A Matthew 22 Corollary to my Vision of March 30, 2008

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Dear Reader,

This document is for the presentation of a backup, second proof God has given us of the prefigure of Ezekiel 9, which was the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem. In His mercy and graciousness, God has given us two absolute ancient types to follow that we may know exactly the proper course to follow at the end time. That second proof is Matthew 22:1-10, and Ellen White’s reapplication of those verses. I did make reference to Matthew 22 in my March 30, 2008 vision at the following link:

http://omega77.tripod.com/ezekiel9one.htm

But I have been impressed that I should further elaborate on Matthew 22, in order to make it clear that there are two prefigure examples for us to follow so that there will be no excuse for error. If there is one doubting soul who believes that Ezekiel 9 was not fulfilled in A.D. 70, let him/her believe Ellen White’s reapplication of Matthew 22:1-10 and he/her will be forced to a knowledge of exactly when Ezekiel 9 took place anciently, for it was after the close of probation for the Jews and involved a slaughter of men, maidens and little children at the Sanctuary Temple in Jerusalem. The plunder of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70 is the only time that occurred—thus the reckoning of the time and incident for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 9.

In many documents I have referred to the destruction of Jerusalem and Ezekiel 9 as being reckoned from A.D. 27-70. I want you to be perfectly clear as to why I have done that and the verity of doing so, so that you may with complete confidence do the same in your witnessing ventures.

Matthew 22:1-10

 1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

 4Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

 7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

 8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

 9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

 10So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.

Ellen White’s Re-Application of Matthew 22:1-10

In the book Sermon’s and Talks, pp. 4-9, Ellen White reapplies Matthew 22:1-10 to an end-time application. Matthew 22:1-10 is exactly what occurred from the inception of Christ’s ministry in A.D. 27 to His death and thereafter in the ministry of His disciples. This is why I have always dated and equated the Ezekiel 9 destruction of Jerusalem with the work of Christ and the subsequent work of His disciples from A.D. 27-70. Matthew 22:1-10 deals with the two calls made to the Jews, and the third call was to the Gentile world after Jerusalem was destroyed in A.D. 70. Here is Ellen White’s reapplication of Matthew 22:1-10. Take special care to not all the PRESENT TENSES. The same two calls of Matthew 22 are now in the process of being made to God’s second “chosen” people, the professing Seventh-day Adventist church. The final call to the individual members of the church who have not known of the apostasy, will occur at the Loud Cry to all fallen churches. Just as a final call was made to apostate Israel after its probation closed at the stoning of Stephen, so the final call will be made to the individual members of the SDA apostate church after its corporate probation has closed and THAT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED, as explained by Ellen White, God’s Word, the late Dr. Ralph Larson, Dr. John Grosboll, others and myself.

(Sermon by Ellen G. White In Washington, Township, Iowa, Cir. 1874.)

     The words which I have selected as a foundation for a few remarks you will find in the 22nd chapter of Matthew, beginning at the first verse. [Verses 1-10, quoted.] {1SAT 4.1}

     The portion of Scripture presented before us, which I have referred to and have presented before your minds, is of intense meaning--much more than I am able to explain. It is of great interest to us, and we should consider it, and let it have due weight upon our minds. We find by perusing God's sacred Word of inspiration that when the promised Messiah, the Son of God, came into the world His own people, even His own nation--the Jews--would not and did not receive Him. As we are told in the first chapter of St. John, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not" (John 1:11). {1SAT 4.2}

     The provision was made, but they would not receive it. The Father Himself provided a ransom, even a sacrifice. His own dear Son submitted Himself to His Father's requirements, came into this sinful world, became a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief. He went about doing good, speaking in tones of tenderness, saying in the deepest and most fervent and sweetest accents ever uttered, "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart"; and He assures us we shall find rest to our souls. {1SAT 4.3}

     "Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise." {1SAT 4.4} -5-

    "The great King Himself hath made a marriage for His Son. He hath sent forth His servants for many hundreds of years, saying, "Come, for all things are ready." But how little do the [people of the] world heed the invitation! They make light of it and go their ways to their worldly pursuits and worldly pleasures, the same as they have done for centuries. But the King sendeth forth His armies and destroys those murders and burns up their city, and we are told in the ninth chapter of Daniel, the 26th verse, that "the people of the Prince that shall come shall destroy the city...; and the end thereof shall be with a flood." {1SAT 5.1}

Note by Ron: God’s servants, the prophets, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, had been warning the Jews for centuries. The Captivities under Nebuchadnezzar were permitted by God in an effort to reform His people. But as a corporate church, they did not respond and so were destroyed in the Ezekiel 9 slaughter of A.D. 70.

     "Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage." {1SAT 5.2}

     In the 14th chapter of Luke, verse 16, we find that there was made a great supper and many were bidden. Servants were sent forth to say to those that were bidden, "Come; for all things are now ready" [verse 17]. But they made excuses. {1SAT 5.3}

     The King of the kingdom hath made a marriage supper for His Son. He hath sent forth His servants to say to those which are bidden, "Come to the marriage." The Lord is sending His servants, saying unto all who will hear, "Come, make ready for the great marriage supper of the Lamb; He is soon coming to receive all the faithful to the mansions prepared by Him, to partake of the feast which He hath prepared." He is sending, and hath been sending His servants for some thirty years past to say unto His people, "Come, make ready, put on your wedding garments; clothe yourselves with meekness, humility, and truth, and have yourselves clad in the righteousness of Christ, that you may be able to appear before Him, and enter into the guest chamber with those who shall sit with Me at the wedding of My Son." {1SAT 5.4}

     All must be clothed with the wedding garment in order to be accepted, lest we be found speechless. {1SAT 6.1}

     Is it not of the greatest importance that we be found having on the robe of righteousness, that we be ready when the Bridegroom cometh to enter in to the marriage supper? May we heed the invitation given and make ourselves ready that we may have admittance into the Master's house, that He say not unto us that none which were bidden shall taste of His supper. In the parable, those who were bidden heeded not its invitation, but continued excusing themselves, feasting upon the pleasures of this world as the masses do at the present time. {1SAT 6.2}

     The servants of God are inviting and entreating them to come away from the alluring scenes of this vain and fleeting world, to make ready for the marriage supper, but they will not come. We hear them saying, There's no danger; tomorrow shall be as this day and much more abundant; no need of being disturbed. We must needs attend to farms and merchandise and the things of this life, lest we lose worldly interests, and become poor and suffer want. They forget that He who careth for the little sparrows and clotheth the lilies of the field, careth for the humble, trusting soul, and will guide and direct all those who are ready to do His will, and bestow upon His dear children such things as they need. To all who through patience and perseverance overcome, He hath promised to give a crown of never fading glory, a robe of righteousness, and an entrance into the beautiful city of our God. {1SAT 6.3}

     This same King is sending forth His servants today. He is inviting His guests, saying, "Come, for all things are now ready." The Lord of the marriage is soon coming: behold, He is at the door. Delay not to open the door, lest He turn away from receiving you and you enter not into the marriage feast. Open the door and receive the Master, that you may enter into the mansions of everlasting rest and never fading glory prepared for all those that love Him. Who will make ready for the coming of Him who hath said, "Behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work shall be" [Rev. 22:12]. {1SAT 6.4}

     If we neglect our spiritual interests, neglect to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable duty, we become entangled with the trifling cares of this life. If we even once omit our daily duty of calling upon God for His divine aid, His care and protection, we lose one day's enjoyment. We have not the sweet, melting influence of God's Holy Spirit attending us through the day, but we feel cast down and easily discouraged. The enemy of souls is ready to take advantage [of us] and often does, bringing us into captivity and sin. {1SAT 7.1}

     We may sometimes be cumbered about much serving, like Martha; but how much more commendable was the act of Mary, who sat and listened to the teachings of Jesus. He says, "Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but . . . . Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41, 42). {1SAT 7.2}

     How many times the things of this vain, deceitful world come between us and our eternal interests! Temporal things spring up within our hearts and choke those things which are spiritual. We permit the enemy of righteousness to persuade us that we should attend to the things of this life. We now and then neglect greater duties lest we suffer want. If we faithfully entreat God to

give us strength and to perform temporal duties, and at the same time to give us grace and wisdom to overcome evil; if we have our hopes centered above and our conversation in heaven, whence we look for the Son of man who has bidden to the marriage all who will come: who has gone up on high to prepare mansions for all those who love and keep His sayings, and has told us He is coming to receive us, we may enter in to the wedding feast with Him, that where He is there we may be also. If we turn away from those calls and invitations, what will be the consequence? {1SAT 7.3}

     In the 13th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, 46th verse, we find that if we put God's work from us, and judge ourselves unworthy of everlasting life, we have no reason to expect an entrance into the kingdom. The 24th verse of the 14th chapter of Luke informs us that "none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper." {1SAT 8.1}

     The great eternal Father has prepared a marriage feast for His Son. Will we give heed to His servants who have been and are being sent forth to proclaim unto us the solemn invitation? Or shall we make light of it? Oh, why refuse to make ready for the marriage of the Son of God? There is room for all who will accept the invitation. None can say [that] those things were not duly represented. Remember, when the good man returns, those who are ready will go in to the feast and the door will be shut, and there will be no further entrance, for we read that when "the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door" (Luke 13:25), then those who would find admittance will hear the answer, "I know you not. . . ; depart from Me." {1SAT 8.2}

     May we heed well the solemn warning and make ready to enter into the wedding, that His house may be filled. God's Word informs us, "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city" (Rev. 22:14). May we be found faithful, and give diligence to our calling, and possess the promised reward of the faithful, is my prayer.--Ms 8, 1874. (MR 900.56) {1SAT 8.3}

The SDA Bible Commentary on Matthew 22

I am presenting some of the comments on various verses:

“3. Sent forth his servants. Note that the guests had already been invited or “bidden.” To this present day it is customary in Oriental lands to honor guests by dispatching personal messengers to remind them of an invitation they have already accepted (see on Luke 14:17).

“To call. The original invitation to the Jews had been given by the prophets of OT times (see on Matt. 21:34; Luke 14:16). This, the first call of the parable and the second invitation to the Jews, was given by John the Baptist, and by Jesus and His disciples (see on Luke 14:17).

The Jews were not destroyed in any application of Ezekiel 9, until they had received the two calls of Matthew 22, and rejected them. Then, in A.D. 70, 36 years after the close of their corporate probation at the stoning of Stephen, all but the Christians who had been gathered out of apostate Jerusalem, were slaughtered.

“4. Again. This second call of the parable was the THIRD invitation to the Jewish nation.”

Note: The first was by the ancient prophets. The second was by Christ and His disciples. The third was given by the disciples after Christ’s crucifixion. The disciples in effect gave two calls.

“Other servants. This, the second call of the parable was given the Jews by the disciples, after Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to heaven. The disciples were to work first “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea” before going forth “unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).”

“5. Made light. They did not even bother to make excuses (see on Luke 14:18).

“They which were bidden [the Jews—God’s chosen people] Not worthy. That is, not acceptable in the sight of God.”

Note: The same is true of SDA’s, the second “chosen” people of God, who follow the trek into apostasy that the first “chosen” of God followed. This is all type and antitype in fact.

All that is presented above is an extremely crucial PREFIGURE TYPE that we may look to for instruction as to what will be the proper course for us to take at the end-time. For example, in that TYPE, who left who? By looking to that type and following its example, we have a solid and absolute map by which to answer any question we may have. We should always go that TYPE for the answers to any question we might have. For example, further along in this document, we will apply this principle of looking to the PREFIGURE for guidance concerning the issue of who leaves whom in the shaking.

Ellen White Said that the Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 was a PREFIGURE (Type) that symbolized the destruction of the world at the end-time, but we know that God says that judgment begins at the House of God, and Ellen White agrees with God, for in Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211, she says that Ezekiel 9 begins at His Sanctuary, those who have been privileged with great light, the House of Jacob. That means SDA’s. The entire chapter, beginning on page 207, is a testimony to professing Seventh-day Adventists. She warns us to sigh and cry for all the abominations in the church:

“Who are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God, and murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? It is those who take their stand against them, and sympathize with those who commit wrong?--No, indeed! These, unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work, and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of all the wicked, represented by the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care; those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by the man in linen, are those "that sigh and cry for all the abominations that are done" in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in an agony, even sighing and crying.” {RH, June 8, 1886 par. 2} Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 267.

Who Left Whom in the Prefigure Type?

Christ was a protestant. He protested against the formal worship of the Jewish nation, who rejected the counsel of God against themselves. He told them that they taught for doctrines the commandments of men, and that they were pretenders and hypocrites. Like whited sepulchers they were beautiful without, but within full of impurity and corruption. The Reformers date back to Christ and the apostles. They came out and separated themselves from a religion of forms and ceremonies. Luther and his followers did not invent the reformed religion. They simply accepted it as presented by Christ and the apostles. The Bible is presented to us as a sufficient guide; but the pope and his workers remove it from the people as if it were a curse, because it exposes their pretensions and rebukes their idolatry.  {RH, June 1, 1886 par. 14}

 

Paul left

 

"And as they persisted in their rejection of the gospel the apostle (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space for three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus." Acts, 19:8, 9.

 

"Fearing that the faith of the believers would be endangered by continued association with these opposers of the truth, Paul separated from them, and gathered the disciples into a distinct body." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 286.

 

 "The recreant priests added licentiousness to the dark catalogue of their crimes yet they still polluted by their presence the tabernacle of the Lord, and, laden with sin, dared to come into the presence of a holy God. As the men of Israel witnessed the corrupt course of the priests, they thought it safer for their families not to come up to the appointed place of worship. Many went from Shiloh with their peace disturbed, their indignation aroused, until they at last determined to offer their sacrifices themselves, concluding that this would be fully as acceptable to God, as to sanction in any manner the abominations practiced in the Sanctuary." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, vol. 1, p. 264, col. 3, December 1, 1881.

 

 "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. 

 

"And as they persisted in their rejection of the gospel the apostle (Paul) went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus." Acts, 19:8, 9.

 

In the prefigure of Matthew 22 and Ezekiel 9, A.D. 27-70, the true were gathered out from the apostates and they formed home churches to keep from being defiled by the errors of the apostate Temple church. In the end, the same course must be followed in a type—antitype fulfillment. This is further proven by Isaiah 4:1-4, wherein seven women, a symbol of all formally organized churches at the end-time, are found doing their own thing. The small and true remnant will not be MEMBERS of any formally organized church. Here is further proof of that from the Holy Spirit gift to the church:

 

"The leaven if godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are greatest, the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. But MORE ESPECIALLY will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because ITS MEMBERS are doing after the manner of the world." Testimonies, vol. 5, 209, 210.

 

The time during which the danger and depression of church is greatest is the Sunday law, and the MEMBERS of the church will be doing after the manner of the world. But that is not true of the little (remnant) company standing in the light. Some will misinterpret Isaiah 4:1-4 because it speaks of remaining in Jerusalem. This is a problem, so let’s solve it by our principle of looking to the PREFIGURE of A.D. 27-70. First, here are the verses for your convenience:

 

1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

2 In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.

3 And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:

4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. Isaiah 4:1-4.

 

And let’s double the proposed “problem” by adding this verse:

 

Luk 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

 

A well meaning, but undiscerning lady from the last SDA church I attended, knowing I had left the church, would say to me every time she saw me, “Tarry in Jerusalem, Ron.”

 

Now, I am going to triple the proposed “problem” we will solve by using the “prefigure” example of the experience of the Jews from A.D. 27-70. Isaiah “appears” to contradict Isaiah 4:1-4, in his words of Isaiah 37:32, 32, which say:

 

31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:

32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.

 

In Isaiah 4:1-4, he speaks of those who remain in Jerusalem, and in 37:31, 32, he says that the remnant will go forth OUT of Mount Zion, which was in Jerusalem.

 

Now, I am going to quadruple the problem with the following verses of Scripture:

 

3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side;

4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Ezekiel 9:3, 4.

 

So let’s investigate these “surface” meanings in an effort to discern if they mean what the surface readers interpret from them, applying the principle of looking to the prefigure of A.D. 27-70 for the real truth of the issues involved. I will force the truth to the surface by asking some questions. This was often Jesus’ method of forcing the truth home to His hearers:

 

Questions:

 

·       Did the true Christians who followed Christ, remain in Jerusalem as regards MEMBERSHIP in the apostate church there?

 

·       Who was true Jerusalem after Jesus gathered out those who give the gospel to the Jews first and then the world?

 

·       Did Jesus and His Disciples have their Headquarters in Jerusalem as well?

 

·       Which Heaquarters of a church in Jerusalem, was the true Jerusalem?

 

·       Where was true Zion, which is the bride of Christ, Isaiah 62:1-5, who is married to Him?

 

·       Desire of Ages, 179, defines the disciples as being the bride of Christ.

 

·       Which “Jerusalem” did the disciples tarry in? Which headquarters church of Jerusalem did they tarry in until they were imbued with power from on high—which was on the Day of Pentecost?

 

·       Were the disciples hiding for fear of the Jews, in the upper room of a man’s house until the Day of Pentecost when they received power from on high, or were they at the apostate Temple in Jerusalem?

 

·       Did a true remnant leave the apostate church in Jerusalem? Were Jesus and His disciples part of that remnant that went forth out of apostate Jerusalem and formed true Jerusalem?

 

·       As regards Ezekiel 9:3, when did the glory of God go up from the cherub of the Sanctuary? Was it at His death on the cross when the veil was rent?

 

·       As regards Ezekiel 9:4, was one true Christian who followed Christ, sealed at the apostate Sanctuary in Jerusalem? Did “Jerusalem” also signify Christ and His followers? In other words, did you have to be in the apostate Temple at Jerusalem to be sealed? For that matter did you have to be in the city of Jerusalem” or just a member of the true Jerusalem headquartered in Jerusalem?

 

·       Will all of the above occur at the end-time in conformance with the PREFIGURE TYPE of Matthew 22, Ezekiel 9, and chapter 1 of Great Controversy?

 

·       Ellen White said that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled again. That means Ezekiel 9 had a former fulfillment. What occurred in that TYPE?

 

·       Is Ezekiel 20:34-38, the SDA church triumphant, that will give the Loud Cry? Is it the faithful remnant that go out of apostate Jerusalem at the end-time?

 

·       Will the professing SDA church keep going after the Sunday Law so that it will be around at the time of the general slaughter of Ezekiel 9, so God can BEGIN JUDGMENT AT THE “ONCE” HOUSE OF GOD, HIS SANCTUARY, Ezekiel 9:6, just as was the case in the prefigure fulfillment of Ezekiel 9?

 

"The Lord has a controversy with His professed people in these last days. In this controversy men in responsible positions will take a course directly opposite to that pursued by Nehemiah.  They will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but they will try to keep it from others by burying it beneath the rubbish of custom and tradition.  In churches and in large gatherings in the open air, ministers will urge upon the people the necessity of keeping the first day of the week.  There are calamities on sea and land: and these calamities will increase, one disaster following close upon another; and the little band of conscientious Sabbath-keepers will be pointed out as the ones who are bringing the wrath of God upon the world by their disregard of Sunday."  R & H 3-18-1884.

 

·       Does the above scenario, following the prefigure principle, answer all our questions?

 

God bless,

 

Ron