Monthly Archives: August 2010

Birthdays and Baal Worship

By Christine Godfrey

In 2007 I attended a church conference of which the theme was ‘Elijah the Prophet’. During the conference we studied the life and events of Elijah as they apply to us today. One of the topics of study was ‘Modern Day Baal Worship’.  The presentation of the topic came from a completely different direction that I would have imagined. After the close of the Conference I began to ask the LORD for insight into the areas of my life where I still worship at the shrine of Baal. Not too many days after I was reading my Bible for morning devotion where some Scriptures suddenly clicked together with other passages I had read and as they say, the penny dropped. So with this inspiration I researched the Spirit of Prophecy on the subject and hence my investigations on Birthdays expanded into this study. The lives of people recorded in the scriptures are for our learning. The Bible is true and it records all their faults. As Corinthians says, their lives are examples for those of us who are living in the last moments of time. Read the rest of this entry

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Understanding the Concept of Perfection

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Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Unto what type of man? A perfect man. Who is the perfect man? Jesus Christ. Does anyone disbelieve that Jesus was perfect? We will use Ephesians as the standard. In Revelation it speaks of measuring the people with a rod and the people have to come up to a standard. The definition of perfection is the standard of Christ. Read the rest of this entry

The Garden of Your Heart

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Genesis 2:8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Couched inside every soul is an appreciation of a beautiful garden. A well-ordered, well maintained and designed garden is appreciated by all. But not all have the wherewithal to plant and maintain a garden but yet a beautiful garden is endearing to the human sense. Kings have spent time and wealth to secure a beautiful garden. Solomon and Cyrus built many gardens so they would have a place to enjoy and retire. The famous gardens of Babylon which king Nebuchadnezzar enjoyed were remarkable. Weddings and special occasions are held in gardens. But I don’t want to spend time in talking of earthly gardens but the garden of the King of Kings. I would like to dwell on a garden that the great potentate retires in the cool of the day. Read the rest of this entry

The Sealing Time

I. The Last Two Church Era’s

PHILADELPHIA: When translated means brotherly love. Date of this era are 1833 to 1844.

The city was located about 27 miles from Sardis and 100 miles West of Smyrna, on the Southeast. Attalaus Philadelphus founded it in 189 B. C. Paganism was widespread within and so many altars were erected to Sun-worship. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1317 A. D. while under Roman rule which Tiberius rebuilt. It was again destroyed but this time by Tamerlain in the 1400 Century. The city remains today but has been renamed to Alasehir and it is reported 15-20 thousand now reside there.

The Biblical prophetic time only lasted ten years from 1833-1844. It is during this time that the church era received no condemnation or rebuke, like Smyrna. At the end of this time came a great test to those who called on the Lord and when the Savior did not return; yes, it became an hour of temptation to continue in faith or to leave it alone. Only about 50 out of many remained faithful and searched the scriptures for understanding of why the Savior did not return.

The 144,000 are the only ones who enter the temple, as you will read even the church era of Philadelphia also has this privilege, so they too are given opportunity to be among the 144,000. Read the rest of this entry

Questions on the Sealing Message

By J. N. Loughborough

I. When did the Adventists obtain the light on the Sealing Message?

II. When will the Sealing work begin?

III. Will any who have died in the faith since 1848, when that message was received, be reckoned with the 144,000? Read the rest of this entry