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“Oh, the unspeakable greatness of that exchange,—the Sinless One is condemned, and he who is guilty goes free; the Blessing bears the curse, and the cursed is brought into blessing; the Life dies, and the dead live; the Glory is whelmed in darkness, and he who knew nothing but confusion of face is clothed with glory.” Trailady

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Monday, September 18, 2017

A sinner's redress of grievances against God

“So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Gen. 3:24).

Adding salt to the wound. Was it necessary? First He brought the man to confession. But that wasn’t enough. Then He cursed the man’s world. But that wasn’t enough punishment. Then He forced him to slay one of his favorite pets for a sin offering. But that wasn’t enough. Then He drove him out of paradise. But that wasn’t even enough. He followed through with His original threat, “in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Gen. 2:17).

“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters:
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” (Gen. 5:3-5).

And all during that 900 year life Adam died a thousand deaths. He saw one son die at the hands of his own brother, and then Adam saw that brother flee and begin a worldwide rebellion against the holy God that Adam still loved. Yet, to Jesus the question would remain, “Did Adam remain faithful to Jehovah to the very end?”

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10).
“[Christ’s] house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” (Heb. 3:6).

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise....
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Heb. 10:36,38,39).

After all that we suffer, does Jehovah dog us with guilt and shame to the very end?

What kind of incentive do we have to be faithful all our life long if rejection, real rejection from Jehovah is all we get from Him? Rejection! Rejection! Silence from heaven all during our life. And on top of that the threat of Judgment Day if we reject Him after He has been rejecting us! We may find it hard to accept, but all His rejection and continuous accountability is for our good.

We need rejection to keep us straight. We are so weakened by the destroyer that we cannot stay sober and vigilant against his charms without prods from above. We need to be kept under the curse of His Law that we’ve all broken and keep rejecting. Even among our own we get rejection. It’s all over the place. It’s a reality that never goes away.

I had already spent a lot of money paying the publisher for changes I had made to my book on the subject of Revelation’s seven trumpets in relation to the investigative judgment. Yet when I submitted my last edit, I received this unexpected email in return:

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RE: final edit
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:06 AM
From: "Bill N______" publisher@t________.com
To:      "David Burdick" b____________@yahoo.com
Cc:      "Timothy H_______" manager@t_________.com  

Hi, David.

We have gone over everything and have rejected your manuscript because of the following:

All design instructions included in the manuscript MUST BE REMOVED (Any remaining will be charged at $3.10 per change if you want us to do it for you)
The Appendices in TB6 MUST be added to the manuscript to be included (we can do this at an estimate of $200-300 additional)

If the above two above problems are resolved by you, the charges will remain as originally estimated at $818.45. (Based on 236,527 words)
There is an additional charge of $36.00 per 1,000 words for anything over 235,527 words.

Thank you,
Bill


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I read, “rejected” and the capitalized demands; and then I felt victimized. What did I do to deserve such strong language? Why couldn’t they be polite? Why couldn’t they treat me like a human? Like a customer?

We need rejection if we’ve done wrong. I had done wrong to the publishing company by my many extensive edits. I had dragged out the publishing process until it had become costly to the publisher and probably confusing to the copy-editor. Even though I didn’t realize it I was causing them to be inefficient in the publishing process. Nevertheless, ignorance is no excuse. I needed to learn, and whether under terms spoken nicely or bluntly I needed to accept the communication. I wasn’t the only customer involved. I had a contract with the publisher; which made the company a customer to me. If I was dragging them around, even without knowing I was, then they needed to let me know to stop it. And it needed to be in black and white in case they needed to resort to the legal system to end this trespass against them.

We need Jehovah’s strong language. Our demon-controlled heart and blinded mind need to hear His blunt terms or we won’t end our trespasses against Him, even if our minds are blinded and we do it all ignorantly.  “Thou shalt not” needs to ring in our ears. Our damage done to Him must be made transparent to the angelic court and to us. It needs to be written in black and white, even in stone. Our mouths are open sepulchers and Satan’s abominable breath poisons our prayers that ascend, our ignorant, faithless demands to the King of heaven. We just don’t know how much we need His bold, blaring message of rejection.

“There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me….
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?” (Luke 18:2-5,7).

Isn’t God represented by the unjust judge? Why does He bear so long with us before He helps us? The devil whispers into our mind, “Doesn’t He claim to love His children? Isn’t He the God of love? Look at how careless His words treat your sensitive, darling heart! Look at how carelessly He treated David publicly in his own court.”

THOU ART THE MAN. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I ANOINTED THEE KING OVER ISRAEL, AND I DELIVERED THEE OUT OF THE HAND OF SAUL;
AND I GAVE THEE THY MASTER’S HOUSE, AND THY MASTER’S WIVES INTO THY BOSOM, AND GAVE THEE THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND OF JUDAH; AND IF THAT HAD BEEN TOO LITTLE, I WOULD MOREOVER HAVE GIVEN UNTO THEE SUCH AND SUCH THINGS.
WHEREFORE HAST THOU DESPISED THE COMMANDMENT OF THE LORD, TO DO EVIL IN HIS SIGHT? THOU HAST KILLED URIAH THE HITTITE WITH THE SWORD, AND HAST TAKEN HIS WIFE TO BE THY WIFE, AND HAST SLAIN HIM WITH THE SWORD OF THE CHILDREN OF AMMON.
NOW THEREFORE THE SWORD SHALL NEVER DEPART FROM THINE HOUSE; BECAUSE THOU HAST DESPISED ME, AND HAST TAKEN THE WIFE OF URIAH THE HITTITE TO BE THY WIFE.
Thus saith the LORD, BEHOLD, I WILL RAISE UP EVIL AGAINST THEE OUT OF THINE OWN HOUSE, AND I WILL TAKE THY WIVES BEFORE THINE EYES, AND GIVE THEM UNTO THY NEIGHBOUR, AND HE SHALL LIE WITH THY WIVES IN THE SIGHT OF THIS SUN.
FOR THOU DIDST IT SECRETLY: BUT I WILL DO THIS THING BEFORE ALL ISRAEL, AND BEFORE THE SUN.” (2Sam. 12:7-12).

A cloud hung over David for the rest of His life for his act of rape and premeditated murder. So did a sword, the curse of God. One of his sons raped David’s daughter. Her brother assassinated that half brother and then became an insurrectionist against the Lord’s holy kingdom. David’s life was imperiled, and his wives publicly ravaged, by his son. He lived the rest of his years unable to forget his great sin.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Because that wildly popular question builds a satanic straw man, an anti-biblical notion. It feeds God’s people with the insinuations of Satan against God’s righteous rejections. The Bible says that our fallen nature is completely rotten, even the best of us, as Job thought he was. “Behold, He findeth occasions against me, He counteth me for His enemy, He putteth my feet in the stocks, He marketh all my paths.” (Job 33:10,11). God or the boogie man is just out to get me! The cause of my affliction is everyone else but me! Poor me!

“It is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Destruction and misery are in their ways:
And the way of peace have they not known:
There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Rom. 3:10-18).

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23).

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer. 17:9,10).

Will we submit to His judgment of our character as “exceeding sinful.” (Rom. 7:13). Will we surrender and say, “I have sinned against the LORD.” (2Sam. 12:13). “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in Thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called Thy son.” (Luke 15:21).

If we will say these things, then the scourging Schoolmaster (see Heb. 12:6;Gal. 3:24) will bring us to the lamb that taketh away the sin of the world. There we will see the first glimpse of the love we’ve been waiting for. There we won’t see rejection. From God we hear palpably thundered, “THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED; HEAR YE HIM(Matt. 17:5)! But from the Provision that He authorized we feel a gentle, merciful touch on our trembling, terrified body, and hear the blessed words, “Arise, and be not afraid.” (Vs. 7). In Him we aren’t treated as an abomination. We see and hear the voice of love that “[loves us] unto the end.” (John 13:1). Men a-dying aren’t men a-lying. Dying men don’t lie. Jesus’ testimony at His very end was “all that was in His heart.” (2Chron. 32:31). “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34). “Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me.... I in them, and Thou in Me.... Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with with Me where I am.” (John 17:11,23,24).

Wonderful! What love! What acceptance! But, what about the Father’s love? Didn’t Jesus say, “the Father Himself loveth you” (John 16:27)? But He scourges us with His rejection! How is that love? Isn’t that what Baal does?

Where was the love in Nathan’s words to David? “The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” (2Sam. 12:13). You mean, God was on the verge of killing David? A man who had been chasing after Jesus’ heart before he fell into sin?

If only the sinner could realize how arrogant and devilish he is, he would consent to being killed, forever blotted from existence. If only he could realize what would happen to the universe if sin and sinners had not been confined to this world and allowed to die! And David had to relearn that because he lost the understanding of it completely. But he did relearn it.

“Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (Ps. 51:5). “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.” (Ps. 58:3). David had known the ever-present potential for sin in his heart. He had remained conscious of this truth before his great fall from innocence, but in his raging, violent self-indulgence he lost that great truth from his conscience. And he never would have got it back if God had not especially intervened to bring it back to His servant. Satan quickly turned David into a Nimrod and a Cain. All that David had done by inspired wisdom to build up “an holy nation” and to inspire his people to be “a kingdom of priests” (Ex. 19:6), he had demolished. He tore it down with his own hands. The kingdom would never again be the same. Forever the people would doubt that God can keep us from falling into sin, and that His righteousness can preserve a nation.

But will we surrender to divine judgment like David did? Or will we forever fight the intimation of rejection that resides in judgment? Will we fall on the Lamb and be broken, as Adam and Eve and Abel did over and over again? Or will we be malicious and insolent and stone cold toward Jehovah as was Cain? And then offer to Him a piece of His own medicine—mutual stonewalling and rejection, and an offering that could never be acceptable to God because it could never lead him to repentance. Will we admit our failure, tremble before our sin, and bow our pride, or will we shake our fist at God and resist accountability to the truth concerning our sinful nature? Will we become repentant or rebellious? Will we become an Abel or a Cain? Here is where the road divides between a dying life and a living death.

The Lord said that Abel’s “blood crieth unto Me from the ground.” (Gen. 4:10). Abel “being dead yet speaketh.” (Heb. 11:4). When it comes to Jehovah and His saints, “He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.” (Luke 20:38). Abel was crucified with Christ, yet he lived by the Spirit of Christ. In his dying life Abel mortified his body by the Spirit in order to mimic his Saviour, until his martyrdom. Then, he would sleep awaiting his resurrection to the God he love, who anxiously awaited that day.

But of Cain the Lord said, “Now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand…. And Cain said unto the LORD,… Behold, Thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from Thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me. And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.” (Gen. 4:11,14,15). You didn’t die, but your life will make you wish you did. “Thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: in the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.” (Deut. 28:66,67). Of his living death Cain said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” (Gen. 4:13).

Will we be “righteous in [our] own eyes” and “justif[y] [ourselves] rather than God” (Job 32:1,2)? Will we say, “We … were never in bondage” (John 8:33)? “I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me.” (Job 33:9)? Will we stubbornly resist sorrow for sin with Babylon the Great, saying, “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow” (Rev. 18:7)? Or will we accept the rejection of heaven and say, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13). Will we bow to God’s accountability and declare to the world with a great emperor who bowed and received a heart of gold, “Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and His ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to abase.” (Dan. 4:37).

All that the King of heaven has done by rejecting us He has done to our innocent Mediator since the beginning. “In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the Angel of His presence saved them: in His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” (Isa. 63:9). Jesus was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (Rev. 13:8). “God left Him, to try Him, that He might know all that was in His heart.” (2Chron. 32:31, cf John 5:39).

“Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
Then saith He unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with Me.
And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:36-39).

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).

“Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.” (Heb. 2:17).

Grace is the end of divine rejection for everyone who surrenders up their weapon against the King. And grace Incarnate “is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” (Rom. 10:4). A friendship with Grace Incarnate, the only grace-encased human, is our reward for bowing to the King and being brought to His crucified Prince for our full humiliation, and for divine sorrow to repent and faith to be justified. He who has the Son has grace. He who has not the Son has rightful, divine rejection.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36).

“Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up.
In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled.
Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance.
For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told.
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Who knoweth the power of Thine anger? even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” (Ps. 90:3-12).

Sunday, September 17, 2017

An excerpt from my book, The Seven Trumpets and the Investigative Judgment

Chapter 5

Revelation Chapter 8: The Trumpets Begin

Revelation chapter 8 ends the scene of all the future excitement in heaven, the victorious church of chapter 7 upon which John, like Jeremiah, so pleasantly lingered (see Jeremiah 31). With Jeremiah John could say, “Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me” (Jer. 31:26, cf vs. 25). John, like Jeremiah, was viewing the redemption of another humbled Israel. John must, however, leave the triumphant picture of eternity, and revert to the mustering church still earth-bound and marching against Satan. The scene of Revelation 7’s celebration must close in patient hope. The future eternal celebration must cease from John’s sight, for he must review the most solemn period of all Earth’s history, the final examination that decides who will be part of Revelation 7’s joyful, eternal kingdom of God, or who will refuse the war with self in order to gain the everlasting kingdom. Revelation chapter 7 provides the hope and encouragement that would be needed for the reader of The Revelation prior to continuing on to the distressing scenes of the seventh seal’s seven trumpets. Christ’s chapter 7 vision does for the reader what He did for His disciples when He gave them a break from their public labors. “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while” (Mark 6:31). Now, in chapter 8 the reader must hear His words to move forward in battle. “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward” (Deut. 2:3) to fight for the church’s home in the heavenly land of promise, “in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established” (Ex. 15:17, cf Ps. 77:13; Heb. 8:1, 2).

On October 22, 1844, the seventh seal opens and there is a solemn silence in heaven for about a half hour (one week on earth, see verse 1). This occurs at the close of the 2,300 year prophecy of Daniel, “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” (Dan. 8:14, cf Dan. 9:25; Ezra 7:7). That prophecy began in 457 B.C. in the days of Ezra. The week of silence intentionally divides chapter 7’s eternal celebrations by the victorious church at Jesus’ coming from the next scenes of the church still militant against sin and Satan, which precede Christ’s final redemption and His celebrations (see Isaiah 25). The Revelation chapter 8 silence separates the final reward, seen in chapter 7, from the necessary struggles that culminate in that final reward. The day of reward will cause the redeemed to expel all sin from their heart, cleanse sin from the heavenly sanctuary, condemn Satan and his hosts (see Leviticus 16:12; Daniel 8:9-14, 23-25), and will forever hide every reminiscence of the great controversy (see Leviticus 16:16, 19, 30; Isaiah 65:17). Since the days of Adam, all who sought God’s love and grace, and obtained it, were recorded in the book of life (see Psalm 56:8). However, Jesus tells in His parable that not every soul fights to retain His grace all the way to the very end of life. (See Matthew 13:20-22; Matthew 24:13; Revelation 1:3; 2:25, 26; 16:15; Hebrews 2:1-3; 3:6; 6:4-8, 15; Romans 4:17-22; John 8:31.)

Jesus said that most do not strive for the fullest surrender that comes at life’s completion (see Matthew 7:13; Revelation 2:11; Hebrews 10:36, 38). They do not put their whole will and heart toward pleasing God or toward wrestling with His Law for the duration of their lifetime. They become indolent, temptation engulfs them, and they end up with an abrasive heart and character, and a spiritual experience of thorns and briers (see Isaiah 32:13, 16; 33:11-14; Matthew 7:15-17; 12:43-45; 1 Samuel 16:1). They miss the fullness of redemption, not doing like Abraham who continued pressing for the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (see Romans 4:18-22).

Therefore, an investigation by Jesus must ensue (see Ezekiel 34:17; Isaiah 40:10) and be recorded by all the angelic hosts (see Revelation 3:5; 14:6, 10; Luke 15:7, 10, 21; Daniel 4:13, 35). It must judge all whose hearts had confessed the Son of God, from Adam until the end of the judgment. Heaven must examine all who initially surrendered to the condemnation and goodness of God, who trusted in the pouring out of Christ’s soul for them, and ultimately whose candlestick Satan was or was not able to take away (see Revelation 2:5; Matthew 13:38-43; 22:12-14; Revelation 17:14). If their trust and obedience remained to the end, then the heavenly court will not blot out their names from the book of life.

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Rev. 3:5, cf Heb. 3:6; 10:39).

He that endureth to the end shall be saved (Matt. 10:22).

This infers that Jesus must blot out of His book some people. They will not keep His word and remain surrendered to the will of God; they will not keep setting their love on Jesus, enduring (see John 8:31; 14:21-23; Psalm 91:14-16; Revelation 3:11) until the end in the battle against their exceeding sinfulness. The sanctuary cleansing infers that there will be judgment on those who failed in that investigation (see 1 Corinthians 3:13; 2 Peter 2:18-22; 1 Peter 4:17; Psalm 73:17) by their rejoining Satan’s hosts (see 1 Timothy 5:11-13; 2 Timothy 4:10). But thankfully, the promise means blessing on everyone who, like their Master, patiently held the beginning of their confidence in God to the very last moment of life (see Hebrews 3:14; 2 Timothy 4:7, 8). It promises that through His continued, abundant grace from above, many do overcome. The great cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary and the investigative judgment determine who of the final generation will stand when Jesus returns and who will be destroyed by the brightness of His coming (see 2 Thessalonians 2:8, 9). When Jesus returns, He delivers those who, after the investigation and “a time of trouble, such as never was” (Dan. 12:1), are still “found written in the book” (Dan. 12:1, cf Rev. 13:8; 17:8).

The Revelation chapter 8 sanctuary scene is a solemn event because it begins the preliminary spiritual judgments upon the world before Christ’s return. The preliminary investigation period must require soul-searching from everyone on earth. “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come” (Rev. 14:7). Is my mind fortified with truth so that I can stand in the day of battle as Paul valiantly fought for the gospel, and I will ultimately stand in the day of destruction? Does the love of God so control my heart that Satan cannot inspire me with hatred toward even one enemy in the persecutions? Can I accept correction? Can I be reproved? Can my appetites survive “the loss of all things”, “to be abased”, to be “hungry”, and “to suffer need” (Phil. 3:8; 4:12) during the time of trouble and Jesus’ return? Am I experiencing the Early Rain’s justification and sanctification by faith so that I can take part in the Latter Rain’s sealing and glorification by faith? Am I reconciling with the work of losing personal idols; do I “count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Phil. 3:8)? Are the heavenly agencies putting in me a love of the truth and giving me the Early Rain’s promised sprinkling from a cursed, evil conscience, giving me relief from the hounding of Satan for my past shame? Am I already washing my robe “white in the blood of the Lamb” and preparing to be the fully ripened fruit of the great tribulation” (Rev. 7:14)? Am I open to the heavenly agencies’ reproducing the character of Jesus in me (see 1 John 3:1-3), even perfectly reproducing it, as our Father in heaven is perfect (see Matthew 5:48)? Am I being sanctified by the truth that I preach, or am I a castaway? Am I understanding and experiencing the science of salvation, so that I will be among the 144,000 who correctly preach “the everlasting gospel” (Rev. 14:6) “in all the world for a witness unto all nations” (Matt. 24:14)?

Per the Old Testament atonement guideline, the investigation mandates such self-examination. “Whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day [during the Day of Atonement], he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls” (Lev. 23:29-32). “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139:23, 24). Therefore, examining our character and conscience in the light of the Law of God demands our special attention today. Yet, trusting in Christ’s redemptive suffering for us to give rest and victory over sin has not become obsolete in this closing period of Earth’s history, which we have called the investigative judgment. Trusting Christ will be a current requirement all the way to the end. This judgment period for investigating our characters should not cause us any misgivings because it motivates us by amplifying our need of the Son (see 1 John 3:3-7). So, the investigative judgment and the sealing are a good thing. The sealing comes by faith in the Son; everyone else lives under the wrath of God (see John 3:36).

John sees a High Priestly Angel standing at a golden altar before God (see Revelation 8:3). This altar can be none other than the altar of incense which guards the “second veil” (Heb. 9:3, cf Heb. 9:4) that had been set up at the entrance to the Most Holy Places of both earthly and heavenly sanctuaries (see Hebrews 8:2, 5). Therefore Christ’s incense goes up to His Father with the “with the prayers” (Rev. 8:3) of His children. There He intercedes before His Father for their heaven-borne requests and communion, giving them groans that they could not of themselves utter (see Romans 8:26; Galatians 4:6; 2 Corinthians 5:2). This scene of Revelation chapter 8 indicates a preparation to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary. The Angel is carrying a censer, officiating at the altar of incense. Thus, He is ready to enter the Most Holy on the Day of Atonement of October 22, 1844. Like ancient Israel crowding around the tent sanctuary in the wilderness, Christ is surrounded by “all saints” (Rev. 8:3, cf Lev. 23:29) ― His Millerite people who are praying for God’s grace to remain firm during that dark time of their desire to see Jesus.

Gary, a Bible student acquaintance, made this seventh seal introduction more concretely connected to the cleansing of the sanctuary and to the investigative judgment period. He showed me the comparison of the Revelation 8:3 over-abundant incense with its type.

Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: and he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail (Lev. 16:11, 12).

The “much” incense of the angelic High Priest in Revelation 8 is the antitype of the two handfuls of incense that Aaron needed both times he entered the earthly Most Holy Place on each annual Day of Atonement. Everything in Revelation 8:3 speaks of the ceremonial, typical events that took place yearly in the great, final seventh month Atonement, and therefore Revelation 8 speaks of the literal, antitypical commencement of the heavenly sanctuary cleansing. The earthly antitype is what Revelation 8 looks back on and uses it to show the antitype’s fulfillment during the last days seventh seal period.

As we saw in Revelation chapter 6, the sixth seal finished with the close of the Millerite movement, which had begun the proclamation of Christ’s return. Next, we saw Revelation 6:17-7:3 pause the seven seal storyline and insert the Revelation 7:4ff tangent. That tangent intimated much trouble ahead of them, but also wonderful hope afterwards. It gave a snapshot of a difficult battle for blotting out the sins of the 144,000, and a glorious victory in their ultimate atonement to the Father as the scene trailed off into a still more glorious eternity with Him and the Lamb (see Revelation 7:14-17).

Now, Revelation 8:1 picks up the seven seal storyline again. And please notice first, that before the Angel begins His cleansing and throws down His censor, the seven angels who will blow the seven trumpets are already involved and are standing by for their great work (see Revelation 8:2) during the seventh seal. Therefore, this scene of angels and their trumpets before and after of the Day of Atonement scene says that the rest of chapter 8 and all of chapter 9 are connected to the high priestly Angel’s work as He prepares to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary.

This says that because Revelation 8 angelic trumpeters are standing by and because this seventh-seal heavenly sanctuary scene are directly connected to the sixth seal that was paused at Revelation 7:3, then the Revelation chapter 8 sanctuary scene and the seven trumpets that follow it all happen during the seventh sequential seal of the mystery book concerning God. Therefore, Revelation 8’s seventh seal, which must naturally pick up the storyline just where the sixth seal left off, must place all seven trumpets after the early American Millerite October 22, 1844 Great Disappointment of Christ’s return shown in the sixth seal.

Like the Exodus Israel hoping for an immediate entrance into “the Sanctuary” (Ex. 15:17) when they were only eleven days away from Canaan, those involved in that sixth seal pronouncement soon will enter into heaven as Jesus promised (see John 14:1-3), but not without a period of training to overcome Satan’s battle against the final pronouncement.

Chapter 7’s thrilling intermission bridges between the sixth and seventh seals, and then its tangent of glory closes in order for the seven seals prophecy to transition back into a somber, even a stern, setting in order for Revelation 8 and 9 to finish the seventh seal trumpet activities. And as we said earlier, both Revelation chapters 6 finished and 7 began at the terrifying end of God’s merciful Judgment Day warning by the Millerite movement and its Great Disappointment of 1844. Therefore, the Revelation 8 scene opens on October 22, 1844 with a period of silence before God. The week of silence sets the heavenly stage with a serious atmosphere for a determined battle between God and Satan during a final investigative judgment.

Judgment Day could have come in 1844 or shortly thereafter. And God had every right to terminate the church dispensation by His appearing, though no one would have been ready for that day of terror. He didn’t return because the human race merited another 170 years of existence in its sins. But, God’s forbearance and grace must overrule His due justice at this time in order to produce a group which will perfectly show His ability to attract humanity away from their lustful idols to the purity and disinterested love of His coming kingdom. Then He can return in power and glory, and reap a great harvest.

So, upon opening the seventh seal Christ, “the angel of his [Father’s] presence” (Isa. 63:9, cf Ex. 23:20) stands before the altar of incense. He is about to enter the Most Holy Place to blot out from the heavenly sanctuary all the sin of the saints since Adam left Eden.

Into the second [compartment of the tabernacle] went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people (Heb. 9:7).

But, before our Angel High Priest goes in in order to prepare the world for His return Jesus must first be cleansed of the open shame with which His Protestants have sullied His name. He must offer “for himself” before the Ancient of days. Then He must “make an atonement for … his house” (Lev. 16:11), preparing a body of Protestants for their unprecedented ministry of preparing the world for His second advent. The Mother of all living goes nowhere and does nothing without His family. He moves no faster than His children can keep up with Him. He says, “I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure” (Gen. 33:14). “Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion” (Isa. 8:18).

The Old Testament type for the annual Judgment Day showed this in the requirement for Aaron to first cleanse himself and his family prior to cleansing the sanctuary for the nation. (See Leviticus 16:11, 29.) And Aaron’s house included his anointed servants, the Levites.

I have given the Levites as a gift to Aaron and to his sons from among the children of Israel, to do the service of the children of Israel in the tabernacle of the congregation, and to make an atonement for the children of Israel: that there be no plague among the children of Israel, when the children of Israel come nigh unto the sanctuary (Num. 8:19, cf Num. 3:9).

He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness (Mal. 3:3).

This cleansing He can accomplish only by pruning and purifying His Protestant church. First, as in the days of Gideon, He must remove the Protestants who are incurably worldly and spiritualistic, and have no interest in fighting for heaven, but would demoralize the Protestant army fighting in the investigative judgment. Then He can train and lead His holy army, newly sealed and subordinated under Him, to cleanse “the people” (Heb. 9:7), that is, the greater bulk of His righteous church sprinkled throughout the other world religions. Jesus will cleanse the holy and righteous, and discard the incurable unjust and filthy.

Therefore, not the first Most Holy entrance in 1844 by Jesus ― the Most Holy entering first for creating and cleansing a family that would be drawn out from Protestantism ― but the second and great Most Holy Place entrance of Jesus will occur anti-typically at the end of the trumpets period to cleanse the earthly sanctuary for the saints throughout the world and to fully cleanse the heavenly sanctuary. This should grow clearer to the reader as we study the fifth and sixth trumpet events. But, Christ can enter the Most Holy Place the second time to cleanse it only after first cleansing His remnant Adventist and Protestant peoples as Aaron did his children and Levites. The final Adventist generation is God’s special group of children who will demonstrate for Him the true sacrifice of praise (see Revelation 7:10). Then Jesus can enter the second time to cleanse the heavenly sanctuary, give the Latter Rain to the world, and return to take all of His redeemed home. Amen!

Jesus casts down His censer and the first trumpet blows. As He throws down His censer to the heavenly floor, out of the sky on earth fall the coals from His censer, “burning coals of fire from off the altar before the LORD” (Lev. 16:12), and “his own blood” (Heb. 9:12, cf vs. 7). “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth” (Rev. 8:7).

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: that bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity (Isa. 40:22, 23).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Generations of truth bearers

Thomas Hubbard


 First Generation


        1.  Thomas1 Hubbard[1] birth date unknown.  Thomas died May 26, 1555 in England. 

      
       Thomas Hubbard was a gentleman residing at Horden-on-the-Hill, in Essex, England, “of good estate and great estimation,” and “zealous and religious in the true service of God.” Discovered by an informer to Bishop Bonner, he was seized, imprisoned and burned May 26, 1555.  It is believed that the story of Thomas Highbed in Fox’s Book of Martyrs, refers to him.

       Thomas Hubbard had the following children:

    +      2      i.     James2 Hubbard.
            3     ii.     Richard Hubbard.  He was christened in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG, September 13, 1562.  The following individual is also linked to this event: Thomas Hubbard (father).
            4     iii.     Elizabeth Hubbard.  She was christened in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG, September 13, 1562.  The following individual is also linked to this event: Thomas Hubbard (father).



 Second Generation


       2.  James2 Hubbard (Thomas 1)[2] birth date unknown.  James died in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG. 

       He married Naomi Cocke.  Naomi was the daughter of Thomas Cocke.  Naomi died in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG. 
       James Hubbard was a yeoman of Mendelsham, Suffolk, England, 80 miles northwest of London.  His Testament (printed in 1549) “which he hid in his bedstraw lest it should be found and burned in Queen Mary’s days,” was brought to America by his son Samuel, and is possibly in the Library of Alfred University, at Alfred Centre, NY.  He and Naomi Cocke reportedly had ten children.  Benjamin, James, Rachel, and Samuel came to America, but probably none of the others.  Six are identified in Day’s, “1000 Years of Hubbard History.”

       James Hubbard and Naomi Cocke had the following children:

            5     i.     Rachel3 Hubbard was born in England.  Rachel died in Fairfield Co, CT.  She married John Brandish in England.  John died in Fairfield Co, CT. 
                           Rachel who married John Brandish, of Ipswich, Suffolk, ENG.  They came to America in 1633, and lived in Salem, MA, Wethersfield, CT, and Fairfield, CT.  After the death of her husband, Rachel married secondly, Anthony Wilson, of Fairfield, CT. Rachel and John Brandish had four children.
                           1)  Mary, b. 1628, Ipswich, ENG.  Married Francis Purdy of Fairfield, CT
                           2)  John, b. 1633, Salem, MA.  Removed to Flushing, New Netherlands
                           3)  Bethia, b. 1637, Wethersfield, CT.  Married Timothy Knapp, of Greenwich, near Stamford, CT.
                           4)  A posthumous son born 1639, Wethersfield, CT.
            6      ii.     Benjamin Hubbard.
            7     iii.     James Hubbard.  He was christened in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG, August 14, 1603.  The following individuals are also linked to this event: Naomi Cocke (mother); James Hubbard (father).
            8     iv.     Sarah Hubbard was born 1598.  She married John Jackson in England.  John was born in England.  John died in England. 
                           Sarah, the eldest daughter, and her husband John Jackson, lived in Yarmouth, Norfolk, ENG. They had a son, Robert Jackson, who served four years under Oliver Cromwell.
            9     v.      Thomas Hubbard was born 1604.  He married Esther.  Esther was born in England.  Esther died in England. 
                           Thomas, the eldest son, and his wife Esther, lived in Freeman Lane, near Horsley, down in Southwark, London.
    +    10     vi.     Samuel Hubbard was born May 10, 1610.



 Third Generation


       10.  Samuel3 Hubbard (James 2)[3] was born in Mendelsham, Suffolk, ENG May 10, 1610.  Samuel died 1689 in Newport, Newport Co, RI, at 79 years of age. 

       He married Tacy Cooper in Windsor, Hartford Co, CT, January 4, 1635/6.  Tacy was born in England February 12, 1608/9.  Tacy died circa 1697 in Newport, Newport Co, RI. 

      
       From the Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island and “1000 Years of Hubbard History,” we learn:
       He says of himself: “Such was the pleasure of Jehovah towards me, I was born of good parents, my mother brought me up in the fear of the Lord, in Mendelsham, in catechising me and hearing choice ministers, & c.”
       Oct 1633 - Salem, MA.  He came this month from England.
       1634 - He went to Watertown, MA, where he says he joined the church, “by giving account of my faith.”
       Oct 1635 - With a party of about one hundred, he started to march through the wilderness to the Connecticut Valley; winter coming on before they reached their destination they suffered much from exposure, and insufficient food.  Samuel Hubbard remained at Windsor during the winter where he married to Tacy Cooper by Mr. Ludlow.  Tacy Cooper had come to Dorchester, MA, 9 Jun 1634, and was one of the party.
       In 1636, shortly after their marriage, they went to Wethersfield, CT.      10 May 1639 - Springfield, MA.  He moved here at this date, in search of peace, and a church was soon gathered; he says: “I gave acct. of my faith” and that there were “five men in all...my wife soon after added.”
       To escape persecution under the harsh laws of Massachusetts they agin moved 10 May 1647 to Fairfield, CT. His stay here was short: “God having enlightened both, but mostly my wife, into his holy ordinances of baptizing only of visible believers, and being very zealous for it, she was mostly struck at and answered two terms publicly, where I was also said to be as bad as she, and sore threatened imprisonment to Hartford jail, if not to renounce it or to remove; that Scripture came into our mouths, if they persecute you in one place, flee to another; and so we did 2 day of October, 1648, we went for Rhode Island, and arrived there 12 day.  I and my wife upon manifestation of our faith were baptized by brother John Clarke, 3 day Nov 1648.”
       7 Aug 1651 - He was sent by the church to visit the brethren in prison at Boston, viz: John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes and John Crandall.
       Oct 1652 - “I and my wife had hands laid on us by brother Joseph Torrey.”
       He was admitted Freeman of Newport, RI in 1655.
       1 Oct 1657 - “Brother Obadiah Holmes and I went to the Dutch and Gravesend and to Jamaica and to Flushing and to Hamsted and to Cow Bay.”  They came home 15 Nov 1657.
       In 1664 he was chosen to be General Solicitor, in case of inability of Lawrence Turner.
       He writes:  ”My wife took up the keeping of the Lord’s holy Seventh Day Sabbath. the 10th day March, 1665.  I took it up 1 day April 1665; our daughter Ruth, 25 Oct 1666; Rachel, 15 Jan 1666; Bethiah, Feb 1666; our son Joseph Clarke, 23 Feb 1666.”
       7 Apr 1668 - “I went to Boston to public dispute with those baptised there.”
       Jul 1668 - He wrote his cousin, John Smith, of London, from Boston, where he had been to a disputation:  ”Through God’s great mercy, the Lord have given me in this wilderness, a good, diligent, careful, painful and very loving wife; we, through mercy, live comfortably, praised be God, as co- heirs together of one mind in the Lord, traveling through this wilderness to our heavenly Sion, knowing we are pilgrims as our fathers were, and good portion being content therewith.  A good house, as with us judged, 25 acres of ground fenced, and four cows which give, one young heifer and three calves, and a very good mare, a trade, a carpenter, a health to follow it, and my wife very diligent and painful, praised be God. This is my joy and crown, in humility I speak of it, for God’s Glory, I trust all, both sons in law and daughters are in visible order in general; but in especial manner my son Clarke and my three daughters, with my wife and about 14 walk in the observation of God’s holy sanctified 7 day Sabbath, with much comfort and liberty, for so we and all ever had and yet have in this Colony.”
       16 Dec 1671 - He wrote to his children at Westerly, about the differences between those favoring the seventh day observance and the rest of the church.  Several spoke on both sides.  Mr. Hubbard gave his views. Brother Torrey said they required not my faith. Other discussion followed: “They replied fiercely, it was a tumult.  J. Torrey stopped them at last.”
       With his wife, one daughter, and four other persons he formed the first Seventh Day Baptist Church in America.  He writes: “We entered into a church covenant the 23rd day of December, 1671, viz: William Hiscox, Stephen Mumford, Samuel Hubbard, Roger Baxter, sister Hubbard, sister Mumford, Rachel Langworthy,” &c.  Their church was not formed without a depature (sic) by their former associates from that spirit of toleration and “soul liberty” which Roger Williams claimed; for the members who united on Dec. 23, had been excommunicated Dec. 7, when the Rev. Obidiah Holmes preached against their doctrine of Seventh Day observance, and even declared “they had left Christ, and gone after Moses.”  There is extant a letter from Roger Williams to Samuel Hubbard, in which he argues the position taken by the latter, and cites various texts against his views; but it is written in a very different spirit from that shown by the Newport church, and recognizes the conscientious motives which actuated Hubbard. “Bro’ Hiscox and I send this Church to N. London and Westerly, 7 day Mar 1675,” and again March, 1677/8 and 1686.

Samuel Hubbard came in the flood of Puritans at the very beginning of our colonial era. Life was difficult, a wilderness with indigenous peoples who feared the new-comers’ possible takeover of their territories. In that setting Robert Burdick, the sole progenitor of all Burdicks in the United States, arrived in America (Newport, R.I.) in 1651 and loved the dedication and spirituality of the young Bible believing Seventh-day Baptist Church. In that Protestant religion of truly fervent love of the scriptures Robert and Ruth raised up their children, and their children raised up another generation, and so on down into the 1900s.


Robert Burdick, on November 2, 1655, married Ruth Hubbard, who was the first European child born in Agawam (Springfield) Massachusetts and the first baby born into a Sabbatarian family in America. Her father, Samuel Hubbard was the first leader of the Seventh-day Baptists. Her mother, Tacey Hubbard, was the first convert to the seventh-day Sabbath in America. Ruth was a very godly and loving woman, as a letter from her attests:


Most loving and dear father and mother, my duty with my husband and children presented unto you with all my dear friends. My longing desire is to hear from you, how your hearts are borne up above these troubles which are come upon us and are coming as we fear; for we have the rumors of war, and that almost every day. Even now we have heart from your island by some Indians, who declared unto us that the French have done some mischief upon the coast, and we have heard that 1200 Frenchmen have joined with the Mohawks to clear the land both of English and of Indians. But I trust in the Lord, if such a thing be intended, that he will not suffer such a thing to be. My desire and prayer to God is, that he will be pleased to fulfill his promise to us, that is, that as in the world we shall have troubles, so in him we shall have peace. The Lord of comfort, comfort your and our hearts, and give us peace in believing and joy in the Holy Ghost. Oh that the Lord would be pleased to fill our hearts with his good spirit, that we may be carried above all these things! and that we may remember his saying, “When ye see these things come to pass, lift up your heads, knowing that your redemption draws nigh.” Then if these things be the certain sign of our Lord’s return, let us mind his command, that is, pray always that ye may be counted worthy to escape all these things, and to stand before the son of man. Let us have boldness to come unto him in the new and living way which he has prepared for us. Through grace I find the Lord doth bear up the spirits of his in this place, in some comfortable measure to be looking above these things, the Lord increase it more and more unto the day of his appearing, which I hope is at hand. Dear father and mother, the Lord hath been pleased to give us here many sweet and comfortable days of refreshing, which is great cause for thankfulness, and my desire is that we may highly prize it, and you with us give the Lord praise for his benefit. I pray remember my love to all my dear friends with you in fellowship. Sister Sanders desires to be remember to you all, so doth sister Clarke. Your loving daughter, to my power. 
“Ruth Burdick” 


They had ten children that survived, the last, Robert, Jr. the ninth child born in 1674, being my forebear. The seventh-day Sabbath has been in our family for almost 350 years. And its been 462 years since the great grandfather of my great grandmother, nine generations removed, was burned at the stake for his Protestant faith on May 26, 1555.



Robert Burdick was a very influential man, as can be seen by the large turnout of twenty families for his son’s “very great burial”.



Robert Jr. became a deacon for his close walk with the Lord. Treasures laid up in heaven meant more to him than treasures here.


His first son, Robert Burdick III, remained faithful to the seventh-day Sabbath. 




Ichabod Burdick also continued the only biblical Sabbath. By now the Sabbatarian community in the Rhode Island/Connecticut area must have grown quite numerous. Eventually it would spread westward into New York and establish Alfred college to keep Seventh-day Baptists trained in the Bible and other subjects, including agriculture. Later it would move into the Midwest.



Joshua Burdick, the son of Robert Burdick, begat Curtis Burdick. 


Curtis Burdick, my great-grandfather, raised his children in the Bible and its seventh-day Sabbath.


My grandfather, Asa Burdick, was born in 1888.



Robert, Deacon Robert, Robert, Captain Ichobod, Joshua, Curtis, and finally, my grandfather, Asa were all Seventh-day Baptists. But, finally we see the SDB church losing its strength of purpose and its faith in commandment-keeping. In my grandfather’s case, farming took up all his time and interest. This may have been the case of many other Seventh-day Baptists.

But, the Lord had another group who was coming up and were destined to take up the Sabbath torch, holding it up before the papal falsehoods being paraded around the world and before the other Protestant denominations that rationalized the Sabbath away. Just as the Seventh-day Adventists began their march through the world, their boast of being the only true commandment-keepers was arrested by a Seventh-day Baptist. It was 1843 when Seventh-day Baptist Rachel Oakes stood up against the preacher at a Washington, New Hampshire Millerite Church. She told them they weren’t keeping all the commandments if they were disregarding the fourth commandment. Soon the Sabbath truth became one of the central pillar doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventists. Their faction of the Millerite movement was very small compared to the whole Millerite Adventists. But, Jesus was with His seventh-day Sabbath-keepers, and He especially blessed their group, so that it would far exceed the other Millerite groups and see their demise.

My grandmother, Emily Rodrick, had accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message before marrying my Seventh-day Baptist grandfather, Asa. She remained faithful to the Lord, bringing my father up in the faith until she passed away when Dad was 9 years old. After that my back-sliding grandfather gave my father
no more religious up-bringing, and dad eventually forgot all about the little bit that his mother had taught him. After 20 years in the Navy and a strong yearning to know God and to understand the truths of the Bible, just as he was retiring and free from the military restrictions, a Seventh-day Adventist pastor knocked on our door one evening during the denomination’s annual Ingathering” campaign. Jesus brought my Burdick line back into His great redemption plan. The Protestant Reformation wasn’t over for us. There was much work left to be done before Jesus could come again and deliver His people from sin.

Dad was very interested and the pastor studied the Bible with him. In 1967 Dad was baptized into the three angels’ message. That was 50 years ago and he has brought me up in the same great last day movement to prepare the world for Jesus’ return in power. Ten generations since Samuel Hubbard brought the Sabbath to America and eventually to the world, Jesus still has His seventh-day Sabbath-keepers alive and well in the earth.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

The fifth trumpet, the Third Angel’s message, and the Trinity

Hello Pastor Ortega. 
  A few years ago I began searching for internet videos on non-trinitarianism and initially found non-Adventist Christians arguing over Jesus as a created being. But I knew that the third person trespasser into the Godhead was where the trinity falsehood lay. I finally found Adventist non-trinitarian sites and heard what I believed I saw the Bible teaching on the Holy Spirit being Jesus, along with quotations from EGW that say that. The last I found were your videos and audio files. They have been deeper than the others, but in wonderful agreement with them. I am very happy to hear the unison voices. I still need to understand better what you are saying about the human nature of Jesus but most of what I’ve heard is what I had already deduced or heard or read. I haven’t been an extensive EGW connoisseur. Mostly, I’ve been trying to understand the Bible. 

  But the main reason I’m writing this email is that when I came back to the Lord after 13 years away from the SDA church Jesus gave me a strong love for the Bible. After studying most of it, I turned to the book of Daniel and found it much more understandable than in my teen years. Then, naturally I went on to Revelation. Revelation was going nicely until I got to the seven trumpets and decided to hunt down Uriah Smith’s book on the trumpets. But a strong impression, almost a voice, steered me away from that idea and told me to let Revelation tell me what the trumpets mean. I consented, and as I read the first four trumpets I saw in trumpet #1 the Sunday churches’ rejection of William Miller and the anointing of Adventism, (trumpet #2) the Sunday churches’ rejection of the Sabbath and their rejection of the Law’s authority to condemn sin, (trumpet #3) the entrance of spiritualism into the Sunday churches resulting from their rejection of the Law, and (trumpet #4) finally the churches’ gospel light going out. I had already seen Revelation 4 and 5 as EGW’s Great Controversy vision of 1858. The trumpets seemed to be saying exactly what EGW has told us about our history and Protestant America. At first I thought for sure I was just a biased Adventist, but the more I studied the Old Testament the clearer my interpretations became.

  I felt impressed to end the first 4 trumpets in 1849, right in the middle of the Sabbath conferences. The California Gold Rush started the fifth trumpet which would show Satan (the black smoke from the bottomless pit) and his Jesuits (the voracious locusts) taking Protestant America all the way down to total apostasy, devil-possession, and ruin in the sixth trumpet. The wormwood bitterness of spiritualism would come to the Sunday churches because they turned their ear away from hearing God’s voice of condemnation. And celebration is all they have had an appetite for ever since. The goal of the Jesuits was to completely corrupt all of Protestantism, which would prosper except for those not in the third part (the third part meaning, “those under the earth”, or the devil-controlled Protestants). With the Jesuits already reinstated and well established since 1814, with the Protestants now open to Satan’s strong delusions, and with Adventism having nailed down the message of warning against the Roman/Protestant alliance, 1850 would start a race to the finish for Christ and Satan, and for both their respective armies.

  The torment, the fire, brimstone, and smoke, which come from the fifth and sixth trumpets (and also from Deuteronomy 29:18-28) make up the language of the third angel’s message. This means that not only the Sabbath, but more so abrogating the whole Law, is what the third angel’s message is about. Also it means that worshiping “the gods” (Deut. 29:18), (the Trinity?), which is spiritualism as much as abrogating God’s authority to condemn sin is spiritualism, is part of the third angel’s message.

  I’ve written a book on the seals and trumpets of Revelation 4-11. Would you or maybe someone in your cabinet want to review my book and tell me if I have handled the word of God honestly or dishonestly? I feel like Jesus gave me the book to write, and I want it to get out because I believe it tells the truth about the historicism of the seven trumpets, which all take place after the entrance of Jesus into the Most Holy in 1844. I see Revelation 4 through 11 as chronological, except for chapter 7’s focus on the 144,000 and their central part in the closing work of the gospel, and except for chapter 11 which gives an overview of the gospel dispensation in order to show the final failing of Protestantism and Adventism after the Jesuits ascend from the bottomless pit (vs. 7). At first the beast makes war against Adventism while Ellen White was alive. It overcomes Adventism shortly after her passing. And it finally kills Adventism. (When I first wrote about Revelation 11:7 I saw a slow departure from Ellen White, but I had no idea how Trinitarianism might play into that verse. I had learned of the history of Questions on Doctrine, but I was even more amazed a month ago when I saw your presentation of the 1919 secret conference. That must have been the first fulfillment of the “overcome them” in Revelation 11:7.) Now Righteousness by faith is dead, dead in the streets of the great city Babylon; and so is Adventism dead. But, Revelation 11 doesn’t end there. An Adventist/Protestant remnant comes back to life and ascends to finally sit in heavenly places in Christ, like the apostolic church had. Then they can prophesy “again” (Rev. 10:11). Jesus’ witnesses were faithful to Him all the way through the Dark Ages. The long Revelation 11 gospel epic is a rebuke to Protestantism, and to Adventism who followed in the path of her sisters. But it ends really good in the Latter Rain because of Jesus’ sealing work in the Most Holy.

  I am also attaching a brief overview of the book, “The Seven Trumpets and the Investigative Judgment.” If you desire to read the 318 page book I will send it to you free of charge.

  Thank you for your time,
David

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Subject: contact
To: ___________yahoo.com  Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 1:27 PM

Hi David,

Your email made it’s way to me and we
have contact. You may write to me at this address. I look
forward to hearing from you.

Blessings, 

Alex Ortega


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Minchahs for mercy instead of surrender to God's Law and grace



Thanks, David!

From: David _________
Sent:
 Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:33:30 PM
To:
 Dan ____________
Subject:
 I thought of you when I read this

Daniel,
I thought of you when I read this.

“Meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” (1Cor. 8:8).

Brother, I quote this not to attack you, but because I fear by the minchah you seek an alternative to strive with patience for “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost”. I’ve lost a lot of time in side tracks. Jesus helped me only when I surrendered to His wise and loving justice (Rom. 7:24,25; 8:7). Then immediately His truth became His comfort and peace and joy.

“I have surely heard [Daniel] bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn Thou me, and I shall be turned; for Thou art [Jesus] my God. 
Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Is [Daniel] My dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore My bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith [Jesus].” (Jer. 31:18 -20).


“They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a Father to [the Lelongs], and [Daniel] is My firstborn.
Hear the word of [Jesus], O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered [Daniel] will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
For [Jesus] hath redeemed [Daniel], and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
Therefore [he] shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of [Jesus], for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and [his] soul shall be as a watered garden; and [he] shall not sorrow any more at all.
Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
And I will satiate the soul of [Daniel] fatness, and My [Daniel] shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith [Jesus].” (Jer. 31:9-14).

“Righteousness, and peace, and joy in [Jesus]” come by surrendering to the Law “with patience” (Luke 8:15; Rom. 8:25, cf Gal. 5:5).

David

“[Jesus] is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” (Heb. 6:10).