Jesus Is Our Pastor


Stricken And Smitten of God, 
Behold the Lamb

My Father worketh hithertoand I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:16-18)

He would have paid it all . . .  for only one !

And He (Jesus, Yehushua) spake this parable unto them, saying . . . .What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that one which is lost, until he find it?     And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing (ref: Zephaniah 3:14-17) !

     And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them . . . . Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost ! . . . . Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence (in the midst) of the angels of God over one sinner that repeneteth, and cometh home . . . !”   Luke 15:1-10

The Ninety and Nine -

There were ninety and nine that safely lay
      In the shelter of the fold.
But one was out on the hills away,
      Far off from the gates of gold.
Away on the mountains wild and bare.
      Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.
      Away from the tender Shepherd’s care.

“Lord, Thou hast here Thy ninety and nine;
      Are they not enough for Thee?”
But the Shepherd made answer: “This of Mine
      Has wandered away from Me;
And although the road be rough and steep,
      I go to the desert to find My sheep,
      I go to the desert to find My sheep.”

But none of the ransomed ever knew
      How deep were the waters crossed;
Nor how dark was the night the Lord passed through
      Ere He found His sheep that was lost.
Out in the desert He heard its cry,
      Sick and helpless and ready to die;
      Sick and helpless and ready to die.

“Lord, whence are those blood drops all the way
      That mark out the mountain’s track?”
“They were shed for one who had gone astray
      Ere the Shepherd could bring him back.”
“Lord, whence are Thy hands so rent and torn?”
      “They are pierced tonight by many a thorn;
        They are pierced tonight by many a thorn.”

And all through the mountains, thunder riven
      And up from the rocky steep,
There arose a glad cry to the gate of Heaven,
      “Rejoice! I have found My sheep!”
And the angels echoed around the throne,
      “Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!

        Rejoice, for the Lord brings back His own!”

(Hymn words by Elizabeth C. Clephane, 1868
and tune by Ira D. Sankey, 1874)

  "Who can comprehend the nature of that righteousness which makes the believing sinner whole, presenting him to God without spot or wrinkle or any such thing? We have the pledged Word of God that Christ is made unto us righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. God grant that we may rely upon His Word with implicit trust, and enjoy His richest Blessing !"


"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life."

      This message is for the world, for "whosoever" means that any and all who comply with the condition may share the blessing.All who look unto Jesus, believing in Him as their personal Saviour, "shall not perish, but have everlasting life." Every provision has been made that we may have the everlasting reward. Christ is our sacrifice, our substitute, our surety*, our Divine Intercessor; He is made unto us righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."

The intercession of Christ in our behalf is that of presenting His Divine merits (worthiness, value)) in the offering of Himself to the Father as our substitute and surety (pledge, bondsman); for He ascended up on high to make an atonement for our transgressions. "If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; and He isthe propitiation (atonement) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiat-ion for our sins." "He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."

From these scriptures it is evident that it is not God's will that you should be distrustful, and torture your soul with the fear that God will not accept you because you are sinful and unworthy. "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."

Present your case before Him, pleading the merits of the blood shed for you upon Calvary's cross. Satan will accuse you of being a great sinner, and you must admit this, but you can say: "I know I am a sinner, and that is the reason I need a Saviour. Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 'The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from allsin.' 'If we confess our sins, He is Faithful and Just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' I have no merit or goodness whereby I may claim salvation, but I present before God the all-atoning blood of the spotless Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

This is my only plea ! 

      The name of Jesus gives me access to the Father. His ear, His heart,is open to my faintest pleading, and He supplies my deepest necessities. It is the righteousness of Christ that makes the penitent sinner acceptable to God and works his justification. However sinful has been his life, if he believes in Jesus as his personal Saviour, he stands before God in the spotless robes of Christ's imputed righteousness.

      The sinner so recently dead in trespasses and sins is quickened by faith in Christ. He sees by faith that Jesus is his Saviour, and alive forevermore, able to save unto the uttermost all that come unto God by Him.

      In the at-one-ment made for him the believer sees such breadth, and length, and height, and depth of efficiency, --sees suchcompleteness of Salvation, purchased at such infinite cost, that his soul is filled with praise and thanksgiving. He sees as in a glass the glory of the LORD, and is changed into the same image as by the Spirit of the Lord.

      He sees the robe of Christ's righteousness, woven in the loom of heaven, wrought by His obedience, and imputed (given freely) to the repenting soul through faith in His name. When the sinner has a view of the matchless charms of Jesus, sin no longer looks attractive to him; for he beholds the Chiefest among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely. He realizes by a personal experience the power of the gospel, whose vastness of design is equaled only by its preciousness of purpose.

     "For I am not ashamed of the Glad Tidings (gospel) of Christ: for it is the power of God unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing) to 
everyone that believeth . . . . for therein is the righteousness of God revealed
 from Faith to faith . . . !"   Romans 1:16-17

We have a Living Saviour. He is not in Joseph's new tomb; He is risen from the dead, and has ascended on high as a substitute and surety for every believing soul. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." The sinner is justified through the merits of Jesus, and this is God's acknowledgment of the perfection of the ransom paid for man. That Christ was obedient even unto the death of the cross is a pledge of the repenting sinner's acceptance with the Father. Then shall we permit ourselves to have a vacillating experience of doubting and believing, believing and doubting?

Jesus is the pledge of our acceptance with God. We stand in favor before God, not because of any merit (worthiness) in ourselves, but because of our faith in “the LORD our Righteousness.”Jeremiah 23:5-6 

      merits = due reward or punishment, a token of excellence and approval, state of quality, worth, honour, deserving well, praise worthy, goodness, integrity, perfection, and virtue

     Jesus stands in the holy of holies, now to appear in the Presence of God for us. There He ceases not to present His people moment by momentcomplete in Himself. But because we are thus represented before the Father, we are not to imagine that we are to presume upon His mercy, and become careless, indifferent, and self-indulgent. Christ is not the minister of sin. We are complete in Him, accepted in the Beloved, only as we abide in Him by faith.

Perfection through our own good works we can never attain. The soul who sees Jesus by faith, repudiates his own righteousness. He sees himself as incomplete, his repentance insufficient, his strongest faith but feebleness, his most costly sacrifice as meager, and he sinks in humility at the foot of the cross. But a Voice speaks to him from the oracles of God's Word. In amazement he hears the message, Ye are complete in Him !


     Now all is at rest in his soul (ref: Hebrews 3:7-4:10). No longer must he strive to find some worthiness in himself, some meritorious deed by which to gain the favor of God. Beholding the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world, he finds the peace of Christ; for pardon is written against his name, and he accepts the Word of God, “Ye are complete in Him.” How hard it is for humanity, long accustomed to cherish doubt, 
to grasp this great Truth !

      But what peace it brings to the soul, what vital life ! 
In looking to ourselves for righteousness, by which to find acceptance with God, we look to the wrong place, "for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." We are to look to Jesus; "for we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same Image from glory to glory." You are to find your completeness by beholding the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Standing before the broken law of God, the sinner cannot cleanse himself; but, believing in Christ, he is the object of His infinite love and clothed in His spotless righteousness. For those who believe in Christ, Jesus prayed: “Sanctify them through Thy Truth; Thy Word is Truth(Verily so !) . . . that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee, that they also may be One in Us, that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which Thou gavest Me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One." John 17:17-25


     "O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee; but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me
And I have declared unto them Thy Name (glory, character), and will declare itso that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them." John 17:25-26

Who can comprehend the nature of that righteousness which makes the believing sinner whole, presenting him to God without spot or wrinkle or any such thing?

We have the pledged Word of God that Christ is made unto us righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. God grant that we may rely upon His Word with implicit trust, and enjoy His richest blessing. ref: I Corinthians 1:30

"For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God !"  
John 16:27 & Proverbs 8:22-31 

- Signs of the Times July 4, 1892


Seeking the one lost sheep -

For He is our God (Elohim - Mighty One), and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep (flock) of His hand, 
Today, if ye will hear His Voice . . . !” Psalm 95:7

As Jesus was teaching, the publicans and sinners continued to gather about Him, as in His earlier ministry in Galilee, and the same murmur of discontent was heard from the scribes and Pharisees,--“This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them . . .” Matthew 9:10-13

By this accusation they thought to make the false impression that Jesus loved the association of those who were sinful and vile, and was insensible to their wickedness. The rabbis were disappointed that One Who pre-tended to the world so lofty a character, did not mingle with them and follow their methods of teaching, rather than go about in so unpretending a manner, working among all classes of people. It angered those decorous guardians of society that He with Whom they felt themselves continually in antagonism should meet, in such apparent sympathy, with publicans and sinners. It angered them also that these outcast classes, who manifested only contempt for the rabbis, and who were never seen in the synagogues, yet flocked about Jesus, and listened with rapt attention to His Words . . . .

While the scribes and Pharisees felt only condemnation in that pure Presence, how was it, they questioned, that publicans and sinners were attracted to Him? They knew not that the explanation lay in the very words they had uttered as a scornful charge, “This Man receiveth sinners . . .” It was because the souls who came to Jesus, however sinfulfelt that He offered them hope. In His Presence they felt that even for them there was escape from the pit of sin. While the Pharisees had only scorn and condemnation for them . . .

Jesus greeted them as children of God. And their very misery and sin made them only the more the objects of His compassion. The farther they had wandered from Him, the more earnest the longing and the greater the sacrifice for their rescue . . . !

All this the teachers of Israel might have learned from the sacred scrolls of which it was their pride to be the keepers and expounders. Had not David written, --David, who had fallen into deadly sin, --“I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant.” Psalm 119:176.

Had not Micah revealed God's love to the sinner, saying, “Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity(perversity, mischief), and passeth by the transgression (rebellion, apostasy) of the remn-ant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy !”    Micah7:18

Jesus did not, however, remind them of the Words of Scripture. He appealed to the witness of their own daily experience, that even in this world, men put forth greatest effort and manifest most solicitude for that which is in danger of harm and loss.

The wide-spreading table-lands on the east of Jordan afforded abundant pasturage for flocks; and through the gorges and over the wooded hills had wandered many a lost sheep, to be searched for and brought back by the shepherd's care. In the company about Jesus there were shepherds, and also men who had money invested in flocks and herds; and all could appreciate the illustration He used when He said . . . . “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it ?” Matthew 18:12

      These souls whom you despise as worthless, said Jesus, are the property of God. They are His by creation and by Redemption, and they are of value in His sight ! They are the objects of His care and love. As the shepherd loves his sheep, and cannot rest if one be missing,So, in an infinitely higher degree, does God love every outcast and wandering soul ! 

      Men may deny the claim of His love, they may wander far from Him, they may choose for themselves another master, yet are they God's, and He longs to recover His Own. And He (Jesus) says, “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; So will I seek out My sheep, and I will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day !”

Ezekiel 34:12 & John 10:25


     O soul lost in sin
however far you have wandered, into whatever depths of degradation and misery you have sunken, God recognizes you as His Own, precious to His heart of love. You cannot be safe or happy with-out Him, and He cannot be satisfied without you. Amid the angels that surround the throne, He still yearns to recover you !

The sheep that has strayed from the fold, is the most helpless of all animals. If the wanderer is not sought for by the Compassionate Shepherd, it will not find its way back. The shepherd must take it in his arms, and himself bear it to the fold. So with the soul that has wandered away from God. He is as helpless as the poor lost sheep; and unless Divine love had come to his rescue, he would never find his way to God.

The shepherd who discovers that one of his sheep is missing, does not look carelessly over his flock, and say, “I have ninety and nine, and it will cost me too much trouble to go and search for the straying one. Let him come back, and I will open the door of the sheep-fold that he may come in . . . but I cannot go after him.”

No sooner does the sheep go astray, than the countenance of the Shepherd is filled with grief and anxiety. He counts and recounts the flock; and when He is certain that one sheep is lost, He slumbers not. He leaves the ninety and nine within the fold, and goes forth in search of the straying sheep. The darker and more tempestuous the night, the more perilous and unpleasant the way, the longer and more tedious the service, the greater the Shepherd's anxiety, and the more earnest His search. He does not weary, He does not falter until the lost is found !

Often when the bewildered sheep hears the shepherd's call, it flees from the one who is trying to effect its rescue. But the true shepherd wearies not; with assuring Words . . . “For the Words that I speak unto you __________ (your name), they are Spirit, and they are Life !” John 6:63 . . . .

He pursues the wandering one, and when at last He comes upon it in a thicket or a treacherous swamp, He does not beat it as it frantically struggles to get free, but with careful hand He parts the briers or pulls it from the slough; with tender caress He calms its fears. He encircles the trembling, exhausted creature in His strong arms, He lays it upon His shoulder, and with gratitude that His search has not been in vain, He bears the wanderer back to the fold !

Thank God, there is no picture presented to our imagination, of a sorrowful shepherd returning without the sheep. Here is the Divine guarantee that not even one of the straying sheep and lambs of God's fold is overlooked, and not one is left unsuccored. Every one that will submit (surrender their will) to be ransomed, Jesus will rescue from the pit of corruption, and from the briers of sin. Let every desponding, distrustful soul take courage, even though you have done wickedly . . . .

You are not to think that perhaps God will pardon your transgressionsand permit you to approach into His Presence; but you are to remember that it is God Who has made the first advance, that He has come forth to seek you while still you were in rebellion against Him. With the tender heart of the Shepherd He has left the ninety and nine, and gone out into the wilderness to seek His wandering one. The soul, bruised and wounded and ready to perish, He encircles in His arms of love, and joyfully bears it to the haven of safety.

It was taught by the Jews that before the favor of God is extended to the sinner, He must first repent. In their view, repentance is a work which men are to accomplish of themselves, by which to earn the favor of heaven. And it was this thought that moved the Pharisees to exclaim in astonishment and anger, “This man receiveth sinners.” According to their ideas He should permit to approach Him those only who had repented of their sins.

But Jesus teaches that Salvation (deliverance, rescue, freedom, healing and restoration) does not come through our seeking after God, but through God’s seeking after us (John 15:16). Repentance is born (begot-ten) in the heart by beholding the love of Christ, Who gaveup His Life to save the sinner. It is the goodness of God, manifested in Christ, that softens the heart. It is the virtue (Spirit) that goes forth from Jesus that inspires the purpose of the soul to turn away from sin. We do not repent in order that God may love us, but God reveals His love to us that we may repent. Thus repentance is not the ground of God's love toward us, but the fruit of that love. 

For God commendeth His love toward us, in that . . . while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us !”     Romans 5:6-11

When the straying sheep is at last brought home, the shepherd's gratitude finds expression in melodious songs of rejoicing, and he calls upon his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, “Rejoice with me; for I have found My sheep which was lost.” So when a wanderer is found by the great Shepherd of the sheep, heavenly choirs respond to the Shepherd's note of joy. When the lost is found, heaven and earth unite in thanksgiving and rejoic-ing. “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” Luke 15:4-10


The LORD thy God in the midst (heart) of thee is Mighty . . . He will save! He will rejoice over thee ___________ (your name) with joy; He will rest in His love, and He will joy over thee with singing !”
                                                                                 Zephaniah 3:14-18

You, Pharisees, said Jesus, regard yourselves as the favorites of heaven. You feel that you need no repentance. Know, then, that if you have no need, My mission is not to you. I have come to seek and to save that which was lost; and these poor souls who feel their poverty and sinfulness, are the very ones whom I have come to rescue. Angels of heaven are interested in these lost ones whom you despise. You complain and sneer when one of these souls joins himself to Me; but know that angels rejoice, and the song of triumph and gladness rings through the courts above.

The rabbis had a saying that there is rejoicing in heaven when those who have sinned against God are destroyed. But I tell you, said Jesus, that to God the work of destruction is a strange work. That in which all heaven delights is the restoration to God's Own Image, of the souls whom He has made !

When a soul that has wandered far in sin, seeks to return to God, he will encounter the criticism and distrust of those who are always ready to censure and accuse. They will doubt whether his repentance is genuine, or will whisper, “He has no stability; I do not believe he will hold out.”These men are doing, not the work of God, but the work of Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren. Through their criticisms, the enemy of our souls hopes to discourage these wandering ones, and to drive them still farther from hope and from God.

Let the troubled and sin-sick soul contemplate the rejoicing of heaven over the return of the one that was lost; let him rest (trust) in the love of God, and in no case be intimidated by the indifference, the contempt and scorn of the scribes and Pharisees.

The rabbis understood Christ's parable as applying to the publicans and sinners; but it has also a wider meaning of which they had no conception. By the lost sheep, Christ represents, not only the individual sinner, but the one world that had apostatized and had been ruined by sin. The inhabitants of all other worlds are loyal and true to God; but He will not permit this one lost sheep to perish.

The God of heaven is not unmindful of the world and its concerns. Jesus in heaven, One with God (ekh-awd - Deuteronomy 6:4-5 & John 17:21), the loved Commander in the heavenly courts, had stooped from His high estate, laid aside the glory that He had with the Father, in order to save the one lost world. For this He left the sinless worlds on high, the ninety and nine that loved Him, and came to this earth, to be “wounded for our transgressions,” and “bruised (beaten repeatedly), for our iniquities . . . !” Isaiah 53:3-12

“But none of the ransomed ever knew 
How deep were the waters crossed, 
Or how dark was the night that the Lord passed through, 
Ere He found His sheep that was lost . . . !”

Behold what manner of love the Father hathbestowed upon us . . . !” I John 3:1

“For God so loved this world that He gave up His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him (the Word that was made flesh, and dwelt among us), should not perish, but have everlasting Life!” And Jesus says, “As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world,”--to “fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ, . . .for His body's sake, which is the church.”

John 3:1617:18; Colossians 1:24.

To every soul whom Christ has rescued from the pit of sin, be he old or young, parent or child, He has committed a trust to work in His namefor the saving (deliverance, rescue, freedom, healing and restoration) of the lost. This work had been neglected in Israel, even by the shepherds of the flock. Is it not neglected today among those who profess to be followers of Christ? How many of the wandering and lost have you, O reader, sought for and brought back to the fold? When you turn away from those who seem (in your eyes as) unpromis-ing and unattractive, do you realize that you are neglecting souls for whom Jesus is seeking?

Perhaps at the very moment when you have turned from them, they were in the greatest need of your tenderness and compassion. Many who appear hard and reckless are allowed to drift on to ruin, for the want of a helping hand stretched out to save them. Had these erring, neglected ones received the same advantages that others have had, they might have revealed far more nobility of soul, and greater talent for usefulness than do many who have been watched over day and night with gentlest care and overflowing love.

Angels pity these wandering ones; angels weep, while human eyes are dry, and human hearts are closed to pity. O, there is a lack of deep, earnest, soul-touching sympathy and love for the tempted and the erring. We need far more of Christ's Spirit, and far less of self.

When a human life is in danger, what sacrifices men are ready to make! They stop at no risk, they grudge no effort and no cost that will save the imperiled life. Of how much more value is that life which measures with(which could be purchased and redeemed only by) the Life of God !

If we are Christians, and not mere pretenders, shall we not be far more earnest and interested to rescue the soul than to save the body?

Who can estimate the value of a soul?

Go to Gethsemane, and there watch with Jesus through those long hours of anguish when He sweat as it were great drops of blood (wrestling against sin); look upon the Saviour uplifted on the cross; hear that despair-ing cry, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” Look upon that wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet. Remember that Christ risked all; “tempted like as we are,” He staked even His Own eternal exis-tence upon the issue of the conflict. Heaven itself was imperiled for our Redemption. At the foot of the cross,remembering that for only one sinner Jesus would have yielded up His Life, we may estimate the value of a soul.

If you are in communion with Christ, you will place His estimate upon men; you will feel for others the same anxiety, the same deep love that He has felt for you !

Then you will be able to win, not drive, to attract, not repulse, the souls for whom Christ died. You will guard and care for the sheep and lambs of His fold. Not one soul would ever have been brought back to the fold, if Christ had not made a personal effort to save that which was lost; and it is by this personal effort that you can rescue souls.

If they stray, you will not, cannot rest in quiet indifference and ease. You will leave the ninety and nine that are within the fold, and will go out to seek the lost. You will work with the same tender care, the same untiring energy that the Master showed. The greater their sin and the deeper their misery, the more earnest and tender and determined will be your efforts for them. Every earthly and selfish interest will be swallowed up in the longing to rescue these souls. 

You will discern the need of those who are suffering, who have beensinning against God, and who are oppressed by a burden of guilt. Your heart will go out in sympathy for them, and you will reach out a helping hand to lift the poor souls out of the slough of despair in which their feet are sinking.

      In the arms of your faith and love, you will bear them back to the fold. You will watch over and encourage them, and your sympathy and confidence will make it hard for them to fall from their steadfastness. All heaven is ready to cooperate with you in this work. The Salvation of the lost is the object of most intense interest to the heavenly hosts, and the angels will aid you in your efforts to reach the hearts of the most careless and the most hardened !

And when the lost is found and brought back to the fold, your songs of joy will unite with the rejoicing of the family above. 

“While all through the mountains, thunder-riven, 
And up from the rocky steep, 
Shall rise the cry to the gate of heaven, 
'Rejoice, I have found my sheep!' 
And the angels echo around the throne, 
'Rejoice, for the Lord brings back his own!” 

E. G. White. GCB, December 1, 1895 par. 24



Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden , and I will give you rest . Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NIV 

"The religion of Jesus is joy, peace, and happiness." The Faith I Live By, p. 226.2

"In those who possess it, the religion of Christ (joy, peace, and happiness) will reveal itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. There will be manifest the freshness and power and joyousness of perpetual youth. The heart that receives the Word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy laden." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 130.1

CHRIST

In Christ the cry of humanity reached the Father of infinite pity.

"As a man He supplicated the throne of God, till His humanity was charged with a Heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion He received life from God that he might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours."  DA 363

“The Savior's life on earth was a life of communion with nature and with God. In this communion He revealed for us the secret 
of a life of power. {Ministry of Healing, 51.1} 

"I saw that the enemy would either contend for the usefulness or the life of the godly, and will try to mar their peace as long as they live in this world. But his power is limited. He may cause the furnace to be heated, but Jesus and angels will watch the trusting Christian, that nothing may be consumed but the dross. The fire kindled by Satan can have no power to destroy or hurt the true metal. It is important to close every door possible, against the entrance of Satan. It is the privilege of every family to so live that Satan cannot take advantage of anything they may say or do, to tear each other down. Every member of the family should bear in mind that all have just as much as they can do to resist our wily foe, and with earnest prayers and unyielding faith, they must rely upon the merits of the blood of Christ, and claim his saving strength. The powers of darkness gather about the soul and shut Jesus from our sight, and at times we can only wait in sorrow and amazement until the cloud passes over. These seasons are sometimes terrible. Hope seems to fail, and despair seizes upon us. In these dreadful hours we must learn to trust, to depend on the sole merits of the atonement, and in all our helpless unworthiness cast ourselves upon the merits of the crucified and risen Saviour. We shall never perish while we do this—never! When light shines on our pathway, it is no great thing to be strong in the strength of grace. But to wait patiently in hope, when all is dark, when clouds envelope us, requires faith and submission which causes our will to be swallowed up in the will of God. We are too quickly discouraged, and earnestly cry for the trial to be removed from us; when we should plead for patience to endure, and grace to overcome.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. We can have the salvation of God in our families, but we must believe for it, live for it, and have a continual, abiding, faith and trust in God. We must subdue a hasty temper, and control our words; and in this we shall gain great victories. Unless we control our words and temper, we are slaves to Satan. We are in subjection to him. He leads us captive. All this jangling, and unpleasant, impatient, fretful, words, are an offering presented to his Satanic majesty. And it is a costly offering, more costly than any offering we can make to God, for it destroys the peace and happiness of whole families, destroys health, and is eventually the cause of forfeiting an eternal life of happiness. The restraint God’s word imposes upon us is for our own interest. It increases the happiness of our families, and all around us. It refines our taste, sanctifies our judgment, and brings peace of mind, and in the end, everlasting life. Under this holy restraint we shall increase in grace and humility, and it will become easy to speak right. The natural, passionate, temper, will be held in subjection. An indwelling Saviour will strengthen every hour. Ministering angels will linger in our dwellings, and with joy carry the tidings of our advance in the divine life heavenward, and the angel will make a cheerful, happy record.

birth is the standard form of origin

Micah 5:2

New International Version (NIV)

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    though you are small among the clans of Judah,
out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”


New International Version
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."

New Living Translation
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

English Standard Version
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

New American Standard Bible 
"But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity."

King James Bible
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.

International Standard Version
"As for you, Bethlehem of Ephrathah, even though you remain least among the clans of Judah, nevertheless, the one who rules in Israel for me will emerge from you. His existence has been from antiquity, even from eternity.

NET Bible
As for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, seemingly insignificant among the clans of Judah--from you a king will emerge who will rule over Israel on my behalf, one whose origins are in the distant past. 

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You, Bethlehem Ephrathah, are too small to be included among Judah's cities. Yet, from you Israel's future ruler will come for me. His origins go back to the distant past, to days long ago.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be Lord in Israel; and his goings forth are from the beginning, from the days of the ages.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

American King James Version
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

American Standard Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Douay-Rheims Bible
AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity. 

Darby Bible Translation
(And thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall he come forth unto me [who is] to be Ruler in Israel: whose goings forth are from of old, from the days of eternity.)

English Revised Version
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou art little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

World English Bible
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.

Young's Literal Translation
And thou, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, Little to be among the chiefs of Judah! From thee to Me he cometh forth -- to be ruler in Israel, And his comings forth are of old, From the days of antiquity.


Isaiah 9:6 King James Bible
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

The everlasting Father: Christ the Second Adam=everlasting Father of His Inheritance = those who have been circumcised in the heart or have the Seed of God = Jesus Spirit living inside their minds. Children of the promise = Believing is KNOWING that GOD WILL DO AS HE HAS ALREADY PROMISED. True faith lays hold of and claims the promised blessing before it is realized and felt.


It is not enough to say, "I believe;" we must exercise the living faith that claims the promises of God as our own, knowing that they are sure and steadfast.

I have frequently seen that the children of the Lord neglect prayer, especially secret prayer, altogether too much; that many do not exercise that faith which it is their privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise, but joyful feeling and the blessing are God's to give. The grace of God comes to the soul through the channel of living faith, and that faith it is in our power to exercise.

True faith lays hold of and claims the promised blessing before it is realized and felt. We must send up our petitions in faith within the second veil and let our faith take hold of the promised blessing and claim it as ours. We are then to believe that we receive the blessing, because our faith has hold of it, and according to the Word it is ours. "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24. Here is faith, naked faith, to believe that we receive the blessing, even before we realize it. When the promised blessing is realized and enjoyed, faith is swallowed up. But many suppose they have much faith when sharing largely of the Holy Spirit and that they cannot have faith unless they feel the power of the Spirit. Such confound faith with the blessing that comes through faith. The very time to exercise faith is when we feel destitute of the Spirit. When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living faith pierce the darkness and scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey that Word can claim its glorious promises. "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 15:7. "Whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." 1 John 3:22. 

We should be much in secret prayer. Christ is the vine, ye are the branches. And if we would grow and flourish, we must continually draw sap and nourishment from the Living Vine; for separated from the Vine we have no strength.

I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, "Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soon. Press your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The promises are sure. Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye shall have them." I was then pointed to Elijah. He was subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly. His faith endured the trial. Seven times he prayed before the Lord, and at last the cloud was seen. I saw that we had doubted the sure promises, and wounded the Saviour by our lack of faith. Said the angel, "Gird the armor about thee, and above all take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very life, from the fiery darts of the wicked." If the enemy can lead the desponding to take their eyes off from Jesus, and look to themselves, and dwell upon their own unworthiness, instead of dwelling upon the worthiness of Jesus, His love, His merits, and His great mercy, he will get away their shield of faith and gain his object; they will be exposed to his fiery temptations. The weak should therefore look to Jesus, and believe in Him; they then exercise faith." Early Writings, p. 73.2


"When we learn the power of His word, we shall not follow the suggestions of Satan in order to obtain food or to save our lives. Our only questions will be, What is God's command? and what His promise? Knowing these, we shall obey the one, and trust the other."-- The Desire of Ages, p. 121. (1898)

Revelation 1:18 (KJV)

I am he that liveth , and was dead; and, behold , I am alive for evermore , Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.


Light Piercing the darkness in your life!

  "Are you filled with sorrow today? Fasten your eyes on the Sun of Righteousness. Do not try to adjust all the difficulties, but turn your face to the light, to the throne of GodWhat will you see there?--The rainbow of the covenant, the living promise of God. Beneath it is the mercy seat, and whosoever avails himself of the provisions of mercy that have been made, and appropriates the merits (worthiness) of the life and death of Christ, has in the rainbow of the covenant a blessed assurance of acceptance with the Father as long as the throne of God endures. 

     Faith is what you need. Do not let faith waver. Fight the good fight of faith, andlay hold on eternal life. It will be a severe fight, but fight it at any cost; for the promises of God are yea and amen in Christ Jesus. Put your hand in the hand of Christ. There are difficulties to be overcome, but angels that excel in strength will cooperate with the people of God. Face Zion, press your way to the city of solemnities. A glorious crown, a robe woven in the loom of heaven, awaits the overcomer. Though Satan would cast his hellish shadow athwart your pathway, and seek to hide the mystic ladder from your view that stretches from earth to the throne of God, on which ascend and descend the angels who are ministering spirits to those who shall be heirs of Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration), yet press your way upward, plant your feet on one round after another, and advance to the throne of the Infinite."       

- Signs of the Times, May 2nd, 1895
Ellen White

Bear in mind that the time will never come when the shadow of Satan will not be cast athwart our pathway to obstruct our faith and eclipse the light coming from the Sun of Righteousness. Our faith must not staggerbut cleave through that shadow. We have an experience that is not to be buried in the darkness of doubt. Our faith is not in feeling, but in Truth (Thy Word is Truth ! - John 17:17). None of us need flatter ourselves that while the world is progressing in wickedness we shall have no difficulties.

It is these very difficulties that bring us to the audience chamber of the Most High, to seek counsel of the One who is infinite in wisdomHe loves to have us seek Him; He loves to have us trust Him and believe His Word. If we had no perplexities, no trials, we would become self-sufficient and lifted up in ourselves. The true saints will be purified, and made white, and tried.” 

- 1NL p. 59 (Letter 58, 1909)

 
     "O what great privileges belong to those who are believers and doers of the words of Christ! It is a knowledge of Christ as the sin-bearer, as the propitiation(atonement) for our iniquities, that enables us to live a life of holiness. This knowledge is the safeguard for the happiness of the human family. 

Satan knows that without this knowledge we should be thrown into confusion and divested of our strength. Our faith in God would be gone, and we should be left a prey to every artifice of the enemy. He has laid subtle plans by which to destroy man. It is his purpose to cast his hellish shadow, like the pall of death, between God and man, in order that he may hide Jesus from our view, so that he maycause us to forget the ministry of love and mercy, cut us off from further knowledge of God's great love and power to usward, and intercept every ray of light from heaven . . . !"

- RH, June 25, 1895


  You must put your foot right on the Wordand say, I believeI will believe; I will press to the mark of the prize, and everything that hinders me shall be swept away; I will not allow anything to interpose between my soul and God.

No, the dark shadow of Satan will come right across our pathway if we let our faith sink into it. But we must do as the eagle does when he is in the cloud and bewildered in the fog. He does not go one way and another as though distracted,but presses upward through the cloud, until he comes into the light above. And so we should press upward beyond the hellish shadow of Satan, when he tries to eclipse the rays of light that come from God.

Now, we want the life of Christ in our hearts to make us one, and there will be united action. We must press to the mark of the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus our Lord; and what we need is that living, active faith that takes God at His word. We must have it, and God will let us have it if we will.

We must not be discouraged. We want to get rid of unbelief; we do not want to talk it, or act it, or think it, but press forward to the mark of the prize of the high calling that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. I feel anxious, because I know that the time has come when God's people should put on their beautiful garments. "Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." It is the word of infinite power that He wants you to eat and drink. He wants you to eat His flesh and drink His blood, and then the power of God will be in your midst. Then the voice will be touched with a peculiar power.”

ref:  John 4:6-14, 6:32-40, 6:47-58, 6:63 & Psalm 34:7-8             - 1 SAT p.309



  "After His baptism, Christ knelt on the banks of Jordan and offered prayer to His Father, And as He prayed, the heavens were opened, and the glory of God, like a dove of burnished gold, rested upon Him, while from the highest heaven there came the Voice, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" [Matthew 3:17]. 

Christ's prayer was offered for us, and it cleaves through every shadow that Satan casts between us and God. In our behalf the Saviour laid hold of the power of Omnipotence, and as we pray to Godwe may know that Christ's prayer hasascended before, and that God has heard and answered it

    With all our sins and weaknesses we are not cast aside as worthless. "Hehath made us accepted in the Beloved." The glory that rested upon Christ is a pledge of the love of God for us. It tells of the power of prayer--how the human voice may reach the ear of God, and our petitions find acceptance in the courts of heaven. The light that fell from the open portals upon the head of our Saviour, will fall upon us as we pray for help to resist temptation. The Voice that spoke to Jesus says to every believing soul, "This is My beloved child, in whom I am well pleased." 

- Sermons and Talks, Oct 1, 1902

Saved by Water?


There is a very interesting passage of Scripture which has been brought to our attention
a number of times over the last few months. We share Light from GOD's Word on these verses,
and pray that as you read them aloud, you will receive that Blessing which He has promised 
to you !

For the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) has assured us that, "Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet,
and a Light unto my path . . . !"   Psalm 119:105

The passage in question is found in I Peter 3:19-21, where we are told that Christ went and "preached unto spirits
in prison, and . . . . eight souls were saved by water !"

This passage, I also struggled to fully understand it, until
one day my daughter came to me with the same question, and we prayed together, asking the LORD (Yehuwah) to give
us His Wisdom and understanding of these Words. For He has Promised each of us, that His Holy Spirit will lead us and guide
us into all Truth !


verses 19-21 need to be read in context with verse 18, which says, "For Christ also hath suffered for sins,
the Just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God . . . . being put to death (daily and on Calvary) in the flesh,
but quickened (given new Life) by the Spirit !

    By which also He (Christ) went and preached unto the spirits in prison . . . . in the days of Noah, while the ark was
a preparing (being prepared), wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water . . . !"

Then read aloud what the Lord tells us in chapter 1, verse 10:11 - "Of whichSalvation the prophets have enquired and
searched diligently, who prophesied (spoke under the inspiration of Christ) of the grace* that was yet to come unto you !

Grace* (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, His Spirit

     Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them . . . . did signify, when It (Christ's Spirit)
testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ (The Anointed King), and the glory that would follow . . . .

     Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister (preaching) the things, which are
now reported unto you by them that have proclaimed the Glad Tidings unto you . . . . with (by) the Holy Spirit sent down
from heaven . . . !"    I Peter 1:10-12

     "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man . . . But holy men of God spake,
as they were moved by the Holy Spirit . . . !"    II Peter 1:20-21

     Those "spirits" which were in prison, in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared,
are those in whom the "god of this world had blinded the minds of them which believed not . . . . that they might be Saved !"
II Corinthians 4:3-4 & Acts 26:18

Now, there is also a very important thing mentioned in verse 3:20-21, which says,
"Eight souls were saved by (through water) . . ."    This same symbol is used throughout the Scriptures, to show the faith
that those who heard, and believed, and therefore followed and obeyed !

     "Moreover brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant (unaware), how that all our fathers were under the Cloud,
and all passed through the sea (Red Sea leaving Egypt) . . . . And were all baptized unto (by) Moses in the cloud and in the
sea . . . And did all drink that same Spiritual drink (Living Water): for they drank of the Spiritual Rock that followed them . . .
and that Rock was Christ . . . .
 !"     I Corinthians 10:1-5

     "But with whom was He grieved those forty years?   was it not with them that continued to sin, whose carcasses
fell in the wilderness?   And to whom sware He, that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not?
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief . . . !"   Hebrews 3:7-19

     Now there is another Scripture which reveals great Light in this mention of Baptism "Saving" ?
And we must remember that "Saved" and "Salvation" literally means in both the greek as well as Hebrew = deliverance,
to set free, to rescue, to heal and make whole again !

And this has been the plan and purpose of Salvation since the very beginning . . . . to restore in man that Divine Image 
of our Creator. And this is the Promise which you and I have in Christ Jesus, for it is "Christ in us, the hope of glory !"
Colossians 1:27

I Peter 3:21 tells us that "baptism doth also now Save us . . . (but not the putting away of the filth of the flesh,
but rather, the answer of a good conscience toward God - saying Yes, Lord, I believe that You will do exactly what you have Promised me, for You cannot lie !) . . . .

The answer that is of a "good conscience toward God . . . by the resurrection of Jesus Christ !

     "For know ye not, that so many of us, as were baptized into Jesus Christ (Yehushua ha Moshaic - Yehuwah's Salvation
and Anointing), were baptized into His death
 ?

     Therefore we are buried with Him (present tense) by baptism into death, so that like as Christ was raised up 
from the dead by the glory (ref: Exodus 33:18-34:7) of The Father, even so wealso should walk (now live) in newness of Life !
For if we have been planted (buried) together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His
resurrection . . . 

     Knowing this, that our old man (that which was born under of Adam) is crucified with Him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, and that henceforth we should no longer serve sin . . . . !"     Romans 6:1-14

For "if the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed . . . !"   John 8:36

     "In Whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins
of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ . . . !

Note: and when was it that Christ "put off" flesh and blood ?

     Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him . . . . through faith in the operation (work) of God,
Who hath raised Him from the dead ! . . . . And you being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He
quickened (given new Life) together with Him (Jesus Christ) . . . having forgiven you all trespasses
 !"
Colossians 2:11-13

     Yea, "I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live. Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me . . . and the Life which I now
live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God . . . Who loved me, and gave Himself in exchange for me !"
Galatians 2:20

     For "we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us . . . And greater is He which is in us,
than he that is in this world 
!"     Romans 8:37 & I John 4:4

     "And if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwells in you, then He that raised up Christ from the dead 
shall also quicken your mortal (earthly) bodies . . . . by His Spirit that dwelleth in you
!"     Romans 8:11-17

     "And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins . . . wherein in time past ye walked (lived)
according to the course (path, ways) of this world, according to the prince of the powers of the air . . . that spirit which now 
worketh in the children of disobedience . . .

But God . . . Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us . . . even when we were dead in our sins,
hath He quickened us together with Christ (for by grace* ye are Saved).    And Hehath raised us up together in heavenly (the
heavens - Isaiah 66:1) in Christ Jesus !

     So that in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His Grace* in His kindness toward us through
Christ Jesus . . . . For by Grace* (G5485 - the Divine Influence upon the heart) are ye savedthrough faith . . . . and faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God ! . . . . and that not of yourselves: for it is the Gift of God !"
Ephesians 2:1-10 & Romans 10:17
 
     "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us !
by the washing (baptism) of Regenerationand the renewing of the Holy Spirit ! . . . . Which He shed (gushed, poured out)
upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour
 . . . !"    Titus 3:5-6 & 2:11-14


     Now, "if any man thirsts, let him come unto Me (The Word-Christ Jesus), and drinkHe that believeth on Me (The
Word), as the Scripture hath said, Out of his belly (heart) shall flow rivers of Living (active, Life-giving) Water ! . . . . For 
out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh !
 . . . .

     And this He spake of the Spiritwhich they that believe on Him (The Word) should receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given (in It's fullness); because that Jesus was not yet glorified . . . !"
John 7:37-39, Isaiah 12:1-6 & John 4:1-14 & ref: Matthew 12:34 & Luke 6:45

      "Wherefore, I also, after I heard of your faith (trust) in the Lord Jesus . . . cease not to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers . . . . That the eyes of your understandingmay be enlightenedso that ye may know
what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches (abundance) of the glory ofHis Inheritance in the saints . . .

     And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe . . . . according to the working of His
mighty power, which He wrought in Christ (Who was made to be sin for us), when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him
at His Own right hand in the heavenly (heavens - Isaiah 66:1) . . . . . Far above all principalities, and powers, and might,
and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to 
come !"
Ephesians 1:17-23

To close . . . . This is "the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Who is gone into heaven . . . and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto
Him . . . !"     I Peter 3"21-22

     "And Jesus came and spake unto them (and you and I), saying . . . All power is given unto Me,
in heaven and in earth
 . . . Go ye therefore, and into all the world, and proclaim the Glad Tidings to every creature.
And he that believeth and is baptized shall be Saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed and made whole again) !"

Matthew 28:18-19 & Mark 16:15-18

May the LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) Bless you today with His Spirit-filled Word !
and may you believe as never before that great work which has been wrought for you in Christ Jesus !
"For this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS !"   Jeremiah 23:5-6

NOW IS THE TIME OF SALVATION.
NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN OUR EYES UPON JESUS.
For those who do not know Jesus Christ personally or have not given themselves totally to Him now is the time to answer His call. Invite Him into your heart and life. We are creatures of a fallen world. We all need our character changed from the inside out. We cannot do this ourselves. Only Jesus has the power to do the job. And He will do that work within us just as fast as we get down on our knees and invite Him in surrendering ourselves to His gracious rule.
If you are willing to take that step of faith and to ask Him into your life, then go out and find someone to baptize you under the water into Christ before a crowd of witnesses. This will help enormously as you set out on your walk of faith.

Grace and peace to all those who love his appearing.

Vision of August 24, 1850

Said the angel, Can ye stand in the battle in the day of the Lord? Ye need to be washed, and live in nearness of life to God.

Then I saw those whose hands are engaged in making up the breach and are standing in the gap, that have formerly since 1844 broken the commandments, and have so far followed the pope as to keep the first day instead of the seventh, and who have since the light shone out of the Most Holy Place, changed their course, given up the institution of the pope, and are keeping God’s Sabbath, would have to go down into the water, and be baptized in the faith of the sanctuary, and keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

I saw those who have been baptized as a door into the churches, would have to be baptized again as a door into the faithThose who have not been baptized since 1844 will have to be before Jesus comes. And some I saw would not make progress till the duty was performed.

The angel said, some tried too hard to believe. Faith is so simple they look above it. Satan has deceived some, and got them to looking at their own unworthiness. I saw they must look away from self to the worthiness of Jesus, and throw themselves just as they are, needy, dependent upon His mercy, and draw by faith strength and nourishment from Him.

Said the angel, The desolations of Zion are accomplished—the scattering time is past. Should the living go to the dead for knowledge? The dead know not anything. They have departed from the living God to converse with the dead. I saw that our minds must be stayed upon God, and we must not fear the fear of the wicked. Evil angels are around us trying to invent a new way to destroy us. The Lord would lift up a standard against him (the devil). We must take the shield of faith.

Washington, N. H.,

September, 1852.

You are getting the coming of the Lord too far off. I saw the latter rain was coming as [suddenly as] the midnight cry, and with ten times the power.


The latter rain is coming on those that are pure—all then will receive it as formerly.

When the four angels let go, Christ will set up His kingdom. None receive the latter rain but those who are doing all they can. Christ would help us. All could be overcomers by the grace of God, through the blood of Jesus. All heaven is interested in the work. Angels are interested.

Think ye that He will bring His hand unto Himself until He has accomplished the object for which He stretched it out? Yea, more bitter hatred against those that keep the law than against the Catholics. Truth, the truth, let it shine. Hold them by the side of truth. What are they rich in? They seek falsehood, deception and cunning. Behold where is their strength? Is it in the truth? A mere knowledge of the truth will never save.

How long then, angel of God, before the message will go with a loud voice? Other things to be accomplished. They must make themselves more vile. If Jesus should make His appearance in their midst, they would despise Him. They advocate their errors for awhile, until the people get disgusted with it, then they add another. Nights upon their beds, horror gets hold upon them. Can ye not see it? Live unto God. He has got them safe in the snare. The honest are getting disgusted. Satan works at the very ones that do Him the most harm. God can make them a host against their enemies. Ye give up too quick. Ye let go too soon. That arm, the arm of God is mighty. Satan works in different ways to steal the mind off from God.

Victory! victory, we must have it over every wrong. A solemn sinking into God. Get ready! Set thine house in order.

March 18, 1852


Sit Walk and Stand in Christ's Victory today! Victory IS OURS NOW! 

 Satan's primary object is not to get us to sin . . .  But simply to take us off the ground of perfect Rest (Sabbath - faith) in Christ !

"Stand therefore, having your loins gird about with Truth (the Verity of God's Word) . . . !" 
Ephesians 6:14

Simply to make it easy for us to do so (to sin) by getting us off the ground of perfect triumph onto which the Lord (our Sovereign King) has brought us !

Through the avenue of the head or the heart, through our intellect or our feelings, 
he assaults our Rest in Christ, or our walk in the Spirit.   But for every point of his attack, defensive armor has been provided . . . . the helmet and the breastplate, the girdle and the shoes, while over all is the shield of faith to turn aside the fiery darts (of Satan's lies and temptations, those words which sting and cut us).

    Faith says: Christ is exalted !   Faith says: We are saved (delivered, rescued, set free, healed and made whole) by His grace(G5485) ! 

Faith says: We have access through Him.   Faith says: He indwells us by His Spirit !   (see Ephesians 1:20, 2:8, 3:12 & 17). 
Because victory is His . . . . therefore it is ours ! If only we will not try to gain the victory, but simply to maintain (accept as our own) it,  then we shall see the enemy utterly routed !

     We must not ask the Lord to enable us to overcome the enemy, nor even to look to Him to overcome, but Praise Him because He has already done so; He is Victor !    It is all a matter of faith in Him. If we believe the Lord, we shall not pray (plead) so much, but rather praise Him more.

     The simpler and clearer our faith in Him, the less we shall pray (plead), and the more we shall Praise (speak in praise our thanks to Him) ! Let me say again: In Christ we are ALREADY conquerors . . . !

It us obvious then that, since this is so, for us to merely pray for victory -uncles that prayer is shot through with Praise - must be to court defeat, by throwing away our fundamental (foundation in Christ) position ?

     Let me ask you: Has defeat been your experience? Have you found yourself hoping that one day you will be strong enough to win? Then my prayer for you can go no further than that of the apostle Paul to his Ephesian readers . . . .  It is that God may open your eyes anew to see yourself seated with Him Who has Himself been made to sit "far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named . . . !" Ephesians 1:20-21

     The difficulties around you may not alter; the lion may roar as loudly as ever; but you need no longer hope to overcome. For in Christ Jesus you are Victor in the field . . . !"

share the Victory of Christ
which is Today, given freely to all who will simply believe and appropriate it as their very own
!
"His peace was the consciousness of having done the will of His Father, rather than a condition of things that existed as the result of having done His duty." The Upward Look, 220. 

The Great Controversy (1888), p. 609

"Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the development of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of God's people at that time. Every new truth has made its way against hatred and opposition; those who were blessed with its light were tempted and tried. The Lord gives a special truth for the people in an emergency. Who dare refuse to publish it? He commands His servants to present the last invitation of mercy to the world. They cannot remain silent, except at the peril of their soulsChrist's ambassadors have nothing to do with consequences. They must perform their duty and leave results with God."


Christ not a created being as were the angels or man - he was begotten, came out of, was brought forth out of the Father way back in antiquity, meaning that He had a point of beginning prior to the world being created. Christ's Father is older in age than His Son. "The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first." (James White, January 4, 1881, Review & Herald; found in EGW Review and Herald Articles, vol. 1, page 244)  "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God.” They are two distinct beings, yet one in the design and accomplishment of redemption."  (James White, 1868, Life Incidents, page 343)

What IS the WORK OF GOD that WE are to DO? TO BELIEVE!!!

John 6:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, This IS the work of God, that you BELIEVE IN Him whom He has sent."

"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power (Character=thoughts and feelings=even the "inclination" to sin) to take away sin." {Our Father Cares, p. 36.3}


The following question and answer was printed in the Review and Herald, April 17, 1883.

"Will you please favor me with those scriptures which plainly say that Christ is a created being ? J. c.
ANS. You are mistaken in supposing that S. D. Adventists teach that Christ was ever created.
They believe, on the contrary, that he was "begotten" of the Father, and that he can properly
be called God and worshiped as such. They believe, also, that the worlds, and everything which is, was created by Christ in conjunction with the Father. They believe, however, that somewhere in the eternal ages of the past there was a point at which Christ came into existence.


They think that it is necessary that God should have antedated (precede in time; come before (something) in date.) Christ in his being, in order that Christ could have been begotten of him, and sustain to him the relation of son. They hold to the distinct personality of the Father and Son, rejecting as absurd that feature of Trinitarianism which insists that God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit are three persons, and yet but one person. S. D Adventists hold that God and Christ are one in the sense that Christ prayed that his disciples might be one ; i. e., one in spirit, purpose, and labor. See "Fundamental Principles of S. D. Adventists," published at this Office. Price, 4 cts." Scripture Questions, Elder W H Littlejohn, RH, V. 60, No. 16, p. 250, (adventistarchives.org) online archives.

"Every member of the human family, except Adam, has had parents, and every one has had beginning of days, and indeed, with two exceptions, every one has had end of life. Even the angels of God have all had beginning of days, so that they would be as much excluded by this language as the members of the human family. And as for the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for His Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days. So that if we use Paul's language in an absolute sense, it would be impossible to find but one being in the universe, and that is God the Father, who is without father, or mother, or descent, or beginning of days, or end of life." RH, Sep. 7, 1869, v. 34, p. 84, J N Andrews

He was born of the Holy Ghost. In other words, Jesus Christ was born again. He came from heaven, God's first-born, to the earth, and was born again. But all in Christ's work goes by opposites for us: he, the sinless one, was made to be sin, in order that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. He, the living one, the prince and author of life, died that we might live. He whose goings forth have been from the days of eternity, the first-born of God, was born again, in order that we might be born again. 

If Jesus Christ had never been born again, could you and I have ever been born again?—No. But he was born again, from the world of righteousness into the world of sin; that we might be born again, from the world of sin into the world of righteousness. He was born again, and was made partaker of the human nature, that we might be born again, and so made partakers of the divine nature. He was born again, unto earth, unto sin, and unto man, that we might be born again unto heaven, unto righteousness, and unto God. …. Then he was born again, by the Holy Ghost; for it is written, and was spoken to Mary, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." {August 1, 1899 AT Jones, ARSH 487.5}


John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." !!! John 16:27 "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have "believed" that I came out from God." and see John 17:8: "For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.

By their fruits ye shall know them. 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. I believe 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". It's very sobering to think that only 144,000 make it to Heaven from 1844 and onward till Christ comes, if I understand this right - this would include the pioneers of historical Adventism.

1 John 2:24
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

I loved your article about 3-D.  Very eye opening and well written. I would like to know more about what you believe. I really liked where you addressed the brethren as Saints...because we are speaking to believers, and hope those who are not yet, will become Saints (made perfect by claiming Christ's blood and risen life and its attributes = character / thoughts and feelings) by partaking of the great and precious promises given to us in Holy Scripture.

I would like to get a copy of the Little Light video you mentioned in your article. I like Eric Wilson's emails also. They are so very encouraging as well. Do you have a link on YouTube you can email me?

Raised a SDA from the cradle, I have been studying intensely for the last 3.5 years or so the truth about God and His Son and early pioneer historical SDA doctrines. I create web pages as I study, and put quotes and things I find of interest on a page so I can refer to it and find it again if I need it. It is really my own personal study site, but still available online for others to find when searching a phrase that matches something on a page, relevant seo - search engine optimization as a means to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Here is my site: EndTimeWarning.com. I also have another domain as well pointing to these google site pages TrustinGod.org

I am not by myself as able to write as you, (5th grade education) but God has helped me over the years to improve my abilities - with God's Divine Presence and Power (Holy Spirit)- and spell check and Microsoft Word! God has blessed me tremendously - with 4 beautiful daughters and a husband for which I am so thankful. There is so much in our lives that is pagan and we do not even realize. I pray for discernment and strength to overcome and endure to be able to have my eyes opened and to get Egypt (pagan traditions of men) out of our families lives.

"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 Godwill be poured out upon His children."--GC 464 (1911). 

“Are we hoping to see the whole (SDA) church revived? THAT TIME WILL NEVER COME.” Selected Messages Vol. 1 p. 122 

TRUE Seventh Day Adventists come out of the 501c3 non-profit Synagogue of Satan who is rich and increased with goods and was in need of nothing...those who lie and SAY they are Adventist's but are not, in name only...Part of the remnant (144,000 https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/144000) COME OUT of the satanic new movements SDA 50c3 false teachings that has been smuggled in and has changed the GREAT LIGHT that was given in the beginning of it's inception into a lie. The once pure church that once taught the faith (obedience to truth) delivered to the Saints: https://sites.google.com/site/theendtimewarning/the-laodicean-synagogue-of-satan-versus-philadelphia

“The Savior's life on earth was a life of communion with nature and with GodIn this communion He revealed for us the secret 
of a life of power. {Ministry of Healing, 51.1} 

"As a man He supplicated the throne of God, till His humanity was charged with a Heavenly current that should connect humanity with divinity. Through continual communion He received life from God that he might impart life to the world. His experience is to be ours."  DA 363

"It is those who, with love for God and their fellow men, are striving to help others, that become established, strengthened, settled, in the truth." The true Christian ChS 106.Testimonies for the Church Volume 5, p. 393.2

"The strongest man is he, who, while sensitive to abusewill yet restrain passion and forgive his enemies." MYP 412.1

Escape the Babylonians: John 15:14:
You are my friends if you do what I command.

"Many who went forth to meet the Bridegroom under the messages of the first and second angels, refused the third, the last testing message (come out of churches that teach false doctrines) to be given to the world, and a similar position will be taken when the last call is made (come out of ALL 501c3 churches = pagan traditions and false teachings of men having a FORM of worship but denying the POWER (Christ) thereof)." {RH, October 31, 1899 par. 12}

"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).

"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

"In every difficulty we are to see a call to prayer. There is no one living who hasany power that he has not received from God, and the source whence it comes is open to theweakest human being. Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, said Jesus, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it." {DA 667.4}

The Saints or 144,000 will return to a primitive Godliness. I want a pure as atmosphere as possible like Enoch, for myself and my children. So we can be as untainted by the world as possible. All things are possible with God through Christ.

Please watch this video - It shows who the comforter is without a doubt:
Who is YOUR High Priest? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW0ovB3RHpY

Acts 3:19-20

King James Version (KJV)

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (The presence of the Lord is his character Gal 5:22-23 (his thoughts and feelings) What thoughts and feelings does your character consist of? 

"The thoughts and feelings combined make up the moral character." Messages to Young People, p. 92.1

20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you

In his second letter the apostle Peter sets forth the divine plan for developing Christian character. He writes: God “has granted to us His precious and very great promises, that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature.”

“Make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”

The apostle presents before the believers the ladder of Christian progress. Every step represents advancement in the knowledge of God. We are saved by climbing round after round to the height of Christ’s ideal for us. God desires to see men and women reaching the highest standard; and when by faith they lay hold of Christ, when they claim His promises as their own, when they seek for the Holy Spirit, they will be made complete in Him.

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

"The presence of God is guaranteed to the Christian. This Rock of faith IS the living presence of God." HM June 1, 1897, Art. B, par. 8Our Father Cares, p. 21.6

"Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues (
 love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, m
eekness, temperance)
, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit ("The Lord (Jesus) is that Spirit." 2 Cor 3:17) in the latter rain (perfecting testing messages). It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." (TM 507) Now isn't that a scary thought that we shall not discern or receive it??? UNLESS we are repenting of our sins and changing our everyday "little" choices into right ones.

Who is the comforter? Who is it that our Lord God sends to help us? Read this plain testimony of who it is that really helps us when "the times of refreshing or "latter rain" shall come from the presence of God the Father!!! 

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus." Acts 3:19, 20. 20 The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost." (GC 611-612) Very plain isn't it? God shall send Jesus to help us! "The outpouring of the Spirit in the days of the apostles was the beginning of the early, or former, rain, and glorious was the result. 

"To the end of time 
the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church."--AA 54, 55 (1911).

"They (the Remnant who come OUT of ALL 501c3 non-profit, tax exempt organizations and teach the 3 angels messages and the 7th day Sabbath by example, 144,000, Saints) teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight."

“We adore God for His wonderous love in giving us Jesus the Comforter” SD 124

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

“There is no Comforter like Christ” RH OCT 26, 1897

 

“He (Christ) is the comforter RH JAN 27, 1903

 

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 19 MR 293

  

Answer; The Holy Spirit is certainly a living person. It is the person of Christ, His very life with His church. Jesus lives inside consecrated commandment keeping bodies. It is Jesus INVISIBLE, walking UNSEEN beside us and INSIDE us, helping us to be SIN-FREE!

 

While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth. He is withdrawn from the eye of sense, but His parting promise is fulfilled, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20. While He delegates His power to inferior ministers, His energizing presence is still with His church.  {DA 166.2}

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

I am with you always even unto the end of the world.

Where two or three are gathered in my name there am I in the midst of them.


“The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.” DA 80

 

“Christ gives them the breath of His own Spirit, the life of His own life.” MH 159


John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.


    If we accept the Trinity/SDA tritheistic Doctrine - and if we claim that Ellen White supported and taught this doctrine - then we must THROW OUT the MANY statements made by her that: "the Saviour is our COMFORTER" (MR. vol. 8, p. 49) - PLEASE NOTE: that the term "COMFORTER" is uniquely reserved as a name for the HOLY SPIRIT (Christ HIMSELF referred to the Holy Spirit in this manner in John 14:16). Yet we have so many other SOP references stating clearly that the JESUS IS THE COMFORTER -- please note the following. "JESUS THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 19, p. 298), ".this refers to the OMNIPRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST CALLED THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 14, p. 179), "CHRIST WAS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH" (Southern Watchman, October 25, 1898; par. 2), "HE IS THE COMFORTER" (RH Jan. 27, 1903; par. 13) - [if that statement isn't plain enough, consider the following:]"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" (MR vol. 14; p. 23, par. 3) - [can Ellen be any more precise than that - I mean, really, how can we ignore such a plain and unequivocal statement as that? But of course there are MORE! Which, we must throw out if we are to maintain our belief in the Trinity/Triestic doctrine. Are YOU willing to ignore such plain statements? -- Just because our "Leaders" INSIST on maintaining the Trinitarian position and doctrine?],"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, HE is still by HIS SPIRIT the minister of the church on earth" (DA p. 166, par. 2), "Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all His disciples, and give them the inspiration of HIS SANCTIFYING SPIRIT and transfuse the vital influence from HIMSELF to His people.they must act with HIS SPIRIT, that it may be no more they that live, but CHRIST that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving HIS HOLY SPIRIT He is giving to them the glory which the Father hath given Him, that He and His people may be one in God" (MR vol. 2, pp. 36,37), "Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of His own life" (DA p. 827, par. 3) --- and MANY MORE. What are we to do with these statements? Can we REALLY conclude that Ellen is teaching the "Trinity" in these statements? Can we really construe them to mean something other than they plainly say - in order to support our acceptance of the Trinity/Triestic doctrine that is the central doctrine upon which ALL the doctrines of the Catholic church are based? Seriously, what should we do with these statements? Should we force them to mean something other than they clearly mean - or should we adjust our understanding (through prayerful study and humility) to conform to a understanding that is in harmony with both them and the Bible - "Now THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Cor. 3:17)? We often quote the promise of the "SPIRIT" in Jn. 14:16,17 and we often use these texts to "Prove" that the Holy Spirit is a "Third", "Independent", "Co-Eternal", "Co-Existent" member of the Godhead (the TRINITARIAN/SDA Tritheism view) -- but we don't often go on to include verse 18 where Jesus HIMSELF says that:"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."Christ clearly states here that HE is the one who will "Come" to us and that HE is the One who will Not leave us "comfortless". This statement is in complete harmony with all of the above SOP statements referencing CHRIST as being the "COMFORTER" and the "Holy Spirit". To IGNORE the BIBLE and the SOP regarding such an important topic as this is nothing short of Inconceivable and certainly does not speak well of those of us who claim to "Love the TRUTH"!

Revelation 12:17. “And 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.”

"The woman is a symbol of the church (His People who obey & follow Jesus wheresoever He goeth), and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chapter 19:10, “is the spirit of prophecy.” Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the Ten Commandments, 
and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to heaven without seeing death, “ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,” then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. Spiritual Gifts, Volume 3, p. 26.2

John 20:22  And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:


Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

“The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 8MR p. 49 July 16, 1892


“As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter.” 19MR No. 1405 Preston, Melbourne, July 26, 1892 p. 297;Sons and Daughters of God p.124


“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” Review and Herald Oct 26, 1897


“He is coming to us by His Holy Spirit today. Let us recognize Him now; then we shall recognize Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Review and Herald, April 30, 1901


"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth." Desire of Ages p. 166


He gives them His Holy Spirit, the manifestation of His presence and favor.” Testimonies Vol 9, p. 230 1909


"Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them." Desire of Ages p. 805


“Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people… Christ is to live in his human agents.” Signs of the Times Oct 3, 1892


“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ." Review & Herald April 5, 1906


" 'The words that I speak are spirit and life' John 6:63. Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character.” 1 Selected Messages p. 249


Romans 8:9 speaks of the Father and Son as sharing the same Spirit referred to as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.


“It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” Desire of Ages, page 388


They are two in individuality, yet one in spirit”. Youth’s Instructor Dec 16, 1897


"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.


There is ONE God, period. The Father AND GOD of Christ.
There is ONE Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, period.


Simple. Easy to understand. It is their (God & His Son's) Divine characters combined that come to us through Christ (Power of God 1 Corinthians 1:24) to make us one with them. To make us like God in character (thoughts and feelings toward others and ourselves). 


'If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, andWE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him'”


A fountain of divine influences:

Galatians 5:22-23 "B
ut the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

TWO BEINGS, NOT THREE:


John 15:24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 

"He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath BOTH the Father and the Son." 2 John 1:9


"Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both." Zechariah 6:13

"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.  

Jesus is the ONLY "gate" "way" or "doorway" to Salvation. John 17:3 and Jer 9:24 plainly states that we are to KNOW and UNDERSTAND God and His Son whom He sent to show us the only way to eternal life; and that way is the TRUE Jesus Christ. Christ sends/imparts to us the very presence of His own God and Father through His Spirit by claiming the Faith of Jesus as our very own. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power (Christ's presence and character=thoughts and feelings) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12. {OFC 16.7} 


Isaiah 22:24

All the glory of his family (God's people given to Christ as an inheritance) will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots--all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

Isaiah 11:10
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him (144,000=12,000 from each tribe), and his resting place will be glorious.



1 John 2:23
No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.


"The obligations resting upon us are not small. Our sense of dependence will drive us closer to God, and our sense of duty to be performed will summon us to effort, combined with our earnest prayers—works, faith, and continual prayer. Power! Power! Our great cry is for power without measure! It awaits us. We have only to draw; to take God at His word; to act faith; to stand firmly upon the promises; to wrestle for the endowment of the grace of God. Learning is not essential; genius is not necessary; eloquence may be lacking; but the prayer of the lowly and contrite heart God hears, and when He hears no obstacles on earth can hinder. The power of God will make us effectual."—Letter 35, June 27, 1878 


“What saith our Saviour? ‘I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.’ ‘He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him andwill manifest myself to him’ When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of Christ, remember that He is an unseen presence in the person (personality says EGW) of the Holy Spirit (third agency = God the Father's Spirit (God is a Spirit John 4:24) sent through Christ the medium for God and us), andHe (Christ) will be the peace and comfort given you, manifesting to you that He is with you, the Sun of Righteousness, chasing away your darkness. 'If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him'” Letter 124, 1897 (Daughters of God p.185), John 14:16, 18, 23 Review and Herald Sept 23, 1902


“In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world.” Testimonies vol. 7, p. 273


"That He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith." Ephesians 4:14-17


"God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts." Galatians 4:6


"For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19


“The reasons why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter” Review and Herald, August 26, 1890


“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of Christ. He is the Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903


"It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe. It is the 'Son of man' whose name shall be called, 'Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.' Isa. 9:6. The I AM is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. [...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 21 paragraph 2, page 22 paragraphs 1-4, page 24 paragraph 3, and page 25 paragraph 3.)

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The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.


Pentecost: The visible Jesus ascended to Heaven and then returned by His own Divine invisible omnipresent (able to be everywhere all the time) Spirit. Jesus did not send someone else to us, but came Himself to comfort and be with us during our trials and time of need.

"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."--GC 464 (1911).

When the truth in its simplicity (the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded) is lived (to maintain in Jesus strength - to exhibit vigor, gusto, or enthusiasm in <lived Christ's life to the fullest> to experience firsthand; to be thoroughly absorbed by or involved with <s/he lives Jesus work>) in every place, then God will work through His angels as He worked on the day of Pentecost, and hearts will be changed so decidedly that there will be a manifestation (visible expression; a public demonstration of power and purpose) of the influence of genuine truth, as is represented in the descent of the Holy Spirit.” Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 63.

The tares are gathered into the midst of apostate Jerusalem, Ezekiel 22:17-31. This is precisely what happened in the type in 70 A.D. Ellen White said that was a prefigure which is a type! Zion is the remnant that go forth OUT OF APOSTATE JERUSALEM [modern backslidden Adventism], Isaiah 37:31, 32. This remnant is also the Third Angel who selects, seals and binds the wheat for the heavenly garner:

"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." E.G. White, Early Writings, 118.

"The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message WAS NOT to be committed to the religious leaders of the people." E.. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, 199, 200.

"The third angel's message will not be comprehended, the light which will lighten the earth with its glory will be called a false light, by those who refuse to walk in its advancing glory." E.G. White, Review and Herald, 5-27-1890, p. 321.

So Great Salvation!

"To those that ask Him, Jesus imparts the Holy Spirit"! Selected Messages Book Book 1, Page 395
ASK HIM TO IMPART THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!! WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR? It is asking for God's Divine PRESENCE AND POWER to be imparted through Christ to US!!! Christ in us the HOPE of Glory (character=thoughts and feelings! like God Himself)

"The Lord would have His people sound in the faith—not ignorant of the great salvation so abundantly provided for them. They are NOT to look forward,thinking that at some future time a great work is to be done for them; for the work is NOW complete. The believer is NOT called upon to make his peace with God; he never has nor ever can do thisHe is to accept Christ as his peace, for with Christ is God and peace. Christ made an end of sin, bearing its heavy curse in His own body on the tree, and He hath taken away the curse from all those who believe in Him as a personal Saviour. He makes an end of the controlling power of sin in the heart, and the life and character of the believer testify to the genuine character of the grace of Christ. To those that ask HimJesus imparts the Holy Spirit (God's Divine Presence and Power sent to us through Christ); for it is necessary that every believer should be delivered from pollution, as well as from the curse and condemnation of the law. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the sanctification of the truth, the believer becomes fitted for the courts of heaven; for Christ works within us, and His righteousness is upon us.Without this no soul will be entitled to heaven. We would not enjoy heaven unless qualified for its holy atmosphere by the influence of the Spirit and the righteousness of Christ." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 394.3

"The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God.The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side."--GC 612 (1911).

FAITH IS OBEDIENCE - trust in God. We OBEY His Word Christ in the Bible words that were sent to us by God through His Son - and through Holy men and women inspired by God through Christ His only begotten Son. Begotten twice. First by the Spirit then by the flesh. We are born first of the flesh, then by the Spirit, if we are born again.

Carry on all your work on strictly religious principles. Let your earnest inquiry be: What can I do to please the Master?” Visit places where the believers need encouragement and help. At every step ask: Is this the way of the Lord? Am I, in spirit, in word, in action, in harmony with His will?” If you labor for God with an eye single to His glory, your work will bear the divine mold, and you will be carrying out the Lord’s purposes.

In your study of the word of God, penetrate deeper and still deeper beneath the surface. Lay hold by faith (obedience=trust in God) on divine power and sound the depths of inspiration. Bring into your ministry the power of God, remembering that the Lord is behind you. Let His love shine through all you do and say. Let the truth, the precious, simple truth of the word of God, shine out in full brightness. Humble self before God. Christ will be your efficiency. He has appointed you as rulers over His household, to give meat in due season. Christ’s laborers are very near His heart of love. He desires to perfect His household through the perfection of His ministers.

"Oh, that our people could realize what advantages would be theirs if they would look constantly to Jesus.... He is our Alpha and our Omega. Pressing close to Him, and holding communion with Him, we become like Him. Through the transforming power of the Spirit of Christ, we are changed in heart and life."—(Australasian) Union Conference Record, February 1, 1904.-- 

The reason I started to write you was about what you wrote in your email:

Look at the chain of events:

1) Jesuit Pope Elected 3-13-2013
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 on11-6-2013. 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.

GOD has revealed the exact same thing to me recently. Amazing. I believe this Sept 2015 talk given by the Pope will be about the Sunday law. Maybe because the so called "natural" H.A.R.P. calamities will have increased so much by then? 

INTERESTING STUDY: Rev 13:5 says Pope Francis, first black (black because he is a Jesuit - look this up on Wikipedia) Jesuit Roman King "the man" (Rev 14:16, 2 Thessalonians 2:3,) reigns for 42 months, which equals 3.5 years or 1260 days. I think Jesuit Pope Francis started his reign on March 13, 2013 and will be given authority until Sept 13, 2016. This would be a literal application of the 42 months. Now, if that IS true, 1 year is gone already, and that leaves 2.5 years left. Jesuit Pope Francis is soon to speak unprecedentedly  to our legislators, tentatively Sept 2015 or sooner"the final movements will be rapid ones." Last Day Events, p. 11.2

About Pope Francis:  "Those who see you will stare at you. They will wonder about you: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who made kingdoms quake," Isaiah 14:16

Satan http://biblelight.net/satan.htm

Rev 17:11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Ezekiel 28:9

King James Version (KJV)

Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Isaiah 14:16

King James Version (KJV)

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Isaiah 14:14 "
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."


Isaiah 14:13 "You said in your heart, "I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon."


The home churches and small groups are the JETS of LIGHT that Ellen White say in the end time, like in raised fields filled with gems of truth. The story of Esther, the preparing to hear the Ten Commandments on Mt Sinai, David and Jonathon in the raised field all relate to Hosea 6:2 another end time prophecy as well, is what I believe. This little verse, Hosea 6:2 is simply amazing. I keep seeing things that parallel to it and Jesus second coming when the earth will be 6,000 years old. That is another reason I believe the end is near...if you just take the weekly Sabbath, that is another reason to study the end is near...it really helps me to study this, because I find so many gems of truth that fit into the whole puzzle, which stands on the foundation of the truth about God and His Son. IF I did not understand this, the other would not be plain for me to see. ALL of the things I am learning point to the 2016/2017 time frame for probation closing for the world and soon thereafter Christ's second return.

"The free company, who appeared to be in an open field raised above the earth." Early Writings, p. 243.1Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 146.2

Remember the vision where Ellen White was looking for the Advent people in the world? "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." http://richkelsey.org/ellen_white_first_vision.htm

Acts 20:8 "There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting." upstairs room compare to "an open field raised above the earth". 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."

"the truth as treasure hid in a field." Testimony Treasures Volume 2, p. 309.1

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” PUR May 18, 1911, par. 17

"toilers in a field which calls for self-denying labor;" HM July 1, 1891, par. 5

I think this is where we are in the history of this world, in a raised field, being fed truth while in the wilderness which represents seclusion and obscurity so we really are an obscure people to the Catholics....which Ellen White predicted...I think this wilderness or little time of trouble started March 13, 2013...and lasts until Sept 13, 2016, which then gets worse, and turns into Jacobs time of trouble, when the Pope is destroyed by a nuclear bomb??? just guessing there... but the ten kings and the pope are given power to rule the world for 1 hour or 15 days... still studying about this...

"The church of Christ found refuge in seclusion and obscurity." The Great Controversy, p. 54.2


 "obscure people" —Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 1. 

When you have things going on like THIS in the SDA church, YOU KNOW the time is NEAR, even at the DOOR: "And the whole world wondered after the beast". Time is short!!!!
      

Pope Francis' official oath as a Jesuit:
"I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants' heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.

(See entire oath herehttp://www.remnantofgod.org/francis.htm


Dan 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Rev 13:5 "And there was given unto him (Pope Francis) a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months."

Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.


I don't know the exact "day and hour" WHEN Christ will come, but I do believe that it is SOON, even at the door. Jesus said that we couldn't know the day or the hour, but we could know when the time was "near." Matthew 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. There is no excuse for God's people; final events need not surprise us like a thief in the night.  However, most will be shocked and unprepared for the devastation and unfolding of prophetic events long foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures

"Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this Day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober,"  1 Thessalonians 5:1-5.

"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerningHe reveals deep and hidden things," Daniel 2:20-22

"Since 1798 the book of Daniel has been unsealed, knowledge of the prophecies has increased, and many have proclaimed the solemn message of the judgment near." - The Great Controversy, p. 356.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

1 Thessalonians 5:4
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.


Revelation 16:15
"Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."

"Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll."

"To souls that are earnestly seeking for light and that accept with gladness every ray of divine illumination from His holy Word, to such alone light will be given. It is through these souls that God will reveal that light and power which will lighten the whole earth with His glory."--5T 729 
(1889).



As the light is diffused, given to others, greater light will come. The reason why the churches sit in darkness and have no light, is that they have not given light, they have not been as a city set upon a hill, that cannot be hid.” RH, February 10, 1891 par. 13

“ Every act of consecration to God brings joy; for as we appreciate the light He has given us, more and greater light will comeML 174.4

Yet every mind through whom the Holy Spirit has worked has presented these themes in a light that is fresh and new. The truths of redemption are capable of constant development and expansionThough old, they are ever newconstantly revealing to the seeker for truth a greater glory and a mightier powerIn every age there is a new development of trutha message of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it. It is only as the old truths are understood that we can comprehend the newWhen Christ desired to open to His disciples the truth of His resurrection, He began "at Moses and all the prophets" and "expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27. But it is the light which shines in the fresh unfolding of truth that glorifies the oldHe who rejects or neglects the new does not really possess the oldFor him it loses its vital power and becomes but a lifeless form. COL 127-128 


Follow every ray of light that you seeand that which is shadowy will be made clear to your understanding as you walk in the light.ST, January 24, 1895 par. 5

There are MANY other things that are happening right now that point to this as well. Like Pope Francis being invited to speak in front of our legislators - probably will be about the Sunday law Sept 2015- remember it is THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA that are going to demand our legislators make and enforce a Sunday law because of all the calamities occurring- probably around Sept of 2015 is when Pope Francis will speak to America in Congress, if not before. It is like a dump truck load of various reasons why it points to this time frame... not JUST the Pope Francis Rev 17:5 42 months - that I believe where type meets anti-type. What has been will be fulfilled again...only literal time this time.

2017 is a Jubilee year and I believe this will be the year Jesus returns...but will be cut short in righteousness/truth. I think this is referring to when the 144,000 stand before God without a mediator, perfected in character, after Jesus has said it is finished and the plagues are falling as Jesus puts the sins on Satan's heads and puts on His robes to come get us.

Another Jubilee year does not roll around for another 50 years. There will be 120 Jubilees since earth’s creation this 2017. Many more things factor into this. 

Question: "Is Jesus God? Did Jesus ever claim to be God?"

Answer:
The Bible never records Jesus saying the precise words, “I am God.” That does not mean, however, that He did not proclaim that He is God. Take for example Jesus’ words in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” We need only to look at the Jews’ reaction to His statement to know He was claiming to be God. They tried to stone Him for this very reason: “You, a mere man, claim to be God” (John 10:33). The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was claiming—deity. When Jesus declared, “I and the Father are one,” He was saying that He and the Father are of one nature and essence. John 8:58 is another example. Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth … before Abraham was born, I am!” Jews who heard this statement responded by taking up stones to kill Him for blasphemy, as the Mosaic Law commanded (Leviticus 24:16).

John reiterates the concept of Jesus’ deity: “The Word [Jesus] was God” and “the Word became flesh” (John 1:1,14). These verses clearly indicate that Jesus is God in the flesh.Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Who bought the church with His own blood? Jesus Christ. And this same verse declares that God purchased His church with His own blood. Therefore, Jesus is God!

Thomas the disciple declared concerning Jesus, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Jesus does not correct him.Titus 2:13 encourages us to wait for the coming of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ (see also 2 Peter 1:1). In Hebrews 1:8, the Father declares of Jesus, “But about the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” The Father refers to Jesus as “O God,” indicating that Jesus is indeed God.

In Revelation, an angel instructed the apostle John to only worship God (Revelation 19:10). Several times in Scripture Jesus receives worship (Matthew 2:11;14:33;28:9,17;Luke 24:52;John 9:38). He never rebukes people for worshiping Him. If Jesus were not God, He would have told people to not worship Him, just as the angel in Revelation did. There are many other passages of Scripture that argue for Jesus’ deity.

The most important reason that Jesus has to be God is that, if He is not God, His death would not have been sufficient to pay the penalty for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2). A created being, which Jesus would be if He were not God, could not pay the infinite penalty required for sin against an infinite God. Only God could pay such an infinite penalty. Only God could take on the sins of the world (2 Corinthians 5:21), die, and be resurrected, proving His victory over sin and death.

JAMES WHITE 

"Paul affirms of the Son of God that he was in the form of God, and that he was equal with God. 'Who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God.' Phil. 2:6. The reason why it is not robbery for the Son to be equal with the Father is the fact that he is equal... The inexplicable Trinity that makes the godhead three in one and one in three, is bad enough; but that ultra Unitarianism that makes Christ inferior to the Father is worse. Did God say to an inferior, 'Let us make man in our image?'" Review and Herald, Nov. 29, (1877), p. 172.  

 

JAMES EDSON WHITE 

"The angels, therefore, are created beings, necessarily of a lower order than their Creator. Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." Past, Present and Future, 1909, p. 52.  

 

J.M. STEPHENSON 

"To be the only begotten Son of God must be understood in a different sense than to be a Son by creation; for in that sense all the creatures he has made are sons. Nor can it refer to his miraculous conception, with the virgin Mary, by the Holy Ghost; because he is represented by this endearing title more than four thousand years before his advent in the village of Bethlehem. Moreover, he is represented as being exalted far above the highest orders of men and angels in his primeval nature. He must therefore be understood as being the Son of God in a much higher sense than any other being. His being the only begotten of the Father supposes that none except him were thus begotten; hence he is, in truth and verity the only begotten Son of God; and as such he must be Divine; that is, be a partaker of the Divine nature. 

This term expresses his highest, and most exalted nature... "The idea of Father and Son supposes priority of the existence of the one, and the subsequent existence of the other. To say that the Son is as old as his Father, is a palpable contradiction of terms. It is a natural impossibility for the Father to be as young as the Son, or the Son to be as old as the Father. If it be said that this term is only used in an accommodated sense, it still remains to be accounted for, why the Father should use as the uniform title of the highest, and most endearing relation between himself and our Lord, a term which, in its uniform signification, would contradict the very idea he wished to convey. If the inspired writers had wished to convey the idea of the co-etaneous (Of equal age, duration, or period;) existence, and eternity of the Father and Son, they could not possibly have used more incompatible terms. And of this, Trinitarians, had the honesty to acknowledge, in the conclusion of his work on the Son-ship of Christ, that, 'in the order of nature, the Father must have existed Before the Son.'" Review and Herald, Nov. 14, 1854.  

 

D.M. CANRIGHT 

"'For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son,' &c. According to this, Jesus Christ is begotten of God in a sense that no other being is; else he could not be his only begotten Son. Angels are called sons of God, and so are righteous men; but Christ is his Son in a higher sense, in a closer relation, than either of these. God made men and angels out of materials already created. He is the author of their existence, their Creator, hence their Father. But Jesus Christ was begotten of the Father's own substance. He was not created out of material as the angels and other creatures were. He is truly and emphatically the 'Son of God,'...Heb.1:1-8 quoted.  

"By this we see that a very plain and great distinction is made between the Son and all the angels. They are all commanded to worship him. No created being can ever be worthy of worship, however high he may be, neither would it be right nor just for God to bid one order of his creatures to worship another. Divinity alone is worthy of worship, and to worship anything else would be idolatry. Hence Paul places Christ far above the angels, and makes a striking contrast between them." Review and Herald, June 18, 1867.  

  

R.F. COTTRELL 

"Men have gone to opposite extremes in the discussion of the doctrine of the Trinity. Some have made Christ a mere man, commencing his existence at his birth in Bethlehem; others have not been satisfied with holding him to be what the Scriptures so clearly reveal him, the pre-existing Son of God, but have made him the 'God and Father' of himself." Review and Herald, July 6, 1869.  

"But if I am asked what I think of Jesus Christ, my reply is, 'I believe all that the Scriptures say of him. If the testimony represents him as being in glory with the Father before the world was, I believe it. If it is said that he was in the beginning with God, that he was God, that all things were made by him and for him, and that without him was not anything made that was made, I believe it. If the Scriptures say he is the Son of God, I believe it. If it is declared that the Father sent his Son into the world, I believe he had a Son to send...  

"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.  

 

 

JOHN MATTESON 

"Christ is the only literal son of God. 'The only begotten of the Father.' John 1:14. He is God because he is the Son of God; not by virtue of His resurrection. If Christ is the only begotten of the Father, then we cannot be begotten of the Father in a literal sense. It can only be in a secondary sense of the word." Review and Herald, Oct. 12, 1869, p. 123.  

 

URIAH SMITH 

"The Scriptures nowhere speak of Christ as a created being, but on the contrary plainly state that he was begotten of the Father. (See remarks of Rev. 3:14, where it is shown that Christ is not a created being.) But while as the Son he does not possess a coeternity of past existence with the Father, the beginning of his existence, as the begotten of the Father, antedates the entire work of creation, in relation to which he stands as joint creator with God. John 1:3; Heb 1:2. Could not the Father ordain that to such a being worship should be rendered equally with himself, without its being idolatry on the part of the worshiper? He has raised him to positions which make it proper that he should be worshipped, and has even commanded that worship should be rendered him, which would not have been necessary had he been equal with the Father in eternity of existence.  

Christ himself declares that 'as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.' John 5:26. The Father has 'highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.' Phil. 2:9. And the Father himself says, 'Let all the angels of God worship him.' Heb. 1:6. These testimonies show that Christ is now an object of worship equally with the Father; but they do not prove that with him he holds an eternity of past existence." Thoughts on the Book of Daniel and the Revelation 1882, p. 430.  

 

"God alone is without beginning. At the earliest epoch when a beginning could be,--a period so remote that to finite minds it is essentially eternity,--appeared the Word. 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' John 1:1. This uncreated Word was the Being, who, in the fullness of time, was made flesh, and dwelt among us. His beginning was not like that of any other being in the universe. It is set forth in the mysterious expressions, 'his [God's] only begotten Son' (John 3:16; 1John 4:9), 'the only begotten of the Father' (John 1:14), and 'I proceeded forth and came from God.' John 8:42. Thus it appears that by some divine impulse or process, not creation, known only to Omniscience, and possible only to Omnipotence, the Son of God appeared." Looking Unto Jesus, 1898, p. 10. | back |  

 

 JOSEPH BATES 

"My parents were members of long standing in the Congregational church, with all of their converted children thus far, and anxiously hoped that we would also unite with them. But they embraced some points of faith which I could not understand. I will name two only: their mode of baptism, and doctrine of the Trinity. 

My father, who had been a deacon of long standing with them, labored to convince me that they were right in points of doctrine...I said to my father, 'If you can convince me that we are one in this sense, that you are my father, and I your son; and also that I am your father, and you my son, then I can believe in the Trinity.'...In a few days I was immersed and joined the Christian church." The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, 1868, pp. 204, 205.  

 

 

JAMES WHITE 

"'Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE faith which was once delivered unto the saints...'Jude, 3-4...The exhortation to contend for the faith delivered to the saints, is to us alone. And it is very important for us to know what the apostle meant, that we may know what for and how to contend. In the 4th verse he gives us the reason why we should contend for THE faith, a particular faith; 'for there are certain men,' or a certain class who deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ...The way spiritualizers this way have disposed of or denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is first using the old unscriptural Trinitarian creed, viz., that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, though they have not one passage to support it, while we have plain scripture testimony in abundance that he is the Son of the eternal God." The Day Star, Jan. 24, 1846.  

"Here we might mention the Trinity, which does away with the personality of God, and of His Son Jesus Christ..." Review and Herald, Dec. 11, 1855 p.85.  

 

 

D.W. HULL 

"The inconsistent positions held by many in regard to the Trinity, as it is termed, has, no doubt, been the prime cause of many other errors. Erroneous views of the divinity of Christ are apt to lead us into error in regard to the nature of the atonement." Review and Herald, Nov.10, 1859.   


"He came not to our world to give the obedience of a lesser God to a greater, but as a man to obey God’s Holy Law, and in this way he is our example."
Selected Messages Book 3, p. 140.1

“The very same principles which were given to the children of Israel for their guidanceby Christ, their invisible Leader, are the principles that he gave upon the mount for the benefit not only of those who were there assembled, but for our admonition to the very close of time.” RH November 12, 1895, par. 6

December 27, 1900 Rejoice in the Lord

     "Christ says to his followers, "Ye are the light of the world." Then let your light shine forth in clear, steady rays, Do not wrap about you a cloud of darkness. Cease to suspect others. By good works represent the character of Christ. When you are tempted to yield to despondency, look to Jesus, and talk with him. Your Elder Brother will never make a mistake. He will judge righteously. He will guide you aright.  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 1}  

     God is not pleased to see his children wrapped in gloom and sadness. His arm is mighty to save all who will lay hold on him. He desires us to be cheerful, but not trifling. He says to each one of us, "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." God wants us to be happy. He desires to put a new song on our lips, even praise to our God. He wants us to believe that he forgives our sins, and takes away our unrighteousness. He wants us to make melody in our hearts to him.  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 2}  

     The "hope set before us"--what is it?--The hope of eternal life. Nothing short of this will satisfy the Redeemer; and it is our part to lay hold of this hope by living faith in him. If we are partakers with him in his sufferings, we shall be partakers with him in the glory which will be his; for his merits have purchased forgiveness and immortality for every sinful, perishing soul. "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast." Our trust in this hope, purchased for us by the atonement and intercession of Christ, is to keep us steadfast and unmovable in every hour of conflict. With such a hope as this before us, shall we allow Satan to cast his shadow across our pathway, to eclipse our view of the future?  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 3}  

     Christ values human beings with a value that is beyond any human computation. Then let us encourage faith. Take your eyes off yourself. Faith and hope are not to be centered in self: they are to enter into that within the veil, whither our Forerunner is for us entered. Talk of the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We are exposed to great moral danger; and if we trust in self, looking no higher, we shall make shipwreck of faith. Do not fail nor be discouraged. Hope is an anchor to the soul, both sure and steadfast when it enters into that within the veil. Thus the tempest-tossed soul becomes anchored in Christ. Amid the raging of temptation, he will neither be driven upon the rocks nor drawn into the whirlpool. His ship will outride the storm.  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 4}  

     Close the door of the heart to distrust, and throw it open to the heavenly Guest. Put away all fretting and complaining; for these things are a snare of the devil. Let us make a pledge before God and the heavenly angels that we will not dishonor our Maker by cherishing darkness and unbelief, by speaking words of discouragement and mistrust. Let every word we utter, every line we write, be fraught with encouragement and unwavering faith. If we live faith, we shall talk faith. Think not that Jesus is the Saviour of your brother only. He is your personal Saviour. If you entertain this precious thought, you will beat back the clouds of despondency and gloom, and make melody to God in your soul. It is our privilege to triumph in God. It is our privilege to lead others to see that their only hope is in God, and to flee to him for refuge.  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 5}  

     Every act of consecration to God brings joy; for as we appreciate the light he has given us, more and greater light will come. We must banish the spirit of complaining, and open the heart to the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. There is peace in perfect submission. Peace follows grace. They work in perfect harmony, and are multiplied in progression. When the hand of faith takes hold of the hand of Christ, the expression of the heart is: "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, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away."  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 6}  

     Open the windows of the soul heavenward, and let the rays of the Sun of Righteousness in. Look on the bright side. Let the peace of God reign in your soul. Then you will have strength to bear all suffering, and you will rejoice that you have grace to endure. Praise the Lord; talk of his goodness; tell of his power. Sweeten the atmosphere that surrounds your soul. Do not dishonor God by words of fretfulness and repining. Praise, with heart and soul and voice, him who is the health of your countenance, your Saviour, and your God." Mrs. E. G. White.  {YI, December 27, 1900 par. 7}  

If you have any other Spirit besides Christ's Spirit, you WILL have that OTHER PERSONS characteristics and cherished ideas:

"The law is an expression of God’s idea. When we receive it in Christ, it becomes our idea. It lifts us above the power of natural desires and tendencies, above temptations that lead to sin. “Great peace have they which love thy law; and nothing shall offend them”—cause them to stumble. There is no peace in unrighteousness; the wicked are at war with God. But he who receives the righteousness (truth) of the law in Christ is in harmony with heavenAs received in Christ, it [God’s law] works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages." The Faith I Live By, p. 83.6

"If we would work wisely and intelligently for God, our human passions, our hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong, must be brought under the control of a higher and more commanding generalship than human ability." ST September 12, 1900, par. 16

"The Son of God, heaven's glorious Commander, was touched with pity for the fallen race. His heart was moved with infinite compassion as the woes of the lost world rose up before Him. But divine love had conceived a plan whereby man might be redeemed. The broken law of God demanded the life of the sinner. In all the universe there was but one who could, in behalf of man, satisfy its claims. Since the divine law is as sacred as God Himself, only one equal with God could make atonement for its transgression. None but Christ could redeem fallen man from the curse of the law and bring him again into harmony with Heaven. Christ would take upon Himself the guilt and shame of sin--sin so offensive to a holy God that it must separate the Father and His Son. Christ would reach to the depths of misery to rescue the ruined race." {PP 63.2}


"While we dwell upon the paternal character of God, and His love expressed for man in the gift of His only begotten Son, we must tell people why such a costly sacrifice was necessary. It was because of sin. What is sin? The transgression of the law. Only the Son of God could pay the penalty, and that by His own humiliation and death." {1888 781.2}


"Adam, in his innocence, had enjoyed open communion with his Maker; but sin brought separation between God and man, and the atonement of Christ alone could span the abyss and make possible the communication of blessing or salvation from heaven to earth. Man was still cut off from direct approach to his Creator, but God would communicate with him through Christ and angels." {PP 67.2}


"Over the rent sepulcher of Joseph, Christ had proclaimed in triumph, "I am the resurrection, and the life." These words could be spoken only by the Deity. All created beings live by the will and power of God. They are dependent recipients of the life of God. From the highest seraph to the humblest animate being, all are replenished from the Source of life. Only He who is one with God could say, I have power to lay down My life, and I have power to take it again. In His divinity, Christ possessed the power to break the bonds of death."  {DA 785.3}


“Think of how much it cost Christ to leave the heavenly courts, and take his position at the head of humanity. Why did he do this? -- Because he was the only one who could redeem the fallen race. {Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, 9th March 1905, ‘God’s purpose for us’}


“It will be seen that He who is infinite in wisdom could devise no plan for our salvation except the sacrifice of His Son.” {GC 652.2}



The above makes it clear that God’s Son was the only being capable of becoming a human. Not even the Father could do this as He is the source of all things.

Read Christ’s prayer in John 14:1-31; John 15:1-27; John 16:1-33: Not one of these passages states that these three make up one God. God is always shown as a singular being in these passages and that He has a Son while working in us through their Spirit.

"Christ has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church.” {E. G. White, RH May 19, 1904, par. 3}

"Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself (NOT someone else!) in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own." Last Day Events, p. 39.2

Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church. DA 671

“When He, the Spirit of truth, is come,” said Jesus, “He will guide you into all truth.”

The Comforter is called “the Spirit of truth.” (John 14:6 "I AM THE TRUTH!!!") His (invisible Christ) work is to define and maintain the truthHe first dwells in the heart as the Spirit of truth, and thus He becomes the Comforter. There is comfort and peace in the truth, but no real peace or comfort can be found in falsehoodIt is through false theories and traditions that Satan gains his power over the mindBy directing men to false standards, he misshapes the character. Through the Scriptures the Holy Spirit speaks to the mind, and impresses truth upon the heartThus He exposes error, and expels it from the soul. It is by the Spirit of truth (Christ Himself = John 14:6), working through the word of God, that Christ subdues His chosen people to Himself."  The Desire of Ages, p. 671.1 


"We desire to be Christians, then let us sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of Him. He will give us strength to overcome every defect in our character, and to oppose to these hereditary or cultivated defects the virtues of Jesus Christ. We must push our way through the deceptive darkness to the divine light." 3ST 290
     
" The call comes to us, “Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” As we obey this command, the power of the Holy Spirit will come upon mind and body, bringing us into conformity to the will of Christ (NOT someone ELSE!), and renewing us in His likeness. The hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong will die, and Christ (not someone ELSE called "God the Holy Spirit" or "God the Son") will be formed within, the hope of glory (character=thoughts and feelings!). 4ST 389

It has been said, "TRUE CHRISTIANS DO NOT CONFUSE THEIR MINDS IN THE TRINITY, THEY ACCEPT AND BELIEVE IT BY FAITH." Bereans and "People of the Book" will say I need a "Thus Saith the Lord" to see whether these things are so... 

“In this age of the world there is no safety in departing from a plain "Thus saith the Lord," however wise and correct the human assumption may appear. Tradition in names and books is nothing. God's word is everything. The wisdom of the wisest man that lives is foolishness if it swerves one jot or tittle from the word of the living God. God lives, God reigns, and He declares, "Them that honor me I will honor." Of those who place their sophistry above a plain "Thus saith the Lord," God says, "I will make their wisdom foolishness." {BTS, May 1, 1913 par. 3}

Christ's OWN Spirit, is OUR character, our thoughts and feelings, OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, our perfection, our sin-free way to eternal life!
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"His peace was the consciousness of having done the will of His Father, rather than a condition of things that existed as the result of having done His duty." The Upward Look, 220. 

Are you Christ's Representative on Earth?

"Eternal life is a matter of tremendous moment; and if those professing Christ can testify by words and actions to the love of Christ, and can have the divine witness of the Spirit to their testimonies, sinners will be convicted." RH August 28, 1879, Art. A, par. 5

"When his people are thrown into the society of unbelievers, whether walking, working, riding, trading, or visiting, they should, as they have opportunity, introduce the subject of religion, and speak of the things which concern their eternal interest. They should not do this abruptly, but with tact. This was the way in which our Saviour taught concerning the kingdom of God. Everything in nature, and the incidents passing under their notice were to him texts for impressive sermons. He thus bound up his sacred lessons with the flowers, with the recurring seasons, with the rocks, the hills, and the mountains, and with the every-day occurrences of life. Thus it is the duty of every follower of Jesus to sow beside all waters, and in so doing he is fulfilling the purpose of God, and doing his work as Christ’s representative on earth." RH August 28, 1879, Art. A, par. 6


It is written, in John 14:6 "Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME."
(not someone else! Not some other person or someone else's spirit...we have access to the Father and God of Jesus through Jesus's  victorious risen life, the life of his own soul, His "Holy" Spirit)

Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:for He is gracious and merciful (full of tender mercy), slow to anger, and of great kindness”   Joel 2:12-13

Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ’s loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine Teacher. With their burdens they return to their work....

Not a pause for a moment in His presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him—this is our need.

We may bring Him our little cares and perplexities as well as our greater troubles. Whatever arises to disturb or distress us, we should take it to the Lord in prayer.

Calmly, yet fervently, the soul is to reach out after God; and sweet and abiding will be the influence emanating from Him who sees in secret, whose ear is open to the prayer arising from the heart. He who in simple faith holds communion with God will gather to himself divine rays of light to strengthen and sustain him in the conflict with Satan.

If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet, joyful sense of the presence of Jesus.... Prayer turns aside the attacks of Satan.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11.

The religion of Jesus is joy, peace, and happiness.

All Heaven is interested in the happiness of man. Our heavenly Father does not close the avenues of joy to any of His creatures. The divine requirements call upon us to shun those indulgences that would bring suffering and disappointment, that would close to us the door of happiness and heaven.... He [the world’s Redeemer] requires us to perform only those duties that will lead our steps to heights of bliss to which the disobedient can never attain. The true, joyous life of the soul is to have Christ formed within, the hope of glory.

Those who abide in Jesus will be happy, cheerful, and joyful in God. A subdued gentleness will mark the voice, reverence for spiritual and eternal things will be expressed in the actions, and music, joyful music, will echo from the lips, for it is wafted from the throne of God. This is the mystery of godliness, not easily explained, but nonetheless felt and enjoyed.

Words cannot describe the peace and joy possessed by him who takes God at His word. Trials do not disturb him, slights do not vex him. Self is crucified. Day by day his duties may become more taxing, his temptations stronger, his trials more severe; but he does not falter; for he receives strength equal to his need.

In those who possess it, the religion of Christ (joy, peace, and happiness) will reveal itself as a vitalizing, pervading principle, a living, working, spiritual energy. There will be manifest the freshness and power and joyousness of perpetual youth. The heart that receives the Word of God is not as a pool that evaporates, not like a broken cistern that loses its treasure. It is like the mountain stream fed by unfailing springs, whose cool, sparkling waters leap from rock to rock, refreshing the weary, the thirsty, the heavy laden.

THE FAITH I LIVE BY, PAGE 227

Christians, Christ’s Representatives


"Christians holding daily communion with God, feasting upon the truths of his word, will by their religious conversation be constantly exerting a powerful influence for good upon their fellow-men. Hearts imbued with the love of Jesus will not fail to express themselves in words. The precious love of Christ has been experienced by them, and they cannot refrain from relating their experience to others. From a heart throbbing with a Saviour’s love, the story of the cross of Christ will be repeated, and they will thus testify that Jesus has power on earth to forgive sins.
" RH August 28, 1879, Art. A, par. 4

The individual members of the church, as sons and daughters of God, should show by their words and by their transformed characters, the divine reality that there is in the religion of Christ. They may exemplify in their lives that the happiness which worldlings seek after in vain is to be found in the service of Jesus Christ. Here alone is serenity, peace, contentment, and true happiness and joy. Those who have a name to live, but are dead, are by their unconsecrated lives daily confirming the sinner in his impenitence, and thus, while neglecting their duty to gather with Christ, they are scattering abroad by their silence and the indifference which they manifest.


God’s Dwelling Place, August 9

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? 1 Corinthians 6:19.

By a most beautiful and impressive figure, God’s Word shows the regard He places upon our physical organism and the responsibility resting on us to preserve it in the best condition....

The body is a temple in which God desires to dwell,.... it must be kept pure, the abiding place of high and noble thoughts.

The knowledge that man is to be a temple for God, a habitation for the revealing of His glory, should be the highest incentive to the care and development of our physical powers. Fearfully and wonderfully has the Creator wrought in the human frame, and He bids us make it our study, understand its needs, and act our part in preserving it from harm and defilement.

Our first duty toward God and our fellow beings is that of self-development. Every faculty with which the Creator has endowed us, should be cultivated to the highest degree of perfection, that we may be able to do the greatest amount of good of which we are capable. Hence that time is spent to good account which is used in the establishment and preservation of physical and mental health. We cannot afford to dwarf or cripple any function of body or mind. As surely as we do this we must suffer the consequences.

The desire of God for every human being is expressed in the words, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2.

He it is who “forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” Psalm 103:3, 4....

“Above all things,” God desires us to “be in health”—health of body and of soul. And we are to be workers together with Him for the health of both soul and body. http://egwtext.whiteestate.org/publication.php?pubtype=Book&bookCode=FLB&lang=en&pagenumber=227


The purity and holiness of entire consecration to God, entire conformity to His mind, His Spirit, His will, is essential, You need not be ever dwelling on doctrinal subjects but on that character all must have in order to please and glorify God. Do not be afraid that you will lose your influence. No one who is balanced by the Holy Spirit of God, who moves considerately, who sits with Christ in heavenly places, will lose the influence of any person, high or low, whose influence is worth having. You need never try to shape your religious experience in order that you may be a great man before the world. Your greatness depends upon your humility.

Place yourself more habitually in that part of the temple of inspiration where the Holy Spirit of God will lavish upon you the richest currents of wisdom, which will then flow forth from you to others, magnifying God and increasing your love and hope and joy in the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness. Make no special effort, thinking by outward display to attract. Just work out the principles of the Word of the living God; this will be your wisdom and your greatness and your strength. Time must be redeemed from things which are seen and temporal to meditate upon things unseen and eternal. You must resist an encroaching world, which if allowed will so press upon you as to separate you from the source of your strength. Put on Christ. In the closet commune with Him who seeth in secret. Lay hold by faith on His might. Make peace with Him, and you shall make peace with Him. Nothing else will carry you through the closing scenes of this earth’s history, and give you the victory and the crown of life that fadeth not away. Press toward the mark of the prize.


Faith is not sight.

I am directed to impress upon you that you must have a stronger faith in God. Hold fast to the only source of strength. Then right where you are you will be a living epistle, known and read of all men. Faith is not sight. God requires you to bring into every phase of your character and into your work all the attractiveness possible, and Jesus Christ, His meekness, His love, His unselfishness. Let not the thought come into your mind that you must do battle for yourself because you think that your brethren in the faith make wrong moves and do not appreciate your work. This opinion will not change God’s estimate of your character.

If you have Christ as your defense, you have a mighty power behind all your efforts; but you have not yet attained. You must reach higher spiritually. You must care more, far more, for that wisdom, that holiness, and that fragrance, the glory which Christ longs to give every true heart that hungers and thirsts after righteousness. As long as no human agent can make one shade of your character darker or brighter, do not worry at all. The Lord has not appointed any man, even your brethren, to make you over. They cannot change one feature of their own characters without the cooperation of God, and neither can you.

Concerning you and your associates God says, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” [Isaiah 57:15]. Each one of your associate physicians has an individual work to do. The prayer of faith shall save the sick. This is a word from the Lord to you who have so much to do with the sick.

The prayer of faith in the sickroom, short and right to the point, prepares the way for the grace of God to speak to the soul. Even unbelievers feel this—to them—strange and new influence, and realize that God can and will hear their prayers. You cannot know, you who pray in the sickroom, what will be accomplished, and what has been accomplished, by the prayer of faith. By simple prayer the sick have been encouraged to believe that God will look with compassion upon them, else that prayer would never have been offered in their behalf. A ray of light penetrates to the hopeless soul, and becomes a savor of life unto life.

Pray with simple faith. In the future world we shall see what great victories have been won by the prayer of faith. Prayer has “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions [not only beasts of prey, but human beings], quenched the violence of fire, [we shall know what this means when we hear the reports of the martyrs who died for their faith and felt no pain], escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” [Hebrews 11:33, 34].

We shall want to hear all about these victories, and shall hear when the Captain of our salvation, our glorious King of kings, opens it before those of whom John writes, “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” [Revelation 7:14-17]. Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one [Nos. 1501-1598], p. 42.3


April 3, 33 A.D. AROUND 3:00 p.m. on APRIL 3, 33 A.D., PRECISELY at the moment that Jesus would have expired, a SUBSTANTIAL ECLIPSE of the Moon commenced, which was still visible in Jerusalem after sundown! The “ECLIPSE” proves that JESUS was certainly CRUCIFIED on April 3, 33 A.D., 


The New Testament tells us that Jesus DIED ON A FRIDAY, or the Day of Preparation for the PASSOVER, or the DAY BEFORE the Jewish Passover. Luke 23:44-46 says that Jesus died at the SIXTH HOUR or at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The following passage also reveals that Jesus died on the Eve of the Sabbath or Friday. That is: He died on a DAY BEFORE the Sabbath and ON a Passover Eve! The Apostle John calls this day a “High Day” for it was BOTH a Sabbath and the Passover! 
 
St. John 19:31 - The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation that the bodies should not remain upon the Cross on the SABBATH DAY, (for that Sabbath Day was an HIGH DAY,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 
 
This means that WHEN JESUS DIED, He died on the EVE OF PASSOVER which occurs on “Nisan 14” and on a “Friday afternoon” BEFORE the Sabbath, which starts at sundown. The Jewish Passover OCCURS on Nisan 15 and during a FULL MOON. Thus, one can verify the ACCURACY OF THE DATES with Astronomy. 
 
The JEWISH CALENDARS indicate that the EVE OF PASSOVER occurred during the years of A.D. 30 through A.D. 33 ON A Friday in ONLY ONE YEAR - A.D. 33! THIS AGREES WITH ASTRONOMY! 
 
A FULL MOON did not OCCUR on any FRIDAY that was also the EVE OF THE PASSOVER in A.D. 30, 31, 32, 34 or 35! It is important to note that the monthly calendar for Nisan A.D. 34 and 35 are identical to that in A.D. 31 and A.D. 32, respectively. That means NISAN 14 did not 
occur on any Friday between A.D. 30 and A.D. 35, EXCEPT in the year A.D. 33. 
 
That leaves only one year in which Jesus could have died. Therefore, JESUS DIED on April 3, 33 A.D. in our GREGORIAN Calendar OR Nisan 14, 3793 in the JEWISH Calendar.

To me, this would signal the close of probation for God's "chosen" people. The house of God. NOT the world.
 

 “darkness will cover the inhabitants of the earth when Jesus moves out of the heavenly sanctuary such as enveloped the earth at the time of his crucifixionThis will be an evidence, to those who have known the truth, that probation’s hours are past, and the eternal destiny of every soul is sealed beyond recall; but this will only strike terror to the soul that has failed to heed the warning message, “Prepare to meet thy God”. Review & Herald Articles Book 3, page 581. Review and Herald Supplement of June 21, 1898

G.A. Irwin wrote in the Review and Herald Supplement of June 21, 1898, "A darkness will cover the inhabitants of the earth when Jesus moves out of the heavenly sanctuary, such as enveloped the earth at the time of the crucifixion." 

  
Sister White says, "When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth." (GC 614).

"When the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not." (GC 615).

"The righteous and the wicked will still be living upon the earth in their mortal state--men will be planting and building, eating and drinking, all unconscious that the final, irrevocable decision has been pronounced in the sanctuary above" (GC 491).

"The solemn fact is to be kept not only before the people of the world, but before our own churches also, that the day of the Lord will come suddenly, unexpectedly." (FE 336). "When probation ends, it will come suddenly, unexpectedly--at a time when we are least expecting it. But we can have a clean record in heaven today, and know that God accepts us" (7BC 989).
  "In the time of trouble, Satan stirs up the wicked, and they encircle the 
      people of God to destroy them.  But he does not know that 'pardon' has been
      written opposite their names in the books of heaven" (RH Nov. 19, 1908).

          "He sees that holy angels are guarding [the people of God], and he 
      infers that their sins have been pardoned; but he does not know that their
      cases have been decided in the sanctuary above" (GC 618).

What does the Bible say will follow probation's close?

          Revelation 15: 8--And the temple was filled with smoke from his power, 
      and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven 
      angels were completed.

          Revelation 16: 1--Then I heard a loud voice from the temple
      saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath 
      on the earth."

          Revelation 19: 11-15--I saw heaven standing open and there before
      me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice
      he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head 
      are many crowns.  He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
      He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The
      armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine 
      linen, white and clean.  Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to 
      strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter."  He treads
      the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

          "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" (EW 36).

          "When the work of the investigative judgement closes, the destiny of all 
      will have been decided for life or death.  Probation is ended a short time before
      the appearing of the Lord in the clouds of heaven" (GC 490).

 

At the VERY END OF TIME there will only be two classes: The Righteous, and the Wicked.

He longs to clasp our hands, to have us look to Him in simple faith, permitting Him to guide us
. His heart is open to our griefs, our sorrows, and our trials. He has loved us with an everlasting love and with loving-kindness compassed us about. We may keep the heart stayed upon Him and meditate upon His loving-kindness all the day. He will lift the soul above the daily sorrow and perplexity, into a realm of peace. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 12.2

If we accept the Trinity/Triestic Doctrine - and if we claim that Ellen White supported and taught this doctrine - then we must THROW OUT the MANY statements made by her that: "the Saviour is our COMFORTER" (MR. vol. 8, p. 49) - PLEASE NOTE: that the term "COMFORTER" is uniquely reserved as a name for the HOLY SPIRIT (Christ HIMSELF referred to the Holy Spirit in this manner in John 14:16). Yet we have so many other SOP references stating clearly that the JESUS IS THE COMFORTOR -- please note the following. "JESUS THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 19, p. 298), ".this refers to the OMNIPRESENCE OF THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST CALLED THE COMFORTER" (MR vol. 14, p. 179), "CHRIST WAS THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH" (Southern Watchman, October 25, 1898; par. 2), "HE IS THE COMFORTER" (RH Jan. 27, 1903; par. 13) - [if that statement isn't plain enough, consider the following:]"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" (MR vol. 14; p. 23, par. 3) - [can Ellen be any more precise than that - I mean, really, how can we ignore such a plain and unequivocal statement as that? But of course there are MORE! Which, we must throw out if we are to maintain our belief in the Trinity/Triestic doctrine. Are YOU willing to ignore such plain statements? -- Just because our "Leaders" INSIST on maintaining the Trinitarian position and doctrine?],"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, HE is still by HIS SPIRIT the minister of the church on earth" (DA p. 166, par. 2), "Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all His disciples, and give them the inspiration of HIS SANCTIFYING SPIRIT and transfuse the vital influence from HIMSELF to His people.they must act with HIS SPIRIT, that it may be no more they that live, but CHRIST that liveth in them. Jesus is seeking to impress upon them the thought that in giving HIS HOLY SPIRIT He is giving to them the glory which the Father hath given Him, that He and His people may be one in God" (MR vol. 2, pp. 36,37), "Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of His own life" (DA p. 827, par. 3) --- and MANY MORE. What are we to do with these statements? Can we REALLY conclude that Ellen is teaching the "Trinity" in these statements? Can we really construe them to mean something other than they plainly say - in order to support our acceptance of the Trinity/Triestic doctrine that is the central doctrine upon which ALL the doctrines of the Catholic church are based? Seriously, what should we do with these statements? Should we force them to mean something other than they clearly mean - or should we adjust our understanding (through prayerful study and humility) to conform to a understanding that is in harmony with both them and the Bible - "Now THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Cor. 3:17)? We often quote the promise of the "SPIRIT" in Jn. 14:16,17 and we often use these texts to "Prove" that the Holy Spirit is a "Third", "Independent", "Co-Eternal", "Co-Existent" member of the Godhead (the TRINITARIAN/SDA Triestic view) -- but we don't often go on to include verse 18 where Jesus HIMSELF says that:"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."Christ clearly states here that HE is the one who will "Come" to us and that HE is the One who will Not leave us "comfortless". This statement is in complete harmony with all of the above SOP statements referencing CHRIST as being the "COMFORTER" and the "Holy Spirit". To IGNORE the BIBLE and the SOP regarding such an important topic as this is nothing short of Inconceivable and certainly does not speak well of those of us who claim to "Love the TRUTH"!

Patience and gentleness under wrong were not characteristics prized by the heathen or by the Jews. 

The independence and self-supremacy in which we glory are seen in their true vileness as tokens of servitude to Satan. Human nature is ever struggling for expression, ready for contest; but he who learns of Christ is emptied of self, of pride, of love of supremacy, and there is silence in the soul. Self is yielded to the disposal of the Holy Spirit. Then we are not anxious to have the highest place. We have no ambition to crowd and elbow ourselves into notice; but we feel that our highest place is at the feet of our Saviour. We look to Jesus, waiting for His hand to lead, listening for His voice to guide. The apostle Paul had this experience, and he said, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20.

When we receive Christ as an abiding guest in the soul, the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, will keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. The Saviour's life on earth, though lived in the midst of conflict, was a life of peace. While angry enemies were constantly pursuing Him, He said, "He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him." John 8:29. No storm of human or satanic wrath could [16] disturb the calm of that perfect communion with God. And He says to us, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you." "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest." John 14:27; Matthew 11:29. Bear with Me the yoke of service for the glory of God and the uplifting of humanity, and you will find the yoke easy and the burden light.

It is the love of self that destroys our peace. While self is all alive, we stand ready continually to guard it from mortification and insult; but when we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God, we shall not take neglects or slights to heart. We shall be deaf to reproach and blind to scorn and insult. "Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth." 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, R.V.

Happiness drawn from earthly sources is as changeable as varying circumstances can make it; but the peace of Christ is a constant and abiding peace. It does not depend upon any circumstances in life, on the amount of worldly goods or the number of earthly friends. Christ is the fountain of living water, and happiness drawn from Him can never fail.

The meekness of Christ, manifested in the home, will make the inmates happy; it provokes no quarrel, gives back no angry answer, but soothes the irritated temper and diffuses a gentleness that is felt by all [17] within its charmed circle. Wherever cherished, it makes the families of earth a part of the one great family above.

Far better would it be for us to suffer under false accusation than to inflict upon ourselves the torture of retaliation upon our enemies. The spirit of hatred and revenge originated with Satan, and can bring only evil to him who cherishes it. Lowliness of heart, that meekness which is the fruit of abiding in Christ, is the true secret of blessing. "He will beautify the meek with salvation." Psalm 149:4.

The meek "shall inherit the earth." It was through the desire for self-exaltation that sin entered into the world, and our first parents lost the dominion over this fair earth, their kingdom. It is through self-abnegation that Christ redeems what was lost. And He says we are to overcome as He did. Revelation 3:21. Through humility and self-surrender we may become heirs with Him when "the meek shall inherit the earth." Psalm 37:11.

The earth promised to the meek will not be like this, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. "We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." "There shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him." 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 22:3.

There is no disappointment, no sorrow, no sin, no one who shall say, I am sick; there are no burial trains, no mourning, no death, no partings, no broken hearts; but Jesus is there, peace is there. There "they shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite [18]them: for He that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall He guide them." Isaiah 49.


Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." Matthew 5:6
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Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and "God is love." 1 John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for "all Thy commandments are righteousness" (Psalm 119:172), and "love is the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:10). Righteousness is love, and love is the light and the life of God. The righteousness of God is embodied in Christ. We receive righteousness by receiving Him.

Not by painful struggles or wearisome toil, not by gift or sacrifice, is righteousness obtained; but it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it. "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat, . . . without money and without price." "Their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord," and, "This is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness." Isaiah 55:1; 54:17; Jeremiah 23:6.

No human agent can supply that which will satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul. But Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall [19] never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." Revelation 3:20; John 6:35.

As we need food to sustain our physical strength, so do we need Christ, the Bread from heaven, to sustain spiritual life and impart strength to work the works of God. As the body is continually receiving the nourishment that sustains life and vigor, so the soul must be constantly communing with Christ, submitting to Him and depending wholly upon Him.

As the weary traveler seeks the spring in the desert and, finding it, quenches his burning thirst, so will the Christian thirst for and obtain the pure water of life, of which Christ is the fountain.

As we discern the perfection of our Saviour's character we shall desire to become wholly transformed and renewed in the image of His purity. The more we know of God, the higher will be our ideal of character and the more earnest our longing to reflect His likeness. A divine element combines with the human when the soul reaches out after God and the longing heart can say, "My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him." Psalm 62:5.

If you have a sense of need in your soul, if you hunger and thirst after righteousness, this is an evidence that Christ has wrought upon your heart, in order that He may be sought unto to do for you, through the endowment of the Holy Spirit (Christ's OWN Sweet Spirit=His OWN victorious risen life!), those things which it is impossible for you to do for yourself. We need not seek to quench our thirst at shallow streams; for the great fountain is just above us, of whose abundant waters we may freely drink, if we will rise a little higher in the pathway of faith. [20]

The words of God are the wellsprings of life. As you seek unto those living springs you will, through the Holy Spirit, be brought into communion with Christ. Familiar truths will present themselves to your mind in a new aspect, texts of Scripture will burst upon you with a new meaning as a flash of light, you will see the relation of other truths to the work of redemption, and you will know that Christ is leading you, a divine Teacher is at your side.

Jesus said, "The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14. As the Holy Spirit opens to you the truth you will treasure up the most precious experiences and will long to speak to others of the comforting things that have been revealed to you. When brought into association with them you will communicate some fresh thought in regard to the character or the work of Christ. You will have some fresh revelation of His pitying love to impart to those who love Him and to those who love Him not.

"Give, and it shall be given unto you" (Luke 6:38); for the word of God is "a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams of Lebanon" (Song of Solomon 4:15). The heart that has once tasted the love of Christ, cries out continually for a deeper draft, and as you impart you will receive in richer and more abundant measure. Every revelation of God to the soul increases the capacity to know and to love. The continual cry of the heart is, "More of Thee," and ever the Spirit's answer is, "Much more." Romans 5:9, 10. For our God delights to do "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask [21] or think." Ephesians 3:20. To Jesus, who emptied Himself for the salvation of lost humanity, the Holy Spirit was given without measure. So it will be given to every follower of Christ when the whole heart is surrendered for His indwelling. Our Lord Himself has given the command, "Be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18), and this command is also a promise of its fulfillment. It was the good pleasure of the Father that in Christ should "all the fullness dwell," and "in Him ye are made full." Colossians 1:19, R.V.; 2:10, R.V.

God has poured out His love unstintedly, as the showers that refresh the earth. He says, "Let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together." "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water." Isaiah 45:8; 41:17, 18.

"Of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace." John 1:16.

"Before I reveal to you what many of the wicked are now doing, I will say . . . . 
The battle is for your mind ! Satan is working subtly and with great deception to take possession of both heart and soul. The LORD’s prophet reveals that the devil is determined that no one will hear any voice but his. And he has done this with surprising ease, especially in our day !

 

     Have you ever hear God’s “still, small” Voice?

The messenger of the LORD says, “When trial comes, as it surely will, do not worry or complain. Silence in the soul makes more distinct the Voice of God ! [There it is, What a Blessing ! Sometimes He speaks instantly – in answer to our prayers. But not always. We must “wait patiently for Him.”]  “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him . . . For evil doers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth !” Psalm 37:7-9. He is guiding you into a habour of gracious experience . . . !”    

-         In Heavenly Places p.269

 

     “All who are under the training of God, need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with na-ture, and with God. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts …!” Psalm 139:23. In them is to be revealed a Life (even the Life of Christ) that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God.

 

      We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the Voice of God. He bids us, “Be still, and know that I Am God (The Almighty). This is the effectual (most essential) preparation for all labor for God.

 

     Amidst the hurrying throng, and the strain of life's intense activities, he who is thus Refreshed, will be surro-unded with an atmosphere of Light and peace. He will receive a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. His life will breathe out a fragrance, and will reveal a Divine power that will reach men's hearts !
Praise God !

     “To whom He said, This is the Rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the Refreshing: yet they would not hear . . . !”   Isaiah 28:12-13
 --The Ministry of Healing, p. 58.

 

 

     “Nothing is more needed in our work than the practical results of communion with God. We should show by our daily lives that we have peace and Rest in the Saviour. His peace in the heart will shine forth in the coun-tenance. . . . Communion with God will ennoble the character and the life. Men will take knowledge of us, as of the first disciples, that we have been with Jesus !

 

     This will impart to the worker a power that nothing else can give. Of this power he must not allow himself to be deprived. We must live a twofold life --a life of thought and action, of silent prayer and earnest work . . .

 

     Many, even in their seasons of devotion, fail of receiving the Blessing of real communion with God. They are in too great haste. With hurried steps they press through the circle of Christ's loving Presence, pausing perh-apsbut a moment within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for Counsel. They have no time to remain with the Divine Teacher. With their burdensthey return to their work.

 

     These workers can never attain the highest success until they learn the secret of strength. They must give themselves time to think, to pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical, mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be quickened by fresh Life !”

-         Maranatha p.125

     “A deep sense of our need and a great desire for the things for which we ask must characterize our prayers, else they will not be heard. But we are not to become weary and cease our petitions because the answer is not immediately received. “For the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).

 

     God has honored us by showing how greatly He values us. We are bought with a priceeven the precious blood of the Son of God. When His heritage (we are the inheritance of Jesus) shall conscientiously follow the Word of the LORD, His Blessing will rest upon them in answer to their prayers !

 

     “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God:for He is gracious and merciful (full of tender mercy), slow to anger, and of great kindness”   Joel 2:12-13

 

     In secret prayer the soul should be laid bare to the inspecting eye of God. . . . How precious is secret prayer—the soul communing with God! Secret prayer is to be heard only by the prayer-hearing God. No curious ear is to receive the burden of petitions. Calmly, yet fervently, the soul is to reach out after God; and sweet and abiding will be the Influence emanating from Him Who sees in secret, Whose ear is open to the prayer arising from the heart.

 

     He who in simple faith holds communion with God will gather to himself Divine rays of Light to strengthen and sustain him in the conflict with Satan !

 

- Our Father Cares p.136


Proverbs 30:4 King James Version (KJV) 4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

Rev 19:13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD.

This is Christ the Saviour, Spirit of Spirit, substance of substance, of God.


Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:1-6 "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

"Christ lifts up the contrite heart and refines the mourning soul until it becomes His abode." Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 11.2

But when tribulation comes upon us, how many of us are like Jacob! We think it the hand of an enemy; and in the darkness we wrestle blindly until our strength is spent, and we find no comfort or deliverance. To Jacob the divine touch at break of day revealed the One with whom he had been contending—the Angel of the covenant; and, weeping and helpless, he fell upon the breast of Infinite Love, to receive the blessing for which his soul longed. We also need to learn that trials mean benefit, and not to despise the chastening of the Lord nor faint when we are rebuked of Him. [12]

His own sweet spirit:



"And be sure to bring your whole being into connection with God. Accept the Holy Spirit for your spiritual illumination, and under its guidance follow on to know the Lord. Go forth where the Lord directs, doing what He commands. Wait on the Lord, and He will renew your strength. {2SM 230.3}

     But it is not required of you or of me to be on a continual strain. We should surrender continually what He requires of us, and He will show us His covenant. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him" (Psalm 25:14). We shall be instructed more deeply in the mystery of God the Father and of Jesus ChristWe shall have visions of the King in His beauty, and before us will be opened the rest that remaineth for the people of God. We will soon enter the city whose builder and maker is God--the city we have long talked of.--Letter 78, 1906.  {2SM 230.4}
 
                Trust God--Lean Upon Him 
Dear Sister [S. N.] Haskell: 
     ...Now when you can no longer be active, and infirmities press upon you, all that God requires of you is to trust Him. Commit the keeping of your soul to Him as unto a faithful Creator. His mercies are sure, His covenant is everlasting. Happy is the man whose hope is in the Lord his God, who keepeth truth forever. Let your mind grasp the promises and hold to them. If you cannot call to mind readily the rich assurance contained in the precious promises, listen to them from the lips of another. What fullness, what love and assurance are found in these words from the lips of God Himself, proclaiming His love, His pity and interest in the children of His care:  {2SM 231.1}  

     "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin" (Exodus 34:6, 7).  {2SM 231.2}  

     The Lord is full of compassion for His suffering ones. What sins are too great for His pardon? He is merciful, and as such is infinitely more ready and more pleased to pardon than to condemn. He is gracious, not looking for wrong in us; He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are but dust. In His boundless compassion and mercy He heals all our backslidings, loving us freely while we are yet sinners, withdrawing not His light, but shining on us for Christ's sake.  {2SM 231.3}  

     Will you, my sister, always trust in Jesus, who is your righteousness? The love of God is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost, which is graciously given unto you. You are one with Christ. He will give you grace to be patient, He will give you grace to be trustful, He will give you grace to overcome restlessness, He will warm your heart with His own sweet Spirit, (The "Holy" Spirit is His own sweet Spirit  A new heart also will I give you. . . . And I will put My Spirit within you." Isaiah 1:18; Ezekiel 36:26, 27.) He will revive your soul in its weakness. Only a few days more to be as pilgrims and strangers in this world, seeking for a better country, even an heavenly. Our home is in heaven. Then stay your soul in confidence upon God. Roll all your burdens upon Him.  {2SM 231.4}  

     Oh, how many times has your heart been touched with the beauty of the Saviour's countenance, charmed with the loveliness of His character, and subdued with the thought of His suffering. Now He wants you to lean your whole weight upon Him. I will give you a chapter to comfort you at all times. "And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation" (Isaiah 12:1-3).--Letter 14b, 1891.  {2SM 232.1}  
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He who feels whole, who thinks that he is reasonably good, and is contented with his condition, does not seek to become a partaker of the grace and righteousness of Christ
. Pride feels no need, and so it closes the heart against Christ and the infinite blessings He came to give. There is no room for Jesus in the heart of such a person. Those who are rich and honorable in their own eyes do not ask in faith, and receive the blessing of God. They feel that they are full, therefore they go away empty. Those who know that they cannot possibly save themselves, or of themselves do any righteous action, are the ones who appreciate the help that Christ can bestow. They are the poor in spirit, whom He declares to be blessed.

All who have a sense of their deep soul poverty, who feel that they have nothing good in themselves, may find righteousness and strength by looking unto Jesus. He says, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden." Matthew 11:28. He bids you exchange your poverty for the riches of His grace. We [9] are not worthy of God's love, but Christ, our surety, is worthy, and is abundantly able to save all who shall come unto Him. Whatever may have been your past experience, however discouraging your present circumstances, if you will come to Jesus just as you are, weak, helpless, and despairing, our compassionate Saviour will meet you a great way off, and will throw about you His arms of love and His robe of righteousness. He presents us to the Father clothed in the white raiment of His own character. He pleads before God in our behalf, saying: I have taken the sinner's place. Look not upon this wayward child, but look on Me. Does Satan plead loudly against our souls, accusing of sin, and claiming us as his prey, the blood of Christ pleads with greater power.

W
ho IS Jesus?

Jesus is the UNIQUE Son of God sent by God from Heaven to save us from sin.

"Jesus was beset with all of the moral weaknesses and frailties that ordinary humans experience, including the inclination to sin. Despite this, he managed to resist temptation both from within and without, and lived a perfectly obedient life. Jesus is therefore set forth as the supreme Example in whose footsteps Christians must follow. The fact that he overcame sin completely, despite having no advantage over other human beings, demonstrates that we too can live a life of complete obedience by trusting in him. Ellen White states "The Lord Jesus came to our world, not to reveal what a God could do, but what a man could do, through faith in God’s power to help in every emergency. Man is, through faith, to be a partaker in the divine nature, and to overcome every temptation wherewith he is beset."[6]

"Notwithstanding that the sins of a guilty world were laid upon Christ, notwithstanding the humiliation of taking upon Himself our fallen nature, the voice from heaven declared Him to be the Son of the Eternal"

– Ellen WhiteThe Desire of Ages, p. 112.


What Jesus is Doing in Heaven Now:

Jesus is before the ark and as the prayers of His people would come up, the censer would smoke and He would offer the prayers to His Father on the throne.

"The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that His life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man." (Ellen White, Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, page 9, also in Lift Him Up, page 24) 

Standing in our place, "The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. (The Desire of Ages, p. 753).

Weighing Our Hearts

 “ I have seen an angel standing with scales in his hands weighing the thoughts and interest of the people of God, especially the young. In one scale were the thoughts and interest tending heavenward; in the other were the thoughts and interest tending to earth. And in this scale were thrown all the reading of storybooks, thoughts of dress and show, vanity, pride, et cetera. (TV, Movies, Games and Sports as well)

 Oh, what a solemn moment! The angels of God standing with scales, weighing the thoughts of His professed children--those who claim to be dead to the world and alive to God. The scale filled with thoughts of earth, vanity, and pride quickly went down...

The one with the thoughts and interest tending to heaven went quickly up as the other went down, and oh, how light it was! I can relate this as I saw it; but never can I give the solemn and vivid impression stamped upon my mind, as I saw the angel with the scales weighing the thoughts and interest of the people of God.

 Said the angel: "Can such enter heaven? No, no, never. Tell them the hope they now possess is vain, and unless they speedily repent, and obtain salvation, they must perish." . . . those who give up the mind to be diverted with foolish stories and idle tales, have the imagination fed, but the brilliancy of God's word is eclipsed (dark) to them. The mind is led directly from God. The interest in His precious word is destroyed.” 1-T. –124

Prayer to memorize and pray to God in the name of His Son, the “WORD OF GOD”, three times a day and more if needed: 


You know I cannot do this work in my own strength. You must work in me, and by me and through me, sanctifying my tongue, sanctifying my spirit, sanctifying my words, and bringing me into a position where my spirit shall be susceptible to the movings of the Holy Spirit of God upon my mind and character.” (Manuscript Release, Vol.7, pgs. 267, 268 (Ms 95, 1906, pp. 8-12, 14-17; "Lesson from Romans 15," October 20, 1906.)

What is His Son's NAME, if thou canst tell? Proverbs 30:4

Rev 19:13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD.

 

JESUS - THE WORD OF GOD

There are many instance in the Bible where The Word of God or The Word of The Lord is mentioned. A couple that spring to mind immediately are:

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 
Joh 1:2 He was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh (Jesus), and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and of truth.

Rev 19:13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD.

Heb 4:12 For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

The Word of God is the name, identity, title and honour given to Jesus alone. This is who He is. As The Word of God He is the promise of God and the fulfillment of that promise. Because Jesus always was, and always will be The Word of God, the very reputation of God was dependant on Jesus fulfilling the promise of salvation. To call anything else The Word (or word) of God takes this away from Him.



THE BIBLE - THE WORDS OF GOD

There is no justification for calling the Bible the word of God in the Bible. People have said to me that: 
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness
and is therefore the word of God.

The Bible says differently:
Joh 3:34 For He whom God has sent speaks the Words of God, for God does NOT give the Spirit by measure.

God’s Spirit is sent to us through Jesus divested of cumbersome humanity. The Spirit of Jesus fills and surrounds us INVISIBLY. Jesus had to return to the Father to be glorified, and sent His own Spirit to be with us invisibly. It is God’s Spirit IN Jesus, and Jesus IN US, invisibly. This combined “HOLY” Spirit lives in us when we are born again through the FAITH OF JESUS. We live the very LIFE of JESUS. Let this MIND be in you that was IN Christ Jesus. Jesus is in Heaven as our only high priest mediating on our behalf against the accusations of the devil to God. God is reconciling us back to Himself through His Son, the WORD OF GOD.

Christ Came to "Take Away" the "Inclination to Sin":

 

"But Christ did not forget John. In the lonely prison he manifested himself to him, showing him that erelong he himself was to suffer a most shameful, ignominious death. Not only that, but he was to bear the penalty of the transgression of the law of God, not to give men liberty to continue in sin, but to take away their inclination to sin, that they might not desire to transgress. Those who receive Christ are obedient to his commands; for his mind is given to them. He imbues them with his spirit of obedience, and they return to their loyalty." {YI, April 6, 1899 par. 3}

 

What a wonderful quote! Don't you want that experience where you have no desire to sin, no inclination to sin? Jesus wants to give us a new heart, that will not be inclined to sin, in fact, we can have the same experience that Jesus had -

"Amid impurity, Christ maintained His purity. Satan could not stain or corrupt it. His character revealed a perfect hatred for sin. It was His holiness that stirred against Him all the passion of a profligate world; for by His perfect life He threw upon the world a perpetual reproach, and made manifest the contrast between transgression and the pure, spotless righteousness of One that knew no sin." 5BC-1142.

If we have a "perfect hatred" for sin, how can we at the same time desire sin or be inclined to sin? I believe that is impossible! Think of something, anything, that you hate with a "perfect hatred". Is there any part of you that is inclined that direction? Of course not...and that is how it must be for ALL sin.


It is our privilege to be baptized by the Holy Spirit each day.

“You know I cannot do this work in my own strength. You must work in me, and by me and through me, sanctifying my tongue, sanctifying my spirit, sanctifying my words, and bringing me into a position where my spirit shall be susceptible to the movings of the Holy Spirit of God upon my mind and character.”

John 14:23

  • King James Version
    Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him.
  • Abode = special dwelling place made without hands. Only the PRESENCE of GOD ALONE can constitute a “church”. OUR fleshy bodies are a house/temple/home/church/abode/special dwelling place of God AND His Son the WORD OF GOD.

Rev 17:17 For God gave into their hearts to do His mind, and to act with one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast until the Words of God will be fulfilled.

Rev 22:9 Then he said to me, Behold! See, do not do it! For I am your fellow-servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the Words of this Book. Do worship to God.

Joh 17:8 For I have given to them the Words which You gave Me, and they have received them and have known surely that I came out from You. And they have believed that You sent Me.

Below is a Scripture that is a bit different. Rhema is used for "My Words" which indicates fresh revelation such as you would expect from a living relationship with Jesus. If you hear what He is saying to you and are led and motivated by Him He will do what you ask of Him.

Joh 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done to you.


THE DIFFERENCE

According to Scripture, the Bible contains the words (plural) of God. This does not in any way detract from the title of The Word of God that belongs to Jesus.

The trouble is that because we are so used to calling the Bible The W/word of God we automatically think of the Bible when The W/word of God is mentioned. How often have you heard the preacher or evangelist say "Let us open the word of God to.."

This is Scripturally incorrect. Because it is second nature for so many of us to think of the Bible as the W/word of God we often give it the place that Jesus should have. The result is that we become Bible dependant rather than Jesus dependant. We live in accordance with the Scriptures, which is good, but it leads us to depend on the Scriptures rather than the experiential life we should have with Jesus.

Consider the following Scriptures:

Psa 119:105 Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. 
Psalm 119:105 is interpreted by many as the Bible being the lamp. In fact, Jesus is the One who knows the beginning and the end. He is the Lamp unto my feet.

Eze 20:45 And the Word of Jehovah came to me, saying, 
Eze 20:46 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop a word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field. 
There are numerous instances right throughout the Bible where the Word of God came to various people giving instruction etc. I can assure you it wasn't the Bible that did that!

Heb 4:12 For the Word of God (Jesus) is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 

I have heard many a sermon using this Scripture to justify calling the Bible the "Living Word". The Bible is however, unable to discern and I can assure you that it IS a book, inspired by God, made by man. Surely it is not hard to see this verse is talking about Jesus.

2Sa 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect. The Word of Jehovah is tried. He is a shield to all those who seek refuge in Him. 
The Word of Jehovah was tried on the cross. Let's not take that away from Him.

These Scriptures all refer to Jesus as The Word of God. There are many more examples like this.


CONCLUSION

I have heard many good sermons, even excellent sermons, where the speaker has spoken of The Word of God, referring to the Bible. In every instance that I can recall, Jesus would have been glorified and His Name uplifted if the speaker had realised his error.

Try reading the Bible with the mindset that wherever you see The W/word of God mentioned, think "could this possible be referring to Jesus instead of the Bible?" The result will be that the Bible will take on new meaning which will greatly enhance your relationship with the Lord.

I feel that I have not adequately covered this subject, but pray that God will open people's eyes to see His truth so that The Word of God may receive the Honour, Glory and Recognition that belongs to Him alone.

Remember: Every time you call the Bible the W/word of God, you are giving it the honour and place that belongs to Jesus alone.

 

This comment came from a visitor to this page and is shared with their permission.

Thanx for the clarification on THE WORD OF GOD. As I was reading John5 2 days ago, verse39-40 I was disturbed but I didnt realise how true was what I heard when I read these verses. Jesus was telling the Pharisees that they search the scriptures hoping to find eternal life in them and He said the scriptures only testify of Him. He showed me that He's not in the scriptures the scriptures are for guidance only, I should come to Him as a whole and not depend on the bible but Him. I was so relieved when I got to your website by coincidence and saw this. Thank you for this revelation and I thank God that He has now confirmed what my spirit heard.

 

Proverbs 30:4

King James Version (KJV)

Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

Rev 19:13 And He had been clothed in a garment dipped in blood, and HIS NAME IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD.

Heb 4:12 For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 
Heb 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight, but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Joh 3:34 For He whom God has sent speaks the Words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. 

We speak the words of Jesus sent to us through His Son the WORD OF GOD.

2Sa 22:31 As for God, His way is perfect. The Word of Jehovah is tried. He (Jesus) is a shield to all those who seek refuge in Him. 

The Word of Jehovah was tried on the cross. Let's not take that away from Him.

Revelation 10:8-9, "And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey."

Ezekiel 2:8-9, "But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;"

Ezekiel 3:1-3, "Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness."

Psalms 119:103, "How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Hebrews 6:5, "And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,"

Psalms 34:8, "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

Jeremiah 15:16, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts."

"You cannot be born again, unless you are willing to die !"


"I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live . . . Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.

And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of GOD, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me !" Galatians 2:20

 

"For if ye live by (the power of) the flesh, ye shall die:

But if ye through the Spirit . . . the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit,

and they are Life . . . do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall Live !"     Romans 8:13

 

 



Remember that one of Jesus' End Times prophecy was that the hearts of the people would have become extremely cold to Him. "And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." (Matthew 24:12)



"What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world, are receiving the worldly mold, and preparing for the mark of the beast. Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth,—these are receiving the heavenly mold, and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth, and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity." {CET 191.1} 

The
degree, I believe will be the New World Order (NWO) that goes forth. It already contains the Sunday law in it. Learn more about the degree(s) here. I believe this is very, very soon to be implemented...maybe as soon as next year? (Today is June 7, 2011)

Jesus says, "The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28).*

And echoing Him, Peter says, "You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot" (1 Peter 1:18, 19).

"You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men" (1 Cor. 7:23)


2 Corinthians 11:1-4 (KJV):

 1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The 4 questions that should be asked, seems to me, should be:

  1. Am I worshiping the TRUE GOD, or another spirit?
  2. Am I believing or preaching another gospel or the TRUE GOSPEL?
  3. Am I believing or preaching another Jesus or the TRUE JESUS?  (The Bible speaks of “Jesus Christ,” but also warns of “another Jesus.” Almost impossible to believe, nearly all worship the wrong one! How does one know the difference—how do you discern which is which?)
  4. Is your belief in the God or Gods you worship, SIMPLE (SIMPLICITY) or a MYSTERY, unable to be explained?

    Definition of "SIMPLICITY": http://www.thefreedictionary.com/SIMPLICITY:
    sim·plic·i·ty  (sm-pls-t)
    n. pl. sim·plic·i·ties
    1. The property, condition, or quality of being simple or uncombined. (not a Trinity!)
    2. Absence of luxury or showiness; plainness.
    3. Absence of affectation or pretense.

    “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8

    MANIFESTED DEFINITION: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/manifested
    1. (tr) to show plainly; reveal or display to manifest great emotion
    2. (tr) to prove beyond doubt
    3. (intr) (of a disembodied spirit) to appear in visible form

    Luke 8:17 "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad."

    John 14:21 "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him."

    1 Corinthians 11:19 "For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you."

    2 Corinthians 4:10 "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made
    manifest in our body."

    Definition of the word: "MYSTERY"a. A religious cult practicing secret rites to which only initiates are admitted. b. A secret rite of such a cult. 1. One that is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes the understanding; an enigmaHow he got in is a mystery. 2. One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity: The woman in the photograph is a mystery. Check out the word enigma. Interesting?
(Don't be deceived, Jesus feet will not touch the ground when He
 comes to get us soon.) The Bible says, we will be "caught up" to meet Jesus up in the air, in the clouds. It is not going to be a secret; every eye shall see Him coming in the clouds of Heaven. IT WON'T BE A SECRET WHEN JESUS COMES BACK TO GET THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL.

1.) Christ was second born of Mary when he came to earth the first time. (First born in eternity - made, begotten by his Father, GOD.)
2.) When Christ comes the second time, his feet will not touch the earth.
3.) When Jesus Christ our Lord returns to earth the THIRD time, after the 1,000 years of "rest" the earth receives, and Satan is bound to earth with no one to tempt for the 1,000 year "rest" period, Jesus will bring the Holy City to earth and His feet WILL touch the Mount of Olives. This is when the wicked and Satan and all his angels go up against the Holy City and are all destroyed and become ashes under the Saints feet, in the earth made new by King Jesus. King Jesus then creates a new heaven and a new earth. This is when the Saints will reign with Jesus on this same earth, without sin ever to mar it's presence in the eternal future. And we all live happily ever after. Jesus is the prince who comes to save us, for REAL!

When Jesus comes, His feet will not touch the ground, and He'll take everyone that's saved or sealed by GOD, to heaven for 1,000 years. (See the 7000 year plan here) When He comes back to destroy the wicked and establish the New Jerusalem, then His feet will land on the Mount of Olives. 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV) says, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." That is how we'll KNOW it's the TRUE JESUS!) The new world order may be put in place around Easter of next year (perhaps March 2012), and that, may start the latter rain... the Holy Spirit or God's Spirit (the mind of God/Christ) being poured out without measure upon His Church (our fleshy bodies that do God's will) = God's Truth and Spirit filled people - those who are keeping ALL Ten of God's Royal Commandments and have the testimony of Jesus (Spirit of Prophecy).

ANSWERS TO THE 4 QUESTIONS LISTED ABOVE:
  1. John 4:24 "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Ask yourself, WHAT IS SPIRIT & WHAT IS TRUTH?

    The Bible says 
    Psalm 119:142 "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth." Proverbs 3:1 "My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:" And in Proverbs 7:2 it says, "Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye." And in Job 27:3 it says, "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;" John 3:5 says, "Jesus answered, Trulytruly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." Jesus said, "I have kept My Father's commandments" (John 15:10). So it is clear that Jesus taught everyone of the ten commandments and that he also kept them.

    WHAT IS GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT? It is both the mind of GOD and JESUS. Romans 8:27 "And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God."

    Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" Matthew 22:37 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Mark 12:30 "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Romans 12:2 "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 15:6 "That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." Jesus says in John 5:30 "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 15:21 "But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me." 1 Peter 3:17 "For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing." Mark 3:35 "For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother."1 Peter 4:19 "Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator."1 John 2:17 "And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." ..."that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" Romans 15:6

    The WILL OF GOD, the WILL OF THE FATHER, THE MIND OF GOD =GOD'S HOLY SPIRIT, or HIS ACTIVE FORCE THRU the CRUCIFIED CHRIST TO US? We have access to the Father thru Jesus mind/spirit which is GOD'S SPIRIT IN JESUS, THRU JESUS TO US. So we will with ONE MIND and ONE MOUTH glorify GOD! GOD'S CHARACTER and the WILL OF GOD IS WRITTEN BY THE "FINGER" OF GOD, HIS HOLY SPIRIT WHICH IS HIS TEN COMMANDMENTS, HIS WORD, Jesus given to us to save us. The Ten Commandments is a reflection of God's mind, His Holy Spirit, His will for us, just waiting for us to obey them to be poured out upon us without measure. Matthew 5:48 "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Hebrews 7:19 "For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God."

    The Ten Commandments are a RING OF FIRE, or protection around His PEOPLE. IF we ONLY OBEY GOD, and DO/KEEP His commandments, we will be saved and protected by His GRACE, thru believing in GOD'S ONLY SON JESUS! GOD wants willing soldiers following his appointed commander, JESUS. Does not this just make you so proud of Jesus that he does the will of his Father so perfectly? It just makes me want to pop my buttons, I am so PROUD of Jesus! He is amazing!

    Think about this: Did you know the "Holy Spirit" is the FINGER OF GOD?  "But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."  Luke 11:20. And the next text to compare it with is: “But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:28).


    It seems to me, that the Holy Spirit is also GOD's WILL = law or the Ten Commandments of GOD written with the finger of GOD which is His Holy Spirit.

    GOD gave us the ten commandments are God's Holy Spirit to us, to save us from sin thru Jesus, who He also GAVE to save us. GOD loves US! All we have to do is commit our lives completely to Him. Join GOD's ARMY!

    Ask yourself what is the opposite of the "Holy" Spirit, the minds of both GOD and His Son the crucified Christ? Would it be the "Evil" Spirit of Satan or the mind of Satan?

  2. The Bible speaks of “Jesus Christ,” but also warns of “another Jesus.” Almost impossible to believe, nearly all worship the wrong one! How does one know the difference—how do you discern which is which?

    Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? 
    “Jesus Christ’s message—His Gospel—was the Kingdom of God—the GOVERNMENT of the living God! Jesus commanded, “Repent you, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). But exactly what is it that we—YOU—are supposed to believe? Just what is the true gospel? Do you know? Are you certain? Be careful of assumptions. For instance, did Christ teach the same gospel that Paul preached to the gentiles? And what does the word “gospel” mean anyway? Revelation 12:9 reveals, “Satan…deceives the whole world.” What a staggering statement! Do you believe it? If this is true, then it would certainly apply to the truth of a matter so crucial as the meaning and correct understanding of the gospel!

  3. Many False Gospels

    Almost everyone believes that the gospel is about the Person of Jesus Christ. Certainly, Christ plays an extremely important and central role to Christianity, but He is not the gospel. The Bible shows that Jesus is preached in conjunction with the gospel. Again, His role is enormous. But He is not the gospel.

    Some proclaim a “gospel of salvation,” others a “gospel of grace.” Still others believe a “gospel of miracles” or a “social gospel.” Yet others think of the “gospel of foods” or of “healing” or of “faith.” And there are some who merely think of “gospel music” when they hear this word. These man-made ideas all ignore the truth of the Bible!

    Notice Mark’s account again: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.” This is the gospel that Jesus preached. It was in this same context that He said, “Repent you, and believe the gospel.” Which gospel?…of the “kingdom of God.”

    Verse 1 in Mark refers to this message, when it states, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The gospel of Jesus Christ was about the KINGDOM OF GOD—not something else! One must believe that gospel—not a humanly-devised counterfeit or substitute.

    Strong Warning Not to Pervert It

    This subject is so important that God inspired the apostle Paul to warn the Galatians then and to us now:

    “I marvel that you are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that you have received, let him be accursed” (1:6-9

    This is a very blunt statement—and a strong warning to all who will heed!

    A little later, Paul stressed his hope that the “truth of the gospel might continue with you” (2:5). So there is one true gospel—with all others false!

    Although some assert that Paul taught a different or additional gospel, it is plain that he never did. Ironically, God used Paul to warn against ever allowing such false teaching by pronouncing acurse on any man, angel or even any apostle—“But though we [apostles]…preach any other gospel…let him be accursed” (1:8)—who violates this command.

    What a powerful scripture—and WARNING!

    Paul explained that the apostles were entrusted by God to preserve the true gospel. Notice I Thessalonians 2:4: “But as we [apostles] were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.”

    This is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. True ministers must always teach what Godcommands—not what pleases men (including Bible “scholars”). So any claim that Paul taught a different or second gospel (usually thought to be about Christ or of “peace”) is impossible. Had he done this, he would literally have been pronouncing a curse on himself!

    Jesus Was Prophesied to Bring the Gospel

    In the Old Testament, Jesus was prophesied to come as a messenger. Notice Malachi 3:1: “Behold, I will send My messenger [John the Baptist], and he shall prepare the way before Me [Christ]: and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in.”

    Christ was the “messenger” of the gospel, not the message itself. And His message is actually the very core—the centerpiece!—of the entire Bible.

    Now compare the passage in Malachi with another: “The law and the prophets were until John [only Old Testament scriptures had been preached previously]: since that time the kingdom of god is preached, and every man presses into it” (Luke 16:16). Recall that in Mark, Christ preached the “kingdom of God,” and called it the gospel.

    Meaning of “Gospel”

    The word gospel is an old English word meaning “god spell” or good news. The word kingdom is also an old English term, simply meaning “government.” Therefore, it is accurate to say that Christ preached “the good news of the government of God.” We will learn the whowhatwhere,whenwhy, and how of this good news, and how it relates to the Bible’s greatest prophecy.

    The kingdom of God is the dominant theme of not only the New Testament, but of the whole Bible. Yet, incredibly, most know little or nothing of it. This world’s ministers are oblivious to this gospel, and never preach about it. Therefore, virtually the whole world stands in complete ignorance of the single greatest truth in God’s Word!

    How Many Times Mentioned?

    The word gospel is found over 100 times in the Bible. Sometimes it is found alone, and sometimes “of the kingdom” follows it. Other times, it includes “of the kingdom of God,” or the equivalent phrase “of the kingdom of heaven.”

    Note that it says, “of heaven,” not “in heaven.” It is heaven’s kingdom, and there is a big difference between the two. Just as kingdom of God means God’s kingdom—not the kingdom inGod—the same is true of the kingdom of heaven or heaven’s kingdom.

    Grasp this crucial point!

    Throughout the New Testament, the word “kingdom” is found 27 times, “kingdom of God” 75 times, and “kingdom of heaven” 34 times. All are clearly one and the same.

    What Paul Preached

    Paul preached the kingdom of God to the gentiles. Yet, some believe that he preached a “different” gospel—again, unaware that it was Paul who pronounced a curse on anyone who did this (Gal. 1:8-9). However, while Paul preached the kingdom of God, notice two verses in Acts showing that he did not neglect the subject of Christ’s role in the salvation process.

    First, Acts 19:8 establishes which gospel he preached: “And he went into the synagogue, and spoke boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning thekingdom of God.” In many of his epistles, he taught the kingdom to Gentile congregations. His message was always the same. He continually preached, taught and referred to the kingdom of God.

    Next, Paul states in Acts 20:25, 21, “I have gone preaching the kingdom of God…repentance toward God, AND faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” He preached the same gospel to both Jew and Gentile.

    Now notice Acts 28:30-31: “And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, AND teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    Luke, the writer of Acts, differentiates between preaching about the kingdom of God and preaching about Jesus Christ! While both are vitally important, they are clearly two separatesubjects!

    In Acts 8:12, the deacon Philip also preached both of these same teachings: “But when they believed Philip…concerning the kingdom of God, AND the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” We see that Philip not only preached the kingdom of God, but he also differentiated it from the teaching about Christ. Remember, the messenger is not the message.

    Notice that these in Samaria were baptized only after “they believed” the right message—not some human idea about it. Also, Christ’s name was taught as an all-important, but additional, understanding.

    Jesus is not the gospel. However, He does stand directly alongside the true gospel and will rule the entire earth when He returns and establishes His kingdom. Do not lose sight of this!

    Finally, consider another verse where Paul himself made a distinction between the gospel and theperson of Christ. II Corinthians 11:4 contains this powerful warning: “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached…or another gospel which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (the margin more correctly renders this last phrase “with me”). Paul wanted the Corinthians to reject false teachers and hold to what he had taught them. The point here is that Paul distinguishes between the teaching of a false Jesus and that of a false gospel. These are—and always have been—two separate things.

    Some get confused when they read I Corinthians 15:1-4, thinking that Paul contradicts himself from other passages we have seen by stating that “the gospel” (vs. 1) is “how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day” (vs. 3-4). Simply note that “the gospel” reference in verse 1 is not connected to Christ’s death for our sins and burial in verses 3 and 4. Careful reading reveals this. When correctly understood, rather than saying that Christ is the gospel, this passage confirms the opposite, and supports Acts 8:12, 20:21-25, 28:31 and II Corinthians 11:4

    Since Jesus preached “repent and believe the gospel,” it should now be clear why. His role must always be preached in conjunction with the kingdom of God, because one cannot enter the kingdom unless he understands and accepts that “Christ died for our sins,” and that person has repented of his sins.

    Ask yourself: If Christ IS the gospel—is the kingdom of God—then why did Paul (four times) and Philip speak of them as two separate matters?

    All the Apostles Preached This Same Gospel

    What evidence is there that other New Testament writers preached this same message? A great deal!

    The apostle Peter also preached the kingdom of God: “For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 1:11). So did the apostle James: “Hearken, my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which He has promised to them that love Him?” (2:5).

    All of God’s Prophets Preached the Kingdom

    Acts 3:19-21 contains an amazing statement: “Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.”

    Notice that Peter refers to the Coming of Christ (vs. 19) as “the presence of the Lord.” Verse 20 states that God “shall send Jesus Christ.” Verse 21 describes God’s kingdom as the “restitution of all things.” Peter stated that this “restitution” (Christ establishing His kingdom) is something “God has spoken by the mouth of all His Holy Prophets since the world began.”

    This is a stunning statement! But is it true?

    Could God have actually used all of His prophets to announce His kingdom? Bible scholars and religionists ignore this knowledge—and even reject it without examination.

    Let’s review some examples.

    The Pre-flood Preachers

    The apostle Jude, Christ’s brother, stated, “Enoch [Noah’s great-grandfather]…prophesied…saying, Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, toexecute judgment upon all” (vs. 14-15). These verses clearly refer to Christ coming to establish a world-ruling government.

    II Peter 2:5 refers to Noah as the eighth preacher of righteousness. Jude wrote that Enoch was the “seventh from Adam.” These men were called “preachers of righteousness.” Including Abel, there were six other men who previously held this role, with their lives spanning the entire period between Adam and the Flood.

    Careful review of Jude reveals that Enoch preached about sin and righteousness. All of these “preachers” spoke the same message. Remember, Peter said, “…since the world began.”

    Abraham, Moses and Samuel

    Was the gospel preached during the period following the Flood?

    In Genesis 12:3, God said to Abraham, “…in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.” This verse is also referenced in Galatians 3:8, but is phrased a little differently: “…in you shall all nations be blessed.” This same verse states that the gospel was “preached before unto Abraham.” This is fascinating understanding! Not only did Abraham have the gospel preached to him (probably by Melchizedek), but it is also preached in Genesis, through the writings of Moses! How could all nations be blessed unless Christ establishes His government on earth?

    Moses was the first man that God raised up to lead Israel. While not a preacher of righteousness or an apostle, he was a prophet and a judge, preaching the gospel to ancient Israel when they were in the wilderness. Genesis 12:3 records the gospel, as does Numbers 24:17-19.

    Acts 3:22 also shows that Moses, in effect, preached the coming kingdom when he foretold that God would raise up Christ as a great Prophet (Deut. 18:15) to preach to the whole world (Acts 3:23) at His Return.

    Now consider Hebrews 3:9 and 4:2. These verses make clear that Moses preached the gospel to ancient Israel: “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them [ancient Israel]” (4:2).

    These verses, along with Acts 3, show that this included the period all the way up to—and through—Samuel!

    Notice how Acts 3:24 references Samuel as having preached the gospel: “Yes, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days.”

    These are clear and powerful statements that cannot be glossed over. Take a moment to reflect on what you have read. This verse says, “all God’s prophets…as many as have spoken…foretold of these days.”

    David

    David was a king. But even he preached the kingdom of God! In Psalm 67:4, he wrote, “…for You [God] shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.” This obviously refers to God’s coming government. Nations are on earth, not in heaven!

    Isaiah and Jeremiah

    Isaiah wrote, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever” (9:6-7).

    This prophecy is so obvious that it needs no explanation!

    Jeremiah wrote, “Behold, the days come, says the Lord, that I will raise unto David a Righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgmentand justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (23:5-6, but also read verses 7-8).

    As with Isaiah, these verses need no further explanation. The prophet Jeremiah directly preached the gospel!

    Ezekiel and Daniel

    Ezekiel wrote this of Israel’s descendants, alive today: “For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land” (36:24).

    The next ten verses describe a period of rebuilding and national prosperity that can only happen after Christ’s Return. Take time to read them. They are unmistakably clear.

    And Daniel wrote, “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up akingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44).

    Did Daniel preach the kingdom of God? The Bible answers, “yes”—repeatedly!

    All the Minor Prophets

    With the possible exception of Jonah (who must have preached it outside of his book), all of the Minor Prophets recorded the gospel of the kingdom of God in one way or another.

    Remember, seeing the phrase “the gospel of the kingdom of God” is not the only proper way of describing this coming government! Genesis 12:3 and Galatians 3:8 have already shown this.

    Review the following verses. In each case, you will find that they refer, directly or indirectly, to the kingdom of God: Hosea 2:16, 19; 3:5; Joel 2:21-27; Amos 9:11-15; Obadiah 21; Micah 4:1-3; Habakkuk 2:14; Zephaniah 3:14-20; Zechariah 14:1-3, 8-9; Malachi 3:1-3.

    Peter was right. “God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began…the restitution of all things”—that can only occur with the coming of God’s government.

    It is important to make one final point from this verse. It says, “God has spoken by the mouth of…” The gospel of the kingdom of God is a message from God. It should be clear that God speaks through whatever kind of servant He is using—prophet, patriarch, judge, deacon, preacher of righteousness, king, apostle or pastor!

    His servants always spoke the same message!

    Matthew’s account mentions “gospel of the kingdom” three times. Notice: “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (9:35). In most of His parables, Christ taught the basics of the kingdom of God. Matthew alone makes over fifty references to it.

    Luke records that Jesus Christ commissioned His disciples to preach this same message: “Then He called His twelve disciples together...And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God” (9:1-2). Soon after, He sent seventy others to preach, and they also carried the message of the “kingdom of God” (10:1, 9).

    Standing before Pontius Pilate on the night He was betrayed, Christ gave an important clue to understanding the kingdom: “My kingdom is not of this world [this present society]” (John 18:36). We will discover the details later of how God’s government will be established on earth.

    Separate Gospel of Jesus Christ?

    Recall, yet again, Mark 1:1: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” What is the “gospel of Jesus Christ”? Is this a different, second gospel? Regarding Paul, we could ask, on the other hand, did he forget about this gospel?

    No! But most modern preachers teach that the gospel of Jesus Christ is about Jesus Christ. They claim that He is the kingdom of God—that the gospel of the kingdom refers exclusively to Him. But this is not what the Bible says! The gospel of Christ is His gospelHis message about the kingdom of God!

    Messengers carry messages. Remember, Christ was a Messenger sent from God with an announcement. His message was not about Himself—it was about the kingdom of God! In John 12:49-50, Christ said, “For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.”

    Plainly, Christ functioned as a messenger—a representative—a SPOKESMAN for the coming kingdom of God.

    In John 14:24, Jesus said, “The word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s which sent Me.” Christ brought the Father’s message. This should now be clear! Recall that He stated, “The law and the prophets were [preached] until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached” (Luke 16:16).

    That is what this Work is doing today, and, through this booklet, the kingdom of God is being preached to you.

    What Is the Kingdom of God?

    Matthew 6:33 states, “But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…” If you are to seek something as your first goal and focus in life, you must know exactly what it is!

    This chapter contains what many call “The Lord’s Prayer” (vs. 9-13). Christ instructs Christians to pray “after this manner,” and then continues by adding the phrase, “Thy kingdom come.” Knowing what you are praying for will make your prayers far more meaningful! (This booklet’s primary purpose is to explain the true gospel of the Bible. To understand the kingdom of God in detail, read our free booklet What Is the Kingdom of God?)

    But we should ask, at least briefly: What is the kingdom of God? Again, the word kingdom simply means “government.” Of course, you cannot have a government without a nation to govern. Therefore, a kingdom is at least one nation with a government.

    There are four necessary components of any kingdom: (1) Land, property or territory—however large or small. In other words, one must have a specific and definite set of boundaries establishing the size of the kingdom, (2) a ruler, king, monarch or governor leading the government, (3) people or subjects living within the territory governed, and (4) a system of laws and rules and a basic structure of government.

    No kingdom is complete without all these basic elements.

    But how does this apply to God’s kingdom? Is this to be a literal, physical place on earth, with people and laws, presided over by a ruler?

    Most do not understand even these most basic elements of the kingdom of God. Some believe that this kingdom is in the hearts of men. Others believe that it is wherever you find a particular church. Still others believe that it is Jesus Christ Himself. Some believe that it is on earth now, with others believing that it is yet to come, but not understanding how or when this will occur.

    Such confusion!

    One Must Be Born Again into the Kingdom

    Paul wrote that Jesus, after His resurrection, became “the firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18), and “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Rom. 8:29). When connected, these two verses show that Christ is the firstborn from the dead, and that many others will follow later. But when—and into what—will these others be born?

    In John 3:3, Christ said to Nicodemus, “Verily, verily [this means truly, truly], I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In verse 6, He continues, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    Believe this plain verse. One must become spirit to see the kingdom of God!

    Paul also wrote, “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (I Cor. 15:50). The following two verses there explain that the resurrection will occur at the Seventh (“last”) Trumpet, when “the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

    The resurrection of the dead will occur when Christ returns. There must be no misunderstanding this great event. People who were once fleshly human beings will be changed into spirit—will beborn again—and enter into the kingdom of God.

    John 4:24 states that “God is a Spirit.” Under the Father, Christ will lead His kingdom, to be composed of resurrected spirit beings. At His Return, Christ, as a member of the Family of God, will have many younger “brothers and sisters,” who will have qualified to rule with Him in His kingdom.

    There is a plant kingdom, an animal kingdom, human kingdoms and an angelic kingdom. There is also the kingdom of God.

    Notice Genesis 1:26: “And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.” Referring to Themselves, the One speaking says, “Us,” “Our,” “Our.” This verse reveals that there is more than one Being in the Godhead. In fact, there are two! In this scripture, the Hebrew word for God is Elohim. This is a uniplural term like groupteamcommittee or family, with all of these terms representing one entity, comprised of several persons.

    Thus, the Bible teaches that there is one God, composed of two Persons—the Father and Christ—with many more children to be added later. The first time that God will add more to His Family is at the time Christ’s kingdom is established.

    At that time, “many sons shall be brought unto glory” through the work of the “Captain of our salvation” (Heb. 2:10). Verse 11 says that Christ “is not ashamed to call them brethren”—those of whom Christ is called the “firstborn.”

    Do you see what is described here? A true Christian’s goal—his destiny—is to be born into the coming kingdom (government) of God as a spirit being who will rule under Christ. What could be more wonderful—more glorious—for a Christian to look forward to?

    There Are Conditions to Entering the Kingdom

    Christ said to a young rich man inquiring about eternal life, “…if you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17). Jesus explained that one must keep the Ten Commandments, and specifically cited five of them in the passage.

    Let me explain. In Romans 6:23, Paul wrote, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” You receive wages from your job. These wages constitute payment for work you have done. Wages are something that you earn. Death is what all have “earned”—through sin! If Christ had not paid this penalty, the final “paycheck” that all people would receive is death—the ultimate “pink slip.” On the other hand, salvation is a gift. Youcannot earn it.

    But what is sin? Since committing it results in death, should you not know what it is? I John 3:4 records, “Sin is the transgression of the law.” This is the same law that the young rich man was told he must obey to inherit eternal life.

    Recall Christ’s words in Mark 1:15: “Repent you, and believe the gospel.” Repentance is from sin (Acts 3:19)—the breaking of God’s spiritual Law. A Christian is one who has repented of this, and been baptized (Acts 2:38), and converted (3:19). Through a lifetime of overcoming sin, the Christian qualifies for (though he can never “earn”) salvation and spiritual birth into the kingdom of God.

    The Kingdom of God Must Still be Preached Today

    In the Matthew 24 (and 25) Olivet Prophecy, Christ was asked about those events that would be the signs of His Second Coming and of “the end of the world [age].” He answered that a number of different trends and conditions would occur first. In verse 14, He stated, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the endcome.” The true gospel was prophesied to be preached until “the end come.” This plainly means that someone will be preaching it now, in our present age—because the end has not yet come.

    The Kingdom of God is Coming

    Make no mistake! Christ will soon return to earth and establish His kingdom. No human beingcould set up a single, world-ruling government that could work. In late 1966, wondering about the possibilities, I asked my United States Congressman if he thought that this could ever happen. He had been in Congress for over thirty years, to that point. He loudly asserted that it was not possible. Interestingly, he did say that if he thought it could work, he would “shout it from the housetops.” I shall never forget his words. He was absolutely right—it certainly would never work, if left in the hands of men! But this is not what Christ will do.

    Recall that Daniel wrote, “And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Dan. 2:44). The kingdom of God will reign over the entire earth—ALL nations—and the resurrected saints shall share this reign with Christ.

    Now notice three separate passages in Revelation. Through John, Christ states, “To him thatovercomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne” (3:21). Also notice 2:26-27: “And he that overcomes…to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.” And, finally, “and [God] has made us…kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (5:10).

    Has anyone ever told you about any of these verses? Almost certainly not. Yet, they are basic, and have been in the Bible for thousands of years!

    No wonder that when Christ was on trial for His life, He said, “My kingdom is not of this world: if My kingdom were of this world, then would My servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is My kingdom not from here” (John 18:36). Pilate had asked Him, “Are you a kingthen?” Christ answered, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world…” (vs. 37).

    Jesus Christ understood throughout His life that He was born to be a king (Luke 1:31-33)!

    The prophet Isaiah was inspired to also record, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (2:2-4).

    The exact same prophecy is repeated in Micah 4:1-3!

    In front of the United Nations Building is the sculptured image of a large man forging a plow from a sword. I have seen it hundreds of times because I conducted Sabbath services directly across the street from that spot for over four years. But no one seems to any longer take notice of, or even believe, the enormous prophecy this famous sculpture depicts.

    Christ came to be a KING. When His reign begins, world peace will literally “break out”—along with worldwide happiness, prosperity, abundance and supreme joy! No human government has ever been able to bring these things to even one country on earth.

    This soon-coming kingdom is the core of the very gospel that Christ brought. Do you believe it?Will you believe it?

    The Restored Church of God is boldly preaching this greatest of prophetic truths. This prophecy is sure—it is certain! And, when it is fulfilled, you too can be a part of God’s wonderful government!

    3. The True Jesus – Unknown! Jesus Christ is celebrated and worshiped by billions. But Paul warned of worshiping “another Jesus

    Jesus Christ is renowned the world over, His name familiar in every culture, whether one professes to be Christian, atheist or of any other religion. Many have opinions about Him, regardless of their beliefs about who He was and what He taught. His name stirs great controversy.

    Yet, despite worldwide recognition—despite billions professing to follow Him—despite all the knowledge circulating about Him—Jesus Christ remains unknown—even to Christianity!

    Is it possible the central figure of a religion could be unknown to almost all who profess to follow Him? The answer has everything to do with a different, false Jesus having been foisted on an unsuspecting world.

    Opinions range widely about Who and What was Jesus Christ—as well as what He means in today’s world. But few disagree that He forever changed the course of history and civilization.

    Through the centuries, thousands of books, stories, television documentaries, films and even novels have been written and produced about Jesus Christ. Hundreds of thousands of churches have been erected in His name. Millions have claimed to be His ministers. Billions have professed Him “Lord and Savior.”

    What is your view of Jesus? What image does His name evoke? Perhaps a thin, long-haired man in a flowing white robe. Maybe a baby in a manger, with three “wise men” giving Him gifts on December 25. Or a crucified figure in a loincloth, with trickles of blood oozing from Him? Possibly Easter eggs and sunrise services?—or the Christmas season?

    What about Jesus pleading with people to give their hearts to Him?—adding, “Just show love to all people and accept Me into your hearts to be saved.” Or walking through villages giving money to the poor, or saying, “Just believe in Me. Obedience is no longer necessary.”

    These and other well-known views of Jesus Christ have been driven into the minds of countless billions over the centuries. Though commonly believed, these images and perceptions fail the test of careful biblical and historical examination. The popular, mainstream ideas about the supposed Christ of the Bible and what He taught simply do not measure up to the facts—what have been largely unassembled facts.

    Most have accepted without question what they have heard, read or were taught throughout their lives about Christ and the teachings He brought. These same people usually vigorously defend their beliefs while feeling no need to examine proof of why they believe what they do—or to consider how they came to such beliefs. Human nature follows the crowd, which follows what is popular.

    This has been the case with virtually every one of the widely accepted teachings, traditions and practices of mainstream Christianity. Few are aware—or even care—that these have been taken almost entirely from paganism, false customs and human reasoning—and not from the Bible. Most of the teachings of Christendom have no biblical basis whatsoever—and in many cases Jesus actually commands the exact opposite!

    Do you understand Jesus’ family life, social environment and the first-century world, as well as how He was both God and Man, what His Coming achieved and the purpose of His triumphant Return? Have you comprehended the long, agonizing hours during which Jesus was illegallyarrested, tried, humiliated, tortured and subjected to the worst instrument of execution devised by men? What about His clash with Satan, and how this determined the ultimate destiny of all nations? And what of how that battle is tied to the true gospel, the only message Jesus brought—but so few have heard?

    The Bible speaks of “Jesus Christ,” but also warns of “another Jesus.” Almost impossible to believe, nearly all worship the wrong one! How does one know the difference—how do you discern which is which?

    In-depth knowledge of the true Jesus Christ is about to enter your view for the first time…

    “Another Jesus”?

    Thus, the Jesus Christ of the Bible has been left out of professing Christianity—unknown to vast millions, hidden in a cloud of deceit, confusion, lies and commonly accepted falsehoods. He has been replaced—counterfeited and substituted—with “another Jesus,” one entirely different—and the one the apostle Paul warned against in II Corinthians 11:4. Notice: “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached…you might well bear with him [you put up with it].”

    Here are examples contrasting the false Jesus with the true Jesus of the Bible.

    • The ministers of one Jesus teach the saved go to heaven. The true Christ revealed, “No man has ascended into heaven” and “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Matt. 5:5). Related to this, the one tells his followers they have an “immortal soul,” and the wicked go to an “ever-burning hell.” The Other teaches that people are souls and the wicked will be destroyed forever in the lake of fire.

    • One Jesus has ministers who speak endlessly of how the Law has been done away—nailed to the cross—having been kept for them by Jesus. The Other taught, “Think NOT that I come to destroy the law, or the prophets” (Matt. 5:17), and “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17)—after which He listed five of the Ten Commandments to make clear what He meant.

    • One Jesus teaches that Sunday is the Lord’s Day. The other declared this about the Fourth Commandment, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is LORD OF THE SABBATH” (Mark 2:27-28). He did not say, “The Sabbath was made for Jews, and I am a Jew, so that is why I keep it—but you don’t need to, because I’m now Lord of Sunday.” One is left to wonder: If Jesus had said to keep Sunday, would the whole world keep Saturday?

    More Contrasts

    Understand. Jesus, who grew up in a strong, Commandment-keeping middle-class family of parents, brothers and sisters living in humble circumstances, observed the weekly Sabbath. But His family also observed the annual Holy Days, which picture God’s plan of salvation for mankind. Consider more contrasts between the counterfeit and the true Jesus.

    • One endorses the pagan Easter celebration, the worship of the Egyptian/Babylonian goddess Ishtar/Ashtaroth—the Other kept and requires observance of God’s Passover.

    • One broke the only sign that he was the Messiah (and therefore his word!) and was in the grave just 36 hours—the Other kept His word, proving He was the Messiah by remaining there exactly three days and three nights.

    • One celebrates his birthday in late December, through re-invention of a time-honored pagan festival of wild celebration—the Other was born in the early autumn and condemns this tradition as an abomination.

    Jesus was reared a Galilean, and as a rugged carpenter—and therefore was looked down upon for not being “cosmopolitan,” or a recognized religious scholar or as having come from aristocracy, like His contemporaries in Jerusalem. And His physical appearance, as foretold centuries earlier, was at best average—far from the handsome image promoted by Hollywood.

    Let’s continue the contrast:

    • One Jesus was weak, skinny, effeminate and had long hair—the true Christ was rugged, strong, masculine and wore hair closely cropped.

    • One is largely seen as either a helpless newborn in a manger or dead on a cross—the Other is all-powerful and sitting at the right hand of God.

    • One teaches adherence to ancient pagan holidays condemned in the Bible—the Other teaches observance of the seven annual Holy Days outlined in Scripture and commanded to be kept forever.

    Jesus’ Message

    Christ was born when anticipation of the Messiah’s impending arrival was in the air, and when Rome changed from a republic to a conquering empire, clearing the way for the gospel to spread to diverse kingdoms, cities, cultures, regions and territories.

    Before starting His ministry, Christ defeated Satan in a titanic battle of wills, qualifying to replace him in ruling the earth. He then called the disciples from humble origins, and with His Father’s guidance, personally prepared them through an intense training period to become apostles.

    Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and preached the gospel to the poor. He shattered myths and changed lives. Yet, despite these—and spectacular miracles such as walking on water, feeding thousands with a few pieces of fish and bread, and other marvelous acts—leaders would not accept His words—or His AUTHORITY!

    Christ preached a message that is today entirely unknown to the multiplying, disagreeing and competing churches of professing Christianity—it was the good news of the kingdom of God—a coming

    world supergovernment that would bring justice, equity, peace, happiness, abundance and prosperity to all peoples and nations.

    This centerpiece of Jesus’ ministry is another of the many things He taught that so few have heard and almost no one believes.

    Again, the contrast continues:

    • One Jesus teaches that his followers must spread an already-existing kingdom, as they seek to fix this world—the Other that His kingdom will come at His Return, and that His resurrected, glorified followers will first restore and then continue ruling cities and nations in the world to come.

    • One largely defines the Christian mission as giving money and aid to the poor—the Other said to give them the gospel of the kingdom of God.

    • One sends missionaries around the world to have the masses “profess” him and “get saved”—the Other directs His Church to announce to all nations the soon arrival of God’s kingdom, knowing only the Father decides who comes to His Son.

    Jesus Christ promised, “I will build My Church” (Matt. 16:18). He is still today building, feeding, protecting, strengthening, guiding, training and governing that ONE undivided Church.

    • Yet, one Jesus has followers who build their own thousands of differing, divided churches, and who, because they cannot agree on his teachings, necessarily offer a widely inclusive, counterfeit “body of Christ” to house them—the true Christ built one unified Church, Body and Temple, where everyone walks in harmony, believing and speaking the same thing.

    • One permits the unrestrained promotion of idols, images and pictures all through his churches—the Other condemns all forms of this in His Second Commandment.

    • One is worshipped by billions and leads all brands of this world’s recognized, accepted Christendom, better thought of as Churchianity—the Other is worshipped by a few, and has one discounted, persecuted “little flock” that has come out of the world.

    • One carries neither real power nor real authority, and his churches operate on human strength—the Other has all power and authority in heaven and earth, and divinely strengthens His dynamic Church.

    • One is essentially a dead savior with dead teachings building dead churches—the Other is alive and brings living truth from His living Word to a living Church.

    What Does the True Christ Expect of His Followers?

    Jesus Christ commanded, “Repent and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15). Paul added, “God…commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30)—meaning to change their thoughts, attitudes, words and actions, and to live the only way He always intended. God is calling but a select few into the understanding of His truth, to live His way of life.

    It takes faith to change, to reject the pulls of the flesh, the devil and society, and permit Christ to live in you through His Spirit. It means growing from human faith to the faith of Christ, to come under Jesus’ authority, and to submit to His government, administered in His Church.

    Being called into the way of true Christianity means you must permit God to build His holy, righteous character within you—a lifelong process involving time, trials, tests and lessons. You must yield yourself as clay to the Master Potter, and put your will aside. You must voluntarily choose to “enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that [are finding] it” (Matt. 7:13-14).

    With God’s way of life come endless benefits for faithful obedience. This means “We have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (I John 3:21-22).

    Jesus set the example, the pattern for overcoming sin and focusing one’s life on being born into the kingdom of God.

    There are two opposing ways of life. One is described as the way of “give,” the other of “get.” One of the greatest teachings of Jesus is that “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Of course, Christ set the ultimate example by giving Himself for mankind. The give way for Christians begins with recognizing they belong to God as “living sacrifices.”

    Being called also means being willing to “endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ”—to untangle and disengage “himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who has chosen him to be a soldier” (II Tim. 2:3-4). It means a life of waging spiritual warfare—but also of enjoying unbounded happiness at the same time!

    The way of true Christianity is infinitely more than mere talk—it requires action. It brings with it security, peace of mind, excitement, thrilling news of God’s Work, and a host of blessings—including the greatest one: hearing Christ say upon His Return, “Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord” (Matt. 25:21). In other words, receive rulership under the glorified Christ in His kingdom.

    God’s is a way leading to inheritance of “all things” as “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17), who is called “the firstborn among many brethren” (vs. 29).

    But the path to God’s kingdom is not easy. Building character is the only thing one can carry into eternal life, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (I Cor. 15:50).

    Two Ways

    Let’s see a few final comparisons:

    • One Jesus blindly repeats that you are saved by his death—the true Jesus Christ reveals and explains how you are “saved by His life” (Rom. 5:10).

    • One has done away with tithing to make himself more appealing and easier to serve—the Other bluntly declares, “This ought you to have done” (Matt. 23:23; Luke 11:42), and to neglect tithing is to “rob God” (Mal. 3:8).

    • One says, “Come just as you are”—the Other commands, “Repent [change] and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:17).

    • One assures, “You are already saved,” because “once saved, always saved”—the Other declares (twice), “He that endures to the end shall be saved” (Matt. 10:22), and “to him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I overcame…” (Rev. 3:21).

    • One does not care how you worship him, what customs and doctrines you believe—the Other is a “jealous God,” demanding in John 4 that we “worship Him in Spirit—and in truth!”, and says, “If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

    • Finally, one Jesus works through “another spirit,” the “spirit of error,” the “spirit of disobedience”—the true Jesus Christ works through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God, the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17;15:26; 16:13).

    To conclude the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained, “Whosoever hears these sayings of Mine [what Christ taught], and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock…And everyone that hears these sayings of Mine [truth], and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand” (Matt. 7:24-27).

    Which of these will you be?

    “Another Jesus” and the true Jesus Christ stand before you! You cannot claim to serve and believe the true—the right—Jesus while copying the path and teachings of the wrong one. Which you follow—in conduct and teachings—becomes the greatest choice you will ever make!

    Truly Unique

    Unlike anything ever written about Jesus Christ, The True Jesus Christ – Unknown to Christianityaccurately examines the life and teachings of the most influential Person in history. It takes you on an extraordinary and gripping journey, and correctly answers all the greatest questions about Him—straight from the Bible—and secular history.

    You can learn what only a tiny few have understood.

    What did the real Jesus look like? What was His life’s purpose—His ultimate mission? When was He born? Has He always existed? What did it mean that He was the prophesied Messiah—the Christ? Did He abolish the Ten Commandments? Was His gospel about Himself? What did He teach of when one is born again? What did Jesus teach about the Passover? And what about observance of other days? Who will rule during the Millennium? What is the kingdom of God? And where did the other Jesus come from?

    Do you understand Jesus’ family life, social environment and the first-century world, as well as how He was both God and Man, what His Coming achieved and the purpose of His triumphant Return? Have you comprehended the long, agonizing hours during which Jesus was illegally arrested, tried, humiliated, tortured and subjected to the worst instrument of execution devised by men? What about His clash with Satan, and how this determined the ultimate destiny of all nations? And what of how that battle is tied to the true gospel?

    All these questions—and many more—demand plain, easy-to-understand answers. The book brings them.

    The most difficult thing for any person is to admit being wrong. Unlearning false knowledge and learning true knowledge in its place is not easy. This can be a painful, shattering experience. Throwing aside allpreconceived ideas is very difficult for almost all. Do not discount facts and truth simply because you are unfamiliar with a belief. Investigate your Bible for what is revealed. Most will not be like the Bereans of the book of Acts who “received the word [Paul’s preaching] with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

    What will you do?

    The True Jesus Christ – Unknown to Christianity changes people! Prepare to be shocked ! Bringing God’s perspective, and in plain language, it is based entirely on Scripture, and known facts of history. It examines in-depth the life, ministry and teachings of Jesus as never before, and excludes popular tradition, theory and opinion—the usual approach to His life.

    Most have no idea there is a true Jesus and a false one, let alone how to discern which is which. Nor have they any idea the vast range of well-defined customs and teachings separating them. Therefore, almost impossible to believe, nearly the whole world worships the wrong one! One is well-known to the world—but you will soon have absolutely no doubt the TRUE Jesus Christ IS unknown to Christianity. He could be about to enter your view for the first time.

    “Another Jesus”?

    Paul warned those of his day—and forewarned all later generations—of a clever counterfeit facing the early Church—one that is directly, yet subtly, related to vain worship: “For if he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if you receive another spirit, which you have not received, or another gospel, which you have not accepted, you might well bear with him” (II Cor. 11:4).

    The Greek word translated “another” in this verse is allos, meaning “different.” Paul warned of adifferent Jesus—not the One of the Bible, not the only begotten Son of God, but an impostor.

    In other words, the “another Jesus” is NOT the true Jesus

    Paul, who was inspired by the true Jesus Christ of the Bible, was moved to record the peril of unwittingly following “another Jesus.” Whomever you may think this false Jesus to be—and most have probably never remotely considered the idea for even a moment—there is such a thing as a wrong, different and false Jesus—called “another Jesus.” The subtlety of how this can occur, and how it has occurred in history, is so deceptive—so seductive—that even true Christians can unknowing slip into worshipping this so-called Jesus. This was happening to the Corinthians.

    Millions maintain a pretense of Christianity, but it is only a façade, of whom Paul described as “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” (II Tim. 3:5). For them, the final authority in matters of faith and moral behavior is not the Word of God, but the inner workings of the human mind. Some denominations view the Bible as merely a historical document requiring human interpretation to correct its “errors.”

    People unknowingly worship in ways that are far different from what they sincerely believe or intend. When one does not understand the “simplicity in Christ” (II Cor. 11:3) and allow the Bible to interpret itself, the inevitable result is to soon be unwittingly following a different savior (vs. 4).

    The “Jesus” commonly spoken of in the large denominations of accepted Christianity promotes the idea that obeying God’s divine laws is no longer needed because they were “nailed to the cross.” All a Christian must do is “accept and believe in Him” to be assured a place in heaven. Because of such false ideas, the majority of believers reject the seventh-day Sabbath, the annual Holy Days and other truths of the Bible, leaving an open door for a host of non-biblical practices that God calls abominations.

    Paul foretold a time when fables and the traditions of men would be substituted for the truth: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Tim. 4:3-4).

    This deception began in the first century, but has grown much worse in recent times. Most receive teachers who tell them what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. Wrong conduct is justified—explained away—giving no regard to the warning, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isa. 5:20). God does not take lightly those who place their view of His laws and way of life in place of HIS view.

    Paul wrote of “another gospel” and “another spirit,” appearing in conjunction with this “another Jesus.” History reveals that traditional Christianity brought in a different Jesus. And with him came a different gospel, a social gospel of “love” and “tolerance”—one that does not require any personal responsibility, such as repentance. Its message is “come as you are” and “believe on Jesus” to receive salvation.

    Today, everyone hears much about the person of Jesus Christ—confining the message solely to the things about the Son of God, but not about the message He brought: the kingdom of God, the only government that will bring universal peace, security, abundance and prosperity to all nations and peoples. Sadly, millions believe on Jesus, but do not actually believe Him—they do not DO what He taught!

    The master counterfeiter (Satan the devil, who we have seen is called the “god of this world” in II Cor. 4:4) seeks to counterfeit every aspect of God’s plan. We have seen that he “deceives thewhole world” (Rev. 12:9). As the arch-deceiver, he would not be content to counterfeit all otheraspects of Christianity but not the identity and worship of the true Savior!

    You are about to learn of the astonishing parallel between the “saviors” found throughout ancient religion and the popular “savior” worshipped today in Christendom. It is also a fact that these ancient counterfeit saviors were often worshipped in conjunction with springtime festivals of renewal. The modern face of these festivals is the pagan Easter celebration.

    Easter—Condemned in the Bible!

    It will come as a surprise to most that Easter is mentioned repeatedly in the Bible—but never in a good context. In fact, God condemns the custom in the strongest possible terms. We will see that Easter is interwoven with the worship of Baal and sun worship.

    Before concluding that this cannot be true, force yourself to consider the facts of history. It is vital to understand the origin of Easter, and its connection to the Jesus worshipped by millions, because this spring celebration is considered the holiest in the Christian calendar.

    So then, who or what is Easter? From where does this term derive?

    The following sources answer the question: “What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else thanAstarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven…Now, the Assyrian goddess, or Astarte, is identified with Semiramis by Athenagoras (Legatio, vol. ii. p. 179), and by Lucian (De Dea Syria, vol. iii. p. 382)…Now, no name could more exactly picture forth the character of Semiramis, as queen of Babylon, than the name of ‘Asht-tart,’ for that just means ‘The woman that made towers’…Ashturit, then…is obviously the same as the Hebrew ‘Ashtoreth’” (Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, pp. 103, 307-308, emphasis ours).

    Notice this conclusive quote from Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia: “Ishtar was the Great Mother, the goddess of fertility and the queen of heaven.” In Jeremiah 7:18, God condemned baking cakes (hot cross buns) to the “queen of heaven.” So, in actuality, Ashtaroth (Ishtar) was Nimrod’s (Gen. 10:8-10) harlotrous, mother/wife widow, Semiramis, as many other ancient historians attest! Easter is none other than Ashtaroth! More proof will follow, but we can now examine the scriptures that show how God views the worship of this pagan goddess—by any name.

    Easter, Baal and Israel

    Now that we know that Easter is the goddess Ashtaroth, we need to look into the Bible and see what God thinks of her, and notice her connection to Baal.

    This first of two sources about Baal comes from Encyclopedia Britannica, and it begins to connect Baal to Ashtaroth: “The Semitic word baal, meaning owner or master, was also used in ancient religions for lord or god, and it is still defined as a Canaanite or Phoenician deity. Among the greatest of the Semitic peoples’ deities were Baal and Astarte—both symbols of fertility. Baal, the god of the sun, was supposed to make crops grow and flocks increase. Astarte [was] the goddess of the moon…”

    Now read this quote from The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: “Baal had become the ruler of the universe. The Ugarit tablets make him chief of the Canaanite pantheon. He is the source of life and fertility, the mightiest hero, the lord of war, and the defeater of the god Yam. There were many temples of Baal in Canaan, and the name Baal was often added to that of a locality, e.g., Baal-peor, Baal-hazor, Baal-hermon. The Baal cult penetrated Israel and at times led to syncretism…The practice of sacred prostitution seems to have been associated with the worship of Baal in Palestine and the cult was vehemently denounced by the prophets…” (emphasis ours).

    Baal was the most popular and powerful god of his time, considered to be “ruler of the universe,” and Israel wanted to be associated with—to worship—both Baal and the true God. Hence, the above reference to “syncretism,” which is the mixing of true and false religion—the worship of the true God mixed with customs, practices and worship of other gods.

    Merging worship of the true God with Baal worship was Israel’s problem. It led Elijah to indict all Israel: “How long halt you between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word” (I Kgs. 18:21).

    Now let’s examine Israel’s involvement with Baal and Ashtaroth: “And the children of Israel didevil in the sight of the Lord…And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth [Easter]” (Judges 2:11, 13).

    The context of the passage shows that God allowed His people to be taken from their land into foreign captivity as a result of this sin! It continues, explaining that God delivered His people over and over again through a series of judges. After each deliverance, Israel returned to the same false gods, which in turn brought another captivity, via conquest by the nations around them. They never seemed to learn, as verse 19 makes clear: “And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they returned, and corrupted themselves…in following other gods…and…they ceased not from their own doings, nor from their stubborn way.” In chapter 10, verse 6, Israel repeats this pattern of rebellion and stubbornness. And God, just as insistently, called it evil—as He still does today.

    Baal and Ashtaroth worship reappeared during the prophet Samuel’s time. Samuel told Israel, “…put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto theLord, and serve Him only…Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, andserved the Lord only” (I Sam. 7:3-4). Later, in I Samuel 12:10-11, Samuel publicly recounted Israel’s history to them. He reminded them that they continually returned to obeying God, only to fall backward into idolatry time and time again!

    Let’s read one final example. The Bible states that King Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Yet, he made a mistake God considered so great that, after his death, He punished Solomon by removing the kingdom from his son.

    His mistake?

    Solomon married a Gentile “stranger” who led him into the worship of Easter (Ashtaroth). Notice I Kings 11:4-6: “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods…For Solomon went after Ashtaroth the goddess of the Zidonians…And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.” Verses 11-12 demonstrate that the kingdom was, in fact, taken from his son.

    God considered worship of this goddess as outright “evil.” This was even though Solomon was only “not fully” seeking the true God.

    It has been said, “The only thing man has learned from history is that no one learns from history.” George Santayana took it further, stating, as we saw, “Those who do not learn the lesson of history are doomed to repeat it.”

    This lesson describes ancient Israel—but it also describes today’s modern world. Because Israel could not stay on track, they were eventually taken into captivity, eventually becoming lost to history! (After one more captivity and punishment, prophecy reveals that God will gather them from a final, coming captivity just before Christ’s Return.)

    This paragraph requires far too much explanation for this book. In fact, it requires its own full book to explain—America and Britain in Prophecy. You have never read anything like it.

    What History Reveals

    We are now prepared to examine the astonishing record from history, and allow it to expose the popular “another Jesus” worshipped today for who he really is. Prepare to be stunned—and, hopefully, even more deeply motivated to act upon all that you are learning!

    First, there is this: “…the conception of a Saviour-God was quite normal in the ancient pagan world…a conception of salvation underlies the notion of such Gods as Osiris, Attis, and Adonis…” (John M. Robertson, Christianity and Mythology, p. 395).

    And then this incredible admission: “It has often been urged that this belief in the Resurrection of Jesus is due to ideas of divine resurrection current in the contemporary world…stories of Attis, Adonis, and Osiris…In the pagan stories the rising again is a joyous reversal of defeat; in the Christian story it is the complement of victorious death. It may be said that Attis and Osiris saved by rising again, Jesus by dying…the Easter observance did not arise at once out of belief in the Resurrection, but developed later by gradual stages out of the Jewish Pasch. The notion implied in the Easter greeting Christ is risen is a secondary development; the idea comes from this festival and from its occurrence in spring; the festival does not come from the idea. The idea of Christ’s resurrection was injected into the old practice of Easter observance and not the other way around” (A. Nock, Early Gentile Christianity and its Hellenistic Background, pp. 105-107, emphasis ours throughout).

    The powerful theme of this oft-repeated counterfeit is made absolutely clear by the famous historian, James George Frazer: “Now the death and resurrection of Attis were officially celebrated at Rome on the 24th and 25th of March, the latter being regarded as the spring equinox, and…according to an ancient and widespread tradition Christ suffered on the 25th of March…the tradition which placed the death of Christ on the 25th of March…is all the more remarkable because astronomical considerations prove that it can have had no historical foundation…When we remember that the festival of St. George in April has replaced the ancient pagan festival of the Parilia; that the festival of St. John the Baptist in June has succeeded to a heathen Midsummer festival of water; that the festival of the Assumption of the Virgin in August has ousted the festival of Diana; that the feast of All Souls [Halloween] in November is a continuation of an old heathen feast of the dead; and that the Nativity of Christ himself was assigned to the winter solstice in December because that day was deemed the Nativity of the Sun; we can hardly be thought to be rash or unreasonable in conjecturing that the other cardinal festival of the Christian church—the solemnization of Easter—may have been in like manner, and from like motives of edification, adapted to a similar celebration of the Phyrigian god Attis at the vernal equinox…It is a remarkable coincidence…that the Christian and the heathen festivals of the divine death and resurrection should have been solemnized at the same season…It is difficult to regard the coincidence as purely accidental” (The Golden Bough, Vol. I, pp. 306-309, emphasis ours).

    While very extensive, this next and final source is perhaps the most powerful—and the most fascinating to understand. Let its message crash on your ears: “The similarity of ancient pagan legends and beliefs with Christian traditions was so great that they excited the attention and undisquised [sic] wrath of the early Christian…not knowing how to explain it. Tertullian said, ‘The Devil, by the mysteries of his idols, imitates even the main part of the divine mysteries.’ Furthermore Cortez, too, complained that the Devil had possibly taught the Mexicans that same thing that God taught Christendom. The common idea is that pagan gods fled away at Christ’s coming, yet it is well known to every Bible student [that] this is contrary to fact. At the time of the recorded appearance of Jesus, and for some centuries before, there were temples without dedicated to Apollo or Dionysius among the Greeks, or Hercules among the Romans, Mithra among the Persians, Baal and Astarte among the Babylonians, and temples dedicated to other gods. An outstanding phenomenon is apparent: notwithstanding great geographic distance, racial difference between cults and in detail of services, the general outline of creeds and ceremonieswere—if not identical—markedly similar.

    “A fact that cannot be considered coincidental is, that of 11 main deities from the seven countries, it was believed of all or nearly all that these deities’ births were on or near Christmas, of a virgin mother, in a cave underground, that they led a life of toil for man. They were thought to have been light bringers, healers, mediators, and into saviors. They were vanguished [sic] by the power of darkness, descended into hell or the underworld, to have arisen to become pioneers of mankind to a heavenly world…Krishna [part of the Hindu trinity], the god of India is an outstanding example of a parallel with the life of Christ. The idea of God sacrificing his son for the salvation of the world is so remote and remarkable—yet it ranges through all ancient religion and back to the earliest times and is embodied in their rituals” (Edward Carpenter, Pagan and Christian Creeds).

    We can summarize the last two sources. The universal church at Rome often incorporated pagan festivals—pasting Christian-sounding names over them and calling them “Christian.” This was done to make Christianity more palatable and familiar to heathen worshippers, whom the Church was trying to attract. It became easy—natural—for the masses who accepted Christianity to be permitted to bring the familiar customs, traditions and beliefs about their own “savior” into worship of the new “savior,” from then on to be referred to as “Jesus Christ.”

    While there is not space in this chapter to thoroughly cover the entire history and origin of this different “Jesus,” a brief summary, followed by one more revealing statement from history, is helpful.

    The Mother and the Savior

    Semiramis (Easter) was both the mother and wife of Nimrod, described in Genesis 10:8-10, who was the great-grandson of Noah and the original Baal. In a blatant attempt to rebel against God shortly after the Flood—and the Tower of Babel was built so that civilization would be impervious to “any other flood that God might bring”—history shows that this mother/son duo appointed themselves as gods to be worshipped. History also records that Noah’s son Shem (Nimrod’s great-uncle) eventually tracked down and killed Nimrod, and sent his body parts throughout his kingdom. (This is also what happened to Osiris, the “father” in the Egyptian trinity with Horus and Isis.) Semiramis fled for her life, only to return 30 years later with her younger son, Horus (the son in the Egyptian trinity), whom she said was born supernaturally and was the reincarnation of Nimrod—the resurrected savior! Nimrod was Horus’ supposed father, and Semiramis claimed that she had immaculately conceived him. She also claimed that she came from the moon in a giant egg that fell into the Euphrates river and that this occurred after the spring equinox on the first full moon. This moon egg was known as Ishtar’s (pronounced Easter’s) Egg. She reinstituted worship of herself and Nimrod, calling herself the mother of god and queen of heaven, among other things, by saying that Nimrod symbolized the sun as it “died” during the long cold winter. She also taught that Nimrod was resurrected, and that his son Horus was resurrected to join him in heaven, and Nimrod’s resurrection was represented by the sun returning each spring to warm the earth and renew life.

    While there is much more to the story than can be included here, Semiramis’ new “mystery system” eventually spread to all peoples of the earth, as the earlier sources reveal.

    Now notice this from the Creation Epic, speaking of Nimrod, the original “savior” of the world: “As for us, by however many names we call him, he is our god! Let us proclaim his 50 names…”

    Here are some of them from history, many of which God condemned Israel for having followed: Nimrod, Molech, Chemosh, Baal, Milcom, Bacchus, Dagon, Osiris, Saturn, Adonis, Cupid, Apis, Volcon, Attis, Kronos and Tammuz, the son in the Babylonian trinity with Ninas (Nimrod) and Ishtar (Easter). (Ezekiel 8:14-16 directly connects Tammuz—the resurrected son of, and reincarnation of, Nimrod—to sunrise services and sun worship, which God calls there an abomination.)

    It can now be better understood why the apostle Paul wrote the Corinthians to beware of the subtle deceit of “another Jesus whom we have not preached.” The original apostles understood that “another” very different “Jesus” whom they had “not preached” had existed for millennia.

    Bible “believers” today can think that they are worshipping the true Savior when they are really worshipping a false savior—“another Jesus”!

    Understand. The entirety of traditional Christianity is worshipping Baal, the mediator and sun god, who was named after his “wife” Ishtar (who we have seen was really his motherSemiramis).

    The modern mother/child “Mary/Jesus” emphasis, including the worshipful adoration of Mary by millions, is a parallel with Semiramis and Nimrod that cannot be missed, even at a cursory glance.

    “Another Jesus”—Brought by “Another Spirit”

    This chapter, and in fact the whole book, is not complete without some summary understanding that ties together what it means to correctly identify the true Jesus—the real Christ—of the Bible.

    We have seen that professing Christianity unwittingly worships a false Jesus (“another Jesus”), who brings with him a false gospel about the Person of Jesus Christ. Now pause and grasp the additional seriousness of what else bringing another “gospel” means—the grave danger of what is actually being brought for worship with this revised “gospel.” The reader must understand why God places a curse (see Gal. 1:8-9) on those who pervert the gospel—those who blur or confuse His literally “Genesis-to-Revelation” announcement about His coming world-rulingsupergovernment.

    The attempt to bring “Jesus” into the gospel derives from a much greater danger, not only that of “another Jesus,” but one born of “another spirit.” In the first century, we saw that some in the Corinth congregation began to believe “another gospel” and “another Jesus,” and did not recognize that these were connected to a third problem—that of following “another SPIRIT.”

    In I John 4:6, the apostle John labels this alien spirit the “spirit of error,” and contrasts it to the “Spirit of truth.” Take a moment to read this verse. It is this spirit of error that is guiding the churches of professing Christianity in its many denominations and branches—and this spirit is connected to a counterfeit “body of Christ.”

    Recognize the gravity of this knowledge. Understand why it is absolutely vital to get this point clear in your mind!

    Extreme Danger!

    Another critically important element ties in here, and is connected directly to the Church that Christ has built (Matt. 16:18)—the only Church where the true Christ is leading His Work, and the true gospel is being preached. The living Jesus Christ has always worked exclusively leading only one, unified, organized, uncompromising Church—the biblical Body of Christ.

    As we read in Chapter Fourteen, the “Christian” world teaches that the Body of Christ—Jesus’ Church—consists of many denominations, fellowships or “communities of believers,” said to all be connected by the “Holy Spirit” working in believers wherever they are affiliated. And we saw the many scriptures explaining the truth of what the Bible teaches about the Body of Christ.

    Here is what the reader must be able to recognize: The entire professing Christian world believes in a different (counterfeit) “body” of a different (counterfeit) “Christ,” emanating from an entirelydifferent (counterfeit) “spirit” that is NOT the Spirit of God. All of these confused, competing churches are led by the “spirit of disobedience” that is plainly identified in Ephesians 2:2—and shown to be sent from the now understood “god of this world”!

    Spirit of Disobedience

    Let’s now examine the central “earmark” that will always reveal to the discerning observer where the “spirit of disobedience” is at work. This phrase is in the context of Paul reminding the Ephesian congregation how they had come out of a different way of life—described as the “course of this world”—in which they had been under the sway of the “prince of the power of the air.”

    First notice this: “Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (2:2).

    We now go full circle from the beginning of the chapter—and in one sense the whole book. Disobedience is the opposite of obedience, and obedience is something that one either displays toward God, or does not. One either obeys God’s Law—the Ten Commandments!—or, no matter the reasons he may have or his underlying “theology,” he disobeys it!

    We saw that almost all of the professing Christian world teaches that God’s Law—His Commandments—were “nailed to the cross” by Jesus (now seen to be another one) through His sacrifice. We also saw that thousands of preachers tell hundreds of millions of parishioners every Sunday that “that Old Testament Law” has been “done away” by Christ. They are routinely told, “You do not need to keep it. It was kept for you by Jesus.”

    And we also saw that millions believe them!

    But Romans 8:7 has explained to the reader that human beings are naturally hostile to God and His Law. The terrible fruits of that disobedience are the tragic record of humanity’s last six millennia.

    The true Jesus Christ taught His disciples, “If you will enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matt. 19:17). We saw that it is these very commandments that define the love of God, and this is made plain by Romans 13:10 and I John 5:3. While the world speaks endlessly of “love” with its “Jesus,” it is not the real love of God that the Bible describes. The “Jesus” of this world brings a very different message about the importance of law-keeping than that of Matthew 19:17, Romans 13:10, I John 5:3 and many more passages in the New Testament that could be cited.

    By now it should be understood that the “prince of the power of the air” is the same as the “god of this world,” the “spirit of error, another spirit” and the “spirit of disobedience.” Obviously, this “god”—and spirit—is Satan the devil. Of course, Satan would never actually reveal himself as the devil, or by any of Paul’s inspired descriptions of him referenced here. Almost none would follow him if he did.

    The devil has hidden his true identity under the guise of the triune god.

    This very different spirit drives the thinking of all modern theology. Under the “power” of this spirit—and Paul shows that this god does have real power—theologians have devised the concept of the trinity. These have cast off the commandments of God, the first four of which would have insulated and protected them—and all humanity—from all false gods and the resultant error—and endless troubles—that come from following them—and from worry about following the wrong Jesus.

    Therefore, it is absolutely imperative to the “god of this world” who stands behind the trinity (and the “Jesus” woven within it) that its adherents not return to commandment-keeping! He must, at all costs, try to prevent people from returning to the only Law that will lead them away from him to the true God—and the true Christ! Recognize that disobedience is the central feature in how Satan’s “voice” is identified.

    Grasp this. Satan is the spirit behind the almost universally accepted false god known as the trinity! When fully understood, those who believe that God is three-in-one—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—are worshipping another Jesus!

    (The subject of the popular triune god is much too large for this chapter, and requires its own thorough book to fully explain and document. You are urged to read The Trinity – Is God Three-In-One?)

    The “Voice of Christ”

    One final towering fact. The true Jesus Christ of the Bible taught that His sheep “know His voice” (John 10:4). Later in John, Jesus stated, “Everyone that is of the truth hears My voice” (18:37). The voice of Christ is here defined as TRUTH!

    The true Christ’s sheep know—can discern—the true Christ’s voice, and can distinguish it from the “voice of a stranger,” which is synonymous with the voice of “another Jesus” and the ministers who represent him.

    Get this straight! The spirit of the true Christ, who taught the only true gospel, does not direct the “churches” and “works” of those worshipping another Jesus inside the trinity, who, again, is part of another gospel, derived from another spirit, all of which appears with another counterfeit “body of Christ”—the disobeying, divided, disagreeing, competing confusion that is thought to be bona fide, real Christianity.

    The true Christ’s voice is in part directly identified with its emphasis on commandment-keeping, and this must never be forgotten in light of all that you have come to understand throughout this book!

    This has been repeated over and over in different ways for emphasis. This is so the reader can see the clear connection between the fundamental elements of the true Jesus Christ—and true Christianity—in contrast to the counterfeits of each.

    Read and reread all that you have seen here until it becomes crystal clear in your mind—until it is impossible to misunderstand what is at stake in which church you attend. Remember, the true Christ is not divided (I Cor. 10:13)—meaning there is only one true Church of God! Until you find that Church—the one, unified Body of Christ—you cannot have contact with the living Christ who heads it—and only it!

    As Corinth attests, this wrong but subtle teaching about the counterfeit Jesus and his “body” is so clever, so seductive, so elusive to those who do not examine it closely, that it has even fooled many of God’s people—those of Christ’s true Church—through the ages.

    Chapter Six explained that the problem in Corinth was traced to brethren there listening to false ministers. Almost immediately after warning of a false Jesus, gospel and spirit, Paul identified this problem, explaining how they had been fooled. Notice a final time: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (II Cor. 11:13-15).

    Human beings can worship in ways that represent things very, very different from what they sincerely believe or intend. Not everything is as it seems.

    Sadly, the ministers of mainstream Christianity—all of them—preach “another Jesus” and subsequently “another gospel,” leading vast millions astray from worshipping and obeying the true God. As a result, their religious practices and traditions are carried out in vain.

    So says God in His Word!


Who was Jesus? Why did He come? Why did He die?

        Responses to such queries came through a host of metaphors found in the Scriptures: the sacrificial Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world; the conquering King of kings; the Light of the world. Jesus was seen as the Son of God-a cosmic deliverer, an emissary from heaven. But also as the Son of man, identifying with us.

        One of the most telling pictures lies in the idea of ransom. Jesus says, "The Son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20:28).* And echoing Him, Peter says, "You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot" (1 Peter 1:18, 19).

        The idea of ransom was common in the ancient world. The word indicated something of value used to reclaim something from a pawnshop. It also referred to the purchase of freedom by a slave. Of course, the ancients also knew all too well about the practice of paying ransom for release of a captured hostage or prisoner of war. Hence Paul's comment, "You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men" (1 Cor. 7:23).

The Ransom Price

        However, restless imaginations soon went to work, and raised the question, If ransomed, who collected the ransom price?

        Interestingly, the Bible never says. Over the centuries a dramatic scenario took shape-part fact, part fiction. According to the tale, a deal was struck between the Father and Satan. Adam had sold his rights-indeed, his soul-to the devil. Knowing the Father's earnest desire to have Adam returned, Satan, with a fiendish cackle, demanded the ultimate price: the life of the Son of God, the final object of Lucifer's hatred.

        So Jesus came-so goes the scenario-and lived under the duress of Satan's torment, and finally forfeited His life. But according to the story, Lucifer himself was fooled, for the Father raised His Son from the grave, leaving Lucifer shorn of his prize, possessor of nothing but an empty tomb. He lost the prize he had extorted from the Father.


The Important Truth

        Despite the fantasy window dressing, we discover here a nugget of truth. Christ did indeed give His life a ransom for us sinners. But the worthwhile question has little to do with who received payment. There is a far more important truth-namely, that in Christ's atonement a monumental price was paid, not in crass commercial terms, but to accomplish reconciliation between us as fallen sinners and our righteous God, to set us right with God. "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life" (Rom. 5:10).
        Before a watching universe God demonstrated once for all how far He would go to make possible redemption of lost sinners. In this extension of His love is revealed the manner in which His sacrifice partakes of ransom qualities.
        We must never forget that it was our God who initiated our rescue, who reached out to us. "All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself" (2 Cor. 5:18). And He continues to reach out to us today. When we accept His merciful invitation, we walk in the certainty of salvation guaranteed by His death and resurrection.
        In one brief sentence Paul probes the depths of what it means for God to love. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).
        Three truths leap out at us. First, God demonstrates His kind of love. Second, we grasp our helpless, ever-ignorant condition as sinners. And third, we watch Him initiate the whole plan.


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. . . .  

Philippians 2:5–8

{3SM 424.2}Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Here we find the outline of the humility and condescension of Christ. And the admonition to seek this same attitude as our own. What lessons does the Cross of Calvary have for us?

Calvary presents to our dull senses that indeed "God so loved the world," so loved you and me that He gave not one son among many, but the only Begotten full of grace and truth. In the cross is all the gift of heaven bestowed. "Wonder O heaven and be astonished O earth! And "unto us which are saved it is the power of God, and the wisdom of God." 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24. It is the wisdom of God, the revelation of love at the cross that "riches and honor" "and righteousness " is found (Proverbs 8:18). 

Let us by the Holy Spirit seek "the deep things of God" "not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." For "we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory." "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." 1 Corinthians 2:10, 13, 7, 9, 10.

Let us begin looking at Jesus our Shepard, Saviour, Redeemer, God's gift of His only Son; Jesus, the hidden wisdom that will change us from "glory to glory" through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, as we compare spiritual truth with spiritual truth.

Isaiah 53:3, 5, 6

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. 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. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Desire of Ages, p. 753

Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law.

Cut Off:

Isaiah 53:8

He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.

Daniel 9:26

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Jesus was cut off; what does that mean?

Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

And what is the curse?

Romans 6:23

The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Zechariah 5:1–4

Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. And he said unto me, what seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth [the eighth commandment,] shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth [the third commandment] shall be cut off as on that side according to it. I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.

1 Timothy 1:9, 10

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers. For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.

We find here that to be "cut off" as Jesus was means to die the death that all unrepentant sinners shall face.

Proverbs 2:21, 22

For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Psalm 94:21–23

They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And He shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.

Psalm 37:38

But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

We see in these verses that it is the wicked that are cut off, destroyed in the lake of fire, suffering the vengeance of eternal torment. It is the mental anguish and guilt of the wicked that Christ bore, not for Himself, but for all humanity. He was made sin, became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God.

There are two deaths spoken of in the Bible. Since many thousands died of crucifixion, what made Christ's death different? Christ bore the wages of sin.

Two Deaths of the Bible

The First Death Called a Sleep:

1 Kings 2:10

So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

In the history of the kings of Israel and Judah, twenty-five times the record says of their deaths, "He slept with his fathers." The Scripture records the words of Christ regarding His friend Lazarus who fell sick and died, Jesus said of him: "Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said the disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death; but they thought He had spoken of taking rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." John 11:11–14. The words of Christ are clear: "Lazarus sleepeth;" "Lazarus is dead." 

Therefore the word of Christ is that when a man is dead, he is asleep. Paul says that "David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption." Acts 13:36. And Peter says of him, "David is not ascended into the heavens." Acts 2:34. And the reason is that "David slept with his fathers and was buried." 1 Kings 2:10. Of Stephen it is recorded: "He kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, laid not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep." Acts 7:60. It is certain, therefore, that the Bible plainly teaches that when man dies he is unconscious, this the word of God plainly likens to sleep.

The Second Death:

Revelation 20:6, 13–15

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Christ experienced a type of second death for sin, in that He suffered the guilt, shame, and separation from God that sinners will experience.

Hebrews 2:9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Taste—To experience. Christ tasted the sting of death. See 1 Corinthians 15:56.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 214

Many have suffered death by slow tortures; others have suffered death by crucifixion. In what does the death of God's dear Son differ from these? It is true He died upon the cross a most cruel death; yet others, for His dear sake, have suffered equally, so far as bodily torture is concerned. Why, then, was the suffering of Christ more dreadful than that of other persons who have yielded their lives for His sake? If the sufferings of Christ consisted in physical pain alone, then His death was no more painful than that of some of the martyrs.

But bodily pain was but a small part of the agony of God's dear Son. The sins of the world were upon Him, also the sense of His Father's wrath as He suffered the penalty of the law transgressed. It was these that crushed His divine soul. It was the hiding of His Father's face—a sense that His own dear Father had forsaken Him—which brought despair. The separation that sin makes between God and man was fully realized and keenly felt by the innocent, suffering Man of Calvary. He was oppressed by the powers of darkness. He had not one ray of light to brighten the future.

1. Sinner:

Early Writings, p. 51

The soul that sinneth it shall die an everlasting death,—a death from which there will be no hope of a resurrection.

Christ:

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 209, 210

Bright hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the tomb a conqueror.

2. Sinner:

Matthew 25:46

These shall go away into everlasting punishment.

Christ:

Desire of Ages, p. 753

The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that their separation was to be eternal.

3. Sinner:

Job 26:12; Malachi 4:1

He smiteth through the proud. For behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

Christ:

Isaiah 53:4; Zechariah 13:7

Smitten of God.

4. Sinner:

John 3:36

Wrath of God abideth on him.

Christ:

Psalm 88:7

Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and Thou hast afflicted me with all Thy waves.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 214

The sins of the world were upon Him, also the sense of His Father's wrath as He suffered the penalty of the law transgressed. It was these that crushed His divine soul. It was the hiding of His Father's face—a sense that His own dear Father had forsaken Him—which brought despair.

5. Sinner:

Matthew 22:13, Jude 13

Cast into outer darkness; blackness of darkness forever.

Christ:

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 210

The sin of the world, with all its terribleness, was felt to the utmost by the Son of God. The displeasure of the Father for sin, and its penalty, which is death, were all that He could realize through this amazing darkness. Christ felt much as sinners will feel when the vials of God's wrath shall be poured out upon them. Black despair, like the pall of death, will gather about their guilty souls, and then they will realize to the fullest extent the sinfulness of sin.

6. Sinner:

Romans 6:23

Wages of sin is death.

Christ:

1 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9

He was made sin for us. Tasted death for every man.

7. Sinner:

Romans 2:8

To them that do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath.

Christ:

Psalm 102:9, 10

I …mingled My drink with weeping. Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted Me up, and cast Me down.

The Suffering of Rejection:

Desire of Ages, p. 687

What was to be gained by this sacrifice? How hopeless appeared the guilt and ingratitude of men! In its hardest features Satan pressed the situation upon the Redeemer: The people who claim to be above all others in temporal and spiritual advantages have rejected You. They are seeking to destroy You, the foundation, the center and seal of the promises made to them as a peculiar people. One of Your own disciples, who has listened to Your instruction, and has been among the foremost in church activities, will betray You. One of Your most zealous followers will deny you. All will forsake you. Christ's whole being abhorred the thought. That those whom He had undertaken to save, those whom He loved so much, should unite in the plots of Satan, this pierced His soul. The conflict was terrible.

Psalm 22:1–20

My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me? Why art thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent. But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see Me laugh Me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that He would deliver Him: let Him deliver Him, seeing He delighted in Him. But Thou art He that took Me out of the womb: Thou didst make Me hope when I was upon My mother's breasts. I was cast upon Thee from the womb: 

Thou art my God from My mother's belly. Be not far from Me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Many bulls have compassed Me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset Me round. They gaped upon Me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion. I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint: My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and My tongue cleaveth to My jaws; and Thou hast brought Me into the dust of death.

For dogs have compassed Me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me. They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My vesture. But be not Thou far from Me, O LORD: O My strength, haste Thee to help Me. Deliver My soul from the sword; My darling from the power of the dog.

Psalm 35:11–13, 15–17

False witnesses did rise up; they laid to My charge things that I knew not. They rewarded Me evil for good to the spoiling of My soul. But as for Me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth: I humbled My soul with fasting; and My prayer returned into Mine own bosom. But in Mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the abjects gathered themselves together against Me, and I knew it not; they did tear Me, and ceased not: With hypocritical mockers in feasts, they gnashed upon Me with their teeth. Lord, how long wilt Thou look on? rescue My soul from their destructions, My darling from the lions.

Psalm 38:8–13

I am feeble and sore broken: I have roared by reason of the disquietness of My heart. Lord, all My desire is before Thee; and My groaning is not hid from Thee. My heart panteth, My strength faileth Me: as for the light of Mine eyes, it also is gone from Me. My lovers and My friends stand aloof from My sore; and My kinsmen stand afar off. They also that seek after My life lay snares for Me: and they that seek My hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.

Psalm 69:20

Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Psalm 88:14–18

Lord, why castest Thou off My soul? Why hidest Thou Thy face from Me? I am afflicted and ready to die from My youth up: while I suffer Thy terrors I am distracted. Thy fierce wrath goeth over Me; Thy terrors have cut Me off. They came round about Me daily like water; they compassed Me about together. Lover and friend hast Thou put far from Me, and Mine acquaintance into darkness.

Bearing the Wrath of God:

Matthew 27:46

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?

Forsake—Desert, leave behind, abandon.

The Book of Hebrews:

M.L. Andreasen, pp. 109, 110

In any evaluation of the sufferings of Christ, consideration must be given to the spiritual aspects of the agony rather than the mere physical. As far as bodily suffering is concerned—others have suffered as much or more, and exhibited a courage that must command admiration.

But mere physical agony does not explain the heart-rending cry that came from the lips of the Saviour, ‘My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?' Matthew 27:46. Only spiritual distress can account for this, a feeling of being forsaken, being left alone, and that in the crisis hour. We hear no complaint as the nails are driven into His hands; we hear no complaint as the cross is rudely thrust into the ground; we hear no complaint as He is spit upon, scourged, reviled; the thing that occupied His mind was the hiding of God. Martyrs were upheld in their last hour by the assurance of the love and care of God. But not so [with] Christ. He was alone, and apparently forsaken. To Him, God seemed far off.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 209

Oh, was there ever suffering and sorrow like that endured by the dying Saviour! It was the sense of His Father's displeasure which made His cup so bitter. It was not bodily suffering which so quickly ended the life of Christ upon the cross. It was the crushing weight of the sins of the world, and a sense of His Father's wrath. The Father's glory and sustaining presence had left Him, and despair pressed its crushing weight of darkness upon Him and forced from His pale and quivering lips the anguished cry: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

Psalm 22:1

My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? why art Thou so far from helping Me, and from the words of My roaring?

Youth's Instructor, p. 414

Christ's heart was pierced by a far sharper pain than that caused by the nails driven into His hands and feet. He was bearing the sins of the whole world, enduring our punishment,—the wrath of God against transgression. His trial involved the fierce temptation of thinking He was forsaken of God.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, pp. 209, 210

The sin of the world, with all its terribleness, was felt to the utmost by the Son of God. The displeasure of the Father for sin, and its penalty, which is death, were all that He could realize through this amazing darkness. He was tempted to fear that sin was so offensive in the sight of His Father that He could not be reconciled to His Son. The fierce temptation that His own Father had forever left Him caused that piercing cry from the cross: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"

Christ felt much as sinners will feel when the vials of God's wrath shall be poured out upon them. Black despair, like the pall of death, will gather about their guilty souls, and then they will realize to the fullest extent the sinfulness of sin.

Psalm 88:1–7

O Lord God of My salvation, I have cried day and night before Thee: let My prayer come before Thee: incline Thine ear unto My cry; for My soul is full of troubles: and My life draweth nigh unto the grave. I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom Thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from Thy hand. Thou hast laid Me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. Thy wrath lieth hard upon Me, and Thou hast afflicted Me with all Thy waves.

Thou hast put away Mine acquaintance far from Me; Thou hast made Me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon Thee, I have stretched out My hands unto Thee. Wilt Thou shew wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise Thee? Shall Thy loving kindness be declared in the grave? or Thy faithfulness in destruction? Shall Thy wonders be known in the dark? and Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? But unto Thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall My prayer prevent Thee.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, pp. 213, 214

Some have limited views of the atonement. They think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God; they suppose that, while the wrath of God was felt by His dear Son, He had, through all His painful sufferings, the evidence of His Father's love and acceptance; that the portals of the tomb before Him were illuminated with bright hope, and that He had the abiding evidence of His future glory. Here is a great mistake. Christ's keenest anguish was a sense of His Father's displeasure. His mental agony because of this was of such intensity that man can have but faint conception of it.

Desire of Ages, p. 686

He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape. As a man He must suffer the consequences of man's sin. As man He must endure the wrath of God against transgression.

Bearing the Sins of the World:

Desire of Ages, p. 687

The sins of men weighed heavily upon Christ, and the sense of God's wrath against sin was crushing out His life.

Zechariah 13:7

Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, and against the man that is My fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn Mine hand upon the little ones.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 207

Could mortals have viewed the amazement and the sorrow of the angelic host as they watched in silent grief the Father separating His beams of light, love, and glory from the beloved Son of His bosom, they would better understand how offensive sin is in His sight. The sword of justice was now to awake against His dear Son.

The death of Christ proclaimed the justice of His Father's law in punishing the transgressor, in that He consented to suffer the penalty of the law Himself in order to save fallen man from its curse.

Isaiah 53:6

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Desire of Ages, p. 753

Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin, the terrible manifestation of His displeasure because of iniquity, filled the soul of His Son with consternation. All His life Christ had been publishing to a fallen world the good news of the Father's mercy and pardoning love. Salvation for the chief of sinners was His theme. But now with the terrible weight of guilt He bears, He cannot see the Father's reconciling face. The withdrawal of the divine countenance from the Saviour in this hour of supreme anguish pierced His heart with a sorrow that can never be fully understood by man. So great was this agony that His physical pain was hardly felt.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He hath made Him to be sin for us who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

Died of a Broken Heart for You:

John 19:30, 34

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and he bowed His head, and gave up the Ghost. One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.

Early Writings, p. 209

When the soldier pierced the side of Jesus as He hung upon the cross, there came out two distinct streams, one of blood, the other of water. The blood was to wash away the sins of those who should believe in His name, and the water was to represent that living water which is obtained from Jesus to give life to the believer.

Psalm 69:20

Reproach hath broken My heart.

Great Controversy, p. 540

Christ the sinless became sin for man. He bore the guilt of transgression, and the hiding of His Father's face, until His heart was broken and His life crushed out.

Desire of Age, p. 772

It was not the spear thrust, it was not the pain of the cross, that caused the death of Jesus. That cry, uttered "with a loud voice" (Matt. 27:50; Luke 23:46), at the moment of death, the stream of blood and water that flowed from His side, declared that He died of a broken heart. His heart was broken by mental anguish. He was slain by the sin of the world.

Great Controversy, p. 651

He bore the guilt and shame of sin, and the hiding of His Father's face, till the woes of a lost world broke His heart and crushed out His life on Calvary's cross.

Faith is the Victory:

Luke 23:46

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit; and having said thus, He gave up the Ghost.

Romans 10:17

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

John 10:18

I lay down My life that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself, I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.

Desires of Ages, p. 756

In silence the beholders watched for the end of the fearful scene. The sun shone forth; but the cross was still enveloped in darkness. Priests and rulers looked toward Jerusalem; and lo, the dense cloud had settled over the city and the plains of Judea. The Sun of Righteousness, the Light of the world, was withdrawing His beams from the once favored city of Jerusalem. The fierce lightnings of God's wrath were directed against the fated city.

Suddenly the gloom lifted from the cross, and in clear, trumpet like tones, that seemed to resound throughout creation, Jesus cried, "It is finished." "Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit." A light encircled the cross, and the face of the Saviour shone with a glory like the sun. He then bowed His head upon His breast, and died.

Amid the awful darkness, apparently forsaken of God, Christ had drained the last dregs in the cup of human woe. In those dreadful hours He had relied upon the evidence of His Father's acceptance heretofore given Him. He was acquainted with the character of His Father; He understood His justice, His mercy, and His great love. By faith He rested in Him whom it had ever been His joy to obey. And as in submission He committed Himself to God, the sense of the loss of His Father's favor was withdrawn. By faith, Christ was victor.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, pp. 210, 211

In His dying agony, as He yields up His precious life, He has by faith alone to trust in Him whom it has ever been His joy to obey. He is not cheered with clear, bright rays of hope on the right hand nor on the left. All is enshrouded in oppressive gloom. Amid the awful darkness which is felt by sympathizing nature, the Redeemer drains the mysterious cup even to its dregs. Denied even bright hope and confidence in the triumph which will be His in the future, He cries with a loud voice: "Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit." He is acquainted with the character of His Father, with His great Love, and in submission He drops into His hands.

Assoc. Pastor Roger

Christ Our Substitute And Saviour

  
Sons and Daughters of God, p. 227

Christ has made reconciliation for sin, and has borne all its ignominy, reproach, and punishment; and yet while bearing sin, He has brought in everlasting righteousness, so that the believer is spotless before God.

Fundamentals of Christian Education, pp. 429, 430

The sins of every one who will receive Christ were set to His account, and He has fully satisfied the justice of God.

All the plan of redemption is expressed in these words. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Christ actually bore the punishment of the sins of the world, that His righteousness might be imputed to sinners, and through repentance and faith they might become like Him in holiness of character. He says, "I bear the guilt of that man's sins. Let Me take the punishment and the repenting sinner stand before Thee innocent." The moment the sinner believes in Christ, He stands in the sight of God uncondemned; for the righteousness of Christ is his: Christ's perfect obedience is imputed to him. But he must cooperate with divine power, and put forth his human effort to subdue sin, and stand complete in Christ.

The ransom paid by Christ is sufficient for the salvation of all men; but it will avail for only those who become new creatures in Christ Jesus, loyal subjects of God's everlasting kingdom. His suffering will not shield from punishment the unrepenting, disloyal sinner.

Christ's work was to restore man to his original state, to heal him, through divine power, from the wounds and bruises made by sin. Man's part is to lay hold by faith of the merits of Christ, and cooperate with the divine agencies in forming a righteous character; so that God may save the sinner, and yet be just and His righteous law vindicated.

1 Peter 2:24

Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Galatians 3:13

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.

2 Corinthians 5:21

For He [God] hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

1 John 1:7, 9

But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Titus 3:4–8

But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by His grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.

1888 Study Materials vol. 2, 815

No work of man can merit for him the pardoning love of God, but the love of God pervading the soul will lead him to do those things which were always required of God and that he should do with pleasure. He has done only that which duty ever required of him.

2 Timothy 1:7, 9

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Colossians 1:12–23

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He 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 preeminence.

For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister.

1 Peter 1:18, 19

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

Ephesians 1:3–13, 19–23

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through His blood, theforgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence.

Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.

Ephesians 3:14–21

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named. That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Romans 5:8–10

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Hebrews 2:16–18

For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted He is able to succor them that are tempted.

Hebrews 4:14–16

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 7:22–26

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who isholyharmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.

We are to be:
Holy—1 Peter 1:15, 16
Harmless—Philippians 2:15
Undefiled—Psalm 119:1
Separate from sinners—2 Corinthians 6:14

Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 156, 157

Christ offered up His broken body to purchase back God's heritage, to give man another trial. "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25. By His spotless life, His obedience, His death on the cross of Calvary, Christ interceded for the lost race. And now, not as a mere petitioner does the Captain of our salvation intercede for us, but as a Conqueror claiming His victory. His offering is complete, and as our Intercessor He executes His self-appointed work, holding before God the censer containing His own spotless merits and the prayers, confessions, and thanksgiving of His people. Perfumed with the fragrance of His righteousness, these ascend to God as a sweet savor. The offering is wholly acceptable, and pardon covers all transgression.

Christ has pledged Himself to be our substitute and surety, and He neglects no one. He who could not see human beings exposed to eternal ruin without pouring out His soul unto death in their behalf, will look with pity and compassion upon every soul who realizes that he cannot save himself.

He will look upon no trembling suppliant without raising him up. He who through His own atonement provided for man an infinite fund of moral power, will not fail to employ this power in our behalf. We may take our sins and sorrows to His feet; for He loves us. His every look and word invites our confidence. He will shape and mold our characters according to His own will.

In the whole Satanic force there is not power to overcome one soul who in simple trust casts himself on Christ. "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Isaiah 40:29.


A Continual Offering
  
Revelation 13:8

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship Him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation [conception] of the world.

Education, p. 263

Those who think of the result of hastening or hindering the gospel think of it in relation to themselves and to the world. Few think of its relation to God. Few give thought to the suffering that sin has caused our Creator. All heaven suffered in Christ's agony; but that suffering did not begin or end with His manifestation in humanity. The cross is a revelation to our dull senses of the pain that, from its very inception, sin has brought to the heart of God. Every departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him.

Romans 3:23, 10

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God: as it is written there is none righteous, no, not one.

Testimonies to Ministers, p. 38

The whole world stands charged today with the deliberate rejection and murder of the Son of God.

Revelation 5:6

And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Early Writings, pp. 78, 79

I dreamed of seeing a temple to which many people were flocking. Only those who took refuge in that temple would be saved when time should close. All who remained outside would be forever lost. The multitudes without, who were going their various ways, were deriding and ridiculing those who were entering the temple, and told them that this plan of safety was a cunning deception, that, in fact, there was no danger whatever to avoid. They even laid hold of some to prevent them from hastening within the walls.

Fearing to be laughed at and ridiculed, I thought best to wait until the multitude were dispersed, or until I could enter unobserved by them. But the numbers increased instead of diminishing, and fearful of being too late, I hastily left my home and pressed through the crowd. In my anxiety to reach the temple, I did not notice or care for the throng that surrounded me. On entering the building, I saw that the vast temple was supported by one immense pillar, and to this was tied a Lamb all mangled and bleeding. We who were present seemed to know that this Lamb had been torn and bruised on our account. All who entered the temple must come before it and confess their sin.

Just before the Lamb were elevated seats upon which sat a company of people looking very happy. The light of heaven seemed to shine upon their faces, and they praised God and sang songs of glad thanksgiving that seemed to be like the music of angels. These were they who had come before the Lamb, confessed their sins, been pardoned, and were now waiting in glad expectation of some joyful event.

Even after having entered the building a fear came over me, and a sense of shame that I must humiliate myself before these people. But I seemed compelled to move forward, and was slowly making my way around the pillar in order to face the Lamb, when a trumpet sounded, the temple shook, shouts of triumph arose from the assembled saints, an awful brightness illuminated the building, then all was intense darkness. The happy people had all disappeared with the brightness, and I was left alone in the silent horror of night.

Hebrews 2:9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Youth's Instructor, pp. 319, 320

The reason that we carelessly indulge in sin is that we do not see Jesus. We would not lightly regard sin, did we appreciate the fact thatsin wounds our Lord. Did we know Jesus by an experimental knowledge, we would not esteem duty as of small importance; but would manifest faithful integrity in the performance of every service. A right estimate of the character of God would enable us rightly to represent Him to the world. Harshness, roughness in words or manner, evil-speaking, passionate words, cannot exist in the soul that is looking unto Jesus. He who abides in Christ is in an atmosphere that forbids evil, and gives not the slightest excuse for anything of this kind.

Hebrews 6:4–6

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame.

Signs of the Times, vol. 4, p. 278

"And they also which pierced Him." These words apply not only to the men who pierced Christ when He hung on the cross of Calvary, but to those who by evil-speaking and wrong-doing are piercing Him today. Daily He suffers the agonies of the crucifixion. Daily men and women are piercing Him by dishonoring Him, by refusing to do His will.

The Lord desires us to be men and women in Christ Jesus. Our natural dispositions are to be softened and subdued by His grace. Then we shall not be continually crucifying Him afresh."

Review and Herald, vol. 4, p. 244

Christ is crucified afresh by many who through self-indulgence allow Satan to gain control over them.

Notebook Leaflets, p. 45

By the lives of Christ's followers the world will judge the Saviour. If anyone, in word or deed, departs from the living principles of the truth, he dishonors his Saviour and puts Christ to open shame.

Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, p. 133

As I saw the dreadful fact that God's people were conformed to the world, with no distinction, except in name, between many of the professed disciples of the meek and lowly Jesus and unbelievers, my soul felt deep anguish. I saw that Jesus was wounded and put to an open shame. Said the angel, as with sorrow he saw the professed people of God loving the world, partaking of its spirit, and following its fashions: "Cut loose! Cut loose! lest He appoint you your portion with hypocrites and unbelievers outside the city. Your profession will only cause you greater anguish, and your punishment will be greater because ye knew His will, but did it not."

Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 430, 431

I ask again, How can any who have the precious, solemn message for this time indulge in impure thoughts and unholy deeds, when they know that He that never slumbers and never sleeps sees every action and reads every thought of the mind? Oh, it is because iniquity is found in God's professed people that He can do so little for them.

The truth, when received into the heart, sanctifies the receiver; kept apart from the life and practice, it is dead and useless to the receiver. How can you, oh, how can you grieve your Redeemer? How can you dishonor Him before His angels and before men? How can you grieve the Holy Spirit of God? How can you crucify the Lord of glory afresh, and put Him to open shame?

Youth's Instructor, p. 414

Sweat-drops of agony stand upon the Saviours's brow, while from His murderers are heard the words, "If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross." He is about to speak. What will He say?—From His pale, quivering lips come the words, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

"Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." Why, then, do those professing to believe in Him show a hardness of heart, a lack of pity and love, which crucifies Him afresh, and puts Him to open shame?

Desire of Ages, pp. 324, 325

In rejecting Christ the Jewish people committed the unpardonable sin; and by refusing the invitation of mercy, we may commit the same error. We offer insult to the Prince of life, and put Him to shame before the synagogue of Satan and before the heavenly universe when we refuse to listen to His delegated messengers, and instead listen to the agents of Satan, who would draw the soul away from Christ. So long as one does this, he can find no hope or pardon, and he will finally lose all desire to be reconciled to God.

Hebrews 10:26–29

For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Psalm 4:2

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn My glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing?

Signs of the Times, vol. 4, p. 123

Christ looked down through the ages, and saw His humiliation carried into every successive generation.… He saw the natural mind, true to the enmity of its character, daily enacting afresh the scenes of Calvary, even down to the close of this earth's history.

The Cost of Salvation:

Early Writings, pp. 149–151

Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost, and that the world which God had created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness, and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon His countenance. Soon I saw Him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, "He is in close converse with His Father." The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with His Father. 

Three times He was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time He came from the Father, His person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and doubt, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that He had been pleading with His Father, and had offered to give His life a ransom, to take the sentence of death upon Himself, that through Him man might find pardon; that through the merits of His blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life.

Said the angel, "Think ye that the Father yielded up His dearly beloved Son without a struggle? No, no. It was even a struggle with the God of heaven, whether to let guilty man perish, or to give His beloved Son to die for him."

Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 63–65

[1] The Son of God, heaven's glorious Commander, was touched with pity for the fallen race. His heart was moved with infinite compassion as the woes of the lost world rose up before Him. But divine love had conceived a plan whereby man might be redeemed. The broken law of God demanded the life of the sinner. In all the universe there was but one who could, in behalf of man, satisfy its claims. Since the divine law is as sacred as God himself, only one equal with God could make atonement for its transgression. None but Christ could redeem fallen man from the curse of the law, and bring him again into harmony with Heaven. Christ would take upon Himself the guilt and shame of sin—sin so offensive to a holy God that it must separate the Father and His Son. Christ would reach to the depths of misery to rescue the ruined race.

Before the Father He pleaded in the sinner's behalf, while the host of heaven awaited the result with an intensity of interest that words cannot express. Long continued was that mysterious communing—"the counsel of peace." (Zechariah 6:13) for the fallen sons of men. The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth; for Christ is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Revelation.13:8), yet it was a struggle, even with the King of the universe, to yield up His Son to die for the guilty race. But "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16. O, the mystery of redemption! the love of God for a world that did not love Him! Who can know the depths of that love which "passeth knowledge?" Through endless ages, immortal minds, seeking to comprehend the mystery of that incomprehensible love, will wonder and adore.

God was to be manifest in Christ, "reconciling the world unto Himself." 2 Corinthians 5:19. Man had become so degraded by sin that it was impossible for him, in himself, to come into harmony with Him whose nature is purity and goodness. But Christ, after having redeemed man from the condemnation of the law, could impart divine power, to unite with human effort. Thus by repentance toward God and faith in Christ, the fallen children of Adam might once more become "sons of God." 1 John 3:2.

[2] The plan by which alone man's salvation could be secured, involved all heaven in its infinite sacrifice. The angels could not rejoice as Christ opened before them the plan of redemption; for they saw that man's salvation must cost their loved Commander unutterable woe. In grief and wonder they listened to His words as He told them how He must descend from heaven's purity and peace, its joy and glory and immortal life, and come in contact with the degradation of earth, to endure its sorrow, shame, and death. He was to stand between the sinner and the penalty of sin; yet few would receive Him as the Son of God. He would leave His high position as the Majesty of heaven, appear upon earth and humble Himself as a man, and by His own experience become acquainted with the sorrows and temptations which man would have to endure. All this would be necessary in order that He might be able to succor them that should be tempted. Hebrews 2:18. 

When His mission as a teacher should be ended, He must be delivered into the hands of wicked men and be subjected to every insult and torture that Satan could inspire them to inflict. He must die the cruelest of deaths, lifted up between the heavens and the earth as a guilty sinner. He must pass long hours of agony so terrible that angels could not look upon it, but would veil their faces from the sight. He must endure anguish of soul, the hiding of His Father's face, while the guilt of transgression—the weight of the sins of the whole world—should be upon Him.

The angels prostrated themselves at the feet of their Commander, and offered to become a sacrifice for man . But an angel's life could not pay the debt; only He who created man had power to redeem Him. Yet the angels were to have a part to act in the plan of redemption. Christ was to be made "a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death" Hebrews 2:9. As He should take human nature upon Him, His strength would not be equal to theirs, and they were to minister to Him, to strengthen and soothe Him under His sufferings. They were also to be ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who should be heirs of salvation. Hebrews 1:14. They would guard the subjects of grace from the power of evil angels, and from the darkness constantly thrown around them by Satan.

When the angels should witness the agony and humiliation of their Lord, they would be filled with grief and indignation and would wish to deliver Him from His murderers; but they were not to interpose in order to prevent anything which they should behold. It was a part of the plan of redemption that Christ should suffer the scorn and abuse of wicked men; and He consented to all this when He became the Redeemer of man.

[3] Christ assured the angels that by His death He would ransom many, and would destroy him who had the power of death. He would recover the kingdom which man had lost by transgression, and the redeemed were to inherit with Him, and dwell therein forever. Sin and sinners would be blotted out, nevermore to disturb the peace of heaven or earth. He bade the angelic host to be in accord with the plan that His Father had accepted, and rejoice that, through His death, fallen man could be reconciled to God.

Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heavenThe glory and blessedness of a world redeemed, outmeasured even the anguish and sacrifice of the Prince of life. Through the celestial courts echoed the first strains of that song which was to ring out above the hills of Bethlehem,— "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:14. With a deeper gladness now than in the rapture of the new creation, "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7.

Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 160, 161

The nearer we come to Jesus, and the more clearly we discern the purity of His character, the more clearly shall we see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, and the less shall we feel like exalting ourselves. There will be a continual reaching out of the soul after God, a continual earnest, heartbreaking confession of sin and humbling of the heart before Him.

At every advance step in our Christian experience our repentance will deepen. …We shall know that our sufficiency is in Christ alone and shall make the apostles confession our own: "I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing."

SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 959

The life we live is to be one of continual repentance and humility. We need to repent constantly, that we may be constantly victorious. When we have true humility we have victory. The enemy never can take out of the hand of Christ the one who is simply trusting in His promises. If the soul is trusting and working obediently, the mind is susceptible to divine impressions, and the light of God shines in, enlightening the understanding. What privileges we have in Christ Jesus!

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