There has been a Church Triumphant

On Earth in Every

Succeeding Generation

 

 

 

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Yesterday, February 24, 2010, a certain Mr. Marko, from Switzerland, called a backer of min in Romania, George Jordache, to tell him that I was errant in teaching that there is a church triumphant on earth in every generation. George typed out the phone conversation and I responded to it in this document:

 

http://omega77.tripod.com/markoresponse1.htm

 

However, early this a.m. (the 25th), the Lord prompted me that I had omitted an important piece of evidence, to wit:

 

"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--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.

 

True Reformers Constituting the Church Triumphant in Every Generation

 

These true reformers have been present in every succeeding generation as earthly representatives of the heavenly Sion (Zion) of Heb. 12:22, 23. They are registered in the heavenly church of Sion. It is they who cooperate with angels to come to the aid of God’s people in all churches if they will receive that aid.

 

 "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, p. 232.

 

September 8, 1903 Power from Above

 

     “As the end draws near, the work of God is to increase in strength and purity and holiness. The workers are to be filled with love for God and for one another. They are to cherish principles of strictest integrity. When the true keynote is struck, God will reveal himself as the God of mercy and love. Angels of heaven will ascend and descend the ladder of shining brightness, to co-operate with human workers. {SW, September 8, 1903 par. 1}

 

Mr. Marko cited the above statement to prove I was errant in my interpretation of the following statement. He said that members of the church triumphant are only those who are in heaven and that there is no church triumphant on earth. But we see that angels of heaven co-operate with faithful, true reformer human workers on earth, and that indeed it is these human workers on earth that constitute the church triumphant. There is always a church triumphant on earth known as true reformers. And these true reformers have been present in every succeeding generation which we witness in Desire of Ages, p. 232, (quoted above).

 

     “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. Let us ever remember that we are laborers together with God. In this heavenly union we shall carry forward his work with completeness, with singing and rejoicing. In every soul will be kindled the fire of holy zeal. Company after company will leave the dark standard of the foe, to come up to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.” {SW, September 8, 1903 par. 2}

 

In the heavenly union between the church (Sion) in heaven, and angels, we will carry forward God’s work to completeness singing the song of victory that only the 144,000 sing.

 

     “God's workers must gain a far deeper experience. If they will surrender all to him, he will work mightily for them. They will plant the standard of truth upon fortresses till then held by Satan, and with shouts of victory take possession of them. They bear the scars of battle, but there comes to them a comforting message that the Lord is teaching them terrible things in righteousness. He will lead them on, conquering and to conquer.” {SW, September 8, 1903 par. 3}

 

Mr. Marko said if one studied deeply enough, he would see the error of my teaching on the church triumphant. It appears that he did not dig quite deep enough.

 

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