Category: Death

Sunday ~ October 9, 2016

       I was just now led to this item and so sharing with you. It is another contradiction between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit.

First, the truth.

This is found in the Spirit of Prophecy, Vol.2, and we quote.

“From his childhood, Jesus conformed his life strictly to the Jewish laws.” 2SP,p.30

And a second….

“The parents of Jesus yearly visited Jerusalem, in accordance with the Jewish law. Their son, Jesus, then twelve years old, accompanied them.” 2SP,p.31

Here are the two times the following statement appears in the counterfeit SOP, which is of course, the lie.

“Christ passed through all the experiences of His childhood, youth, and manhood without the observance of ceremonial temple worship.” Mrs. E. G. White.

{BEcho, October 31, 1898 par. 7}

{RH, October 24, 1899 par. 11}

 

Every one must choose, believe and obey God and live, or, believe a lie and die.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Please look at the last paragraph from yesterday’s post, just for a little review. Now think back to what God’s word is; Psalms 119:105, a lamp and a light. Compare this in your mind with John 1:1-5 where the word is identified as Jesus. Now a text.

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

I’ll paraphrase this text.

For God, who commanded Jesus Christ to teach out of where there was no truth, hath taught in our minds, giving his word, which is the knowledge of the glory of God which is in the mind of Jesus Christ.

While we might use some other words to express, yet, if the thoughts in the paraphrase are reasonable, this makes the case for the image of Jesus Christ being formed in his people through their being instructed by the Holy Ghost, spiritual things explaining spiritual things, or; God teaching his people the deeper meaning of his words. Obedience to God’s will is a necessary part of the process for it is your works and faith without works is dead.

And again.

Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. Hosea 4:1

Be instructed by God’s son Jesus Christ, ye Advent people: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the earth, because they have rejected Jesus as the only true Christ and his word as the only true source of knowledge of God in the earth.

In our highly civilized society of today much is made of science, the higher learning, the study of how things really work. Great numbers of these people are believers in man and his ability to discover truth about our life. The big problem with this is the rejection of God. To reject God is to reject true knowledge. From yesterday’s post….

The precepts and principles of religion are the first steps in the acquisition of knowledge, and lie at the very foundation of true education. Knowledge and science must be vitalized by the Spirit of God in order to serve the noblest purposes. The Christian alone can make the right use of knowledge. Science, in order to be fully appreciated, must be viewed from a religious standpoint. The heart which is ennobled by the grace of God can best comprehend the real value of education. The attributes of God, as seen in his created works, can be appreciated only as we have a knowledge of the Creator. p. 61, Para. 1, [29OT].

It is the pride of life, 1 John 2:16, that trips up so many people. We very quickly forget just how limited our poor little mortal lives really are. We run from the gravesite to our entertainment of choice, the mental candy that numbs the fine nerves preventing us from thinking, preventing us from facing the true reality.

God would save us all. He would instruct us all. But so few stop and ask, seek, or knock, therefore they do not get the mystery of the kingdom of God, they do not grow as required by God and eat the deep things.

Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge. Proverbs 19:27

God Bless your Study

Thursday September 5, 2013

These Bible words make a nice lesson. Watch the parallel phrases and words, then the definitions.

To know wisdom and instruction;
To perceive the words of understanding;

To know is to perceive. Wisdom and instruction are words of understanding.

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

To receive instruction is giving subtilty and knowledge and discretion.

A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning; and

Hearing is to increase learning and attaining.

A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

A wise man is a man of understanding and understanding is wise counsels.

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Proverbs 1:2-6

A proverb is the words of the wise and the interpretation is a dark saying.

There is no true wisdom apart from God and all wisdom is in fact Christ, the Word, in you, the hope of glory; the same Word was in the beginning, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

So God sent John the Baptist before Jesus Christ to prepare the way; “John was a representative of the people of God in the last days, to whom God has committed important and solemn truths,” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 44. Of him Christ said, he was God’s word teaching God’s word, John 5:35.

This means… that if you accept this method of hearing and increasing your learning, you will come to know wisdom, instruction and perceive words of understanding, you will receive instruction from God, gain subtilty, knowledge, discretion, the understanding of proverbs, parables, the words of the wise men of God and their dark sayings and be obedient to this instruction.

You will become a part of that group of the people of God in the last days of whom John the Baptist was a representative. Think very carefully of how John lived… and died.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath August 31, 2013

Words, words, words, these are the stuff of life. A man is rich if he has an abundance of words. Now comes the task of separating, deciding, sorting. Words arraigned paint a picture. If that picture be evil, that arraignment must be discarded. Those same words, arraigned differently, make a picture of good. That arraignment must be guarded, preserved, shielded from evil.

God presents his words to man. This is illustrated in the parable of the sower, found in Matthew 13:1-9; Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-8. Then something happens, an enemy comes in and steals the good words and replaces them with smooth words, words of the world, words of man. See Matthew 13:24-30. These words cause death. These are the same words Eve listened to and suddenly she thought that the fruit on that tree was good for food!

Those evil words attracted her lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and her pride of life, she surrendered and went to find another to drag down also. Sad. The following texts show that God reads the hearts of men and knows in advance. Matthew 13:10-17; Mark 4:10-12; Luke 8:9-10; John 12:35-43

Here is the explanation of the parable of the sower. Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:13-20; Luke 8:11-15;

Here is much more. The parable of the sower is just a parable, at first, but then it is so much more! You take a look, you examine these texts for that seed, sown in the mind of the hearer, you prove the words of life. Remember Psalms 119:105, what is light? John 1:1-14; 3:19-21; 4:41; 5:8, 11, 24, 35, 38, 47; 6:27-65; 8:12-47; 9:5; 10:4, 16, 26-27; 11:40; 12:44-50; 14:1-25; 15:3, 7, 10, 20, 22; 16:8-15, 25, 33; 17:3, 6, 14-20; 20:31; 1John 1:1-7; 2:5, 7-11, 14.

God Bless your Study

Thursday July 11, 2013

There is a huge problem when man meets God, it is man’s thinking. Today a very large component of this problem is the so called “critical thinking” that is so popular with many. I checked on the web and there is a lot of material on this subject.

We have criticalthinking.org, .com, .net and maybe more I did not see. As with most things there is good and bad in this. Generally speaking you can take a group of people, all of whom consider themselves to be critical thinkers, and show them something. Then do an individual examination of each and a very wide array of observations can be cataloged, not all of which agree.

What is happening is seen to be the differences in the thinking processes. Now bring in religious matters. Now on top of everything is this spiritual overlay, the Great Controversy between Christ and his angels and Satan and his angels. Now try to accomplish something. You well know to what I refer.

1 Corinthians 1:17 through 3:4 is a very interesting commentary on man’s thinking processes. It’s called the wisdom of this world. Critical thinking can be both good and bad, but in the spiritual realm, first must come a connection with Christ. God sanctifies and makes pure what is done, what is thought, that the outcomes of action are in harmony with his will.

That is not say that you will not get crucified. Christ was. As were many others after him.

Now I want to bring Thomas into the picture. I want you to think carefully about what you know about doubting Thomas. Christ reproved Thomas for his “critical thinking.” Thomas was not happy that Christ revealed himself to the rest of the disciples when he, Thomas, was not there.

Pride is too often a component of critical thinking as it is taught in college, the height, as it were, of worldly wisdom, which calls the things of God “foolishness,” because, as Christ told Thomas, “Be not faithless, but believing.” To just “believe” is “foolishness” to the worldly wise, “we must question” they say; while the poor, the lame, the halt, the blind, the prostitute, the thieves, the beggars, all go into Heaven, believing and leaving the world behind.

Be careful, is what I am saying. Satan is constantly putting suggestions into our minds, page 180, 1858 Great Controversy. And these thoughts are not usually wicked at the beginning, just something to appeal to a weak point in our characters and get us off the path. That’s all that’s necessary.

Humility is necessary before God and man. I am a sinner. I only live now by God’s great mercy to forgive and heal me that I might work to warn others with the truth. There is no thing in my own self that I can glory in. God is all in all in every area of my life. I know. Once I was young, now I am old. I held the fire of youth in my hand, I lost in the pride of strength. God showed me the true source of all good things that will not bite at the last.

The Christian goes to his grave in peace, the proud, the wicked, in pieces.

We really don’t have much time left. Christ may come this very year, will you be ready?

God Bless your study

Wednesday July 3, 2013

In dealing with this argument of convenience, context, there is one more item we are going to present. It is the letter titled, “Ellen Dreams of James.”

We have discussed this before, just search the blog with “ellen dreams” and you will find our comments. Today we want to discuss this item … in the context of … you guessed it!, “context.”

As the base for the discussion we have an article written by a man by the name of Jud Lake. Here is the source of the article, for those who wish to read in context. We will present some excerpts. All emphasis is by Mr. Lake.

http://www.ellenwhiteanswers.org/answers/mischarges/
http://www.ellenwhiteanswers.org/media/pdf/Dead-Husband.pdf

I will take the ground that W. C. White actually wrote the letter in question and that Ellen never saw it. The truth of this matter is that no one knows for sure, no one. The only facts we really have are that this piece of paper exists and has Ellen’s name on it and the White Estate, with the church leadership, claim she wrote it, but it is only a claim, no one knows for sure.

Ellen White Spoke to Her Dead Husband
Jud Lake, Th.D., D.Min.

[This article was apparently written in answer to one Sidney Cleveland and his charges against Ellen.]

Underlying this charge is the assumption that Ellen White believed she was actually talking with James who died five weeks earlier. Is this assumption supported in Cleveland’s argument? Did Mrs. White really believe she conversed with her dead husband and then received guidance from him, as our critic charges? I suggest that a careful analysis of this letter in its context will lead to a completely different conclusion.

Notice that context, the argument of choice, is immediately brought forth. This device of Satan’s seems to be sweeping the field today, in my opinion. It is speciously used to meet the inexcusable.

[Letter is published in full] I awoke. But this dream seemed so real. Now you can see and understand why I feel no duty to go to Battle Creek for the purpose of shouldering the responsibilities in General Conference. I have no duty to stand in General Conference. The Lord forbids me. That is enough.” (emphasis mine). (Letter 17, 1881, pages 2-4; published in Arthur White, Ellen G. White, The Retirement Years, 161-162, and Manuscript Releases: Vol. 10, 38-40.

These are the last few lines of the letter, you can find the rest by going to the site and reading it in context. Mr. Lake is here calling our attention to the sentence, “But this dream seemed so real.” He is focusing on the part that can be used to distract from what the real problem is with this letter, in my opinion, blasphemy. It is found in the next to last sentence. “The Lord forbids me.”

Alleged to be Ellen’s words, not mine. This is a clear reference to the words alleged to have been spoken by the dead James.

In understanding any document of the past, its historical context must be considered:

Notice again the argument of choice, only now the boundary of history is added. Notice also that he is making the boundary large enough to suit his purposes. Then he adds a law from somewhere, the words “must be considered.” I reject his demand that I study, evaluate, and think as he will choose for me. This is Jesuit thinking. To force mental constructs on others.

The above description of the dream is part of a five-page letter written to Ellen’s son, Willie, on September 12, 1881 (Letter 17, 1881). I have carefully studied the entire letter, although it is not yet published (it eventually will be).

This begs the question, why did the White Estate not publish the entire letter? Looking at the way it was published one can only conclude that it consisted of four pages, not five. Is this legal?

It continually amazes me at the items I find that were not published for a long time or that were never published. It’s kind of a mystery to me. It’s like the White Estate sees it’s self as a filter, deciding what the members should or should not see. The strong delusion continues.

More tomorrow.

God Bless your study.

 

Sunday June 30, 2013

Another something came across my desk the other day.

(I once asked my mom why it was that she used the phrase “the other day” when it was weeks ago that something happened. She told me, “Son, it’s just a phrase, it doesn’t mean a specific time or day.” Then I understood. It’s called education.)

This time it comes from D. S. Farris. He wrote something titled PROPHETIC TOOL CHEST. I know nothing of the man and it is entirely possible that he is using a pen name. Nevertheless, I have my suspicions about the true purpose of his presence.

The reason for my suspicions is because of some of his comments in this work. In the last chapter, twelve, page 8, second paragraph, he makes the case for the sixth trumpet ending in 1844.

This is wholly wrong. We have plenty of evidence written by the true pioneers of exactly when the sixth trumpet ended. August 11, 1840. So this man has got himself a private interpretation of prophecy.

In the same chapter, page 24, the bottom paragraph, we find him now with the whole rest of Adventism, claiming that perfection is not available to man. Here are his exact words.

The issue is not whether or not we become perfect; the issue is our attitude about sin.

This is also wholly wrong. It is the lie of Satan. This is a part of the strong delusion that sweeps millions into the fires of hell. The reliance on the counterfeit SOP will kill your chance of Heaven. It is full of the lies of Satan. It teaches people the arts of vacillation and talking with forked tongue, commonly known as “out of both sides of the mouth.”

This lifetime is mans second chance. This lifetime is my opportunity to perfect a character fit to be blessed with eternal life. If I fail in this before my death, I will not be given eternal life. Perfection of character is paramount! It can only be accomplished in the strength of God. I must abide in the vine, drawing life from that vine just as a graft grows. Yet I must also resist the devil even to the point of death, just as the three Hebrews did before the furnace.

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

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

Let your heart therefore be perfect with the LORD our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day. 1 Kings 8:61

But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 1 Kings 15:14

Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. 1 Chronicles 29:9

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. Job 1:1

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

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:21

We are admonished to be perfect—because it is where we must be to be saved. Now after all that, let’s not forget the righteousness of Christ, correctly stated here.

God Bless your Study

Friday June 21, 2013

It’s kinda tough to think anything about the future in this country. I found a text in the Apocrypha that describes it perfectly.

This is Azarias speaking to Christ, who is with the three in the fiery furnace, and he has just gone down a list of the sins of Israel which has brought this judgment on them.

Wherefore all than thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done in true judgment. And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful forsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. The Song of the Three Jews 8,9.

That about sums it up.

God has delivered us into the hands of these and there is no place of safety on earth; and you can’t leave. It’s just about show time. This book says the flames were shooting seventy-five feet into the air! We are not quite there in this country, yet.

God’s plan is to have some witnesses, like the three in the furnace.

 

Big question is, will you be one or not?

God Bless your decision

Sabbath June 1.2 2013

As I understand it, Verne Bates’ wife, Anna, died about 7:30 AM on this past Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Sabbath June 1, 2013

Ever since Christ warned the Christians living at Jerusalem of the exact time to leave that city Satan has tempted them to doubt God’s tender care for their well-being. From time to time even the strongest saint gets blind-sided by Satan’s threats. Remember Elijah?

In the Apocrypha, in the book Wisdom of Solomon, chapters 4-6, give some great insight into the workings of God in such matters. This portion faithfully draws out the path of God’s hand and the reasons for his providence.

Something that comes to mind is Fitch and Stockman who God showed to Ellen would be in Heaven for he had laid them in the grave to save them. You can read about that in The Day-Star.

Here are a couple of lines from Wisdom of Solomon.

 

For his soul pleased the Lord: therefore hasted he to take him away from among the wicked. 4:14

And to what end the Lord hath set him in safety. 4:17

 

Imagine running for your life before an infuriated mob and your friend is shot and killed… in your sight! Will you consider that God has set him in safety?

 

4:14 as shown above, is something I have thought about in the past a great deal. It does seem that the righteous are taken away when they could do a great good if allowed to live out a natural life. Obviously God knows better.

 

Yea speedily was he taken away, lest that wickedness should alter his understanding, or deceit beguile his soul. 4:11

 

And there we have the answer.

This is a good subject to think about.

I think of Jonathan, David’s beloved friend. Reading David’s lamintation for Jonathan upon hearing of his death is soul moving. Look it up.

Our only hope is in God.

God Bless your Study