Category: Separation

Wednesday October 9, 2013

James White, as the husband-protector of Ellen AND the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, has said many things, which, if incorporated by teaching, would certainly do it’s part in safeguarding many a saint on the strait and narrow path to the City. Many are the pitfalls God, through James, has identified for the church, “yet they would not hear.”

In total opposition to what James wrote, Willie writes and puts Ellen’s name on it!

The prayer of Christ to His Father, contained in the seventeenth chapter of John, is to be our church creed. It shows us that our difference and disunion are dishonoring to God. Read the whole chapter, verse by verse.– Manuscript 12, 1899. 3SM 21.1

I’m sure Willie thought it was right, but wow! what a clutz! James has a lot different approach! as you will see here.

The object of the gifts, as stated by Paul, was “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come in the unity of the faith.” But they have been superseded in the popular churches by human creeds, which have failed to secure scriptural unity. It has been truly said, “The American people are a nation of lords.” In a land of boasted freedom of thought and of conscience, like ours, church force cannot produce unity; but has caused divisions, and has given rise to religious sects and parties almost innumerable. Creed and church force have been called to the rescue in vain.

The remedy, however, for this deplorable evil is found in the proper use of the simple organization and church order set forth in the New-Testament Scriptures, and in the means Christ has ordained for the unity and perfection of the church. We affirm that there is not a single apology in all the book of God for disharmony of sentiment or spirit in the church. The means are ample to secure the high standard of unity expressed in the New Testament. Christ prayed that his people might be one, as he was one with his Father. John 17. And Paul appeals to the church at Corinth in these emphatic words: “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1Cor.1:10. “Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus, that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom.15:5,6. The gifts were given to secure this state of unity.

But the popular churches have introduced another means of preserving unity, namely, human creeds. These creeds secure a sort of unity to each denomination; but they have all proved inefficient, as appears from the New Schools and Reformed of almost every creed-bound denomination under heaven. Hence the many kinds of Baptists, of Presbyterians, of Methodists, and of others. There is not an excuse for this state of things anywhere to be found in the book of God. These sects are not on the foundation of unity laid by Jesus Christ, and taught by Paul, the wise master-builder. And the smaller sects who reject human creeds, professing to take the Bible as their rule of faith and practice, yet rejecting the gifts, are not a whit better off. In these perilous times they shake to fragments, yet cry, The Bible! the Bible! We, too, would exalt the Bible, and would say to those who would represent us as taking the gifts instead of the Bible, that we are not satisfied with a part of the sacred volume, but claim as ours the Bible, the whole Bible, the gifts and all.

All the denominations cannot be right, and it may not be wrong to suppose that no one of them is right on all points of faith. To show that they cannot have their creeds and the gifts too, that creeds shut out the gifts, we will suppose that God, through chosen instruments taken from each sect, begins to show up the errors in the creeds of these different denominations. If they received the testimony as from Heaven, it would spoil their creeds. But would they throw them away and come out on the platform of unity taught by Christ, Paul, and Peter? Never! They would a thousand times sooner reject the humble instruments of God’s choice. It is evident that if the gifts were received, they would destroy human creeds; and that if creeds be received, they shut out the gifts. 1880 Life Sketches, pages 344-345

And since the SDA church has followed the world and created their own creed, aka, the 27 doctrines, they had to create some strong chords (1858 Great Controversy, page 147) using the counterfeit SOP.

When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God’s commandmentkeeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track. Review & Herald, November 8, 1956

Amazing what happens when once you practice to deceive….

God Bless your Study

Sabbath October 5, 2013

It is a fearful deception to think that somehow, someway, because there are now and have been past, so many good Seventh-Day Adventists throughout the known world, there must be more than 144,000, of those exposed to this faith, who will be saved.

Currently, there are over 17 million SDAs in the world. If they were all truly converted the great controversy would have been over with long ago. Numbers will not do it. What the numbers really show is how this message has been dumbed down, changed, from what God gave to the world, to what unconverted man thinks it should be. Not counting Catholic influence.

Many claim that there are Jesuits in the church. That may be. The real point is that the members have not embraced the very thing that would keep sin and sinners out of the church— the living testimony, the voice of reproof and rebuke, the pointed testimony, it goes by a few names.

Everybody wants to look good, smell good, feel good, and have their feelings of importance stroked. This is not God’s appointed way. Here is his appointed way.

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Revelation 3:19

I like the way Dale Carnegie states it in his famous book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. “There is only one way under high Heaven to get anybody to anything. Did you ever stop and think of that? Yes, just one way. And that is by making the other person want to do it. Remember, there is no other way.”

He goes on to quote William James, “‘The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” He didn’t speak, mind you, of the ‘wish’ or the ‘desire’ or the ‘longing’ to be appreciated. He said the ‘craving’ to be appreciated.” Dale then goes on to educate people in the arts of the ways of the world. But these are not God’s ways.

It is because the church has adopted the ways of the world that it has so many members. It is stroking this “craving” to be appreciated, using social proof, “Well, there are so many, it must be right, if I am a part of it I can be right too.” Best you take a good hard look at the past. Only eight got in the ark, only one Abraham was chosen, only one Elijah stood against apostasy, only three were thrown in the fiery furnace, only, only, only! “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of” them all! Only a few.

Time to review some evidence.

They [the Advent people] fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The Day-Star.

And now the second voice of evidence.

But there was one clear place of settled glory, from whence came the voice of God, like many waters, which shook the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were shaken open, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept his law. And as God spake the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivered the everlasting covenant to his people,…. 1858 Great Controversy, p. 205.

From these two pieces of evidence all should be able to see that “the voice of God like many waters” calls from the grave a certain very well defined and explicitly stated group of people, for the explicit purpose of giving them “the day and hour of Jesus coming.” Then we go back to The Day-Star for a final piece of evidence.

The living saints, 144,000 in number, know and understand the voice….

Notice, that it is only after that resurrection by the voice of the Father that the saints are called “the living saints.” Of course they are living! they just got resurrected! Some of them, we know not how many, have physically gone through the time of trouble such as never was, the time of Jacob’s trouble.

We are rapidly closing in on the 169th anniversary of October 22, 1844 and because so few are walking in the light of the Midnight Cry, they reason within themselves, “There must be more than 144,000, there must be… it must be a figurative number, yes, that’s it! Those words must mean a figurative number!” And so the first lie of Satan spreads like wildfire! “Ye shall not surely die!” And this, in the face of very explicit words.

All this means that the 144,000 count started with the Sabbath message, which started with the third angel’s message, which started October 23, 1844 with the vision God gave to Hiram Edson, which proved that Christ, our high priest, went into the Most Holy place and the great antitypical Day of Atonement began. When that count is done, when the last saint is numbered and sealed, here is what happens next.

I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven. An angel returned from the earth with a writer’s inkhorn by his side, and reported to Jesus that his work was done, that the saints were numbered and sealed. THEN I saw Jesus, who had been ministering before the ark containing the ten commandments, throw down the censer. He raised his hands upward, and with a loud voice said, It is done. And all the angelic host laid off their crowns as Jesus made the solemn declaration, He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still. p. 197, Para. 2, [1SG ].

There is only one numbered group of saints. The number is very explicit, “144,000 in number.” It’s taken, to date, 169 years so far, and the count is not over. This means that even fewer than 144,000 of those who have been exposed to the truth before today will be saved. All are responsible for the light they had access to. Many, many will die. You have the opportunity to become immortal. God so loved you that he gave his only Son, to die, to pay the price so that you could live, but it can only be in God’s appointed way.

If you have questions, write me. art at sopvindicated, with a dot org

God Bless your study

Sabbath September 7, 2013

A striking example of the perfect harmony between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible is this passage from No. 17, page 89. It points up this other tongue of Isaiah 28:11-12 is, in fact, the language of Heaven.

Oh, no! their probation was lengthened for years

that they might learn the language of Heaven,

that they might become partakers of the divine nature,

having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

The last part of the above is actually from 2 Peter 1:4, which is another evidence that God is the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy, not Ellen. She had not the education or mind to put things together like this.

The passage is from a larger segment which is a letter to one of Ellen’s sons and the few pages it fills are very important instruction on spiritual things, especially on developing a spiritual habit, one that you can carry with you to Heaven. You will remember, I’m sure, that character is all we can take with us….

Become a sower.

Sow a thought, Reap an act,

Sow an act, Reap a habit,

Sow a habit, Reap a character,

Sow a character, Reap a destiny.

God Bless your Study

Thursday September 5, 2013

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

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

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

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

To receive instruction is giving subtilty and knowledge and discretion.

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

Hearing is to increase learning and attaining.

A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Tuesday September 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the pertinent part of the vision.

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Sabbath August 31, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Friday August 30, 2013

All too often I would just read over things and not take the time necessary to think about what is being said. We’ll put Isaiah 28:11-12 here again for convenience.

For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. Isaiah 28:11-12

What is God speaking? Words. What are words? Physically words are just ink on paper or sounds we hear, spiritually, words of God are Christ. “Christ in you the hope of glory.” “Let the word of Christ dwell in you” Yet God calls this rest and refreshing, “stammering lips and another tongue.”

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Romans 8:9-11

Is Christ physically in you? No. Is Christ the words? Spiritually, yes, physically, no.

The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

When God’s words come to us, it is Christ knocking at the door of Laodicea seeking entrance.

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding Psalms 119:130

Opening our door and allowing Christ in, in the form of spiritual words, nay, not just allowing, but embracing truth, opening our hearts to truth, embracing the Words of God (John 1:1-5), is the embracing of Christ.

We don’t fully understand all this, neither do you understand the electricity you use every day. I know this because some of the brightest minds in the science world don’t understand exactly what it is that is coming out of the wires and making your motor work. But we use it.

We need to stop trying to analyze every little thing God says and become believers. Prove, yes, question God’s words, no. What if God tells you to walk on water? Are you going to give him the latest science report? What if he tells you to go to Egypt and tell the king to let his people go, are you going to tell him you can’t talk? And what if he tells you to go to Damascus and instruct Saul, are you going to tell him that little bit of gossip that you heard about the man?

Notice now these next passages and the message that is there in plain sight. Read carefully the words and think about it in terms of Isaiah 28:12.

We are to have Christ in our hearts as a well of water, springing up into everlasting life, refreshing all who come in contact with us. p. 49, Para. 1, [30OT].

If Christ be in you, the hope of glory, then by his power you have words to share, which are spirit, and life, and Christ.

I was shown that if God’s people, without making efforts on their part, wait for the refreshing to come upon them

We must labour to enter that rest, strive to enter that strait and narrow way. Hebrews 4:11, Luke 13:24.

and remove their wrongs and correct their errors, and depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God, comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Works is getting the words spiritually understood, faith is embracing the work of perfection, being obedient to God’s words and preparing ourselves for the grave or for translation to Heaven. Notice how the terms are interchanged.

In some respects, I was shown, my husband’s case is similar to those waiting for the refreshing. If he should wait for the power of God to come upon his body and to feel that he was made whole before he made efforts, or acted in accordance with his faith, saying, When the Lord heals me I will believe and do this or that, he might continue to wait, and would realize no change; for the fulfillment of God’s promise is only realized by those who believe and work in accordance with their faith. I saw that he must believe God’s word, that his promises are for him to claim, and they will never, no never, fail. He should walk out by faith, relying upon the evidences that God has been pleased to give, and act toward the point of being a well man as much as possible. Said the angel, “God will sustain him. His faith must be made perfect by works; for faith alone is dead. It must be sustained by works. A living faith is always manifested by works.” p. 67, Para. 1, [13OT].

But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14

Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass [grass is people]: Because I will publish the name of the LORD: Deuteronomy 32:1-3

God Bless your study

Wednesday August 28, 2013

In the 1858 Great Controversy, on page 186, we have a portion of the illustration of the Shaking being presented to us. God told us in The Present Truth, No. 9, page 78, global paging, that “the mighty shaking has commenced, and will go on,….”

After this description, in the 1858 Great Controversy, a change is seen to come over the saints.

I asked what had made this great change. An angel answered , It is the latter rain; the refreshing from the presence of the Lord; the loud cry of the third angel.

Let’s look more closely at what the angel said.

It is:
1.) the latter rain
2.) the refreshing
3.) the loud cry

I have re-arraigned the phrases to allow us to better identify what is what. It is clear that a great change happened to the saints. It is also clear that the angel is giving an answer of truth.

The answer is not what we were taught it was. All three items are one and the same, but also separately identifiable parts. The vision was given January 26, 1850. This means that this process, called the Shaking, has been on-going since that time. This means that some portion of the strength of each of these three items has been at play every time someone stood up and spoke truth to the church.

No one does this of himself. This is done by the power of God upon the speaker; and the servant of God, under the influence of this three-fold power, speaks out the living testimony to an apostate church, who does not understand the voice of the latter rain, the refreshing, the loud cry, and so they cast out the speaker, go back inside and pray to God to help them understand the Shaking, which they are studying in their Sabbath School lesson.

Deep in apostasy and rebellion against God and they know it not! And they can hardly wait till sundown so they can have that church beach party, or Halloween party, &c. Such would never enjoy Heaven and so will not be there.

I have often heard about the latter rain and the loud cry, but never the refreshing, until after leaving the church and learning the value of the 1858 Great Controversy. This engenders the question, “What is the refreshing?”

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. Isaiah 28:10-12

So it is this “other tongue” that is called “stammering lips” that is what the refreshing is. It is God’s spiritual words spiritually understood.

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23

Why is the Father seeking such to worship him? Is it not because he wants to speak to them in the language of Heaven? It seems so. He wants to commune with them in spiritual words of truth. But he can not do this if they will not understand. Therefore we study Bible words spiritually understood.

This is the other tongue, the stammering lips that all the world calls ridiculous; it is spiritual words spiritually understood.

God Bless your study

Monday August 26, 2013

We have a passage today from Testimony No.30. This portion touches on several points, but in particular we should focus on the part about controlling our own mind. This is a highly important subject. Without us controlling our own minds, the question can properly be asked, “Who is in charge?”

God has not left his people in the dark about this important topic. There are very specific warnings and important counsels. To ignore such information from God is to reject the very idea of going to Heaven, for none will get there, from here, by refusing God’s advice.

We are in danger of regarding Christ’s ministers simply as men, not recognizing them as representatives of himself. [we will note here that only those preaching the pure Advent message qualify] All personal considerations should be laid aside; we must listen for the word of God through his ambassadors. Christ is ever sending messages to those who listen for his voice. On the night of our Saviour’s agony in the garden of Gethsemane, the sleeping disciples heard not the voice of Jesus; they had a dim sense of the angel’s presence, but lost the power and glory of the scene by drowsiness and stupor, and thus failed to receive the evidence which would have strengthened their souls for the terrible scenes before them. Thus the very men who most need divine instruction often fail to receive it, because they do not place themselves in communication with Heaven. Satan is ever seeking to impress and control the mind, and none of us are safe, except as we have a constant connection with God. We must momentarily receive supplies from Heaven; and if we would be kept by the power of God, we must be obedient to all his requirements. p. 30, Para. 2, [30OT].

The condition of your bearing fruit is that you abide in the Living Vine. “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” p. 31, Para. 1, [30OT].

All your good purposes and good intentions will not enable you to withstand the test of temptation. You must be men of prayer. Your petitions must be, not faint, occasional, and fitful, but earnest, persevering, and constant. It is not necessary to be alone, or to bow upon your knees, to pray; but in the midst of your labor, your souls may be often uplifted to God, taking hold upon his strength; then you will be men of high and holy purpose, of noble integrity,– who will not for any consideration be swerved from truth, right, and justice. p. 31, Para. 2, [30OT].

There is so much good advice in the Testimonies that it is ridiculous for anyone to profess to be a believer and yet think he does not need these counsels.

So, just to remind you….

The insinuations of Satan took effect until they [the angels in Heaven] really believed that the Father and the Son were their enemies, and Satan, the benefactor. Satan has the same power and the same control over minds now, only increased by exercise and experience a hundred-fold. Men and women are today deceived, blinded by his insinuations and devices, and know it not. They are, in giving place to doubts and unbelief in regard to the work of God, and cherishing feelings of distrust and cruel jealousies, preparing themselves for complete deception. They rise up with bitter feelings against the ones who have dared to speak of their errors and reprove their sins. p. 103, Para. 1, [23OT].

As we near the close of time, the human mind is more readily affected by Satan’s devices. R&H, February 18, 1862 also in No. 7, page 83, center of the page.

He who dared to face, and tempt, and taunt, our Lord, and who had power to take him in his arms and carry him to a pinnacle of the temple, and up into an exceeding high mountain, will exercise his power to a wonderful degree upon the present generation, who are far inferior in wisdom to their Lord, and who are almost wholly ignorant of his subtlety and strength. p. 100, Para. 2, [8OT].

God Bless your study

Sunday August 25, 2013

I like the story of Enoch, always have. It has a fascinating connection with Heaven. Here is what the Bible says.

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Genesis 5:22-24

You can’t walk with God unless you are in agreement with him.

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amos 3:3

And the Bible is full of this. Here are just a few texts.

I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. Genesis 17:1

If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul 1 Kings 2:4

walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:2, 8

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, 1 John 1:7

Not being in agreement with God is called carnal. And it says that we are not walking with God.

are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 1 Corinthians 3:3

This is also about perfection.

“Those who have experienced the cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ upon their hearts will be like their Master, pure, peaceable, and lowly of heart. No matter how bold and earnest one may be in his claims of spiritual soundness, and perfection of character, if he lacks Christian grace and humility, the dregs of the disease of sin is in his nature, and, unless it is purged from him, he cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. The truly holy, who walk with God like Enoch of old, will not be boastful of their purity, but be courteous, humble, unselfish, free from spiritual pride and exaltation. Those who know most of God, and keep their eye fixed on the Author and Finisher of their faith will see nothing good or great in themselves. They will feel, after doing all in their power to be faithful, that they are yet unprofitable servants. p. 211, Para. 3, [LS80].

Enoch is also a symbol of God’s people in the time of the end.

Enoch, separating himself from the world, and spending much of his time in prayer and in communion with God, represents God’s loyal people in the last days who will be separate from the world. p. 64, Para. 3, [1SP].

God’s people will separate themselves from the unrighteous practices of those around them, and will seek for purity of thought, and holy conformity to his will, until his divine image will be reflected in them. Like Enoch they will be fitting for translation to Heaven. p. 65, Para. 1, [1SP].

All this is in a perfect and beautiful harmony with what the 1858 Great Controversy has to say on this subject.

God’s people were then accepted with him. Jesus looked upon them with pleasure. His image was reflected in them. They had made a full sacrifice, an entire consecration, and expected to be changed to immortality. p. 141, 1858 Great Controversy

Yes, it was the time of the great disappointment, but it was also a time when God’s people were perfect, ready for the physical change from mortal to immortal, or, for the grave. I have watched many go to the grave. I can not count any that I knew who were preparing for translation. All had a false hope that God was going to wave a magic wand over them and change them into perfect Christians.

No, we must “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1. That’s God’s appointed way to get ready for Heaven.

God Bless your study