“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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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The sealing

“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. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.” (Rev. 9:4-5).

Ellen White’s statement defines the sealing:

(Revelation 7:2.) Seal Is a Settling Into Truth.—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 (MS 173, 1902). 4SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, p. 1161.

She puts no definite time period with this statement about the sealing and shaking, but she sees the judgments of God already working, as the 5th trumpet shows happening after 1849, and her mention of the shaking has its culmination to begin the time of trouble. This parallels the 5th trumpet message, the first woe. Her statement is exactly the message of all that Revelation 9:1-4 describes would occur during the 5th trumpet’s time period, as one can easily interpret from the 5th trumpet in the context of Revelation 7:3. How could Ellen White’s statement and the 5th trumpet not be one and the same? An objective comparison shows that they are.

Likewise, the language of the 5th trumpet refers directly to the 3rd angel’s message later in Revelation 14, “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” (Rev. 14:11). This message Mrs. White stressed in all of her writing, even including her conclusion to the truth of Righteousness by faith of and in Jesus, that it was the third angel’s message in verity. (The locusts’ torment leads us to need Jesus.)

She wrote of the same test that the 5th trumpet describes, (using biblical typical terminology), the increasing temptations as we neared Christ’s coming. She coined the phrase, Investigative Judgment in the heavenly Most Holy Place, and she also wrote and preached endlessly, speaking and warning much concerning it (which the 5th trumpet on earth assists). Yet, she never once connected the Investigative Judgment with the 5th trumpet. Were her eyes holden from it?

Was she forbidden from making the connection as Paul was forbidden to go to Asia and Bithynia, and John from writing what he heard in the seven thunders?

Or was she without clear understanding on the 5th trumpet? The Lord left Daniel, the wisest man on earth, in confusion of the future perdition of God’s church. Mother White’s stance that without clear understanding, “silence is eloquence,” may have kept her from speculating on the 5th trumpet prophecy. Certainly, in all her writings there is no more silent subject of the Bible or of Bible prophecies than the 7 trumpets prophecy.

Yet, she stressed the continued study of Revelation, because she said more light was to shine from it.

According to her comment that follows the next scripture texts, the Lord knew that a revelation of the 5th trumpet’s 150 year gestation period for the perdition of America would wreak great havoc on the church of God, and that the Advent movement should much rather focus on the much-needed Law of God and gospel of Christ. Only the Law and gospel can help anyone escape the exponentially increasing temptations of Satan and pass the Investigative Judgment.

“That in every thing ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor. 1:5-8).

Christ had commanded His church, “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” (Matt. 25:13).

“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” (Lk. 21:36).

We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ. . . . Why has not God given us this knowledge?—Because we would not make a right use of it if He did. A condition of things would result from this knowledge among our people that would greatly retard the work of God in preparing a people to stand in the great day that is to come. We are not to live upon time excitement. Last Days Events, p. 33.1.

Many who have called themselves Adventists have been time-setters. Time after time has been set for Christ to come, but repeated failures have been the result. The definite time of our Lord’s coming is declared to be beyond the ken of mortals. Even the angels, who minister unto those who shall be heirs of salvation, know not the day nor the hour. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only."—4T 307 (1879)…
You will not be able to say that He will come in one, two, or five years, neither are you to put off His coming by stating that it may not be for ten or twenty years.—RH March 22, 1892.
We are nearing the great day of God. The signs are fulfilling. And yet we have no message to tell us of the day and hour of Christ’s appearing. The Lord has wisely concealed this from us that we may always be in a state of expectancy and preparation for the second appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ in the clouds of heaven.—Letter 28, 1897.
The exact time of the second coming of the Son of man is God’s mystery.—DA 633 (1898).
Last Days Events, p. 32.3-33.4.

On a different note, notice that her above statements all deal with prediction and using the biblical prophecies to calculate events in the future. It was to quell this most probable source of fanaticism that she wrote concerning time prophecies. In light of that thought, read the following three statements from her that there would be no more prophecies based on definite time.

I plainly stated at the Jackson camp meeting to these fanatical parties that they were doing the work of the adversary of souls; they were in darkness. They claimed to have great light that probation would close in October, 1884. I there stated in public that the Lord had been pleased to show me that there would be no definite time in the message given of God since 1844.—2SM 73 (1885).

Our position has been one of waiting and watching, with no time-proclamation to intervene between the close of the prophetic periods in 1844 and the time of our Lord’s coming.—10MR 270 (1888).

The people will not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time [Revelation 10:4-6], reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844.—7BC 971 (1900).
Last Days Events, p. 35.3-36.2.

In light of the common practice of those days to use time prophecies to predict the future, we see that her statements were aimed at those uses of prophecy. But should this preclude time prophecies that look backward and are already completed? No, it should not. They are in a different category once fulfilled.

Could it be that Jesus has kept His hand over the trumpets until their fulfillment? Could it be that He kept Mother White from seeing their real import, thus, mitigating our tendency to say, “My Lord delayeth His coming”? (Matt. 24:48). Yet, later on unfolding its meaning—after the fact—that it was to take 150 years to develop the grand finale of the subtle Man of sin. So, here we are, just as God planned and just as the 5th and 6th trumpets foretold, being inundated by a quiet, serene, satanic seduction of Spiritual Formation, which is straight out of eastern mysticism, welcomed with open arms by the old Papacy and now by the modern Vatican, and spreading far and near within Protestantism through the amazing success of Ecumenism.

Spiritual Formation, the western version of ancient pagan spiritism, was the gift of Satan to Ignatius Loyola, the father of the Catholic Jesuit order, the most inhuman order, the most treacherous, brutal, cultured, organized, and regimented of all the Vatican secret societies. This self-styled Society of Jesus has been so unconscionable throughout every minute of its existence for almost 500 years in all of its assassinations and torture chambers, because it leads its members to exercise the mind to enter into silence and there speak with “God”. No repentance is expected for such an audience with “God”. Thus, the conscience can be calmed of its accusings; and thus the conscience is seared by the devils, through this quiet time spent with “God”. Christ’s authority and His written word, even natural law, are all discarded, deposed, and denied any hearing in the soul. Such a person, man, woman, and child, sold to Spiritual Formation is damned.

And this new form of peace is now making its way into the Seventh-day Adventist church. This was inevitable since few ever find the strait gate or want to hear the straight testimony of the true witness to Laodicea. They don’t like the wrestling of the Holy Spirit.

“For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal. 5:17). Those who will not engage the Spirit’s convictions can never be overcomers. Israel is the new name given to everyone who will wrestle with the one, true God. But the Lord says, “My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh.” (Gen. 6:3). There exists a determined rebellion in the human heart, a hold and claim of victory by Satan, past which the Lord will no longer suffer any more of heaven’s effort to save.

So, God has provided an escape route from His conviction of sin for all who desire it. The Jesuit Spiritual Formation will dissolve the torment of the 5th trumpet locusts as the utmost seductive of spiritual drugs. With exception of a very small remnant, the whole world will take the bait and be drunken with it. “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2Thess. 2:11,12).

This will cause the beast and entire world to go into perdition and become a gigantic army—billions strong—of lying, ruthless, destructive people sunken in vice—and all the while believing God sanctions their grossest sin. This will be a devil-possession of the world, Satan going out in a blaze of glory.

Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature. Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 197.4.

We are in the 6th trumpet awaiting the Latter Rain and then the 7th trumpet’s sound.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear Thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” (Rev. 11:15-18).


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