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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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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The two most recent journies of heaven and hell

“The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isa. 53:5).
“For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Heb. 12:6-8).
 
In the July 14 blog we saw two men, Ignatius Loyola and Martin Luther, both of whom experienced God’s just chastisement of their peace, but chose two different responses to the righteousness of God. The quotation below taken from the EGW estate website
 
“Was there, at that time, any difference between the monk of Manresa and the monk of Erfurth? Unquestionably,—in secondary points: but the state of their souls was the same. Both were deeply sensible of the multitude of their sins. Both were seeking for reconciliation with God, and longed to have the assurance in their hearts. If a Staupitz with the Bible in his hand had appeared in the convent of Manresa, possibly Inigo might have become Luther of the Peninsula. These two great men of the sixteenth century, these founders of two spiritual powers which for three centuries have been warring together, were at this moment brothers; and perhaps, if they had met, Luther and Loyola would have embraced, and mingled their tears and their prayers.
“But from this hour the two monks were destined to follow entirely different paths.
“Inigo, instead of feeling that his remorse was sent to drive him to the foot of the cross, persuaded himself that these inward reproaches proceeded not from God, but from the devil; and he resolved never more to think of his sins, to erase them from him memory, and bury them in eternal oblivion. Luther turned towards Christ, Loyola only fell back upon himself.
“Visions came erelong to confirm Inigo in the conviction at which he had arrived. His own resolves had become a substitute for the grace of the Lord; his own imaginings supplied the place of God’s Word. He had looked upon the voice of God in his conscience as the voice of the devil; and accordingly the remainder of his history represents him as given up to the inspirations of the spirit of darkness.” History of the Reformation, p. 354
 
Identical to the circumstances at Christianity’s birth out of a belligerent Israel, the Reformation was born out of Christendom and its army of Jesuits. Just as in ages past, submitting the conscience to the righteousness of the Law was God’s will for both of the soon-to-be world leaders of two vastly opposed religions.
 
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” (Rom. 10:1-3).
 
Like it had been for Israel, Christ’s sincere desire and prayer for Christendom was that they might be saved. If only they had surrendered to the truth and repented to God, salvation could have been theirs. “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.” (Rev. 2:19-22).
 
To the very end, when He must take away the reins of power from the Church and give it to the nobody’s of the Reformation, Christ held out the offer of forgiveness and salvation to His Church. So, even if the leaders rejected the plain reproofs and instructions from the Bible, the result of Christ’s intercession was that many Catholic people were saved when they heard the apostolic truth from the Bible resurrected out of the heaps of corrupting mystical Church falsehoods.
 
But all who would not surrender to the righteousness of God continued to establish their own righteousness, as Ignatius Loyola did. The light of heaven, together with the protection and prosperity of God upon the Catholic peoples, transferred onto Protestantism. Despite the dangers and fatal persecution of new power given to the Inquisition conversion machine, the Reformation survived and flourished in Protestant America.
 
But, today Luther’s Protestantism, the prophet which stood up against a Christianity deeply corrupted by satanic spiritualism of the most ancient paganism, has abandoned her protest. Again, as in the 2nd and 3rd century church and as with Ignatius’ response to the Spirit of truth, the Protestant people of God are denying the authority of God to condemn their sin and to judge their peace. Soon, very soon, all the blessing of God will leave Protestantism and return to Catholicism just as it had from ancient Israel to ancient Babylon. “The crown removed from Israel passed successively to the kingdoms of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God says, ‘It shall be no more, until He come whose right it is; and I will give it Him.’” Education, p. 179.

Since 9/11 the God of Protestantism has been allowing an accelerating removal of America’s glorious Protestant Constitution of self-government. In two years will happen a great, satanic celebration over the demise of Protestantism and Republicanism in the world. In their places will sit the abominations of Catholicism and its Communist/Neo-fascist dictatorships around the world. And that demonic celebration preliminary to the New World Order will take place on Halloween 2017, to the day, the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing up his 95 theses on the Wittenberg church door.
 
The divide from which flowed Luther’s Reformation and Loyola’s Counter-Reformation came at the point of whether or not to surrender to the justice and mercy of God. Would each man, Luther and Loyola, fall on his face before God? Would each one accept God’s just condemnation of his sins and then flee to the hope which He had set before them, Jesus the “hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil” (Heb. 6:19)? Would each allow the chastisement of Jesus’ peace heal his unrested soul? Would each pass all the way through his own Gethsemane, accepting all the shame and remorse that God intended for him, while hanging on to God’s gracious nature, assumed from the fact that God is our Father? Would each hang on through the horror of great darkness until joy cometh in the morning? Would he? And, will we? Will we humble ourselves and then hang on to hope in God like Jesus did, as we pass through our Gethsemanes?
 
“O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love Him, and to them that keep His commandments;
[I] have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from Thy precepts and from Thy judgments:
Neither have [I] hearkened unto Thy servants the prophets, which spake in Thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but unto [me] confusion of [face], as at this day….
O Lord, to [me] belongeth confusion of face….
To the Lord [my] God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though [I] have rebelled against Him.” (Dan. 9:4-9).
 
What willl we do when God is weighing heavily upon our conscience, and our past guilt and shame and remorse are making us feel like we’ve committed the unpardonable sin? Will we blame God rather than ourselves for the conflict between our heart and His? Worse, like Ignatius, will we skirt all of that, and blame the devil for the chastisement of our peace and the apparent sense of hopelessness before God? In short, will refuse the pricks of our conscience and deny God His authority of condemnation? Will we rise up higher than God and reject the righteousness of God instead of submitting to Him and surrendering to His good will?
 
Or, rather, when God has made us feel like we’ve committed the unpardonable sin, will we, like Martin Luther, humble ourselves before Him, admitting to our due chastisement of peace, and to the confusion of face from our own doing? Then, will we lean on His mercy that we can correctly assume eternally dwells in our Father’s heart?

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