Category: A.) Enoch

Monday September 23, 2013

I have always been attracted to the story of Enoch. Can you imagine, walking with God? Which leads us to the oft’ repeated verse.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3

The obvious answer is no. The question that comes to my mind is where? where would we meet to be agreed? If we look at Christ, our example in all things, that meeting place would have to be in words and acts. Faith and works is pretty much the same thing. We have faith in the words (from the Bible) we read because we have proved them to be from God. Faith is trust; “in God we trust” is stamped on our coin.

Trust is a decision we have made, which is a thought in our minds— THIS now becomes parent to good, righteous acts. Eve, at the tree, listened to the snake talk, because she listened to his words, she was deceived into trusting those words. Now comes the child of those thoughts, an act… of disobedience. The Bible says “and when the woman saw,” meaning it took some time for the deception to sink in. And THEN she believed the fruit to be “good for food.” But it was not, as she later found out.

All Heaven mourned on account of the disobedience and fall of Adam and Eve, which brought the wrath of God upon the whole human race. They were cut off from communing with God, and were plunged in hopeless misery. The law of God could not be changed to meet man’s necessity; for in God’s arrangement it was never to lose its force, nor give up the smallest part of its claims. p. 49, Para. 2, [1SP].

To Adam in his innocency was granted communion, direct, free and happy, with his Maker. After his transgression, God would communicate to man through Christ and angels. p. 53, Para. 3, [1SP].

Communion with God was cut off. But God proved something in Enoch. God proved that he would accept man again into communion through angels.

God communed with Enoch through his angels, and gave him divine instruction. p. 60, Para. 3, [1SP].

At length he [Enoch] chose certain periods for retirement, and would not suffer the people to find him, for they interrupted his holy meditation and communion with God. He did not exclude himself at all times from the society of those who loved him and listened to his words of wisdom; neither did he separate himself wholly from the corrupt. He met with the good and bad at stated times, and labored to turn the ungodly from their evil course, and instruct them in the knowledge and fear of God. He taught those who had the knowledge of God to serve him more perfectly. He would remain with them as long as he could benefit them by his godly conversation and holy example, and then would withdraw himself from all society–from the just, the scoffing and idolatrous, to remain in solitude, hungering and thirsting for communion with God, and that divine knowledge which he [God] alone could give him. p. 62, Para. 1, [1SP].

This harkens back to the idea of personal messages from God to you. I think everyone who studies the Bible at all agrees that every time they read it they “see” something new. Is not this a personal message from God? I think so.

What is it, exactly, that we are getting? It is words— Christ, his image, from his book, the Bible.

Little wonder that there are so many references to hearing in the Bible. Hearing what? Words.

And after the close of probation, what is it that so many want and suffer for not having? Words.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: Amos 8:11

Better study those words now while you have the chance. Besides, some VIP said, “they are they which testify of me.”

God Bless your Study

Sunday August 25, 2013

I like the story of Enoch, always have. It has a fascinating connection with Heaven. Here is what the Bible says.

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24

You can’t walk with God unless you are in agreement with him.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3

And the Bible is full of this. Here are just a few texts.

I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1

If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul 1 Kings 2:4

walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:2, 8

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, 1 John 1:7

Not being in agreement with God is called carnal. And it says that we are not walking with God.

are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:3

This is also about perfection.

“Those who have experienced the cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ upon their hearts will be like their Master, pure, peaceable, and lowly of heart. No matter how bold and earnest one may be in his claims of spiritual soundness, and perfection of character, if he lacks Christian grace and humility, the dregs of the disease of sin is in his nature, and, unless it is purged from him, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The truly holy, who walk with God like Enoch of old, will not be boastful of their purity, but be courteous, humble, unselfish, free from spiritual pride and exaltation. Those who know most of God, and keep their eye fixed on the Author and Finisher of their faith will see nothing good or great in themselves. They will feel, after doing all in their power to be faithful, that they are yet unprofitable servants. p. 211, Para. 3, [LS80].

Enoch is also a symbol of God’s people in the time of the end.

Enoch, separating himself from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God, represents God’s loyal people in the last days who will be separate from the world. p. 64, Para. 3, [1SP].

God’s people will separate themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them, and will seek for purity of thought, and holy conformity to his will, until his divine image will be reflected in them. Like Enoch they will be fitting for translation to Heaven. p. 65, Para. 1, [1SP].

All this is in a perfect and beautiful harmony with what the 1858 Great Controversy has to say on this subject.

God’s people were then accepted with him. Jesus looked upon them with pleasure. His image was reflected in them. They had made a full sacrifice, an entire consecration, and expected to be changed to immortality. p. 141, 1858 Great Controversy

Yes, it was the time of the great disappointment, but it was also a time when God’s people were perfect, ready for the physical change from mortal to immortal, or, for the grave. I have watched many go to the grave. I can not count any that I knew who were preparing for translation. All had a false hope that God was going to wave a magic wand over them and change them into perfect Christians.

No, we must “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. That’s God’s appointed way to get ready for Heaven.

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 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

Friday September 28, 2012

This thing about feeling rich in spiritual discernment, is really big with Laodicea. I have talked with many people who tell me to my face, “It’s ok if I read the counterfeit, I can sort out the good from the bad.” What hubris these people have! It’s small wonder they say, “I have need of nothing.”

So it is that the counterfeit SOP is a test, of sorts. Because when the truth shows up, a decision must be made. I well remember the trauma I experienced when faced with that very decision. Suddenly the rug was pulled out from under my feet! So much of what I counted firm and solid was shown to be shifting sand. I was brought face to face with the fact that I had spent most of my life under a deception, a strong delusion! I chose truth.

Someone sent me a article, a collection of quotes really, and this one was in there.

“Enoch walked with God three hundred years previous to his translation to heaven, and the state of the world was not then more favorable for the perfection of Christian character than it is today. And how did Enoch walk with God? He educated his mind and heart to ever feel that he was in the presence of God, and when in perplexity his prayers would ascend to God to keep him.” Last Day Events, p. 71

This reads so nice. It is well put together, it flows. It’s a beautiful paragraph about Enoch’s life. What’s not to like? It’s so good, it has to be one of those things that Willie didn’t mess with because God had his hand over it, to protect it. Right?

Well, let’s test it. Let’s prove it. We’ll rummage around with the search function and see what we can find.

    The father who is the house-band of the family, will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strength, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus, and takes hold of the strength of the Most High. Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly, in your closet; and while engaged in your daily — labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to a throne of grace, and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial. p. 133, Para. 3, [30OT].

Upon comparison, there is only one answer. If you thought the former quote from the counterfeit was good, you, like Eve, have been listening to the serpent. Remember how she looked at that fruit and considered it to be good for food? But that was only after listening to Satan.

The authentic Spirit of Prophecy is the voice of God, not Ellen. “God is light and in him is no darkness at all.” God speaks the truth, Satan speaks a lie.

I think God wants to emphasize the point about prayer. He does so in this next passage.

    It is impossible for the soul to flourish while prayer is not a special exercise of the mind. p. 93, Para. 2, [16OT].

It appears that the following passage could have been what the quote from LDE was taken from. It is similar. However, notice well the differences. One is from God, the other is from Satan. Choose wisely, your eternal life is at stake.

    Enoch’s case is before us. Hundreds of years he walked with God. He lived in a corrupt age, when moral pollution was teeming all around him. He trained his mind to devotion, to love purity. His conversation was upon heavenly and divine things. He educated his mind to run in this channel, and he bore the impress of the divine. His countenance was lighted up with the light which shineth in the face of Jesus. Enoch had temptations as well as we. He was not surrounded with society any more friendly to righteousness than we. The atmosphere he breathed was tainted with sin and corruption, the same as ours; yet he lived a life of holiness. He was unsullied with the prevailing sins of the age in which he lived. And so may we remain as pure and uncorrupted as did the faithful Enoch. He was a representation of the saints living amid the perils and corruptions of the last days. For his faithful obedience to God, he was translated. So, also, those who are alive and remain, who are faithful, will be translated to Heaven. They will be removed from a sinful and corrupt world to the pure joys of Heaven. p. 13, Para. 1, [16OT].

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

Sabbath September 8, 2012

Enoch spent time studying God’s will so that he could do it. You can read about that in Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, pages 60-61. There is another way to study God’s will, than, just reading, prayer and meditation. It is to look at your trials. Are you being “squeezed” somewhere?

Take a look at this passage, which details a part of how God works with us.

    It was the plan of the Almighty to frequently bring the children of Israel into straight places, and then, in their great necessity,to deliver them by his power, that they might recognize his special regard for them, and glorify his name. p. 329, Para. 2, [2SP ].

Giving some serious study to our trials may just reveal something God is trying to teach us, if we will only learn.

There are two passages from Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 1, that bear on this point. Here they are.

     Rebekah was acquainted with Isaac’s partiality for Esau, and was satisfied that reasoning would not change his purpose. Instead of trusting in God, the disposer of events, she manifested her lack of faith by persuading Jacob to deceive his father. p. 107, Para. 1, [1SP ].

    God saw fit to spare his life, to manifest, through his stubbornness, his wonders in the land of Egypt. He would cause Pharaoh’s rebellion against him to be the occasion to multiply evidences of his power for the good of his people, and that his name might be magnified before the Egyptians, and brought to the knowledge of those who should afterward live upon the earth. The disposing of events is of his providence. He could have placed a more merciful king upon the throne of Egypt, who would not have dared to persist in his rebellion with the display of God’s mighty power manifested before him as it was before Pharaoh. p. 212, Para. 4, [1SP ].

It is God who “sets you up” for the trials of life. All this is done to prepare you for eternal life.

    How few are aware that they have darling idols, that they have cherished sins. God sees these sins to which you may be blinded, and he works with his pruning knife to strike deep and separate these cherished sins from you. You all want to choose for yourselves the process of purification. How hard it is for you to submit to the crucifixion of self; but when the work is all submitted to God, to him who knows our weaknesses and our sinfulness, he takes the very best way to bring about the desired results. It was through constant conflict and simple faith that Enoch walked with God. You may all do the same. You may be thoroughly converted and transformed, and be indeed children of his will, but leading others, by your example, in the same path of humble obedience and consecration. Real godliness is diffusive and communicative. The psalmist says, “I have not hid Thy righteousness in my heart. I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation. I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and thy truth from the great congregation.” Wherever the love of God is, there is always a desire to express it. p. 127, Para. 1, [25OT].  

    The father who is the house-band of the family, will bind his children to the throne of God by living faith. Distrusting his own strength, he hangs his helpless soul on Jesus, and takes hold of the strength of the Most High. Brethren, pray at home, in your family, night and morning; pray earnestly, in your closet; and while engaged in your daily — labor, lift up the soul to God in prayer. It was thus that Enoch walked with God. The silent, fervent prayer of the soul will rise like holy incense to a throne of grace, and will be as acceptable to God as if offered in the sanctuary. To all who thus seek him, Christ becomes a present help in time of need. They will be strong in the day of trial. p. 133, Para. 3, [30OT].

Here is the example of Enoch. Here it is set forth in “living color” as it were, there is no excuse. We all may walk as he walked, if we will. He represents the 144,000, not just in his translation, but also in the process of preparation for translation. Here is where we all meet Christ and follow him, if we will. None will be forced.

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 November 12, 2011

Every time I begin to think about our List of Events and Processes the Saints are Living Under (finally named) I am thrilled at the chain of truth there revealed. I gained a clue as to why this is so from this passage.

Pride, self-love, selfishness, hatred, envy, and jealousy, has beclouded the perceptive powers; and the truth, which would make you wise unto salvation, has lost its power to charm and control the mind. The very essential principles of godliness are not understood; because there is not a hungering and thirsting for Bible knowledge, purity of heart, and holiness of life. The Testimonies are not to belittle the word of God; but to exalt it, and attract minds to it, that the beautiful simplicity of truth may impress all. p. 44, Para. 2, [20OT].

Though stated in the negative, we can separate the positive out and examine it.

I never realized before that truth has power to charm and control the mind! The more I thought upon this, the more I have realized this in my life. Then I was led to 1 John 5:6, where God tells us more, “the Spirit is truth!” Little wonder then, that truth has power to charm and control the mind! PRAISE GOD FOR HIS SPIRIT! THAT IS TRUTH!

Now it makes more sense, the words of Christ, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”. John 16:13

Do you ever feel guided into truth? If you have ever been hungering and thirsting and asking and seeking and knocking, you will answer, “Yes” to the question. And it is a truly beautiful experience. When food for the soul comes and fills you, you can not help but share. This was my experience when I was led to the authenticated, original Spirit of Prophecy. I spent thousands sending out books and trying to get others to see the great light in the truth. That work will meet them in the judgment if they do not accept it.

Satan is at hand to take advantage of any opportunity we give him. I am continually amazed at the evidences of total freedom of choice, CONTINUALLY, moment by moment, God extends to us. This is to say, if I am wrapped in contemplation of truth, the Spirit leading me step by step, and I choose to allow my mind to be conformed to the world, God will allow my mind to go that direction at my choice; and in that moment the Holy Spirit pulls away.

We must keep separate from the world, if we would have the love of God abide with us. As soon as we begin to be conformed to this world, just so soon God’s Spirit begins to depart from us. [R&H, June 10, 1852]

Now we gain a clearer understanding of Enoch’s position while on earth, and the why, behind.

Enoch was a holy man. He served God with singleness of heart. He realized the corruptions of the human family, and separated himself from the descendants of Cain, and reproved them for their great wickedness. There were those upon the earth who acknowledged God, who feared and worshiped him. Yet righteous Enoch was so distressed with the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, that he would not daily associate with them, fearing that he should be affected by their infidelity, and that his thoughts might not ever regard God with that holy reverence which was due his exalted character. His soul was vexed as he daily witnessed their trampling upon the authority of God. He chose to be separate from them, and spent much of his time in solitude, which he devoted to reflection and prayer. He waited before God, and prayed to know his will more perfectly, that he might perform it. p. 54, Para. 1, [3SG].

We know that Enoch was a representation of the saints living in the last days. No. 16, p. 13. John the Baptist was also. He also separated himself from the world. But Satan has a plan for the world.

A large company of evil angels were very busy. Satan was in their midst, and all looked with the most exulting satisfaction upon the company struggling for the crown [the worldly crown of success]. Satan seemed to throw a peculiar charm upon those who eagerly sought it. Many who sought this earthly crown were professed Christians. Some of them seemed to have a little light. They would look wishfully upon the heavenly crown, and often seemed charmed with its beauty, yet could obtain no true sense of its value and glory. While one hand was reaching forth languidly for the heavenly the other was reached eagerly for the earthly, determined to possess that, and in their earnest pursuit for the earthly, they lost sight of the heavenly. They were left in darkness, yet they were anxiously groping about to secure the earthly crown. Some became disgusted with the company who sought it so eagerly, and they seemed to have a sense of their danger, and turned from it, and earnestly sought for the heavenly crown. The countenances of such soon changed from dark to light, from gloom to cheerfulness and holy joy. p. 107, Para. 1, [8OT].

PRAISE GOD THAT HE CAN SAVE!!!

    God’s people will separate themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them, and will seek for purity of thought, and holy conformity to his will, until his divine image will be reflected in them. Like Enoch they will be fitting for translation to Heaven. While they endeavor to instruct and warn the world, they will not conform to the spirit and customs of unbelievers, but will condemn them by their holy conversation and godly example. Enoch’s translation to Heaven just before the destruction of the world by a flood, represents the translation of all the living righteous from the earth previous to its destruction by fire. The saints will be glorified in the presence of those who have hated them for their loyal obedience to God’s righteous commandments. p. 59, Para. 1, [3SG].

But, he will not save you against your will; you must choose what you will have, the world? or Christ. Count the cost my friend, count the cost; for when it comes time to pay, be ready.

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus [1], and for the word of God [2], and which had not worshipped the beast [3], neither his image [4], neither had received his mark upon their foreheads [5], or in their hands [6]; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. Rev. 20:4

Six reasons stated. Three of which are yet future. Be ready.

God Bless your preparation

Wednesday October 26, 2011

I invite you to examine the life of Enoch. God had his story recorded and published twice, with several other mentions throughout the Testimonies. The special purpose of this, is because Enoch represents God’s people in these last days.

In fact, I recently came across an incredible passage that has a peculiar application at this point.

From what the Lord has shown me, this order of things [meat eating] will be changed, and God’s peculiar people will exercise temperance in all things. p. 53, Para. 2, [15OT].

How very interesting… When you look carefully at this, you understand, God’s people will make that change of order,… themselves! This is a part of cleansing themselves, the perfecting of “holiness in the fear of God.” This Enoch strove for.

Enoch was a holy man. He served God with singleness of heart. He realized the corruptions of the human family, and separated himself from the descendants of Cain, and reproved them for their great wickedness. There were those upon the earth who acknowledged God, who feared and worshiped him. Yet righteous Enoch was so distressed with the increasing wickedness of the ungodly, that he would not daily associate with them, fearing that he should be affected by their infidelity, and that his thoughts might not ever regard God with that holy reverence which was due his exalted character. His soul was vexed as he daily witnessed their trampling upon the authority of God. He chose to be separate from them, and spent much of his time in solitude, which he devoted to reflection and prayer. He waited before God, and prayed to know his will more perfectly, that he might perform it. God communed with Enoch through his angels, and gave him divine instruction. p. 54, Para. 1, [3SG].

The Lord opened more fully to Enoch the plan of salvation, and by the spirit of prophecy carried him down through the generations which should live after the flood, and showed him the great events connected with the second coming of Christ and the end of the world. p. 55, Para. 2, [3SG].

Enoch faithfully rehearsed to the people all that God had revealed to him by the spirit of prophecy. … He would remain with them as long as he could benefit them by his godly conversation and holy example, and then would withdraw himself from all society–from the just, the scoffing and idolatrous, to remain in solitude hungering and thirsting for communion with God, and that divine knowledge which he alone could give him. p. 56, Para. 1, [3SG].

Enoch continued to grow more heavenly while communing with God. His face was radiant with a holy light which would remain upon his countenance while instructing those who would hear his words of wisdom. His heavenly and dignified appearance struck the people with awe. The Lord loved Enoch because he steadfastly followed him, and abhorred iniquity, and earnestly sought heavenly knowledge that he might do his will perfectly. He yearned to unite himself still more closely to God, whom he feared, reverenced, and adored. p. 57, Para. 1, [3SG].

The Lord here teaches a lesson of the greatest importance by the translation of Enoch, a descendant of fallen Adam, that all would be rewarded, who by faith would rely upon the promised Sacrifice, and faithfully obey his commandments. p. 57, Para. 2, [3SG].

You DO have a crown, with your name on it, waiting for your arrival! You DO have a BEAUTIFUL home THERE, IN HEAVEN waiting for your arrival! It is all REAL! Believe, brothers and sisters, BELIEVE!

In this moment I was moved to take up The Present Truth to see if I ought to place “brother and sister” in caps or not, as the pioneers did. I flipped the pages to 88, there on the left column, center, is a note about a hymn so published on page 81 of the same No.11. Turning to it I began to read,… and shortly to weep. It is so beautiful. Give it a read also, may it cheer you this day with a sense of the reality of your very own home in Heaven.

In the case of Enoch the desponding faithful were taught that although living among a corrupt and sinful people, who were in open and daring rebellion against God, their Creator, yet if they would obey him, and have faith in the promised Redeemer, they could work righteousness like the faithful Enoch, be accepted of God, and finally exalted to his heavenly throne. p. 58, Para. 2, [3SG].

Enoch, separating himself from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God [this seems like such a waste of time! but God’s ways are not our ways], represents God’s loyal people in the last days who will be separate from the world. Unrighteousness will prevail to a dreadful extent upon the earth. Men will give themselves up to follow every imagination of their corrupt hearts, and carry out their deceptive philosophy, and rebel against the authority of high Heaven. p. 58, Para. 3, [3SG].

God’s people will separate themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them, and will seek for purity of thought, and holy conformity to his will, until his divine image will be reflected in them. Like Enoch they will be fitting for translation to Heaven. … The saints will be glorified in the presence of those who have hated them for their loyal obedience to God’s righteous commandments. p. 59, Para. 1, [3SG].

Here is presented a perfect picture of God’s people’s acts. It is the true, great Advent movement, away from the world and wickedness, toward God, toward righteousness. Never you mind what you think about your position on this path; remember Joseph; remember Daniel; &c., “and what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell” of so many more.

 

You might also like to check out No. 16, p. 12-13, for some very interesting information about Enoch.

God Bless your meditation and acts