baptist was another. Now his story is very interesting. He came in the spirit and power of Elijah, announcing the coming of Christ. He never witnessed Christ do a miracle or preach a sermon before his death. Fearlessly he gave the living testimony, reproving sin at the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. He was beheaded because an adulteress hated him so, who ordered her daughter to seduce several leading men of state, with the king; whom she had prepared by supplying them with the best wine, the most luxurious food and enchanting music, to grant her request because she could not do it on her own.

Revelation 20:5 indicates that some of the 144,000 will experience this also.

Recently we reminded you of the story of the Canaanite woman who begged bread crumbs from the table Christ supplied to the SDAs. Though she was counted as a dog, yet she accepted the humble position of God’s providence. Christ declared her to be one of the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Certainly she represents some of the 144,000 coming into the faith at the sounding of the loud cry.

I am sure there are more, but the time would fail me to tell of all.

Down to our era, we have all the true pioneers who are to set present truth, every one of which are of the church of Philadelphia, one of the 144,000. Their works, writings, do follow them and instruct us, the latter members of that church. We can look at all they can teach us of entire consecration, making a full sacrifice and reflecting Jesus image.

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

In the light of these stories, we can better feel the force of admonition, or, that “we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.” Soon, these will carry even more force as events reveal the shortness of time.

God Bless your preparation

Friday April 20, 2012

I wish to expand on yesterday’s post, the part about laying the pride of man in the dust.

Because of the economic environment of America, many have a fair amount of financial power. Pride is quite readily associated to this power. Here are a few lines that describe what is happening today.

 God saw that the more he enriched and prospered sinful man, the more he corrupted his way before him. These treasures, which should have led man to glorify the bountiful giver, had been worshiped instead of God, while the giver had been rejected. p. 81, Para. 1, [1SP].

Pride was a major issue with Satan. It is a major issue with the world today. How few are willing to follow Christ, our meek and humble example.

To adapt some thoughts from Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, to our subject today, is my purpose. Think back to your reading of the chapter “The Flood” as we go on, and see why God is using the passage of time, rather than, an instant solution.

Probation closed, Noah and company stepped into the Ark, an angel closed the door, sealing them in. But nothing happens. That is it. Life goes on as before. People are commuting to work, fixing food, eating lunch, birthing babies; there are a lot of people on the planet. The Ark, ever how big it is, occupies a very small spot on the planet. People are watching the news on Noah, the crazy man.

But nothing is happening, at all. Life is normal, the weather is normal, everything is normal; day after day. A party is held at the boat. Lot’s of laughing and drinking, calling out to Noah, &c., for seven days, nothing happens at all. Confidence is very high that Noah was stupid, an idiot.

On the eighth day the sky began to fill with clouds. It’s important to understand that the earth had a layer of water that surrounded the whole earth, and made the earth one huge greenhouse. That was it’s effect. There was a large layer of air from the ground up that had no clouds. But this day clouds began to form. Notice that it is not instantaneous. God is using the passage of time to allow these people thinking space, to show out their characters.

The clouds grow dark, with which we are familiar, and it begins to sprinkle. That is how rain begins. This time, people are remembering the words of Noah, and there sits the Ark. Now, instead of a party and laughter, people are in wonder, asking questions, walking over to shelter to keep from getting wet.

Now the sprinkles are getting bigger, people are thinking more and more about what Noah said. Perhaps the more forward looking ones head on over to the Ark and knock on the door. The sight of this causes some to begin to think that, well, after all, maybe I might have been, not quite correct about Noah.

Slowly at first, the sprinkles became rain. But still, it’s only inconvenient. But we better check on Noah. I am sure Noah and his family well heard the knocking, well recognized several voices at the door. Now they were helpless too. All had their destiny sealed eight days ago. The cries of the doomed at the door increase, as does the rain.

Now the rain has made the construction site of the Ark a muddy mess. No one cares. They are thinking about tying themselves on to the Ark, but there are no rope cleats on the Ark. It was never intended for any dock.

As time goes on the rain is increasing. People in their homes are knowing fear as those homes start leaking at the seams. With no rain before that time, there was no need to seal up a home as we do now. Water began running through the house. Now fear is turned to panic.

A wicked people have filled up the measure of their guilt and an offended God is executing justice. The rain is continuing to increase. The pride, the power of man is being put down. They have money, gold and silver, but there is none to sell a boat. There are none to sell God’s mercy. They still have power in their minds and bodies, this they use. It’s time to abandon the low ground. Rivers are rising and beginning to rage. The ground everywhere is turned to mushy mud.

Lightening starts. God uses his arrows to destroy the idols of the wicked. He destroys the beautiful groves and homes the people worshiped. The wicked are held speechless as they watch their world end, and it is forced upon them that it is for their sins that all this is happening. Now they know, they are doomed to death by drowning.

The storm increases. The wicked have some hope, run to high ground. Watch as the masses struggle up to the top of the mountains. We all know that the higher you go, the less room there is. The fighting for space becomes intense. The storm is now joined by jets of water bursting out of the ground. Water pours out of the sky no longer just rain. In the exact reverse of what we know now, the water rises faster, not slower!

Finally the waves and uprooted trees lap hungrily near the top of the mountains. Each wave sweeps a mass of people off the mountain. The time given has driven home the point that Noah was right about God, and God will not at all acquit the wicked, and God was using the water to destroy the wicked off the earth.

Ellen was told that if she should once see the Father, she would cease to exist. See “The Day-Star, second part. God takes time to allow the reality of the situation to soak in. Stress shows forth everyone’s true character. God is revealing to the universe that the wicked have “learned the lesson of genuine rebellion against the unchangeable law of God; and this is incurable.” Page 21 of Vol. 2, Spirit of Prophecy.

There is a penalty for sin.

But, whosoever will, may have life, if they will be obedient and follow Christ.

God Bless your study