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The Laborers are Few

November 18, 2017

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In Luke 10:2 we read —

“Therefore said He unto them, ‘The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest.”

Oh how true this statement by our Lord is today! The harvest is so great yet the number of Truth messengers–so few. Last week we posted on how some of our more active S.D.A leaders are not teaching the full truth. Falling short on the very important timeline and events to come. But that led us to think of the opposite–who is out there today doing the Lord’s work and spreading the Lord’s Rod (Micah 6:9)?

Sadly there is not many active and visible leaders among us present truth believers. The Scriptures show the type, the Apostles, the mostly uneducated and lowly laborers as the chosen to lead the work. So too today. In the following short list you will not find a college degree nor a degree in a school of religious training.

SOP guides us —

“Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.” (Testimonies to Ministers, p.300)

“He will raise up from among the common people men and women to do His work, even as of old He called fishermen to be His disciples. There will soon be an awakening that will surprise many. Those who do not realize the necessity of what is to be done will be passed by, and the heavenly messengers will work with those who are called the common people, fitting them to carry the truth to many places.” (Manuscript Releases, vol.15, p.312)

“In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged…. God will work a work in our day that but few anticipate. He will raise up and exalt among us those who are taught rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the outward training of scientific institutions. These facilities are not to be despised or condemned; they are ordained of God, but they can furnish only the exterior qualifications. God will manifest that He is not dependent on learned, self-important mortals.” (Testimonies, vol. 5, p.80)

Indeed, God is not dependant upon “learned, self-important mortals”! The leaders  shown in our last post have books, organizations, seminars, all proclaiming a peace and safety message. But the common “fishermen” are not like that they have an unwavering desire–

“These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.” (Rev. 14:4)

Yes, they follow an unpopular path, filled with scornful looks, doubt, murmurs against, ridicule, demotions, even physical abuse at times.

Let us now look at some of these present truth leaders and what they are doing now to spread His Elijah message.

1. Jimmy Kakouri

Brother Jimmy has been a present truth believer for a couple decades now. He knows the message quite well and is gifted in being able to present it in video form. His ministry is primarily with YouTube but he is staying active right now on Facebook as well. We know brother Jimmy well and have found a good and faithful brother  who can be relied upon to give a study anytime. He travels occasionally to outside countries and is based out of London , England.

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2. Glenroy Matthews

Brother Glenroy holds a special place in my heart. The Lord used him to bring me into the message. One day after church on a Sabbath afternoon in May of 2011, I happen to be online and saw a link to know more of the 144,000. It was brother Matthew’s audio presentation of “The 144,00 who are they ?” Glenroy is a full time worker for the DSDA organization based in Mountain dale, New York. He has a very well done video on Daniel 2 (DVD and YouTube). His clear plain teachings are truly a blessing for those who love Truth. To us the aforementioned Daniel 2 presentation is one of the best present truth studies we’ve ever seen.

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3. Dara Dietz

Sister Dara is a very experienced and long time believer in the message. Her great gift has been putting the Lord’s Rod online in a complete and well organized way. She has a health center and works as a health practitioner. We use her site regularly and send it out to many who wish to learn the message. By all means bookmark this site as it is priceless.

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site —

http://shepherds-rod.org/index.html

4. Rene Reyes

Brother Rene was the first brother we met in the message. His knowledge is extensive and we are blessed to know this brother. He serves as a fellow adminstrator on our FB ministry site–Truth Tellers. Rene speaks both English and Spanish and has a Spanish channel on YouTube. He also works for Mountain dale organization. One of the full time workers in the Lord’s vineyard, brother Rene is active and also supportive of our work in His vineyard, often joining us in our phone conference studies to contribute his thoughts and even do some studies.

5. Erik Bell

Brother Bell is one of the most knowledgeable brethren in the message. His CD’s have gained traction through out the field and are helpful to know much of the message. Bro. Erik has an DSDA organization called International Association of Davidian Seventh-day Adventists and is based in Florida as well as two online sites promoting the message. Serves as an administrator of Truth Tellers since 2014. He is active in our phone conference studies , often presenting a certain subject of the Lord’s Rod.

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6. Yours Truly

Your brother here (bro. Rob Peralta) is active as you might imagine. We are often amazed how the Lord took me, a heathen through and through, and changed this disaster into a worker for His cause. We often try to remember these words of the Lord —

“And now, says the LORD, who formed you from the womb as His servant to bring Jacob back to Him so that Israel might be gathered to Him— and I am honored in the LORD’s sight and my God has been my help. And He said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be My salvation unto the end of the earth.” (Isaiah 49:5-6)

Our ministries involve three areas. Truth Tellers, the first active FB online Rod message site. The Lord has blessed and now we have hundreds of members from around the world who have joined during the last 6 years (began in Sept. of 2011). We keep active with our YouTube channel, where we have many videos/audios of the message (listed as robp123451). And of course this blog post site.

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We, the few are not as mentioned earlier, college graduates or religious accredited theologians. We simply love the Truth-Jesus. We care not for money or fame and wealth. We just want to win souls for Christ as we know that the Loud Cry hour is just about to strike and big changes are coming. Pray for us.

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”(Proverbs 11:30)

“In all diligence, therefore, give heed to any supernatural manifestation in the church of God, irrespective of source, whether it be human or brute, small or great, black or white, rich or poor. Unbiasedly compare its work with the Scriptures, and if it is in harmony with them, if it finds its foundation and prediction there, makes men loyal to the law and to the prophets, and adds light to the present truth, accept it whatever the cost in money, property, position, friends, and relatives, for it is your very life. He who will prove faithful in this responsibility will receive a hundred-fold for the sacrifice it has cost him to be true to the Lord’s voice (Matt. 19:29).” (Symbolic Code vol. 8, no.1-12, p.3)

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The Spirit of Stupor

September 30, 2017

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In Romans 11:18 we read —

“As the Scriptures say, “God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear.

1 Cor.15:34 —

“Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”

Make no mistake this stupor is not limited to our members but is also among our S.D.A  leaders and proclaimers —

“Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed..” (Isaiah 29:9-11)

Today, unfortunately this spiritual stupor is very much alive among us as God’s remnant people. As the weeks and months go by I am seeing this to a greater and greater extent. Let us look at how this spirit is active and making God’s people to snooze while they should be wide awake.

Brother G is a long time friend, over 8 years now. He is one of a very few remaining S.D.A friends whom I have stayed close to over the years since disclosing to the church my affiliation with the Lord’s final message of Elijah–the Shepherd’s Rod (Micah 6:9). As we have posted many times, this message will cause negative feedback from our brethren, most particularly from the leaders.

But brother G has remained faithful and over the years we have had a few Bible studies. While not completely, or even to a large decree, acceptful  of the message, he has been listening. But the ol “let me think about it for a while” time drag is shown to be a bad potential trap as Scriptures gives us a lesson.

“And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” (Acts 24:25)

For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. (Acts 26:26-28)

Once the message of Truth is shown us, it is at that time we must embrace it because we love the Truth (Jesus), not delay and do it tomorrow. Tomorrow may never come as they say. The Spirit of Truth is real, and those who walk daily with Christ are to be guided into it and by it daily.

But brother G, has a particular sinful problem–gluttony. Although he has lost some weight, he still over eats and there are many signs of a physical and mental stupor. For a long time now while the sermon address is being preached from the pulpit, one can find brother G’s head slumped down or over to the side–fast asleep.

Although, today’s sermons are void of exciting present truth, one must not fall asleep while in God’s house for worship. Being concerned about this failure to honor God in His temple, I mentioned this a few years ago to brother G. He gratefully acknowledged it, and said he would “work on it.” Nothing changed.

But a few weeks ago, we decided to enter another study. He came over to my home and we went into a study of Rev.12. I pulled out the dry erase board and we pulled out our Bibles. For those who are doing studies with newcomers to the message, it is always best to show them present truth from the Bible and SOP. The Lord’s Rod (brother Houteff’s writings) is too much meat for them as they are just babes in the present truth. We don’t want to bring unnecessary confusion. Once progress is made then of course we can do advanced studies.

As I started to go into the lesson, I noticed a blank look on his face. Then I sat down and showed him areas of Rev. 12. As I read the selected passages, he said , “let me see that.” I handed over the Bible and he sat and just stared at the passage for what seemed like 10 minutes! His power of concentration seemed severely blurred. Anyway, this is how the study went, the main clear points were not comprehended much. I knew that the powerful lessons would not reach him.

Over the weeks I have thought about this, hence the Spirit leading to post about it. There is a true need of “wisdom” among us today. Sins such a gluttony, idol worship, a regular sin indulgence, etc. are stopping the Spirit of Truth from working!

“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that he will not hear.”(Isaiah 59:2)

But the answer to this is clearly given in the Word.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:5-6)

Wow! Do we really understand this? This is THE ANSWER! If you or one of your close friends or relatives appear to be under a stupor, just pray and believe! We have wrote many many times that prayer is just half of the equation, the other half is to–believe. The Lord does not ONE soul to perish!

So what I have done recently, thanks to the Lord’s Spirit letting me know, is to go before the Lord in prayer for brother G. At least my submission will be heard and if the Lord’s will be done in this regard, all praise and honor to Him that saves!

Granted, some are blessed with discernment and teaching abilities because they “get it” quickly but many are not. So if you find yourself or your friend, neighbor or relative  struggling to understand God’s Truth, just pray for wisdom!

To be sure, there are others from my area such as sister M, brother W and sister L, who have yet to fully comprehend the message, please join me in prayer for all these souls that they are given wisdom.

In closing brethren, our message is the one that gets God’s people sealed today and we need to understand it. The spirit of stupor  is like a widespread communal disease among our people. God wants us to have wisdom and all we need to do is–ask, let’s do that.

Three Interesting Subjects

July 15, 2017

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For a while now, the Lord has placed upon my heart and mind to discuss three distinct subjects that are quite interesting as you will see. As we have done quite a bit of Elijah message material for a long time, I thought we’d detour this week to some other aspects of the Word.

The three subjects we’ll cover are:

  1. Who made what?
  2. Does God know everything?
  3. Matthew 10:23, how can that be true?

These are just discussions, and all the analysis is not claimed to be final truth of the matter, only placed for consideration. So this will be a discussion of ideas concerning these three subjects and anyone who has some input is encouraged to add your thoughts down in the comment section below.

WHO MADE WHAT?

In the beginning of the Bible we read–

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”
and so on as it shows God created or made all things UNTIL it comes to verse 26 —

“And God said, Let US make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Here we see that no longer does it say “God created” rather “Let Us make”. That word “Us” is the only place in Genesis where it deviates from “God said” or “God created” in regards to creation of the earth, heavens and living creatures/man. So what are we to make of this? To make you ponder this more, let’s look at Isaiah 44:24.

“Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;..”

To be clear, the “LORD” here cannot be referring to God the Father because we read in John —

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1-3, 14)

Um. So what do we have here? It appears that our Lord, Jesus Christ, created all things in our planetary systems, except He wasn’t alone in the creation of mankind. This was a “team” effort, a Triune affair (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) in the great and awesome work of the creation of mankind! Whose image is that of the Triune God.

DOES GOD KNOW EVERYTHING?

This one, we’ll have to open our thoughts up a bit to consider a unique view. In Isaiah 46:9-10 we read –

“Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:..”

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalms 139:1-3)

There is no disputing that we serve an Omniscient God (all-knowing). However, we should also remember this important word of the Lord —

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)

The key words above that I’d like to focus on is “for thy pleasure.” Let us try to put the ideas of pleasure in mind. How many of us would receive pleasure, for example, if we already know what each and every play of the Super Bowl would be? Each movement in advance before going to the game? Same with a movie, a tennis match, your children’s life, etc.?(note: I am not advocating any of the worldly things just used for example)

How could there be pleasure in this advance knowledge? What I am asking — Could it be that God “chooses” to withhold some knowledge from Himself in order to receive pleasure by watching the events unfold?

I remember as a kid I had an absolute thrill with this electronic game I made. Some of you may remember back in the 70’s there was a very popular electric board game called Electronic Football. It has these small plastic pieces that would vibrate forward and had a tackle, guard, runner, etc on top of the pieces. You would set up the play and turn on the board and watch them move upon the field.

I took these small green vibrating pieces and I put small plastic cars on these and then turned the football field into circular race car track. It was amazing as they would all run around the track, seemingly independently and pass and block and make maneuvers that were just fascinating. I must have played with that game for over 5 years! I keep scores and had season point standings to finally establish the top cars for the racing season. This brought great pleasure due to the unpredictability of it.

 

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Had I had the entrepreneurial spirit this game could have been a block buster back in the 70’s and 80’s.

This all was because my Dad was a top race car driver at the local race track and even raced against the “big boys” at Riverside International Raceway back in the 70’s (Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough included). So I  idolized race cars and of course told everyone I was going to be a “great race car driver” someday.

My point is that this game was totally unpredictable. I never knew who would win or how. There could be the car in the back row that made some great moves and would finish on top after the 15 or 20 laps.  But would I have received pleasure knowing all the moves beforehand and the exact results?

One possible clue that lends credence to this idea of withholding knowledge is found in Genesis 2:19.

“Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.”

We know that He is the great reactor, One who is able to react to any circumstances. So nothing catches Him off guard and all is able to stay within His plans. We do know that there is a pre-planned mankind plan based on His prophetic Word and it is going to happen as His Word declares by His prophets.

MATTHEW 10:23, HOW CAN THAT BE TRUE?

“But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.”

Here is one of the real puzzlers of the Scriptures. We see that the Lord says that the 12 Apostles would not finish going through the cities of Israel until He comes again. It’s been over 2000 years and the general consensus is that Jesus has not come back since.

But let us now turn to Revelation.

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Rev. 1:10-18)

This shows that John saw the Lord as He even placed His hand upon him. So it appears that the Lord did indeed come back before all the cities of Israel were reached! This was presumed to have taken place on the Island of Patmos in the year 95 AD.

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

SOP counsels us —

“New light will ever be revealed on the word of God to him who is in living connection with the Sun of Righteousness. Let no one come to the conclusion that there is no more truth to be revealed. The diligent, prayerful seeker for truth will find precious rays of light yet to shine forth from the word of God. Many gems are yet scattered that are to be gathered together to become the property of the remnant people of God.”– Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 34.

Right now we can wonder but soon all will be made clear, let us wait in eager anticipation for such glorious times!

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (1 Cor. 13:12)


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