Anti-Typical Jacob’s Return Home (Part 3 of 3)

July 24, 2021

In our final post of the JTT returning, we will examine why the first camp is right in its analysis of the timing of Jacob’s time of trouble.

First, to recap what we have learned about camp two’s views, and how they fall short of the following reasons.

1) Jacob was well on his way, traveling hundreds of miles from his adopted homeland when he experience the time of trouble. Therefore the idea that JTT comes to the anti-type Jacob (144,000) while they are still in their respective countries makes no type truth sense.

2) They mis-apply selected early Rod statments to make a doctrine of JTT coming pre-Ezek. 9. Not considering that the Rod’s rule of “from a limited understanding common to the time “then present” was applicable to the early Rod understanding of JTT and not the later light shown.

3) They misunderstand that Jacob in anti-type (144,000) cannot come into existence until Ezek. 9 occurs, thereby disallowing any chance of a pre-Ezek. 9 JTT.

Let us now look at the strong and clear reason for the post Ezek. 9 JTT.

As we know the Lord’s word is a harmonious plan , and written with full knowledge of the WHOLE word of God. In other words, it fits nicely and harmoniously when we let the Spirit of Truth guide us (John 16:13) as intended.

A harmonious fit is found within the DSDA Fundamental Beliefs. This , as we know, is our basic fundamental beliefs and as such is perhaps our most weightful statements of our message and FUNDAMENTAL to what we believe.

The message counsels —

“The weight of evidence” is the only fair and final criterion worthy of a Christian who must ever make an investigation for himself concerning purported truth. (1 Ans., p.77)

The specific FB Tract timeline outline —

“4. That the destruction of the tares from among the first fruits of the living (Matt. 13:30, 48, 49; Ezek. 9:6, 7) results in the purification of the church.

5. That immediately thereafter, the angels let loose the four winds (Rev. 7:1-3), whereupon ensues the time of trouble and Michael’s standing up to deliver from

Fundamental Beliefs, page 12

it, all whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Dan. 12:1).

6. That the angels’ letting loose the four winds to blow over the four corners of the earth (Rev. 7:1), does not anticipate a World war but rather a world wide decree enforced throughout Babylon by the image-beast, and that then no one may buy or sell save he who worships “the image.” Rev. 13:15-17.

7. That subsequently, the time of Jacob’s trouble (Jer. 30:7) for the 144,000, the sons of Jacob, logically develops on their way home (Gen. 32:1, 24) to the land of their fathers (Ezek. 36:28; 37:21, 25).

8. That the foregoing epochal event shall cause the 144,000 to have their names changed as did their father, Jacob (Gen. 32:28), and as a body receive a new name which the mouth of the Lord shall name (Isa. 62:2).

9. That these events shall ultimate in the setting up of the Kingdom (Dan. 2:44; Isa. 2:1-4; Mic. 4; Ezek. 37), wherein the 144,000, those who follow the Lamb “withersoever He goeth” (Rev. 14:4), shall stand with Him on Mt. Zion (Rev. 14:1), and there “receive the forces of the GentiIes. ” Isa. 60:5, 11.

10. That with this sequence of events will ensure the Loud Cry of the angel that lightens the earth with his glory (Rev. 18:1),

Fundamental Beliefs, page 13

as the other Voice cries, “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4.

11. That in response to this call, many nations will say: “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” Mic. 4:2.”

As can be seen the JTT (no. 7) clearly comes after Ezek. 9 (no. 4). And we see that the numbers are said in form of an order or timeline because no. 10 says “That with this sequence of events will ensure the Loud Cry of the angel that lightens the earth with his glory (Rev. 18:1),

In summary we do well to stay with the harmonious and clear Word of the Lord and not our private constructions or ideas. This study and understanding will become a VERY important one in the not too distant future

“Right now we may not appreciate this study as we ought to, but the time is soon coming in which we will dig as fast and as hard for it as we would to get out from under an avalanche. Those who have but little faith in the Word of God though, the study will not do them much good. Now is the time to start cultivating the faith we need to have then.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.14)

Anti-Typical Jacob’s Return Home (Part 2 of 3)

July 10, 2021

In our last post we reviewed the type truths of Jacob’s return home and trouble on the way. In part two we shall look at camp two’s ideas and if they correspond to the actual truth of the type.

Where do they get their ideas from, what inspired references?

1) “Jacob Homeward Bound: Time Of Trouble

At the end of the twenty years Jacob was homeward-bound to the promised land and his father’s house with great possessions. By the time he arrived at his father’s house he had his twelve sons (the heads of the twelve tribes). Before Jacob entered his father’s house he went through that terrible struggle and wrestled with the angel till the breaking of the day. Gen. 32:24-29.

Jacob’s wrestling with the angel typifies the time of “Jacob’s trouble” (for the church). We read in Early Writings, pages 36, 37: “A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble.” See also Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 202-203. (SROD, vol.1, p.62) (1930)

2) “After twenty years of faithful service in Padan-Aram, in the sharp, overreaching employ of Laban, his uncle, Jacob at last turned his face and his steps homeward toward his father’s house in the land of promise.

But trouble overtook him. While grappling with his fears as to the outcome of his imminent meeting with Esau “there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” Gen. 32:24

Here lay down the man Jacob and rose up the man Israel, exemplifying the agonizing experience through which his posterity must victoriously pass before they, too, receive a new name, pass from sons of Jacob to sons of God, become Israelites indeed. Having gained the victory over this test, “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” they will reach home, the land of promise — the happy end of their long and troubled journey.

On this trying and testing time the Spirit of Prophecy comments: “A decree went forth to slay the saints, which caused them to cry day and night for deliverance. This was the time of Jacob’s trouble” — Early Writings, pp. 36, 37. (See also Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 202, 203.) (SRod Tract, p.36) (1930, revised 1945)

The above is a key part of camp two’s JTT teaching. Let’s focus in on the above references.

We highlighted a key to their views. The first reference was made in 1930 “before” the message had any light on the pre-millennial kingdom. Obviously the knowledge of the time of Jacob’s (144,000) returning to the Land of Cannan in the last days was not known. Thus we confidently can see that it falls under the following message’s counsel —

“…there are circumstances in connection with certain aspects of every message which necessitate clarification. Such clarification, however, can be no greater than the light which shines at the time. And the light may come solely from within the message itself, or, again, it may derive from a limited understanding common to the time “then present”–an understanding which the messenger himself shares.” (1 Ans, p.49)

So the 1930 reference was repeating “the light which shines at the time”. In other words, SOP had given this light about a decree affecting the saints of God and the Rod was simply supporting it because it was the “limited understanding common to the time then present.”

Soon the Rod message would have the kingdom light and add more to this understanding with more light.

But a bit more difficult to harmonize is the SRod Tract reference. We see that it was written in 1930 but also it was revised in 1945, which was a year which the Rod had the kingdom light. So what are we to make of this? The key we believe is the additional reference the message gives us to help explain the EW, p.36,37 reference. Also note the (for the church) comment is removed as stated in the 1930 reference. Thus we need to examine Patriarchs and Prophets (page 202-203), and zero in on the context of “when” SOP describes this JTT?

Before we do that we remember that the message gives counsel on context (continuity) and how we must pay attention to it in order to know the truth. So we found that examining page 201 will show us the context.

“ we now know that the Scriptures cannot be rightly understood isolated from their continuity.” (1 TG, no.22, p.23)

On page 201 it reads —

“Jacob’s experience during that night of wrestling and anguish represents the trial through which the people of God must pass just before Christ’s second coming. The prophet Jeremiah, in holy vision looking down to this time, said, “We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace…. All faces are turned into paleness. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:5-7.

When Christ shall cease His work as mediator in man’s behalf, then this time of trouble will begin. Then the case of every soul will have been decided, and there will be no atoning blood to cleanse from sin. When Jesus leaves His position as man’s intercessor before God, the solemn announcement is made, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Revelation 22:11. Then the restraining Spirit of God is withdrawn from the earth. As Jacob was threatened with death by his angry brother, so the people of God will be in peril from the wicked who are seeking to destroy them.

And as the patriarch wrestled all night for deliverance from the hand of Esau, so the righteous will cry to God day and night for deliverance from the enemies that surround them.”

Clear it is that SOP places this Patriarchs and Prophets reference of JTT after probation is closed. Thus we know that this can only be applicable to the Great Multitude (Rev. 7:9) and NOT the 144,000! This is in perfect keeping with the knowledge that SOP had light on the Great Multitude and end time events and not so much on the 144,00 and end time events.So to say that the Rod references mentioned above and used by camp two , are proof that JTT comes to the 144,000 prior to the Ezek. 9 church judgment, is wrong, out of context, and in error.

“Remember, too, that the practice of comparing statements stripped of their context is fundamentally disingenuous, and leads today to as many perversions and misapplications of truth as does the deliberate wresting practiced in Satan’s challenge to Christ: “If thou be the
Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Matt. 9:6. (8 SC, no.1-12, p.4)

Further, as explained in part one, Jacob in type was not in his adopted homeland of Haran when he experiene his trouble, but far along his travel heading home in physical travel. Type cannot be harmonized with anti-type on this key issue from camp two.

There is another additional glaring fact that is also enlightening. It is found in Tract 1, p.38.

“And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt Thou destroy all the residue of Israel in Thy pouring out of Thy fury upon Jerusalem? Then said He unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great,…and as for Me also, Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity.” Ezek. 9:8-10.

After the sighing and crying ones were marked (which is not to be understood as being consummated in its entirety worldwide before the slaying follows anywhere), the slaughter completed, and the matter reported, the Lord “spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go in between the wheels even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city.” Ezek. 10:2. (Tract 1, p.38-39)

Here we see that the command is we are not to understand that the sealing is completed UNTIL the Ezek. 9 slaying starts! Thus, the 144,000 cannot come into existence until Ezek. 9 starts. So anti-typical Jacob (the 144,000) cannot be able to experience his time of trouble until AFTER Ezek. 9 – very clear and profound!

We must take note also, that the message is very clear that no harm shall come to the 144,000, nor prevent the sealing message to go forth UNTIL the 144,000 are all sealed. The winds of Rev. 7 are clear enough! Thus to say that 144,000 experince JTT before the sealing is completed and the winds let loose, is to make confusion of the timeline.

Pitfalls of camp two’s beliefs —

1) They teach against the type, that the JTT occurs while Jacob is at home (in the 144,000’s own country) and not travelling homeward to the kingdom. Type and anti- type do not harmonize.

2) They teach that the 144,000 exists as Jacob BEFORE Ezek. 9, even though we are told NOT to think that way. The 144,000 cannot exist until the slaying of Ezek. 9 begins, at which time the final marking is done.

3) SOP references are taken out of context. The Rod explains them as “commonly understood” in the early days. Then in 1945 makes adjustments to SOP reference by eliminating the idea of it for the church and instructing us to read the Patriarchs and Prophets statement in context.

This concludes part two. Next post we’ll finish up with camp one’s views and then a summary.

Anti-Typical Jacob’s Return Home (Part 1 of 3)

June 26, 2021

Note: This study is for advanced present truth believers. It may not be clear if advanced studies have not been taken. Nevertheless you are ,as always, welcomed to read and enjoy this study.

The Lord has given us clear end time enlightened Truth as we read —

“That which happened to Jacob is sure to happen to us, and how comforting to know all this ahead of time. Now, if never before we should see that where there is a type there is also an antitype, and that where there is no type, there is no Truth.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.15)

The subject of when this anti-typical returning home, and trouble begins, is one of the biggest issues today among present truth believers. There are bascially two camps in the timeline of when it is to happen.

Camp one says — It is after the Ezek. 9 church judgment.

Camp two says — It is before the Ezek. 9 church judgment.

Obviously only one timeline will be correct, either before or after. As ALL present truth believers believe in the prophesised Ezek. 9 church judgment to the SDA church, this issue therefore has become a hot bed issue, causing division among us. Either we are teaching a right end time event timeline or a false one. We should strive to be on the side of Truth of course.

But how can we do a SERIOUS study on this? Well we think it will be a study of type and anti-type.

The very first point we need to clear is that Jacob is a type of the 144,000.

“Jacob, at the advice of his parents, left home and went to Padan-Aram, and on his way, the very first night, God appeared unto him in a dream, “And behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: And behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Gen. 28:12. The ladder represents Christ; God, the Father stood above it; Jacob at the foot of it. (Gen. 28:13). This dream gave Jacob great courage, and he made a vow to God.

Jacob was now to become the father of Israel (12 tribes) through whom many nations shall be blessed; a type of Israel by the promise, the 12 tribes, the 144,000.” (SRod, vol. 1, p.61)

Our Biblical type of Jacob’s return and trouble on the way to his homeland, is described in the following account —

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jer. 30: 1-7)

Ok, this is our study verses. We will look to INSPIRATION for interpretations and not to our own ideas. The first comment that the message makes on these verses is —

“Note that both Judah and Israel together have the promise of returning to their homeland. As this has never yet been realized, the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.13-14)

Thus we see that the first promise is that of God’s people “returning to their homeland.” A promise that gives us proof in anti-type that the fulfillment of JTT (Jacob’s Time of Trouble) occurs WHILE returning to the homeland. Note it doesn’t say while Jacob was still in his adopted homeland but “returning”, on his physical way.

The next comment —

“The cause of the fear here forecast is fundamentally needless and unnecessary, declares the Lord.” (1 TG, no.47, p. 14)

Ah, a powerful clue, this fear of seemingly “real trouble” is needless and unnecessary. Jacob was worried for something he should not have been and so the anti-type experience will be the same -bascially needless. Also note no physical harm or laying of hands upon Jacob during this trouble.

Let us now examine the physical travel in Jacob’s returning home. First the map of Haran, which was in the area known as Padanaram, which is the old Biblical city where Jacob lived and served Laban for 20 years, to the city known as Mahanaim (near Peniel) where Jacob struggled all night with the Angel. The journey from Haran to Mahanaim is over 300 miles.

Map of The Journeys of Abraham (Bible History Online)

The message states the fear is apparently frightening.

“The people that have come to this antitypical time of trouble are returning to the homeland, are comforted. Apparently it is bad enough to frighten all, but God’s encouraging counsel is, “Fear not.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.14)

Again we see that the point is underlined “returning to the homeland”. This fear is going to seem real but God will comfort, amen.

“Plainly, the burden of this chapter is concerning the antitypical returning to the homeland. Though terrible the trouble may seem, yet the outcome of it is to be the same as in the type. Right now we may not appreciate this study as we ought to, but the time is soon coming in which we will dig as fast and as hard for it as we would to get out from under an avalanche. Those who have but little faith in the Word of God though, the study will not do them much good. Now is the time to start cultivating the faith we need to have then.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.14)

Now we see the whole reason for this Word of God is the promise that God’s people will be partaking in an anti-typical physical travel to the kingdom land– a returning! The reason why we are emphasising this “returning to the homeland” is because it plays a key role in our understanding of type and anti-type as we’ll see in part 2.

“Jacob, our type, well knew that God had directed his return from Padanaram to the homeland, yet he trembled when he heard that Esau, with four hundred men were on the way to meet him. Besides, he was led to wrestle with the angel all night long. He prevailed only because he would not let the Angel go until He blest him. The final result was that on the morrow, Esau, rather than destroying the whole company, very kindly greeted Jacob with a kiss, and cordially invited him to return home! So when it all worked itself out, Jacob plainly saw that there was no need at all to have ever feared. How encouraging that “all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor. 10:11. ( 1 TG, no.47, p. 15)

Summary —

Type Truths —

1) Jacob was well on his way home physically when he experienced his time of trouble.

2) The trouble came by what he heard which frightened him

3) His trouble was mental anquish, not any threats or physical laying of hands upon him.

4) His victory was only because he wholeheartedly pleaded with God.

5) The trouble was found out to be unnecessary. His object of fear became welcoming.

In part 2 we will exmaine the position of camp two. Does their ideas align with the type — anti type truth?

Video of part 1 —

Identification Markers

June 12, 2021

As is seen in the photo, we see a blown up portion of a one hundred dollar bill showing an identification water mark. This tells us the true identify of the bill. As we know there are many identification markers, papers, labels , cards, etc in our world. However is there identifications of a spiritual nature to identify certain important truths in the Word of God? Let us look at a couple important truths in the Bible that we can know by proper identification.

1 — How can we know who was the true Messiah that was prophesied to come?

As we well know the Jews had expected a great and delivering king to come. Conquering the Romans and freeing them from the yoke of the heathen. Yet they were not true students of the Word, rather prideful self interpreters of the Holy Scripture. Thus they failed to known the Messiah when He came.

So what are some of those identification markers that pointed unmistakenly to the true Messiah?

He would come from Bethlehem —

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been
from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)

He would spend time in Egypt —

“When Israel was a Child, then I loved him, and called My Son out of Egypt.” (Hosea 11:1)

He would be rejected —

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3)

He would be betrayed for money —

“And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the Lord.” (Zech. 11:12-13)

He would be crucified with criminals —

“Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out his soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12)

He would come riding on a donkey —

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, thy King cometh unto thee! He is just and having salvation, lowly, and riding upon an ass and upon a colt, the foal of an ass.” (Zech. 9:9)

There are about 40 more Bible references that show the identification of the King. So when one closely examines them they can be assured it can be none other than our King –Jesus Christ.

2 — How can we know who was/is the King of the North spoken of in the book of Daniel?

As we know the 10th, 11th and 12th chapter of Daniel speaks about the “King of the North”. According to this end time prophecy he shall play an important role in the events of the last days. Therefore it is very important we know who this is, especially today in our time.

To those who have kept abreast with the unrolling of the Scroll, we are thankful that we do indeed have identification markers on who this KON is today.
Yes, there has been a progression of KON’s down through time, but right now there is one and it has remained the same since the Rod declared him back in the 1940’s.

“And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Dan 11:40-45)

What is the key to understanding who the King of the North is?

“After the dividing of Alexander’s dominion, Egypt and Palestine were, as previously seen, ruled first, by the Ptolemies; second, by Pagan Rome (Dan. 11:15, 16); third, by the Dan. 11:22); and fourth, again by the Christians — specifically by Great Britain (Dan. 11:41).

    These are the only historically and prophetically recorded supersessions involving the ancient lands of Egypt and Palestine.  The surrendering of these countries, by one prophetic king to the other, unmistakably identifies “the king of the north” and “the king of the south” from the time of the dividing of Alexander’s empire to the present time, and leaves no room for doubt or for argument ….in modern times the Mohammedan rulers are in prophecy called the “king of the south,” while England’s kings, along with the disrupted family of Christianized kings whom prophecy says will not cleave one to another (Dan. 2:43), are called “king of the north.”(Tract 12, p.86-87)

Who is the KON in the time of the end?

Since those who asked the questions agree with us that we are now living in the “time of the end,” we need not say more concerning that phase of the subject, but we do need to have them tell us which power at this particular time, in the time of the end, has added “the glorious land” (Palestine), Egypt, and other countries to his empire.  The answer that anyone can give is that Great Britain took these from Turkey and has virtually ruled them ever since. Plainly then, during the time of the end Great Britain is the king of the north and Turkey is the king of the south.” (1 TG, No. 4, p.22)

How are we assured to know if the KON title passes to another king or country?

“…concerning the place of his tabernacles and his end, also as to whether another Christian power shall inherit the title “king of the north” before verse 45 is fulfilled, only time itself will positively portray the whole truth.(2 TG, no. 42, p.29)

So we have great clarity in the KON understanding. It amazes yours truly how the Lord gave us such unmistakeable clues as to Great Britain being the KON at the time of the end. But some may ask –how can that be as GB has nothing to do with Israel? Well if you ask that question you would be showing yourself lacking in the proper study about historical events and current events.

Briefly, the origins of the end time relocation of the Jews to Israel came about with the 1917 Balfour declaration from the Rothschilds of Great Britain. This family has virtually ruled GB for decades, albeit behind the scenes. Then in 1948 the nation of Israel was declared a sovereign nation due largely to the influence of the Rothschilds.

For a recent article from the Jewish Chronicle about some Rothschild history in connection with Israel, see this link —

The Zionist movement came to Israel and through the Rothschilds, and Israel has still been
controlled by this Zionist element. In other words Israel is still ruled by Great Britain through it’s master — the Rothschilds, although not readily seen on purpose. Thus we know that the current KON , who still controls the Holy Land is –Great Britain as forecast by the Rod. No other nation has took over since the declaration was made in 1 TG, no.4, p.22.

But as the Bible predicts the GB KON/ Rothschilds shall fall very soon and “come to his end and none shall help him.”

Get ready as we seem to be on the verge of this coming to his end, as the KON is making his final push through world domination in the form of Covid 19 and other schemes. It all will come crashing down and the Lord’s army, the 144,000 will take the scene–get ready!
The Globalists, led by the KON — Great Britain/Rothschilds, will be alowed to dominate no longer.

Anti-Typical Elijah

June 5, 2021
Why Elijah? | Godsloveandlaw's Blog

Recently we were invited to give the presentation called “The Anti-Typical Elijah” based on the promise of Mal. 4:5-6. One of the two leading organizations called Mountain Dale , based in New York, has put on Sabbath morning studies for close to a year now, and to this live study we were invited to present. The Lord was gracious as we entertained numerous questions and comments from the brethren. We would like to provide the link to watch it. May you be blessed and all glory and honor goes to HIM who is worthy!

Rest in Peace our Beloved Brother

May 22, 2021
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Every now and then we are so very fortunate to meet someone who we connect with so closely and the mutual respect is truly a God given gift. Such is the case with bro. Mark Tambatamba, from Zambia. Recently we were shocked to learn that he was found dead in his home city. There are suspicious circumstances of foul play and the investgation isn’t completed yet.

The Lord told us through our prophetess —

“The battle cry is sounding along the line. Let every soldier of the cross push to the front, not in self-sufficiency, but in meekness and lowliness, and with firm faith in God. Your work, my work, will not cease with this life. For a little while we may rest in the grave, but, when the call comes, we shall, in the kingdom of God, take up our work once more.” (Testimonies vol. 7, p.17)

Brother Mark joined our Facebook group called Truth Tellers many years ago and was an active participant in our studies and especially our bi-annual questions and answers test. He showed a good knowledge of the message he loved so much — the Lord’s final message of Elijah (aka the Shepherd’s Rod message).

We often spoke by chat message on FB and never once did we have anything but friendly and supportive communication. When the news hit this week, I immediately felt a large hole in my being. We have done much active work during the last 10 years or so, and I have felt such great reward in knowing that our group and ministry helped motivate our brother to love the Lord through His sealing message.

God’s Word says —

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

We often don’t understand the reasons why we lose someone so close, especially one who by all accounts was so faithful to the Lord. Yet we know that His Word tells us that they will be raised up soon to either “take up the work once more” or “rest in the time of trouble”. One way or another it will be great joy to see him again in the kingdom of God.

Our prophetess showed that in a vision from the Lord, that some may rest during the time of trouble —

“God gave me a vision last Sabbath night which I will write, I saw that she (Mrs. Hastings) was sealed and would come up at the voice of God and stand upon the earth, and would be with the 144,000. I saw we need not mourn for her; she would rest in the time of trouble, and all that we could mourn for was our loss in being deprived of her company. I saw her death would result in good.” ( 2 SLM p. 263)

So obviously we don’t know which time the Lord would raise the faithful but we can count on one or the other. One thing to consider is unlike Mrs. Hastings for example, bro. Mark does know about the message that is to join the third angel’s message to give it power and glory. So if we are logical thinkers and close reasoners, we would say the Lord may raise him up to take up his work once more. But regardless, there will be a resurrection indeed for the faithful!

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” ( John 11:25-26)

The Lord gives us hope for the faithful —

“It was at midnight that God chose to deliver His people. As the wicked were mocking around them, suddenly the sun appeared, shining in his strength, and the moon stood still. The wicked looked upon the scene with amazement, while the saints beheld with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance. Signs and wonders followed in quick succession. Everything seemed turned out of it’s natural course. The streams ceased to flow. Dark, heavy clouds came up and clashed against each other. But there was one clear place of settled glory, whence came the voice of God like many waters, shaking the heavens and the earth. There was a mighty earthquake. The graves were opened, and those who had died in faith under the third angel’s message, keeping the Sabbath, came forth from their dusty beds, glorified, to hear the covenant of peace that God was to make with those who had kept His law.” (EW, p.285)

From a personal point of view, brother Mark was one of our best members who always showed a keen interest in the message. We sent him many “present truth packages” as they are known, complete with Tracts, TG’s, Charts, CD’s and DVD’s. His dedication was quite extraordinary.

From what we heard from brethren in the area, he was a team leader, guiding, encouraging and studying with many brethren. His work had a good influence on many. He will be so very missed!

Nevertheless, despite what we as humans see as a loss, it is no doubt a perfect God inspired plan for our brother.

The Lord said we shall know them by their fruit (Matt. 7:16) and from what we saw the Lord’s promise as spoken in Psalms 37:28-29 seems very befitting our beloved brother —

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish. The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever.”

Rest in peace our brother as we shall joyfully see you in the kingdom soon–Lord willing.

A Precious Soul — Sister E

May 8, 2021
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We read in Revelation 7 —

 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Rev. 7:1-4)

We know as present truth believers that the sealing of the 144,000 is taking place now. That soon the SDA church judgment will come and the final members of the 144,000 will be sealed during the half hour silence , spoken of in Rev. 8:1.

We also know that they are termed “virgins” (Rev. 14:4). Granted it speaks of men, but of course we know that the 144,000 will consist of both men and women. Inspiration describes what “virgin” means in that Scripture context —

“They are called virgins because they profess a pure faith.” (COL, p.406)

This week a most wonderful thing occured which we knew that we should praise the Lord and tell about it. About 13 years ago, yours truly met his wife through a online site. She is from a former USSR country. But as the Lord provided, that religion restricted country now called the “Russian federation”, broke it’s chains back in 1989-92. Religion was soon less restricted and former agnostics and non-believers embraced Christianity.

To summarize our story, I had become an SDA in the beginning of 2009, after a classic life of the prodigal son. My life was one of money and pleasures, but praise the Lord , He never stopped looking out the window, awaiting my arrival home! I came home indeed!

Soon after that I met my wife. She was a Sunday keeping Christian at that time. After some studies and long discussion (she was not willing at first) she finally “saw the light” on the keeping of the Sabbath. She soon found a “Jewish-Christian” church in her area and started going to Sabbath services each Saturday.

Thus we became of one faith and our relationship grew. After 8 long years, she finally made it here to USA and we got married. Both of us attending the local SDA churches.

But unbeknowest to us, the Lord was using us to influence another greatly, it was her sister, sister E. As time went by sister E was most likely hearing the voice of the Lord in regards to what my wife and I were practicing –Sabbath keeping.

Sister E is in her early 40’s and she is one of the rarest of humans — a literal virgin. She is soft spoken and very attractive. She became a Christian in 2005. Of course being in a former USSR country her church taught very basic Christianity and of course Sunday as the day of worship.

Fast forward to about 4 weeks ago. My wife and her talk frequently by whatsapp. Sister E mentioned that she had watched a “great video” on YouTube about the Sabbath from a woman who was a Seventh-day Adventist. My wife told me about it and I said “praise the Lord”.

This week were heard from her that she had made the decision for keeping the Sabbath, as she was convicted of this Commandment. we were so happy! Here we have a dedicated woman who has remained pure all her life and now she has found the “day of the Lord”!

The Scriptures tell us how the Lord SAID He wants us to show we love Him —

“If you love Me, keep My Commandments.” (John 14:15)

Now sister E is following the Lord in the real sense, not only that, but proving she “loves” Him as He said! Words can’t describe our joy. Could she be found among that number? We don’t know but surely she has been blessed with dedication and purity that few have ever experienced. Please pray for sister E as she takes up her new walk with our King. Amen!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Cor. 5:17)


May 1, 2021



We shall read from “The Mount of Blessing,” page 180, paragraph one. The reading is based on the scripture which says, “Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye?”

M.B., pg. 180 — “Even the sentence, ‘Thou that judgest doest the same things,’ does not reach the magnitude of his sin who presumes to criticize and condemn his brother…. When he thinks he has detected a flaw in the character or the life, he is exceedingly zealous in trying to point it out; but Jesus declares that the very trait of character developed in doing this un-Christlike work, is, in comparison with the fault criticized, as a beam in proportion to a mote. It is one’s own lack of the spirit of forbearance and love that leads him to make a world of an atom…. According to the figure that our Saviour uses, he who indulges a censorious spirit is guilty of greater sin than is the one he accuses; for he not only commits the same sin, but adds to it conceit and censoriousness.”

Satan is doing his level best to make us transgress in this respect so that we lose out eternally. God has delegated no one to be policing another. Only God through His prophets is to reprove sin, but never to use force of any kind.

Shall we kneel now, and pray for a realization that our duty is not to criticize others or to magnify their faults, but to speak and practice the Truth? Further than that, Brother, Sister, we need not go. The rest is up to our audiences and associates. Let them decide for themselves what is best for both soul and body. Truth need not be poked down the throat.

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Let us turn to Zephaniah 3, and begin with the first verse.

Zeph. 3:1 — “Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!”

The antecedent of the pronoun “her” is found in the thirteenth verse of the preceding chapter. In it is seen that the “city” here pointed out is Nineveh, the capital city of ancient Assyria. Now to ascertain whether this Nineveh is actually the capital city of ancient Assyria or of some other Assyria, we shall study the remaining verses of the chapter.

Zeph. 3:2 — “She obeyed not the Voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.”

This verse points out the fact that the city and nation here mentioned had the privilege of hearing the voice of Inspiration, of knowing God’s Truth, but has failed to take heed — received not correction, trusted not in the Lord, drew not near to her God.

Zeph. 3:3 — “Her princes within her are roaring lions;

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her judges are evening wolves; they gnaw not the bones till the morrow.”

Her princes, being like roaring lions, must be frightful persons who evidently think “might makes right.” Her judges are, as it were, evening wolves; that is, they are in business, not to execute judgment, justice, and righteousness, but to catch and tear, to fill their den with prey although they may have more than they know what to do with. “They gnaw not the bones till the morrow.”

Zeph. 3:4 — “Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.”

In the language of today this verse would read, “Her teachers are light-hearted, not serious and sober-minded; they are trifling; they are of no account; they are treacherous persons. Her ministers, rather than having kept the church clean, have polluted it, and have done violence to the law” (have declared It void).

Thus far is seen that the Assyria of this chapter represents a people who have been well instructed in the things of God, the law and the sanctuary. But instead of obeying the Lord and ruling justly and righteously, they have greatly transgressed, have gone down into sin as deep as any people can possibly go.

Zeph. 3:5 — “The just Lord is in the midst thereof; He will not do iniquity: every morning doth He bring His judgment to light, He faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.”

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In view of the fact that God is in the midst of them, they must be well informed in the things of God, well aware that in due season He makes known to them His judgment. In view of all these, the only possible conclusion one can come to, is that God’s church must be in their midst.

Zeph. 3:6-8 — “I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their streets waste, that none passeth by: their cities are destroyed, so that there is no man, that there is none inhabitant. I said, Surely thou wilt fear Me, thou wilt receive instruction; so their dwelling should not be cut off, howsoever I punished them: but they rose early, and corrupted all their doings. Therefore wait ye upon Me, saith the Lord, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them Mine indignation, even all My fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.”

The Lord Himself warns that He has cut off nations, that He has made their towers desolate and their streets waste, that He has destroyed their cities and has left no inhabitants in them. He points out that all this He did as an object lesson for future good, so that they as a nation might fear Him and receive instruction, that their dwellings not be cut off. But in spite of these examples, they rise early and corrupt all their doings. So it is that at long last the Lord arises to the prey, gathers the nations, assembles the kingdoms, and Assyria gets her punishment.

From this we see that the Assyria under discussion exists in the time of the end, the time in which the

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great and dreadful day of the Lord takes place. This Assyria, therefore, is an antitype of ancient Assyria just as the Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 is an antitype of ancient Babylon.

Assyria, charges Inspiration, is a rejoicing city that dwells carelessly, that says in her heart, “I am, and there is none beside me.” Zeph. 2:15.

At this point let us pause a moment and summarize the characteristics by which this modern Assyria is to be identified. (1) As man looks at things, she is so great that there is none like her. She is well instructed in the things of God. (2) She is oppressive, a hard ruling nation. (3) She has polluted the sanctuary and has declared the law of God void. (4) She has piled up wealth by going after it as an evening wolfe goes after its prey. (5) She harbors the church of God. (6) She exists in the time the Lord is to manifest His power and destroy all the wicked nations. (7) She is an Assyria-like nation, widespread, a nation of conquests.

There is but one people under the sun that answers to all these descriptions, and that people is, of course, the English-speaking people, in whose midst is the church, and from whose midst the Gospel and the Bible flow out to all nations. As clear as language can make it, the burden of the prophet Zephaniah is for the English-speaking Christian world.

God is now saying to Assyria’s capital city, “Indeed, you are doing all these abominations, but you will not thus continue long. The time is at hand.” Put a stop to your absurdities.

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Zeph. 3:9 — “For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent.”

Inspiration for certainty declares that after Assyria receives her punishment, and after the wicked are taken out of his church, then will the Gospel be proclaimed in a pure language (in pure Gospel Truth) that whosoever will, may call upon the name of the Lord, “to serve Him” with heart and soul. Then it is that “only those who have withstood temptation in the strength of the Mighty One will have a right to proclaim it [Third Angel’s Message] when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry.” — “Review and Herald,” Nov. 19, 1908.

Zeph. 3:10, 11 — “From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia My suppliants, even the daughter of My dispersed, shall bring Mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against Me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of My holy mountain.”

When the Gospel is proclaimed in “a pure language,” then even from the ends of the earth God’s people will come with an offering to the Lord.

Having removed all who rejoice in her pride the church shall be haughty no more.

Zeph. 3:12 — “I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord.”

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The fact that He leaves in their midst poor and afflicted people is sufficient evidence in itself that the purification of the church takes place before the Millennium, before Isaiah 33:24 is fulfilled and before He sets up the kingdom mentioned therein.

Zeph. 3:13 — “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

The remnant, those that are left after the purification takes place, shall sin no more. They shall forever thereafter stand without guile in their mouths.

Zeph. 3:14 — “Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.”

A great day is coming for the righteous, a dreadful one for the wicked. We, therefore, as children of Zion, are encouraged to sing and shout for joy because we have finally come to the time of God’s great deliverance.

Zeph. 3:15 — “The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, He hath cast out thine enemy: the King of Israel, even the Lord, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.”

Surely these revelations of prophecy should encourage every believer to shout with joy as he realizes that the day in which he shall no more see evil is right at hand, that the Lord is to be his only king.

Zeph. 3:16-20 — “In that day it shall be said to Jeruusalem,

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Fear thou not: and to Zion, Let not thine hands be slack. The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.”

The Lord wants us to know that when He turns away our captivity He will also make us a name and a praise among all the people of the earth. This kingdom of Judah (the church purified and set apart), is therefore, not only pre-millennial, but also probationary. And how glad we ought to be for the privilege to be among the first of the first fruits.

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World Upside Down

April 24, 2021
Flip the script in this upside-down new world — Words Alive

Let’s face it, recently within the last year or so we have witnessed our world become strange and almost foreign to our prior reality. Indeed, an upside down world. Values have changed, freedoms have been limited, and governments have shifted into restrictive policies. In other words, what are we to expect from all this Covid related retrictions?

Well there is two lines of thought basically — the general worldview and the Biblical view. To know the two, let examine both.

Before we begin with the worldview a pertinent Scripture is applicable.

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.”(Jer. 17:5)

So if we are without God, a typical heathen in other words, we shall have the world view. This view is largely manipulated by the worldwide mass main stream media — BBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Reuters, AP, etc.

This view today is one of fear. The narrative is that we are under a monster of a disease, a world wide pandemic. This disease is so bad and dangerous that we must get a “vaccine” for it in order to properly be protected. Further, not only a vaccine, but a mask and sometimes two or three over each other!

But common sense is thrown out the window when we see for ourselves the outlandish sight of people out in the open fresh air by themselves wearing masks! Our Lord warned us we have eyes to see and ears to hear and we better start using them!

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see.”(John 9:41)

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matt. 11:15)

So those who have leaned on flesh (mass media reporting) are showing their allegiance by blind obedience to their strength — man. It is not hard to tell, as when we use our eyes to see, we can see a single person alone driving their car with a mask. This utter blind obedience is shameful to those of us who have used our eyes, ears and mind to KNOW what is really going on.

The following is helpful and enlightening information we should know, as serious students instead of puppets blindly following ridiculous protocols.

The vaccines are nothing more than “Gene Therapies” and the Globalists know that. The worldwide drive to “vaccinate” the world’s population is a ploy to de-populate the world and the Globalist mass media is doing all they can to hide the serious developments arising from these Gene alterating shots.

So this is the world’s view — do as big brother says and follow along as sheep to the slaughter. Although they are the last to say it in these terms that is the bottomline for the heathen. Infact how many of us have heard friends and relatives gladly proclaim “Hey, I got my shots, I’m good to go!”? Well get ready as this experiment may very well end badly.

Now the second view takes God into the situation. After all they KNOW that despite what is going on He is still in charge. His plans WILL NOT fail. This they know and believe.

They see this great folly for what it is, mankind’s desperate attempt to finally have the New World Order. This plan has been around for a long time, at least since the 60’s. But due to the worldwide success of the Globalist’s Covid scheme, they have a bounce in their step now, full of confidence that their mass media has, as the old saying goes, “pulled one over on us.”

Yet God led people know the exact verse that shows the Globalist plans will come to a screeching halt very soon —

“And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.” (Daniel 11:45)

The current “King of the North” the ones who control God’s holy land –Israel, and also the world’s economy, media, etc. are about to be brought down. But let us not think Satan will wink at all this! No,he will then, on cue, switch horses and mount the USA 666 man and the false prophet of Rev. 13. These will be his end time vehicles to go toe to toe against the Lord’s final army (Joel Chapter 2). Our prophetess Ellen White described these final events as “The Great Controversy”.

So unlike the heathen, God’s students know that using our mind, eyes and ears, we can know what to expect and be secure about it.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

God’s Appeal to the Church (Part 2 of 2)

April 10, 2021
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“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. (2) And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, (3) Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. (4) And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Revelation 7:1-4.

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. (2) And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: (3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

(4) These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. (5) And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:1-5.

Those who say that this number is symbolic are going against the Word of God because Jesus instructed John on these prophecies.

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (2) Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.” Revelation 1:1, 2.

The Bible says that John heard (Rev. 7:4) the number sealed, and looked (Rev. 14:1), in other words, he saw the 144,000 stand on mount Sion with Jesus, the Lamb. With both his eyes and ears, John witnessed this prophecy to be fulfilled. The Bible goes to great lengths to express that John heard and saw the 144,000, the firstfruits who are redeemed from among men are, in fact, literal.

“Soon we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses’ did when he came down from Mount Sinai. (par. 1) The 144,000 were all sealed, and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, ‘God, New Jerusalem,’ and a glorious star containing Jesus’ new name.

At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us into prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and they would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another’s feet, and salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshiped at our feet. (par. 2)” Christian Experience and Teaching, p. 58.

Inspiration says, “the living saints, 144,000 in number,” and that the wicked will try to hurt them violently. That is plain and straightforward language that the 144,000 are literal, “in number,” and will be threatened by the wicked, but the power of God protects them because they have the seal of God.

“We are standing on the threshold of great and solemn events. Prophecy is fast fulfilling. The Lord is at the door. There is soon to open before us a period of overwhelming interest to all living. The controversies of the past are to be revived; new controversies will arise. The scenes to be enacted in our world are not yet even dreamed of. Satan is at work through human agencies. Those who are making an effort to change the Constitution and secure a law enforcing Sunday observance little realize what will be the result. A crisis is just upon us. (par. 2)

But God’s servants are not to trust to themselves in this great emergency. In the visions given to Isaiah, to Ezekiel, and to John we see how closely heaven is connected with the events taking place upon the earth and how great is the care of God for those who are loyal to Him. The world is not without a ruler. The program of coming events is in the hands of the Lord. The Majesty of heaven has the destiny of nations, as well as the concerns of His church, in His own charge. (par. 3)” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 753.

All events are in the Hands of God, and He has charge over the concerns of His church.” Since Jesus is here on earth walking up and down in the midst of the churches, then Inspiration is revealing how Jesus will remove the tares from the Seventh-day Adventist Denomination.

Although Christ is mediator in the heavenly Sanctuary, yet he walks up and down in the midst of the churches on earth…. (par. 5)” The Review and Herald, May 31, 1887.

This sealing or marking is what both John the Revelator, and Ezekiel saw in a vision concerning God’s church. The presence of Christ is here because Inspiration says, “And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with 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 that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.” Ezek. 9:3, 4.

Inspiration says the presence of Jesus is at the threshold of His house (Ezek. 9:3), the church. He commands (Ezek. 9:4, 11) the angel to place a mark or seal in the foreheads of the faithful because it is the unfaithful, the tares that are removed that do not have the seal of God.

“I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, ‘Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention.’” Early Writings, p. 118.

Those that overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, will be the favored ones who shall receive the seal of the living God. Those whose hands are not clean, whose hearts are not pure, will not have the seal of the living God. Those who are planning sin and acting it will be passed by. Only those who, in their attitude before God, are filling the position of those who are repenting and confessing their sins in the great anti-typical day of atonement, will be recognized and marked as worthy of God’s protection. The names of those who are steadfastly looking and waiting and watching for the appearing of their Saviour–more earnestly and wishfully than they who wait for the morning–will be numbered with those who are sealed.

Those who, while having all the light of truth flashing upon their souls, should have works corresponding to their avowed faith, but are allured by sin, setting up idols in their hearts, corrupting their souls before God, and polluting those who unite with them in sin, will have their names blotted out of the book of life, and be left in midnight darkness, having no oil in their vessels with their lamps. ‘Unto you that fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings.’ (par. 1)

This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation. He saw the sea and the waves roaring, and men’s hearts failing them for fear. He beheld the earth moved, and the mountains carried into the midst of the sea (which is literally taking place), the water thereof roaring and troubled, and the mountains shaking with the swelling thereof. He was shown plagues, pestilence, famine, and death performing their terrible mission. (par. 2)” Testimonies to Ministers, p. 445.

John the Revelator calls it a seal, while Ezekiel calls it a mark, but both the seal and mark are the same, and Ezekiel also saw the wicked slain in the church.

Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will you hear? Will you receive His message? Will you be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To ‘The churches in Oakland and Berkeley,’ September 26, 1909.)” Manuscript Releases, Vol. 1, p. 260.

“The Lord reads the heart as an open book. The men who are not connected with God have done many things after the imagination of their own evil hearts. The Lord declares concerning them, ‘They have turned unto Me their back, and not the face, though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them; yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.’

We are amid the perils of the last days, the time will soon come when the prophecy of Ezekiel 9 will be fulfilled; that prophecy should be carefully studied, for it will be fulfilled to the very letter. Study also the tenth chapter which represents the hand of God as at work to bring perfect method and harmonious working into all the operations of his prepared instrumentalities.

The eleventh and twelfth chapters also should receive critical, thoughtful attention. Let these prophecies be studied on your knees before God; unless you take up the stumbling-blocks which by your own perverse spirit you have laid in the way of many who have been connected with you, God will turn His face utterly from you and your associates. (par. 1)” The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 1303.

Inspiration says that Ezekiel nine is literal,and since both Ezekiel and John saw the same vision, then it is understood that the 144,000 are literal as well.

The mark of deliverance has been set upon thosethat sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done.’ Now the angel of death goes forth, represented in Ezekiel’s vision by the men with the slaughtering weapons, to whom the command is given: ‘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.’

Says the prophet, ‘They began at the ancient men which were before the house.’ [Ezekiel 9:1-6.] The work of destruction begins among those who have professed to be the spiritual guardians of the people. The false watchmen are the first to fall. There are none to pity or to spare. Men, women, maidens, and little children perish together.” The Great Controversy 1888 ed., p. 656.

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.’ (par.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. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. Times have changed. 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. (par.2) The abominations for which the faithful ones were sighing and crying were all that could be discerned by finite eyes, but by far the worst sins, those which provoked the jealousy of the pure and holy God, were unrevealed.

The great Searcher of hearts knoweth every sin committed in secret by the workers of iniquity. These persons come to feel secure in their deceptions and, because of His long-suffering, say that the Lord seeth not, and then act as though He had forsaken the earth. But He will detect their hypocrisy and will open before others those sins which they were so careful to hide.” (par. 3) Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 211.

In the ninth chapter of Ezekiel is portrayed the fate of the men of responsibility who have not glorified God by faithfulness and integrity. Read this chapter. Notice especially verses four to six: [quoted]. At the appointed time, the Lord God of Israel will do His work most thoroughly.” Manuscript Releases, Vol. 18, p. 183.

According to Inspiration, the 144,000 are the faithful who are delivered when the tares are removed from the church because the 144,000 do not doubt or disbelieve the testimonies of the Spirit of God. They keep pace with the light and are proven worthy to receive the seal of God and are saved into the kingdom of God.

“Strive to Be Among the 144,000.–[Revelation 7:9-17 quoted.] Those whom the Lamb shall lead by the fountains of living waters, and from whose eyes He shall wipe away all tears, will be those now receiving the knowledge and understanding revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. . . . We are to copy no human being. There is no human being wise enough to be our criterion. We are to look to the man Christ Jesus, who is complete in the perfection of righteousness and holiness. He is the author and finisher of our faith.

He is the pattern man. His experience is the measure of the experience that we are to gain. His character is our model. Let us, then, take our minds off the perplexities and the difficulties of this life, and fix them on Him, that by beholding we may be changed into His likeness. We may behold Christ to good purpose. We may safely look to Him; for He is all-wise. As we look to Him and think of Him, He will be formed within, the hope of glory. Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand (RH March 9, 1905).” E. G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 970.

For further study of the 144,000 and Ezekiel nine, please request our free booklet number two, A Door of Hope for Laodicea.

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