Category: Psychology

Wednesday June 12, 2013

In the second part of The Day-Star is a very interesting writing of Satan’s work of deception. We have visited this passage often in the past and today there is an important point of light that has come which we will look at.

We have just done some posts on the subject of perfection. In particular note this post, for Friday June 7th, for a quick review. This man, SDA Pastor Gifford Rhamie is teaching “in the Hebrew concept of perfection, there is no understanding of flawlessness, or sinlessness” “however we understand the word perfect today we have injected this notion of flawlessness and sinlessness.”

This man is simply parroting what he learned in seminary, which was from counterfeited Greek and Hebrew documents, which is wrong. Thus the importance of the KJV Bible.

This concept of perfection is critical to understand, especially with regard to our duty since October 22, 1844. That date began the great anti-typical Day of Atonement. Let’s review The Day-Star.

I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. I gazed on Jesus’ countenance and admired his lovely person. The Fathers person I could not behold for a cloud of glorious light covered him. I asked Jesus if his Father had a form like himself; He said he had, but I could not behold it; for, said he, if you should for once see the glory of his person, you would cease to exist.
Before the throne was the Advent people, the Church, and the world. [Notice there are three groups, not two] I saw a company bowed down before the throne, deeply interested while most of them stood up disinterested and careless. Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus, then he would look to his Father and appeared to be pleading with him.
Then a light came from the Father to his Son and from him to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it. Others were careless and did not cherish the light and it moved off from them. Some cherished it and went and bowed down before the throne with the little praying company. This company all received the light, and rejoiced in it as their countenances shone with its glory.

This light appears to be the first and second angel’s messages. It’s a bit condensed in this vision.

Then I saw the Father rise from the throne and in a flaming chariot go into the Holy of Holies within the vail, and did sit.

This means that the Father was in the Holy place with Christ. On October 22, 1844 the Father went into the Most Holy before Christ did.

There I saw thrones which I had not seen before. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and most of those who were bowed down rose up with him. And I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after he rose up, and they were left in perfect darkness.

This is true of all the Protestant churches. They have absolutely no understanding of the Sanctuary message at all. They have no knowledge of where Christ is now.

Those who rose up when Jesus did [the Advent people], kept their eyes fixed on him as he left the throne, and led them out a little way, then he raised his right arm and we heard his lovely voice saying, wait ye, I am going to my Father to receive the Kingdom. Keep your garments spotless and in a little while I will return from the wedding, and receive you to myself.
And I saw a cloudy chariot with wheels like flaming fire. Angels were all about the chariot as it came where Jesus was; he stepped into it and was borne to the Holiest where the Father sat. Then I beheld Jesus as he was before the Father a great High Priest. On the hem of his garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. Then Jesus shewed me the difference between faith and feeling.

Now that we have the proper background, we move on to the critical point of this study.

And I saw those who rose up with Jesus send up their faith to Jesus in the Holiest, and praying, Father give us thy spirit. Then Jesus would breathe on them the Holy Ghost. In the breath was light, power and much love, joy and peace.
Then I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne [in the Holy place]. They did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne and pray, My Father give us thy spirit. Then Satan would breathe on them an unholy influence. In it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy and peace. Satan’s object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God’s children.

This work of God, that Satan is trying to carry on, is the forgiveness of sins. We have talked about this before in an oblique manner by discussing the role of psychiatrists and psychologists as functional high priests of Satan’s, who labor to assuage guilt and provide a counterfeit peace through counseling, or, that failing, chemicals; affectionately called “meds” by many.

I saw one after another leave the company who were praying to Jesus in the Holiest, go and join those before the throne and they at once received the unholy influence of Satan.

This vision that God gave to the church was for it’s warning to the very end. It was not just for the 1800’s. Here we see that Satan is successful at deceiving many of the Advent people. This is one of the reasons why the Sanctuary message is not taught in church today.

More tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday March 20, 2012

It’s time to look at the 1919 Bible Conference paper by Bert Haloviak. We are going to “‘butcher’ the paper,” with our comments on this as we have the benefit of a fair amout of hindsight. We will be using the format of the past posting of our new book, Beginning & End, but this material will not be in that book.

The paper is freely available at the churches archive download site.
http://www.adventistarchives.org/doc_info.asp?DocID=30

    In the Shadow of the ‘Daily’: Background and the Aftermath of the 1919 Bible and History Teachers’ Conference. By Bert Haloviak. p. 1, Para. 1, [1919BIBL].  

     INTRODUCTION p. 1, Para. 2, [1919BIBL].  

     Arthur G. Daniells, after the initial three-week, phase of the 1919 Bible and History Teachers’ Conference wrote W. C. White: p. 1, Para. 3, [1919BIBL].  

     “I think I can truly say that at the close of this important meeting, we stand together more unitedly and firmly for all the fundamentals than when we began the meeting.” p. 1, Para. 4, [1919BIBL].

There is nothing quite like good propaganda. Keep up the front. Some suppose that Daniels was a Jesuit. We may never know. We do know that he was present when God executed a top editor of the church, right before his face, with a bolt of lighting out of a clear sky. But, that did not slow him down. Just like the Scribes and Pharisees.

 A contrary opinion was expressed three years later by J. S. Washburn, a minister of thirty-eight years, when he stated: p. 1, Para. 5, [1919BIBL].  
     “Under the authority, and sanction or permission at least of this so called Bible Institute, teachers were undermining the confidence of our sons and daughters in the very fundamentals of our truth, while the parents were not allowed to inquire into the sacred secrets of this private council…. One of our most faithful workers said the holding of the [1919] Bible Institute was the most terrible thing that had ever happened in the history of this denomination.” [1] p. 1, Para. 6, [1919BIBL]. [1] A. G. Daniells to W. C. White, July 20, 1919, WCW Correspondence Bk. 116, 1917-19 — D, White Estate: J. S. Washburn, “An Open Letter to Elder A. G. Daniells and an Appeal to the General Conference,” 1922,

It is clear that Washburn was much more accurate and factual in his assessment of the Conference.

     The Washburn statement reflected a viewpoint that had deep roots in the denominational past, but a viewpoint that was not represented at the 1919 Conference. That viewpoint was not excluded by design, but rather because the initiative for the Conference came from the education field, and delegates were selected largely from the Bible and history faculties of the major educational institutions. p. 1, Para. 7, [1919BIBL].

This paragraph has a great deal of information, important to a correct understanding of just what took place at that conference: 1.) The viewpoint was of historic origin; this was because it was part and parcel of the faith of the pioneers, none of whom would have put up with such a departure from that faith. 2.) Notice that that viewpoint was not represented at the Conference. 3.) Immediately we have the lie, it “was not excluded by design.” 4.) Immeadiately then, we are told who it was that initiated the Conference, another lie, and 5.) who it was that was invited, by class, no roster given.

They would be happy if we would just accept whatever they want to claim, but here we know they are lying through their teeth.

Washburn called it a “private council,” which it was, all attendees were by invitation only. Furthermore, if it was what they would have us believe, then what was W. W. Prescott and A. G. Daniels doing there??? We are supposed to believe that Daniels and Prescott were just out wandering around one day, and by chance, happened to end up at the Conference, and just as well, happened to be asked to speak, and the subject just happened to be on the definitation of “inspiration.” What a coincidence.

     The discord with this unrepresented segment had begun far earlier than 1919 and would continue after the Conference. The nature of the disharmony concerned conflicting viewpoints regarding the inspiration of the spirit of prophecy and was fought with the theological question of the “daily” of Daniel 8 as a backdrop. p. 1, Para. 8, [1919BIBL].  

Please remember that the man writing the paper is getting paid by the church, and shows his own bias from time to time.

     This paper will attempt to outline the two major conflicting positions on the nature of the inspiration of the spirit of prophecy and to illustrate the consequences of the friction between those positions. It will also examine some of the crises that militated against a successful dialogue that might have synthesized the conflicting viewpoints. The writer believes that the tragedy of the decade that preceded, and the decades that followed the Conference was that each side had elements of truth that were needed by the other.

I think it’s important to keep your thinking straight here. It is Satan that deals with both hands, one of lies, one of truth; combined they make many feel good, but bring spiritual death; which is where the church is today.

     Distrust, however, resulted in one position dismissing the other as “verbal inspirationists,” while the second camp considered its opponents to be moving, consciously or unconsciously, toward the destruction of the spirit of prophecy, with that distrust came solidification of positions that rendered more unlikely the needed dialogue. p. 1, Para. 9, [1919BIBL].  

     After looking at the Conference itself and some of its unresolved questions, the paper briefly examines certain apostasies that colored the atmosphere as the debate on the “daily” was beginning. It then examines the major proponents of each of the positions that became solidified over the question of the inspiration of the spirit of prophecy. p. 2, Para. 1, [1919BIBL].

The discussion over the “daily” never would have occured had the church leadership been following God and embraced his prophet and what God told them through her.

     It should be noted that the nature of the questions involved in this paper necessitated a broad attempt for documentation. It should be understood that, while the writer believes that the evidence justifies the general conclusions reached, the paper in no way purports to be a thorough exposition of the many involved episodes that it touches. p. 2, Para. 2, [1919BIBL].  

     The sponsors of the 1919 Bible and History Teachers’ Conference did not produce minutes of the meeting nor did they issue a formal report of positions taken on the various topics presented. The transcript of this conference therefore, does not constitute any kind of an official statement. The transcript consists of both study papers and discussions. Some of the discussions covered topics not on the agenda. p. 2, Para. 3, [1919BIBL].

Inspiration was one of those topics not on the agenda; however, the invitation stated that other topics could come up.

  Careful scholarship would place more weight on the thoughts expressed in the papers than in the ideas presented during the discussions, insofar as denominational consensus is concerned. While the extemporaneous remark of a delegate might reveal his own deepest theological problems, the same topic handled by the same person but appearing in a denominational journal or book would more nearly represent the church at large or a major school of denomination thought. p. 2, Para. 4, [1919BIBL].

And, now for the conclusion of the introduction; (drum roll please) we will tell you what and how to think. I just love this paragraph. It so clearly, neatly defines the thought path they want you to take. To me, it’s a total psyop. You are responsible before God to do your own study and questioning; only those who Ask, Seek, Knock, will get Answers, Find what is sought, Open doors.

God Bless you own study and his direction of it

Friday March 2, 2012

Part 9 of  12

          First we should feel needy, and then ask God for the very things we need, and then believe he gives them to us, even while we ask; and then, I saw, that our faith would grow, all would be edified, the weak would be strengthened, the discouraged and desponding made to look up, and believe that God is a rewarder of all those who diligently seek him.
           Some hold back in meetings because they have nothing new to say, and must repeat the same story if they speak. I saw that pride was at the bottom of this. That God and angels witnessed the testimonies of the saints, and the Lord was well pleased, and was glorified by their testimonies repeated weekly. The Lord and his holy angels love simplicity and humility. I saw that God had been displeased, and angels grieved, that professed heirs of God, and joint heirs with Jesus, should suffer precious time to run to waste in their meetings.
           If the brethren and sisters were in the place they should be, they would not be at a loss to find something to say in honor of Jesus, who hung upon Calvary’s cross for their sins. If they would cherish more of a realizing sense of the condescension of God in giving his only beloved Son to die, a sacrifice for our sins and transgressions, and the sufferings and anguish of Jesus to make a way of escape for guilty man, that he might receive pardon and live, they would be more ready to extol and magnify Jesus. They could not hold their peace; but with thankfulness and gratitude, would talk of his glory, and tell of his power. And blessings from God would rest upon them by so doing. Even if the same story was repeated, God would be glorified.
           The Angel shewed me those who ceased not day nor night, crying, Holy, Holy, Lord, God Almighty. “Continual repetition,” said the Angel, “yet God is glorified by it.” Although we may tell the same story over and over, it honors God, and shows that we are not unmindful of him and his goodness and mercies to us.

A quick reminder here; Crosier had the truth, a clear understanding, about this text. You will find that on page # of this work.

        I saw that the nominal churches had fallen; that coldness and death reigns in their midst. If they would follow the Word it would humble them. But they get above the work of the Lord. It is too humbling for them to repeat the same simple story of God’s goodness when they meet together; and they try to get something new; something great, and study to have their words exact to the ear, and please man, and God’s Spirit has left them. When we follow the humble, Bible way, we shall have the movings of the Spirit of God. All will be in sweet harmony, if we follow the humble channel of truth, depending wholly upon God, and there will be no danger of being affected by the evil angels. It is when souls get above the Spirit of God, moving in their own strength, that the angels cease watching over them, and they are left to the buffetings of satan.

           I saw that duties were laid down for us in God’s word, to be performed to keep the people of God humble and separate from the world, and from backsliding, like the nominal churches. Washing feet, and the Lord’s supper should be more frequently practiced.

In The Present Truth, No. 2, page 12, James gives us a glimpse of those days in these words. “Paul preached to them on the Sabbath, which closed at 6 o’clock P. M., then in the evening, which commenced the first day, the disciples came together to celebrate the Lord’s supper, and Pail preached all night. We follow this example of the disciples, and break bread in the evening of the first day just after the close of the Sabbath.”

We think the pioneers kept the Lord’s supper each week at this time in 1849. Currently we do not know more than is said here. Remember, the Supplement was published in 1854. James speaks of formalism taking over the church as early as August 1850. This can be found in The Advent Review, No. 1, page 16.

      Jesus set us the example, and told us to do as he had done. I saw that the example of Christ should be as exactly followed as possible; yet brethren and sisters have not always moved as judiciously as they should in washing feet, and confusion has been caused. It should be introduced into new places with carefulness and wisdom, especially where the people are not informed relative to the example and teachings of our Lord on this point, and where they have prejudice against it. Many honest souls are much prejudiced against this plain duty, through the influence of their former teachers in whom they had confidence; and the subject should be introduced to them in a proper time and manner.
           There is no example given in the Word for brethren to wash sisters’ feet; but there is an example for sisters to wash the feet of brethren.

At this time, we think this includes married couples. God has reasons for everything he does, we should only be seeking to be obedient, not questioning. The formalization of everything done in church makes it easy for the devil to make evil suggestions about God’s work when things do not happen just so. Therefore, should the Holy Ghost move upon a “Mary” to wash a man’s feet, under formalism it would be looked upon as some form of evil; yet, under Gospel Order, it would be the work of God and not man. We see here Gospel Order in action.

    Mary washed the feet of Jesus with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Also see 1 Timothy 5:10. I saw that the Lord had moved upon sisters to wash the feet of brethren, and that it was according to gospel order. All should move understandingly, and not make the washing of feet a tedious ceremony.
           The holy salutation mentioned in the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the apostle Paul, should ever be regarded in its true character. It is a holy kiss. It should be regarded as a sign of fellowship to Christian friends, when parting, and meeting again after a separation for weeks or months. In 1 Thessalonians 5:26, Paul says:–“Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.” And in the same chapter he says:– “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” Verse 22. There can be no appearance of evil when the holy kiss is given at a proper time and place.

Though I am well aware of the fact that this kiss is a part of Gospel Order, it does not seem God’s people are quite ready for it. Probably after the start of the Loud Cry it will come into use, as then the wicked will be purged from the rolls.

        I saw that the strong hand of the enemy is set against the work, and the help and strength of every one who loves the cause of truth, should be enlisted; and great interest manifested by them to uphold the hands of those who advocate the truth. And by steady watch-care, shut out the enemy. All should stand as one, united in this work. Every energy of their soul should be awake; for what is done must be done quickly.
           I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, “Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal or bind the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.”

In this passage, we crossed a threshold. Clearly, we are now dealing with the third angel, which we also know is not an angel, but an illustration of God’s people who are doing that work. I would invite you to turn back a few pages to page # 135? and re-read those comments in addition to these.

The third angel is interesting, in that, these people, God’s true church, are passing through different phases, illustrated as angels doing a specific work. Like an engine in a car, or baking a loaf of bread, timing is important. The true pioneers of this faith are the ones who were in all the messages; meaning, that they were first illustrated as the first angel of Revelation 14. Next, they were illustrated as the second angel; then they were illustrated as the third angel. And now that we have a correct understanding of Bible prophecy, we know God’s true church will be illustrated by the angel of Revelation 18, for they will be giving that message in response to Sunday being made a test. Check No. 6, page 22, for confirmation.

You might want to also review the list of processes we are living under in the last days, which is on page #. The list is long and very important. Perhaps once we actually get a grasp of the full meaning of these things we will not be so blasé about them.

God Bless your study

Friday February 24, 2012

Part 2 of  12

           4. The view that the Lord “had stretched out his hand the second time to recover the remnant of his people,” on page 61, refers only to the union and strength once among those looking for Christ, and that he had begun to unite and raise up his people again.

We suggest a review of The Present Truth, No. 11, found here on page #.

    5. Spirit Manifestations. On pages 25, and 26, read as follows: — “I saw that the mysterious knocking in N.Y., and other places, was the power of Satan, and that such things would be more and more common, clothed in a religious garb, to lull the deceived to more security, and to draw the minds of God’s people, if possible, to those things and cause them to doubt the teachings, and power of the Holy Ghost.”

           This view was given in 1849, nearly five years since. Then spirit manifestations were mostly confined to the city of Rochester, known as the “Rochester knockings.” Since that time the heresy has spread beyond the expectations of any one.
           Much of the view on page 47, headed, Mysterious Rappings, given August 1850, has since been fulfilled, and is now fulfilling. Here is a portion of it:

           “I saw that soon it would be considered blasphemy to speak against the rapping, and that it would spread more and more, and Satan’s power would increase, and some of his devoted followers would have power to work miracles, and even to bring down fire from heaven in the sight of men. I was shown that these modern magicians would yet account for all the miracles wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ by the rapping and mesmerism, and many would believe that all the mighty works of the Son of God, when he was on the earth, were accomplished by this same power.”

           I saw the rapping delusion — what progress it was making, and if it were possible it would deceive the very elect. Satan will have power to bring the appearance of a form before us purporting to be our relatives and friends that now sleep in Jesus. It will be made to appear as though they were present, the words they uttered while here, which we were familiar with, will be spoken, and the same tone of voice, which they had while living, will fall upon the ear. All this is to deceive the saints, and ensnare them into the belief of this delusion.

           I saw that the saints must get a thorough understanding of the present truth, which they will have to maintain from the Scriptures.

There are several other places where we are enjoined to this study of the Scriptures. I wonder if it will be that those who have done so will be the ones that go through the last events, before Christ appears. Here is a partial listing of the other references about learning the Scriptures. 1858 Great Controversy, page 173; No. 26, page 60; Review & Herald, August 11, 1853, found here on page #; further ahead in this Supplement, on page #; Vol. 2, Spiritual Gifts, page 41 and 76; Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 3, pages 309 and 389.

           They must understand the state of the dead; for the spirits of devils will yet appear to them, professing to be beloved friends and relatives, who will declare to them that the Sabbath has been changed, and, also, other unscriptural doctrines. They will do all in their power to excite sympathy, and work miracles before them, to confirm what they declare. The people of God must be prepared to withstand these spirits with the Bible truth, that the dead know not any thing, and that they are the spirits of devils. Our minds must not be taken up with things around us, but must be occupied with the present truth, and a preparation to give a reason of our hope with meekness and fear. We must seek wisdom from on high that we may stand in this day of error and delusion.

The issue of staying in control of our own minds is a very big one, especially for the last days. In the passage above, we are given two points on this. First, we should not be constantly thinking about the world and this life; second, we should be thinking about Present Truth, “and a preparation to give a reason of our hope.” Even in work, people have time to think, or usually, daydream. All have time to choose the main stream of their thoughts.

           I saw that we must examine well the foundation of our hope, for we shall have to give a reason for it from the scriptures; for we shall see this delusion spreading, and we shall have to contend with it face to face. And unless we are prepared for it, we shall be ensnared and overcome.

While one can find most anything, anywhere these days, this subject has not seemed to be overwhelming, yet. But, from what is said, we must prepare ourselves to meet it, face to face.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday August 31, 2011

Today we present another item for your consideration. This is not really a big point, but it is an important one from the aspect of “messing with people’s minds, or, thinking.” This takes us straight back to the word definition game. “A rose is a rose is a rose” is probably Gertrude Stein’s  most famous quotation.

But if I come to you and tell you that this rose I am holding in my hand is in fact a cow, you would, rightly, consider me to be ridiculous.

This is an excerpt from Wikipedia.

The Big Lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, for a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

This is exactly what was done to the world on September 11, 2001, about the disaster at the World Trade Center. The truth is that over 3,000 people were murdered by high level officials in the US government. Yet, even today, the official government story-line lie is maintained, even on this Wikipedia page; a blatant, in your face example of high-level control of information, alleged to be available for editing by anyone.

All this takes us to the process of education. If you are my child, and I teach you nothing but lies, and you spend all your formative years learning from me, you will arrive at young adulthood believing that a rose is called a cow.

Virtually all Americans at this day are ignorant of the law of the land, the Constitution; simply because they were never taught about it, by intentional design of the Jesuits. God tells us pure truth. “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” The corollary here is, you must know the truth, it won’t make you free if you refuse to know it. If Americans were taught the truth about this country’s laws, there would be much less crime across the land today.

All should read Studies in Christian Education by Sutherland. Available free right here. I have two copies. One is the original, the other is the counterfeit. You see, Satan is the father of lies and he is a living being and will do all in his power to prevent you from gaining Heaven.

Now I have said all that to show you this. In Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 2. There is a word change. Here it is.

And as we had the emblem of our dying Lord before us, and was about to commemorate his sufferings, Bro. A. arose and said he had no faith in what we were about to do; that the Sacrament was a continuation of the Passover, to be observed but once a year. p. 97, Para. 2, [2SG].

And the correct word used.

And as we had the emblems of our dying Lord before us, and were about to commemorate his sufferings, Brother A. arose and said he had no faith in what we were about to do, that the Lord’s supper was a continuation of the passover to be observed but once a year. p. 247, Para. 2, [LS80].

The word “Sacrament” is a wholly Catholic term, Christians do not mix Catholic terms into their vernacular as it creates confusion, especially in the minds of the young, and familiarity with evil. Because of years of Jesuit control, dictionaries have been written with their definitions in place and it becomes very hard to argue for the truth. This is a part of Satan’s plan.

If you will read Sutherland’s book, you will be much better prepared to meet the evil when it’s time.

We think this word change was the work of Uriah Smith and that James White was aware of some of these things. Such evil at the heart of the work lead to the early death of James. God knew also, that is why No. 13 declares, “I saw that we had everything to fear in regard to the Office.” page 28. (which also was changed in the counterfeit)

It is not for nothing that these warnings are given.

God Bless your awareness

Sunday August 7, 2011

The condition of the American nation is quickly becoming the laughing stock of the rest of world. Our “leaders” boast of so much, but it is like vaporware, nothing is there.

In this excellent article the writer has laid out the current state of the Union. It is a bleak picture. It appears that we are following the same path that man has always followed. In the article, a strong parallel is shown between the collapse of the Roman empire and that of America.

Somewhere, about the middle, he brings in the art world. “What passes for art today is a crucifix in the artist’s urine. The true art of the American empire consists of reality TV shows like Jersey Shore and Housewives of NY, OC, NJ, Miami, and Atlanta. America has taken shallow, mindless, and superficial to an empire crushing low.”  Now this is very interesting. I used to have a book on the parallels between America and Nazi Germany, and in that book, the very same thing was mentioned. Namely, mankind becomes insane on what is considered to be art.

We have all heard the stories. One particular story comes to mind. The janitor enters the gallery late at night and cleans up. In the morning the “artist” comes in and is horrified that his “art” is gone, destroyed. His “art work” was a scene of a booth, vacated, with trash left on the table after the people were gone. Cigarette butts, wadded up napkins, &c., just the sort of thing a janitor should clean up.

The real root cause of all the rot is a departure from truth.

Truth, accepted and spoken, is the mortal enemy of political correctness. This is the great problem with all modern forms of the mental health industry. You can not find people who will tell the truth. Truth is the currency of Heaven. Lies is the currency of the world.

Here is an example of the lie shouted from the top of the universities of the land. “Fundamentalism is the mortal enemy of all civilized humanity”  Yet you look up “fundamentalism” and you will find that it is exactly that, a getting back to the fundamentals, or the foundation. All things rest on a foundation, …of something. Buildings rest on a concrete foundation. Life should rest on a foundation of truth. Civilization is often described as a “thin veneer,” and oh how thin it can be!

Truth revealed stands sentinel at the gates of action. Truth tells the artist that his work is stupid, and shows him real artistic talent’s production, genius at work. Truth revealed constrains the liar. It immediately tells the mentally ill the difference between right and wrong. We all need the healing balm of truth.

And truth stands in God’s true church as the living witness, in the voice of the saints, “and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Tim. 3:16 How can these things be? It is the Word of God, by inspiration, spoken, not read. That is why it is said of God’s people that “the living testimony had been revived.” 1858 Great Controversy, p. 197

By faith we see the gleams of morning’s light, yea, “the morning cometh, and also the night.”

God Bless your week.

 

Note Well: (an old term used by Ellen, check here, I rather like the old terms)

The Redemption series is finally done being compared. You can check them out here, and see the differences for yourself.

No. 2 has the most blatant lie, that we have noticed. No. 8 has a lot added at the end that there is no source for, which means it would be a first printing, if so. We will be keeping our eyes open on this one. Also, it has not yet been checked for problem spots.

 

Friday July 8, 2011

Thinking about thinking thoughts.

 

I am currently of the opinion that Satan can read our thoughts. Else how could he have enough access to be constantly suggesting things? But that point aside, we do know that it is his business to be constantly suggesting ??? thoughts for us to think on. Why? Please go back to Tuesday’s post and review.

 

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. p. 180, Para. 1, [GC58].

 

I have ramped up my awareness of my personal thought train. We are told that God will keep anyone in perfect peace if they keep their mind on him. So as Satan makes suggestions in the form of, thoughts chained together through commonalities, I begin to ask myself this question. What pleasure do I derive by thinking these thoughts? Or, is it better to think this way than to dwell on some approved topic, such as, how pure God’s truth really is?

 

There is much to consider on this topic. It is important to stay focused on the work we need to do well. Many accidents are caused because people are daydreaming instead of paying attention to their work. But there is a lot of time in the day that is there for us to use to think about God, Heaven, the bright future before the faithful, &c.

 

If I am getting more pleasure out of a worldly focus in my thinking, then it would follow that Satan is probably directing the show AND “then the angels of God can do but little more than hold in check the host of Satan, that they should not destroy.” p. 104, Para. 5, [8OT].

 

So it becomes a process of my choice, of what I am thinking in my free air time, that is holding back the angel’s from helping me, or not.

 

God Bless your thinking time

 

Tuesday July 5, 2011

Today’s important passage is a view behind the seen, into the spiritual realm [I’ll just call it that] where angels operate. We get a look at one of the more common battles for souls. More importantly it is a blow-by-blow account and includes the unseen realities of the operation, both of men and angel’s. I’ll be really chopping this up so read carefully.

 

I was shown that God’s true people are the salt of the earth, and the light of the world. God requires of them continual advancement in the knowledge of the truth, and in the way of holiness. Then will they understand the coming in of Satan, and in the strength of Jesus will resist him. Satan will call to his aid legions of his angels to oppose the advance of even one soul, and if possible, wrest it from the hand of Christ. p. 104, Para. 4, [8OT].

 

Here we have a more complete view of the battle over every soul and how it is worked out.

 

I saw evil angels contending for souls, and angels of God resisting them. The conflict was severe. [this is the summary statement]

 

Evil angels were crowding about them [souls], corrupting the atmosphere with their poisonous influence, and stupefying their sensibilities. [we are not told just how this works, at this point, I might suggest TV as a big factor]

 

Holy angels were anxiously watching these souls, and were waiting to drive back Satan’s host. But it is not the work of good angels to control minds against the will of the individuals. [HOW AMAZING! Here is shown a connection between the choice of individuals, i.e. TV, … and the driving back of the poisonous influence of the evil angels by God’s angels.]

 

If they yield to the enemy, [how many ways do we yield to Satan?] and make no effort to resist him, [one of the ways we can resist Satan is told us by God on page 184 of the 1858GC, “by calling upon God with perseverance.”] then the angels of God can do but little more than hold in check the host of Satan, that they should not destroy, [notice the comma here, it is not the end of the sentence.]

 

until further light is given to those in peril, [now for the purpose of more light] to move them to arouse and look to Heaven for help.

 

Jesus will not commission holy angels to extricate those who make no effort to help themselves. p. 104, Para. 5, [8OT].

 

If Satan sees he is in danger of losing one soul, he will exert himself to the utmost to keep that one.

 

And when the individual is aroused to his danger, and with distress and fervor looks to Jesus for strength, [now angels can do more for the soul] Satan fears he shall lose a captive, and he calls a reinforcement of his angels to hedge in the poor soul, and form a wall of darkness around him, that Heaven’s light may not reach him. [see the lie of the counterfeit SOP at the end]

 

But if the one in danger perseveres, and in helplessness and weakness casts himself upon the merits of the blood of Christ, [thus is pointed out and spelled out, our work to save ourselves] Jesus listens to the earnest prayer of faith, and sends a reinforcement of those angels which excel in strength to deliver them.

 

Satan cannot endure to have his powerful rival appealed to, for he fears and trembles before his strength and majesty. At the sound of fervent prayer Satan’s whole host trembles. [notice that the prayer is fervent,… not casual]

 

He continues to call legions of his evil angels to accomplish his object. And when angels, all-powerful, clothed with the armory of Heaven, come to the help of the fainting, pursued soul, Satan and his host fall back, well knowing that their battle is lost. p. 104, Para. 6, [8OT].

 

It seems that this “free moral agent” position (more on this tomorrow), that each human is given, is “sacred ground” in the war between Christ and Satan. That God will never violate it, and, that he has set some restraint on Satan, that he can not violate it, up to a certain point. That point seems to be an especial point of deception with Satan. Which is to say that if Satan can get a soul to cross that line, that soul is his and can not return to God, except some special effort, on the part of someone, take place. Witness Christ at the shores of the Gadarenes healing the demoniacs. They were Greeks.

 

I used to think that somehow when you become a Christian, truly converted, that you become like these following texts depict.

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Matthew 7:18

For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Luke 6:43

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. James 3:11-12

 

But now I am thinking that this state is only attained when we overcome as Christ overcame. Perhaps, this, is the victory God shows us on page 185 of the 1858 Great Controversy.

Here is the lie.

He [Satan] intercepts every ray of light that comes from God to man, and appropriates the worship that is due to God. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 2}

God Bless your Study

 

Monday July 4, 2011

I have been much exercised lately about our “minds and thoughts” and their effect on our salvation. For now, just this will be put forward. Tomorrow we have some important material which bears directly on what happens in these processes. It is a look into the mechanics of the process of gaining the victory.

 

I have been shown that we must be guarded on every side, and perseveringly resist the insinuations and devices of Satan. He has transformed himself into an angel of light, [this means another human being] and is deceiving and leading thousands captive. The advantages he takes of the science of the human mind, is tremendous. Here, serpent-like, he imperceptibly creeps in to corrupt the work of God. The miracles and works of Christ, he makes all human. If Satan should make an open, bold attack upon Christianity, it would bring the Christian in distress and agony at the feet of his Redeemer, and the strong and mighty Deliverer would affright the bold adversary away. But Satan, transformed into an angel of light, works upon the mind to allure from the only safe and right path. The sciences of phrenology, psychology, and mesmerism, have been the channel through which Satan has come more directly to this generation, and wrought with that power which was to characterize his work near the close of probation. p. 80, Para. 2, [7OT].

Read 2 Thess. ii, 8-12. “And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. p. 80, Para. 3, [7OT].

There is another text which pleads, “let… the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight oh Lord.” This begs the question, what are you thinking? What am I thinking? Is that acceptable to God? Well?

 

Satan has come unperceived through these sciences, and poisoned the minds of thousands and led them to infidelity. He is well pleased to have them spread wide. It is his own plan, laid out by himself, that he may have access to minds, and influence them as he pleases. And while it is believed that one human mind so wonderfully affects another, Satan, ready at hand, insinuates himself, and works on the right hand and on the left. And while those devoted to the great and good works they affirm are wrought by them, they are cherishing and glorifying Satan himself, who steps in and works with all power and signs and lying wonders–with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. p. 81, Para. 1, [7OT].

 

In other words… miracles! Many people I have heard proclaim the glories of our modern drugs, and not the glory of God. Kinda makes me wonder….

 

Said the angel, “Mark its influence. The controversy between Christ and Satan is not yet ended.” This entering in of Satan through the sciences, is well devised by his Satanic majesty, and will eventually root out of the minds of thousands true faith in Christ’s being the Messiah, the Son of God. p. 81, Para. 2, [7OT].

 

God Bless your study

 

Thursday April 7, 2011

Back to No. 28. Starting on page 88, and continuing through page 104, is a section titled, Epistle Number One. Interestingly this is one of several testimonies that originally went to ministers, and ended up being added to the ones for the church, generally.

 

Before we get into it I want to point out an earlier paragraph that carries a definition of inspiration.

 

These teachers, if they are really men of God, receive their words from God. Their manner of address may be faulty, and need much improvement; yet if God breathes through them words of inspiration, the power is not of man but of God. p. 84, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

Small wonder then that God tells us that James was inspired, as was several of the other pioneers, remember, those who had been in all the messages, 1st, 2nd and 3rd angel’s. Present Truth, No. 11, p. 86.

 

Continuing now with some excerpts from Epistle Number One.

 

Sympathy and union with those whose characters have been cast in an inferior mold, will not elevate and ennoble you, but will rust and corrode your spirit, and will mar your usefulness and disconnect you from God. p. 91, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

Big time warning. Check also, 2 Chronicles 19:2, last part.

 

The word of God abounds in general principles for the formation of correct habits of living, and the testimonies, general and personal, have been calculated to call their attention more especially to these principles; but all these have not made a sufficient impression upon their hearts and minds to cause them to realize the necessity of decided reform. p. 92, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

This is telling us the true position of the Testimonies.

 

You should learn a lesson from this experience to close your ears to those who would prejudice you against the very ones whom God would have you sustain, pity, and strengthen. p. 95, Para. 2, [28OT].

 

Bro. —- has made a mistake in sinking under this load of reproach and undeserved criticism which should have fallen on other heads than his. He is a man who has loved the cause of God with his whole soul. God has shown his care for the blind in giving him prosperity; but even this has been turned against him by his envious brethren. God has put it into the hearts of unbelievers to be kind and sympathetic to him because he is a blind man. Bro. —- has been a Christian gentleman, and has made even his worldly enemies to be at peace with him. God has been to him a tender father, and has smoothed his pathway. He should have been true to his knowledge of truth, and served God with singleness of heart irrespective of censure, envy, and false accusations.Riveted to the eternal Rock, he should have stood firm to principle, and carried out his faith and the truth at all hazards. Oh! what necessity, for Bro. —- to cling more closely to the Arm that is mighty to save. p. 100, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

All the worth and greatness of this life is derived from its connection with Heaven and the future immortal life. God’s everlasting arm encircles the soul that turns to him for aid, however feeble he may be. The precious things of the hills shall perish; but the soul that lives for God, unmoved by censure, unperverted by applause, shall abide forever with him. The city of God will open its golden gates to receive him who learned while on earth to lean on God for guidance and wisdom, for comfort and hope amid loss and affliction. The songs of angels will welcome him there, and for him the tree of life will yield its fruits. p. 101, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

Not one of us is excusable, under any form of trial, for letting our hold upon God become loosened. He is our source of strength, and our stronghold in every trial. When we cry unto him for help, his hand will be stretched forth mightily to save. Bro. —- should have felt that if he had God for his father, he could hope and rejoice though every human friend should forsake him. I entreat of him not to rob God of his service because frail man has misjudged him, but make haste and consecrate himself to God and serve him with all the powers of his being. God loves him, and he loves God; and his works must be in accordance with his faith, whatever course man may pursue toward him. p. 102, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

What has not God done for Bro. —- in giving his Son to die for him; and will he not with him freely give him all things? Why should he be unfaithful to God because man has proved unfaithful to him? How much stronger than death is the love that binds the mother’s heart to her afflicted child; yet God declares that even a mother may forget her child, “yet will I not forget thee.” No, not a single soul who puts his trust in him will be forgotten. p. 103, Para. 2, [28OT].

 

God thinks of his children with the tenderest solicitude, and keeps a book of remembrance before him that he may never forget the children of his care. Bro. and Sr. —- might have been a precious help to the church in bringing them up to a position of better understanding, had the church accepted their efforts. But envy, evil surmisings, and jealousy have driven them away from the church. Had they left the scenes of their trial before they did, it would have been better for them. p. 104, Para. 1, [28OT].

 

This last excerpt points up the need to get your counsel from God for your particular situation; as there are other places where God did not want his people to run from opposition. The time can not be far distant when we, if faithful, will join in, in this man’s position, the focus of the power of evil.

 

I hated to shorten any of this, read in context.

 

God Bless your study