Category: C.) Elijah

Tuesday June 4, 2013

In The Advent Review, EXTRA, published September 1850, written by Hiram Edson, there is some amazing things to be understood. Starting on page 175-176 we are treated to some points I never heard before. I’ll put some excerpts below to show the high points and I highly recommend it for reading.

 

Ahab did evil above all that were before him. This is an example of the wickedness of the end of the world, which is above all that has ever been before it. Jezebel, the wife of Ahab, is a figure or example of the Catholic Church, see Rev. ii, 20.

Jezebel slew all the prophets of the Lord except Elijah. So Jezebel, the Catholic Church, has slain her millions of Christians.

 

This is an interesting point. Hiram had to have known about Obadiah hiding one hundred of the prophets. That makes his statement not exactly accurate, but we can let him slide on that one. I noticed that he says “except Elijah.” If Elijah is a representative of the 144,000, which he is, then this looks like none of the 144,000 will be subjected to

 

Balaam was a magician, and used enchantments, and was sought unto by kings, to bless them, and to curse their enemies. See Num. xxii, 6, 7. He seems to be a figure or example of the pope, who has acted the part of Balaam in blessing and cursing.

 

Speaking in answer to some critics,…

 

But we will answer them in the language of Elijah to Ahab. We have not troubled Israel: but thou and they father’s house, in that ye have FORSAKEN THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, AND THOU HAST FOLLOWED BALAAM,’ (the Pope.) The commandments of God, then was the message of Elijah when he came out of the wilderness.

 

I am officially impressed! Since 2006 (+/–) I have been studying this truth and am continually amazed at the new revelations of what is truth, applicable to today. The more it opens the more I realize how little I know or understand of God’s wisdom.

What more will we understand before we see his face?

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 November 20, 2012

God’s word is very powerful. “Every word of God is pure:”  Proverbs 30:5 We are going to go back to another well known verse and draw some precious understanding from it.

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

God tells us that his word is defined in the Bible as a lamp and a light. We search on lamp and find something important.

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

Here we find another characteristic of a lamp, which is the word of God, it says, burning. So we search on burning.

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

Notice carefully, Christ tells us that John the Baptist was God’s word….. I was taken aback at this understanding. It puts so much more importance on the focal point of John’s life, it fills my mind…..

There is more, a lot more.

The Lord has been for years calling the attention of his people to health reform. This is one of the great branches of the work of preparation for the coming of the Son of Man. John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord, and turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in these last days to whom God has entrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ.

John was a representative of the 144,000.

                                 If John was a burning and a shining light, meaning God’s word,

then the 144,000 are also a burning and a shining light, meaning God’s word.

And it is this word of God that causes the shaking. Want proof? God has it for you. Go to Isaiah 28, verse 13, read that and then back up to verse 12; then read again verses 5 -13. Notice that this hidden treasure is the “rest” of Hebrews; it is the “refreshing!”

Now read the chapter titled “The Shaking” in the 1858 Great Controversy and notice in particular at the bottom of page 186, for there we are told explicitly that it is the “refreshing” that is one of the factors that causes the shaking!

Satan and his church hate the refreshing. They really do. I’ll show you. Go to The Present Truth, No. 9, page 72, God tells us in 1850, January 26, to be exact, that the shaking has commenced. This is in perfect harmony with the truth of the 144,000 count, starting in 1844.

You get to see the shaking in action every time someone in the church stands to, on God’s side, on God’s word, such as, refusing to participate in the church’s Harvest Ingathering. God’s word declares that the sacrifices of the wicked are an abomination to him. That is what the membership does, it goes out and asks the wicked to make a sacrifice.

But this is what an apostate church does, rejects God’s word. And the one who stands on this rock is rejected by an apostate church. Likely the only reason you are still in that church as a member, if this be so with you, is because you have not taken your stand on God’s word.

Serious stuff.

    John was a reformer. The angel Gabriel, direct from Heaven, gave a discourse upon health reform to the father and mother of John. He said he should not drink wine or strong drink, and should be filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth. p. 88, Para. 3, [21OT].
John separated himself from friends, and from the luxuries of life. The simplicity of his dress, a garment woven of camel’s hair, was a standing rebuke to the extravagance and display of the Jewish priests, and of the people generally. His diet, purely vegetable, of locusts and wild honey, was a rebuke to the indulgence of appetite, and the gluttony that prevailed everywhere. The prophet Malachi declares, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of children to their fathers.” Here the prophet describes the character of the work. Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are represented by faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for his first advent. The great subject of reform is to be agitated, and the public mind is to be stirred. Temperance in all things is to be connected with the message, to turn the people of God from their idolatry, their gluttony, their extravagance in dress and other things. p. 89, Para. 1, [21OT].
 The self-denial, humility, and temperance, required of the righteous, whom God has especially led and blessed, is to be presented to them in contrast to the extravagant, health-destroying habits of the people who live in this degenerate age. God has shown that health reform is as closely connected with the third angel’s message as the hand is united to the body. And there is nowhere to be found so great a cause of physical and moral degeneracy, as a neglect of this important subject. Those who are indulging their appetite and passions, and close their eyes to the light for fear they shall see sinful indulgences which they are unwilling to forsake, are guilty before God. Whoever turns from the light in one instance hardens his heart to disregard the light in other matters. Whoever violates moral obligations in the matter of eating and dressing, prepares the way to violate the claims of God in regard to eternal interests. Our bodies are not our own. God has claims upon us to take care of the habitation he has given us, that we may present our bodies to him a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable. Our bodies belong to him who made them, and we are in duty bound to become intelligent in regard to the best means of preserving the habitation he has given us from decay. If we enfeeble the body by self-gratification, by indulging the appetite, and by dressing in accordance with health-destroying fashions, in order to be in harmony with the world, we become enemies of God. p. 90, Para. 1, [21OT].

The rest of this about John is equally applicable to us as well.

God Bless your study

Wednesday November 14, 2012

All SDAs will remember this text I am quite sure.

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

Now here is the question, “What is a lamp?” I smile as I think back over the various answers I have gotten to this question as people begin to describe a device that holds oil for fuel and a wick, probably with a handle. And if you did this, go back and look at the text again, and believe what God is trying to teach you.

A lamp is God’s word. And so is a light. Now armed with the fear of the Lord, which means the instruction of God, we can properly use e-Sword to find more instruction. So we search on 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

In this text we see that God’s word is a burning lamp. Now we want to know what burning is about.

    He was a burning and a shining light:  John 5:35

God tells us that John the Baptist “was a burning and a shining light:” So tell me, what did we learn that a burning was? God’s word. Going back to our first text, what is a light? God’s word, same as a lamp.

Now listen carefully, what did Christ say John the Baptist was? Reading the hidden treasure we find that John was God’s word!

We know that John the Baptist is also a representative of the 144,000; because he came in the spirit and power of Elijah. This means that the 144,000 are also God’s word!!! because they too come in the spirit and power of Elijah.

Marvelous are his ways, past finding out!

God Bless your Study

Sabbath September 22, 2012

The 144,000 — we have discovered some definitions from Bible texts, for this numbered group. This past Thursday, on the 13th that is, we talked about some of these definitions. One of the definition chains went from “144,000” to “virgins” to “daughter of Zion.” Today we search on “daughter of Zion” and find this text.

How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger,
and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel,
and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger! Lamentations 2:1

This quite amazing text gives us three definitions. This is parallelism, without peg words to frame the definitions.
        daughter of Zion = beauty of Israel = footstool

It’s almost as if God is taking us by the hand and says, “Come with me, I want to show you some things.”
So we go, if we are willing….

Let’s check out footstool first. Because our space is sort of limited, you will need to expand these searches and definitions. There are often more than one definition for one word; but, that is the depth, yawning, gaping below, all ready for exploration!

 We will go into      his tabernacles:
we will worship at his footstool. Psalms 132:7
footstool = tabernacles
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. Psalms 46:4

This text indicates, the dwelling place of God, being the “tabernacles.” This is a fitting line, back to the 144,000; for God will be dwelling with them. We’ll leave this chain here and pick up the other definition, “beauty of Israel.”

The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 2 Samuel 1:19
144,000 = Jonathan

Lo! We have a direct connection to Jonathan, David’s best friend! Time to examine some things we know about Jonathan.

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.  Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. 1 Samuel 18:1-4
And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul. 1 Samuel 20:17
David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times: and they kissed one another, and wept one with another, until David exceeded. And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed for ever. 1 Samuel 20:41-42
And Jonathan Saul’s son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God. And he said unto him, Fear not: for the hand of Saul my father shall not find thee; and thou shalt be king over Israel, and I shall be next unto thee; and that also Saul my father knoweth. And they two made a covenant before the LORD: and David abode in the wood, and Jonathan went to his house. [house = church] 1 Samuel 23:16-18

There are some very interesting, and disturbing, parallels between what we know about Jonathan, the 144,000 and John the Baptist.

1.) Jonathan loved David as his own soul. He exemplified true Christianity. “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 19:19

2.) Jonathan was able to have very little contact with David; just like John the Baptist, with Christ. In this active parable, David represents Christ.

3.) Jonathan’s life was cut short; just like John the Baptist’s. It was because of the apostasy in Jonathan’s own family that his life was taken. Is this a sign of what the future holds for some of the 144,000!? Was Jonathan doing right by trying to defend (by fighting the heathen) his home  (church)?, or, was it his duty to be in that war!? John the Baptist was a Jew, he came in the spirit of one of the most important prophets — a Jew, his message was to the Jews, executed by a Jew  who was drunken at a party with rich food and wine.

4.) Jonathan was persecuted by his own family; just like the 144,000 are persecuted by their church family during the shaking, which started 1850.

5.) Jonathan’s own church family is in gross apostasy. Even going so far as to bow down to the man of sin, the pope. Saul went directly to Satan’s representative, the witch of Endor, to honor her with his presence. The SDA church went directly to Satan’s representative, the pope, and honored him, by giving him a gold medallion.

There is more to learn from this active parable. There is always more to learn.

May God help us to study like never before

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

Sabbath August 25, 2012

Every story in the Bible is there, especially for the last days.

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

I believe “admonition” means instruction. Assuming that to be true, here is my list of stories that I am looking forward to being instructed by.

1.) The first martyr, Abel.

2.) Why was Noah inside the ark so long?

3.) The tower of Babel.

4.) Abraham’s sacrifice of Genesis 15.

5.) Abraham, Lot, and Sodom and Gomorrah.

6.) Abraham’s servant finding Rebekah.

7.) God’s dealing with Tamar and Judah.

8.) Relationship between Egypt’s plagues and the last seven.

9.) Israel at the borders of Canaan the first time.

10.) The taking of Jericho.

11.) Samson and what God did for him.

12.) The Levite and his concubine, leading to war against Benjamin.

13.) Ruth.

14.) Eli and his two wicked sons.

15.) Goliath and David.

16.) 2 Samuel 21, famine and sacrifice.

17.) Elijah and Elisha parted.

18.) The anointing of Jehu.

19.) The death of Jonathan.

20.) Esther.

21.) Ezekiel.

22.) John the Baptist.

23.) The day of Pentecost.

Plus a whole host of miscellaneous prophecies and apparently loose texts. I really like the minor prophets. It is with great joy these days that I return to the reading of such, armed with a growing list of words defined spiritually by the Bible itself!

Pick your own list of stories and start working on them. Ask God to help you understand his message for you.

God Bless your study

Sabbath December 10, 2011

This past Tuesday we touched on the subject of temperance and meat as an article of diet. But the portion of No. 21 we are studying has more to say about health reform. We are also adding a passage from No. 17.

The Lord has been for years calling the attention of his people to health reform. This is one of the great branches of the work of preparation for the coming of the Son of Man. John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the way of the Lord, and turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a representative of those living in these last days to whom God has entrusted sacred truths to present before the people, to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ. John was a reformer. The angel Gabriel, direct from Heaven, gave a discourse upon health reform to the father and mother of John. He said he should not drink wine or strong drink, and should be filled with the Holy Ghost from his birth. p. 88, Para. 3, [21OT].
John separated himself from friends, and from the luxuries of life. The simplicity of his dress, a garment woven of camel’s hair, was a standing rebuke to the extravagance and display of the Jewish priests, and of the people generally. His diet, purely vegetable, of locusts and wild honey, was a rebuke to the indulgence of appetite, and the gluttony that prevailed everywhere. The prophet Malachi declares, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord, and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of children to their fathers.” Here the prophet describes the character of the work. Those who are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are represented by faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for his first advent. The great subject of reform is to be agitated, and the public mind is to be stirred. Temperance in all things is to be connected with the message, to turn the people of God from their idolatry, their gluttony, their extravagance in dress and other things. p. 89, Para. 1, [21OT].
The self-denial, humility, and temperance, required of the righteous, whom God has especially led and blessed, is to be presented to them in contrast to the extravagant, health-destroying habits of the people who live in this degenerate age. God has shown that health reform is as closely connected with the third angel’s message as the hand is united to the body. And there is nowhere to be found so great a cause of physical and moral degeneracy, as a neglect of this important subject. Those who are indulging their appetite and passions, and close their eyes to the light for fear they shall see sinful indulgences which they are unwilling to forsake, are guilty before God. Whoever turns from the light in one instance hardens his heart to disregard the light in other matters. Whoever violates moral obligations in the matter of eating and dressing, prepares the way to violate the claims of God in regard to eternal interests. Our bodies are not our own. God has claims upon us to take care of the habitation he has given us, that we may present our bodies to him a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable. Our bodies belong to him who made them, and we are in duty bound to become intelligent in regard to the best means of preserving the habitation he has given us from decay. If we enfeeble the body by self-gratification, by indulging the appetite, and by dressing in accordance with health-destroying fashions, in order to be in harmony with the world, we become enemies of God. p. 90, Para. 1, [21OT].

Moral principle strictly carried out, becomes the only safeguard of the soul. If ever there was a time when the diet should be of the most simple kind, it is now. Meat should not be placed before our children. Its influence is to excite and increase the force of the lower passions and has a tendency to deaden the moral or higher powers. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to Heaven. The less feverish the diet, the more easily can the passions be controlled. The gratification of taste should not be consulted irrespective of physical, intellectual, or moral health. p. 191, Para. 3, [17OT].
Indulgence of the baser passions will lead very many to shut their eyes to the light; for they fear they shall see sins which they are unwilling to forsake. All may see if they will. If they choose darkness rather than light, their criminality will be none the less. Why do not men and women read, and become intelligent upon these things, which so decidedly affect their physical, intellectual, and moral strength? God has given you a habitation to care for, and preserve in the best condition for his service and glory. Your bodies are not your own. “What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” p. 192, Para. 1, [17OT].

While searching for some other information, I found this. It is a depiction of real life in the old days. It shows the true understanding of the term “grease” and it’s practical application in real life. It is enlightening. It is from the “Autobiography of Adventist Pioneer J. N. Loughborough.”

In my grandfather’s household, in addition to butchering a cow each fall, they killed three fat hogs. From these came the meat supply for a year. Of course, the fresh beef was the diet for a very few days, and after that corned beef and dried smoked beef. The pork was the standard diet, and all the fat used freely in shortcake, pie-crust, etc. p. 4, Para. 3, [AUTOBIOG].

Flesh food was a staple article of diet three times a day. Fried pork with Java coffee for breakfast, boiled pork for dinner, and if baked beans were a part of the fare, they were not considered ready without a nice piece of pork on top. For supper we had dried beef or ham, and shortcake so full of lard you could almost squeeze out the grease. For appetizers we had mustard, pickles, horseradish, and good sharp cider vinegar. p. 4, Para. 4, [AUTOBIOG].

So, to repeat, “grease” is not “oil,” it is rendered pig fat. The “no oil” diet is a species of fanaticism.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath September 10, 2011

“False Teachers Exposed” is the sub-heading for the portion telling us about the priests of Baal. Often the terms priest, prophet, seer, &c., are synonymous with teacher, hence the title. But this carries a greater importance in that these priests are illustrations, as it were, of pastors, acting in the capacity of, teachers of the people.

In Elijah’s day he was the one who actually executed the wicked priests. As God’s true prophet Elijah was acting in the place of God. In the last days God has a special judgment reserved for those wicked teachers who willingly know not God.

I then beheld the earth. The wicked were dead, and their bodies were lying upon the face of the earth. The inhabitants of earth had suffered the wrath of GOD in the seven last plagues. They had gnawed their tongues for pain and had cursed GOD. The false shepherds were signal objects of JEHOVAH’S wrath. Their eyes had consumed away in their holes, and their tongues in their mouths, while they stood upon their feet. After the saints were delivered by the voice of GOD, the rage of the wicked multitude was turned upon each other. The earth seemed to be deluged with blood, and dead bodies were from one end of the earth to the other. p. 211, Para. 1, [GC58].

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 For the righteous the voice of God brings salvation, but for the wicked, destruction. Justice will finally claim the day, and all who have not confessed their sins, and taken shelter under the wings of God by being obedient, will pay an eternal price, in full, without mercy.

You can see that we are all sinners, we all are mortal beings, there is no good thing in us, we have all committed the same sins as the wicked. The difference is that when God in mercy called us, we responded to the call. It is something in the heart, … perhaps having to do with the mystery of godliness. Why would too brothers, from the same parents, split, and one choose God and the other choose Satan? We don’t know. Some will pompously attempt to explain it, but it always falls short. Because there is no reason for rebellion against God.

James is compared to Elijah at the end of this section. Elijah’s flight is examined and a parallel is drawn between him and James. For me, it takes the pedestal out from under Elijah and puts he and James on the same level, with me. I get discouraged. I loose sight of God. I stumble and fall.

The prayer of Hannah, given us in verse 4 of the second chapter of 1 Samuel, uses an interesting word, actually two very interesting words in the same phrase. “And they that stumbled are girded with strength.” The first word, “stumbled” literally means that you trip and fall, but in the process of trying to catch yourself, you fumble and fail. In falling you fall, is one explanation. It is a total failure, that’s what.

But it is the second word that is God at work, the beautiful promise of God to all who choose him. The word “strength” literally means all you can imagine of wealth, power, riches, position, influence, glory, all you can imagine. Look it up.

God Bless your Sabbath rest in him