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Sighing and Crying, Part 2

July 7, 2012

The Lord’s last message foretold in Scripture, as we know, is the promised Elijah and his message (Mal.4:5). To come “before the great and dreadful day of the Lord”. At the very heart of this message is the specific instructions, that we must sigh and cry for all the abominations done in our midst (our own life and the church). But what exactly is sighing and crying? Let’s look deeper into this very important subject.

Before we establish from Scripture and SOP why we must do this, let’s look at the perfect example –our Lord’s example. In studying His short life here on earth, we see that His life was indeed filled with “sighing and crying”. We are told in (Isaiah 53:3) the following “He is despised and rejected of men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” He was often sighing, as he rebuked the pharisees and others for their sins and their hypocrisy. We also remember His weeping for  the stubborn rebellion of His people as He entered the city(Luke 19:41).

His life was not one of “looking the other way” at sin and hypocrisy. He dealt with it , in His midst. We who are striving to be like Him should certainly be like Him in this regard. In fact we shall see we are required to. Not because He is forcing us to, but because He sees that we do indeed love righteousness and truth, and validate it by our sighing and crying for sins. In other words, our conversion to living for Him is seen as real.

So with that, let us show the basis for this important commandment. As we are aware,  the inspired words come through the prophets. In this case, a clear command came through from  our dear prophetess-Ellen White. In Testimonies to Ministers, page 445, she said  that Ezekiel vision(Chapter 9)  and John’s vision (Rev. 7:1-4) were the same, in regards to the sealings of God that were to be done and completed BEFORE the winds were let loose. She also identified what those particular winds represented the Sunday law(with it’s subsequent times of trouble) (Test. for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 152).

So we see that the solemn chapter 9 of Ezekiel must be read, seriously studied and heeded now before the nations arise to begin to implement the Sunday law. It specifically says “..and the Lord said unto him (angel clothed in linen with a writer’s inkhorn) “Go through the midst of the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh  and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” (Ezekiel 9:4).

EGW also said the following ” Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel, these words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing and the people are asleep. (Manuscript Releases, Vol. 1, p.260)

If we read further in Ezekiel 9, we find the disastrous consequents of those who don’t sigh and cry. So serious and solemn is this  that our Lord will do something unbelievable. Ezekiel reveals it from the Lord  “And I will do among you what I have never done, and the like of which I will never do again, because of your abominations (Ezekiel 5:9).

So it is clear that the Elijah message is so serious for us. We cannot be found turning away from it. Right now as we are being shown these instructions, we must heed them.

Let’s now look at some examples of sighing and crying, or the lack of. Recently I sat down with a leader among our church and we discussed “church”. I mentioned  that I thought it was wrong to leave the doors wide open to the sanctuary right after Sabbath school. There is hustling and bustling, noises, chatter, laughing, all coming right into the holy sanctuary. I told him it would be a good idea to keep the doors closed and have the door man watch them and help open for those entering.

His response to me was far from sighing and crying over this lack of reverence in God’s house. Instead he said the following “well, if you feel we’re not doing things right, maybe you can find a better church.”–Wow! Instead of seeing that this was an opportunity to show holy reverence to our Lord in HIS SANCTUARY, he basically was justifying lack of reverence as acceptable. Will he be found to be sighing and crying? All I can say is I fear for him.

Many of the abominations of which will cause us to sigh and cry are done right there in the sanctuary.  Ezekiel 9:11  says “Therefore as I live”, says the LORD  GOD. “surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will diminish you; My eye will not spare nor will I have pity.”

Think about this for a minute, if our Lord detested the abominations done in His sanctuary back in Ezekiel’s time, can we seriously think He has changed now?  “For I am the Lord, I do not change” (Mal 3:6)  That which is holy then is STILL holy today.

Some of the things that we can be aware of in His sanctuary are the following.

1) Paying our Tithes in the sanctuary on the Sabbath. See this link

2) Proper respectful dress. A while back I was in the foyer before service and saw a young lady walking around with a dress so short, you could almost see her underwear! She pranced around several times, then as she was walking by me , the Lord compelled me to stop her.We stepped off  to the side and  I said quietly to her ‘You know , you might want to dress a little more modestly , in God’s house next time.” She nodded and continued on her way. She was young, maybe 20, and I pray this was  wake up call for her.

3) Proper  silence in the sanctuary. That doesn’t mean we never say anything, but we watch closely our conversations, and keep to the bare  minimum. This includes cell phones, laptops, or other devices that we indulge in in the sanctuary. I recently saw a small child on the cellphone playing some worldly game all plainly seen in the sanctuary. Can the Lord be pleased with this?

4) Proper arrival to church. I recently sighed over a friend who walked into church with about 10 minutes left for the service.  I didn’t say anything to him but it sure bothered me. It showed great dis-respect or lack of preparation. If you were scheduled to meet the president of the US at an appointed time, would you show up an hour or more late? Almost all of us would never do that. Is the Lord less important?

5) Refrain from buying or selling on the Sabbath, this includes within the church on the Sabbath. As we mentioned before, peddling of God’s word is a big problem in our church. Travelling preachers or singers or speakers, often have CD’s or DVD’s for sale in the foyer after or even during service. We should sigh about this for sure.

6) Participating in “extra” events on the Sabbath. Recently our church picked the LORD’s day, let me repeat, the LORD’s day, to honor our members high school and college graduates. The last time I checked we are to honor our LORD on the Sabbath–not ourselves!  To some this may sound petty, but believe me, as surely as I live it is NOT petty to our Lord.

7)Keeping our conversations on the Sabbath focused on the Lord and His word.We should shun worldly business, events, gossip, etc. See (Isaiah 58:13)

The above are just some of the abominations that we must be aware of, in order to sigh and cry.

The opposite action of sighing and crying is to ignore it or worse, accept it and put a cloak over it by justifying it. When a sigher or crier comes to you, how do you respond? Do you pat them on the back and say ” Don’t worry about it, the Lord understands, He loves us and will work it out.” Is that sighing and crying for the abominations done in the midst? No, it surely is not. It is cloak covering.

Here are more words from EGW making clear the issue of sighing and crying. ” At the time when the danger and depression of the church are the greatest, the little company who are standing in the light, will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land…In a time when His wrath shall go forth in judgments, these humble devoted followers Christ will be distinguished from the rest of the world by their soul anguish, which is expressed in lamentation and weeping, reproofs and warnings. 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. (Test. for the Church, Vol. 5 P. 209-210)

“The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn the sins of other, will be left without the seal of God. (Test. for the Church, Vol. 5, p.211)

“… if wrongs are apparent among His people, and if the servants of God pass indifferent to them, they virtually sustain and justify the sinner, and are alike guilty and will just as surely receive the displeasure of God; for they will be mad responsible for the sins of the guilty.” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, p. 265,266)

In closing,  we must make a choice, do we sigh and cry as we are told to, with real conviction of the wrong and evilness of sin. Or do we ignore the Lord’s final message to us, thinking that we don’t need it. I plead with all,  to prayerfully consider these words you’ve read and take it seriously. Our days are near ending, and the Lord will settle the books with us. Will we be weighed in the balance and found wanting, or found an obedient servant of the Lord?

The Sealings of God

March 3, 2012

As we are quickly approaching the prophetic great and dreadful day of our Lord, many are discovering the importance of being “sealed” by our Maker. This  work is being done right now and it should be thoroughly understood by all who want to know about this important marking by our Lord. This is indeed a serious subject. It can be viewed as kind of a “holy branding”, with the Lord declaring who is and who is not His people.If we want to be with the Lord, and stand in that day, we must have this seal. Let us look into this most important area.

We shall look at this subject from God’s last two spokespersons, Ellen G. White (hereafter referred as EGW) and Victor T. Houteff (Hereafter referred as VTH). “Surely the Lord will do nothing, but He reveals His secrets unto His servants, the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

First let us look at a direct description from EGW about the sealing, taken from Vol. 4, Bible Commentary , p.1161.

“What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His people ? It is a mark which angels, but not human eyes, can read. For the destroying angel must see this mark of redemption (Letter 126, 1898) The angel with the writer’s inkhorn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel- just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads — It is not a seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the Truth, both intellectually and spiritually so that they can’t be moved.

The above is packed with telling information. First we notice that this seal is placed in the forehead. A direct sign of the thinking or intellectual area of our body. It appears that these sealed ones have been active in studying and abiding in the Truth (Word of God). For she makes very clear that “truth” is indeed deeply inside these chosen.For they have “settled” into it. So much so that they are so convinced, and rightly so, that their studying has revealed to them the perfect solid truth, and no one can shake them out of it.

Next, notice the circumstances of this sealing. It is placed by “angel with the writer’s inkhorn.” Where does those exact prophetic words come from? None other than the writings of Ezekiel, chapter 9, verse 3-4. “And the glory of the God of Isreal, was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed in linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side. And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men , who sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.”

We know that scripture sometimes refer to angels as “men or man”. See (Dan 9:21)  (Joshua 5:13) (Gen 18:2) for example. The Bible and EGW squarely places the sealings by angels as preceeding the destroying angel. But notice this sealing must come first and be completed before the destroying angel does his work. The sealed ones are to be “separated” for sin and sinners.

Let’s look further at when and where these sealings take place.

One of the main reasons I was brought into the Davidian truth (of which they are active in spreading), was the discovery that EGW said something that profoundly changed the end time scenario for seekers of the Truth. It was (Testimonies to Ministers, p.445)   where she said the Rev. 7 sealings of the 144,000 was the same as what Ezekiel saw in vision (Ezek. 9). Meaning there is a concurrent  one-two action of the sealings. With that being truth, we see that the 144,000 must all be sealed first then right after the dreadful act of the destroying angel takes place.

Who are sealed? The 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel(Rev.7:4). Who is Israel today? EGW states that it is the SDA people (Test. for the church, vol.9, p.164) What about the rest of the SDA? This is sadly spoken of in Ezekiel 9.

Some may say, “Well that’s your opinion, I’ll stick to Stephen Bohr, John Bradshaw, Dwight  Nelson, and the other leading men of the SDA who don’t believe what you say here.” I recently listened to Mr. Bohr, and was quite impressed with his sermon. I was thinking “so close yet so far”. He spoke of the need for conversion first, before coming into the church, which was spot on. But he made mentioned that the “shaking” is soon to come, and equated it to the “Sunday law”. But strangely, they ignore the “church judgement” by our Lord which are contained in the scriptures and SOP. They do not put the solid obvious prophetic time line into it’s proper place. The only ones that I know of who do,  is the Davidian Seventh Day Adventists.

Once more our beloved prophetess explains more on the seal of God. “Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our character, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples in the day of Pentecost.” (Test. for the church, vol.5, p.214)

In the above statement, we must understand that EGW is not talking about our “occasional” sinning, because we all are guilty of this. She is describing “spot or stain” as a continual repetive sinning. In other words, we desire to sin time and again, thus it becomes a spot or stain on our character. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:18). So to be clear, it is our responsiblity, as shes says “it is left to us to remedy”, but definitely with the power of the Holy Spirit, to overcome our defects.

Here we are made to see that we must overcome sinning. Our Lord didn’t mince words when He said in (Rev.3:21) “To him that overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne”.  Overcome what? It is the continual sinning in our lives. We are placed a God given conscious, and when we do something we know we shouldn’t we cross that warning barrier, leading us to sin. If we continue in this way, that God given barrior is broken and we find we are in a most serious condition. Eventually we grieve away the Holy Spirit.

The last prophet, Victor T. Houteff, the interpretive prophet, who EGW described would come after her ( see Test. to Ministers, p.475, 1 Selected Messages, p.412) sheds more light on the sealings. In fact, he shows through scripture and EGW how there is to be “two” end time sealings. One for the 144,000 and then another for the “great multitude”, which are called out of babylon (the world) into God’s end time kingdom. A pure church kingdom, not a government kingdom. The following link shows brother Houteff’s report on the two sealings.

In the above report, VTH carefully points out that  EGW’s description of 144,000 seal and the endtime seal (the great multitude) is separate. Some have tried to show there is just one sealing in the last days, this report clearly show that there are two distinct sealings.

So my dear brothers and sisters, let us seriously study as never before. Put away earthly distractions as much as you can, and devote yourself to the inspired word’s of the Holy Scriptures and His prophets.This way you can know the truth and live it daily. The Lord has His arms stretched out right now, calling each and every one of us to learn, know and obey His truth. Can we know we are sealed?

I have been led to say that if you are at a place in your walk with the Lord, where sin done by you or in  your sight,  makes you truly sad, thus making you sigh or cry, then  you are well on that straight and narrow path, which our Lord promises us we can take right up to the kingdom.

Through the completion of His prophet’s messages to us, we now know what is required of us to be sealed. This revealing light is made clear to any and all who look for it. Can we afford to be lukewarm about our salvation? Or should we search and study the messages He has sent us through His last two prophets, whom the sealing message has clearly been shown? We were promised a end time “Elijah”, with a message.(Mal 4:5)  That my brethren, has come.

There is now coming a time when those who are serious enough to pursue His truth, will indeed find it and then settle into it and thus be forever—sealed.

In Christ, and Whose guidance makes possible this post- Rob

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