Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Sabbath in the New Testament

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What day did Jesus rise from the dead? The first day of the week which is on Sunday.

Mark 16:9 Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

What reason do Christians give for keeping Sunday holy? They say they keep Sunday holy because it is the day of the resurrection of Jesus.

“Jews dedicate the seventh, or Sabbath, day to recalling the divine basis of life. Christians follow a similar seven-day cycle but give special prestige to Sunday honouring the day of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which, according to the Christian scriptures, occurred on the first day of the week.” Microsoft Encarta Encyclopaedia 2000

The Catholic church says;

“We celebrate Sunday because of the venerable resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and we do so not only at Easter but also at each turning of the week”. Read the rest of this entry

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Instruments of Righteousness

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Relationships in the Last Days Conference, Audio: mp3

Jesus the source of all light is on the shore as the light house but there is required some other lower lights which reflect the light from the light house in such a way so that the intricate layout of the harbour can be seen from the ship. Without the lighthouse, there would be no lower lights. Without the lower lights, it would be impossible for anyone or any ship to make it safely into the harbour. As Adventists and reformers we are living in the time period of the Christ our righteousness message. We are living in the time period under the Revelation 18 angel. This is a mighty angel.

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Here we see something additional taking place that was required apart from the three angel’s messages. That additional aspect began with the earth being lighted with the glory of God. I’ve spoken to various Christians over the years and many have a different understanding of what Revelation 18:1 means. Some say Jesus will come and reign in Jerusalem literally and take care of all the problems in the Middle East and that he will reveal himself in such a way that the entire earth will understand and follow him. Others say their duty is to go out and to bring to conversion all of mankind. That would be nice and ideal. Is that what it is talking about? The Revelation 18 angel talks about Gods glory. What is Gods glory? God sits on a throne as a source of light. His glory is ever about him. The angels that minister before him shield their faces from the glory of God. Moses was one of the most privileged people on earth. He was called the meekest man on earth. Because he was meek, he had opportunity to speak to God face to face. They were communing together but Moses actually never saw God. Read the rest of this entry

Who Is Wise?

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Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

I find it very exciting to study the parables of Jesus Christ as there is so much information in them that it’s like being a scientist. The more you look the more you find. There is a parable that is not so much a parable but an illustration of two men building two houses. Jesus speaks of this illustration at the end of his sermon on the mount. The most famous sermon and today it is still not understood. This sermon unlike typical sermons of today goes straight to the point and as Christ preaches he doesn’t finish off with some wonderful way of speaking or with some amazing thought arousing conclusion. It doesn’t go off with a bang. He is preaching a sermon and the last point he says is and great was the fall of it. He finishes with a negative point. He preaches and all the words he says if you hear and do it not, I liken you to a man who built his house on the sand and the fall was great. He concluded on that point. Jesus said, he that hears these sayings of mine, this illustration can’t be understood unless you understand the sermon as he that hears the words and does them not, what did he say to do? In this sermon Christ says that you are to be really happy if people talk falsely about you. You are to be really happy if you are persecuted for Christ’s sake and if there is a twist of your reputation because of the truth. Read the rest of this entry

Questions Answered Regarding the Vegan and Vitamin B12

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Written by Barbara O’Neil, from Misty Mountain Health Retreat Australia

What is vitamin B12?

  • Vitamin B12 is made in the digestive tract of animals, and is also present in the bacterial growth of the nose, mouth, base of tongue and upper bronchial tree. Vitamin B12 is also synthesized from food with the aid of intestinal bacteria.

Microorganisms, primarily bacteria, are the only known organisms that manufacture B12. These bacteria often live in bodies of water and soil. Animals get B12 by eating food and soil contaminated with these microorganisms. These bacteria also live inside animals’ digestive tracts. Plants do not require B12 for any function, and therefore have no mechanisms to produce or store B12. In animals, B12 is normally attached to a protein (very large molecules made up of amino acids) either for transport or storage.

About 60% of the total amount of B12 in the body is stored in the liver and 30% is stored in the muscles. The body has a special circuit between the digestive tract and the liver. Bile, which is mad in the liver and needed to digest fat, is secreted into the beginning of the small intestine. It is then reabsorbed at the end of the small intestine and taken back to the liver where it is used again. This circuit is called enterohepatic circulation. Omnivores normally eat about 2-6 mg of B12/ day and their liver normally excretes 5-10 mg/day via their bile. Healthy omnivores reabsorb about 3-5 mg B12 from the bile. A vegan with B12 absorption problems will develop B12 deficiency in 1-3 years because absorption problems will block the enterohepatic circulation. Adult vegans decrease their bile excretion to as low as 1 mg /day and reabsorb almost 100% of it, thus delaying B12 deficiency for 20-30 years. Jack Norris B.S. Nutrition Diatetics, Director Vegan Outreach, 6/2000 Read the rest of this entry

How Does the Fourth Angel Lighten the World?

Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

This is the fourth angel the angel to lighten the world. How does this angel light the world? By the loud cry of the three angels’ messages. Adventists have been waiting for the loud cry to happen. We want to consider this lightening of the earth with its glory. Moses asked God to show him His glory. He expressed character traits to Moses. When the earth is lightened with His glory, it’s not the dazzling brightness like that of Hollywood, it’s the glory which is character. The character of God’s people is to lighten up the world. Read the rest of this entry

The Harvest Has Ended and We are Not Saved

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Jacob and Esau were two brothers. One day Jacob tricked Esau and he got very upset. It’s not good to be upset or to trick people. Both Jacob and Esau had done wrong but because Esau was very upset, Jacob thought, oh no, I have done wrong. What did Jacob do when he had realised that he had done wrong? He prayed to Jesus to forgive him. He said, “God, please forgive me.” What happens when you pray for God to forgive you? God forgives. But Esau didn’t ask to be forgiven. He was still angry. One day Esau decided to come and kill his brother. Jacob was scared. What should we do when we’re scared?  What did Jacob do? Jacob prayed to God. God didn’t seem to answer him but should we stop praying? No. Jacob didn’t give up. He said, Lord I really need help. He kept pleading until the Lord helped him. Sometimes the Lord will help us but it doesn’t come straight away. Should we give up? No. We should always pray. If you do something naughty, you should ask for forgiveness. God will forgive. He wants us to give Him our sins. When we do something naughty, we don’t want to have our sins anymore so then keep praying when you need help. Don’t give up. Jacob’s trouble is a time of testing for God’s people. Who of you would ever go to a test unprepared? If you were unprepared, what would happen? You’d fail. This test, we cannot afford to fail. Therefore, we need to prepare for the coming of Jesus. It is our duty. What will happen to the house of Israel, God’s people, at the end of the world? Read the rest of this entry

The Gift of the Spirit – Speaking in Tongues

This is a very controversial topic in today’s society. There is the Pentecostal view of the gift of the Spirit which is manifested in the speaking of tongues. The other view is of not speaking in tongues but the gift of the spirit through overcoming and sanctification by the Spirit. Also that speaking in tongues is the ability to speak in the different languages of earth. What does the bible have to say about the gift of the Spirit? What does the Spirit does for each one of us? Jesus speaks about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Read the rest of this entry

In My Flesh Dwelleth No Good Thing


Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Have you ever discovered this inside yourself? Do you want to do good? Do you want to do the right thing – for to will is present? We do want to do the right thing but how to do it – that is the question? How to perform that which is good I find not. Read the rest of this entry

A Word in Season to Him that Is Weary


Proverbs 15:23 A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season how good is it!

A word in due season – how good is it. We read the prophesy about Jesus and how he spoke a word in season to those who were weary of sin. Read the rest of this entry

Eternal Fire


Have you ever thought do the wicked really burn forever? Have you ever thought, how can a just God require eternal punishment for a sin that has only been committed for 70 or 80 years? Perhaps you thought the Scripture is clear about everlasting fire as the Scripture is clear about everlasting life. If you think that everlasting fire is only temporary and does not last forever, couldn’t you also conclude that everlasting life does not last forever as well? This concept of everlasting fire has confused many people. It’s important for us as Christians to rightly divide the word of truth and that we compare Scripture with scripture so that we are not ashamed. The Bible gives some very clear indications that this everlasting fire is what is going to happen at the end of the world. Some people believe that it is now but 2 Peter 3:7 says this earth as it now is, is reserved unto fire and the perdition of ungodly men. This planet is reserved for a certain day and when Jesus comes he will bring his reward with him. We don’t get rewarded for our evil works or our good works until Jesus comes. Read the rest of this entry

The Valley of the Shadow of Death

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Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

These words are one of the most sweetest of holy writ. This promise is a sweet wholesome loaf. We are to eat this loaf. The world says, you can’t have your cake and eat it. This saying comes straight from the devil himself. These promises of Jesus are given as a sweet loaf and we are to eat them. The world says, there are promises but you can’t enjoy them. The satisfaction, happiness and peace that the world offers are the cake, but sorry you can’t eat it. We can fear no evil because God is with us. God has given us this promise so that we will eat it. There’s no other reason. Read the rest of this entry

Come Out of Her My People

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There was a man who had four sons. One day, he took his sons for a walk in a beautiful forest. There were many exciting trails in this forest with big boulders to climb, lovely flowers to smell and a fast flowing river where they could sail their leaf boats. But there were also things that father had to warn them about. Father called his four sons together. He said to his oldest son, “See that path there?” pointing down a smooth, leafy trail. “Don’t go down that path. There is a big hole in the ground. I don’t want you to fall in the hole.” But the oldest son said, “I don’t think I’ll fall in the hole. I’m a very good runner.” So he ran down the path and fell in the hole. The father turned to his second son and said, “See that path there? Don’t go down that path. There is a big hole in the ground. I don’t want you to fall in like your brother.” But this son said, “I don’t think I’ll fall in the hole. I’m a better runner than my brother.” So he ran down the path and fell in the hole. Father turned to his third son and said, “Please listen to me. Don’t go down that path because you will fall into the hole just like your older brothers.” But this son said, “I won’t fall in the hole. I’m the best at running.” So he ran down the path and fell in the hole. Father turned to his youngest son and said, “You have seen what has happened to your older brothers. Do you trust me? Please don’t go down that path or you will fall in the hole.” The youngest son thought, “My older brother went before me and fell into the hole. My next oldest brother went and he fell in the hole as well. So did my other brother. Maybe I shouldn’t go down that path”. What would you do? Would you obey your father or would you run down the path and fall into the hole?  Read the rest of this entry