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Spiritual Jews, 144,000, prepare for the End Times, receiving the Seal of the Living God, avoiding the Mark of the Beast.
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Spiritual Jews, 144,000, prepare for the End Times, receiving the Seal of the Living God, avoiding the Mark of the Beast.

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Submitted: October 13, 2008

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How Close are we to the End Time?
by Sister Sabbay (June 13th, 2008)

 

Who are God's Remnant ?

 

As we continue to study and prepare for the unity in the Faith (Eph. 4:13), a question arises in the minds of many: how close are we to the end and will the 144,000 have a denomination? There are many who have various opinions, however after careful study, we must emphasize that there are many who to be called out of Babylon by the messengers of God. Teaching the three angel's messages to "...every nation kindred tongue and people..." (Rev. 14:6), thus becomes essential.

Many have remarked on the changes in times and the movement towards a globalized economy. We must make an extra effort to teach the messages, clarifying that Enforced Sunday laws are imminent and they will present as a real challenge in the near future. We are living in serious times and many will not be prepared if we do not provide necessary book resources. The everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6-12) is the foundation of the Advent Message, empowered by the Holy Spirit, containing added power and glory by God's fourth angel, the Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message (Rev. 18:1-4).

A real question has emerged with our studies regarding the denomination of the 144,000. Yet, as the shaking process continues in the church, many will be searching for terminology to define the last day denomination. A denomination is defined as a group of believers. The term 144,000 is mentioned throughout the scriptures, identifying those who will be able to withstand tribulation, following the close of probation for the world (Rev. 6:17). Jesus Christ, through John the Revelator spoke to the Seven Churches, illustrating the movement of God's church since the time of Christ to present, from Ephesus to Laodicea (Rev. 1:11). Identifying where we are in history is essential, as we will need to uphold the characteristics of the Last day Church, Philadelphia, (Rev. 3:7,8). Without compromising, (as we learned in the history of the Black Horse, compromise weakens the Church or Body of Christ Rev. 6:5). Balances in scripture symbolize compromise. Thus, we must focus on strengthening the true church of Christ, those that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ (Rev. 14:12). These last days of persecution, regarding the National Sunday Law will purify the church, as those who are sincere believers will stand for truth and remain focused on Christ, without falling away. The emergence of the Laodicean condition in the Adventist Church in 1859 has been problematic for the final work (Testimonies Vol. 1 Index Part Five), thus, all those who are sincere believers must heed the council of the faithful and True Witness, overcoming this Laodicean condition. True sincere believers will be taught by the Holy Spirit and all will share beliefs that are solely grounded by the Scriptures.

  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 (Matt. 5:48). 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). Christ's good seed's (Matt. 13:38) preparation and perseverance will hasten His return "[b]ut the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps" (Matt. 25:4). Oil in the scriptures symbolize the Holy Spirit. Babylon has fallen, however God's Kingdom and true remnant will live on eternally:

Matt. 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
Matt. 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats

 

Brethren, we must remain faithful until the end, as our Redeemer, Christ, has reassured his chosen "...that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer: I have overcome the world" (John 16:33).

 

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