Category: Re-Creation

Sabbath May 18, 2013

I want to promote to you The Day-Star. This vision is the first one God gave to Ellen and this is the first publication of that vision. This vision is published in two sections. The reason for this is because Ellen did not understand that Brother Jacobs was going to publish it and she left out some things that were then added, making the second portion.

This vision has a great deal of very important information in it. It warrants close reading and meditation. It is an excellent subject for thought throughout the day and week as you work.

There are in the vision two references to the Apocrypha, 2 Esdras, chapter 2, verses 19 and 43. We consider this to be an endorsement of the Apocrypha by God. Work is on-going preparing an Apocrypha text for this site that you may access for free.

One suggestion in reading this material is to gather your little ones about you and give them to understand that even in this very first vision he gave to Ellen, he remembered them. It should be a good source of comfort to their hearts. Esdras speaks of how God will “fill thy children with joy” with the things he has prepared for them. This is a pure example of God’s love for us all.

The first section of The Day-Star is an excellent read about the whole of the final events. It is not all inclusive and must be put together with other parts of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy to get the full picture. But by it’s self, it is an excellent read that covers the events in a general way and moves very fast.

An example is that it does not mention spending 1,000 years in Heaven, sitting in judgment. We are given excellent views of the glories of Heaven and our homes in the earth made new.

The second portion is more for some close serious study. It covers the important move made by the Father and Christ in Heaven on October 22, 1844. There are some details there that should be understood by all.

There was one I know who was attempting to justify the sentence in the Desire of Ages, on page 568, ten lines up from the bottom, which specifically places Christ in the Holy place instead of the Most Holy. The comment was made that “only a curtain separates the two, so I’m good with that, he is standing right there.” The mistake here was two; first, in The Day-Star we are shown that the temple is so huge that both the Father and then the Son go into the Most Holy in a flaming chariot, so Christ is not “standing right there” as it were; and second, the work in the Holy is a ministration, and that ceased on October 22, 1844 and is no more.

Excellent material and highly recommended to strengthen your faith and grow the faith of the little ones. The link will download it for you.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday December 13, 2011

Some time ago I had a discussion with a man who is a “feaster,” one who believes we are to keep the feasts. Now, first of all, we will point out that this man is a lost man, stumbling around in gross darkness, being led this way and that by Satan, and he knows it not. Thinking that he is so wise, in rejecting the Spirit of Prophecy and only using God’s “sacred name,” he has become a fool. Now you have a foundation for the man’s comment.

He tells me, that in Heaven there has to be a full sewer system and a sewerage treatment plant. He reasons thus, because we are a bunch of humans that are going to Heaven, and after eating will be required to defecate.

First off, God has wisely chosen not to reveal to humans his plans for the future, how he does what he does, nor does he consult with man on these things. In Deuteronomy 29:29 God places bounds about what we may think. Here are the bounds, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”

As humans we wonder about many things, even things that are not revealed to us yet. While I do not consider this to be sin, it would be a waste of time to spend very long speculating about something that, as yet, we have nothing to do with. Here is some guidance.

I was referred to this scripture, “Finally, brethren, Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be ANY virtue, and if there be any praise, think on THESE things.” Here, dear sister, you may meditate and speculate with profit. p. 122, Para. 1, [18OT].

You are not alone in wondering about such things, I do too, from time to time. There are a couple of references to Christ’s clothes being “travel stained.” When is the last time you saw a man hitchhiking on the side of road? Most such are a little “travel stained,” wouldn’t you say? And some are downright dirty.

When we are driven by persecution into desolate places, we won’t be taking our showers with us. At the resurrection, what happens to all the gross clothes, the dirt and filth of the grave? Are we to rise, clean shaven and showered? God actually has given us, a little peek into the future, (which is why it is actually a good thing to take the time to read, slowly, what God has revealed), and here it is.

God hears the petition of his Son, and angels prepare to minister unto him. But God selects Moses and Elijah to visit Christ and converse with him in regard to his coming sufferings at Jerusalem. While Jesus bows in lowliness upon the damp and stony ground, suddenly the heavens open, the golden gates of the City of God are thrown wide, and holy radiance descends upon the mount, enshrouding the kneeling form of Christ. He arises from his prostrate position, and stands in Godlike majesty; the soul agony is gone from his countenance, which now shines with a serene light, and his garments are no longer coarse and soiled, but white and glittering like the noonday sun. p. 328, Para. 1, [2SP].

The sleeping disciples are awakened by the flood of glory that illuminates the whole mount. They gaze with fear and amazement upon the shining garments and radiant countenance of their Master. At first their eyes are dazzled by the unearthly brilliancy of the scene, but as they become able to endure the wondrous light, they perceive that Jesus is not alone. Two glorious figures stand engaged in conversation with him. They are Moses, who talked with God face to face amid the thunder and lightnings of Sinai, and Elijah, that prophet of God who did not see death, but was conducted to Heaven in a chariot of fire. These two, whom God had seen fit to favor above all others who ever lived upon earth, were delegated by the Father to bring the glory of Heaven to his Son, and comfort him, talking with him concerning the completion of his mission, and especially of his sufferings to be endured at Jerusalem. p. 328, Para. 2, [2SP].

We humans are the created. How wonderful it is that we have a proven God, one who is full of mercy and goodness! No trusting soul will be left behind. All the honest in heart will be there!

Our ideas are very small. God’s plan is huge!

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Isaiah 64:4

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Cor. 2:9

God Bless your Study

Tuesday December 6, 2011

We have looked at this passage several times already, but truth needs repetition.

   From what the Lord has shown me, this order of things [meat eating] will be changed, and God’s peculiar people will exercise temperance in all things. p. 52, Para. 2, [15OT].

Our group is reading in No. 21, and we came across this little item.

 Intemperance of any kind will benumb the perceptive organs, and so weaken the brain-nerve power, that eternal things will not be appreciated, but placed upon a level with common. The higher powers of the mind, designed for elevated purposes, are brought into slavery to the baser passions. If our physical habits are not right, the mental and moral powers cannot be strong; for great sympathy exists between the physical and moral. p. 70, Para. 2, [21OT].

First of all I notice the great harmony between the two passages, published some four years apart. Next I notice a greater harmonic interaction between the two at a high level. The first says,  “temperance in all things” while the second says, “intemperance of any kind.” Both are pointing to the ALL and ANY. Being all inclusive is what makes this fertile ground for thought.

The second also mentions “our physical habits” as being a source of the problem. I am right now in the throws of struggling with temperance, vs. “getting something done.” I am a little on the slow side of starting something, on a daily basis, but once I am into it, my mind is heated up about it, I mentally “see” it through to the end. And, suddenly, it’s getting dark, the day is ending, I try to bring things to “a good stopping place,” and wrap up, but I really want to keep going.

Earlier I was thinking, “Won’t it be nice in Heaven, you can start a project and carry it through to the end, never quitting, never getting tired, just blast through! Well, as long as it only takes a week’s worth of effort. We will all enjoy the Sabbaths.

But God is looking for temperance, in any and all activity. I am working on that one.

What is interesting too is the Bible verse on this subject.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. Philip. 4:5

This moderation and temperance may just be connected to growth. Building habits that are correct, perfecting our characters for Heaven.

God Bless your study

Tuesday September 28, 2010

Today’s passage has several points in it, however, one in particular is a very important practice that should be thought of as essential, daily essential, like a good breakfast is essential to good health.

I had occasion, some years ago, to stop at a home, about midnight, to return a member of the family to their home. I was shocked when the father came out into the kitchen and popped some bread into the toaster for a snack. He was another one who had difficulty rising from his easy chair by reason of his great weight. Thinking of food just came “naturally” to him.

For the Christian, thinking of Christ, Heaven, the angels, life eternal, just comes “naturally” because it has become a habit. Acting on good impulses just comes “naturally,” for the Christian has consistently yielded to the promptings of the angels for years. These things come through taking time to do the important things first.

The young will urge that they need something to enliven and divert the mind. I saw that there was pleasure in industry, a satisfaction in pursuing a life of usefulness. Some still urge that they must have something to interest the mind, when business ceases, some mental occupation or amusement to which the mind can turn for relief and refreshment amid cares and wearing labor. The Christian’s hope is just what is needed. Religion will prove to the believer a comforter and a sure guide to the fountain of true happiness. I saw that the young should study the word of God, and give themselves to meditation and prayer, and they will find that their spare moments cannot be better employed. Young friends, you should take time to prove your own selves, whether you are in the love of God. Be diligent to make your calling and election sure. All depends upon your course of action, whether you secure to yourselves the better life. “Wisdom’s ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.” For the young to contemplate the future abode of the righteous, the everlasting reward, is a high and ennobling theme. Dwell upon the marvelous plan of salvation, the great sacrifice made by the King of glory to prepare the way that you might be elevated through the merits of his blood, and by obedience finally be exalted to the throne of Christ. This subject should engage the noblest contemplation of the mind. To be brought into favor with God, what a privilege! To commune with Him, what can more elevate, refine, and exalt us above the frivolous pleasures of earth? To have our corrupt natures renovated by grace, our lustful appetites and animal propensities in subjection, and we standing forth with noble, moral independence, achieving victories every day, will give peace of conscience which can arise alone from right doing. p. 11, Para. 2, [12OT].

God Bless your study