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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.”

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

We need to see Jesus

I was telling a friend about the movie where a woman was very skiddish about getting married. But a man talked her into it. At the wedding as long as her eyes were locked with his she was able to make her way down the aisle, albeit haltingly, nervously. But just before her hand was in his hand so that he could make sure she couldn't get away, a big laundry truck drove past in front of the church making enough noise for her to glance away. Suddenly all of her fears returned as she dashed out of the church.


I likened that scenario to the science of sanctification. Unless we look at Jesus, unless we see Jesus, we cannot obey God or do His will or keep His Law, etc. We get scared and run. It certainly isn’t a laughing matter. Until we do keep the Law and perfectly reproduce the character of Jesus, the heavenly sanctuary can’t be cleansed and Jesus can’t come to take His people back to His Father's house. And what does our disobedience do to Jesus? It crucifies him afresh.


After I told Anthony my object lesson, he told me his.


In Hawaii where the temperature stays about 85 f, everyone wears shirts and shorts for everything. Except for going to jury duty. But, when Athony was there he knew a man, nicknamed Tuxedo Terry. Every day wherever he went he wore a tuxedo and carried a briefcase. He looked like he was going to do business every time he was seen. But he really wasn’t going anywhere any time. Then why was he always dressed up?


It's because he was getting married years ago, but his bride-to-be didn’t come to the wedding. He must have been so damaged by that that he is scarred for life. He is coherent. He will hold a conversation with you. But, other than that he behaves like damaged goods.


Anthony then told me that Jesus must be dressed and ready for the marriage when His wife, the church has made herself ready. But until then he is crucified afresh, and that daily.


Anthony’s object lesson was much better than mine because it was serious. There is nothing comical about looking to Jesus. It must take place. Looking at Jesus there is comfort and joy. It is so true, that “in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psa. 16:11).


We need to see Jesus. “This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life.” (John 6:40).


This was the secret of David’s success.


I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. 

I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. 

For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psa 16:7-11)

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Biddy the beautiful, Oswald the utmost, and Kathleen the kindergartener in the school of Christ

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life....
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.... 
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."  (Prov. 31:11,12,23,28-31). 


Michael the Most, His Father the Utmost, and Their redeemed children the kindergarteners in the school of Christ

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. 
She will do him good and not evil all the days of [eternity].  ...
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.... 
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. 
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. 
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."  (Prov. 31:11,12,23,28-31). 

It has been my growing conviction that when God said to His Son, "Let us make man in Our image", that Michael formed Adam in His Father's image, and then formed Eve in His own spiritual image. And so it has continued that all of Adam's sons have borne the kingly image of his Father in heaven, and all of Eve's daughters have borne the supportive image of Michael the divine Help Meet to His Father.

That makes Michael neither a female, nor effeminate or feminine. Michael was not in Eve's image, but she in His. In Jesus we have seen the work of a busy, multi-tasking mother-wife. As God of the Old Testament Jesus, the ever-willing Help Meet, the divine Mother of all living, was normatively gracious and of tender mercy. But, when the children made Him sufficiently furious, the almighty she-bear came out of the Mother of all living. Many warnings came to the children, but the punishment surely came!! Finally, as God of the New Testament, the Mother's ministration of righteousness and grace could be given because, through all of His punishments in a long-term ministration of condemnation, the Law had been written on many an Israelite heart.

"God, who created all things by Jesus Christ... the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." (Eph 3:15). "She will do Him good and not evil all the days of [eternity]." (Prov. 1:12).

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

God touches His only begotten Son who touches us

If someone is electrocuted and holding on to an energized high voltage source, we say not to touch that person because you would get electrocuted through him. Is any voltage lost in the first person so that the first body loses voltage and then doesn’t give the same high voltage to the next person? I couldn’t find any info about voltage loss on the internet. If there is a lessening of power, how could this parallel the power of God unto salvation?


God, the Ancient of days, the Almighty, Originator and Owner of the universe, gave power and eternal life to His divine, only begotten Son. The Son of God, co-Creator of the life on every inhabited planet, and co-Redeemer of the lost race of Adam, passes that divine power from His almighty Father to all who love to connect their souls with His. His Father gave Him an angelic form in order to be the great Mediator between angels and God. And the angelic hosts have ever loved that arrangement, as seen in Revelation chapter 4.


Likewise, the Father gave His only begotten Son our form, a body that contained all the sinful tendencies that comes with our fallen human nature. But He also inherited all that His Father could bequeath to Him—His almighty, sinless Spirit. That almighty divine inheritance dominated anything and everything that Mariam’s deficient nature had to offer. This way He could be our perfect, sinless Mediator without a single propensity to sin, so that in our darkened understanding of the great Father of all, we could grasp the Father through His begotten Son. And we could follow His example for our victory over sin, as He condemned sin in our flesh.


In Adam’s unfallen state, he could receive all the holy energy from the Father, passed to him through the Son of God. But, sin so weakened Adam that ever afterward the great Father’s power would instantly destroy him, even though it came through the Son. Therefore, the Son must remain away from Adam and his descendants, but not as distant as the Father who must distance Himself further from Earth and its inhabitants than before we were dominated by selfishness, self-indulgence, self-exaltation, self-preservation, etc. During the first 4,000 years the Son sat on a heavenly throne that was set up between the entrance of the sanctuary in heaven and God’s most holy precinct where He was always enthroned. From His new throne apart from His Father with whom He had always shared the warmest, father-son embrace, He must govern over the contumacious children of Adam under the tremendous desire to save us from destruction. During the old covenant four millennia He must reign in His Father’s place, dispensing justice with unlimited mercy.


After 4,000 years the Son spoke the blessed words, “A body hast Thou prepared Me.” Now the Son, who before had mediated for us, mediated among us. For 33 years He won our hearts and reconnected hearts and minds and bodies to His Father. Then, He fulfilled the beautiful lesson that He had taught, “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”


He took our bullet. He took all the power of the Almighty because we couldn’t take it and benefit from it. But, because He took all the outrage of the Father for billions of the darkest lives of sin, it evaporated the eternal life His Father had given Him.


Now we can touch Him who touches the overwhelming God of almighty power. And our reconciled connection to God doesn’t destroy us.


O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! HOW unsearchable are HIS judgments, and HIS ways past finding out! 

For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been HIS counsellor? 

Or who hath first given to HIM, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 

For of HIM, and through HIM, and to HIM, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

(Rom. 11:33-36).

Thursday, August 04, 2022

Will you stand in the final crisis if you have already fallen before the crisis has come?

Pope Francis says he has open arms for the gay movement within Catholicism (I love Catholics! I have many good friends in the Catholic religion). Pope Francis says he would baptize an extra-terrestrial if one landed on Earth.


But what is he really doing? He is simply allying himself and the Church with millions, or tens of millions, or hundreds of millions of gay folks and UFO/Nephilim/extra-terrestrial believers. One day when Satan comes to impersonate Christ’s return the Pope will have a ready militia in the gay folks and UFO-ologists because he welcomed them into his heart.


What if one day he announces on YouTube or Twitter, “I realize that there are many versions of the Trinity doctrine out there in the denominations. But, It doesn’t really bother me. I’ll accept anyone and any version of the Trinity. If you are a Trinitarian, but you don’t believe in eternal generation like us Catholics, then I hope you don’t let that come between you and me, or between your denomination and the mother Church. Please join us in uniting Christianity again like it was in the more glorious past. Please worship with us at your local Catholic church. I am removing all barriers. Come. Please come.”


What would Seventh-day Adventists do?


Please recall the following statement from Ellen White.


Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates ma bond of sympathy with Rome.” Great Controversy, p. 588.


I will skip over the first error and look at the second of the two errors. “Through the two great errors … Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions.... the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.” So, Sunday-keeping creates a bond of sympathy with the Church of Rome. That makes sense. How can a Sunday going Christian protest against the Church’s change of the Sabbath to Sunday by her own authority? As an accomplice with the Roman Church in rejecting the fourth commandment, how can a Sunday denomination protest anything about the Church?


Now what about the Seventh-day Adventist church? Can the Trinitarian Seventh-day Adventist church protest any corruption of the Catholic Church or the Vatican or her Jesuit Order? Because really, any doctrine held in common with the Catholic doctrine creates a bond of sympathy with her. Via the common stance between Rome and Adventism because of the Trinity we are bosom buddies on that one point. And, since the Trinity is a foreign concept to the Bible’s Father and Son Godship, we are now accomplices with Rome’s corruption of the Bible on that error. Pope Francis even has pushed further on the Trinity dogma since the Vatican’s last real threat—the SDA church—has aligned with her on it.



This is the Bible’s stance on the Divinity:



For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1Cor. 8:5,6).



To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 1:7).



Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor. 1:3).

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Cor. 1:2).



Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 1:3).

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 1:2).



Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Php. 1:2).

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Col. 1:2).



Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thess. 1:1).



Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Thess. 1:2).



Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Tim. 1:2).



To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2Tim. 1:2).



To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Tit. 1:4).



Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phm. 1:3).



Paul introduces himself in every letter with Grace and peace from the only two Divine personalities.



But, what about 2 Corinthians 13:5?





The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2Cor. 13:14).



The verse refers to other statements from Paul.



But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8:9-11).



The Spirit is not a third person of the divine Headship. The Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. It begins with the Father, is received by His Son, and then comes to Their family in heaven and earth who are trusting in the Son.


The Spirit is not only called the Spirit of God (as though the Spirit’s name is the Spirit of God), but also “the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead” (Rom. 8:11).


If “the Spirit of God” is the Spirit’s name, then so also is “the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead”. But that would be too unwieldy. All sarcasm aside, the phrases given to the Spirit are not names, but descriptions. The Spirit is God’s Spirit. God owns it because it comes from His mind. The Father raised Jesus from the dead, not a third person of a Trinity. “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)” (Gal. 1:1).



God, in the New Testament, is always the Father, not a Trinity of Gods or of Persons or of gods or of under gods. In Mark’s gospel Jesus said, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 13:11). And in Matthew’s gospel Jesus said, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Matt. 10:19,20). And both are correct because the two mean the same. The Holy Ghost is the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of the Holy Father. Mathew and Mark say that the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is the Spirit of our Father in heaven, hallowed by His name.


Gabriel here calls the Holy Ghost the power of the Most High God. “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35). So Gabriel compares the power from the Highest to God the Father, as he does again when speaking of the only begotten Son from God. the Father. “He (Jesus) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:32). The Son of the Highest and the power of the Highest both speak of the Father. It was the Father’s power overshadowing Mary that germinated her egg. At that point the divine Spirit of Michael was given to the corporeal human egg. Jesus was conceived by His divine Father in heaven and His earthly mother. His Father’s sinless Spirit dominated Mary’s sinful, bequeathed humanity. That made the Messiah different that us, but like all who receive His quickened Spirit. He had all of our urges to sin, but His Father’s Spirit uniting with His Spirit kept all of His sinful inheritance at bay. Never did He have a sinful propensity because at every temptation from within He had the willpower to shut them all down. And with His mercy, we can obtain His victory. Thus He calls us brethren.Amazing thought!


God rarely speaks. Everything He wants done goes through His beloved only begotten Son, who then takes care of it by delegating.


God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:1-3).


There is much more to say, but I’ll leave with the following Ellen White statements on her understanding of the Spirit of Christ:


The Holy Spirit is the Spirit Of Christ, which is sent to all men. To give them sufficiency,” — {E.G. White, 14MR 84.3}

The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch.the spirit from another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” — (Letter to Prescott W.W. E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)


The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”



Did she ever think that her denomination, the remnant of Protestantism, would be involved in reaching over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power? Maybe. She said that “they” (a later generation) would change our religion, that a new order of books would replace the kind that made the original Seventh-day Adventist church what it was. And regarding changes by a later generation, she warned us through warning the Protestants churches, concerning “new-modeling [remodeling] the cause”

“What was the origin of the great apostasy? How did the church first depart from the simplicity of the gospel? By conforming to the practices of paganism, to facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen. The apostle Paul declared, even in his day, ‘The mystery of iniquity doth already work.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:7. During the lives of the apostles the church remained comparatively pure. But ‘toward the latter end of the second century most of the churches assumed a new form; the first simplicity disappeared, and insensibly, as the old disciples retired to their graves, their children, along with new converts, ... came forward and new-modeled the cause.’— Robert Robinson, Ecclesiastical Researches, ch. 6, par. 17, p. 51. To secure converts, the exalted standard of the Christian faith was

lowered, and as the result ‘a pagan flood, flowing into the church, carried with it its customs, practices, and idols.’—Gavazzi, Lectures, page 278. As the Christian religion secured the favor and support of

secular rulers, it was nominally accepted by multitudes; but while in appearance Christians, many ‘remained in substance pagans, especially worshiping in secret their idols.’—Ibid., page 278.



Has not the same process been repeated in nearly every church calling itself Protestant? As the founders, those who possessed the true spirit of reform, pass away, their descendants come forward and

‘new-model the cause.’” Great Controversy, p. 384, 385.



If the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church could not be allowed into their own denomination because of the new Trinity fundamental belief that has come in, which they fought so hard against the Sunday denominations—what does that say? In 1906 Ellen White wrote than the truths that God had given us for the past half century were not to be changed. Not a pin was to be stirred!! were her words.



“I understood that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same views that she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the sanitarium grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp meetings held in the suburbs of Battle Creek. I assured them that the message she bears today is the same that she has borne during the sixty years of her public ministry. She has the same service to do for the Master that was laid upon her in her girlhood. She receives lessons from the same Instructor. The directions given her are, "Make known to others what I have revealed to you. Write out the messages that I give you, that the people may have them." This is what she has endeavored to do." 1SM 35.2.



We must have in readiness the clear, straight messages that since 1846 have been coming to God’s people. There will be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new, strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls….

Light will dawn upon the understanding, and the Spirit will make an impression on minds, as Bible truth is clearly and simply presented in the messages that since 1846 God has been sending His people. These messages are to find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.”—Letter 73, 1903.



Remove not a pin or a pillar from the foundation of our faith. Preach the truth as it has been given by the Lord.” 14MR 311.

Will you stand in the final crisis if you have already fallen before the crisis has come?

Pope Francis says he has open arms for the gay movement within Catholicism (I love Catholics! I have many good friends in the Catholic religion). Pope Francis says he would baptize an extra-terrestrial if one landed on Earth.


But what is he really doing? He is simply allying himself and the Church with millions, or tens of millions, or hundreds of millions of gay folks and UFO/Nephilim/extra-terrestrial believers. One day when Satan comes to impersonate Christ’s return the Pope will have a ready militia in the gay folks and UFO-ologists because he welcomed them into his heart.


What if one day he announces on YouTube or Twitter, “I realize that there are many versions of the Trinity doctrine out there in the denominations. But, It doesn’t really bother me. I’ll accept anyone and any version of the Trinity. If you are a Trinitarian, but you don’t believe in eternal generation like us Catholics, then I hope you don’t let that come between you and me, or between your denomination and the mother Church. Please join us in uniting Christianity again like it was in the more glorious past. Please worship with us at your local Catholic church. I am removing all barriers. Come. Please come.”


What would Seventh-day Adventists do?


Please recall the following statement from Ellen White.


Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of spiritualism, the latter creates

a bond of sympathy with Rome.” Great Controversy, p. 588.


I will skip over the first error and look at the second error of the two. “Through the two great errors … Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions.... the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome.” So, Sunday-keeping creates a bond of sympathy with the Church of Rome. That makes sense. How can a Sunday going Christian protest against the Church’s change of the Sabbath to Sunday by her own authority? As an accomplice with the Roman Church in rejecting the fourth commandment, how can a Sunday denomination protest anything about the Church?


Now what about the Seventh-day Adventist church? Can the Trinitarian Seventh-day Adventist church protest any corruption of the Catholic Church or the Vatican or her Jesuit Order? Because really, any doctrine held in common with the Catholic doctrine creates a bond of sympathy with her. Via the common stance between Rome and Adventism because of the Trinity we are bosom buddies on that one point. And, since the Trinity is a foreign concept to the Bible’s Father and Son Godship, we are now accomplices with Rome’s corruption of the Bible on that error. Pope Francis even has pushed further on the Trinity dogma since the Vatican’s last real threat—the SDA church—has aligned with her on it.


This is the Bible’s stance on the Divinity:


For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1Cor. 8:5,6).


To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 1:7).


Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor. 1:3).

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Cor. 1:2).


Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal. 1:3).

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 1:2).


Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Php. 1:2).

To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Col. 1:2).


Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Thess. 1:1).


Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (2Thess. 1:2).


Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1Tim. 1:2).


To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2Tim. 1:2).


To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Tit. 1:4).


Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Phm. 1:3).


Paul introduces himself in every letter with Grace and peace from the only two Divine personalities.


But, what about 2 Corinthians 13:5?



The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” (2Cor. 13:14).


The verse refers to other statements from Paul.


But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” (Rom. 8:9-11).


The Spirit is not a third person of the divine Headship. The Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. It begins with the Father, is received by His Son, and then comes to Their family in heaven and earth who are trusting in the Son.


The Spirit is not only called the Spirit of God (as though the Spirit’s name is the Spirit of God), but also “the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead” (Rom. 8:11).


If “the Spirit of God” is the Spirit’s name, then so also is “the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead”. But that would be too unwieldy. All sarcasm aside, the phrases given to the Spirit are not names, but descriptions. The Spirit is God’s Spirit. God owns it because it comes from His mind. The Father raised Jesus from the dead, not a third person of a Trinity. “Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)” (Gal. 1:1).



God, in the New Testament, is always the Father, not a Trinity of Gods or of Persons or of gods or of under gods. In Mark’s gospel Jesus said, “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 13:11). And in Matthew’s gospel Jesus said, “But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.” (Matt. 10:19,20). And both are correct because the two mean the same. The Holy Ghost is the Holy Spirit, which is the Spirit of the Holy Father. Mathew and Mark say that the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit) is the Spirit of our Father in heaven, hallowed by His name.


Gabriel here calls the Holy Ghost the power of the Most High God. “And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35). So Gabriel compares the power from the Highest to God the Father, as he does again when speaking of the only begotten Son from God. the Father. “He (Jesus) shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:32). The Son of the Highest and the power of the Highest both speak of the Father. It was the Father’s power overshadowing Mary that germinated her egg. At that point the divine Spirit of Michael was given to the corporeal human egg. Jesus was conceived by His divine Father in heaven and His earthly mother. His Father’s sinless Spirit dominated Mary’s sinful, bequeathed humanity. That made the Messiah different that us, but like all who receive His quickened Spirit. He had all of our urges to sin, but His Father’s Spirit uniting with His Spirit kept all of His sinful inheritance at bay. Never did He have a sinful propensity because at every temptation from within He had the willpower to shut them all down. And with His mercy, we can obtain His victory. Thus He calls us brethren.Amazing thought!


God rarely speaks. Everything He wants done goes through His beloved only begotten Son, who then takes care of it by delegating.


God … hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:1-3).


There is much more to say, but I’ll leave with the following Ellen White statements on her understanding of the Spirit of Christ:


The Holy Spirit is the Spirit Of Christ, which is sent to all men. To give them sufficiency,” — {E.G. White, 14MR 84.3}

The Lord is soon to come. We want that complete and perfect understanding which the Lord alone can give. It is not safe to catch.the spirit from another. We want the Holy Spirit, which is Jesus Christ. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” — (Letter to Prescott W.W. E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)


The Protestants of the United States will be foremost in stretching their hands across the gulf to grasp the hand of spiritualism; they will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, this country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience.”



Did she ever think that her denomination, the remnant of Protestantism, would be involved in reaching over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power? Maybe. She said that “they” (a later generation) would change our religion, that a new order of books would replace the kind that made the original Seventh-day Adventist church what it was. And regarding changes by a later generation, she warned us through warning the Protestants churches, concerning “new-modeling [remodeling] the cause”

“What was the origin of the great apostasy? How did the church first depart from the simplicity of the gospel? By conforming to the practices of paganism, to facilitate the acceptance of Christianity by the heathen. The apostle Paul declared, even in his day, ‘The mystery of iniquity doth already work.’ 2 Thessalonians 2:7. During the lives of the apostles the church remained comparatively pure. But ‘toward the latter end of the second century most of the churches assumed a new form; the first simplicity disappeared, and insensibly, as the old disciples retired to their graves, their children, along with new converts, ... came forward and new-modeled the cause.’— Robert Robinson, Ecclesiastical Researches, ch. 6, par. 17, p. 51. To secure converts, the exalted standard of the Christian faith was

lowered, and as the result ‘a pagan flood, flowing into the church, carried with it its customs, practices, and idols.’—Gavazzi, Lectures, page 278. As the Christian religion secured the favor and support of

secular rulers, it was nominally accepted by multitudes; but while in appearance Christians, many ‘remained in substance pagans, especially worshiping in secret their idols.’—Ibid., page 278.



Has not the same process been repeated in nearly every church calling itself Protestant? As the founders, those who possessed the true spirit of reform, pass away, their descendants come forward and

‘new-model the cause.’” Great Controversy, p. 384, 385.



If the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church could not be allowed into their own denomination because of the new Trinity fundamental belief that has come in, which they fought so hard against the Sunday denominations—what does that say? In 1906 Ellen White wrote than the truths that God had given us for the past half century were not to be changed. Not a pin was to be stirred!! were her words.



“I understood that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same views that she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the sanitarium grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp meetings held in the suburbs of Battle Creek. I assured them that the message she bears today is the same that she has borne during the sixty years of her public ministry. She has the same service to do for the Master that was laid upon her in her girlhood. She receives lessons from the same Instructor. The directions given her are, "Make known to others what I have revealed to you. Write out the messages that I give you, that the people may have them." This is what she has endeavored to do." 1SM 35.2.



We must have in readiness the clear, straight messages that since 1846 have been coming to God’s people. There will be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new, strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls….

Light will dawn upon the understanding, and the Spirit will make an impression on minds, as Bible truth is clearly and simply presented in the messages that since 1846 God has been sending His people. These messages are to find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.”—Letter 73, 1903.



Remove not a pin or a pillar from the foundation of our faith. Preach the truth as it has been given by the Lord.” 14MR 311.


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Something big eclipsed the sun on the Dark Day of May 1780?

Something eclipsed the sun on the Dark Day prophesied of by Isaiah, Christ, and John.


In 2017 four of my siblings, Darold, Dennis, Shirley, and Sue, drove down from northern Virginia to Tennessee because a total solar eclipse was going to pass there. Not that they are adventure seekers, but they had never been able to be in a total solar eclipse before. And this might be the opportunity of a lifetime. Recently, Darold described it to me. He said, “It was the oddest thing. It gave a 360 sunset on all horizons. And straight above at the center of the sky was a dusky twilight, the darkness gradually grew grey and then brighter toward the circular horizons. On the ground at the eclipse’s darkest you can see objects, but if you need to do some work with them, you would need artificial light. The sky was almost like the darkness at the verge of night. And because some light was coming in at the horizons the shadows were more defined than usual, not fuzzy as normal days.”




Why does his description matter? Yes, and here is why.


Of late there has come out a new explanation for the Dark Day of May 19, 1780 that normalizes it to just another day, that undermines the miraculous phenomenon (and, I suspect, to destroy the influence of Isaiah 13:10, Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25, and Revelation 6:12). Articles are coming out saying that the darkness came from an “advection inversion” over New England from some immense Ontario forest fire. 


[Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged inversion: A reversal of normal atmospheric temperature gradient : increase of temperature of the air with increasing altitude; advection: the horizontal movement of a mass of air which causes changes in temperature or in other physical properties of air—compare convection; convection: 1: the action or process of conveying or transmitting; 2: a mechanically or thermally upward or downward movement of a limited part of the atmosphere that is essential to the formation of many clouds (as cumulus clouds) and is used in certain heating systems 3a: the circulatory motion that occurs in a fluid at a non-uniform temperature owing to the variation of its density and the action of gravity b: the transfer of heat by this automatic circulation of a fluid.

Oxford Dictionary (shorter version)  Advection inversion : A temperature inversion caused by advection as warm air passes over a cool surface.]


The people were afraid. But why, if they had had a dark day a couple years before? Or if another one a couple of years later, why the debate for another century or two? Why did no one tell them to remember that the same happened on other occasions, as would have happened if the Dark Day was an advection inversion on what was really a normal occasion, as rationalizing it would certainly happen in our smarter, atheistic, more mature modernity. Even in those days deism was explaining away the biblical miracles, and deism was rife in America. As nowadays, their newspapers would have sought to quiet the people’s fears. Abraham Davenport, a member of the Connecticut State Senate, decided that if the Lord was coming he would just as well be found doing his duty. The Revolutionary War was underway and General Washington notated the darkness in his diary.


This is how it was described by Ellen White in The Great Controversy, p. 306-308:


Twenty-five years later [after the unprecedented Lisbon Earthquake] appeared the next sign mentioned in the prophecy—the darkening of the sun and moon. What rendered this more striking was the fact that the time of its fulfillment had been definitely pointed out. In the Saviour’s conversation with His disciples upon Olivet, after describing the long period of trial for the church,—the 1260 years of papal persecution, concerning which He had promised that the tribulation should be shortened,—He thus mentioned certain events to precede His coming, and fixed the time when the first of these should be witnessed: ‘In those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light.’ Mark 13:24. The 1260 days, or years, terminated in 1798.


A quarter of a century earlier, persecution had almost wholly ceased. Following this persecution, according to the words of Christ, the sun was to be darkened. On the 19th of May, 1780, this prophecy was fulfilled.


“‘Almost, if not altogether alone, as the most mysterious and as yet unexplained phenomenon of its kind, ... stands the dark day of May 19, 1780,—a most unaccountable darkening of the whole

visible heavens and atmosphere in New England.’—R. M. Devens, Our First Century, page 89.


An eyewitness living in Massachusetts describes the event as follows: ‘In the morning the sun rose clear, but was soon overcast. The clouds became lowery, and from them, black and ominous, as

they soon appeared, lightning flashed, thunder rolled, and a little rain fell. Toward nine o’clock, the clouds became thinner, and assumed a brassy or coppery appearance, and earth, rocks, trees, buildings,

water, and persons were changed by this strange, unearthly light. A few minutes later, a heavy black cloud spread over the entire sky except a narrow rim at the horizon, and it was as dark as it usually is

at nine o’clock on a summer evening....


“‘Fear, anxiety, and awe gradually filled the minds of the people. Women stood at the door, looking out upon the dark landscape; men returned from their labor in the fields; the carpenter left his tools,

the blacksmith his forge, the tradesman his counter. Schools were dismissed, and tremblingly the children fled homeward. Travelers put up at the nearest farmhouse. ‘What is coming?’ queried every

lip and heart. It seemed as if a hurricane was about to dash across the land, or as if it was the day of the consummation of all things.


“‘Candles were used; and hearth fires shone as brightly as on a moonless evening in autumn.... Fowls retired to their roosts and went to sleep, cattle gathered at the pasture bars and lowed, frogs peeped, birds sang their evening songs, and bats flew about. But the human knew that night had not come.…


“‘Dr. Nathanael Whittaker, pastor of the Tabernacle church in Salem, held religious services in the meeting-house, and preached a sermon in which he maintained that the darkness was supernatural.

Congregations came together in many other places. The texts for the extemporaneous sermons were invariably those that seemed to indicate that the darkness was consonant with Scriptural prophecy....

The darkness was most dense shortly after eleven o’clock.’—The Essex Antiquarian, April, 1899, vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 53, 54. ‘In most parts of the country it was so great in the daytime, that the people

could not tell the hour by either watch or clock, nor dine, nor manage their domestic business, without the light of candles.…


“‘The extent of this darkness was extraordinary. It was observed as far east as Falmouth. To the westward it reached to the farthest part of Connecticut, and to Albany. To the southward, it was observed along the seacoasts; and to the north as far as the American settlements extend.’—William Gordon, History of the Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the U.S.A., vol. 3, p. 57.


The intense darkness of the day was succeeded, an hour or two before evening, by a partially clear sky, and the sun appeared, though it was still obscured by the black, heavy mist. ‘After sundown, the clouds came again overhead, and it grew dark very fast.’ ‘Nor was the darkness of the night less uncommon and terrifying than that of the day; notwithstanding there was almost a full moon, no object was discernible but by the help of some artificial light, which, when seen from the neighboring houses and other places at a distance, appeared through a kind of Egyptian darkness which seemed almost

impervious to the rays.’—Isaiah Thomas, Massachusetts Spy; or, American Oracle of Liberty, vol. 10, No. 472 (May 25, 1780). Said an eyewitness of the scene: ‘I could not help conceiving at the time,

that if every luminous body in the universe had been shrouded in impenetrable shades, or struck out of existence, the darkness could not have been more complete.’—Letter by Dr. Samuel Tenney, of

Exeter, New Hampshire, December, 1785 (in Massachusetts Historical Society Collections, 1792, 1st series, vol. 1, p. 97). Though at nine o’clock that night the moon rose to the full, ‘it had not the least

effect to dispel the deathlike shadows.’ After midnight the darkness disappeared, and the moon, when first visible, had the appearance of blood.”


No one mentioned fog or the smell of smoke. And the light was not darkened from the sky only, but also from the candles and lanterns. The darkness affected light vertically and laterally. Now please notice the statement, “a heavy black cloud spread over the entire sky except a narrow rim at the horizon.” This is very much like my brother’s description the perfect solar eclipse that he and my other siblings were in. “…straight above at the center of the sky was a dusky twilight, the darkness gradually grew grey and then brighter toward the circular horizons (which was in regular daylight).”


The difference between my brother’s solar eclipse and the Dark Day is that the Dark Day moon was gibbous, meaning almost a full moon. Being a gibbous moon and not a new moon dismisses the possibility of a solar eclipse. And not being a full moon dismisses a lunar eclipse from causing the Dark Day’s moon appearing like blood, as the above statement recalls, “...notwithstanding there was almost a full moon, no object was discernible but by the help of some artificial light….” Natural solar eclipses are caused by our moon moving in between us and the sun, and they don’t last but a few minutes. The shadow cast by perfect solar eclipses travels about 2000 miles per hour across mid-America, and the shadow is only 100 miles in diameter, depending on the distance of the moon (which varies). So, the event is short-lived.


Putting this all together, the darkness was not a somewhat normal occurrence, as in a meteorological formation caused by a huge fire. This Herschel the astronomer alluded to, “The dark day in North America was one of those wonderful phenomena of nature which philosophy [science] is at a loss to explain.” The darkened sun and red moon were not the results of natural eclipses, solar or lunar.


So, the darkness and the blood moon might have been caused by some other cosmic object situated between Earth and the Sun. A rogue planet inside our moon’s orbit, maybe? Close enough to eclipse both Earth to make its sky black rather than grey, darken the whole of New England, and give the moon the color of a lunar eclipse? A gigantic hand? Or…


...simply God’s powerful word through Christ.


By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth…. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psa. 33:6,9).


Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together.” (Isa. 48:13).


...His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb. 1:3).


For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. 

And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 

I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. 

Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger.” (Isa. 13:10-13).


But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken.” (Mark 13:24,25).


And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” (Luke 21:25,26).


And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; 

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. 

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. 

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; 

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: 

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? ” (Rev. 6:12-17).


And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. 

And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. 

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 

And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 

And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.” (Rev. 16:17-21).


Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 

And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 

And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matt. 24:29-31).