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End-Time Tower Builders and Idolaters

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End-Time Tower Builders and Idolaters

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      “It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone.”

     “The men of Babel had determined to establish a government that should be independent of God. . . . The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly.”

— Both from the inspired pen of Ellen G. White

Every rationally-minded Christian already knows it by heart. Reminders not needed.

So think those who, in their hearts, say, “I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ Read more

Prophecies Regarding Current and Still-Breaking News

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Prophecies Regarding Current and Still-Breaking News

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“A classic motif of comedy is the small lies that require bigger lies to maintain the deceit, until the whole fraud collapses with the deceivers exposed.”

— Nick Newman, Yahoo Finance, July 20, 2018

Before we dive back to the latter part of our mini-series on the “death and resurrection” of the “Two Prophets/Witnesses” and the “beast that ascends from the bottomless pit” of Revelation chapter 11, we need to be periodically reminded— Read more

The time of the end, end of prophetic time, and the last days

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN

The time of the end, end of prophetic time, and the last days

The time of the end.   Again, the “time of the end” announced in the prophecy of Daniel 12: 4, 9 is not the end of earth’s history neither of probationary time nor of prophetic time. Not yet. Rather, the year 1798 marks two watershed events in church and world history: a) the end of the 1,260 years of the Dark Ages, and b) the beginning of reckoning the closing events of the end times, both of remaining time prophecies included within the 2300 day prophecy ending in the autumn of 1844, and the unfulfilled prophecies following this order yet are no longer subject to specific time periods such as when the image of the beast will be formed, when the mark of the beast will be enforced, the close of probation, Christ’s second coming, etc.

 Some fueled by “zeal not based on knowledge” (Rom. 10: 20), persist in pushing their elaborate “new light” studies and charts that allegedly give the precise dates when unfulfilled prophecies will occur, deceiving themselves and misleading the credulous. We never seem to learn.

The end of prophetic time periods.  By specific prophecies contained in Revelation 10: 1-11, God revealed when, how, and in what dramatic events the longest time prophecy (Daniel 8: 14) ends, thus ending all time prophecies, given in prophetic language, such as a “mighty angel with his right foot on the sea and left foot on the earth,” “seven thunders,” the “little book” when “eaten,” results in a “bitter-to-the belly” yet “sweet-as-honey-to-the-mouth” experience.  “Angel” here, like the three angels of Revelation 14, etc., describes a movement based on specific messages, not individuals whether angelic or human. Now consider the following:

      

      “The message itself [of Rev. 10: 2] sheds light as to the time when this movement is to take place. It is declared to be a part of the ‘everlasting gospel;’ and it announces the opening of the judgment.  The message of salvation has been preached in all ages; but the message is part of the gospel which could be proclaimed only in the last days, for only then would it be true that the hour of judgment had comeThe prophecies present a succession of events leading down to the opening of the judgment. This is especially true of the book of Daniel[the ‘little book’ described in Rev. 10]. But that part of his prophecy which related to the last days, Daniel was bidden to close up and seal ‘to the time of the end.’ Not until we reach this time could a message concerning the judgment be proclaimed, based on the fulfillment of these prophecies. But at the time of the end, says the prophet, ‘many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ Dan. 12: 4.”- E. G. White,Great Controversy (1911), pp. 355, 356.

“And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth”. Revelation 10: 2.

The full and perfect provisions of the plan of redemption are such because it is the exclusive brainchild of the Godhead. Prepared before the foundation of the world, nothing of it was of human origin and yet because it was for fallen man’s redemption it includes human participation but only by those who willingly choose salvation from sin and its power through an intelligent understanding of the revealed “mystery of iniquity,” and in contrast the “mystery of godliness.” Jesus Christ, Son of God, and Son man, is the promised Messiah and Savior described by the prophets to be meek, humble and pure while being just, righteous, and all-powerful King of kings and Lord of lords. Thus He was designated in universal animal symbols as “the Lamb of God” and “the Lion of tribe of Judah,” respectively.  With all due respect based on the “truth as it is in Jesus,” the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie of the Rastafarian religious movement, (claimed by his followers as the “Lion of Judah” as descending from Solomon and Queen Sheba), could not and did not “unseal’ the “little book” of Daniel, particularly those referring to time. Now consider the following based on Daniel 12 and Revelation 10:

       “It was the Lion of tribe of Judah who unsealed the book and gave to John the revelation of what should be in these last days. Daniel ‘stood in his lot’ to bear his testimony which was sealed until the time of the end, when the first angel’s message would be proclaimed to our world. These matters are of infinite importance in these last days; but while ‘many shall be purified, and made white, and tried,’ ‘the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand’ [Dan. 12: 4.] How true this is! Sin is the transgression of the law of God [1 John 3: 4, K.J.V.]; and those who will not accept the light in regard to the law of God willnot understand the proclamation of the first, the second, and third angel’s messages. The book of Daniel is unsealed in the revelation given to John [in the Revelation], and carries us forward to the last scenes of this earth’s history.”  Ibid, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 115.

        “The message of Revelation 14, proclaiming that the hour of judgment is come, is given in the time of the end; and the angel of Revelation 10 is represented as having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land, showing that the message will be carried to distant lands, the ocean will be crossed, and the islands of the sea will hear the proclamation of the last message of warning to our world.” – Ibid, Selected Messages, vol. 2, pp 107, 108.

      “[Rev.10: 5, 6 quoted]. This message announces the end of the prophetic periodsThe disappointment [bitter-sweet experience] of those who expected to see our Lord in 1844 was indeed bitter to those who had so ardently looked for His appearing. It was in the Lord’s order that this disappointment should come, and that hearts should be revealed.”  “7 BC 971.

 

The seven thunders and the little book. “And he cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” Rev. 10: 3.

       “The special light given to John which was expressed in seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angel’s messages. It was not best for the people to know these things [before its appointed time], for their faith must be necessarily tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angels’ messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work. This is represented by the angel standing with one foot on the sea, proclaiming with a most solemn oath that time should be no longer.” Ibid, 7 BC p. 971.

How important then that we all go back and humbly review, with renewed zeal guided by the Holy Spirit the historic events that transpired under the proclamation of the first and second angels’ messages!  For those whose attention has never been called in the past to read and understand these prophecies, this will be a new and even strange thing. But now that you have been informed “there remaineth no more excuse.”

 

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me , Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the and the angel which Is saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven. Rev. 10: 4, 5.

      “After the seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: ‘Seal up those things which the seven thunders.’ These relate to future events  which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book [Daniel] was the message in relation to timeThe books of Daniel and Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation’ one a book sealed, the other a book opened. John heard the mysteries which the [seven] thunders uttered, but he was commanded not to write them.” – Ibid, MS 59, 1900

And sware by Him  that liveth forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things that therein are, that the there should be time no longer. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven.” Rev. 10: 6.

 That there be time no longer. “This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message based on definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844 [October 14].” – Ibid,  7 BC 971.

   “Christ gave to His disciples truths whose breadth and depth and value they little appreciated, or even comprehended, and the same condition exists among the people of God today. We too have failed to take in the greatnessto perceive the beauty of the truth which God has entrusted to us today. Should we advance in spiritual knowledge, we would see the truth developing and expanding in lines of which we have little dreamed, but it will never develop in any line that will lead us to imagine that we may know the times and the seasons which the Father hath put in His own power. Again and again I have been warned in regard to time setting. There will never again be a message for the people of God that will be based on time. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ.” – Ibid, 1 Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 188.

Among many others, this is one definite point of failure of those who claim to be God’s people of these last days who make up the remnant church of prophecy. I believe I am one. However, as the Jewish nation was in the time of Christ whom He sadly declared, “ye know not your time of visitation”(Luke 19: 44) and His own first disciples to whom He said, “I have still yet many things to say to you, but you can bear them now” (John 14: 12, N.K.J.V), we have likewise “failed to take in the greatness, to perceive the beauty of the “present truth” which God has entrusted to us today!  But while many of us appear appalled at their hard heartedness and unbelief, our situation is actually worse than theirs because our opportunities to know these truths that were sealed to them, has been unsealed to us since the time of the end! However, when Jesus told His disciples what we cited above (John 14: 12) He added: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 16: 13, N.K.J.V.  Have you received the Spirit of truth? Do you want the Holy Spirit and His power?

     “The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel which related to the last days [not the whole book Daniel]. The Scripture says, ‘But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.’ (Dan. 12: 4. When the book was opened, the proclamation, ‘time shall be no longer.’ (See Revelation 10.6.) The book of Daniel is now unsealed, and the revelation made by Christ to John is come to all inhabitants of the earth [not just to Adventists]  By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days.”- Ibid, Selected Messages, Vol. 2, p.  105.

The Truth Regarding Peace: War is not a Necessity  

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN

The Truth Regarding Peace: War is not a Necessity  

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“The greatest threat to American democracy isn’t Communism, jihadism, or any external force or foreign power. It’s our willingness to tolerate dishonesty in service, or party, and in pursuit of power.”

– Michael Bloomberg, former NYC mayor, commencement address, Rice University

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No truly converted Christians will not tolerate dishonesty; neither will they make any compromises with the truth for “the sake” of some “good reason,” as in the perverted concept that has been applied to great lengths of abomination: “The end justifies the means.” Both means and end are Biblically indefensible and stands condemned at God’s judgment bar. Read more

God’s reveal: it’s the System, not the People

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN

God’s reveal: it’s the System, not the People

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

“It is more palatable to human nature to do penance than to renounce sin.”

– Ellen G. White, 4SOP 383.

Are you finding yourself somehow attracted to the bigly distractions of political theater and stunts sweeping across America?  Do you find some kind of a twisted, guilty  pleasure of watching and listening to the “sounds of war” in both sophisticated and blatant lying, accusations and denials causing confusion that appear to rule the day? Read more

Heruli Uprooted; Two More ‘Horns’ to Go

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 28  

Heruli Uprooted; Two More ‘Horns’ to Go;

Justinian’s Role, Hidden Agenda and MO Revealed

QUOTE FOR THE WEEK

    A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Attributed to Mark Twain Read more

Is our religion the religion of man? or of Christ and the Bible?

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Is our religion the religion of man? or of Christ and the Bible?

   

     “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent; hath He said, and shall not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall He not make it good?” Numbers 23: 19.

To anyone first reading this column and wonders who and what are paramount and supreme in all its articles and reports, look no further. First, it is God the Father in Christ Jesus as revealed in the wonders of creation but especially in the Bible through enlightenment of the Holy Spirit upon the mind of the searcher, and, the plan of redemption of the gospel. So before we return to the topic of the series, consider the following from the inspired pen of Ellen G. White, based on the Bible which more than adequately articulates the foregoing:   Read more

The Acts of Apostleship Continues Until the Work is Done

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 23

The Acts of Apostleship Continues Until the Work is Done

    Ye are are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men; forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart. 2 Corinthians  3: 2, 3, K.J.V.

Great Controversy by Ellen G. White, (1911 ed.), pp.  54-56:

     “In the sixth century the papacy became firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy [the great apostasy of the church in the union of church and state]. The dragon [pagan Rome] had given to the beast ‘his power, and his seat, and great authority.’ Rev. 13: 2.  And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation Dan. 7: 25; Rev. 13: 5-7. CHRISTIANS were forced to choose either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeons or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman’s axe. Read more

Rejoice: the Spiritual Apostolic Succession Remains Unbroken!

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 22

Rejoice: the Spiritual Apostolic Succession Remains Unbroken!

    Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus. Hebrews 3: 1, K.J.V.

From the most comprehensive and inclusive sense possible, based on the preponderance of both Scripture and history evidence, this is how and who “the church that appears to fall but will not.” Why? It’s Cornerstone and Foundation has been from birth, none other than Jesus Christ, the Creator-incarnate, the Master Apostle and High Priest of its faith. His chosen follower-disciples-apostles through centuries of gross moral and doctrinal darkness, superstition, and bitter persecution, have steadily and progressively built this church-temple, empowered by the Holy Spirit and ministered to and defended from all that Satan’s “gates of hell” have schemed and attacked it by. Read more

Can Five Loaves Feed More than Five Thousand Hungry Men?

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Biblical Numerology: NUMBER FIVE Part V

Can Five Loaves Feed More than Five Thousand Hungry Men

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Men works on the plan of addition, God, on the plan of multiplication.

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Quoted from Desire of Ages, Ellen G. White, “Give Ye Them to Eat,” chapter XXXIX, pp. 364-371, based on Matt. 14: 13-21; Mark 6: 32-44; Luke 9: 10-17; John 6: 1-13: —

     “Christ had retired to a secluded place with His disciples, but this rare season of peaceful quietude was soon broken. The disciples thought they had retired where they would not be disturbed; but as soon as the multitude missed the divine Teacher, they inquired, ‘Where is He?’ . . . .The Passover was at hand, and, from far and near, bands of pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem gathered to see Jesus. Additions were made to their number, until there were assembled five thousand men besides women and children . .   Read more