THE BRIDE OF A KING! THOSE WHO OBEY THE THIRD ANGELS MESSAGE (Rev 14:9-12) AT THIS TIME ARE THE BRIDE OF CHRIST = PART OF THE 144,000 and their spiritual children!

James 1:18
He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

"The church is the bride, the Lamb's wife. She should keep herself pure, sanctified, holy. Never should she indulge in any foolishness; for she is the bride of a King. Yet she does not realize her exalted position. If she understood this, she would be all-glorious within.Letter 177, 1901, in 7 Bible Commentary. 986.

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1 Peter 2:9.

Let no one say, I cannot remedy my defects of character. If you come to this decision, you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then you can not overcome. The real difficulty arises from the corruption of an unsanctified heart (mind/thoughts), and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God. (COL 332)

"They will become apostates unless they put away their pride and self-confidence, unless they have an entire transformation of character."—Letter 5, 1883. Selected Messages Book 3, p. 415.4

“We need not remain a single moment longer unsaved” and that we can come to Christ just as we are, not attempting to make our peace with God but accepting Christ as our peace. (See Selected Messages Vol 1, 350-400)

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My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.

Ellen White says Daniel 7:13 is the same event as the coming of the Bridegroom to the marriage in Great Controversy, p 426:

Daniel 7:13 "I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him."

Malachi 3:1 "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts."

The coming of the Bridegroom to the marriage which Ellen White says is the same event as Dan 7:13 (GC 426)  But later she wrote "there will be a series of events revealing that God is master of the situation" 9T 96.

Revelation 21:22
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

Matthew 22:11
"But when the king came in to see the guests (Ten Virgins/Adventists), he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes (Christ's character). CLAIM ZACH 3:4!!!

Luke 15:22
"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe (Christ's character) and put it on him. Put a ring (authority) on his finger and sandals (everlasting gospel) on his feet." CLAIM ZACH 3:4!!!

Isaiah 43:25
"I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more." CLAIM ZACH 3:4!!!

Isaiah 52:1
"Awake, awake, Zion (144,000/City of Truth/Mother of God's children), clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendor, Jerusalem, the holy city. The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again." 
CLAIM ZACH 3:4!!!

The rock (144,000) that is cut out without hands that strikes the image of Daniel 2 on the feet has been falling since October 22, 1844 and continues to fall until probation closes for the world:


And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalemcoming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.






Revelation 21  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalemcoming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husbandAnd I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

See the video of Fran Fisher how our body represents the Temple of God - the Ark of the Covenant: 

 
Fran Fisher - Systems of the Body, Personalities


The 144,000 TRUE Seventh-day Adventists are CUT OUT by the GREAT CLEAVER OF TRUTH FROM THE MOUNTAIN - Daniel 2:45 "Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king (144,000, King of Salem symbolized by Melchizedek) what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure."


Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,'" declares the LORD.

For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others--and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.

and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes (character/soul/attitude/thoughts and feelings/mind/actions/words). They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; 'he will lead them to springs of living water.' 'And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth (OUT) to meet the bridegroom.

 ONLY "To those who go out to meet the Bridegroom is this message (3 angels Rev 14:6-12/Sabbath=Elijah message) given."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3

These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth:
Rev 14:4 "These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."

We are to go OUT of apostasy into the Heavenly Sanctuary which is the MIND OF CHRIST (The Law of God) IN US. 
Within his temple/Throne (144,000/bride) was seen the ark of his covenant

Seven Spirits of God: click here.

Revelation 11:19
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple (144,000) was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Acts 17:24 & 25: - “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.”

 

Acts 17:28: - “For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”


Revelation 4:5
From the throne (144,000) came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder (perfecting testing messages/loud cry). In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

Who ARE the 144,000? Melchizedek: They are the church triumphant! Mobile Churches! Chariots of God! The Testimonies for the Church ARE SPECIAL COUNCILS for the 144,000! daily to be lifted up by the Holy Spirit (Jesus), to breathe the pure atmosphere of spiritual holiness

 • Stars=Angels/messengers = Revelation 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7 

Revelation 1:16
In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.


144,000: "God’s ministers are symbolized by the seven stars, which He who is the first and the last has under His special care and protection." Ellen White, Gospel Workers 1915, p. 13.3


 This City of God is the image of Christ, that we enter into SPIRITUALLY now at the farther end of the narrow path - we enter into the image of Christ or the Holy City aka City of God by claiming Bible verse promises per 2 Peter 1:4 and James 3:2 - we don't want to be hung by our tongues! We must learn the language of Heaven and speak His words and NOT our carnal nature words.


Psalm 149:6
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands (what we do is constrained by the Word of God, the Ten Commandments - a understanding, a departing from evil per Job 28:28),


Isaiah 49:2
He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver.


Ephesians 5:26
to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,


Revelation 10:3
and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

Revelation 11:19
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.

Exodus 19:16
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled.

Exodus 25:37
"Then make its seven lamps and set them up on it so that they light the space in front of it.

Ezekiel 1:13
The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it.

Zechariah 4:2
He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven channels to the lamps.

Matthew 25:1
"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Revelation 1:4
John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,

Revelation 8:5
Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

Luke 1:76
And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

Haggai 1:13
Then Haggai, the LORD's messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: "I am with you," declares the LORD.

Isaiah 40:3
A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

The coming of Christ as our high priest to the most holy place, for the cleansing of the sanctuary, brought to view in Daniel 8:14; the coming of the Son of man to the Ancient of Days, as presented in Daniel 7:13; and the coming of the Lord to His temple, foretold by Malachi, are descriptions of the same event; and this is also represented by the coming of the bridegroom to the marriage, described by Christ in the parable of the ten virgins, of Matthew 25. GC 426.1

In the summer and autumn of 1844 the proclamation, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh,” was given. The two classes represented by the wise and foolish virgins were then developed—one class who looked with joy to the Lord's appearing, and who had been diligently preparing to meet Him; another class that, influenced by fear and acting from impulse, had been satisfied with a theory of the truth, but were destitute of the grace of God. In the parable, when the bridegroom came, “they that were ready went in with him to the marriage.” The coming of the bridegroom, here brought to view, takes place before the marriage. The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called “the bride, the Lamb's wife.” Said the angel to John: “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.” “He carried me away in the spirit,” says the prophet, “and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Revelation 21:9, 10. GC 426.2


The subject of the sanctuary was the key which unlocked the mystery of the disappointment of 1844. It opened to view a complete system of truth, connected and harmonious, showing that God's hand had directed the great advent movement and revealing present duty as it brought to light the position and work of His people. As the disciples of Jesus after the terrible night of their anguish and disappointment were “glad when they saw the Lord,” so did those now rejoice who had looked in faith for His second coming. They had expected Him to appear in glory to give reward to His servants. As their hopes were disappointed, they had lost sight of Jesus, and with Mary at the sepulcher they cried: “They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him.” Now in the holy of holies they again beheld Him, their compassionate High Priest, soon to appear as their king and deliverer. Light from the sanctuary illumined the past, the present, and the future. They knew that God had led them by His unerring providence. Though, like the first disciples, they themselves had failed to understand the message which they bore, yet it had been in every respect correct. In proclaiming it they had fulfilled the purpose of God, and their labor had not been in vain in the Lord. Begotten “again unto a lively hope,” they rejoiced “with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” GC 423.1

Psalm 110:2
The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of your enemies!"

Zion: Those who live and give the three angels messages (Rev 14:6-12 and keep the 7th day Sabbath = 144,000 = from 1844 till probation closes for the House of God.

Matthew 28:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Luke 9:1: "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and GAVE THEM power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases."

Mark 13:34 "For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, AND to every man HIS WORK, and commanded the porter to watch."

Do you want to be able to perform miracles in the NAME OF THE SON OF GOD?

"ALL the MIRACLES of Christ performed for the afflicted and suffering were, by the POWER OF GOD,through the ministration of angels." Review and Herald January 21, 1873.

“Man may become a partaker of the divine nature; not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to reveal the SOURCE of his power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.” (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 18th February 1890, ‘How to meet a controverted point of doctrine’)

"For the word of God is quick, and POWERFUL, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV)

"And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all." 1 Corinthians 15:28 (KJV)

"Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.Matthew 21:21-22

Jeremiah 32:17 "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you."

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'

Zechariah 8:6 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?" declares the LORD Almighty.

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Psalm 118:23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes. 

"Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us of which we know nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path before their feet." The Ministry of Healing, pg. 481.

Jesus was not satisfied to attract attention to Himself merely as a wonder worker or a healer of physical diseasesHe was seeking to draw men to Him as their Saviour. While the people were eager to believe that He had come as a king, to establish an earthly reign, He desired to turn their minds away from the earthly to the spiritual. Mere worldly success would interfere with His work. Click HERE to learn more about evil spirits and how you can have power over them in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

1 Corinthians 10:31 "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye dodo all to the glory of God."
Colossians 3:17 (KJV) "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the NAME of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

When we learn the power of God's Word *the scriptures TESTIFY of ME (the Son of GOD) 

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 
John 5:39
*, these are the questions we will ask for every situation:

What is God's Command? And What IS His Promise?

God believes in TEAMWORK! He commands, we believe in Jesus, and then He works in and through us to HELP us do what he wants us to do, if we allow him to do so. God does not send us out alone to accomplish His Commands. He even REWARDS us for doing what is in the first place for our own good!

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Feet of Iron and Clay (A.D. 476 to 2016) Revived "New" Roman Empire mingling Church-craft & State Craft - mingling of church and state. Protestant America JOINS with the MIND of Her Mother in accepting the Papacy's doctrines. The NEW offshoot 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization Mrs. White warned about in 1SM204.2 was fully established Jan 20, 1936! This offshoot (mark of the beast - 666 doctrines) from the truth 501c3 (non-prophet or non-profit) organization has changed the pioneers religion as Ellen White predicted, written books of a new order, changed the god SDA's worshiped to the trinity of gods like the foundational doctrine of the Roman Catholic doctrine upon which ALL the other Catholic doctrines are based so they could be like the churches around them and not be labeled a "heretic", "sect" or "cult". The 501c3 nonprofit SDA church has even adopted Sunday Worship 




The Jesuit Catholic Adventist in NAME ONLY (Rev 2:9; 3:9) "NEW ORGANIZATION" Ellen White warned about in 2SM204/1T578 IS the 501(c)(3) ENTITY called GENERAL CONFERENCE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST EIN # 52-0643036. This "false prophet" "NEW (501c3) ORGANIZATION" HAS BEEN TEACHING FALSE CATHOLIC PAPACY DOCTRINES TO SLEEPY 501c3 SDA CHURCH MEMBERS FOR DECADES! 25 years ago, the Signs of the Times in 1990, p. 22-23 speaks: "God is GLAD for us to go to church BOTH days [Saturday and Sunday]", speaks the "false prophet" of Rev 16:13. "Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a GREAT MISTAKE" UL152.3.

Please ADD this description for the HOLY CITY:

THE 144,000 SYMBOLIZE:
Holy City = Church Triumphant
New Jerusalem Rev 21:2
ZION = 144,000 CHOSEN SDA's (chosen as a Bride for His Son by God Himself from AMONG HIS OWN PEOPLE - like Esther was chosen - to be Kings and Priests of the 2 charts, the two wings, the 1843 and 1850 charts NOT the 1863 chart which is the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Angels message which is joined by two additional messages - the corruptions that have been entering the SDA churches since 1844 and the call to come OUT of the SDA church to JOIN - the wedding party procession into the Bridegrooms House Royal (see Esther 2:16) at the passage of the Sunday law for Adventists - the 5 wise virgins JUMP up at the "sound" of the wedding party procession GOING BY and trim their lamps - study the Bible with an intensity unbeforeknown - and JOIN this wedding party procession MOVEMENT to GO into the Most Holy Place in the Sanctuary which is the MIND OF CHRIST IN US=HIS WORD, HIS BIBLE PROMISES MEMORIZED AND STUDIED and put into practice in our daily choices/habits. The Bride and Groom are already in the procession and CALL to laodiceans with the straight message to put into practice the truths learned in 1841, 1842, 1843 and 1844 time frame like vegan diet, dress reform, 7th day Sabbath keeping, etc)
TRUTH FILLED BRIDE OF CHRIST 
City of Truth 
Zech 8:3/ Isaiah 8:18; 1:26

The Bride and Guests that JOIN the wedding party procession that has been in progress since Oct 22, 1844: “Arise, shine; for thy light (living reality experiences of Jesus helping you in your life trials) is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” Isaiah 60:1. To those who go out to meet the Bridegroom IS this message GIVEN."  Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 420.3



1936 "NEW SDA ORGANIZATION" "The [USA] PROTESTANT SECTS, were the NEXT to come on the stage and act out the SAME MIND that the MOTHER (BEAST/666: Roman Catholic Church) had when SHE PERSECUTED the Saints" SpM, p. 1.4; 2SM204.

"The image to the beast represents ANOTHER religious (501c3 USA protestant denominations) body clothed with similar powers." The Story of Redemption, p. 381.2, The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 277.2 "The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST. It imbues the receiver with the attributes (character=thoughts and feelings) of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church." Desire of Ages, 805.  "Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of HIS OWN LIFE. The HOLY SPIRIT puts forth its highest energies to work in the heart and mind." Desire of Ages, 827. 501c3 SDA offshoot (from original pioneer historical doctrines) have accepted Papacy/Catholic doctrines that our SDA pioneers would not have tolerated. Famous author and Andrews University seminary professor George Knight boldly admits this fact in the following statement found in MINISTRY magazine, Oct/1993 p. 10.    "Most of the founders (including Ellen and James White!) of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination's Fundamental Beliefs.” "More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the Trinity. For Joseph Bates the Trinity was an unscriptural doctrine, for James White it was that 'old Trinitarian absurdity,' and for M.E. Cornell it was a fruit of the great apostasy, along with such false doctrines as Sunday keeping and the immortality of the soul" MINISTRY magazine, Oct/1993 p. 10. Even the TITLE of this article which this quote appeared in Ministry magazine - says it all - just as Ellen White predicted in 1SM204 that "our religion would be CHANGED"! Link to article: "Adventists and change - Ministry Magazine" I have found so many instances where the 501c3 church uses the EXACT words Ellen White did when predicting what would happen in these end times, to what they actually - do and say about it. You would think these "leaders" would at least try to change the "wording" for their fulfillment of prophecy. Another example is the words "most startling" - here is a page where I've put a few examples so I can find them again easily: endtimewarning.com/shocking-predictions-shocking-predictions-fullfilled Interesting fact – Obama is simply a puppet in the hands of the elite few who run the Federal Reserve Bank – Rothchilds are one of the families. Watch the very interesting Youtube videos of Karen Hudes http://kahudes.net. ALL 501c3 denominational churches are helplessly TRAPPED now by the TAX status a 501c3 provides: Non-profit/tax-exempt – because of greed all churches today have sold out to the Federal Government/IRS and CANNOT preach the truth unless they want to have their tax exempt status REVOKED. This 501c3 conglomerate of church denomination businesses CANNOT preach the truth =501c3 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST EIN #52-0643036 INCLUDED - they have become a SISTER to Babylon's doctrines and teach the same doctrines. They have been GAGGED by the Federal government.  This 501c3 GROUP of Protestant American churches ARE the second beast spoken of in Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld ANOTHER BEAST coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” "ANOTHER BEAST" rides the FIRST beast (Papacy’s doctrines) this means that the second beast (501c3 Protestant American churches) adopts the same doctrines as the first beast’s (Papacy/Catholic) doctrines. The foundational doctrine that ALL the other Catholic doctrines are based upon IS the UNSCRIPTURAL Trinity doctrine.  NOT FROM THE APOSTLESRoman Catholic officials are at least honest in admitting that the Trinity doctrine was not founded on the Scriptures, as declared: "Our opponents (Protestants) sometimes claim that no belief should be held dogmatically which is not explicitly stated in Scripture....... But the Protestant churches have themselves accepted such dogmas as the Trinity for which there is no such precise authority in the Gospels...." - Life Magazine, October 30, 1950. Modern 501c30SDA church now says: "God is glad for us to go to church BOTH days [Saturday and Sunday]. He wants us to worship Him BOTH days." (Signs of the Times, 3/1990, p. 22-23).  What happened to a "Thus Saith the Lord" and a "It is written"??? Visit this page for MANY quotes how the 501c3 GC SDA Jesuit priests have been masquerading as SDA pastors and leaders promoting SUNDAY WORSHIP in the SDA churches! See Jude 24. https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/sundayworshipsda The second beast (all 501c3 churches in the USA) will be foremost in persecuting those who keep the Ten Commandments – The DARK AGES caused by the Jesuit Catholics are SOON to be REPEATED by 501c3 Protestant America churches: http://www.endtimewarning.com/501c3 First beast (Papacy) does not have 501c3 status Second beast (all 501c3 denominations) HAS 501c3 status "The image to the beast represents ANOTHER religious (501c3 USA denominations) body clothed with similar powers." The Story of Redemption, p. 381.2, The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 277.2 On Feb 20, 1936/Jan 6, 1950 many Jesuit infiltrators created a 501c3 SDA offshoot organization called "GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036, under which ruling all its auspices still operates. (501c3 means Federal government/IRS regulates their doctrines and GIVES them a non-profit/tax-exempt status)  This "NEW" GENERAL CONFERENCE 501c3 SDA church teaches (OFFSHOOT from origianl pioneer SDA doctrines in 1843-1846) has been smuggling  Catholic Papacy doctrines into 501c3 SDA churches for DECADES! False Catholic doctrines like the Trinity of gods, Eucharist, LBGTQ, Sunday Worship, etc. Thousands of Jesuit Priests are masquerading (Jude 24) as SDA Preachers and General conference leaders to deceive sleepy Laodiceans asleep in their pews. WAKE UP! Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

TEXT for LEGS OF IRON TEXT BOX:

"The [501c3] PROTESTANT SECTS, were the next to come on the stage and act out the SAME MIND that the MOTHER (beast: Roman Catholic Church) had when SHE PERSECUTED the Saints" SpM p. 1.4.

"The fallen denominational (501c3) churches are Babylon. Babylon has been fostering poisonous doctrines, the wine of error. This wine of error is made up of false doctrines, such as the natural immortality of the soul (trinity doctrine teaches this because it says that Christ did not COMPLETELY die, but his spirit (words/personality) hung around up somewhere), the eternal torment of the wicked (eternal hellfire vs eternal death), the denial of the pre-existence of Christ prior to His birth in Bethlehem (trinity doctrine teaches this), and advocating and exalting the first day of the week above God’s holy and sanctified day (worships the trinity of gods on Sunday instead of God only on the 7th day). These and kindred errors are presented to the world by the various churches, and thus the Scriptures are fulfilled that say, ‘For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.’ It is a wrath which is created by false doctrines, and when kings and presidents drink this wine of the wrath of her fornication, they are stirred with anger against those who will not come into harmony with the false and satanic heresies which exalt the false sabbath, and lead men to trample underfoot God’s memorial. Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 61.3 


"The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of the Catholic Faith. Upon IT (trinity doctrine) are based ALL the other teachings of the church..." Handbook for Today's Catholic, p. 11.



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    Pagan Origins of the Trinity - The gods of Babylon


    The Seal & The Mark (TN) - Nader Mansour


    "Our opponents [Protestants] sometimes claim that no belief should be held dogmatically which is not explicitly stated in Scripture (ignoring that it is only on the authority of the Church we recognize certain Gospels and not others as true). But the Protestant churches have themselves accepted such dogmas as the Trinityfor which there is no such precise authority in the Gospels..."(Life Magazine, October 30, 1950).

    The Catholic Church did not acquire the doctrine of the Trinity from the Bible, but rather adopted it from pagan religions.

    "The Platonic trinity, itself merely a rearrangement of older trinities dating back to earlier peoples, appears to be the national philosophic trinity of attributes that gave birth to the three hypostases or divine persons taught by the Christian churches.... This Greek philosopher's [Plato, fourth century B.C.] conception of the divine trinity... can be found in all the ancient [pagan] religions." (Paris, 1865-1870, Nouveau Dictionnaire Universel, edited by M. Lachatre, Vol. 2, page 1467).

    Note: Ellen White stated that the Omega of Apostasy would involve the substitution of intellectual philosophy for pillar doctrines such as the Sanctuary and the Atonement. The Trinity doctrine does that very thing. She also stated that the Omega heresy would involve the presence and the personality of Christ. The trinity doctrine does that very thing! There is no question that the Trinity doctrine, as embraced by the SDA church in the early 1930's, is the main thrust element of the Omega of Apostasy, with all other apostasies trailing as symptoms of this greatest of all heresies ever construed by man.


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    “Fallen angels upon earth form confederations with evil men. In this age antichrist will appear as the true Christ, and then the law of God will be fully made void in the nations of our world. Rebellion against God’s holy law will be fully ripe. But the true leader of all this rebellion is Satan clothed as an angel of light. Men will be deceived and will exalt him to the place of God, and deify him. But Omnipotence will interpose, and to the apostate churches that unite in the exaltation of Satan, the sentence will go forth, ‘Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’” Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 61.3

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    The object of preaching is not alone to convey information, not merely to convince the intellect. The preaching of the word should appeal to the intellect, and should impart knowledge, but it should do more than this. The words of the minister should reach the hearts of the hearers.—The Review and Herald, December 22, 1904. 

    ALL 501c3 non-profit (tax-exempt) church denominations in protestant America are the second beast (copies and promotes 1st beasts Roman Catholic doctrines in 501c3 church denominations today: 501c3 SDA INCLUDED) of Revelation 13:11 and will be formost in FORCING the whole world to come to "the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word of God" RH July 13, 1897, par. 5. The Beast (Papacy) "daughters, the Protestant [501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt] sects, were the next to come on the stage and act out the same mind that the mother had when she persecuted the saints" Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.4.

    ALL 501c3 non-profit (tax-exempt) church denominations in protestant America are the second beast (Revelation 13:11) foremost in FORCING the whole world to come to "the same decision as the beast has done, and to advocate the same ideas, in direct opposition to the Word of God" RH July 13, 1897, par. 5. "Daughters of the beast the Protestant [501c3 non-profit, tax-exempt churches] sects, were the next to come on the stage and act out the same mind that the mother had when she persecuted the saints" Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1.4.


    On Feb 20, 1936/January 6, 1950 many spiritually blind SDA's and Jesuit infiltrators created a "new (SDA) organization" a "incorporated" entity called "GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036, under which ruling all (hospitals, church/property, ) under its auspices still operates. This was predicted by Ellen White in 1SM204 in 1904 that bound SDA's to accept a 501c3 government doctrinal contract. This 501c3 contract REQUIRES 501c3 SDA's to promote false offshoot doctrines different from original SDA doctrines setup in 1841, '42, '43 and 1844. The 501c3 contract means Federal/IRS regulates their doctrines and gives them a non-profit aka tax-exempt status) GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST EIN # 52-0643036, under which ruling all under its auspices still operates. 


  • The creator of the GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is the State.
  • The State is the sole authority and sovereign head over your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is subject to the laws of the State which limits its powers.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church has no constitutionally protected rights.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is an artificial person.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church submits to a State Charter declaring it is a creature of the State.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is created for the benefit of the public.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is a State franchise.
  • Your GENERAL CONFERENCE OF SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST" EIN # 52-0643036 church is a privilege granted by the State.

    • (The word church can also be replaced with ministry or mission.)
    Before we continue, any Christian ought to be able to see the clear Biblical violations a 501c3 incorporated church is committing! Once a preacher has signed the papers, it does not matter who the pastor says his creator is when he's up on the pulpit, because he signed a document denouncing the Lord Jesus Christ as his creator, and put the state in His place. It does not matter who the pastor says is the sole authority and sovereign head over the church he's preaching at, because he signed a document declaring that the State has authority over the church of Christ.It does not matter who the pastor says gives Christians liberty, because he signed a document stating that no liberties can be taken within the church unless approved by state-granted privileges. The screams of violation to the Gospel are already deafening, and we have barely started looking into the depths of 501c3 status. 

     If you are a MEMBER of a 501c3 church, and leave it, make sure you notify them to REMOVE you from membership, otherwise you keep ties to the 501c3 on their corporate list.) 

    After I take away the Christians' excuses for 501c3 status, the common response I hear is a quick defense of their church/pastor: "No, not us. My church isn't like that. My pastor wouldn't do that." Did you ask? Do you know for certain that your church is not 501c3 incorporated? Often, Christians do not want to believe that their pastor/church would be involved in something like this, and immediately make excuses and pardons for signing contracts that openly reject Christ's authority over the church. I know it's scary, but our job as Christians is to teach the truth, and if the truth is rejected by those in the church, then we need to avoid them.

    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
    -Romans 16:17-20

    Once again, there is a spiritual level of this that is unseen, and the seducing spirits being allowed into these churches by getting this incorporated status into the devil's church is something I would advise Christians get out of immediately. No matter how many people turn against you, I pray all Christians would stand firm in our Lord Jesus Christ and stay away from the unclean 501c3 corporate church. 

    So why would any church or pastor take on this 501c3 status if it is such an abomination to God? I think most pastors/churches honestly have no idea what they're doing, and they think they are submitting to the government in a good way by signing a corporate contract, but they need to learn the truth that 501c3 is a satanic trap. 

    On the other hand, we need to understand there are MANY churches and pastors out there who know what they are involved in, and could care less. They're in it for the love of the "laity's" money. These "clergymen" would rather enjoy sin for a season than to have to lift a finger against their creator, the IRS. They pull up to their three-story homes in their brand-new Mercedes, and bow to Caesar for His blessings.

    And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
    -2 Peter 2:3 

    But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
    -John 10:12-13

    I plead with Christians to come out from among the heathen and be separate. Sanctify yourselves. Christ hates to see His bride committing fornication.

    Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
    -2 Corinthians 6:14-18


    "A 501(c)(3) corporation, being an artificial person, is not considered a person under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (religious liberty clause) or under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution (protection against selfincrimination clause). Therefore, an incorporated church has NO First or Fifth Amendment rights. In the case Johnson vs. Goodyear, 127 Cal.4 (1899): 'A corporation, being an artificial person, only has rights within the meaning of the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and similar provisions of State constitutions and within the meaning of state statutes.'" [i.e. Your 501(c)(3) church has no constitutional rights.]
    -Barbara Ketay, "The 501(c)(3) Incorporated Church: The Real Truth," Biblical Law Center, retrieved July 23, 2012, [http://www.gracealoneca.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/the_real_truth_of_501c3.pdf] 
    http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/501c3.php

    This "NEW ORGANIZATION" (1SM204) 501c3 contract signed by spiritually blind SDA leaders in 1936/1950 REQUIRES SDA's to adopt the foundational doctrines of the Papacy for DECADES -like "immortality of the soul" (501c3 SDA doctrine #2 regarding the trinity teaches this), "Sunday worship", "Eucharist", approves "same gender" marriages and "LGBTQ" 501c3 SDA church membership, and REJECTING the three angels messages by worshiping the trinity of God's, it says Worship Him, not "them" as in the trinity of gods, also 501c3 SDA's have rejected the "investigative judgement" doctrine, the 7th day Sabbath, and the Righteousness of Christ is rejected by those who believe in the Trinity doctrine, all of which are offshoot doctrines from the original SDA doctrines despite many warnings from Bible/SOP. She "trembled for our people" 1SM204 1904

    Interesting: 501c3 Synagoge of Satan article http://www.creationliberty.com/articles/501c3.php




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    By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy (keep Sunday holy Law) in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness (truth). When 
    Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold unionour country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusionsthen we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near." Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 451.1


    Vatican Adviser Says America’s Founding Document Is Outmoded, Reveals Global Game Plan

    The plan is quite simple. And it should scare you.

    Top Vatican adviser Jeffrey Sachs says that when Pope Francis visits the United States in September, he will directly challenge the “American idea” of God-given rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence.

    Sachs, a special advisor to the United Nations and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a media superstar who can always be counted on to pontificate endlessly on such topics as income inequality and global health. This time, writing in a Catholic publication, he may have gone off his rocker, revealing the real global game plan.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/vatican-adviser-says-americas-founding-document-is-outmoded-reveals-global-game-plan/


    Pope Francis: religion should not be confined to 'personal conscience'


    Though independent, church and state share “the common responsibility” of meeting people’s “spiritual and physical needs…with humility and dedication,” he said.

    The Omega will be of a most startling nature.” (Series B, no. 2, page 16) “The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.” “I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people.” (Series B, no. 2, pp. 50, 53) The

    The Shocking "
    Most StartlingOmega Fulfillment: 

    “Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of "present truth."Most startling  is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Many of the pioneers, including James White, J. N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, and J. H. Waggoner, held to an Arian or semi-Arian view—that is, the Son at some point in time before the Creation of our world was generated by the Father….Likewise, the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists. Even today a few do not subscribe to it”. (Adventist Review, January 6, 1994, pp. 10, 11)


    34 years ago, SDA World President Neal C. Wilson plainly and boldly declared,"...There is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church." (Review, March 5, 1981, page 3)

    25 years ago, the Signs of the Times in 1990 states:

    "God is glad for us to go to church BOTH days [Saturday and Sunday]. He wants us to worship Him BOTH days." (Signs of the Times, March 1990, p. 22-23).

    "In His Word the Lord declared what He would do for Israel if they would obey His voice. But the leaders of the people yielded to the temptations of Satan, and God could not give them the blessings He designed them to have, because they did not obey His voice but listened to the voice and policy of Lucifer. This experience will be repeated in the last years of the history of the people of God, who have been established by His grace and power. Men whom He has greatly honored will in the closing scenes of this earth's history pattern after ancient Israel." Manuscript Releases, vol. 13 [Nos. 1000-1080], p. 379.2



    "the Sabbath is a sign of Christ’s power to make us holy" THE FAITH I LIVE BY, PAGE 33.

    The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying: “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” - 2 Timothy 2:15

    The sealing of the 144,000 commenced in 1844 by those who believed in and helped to give the 3 angels messages and the 7th day Sabbath message, and will go on until the close of probation, the dark day that happens again when Christ stands up and says "It is finished".

    The 144,000 started to be chosen and sealed on October 22, 1844 and when this number is made up - probation will close for the house of God, Adventists. The choosing and sealing of His Bride, the 144,000 will continue until probation closes for the house of God at the Sunday Law. God Himself chooses His Son's Bride = the 144,000 Adventist leaders who LIVE the truth as it is in Christ.

    FINAL WARNING CALL TO THE WORLD - THIS IS NOT A FALSE ALARM!!! Come OUT of ALL 501c3 non-profit churches! There is no-profit in them for your soul! Obey ONLY God, the Father,  and worship HIM by keeping all Ten of His Royal unchanging perpetual Commandments with special focus on the fourth 7th day Sabbath commandment BY claiming the TRUTH/Jesus promises/words sent to us THROUGH His ONLY SON, the Christ! Revelation 18:4 and Matthew 25:6. 

    The covering Christ is trying desperately to draw over us to protect us is TRUTH. Himself. The TRUTH about Himself! Only Christ the Son of the LIVING GOD can save us. HE is the door, the gate, the way the TRUTH and life into the Kingdom of God. No man can come to the Father except through Christ the Son of the living God.

    Matthew 25:6 "At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!'

    Revelation 18:4 "Then I heard another voice from heaven say: "'Come out of her, my people,' so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues;"

    Genesis 19:14
    So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, "Hurry and get out of this place, because the LORD is about to destroy the city!" But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

    Genesis 19:15
    With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city (churches full of doctrines of devils) is punished."

    Numbers 16:21
    "Separate yourselves from this assembly (full of doctrines of devilsso I can put an end to them at once."

    Numbers 16:45
    "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.

    Isaiah 48:20
    Leave Babylon (doctrines of devils), flee from the Babylonians! (doctrines of devils!) Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, "The LORD has redeemed his servant Jacob."

    Isaiah 52:11
    Depart, depart, go out from there! (all 501c3 non-profit tax exempt churches full of doctrines of devils!) Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the LORD's house.

    Jeremiah 50:8
    "Flee out of Babylon (full of doctrines of devils!); leave the land of the Babylonians, and be like the goats that lead the flock.

    Jeremiah 51:6
    "Flee from Babylon! Run for your lives! Do not be destroyed because of her sins. It is time for the LORD's vengeance; he will repay her what she deserves.

    Jeremiah 51:9
    "'We would have healed Babylon (full of doctrines of devils!), but she cannot be healed; let us leave her and each go to our own land (homes), for her judgment reaches to the skies, it rises as high as the heavens.'

    Jeremiah 51:45
    "Come out of her, my people! Run for your lives! Run from the fierce anger of the LORD.

    2 Corinthians 6:17
    Therefore, "Come out from them (all 501c3 non-profit tax exempt churches full of doctrines of devils!) and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

    Arrogant men and women will say 
    "You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, 'You must not go to all 501c3 churches full of false doctrines =doctrines of devils to settle there.'

    Arrogant means having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities."he's arrogant and opinionated" synonyms: haughty, conceited, self-important, egotistic, full of oneself, superior. 

    Perverse willwillfully determined or disposed to go counter to what is expected or desired; contrary.
    2.characterized by or proceeding from such a determination or disposition: a perverse mood.
    3.wayward or cantankerous.
    4.persistent or obstinate in what is wrong.
    5.turned away from or rejecting what is right, good, or proper; wicked or corrupt.

    Jeremiah 43:2
    Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, "You are lying! The LORD our God has not sent you to say, 'You must not go to Egypt (false doctrines =doctrines of devils) to settle there.'

    1 Peter 1:3 (KJV) "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."

    Romans 1:20: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."


    John 4:21 "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.

    John 4:23 "
    Yet a time is coming and has NOW come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks." God is the one eternal immortal Spirit and He comes today to us THROUGH His only Son who is THE truth. So we worship GOD only through the name of His Son 
    in the Spirit and in truth. 

    John 14:23 "
    Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching (words). My Father will love them, and WE will come to them and make OUR home with them." 

    1 Corinthians 6:19 "
    What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"


    Who are the 144,000? "Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time KNOW without question." 1SM 174. 

    "Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message (truth) to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made." {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 12} Similar to Noah's last warning message, come into the ark and be saved, Christ is saying, in John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Jesus says in Rev 18:4 "Come OUT of HER MY PEOPLE." Come OUT of ALL 501c3 non-profit church organizations so you do not share in their sins and become partakers of their destruction! Revelation 14:4 "These are they which were not defiled with women (501c3 nonprofit churches); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb."

    "HER" "The woman is a symbol of the church (either a pure or corrupt church), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent."  Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2  REMNANT CHURCH: Christ's People who have His Character, obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth

    • Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
    • Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4
    • Harlot = Apostate church/religion Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3; 6-9

    Revelation 3:4; "which have not defiled their garments (characters/minds/choices). .... virgins-spiritually (Mt 25:1); in contrast to the apostate Church, Babylon=false doctrines (Re 14:8), spiritually "a harlot" .

    Galatians 4:16 "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"

    Check out the following...
    Those who place themselves under God’s control, to be led and guided by Him, will catch the steady tread of the events ordained by Him to take place.—Testimonies for the Church 7:14 (1902).

    Look at the chain of events:

    1) Jesuit Pope Elected 3-19-2013
    2) Catholic dominated (66.6% - get it 666) Supreme Court accepts Separation of Church and State case 5-20-2013
    3) U.S. Supreme Court Case #12-696 Town of Greece vs. Galloway adjudicated on 11-6-2013. For the first time in  history an amendment to the U. S. Constitution could be removed.
    4) Tony Palmer & Kenneth Copeland join hands with the pope 2-14-2014
    Historical event for Pentecost.
    5) Joint houses of Congress under the direction of two Catholic leaders (Boehmer & Pelosi),  invite the pope to address U.S. Congress. First time in U.S. History 3-13-2014. On year anniversary  of pope election.
    5) Obama meets with Francis for the first time on 3-24-2014
    6) Pope to project historical 3D double canonization across the globe with holograms. Billions will watch and could potentially become hypnotized. 4-27-2014
    7) U.S. Supreme Court expected to give its opinion on Town of Greece vs. Galloway 6-2014
    8) Pope to speak before joint houses of congress in September 2015.

    The time from now to September 2015 is our window to get the three angels messages out.

    Dan. 11:44  
    But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.  - This is the there angels plus the fourth.

    Dan. 11:45
    And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him. This is the Sunday law agitated by the three angels messages.

    "The first, second, and third angels' messages are to be repeated. The call is to be given to the church: "Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. . . .Come out of her (all 501c3 "non-profit" church organizations), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities." {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 11}

    "Revelation 18 points to the time when, as the result of rejecting the threefold warning of Revelation 14:6-12, the church will have fully reached the condition foretold by the second angel, and the people of God still in Babylon (false doctrines mixed with truth=like the tree of knowledge of good and evil) will be called upon to separate from her communionTHIS message is the LAST that will ever be given to the world.-- The Great Controversy 1888, p. 390.2 (1911).

     “The trumpet is to give a certain sound.  Clearly and distinctly the warning is to ring out, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen....Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’” Review and Herald, December 9, 1902 (vol 4, p 472).

    "The two classes of watchers represent the two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord. They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith." {COL 406.3} 

    The light that was shed upon the waiting ones penetrated every where, and those who had any light in the churcheswho had not heard and rejected the three messages, answered to the call, and LEFT the fallen (modern SDA and ALL OTHER denominational) churches. Many had come to years of accountability since these messages had been given, and the light shone upon them, and they were privileged to choose life or death. Some chose life, and took their stand with those looking for their Lord, and keeping all his commandments. The third message was to do its work; all were to be tested upon it, and the precious ones were to be CALLED OUT from the RELIGIOUS BODIES. A compelling power moves the honest, while the manifestation of the power of God holds in fear and restraint relatives and friends, and they dare not, neither have they power to, hinder those who feel the work of the Spirit of God upon them. The last call is carried even to the poor slaves, and the pious among them, with humble expressions, pour forth their songs of extravagant joy at the prospect of their happy deliverance,and their masters cannot check them; for a fear and astonishment keep them silent. Mighty miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. God is in the work, and every saint, fearless of consequences, follows the convictions of his own conscience, and unites with those who are keeping all the commandments of God; and they sound abroad the third message with power. I saw that the third message would close with power and strength far exceeding the midnight cry." Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 193-196

    As rapidly as possible they are to be prepared for labor, that success may crown their efforts. They cooperate with heavenly agencies (angels), for they are willing to spend and be spent in the service of the Master. No one is authorized to hinder these workers.

    They are to be bidden Godspeed as they go forth to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 & Mark 16:15-18). No taunting word is to be spoken of them as in the rough places of the earth they sow the gospel Seed (Luke 8:10-11).

    Christ is soon to come. We must preach the first, second and third angel’s messages. Use the Bible, which will transform character. Preach Christ, and present the pattern, and work in His lines....

    "I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel [this angel is symbolized by faithful men and women who obey truth as it is in Christ only] that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention." EW 118

    "In the time of trouble, just previous to the coming of Christ, the lives of the righteous will be preserved through the ministration of holy angels. But there will be no security for the transgressor. Angels cannot then protect those who are living in neglect of a known duty or an express command of Jehovah." ST February 26, 1880, Art. A, par. 21 

    Says the apostle, "Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience," . Here is work resting upon every one who professes to follow Jesus Christ, to live upon the plan of addition. Peter 1:4-9 "knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ".

    "Having received the faith of the gospel (the faith/truth OF Christ alone), the believer is to add to his character virtue, and thus prepare the mind for the knowledge of God. This knowledge is the foundation of all true service and the only real safeguard against temptation. This ALONE can make one like God in character. No good gift is withheld from him who sincerely desires the righteousness of God." From Trials to Triumph, p. 278.4

    "It may be objected, If the Father and the Son are two distinct beings, do you not, in worshipping the Son and calling him God, break the first commandment of the decalogue? "No; it is the Father's will 'That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.' We cannot break the commandment and dishonor God by obeying him. The Fathers says of the Son, 'Let all the angels of God worship him.' Should angels refuse to worship the Son, they would rebel against the Father. Children inherit the name of their Father. The Son of God 'hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than' the angels. That name is the name of his Father. The Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.' Heb.1. The Son is called 'The mighty God.' Isa. 9:6. And when he comes again to earth his waiting people will exclaim, 'This is our God.' Isa. 25:9. It is the will of the Father that we should thus honor the Son. In doing so we render supreme honor to the Father. If we dishonor the Son, we dishonor the Father; for he requires us to honor his son. "But though the Son is called God yet there is a 'God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ' 1Pet. 1:3. Though the Father says to the Son, 'Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever,' yet, that throne is given him of his Father; and because he loved righteousness and hated iniquity, he further says, 'Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee.' Heb. 1:9. 'God hath made that same Jesus both Lord and Christ.' Acts. 2:36. The Son is 'the everlasting Father,' not of himself, nor of his Father, but of his children. His language is, 'I and the children which God hath given me.' Heb. 2:13." Review and Herald, June 1, 1869.

    "We have but a little space of time left to work for God. Nothing should be too dear to sacrifice, for the salvation of the scattered and torn flock of Jesus.... We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God. Jesus is still in His holy temple, and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins, and will now pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before He leaves the sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the sanctuary, then he that is holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust and filthy, will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father's throne. Therefore, what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath, must be done before Jesus leaves the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present truth.... Those only who have the seal of the living God, will be sheltered from the storm of wrath that will soon fall on the heads of those who have rejected the truth."—Present Truth, Sept. 1849 (RH vol. 1, p. 11)

    "Those who die after having become identified with the third angel's message, are evidently numbered as a part of the '44,000; for this message is the same as the sealing message of Revelation 7, and by that message only 144,000 were sealed. But there are many who have had their entire religious experiences under this message, but have fallen in death. They die in the Lord, and hence are counted as sealed; for they will be saved. But the message results in the sealing of only 144,000; therefore these must be included in that number. Being raised in the special resurrection (Dan. 12:2; Rev. 1:7) which occurs when the voice of God is uttered from the temple, at the beginning of the seventh and last plague (Rev. 16:17; Joel 3:16; Heb. 12:26), they pass through the period of that plague, and hence may be said to come 'out of great tribulation' (Rev. 7:14), and having been raised from the grave only to mortal life, they take their stand with believers who have not died, and with them receive immortality at the last trump (1Cor. 15:52), being then, with the others, changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Thus, though they have passed through the grave, it can be said of them at last, that they are 'redeemed from among men' (Rev. 14:4), that is, from among the living; for the coming of Christ finds them among the living, waiting for the change to immortality, like those who have not died, and as if they themselves had never died."—U. Smith, Daniel and the Revelation, p. 634, footnote, 1905 edition.

    "Those who die under the third angel's message are a part of the 144,000; there are not 144,000 in addition to these, but these help make up that number. They are raised to mortal life shortly before (2 weeks prior? God tells the day and hour of Christ's coming 2 weeks prior to Christ's coming? - Also - plagues fall for 2 weeks?) Christ comes, and . . . are changed to immortality when Christ appears." J. White, RH Sept. 23, 1880.

    This is highly interesting! These are just things that come to mind based on my studies of end time events. 
    Rev 13:5 - 3.5 years started on March 19, 2013 and ends Sept 19, 2016. Possibly 1 year or 2 weeks of plagues start then? I don't know, just studying! So, 2 weeks of plagues, maybe nearly 1 year of plagues because it is cut short in truth? God tells day and hour of 2nd coming 2 weeks prior? Those who have died since 1844, 144,000 raised at the sound of God's voice 2 weeks prior to Christ's coming -(those who kept the Sabbath and helped to give the 3 angels messages - comprise 144,000) "Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question." 1SM 174.

    I believe, based on my studies (cindykay4 at gmail.com), the 144,000 are ALL those who believed and obeyed and helped the give the 3 angels and 7th day Sabbath message from 1844 time frame era till the 2nd coming of Christ. Dead are raised back to life by the voice of God giving the day and hour of Christ's 2nd return about 2 weeks prior to the 2 advent.



    "The oil with which the wise virgins filled their lamps represents the Holy Spirit... Were it not that this holy oil is poured from heaven in the messages (truth) of God's Spirit, the agencies of evil would have entire control over men... God is dishonored when we do not receive the communications which he sends us.Thus we refuse the golden oil which he would pour into our souls to be communicated to those in darkness." Review and Herald, July 20, 1897.

    SDA Pioneers DID NOT WORSHIP the trinity of gods: 



    The Sealing Message


    "And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." Rev. 7:1-4.


    We have heard people say, and the impression has even been given in denominational publications, that the sealing message is not important, because Sister White wrote:


    "It is not His [God's] will that they [God's people] shall get in to controversy over questions which will not help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question." 1SM 174.


    This statement, if correctly understood, does not say that we do not have to pay much attention to the sealing message itself, but that we should not speculate about certain details which God has not revealed. For example: Who can identify beforehand the individuals that will be saved? Only God can. But this does not mean that we should ignore the plan of salvation. Although we do not know the day of Christ's return (the TIME of our visitation - the time our individual probation closes) (Matt. 25:13), for instance, the doctrine of the second coming of Christ is still a vital point of our faith. The same is very true as far as the sealing message is concerned.


    The sealing work-which belongs to the third angel of Revelation 14-is one of the main pillars in the Threefold Message. Its correct understanding has much to do with the stability of the whole doctrinal system of SDA's. It is, in fact, the very essence of the third angel's message. It is so important that the Lord's servant wrote the following warning:


    "We have but a little space of time left to work for God. Nothing should be too dear to sacrifice, for the salvation of the scattered and torn flock of Jesus.... We must work while the day lasts, for when the dark night of trouble and anguish comes, it will be too late to work for God. Jesus is still in His holy temple, and will now accept our sacrifices, our prayers, and our confessions of faults and sins, and will now pardon all the transgressions of Israel, that they may be blotted out before He leaves the sanctuary. When Jesus leaves the sanctuary, then he that is holy and righteous will be holy and righteous still; for all their sins will be blotted out, and they will be sealed with the seal of the living God. But those that are unjust and filthy, will be unjust and filthy still; for then there will be no Priest in the sanctuary to offer their sacrifices, their confessions, and their prayers before the Father's throne. Therefore, what is done to rescue souls from the coming storm of wrath, must be done before Jesus leaves the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. The Lord has shown me that precious souls are starving, and dying for want of the present, sealing truth, the meat in due season; and that the swift messengers should speed on their way, and feed the flock with the present truth.... Those only who have the seal of the living God, will be sheltered from the storm of wrath that will soon fall on the heads of those who have rejected the truth."—Present Truth, Sept. 1849 (RH vol. 1, p. 11), [emphasis supplied].


    "I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention." EW 118 [emphasis supplied].


    When we read statements like these from the Spirit of Prophecy, we wonder how some professed believers among the Adventists can say that the sealing message, under which 144,000 are to be sealed with the seal of the living God, is not important for our salvation. The early Adventists understood that this message was to lead every soul to decide his case either for life or for death.


    I-THE ORIGINAL SDA DOCTRINE


    Originally it was the official belief of the SDA Church that the sealing of the 144,000 commenced in 1844 and will go on until the close of probation.


    Just a few statements, quoted hereunder, are sufficient to confirm the original belief:


    1. J. Bates:


    "Now all advent believers that have, and do, participate in the advent messages as given in Rev. 14:6-13, will love and keep this covenant with God, and especially His Holy Sabbath, in this covenant; this is a part of the 144,000 now to be sealed.


    "The other part are those who do not yet so well understand the advent doctrine; but are endeavoring to serve God with their whole hearts, and are willing, and will receive this covenant and Sabbath as soon as they hear it explained. These will constitute the 144,000 now to be sealed with 'a seal of the living God,' which sealing will bear them through this time of trouble."—A Seal of the Living God, pp. 61, 62.


    2. S. N. Haskell:


    "After the disappointment of 1844, the people of God saw . . . the binding claim of the fourth commandment as well as the nine other commands of the decalogue. The Sabbath reform commenced at that time; by 1848 it [the Sabbath reform] began to be recognized as the fulfillment of Revelation 7:1-4."—Bible Hand book, p. 88.


    3. U. Smith:


    "Those who die after having become identified with the third angel's message, are evidently numbered as a part of the '44,000; for this message is the same as the sealing message of Revelation 7, and by that message only 144,000 were sealed. But there are many who have had their entire religious experiences under this message, but have fallen in death. They die in the Lord, and hence are counted as sealed; for they will be saved. But the message results in the sealing of only 144,000; therefore these must be included in that number. Being raised in the special resurrection (Dan. 12:2; Rev. 1:7) which occurs when the voice of God is uttered from the temple, at the beginning of the seventh and last plague (Rev. 16:17; Joel 3:16; Heb. 12:26), they pass through the period of that plague, and hence may be said to come 'out of great tribulation' (Rev. 7:14), and having been raised from the grave only to mortal life, they take their stand with believers who have not died, and with them receive immortality at the last trump (1Cor. 15:52), being then, with the others, changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Thus, though they have passed through the grave, it can be said of them at last, that they are 'redeemed from among men' (Rev. 14:4), that is, from among the living; for the coming of Christ finds them among the living, waiting for the change to immortality, like those who have not died, and as if they themselves had never died."—U. Smith, Daniel and the Revelation, p. 634, footnote, 1905 edition.


    4. J. White:


    "Those who die under the third angel's message are a part of the 144,000; there are not 144,000 in addition to these, but these help make up that number. They are raised to mortal life shortly before (2 weeks prior? God tells the day and hour of Christ's coming 2 weeks prior to Christ's coming? - Also - plagues fall for 2 weeks?) Christ comes, and . . . are changed to immortality when Christ appears." J. White, RH Sept. 23, 1880.

    This is highly interesting! These are just things that come to mind based on my studies of end time events. 
    Rev 13:5 - 3.5 years started on March 19, 2013 and ends Sept 19, 2016? Possibly 2 weeks of plagues start then? I don't know, just studying! So, 2 weeks of plagues, maybe nearly 1 year of plagues because it is cut short in truth? God tells day and hour of 2nd coming 2 weeks prior? 144,000 raised at the sound of God's voice 2 weeks prior to Christ's coming -(those who kept the Sabbath and helped to give the 3 angels messages - comprise 144,000) "Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand? This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question." 1SM 174.

    Based on my studies (cindykay4 at gmail.com), the 144,000 are ALL those from 1844 time frame era till the 2nd coming of Christ (dead are raised back to life by the voice of God giving the day and hour of Christ's 2nd return) who believe in the true God, keep the Sabbath and help to give the three angels messages.


    5. J. N. Loughborough:


    "If there is still a doubt of the resurrected Sabbath keepers' being numbered with the 144,000, consider the following from Sister White's words in 1909. At the General Conference in 1909, Elder Irwin had a stenographer accompany him in a call upon Sister White. He wished to ask her some questions, and have an exact copy of the words of the questions, and the replies. Among other questions was this one: 'Will those who have died in the message be among the 144,000?' In reply, Sister White said: 'Oh, yes, those who have died in the faith will be among the 144,000. I am clear on that matter.' These were the exact words of question and answer, as Brother Irwin permitted me to copy from his stenographer's report."—Questions on the Sealing Message, p. 17.


    6. R. H. Johnson:


    "Among those who shouted victory over the beast and over his image were those who had come forth from their graves in the special resurrection, and were seen on the sea of glass. They were 'the living saints, 144,000 in number."' RH July 27, 1905.


    7. L. R. Conradi:


    "In the same way, some will be resurrected from among the sleeping righteous who will complete the number of Israel according to Revelation 7."—Los Videntes y el Porvenir, p. 271.


    8. W. C. White about E. G. White:


    "Now to the question: Did Sister White teach that those who died in the message since 1844 and of whom it is said, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth,' that they shall be members of the 144,000?


    "I can assure you, my brother, that this was the belief and the teaching of Ellen G. White. Many times I have heard her make statements to this effect, and I am in possession of a letter to Brother Hastings who is mentioned on page 237 of Life Sketches in which she says plainly that his wife who had recently died would be a member of the 144,000.


    "In a letter recently received from a brother in Reno, Nevada, reference is made to a statement in Elder Loughborough's book found on page 29 in which it is reported that Sister White said: 'Those who died in the faith will be among the 144,000. I am clear on that matter.'


    "And I testify, my brother, that that is in perfect harmony with her writings, her sayings and her teachings throughout the years of her ministry." Letter of W. C. White, dated April 18, 1929.


    9. Sabbath School Lesson of August 1, 1908:


    "From this we may recognize that, at the coming of the Lord, all of the 144,000, as living saints, will be composed of those who have never seen death and those who have died during the preaching of the last message but have resurrected before the appearing of the Lord."—Retranslated from the German Sabbath School Quarterly.


    10. SDA Encyclopedia:


    "The Sabbath was identified with the sealing message of Rev elation 7, and as a result the Sabbath came to be seen as God's seal. 'The position of our people then,' said Loughborough, 'was that the sealing work at that time was going on, and that some of the 144,000 were then being sealed.' During the next few years, Ellen G. White repeatedly spoke of the sealing work currently in progress (EW 36-38, 44, etc.).


    "Corollary to the belief that those who accepted the third angel's message and the Sabbath were being sealed, was the belief that any who died would not in that way forfeit membership in the 144,000 but would come forth in a special resurrection to join their brethren who remained alive to the coming of the Lord."—SDA Encyclopedia, pp. 915, 916.


    "Ellen G. White identified the seal of God with the Sabbath in November, 1848 (Joseph Bates, A Seal of the Living God, pp. 24-26), and Bates wrote his book on the subject in 1849. Also in 1849 Mrs. White wrote that the sealing work was then going forward (Present Truth, 1:21, August 1849)."—SDA Encyclopedia, p. 1163.


    II - NEW LIGHT?


    The statements just quoted under the previous subtitle show that it was a well-established belief among the early Adventists that the sealing of the 144,000 began in 1844. But this doctrine is not upheld any longer. We are told that we must leave the door open for changes when new light comes. "We cannot hold that a position once taken, an idea once advocated, is not, under any circumstances, to be relinquished. There is but One who is infallible - He who is the way, the truth, and the life." TM 105. And we should not ignore that in the writings of E. G. White there are some declarations which seem to subvert the original SDA position about the sealing of the 144,000. Many have taken these passages as a basis for the new belief that the sealing of the 144,000 did not begin in 1844, but that they will all be sealed under the latter rain, because they must all meet the following conditions:


    (a) They obtain the victory "over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name." (Rev 15:2; AA 590, 591; GC 648).


    (b) They witness the final judgements of God through the period of the seven last plagues. "They have seen the earth wasted with famine and pestilence, the sun having power to scorch men with great heat, and they themselves have endured suffering, hunger, and thirst." GC 649.


    (c) "They have endured the anguish of the time of Jacob's trouble; they have stood without an intercessor through the final outpouring of God's judgments." GC 649.


    (d) They are "translated from the earth, from among the living." GC 649. This is why they are represented by Elijah. "Elijah, who had been translated to heaven without seeing death, represented those who will be living upon the earth at Christ's second coming." DA 422.


    These statements are taken as strong evidences in behalf of the new belief - that all the 144,000 are the very last generation of saints, who will be sealed under the latter rain, who will never see death, and "are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord" (1 Thess. 4:15).


    There is no doubt that the new interpretation, based especially on GC 648, 649, would stand on its own legs if there were no counter-evidences in the writings of E. G. White. Adventists have from the beginning followed an important expository rule: If the proposed exegesis of one verse is in harmony with all other verses which refer to that subject, then the explanation should be acceptable. If the exposition harmonizes, or seems to harmonize, with one verse, but conflicts with other verses relating to the same topic, then it is not acceptable. This is the problem with the new belief grounded on GC 648, 649. It does not harmonize with other Spirit of Prophecy statements, which clearly support the original SDA doctrine, that the sealing of the 144,000 actually began in 1844.


    III - DOES E. G. WHITE CONTRADICT HERSELF?


    The sealing of the 144,000 under the threefold message, according to Revelation 7:1-4 and 14:1-12, is described as a work which was going on in the days of Sister White. When she mentions the sealing work, she refers to a specific seal which only the 144,000 can receive, which the third angel places only on conscientious Sabbathkeepers identified with his message, which some of the saints had received already in the early days of the message, and which is a covering (or protection) against the seven last plagues. This is why every Adventist who wants to understand the truth of the sealing message should analyze both sides of the question and decide for himself, on the weight of evidence, whether he will abide by the old doctrine or accept the new interpretation. In case he endorses the new interpretation, what will he do with the counter-evidence? Will he ignore the Spirit of Prophecy statements which collide with the modern explanation of GC 648, 649? Or will he say that Sister White was mistaken when whe spoke of the sealing of the 144,000, according to Revelation 7:1-4, as having begun in 1844, and that later on she corrected her previous declarations when she received more light on the subject? If, however, he holds on to the former Adventist stand, that the work described in Revelation 7:1-4 was started by the third angel in 1844, then he needs, for GC 648, 649, an acceptable explanation which will harmonize with the old doctrinal position.


    We, as SDA Reformers, uphold the original doctrine, and, therefore, explain GC 648, 649, in unison with the old belief. We do not think that Sister White contradicted herself.


    1. Under the proclamation of the threefold message, "every one" of God's children, who is identified with the message and qualifies for a place in the kingdom, receives a specific seal according to Revelation 7:1-4, which is placed only on 144,000 saints. This becomes evident from the statements transcribed hereunder.


    (a) The third angel's mission is the sealing work of Revelation 7:1-4 in the antitypical day of atonement.


    "The mighty angel is seen ascending from the east (or sunrising). This mightiest of angels has in his hand the seal of the living God, or of Him who alone can give life, who can inscribe upon the forehead the mark of or inscription, to whom shall be granted immortality, eternal life. It is the voice of this highest angel that had authority to command the four angels to keep in check the four winds until this work was performed, and until he should give the summons to let them loose.... Only those who, in their attitude before God, are filling the position of those who are repenting and confessing their sins in the great antitypical day of atonement, will be recognized and marked as worthy of God's protection." TM 444, 445.


    Let us bear in mind: The work that is attributed to the third angel is the special sealing of a specific group, the 144,000, according to Revelation 7:1-4. The third angel does this work in the antitypical day of atonement, which began in 1844 (GC 433).


    E. G. White testifies:


    "I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.' " EW 118.


    "Who are voicing the message of the third angel, calling upon the world to make ready for the great day of God? The message we bear has the seal of the living God." CT 459.


    (b) In the early days of the message, the third angel was already doing his work, according to Revelation 7:1-4.


    "I saw a little company traveling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united, bound together by the truth, in bundles, or companies. Said the angel, 'The third angel is binding, or sealing, them in bundles for the heavenly garner.' This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe trials and conflicts." EW 88, 89 (published in 1854).


    We do not know how many had already been sealed by 1854, but we do know that the third angel, whose mission is depicted in Revelation 7:1-4, was actively sealing some of the 144,000 at that time.


    In vision, November 1848, the servant of the Lord spoke the following words with reference to the sealing work of Revelation 7:1-4:


    "He [God] was well pleased when His law began to come up in strength. That truth [the Sabbath truth] arises, and is on the increase, stronger and stronger. It's the seal! It's coming up! It arises, coming from the rising of the sun, like the sun, first cold, grows warmer, and sends its rays. When that truth arose, there was little light in it, but it has been increasing. Oh, the power of these rays!


    "The angels are holding the winds. It is God that restrains the powers. The angels have not let go, for the saints are not all sealed. The time of trouble has commenced. It has begun. The reason why the four winds are not let go, is because the saints are not all sealed. It [the trouble] is on the increase more and more; that trouble will never end until the earth is rid of the wicked. Why, they [the winds] are just ready to blow. There is a check put on because the saints are not all sealed. Yes, publish the things thou hast seen and heard, and the blessing of God will attend." — A Seal of the Living God, pp 24-26.


    The declaration that the saints were "not all sealed," way back in 1848, implies that some were already sealed. This fact was confirmed in another vision which was given to the servant of the Lord on January 5, 1849. She wrote:


    "He [my accompanying angel] showed me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that He gave His angels charge over things on the earth, and that the four angels had power form God to hold the four wind, and that they were about to let the four winds go, and while they had started on their mission to let them go, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not all sealed; then He raised His hands to the Father and plead with Him that He had spilled His blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels, and bid them hold until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads." —Present Truth, August 1849.


    Again, the same fact was repeated—that the saints "were not all sealed"—which implies that some were.


    The seal of the living God was described as a covering, as a mark of protection, for the coming time of trouble - a shelter which the Lord was already drawing over His people in 1849, as the sealing time had already begun. Describing a vision received on March 24, 1849, Sister White wrote:


    "Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God's people from the present truth and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing over His people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth and was pure in heart was to be covered with the covering of the Almighty.... I saw that Satan was at work in these ways to distract, deceive, and draw away God's people, just now in this sealing time.... Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God's people, and they [the careless] left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues. God has begun to draw this covering over His people, and it will soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day of slaughter." EW 43, 44.


    "Those only who have the seal of the living God, will be sheltered from the storm of wrath."—Present Truth, September 1849.


    "The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over." EW 58.


    The early Adventists expected Christ to come very soon. And He could have come in the days of the pioneers (GC 458). In this case, the faithful believers who received the seal of God would have been the last generation of Christians - those that stayed alive and remained unto the coming of the Lord (1 Thess. 4:15). The number of God's subjects would have been completed in a short time. And Christ would have come. It was in this context that E. G. White wrote about the sealing work of Revelation 7:1-4 as a present evert. But there was a delay, because the Advent people were not prepared to receive the Lord. So, what will happen to those who received the seal of God as an initial and partial fulfillment of Revelation 7:1-4? Will they forfeit the position that was already assigned to them - the right to be among the 144,000 - only because others, who should have followed their example, failed to obtain the needed preparation? Not at all. They come under a special provision. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth." Revelation 14:13. They will be brought back to life in the special resurrection (GC 637), before the coming of Christ, and, together with the other saints, sealed under the latter rain, they will make up the company of 144,000. This is what the statements quoted hereunder will prove.


    (c) The saints who died in the faith of the third angel's message will come up in the partial resurrection, to be among the 144,000.


    In 1848 or 1849, Sister White was given a vision of other worlds. She wrote:


    "I begged my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought of coming back to this dark world again. Then the angel said, 'You must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handiwork of God.'" EW 40.


    The hope of Sister White, based on the assurance given her by the angel of God, was conditional. She would be with (or among) the 144,000 if she remained faithful. Since she received the promise of the Lord (1848 or 1849), there has been a delay, and she was not sure whether she would live until the coming of the Lord. But this would not change the promise, which was still hers, on condition of faithfulness. She wrote in 1907:


    "I may live until the coming of the Lord; but if I should not, I trust it may be said of me: 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.'" 1SM 55, 56.


    Due to this other promise of the Lord - "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth" (Rev. 14:13) - Sister White was sure that, if she remained faithful to the end, she would not forfeit her membership in the company of 144,000 saints. This promise belongs to all those who are sealed by the third angel (Rev. 7:1-4; 14:1-13). The numbered group referred to in Revelation 7:1-4 is the same group that is mentioned in Revelation 14:1-5, and again in Revelation 14:12, 13, where those among this group who happen to die before the coming of the Lord, are declared "blessed," because they still retain the seal, the "Father's name written in their foreheads," and still belong to the same group. This is why E. G. White testified about a faithful sister who had been laid to rest and about others who had reached an advanced age:


    "I saw that she [a certain sister who had died in the Lord] was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000." 2SM 263.


    "There are living upon our earth men who have passed the age of fourscore and ten. The natural results of old age are seen in their feebleness. But they believe God, and God loves them. The seal of God is upon them, and they will be among the number of whom the Lord has said, 'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.'" 7BC 982.


    "As he [John] looked with intense interest he beheld the company of God's commandment-keeping people. They had upon their foreheads the seal of the living God, and he said:[Revelation 14:12, 13 quoted]." 6T 15.


    The Bible texts (Revelation 7:1-14(???); 14:1-13), as explained by the Spirit of Prophecy, according to the quotations used herein, establish a chain of links as follows: The third angel, with the seal of the living God (TM 444; EW 118, 89), seals 144,000 servants of God (Rev. 7:1-4; 14:1), whose characteristics are given in the context describing the work of this angel (Rev. 14:3-5, 12). The description of his work includes a special promise to those who should be saved through his message but should die before the coming of the Lord (Rev. 14:13). These scriptures do not mention - nor does E. G. White in her comments on these scriptures mention - any other group of sealed saints besides the 144,000. Therefore, let us share the blessed hope of the servant of the Lord and her contemporaries, who are resting in the grave, awaiting the special resurrection, to integrate the number of living saints at the coming of Christ.


    "Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-for thousand." 7BC 970.


    "As the result of the threefold message it is announced, 'Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.'" GC 453, 454.


    "When the third angel's message closes, mercy no longer pleads for the guilty inhabitants of the earth.... All who have proved themselves loyal to the divine precepts have received 'the seal of the living God.' Then Jesus ceases His intercession in the sanctuary above.... The number of His subjects is made up." GC 613, 614.


    Those who have died in the faith of the third angel's message will come up at the voice of God, before the coming of Christ, to hear the covenant of peace, which will be declared only to 144,000, when God shall announce the day and hour of Christ's coming.


    "Graves are opened, and 'many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth... awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.' Dan. 12:2. All who have died in the faith of the third angel's message come forth from the tomb glorified, to hear God's covenant of peace with those who have kept His law." GC 637.


    "The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus' coming, and delivering the everlasting covenant to His people." GC 640.


    "Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus's coming. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake." EW 15.


    When the voice of God is heard, declaring the covenant of peace to the living saints, 144,000 in number, where will those be who have been resurrected to hear the covenant of peace? If they are not among the living saints, 144,000 in number, where else could they be? The only other class of people on earth at that time, according to the prophetic description (EW 15), are the wicked.


    2. There will be only 144,000 saints at the coming of Christ.


    The fact that, at the coming of Christ, there will be only 144,000 living saints, is confirmed by other statements besides EW 15.


    (a) At the voice of God, when "all the saints: are delivered, shortly before the coming of Jesus, only 144,000 rejoice with shouts of triumph.


    "A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob's trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God. The 144,000 triumphed." EW 36, 37.


    (b) At the coming of Christ, the 144,000 will recognize their friends who were separated from them at the beginning of the Advent Movement.


    The early pioneers, who were identified with the third angel's message, and who are among the 144,000, will recognize Brethren Fitch and Stockman, and others, immediately, when they wee them.


    "The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted, 'Alleluia!' as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death.... Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city.... We all went under the tree and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when Brethren Fitch and Stocman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom [in the days of William Miller], and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping.... Mount Zion was just before us, and on the mount was a glorious temple.... And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, 'Only the 144,000 enter this place,' and we shouted 'Alleluia'.... The wonderful things I there saw I cannot describe.... I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out.... Soon we heard [Jesus's] lovely voice again, saying, 'Come My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you.' We shouted, 'Alleluia! Glory!' and entered into the city." EW 16-19.


    Here E. G. White mentions two groups of saints - (a) the 144,000 and (b) their friends who had been laid in the grave before the coming of the third angel's message. She even gives the names of two of them. To which of these two groups does Sister White belong? The reader can get the answer from the description. She entered the temple where no one besides the 144,000 was permitted to enter. That means she is with (or among) the 144,000, as we read in EW 40 and 7BC 970, quoted before.


    Let us beware how we read this last text (EW 16-19). The very danger that exists in a merely literal and grammatical reading of GC 648, 649, also exists in EW 16-19, if such reading is used. It is just as easy to argue, on the basis of GC 648, 649, that all the 144,000 will remain alive through the time of Jacob's trouble, under the seven last plagues, as it is to contend, on the ground of EW 16-19, that all the 144,000 will recognize their friends who died in the time of William Miller.


    IV - MORE ON THE NEW INTERPRETATION


    One of the first difficulties that arises before the new interpretation based on GC 648, 649, is that the 144,000 scattered universally, are supposed to obtain tickets, passports, and visas, to be able to go from place to place, to see the destruction caused here and there by the plagues, which are not worldwide. (Compare Matthew 24:31; GC 628). The new theory supposes that also the saints who are "held in bondage for their faith," within "prison walls" (GC 627, 637), until the beginning of the seventh plague, must go from place to place, during the time of trouble, in order to witness local plagues, no matter how far these imprisoned saints are from the affected areas. This should be enough to convince the reader that the new doctrine is inconsistent with facts.


    The original SDA teaching offers no difficulty because there are examples - and the statement that the 144,000 will witness "the sun having power to scorch men with great heat" (GC 649) is an additional example - that one whole group may be considered as having experienced that which not all of that group, of only some of that group, have actually gone through. Since we are only one body composed of many members, that which is experienced by one is regarded as being experienced by all (1 Cor. 12:12, 26). Space and time do not alter the principle. Those who have already died and those who have not yet been born can be regarded as partakers in the actions of a people taken as a body. Here are examples: A long time before his birth, Levi was considered a tithe payer. As a matter of fact, Melchisedec received tithes form Levi through Abraham (Heb. 7:9, 10). Zecharias, son of Barachias, who lived centuries before Christ, was slain by the scribes and Pharisees who persecuted Christ (Matt. 23:35; Zech. 1:1). Belonging to the same body, possessing the same spirit, and seeking to do the same work, they were declared as having done the very things that had actually been done by others before them.


    In the same way, under the third plague the wicked are blamed for shedding the blood of saints and prophets who lived many centuries before (Rev. 16:6). This sentence will be pronounced upon the enemies of God because of the death decree that they have issued against the saints.


    "By condemning the people of God to death, they [the wicked] have as truly incurred the guilt of their blood [the blood of the saints and prophets who lived centuries ago] as if it had been shed by their hands. In like manner Christ declared the Jews of His time guilty of all the blood of holy men which had been shed since the days of Abel." GC 628.


    Another example:


    The Bible mentions heroes (Gideon, Barak, Samson, etc.), "who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, sopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens" (Heb. 11:33, 34). If we take this scripture very literally and grammatically, as many brethren take GC 648, 649, and as they could just as easily take EW 16-19, then we should come to the conclusion that each one of those heroes fulfilled each one of those specifications. But it was not the intention of the writer of the book of Hebrews to convey such an idea.


    In the light of the principle announced in 1 Corinthians 12:26 - "whether one member suffer, all the members suffer" - it is as easy to explain Hebrews 11:33, 34, as to explain GC 648, 649. There is more:


    If we do not accept this principle, how could we explain the verse which says that, after His resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ was seen "of the twelve" (1 Cor. 15:5)? If this text is taken literally, grammatically, mathematically, the way that some brethren take GC 648, 649, and if other scriptures are ignored (those that show the end of Judas before the crucifixion of Jesus), the way some believers ignore the statements which show that the sealing work of Revelation 7:1-1 began in 1844, then we wonder how 1 Corinthians 15:5 should be interpreted.


    Those that insist on supporting the new interpretation may argue: If Sister White, and that other sister, and many others, will be "with" of "among" the 144,000 (EW 40; 2SM 263; 7BC 982; 7BC 970), this means that they will not included in that number, but that they will be added to the 144,000. We cannot agree with conclusion for two main reasons: Both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy furnish examples where the prepositions "with" and "among" do not necessarily mean "addition to" a certain group. In John 20:24, Thomas with the twelve does not make thirteen. In DA 716, "Judas... among the twelve" does not make thirteen. And, in EW 255, "the fourth commandment among the ten holy precepts" does not make eleven. Other examples could be adduced to show that "with" and "among" are commonly used to indicate "inclusion in" a numbered company. The other reason why we cannot agree with the idea that those faithful believers must be "added to" the 144,000, is that, in a vision, Sister White entered a place where only 144,000 were permitted to enter (EW 19). Besides, John the Revelator saw on mount Zion a specific number of saints - 144,000 - without any addition. Therefore, those dear believers who died in the hope of being "with" or "among" the 144,000 must be included in this number.


    The fact that the 144,000 will be translated "from among the living" has also been used as an argument against the original doctrine. We think that there is no difficulty with this expression, because those who come up in the partial resurrection (GC 637) are counted among the living, not among the dead. See example in Luke 24:5.


    Another statement that has often been used in support of the new interpretation is this: "Jesus would be honored by translating, without seeing death, the faithful waiting ones who had so long expected Him." EW 283. This passage refers to the time when "the saints left the cities and villages," under the decree, and "were pursued by the wicked, who sought to slay them" (EW 284). Not the whole company of 144,000 is meant here only those who are alive at that time and who will be joined by others at the partial resurrection when the number of 144,000 will be completed (???) (Cf GC 637; GC 640; EW 15). Besides, the "death" that the saints will be delivered form, in this description (EW 283, 284), is the death demanded or permitted by the decree, which the wicked will try to inflict on the people of God. Of course, if they have already received the seal of protection, they are not subject to death during the time of Jacob's trouble.


    In conclusion, we abide by the original SDA teaching about the sealing work of Revelation 7:1-4, which, in our thinking, is in perfect harmony with the Bible and the writings of E. G. White.


    "In the issue of the great contest two parties are developed: those who 'worship the beast and his image,' and receive his mark, and those who receive 'the seal of the living God,' who have the 'Father's name written in their foreheads.'" 7BC 980.


    At the coming of Jesus, besides "the living saints, 144,000 in number" (EW 15), there will be "a great multitude" who will be taken to heaven (Rev. 7:9; GC 665). This is "the risen throng" - "the sleeping saints" who will be called forth from their tombs by the voice of the Son of God at His coming. Then "the living righteous and the risen saints unite their voices in a long, glad shout of victory" (GC 644).


    "The living righteous are changed 'in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.' At the voice of God they were glorified; now they are made immortal, and with the risen saints are caught up to meet their Lord in the air." GC 645.


    "And so shall be ever be with the Lord." 1 Thess. 4:17.


    SOME WHO HAVE DIED TO BE AMONG THE 144,000


    In Ellen White's very first vision in Early Writings she used the personal pronouns ("I", "we", "us", "my", "me", or "our") a total of 83 times. This should be evidence that Ellen SAW HERSELF as one of the sealed 144,000. She was included in that group. Also in Early Writings page 19 she saw herself as part of the 144,000.

    In 2 Selected Messages 263 we have an instance where the prophet testifies that a certain individual was "sealed, and...would be with the 144,000." This testimony was given in 1850.

    While Sr. White was in Australia Elder G.B. Starr, who labored with her for a time in that continent, went to her and asked, "Did you see yourself as one of the sealed 144,000?" Her answer was: "YES THAT IS WHAT I WAS SHOWN."

    The 144,000 will be comprised not only of those living today who are sealed, but also those who died giving the "Midnight Cry" of the three angels messages of 1844, which is the equivalent of today's loud cry. This would, of course, include Ellen White. Her experience appears to be a direct parallel to that of Moses. Because of the sins of the people, like him, she had to first die before she can be resurrected and enter the promised land.

    In 1916 Elder J. N. Loughborough wrote an article for the Review and Herald which had in it the following testimony:

    "QUESTIONS ON THE SEALING MESSAGE, (published 1916) -- In 1909, Elder G.A. Irwin had a stenographer accompany him in a call upon Sister White. He wished to have an exact copy of the exact words of his questions, and the exact words of her replies. Among the questions was this one: 'Will those who have died in the message be among the 144,000?' In reply, Sister White said, 'Oh yes, those who have died in the faith WILL BE among the 144,000. I am clear on that matter.' These were the exact words of question and answer, as Brother Irwin permitted me to copy from his stenographer's report."

    What does this mean to us today? Just this: If there are only 144,000 who are the Bride, and a good share of them were the "Midnight Cryers" of yesteryear, this leaves a smaller number, indeed, living here and now who proclaim the message for this hour. The actual number of Loudcriers will probably be much smaller than anticipated. This reminds us of Gideon when the Lord chose such a small number of men for his army.

    This also means all those who were, like Ellen White, sealed at the time of the Midnight Cry and were chosen by God to be part of 144,000 of that day, will not go through the time of Jacob's Trouble with today's living saints. For they are raised up at the time of the deliverance, which comes after the time of Jacob's trouble. (EW 285) Like Moses, they will be raised up in immortality, before any other group. To be raised after the time of Jacob's trouble may be God's way of compensating them for having to first die and also for having to go through times of great disappointment when the promises of the Lord could not be fulfilled. Certainly another blessed benefit is to be raised with glorified bodies.

    Some may become confused with the idea that because these risen dead are part of the 144,000, they are part of the present day Loudcriers. This is not the case, for these sleeping ones were the Midnight Cryers of their day and were faithful to the calling of their time in proclaiming the three angels messages. Their resurrection is long after the loud cry has been given and the harvest gathered. Can one imagine the confusion they would face if they were raised up in this time to spread the message to an entirely different age?

    THE BRIDE'S COMMISSION DEFINED

    "In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God....Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the word of God. Hearts were convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit, and a spirit of genuine conversion was manifest. On every side doors were thrown open to the proclamation of the truth....I heard voices of thanksgiving and praise, and there seemed to be a reformation such as we witnessed in 1844. 9 Testimonies 126.

    'Every one is to hear the last call to the MARRIAGE SUPPER of the Lamb. From town to town, from city to city, from country to country, the message of present truth is to be proclaimed, NOT WITH OUTWARD DISPLAY, BUT IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT." Gospel Workers 27.

    In Volume One, Chapter Four, we showed that the three angels of Revelation 14:6-12 and the angel of the loud cry (Revelation 18:1) ARE NOT LITERAL ANGELS, but rather men doing the work of God under the power and might of the Holy Spirit. Angels three and four then represent the Loudcriers, the 144,000 going forth throughout the earth.

    Concerning the third angel, Mrs. White explains that his message includes those of the preceding two.

    "It is represented as being given with a loud voice; that is, WITH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT." 7BC p.980.

    "The most solemn warning...ever addressed to mortals is that contained in the third angel's message...Is the world to be left in darkness as to the nature of this sin? Most assuredly not. God does not deal thus with His creatures. His wrath is never visited upon sins of ignorance. Signs of the Times, Nov.1, 1899.

    "GOD'S REMNANT PEOPLE ARE TO FILL THE EARTH WITH THE CRY OF THE THIRD ANGEL. Review & Herald, July 16, 1901.

    "Another angel unites his voice with the third angel, and the earth is lighted with its glory. The light increases....It will be attended with great power, until its golden beams have fallen upon every tongue, every people, and every nation upon the face of the whole earth." Review & Herald, Aug. 18, 1885.

    "The Lord has shown me that the message of the third angel must go, and be proclaimed to the SCATTERED CHILDREN of the Lord...I saw that this message can stand on its own foundation and needs not time to strengthen it; and that IT WILL GO IN MIGHTY POWER, and do its work, AND WILL BE CUT SHORT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS. Early Writings 75.

    "Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches. Early Writings 297.

    "It is the union of the Holy Spirit and the testimony of the living witness that is to warn the world." 6BC 1053

    These quotations from inspiration clearly show one part of the work of the Loudcriers, the Bride of Christ.

    On page 118 of Early Writings Ellen White saw another work of the 144,000.


    "I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to SELECT THE WHEAT FROM THE TARES, AND SEAL, OR BIND, THE WHEAT FOR THE HEAVENLY GARNER.' These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention."

    The "accompanying angel" directly states what part of the work this group will be doing. By comparison, Jesus said in the parable of the wheat and the tares angels would do the binding and separating. As pointed out in Volume One, the Holy Spirit's work is actually Michael's Spirit at work, guiding the spiritual events of these last days. Angels in turn have been recognized as "ministering Spirits" or extensions of God's Holy Spirit.

    When the 144,000 are filled with the Spirit so that they fully reflect the character of God, they are in fact the embodiment of Michael, the Holy Spirit Himself. It will be less confusing in understanding how the 144,000 are the embodiment of Michael and the Holy Spirit if one remembers we are talking about the different roles Jesus assumes to do His work. This spiritual work of the 144,000 is then the result of spiritual intercourse between the Bride and Jesus' Holy Spirit, as already experienced. There is far more to this intimacy between Jesus and His Bride than has heretofore been suspected. Let us share with you our Lord's revelation about this.




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    SOP STATEMENTS ON 144,000 are toward the end of this page.

    Hello Friends!

    I found an amazing Bible verse (Zech 9:7) today, that to me, shows those who stop eating flesh foods may become part of the 144,000 (includes all dairy products like Cheese, butter, milk, eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese) anything that has had a face or a mother is considered flesh foods or is a product derived of flesh foods...) Yes, it is a challenge to eat most anything today and leave off this stuff - AND any stimulents like acholol, wine, coffee, tea, even decaffinated is bad for us, some spices like mustard, black pepper, etc... see the pledge that God gave to Ellen White for God's people - she gave it to the then GC President who decided NOT to give it to the people - and that was the LAST message from Ellen White for God's people (as I understand it). -
    but look at what God promises if we do obey the Pledge! See Pledge below...
    Do you want to be part of the Remnant of GOD? Do you want to be part of God's specially designated taskforce, the 144,000? The OVERCOMERS? THE SAINTS WHO STAND BESIDE THE SEA OF GLASS AND EAT OF THE TREE OF ETERNAL LIFE? What little it really is to give up - and it's only for our own good that God even asks it of us - so we do not eat the diseases and virusus that are contaminating the flesh pots and meats of the sin burdened animal kingdom. WHY would WE WANT to DISOBEY OUR GOD?
     
    Wake Up, Babylon! (those who receive the 666 and mark of the Beast follow false doctrines of Satan inspired through the traditions of men - baptized pagan/heathen traditions: Isaiah 40 -- Isaiah continues to give us food for thought as we meditate on what and how God is refining and purifying his remnant. (Remnant - the last - leftover - last generation - people of God - the Saints, 144,000, OVERCOMERS! PEOPLE WHO GET TO GO TO HEAVEN!!!! See Rev 18:4! Only when we obey light (put into practice what God shows us) will we be given NEW light that does NOT conflict with OLDER LIGHT.
    See Zechariah 9:7:
    King James Version (KJV)

    7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.
     

    Amplified Bible (AMP)


    7
    And I will take out of [the Philistines’] (Babylon) mouths and from between their teeth the abominable idolatrous sacrifices eaten with the blood. And they too shall remain and be a remnant for our God, and they shall be like chieftains (the head over a thousand) in Judah, and Ekron shall be like one of the Jebusites [who at last were merged and had lost their identity in Israel]."

    My complilation of several translations of this verse combining several other verses into this idea:
    God/I will grab/take the bloody meat from their mouths. The forbidden/flesh food from between their teeth. (the flesh pots of Egypt-how far are WE willing to obey God and come OUT of Egyptian traditions?) And its abominations from between the teeth of God's people/Saints/overcomers. Those who are left (Saints/overcomers) will belong to our God (the remnant of God or Saints that are OVERCOMERS) and become LEADERS=144,000? of Spiritural Israel (God's people/remnant/saints/overcomers). The former meat eaters will join with God's remnant people and will comprise the saints who overcome all sin. Those who willingly and happily obey God and eat only those things that will not DEFILE HIS TEMPLE (temple=our bodies by anything. meaning what we think, say, eat, or do), and these overcomers/saints delight to do His will without grumbling and complaining like the Israelites of old will become part of the 144,000. Those who are translated without seeing death. We do not know if we will be become martyrers for God or if we will comprise the 144,000 who will not taste death. We should STRIVE to be part of the special 144,000 stong member taskforce of God. = LEADERS comprised from the twelve tribes of Israel/Jacobs sons - (comprised from all nations, kindreds and tongues = all people who put GOD first in all they think, say, eat and do) part of Abrahams seed - heirs of the promised land - Heavenly Canaan? Eventually the earth made new?

    I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. ...Then they also will be a remnant (Saint/Overcomer/LEADER) for our God, And be like a clan in Judah (Zion/members of the Church of the Firstborn.) Zech. 9:7

    1 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) 17 If any man defile the temple of God (our bodies), him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

    1 Corinthians 10:31
    Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.


    Let him who is struggling against the power of appetite look to the Saviour in the wilderness of temptation. See Him in His agony upon the cross, as He exclaimed, "I thirst." He has endured all that it is possible for us to bear. His victory is ours.

    When we learn the power of God's word, these are the questions we will ask for every situation:
    1.) What IS God's Command? and 2.) What IS His Promise?
    ―Only he who receives the Scriptures as the voice of God speaking to himself is a true learner. He trembles at the Word; for to him it is a living reality. Our words should be few and well chosen. The Lord would bring His people into a position where they will not touch or taste the flesh of dead animals. (Or products derived from any animal)
    I am sending the link so you can see all the various Bible Translations for that one verse on one page....
    New International Version (©1984)
    I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth. Those who are left will belong to our God and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.

    New Living Translation (©2007)
    I will grab the bloody meat from their mouths and snatch the detestable sacrifices from their teeth. Then the surviving Philistines will worship our God and become like a clan in Judah. The Philistines of Ekron will join my people, as the ancient Jebusites once did.

    English Standard Version (©2001)
    I will take away its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth; it too shall be a remnant for our God; it shall be like a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.

    New American Standard Bible (©1995)
    And I will remove their blood from their mouth And their detestable things from between their teeth. Then they also will be a remnant for our God, And be like a clan in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite.

    King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    GOD'S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    I will remove the blood from their mouths and the disgusting things from between their teeth. Then only a few of them will be left for our God like a tribe in Judah, and Ekron will be like a Jebusite.

    King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remains, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be like a leader in Judah, and Ekron like a Jebusite.

    American King James Version
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remains, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    American Standard Version
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God; and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    Douay-Rheims Bible
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: and even he shall be left to our God, and he shall be as a governor in Juda, and Accaron as a Jebusite.

    Darby Bible Translation
    and I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; but he that remaineth, he also shall belong to our God, and shall be as a leader in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    English Revised Version
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also shall be a remnant for our God: and he shall be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    Webster's Bible Translation
    And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    World English Bible
    I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth; and he also will be a remnant for our God; and he will be as a chieftain in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

    Young's Literal Translation
    And turned aside his blood from his mouth, His abominations from between his teeth, And he hath remained, even he, to our God, And he hath been as a leader in Judah, And Ekron as a Jebusite.

    The Lord has given clear  light regarding the nature of the food that is to compose our diet: he has  instructed us concerning the effect of unhealthful food upon the disposition and  character. Shall we respond to the counsels and cautions given? Who among our brethren will Sign a  Pledge to dispense with Flesh Meats, tea, coffee, and all injurious foods and  become health reformers in the truest sense of the term? If we could be benefited by  indulging the desire for flesh meats, I would not make this appeal to you; but I  know that we can not. They are injurious to the physical well being and we  should learn to do without them. In this experience of backsliding from the  principles of reform, our people have been repeating the experience of the  children of Israel in the wilderness during the forty years of  travel.

    Those who continue to follow their own course in this respect, eating,  drinking, as they please, will gradually grow careless of the instructions the  Lord has given regarding other phases of the present truth; they surely reap as  they have sown. I have been instructed that the students in our schools are not  to be served with flesh foods, or with food preparations that will cause  disturbances of the stomach.

    Nothing that will serve  to encourage a desire for stimulants should be placed upon the table. I appeal  to young and old and middle aged. Deny your appetites of  these things that are doing you injury. Serve the Lord by sacrifice. Let the  good work begin at Washington and go forth from there to other places. I know  whereof I am writing. If a temperance pledge providing for the abstinence from  flesh foods, tea, and coffee, and some other foods, that are known to be  injurious, were circulated through our ranks a great and good work would be  accomplished.

    I Ask you at this Time, will you not  Circulate Such a Pledge? The means saved by such a sacrifice if  used for the furtherance of the cause of God would be blessed to the salvation  of many souls. Let the children have a part in this work. We are all members of the Lord's  family; and the Lord would have his children, both young and old, pledge  themselves to deny appetite and to save the means needed for building meeting  houses, and the support of missionaries. I am instructed to say to parents,  place yourselves, soul and spirit on the Lord's side of this question. We need  to ever bear in mind that in these days of probation we are on trial before the  Lord of the universe. Will you not  give up indulgences that are doing you such injury? Words of profession are  cheap; let your acts of self-denial testify that you will be obedient to the  demands that God makes of his peculiar people. Then put into the  treasury a portion of the means that you save by your acts of your self-denial  and there will be that which is to carry on the work of God. {PH128  1.2}

    There are many who feel  that they can not get along without flesh meat; but if they would place  themselves on the Lord's side resolved to obey his requirements in this matter,  they would receive strength and wisdom as did Daniel and his fellows. They would  find that the Lord would give them sound, judgment and they would be surprised  to see how many could be saved for the cause of God by self-denial. And the small  sums gained by deeds of sacrifice will do more than larger gifts will accomplish  that have not called for self-denial of self. I am sure that if you will Begin  at Washington to do this work of reform, in school, in the Printing Office and  among All the Working Forces, the Lord will help you to present a pledge that  will help the people to return from their backslidings on the question of health  reform. As you seek to  carry out the will of the Lord in this particular, he will give you clear  understanding of what the health reform will do for you. {PH128 3.1}

    There are those among us who occupy important positions of trust, and who have  refused to follow the light, and their course has been displeasing to God. Let those  now turn to the Lord that  their example may no longer be a temptation to others. Because of the example  set by influential men in the indulgence of appetite, the truth has not made the  impression on other hearts that it might have done. I appeal to you to now  set an example of self-denial.

    Cut off every  needless indulgence, that God may bless you with his approval and acceptance. "If  any man will come after me," said Jesus, "let him deny himself, and take up his  cross daily, and follow me." Let us follow the Saviour in his simplicity and  self-denial. Let us lift up the man of Calvary by word and by holy living. The  Saviour comes very near to those who consecrate themselves to God. If there was  ever a time when we needed the working of the Spirit of God upon our hearts and  lives it is now. Christ is  speaking to each of us individually saying, "I am he that holdeth thy  right hand. I am he that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive  forever more."

    There is a decided  message to be borne to our people upon the question of health reform. Let us  come into line that our prayers be not hindered. God can not be  glorified in the lives of ministers, who give up these principles of reform; but he  will reveal himself to every soul who will be clothed with the righteousness of  Christ. We need now to arouse, and in all our schools follow closely the  light that God has given on this question. Let the teachers in our schools  return from their backslidings, and educate themselves in a knowledge of the  principles of healthful living. Let the students be taught to live these  principles. Cooking schools are to be established, at our gatherings. Meetings are to be held where the children can be taught  principles of temperance and the value of self-denial. In the year 1908 we  are to do all in our power to advance the work of God in every  line. Ellen  White. {PH128 3.2}

    When God gave Ellen White the pledge and told her to  take or send it to the General Conf. and  Daniels or Butler which ever was the president of the GC was told to give it to the people. He said He could not  do that, it would split the church.  Then  when he wanted to talk to her again. She said "I havenno more to give him. That is when the frown was upon the  GC and then things got worse etc..... I  know there is a little more to that but did not know if you knew what the pledge was or was about.

    "God  gave the light on health reform, and those who rejected it, rejected  God." Testimony  Series B,  #6, 31.

    HEAVEN HAS ASKED FOR IT...HOW  LONG SHALL WE WAIT? IT IS TIME THAT WE SIGN THE PLEDGE--- and stop eating  meat!

    Testimony and Pledge Sent to the General Conference

    March 29, 1908

    This testimony on health reform was sent  directly to Elder Daniells, but it was withheld and not circulated because he  said it would "split the church." He evidently did not know that "the gates of  hell shall not prevail against" God’s true church. Later on, when Elder Daniells  wanted to see Sister White, she refused to see him, saying: "I have nothing more  for him." I understand that this testimony was the  last one in the way of reproof ever sent to the Laodicean church.

    "God gave the light on health reform,  and those who rejected it, rejected God." Testimony Series B, #6,  31.

    The  Pledge

    "I SOLEMNLY PROMISE, BEFORE  GOD, TO ABSTAIN FROM TOBACCO, SPIRITOUS LIQUORS, SNUFF, TEA, COFFEE,  FLESH-MEATS, BUTTER, SPICES, RICH CAKE, MINCE PIES, A LARGE AMOUNT OF SALT, AND  ANIMAL FAT OF ALL KINDS, BAKING POWDER, SODA OR SALERATUS IN ANY FORM, AND  CHEESE, AND FROM ALL EXCITING ARTICLES OF FOOD, AND TO ABSTAIN FROM EATING  BETWEEN MEALS, AND TO DO ALL I CAN TO INDUCE OTHERS TO DO LIKEWISE."

    MY PERSONAL PLEDGE, BEFORE  GOD,

    SIGNED_____________________________


    --
    “I tell you the  truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even  greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for  anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the  Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John  14:12-14



    On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 9:53 PM, Cindy Haynes <cindykay4@gmail.com> wrote:

    Below you will find a compilation of quotes that were taken from numerous writings of Ellen G. White on the subject of flesh foods. I pray you are blessed by reading it.


    Food for thought to God’s remnant…
    ...
    from the writings of Ellen G. White

    • Reasons for Reform

    "Only one lease of life is granted us; and the inquiry with every one should be, 'How can I invest my powers so that they may yield the greatest profit? How can I do most for the glory of God and the benefit of my fellow men?' For life is valuable only as it is used for the attainment of these ends… We cannot afford to dwarf or cripple any function of body or mind. As surely as we do this, we must suffer the consequence." CH 107

    • A Question of Obedience

    "The obligations we owe to God in presenting to Him clean, pure, healthy bodies are not comprehended." MS 49, 1897.

    "A failure to care for the living machinery is an insult to the Creator. There are divinely appointed rules which if observed will keep human beings from disease and premature death." CDF 16.

    "It is as truly a sin to violate the laws of our being as it is to break the ten commandments. To do either is to break God's laws. Those who transgress the law of God in their physical organism, will be inclined to violate the laws of God spoken from Sinai." CTBH 53.

    "Since the laws of nature are the laws of God, it is plainly our duty to give these laws careful study. We should study their requirements in regard to our own bodies, and conform to them. Ignorance in these things is sin." 6T 369,370

    • Present Truth

    "Present truth lies in the work of health reform as verily as in other features of gospel work." 6T 327

    "The health reform is an important part of the third angel's message," CH 49

    "Health reform...is one of the great branches of the work of preparation for the coming of the Son of man..." 3T 61

    "We are to be brought into connection with the masses... We ask them to leave off eating meat... All flesh food should be discarded." CD 358

    • Far and Abroad

    "In countries where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, flesh food is not the right food for God's people." 9T 159

    "In some countries, where poverty abounds, flesh is the cheapest food. Under these circumstances the change [to vegetarianism] will be made with greater difficulty; but it can be effected." MH 316-7

    In the mission field of the South Pacific islands, there are occasions when the villagers prepare and serve fish. In these circumstances, there is no rebuke to them. In many villages the folks have nothing but casava, taro (mainly starch, very little protein), and fruit (bananas and papayas). If they get any "city" food it is white rice or white bread. The fish is their primary source of protein. Many of these people have never heard of dried beans or tofu. Theirs is a hand to mouth existence and counsel is clear that until these folks can find something better, they are to be left alone on this point. If they were eating pork, it would be a different matter altogether. They are to know the difference between the clean and unclean, and they must not eat the unclean. But in America or Australia, theirs is not our experience. We have food in abundance.

    • Not Our Problem

    "Flesh meat is not the right food for God's people... In a country such as this [the United States], where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, how can one think that he must eat the flesh of dead animals?" CDF 390

    "We have no need to use meat, where there was an abundance of fruit, as in California." CDF 413

    "There is a class who profess to believe the truth, who do not use tobacco, snuff, tea, or coffee, yet they are guilty of gratifying the appetite in a different manner.” TSDF 157.

    “Many are so devoted to intemperance that they will not change their course of indulging in gluttony under any considerations. They would sooner sacrifice health, and die prematurely, than to restrain their intemperate appetite.” CD 158.

    "The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. The continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness, pain and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan's temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. It is only through obedience and continual effort that we shall overcome as Christ overcame." TSDF 36.

    • Leading the Flock

    As far as those in the position of leadership, we read:

    "No man should be set apart as a teacher of the people while his own teaching or example contradicts the testimony God has given His servants to bear in regard to diet, for this will bring confusion." 6T 378

    "Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banners of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say, 'No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals… Let the members of our churches deny every selfish appetite. Every penny expended for...flesh meat is worse than wasted." CDF 402

    • In Our Homes and Our Families

    "Individually, you will not subsist upon the flesh of dead animals, neither will you put one morsel in the mouths of your children...." CDF 294

    "...meat should not be placed before our children...." 2T 352

    "...the students in our schools are not be served with flesh foods." CDF 403

    • A Firm Stand

    For those who claim to be God's remnant church:

    "It has been clearly presented to me that God's people are to make a firm stand against meat eating." CDF 383

    "We bear positive testimony against...flesh meats." 3T21

    "Dead carcasses should always be looked upon as not fit to compose the diet of Christians." CDF 414

    "Flesh meat is not the right food for God's people." CDF 390

    "Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CDF 380

    • No One's Looking

    What about an occasional backsliding?

    "Those who digress occasionally to gratify the taste in eating a fattened turkey or other flesh meats, pervert their appetites... They are controlled by taste, not by principle." 2T 487 & CDF399

    Obviously He thinks it is a matter of concern. When we "digress occasionally to gratify the taste" there is an indication that we are "controlled by taste, not by principle." Clearly we see, being consistent in the "little" things is important. If He cannot trust us in the "little" things, how can He trust us with "big" things? Is that piece of turkey (or hamburger, or whatever it is) really that important? It's not the piece of flesh that will keep us out of the kingdom, but our perverted appetite which is in rebellion against God's laws of health.

    But, you say, it is clean meat, and there's no commandment against eating meat. What about....

    "It is as truly a sin to violate the laws of our being as it is to break the ten commandments," CDF 17

    "It is just as much sin to violate the laws of our being as to break one of the Ten Commandments, for we cannot do either without breaking God's law." 2T 70

    "The transgression of physical law is the transgression of God's law... And the human being who is careless and reckless of the habits and practices that concern his physical life and health, sins against God." CDF 43

    "It is a terrible sin to abuse the health that God has given us." CDF 20

    • A Strong Hold

    "Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. His strongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate in every possible way." CTBH 16

    James 1:14& 15 says: "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

    "The first great evil was intemperance in eating and drinking. Men and women have made themselves slaves to appetite." CDF 149

    "It seemed a small matter to our first parents to transgress the command of God in that one act,-- the eating from a tree that was so beautiful to the sight and so pleasant to the taste,-- but it broke their allegiance to God, and opened the gates to a flood of guilt and woe that has deluged the world." CTBH 44

    "The light has come to me for many years that meat eating is not good for health or morals." CDF 413

    "Flesh food is injurious to health..." MH 315

    "...flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being,..." 9T156

    "...flesh meat...is...hurtful,..." 1T 548

    "...flesh food...is harmful..." Ed 203

    • Good Blood

    "Our bodies are built up from the food we eat. There is a constant breaking down of the tissues of the body; every movement of every organ involves waste, and this waste is repaired from our food. Each organ of the body requires its share of nutrition. The brain must be supplied with its portion; the bones, muscles, and nerves, demand theirs. It is a wonderful process that transforms the food into blood and uses this blood to build up the varied parts of the body; but this process is going on continually, supplying with life and strength each nerve, muscle, and tissue. Those foods should be chosen that best supply the elements needed for building up the body. In this choice, appetite is not a safe guide. Through wrong habits of eating, the appetite has become perverted." MH 295

    We tend to forget that the reason for eating is to make good blood not to appease our appetites. We must eat good food in order to make good blood in order to make right decisions. This is where our decisions reveal whether we live by principle or if we live to indulge our appetite.

    "Flesh meats [is]...entirely out of harmony with health reform principles. If we would allow reason to take the place of impulse and love of sensual indulgence, we should not taste of the flesh of dead animals." CDF 401

    "...in order to make good blood, the system requires good food...." CDF 263 (MS95, 1901)

    "Flesh meats will depreciate the blood. Cook meat with spices, and eat it with rich cakes and pies, and you have a bad quality of blood. The system is too heavily taxed in disposing of this kind of food. The mince pies and the pickles, which should never find a place in any human stomach, will give a miserable quality of blood. And a poor quality of food, cooked in an improper manner, and insufficient in quantity, cannot make good blood. Flesh meats and rich food, and an impoverished diet, will produce the same results." CDF 387

    "It is a mistake to suppose that muscular strength depends on the use of animal food. The needs of the system can be better supplied, and more vigorous health can be enjoyed, without its use. The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. These elements are not so well or so fully supplied by a flesh diet. Had the use of flesh been essential to health and strength, animal food would have been included in the diet appointed man in the beginning." CDF 396

    "God has written His law upon every nerve and muscle, every fiber and function of the human body. The indulgence of unnatural appetite, whether for tea, coffee, tobacco, or liquor, is intemperance, and is at war with the laws of life and health. By using these forbidden articles a condition of things is created in the system which the Creator never designed. This indulgence in any of the members of the human family is sin. . . . the eating of food that does not make good blood is working against the laws of our physical organism, and is a violation of the law of God. The cause produces the effect. Suffering, disease, and death are the sure penalty of indulgence." EV 265-266

    "The simple grains, fruits of the trees, vegetables, have all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. This a flesh diet cannot do." CDF 322

    "No man can become a successful workman in spiritual things until he observes strict temperance in his dietetic habits. God cannot let His Holy Spirit rest upon those who, while they know how they should eat for health, persist in a course that will enfeeble mind and body." CDF 55

    "The eating of food that does not make good blood is working against the laws of our physical organism, and is a violation of the law of God." EV 266

    "Flesh of dead animals... contaminates the blood in their veins." CDF 384

    "The eating of flesh meats has made a poor quality of blood and flesh... Flesh meats will depreciate the blood." 2T 61, 368

    "Flesh meat...is...corrupting to the lifeblood coursing through the veins." MM 310

    • Blood & Fat

    "...all the fat is the Lords. It shall be a perpetual statute...that ye eat neither fat nor blood." Lev 3:16,17

    "Of the meats permitted, the eating of the fat and the blood was strictly forbidden. Only such animals could be used for food as were in good condition. No creature that was torn, that had died of itself, or from which the blood had not been carefully drained, could be used as food." MH 312

    So much for buying a steak at the local market. There were strict laws about how the animal must be killed, how it had to be prepared, the blood drained, etc. Certainly today's butchers and meat handlers fall far from meeting this requirement.

    Since those laws are still very much in effect (having been restated under the direction of God in the counsels to His last day people), today if a Christian were to eat meat, according to Biblical standards, the blood and fat would have to be removed.

    • Is Eating Meat a Sin?

    I will leave that between you and God. Consider these quotes:

    "...if they could see the animals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they would turn from it with loathing. People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated." MH 313

    "When men take any course which needlessly expends their vitality or beclouds their intellect, they sin against God..." CDF 118

    "...meat eating deranges the system, beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral sensibilities." 2T 64

    "Meat eating...has always been a curse to the human family..., and our only safety now is in leaving meat entirely alone." CDF 412

    "Concerning flesh meat we can all say, Let it alone." CDF 430

    "Those who believe present truth...should refuse to eat flesh meat." EV 265

    "Many who are now only half converted on the question of meat eating will go from God's people to walk no more with them." CDF 382

    "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17

    • The Meat Eating Revelation Timeline

    1864 "Since the Lord presented before me, in June, 1863, the subject of meat eating in relation to health, I have left the use of meat.... We have no meat... upon our table." CDF 482-3

    1867 "Flesh meats...is...hurtful..." 1T 548

    1868 The meat-eating question was presented before me 5 years ago [1863], showing how little the people knew what they were eating for food in the shape of flesh meats." 2T 153

    1868 "A plain diet, free from... flesh meats...would prove a blessing to you.... Meat eating deranges the system, beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral sensibilities. We say to you, dear brother and sister, your safest course is to let meat alone."

    1870 "I broke away from...meat... I was a great meat eater.... Flesh meats...are not the most healthful and nourishing diet.... Those who digress occasionally to gratify the taste in eating a fattened turkey or other flesh meats, pervert their appetites... They are controlled by taste, not by principle.... No...flesh meats of any kind come on my table." 2T 371, 400, 487

    1872 "We bear positive testimony against...flesh meats." 3T 21

    1884 "Flesh meats [is]...entirely out of harmony with health reform principles. If we would allow reason to take the place of impulse and love of sensual indulgence, we should not taste of the flesh of dead animals." CDF 401

    1894 "I have already consecrated my table. I have freed it from all flesh meats... From henceforth my table shall be free from the flesh of dead animals." CDF 488

    1895 "Since the camp meeting at Brighton [January 1894] I have absolutely banished meat from my table. It is an understanding that whether I am at home or abroad, nothing of this kind is to be used in my family, or come upon my table."

    1897 "Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given is, No, decidedly No." CDF 388

    1898 "The light has come to me for many years that meat eating is not good for health or morals...; for dead carcasses should always be looked upon as not fit to compose the diet of Christians." CDF 413-4

    1900 "In your association with unbelievers do not allow yourselves to be swerved from right principles. If you sit at their tables, eat temperately and only of food that will not confuse the mind." 6T 336

    1901 "Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banner of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say, 'No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals.'" CDF 402

    1902 "It has been clearly presented to me that God's people are to take a firm stand against meat eating." CDF 383

    1902 "Those who believe present truth...should refuse to eat flesh meat." EV 265

    1902 "Let not any of our ministers set an evil example in the eating of flesh meat." CDF 399

    1903 "Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CDF 380

    1904 "We do say that flesh meat is not the right food for God's people... In a country such as this [United States], where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, how can one think that he must eat the flesh of dead animals?" CDF 390

    1909 "Flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being." CDF 403

    1905 "Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind." CDF 383

    • The King's Table

    We are on the borders of the Promised Land. Will we, as did the Israelites in the wilderness, continue to lust after the flesh pots of Egypt?

    "The Lord intends to bring His people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains. He led the children of Israel into the wilderness where they could not get a flesh diet; and He gave them bread from heaven. Man did eat angel's food. But they craved the flesh pots of Egypt, and mourned and cried for flesh, notwithstanding that the Lord had proposed that if they would submit to His will, He would carry them into the land of Canaan, and establish them there, a pure, holy, happy people, and there would not be a feeble one in all their habitations, for He would take away all sickness from among them. But although they had a plain 'thus saith the Lord,' they mourned, and wept, and murmured, and complained, it displeased the Lord;..." SpM45-46

    Do we find ourselves moaning and whining that we can't have this or can't eat that? Will we not be content with the bounty presented before us on the Kings Table, but rather, as did they, prefer to endure slavery and even death rather than to be deprived of some ‘tasty’ morsel?

    • The Right Arm

    "When the Third Angel's message is received in its fullness, health reform will be given its place in the councils of the conference, in the work of the church, in the home, at the table, and in all the household arrangement. Then the right arm will serve and protect the body." 6T 327

    The right arm is a part of the entire body. It is not the head. It is not the toe. It represents strength, activity. If you have ever broken your arm, or for some reason have not been able to use it, you know how awkward it is. It is nearly impossible to get anything done efficiently. Without regular use, the muscles of the arm will begin to atrophy or die. Thus it is with God's principles of health. In many places through out the Spirit of Prophecy, we're told that the health reform is as closely connected with the third angel's message as the right arm is with the body, (see CH 20-1; 1T 486; 3T 62; 3T 161; 6T 327) and that the body of truth should be constantly active and constantly at work (see 6T 288; CH 513). The right arm is to serve and protect the body (see 6T 327). It is not a bionic arm that beats people over the head with a book of rules.

    • Extremes

    "Those who have but a partial understanding of the principles of reform are often the most rigid, not only in carrying out their views themselves, but in urging them on their families and their neighbors... Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of indulgence and of restriction... While they do not urge their views offensively upon others, their example is a testimony in favor of right principles. These persons have a wide influence for good.” TSDF 43. [Notice, they are not described as those who people hate to see coming...]

    "There is real common sense in dietetic reform... It is impossible to make an unvarying rule to regulate everyone's habits, and no one should think himself a criterion for all. Not all can eat the same things. Foods that are palatable and wholesome to one person may be distasteful, and even harmful, to another..." MH 319-320

    Ellen White said that beans were poison to her. That does not mean that we should not eat beans. We must use sound reasoning in understanding principle.

    "There is a wide difference in constitutions and temperaments, and the demands of the system differ greatly in different persons. What would be food for one, might be poison for another; so precise rules cannot be laid down to fit every case. I cannot eat beans, for they are poison to me; but for me to say that for this reason no one must eat them would be simply ridiculous. I cannot eat a spoonful of milk gravy, or milk toast, without suffering in consequence; but other members of my family can eat these things, and realize no such effect; therefore I take that which suits my stomach best, and they do the same. We have no words, no contention; all moves along harmoniously in my large family, for I do not attempt to dictate what they shall or shall not eat." CDF 474

    "One person cannot lay down an exact rule for another. Everyone should exercise reason and self-control, and should act from principle." MH 310

    "I consider that one reason why I have been able to do so much work both in speaking and in writing, is because I am strictly temperate in my eating. If several varieties of food are placed before me, I endeavor to choose only those that I know will agree. Thus I am enabled to preserve clear mental faculties. I refuse to place in my stomach knowingly anything that will set up fermentation. This is the duty of all health reformers. We must reason from cause to effect. It is our duty to be temperate in all things." CDF 493

    We must be allowed to make our own decisions in regard to what best works for our individual system. I know of a couple that for years lived under the scrutiny of someone who watched their every move. If they were to choose to do something outside the strict rules this other person had chosen for himself, they were looked upon with disdain and severe disapproval (I'm talking about mixing lettuce with tomatoes -- not the eating of cheese or meat!). The health reform message was held in the light of a rigid set of rules in the hand of a god who sat on a big white throne with a whip, just waiting to zap you every time you step outside of counsel. That is NOT the true health reform! On the other hand, God has given principles that are to be lived within, and we will receive a blessing if we do. And we will suffer the consequence if we go our own way.

    • The Original Diet (In Genesis (1:29) we find God's original diet for man)

    "Again and again I have been shown that God is bringing His people back to His original design, that is, not to subsist upon the flesh of dead animals. He would have us teach people a better way.” TSDF 69

    "If meat is discarded, if the taste is not educated in that direction, if a liking for fruits and grains is encouraged, it will soon be as God in the beginning designed it should be. No meat will be used by His people." TSDF 125.

    "God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden...." CDF 81

    • Pure Vegetarianism

    1868 "Cheese should never be introduced into the stomach." 2T 68

    1883 "All the elements of nutrition are contained in the fruits, vegetables, and grains." HL 96

    1889 "Years ago I had a testimony of reproof for the managers in our campmeetings bringing upon the ground and selling to our people cheese and other hurtful things." CD 329

    1890 "The effect of cheese is deleterious." CH 114

    1896 "The simple grains, fruits of the trees, and vegetables have all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood." HL 98

    1898 "In a short time the milk of the cows will also be excluded from the diet of God's commandment-keeping people in a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation." CD 411

    1899 "The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded." CD 384

    1901 "The time may come when it will not be safe to use milk.... The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs.... The time will come when milk cannot be used as freely as it is now used.... But I wish to say that when the time comes that it is no longer safe to use milk, cream, butter, and eggs, God will reveal this.... We see that cattle are becoming greatly diseased, the earth itself is corrupted, and we know that the time will come when it will not be best to use milk and eggs." CD 357-9

    1902 "Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men." 7T135

    1903 "Vegetables, fruits, and grains should compose our diet. Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CD 380

    1905 "Cheese is... objectionable; it is wholly unfit for food." MH 302

    1905 "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator.... The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain ALL the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood.... The diet reform should be progressive. As disease in animals increases, the use of milk and eggs will become more and more unsafe... The people everywhere should be taught how to cook without milk and eggs, so far as possible, and yet have their food wholesome and palatable." MH 296, 316, 320-1

    1906 "In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found ALL the food elements that we need." CDF 92, 310, 313

    1909 "The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs..." 9T162


    The last few words in the Counsels of Diet and Foods appendix, are those of James White regarding the counsels on health given to his wife: "...all changes in diet should be made carefully, one at a time. And while she [his wife, Ellen White] would say this to those who are in danger of making changes too rapidly, she would also say to the tardy, Be sure and not forget to change."

    Scripture says that you are to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). It is my hope and prayer that you will do just that.


    --

    I pray "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17

    “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

    Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)
    “They that forsake the law praise the wicked.” Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God’s people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood.

    In Nehemiah’s firm devotion to the work of God, and his equally firm reliance on God, lay the reason of the failure of his enemies to draw him into their power.

    The soul that is indolent falls an easy prey to temptation; but in the life that has a noble aim, an absorbing purpose, evil finds little foothold. The faith of him who is constantly advancing does not weaken; for above, beneath, beyond, he recognizes Infinite Love, working out all things to accomplish His good purpose. God’s true servants work with a determination that will not fail because the throne of grace is their constant dependence.

    God has provided divine assistance for all the emergencies to which our human resources are unequal. He gives the Holy Spirit to help in every strait, to strengthen our hope and assurance, to illuminate our minds and purify our hearts. He provides opportunities and opens channels of working. If His people are watching the indications of His providence, and are ready to co-operate with Him, they will see mighty results." --{Prophets and Kings, Page 660}
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."


    Harmony of the Law of God and the Gospel of Jesus

    Feb 05, 2011
     The Plan of Redemption
    THE Sacred Scriptures reveal but one plan by which fallen men may be redeemed. In the development of this grand unit plan there has been in each succeeding age greater light and glory; but...

             By James White

    The Plan of Redemption.

          THE Sacred Scriptures reveal but one plan by which fallen men may be redeemed. In the development of this grand unit plan there has been in each succeeding age greater light and glory; but there is no intimation in all the book of God of three plans to save sinners, one for the Patriarchal age, one for the Jewish, and one for the Christian age.

         Jesus Christ is the only redeemer of the fallen sons and daughters of Adam in all the ages of human probation. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Rev. 13:8. "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. The gospel of the Son of God is the good news of pardon and eternal redemption through Jesus Christ. That good news was proclaimed to Adam, and embraced by Abel, Enoch and all the holy patriarchs and prophets.

         The seventh chapter of the book of Revelation relates to two classes of the redeemed. It first introduces the definite number of an hundred and forty and four thousand, and gives distinct specifications relative to them. The closing portion of the chapter then describes the great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, clothed with white robes, and bearing palms of victory. One class is numbered; the other cannot be numbered. One is manifested and sealed at a definite period of time; while the other is redeemed, not only from all the nations existing

    at any one time, but from all people who have lived upon the earth from the time of the offer of salvation to fallen man, to the close of human probation.

         "After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Verses 9, 10. The prophet had just before taken a definite view of the one hundred and forty and four thousand, which were to be manifested and sealed near the close of probation. He next beholds with astonishment the numberless hosts of the redeemed, which make up all the saved. And as his prophetic eye runs back over all time, he sees them gathered from all the nations, in all the different ages of the world.

         These stood before the Lamb. They had been redeemed by the blood of Christ, and stood before him as the dear purchase of His precious blood. They were clothed with white robes. We shall not understand by this that the saints in this world, or in that which is to come, are to wear literal garments of white linen to represent inward holiness. The white robes must be understood as a figure of purity of character. The redeemed of the Lord had obtained this purity during the period of their probation. They had availed themselves of the matchless cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ, while at the same time they had, in his strength, wrought righteousness.

         These, also, held palms in their hands. They were victors. They had conquered the world, the flesh, and the devil. They had overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. And let it be borne in mind that these were the saved "of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." Abel and Enoch will be there. Righteous Noah, faithful Abraham, and all the holy prophets of God will be there. And with robes washed in the blood of the Lamb, and bearing palms of victory, through His redeeming power, they will stand before him, as well as the apostles and martyrs of Jesus, the reformers and those saved in the nineteenth century.

         Hark! Do you hear that universal shout of victory from unnumbered voices? Salvation's hour complete has come! And now the heavenly plains are ringing with the significant notes of "Salvation, to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." The patriarchs, prophets, and saints of all past ages, join those saved in the present dispensation in ascribing the praise of their salvation to Jesus, the Redeemer; while those who are saved in the present dispensation join the patriarchs, and those saved in the Jewish age, in honors to the creator and Law-giver. Hence, the law of Him that sitteth upon the throne, and the gospel of the Lamb of God, both reach across all the ages of human probation, and are in perfect harmony in the execution of the great plan of man's salvation.

         In the name of reason and of revelation, we protest against the heresy that the law of the Father and the gospel of the Son of God are opposed to each other; the one to take the place of the other, as if the men of former dispensations were saved by the law, and those of the present dispensation, saved by the gospel. For if this were possible, the redeemed would be divided in ascribing the praises of their salvation. There would be two distinct songs heard in Heaven, and both would differ from that universal one heard by John, pealing forth from all the saved of all the ages. While the patriarchs, and those saved from the Jewish age, would be shouting, "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne," and ascribing the praise of their salvation to the divine law, those who are saved in what is called the Christian age would be shouting, "Salvation unto the Lamb," and ascribing their salvation to the gospel! This view of the subject is not only anti-scriptural in the highest degree, but is preposterous.

         It has been the object of the father of falsehood and error, in order to confuse the glorious plan of salvation in the minds of the people, to make it appear that the law of the Father and the gospel of the Son are in contrast. The Jews were incited by the spirit of error to reject Jesus and his gospel while they clung to the law, their interpretations of which were fearfully warped by their traditions. And many Christians, led by the same spirit of error, reject the law of the Father, while they profess with great tenacity to cling to the cross and the gospel. The cry of the one was, The law! the law! but away with Christ; The cry of the other is, The gospel of Christ! the gospel! but away with the law.

         The grand scheme of the salvation of men in all the ages of probation is one plan. There is but one. And the victorious song of all who are saved by it will be one. The gospel is not one of the plans by which men are saved from sin, and by which they secure a moral fitness for the life to come. There is but one plan, and the gospel is a part of that great plan. Neither has it been possible for sinful men in the ages past to secure a fitness for the inheritance of the saints in light, by the divine law alone. There is no ability in the law to redeem the transgressor. It is not the province of law, human or divine, to redeem the transgressor of law. The law is a rule of right actions, condemning the transgressor, and holding him as such until he suffers the penalty. The divine law can do no more for the sinner than this. Without the gospel, which alone offers pardon and salvation to the repenting sinner, none of the men of the Patriarchal and Jewish ages could be saved.

     SIGNS OF THE TIMES—JUNE 25, 1874. JAMES WHITE



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    I pray "that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: Ephesians 1:17

    “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” —John 14:12-14

    Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)
    “They that forsake the law praise the wicked.” Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted by the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as then. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of God’s people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood.

    In Nehemiah’s firm devotion to the work of God, and his equally firm reliance on God, lay the reason of the failure of his enemies to draw him into their power.

    The soul that is indolent falls an easy prey to temptation; but in the life that has a noble aim, an absorbing purpose, evil finds little foothold. The faith of him who is constantly advancing does not weaken; for above, beneath, beyond, he recognizes Infinite Love, working out all things to accomplish His good purpose. God’s true servants work with a determination that will not fail because the throne of grace is their constant dependence.

    God has provided divine assistance for all the emergencies to which our human resources are unequal. He gives the Holy Spirit to help in every strait, to strengthen our hope and assurance, to illuminate our minds and purify our hearts. He provides opportunities and opens channels of working. If His people are watching the indications of His providence, and are ready to co-operate with Him, they will see mighty results." --{Prophets and Kings, Page 660}
    Ecclesiastes 12:13 "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."


    Note: collection of all the statements from the published works on the 144,000. First Vision: It was not long after the passing of the time, in 1844, that my first vision was given me. I was visiting Mrs. Haines at Portland, a dear sister in Christ, whose heart was knit with mine; five of us, all women, were kneeling quietly at the family altar. While we were praying, the power of God came upon me as I had never felt it before. {CET 57.1} I seemed to be surrounded with light, and to be rising higher and higher from the earth. I turned to look for the advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, "Look again, and look a little higher." At this, I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the advent people were traveling to the city which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the "midnight cry." [SEE MATTHEW 25:6.] This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet, so that they might not stumble. {CET 57.2} If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the advent band, and they shouted "Alleluia!" Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. {CET 57.3} Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses' did when he came down from Mount Sinai. {CET 58.1} The 144,000 were all sealed, and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, "God, New Jerusalem," and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name. At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another's feet, and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. {CET 58.2} Soon our eyes were drawn to the east, for a small black cloud had appeared, about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the sign of the Son of man. We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, and became lighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. The bottom appeared like fire; a rainbow was over the cloud, while around it were ten thousand angels, singing a most lovely song; and upon it sat the 2 Son of man. His hair was white and curly, and lay on His shoulders; and upon His head were many crowns. His feet had the appearance of fire; in His right hand was a sharp sickle; in His left, a silver trumpet. His eyes were a flame of fire, which searched His children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out: "Who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless?" Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, when Jesus spoke: "Those who have clean hands and pure hearts shall be able to stand; My grace is sufficient for you." At this our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sung again, while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. {CET 58.3} Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to heaven, and cried, "Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise." Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted "Alleluia!" as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. {CET 59.1} We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, "You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth; enter in." We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city. {CET 59.2} Here we saw the tree of life and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree, and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure, transparent gold. At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again, and saw that they were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life on either side of the river of life. Its branches bowed to the place where we stood, and the fruit was glorious; it looked like gold mixed with silver. {CET 60.1} We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when Brethren Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, and we all cried out, "Alleluia! heaven is cheap enough!" and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring. {CET 61.1} Vision of the New Earth Mount Zion was just before us, and on the mount was a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses and lilies. And I saw the little ones climb, or, if 3 they chose, use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains, and pluck the never-fading flowers. There were all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place; the box, the pine, the fir, the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate, and the fig-tree bowed down with the weight of its timely figs,--these made the place all over glorious. And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, "Only the 144,000 enter this place," and we shouted, "Alleluia." {CET 63.2} This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw, I cannot describe. Oh, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the better world. I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. {CET 63.3} After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out, and Jesus left us, and went to the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying: "Come, My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you." We shouted, "Alleluia! glory!" and entered into the city. {CET 64.1} And I saw a table of pure silver; it was many miles in length, yet our eyes could extend over it. I saw the fruit of the tree of life, the manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many other kinds of fruit. {CET 64.2} I asked Jesus to let me eat of the fruit. He said: "Not now. Those who eat of the fruit of this land, go back to earth no more. But in a little while, if faithful, you shall both eat of the fruit of the tree of life, and drink of the water of the fountain." And He said, "You must go back to the earth again, and relate to others what I have revealed to you." Then an angel bore me gently down to this dark world. {CET 64.3} God’s Love Vision Then I was taken to a world which had seven moons. There I saw good old Enoch, who had been translated. On his right arm he bore a glorious palm, and on each leaf was written "Victory." Around his head was a dazzling white wreath, and leaves on the wreath, and in the middle of each leaf was written "Purity," and around the wreath were stones of various colors, that shone brighter than the stars, and cast a reflection upon the letters and magnified them. On the back part of his head was a bow that confined the wreath, and upon the bow was written "Holiness." Above the wreath was a lovely crown that shone brighter than the sun. I asked him if this was the place he was taken to from the earth. He said, "It is not; the city is my home, and I have come to visit this place." He moved about the place as if perfectly at home. I begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought of coming back to this dark world again. Then the angel said, "You must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handiwork of God." {CET 98.2} From Early Writings Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as He descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised His eyes and hands to heaven, and cried, "Awake! awake! awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise." Then there was a mighty 4 earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted, "Alleluia!" as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. {EW 16.1} We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought the crowns, and with His own right hand placed them on our heads. He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the city. Jesus raised His mighty, glorious arm, laid hold of the pearly gate, swung it back on its glittering hinges, and said to us, "You have washed your robes in My blood, stood stiffly for My truth, enter in." We all marched in and felt that we had a perfect right in the city. {EW 16.2} The Sealing Vision I saw that the four angels would hold the four winds until Jesus' work was done in the sanctuary, and then will come the seven last plagues. These plagues enraged the wicked against the righteous; they thought that we had brought the judgments of God upon them, and that if they could rid the earth of us, the plagues would then be stayed. A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob's trouble. Then all the saints cried out with anguish of spirit, and were delivered by the voice of God. The 144,000 triumphed. Their faces were lighted up with the glory of God. Then I was shown a company who were howling in agony. On their garments was written in large characters, "Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting." I asked who this company were. The angel said, "These are they who have once kept the Sabbath and have given it up." I heard them cry with a loud voice, "We have believed in Thy coming, and taught it with energy." And while they were speaking, their eyes would fall upon their garments and see the writing, and then they would wail aloud. I saw that they had drunk of the deep waters, and fouled the residue with their feet--trodden the Sabbath underfoot-- and that was why they were weighed in the balance and found wanting. {EW 36.2} Then my attending angel directed me to the city again, where I saw four angels winging their way to the gate of the city. They were just presenting the golden card to the angel at the gate when I saw another angel flying swiftly from the direction of the most excellent glory, and crying with a loud voice to the other angels, and waving something up and down in his hand. I asked my attending angel for an explanation of what I saw. He told me that I could see no more then, but he would shortly show me what those things that I then saw meant. {EW 37.1} Our Blessed Dead I saw that she was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of 5 trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company. I saw her death would result in good. {FLB 173.3} Who are the 144,000? I have no light on the subject [as to just who would constitute the 144,000]. . . . Please tell my brethren that I have nothing presented before me regarding the circumstances concerning which they write, and I can set before them only that which has been presented to me.-- Quoted in a letter by C. C. Crisler to E. E. Andross, Dec. 8, 1914. (In White Estate Document File, Number 164.) {3SM 51.2} The 144,000 Without Guile. One of the marked features in the representation of the 144,000 is that in their mouth there was found no guile. The Lord has said, "Blessed is the man . . . in whose spirit there is no guile." They profess to be children of God, and are represented as following the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. They are prefigured before us as standing on Mount Zion, girt for holy service, clothed in white linen, which is the righteousness of the saints. But all who follow the Lamb in heaven will first have followed Him on earth, in trustful, loving, willing obedience, followed Him not fretfully and capriciously, but confidently, truthfully, as the flock follows the shepherd. . . . {3SM 424.2} Strive to Be Among the 144,000. [Rev. 7:9-17 quoted.] Those whom the Lamb shall lead by the fountains of living waters, and from whose eyes He shall wipe away all tears, will be those now receiving the knowledge and understanding revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. . . . {7BC 970.8} We are to copy no human being. There is no human being wise enough to be our criterion. We are to look to the man Christ Jesus, who is complete in the perfection of righteousness and holiness. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the pattern man. His experience is the measure of the experience that we are to gain. His character is our model. Let us, then, take our minds off the perplexities and the difficulties of this life, and fix them on Him, that by beholding we may be changed into His likeness. We may behold Christ to good purpose. We may safely look to Him; for He is all-wise. As we look to Him and think of Him, He will be formed within, the hope of glory. {7BC 970.9} Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and fortyfour thousand (RH March 9, 1905). {7BC 970.10} The Signet of Heaven. John saw a Lamb on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000 having His Father's name written in their foreheads. They bore the signet of heaven. They reflected the image of God. They were full of the light and the glory of the Holy One. If we would have the image and superscription of 6 God upon us, we must separate ourselves from all iniquity. We must forsake every evil way, and then we must trust our cases in the hands of Christ. While we are working out our own salvation with fear and trembling, God will work in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure (RH March 19, 1889). While you must do your part, yet it is God that must give you aid, and sanctify you. Christ makes us penitent that he may forgive us. We have an idea that we must do some part of the work alone. We have thought that there are two or three steps that we must take without any help or support. But this is not so. The Spirit of God is continually wooing and drawing the soul to right purposes, and into harmony with the law of God. The invitation is given to the helpless, "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price." As soon as we separate ourselves from evil, and choose to serve God, we shall respond to this invitation. {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 6} Not one of us should take the first step in the way of transgression. We must not follow our selfish inclinations. We are to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. We are to do our very best to sever ourselves from everything that is an offense to God. How can you lift up holy hands without wrath and doubting, if you commit iniquity? When you open the Bible, if you are transgressing the law of God, it will seem that all the threatenings of wrath are for your case. When you rise in meeting to bear your testimony, it will be full of unbelief and darkness. Your testimony will misrepresent your Heavenly Father. It will represent him as unwilling to forgive when you want to return to him, and you will dishonor your Redeemer before the congregation. The Lord has promised, "Ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." Why can you not take the Lord at his word? Why can you not come with an eye single to the glory of God, and appropriate the rich promises he has made? {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 7} When I was in Europe, a sister wrote to me in the deepest distress. She was in despair, and she wrote, "Can't you say a word of encouragement to me? Can't you tell me of anything I could do to be relieved of my burden?" The night after I had read her letter, I dreamed that I was in a garden, and a stately personage was conducting me through its paths. I was picking the flowers and enjoying the fragrance, when this sister, who was walking by my side, called my attention to some unsightly thistles that were impeding her way. There she was, mourning and grieving. She was not walking in the pathway, following the guide, but was walking among the briers and thorns. "Oh," she mourned, "is it not a pity that this beautiful garden is spoiled with thorns?" Then the guide turned, and said, "Let the thistles alone, for they will only wound you. Gather the roses, and the lilies, and the pinks;" and now she is doing this. Why not have something pleasant to think about? "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, 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." {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 8} Suppose you had a family of children to whom you gave many pleasant and useful things, and they should pick out something that did not seem without objection to them, and should talk of its defects, and mourn and fret because this one thing did not quite meet their approval; how would you think they were repaying your goodness and kindness to them? Would you feel that your efforts were rewarded as they should be? Would it not grieve your heart to find your 7 children so ungrateful, and so unappreciative of your love toward them? {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 9} The precious Bible is the garden of God, and his promises are the lilies, and the roses, and the pinks. Why do you not gather the fragrant flowers, and leave the thistles alone? Why do you not dwell on the love of Jesus? Why do you not bring gratitude into your life for all the benefits you have received from your Heavenly Father? The more thankfulness you express, the more you will have to express. The whole universe is looking upon us; and see what efforts God has made for our salvation. He has given his only begotten Son to die for us. He was willing to come to our world, to leave the royal throne, that he might save the fallen race of men. Says the prophet, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." He made an infinite sacrifice on Calvary's cross for us. Then why is it that we are always talking of our bruises? Why are we not healed? He died to pardon our sins, and to become our righteousness. When Satan comes to tell you that you are sinner, tell him that you know you are, but that Christ came into the world to save sinners, and that makes him your Saviour. I love him; I believe in him today. {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 10} Let the soul be uplifted from the lowlands of sin to contemplate the God of all goodness, mercy and love, but who will in no wise clear the guilty. Meet goodness with goodness. Cleanse the soul temple from all defilement, and open it to the blessed Spirit of God. We may be bright and shining lights in the world. Let us search our Bibles, digging into its mines for the precious jewels of truth; and all the time we may bear a brighter and a brighter testimony to the glory of God. We may have a little heaven in our hearts as we journey on toward the heaven above. We may learn the song of victory that is to be sung on Mount Zion. I praise God for his match less love to us. {RH, March 19, 1889 par. 11} Christ Formed Within. [Rev. 14:1-3 quoted.] Why were they so specially singled out? Because they had to stand with a wonderful truth right before the whole world, and receive their opposition, and while receiving this opposition they were to remember that they were sons and daughters of God, that they must have Christ formed within them the hope of glory (MS 13, 1888). {7BC 978.2} Eternal Interests Supreme. Those who have in their foreheads the seal of the infinite God will regard the world and its attractions as subordinate to eternal interests (RH July 13, 1897). {7BC 978.3} Identity of 144,000 Not Revealed. Christ says that there will be those in the church who will present fables and suppositions, when God has given grand, elevating, ennobling truths, which should ever be kept in the treasure house of the mind. When men pick up this theory and that theory, when they are 8 curious to know something it is not necessary for them to know, God is not leading them. It is not His plan that His people shall present something which they have to suppose, which is not taught in the Word. It is not His will that they shall get into controversy over questions which will not help them spiritually, such as, Who is to compose the hundred and forty-four thousand. This those who are the elect of God will in a short time know without question. {7BC 978.4} False Views Our first conference was at Volney in Bro. Arnold's barn. There were about thirty-five present, all that could be collected in that part of the State. There were hardly two agreed. Each was strenuous for his views, declaring that they were according to the Bible. All were anxious for an opportunity to advance their sentiments, or to preach to us. They were told that we had not come so great a distance to hear them, but had come to teach them the truth. Bro. Arnold held that the 1000 years of Rev. xx were in the past; and that the 144,000 were those raised at Christ's resurrection. And as we had the emblem of our dying Lord before us, and was about to commemorate his sufferings, Bro. A. arose and said he had no faith in what we were about to do; that the Sacrament was a continuation of the Passover, to be observed but once a year. {2SG 97.2} Account from Word to the Little Flock While praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell on me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them--when a voice said to me, "Look again, and look a little higher." At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path, [MAT. 7:14.] cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were travelling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. [MAT. 25:6.] This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and they said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted Hallelujah! Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, [EZE. 43:2. JOEL 3:16. REV. 16:17.] which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming. [EZE. 12:25. MARK 13:32.] The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. [JOHN 12:29.] When God spake the time, he poured on us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God as Moses' did when he came down from Mount Sinai. [ISA. 10:27.] {WLF 14.2}9 By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name. [REV. 3:12.] At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us in prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and the wicked would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another's feet, and salute the holy brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshipped at our feet. [REV. 3:9.] Soon our eyes were drawn to the East, for a small black cloud had appeared about half as large as a man's hand, which we all knew was the Sign of the Son of Man. [MAT. 24:30.] We all in solemn silence gazed on the cloud as it drew nearer, lighter, and brighter, glorious, and still more glorious, till it was a great white cloud. [REV. 14:14.] The bottom appeared like fire, a rainbow was over it, around the cloud were ten thousand angels singing a most lovely song. And on it sat the Son of Man, [LUKE 21:27.] on his head were crowns, [REV. 19:12.] his hair was white and curly and lay on his shoulders. [REV. 1:14.] His feet had the appearance of fire, [REV. 1:15.] in his right hand was a sharp sickle, [REV. 14:14.] in his left a silver trumpet. [THESS. 4:16.] His eyes were as a flame of fire, [REV. 1:14.] which searched his children through and through. Then all faces gathered paleness, and those that God had rejected gathered blackness. Then we all cried out, who shall be able to stand? Is my robe spotless? Then the angels ceased to sing, and there was some time of awful silence, [REV. 8:1.] when Jesus spoke. Those who have clean hands and a pure heart shall be able to stand, my grace is sufficient for you. At this, our faces lighted up, and joy filled every heart. And the angels struck a note higher and sung again while the cloud drew still nearer the earth. Then Jesus' silver trumpet sounded, as he descended on the cloud, wrapped in flames of fire [2 THESS. 1:7,8] He gazed on the graves of the sleeping saints, then raised his eyes and hands to heaven and cried out, [JOHN 5:25.] Awake! Awake! Awake! ye that sleep in the dust, and arise. Then there was a mighty earthquake. The graves opened, and the dead came up clothed with immortality. The 144,000 shouted, Hallelujah! as they recognized their friends who had been torn from them by death, and in the same moment we were changed and caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. [THESS. 4:17.] We all entered the cloud together, and were seven days ascending to the sea of glass, when Jesus brought along the crowns and with his own right hand placed them on our heads. [2 ESDRAS 2:43.] He gave us harps of gold and palms of victory. [REV. 15:2. REV. 7:9.] Here on the sea of glass the 144,000 stood in a perfect square. Some of them had very bright crowns, others not so bright. Some crowns appeared heavy with stars, while others had but few. All were perfectly satisfied with their crowns. And they were all clothed with a glorious white mantle from their shoulders to their feet. [REV. 7:9.] Angels were all about us as we marched over the sea of glass to the gate of the City. Jesus raised his mighty glorious arm, laid hold of the gate and swung it back on its golden hinges, and said to us, You have washed your robes in my blood, stood stifly for my truth, enter in. [ISA. 26:2.] We all marched in and felt we had a perfect right in the City. Here we saw the tree of life, and the throne of God. Out of the throne came a pure river of water, and on either side of the river was the tree of life. [REV. 22; 1,2.] On one side of the river was a trunk of a tree and a trunk on the other side of the river, both of pure transparent gold. At first I thought I saw two trees. I looked again and saw they were united at the top in one tree. So it was the tree of life, on either side of the river of life; its branches bowed to the place 10 where we stood; and the fruit was glorious, which looked like gold mixed with silver. We all went under the tree, and sat down to look at the glory of the place, when brothers Fitch and Stockman, who had preached the gospel of the kingdom, and whom God had laid in the grave to save them, came up to us and asked us what we had passed through while they were sleeping. We tried to call up our greatest trials, but they looked so small compared with the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory [2 COR. 4:17.] that surrounded us, that we could not speak them out, [ISA. 65:17.] and we all cried out Hallelujah, heaven is cheap enough, and we touched our glorious harps and made heaven's arches ring. And as we were gazing at the glories of the place our eyes were attracted upwards to something that had the appearance of silver. I asked Jesus to let me see what was within there. In a moment we were winging our way upward, and entering in; here we saw good old father Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many like them. And I saw a vail with a heavy fringe of silver and gold, as a border on the bottom; it was very beautiful. I asked Jesus what was within the vail. He raised it with his own right arm, and bade me take heed. I saw there a glorious ark, overlaid with pure gold, and it had a glorious border, resembling Jesus' crowns; and on it were two bright angels--their wings were spread over the ark as they sat on each end, with their faces turned towards each other and looking downward. [EX. 25:18, 20. HEB. 9:3-5.] In the ark, beneath where the angels' wings were spread, was a golden pot of Manna, of a yellowish cast; and I saw a rod, which Jesus said was Aaron's; I saw it bud, blossom and bear fruit. [NUM. 17: 8.] And I saw two long golden rods, on which hung silver wires, and on the wires most glorious grapes; one cluster was more than a man here could carry. And I saw Jesus step up and take of the manna, almonds, grapes and pomegranates, and bear them down to the city, and place them on the supper table. I stepped up to see how much was taken away, and there was just as much left; and we shouted Hallelujah--Amen. We all descended from this place down into the city, and with Jesus at our head we all descended from the city down to this earth, on a great and mighty mountain, which could not bear Jesus up, and it parted asunder, and there was a mighty plain. [ZECH. 14:4.] Then we looked up and saw the great city, with twelve foundations, twelve gates, three on each side, and an angel at each gate, and all cried out, "the city, the great city, it's coming, it's coming down from God, out of heaven;" [REV. 21:10-13.] and it came and settled on the place where we stood. Then we began to look at the glorious things outside of the city. There I saw most glorious houses, that had the appearance of silver, supported by four pillars, set with pearls, most glorious to behold, which were to be inhabited by the saints; [ISA. 65:21.] in them was a golden shelf; I saw many of the saints go into the houses, take off their glittering crowns and lay them on the shelf, then go out into the field by the houses to do something with the earth; [ISA. 65:21.] not as we have to do with the earth here; no, no. A glorious light shone all about their heads, and they were continually shouting and offering praises to God. {WLF 16.1} And I saw another field full of all kinds of flowers, and as I plucked them, I cried out, well they will never fade. Next I saw a field of tall grass, most glorious to behold; it was living green, and had a reflection of silver and gold, as it waved proudly to the glory of King Jesus. Then we entered a field full of all kinds of beasts--the lion, the lamb, the leopard and the wolf, altogether in perfect union; [ISA. 11:6-9.] we passed through the midst of them, and they followed on peaceably after. Then we entered a wood, not like the dark woods we have here, no, no; but light, and all over glorious; the branches of the trees waved to and fro, and we all cried out, "we will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in this woods." [EZE. 34:25.] We passed through the 11 woods, for we were on our way to Mount Zion. As we were travelling along, we met a company who were also gazing at the glories of the place. I noticed red as a border on their garments; their crowns were brilliant; their robes were pure white. As we greeted them, I asked Jesus who they were? He said they were martyrs that had been slain for him. With them was an innumerable company of little ones; they had a hem of red on their garments also. [JER. 31:15- 17. MAT. 2:18.] Mount Zion was just before us, and on the Mount sat a glorious temple, and about it were seven other mountains, on which grew roses and lilies, [2 ESDRAS 2:19.] and I saw the little ones climb, or if they chose, use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains, and pluck the never fading flowers. There were all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place; the box, the pine, the fir. the oil, the myrtle, the pomegranate, and the fig tree bowed down with the weight of its timely figs, that made the place look all over glorious. [ISA. 60:13. ISA. 41:19.] And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised his lovely voice and said, only the 144,000 enter this place, and we shouted Hallelujah. {WLF 17.1} Well, bless the Lord, dear brethren and sisters, it is an extra meeting for those who have the seal of the living God [REV. 14:3.] This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The glorious things I saw there, I cannot describe to you. O, that I could talk in the language of Canaan, then could I tell a little of the glory of the upper world; but, if faithful, you soon will know all about it. I saw there the tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold; after we had beheld the glory of the temple, we went out. Then Jesus left us, and went to the city; soon, we heard his lovely voice again, saying-- "Come my people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done my will; suffered for me; come in to supper, for I will gird myself, and serve you." [LUKE, 12:37.] We shouted Hallelujah, glory, and entered into the city . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . And I saw a table of pure silver, it was many miles in length, yet our eyes could extend over it. And I saw the fruit of the tree of life, the manna, almonds, figs, pomegranates, grapes, and many other kinds of fruit. We all reclined at the table. I asked Jesus to let me eat of the fruit. He said, not now. Those who eat of the fruit of this land, go back to earth no more. But in a little while, if faithful, you shall both eat of the fruit of the tree of life, and drink of the water of the fountain; and he said, you must go back to the earth again, and relate to others, what I have revealed to you. Then an angel bore me gently down to this dark world. Sometimes I think I cannot stay here any longer, all things of earth look so dreary--I feel very lonely here, for I have seen a better land. O, that I had wings like a dove, then would I fly away, and be at rest. False Views I have received yours dated June 3. In this letter you speak in these words: "Elder Robinson does not wish me to leave, but urges that I enter the canvassing field until such time as the conference can afford to employ me in some other capacity, but states positively that I cannot be sent out to present the truth to others until some points held by me are changed or modified in order that the views regarded by us as a people should be properly set forth. He quotes as a sample, 'My idea in reference to the Holy Ghost's not being the Spirit of God, which is Christ, but the angel Gabriel, and my belief that the 144,000 will be Jews who will acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah. On all fundamental points I am in perfect harmony with our people; but when I try to show what seems to me to be new light on the truth, those in 12 authority, none of whom have seemingly ever made a personal investigation of the matter, refuse to look into the Bible, but brand me as a fellow with queer ideas of the Bible.'" {14MR 175.1} My brother, you have asked me candidly for advice. Please read with attention John 17:17-27. I quote verses 20 to 23: [verses 20-23, quoted]. {14MR 175.2} It is your privilege and your duty to seek for this oneness, this unity, and thus answer the prayer of Christ. This prayer is full of instruction and consolation. As our intercessor in heaven, Christ is ever working for the unity of His people. In order to be in harmony with heaven, we must seek to be one in faith and in practice. {14MR 175.3} Our Lord especially prayed that His disciples might be united in the closest bonds of Christian fellowship and love; as one body, under one supreme Head. This will exist only in proportion to the degree of their illumination and sanctification. The more fully they receive the enlightenment of the living Spirit, the more nearly will they harmonize in their understanding of what is truth. The more closely they are united in judgment, the more confidence they have in one another. They are blessed with peace and harmony, believing and speaking the same things, "with one heart and one mouth glorifying God." Their love, their Christian unity, is an evidence to the world that God has sent Jesus to save sinners, and with convicting power it testifies that the Word of God is the safe rule of life. {14MR 176.1} The differences that now exist among Christians did not exist in the days of Christ or His apostles. When the gospel was preached after the resurrection and ascension of Christ, union prevailed; the believers were all of one heart and one mind. For a short time there was a difference of understanding in regard to circumcision, as to whether admission to the church should be granted to the uncircumcised Gentiles; but this matter was soon settled, and through the divine illumination and sanctification of the Spirit the believers were perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. This was and always will be the fruit that is borne under the influence of the Holy Spirit. {14MR 176.2} Brethren should not feel that it is a virtue to stand apart because they do not see all minor points in exactly the same light. If on fundamental truths they are at an agreement, they should not differ and dispute about matters of little real importance. To dwell on perplexing questions that, after all, are of no vital importance, has a direct tendency to call the mind away from truths which are vital to the saving of the soul. Brethren should be very modest in urging these side issues which often they do not themselves understand, points that they do not know to be truth and that it is not essential to their salvation to know. When there is difference of opinion on such points, the less prominence you give to them the better it will be for your own spirituality and for the peace and unity that Christ prayed might exist among brethren. {14MR 177.1} Unbelievers are critical, and they want to frame some excuse for not receiving the truth as it is in Jesus. Where these differences exist among us, those who stand outside will say, "It will be time enough for us to believe as you do when you can agree among yourselves as to what constitutes truth." The ungodly take advantage of the divisions and controversies among Christians. {14MR 177.2} There are among us more who are merely nominal Christians than many suppose. These are not connected with Christ, are not one with Him, and therefore do not feel that it is incumbent on them to answer the prayer of Christ that His followers may be one. But some who are real 13 believers catch the spirit of contention. Some are ever seeking to be original, to bring out something new and startling, and they do not realize as they should the importance of preserving the unity of the faith in the bonds of love. {14MR 177.3} Christians are to be made complete in the one body--in Christ; and through Christ they are one with the Father. What is the result? They give evidence that they have not followed cunningly devised fables but the sure word of prophecy. By their words and actions, all men will take knowledge of them that they have been with Jesus and learned of Him. They are a holy, happy people, the objects of Christ's divine love. {14MR 178.1} "I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me" [verse 23]. "And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them" [verse 26]. With what earnest effort should we seek for unity, for oneness. The church is to be perfected through sufferings after the example of Christ. Being conformed to His image, we shall be one with Him. {14MR 178.2} We are to pray for divine enlightenment, but at the same time we should be careful how we receive everything termed new light. We must beware lest, under cover of searching for new truth, Satan shall divert our minds from Christ and the special truths for this time. I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to lead minds to dwell upon some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to our salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the "present truth," when all their investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure than before, and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth. {14MR 178.3} Your ideas of the two subjects you mention do not harmonize with the light which God has given me. The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery not clearly revealed, and you will never be able to explain it to others because the Lord has not revealed it to you. You may gather together scriptures and put your construction upon them, but the application is not correct. The expositions by which you sustain your position are not sound. You may lead some to accept your explanations, but you do them no good, nor are they, through accepting your views, enabled to do others good. {14MR 179.1} It is not essential for you to know and be able to define just what the Holy Spirit is. Christ tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter, and the Comforter is the Holy Ghost, "the Spirit of truth, which the Father shall send in My name." "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" [John 14:16, 17]. This refers to the omnipresence of the Spirit of Christ, called the Comforter. Again Jesus says, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth" [John 16:12, 13]. {14MR 179.2} There are many mysteries which I do not seek to understand or to explain; they are too high for me, and too high for you. On some of these points, silence is golden. Piety, devotion, sanctification of soul, body, and spirit--this is essential for us all. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent" [John 17:3]. "This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life" [John 6:40]. {14MR 179.3}14 I hope that you will seek to be in harmony with the body. I have been shown that you would not exert a saving influence in teaching the truth, because your mind is restless, and unless you drank deeper of the Fountain of life, you would make the mistake that many others have made, of thinking that you have new light, when it is only a new phase of error. {14MR 180.1} You need to come into harmony with your brethren. You may take certain views of Scripture and, searching the Bible in the light of your ideas, may gather together a large number of texts and claim that they mean this and that, and call for anyone to prove to you that your views are incorrect. But what influence could anyone have upon your mind, when he takes the same scriptures and interprets and applies them differently? Both of you claim to found your views on the Bible. {14MR 180.2} It is your duty to come as near to the people as you can, and not to get as far away from them as possible, and by your interpretation make a difference that should not exist. Here is your danger, of diverting minds from the real issues for this time. And you are not the only one who seems to be moved with ambition in this direction. It would not be right or prudent to send you out as a worker to promulgate your peculiar ideas and thus cause division; we have plenty of this now. We want men of solid experience, who will anchor minds and not send them adrift without chart or compass. {14MR 180.3} Now, my brother, it is truth that we want and must have, but do not introduce error as new truth. I would be glad to write further on this point, but must drop the subject now. God wants us to be a unit.--Letter 7, 1891. From a sermon Why were they [the 144,000] so specially singled out? Because they had to stand with a wonderful truth right before the whole world, and receive their opposition, and while receiving this opposition they were to remember that they were sons and daughters of God, that they must have Christ formed within them the hope of glory. They were ever keeping in view the great and blessed hope that is before them. What is it? It is an eternal weight of glory. Nothing could surpass it. {1SAT 72.3} Comment From Biography There she met "good old Enoch." In conversation with him she asked if this was the place to which he was taken from the earth. He replied, "It is not; the city is my home, and I have come to visit this place." Ellen observed that he moved about as if perfectly at home. Entranced with the planet she was visiting, she made a most natural request of her accompanying angel: {1BIO 157.1} I begged of my attending angel to let me remain in that place. I could not bear the thought of coming back to this dark world again. Then the angel said, "You must go back, and if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, [NOTE: THE WORDING IS "YOU WITH THE 144,000," NOT "YOU AS ONE OF THE 144,000."] shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds and viewing the handiwork of God."--Ibid. {1BIO 157.2}15 Comment From Biography I saw that she was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. [THE WORDING WAS SIMILAR TO THAT SPOKEN BY THE ANGEL TO ELLEN WHITE IN THE VISION IN WHICH SHE SEEMED TO BE VISITING ANOTHER PLANET. SHE WAS RELUCTANT TO RETURN TO THE EARTH, AND THE ANGEL SAID TO HER, "YOU MUST GO BACK, AND IF YOU ARE FAITHFUL, YOU, WITH THE 144,000, SHALL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF VISITING ALL THE WORLDS."--EW, P. 40. THERE IS NO TENSION BETWEEN THIS AND ELLEN WHITE'S CLEAR STATEMENT IN THE GREAT CONTROVERSY THAT THIS SPECIAL COMPANY WERE THOSE TRANSLATED WITHOUT SEEING DEATH (SEE GC, PP. 648, 649).] I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company. I saw her death would result in good.--Letter 10, 1850. {1BIO 173.5} Comment From Biography Three or four decades after the experience, Ellen White could look back and see the full significance of the light given her that guarded against a very restrictive stance on the shut door, but it seems clear that in her early experience the full application of the visions was not at first fully perceived. From the light given her in 1844 in her first vision, there were 144,000 "living saints" who would greet their Lord at His second coming (EW, p. 15). The records indicate only 50,000 to 100,000 were awaiting His coming in 1844. As noted earlier, in the summer of 1845, Ellen Harmon was at Paris, Maine, some months before she had ever written the account of her first vision. She there took a stance quite distinct from those who held extreme views on the shut-door question. Marion C. Stowell (Truesdail) brought to her the particulars of the experience of a young woman, a close friend, whose father had prevented her from attending the Advent meetings and consequently had not rejected light. In a statement attested to by four others who were present, Ellen is reported to have replied: {1BIO 261.1} God never has shown me that there is no salvation for such persons. It is only those who have had the light of truth presented to them and knowingly rejected it.--RH, April 7, 1885. {1BIO 261.2} It is indisputable that there were a few years in which Ellen herself did not understand the full significance of the "shut door" and "open door." This is evidenced in a very valuable letter only recently come to light written by Otis Nichols to William Miller on April 20, 1846, and quoted from in chapter 5. To reach accurate final conclusions on the matter, all available sources must be taken into account. {1BIO 261.3}

    Welcome! John 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have LOVE for one another." 

    Luke 6:40 "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained WILL BE LIKE HIS TEACHER.

    God's invisible church is being made ready for giving the final Loud Cry of the three angel's messages.  


    Who is God's Invisible Church? 

    "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

    "God's church is the court of Holy life, filled with varied gifts and endowed with the Holy Spirit. The members are to find their happiness in the happiness of those whom they help and bless." EGW AA1

    "We are not saved as a sect (i.e. Catholic or SDA); no denominational name has ANY VIRTUE to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 2, p. 464.

    "God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people of God who love God and keep His commandments. 'Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them' (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 315.

    "Christ does not lessen the claims of the law. In unmistakable language He presents obedience to it as the condition of eternal life—the same condition that was required of Adam before his fall. . . . The requirement under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement made in Eden—harmony with God’s law, which is holy, just, and good.

    The standard of character presented in the Old Testament is the same that is presented in the New Testament. This standard is not one to which we cannot attain. In every command or injunction that God gives there is a promise, the most positive, underlying the command. God has made provision that we may become like unto Him, and He will accomplish this for all who do not interpose a perverse will and thus frustrate His grace.From Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 205.

    Exodus 22:22-24 "You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless."

    John 6:44 "No one can come to Me (Jesus) unless the Father (Jesus Daddy) who sent Me (Jesus) draws him; and I (Jesus) will raise him up at the last day."

    No one has the ability to look into the human heart and see if a person is truly united to Christ and regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we have asked forgiveness of our sins and believe that Jesus is God's only begotten Son, our old sinful nature is dead and buried, and we are born again, into our risen Saviour's new life; meaning God's Spirit lives in us thru our belief in Jesus; our NEW SINLESS NATURE HAS JESUS SHINING OUT OF US IN OUR THOUGHTS, WORDS, LOOKS, & ACTIONS. “But if the Spirit of him [the Father] 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 8:11

    Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (8) The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. (John 3:7-8)

    "The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a precious thought. The enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken." {RH, December 24, 1908 par. 2}

    In Matthew 6:24 KJV says "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Only one master can live on the inside of a person, one master is either Christ, or the other master is Satan. Not both at the same time. “He that commiteth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning .” (1 John 3:8)

    “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

    We cannot have our old selfish sinful nature and our new self-less sin-free nature, enabled only by BELIEVING in God’s GIFT to US in His Only Son JESUS Christ ruling at the same time. This is the absolute teaching of the word of God, your old sinful spirit must die before God’s Spirit thru Christ can live in us. With the indwelling Spirit of God in us, replacing the selfish sin filled spot thru belief in Jesus, God's Only Begotten Son. John 3:16 is so true. It is "the Gospel in miniature" Read it again!

    "But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

    This is the truth, brothers and sisters. Men do not overcome sin because they try hard to do what is right. They do not gain the victory by striving and struggling against temptation.

    “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Rom 7:18)

    Such methods are vain and frustrating. They can never lead to victory, because we cannot resist our natures. The only hope is that we may receive a new nature or a new life and this is what God gives us when He gives us His Holy Spirit. It is His own nature, His own perfect life which cannot be touched by sin. 

    Ellen G. White,in her book The Desire Of Ages, actually teaches that the entire earthly ministry of Christ was marked by a constant struggle on His part to avoid sinning.” Ellen White teaches that His refusal to commit sin was due to the enabling grace of God, rather than to the Impeccability of His Person.”

    “Our Lord was tempted as man is tempted. He was capable of yielding to temptations, as are human beings.” (Ellen G. White, MS 57, Diary 1890, ‘The Humiliation of Christ’, Volume 16 MR No. 1211)


    “If he did not have man's nature, he could not be our example. If he was not a partaker of our nature, he could not have been tempted as man has been. If it were not possible for him to yield to temptation, he could not be our helper. It was a solemn reality that Christ came to fight the battles as man, in man's behalf. His temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern; man must become a partaker of the divine nature.” (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 18th February 1890, ‘How to meet a controverted point of doctrine’)


    2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."


    Consider this: WHAT IF Jesus had sinned? The Bible says the wages of sin is death. He could not have risen again, and we would have: NO HOPE! What a Gift God has given us! God gave His ALL for us. Should we not accept His Gift of Jesus precious blood?

    "The very first step in approaching God is to know and believe the love that He has to us (1 John 4:16); for it is through the drawing of His love that we are led to come to Him.

    The perception of God's love works the renunciation of selfishness. In calling God our Father, we recognize all His children as our brethren. We are all a part of the great web of humanity, all members of one family. In our petitions we are to include our neighbors as well as ourselves. No one prays aright who seeks a blessing for himself alone." EGW, MB Chapter "The Lord's Prayer"


    “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Rom 8:2)  "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."—Revelation 14:5."And I saw . . them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God."—Revelation 15:2.

    By letting go of humanity entirely, and trusting only in Christ. It is not our flesh which needs to change, but our spirit or our mind. What we need is God's spirit living in us because of our belief in Jesus our Saviour. So can we see? If what we need is a new spirit, where shall we obtain it? Shall we create it? Shall we develop it? Shall we produce it by a lifetime of effort? No, no, no! The Bible says that we can receive it ONLY as a gift from God. 

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Rom 6:14) 

    Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John 3:9)  

    Can you see the wonder of it brethren? In one stroke, simply by receiving the perfect life and existence of Jesus Christ, we enter into a relationship with God where we are given the gift of perfect righteousness and a perfect life!! All the barriers between us and God are totally removed. There is not a single reason why God should not listen to and respond to our prayers. In Jesus we have literally and truly partaken of the very life of God Himself! (1 Cor. 6:17,19). We have been made partakers of the divine nature and it is no wonder that the Bible says that we are “joint-heirs with Jesus.” (Rom. 8:17) 

    2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

    In addition to these texts and many others, the testimony of the apostles of Christ was that they did live victorious lives. They were not slaves to sin, but conquered it in the strength of Christ. Paul could say, 

    “For I know nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord. (1 Cor 4:4, NKJV). 

    In his final moments he could say, 

    “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: (2 Tim 4:7)  

    It is true that nobody can overcome sins unless he is aware that his actions are wrong, and the Bible makes it plain that God does not consider us to be guilty in performing wrong actions if we truly believe that in doing these actions we are doing God's will. True Christians may, and do commit sin unknowingly, however, such sins are not imputed to them and these sins do not make them rebels or sinners in God's eyes. 

    For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (Rom 5:13)  

    However, it is certainly the will and purpose of the righteous God that all His children should immediately overcome every known sin and then walk continuously in that life of perfect victory as long as they live. 

    When a Christian today suggests that it is possible to live without committing sin, one of the first questions he is likely to be asked is, “do you know of anybody who is perfect? Have you overcome sin?” Inevitably, all he can do is hang his head and confess that though the Bible says that it is possible, he has not found the way and he knows of nobody who has found the way. Oh what a smear on the name of our God and the gospel of His Son Jesus Christ! 

    The apostle Paul (and all of us) encountered the power of that disease and found out how helpless he was to resist and overcome it. His testimony was, 

    For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. (Rom 7:14) 

    I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. (Rom 7:21) 

    But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (Rom 7:23) 

    Here he acknowledges that he was a slave, helpless, chained, ruled by another master named “sin,” having no power to control his own actions. This is our heritage, our destiny as the seed of Adam. 

    When we recognize the utter depravity of our Adamic nature, when we see our utter helplessness and worthlessness, then we will turn away from all self-effort, all self-dependence. Then we will truly repent, not just of our sins, but of the root of our sin problem – our master Satan inspired selfish life. (Satan is our Master UNTIL we CHOOSE to BELIEVE and GIVE our WILLS to JESUS.

    We will then understand and believe that our only hope of ever living right lies in God's gift alone. All self-effort will be abandoned and we will cast ourselves upon Christ. It is then, and only then that true righteousness will appear in our lives as we allow Him full control, as we, by faith, accept and live by the reality that His life has become our life and that we are a part of His own righteous existence, thus we will live His perfect life. This is the truth, the simple truth of the word of God.

    What a glorious truth. Oh may God help us to believe it, to know that it is nothing but the pure truth. When we believe it, not only will our lives be a revelation of the glory of God (not someday in the distant future, but this very moment) but every moment our lips and our hearts will sing the praises of God and His Son for the great, perfect and complete salvation which they have wrought for us. 

    You see then that there is nothing to stand in the way of God immediately healing the sick, raising the dead or manifesting the gifts of the spirit among us, as soon as we accept His gift of the righteous life of Christ. The latter rain for which we have waited so many decades is immediately at hand for those who are in Christ. It is no wonder that when this exact message came to the SDA Church in 1888, God's messenger declared, 

    “The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth. (RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7) 

    The question is, shall we embrace this truth with all our hearts? Will we accept in full faith, the wonderful reality that God has given us, in Jesus, the complete answer to the problem of sin? Will we acknowledge and live by the reality that it is His work and involves nothing of man's own work and that our only work/need is to believe and to keep on believing? 

    Words from the apostle Paul: What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; (Rom 9:30-32) 

    “The religion of Christ means much more than the forgiveness of sin. It means taking away our sins, and filling the vacuum with the Holy Spirit. It means divine illumination, rejoicing in God. It means a heart emptied of self, and blessed with the abiding presence of Christ.” (Ellen G. White, Bible Training School, 1st October 1908, ‘True Worship, see also Review and Herald 10th June 1902, ‘The promise of the Spirit and Review and Herald, 12th November 1914, Preparing for Christ’s return)

    This is a supernatural work, it is something totally outside of man's ability and if we desire to obtain this new mind, we must receive it as a gift from Christ, purely by faith! ONLY BELIEVE in God’s ONLY Son Jesus! John 5:44 "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?" Seek ONLY God's favor and approval. There is absolutely no other way. 

    Should we ask God or people for answers? The Bible says in Isaiah 2:22 “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” God says in Jeremiah 33:3 KJV “Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Ask God for answers!

    No effort of man can make a sinner into a saint, no amount of discipline can change a carnal mind into a spiritual mind. It must be the exclusive work of God thru belief in Christ to us and then back to God.  

    The life in Christ

    All the qualities which Jesus possesses are a part of OUR life. There is no sin, there is no condemnation in Him. This life is in Christ, on the right hand of God, the place of infinite power and privilege, far above all principalities and powers. These are the qualities which are an intrinsic part of this life of Christ. We don't need to struggle to obtain these wonderful things, they are already ours, present in Christ. The one question is, whose life do we have? That is the only question. Our deliverance and victory does not depend on what we have done, but on whose life we have inherited. We are already have Satan living in us unless we CHOOSE to BELIEVE in Jesus, and receive HIS LIFE in us.

    “The righteous are represented as wondering what they have done for which they are to be so liberally rewarded. They had had the abiding presence of Christ in their hearts; they had been imbued with his Spirit, and without conscious effort on their part; they had been serving Christ in the person of his saints, and had thereby gained the sure reward.” (Ellen G. White. Review and Herald, 3rd July 1894, ‘Parable of the laborers)

    The inward, effectual calling of the Spirit and the application of redemption to the human soul are all spiritual, unseen events. Further, the Holy Spirit gives genuine saving faith only to those who BELIEVE. The counterfeit faith of unregenerate professors of religion often is indiscernible to mere mortals. We can only perceive outward signs, statements and actions. Thoughts create Words, Words create Actions create Character, Character creates Destiny.

    Some people who make a profession of faith and are baptized, are hypocrites. Such people do not truly believe in Christ (thus are never truly united to Him by faith) and are not part of the invisible church. Some, like a lot of us, just don't understand how faith works! Until we truly (with ALL our heart) seek God, we cannot be born again. We try to work our way to Heaven instead of BELIEVING!

    But it is invisible only to us. It is not invisible to God. He who infallibly discerns the hearts of men, knows them that are his. "The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: 'the Lord knoweth them that are his' (II Tim. 2:19). (2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.)  "Jesus prayed for the invisible church—the elect present and not yet born in John 17. 

    Enabling Power

    HAVE you received that gift? All who receive Him are given power to be God's children. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12. You belong to God. He made you. So you are also His by creation. He redeemed you. So you are His by redemption. But He will not take you by force; you must choose to be His; you must acknowledge His rights, and your relationship. When you yield to Him, then you are His. See Romans 6:16. Just the moment that you surrender your life to His guidance, that very moment He takes control. Then it is a moment-by-moment walk with God. Led by Him, you are His child. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." Romans 8:14.

    Personal consecration is necessary, and we cannot have this unless heart holiness is cultivated and cherished.  

         Let your prayer be, "Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee." This is a daily matter.  

         The surrender of all our powers to God greatly simplifies the problem of life. It weakens and cuts short a thousand struggles with the passions of the natural heart. Religion is as a golden cord that binds the souls of both youth and aged to Christ. Through it the willing and obedient are brought safely through dark and intricate paths to the city of God. . . .  EGW

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature (creation)” (2 Cor. 5:17)

    True proverb: 'A dog returns to his own vomit,' and, 'a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire'" (2 Pet. 2:22). A dog and a pig act according to their own nature. One can wash a pig and make it clean, but a pig is a pig. It will return to wallowing in the mud—in disgusting filth—because that is what pigs do. The apostle is saying that people who apostatize, who return to their former lifestyle, never had an interior work of the Holy Spirit. They were never regenerated and united to Christ. Their natures were never changed. 

    I hope you can truly say, "I finally get it! I am in Christ and His Spirit is in me revealing Christ in me. And as Paul says in Gal. 2:20, “...the life I now live I live by the faith of  the son of God who loved me and gave himself for me...for it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me.”  This is the best news ever!"

    John 4:24 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."

    “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 4:8 Jesus said, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” Luke 11:13 “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.” Romans 8:9 

    “Finally, we know the Divine unity of the Father and the Son from the fact that both have the same Spirit. Paul, after saying that they that are in the flesh cannot please God, continues: “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.” Rom. 8:9. Here we find that the Holy Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.” (E. J. Waggoner, ‘Christ and His Righteousness’, page 23, 1890)


    a. Jesus is the literal, true, only begotten Son of the one true God. 

    b. The holy spirit is literally an extension of the very life of God the Father and Jesus, His Son. 

    The first of these two truths, has made us appreciate the amazing height and depth and length and breadth of the love of God in giving His Son for us. However, it is the second of these truths which holds the key to the life of perfect victory and it is this truth which many of us have failed to fully grasp and appreciate. As Ellen White puts it, 

    “.... The Holy Spirit is Himself (Christ) divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent.” {14MR 23.3} 

    This is the text that refers to a person’s experience of conversion. It says, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit [ruach] will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit [ruach] within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36:26 -27

     

    Notice two things happening here! One is that God renews our spirit and the other is that He puts His Spirit (the Holy Spirit) within us. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:17

     

    This passage of Scripture is describing what we usually term conversion, or as we sometimes say, ‘being born again’. It is a person becoming a ‘new creature’ – or to put it another way, God dwelling within us through His Holy Spirit (see 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, 1 Corinthians 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 6:19 etc). Note very importantly that ‘ruach’ is used to refer to both the human spirit and God’s Spirit (the Holy Spirit).


    At conversion, God does not renew our ‘spark’ of life or ‘energizing principle’. He renews the ‘inner man’ (our inner person). As the apostle Paul says, “But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6 As David put it,  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit [ruach] within me.” Psalms 51:10 

    “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

     

    Jesus then said, “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:18


    Concerning Christ coming as the Comforter but not in bodily form, Ellen White wrote

     

    “Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Then took they up stones to cast at Him" because of that saying [verses 57-59]. Christ was using the great name of God that was given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence.” (Ellen G. White, Manuscript No. 1084, February 18, 19th, 1895, page 21)

     

    Two pages later we find these words

     

    Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth.” (Ibid)

     

    She then added

     

    “The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent.” (Ibid)

      

    The first truth teaches me that God loves me so much that He gave His Son FOR me. When I appreciate this, love for God is born in my heart. I want to serve Him, I am motivated to give my life completely to Him. The goodness of God leads me to repentance (Rom. 2:4). 


    The second truth teaches me that God gave His Son TO me, and that literally, the very life of His Son becomes my own life. When I understand, appreciate and believe this, total victory over sin becomes my reality!! (John 14:17; 2 Cor. 3:17; John 17:23) 

    I know that this is an extravagant claim, but brothers and sisters, we now hold the pearl of great price in our hands, don't we? Can there ever be any message which may truly be called a message of deliverance if it does not set us wholly free from sin's dominion? (Rom. 6:14).

    Thank God, in the truth that the holy spirit is the very life of God and His Son, we have laid hold on the treasure which will bring all these realities together into perfect harmony and which will set the world alight with the glory of God!!

    "Obey my voice, and I will be your God and you shall be my people, and walk in all the way that I command you" (Jer. 7:23). "Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." (Heb. 3:15) "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

    What should I do? Should I go to a church that does NOT keep ALL the commandments? "Jesus saith unto him. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. " - John 14.6, Jesus is our Sheppard and HE WILL GUIDE US to God's Church, which is God alone. God will take the reins in HIS OWN HANDS in these last days. Study your Bible, keep the Bible Sabbath, Worship the God of the Bible. Obey the Ten Commandments. They have separated, not from the faith, but from all sin and apostasy, wherever it may be found. Follow God. Ask Him to guide you. He has a special plan just for you. Jesus said, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.” Mark 14:38 

    Are you in SYNC with God & Jesus? Is Jesus King of your life? Are you addicted to GOD? No one can come to our Heavenly Daddy except thru His SON Jesus. “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. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-11)

    Remember, God is not a God of confusion. If you don't own a Bible, go buy a King James version Bible. Lot's of places even give out free Bibles. There is no excuse not to know the truth. If a church does not keep the ALL the commandments of God, the Bible says in Revelation 18:4 "Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." This is the End Time Warning. We are living in the very last days of this earth's history. God has warned us. It's our own fault if we don't listen AND obey GOD. James 1:22 KJV "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." 

    “To hold yourselves aloof from an investigation of truth is not the way to carry out the Saviour's injunction to "search the Scriptures." (Ellen G. White, Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, 1900, page 65, ‘The Spirit of Investigation Essential’)

    “The nature of the Holy Spirit is a mystery. Men cannot explain it, because the Lord has not revealed it to them.” (Ellen G. White, ‘Acts of the Apostles’ page 52, 1911)

    Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet's words: "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Revelation 12:17 Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus"  Rev. 14:12, Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”)

    In John 1:51 Jesus said, “….Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.” 

    What was Jesus saying here? It is plain that He was making reference to Jacob's dream and representing Himself as the ladder which Jacob saw. What He was really saying was that there is a portal, a meeting place between heaven and earth. Where is it? It is Jesus Christ Himself. There is a place where heaven interacts with earth; there is a meeting place where God is guaranteed to meet with humanity, and Jesus says, “it is me, I am the place where angels go up and come down, I am the place where God meets with man. I am the place where divinity and humanity are guaranteed to meet, I'm the place where, when you come, every time you are guaranteed to have an audience with God. Now, today we know that the true point of contact between God and man, is Christ. 

    Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, (2) instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Heb 6:1-2)

    Have you put your hands in his hand? When you feel that God is far from you, remember his words, “ I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Believe it because he cannot lie (Hebrew 6:18). Reach out to him and tell him you accept his hand and welcome his touch and presence. When we do, we will be able to say with surety and confidence

    “He leadeth me! O blessed thought! O words with heavenly comfort fraught! Wha-e'er I do, wher-e'er I be, still ‘tis God's hand that leadeth me”

    I know that what was true then is also true today. My prayer is that as we are touched and held by the Master's hand, we will reach out, touch someone else's hand, and share our experience.

    Reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place if you can” Jesus did; he is our example. Think about this. Healing truly prevails when we are literally touched and are in-touch.

    Ellen White predicted: "Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming. The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world" (The Great Controversy, p. 464).

    "The world that Satan has claimed and has ruled over with cruel tyranny, the Son of God has, by one vast achievement, encircled in His love and connected again with the throne of Jehovah. Cherubim and seraphim, and the unnumbered hosts of all the unfallen worlds, sang anthems of praise to God and the Lamb when this triumph was assured. They rejoiced that the way of salvation had been opened to the fallen race and that the earth would be redeemed from the curse of sin. How much more should those rejoice who are the objects of such amazing love!

    How can we ever be in doubt and uncertainty, and feel that we are orphans? It was in behalf of those who had transgressed the law that Jesus took upon Him human nature; He became like unto us, that we might have everlasting peace and assurance. We have an Advocate in the heavens, and whoever accepts Him as a personal Saviour is not left an orphan to bear the burden of his own sins.

    "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." "It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." 1 John 3:2; Romans 8:17.

    The infinite God, said Jesus, makes it your privilege to approach Him by the name of Father. Understand all that this implies. No earthly parent ever pleaded so earnestly with an erring child as He who made you pleads with the transgressor. No human, loving interest ever followed the impenitent with such tender invitations. God dwells in every abode; He hears every word that is spoken, listens to every prayer that is offered, tastes the sorrows and disappointments of every soul, regards the treatment that is given to father, mother, sister, friend, and neighbor. He cares for our necessities, and His love and mercy and grace are continually flowing to satisfy our need.

    But if you call God your Father you acknowledge yourselves His children, to be guided by His wisdom and to be obedient in all things, knowing that His love is changeless. You will accept His plan for your life. As children of God, you will hold His honor, His character, His family, His work, as the objects of your highest interest. It will be your joy to recognize and honor your relation to your Father and to every member of His family. You will rejoice to do any act, however humble, that will tend to His glory or to the well-being of your kindred."  EGW, MB, "The Lord's Prayer"

    We invite you to prayerfully and with your Bible handy, have a look around and get a feel for God's invisible church. Feel free to share any comments or questions that might be on your mind through our online guest book. If you're not currently a member of God's invisible church - we'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to get your Bible out and pray to God for guidance. Check out our new updates and watch videos of our weekly services. And of course, feel free to reach out to God. 


    Throw yourself upon Jesus, God's Only Son. God promises to reward those who diligently seek Him. If you have a need and we can possibly help you or someone you know who needs assistance please get in touch with us. We will be glad to add you to our prayer list and to help in other ways if possible. And call one of our Pastors or Ministry Leaders.

    We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services, events, and ministries. 

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    Many blessings from the Living God of Heaven to you!

    A believer in the Living God of Heaven

    The apostle Paul said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit "For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;” Romans 1:9 

    THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
    When we love the world as He [Jesus] has loved it, then for us His mission is accomplished. We are fitted for heaven; for we have heaven in our hearts. OFC. 201.

    And many because they must be born again and cannot see the kingdom of God will desire a visible church as well as a visible head.

    “ ....Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God ... Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3-5)

    "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." 1 Corinthians 11:3

    "And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself." Ephesians 1:23 (the invisible church is God's people everywhere who are filled by God's Spirit thru belief in God's only begotten Son Jesus Christ=talking the talk and walking the walk!) 

    Eph. 1:22-23, "And [GOD] hath put all things under his feet, and gave him [Jesus] to be the head over all things to the church [God's Spirit filled people], which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all." 

    Here we find that the church is defined as His body. We are ONE with GOD thru Jesus sacrifice. Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    In Col. 1:18 we find, "And He (Christ) is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence." Here again, Christ's body is defined as the church. (God's Spirit Filled people) Gal 3:28

    "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Gal 3:28

    “ .... your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19) “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Cor 6:17) “I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one” (John 17:23)

    Romans 8:29 "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be CONFORMED to the IMAGE of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."

    Luke 6:40 "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained WILL BE LIKE HIS TEACHER.

    Rom 8:1 "There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."