The Ezekiel 9 Sealing – Where and Who?
"The angel with the writer's ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel (Letter 12, 1886).
One of the most serious deceptive teachings by apostate Seventh-day Adventists, is that one must be a member of the apostate church in order to be sealed for salvation, when the Holy Spirit gift to the church plainly stated that the angel with the writer’s ink horn places the saving mark on all who are separated from sin and sinners. Then, after that separation of the good from the bad is complete, the destroying angel goes forth and BEGINS AT THE SANCTUARY, THE APOSTATE CHURCH. And that is exactly what occurred in the prefigure example of the Jews.
"The angel with the writer's ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel (Letter 12, 1886).
Let’s study into what occurred in the case of the sealing of God’s first “chosen people.” The first ministerial act of Jesus in A.D. 27, was to “gather out” from the apostate church those who were to take the gospel to the world.
"The Sanhedrin had rejected Christ's message and was bent upon His death therefore Jesus departed from Jerusalem, from the priests, the temple, the religious leaders, the people who had been instructed in the law, and turned to another class to proclaim His message, and to gather out those who should carry the gospel to all nations.
As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ's withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience." E.G. White, Desire of Ages, 232.
Jesus gathered out His bride as the first act of His ministry on earth. Were His disciples indeed His bride? Notice:
“John had by nature the faults and weaknesses common to humanity, but the touch of divine love had transformed him. He dwelt in an atmosphere uncontaminated with selfishness and ambition, and far above the miasma of jealousy. He manifested no sympathy with the dissatisfaction of his disciples, but showed how clearly he understood his relation to the Messiah, and how gladly he welcomed the One for whom he had prepared the way.
He said, "A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before Him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice." John represented himself as the friend who acted as a messenger between the betrothed parties, preparing the way for the marriage. When the bridegroom had received his bride, the mission of the friend was fulfilled. He rejoiced in the happiness of those whose union he had promoted. So John had been called to direct the people to Jesus, and it was his joy to witness the success of the Saviour's work. He said, "This my joy therefore is fulfilled. He must increase, but I must decrease."
When the bridegroom, Jesus Christ, received His bride, His disciples, the mission of the friend, John the Baptist, was fulfilled and he decreased while Jesus increased. So John prepared a bride for the bridegroom Jesus. The bride was prepared before the brides maidens who were guests at the wedding. The disciples were the bride, and those they witnessed to were the ten virgin brides maidens or guests, however special they were, they were still guests.
In any wedding you ever saw, was the bride the bridesmaids and vice versa? Were the guests at the wedding the bride and vice versa? Please notice:
"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 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.
The disciples were earthly representatives of the New Jerusalem Zion (Sion) church in heaven, Heb. 12:22, 23. They were thus members of the church triumphant in heaven. They were true reformers. They were called by God FIRST, before they called (awakened) the ten sleeping virgins. Is there more evidence of this truth? Yes:
"Lingering near [not at] the bride's house 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 [since 1844]. Hour after hour passes the watchers become weary and fall asleep. [Matthew 25 says all those virgins—all ten—slumbered and slept]. At midnight the cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers [all ten], suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They hear the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth, But five have neglected to fill their flasks with oil [character]. They did not anticipate so long a delay, and they have not prepared for the emergence." E. G. White, Christ's Object Lessons, pp. 405, 406.
Mat. 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
· What procession is moving on, bright with torches and glad with music, the Song of Moses, the song of the overcomers?
· Is that procession THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT?
· Does the church triumphant co-exist in all ages with any church triumphant?
· The words of the first sentence: “lingering near the bride’s house,” but not at it, show that there had been a separation commensurate with Jesus’ “gathering out” those who would take the gospel to the world. So the disciples were first sealed by being called and hand-picked by Jesus to follow Him.
Today a bride is being hand-picked by Jesus. Can we identify who this bride is? Please note who calls whom in the following statement:
"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, these 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 repairer of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151. (RH Oct. 13, 1891).
It is critical that we observe some very important facts in the above statement:
· The intent is to give the characteristics of true reformers.
· They bear the banner of the third angel’s message.
· They KEEP the commandments and don’t merely claim to, while violating them, as the apostate SDA church does by instructing Russian parents to send their children to school on Sabbath, thus violating all the principles of the commandments because by breaking one they break them all.
· They build up the old waste places—they uphold and restore the pillar doctrines and beliefs stated by Scripture and by the pioneers of the SDA church, thus restoring paths to dwell in.
· Who calls (awakens them)? It is God. They are called directly by God via His Holy Spirit, just as the disciples were called directly by Jesus. Thus, they must be separated from sin and sinners FIRST, as were the disciples. Their house is not at the house of the ten slumbering virgins.
· Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations.
· If these true reformers are registered in the church of heaven (Sion—Zion), of perfect men, are they the church triumphant on earth? If not, why not?
· Thus, they are the earthly representatives of the Jerusalem (Sion—Zion) church in heaven. They are the leaders of the True Jerusalem church triumphant that exists contemporaneously with the church militant to come to the aid of the church militant if the church militant will permit.
· If any church militant will not hear their reform message, these reformers must separate and go to those who will hear their restoration message.
"The members of the church triumphant--the church in heaven--will be permitted to draw near to the members of the church militant, to aid them in their necessity." E. G. White, The Southern Watchman, Sep. 8, 1903.
· The above weight of evidence gives new meaning to sinners being shaking out of Zion by Zion!
· It gives crucial new meaning to the definition of Zion (Sion).
· In Isaiah 62:1-5, Zion is the bethulah (Hebrew for strictly pure) virgin that is married. She is more pure than the guests. She is without guile and blameless, Revelation 14:1-4.
· It proves that the church triumphant is always in existence in the form of faithful reformers, and that the ten slumbering virgins who are awakened by the Zion bride, the 144,000, must join her procession to go in to the wedding as guests.
· It is the true reformers in every age who have tried to appeal to the church militants (wheat and tares co-ed churches) of the people, the ten virgins, to awaken them to their duty and new light. But the ecclesiastical leaders refuse the new light, so the true reformers must move on to those who will receive it.
· Though there are always representatives of the heavenly Zion church on earth, the Lord is still waiting for His bride to make herself completely ready in number (144,000) and in perfection of character, much as the disciple bride of Jesus had to perfect their character before they received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
"All the disciples had serious faults when Jesus called them to His service. Even John, who came into closest association with the meek and lowly One, was not himself naturally meek and yielding. He and his brother were called 'the sons of thunder.' While they were with Jesus, any slight shown to Him aroused their indignation and combativeness. Evil temper, revenge, the spirit of criticism, were all in the beloved disciple. He was proud, and ambitious to be first in the kingdom of God. But day by day, in contrast with his own violent spirit, he beheld the tenderness and forbearance of Jesus, and heard His lessons of humility and patience. He opened his heart to the divine influence, and became not only a hearer but a doer of the Saviour's words. Self was hid in Christ. He learned to wear the yoke of Christ and to bear His burden." Desire of Ages, 295-6. There is much more on page 296.
Though the disciples had serious faults and defects, it is important to realize that they were separated from apostasy in that they were “gathered out” from it. Desire of Ages, 232. Thus, they were not defiled with women (Revelation 14:1-4) which means an apostate church. A woman (bride or brides maidens) is used to symbolize God’s church, and His bride must be pure.
First the disciples were separated from the apostate Jewish church. Then, in A.D. 34, when the 490 years probation of Daniel 9 was over, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit descended upon the Disciples on the Day of Pentecost. That was their sealing after they had been “gathered out” from the apostate Temple seven years prior. Then they began to gather out into home churches all who accepted Christ as their Saviour. So there was absolutely no sealing virtue left at the apostate Temple, for at the crucifixion of Christ, the veil was rent and that signified that the presence of God had left the Temple. At that point, True Jerusalem, was the True disciples and their followers. No faithful Christian was sealed at the apostate Jerusalem Temple. Not one!
What is the bride’s message to the world? The first message of the bride to the church and the world is the gospel of Jesus Christ and His Atoning Sacrifice for the sins of man. Only one God has sacrificed Himself for man in payment for the penalty for sin, the wages of sin, and that is Jesus Christ. Muhammad did not do that. Buddha did not do that. Confucius did not do that. No pagan God did that. So salvation is in Jesus Christ alone.
The second message of the bride to the church and the world is: “Behold the bridegroom cometh, Go ye out to Meet Him.” We are to go out of all apostate churches for he who is joined to a harlot is one with her. That makes us corporately responsible for being joined to a harlot.
The final message is one portraying the love of God and the righteousness of Christ as well as demonstrating the character of God as being fair and just.
In the prefigure example of the shaking in the time of the disciples, here is what transpired. The good were separated from the bad BEFORE THEY WERE SEALED, just as Ellen White said we must be separated from sin and sinners BEFORE WE ARE SEALED.
17And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
18Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver.
19Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
20As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in mine anger and in my fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
21Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst therof.
22As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have poured out my fury upon you.
23And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
24Son of man, say unto her, Thou art the land that is not cleansed, nor rained upon in the day of indignation.
25There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
26Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
27Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
28And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
29The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
30And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
31Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Ezekiel 22:17-31.
Another most serious part of the warning God’s true messengers must give to the church and the world is that the prime reason the Jews did not accept Jesus as the Messiah was because He did not give them a kingdom on earth as they expected.
Satan inspired Jews who did not accept Christ as the Messiah, to determine to manufacture their own messiah and establish their own kingdom on earth with themselves as Masters. It is necessary to explain this to God’s people because all who are saved except the 144,000, are going to be martyred by these Jews who hate Christ and His followers—Christians.
Folk fear the unknown and it is necessary that God’s people know why they are going to have to die or they might let fear control them when the time comes, and thus lose out on eternal life. God’s Word tells us that those who will save their life will lose it, and that has everything to do with what I am relating herein. We are told that the fearful will not be saved, to wit:
Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Satan’s effort to establish his pre-millennial kingdom on this earth is based on the instilment of fear in every person. That fear is that communism will engulf the earth if Christians don’t ban together to fight against communism, which is the very tool Satan is using to instil fear.
But God warns us not to let Satan instilled fear to be our fear. Our only concern is to be that we are sanctified in the Lord. That is the only ways and means by which we will be sealed by Him.
11For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.
13Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isaiah 8:11-14.
What fear is Isaiah 8 referring to? I can tell you it is no ordinary fear! It involves life and death. It involves the plan of Satan’s attempt to rule and control the earth at the end-time. This plan will result in the greatest time of trouble ever known to man, Matthew 24:21:
21For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25Behold, I have told you before.
26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29Immediately 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:
30And 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.
31And 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.
32Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. King James Version
It is not after the order of God that the leaders of His people are not warning their flock of the seriousness of the impending crisis. That serves Satan’s cause because men fear the unknown and they are more likely to make wrong choices based on fear. What is it that God instructs us not to fear in Isaiah 8? Here is Satan’s plan for world control at the end-time.
The prime lie of Satan at this end-time is the pre-millennial reign of Christ on this earth for 1000 years beginning at the second coming. This lie is being taught by the Scofield Bible and Fundamental Christianity. That Bible was introduced to Christians by the British Israel Foundation of Free Masons who worship Lucifer. That fact is not known by the lesser initiates into that secret society. When Jesus declined Satan’s offer to be given rulership of the earth if He would bow down to Satan, he then went to God’s chosen people, and all of them who did not accept Christ as the Messiah, decided that God intended them to help themselves in establishing the kingdom of God on earth.
British Israel, a term applied to Free Masonry in England, at its highest echelon is constituted of Pharisee and Sadducee (conservative and liberal) men of the Jewish race, and certain Gentiles who have joined them, whose sole goal is the same as the goal of the Jews at the first coming of Christ—namely the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth for a pre-millennial reign of 1000 years of peace and plenitude. They feel that they have a divine commission to rule the world as they reckon their lineage from Abraham.
These men who long ago decided that they have a divine right to rule the earth, devised a plan whereby they believe they can do that very thing. Satan inspired them with the plan. That plan included a state of world chaos, revolution and murder, via communism, in order to get the world into such a state of panic and fear, that it would finally agree to their terms for a world government, a world church, a one world day of worship, Sunday, and a United Nations world army that would annihilate any opposing force that should rise up against them.
Their plan is to cause such chaos that they will be able to pose as our saviour by having the power to squelch communism and all tyrannical governments which in reality they have created to bring man to his knees so they could take over.
They are Satan obsessed and possessed by the notion that the world is over-populated, so it is convenient for them to rid the earth of their most hated object—Christians. They control every country in the world with their control of all finance, world banking, the World Monetary Fund, and their wealth which years ago was estimated to be over 500 Trillion. They own the Federal Reserve and they receive interest on every business transaction made in the world.
They early recognized that it would take more than money to control men, so they decided to infiltrate the churches and control men spiritually that they might be more willing slave servants. So everything to do with the emerging church program and mega-churches etc., is of their devising to steer mankind spiritually into their schema for world control and the kingdom of god on earth—the god being Lucifer.
Every Seventh-day Adventist should be aware of this plan of Satan which is what the world fears and what we are not to fear. http://omega77.tripod.com/unionjackpeters.pdf
It is going to take a complete faith in Christ and His plan for us to be able to stand through the greatest time of trouble man has ever experienced. Those who are merely playing church will never stand through that time. It is my prayer that all who read these words will be ready to stand for Jesus Christ, who gave His life for us. Then, we will be able to receive the FINAL SEAL of God in our foreheads eternally.