What causes and what IS the "Shaking"?

Who is Shaken From Whom According to Scripture?

How can there be such confident assurances today, as we clearly hear the denominational leaders trumpet from the pulpits of the land, “She is the ship of God, perhaps listing badly, yet we are assured that she is sailing steadfastly into the heavenly port…. STAY WITH THE SHIP!” “She is the ‘apple of God’s eye,’ ‘the remnant church.’ DON’T GIVE UP, NOW!” “Defective and feeble though she be, -- indeed, she is not perfect, -- but God will purify His church. THE APOSTATES WILL LEAVE! DON’T BE FOUND OUTSIDE WITH THEM.” “The church will appear as about to fall, BUT SHE WILL NOT FALL!

First, let us consider the Biblical evidence for the shaking. That evidence is found in Matthew 13:47-50, as follows:

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 13:47-50.

The Kingdom of Heaven "net" is the Heavenly Jerusalem Zion, Firstborn, Firstfruits Church of Hebrews 12:22, 23:

"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, 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.

This is the Zion church of the faithful remnant made perfect, or the 144,000 firstfruits. This is the Zion from which and by which sinners are shaken, and they never have to be members of this church in order to shaken from this church. All men are finally gathered into this net by hearing the Everlasting Gospel. They remain or are discarded according to whether or not they accept the gospel. Just as the gospel truth shook out the fallen churches of 1844, from this Zion, so the gospel of the Third Angel and the Midnight Cry, will shake all tares from out of this gospel heavenly Kingdom church net. Now the light should go on to reveal a very different concept than has been held by traditional Adventism, concerning the following E.G. White statement:

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while sinners IN ZION [HEAVENLY ZION'S GOSPEL NET] 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 [SPIRITS OF MEN MADE PERFECT HEB. 12:23]. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ. 
The REMNANT that purify 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 statement describes the church triumphant, the REMNANT, the 144,000, from which and by which the sinners are shaken. It is not a contradiction to say that sinners are gathered into this church triumphant, any more than it is for the Bible to say that all of every kind are gathered into the heavenly kingdom net. 
The tares are gathered into the midst of apostate Jerusalem, for burning and melting, Ezekiel 22:17-31, while a remnant goeth forth OUT OF JERUSALEM, Isaiah 37:31, 32, just as in the first manifestation of Ezekiel 9.

The REMNANT that cause the shaking is the Third Angel, or the 144,000. She is the firstfruits, firstborn Zion of Hebrews 12:22, 23, and Rev. 14:1-4.

"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.

This Third Angel is the bride who awakens the ten virgins. She is the firstborn, or firstfruits, called out directly by God. Then she and God awaken the ten-virgin guests, Christ's Object Lessons, 405-406.

"Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here [Isa. 8:11-14] are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, these who avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairer of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151.

This issue is most critical when you consider that in the typical fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, which was the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., false prophets were bribed by the apostate Jewish "chosen" organization, to tell the people to remain at the organized church. True prophets were telling the people when to flee Jerusalem, and Jesus began "gathering out" those who would take the gospel to the world, in 27 A.D. as one of the first works of His ministry, Desire of Ages, 232. This, of course, refers to the "gathering out" of His disciples.

"Christ was a protestant...The Reformers date back to Christ and the apostles. They came out and separated themselves from a religion of forms and ceremonies.Luther and his followers did not invent the reformed religion. They simply accepted it as presented by Christ and the apostles." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 2, 48, col. 2.

False Prophets Bribed to Tell the People to Remain at the Apostate Church

Because false prophets were hired to tell the people to remain at the apostate church in the prefigure type, so the same thing is occurring, and must occur, in the antitypical literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9. We will prove shortly that Ellen White says there will be another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9.

"To establish their power more firmly, they [The Jewish Leaders in context] bribed false prophets to proclaim, even while Roman legions were besieging the temple, that the people were to wait for deliverance from God.To the last, multitudes held fast to the belief that the Most High would interpose for the defeat of their adversaries. But Israel had spurned the divine protection, and now she had no defense. Unhappy Jerusalem! rent by internal distensions, the blood of her children slain by one another's hands crimsoning her streets, while alien armies beat down her fortifications and slew her men of war!" E.G. White, The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, p. 29.

Meanwhile, true prophets of God had warned the true people of God to flee Jerusalem. These people left the precincts of Jerusalem in the autumn of A.D. 66. However, they left the apostate Jewish church years earlier during the ministry of Jesus and the disciples, to comprise all the Christian churches dotting the hills of Judea.SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 74-77, and Desire of Ages, 232.

Ellen White clearly states in The Great Controversy, p. 25, 1911 edition, that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was a PREFIGURE. Prefigure means TYPE, which demands a similar ANTITYPICAL FULFILLMENT. Then she says that another LITERAL FULFILLMENT of Ezekiel 9 will occur. So all we have to do is go back to the TYPE, THE PREFIGURE and see what happened then, and any other interpretation would make Ellen White a false prophet. Her statements on Ezekiel 9, accord with the following scenario if all of the weight of evidence is considered and interpreted in such a way that no points contradict:.

1.    Who left who in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70? The good left the Bad. See The Great Controversy, Chapter 1.

2.    Where were the tares gathered? Into the Midst of Jerusalem, the apostate church, Ezekiel 22:17-31.

3.    Was there a primitive revival of the Jewish people? Yes! Where did it take place? Within the apostate Jewish Church, or outside it? Obviously outside it, Desire of Ages, 232. If the primitive revival had occurred inside the Jewish church it would not have been destroyed. The primitive revival occurred on the Day of Pentecost. Who did it involve? The disciples of Jesus Christ, whom He had "gathered out" to give the gospel to the world. Where did the primitive revival occur? In the upper room of some man's house [probably Peter's father's house], where the disciples of Jesus Christ were hiding from fear of the Jews. Did this "tarrying in Jerusalem," constitute tarrying at the apostate organization synagogue or Temple? Absolutely not!

4.    Who was True Zion, from whence and by whom the sinners were shaken? Was it the apostate Jewish Organization, or was it from the reformer church of Jesus and the disciples?

5.    Did the Jewish people leave the apostate Jewish church long before persecution began? Yes, they began to leave when Jesus "gathered out" those who would take the gospel to the world, Desire of Ages, 232, and even before this according to the following statement by Ellen White:

"The recreant priests added licentiousness to the dark catalogue of their crimes; yet they still polluted by their presence the tabernacle of the Lord, and, laden with sin, dared to come into the presence of a holy God. As the men of Israel witnessed the corrupt course of the priests, they thought it safer for their families not to come up to the appointed place of worship. Many went from Shiloh with their peace disturbed, their indignation aroused, until they at last determined to offer their sacrifices themselves, concluding that this would be fully as acceptable to God, as to sanction in any manner the abominations practiced in the Sanctuary" E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, vol. 1, p. 264, col. 3, December 1, 1881.

Any teaching that contradicts this Ezekiel 9 PREFIGURE SCENARIO, is contradicting Ellen White and SCRIPTURE, because Ezekiel 5:9 [cf. Matt. 24:21], proves that Ezekiel 9 is really PRIMARILY FULFILLED at the end-time when God does the worst thing He has ever done before or will ever do again. The end-time interpretations of New Movement Adventism, violate this PREFIGURE SCENARIO stated by Ellen White and backed by Scripture.

Where will the next primitive revival occur involving True Reformer Seventh-day Adventists?

Let God answer this question:

"And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall no enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord." Ezekiel 20:34-39.

Adventists Hiding From Nominal Adventists

Will Adventists be hiding from nominal Adventists, just like the disciples were hiding from fear of the apostate Jews? Read and decide for yourselves:

"I saw the nominal church and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth. The saints then will be an obscure [hidden] people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hate us on account of the Sabbath, for they could not refute it) will betray the saints and report them to the Catholics as those who disregard the institutions of the people; that is, that they keep the Sabbath and disregard Sunday. 
Then the Catholics bid the Protestants to go forward, and issue a decree that all who will not observe the first day of the week, instead of the seventh day, shall be slain. And the Catholics, whose numbers are large, will stand by the Protestants. The Catholics will give their power to the image of the beast. And the Protestants will work as their mother worked before them to destroy the saints. But before their decree bring or bear fruit, the saints will be delivered by the Voice of God. Then I saw that Jesus' work in the sanctuary will soon be finished. And after His work there is finished, He will come to the door of the first apartment, and confess the sins of Israel upon the head of the Scape Goat. Then He will put on the garments of vengeance. Then the plagues will come upon the wicked, and they do not come till Jesus puts on that garment, and takes Hs place upon the great white cloud. Then while the plagues are falling, the Scape Goat is being led away. He makes a mighty struggle to escape, but he is held fast by the hand that leads him. If he should effect his escape, Israel would lose their lives. I saw that it would take time to lead away the Scape Goat into the land of forgetfulness after the sins were put on his head.
The great white cloud I saw was not the holy place, but entirely separate from the holy and most holy place, entirely separate from the sanctuary. 
Then the angel repeated these words, and said, 'This is the time spoken of in Isaiah. He saw that there was not man, and wondered that there was no intercessor. He had no mediator between God and man, and these plagues could be withheld no longer, for Jesus had ceased to plead for Israel, and they were covered with the covering of the Almighty God, and they could live in the sight of a holy God, and those who were not covered, the plagues fell upon them, for they had nothing to shelter or protect them from the wrath of God." E.G. White, Dorchester, Maine, October 23, 1850, Spalding--Magan's Unpublished Mss. Testimonies, pp. 1, 2.

You have been duly warned, P.S. See corroborating statements below:

"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.

"The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning; while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day [beginning at His Sanctuary]." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 25, 1911 edition.

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

What About the Ellen White Statements That Seem to Say The Bad Leave the SDA Church?

Certain E.G. White statements seem to imply that the bad will be shaken from the corporate SDA church, leaving the good intact within the corporate structure. One of those statements is found in Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 80-81. That statement, in context, refers to the shaking of the good from all churches. How do we know that for sure? Because the statement is flanked and bookended by statements that leave no other possible interpretation. The first paragraph on page 81, says:

"There are precious ones NOW HIDDEN who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you (SDA's in context). This statement is bookended by the last paragraph on page 81, which says:

"When trees without fruit are cut down as cumberers of the ground, when multitudes of false brethren are distinguished from the true, then THE HIDDEN ONES(of paragraph 1--"those who have not have the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you..." (Non SDA's in context). This refers to those in all organized churches from which the gold will be separated from the dross and go forth out of Jerusalem, the apostate churches (including the apostate SDA church which, according to Ellen White, will instruct its members to keep Sunday sacred)."

Ellen White says that the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, was a prefigure (The Great Controversy, p. 25). In that PREFIGURE TYPE, the good left the bad, in Ezekiel 22:17-31, the bad were gathered into the midst of Jerusalem, the apostate church, and burned and melted. The same will happen in the antitypical fulfillment of Ezekiel 9. Remember, the chapter which begins Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211, begins on page 207, quoting Ezekiel 9.

"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.

Ellen White clearly states in The Great Controversy, p. 25, 1911, edition, that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. was a PREFIGURE. Prefigure means TYPE, which demands a similar ANTITYPICAL FULFILLMENT. Then she says that another LITERAL FULFILLMENT of Ezekiel 9 will occur. So all we have to do is go back to the TYPE, THE PREFIGURE and see what happened then, and any other interpretation makes Ellen White a false prophet:

1) Who left who then? The good left the Bad. 
2) Where were the tares gathered? Into the Midst of Jerusalem, the apostate church, Ezekiel 22:17-31. 
3) Was there a primitive revival of the Jewish people? Yes! Where did it take place? Within the apostate Jewish Church, or outside it? Obviously outside it, Desire of Ages, 232, or it would not have been destroyed had the revival occurred inside the Jewish church! 
4) Who was True Zion, from whence the sinners were shaken? Was it the apostate Jewish Organization, or was it from the reformer church of Jesus and the disciples? 
5) Did the Jewish people leave the apostate Jewish church long before persecution began? Yes, they began to leave when Jesus "gathered out" those who would take the gospel to the world. Desire of Ages, 232, and even before this according to the following statement by Ellen White:

"The recreant priests added licentiousness to the dark catalogue of their crimes; yet they still polluted by their presence the tabernacle of the Lord, and, laden with sin, dared to come into the presence of a holy God. As the men of Israel witnessed the corrupt course of the priests, they thought it safer for their families not to come up to the appointed place of worship. Many went from Shiloh with their peace disturbed, their indignation aroused, until they at last determined to offer their sacrifices themselves, concluding that this would be fully as acceptable to God, as to sanction in any manner the abominations practiced in the Sanctuary." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, vol. 1, p. 264, col. 3, December 1, 1881.

Any teaching that contradicts this Ezekiel 9 PREFIGURE SCENARIO, is contradicting Ellen White and SCRIPTURE, because Ezekiel 5:9, proves that Ezekiel 9 is really PRIMARILY FULFILLED at the end-time when God does the worst thing He has ever done or will ever do again. The end-time interpretations of the current professing SDA New Movement Church, violate this PREFIGURE SCENARIO stated by Ellen White and backed by Scripture. Choose ye this day, between Scripture and Ellen White, versus "dumb dog watchmen," who will NEVER AGAIN show the House of Jacob their sins, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211, and Isaiah 56:10-12.

"The Lord has a controversy with his professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah. They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition. In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers, will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.

Ellen White is speaking to SDA's and speaking of non-Adventists who have not bowed the knee to Baal, and have not had the light which has shone upon SDA's in a concentrated blaze. It is these who will be separated from the dross when the Sunday Law comes. They leave the churches which they were members of to join a remnant of SDA's who also leave the SDA apostate organization. This is supported by Scripture (Ezekiel 22:17-31) and Ellen White, when she says that Ezekiel 9 will be literally repeated and that the great slaughter of men, maidens and little children will begin "...at His Sanctuary, which has had great light." Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211. Why would Ezekiel 9 begin at His Sanctuary, those who had great light, if the bad had left, leaving the true and faithful?!

Everyone of Ellen White's statements that "appear" to say that the bad are shaken out of the church, refer directly, in context, and according to certain key, qualifying words, to the SDA church triumphant, and not the SDA church militant which mistakenly misapplies Ellen White's statements to itself. The church triumphant has always co-existed with the church militant in order to come to its aid if it would accept that aid:

"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E.G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903.

Obviously, in order for members of the church triumphant to come to the aid of the church militant, they must co-exist during the time that the church militant is in existence. Adventism has misinterpreted this fact in saying that the church militant will finally become the church triumphant in the time of trouble, when all the bad will be shaken out of the church militant. This is simply not true, and is not according to Scripture, and the typical fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, per Ezekiel 22:17-31, which states that the tares are shaken into the midst of the church, "Jerusalem," for burning and melting. 
The misinterpretation on the part of Adventists as to who leaves whom, is based on their misunderstanding of Zion. Zion is defined scripturally as the heavenly church of the firstborn, Hebrews 12:22, 23, or the church triumphant. It is this church that appears as about to fall, but does not, during the time of Jacob's trouble, when the earthly representatives of this church flee to the desolate places. This is made abundantly clear in the following statements:

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, 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. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ. 
The REMNANT that purify 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 5 - 55 - 1886, pp. 6, 7.

The key to properly interpreting the above statement is the proper identification of Zion. What church appears as about to fall, but does not? It is Zion, the church triumphant! The chaff are separated from the precious wheat by the message of Zion, the bride, the 144,000. Proof that the time-frame of "appearing as about to fall," is during the time of trouble, and involves the church triumphant is found in the following statements:

"The people of God will then be plunged into those scenes of affliction and distress described by the prophet as the time of Jacob's trouble.... 

Jacob's night of anguish when he wrestled in prayer for deliverance from the hand of Esau (Genesis 32:24-30), represents the experience of God's people IN THE TIME OF TROUBLE....Jacob's company, unarmed and defenseless, seemed ABOUT TO FALL HELPLESS VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AND SLAUGHTER." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 616, 1911 edition.

In the above statement, Ellen White makes it very plain which church appears as about to fall, and when, by paralleling that church with Jacob's time of trouble. The only church that goes through the great Time of Jacob's trouble, is the church triumphant, the 144,000, who are translated ALIVE - meaning Ellen & James White and ALL those who DIED believing in and helping to give the 3 angels messages and the truth about the SABBATH, since 1844 time frame ARE a part of the 144,000 or the Bride of Christ who COME OUT of all 501c3 denominations to follow Christ Himself - like Christ led the Isrealites OUT of Egypt/pagan heathen traditions - Christ Himself is leading us out of all churches that have adopted the heathen gods and traditions of Egypt. Christ has taken the reins into His own hands. He has removed the candlestick from the unfaithful witnesses and given it to FAITHFUL MEN.

 Many faithful members who leave all fallen church militants, including the professing 501c3 SDA church militant, to join Zion, the church triumphant, will be martyred, but saved.. However, Zion, the 144,000, will be translated ALIVE - after God's voice wakes them from death/sleep about 2 weeks prior to Christs coming - when God gives the day and hour of Christ's coming, after going through the great time of Jacob's trouble, during which they prove their fidelity to God at a time when Satan has perfected his arts to the greatest state.

Zion as the Heavenly Kingdom Church From Which and by Which All the Tares are Shaken

The following is a Bible based scenario of Zion, the heavenly kingdom church, from which and by which the tares, the "Bad," are shaken. Remember, the heavenly kingdom church is Zion, Hebrews 12:22, 23, the church triumphant:

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just." Matthew 13:45-49.

The angel that "shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just," is the Third Angel, according to Ellen White:

"Said the angel, 'The third angel is binding, or sealing, them in bundles for the HEAVENLY GARNER.' This little company looked careworn, as if they had passed through severe trials and conflicts [the time of Jacob's trouble]. And it appeared as if the sun had just risen from behind a cloud and shone upon their countenances, causing them to look triumphant, as if their victories were nearly won." E.G. White, Early Writings, 88.

"I then saw the THIRD ANGEL. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful s 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." Early Writings, 118.

The Third Angel as Faithful Men or The Church Triumphant

Of course, faithful men equal faithful men, equal the church triumphant, and not the church militant. So it is clear that it is from a church of faithful men, symbolized the THIRD ANGEL, that all the tares of the world and of the churches will be shaken. When we say they are shaken from the church triumphant, that is not to say they have to be members of the church triumphant in order to be shaken out of the heavenly kingdom church of the church triumphant! For example, the churches of 1844, were shaken out of the heavenly kingdom by hearing the warning message, and rejecting it. This is how the world and the fallen churches are shaken out of the church triumphant without necessarily ever having been a member of that church! Just as all the world is gathered into the heavenly kingdom net of Matthew 13:45-59, and then the bad of the world are discarded from that kingdom church, by that kingdom church or by the Third Angel, the earthly representatives of that kingdom church, without necessarily ever having been a member of the heavenly kingdom church!

"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. They had failed to preserve their connection with God, and had REFUSED THE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN." E.G. White, The 1884 Great Controversy, p. 199-200.


This is what I believe causes the "shaking". TRUTH! PRESENT TRUTH! PRESENT JESUS! LIVING REALITY! JESUS!!!

We are either shaken in our out of WHAT? Zion, the church of the firstborn - whose names are written in HEAVEN in the book of Life. 

 Isa 51:16 "And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people."



ZION IS GOD'S PEOPLE

 
  Isa 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a PRECIOUS corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
JESUS IS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE
 
  Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone MOST PRECIOUS even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Rev 21:19  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper;

ZION (God's People) (NEW JERUSALEM) LOOKS LIKE JESUS!!! God's People are in PERFECT AGREEMENT,  PERFECT HARMONY, PERFECTLY UNITED in common understanding and in opinions and judgments. 
 
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:

 
Luk 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

  1. John 17:23 AMP
    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.

  2. 1 Corinthians 1:10 AMP
    But I urge and entreat you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in perfect harmony and full agreement in what you say, and that there be no dissensions or factions or divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your common understanding and in your opinions and judgments.

TRUE UNITY OF CHARACTER, PURPOSE, AND GOALS THROUGH THE INDWELLING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT; which is the combined Spirit and life of God and His Son, their vital Divine Presence and Power. The Holy Spirit is the Divine PRESENCE and POWER of God Himself - sending Himself to US through His Son a fountain of His own Divine influences: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.  "Jesus said ... I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6. "Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]" Philippians 2:5

Imagine a big salt shaker in the sky. God is "shaking" the salt shaker - those who do not hang on to His Son and accept Christ's righteousness (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance) for their own righteousness AND obey/keep His commandments in the name of His Son who He sent to reconcile us back to Him will be shaken out of the church in Heaven, Zion, the church of the firstborn.

ZION IS GOD'S PEOPLE. Isaiah 51:16

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“The Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.” Isaiah 59:20 or "He shall come as a Redeemer to Zion and to those in Jacob (Spiritual Israel=God's spirit filled commandment keeping remnant people) who turn from transgression, says the Lord."

This would be members of the church Triumphant that sinners are shaken out of -- not the church militant. Ellen White says this about the modern day GC-SDA organization: "Those who think that the church militant IS THE church triumphant make a GREAT MISTAKE." E.G. White, The Upward Look, 152. 

If we pray and ask God in the name of His Son to show us our errors (claim Jer 33:3) - believe me - He WILL show us. When we study, pray and learn what things we are doing that are wrong =straight testimony = then we will either reject them or accept and obey the commands of God.
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"In order to let Jesus into our hearts, we must stop sinning". Signs of the Times, Mar 3, 1898


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"Now to him (Jesus) who is ABLE to preserve you WITHOUT SIN, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory (His Father) with exceeding joy, in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ," Jude 1:24


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"The truth for this time is precious, but those whose hearts have not been broken by falling on the rock Christ Jesus, will not see and understand what is truth." Selected Messages Book 2, p. 389.1


It's actually pretty easy to know what the "straight testimony" is - it is exactly what our early SDA pioneers believed for the time period 1844-1894!

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


Did you know Ellen White said James S. White was a type of Modern Moses for Spiritual Israel of God in these last days...?

His lips are silent, but his voice yet speaks. 
WE ARE WELL ABLE TO GO UP AND POSSESS HEAVENLY CANNAN
December 10, 1871,"I was shown that his (James White's) relation to the people of God was similar, in some respects, to that of Moses to Israel." Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85.


The straight testimony IS the 3 angel's messages.

Here is the three angels messages summarized:

1st Angel's message: Worship God ONLY for the Hour of His Judgement is come.

2nd Angel's message: Keep all Ten of God's commandments.

3rd Angel's Message: Come OUT of ALL churches MY PEOPLE.

Her=church - either pure or a harlot "church" or "fleshy vessel body" either believes pure doctrines or mixes truth with error = harlot "vessel/fleshy body/church"


"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." (KJV) Revelation 18:4. AMP version: "I then heard another voice from heaven saying, Come out from her, my people, so that you may not share in her sins, neither participate in her plagues."

In the Bible "HER" represents either a pure or harlot church (our fleshy bodies are the true/pure "church" or can be a harlot/apostate false doctrine believing temple/church made without hands). People form or make up either a true pure church or a false/harlot church.

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple (church/sanctuary) of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" --1 Corinthians 6:19 Mark 14:58 Amplified Bible "We heard Him say, I will destroy this temple (sanctuary/church) which is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, made without hands."

• Woman, Pure = True Church Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27
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• Woman, Corrupt = Apostate/harlot church Ezk. 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hos. 2:5; 3:1; Rev. 14:4, Rev 17:5.


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"It is these who have not defiled themselves with women (harlot women=non-commandment obeying churches), for they are virgins. (Keep their self chaste unto God & His Son Jesus) It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb." Revelation 14:4 ESV



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



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


Jesus says, My sheep know my voice and follow me.

This is how I understand the straight testimony of Jesus Christ - it is those who obey him in all things and do not reject what he wants us to do - 

May God and His Son bless and give us all the strength and power to those who want to make it to Heaven.

It is the "sinners in Zion" who are shaken out. This truth is most crucial and is pivotal to all other statements concerning the shaking. The pivotal part revolves around the proper idenfification of Zion. Therefore, I am posting a study on Zion below. We will make no progress until Zion is properly defined. Here is a Biblical and Spirit of Prophecy definition of Zion:

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

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

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

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

About Zion

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

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

ZION (God's People=NEW JERUSALEM) LOOKS LIKE JESUS!!! God's people are in the express image of Jesus! Jesus is in the express image of His Father! Meaning an exact copy! Like Twins! By beholding ye become changed into what you behold. God's People are in PERFECT AGREEMENT,  PERFECT HARMONY, PERFECTLY UNITED in common understanding and in opinions and judgments. This is the fruit of those who are filled with the vital Divine Presence and Power of God and His Son: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.

Isa 51:16  And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.


ZION IS GOD'S PEOPLE
 
  Isa 28:16  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a PRECIOUS corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
JESUS IS THE PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE
 
  Rev 21:10  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Rev 21:11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone MOST PRECIOUS even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Rev 21:19  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper;
ZION (NEW JERUSALEM) LOOKS LIKE JESUS!!!
 
Rev 4:2  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone:

 
Luk 6:36  Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
TRUE UNITY OF CHARACTER, PURPOSE, AND GOALS WITH THE GODHEAD THROUGH THE INDWELLING POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Jesus is likened unto the Jasper Stone. Here are all the Bible verses with the word "Jasper" in them:

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  1. Exodus 28:20
    And the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree.
    Exodus 28:19-21 (in Context) Exodus 28 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  2. Exodus 39:13
    And the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper; they were enclosed in settings of gold filigree.
    Exodus 39:12-14 (in Context) Exodus 39 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  3. Ezekiel 28:13
    You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared.
    Ezekiel 28:12-14 (in Context) Ezekiel 28 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  4. Revelation 4:3
    And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald.
    Revelation 4:2-4 (in Context) Revelation 4 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  5. Revelation 21:11
    Clothed in God’s glory [in all its splendor and radiance]. The luster of it resembled a rare and most precious jewel, like jasper, shining clear as crystal.
    Revelation 21:10-12 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  6. Revelation 21:18
    The wall was built of jasper, while the city [itself was of] pure gold, clear and transparent like glass.
    Revelation 21:17-19 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
  7. Revelation 21:19
    The foundation [stones] of the wall of the city were ornamented with all of the precious stones. The first foundation [stone] was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony (or white agate), the fourth emerald,
    Revelation 21:18-20 (in Context) Revelation 21 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"I then saw the THIRD ANGEL. Said my accompanying angel, 'Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner." E.G. White, Early Writings, 118.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church by Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them. "The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.

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

Sincerely, Ron Beaulieu

The Difference Between the Bride and the Guests


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

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

Zion's Daughter

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

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

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

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

It is the Voice of God and the voice of the bride that awaken the ten sleeping virgins. This fact alone distinguishes the bride from the main body of the church. Ellen White equates the bride with the 144,000; the 144,000 with Philadelphia; and both as the final generation of faithful men living on the earth at Christ's coming, who are translated without seeing death. (Or are raised back up just prior to God giving the day and hour of Christ's coming - perhaps about two weeks before Christ returns? See 

Who Awakens and Calls the Bride?

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

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

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

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

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

Zion's Daughter, the Ten Virgins, All Sleep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The True Watchmen on the Walls of True Zion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of Prophecy Identifies Philadelphia as the 144,000

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

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church b Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Spirit of Prophecy Identifies Philadelphia as the 144,000

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

The Remnant as the last generation of men

"The woman is a symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church b Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27. Definition of REPRESENTATIVE: "...acting or speaking, esp. by due authority, in the place or on behalf of another or others..."

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

The Bride is Nearest the Throne

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

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

Christ Uplifted -
The 3rd Angel’s Message and 1888

     Christ crucified, Christ risen, Christ ascended into the heavens, Christ coming again, should so soften, gladden, and fill the mind of the minister that he will present these truths to the people in love and deep earnestness. The minister will then be lost sight of, and Jesus will be made manifest. 

Lift up Jesus, you that teach the people, lift Him up in sermon, in song, in prayer. Let all your powers be directed to pointing souls, confused, bewildered, lost, to “the Lamb of God.” Lift Him up, the risen Saviour, and say to all who hear, Come to Him Who “hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us.“ Let the science of Salvation be the burden of every sermon, the theme of every song. Let it be poured forth in every supplication. Bring nothing into your preaching to supplement Christ, the wisdom and power of God.

Hold forth the Word of Life, presenting Jesus as the hope of the penitent and the Stronghold of every believer. Reveal the Way of peace to the troubled and the despondent, and show forth the Grace and complete-ness of the Saviour.--Gospel Workers, pp. 159-160. (1915) {Ev 185.3}

In Every Discourse.--More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ. Those who preach the last message of mercy should bear in mind that Christ is to be exalted as the sinner's refuge. Some ministers think that it is not necessary to preach repentance and faith; they take it for granted that their hearers are acquai-nted with the gospel (Glad Tidings), and that matters of a different nature must be presented in order to hold their attention.


But many people are sadly ignorant in regard to the plan of Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing, restoration); they need more instruction upon this all-important subject than upon any other.

Theoretical discourses are essential, that people may see the chain of Truth . . . . Thy Word is Truth (Verity) . . . . and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us ! . . . . (ref: John 17:17 & 1:14) link after link, uniting in a perfect whole; but no discourse should ever be preached without presenting Christ and Him crucified as the foundation of the Gospel. Ministers would reach more hearts if they would dwell more upon practical godliness.

--Gospel Workers, pp. 158-159.


It should be the burden of every messenger to set forth the fullness of Christ. When the free gift of Christ's Righteousness is not presented, the discourses are dry and spiritless; the sheep and the lambs are not fed. Said Paul, “My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” I Corinthians 2:4. There is marrow and fatness in the Gospel. Jesus is the Living center of everything. Put Christ into every sermon. Let the preciousness, mercy, and glory of Jesus Christ be dwelt upon until Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. . . .

Let us gather together that which our own experience has revealed to us of the preciousness of Christ, and present it to others as a precious gem that sparkles and shines. Thus will the sinner be attracted to Him Who is represented as the Chief among ten thousand and the One altogether lovely. The cross of Calvary is a pledge to us of everlasting life. Faith in Christ means everything to the sincere believer. The merits (worthiness) of Jesus blot outtransgressions, and clothe us with the robe of righteousness woven in the loom of heaven. The crown of Life is presented before us as the honor to be given at the end of the conflict. These precious Truths are
to be set forth in living characters. --Review and Herald, March 19, 1895. {Evangelism p.186.3}

The Themes for Our Discourses.--These are our themes--Christ crucified for our sins, Christ risen from the dead, Christ our intercessor before God; and closely connected with these is the office work of the Holy Spirit, the representative of Christ, sent forth with Divine power and gifts for men.--Letter 86, 1895. {Ev 187.1}

Bear with a certain voice an affirmative message. Lift Him up, the Man of Calvary, higher and still higher. There is power in the exaltation of the cross of Christ. . . . Christ is to be preached, not controversially, but affirmatively. Take your stand without controversy. Let not your words at any time be uncertain.

The Word of the Living God is to be the foundation of our faith. Gather up the strongest affirmative state-ments regarding the atonement made by Christfor the sins of the world. Show the necessity for this atonement and tell men and women that they may be saved (delievered, set free, rescued, healed and made whole again) if they will repent and return to their loyalty to God's law (His instructions in righteousness). Gather all the affirma-tives and proofs that make the gospel the Glad Tidings of Salvation to all who receive and believe on Christ as a personal Saviour.-- Letter 65, 1905.


Sermons Like the Offering of Cain.--Many of our ministers have merely sermonized, presenting subjects in an argumentative way, and scarcely mentioning the Saving power of the Redeemer. Their testimony was dest-itute of the saving blood of Christ. Their offering resembled the offering of Cain. He brought to the LORD the fruit of the ground, which in itself was acceptable in God's sight. Very good indeed was the fruit; but the virtue of the offering--the blood of the slain lamb, representing the blood of Christ--was lacking. So it is with Christless sermons

By them men are not pricked to the heart; they are not led to inquire, What must I do to be saved? Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world.

--Gospel Workers, p. 156. (1915)

In a Clear, Simple Manner

.--Ministers need to have a more clear, simple manner in presenting the Truth as it is in Jesus. Their own minds need to comprehend the great plan of Salvation more fully. Then they can carry the minds of the hearers away from earthly things to the spiritual and eternal. There are many who want to knowwhat they must do to be saved. They want a plain and clear explanation of the steps requisite in conversionand there should not a sermon be givenunless a portion of that discourse is to especially make plain the way that sinners may come to Christ and be saved. They should point them to Christ, as did John and with touching simp-licity, their hearts aglow with the love of Christ, say, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world.” Strong and earnest appeals should be made to the sinner to repent and be converted.
-- Review and Herald, Feb. 22, 1887. 


Teach the simple lessons given by Christ. Tell the story of His life of self-denial and sacrifice, His humiliation and death, His resurrection and ascension, His intercession for sinners in the courts above. In every congrega-tion there are souls upon whom the Spirit of the Lord is moving. Help them to understand what is Truth; break the Bread of Life to them; call their attention to vital questions. 

Many voices are advocating error; let your voice advocate TruthPresent subjects that will be as green pastures to the sheep of God's fold (ref: Psalm 23). Do not lead your hearers into waste tracts (empty deserts), where they will be no nearer the Fountain of Living Water than they were before hearing you. Present the Truth as it is in Jesus, making plain the requirements of the law and the gospel. Present Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and tell of His power to save all who come to Him.

The Captain of our Salvation is interceding for His people, not as a petitioner to move the Father to compassion,but as a Conqueror, Who claims the trophies of His victory. He is able to save to the uttermost all who come to God by Him. Make this fact very plain !

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the Presence (the throne) of His glory with exceeding joy !” Jude 1:24

The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) hath taken away thy judgmentsHe hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst (heart) of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more . . . . For the LORD (Yehuwah) thy God (Elohim) in the midst of thee is MightyHe will save ! He will rejoice over thee with joy, He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing !” Zephaniah 3:15-18

Unless ministers are guarded, they will hide the Truth under human ornamentationLet no minister suppose that he can convert souls by eloquent sermons. Those who teach others should plead with God to imbue them with His Spirit, and enable them to lift up Christ as the sinner's only Hope. Flowery speeches, pleasing tales, or inappropriate anecdotes do not convict the sinner. Men listen to such words as they would to a pleasant song. The message that the sinner should hear is, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

--Gospel Workers, pp. 154, 155. (1915)

Christ's Love Uplifted.--In order to break down the barriers of prejudice and impenitence, the love of Christ must have a part in every discourseMake men to know how much Jesus loves them, and what evidences He has given them of His love. What love can equal that which God has manifested for man, by the death of Christ on the cross? When the heart is filled with the love of Jesus, this can be presented to the people, and it will affect hearts. --Letter 48, 1886.

The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great Truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every Truth in the Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the Light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and Regeneration, Salvation and Redemption--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers. --Gospel Workers, p. 315. (1915)

Christ and His righteousness--let this be our platform, the very life of our faith.

--Review and Herald, Aug. 31, 1905. {Ev 190.2} 

The Third Angel's Message in Verity.--Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification (righteousness) by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, “It is the third angel's message in verity.” -- Review and Herald, April 1, 1890. {Ev 190.3} 

This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification (declared innocent, holy and righteous) through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the Righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the com-mandments of God.

Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His Divine Person, His merits (worthiness), and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dis-pense rich gifts unto men (ref: Matthew 28:18-19 & Ephesians 4:7-8), imparting the priceless gift of His Own righteousness to the helpless human agent.

This is the message

that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure.

The uplifted Saviour is to appear in His efficacious work as the Lamb slain, sitting upon the throne, to dispense the priceless Covenant blessings, the benefits He died to purchase for every soul who should believe on Him. John could not express that love in words; it was too deep, too broad; he calls upon the human family to behold it. Christ is pleading for the church in the heavenly courts above, pleading for those for whom He has paid the Redemption price of His own lifeblood.

Centuries, ages, can never diminish the efficacy (the working power) of this atoning sacrifice. The message of the gospel (Glad Tidings) of His grace(Divine Influence) was to be given to the church in clear and distinct lines, that the world should no longer say that Seventh-day Adventists talk the law, the law, but do not teach or believe Christ.

The efficacy (efficient work to do that for which it was designed) of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with freshness and power, thattheir faith might lay hold upon its merits. . . . For years the church has been looking to man, and expecting much from man, but not looking to Jesus, in Whom our hopes of Eternal Life are centered. Therefore God gave to His servants a testimony (1888) that presented the Truth (The Word in Verity) as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel's message, in clear, distinct lines.

--Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 91-93. (1896) {Ev 191.3}

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