Monday July 25, 2011

Yesterday morning as I was continuing the research into this “a short period” “time of trouble” I became aware of a slight change that occurs in an important passage. Here is that passage.

 

And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth, and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time, God’s chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. And I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the land. The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments down on them. They rose up and took counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed. [Broadside 04-07-47 para. 04] p. 3, Para. 4, [1847MS].

 

It the above, the sentence in blue contains the two words in red “the church.” This phrase is vernacular common to the SDA culture and refers to the SDA church. What is interesting about this is that, per our chart, this vision was first published in the 1847 Broadside, by Joseph Bates, a faithful pioneer. Next, it was published in the pamphlet A Word to the Little Flock. It was not changed. Then it was published in the 1851 Christian Experience and Views, page 17, but changed. Someone made the word “church” plural, they added “es” on to it.

 

The pluralizing of this particular word would then implicate the other churches of Babylon, and not the SDA church. Because the author of the Spirit of Prophecy writings is God, much that is stated is prophetic. God’s people in this time, 1844 to 1851, had little formal organization; therefore we conclude this phrase to be prophetic, to be applied in this our day, to the SDA General Conference Corporation, and as such, it should remain singular.

 

It also appears plural in the Review and Herald, 7/21/1851. Which of the two reprints occurred first is not known at this time. If someone would like to do some research on that and drop me an email, it would be appreciated.

 

 

I think it is worth noting here, that we are dealing with a group of people who were “perfect” they reflected Jesus’ image, on October 22, 1844. You can read that in the ‘58GC, page 142. But at this time others were joined to the group. At this time I consider H. S. Gurney to be suspect.

 

If you look carefully at this comparison between The DayStar and the 1846 Broadside, you will see this line in blue, “Just before we entered it, we all received the seal of the living God.” That means that it was left out, deleted. We know Gurney published this Broadside, so we lay the blame at his feet. But I am not sure where he was in 1851. More to follow.

 

God Bless your study

 

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In another, more personal matter…. I would like to find this person.

 

In 1977 or 78 I was privileged to meet one Enoch Loneʹa. Now that last name is spelled differently than I spelled it, but that is how I remember it said.

 

His family lived in Fresno, in a custom home on Jensen Ave. His father was a doctor. He married Linda ? in about 1970 and loaded her up in a truck and went to Honduras. He lived there for several years before I met him and his family. At that time they had one son and maybe a second child.

 

He was very spiritually oriented and I would like to share this material with him.

 

If anyone knows of him or the correct spelling of the last name or has some ideas on it, I would appreciate an email.

 

Thank you.

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