Category: .f October 22, 1844 Pivot

Sabbath October 12, 2013

Today is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God. 

Will you enter the fiery furnace?
Will you enter the Sabbath rest?
Jeremiah evidently was in that rest, as this verse testifies.

Then I said, I will not make mention of him,[the Word] nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20:9

What an amazing text! God teaches us gently, repeating, repeating his instruction and repeating the lesson using other words, laboring to surround us with clear understandings of his will.

We learn that the phrase “I will not make mention” is the same as “nor speak any more.”

Then we have “him,” which is “the word,” which is “his name.”

And back to our lesson of days past, “his word” is “a burning fire!”

That word being “in mine heart” is the same as “shut up in my bones.”

“Weary with forbearing” is the same as “could not stay.”

It’s small wonder then that James has this to say of the Advent people.

Our object is to revive these sweet testimonies, that were written in the pure, cheering and soul-stirring spirit that attended the Advent movement from it’s commencement, hoping that many will be led to see the “old paths” clearly, and once more stand on the “ORIGINAL FAITH.”

The Lord with a powerful hand, brought the Advent people out from the bondage and corruption of the nominal churches, and they were free; but alas! how many of those free, honest and precious souls have been allured back into what is called the “ADVENT CHURCH!!”

Once the Advent lecturers, as the held forth the word of life, being filled with the Holy Ghost, spake with power, and the happy hearer was often heard to respond, amen; and, at times, shouts of praise to God would ring through the assembly. But Oh! how changed! The pure testimony is crushed, and in many Advent congregations, if one should dare to shout and praise the Lord, and “GIVE GLORY TO HIM,” as we did during the flying angel’s message, Rev. xiv, 6,7, he would be silenced as a fanatic, as having mesmerism, or some wicked spirit, and told perhaps, that all the Spirit of God there is, is the Spirit of the Word, and that God does not teach us at all, separate from the Word.

O, that all the true children had stood fast in the liberty wherewith Christ set them free in 1843, and 1844, and not been entangled in the cruel yoke of bondage. The Advent Review, Vol.1, No.1, page 112 (16, old version).

Having been buried six feet deep in formalism for the first fifty years of life, it must have been something to have witnessed whereof James speaks.

God Bless your study

Sabbath October 5, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to review some evidence.

They [the Advent people] fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The Day-Star.

And now the second voice of evidence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your study

Wednesday October 2, 2013

Today we have a bit of history for you. The third angel’s message began October 23, 1844 with the vision God gave to Hiram Edson as he crossed a cornfield with a friend. Here is the text of that vision as Hiram wrote it out, with some other information and his obituary.

Here is the story behind the text we have today of Hiram’s vision, given by God to his people October 23, 1844, to encourage the terribly disappointed flock.

The church has six handwritten pages on yellow notebook paper. It was written somewhere about 1865 to1874, according to best guesswork. The Youth’s Instructor is the first known church publication that references the article. A. W. Spalding, “Light on the Sanctuary,” The Youth’s Instructor, March 8,1910. These six pages are well verified as Mrs.Via Ophelia Cross, Edson’s daughter, handed it to F. M. Kelley in the spring of 1921, who later 1936 served as liaison to transfer the authentic document to L. E. Froom. There is some further speculation that there were thirty actual pages of matter with the six, which the church would not publish. If this is so, apparently, only the church knows for sure.

The Text of the Vision:
The spelling and punctuation of the manuscript have been preserved

“Heaven seemed open to my view, and I saw distinctly and clearly, that instead of our High Priest coming out of the Most Holy of the heavenly sanctuary to come to this earth on the tenth day of the seventh month, at the end of the 2300 days, that he for the first time entered on that day the second apartment of that sanctuary; and that he had a work to perform in the Most Holy before coming to this earth. That he came to the marriage at that time; in other words, to the Ancient of days to receive a kingdom, dominion, and glory; and we must wait for his return from the wedding; and my mind was directed to the tenth ch. of Rev. where I could see the vision had spoken and did not lie; the seventh angel had began [sic.] to sound; we had eaten the littl [sic.] book; it had been sweet in our mouth, and it had now become bitter in our belly, embittering our whole being. That we must prophesy again, &c., and that when the seventh angel began to sound, the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament, &c.” {all emphasis in original handwritten document, i.e., the underlined words, from the wedding; Christ is not coming as a bridegroom, but as a King of kings and Lord of lords}

 

Hiram Edson’s Obituary as it appears in the R&H of February 21, 1882, Vol. 59, No. 8

Note: The text is as it appears, line for line, in the R&H. The whole right edge of which was faded into black and the last letters are a guess. As in the first line, the state might be NY. We can see the “N” but not the next letter, &c.

EDSON.—Died at East Palermo, Oswego county, NJ
Jan. 8, 1882, Bro. Hiram Edson, aged seventy-five years
and nine days. Bro. Edson was a native of Jefferson
county, N. Y. He was early connected with the Advent
body, having a rich experience in connection with the
movement of. 1843-4. After the passing of the time
was among the first to receive the third angel’s message
and identify himself with the work, giving largely of his
time and means for its advancement. His devotion to
the cause, which was dearer to him than life, in its early
infancy, when its friends were few, fully entitles him to a
place among its pioneers. His name is mentioned in the
writings of Bro. and Sr. White in connection with their
earlier labors.

For six months before his death he was confined to a
bed, almost entirely helpless, and his sufferings were almost
beyond endurance. He bore them all with Christian
patience and fortitude, though earnestly praying that he
might sleep in Jesus. He leaves a wife and four married
daughters to mourn their loss. Funeral discourse by the
writer from words chosen by our brother before his
death, Rev. 14 :13. B. L. WHITNER

God Bless your Study

Sunday September 22, 2013

Christ told the parable of a certain rich man, which just may be a figure of the Laodiceans, for it is them that think they are rich in spiritual discernment, No. 23, page 12. Oftentimes in this country they are physically rich also. Here is the story.

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Luke 16:19-31

V e r y c a r e f u l l y… does the SDA church say, “Well, Ellen never claimed to be a prophet.” and “She called herself the Lord’s messenger.”

Yet, she was.

Any one who Christ talks to, and gives visions to, and commands to write out the same, and commands to teach his people— is a prophet.

In the parable Abraham tells this former rich man that “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Yet this has happened many times over in the last days since October 23, 1844, the day the third angel’s message started with Hiram Edson’s vision in the cornfield.

I myself am witness to the same. For I was dead in sin, but God in mercy plucked me as a brand from the burning, saving my very life and now I live, as it were “one rose from the dead” “yet they would not hear[!!!]” Why would they not hear my testimony? Because they profess to love Moses but they do not the works of Moses! They profess to have a messenger from God and love to puff out the chest in pride, but they hate that very message from that very prophet!

So, they would not hear me, they will not hear you; though you too have been raised from the dead unto life.

I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep. The Present Truth, No. 8, page 70.

Ellen was a prophet. God is the real author of her writings. They are not a part of the Bible but they are to give us a correct understanding of the Bible.

Bro. B—- would confuse the mind by seeking to make it appear that the light God has given through the Testimonies is an addition to the Word of God. But in this he presents it in a false light. God has seen fit in this manner to bring the minds of his people to his Word, to give them a more clear understanding of it. p. 153, Para. 1, [27OT].

We are 169 years into the patient, waiting, watching time. Now, very soon, it will be over. Could Christ come this October? You know, things can move very, very fast.

God Bless your study

Wednesday August 14, 2013

In Testimony No. 23 the first seventy-one pages is, to my thinking, a special section on the time we are now living in to the church as a corporate body. As such there are specific things said that are applicable to us all.

Three of these items are found on page 22, in these words. “Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand, who are to stand without fault before the throne of God,…”

These words were published in 1873 and are applicable to the close of probation. The Spirit of Prophecy, like all information from God, is timeless; which is why we do not buy into the lie “time and place must be considered.” The three items brought to view are “the closing work for the church,” “the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand,” and perfection. Why would these be placed like this, so tightly together? Because they are one and the same work.

Think about it. The Day of Atonement work was the final work of the year for the Israelites. So it is the final work for God’s church now. And we will here put a reminder for you about Matthew 24:14. The end there brought to view has started October 22, 1844 because the Gospel was preached to all the world, then.

Being in the final work for God’s church we are given the final work for the world. That work is the repairing of the breach in God’s law. Making known to every person that God’s law fully applies to each of us today. This is commonly called the third angel’s message, but few have any comprehension of the scope of this message.

Here is what James has to say.

Those who present this message understandingly, must first show the fulfillment of the messages of the first and second angels, [verses 6-8,] in the past Advent movement. Thus they chain all three messages together, show their harmony, and the fulfillment of God’s word in them, and the testimony relative to the second coming of Christ is bound up. {1853 JW, ST1853 99.2}

This is pointing out the walking in that strait and narrow path— in the light of the Midnight Cry. Here we see that the light of the Midnight Cry is in fact the third angel’s message properly given. And right there is the big problem. Great numbers of people have never heard the third angel’s message properly given.

James is pointing out that the very fact that the third is called third is because there was a first and second. It is a form of denial and rejection to ignore the light of the Midnight Cry by never teaching it. According to The Day-Star, Ellen’s first vision, such denial causes that light to become darkness, from which none can recover.

These are very serious matters relative to our faith and sharing it with others. We are held responsible for the light we do not share. Other souls may be lost if we do not do our part.

God Bless your study

Monday August 12, 2013

It is amazing to me all the twists and turns that the counterfeit SOP takes, creating “confusion and every evil work,” which is exactly where the church is today. These smooth things are designed to comfort those who are not really interested in Heaven anyway, they are just along for the social experience.

Today we have two items from the counterfeit SOP. This is the smooth stuff.

12-15 (chs. 3:5; 13:8; 21:27; 22:19). The Book of Life.–When we become children of God, our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, and they remain there until the time of the investigative judgment. Then the name of every individual will be called, and his record examined, by Him who declares, “I know thy works.” If in that day it shall appear that all our wicked deeds have not been fully repented of, our names will be blotted from the book of life, and our sins will stand against us (ST Aug. 6, 1885). {7BC 987.6}

Notice how the above statement is framed. Notice the details of the words. This statement places the investigative judgment in the future... somewheretime. Most studying SDAs understand that the investigative judgment started October 22, 1844, when Christ went into the Most Holy place. His ministration ended in the Holy and a different ministration was taken up in the Most Holy.

The investigative judgment is part of Christ’s ministration in the Most Holy in the anti-typical Day of Atonement. This is a correct understanding of the shut door and why it is that that door is shut, forever, never to be opened again. This is so because Christ’s ministration is illustrated by that term door, which he will never go back and do again.

Each one in the day of investigative Judgment will stand in character as he really is; he will render an individual account to God. Every word uttered, every departure from integrity, every action that sullies the soul, will be weighed in the balances of the sanctuary. Memory will be true and vivid in condemnation of the guilty one, who in that day is found wanting. The mind will recall all the thoughts and acts of the past; the whole life will come in review like the scenes in a panorama. Thus every one will be condemned or acquitted out of his own mouth, and the righteousness of God will be vindicated. {RH, November 4, 1884 par. 11}

In the above paragraph the same sentiment is expressed through implication. We are informed that the investigative judgment is somewheretime in the future, so don’t worry about it now. But this is the very problem with many important truths for these last days, they are NOT in future, they are current and will remain current to the close of probation.

The placing of these events, the investigative judgment, the shaking, the end of Matthew 24:14, the sealing time of the 144,000, the message to the Laodiceans, the saints being perfected now, and others, into some ethereal future time is really a cry of peace and safety for the present. And that present is the same whenever that message is preached.

A correct understanding of what it is to walk on the strait and narrow pathway, all the way to the City, will bring a correct understanding of the true position of all these events. Those obedient to the light will grow in their understanding of all these events and at last be prepared for the grave or translation.

God Bless your Study

Sunday August 11, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Wednesday July 24, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

and this is the refreshing: Isaiah 28:12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

 

Tuesday July 16, 2013

We are living in the great Anti-Typical Day of Atonement and have been since the Father and Christ went into the Most Holy place on October 22, 1844. There is an important work for each saint in connection with this day’s work. It is examining our lives and making sure every sin is confessed to God that that sin might be blotted out of the books in Heaven.

There are not a large amount of references to “blotting” in the Testimonies, about seven, by my count. Sometimes it is said another way, but the message of preparation is very important. Here a couple of passages with this message.

O, let us live wholly for the Lord, and show by a well ordered life, and godly conversation that we have been with Jesus, and are his meek and lowly followers. We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God. Jesus is still in his Holy Temple, and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins, and will now pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before he leaves the Sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the Sanctuary, then he that is holy and righteous, will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will then be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust and filthy, will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the Sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father’s throne. Therefore, what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath, must be done before Jesus leaves the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. [RH 09-01-49 para. 7] p. 9, Para. 1, [1849MS].

To these youth I am authorized to say, Repent ye and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. There is no time for you to waste. Heaven and immortal life are valuable treasures that will cost an effort on your part to obtain. No matter how faultless may have been your lives, as sinners you have steps to take. You are required to repent, believe, and be baptized. Christ was wholly righteous, yet he, the Saviour of the world, gave man an example, by taking the steps himself which he requires the sinner to take to become a child of God–an heir of Heaven. p. 51, Para. 1, [26OT].

It is a part of the apostasy of the church that this great work God’s people must engage and complete, is not preached, not taught, not spoken. Yet those who do not participate in this work can not be saved; for they are trying to get to Heaven outside of God’s appointed way.

Here is one more.

Your influence has been improving for some weeks in the past, but you lack a firm principle. You lack in many things, and in some things you must know where you fail. The follies of your youth have left their impress upon you, and you can never recover what you have lost through impure habits. These things have benumbed your sensibilities so that sacred things are not clearly discerned. You cannot, with your present experience, resist temptation. You cannot endure trials. You are not sanctified through the truth. You have taken hold of the truth, but the truth has not taken hold upon you, to transform you by the renewing of your mind. Oh! do not, I entreat of you, remain deceived in regard to your true condition. You are a self-deceived man. You have not felt deep conviction because of your sins, and in deep humility sought the Lord with anguish of heart, that your transgressions might be blotted out. You could not see that your ways were so sinful before God. The work is not inwrought in your soul. A self-righteous garment you have clothed yourself with to cover up the deformity of sin; but this is not the remedy. You know not what true conversion is. The old man with you is not dead. You have a form of godliness, but not the cleansing power of God. You can, and do, talk and write smoothly. Your words, as far as they go, may possibly be correct, but the true language of the heart is not spoken. You know this. You are thus much acquainted with yourself. Your case is perilous; yet God pities you, and will save you if you fall all broken at his feet, feeling your vileness, and impurity, and rottenness of soul, without the transforming power of God. p. 155, Para. 3, [17OT].

Do not wait til YOU think your life is about to close, lest you be like the man in the parable who said, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:20-21

This is a part of that that is said, “Get ready, get ready, get ready!” Christ could come this very year!

God Bless your Study

Wednesday July 10, 2013

Many people these days are thinking that time is about done, or, in other words, Christ will return soon. But it’s always about five to ten years out.

We are in the patient, waiting, watching time. I am and will be largely focused on and taking phrases from, No. 16, pages 85 to 104, titled Epistle Number Seven for today’s post. It is quite specific to this point of being in expectation of Christ’s second coming. I highly recommend that you print out these nineteen pages, get your marker out and read them, mark them; if that does not move you to a higher level of awareness of Christ’s very near return, then read it again while pleading with God in your heart to impress you of the great importance of this matter!

I am a fourth generation SDA. We are now 169 years from 1844. Because of this seemingly great disparity in expectations many keep Christ’s coming about ten years out, which really is a form of “forever,” but in their actions are proclaiming their true faith, that Christ is not coming in their lifetime, so an “I must take care of me” attitude springs up and without notice our minds are filled with the world and there is found no place in our minds for that all important seal.

But maybe you were not planning to go anyway? In which case you can just skip this post and get on with your day, right? But if you are planning to go, maybe, just maybe, you should do what it takes to get these pages into your mind.

It’s been over forty years since I graduated from academy. My Dad and my Mom are in the grave. It’s over for them, their probation has closed. It does not matter if Christ was coming, because he didn’t. But this is a major point in this whole thing. If Christ does not come before you die, your probation closes at death; therefore, you MUST prepare NOW, not later. There is no “later.”

Those that have died in the faith of this message are resurrected by the voice of the Father, but this is the deliverance of the saints. There are no trials to be endured, no temptations to resist, and no overcoming to do, for all are perfect as they come from the grave. Did the grave change them? No! They were perfect when they went into the grave.

And that is exactly where we are to be. We must overcome the world in the here and now.

God foresaw all this and took the very best route to preserve the saints all through the patient, waiting, watching time. And that method is to believe in the immediate second coming of Christ. That is the key.

If we are keeping that glorious event foremost in our thoughts every day, we will make better decisions when it comes to worldly business. Maybe God has some work for you to do that you can not do if you take that job in Arkansas (a state in the USA). We weigh our decisions based on what is in our minds. If our minds are full of the world, we are going to make a decision based on the suggestions that Satan is constantly putting in our minds. That is what the world is all about.

If your mind is filled with faith and trust in God, believing in the immediate second coming, you will probably make better, more spiritual decisions. You will weigh matters on spiritual scales instead of the world’s scales.

The great importance of this whole thing is for us to understand that we MUST get ready for eternal life right now. Then, it will not matter if comes this year, next year or in another hundred years; because you will have the seal in your mind that you must have upon the closing of your probation; which happens at your death or when Christ throws down the censer.

I feel the danger to the saints on this point. As interesting as world events are, they are nothing compared to your perfection of your character. Embrace what you must, what God puts in your path today. He did it to get you perfected. He is preserving your very life to give you tests and trials that reveal your true condition to you. Accept this, embrace this, love God for his great mercy to work to prepare us. It is the bitter cup he has given us in mercy and love.

Then, whatever happens—you will be sealed.

God Bless your Study