To the Law and to the Testimony!

“If they do not speak according to this word, there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20

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Isaiah 8 tells of a great confederacy of nations and warns God’s people not to join with them nor be afraid of the things they fear. Instead, we are told to “Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself,” and let Him be our only fear and dread. And He gives this advice to us: Compare their doctrine against My Law and the testimony of the prophetic books of Scripture. A thorough knowledge of Scripture is the best defense we will have against the errors of these days.

God wants to return us to His Law and seal it deep into our hearts. At every other true Spiritual revival in history He has done this same work. (2 Chronicles 29-30, 2 Chronicles 34, Nehemiah 8) He has led the people back to Him, repaired the understanding of His Law, restored His worship and renewed His covenant with a remnant of true believers. This is the same revival that He would like to do in us today.

crossroads_sign_clip_art_16987Today we are at a crossroads. And God’s advice to us is to:

    • Turn to Him with all our hearts,
    • Seek understanding of His Law as a defense against lies,
    • Look to the prophetic books to explain what is going on in the world,
    • Cast away our idols,
    • Restore His true worship, and
    • Seal His name in our foreheads so that in the coming controversy there can be no question that our allegiance is to God.

4 Comments:

  1. Have you read Dale Ratzlaff’s book, “Cultic Doctrine of Seventh Day Adventism?” In it he debunks the main pillar of Adventism- The cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary and the investigative judgment. The Biblical position that Christ entered “within the veil,” the Holy of Holies, at his ascension and not on 10/22/1844 appears unassailable. When we accept Christ we’re saved and justified and our sins are forgiven and blotted out, making an investigative judgment completely unnecessary and unbiblical. I’ve been a Christian, although a wayward one, all my life but really fell in love with Jesus, his Word, and the prophecies of Daniel & Revelation after studying and being baptized into the SDA church at age 19, some 41 years ago.Almost all the couples we knew then have divorced; we witnessed countless scandals in the church- ministers and laity; and now it seems clear that EGW’s “inspiration” is dubious.I’m searching for a church to believe in and to fellowship with, but know not where it may be. I’d appreciate your thoughts. In Christ, thanks.

    • George, thank you for asking for my thoughts on Ellen White, the SDA Church and the problems with finding a church to attend today. The short answer: I would encourage you to stay in the SDA Church. Scripture shows us that the church will be shaken, but that the remnant that purify their souls will remain and God will provide His own ministers. There is no time left for Him to nurture and build a whole new church. (See Jeremiah 3:14-15; Ezekiel 8 – 9; Hebrews 12:26; 2 Thess. 2:3; Revelation 11:1.) The fundamental pillars of the church are true, even if men have presented a false witness. And I find no fault with Mrs. White except regarding Bible Prophecy and her own limits on personal growth by time and circumstances.
       

      What has shaken your confidence in Ellen White? The poor witness of people in your churches? Hearken to Jesus’ counsel to Peter when He said, “You follow Me.” Keep you eyes on Christ and do not look aside at the failing of our brethren. I am sorry that their poor witness has shaken your faith in the church or in Mrs. White’s counsel.
       

      This doctrine of Ratzlaff? His doctrine is incorrect if it teaches the view that you put forth here. Yes, Jesus entered into the Heavenly Sanctuary at His Ascension, in fact, He took on the role of the Priesthood 40 days earlier at His Resurrection. But He does not make the Atonement until the Seventh Trumpet during the Seventh Seal at the end of earth’s history. Revelation 8:1-5 and 11:15-19 show this moment. At the Cross Christ began His work but He must continue until He has completed that work at the Atonement.
       

      If we understood the Atonement better we would see that it could not have happened at the Cross. For one thing, the Feast Days give us the pattern. The year began with Passover, representing the time of the Cross and the beginning of Christ’s work. But the year ended with the Atonement which should focus our eyes onto the end of His work just before the Second Coming.
       

      For a second thing, the meaning of the Atonement can be defined as “at-one-ment,” meaning that it is pointing us to a time when mankind is restored to harmony with heaven and returned to our fellowship with God—that certainly didn’t happen at the Cross or in 1844. This oneness is the entire goal that God is working towards by sending His Son. It is not complete until all of Christ’s work is finished. And it was not all finished at the Cross.
       

      Third, there are other factors involved in the Atonement beyond Christ’s offering at the Cross. One of these is having a people who are willing to stop sinning. We may want to believe that our sins were blotted out at the Cross, yet as long as we continue to sin and repent, our sins are still going into the Heavenly Sanctuary—so, the sanctuary cannot be “cleansed” of sin. The sanctuary is cleansed only after there are no more sins going in. This happens when all living people who will be saved have stopped sinning and the rest of the people alive are fully hardened in their refusal of God’s mercy as we see at the time of the Sixth Trumpet in Rev. 9:20-21. Here is where the Judgment of the Living is defined—all people alive have been forced to make their final choice in whom they will serve. Only then is “the sanctuary” not being used anymore and Christ can leave off His work of dealing with sin.
       

      Even then, the picture of the Atonement given us by the sanctuary model shows the fourth evidence that the Atonement was not completed at the Cross. It isn’t fully complete until Satan is destroyed in the lake of fire as when the Scapegoat was sent into the wilderness never to return. This does not happen until after the 1000 years at the Third Coming of Christ. You can see the timing of this act in Revelation 20:7-10 and Leviticus 16:21-22.
       

      So, the early Adventists did not form the right picture, but we have to realize that they were very new in their understanding of the sanctuary and feasts. They should have grown into this knowledge, but they hit a roadblock in 1888 when the leaders chose not to move forward in truth. This should not cast doubt on Mrs. White, but rather on those stubborn men that she struggled with for the remainder of her life. We have inherited their legacy, but we have the chance to turn that around now and grow into the full stature of men of God.
       
      Has your confidence been shaken by the apathy in our churches and ministers? Today we are in a time of shaking and church attendance is hard for everyone who wants to follow God and grow in truth. Our role in the churches at this time has changed. We can no longer occupy pews and expect to be fed. We must seek nourishment in personal studies and with small groups of believers. But we should also continue to attend the churches because God needs us to help Him with His work of shaking. It is a privilege to help Him reach every precious soul that can be helped. I can say with confidence that you are not going to find another church that has any better doctrine or less turmoil than what you are seeing now in the SDA church—that is, you won’t find better until the Lord has purified a remnant. But you are now being called to be part of that remnant!
       

      Scripture speaks profoundly about the “falling away” or shaking that must come in the last days. (You can see this in Hebrews 12:26 and 2 Thess. 2:3.) I see abundant Bible evidence that we are in the last days, so we should not be surprised to see people in all the churches being polarized into two opposing camps. This division must take place before the end! And, by the way, this IS the Investigative Judgment (or Judgment of the Living) that you referred to in your post. The doctrine is Scriptural even if it is not well understood and somewhat distorted by the SDA people.
       
      Finally, I hope my writings here on this website have not discouraged you from trusting the inspiration of Ellen White. I do think the SDA Church needs to grow in its view of Bible Prophecy. Remember, Daniel was sealed until the time of the end. The Lord allowed the church to operate all these years with the view of Daniel that they formed in the late 1800’s and it was interesting enough to get your attention at age 19. And today it still teaches us some fundamental history that helps point us to the truth. If it was good enough for the Lord to use all these years, I will not criticize it. But that view was based on Uriah Smith’s version of the explanation of Daniel given by St. Hippolytus of Rome in his Treatise on Daniel written around AD 200. That was in no way, “the time of the end” and it is by no means the final explanation of prophecy. The Lord pointed this out on October 23 when He pointed the Pioneers to Revelation 10 with its message of the time when Daniel is finally unsealed—the little book opened. He said, “You must prophecy again.” They should have always carried that message with them knowing that someday we would have a better understanding of Daniel.
       

      Today we are in the time of the end. And God is unsealing the prophecy of Daniel before our eyes, starting with the Lion. This Lion is the Chief Cornerstone of all Bible Prophecy and holds the very last message that will be preached in the world as Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in every nation as a witness, then shall the end come.” Matt. 24:14 This “good news of the kingdom” is summed up in Daniel 7:17-18, “’Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”(Daniel 7:17-18) No more politics; no more world kingdoms—really good news!
       

      Seeing the book of Daniel unsealed should not cast doubt on Mrs. White, who herself often claimed that she did not understand what the brethren of her day were talking about when they spoke about Bible prophecy. As I learn more about the Bible, as I recognize more of the work of the Holy Spirit, as I understand better the entire perfect connection of Old and New Testaments and as I see Christ come to life through the living Word, the more confidence I have in Mrs. White’s inspiration than ever.
       
      The Lord has begun a good work in us and He should be allowed to finish that work. “Every house is builded by some man; but He that built all things is God…. Christ [is a faithful] son over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” Hebrews 3:3-6 
       
      Have confidence in your first love, George. The Lord will clean up the church if men like you are willing to do your part. Now is the time for us to become sealed into the truth. The time for us to fill our lamps with oil so that we will be the wise virgins. The time for us to heed the counsel of the True Witness to buy gold, use the eyesalve and put on the white raiment. Do not be discouraged. Keep your eyes fixed on Christ and look up, for our salvation draweth nigh!
       
      MAM, Moderator


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      alionhasroared@gmail.com

  2. Please tell me what church you’re affiliated with and your relationship with the SDA church.

    • Hi George. The only formal church affiliation I have ever had has been a member in good standing with the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church. I have never been involved in any offshoot movements or other denominations. I am not interested in bashing the SDA church in any way, speaking against it or shedding doubt on its teachings. Overall I believe the SDA church was formed by God’s Spirit, grown by His power, and is still being led by His hand. I have no desire to murmur against the Lord’s anointed. That being said, I will follow God above men. Where He has shown me truth, I will follow. This sets me apart from the mainstream church in many ways.
       

      As Jehovah Elohim has given me a growing understanding of truth and a beautiful cohesive view of Christ throughout the Bible, He has called me to share what He has shown me. I do see some inconsistencies in traditional SDA “teachings” though not with their doctrinal pillars. My growth has revealed some errors in Mrs. White’s statements regarding Bible prophecy but I still consider her to be led by the Holy Spirit and an excellent source of counsel for character development. She herself told us that “truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation.” This means that we must be willing to grow into a greater knowledge of truth and a closer relationship with our Saviour. And once I understand Scripture on a topic, then look to her writings, I find confirmation and often clarification of the truth. This does not always agree with those who have formed their doctrines simply by what they think her writings say about the Bible.
       

      As the shaking in the church continues to swell, God will shake out that which is not firmly grounded in faith and truth. No matter by which name we call ourselves, let us strive to be a people whose faith in Jehovah cannot be shaken.
       

      “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.” (Hebrews 12:28)

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