Wall Street Babylon vs. God's
by Sister Sabbay (September 26, 2008)
SDA Writer's Corner
What are the Three Angels' Messages ?
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2Tim 1:7).
Most recently, panic-ridden current events have been plaguing the senses of the populous. Unsurprisingly, sound bytes of a financial disaster presents as newsworthy today, which appears to be warning us of END TIMES. However, Let's encourage all friends and family to rest assured in the Messiah, as God will NOT cause us to have a SPIRIT OF FEAR (2Tim 1:17). Thus, hoarding and panic are fanatical and unchrist-like (Gal 5:19-21). God's Power is Perfect and Infinite and His ways are timely, requiring patience (long-suffering) while providing spiritual peace (Rom 1:20, Gal 5:22,23). Is it alarming that within the year of 2008, a year of judgment, (120 years from the inception of the Precious "Message of Righteousness by Faith", Testimonies to Ministers p. 91-92) the world is being exposed to news of financial disaster and potential imminent Depression? Although America's current President Bush Jr. appears to minimize the crisis by labeling it as a "FINANCIAL ADJUSTMENT", God's spiritual remnant discerns the facade; as Wall street's stocks spiral downward. While Wall street's unstable markets point to sadness and shock, Commandment keepers and faithful Messiah followers can prepare for God's imminent judgment and wrath, unmingled with mercy (Rev 14:9-11). Present Bush Jr., Babylonian leader, has evaded this issue for years, allowing Wall Street Investment greed to prevail, traumatizing tax-payer's purchasing confidence. God warns us that we must NOT engage in the ways of Spiritual Babylon, as God's ways are non-negotiable. As the message of God's fourth angel firmly forewarns "...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).
EGW's publishings remind all of her vision in New York City: "On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify the owners and builders. Higher and still higher these buildings rose, and in them the most costly material was used. Those to whom these buildings belonged were not asking themselves: "How can we best glorify God?" The Lord was not in their thoughts".
As the close of the house of God's probation approaches (1Peter 4:17), heirs remain faithful and alert, reassuring their seat at the throne of God (Rev 3:21). Today's sealing message manifests God's Divine, Infinite and Perfect Power (Rom 1:20). Eternally filled with good news, God's sealing message warrants that all chosen individuals must manifest the Character of Christ, overcoming the propensity of sin (Matt 5:48, 1John 3:9). Sin is noncompliance with the Ten Commandments (1John 3:4). Such an allegiance to Divine truth, will be the focus for those who dare to be like the Prophet Daniel and the Three Hebrews, standing for Christ, our Faithful True Witness. The ongoing work towards Sealing requires fixed, unchangeable, absolute sanctification, which comes from Christ alone. Being justified by faith, we must continue in obedience, building the Character of God (Exo 20). Mirroring the image of the Messiah, we must have Him formed fully in us, being found blameless and faultless (Gal 4:19, 1Thess 5:23, Jude 24,25). We must emphasize to both believers and non-believers the need to evacuate Babylon, before the world's probation closure (Rev 18:1-4, Rev 22:11). Teaching the three angel's messages to ..."every nation kindred tongue and people" is essential (Rev 14:6-12).
The church of Philadelphia is true Adventism. As we prepare for the Latter Rain (James 5:7), embracing the return of Christ, true sincere believers must focus on becoming harvest ripe, perfecting Christ-like characters. Harvest ripe by biblical definition entails a process of establishing ..."first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear"(Mark 4:26-29). "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord" (Act 3:19).
We must focus on strengthening the true church of Christ, those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ, adhering to the law and the testimony. The focus on the light of Truth, a non-negotiable objective, will be kept solely by true Christians, obedient and faithful; God's peculiar people (Isa 8:20, Titus 2:14, 1Peter 2:9, Rev 14:12). An uncompromising, unchangeable, immutable faith in the Messiah, our Reedemer, is thus required. God wants his chosen to daily grow in sanctification, developing in the Character of God. Finding love and reassurance in the Messiah by grace through faith, God's remnant can become firmly rooted in Truth; receptive of the Seal of God (John 15:1-7, Eph 2:8, Eph 4:30). With guile-free mouths and blemish-free garments, those chosen, successfully withstanding the trials and tribulations without the aid of an intercessor, will be rewarded as God's precious gems, 144,000 in number (Rev 7:1-4).
We are truly living in the END TIMES and as the potential 144,000, we will need to be spiritually equip to withstand trials and tribulation (Rev 6:17). The Mark of the Beast, ENFORCED Sunday Pagan Worship, having "no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image" [Romanism & Protestant Entities] (Rev 13:11-18, Rev 14:9-11), will cause a loss of purchasing power for God's chosen. However, the Creator will provide resources for His own "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna..." coriander seed, honey wafers (Exo 16:31, John 6:58, Rev 2:17). The Ten Commandments, a legal and binding Heavenly governmental ordinance, will be a last day constitutional mandate, maintained by God's chosen (Exo 20, Rev 14:12). Spiritual Babylonians will be a tool by satan, persecuting the remnant of Christ's seed (Rev 12:17). Be encouraged, as persecution will purify the faithful body of Christ (Mal 3:1-3, Tit 2:11-15, Rev 14:1-5), reserving their seat at the throne of God (Rev 3:21).
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"As these lofty buildings went up, the owners rejoiced with ambitious pride that they had money to use in gratifying self and provoking the envy of their neighbors. Much of the money that they thus invested had been obtained through exaction, through grinding down the poor. They forgot that in heaven an account of every business transaction is kept; every unjust deal, every fraudulent act, is there recorded. The time is coming when in their fraud and insolence men will reach a point that the Lord will not permit them to pass, and they will learn that there is a limit to the forbearance of Jehovah (Testimonies For The Church Vol. 9 p. 12)".
Appropriately entitled, The Last Crisis, written in 1904 (approx), this beginning quotation of Testimonies For the Church Volume 9 has a powerful message to all those who are questioning the timing of our Returning Savior Christ Jesus. From studying the Word, we learn that Christ's return for his harvest, 144,000, remnant, is conditional. Thus, our readiness will precipitate Our Redeemer's return. Overcomers in these end times will be fueled by the Holy Spirit's Early and Latter rain (Jer 5:24, Zech 10:1, James 5:7), bringing God's Harvest to the "Measure of the Stature of the fullness of Christ" (Acts 17:26, Eph 4:13). Our focus, the manifestation of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23), as we "take on the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD OF GOD" (Eph 6:17).