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Final Events, DSDA vs. SDA (Part 1 of 2)

January 28, 2012

In this part one, we’ll discuss the events up to Ezekiel 9 (Beginning judgement for the living). In part two we’ll discuss Ezek.9 and  the post church purification and up to our Lord’s coming in the clouds (The beginning of the millennium in heaven)

Many SDA today  think of the standard  end time scenario they have been taught. The soon to come dreaded “Sunday Law” will happen and then we as faithful Sabbath keepers, have to make our stand to avoid getting the deadly “mark of the beast”.  But is that what the  3 inspired books tell  us (Bible, EGW, Shep. Rod)? Let us look more closely at the big picture and see how the puzzle fits when we study God’s 3 sources of His word. It will  be quite different than the standard SDA teaching of end time events.

The general SDA today understand the following simplified end time view.

1) The people in our church go out NOW into babylon (the Sunday churches,   and all heathen of the world) and try to bring in the people to God’s remnant church, the SDA. Efforts are made by many divisions (3abn, Amazing facts, Hope channel,General conference initiatves,etc.)

2) As the people are brought in , they are taught to expect the upcoming Sunday law. This will be the next “big” thing to come upon the world that everyone needs to focus on.

3)After the establishment of the Sunday law takes place, the millions of people( including many millions of SDA) who don’t submit to this Sunday worship, get sealed by God and are spared the plaques.

4) Jesus comes in  the clouds and we are ushered into the heavenly millennium.

As we start to investigate this scenario, many points and questions arise that ultimately leave gapping holes in this outline. And these are not minor ones. For instance,let’s look at some of the obvious ones.

In point one, we notice that our calling out the people of the world into the SDA churches is doing this —  We are calling them out of one church filled with sinners, into another church filled with sinners. The SDA church being co-mingled with the wheat and the tares (Godly and unGodly) right now. Is this really God’s plan? Has God stopped caring about His church, it’s true spiritual condition? Unfortunately, we must come to that decision if we are to believe that the  SDA point one is to make sense.

Ellen White describes the current situation within the SDA church. “Men and women are in the last hours of probation, and yet are careless and stupid, and ministers have no power to arouse them; they are asleep themselves. Sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people!” (Testimonies, Vol.2, p.337)   Can we expect God to be pleased as we call the people into His current sleeping church?  Again EGW says “But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true (this cannot mean co-mingled). In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel (SDA church). The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and will thoroughly purge His floor.” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p.80)

Some may say , in regards to point one, “How can it be that God doesn’t want us to win souls all over the world now?” Perhaps this is best answered by the  following clear and obvious points. 

1)EGW says in (Christian Service, p.41) “…not one on twenty whose names are registered on the church books, are prepared to close their earthly history, and would be as verily without God and without hope in the world as the common sinner.”  And keep in mind that was back in”her day”. With the millions more in the church today, what really is the ratio?

EGW clearly brings home a strong point in allowing new church members in. “Only when the church is composed of pure unselfish members, can it fulfill God’s purpose. Too much hasty work is done in adding names to the church roll. Serious defects are seen in the characters of some who join the church. Those who admit them say, we will first get them into the church, and then reform them. But this is a mistake. The very first work to be done is the work of reform. Pray with them, talk with them, but do not allow them to unite with God’s people in the church relationship until they give decided evidence that the spirit of God is working on their hearts (Review and Herald, may 21, 1901)

So if we have a serious problem within the church now, does it make sense to ignore our fellow brothers and sisters, and reach out to even more, yet let our own proceed perilously head long into the abyss? God wants a pure clean church for the people to “come into”. Sadly we are told this would never happen unless HE takes the reins Himself and does something about it.

More evidence that God will not allow a co-mingled church much longer. “The purging and cleansing will surely pass through EVERY CHURCH (SDA) in our land that has had great opportunities and priveleges, and has passed them unheeded.” (Testimonies to Ministers, p.414)  The SDA church being given great light on many truths, and unfortunately to a large degree,  has not heeded it’s own teachings.

2) The last prophet’s  message from God,  being our most important message right now, clearly explains why we are to go into our own church now,  not babylon. In the “Answerer, Vol.3, question 67”  The prophet says “As the same departure from Christ exists within the church now as it didthen (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p.217) it will take much greater effort to rescue the people from the Laodicean “sad deception” (Testimonies , Vol. 3, p.253), than if they were in heathenism for in Laodicea they are made to believe that they have all the truth there is to be had, that they are rich, increased with goods, and in need of nothing,—their salvation forever secured as long as they hold membership in the church Hence there is greater risk of losing their souls in the church while she is “lukewarm” and about to be spued out, than if they remain in the world until the church awakes from her slumber, and anoints herself with eyesalve (truth)-sees right, does right, and leads and feeds the flock”

“…the Davidians labor in the interest of the church, the Denomination carries the old message to the world. But should the Davidians also devote their time and money to looking after the interests of the heathen then both the church and the world would be plunged into hell. Consequently, to save the world, we must first seek to save the church from the ruin that is imminent, as did John the Baptist, Christ, and the apostles, in their day.

After the church awakes and ceases dreaming that she is “rich and increased with goods”, finds out that she is in need of everything rather than of “nothing”, puts on her strength by turning to Christ her Leader, clothes herself in the garments of His righteousness, and let’s the unclean no more pass through her ( Isa.52:1), then shall her righteousness go forth as brightness and her salvation as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see her righteousness, and all the kings her glory (Isa.62:1-2). Then shall she really be able to save.”    (Please note, we should not think that we advocate ignoring someone outside the church who wants to know the truth, only that our PRIMARY focus should be within our own church)

We needed to spend some time on point one because this clearly shows “why” the SDA final event scenario is off track to begin with.The focus is causing the people to look left with they should be looking right.

On point two, whereas the SDA  teach the primary focus of the Sunday law, as the next important world event for the church, the Davidian SDA are focusing on the imminent sudden appearance of the Lord into His churches. (Mal 3:1) ” Behold, I send my messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of Hosts. ”

The remainer of Malachi describes the purification  (never happened yet) of the church. So, clearly we see two distinct and quite different end time views. On the SDA view , we are clearly led to believe no church purification takes place BEFORE the Sunday laws. The sinners and righteous in church remain, to make their own decision as to accepting the “mark” or not.

But the Davidians view is the same as EGW’s clear statement about the church. “Now we can clearly see why there must be a sifting of God’s people BEFORE the loud cry can be given. The cause of weakness must first be removed before the valiant service can be expected in the field. A Gideon’s band is mightier than the host of Midian. God’s people will never be prepared to attack the sins of babylon as long as the principle of babylon is in their hearts.Therefore the giving of the loud cry must be PRECEEDED by a message TO GOD’S PEOPLE, which will accomplish an entire seperation from babylon.” (Review and Herald, Feb. 4, 1902)

Let us understand this statement as well “..only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming it (the third angel’s message) when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry.”(Review and Herald ,Nov.19,1908)

This “message” is believed to be the straight testimony of the Davidians  given now to the SDA about the Lord’s coming “suddenly to His temple”. The clear purpose is WARN the people about our Lord’s “sifting” out the unrighteous and uncoverted from among the church. This is for the express purpose of forming God’s last day “elect”, the 144,000. Our Lord speaks of this in (Mal.3:17) ” They shall be Mine” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day I make My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”

So we see warnings going out now, from one group. And a lukewarm sense of contentment from the other. Nevertheless, it has always been God’s way to “warn”. EGW explains “God does not send judgements upon His people without first warning them to repent. He uses every means to bring them back to obedience and does not visit their iniquity with judgements until He has given them ample opportunity to repent.” (Testimonies, Vol. 4, p.179)

So to summarize part one, we see two different actions by the SDA and the DSDA. One is allowing the incoming of sin and sinners into the church, proclaiming that all will work itself out, just beware of the Sunday laws coming. The other is actively warning their own to “wash your garments” , get ready now, the Lord is about to begin “judgement for the living” beginning with us within the church.

Next week we’ll look at further views of the final events.

In Christ, Rob

Note —  This post has a youtube version, which can be viewed here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhAcVqHRQGo&list=UL

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Understanding The Enemy’s Attacks

January 21, 2012

Note: This post is primarily directed to Davidian Seventh Day Adventists. The courageous brothers and sisters who have made the commitment to be end time messengers for the Lord.

In the very last part of the last book in the Old testament, the Lord signed off with the following promise. (Mal. 4:5) “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.”  This important event was therefore broadcast to His people so that we, as Christians, could be aware of what to expect in the very last days. Unfortunately Satan also knows about this. Let us look at how the devil and his minions are actively working against this last day “Elijah” and his message.

Before we go into this , it is helpful to know just what is this Elijah message . Ellen White describes a great clue in (Test. to Ministers, p.475) ” Somebody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah and when he appears, men may say “you are too earnest, you do not INTERPRET the scriptures in the proper way, let me tell you how to teach your message.” The one who comes will obviously be an “interpreter” of scriptures, and by so doing, help to warn the people of the great and dreadful day very soon to come.

Many believe that “Elijah” has come and his name was Victor T. Houteff.  He did indeed interpret scripture as no one had before. Hosea, Jerimiah, Zechariah,Matthew 20 and more, were interpreted, and the message revealed that God was to have a church purified and a kingdom set up on earth BEFORE the Lord comes in the clouds on the “last day”. This kingdom is not to be a government kingdom, but rather a church kingdom, where finally God will have a church with no achan’s.

So brother Houteff did his work, he began “preparing” the people for the great and dreadful day of the Lord with his sermons and his writings. And Satan and the devils took quick notice, they were on look out. Victor and his followers were kicked out of the church after soon revealing the hidden things that God had him  unlock. Satan began his attack. The small company was forced to relocate to a location in Texas. But the SDA leadership spread far and wide the false rumor that brother Houteff was a false teacher.

But brother Houteff was steadfast, he grew the publishing work, and the members grew as well. He was fulfilling God’s word through Ellen White’s writing in (Test. for the Church, Vol.7, p.140) ” In a large degree through our PUBLISHING HOUSES is to be accomplished the work of that other angel who comes down from heaven with great power and who lightens the earth with his glory.”

So we see right from the get-go, Satan was on top of the Elijah message.  And he hasn’t let go to this very day! This is the message he hates! Read what EGW said about it. “There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience, the fearful realities of a judgement soon to come.” (Early Writings, page 273).

So with the thorough understanding that Satan and his angels are bitterly opposed to this last day message, let us look at how we can notice and become aware of his attacks.

Let me start with the example of “Harry”.

Harry was a good solid SDA member. But he was dedicated. He faithfully read the scriptures and EGW several times during the week. But Harry was often grieved when he went to church service. He’d noticed members texting during the sermon. He noticed young  women wearing mini-skirts. He would come home from service feeling as if he and his people had dishonored the Lord. He sighed and cried. The Lord TOOK NOTICE.

Let me stop here for a moment and say that our Lord will never miss a sigher and crier for Him and His Laws. This action sets apart his people, from the real converted to the semi-converted. The Commandment keepers who are genuinely grieved at sin,  tell Him they are not lukewarm.

Back to Harry. So soon Harry is on his computer and he stumbles upon an end time Davidian video, or audio message. He listens then soon his face is like this —  :-0. He can’t believe what he hears. Why are the leaders not telling us this? He ask’s himself. Soon Harry starts studying the endtime message. Our Lord has guided him to just the place He wants him. Harry accepts the message, for he has investigated for himself, he proved it out. Harry is a researcher and searchs things out.

Harry becomes deeply content, because the Lord has blessed him with much knowledge of His plans and His will. It’s almost like a honeymoon. He’s elated because as sister White says, we should search scripture like searching for gold nuggets. Harry has found the mother lode! He starts spreading the message. He’s on the computer telling it, he mentions to some friends at church, he hands out dvd’s  and cd’s of the message.

All goes well for awhile. But then something starts happening. He becomes troubled. He starts to think “I’ve been telling people about this message and it sure is solemn, maybe I’m overdoing it. Maybe it’s not right that I warn them so much.” Doubts, confusion, some depression sets in. Harry has now started to receive the “dark clouds” prophesised by EGW.

Ellen White describes what is happening . ” I saw some, with strong faith and agonizing cries, pleading with God. Their countenances were pale and marked with deep anxiety, expressive of their internal struggle. Firmness and great earnestness was expressed in their countenances;large drops of perspiration fell from their foreheads. Now and then their faces would light up with the marks of God’s approbation, and again the same solemn, earnest, anxious look would settle upon them.

Evil angels crowded around, pressing darkness upon them to shut out Jesus from their view, that their eyes might be drawn to the darkness that surrounded them, and thus they be led to distrust God and murmur against Him.Their only safety was keeping their eyes directed upward. Angels of God charge over His people, and as the poisonous atmosphere of evil angels was pressed around these anxious ones, the heavenly angels were continually wafting their wings over them to scatter the thick darkness.”

So that you know beyond doubt that EGW describes the Davidian’s and their end time message she continues “I asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that it would be caused by the STRAIGHT TESTIMONY called forth by the counsel of the True Witness TO THE LAODICEANS.”

We see that the messengers of the end time straight testimony of the Church judgement, go directly to their fellow members(to the Laodiceans). This message enrages Satan and his angels. For it makes the people aware of God’s end time plans and soon brings in the sealed 144,000. Then this mighty little company of God will set up God’s last days kingdom, and he will be at the very end of his rope.

Other helpful quotes by EGW — ” I was shown that Satan’s power is especially exercised upon the people of God. Many were presented before me in a doubting desparing condition…. And it is too often the case that the people of God are not on their watch, therefore are ignorant of his devices.” (Test. for the Church, vol. 1, page 304).

“Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.” –Letter 12, 1890 –Selected Messages Vol.1, P.48

In (Testimonies for the church, Vol. 3, P.290) we read  most helpful passages. “Weary and prostrate, Elijah sits down to rest. He is discouraged and feels like murmuring. He says, “Now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.” He feels that life is no more valuable. He expected after the signal display of God’s power in the presence of Israel  that they would be true and faithful to God …Elijah is a fugitive from the homes of men, and he wishes never to look upon man again.”

From the above we see, as “Elijah messengers” ,  we will also feel despondent frequently,because our work will not move our members. The plain “Thus sayest the Lord” fails to move them. Our adversary then sends us doubts and yet that is the very time we must resort to prayer, and maybe even fasting.

So it is very important to realize that if you decide to step up to the Davidian platform BE PREPARED!  It will not be  a cakewalk. Not only will dark forces often hover by you, but those weaker Davidians who unfortuantely aren’t truly converted, will go against you as well. They will murmer against you, spread falsehoods, and listen to the evil ones suggestions. Don’t forget Satan works best by going within! Of all people the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists, should have love in their hearts, due to the great light shown them.

Just like he did with Judas, Satan began going inside the movement with none other than the prophet’s wife! Florence Houteff, after the death of brother Houteff in 1955,  unfortunately was swayed strongly by dark forces and started publishing ON HER OWN supposed writings of brother Houteff. For a study on how Florence Houteff brought in her agenda and “code ” items , see this report ,http://hearyetherod.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/the-codes-whats-the-facts/

In closing, let us be strengthened by the inspired prophetess’ words. ” Wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from the assemblies of His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises. Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be SUCCESSFULLY RESISTED, “not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts (Zech. 4:6).” (Selected messages , Vol. 1, p.124)

We will be ever strong when we look to HIM as our defense. When we understand how and why the enemy attacks us, we are better able to withstand them. Because we choose to take on the message, our reward will be to be a part of “God’s Elect” in finishing His work here on earth, and our internal struggles will turn into the great joy of the Lord!

In Christ,

Rob

Fasting As Jesus Said

January 14, 2012

We as Christians are well familiar with one of the very first things our Lord did in the beginning of His ministry here on earth.  He walked  into the wilderness and ate nothing for 40 days. He fasted. Let us look into this much overlooked yet very important aspect of our Lord’s example.

When we go back to the very beginnings, God had made our food pure, no toxins existed in anything we ate or drink. Eden was a true beautiful paradise, flowing with such beauty. But today we are very degenerated from those days. Our bodies and minds have been bombarded with toxins. Could it be that fasting has more to offer than we suppose, for mind, body and soul?

In (Luke 4:1) we read “Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wildernesss, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” Then in verse 14, just after Jesus had come out of the wilderness it says ” Then  Jesus returned in the POWER OF THE SPIRIT to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. Could His prayer and fasting the 40 days, contributed to His being in “the power of the Spirit”? Certainly.

 Look at this list of notable men who  fasted.  Moses fasted 40 days because of the sin of Israel (Deu. 9:15-18) Daniel fasted (Dan 9:3-5) David fasted while his son was ill (2 Sam. 12:16) Ezra led a fast to seek God’s favor (Ez.8:21) .There are many more examples of fasting. But from the above we can see fasting was done for –forgiveness of sins, asking for help in health restoration of a loved one, and protection from danger (Ezra).

So in studying this subject, it brought me to the thought –why aren’t we practicing this much? Can it be we’ve neglected a most helpful practice in becoming more in tune with our Lord and even more “in power”? In (Luke 5:35) Pointing down in time, Jesus definitely makes it clear we shall fast . “But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and THEN shall they fast in those days.”

Being  studied in the nutrition field, I’ve had the opportunity to study the effects of food and drink upon our body and mind. Let me just breifly state that the attitude, energy, mindset, even mood, can be directly affected by what you eat and drink. Let me give two  examples of this.

There are well known allergy tests known as the sublingual testing. The person fasts for 24 hours, then goes into the office to be tested. A clear concentrated solution is given of certain substances under the tongue, one at a time, to observe the reaction. A person may be given wheat for example , and then within minutes he feels shaky or even confused(gluten allergy). Then maybe milk is given and the person feels as if he is leaving his body, kind of  a floating dizziness. Maybe a friut , such as banana, then he feels a joyful uplifted mood.  The point I’m making is that all our allergens have, over time “built up” in us, making the body woefully polluted, then our thinking and mindset is seriously lowered. The body needs and demands– a rest and clean out, that’s called a fast.

This next example is truly a great one because of the unexpected final result. The story goes that a man (don’t remember where he was from) was just destroyed, heart broke. His fiance had found another man and left him. He was crushed, so he said “What’s to live for? I’m going to the mountains to die.” So he went up into the cold lonely mountains to die, no food just some water for a few days. So there he was , still crying, and suffering so much. Day one went by, day two and so forth, eating nothing except drinking water.

But something strange began to happen about day 7 or 8. He awoke and started to think  “What if I can live without her? Maybe I can find someone even better, some one who will REALLY love me?”  His mind was becoming clearer, more rational.  His toxins were leaving. Unbeknowest to him , he was experiencing one of our Lord’s beautiful laws–the joy of purifying through fasting.

 On day 12, he had seen the light, he was very foolish to die over some  girl, who didn’t love him ever anyway. His mind was indeed clear. He went home a changed man!

 Admittingly, fasting commonly isn’t something that can be rushed into. Many find that juice fasting is a good prepartion for water fasting. Many times it’s better to do a one or two week vegetable and juice fast to become familiar with fasting. Certain reactions many times do happen that are known as “healing reactions”. These pass, and are  usually of a short duration ( usually 1 to 5 days at the beginning).

 We are told that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. And as such, the purer we keep ourselves, the more we can be in tune with our Maker. Let us have the courage, through prayer, to fast as our Lord instructed. If we find our walk just never seems to be right, one of the most overlooked areas is –fasting. We continue day after day to toxicate ourselves without even realizing it!

If our bodies are “home” to God’s Holy Spirit, and in fact a ‘temple”, then it stands to reason we should clean and sanitize  it occasionally. In so doing we will find a clearer and more satisfying walk with our Maker.

 So let us continue to look to our Lord for all strength, including the ability fast as he said. Our Maker knows our every inch, and has declared “fasting” as a good and honorable thing to do.

In Christ, Rob

The Davidian Seventh Day Adventists

January 7, 2012

Have you ever been in a club or organization, maybe even the military, where you were ranked? Your goal was to aspire to be the highest level you could attain. In God’s remnant church, there is a group that has been aspiring to this highest rank (knowing and understanding God’s deepest and brightest light =Truth). Let me introduce you to the Davidians **.

Before we go further, just to be clear, not all those  who call themselves Davidians are  necessarily  right with God, just like any other Christian group. But the true and honest Davidians know they have a most serious and solemn responsibility. Those who DO walk uprightly before the Lord and are Davidians, are those who have seen and understand God’s greatest light, God’s end time light bearers as it were. They take seriously the desire to be among the 144,000. Let us look at who these people are and what they stand for.

The Davidians were started in approx. 1930 by Victor T. Houteff. In the posts “Has Elijah come” under the Elijah heading, we have given some history about him and his purpose. If you haven’t looked into this man’s life and writings, I highly recommend you do. You could describe him as a male version of Ellen White, but different in the respect that his sole purpose was to warn the people that the “great and dreadful day of the Lord” was imminent. His interpretations of many prophecies are fascinating and divinely inspired (to those who take the time to investigate them). Many are convinced he was the “Elijah” to come as prophesised in (Mal.4:5).

Let us look at alittle history about the Davidians from brother Houteff himself. In his publication called Timely Greetings, Vol.2, number 10, pages 16-17, he writes “Fundamentally we are Seventh Day Adventists. Ever since the leading brethren of the Seventh Day Adventist denomination rejected the addition to the Third Angel’s Message (Early Writings, p.277) in the same fashion as the Jews turned down the gospel of Christ, and as the popular churches turned down the messages that followed thereafter, we have fundamentally remained Seventh Day Adventists.

We are seperated from the mother church because the “lukewarm” bretheren by majority vote disfellowshipped us, and put a guard at the church doors to make sure that we could not enter the churches on the Sabbath day.Evidently they did these things in order to force us to renounce the Lord’s revealed Truth, and also to frighten those who were embracing Present Truth and those who might investigate for themselves and accept the message of the hour. There could be no reason for dismissing us.

As we could not turn our backs upon the God-sent “meat in due season” we were, of course compelled to add Davidian to the name Seventh Day Adventist, lest we be accused of misrepresentation.We have never, however,  seperated ourselves from the denomination. As a people we still attend the denominational churches whenever we are not barred from entering.”

So we can see from the above history how the Davidians were brought into existance. Victor, and those who had became aware of the “additional message” as described by the prior prophet, Ellen White, in Early Writings, page 277, embraced the message unlike the scornful fellow members. So this tiny group was forced to huddle together, their own people  had thrown them out. But their message would not die. Today we are witnessing a new revival, as the Davidian message is swelling, even as we write.

But let us CLEARLY understand the situation now. Who do you think knows the scriptures better than anyone else in the universe except the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? You got it–Satan. Can we really think that Satan, knowing about the “Elijah to come”, would sit by idly twiddling his fingers and not be on the look out for this Elijah? He knows scripture, and that when this Elijah comes it will be at the very end of time. He final clock begins, he will be in full panic mode. He must stop the Elijah man and his messengers , and his message at all costs!

He full well knows he really can’t stop God’s plan, but he can try and delay it. If he can put his workers out on this message to disrupt, confuse, or refute then he has won time for a while longer. Let us look at Ellen White in her description of the “popular” ministry that Satan and his workers embrace.

“Ministers take their text from the word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the Truth, and the salvation of Christ, that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that STIRS THE WRATH OF SATAN, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience, the fearful realities of a judgement soon to come (Early Writings, page 273).

Clearly we see that as soon as Truth is preached and especially the warnings of the coming judgement of God, Satan is stirred up. This judgement message has been the heart of the Davidian message!. So we need to understand that the evil one and his workers have set many snares to those who boldly go forward to learn and study the Davidian message. You’ll hear and read many false reports of the Davidians, and the Shepherd’s Rod teachings. Satan cannot and will not be still on this important end time message. It all makes clear sense.

Now let’s look at some important beliefs of the Davidian message.

1) They take literally the words of Ellen White that “we must strive with all the power God has given us, to be among the 144,000.”(Review and Herald, March 9, 1905) The Shepherd’s Rod teachings in this regard superbly blends the Bible and EGW to show a most clear light of how and when God’s elect will come into being, and their purpose. Here is a sermon called “The 144,000, who are they?” http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/audio/rev_7.mp3

2) They believe that God will establish a Kingdom FIRST here on earth before the 7 last plaques start. This “Kingdom” is not a government rule. It will be a pure “Church” Kingdom. In other words God will FINALLY have his pure Church after the great and dreadful day comes (His beginning day of judgement for the living IN the church). The world’s heathen will get to see His great power (miracles, healings, etc.) through His elect (144,000). They will go out and bring in the great multitude from all over the world. This study is addressed in more detail here. http://www.shepherds-rod-message.org/outlines/kingdom.pdf

3) A literal day of judgement for the living to take place here on earth, within His remnant church. The wheat will be separated from the tares. The work of seperation is the work of God’s angels NOT man, just as Jesus said in the parable (Matt. 13:37-43) This will be the prophetic “great and dreadful day of the Lord”. Great for the elect of God, dreadful for the lukewarm and sinners in God’s church. This has and will  be the teachings of the Davidians. The trumpet is to sound the warning. Here you can order 4 free CD’s, one of which is the Ezekiel 9 prophecie.http://www.11th-hourministries.org/audio/cd_request.html

For a complete Fundamental list of the beliefs, here is the linkhttp://www.shepherds-rod.org/fbdsda.htm

We must ever be mindful that if we step up onto the Davidian platform, we are to be of the highest mindset in regards to our representation of Christ. Indeed, our Lord holds us accountable of the great light understood as a Davidian. We must never proclaim the message, and at the same time be a poor example of living justly and rightly before God. Rudeness, ignorance, aloofness, all must step aside, as we are servants .

In closing, let us be  remindful that the endtime message is a simple one. The evil one and his workers try to make the message complicated. That message is– We must know and keep DAILY His Holy 10 Commandments, and we must sigh and cry for the sins in our midst and in the church. If you are a SDA member, I would suggest you seriously look into this end time message, for God had a purpose in sending the “Elijah” to come before He comes, otherwise why even send him? It is God’s end time plan and the Davidians well know this. You should know it also.

In Christ, Rob

**  Davidians are not to be confused with “Branch Davidians” who  are a break away group, started in 1955, after the death of brother Houteff. They teach differently and this author does not endorse them.

2011 in review

January 5, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. There was a approx. 50% increase in viewership in 2011 from 2010.  I had said there was a double increase in a previous post, but even though the final numbers weren’t  quite that large,  it was very encouraging (going from about 3900 views to approx. 5800),  all I can say is -thanks again. Your readership is what our goal here is and when God’s light shines upon us, we must share it, hopefully you’ve been blessed.

In Christ, Rob.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,800 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


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