Philadelphia/Zion or Laodicea?

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Early SDA pioneer Joseph Bates pen warns: "I exhort you AGAIN to flee from Laodiceans, as from Sodom and Gomorrah... Remember Lot's wife." Joseph Bates. RH Nov. 10, 1850 


ChurchMeaning of NameHistorical Church AgeTime Period
EphesusDesiredApostolic Church30-100 A.D.
SmyrnaMyrrh (death)Roman Persecution100-313
PergamumThoroughly MarriedRoman Church State313-600
ThyatiraPerpetual SacrificeDark Ages600-1517
SardisThose EscapingReformation1517-1648
PhiladelphiaBrotherly LoveMissionary Movement1648-1900
LaodiceaPeople RulingApostasy1900-present

 

Ephesus (30-100 A.D.) Apostolic Age of the Church Revelation 2:1
Smyrna (100-313 A.D.) Roman Persecution of the Church Revelation 2:8
Pergamum (313-600 A.D.) Age of Constantine Revelation 2:12
Thyatira (600-1517 A.D.) Dark Ages Revelation 2:18
Sardis (1517-1648 A.D.) Reformation of the Church Revelation 3:1
Philadelphia (1648-1900 A.D.) "Great Awakening" Missionary Movement Revelation 3:7
Laodicea (1900-present day) Apostasy and Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:14

  1. An accounting of our works will be given Romans 14:10-12
  2. Basis of this judgment 2 Corinthians 5:10
  3. Bad works are burned 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
  4. Five types of crowns will be given to those who are faithful:
  1. Incorruptible Crown 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
  2. Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thessalonians 2:19
  3. Crown of Righteousness 2 Timothy 4:7-8
  4. Crown of Life James 1:12 , Revelation 2:10
  5. Crown of Glory 1 Peter 5:2-4

“The message to the Laodiceans is applicable to SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS who have great light and have not walked in the light.” (2 Selected Messages p. 66)

Laodicea does not represent the true Adventists, it represents Adventists who have not walked in the light, nominal Adventists, or professed Adventists. Joseph Bates once wrote this plainly…

“First part, SARDIS, the nominal church or Babylon. Second part, Laodicea, the nominal Adventist. Third part, Philadelphia, the only true church of God on earth, for they ask to be translated to the city of God. Rev.iii,12; Heb.xii,22–24. In the name of Jesus, I exhort you again to flee from the Laodiceans, as from Sodom and Gomorrah. Their teachings are false and delusive; and lead to utter destruction. Death! DEATH!! eternal DEATH!!! is on their track.Remember Lot’s wife.” JOSEPH BATES. Fairhaven, Mass., Nov. 10, 1850. (The Adventist Review and Sabbath Herald, November 1850) Click here to read more of this quote here.

See Isaiah 1:1-10 - talks about this. Also Luke 10:13-15.

"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.

We DID NOT add the bracketed portions of the above statement. It is quoted just as it was written by Ellen White. Please not that Ellen White compares the SDA church to a corporate city Capernaum. By this designation she can only mean the entire corporate church and not "individuals" in that church. 


We are told straightly Laodicea represents nominal Adventists, or professed Adventists. They say they are Adventists and are not. Having a name on your organization makes them Adventist as much as calling yourself a Jew means you are a real Jew, or saying you are Abraham’s seed, but your real father is the devil. The true Adventist is not one which has a baptismal certificate which says he is a Seventh-day Adventist, but rather the true Adventist is one which is one inwardly, in the heart, in the spirit, whose praise is not of men, but of God. (See Rom 2:28, 29).

You know that the General Conference of Adventists admits they are Laodicea.

Today we hesitate to claim we’re the remnant; (? why would they say that!!!???) but as for Laodicea, that’s us! Us alone!...No other Christian group vies with us for the dubious privilege of being identified with it....claiming exclusive rights to Laodicea is not politically incorrect. So, unchallenged, we’ve become anchored in the view that Seventh-day Adventists are the sole group envisioned in the apocalyptic concept of that term.” Adventist Review, August 28, 2008, p 5. http://www.adventistreview.org/article/2041/archives/issue-2008-1524/thinking-aloud-about-laodicea

So the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists are pretty sure of who they are. They are Laodicea.
And they are unchallenged about this. But what does the Spirit of Prophecy say in regards to the Laodicean Church?

The Presence of God not in her midst

“Those who claim to believe the truth do not possess that power that God would bestow upon them if they really believed, and 
were striving for conformity to His image. The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.” (EGW Notebook Leaflets, page 99 MS 166 1898)

Wait a second. The presence of God is not in her midst.

"To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." Acts of the Apostles, p. 55

But the presence of God according to the above quote will never leave the true church? If the Conference is Laodicea and the presence of God is not in Laodicea then we can conclude that the conference is not Gods “true church”. So where then can we find the “presence of God”?

“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church” (The Upward Look, p. 315).

So the presence of God dwells in his true church and his presence alone can constitute a church. Therefore since Gods presence isn’t in Laodicea, then Laodicea is not a real church. It is a counterfeit.

Foolish virgins standing outside the door

“The state of the church represented by the foolish virgins is also spoken of as the Laodicean state.” (EGW Review and Herald, August, 1890)

There are ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom but how many are saved? The fact that they are all virgins suggest that they come from the virgin or pure church. But they divide and the five foolish virgins never get in and are represented as Laodicea. They are outside knocking to get in. "An open and shut door". Present truth. Hear what the spirit saith to the church.

The Laodicean message is to ALL CHURCHES says Ellen G. White:


"The warning for the last church [Laodicea] also must be proclaimed to all who claim to be Christians. The Laodicean message, like a sharp, two--edged sword, must go to ALL THE CHURCHES:...It is our work to proclaim this message. Are we putting forth every effortthat the churches may be warned?" Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 77.


The Lord has shown me that the reason the message to Laodiceaapplies to ALL CHURCHES in the world, is because there are sincere believers in all churches even though ALL FORMALLY ORGANIZED CHURCHES ARE FALLEN. Isaiah 4:1-4. True Christians will come out of ALL OF THEM as a faithful remnant, Isaiah 37:31, 32. Isaiah 4:1-4 must be interpreted so as not to contradict Isaiah 37:31, 32, and when that is done, all formally organized churches are included in the SEVEN WOMEN (COMPLETENESS) of Isaiah 4:1-4. Women means churches and seven means ALL INCLUSIVE--ALL FORMALLY ORGANIZED CHURCHES at the end-time.

"If the church of God becomes LUKEWARM [LAODICEAN] it does not stand in favor with God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive the truth, and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive of the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God." E.G. White, Letter 35, 1898.

Did the church become Laodicean? Has the church remained Laodicean? No! It has become both COLD APOSTATE AND LUKEWARM. The liberals are cold apostate, and the conservatives are lukewarm. But the conservatives are CORPORATELY RESPONSIBILE for the cold apostasy of the liberals.

If Laodicea is not regarded with any more favor by God than the fallen churches, and the call of Laodicea is to all churches, then there is no difference between Laodicea and the fallen churches as far as being in a fallen state is concerned. Different churches believe different aspects of Babylonian teachings, but Ellen White equates them all as far as falling from the favor of God is concerned, and as far as constituting the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

The 1888 message in a nutshell is to forsake all else but God himself. For Christ sake God will accept us - as we are if we but surrender our lives to him completely, just as we are. Worship God only. Do not accept nor look for praise from men, but from God alone. That is the 1888 message.

We are also to be watchmen on the walls of Zion proclaiming a warning to our dear brothers and sisters. "The Lord desires us to realize that it is of great importance that we stand in these last days upon the platform of eternal truth. Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake."  The Upward Look, p. 152.3 

Ellen White predicted that a satanic new movement, a new organization, would be formed "among" or within the SDA church,Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204, 205. She said the new movement would "remove God," so we should have no problem with calling the new movement satanic! She prophesied a number of other apostasies the new movement would commit, and every one of those thirteen specifications has been fulfilled. Ellen White scores 1000 percent correct on this prophecy! Who did she copy that from?! What other church could fulfill Revelation 3:9?

If Adventism constituted Philadelphia in 1844, and I believe it did, then God also predicted this satanic new movement as associated with Philadelphia, or Seventh-day Adventism, in Revelation 3:9. The very fact that this new movement has formed "among" professing Seventh-day Adventists, is proof that they were at one time the true church, and that a true remnant will come out of that church to constitute the church triumphant, Isaiah 37:31, 32, while the professing, imposter Seventh-day Adventist church would be brought down to hell:

"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.

We DID NOT add the bracketed portions of the above statement. It is quoted just as it was written by Ellen White. Please not that Ellen White compares the SDA church to a corporate city Capernaum. By this designation she can only mean the entire corporate church and not "individuals" in that church. Ezekiel 5:1-4, agrees with Ellen White's prognosis, wherein three-thirds, or the entire church is destroyed after a remnant escapes. Add to this the fact that Ellen White says that another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 will begin at His Sanctuary-- the people who had great light, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, and you have a serious situation. You have a modern-day counterpart to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and indeed, Ellen White said that catastrophe was a prefigure type of another to come, The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, p. 25.

Revelation 3:9, 10, are two of the most interesting verses of all Scripture and they have been successfully relegated to the halls of obscurity by the ecclesiastical authorities over the ages, and particularly by those of this age. A little reflection and spiritual discernment will make the reason for that obscurity all too plain to see. What church movement is going to confess that it is the Synagogue of Satan?! Omega Ministries has been dealing with these verses for over ten years now, and we have never seen any other ministry explain these important verses. Here are those verses:

"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:9, 10.

The real meaning of these passages is that some imposter movement would claim to be the church triumphant, but would not be, and would indeed be the Synagogue of Satan! Both, Ellen and James White said that Philadelphia, to whom the two verses are written, is the church triumphant. So there will be two different claimants to the church triumphant, or two different factions claiming to be Seventh-day Adventists, while one of those claimants is an imposter.

To assess whether or not we are interpreting aright here, let us go back to the original fulfillment of this Scripture in the time of Christ. There were two churches, two "Jerusalems" if you will, claiming to be the church triumphant: the apostate, organized Jewish church, and another church that had its headquarters also based at Jerusalem, namely the church of Jesus Christ, His disciples and converts. It is important to realize that the apostate Jewish church was never referred to as Babylon, but as Jerusalem, ie. Ezekiel 9!

Philadelphia was the perfect church, the church triumphant, because God had no criticism or reproofs for that church, Revelation 3:7-13. Then there was the Jewish organized church that claimed to be the "chosen people" of God. Two different factions claiming to be "chosen people" of God, and one was an imposter and was indeed the Synagogue of Satan.

Ellen White said that apostate Jerusalem and its destruction (Ezekiel 9), was a prefigure or a type, The Great Controversy, 25. She also said that Ezekiel 9 would again be literally fulfilled, which of course agrees with her "prefigure" "type" statement. This would mean that a very similar anti-typical situation would exist at the end-time--with two claimants to being the chosen church triumphant. The only two factions today who could directly parallel those two churches are apostate Seventh-day Adventism and true Historic Adventism.

Laodicean Adventism Claims to be the Church Triumphant "Chosen People" Remnant

The first big clue as to the identity of the imposter claimant is the fact that the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist church admits to being Laodicean, and goes an important step further. It states that Laodicea is the church that goes through to the Kingdom, or the church triumphant. Thank God for Ellen White! Scripture and Ellen White agree. God said in Revelation 3:10, quoted above, that Philadelphia, THE PERFECT CHURCH, would be around to be protected through the worst time of trouble to ever come upon the entire world. That time would, of course, be the time of Jacob's trouble. So God Himself says that Philadelphia will be around and be kept through that time of trouble as the church triumphant. Ellen White labeled the Laodicean church as the foolish virgin church:

"The state of the Church represented by the foolishvirgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, Vol. 2, 420.

"Because thou [Philadelphia] hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10.

It would seem reasonable to assume that if God tells Philadelphia that she will be kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, [The time of Trouble at the end-time] she must be around to be kept through that time.

Isaiah 62, Revelation 3:7-13, and Revelation 14:1-9, and Hebrews 12:22, 23, Identify Zion as Being the Same as Philadelphia or the New Jerusalem, the Perfect Bride of Jesus Christ

Isaiah 62:1-5 especially, identify Zion, the subject of the chapter [see verse 1] as the bride of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 62:5 says:

"For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."

We just learned from God's Holy Word that He marries Zion, as His bride. Who is Zion? Hebrews 12:22, 24, answers this crucial question:

"But ye are come unto mount Sion [Zion], and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN [FIRSTFRUITS--Rev. 14:4], which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews 12:22, 23.

We learn from the above scripture that Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Dose Ellen White agree with this interpretation of Zion?

"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called the 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 1911 edition.

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called "the bride, the Lamb's wife." So Zion is more than a CAPITAL and a city, she is also the bride, the Lamb's wife, just as Isaiah 62, says that Zion will be married. Why would Christ marry just a city? That would not make sense would it? Of course not. It says that Zion is the capital, the representative and the bride of the heavenly kingdom of God. Remember that Isaiah 62:2, says that Zion (verse 1) shalt be called by a new name. What new name? Let's go to Revelation 3:12, for the answer:

"...I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is NEW JERUSALEM, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." Rev. 3:12.

How do we Know That it is Philadelphia That Gets the New Name?

We know for sure that Philadelphia is the final remnant generation, because she is told that she will be kept or protected from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:

"Because thou [Philadelphia in context] has kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10. Also, the Synagogue of Satan, will worship before thy[Philadelphia's feet]. Also, she is made a pillar in the Temple of God, because she was the only perfect church in the sense that the 144,000 are perfect before God, Revelation 14:1-4. Philadelphia is not faulted on one point. Though she has but little strength, she has "kept my word, and hast not denied my name," Rev. 3:8.

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, 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 chap. xix, 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 b 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. 
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White,Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

Laodicea makes the tragic mistake of believing that the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3, are literal, successive churches, rather than eras of the church in which various churches met the description of the the various eras. For example, there were many churches that comprised each era of the church. All of the messages, however, applied to each era, as there were overlappings of all the conditions of every message in every era.

Ellen White corroborates this assessment by saying that all of the messages (plural) apply to every church:

"The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages (plural) extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods (eras) in the history of the world." E. G. White, Acts of the Apostles, 585.

Ellen White Says Sinners are Shaken out of Zion, Philadelphia, not Laodicea, and that Laodicea is the Foolish Virgin State of the Church

"The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins,is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 2, 420, col. 1.

"The church [Zion in context] may appear as about to fall [when the bride Zion has to flee to the wilderness], but it does not fall. It remains [the only church that remains is Zion, the 144,000], while sinners IN ZION will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the LOYAL AND TRUE, WITHOUT SPOT OR STAIN OF SIN, WITHOUT GUILE IN THEIR MOUTHS [the 144,000 Revelation 14:1-5.].... The REMNANT thatpurify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy." E.G White, Letter B -- 55 -- 1886, pp. 6, 7.

This describes Zion, the church triumphant, the faithful remnant final generation, the 144,000, from which the sinners are shaken. Sinners do not have to ever be members of Zion in order to be shaken out of Zion, any more than the fallen churches of 1844, had to be members of Philadelphia Zion, in order to be shaken out of the heavenly Zion Kingdom church, by rejecting Zion's message. The entire world will not have to be a member of the heavenly Jerusalem, in order to be shaken out of that kingdom by the loud cry of the bride of Jesus Christ. 
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 theremnant that go forth OUT OF APOSTATE JERUSALEM, 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.


Philadelphia Christian

This is the stuff a Philadelphia Christian is made of!

Seven Churches Chart
Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD
Summary: Compare and contrast the important features in the letters to the seven churches with this informative chart:
ChurchMeaning of NameMain Feature of Time PeriodCommendationReproofCounselReward Promised to the OvercomerPeriod
EphesusFirst or desirableEra of warning lovePatient, hate deeds of false teachers, did not faint or give upLeft your first loveRepent, do again your 1st worksEat of Tree of LifeTo 100 AD
SmyrnaMyrrh or sweet fragrancePersecution, suffering, martyrdomRich in faith and good works in spite of tribulation and hypocritesNONEBe faithful unto deathReceive crown of life, not be hurt of second deathTo 313 AD
PergamosHeight, power, or elevation by marriageState religion, compromiseHeld firm to Jesus' name and did not denied the faithTolerance of Nicolaitanes, Balaamism, compromise,idolatry, and immoralityRepentReceive hidden manna, white stone, new nameTo 538 AD
ThyatiraSweet savor labor. Sacrifice of contrition
Dark Ages,apostasyLove, faith, patience, and good worksTolerance of Jezebel,idolatry, immoralityHold fast what you already havePower over nations, Morning StarTo 1560s AD
SardisThose escaping or that which remainsReformA few are not defiledDead worksWatch, strengthen what remains, hold fast, repentWhite raiment, keep name in Book of LifeTo 1790s AD
PhiladelphiaBrotherly loveRevival, Gospel spreadKept the Word and not denied JesusNONEHold fast to the faithPillar in temple, keep from hour of temptation Have name of GodTo 1840s AD
[to Heaven]
LaodiceaJudging the people or a just peopleModern Christendom, the Church todayNONELukewarm, spiritually poor, blind, and nakedSecure gold tried in fire, white raiment, eyesalve, be zealous, repentSit with Christ on His throne and eat with Him
[OR
How can you be in Heaven with God and SPEWED OUT? Doesn't sound in harmony with God to be spewed out to me. 

Study...to show thyself approved... go back to the OLD PATHS. Apostolic/1844 gospel of Jesus and the early historical SDA pioneers beliefs.]
To End

"When freedom is at stake, silence is not golden—it is yellow." ~ Tom Anderson, writer

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THE  SEVENTH  CHURCH  --  OF  THE  LAODICEANS

     “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God:  I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent.  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.  To him that overcometh 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.  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Revelation 3:14-22.


Review and Herald,  vol 1, November, 1850, #1 “The Laodicean Church”, p 8
     Is this the true church?  God forbid!  Why, methinks the very angels in heaven would shudder to see them appear there in their present state.  Will they grow any better?  If the past is a criterion by which to judge, we answer, never, no, never.  Then you that hope for salvation, flee quickly, flee, I say, for your lives!  You have not one moment to spare.  Utter destruction awaits every soul that is found in this Laodicean state....
     Seventh state, Laodicea signifies, the judging of the people, "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness."  "I know thy word, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot so then, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."  Verses 16,17.  This state neither cold nor hot, represents their unsettled state...and thus they have been continually sinking into a lukewarm state, neither one thing nor yet another.  In this state it is impossible for them to be saved; for Jesus says that he will spue them out of his mouth, or destroy them.
     "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased in goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked" verse 17....
     "I counsel of thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, [present truth, that has stood the trial of six years opposition, and now is shining brighter and brighter,] that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, [righteousness, or righteous acts of the saints,] and eye-salve that thou mayest see."  [See the present truth.]  Verse 18.  Jesus counsels no one to buy of him earthly riches, &c., no; it is the present truth that the Laodiceans must have to be saved.  "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent."  Verse 19.  Jesus still loves some that are in the Laodicean church, and calls on them to repent.  If they were deceived by false teachers, they must leave them as soon as possible, and be "zealous" and "repent;" for every one that is found in that state when Jesus leaves the Sanctuary, and ceases to plead for the honest ones among them, will be destroyed.  They must get back into the open door in the Philadelphia church that no man can shut, where they came from; for that is the only true church, or place of safety.  Read, in verse 20, the last, loving message of Jesus to you, - "Behold I stand at the door, and knock.  If any man hear my voice, and open the door, [the door of the heart,] I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."  Jesus will commune with you if you will open your heart and receive the truth.  "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne."  Thus the promise is extended from verse 18th to the 22d.  Now is the time to repent and turn to the truth.  Be quick!  Hasten for your life!!
     Jesus is cleansing the Sanctuary, or is blotting out the errors of the house of Israel.  When this work is finished, he will take his place on the great white cloud.  Then, the seven Angels will pour out the seven last plagues.  This will begin the "great day of his wrath," Rev.vi,17.  This is the day of Babylon's plagues.  Her plagues will come in one prophetic "day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her."  Rev.xviii,8.
     "In all the land saith the Lord; TWO PARTS therein shall be cut off, and die; but the THIRD shall be left therein.  God says he will bring the THIRD PART through the fire, and refine them.  They shall call upon him, and he will hear them.  He will say IT IS MY PEOPLE; and they shall say the LORD IS MY GOD."  First part, SARDIS, the nominal church or Babylon.  Second part, Laodicea, the nominal Adventist.  Third part, Philadelphia, the only true church of God on earth, for they ask to be translated to the city of God.  Rev.iii,12; Heb.xii,22-24.  In the name of Jesus, I exhort you again to flee from the Laodiceans, as from Sodom and Gomorrah.  Their teachings are false and delusive; and lead to utter destruction.  Death!  DEATH!! eternal DEATH!!!  is on their track.  Remember Lot's wife.


Review and Herald, vol 8, October 16, 1856, #24, p 189-190
     Laodicea signifies, "the judging of the people," or, according to Cruden, "a just people," and fitly represents the present state of the church, in the great day of atonement, or judgment of the "house of God" while the just and holy law of God is taken as a rule of life....
     But, dear brethren, how humbling to us as a people is the sad description of this church.  And is not this dreadful description a most perfect picture of our present condition?  It is; and it will be of no use to try to evade the force of this searching testimony to the Laodicean church.  The Lord help us to receive it, and to profit by it.  What language could better describe our condition as a people, than this addressed to the Laodiceans?  "Neither hot nor cold," but "lukewarm."  It will not do, brethren, to apply this to the nominal churches, they are to all intents and purposes, "cold."  And the nominal Adventists are even lower than the churches, who justly look down upon them with horror for the infidel views, held by many of them, of no Sabbath, no family prayer, no Devil, no operation of the Holy Ghost, no pre-existence of the Son of God, and no resurrection of the unjust.
     The word "hot," represents the fervency, zeal and good works which are in accordance with the scriptures.  This is not our condition; yet the feeble efforts put forth by us as a people are such that we cannot be said to be "cold."  We are "lukewarm."  "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."  These are words of dreadful import.  A thorough change is the only hope of the remnant.  Here follows the reason why we are so offensive to the Lord:  "Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing."  We may not have boasted of our gold, silver, or of this world's goods; but have we not had, more or less, an exulting and an exalted spirit, in view of our position on plain Bible truth?  Our positions are fully sustained by an overwhelming amount of direct scriptural testimony; and certainly a theory of divine truth is indispensable; but we, as a people, have evidently rested down upon a theory of truth, and have neglected to seek Bible humility, Bible patience, Bible self-denial, and Bible watchfulness, and sacrifice, Bible holiness, and the power and gifts of the Holy Ghost, which the church may enjoy, according to the plain testimony of the Bible.  Hence it is said, "And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."  What a condition!
     And it is to be feared that many a poor Laodicean is so fast in this delusive snare, as to never fully feel the force of the counsel of the Saviour, to buy of him "gold tried in the fire," "white raiment," and "eyesalve."  These we cannot regard as representing the present truth, but rather, the graces of the Spirit, and attainments in the Christian course, which the present truth should lead us most earnestly to seek for.  "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; be zealous, therefore, and repent."  God's honest people will feel greatly rebuked and chastened by this description of their condition, and they will repent, heartily, zealously; but from the words, "as many," &c., we may fear for some, whose self-righteousness, and self-dependence, have carried them beyond the reach of the reproving Spirit, and the counsel of the true Witness.  Dear brethren, read and weep over the touching language from His lips which follows.  It is to you.
     "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."  How careless many of you have been of the reproofs and warning which the dear Saviour has given for your benefit.  He has been slighted and shut out by you till his locks are wet with the dew of night.  O, open your hearts to him.  Let your hard hearts break before him.  O, let him in.  A deep work of consecrating yourselves and all you have to him, will be necessary to prepare the way for him to come in and sup with you and you with him.  We dwell with pleasure upon this affectionate, this touching figure.  What an illustration of communion with Christ!  Who would not joyfully spread the table, and open the door for the dear Saviour to partake with them the last meal of the day, were he now a pilgrim on earth as at the first advent?  This we cannot do; but we can do those things required of us, and prepare the way of the Lord in our own hearts.  Covetousness, pride, selfishness, and love of the world must be put out of the heart before the Saviour will come in.  O, be not deceived.  Take the declarations of Christ and the apostles, which point out your duty as Christians, especially those which apply to you in the last stage of the church, while waiting for the coming of the Son of man, and let that word, like a two-edged sword, pierce your heart.  O, ye Laodiceans, our mouth is open unto you.  Be not deceived as to your real condition.  Christ will spue you out of his mouth unless you are zealous and repent.  Are you honoring the Lord with your substance, or are you covetous and worldly?  Are you laying up treasure on earth, or in heaven?  Is your love for the cause, and the salvation of your fellow-men increasing? or is it waning away?  Are you more watchful of your words, and the spirit you manifest? or are you growing careless, and losing your power to watch?  Are you dying daily, so that pride is put out of your heart? or does it find a rich soil and flourish there?  If the latter be your case in all these questions, no marvel that the dear Saviour is shut out, and now knocks for admission.
     Dear brethren, we must overcome the world, the flesh and the Devil, or we shall have no part in the kingdom of God.  Read the gracious promise to those of the Laodiceans who overcome.  "To him that overcometh 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."  Those only who suffer with Christ will reign with him.  We have much to overcome.  May God help us to set about the work with zeal.  Our guide in this work must be the plain word of God as it reads.  That exposes our sins, and declares what we must be.  If we are zealous and repent, and overcome, according to that word, we shall reign with Christ.  If not, Christ will spue us out of his mouth, cast us off for ever.
     Dear brethren, lay hold of this work at once, and in faith claim the gracious promises to the repenting Laodiceans.  Arise in the name of the Lord, and let your light shine to the glory of his blessed name.


Uriah Smith, Biblical Institute, p 250-252
     The last message is to the church of Laodicea.  This word signifies, the judging of the people; or according to Cruden, a just people.  And either of these definitions would apply to the time and people between the close of the first message, and the end of time; for in this period of the cleansing of the sanctuary the judgment of the people is going forward, and the result will finally be, "a just people;" a people freed from all their sins.
     This applies to the last generation of the church; and there is in this testimony that which should startle and arouse us.  This church, with the light respecting the soon coming of Christ shining clearly forth, and that great event even at the door, is found in a lukewarm, half-hearted, indifferent condition; and at the same time, the members deceived with the idea that they are rich and have need of nothing.  In this condition they are very offensive to God.  Not because in themselves they are worse than other people have been, or are, but because, having greater light, they should occupy a very advanced position.  "Therefore." says the True Witness, "I council thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich."  That is, love and faith working together, hand in hand to make them rich in good works, and rich toward God.  They are counseled to buy white raiment; that is, to put on a robe of righteousness, or to have their characters conform wholly to the law of God.  They are counseled also, to anoint their eyes with eyesalve that they may see.  This eyesalve is the unction from on high, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which gives us the true discernment in spiritual things.  And God's people, during this time, will be rebuked and chastened by him until they become zealous and repent.
     Christ stands at the door and knocks; and the promise is to him that will open the door that Christ will come in to him, and sup with him and he with Christ.  This denotes a union such as no church has ever before enjoyed; and an outpouring of the Spirit, and an exercising of the heavenly graces beyond anything in the previous experience of the church.  This is, without doubt, the arising of the "day star in the hearts" of believers, spoken of in 2Pet.1:19, and the time of refreshing spoken of by Peter in Acts 3:19, which the church is to experience just before the coming of Christ.  And they need this work wrought for them to enable them to stand during the fearful scenes with which the world's history shall close.
     Here it is, undoubtedly, that the parable of the wedding garment (Matt.22:11-13) applies.  The king comes in to see the guests, which is an examination of our characters in the sanctuary above.  A man is found there, not having on the wedding garment, or not prepared to stand the test of the Judgment; he is cast out into outer darkness.  And right in this critical time, when our cases in the sanctuary are pending, and we are unprepared for that searching test, the True Witness comes to us with an earnest entreaty to buy of him the white raiment, or to secure while we may the wedding garment to be prepared for the King when he shall come in to see the guests, and to bid those who are ready, to the marriage supper of the Lamb.  If we fail to heed this testimony, and so do not provide ourselves with gold, white raiment, and eyesalve, Christ here says, "I will spew thee out of my mouth."  The parable says, which is the same thing, that we shall be bound hand and foot, and cast into outer darkness.  Both expressions denote an utter and final rejection of the unfaithful.
     To the overcomer is here given a promise of sitting with Christ on his throne, as he has overcome and is now sitting with his Father in his throne.  This shows that Christ occupies two thrones; first, with his Father, where he in now seated, and has been ever since his ascension to Heaven; and secondly, the throne of his own kingdom, the throne of his father David, when he shall commence his reign immediately after his priestly work is done.


Uriah Smith, Daniel and Revelation, p 399-412
     Laodicea signifies the judging of the people, or, according to Cruden, a just people.  The message to this church brings to view the closing scenes of probation.  It reveals a period of judgment.  It is the last stage of the church.  It consequently applies to believers under the third message, the last message of mercy before the coming of Christ (see chapter 14:9-14), while the great day of atonement is transpiring, and the investigative Judgment is going forward upon the house of God, - a period during which the just and holy law of God is taken by the waiting church as their rule of life.
     These Things Saith the Amen. - This is, then, the final message to the churches ere the close of probation.  And though the description of their condition which he gives to the indifferent Laodiceans is fearful and startling, nevertheless it cannot be denied;  for the Witness is "faithful and true."  Moreover, he is "the beginning of the creation of God."  Some attempt by this language to uphold the error that Christ was a created being, dating his existence anterior to that of any other created being or thing, next to the self-existent and eternal God.  But the language does not necessarily imply that he was created;  for the words, "the beginning of the creation,"  may simply signify that the work of creation, strictly speaking, was begun by him.  "Without him was not anything made."  Others, however, and more properly we think, take the word to mean the "agent" or "efficient cause," which is one of the definitions of the word, understanding that Christ, is the agent through whom God has created all things, but that the Son came into existence in a different manner, as he is called "the only begotten" of the Father.  It would seem utterly inappropriate to apply this expression to any being created in the ordinary sense of that term.
     The charge he brings against the Laodiceans is that they are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.  They lack that religious fervency, zeal, and devotion which their position in the world's closing history, with the light of prophecy beaming upon their pathway, demands that they should manifest;  and this lukewarmness is shown by a lack of good works;  for it is from a knowledge of their works that the faithful and true Witness brings this fearful charge against them.
     I Would Thou Wert Cold or Hot. - Three states are brought to view in this message, - the cold, the lukewarm, and the hot.  It is important to determine what condition they each denote, in order to guard against wrong conclusions.  Three conditions of spiritual life which pertain to the church, not to the world, are to be considered.  What the term hot means it is not difficult to conceive.  The mind at once calls up a state of intense fervency and zeal, when all the affections, raised to the highest pitch, are drawn out for God and his cause, and manifest themselves in corresponding works.  To be lukewarm is to lack this zeal, to be in a state in which heart and earnestness are wanting; in which there is no self-denial that costs anything, no cross-bearing that is felt, no determined witnessing for Christ, and no valiant aggression that keeps sinews strained and armor bright;  and, worst of all, it implies entire satisfaction with that condition.  But to be cold - what is that?  Does it denote a state of corruption, wickedness, and sin, such as characterizes the world of unbelievers?  We cannot so regard it, for the following reasons:-
     1.  It would seem harsh and repulsive to represent Christ as wishing, under any circumstances, that persons should be in such a condition;  but he says, "I would thou were cold or hot."
     2.  No state can be more offensive to Christ than that of the sinner in open rebellion, and his heart filled with every evil.  It would therefore be incorrect to represent him as preferring that state to any position which his people can occupy while they are still retained as his.
     3.  The threat of rejection in verse 16 is because they are neither cold nor hot.  As much as to say that if they were either cold or hot, they would not be rejected.  But if by cold is meant a state of open worldly wickedness, they would be rejected therefor very speedily.  Hence such cannot be its meaning.
     We are consequently forced to the conclusion that by this language our Lord has no reference whatever to those outside of his church, but that he refers to three degrees of spiritual affections, two of which are more acceptable to him than the third.  Heat and cold are preferable to lukewarmness.  But what kind of spiritual state is denoted by the term cold?  We may remark first that it is a state of feeling.  In this respect it is superior to lukewarmness, which is a state of comparative insensibility, indifference, and supreme self-satisfaction.  To be hot is also to be in a state of feeling.  And as hot denotes joyous fervency, and a lively exercise of all the affections, with a heart buoyant with the sensible presence and love of God, so by cold would seem to be denoted a spiritual condition characterized by a destitution of these traits, yet one in which the individual feels such destitution, and longs to recover his lost treasures.  This state is well expressed by the language of Job, "O that I knew where I might find him!"  Job23:3.  In this state there is not indifference, nor is there content;  but there is a sense of coldness, unfitness, and discomfort, and a groping and seeking after something better.  There is hope of a person in this condition.  What a man feels that he lacks and wants, he will earnestly strive to obtain.  The most discouraging feature of the lukewarm is that they are conscious of no lack, and feel that they have need of nothing.  Hence it is easy to see why our Lord should prefer to behold his church in a state of comfortless coldness, rather that in a state of comfortable, easy, indifferent lukewarmness.  Cold, a person will not long remain.  His efforts will soon lead him to the fervid state.  But lukewarm, there is danger of his remaining till the faithful and true Witness is obliged to reject him as a nauseous and loathsome thing.
     I Will Spue Thee out of My Mouth. - Here the figure is still further carried out, and the rejection of the lukewarm expressed by the nauseating effects of tepid water.  And this denotes a final rejection, an utter separation from his church.
     Rich, and Increased with Goods. - Such the Laodiceans think is their condition.  They are not hypocrites, because they "know not" that they are poor, miserable, blind, and naked.
     The Counsel Given Them. - Buy of me, says the true Witness, gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayest see.  This shows at once to the deceived Laodiceans the objects they lack, and the extent of their destitution.  It shows too, where they can obtain those things in which they are so fearfully poor;  it brings before them the necessity of speedily obtaining them.  The case is so urgent that our great Advocate in the court above sends us special counsel on the point;  and the fact that he who has condescended to point out our lack, and counsel us to buy, is the one who has these things to bestow, and invites us to come to him for them, is the best possible guarantee that our application will be respected, and our requests granted.
     But by what means can we buy these things? - Just as we buy all other gospel graces.  "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money;  come ye, buy, and eat;  yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."  Isa.55:1.  We thus buy by the asking;  buy by throwing away the worthless baubles of earth, and receiving priceless treasures in their stead;  buy by simply coming and receiving;  buy, giving nothing in return.  And what do we buy on these gracious terms? - Bread that perishes not, spotless raiment that soils not, riches that corrupt not, and an inheritance that fadeth not.  Strange traffic, this! yet thus the Lord condescends to deal with his people.  He might compel us to come in the manner and with the mien of beggars;  but instead of this he gives us the treasures of his grace, and in return receives our worthlessness, that we may take the blessings he has to bestow, not as pittances dealt out to mendicants, but as the legitimate possessions of honorable purchase.
     The things to be obtained demand especial notice.  They are enumerated as follows:-
     1.  Gold Tried in the Fire. - Gold, literally considered, is the comprehensive name for all worldly wealth and riches.  Figuratively, it must denote that which constitutes spiritual riches.  What grace, then, is represented by the gold, or, rather, what graces? for doubtless no one single grace can be said to answer to the full import of that term.  The Lord said to the church of Smyrna that he knew their poverty, but they were rich;  and the testimony shows that their riches consisted of that which was finally to put them in possession of a crown of life.  Says James. "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"  "Faith," says Paul, "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."  To be "rich toward God," - rich in the spiritual sense, - is to have a clear title to the promises, - to be an heir of that inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us.  "If ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."  Gal.3:29.  And how do we obtain this heirship? - In the same way that Abraham obtained the promise;  that is, through faith.  Rom.4:13,14.  No wonder, then, that Paul should devote an entire chapter in Hebrews (chapter 11) to this important subject, setting forth the mighty achievements that have been accomplished, and the precious promises that have been obtained, through faith;  and that he should, in the first verse of the next chapter, as the grand conclusion to his argument, exhort Christians to lay aside every weight, and the sin (of unbelief) that so easily besets them.  Nothing will sooner dry up the springs of spirituality, and sink us into utter poverty in reference to the things of the kingdom of God, than to let faith go out and unbelief come in.  For faith must enter into every action that is pleasing in his sight;  and in coming to him, the first thing is to believe that he is;  and it is through faith, as the chief agent under the grace which is the gift of God, that we are to be saved.  Heb.11:6;  Eph.2:8.
     From this it would seem that faith is a principal element of spiritual wealth.  But if, as already remarked, no one grace can answer to the full import of the term gold, so, doubtless, other things are included with faith.  "Faith is the substance of things hoped for," says Paul.  Hence hope is an inseparable accompaniment of faith.  Heb.11:1;  Rom.8:24,25.
     And again Paul tells us that faith works by love, and speaks in another place of being "rich in good works."  Gal.5:6; 1Tim.6:18.  Hence love cannot be separated from faith.  We then have before us the three objects associated together by Paul in 1Cor.13, - faith, hope, and charity, or love;  and the greatest of these is charity.  Such is the gold tried by fire which we are counseled to buy.
     2.  White Raiment. - On this point there would not seem to be much room for controversy.  A few texts will furnish a key to the understanding of this expression.  Says the prophet, Isa.64:6, "All our righteousness are as filthy rags."  We are counseled to buy the opposite of filthy rags, which would be complete and spotless raiment.  The same figure is used in Zech.3:3,4.  And John, in the 19th chapter of the Revelation, verse 8, says plainly that "the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."
     3.  The Eye-salve. - On this there is as little room for a diversity of opinion as upon the white raiment.  The anointing of the eyes is certainly not to be taken in a literal sense; and, reference being made to spiritual things, the eye-salve must denote that by which our spiritual discernment is quickened.  There is but one agent revealed to us in the word of God by which this is accomplished, and that is the Holy Spirit.  In Acts10:38 we read that "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost."  And the same writer through whom came this Revelation from Jesus Christ, wrote to the church in his first epistle (chapter 2:20) as follows:  "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things."  In verse 27 he enlarges upon this point thus:  "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you:  but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."  By referring to his Gospel, it is found that the work which he here sets forth as accomplished by the anointing is exactly the same that he there attributes to the Holy Spirit.  John14:26:  "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."  (See also John16:13.)
     Thus in a formal and solemn manner are we counseled by the faithful and true Witness, under the figures of gold, white raiment, and eye-salve, to seek from him, speedily and earnestly, an increase of the heavenly graces of faith, hope, charity, that righteousness which he alone can furnish, and an unction from the Holy Spirit.  But how is it possible that a people lacking these things should think themselves rich and increased with goods?  A plausible inference may here be drawn, which is perhaps also a necessary one, as there is room for no other.  It will be observed that no fault is found with the Laodiceans on account of the doctrines they hold.  They are not accused of harboring any Jezebel in their midst, or of countenancing the doctrines of Balaam or the Nicolaitanes.  So far as we can learn from the address to them, their belief is correct, and their theory sound.  The inference therefore is that having a correct theory, therewith they are content.  They are satisfied with a correct form of doctrine without its power.  Having received light concerning the closing events of this dispensation, and having a correct theoretical knowledge of the truths that pertain to the last generation of men, they are inclined to rest in this to the neglect of the spiritual part of religion.  It is by their actions, doubtless, not by their words, that they say they are rich, and increased with goods.  Having so much light and so much truth, what can they want besides?  And if, with a commendable tenacity, they defend the theory, and in the letter, so far as their outward life is concerned, conform to the increasing light upon the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, is not their righteousness complete?  Rich, and increased with goods, and needing nothing!  Here is their failure.  Their whole being should cry out for the spirit, the zeal, the fervency, the life, the power, of a living Christianity, and their righteousness should consist in a swallowing up of self and all its works in the merits of their Redeemer.
     The Token of Love. - This, strange as it may seem, is chastisement.  "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten."  If we are without chastisement, we are not sons.  Heb.12.
     "A general law," says Thompson, "Of his gracious economy is here set forth.  As all need chastisement in some measure, they in some measure receive it, and thus have proof of the Saviour's attachment.  This is a hard lesson to learn, and believers are dull scholars;  yet here and throughout God's word and providence it stands, that trials are his benedictions, and that no child escapes the rod.  The incorrigibly misshapen and coarse-grained blocks are rejected, while those chosen for the glorious structure are subjected to the chisel and the hammer.  There is no cluster on the true vine but must pass through the winepress.  'For myself,' said an old divine under affliction, 'for myself, I bless God I have observed and felt so much mercy in this angry dispensation of God that I am almost transported.  I am, surely, highly pleased with thinking how infinitely sweet his mercies are, when his judgments are so gracious.'  In view, then, of the origin and design of the chastisements you receive, 'Be zealous and repent.'  Lose no time;  lose not a blow of the rod, but repent at once.  Be fervent in spirit.  Such is the first appliance of encouragement."
     Be Zealous and Repent. - Although, as we have seen, the state represented by coldness is preferable to one of lukewarmness, yet that is not a state in which our Lord ever desires to find us.  We are never exhorted to seek that state.  There is a far better one which we are counseled to attain:  and that is to be zealous, to be fervent, and to have our hearts all aglow in the service of our Master.
     Christ Knocking at the Door. - Let us listen again to the author above quoted:  "Here is the heart of hearts.  Notwithstanding their offensive attitude, their unlovely character, such is his love to their souls that he humbles himself to solicit the privilege of making them blessed.  'Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.'  Why does he?  Not because he is without home elsewhere.  Among the mansions in his Father's house there is not one entrance closed to him.  He is the life of every heart, the light in every eye, the song on every tongue, in glory.  But he goes round from door to door in Laodicea.  He stands at each, and knocks, because he came to seek and to save that which is lost, because he cannot give up the purpose of communicating eternal life to as many as the Father has given him, and because he cannot become known to the inmate unless the door be opened and a welcome given him.  Have you bought a piece of ground? have you bought five yoke of oxen? is your hat in your hand, and do you pray to be excused?  He knocks and knocks.  but you cannot receive company at present;  you are worn out with labor;  you have wheeled round the sofa;  you are making yourself comfortable, and send word that you are engaged.  He knocks and knocks. . . . It is the hour for church prayer-meeting or for monthly concert;  there is opportunity to pay a Christian visit to an individual or a family;  but you move not.... Oh, nauseous lukewarmness!  Oh, fatal worldliness!  The Lord of glory comes all the way from his celestial palace - comes in poverty, in sweat, in blood - comes to the door of a professed friend, who owes all to him, and cannot get in! - comes to rescue a man whose house is on fire, and he will not admit him!  Oh, the height, the depth, of Jesus Christ's forbearance!  Even the heathen Publius received Paul, and lodged him three days courteously.  Shall nominal Christians tell the Lord of apostles that they have no room for him?"
     If Any Man Hear My Voice. - The Lord entreats, then, as well as knocks.  And the word if implies that some will not hear.  Though he stands and knocks and entreats till his locks are wet with the dews of night, yet some will close their ears to his tender entreaties.  But it is not enough simply to hear.  We must hear, and open the door.  And many who at first hear the voice, and for a time feel inclined to heed, will doubtless, alas! fail in the end to do that which is necessary to secure to themselves the communion of the heavenly Guest.  Reader, are your ears open to the entreaties which the Saviour directs to you?  Is the sound of his voice a welcome sound?  Will you heed it?  Will you open the door and let him in?  Or is the door of your heart held fast by heaps of this world's rubbish, which you are unwilling to remove?  Remember that the Lord of life never forces an entrance.  He condescends to come and knock, and seek admittance;  but he takes up his abode in those hearts only where he is then a welcome and invited guest.
     And then the promise!  "I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."  How forcible and touching the figure!  Friend with friend, partaking of the cheerful and social meal!  Mind with mind, holding free and intimate converse!  And what a festal scene must that be where the King of glory is a guest!  No common degree of union, no ordinary blessing, no usual privilege, is denoted by this language.  Who, under such tender entreaty and so gracious a promise, can remain indifferent?  Nor are we required to furnish the table for this exalted Guest.  This he does himself, not with gross nutriment of earth, but with viands from his own heavenly storehouse.  Here he sets before us foretastes of the glory soon to be revealed.  Here he gives us earnests of our future inheritance, which is incorruptible, undefiled, and fadeth not away.  Verily, when we shall comply with the conditions, and receive this promise, we shall experience this rising of the day star in our hearts, and behold the dawn of a glorious morning for the church of God.
     The Final Promise. - The promise of supping with his disciples is made by the Lord before the final promise to the overcomer is given.  This shows that the blessings included in that promise are to be enjoyed in this probationary state.  And now, superadded to all these, is the promise to the overcomer:  "To him that overcometh 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."  Here the promises of the Lord culminate.  From being at first rebellious, and then fallen, degraded, and polluted, man is brought by the work of the Redeemer back into reconciliation with God, cleansed from his pollutions, redeemed from the fall, made immortal, and finally raised to a seat upon the very throne of his Saviour.  Honor and exaltation could go no farther.  Human minds cannot conceive that state, human language cannot describe it.  We can only labor on till, if overcomers at last, we shall "know what it is to be there."
     In this verse there is not only a glorious promise, but there is also an important doctrine.  We learn by this that Christ reigns consecutively upon two thrones.  One is the throne of his Father, the other is his own throne. He declares in this verse that he has overcome, and is now set down with his Father in his throne.  He is now associated with the Father in the throne of universal dominion, placed at his right hand, far above all principality, power, might, and dominion.  Eph.1:20-22, etc.  While in this position, he is a priest-king.  He is a priest, "a minister of the sanctuary;"  but at the same time he is "on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens."  Heb.8:1,2.  This position and work of our Lord was thus predicted by the prophet Zechariah:  "And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts [God], saying, Behold the man whose name is the Branch [Christ];  and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the Lord....And he [Christ] shall sit and rule upon his [God's] throne;  and he [Christ] shall be a priest upon his {God's} throne;  and the counsel of peace [in the sacrifice and priestly work of Christ in behalf of repenting man] shall be between them both."  Zech.6:12,13.  But the time is coming when he is to change his position, and, leaving the throne of his Father, take his own throne;  and this must be when the time comes for the reward of the overcomers;  for when they enter upon their reward, they are to sit with Christ on his throne, as he has overcome, and is now seated with the Father upon his throne.  This change in the position of Christ is set forth by Paul in 1Cor.15:24-28, as follows:-
     "Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;  when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  For he must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.  For he hath put all things under his feet.  But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things under him.  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
     The truths taught in this portion of Scripture may perhaps be most briefly expressed by a slight paraphrase, and by giving, in every instance, instead of the pronouns, the nouns to which they respectively refer.  Thus:-
"Then cometh the end (of the present dispensation), when Christ shall have delivered up the kingdom (which he now holds conjointly with the Father) to God, even the Father;  when God shall have put down all rule and all authority and power (that is opposed to the work of the Son).  For Christ must reign (on the throne of his Father) till the Father hath put all enemies under Christ's feet.  But when God saith, All things are put under Christ (and he commences his reign upon his own throne), it is manifest that God is excepted, who did put all things under Christ.  And when all things shall be subdued unto Christ, then shall Christ also himself be subject unto God that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
     That this is a correct version of this scripture may be easily verified.  The only question that can be raised is concerning the persons to whom the pronouns refer;  and any attempt to make the pronouns refer to Christ which in the foregoing paraphrase are referred to God, will be found, when traced through the quotation, to make poor sense of Paul's language.
     From this it will be seen that the kingdom which Christ delivers up to the Father is that which he holds at the present time upon his father's throne, where he tells us he is now seated.  He delivers up this kingdom at the end of this dispensation, when the time comes for him to take his own throne.  After this he reigns on the throne of his father David, and is subject only to God, who still retains his position upon the throne of universal dominion.  In this reign of Christ the saints participate.  "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne."  "And they lived," says John, dating from the first resurrection (chapter 20:4), "and reigned with Christ a thousand years."  This we understand to be a special reign, or for a special purpose, as will be noticed in that chapter;  for the actual reign of the saints is to be "forever and ever."  Dan.7:18,27.  How can any earthly object divert our gaze from this durable and heavenly prospect?
     Thus close the messages to the seven churches.  How pointed and searching their testimony!  What lessons do they contain for all Christians in all ages!  It is as true with the last church as with the first, that all their works are known to Him who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.  From his scrutinizing gaze nothing can be hidden.  And while his threatenings to the hypocrites and evil workers, as in justice they may be, are awful, how ample, how comforting, how gracious, how glorious, his promises to those who love and follow him with singleness of heart!

Gracious words of counsel, messages of love,
Sent to all his children from the Lord on High:
Precious are these warnings from the throne above,
As the world's last crisis swiftly draweth nigh.
Weak and all unworthy we, his children, are -
Pure and perfect must be ere we see his face;
Now for us the Saviour shows his tender care,
Offering for our purchase every heavenly grace.
Let each boundless promise every bosom thrill,
Bear us through sad ills this world has ever known.
Till we reach the mansions on God's holy hill,
Till we sit with Jesus on his glorious throne.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

The SDA Church and Laodicea

One of the things that is early engraved in the mind of every Seventh Day Adventist, is the thought 
that Laodicea is God's church of the last days. As soon as a person joins the Seventh Day Adventist 
church, he is made to understand that the Seventh Day Adventist church is represented by the 
seventh of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, the Laodicean Church. It 
is not difficult to support this claim, because there are many statements in the writings of Ellen 
White, which state that the church is in a Laodicean condition, and in which the Seventh Day 
Adventist church is identified as Laodicea.  

In Adventist thinking the seven churches in Revelation are understood to indicate seven 
chronological stages in the history of the Christian church. That is the way it is explained. The 
churches are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. 
 
It is believed, that Ephesus covered the apostolic era from the time of Jesus, until the time of the 
death of the last apostle about A. D. 100. Smyrna would cover from about A. D. 100, to A. D. 313, 
and Pergamos would go from about 313 to about 538 when the papacy was fully established as a 
dominant power. Thyatira would span the period of papal supremacy, from 538 to about 1517, when 
the Protestant reformation began under Martin Luther, and Sardis would cover the Protestant 
period, from about 1517 to about 1833, when the great second Advent movement began under 
William Miller. The Philadelphian period, continued from the time that William Miller started to 
preach in 1833, until about sometime in the 1840's when the Seventh Day Adventist church began. 
The Seventh Day Adventist church, would be from the eighteen forties until the coming of Jesus, 
which is the Laodicean period.  

This is the way it is explained, and if this is the way you understand the interpretation of the seven 
churches, then logically if you want to be saved and be a part of God's program in the last days, 
then you will have to be in the Laodicean, church. Likewise, if you accept that the Seventh Day 
Adventist church is the Laodicean church, then the natural conclusion is that you have to be a 
member of this church in order to be saved.  

This is the kind of thinking, that has led to statements like the following, which were taken from the 
Adventist Review, published a few years ago:   

“It (the S. D. A church) is God's created, appointed, and only means for the salvation of sinners.”  
“. . . . It is the gate of heaven for the sin sick soul.. . . No one pretends that God's church is 
blameless, or that it has no fault, but it is God's church and all should stand back and let God deal 
with his possession.” Review, February 1995, page 2 (Inter-American edition).  

“Many have been tempted to doubt our remnant status or special calling. They are making a 
mistake that may last for eternity. Inspiration tells us, that God will carry the noble ship which bears 
the people of God safely into port, and that to enter any new organization would mean apostasy. 
Scripture is clear. God has established a remnant church for these last days. Corporately, No other 
church body fits the description but ours, which alone has been given his present truth message.” 
Review, Sept. 1994, page 7  This is the kind of thinking that stems from the idea, that the S. D. A church is Laodicea, which is God's true church in the last days.  

A Sequential Order? 

Let us now examine this idea of Laodicea being the last church. Everything hangs upon the 
question of whether or not; those seven churches in Revelation are intended to represent a 
sequential order in the history of God's true church on the earth. When Smyrna comes on the 
scene, is Ephesus already gone? Does Pergamos takes the place of Smyrna, and in our time, 
When Laodicea comes on the scene, does Philadelphia cease to exist? Is Laodicea the only church 
of the seven remaining today? This is the popular belief of Seventh-day Adventism.  

Let us consider a few pertinent points. First of all, Revelation is a book that is primarily applicable to 
the end time. Its focus is primarily to that period of time that the Bible calls “the day of the Lord,” 
when God will begin, once again, to mightily intervene in the affairs of men. It is very clear that 
Revelation's emphasis is on the time of the last great crisis, when we will have the development of 
those who receive the mark of the beast, and those who receive the seal of the living God.  

In Revelation 1:11, Jesus is speaking. John says he hears a great voice, which says, “I am Alpha 
and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven 
churches which are in Asia, unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto 
Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” Notice that the message is 
applicable to all seven churches, and was sent to all seven of them. Notice Furthermore, that all of 
these seven churches existed at the same time, and even in the same basic geographic area of the 
world. They all existed in Asia.  

Another Interpretation 

Is it possible that there is another interpretation of these seven churches? Seven is a symbol of 
completeness. Do these churches represent God's complete church in the world in the end time? 
Notice that the lamb in Revelation 5 has seven horns on His head, but it doesn't mean that there are 
seven stages in the power of Jesus, but rather, that He has complete power. Can it be that the 
seven churches of Rev. 2 and 3, really represent the entire Christian church in the world in the time 
of the end? It is interesting to notice that Jesus mentions his coming, to at least three of the last four 
churches. He mentions his coming in such a way, that it seems to indicate that these churches will 
be around at the time when He returns.  

Existing at Christ's return  

In Revelation 2, verses 24, 25, Jesus says,  “But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” (Rev 2:24,25)  If Jesus says, “hold fast till I come,” it seems to indicate very clearly, that whomever he is talking to, is going to be around at the moment when he comes. He doesn't say (like he says to the people of Smyrna), “be thou faithful unto death,” but “hold fast till I come.” The people of Smyrna will die, but the people of Thyatira to whom He is speaking will be around when He returns, because he says, “hold fast till I come.”  

Next, He says to Sardis in Revelation 3:3,  “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Rev 3:3)  Again, this is very interesting. We have always said, that Sardis represents the Protestant churches. Now Jesus says to the Sardis Christians, “I will come on you as a thief if you will not watch.” Every time in the Scriptures that Jesus' coming has been compared to the coming of a thief, it has been in 
connection with His second coming. In 2 Peter 3:10, it says: “But the day of the Lord shall come as 
a thief in the night.” Again in 1 Thessalonians 5:2, it says: For yourselves know perfectly that the 
day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. It also says in verse 4. But ye, brethren, are not in 
darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. In Matt. 24, Jesus says:  
“But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he 
would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.” (Mat 24:43)  
So he instructs us to watch for his return as for a thief's coming.  

In this message to Sardis then, in Revelation 3:3, Jesus' reference to coming upon Sardis like a 
thief, is clearly referring to his second coming. The church that He is speaking about, is a church 
that is going to be around when Jesus comes, but it will be a church that will be taken by surprise.  
Now let us notice something very interesting about the message to Philadelphia. After Thyatira, 
there is Sardis, then Philadelphia. Philadelphia is accepted by all Adventists, as representing the 
period of the great awakening, from the time of the Millerite movement, to the early stages of the 
Seventh Day Adventist church.  

Philadelphia means brotherly love, and those who lived at that time described that movement as 
being characterized by great brotherly love, great affection for one another and a great zeal for the 
cause of God. In fact, Ellen White says that it was the greatest awakening since the time of the 
apostles. That is a strong statement, but I suppose only those who lived through it could ever 
understand what it was really like. She implies that it was greater even than the Protestant 
reformation.  

Notice that in Rev. 3:11, Jesus says to Philadelphia: “Behold I come quickly, hold that fast which 
thou hast that no man take thy crown.” So we see, that Jesus mentions his coming to the church of 
Philadelphia also. He says: “I come quickly, hold fast that which thou hast.” Clearly, again, this must 
be a message that applies to people who are alive. It cannot be a message that applies to those 
who are dead. What would the statement here, “Behold I come quickly,” mean to a person who is 
dead?  

For all the people who died from the days of Adam down to the very last Christian who will die on 
this earth, the time that passes from the time of their death to the coming of Jesus will appear to 
have been very brief. Adam died over five thousand years ago, but when he comes back to life on 
the resurrection morning, it will seem to have been just a moment. The same thing will happen to 
me if I die today. It will seem to be just a moment, and I wont know about the passing of all those 
years that pass while I sleep. So, when Jesus says, “Behold I come quickly” he must be talking to 
people who are able to see that the time is passing quickly. It will mean nothing to a Christian who 
dies. So Philadelphia clearly is a church that is around at the time when Jesus comes again. We will 
see this very clearly in just a moment.  

Does this mean that the historical interpretation of these churches is false? The truth is that when 
we examine the seven churches carefully, they really do seem to fit into that historical pattern. Can 
it be that there is more than one angle from which we should view this prophecy?  

During the period of Catholic supremacy, we have the Thyatira period. Then came the Sardis period 
when the reformation began. But when Sardis began, did the Roman Catholic Church come to an 
end? When the Protestant reformation began, did it mean that all of a sudden there were no more 
Christians in the Roman Catholic Church? Are there Christians in the Roman Catholic Church today? Did the Roman Catholic Church came to an end as soon as the Protestant church started, or 
did Protestantism and Catholicism continue side by side? The truth is, that they continued side by 
side, and even today, Catholicism and Protestantism continue in the same way.  

The same thing happened at the time of the great Advent awakening movement in 1833. When this 
movement began, Adventists began to preach, and the Protestant churches suffered a moral fall. 
Does it mean then that there were no more Christians in these churches? Ellen White herself says 
that the majority of God's people are still in the churches that we call Babylon.  

So here we had the Advent movement, the Protestant churches and the Catholic Church, Three 
church groups existing together side by side, with God's people being in each of these three 
churches. The majority of God's people at this time were inside the Advent movement, but God still 
had people in the Protestant churches and the Catholic Church. 
 
A Faultless Church 

Out of the last church, will come the 144,000, a people who are prefect, without fault or spot, without 
wrinkle or blemish or any such thing (Rev. 14:5). In the last generation, God will perfect a people 
who will experience the completeness of the atonement.  

There are only two churches among the seven that could be described as perfect. These are the 
two churches with which Jesus finds no fault. They are, Smyrna and Philadelphia. Smyrna seems to 
be a church of martyrs, because one of the things that Jesus says to Smyrna, is, “Be thou faithful 
unto death and I will give you a crown of life.” He speaks about Smyrna suffering tribulation for ten 
days, and counsels, “Be thou faithful unto death.” For Philadelphia also, Jesus has only 
commendation. There is not a single word of rebuke for Philadelphia, and at the end he says: “Hold 
fast what you have.” He even says to Philadelphia: “You have kept the words of my patience.” Bear 
in mind, that only the 144,000 will be a perfect people.  

In contrast, there are two churches in which Jesus can find nothing good. One of them is Sardis. 
The best thing that Jesus can find to say about Sardis, is that there are some in Sardis who have 
not defiled their garments. “And they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy.” But to Sardis, 
generally what he says is this, “You have a name that you live, but you are dead. Awake and 
strengthen the things that remain that are ready to die.” But even in Sardis, he finds a few who have 
not defiled their garments.  

The other church of which He can say nothing good, is Laodicea. We have been taught to believe 
that Laodicea is God's end time church. The church that will be perfect, the one that will produce the 
144,000, and which will be without spot, wrinkle or blemish, but Laodicea is the church in which 
Jesus can find nothing good. In fact, he says very clearly to Laodicea, “I will spew thee out of my 
mouth (Rev. 3:16).” Why does he say this to a church if that church is going to be perfect? If this 
church is the church of the 144,000, why does Jesus say, “I will spew you out of my mouth, because 
you are lukewarm?” The best thing he can find to say to Laodicea is, “I counsel you.” He has 
counseled, but there is no prophetic word or indication that Laodicea ever comes into the favour of 
Christ.”  

But here is another question. Laodicea has become synonymous with the idea of lukewarmness. If 
you say somebody is Laodicean, what you actually mean, is that the person is lukewarm, lethargic, 
self righteous, not zealous in his Christianity. If somebody is in the Laodicean state or condition and 
this person repents, he is no longer lukewarm; he is now a hot Christian. Can this person be said to 
be Laodicean? Is it ever possible for the Laodicean church, the Laodicean condition to become a 
hot, vibrant, living Christian church? Laodicea will always represent that which is about to be 
spewed out of the mouth of Christ.  

Philadelphia and the 144,000 In actual fact, there is compelling evidence to indicate that God's remnant church in the last days, is not Laodicea, But actually Philadelphia! How do we come to that conclusion? There is much 
evidence in the writings of Ellen White and in the Bible, which supports this conclusion. Let us 
examine some of this evidence.  

In Rev. 3:12, Philadelphia is told,  “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new 
Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new 
name.” (Rev 3:12)  

Notice that the Philadelphians will have three things written on them.  
(1) The name of God,  
(2) the name of the new Jerusalem  
(3) Jesus' new name.  

In the book, “Early Writings,” on page 15, and in the little booklet, “A Word To The Little Flock,” also 
on page 15, here is what E. G. White wrote: “ The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On 
their forehead was written, God, New Jerusalem and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name.” 
These are the same exact things that Jesus promised to the Philadelphians.  

So the144,000 as well as the Philadelphian church each have the words, “God, New Jerusalem,” 
and Jesus' new name written on them. This suggests that they are the same people. But here is 
more compelling evidence. In Rev. 3:12, Jesus says “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the 
temple of my God, and he shall go no more out . . . . ” Again, he is talking to the Philadelphian 
church. “He will become a pillar in the temple of my God.” Jesus says of the 144,000 in Rev. 7:15, 
that they will serve God day and night in his temple. If the 144,000 serve God day and night in his 
temple, and according to Rev. 3:12, Philadelphia will be made pillars in the temple of God; it seems 
to suggest again that they are the same people.  

In Early Writings, on page 19, Ellen White says, speaking of herself and the 144,000,  
“as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised his lovely voice and said: “only the 
144,000 enter this place,” and we shouted “hallelujah!”  

So clearly then, only the 144,000 can enter the temple of God, and as we see in Rev. 3:12, it is the 
Philadelphians that will be made pillars in God's temple. She says again on the same page, “I saw 
there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold.” So it is 
very clear that the 144,000 are the people who will have the privilege of serving God in his temple, 
of being made pillars in his temple, of entering that temple and of having their names engraved in 
letters of gold. The same things which apply to the 144,000, also apply to the Philadelphians. 
Clearly, they are the same people.  

There is more evidence however. Let us now move on to Rev. 3:9. Jesus is again speaking to the 
Philadelphians. He says:  

“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do 
lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved 
thee.” (Rev 3:9)  

Jesus says first of all that there is a group of people, who say they are Jews, but they are really the 
synagogue of Satan, they are the people of Satan, they are the church of Satan. This is quite startling. Here are people who say they are Christians, they say they are Jews, but Jesus says they 
are not. They are liars, who are really of the Synagogue of Satan. They are really Satan's people. 
He says that these people will come and worship before the feet of the Philadelphians.  

Ellen White speaks of this prophecy in Early Writings on page 15. Here is what she says.  
“The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New 
Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name. At our happy, holy state the wicked 
were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we 
would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground. 
Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one 
another's feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet.” (Early 
Writings, p.15)  

This is the same exact thing that Jesus says of Philadelphia. Ellen White says it happens to the 
144,000. The synagogue of Satan comes and worships at the feet of the 144,000. The synagogue 
of Satan comes and worships at the feet of the Philadelphians. The Philadelphians and the 144,000 
are the same people.  

So Philadelphia still exists today! And if we give it a little thought we should be able to see that this 
is logical and reasonable. The book of Revelation is not talking about human denominations, or 
physical or organizational structures, If there exists today, people who hold to the principles of 
Philadelphia, which are, brotherly love, and zeal for God's truth, can we say that Philadelphia has 
passed away? Absolutely not. One of the things that Jesus says about Philadelphia in Rev. 3:8, is 
this: “I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:” 
Philadelphia has an open door before it, but what is this open door? It is the door to the most holy 
place of the heavenly sanctuary. It was to the Philadelphian church that the message of the 
atonement first came, the message concerning the experience that was available through Christ's 
ministration in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. There was an open door placed 
before Philadelphia. It was the door to the experience of perfection. That's what the open door 
means, the door to the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary, the door to the final ministration 
of Christ. It is Philadelphia who has this open door, and Jesus says No man can shut it. Philadelphia 
has that opportunity, and wherever there are Christians who believe in this ministration of Christ in 
the most holy place, there is still that open door before them, with that opportunity to become 
perfect through Christ. As long as there are people who believe this, Philadelphia cannot pass 
away.  

I want to suggest something else as well. There are still Christians in the world today who believe 
what those early Adventists believed. People who still believe these truths undiluted and 
unadulterated. They have not rejected the teachings of the pioneers. It is those who hold to those 
same beliefs, including what the pioneers believed about the nature of God and His identity, who 
are still a part of that Philadelphian church, that Philadelphian movement. Those, however who 
have embraced the Trinitarian doctrine and have rejected the beliefs of the Philadelphian pioneers 
concerning God's identity, are surely pressing farther and farther into the arms of something else, 
perhaps best characterized as Laodicea. The early Adventist church was characterized as 
Philadelphia, a church without fault. Surely those who have turned away from the beliefs of that 
church cannot be without fault.  

The True Remnant 

This teaching that Laodicea is God's last day church is a falsehood. The foundation of this false 
idea is the fact that Ellen White kept on saying since about 1852, that the church was in the 
Laodicean state. If something negative is said about your behaviour over and over again, you have 
a choice. You can either stop your negative behaviour, or you can adjust your thinking to accept the 
name that you are being given. If I say to a pig, “you are a filthy creature,” then the pig could try to 
reform. He could try to change himself, but if he will not change, or if he doesn't want to change, then what he can do is convince himself that “filthy” is a good thing. When I say, “you are filthy,” the 
pig says, “yes, isn't it wonderful!” He comes to accept a bad name as meaning something good.  
That is exactly what the S.D.A. church has done. Ellen White kept on saying that the church was in 
the Laodicean state, the church was lukewarm, the church was in a fallen state, and so the 
Adventist denomination could not get away from the fact that it represented the Laodicean state, 
because it was said so many times. But instead of changing, what the church did was to deceive 
itself into thinking that Laodicea was something good. It has now begun to teach that Laodicea is 
acceptable, so to be Laodicean is a wonderful thing. How terrible a state to be in. In actual fact, it is 
the greatest of all deceptions.  

God's end-time true church is, in fact, not a denomination, but the people who continue to 
hold to the same faith, the same spirit and the same principles as the early Philadelphians. It is they 
who have an open door before them, and it is they who will finally be perfected. It is from among 
them that the 144,000 will be produced. These will be the people who enter the experience of the 
open door. Look at what it says in Rev. 3:10, speaking of these Philadelphians of course.  
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, 
which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Rev 3:10)”  
Popular SDA interpretation says that Philadelphia would be kept from the hour of temptation, 
because all the Philadelphians would die. The Philadelphian church would pass away, and in this 
way would be spared that great hour of temptation because they had kept the word of his patience. 
This of course indicates that it would be Laodicea, which would pass through, and be purified by the 
hour of temptation.  

However, in the phrase, “I . . .will keep thee. . . “ the word “keep” is translated from the Greek word 
“tereo” According to Strongs Greek dictionary (#5083), it means: “to guard from loss or injury, by 
keeping the eye upon.”  

This word and a similar idea also appears in John 17:15 where Jesus says,  
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the 
evil. (John 17:15)   
The word does not suggest being taken away. It suggests rather, being kept during the hour of 
temptation. This indicates that Philadelphia will be here during the time of trouble, and if 
Philadelphia is indeed the church of the 144,000, then this must be the meaning of the verse which 
states that Philadelphia will be kept from the hour of temptation. In Rev. 7:14, it says of the 144,000, 
“These are they who came out of great tribulation” or as it should have been translated, “These are 
they that came out of the great tribulation.” Philadelphia is kept during the hour of temptation, the 
144,000 came out of the great tribulation. They are the same people.  

The Synagogue of Satan 

Let us examine just one more piece of evidence from “The writings of Ellen White”. We saw on page 
15 of Early Writings, where Ellen White said that it is the 144,000 who will have the synagogue of 
Satan worship at their feet. Rev. 3:9 says that they will worship at the feet of the Philadelphians. In 
A Word To The Little Flock Ellen White wrote to brother Eli Curtis, who had suggested that the 
synagogue of Satan, who bows at the saints' feet would eventually be saved. She says,  
“You think, that those who worship before the saint's feet, (Rev. 3:9), will at last be saved. Here I 
must differ with you; for God shew me that this class were professed Adventists, who had fallen 
away, and "crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." And in 
the "hour of temptation," which is yet to come, to show out every one's true character, they will know 
that they are forever lost; and overwhelmed with anguish of spirit, they will bow at the saint's feet.” (Word to the Little Flock, p.12)  

There are some striking, powerful points in this little passage. First of all, she says that these people 
represent professed Adventists. Now as we can see, this applies to the hour of temptation, the final 
great test which is yet to come. Future in the days of Ellen White, future in our days, an hour of 
temptation, which will try the whole world. It is not here yet, although it is almost upon us. Ellen 
White applies this prophecy of the Philadelphian Church to that time, and says that these people 
who worship at the saints' feet, are professed Adventists.  

Clearly, in our day, there is only one group of people that would be referred to as Adventists. In the 
days of Ellen White, sometimes you had first day Adventists, and people who came out of the 
Advent movement, but in our day, it has come down to Seventh-day Adventists. She says that these 
are professed Adventists. What is interesting is the fact that Jesus says, “They say they are Jews 
and are not.” Here is a most remarkable statement, because this is exactly the way the average 
denominational Seventh-day Adventist behaves. They are fond of saying, “We are God's remnant 
people.” This could be almost directly a quotation from the Jews. They believed they were God's 
people. “We are Abraham's seed,” was one of their favourite phrases. There is hardly anybody else 
in the world who has that sense of exclusiveness, that sense of being God's special chosen people, 
as much as Seventh-day Adventists. The two statements previously quoted from the Review 
illustrate this point quite well.  

They say they are Jews, but Jesus says they are not, but they do lie, and it is remarkable how He 
identifies them. They are really the synagogue of Satan. Those are such dreadful words, that we 
should fear to speak them if the Lord Himself had not said them. Is this how God really regards 
many professed Adventists? We had better be very careful to be sure that we are on God's side.  
This hour of temptation during which Philadelphia will be preserved, and during which professed 
Seventh-day Adventists will worship at the feet of the 144,000, is yet to come. So we see very 
clearly that the Bible teaches that rather than Laodicea being the end time people of God, it is really 
Philadelphia, which is the end-time church of God. It is also very clear that in order to be 
Philadelphian you have got to hold to the same spirit, the same teachings, the same beliefs and the 
same attitudes as those first Philadelphians. The question, brothers and sisters is this, do you have 
the same spirit as those Philadelphians? do you have the same beliefs as those early 
Philadelphians? Those are questions we do well to consider.  

A Lost Church  

Finally, I want to quote two statements of Ellen White. She made many statements regarding the 
Laodicean church, but I want to quote just two of them which I believe sums up what her attitude 
was to Laodicea. I don't believe anybody who reads or listens to these statements can ever again 
feel safe in the assurance that “I am a Laodicean.” In manuscript 156, written in 1898, Ellen White 
says:  

“The church is in the Laodicean state, the presence of God is not in her midst.”  

So we see very clearly that, if a people are Laodicean, then God's presence is not in their midst. 
What does that make them? Who controls them? Who rules them? Who guides them if Gods 
presence is not in their midst? The only hope is to get out of the Laodicean Church. As long as you 
are in that state, God's presence is not in your midst. And yet amazingly, it is something that 
Adventists have become proud of. In another statement from the Review and Herald of August 19, 
1890 Ellen White says:  

“The state of the church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean 
state.”  

The question is this; do the foolish virgins ever get into the kingdom? Never ever! The wise get in but not the foolish!  

These statements make it very clear that Laodicea will never be saved, and that those who are a 
part of Laodicea are lost. If you and I want to be saved, we have got to get out of Laodicea, and we 
have got to get among the wise virgins, that is the church that will be saved.  

The seven churches need to be studied a lot more and a lot more carefully, but if we believe that 
Ellen White was a messenger of God, and that the visions that she received were from God, then 
we are compelled to believe that God showed her very vividly, that the church, the true remnant 
church, the church of the 144,000 the church that will experience the atonement, the church that will 
be perfect, God's church in the last moments of time will not be Laodicea, but Philadelphia. The 
good thing for those who are Laodicean is that, Jesus says: “Repent, buy of me gold tried in the 
fire.” If a Laodicean repents, it is clear that he no longer remains in Laodicea but can migrate to 
Philadelphia. God bless you my sister my brother whoever you are reading this article. I pray that by 
the grace of God you may be one of God's Philadelphian last day people. 


 
The Laodicean Synagogue of Satan Versus Philadelphia

Ellen White predicted that a satanic new movement, a new organization, would be formed "among" or within the SDA church,Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204, 205. She said the new movement would "remove God," so we should have no problem with calling the new movement satanic! She prophesied a number of other apostasies the new movement would commit, and every one of those thirteen specifications has been fulfilled. Ellen White scores 1000 percent correct on this prophecy! Who did she copy that from?! What other church could fulfill Revelation 3:9?

If Adventism constituted Philadelphia in 1844, and I believe it did, then God also predicted this satanic new movement as associated with Philadelphia, or Seventh-day Adventism, in Revelation 3:9. The very fact that this new movement has formed "among" professing Seventh-day Adventists, is proof that they were at one time the true church, and that a true remnant will come out of that church to constitute the church triumphant, Isaiah 37:31, 32, while the professing, imposter Seventh-day Adventist church would be brought down to hell:

"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.

We DID NOT add the bracketed portions of the above statement. It is quoted just as it was written by Ellen White. Please not that Ellen White compares the SDA church to a corporate city Capernaum. By this designation she can only mean the entire corporate church and not "individuals" in that church. Ezekiel 5:1-4, agrees with Ellen White's prognosis, wherein three-thirds, or the entire church is destroyed after a remnant escapes. Add to this the fact that Ellen White says that another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 will begin at His Sanctuary-- the people who had great light, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, and you have a serious situation. You have a modern-day counterpart to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and indeed, Ellen White said that catastrophe was a prefigure type of another to come, The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, p. 25.

Revelation 3:9, 10, are two of the most interesting verses of all Scripture and they have been successfully relegated to the halls of obscurity by the ecclesiastical authorities over the ages, and particularly by those of this age. A little reflection and spiritual discernment will make the reason for that obscurity all too plain to see. What church movement is going to confess that it is the Synagogue of Satan?! Omega Ministries has been dealing with these verses for over ten years now, and we have never seen any other ministry explain these important verses. Here are those verses:

"Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:9, 10.
The real meaning of these passages is that some imposter movement would claim to be the church triumphant, but would not be, and would indeed be the Synagogue of Satan! Both, Ellen and James White said that Philadelphia, to whom the two verses are written, is the church triumphant. So there will be two different claimants to the church triumphant, or two different factions claiming to be Seventh-day Adventists, while one of those claimants is an imposter.

To assess whether or not we are interpreting aright here, let us go back to the original fulfillment of this Scripture in the time of Christ. There were two churches, two "Jerusalems" if you will, claiming to be the church triumphant: the apostate, organized Jewish church, and another church that had its headquarters also based at Jerusalem, namely the church of Jesus Christ, His disciples and converts. It is important to realize that the apostate Jewish church was never referred to as Babylon, but as Jerusalem, ie. Ezekiel 9!

Philadelphia was the perfect church, the church triumphant, because God had no criticism or reproofs for that church, Revelation 3:7-13. Then there was the Jewish organized church that claimed to be the "chosen people" of God. Two different factions claiming to be "chosen people" of God, and one was an imposter and was indeed the Synagogue of Satan.

Ellen White said that apostate Jerusalem and its destruction (Ezekiel 9), was a prefigure or a type, The Great Controversy, 25. She also said that Ezekiel 9 would again be literally fulfilled, which of course agrees with her "prefigure" "type" statement. This would mean that a very similar anti-typical situation would exist at the end-time--with two claimants to being the chosen church triumphant. The only two factions today who could directly parallel those two churches are apostate Seventh-day Adventism and true Historic Adventism.

Laodicean Adventism Claims to be the Church Triumphant "Chosen People" Remnant

The first big clue as to the identity of the imposter claimant is the fact that the Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist church admits to being Laodicean, and goes an important step further. It states that Laodicea is the church that goes through to the Kingdom, or the church triumphant. Thank God for Ellen White! Scripture and Ellen White agree. God said in Revelation 3:10, quoted above, that Philadelphia, THE PERFECT CHURCH, would be around to be protected through the worst time of trouble to ever come upon the entire world. That time would, of course, be the time of Jacob's trouble. So God Himself says that Philadelphia will be around and be kept through that time of trouble as the church triumphant. Ellen White labeled the Laodicean church as the foolish virgin church:

"The state of the Church represented by the foolishvirgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E. G. White, Review and Herald Articles, Vol. 2, 420.
"Because thou [Philadelphia] hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10.

It would seem reasonable to assume that if God tells Philadelphia that she will be kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, [The time of Trouble at the end-time] she must be around to be kept through that time.

Isaiah 62, Revelation 3:7-13, and Revelation 14:1-9, and Hebrews 12:22, 23, Identify Zion as Being the Same as Philadelphia or the New Jerusalem, the Perfect Bride of Jesus Christ

Isaiah 62:1-5 especially, identify Zion, the subject of the chapter [see verse 1] as the bride of Jesus Christ. Isaiah 62:5 says:

"For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee; and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."
We just learned from God's Holy Word that He marries Zion, as His bride. Who is Zion? Hebrews 12:22, 24, answers this crucial question:

"But ye are come unto mount Sion [Zion], and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN [FIRSTFRUITS--Rev. 14:4], which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews 12:22, 23.

We learn from the above scripture that Zion is the heavenly Jerusalem and the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn which are written in heaven. Dose Ellen White agree with this interpretation of Zion?

"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called the 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 1911 edition.

The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called "the bride, the Lamb's wife." So Zion is more than a CAPITAL and a city, she is also the bride, the Lamb's wife, just as Isaiah 62, says that Zion will be married. Why would Christ marry just a city? That would not make sense would it? Of course not. It says that Zion is the capital, the representative and the bride of the heavenly kingdom of God. Remember that Isaiah 62:2, says that Zion (verse 1) shalt be called by a new name. What new name? Let's go to Revelation 3:12, for the answer:

"...I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is NEW JERUSALEM, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." Rev. 3:12.

How do we Know That it is Philadelphia That Gets the New Name?

We know for sure that Philadelphia is the final remnant generation, because she is told that she will be kept or protected from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth:

"Because thou [Philadelphia in context] has kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." Revelation 3:10. Also, the Synagogue of Satan, will worship before thy[Philadelphia's feet]. Also, she is made a pillar in the Temple of God, because she was the only perfect church in the sense that the 144,000 are perfect before God, Revelation 14:1-4. Philadelphia is not faulted on one point. Though she has but little strength, she has "kept my word, and hast not denied my name," Rev. 3:8.

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, 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 chap. xix, 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 b 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.

"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White,Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

Laodicea makes the tragic mistake of believing that the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3, are literal, successive churches, rather than eras of the church in which various churches met the description of the the various eras. For example, there were many churches that comprised each era of the church. All of the messages, however, applied to each era, as there were overlappings of all the conditions of every message in every era.

Ellen White corroborates this assessment by saying that all of the messages (plural) apply to every church:

"The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages (plural) extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods (eras) in the history of the world." E. G. White, Acts of the Apostles, 585.

Ellen White Says Sinners are Shaken out of Zion, Philadelphia, not Laodicea, and that Laodicea is the Foolish Virgin State of the Church

"The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 2, 420, col. 1.

"The church [Zion in context] may appear as about to fall [when the bride Zion has to flee to the wilderness], but it does not fall. It remains [the only church that remains is Zion, the 144,000], while sinners IN ZION will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the LOYAL AND TRUE, WITHOUT SPOT OR STAIN OF SIN, WITHOUT GUILE IN THEIR MOUTHS [the 144,000 Revelation 14:1-5.].... The REMNANT thatpurify their souls by obeying the truth gather strength from the trying process, exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding apostasy." E.G White, Letter B -- 55 -- 1886, pp. 6, 7.

This describes Zion, the church triumphant, the faithful remnant final generation, the 144,000, from which the sinners are shaken. Sinners do not have to ever be members of Zion in order to be shaken out of Zion, any more than the fallen churches of 1844, had to be members of Philadelphia Zion, in order to be shaken out of the heavenly Zion Kingdom church, by rejecting Zion's message. The entire world will not have to be a member of the heavenly Jerusalem, in order to be shaken out of that kingdom by the loud cry of the bride of Jesus Christ.

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 theremnant that go forth OUT OF APOSTATE JERUSALEM, 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.

Ron's Second Response to David Curtis' Reply to Ron

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Brother Ron,

All of this which you write is rightly understood with a correct understanding 
of the Shaking time in the church. The Church does go through a 
terrible ordeal, which purifies the church of these elements. Note from Voice of Prophecy,

The chapter on "The Shaking" in Last Day Events is another source 
where the idea is clearly refuted that God's true remnant are the ones 
who leave the church. Rather, it is the "sinners in Zion" who are 
shaken out. My point is that her testimony is readily available for 
those who are honestly seeking to know and follow the truth, to those 
who are open to the Spirit's teaching.

Tim Poirier
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Ron's response: Tim Poirier makes a great mistake which Ellen White warned against. That great mistake is confusing the church triumphant Zion, with the church militant.

"Those who think that the church militant is the church triumphant make a great mistake." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152.

In the above paragraph by Tim Poirier, (Note from Voice of Prophecy) Poirier admits that it is the "sinners in Zion" who are shaken out. This truth is most crucial and is pivotal to all other statements concerning the shaking. The pivotal part revolves around the proper idenfification of Zion. Therefore, I am posting a study on Zion below. We will make no progress until Zion is properly defined by both of us David. Here is a Biblical and Spirit of Prophecy definition of Zion:

  • The entire matter of the shaking is defined by a proper understanding of Zion.
  • Zion is the bride of Jesus Christ.
  • She is married, Isaiah 62:1-5.
  • She is different from the guests, The Great Controversy, p. 426-7.
  • She awakens the 10 virgins, Christ's Object Lessons 405-6.
  • She is a strictly pure virgin (bethulah) which is the meaning of virgin in Isaiah 62:5.
  • The ten-virgins are concubines.
  • She is the holy woman who has sons and daughters: Isaiah 62 and the following statement:
  • The church militant is not the pure bride of Christ ALONE.
  • The Church Triumphant is the bride of Christ, Zion, the earthly representative of the Heavenly Zion Church, Heb. 12:22, 23.
  • Zion is taken to the wilderness away from the people and from there she gives the Loud Cry. The bad are shaken (purged from her) there, Ezekiel 20:34-38.
  • "The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E. G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903.

    The church triumphant co-exists with the church militant in order to aid them in their necessity if the church militant will accept that aid from the representatives of the heavenly church Zion, Heb. 12:22, 23. Thus, it is proved that the church militant is not purged and purified to become the church triumphant. The church triumphant has existed in every generation of the church. It is Philadelphia, the church that is not faulted by God.

  • If the church militant is purged and purified leaving it the church triumphant as you intimate David, then one huge questions looms in my mind. Why, according to Ezekiel and Ellen White, does a slaughter of men, maidens and little children occur at His Sanctuary, those who have been priviledged with great light? Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211. This one quote throws off all of Tim Poirier's scenario.

Sinners are gathered into and purged out of Zion, the Church Triumphant during the Loud Cry. Many sinners (tares) will attach themselves to the church triumphant for a time, but as the time of trouble heats up, they will leave in droves, just as the apostate Laodicean church apostatized even before the Loud Cry. Zion may choose to dwell with a church until she commits apostasy, after which she must leave or she would be defiled. If united in membership with a church which violates Isaiah 8:9-12, and Jeremiah 11:9-15, she would be defiled with those who remain in such a church because such a church commits lewdness with many via ecumenical adultery, see Jer. 11:15. Here is a study on Zion by Ron:

Arguments About Zion

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Dear Forum,

Yesterday, Dec. 11, 00, on the Truths of Adventists Forum, Albert Podorski said that the church in heaven, Hebrews 12:22, 23, was comprised of only angels and other celestial beings of other worlds, and "not the faithful human servants, because they are the CHURCH ON EARTH."

First of all, let us consider that Hebrews 12:22, 23, is defining not only the heavenly church, but Zion, and Zion is the bride of Christ, Isaiah 62:1-5. Is Zion, the bride of Christ, on earth?! Does not Hebrews 12:23, say that Zion also consists of men made perfect?

Podorski says: "We should always remember that the controversy stated in heaven and that the faithful ones, that is, the faithful celestial creatures -- angels and other inhabitants of other worlds - constitute the Church in heaven. This church in heaven is indeed a church triumphant."

Podorski denies that Zion is comprised of the earthly Zion, or the bride of Jesus Christ, as described in Isaiah 62:1-5, and The Great Controversy, 426-7, as well as Rev. 3:10-12. The bride of Christ, Zion, is defined by Ellen White as follows: "The Holy City, the New Jerusalem which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE OF THE KINGDOM, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.'...Clearly, then, the bride [Zion, the church triumphant] REPRESENTS [IS THE EARTHLY AMBASSADOR OF] the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant]. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented as the bride....He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'" E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 426-7.

Philadelphia, in Rev. 3:12, gets the name NEW JERUSALEM written on her. So Philadelphia is the bride of Christ, and she was an earthly church, an earthly body of faithful men, representative of the church triumphant Zion in heaven, which, as stated is comprised not only of an assembly of angels who assist the church militant, but also "men made perfect," who have entered the Holy of Holies by faith, Early Writings, 255.

Also, in Isaiah 62, the chapter begins by defining Zion. Verse 2 says that she will be called by a NEW NAME. That NEW NAME, according to Revelation 3:12, is the NEW JERUSALEM, which is Philadelphia, which is an earthly church of men made perfect, or the church triumphant, because Philadelphia is not faulted for any thing other than being weak.

Is Philadelphia around now? Of course, because there has been a bride in every generation, Acts of the Apostles, p. 11, 12. In Desire of Ages, 179, the disciples of Jesus Christ are referred to as the bride. Also, Rev. 3:10, says that Philadelphia is kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. So here again is the bride, or the remnant, kept through the time of trouble that is to come upon all the world.

Podorski says: "...the Church triumphant on earth will have no chaff or tares, she will reflect perfectly the character of Christ and above all His love."

Ellen White says: "The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 72.

So how could the tares be separated from the professing SDA Church militant, for it to become the church triumphant to give the loud cry, if the tares and wheat grow together until the harvest or the end of probationary time?

The tares are separated from the wheat by and from Zion. They are not "members" of Zion in truth and spirit, but they attach themselves to Zion, as Judas attached himself to the bride of Jesus Christ, the disciples, Desire of Ages, 179.

Zion, or the THIRD ANGEL, separates them by a shaking message, whether or not they are ever members of Zion or not. Who Separates the wheat from the tares AFTER THE CLOSE OF PROBATIONARY TIME? The Bible says the angels. Ellen White says that these angels are faithful men:

"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, [THE THIRD ANGEL IN CONTEXT] 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.

Zion is the remnant. Zion is the bride of Christ. Zion is the New Jerusalem. Zion is Philadelphia. Zion is Translated without seeing death. Zion is the MOTHER, (Woman), and the 10 virgins are her children:

"The people of God, symbolized by a holy woman [Zion] and her children, were represented as greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John speaks as they 'which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 972.

Does Zion have children. Yes, sons and daughters, Isa. 62:5 (sons) and verse 11 (daughters). Is she earthly? Yes indeed! Does she have earthly Watchmen on her walls? Yes indeed, Isa. 62:6.

Are there sinners in Zion? Sinners are shaken out of Zion: "The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners IN ZION will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat [AFTER THE CLOSE OF PROBATIONARY TIME--CHRIST'S OBJECT LESSONS 72]. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, 380.

Contrary to one of the biggest untruths of professing SDA's, The sinners ARE NOT shaken out of Laodicea to leave it purged and purified and the Church Triumphant! They are shaken out of Zion, the earthly Philadelphia church triumphant, the bride of Christ, the true Remnant, the True Reformers.

"The woman is a symbol of the church, 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 chap. xix, 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. "The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

I believe, Mr. Albert Podorski, that you owe this forum a retraction for the obvious errors you have advanced.

Sincerely, Ron Beaulieu

The Difference Between the Bride and the Guests

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Isaiah 62 Distinguishments Between Zion, the Bride, and her Daughter Guests

Zion is Married--"For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will no rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a NEW NAME, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and . For as a young man marrieth a virgin [bethulah in Hebrew--a strictly pure virgin versus the 10 virgins, some of which were even concubines], so shall thy sons marry thee:and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee." Isaiah 62:1-5.

Zion's Daughter

"Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation [Christ the bridegroom] cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." Isaiah 62:11.

The above verse is a paraphrase of the Matthew 25 Midnight Cry Awakening call which awakens the ten virgins:

"And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage:and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not." Matthew 25:6-12.

"Lingering near the bride's house [not at it] are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay [the tarrying time since 1844]. Hour after hour passes; the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride." E. G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, 405, 406.

It is the Voice of God and the voice of the bride that awaken the ten sleeping virgins. This fact alone distinguishes the bride from the main body of the church. Ellen White equates the bride with the 144,000; the 144,000 with Philadelphia; and both as the final generation of faithful men living on the earth at Christ's coming, who are translated without seeing death.

Who Awakens and Calls the Bride?

It was an Eastern custom for the father to choose the bride for the son. God the Father chooses and directly calls the bride for His son.

"Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here [Isa. 58:11-14] are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, those who avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairer of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151.

Above, Ellen White is commenting on Isaiah 58:11-14. She says that those verses give the characteristics of True Reformers. It behooves us to study those verses:

"And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt rise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor seeking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it."

One of the great breaches is the breach or violation of God's holy Sabbath day commandment. True Reformers will try to restore that breach in God's Holy Law.

Zion's Daughter, the Ten Virgins, All Sleep

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, THEY ALL [ALL TEN] SLUMBERED AND SLEPT. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Zion, the Mother, the True Watchmen, Never Sleep Day nor Night

"I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence." Isaiah 62:6.

Zion the Holy, Righteous Mother or True Shepherd of God's People, Versus the Daughter of Zion, the 10 Virgins Who All Slept

"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept." Matthew 25:5.
"The people of God, symbolized by a holy woman and her children,were represented as greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John speaks as they 'which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 972.

"But the Jerusalem [Zion] which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." Gal. 4:26.

"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn [FIRSTFRUITS Rev. 14:1-4]] which are written in heaven, and to God and judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews 12:22, 23.

Church Leader [Ministers] Shepherd Watchmen as Compared to the True Watchmen (Prophet Messengers) on the Walls of Zion

Isaiah, the prophet, DOES NOT contradict himself! In Isaiah 56:10-12, he describes the shepherd watchmen who should be the true watchmen, and in Isaiah 62, he describes the true watchmen on the walls of Zion. The distinctions are very dramatic. Please notice:

"His WATCHMEN are blind: they are ALL ignorant, the are ALL dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and THEY ARE SHEPHERDS that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." Isaiah 62:10-12.

Ellen White included professing Seventh-day Adventist shepherds in the class of dumb dogs that will never bark again:

"Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, and betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus 'Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.

The True Watchmen on the Walls of True Zion

Now notice the characteristics of the true watchmen on the walls of Zion who are called and chosen directly by God, as the bride for His Son Jesus: "I have set WATCHMEN upon thy walls, O [NEW] Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.... Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people [the guests]; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter [guests] of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him." Isaiah 62:6, 7, 10, 11.

How do we know Isaiah means NEW Jerusalem? Because verse two says: "...thou shalt be called by A NEW NAME, which the mouth of the Lord shall name," and Revelation 3:10-12, says that it is Philadelphia, who is kept through the time of temptation that is to come upon the all the world, who gets the NEW NAME, and that the NEW NAME is NEW JERUSALEM. 
Church militants are like OLD JERUSALEM in that they are comprised of wheat and tares, or wise and foolish virgins. But earthly representatives of the Heavenly Kingdom Church triumphant comprised of "perfect men" (Heb. 12:22, 23) are always present as true reformers to aid the church militants who will receive their aid:

"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E. G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903.
"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city o my God, which is NEW JERUSALEM, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him MY NEW NAME." Revelation 3:12.

In Revelation 3:12, says that it is Philadelphia which gets this NEW NAME, and Philadelphia is the end-time Church Triumphant, which is "kept from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth." (Verse 10). And that hour of temptation which shall come upon all the world, to try the world, will be the great time of Jacob's trouble, such as never was, nor never will be again.

Ellen White Understood The Bride of Jesus Christ and Who Directly Called and Chose the Bride

Ellen White's mission was to prepare a bride for Jesus Christ, and she understood the difference between the bride and the guests:

"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' ...Clearly, then, the bride REPRESENTS [speaks on behalf of] the Holy City, and the [ten] virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant body consisting of wheat and tares, wise and foolish, while the bride is the representative of the "invisible" church triumphant on earth and the heavenly kingdom church of Hebrews 12:22, 23]. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride. Christ, as stated by the prophet Daniel, will receive from the Ancient of Days in heaven, 'dominion, and glory, and a kingdom;' He will receive the NEW JERUSALEM, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 427, the 1911 Edition.

The disciples of Christ were the bride of Jesus Christ, Desire of Ages, 179. The bride is the channel of communication, or God's representative to the people:

"The disciples were the channel of communication between Christ and the people. This should be a real encouragement to His disciples today. Christ is the great center, the source of all strength. His disciples are to receive their supplies from Him. The most intelligent, the most spiritually minded, can bestow only as they receive. Of themselves they can supply nothing for the needs of the soul. We can impart only that which we receive from Christ; and we can receive only as we impart to others. As we continue imparting, we continue to receive; and the more we impart, the more we shall receive. Thus we may be constantly believing, trusting, receiving, and imparting." The Desire of Ages, 370.

It is most clear that Ellen White understood the subjective object of her mission, the bride of Jesus Christ. She demonstrated further understanding when she equated Philadelphia with being the 144,000 final generation of men living on the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ:

The Spirit of Prophecy Identifies Philadelphia as the 144,000

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, ad no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works" behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God; and I will write upon him My new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 3:7-13. 
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruit unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guild; for they are without fault before the throne of God. Rev. 14:4, 5." E.G. White, Early Writings, p. 30.

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, 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 chap. xix, 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 b 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. 
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White,Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27. Definition of REPRESENTATIVE: "...acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others..."

So the bride of Christ acts or speaks by due authority in the place or on the behalf of the Kingdom of God. The bride is the same as the 144,000, is the same as Philadelphia, is the same as New Jerusalem, is the same as the Representative of the heavenly Kingdom church triumphant of Hebrews 12:22, 23.

Only the 144,000 Enter the Temple on Mt. Zion

Ellen White said that she saw that only the 144,000 enter the temple on Mt. Zion, Early Writings, p. 19. This is corroborated by scripture in Revelation 3:12, wherein Philadelphia is made "a pillar in the temple of my God." Zion is the leadership, the royal priesthood of the heavenly kingdom church. On earth she is an army of Swift Messengers, True Reformers, who give a mesage of warning and truth to the people, the church body, if they will accept that message. Their salvation depends on their acceptance of God's representatives and their shaking, sifting message.

The Bride is not the Guests and the Guests are Not the Bride

"The marriage represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' ...Clearly, then, the bride REPRESENTS [speaks on behalf of] the Holy City, and the [ten] virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant body consisting of wheat and tares, wise and foolish, while the bride is the representative of the "invisible" church triumphant on earth and the heavenly kingdom church of Hebrews 12:22, 23]. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride.Christ, as stated by the prophet Daniel, will receive from the Ancient of Days in heaven, 'dominion, and glory, and a kingdom;' He will receive the NEW JERUSALEM, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 427, the 1911 Edition.

It is most clear that Ellen White understood the subjective object of her mission, the preparation of the bride of Jesus Christ. She demonstrated further understanding of this mission when she equated Philadelphia with being the 144,000 final generation of men living on the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ:

The Spirit of Prophecy Identifies Philadelphia as the 144,000

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, ad no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works" behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God; and I will write upon him My new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Rev. 3:7-13. 
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruit unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guild; for they are without fault before the throne of God. Rev. 14:4, 5." E.G. White, Early Writings, p. 30.

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, 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 chap. xix, 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 b 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. 
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White,Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27. Definition of REPRESENTATIVE: "...acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others..."

So the bride of Christ acts or speaks by due authority in the place or on the behalf of the Kingdom of God. The bride is the same as the 144,000, is the same as Philadelphia, is the same as New Jerusalem, is the same as the Representative of the heavenly Kingdom church triumphant of Hebrews 12:22, 23. Ellen White said that she saw that only the 144,000 enter the temple on Mt. Zion, Early Writings, p. 19. This is corroborated by scripture in Revelation 3:12, wherein Philadelphia is made "a pillar in the temple of my God." Zion is the leadership, the royal priesthood of the heavenly kingdom church. On earth she is an army of Swift Messengers, True Reformers, who give a mesage of warning and truth to the people, the church body, if they will accept that message. Their salvation depends on their acceptance of God's representatives and their shaking, sifting message.

The Bride is Nearest the Throne

It is common sense to deduce that the bride of Christ, His beloved, would be seated nearest to Him on His throne:

"Nearest the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian characters in the midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their faith. And beyond is the "great multitude, which no man could numberof all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, . . . before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands." Revelation 7:9. Their warfare is ended, their victory won. They have run the race and reached the prize. The palm branch in their hands is a symbol of their triumph, the white robe an emblem of the spotless righteousness of Christ which now is theirs." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 665.

End Document by Ron Beaulieu

Note: What follows is David Curtis' study on the shaking. If the above manuscript by Ron Beaulieu does not answer to every question posed by Curtis' document, please ask any questions you have and I will explain any matter connected with the shaking. Ron Beaulieu

Now back to David Curtis' Document and Ron will respond below David's statements: Written with Christian charity and warm regards,

David M. Curtis

Last Day Events

Chap. 12. - The Shaking

Church Membership No 
Guarantee of Salvation 


It is a solemn statement that I make to the church, that not one in twenty whose names are registered upon the church books are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner.--ChS 41 (1893). 

Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive of the truth and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment-keeping people of God, and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God.--19MR 176 (1898). 

The Chaff Separated From the Wheat 

Divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest.--2SM 114 (1896). 

There will be a shaking of the sieve. The chaff must in time be separated from the wheat. Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold. It is the very time when the genuine will be the strongest.--Letter 46, 1887.

The history of the rebellion of Dathan and Abiram is being repeated, and will be repeated till the close of time. Who will be on the Lord's side? Who will be deceived, and in their turn become deceivers?--Letter 15, 1892. 

The Lord is soon to come. There must be a refining, winnowing process in every church, for there are among us wicked men who do not love the truth or honor God.--RH March 19, 1895. 

We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His commands.--6T 332 (1900). 

Persecution Cleanses the Church 

Prosperity multiplies a mass of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church.--4T 89 (1876). 

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.--5T 81 (1882).

Ron responds: The above refernece taken in the context of the first and last paragraphs, makes it abundantly evident that this statement applies to all churches. This occurs during the Loud Cry to all churches and the bad will be shaken out of Zion, the bride, the 144,000 remnant who are operating from outposts in the wilderness. They are the earthly representatives of heavenly Zion, Hebrews 12:22, 23, and it is from Zion, the SDA church triumphant, from which and by which the tares are shaken, not the SDA church militant as is held as a cherished error by SDA's. This purging from Zion, the church triumphant, is depicted in Ezekiel 20:34-38. First the bride is brought out from the people of the church militant. Then she gives the loud cry, and it is at this time that all who refurse her call are shaken out of heavenly Zion. All who accpet her call will be shaken into the heavenly Zion, and thousands will join this SDA Church Triumphant in a day. This is the antitypical Day of Pentecost Loud Cry.

In the absence of the persecution there have drifted into our ranks men who appear sound and their Christianity unquestionable, but who, if persecution should arise, would go out from us.--Ev 360 (1890).

Ron responds: Ellen White is speaking of a hypothetical conditional circumstance about what would happen if persecution should arise. Yes, when persecution should arise, unfaithful, ungrounded folk will go out from the SDA Church triumphant. Proof? Yes indeed! She says very clearly that just before probation closes every uncouth thing will be brought into nominal SDA campmeetings. She says that nominal, Laodicean Adventist leadership will instruct its members to keep Sunday sacred.

When the law of God is made void the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.--2SM 368 (1891).

Ron responds: When the law of God is made void, this is the last time to escape Laodicean nominal Adventism. This is the time when the bride will flee the church to go to wilderness outposts in order to give the loud cry. Three thirds of the church--the whole--will apostatize and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, while the bride is taken from the people (the guests--GC 426-7) and gives the loud cry in the wilderness.

Superficial Believers Will Renounce the Faith
 

The work which the church has failed to do in a time of peace and prosperity she will have to do in a terrible crisis under most discouraging, forbidding circumstances. The warnings that worldly conformity has silenced or withheld must be given under the fiercest opposition from enemies of the faith. And at that time the superficial, conservative [ELLEN WHITE IS NOT HERE DISTINGUISHING THEOLOGICAL CONSERVATIVES FROM THEIR LIBERAL COUNTERPARTS; SHE IS DESCRIBING THOSE WHO PUT "WORLDLY CONFORMITY" FIRST AND GOD'S CAUSE SECOND.] class, whose influence has steadily retarded the progress of the work, will renounce the faith.--5T 463 (1885). 

If Satan sees that the Lord is blessing His people and preparing them to discern his delusions, he will work with his master power to bring in fanaticism on the one hand and cold formalism on the other, that he may gather in a harvest of souls.--2SM 19 (1890). 

Those who have had privileges and opportunities to become intelligent in regard to the truth and yet who continue to counterwork the work God would have accomplished will be purged out, for God accepts the service of no man whose interest is divided.--Ms 64, 1898.

As trials thicken around us, both separation and unity will be seen in our ranks. Some who are now ready to take up weapons of warfare will in times of real peril make it manifest that they have not built upon the solid rock; they will yield to temptation. Those who have had great light and precious privileges but have not improved them will, under one pretext or another, go out from us.--6T 400 (1900).

The Straight Testimony Produces a Shaking
 

I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen, and was shown that it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans. This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony. They will rise up against it, and this will cause a shaking among God's people.--1T 181 (1857). 

There are those among us who will make confessions, as did Achan, too late to save themselves.. . . They are not in harmony with right. They despise the straight testimony that reaches the heart, and would rejoice to see everyone silenced who gives reproof.--3T 272 (1873). 

The Lord calls for a renewal of the straight testimony borne in years past. He calls for a renewal of spiritual life. The spiritual energies of His people have long been torpid, but there is to be a resurrection from apparent death. By prayer and confession of sin we must clear the King's highway.--8T 297 (1904). 

Unjust Criticism Causes Loss of Souls 

Even in our day there have been and will continue to be entire families who have once rejoiced in the truth, but who will lose faith because of calumnies and falsehoods brought to them in regard to those whom they have loved and with whom they have had sweet counsel. They opened their hearts to the sowing of tares, the tares sprang up among the wheat, they strengthened, the crop of wheat became less and less, and the precious truth lost its power to them.--TM 411 (1898). 

False Doctrines Draw Some Away
 

Science, so-called, and religion will be placed in opposition to each other because finite men do not comprehend the power and greatness of God. These words of Holy Writ were presented to me, "Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them" [Acts 20:30]. This will surely be seen among the people of God.--Ev 593 (1890). 

When the shaking comes, by the introduction of false theories, these surface readers, anchored nowhere, are like shifting sand. They slide into any position to suit the tenor of their feelings of bitterness.--TM 112 (1897). 

Not having received the love of the truth, they will be taken in the delusions of the enemy; they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils and will depart from the faith.--6T 401 (1900). 

The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith.--Ev 224 (1905). 

Rejection of the Testimonies Results in Apostasy 

One thing is certain: Those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God's Spirit.--3SM 84 (1903). 

The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. "Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Prov. 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God's remnant people in the true testimony.--1SM 48 (1890). 

The enemy has made his masterly efforts to unsettle the faith of our own people in the Testimonies. . . . This is just as Satan designed it should be, and those who have been preparing the way for the people to pay no heed to the warnings and reproofs of the Testimonies of the Spirit of God will see that a tide of errors of all kinds will spring into life.--3SM 83 (1890). 

It is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction.--4T 211.

Defections Among Church Leaders 

Many a star that we have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness.--PK 188 (c. 1914). 

Men whom He has greatly honored will, in the closing scenes of this earth's history, pattern after ancient Israel. . . . A departure from the great principles Christ has laid down in His teachings, a working out of human projects, using the Scriptures to

justify a wrong course of action under the perverse working of Lucifer, will confirm men in misunderstanding, and the truth that they need to keep them from wrong practices will leak out of the soul like water from a leaky vessel.--13MR 379, 381 (1904). 

Many will show that they are not one with Christ, that they are not dead to the world, that they may live with Him; and frequent will be the apostasies of men who have occupied responsible positions.--RH Sept. 11, 1888.

Unsanctified Ministers Will Be Weeded Out 

The great issue so near at hand [enforcement of Sunday laws] will weed out those whom God has not appointed and He will have a pure, true, sanctified ministry prepared for the latter rain.--3SM 385 (1886). 
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Many will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. . . . 

Some will go out from among us who will bear the ark no longer. But these can not make walls to obstruct the truth; for it will go onward and upward to the end.--TM 409, 411 (1898). 

Ministers and doctors may depart from the faith, as the Word declares they will, and as the messages that God has given His servant declare they will.--7MR 192 (1906). 

The Church May Appear as About to Fall 

The shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves.--4T 89 (1876).

Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat.--5T 81 (1882). 

Soon God's people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. . . . 

When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason.--5T 136 (1882). 

The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.--2SM 380 (1886). 

As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.--GC 608 (1911). 

God's Faithful Will Be Revealed 


The Lord has faithful servants who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the daytime we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster.--5T 80, 81 (1882). 

On every occasion that persecution takes place, the witnesses make decisions, either for Christ or against Him. Those who show sympathy for the men wrongly condemned, who are not bitter against them, show their attachment for Christ.--ST Feb. 20, 1901. 

Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the half-hearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter than in days of prosperity.--GC 602 (1911). 

New Converts Will Take 
the Places of Those Who Leave

Some had been shaken out and left by the way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks.--EW 271 (1858).

The broken ranks will be filled up by those represented by Christ as coming in at the eleventh hour. There are many with whom the Spirit of God is striving. The time of God's destructive judgments is the time of mercy for those who [now] have no opportunity to learn what is truth. Tenderly will the Lord look upon them. His heart of mercy is touched, His hand is still stretched out to save, while the door is closed to those who would not enter. Large numbers will be admitted who in these last days hear the truth for the first time.--Letter 103, 1903. 

Standard after standard was left to trail in the dust as company after company from the Lord's army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with the commandment-keeping people of God.--8T 41 (1904).


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