Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Bible study on the Sealing seen trough the lens of the Beatittudes

Bretheren i have been doing  a series on the sealing of Gods church seen through the lens of the Beatitudes.
Here is a link to a few that was recorded ,if you desire the others in Matt 5 please let me know and I will try my best to get them to you.
Here are the links download and listen.

Sealing and the Peacemakers.

Sealing and the Pure in Heart.

The sealing and the merciful.

A Bible Study: Beatitudes continue The persecuted

The series on the Beattitudes have ended on the topic : Blessed are the persecuted for righteousness sake.
Here is the recordings  hit the link then download and listen.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0pfou777o8791qm/Perfected_for_and_by_persecution.m4a?dl=0

A bible study on the Judgment


A new series have begun on the Judment here is the first recording
https://www.dropbox.com/s/j3v821a061ewn55/Scenes_of_the_Judgment.m4a?dl=0
This Sabbath we continue with the books and the process of the judgment.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Latter Rain Promised 1

THE LATTER RAIN IS HEAR ! Is IT FALLING ON YOU

The book of all books the Bible points us to period in time when the latter rain will begin to fall,it says in Joel 2:28-29
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.

When would these events be fulfilled, would you recognize the fulfillment of these events, more importantly will you be among the individuals receiving the showers of the Holy Spirit without measure here promised?

Ellen White says:
“To PREPARE a people to STAND in the day of God, a great work of REFORM was to be accomplished. In His mercy He was about to send a message to AROUSE His PROFESSED PEOPLE and lead them to make ready for the coming of the Lord. – {HF 193.3}
This warning is brought to view in Revelation 14. Here is a threefold message represented as proclaimed by heavenly beings and immediately followed by the coming of the Son of man to reap “the harvest of the earth.” The prophet saw an angel flying “in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:6, 7. – {HF 193.4}
This message is a part of “the everlasting gospel.” The work of preaching has been entrusted to men. Holy angels direct, but the actual proclamation of the gospel is performed by the servants of Christ on earth. FAITHFUL MEN, OBEDIENT to the promptings of GOD'S SPIRIT and the teachings of His Word, were to proclaim this warning. They had been seeking the knowledge of God, counting it “better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.” “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.” Proverbs 3:14; Psalm 25:14. – {HF 194.1}RH February 22, 1887 Par. 10



THE MEANING OF THE PHRASE “TO STAND”
In the above quotation Ellen white show in no uncertain terms God will prepare a people  to stand firm during the Sunday law crisis and during the time of the troubles to come.

To STAND according to Webster’s dictionary means "To persist in opposition or resistance; not to yield or comply; not to give way or recede".

Does not the phrase "TO STAND " sounds pretty much like to be SEALED IN THE FOREHEAD?

The Professed people are those claiming to be the remnant church, but even among them God in His mercy sends a message of reformation SHE SAYS. If reformation was not necessary among the professed people, our loving God would have no need to send a message to "AROUSE HIS PROFESSED PEOPLE". God does not use an unreformed people to bring the last great reform message in Revelation 14
Now dear reader this statement above is both revelatory and damning in nature if you have the eyes to see it and depending on where you stand.






Ezekiel37 IS A REPRESENTION OF THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
 A vision is given Ezekiel 37:2 represents the bones as very dry, in verse3 God ask if the bones can live. These two facts tell us clearly that these bones are dead and dead a long time.
Without going through the whole narration we jumped to the verses with the good news; verse ten shows the bones revived making up the body of living beings due to the wind representing the life giving nature of the Holy Spirit, but flesh and tissue was given them before by a word. "Prophesy" was the word given twice which simply means to give a message. Finally verse 11 says this valley of dead dry bones that was raised to life was "an exceeding great army" and this army was "THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL."

A people only need arousing when they are spiritually SLEEPING AS IN Ezekiel37 hence the Prophet for our time Ellen G White use the word "AROUSE" ,why? because as a  people SPIRITUAL ISRAEL ARE spiritually unconscious about something's That is taking place at this very hour, In fact the bones are represented as dead. This is a vision so this death is not a literal condition but a spiritual one .Ezekiel 37 tells our story in every particular.

THE SPIRITUALLY BLIND, THE WORLDLY AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE WILL NIETHER SEE NOR RECEIVE THE LATTER RAIN WHEN IT ARRIVES.
Now my brother or my sister what’s taking place at this time? What are you missing out on?
What is transpiring at this time if we study line upon line and if we look into prophecy?
Our Merciful God has send the message to "prepare the people to stand" to stand upon their feet.
In Ezekiel 37 God is raising up the army putting bone to bone and flesh upon bones ,He is buildings the army right before your eyes, but if you are dead spiritually you would not see it .
For the Bible testifies in 1Co_2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Spirit of Prophecy sums it up this way in Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers:
 “It is God who began the work, and He will finish His work, making man complete in Jesus Christ. But there must be no neglect of the grace represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. {TM 507.1}

Joel 2:28 .If you are not experiencing even in its basic sense a revival and reformation you won't see the army rising, you won't be one of those receiving the rousing command in Ezekiel 37:4-8
"O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord."

LAODICEA REQUIRES A SHAKING FROM ITS LUKEWARMNESS.
So what message or messages "prepare a people to stand " according to Sister white ?

What according to Holy writ cause the breath come into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army"?
What message(s) will have such power? Can mortal man be the creator of such a message? Do we as human beings have the power to engineer such a message that will rouse the spiritually dead? No, we have no such power, this message must come only directly from Gods word, the Holy Spirit alone can drive and bring to view this message. This message is not the message of revelation 14 that empower this army NO ,NO, NO .
Revelation  14 is the last warning message to the world no doubt, the professed people of God  know revelation 14, WHAT MESSAGE WAKES LAODICEA. Whatever it is this message to the dead dry bones of the professed people God must break through the five barriers of being "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  thus this message must cause a revival.

FIRST LETS DEFINE WHAT IS REVIVAL AND REFORMATION?
Do you know what a revival is and what is reformation? These are not one and the same. Let us define these properly before we get mixed up in our minds what these really mean.

The testimony of Jesus says:   "A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend."—The Review and Herald, February 25, 1902. – {ChS 42.2}

THUS FAR WE HAVE DISCOVERED FROM BIBLE AND SPIRIT OF PROPHECY THAT.
• The latter rain is promised.  “We have a more sure word of prophecy “  2Peter 1:19.
• A people would be prepared to stand. Immovable and sealed.
• That preparation is initiated by revival and a reformation via the agency of the Holy Spirit.
• Ezekiel 37 dry bones illustrate the revival and reformation in symbols.
• An army would rise up united in “understanding of the times and what Israel ought to do” 1Chronicles 12:32.
• These will receive the Laodicean message favorably and wakeup Rev3:14-22.Isa52:1
• Those who escape Laodicea will experience true revival and reformation. A resurrection from the spiritual death. They will experience a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices.

THE LIFE GIVING MESSAGE COMES FROM PROPHECY.
The following scripture shows it is Prophecy that initiates the revival of the Holy Spirit and .scripture says : Eze 37:4  Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
verse:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
verse:6  And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
verse:7  So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.



WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO PROPHESY ACCORDING TO EZEKIEL 37 ?
Webster’s 1888 Dictionary says : PROPHESY, v.i. To utter predictions; to make declaration of events to come. Jeremiah 11:21.
1. In Scripture, to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort.
2. EXHORT, v.i. To deliver exhortation; to use words or arguments to incite to good deeds.
Lets look at Rev 10 :1-11 for a moment. Now this was Millerite history here portrayed, now Ellen White gives a lovely explanation of the History and people involved in this history, I am not going to quote the whole commentary but I will quote the relevant parts to the point am going to make. She says :
THE REPEAT OF HISTORY
After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered." These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. John sees the little book unsealed. Then Daniel's prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels' messages to be given to the world…
    The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels' messages. It was not best for the people to know these things, for their faith must necessarily be tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angels' messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work. This is represented by the angel standing with one foot on the sea, proclaiming with a most solemn oath that time should be no longer.  {7BC 971.6}
Rev 10:10  And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Continuing :
“The angel's position, with one foot on the sea, the other on the land, signifies the wide extent of the proclamation of the message. It will cross the broad waters and be proclaimed in other countries, even to all the world. The comprehension of truth, the glad reception of the message, is represented in the eating of the little book. The truth in regard to the time of the advent of our Lord was a precious message to our souls (MS 59, 1900).  {7BC 971.8}




This was the Millerite history of proclaiming the hour of His Judgment is come from 1840-44. They ate the Little Book receiving both the sweet “marvelous manifestation of the power of God  “and bitter experience of the disappointment of Oct22 1844,But the Chapter ends off with verse 11 which says now note the word that precedes the word “AGAIN”.The word is Prophesy

Rev 10:11  And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Simply put what happen in 1840-44 the giving of a message must happen again, this history must repeat. Gods people must have that experience one more time, not a disappointment but a revival as in that time. In addition they must give the MESSAGE AGAIN. Now look at Deuteronomy32:2 lets put all this together.  

Deu 32:2  My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

All of this points clearly that the latter rain comes in the form of a message that causes revival and reformation among Gods professed people. The Millerite history is also known as the history of the virgins as represented in Mathew 25 that is five wise and five foolish,we will probably touch that in another article but I want to highlight that this history will repeat to the letter.

“I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. {RH, August 19, 1890 par. 4}

In other words this history is due to repeat in every particular and we will deal with that another time.  But the History repeating proves the fact that “thou must prophecy again” according to Rev10:11
Now if this history must repeat lets find out what brought about the great 2nd advent revival and reformation. It was a message from Daniel 8:14.
Thus it is reasonable to conclude that a message from Daniel will bring about a revival and reformation, bones will join to bone in preparation for the breath to come in. Is this a fact ?
Ellen white sums it up better than I could she says as we have read before :
“These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. {7BC 971.6}
There is a message in Daniel that brings the latter rain, a message which all the end time messages are hinge on. These are the verses in Daniel 11:40-45 this message puts life into the dead bones of God’s people.
Will you discern it , would you receive the message ? That’s the question!
“Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it. {TM 507.1}

THE BIBLE PROVES THE LATTER RAIN IS CONNECTED TO REFORM INITIATED BY A MESSAGE.
Bible says:
Act 3:19  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Repentance means Godly sorrow for and a turning away from sin the state and sins the habits. This is reformation.Now it says accompanying this repentance and reformation  is the refreshing.

WHAT IS THE REFRESHING?
“The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out [in the investigative Judgment], when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus.” [Acts 3:19, 20.]  {GC88 611.1}

Isa 28:9  Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
Isa 28:10  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Isa 28:11  For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Isa 28:12  To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Messages brings Knowledge, understanding of doctrine is the result of receiving messages, stammering lips, tongues that will speak to this people  represent those who,will,give the message not being so much learnt men but more so simple men who learn at the feet of Jesus .These are all connected to giving a message, conversion comes about because of a message all these words and phrases are here connected to scripture and Spirit of Prophecy quotations surrounding the  REFRESHING WHICH IS THE latter rain .

Thus NO REFORM MESSAGE, NO LATTER RAIN,NO LATTER RAIN WILL COME WHEN THERE IS NO REFORM MESSAGE .The two must go together.
You will notice in Bible once Israel was in a state of collective sin when they strayed from the Lord He did something with the rain.

Notice:
Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; Deu_11:17  And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.
1Ki_8:35  When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:
When Israel turned from God He withheld the rain, showers were equivalent to spiritual and literal blessings Ezekiel 34:25,26 says so clearly.
1Ki_17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Why? Ahab the king was under the influence of an Adulterous harlot queen Jezebel ;now note a woman in bible prophecy as you would know represents a church. When the harlot of Rev 13 has its influence upon God’s professed people in any form as Ahab was influenced we can expect no rain unless there is first a revival (awakening from spiritual death) and a reformation (changing of theories, ideas, actions) repentance must precede the refreshing, so says Acts 3:19.

2Ch6:26  When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them;
2Ch 6:27  Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.

2Ch_7:13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Now lest we think in general terms “ My People”   could mean any denomination on the planet let me inform you that the Ten Commandments is a representation of Gods Character , Gods character is summed up in his name. So the people that claim to keep all of Gods commandment are His denominated people. They are the one “called by my name”. Thus it is logical to believe that this is the professed people of God spiritual Israel,the Seventh Day Adventist church.

DID SPIRITUAL ISREAL STRAY FROM THE PATH?
Answering that question is quite easy.
The scripture above says : 2Ch 6:27  Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
Now you may say that that was old Israel, certainly that is not our beloved church. Ellen White says the prophets of Old spoke more for our day.
The testimony of Jesus the Spirit of Prophecy sasy : “Paul writes concerning the experiences of the people of God in ancient times, "All these things happened unto them for ensamples; and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
 "The prophets spoke less for their own time than for the ages which have followed, and for our own day”   {Sings of the Times , April 2, 1896 par. 12}
Thus 2Ch 6:27 above was for us when it says : “when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance.
Have we stepped out of the WAY, have we removed ourselves from the Way Wherein we SHOULD WALK?

Jer 6:16  Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.   Now Jer 6 is a real eye opener, read all of it if you could. But to keep the focus I will pass by it with reluctance at this time.
In Ellen White’s first vision in the book Early Writings the Lord directed her attention to a people on a path from her time till the end of this earth  she  says :
“While I was praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell upon me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them, when a voice said to me, "Look again, and look a little higher." At this I raised my eyes, and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the beginning of the path, which an angel told me was the midnight cry. This light shone all along the path and gave light for their feet so that they might not stumble. If they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the city, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and said the city was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted, "Alleluia!" Others rashly denied the light behind them and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out, leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and lost sight of the mark and of Jesus, and fell off the path down into the dark and wicked world below. Soon we [SEE APPENDIX.] heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming. The living saints, 144,000 in number, knew and understood the voice, while the wicked thought it was thunder and an earthquake. When God spoke the time, He poured upon us the Holy Ghost, and our faces began to light up and shine with the glory of God, as Moses' did when he came down from Mount Sinai.”  {EW 14.1}

Now noticed those who kept their eyes on Jesus (not cliché keep your eyes on Jesus as we know it in the church today) but those who followed the lamb where so ever he goeth  (Rev14) notice they are the ones that stays on the path .These are those who trusted the light behind them. Now Light is truth and The prophet of the lord says the Light was what ? “the light set up behind them at the beginning of the path… was the midnight cry”. The light, the truth, the messages of the history of the beginning of Adventism that is  1840-44 will keep us on the path. But notice the light was all along the path even in front of them as they walk. The light was ADVANCING light. Those who distrust the Old paths of Adventism will fall off the path. Two more scripture there are more we can pull to bolster this point, but for time we will look at one more on the subject of the old path
Bible says : Pro 4:18  But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Pro 4:19  The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isa 58:12  And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

Notice the light is advancing on those who are the just, those who by faith hold on to the old paths of Adventism the light is shines on  MORE AND MORE, this is advancing light. The WAY of the WICKED is DARKNESS they don’t see and so the stumble and as sister White says the fall of the path of the Just.
Now why did we go into all this? Let’s bring all into focus.

• The latter rain comes in connection with a message of Revival and Reformation as appropriately defined by Bible and Spirit of Prophecy above.
• Not all will receive the latter rain; some will neither discern nor receive it when it comes.
• We prove that the Rest,Rain ,Refreshing, latter rain are all the terms used for describing the outpouring of the Holy spirit.
• 2Ch 6:27 shows those who receive rain are those who walk in the “good way”  wherein they “should walk” .
• The prophet to the Remnant church Ellen White saw the path that we should remain on.
• She saw the light, the truth,the messages of 1840-44 shining on the path we should walk on.
• She saw this path with the light behind us and before us all along the path to glory.
• Jer6:16 tells us the OLD PATHS is the good way that we should walk where we shall find rest, now note rest and refreshing is at the end of this path.
• Ellen White's first vision ends with the outpouring of the Holy Gost  on those who remain on the path.
• Prov 4:19 show this path has advancing light just as Ellen White saw.
• Isa58:12 tells us that the old waste places need rebuilding that there were holes(breach) to be repaired. The old Waste places are the old paths. Some would partake in the rebuilding others would doubt and refrain from coming up to the help of the Lord. These are those that did not receive nor discern the beginning ,the sprinkling of the latter rain.


MISTUNDERSTANDING OF THE LATTER RAIN FALSLY PLACES YOU UNDER AN UMBRELLA OF SAFETY.
When we misunderstand, when we do not search diligently the word of God as for hidden treasures, when we do not live up to the active Christian virtues, when we as a people eyes are clouded by worldliness we are in no position to se nor discern the later rain in the form of the message. Christ came and those who did not receive the message of John the Elijah of that time could not benefit from the message of Christ the one whom the messages was based on.
Thus individuals who did not accept Christ as the Messiah that is the blind Sanhedrin, the Priest and most of the Jews could not benefit from the pentecostal message and spiritual showers of the spirit of the disciples.
Thus they crucify the Savior, killed the disciples and were unprepared for the closing up of the seventy weeks that were determine upon Jews according to Daniel 9 .
As a result of rejecting the three stage message of John, Christ and disciples probation close on Jewish Nation, the chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, the peculiar people when they stoned Stephen and they didn’t even know it.
The latter rain message of Daniel 11:40-45 that tells us beyond the shadow of a gain saying doubt that the end is near, the way-marks that shows us conclusively that we are in the final generation. This same message is that which brings the bones together and put flesh and tissue creating a body waiting to receive the BREATH OF THE CREATOR in the latter rain. This message leads one to repentance that drives a Loadicean to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to say like Isaiah “ I am undone, I am a man of unclean lips that dwell among a people of unclean lips”
This is the life giving message that makes us see all our church attendance as for real,all our spiritual wars in our personal life has come to a place where they will end.
This message in Daniel 11:40-45 tells us this is for real. It is this message that wakes the Dead Dry Bones. It is this message that’s make you and I want to experience righteousness by faith because we will or you already know that we cannot live righteously unless by a minute by minute un-severed relationship with the savior. Righteousness by faith is the Third angels message by experience brought about by the third angles delineation of history; that is in no doubt the history in Daniel 11:40-45. Daniel 11:40-45 is the Third Angels message, in it contains the History and the Experience of the third angel.


Many wait on the latter rain to perfect their defective characters but this is a colossal mistake.
I also saw that many do not realize what they must be in order to live in the sight of the Lord without a high priest in the sanctuary, through the time of trouble. Those who receive the seal of the living God, and are protected in the time of trouble, must reflect the image of Jesus fully.
    I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful, and were looking to the time of "refreshing" and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord, and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation, therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God. {CET 112.3}

THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST WILL BE UNDERSTOOD,IT WILL BRING ABOUT A REFORMATION
The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed,the other a book opened. {7BC 971.5}
“When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience. They will be given such glimpses of the open gates of heaven that heart and mind will be impressed with the character that all must develop in order to realize the blessedness which is to be the reward of the pure in heart. The Lord will bless all who will seek humbly and meekly to understand that which is revealed in the Revelation. This book contains so much that is large with immortality and full of glory that all who read and search it earnestly receive the blessing to those "that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein." One thing will certainly be understood from the study of Revelation--that the connection between God and His people is close and decided.  {FLB 345.3}

Latter Rain Promised Part2

THE LATTER RAIN PROMISED PART 2 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DANIEL11:40-45.

THE REMNANT
The Bible shows in Revelation 12:17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ  .  Also we read about a certain people in Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Then we get what comprise the Testimony of Jesus in Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Now note carefully that these individuals that keep the commandment of God and have (possess, internalized, characterized by) the Spirit of prophecy are refer to as “SAINTS”.

This word “SAINTS” in the Greek is “hagios” pronounced hag’-ee-os from the word “hagnos” which means: sacred, pure, morally blameless, ceremonially consecrated, holy one(s).

Now if we match these definitions above with those in Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 we will see a striking resemblance of character, it says in Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
7:2​And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
7:3​Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
7:4​And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Scripture further elaborate on the same numbered individuals; it says in Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
14:4​These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
14:5​And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Let us consolidate these understanding in the scripture above.

THE REMNANT

• They keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev12:17).
• Along with the commandments, their lifestyle is characterized or shaped if you please by the Spirit of Prophecy this is summed up in one word in quotes they “HAVE” The Spirit of Prophecy (Rev19:10),
• God in His mercy held or is holding the “Winds of Strife” So that these ;the REMNANT could be “SEALED in the FOREHEAD”.
• The FOREHEAD is where Decisions are made,  a mans character is represented in the choices he make by the min.
• To be sealed means to be SETTLED INTO TRUTH, Immovable.
• The FATHER’S name ( His Character) is written in the forehead.
• They are not influenced in any way by the Doctrine of Fallen churches, they are virgins Revelation14.4
• In other words they follow the lamb point by point on the path of the Just ,see Prov 4:19 and Ellen white's first vision, Early Writings page 14.
• They are FIRST-FRUITS  they possess all the qualities of the vine Christ they are pronounced in heaven as harvest ready , they receive the message of reformation and are revive first. Then they spread the message representing the fourth angel.
They have no Guile (bitter words or feelings,not offended by wickedness against them) and no faults ,the work of perfection, the gospel, Christ in you the hope of glory has become a reality in the lives of this group.

I said all that to make this simple point. One cannot experience this sealing or settling into truth or having this Christ-like Character except he or she receives a message.

For the Bible shows us clearly that in Romans 10:13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
10:14​How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
10:15​And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
10:16​But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

THE REFORM MESSAGES OF ANCIENT TIMES ARE IDENTICAL TO THAT OF THE END OF DAYS

 As the scripture above shows, one hears,one preaches,is sent with what ?

 A MESSAGE

Those who obey and turn from the Laodicean state will do so based on a MESSAGE.
It is true that many messages will have an effect on Gods people,many of the reforms will come about because of messages. BUT IT IS ONE PRIMARY MESSAGE that stirs the hearts to receive messages of reform.
What was the primary messages in Christ day?  it was Christ the Messiah The Son ,the Begotten of the Father is here. BELIEVE ON HIM ! Thus  Daniel 9:24  became PRESENT TRUTH, it says:
Daniel 9:24
Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

What was the primary message in the millerite time? Daniel 8:14, unto two thousand three hundred days then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. It was a message of the beginning of judgement  "Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of judgment is come" the same was required as in Christ day, "to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness in the life individually. At that time Daniel 8:14,Matthew 25 wise and foolish virgins, Malachi 3 the sudden coming of The Lord to his temple all became PRESENT TRUTH. Ellen white says all these are the same event in the book Great controversy pages 426.1and {Faith I Live By 207.4} also in Maranatha 248.

What is the message here in our day ;the end of the world?

It's based on a prophecy as the reform movements before. It's the  message of the coming King of the north the rise of the Papacy ,the events marking the healing of the deadly wound , the enforcement of worldwide decree,the time of trouble that follows, the great slaughter all found in the last six verses of the book of Daniel that is Daniel 11:40-45. The seventh verse is Daniel 12:1 which shows at that time shall Michael stand up.


In the previous article we established the following using Bible and Spirit of prophecy.
• The latter rain is promised.  “We have a more sure word of prophecy “ 2Peter 1:19.
• A people would be prepared to stand. Immovable and sealed.
• That preparation is initiated by revival and a reformation via the agency of the Holy Spirit.
• Ezekiel 37 dry bones illustrate the revival and reformation in symbols.
• An army would rise up united in “understanding of the times and what Israel ought to do” 1Chronicles 12:32.
• These will receive the Laodicean message favorably and wakeup Rev3:14-22.Isa52:1
• Those who escape Laodicea will experience true revival and reformation. A resurrection from the spiritual death. They will experience a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices.

A second testimony of these points above could be.

THE HISTORY OF THE 10 VIRGINS IN MATTHEW25 PORTRAYS THE BIBLICAL PRECEPT OF TWO CLASSES.

 “Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”
      The coming of Christ, as announced by the first angel’s message, was understood to be represented by the coming of the bridegroom. The widespread reformation under the proclamation of his soon coming, answered to the going forth of the virgins. In this parable, as in that of Matthew 24, two classes are represented. All had taken their lamps, the Bible, and by its light had gone forth to meet the Bridegroom. But while “they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them,” “the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” The latter class had received the grace of God, the regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders his Word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God they had studied the Scriptures to learn the truth, and had earnestly sought for purity of heart and life. These had a personal experience, a faith in God and in his Word, which could not be overthrown by disappointment and delay. Others “took their lamps, and took no oil with them.” They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth, or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim. {GC88393.3}        
                                         
THE SPIRIT DIRECTS GOD'S PEOPLE TO TRUTH NOT ONLY THIS BUT ON TIME.
John 16:13
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:and he will shew you THINGS TO COME.
John 15:26
26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:


WHAT IS IT TO REJECT THE HOLY SPIRIT THE DELIVERER OF TRUTH?

 What constitutes the sin against the Holy Ghost? It is willfully attributing to Satan the work of the Holy Spirit. For example, suppose that one is a witness of the special work of the Spirit of God. He has convincing evidence that the work is in harmony with the Scriptures, and the Spirit witnesses with his spirit that it is of God. Afterward, however, he falls under temptation; pride, self-sufficiency, or some other evil trait, controls him; and rejecting all the evidence of its divine character, he declares that that which he had before acknowledged to be the power of the Holy Spirit was the power of Satan. It is through the medium of His Spirit that God works upon the human heart; and when men willfully reject the Spirit and declare it to be from Satan, they cut off the channel by which God can communicate with them. By denying the evidence which God has been pleased to give them, they shut out the light which had been shining in their hearts, and as the result they are left in darkness. Thus the words of Christ are verified: “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” For a time, persons who have committed this sin may appear to be children of God; but when circumstances arise to develop character and show what manner of spirit they are of, it will be found that they are on the enemy’s ground, standing under his black banner. – {5T 634.1}

Latter Rain Promised Part 3

Latter-Rain Propmise Part 3
The Latter Rain Promises Part 3. The Progressive Arrival

In this release we will go through scripture mapping the arrival of the latter rain and the messages marking its escalating showers upon those who would recognize the messages that accompany the latter rain.
Joel 2:28 promises the out-pouring of the Holy spirit upon men. We know for sure that this was done at Pentecost. How do we know that this has been promised to other generations?
The Holy Spirit is represented in the Bible as rain sometimes call “The Refreshing” accompany by “rest” which comes when Gods people return to Him.

Jer 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

Isa 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Notice the Bible says “times of refreshing” plural which suggest that the Holy Spirit will be poured out without measure more than one time. Lets look at what the Prophet of the Lord says in Great Controversy page 611

“The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel’s message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold. The advent movement of 1840-44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel’s message was carried to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries there was the greatest religious interest which has been witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.
The work will be similar to that of the Day of Pentecost. As the “former rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “latter rain” will be given at its close for the ripening of the harvest. ...The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of theformer rain at the opening of the gospel are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus.” Acts 3:19, 20 "

In the above quote she bundles three histories together, Rev 18.1 which is future, the years 1840-44 which shows Millerite history and Pentecost in Acts 3:19.

One more quote to prove this point that the Joel 2:28 is not a fulfillment of one prophecy or history but more than one.


“In immediate connection with the scenes of the great day of God, the Lord by the prophet Joel has promised a special manifestation of His Spirit. Joel 2:28. This prophecy received a partial fulfillment in the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost; but it will reach its full accomplishment in the manifestation of divine grace which will attend the closing work of the gospel. – {GC ix.3} E.G.W.

Thus it is established that Joel 2:28 will be fulfilled in more than one time period.

What’s the Symbolism behind the rain?

Blessings
Deu 11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 11:14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Deu 11:15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
Righteousness = Rain , No Righteousness = No Rain
Deu 11:17 And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Doctrine represented as rain that comes progressively
Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Again progressive arrival of the rain
Jer 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Joe 2:23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.









So we can conclude that doctrine, Holy Spirit and righteousness comes progressively or increasing in intensity. Thus the doctrine, light, speech or message comes in the same progressive manner.

"At this time the special endowment of divine grace and power is not less needful to the churchthan in apostolic days.” FLB 292.5


Historical proof of the Outpouring
The Histories of the promised outpouring of the Holy Spirit symbolize by rain are as follows.
History #1 Acts 2:1-4 Pentecost
History #2 Rev 10-7 is the Millerite history 1840-1844
History #3 Rev 18:1 latter Rain at the Sunday law (future).

As we saw in Jer 5:24, Jeol 2:23 and also in Deut 32:2 a progressive pouring out of the rain so we are to observe a progressive outpouring of the Holy Spirit in reality in these 3 histories.

In History #1 Christ breaths upon the disciples before the Pentecostal showers was given in Acts 2. This shows progression.
The Bible says: John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:

In History number #2 Christ breaths upon the Millerites as shown in Early Writings page 55.1 and notice her words “
"In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace.” Which are all evidence of the Holy Spirit. She wrote :

“I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus’ countenance and
admired His lovely person. The Father’s person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, “If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist.” Before the throne I saw the Advent people—the church and the world. I saw two companies, one bowed down before the throne, deeply interested, while the other stood uninterested and careless. Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son and from the Son to the praying company.
Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it; others were careless and did not cherish the light, and it moved off from them. Some cherished it, and went and bowed down with the little praying company. This company all received the light and rejoiced in it, and their countenances shone with its glory.
I saw the Father rise from the throne,and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of holies within the veil, and sit down. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and the most of those who were bowed down arose with Him. I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after He arose, and they were left in perfect darkness. Those who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them out a little way. Then He raised His right arm, and we heard His lovely voice saying, “Wait here; I am going to My Fatherto receive the kingdom; keep your garments spotless, and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to Myself.” Then a cloudy chariot, with wheels like flaming fire,surrounded by angels, came to where Jesus was. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where the Father sat. There I beheld Jesus, a great High Priest, standing before the Father. On the hem of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate.
Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, “My Father, give us Thy Spirit.” Then Jesus would breathe upon them the Holy Ghost. In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace. I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, “Father, give us Thy Spirit.” Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan’s object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God’s children.{EW 55.1

In Early Writings 231-232 The Topic “The Midnight Cry” it is evident that the Holy Spirit was
poured out after the breath was received.

“Near the close of the second angel's message, I saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the voices of angels crying, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him!
The midnight cry was given to give power to the second angel's message. Angels were sent from heaven to wake up the discouraged saints, and prepare them for the great work before them. The most talented men were not the first to receive this message. Angels were sent to the humble, devoted ones, and constrained them to raise the cry, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him. Those entrusted with the cry made haste, and in the power of the Holy Spirit spread the cry, and aroused their discouraged brethren. This cry did not stand in the wisdom and learning of men, but in the power of God, and his saints who heard the cry could not resist it. The most spiritual received this message first, and those who had formerly led in the work were the last to receive and help swell the cry, Behold the Bridegroom cometh, go ye out to meet him.”{EW237-238}

History number one plus history number two equals history number three (our history).
The Bible shows us on the testimony of two “a things is established”
Deu 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
Gen 41:32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

In many ways these three histories are similar ,the similarities was brought out in the two previous studies ,but for the scope of this study we want to focus on how similar is the progression of the out-pouring of Holy Spirit in particular.
Thus if Christ breath on the faithful in the two histories that is the disciples and on the Millerites should we expect a breathing on his faithful before the full outpouring at the Sunday law?
The answer to this may be found in Ezekiel 37. In Ezekiel 37 God shows how two prophesying and messages cause the bones to come together, another message(prophesying) cause the dead bodies to come to life, but let us look quickly first at what Spirit of Prophecy says about this repeat in history and notice the Scriptures she paraphrase while doing so.



She says:
(Hosea 6:3; Joel 2:23, 28, 29; Zechariah 10:1; Revelation 18:1.) Pentecost Repeated With Greater Power—It is with an earnest longing that I look forward to the time when the events of the day of Pentecost shall be repeated with even greater power than on that occasion. John says, “I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.” Then, as at the Pentecostal season, the people will hear the truth spoken to them, every man in his own tongue.
God can breathe new life into every soul that sincerely desires to serve Him, and can touch the lips with a live coal from off the altar, and cause them to become eloquent with His praise.
Thousands of voices will be imbued with the power to speak forth the wonderful truths of God’sWord. The stammering tongue will be unloosed, and the timid will be made strong to bear courageous testimony to the truth. May the Lord help His people to cleanse the soul temple from every defilement, and to maintain such a close connection with Him that they may be partakers of the latter rain when it shall be poured out (The Review and Herald, July 20, 1886).
Besides the obvious outline we see she quotes from Ezekiel 37,Isa 6:6, Isa 28 also.
I believe the prophecy of the dead dry bones coming alive in Ezekiel 37 shows this progression of the out pouring of the latter rain in doctrine as shown in Deuteronomy 32:2,therefor it is this prophecy (Ezekiel 37 )we will see the latter rain messages that brings the body alive but also another message that brings the bones together . Ezekiel 37 is present truth.

The Dead Dry Bones in the open valley represents our experience.
Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
Eze 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Eze 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Eze 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Eze 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Eze 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
Eze 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Eze 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
It is essential that we verify the symbolism so we can identify by Bible who is this valley of bones.
Let see what valley represent.
1Sa 17:2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the o of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.
Jer 7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.
Psa_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.

We see valleys are places where battles are set and where men die due to war. In a spiritual sense what brings death, remember Ezekiel is in vision so things are seen in a spiritual nature so we going to look via bible only that which  brings spiritual death.

Gen_2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Amo_9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
Rom6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We see death and sin goes together and valleys are where wars are setup and men die. One more scripture in the book of Joel tells us more about what valley represent. The book of Joel is loaded with end time truths. All of Joel speaks about the last days. The bible says :
Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
In this case we see valley connected with decision, a state of choosing. So the dead in the valley are representative of those who choose to sin, remember sin falls into three categories according to 1John2:16
1. Lust of the eyes.
2. The Lust of the flesh.
3. Pride of life.
The Symbol of being “very dry”
Hos 2:1 Say ye unto your brethren, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah.
Hos 2:2 Plead with your mother, plead: for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband: let her therefore put away her whoredoms out of her sight, and her adulteries from between her breasts;
Hos 2:3 Lest I strip her naked, and set her as in the day that she was born, and make her as a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and slay her with thirst.

When God separates Himself from his people they become a “dry land”, Now the book of Hosea is about God and his rebellious wife, Israel. And the whoredom express in this book is a reflection of how the people of God had turn from their first love , the One who freed them from Egypt with a mighty hand. Sister White Likens the Egyptian exodus to our “coming out of the other churches”
Remember the story of Ahab and Elijah there was no rain in the land because the people of God had turn from God to the prophets of Baal who sat at the table of the Jezebel the Harlot and witch.
Note Psalm 1 : The green Tree
Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
Psa 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
Psa 1:5 Therefore the ungodly shall not
, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psa 1:6 For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.
The Bible Describes the “ungodly” are the scornful (unbelieving).But the man that walks in the counsel of God is not experiencing a drought because he is planted by waters, evident of the leaves (profession) and fruit (lifestyle).The wicked however is dry,so dry he is like chaff that is blown away of the wind easily.
Another scripture that tells us details about a green tree is that in Revelation 9:20. Details are given to us about this locust plagues which are in reality wars happening to Rome known as the 5th ,6th,7th trumpets which are specifically called woes Rev 8:13 . These plagues are not like the seven last plagues. These are tribes attacking Rome hence Rome moves from Iron to Iron and clay in the image seen in Daniel 2. Rev9 speaks of a group that is not hurt by the scourge of the wars upon the Roman church the unhurt group is referred to as “green thing” ,lets read it .
Rev 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Rev 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
So Green is synonymous with a sealed people. Lets elaborate further on these green people represented as sealed. Lets examine:

Eph 4:29which says :
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.



Eph_1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.
The Holy Spirit is the one that seals us but seals us into what ?
Joh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Thus we see that the “dry bones” in the “dry land” is a representation of a back-sliden people, where as those that are green planted by a rivers of stream of waters are represented as sealed, settle into truth intellectually and spiritually. Those that were sealed in the time period when the 1st woe Islam was in action blocking the Sun which represents Righteousness and the Air/wind which represents the Holy Spirit in reality were the Waldenses.

What the breath means
A word of caution, the principle under investigation in this whole study is the progression in which God pours out his Spirit. We are looking at the fact that the rain comes in two phases sprinkling or light rain which brings the tender plant up, then the latter-rain which ripens the fruit. We have observed that in the prophecy of Joel 2:28 three histories were spoken about where the Spirit of God was poured out on those who were prepare to receive it. We noted that in the two previous fulfillments, that is, Pentecost and Millerite 1840-44 history noted in EW 55.1.

The breath that we are looking at is the first phase that comes in measure upon his people in our history which is followed by the pouring out without measure. Again this breathing upon his people in measure that I am referring to is not the same breath that comes from the four winds here mentioned in Ezekiel 37:9 that gives life to the bones brought together.

No doubt the breath from the four winds is The Holy Spirit but this is not the point of focus in this study. What we are comparing is how God gave them a measure of his spirit in breathing on the disciples seen here in John 20:22 before the Pentecostal showers came upon them afterward without measure in Acts 2.

The Breath a representation of life.
Eze 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Geneses 2:7,Job33:4 the The Breath God gave man plus body he made produced a living soul.
Job27:3 tells us that breath given is the equivalent to the Spirit of God.
John 16:13 Says: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth, for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
In Ezekiel37: is a description of what will happen when the breath come into the bones but this was not to take place before the bones come together first.

What does it mean to Prophesy?
Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
Eze 2:1-6 says : Say unto them.
The Whole of Ezekiel 2 show us that Ezekiel was to give a message to Israel backslidden Israel


The progression of the two messages prophesy, prophesy given in Ezekiel 37
The First prophesying brings the bones together
Eze 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
Eze 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Note that during this first prophesying in Ezekiel 37 (giving of the message )there was to be a shaking.

What is the shaking?
Amo 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
Amo 9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
Dan 10:7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

Quaking is a fright manifesting itself by physical shaking. From the above we see shaking brings about division, a separation of two classes.

In the following you will see shaking synonymous with judgment
Eze 38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
Eze 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
Eze 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
Eze 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Eze 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 37:7(b) “and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
At the closing remarks concerning this vision the Bible says this mighty army is the “whole house of Israel”. Thus we can go back in bible times and look and see how or what was used to bring all the tribes of the people of Israel together literally.

Numbers 10:1-4 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Num 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Num 10:3 And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.


Num 10:4 And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.
Now it’s clear that the trumpet was used for calling the people together, does other books of the bible hold this same view can we look way past the exodus experience where the trumpet is used literally or symbolically to call the people together ? Lets look in Jeremiah
Jer 4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.
Jer 4:2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
Jer 4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Jer 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
Jer 4:5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.
Jer 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
Jer 4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

Let us crystallize some thoughts, note the Lion kingdom in bible prophesy is Babylon or the king of the North ,Modern Babylon in our case at this time. Though tempting we want to keep focus on the study of the progression aspect ie prophesy, prophesy representing two significant message.
This is a two phase arrival of the latter rain doctrine coming to the Seventh Day Adventist Church that first brings the bones together(unity of understanding and purpose) another message that portrays God’s remnant as a living army. These messages come signifying the arrival of the latter rain first in measure then without measure. Of course you would remember in Deut32: “My doctrine shall drop as the rain and my speech shall distill as the dew” showing the link between doctrine and rain. Then also in the same scripture it gives the understanding of how the doctrine/Latter rain message comes which is in a progressive nature ,first the “small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass” So what we are looking at is the first phase, the Holy Spirit breathing upon Gods people at this time then the second phase of outpour without measure in the latter rain as prefigured by the history of the disciples and that of the Millerites. Our Focus at this time is not so much when these messages arrive or which was understood first, but more when they have their specific effect.
The first message gathers the bones together that’s the effect of that first message. The second message bring alive the dead bodies, We know that the latter rain message is a message from Daniel 11:40-45 when Daniel stands in his lots according to Spirit of Prophecy, this message will portray ,prove, show, testify to the world that an army is alive when they see the effect that this message that they are hearing portrayed in Revelation 18:1 as a people truly alive filling the world with all its glory.



We are now in the middle of understanding the gathering of the bones and we realize that Old Israel was gather by the use of the trumpet and no other instrument.

The trumpets predicted for a time beyond Old Testament times
Joe 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
Joe 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
Joe 2:3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
Joe 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Joe 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Joe 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. Joe 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
Joe 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
Joe 2:10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:

All the Symbols here underlined could be found in Rev 9 which in time past was taught by the Millerites lecturers to be synonymous with Islam. It was said by Uriah Smith one of the pioneers of Adventism to be representation of the Saracens and the Turks which we know today as Mohometans or Islam. He says the following

"There is scarcely so uniform an agreement among interpreters concerning any other part of the Apocalypse as respecting the application of the fifth and sixth trumpets, or the first and second woes, to the Saracens and the Turks. It is so obvious that it can scarcely be misunderstood. Instead of a verse or two designating each, the whole of the ninth chapter of the Revelation, equal portions, is occupied with a description of both.” {Topic :The Moslem World} The book Daniel and Revelation by Uriah smith pg 493

A glimpse at Revelation 9 and Joel 2 will easily prove that both are speaking of the same events the trumpets woes of Islam. Joel chapter 2 and Revelation 9 is the same prophesy about Islam, one having details the other does not have. Remember “the Spirit of the prophets are subject to the prophets for God is not the author of confusion” 1 Cor 14:32, 33


Revelation 9:3 shows they are as Locust “Joel 2:3 the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness”. This is the destructive work of locust Revelation 9:7 shows their advantage in warfare was their swift fearless horses of which they are seldom separated from, similarly Joel2:4 referred to them as “The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run”
Geneses 17:18-20 Describes the sons of Ishmael the children of the East as a “great nation” a “godowly” people which means a mighty people. The same understanding is here given in Joel 2:2 “ a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it”
A signature of Terrorism is seen and the agony of war in Joel 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness. Details of this is given in Rev9:6,10,11 Men shall “seek death” and desire to die and shall not find it, they were like scorpions ,they hurt men, the king over them was Abaddon and Apollyon which means destroyer in both the Greek and Hebrew tongue.
Thus Joel 2 description of Islam is the truth that we face today, it is present truth, this is another among the many biblical evidence we are indeed in the last days.
Joe 2:1 says : Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
While Revelation 9 describes Islam, Joel 2 tells the people of God what they need to do in time when Islam is angering the nations.
Joe 2:16 tells us, Modern Israel what we need to do ,it says:
“ Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

The gathering of the 144000,the calling together of the bones.
The messages of the Trumpets of Islam specifically brings the awareness to Laodicea that we are in the Judgment of the Living. The deadline is given in Revelation 10:7 in the voice of the seventh trumpet 3rd woe.
Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. What is this mystery to be completed by the deadline mentioned above?
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The messages of Islam bear similarity to the Islamic movements of 1840-44. It is evident that history is repeating. The same way Islam empowered the message of the 2300 days in Millerite history it empowers the message of Daniel 11:40-45 the rise of the king of the north the Papacy.

The trumpets of Islam call the bones together. It is going back to the old paths that a people who are obedient, humble and willing to hear will be pointed to see Islam on Habakkuk’s two tables in the form of the 1843 and 1850 charts.

Thus Joel 2 which says “gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, and gather the children” are to be the focus of every congregation, every home and every individual. By so doing we are partaking in the fulfillment of the bones coming together in preparation for the other message or prophesying in Ezekiel 37 which brings the breath and life into the bodies. That is the final phase of the Rain, that is the out-pouring without measure.

No doubt this is the Sunday Law Time period and the message detailing the healing of the deadly wound of the Papacy, the king of the north.
It is leading up to the Sunday Law the World will be prepared to receive the message of the King of the North, It is at the Sunday law we expect the richest abundance of grace to be poured out upon the people of God . The later rain message Daniel 11:40-45 is the messages that accompany the full outpouring without measure.
Are you receiving the breath before the torrential out-pouring?
The question is, are you receiving the measured rain, the sprinkling the dew? Is your life being shaped by the sure word of prophecy that allows the Day Star Christ to rise in your hearts 2Peter 1:19 ? The latter rain is sprinkling are you recognizing it, are you receiving it?
If you are receiving, then you should be growing in your understanding of God’s word, you should be growing in faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, charity .In other words according to 2Peter 1:4 We should be coming closer to being partakers of the divine nature, Which is Christ in you the hope of Glory Col 1:27. This is evident that sanctification process is on its way to completion. We see here again that prophecy prepares us to cooperate fully with the work of the Holy Spirit in our personal experience. While the Papacy is racing quietly to the throne of the earth Christ should be sitting comfortably, not rushed on the throne of your heart. There is a heart work to be done and it must be done now.
The Prophet of the Lord says: “We may be sure that when the Holy Spirit is poured out, those who did not receive and appreciate the early rain will not see or understand the value of the latter rain.--TM 399 (1896).
Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognise the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.”--TM 507 (1897)


Friday, December 5, 2014

Response to Ty Gibson's Article,The issue of Female Ordination

The Judgment of the living. Part 1.

*bold and underlined supplied.


“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”Acts 17:31

“I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Ecclesiastes 3:17

“Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” 1 Timothy 5:24

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:” Acts 3: 19, 20.

“At the time appointed for the judgment--the close of the 2300 days, in 1844--began the work of investigation and blotting out of sins. All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ must pass its searching scrutiny. Both the living and the dead are to be judged "out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Revelation 20:12. {FLB 211.2}

“Said the Judge: "All will be justified by their faith and judged by their works." {FLB 211.3}

“Sins that have not been repented of and forsaken will not be pardoned, and blotted out of the books of record, but will stand to witness against the sinner in the day of God. . . . “{FLB 211.4}

“There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Every one must be tested, and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing.” {FLB 211.5}

The investigative judgment started on October 22, 1844. ‘All who have ever taken upon themselves the name of Christ’ must be judged. We are admonished to have our sins blotted out when the ‘times of refreshing’ comes. Why is this timing so important? When is the ‘times of refreshing’? And how shall ‘he send Jesus Christ’?

“The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon--none know how soon--it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition, "Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3:3.

“We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained in the book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation, afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The light, frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there were not another being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested and found without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. “{CCh 348.5}

“Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon—none know how soon—it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour's admonition: "Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is." Mark 13:33. {CCh 349.1}

THE REFRESHING CONNECTED TO THE CLOSING WORK IN THE SANCTUARY

“The work will be similar to that of the day of Pentecost. As the “former rain” was given, in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the opening of the gospel, to cause the upspringing of the precious seed, so the “latter rain” will be given at its close, for the ripening of the harvest. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord; his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” [Hosea 6:3.] “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.” [Joel 2:23.] “In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh.” “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” [Acts 2:17, 21.] The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. The prophecies which were fulfilled in the outpouring of the former rain at the opening of the gospel, are again to be fulfilled in the latter rain at its close. Here are “the times of refreshing” to which the apostle Peter looked forward when he said, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out [in the investigative Judgment], when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus.” [Acts 3:19, 20.] {GC88 611.1}

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distill as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:” Deuteronomy 32:2

Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming. {Mar 200.2}

The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. . . . {Mar 200.3}

The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's righteousness, will appear in the shame of their own nakedness. {Mar 200.4}

The ‘times of refreshing’ is the latter rain1. The rain however, comes in sprinkle, dew or small rain, then full outpouring, showers. Christ comes to his people in the form of a message (doctrine) to prepare them (settled and grounded in truth) to give a final warning message (the loud cry). What is this message?





“The angel who unites in the proclamation of the third angel's message is to lighten the whole earth with his glory. A work of world-wide extent and unwonted power is here foretold. The Advent movement of 1840-44 was a glorious manifestation of the power of God; the first angel's message was carried to every missionary station in the world, and in some countries there was the greatest religious interest which has been witnessed in any land since the Reformation of the sixteenth century; but these are to be far exceeded by the mighty movement under the last warning of the third angel.” {GC88 610.3}

The prophecies in the eighteenth of Revelation will soon be fulfilled. During the proclamation of the third angel's message, "another angel" is to "come down from heaven, having great power," and the earth is to be "lighted with his glory." The Spirit of the Lord will so graciously bless consecrated human instrumentalities that men, women, and children will open their lips in praise and thanksgiving, filling the earth with the knowledge of God, and with his unsurpassed glory, as the waters cover the sea. {RH, October 13, 1904 par. 3}

Those who have held the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end will be wide-awake during the time that the third angel's message is proclaimed with great power. During the loud cry, the church, aided by the providential interpositions of her exalted Lord, will diffuse the knowledge of salvation so abundantly that light will be communicated to every city and town. The earth will be filled with the knowledge of salvation. So abundantly will the renewing Spirit of God have crowned with success the intensely active agencies, that the light of present truth will be seen flashing everywhere. {RH, October 13, 1904 par. 4}

The saving knowledge of God will accomplish its purifying work on the mind and heart of every believer. The Word declares: "Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes." This is the descent of the Holy Spirit, sent from God to do its office work. The house of Israel is to be imbued with the Holy Spirit, and baptized with the grace of salvation. {RH, October 13, 1904 par. 5}

This sealing message can only be experienced by living individuals, as they settle into truth. This message is given by ‘another angel’ that joins the third angel and proclaims the three angel’s messages in one. The complete message is fully experienced by the messengers and so it fills the earth with God’s glory2,(Rev.18:1-3) as his character is reproduced in a people. ‘…Christ in you, the hope of glory:’ (Colossians 1:27). When did the mighty angel come down?

“We are living in the time of the end. The fast-fulfilling signs of the times declare that the coming of Christ is near at hand… On one occasion, when in New York City, I was in the night season called upon to behold buildings rising story after story toward heaven. These buildings were warranted to be fireproof, and they were erected to glorify their owners and builders… The scene that next passed before me was an alarm of fire. Men looked at the lofty and supposedly fire-proof buildings and said: "They are perfectly safe." But these buildings were consumed as if made of pitch. The fire engines could do nothing to stay the destruction. The firemen were unable to operate the engines.” {9T 11.1-13.1}

“The world is stirred with the spirit of war. The prophecy of the eleventh chapter of Daniel has nearly reached its complete fulfillment. Soon the scenes of trouble spoken of in the prophecies will take place.” {9T 14.2}

"How comes the word that I have declared that New York is to be swept away by a tidal wave? This I have never said. I have said, as I looked at the great buildings going up there, story after story, 'What terrible scenes will take place when the Lord shall arise to shake terribly the earth! Then the words of Revelation 18:1-3 will be fulfilled.' The whole of the eighteenth chapter of Revelation is a warning of what is coming on the earth. But I have no light in particular in regard to what is coming on New York, only that I know that one day the great buildings there will be thrown down by the turning and overturning of God's power. From the light given me, I know that destruction is in the world. One word from the Lord, one touch of his mighty power, and these massive structures will fall. Scenes will take place the fearfulness of which we can not imagine. {RH, July 5, 1906 par. 14}

It is best to read the entire chapter ‘ The Last Crisis’ in Testimonies volume 9, starting on page 11. The mighty angel of Revelation 18:1-3 came down on September 11, 20013. Since then, God’s people have returned to the old paths and Daniel 11:40-454 has been understood, the little book has been unsealed. What was significant about the falling of the towers?

“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” Revelation 9:11

“The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.” Revelation 11:14

“Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” 1 Corinthians 6:2,3.

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”Rev.20:4

“The latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every defilement. It is our work today to yield our souls to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord--fitted for the baptism of the Holy Spirit”.--1SM 191 (1892). {LDE 193.1}

A complete understanding of the three woes3 of Revelation is key to understanding the significance of 911. The beginning of the third and final woe, marked a period of sealing for God’s people. In order to be sealed, one must be alive and judged worthy of God’s seal-judgment of the living. The righteous dead then the righteous living, will be judged to determine whether they will be retained in the book of life. Remember the sins of the righteous living must be blotted out before the ‘times of refreshing’ as the Holy Spirit will not fall on sinful individuals.

What are we to do?

“If the truth we profess to believe, does not change the heart and transform the character, it is of no value to us. If the same defects of character remain in us after we have a knowledge of the truth; if pride, self-esteem, self-sufficiency, evil thinking, evil surmising, evil speaking, still continue; if we judge those with whom we come in contact, we are not becoming sanctified through the truth, and will have no part with Christ in his kingdom. The Lord will deal with us as we deal with others. Have we dealt unkindly, unjustly with the brethren, with the world? Then it is for us to make confession, repent, and be converted, that our sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” {RH, October 31, 1893 par. 6}

Evil surmising and evil speaking will be put away. You will talk and we will not be thinking of ourselves and what others are doing, but what God and Jesus are doing. . . . What are they doing? They are cleansing the sanctuary. . . . We should be with Him in this work and be cleansing the sanctuary of our souls of all unrighteousness, that our names may be written in the Lamb's book of life, that our sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. It is the most solemn work that was ever given to mortals. {LHU 216.5}

You have no time to be exalting self, but [only to] lift Jesus up. Oh, lift Him up! How can we do this? How can we [be] seeking all the time to be saving ourselves, and exalting ourselves? . . . Says the shepherd of the flock, "Who does He mean--ministers? No. Everyone who has named the name of Christ, who has tasted and knows that the Lord is good. . . . {LHU 216.6}

God will put His power on you, and combine His divine with our human efforts, and we can work out our salvation with fear and trembling. That is a power that Satan cannot resist or overthrow (manuscript 26, 1888).

“Let everyone examine himself to see whether he be in the faith. Let the people of God repent and be converted, that their sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Let them ascertain wherein they have failed to walk in the way that God has marked out, wherein they have failed to purify their souls by taking heed to His counsels.

Those who profess to be the followers of Christ are in danger of taking a course similar to that of Judas. If they do not hourly make Christ their strength, and through his grace become overcomers, their unlikeness to Christ is strengthening; their evil habits are confirming. Those who are spiritually proud, selfish, and stubborn, may now make diligent work in repentance, and their sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. The precious light shining upon us, shone upon the disciples; for it came through them to us, and it is of the same value today as in the early days of Christianity. Christ did not compel Judas to receive the light; neither will he compel us to receive it. The Lord sends his servants to open the treasures of truth to the understanding of all who will accept evidence; but if men choose to cherish their own notions, and resist the truth, refusing to be sanctified through it, their hearts will become hard and unimpressible.” {RH, March 17, 1891 par. 8}

“Precious light is shining in order that we all may become doers of the word of Christ, and may diffuse the light of truth to others. As you see the standard of what you ought to be set before you, review your past experience, and remember that whoso confesseth and forsaketh his sins shall find mercy. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." For Christ's sake your sins may be forgiven, and may go beforehand to judgment to be "blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." But do not sleep now on the very brink of the eternal world. Obtain the experience where you will hate the things which you once loved, and love that which you once hated; where you will count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ.” {RH, April 9, 1895 par. 8}

“Those who would share the benefits of the Saviour's mediation should permit nothing to interfere with their duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God. The precious hours, instead of being given to pleasure, to display, or to gain-seeking, should be devoted to an earnest, prayerful study of the Word of truth. The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative Judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise, it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time, or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. Each must meet the great Judge face to face. How important, then, that every mind contemplate often the solemn scene when the Judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened, when, with Daniel, every individual must stand in his lot, at the end of the days.” {GC88 488.2}

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For a comprehensive understanding of the topic, ‘Judgment of the Living’, a full study on these subjects are encouraged. These are available :

1. Latter Rain

2. God’s glory

3. September 11, 2001 (911); Three woes of Revelation

4. Daniel 11:40-45