Category: New Testament Gospel Order

Tuesday May 21, 2013

We need to touch on a topic about false prophets, or teachers. Prophets are teachers, as indicated in Acts 13:1.

This is one of my pet peeves actually and is all too common. Here’s what happens. Some guy will decide that he is called by God to preach, teach, or write a book. (humm… sounds like me!…) And that may or may not be true, time will tell. He starts to feel like he is an expert… because Satan is ever ready to push someone off the track.

Remember this?

 

I saw that Satan carried out his plans well. And as the servants of God appointed meetings, Satan and his angels understood their business, and were on the ground to hinder the work of God, and he was constantly putting suggestions into the minds of God’s people. Some he leads in one way, and some in another, always taking advantage of evil traits in the brethren and sisters, exciting and stirring up their natural besetments. p. 180, Para. 1, [1SG ].

 

Then one day he goes too far in answering a question, or preparing a sermon, and begins making statements as if they were a fact, when in reality he has no real knowledge of what the true facts actually are. As time goes on, what he once stated as fact becomes more solid in his own mind and he becomes prepared in mind to defend, what in reality is only his opinion, for his supposed fact can not be defended by real facts.

This is perhaps most commonly seen in those who would defend the church at all costs. Rising up against any negative commentary about the church and in general refusing to accept real facts. With people in some leading position it becomes more marked as they defend their opinions as facts. They, having gone too far, are now forced to defend something they have previously said or, as Satan tempts them, they will look foolish.

Such have lost their humility. No human can do any thing for God without God. To attempt to do so is to work with Satan. There is no middle ground.

 

God does nothing in partnership with Satan. p. 129, Para. 1,[27OT].

 

And in confirmation of….

 

Men, I saw, whose lives are not holy, who are unqualified to teach the present truth, enter the field without being acknowledged by the church or brethren generally, and confusion and disunion is the result. Some have a theory of the truth and can dwell upon argument, but lack spirituality, judgment and experience, and they fail in many things which is very necessary for one to possess before they can teach the present truth to others. Others have not the argument; but because a few brethren hear them pray well, and give an exciting exhortation now and then, press them into the field, to engage in a work that God has not qualified them for, and when they have not sufficient experience and judgment for the work. Spiritual pride comes in, and they are lifted up, and act under the deception of thinking that they are laborers. They do not know themselves. They lack sound judgment and patient reasoning. Talk boastingly of themselves, and assert many things which they cannot prove from the Word. God knoweth this, therefore he does not call such to labor in these perilous times. And brethren should be careful and not push out those into the field whom God has not called. p. 15, Para. 3, [SUPCEV].

 

And so it is that many who are professing to be leading people in right paths are in actuality leading the van in following Satan. This why it is that so many refuse to admit that just as God allowed Satan to counterfeit the KJV Bible, so has God allowed Satan to counterfeit the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. And these same ones refuse to believe that the Bible can be so simply understood by comparing spiritual with spiritual and asking God to teach them.

Because such are not growing in Christ and following his lead, they will reject the light of the Loud Cry and be found at last—outside the City.

God Bless your study

Monday May 13, 2013

I wish to add a thought to yesterday’s post about forming a church. First we’ll copy the quote from the Voice of Truth for May 21, 1845, where Eld. Marsh says:

 

Finally, we object to the doings of the Albany Conference, because the proceedings as a whole, look like the forming a new sect, under a sectarian name, instead of coming to the order of the New Testament, under the name there given to the true church. It looks like laying plans of our own devising to be acted upon in the future when we have in our possession the perfect economy of the Lord, by which we should be guided, and when we profess to be looking for his coming every hour.

 

It appears that the name mentioned is Christian, meaning, those who believe in Christ and follow his teachings. Very many today call themselves Christian, who neither believe in the true Christ nor follow his teachings. Nevertheless, we are called, who believe in his name, to follow his teachings.

Correctly understood, this places us under New Testament Gospel Order. James states on page 402 of the 1880 Life Sketches, original edition only, that “Christ is the only authorized leader of his people.” Jerry actually made this point the other day when we talked and I failed to get it in yesterday’s post. He reminded me of Matthew 7, where Christ talks about building a house, one man builds on sand and another man builds on a rock.

Those who build after New Testament Gospel Order are building on the Rock, Jesus Christ. Those who build a IRS sanctioned 501(c)3 corporation are building on sand.

Matthew 7:27, and the Latter Rain descended, and the floods of the ungodly came up, and the fierce winds of false doctrine blew, and beat and ground that church to pieces (Isaiah 3:15), and it fell, and great was the fall of it, because it was built on man’s ideas not what God said to do.

And that is the great problem today.

Too many people are lifted up higher (they think) than the instruction (fear) of God, with their own pride. They go on in their ways, to be filled with their doings, “therefore they shall eat of the fruit of their own ways.” (Proverbs 1)

We are nearing home. For 168 years God’s people have patiently, waited and watched, it’s about over, by faith I see….

God Bless your Study

Sunday May 12, 2013

Jerry called my attention to some items I had previously not noticed. There are a couple of passages to note in connection with this. The first being in The Advent Review, No. 1, page 99 (global paging), consisting of the following.

 

We wished not to build up any party or sect; but we labored alone for the saving of souls.—And God blessed our labors.

 

With the second found on page 119 of the same book, The Advent Review, No. 2, page 119, top left column, a quote from the Voice of Truth for May 21, 1845, where Eld. Marsh says:

 

Finally, we object to the doings of the Albany Conference, because the proceedings as a whole, look like the forming a new sect, under a sectarian name, instead of coming to the order of the New Testament, under the name there given to the true church. It looks like laying plans of our own devising to be acted upon in the future when we have in our possession the perfect economy of the Lord, by which we should be guided, and when we profess to be looking for his coming every hour.

 

The point being made here is the obedience to the gospel of Christ, namely, the second angel’s message and the Midnight Cry. Babylon is fallen and come out of her my people and stay out of her. Also, not building “again the things which I destroyed.” Galatians 2:18

The Advent people, having come out of the various sects, felt warned by God to not build again something he had ordered destroyed. In this case that would be a formal church.

Ultimately, a church was built. We understand that James and the true pioneers actually built after God’s New Testament Gospel Order. This would be the same as spoken of in the 1854 Supplement to the 1851 CEV.

It further appears that this order was broken down in the years after James’ death, til the entire hierarchal structure was build as we know it today. Today’s SDA organization mirrors the Catholic church’s organization and has nothing to do with gospel order.

It is very instructive to realize that the true pioneers did have a clear understanding of this matter. They followed gospel order and built up a world wide church. And the organization operated smoothly and efficiently, and God blessed it.

Today we have nothing for you to join, no pastor, no president, no leader—but Christ and him alone.

We seek the truth as the true Advent pioneers knew it, in it’s fullness of the 168 years of light from the Midnight Cry shining (means teaching, remember?) on the strait and narrow path to the City.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath April 27, 2013

Recently I was searching on the phrase “work of Satan” and found this passage. Feeling especially the need of order in my own life and seeing how God is leading me down that path, developing and infusing order into my character, I wanted to share and praise the name of God.

All the universe is watching. With me, I am sure they saw the dis-organization and lack of order. It certainly becomes us to praise God with our actions, not just words. This would be faith and works, working together the thing that is good. Praise God!

If discipline and order is necessary for successful action on the battle field, the same order is as much more needful in the warfare in which we are engaged, to that degree that the object to be gained is of greater value and more elevated in character, than the warfare of opposing forces upon the battle field. In this conflict in which we are engaged, eternal consequences are at stake. Angels work harmoniously. Perfect order characterizes all their movements. p. 25, Para. 2, [14OT ].

     The more closely we imitate the harmony and order of the angelic host, the more successful will be the efforts of these heavenly agents in our behalf. If we see no necessity of harmonious action, and are disorderly, undisciplined and disorganized in our course of action, angels who are thoroughly organized, and move in perfect order, cannot work for us successfully. They turn away in grief for they are not authorized to bless confusion, distraction and disorganization. p. 25, Para. 3, [14OT ].

     All who desire the co-operation of the heavenly messengers, must work in unison with them to the same end. If they have the unction from on high, their efforts will be to encourage order, discipline and union of action. Then can the angels of God co-operate with them. But never, never will these heavenly messengers place their endorsement upon irregularity, disorganization and disorder. All these evils are the result of the work of Satan to weaken our forces, and destroy courage, and successful action. p. 26, Para. 1, [14OT ].

     Satan well knows that success can only attend order and harmonious action. He well knows that every thing connected with Heaven is in perfect order. Subjection and thorough discipline mark the movements of the angelic host. Satan’s studied efforts are to lead professed Christians just as far from Heaven’s arrangement as he can. Therefore he deceives even the professed people of God, and makes them believe that order and discipline are enemies to the spirituality of God’s people; that the only safety for them is to each pursue his or her own course, and to remain especially distinct from bodies of Christians who are united, and are laboring to establish discipline and harmony of action. All the efforts made to establish order are considered dangerous, and are feared as popery, a restriction of right and liberty. p. 26, Para. 2, [14OT ].

     These deceived souls consider it a virtue to boast of their freedom to think and act independently. They will not take any man’s say so. They are amenable to no man. I was shown that it is Satan’s especial work to lead men to feel that it is God’s order for them to strike out for themselves, and choose their own course, independent of their brethren. p. 26, Para. 3, [14OT ].

A word further about this passage is warranted. Choose very carefully just who your “brethren” shall be, those with whom you associate. Because you know the only Bible to use is the KJV and that there is a very wide chasm between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit, then you should choose associates of the same belief.

If you can not find such, perhaps it is God’s call to you to draw within your circle those with whom you can share and teach the truth. If we depart from the teachings of the true Advent pioneers, those who have been in all the messages and are firm in all the present truth, we are leaving the light of the Midnight Cry, which gives light for our feet that we might not stumble, all the way to the city.

Be humble enough to follow the leader, Christ, and those he has appointed to blaze the trail, especially his prophet, Ellen. Otherwise you invite the deceptions of Satan to cloud your understanding of the simplest things.

God Bless your study

Friday March 15, 2013

I have made the list, under the topic of Conversion, to more nearly reflect as it states here.

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].

  If Christ, the spotless and pure Redeemer of man, condescended to take the steps necessary for the sinner to take in conversion, why should any, with the light of truth shining upon their pathway, hesitate to submit their hearts to God, and in humility confess that they are sinners, and show their faith in the atonement of Christ by words and actions, identifying themselves with those who profess to be his followers? There will ever be those who do not live their profession, whose daily lives show them to be anything but Christians; but should this be a sufficient reason for any to refuse to put on Christ by baptism into the faith of his death and resurrection? p. 51, Para. 2, [26OT].

There are two other places where this requirement is given, the same, and in perfect harmony with the above.

The scripture he was studying was Isa. 53:7. Philip understood the desire of his heart, and preached unto him Jesus Christ revealed in prophecy, and his mission to the earth to save sinners. He showed him the steps necessary to take in conversion–repentance toward God because of transgression of the Father’s law, faith in Christ as the Saviour of men, and baptism in the likeness of his death. The eunuch’s heart was all ready to receive the light and truth, and he accepted with gladness the gospel preached by Philip. p. 304, Para. 2, [3SP ].

The descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Gentiles was not an equivalent for baptism. The requisite steps in conversion, in all cases, are faith, repentance, and baptism. Thus the true Christian church are united in one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Diverse temperaments are modified by sanctifying grace, and the same distinguishing principles regulate the lives of all. Peter yielded to the entreaties of the believing Gentiles, and remained with them for a time, preaching Jesus to all the Gentiles thereabout. p. 332, Para. 1, [3SP ].

All this then needs to be put together with the words of a vision, dated August 24, 1850.

  I saw those who have been baptized as a door into the churches, would have to be baptized again as a door into the faith. Those who have not been baptized since 1844 will have to be before Jesus comes. And some I saw would not make progress till the duty was performed.

Let’s face it. This faith is not the same as the GCSDA church has, for it is the faith of their founding fathers, … which they have publicly rejected. If you accept the faith of the Advent believers who are walking on the strait and narrow path to the city, you need to repent to God, believe his word, have faith in that word and be baptized in the likeness of his death.

God will answer the prayer of faith and provide someone to baptize you.

God Bless your Study

Sunday November 4, 2012

Ever been accused of JUDGING someone? I’m sure you have. The reason I can be so sure about that is because you would not be reading this site much if God had not led you here and was drawing you to Christ. But part and parcel of that deal is that you are morning the evil in the now false city. (You need to study that word.)

I found this the other day.

But why dost thou     judge       thy brother?
 or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?
for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  Romans 14:10

judge = set at nought

This is perhaps the correct understanding of the following verses.

Judge not, that ye be not judged.  Matthew 7:1

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Luke 6:37

This problem is so huge that it is a core element of the work, to combat evil in the church. James W. weighs in on the subject by citing the example of Lot.

 “And they at once did that which all sinners since the days of righteous Lot have been disposed to do to those who faithfully warn them of their sins, namely, they charged him with being a judge.” Sermons on the Coming and Kingdom, p. 52, at  the bottom.

God has a great plan in place in the church to settle the “smallest matters” between brethren — judging!!!

1 Corinthians 6:1-4  Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
4  If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

If only we would operate on New Testament Gospel Order, as we were told to do by God, many of our problems would vanish.

God Bless your study

Tuesday October 30, 2012

We actually covered this one at the beginning of probing into the 144,000. It is the one that got me started. Then I decided to bring some order to this subject, it might make a good article for students. Oh well, everything has to have a beginning somewhere, at least for man.

The 144,000 are identified as virgins, which, as discovered yesterday, is because they are not defiled with any un-scriptural church organization. The church organization Heaven approves of is New Testament Gospel Order. This is an organization that follows the  pattern of the way the disciples started the new church, under the guidance and leading of the Holy Ghost.

There is a whole section on this New Testament Gospel Order, found, beginning on page 15, in the Supplement to the Christian Experience and Views. Recommended reading for all believers.

Interestingly the whole tribe of Levi, from which the priests were taken, were required to take only a virgin as a wife.

    This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.  2 Kings 19:21

This text is repeated twice, the second time in Isaiah 37:22. It is a clear definition of just who God is defining the 144,000 as. And while we are looking at these things, I noticed the other day a text about Abraham; he is called “the  father of us all,” in Romans 4:16; apparently the reason all the saved are called the nation of Israel and the 144,000 are “from” the twelve tribes.

    Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee.  Song of Solomon 1:3

This text is total hidden treasure. A quick paraphrase: Because of the excellent taste of the bread from your table, O God, your name is this hidden treasure to instruct the 144,000.

    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

We know this text is about Mary and Jesus, but I was intrigued with the possibilities, a, “What if?” question. There are a few texts that appear to be using the figure of a woman giving birth to a man-child, for the time of Jacob’s trouble. It’s “as if” God’s true church is, in the person of the 144,000, giving birth to that nation that shall be born in a day. Isaiah 66

    Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.  Jeremiah 14:17    
    Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.  Jeremiah 18:13
    The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.  Lamentations 1:15    
    What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?  Lamentations 2:13    
    The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.  Amos 5:2

These five verses depict just how far from God “all we like sheep have gone astray.” But God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.  2 Corinthians 11:2

Paul expresses his heart, which is bound up with Christ’s. God has a people that do believe the truth and separate themselves from the world and take the path, high and lifted up.

God Bless your study

Monday October 29, 2012

A realizing sense of the huge import of the facts surrounding the 144,000 should impact the faith of every believer. They are the only ones who will be saved, of all who have been tested by the true Advent message since October 22, 1844.

Now there are a great many of SDAs who have never even heard of the true Advent message. By the leadership, the Advent message is considered to be something like “a group of people who founded the church, but were wrong on a great many things, which is why we do them differently now.”

The Advent message is properly considered to have started with the preaching of the first angel’s message by William Miller, on August 7, 1831. From that date, through to the great disappointment of October 22, 1844, the Advent message was a pure message. It fulfilled prophecy as shown by the first and second angel’s messages of Revelation 14.

This was the birthing of the church of Philadelphia. All those who made up this group either left their former church or were kicked out; they had no formal church. They were in the same position as the first Christians, and they had the same church organization. They were a true Christian church, having Christ for their only true leader.

This brings us to today’s characteristic of the 144,000, “not defiled with women.”

We will examine the word “defiled” first. Remember too, God has chosen every word in the Bible, and every word is pure, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”

    Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour’s wife, to defile thyself with her.  Leviticus 18:20

    Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.  Titus 1:15-16

To get defiled is to lie carnally with a woman. It is also being disobedient. Now we will look at “women.”

    And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Revelation 12:17

    And the woman which thou sawest is that great city [Babylon], which reigneth over the kings of the earth.  Revelation 17:18

A woman can be either a pure church or an impure church.

To paraphrase what we have found, it might look like this….

    The 144,000 do not attend other impure churches to seek truth, or any other reason, lest they become defiled with their teachings of the subtle deceptions of Satan and become warped in mind and conscience, even to think they are right when they are totally wrong, and at the last discover that they were even disobedient to Christ, hypocrites before God.

And one more point. To lie carnally with another church is to accept their defiled bread, their bible translation and carnal worldly wisdom, knowledge and understanding, which destroys the possibility of entering that hidden treasure “rest” of Hebrews 4.

Remember the tree in the middle of the garden of Eden? It was a tree of knowledge, both of good and evil, the fruit thereof is not good. And Eve, a woman, went to that tree and sought knowledge. Very shortly she was calling the fruit “good for food,” DANGER!!!!! This is what the SDA woman has done. She is calling the fruit “good for food!”

Most of the churches schools are “accredited.” Do you know what that means? If it’s so important, why is it that Stanford, Harvard and Yale are not accredited? Think it is not so? Get on the phone and call them up, ask them, see what they say.

Be careful where you search for knowledge!

God Bless your study

Friday October 5, 2012

We say, that of all who have ever had access to the Advent message, only 144,000 will be saved. A careful reading of the 1858 Great Controversy, page 205, and The Day-Star, first portion, proves that it is only after, those who are resurrected by the voice of the Father, join, those who lived through the time of trouble such as never was, that the group is called “the living saints, 144,000 in number.”

What this means is — only the 144,000 have the truth.

Problematic, to say the least. They are not members of any church. You can not find them in a directory. Well, maybe the church keeps a directory of people that have withdrawn their membership; I don’t know. There is no pastor you can visit. They don’t have a 501c(3) license from the government to have a religion.

They don’t go to church meetings where error is taught as if it were the truth. If they do happen to still be in the church, currently, they sometimes embarrass others with pointing out their sins. They understand that sin must be put away here, now, in this life.

They will be in perfect harmony with the truth. The proven truth. They will accept the authentic Spirit of Prophecy when presented with it, because nobody in the church could ever give them a sound reason for such gross errors — as is in the Desire of Ages, tenth line up from the bottom of page 568.

They will be holding tight to their KJV Bible, not the masses of other translations, that are the counterfeit of God’s truth. Often ridiculed as fanatics, ostracized by the other SDA members, talked about, rarely investigated for their positions, they are anathema.

You should become one.

God Bless your study

Monday August 27, 2012

I am going to promote to you the portion mentioned yesterday; No. 23, page 3-71. I believe this to be one connected discourse on the living testimony. If you will do a search through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy on the phrase “living testimony” you will discover some amazing things.

As shown yesterday, it will be revived; because it is absolutely necessary for the saints to get through to “the voice of God like many waters.” It is this voice of the Father that resurrects “those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath” “to hear the covenant of peace” and “the day and hour of Jesus coming.” 1858 Great Controversy, page 205.

Then it is that the saints are called, “The living saints, 144,000 in number.” The Day-Star. We have a glorious future before us. We must be prepared by God. Many things are laid open to our understanding and the path of action grows more clear by the day. Will you act?

     The Lord here shows us that the message to be borne to his people by ministers whom he has called to warn the people, is not a peace-and-safety message. It is not merely theoretical, but practical, in every particular. The people of God are represented in the message to the Laodiceans in a position of carnal security. They are at ease, believing themselves in an exalted condition of spiritual attainments. p. 3, Para. 4, [23OT].  

It is Laodicea that feels she has need of nothing. With thousands of pages of, supposed, but unproven, SOP writings, they proudly strut their stuff. Ignorant of what is within those pages, yet in pride of worldly wisdom they declare they need not any low-life like William Barrett to teach them anything!

For those who can not believe this language, I am going to send you off-site to witness, not one, but two, leading SDA pastors preaching that Allah is the same as the Christian’s God!!!!!!

Here are links.

Dwight Nelson
http://www.john1429.org/vidbox/engine/swf/player.swf?url=../../data/video/sdaallah.FLV&volume=75

John Carter
http://www.john1429.org/vidbox/engine/swf/player.swf?url=../../data/video/sdaallah2.FLV&volume=75

If the links will not click through, copy and paste.

The point is, the hour is late, it is very late. Many, many things are coming into alinement for the final moves. We believe events will happen fast. You need to get ready, now, not later.

God Bless your study