05 Ready When You Are

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Jesus is coming. Do we want to be like Nehemiah? If we do it requires a strong decision to build up the old waste places. We will experience opposition if we do this work. The purpose of this seminar has not been for debating controversial issues but to set in a brief way the movement God has ordained to come out of the world. God is building His church upon the eternal rock, the rock of ages, Jesus Christ. This rock is in opposition to worldly customs and practises.

We have seen there was a faith once delivered to the saints and a falling away into a dragon power by which the truth was cast to the ground and the church and state oppressed God’s people. We also learned there were two time prophecies that had to be fulfilled. The physical persecution ending in 1798 and in 1844 God began cleansing the sanctuary and restoring all truth to His people. In order to do that He had to wrench His people away from the Sunday churches to separate them. The judgment hour message ‘The hour of God’s judgment is come’ caused the wrenching because Daniel’s prophecy said ‘he shall prevail against the saints until the Ancient of days come and judgment is given to the saints.’ From that time there has been a building up, a dawning of the light of heaven on the Advent band. We saw the development of truth. From 1848 that included the sealing message in relation to the sanctuary and the Sabbath and from there it increased to the prophecies, understanding health and dress reform as well as church organisation. Efficiency in spreading this message is the basis for organisation. She wrote if any institution does not give the message it becomes worthless or useless. Then followed the canvassing of the larger books – Great Controversy, Daniel and the Revelation, Desire of Ages and Patriarchs and Prophets.

1888

At this time Jones and Waggoner were presenting their messages. They implanted a Christ centred understanding in all of the doctrines previously held. They upheld the 2300 days and the nature of Christ became the central pillar of their message. Ellen White had been communicating that point for forty-five years before 1888. Jesus could have come if the membership had received that message.

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By the turn of the century, elements came in threatening the foundations of truth such as the nature of Christ, his humanity and divinity and the personality of the Holy Spirit. Ellen White wrote about holding fast to the truth the Lord has presented in the last 50 years. Notwithstanding her frequent mention of this, along came mans so-called improvements. Kellogg introduced some spiritualistic ideas that created a mentality of ‘I do not need anyone else to tell me. God can tell me direct. I do not need the prophet or the straight testimonies. I can go into my own chamber and all the answers of my prayers are in my chamber.

The Atonement, 1919 Bible Conference

Ballenger challenged the General Conference in 11 May 1905 with the idea that the atonement was completed at the cross. Then Prescott started to play around with a few little items that the Spirit of Prophecy said to leave alone lest it become worse. Did it become worse? It did. From those little elements in the 1919 Bible conference saying that Ellen White didn’t have any authority over historical works was a little wedge that started undermining all the prophetic understandings. By the 1940’s they revised Daniel and the Revelation and there were other publications and a new interpretation of Daniel and Revelation and that led into the 1950’s where the gospel, the nature of Christ was challenged by the evangelical conferences held by Barnhouse and Martin and the book questions on doctrines was written and all this eventually filtered down to the people.

All this was happening in the high echelons of the church. Many of the common people of the Seventh Day Adventist church were still conscientious but over the years there has been a demise of the foundation. Has worldliness come in because of that? Yes it has in a huge way. Is the gap between the SDA church and the Sunday churches closing or widening? It’s closing. Are the Sunday churches coming to God or is the SDA church going back to Egypt?

Today’s message will hopefully bring you to a personal decision. If we want to be like Nehemiah it is one thing to go around tooting your trumpet about everything wrong but if we are not personally right with God, not founded on the foundation, can I build up the old waste places if I personally do not put my heart into it and apply the message to myself and not to others? If we would do that, there would be no controversy or debate. We are to have a genuine look at the foundation that was once delivered to the saints and at ourselves and not just try and understand the theory of it but understand how it applies in the righteousness of Christ. I would like to bring your minds to a time when there was a large organisation and these people were waiting for Jesus to come. He was their hope. They had many institutions, they were a nation. They had an economy and kept the Sabbath.

They were Seventh day Adventists but they made a mistake. They read and studied the scriptures very diligently and had schools of the prophets but how did they view their own nation? They viewed it with a lot of pride and didn’t think it could fail. Why did they say their nation could never fail? Was it their imagination or did they have Bible texts to show it? They could give solid Bible proof if you didn’t know your Bible properly. They had a misunderstanding in reference to the last-day events of their time. Do you believe history repeats itself? Absolutely. Those things happened to them for examples, for our admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come. We need to read and learn from their experience. The disciples had a great disappointment because they were following Jesus and even though they were following Jesus, they along with Jesus and others were disfellowshipped from the synagogue but they were still Jews. They were a little company yet they still didn’t understand what was happening. They saw Jesus die. It looked as if the church was going to fall but it didn’t. Will that rock ever fall? The gates of hell will never prevail against it although it may appear to fall because that rock is Jesus Christ. He rose on Sunday the third day and he came to his disciples who were walking on the road to Emmaus. They were very sad. What did he say to them?

Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? 27 And beginning at Moses and ALL the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Jesus said O to believe all the prophets not just what takes my fancy or statements that say we are going through no matter what. Do you believe once saved always saved? Do you believe one or two people can be saved and stay saved? What about three people? What about a church? Do you believe a church can be saved and be always saved? If we are on the rock and stay there, we are always saved but not if we get off the rock. There is no salvation outside of Christ. Jesus showed the disciples their misunderstanding of the scriptures. Jesus said to the Pharisees: “you search the scriptures and you think you have eternal life. You think you understand it all, but they testify of me.” The Pharisees missed the point. Are we doing the same thing? Do we believe all that the prophets have spoken? If God has a prophet, is it a prophet or half or a quarter a prophet? We need to make a choice.

If the pen of inspiration Ellen G. White, is a prophet then she is a prophet. Not half or a quarter of a prophet. Are the gifts God gives less than he used to give? Does he say he will only be half with us at the end of the world? The Bible says he will be with us even to the end of the world. He placed a special emphasis on the fact he would be with us to the end of the world. He said I would be with you at that time. That is, to the same degree. Pentecost was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and was the latter rain to be only half of the Spirit? Not at all. It is to come in its fullness. In fact it is to be in larger proportions than before. Must we make a decision as to whether or not we will want to take the writings of Ellen G White as a prophet? If we take her as a prophet in the name of a prophet and believe all the prophet has spoken then we will receive a prophet’s reward. Notice that only taking part of the prophets writings causes greater disappointment than if you didn’t read any of it because the Jewish nation had more suffering because of partial light or partial accepting of the prophecies than did the heathen who didn’t receive any of it. The question is, are we going to do this on a personal basis not to prove arguments but to live and do what we read? The latter rain is nothing short of pure doctrine.

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass: 3 Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. 4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he. 5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot [is] not [the spot] of his children: [they are] a perverse and crooked generation. 6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? [is] not he thy father [that] hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee? 7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will show thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

The book by Stephen Haskell will tell you. Ask Stephen Haskell, he will tell you. These are the words of the prophet – remember the days of old they are sacred history. The Sabbath day is for remembering the way the Lord has led us out of Egypt and the way the Lord created the world with his word. The Lord bought Israel out by a prophet. Jeremiah speaks about this.

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 14 They have healed also the hurt [of the daughter] of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace.

They say everything is just fine don’t worry but Jesus is coming. It is a day of darkness not of light. Who shall abide the day of the Lord’s coming? Who shall stand when he appears?

Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time [that] I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

Do we blush at the standards once given to the saints? Not at all! If we are not ashamed at what God calls abomination, we should be afraid. For example, if a woman or a man dresses like the opposite sex is that an abomination would we blush at such a thing? If we do not blush at these things, we will fall when they fall. We must accept God’s mind, the old paths and be old fashioned.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein].

In Adventism there are so many opinions on every topic but Jeremiah says stand in the ways. Which one will you ask for? He says ask for the old ways. Will people do that today? When they are presented with the old ways they say ‘we will not do that. We have our opinions and scholarships to follow.’ God admonishes us to ask for the old ways, the good ways and walk in them. We must practically apply the old truths and not just the theory. We must walk it in action and not dream we are doing it.

Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. 18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what [is] among them. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, [even] the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. 20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings [are] not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

If we choose the modern line of the new organisation that has been developed and leave the remnant church of God which is the old Seventh Day Adventist church and take on the forbidden new paths, why do we pray to God? If he has laid out directly through the testimonies that we should stand firm on the platform of truth and then say no and then kneel before him in prayer, what is the point of it? He will not hear the prayers offered nor accept their offerings. Who will be God’s?

Isaiah 58:12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Do you know Adventists uphold Genesis? Is the Sabbath, health, marriage, dress and the mark of the beast (the mark of Cain), coming out of Babylon, the destruction of the world all truths found in Genesis? The people didn’t come up with anything new in 1844. They bought the old truths with them. It is all old truth. Tithing and the cross of Calvary are also Genesis truths. The Bible tells us man lost everything then in the next text says we see Jesus. As soon as man fell there was Jesus the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. These old Adventist truths are in-fact old world truths. In these Bible texts we see two classes of people. Those who say we will not do it and think it is a load of garbage and those whom the Bible says they that shall be of me shall build the old waste places.

Isaiah 58:13 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…

We honour God by not doing our own ways. True Sabbath keeping is to submit to what he says and not do my own pleasure but call the Sabbath a delight. How many people cannot do what they want to do and be happy about it? It is totally opposed to carnal nature therefore the Sabbath is a test to whether you give up self or not.

Isaiah 58:13 …and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: 14 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].

Honouring the Lord is not having Saturday as your religious day but keeping the Sabbath holy that will do it. If we believe we can never be holy in this life do you think you can ever keep the Sabbath? If we are not holy, can we keep a day sacredly? The idea that we will only be holy when Jesus comes is simply saying we can’t keep the Sabbath and so the Sabbath is made of none effect. The two classes are ones that say yes we will walk in God’s way and those who will say no.

This is our message, the very message that the three angels flying in the midst of heaven are proclaiming. The work to be done now is that of sounding this last message of mercy to a fallen world. A new life is coming from heaven and taking possession of all God’s people. But divisions will come in the church. Two parties will be developed. {2SM 113.3}

There will be two parties in the Seventh Day Adventist church. One party will walk in the old ways and the other will not. One party will be connected to the original Seventh Day Adventist church in its purity and other will be attached to the structure of the ecclesiastical authorities. Adventism is God’s movement and we will continue to follow the paths of these two parties.

The wheat and tares grow up together for the harvest. {2SM 113.3}

The work will grow deeper and become more earnest to the very close of time. And all who are laborers together with God will contend most earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. They will not be turned from the present message [In Ellen White’s day], which is already lightening the earth with its glory. Nothing is worth contending for but the glory of God. The only rock that will stand is the Rock of Ages. The truth as it is in Jesus is the refuge in these days of error. . . . {2SM 114.1}

Do you want to be part of this class? Do you want to come into the ark and be saved? The ark is the old truths of Adventism. Don’t mistake it, don’t let anyone say anything else. Some look at the Laodicean message and say the people will be spewed out so as long as you stay in the church and not leave the church you will be okay. Unfortunately people who propose such sentiments have not read the testimony of the truth witness correctly. It says the angel of the church will be spewed out. The angel of the church is the leadership. That is the truth. The angel of the church will be spewed out and then the Bible says if any man will hear my voice let him open the door, and I will come into him and he that over comes will I grant to sit with me on my throne even as I overcame and sat down on my Father’s throne. This is the message. We are to hear his voice. Have you heard his voice and testimony? How do we hear his testimony? We hear it by the Spirit of Prophecy not by conjecture of learned men.

Right Names

The time has come when things must be called by their right names. {UL 88.2}

Do you think that is a good idea? Do you think it is time to call things by their right name? If you give something that is not something a name indicating it is something it is not, is that deception? If you had a sign saying this is the way to heaven and it is not the way, are you calling the sign by its right name? We can strap names to whatever we like but unless it is what it is it is in vain. The time has come to call things by their right name. It is important to make sure you are a Seventh Day Adventist before you call yourself one that you are on the platform of truth and if you are not do the world a favour and call yourself what you really are unless people are deceived by pretence and profession and hypocrisy.

The truth is to triumph gloriously, and those who have long been halting between two opinions must take their stand decidedly for or against the law of God. [Make your choice] Some will take up with theories that misinterpret the Word of God, and undermine the foundation of the truth that has been firmly established, point by point, and sealed by the power of the Holy Spirit. The old truths are to be revived,  {UL 88.2}

If that is what Jesus is saying what should I be doing? Shall we say amen, let it be so?

…in order that the false theories that have been brought in by the enemy may be intelligently met. There can be no unity between truth and error. We can unite with those who have been led into deception only when they are converted. {UL 88.2}

Who is a Seventh Day Adventist? Is it someone who is one outwardly or inwardly?

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

People still say the Jews are still God’s children. The Bible says the children of Israel are those who accept Christ. The name Israel was only given when Jacob prevailed against God. When you wrestle against God and gain the blessing like Jacob, then you are an Israelite. That is when you get your name but other than that you are not an Israelite at all. Keeping the Sabbath and waiting for the advent of Christ, being circumcised and baptised, saying my vows and pledging to the 28 fundamentals and giving allegiance to the church does not make me a true Seventh Day Adventist. It makes me one in name only. If the original Seventh Day Adventist message as given by the inspiration of God is in your heart, then you are a true Seventh Day Adventist. It is time to call things by their right name. Let us call Israel and Adventists who they are and the world will be saved from so much confusion but no one likes this idea. I get in trouble for upsetting people but I’m just reading what is written.

The opposition which Christ received came from his own nation, who would have been greatly blessed had they accepted him. In like manner the remnant church receive opposition from those who profess to be their brethren. {RH, August 28, 1883 par. 13}

If Jesus received opposition we should not expect anything different. If we hold original Adventism, Adventists hate you. I don’t understand that. Its Adventism isn’t it? I expect the Sunday church to oppose me but not Adventists but they are often the bitterest opponents. What does the word church mean? Does it mean institution or calling out? It is the last people that are coming out. The three angel’s messages say; ‘Come out of her my people.’ Their professed brethren will oppose them. What side of the fence are you on? Don’t be neutral. In fact it is interesting that neutral people who don’t do much complain the most. If we get busy doing the Lord’s work we will not have time to complain about what people do. Are you on the side of a profession or on the real side?

As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. {DA 232.2}

It was the authorities that rejected the message in Christ’s day and it says the ecclesiastical authorities of this generation will also reject the light. Are you rejecting it?

Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. . {DA 232.2}

People often say the truth must come only through the official channels. If it is not officially stamped with bureaucracy, it is not correct.

Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience. {DA 232.2}

What did the prophet through the testimony of Jesus say as she looked at the last generation? If we take heed to what she said and believe all that the prophets have spoken, we will save ourselves great disappointment. Let us examine ourselves and see if we align ourselves with what the prophets have spoken.

While I was praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell upon me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them. {EW 14.1}

The true Seventh Day Adventist people were not in the world. If you find yourself in the world you have problems and you need to get out of their practices and customs.

…when a voice said to me, “Look again, and look a little higher.” At this I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. [A highway and a narrow path. It is high in its standard.] On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. {EW 14.1}

The midnight cry occurred in 1844. The midnight cry was the light that shone all along the pathway. Ellen White was shown a clear line of truth right to the end.

This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them leading them to the city, they were safe. {EW 14.1}

Jesus was leading them via a prophet

 But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, “Alleluia!” Others rashly denied the light behind them and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. {EW 14.1}

Is it rash to say all the original Adventist belief is rubbish? If we think this way the testimony of Jesus tells us where we are. Does not the light of prophecy tell us we are in the wrong spot if we deny the light that God shone upon the path from the point of the midnight cry?

The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. {EW 14.1}

If we don’t acknowledge the light it becomes dark and when that darkness becomes your light how great is that darkness? Where are you? Are you in the world? Is it because we have denied where we came from? Remember the study ‘Mans Improvements?’ Let’s change some things as it’s not true light. As they started taking pins out, the whole thing became black.

I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. {EW 258.3}

If people want to keep their opinions fine, we have nothing to say. Have them, have them all. If there is anybody who is searching we will answer any question but why should we get in contest and debate with people who are so firm. We have nothing to do with such things. Are you well guarded? Are you firm on this platform?

I saw the rapidity with which this delusion was spreading. A train of cars was shown me, going with the speed of lightning. The angel bade me look carefully. I fixed my eyes upon the train. It seemed that the whole world was on board, that there could not be one left. Said the angel, “They are binding in bundles ready to burn.” {EW 88.2}

The angels are grouping people together. Ask yourself, who am I grouping with? Am I grouping with the evangelicals the Seventh Day Adventist church was separated from in 1844 or am I grouping with modern scholars because they are intelligent in my understanding? Who are we grouping with?

Then he showed me the conductor, who appeared like a stately, fair person, whom all the passengers looked up to and reverenced. I was perplexed and asked my attending angel who it was. He said, “It is Satan. He is the conductor in the form of an angel of light. He has taken the world captive. They are given over to strong delusions to believe a lie, that they may be damned. This agent, the next highest in order to him, is the engineer, and other of his agents are employed in different offices as he may need them, and they are all going with lightning speed to perdition.” {EW 88.2}

A delusion is seeing something so clearly that it appears there when it is not there. The delusion is fake and not true but it appears to be correct. How do we get into such position? The Bible says it is because we do not receive the love of the truth.

I asked the angel if there were none left. He bade me look in an opposite direction… {EW 88.3}

The angel is leading in the opposite direction to the customs and practises of the world. The testimony of Jesus describes these people as a little company.

and I saw a little company travelling a narrow pathway. All seemed to be firmly united, bound together by the truth, in bundles, or companies. {EW 88.3}

We can see some bundling happening. There are those who want to join up with what we have originally left as Adventists and those who are joining up with the platform of truth. There are only two classes.

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. 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. {EW 88.3}

This is a description of the church triumphant. People often say, don’t get upset if the world is in the church because the wheat and the tares will grow till the harvest. My friends the harvest is almost finished. When probation closes people will say the words from Jeremiah – the harvest is past, the summer is ended and we are not saved. They will finally realize they missed prophecy big time. The shaking has been going on in Adventism for many years separating people into little companies and groups. There is only one genuine group; it is the one that has stayed on the platform. We can’t get off with new ideas or advanced theories that oppose the platform. It doesn’t matter what independent group it is and how good it sounds, unless it is on the platform it will not fall although it may appear to fall. They say where is this church I can’t see it. It will not fall because this is the historic Seventh Day Adventist church as held until 1905.

Said the angel, “Look ye!” My attention was then turned to the company I had seen, who were mightily shaken. I was shown those whom I had before seen weeping and praying in agony of spirit. The company of guardian angels around them had been doubled, and they were clothed with armor from their head to their feet. They moved in exact order, like a company of soldiers. {EW 270.4}

The numbers of this company had lessened. {EW 271.1}

The company has lessened. Is this prophetic? It is prophesied that the company travelling this narrow path would lose in numbers. If that is prophecy there is nothing that can be done about it. They moved in exact order. For those who want to stand on the original platform of truth there is something about this platform as revealed in these books that cause us to move in exact order. It is mutual ground. It is no individual’s opinion. Is it a cult when people come into order? It is not a cult as a cult is when we follow a human leader. These books have been distributed around the world so God can lead people onto this platform without me running around convincing everyone to my opinion. If I come up with something new that has never been written before I have a grand work to do to evangelise the whole world again but if we stand on something mutual no matter in which part of the world you live, we can agree without arguing because this is not an individual’s opinion but the word of God. The company moved in exact order because the orders had already been given.

Some had been shaken out and left by the way. The careless and indifferent, who did not join with those who prized victory and salvation enough to perseveringly plead and agonize for it, did not obtain it, and they were left behind in darkness, and their places were immediately filled by others taking hold of the truth and coming into the ranks. Evil angels still pressed around them, but could have no power over them. {EW 271.1}

The careless and indifferent say who cares about that old stuff. Can we see the fulfilment of this little company who are standing on the platform? What else does the Spirit of Prophecy tell they will be preaching?

The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the closing work. {20MR 151.1}

Here, is a prophecy of a little company who has left the world. They are Seventh Day Adventists who are standing firmly on the truth as revealed by God’s word and they are bound together in bundles. Their numbers had lessened and the Lord declared the history of the past will be repeated. These people are going to start talking about history.

Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the world. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now [This statement was written in 1905] step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth. {20MR 151.1}

What is the church? The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. Is it correct if we step off the truth but still claim to be the church? It is not correct. It is not about having a church where no one has faults but about having all the truth in its place because it is the truth that will set you free from your problems. If the church doesn’t have the truth how can problems be rectified? People have false hopes to think that one day the church will recover itself and everyone that is not loyal to the church will fall off but there is no truth there to do the work upon the hearts. If we step off the foundation that God has established we become a new organisation. That is what God said. Are we to live by every word of God? I must live by what he says and not step off the foundation he has laid if I don’t want to become a new organisation. The name of the organisation is irrelevant.

I know from the light that God has given me that there should be a revival of the messages that have been given in the past, [written in 1907] because men will seek to bring in new theories and will try to prove that these theories are Scriptural, whereas they are error which if allowed a place will undermine faith in the truth. We are not to accept these suppositions and pass them along as truth. No, no. We must not move from the platform of truth on which we have been established. {MR760 31.2}

There will always be those who are seeking for something new and who stretch and strain the Word of God to make it support their ideas and theories. Let us, brethren, take the things that God has given us, and which His Spirit has taught us is truth, and believe them, leaving alone those theories which His Spirit has not endorsed.–Ms 125, 1907.

My brethren, take your position where God bids you. Leave alone those who, after light has been repeatedly given them, have taken a stand on the opposite side. Take up the work which has been given us. With the Word of God as your message, stand on the platform of truth and proclaim the soon coming of Christ. Truth, eternal truth, will prevail. {UL 199.3}

These are salvation issues. This is so important; if we had any idea of what is coming as God’s sees we would tremble in our shoes. There will be people that will laugh at Noah and say it will not happen. There is peace and safety this will not happen, it will not happen to us. Then when the flood comes there will be problems. As in the days of Noah so shall it be at the coming of the son of Man. They were eating and drinking and giving in marriage and knew not, until the flood came. Which will prevail? A profession or the truth?

Satan claims the world, but there is a little company who withstand his devices and contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.

This is prophecy, are you matching up with it?

Satan sets himself to destroy this commandment-keeping company. But God is their tower of defense. He will raise up for them a standard against the enemy. He will be to them “as an hiding place from the wind,” and “as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isaiah 32:2). He will say to them, “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” (Isaiah 26:20, 21). “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10). {TMK 355.3}

The remnant church will be brought into great trial and distress. Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. {ChS 157.1}

What is the faith of Jesus? The faith of Jesus is to take him at his word and live by every word that proceeds from his mouth. Jesus said I cannot do anything myself but only by what my Father tells me. By relying on the Old Testament scriptures he identified where he was going. He kept saying it is not my time but all scripture must be fulfilled so I have to do what the prophets have spoken. The faith of Jesus is to believe all that the prophets have spoken.

Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. {ChS 157.1}

Do we desire to be like Nehemiah? If we do we will lose friends and experience opposition. We will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts.

Satan numbers the world as his subjects; he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. All will be required to render obedience to human edicts in violation of the divine law. Those who will be true to God and to duty will be betrayed “both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends.” {ChS 157.1}

This little company is standing firm bound together by the love of the truth on the old paths and travelling the narrow pathway and building up the old waste places. Although their company had lessened they were rehearsing the history strengthening those things that had become weak and building up the pillars of truth. Great trial and distress has come upon these people because their parents, brethren, kinsfolk and friends start attacking them. Let us enlarge what the testimony has to say to see what side we are on according to all that the prophets have spoken. If we believed all that the prophets had spoken, would we be disappointed in the days of Christ? If the disciples had believed all the prophets have said that Christ will suffer before entering into his glory, would they have been disappointed? They would have been comforted by the fulfilment of the prophecies. Jesus enlightened them but this time there is no second chance. We have history but they had nothing to reflect back on but we do.

We are an extremely enlightened people. Let us take advantage of the history behind us. Let us understand the experience of this little company. How big is the company? It is a small company. There are only two companies in Adventism. Those who are on the original platform and those who are not. Many say they are but they are not. If we need to know what they believe we need to read their publications. It is not hard to work out. There are two classes. Is it an even split of 50/50 straight down the middle? Was it like a General Conference delegation where they just couldn’t harmonise where 50 went one way and 50 went another?

As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message [Seventh Day Adventists], but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. {GC 608.2}

Prophecy tells us that the majority of Seventh Day Adventist abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. Let us not expect anything else but a large class and a little company.

By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most bitter enemies of their former brethren [those holding the original truths]. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them. {GC 608.2}

Rome is Coming

Adventism was wrenched from the apostate churches in 1844 to be given a distinctive light. They were to be peculiar people zealous in good works but over time a large class has come to view matters in almost the same light again. They have come to view matters in almost the same light. Why did Rome kill Jesus? Did Rome have something against Jesus? Rome had nothing against Jesus but it was the Seventh Day Adventists of Jesus day the large majority that came to Rome and said he is an imposter forcing the governing powers to deal with him. Are we prepared for the trial? We can prepare for the trial ahead by contemplating these prophecies. Note the prophecy refers to the people who make a profession only.

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. {RH, March 18, 1884 par. 8}

What did Nehemiah do? We just read the men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to Nehemiah. Nehemiah restored the old waste places but the modern leaders of Seventh Day Adventism will pull down instead of building up.

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. {RH, March 18, 1884 par. 8}

This quote indicates they will not observe the Sabbath as a religious day. True Sabbath keeping is despised and replaced by the rubbish of custom and tradition. Is it possible to attend church by tradition while burying the true meaning of the Sabbath?

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. There are calamities on sea and land: and these calamities will increase, one disaster following close upon another; and the LITTLE band of CONSCIENTIOUS Sabbath-keepers will be pointed out as the ones who are bringing the wrath of God upon the world by their disregard of Sunday. {RH, March 18, 1884 par. 8}

People say that could never happen. The Jews said the destruction of Jerusalem could never happen. Opinions are leavening us as they did the Pharisees. We say the church will not fall and depend on the name neglecting the truth. The church is the pillar and ground of the truth and while ever we stand on the pillar and ground of the truth we will not fall. All professed churches or social clubs naming themselves the church will fall. Note the prophecy. It will happen whether we agree with it or not. We must choose which side we are on.

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 people, little known to the Catholics; but the churches and nominal Adventists who know of our faith and customs (for they hated 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. {SpM 1.5}

In reference to the term nominal Adventists some say it refers to the Sunday keeping Adventists in the time of Ellen White because she called them nominal Adventists. According to the previous quote the large class only professing the third Angel’s message directly relates to Seventh Day Adventists. Nominalism is professing only. Jesus has a controversy with the leaders of his professed people employing their efforts toward Sunday. Do not get confused. The Great Controversy refers to those who profess faith in the third angel’s message will be the ones who betray the faithful. Judas was a Sabbath keeper but he was nominal. The Catholics do not know too much about the little company but the nominal Adventists know them. It is unpopular to teach the details on proper Sabbath keeping. The majority do not want to know. Nominal Adventists will expose the true Sabbath keepers to the Catholics.

I saw that God had honest children among the nominal Adventists, and the fallen churches, and ministers and people will yet be called out from these churches, before the plagues shall be poured out, and they will gladly embrace the truth. {1SG 172.1}

God is calling people from these churches to the church he has identified.

Satan knows this, and before the loud cry of the third angel, raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest, and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and every one of the honest ones will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant. {1SG 172.1}

Satan knows there will be messages to motivate people to believe original Adventism. Before the loud cry of the third angel takes place in its fullness there is going to be religious excitement, seminars and evangelistic programs conducted that will attract people but they will be misled because it is an empty form and does not contain the truth. They will say come in the ark and be saved or glue your body to the chair. People will say the Lord is working for the church we have baptised thousands of people God is working. Satan allows it to happen because he knows the platform of truth is no longer there. The honest ones will not be deceived. If the three angel’s messages preached in 1888 and the fourth angel had also begun its work Jesus could have come, is not that the platform of truth?

The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But more especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its members are doing after the manner of the world. {5T 209.3}

Can we see God identifying this little company? Their prayers will be for those who are following worldly ways.

In the time when His wrath shall go forth in judgments, these humble, devoted followers of Christ will be distinguished from the rest of the world by their soul anguish, which is expressed in lamentation and weeping, reproofs and warnings. {5T 210.3}

How many people like reproofs? Adults especially do not like reproofs.

While others try to throw a cloak over the existing evil, and excuse the great wickedness everywhere prevalent, those who have a zeal for God’s honor and a love for souls will not hold their peace to obtain favor of any. Their righteous souls are vexed day by day with the unholy works and conversation of the unrighteous. They are powerless to stop the rushing torrent of iniquity, and hence they are filled with grief and alarm. They mourn before God to see religion despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. They lament and afflict their souls because pride, avarice, selfishness, and deception of almost every kind are in the church. The Spirit of God, which prompts to reproof, is trampled underfoot, while the servants of Satan triumph. God is dishonored, the truth made of none effect. {5T 210.3}

People read in the Bible prophecies that the church will be lukewarm, so we are in the right place but the prophecy continues to say the little company connected with the truth will triumph gloriously. We continue reading about the downfall of the large class.

The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God. The Lord commissions His messengers, the men with slaughtering weapons in their hands: “Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.” {5T 211.1}

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. {5T 211.2}

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. {5T 211.2}

That is prophecy. If we knew what was coming we would take God at his word, and believe as a child. The Bible says except we become converted as a child we will not see the kingdom of heaven let alone understand it. When a child’s words are questioned he will often say because my daddy told me. Let us show that faith and attitude toward the word of God. People who have had greatest light will suffer the most. Can we see where we need to be where God is calling us? We must not handle the truth for debate but to live the truth as it is in Jesus. When questioned an answer can be given with meekness, fear and according to the hope that lies in us. Contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. Layup opinions and submit. Take the stand on God’s true church that he built. It will appear to fall but it will not. The one that looks like it will not fall will fall. We can tell by the fruit born.

Matthew 7:19 Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.

We can name the tree what we will and we can say it is a fig tree or an orange tree and it can look like one with leaves but unless it has the action it is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 

We do God’s will by reading and acting upon his word given through his chosen channels.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man…

Daniel chapter 12 says but the wise shall understand but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand. Let us understand that when the rain descends, the floods come and the winds blow upon the spiritual house built by the action of God’s word it will not fall. Everyone who hears these sayings and does not do them but scoffs saying it is rubbish, is building his house on the sand. When the rain descends and the flood comes and the winds blow the house will fall and great will be the fall of it. These two are neighbours experiencing the same storm. They are brethren who heard the same words and both felt the need to build a house in preparation for the coming storm. The foolish man built his house according to his opinion. Let us be afraid of opinions and make a choice like Nehemiah holding up the truth on that Rock and thus be part of God’s church in these last days. It is already there, it is not a new Church.

Amen.  

 

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