Category: White, James & Labors

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 But they have been superseded in the popular churches by human creeds, which have failed to secure scriptural unity.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

Friday August 16, 2013

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday May 14, 2013

We have been talking about building a church body, in man’s way, on the sand, or God’s way, on the Rock, Christ. This got me to reminiscing about when I was in the church and the things we did.

Any time you start a business you need some capital resources. You think about a location, a physical structure, parking, staffing, you starting making a list of what you need to get to your goal. We had all that.

The challenge was to grow the church.

So we hired more staff. We got an assistant pastor. You know, a good speaker. We hired a good musician. And he was very good. We spent a lot of money and after three and a half years I quit. I was done. I took a sabbatical and did not attend church anywhere.

I quit and backed away because I realized that nothing we had done really accomplished anything. We had built on the sand of man’s ways instead of God’s ways, though I did not realize that at the time.

I want to show you something.

 

Our Lord taught that the wheat and the tares should grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of the world. And that as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also at the coming of the Son of man. “Wide is the gate,” said our Lord, “and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction and many there be that go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which lendeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt. 7:13,14. He does not say that the narrow way to life is to grow wider and wider till the whole world can walk in it. The scriptures plainly teach that as we approach the end, the love of many will wax cold, men will be turned from the truth to fables, so that the few who bend their lonely foot-steps in the narrow way of life will be less and less. O that honest souls, now asleep to the Lord’s coming, dreaming of the world’s conversion, would awake before sudden destruction comes upon them. Signs of the Times, 1853, by James White, page 102.

 

In these few words James has articulated the whole matter. People who really want to follow God’s way are very few and far between. And that is going to get worse and worse the closer we get to the end.

Not many want to build on the Rock. Get ready for it.

God Bless your Study

Monday May 13, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

And that is the great problem today.

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

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

God Bless your Study

Sunday May 12, 2013

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless your Study

Thursday May 9, 2013

In The Present Truth, No. 4, the first article is by James, we assume. It is titled, Repairing the Breach in the Law of God. I highly recommend this article to all and it can be downloaded at this link, for free. 😉

This article is five pages in length and covers some very important ground. I am going to touch some high points to encourage you to read the whole article.

The main theme is about the fourth commandment of the ten, in which a breach has been made by Satan and his agents by placing Sunday in the place of Sabbath. Those who teach the restoration of the Sabbath to it’s proper place are called repairers of the breach.

 

But the time has come for the Sabbath to be proclaimed more fully, and the breach to be repaired.

 

This sentence mirrors a sentence in the 1847 Broadside where it says, “…we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully.”

James also points out that Ezekiel 13:5 speaks of the same breach, but uses the term “gaps” instead. He then proves that this breach must be built up for God’s people to be able to stand in the last day.

He also ties in Ezekiel 9 and the sealing to the repairing of this breach.

 

So we see that the repairing of the breach in the law of God, and the sealing, are one and the same work, just before the day of the Lord, “cruel both with wrath and fierce anger.”

 

He then covers the four main positions the opposition to the Sabbath holds. This could be very important reading for all. James uses most of a page of paper to present these arguments and the correct position against them, the position to take to repair that breach.

On page 34 James covers much of the scattering and gathering time, all the while dealing with the false shepherds who have been leading the flock astray.

Now an important point needs to be made here. In The Present Truth, No. 8, page 70, God tells us that this message is not for the false shepherds.

 

I saw that our message was not to the shepherds who have led the flock astray, but to the poor hungry, scattered sheep.

 

Something good to remember, especially when it seems they would be receptive. I suggest, especially in such cases, that you prepare your own litmus test for them. I use something like the Desire of Ages, page 568, tenth line up from the bottom. If they read that… and make excuses… I move on.

Close to the end of James’ article he touches on the facts about the law.

 

Then [when first given] they were engraven in stones; but now they are to be sealed in the hearts, and minds (foreheads) of the saints of the Most High, by the Holy Spirit of promise.

 

Great reading on the repairing of the breach, the restoration of the Sabbath. Highly recommended.

God Bless your Study

 

Sabbath May 4, 2013

We would kindly refer you back to Wednesday’s post, May 1, for a summary of what we are about today, as we are working on item No. 3, as listed there.

There are two main pieces of material we will examine for evidence of Uriah’s hand at work. The first is an article published in the R&H of January 26, 1864, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi., herein after referred to as A1, which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline. I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article, if you have not done so already.

The second of these is an appendix to Uriah’s book, herein after referred to as A2, Daniel and Revelation, which can be found on the White Estate CD. Here is the reference: {1897 UrS, DAR 784.3}.

While most people claim that James White wrote the above mentioned article, we will show evidence that it was in all probability written by Uriah Smith; having already, yesterday, given sufficient evidence to show that no one has actual proof that James wrote the article.

Proceeding with our evidence, we will show the similarities between the two afore mentioned articles, one provably authored by Uriah Smith. Second, we will prove Uriah’s continued rebellion against the light God sent to his church, all the way to the grave. We will further prove James’ stance upon the 2520 prophecy in 1875 and his continued faithfulness in obedience to God his entire life.

Here are the similarities between the two articles. These are considered to be the literary tracks of Uriah’s hand, words and word combinations that show his thinking processes, now shown on paper.

The first similarity is the use of the word supposed. It is used in a similar fashion as the word assumed, to indicate a lower level of thinking than Uriah’s. Both articles open with the use of this word to convey the writers opinion right early.

In A2 Uriah goes on in the opening paragraph to proudly declare that he knows more than any and it’s either his way or the highway.

 

All such speculators might as well spare their pains; for there is no such prophetic period in the Bible.

 

On the other hand, James does not write with such pride. Here is a sample of his writing.

 

While we may speak of fulfilled prophecy with positiveness, we would apply unfulfilled prophecy with becoming modesty. We may, however, suggest …. The Seven Trumpets, page 96.

 

Article A1 also carries the same note of pride and arrogance as A2.

Next, in the progression of the argument presented, is commentary on the term seven times. Again, both articles reflect the same path, even though they are separated by 33 years. Both articles then make the same point, that the term seven times is used four times, each time accompanied with greater punishment. But, out of all the different ways it could be stated, both articles use the word severe, or other forms of it.

Then both articles proceed to lean upon the Septuagint for an argument as to how to correctly understand God’s words. We know this is defiled bread and should not be used by any serious student. Uriah is using it in A2 and makes another point parallel to A1, that of the use of an adverb and the identical phrase in both articles, “a noun and it’s adjective.”

I find these parallels far too similar, even after a space of 33 years, depicting the thinking of the writer, Uriah Smith, that is locked in rebellion. And that that rebellion continued to the grave is easily provable by following the path of his adherence to his private interpretation of prophecy in what is known as, the partial resurrection. Here is the link to follow that thread.

Ironically, in the next to last sentence of A1, it states, “To ignore, or treat with neglect, a prophetic period where one is plainly given, is censurable in the extreme.” In this sentence the writer, who ever he may be, condemns himself, for it is God who endorsed the 1843 chart and even declared that he directed it.

We will here state, as a reminder, the qualifications for the true pioneers of the Advent faith; of which there are two. First, they had to have had personal experience in each of the three angel’s messages, and, second, they had to be firm in all the present truth. This is taken from The Present Truth, No. 11, page 86, right column, one third of the way up from the bottom, with a printed hand pointing to the text. This proves Uriah Smith is not a true pioneer of the Advent faith. He did not join the work until 1853 and became an editor in 1855.

Now let’s talk about James and his faithfulness.

In 1871 James wrote an exposition of Matthew 24. It makes sense that he would have written about Matthew 25, the parable of the ten virgins, after that, but we have no proof. It could have been before that date. So while we may not have a date, we do have the text. Here is an excerpt where James endorses the 2520 prophecy in two ways, first by putting it in his book and second by not saying it is a false prophetic timeline.

 

As it takes 457 full years and 1843, to make 2300, the fraction of the year 457, B. C., that had passed when the 70 weeks commenced, should be added to 1843, which brings the termination of the 2300 days in 1844. This point is made clear in the following testimony from the “Advent Herald” of Nov. 13, 1844. {ND JW, PARA 6.5}
“Our minds were directed to that point of time, [1843,] from the fact that dating the several prophetic periods from those years in which the best chronologers assign the fulfillment of those events which were to mark their commencement, they all seemed to terminate that year. This was, however, only apparent. We date the ‘seven times,’ or 2520 years, from the captivity of Manasseh, which is, with great unanimity, placed by chronologers B. C. 677. This date is the only one we have ever reckoned from, for the commencement of this period; and subtracting B. C. 677 from 2520 years there remained A. D. 1843. We, however, did not observe that as it would require 677 full years B. C. and 1843 full years A. D. to complete 2520 years, that it would also oblige us to extend this period as far into A. D. 1844 as it might have commenced after the beginning of B. C. 677. The same was also true of the other periods. The great jubilee of 2450 years, commencing with the captivity of Jehoiakim B. C. 607; and the 2300 days, commencing with the 70 weeks B. C. 457, would respectively require 1843 full years after Christ added to as many full years before Christ, as the years in which we have always respectively commenced each period, to complete the number of years in each; and as subtracting from each period the date B. C. of its commencement, there would remain A. D. 1843, no reference whatever was made to the fraction of the year, which in each case, had transpired from its commencement, and which would require that each period should extend as much beyond the expiration of A. D. 1843, as they respectively began after the commencement of the year B. C. from which they are dated. {ND JW, PARA 7.1}
While this discrepancy was not particularly noticed by us, it was also not noticed by any of our learned opponents. Amid all the arguments which were brought to bear against our position, no allusion was made to that point.” {ND JW, PARA 7.2}

 

Now we will turn our attention to the year 1875. James wrote the book Sketches of The Christian Life and Public Labors of William Miller. In this book, on page 57, the seven times of Leviticus 26 is mentioned, again with no words of correction, no note saying it is a false prophecy. But just across the page on 56, James has added a note of correction, not about the 2520 but another point. It’s obvious to me that James believed God’s light on the 2520 to be the truth.

And one last note about James’ faithfulness. Read chapter 16 in the 1880 Life Sketches, titled, Leadership, to understand his obedience to Gospel Order all his life. And you must read it out of an original version, the one on the White Estate CD is the counterfeit and this is the section where important information was chopped.

God Bless your Study

Friday May 3, 2013

We would kindly refer you back to Wednesday’s post, May 1, for a summary of what we are about today, as we are working on item No. 2, as listed there.

There is an article published in the R&H of January 26, 1864, which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline. I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article.

Because of it’s location on page four, directly under a box identifying James White as the editor, it is assumed that he wrote the article. But this is only an assumption and can not be proven at this late date. The article is un–signed.

This prompts the question, who is responsible?

I took the question to the library, and asked it. You know what they say, if you ask a question you will get an answer. I got an answer. It seems like a good one to me.

The answer came in the form of a referral to a link to an article titled, Who Writes Unsigned Editorials? Here are two excerpts. We suggest you read the article.

Unsigned editorials are billed as a newspaper’s “official” opinions. Taken literally, this is an odd notion. It’s one thing for a flesh-and-blood person like Maureen Dowd or William Safire to have an opinion, but the New York Times? So, who’s writing these editorials? And why aren’t they signing them?

And why don’t the writers sign their editorials? The reason is that individual editorials are supposed to reflect the collective judgment of the entire editorial board. Though written by different people, they are also supposed to speak with one voice and be philosophically consistent.

 

This information means that someone, anyone, on the editorial staff could have written that article. At this date, nobody has any right to claim they know for sure who wrote the article. There is no definitive piece of evidence extant that any such claim could be based on.

To be sure, the editor is responsible for what the paper carries. Practically, James was carrying a heavy load of responsibility. When you read about his life and how hard he worked, how sick he got, how much he suffered, and why? because he had to, was forced to, put trust and responsibility in and on others to help him carry the load. Some were not faithful to their trust.

But this is what made the man sick! Just like it makes you sick to pick up the R&H and read about B.B.Beach going to Rome to bow to, and promote relations with, the antichrist, the pope! Or when you read about the Davenport scandal. Or take your pick of any of hundreds and thousands of other scandals in the church. You know whereof I speak.

I doubt James had time to read everything thing that came out in the R&H. Just like today, the senior editor of most any paper does not read the whole thing and at times doesn’t read any of it. But I bet that at some time after this article came out James heard about it. He probably went home and cried.

Uriah repented in public more than once, is my understanding. He got more than one testimony for himself. But I will tell you plainly. In the light of unchanging history, Uriah Smith was not a converted man. He continued to cling to and publish his own opinion of Bible prophecy, in the face of very clear information from God through visions given to Ellen, which he professed publicly to support, all the while writing and publishing against those very gifts.

It’s sad but true and we have the evidence in the books published.

The point is that no person can prove that James White was the author of the article in question, published January 26, 1864, in the R&H, titled, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi. All claims that he did are only based on an assumption, and only an assumption. Don’t believe it.

We have plenty of evidence that James was faithful and obedient to all the light he had, right to death. I will here remind you of the fact that we have, in God’s providence, discovered that the book Life Sketches, 1880 edition, has been counterfeited. They took out some powerful information about how faithful James really was.

God Bless your Study

Wednesday May 1, 2013

The 2520 prophecy has come under fire in the last few years and today seems a good time to set the record straight and dispel some misconceptions by showing the truth. My favorite topic, the truth.

Over the course of the next five days we will show the following.

1.) That the 2520 prophecy is a valid prophetic timeline.

2.) That no person can prove that James White was the author of an article in the R&H of January 26, The Seven Times of Lev. xxvi., 1864 which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline.  I suggest that you take a moment and download that issue from the GC Archives site and read the article.

 

3.) Some evidence to the effect that Uriah Smith was the real author of that article in the R&H of January 26, 1864 which claims that the 2520 is not a valid prophetic timeline.

4.) That there is only one 2520 prophecy and no more. Prophecy does not repeat nor does it have a re-application.

5.) The correct purpose of the 2520 prophecy for our day.

We have to remember that Satan is a liar and the father of all such as make lies their stronghold. Lies will be told and put forth as truthful facts. Only those who are willing to stay after the meeting and go the extra mile, or even two miles, to get to speak with Christ when he is alone, will be rewarded by hearing the sweet words from his lips, “unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God;” and hear words of truth and beauty and then you will understand.

So I would encourage you to get your studies in order, call your friends about this crazy blog, or whatever it is that you need to do to tackle this subject. Maybe put another folder in your computer to save the posts to. Just don’t pretend it doesn’t exist, cause it does.

God Bless your study

 

Wednesday April 10, 2013

James wrote an article in A Word to the Little Flock, titled, The Voice of God. We will look at an excerpt today, to show that James understood the greater light, which is spiritual things spiritually understood.

Because of the leading roll James was given by God in his church, we can do well to understand and learn from the things he says, as he teaches prophecy dealing with the immediate future. Because it has been 168 years is not evidence that it will take another 168 years, but it is evidence that he could come this very year!

As the signs in the sun, moon, and stars, have been literal, the shaking of the powers of the heavens, Mat. 24:29, must also be literal. p. 6, Para. 3, [WLF].

This sign is not in the past, and as it is a sign, it must come prior to the advent itself. p. 6, Para. 4, [WLF].

Therefore, it is clear, that this last sign will appear when the “Lord roars out of Zion,” and shakes the heavens and the earth. We believe that the signs in Rev. 6:12-14, are the same as in Mat. 24:29, and Mark, 13:24,25. Then the shaking of the powers of the heavens, Mat. 24:29, is the same as the heavens departing “as a scroll, when it is rolled together.” Rev. 6:14: for they both follow the falling of the stars. p. 6, Para. 5, [WLF].

Notice this incredible use of the language of Heaven, this greater light that rules the day, by James as he teaches.

Now what is this heaven that is to be shaken and rolled together as a scroll? We may not see this event so clearly now, as we shall about the time of its fulfilment; but still, it is our duty to receive, and cherish all the light that we can see on this, or any other future event. As we travel onward toward the Holy City, our burning lamps discover new objects: but we cannot see all at once. If we reject a little light, because we cannot see the whole clearly at once, it will displease our heavenly leader; and we shall be left in the dark. But if we cherish the light, as fast as it is our Lord’s will to open it to us, he will increase the light; and our souls will feast upon the opening truths of the blessed bible. p. 6, Para. 6, [WLF].

The word heaven, is applied to at least four places or things in the scriptures. 1st, It is applied to Paradise, where St. Paul was taken in vision, 2Cor. 12:2-4. 2nd. To the region of the sun, moon, and stars, Gen. 1:8-17. 3d. To the atmosphere which encompasses this earth, in which the fowls of heaven fly. Rev. 19:17,18. And 4th, To the church of God on earth. Rev. 14:6,7.

This definition surprised me! I had no idea! This is the beauty of being a humble learner, willing to be taught by whoever God chooses to use to teach. Otherwise, in our own wis(e)dumb we loose. Sad.

 It cannot be Paradise, nor the region of the heavenly lights, neither the church of God on earth, that is to be shaken and rolled together as a scroll: therefore, it must be the air around the earth, in which the fowls of heaven fly. p. 6, Para. 7, [WLF].

“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the AIR; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven from the throne, saying, It is done.” Rev. 16:17. p. 6, Para. 8, [WLF].

We may now see that it is the seventh vial, and voice of God, which will shake the powers of the heavens, and cause the great earthquake or the shaking of the earth: and that this event constitutes the last literal sign, just before the sign of the Son of man appears in heaven. p. 6, Para. 9, [WLF].

    It seems clear that all the vials, the voice of God from the throne, the voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and the great earthquake, and the falling of the cities of the nations, and the removing of the mountains and the islands, are to take place before the advent. p. 6, Para. 10, [WLF].

This view no doubt, will at once be rejected by many who profess to be looking for Jesus every day and hour; but I think it will appear very plain, by comparing Rev. 16:17- 21, with chap. 6:14-17. p. 7, Para. 1, [WLF].

After the heavens depart “as a scroll when rolled together,” and the “mountains and islands are moved out of their places,” “the kings of the earth, and great men, etc.” “hide in the dens, and in the rocks of the mountains,” from the awful glory of the coming Jesus, attended by “all the holy angels;” and call for the rocks and mountains to fall on them, and hide them from the brightness of his coming (which is to destroy all the living wicked at his coming. – 2Thess. 2:8.); and overwhelmed with anguish, in view of their expected fate, (when Christ and the angels draw near the earth to raise and gather the elect,) they cry out: “For the great day of his wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” – Rev. 6:17. p. 7, Para. 2, [WLF].

God Bless your Study