Category: Effects of Events

Wednesday September 25, 2013

With regard to the mass of world events swirling around our heads, an interesting item has popped up. Zero Hedge (dot com) has put up a page showing that the G7 nations, as a whole, have a consolidated debt at a record high of 440%.

This is a significant data point for a reason. Historically, whenever a nation has reached the level of 250% of debt to GDP a war “breaks out.” The fact that the G7 have a 440% level of debt to GDP and we are in a time of peace is very significant.

We consider this to be proof positive that God is restraining the powers of earth to prevent WWIII, and the destruction of Billions of lives. In short, a fulfillment of this prophecy.

I saw that this world was rocked in the cradle of security so that communications might not be cut off from place to place, and that messengers might have full time to carry the message to the children of God, that they receive it and be sealed with the seal of the living God, and be prepared to pass through the time of trouble such as never was. I saw that it must be a time of peace in order for the servants of God to do their work for souls. Vision of May 14, 1851. This can be downloaded for free from our download page.

Choose file No. 3, it’s at the top of the page.

Because of this global positioning, economially, I would guess that God is doing this positioning in preparation for the loud cry. It is my opinion, that America, the home base of this message, will be ground zero for the main event, to be watched closely by the rest of the world, on TV and the net.

It is the two horned beast, No. 6, page 22, that makes Sunday a test, not the image. Therefore, America, in some form, will remain through, to the time of trouble such as never was. At that time, it matters not what happens politically, everyone is sealed, Christ is on the way, the wicked soon to lay, all glory of man in the dust of the earth for God’s glory.

Eternity is very, very near. It’s high time to be ripening for Heaven!

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

Tuesday September 3, 2013

I work at improving my writing so that it is not too obnoxious to read. The subject matter is generally of the greatest importance and the reader should not be too distracted by bad writing. Therefore I subscribe to DailyWritingTips.com, a well recommended resource.

One day I am reading the emailed tips and the following sentence was quoted for an example.

2. “‘The deepest bias in the history of the American people,’ is how historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. referred to our nation’s history of anti-Catholic prejudice.”

The name was not familiar to me, so I looked it up. Wikipedia had this to say.

Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual.

In worldly circles the man was highly thought of,… apparently. But who decides this? Is it not those who write history? Yes, it is even so. Great heros of war are only so because their side won. Turn the tables and they become war criminals. I say this to point out the language of the sentence, the message it proffers.

It is calling an anti-Catholic bias a prejudice. Another resource, Dictionary.com, had this to say about the word prejudice.

An unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.

Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. is clearly writing with an agenda. He is writing to mis-inform people who would care to read his books. It is the willing ignorant who take something at face value or on the assertion of a supposed expert and do nothing to prove it.

Paul lauded the noble Bereans, in Acts 17:11, for proving all things.

This is where many fall down with respect to bibles. They are willing to take the assertions of a lauded expert and go no further in the examination of the evidence. We must needs ask the question, who is doing the lauding? Why are they doing it? Today there are over 5,200 documents available on the Bible. Of these, 99.992 percent support the KJV and only 44 documents do not. Yet it is these 44 documents that all the modern bibles are based on, and few are checking, testing, proving.

What is it we often say? “Follow the money.” We also talk about the “re-writing of history.” The Catholic church in general, and the Jesuits in particular, have long ago launched a major campaign to erase from the collective memory certain things that should never be forgotten, especially those relating to the Catholics.

‘The deepest bias in the history of the American people’ was not prejudice, it was founded on well proven and known facts about the Catholics that today have literally been educated away from the masses. Great numbers of peoples of all lands were here in this country to escape the religious persecution from the Catholics and the lands of the newly independent America were awash in anti-Catholic books, which largely have since disappeared as fast as the Catholics could make them so.

Recently on this site we exposed the lying of Arthur White about an anti-Catholic vision God gave to his church. Arthur White claimed that there was no such vision. Click on the link and see the vision for yourself. Better yet, go here and download the three files. The subject vision is in the first part of file No. 3, at the top of the page.

What was Arthur White doing? Why was he lying about the existence of the vision? In the mid-fifties the Martin-Barnhouse meetings were held with the church, which was made public by M. L. Andreasen in his “Letters to the Churches.” In those meetings the church was pressured to surrender to the peer pressure of the evangelical churches, which were already under Satan’s control. Arthur White’s lying about the vision appears to be a part of the entrenchment of a very pro-Catholic stance the church leadership was taking.

Many talk about Jesuits and Catholics in the church. It is doubtful that this is false. It would appear from the facts of acts that all the church leadership is compromised, away from the true God and toward the man of sin the pope. Why else would this church go and bow at the feet of the man of sin? honoring him with a gold medallion.

Make no mistake about it, the Catholic church is your enemy, not your friend. Arthur White’s lying appears to be part of an on-going denial for the purpose of placating the Catholics and their agenda of takeover of the world.

Here is the pertinent part of the vision.

I saw that the nominal churches and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics, to obtain their influence to come against the saints. The saints will be an obscure people, but little known to the Catholics,

This is certainly the case for those who separate from the apostate SDA church in this day. This is an argument for the vision being true and prophetic of the then distant future.

but the church and nominal Adventists will know of our faith and customs, and will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics, as those who disregard the institution of the pope, that is they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday.

Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week instead of the seventh shall be slain, and the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast and then Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decrees bring forth or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the voice of God.

Download the vision here, it is in file No. 3.

God Bless your Study

Sunday September 1, 2013

We live in an amazing time. We are watching IRL (in real life) the accelerating decline of America. It would seem to me to be the positioning of the powers of hell in preparation.

This comes to us from breitbart.com and is a good demonstration of things you already know. We recommend you read the article in full.

In 2006, Vanessa Willock contacted Elane Photography, asking Elane to photograph her lesbian commitment ceremony. It was a private commitment ceremony because New Mexico recognizes neither gay marriage nor gay civil unions. Elane thanked Willock for her interest, but explained that due to her religious beliefs she only does traditional weddings.

Willock filed a complaint against Elane with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission, citing a state law that does not allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The commission ruled Elane’s decision illegal, and imposed a fine of $7,000 to cover legal fees.

In a concurring opinion, Justice Richard Bosson wrote Elane and Jonathan:

… now are compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives… the result is sobering. It will no doubt leave a tangible mark on the Huguenins and others of similar views.

… At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if only a little, to accommodate the contrasting values of others. A multicultural, pluralistic society, one of our nation’s strengths, demands no less. The Huguenins are free to … pray to the God of their choice … But there is a price, one that we all have to pay somewhere in our civic life.

Bosson goes on to say having to violate your religious beliefs when they conflict with social issues like gay marriage “is the price of citizenship.”

In response to today’s decision, Lorence said in an ADF statement:

Government-coerced expression is a feature of dictatorships that has no place in a free country. This decision is a blow to our client and to every American’s right to live free. Decisions like this undermine the constitutionally protected freedoms of expression and conscience that we have all taken for granted. America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs and not to be compelled by the government to express ideas and messages they decline to support. We are considering our next steps, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to right this wrong.

A recent Rasmussen poll showed that 85% of Americans support the right of a religious photographer not to participate in a gay-marriage ceremony.

Many different groups claim their “right” to many things. In this particular case the judge, Justice Richard Bosson, is, in my opinion, giving evidence to a political agenda at play, that is, continuing the destruction of the principles of freedom upon which this country was founded.

It is a right of any person or business to serve or not serve any customer. It is the right of any customer to peaceably assemble and protest against any such, perceived as abuse. Socialism is going to the government for a solution in law. And herein is the great demise of this country, at the hands of Jesuit based, government forced on threat of death, education, wherein the principles of freedom are not taught, the masses of the populace accept socialism. They know not what they do.

This man, Justice Richard Bosson, certainly is capable of good thinking, based on principles of justice, as this other case shows, but in the matter of respecting the right of the individual to have and enjoy their own free choice, he has erred. It appears to be deliberate.

It is this kind of thinking that true Christians will have to face in the future. And we are told that it is only going to get worse and worse until the wicked are destroyed by God from off the earth. See Joseph Bates’ book, The Sealing Message, pages 24-26.

This is not new to true Christians. They have ever faced tyrants and despots of every strip and color. Witness the testimony of the three Hebrews that were thrown into the fiery furnace.

And thou didst deliver us into the hands of lawless enemies, most hateful farsakers of God, and to an unjust king, and the most wicked in all the world. [!!] The Song of the Three Holy Children, verse 8.

Christ is coming, it is high time to get ready and be prepared for translation or the grave. The evidence is all around us, likened to the walls of water on each side of the Hebrews as they crossed the Red Sea.

“All who are saved will be tried upon it [the Sabbath] in some way.” The Sealing Message.

Be ready for the trial of your faith. It may be as simple as patiently staying anchored to the Rock of truth, consistently ASKing, asking, seeking, knocking, after truth.

God Bless your Study

Monday August 19, 2013

The idea of freedom is very profound. In America most people have some basic ideas about freedom, even today, in spite of strong attempts to educate them away from it. Freedom is a God given right. All have the power of choice. The exercise of this power is where the price comes in.

In 1979 John Singer was murdered by the government for his refusal to stop homeschooling his children. Obviously there is much more to the story than that and the winners are the ones who write history. Interestingly, since then, homeschooling was made legal in every state in America.

Now, 34 years later, new people are on the scene of action and they only have the history written by the winners of the conflict and these, typically, know little of the principles of freedom. Because of this ignorance these newbies to the scene of action, probably heavily influenced by others of more experience but with an agenda who are behind the scenes, are promoting government action to hinder and halt homeschooling. And this in spite of and in the face of, the near total failure of government mandated education.

The point of all this is that should you happen to have children of your own whom you think should have a higher, better education than the world has to offer, you are going to have a price to pay for exercising your freedom.

Now, what about if you want to exercise your freedom of choice about the food you eat? Suppose you choose to use raw milk. In parts of America it has become a crime for a person to offer such a basic food as raw milk to those who choose to use it. Amazing! Suddenly, if you are going to exercise your freedom in this matter you are going to have to pay a price.

Because God has forewarned us, in No. 6, page 22, that in the near future Sunday will be made a test by the federal government, you will have to make a decision about your freedom of choice. Once again government is taking away your freedom, only this time God is intimately involved. Because God’s law is not recognized by the government you will suffer punishment from them for the exercise of your freedom.

Apparently that is the opening salvo of the final, open battle, leading to the Loud Cry, which is God’s final call to the planet, then the close of human probation.

But suppose you are a woman and you choose to honor God by searching out all the information on dress reform and cherishing that light by being obedient to it. Your choice to exercise your freedom will cost you. Violations of any of the world’s maxims carries a penalty, not necessarily by law, but by worldly social pressure. Especially is this true for women.

I was reading the 1849 Broadside; Ellen was taken to visit other worlds. God was showing his church that these other beings were given the same test as Adam and Eve. They had both trees. More importantly, they had the power of choice, freedom, God given freedom to choose, just like Adam and Eve. And Satan is available to tempt and annoy. But all have exercised their freedom by choosing to follow God’s instruction and being obedient to a loving God.

This is exactly where the saints in this, our day, will all be; in perfect harmony with God’s will. Exercising their God given freedom to choose to be obedient to all God’s righteous requirements. They will be safe to give immortality.

None are compelled to go to Heaven. Hence the tests. God has several tests for his professed followers, some are very evident, some must be searched out and re-discovered by study, cherishing the light that you have, which is honored by God by giving you more.

Dress reform is a case in point and a perfect example of what we have been talking about.

God has been testing his people. He allowed the testimony concerning dress to become silent, that our sisters might follow their own inclination, and thus develop the real pride existing in their hearts. It was to prevent the present state of worldliness that the reform dress was recommended. Many scorned the idea that this dress was necessary to preserve them from following the fashions. The Lord has permitted them to prove that pride was cherished in their hearts, and that this was just what they would do. And it is now shown that they needed the restriction which the reform dress imposed. p. 167, Para. 1, [30OT].

Everyone has freedom. It’s up to each one to choose to exercise that freedom, or not. The price varies. The reward varies.

God Bless your Choice

Sabbath August 17, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Friday August 16, 2013

 

The multi-generational patient, waiting, watching time is a severe trial for some. As I have watched people getting closer and closer to the grave, it’s as if they are striving to find the one doctrine that proves they will not die. My own father did such. I remember his thoughts about the wheat being harvested while it was standing, not fallen down, thus a person is not dead.

James White avows his conviction that he would be of that group that would watch Christ come in the clouds because he had seen the falling of the stars in 1833. He was correct that he would be a part of that group and that he would watch Christ come in the clouds of angels; he just did not know at that time that he would be called from the grave by the voice of the Father, and he would watch as Christ came in the clouds, and he would be a part of the 144,000.

Can Christ come this year? The correct answer is yes! We are going to look at some comments by James to get a better handle on this matter. We will be using some excerpts from Life Incidents.

Seventh-day Adventists have nothing to boast of. God has often reproved and chastised us for unfaithfulness. And when we have returned to him, and humbly and faithfully battle for the truth, amid reproaches and persecutions, he has greatly blessed us. Nothing is so much to be dreaded as that calm which is the result of tempering unpopular, testing truth to the ears of the people so as not to offend. Rather let the reproach come, and the storm rage, if it be the result of speaking the truth of God in love. p. 336, Para. 1, [LIFE].

As a people we have had our difficulties to surmount, our trials to bear, and our victories to gain. We are gathered from Methodists, Regular Baptists, Freewill Baptists, Seventh-day Baptists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Worldlings, and Infidels. We are composed of native Americans, English, Welsh, Scotch, Irish, French, Germans, Norwegians, Danes, Swedes, Poles, and others. To bring together a body composed of such material, affected more or less by the religious sentiments and forms of the several denominations, with all their national peculiarities, has called for much patient, and persevering toil. And it is by the grace of God that we are what we are. And let his name be praised that in our darkest hours, when we have humbled ourselves, he has ever come to our aid. p. 336, Para. 2, [LIFE].

From their past brief history Seventh-day Adventists may learn much as to their present work and future prospects. When in humility they have borne a decided testimony in the fear of God, their labors have been signally blessed. When they have been willing to bear the cross of present truth, and sacrifice time, convenience and means to advance the work, they have shared the approving smiles of Heaven. They have seen that nothing can keep the body in a healthy condition but the plain and pointed testimony. This will do the work of purification, either by purging their sins, or separating from them the unconsecrated and rebellious. Let the result be what it may, such testimony must be borne, or this people will fall as others have fallen. And terrible would be their fall, after having so clear light, and having had committed to them so sacred a trust as the last message of mercy to sinners. p. 336, Para. 3, [LIFE].

From the past we may also learn what to expect in the future, in the line of persecution. Satan has been angry because this people have been seeking for the “old paths,” that they might walk therein. He has been especially disturbed as they have plead for the restoration of the Sabbath, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If the people be taught that God is testing them upon the Sabbath, and that they should listen to the testimony of Jesus, in the spirit of prophecy, which reproves their sins, and calls on them to consecrate themselves and what they possess to the Lord, we may depend upon it, the ire of the dragon will be stirred. This we have witnessed and suffered in proportion to our faithfulness in the work. When we have borne a pointed testimony, we have been the especial objects of the wrath of the dragon; but with it have also shared largely the blessing of God. When we have been unfaithful, the dragon has been comparatively quiet, but we have suffered leanness of soul. And thus we may expect it will be for time to come. p. 337, Para. 1, [LIFE].

The position of suspense is not the most happy one. Those who wait for the return of the Lord in uncertainty as to the definite period of his second advent, are in danger of becoming restless. Hence the application of certain texts to this time, and to the people who are waiting for their Lord. “Ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Heb. x, 36. “Be ye also patient, stablish your hearts; for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James v, 8. “Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. xiv, 12. p. 337, Para. 2, [LIFE].

In such a position, how natural the often-repeated inquiry, “How long before the Lord will come?” But no definite answer can be given to this inquiry. And it is best that this question cannot be definitely answered. Definite time has answered the purpose of God. It brought the Advent people to the waiting time, requiring great patience. Throughout this entire period of the patience of the saints, the only safe position is to keep the coming of Christ ever before us, and to regulate all our acts in full view of the terrible realities of the Judgment. To put off the coming of the Lord, and view that event in the distance, and enter into the spirit of the world, would be dangerous in the extreme. It is true that there are prophecies to be fulfilled, just prior to the coming of the Lord; but their fulfillment is of such a nature that it can be realized in a short time. Unbelief may suggest that as the time has continued longer than the waiting ones expected, it may still continue many years. But saving faith takes the safe position, and views the event at the door. This fact should ever be borne in mind, that while we have no means of showing that the Lord will come at an immediate definite point, no one can prove that he may not very soon come. And while it cannot be proved that the Lord will not very soon come, I call attention to the following facts which show that the second advent cannot be a distant event. p. 338, Para. 1, [LIFE].

More tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday August 13, 2013

As further proof of yesterday’s posted position, we present this unpublished manuscript, and as such it is not yet authenticated. A couple of lines were published, see the reference, but not the rest. Interestingly, I had a copy of this manuscript from another source, but I have no idea how they got it. It must have been released to some specific purpose and was leaked to others. I am not knowing.

This was talked about the other day on this post which details how the White Estate lied about a line missing from the text, which was not missing. What this document does do is state explicitly that we are in the investigative judgment. You decide.

Manuscript 1, 1857.
Written in June, somewhere in Vermont. This manuscript is titled, “ Lack o f Appreciatio n o f t he M inistry” , Portions of this manuscript appear in Last Day Events, pp. 234-235.

I was shown some things concerning the preaching brethren. I saw their energies and strength were exhausted in laboring for a church that does not generally appreciate their labors. I saw that it would be better for the church to be thrown upon their own effort for a time. I saw they must be laborers. I saw that the principal part of Bro. Hutchins’ and Bro. Sperry’s labor has been to keep the church together. They have taken the burden of the church upon themselves, to dig around it, labor and labor for them until the church would, after the brethren had gotten a little victory, enjoy it, but make scarcely any effort for it themselves, in a few weeks are sleepy and need the same effort made for them again. They tire and exhaust the strength of the worn-out servants of God. Again the servants of God plow through and get a little victory,  to be lost as easily as before. But when, with their own faith and wrestling with God, they obtain the victory, then it is lasting. They know then how much it costs, and they will preserve their consecration. I saw that so much of the efforts of these brethren should not be spent upon a world-loving and sleepy church. I saw that those who have not yet embraced the truth are anxious to hear, and these brethren should go where, at the present time, they can accomplish the most good with their feeble strength.

The church must arise. They do not half heed the message to the Laodicean church. There are those in the church who love this world better than they love Jesus. They love their treasures here better than they love heaven or eternal life, and with their earthly treasure they will perish. The True Witness now speaks to a lukewarm church. Be zealous and repent; but they scarcely hear or heed the message. A few are afflicting their souls. A few are heeding the counsel of the True Witness. Unless the church speedily arouses they will go into darkness, be ensnared and overcome by the enemy.

I saw we are in the investigative judgment. Soon judgment will be pronounced on our works and our actions which are passing in review before God. A solemn, awful period! Who realize this great work? I saw that those who do not now appreciate, study, and dearly prize the Word of God, spoken by His servants, will have cause to mourn bitterly hereafter.

I saw that the Lord in judgment will, at the close of time, walk through the earth; the fearful plagues will begin to fall. Then those who have despised God’s Word, those who have lightly esteemed it, shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord and shall not find it. A famine is in the land for hearing the Word. The ministers of God will have done their last work, offered their last prayers, shed their last bitter tear for a rebellious church and an ungodly people. Their last solemn warning has been given.

O then how quickly would houses and lands, dollars that have been miserly hoarded and cherished and tightly grasped, be given for some consolation by those who have professed the truth and have not lived it out, for the way of salvation to be explained or to hear a hopeful word, or a prayer, or an exhortation from their ministers. But no, they must hunger and thirst on in vain; their thirst will never be quenched, no consolation can they get; their cases are decided and eternally fixed. It is a fearful, awful time. There can much be done now to bring in those jewels who are hid beneath the rubbish, who will highly prize the truth as it falls from the lips of God’s servants.

I was shown that many of the church have at this time of peril more care for their farm and their cattle than they have for the servants of God, or the truth which they preach; their labors are so common among them that the laborers are not considered worthy of their hire. His strength must be exhausted, his life embittered by scarcely a well day, must spend and be spent, and yet the church asleep as to these things.

But I saw that God was not asleep. Said the angel, Jesus says, I know thy works; yes, selfish, professed Sabbath-keepers. God knows thy works. Ye covetous, world-loving Sabbath-keepers, said the angel, God knows thy works. I saw that every privation the servants of God have endured are all written in the book, every tear is bottled up. Every pang of agony they have endured is recorded in the book. I know thy works, says the True Witness. All that has been done to help the servants of God is all recorded; all of it is written in the book. All the selfish withholding from God’s servants are all written in the book. All thy deeds, said the angel, are passing in review before God.

I saw that the church now must afflict their souls. They must labor, they must agonize or go down. I saw it was best to leave the churches to work for themselves now, that they may feel their weakness while there is a chance for them to zealously repent and buy gold, white raiment, and eye salve, the treasures they must possess if they would have eternal life.

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

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