The Bible Clearly Reveals the TRUE Church

The True  Church  of  GOD:

Which is the oldest and true & pure church? The advancement of the Three Angel's Messages, and the Heavenly New Jerusalem Church Kingdom of Hebrews 12:22, 23. 
 

“...To the church in thy house:” Philemon 1:2 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalms 133:1


What a powerful message you have put together that Brother Grit forwarded to me. I have a question for you - please do not be offended, But I care for your soul. Thank you for teaching me more about music and the hazards there. I still have much to learn. I am praying that God will help me to see the pagan and heathen things that are still in my life that I am unaware of and to help me to get them out.

My question: Do you still believe in the three person godhead? God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

I know you were saying to me - correct me if I am wrong - or stating what I think you said - it's been over a year now since we discussed this - but I think the issue you had was about the few quotes where Ellen White states the holy spirit is a person or something similar - this I have come to see is the "body that was prepared for Christ" in Hebrews 10:5: "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:"

1 Peter 2:24
"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."

Now, Sister Melonie, if I am understanding this right - THIS BODY is what we are to get into by FAITH, by the FAITH OF CHRIST - HIS FAITH becomes our faith, because without Him we can do NOTHING, just as without His Father He can do nothing - but when we by FAITH take on His body or PUT ON His Body, put on Christ, we are then dwelling IN His body, this special body that Christ inhabited and we are now given to inhabit - we have HIS mind, His Faith, we see things THROUGH HIS EYES, His Hope, WHEN we are baptized INTO Christ - we become HIS willing prisoner. 

This is such a beautiful marriage - WHEN we are BAPTIZED into Christ - We are Christ's possession - the spoils of war - and Christ is God's possession.

We become MARRIED to Christ at baptism - into His NAME - I now baptize you into the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, the only Son of the Living God Jesus Christ name. There is ONE baptism, ONE LORD, One Hope etc.

Baptism, in the Bible, is a public act of a believer identifying themselves with Christ. Only those who were believers and showed evidence of their repentance and faith in the Messiah were baptized by John the Baptist. It was a public demonstration of their faith.

"Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life." (Romans 6:3-4)

This newness of life that we walk in - is by the faith OF Jesus - by accepting Christ - we accept His body to inhabit spiritually - spiritually His body becomes ours - THIS spiritual Christ filled spiritual body is the third person of the Godhead! This is what is poured upon us - and we partake of it - the nature/characteristics/personality/attitude of Christ through our reverent submission of our daily choices to Christ's choices for us. It is only when we are CONNECTED to Christ via Christ's own Spirit (one body, one spirit, one spiritual home/vessel/bottle, one hope, one baptism) that we are filled by OUR own husband - not someone else!

    "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)


Then we are MARRIED to Christ via baptism into Christ's name - into His death and into His NEW RISEN LIFE - and then SOON after "He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire." This is Christ HIMSELF CONSUMMATING HIS MARRIAGE TO HIS PURE BRIDE. It is Christ filling us with HIMSELF (not someone else - this would be committing spiritual adultry)- His own WORDS - MY WORDS are SPIRIT and they ARE LIFE! Fire stands for ZEALOUS EFFORT. Protection....he writes the Ten Commandments with are a transcript of His mind upon our mind - he takes away the stony heart/mind and gives us a heart of flesh...a mind that can be molded into HIS LIKENESS.

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


PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED STATEMENTS, RECENTLY RELEASED:

"Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter.” {Ms7-1902 (January 26, 1902) par. 10} - EGW

"WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW *(see full quote below)

"“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.” The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW
*previously unpublished statement


Galatians 3:26-27. "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Paul says that all who have been baptized by the Holy Spirit have "put on Christ". This is a key verse because Paul is saying that those who by faith have trusted the Lord Jesus have been "put on" (or "clothed") with Christ. The believer is clothed with Christ! This reference is not to water baptism, but to Spirit Baptism in which one is indwelled by the Holy Spirit, and given an eternal living union with Christ (I Cor. 12:13). The Word of God tells us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ. "And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Abba, Father!" (Gal. 4:6) Paul is saying that every son of God has the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of Jesus, in our hearts.

           It is important to understand that nowhere in Scripture is the believer told to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. 1 Cor 12:13, says "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body." Note that the verse states that "all" are baptized into one Spirit. One who is saved, at salvation, is regenerated by the Holy Spirit, and indwelled and put into the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:4-5, "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, One Lord, one faith, one baptism." There is only one Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it is automatically received by all who by faith trust in the Lord Jesus and are saved.

           The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, is the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is given to all Christians. Ephesians 1:13 says that a person, after hearing the Gospel, and having believed in Christ Jesus, were "sealed" with the Holy Spirit which had been promised. Verse 18 says that these who had been sealed - a settling into the TRUTH =learning about and putting it into practice = obeying truth, had their understanding enlightened, and that they "know what is the hope of his calling". Verse 19 says that the believer has great power.

Dear Brothers and Sisters! I want to have my spiritual marriage to my Bridegroom = Christ consummated by my own husband (Christ) not someone else, not "another Spirit" against which we have been warned against in 2 Cor 11:3-4. Christ is our Bridegroom and we become partakers of this one Spirit, Christ's Spirit (2 Cor 3:17) in one body (Hebrews 10:5) in this way - by claiming the precious Bible verse promises given to us by God through His Son, my Bridegroom! This is the CHURCH - this body that God prepared for His Son to inhabit, we are also to inhabit spiritually. Then we become CLOTHED with the Righteousness of Christ, the Righteouness of our own husband/Bridegroom - we are clothed with HIS character, we are filled with HIS OWN SPIRIT/Character - His THOUGHTS and HIS FEELINGS! "CHARACTER IS POWER" COL

"Christian character is not achieved in an instant, but day after day we are to add to our faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, and to temperance patience, and to patience brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness charity. It is in this way that we are to be made ready for the coming of Christ." RH April 21, 1891, par. 7

"Character IS power.” {COL 340.2} defined further in Gal 5:23-24

What does “Character” consist of exactly? 

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

Merriam-Webster says “Character” is “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.” Also known as  our  nature, personality, temper, figure, disposition. 

R. & H., Book 2, p. 530: - "Compassion beamed from his [that is, Christ - compiler] countenance, and his conduct was characterized by grace, humility, truth, and love. Every member of his church militant must manifest the same qualities, if he would join the church triumphant." {RH, November 17, 1891 par. 12}

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

“Strive to enter in at the strait gate.”—Luke 13:24.


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


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

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

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

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

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

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

 

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

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

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

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else, how can anyone not see the practical implication of this inspired text?

The rejection of this evidence shows a deeper problem than lack of discernment, because the evidence is far too clear, even young children get this.

 

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

 

Question; who is the 3rd living person of the heavenly trio?

 

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


Authority on Earth. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. (Mark 13: 34)

  

"Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally; therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them, go to His father, and send them Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit, as the Omnipresent. "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall (although unseen by you), [THIS PHRASE WAS ADDED BY ELLEN WHITE.] teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" [John 14:26]. "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will come not unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you" [John 16:7].  {14MR 23.3}

 

The prophet of the Lord states clearly that the Holy Spirit is Christ Himself.

 

They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit--the Spirit of Christ--is to bring unity into their ranks.  {9T 189.3}

 

The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.  {DA 805.3}

 

With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin.  {RH, May 19, 1904 par. 1} 


"And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. Luke 24:31". Vanished from their SIGHT! He now has become invisible to us as the "third personality" of the Godhead as their (God and Jesus) "Holy" Spirit, the comforter. Jesus is walking right beside us today as He did with the disciples, only INVISIBLE.   The truth is that God dwells within us by His Spirit and that the Spirit of God is in the Lord Jesus Christ. Learn more here:  http://www.hullquist.com/Bible/bib-onegod-12b.htm#Person



"Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter.” {Ms7-1902 (January 26, 1902) par. 10} - EGW

"WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW *(see full quote below)


"“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.” The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par.

"At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and the future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith. Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter. Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.

The disciples still failed to understand Christ's words in their spiritual sense, and again He explained His meaning. By the Spirit, He said, He would manifest Himself to them. "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things." No more will you say, I cannot comprehend. No longer will you see through a glass, darkly. You shall "be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge." Eph. 3:18, 19." DA Page 670


The Holy Spirit IS Christ (is "Christ's Spirit" His RISEN victorious life!):

We can use the Bible alone to show that the "Spirit" is Christ's Spirit. In Proverbs 8 we see that it is "Wisdom" that was "brought forth." We know that this refers to Christ and can refer to no one else. So "Wisdom" is Christ. Then we find references to the "Spirit of Wisdom" (see Isa. 11:2; Acts 6:3 and Eph. 1:17). If "Wisdom" is Christ, then the "Spirit of Wisdom" must be the "Spirit of Christ." This same truth is expressed in the Holy Spirit's title of the "Spirit of Truth." Christ said: "I am…the Truth." So if the Christ is the Truth, then the "Spirit of Truth" must be the "Spirit of Christ."

In John 14:16-17, Jesus referred to the other "Helper" as "the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but [Christ told his disciples] you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you" (John 14:17). If you believe the Spirit of Prophecy (and I hope you do), there can be no doubt that this "other Helper" - the "Spirit of Truth" - is, in fact, Jesus Christ (Christ's Holy Spirit).

"Christ was the spirit of truth. The world will not listen to His pleadings. They would not accept Him as their guide. They could not discern unseen things; spiritual things were unknown to them. But His disciples see in Him the Way, the Truth, and the Life. And they shall have His abiding presence. They shall have an experimental knowledge of the only true God and of Jesus Christ whom He hath sent. To them He says: You will no more say, I cannot comprehend. No longer shall you see through a glass darkly; you shall comprehend with all saints what is the length and depth and breadth and height of the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. The honor of God, the honor of Jesus Christ, is involved in the perfection of your character. Your work is to co-operate with Christ, that you may be complete in Him. In being united to Him by faith, believing and receiving Him, you become a part of Himself. Your character is His glory revealed in you. And when you shall appear in His presence, you will find the benediction awaiting you, 'Well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things: I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord'" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2).

"There are many things that we ought to be able to understand, that we do not comprehend because we are so far behind our privileges. Christ said to his disciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now." This is our condition. Would they not have been able to understand what he had to say to them, if they had been doers of his word--if they had improved point after point of the truth which he had presented to them? But although they could not then understand, he told them that he would send the Comforter, who would lead them into all truth. We should be in a position where we can comprehend the teaching, leading, and working of the Spirit of Christ. We must not measure God or his truth by our finite understanding, or by our preconceived opinions….Is Christ abiding in your hearts by faith? Is his Spirit in you? If it is, there will be such a yearning in your soul for the salvation of those for whom Christ has died, that self will sink into insignificance, and Christ alone will be exalted. Brethren and sisters, there is great need at this time of humbling ourselves before God, that the Holy Spirit may come upon us" (RH: October 8, 1889; par. 2) .

Jesus not only described the Holy Spirit as the "Spirit of Truth," but also as the"Comforter" ("Helper" and "Comforter" are used synonymously and come from the same Greek word): "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" (Jn. 14:26 KJV. See also: Jn. 15:26 & 16:7) . Jesus is our comforter: "I, even I, am He who comforts you" (Isa. 51:12). The Spirit of Prophecy leaves us no doubt as to the identity of the "Comforter."

Jesus said that He would not leave us "comfortless" and said: "I will come to you" (John 14:18). Jesus also said "where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst" (Mat. 18:20). He assured us; "lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world" (Mat. 28:20 KJV)How is Jesus to "come" to us? How is He "in our midst"? How can He bewith us "to the end of the world"? He tells us how in John 14:16 where He says that the "comforter/helper" would "abide with you forever." Jesus, in His humanity cannot be in all places at all times - He cannot "abide" with everyone, everywhere, "forever." "Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth" (MS #1084 [MR: vol. 14, p. 23]). "The Son of God, now at the Father's right hand, still pleads as man's intercessor. He still retains His human nature, is still the Saviour of mankind" (ST: July 15, 1908; par. 7). In the person of His "Holy Spirit" form, Christ could be in all places at all times and "abide with us forever." "While Jesus, our Intercessor, pleads for us in heaven, the Holy Spirit works in us, to will and do of His good pleasure" (MS #99 [MR: vol. 2, p. 37]). "Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his life, the efficacy of his church, the light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. In the gift of the Spirit, Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow" (RH May 19, 1904; par. 1,2).

Under the "helps" of Acts 18: verses 24-26 says,
"Learned Apollos Instructed by Humble Tentmakers.--
Apollos. . . had recieved the highest Grecian culture, and was a scholar and an orator. . . 
Aquila and Priscilla listed to him, and saw that his teachings were defective.
He had not a thorough knowledge of the mission of christ, His resurrection and ascension, and of the work of His Spirit, the Comforter which He sent down to remain with His people during His absence."

When Christ said "I will not leave you comfortlessI will come to you," it is readily apparent that He was speaking of Himself as the "Comforter," the Spirit of Truth that will "abide with you forever." Jesus was speaking of His Spirit - "the soul of his life" which He has given to us"John calls upon the world to 'Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.' It is a love that passeth knowledge.In the fullness of the sacrifice nothing was withheld. Jesus gave himself" (The Paulson Collection; p. 339, par. 3).
The inspired Apostles understood and taught that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit"Now the Lord is THAT Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2Cor. 3:17) - And that, "if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." (Rom. 8:9). They taught that it is only through our acceptance of Christ (expressed in our baptism) that His Spirit is given to us: "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:38). The Bible states that Christ is "He who comforts you." (Isa. 51:12). And Ellen White has clearly demonstrated that the "Comforter" -- the Spirit of Truth -- the Holy Spirit, is none other than Christ: "Christ was the spirit of truth" (Southern Watchman; October 25, 1898; par. 2). "He is the Comforter" (RH January 27, 1903; par. 13). She even tells us that the Holy Spirit is "the soul of His life" (RH: May 19, 1904; par. 1) which has been given to us that we may become a "partaker of the [His] divine nature" (Ibid, par. 3). This really ought to be argument enough to establish this fact - but apparently it isn't, for we continue to deny this Truth! So, let's dig a little deeper.

What We've Learned Here
  1. Christ taught that the Holy Spirit is, in fact, His Spirit - but because the disciples hadn't even understood fully that He was indeed the Messiah - He had to teach this truth in ways that were somewhat obscure and abstract. Concerning the Holy Spirit He told them I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now" (Jn. 16:12)Christ would tell them later, but He would have to do so through the person of His Holy Spirit - after He had ascended into heaven.

  2. The Disciples learned and taught the truth that the Holy Spirit is "the Spirit of Christ"(Rom. 8:9; Phil. 1:19) and they did this quite clearly. Their understanding of the full significance of this truth may have been limited, but they knew and they experienced this truth when Christ baptized them with His Holy Spirit.

  3. Unfortunately for us, some of the texts recorded in the Bible have been corrupted over time and have introduced fallacious views of the Holy Spirit. These views have been propagated largely by the Catholic Church and have been accepted by the majority of Protestants as well (SDA's included).

  4. Satan does not want the people of God to understand the truth about the Holy Spirit because he knows that if we understood it clearly and appropriated Christ's Spirit fully, that his power over us would be broken and his end would come.

  5. Satan has been successful in encouraging us to make limited use of Mrs. White's writings concerning the identity of the Holy Spirit and has gotten many of us to use only a few of her statements - sadly, mostly the one's which seem to support the traditional doctrine of the Trinity. When we compile all of her writings on this subject and couple them with what the Apostles taught, we find that they are in agreement and that they clearly reveal that the Holy Spirit is Christ's Spirit and not someone other than Christ.
We are, however, encouraged to study the incarnation and to "dig deep for hidden truth": "As the worker studies the life of Christ, and the character of His mission is dwelt upon, each fresh search will reveal something more deeply interesting than has yet been unfolded. The subject is inexhaustibleThe study of the incarnation of Christ, His atoning sacrifice and mediatorial work, will employ the mind of the diligent student as long as time shall last " (Gospel Workers, p. 251. [SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 444, par. 1]). "We should come to this study with the humility of a learner, with a contrite heart. And the study of the incarnation of Christ is a fruitful field, which will repay the searcher who digs deep for hidden truth" (The Youth's Instructor, Oct. 13, 1898. (SDA BC vol. 7A; p. 443, par. 1). But we are to be ever mindful that in so doing we do not make Christ out to be "altogether human," a sinner such as we are, and thereby lose our Savior.  


The Blessings of Living Faith ?

     "Many do not exercise that faith which it is their privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise, but joyful feeling and the Blessing are God's to give. The grace* (G5485 - Divine Influence) of God comes to us through the channel of living (active) faith, and that faith it is in our power to exercise !

     "According as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith !"   Romans 12:1-3   "But wilt thou know, O vain man,
that faith without works (action, living demonstration) is dead
 . . . ?"   James 2:14-26
     True faith lays hold of and claims the Promised Blessing before it is realized and felt. We must send up our petitions in faith within the second vail, and let our faith take hold of the Promised Blessing, and claim it as ours.
 
     We are then to believe that we receive the Blessing, because our faith has hold of it, and according to the Word of God, it is ours. "What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). Here is faith, naked faith, to believe that we receive the Blessing, even before we realize (see) it. . . .
 
     But many suppose . . . that they cannot have faith unless they feel the power of the Spirit.Such confound faith with the Blessing that comes through faith. 

     "That the Blessing of (the spoken Promise of God unto) Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . !" Galatians 3:14, Acts 2:33-39

Note:   Faith is simply knowing that God cannot lie; and that the LORD will do exactly as He has Promised every one of us in His Word !
And after expressing our faith in His Living Spirit-filled Words, through prayer, praise and thanksgiving, acting upon that which He has promised !



The very time to exercise faith is when we feel destitute of the Spirit. When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living (active) faith pierce the darkness and scatter the clouds. True faith rests on the Promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey (live) that Word can claim its glorious Promises.

     "For to whom sware He that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not?  So we see, that they could not enter in because
of unbelief
 . . . . Let us therefore fear, lest a Promise being left us of entering into His Rest, any of you should seem to come short of It. For unto us was the Glad Tidings proclaimed, as well as unto them: but the Word proclaimed (spoken) did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard It 
. . . !"
Hebrews 3:7-4:2
 
     Should anyone dishonor God by imagining that He would not respond to the appeals of His children? . . .  The Holy Spirit, the representative of Himself, is the greatest of all gifts. All "good things" are comprised in this. The Creator Himself can give us nothing greater, nothing better. When we beseech the Lord to pity us in our distress, and to guide us by His Holy Spirit, He will never turn away our prayer !

     The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportioned to the measure of our desire and the faith exercised for it. . . . We can be assured that we shall receive the Holy Spirit (Christ's victorious risen life! The Spirit of JESUS) if we individually try the experiment of testing God's Word !

     "O taste and see that the LORD (Yehuwah) is good. How Blessed are they that trust in Him. . . !"   Psalm 34:7-8

- God's Amazing Grace p.207

  1. His Teaching in Our Past History (by Nader Mansour) 

 The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation, and is applicable to the people of God at the present time.  {3T 252.1} 

  What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are all wrong! The message of the True Witness finds the people of God in a sad deception, yet honest in that deception. They know not that their condition is deplorable in the sight of God. While those addressed are flattering themselves that they are in an exalted spiritual condition, the message of the True Witness breaks their security by the startling denunciation of their true condition of spiritual blindness, poverty, and wretchedness. The testimony, so cutting and severe, cannot be a mistake, for it is the True Witness who speaks, and His testimony must be correct.  {3T 252.4} 
 
     It is difficult for those who feel secure in their attainments, and who believe themselves to be rich in spiritual knowledge, to receive the message which declares that they are deceived and in need of every spiritual grace. The unsanctified heart is "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." I was shown that many are flattering themselves that they are good Christians, who have not a ray of light from Jesus. They have not a living experience for themselves in the divine life. They need a deep and thorough work of self-abasement before God before they will feel their true need of earnest, persevering effort to secure the precious graces of the Spirit.  {3T 253.1}  

The Upward Look, p. 352, Chap. 338 - God's Word is True

     No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17.  {UL 352.1}  

     The great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, . . . will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time. We need now larger breadth, and deeper, more earnest, unwavering faith in the leadings of the Holy Spirit. If we needed the manifest proof of the Holy Spirit's power to confirm truth in the beginning, after the passing of the time, we need today all the evidence in the confirmation of the truth, when souls are departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.There must not be any languishing of soul now.  {UL 352.2}  

     If ever there was a period of time when we needed the Holy Spirit's power in our discourses, in our prayers, in every action proposed, it is now. We are not to stop at the first experience, but while we bear the same message to the people, this message is to be strengthened and enlarged. We are to see and realize the importance of the message made certain by its divine origin. We are to follow on to know the Lord, that we may know that His going forth is prepared as the morning. Our souls need the quickening from the Source of all power. We may be strengthened and confirmed in the past experience that holds us to the essential points of truth which have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists.  {UL 352.3}
  
     The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus.  {UL 352.4}  

     Have not the hearts of Christ's disciples burned within them as He has talked with us by the way and opened to us the Scriptures? Has not the Lord Jesus opened to us the Scriptures, and presented to us things kept secret from the foundation of the world?--Letter 326, Dec. 4, 1905, to W. C. White.  {UL 352.5} 

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

 "The Saviour is our Comforter” 8 MR 49

 

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

 

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

 

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

  

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

 

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

 

This is why Jesus could promise;    

I will come to you.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you.

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

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

 

Please tell me is Jesus with you now in the body (physically), or is He with you by His Holy Spirit?

If you still want to make the Holy Spirit someone else, then someone else is with you not Jesus?

Look at who inspiration says is the true comforter;

 

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

 

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

 

If you disbelieve the SOP, how do you answer Jn 20:22

 

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

 

The Word of God here gives us a practical illustration of the impartation of the Spirit; which is the life of Christ, it is His very own breath.

It is a part of Him, Jesus, not someone else. Even young children get this.

 

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

He died in His natural body; He was raised in His spiritual body becoming a life-giving Spirit. 1Cor 15:44,45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED STATEMENTS, RECENTLY RELEASED:

"Christ is to be known by the blessed name of Comforter.” {Ms7-1902 (January 26, 1902) par. 10} - EGW

"WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW *(see full quote below)

"“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him because we keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children keep yourselves from idols.” The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch the spirit from another. WE WANT THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHICH IS JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” {Lt66-1894 (April 10, 1894) par. 18} - EGW
*previously unpublished statement


Zion the church in heaven, who's members consist of "saints". Overcomers. This is the church that sinners are shaken out of, not any four walled earthly denominational "church". The real true "church", "temple", "house", "abode", "special dwelling place" is ONLY our BODIES, our minds, which is a "church" made without hands. Only the PRESENCE of GOD sent to us through our mediator (Christ's Spirit), the Son of God, can constitute a "church". God in Jesus, Jesus in us. God and Jesus will make their "special dwelling place" in our minds by their "Holy" Spirit. Create IN us a clean mind. Let this MIND be in you that was in Christ Jesus.

John 14:23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."

How does the Bible define "the Church"?

From Strong's Greek, 1577. "ekklesia, ek-klay-see'-ah; from a comp. of G1537 and a der. of G2564; a calling out, i.e. (concr.) a popular meeting, espec. a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church."

           Therefore the Christian Church is YOUR BODY, MADE WITHOUT HANDS. The Bible never defines the Christian Church as a denomination.

What are the Churches of the Bible are called?

           There are 108 references to church or churches in the N. T. and there is not one reference to a denomination. This is a sample listing:

I will build my church. Mat. 16:18.
the church at Jerusalem, Acts 8:1
the church at Antioch, Acts 13:1
the church in Cenchrea, Rom. 16:1
the church that meets at their house, Rom. 16:5.
the church of God in Corinth, 1Cor. 1:2
the Galatian churches, 1 Cor. 16:1.
the Macedonian churches, 2Cor. 8:1.
of his body is the church, Col. 1:24.
the church in her house, Col. 4:15.
the church that meets in your home. Phil. 1:2.
to the seven churches, Rev. 1:11.

           The churches in the cities mentioned in the Bible are called "the church" that met in one place in the city or in several places in that same city. The single local church was not "The Church," or Universal Church. It was "the church" a part of the Universal Church. The combined churches in the world were "The Universal Church." Keep in mind when the word "church" (ekklesia) is mentioned in the Bible, it is a group of Christians meeting together. The church may be as small as two or three members. "For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Mat 18:20 (NIV)

           All of the churches of the Bible were a united Church. There were no Pope as leader of all the churches, nor Cardinals, or priests to confess your sins. There were no denominations.

when you accept Christ you are joined together into one world "Universal Church." This is the Body of Christ that you have joined by baptism and by faith in his shed blood of Jesus Christ that atones for your sins.

The Universal Church:

           In God's "Universal Church" there is just one body of believers:

           "There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when you were called—"one Lordone faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it." Eph 4:4-7 (NIV)

The Head of the Church:

           "For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior." "Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything." Eph 5:23, 24 (NIV). (As long as husbands are treating their wives as Christ treats His church. See Adventist Home page 115-125 for more on this. If husbands are leading in a Christlike manner on the narrow pathway to Heaven.)

The head of the "Universal Christian Church" is Jesus Christ and not a Pope, Bishop, President, Church Board or whatever names that they may use.

          Christ is the head of the church not any church leader.  It is interesting to note that some church denominations expect its members to yield up their understanding of Biblical beliefs to the interpretation of the church leaders or the denomination’s creed. This is in violation of the work of the Holy Spirit to guide all believers into all truth. When church leaders do this, they are nullifying the work of the Spirit of God. They are sinning against God, and the individuals that yield to their pressure to give up their Biblical beliefs, are also sinning against God and disgracing his Church.

Church leaders serve and not command:

           Christ assigned leaders to be leaders of his flock in the "visible church," and not to command or force obedience. Church leaders are not to rule but to serve. They are to train and prepare the body of Christ for service.

           "It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" Eph 4:11-12 (NIV)

           "Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, "If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all." Mark 9:35 (NIV)

           Jesus the head of the church set an example of leadership:

            "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mat 20:28 (NIV)

Church Unity:

Jesus unites all Christians under himself as the Head of the Church:

           "And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ," "to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ." Eph 1:9,10 (NIV)

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household," "built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone." Eph 2:19-20 (NIV)

            Please understand membership into the Universal Christian Church is not the result of belonging to earthly churches or denominations. Citizenship into God’s household is by the Christian having Jesus Christ, the Chief cornerstone of their life.

Reconciled Churches "Your Body is the visible "church" ":

           "For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." Col 1:19,20 (NIV)

God builds His church:

           "In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord "And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." Eph 2:21,22 (NIV).

No church denomination has the power to save anyone. Only Jesus Christ the Son of God does.

It is difficult for some to grasp the concept that you can leave their church or denomination and still be a Christian that is loyal to God. They have failed to understand that because your name is not on their church books that you still belong to Jesus' church and your name is recorded in heaven.

            "But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly," "to the church of the firstborn,whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect," Hebrews 12:22,23 (NIV)

           The writer of Hebrews tells us several things about the Christian church, which is true of our day.

  • It is the church of the firstborn, which is Christ.
  • Thousands of angels are meeting with the members in joyful assembly. The Greek tells us the meaning of assembly to be "universal and a mass meeting." Strongs, G. 58
  • It is a joy to know that our names are written in heaven. All true Christians whether members of a denomination or not a member, have already been judged worthy to have their names recorded in the books of heaven. God is the judge of whose names are recorded in the books of heaven and not the visible church.

The church is Jesus’ family, WE are the INHERITANCE of our brother, Jesus Christ!:

           "His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms," "according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord." "In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence "I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory "For this reason I kneel before the Father," "from whom his whole family in heavenand on earth derives its name." Eph 3:10-15 (NIV)

            "to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Eph 3:21 (NIV)

THE JEWS WORSHIPED THE "TEMPLE" (building/organization)

"Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered." 1 Selected Messages, p. 57.

Mrs. White did not always say that the church should not be called Babylon. Before 1891, statements made about the church organization were mostly favorable, however, from 1891 and on, statements regarding how the church was being operated were mostly unfavorable.

When the church adopts the most important doctrine, the central doctrine of Babylon, (Catholicism), what do you think should be said about that? Mrs. White called it the Omega of Apostasy, because she was shown the direction that the church would take. That is why she said "I trembled for our people." 1 Selected Messages, p. 203.2.

"The Jews worshiped the temple and were filled with greater indignation at anything spoken against that building than if it had been spoken against God." Early Writings, p. 198.

The Seventh-day Adventists worship the church (organization) and are filled with greater indignation at anything spoken against the church organization than if it had been spoken against God.

This is why truth is not received by most members of the church. Because the church organization is more valuable to them than the truths which God originally gave to the church. This is a very sad state of the church!

"The prevailing spirit of our time is that of infidelity and apostasy - a spirit of pretended illumination because of a knowledge of the truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. There is a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God and to the testimony of His Spirit. There is a spirit of idolatrous exaltation of mere human reason above the revealed wisdom of God. There are men among us in responsible positions who hold that the opinions of a few conceited philosophers, so called, are more to be trusted than the truth of the Bible, or the testimonies of the Holy Spirit." 5 Testimonies, p. 79.

" The truth that God has given for His people in these last days should keep them firm when there come into the church those who present false theories. The truth that has stood firm against the attacks of the enemy for more than half a century must still be the confidence and comfort of God's people." 9 Testimonies, pp. 69, 70.

"... the enemy will seek to seduce souls from the truth, but all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days." 3 Selected Messages, p. 84, Letter 50, 1906.

Finding a Church Home

By now after reading to this point you are aware that there is no true church, that has God's special blessings on it. And that all denomination's doctrines are not infallible. That denominations are man and woman founded. That denominations do not save anyone. Salvation is in Christ Jesus.

 Many that write ask, "where should I go to church?" Let the Bible answer this question for these last days:

The good Shepard says, "Come, my people, enter you into your chambers (rooms/homes), and shut your doors about you: hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation is past." Isaiah 26:20

In other words, have home church with your family and those who you invite to come into your home. Weekly religious worship 
(to pay divine honors) services can rotate homes if you have enough participation in your area.


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

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." Ecclesiastes 12:13

"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12 

Revelation 19:10 (KJV) "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  Amplified Bible: [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours]. 

Exodus 12:23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians (end times today: pagans/heathens who have not obeyed Rev 18:4 to come out of ALL churches), he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe (God's Spirit filled people will be obeying all Ten Commandments and have the testimony/prophecy of Jesus) and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

Psalm 30:5 For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. 

(Mal 3:8 - 9 NIV) ""Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings." "You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me." 

The tithe is the Lord's, and those who meddle with it will be punished with the loss of their heavenly treasure unless they repent God has not changed; the tithe is still to be used for the support of the ministry.-- 9T 249-250. 

EGW: “The tithe is the Lord’s—sincethe fall of man it has been necessary that there should be men devoted wholly to the service of God. It appears that from thebeginning the Lord taught His people to devote one-tenth to the support of His ministers.”—Review & Herald, January 15, 1880
"The tithe is set apart for a special use. It is not to be regarded as a poor fund." Counsels on Stewardship, P.103 R & H Supplement, Dec. 1, 1896.  

(Mat 23:23 NIV) ""Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenthof your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former." 

Then Abraham gave a tenth to Melchizedek.
Gen. 14:18 - 20 (NIV) 18Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth.  20And blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” ThenAbram gave him a tenth of everything.

Gen. 28:20 - 22 (NIV) 20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21so that I return safely to my father’s house, then the LORD will be my God 22and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

Num. 18:21, 23 - 24 (NIV) 21I give to the Levites all the tithes in Israel as their inheritance in return for the work they do while serving at the Tent of Meeting. 23It is the Levites who are to do the work at the Tent of Meeting and bear the responsibility for offenses against it. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They will receive no inheritance among the Israelites. 24Instead, I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the LORD. That is why I said concerning them: ‘They will have no inheritance among the Israelites.’”

Num. 18:25 - 26 (NIV) 25The LORD said to Moses, 26 "Speak to the Levites and say to them: ‘When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD’S offering.

Books are also ministers. Buy books and give them away. 

Lev. 27:30 - 34 (NIV) 30“‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD. 31If a man redeems any of his tithe, he must add a fifth of the value to it. 32The entire tithe of the herd and flockevery tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the LORD. 33He must not pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If he does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.’” 34These are the commands the LORD gave Moses on Mount Sinai for the Israelites.

Deut. 14:2 2- 27(NIV) 22Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year.23Eat the tithe of your grain, new wine and oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name, so that you may learn to revere the LORD your God always. 24But if that place is too distant and you have been blessed by the LORD your God and cannot carry your tithe (because the place where the LORD will choose to put his Name is so far away), 25then exchange your tithe for silver, and take the silver with you and go to the place the LORD your God will choose. 26Use the silver to buy whatever you like: cattle, sheep, wine or other fermented drink, or anything you wish. Then you and your household shall eat there in the presence of the LORD your God and rejoice. 27And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

The annual tithe is to be eaten by the Jews. The annual tithe can be converted to silver if you have a large herd and the town God selected was to far away to take the animals. If this is the case you can exchange the animals for silver, and then buy wine or other fermented drinks that can be eaten by you, your household, and the Levites at a place determined by the LORD.

How is the Third Year Tithe to Be Used?
Every three years the t
ithe produce is to be eaten by the Levites, fatherless, aliens, and widows.

Deut. 14:28 - 29 (NIV) 28At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year’s produce and store it in your towns, 29so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the LORD your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.   

Where Is the Tithe To Be Stored?
Tithe is to be stored in a special "storeroom"

Neh. 10:37 - 39 (NIV) 37“Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and oil. And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work. 38A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. 39The people of Israel, including the Levites, are to bring their contributions of grain, new wine and oil to the storerooms where the articles for the sanctuary are kept and where the ministering priests, the gatekeepers and the singers stay. “We will not neglect the house of our God.”

(1 Cor 9:13 NIV) "Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?"

(1 Cor 9:14 NIV) "In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel."

EGW: The tithe should go to those who labor in word and doctrine, be they men or women. Evangelism,page 492, Manuscript 149, 1899. 

EGW tells us that Christians are to pay Tithe, Bring a Sin, Thank, and Trespass Offerings.
"God’s claims are imperative upon him, not only to give his proportion according to the tithing system,but to present his sin offering and thank offerings to God. Testimonies, vol. 4, p. 467. "The best you can do is to bring a trespass offering to the altar of the Lord, and he will accept and pardon you."Special Testimonies to Ministers and workers, p. 339. 

Mark 12:43-44 "They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything--all she had to live on. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others." 


EGW: A tithe of our income is "holy unto the Lord." The New Testament does not re-enact the law of the tithe, as it does not that of the Sabbath; for the validity of both is assumed. The Faith I Live By, page 244Taken from the Review & Herald {May 16, 1882 par. 29}  

 "Unless you are wrought upon by the Spirit of God in a special manner to confess your sins of a private nature to man, do not breathe them to any human soul. Christ is your Redeemer, He will take no advantage of your humiliating confessions. If you have a sin of a private character, confess it to Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." If you have sinned by withholding from God His own in tithes and offerings, confess your guilt to God and to the church, and heed the injunction that has been given you, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." {SpM 5.5} 

James White rejected the ten percent plan," We do not urge the Israelitish tithing system as embracing the whole duty of the believers in the third [angel's] message....That system was necessary in God's plan of the Levitical priesthood; but in closing message presents a far greater call for something of the kind." R&H, April 9, 1861, p. 164. 

Dudley M. Canright: in a series of articles in 1876, emphasized Malachi 3:8-11 as "the Bible plan of supporting the Ministry." He urged Adventists to adopt this plan to glorify God...." R&HFebruary 17, 1876, p.50, 51, see also Spectrum 1986, Adventist Tithepaying-- The Untold Story, p. 139. 

1 Tim 5:17 - 18 (NIV) 17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.”

Bible Guidelines For Giving

(2 Cor 9:6 NIV) "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."

(2 Cor 9:7 NIV) "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

"The Spirit of Christ is not the Person of Christ; the Holy Spirit is not Christ as a Person. Therefore to indulge in confused raptures about the Person of Christ dwelling in us consciously is dangerous; Christ abides with us by His Spirit through the Word. Any other Christ may be one who induces feelings only, and thus be the false Christ. Modern Protestant evangelists are often confused, and stumble at the word." from the book called --{A WARNING AND ITS RECEPTION, 1888 MESSAGE REEXAMINED, p. 196}

"Therefore to indulge in confused raptures about the Person of Christ dwelling in us consciously is dangerous;" This is the Eucharist god doctrine. It teaches that the person of Christ is in a "wafer" as as you eat it, the person of Christ is inside you as long as the "wafer's" particles are in your body. This doctrine "is dangerous" per the Bible and Ellen White.  

MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE

We need to stop and meditate on this powerful scripture.  It can change your life forever!  God's Word is alive!  It is a living force that will bring life and victory to any circumstance we may face. The Lord Jesus stated:  "It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4).

The Word of God is God's personal promise to you.  When ever we encounter any decisions or obstacles in life we need to find what the Word says for that situation.  When Jesus made this statement, My Words are spirit and they are life (John 6:63), He was teaching us to see His Promises through the eyes of faith.  The natural mind or the sense ruled mind cannot understand the things of the Spirit.  To simplify it.  God or His Word is not bound by the laws of the natural or sense ruled world.  The world was created by the Spoken Word of God (Genesis 1).  This world and the very existence of life was conceived by God in the spirit realm, then made manifested in the natural realm.  Jesus looked at them and said: With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Do we limit the power of God's Word in our lives? (Learn more about Miracles here)

Many years ago, I was praying for a mother and her son.  The boy fell flat on his face and broke his two front teeth at the gum line. She wanted me to pray that the Lord Jesus would find a dentist who would take monthly payments.  As I started to pray, the Lord Jesus spoke to me and said "Don't limit me but pray for a creative miracle".  The next day two new teeth appeared in his gums.  We limit God by our lack of  knowledge of Him and His Word.  The Book of Ephesians states, "Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."  After the experience with the teeth, it changed my ministry completely.  I entered into a greater anointing for miracles and healing.  The Lord Jesus is glorified when he demonstrates the power of His Word in your life. In our Crusades He has confirmed His Word with many astounding miracles.  There was a six year old boy whose body was crippled and deformed. After prayer, his body became normal and he ran around the church healed and restored.  There was not a dry eye in the Church. There has been many deformed and disabled healed by the power of God's Word in the meetings.  New hearts and internal organs and eyes, terminal cancers have been healed and people receiving gold and silver fillings in their teeth.  

Remember: Never limit God in your prayers!


Micah 2:7
  • Amplified Bible
    O house of Jacob (spiritual Israel), shall it be said, Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted, impatient, and shortened? Or are these [prophesied plagues] His doings? Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?

  • King James Version
    O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
"Men must get hold conscientiously and feel that they are doing the work of God. They must have the trust in their heart to correct all the sophistries and delusions of Satan that would throw them off the right track, so that they will not choose the way of the Lord, but follow the impulses of their own undisciplined characters. If the heart is sanctified and guided by the Holy Spirit, they will run no risks, but will be sure in all they undertake to do good work for Jesus; and in doing their work righteously they are standing securely in this life with a fast hold from above, and they will be guided into every good and holy way. They will be constant to principle. They will do their work, not to secure a great name or great wages, not for the purpose of weaving self into all their works, and of appearing to be somebody in the world, but to be right in everything in the sight of God. They will not be half as anxious to do a big work as to do whatever they have to do with fidelity and with an eye single to the glory of God. Such men are great in the sight of God. Such names are registered in the Lamb’s book of life as the faithful servants of the most high God. These are the men who are more precious in the sight of God than fine gold, even more precious than the golden wedge of Ophir." COUNSELS ON HEALTH, PAGE 285

Awake and cast out the evil Spirit of Slumber MY PEOPLE! Evil Spirit of slumber (Romans 11:8)
spirit of bondage (Romans 8:15) Laodiceans are in bondage IN the Synagogue of Satan (modern SDA church) to the evil Spirit of Slumber and so many more. Once the foundations have been removed, Ellen White states that all manner of sophistries will follow the removal of the historical SDA foundational doctrines:

The men whom God raised up [1844 era] were diligent searchers of the Scriptures. And those who today claim to have light, and who contradict the teaching of God’s ordained messengers, who were working under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, those who get up new theories, which remove the pillars of our faith, are not doing the will of God, but are bringing in fallacies of their own invention, which, if received, will cut the church away from the anchorage of truth, and set them drifting, drifting, to where they will receive any sophistries that may arise.”—MS 75, 1905 Ellen White.


soph·is·try (s f -str ). n. pl. soph·is·tries. 1. Plausible but fallacious argumentation. 2. A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument. 

In Mark 16:17, Jesus said, And these signs SHALL follow them that BELIEVE; In my name SHALL they cast OUT demons; they SHALL speak with new tongues;

I believe the "NEW TONGUES" means that we don't speak our words, but the WORD of GOD through us. Once we are baptized with the "Holy" Spirit, which is the Spirit of God IN Jesus, and Jesus Spirit IN us, or the WORD OF GOD IN US, this is the "new language" or "new tongues" we speak. We speak God's words or the WORD OF GOD instead of our old carnal nature language or tongue. Someone may understand or we may be given the gift of tongues...but it will not be confusion for God is not the author of confusion. The devil is the author of confusion.

Luke 9:1: "Then he called his twelve disciples together, and GAVE THEM power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases." As a true disciple of the true Jesus Christ, you have this power and authority too!!!

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

Our SPIRITUAL LIFE and SPIRIT comes THROUGH the WORD OF GOD, the Bible and SOP.

Who has gone up to heaven and come down? 
Who has gathered up the wind in the hollow 
of His hands? 
Who has wrapped up the waters in His cloak? 
Who has established all the ends of the earth? 
What is His Name, and the Name of his Son
Tell me if you know! 

Proverbs 30:4 - NIV

Let's let the Bible answer this question: WHAT IS the Name of his Son 

Revelation 19:13 "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." 

Isaiah 63:2
 Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?
Isaiah 63:3 "I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


<ANSWER>--There is but one Church, from the Scriptural standpoint. In the language of the Apostle, it is "The Church of the First-Born which are written in heaven;" or the "Church of the living God;" or again, "The Church of Christ."--`Heb. 12:23`; `1 Tim. 3:15`; `Rom. 16:16`.

Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"

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

In another Bible version:

1 Corinthians 3:17 Amplified Bible (AMP) 17 "If anyone does hurt to God’s temple or corrupts it [with false doctrines] or destroys it, God will do hurt to him and bring him to the corruption of death and destroy him. For the temple of God is holy (sacred to Him) and that [temple] you [the believing church and its individual believers] are."


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

In another version: 

1 Corinthians 10:31 Amplified Bible (AMP) 31 "So then, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God."

John 14:23
"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and WE (God & Jesus=their "Holy" Spirit) will come unto him, and make OUR abode with him" (him=us=believers). God in Jesus, Jesus in US, and US in Jesus that we all may be "one or like minded or "perfectly united", think the same so we talk the same" with GOD.

What an uproar it caused in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit was "poured out" without measure! 

For God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him (John 3:34).

You can have the Holy Spirit without measure. This is indeed a startling statement, but we are now living in the richest dispensation that man has ever lived in. And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17). This is a pouring out time—not a sprinkle, but a downpour—and many people know it not.

Again: John 14:23 King James Version (KJV) 23 "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."

In another version: 

John 14:23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 23 "Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him."


"The Spirit of Christ is not the Person of Christthe Holy Spirit is not Christ as a Person. Therefore to indulge in confused raptures about the Person of Christ dwelling in us consciously is dangerous; Christ abides with us by His Spirit through the Word. Any other Christ may be one who induces feelings only, and thus be the false Christ. Modern Protestant evangelists are often confused, and stumble at the word." from the book called --{A WARNING AND ITS RECEPTION, 1888 MESSAGE REEXAMINED, p. 196}

John 17:21 Amplified Bible (AMP) 21 "That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me."

John 17:23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 23 "I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me."

John 15:4 King James Version (KJV) Abide in me (Jesus), and I in you. As the branch (believers) cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine (Jesus); no more can ye, except ye abide in me (Jesus).


  • 1 Corinthians 3:23

    And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's. [You BELONG to Jesus! Jesus belongs to WHO? GOD. WE are the INHERITANCE of the Son of GOD, Jesus Christ!] {If we belong to Jesus we can be partakers of God's DIVINE NATURE!  2 Peter 1:4 says
    "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises (believe and claim these Bible promises that are ALIVE and are TRUE!): that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." We can have the mind that was in Christ Jesus! THE MIND OF GOD transplanted into our MIND!!! Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:"} ASK FOR IT! ASK IN THE NAME OF JESUS THAT GOD GIVE YOU the SAME mind that was IN CHRIST JESUS so you can be "a partaker" of GOD's divine NATURE, HIS MIND! A CLEAN & HOLY MIND like GOD'S MIND. 
  • 1 Corinthians 3:22-23 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  • 1 Corinthians 4:10
    We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ;
    we (of ourselves without Jesus) are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised (like Jesus was despised; because we believe and do the will of our Father in the NAME of JESUS).
    1 Corinthians 4:9-11 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 4 (Whole Chapter)
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20
    Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, beye reconciled to God.
    2 Corinthians 5:19-21 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 5 (Whole Chapter)
  • 2 Corinthians 10:7
    Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.
    2 Corinthians 10:6-8 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 10 (Whole Chapter)
  • Galatians 3:29
    And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
    Galatians 3:28-29 (in Context) Galatians 3 (Whole Chapter)
  • 1 Peter 4:13
    But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
    1 Peter 4:12-14 (in Context) 1 Peter 4 (Whole Chapter)

  • My brother, my sister, open the door of the heart to receive Jesus. Invite him into the soul-temple. "If you expect God to help you in your battles, you must decide to overcome, to seal your lips against speaking any words of wrong, even if you have to fall upon your knees and cry aloud, “Lord, rebuke the adversary of my soul.” Letter 105, 1893.

    Isaiah 59:21
    • King James Version
      As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD;
      My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
      Isaiah 59:20-21 (in Context) Isaiah 59 (Whole Chapter)
    • Amplified Bible
      As for Me, this is My covenant or league with them, says the Lord: My Spirit, Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart], and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth, or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.

    Some People Profess But Do Not Possess This Experience

    There are those who claim to have had the Holy Ghost (Spirit of Jesus) baptism and yet they gossip, criticize the work of God and make light of God’s healing power; they could not possibly have the Spirit of Christ at all, but rather the Spirit of the god of this world, Satan. Note that I did not say they never have received this experience, but something has happened to them, and the Spirit of God and Christ is not in their lives. When one receives the baptism of the Holy Ghost, he receives the Spirit of CHRIST without measure; but when he fails to believe God and trust in all of His Word, then he changes leaders from the Spirit of Chirst in his life and has "ANOTHER" Spirit that is not of Christ in him/herself.

    Jesus Had the Spirit without Measure (God is a Spirit, the Spirit of God. God pours himself out INTO JESUS, Jesus invisible, indwelling, pours Himself "His Spirit" out INTO us) God in Jesus, Jesus IN us, Us in Jesus, Jesus in God, the complete Heavenly Family circle - we are part of the family of God in this way. God gives His MIND to Jesus, Jesus gives the mind he has to us, so that we can be partakers of DIVINE nature, thinking their thoughts, saying their words and doing their works, instead of our carnal sinful nature.

    Jesus came with great power. John said that the Spirit was given to Him without measure. It was wonderful indeed; He preached in a way no one had ever preached before, healing the sick, casting out devils, and doing many wonderful works among the people. The power that Jesus manifested when He was here on earth is for us today. When He ascended, He made it possible for us to ascend with Him, and to sit together with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). God does not measure the Spirit to you; but, as with Christ, He gives you the Spirit without measure. Through your disobedience you cannot have it (the "Holy" Spirit) yourself. Christ obeyed the Father in all things and did His will; when a person does this today, then the Spirit is given without measure.

    The Disciples Received the Spirit without Measure  (Christ our Comforter) We receive the Spirit THROUGH Christ.

    "The Spirit of Christ is not the Person of Christthe Holy Spirit is not Christ as a Person. Therefore to indulge in confused raptures about the Person of Christ dwelling in us consciously is dangerous; Christ abides with us by His Spirit through the Word. Any other Christ may be one who induces feelings only, and thus be the false Christ. Modern Protestant evangelists are often confused, and stumble at the word." from the book called --{A WARNING AND ITS RECEPTION, 1888 MESSAGE REEXAMINED, p. 196}

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12). Jesus told the disciples that not only would they do the works He was doing, but that they should do greater works. When will it be, Jesus? When they received the Holy Spirit without measure. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon YOU: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49). After Christ ascended, the disciples went to Jerusalem and tarried until they were given the Spirit of Christ (Christ INVISIBLE) without measure. Then things really began to happen. What a sermon Simon preached when three thousand souls came into the Kingdom! What healing revivals broke out! The apostles spent their time in prayer and fasting and giving out the Word. The sick were healed by the numbers. We will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4). Jesus had told the disciples in Mark 9:29 about a particular type of unclean spirit, that this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Not until after they prayed, fasted and received the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit/Ghost is God in Jesus, Jesus in us and us in Jesus, Jesus in God) baptism did they have the power to deliver people from that kind of spirit.

    They Spoke with Tongues—You Will Too! (not jibber jaber, but understandable to someone - for GOD is NOT the author of confusion! unintelligible "speaking in tongues" is "ANOTHER SPIRIT" not from GOD.) 

    In Mark 16:17, Jesus said, And these signs SHALL follow them that BELIEVE; In my name SHALL they cast OUT demons; they SHALL speak with new tongues;

    I believe the "NEW TONGUES" means that we don't speak our words, but the WORD of GOD through us. Once we are baptized with the "Holy" Spirit, which is the Spirit of God IN Jesus, and Jesus Spirit IN us, or the WORD OF GOD IN US, this is the "new language" or "new tongues" we speak. We speak God's words or the WORD OF GOD instead of our old carnal nature language or tongue. Someone may understand or we may be given the gift of tongues...but it will not be confusion for God is not the author of confusion. The devil is the author of confusion.
    1. Psalm 69:6 Amplified Bible
      • Let not those who wait and hope and look for You, O Lord of hosts, be put to shame through me; let not those who seek and inquire for and require You [as their vital necessity] be brought to confusion and dishonor through me, O God of Israel.
        Psalm 69:5-7 (in Context) Psalm 69 (Whole Chapter)
    2. 1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version
      • For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
        1 Corinthians 14:32-34 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 14 (Whole Chapter)
      • Amplified Bible
        For He [Who is the source of their prophesying] is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order. As [is the practice] in all the churches of the saints (God's people), (churches=God’s people, their "bodies"),

    2 Corinthians 11:4
    • Amplified Bible
      For [you seem readily to endure it] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a
      different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received or a different gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed; you tolerate [all that] well enough!
      2 Corinthians 11:3-5 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 11 (Whole Chapter)
    • King James Version
      For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

    What an uproar it caused in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit was poured out without measure! And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this (Acts 2:12)? Peter told them that it was the pouring out time of the Holy Spirit without measure. When the disciples received the Holy Spirit without measure, they spoke with tongues when Jesus returned to them by the promise of His Father as our comforter (Jesus invisible) came into their bodies. Jesus had to ascend to His Father so He could come back INVISIBLE, be present everywhere. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, Jesus, walking beside us and lives inside us, carrying us through bad times. Jesus is the "Holy Spirit", not someone else. (God in Jesus, Jesus IN us, Us in Jesus, Jesus in God=Holy Spirit connections)

    And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Why don’t some people receive the Spirit without measure today? Because they are not willing to receive Jesus Spirit the Bible way as on the day of Pentecost. You will never receive the Spirit (Jesus) without measure unless you have MIND of GOD, "Let this MIND be in you that was in Christ Jesus!" You will be working the work of GOD, praying, fasting healing people....the physical, initial evidence, the fruits of having the RIGHT SPIRIT, JESUS IN YOU. Will you ever speak with tongues? They spoke in tongues at Pentecost when they received the Spirit without measure, so why not you? (Important to remember, GOD is not a God of confusion, so if you or someone else cannot understand what you are saying, run fast from that demon. Pray to God in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST to cast that demon out of yourself, all in the NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

    Fear keeps many people from receiving this power (JESUS CHRIST), and others listen to doubters who say that they can’t have the Pentecostal experience today, that speaking with tongues (speaking real languages to preach the gospel to others in another tongue) or healing people in the name of Jesus is not for us.

    Do you realize that millions have received this "speaking in tongues" experience in our day? But it is of "another" Spirit, the devil, IF THE FRUITS of the SPIRIT are not evident in their very lives...  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith," Galatians 5:22-23, if they speak in "jibber jabber" that is confusion if no one is understanding their words...it is of the devil himself.

    Galatians 5:22-23 Amplified Bible (AMP) 22 "But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[a]that can bring a charge].

    The Holy Spirit Baptism, the Key to the Spirit without Measure

    You may be abiding in Jesus and have the Spirit of our Lord Jesus in your life, but unless you have FAITH=Trust in God and Daily ARE moment by moment putting into practice all the light you have been shown, your light will go out and leave your feet in perfect darkness. We should not play games with God & His Son. If we know to do something and we don't, then to us it is SIN. (Click here to learn more about How To Be Sin Free) If we sin, the devil lives inside us, not both. IT'S EITHER ONE OR THE OTHER JESUS OR THE DEVIL.The impartation of the Holy Spirit is the impartation of the actual life of JESUS with the initial evidence of  the fruit of the Spirit BEING: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, WITH FAITH, healing people in the name of Jesus, fasting and praying, studying the Bible, you do not have the Spirit without measure. When one is saved through faith in the blood of Jesus, he receives the Holy Spirit which is the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ instantly, but it takes praying, studying and fasting, OVERCOMING by the blood of the lamb, confessing our faults, zealously searching up our sins and asking forgiveness for them in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST. We need to pray and realize it is our privilege to daily ask God to be baptized with the Holy Ghost/Spirit baptism without measure. John the Baptist preached this truth in Matthew 3:11: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. John meant that the Lord at some future date would give His children an experience that was not then available to them until after the death of Jesus and being raised back to life by His Father and His GOD. The Lord Jesus also told the disciples they would receive an experience later that they could not have at that time, until after His death, resurrection, ascension and return as our comforter, His "Holy" Spirit. 

    In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified (he was still trapped or limited by his visible human form/body,  not yet invisible and able to be everywhere present as our comforter.) (John 7:37-39).

    The disciples received power before Pentecost (Luke 9:1), but Jesus commanded them to tarry at Jerusalem until they received power different from what they already had: the power that comes with the Holy Ghost baptism.

    Receive the Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus with God in Him, in us without Measure Job 29:6 "the rock poured out for me streams of oil!" Jesus is the "rock" and the "oil" is the oil of His Grace, His Spirit given to us to be overcomers. Overcomers of what? Sin!

    Let nothing stop you from receiving this power of the Holy Spirit which you need in your life. It is available to you now, today. Maybe you have prayed and asked God many times to give you more power; now you can have this power without measure. You too can receive this glorious anointing of power from God through the laying on of hands, the same method that was used in the early churches. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:17). Let nothing stop you. Let not the devil or man keep you from this great power. Receive the Holy Spirit (Christ our Comforter) without measure!

     Millions of People today believe The Son IS NOT the Spirit (they are worshiping they "Know not what", "another Spirit" besides the TRUE God.)

    The Bible affirms very clearly that Jesus IS the Spirit.

    In Trinitarian doctrine Jesus is not the Holy Spirit since the Holy Spirit is a separate third person in Trinitarian doctrine. One cannot say that Jesus is the Holy Spirit since that would be saying one person is indeed also another person. However, the Bible clearly affirms the risen Lord Jesus IS the Spirit at 2 Corinthians 3:17. (Jesus Himself is our INDWELLING COMFORTER sent by God, filling us through Jesus with Himself, to give us the strength and power through Jesus NOT to Sin. God gives us the power in the name of His Son, the only mediator between God and man to perform MIRACLES in the NAME of JESUS CHRIST! If we don't have Jesus, we have a counterfeit, (2 Corinthians 11:4: "another Spirit", "another gospel", another JESUS") the devil himself pretending to be JESUS.

    But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted because the veil is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but when a person turns to the Lord the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. (2 Corinthians 3:14-4:5).

    Now it is quite obvious to the unbiased reader that the Lord of this passage is Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul is telling us that Christ IS the Spirit. However, since Trinitarians perceive this passage destroys the doctrine of the Trinity, an interpretive contrivance is in order. One contrivance is to pretend "the Spirit" at 2 Corinthians 3:17 is not a reference to their third hypostasis, the Holy Spirit, but a term to refer to a substance, a what, "spirit". However, the honest person will quickly see that Paul has been discussing the superiority of the ministry of the Spirit over the Law.

    ....written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God... God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not in the letter but in the Spirit for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

    Since the Spirit is understood to be a 3rd person in Trinitarian doctrine, the Trinitarian is caught in an inescapable dilemma of having Person A as Person B but Trinitarian doctrine claiming Person A is not Person B. Hence, they perceive a need to contrive.

    When it is realized the above contrivance will not work for them, another contrivance pulled out of the hat is to suggest that "the Lord" of this passage is not Jesus but some other identity such as the Father. However, this will not work either. In Trinitarian doctrine, the Father is not the Spirit either. If we were to identify the Lord as the Father, the Trinitarian would then be caught saying the Father is the person who is the person of the Spirit and he cannot say this without contradicting his own doctrine. In his doctrine the Father is NOT the Spirit. If we were to identify "the Lord" as the Triune God then they would be caught in saying the Triune God is the person who is the Spirit and he cannot say this either without contradicting his own doctrine. No matter how the Trinitarian identifies the Lord he is caught in his own snare.

    Secondly, the Lord is indeed clearly identified in the immediate context. Paul opens his letter with two references to the "Lord Jesus Christ." "The Lord" is the standard way for Paul to refer to the risen Jesus and this passage is no different. We see in this passage that the veil is removed "in Christ" and only when one turns to "the Lord" is it taken away. Reasonable people will see that "turning to the Lord" and having the veil taken away is the same idea as having the veil "removed in Christ." The Lord who is the Spirit is Jesus Christ.

    But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    And even further to the point, Paul says we are being transformed into the same image from glory until glory. This is the same typical Pauline language for being free in Christ being conformed into the image of Christ that Paul uses elsewhere in his writings:

    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us... the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.... For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son. so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.(Romans 8:29-30; cf. Gal 4:29-5:1; Php 3:10-11; 1 Cor 15:49).

    When we look at the obvious evidence of the immediate context we can see plainly that "the Lord" of this passage is no one else but the Son of God and Paul identifies the Son of God as "the Spirit" in direct opposition to Trinitarian doctrine which claims "the Son is not the Spirit" and there is absolutely no way out of the dilemma here for the Trinitarian but a good dose of denial.

    At 1 Corinthians 15:45, Paul refers to the risen Jesus as being raised "life-giving Spirit." Paul has the very same thing in mind here in 2 Corinthians. And just as he talks about the glorification of the body in 1 Corinthians 15, he has the same thing in mind here when he is referring to the glory of Jesus in believers. The risen Jesus IS the Spirit.

    In the preceding context, Paul discusses the ministry of the Spirit. Trinitarians otherwise insist "the Spirit" in this passage is the 3rd person of his Triune God. But when the doctrine of the Trinity is in view and he must deal with the words of 2 Corinthians 3:17, he changes his mind for the occasion. He is caught in the inescapable dilemma of Jesus being identifed as the Spirit, that is, the dilemma of the 2nd person of his Trinity being identifed as the 3rd. But in Trinitarian doctrine the 2nd person is NOT the 3rd and he ends up with a contradiction diametrically opposed to his doctrine.


    Point 7 - The Father IS NOT the Spirit

    The Bible affirms very clearly that our Father IS the Spirit.

    Did the Father of the man Jesus of Nazareth conceive Jesus in the womb of Mary? In Trinitarianism the answer is that he did not. In Trinitarian doctrine, another person altogether conceived the man Jesus of Nazareth and that person is the Holy Spirit, someone who is not the Father in Trinitarianism. In other words, Trinitarians are caught in the serious dilemma of having one person conceiving baby Jesus (the Holy Spirit) but another person being his father (God, the Father of Jesus). It is an absurdity of absurdities.

    The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35).

    The honest reader can see that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father who conceived baby Jesus of Nazareth and not a 3rd and separate person who is not the Father. In Trinitarianism, the Holy Spirit is not the Father and they create for themselves here the ridiculous predicament of having one person conceive baby Jesus but Jesus having another person altogether as his father. Absurd.

    Another clear indication that the Father is the Holy Spirit are parallel statements made by Matthew and Luke:

    When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:11-12).

    But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew 10:17-20).

    The term "Spirit of God" is obviously a term which means "Spirit of God the Father." However, in Trinitarian doctrine, "the Spirit" is not the Spirit of the Father but a 3rd person in addition to the Father and so they must conclude and do conclude that, "the Father is NOT the Spirit." But we have clear Scriptures which show the Father is the Spirit. And again the Trinitarian doctrine is easily proven wrong.

    Of course, multitudes of denials are always in order when such things are presented to the Trinitarian. And of course this brings up the issue of how both Jesus and the Father can be "the Spirit." But anyone who comprehends the nature of the resurrection can quickly see how this is so. We will discuss this in more detail in another article. "Father" and "Son" are WHO they are; "Spirit" is WHAT they both are; the risen Jesus and the Father are both "the Spirit." In the same way that both Adam and Eve are both "the flesh" and the one flesh of Adam, both God the Father and his Son are now one Spirit of God. The flesh of Eve is the flesh of Adam and the Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of God. And just as Eve is the flesh of Adam but is not Adam so also Christ is the Spirit of God but is not God. The Spirit in us is the presence of both the Father and Jesus which is why Jesus taught that both Father and Son will come to make their home in believers. God the father IS Spirit and so now also is the risen Jesus.

    The Bible plainly shows the Trinity doctrine to be completely wrong. In Trinitarianism the Spirit and the Father or the Spirit and the Son cannot be one and the same. The Bible says the Son of God IS the Spirit. Trinitarianism says the Son of God IS NOT the Spirit. The error can be no plainer than this and the whole doctrine of the Trinity must affirm the Son is NOT the Spirit or it does not and cannot stand. The reader should seriously consider the gravity of the facts here. This is not a minor and inconsequential point. If point number 7 above, or point number 8 above, are false statements, the entire doctrine of the Trinity is proven to be FALSE. And the honest reader will realize there is no escape from that reality.


    Point 4 - The Son, Jesus Christ, is God

    The Bible clearly affirms the Father alone is God.

    There are 3 possible ways the statement "Jesus is God" could be disproven. First, we could find a statement in Scripture that insists the Son is NOT God. No such statements exist in Scripture. Of course, no such statement exists that says the Son is not a pumpkin either and this does not give us a license to suggest that he is a pumpkin. Secondly, we can demonstrate that there is no evidence that the Son is "God." Most of the information on this site is devoted to demonstrating this fact and exposing the logical fallacies behind Trinitarian claims on that point and so we will not discuss that particular point here. The third way is to find a statement where someone else claims that he alone is God and only he is God, such as the Father of Jesus. If we were to accept such a statement from God to be true then we must confess the doctrine of the Trinity is false. But does such a statement exist? Yes.

    Do you thus repay Yahweh, O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you.... See now that II am He, and there is no God besides ME. (Deuteronomy 32:6, 39).

    Here, the LORD, YHVH, identifies himself as the Father and He declares there is no God besides "ME". He says "there is no Elohim besides "ME." Who is "Me?" The Father has identified himself as the one doing the speaking. The Father is insisting that He alone is God. Now if He alone is God then no one else can also be God. But Trinitarianism insists that two other persons are also "God" too in direct opposition to the Father's declaration. Who are you going to believe?

    Who is necessarily speaking in this passage? Who is this person's servant and chosen?

    Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom MY soul delights: I have put MY Spirit upon him... I am YHVH, that is my name; and my glory will I not give to another. (Isaiah 42; cf Mt 12:18).


    Conclusion

    It is easy to demonstrate that Trinitarian doctrine opposes the Holy Scriptures. While their doctrine says the Son is not the Spirit the Bible says the Son is the Spirit. While their doctrine says the Father is not the Spirit, the Scripture indicates the Father is the Spirit. And even though God the Father says there is no God besides "me" the doctrine of the Trinity declares there are two others who are God too in direct violation of God's very own words. Even if only one point of the eight is wrong the entire doctrine is also wrong. And if we hold the Bible to always be true then the doctrine of the Trinity is proven to be necessarily and absolutely false whether any given individual or group of individuals likes it or not.

    "Father... that they many know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You sent." - Jesus


    I prayed a prayer I had never prayed before.  I asked God to forgive me for all the years I had spend worshiping a religion/denomination and not him.  I asked him to come into my heart=mind, the tears flowing down my face.  Instantly, I felt a release.  The only way I can describe it is that I felt like a thousand pounds had been lifted off my shoulders.  I had never felt such a feeling before.  But I knew what it was.  I knew I too had found the joy and peace and happiness that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is my Pastor, my shepard. The truth will set you free! My life has never been the same since that night.  I have found the joy that I never knew was possible. Jesus Christ can live inside your heart/mind also, all you have to do is ask Him too. Isaiah 22:2 says, Cease ye from man. Stop listening to man/women. Listen to God and His only begotten Son only! Pray to God in the name of His dear Son, Jesus Christ. 

     I no longer worship men or any organization,  I worship the only true God AND Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. John 17:3 says, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."

    Revelation 14:12 says, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

    But if you would draw your children to Jesus, you must not enter your home with cross words, with a frown upon your brow. If you come from your business weary and worn, just plead with God for His grace, for His restful Spirit, that your heart may be melted into tenderness, that your lips may be filled with words of kindness and comfort. Bind your children to your heart. Recommend your religion to them by its pleasantness. Your children are a part of you, and you do not want to have them separated from you in the day of Christ's coming. Give them a representation of the character of Christ, and let your home be as a heaven upon earth. Do not live in such a way that your children will feel that they do not want to go to heaven if father is to be there. Do not live in such a way that your wife will think heaven is an undesirable place if you are to be there, and let not the wife manifest such a spirit that husband and children will feel a relief in being away from her presence.

     The religion of Christ will take away all the ruggedness of the character, and will melt and subdue the soul. It is the Spirit of God that we need, and we are looking for its revelation among us, even at this conference, and if this is to be, we must now begin the work of reformation by turning unto the Lord with full purpose of heart. Let the work begin, that the heart may be softened, and that Christ may mould and fashion you after His own divine image. But many feel that they cannot go to Jesus in confidence. They say: "It does not seem as if God heard my prayers. I have tried and tried to rid my soul of sin, but I cannot do it." Then say, "Lord, I am powerless, and I cast my helpless soul on Thee." That is what Jacob did. All night long he had been wrestling with One whom he supposed was his enemy, but it was the great I AM, the mighty God, the Prince of peace, and just as long as he continued his wrestling, he found no comfort, no hope. It was a life-and-death question with him, and his strength was almost exhausted. Then the Angel touched his thigh, and he knew that he wrestled with no common adversary. Wounded and helpless, he fell upon the One with whom he had wrestled, just as you and I must do, just as any soul does when he falls upon the Rock and is broken. "Let me go, for the day breaketh," pleaded the Angel, but Jacob ceases not his intercession, and Christ has to make terms with this helpless soul. He cannot tear Himself away from a soul wounded and helpless, and crying unto Him for help. And Jacob pleads, with determined spirit, "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me." Who was it that inspired his spirit of persistence?--It was He who wrestled with him, it was He who gave him the victory, who changed his name from Jacob to Israel, and said, "As a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed."
     

    But many of you say, "The nearer I seek to come to Christ, the worse I feel." Did not Jacob have this very experience? Will you not be bruised and wounded as you see the wounds and bruises that sin has made in you and in your divine Redeemer in your behalf? Have you not felt distressed again and again as you have looked to yourself for merit? I have. And now the question is, What will you do? You can say, "I cannot wash away one stain of sin from my soul, I must come to Jesus–

     'Just as I am, without one plea, 

    But that thy blood was shed for me.'

    I can only come, saying:--
     

    'Nothing in my hand I bring, 
    Simply to thy cross I cling.'"

     

    You might say, "I'll give all my goods to feed the poor; I'll give my body to be burned," but that would not better your case. Man can do nothing to merit the favor of heaven. That which avails for the sinner is to accept with gladness the sacrifice that Christ has made, to appreciate His love, and to lay hold of His righteousness by faith. You are to realize that He loves you, and that you love Him because He first loved you. Then you will feel that every power belongs to Him. You take His free gift to you, and then come to Him and give yourself freely to Him. Say, "I come to present myself to God in the name of Him who has died for me. I give my heart to Jesus, and I desire His blessing and His Spirit;" and the power of God will come upon you.

     But when you ask God for His blessing, do not mark out a way in which you think the Lord must give you that blessing. You will not always receive the blessing in just the way you think it will come. Just ask the Lord to give you the very blessing you need, in the very way in which He sees it will be for your best good. Let your prayer be, "Give me that which my soul needs in order that I may be a faithful sentinel for God."
     
    "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Can we not believe the promise of God, and know that He will do just that for us which He has declared? That which we need is the vital touch of faith, that we know that the mercy of God is extended toward us. God accepts us through Christ, and we are not to feel that we are of no value in His sight. He sent His only-begotten Son into the world to die for us, and we are to value ourselves in the light of the cross of Calvary. Jesus declares, "I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir." And we may all be made precious in Christ, for He says, to those who feel their own weakness, "Let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me."
     

    If the life of Jesus were in you, you would be filled with vital energy. The church would not be in a cold, backslidden state, but we should see the revival of the missionary spirit. You would not rest in ease, taking the privileges of the gospel as if they were meant exclusively for you, but you would seek to extend the glad tidings of salvation to this and that relative, to this and that neighbor or friend. You would go to them, not in a Pharisaical spirit, but in the spirit of love, seeking to break down all opposition. You would melt your way into their hearts by telling them of the love of Jesus. You would select those for whom you carried a burden to present to the Lord in prayer, praying Him to give you this or that soul as a precious sheaf for the heavenly garner, to bring to the feet of the Master.

     We are all to be missionaries, and we are now on missionary soil, and it is essential for every one of us that we have the righteousness of Christ to go before us, and the glory of the Lord to be our rearward. My heart is lifted up as I think of the blessings that are in store for those who rightly relate themselves to God, and it causes a hope to spring up within me that we may be baptized with the Holy Ghost in this place. Jesus is holding out His precious gift to you, and will you receive it? It is the Comforter that He promised should come and abide with you forever. Thank God for this precious promise.
     

    I want to glorify Him by my words and in my character. I want to reveal to others that do not know Him what a Savior I have found, that they too may love Him. How important it is that we reveal the fact that we have been with Jesus and learned of Him. Do any of us who profess to know Him indulge in light, trifling conversation? Oh, do not permit your lips to utter that which will be as a stumbling-block to those who are looking to see what benefit you have received by your faith in Christ. Lift the minds of those around you to dwell upon eternal realities. God will work with the church, but not without their cooperation. "Ye are laborers together with God." May every soul of you who has tasted of the good word of God, "let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

     The Father knows how you represent Him to the world. He knows just what impression you make upon those around you. Your words and actions are all written in the books of heaven, and in order to rightly represent Jesus to the world, the converting power of God must be felt upon your own heart from day to day. When you go forth to the people, in the market-place, as you walk the street, in whatever occupation you are engaged, you are to have a living connection with God, and represent the character of Christ to the world. Jesus said, "As the Father hath sent me, so have I sent you." As Christ was to represent the Father, so the followers of Christ are to represent their Lord to men. Your life is to be hid with Christ in God.
     

    Self must be hidden in Christ. There is to be no great I in heaven except the great I AM, and we must learn to lift up Christ before the people, realizing and rejoicing in the fact that He must increase and we must decrease. I would glorify His name before you, for I want you to be like Him, to love Him. Jesus says, "Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men." The saving salt, the savor of the Christian, is the love of Jesus in the heart, the righteousness of Christ pervading the soul. If the professor of religion would keep the saving efficacy of his faith, he must ever keep the righteousness of Christ before him, and have the glory of God for his rearward. Then the power of Christ will be revealed in life and character.

     Oh, when we come to the pearly gates, and have an entrance into the city of God, will any who enter there find room to regret that they devoted their lives unreservedly to Jesus? Let us now love Him with undivided affections, and co-operate with the heavenly intelligences, that we may be laborers together with God, and, partaking of the divine nature, be able to reveal Christ to others. Oh, for the baptism of the Holy Spirit! Oh, that the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness might shine into the chambers of mind and heart, that every idol might be dethroned and expelled from the soul temple!
     

    Oh, that our tongues might be loosed to speak of His goodness, to tell of His power! If you respond to the drawing of Jesus, you will not fail to have an influence on somebody through the beauty and power of the grace of Christ. Oh, let us behold Him and become changed into the image of Him in whom dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead, and realize that we are accepted in the Beloved, "complete in Him which is the head of all principality and power."

     

    Published in Signs of the Times, February 8, 15, 22, 1892.


    The  True  Church  of  God  Identified

         For thousands of years the question has raged: who and what constitutes God's church? Some, having studied for themselves, have comprehended the importance of this truth. While others have either misunderstood, or have overlooked, the truth on this subject. To comprehend this vital truth is to find freedom in Jesus Christ, but to misunderstand it is to be kept in bondage and captivity to Satan. So it is of the utmost importance to all of God's followers that they take the time to study for themselves and understand who and what constitutes God's true church.
         As there are at least 100 different denominations today all claiming to be God's true church, and yet they all conflict with each other in belief, can they all constitute God's church? Is only one out of them all the true church of God? How can we know for sure? The only way to understand this is to obtain knowledge and wisdom; but from where? Can we depend alone upon the knowledge and wisdom from earthly sources? No, because we would become the enemies of God (see James 4:4). Can we then depend alone upon the knowledge and wisdom from other men? No, because if we depend on the words of other men -- be they pope or priest, minister or elder, guru or shaman, we will be cursed (see Jeremiah 17:5). Can we then depend alone on our own wisdom? No, because that is foolishness (see 1 Corinthians 1:19-20, 3:19). Then where do we obtain the knowledge and wisdom with which to understand who and what constitutes God's church? It must be from God Himself, and He mercifully promises to grant us all the knowledge and wisdom we need to understand His truth (see James 1:5; John 7:17, 14:26). The wisdom and knowledge which comes from God, as is found in His inspired word, must be our ONLY foundation and dependence in trying to understand the truth of this vital issue.

         "To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.

         "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15.

         We must search and study God's word for ourselves in order to know who and what is declared to be God's church, and we cannot allow any man, or group of men, to be our conscience or to do our study for us. And to make sure that we obtain the correct understanding, we must go back to the basic truths as is found in God's inspired word, and thus build up a solid foundation of truth which we can stand firmly upon.

         Since there are only two different powers in this world--either good or evil, and only two different sources of doctrine -- either light or darkness, so God's word lists only two kinds of churches--the pure righteous church of God (see Revelation 12:1-5; Ephesians 5:27), or the corrupt Babylonian synagogue of Satan (see Revelation 2:9, 17:1-6). The church of God is founded only upon God's light of truth (see 1 Timothy 3:15), because God is only the Author of light, goodness and truth (see Genesis 1:3-4; Matthew 19:17; James 1:17). While the church of Satan is founded upon lies, for the devil is the author of all darkness, error and falsehood (see Isaiah 14:4-23; Ezekiel 28:15-17; Revelation 12:7-9; John 8:44). So if any church holds to a mixture of truth and error, it can not be God's true church, but is part of Satan's synagogue, because Christ and Satan have no union or partnership with each other at any time (see John 14:30; 2 Corinthians 6:15).

         God's true church has only Christ as it's Head and Leader (see Ephesians 1:22, 5:23-24; Colossians 1:18). Thus with Christ as its Leader the church will always do only those things which please God (see Psalms 92:15; John 8:29), and by so doing the gates of hell cannot prevail against it because there is nothing the Devil can find in it to use to his advantage (see John 14:30; Matthew 16:18). Thus God's church cannot and will never fall, but will stand forever because it is founded upon the Eternal and Everlasting immovable Rock -- which is Christ Jesus (see Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:32; Psalms 18:2; Matthew 7:24-25). Whereas the church which Satan controls will put a man in the place of Christ as its head and leader (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Thus that church will not do those things which please God, but will do those things which please men (see Matthew 16:23). This church cannot possibly stand, but will indeed fall and be destroyed, along with all those who remain in it, because it is founded upon the ever shifting, unstable and deceptive tiny rocks of sand -- which is fallible mortal beings (see Deuteronomy 32:31,37-39; Matthew 7:26-27; Revelation 18:2-8).

         As the above Biblical truths plainly reveal that God's true church does not deviate from good, light, and truth at any time, even by the slightest degree, the vast majority of religious people cannot comprehend this. They declare that this Scriptural identification of God's true church is too straight and narrow to possibly be correct. They then are further shaken by the thought that there has never yet been a denomination in the entire history of this world which has always done only those things which have pleased God at all times. And as they cannot harmonize their thinking with the Scripture truth and this knowledge of history, they become confused, the above Scriptures are ignored, and they are led to believe that God's true church must be made up of a combination of both good and evil existing together within it. But there does not need to be any confusion, because there is no contradiction between the Scriptures and historical facts in this issue! You may say, how can this be so? The whole problem lies in our understanding of who and what constitutes God's true church.

         Multitudes have been taught that God's true church is made up of a building, or a denomination, which has been devoted to the worship of God. With this understanding in mind, there is an urgent desire to find some denomination to join; but which one? With the 100 or so denominations to choose from, and with all these declaring most positively that they are the one and only true church of God, this can be quite an unnerving and difficult task to have to decide between! But with this idea, people have been led to believe that they must be members of, or otherwise connected to, some denomination in order to worship God, be part of His true church, and thus to have their salvation assured. But this is not what the Scriptures teach regarding God's true church!
         Jesus, in speaking of Himself and God's true church, declared:

         "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine....and I lay down my life for the sheep...and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd." John 10:14-16.

         First of all, Jesus stated that God only has "one fold" or one true church -- not many! So this Scriptural truth debunks the idea that all the denominations collectively make up God's church. The word "fold" translates the same as "flock" (see Strong's Concordance, #4167). So who or what makes up this identity of God's true church -- His "one fold" or "one flock"? People have been taught that God's one and only true fold or church is a denomination -- such as the Catholic church. But is God's one flock any particular denomination?

         "And ye are my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God." Ezekiel 34:31.

         Thus God's one true church, His one fold, His one flock of today is not a denomination -- no matter how exalted their name, or how loudly they profess, because God's one true church is made up of people. We must understand this vital point of truth, that God's church is made up of people and not a denomination, in order to be free in Jesus and not continue to remain in bondage and captivity to men!

         Even in Christ's time this battle of denominationalism was raging. Various church followers were battling with each other for converts and the right to declare themselves the one and only church of God. Each denomination was declaring that only they had the truth, and only in their church could God be truly worshipped. But did Christ sanction this belief? Did Christ choose one denomination over another for His people to worship God in? One person directly asked Christ this very question, and please read carefully what answer He gave:

         "The woman (of Samaria) saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain (the temple at Mount Gerizim); and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for (the message of) salvation is of (was committed to) the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:19-24.

         Therefore God's true church is not made up of this denomination or that denomination, but is made up of individuals who worship God in spirit and truth. So you do not need to find any denomination in order to worship God, but you can worship Him in your very homes -- just like the disciples and followers of Christ chose to do (see Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2). This beautiful knowledge that God's church is made up of people and not any denomination is what sets you free in Jesus, and leads you to correctly understand other related issues regarding God's church. Whereas, the belief that God's true church is a denomination, will leave you in bondage to men, and to misunderstand other related issues regarding God's church.
         Some may still be having problems in seeing the difference between these two understandings, so let us briefly examine the following related scenarios from both perspectives which will help to show the difference between the two issues, and it should become clearer why one leads to freedom in Christ, while the other leads to bondage of men.

         The Bible teaches that God is offering rest for all who are weary (see Isaiah 28:12, 30:15; Jeremiah 6:16). With the understanding that God's church is made up of people, then we would individually find our rest only by going directly to Jesus (see Psalms 37:7; Matthew 11:28-30), and if we choose to leave Him, then we lose our rest and salvation. Whereas with the understanding that God's church is a denomination, then we would find our rest only by going directly to the denomination, and if we choose to leave the denomination, then we believe that we have forsaken our rest and are lost.

         The Bible also teaches that God's church is the body of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:23, 5:30). So in understanding that God's true church is made up of people, then we individually become part of Christ's body by joining Christ Himself and are baptized (see Galatians 3:27-29; Matthew 12:30; Romans 12:5; Mark 16:16). And if we should choose to break away from Christ, then we would no longer be part of His body or church and are lost. Whereas with the understanding that God's church is a denomination, then we would become part of Christ's body by joining the denomination through baptism. And if we should choose to break away from, or should be cast out of, the denomination, then we would believe that we are no longer part of the body of Christ and are lost.

         The Bible teaches that God's people will obtain immortality or eternal life (see Romans 2:7). With the understanding that God's church is made up of people, then we would find eternal life only through Jesus (see 1 Timothy 1:16-17; 1 John 1:1-2; John 1:1-4, 14:6), and by disconnecting ourselves from Jesus, we have no chance for eternal life and salvation. Whereas with the understanding that God's church is a denomination, then we would find eternal life through the denomination, and by disconnecting ourselves from the denomination we believe we have no chance for eternal life or of salvation.

         As you can see, all these scenarios involve the issue of our salvation! The Bible does indeed teach that we must be saved (see 1 Timothy 2:3-4). With the understanding that God's church is made up of people, then we would individually find our salvation by connecting ourselves directly to Jesus Christ (see John 3:17; Isaiah 45:22; Acts 2:21, 4:10-12, 15:11, 16:30-31; Romans 5:9-10) and in separating ourselves from Christ, we are lost. Whereas with the understanding that God's church is a denomination, then we find our salvation by connecting ourselves to the denomination, and in separating ourselves from the denomination, we believe we are lost.

         Now let us put all of these points together. With the understanding that God's church is made up of people, then we would individually find our rest, become part of Christ's body and true church, find our eternal life and salvation, by going directly to, and becoming connected directly with, Jesus. Thus our eyes are directed upward, and our attention becomes centered and focused upon Jesus. He becomes the object of our love, adoration and praise. Jesus becomes our All-in-All, His life becomes our best and all absorbing theme to contemplate on. Hence our desire to please Him becomes paramount, and His will and commands become our delight to follow and obey. And by continuing to behold Jesus day after day, our very lives and characters are more and more changed into His perfect image, and our desire to lead others to also join with Jesus and find salvation in Him enlarges more each day. But by leaving, separating, disconnecting and breaking ourselves away from Christ, then we no longer have any rest; we are no longer part of His body or true church; we no longer have any assurance of salvation or hope for eternal life; which means that we are lost.

         But with the understanding that God's church is a denomination, then we would find our rest, become part of Christ's body and true church, find our eternal life and salvation, by going directly to, and becoming connected directly with, the denomination. Thus our eyes are directed downward, and our attention becomes centered and focused upon the denomination. It becomes the object of our love, adoration and praise. The denomination becomes our all-in-all, it's history becomes our best and all absorbing theme to contemplate on, and our desire to please the denomination becomes paramount. The will and commands of the denominational leaders becomes our delight to follow and obey. And by continuing to behold the denomination, our very lives and characters are more and more changed into the imperfect image it reveals, and our desire to lead others to join with us in the denomination grows more each day. But by leaving, separating, disconnecting and breaking ourselves away from the denomination, then we believe we will no longer have any rest; we believe we are no longer part of Christ's body or true church; and we believe we no longer have any assurance of salvation or hope for eternal life; which means we believe we are lost.

         The most serious consequence to those who believe this way, is that their denominational leaders can be as corrupt and wicked as the devil himself, their denomination can even apostatize from the truths of the Bible and exchange these for the doctrines of hell, and yet it would not matter one bit! Why? Because you believe that your denomination is the true church of God. So even if you can be shown evidence that reveals your church to be controlled by the Devil himself, it would not shake your blind faith in the denomination in the least! This is because you believe that your church is going through to heaven, and that by your remaining connected to it your ticket to heaven is thus assured, but if you would be separated from it, you would be lost!

         I earnestly pray that you can clearly discern the stark difference between these two ideologies and the pathway which it leads you to follow. One leads to complete liberty and freedom in Christ, the other leads to complete bondage and captivity to men! The one is the gospel truth of the Bible which centers in Jesus, the other is the heinous falsehood of Catholicism which centers in Satan! I sincerely hope that you can clearly understand that if you believe that God's true church is a denomination, that you are in bondage to the men who control that church. And, more importantly, that Christ has been robbed from you as your Saviour because the denomination has taken His place--it has become the object of your worship and source of your salvation!

         This sad scenario, of the denominational church being made into the object of worship instead of Christ, is exactly what the Jewish people were led into. And what is even more disheartening, is that the majority of religious people today are being led to believe the very same thing.
         The Jewish people accused Stephen of speaking "blasphemous words against this holy place" or against their temple (see Acts 6:13). And what were Stephen's words?
         "But Solomon built him (God) an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hands made all these things?" Acts 7:47-50.

         Stephen was basically telling all the Jewish church members that in this New Covenant period, God does not dwell in literal buildings, but desires to dwell in the individual hearts of His people through Jesus Christ. In other words, Stephen was telling them that any who desired to worship God must worship Him in spirit and truth, that no one needed to belong to the denominational church or to visit any temple in order to worship God. This of course meant that no one needed to remain subject to the authority of the corrupt priests or needed to remain connected to their apostate church any longer, but could find perfect rest and lasting freedom in Jesus Christ!

         The temple worshipping Jews became very angry that such words were spoken against their church and authority. And instead of recognizing this truth, taking their love and worship from the temple and placing it instead upon Jesus, they rejected Christ, rejected His truth, and stoned Stephen to death. But what is even more amazing, is that in this New Covenant period, this exact same evil spirit, which rises up in angry defiance against anyone who speaks against their denomination, is still rankling in the hearts of many today. When any words are spoken which expose the corruption in their church, or touches upon the false doctrines which their denomination upholds, even if these words are the truth, instead of examining the points brought forth to see if it is indeed true, they rise up in angry defiance against the messenger and want him silenced immediately. This is just an evident token that their denominational leaders have successfully supplanted Christ from their hearts and put the denomination in His place, and have led these individuals to worship their denomination instead of God alone. May these deceived individuals wake up before it is too late, because if they do not exchange their denominational church for Jesus Christ, then they will also be led to fight in any underhanded way against any who dare speak a word against their beloved church-idol, even to the point of murder as did the Jews, and yet all the time blindly believing that they are doing God service!

         But friends, the Bible truth is that we are no longer under the Old Covenant system where God's presence dwelt in the literal temple building in the Most Holy Place directly above the 2 tables of stone upon which God wrote His 10 commandments, and which temple the people had to resort in order to worship God. But we are the people of the New Covenant system, where God's presence can dwell our the body temple, where God desires to write His law in our heart or mind!
         "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people." Hebrews 8:10.

         "...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Corinthians 6:16.

         So the Bible is very clear that God's true church is not made up of any denomination--no matter how exalted their name, no matter how much Bible truth they may claim to believe or to have followed for decades, no matter how loudly they may proclaim to be God's chosen, because what constitutes God's true church is individual people.

         Praise God for this true understanding! Now individuals no longer have to remain in bondage to a corrupt priesthood or to an apostate church, but they can find true freedom in Jesus Christ! Therefore, any denomination or religious group which puts forth the claim that they are the true church of God, and therefore your salvation is jeopardized if you willingly separate from them, or are cast out, disfellowshipped, or excommunicated from their fellowship, you can then know that they have cast Christ out of their church and have taken His place among their people! How is this true?

         The Bible teaches that it is only "in" and "through" Jesus Christ:
    --that we find the truth (John 14:6)
    --that we become part of the New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:13-18)
    --that we find redemption (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7)
    --that we are justified (Acts 13:39)
    --that we become righteous (Jeremiah 23:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
    --that we have peace with God (Romans 5:1; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 1:20)
    --that we have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18)
    --that God shows us His kindness (Ephesians 2:7)
    --that we receive grace (2 Timothy 2:1; Ephesians 2:7)
    --that we receive the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:6)
    --that we become wise (1 Corinthians 4:10)
    --that we become alive and live (Romans 6:11; Philippians 1:21; 1 John 4:9; John 14:6)
    --that God works in us (Hebrews 13:21)
    --that we are sanctified (1 Corinthians 1:2)
    --that we are made perfect (Colossians 1:28)
    --that we can do all things (Philippians 4:13)
    --that we gain the victory (1 Corinthians 15:57)
    --that we triumph over sin (2 Corinthians 2:14)
    --that we can remain faithful (Ephesians 1:1)
    --that we can be preserved in sanctification (Jude 1:1)
    --that we become the children and heirs of God (Galatians 4:7)
    --that we can joy and glory in God (Romans 5:11; 15:17)
    --that we receive spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3)
    --that we become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9)
    --and that we can sit in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6)!

         Thus it is only in and through Jesus Christ that we can escape from the wrath of God (Romans 5:9); that we will be resurrected if we should die before Christ returns (John 11:25); that we find our salvation and will be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; John 10:9, 3:17); and that we find eternal life (2 Timothy 1:1; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-12)! That is why OUR ONLY HOPE IS FOUNDED SOLELY IN AND THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (1 Thessalonians 1:3), because anything and everything which is good in us comes only through Him (Philemon 6)!

         The above should unquestionably and conclusively prove why the foundation of God's true church can only be based upon Jesus Christ--the eternal and solid Rock (see 1 Corinthians 10:4, 3:11; Psalms 62:2, 18:2, 92:15, 2 Samuel 22:32)! No denomination, religious group, clergy, priesthood, man or group of men, can offer you any of these above items in truth. The only Being who can indeed offer you all of these above items in truth, is only Christ Jesus; not Peter, or Pope, or Buddha, or Krishna, or Mohammed, or Maitreya, or any other being--but only Jesus Christ! Therefore any denomination or religious group which tells you, or leads you to believe, that any of these above items are to be found by joining their religious system, or that your salvation is in some way tied to being or remaining a member in their system, then you can know without a doubt that they are deceived agents of the devil, their church system is a counterfeit posing as God's church, and thus it is a snare and a deceptive trap to try and bring you down to hell by robbing you of Jesus as your Saviour! Only in and through Christ can we gain all things, be assured salvation and become part of His true church, but outside of Christ, we have, and are, nothing!

         So God's true church is not made up of any denomination, because what constitutes God's true church is individual people! Yet this Biblical understanding of who and what constitutes God's true church leads us to ask the following vitally important questions: What must we do to individually become part of God's true church on earth, and how can we remain part of it? And where can we find this church so that we can fellowship with other brothers and sisters?


    What Must We Do to Become and Remain a Part of God's True Church Today?

         As we already learned, we become part of Christ's true church by joining Christ Himself. The only way to become connected to Christ is by recognizing that we have broken God's law and are sinners deserving death, and that we need a Saviour (1 John 3:4; Romans 3:20, 6:23). Then we must accept Christ as our personal Saviour, confess and repent of our sins, and Christ will then covers us with His precious blood, forgiving our confessed sins thereby cleansing and washing us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:7, 9). Jesus freely justifies us from all our past sinful life through His precious merits (Romans 3:23-28), clothes us with His own precious robe of righteousness--these blessed garments of salvation (Isaiah 61:10), and gives us His grace and strength (Romans 5:1-2; Galatians 5:1). We then can stand before the Father perfect and completely righteous as if we had never sinned at all! We become the sons and daughters of God (Romans 8:16; Galatians 3:26), being children of the light and of the day (1 Thessalonians 5:5), being a peculiar and holy people (1 Peter 2:9)--and thus a part of God's true tabernacle, temple, church or house (see Revelation 21:3; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Hebrews 3:6)!

         The Bible refers to this amazing miracle of transformation, from a defiled sinner to a perfect man or woman in Christ, as being "born again" (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23); becoming a "new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15); a "new lump" (1 Corinthians 5:7); a "new man" (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10); a "new bottle" (Mark 2:21-22; Matthew 9:16-17; Luke 5:36-39); etc. In this justified righteous position, being in a "yoke" together with Christ (Matthew 11:29-30), we have "put on" Christ (Romans 13:14), we are "in" Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:1; 1 Peter 5:14), and are "servants to God" and "of Christ" (Romans 6:22; Ephesians 6:6)--being servants "of righteousness" (Romans 6:18-19). As long as we remain in this justified righteous condition being "in" Christ, and do not choose to separate ourselves from Him, we continue to remain perfect and complete in Him, being doers of His will (Romans 2:13; James 1:22), and thus our salvation is assured (1 John 5:11-12). And as long as we remain in Christ, we continue to remain part of His true church.

         But if we should choose to separate ourselves away from Christ then we are no longer "in" Christ, but are outside of Him. And what would cause us to be separated from Christ? If we choose to break God's law of 10 commandments and thereby commit sin (1 John 3:4), then we instantly are separated away from God and Christ (see Isaiah 59:1). By choosing no longer to crucify self (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-3), but to choose to give life again to the flesh of the "old man" (Romans 6:6), choosing to be guided by our "carnal mind" (Romans 8:6-7), then we no longer stand justified, righteous or perfect before God because we have now chosen to sin and are now defiled by it. We are no longer a "new creature", or a "new lump", or a "new man", or a "new bottle". In this unrighteous condition we are no longer in a "yoke" with Christ, but are now yoked together with the devil; we no longer have "put on" Christ, but now have put on the devil; we no longer are "in" Christ, but are now in the devil, and we are no longer the servants of God, or of Christ, or of righteousness, but are now the servants of Satan, of sin, and of unrighteousness (Romans 6:12-13, 19-21)! Thus we are no longer part of the true church of God, and we have no more assurance of salvation, because we are no longer connected with Christ!

         As you can clearly see, this is a very straight and narrow road outlined above, but it is nevertheless Bible truth (see Matthew 7:13-14). We remain part of God's true church only by remaining connected to Christ. We remain connected to Christ by not choosing to commit sin. All those who choose to commit iniquity and sin have no connection with Christ (see Luke 13:24-28). Just one sin committed takes us out of Christ, out of the assurance of salvation, and out of being part of God's true church!

         At this startling realization, some may protest that once we accept Christ as our personal Saviour, we are justified forever, we are saved at that moment, and so it doesn't matter what good or evil actions we may do after that point because we will remain Christ's servants forever! But is this really what the Bible teaches? No.

         "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?" Romans 6:16.

         "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." John 8:34.

         "...of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." 2 Peter 2:19.

         So after we have accepted Christ, if we should choose to commit sin, we no longer are justified in Christ, we no longer have salvation in Christ, we no longer are the servants of, or have any part in Christ, because we have become the servants of Satan. You can only serve one master at a time, not two at the same time! You are either serving Christ, or you are serving Satan. So you cannot be Christ's servant while you choose to sin!
         "No man can serve two masters..." Matthew 6:24.

         "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son." 2 John 9.

         As the above is true, there is no Biblical truth to the belief that once you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, then you are justified in Him forever from past, present and future sins! Justification is only for those sins which you have already committed in the past (see Romans 3:24-25). Thus justification cannot be applied to any sins not yet committed, but only to those in the past. So if you sin, your past justification cannot cover it! You are thereby in a lost condition, and need to repent of these new sins and be justified again by Christ. Thus no one has a blank check to cover their continued sinning.

         There is also no Biblical truth whatsoever to the belief that once you have accepted Christ as your personal Saviour, then you are saved at that very moment.  When we accept Christ as our Saviour, we have just begun to walk in a saving relationship with Him.  At that time we have the hope and assurance of salvation, but not salvation itself (see 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Titus 1:2, 3:7; Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:24).  The gift of salvation, the incorruptible crown of eternal life, is only given to you at the end of the trial of your faith if you have endured, not at the beginning of your faith without having endured (see 1 Peter 1:9; Matthew 10:22; James 1:12). Salvation is only given to those who finish the gospel race, not to those who have just began to run (see 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Salvation is only given to those who hold fast to the true faith, not to those who have just begun in the faith (see Revelation 3:11). And salvation is only given to those who have fought a good fight, who have finished their course, who have kept the faith, not to those who have just entered the fight, or who have just started their course, or who have just embraced the faith (see 2 Timothy 4:7-8). Since we are not yet saved, it behooves us all that we should, by patient continuance in doing God's will, "seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life" (Romans 2:7), and if some should not continue, then they "shalt be cut off" (Romans 11:22). Thus no one can continue to sin and yet believe that they are saved!

         There is also no Biblical truth to the belief that once you accept Christ then you remain His servants forever. You are either the servant of Christ, doing His righteous will and not committing sin, or you are the servant of Satan, doing his unrighteous will by committing sin. No one can serve both Christ and Satan at the same time. Thus you cannot be Christ's servant while you serve Satan by committing sin!

         In Christ there is no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 14:30)! In Christ there is no union with the devil, or with unrighteousness, or with darkness and error (see 2 Corinthians 6:14-15). Thus if you are truly united with and are in Christ, then you also will have no continued connection with sin, or with the devil, or with unrighteousness, or with darkness or error either. So if you should choose to sin, you plainly show yourself not to be living in, or connected with, Christ, and thereby reveal yourself not to be part of God's true church! If you are in Christ, you will not and cannot commit sin, because there is no sin in Him. But outside of Christ you will not, and cannot, stop from sinning! So which will you be--in Christ or outside of Him? You cannot be both at the same time!

         "Whosoever abideth in him (Christ) sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed (Christ--Galatians 3:16) remaineth in him and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God..." 1 John 3:6-10.

         So if you sin, you show yourself not to be connected with Christ, but a child of the devil and part of his synagogue of Babylon! But if, through the strength and grace of Christ (Philippians 4:13, 2:12-13; Mark 9:23, 10:27) you resist sin and do not yield to it (James 4:7-8; Romans 6:11-22), you show yourself to be in union with, and hid in Christ, and thus a child of God and part of His true church! Thus it is by your words and actions, or by your fruits, that you are known to be of God or of Satan!
         "...every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:17-20.

         Many individuals, as well as denominations, loudly proclaim that they are part of the true church of God, while their fruits plainly reveal them to be liars and followers of the devil! (see Revelation 2:9, 3:9; Romans 9:6.) But this brings up another question: Can God's true church really be made up of only perfect and righteous people who live without committing sin? As hard as it may be to believe this, the Biblical answer is Yes!

         The Bible refers to God's true church as being made up of only those who are saints (1 Corinthians 14:33; Revelation 14:12); those who are sanctified (1 Corinthians 1:2; Jude 1); those who are established in the faith and truth (Acts 16:5; 1 Timothy 3:15); those who are subject unto, or who submit self to, Christ (Ephesians 5:24); those who are joined to Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32); and finally those who are in Christ (Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1). Thus God's true church will be a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).

         Those who are saints do not sin. Those who are sanctified do not sin. Those who are established in the faith and the truth; who are subject unto, or submit self to, Christ; who are joined to Christ, and who are in Christ--these do not commit sin! So if you choose to sin you plainly show to others, as well as yourself, that you are not a saint, or sanctified, or established in the faith or truth, or subject to, joined to, or in, Christ! Thus you are not part of God's true church, and being outside of Christ you have no assurance of salvation!

         Therefore God's true church is only made up of those who are living a perfect righteous life without choosing to sin, and this is made possible only in and through Christ. That is why God's true church on earth can be one with the church of the firstborn in heaven, because both groups are made up of perfect sinless beings and thus belong to the same true church of God! (see Hebrews 12:22-23). That is also why the remnant people are identified by their character, and not by their profession or name (Revelation 12:17). No denominational name has any virtue to bring us into favor with God, no matter how exalted it may be, because God is concerned with our character! If our character is an image of His Son, we are God's children and part of His true church. But if our character is an image of the devil, then we are children of disobedience and part of Satan's synagogue of Babylon--regardless of what name we identify ourselves by!

         Not by its name, but by its fruit, is the value of a tree determined. If the fruit is worthless, the name cannot save the tree from destruction.  Our standing before God is to be decided by our character and life. Profession was worthless. If our life and character are not in harmony with God's law, then we are not His people.  It is not by our name, but by our revealed character, that we are known to be of God or of Satan. Thus we are not part of God's true church if we choose to sin!
         From the beginning of this earth's history, faithful souls have constituted God's church on earth.  So there is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it.  Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God.

         So it should be clear that God does indeed have a church on this earth today.  But 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" (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for it is only the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity who can alone constitute a church.

         For those who may find themselves in this perilous condition of not being a part of God's true church and without the assurance of salvation because you have chosen to sin, you do not have to remain in this hopeless condition! Jesus is your High Priest, Mediator and Redeemer who is still, for the time being, ministering in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary. And He is beckoning you to flee to Him so that you can find complete forgiveness. He will not turn away any who honestly come to Him for pardon, but will mercifully cleanse, justify, and make you perfectly righteous so that you can indeed be part of God's true church and have the assurance of salvation if you remain faithful to Him to the end!

         But friends, as there are only two powers today--either of God or of Satan, so there are only two kinds of churches today--either God's true church or Satan's synagogue of Babylon. There is no neutral position, no third church, no fence that you can ride on and still find salvation. Laodicea is a mixture of good and evil which makes it Christ-less and in union with the devil. Christ therefore stands outside of the Laodicean church, and knocks at the door of the heart for entrance--not the heart of the denomination, but the door of the heart of individuals.

         "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." Revelation 3:20.

         Those who sin reveal they are no longer connected with Christ, and are no longer part of His true church, even though they may have accepted Christ as their Saviour, and may have previously been living in His strength for a long period of time without committing sin! God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11; Colossians 3:25; James 2:9; 1 Peter 1:17), and neither is He a respecter of church denominations or religious groups either (Matthew 23:37-38; Romans 11:12-22). If any choose to sin, all their past righteous living cannot continue to allow them to remain a part of God's true church with the continued assurance of salvation!

         "Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression...neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right...None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live." Ezek 33:12-14, 16.

         Thus your fruits plainly reveal today which church you belong to. So which church are you showing yourself to be a part of today? Which church do you want to be part of today? It is indeed time to choose!

         "...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18:21.

         "...choose ye this day whom ye will serve..." Joshua 24:15.


    Fellowship With God's True Church

         The issue of fellowship with God's true church has been one which has been very misunderstood. From what we have already learned, God's true church is made up of people who have joined themselves to Christ, and is not a denomination. So there is no denomination today which is God's true church. Yet it is indeed God's will that His people are to fellowship together whenever possible (see Hebrews 10:25). In fact, it is through this fellowshipping together that our characters are tested, revealed, and therefore enabled to be brought to perfection (see Manuscript Releases, vol 11, p 179). This is accomplished by our learning how to be united together as one with our fellow brothers and sisters, since all make up the different members of Christ's body (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-14). But are there any conditions for this fellowshipping together, or are we free to fellowship and worship together with any who call themselves Christians?
         "...if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." 1 John 1:7.

         So God's people are to fellowship together with only those who walk in the light as Christ is in the light. And since in Christ there is no darkness or error or false doctrine at all, then this Biblical test for fellowship would prevent God's people from worshipping with any groups or churches who were not following, walking, or living in all the truth, but who had a mixture of truth and error within. This confused condition, brought about by a mixture of truth and error, clearly describes the condition of all denominations of today; whether Catholic, Protestant, Adventist, Evangelical, Full-Gospel, Buddhist, Hinduist, Islamic, Spiritualistic, Occultic, etc. Therefore all of the religious groups of today are disqualified for fellowship with because they all are not walking in all the light but have a mixture of truth and error in their beliefs, and they are unwilling to give up the error! And it is this mixture of truth and error which makes all these churches part of Babylon--confusion!

         Now, what if you find yourself already fellowshipping in a religious group or denomination which is not walking in, and living up to, all the truth? Are you to continue to fellowship, worship in, and remain a member of it? God tells you NO!

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

         "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." Isaiah 52:11.

         "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.

         "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense....My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord." Jeremiah 51:6, 45.

         So it is of vital importance in regards to our salvation that we make sure to be separate from any denomination which has a mixture of truth and error in it, or we will be held corporately responsible for her sins and will be destroyed along with that denomination. Thus if you refuse to leave these denominations as God is desiring you to do, and continue to fellowship with, worship in, or remain a member of it, then you will become a partaker with the church in her sins, you will lose salvation, and be destroyed right along with that Babylonian denomination--no matter what name the church calls itself by, whether it be called "Roman Catholic" or "Church of God" or even "Seventh-day Adventist"!

         Since not one of any of the established denominations today are fit for fellowship according to the test of God's word, then where are we to fellowship together and worship God? In our very homes! God is not calling you to join any denomination in order to worship Him today because they are all defiled and corrupted by error and sin. But God is indeed calling you to worship Him in spirit and truth (see John 4:20-24), and this can be easily accomplished in your very homes--just like it was in the days of the Disciples! (see Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Acts 18:7; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2.)

         If you know of others who believe in, and who are walking and living in, the same Biblical truths, and you both are close to one another, then according to 1 John 1:7 you can and should fellowship together with each other. This type of fellowship with those of like faith, where both are striving to be free from sinning through Jesus, can be a great blessing and benefit to all parties concerned--not only through mutual edification, encouragement, and growth in spiritual life and knowledge of the truth, but by knowing that there are indeed others who are going through the same struggles as you are, and in Christ they are more than conquerors! (see Romans 8:37).
         Some home churches may be made up of only one person or of one family who are worshipping God in spirit and in truth. And if you are worshipping God alone because there are no other believers near you, then know that you are not really alone, because the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, as well as your guardian angel are there joining with you in worship (see Matthew 18:20), and They will make up for the lack of fellowship by blessing you more abundantly! But other home churches may be full of believers fellowshipping together. But please never forget that God's true church is not any denomination or home church group, whether individually or collectively, because God's true church is only made up of those individuals who are connected with Christ and who are thereby living a perfect sinless life through Him.

         Also, as it has been throughout history, the bigger the home church group becomes, the more chance for Satan to enter into the church through one of its members and thereby cause problems which threaten all. So in order to prevent this from happening, God has given specific guidelines for those who are fellowshipping together in a home church to follow and abide by--especially when having to deal with any problems which may arise. These guidelines are not only designed to shut Satan out of the home church, but also to help redeem a brother or sister who has fallen into sin so that they can continue to fellowship with us.  These guidelines can be found in Matthew 18:15-18, 23:8, 5:1-48.  For more information on this, please contact us.

         May God help us all to fully understanding this issue of God's true church. May He help you to so fully connect yourself with Christ that you may indeed "shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). Thus you, as well as all the other brothers and sisters making up God's true church, may reveal God's pure and spotless character to others, spread His precious gospel truth far and wide, and thereby fill this dark world with the glorious light of truth (Habakkuk 2:14; Numbers 14:21; Revelation 18:1). And this all begins with your continuous choice to be connected with and to be hid "in" Christ.
         "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 (or they say they are part of God's true church and people), 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. 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." Revelation 3:8-12.

    EXAMINATION of the CHRISTIAN CHURCHES


    This examination is prepared so that one may understand whether or not his church has met the conditions described in Revelation as "Babylon." "Babylon" is the term used in Scripture for false doctrines, confusion and worldliness . Comparing one's church with the world is a simple way of determining its spiritual condition and standing with God.
      EDUCATION:
    1. Is your church supporting education that is worldly or using worldly methods? That is-- does your church's educational system have long courses of study finally awarding a "degree" of accomplishment to the student? This degree is usually conferred upon the recipient with much pomp and ceremony, and the graduates wear black robes with little square hats. The degrees are labeled-- "Bachelor", "Master", or "Doctor". Do your church's educational institutions employ the common "grading" system which places students in "classes"? Do students receive "A", "B", "C", "D", or "F" for their performance ratings? These are the methods of worldly education, and the Christian steers clear of them. Jesus did not recognize wisdom in such forms. True education consists in the study of God's word, the study of nature, the experiences of life, and useful labor. There are "classrooms without failure" in the "school of Jesus Christ." Every student is mandated to excel in all areas of endeavor. Whatever the service, it must be rendered as unto the LORD. Babylon, in contrast, has accepted and perpetrated the world's understanding and policies of education.

      HEALING:

    2. Does your church support, practice or encourage the use of drugs in the art of healing? If your church educated doctors, are they considered a special class of people who receive especially high wages and are called by special names as "Doctor so and so"? It is well to notice that true religion practices preventive care such as the education of men and women in what foods are good for eating, and how water, fresh air and sunshine should be intelligently used to keep the body in health. If disease occurs, simple natural remedies are used in conjunction with prayer and faith in God to heal. Babylon has accepted a refined form of witchcraft. The "witch doctor" of today has simply changed forms. The use of drugs with strange names few understand is the accepted form of healing by the world. The is the method of Babylon.

      MINISTRY:

    3. Is the ministry of your church a special class? That is--are they called "Reverend?" Or are they considered to be somewhat above the common class of people? Are the ministers trained through a long course of study finally receiving a "degree"? Is this degree considered his qualification for the ministry? A true minister is called of God. Through prayer and the Word of God he is made fit for ministry. Much of his training is actually doing the work of winning souls for Christ. Babylon has accepted the worldly method of classing its ministry and forming a hierarchy.

      HELPS:

    4. Does your church ever engage a lawyer to bring individuals to court because they have done something the church does not like? Are individuals sued for using your church's name? Are they sued for some other infraction? Babylon has gone to the world instead of God for her help.

      DOCTRINE:

    5. Does your church accept Sunday as the day of rest for the Christian, or does your church teach and support the observance of the Biblical Sabbath? The Seventh-day Sabbath is a sign of those who completely rest in Christ. It is a sign for those who have ceased from sin and love God above all things. The Sunday Sabbath represents those who trust in their own works. It is the sign for those who believe in sinning, then repenting. Are you one who may keep Saturday as a day of worship, yet, actually keep Sunday in your experience? (Matthew 15:9) Babylon has accepted the counterfeit "sabbath" as her sign of rebellion against God.
    6. Does your church teach that when you sin just go to the Advocate (or priest) and obtain forgiveness? Does it teach that you are accepted of God as long as you stay "confessed up?" Does your church teach that you are only human and you will sin until Jesus comes? This is the epitome of Babylon. Babylon has accepted the teaching of man rather than the teaching of the Bible. The Bible teaches that when one receives Christ he ceases from sin. He will not knowingly or willingly commit a wrong act. (Romans 6:7 and 1 John 3:6, 9)
    7. Does your church accept the doctrine that when a man dies he goes right on living in heaven or the spirit world? This spiritualistic concept is prevalent in Babylonian churches. The Bible teaches that when a man dies he is in the grave until the resurrection. Babylon teaches that when a man dies he goes to heaven. In other words, when a man dies he is still alive. This doctrine is also prevalent in a different form with some who say they do not believe it. The Bible teaches that when a man sins he dies. "The wages of sin is death." "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." Babylon teaches that when a man sins he goes on living. Those who find themselves in sin often claim to be Christians. This is a false gospel. Jesus did not give us sin, but righteousness for sin. He gave us Himself--His perfect sinless Life.

      PRACTICE:

    8. How is your church organized? Is it a 501(c)(3) corporation which comes under the jurisdiction of the state? The Church is owned and supervised by her Head, Jesus Christ. He requires the Church to be in compliance with His Word alone, without worldly influence and "traditions of men." Does your church build extravagant meeting houses, furnished with some of the most luxurious accessories society affords? Babylon has chosen the "rudiments of the world" and the "traditions of men" to impress the populations and gain their attendance. Babylon receives her authority and power to exist from the state governments.
    9. Does your church praise its men and institutions? Are the sayings and doings of men dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the Word of God? Are men soothed in your church instead of convicted? This being the case, your church has become "the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." (Revelation 18:2)
    10. Does your church have "fund raisers?" Does it have dinners and parties in order to raise money for its projects? Does it show worldly movies and promote games in order to interest people in attending? Are carnivals and fairs held? Then you can know the world has come into your fellowship.
    11. Is your church energy spent on programs for Easter, Christmas, and other holidays, or is your church energy mainly spent in prayer through the week? Is your church mainly interested in the quality of its members' characters, or is it focused on gaining numbers and baptisms? Does your church mainly look for a "high time," or do you spend time in quiet introspection and humility of heart so that God can clean your heart and soul? Babylon makes a great noise for the Lord, but its heart is far from Him.
    12. Is the Word of God your church's creed or are other writings put in its place? Do men have a greater voice in your church than the clear, cutting words of the Scriptures? If men lead you instead of the voice of God, then you are classed with the world and its kingdoms.
    13. What has your church taught you? Are your first and best thoughts of Jesus? Would you rather 1) pray than watch television, 2) study the Bible than read the newspaper, 3) walk in the woods than shop at the mall, 4) die than sin? If not, you are captive to Babylon.

      JESUS COMMANDS:

      Jesus said, "Come out of her [Babylon] My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.


    Which is the oldest and true & pure church? 

    <ANSWER>--There is but one Church, from the Scriptural standpoint. In the language of the Apostle, it is "The Church of the First-Born which are written in heaven;" or the "Church of the living God;" or again, "The Church of Christ."--`Heb. 12:23`; `1 Tim. 3:15`; `Rom. 16:16`.

    Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"

    I prayed a prayer I had never prayed before.  I asked God to forgive me for all the years I had spend worshiping a religion and not him.  I asked him to come into my heart, the tears flowing down my face.  Instantly, I felt a release.  The only way I can describe it is that I felt like a thousand pounds had been lifted off my shoulders.  I had never felt such a feeling before.  But I knew what it was.  I knew I too had found the joy and peace and happiness that can only be found in Jesus Christ.  

    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).

    It was this Church which our Lord established and He gave it no party or "denominational" name. It was merely the Church of Christ. (Not the denomination "Church of Christ".) then good people, more or less confused by the errors of the Dark Ages, have separated themselves into various bands and churches of human organization and bound themselves together by human creeds. These are known by various names. None of these Churches of men are authorized by the Bible nor mentioned in it. However, the one "Church of the Living God" is composed of the saintly people of God who "come out" and be "separate" in all of these denominations, or outside of all of them, as the case may be. Hence, the oldest Church is the Church of Christ; and it is the only Church, in the Divine estimation. Each saint must desire and strive for membership in this Church as his greatest privilege. Consecrated believers join this Church in a probationary sense now, but an entrance into full membership in that Church, which is the Body of Christ, will be granted only to the "overcomers," after they shall have finished their course and have become participants in the First Resurrection or are translated alive at the second coming of Christ.

    "In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion. He shows that it consists not in systems, creeds, or rites, but in the performance of loving deeds, in bringing the greatest good to others, in genuine goodness." {DA 497.1} "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." James 1:27

    • Hebrews 12:23 (KJV) "To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,"
    • 1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV) "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."
    • Romans 16:16 (KJV) "Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you."

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

    Remember, those who had accepted Enoch’s message came out. The word church comes from the Greek word ecclesia, and that word means called out.

    The Spirit fell ONLY on those who had left the organized church.  We have NO record that it fell on ANYONE who was IN the organized church of those who considered themselves the "Chosen People."

    It not only fell ONLY on those who had LEFT that church, but it fell ONLY on those who were being PERSECUTED BY that very same "Church." (The apostles were hiding in the Upper Room "for fear of the Jews {or today's professed Trinity believing "Christians?}.")

    Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of
    Himself in His "church"When the character of Christ shall be perfectly produced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own
    .

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

    Vessel. The mind. (“Possess his vessel in sanctification”—“Shall be a vessel unto honor.” {HST 32.21}

    "That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;" 1 Thessalonians 4:4

    Romans 9:21
    Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?




    John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 1 Peter 1:23 "Being born again, NOT of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God
    , which liveth and abideth for ever."

    "How full and perfect is this union to be? "As Thou, Father, art in Me, and I Thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory which thou gavest Me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them as Thou hast loved Me."  {1888 1027.3}

    "As Christ was about to leave His disciples, He said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another." This is the measure with which we are to love one another--"As I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another." Again He said, "Herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples. As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you; continue ye in My love."  {1888 1027.1}

    "Mark the words of Christ, and bear them in mind: "As I have loved you, that ye also love one another." "This is My commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you." "Neither pray I for these alone; but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word, that they all may be one."  {1888 1027.2}
     What large possibilities are presented before us in the words spoken by Jesus! He says, "I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it, that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them." These words from the prayer of Christ are worthy of being written in letters of gold. They should be dwelt upon, and presented to the world by pen and voice."  {1888 1027.4}

    "But why is it that those who claim to believe the truth are not doers of the word? Why is so little said upon these subjects which mean so much to every church and to every individual member? Think you that heaven does not look with amazement upon those who profess to be children of God, yet who pass on inattentive, careless, disregarding the plainest words of truth enjoined upon them? Is it not time for us to consider that we must live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God?"  {1888 1028.1}

    By the sacrifice of Christ every provision has been made for believers to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness. God calls upon us to reach the highest standard of glory and virtue. The perfection of Christ’s character makes it possible for us to gain perfection. {CME 46.3}

    He who desires to rise to true greatness must walk humbly before God, not with a forced humility, but with a genuine sense of his own inefficiency and of God’s greatness. He is to strive earnestly to make the soul temple a place where God delights to dwell. {CME 46.4}

    He whose heart God touches is filled with a great love for those who have never heard the truth. Their condition impresses him with a sense of personal woe. Taking his life in his hand, he hurries away, a God-sent, God-inspired messenger, to do a work in which angels can co-operate.—Manuscript 73, 1901. {CME 46.5}

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

    Builder and Maker God Through Christ (Our bodies are not our own, they belong to GOD - do nothing to your body that would defile it - it is the temple of the MOST HIGH GOD!)

    Abraham sought out a heavenly whose builder and maker is God. (Heb 11:10).  A place of worship that was not made with hands.   

    Zec 6:12-13  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:  Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

    This temple or church is not built by man, but Christ is the builder alone.  Neither is it built with hands.  Stephen had to point this out to the Jews as the Jews thought that the church was an earthly organization. 

    Act 7:48-49  Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest

    The temple of the most high is not a temple made with hands.  We are not the builder of the church or tabernacle.  The temple is built without hands. 

    Mar 14:58  We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

    Now, Christ is the only builder of the church.  And no man can build this church.  It is him alone.   He will build it.  And it is not a temple made with hands.  It is not some church down the street that calls itself “God’s church”. 

    Heb 9:11  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

    Where is the church located?  We already were told:

    Heb 12:22 -23 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company ofangels angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

    Christ is the invisible head of his invisible body. 

    Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over allthings to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

    This has reference alone to his church.  He is the head; we are the body, the members in particular.  And he fills us with the fullness of him, and therefore the church is not filled with men who are unconverted, but rather men who have converted.  These men may be defective, but they are still God’s church.   Defects are in it’s members, and the stones need polishing.  

    1Co 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

    1Co 6:15-17  Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

    So therefore God’s church is a spiritual body.  And except we have spiritual eyes we will not see the church.  And many because they must be born again and cannot see the kingdom of God will desire a visible church as well as a visible head.   

    Desiring a Visible Head (Give us a King)

    Back in the day of Samuel the people of Israel came to Samuel desiring an earthly king. 

    1Sa 8:5  And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 

    The Israelite’s did not recognize Christ as the invisible head of the church, thus they wanted to be like the other nations and they desired a visible head.  Today, like Israel of old our people instead of recognizing Christ as the head of the church have taken the General Conference out of its position of servant and put it into the position of the King.

    They have through carnal eyes not seen the head of the church and thus taken members of the body, and placed them at the head of the body.     

    The people of the Conference (modern Israel) have requested a visible head.   The reason we require a visible head is because we must be born again, we cannot see the invisible head. 

    The World Doesn’t see the Head, But You See Him

    The world doesn’t see their head as Christ.  “The world seeth him not, neither knoweth him”(John 14:17). 

    Looking through the eyes of the world the people in the conference don’t see Christ as the visible head, thus they call the Conference the head.  But there is only one head to the church. 

    Mat 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.

    In putting more heads on the church, they have thus created a monster.   This monster has done exactly what sister White warned about in seeking to control the work.  

    A Monster Created

    So what have we done?Vatican

     

    1. We mistakenly assigned the title “God’s church” to an earthly organization.
    2. We mistakenly assigned the headship of “God’s church” to an earthly organization.
    3. We have left off the invisible head Christ
    4. We requested a visible head in the General Conference. 
    5. We requested that conference to be King over us. Thus putting more heads on the church and creating a monster.
    6. The Conference assumed this role and now considers itself “God’s church” when in fact it was only a part of “God’s church”

    Finally after having this power and after blasphemously accepting the term “God’s church” and applying it to an earthly organization.  They have taken our God given name “Seventh Day Adventists” and trademarked it with the United States(Second Beast of Revelation 13) and thus created an image of the first beast of Rome.   

    They are using this trademark to force those who come out of her to give up the name “Seventh Day Adventist”. 

    “Romanists have persisted in bringing against Protestants the charge of heresy and willful separation from the true church. But these accusations apply rather to themselves. They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 3.”  {GC 51.2} 

    Romanist Adventists persist in bringing the accusation against Protestant Adventists the charge or heresy and willful separation from the true church.  But these accusations apply rather to themselves.  They are the ones who laid down the banner of Christ and departed from "the faith which was once delivered unto the saints".   Gods true church has not laid down the banner.  Merely an earthly organization has assumed the role of the true church, claiming to be Christ on earth.  

    The church is above, and it is not an earthly organization.  The roll is in heaven.  And the General Conference has put itself in place of God.  It is in a blasphemous position as there is one head to the church.  There is much more to be said about this.  This is merely an outline. 

    Many cannot see the invisible church of God, and this is why they require a visible church.  Jesus once said:

    Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    We cannot see the church through carnal eyes.  The church is heavenly.  And where two or three are gathered in his name, there he is among them.   Many will desire an earthly organization for their carnal eyes since they have yet to see through spiritual eyes the Kingdom of God.  They will create new organizations and call them “Gods church” not knowing that God’s church is not confined to an 8x10 box, but it covers heaven and earth. 

    What a mistaken view we have taken in regards to the church.  God forgive us.  Let us come to your temple, on your foundation, without hands who’s builder and maker is God. 

    Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    He is the builder, not us.  Built on the foundation which is Christ, not built with hammer and nails.

    Heb 3:3-6  For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily wasfaithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

    We are his house.  Not because we are part of an organization.  Ask Luther, or Wesley, or any of the other reformers.  They came to understand that the church was not an organization or building made with hands. 

    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).

    It was prophecied that a “new organization” would be created if we did not learn our lesson from history.  This organization would not be built on the rock.  

    "The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power [such as protecting their corporate wealth with a trademark], which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.' Selected Messages, vol. 1, pp. 204, 205.

    This “New Organization” has been developed by the General Conference of SDA's. 


    1 Corinthians 15:20-22 “However, now Christ has been raised up from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep in death. For since death is through a man, resurrection of the dead is also through a man,

    For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all who die to self (old selfish Adamic nature/carnal/flesh nature) will be made alive.

    Adam lost life, Jesus bought it back.


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

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

    The whole chapter of John 17 is about the true church. In John 17:23 Jesus says, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." 

    Romans 6:6 "For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin"  --Romans 8:10 "But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness." 1 Corinthians 6:17 "But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit."  Corinthians 5:14 "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died."

    Gal 2:20 says,"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." Do you see? Our victory over sin was won at the cross! Only by the merits of Christ. His blood covers our sin, so we can be sin-free, or PERFECT in Him! Romans 4:25 "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Romans 8:30 "And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." Romans 11:29 "for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable."

    John 17:21 "That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." John 17:11 "I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one." John 17:6 "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word

    "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23) 



    Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" GOD's mind in Jesus, Jesus' mind in our mind and we are in Jesus. This is how GOD & Jesus & YOU can be ONE. ALL of one mind, purpose. Like minded... Joined or merged with GOD's mind. Moment by moment, ask GOD for help to do HIS will in the name of JESUS Christ, our Saviour. Both GOD and Jesus are our Saviour's.

    God ENTERS you thru Jesus, when you choose to forsake all of these measly worldly passions and possessions, all self-reliance must be given up. Matthew 6:31: "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'"

    You then become an adopted SON OF GOD! A brother of Jesus! ROYALTY! TRUE ROYALTY, riches, honor, houses, lands, cattle, gold, silver, precious stones and gems are all yours! But GOD asks us to humble ourselves in order to become like Him to share in His wealth. He works in different ways than the world. Isaiah 55:8 says ""For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD." We must be able to say like JESUS says in John 5:30, "I can of mine own self do nothing
    : as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." We must seek the will of our Heavenly Father, just as Jesus does.  John 4:34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work."

    John 5:19 Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."
    John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."
    John 8:16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me."

    Oh, if ALL WOULD COME JUST AS THEY ARE, and let Him make the preparation in taking them as His...


    Claim this promise: "Him that cometh unto me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6:37) PRESENT THIS ASSURANCE TO JESUS, AND YOU ARE AS SAFE AS THOUGH INSIDE THE CITY OF GOD" (Manuscript Releases, vol. 10, p. 175). We must sincerely seek GOD.

    It's sort of like a computer network... GOD the main programmer, sends out his "cron" or commands to His network - it all goes thru Jesus, our very own high powered haterus router, dispersed to those who are up and ready in His netwok, with their lights on and waiting to receive & obey God's commands, and blessings. Jesus sends our prayers back to GOD, decoded in Heavenly language back to GOD. Both GOD and Jesus make their home in our minds when we surrender ourselves, our human body or vessel to GOD for Him to use as He will. Only the PRESENCE of GOD alone can constitute a church. 

    Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" Do you want to be part of the saints and the household of God?

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

    Fellowship:
     
    1 Corinthians 1:9 "God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful."
    1 John 1:3 "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ."
    Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.
    Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

    Psalm 94:20 "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?"

    Who is the "Holy" Ghost? It is the Father of Jesus!
    See 
    Matthew 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.", and Matthew 1:20, "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."

    AND for further BIBLE proof see Matthew 10:19-20 (KJV) "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you." See also: Mark 13:11 "But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." And Luke 12:11-12 (KJV) "And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."

    WHAT? KNOW YE NOT THAT YOUR BODY IS GOD's TEMPLE? Our Human BODY is GOD's TEMPLE or CHURCH! NOT any building made with hands or presided over by another MAN/Woman. Unless we are born again we will not be able to SEE the truth in this statement, and will desire a VISIBLE "church" building and a human preacher instead of worshiping GOD in SPIRIT and in TRUTH in our own minds/human body.

    Where Christ is, there is LIBERTY! FREEDOM! 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Stop listening to MAN, and seek the Kingdom of Heaven, which is GOD inside you thru Jesus His Only Son and you inside Jesus! Study the Bible and Pray for yourself, no one else can do it for you. You alone are responsible for your knowledge of GOD and relationship with Him, NOT your preacher, priest, pope, bishop, minister, Mother, Father, Husband, wife or anyone else. You alone will answer to GOD in the day of Judgement.


    God vs. Religion   Let's not replace Christ with a denomination.

    Jesus, the head of the Church, must again be lifted up and exalted to replace every idol in our lives. The "Holy" Spirit (the mind of both GOD and Christ and the finger of God) must replace the "Evil" Spirit (the mind of Satan) in each one of us individually. Religion can no longer replace relationship with the risen Christ. If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3) The foundation of the "church" is Christ. 

    What is a Idol? Whatever attracts the mind from God, whatever draws the affections away from Christ, is an enemy to the soul. {COL 53.2} Isaiah 44:10 "Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?"

    “God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.” (John’s Gospel, chapter 4, verse 24) The true God does not need to be worshiped in any man-made religious building in any particular place on earth, not even at Jerusalem in the Middle East. 

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

    “The God that made the world and all the things in it, being, as this One is, Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade temples, neither is he attended to by human hands as if he needed anything, because he himself gives to all persons life and breath and all things. And he made out of one man every nation of men, to dwell upon the entire surface of the earth.”—Acts 17:24-27.

    When Solomon dedicated his temple that he had built for God’s name, the then king of Jerusalem said to Him in prayer: “But will God truly dwell upon the earth? Look! The heavens, yes, the heaven of the heavens, themselves cannot contain you; how much less, then, this house that I have built!”—1 Kings 8:27.


    Ephesians 5:23 "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body." 

    1 Corinthians 11:3 "But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is GOD." 
    1 Corinthians 3:23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
    Ephesians 1:22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church," 
    Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
    Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
    Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
    1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
    Ephesians 2:21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.
    Colossians 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
    Matthew 20:23 Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father."



    As we continue to stand on our character in Christ, true repentance will take form. Our hearts and minds will continue to be transformed into the image of Christ. He will build His church.

    The Ten Commandments reflect GOD's character. The Saints that go to Heaven, keep/obey GOD's law, like Jesus did. The Ten Commandments were GOD's law in Heaven BEFORE this earth was created by Jesus. Except for the law, there would be no sin. The Ten Commandments are the law that governs HEAVEN and EARTH, in times past, present and future. GOD does NOT change. HE is perfect and HIS law endures forever. 

    "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination." (Proverbs 28:9)
    Romans 2:4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?

    "A self-denying and commandment keeping life is not the ground, but the RESULT of faith, and not the root but the FRUIT of holiness". (E.G.White, Great Controversy)

    Most people today associate the word church with a building where Christians meet.  But the Greek word for church (ekklesiai) was a non-religious word for an “assembly” of people, typically gathered together for a specific purpose.

     

    i. “The Greek word has both a Gentile and a Jewish background.  In its Gentile sense it denotes chiefly the citizen-assembly of a Greek city . . . but it is its Jewish usage that underlies its use to denote the community of believers in Jesus.  In the Septuagint it is one of the words used to denote the people of Israel in their religious character as Yahweh’s ‘assembly.’” (Bruce in his Acts commentary)

     

    ii. The term church of God has Old Testament associations, especially in the Septuagint (the ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament).  See passages such as Numbers 16:3, Numbers 20:4, Deuteronomy 23:1, and 1 Chronicles 28:8.

     

    iii. Because church was a secular term also (referring to “the gatherings of the citizenry in a city-state to discuss and decide on matters of public interest” [Mare]), Paul calls the gathering of Christians in Corinth as the church of God.  This isn’t the gathering of the world, but of God.

     

    iv. Paul doesn’t only consider these believers in Corinth to be the church of God; believers in Palestine are also mentioned in this way (1 Corinthians 15:9), as well as the church at large (1 Corinthians 10:31-32).

     

    b. Which is at Corinth: Corinth was one of the great cities of the ancient world, and a community very much like Southern California.  It was prosperous, busy, and growing; it had a deserved reputation for the reckless pursuit of pleasure.  Corinth had a rich ethnic mix, and it was a center for sports, government, military, and business.

     

    i. When Paul came to Corinth in 50 A.D. the city had been famous for hundreds of years before he was born.  Ancient writers considered Corinth “rich, prosperous . . . always great and wealthy” (Mare).  The Romans destroyed Corinth in 146 B.C. but Julius Caesar rebuilt the city a hundred years later.

     

    ii. Many things made Corinth famous.  Pottery and “Corinthian brass” (a mixture of gold, sliver and copper) from the city were world famous.  Famous athletic contests known as the Isthmian Games - second only to the Olympian Games - were held at the temple of Poseidon in Corinth every two years.  Athena, Apollo, Poseidon, Hermes, Isis, Serapis, and Asclepius, among others, had temples to their honor in Corinth.  But most prominent was the worship of the Corinthian Aphrodite, who had more than 1,000 hierodouloi (female prostitutes and priestesses) in her service.

     

    iii. Corinth was a major city of business, especially because of its location.  It was on a four-and-one-half mile wide isthmus of land.  “At its narrowest part the isthmus was crossed by a level track called the diolcus, over which vessels were dragged on rollers from one port to the other.  This was in constant use, because seamen were thus enabled to avoid sailing round the dangerous promontory of Malea.” (Vincent)  Sailors wanted to avoid the danger of sailing around Malea, which was indicated by two popular proverbs: “Let him who sails round Malea forget his home,” and “Let him who sails round Malea first make his will.”  If the ship was too large to be dragged, the cargo was unloaded and loaded onto another ship on the other side of the isthmus.

     

    iv. The Corinthian people were also world known: for partying, drunkenness, and loose sexual morals.  The term Korinthiazomai was well known in the Roman Empire and it meant literally “to live like a Corinthian.”  But everyone knew it really meant “to be sexually out of control.”  “Aelian, the late Greek writer, tells us that if ever a Corinthian was shown upon the stage in a Greek play he was shown drunk.” (Barclay)

     

    v. Fee comments on Corinth’s sexual immorality: “The Asclepius room in the present museum in Corinth provides mute evidence to this facet of city life; here on one wall are a large number of clay votives of human genitals that had been offered to the god for healing of that part of the body, apparently ravaged by venereal disease.”  Fee sums up his analysis of Corinth by writing: “All of this evidence together suggests that Paul’s Corinth was at once the New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas of the ancient world.”  Leon Morris describes Corinth as “Intellectually alert, materially prosperous, but morally corrupt.”

     

    c. Notice the contrast: The church of God (good), which is at Corinth (bad).  Understanding the tension between the church and the city is important to understanding the letter of 1 Corinthians.  The bottom line is this: is the church influencing the city, or is thecity influencing the church?

     

    i. Morgan says well in his introduction to 1 Corinthians: “The measure of failure on the part of the Church is the measure in which she has allowed herself to be influenced by the spirit of the age . . . We are sometimes told to-day that what the Church supremely needs is that she should catch the spirit of the age.  A thousand times no.  What the Church supremely needs is to correct the spirit of the age.”

     

    d. Paul continues his description of the Corinthian Christians: Those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.  The words sanctified and saints communicate the same idea, of being set apart from the world and unto God.

     

    i. Notice the words to be are inserted by translators.  The Corinthians were called saints, not called to be saints.

     

    ii. There is much in 1 Corinthians that is unflattering to the Christians of Corinth.  They are shown to have, at times, morality problems, doctrine problems, church government problems, spiritual gift problems, church service problems, and authority problems.  It might be easy for us to think they weren’t even saved!  But they were.  They were called saints.

     

    iii. We might also think saying called saints is mere flattery, Paul’s way preparing them for coming rebuke.  It isn’t.  The Corinthian Christians are called saints, but this was not based on the outward performance of the Corinthians.  It was founded a promise of God, when He said for I have many people in this city (Acts 18:10).

     

    e. Both theirs and ours: In his first few words, Paul lays the foundation for a fundamental issue he will address in this letter: Christian unity, based on the common Lordship of Jesus Christ.  The Corinthian Christians are called . . . saints, but this isn’t exclusive to them.  They are saints together with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Jesus is both their Lord and our Lord, and because they share a common Lord, they share an essential unity.


    Read more about when the Ten Commandments were introduced here.

    John confirmed that the ten commandments is still the foundation and character of God's government in heaven, through what he saw in a vision in the book of Revelation ..... 'And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.' Revelation 11:19 ..... So John sees a door opened in the temple of God in heaven, and sees the ORIGINAL ark of the testament, which will be under the mercy seat of God, containing the ten commandments and covered by the covering Cherubs, which is the job that Satan used to have as mentioned above. Do you see this amazing truth about God's Bible ten commandments? They were in existence BEFORE sin entered this world, and even before this world began. And they are still in existence today and very much binding upon all people. But as I said from the start, we do not keep the Bible ten commandments to be saved, we keep them because we ARE saved through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. God has always and will always hate sin, and what is sin? ..... 1 John 3:4 ..... 'Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.' ..... What law? The Bible ten commandments.

    Now keep that last Bible verse in your mind for a moment, and think about what happened to satan in heaven .....Ezekiel 28:15 .....'Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.'..... Now God in this verse is talking about Lucifer (satan), and look at what He says about Lucifer. "thou was perfect until INIQUITY was found in thee." What is iniquity? It's SIN! What did John say in 1 John 3:4? He said that sin is transgression of the law. So how was iniquity found in Lucifer? He transgressed God's eternal moral law by coveting God's position. There is no doubt that God's moral law which we find in the Bible ten commandments, existed before this world was created and will continue to exist and be binding throughout eternity! As the Psalmist said, "forever O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven .... All God's commandments are sure, they stand fast forever and ever." (Psalm 119:89; 111:7,8)


    2 Chronicles 15:3 "Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law." 

    Psalm 40:8 "
    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart."
    Psalm 119:142 "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth."

    "the law, which is the transcript of God’s character." ST February 13, 1893, par. 7


    God and His Church
    (God's TRUTH & SPIRIT FILLED People) ARE INVISIBLE! Matthew 7:20 says "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
    His people are invisible because you cannot tell by looking at someone if they have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit or not. Only by their fruits shall ye know them. 

    I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purify their souls through obedience to the truth are God's chosen people, His modern Israel. {2T 109.1}

    "Those who fear and reverence God meet this heaven-daring assumption as Christ met the solicitations of the wily foe: "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." Luke 4:8. God has never given a hint in His word that He has appointed any man to be the head of the church. The doctrine of papal supremacy is directly opposed to the teachings of the Scriptures. The pope can have no power over Christ's church except by usurpation.  {GC 51.1}

    "Our strength lies in taking our burdens to the great Burden Bearer. God confers honor on those who come to Him and ask Him for help, in faith believing that they will receive." {TM485} "No curious ear is to receive the burden of such petitions." {SC11} Luke 12:32 (KJV) "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Find out how to ACCEPT and receive that GIFT here.

    Some suggest that Christ’s coming changed everything. Is this true? Let’s examine what the New Testament teaches about worshipping God. We have already seen that Christ rebuked the Pharisees for observing their own traditions instead of obeying God’s commandments. Now notice the fuller context regarding what God requires of those who worship Him: “But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and IN TRUTH: for the Father seeks such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24). What does this mean?

    On this occasion, Christ was explaining to a Samaritan woman that the time had come that those who worship God would do this through the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. We saw people need not come together in a literal, physical temple in order to worship God because their human body was to be the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19).

    Also, since the Holy Spirit is called the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13), those who have it—who are being led by it—will be worshipping God in truth. Real Christians strive to follow the truth in every matter. They would never follow the “instructions” of the trinitarian god, whose “Jesus” teaches that salvation is entirely by grace, with no works required. Notice just a few scriptures:

    “And why call you Me, Lord, Lord, and DO NOT the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
    “You are My friends, if you DO what I command you” (John 15:14).
    “For if any be a hearer of the word, and NOT A DOER, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: for he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a DOER of the work, this man shall be blessed in his DEED” (James 1:23-25).

    Those who truly seek to serve the God of the Bible must obey HIM—and HIM ONLY! If they do, the reward will be incredible, and you are now ready to learn what that is. We are a part of the FAMILY of God! 1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." "If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15


    It is important to understand who we are as Christ’s church. The benefits of the kingdom outweigh anything this world has to offer and any persecution it might inflict. Jesus said He will build His church. The intent of building is completion. We will grow into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace. 

    The more we humble ourselves and admit our weaknesses, the more we rely on God. We need to realize our need for Him and His forgiveness in our sinful nature. Confession of our dependence on God shows us who we really are. iopl. This cry leads to repentance. Jesus is building His church and He is building it into His image. The beatitudes are a wonderful display of the character of Jesus (humble, meek, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, and a peacemaker) and as He continues to build the church it will be a display of the character we have in us. We can live a life of joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation regardless of our physical outward condition because our inner position is in Christ. This is our spiritual prosperity. 

    The blessing we inherit as a result of godly character is kingdom life. We have inherited the kingdom of heaven (and we have it now) because of what Christ has done. We shall be comforted, we shall inherit the earth, we shall be filled satisfied completely, we shall obtain mercy, we shall see God, and we shall be called sons of God. These things are ours. So... continue to eagerly pursue righteousness as His church. The foundation has been laid and the growth will continue. 

    We need to realize that the world has a different view on prosperity. The world’s riches are measured by materialism and selfish pride. As we continue to grow closer in an intimate relationship with God and step away from worldly desires, persecution from the world will follow because they do not know Him or understand His ways. “The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.” – Oscar Wilde. Our marriage to Christ demonstrates our commitment to Him. Persecution shows that you are on the right track and drives you deeper into God’s kingdom. The church will withstand. 

    Forgiveness is not selective. Christ set the ultimate example for His church when He came to earth to die for the sins of ALL. It is His work on the cross that leads us. We will always continue to love, bless, do good, and pray in any circumstance. Though we are persecuted in the world, we have purpose here. It is God’s desire that none shall be lost and therefore, we must profess Christ, be an example of His example, and live godly lives so as to bring others to Him in which He can continue to build His church. 

    As we continue to stand on our character in Christ, true repentance will take form. Our hearts and minds will continue to be transformed into the image of Christ. He will build His church. The standard by which the scribes and Pharisees considered themselves righteous is pure religious. Religion is man’s way to God but relationship is God’s way to man and exceeds the righteousness of religion. By relationship, we come to know Jesus so that we may become imitators of Him. By relationship, we make our covenant with Him. By relationship, we learn to practice servant life. By relationship, we live generously. By relationship, we ARE the church. 

    As we grow into complete maturity we have as much transforming to do as conforming. We’re just trying to be imitators of Christ, showing two things — grace and love. In this, the building is complete. This IS His church. Fortunately, the example has been laid before us and the work on the cross ensures us that we shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.

    The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Testimonies, vol 1, p 619.

    "You may feel inadequate but God calls you "well able". You've got to dig your heels in and say, "God, if you say it, I agree (or believe). I'm blessed. I'm prosperous. I'm redeemed. I'm forgiven. I'm talented. I'm creative. I accept the Kingly Robe of Righteousness that you hold out to me thru your Son Jesus Christ." Help me to be what you would have me to be. I give you my WILL my ALL. I am yours! Do with me as YOU WILL. When you humble your soul and get in agreement with God, you will see what God says about you become a reality

    Awake and see that at this time you must put on the beautiful robe of Christ's righteousness. "Buy of Me," He says, "gold tried in the fire that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed." What was the matter with Adam and Eve? They saw that they were naked. The covering of God was not enveloping them. God says, "Buy of me." Well, what? Buy of Me My righteousness. "Buy of Me gold tried in the fire, and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed." Are you clothed with it, or are you transgressing the commandments of God by your traditions and by the maxims of men? The righteousness of God never covers a soul all polluted with sin. John says, "Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world." Will you let Him take it away? You cannot bear your own sin. Christ says He will take your sin if you lay hold of the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour. Christ came and suffered for our sins "that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Believe on Him as One upon whom the sins of the whole world are laid that man might have another trial. That trial we are having today. Shall it be that Christ shall not have died for us in vain? Shall we give to the world the evidence of the character of God because of our rectitude in keeping His commandments? May God help us to be loyal servants of His.

    You truly are royalty in GOD'S EYES, if you only BELIEVE in God's only Son, Jesus Christ. If you do, imagine yourself with a real Crown of Favor, and claim God's promises. You have not because you ask not, the Bible says. (James 4:2, 
    yet ye have notbecause ye ask not.) Did you know the the Ten Commandments are the ROYAL laws of the Kingdom of Heaven? If you are a child of God, you will be asked to know and follow ALL TEN of the ROYAL laws of the Kingdom of HEAVEN? Jesus says in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."

    "The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created beings depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love,—homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character. He takes no pleasure in a forced allegiance, and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service." {DA}

    Ephesians 2:19 "Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;" Do you want to be part of the saints and the household of God? Learn more here.

    Isaiah 28:5 "In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people," Isaiah 62:3 "Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." Zechariah 9:16 "And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land." 1 Corinthians 9:25 "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible." 2 Timothy 4:8 "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." 1 Peter 5:4 "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." Revelation 2:10 "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." Revelation 3:11 "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."

    Should we ask God or people for answers?
    The Bible says in Isaiah 2:22 “
    Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Ps 8:4. And in Job 7:17 "What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention,"God says in Jeremiah 33:3 KJV “Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) "Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins." Ask God alone for answers!
    "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15). "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

    "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." 
    Philippians 4:13

    "...for the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 315. 

    WHO does the Bible say gets to go to Heaven?
    Revelation 22:14 (KJV) "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." and in Revelation 14:12 (KJV) "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Luke 4:4 (KJV) "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Matthew 5:18 (KJV) "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." James 2:10 (KJV) "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." Jesus says through Matthew 5:17 (KJV) "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." Numbers 23:19 (KJV) "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Psalm 19:7 (KJV) "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." James 1:25 (KJV) "But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." Malachi 3:6 (KJV) "For I am the LORD, I change not;" Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV) "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;" Exodus 13:9 "And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law may be in thy mouth:" Revelation 15:3 "And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints." Interesting fact: In the Bible there are 69 verses that say Keep God's commandments. See them here.

    Isaiah 42:21 "The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness' sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable." About Jesus, Hebrews 7:24 says, "But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.". 1 John 3:4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." 2 Kings 17:37 "And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do for evermore; and ye shall not fear other gods." Proverbs 6:23 "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:" Romans 7:12 "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Psalm 111:10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." Psalm 145:13 "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."

    "But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die. He came to "magnify the law" and to "make it honorable." Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s law is unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe—what nothing less than this plan of atonement could have sufficed to do—that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God." [EGW DA]


    WHAT does the Bible say is the first commandment?
    Mark 12:30 (KJV) "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." 1 John 2:5 (KJV) "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him." 1 John 4:7 (KJV) "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God." 1 John 4:12 (KJV) "No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us." 1 John 4:8 (KJV) "He that loveth NOT knoweth NOT God; for God is love." 1 John 4:10 (KJV) "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 5:3 (KJV) "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous." Exodus 16:28 "How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?" Psalm 112:1 (KJV) "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments." 
    John 17:3 (KJV) "Now this is eternal life: that they KNOW you, the ONLY true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." Luke 4:8 (KJV) "And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve." Exodus 34:14 "For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:" The Ten Commandments say in Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." The Bible says in Joshua 24:23 "Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel."

    WHERE does the Bible say we worship God?
    Revelation 2:7 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." Revelation 2:17 (KJV) "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."1 John 5:4 (KJV) "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:5 (KJV) "Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"...if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." 1 John 1:7. 1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians 2:10 "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." 1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" John 4:24 "God IS a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth." Galatians 4:6 "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord [Jesus] is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Ephesians 2:18 "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." 1 Corinthians 12:3 "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." (1 John 4:15) Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having BELIEVED, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit," 1 John 4:2 "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:" 1 John 4:3 "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:6 "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." 2 John 1:3 (KJV) "Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love."  Romans  (KJV) "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?"

    WHY does worshiping the Living God of Heaven set us FREE instead of constraining us to four walls of a particular denomination?
    The children of Israel wanted a KING they could SEE, instead of God, to rule them. Do we want a church we can SEE, instead of God to rule us? And many because they must be born again and cannot see the kingdom of God will desire a visible church as well as a visible head.

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

    2 Chronicles 6:18 "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!"

    "But Solomon built him (God) an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?  Hath not my hands made all these things?" Acts 7:47-50. 

    "Those who keep Gods Commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of god, compose the church of the living God, those who choose to follow antichrist are subjects of the great apostate.  Ranged under the banner of Satan, they break God’s law and lead others to break it.… " from the Manuscripts and Letters p. 177  in the book called Last Day Events of EG White.

    Take your Bible and first turn in God's word to the book of Proverbs. Proverbs chapter 28 and look at verse 13. II Chronicles 7:14 is on getting ready for revival. Preparation for revival. God gave the formula long ago. 

    He said "If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land." 

    Today we come to that phrase "and turn from their wicked ways." What does it mean to turn from their wicked ways? Well, the concept of turning in the Bible is the concept of repentance. Did you know the word repentance means to turn? In fact, in the New Testament the Greek word for repentance, metanoia is a military term and it means "about face". It means if you are going one direction and the commander says about face you turn and you go completely in a different direction. That's what it means to turn.

    Now God says sometimes His people are on the wrong path. They come to a fork in the road, they've taken the wrong path and now they need to turn and they need to get on the right path once again. I want to talk to you about getting back on that right path.

    If you have said you are sorry and repented for something, that means to turn and do an about face, and get on the right path, once again with GOD's help. If you continue in the same  path that you have said you were sorry for, does that mean you are really sorry?

    2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. Romans 15:6 “That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” John 8:32 (KJV) "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Isaiah 48:17 (KJV) "Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go." John 14:6 (KJV) "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 4:24 "God IS a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST worship him in spirit and in truth." Galatians 4:6 "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba,(Daddy) Father." 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord [Jesus] is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Ephesians 2:18 "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father." 

    Revelation 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her [her=churches that do not keep ALL the ten commandments], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues."
    • WHAT IS TRUTH? (We need to worship GOD alone, Him ONLY, in Spirit & TRUTH)
    • Psalms 91:4 "He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you trust: his TRUTH shall be your SHIELD and buckler." Psalms 100:5 "For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his TRUTH endureth to all generations."
    • Psalm 119:142 "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth."
    • John 17:17 "Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." "I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purify their souls through obedience to the truth are God's chosen people, His modern Israel." {2T 109.1}
    • Psalm 119:165 "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
    • Exodus 16:28 "And the LORD said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?Deuteronomy 32:12 "So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him." Psalm 44:20 "If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god;" Joshua 24:23 "Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel."
    • 1 Kings 18:21 "And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word."
    • Ephesians 6:17 "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"
    • Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
    • Psalms 149:6 "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;"
    • Isaiah 49:2 "He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver."
    • Jeremiah 23:29 "Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?"
    • 1 Peter 3:4 "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."
    • 1 Peter 4:14 "If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified."

    The Bible refers to God's true church as being made up of only those who are saints (1 Corinthians 14:33; Revelation 14:12); those who are sanctified (1 Corinthians 1:2; Jude 1); those who are established in the faith and truth (Acts 16:5; 1 Timothy 3:15); those who are subject unto, or who submit self to, Christ (Ephesians 5:24); those who are joined to Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32); and finally those who are in Christ (Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1).  Thus God's true church will be a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).

    "To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 55. {The true church is made up of those who have put on the robe of Christ's righteousness.}

    "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth." Acts of Apostles, p 11.

    "There is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 237.

    "Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God." Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 949. Luke 4:4 (KJV) "And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God."

    "Our strength lies in taking our burdens to the great Burden Bearer. God confers honor on those who come to Him and ask Him for help, in faith believing that they will receive." {TM485}


    WHEN does the Bible say we should worship God?
    The weekly Sabbath was instituted at Creation, and not at Sinai. Genesis 2:2-3 (KJV) "And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Here God instituted the weekly rest or Sabbath. It was the seventh day. He BLESSED and SANCTIFIED that day of the week, and no other; therefore the seventh day, and no other day of the week is holy, sanctified time.

    Exodus 31:13 "Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you." Exodus 31:16 "Wherefore the children of Israel (Children of Israel = God's TRUTH and SPIRIT filled PEOPLE) shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant."  

    Exodus 31:13-17 (KJV) "Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."

    The Sabbath then is a sign, or seal between God and his people forever. It is a perpetual covenant between them. Will someone show us the end of a perpetual covenant, given for a sign forever? The only reason given here why the Sabbath is a perpetual sign, is, "for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested." This shows that the Sabbath was given for a weekly memorial. So the Sabbath was given to man for a weekly memorial, that on the seventh day he might dismiss all servile labor and care, and look back to the creation and holy rest, and thus call to mind, worship and adore the great Jehovah. If man had kept the weekly rest, he would never have forgotten God, who made heaven and earth. "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." Psalms 9:17.

    This view gives the Sabbath it's just weight and importance. How wise and wonderful the plan of Jehovah, laid out in the beginning. Man was to labor six days, and on the seventh day rest from servile labor and care. He was to look to the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all things, even himself-- the noblest of creation, and thus call to mind the Living God.

    "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace." Galations 5:4. This text is frequently quoted by the no-Sabbath teachers to show that those who are keeping the seventh day Sabbath have fallen from grace. Now if we fall from grace for keeping the fourth commandment in the decalogue, do they fall from grace for keeping the first, third, fifth, seventh or eighth commandment in the same law? If we fall from grace by keeping the Sabbath commandment, we cannot be restored again to grace until we break it. And by the same rule those who are keeping the third, fifth, and eighth commandments, must dishonour their parents, swear, and steal, before they can be restored by divine grace. 

    I leave the reader to decide as to the justness of this startling conclusion. My desire is to hold up to view, the no-Sabbath, no commandment system in its true, hideous, and crooked form, that the reader may not be devoured by it. If we fall from grace by teaching the Sabbath, then St. Paul, and all the Apostles fell from grace, by teaching the commandments.

    "Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right. Honor thy father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promise.") Eph 4:1,2. This is the first commandment of the Decalogue which has a promise annexed to it, and the first on the second table of stone. There is not a man, or woman in the world, who believes that the Apostle fell from grace for urging upon the Ephesians the claims of the fifth commandment in the moral law.

    Neither is there a man or woman, who really believes that we have fallen from grace, (for the sin of Sabbath-keeping as some would have it,) for keeping and teaching the fourth commandment. Those who give this impression do not really believe any such thing, but they seem willing to give this wrong impression, in order to hide the Sabbath truth.

    It is time for us to be fully awake to the whole truth in relation to the Sabbath; and not be deceived by those who are making void the law of God. O, that God would wake up the "little flock," and show them all, His Sabbath. In order that we might be impressed with the perpetuity of the royal law, God engraved it on tables of stone. What idea can we have of blotting out what Jehovah has engraved, with His finger on tables of stone! God's everlasting covenant of commandments is a perfect law, by which we are to be judged; therefore God cannot give a better one, to take it's place. See James 1:25; 8-12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." Romans 7:12. A law that is "holy," "just," and "good," and "spiritual," never is against, or contrary to man, or in his way but it is just what his wants require. The Ten Commandments are God's holy, royal law of liberty.

    I know that some say that we cannot keep the Sabbath, as it is given in the Old Testament; but this is like most of the false assertions made by those who oppose the true Sabbath. I am not ready to admit that God has given us a law, that we cannot keep. I dare not charge him with such an injustice. The commandments of our holy and just God, are not grievous, but joyous to those who keep them. Those who followed Jesus from Galilee, saw his body put in Joseph's tomb, then returned "and rested on the Sabbath according to the COMMANDMENT." See Luke 23:54-56. They could keep the Sabbath according to the law of God, after the ceremonial law was abolished, and SO CAN WE!

    Reader, be not deceived by those who are trampling under their feet the holy law of GOD. Do not, I beg of you, let them turn you from the plain teachings of the Saviour, and his holy Apostles, in relation to the law of God. Are you violating the fourth, the Sabbath commandment in that law? If you are, do it no longer. It is one of the great commandments. If those who break the least, will be of no esteem in the reign of heaven, how and where will you appear, if you violate one of the greatest commandments? I hope this website will afford you comfort and strength. Love and duty have compelled me to put it up on the web. I know you must be rooted, and built up in the truth, or you will not be able to stand "in the battle in the day of the Lord;" Ezekiel 8:5. 

    Who is NOT part of God's church?
    Deuteronomy 28:58 "If thou wilt NOT observe to DO ALL the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;" Deuteronomy 28:61 "Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed." Revelation 18:4 (KJV) "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her [*HER=churches/people that do NOT keep ALL the commandments of God ], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Numbers 16:21 (KJV) "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." Matthew 25:32 (KJV) "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:" Luke 6:22 "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake." 2 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV) "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." Hebrews 7:26 (KJV) "For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;" John 5:44 "How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?"

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

    Can you even FIND a four-walled organized church who keeps ALL the commandments of God in today's world? Today, all organized churches that I am aware of either worship a false/strange god and/or do not keep the 7th day sabbath, both break God’s law. In rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the law of God, they deny the authority of the Lawgiver. It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone. Isaiah 44:10 Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? If a church does not keep all the commandment of God, they are worshiping God in vain. Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. "Not by its name, but by its fruit, is the value of a tree determined. If the fruit is worthless, the name cannot save the tree from destruction." {DA 107.1} Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Matthew 15:9 "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."

    Refusing to follow the path of obedience, they transferred their allegiance to the enemy of righteousness....the Israelites rapidly lost their abhorrence of idol worship." Prophets and Kings, p 51-59.


    God is Invisible AND HIS Church is Invisible! Find out more about the "invisible" God, here.

    Uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. Revelation 21:22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. "...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Corinthians 6:16. 1 Corinthians 6:19 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"

    2 Chronicles 6:18 "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!"

    "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth." Acts of Apostles, p 11.

    "There is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 237.

    "Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God." Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 949.

    "Our strength lies in taking our burdens to the great Burden Bearer. God confers honor on those who come to Him and ask Him for help, in faith believing that they will receive." {TM485}

    Revelation 2:7 "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

    1 Corinthians 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 

    1 Corinthians 2:10 
    "But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God."

    God says in Jeremiah 33:3, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."

    Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

    Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

    "...if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." 1 John 1:7.

    "...for the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 315. 

    "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth." Acts of Apostles, p 11

    "To the end of time, the presence of the Spirit is to abide with the true church." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 55. {The true church is made up of those who have put on the robe of Christ's righteousness.}

    Hsa 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

    Luke 6:22-23 (King James Version) "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets."


    God says in 2 Corinthians 11:2, "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." 

    Rev 14:4 "These are they which were not defiled with women (women=churches who do not keep ALL the Commandments of God); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb."

    Revelation 7:17 "For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

    2 Chronicles 6:18 "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!"

    "There is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 237.

    "Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God." Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 949.

    The Bible refers to God's true church as being made up of only those who are saints (1 Corinthians 14:33; Revelation 14:12); those who are sanctified (1 Corinthians 1:2; Jude 1); those who are established in the faith and truth (Acts 16:5; 1 Timothy 3:15); those who are subject unto, or who submit self to, Christ (Ephesians 5:24); those who are joined to Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32); and finally those who are in Christ (Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1).  Thus God's true church will be a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).




    Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

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

    John 4:24 "God IS a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." Galatians 4:6 "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." 2 Corinthians 3:17 "Now the Lord [Jesus] is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 1 Corinthians 12:3 "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God." (1 John 4:15) Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having BELIEVED, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit," 1 John 4:2 "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:" 1 John 4:3 "And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." 1 John 4:6 "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." Ephesians 2:18 "For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father."

    'The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.' "It thus makes Christ everywhere present." (Psalm 139:7) 

    "Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of HIS OWN LIFE. The HOLY SPIRIT puts forth its highest energies to work in the heart and mind." (E.G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 827).
    Back in 1879, Bible scholar Charles L. Ives aptly illustrated God’s ability to exercise his power from a fixed location. He wrote: “For example, we say, ‘Open the shutters, and let the sun come into the room.’ We mean, not the real, bodily sun, but the solar ray, that which proceeds from the sun.” Similarly, God has no need to travel to the locations where he intends to use his active force. He simply employs his holy spirit, which can reach to the extremities of creation. Seeing the holy spirit for what it is—God’s powerful active force—can give you confidence that Jehovah will fulfill his promises.

    "Father" and "Son" are WHO they are; "Spirit" is WHAT they both are; the risen Jesus and the Father are both "the Spirit." In the same way that both Adam and Eve are both "the flesh" and the one flesh of Adam, both God the Father and his Son are now one Spirit of God. The flesh of Eve is the flesh of Adam and the Spirit of Christ is the Spirit of God. And just as Eve is the flesh of Adam but is not Adam so also Christ is the Spirit of God but is not God. The Spirit in us is the presence of both the Father and Jesus which is why Jesus taught that both Father and Son will come to make their home in believers. God the father IS Spirit and so now also is the risen Jesus.

    Ellen White understood that the Holy Spirit was the Spirit of God OR the Spirit of Christ - it was not an individual entity. 

    "Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:23) 

    "And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him." John 1:32

    The Bible affirms very clearly that our Father IS the Spirit.

    Did the Father of the man Jesus of Nazareth conceive Jesus in the womb of Mary? 

    The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. (Luke 1:35).

    "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." 

    Matthew 1:18 


    "But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20


    Another clear indication that the Father is the Holy Spirit are parallel statements made by Matthew and Luke:

    When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say." (Luke 12:11-12).

    But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew 10:17-20).

    The term "Spirit of God" is obviously a term which means "Spirit of God the Father."

    Who is the Father of Jesus? God IS the Father of Jesus. Our Father IS the SPIRIT. John 4:24 "God IS a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." 

    Romans 8:9 "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." 1 Corinthians 12:3 "Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost." 

    Psalm 143:10 "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness."

    "...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Corinthians 6:16.

    Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."

    "...if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus) is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." 1 John 1:7.

    "...for the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 315. 

    "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth." Acts of Apostles, p 11

    Deuteronomy 28:9 "The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways."

    The Anti-Christ will be established: Micah 4:1 "In the last days the mountain of the LORD's temple will be established as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills, and peoples will stream to it." 

    God is the past, present and future. After the millennium, God's house: Isaiah 2:2 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it."

    Hosea 3:5 "Afterward the Israelites [God's Truth & Spirit Filled People] will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the LORD and to his blessings
    in the last days."

    Acts 2:17 "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"

    Acts 2:17" And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"

    the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be far exceeded by the mighty movement under the loud cry of the third message. The work will be similar to that of the day of Pentecost. Servants of God, with their faces lighted up and shining with holy consecration, hasten from place to place to proclaim the warning from Heaven. By thousands of voices, all over the earth, the message will be given. Miracles are wrought, the sick are healed, and signs and wonders follow the believers. Satan also works with lying wonders, even bringing down fire from heaven in the sight of men. Thus the inhabitants of the earth are brought to take their stand.   {4SP 429.2}

    "Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted. But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me." Isaiah 49:8-16.

    The church is God's fortress. His city of refuge, which He holds in a revolted world. Any betrayal of the church is treachery to Him who has bought mankind with the blood of His only-begotten Son. From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth. In every age the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in which they lived. These sentinels gave the message of warning; and when they were called to lay off their armor, others took up the work. God brought these witnesses into covenant relation with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against His people.

    Through centuries of persecution, conflict, and darkness, God has sustained His church. Not one cloud has fallen upon it that He has not prepared for; not one opposing force has risen to counterwork His work, that He has not foreseen. All has taken place as He predicted. He has not left His church forsaken, but has traced in prophetic declarations what would occur, and that which His Spirit inspired the prophets to foretell has been brought about. All His purposes will be fulfilled. His law is linked with His throne, and no power of evil can destroy it. Truth is inspired and guarded by God; and it will triumph over all opposition." AA Chapter 1 

    "Whereunto," asked Christ, "shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?" Mark 4:30. He could not employ the kingdoms of the world as a similitude. In society He found nothing with which to compare it. Earthly kingdoms rule by the ascendancy of physical power; but from Christ's kingdom every carnal weapon, every instrument of coercion, is banished. This kingdom is to uplift and ennoble humanity. God's church is the court of Holy life, filled with varied gifts and endowed with the Holy Spirit. The members are to find their happiness in the happiness of those whom they help and bless.

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    Wonderful is the work which the Lord designs to accomplish through His church, that His name may be glorified. A picture of this work is given in Ezekiel's vision of the river of healing: "These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: . . . and by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Ezekiel 47:8-12.

    Those who receive the latter rain will not be MEMBERS of the church. Now I will prove that:

    "The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But MORE ESPECIALLY will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because ITS MEMBERS are doing after the manner of the world." Testimonies, vol. 5, 209, 210.


    "I was shown that the THIRD ANGEL, proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, represents the PEOPLE who receive this message and raise the voice in warning to the world." Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, 77.

     

    "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.

     

    Third Angel—“No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven.  Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.”  E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 2, p. 387.

     

    "God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reformation. Unless this takes place, those who are lukewarm will continue to grow more abhorrent to the Lord, until He will refuse to acknowledge them as His children. A revival and a reformation must take place, under the ministration of the Holy Spirit" (Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902).


    Isaiah 56:7 "these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."

    2 Timothy 3:1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come."


    An inset: The faithful people of God’s Church (not those who have grown lukewarm and confused) know that there is more very special (and truly sobering) understanding tied to additional details about what is the holy place, what—and also who, because it includes a human figure (Dan. 11:45)


    2 Chronicles 6:18 "But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!"

    "From the beginning, faithful souls have constituted the church on earth." Acts of Apostles, p 11.

    "There is no other church than the assembly of those who have the word of God, and who are purified by it." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 237.

    "Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God." Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 949.

    The Bible refers to God's true church as being made up of only those who are saints (1 Corinthians 14:33; Revelation 14:12); those who are sanctified (1 Corinthians 1:2; Jude 1); those who are established in the faith and truth (Acts 16:5; 1 Timothy 3:15); those who are subject unto, or who submit self to, Christ (Ephesians 5:24); those who are joined to Christ (Ephesians 5:31-32); and finally those who are in Christ (Galatians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:1).  Thus God's true church will be a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing (Ephesians 5:27).

    Therefore God's true church is only made up of those who are living a perfect righteous life without choosing to sin, and this is made possible only in and through Christ.  That is why God's true church on earth can be one with the church of the firstborn in heaven, because both groups are made up of perfect sinless beings and thus belong to the same true church of God! (see Hebrews 12:22-23).  That is also why the remnant people are identified by their character, and not by their profession or name (Revelation 12:17).  "No denominational name has any virtue to bring us into favor with God" (Review and Herald, February 10, 1891), no matter how exalted it may be, because God is concerned with our character!  If our character is an image of His Son, we are God's children and part of His true church.  But if our character is an image of the devil, then we are children of disobedience and part of Satan's synagogue of Babylon--regardless of what name we identify ourselves by!

    "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts, and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people." Hebrews 8:10.

    Isaiah 10:20 "In that day the remnant of Israel, the survivors of the house of Jacob, will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel."

    "...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people." 2 Corinthians 6:16.

    "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life" (Rom. 5:10)

    God manifest in the flesh,”  “Christ in men the hope of glory.” 
    2 Corinthians 3:3  "... house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." 1 Timothy 3:15

    "For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God." Hebrews 11:12 "The LORD has established Zion, and in her his afflicted people will find refuge." Isaiah 14:32

    "Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free." John 8:32 "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:23-24. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."

    The Truth & Spirit Filled People are members of GOD'S Church. Only thru belief in God's Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, can WE be ONE with GOD thru Jesus living in us. The life of CHRIST'S OWN LIFE abiding in men. If we believe in a god that denies Jesus died to save us, how can we be saved? Jesus is our ONLY HOPE! Learn more here.

    God's Spirit & Truth Filled People, ARE in the TRUE Church who is the living, eternal, immortal, invisible GOD of HEAVEN  by believing in His only begotten Son Jesus Christ! The life of CHRIST'S OWN LIFE abiding in men. Where ever they may be in this world, they can be a member of God's church just by believing in Jesus. God is the head of His Family. By believing and surrendering ourselves to Jesus, and saying "Our Father" we acknowledge ourselves, to be His children, and part of HIS CHURCH.

    This website is not an effort to start a "new" denomination with four walls; but rather to point people to the true church who is the living God of Heaven by lifting up Jesus, our Saviour to them. They are not restricted by four walls of a particular denomination, but rather they are to be free in Jesus to do His perfect will according to God's Word in the Bible. 
    Luke 6:22 "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake."

    The Bible says in John 8:32, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." Romans 6:22. Romans 6:18 "Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness." Romans 7:4 "Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law [our old sinful nature is dead, because we are sin-free by being married to Christ] by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, [even] to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." [God is the true church]

    WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO GO TO HEAVEN ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE?

    In Revelation 14:12 we read, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon (the devil) was wroth with the woman (God's Spirit Filled People), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony (prophesyings) of Jesus Christ."


    The apostle Paul expresses it best as he introduces the one and only true God of the Bible, who alone can constitute a church: “For even though there are those who are called “gods”, whether in heaven or in earth, just as there are many gods and many lords, there is actually to us one God the Father, out of whom all things are, and we for him and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things are, and we through him.” (1 Cor. 8:5-7).

    “For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15, For as much as you are manifestly declared to be the letter of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:3

    But “the man of sin,” “the son of perdition,” “the mystery of iniquity,” soon came in, and with its working supplanted Him as the builder, and became himself the builder of what is proposed as “the church,” but which these builders built only for themselves and for their own glory, in which always there has sat this “man of sin” above God, and “showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4. 

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

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

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

    "for the presence of the High and Holy One who in inhabititeth eternity can alone constitute a church."

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


    “The House of God, is the Church of the Living God.” 1 Timothy 3:15. 

    "Jesus teaches us to call His Father our Father. He is not ashamed to call us brethren. Hebrews 2:11. So ready, so eager, is the Saviour's heart to welcome us as members of the family of God, that in the very first words we are to use in approaching God He places the assurance of our divine relationship, "Our Father." Here is the announcement of that wonderful truth, so full of encouragement and comfort, that God loves us as He loves His Son. This is what Jesus said in His last prayer for His disciples, Thou "hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me." John 17:23. 

    The world that Satan has claimed and has ruled over with cruel tyranny, the Son of God has, by one vast achievement, encircled in His love and connected again with the throne of Jehovah. Cherubim and seraphim, and the unnumbered hosts of all the unfallen worlds, sang anthems of praise to God and the Lamb when this triumph was assured. They rejoiced that the way of salvation had been opened to the fallen race and that the earth would be redeemed from the curse of sin. How much more should those rejoice who are the objects of such amazing love!" {MB C5}

    The Apostle and High Priest of our profession was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all His House. 

    “And Moses verily was faithful in all His House as a servant, for a testimony of those things that were to be spoken after. But Christ was faithful over His own House: whose House are we if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. Hebrews 3: 1-6. 

    “Ye, as lively stones are built up a spiritual House.” 1 Peter 2:5. 

    “Ye are no more strangers and foreigners but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God: and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. 

    “In whom, all the Building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an Holy Temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded together for an Habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 2: 19-22. 

    Ye are God's Building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9. 

    I will build My Church.” Matthew 16:18. 

    The Church of God, then, is the House of God, of His own building, through Christ His own named Builder. It is built “an holy Temple, in the Lord,” “for an Habitation of God, through the Spirit.” 

    Now what are the dimensions of this House of God? How extensive must be its capacity, to be such a Temple and such a Habitation of God that it shall reflect and express “all the fulness of God?” And who could be the Builder? What man or men could possibly build “The House of God which is The Church of the Living God,” that shall contain so as to express “all the fulness of God?” Were not men long ago challenged up on this very point? Please read: 

    “Who is able to build Him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Him?” 2 Chronicles 2:6. 

    “Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee, how much less this house that I have builded?” 2 Chronicles 6:18. 

    “The Heaven is My Throne and the earth is My footstool. Where is the house that ye will build unto Me? Isaiah 66:1. 

    And this challenge is carried over into the field of Christian thought and things; and is repeated to hold up all who would be “builders” of The Church or in The Church which is “The House of God” — “You builders:” 

    “The Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands, as saith the prophet: Heaven is My Throne, and earth My footstool, what house will ye build Me? saith the Lord?” Acts 7: 48-49; 4:11. 

    Accordingly men, who undertake to build or to “organize” The Church or a church, in that very thing show their own utter ignorance of all that is The Church in truth. And they never do build Him an house. Always they build to themselves an house where in the place of God, themselves shall sit and reign and rule utterly unlike God. No. The Church is the House of God, It is built only for the habitation of God, the place which He has made for Him who is equal with God, and therefore able and capable to compass and understand and truly express the thought of God in His “Eternal Purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

    When this Eternal Purpose was purposed only in Christ Jesus, then it is utterly impossible for any other than Christ in person to be The Builder or the Organizer of The Church. And so only it is: 

    “He shall build The Temple of the Lord; even He shall build The Temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory,” Zechariah 6: 12-13. 

    And “He” came and earned the position, and, by divine merit as well as by divine right, took the position of that Builder: “I will build My Church.” 

    But “the man of sin,” “the son of perdition,” “the mystery of iniquity,” soon came in, and with its working supplanted Him as the builder, and became himself the builder of what is proposed as “the church,” but which these builders built only for themselves and for their own glory, in which always there has sat this “man of sin” above God, and “showing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:4. 

    And the wicked course of that mystery of iniquity has been followed in the building of more others than there are days in the year: each one of them presented as the true Temple and the true House of God,but which in truth is only the habitation of men, who sit and rule there in place of God. 

    But the time has come, and now is, when the Mystery of God is once more to have its place above the mystery of iniquity: and this unto its glorious finishing. And this mystery is God manifest, “God manifest in the flesh,” “Christ in men the hope of glory.” And in this, again it will be, as at the first, that God only, in Christ only, by the Holy Spirit only, will be the Builder of His own House unto its finishing in its own native glory and beauty. Revelation 10:7; Ephesians 5:27. 

    And so it is written: 

    “Speaking the truth in love may grow up into Him in all things who is the Head even Christ, from whom” and “in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy Temple in the Lord . . . for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Ephesians 4: 15-6; 2: 21-22. 

    There is the Builder of The Church, the Organizer of The Church, and He is only Christ the Head. 

    There is the Building of The Church, the organizing of The Church, and it is all only from Him who is the Head, by the Holy Spirit. 

    And that is the House of God: a fit and becoming “House of habitation” for Him Who first “built all things,” and “Whom the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain.” 

    Where is the house that ye will build unto Me — “you builders” — saith the Lord? 

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    SEVEN COVERING LETTERS TO THE CHURCHES OF ASIA

    Format of the Letters

    31.4To Ephesus - steadfast, but lacking in love2:1-7
    31.5Smyrna - troubled and poor, but rich in spirit2:8-11
    31.6Pergamum - faithful, but false and immoral teaching2:12-17
    31.7Thyatira - hard-working, but some are pagans2:18-29
    31.8Sardis - apparently alive, but mainly dead3:1-6
    31.9Philadelphia - weak in power, but loyal3:7-13
    31.10Laodicea - successful and complacent3:14-22

    The church at Philadelphia is commended by Christ with the words, “For thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”

    The Letter to Philadelphia: The Church Faithful to Christ (3:7-13)

    The message to the church at Philadelphia is in some respects one of the most interesting of all the messages to the churches. Here is a church which was faithful to Christ and the Word of God. The city of Philadelphia itself, known in modern times as Alasehir, is located in Lydia some twenty-eight miles southeast of Sardis and was named after a king of Pergamos, Attalus Philadelphus, who built the city. The word Philadelphia,meaning “brotherly love,” is found six other times in the New Testament (Rom. 12:101 Thess. 4:9Heb. 13:11 Peter 1:22; 2 Peter l:7a,b). Here the word occurs for the seventh and final time, but only here is it used of the city bearing this name.

    The city of Philadelphia had a long history and several times was almost completely destroyed by earthquakes. The most recent rebuilding was in a.d. 17. The land area around Philadelphia was rich in agricultural value, but had noticeable tokens of previous volcanic action. Grapes were one of the principal crops, and, in keeping with this, Dionysus was one of the chief objects of pagan worship. Through the centuries, a nominal Christian testimony continued in this city of Philadelphia and prospered even under Turkish rule. But all nominal Christians left the city for Greece after World War I.

    The message addressed to the church at Philadelphia has the unusual characteristic of being almost entirely a word of praise, similar to that received by the church at Smyrna, but in sharp contrast to the messages to Sardis and Laodicea.

    3:7 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, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.

    The Philadelphia letter reminds that any true church at any time, and especially during the last days, meets Satanic opposition…through imitation, religious ritualism, and hypocrisy—opposition strengthened by mixture of worldliness and religiousness—Church and State.

    The Philadelphian church is therefore promised deliverance from the time of trouble which will overtake the world but will not overtake them. By so much they are encouraged to bear their present suffering and to continue their faithfulness and patience as they bear witness for the Lord Jesus.

    The Lord’s coming for them is compared to an imminent event, one which will come suddenly without announcement. In view of this expectation they are to hold fast to their testimony for Christ in order to receive their reward at His coming. The expression “quickly” is to be understood as something which is sudden and unexpected, not necessarily immediate.

    the Philadelphian Christians will be permanent like a pillar in the temple and, speaking figuratively, they will stand when all else has fallen. This perhaps had peculiar significance to those who were in Philadelphia because of their historic experiences with earthquakes which frequently had ruined their buildings and left only the pillars standing. They are assured of continuance throughout eternity because of their faith in Christ as the One who enables them to overcome the world.

    Further, the promise is given, “He shall go no more out.” This seems to mean that they will no longer be exposed to the temptations and trials of this present life and will have their permanent residence in the very presence of God. In addition to this promise Christ gives them a threefold assurance that they will be identified with God, because (1) they will have the name of God, (2) they will have the name of the city of God, the new Jerusalem, and (3) they will have a new name belonging to Christ. The expression “new Jerusalem” is a reference to the future eternal city described in Revelation 21 and 22. Some like Trench spiritualize the city and deplore the concept that the city will actually come down from heaven. The new Jerusalem, however, will probably be just as literal as the new heaven and the new earth.110 Those who, like the Philadelphia Christians, are faithful in their testimony and sure in their salvation are promised these eternal realities attending those who receive Christ as Saviour and Lord. As they have been faithful in receiving grace in the present age, so they will be rewarded by God with full tokens of their salvation in eternity to come.

    As in the messages to the other churches, the church of Philadelphia is given the invitation to hear “what the spirit saith unto the churches.” The challenge to all who hear today is to receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and, having received Him, to bear a faithful witness for the Lord. This will confirm their salvation and their possession of eternal life with God. Like those in Philadelphia, they can contemplate not only present but future deliverance from this world and the enjoyment of all the privileges of eternity because of the Lord’s provision.


    The Letter to Laodicea: The Church with Unconscious Need (3:14-22)

    (Read this with the idea, that Laodicea represents the Modern SDA General Conference churches.)

    The seventh and concluding message to the seven churches of Asia is addressed to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This city founded by Antiochus II in the middle of the third century before Christ and named after his wife Laodice was situated about forty miles southeast of Philadelphia on the road to Colossae. Under Roman rule Laodicea had become wealthy and had a profitable business arising from the production of wool cloth. When destroyed by an earthquake about a.d. 60, it was able to rebuild without any outside help. Its economic sufficiency tended to lull the church to sleep spiritually; and though there is mention of the church as late as the fourteenth century, the city as well as the church now is in complete ruins.

    No doubt the Laodiceans were familiar with the letter to Colossae which must have been in their possession for at least a generation. There Christ is described as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Col. 1:15), and as the One “who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” (Col. 1:18). In a similar way Christ declares in Revelation 21:6, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” As the Laodiceans had reveled in material riches, Christ reminds them that all of these things come from Him who is the Creator.

    3:15-16 I know thy works, 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.

    The indictment: neither cold nor hot. With this introduction of Himself, Christ addresses His message to the angel of the church in Laodicea without a word of commendation and with the most scathing rebuke to be found in any of the seven letters. The letter is first of all addressed to the angel or minister of the church. Because of the mention of Archippus in Colossians 4:17, some have suggested that Archippus may have been the angel or minister of the church in Laodicea. Paul had strictly charged Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received of the Lord, that thou fulfil it” (Col. 4:17). In verse 15 he had sent greetings to the church in Laodicea and stated in the following verse that the Colossians should also read a letter they would receive from the Laodiceans. Though it cannot be determined whether this is a letter now lost or a reference to the epistle to the Ephesians, there seems to be concern on the part of the Apostle Paul even at that time for the spiritual state of the church at Laodicea. It is improbable that Archippus was still pastor of the church, however, as thirty years or more had elapsed since the epistle to the Colossians was written. The state of the church, however, may well have stemmed from faulty ministry and leadership on the part of Archippus whether or not he was still pastor.

    The difficulty seems to be that the church was lukewarm rather than cold or hot. The word translated “lukewarm” (Gr., chliaros) is used only here in the New Testament and refers to tepid water. It is obvious that in this portion of Scripture Christ is referring to three different spiritual states which may be enumerated respectively as a state of coldness, a state of warmth or fervor, and a state of lukewarmness. Christ had reference to the fact that many in the world are cold to the things of Christ, that is, the gospel leaves them totally unmoved and arouses no interest or spiritual fervor. Such were many who were later won to the gospel, but in their prior cold state they had no evidence of grace or of salvation. By contrast those who are described as hot are those who show genuine spiritual fervor and leave no question as to the presence of eternal life, the sanctifying power and presence of the Holy Spirit, and a fervent testimony manifesting to all that they are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The normal transition is from a state of coldness to a state of spiritual warmth and is manifested in the experience of many prominent servants of God. The Apostle Paul himself at one time was cold toward Christ and bitter in his persecution of Christians; but once he met Christ on the Damascus Road, the opposition and lack of interest were immediately dissolved and replaced by the fervent heat of a flaming testimony for the Lord. The One whom he former)y persecuted then became an object of such affection that he would cheerfully die for Christ’s name. Similarly Moses in the Old Testament, though not always identified with his people Israel, when faced with a choice of either going the way of the Egyptians or the way of the people of God, according to the Scriptures chose to suffer affliction with his people rather than to enjoy the pleasures of Egypt for a brief season. It is obvious that he also manifested fervency in a real work for God. Such has been the pattern also of countless souls who have been won from spiritual deadness and coldness to fervency of Christian testimony.


    The third state, that of lukewarmness, is what characterized the church in Laodicea. This state refers to those who have manifested some interest in the things of God. They may be professing Christians who attend church but have fallen far short of a true testimony for Christ and whose attitude and actions raise questions concerning the reality of their spiritual life. They have been touched by the gospel, but it is not clear whether they really belong to Christ. Such was the case of the messenger of the church at Laodicea as well as his congregation.

    PHILADELPHIA (see Rev 3.7-13) "Phileo" means "to love", and "adelphos" means "brother". Philadelphia is brotherly love. Of the seven churches, only two churches escape reproof and of those two, only one, Philadelphia, is wholly approved and praised. For Philadelphia alone, there is praise without reproof.

    Philadelphia and Laodicea are two churches that represent two different areas of Christianity. Although they are two distinct areas, one arises out of, and is a deformation of the other.

    Keeping the Word

    Philadelphia possesses two features: one, they keep the Word of the Lord and, two they do not deny His name. Here is a group of people who are led by God to learn how to keep the Lord's Word. God opens His Word to them so that they can understand. There is no creed in their midst, only the Word of God. There is no doctrine, only the Word. There is no tradition, only the Word. There is no opportunity for man's opinion, only the Word of God. After the apostles, this is the first church, which the Lord praises, for now a group of people has completely returned to the Lord's Word. To them no authority other than the Lord's, no teaching, no creed, is of any use.

    It is possible for people to be able to preach and understand doctrine and yet not know the Bible. It is possible to learn a creed and accept it without knowing the Word of God. Does this sound somewhat strange? If the church needed a creed the Lord would have given it to us. Today people analyze the Bible and form it into a creed. The Bible is infinite in nature, but the creed is definite. The Bible is involved, the creed is simple. The creed can be understood by the foolish, but the complexities of the Bible are intelligent to a certain group of people for it requires a certain condition to understand it. The Word of God is wide open to those with life to enter in; but a creed is something so widely opened that all who desire to may come in. The Bible cannot be understood unless the reader has life and singleness of eye before the Lord, but a creed can be understood by anyone who has a clear mind as soon as it is read.

    People may think the way is too narrow; so they try to widen it in order to get people in. But the Philadelphians reject all creeds; they simply return to the Word of God. "Thou didst keep my word," says the Lord. In all of church history, only in the era of Philadelphia has the Word of God been so much understood. Only in Philadelphia does God's Word have its rightful place. In other times people accepted creeds and traditions, but the church in Philadelphia accepts nothing but the Word of God. Throughout church history, there have never been so many ministers of God's Word as in Philadelphia.

    Do not deny His name

    "Thou didst not deny my name," says the Lord. This, too, is a special feature of Philadelphia. After such a long history of the church, the name of the Lord Jesus has unexpectedly become the very last name. People pay more attention to men's names--perhaps to Peter's or the other apostles. Or Christians may chose to call themselves by some other preference of theirs such as doctrine or nationality. Many take pride in saying, "I am a Lutheran," or "I am a Wesleyan"--the names of men. Many proudly declare themselves to be Coptic or Angelican, named after a place or country. These many names completely divide God's children. It looks as if the one name, the name of the Lord Jesus, is not sufficient to separate us from the world.

    If anyone should ask you, "Who are you?" and you answer, "I am a Christian," he will not be satisfied. He will insist upon knowing what kind of Christian you are. The Lord Himself considers His name to be quite sufficient for His children. But only in Philadelphia is His name reckoned as sufficient. There is no need for many names, for names separate. His name is enough! Remember the Lord is quite concerned about t his matter.

    The overcomers in Philadelphia (Philadelphia = the 144,000 or Zion)

    Many brothers ask me the question, "What do the overcomers in Philadelphia overcome?" Do you realize the difficulty here? The overcomers in Ephesus have overcome the tendency to forsake their first love; the overcomers in Smyrna have overcome the external threat of death; the overcomers in Pergamum have overcome the bondage and temptation of the world; the overcomers in Thyatira have overcome the teaching of the woman; the overcomers in Sardis have overcome spiritual death and the overcomers in Laodicea are to overcome lukewarmness and the deceit of pride. But what do the overcomers in Philadelphia need to overcome? Everything has been accepted, everything is fine.

    Philadelphia is a church after the Lord's own heart. Yet in this church the Lord still gives promises to those who overcome. What must they overcome? There seems that there is nothing that needs to be overcome, there seems to be no problem.

    However, the Lord does give His warning here. "I come quickly: hold fast to that which thou hast, that on one take thy crown" (Rev 3.11). This is the only warning in the letter to the Philadelphians. The Philadelphians must be careful to hold fast that which they have. In this, they must overcome. In other words, they must not lose that which they already have. Do not change or alter it. The Lord has only one request: keep that which you have.

    The problem with Philadelphia is that if they do not keep what they have, God will raise up other people to take away their crown. Originally, the crown was given to them, but if they depart from their position, others will take their crown. What the Philadelphians must overcome is that they must not lose what they already have possessed. This is quite different from the other seven churches. Let us therefore take note of the Lord's Word. Only one church--the church in Philadelphia is after the Lord's own heart. Its characteristics are that it keeps the Lord's Word and it does not deny His name. May we never be negligent in these matters. 

    LAODICEA (Rev 3.04-22)

    Of the seven churches, five are reprimanded, one is without reproach (Smyrna) and one is wholly approved. The church, which is wholly approved, is Philadelphia. 

    Spiritual pride

    "I know thy works, that thou are neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot." (Rev 3.15). This is the character of Laodicea. {SDA church} "Because thou sayest, I am rich and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked." (v 17).

    This is what Laodicea is. Though it is neither hot nor cold it is full of spiritual pride before the Lord. To say, "I am rich," ought to be enough, but Laodicea emphasizes it with, "and have need of nothing!" But the Lord sees it differently for He replies, "thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked." From where does this spiritual pride come? Undoubtedly it is based on past history. Once the Laodiceans were rich; so now they imagine they are still rich. Once the Lord showed mercy to them; now they remember that past history although they are no longer in touch with the reality of it.

    Learn to be humble

    Therefore, brothers and sisters, if we desire to continue on the course of Philadelphia, we must learn to be humble before God. Sometimes I have heard brothers say, "The blessing of God is in our midst." I acknowledged the truth of it, yet I feel we need to exercise extreme caution in saying this, lest, inadvertently, it exudes Laodicean flavor. If one day we are inclined to say we are rich and have grown rich and have need of nothing, we are very close to Laodicea.

    Remember there is nothing, which is not received. Even if the people who are surrounding you are all poor, you still need not know that you are rich. Those who live before the Lord are not conscious of their wealth. They who come forth from the presence of the Lord are rich, yet that are not aware of their riches. May the Lord be merciful to us in that we may learn to live before Him and, being rich, know not of our riches. It is better for Moses not to know the radiance of his countenance for, once known, it may become Laodicea. If it is known it may end up in lukewarmness. Those of Laodicea know everything, but nothing is real before God.

    Be careful of pride

    We should learn to stand in the position of Philadelphia. Keep the word of the Lord and do not deny His name. Stand on the ground of brethren, not of names. Do not be proud. Do not boast before the Roman Catholic Church. Do not boast before the Protestant church. Do not boast before the many sects and denominations. The moment you are proud you have become Laodicea. You are no longer Philadelphia. Brothers and sisters, which way are you traveling? May God give grace to His children that all may walk in the straight path of the church.

    The way of the church as appointed by the Lord is Philadelphia. The Lord's way for us is only one #Philadelphia. Walk in it. Be careful lest there is pride. The greatest temptation in the Philadelphia way is that of pride: "I am better than you. My truth is clearer and broader then yours. I am not like you who have another's name." Pride will plunge us into Laodicea. Those who follow the Lord have nothing of which to be proud. The Lord will spew out the proud. May the Lord be merciful. I warn you not to utter arrogant words. Live in the presence of God and refrain from saying any boastful words. By living constantly in God's presence, we will not see our riches. Therefore, we will not be proud.


    Laodicea or Philadelphia?

    What church of the seven churches of Revelation is the Seventh Day Adventist church today?  I’d like to propose that two of the Seven churches of Revelation represent Seventh Day Adventists.  One is “Laodicea”, one is “Philadelphia”.  James White explains that the Philadelphia Church started in 1844 with the sanctuary message. 

    “Behold I set before thee an open door. This door Christ opens, while He shuts another. As the Philadelphia church applies to no other period than the time of the termination of the 2300 days(1844), when Christ closed His work for the world in the Holy, and opened the door of the Holiest of all, the conclusion seems irresistible that the open and shut door of Revelation 3:7, 8, refers to the change in the position and work of our great High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. He then closed the work or door of the daily ministration in the Holy, and opened the door of the Most Holy. The tabernacle of the testimony was then opened; but before this could be done, the door, or work of Christ's continual mediation in the Holy, had to be closed. This may well be likened to the shut door in the parable.The idea that the door of God's mercy is closed or ever was to be closed to those who do not reject the offers of mercy is not found in the Bible. No such door is mentioned in Scripture. But that there ever has been a point, beyond which men may go, where, according to the plan of salvation, the intercession of Christ could not benefit them is evident.” [James White NRH, June 9,1851].The church of Philadelphia(the 6th church)Rev 3:7-13 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, and 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 uponhim my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.In speaking of those who have all the characteristics of Philadelphia, Ellen White identifies Philadelphia as the 144,000, the final remnant. “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 love us who could wash one another’s feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet.” (EGW Early Writings page 15)In a September 1850 article by the Advent Review Publishing Committee, which was composed of Hiram Edson, David Arnold, George W. Holt, Samuel W. Rhodes, and James White who apparently wanted to leave a permanent record of what their stand was on God's last true church, the article states:"Now just as sure as the Philadelphia church is the true church of the last days, just so sure the 144,000 are sealed, just before the coming of the Lord"Notice in the quote above by Ms. White she tells us that the 144,000 have all the characteristics of Philadelphia.  We will see shortly that the Laodicean Church is  actually the Synagogue of Satan.  And also they are called by the SOP “professed Adventists”, “nominal[in name only] Adventists. Jesus stands at the door of that church and knocks.  He says not one good thing about the Laodicean church.   The 144,000 have all the characteristics of  Philadelphia according to the quote above from the SOP.  God makes those who say they are Jews and are not worship at the feet of the 144,000.“.....And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, “Only the 144,000 enter this place,” and we shouted, “Alleluia.”...."This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw I cannot describe.....I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out and Jesus left us and went to the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying, “Come, My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you.” (Early Writings page18)The 144,000 have God’s name, the new Jerusalem and Jesus new name written on their foreheads. They are the church of Philadelphia, not Laodicea. Now notice that God showed her that the “Jews who say they are and are not” are “professed Adventists”.“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 shewed 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.” (EGW A Word to the Little Flock, page 12)Did you catch that.  Those Jews who say they are and are not are actually “professed Adventists” the “synagogue of Satan”.  In other words “nominal Adventists”.  This is referring to the “hour of temptation” otherwise known as “the time of trouble” which she says “is yet to come”.  Those who say they are Jews and are not refers to “professed Adventists”.  We have our Gods name written on our forehead. The name of the God of Jesus.  The fathers name.  This quote is referring to the time of trouble when professed Adventists acknowledge Philadelphia as the remnant true church.   Carefully read the characteristics of the 144,000 in this next verse.  They are the characteristics of Philadelphia. Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. Get the oil for your lamp.  You know that the General Conference of Adventists admits they are Laodicea. “Today we hesitate to claim we’re the remnant; 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.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. Some say the 7 churches are in time periods and we would have to time travel to get back to Philadelphia.  However they really cannot find one quote from the SOP which gives the time when Philadelphia ends.  In fact the SOP constantly refers to the 144,000 as those with the character of Philadelphia[Rev 14:1]. So therefore it goes through, whereas Laodicea is nothing but an imposter a counterfeit Adventist church. Each church does represent a period of time.  2 churches will make it to the end according to SOP.  The one with the name of there God in there forehead is the 144,000[Rev 14:1, 3:9].  That one is Philadelphia.  And then another that makes it to the end which is Laodicea also makes it to the time of the end. Many have said that the churches overlap.   This is true again.Laodicea represents Adventists who didn’t walk in the light"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.That is the second church that makes it to the end.  You don't want to be a Laodicean when Jesus returns.  But the message to Philadelphia is the one to the 144,000 who have walked in the light.  Laodiceans are clearly those who will not walk in the light. “The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.” (EGW Notebook Leaflets, page 99 MS 166 1898)If we believe we are in Laodicea we can know that the presence of God is not in our midst.  It doesn't matter how much evidence we think we've seen that the presence of God is in our midst.  "Faith is not the evidence of things seen"[Heb 11:1].  Those who go by what they see will be deceived because Satan will work many miracles in these last days.  He brings down fire from heaven in the sight of men.  Just as the fire of Gods spirit was brought down on the day of Pentecost.  Satan will counterfeit it. We can know by the fruit on the tree.  We can also know by the written word.   Faith comes by the word of God alone. [Rom 10:17].  God has reserved a remnant according to the promise.  God has answered and said I have reserved 144,000 who have not bowed down to the image of Baal.[Romans 11:1-4] Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saintsJud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.  “What we want now is a reorganization. We want to begin at the foundation [Philadelphia], and to build upon a different principle.” [Last Day Events, page 53]God does not work with disorder.  But out of the churches today confusion reigns.  We have a God who can create order out of confusion.  The last called out people know no standard but the word. This next quote is about the "Loud cry" which is also called "The glory that lightens the earth"[Rev 18:1].  Look what happens to the Laodiceans when this "glory that lightens the earth" or "the loud cry" comes.   This quote is very powerful. The glory that lightens the earth _ The Loud CryRev 18:1  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

    "The message to the Laodicean church is appropriate to the church of this time. . . . "I will come unto thee quickly and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." How long shall this warning be resisted? How long shall it be slighted?

    "Spiritually deadened, humility and childlike faith gone, a mechanical, formal profession of faith has taken the place of love and devotion. Is this mournful condition of things to continue? Is the lamp of God's love to go out in darkness? . . . "The church is like the unproductive tree which, receiving the dew and rain and sunshine, should have produced an abundance of fruit, but on which the divine search discovers nothing but leaves. Solemn thought for our churches! Solemn, indeed for every individual! Marvelous is the patience and forbearance of God; but 'except thou repent', it will be exhausted; the churches, our institutions, will go from weakness to weakness, from cold formality to deadness, while they are saying, "I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing." The True Witness says, "And knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked?" Will they ever see clearly their true condition?"There is to be in the churches a wonderful manifestation of the power of God, but it will not move upon those who have not humbled themselves before the Lord, and opened the doors of the heart by confession and repentance. In the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their ideas and expectations, they will oppose the work. "Why," they say, "should not we know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?" - because they did not respond to the warnings, the entreaties of the messages of God, but persistently said, 'I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing.'" Review and Herald Extra December 23 , 1890; bound Volume 2 of Review and Herald[EGW articles, pages 453 (column 3) and 454 (columns 1 and 2)]What kind of revival will there be with the Laodiceans?   Are we sure we want to ride that boat into harbour?"If the church of God becomes lukewarm, it does not stand in favour 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." 19MR 176

    To be Laodicean is to be no different than Babylon fallen. They both think they “sit a queen and shall see no sorrow"[Rev 18:7].  They are not increased with goods.  The merchandise in Laodicea is no good.[Rev 18:11-12]  Don't buy it. It will burn like stubble. Buy Gold tried in the fire [Rev 3:21].   The Faith of Jesus.   


    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.

    LET US MAKE A NAME

     

    “Let us make us a name”Gen 11:4


    And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying,

    Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen

    For her sins have reached unto heaven[Rev 18]

    Who and what is the church

     Found Wanting

     

    THE LOUD CRY

     

    The following message is addressed to the Seventh Day AdventistChurch.  Behold there are many who claim they are Seventh Day Adventists today and yet have rejected many of the Testimonies and blessings that were given her. 

    Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;

     

    “The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work.” [Last Day Events, page 59]

     

    “In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the sentence: ‘Found wanting.’ By the light bestowed, the opportunities given, will she be judged.” [Last Day Events, page 59]

     

    I invite you to be a Berean to search to see if these things are so.  To see if the light bestowed on her was used accordingly.  Or like the night Babylon fell a large class of Adventists have been “Found wanting”.   We must be very careful before pronouncing this judgment.   I would invite you to read this present truth message.

     

    The Fallen Body of the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists- A look through prophetic eyes[THE LOUD CRY]

     

    Rev 18:1-5  And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

     

    People ask me.  “How can you say this body is a fallen body?”   I answer because scripture makes a plain distinction as to what constitutes a fallen church.   Some will say “Well the church can never fall”.  And I answer “That’s right the church can never fall, the gates of hell shall not prevail against her,  but entire conferences would be lost”.   The General Conference body is a fallen body of Seventh day Adventists.  The intention of this article is to clear up misconceptions and misuses of the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy and to clearly distinguish what Babylon means and what Babylon Fallen means.

     

    “We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil?” [Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one, page 380, paragraph 1 and quoted in Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, page 188, paragraph 3]

     

    A cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  In other words “Babylon Fallen”.  All Gods promises are conditional.  Some say that God has a special branch that has unconditional promises.

     

    “God’s promises are conditional. In order to make it possible for Him to bless us, we must do our part. We cannot expect that all His blessings will come to us naturally, if we fold our hands in inactivity. We are to be laborers together with God. It is our privilege and duty to labor for souls ready to perish.” [Sermons and Talks Volume Two, page 195]

     

    “The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work.” [Last Day Events, page 59]

     

    With every branch of his work he works the same.  There is no branch including the General Conference that he will not take the kingdomof God from.  The quote is clear.  The devil might suggest it as he did with the Jews and Apostolic church, the Roman church or every other branch of his work.  But the devil is a liar who misuses Gods word.  God said to Moses he could destroy an entire people and make him a great nation.  He spoke the same through John the Baptist and Jesus saying that if they refused the message he could make Abrahams seed from rocks still keeping his promise with Abraham. 

    And we must also understand what constitutes the church.  Is the church a corporation? Or is the church those who are Christs body walking this earth doing his will in work, school, home, food or drink etc.    I want to use Romans 11 to show the principle of replacement theology.  As well as a few other quotes from the bible and spirit of prophecy.  Names always have a meaning such as “Israel means Overcomer”, “Jew means chosen”.   In other words Gods chosen would be overcomers.  Basically spiritual Jews[Romans 2:28.29].  Or Spiritual Israelites [Ephesians 2:11-22].   The promises to Abrahams seed were kept with Abraham.  We gentiles are “Abrahams seed through Christ”[Gal 3:29].  God keeps his covenants.  But Abrahams literal descendants didn’t.  Therefore “the kingdom was taken from them and given to gentiles”[Matt 21:43].   So to say it is not blood that distinguishes the promised people.  It is not a letter, nor a baptismal certificate that makes up Gods people.  The spirit of Elijah through John said  “Say not to yourself we are Seventh Day Adventists”.  

     

    Now Paul says in Romans 11 “Has God cast away his people, God forbid for I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham”[verse 1] and I say to the General Conference Seventh Day Adventists “Has God cast away his church, God forbid, for I also am a Seventh Day Adventist of “the seed of Abraham through our Lord Jesus Christ””[Gal 3:29].    But the question remains now.  “Am I a true Seventh Day Adventist?”  “Are you a Seventh Day Adventist?”.

     

    Many are aware that the message of the 144,000 is the Elijah message to the church.  John the baptist came in the “spirit of Elijah”[Luke 1:17].   The message was a message of repentance.  A message that said Mat 3:9-10  “And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.   And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”   There is a tree now that is bringing forth no fruit but merely leaves.

     

    Romans 11 talks about a tree and Abrahams seed and talks about grafting into that tree unnaturally.  And yes God did raise Israelites from the gentiles[Romans 11:25].  70 weeks were determined on the nation of Israel[Daniel 9:24-27, Jer 31:36, Matt 21:43].  A period of probation was given and then a man came in the spirit and power of Elijah[Luke 1:18]Now the Elijah message says the same thing to the General Conference to “think not that you are Christs seed because Christ is able to raise Seventh Day Adventists from stones”.     Don’t think that because you have a baptismal certificate that will make you a Seventh Day Adventist. 

     

    I hope people  recognize that the Seventh Day Adventist church mirrors Israel in that day.  This is important so that we recognize our duty in order to receive the latter rain of the Holy Spirit. God always works in duality.  

    “Jerusalem is a representation of what the church will be if it refuses to walk in the light that God has given. [...] Christ turned from them, saying: ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,’ how can I give thee up? ‘How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!’ Matthew 23:37.” [Testimonies for the Church Volume Eight, page 67]

     

    Behold there house was left unto them desolate.  Now that we know that God can raise Seventh Day Adventists from rocks, or graft them in unnaturally like he did with the Apostolic church[Romans 2:28,29].  Let us see what characteristics constitute Babylon and Babylon Fallen.  Please understand that there is a distinction between the two.  Many say “Don’t call the church Babylon”.    And I would never call Gods church Babylon  But I would also never call a fallen body such as the General Conference Gods Church.  A church can be recovered out of Babylon.   Reformation is possible when a church goes into Babylon.  But when fallen a church has then “been weighed in the balances and found wanting”[Daniel 5:27, Rev 18:1-4].   The call is then made to the people to come out of her[Revelation 18:4].   Please take careful note of these next quotes as to what characteristics constitute Babylon and what characteristics constitute Babylon Fallen.

    “When the early church departed from God and imbibed pagan errors, she became Babylon[NOT FALLEN]. When she united with the state, she fell[BABYLON FALLEN], and, as an organization, was the body of Christ no longer. While the Reformation churches held fast to the word, Christ was with them. Then they crystallized their various errors into creeds and endeavored thus to confine God’s word, they made themselves daughters of Babylon[NOT FALLEN]. When some of them united with the state, they fell[BABYLON FALLEN], and God had to use other people, called out of Babylon to carry forward His work. Now [in 1896] among these very churches which came out of the second Babylon, confusion reigns; and now [in 1896] great Babylon, including later daughters, is in adulterous union with the kings of earth , and is endeavoring to make that union stronger. God calls no church Babylon which holds to His word, and follows the light that shines from it, even though there are in its membership many who do not know Christ When the controlling influence of a church is downward, it erects some other standard besides God’s word.”

    We will see that the General Conference is definitely not using the word of God as her standard.This is the 1896 Sabbath school lesson.  I have one more quote from this.  But I want you to please make sure you understand when a body falls.  At the very point that it unites with the state it falls.  This is repeated several times.  Please note that when a church is in Babylon it has imbibed pagan errors.  I will not list any here of what the General conference has imbibed such as salvation in sin because these are other issues.  But I would advise you to read my article on Ellen White and the Trinity as she described it as “The Omega of deadly heresies”.   When heresies arise in a church this does not constitute a fallen church and the call is not yet made to “Come out of her”.   Reformation is called for until she unites with state then she falls and reformation of that body is no longer possible. Then the call to “Come out” is made, however as the quote said “Confusion reigns”. 

    “It has ever been true that a backslidden body, one that has turned from God’s word to men, from God’s power to the state, was never reformed in itself. Invariably God’s message has called out those from the fallen church who would do His will and preach His gospel.Israel went down to Egypt for help, and their captivity and loss of power followed. Out of the captives God gathered a faithful band to do His work. The Jewish church failed, and God called out the apostolic church to do His bidding. The Roman Church failed, and out of it God called the churches of the Reformation. Some of these churches failed to advance, and God called out others to bear His gospel to the world such as the Baptist, Methodist, Congregationalist, Disciple, Adventists. His last ‘called-out’ peoplewill know no standard but His word, no power but His Spirit.”

    First Quarter, Lesson IX, February 29, 1896, p. 33-34:

    A church that has imbibed pagan errors is Babylon.  A church that has turned from Gods word is Babylon.  A church that erects a standard besides Gods word such as a book of fundamental beliefs isBabylon.    These churches can be reformed.  But you will note in the above quotes that when she turned to the state she fell.  That isBabylon fallen.  The second and final stage of an apostate body. 

    Make no mistake one that turns to the state to defend her has commited fornication with the kings of the earth[Revelation 18:2].  This is denial of faith in God.  Faith is what justifies.  A denial of the faith of Jesus.    Why if we have Gods power would we ever turn to the state to defend us.  Is our God so small that he cannot defend us?

    So we can understand the principle of what constitutes a fallen church versus a church that is to be reformed and when we are called out.  A message was proclaimed in 1888 by 2 men named Jones and Waggoner.  Most Adventists are familiar with some of the story though many have no idea what they taught.  This message was labeled the “Third Angels Message” by Ms. White and she said that if we accepted it as a body that Jesus would come for his church within 2 years.  We are now 120 years later and the General Conference claims to basking in the glory of 1888.  Again if this is the case either Ellen White was false or those proclaiming to be basking in it’s glory are wrong. 

    Something is seriously alarming about this.  And if you are a General Conference Seventh Day Adventist you must continue on as we will see a great prophecy fulfilled.  “I counsel thee to buy of Christ eyesalve that thou mayest see”[Rev 3:18] and of all things you can do.  Do not stop here and please do not say “I am increased with goods and in need of nothing”[3:17].  This church joining state is shown in Revelation 17 by a woman riding a beast.  A woman in prophecy represents the church[2 Cor 11:2, Rev 21:2, Jer 6:2].  A beast normally represents a Kingdom[Dan 7:17,23]  Babylon is also represented as “sleeping with the Kings of the earth”[Rev 18:3].  This represents a church and State union as well.  And when this happens the very next verse says a call is made to “Come out of her my people”  [Rev 18:4].  She is left desolate she has unchurched herself.  Let us see what the Spirit of Prophecy has said about unchurching. 

    Virtually Caiaphas was no high priest. He wore the priestly robes, but he had no vital connection with God. He was uncircumcised in heart. With the other priests he instructed the people to choose Barabbas instead of Christ. They cried out for the crucifixion of Christ and, as representatives of the Jewish nation, placed themselves under the Roman jurisdiction, which they despised, by saying, “We have no king but Caesar.” When they said this, they unchurched themselves. [Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, page 388, paragraph 1]

    OK.  So the very moment that the Jewish Church was no longer the church she declared “We have no king but Caesar”.  In other words she “Commited fornication with the kings of the earth”.  The call was then made “COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”.  The Apostolic church was formed and by Acts Chapter 2 they were saying to not “be partakers of her sins”.   The order is perfectly described.  There can be no mistake as to what would constitutes Babylon fallen.  Those are the characteristics that distinguish a fallen church.  Say you have no king but Caesar. Fornication with the kings of the earth. 

    “In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the sentence: ‘Found wanting.’ By the light bestowed, the opportunities given, will she be judged.” [Last Day Events, page 59]

    “Found wanting”  Daniel chapter 5 declares the night Babylon was found wanting.  The night it was declared “Babylon Fallen”.  The General Conference was given an opportunity to be the Seventh-Day Adventist church.  We should call no commandment keeping churchBabylon at any time.  Neither should we weigh it in human balances.  What we have above is not human balances.  It is the word of God.   The balances of the sanctuary.   I will quote a very misused quote.

    “I tell you, my brethren, the Lord has an organized body through whom He will work. […]When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God’s commandment-keeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track.” [3 Selected Messages, pages 17, 18]

    There is a difference in the above two quotes.  One quotes the “Balances of the sanctuary”.  The second quote says “in his human scales” or in other words in your own balances.  We can’t call a church Babylon or Babylon fallen if it is not shown by the word of God.  We can not base it on our opinion.  We cannot weigh it in human balances.  It must be completely weighed in the balances of the sanctuary.  Then and only then can it be “found wanting”  or in other words “Babylon fallen”.  We cannot call a commandment keeping people “Babylon” or “Babylon fallen”.  

    What commandment does a church and state union violate? 

     

    “A union of church and state means a recognition of a spurious sabbath, and a failure to respect the conscientious observance of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment.” [Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, page 218].

    Ellen White said a union of church and state union is a violation of the Sabbath.  The Sabbath includes the spiritual rest which is complete trust in God.  So I agree that if you make the world your trust you are violating the Sabbath commandment.  In 2 or 3 witnesses should it be confirmed.  I would like you to see what ATJones proclaimed. 

    “Now I want to state a little further upon the principle that no Christian, being a citizen of the kingdom of God, can of right start any procedure in connection with civil government. After it is started by the government itself, that is another question . . . I repeat therefore, that upon the principles which govern kingdoms and governments, the very principle of the law in heaven,or law in earth, a Christian cannot start any procedure in connection with civil government. And of all Christians, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS cannot do it. The very keeping of the Sabbath forbids it.” - 1895 General Conference Bulletin, page 28. - by AT Jones

    Now before moving on I will ask you to consider two things.  These quotes should be understood properly.  For instance if the church was using the state to persecute dissenters she then would be violating the Sabbath.  Forcing unrest as Pharaoah or Nebuchadnezzar or the Jewish Church when they brought the people before the counsels.  Or the Roman Church when they brought Heretics before the courts. And if this was true that a church is doing this they are NOT “the commandment keeping people of God”.  Correct?   Please read this next quote carefully.  And understand what spirit would inspire these things if you don’t know already.  The question is do we bring the erring before the courts?  Or would we be erring in doing so?  That is Satans method.  Read this very carefully.

    The spirit that instigates accusation and condemnation in the church which results in uprooting those that are looked upon as evil-doers, has manifested itself in seeking to correct wrongs through the civil power. This is Satan’s own method for bringing the world under his dominion; but the Lord Jesus Christ has given us no such example for thus dealing with the erring. God has been misrepresented through the church by this very way of dealing with heretics; he has been represented as the one who empowered the church to do these wicked things. 

    Those who have differed from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to death, because the dignitaries of the church could not endure those who dissented from ideas which these leaders deemed to be true. Satan himself is the sower of tares; but even though he is the sower of them, they are not to be rooted up, lest by chance the wheat be rooted up with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time. Fiendish zeal has been manifested in excluding dissenters from the fellowship of the church, and passing upon them the sentence of excommunication by which the Roman Church asserted its power of excluding them from all possibility of entering heaven. 

    How does heaven look upon such things? With what amazement do angels hear men judging and condemning their brethren, causing them most cruel suffering of body and mind, and claiming that they do it under the sanction of God? Instead of being under the leadership of Christ, they are following the leadership of Satan. Paul at one time pursued this course, actually believing that he was doing God service; but Jesus spoke to him, and told him that in persecuting his saints he was persecuting him. All persecution, all force employed to compel conscience, is after Satan’s own order; and those who carry out these designs are his agents to execute his hellish purpose. In following Satan’s cruel proposals, in becoming his agents, men become the enemies of God and his church, and will be judged in that great day by that man whom God hath ordained; for he hath committed all judgment into the hands of his Son. [ARSH, Jan 10, 1893. Paragraphs 8-10]

    The question now is, has the General Conference united with the state?  Has she turned from Gods power to State? Has she commited fornication with the Kings of the earth?  Has she sat on a beast?  Has she employed the state to seek to correct the erring so-called heretics?  Obviously God has been represented as sanctioning these wicked things.  There should be no question as to whether we should come out of her if she has.  And where are we to go?  Now many are familiar with her dealings with the World Council of Churches, Jesuits in the church etc.  But really she has to do something with those people. Perhaps go to lawyers. 

    Take this case out of the lawyers’ hands. It seems awful to me to think that you will go directly contrary to the plain word of God, and will open to the world your cruel work against God’s commandment-keeping people. If this action of yours were to tell only against those who have done injustice, the harm would not be so far-reaching; but can you not see that it will arouse prejudice against God’s people as a body? Thus you will bruise and wound Christ in the person of His saints, and cause Satan to exult because through you he could work against God’s people and against His institutions, doing them great harm.—Letter 301, 1905. [Selected Messages Book 3, page 305, paragraph 3]

    Or those people have to use the head of the church to do something.  And until that is done there is no call to come out of her.  What is it that she must do?

    Whenever the church has obtained secular power, she has employed it to punish dissent from her doctrines. Protestant churches that have followed in the steps of Rome by forming alliance with worldly powers have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience. [Great Controversy p. GC 443] 

    Please note that the State power must be employed to punish dissent from her doctrines.  In other words the church will come after you using civil power to stop you.  The General Conference must employ the State.

    Now most Adventists are aware that the United States is the second beast in Revelation 13.  If you are not then you can learn this from any set of bible studies from the institution or even from books like “Bible readings for the home” or the “Spirit of Prophecy” if you believe in it.  I hope you do as this study is a look at many of the teaching out of the SOP.   Even if not I would ask that you use the SOP quotes as merely a commentary on the scriptures that have been used.  Most Adventists are also aware that the United States power will form an image to the first beast which was the Roman power through the dark ages.  An image consists of a Church and State union.  An image is a copy or look-alike beast.  The image is not Rome.  Romecannot be an image to itself as many Adventists today believe.

    Babylon is said to be “the mother of harlots.” By her daughters must be symbolized churches that cling to her doctrines and traditions, and follow her example of sacrificing the truth and the approval of God, in order to form an unlawful alliance with the world. The message of Revelation 14 announcing the fall of Babylon, must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt.Since this message follows the warning of the Judgment, it must be given in the last days, therefore it cannot refer to the Romish church.  For that church has been in a fallen condition for many centuries. Furthermore, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation, in a message which is yet future, the people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon.[GC 383-384]

    The image is not the Romish church.  The General Conference has trademarked the name “Seventh Day Adventist”.  This happened in 1980 and has been used to persecute any who would come out of her and use the name “Seventh Day Adventist Church”.  But some are not aware and the trademark has been used to try to extinguish any groups that have come out due to the apostacy in the church.  Some have come out because she slept with the kings of the earth or in other words united with the state and they believe that Revelation 18 calls them out.  The same principle applies to ancient Babylon in the old testament when they said:

    Gen 11:4  And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

    A name is a very important thing with God.  Pro 22:1  A good nameis rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.  Ellen White said once in regards to the name

    “We are Seventh-day Adventists…..It is the name the Lord has given us.”  Letter 110, 1902.  

    “No name which we can take will be appropriate but that which accords with our profession and expresses our faith and MARKS US a peculiar people.  The name Seventh-day Adventist is a standing rebuke to the Protestant world.  Here is a line of distinction between the worshipers of God and those who worship the beast and receive HIS MARK.   The great conflict is between the commandments of God and the requirements of the beast….” 1T 223, 224

     

    So we can see who gave us the name.  There is a difference between Nominal[in name only] Adventists and Adventists in the heart and spirit.  He is an Adventist, not in the letter, but in the spirit and heart.  We must understand when this replacement takes place.  When the Nation of Israel unchurched themselves.  Then we can understand when the General Conference unchurched themselves.

     

    “Virtually Caiaphas was no high priest. He wore the priestly robes, but he had no vital connection with God. He was uncircumcised in heart. With the other priests he instructed the people to choose Barabbas instead of Christ. They cried out for the crucifixion of Christ and, as representatives of the Jewish nation, placed themselves under the Roman jurisdiction, which they despised, by saying, “We have no king but Caesar.” When they said this, they unchurched themselves. [Manuscript Releases Volume Twelve, page 388, paragraph 1]

     

    So are the people instructed by there heathen rulers to choose Barrabas over Christ. They are told it is ok to bring people before counsels and sue them over the name.  Is this what scripture teaches?

     

    Act 5:27-29  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

     

    What an amazing exchange.  The apostles are brought before the courts teaching in a name.  Saying we are Christians.  And Civil Power is aquired by the priests in this forming a church and state union.  Or in other words a relationship with the kings of the earth.  After the church has aquired the state to persecute dissenters.  The apostles who had been previously called out and told “This is the name the Lord has given”  they then say to the priests and courts “We ought to obey God rather than men”.  Or in other words “We will not bow down to this image of the beast that you have created”.    Why do I say “Image of the beast”?

     

    “The “image to the beast” represents that form of apostate Protestantism which will be developed when the Protestant churches shall seek the aid of the civil power for the enforcement of their dogmas.” [Great Controversy p. 445]

     

    Crazy as it may sound this is what it is to speak as a dragon.   The second beast of Revelation will make an image to the first beast.  An image of the church and state union that eliminated millions of Christians through the dark ages.   An image of the Roman church through the dark ages. The trademark name has been used against many groups now.  A quick search on the internet and you can find much information about the groups they have persecuted. 

     

    Interestingly enough the trademark was formed because of a problem with a homosexual group called the SDA kinship group which can still be found on the internet today with a quick search.   

     

    Basically the General Conference found that the Kinship group was misrepresenting the name Seventh Day Adventist and decided to seek to eliminate this erring group by using civil power.  The group was brought before the courts and the General Conference lost the case to the homosexual group. 

    Question:  Is it not because there is not a God in Israel that they go and inquire of Baalzebub?[2 Kings 1:3].   Is it not because there is no God in Israel that they could lose a case to an abominable group of sodomites?  And not surprisingly they did lose to them. 

     

    Let us see the counsel from scripture on taking matters to court.  I am quoting NKJV to get the emphasis here. 

     

    1Co 6:1, 6-10  Do any of you dare, when you have a matter against another, to go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? ….But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. Indeed then there is already on the whole a failure among you, that you have lawsuits with yourselves. Why not instead be wronged? Why not instead be defrauded? But you do wrong and defraud, and these things to brothers. Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

     

    That should send shivers down your spine.  The very thing that made the church unite with the state was the fact that they wanted to take homosexuals to court.  Don’t they know that homosexuals won’t inherit the kingdom of God.   And they dare take them to court before unbelievers. And take a look at this quote from the book counsels on sexual behavior. 

     

    We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird; and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? [Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one, page 380, paragraph 1 and quoted in Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce, page 188, paragraph 3]

     

    Now understand.  Homosexuals were baptized into the church.  The counsel are to examine the candidates to see if they have ceased to commit sin.    Decided movements were not made to cure the existing evil.  And in the end the testimonies on sexual behavior as well as the other testimonies about taking matters to court  as well as the testimonies on baptismal candidates among the rest of the testimonies were all ignored.  The spirit of prophecy and the spirit of God was rejected.  The spirit of Satan was employed to persecute dissenters.  Satans methods employed and the General Conference body commited fornication with the kings of the earth and has become filled with every foul spirit, a cage of unclean and hateful birds. BABYLON IS FALLEN, IS FALLEN. 

     

    When they said Ceasar is our king rather than God.   That is when they unchurched themselves.  The General Conference by making theUnited States there deliverer rather than God through Christ.  They have unchurched themselves saying “We have no King but Ceasar”.  The trademark now has a history of persecution.  There are cases going on all over the world now.  The woman has slept with the Kings of the earth and become a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  We are instructed to come out of her or be drunk from her wine.  When you come out you will be able to discern her wine if you trust alone in Gods word.  “His last called out people will have no other standard but his word, no power but his spirit”.  

     

    Thus by choosing a heathen ruler, the Jewish nation had withdrawn from the theocracy. They had rejected God as their king. Henceforth they had no deliverer. They had no king but Caesar. To this the priests and teachers had led the people. For this, with the fearful results that followed, they were responsible. A nation’s sin and a nation’s ruin were due to the religious leaders. [Desire of Ages, Page 737, Paragraph 6]  

     

    Sadly our religious leaders had all this light but yet they still could not see.  They didn’t put oil in there lamps.  They didn’t anoint there eyes with eyesalve[Rev 3:17] The virgin became a Harlot.  A sister ofBabylon.   The call is not to reform this body.  When she is fallen we are called out of her.  “Weep and mourn over her for she has nothing left to sell”[Rev 18:11-13].  We are counseled to go to Christ and buy gold tried in fire.  And white Raiment.

     

    Deu 24:4  Her former husband, which sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that isabomination before the LORD: and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.

     

    So now as the earlier quote says.  When Babylon falls, among the sects that come out of her“confusion reigns”.  So where do we go.  Well first we must go to God consecrate ourselves to him individually.  Cease to commit sin, and his word will guide us out ofBabylon into the the New Jerusalem.   I would advise those of you who wish to know more to read articles by AT Jones such as “Who and what the church is”.   There are a people that will come together around the world with the same message just as in 1844.  Trust fully in God. 

     

    Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

     

    There are true believers out there.  But you will find that confusion reigns.  This is the Second Angels message.  But the first Angel must also be understood to fully understand the Second Angel.  The gospel in it’s fullness is the light that leads the way.   Don’t forsake the assembling of yourselves.    There is a movement today that is coming to the light of the message.  But as far as the name.   They say we cannot buy or sell without the name Seventh Day Adventist.  Does the state own the name.  Or is it the name the Lord has given us.  What is the standard?  The word is the standard. 

     

    “No name which we can take will be appropriate but that which accords with our profession and expresses our faith and MARKS US a peculiar people.  The name Seventh-day Adventist is a standing rebuke to the Protestant world.  Here is a line of distinction between the worshipers of God and those who worship the beast and receive HIS MARK.   The great conflict is between the commandments of God and the requirements of the beast….” 1T 223, 224

     

    Remember Paul said about the gentiles that they are Jews, Israel, and Abrahams seed.  Replacement theology is what most call it.  And the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists have been replaced by Seventh Day Adventists in heart, spirit and truth. 

     

    Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie;

     

    It is wrong to take the name God gave us in vain. . “God has been misrepresented through the church by this very way of dealing with heretics; he has been represented as the one who empowered the church to do these wicked things”. {EGW} 

     

    Now the time has come where the true believers are no longer members of the General Conference or receiving the loud cry of the  Fourth Angels call to come out of her and no longer partake of her sins.  The sacred tithes have even been used to finance the monstrosity.  And many Seventh Day Adventists have been trained to label those who come out by the call God has gave as apostates.  But meanwhile the truth is that we stick by the faith once given to the saints, and if we go by the word which God has given us and accept the principles contained in them which “Change not” from one movement to the next.  We are fully justified in pronouncing the General conference a fallen body of Seventh Day Adventists. 

    I want to give a few quotes from the Great Controversy and the chapter entitled “The Loud Cry” which refers to the fourth angel of Revelation 18 announcing the message that Babylon is fallen, is fallen.  This was yet future in Ms. Whites day when she prophesied this.  And I believe that with eyes to see you will see that this is being fulfilled before them.  Look at these quotes carefully.

     

    Of Babylon at this time it is declared, “Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” [REV. 18:5.] She has filled up the measure of her guilt, and destruction is about to fall upon her. But God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of his judgments, these faithful ones must be called out, that they “partake not of her sins, and receive not of her plagues.”…. Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from Heaven, lightening the earth with his glory, and crying mightily with a strong voice, announcing the sins of Babylon. In connection with his message the call is heard,

     

    “Come out of her, my people.” As these warnings join the third angel’s message, it swells to a loud cry.[4SP 422]

     

    If you are paying attention you will notice that this is symbolized by the angel that “lights the earth with his glory”.  The fourth angel.  Remember those words as they will be touched on in another quote in a few minutes that will be as startling as the ones we will quote here from the Loud cry chapter.   Please read every word carefully.  Don’t be shy to read them again.  The more you read these the more you will realize every word is fulfilled. 

     

    “But the Spirit of God came upon them as it came upon Elijah, and they could not refrain from preaching the plain utterances of the Bible,--…. Thus will the message of the third angel be proclaimed. As the time comes for the loud cry to be given, the Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to his service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of his Spirit than by the training of literary institutions. Men of faith and prayer will be constrained to go forth with holy zeal, declaring the words which God gives them. The sins of Babylon will be laid open. The fearful results of a union of Church and State, the inroads of Spiritualism, the stealthy but rapid progress of the papal power,--all will be unmasked. By these solemn warnings the people will be stirred. Thousands upon thousands have never listened to words like these. In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from Heaven. The people go to their former teachers with the eager inquiry, Are these things so? The ministers present fables, prophesy smooth things, to soothe their fears, and quiet the awakened conscience. But many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men, and demand a plain “Thus saith the Lord.” The popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, are filled with anger as their authority is questioned; they denounce the message as of Satan, and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it.”[4SP 424]

    It is amazing to General Conference Adventists to hear that the church has fallen.   And the sin loving multitudes denounce it as from Satan and will persecute us who proclaim it.  Is this saying the true church is fallen.  No.  The so-called church is fallen.  The nominal Seventh Day Adventist body.  The church in name only.   Which looks like the church but is not.  Let me keep going in this chapter.  You will be persecuted by the sin-loving multitudes.  And they will denounce the message as from Satan.  I promise you.  But they cannot answer those who proclaim this message that goes forth with the spirit and power of Elijah.  One that says “Repent, for you think you are increased with goods”.  That says “Is it because there is not a God in Israel”.  Please see the article “Ellen White on the Trinity” or ask me for a copy of it.  Let me continue as you will see what has happened here. 

     

    As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third message[Seventh Day Adventists], but have not been sanctified through it, abandon their position, and take refuge under the banner of the powers of darkness. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbath-keepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them.[4SP 427]

     

    Notice the timing.  As the storm approaches brothers and sisters.  The storm is approaching and a LARGE CLASS[The General Conference body] of professed third angel message believers partake of the spirit of the world.  Our most bitter enemies are those who will profess the third angels message.  They will testify and accuse the true believers.  The ones who know that spirit is not from God.    I must keep going in this chapter.  Please read this chapter carefully as we are moving into the later parts of it.  And there is about to be a wonderful movement like in 1840-44.  And you have the opportunity to be ready.  Jesus is still in the mediatorial seat right now.  But probation will soon close.   What does scripture say about those who try to use force or in other words “the sword” to try to stop us from teaching in a name. 

    Mar 9:38-39  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbade him, because he followeth not us.  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.

     

    Peter wanted to establish a kingdom on this earth and he used the sword.  And Jesus rebuked him and said he knew not what spirit he was of.  The spirit of the dragon killeth with the sword.  And “he that killeth with the sword shall die by the sword”[Rev 13:10]

     

     

    Jesus said “Leave them alone”.   I bring you back to the story of Acts 5 where they were brought before the courts and told to stop teaching in that name[Acts 5:28-30].  A certain man named Gamiliel who once was a teacher of Paul the apostle spoke up with certain wisdom as the Lord just spoke above and said:

    Act 5:38-39  And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

    If it be of God no councils or court system or secular army can stop it.  If it isn’t of God it will come to nothing.   While reading this can you see the parrellism that the Jews and Seventh Day Adventist church have.  They are on the same roads.  There is no need to be deceived.   The Adventist church is on the same road as the Roman Church.   I plan to do a scriptural comparison in a later article of the two churches. 

     

    We are Seventh Day Adventist in the heart and spirit. 

     

    Rom 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither isthat circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

    God uses the same principle with every branch of his work.  He says “I change not”[Mal 3:6].  They have tried to make a name for themselves.  Like the builders in ancient Babylon.  And there sins have reached unto heaven.  [Rev 18:5].   

    Most Adventists today say they are Laodicea.  And I want you to read carefully what Ellen White says about those who are in the Laodicean state at the time that the fourth angel “lightens the earth with his glory”.  If you’ll remember the earlier quote.  Those are the words from the Chapter “The Loud Cry” as well as from Revelation Chapter 18:1. 

    “The message to the Laodicean church is appropriate to the church of this time. . . . But He declares”I will come unto thee quickly and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” How long shall this warning be resisted? How long shall it be slighted?

    “Spiritually deadened, humility and childlike faith gone, a mechanical, formal profession of faith has taken the place of love and devotion. Is this mournful condition of things to continue? Is the lamp of God’s love to go out in darkness? . . .

    “The church is like the unproductive tree which, receiving the dew and rain and sunshine, should have produced an abundance of fruit, but on which the divine search discovers nothing but leaves. Solemn thought for our churches! Solemn, indeed for every individual! Marvelous is the patience and forbearance of God; but ‘except thou repent’, it will be exhausted; the churches, our institutions, will go from weakness to weakness, from cold formality to deadness, while they are saying, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing.” The True Witness says, “And knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked?” Will they ever see clearly their true condition?

    “There is to be in the churches a wonderful manifestation of the power of God, but it will not move upon those who have not humbled themselves before the Lord, and opened the doors of the heart by confession and repentance. In the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their ideas and expectations, they will oppose the work. “Why,” they say, “should not we know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?” - because they did not respond to the warnings, the entreaties of the messages of God, but persistently said, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing.’”Review and Herald ExtraDecember 23, 1890; bound Volume 2 of Review and Herald
    [EGW articles, pages 453 (column 3) and 454 (columns 1 and 2)]

    You may be hearing this now and have braced yourself to resist the “angel that lightens the earth with his glory” because it “didn’t work in the way you expected it”.  Or it hasn’t came in the way that the people of Babylon have told you it would come.  But I can tell you now that it is here.  Do not brace yourselves to resist it?  And do not “Do nothing in this matter as that is a most grievous crime against God”.  This power is lighting the earth.  Arousing many fears.  Even of those who call themselves reformers who are still clinging to many false doctrines of this Babylonian institution.  Come out of the sleep.  Come out of them and be ye separate. 

     

    There was a time when she said….

     

    I am instructed to say that we must do all we possibly can for these deceived ones. Their minds must be freed from the delusions of the enemy, and if we fail in our efforts to save these erring ones, we must “come out from among them” and be separate.—Ms 106, 1905, p. 8. (“A Plea for Loyalty,” November 20, 1905.) [Manuscript Releases Volume 7, Page 190, Paragraph 1]

    That time is past….Thus saith the LORD “Come out of her my people”. 

     

    Matters have been presented before me that have filled my soul with keen anguish. I saw men linking up arm in arm with lawyers, but God was not in their company.[obviously not because they lost to homosexuals] Having many ideas regarding the work, they go to the lawyers for help to carry out their plans. I am commissioned to say to such that they are not moving under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. [Testimonies 8, p.69, Paragraph 2]

    Whats scary about that vision is that people have no understanding of the spirit that would support such a thing.   You cannot be partakers of two tables.   We have the spirit of God, not the spirit of man.   

    Isa 30:1-3 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

    Confusion Hebrew for Babel or Babylon.  This principle of becomingBabylon is clearly drawn out throughout scriptures.  I have only given you a taste, and there is no need for us to be “confused” on this matter.  Go up to Egypt[Kings of the earth] for help.  Go to Rome for help.  Go to the United States for help.  In this you deny the faith.  The very spirit of Sabbath rest.  If you support this you then will no longer be “MARKED” as Gods peculiar people but have accepted the “MARK of the beast, and his image.”  By going along with it you will take the mark in the hand.  Due to a shortage of space and so much to say there will have to be other articles written on these principles.  

     

    I hope you take the time to read this more than once as there is obviously plenty of meat here from the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy.  Another thing that I would like to achieve in these articles on the Spirit of Prophecy is a re-establishment of peoples faith in “All that the prophets have spoken”.  As many today only accept certain parts that go along with there beliefs.  There is also much differences in the reformation movement today as the quote earlier says “Among those who came out of Babylon, Confusion reigns”.  And that seems to be the case right now.  But God will have a church in unity.  Let us reason together brothers and sisters.  Much love, God Bless. 

     

     

     

    From the article “General Conference trademark policy”

    “Questions have been asked regarding efforts by the General Conference to protect the name of our church through the use of the trademark laws . . .

    Q:Is it true that the General Conference has federally registered trademarks for the name ‘Seventh-day Adventist’...?

    A:Yes. The General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists, on behalf of the ENTIRE DENOMINATION, has registered under the United States trademark laws the name ‘Seventh-day Adventist’ and a variety of the church’s programs and services...”Ministry Magazine, December, 1988

    On behalf of every member of their body therefore making you a partaker of their sins if you are still a member. 

    What astonishing deception and fearful blindness had, like a dark cloud, covered Israel. This blindness and apostasy had not closed about them suddenly, but it had come upon them gradually, as they had not heeded the word of reproof and warning which the Lord had sent to them because of their pride and their sins. They, in this fearful crisis, in the presence of the idolatrous priests and the apostate king, remain neutral. If God abhors one sin above another, of which his people are guilty, it is of doing nothing in a case of emergency. Indifference or neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime; and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God. {RH, September 30, 1873 par. 9}

    Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.


    Love is aggressive: God at work tracking us down to help us. Love is a principle, Ellen White says. How can that be? The answer is that God's love is an unshakable commitment, inviolable, a predisposition in our favor that cannot be discouraged. Divine love-there is no way to shake it or deter it. It is a relentless pursuit by a God eager to help, one who never gives up. In this sense God is love.

    But friends, as there are only two powers today--either of God or of Satan, so there are only two kinds of churches today--either God's true church or Satan's synagogue of Babylon.  There is no neutral position, no third church, no fence that you can ride on and still find salvation.  Laodicea is a mixture of good and evil which makes it Christ-less and in union with the devil.  Christ therefore stands outside of the Laodicean church, and knocks at the door of the heart for entrance--not the heart of the denomination, but the door of the heart of individuals.

         "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." Revelation 3:20.

    "Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression...neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.  Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right...None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live." Ezek 33:12-14, 16.

    Thus your fruits plainly reveal today which church you belong to.  So which church are you showing yourself to be a part of today?  Which church do you want to be part of today?  It is indeed time to choose!

         "...How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." 1 Kings 18:21.

         "...choose ye this day whom ye will serve..." Joshua 24:15.

    Is it the Laodicean who calls himself a Jew [Adventist] but is not?  The SOP will show you beyond a shadow of a doubt that the 144,000 are Philadelphia here.  I've also attached my article about the whores forehead.  Read these words carefully in these next few verses.  Then analyze them with the Spirit of Prophecy.  And then the question remaining at the end of this study will be:  Are you Laodicea or Philadelphia?

    Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These thingssaith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thyworks: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: forthou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied myname. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say theyare Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come andworship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hastkept 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 thycrown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and heshall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and thename of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out ofheaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath anear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

    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 love us who could wash one another’s feet and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. (EGW Early Writings page 15)

    Notice in the quote above.  The 144,000 have all the characteristics ofPhiladelphia.  We will see shortly that the Laodicean Church is the Synagogue of Satan.  And also they are called by the SOP “professed Adventists”, “nominal[in name only] Adventists. Jesus stands at the door of that church and knocks.  He says not one good thing about the Laodicean church.   The 144,000 have all the characteristics of  Philadelphia according to the quote above from the SOP.  God makes those worship at our feet who say they are Jews and are not.  

    “.....And as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, “Only the 144,000 enter this place,” and we shouted, “Alleluia.”...."This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious. The wonderful things I there saw I cannot describe.....I saw there tables of stone in which the names of the 144,000 were engraved in letters of gold. After we beheld the glory of the temple, we went out and Jesus left us and went to the city. Soon we heard His lovely voice again, saying, “Come, My people, you have come out of great tribulation, and done My will; suffered for Me; come in to supper, for I will gird Myself, and serve you.” (Early Writings page18)

    The 144,000 have God’s name, the new Jerusalem and Jesus new name written on their foreheads. They are the church of Philadelphia, not Laodicea. Here is more proof.

    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 shewed 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.” (EGW A Word to the Little Flock, page 12)

    Did you catch that.  This is referring to the “hour of temptation” not to 1844 as some Adventists believe.  Those who say they are Jews and are not refers to professed Adventists.  We have our Gods name written on our forehead.  The name of Jesus God.  The fathers name.  This quote is referring to the time of trouble when professed Adventists acknowledge Philadelphia as the remnant.   Carefully read the characteristics of the 144,000 in this next quote.  And I have more.  They are the characteristics of Philadelphia. 

    Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and withhim a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 

    You will know soon.  I pray that it is not too late.  Get the oil for your lamp.  You know that the General Conference of Adventists admits they are Laodicea.  You are scared to fellowship with me.  But look.............................

    “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)

    “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.  Wake up sleeping virgins the bridegroom cometh don’t be a foolish virgin.  This is the oil.  This is the real spirit of God.  Hear what the spirit saith to the church. 

    Some say the 7 churches are in time periods and we would have to time travel to get back to Philadelphia.  However they really cannot find one quote from the SOP which gives the time when Philadelphia ends.  In fact the SOP constantly refers to the 144,000 as those with the character of Philadelphia[Rev 14:1] 

    Each church does represent a period of time.  2 churches will make it to the end according to SOP.  The one with the name of there God in there forehead is the 144,000[Rev 14:1, 3:9].  That one is Philadelphia.  And then another that makes it to the end. Many have said that the churches overlap.   This is true again.

    "The message to the Laodiceans is applicable to SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST who have great light and have not walked in the light." 2 Selected Messages p. 66.

    That is the second church.  You don't want to be a Laodicean when Jesus returns.  But the message to Philadelphia is the one to the 144,000 who have walked in the light.  Laodiceans are clearly those who will not walk in the light. 

    The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in hermidst.” (EGW Notebook Leaflets, page 99 MS 166 1898)

    If you believe you are Laodicea you can understand that the presence of God is not in your midst.  It doesn't matter how much evidence you think you've seen.  "Faith is not the evidence of things seen"[Heb 11:1].  Those who go by what they see will be decieved because Satan will work many miracles in these last days.  He brings down fire from heaven in the sight of men.  Just as the fire of Gods spirit was brought down on the day of Pentecost.  Satan will counterfeit it.  We can know by the fruit on the tree.  We can also know by the written word.   Faith comes by the word of God alone[Rom 10:17].  God has reserved a remnant according to the promise.  God has answered me and said I have reserved 144,000 who have not bowed down to the image of Baal.[Romans 11:1-4] 

    Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints

    Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Some say the General Conference will have a great revival.  The General Conference body cannot be the remnant. [Deu 24:1-4]and [Rev 18:1-4] teaches us what we are to do when a church has committed adultery.  He has put her away.  And now we must reorganize. 

    “What we want now is a reorganization. We want to begin at the foundation[Philadelphia], and to build upon a different principle.” [Last Day Events, page 53]

    God does not work with disorder.  But out of the churches today confusion reigns.  We have a God who can create order out of confusion.  The last called out people know no standard but the word.  I'm sure you've heard those quotes before. 

    This next quote is about the "Loud cry" which is also called "The glory that lightens the earth"[Rev 18:1].  Look what happens to the Laodiceans when this "glory that lightens the earth" or "the loud cry" comes.   This quote is very powerful. 

    "The message to the Laodicean church is appropriate to the church of this time. . . . "I will come unto thee quickly and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." How long shall this warning be resisted? How long shall it be slighted?

    "Spiritually deadened, humility and childlike faith gone, a mechanical, formal profession of faith has taken the place of love and devotion. Is this mournful condition of things to continue? Is the lamp of God's love to go out in darkness? . . . "The church is like the unproductive tree which, receiving the dew and rain and sunshine, should have produced an abundance of fruit, but on which the divine search discovers nothing but leaves. Solemn thought for our churches! Solemn, indeed for every individual! Marvelous is the patience and forbearance of God; but 'except thou repent', it will be exhausted; the churches, our institutions, will go from weakness to weakness, from cold formality to deadness, while they are saying, "I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing." The True Witness says, "And knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor and blind, and naked?" Will they ever see clearly their true condition?

    "There is to be in the churches a wonderful manifestation of the power of God, but it will not move upon those who have not humbled themselves before the Lord, and opened the doors of the heart by confession and repentance. In the manifestation of that power which lightens the earth with the glory of God, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears, and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because the Lord does not work according to their ideas and expectations, they will oppose the work. "Why," they say, "should not we know the Spirit of God, when we have been in the work so many years?" - because they did not respond to the warnings, the entreaties of the messages of God, but persistently said, 'I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing.'" Review and Herald Extra December 23 , 1890; bound Volume 2 ofReview and Herald[EGW articles, pages 453 (column 3) and 454 (columns 1 and 2)]

    What kind of revival will there be with the Laodiceans???  Tell me are they going through?  Are you sure you want to ride that boat into harbour???   

    "If the church of God becomes lukewarm, it does not stand in favour 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." 19MR 176

    To be Laodicean is no different than Babylon as you can see if you have eyes to. They both think "They sit a queen and shall see no sorrow"[Rev 18:7].  You are not increased with goods.  The merchandise in Laodicea is no good.[Rev 18:11-12]  Don't buy it. It will burn like stubble. Buy Gold tried in the fire[Rev 3:21].   The Faith of Jesus. 


    God's True Church

    "And now also," said the prophet, "the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire." Not by its name, but by its fruit, is the value of a tree determined. If the fruit is worthless, the name cannot save the tree from destruction. John declared to the Jews that their standing before God was to be decided by their character and life. Profession was worthless. If their life and character were not in harmony with God's law, they were not His people.  {DA 107.1}

    Christ is the foundation of every true church. We have His unalterable promise that His presence and protection will be given to His faithful ones who walk in His counsel. To the end of time Christ is to be first. He is the source of life and strength, of righteousness and holiness. And He is all this to those who wear His yoke and learn of Him how to be meek and lowly.  {GW 485.2}

    The faith which for many centuries was held and taught by the Waldensian Christians was in marked contrast to the false doctrines put forth from Rome. Their religious belief was founded upon the written word of God, the true system of Christianity. But those humble peasants, in their obscure retreats, shut away from the world, and bound to daily toil among their flocks and their vineyards, had not themselves arrived at the truth in opposition to the dogmas and heresies of the apostate church. Theirs was not a faith newly received. Their religious belief was their inheritance from their fathers. They contended for the faith of the apostolic church,--"the faith which was once delivered to the saints." "The church in the wilderness," and not the proud hierarchy enthroned in the world's great capital, was the true church of Christ, the guardian of the treasures of truth which God has committed to his people to be given to the world.  {GC88 64.1}

    I was shown that those who are trying to obey God and purify their souls through obedience to the truth are God's chosen people, His modern Israel. {2T 109.1}

    Unless the church, which is now being leavened with her own backsliding, shall repent and be converted, she will eat of the fruit of her own doing, until she shall abhor herself. When she resists the evil and chooses the good, when she seeks God with all humility and reaches her high calling in Christ, standing on the platform of eternal truth and by faith laying hold upon the attainments prepared for her, she will be healed. She will appear in her God-given simplicity and purity, separate from earthly entanglements, showing that the truth has made her free indeed. Then her members will indeed be the chosen of God, His representatives.  {8T 250.3}

    As our numbers increased, it was evident that without some form of organization there would be great confusion, and the work would not be carried forward successfully. To provide for the support of the ministry, for carrying the work in new fields, for protecting both the churches and the ministry from unworthy members, for holding church property, for the publication of the truth through the press, and for many other objects, organization was indispensable. {CET 195.2}

    God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominationsit 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 fewthis is Christ's churchfor the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church.

    Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition expressed by those who hate God's great moral standard of righteousness should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in God. . . .  {UL 315.7}

    From the beginningfaithful souls have constituted the church on earth. In every age the Lord has had His watchmen, who have borne a faithful testimony to the generation in which they lived. These  sentinels gave the message of warning; and when they were called to lay off their armor, others took up the work. God brought these witnesses into covenant relation with Himself, uniting the church on earth with the church in heaven. He has sent forth His angels to minister to His church, and the gates of hell have not been able to prevail against His people.  {AA 11.2}

    Those who keep God's commandments, those who live not by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, compose the church of the living God. Those who choose to follow antichrist are subjects of the great apostate. Ranged under the banner of Satan, they break God's law and lead others to break it. They endeavor so to frame the laws of nations that men shall show their loyalty to earthly governments by trampling upon the laws of God's kingdom.  {7BC 949.9}

    As I was considering this matter in the night season, it seemed as if One stood up in the midst of us and pointed us back to the Israelites as an illustration of a distinct people, denominated of GodThat which made them denominational was the observance of God's commandments. {19MR 38.3}

    Seventh-day Adventists are now to stand forth separate and distinct, a people denominated by the Lord as His ownUntil they do this, He cannot be glorified in themTruth and error cannot stand in copartnership. Let us now place ourselves where God has said that we should stand.... We are to strive for unity but not on the low level of conformity to worldly policy and union with the popular churches.--Lt 113, 1903.  {2MCP 559.2}

    When you come to the point where you decide to serve God, you are denominational. You should not link up with men who have no faith, men who although acquainted with the truth for many years, refuse to obey its teachings. Such men are not to have a voice in your council-meetings. Even if they were very rich, I would not bind myself to them by a single thread. I would not seek their advice in regard to the business transactions and other matters connected with the management of the institution. The time has come when we must find our bearings. We must come to our senses, and know where we are standing. We are on the very borders of the eternal world. We cannot tell what may happen next. {19MR 52.6}

    God has a church, and these churches are organized on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. {TSA 7.4}

     

    Now, what if you find yourself already fellowshipping in a religious group or denomination which is not walking in, and living up to, all the truth?  Are you to continue to fellowship, worship in, and remain a member of it?  God tells you NO!

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


         "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." Isaiah 52:11.

         "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.

         "Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense....My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord." Jeremiah 51:6, 45.

     So it is of vital importance in regards to our salvation that we make sure to be separate from any denomination which has a mixture of truth and error in it, or we will be held corporately responsible for her sins and will be destroyed along with that denomination.  Thus if you refuse to leave these denominations as God is desiring you to do, and continue to fellowship with, worship in, or remain a member of it, then you will become a partaker with the church in her sins, you will lose salvation, and be destroyed right along with that Babylonian denomination--no matter what name the church calls itself by, whether it be called "Roman Catholic" or "Church of God" or even "Seventh-day Adventist"!

         Since not one of any of the established denominations today are fit for fellowship according to the test of God's word, then where are we to fellowship together and worship God?  In our very homes!  God is not calling you to join any denomination in order to worship Him today because they are all defiled and corrupted by error and sin.  But God is indeed calling you to worship Him in spirit and truth (see John 4:20-24), and this can be easily accomplished in your very homes--just like it was in the days of the Disciples! (see Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Acts 18:7; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2.)

         If you know of others who believe in, and who are walking and living in, the same Biblical truths, and you both are close to one another, then according to 1 John 1:7 you can and should fellowship together with each other.  This type of fellowship with those of like faith, where both are striving to be free from sinning through Jesus, can be a great blessing and benefit to all parties concerned--not only through mutual edification, encouragement, and growth in spiritual life and knowledge of the truth, but by knowing that there are indeed others who are going through the same struggles as you are, and in Christ they are more than conquerors! (see Romans 8:37).

         Some home churches may be made up of only one person or of one family who are worshipping God in spirit and in truth.  And if you are worshipping God alone because there are no other believers near you, then know that you are not really alone, because the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, as well as your guardian angel are there joining with you in worship (see Matthew 18:20), and They will make up for the lack of fellowship by blessing you more abundantly!  But other home churches may be full of believers fellowshipping together.  But please never forget that God's true church is not any denomination or home church group, whether individually or collectively, because God's true church is only made up of those individuals who are connected with Christ and who are thereby living a perfect sinless life through Him.

    May God help us all to fully understanding this issue of God's true church.  May He help you to so fully connect yourself with Christ that you may indeed "shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).  Thus you, as well as all the other brothers and sisters making up God's true church, may reveal God's pure and spotless character to others, spread His precious gospel truth far and wide, and thereby fill this dark world with the glorious light of truth (Habakkuk 2:14; Numbers 14:21; Revelation 18:1).  And this all begins with your continuous choice to be connected with and to be hid "in" Christ.

    "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 (or they say they are part of God's true church and people), 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.  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." Revelation 3:8-12.

    Mrs. White believes in the concept of one church from the beginning of time.(54) It has been composed of faithful souls (the people of God) found among all nations and all denominations. This concept is in harmony with the author's view of one "everlasting gospel."(55) The gospel that was first given to Adam and Eve in the promise of Genesis 3:15 is the same gospel that was given to Abraham, David, the prophets, apostles and Reformers. True, there has been a gradual unfolding of the purposes of God in His holy gospel,(56) but it is nevertheless the one holy gospel of God's Word In the same way, the Word of God in Old and New Testaments is one Word. The New Testament does not present another religion, another ethic, another gospel. The New Testament is the Old Testament unfolded.(57) In the very nature of this scheme of things, the church of the Old Testament and the church of the New Testament constitute one church. Or to change the terminology, the Israel of the Old Testament and the "Israel" of the New Testament constitute one Israel—"the Israel of God."(58)

    God's Purpose for His Church

    It naturally follows that God's plan for His people of all ages is one. In principle, His purpose for ancient Israel was the same as His purpose for modern Israel.
      It was the privilege of the Jewish nation to represent the character of God as it had been revealed to Moses. In answer to the prayer of Moses, "Show me Thy glory," the Lord promised, "I will make all My goodness pass before thee." "And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.". . . Through the Jewish nation it was God's purpose to impart rich blessings to all peoples. Through Israel the way was to be prepared for the diffusion of His light to the whole world. . . God desired to make of His people Israel a praise and a glory.68
    So it is with the church, God's "holy nation," today.(69) The church is the depository of God's saving truth, the custodian of His holy law and gospel. Its joyful privilege and solemn responsibility is to exemplify the truth and character of Christ in its life in this world.
      Christ has given to the church a sacred charge. Every member should be a channel through which God can communicate to the world the treasures of His grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ. There is nothing that the world needs so much as the manifestation through humanity of the Saviour's love. All heaven is waiting for men and women through whom God can reveal the power of Christianity.

      The church is God's agency for the proclamation of truth, empowered by Him to do a special work; and if she is loyal to Him, obedient to all His commandments, there will dwell within her the excellency of divine grace. If she will be true to her allegiance, if she will honor the Lord God of Israel, there is no power that can stand against her.(70)

      . . . . the Lord has a people, a chosen people, His church, to be His own, His own fortress, which He holds in a sin-stricken, revolted world; and He intended that no authority should be known in it, no laws be acknowledged by it, but His own.(71)

      Christ designs that heaven's order, heaven's plan of government, heaven's divine harmony, shall be represented in His church on earth. Thus in His people He is glorified. Through them the Sun of Righteousness will shine in undimmed luster to the world. Christ has given to His church ample facilities, that He may receive a large revenue of glory from His redeemed, purchased possession. He has bestowed upon His people capabilities and blessings that they may represent His own sufficiency. The church, endowed with the righteousness of Christ, is His depositary, in which the riches of His mercy , His grace, and His love, are to appear in full and final display.(72)

      . . . .[God's people are] the depositaries of His holy law and [are] to vindicate His character before the world. (73)

      Christ hungers to receive from His vineyard the fruit of holiness and unselfishness. He looks for the principles of love and goodness. Not all the beauty of art can bear comparison with the beauty of temper and character to be revealed in those who are Christ's representatives. . . . . God desired that the whole life of His people [ancient Israel] should be a life of praise. Thus His way was to be made "known upon earth," His "saving health among all nations." So it should be now.(74)


    1 Ev 222
    2 3T 447
    3 FE 385
    4 PK 16; 1T 283
    5 AA 11
    6 PP 303
    7 PK 367
    8 PK 372
    9 AA 91, 92, 161, 162, 197-200; 6T 366
    10 7BC 931
    11 DA 413; Matt. 16:18
    12 4SP 237
    13 GC 181
    14 ST 461; 1T 649; TM 228, 489
    15 4BC 1166; COL 304
    16 GC 181
    17 1T215; DA 638
    18 LS 52, 53
    19 COL 73 (cf. TM 47)
    20 RH Aug. 8, 1893
    21 1T 414, 432, 433; 2SM 68
    22 TM 489
    23 TM 491
    24 TM 26
    25 ST 107
    26 9T 260, 261
    27 6T 91
    28 LS 25
    29 Ev 307 (cf.6T 91)
    30 GC 238
    31 5BC 1113; EW 217; DA 149; 4T 41
    32 DA 148
    33 Ev 315; 6T 98
    34 6BC 1074, 1075
    35 6T 91; DA 181
    36 DA 149
    37 DA 660
    38 DA 656
    39 DA 659
    40 DA 661
    41 DA 656 (1 Cor. 5:11 cited)
    42 DA 650
    43 ST 107, 108; AA 122, 162-164
    44 DA 440-442; 3T 428; ST 617
    45 COL 71, 72
    46 GC 605; AA 69
    47 DA 826; DA 550
    48 GC 448
    49 1SM 416
    50 AA 69; TM 69, 70
    51 GC 167
    52 GC 57
    53 TM 105; lSM 416
    54 AA 11; lT 283
    55 Rev. 14:7
    56 PP 373
    57 6T 392; AA 247
    58 1T 283; PK 15-22
    59 Acts 7:38
    60 PK 22
    61 Gal. 3:29
    62 PP 476; PK 22
    63 Is. 5:1-7; PK 17; COL 285-287
    64 Matt. 21:43
    65 DA 737, 738; COL 294
    66 DA 620; Rom. 11:14-24
    67 PK 713
    68 COL 285-288
    69 1 Pet. 2:9
    70 AA 600
    71 TM 16
    72 DA 680
    73 5T 746
    Resources James White, Present Truth
    74 COL 298, 299

    The Word of God Abideth Forever 


    THE  LAST  CHURCH  --  The  Remnant

         “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ....Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and have the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 12:17, 14:12.


    J.N. Andrews, History of the Sabbath and First Day of the Week, p 508
         They teach that the gifts of the Spirit set forth in 1Cor.12 and Eph.4, were designed to remain in the church till the end of time.  They believe that these were lost in consequence of the same apostasy that changed the Sabbath.  They also believe that in the final restoration of the commandments by the work of the third angel, the gifts of the Spirit of God are restored with them.  So the remnant of the church, or last generation of its members, is said to "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."1  And the angel of God explains this by saying, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."2  The spirit of prophecy therefore has a distant place assigned to it in the final work of Sabbath reform.  Such are their views of this portion of Scripture; and their history from the beginning has been marked by the influence of this sacred gift.

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    1 Rev.12:17; 14:12.   
    2 Rev.19:10.


    J.N. Andrews, Samuel and the Witch of Endor, p 4-5.
         The prophecy of Isa. 8:17-22, in which the waiting position of the church is designated, has reference, therefore, to that period immediately preceding the advent of the Saviour.  He has proved a stone of stumbling to worldly professors, whether his first or second advent be considered.  And it is from this class that he hides his face.
         Another clue to the time of the fulfillment of this prophecy is found in the work which it assigns the church:  "Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples."  Verse 16.  We know that the man of sin was to oppose and exalt himself above all that is called God, and to thing to change times and laws.  Dan. 7:25; 2 Thess. 2.  And we know that the law of God and the precepts of Christ have been wickedly mangled by the great antichristian power.  We know also that it is the work of the third angel of Rev. 14, in the period of the saints' patience, to raise up a people that shall keep all the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And we know also that the remnant of the church in the end of this dispensation is to be warred upon by the dragon because they keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev. 12:17.  This work of binding up the testimony and sealing the law among the disciples of Christ is the very work of the third angel.  This law and testimony thus restored to the people of God is that to which they are to appeal in their final conflict with the familiar spirits.  "To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."  Verse 20.


    Alonso T. Jones, Great Nations of Today, p 165-166
         And this power which is here called "the Image of the Beast," speaking as a dragon, and using all the power of the first beast, is, in its turn and place, used by Satan, "the great dragon," still in persecuting the Church; as it is written: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17.  
         And this brings us definitely to the Third Angel's Message; because the Image of the Beast compels all to worship the Beast, and to receive his mark. And the Third Angel's Message warns all against worshiping the Beast and his Image, and against receiving his mark. Satan uses these powers in his wrath against the remnant of the Church, which particularly stirs his wrath by her keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ. And the Third Angel's Message, in saving men from the worship of the Beast and his Image, calls them all to the keeping of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. This is all done in the time of the remnant of the Church, which is the last of the Church. And the Third Angel's Message closes with the coming of the Lord, and the victory over the Beast and his Image by those who have received the Third Angel's Message.  
         Now, from the description given in the Word, anyone can see that the Beast is the Papacy; and, in the nature of things, the Image of the Beast, is the Image of the Papacy. What, then, in a word, is the Papacy? -- It is a union of the Church and the State, with the Church supreme, and using the power of the State for her despotic and persecuting purposes. And the Beast was formed by the union of the fallen Church with the mighty world-power of Rome. In the nature of things, therefore, the Image of the Beast must be another great and notable instance of the fallen Church uniting with a mighty world-power, and using that power of the State, in the likeness of the Papacy.  


    Review and Herald, vol 1, March, 1851, #7, p 52
         Once more read the fourteenth chapter of Revelation, and mark well the messages of the first, second, and third Angels.  Notice with care the message of the third, which introduced the "commandments of God," which are the ten commandments, and nothing more nor less.  Compare this with Chap.xii,17.  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God," &c.  A remnant is a small part, and the last end. - Therefore, the remnant of the seed of the woman must be that "little flock," the last end of the church, at the coming of Christ, to whom it is the "Father's good pleasure" to give the "kingdom."  The dragon is wroth, because they keep the "commandments of God."  You can keep and teach nine of God's immutable laws throughout the length and breadth of the dragon's dominion, yet his wrath will not be kindled, if you leave out the fourth, the one that embraces the Sabbath of the Lord thy God.  No one will oppose you in teaching and observing nine of the commandments of God; for they are universally admitted to be binding, and are professedly observed by the churches.  But just teach and "do" the fourth commandment, and the dragon's ire is at once stirred against you.  Then, we say, that the reason why the dragon was to be wroth with the "remnant," the "little flock" who are waiting for Jesus, is because they were to keep the Sabbath, as well as the other nine commandments of God.
         Those who oppose the observance of ALL of the commandments, and call the law of God "a yoke of bondage," a "miserable rickety old law," &c., and give the idea that those who keep it are fallen from grace, and are in the road to perdition, will meet all this again in the Judgment.  Hear what the "Alpha and Omega" says of those who "keep the commandments of God."  "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."  This testimony is worth more to us, than that of all those who hate the Sabbath of the Lord.


    Advent Review, vol 1, April 7, 1851, #8, p 63-64
         We see in the "Harbinger" for March 15, the remarks of C., under the head, "To correspondents," which we cannot let pass without noticing.  He says -
         "F. W.  We suppose `the commandments of God,' Rev.xiv,12, are all the precepts that God has given to govern men's conduct, not the ten commandments."
         A mere "suppose," without bible evidence, is like sliding "sand," while God's word is solid "rock."  If the ten commandments are not God's, as C. supposes, then whose are they?  If it is said that they are done away and do not exist, then we ask, where is god's law for idolatry, swearing, killing, stealing and adultery?  If these commandments are "done away" then they do not exist, unless it can be shown that the Great Law-giver has given them a second time, which cannot be proved, and there is, therefore, no law for such sins.  Is it asserted that nine of the commandments were re-enacted at the cross?  We ask for proof.  If it could be so, no one could re-enact them but Jehovah, the Great Law-giver.  In that case they would certainly be the commandments of God.  But how preposterous to charge God with such folly as to abolish, do away, destroy, his ten commandments at the cross, and at the same moment re-enact nine of them! - all this to get rid of his Sabbath that he "blessed," "sanctified" and "hallowed," and calls "my holy day," &c.!
         But there is a grand difficulty in the way of this supposition.  It is this.  The class spoken of, [Rev.xiv,12,] not only keep the commandments of God, [the Father,] but the faith of Jesus, [the Son.]  The same people, [Rev.xii,17,] are called the "remnant," which must be the last end of the church, who are waiting for Jesus.  They "keep the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Now if all the precepts taught by Jesus and his apostles are included in `the commandments of God,' then what is the "testimony" or "faith of Jesus?"  Will some one tell us?  The True Witness has made a distinction between the commandments of God, [ten commandments,] and the "testimony of Jesus Christ," [testimony of Christ and the apostles,] so clear that every effort to confound them will fail, and be the means of spreading the true light on this glorious subject.  Mark this: The "remnant" not only obey every precept peculiar to the gospel, found in the testimony of Jesus Christ, but they keep the commandments of God, Amen.  C. says -
         "Jesus resolved those ten into two - first, `Thou shalt love the Lord thy God,' &c.; second, `Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.'"
         Did Jesus show that any change had taken place in the ten commandments, or that a change was to take place in them?  We answer, He did not.  Those who argue a change in the ten commandments, say that it was affected at the crucifixion.  Let this be distinctly understood. -  Said the lawyer, "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"  Jesus quoted to him the first great law of love to God, and added, "This is [not will be after the commandments are changed at my crucifixion,] the first and great commandment."  Then it had been the first, ever since man needed to be governed by the great law of supreme love to God.  This great law of love was, and is the foundation of the four precepts, written on the first table of stone.  After quoting the second great commandment, which is the foundation of the precepts on the second table, Jesus said, "On these two commandments hang [not will hang after the crucifixion,] all the law and the prophets."  Let this point be carefully studied, and it will be clearly seen that Jesus shewed the lawyer the two great principles which were then, ever had been, and ever will be, the foundation of the ten commandments.  On these two great commandments then hung, always hung, and ever will hang, that law, one jot or tittle of which was not to pass, till heaven and earth pass away.


    Review and Herald, vol 1, June 2, 1851, #12, p 90
         "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."  Rev.xiv,12.
         "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.xii,17.
         Here are some things in these texts of peculiar interest to us.  First, it is the remnant of the seed of the woman, with whom the dragon makes war.  A remnant is a small part, and the last end.  The remnant of the seed of the woman, therefore, must be the last portion of the church, the "little flock," who are waiting for Jesus to come the second time.  In their patient waiting time, they keep the commandments of God.


    Review and Herald, vol 2, March 2, 1852, #13, p 98
         The dragon is a power that sought the death of the child Jesus, persecuted the church of Christ, continued his warfare and persecutions against the church while in the wilderness, and overcame them by putting them to death.  And his last acts are to make war with the remnant of the church which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev.xii,4,11-17.


    Review and Herald, vol 3, May 27, 1852, #2, p 14
         But trials and afflictions are the lot of the people of God, and those that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  The finger of scorn will be pointed at all those who believe and practice the truths of God's Holy Word, instead of the commandments of men.  It is painful to think of the deep-rooted prejudice there is against the Sabbath of the Bible. - The greater part of those who profess to be Christians have rejected the commandments of God that they may keep their own traditions.  Yet when the Son of man cometh he will find faith on the earth.  He will find a remnant of the house of Israel, the true church of Christ, who will be keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus; who will be walking in all the laws and ordinances of the house of God blameless.


    Review and Herald, vol 3, July 22, 1852, #6, p 45
         The book of Revelation speaks on the commandments of God.  At the very end of time John saw the dragon and the last fragment of the church contending.  Listen: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  What is the feature by which the remnant are distinguished?  The keeping of the commandments of God!  What was done to them?  The dragon made war with them, for he was wroth.  Will the powers of this earth make war on the remnant for not worshiping other gods, not bowing down to idols, not blaspheming?  No, they recognize them as right thus far.  Will they be offended with those who do not dishonor their parents, or murder, or commit adultery, steal, or bear false witness, or covet?  No, they imprison those who do thus.  But these are only nine of the commandments of God.  The fourth commandment is the precept that brings out the ire of the dragon. - When the remnant take hold of this precept, which the dragon has with such care been laboring to change, the wrath of worldlings, Catholics, Protestants, and even of Adventists, is roused to crush them, and to check the work, "that it proceed no further!"  What is the trouble?  O, they are keeping the commandments as God gave them, and they condemn us! - Will the enemies of God succeed in destroying the remnant?  No!
         "The remnant in these latter days
         Will triumph sure; give God the praise!
         They, of the beast refuse the mark,
         They keep God's law - they have the Ark."
         The wrath of the dragon, already beginning to be stirred, will doubtless increase until that "time of trouble such as never was."  And some perhaps with whom the remnant have taken sweet counsel, will be left to think that in killing them they are doing God's service.
         But John sees them again.  "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  But when is it that John sees the commandment-keepers this time?  In the patience of the saints, (waiting with hope long-deferred,) and under the message of the Third Angel.  Then those who live in the period referred to, will have much to say about the commandments of God.  And those who oppose will doubtless attempt to prove that they are abolished, or that they have been superseded by the testimony of Jesus Christ.  But the saints of God, not heeding this folly, will keep both.  But does not John see them again?  Yes.  He sees the commandment-keepers enter the holy city, while those who love and make a lie, are left without.  Christ had said, "If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments;" John sees such enter into it!
         This is direct testimony that the commandments of God are not abolished.  It is direct testimony that they have not been superseded by the testimony of Jesus Christ.


    Review and Herald, vol 5, February 28, 1854, #6, p 44
         "HERE is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  Rev.xiv,12.
         "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Chap.xii,17.
         The chronological application of these texts is not hard to be understood.  The first is a part of the saying of the third angel, which is the last message offering mercy, given just before the Son of man takes his place on the "white cloud" with a "sharp sickle" to reap the harvest of the earth.  The other text applies to the "remnant."  A remnant, literally, is a small portion, and the last end.  The "remnant which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ," is, therefore, Christ's "little flock," the last end of the church, who shall witness the coming of the Son of man in all his glory.  Both texts apply to the same period of time.


    Review and Herald, vol 5, May 16, 1854, #17, p 130
         There is a class of professed Christians, that have come to the conclusion, that none of the ten commandments are binding, only those quoted to the young man by our Saviour.  If this position is true, have we not a right to hasten after other gods; to make graven images, and serve them; take the name of God in vain; and trample under foot God's holy day of rest?  But says one, You are taking too much liberty, all the commandments are binding but the Sabbath.  But stop Sabbath-breaker, stop, and think.  If God's Word gives you the privilege of blotting out the fourth commandment, because Christ did not quote it to the young man; it gives me liberty to strike out the three preceding ones.  There is but one reasonable conclusion to which we can come from this scripture; and that is all the commandments are still in force.  James ii,10.  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  Five of the ten commandments are quoted in the next verse, by which we may know what law is referred to.  Matt.xxiv,20.  But pray ye that your flight be not in the Winter, neither on the Sabbath-day.  Here Jesus is speaking of the flight of his children from Jerusalem, when its desolation was near; and as Jerusalem was not destroyed until A.D. 70, the argument is conclusive, that the Sabbath stood fast up to that time.  Luke xxiii,54-56.  And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on.  Query.  How could the Sabbath be drawing on, if it had been previously nailed to the cross?  And the women also which came with him from Galilee, followed after and beheld the sepulcher, and how his body was laid.  And they returned and prepared spices, and ointments, and rested the Sabbath-day according to the commandment.  Acts xiii,42,44.  And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.  And the next Sabbath-day came almost the whole city together, to hear the word of God.  Acts xvi,13.  And on the Sabbath we went out of the city, by the river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down and spake unto the women which resorted thither.  Acts xvii,2.  And Paul as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath-days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.  Rev.xii.  In this chapter, we have a connected chain of events, extending from the birth of Christ, down to the present time.  We learn from the 6th and 14th verses, that the woman, (Church) fled into the wilderness, and also the time she remained there.  From the 15th verse, we see the serpent designed to overthrow the Church by persecution.  16th verse.  And the earth helped the woman, (Church) and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  The prophetic events connected with the 16th verse, had their fulfillment in 1798 when the papacy lost its civil power.  This was accomplished by Napoleon Bonaparte.  Here the 1260 days of oppression and cruel bondage to the church ended.  From this period of time, the Church has been favored with great light, until tested by the first angel's message.  Rev.xiv,8.  This message not being heeded by the professed churches, their light is turned into darkness; and the way for the second angel's message is prepared.  This proclamation having been given, the third angel takes his stand.  Under the cry of the third angel, a remnant is gathered from the confused masses, that are floating upon the bosom of the mighty deep; and are brought together and united in the faith of Jesus, and the commandments of God, as we read in Rev.xiv,12.  The 17th verse of the 12th chapter, is a parallel.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  According to the chronological order of the events brought to view in this chapter, the remnant is to be found this side of 1798.  The period for commandment-keepers is more definitely fixed by the third angel's message.  Rev.xiv,9-12.  This brings us this side of 1844.  If any man would know the glorious result of keeping the commandments of God, please read Rev.xxii,14.  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.  From the next verse learn the consequences of breaking God's commandments.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.  Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.


    Review and Herald, vol 5, May 23, 1854, # 18, p 141
         And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev.xii,17.  No wonder that the dragon is wroth when he sees a little remnant in these last days striving to obey God by keeping all his commandments, together with the faith of Jesus.  Ah! well does he know that his time is short: this Arch-deceiver has almost run the length of his chain, and what he does to deceive and blind the eyes of the professed church of Christ, and seal the doom of careless and indifferent souls, must be done soon.  Oh unhappy church and world!  Do you not know that the last page of inspiration is now being fulfilled?  Satan is carrying on his last great deception, before the Son of man shall be revealed in the clouds of heaven.  The last solemn message is now being proclaimed, and will increase until it sounds with trumpet voice.  See Rev.xiv,9-13.


    Review and Herald, vol 6, September 12, 1854, #5 , p 36
         God rested on the seventh day, then sanctified and blessed the day in which he had rested, and thus "made the Sabbath for man."  The fourth commandment guards and enforces the day of Jehovah's rest, and points us back to creation for the reason of the existence of the institution.  Christ intimates no change in this precept of the law of God, but says, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law," and affirms that, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass" from it.  The apostles intimated no change of the Sabbath, but observed it, [Acts xiii,42-44; xvi,13; xviii,4,11; xxviii,17,30,31,] and taught the law and commandments of God.  So far as the Bible speaks of a weekly Sabbath, it knows none but the seventh day.  But we find a very large majority of the professed Christian world observing the first day of the week instead of the Sabbath of the Bible.  Where is their authority for so doing?  It is not in the Bible.  Where then shall we look for it?  It can be found only in the history of the "beast" - Papacy.  Then as those who keep God's commandments, (and no man can do this and break the Sabbath of the fourth,) are the worshipers of God, are not those who observe the institutions of the beast, (one of which is the observance of First-day in the place of the Sabbath of the Lord our God,) the worshipers of the beast?
         As fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the trinity, the consciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery.  The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgment scenes burst upon the world?  We think not.  "Here are they [in the period of a message given just before the Son of man takes his place upon the white cloud, Rev.xiv,14] that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  This class, who live just prior to the second advent, will not be keeping the traditions of men, neither will they be holding fundamental errors relative to the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.  And as the true light shines out upon these subjects, and is rejected by the mass, then condemnation will come upon them.  When the true Sabbath is set before men, and the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon them, and they reject this holy institution of the God of heaven, and choose in its place an institution of the beast, it can then be said, in the fullest sense, that such worship the beast.  The warning message of the third angel is given in reference to that period, when the mark of the beast will be received, instead of the seal of the living God.  Solemn dreadful, swiftly-approaching hour!
         "And the dragon [the devil] was wroth with the woman, [the church,] and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, [true Christians in the last generation, just prior to the second advent,] which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.xii,17.  The commandments of God mean the ten precepts which God commanded, [Ex.xx.] and not nine of them only.  The testimony of Jesus Christ means what Christ taught, and also the teaching of his inspired apostles.  Mark the distinction between the two.  Those who assert that the commandments of God here mentioned mean the declarations of Christ and the apostles, confound together what inspiration has left separate and distinct.  It looks to us like downright infidelity to quibble on this point, as some do, to get rid of the fourth commandment.  The conclusion is perfectly natural and irresistible that the "remnant" are Sabbath-keepers.
         And what is it that stirs the ire of the dragon, if it is not the Sabbath?  Nine of the commandments are universally acknowledged to be binding, and are professedly kept.  The dragon is as quiet as a lamb with those who acknowledge and professedly observe nine-tenths of the "commandments of God." Who has war made on them for observing the first, second, third, (pass over the fourth,) fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth commandments?  But it will be acknowledged that there is a universal antipathy to keeping the Sabbath of the fourth commandment.  This feeling exists, and yet who dare say that the fourth is not one of the commandments of God?  All, who have any knowledge of the Bible, know that it is; yet the mass, either ignorantly or wickedly, frown upon the Christian who has sufficient conscientiousness and moral courage to keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, which the all-wise Law-giver has placed in the very bosom of the Decalogue.
         But there is not only a general antipathy to the Sabbath, but, in communities where the subject is presented, there is generally a spirit of bitter opposition immediately raised.  Perhaps the minister of the place preaches on the subject, and feels called upon to strike as heavy a blow as possible; so he not only opposes God's holy commandment, and calls the Sabbath of the Lord "the Jewish Sabbath," "the old law," "Sabbath of the Jews," &c.; but in his zeal, brands all Sabbath-keepers with heresy, Judaism, as falling from grace, &c., and represents those who present the claims of the fourth commandment as fanatical, wicked and dangerous men, and perhaps charges the people not to go and hear them.  This suits the carnal mind which "is not subject to the law of God," and all classes of opposers, from the haughty professor to the openly vicious, feel wonderfully comforted.  We would not say that all ministers take this course.  There are many exceptions: those "who search the Scriptures," like the noble Bereans, to see what they say on this question.  But we do say that it is generally the case that ministers lead off in the opposition to the true Sabbath, which results in hatred to the Sabbath and Sabbath-keepers, and wrath which is evidently inspired by the dragon.  Now if we should present the claims of nine precepts of the Decalogue, and say nothing of the fourth, would these ministers be troubled?  Would they oppose us?  Certainly they would not; neither would the people harbor feelings of antipathy against us.  It is evident that the wrath of the dragon, and the war on the remnant, is in consequence of the Sabbath.


    Review and Herald, vol 6, April 3, 1855, #26, p 206
         We are now prepared to inquire, What is the shield against all the wonderful lies with which Satan is deceiving the world at the present time?  We will look for the shield in the connection of the warning message; and we may expect to find it composed of a combination of wonderful and mighty truths which, when once understood, will so effectually anoint our eyes, that we can see and shun all of Satan's snares, and enable us to find and walk in the path which leads under that covering which is to shelter the elect when the last plagues shall fall upon the wicked.  Such a combination is alluded to in our text: the TESTIMONY and the LAW.  The same is mentioned again in [Isaiah 8] verse 20.
         After speaking of the cry which is now being made, that we should seek unto them that have familiar spirits, (mediums,) and go to the dead for knowledge, the Prophet directs our attention to the law and the testimony, and affirms that those have no light who speak not according to this word.  This quotation shows that the law and the testimony are a test or detector for this time.  This conclusion is corroborated by the third angel's message. Rev.xiv,12.  After declaring the fate of those who worship the beast, and receive his mark, he says, "Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."  When the beast and image (powers of earth) are "decreeing unrighteous decrees, and writing grievousness which they have prescribed," (Isa.x,1.) and "framing mischief by a law," (Ps.xciv,20,) and are thus multiplying false tests, we are informed of a company that are keeping God's law, and Jesus' faith.  Now the very manner in which our attention is called to these, proves conclusively that they are a shield or safe-guard against the false ways of this time.  While the two-horned beast is saying you must worship the image, you shall receive the mark, the warning message of the third angel says, "HERE are the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus!" as much as to say, Keep these, and you will not be in danger of worshiping the beast, or receiving his mark; and you will escape the wrath of God.
         But there is another scripture relating to this part of the subject which it is important to notice.  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.xii,17.  The "Woman" in this text, all will agree, represents the True Church; consequently the remnant of her seed must be the last end of the true church on earth.  This proves that God's people in the last days are distinguished by keeping (not merely professing to keep) the commandments of God, and testimony of Jesus Christ.  But why is this a peculiarity of God's people in the last days?  Because the true church has been in the wilderness; and in the last days is to come out entirely into the blazing light of truth as taught by God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
         The subject of God's commandments is agitated among them, and they soon find out they are not keeping the true Sabbath, and they immediately return to the original Sabbath which their forefathers left when the church went into the wilderness.  They now keep all God's commandments as they were given to the true Israel on Mt. Sinai.  It is the custom of the times, and also the law of the land, that men should keep the first day of the week holy; but the remnant regard it not: they move out regardless of consequences: this brings persecution: the war spirit of the dragon is manifested against them.
         We witness no persecution in the popular protestant churches; but let one of their number begin to keep the Sabbath ordained in the fourth commandment, and he will soon have war declared against him.  War is not made upon these nominal churches; therefore they are not the seed of the woman spoken of.  They are fallen, and are almost on a level with the world, and have no reason to look for persecution; for, as the poet sings.
         "The world will not persecute those who are like them,
         But hold them the same as their own."


    Review and Herald, vol 7, October 16, 1855, #8, p 61
         But let us look at Joel ii,32, and see where he locates the prophecy.  "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  It is the REMNANT that is to witness these things.  It is the remnant (or last portion of the Church) that keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, (which is the spirit of prophecy, Rev.xix,10,) most certainly, that is to share this deliverance.  "Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord," in the time of trouble such as never was, will share that deliverance.  "Shall not God avenge his own elect which cry day and night unto him?"  Luke xviii,1-8.


    Review and Herald, vol 7, February 28, 1856, #22, p 176
         To learn what we claim to be the remnant of, read Rev.xii,17: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the Commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  The "woman" is an admitted symbol of the true church; and the same dragon spirit which animated Pagan Rome to crucify our Lord and persecute the primitive church, will actuate the wicked to wage war upon the remnant or last end of that church, who are found in these last days keeping the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus.


    Review and Herald, vol 9, December 11, 1856, #6, p 45
         What stirs the wrath of the dragon?  Let the Revelator answer: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, (the church,) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, (the Christians of the last generation,) which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.xii,17.  It is keeping the Commandments of God, and possessing the testimony of Jesus Christ which stirs the dragon.  Let the church sleep on, and the dragon will remain quiet.  But let the church obey the testimony to the Laodiceans, open the door and let the Saviour in, then go forth with strength with the Commandments of God, and having in possession the testimony of Jesus Christ, (the spirit of prophecy, Rev.xix,10) and you will see the work and war of the dragon.


    Review and Herald, vol 9, January 8, 1857, #10, p 76
         THIS chapter gives a brief outline of the perils of the church through the entire Christian age.  In this chapter we have first presented the birth and ascension of Christ in the period of the Pagan dragon; second, the woman, or church of Christ, in the wilderness during the 1260 years of the Papal beast. This brings us within fifty-nine years of the present time.  What next?  The chapter closes with the prophecy of the wrath of the lamb-dragon, because the remnant keep the Commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Here the scene closes with the last persecution to be endured by the church of Jesus Christ.
         Who are the remnant?  To what portion of the Christian age shall we look for that body of Christians called [Rev.xii,17,] the remnant?  This people, and the period in which they flourish, may be definitely ascertained as follows:
         1.  The place which the prophecy concerning the remnant holds in the prophetic chain.  The prophecy concerning the remnant, and the war made on them, has its fulfillment after the 1260 years of Papal persecution.  It is the last link of the prophetic chain of Rev.xii.
         2.  The figurative word, remnant, must represent the latest members of the church of Jesus Christ, living just before his second coming.  This figure is wisely chosen, and is forcible.  The seller of dry goods, after taking garment after garment from the piece of cloth, often has a remnant left.  This remnant is not only a small piece, but is the last of the web.  This must represent the living church who are waiting for Christ's return from the wedding, to which he says, "Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
         3.  By what they do.  They keep the Commandments of God.  The fact that those who are looking for the speedy second advent are turning to keep all ten of the Commandments of God, must be regarded by the careful observer and student of the Scriptures as a wonderful fulfillment of prophecy.  It is said of the people of God under the Third Angel's Message, (which just precedes the coming of the Son of man,) "Here are they that keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus."
         We see the Commandments of God classed with the Faith of Jesus in Rev.xiv,12, and with the Testimony of Jesus Christ in chap.xii,19, as something distinct from either.  As the Faith or Testimony of Jesus embraces the entire doctrines of the New Testament, with all its gifts and promised blessings, we are shut up to the faith that these Commandments of God are nothing more nor less than the ten unchangeable precepts spoken from Sinai, and written in the tables of stone by the finger of God.  Hence the remnant who keep the Commandments of God will be found engaged in the Sabbath reform.
         What is it?  Let the angel at whose feet John fell to worship [Rev.xxi,10] testify: "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  If the church had ever followed Jesus Christ instead of uniting with the world, they would have kept the Commandments of God.  They would also have ever had the Testimony of Jesus Christ, or what is the same thing, the spirit of prophecy.
         Says Paul, "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that, miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues."  1Cor.xii,28.  Can it be shown that God has taken these out of the church?  No, it cannot.
         The same apostle testifies, "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man; for I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."  Gal.i,11,12.  Paul received the gospel in open vision with Jesus Christ.
         Again he says, "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations there was given me a thorn in the flesh," &c.  2Cor.xii,7.
         But in the last days the work of restoring the Commandments of God, and the Testimony of Jesus Christ to the church will be seen, according to the word and promise of God.  "Here are they that keep the Commandments of God," under the Third Angel's Message, will then be a fact.  The dragon's war on the remnant which keep the Commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ, will then be no longer a prophecy only, but a fact.  Joel's prophecy of the last days will then be a fact also, in all its fullness.  "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.  And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.  And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  Joel ii,28-32.  Here is seen, and will soon be realized, the Testimony of Jesus Christ, to the "remnant whom the Lord shall call."


    Review and Herald, vol 11, February 25, 1858, #16, p 126
         The remnant of the gospel church will have the gifts.  War will be waged against them because they keep the Commandments of God, and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev.xii,17.  In Rev.xix,10, the Testimony of Jesus is defined to be the spirit of prophecy.  Said the angel, "I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the Testimony of Jesus."  In chap.xxii,9, he repeats the same in substance, as follows: "I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets."  From the comparison we see the force of the expression, The Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.


    Review and Herald, vol 13, March 24, 1859, #18, p 139
         "For in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."
         This remnant, existing amid the signs and wonders that usher in the great and terrible day of the Lord, are, doubtless, the remnant of the seed of the woman spoken of in Rev.xii,17 - the last generation of the church on earth.  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
         The remnant of the gospel church will have the gifts.  War will be waged against them because they keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Rev.xii,17.  In Rev.xix,10, the testimony of Jesus is defined to be the spirit of prophecy.


    Review and Herald, vol 14, August 18, 1859, #13, p 98
         Again: "And these signs shall follow them that believe: in my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."  These gifts are being developed in the judgment church; but the ire of the dragon is stirred, and he will soon make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  But there is safety in standing on the Rock of eternal truth.


    Review and Herald, vol 15, April 12, 1860, #21, p 165-166
         But another question, one which is important to all who believe that the signs to precede the final closing up of the dispensation have been given, and the last days have come, is, Are we now to look for the remnant people according to the prophecy, and how may we know them?  What are their characteristics?
         Rev.xii,17.  John saw the remnant mentioned in this prophecy, and he states their peculiar characteristics so that they need not be mistaken amid the multitude of nominal Christians.  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  The woman mentioned here by universal admission is the true church of Christ as distinguished from Rome, the Mother of harlots, the persecutor of the saints; and from the persecution of corrupt anti-Christian Rome she fled into the wilderness for a time, and times, and half a time, or 1260 years, and the remnant of her seed is the last of the true church, which being the remnant or last must be in existence as a people when the dispensation closes, else it is not the remnant or last of the seed of the woman.
         How is this remnant characterized?  By keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  In Rev.xix,10, we read, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  Paul in 1Cor.i,6,7, says, "Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift, waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  These passages harmonize with the third angel's message in its effect.  Rev.xiv,12.  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
         Here it is evident that the remnant mentioned in Joel's prophecy are those who obey the third angel's message and refuse to worship the beast or his image (a corrupt nominal Christianity), or to receive his mark in their foreheads or in their hands.  With them in due time will the testimony of Jesus be confirmed so that they will come behind in no gift; all the gifts of the first age of the dispensation will be among them while waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
         The Sabbath command is the test of the age.  Nothing except looking for Jesus is more unpopular.  And while a popular Christianity despises and disregards the fourth command, it cannot claim to be keeping the commandments of God.  Even the Seventh-day Baptists, both ministers and people, while nominally professing obedience to the Sabbath command, place so little value upon it that they neglect to urge its claims upon the people, because it would subject them to the penalty of becoming unpopular in the estimation of the popular church.  At least it is so in the circle of my acquaintance.
         The remnant, then, will be distinguished from all others by a conscientious regard for the fourth command, and by faithful labor and effort to urge the claims of a holy and perfect law to the obedience of all, though in the discharge of this high trust, like Paul, they may suffer the loss of all things.
         But another characteristic of this remnant is, they keep the faith of Jesus.  This is as distinguishing a characteristic as the other, and need not be mistaken.  I am aware that the professed Christianity of this age claims to possess the faith of Jesus; but their claim will not bear investigation in the light of the written word.  It looks more like the traditions of men.
         Death by sin, life through Jesus, is certainly the faith of Jesus.  "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Rom.vi,23; John x,28.  "And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish," &c.  Rom.ii,7.  "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory, and honor, and immortality, eternal life."  Col.iii,3,4.  "For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life shall appear then shall ye also appear with him in glory."  1John ii,25.  "And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life."  But while life and immortality is the promised gift in the word of God to the faithful, is it the faith of Jesus to claim the possession of both as inherent in our nature?
         The second coming of Christ, and life from the dead in the resurrection of the just, is a cardinal point in the faith of Jesus.  John vi,40.  "And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son and believeth on him may have everlasting life and I will raise him up at the last day."  1Thess.iv,14-16.  "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first."  2Tim.iv,8.  "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
         Now is that the faith of Jesus which expects its reward when the immortal part leaves its temporary dwelling place here and enters immediately another in heaven, aside from a resurrection or the coming of the Life-giver?  In such a faith both are of no consequence, and neither to be desired.
         The faith of Jesus expects a glorious reality, a new heavens and a new earth, a city which hath foundations, the Jerusalem above which is the mother of us all.  Can that faith be the faith of Jesus which is based only upon immateriality, a mere shadow, a mere nothing?
         Thus unmistakably clear are the distinguishing characteristics of the remnant or last church brought to view in this prophecy...


    Review and Herald, vol 15, May 17, 1860, #26, p 201
         As this excuse of some dear friends (who had been gone for many years) might suit some others also, I would inquire concerning it.
         Our friends had been with the Freewill Baptists; therefore said, "It had not been convenient to keep the seventh day."  A thought occurred to me - would it be convenient for those making such excuses to "have right to the tree of life and to enter in through the gates into the city?"
         Our Lord said to the young man who inquired of him, if thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments."  Matt.xix,17.  Again there is not all the church, but only a "remnant of her seed which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.xii,17.  Again, "Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  Rev.xiv.  Again, "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city."
         I would kindly ask any of our dear religious friends who make such excuses here, whether they think they can stand up in the judgment and say, It was not convenient for me to "rest the seventh day according to the commandment," or it was not convenient for me to keep the Sabbath which Christ said "was made for man."
         Suppose that Noah had said It is not convenient for me to build an ark; or if Daniel had said, It is not convenient for me to be cast into the den of lions; or if the three Hebrews had said, It will not be convenient now for us not to follow the fashion of all the people, and bow down to the great image which the king of Babylon has set up; we shall be unpopular and out of fashion; besides it will not be convenient for us to disobey the great king and be cast into the fiery furnace!  Would they have been blest of God?
         Was it convenient for our dear Saviour to lay down his life for us?  And was it convenient for his blessed apostles and prophets, and for millions of the martyrs of Jesus to lay down their lives rather than to vary one single iota from what they believed to be truth?
         The writer of this knows a little how to sympathize with the lone ones, having lived one season in a city where no others were known to keep the Sabbath of the Lord.
         Dear reader "those that are with him (the King of kings) are called, and chosen, and faithful."  Rev.xiii,14.


    Joseph Bates, Second Advent Waymarks, p 110-115
         "Here is the patience of the saints; here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith or testimony of Jesus;"  Rev. 14:12.
         Here we come back again to the history of the advent, as the closing up of the messages of the three preceding angels.  When the last had delivered his message in 9-11 v. the same as brought to view in 18:4, John sees this company on the picture before him - the saints in their patience "keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  This is an entire different company from those that had just passed before his eye.  These are some of the same company seen in the sixth way mark, the Philadelphia Church.  Jesus marks them by saying, "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience," &c. &c.  Then, as we have shown, this church had come out of the fifth, the Sardis state, which we called the nominal church, precisely the same which the third angel speaks of as "having the mark of the beast and his image in his forehead and hand," in 14:9, that had just preceded the last.  He marks the time by showing them to be in the patient or trying time, just where the virgins were placed after they came out of the churches in the fall of 1844.  What were they doing?  We say they were keeping the seventh day Sabbath.  John knew perfectly well what the commandments of God were.  He sees them persecuted by the old dragon in the previous chapter, but did not say who and what they were until he had this view, only that they were a remnant (the last end, after all the rest had been cut off from them).  Here then in the xiv. chap. he designates them under an entire different character from their former associates.  He could not nor does he say that those from whom they had separated kept the commandments; but this last company had been keeping nine of them, (or they could not have been made white,) but John does not give them or the others any credit for keeping a part, for James has said they were a perfect law and "if we offended in one point, we should be guilty of all."  Therefore as soon as he saw them keeping the fourth commandment which had been trampled under feet, he cries out, "Here are they that keep the commandments of God."  Every person of common sense that read their Bibles must know that not one particle of proof can be produced therefrom to prove that the keeping of the first day of the week is any more the keeping of the fourth commandment than keeping Thursday.  Here, then, I prove is the difference that John saw.  Here our history comes in again to fulfil this very point, as I have stated in my late work on the Sabbath, (see 58 and 59 pg.) and it binds down all the other way marks as it came to us, after we entered the furnace of affliction, and has been increasing ever since.  Does not this company which you can and most likely do point out by name, in your different cities and towns, prove to a demonstration that the third angel's message is, and must be given before there could be a company found as stated in 12th v.  This is the remnant that is to be saved out of all the great company that published the good news and glad tidings of a coming Savior.  "Blessed are they that DO his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates into the city;" 22:14.  Now this people are to be saved for keeping the commandments of God and the faith or testimony of Jesus.
         Then it will be very important to know what the commandments of God are, separate and distinct from the commandment and testimony of Jesus.
         Commandments of God. -  They are ten.  See Exo. 34:28; Deut. 4:13 and 10:4.  They are given in detail in Exo. 20:3-17.  "Given on two tables of stone, written by the finger of God;"  Deut. 9:10; Exod. 31:18.  "And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God graven upon the tables;" Exo. 32:16.  This also is called the covenant which God made with his people, Deut. 9:9, and 4:13.  When they were put into the ark, they were called the ark of the testimony.  Of Moses?  No, the testimony of God himself.  Has God ever abolished this testimony?  No.  It is also called his word.  Isaiah says, "the word of our God shall stand forever."  Will he ever abolish this covenant?  Hear him: "My covenant will I not break, nor ALTER the thing that has gone out of my lips."  Then I clearly perceive that the ten commandments which he calls his covenant, "his testimony," "my word," can never be altered or changed.  When I write them on the hearts and minds of the Gentiles, it will be the same, unless I shall distinctly state to the contrary.  God calls them his laws.  Will they be changed?  The Psalmist says, "the law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul."  Jesus says "it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail."  Will it fail after Jesus is nailed to the cross?  Paul speaks 25 years after, and says, "We establish the law" - "wherefore the law is holy, just and good."  James about the same time calls it a  "perfect royal law," the law of liberty by which we are to be judged.  They are both speaking of the commandments.  James quotes two out of the ten to show what he means, and says, "if we fail in one point of keeping the whole law, we are guilty of all."  "Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."  Don't forget these two last witnesses.  Their testimony here does utterly and forever condemn every advocate for no Sabbath, and first day Sabbath in the world.  Because if the law is broken or altered, it is impossible for it to be perfect or holy.
         Let God speak once more, and at a time, too, when men were violating his law.  "How long refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws.  [You have violated my Sabbath.]  See for that the Lord hath given you the Sabbath.  So the people rested on the seventh day;" Exo. 16:27-30.  What is the testimony of the Savior, to the man enquiring for eternal life?  "If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments."  Six only are named, and these all relating to our duty with man.  It is said by our opponents, because the Sabbath was not mentioned, that the fourth commandment was not in force.  By the same rule, the first three must be abolished; that is, pay no regard to God, only love your neighbor.  Jesus proved this man a hypocrite without testing his love to God, by quoting the first table or four commandments.  For you see if he had have loved God with all his heart, he would have sold all and been perfect, "but as he had only kept the last six in the decalogue, he went away sorrowful;" Matt. 19.  That he did not always leave out our duty to God in the commandments, see his sermon on the mount.  "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments [beware oh vain man,] and shall teach men so, shall be least (or as Campbell translates it,) shall be in no esteem in the reign of heaven."  Here he quotes two from the last table, and one from the first, murder, adultery, and taking God's name in vain.  But in 22. ch. he includes the whole, love to God and love to our neighbor; "on these two hang all the law and the prophets."  In Luke 10:25-28, in answer to the question how to inherit eternal life, Jesus asks what is written in the law.  The man quotes the words of Jesus in Matt. 22.  He says, "thou hast answered right; this do, and live."  Now what law was it that these commandments, which are God's law, sustained?  Why, none other than the law of Moses.  Then the law of God on tables of stone, and the law of Moses in a book, both laid in the ark together are two entire and distinct codes of laws; Deut. 31:26.  The testimony of God, Jesus Christ, David, Paul and James, is that the law of God is the ten commandments on tables of stone.  God distinctly says the seventh day Sabbath is his commandment and his law.  And there is not one passage in the Bible that shows that they were ever abolished.  Then they are still in full force.  And so John understood it in Rev. 14:12. (See Sabbath work, page 53, 54.)  How advent believers, and especially teachers, can have the effrontery to disobey and contradict God on this clear doctrine, I know not.  The leading ones seem to be very tenacious of every word of God, but this portion of truth is treated by them with as much malevolence and contempt as if it were some doctrine found in the Apocraphy.
         "Faith or testimony of Jesus;" Rev. 14:12.  What is it?  I understand it to be his teachings or testimony at his first advent, except the Revelation after his ascension.  Are his commandments shown to be distinct from God?  Yes.  See John 13:34: "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you that ye also love one another."  "If ye love me, keep my commandments;" 14:15 and 21 v.  Again, "If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my father's commandments and abide in his love;" 15:10.  Think it is best to believe that Jesus kept the fourth commandment, or shall we say that he violated it and changed it, by giving the first day for the Sabbath, and leave the Bible and go to history for proof?
         "This is my commandment, that ye love one another as I have loved you;" 12th v.  This, then, is the sum of Jesus' commandments, viz. the "new" one in 13:34.  This new, last, or eleventh commandment, is entirely confined to the true disciples of Jesus, while the ten commandments are to love God and all mankind.  But Jesus has commanded us to believe in him and his disciples.  True, but that is not called his commandment.  (See his last testimony and  instructions.)  "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you."  (See work on the Sabbath, page 52 and 53.)  Now it seems to me we can understand John in the text, "Here are they that keep the commandments of God (the ten that he wrote on tables of stone) and the faith of Jesus," (what he taught his disciples, as in the above last instructions,) Matt. 28:19,20.  This was his testimony (see also Rev. 12:17).  Says the reader, why did not the people "keep the commandments of God," as in the text, before the fall of 1844?  Because the message had not been presented, nor could not be until the third angel's message (9th to 11th v.) had made this separation, for they could not keep the fourth commandment, the seventh day Sabbath, while they were united with the nominal church, (Babylon,) hence the separation.  First, how did they understand or know any thing about this message?  Answer - just as they understood the first, second and third messages in xiv:6,8 and 9 v. Rev.  These messages ended as the seventh trumpet began to sound, which divided the virgins, as in the parable, and as in Hab. after the vision had spoke the truth and began to tarry.  The soul of one party was lifted up and not upright, while the just would live by his faith," 4th v.  At the sounding of this seventh trumpet, John sees the "temple of God open in heaven.  And there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament." xi:19.  Again in xvi.chap. he describes this same people rejoicing over the victory of the beast and his image.  They were out of Babylon; standing by the sure word of prophecy, not in the air, for the 4th v. says all nations shall come, &c., (in the future,) and then says, "And after that, [above described,] I looked, and behold the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was open."  Here was the preparation for the marriage, and cleansing the sanctuary that was open on the "10th of the 7th month," and the first message that issued on the commandments came from the presentation of the ark, which had never been described nor seen since the day that God drove Adam out of Paradise, and "placed cherubims and a flaming sword to keep the way of the tree of life."  This was the point of time that this message was urged on God's people, to test their sincerity and honesty in the whole word of God and no where else in the previous messages.


    Joseph Bates, Seal of the Living God Pamphlet, p 19, 54-56
         Living God: is first used by Moses in Deut. 5:26, "For who is there of all flesh that hath  heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived."  Nehemiah also refers to this, showing that it was the time the awful scene when God came down to give them true laws, "and makest known to them his holy Sabbath," 9:13,14.  Joshua next uses the expression "living God," when he describes the power of his commandments in rolling back the downward stream of the river Jordan, &c.  John in vision replies to it in the same sense, or meaning, "sees a remnant of the seed of the woman (last end,) persecuted for keeping "the commandments of God and testimony of Jesus Christ." - Rev. 12:17.  Again, he sees them under the third messenger's message, Rev. 14:9, after having passed through the two preceding ones in 6-8 verses, keeping the commandments of God, &c., 12th verse, and shows us how they came to understand their duty, and the time when to begin to keep them, viz: "And the temple of God was open in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament, and there were lightnings and voices," &c., 11:19.  This Ark contain[ed] the ten commandments...
         The little company that are now presenting and receiving the sealing message in this last work which God has given them before their deliverance, have got their watch word also, viz: "The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."  "The Sabbath of the Lord our God."  This will develop the residue of the 144,000 and bring them out from mount Ephraim.
         ISAIAH'S  PROPHECY  OF  THE  SEALING  MESSAGE
         "Bind up the testimony: seal the law among my disciples." 8:16.  How shall we understand this?  What testimony and law is this?  and who are these disciples?  Answer: the New Testament says, they are the followers of Jesus.  But Isaiah's prophecy is 741 years before Jesus was born; may he not mean disciples in the Old Testament?  no: because the term is not used there.  Well then, perhaps he meant the first disciples of Jesus?  no, he could not have the law sealed among them, for if that had have been the case, the successors of the early disciples could have no benefit from the law.  Stop says an opponent, it was nailed to the cross.  That is what you have continually asserted, to your own shame and confusion!  Let me ask you a question: What is the bible definition of sin?  you answer, sin is the transgression of the law, 1st John 3:4.  Paul also teaches that where there is no law, there is no sin.  Then if the law was abolished at the crucifixion, there has not a living soul sinned for the last 1800 years.  Do you believe that?  O no!  Well then, cease to preach your infidel, soul destroying doctrine.  John by the inspiration of God in holy vision, has seen you trying to destroy God's holy law; mark well his denunciations.  "He that saith I know him and keepeth not his commandments, is a LIAR and the truth is not in him." 1st John 2:4.  Do not forget to notice the date of this epistle, it is 57 years after you say the law was abolished.
         I know you try to ease your consciences by calling it 1st, the law of the New Testament; 2d, the law of Grace; 3d, the law of life; and lastly "the perfect law of liberty."  I ask, where does life, and grace, and liberty, emanate from, but from God the law giver through Jesus Christ?
         Why are you continually seeking out some new way of your own to explain the simple law of God?  Go to the decalogue, read it, and then search to know if it is written on your hearts, and cease your vain and fruitless endeavors to remodel, or abolish the law of God.  
         There is but two distinct laws which the church of God were required to keep.  1. God's law on tables of stone, and also on the heart.  2. Moses's law of ceremonies.  Now we know the last was abolished at the crucifixion.  The 1st then, is the law which is now to be sealed up: why now? because God has thoroughly tried and proved the world in every way, to see if they would keep his commandments or no.  He sees the great mass have utterly rejected them, but there is a remnant that have been trying to restore and honor them, and now Isaiah sees that he would seal it among his disciples, as John and Ezekiel has shown, and receive this remnant into Paradise from where the law (fourth commandment,) first emanated, and destroy all those that have transgressed it, and leave the earth empty and desolate, to keep her Sabbaths for 1000 years.  Then when it is made new all who love God's law (and no others,) will inherit it forever.
         Further:  John saw in vision, that the remnant, (the last end,) the disciples of Christ were persecuted by the dragon for "keeping the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ." - Rev. 12:17.  Now mark! 1. These are the last portion of God's people, and they are keeping his law.  2. They are the disciples of Jesus, because they keep his "testimony."
         Then Isaiah saw the same remnant that John did; and sees that the testimony of Jesus was to be bound up with them, and the law, (or commandments, which is the same,) SEALED among them, or upon them.  Now see them in the history he has given of them since they came out of the churches, and began to "keep the commandments of God and the faith or testimony of Jesus," 14:12.  Is there any such people?  yes, yes!  Where?  answer, scattered all over the land.  Do you know their names?  yes, a great many of them.  Then this point is clear.  But there is further testimony, that these disciples are the law, or Sabbath keepers of the last days.  See the next verse, Isa. 8:17.  "And I will wait upon the Lord that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him".  God is always represented as hiding his face from his people when they are in trials.  I ask if this is not the very time that the remnant are passing through their last trials, collectively?  yes. - Well, have they not been looking for the Lord collectively?  yes.  Do they wait upon him still?  yes.  Then that is settled also.  Now 18th verse, "Behold I and the children whom the Lord hath given me, are for signs and wonders in Israel," &c.  Who are these?  The same people.  The first wonderful sign by which they were distinctly known from Second Advents, was shut door believers, but the greatest wonder, and sign by which they are now known is 7th day Sabbath believers.


    Merritt E. Cornell, Miraculous Powers, p 22-23
         The calling on the name of the Lord, and the deliverance of the remnant, spoken of in close relation to the great day of the Lord, evidently refer to the closing scenes of the history of the church in this mortal state.  The oppressed people of God are yet to raise to heaven one united day and night cry for deliverance.  Luke xviii.  This is symbolized by the message of prayer of the fourth angel of Rev. xiv. 15.  And in answer to this prayer, the remnant which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus, will find deliverance.


    J.N. Loughborough, Heavenly Visions,  p 25-26, 74-75, 83
         OF the church waiting for Christ's second coming, we read in Revelation:  "And the dragon [the devil] was wroth with the woman [the church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.12:17.  Here, then, is the last of the church in her probationary state, two features being prominent in her work - the keeping of all the commandments of God, and having the spirit of prophecy.
         That we are right in applying the "remnant" to the last phase of the church is apparent from the words found in Joel's prophecy.  When speaking of the end, the prophet says:  "And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  Joel 2:30-32.  So the "remnant" church, the church called out, and fitted for the Lord's coming, will be keeping all the commandments of God, and the gift, or spirit, of prophecy will be with them to "confirm" them to the end.
         In the prophecy of Isaiah we have a testimony concerning this same people, and a statement respecting the opposition of their work.  The prophet says:  "Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever ["the latter day," margin, Heb.]: that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not bear the law of the Lord: which say to the seers, See not: and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits; get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us."  Isa.30:8-11.
         Here is presented what is to be found in the last days, a people  teaching the law of God, and the gift of prophecy as connected with their work, which work is the exalting of the Holy One of Israel, and making plain his pathway of light and truth.  Those opposing them desire an easier path, and "smooth things," consequently they reject the law of God and the teachings of his Holy Spirit through the gift of prophecy....
         The apostle Paul, when speaking of the people who would be waiting for Christ's second coming, says: "The testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."  1Cor.1:6-8.
         From this we see that all the gifts are to be manifest among the people who shall meet Christ in peace at his coming.  One gift is especially singled out, the confirmation of which prepares the way for all the gifts to be developed in the church.  That one gift he calls the testimony of Jesus.  What is the testimony of Jesus?  In Revelation 12, after the persecution of the Dark Ages, we find the apostle speaking thus of the last of the church in her probationary state: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman [a symbol of the church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Verse 17.  By a remnant we understand the last of that of which we speak.  The remnant of cloth is the last of the bolt.  So the remnant of the church is the last of the church in its probation here.  In Joel's prophecy, just before the great and terrible day of the Lord, he says, Salvation shall be "in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  Joel 2:32.  This remnant will have war made on them for keeping all of God's commandments, and for having manifested among them the testimony of Jesus.  The testimony of those who were taught in vision by the Spirit of God is called the Testimony of Jesus.  "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 2Peter 1:21.  When speaking of those ancient prophets, Peter said, "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow."  1Peter 1:11.  The instruction of those prophets in holy vision was the "testimony of Jesus."
         In Revelation, chapter 19, is a scripture definition of the "testimony of Jesus."  When John was about to worship the angel, he said to him, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  Rev.19:10.
         When we have a scriptural definition of a word or phrase, it is proper to substitute the definition in the text.  In doing this, 1Cor.1:6,7, would read, "The spirit of prophecy was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift;  waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  And in Rev.12:17 it would read that the dragon went to make war with the remnant who "keep the commandments of God, and have the spirit of prophecy."  We see, then, that the remnant church, the members of which will be keeping all of God's commandments, are to have the gift of prophecy among them, and that that gift is to lead out in preparing the way so that all the gifts will at last be manifested among the people who are waiting for Christ's coming.  So, then, as the Lord's people return to the keeping of all his commandments, the gift of prophecy is restored to them.
         In Paul's letter to the Thessalonians he speaks of Christ's second coming, and of a people prepared to meet him, in these words: "But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."  He exhorts as follows:  "Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Quench not the Spirit.  Despise not prophesyings.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."  1Thess.5:4, 16-21.  From this we learn that the gift of prophecy will be among the people waiting for Christ's second coming.
         What could be more consistent than to expect the Lord directly to teach his people who are to pass through the perils of the last days, and be prepared to meet the Saviour in peace at his coming?  It is that point of time to which the patriarchs, and the true prophets of all past time, have looked with intense interest, when the conflict of ages - the controversy between sin and righteousness - is to close, - the time when the age for which all other ages were made is to be brought in.  It can not be that God, who is abundant in mercy, will refrain from specially instructing his people.  Thanks be to God, he has not left this as a matter of mere supposition; for he will guide his people by the spirit of prophecy, as the Scriptures clearly teach.  Such a manifestation of all the gifts in the church will be  indeed a "time of refreshing" as is meet to herald the coming of the Master....
         Away back in the days of Assyria, when Joel the prophet spoke of the outpouring of the Spirit of God upon all flesh in the last days, the Lord foretold how he would give the message of deliverance to "the remnant whom the Lord shall call," Joel 3:32.  Think of it!  In the days of Assyria, before Babylon ever rose to power, the Lord was planning what He would do with that remnant, the remnant that He should call in the last days, who were to bear the gospel message of deliverance finally to the people of the earth.
         And we come a little nearer, in the New Testament.  There we find a description of this remnant church.  The dragon, it was foretold, would be wroth with the remnant, with the last church, which should "keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.12:17.
         In the fourteenth chapter of Revelation is found a picture of this church which keeps the commandments of God going to all the world with the everlasting gospel, crying, "The hour of His judgment is come."  And when the time of the judgment hour in the heavenly sanctuary came in 1844, it brought this movement - it brought a people who were keeping the commandments of God and preaching the message that the judgment hour had come.


    J.N. Loughborough, The Prophetic Gift in the Gospel Church, Part 2, p 34
         Of the church waiting for Christ's second coming we read in Revelation: "And the dragon [the devil] was wroth with the woman [the church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Rev.12:17.  This phrase, "testimony of Jesus," is clearly defined in Rev.19:10, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  Here, then, is the last of the church in her probationary state, two features being prominent in her work, - the keeping of all the commandments of God, and having the spirit of prophecy.


    J.N. Loughborough, Great Second Advent Movement, p 200-201
         In the revelation we read of the "remnant"-the last gospel church: "The dragon was wroth with the woman [church], and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."6  What is the "testimony of Jesus," we inquire, which the last church is to have, and which in its confirmation prepares the way for the manifestation of all the gifts of the Spirit?  To this question we find an answer in the testimony of the angel to John on the isle of Patmos: "I fell at his feet to worship him.  And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."7
         This definition given by the angel shows that it is the "spirit of prophecy" manifest in the church that is waiting for Christ that prepares the way for all the gifts, and that war is made on the "remnant" church for having that gift among them.
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    6 Rev. 12:17.
    7 Rev. 19:10.


    J.N. Loughborough, Spirit of Prophecy, p 27-29
         In the New Testament, where Paul is speaking of the people waiting for Christ's second coming, he says: "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; that in everything ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you; so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."  1Cor.1:4-8.  From this we see that all the gifts are to be manifest among that people who stand at last prepared to meet Christ in peace at His coming.
         From this it also appears that one gift is singled out the confirmation of which prepares the way for all the gifts to be developed in the church.  That one gift he calls the testimony of Jesus.  To ascertain the meaning of this scripture, we will compare it with others.  In Revelation, Chapter 12, after the persecution of the Dark Ages, we find the apostle speaking thus of the last of the church in her probationary state: "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  Verse 17.  By a remnant we understand the last of that of which we speak.  The remnant of cloth is the last of the bolt.  So the remnant of the church is the last of the church in its probation here.  This is seen in Joel's prophecy of the Lord's people just before the great and terrible day of the Lord.  In the preparation for that day He says salvation shall be "in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  Joel 2:32.  This remnant will have war made on them for keeping all of God's commandments, and for having manifested among them the testimony of Jesus.  The testimony of those who were taught in vision by the Spirit of God is called the testimony of Jesus.  We read: "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."  2Pet.1:21.  When speaking of those ancient prophets, He says, "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow."  Chapter 1:11.  Then the instruction of those prophets in holy vision was the "testimony of Christ.
         By looking in Revelation, chapter 19, we get a Scripture definition of the "testimony of Jesus."  This is John's account, given while in vision on the isle of Patmos.  He mistook the beautiful angel that was before him as an object for him to worship, and said: "I fell at his feet to worship him.  And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus; worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  Verse 10.  We now have an inspired definition that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
         When we have the right definition of a word or phrase, it is proper to substitute the definition in the sentence.  Substituting thus in 1Cor.1:6-7, the text would read, "The spirit of prophecy was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  And in Rev.12:17 it would read that the dragon went to make war with the remnant who "keep the commandments of God, and have the spirit of prophecy."  We see, then, that the remnant church, the members of which will be keeping all of God's commandments, are to have the gift of prophecy among them, and that that gift is to lead out in preparing the way so that all the gifts will at last be manifested among the people who are waiting for Christ's coming.  So, then, as the Lord's people return to obedience, to the keeping of all His commandments, the gift of prophecy is restored to His People.


    J.N. Loughborough, The Two-Horned Beast, p 71
         This same company are introduced in the testimony of chap.xii,17.  "And the dragon (the modern dragon we understand is this two-horned beast.  Although to outward appearance he is mild as a lamb, he is at heart a dragon; out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh: "he spake as a dragon") was wroth with the woman, (the true church,) and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus."  "The remnant" of the church we understand the same as the remnant of anything; that is, the last end of it.  Then the remnant of the church is the last of the church in a probationary state.


    1891 General Conference Daily Bulletin, vol 4, March 18, 1891, #11, 13th Meeting, p 152
         Another point: Some are disposed to look at this passage from the standpoint of the war that is to be made upon the remnant because they keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  And there will of course be opposition.  There is opposition by the powers of darkness to every manifestation of the Spirit, and the true work of the gospel in the church.  They called the Master of the house Beelzebub, and said he had a devil.  Will they not say the same of his servants?  And so from this point of view, some spend their time deprecating the necessity of the coming conflict.  I take more pleasure in looking at it from another standpoint; and that is, that the church of God in the last days is coming to the front.  The dragon does not get wroth over trifles; the dragon does not get wroth over a dead church; the dragon does not get wroth over that which is of no consequence, and is doing nothing in its aggressive work on the dominions of the powers of darkness.
         What, then, does the scripture declare?  It declares this: that in the last days the church of God will stand forth in the power of the Master; and it will bear two grand characteristics: it will keep the commandments of God, it will obey him, it will have his law written in their hearts; it will have another feature, - it will have the gifts of the Spirit in operation in its midst.  And these two features are the objects which excite the wrath and opposition of those who are in darkness and in error.

    1899 General Conference Daily Bulletin, 33rd Session, February 17, 1899, vol 8, p 13
         This testimony of Jesus is in the church.  In the twelfth chapter of Revelation we read something about this: "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus."  How many of the people there spoken of keep the commandments of God? - All.  Is commandment-keeping a denominational affair, an individual matter?  It is an individual matter.  All have the same righteousness, because each one will have the righteousness of God.  How many are to have the faith of God? - All.  Do they have it simply as a mass, or will each person have the faith of Jesus for himself? - Each one will have it for himself.
         We read that the manifold wisdom of God is known to the principalities and powers by means of the church.  But the church is composed of units, individuals; the church is the house of God, the temple of the living God, because each individual member is also the temple of the living God.  Just as the human body is composed of an infinite number of cells, each cell having life, the life of God, and the life of the body is the united life of all these, so the church of God is composed of a vast number, each one having life from God; and the life of the church is the union of all those units.
         This is simple enough.  "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God."  Does the dragon make war with the church as a whole, or with individuals? - He comes pretty close to us as individuals sometimes; and the fact that somebody in the church has successfully resisted him, while it is an encouragement to us, is not resistance for us.  I like to hear the testimony of how brethren have met the enemy, and conquered him in the faith of Christ; but that does not conquer him for me.  I also must resist, steadfast in faith.  "Here are they [the individuals] that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus."  "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."  They all keep the commandments of God, and they all have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  Each individual of the body keeps the commandments of God, and each individual has the testimony of Jesus Christ.  That is not a rash statement; we all believe that.  It is not anything new; just simply what we read here.


    James White, Life Incidents, p 324-326
         They find no prophecy in the Old Testament pointing to the opening of the Christian age as the time for spiritual gifts to be removed from the people of God, and no declaration in the New Testament that the church would not need them, and that therefore they were about to cease.  No, nothing of this kind appears upon the sacred page.  But we hear the prophet of God say, "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.  And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.  And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.  And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call."  Joel 2,28-32.
         Notice, first, that the prophet points to the last days, as quoted by Peter.  Acts 2,16-20.  There can be no days later than the last, a period in which these things will be removed from the church; and, second, that he also points to signs and wonders in the heavens, and in the earth, in the sun and in the moon, to appear in connection with the manifestation of the spirit of prophecy.  Third, he mentions the deliverance of those who call on the name of the Lord.  This naturally applies to the deliverance of God's people who will cry to him day and night in the time of trouble.  Luke 18; Dan. 12.  They will be delivered, according to the words of the prophet.  And may not the "remnant" here mentioned be the same spoken of in Rev. 12,17?  "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
         The woman is a symbol of the church, 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. 19,10, "is the spirit of prophecy."  Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant.  They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them.  When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight.  But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, "ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein," then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.
         The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. 30,8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things.
         "Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever [margin, `the latter day']; that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord; which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits; get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.  Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant."


    Uriah Smith, Daniel and Revelation, Chapter 12, p 552-557
         The prophet then glances rapidly over the working of Satan from that time to the end (verses 11, 12), during which time the faithful "brethren" overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony while his wrath increases as his time grows short.  Though working through earthly powers, Satan, personally, is the chief agent from verses 9 to 17.
         "VERSE 13.  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child.  14.  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.  15.  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.  16.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.  17.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
         But little comment is necessary on the verses last introduced.  Suffice it to say that here we are again carried back to the time when Satan became fully aware that he had utterly failed in all his attempts against the Lord of glory in his earthly mission;  and seeing this, he turned with tenfold fury, as already noticed, upon the church which Christ had established.  Then we have again brought to view the church going into that condition here denominated being "in the wilderness."  This must denote a state of seclusion from the public gaze, and of concealment from her foes.  That church which during all the dark ages trumpeted lordly commands into the ears of listening Christendom, and flaunted her ostentatious banners before gaping crowds, was not the church of Christ;  it was the body of the mystery of iniquity.  The "mystery of godliness"  was God manifested here as a man;  the "mystery of iniquity"  was a man pretending to be God.  This was the great apostasy, the mongrel produced by the union of heathenism and Christianity.  The true church was out of sight;  in secret places they worshiped God;  the caves and the hidden recesses of the valleys of the Piedmont may be taken as representative places, where the truth of the gospel was sacredly cherished from the rage of its foes.  Here God watched over his church,, and by his providence protected and nourished her.
         The eagles' wings given her appropriately signify the haste with which the true church was obliged to provide for her own safety when the man of sin was installed in power, together with the assistance God provided her to this end.  The like figure is used to describe God's dealing with ancient Israel.  By Moses he said to them:  "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself."  Ex. 19:4.
         The mention of the period during which the woman is nourished in the wilderness as "a time and times and half a time," the exact phraseology used in Dan. 7:25, furnishes a key for the explanation of the latter passage;  for the very same period is called in verse 6 of Revelation 12, "a thousand two hundred and threescore days."  This shows that a "time" is one year, 360 days;  two "times," two years, or 720 days;  and "half a time," half a year, or 180 days, making in all 1260 days;  and this being symbolic, signifies 1260 literal years.
         The serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood to carry away the church.  By its false doctrines the papacy had so corrupted all nations as to have control absolutely, for long centuries, of the civil power.  Through it Satan could hurl a mighty flood of persecution against the church in every direction; and this he was not slow to do.  (See reference to the terrible persecutions of the church in remarks on Dan. 7:25)  From fifty to one hundred million were carried away by the flood;  but the church was not entirely swallowed up;  the days were shortened for the elect's sake.  Matt. 24:22.
         "The earth helped the woman" by opening its mouth and swallowing up the flood.  The Reformation of the sixteenth century began its work.  God raised up the noble Luther and his colaborers to expose the true character of the papacy, and break the power with which superstition had enslaved the minds of the people.  Luther nailed his theses to the door of the church at Wittenberg;  and the pen with which he wrote them, according to the symbolic dream of the good elector Frederick of Saxony, did indeed span the continent, and shake the triple crown on the pope's head.  Princes began to espouse the cause of the Reformers.  It was the dawning of religious light and liberty, and God would not suffer the darkness to swallow up its radiance.  Tetzel, the indulgence- peddler, swelled and bellowed with wrath, and Pope Leo roared with rage;  but all in vain.  The spell was broken.  Men found that the bulls and anathemas of the pope fell harmless at their feet, just as soon as they dared exercise their God-given right to regulate their consciences by his word alone.  Defenders of the true faith multiplied.  And soon there was enough Protestant soil found in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, England, Norway, and Sweden, to swallow up the flood of papal fury, and rob it of its power to harm the church.  Thus the earth helped the woman, and has continued to help to the present day, as the spirit of the Reformation and religious liberty has been fostered by the leading nations of Christendom.
         But the dragon is not yet through with his work.  Verse 17 brings to view another and a final outburst of his wrath, this time against the last generation of Christians to live on the earth.  We say the last generation;  for the war of the dragon is directed against the remnant of the woman's seed;  that is, the remnant of the seed, or individuals, that constitute the true church;  and no generation but the last can truthfully be represented by the remnant.  If the view is correct that we have already reached the generation which is to witness the closing up of earthly scenes, this warfare against the truth cannot be far in the future.
         This remnant is characterized by the keeping of the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  This points to a Sabbath reform to be accomplished in the last days;  for on the Sabbath alone, as pertaining to the commandments, is there a difference of faith and practice among those who accept the decalogue as the moral law.  This is more particularly brought to view in the message of Rev. 14:9-12.
         It may be proper to notice that according to the testimony of this chapter, three powers are made use of by the devil to carry out his work, and hence all are spoken of as the dragon, he being the inspiring agent in them all.  These are, (1)  pagan Rome;  (2)  papal Rome;  (3)  the two-horned beast, our own government under the control of apostate Protestantism, which is the chief agent, as will hereafter appear, in making war upon those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.


    Uriah Smith, Biblical Institute, p 286-287
         In accordance with this we have prophecies which plainly point to the revival of the gifts in the closing days of this dispensation.  See Rev12:17 "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." By the woman we are to understand the church; by her seed, the members of the church throughout this dispensation.  Therefore the remnant of her seed can refer to only one body of people, the last generation of Christians upon the earth.  These are characterized by keeping the commandments of God, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ.  In Rev 19:10, we have the definition of what is here called the "testimony of Jesus Christ."  Said the angel to John, "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."  This the reader will at once recognize as one of the gifts set in the church.

    There is a book titled Issues that was authorized by the North American Division Officers and Union Presidents. On page 39 of that book called the 1872 Statement of Fundamental Principles "distinctly non-trinitarian." 

    Inspiration tells us this: "The evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth in every particular.EGW MR V. 1, p. 52, 1906.

    "In the Bible every duty is made plain. Every lesson given is comprehensible. Every lesson reveals to us the Father and the Son. The word is able to make all wise unto salvation. In the word the science of salvation is plainly revealed." 8 Testimonies, p. 157, 1904.

    "But many - not a few, but many - have been losing their spiritual zeal and consecration, and turning away from the light that has been constantly growing brighter and brighter, and have refused to walk in the truth because its sanctifying power upon the soul was not what they desired. They might have been renewed in holiness and have reached the elevated standard that God's word demands; but condemnation is upon them. Many ministers and many people are in darkness. They have lost sight of the Leader, the Light of the world; and their guilt is proportionate to the grace and truth opened to their understanding, which has been abundant and powerful." Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 449, 450.

    Regarding Isaiah 28:13 we are told, "This means those who have not received instruction but have cherished their own wisdom, and have chosen to work themselves according to their own ideas. The Lord gives these the test, that they shall either take their position to follow His counsel, or refuse and do according to their own ideas, and then the Lord will leave them to the sure result. In all our ways, in all our service to God, He speaks to us, 'Give Me thine heart.' It is the submissive teachable spirit that God wants.That which gives to prayer its excellence is the fact that it is breathed from a loving, obedient heart. 
    God requires certain things of His people; if they say, I will not give up my heart to do this thing, the Lord lets them go on in their supposed wise judgment without heavenly wisdom, until this scripture [Isaiah 28:13] is fulfilled. You are not to say, I will follow the Lord's guidance up to a certain point that is in harmony with my judgment, and then hold fast to your own ideas, refusing to be molded after the Lord's similitude. Let the question be asked, Is this the will of the Lord? not, Is this the opinion or judgment of ____?" Testimonies to Ministers, p. 419.

    To change our doctrine from non-trinitarianism (that existed in the church during the entire ministry of Ellen White) to trinitarianism after John Kellogg, Ellen White asks this: "Who has authority to begin such a movement?" Then she says, "We have a truth that admits of no compromise." 1 Selected Messages, p. 205.

    Of messages such as trinitarianism she states, "Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority." 1 Selected Messages, p. 208.

    Think Friend, for I really appreciate thinking people when I have a dialog with them, if the SDA church leaders acknowledged that the church was "distinctly non-trinitarian" when the first Statement of Fundamental Beliefs was published AND inspiration says in 1906 that 1. The truth is the same as it ever has been 2. Not a pin or pillar can be moved from the structure of truth 3. The truths that were revealed in 1844, 1845, and 1846 REMAIN the truth in EVERY particular. 

    If you believe this, then you will believe that the church should have remained faithful to its charge to keep the truth in EVERY particular.

    Think just one more time Friend. If the SDA church was admonished to keep these truths forever and remain non-trinitarian, then all the people who believe all these truths in every particular do not need to rejoin any Advent Movement, for they are the Advent Movement. But what about those whose wheels have gone off of the track of truth? Who needs to join or rejoin a great Advent Movement, the ones who remained faithful to these truths or the ones who have left these truths for something new? Remember Friend, I asked you to THINK!
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