Knowing The Time of Our
Visitation: Sanctified By Faith
by Sister Sabbay (October 22, 2008)
SDA Writer's Corner
What is the Latter Rain ?
And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes (Luke 19:41,42).
PLEASE BE ADVISED, THE SHEPHERD'S ROD AND BRANCH DAVIDIANS ARE FALSE DECEPTIVE DOCTRINES.
This Wednesday October 22nd 2008, represents the 164th Anniversary for Christ, our Messiah's, movement into the Heavenly Sanctuary's Most Holy place on October 22, 1844; from the Holy Place. The Messiah,our Great High Priest, remained in the Heavenly Sanctuary's Holy Place following His coronation (symbolized on Earth as the Day of Pentecost) precisely seven sabbaths or 50 days after His resurrection from present Earth in AD 31 (Psalms 110:4; Daniel 8:14, Acts 2:1-5; Hebrews 6:20, 8:3-4, Revelations 1:11-13,20;14:7, Great Controversy pg 352-353). Thus, God's work has been delayed for one hundred and sixty-four years counted from the exact date of October 22, 1844. The first Angel's message delivered in 1831 by William Miller, a messenger of God, acknowledged the message of the 2300 day prophecy, although he mistook the Sanctuary in Heaven for that on Earth (Daniel 8:14, Great Controversy 352-353). Miller emphasized the need for mankind to "Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Revelations 14:7).
"Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me" (Exo 20:5). The Prophet EGW taught us that following the fulfillment of the 2300 day Prophecy we would not be under a time prophecy, however, the above quote regarding God's visitation upon generations is a COMMANDMENT, a legal and binding constitutional Heavenly and Earthly ordinance (Exodus 20:5, 34:7). We are thus bound to God's Character and Commandments as His remnant forever (Psalms 111:7-11). As per Hebrews 3:7-11, in this instance, a generation is equal to forty years.
1st Generation (1844-1884)
2nd Generation (1884-1924)
3rd Generation (1924-1964)
4th Generation (1964-2004)
Thus, we must understand that we are now in a new cycle of God's generation, as the Seventh-day Adventist Organization has now been knowledgeable of this Great light since atleast 1888, paralleling the 120 years prior to Noah's flood (to be considered). God acknowledged through His prophet EGW that the Righteousness By Faith Message was sent to heal the SDA church of its Laodicean Condition in 1888 four years into the 2nd Generation (Testimonies to Ministers pg 91,92). WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE TIMES THAT WE ARE LIVING IN.
We are now at the Seventh church, the Laodicean Church, (Rev 3:14,15). The Great Controversy will be completed on this earth, as the battlefield is the earth, fought and won by Christ, triumphantly(John 19:30, Colossians 2:15).Within Revelations 12 we see the battle extending toward the ending of time on present Earth. The church of Ephesus, the first of seven, began on Earth in approximately 27 AD following the Messiah's baptism (Eph 2:20-21, Desire of Ages pg 141). The war began in Heaven, causing satan and his demons to be cast out (Rev 12:4). Satan succeeding in deceiving Adam, took control of the earth (Rom 5:12,18; 2Cor 4:4).
Revelations 12:6 edifies that after the ascension of Christ, the Messiah, satan was able to focus his attention on the "woman" the "church", determined to prevent the Lord from achieving His purpose through His Church (Eph 4:12,13). Remembering that the body of Christ must follow the Head, as we are made in the image of God, and our body is the vehicle of fulfilling God's wishes and desires (Genesis 1:27, 1Corinthians 6:19). Christ, the Head of the Church, has achieved His purpose, but the Body of Christ MUST follow suit (John 19:30). The time period of 1260 is mentioned 7 times in the bible and 7 is the number of completion, emphasizing the completeness of the Scriptures in Prophecy, highlighting the delay of God's WORK and closure (Daniel 7:25; 12:7; Rev 11:2,3; 12:6,14; 13:5).
The work, a responsibility of God's people, emphasizes the importance of the Gospel dispensation, requiring the full co-operation of His last day brotherly, loving, Church, Philadelphia, (Ephesians 4:12,13; Rev 3:7,8). True Adventism is the Church of Philadelphia, repentant in nature, preparing for their redemption and translation from present Earth. Thus we must appreciate the calling of God, as we are called to experience, live and be in full submission to the Will of God unto sealing, bringing this great Controversy to an end, hastening the return of the Messiah crowned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Ephesians 4:30, 2Peter 3:12, Revelations 19:11-16). Without the remnant's co-operation, God can not finish this work. We must thus respond to God's calling, appreciating and completing this final chore.
"Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus" (Revelations 14:12). The people of God must understand the seriousness of the times. We must evacuate spiritually from Babylon, following God with NO COMPROMISE (Revelations 18:1-4). Seventh-day Adventists must reform their ways, THE ELIJAH MESSAGE, teaching the world about the need to abstain from worldly, earthly appetites and lusts: unhealthful diets, gambling, smoking, drinking alcohol, dangerous meat eating, caffeine consumption, pornography, television addiction, romance novels, diabolical video games, cursing, worldly adornment, attending bars and worldly concerts, just to mention a few (1John 2:15).
What is the Elijah Message you ask? As time advances and God's people seek to edify the populace about the New Covenant Experience and the True Witness, Christ Jesus: the ELIJAH MESSAGE becomes such an important focus (Mal 4:5,6). The remnant, people of God, are given a reformatory message similar to Elijah, who preached to Ahab and Jezebel. Elijah's message is related to our End Time messages of revival and reformation, calling the people of God back to the Divinity of God, repentant in nature. John the Baptist, a righteous martyr, preached the Elijah Message, as the people of God need to preach this same message (Matt 3:2,3; Matt 11:9-15).
Christ understood that everything in His life was sub-ordinate to the Will of His Father while on earth. Similarly we must exercise this same teaching, remaining sub-ordinate to the Will of God, modeled by the Messiah. The Work will not be finished until Christ finds a body of believers, 144,000 in number with His name in their foreheads (Rev 14:1), accepting the above principle as the one governing principle in their lives. The former rain, the Day of Pentecost, and all the Seven Churches failed because God's work has been put on the "back burner", as many false Protestants have taught a defiled, polluted, doctrine of Grace misteaching that the Messiah will compensate for their lack of righteousness by Faith, perfect Character and Victory over sin; "the wine of the wrath of her fornication" (Matthew 5:48, Acts 2:1-8, Hebrews 4:16, James 2:26, 1John 3:9, Revelations 14:8, 17:2). Materialism, selfishness and earthly, worldly possessions have been placed before the Work of God, thus the Work remains unfinished. Conversely, Christ while experiencing great hunger, chose to put God's work before even His appetite (Matthew 4:1-4). God's Work must be accomplished.
Revelations 12:1 edifies that a woman is the church, as the the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:2 and Ephesians 5:21-33, speaks of the marriage unit (Christ, the Head; and the church,the body of Christ) being a model of a PERFECT union. As the body of Christ, a perfect marriage is a perfect union with Christ (Eph 4:12,13). The marriage is one union: this teaching model is the prototype that we must understand regarding the symbiotic relationship between the body of Christ and the Messiah, God.
We must maintain a firm commitment, living by every Inspired Word delivered from God, perfectly aligning with His Law and Testimony (Psalms 109:105, Isaiah 8:20, John 8:51, 6:63). Christ utilizing the WORD "It is Written" was able to overcome sin COMPLETELY. Satan could not overcome Christ because the Lamb of God was ruled by God's rod of iron (Rev 12:5, 19:15). WE MUST BE IMMOVABLE IN A SEALING RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD,STANDING IN THE HOUR OF TEST AND TRIAL. We must live our lives on the Earth in alliance with the Word of God. Christ was crucified yet His resurrection was sure because sin had no dominion over Him, thus He was caught up to the Throne of God. Revelations 3:21 edifies that he that overcometh will be reserved a seat at the Father's Throne. Christ was caught up to the Throne of the Father because He overcame sin. God can not compromise HIS WORD, otherwise He compromises His government and the entire universe (Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8, James 1:17).
The PERFECT, INFINITE POWER OF GOD, is our only way to receive the Sealing POWER of GOD (Rom 1:20). EGW writes, "Have you no sacrifice to make for God? Your record is daily passing up to God. Great dangers lie hidden in your pathway. If I could, I would take you in my arms and bear you safely over them; but this I am not permitted to do. You are in the most critical period of your life history. If you arouse the energies of the soul and direct them to securing things of eternal interest, and if you make everything subordinate to this, you will make a success of PERFECTING CHRISTIAN CHARACTER. You may all engage in the spiritual warfare against besetting sins, and you may, through Christ, come off victors. But it will be no child's play. It will be a stern warfare, involving self-denial and cross-bearing. The danger is that you will not fully realize your backslidings and your perilous condition. Unless you view life as it is, cast aside the brilliant fancies of imagination, and come down to the sober lessons of experience, you will awake when it is too late. You will then realize the terrible mistake you have made" (Testimonies For The Church Vol 3 page 43). Honoring the Work of Christ, the Head of the Church, the body of Christ faithfully must be crucified with Him, choosing His indwelling Divine Spirit, permitting justification by faith (Gal 2:20). Accepting the message of RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH, Seventh-day Adventists 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 without Christ's mediation (Daniel 12:1-2, Rev 6:17, Rev 7:1-4). 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).
Cited From Elder Ward's Message (October 20, 2008) Truth For The Final Generation www.TruthinJesus.org
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