The Church Triumphant
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There are Laodicean teachers of Adventism
who believe they see the "broader view of things," when they do not
yet know the true identity of the players of the Bible, eg.
the bride of Jesus Christ, the remnant, the 144,000,
etc. A complete knowledge of the character and identity of the players is
fundamental to a correct understanding of the broader view of truth.
We will prove first from Scripture,
and then from the Spirit of Prophecy that Philadelphia is the Zion Bride of
Jesus Christ, the church triumphant that is translated without seeing death,
and that Laodicean converts are ten-virgin Sons and Daughters of Mother Zion.
the bride of Christ, equals the New Jerusalem equals Philadelphia equals the
heavenly church triumphant, equals the 144,000 equals the Remnant equals the
True Reformers, equals the church triumphant that is translated without
First we will identify the player Zion
from Scripture. Isaiah 62 gives a vivid description of Zion, that she is the
"Bethulah," strictly pure virgin of verse
5, and receives a New Name, verse 2, making her the New Jerusalem, the
"Mother" Bride of Jesus Christ. In the family of God schema, the
Mother has sons and daughters, the ten-virgins, that
are concubines, and not strictly pure virgins, as is Bethula,
the Hebrew term for virgin in verse 5. Let us take a look at these verses:
Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not
rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as
brightness, [a torchlight COL, 405-6] and the salvation thereof as a lamp
that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy
glory: and thou shalt be called by a NEW
NAME, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a
crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy
God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; [she is now] neither shall thy
land any more be termed Desolate [it is now]; but thou shalt be called
Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young
man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so
shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have
set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace
day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence. And give
him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the
Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up,
cast up the highway; gather out the stones [the
cherished errors and false doctrines]; lift up a standard for the
people [the law of God]. Behold,
the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of
the world, Say ye to the daughter of
Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his
work before him. And they shall call them, The holy [chosen] people, the
redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not
forsaken." Isaiah 62.
"Him that overcometh will I make a
pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and
the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which
cometh down out of heaven from my God: and
I will write upon him my NEW NAME." Rev. 3:12.
"Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world, to try them
that dwell upon the earth." Rev. 3:10.
It is Zion who gets the NEW NAME,
which is THE NEW JERUSALEM, and is identified as Philadelphia. She is
"kept" or preserved and protected from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth,
and this is none other than the Great Time of Jacob's trouble. Only the bride
of Christ, the 144,000 go the complete distance through this time to be
translated without seeing death.
as The Firstfruits, Firstborn – the 144,000
I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion,
and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's [New] name written in their
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four
beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and
forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they
which were not defiled with women [fallen churches by ecumenical
involvement]; for they are [strictly pure Bethulah]
virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These
were redeemed from among men, being the
FIRSTFRUITS [FIRSTBORN HEB. 12:22, 23] unto God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no guild: for they are without fault before the
throne of God." Rev. 14:1, 3-5.
as the Heavenly Church Triumphant—Registered in Heaven as Men Made
ye are come unto mount Sion [Zion], and unto the
city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company
of angels, To the general assembly and church
of the firstborn [firstfruits], which are written [registered] in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the
spirits of just men made perfect." Hebrews 12:22, 23.
as the True Reformers
"Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here are given the characteristics of those who shall be
reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, those who
avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are
earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old
waste places. Who is it that calls them. The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths
to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as
raising the foundations of many generation."
E.G. White Comments, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1151, col. 2.
God directly calls [chooses] the True
Reformers as the bride for His son. This is according to Eastern custom. Then
the voice of God and the voice of the bride awaken the ten-virgins, which we
will prove from the Spirit of Prophecy.
as the 144,000 Remnant That is Translated Without
""The woman is a symbol of
the church, and the remnant of the church
represents the Christians of the last generation of men, living just prior to
the second advent. The dragon makes war on these for keeping the
commandments of God, Sabbath and all, and having the testimony of Jesus
Christ, which, according to the inspired definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the
spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the causes of the dragon's warfare upon
the remnant. They teach the observance of
the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift
of prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the
fourth commandment, and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian
church b Jesus Christ, then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful
delight. But when the remnant, whom God
designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing death, 'ask for the
old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.
"The true spirit of the dragonic host, which
is already being somewhat developed, is vividly described in Isa. xxx, 8-13,
as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction of those who hate
the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.
"The marriage represents the
reception by Christ of His kingdom. The
Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the
kingdom, is called 'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' Said the angel to
John: 'Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.' 'He carried
me away in the spirit,' says the prophet, 'and showed me the great city, the
holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.' Revelation 21:9, 10.
Clearly, then, the bride represents [is the
ambassador for] the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet
the bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant]. In the Revelation the
people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation
19:9. If guests,
they cannot be represented also as the bride...He will receive the New
Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband.'" E. G. White, The
Great Controversy, 426, 427.
Let us analyze the above statement
1. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the CAPITAL and
REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is the bride, the Lamb's wife.
2. The bride REPRESENTS [ambassadors of] the Holy City.
3. The virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of
the church; they are the "people of God;" they are guests at the
marriage supper, and if guests, they cannot also be represented as the bride!
They cannot be both!
4. Christ receives the NEW JERUSALEM, the CAPITAL and
REPRESENTATIVE [ambassadors] of His kingdom, as a bride adorned for her
5. Therefore, the bride, NEW JERSUSALEM," the
representatives or earthly ambassadors, the true messengers of the heavenly
NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH; the earthly REPRESENTATIVES of the heavenly church
called ZION, Hebrews 12: 22, 23, the church triumphant, consisting of men
made perfect [verse 23] are the bride of Jesus Christ.
Laodicean "Converts" as Children [Sons and Daughters] of Zion Who
are Awakened by Her Voice and Join Her Procession From Her Father's House to
His Own Home
people of God symbolized by a holy woman and her children,
were represented as greatly in the minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John
speaks as they 'which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of
Jesus Christ." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 972, col. 2.
The "remnant" that still
existed are the 144,000, who survive the time of
Jacob's trouble to be translated without seeing death. The "
wise virgins" of the ten, join the bridal procession as
"guests," but they are martyred during the time of trouble. They
are faithful martyrs however.
"For as a young man marrieth a
virgin, so shall THY SONS marry thee..." Isaiah 62:5. Zion has sons.
"Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed
unto the end of the world, Say ye to the DAUGHTER
is Zion, Behold, 'thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and
his work before him." Isaiah 62:11. Zion
In the above verse of Isaiah 62:11,
Zion is told to say something to her daughter, and the words she is told to
say are a paraphrase of the Midnight Cry of Matthew 25:6:
"And at midnight there was a cry
made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
"The bridegroom goes forth to
meet his bride and bring her to his home. By torchlight [advanced light--"a lamp that burneth"
Isa. 62:1; the Midnight Cry Lighted Path of Matthew 25]the bridal party proceed
from her father's house to his own, where a feast is provided for the invited
guests [the ten virgin church militant--The
Great Controversy 427]. In the scene upon which Christ looks, a
company are awaiting the appearance of the bridal party, intending to join
Lingering near the bride's house [not at it] are ten young women robed in
white. Each carries a lighted lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are
anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a
delay. Hour after hour passes [since 1844] the watchers become weary and fall
asleep. At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye
out to meet him.' the sleepers [all those
virgins slept Matt. 25:5], suddenly awaking, spring to their feet.
They see the [bridal] procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with
music. They hear the voice o the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The
ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go
forth." E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, 406.
Philadelphia is made a pillar in the
temple of God. Only the 144,000 go into the temple on Mt. Zion. The bride is
the leadership of the heavenly New Jerusalem Church, and the wise virgin
guests are the constituent membership. The bride is seated around the throne,
and the vast throng is further away.
the throne are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who,
plucked as brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep,
intense devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian character in the
midst of falsehood and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the
Christian world declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were
martyred for their faith [special guest bridesmaids]. And beyond is the
'great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds,
and people, and tongues." E.G. White, The Great Controversy, 665, 1911
White on Philadelphia as The Church Triumphant
history and description of the 144,000 apply to those who are to be changed
at the coming of the Lord, and to no other class. First, 'having His Father's
name written in their foreheads.' Said the true Witness to the Philadelphia chrch, 'Him that overcometh,
will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out, and
I will write upon him the name of my God.' Where? 'In their foreheads,' just
where John saw the 'Father's name.' Now just as sure as the Philadelphia
church is the true church of the last days, just so sure the 144,000 are
sealed, just before the coming of the Lord." James White, The Advent Review, vol. 1, No. 4, p. 56.
as we were about to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and
said, 'Only the 144,000 enter this place,' and we shouted, 'Alleluia.' Early Writings, p. 19.
Laodicea has falsely taught that she
is the bride of Jesus Christ, or equal to the "Jews" of Revelation
3:9. God says that those who make this false claim are the Synagogue of
Satan. Do you believe Him? Do you?! Why did God insert this matter of the Synagogue
of Satan, within the Philadelphian message? Because Satan would use Laodicea
to impersonate and claim to be what is rightfully only applicable to
Philadelphia. And that is what Laodicea does, she claims to be the faithful,
remnant bride of Jesus Christ, and for that claim, God makes her the
Synagogue of Satan.
Distinctions Between the 144,000 and the Guests
- The bride, the True
Reformers, is called directly by God.
- The voice of God and the
bride then awaken the ten-virgins.
- They dwell in separate
houses, but the bride calls them out of their church that has become
like the world, and has linked herself to lewd women [fallen churches
Jer. 11:9-15] to join her procession.
- The bride is the wife of
- The wise virgins are the
guests in heaven.
- Only The
bride, the 144,000, goes into the temple on Mt. Zion.
- The bride is made a pillar in
the Temple of God.
- The bride is Philadelphia who
is "kept" through the time of trouble.
- The bride is Philadelphia,
the Church Triumphant, that co-exists with the
church militant guests, to come to their aid if they will swallow their
spiritual pride and accept her aid. The pure truth comes through her
- The bride, of course, is
seated nearest the throne in heaven.
- The bride of all ages could
well be resurrected (regenerated into a human body as Jesus was) to be
part of the 144,000 at the final generation, just as Jesus raised people out of their graves after His
resurrection and went forth to give the gospel. This would be
the "rocks crying out," just as Jesus is the rock of ages.
Satan's counterfeit of this regeneration of the bride of all ages is
reincarnation. In Revelation 3:10-12, original Philadelphia, circa A.D.
1, was promised she would be kept through the time of trouble to come
upon all the world.
state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins,
is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 2, 420.
and/or Cold Apostate Laodicea no Better Than The
the church becomes lukewarm [let alone apostate], it does not stand in favor
with God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen
and become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the
cage of every unclean and hateful bird. Those who have had opportunities to
hear and receive the truth, and who have united with the Seventh-day
Adventist church, calling themselves the commandment keeping people of God,
and yet possess no more vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal
churches, will receive the plagues of God just as verily as the churches who
oppose the law of God. Only those that are sanctified through the truth will
compose the royal family in the heavenly mansions Christ has gone to prepare
for those that love him and keep his commandments." E.G. White, Letter
35, January 1, 1898. (Manuscripts and Letter, p. 5).
Laodicea, which is no better than the fallen churches, has labeled herself as
"Jews" [chosen bride of Christ]. Rev. 3:9 says that all who do this
falsely will be of the Synagogue of Satan.
bless you all, Ron Beaulieu