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Why Ellen White said do not make dress and diet a test and what she really meant

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Should meat eating be a test of fellowship?

Many Seventh Day Adventists aren’t aware that Ellen White wrote a letter to A G Daniels urging him to circulate it for all to sign a pledge to dispense with meat eating.  He refused to circulate the letter so Ellen White then had to make the statement, we can’t make meat eating a test because the GC leadership were still eating it so we can’t enforce it on the people.   Isaiah 22:12-14 states clearly that eating clean meat in the day of atonement is a sin that God won’t purge;  http://sabbathsermons.com/2009/08/20/the-bible-reason-for-vegetarianism/

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The Characteristics of the 144,000 and the 144 Facets of a Diamond

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

As a young Christian walking in the light of truth finally, I look at the scriptures and I look at them continually and there are many scriptures I pass over with little understanding. There are many realities I do not see until I implore the Lord to guide me into all the truth. We all have this experience and the fact is there are certain phrases in the Bible that would seem not right. As we see from 2 Timothy all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is necessary for instruction. Luke 19 describes the scene a few days before the Passover. It describes the multitudes on the road. There would have been millions of people on the roads all going to one place, Jerusalem. There were at least two realities of which people were going there for and one was that some people want to crown their Lord and saviour Jesus and go from the Roman bondage they were under. It was expected that he was going to be crowned king. We look at some of the people that were on the road.

Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. 39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. 40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

I don’t think i would be rebuked if I had said to you that I have looked at that verse many times and seen the stones would cry out? I thought it was funny to think that a stone would cry out. From 2 Timothy We see there are no fill in gaps, every word of every phrase of every paragraph is given for a specific reason. If the stones would cry out, what would they say? How would they say it? Would it be rattling’s and indistinct noises that you would expect from stones? Would it be an audible reality that we would hear? Maybe it wouldn’t be words or something else. Maybe a reflection of this stone that we would look at it and see something. What will the stones say? This is our study. In looking at the characteristics of the 144,000 I’m aware of my vocation in life. That was to know the reality of precious things, the amalgamation of metals, the use of stones and all things we would find in the jewellery area. In looking at that, I would find there is a stone there that would bring out this reality.
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1888 – What Really Happened? A. T. Jones and Ellen White Both Tell Us What Was Really Rejected

A Special Message for Laodicea

God has given Brother Jones and Brother Waggoner a message for the people. You do not believe that God has upheld them, but He has given them precious light, and their message has fed the people of God. When you reject the message borne by these men, you reject Christ, the Giver of the message. The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, pp. 1353. Read the rest of this entry

The Original Attitude Toward the Lord’s Supper

The Signs of the Times, August 6, 1885

It has been remarked that it is quite uniformly believed that baptism is an initiatory rite. It is therefore not a church ordinance in the same sense the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance.  The supper is for those only who are fully church members, and it is to be celebrated repeatedly; of this it is said: “As often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Corinthians 11:26).  Read the rest of this entry

The Sin Against the Holy Spirit

God will forgive all sin – even the most vile and gravest of sins – but there is one sin that God will not and cannot forgive, and that is the sin against the Holy Spirit – what is called the Unforgivable Sin. We need to know what that sin is, and whether we have yet committed that sin or not. Read the rest of this entry

Jesus Our Next of Kin

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Psalm 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

God crowned man with glory and honour. Who was crowned? A king! Adam was created to be a king. And every king has a territory over which to rule. In the following verses starting with verse 6 we have the territory.

Psalms 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

  1. Adam was to be a king over planet Earth.
  2. His territory was planet Earth.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Read the rest of this entry

Was Christ Tempted from Within?

Hebrews 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Read the rest of this entry

The Blue Commandments

 

By Pastor Morris – The Sanctuary

“The Bible tells us the spiritual meaning of the colour blue:

Numbers 15:38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. Read the rest of this entry

God, War and the Old Testament

God Has a Secondary Will

God has a perfect will but there is a secondary will. It is a will that comes to deal with the apprentice who thinks he’s smarter than his master. God’s perfect will was that there was no divorce. God’s secondary will was that they could divorce because of the hardness of their heart. Read the rest of this entry

The Ark of the Covenant

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The disappointment of 1844 was a bitter experience. The error led them back to study to ascertain the truth of the matter. See Great Controversy page 432.

The passing of the time in 1844 was followed by a period of great trial to those who still held the advent faith. Their only relief, so far as ascertaining their true position was concerned, was the light which directed their minds to the sanctuary above. Some renounced their faith in their former reckoning of the prophetic periods and ascribed to human or satanic agencies the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit which had attended the advent movement. Another class firmly held that the Lord had led them in their past experience; and as they waited and watched and prayed to know the will of God they saw that their great High Priest had entered upon another work of ministration, and, following Him by faith, they were led to see also the closing work of the church. They had a clearer understanding of the first and second angels’ messages, and were prepared to receive and give to the world the solemn warning of the third angel of Revelation 14. {GC 431.3} Read the rest of this entry

Another Angel and 1888

In the Adventist realm we are always futurising everything, when the latter rain shall come is often said but it is already come. It is also said when the world will be lit with the glory. It began and has been shining since 1888.Are you taking advantage of the light that streams from 1888 in the proclamation of the nature of Christ? Do we take advantage to become stable Christians? If we reject these warnings, the warnings that we will get will be too late. When they saw their loved ones, their family and friends all slain and the blood rushing then they saw that the glory is departed and it was too late. http://sabbathsermons.com/2009/08/23/probation-is-closing-are-you-ready-2/
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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

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

Did Jesus Come In Sinful Flesh?

In the year 1900 a fanatical teaching was started in the state of Indiana in the United States. This fanatical teaching was termed the doctrine of holy flesh. Advocates of this movement taught that when Christ passed through the agony of Gethsemane he obtained holy flesh and those who follow Christ by faith in the Gethsemane experience would likewise obtain holy flesh and having obtained physical holiness, they could no more experience corruption and they would not die but be translated to heaven. That was the theory of the holy flesh movement.

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

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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

Come Out From Among Them

2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? Read the rest of this entry

What are the Seven Stars of Revelation?

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Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

The stars are the angels, ministers or messengers of the seven churches.  The word angel what does it mean? Angel (Aggelos) is the Greek word for messenger. God is speaking to the messengers, the priests who proclaim the message to the people.

Malachi 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he [is] the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

Revelation 1:20. The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Read the rest of this entry