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The following article is typical of the dumb-dog leadership (Isaiah 56:10-12 and Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211, in making excuses to remain in the employ of the SDA new movement church and hook members on remaining by stating the abominable lie that the bad will leave the church. They use Ellen White’s statement that some will “go out from us.” Taken in context with all the data on who leaves whom, SDA leadership is taking that statement totally out of context. Far more serious is the fact that every statement that Elder Nelson takes from the Spirit of Prophecy is taken out of context and misapplied. He and the other leaders never cite this serious statement (below) which Ellen White published on a number of occasions:

 

Of those who boast of their light and yet fail to walk in it Christ says, "But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day."--RH Aug. 1, 1893. [THE BRACKETED COMMENTS ARE BY ELLEN WHITE.] {LDE 48.2}

 

I’m surprised that statement was ever released by the White Estate! But it coincides with Ellen White’s statement that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled again. It was last fulfilled in A.D. 70, at the destruction of Jerusalem. That is the only time the destruction of Jerusalem involved the sealing of God’s people, as mentioned in Ezekiel 9. SDA leaders and laity have misplaced Ezekiel 9, saying it was fulfilled in the three CAPTIVITIES under Nebuchadnezzar, but that is pure fabrication, because captivity permitted by God in an effort to reform His people, is not the same as destruction of men, maidens and little children. There was no sealing of God’s people until the close of the 70 week prophecy of Daniel 9:24 was complete. This occurred commensurately with the stoning of Stephen in A.D. 34. Until that time, there could be no sealing that is associated with Ezekiel 9.

 

Yet, SDA ministers, their wives and even the SDA Bible Commentary, no less, has tried to portray the ridiculous deception that Ezekiel 9 was fulfilled under Nebuchadnezzar’s invasions of Israel, which indeed involved some killing and destruction because the Jews disobeyed God by resisting Nebuchadnezzar’s advances. But because of the sealing factor of Ezekiel 9, which was impossible until A.D. 34, and completed the 70 weeks probation for Israel, there could not have been any sealing as involved in Ezekiel 9, before A.D. 34, and the only destruction of Jerusalem after that date was the final destruction in A.D. 70, and that event is fully described in The Great Controversy, Chapter 1.

 

In Great Controversy, page 25, Ellen White says that the A.D. 70 destruction of Jerusalem was a prefigure. Notice:

 

“The future was mercifully veiled from the disciples. Had they at that time fully comprehend the two awful facts-- the Redeemer's sufferings and death, and the destruction of their city and temple--they would have been overwhelmed with horror. Christ presented before them an outline of the prominent events to take place before the close of time. His words were not then fully understood; but their meaning was to be unfolded as His people should need the instruction therein given. The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning; while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day.” The Great Controversy, 25.

 

Now follow this closely: Ellen White said that Ezekiel 9 will be LITERALLY fulfilled at the end-time. She said that the last fulfillment in A.D. 70 was a prefigure of the end-time fulfillment. So what occurred in the A.D. 70 fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 was a prefigure (type) of what is going to happen in the antitypical fulfillment. This has to be true because Ellen White said Ezekiel 9 would be LITERALLY fulfilled. Any literal fulfillment would have to be the antitype of the last fulfillment, and if the last A.D. fulfillment was a prefigure type, then the antitypical fulfillment must follow the exact course of the type. This is astounding and so important. If that was a prefigure type, we need only to look back at who left who in that type. The good left the bad and fled to the mountains of Pella 3 ½ years before the A.D. 70 destruction. But that was not when they separated from the apostate church. Jesus began “gathering out” of that church as the first act of His ministry in A.D. 27, Desire of Ages, 232.

 

Note: Never let professing SDA’s intimidate you by saying you are a Shepherd’s Rod because you believe Ellen White’s statement and the Bible that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled again! Just because the Rod happens to believe God and Ellen White on that particular issue, does not make the Bible and Ellen White errant! I expose the errors of the Rod on my Website.

 

The disciples formed home churches and continued to gather out Jews from the apostate temple. Here is a Biblical record of those home churches.

 

Scripture on Home Churches

 

Act 16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

Act 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Act 16:40 And they went out of the prison, and entered into [the house of] Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.

Act 18:7 And he departed thence, and entered into a certain [man's] house, named Justus, [one] that worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.

Rom 16:5 Likewise [greet] the church that is in their house. Salute my well beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

1Cr 1:11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them [which are of the house] of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

1Cr 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

1Cr 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

 

Ellen White on Home Churches in the Alpha of Apostasy:

 

When the young men and women were kept away from the Alpha of apostasy in the church, what did they do and where did they meet for worship?

 

"There is a little hope in one direction: Take the young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian." E.G. White, Manuscript Release #995, p. 5.

 

What, pray tell, would Ellen White’s instruction be in the omega of apostasy we are now experiencing?!

 

"Brother and sister Haskell have rented a house in one of the best parts of the city, and have gathered round them a family of helpers, who day by day go out giving Bible readings, selling our papers, and doing medical missionary work. During the hour of worship, the workers relate their experiences. Bible studies are regularly conducted in the home, and THE YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN connected with the mission receive a practical, thorough training in holding Bible readings and in selling our publications. The Lord has blessed their labors, a number have embraced the truth, and many others are deeply interested." Review and Herald, September 7, 1905, Evangelism, p. 108.

 

"Christ was a protestant...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." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 2, 48, col. 2.

 

Paul Left After Three Months!

 

"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.

 

"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.

 

Ellen White reapplied Matthew 22:1-10 directly to our time in Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 4-9 (See addendum at the end of this document).

 

This is a life or death issue and I will be commenting further below Elder Nelson’s statements. You had better pray harder and longer than Elder Nelson prays below that you might understand the real truth involved in the issues of his sermon.

 

Now Elder Nelson’s Sermon with my interspersed commentary. The very title is surreptitiously deceptive.[1] Of course the true SDA remnant church triumphs! But to suggest that the church militant is purged and purified to constitute the true remnant church is a misrepresentation of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy as I will thoroughly prove.—rwb

 

Sermons

Will The Remnant Church Triumph · December 01, 1999 click for audio

By Elder Lawrence Nelson

Every week we receive letters and phone calls from sincere, faithful Seventh-day Adventists who are greatly disturbed because of the rapid growth of apostasy within God’s true church. These individuals are concerned about drama being portrayed from the sacred pulpit during the worship service and promoted as an Adventist theater presentation. They are troubled about the deplorable so-called Christian rock music with the devilish beat and noise of drums, the clapping of hands as displayed in entertainment during the eleven o’clock service, and when prayer is ascending some of our members are following the Pentecostal custom of extending the hands and arms upward which is the first step in speaking in an unknown tongue.

To make matters worse, some pastors are openly questioning the Spirit of Prophecy, and preaching New Theology together with compromising heaven’s standards.

If any members questions these procedures such pastors are stating from the pulpit, “If you don’t like it, leave us. Go some place else.” Excitement and entertainment are becoming a part of the majority of worship services. So are we to be surprised that, as a result of such activities, we hear of Seventh-day Adventist churches that have separated from the sisterhood of churches and no longer worship on the Sabbath day with us, but they now conduct their service on Sunday? Such a church is the Damascus Road Church in Maryland – a church of over 500 members. Is it any wonder then that a remnant within our church are beginning to wonder if God’s church will survive?

But before we answer this problem let us pray. Oh, loving Father, many are crying aloud because of the abominations that are creeping into Thy church. Please, give us an answer from inspiration that will assure Thy remnant in this crisis that Thy church will be triumphant. Please, give us wisdom to comprehend the enormity of this condition and how we can personally meet this apostasy with divine assurance. We ask this in the blessed name of Jesus, Amen.

Ron’s Commentary: The Celebration Movement is straight out of Pentecostalism and Vatican II. It fulfills the following statement by Ellen White:

 

"The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing.[2] The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.[3]

 

The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise. This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time. Better never have the worship of God blended with music, than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings. The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls. A bedlam of noise shocks the senses and perverts that which if conducted aright might be a blessing. The powers of satanic agencies blend with the din and noise, to have a carnival, and this is termed the Holy Spirit's working." E. G. White,  Selected Messages, Vol. 2, 36.

 

Article (cont)

Now let us read together Matthew 13:24-30. “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

“So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”

In many of Christ’s parables the listener is left to discover for himself the divine truth revealed, but this is not the case with this parable of the wheat and the tares. At the request of the disciples Jesus explained every detail, leaving no room for doubt. As we read in verses 37- 40, “He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.”

Now let’s recap these truths. The field is the world. The good seed are the children of God’s kingdom. The tares are the children of Satan. The enemy who sowed the tares is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world. The reapers are the angels. At this point we must pause to establish a fact. This parable is a description of God’s true church today as we learn from reading Christ Object Lessons p. 70. “‘The field,’ Christ said, ‘is the world.’ But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world.”

Ron’s Commentary: The true church has always contained wheat and tares. Ellen White defines tares as insincere believers whose motives we would have to judge in order to remove them from the church. (See Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 71-72 as follows:

“Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us the work of judging character and motive. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot from the church those whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes. Often we regard as hopeless subjects the very ones whom Christ is drawing to Himself. Were we

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to deal with these souls according to our imperfect judgment, it would perhaps extinguish their last hope. Many who think themselves Christians will at last be found wanting. Many will be in heaven who their neighbors supposed would never enter there. Man judges from appearance, but God judges the heart. The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time.”

Ron’s commentary: Ellen White and God say that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church.

"Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church..."  Christ's Object Lessons, 71.

So what happens when the leaders are ring-leaders in the apostasy and persisting in open sin and we cannot separate them from the church? What happens when Ellen White said that the leaders of the new movement omega of apostasy would allow nothing to stand in their way, 1 Selected Messages, 205-206? What happens when she said that they will not leave at the time of the Sunday Law, but will instruct the members to keep Sunday? This is proof that the bad don’t leave the new movement SDA church. But there is far more serious Biblical and Spirit of Prophecy proof.

"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.

 

·       God’s Word says where the dross (tares and thorns) will be gathered. Ezekiel 22:17-31 gives the full picture.

·       Ellen White says Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled beginning at His Sanctuary. 5T 211. No need for that if all the bad left.

·       The Ezekiel 9 slaughter beginning at His Sanctuary, occurs when the greatest number of martyrs takes place and that occurs as seed for fruit JUST BEFORE THE LOUD CRY, right in context with Matthew 22:7.

·       When the danger and depression of the church is greatest, 5T 209, the church is doing after the manner of the world.

·       The church will be bringing every uncouth thing into its campmeetings just before the close of probation.[4] This is not indicative that the bad leave. That is a lie and it makes God a liar in Ezekiel 22:17-31.

·       Ellen White reapplies Matthew 22:1-10 to our day in Sermons and Talks, Vol.  1, pp. 4-9. Verse 7 is the same event as Ezekiel 9 historically. So Ezekiel 9 will be visited upon apostate Adventism before the Loud Cry to the world.

·       Great Controversy, 656, is when Ezekiel 9 is manifest upon Babylon, not Jerusalem. Page 653 qualifies the exact context, to wit: “Such are the judgments that fall upon Babylon in the day of the visitation of God’s wrath.”

·       The destroyers of His Sanctuary, modern-day Jerusalem, are the Babylonians. Then God destroys them.

·       Ezekiel Chapter 5:14-17, portrays God’s church as being made a taunt and an instruction to the nations around her. This would not be the case if all were going down to destruction together per. GC 656.

In Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211, Ellen White reapplies Isaiah 56:10-12 as follows:

  10His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

 11Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

 12Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. Isaiah 56:10-12.

Consider that Ellen White reapplies Isaiah 56:10-2 in two different ways:

 

1.    She says all the ancient prophets wrote more for us than the Jews.[5]

2.    She mentions the dumb-dogs in the following Testimony: “Here we see that the church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. {5T 211.2}

The abominations for which the faithful ones were sighing and crying were all that could be discerned by finite eyes, but by far the worst sins, those which provoked the jealousy of the pure and holy God, were unrevealed. The great Searcher of hearts knoweth every sin committed in secret by the workers of iniquity. These persons come to feel secure in their deceptions and, because of His long-suffering, say that the Lord seeth not, and then act as though He had forsaken the earth. But He will detect their hypocrisy and will open before others those sins which they were so careful to hide. {5T 211.3}                                                   

It is unfortunate that Elder Nelson and all SDA leaders deal only with the parable of the wheat and tares. Never, has an SDA leader that I know of, dealt with the parable of the THORNS AND THORNY GROUND HEARERS. The rest of the story concerning this serious parable is at this link: http://omega77.tripod.com/DiffWTT.htm End note.

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“Now what I am about to say may come as a shock to many faithful members. Both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy teach that the remnant church contains both the wheat and the tares. This explains why we are grieved when we see both the true and the false believers mingled together within God’s true church. Both Dean and I have personally experienced this struggle between the wheat and the tares. Often we have gone to bed at night with tears in our eyes as we see what is happening in our beloved church. And it is only natural that one experiences a feeling to arise and help God cleanse His church by casting out the tares. But Christ has emphatically commanded not to do this.

Ron’s Commentary: Tares are different from thorns. Thorns are open sinners. The leaders never deal in this realm. The parable of thorns is just as valid as that of the tares.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMat 7:16

Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMat 13:7

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMat 13:22

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMat 27:29

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put [it] upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMar 4:7

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMar 4:18

And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifMar 15:17

And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his [head],

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifLuk 6:44

For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifLuk 8:7

And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifLuk 8:14

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifJhn 19:2

And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put [it] on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifJhn 19:5

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And [Pilate] saith unto them, Behold the man!

http://www.blueletterbible.org/gifs/copyChkboxOff.gifHbr 6:8

But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.

 

 

"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation (E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons,  p. 50).  To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 405.

 

This (above) is precisely what New Movement Seventh-day Adventists (Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204-205), teach.

 

Thorns are defined by the SDA Bible Commentary (above) as those who teach justification without sanctification, which is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. What happens if the wheat is allowed to stay with a church in which the thorns have become the leadership; which teaches justification without sanctification to the church and to the world? A situation accrues in which it is impossible for the wheat to mature!

 

We are laboring this matter on tares and thorns dwelling with the wheat because SDA’s simply do not understand when it is proper and an absolute duty to separate and uproot wheat from thorns, and this is a very crucial matter. It meant life or death in A.D. 70, even eternal life or death! It meant the same thing in the Protestant Reformation, and in 1844! It involves the same thing today! This is no side issue of little importance. 

 

"But the doctrine is now largely taught that the Gospel of Christ has made the Law of God of no effect that by 'believing' we are released from the necessity of being doers of the word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned....

Those who are teaching this doctrine today have much to say in regard to faith and the righteousness of Christ but they pervert the truth, and make it serve the cause of error. They declare that we have only to believe on Jesus Christ, and that faith is all-sufficient that the righteousness of Christ is to be the sinner's credentials that this imputed righteousness fulfils the law for us, and that we are under no obligation to obey the law of God. This class claim that Christ came to save sinners, and that he has saved them. 'I am saved,' they will repeat over and over again. But are they saved while transgressing the law of Jehovah?--No for the garments of Christ's righteousness are not a cloak for iniquity: Such teaching is a gross deception, and Christ becomes to these persons a stumbling-block as he did to the Jews,--to the Jews because they would not receive him as their personal Saviour to these professed believers in Christ, because they separate Christ and the Law, and regard faith as a substitute for obedience. They separate the Father and the Son, the Saviour of the world. Virtually they teach, both by precept and example, that Christ, by his death, saves men in their transgressions." E.G. White, The Signs of the Times, vol. 3, 363, col. 1.

 

Article (cont)

“In Matthew 13:30, Jesus stated, “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” What we need to understand is that Christ was an authority on farming. He knew that it was impossible to pull up all the tares without uprooting some of the wheat.

I’ve done some gardening in my days, and I’ve tried to pull up some of the weeds without disturbing the good plants only to discover that this was not always possible, since the roots of the weeds often entwined around the good plants. We don’t mind as we garden for food here on earth if we lose a plant now and then but God is talking about human beings and eternal life or destruction in a lake of fire. The loss of one soul needlessly would grieve His heart. Remember the story of the one lost sheep. The price that Jesus paid for the redemption was above our comprehension. Remember how He suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross for you and me that we might be saved.

Ron’s Commentary: What about the loss of millions of souls by the means of an apostate church crossling land and sea to make one proselyte (convert) and then making them twice the child of hell?

“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matthew 23:15.

Article (cont)

The counsel of Christ is absolutely correct and is to be obeyed, for He said, “Wait until the harvest.” Any spirit-filled Adventist knows within his heart that the end of the world is right upon us. We can see that the garden of the Lord is producing a crop of both tares and wheat – both deeply rooted within the church. This problem is becoming so acute that the saints of God are beginning to wonder if the tares will so dominate the wheat that the wheat will be choked to death and not be able to produce fruit for the harvest.

Ron’s Commentary: Ellen White clearly stated:

"Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church..."  Christ's Object Lessons, 71.

 

SDA leaders like Elder Nelson, are misinterpreting and misapplying the parable of the tares. They are “using” that parable to excuse the grossest of open abominable sin, and even unpardonable sins. The church has committed every violation the Jews did in Jeremiah 11:9-15, and God told Jeremiah not to pray for that generation of Jews.

Article (cont).

“Ellen White was aware of this condition for she wrote these things and told us that they would get so bad…well let me read it to you. I’m reading from Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 380 in which she states that things will get so bad, that “the church may appear as about to fall.” No wonder we are becoming alarmed. We see tares among the wheat; goats among the sheep; wolves disguised in sheep’s clothing among us. I love my church but both the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy tell us that these conditions will only get worse and worse. I trust you will pardon my use of a slang expression, but “you ain’t seen anything yet.”

Ron’s Commentary: Here again, Elder Nelson is taking an Ellen White statement totally out of context! He is taking a statement that clearly applies to the church triumphant and applying it to the church militant. Ellen White makes it plain that the church that appears as about to fall is the church triumphant when it is surrounded by the enemy out in the wilderness when Satan tries to wipe it out in one decisive blow in one night. See The Great Controversy, p. 616. Obviously, the church that does not fall is the church triumphant, and SDA leaders are applying the statement to the church militant—the wheat and tare co-ed church.

     “The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.”--2SM 380 (1886). {LDE 180.5}

 

Zion is the bride of Christ that is married, Isaiah 62:1-5. To apply that statement to the church militant is high deception and blasphemy of the worst sort.

 

True Zion is described in Ezekiel 20:34-38, and it says there that she is taken to the wilderness and brought into covenant relation with Christ, and that the rebels of the world are shaken out of the kingdom of God by her. Cf. Matthew 13:44 and on. The tares are not shaken out of the church militant to leave it purged and purified. Rather, according to Ezekiel 22:17-31, they are shaken into the midst’s of Jerusalem for burning. That accords with Ezekiel 9 being literally fulfilled again just as it was at the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.

 

"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.

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“Just listen to what the servant of the Lord was shown that will take place. Review and Herald, August 9, 1906, “As has been foretold in the Scriptures, there will be seducing spirits and doctrines of devils in the midst of the church, and these evil influences will increase.” Then reading Review and Herald, January 7, 1904, “False theories will be mingled with every phase of experience and advocated with satanic earnestness in order to captivate the mind of every soul who is not rooted and grounded in a full knowledge of the sacred principles of the Word. In the very midst of us [did you notice that?] will arise false teachers, giving heed to seducing spirits whose doctrines are of satanic origin. These teachers will draw away disciples after themselves.” And beloved, this has already happened.

Ron’s Commentary: False theories and teachers have drawn some to depart from the faith WITHIN AND WITHOUT the church. But that does not preclude a remnant who is not involved with either faction. There are false theories taught by the new movement SDA church regarding the human nature of Christ and the Godhead in regard to the Trinity doctrine. There are false theories being taught regarding the Celebration Movement. There are false theories being taught concerning the conditions for salvation that if followed, will result in a loss of salvation. Such serious errors constitute corrupt sin that make it impossible for the wheat to mature and be saved. End note.

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“Statistics will reveal that some 75,000 Adventists left God’s true church because of Dr. Ford’s preaching the false doctrine regarding the sanctuary truth of 1844. In the Review and Herald, August 19, 1890, “The enemy has men in our ranks through whom he works….Satan uses these who claim to believe the truth, but whose light has become darkness, as his mediums [notice that word. He uses these men as his mediums] to utter his falsehoods and transmit his darkness.”

Ron’s Commentary: There are many in the GC who believe and teach Ford’s teachings. What could be worse than adopting and teaching Rome’s Central Doctrine, the Trinity doctrine. There are three persons to the Godhead, but how the third person accrued and the huge sacrifice involved, is totally ignored by Rome. Also, the new movement has removed God by all the actions of 1SM 204-5. What could be worse than that? The leaders cannot see that the Trinity doctrine, adopted by the church in 1930, destroys the Christian economy by doing away with the Sanctuary and the Atonement messages. This is involved and you may learn of it at this link:

http://omega77.tripod.com/hslb1.htm

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“Then in Testimonies for the Church, Volume 8, p. 293, “The experience of the past will be repeated. In the future, Satan’s superstitions will assume new forms. Errors will be presented in a pleasing and flattering manner. False theories, clothed with garments of light, will be presented to God’s people. Thus Satan will try to deceive, if possible, the very elect. Most seducing influences will be exerted; minds will be hypnotized.”

Ron’s Commentary: The leaders sent many of the ministers to learn Neuro-linguistic Programming which is the worst form of hypnosis, Ericksonian hypnosis, whereby a person can be hypnotized without knowing it. That is what you risk when you go to hear a new movement SDA preacher. One does not have to leave the apostate church to depart from the faith!

"The time has come where even in the church and in our institutions, some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. But God will keep that which is committed to Him. Let us draw near to Him, that He may draw near to us. Let us bear a plain, clear testimony right to the point, that HYPNOTISM is being used by those who have departed from the faith and that we are not to link up with them. Through those who depart from the faith, the power of the enemy will be exercised to lead other astray." E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 3, pp. 411, 412.

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“Conference after conference has held seminars for their pastors in which they were taught from material produced by one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of hypnotism. No wonder Ellen White wrote in This Day With God p. 312 “The developments of these last days will soon become decided. When these spiritualistic deceptions are revealed to be what they really are—the secret workings of evil spirits—those who have acted a part in them will become as men who have lost their minds.” Again in Testimonies to Ministers p. 409, “Many [did you notice that?] will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan.”

Now I hope that these quotations have done something. I hope they have awakened you. These things are happening in our church today. This is why many are considering leaving the church. They are tempted, as the disciples of old, to forsake the Lord’s church. Some are even asking, “Doesn’t God have a pure church, somewhere where we can go to fellowship with like believers and worship our holy God in the true spirit of reverence?”

Ron’s Commentary: What was Ellen White’s counsel if the church should apostatize?  

 "The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.

God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.

"As reformers they had come out of the denominational churches, but they now act a part similar to that which the churches acted. We hoped that there would not be the necessity for another coming out." Ellen G. White, The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, Vol. 1, p. 356-7.

Is the SDA church now acting a part similar to that which the churches are acting? Yes indeed. The church is participating in ecumenical liaison with Babylon which is strictly forbidden in Isaiah 8:9-12. The new movement SDA church is participating in the Satanic Celebration Movement. When the Jews of Jeremiah 11:9-15 conspired with God’s enemies to commit evil, they celebrated (rejoiced) as well—See verse 15. And God told Jeremiah not to pray for them.

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“Many are asking for a direct answer to this problem. And beloved, praise God, He has given us the answer! Listen to this. I am reading from The Faith I Live By p. 305, “Has God no living church? He has a church, but it is the church militant, not the church triumphant. We are sorry that there are defective members. …While the Lord brings into the church those who are truly converted, Satan at the same time brings persons who are not converted into its fellowship. While Christ is sowing the good seed, Satan is sowing the tares. There are two opposing influences continually exerted on the members of the church. One influence is working for the purification of the church, and the other for the corrupting of the people of God.”

Ron’s Commentary: The leaders are misinterpreting and misapplying quote after quote from the Spirit of Prophecy. The above statement mentions defective members. We all have defects. Defective members is a far different reality from gross apostasy. For example, Ellen White said that persistent open sinners should be separated from the church. She did not say that defective members should be separated, because we all have defects. Gross apostasy by church leaders and laity is far different than defects. The ring-LEADERS in apostasy are not working for purification of the church.

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“Now I can personally testify to such an experience. As an evangelist for many years I used to preach five nights a week for three months to thoroughly convert the new believers. I also held a nightly baptismal class after each meeting commencing the third week of the series. And when I was fortunate enough to have a Bible worker, she held additional weekly meetings for the new believers to ground them and also visited in their homes giving Bible studies. But in spite of all these efforts I discovered that some of the hundreds that I have baptized later became tares in the church.

In recent years there has been a trend for a one or two week effort which has greatly accelerated the tares due to quick baptisms and little grounding in the truth. But we must never forget that the Seventh-day Adventist church is not merely a church among all other churches. It is, in a very special sense, God’s remnant church of Bible prophecy. This church was brought into existence in this end time by God Himself, through His divine providence, with the express purpose to call His people out of Babylon.

Ron’s Commentary: Like the Jews of old, Seventh-day Adventists seem to feel that they are indispensible to the cause of God and that He is stuck with them no matter what they do. They teach that Laodicea is the last church, so God will finish the work through them. However, Ellen White said that all the messages to the seven churches apply to till the end of time.[6] It can be proven that Philadelphia will finish the work.

The following statement should forever disabuse the SDA church militant of the mistaken concept that God NEEDS them to finish the work. The Jews made that mistake regarding themselves and SDA’s are repeating their history. Elder Nelson’s interpretation of the “chosen remnant” runs counter to this statement by Ellen White:

 "The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.

God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.

The pioneer SDA church was called and chosen as was the Jewish church in ancient history, but that does not mean that the SDA church was impervious to falling, because it has. Anyone who really knows all the abominations for which God’s Word instructs to sigh and cry, knows that the church has indeed fallen. That is why another literal manifestation of Ezekiel 9 will occur. Ezekiel 9 says that only those who sigh and cry for all the abominations will receive the seal of God. If you are not aware of the many abominations for which we are to be sighing and crying, see the following link:

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

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Inspiration teaches that our church emerged from the apostasy that filled the world during the Dark Ages to proclaim God’s last warning message contained in the three angels’ messages by calling attention to the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Therefore we are God’s remnant church and as such (and please note carefully my words) this church is never to be succeeded by another. Our identity is an established Bible truth. This is why when honest people join this church they do so, not as a matter of convenience, but because of divine conviction.

Ron’s Commentary: The SDA church was succeeded by another in an INSIDE TROJAN HORSE style. It became a new movement which we were never to join. God’s Word says that none of the dumb-dog watchmen can understand this. The alpha of apostasy would have rendered the sanctuary and the atonement gone, but Ellen White said the ministering brethren were looking on but did not understand. Now, in the omega, the ministering brethren have not a clue that the Sanctuary and the Atonement are GONE, and how that accrued. Ask the average SDA minister what the omega of apostasy is, when Ellen White said it would surely come and wax stronger until Jesus comes, and you will get a blank stare. They don’t understand.

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Our mission is to preach the everlasting gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. We are God’s last effort to seek and save the lost. This church is the last opportunity to display God’s truth and mercy before the close of probation. So beloved, I do have some good news. Although the devil is attacking our church as never before, so much so that it will soon appear as if to fall, praise God, this church is soon to celebrate a final victory. Our church will triumph.

Ron’s Commentary: The SDA truth will survive and triumph, but the church militant will be destroyed in another literal manifestation of Ezekiel 9 slaughter of men, maidens and little children. If you don’t believe that, you will be a victim of the worst slaughter ever perpetrated on God’s people, and that before the Loud cry to the world. Ellen White reapplies Matthew 22:1-10 to our day, and verse 7 is the same event as Ezekiel 9. Right after the Sunday Law is enforced (not legislated), there will be a terrible slaughter of many martyrs. Ellen White confirms that and she said the saved who are slaughtered will be seed for fruit. It is at that time that the SDA church will be slaughtered for being an opportunistic harlot and instructing her members to keep Sunday sacred.[7]

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“At this point in our study, we need to seek a clarification of divine terminology. Please follow me closely. Today, God has called the church “militant” but soon, very soon, the church will be called “triumphant.” This helps us to understand the following quotation. I’m reading from Manuscript Releases, Volume 9, p. 154, “The church militant is not the church triumphant. Earth is not heaven. The church is composed of erring men and women who will need patient, painstaking effort, that they may be educated, trained, and disciplined by precept and example, to do the work with acceptance here in this life, and to be crowned with glory and immortality in the future life.”

Ron’s Commentary: Ellen White says that God uses erring men, but that does not mean that He uses apostate men:

"As the Elder Brother of our race He (Christ) knows that the messengers whom He sees fit to send are WEAK, ERRING men but to all who give themselves wholly to His service He promises divine aid." E.G. White, Acts of the Apostles, p. 56.

Did God use apostates like Korah, Dathan and Abiram? Did he use Achan? Did He use the generation of Jews described in Jeremiah 11:9-15, who conspired with His enemies? Does God use open sinning apostates like the leaders of fallen Babylon and those who mimic their works and join their confederacies? Is there indeed a great difference from weak and erring as opposed to gross, strictly forbidden sin and apostasy?

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Reading further in Evangelism p. 707, “The members of the church militant who have proved faithful will become the church triumphant.” Isn’t that a glorious thing? How thankful we should be to know that, without question, God does have a church today that must undergo two distinct phases in its existence. She is now experiencing the church militant and soon all who prove faithful to the divine truth are destined to become the church triumphant.

Now, let us discuss the church militant phase. In this state the church is composed of both the wheat and the tares, each exerting the opposite influence. The wheat are constantly striving to purify the church by upholding the pillars of our faith and resisting compromise while at the same times the tares are leaning toward corruption by trying to get the church to become like Babylon. Anyone in tune with the Holy Spirit can see this taking place within our church today. So we should be aware, as predicted by God, that the church militant will be mixed with evil that will increase and increase until probation closes. But keep in mind that this is not my problem or your problem but God’s problem.

Ron’s Commentary: Elder Nelson is saying that no matter what the church does or has done, it will still remain God’s church as though God needs an apostate church that has committed unpardonable sin even by its ecumenical violation of Isaiah 8:9-12, which violates the second angel’s message and the Midnight Cry of Matthew 25.

If any SDA minister was truly upholding the pillars of the faith and protesting ecumenical liaison with Babylon, he would summarily be removed from his position as a minister, and they know that. That is why they keep quiet. And they don’t have a clue about the evils of the Trinity doctrine and how it destroys the entire Christian economy, the Sanctuary message and the Atonement.

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Consider how He plans to deal with this problem. Testimonies to Ministers p. 45, 46, In our churches, “there are those who are faulty and erring, as tares among the wheat, God is long-suffering and patient. He reproves and warns the erring, but He does not destroy those who are long in learning the lesson He would teach them. He does not uproot the tares from the wheat. Tares and wheat are to grow till the harvest.” So plainly it can be seen that it is not God’s purpose to uproot the tares prior to the harvest. And when will the harvest take place? – I’m reading from Christ Object Lessons p. 72, “The harvest is the end of probationary time.”

Ron’s Commentary: Again, Elder Nelson equates open sinning apostate sinners with mere defective tares amongst whom the wheat can mature. But it cannot mature amongst thorns—corrupt, open sinning apostate leaders who have removed God.

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During the probationary period, God expects you and me to be active in our efforts to defeat the purposes of Satan. Inspiration tells us just how to engage in such efforts. I’m reading from Upward Look p. 77, “It is by teaching the truth that we are to defeat the purposes of Satan. Christ illustrated this work in the parable of the sower. The teaching of this parable is illustrated in God’s own dealing with men and angels. Satan is a deceiver. When he sinned in heaven, even the loyal angels did not fully discern his character. This is why God did not at once destroy him. Had He done so, the holy angels would not have perceived the justice and the love of God. A doubt of God’s goodness would have been as evil seed that would yield the bitter fruit of sin and woe. Therefore the author of evil was spared, fully to develop his character.

Ron’s Commentary: SDA ministers are not teaching the truth concerning ecumenical liaison with Babylon and the central doctrine of Rome, the Trinity Doctrine, nor the truth about all the specifications of 1 Selected Messages, pp. 204-5. If they tried, they would be ejected from their post, and speedily. What’s more, they don’t even understand the seriousness of what the leaders have done. They don’t see the seriousness of ecumenical liaison in relation to the following statement by Ellen White:

 "While praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell on me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them--when a voice said to me, 'Look again, and look a little higher.' At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were traveling to the City, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and they said the City was a great way of, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising his glorious right arm, and from his arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted Hallelujah! Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until we heard the voice of God like many waters, which gave us the day and hour of Jesus' coming....

By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name." E.G. White, Word to the Little Flock, p. 14.

The Midnight Cry, (Matthew 25:1-5) and the second angel’s message called us out of Babylon. We were to come out and stay out. We cannot call folk out of Babylon when we are in Association, council/counsel, girding, and confederacy with Babylon ourselves! To violate the second angel’s message and the Midnight cry with gave power to that message, AFTER KNOWING THE TRUTH of those messages, is unpardonable sin, for it is then IMPOSSIBLE to get on the pathway to heaven again. That is what the SOP says. That is what God says in Isaiah 8:9-12. The only option is “broken in pieces.”

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“Through long ages God has borne the anguish of beholding the work of evil. He has given the infinite Gift of Calvary, rather than let any be deceived by the misrepresentations of the wicked one, for the tares could not be plucked up without danger of uprooting the precious grain. And shall we not be as forbearing toward our fellow men as the Lord of heaven is towards Satan?” Now isn’t that a beautiful description of God’s love that we ought to express to the tares that are living within the church today?

Ron’s Commentary: No one is suggesting the plucking up of tares for even the home churches will have tares who are defective members. But tares are far different from open sinning apostates committing unpardonable sin.

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“Now I do feel that you have a question. How does one relate to the intrusion of evil that is creeping within the church? Scripture will give us the answer. Paul describes the church as a great house as we read in 2 Timothy 2:20, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.” Now inspiration explains this more fully. I’m reading from Review and Herald, February 5, 1901, “The ‘great house’ represents the church. In the church will be found the vile [did you hear that?] as well as the precious. The net cast into the sea gathers both the good and bad.”

But Paul does not encourage us to leave the great house. As you read on he addresses and advises us to avoid the foolish and the unlearned, but never does he encourage us to depart from the church. He further admonishes us not to enter into disputes but rather to pray much and instruct in meekness. I have been active in the circle of leadership for many years serving as a pastor, a conference departmental secretary in both the local, union and General Conference. I have seen and experienced the tremendous problems of evil facing the church. Oh how much our leaders of today need our prayers. Especially should we pray for those administrators who have been taken captive by Satan. We should pray that the Holy Spirit will mightily convict them of truth and help them to change captains before it is forever too late.

Ron’s Commentary: Notice the words by Elder Nelson which I have emboldend above— “but never does he encourage us to depart from the church.” I have proven that God has given us a TYPE we are to follow that demands we leave the apostate church, and Elder nelson is totally ignorant of that TYPE. Remember, any literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9; Ezekiel 22:17-31; Isaiah 4:1-4; Isaiah 37:32; 32, Ezekiel 5:1-3; Ezekiel 5:9-17 and Matthew 22:1-10, demands another coming out. God says in Isaiah 56:10-12 that none of the watchmen understand. Elder Nelson, nor any of the “dumb-dog” watchmen who remain in the system to maintain their “priest-for-hire” position, will understand. And I judging? Nay firend, nay!

Mic 3:11

The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

As we consider our church don’t forget that the Spirit of Prophecy declares that it is the visible, militant church which is composed of both wheat and tares. Then she speaks of an invisible church which is composed of faithful souls found in both the Catholic and the Protestant churches. These individuals love, and have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and are following Christ to the best of their knowledge. Such individuals, the Lord tells us, constitute God’s invisible church.

Ron’s Commentary: The issue is not tares in the least! The leaders use tares as a straw man! The issue is the thorny ground hearers who make it impossible for the wheat to mature. Tares don’t make such impossible! Thorny ground hearers do! Will you take it from your leaders when they had some semblance of integrity left—prior to 1957, when the SDA Bible Commentary was written?: 

"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature

 (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation (E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons,  p. 50).  To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 405.

This is precisely what New Movement Seventh-day Adventists (Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204-205), teach.

 

Thorns are defined by the SDA Bible Commentary (above) as those who teach justification without sanctification, which is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. What happens if the wheat is allowed to stay with a church in which the thorns have become the leadership, which teaches justification without sanctification to the church and to the world? A situation accrues in which it is impossible for the wheat to mature!

We are laboring this matter on tares and thorns dwelling with the wheat, because SDA’s simply do not understand when it is proper and an absolute duty to separate and uproot wheat from tares and thorns, and this is a very crucial matter. It meant life or death in A.D. 70 eternal life or death! It meant the same thing in the Protestant Reformation, and in 1844! It involves the same thing today! This is no side issue of little importance.

 

Will you take it from God and Ellen White?:

"You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean. It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure. ‘What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial?’ [2 Corinthians 6:14-15] God and Christ and the heavenly host would have man know that if he unites with the corrupt, he will become corrupt." SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p 1102.

If you don’t believe the SDA church is corrupt, you have some studying to do. The church will not be literally destroyed per Ezekiel 9:6, for nothing.

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Listen as I read from Great Controversy p. 390: “Notwithstanding the spiritual darkness and alienation from God that exists in the churches which constitute Babylon, the great body [do you comprehend that?] of Christ’s true followers are still to be found in their communion.” Now that is thrilling news! What a statement that the great majority of God’s true people are still to be found in the surrounding churches of Babylon. At present they are known only to God and designated as invisible to us. But it is not God’s will that they remain invisible much longer for shortly we are told they will become part of God’s visible church for they will heed the call to come out of Babylon and join God’s remnant church.

Ron’s Commentary: The sincere folk in the Babylonian fallen churches will join the following church triumphant:

 34And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.

 35And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

 36Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.

 37And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

 38And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD. Ezekiel 20:34-38.

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But you ask: When will this take place? – This will happen when Sunday worship will be enforced by law and believe me, we may expect this at any time now. When this takes place the tares within the church will all leave us just as God foretold. They will be shaken out. Millions now within the church will rush to leave the church while at the same time millions within Babylon will leave their churches and join with God’s remnant as the latter rain is poured out. This will be known as the great exchange. I’m reading from Evangelism p. 700, “Multitudes will receive the faith and join the armies of the Lord.” Praise His name!

Ron’s Commentary: One of the most cherished lies against God’s Holy Word is that the tares within the new movement SDA church will leave and/or be shaken out. Some will leave the church, just as some have left the church ever since its inception. But the church is going to instruct its members to keep Sunday. The church has a record of failing such tests. In Russia a few decades ago, the government ordered parents to send their children to school on Sabbath. The SDA GC, told the parents to follow suit! Alph Lohne, a high church official, told all about it in his book on Russia.

Then in 1957, the leaders buckled at the knees to the Evangelical Martin and Barnhouse and compromised pillar doctrines. This was the prime time of formation of the new movement “among,” within.

When the church was told to join the National Councils of Churches in some countries of the world, it did so. And now it belongs to all of them the world over!  So the church has a track record of compromising with sin when put to the wall.

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When this is accomplished Inspiration states, Evangelism p. 707, “The members of the church militant who have proved faithful will become the church triumphant.” Thus the shaking out of the tares takes place at the harvest. The coming Sunday Law will be the great test to cause this mighty transfer of members. How often in past history God has used the efforts of Satan to fulfill His purpose. This final test will usher in the close of probation for those within the church.

Ron’s Commentary: Of course the members of the church militant who prove faithful will become the church triumphant, but that is far different from the church militant becoming the church triumphant! This is another instance of gross misinterpretation and misrepresentation of the SOP and Scripture, for Ezekiel 22:17-31 says exactly where the dross (tares and thorns) will be gathered, for that is but another description of Ezekiel 9.

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I’m reading from Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, p. 81, “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time (note those words) the gold will be separated from the dross in the church.”

Ron’s Commentary: Let’s look at the entire page to note the real context of the statement:

“There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you [SDA’s]. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster. {5T 80.1}

     The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul [SDA and EVERYONE]. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us [AND EVERYONE]. Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church [ALL CHURCHES]. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's righteousness, will appear in the shame of their own nakedness. {5T 81.1}

     When trees without fruit are cut down as cumberers of the ground, when multitudes of false brethren are distinguished from the true, then the hidden ones will be revealed to view, and with hosannas range under the banner of Christ. Those who have been timid and self-distrustful will declare themselves openly for Christ and His truth. The most weak and hesitating in the church will be as David--willing to do and dare. The deeper the night for God's people, the more brilliant the stars. Satan will sorely harass the faithful;
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but, in the name of Jesus, they will come off more than conquerors. Then will the church of Christ appear "fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners." {5T 81.2}

The SDA church has step by step yielded to the demands of worldly custom. The hidden ones are defined in the first paragraph as those who have not had the light of truth emblazoned on their path as have Seventh-day Adventists! So the context is those who have not heard the truth and the dross is shaken from the gold in ALL CHURCHES. So once again, Ellen White is being grossly misapplied and misinterpreted to say that it is only in the SDA church the gold is being separated from the dross (tares). The statement means that the gold in all churches will be separated from the dross, because the statement is also about hidden ones who have not had the light SDA’s have had.

And where does the gold go? Out of all fallen churches. How many churches are fallen at the end-time? In Isaiah 4:1-4, the seven women symbolize all formally organized churches! This must coincide with Isaiah 37:31, 32, for out of Jerusalem (not only Babylon) shall go forth a remnant.

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

 32For 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.

There is one more going out of Jerusalem, because of its apostasy. God’s word says so. And were is the dross gathered?

 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.

The dross is gathered and burned in the midst of Jerusalem, the apostate SDA church.

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This test in faith will remove the tares out of the church. So let us not forget – any effort or movement to separate the wheat from the tares in God’s church prior to the enforcement of the mark of the beast is premature and if activated before this test, it would result in the loss of many precious souls. This is why the Lord warned against pulling up the tares prior to the harvest.

Ron’s Commentary: If the tares (dross) were shaken out of the church, there would be no need of a literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, beginning at His Sanctuary, Ezekiel 9:6 and Ellen White’s statement that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled again.

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So my beloved, God has a plan to clean up His church and this will happen when the mark of the beast is enforced. How clearly God has described why this will happen. I’m reading from Great Controversy p. 608, “As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel’s message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth, abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition.” Did you notice inspiration’s emphasis on the lack of obedience to the truth as the reason they leave us?

Ron’s Commentary: Part of the opposition will be the apostate SDA church, instructing their members to keep Sunday:

"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." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.

 

The enforcement of the National Sunday Law is the time of greatest danger and depression to the church. What are the MEMBERS of the SDA church doing at that time?

 

"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 little company who are standing in the light is the escaped remnant of Isaiah 37:31, 32. They are not MEMBERS of the church or they would be doing after the manner of the world as well.

 

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Reading again from Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, p. 136, “Soon God’s people will be tested by fiery trials, and the great proportion (again I must emphasis – the great proportion) of those who now appear to be genuine and true will prove to be base metal. Instead of being strengthened and confirmed by opposition, threats, and abuse, they will cowardly take the side of the opposers. (And then these words…)…To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battle of the Lord when champions are few—this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardliness, and loyalty from their treason.”

Last Day Events p. 173 says, “There will be a shaking of the sieve. The chaff must in time be separated from the wheat. Because iniquity abounds, the love of many waxes cold. It is the very time when the genuine will be strongest.” There will be a separating from us of those who have not appreciated the light nor walked in it. Once again permit me to emphasize. It is the tares that leave or separate from the wheat. Never do we find in the scriptures that the wheat leave the tares or separate from the church.

Ron’s Commentary: Again, the dross is shaken into the midst’s of Jerusalem for the Ezekiel 9 slaughter, Ezekiel 9 and Ezekiel 22:17-31. The remnant goes forth OUT OF JERUSALEM, Isaiah 37:31, 32. This is exactly how it happened in the last fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 in A.D. 27-70. And Ellen White called this a prefigure, p. 26, GC. That prefigure was twofold she said. It prefigured the destruction of Jerusalem and the destruction of the last great day. Any literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 would have to follow the literal destruction in the type—the prefigure. In that type, the good left the bad.

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And now for some very exciting news. When this church, God’s remnant church, the visible, militant church will be tested and every tare shaken out then God’s invisible church within Babylon will separate and join God’s militant church making it God’s triumphant church. Don’t you just feel like saying Amen?

Ron’s Commentary: Again, the tares are the same as the dross, and the dross is shaken into the midst’s of Jerusalem. That is God’s Word. Elder Nelson and most every SDA thus misinterprets Ellen White in such a way that directly contradicts God’s Word. That is a serious abomination in itself. That is a leading of God’s people to certain destruction:

For they that lead this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. Isa. 9:16.

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We read in Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 380, “The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and the true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ.” Thus it is that God tells us that those who believe that they can continue to sin until Jesus comes will be shaken out and separated. But praise God the wheat, who have been overcoming their sins in the power of the Lord, will be accepted as the visible church of God.

Ron’s Commentary: The misappropriation of “the church appears as about to fall” statement is one of the most cherished errors of Adventism. Here is the clear and present truth of that statement:

http://omega77.tripod.com/churfallezk9begins.htm

The SDA church militant does fall and experiences another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, with the destruction of Jerusalem, A.D. 70, being the last literal fulfillment of that scripture.

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So beloved, God has used the plainest language to encourage us never to separate from the church. Selected Messages, Book 3, p. 21 says, “No advice or sanction is given in the Word of God to those who believe the third angel’s message to lead them to suppose that they can draw apart. This you may settle with yourselves forever. It is the devising of unsanctified minds that would encourage a state of disunion….There must be no separating the faithful [from the church] in this great testing time.”

Ron’s Commentary: God has NEVER said through any prophet that He would NEVER require any people to separate from any church! That language IS NOT plain. Such lying conclusions are based on very faulty misapprehension of the Bible as well as the Spirit of Prophecy.  This is a most sad state of affairs. Ellen White said just the opposite. If Elder Nelson is correct, then either his interpretation or the following statement contradict one another:

 "The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life. He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the work of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.

God is not 'worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing' (Acts 17:25). E. G. White, The Upward Look, 131.

 

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Then in Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 397 we read, “I am instructed (you know, I always listen carefully when I read that) to say to Seventh-day Adventists the world over, God has called us as a people to be a peculiar treasure unto Himself. He has appointed that His church on earth shall stand perfectly united in the Spirit and counsel of the Lord of hosts to the end of time.” Isn’t that encouraging?

Ron’s Commentary: I ask you friend, is the church perfectly united today? Ellen White is speaking of the 144,000. She said it was they who were perfectly united:

"By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name (Rev. 3:12). At our happy, holy state the wicked were enraged, and would rush violently up to lay hands on us to thrust us in prison, when we would stretch forth the hand in the name of the Lord, and the wicked would fall helpless to the ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan knew that God had loved us who could wash one another's feet, and salute the holy brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshipped at our feet. (Rev. 3:9). (WLF 14,15 EW 15) (Note: "By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star containing Jesus' new name (Rev. 3:12)" Revelation 3:12 is the Philadelphian church and here is the 144,000 referred by that verse) Here's the corresponding verse in the Bible w the quote above, "On their foreheads was written, God" "And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." (Rev. 14:1) And finally, my brethren. Here's the final clear quote. "The 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 church, '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." The Advent Review, pg. 56

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And then in Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 68 are these words: “I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to be disorganized or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this. There is not the least evidence that such a thing will be.”

Ron’s Commentary: The above statement has to refer to the final church triumphant, because the new movement apostate church has been broken up into independent atoms. How you ask? Just sit in any Sabbath-school class and count the number of time you hear these words: “Well, I think....” There is all manner of division in the church so that nearly all members are automatons unto themselves, thinking what they prefer rather than what the Word and/or SOP have to say.

The church was disorganized in the 1950’s into a new movement that has removed God. The church was disorganized in 1901-1903 when it disregarded the counsel of Ellen White and the minority committee not to have a General Conference President, and not to let a small group of men lead the GC. That is exactly what has happened. A new movement with God removed, 1SM 204-5, is disorganization and breaking of the church up into atoms of individual opinion.

Even if the statement applied to the church militant, would there be any consolation in not being disorganized and not being broken up into atoms, only to be destroyed in a literal Ezekiel 9 slaughter and brought down to hell as Ellen White said the church militant would be?

However, the church militant has to maintain the title of modern-day Jerusalem and be organized to the extent that Ezekiel 9 begins at her sanctuaries around the world. When the church says keep Sunday, after holding out on the Sabbath issue for all these decades, that will make her look like an opportunistic, world class whore, and so she is. That will enrage the Babylonians and they will respond by slaughtering her.

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We may be filled with anguish as we see apostasy creep into the church, but let us not be guilty of apostasy ourselves by entertaining any thought of leaving this church. We have been divinely instructed that should we leave this church and join some new organization, this will be considered apostasy by God. And where do I read such things? Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 390 tells us, “Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the world. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization, for this would mean apostasy from the truth.”

Ron’s Commentary: Ironically, the Satan came in AMONG the church and created a new movement, and a new organization. See those very words in 1 Selected Messages, 204-5, and Ellen White said the omega would wax stronger until Jesus comes. While the people were flattering themselves that they were God’s infallible remnant, Satan came in and they did not recognize him. Nothing could be further from the truth. Israel was called and chose also and she fell. Where did SDA’s ever get the notion that they could not fall—especially in light of the fact that that have fallen so miserably?

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So brother, sister, let us take courage. Let us keep the faith. Let us often reflect on these words found in Isaiah 4:3, 4, “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: 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.”

Ron’s Commentary: I am thankful that brother Nelson quoted Isaiah 4:3, 4. I would have been more thankful if he had been honest enough to quote verses 1 and 2, which indict all formally organized churches (symbolized by 7 women—women symbolizing churches in Scripture).

Isaiah 4

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

 2 In that day shall the branch of Jehovah be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land 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 justice, and by the spirit of burning.

The above verses must be interpreted so as not to contradict the following verses by the same author:

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

 32For 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.

One must remember that there were two headquarters in Jerusalem—Christ’s and the disciples’ headquarters and the quarters of the apostate church. One was true Jerusalem and Zion. The other was apostate Jerusalem and Zion. True Jerusalem separated and later fled to the mountains of Pella in A.D. 66, 3 ½ years before apostate Jerusalem was destroyed.

They (all seven women) are all wearing their own apparel, their own robes of Laodicean self-righteousness, and eating their own bread, their own doctrines and commandments of men.

Isaiah 4:1-4 had a fulfillment from A.D. 34, which ended the 70 weeks Israel was given to put away sin. The stoning of Stephen also marked that serious event. How did God wash away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purge the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning? Did He cause the bad to leave apostate Jerusalem, Zion? No friend, He did not. A literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 and Ezekiel 22:17-31 is how he purged His floor, while the dross was shaken into the midsts of Jerusalem for burning.

So what does it mean to remain in Jerusalem and Zion? It means to remain in true Jerusalem and true Zion, the only true church that has not apostatized. It is my prayer that God’s people will awaken to the seriousness of the omega of apostasy that will wax stronger until Jesus comes and to the fact that the new movement church will not allow anything to stand in its way. Those who think they will change the church are trying to defy what God has pronounced about the church.  The entire context of the following statement is the omega of apostasy that was to soon follow the alpha of apostasy:

Wax stronger "One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time. We need now larger breadth, and deeper, more earnest, unwavering faith in the leadings of the Holy Spirit. If we needed the manifest proof of the Holy Spirit's power to confirm truth in the beginning, after the passing of the time, we need to-day all the evidence in the confirmation of the truth, when souls are departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. There must not be any languishing of soul now." (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 57).

 

My burden is to keep as many from the Ezekiel 9 slaughter as possible. This can only be achieved by awakening the foolish virgins who are being deceived by dumb-dog watchmen who are teaching peace and safety error, Testimonies, vol. 5, 211. The church is like a social club and no one wants to rock the boat to upset the status quo. I am risking all and investing all to warn my people.—rwb

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Let us pray. Loving Father, give us courage today through Thy Holy Spirit to be faithful as individuals; to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. We know that Thy church will triumph and by Thy grace we want to participate in the great celebration of victory over sin. We look forward to the time when we can live with Thee throughout eternity in a sinless world. And we ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Addendum (Added by rwb)

While reading this crucial manuscript, remember that a reapplication of the two calls of Matthew 22:1-10 to our time makes them a PREFIGURE as well as Ezekiel 9. And this is only a logical follow-through because Matthew 22:7 is the same event as Ezekiel 9:6—the destruction of Jerusalem. That even occurred before the primary thrust of the gospel to the then known world, verses 9 and 10. This means that the prefigure began in A.D. 70, when Jesus “gathered out” His disciples to prepare them to give the gospel to the world, Desire of Ages, 232. So from A.D. 27, we have the marvel of a PREFIGURE (TYPE) to follow for the course we are to take, and nothing could be more solid than a prefigure from the Word of God! Thank you Lord for that TYPE so that we need not be in the least darkness as to exactly what our course is to be in the antitype.

This means that just as the true Christians left the apostate system in the TYPE, so true Christians will leave the antitypical apostate system in the antiTYPE.

This means that just as the dross was gathered into the midst’s of apostate Jerusalem, so it will be gathered into the midst’s of apostate Jerusalem in the antitype. Always remember that there were two Jerusalem’s—apostate Jerusalem and true Jerusalem. Then you will not think that Isaiah 4:1-4 and Isaiah 37:31, 32 contradict! In addition to the apostate Jerusalem headquarters, Jesus and His disciples had their own headquarters in Jerusalem.

Ellen White’s reapplication of Matthew 22:1-10 in Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, pp., 4-9:

Matthew 22 Sermons and Talks

 

Called to the Wedding Feast

 

(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."

 

 

                                      -5- {1SAT 4.4}

 

     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 they [His people]  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}

 

     "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

 

 

                                      -6-

 

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

 

 

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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

 

 

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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}

 

End Matthew 22 Parable from Sermon and Talks

 

This past week, I was accused by a person I witnessed to over 20 years ago, of giving too much too fast! Read the following statement and decide for yourselves:

 

"If those who have been in the church for weeks and months have not learned the straightness of the way, and what it is to be Christians, and can not hear all the straight truths of the word of God, it were better that they were cut off from Israel.  It is too late in the day to feed with milk.  If souls, a month or two old in the truth, who are about to enter the time of trouble such as never was, cannot hear all the straight truth, or endure the strong meat of the straightness of the way, how will they stand in the day of battle?  Truths that we have been years learning must be learned in a few months by those who now embrace the Third Angel's Message....There is no need of milk after souls are convinced of the truth.  As soon as the conviction of truth is yielded to and the heart willing, the truth should have its effect, the truth will work like leaven, and purify and purge away the passions of the natural heart.  It is a disgrace for those who have been in the truth for years to talk of feeding souls who have been months in the truth, upon milk.  It shows they know little of the leadings of the Spirit of the Lord, and realize not the time we are living in.  Those who embrace the truth now will have to step fast.  There will have to be a breaking up of heart before the Lord, a rending of heart, and not the garment."  Manuscript Releases, vol 1, p 33-34 (Manuscript 1, February 12, 1854).

 

 

God bless,

 

—rwb

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[1] Is surreptious apropos? Yes indeed friend, because my Bible says that the leaders divine lies and lead God’s people to destruction. See Isaiah 9:16.

Eze 13:9

And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the Lord GOD.

Do the leaders regard themselves as prophets (representatives of God)? Oh yes! Dr. B.B. Beach told me I had better be careful how I speak to the prophets of God, when I was speaking directly to him over the phone!

[2] I have a video of various Adventist Youth Services at campmeetings. It is by an SDA engineer, Kirk Weedman. It depicts loud rock music, drums, dancing and shouting. A young woman lays on the floor performing a drama with her legs spread in a lewd, uncouth fashion. It is pure evil personified.

[3] When the Celebration Movement first entered the SDA new movement church (1SM 204-5), Robert S. Folkenberg was President of the General Conference. He stated in the Adventist Review that we should wait to see if the Celebration Movement was of the Holy Spirit. Some of us knew without waiting from whence it derived!

[4] "The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation.  Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated.  There will be shouting, with drums, music, and dancing.  The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions.  And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit never reveals itself in such methods, in such a bedlam of noise.  This is an invention of Satan to cover up his ingenious methods for making of none effect the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling, sanctifying truth for this time.  Better never have the worship of God blended with music than to use musical instruments to do the work which last January was represented to me would be brought into our camp meetings.  The truth for this time needs nothing of this kind in its work of converting souls." 2 SM 36.

 

[5]

 "The Bible for Our Time.--Never are we absent from the mind of God. God is our joy and our salvation. Each of the ancient prophets spoke less for their own time than for ours, so that their prophesying is in force for us. 'Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come' (1 Cor. 10:11). 'Not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven which things the angels desire to look into' (1 Peter 1:12).'" E.G. White, Selected Messages, Bk. 3, p. 338.

 

[6] The messages [plural] given to the churches in Asia, portray the state of things existing in the churches of the religious world today. The names of the churches are symbolic of the Christian church in different periods of the Christian era the number of the churches--SEVEN--indicates completeness and is symbolic of the fact that the messages [plural] extend to the end of time, and are enforced today while the figures used are symbolic of the state of God's professed people,--the wheat developing among the tares truth; standing on its own eternal basis in contrast with error.” Ms 81, 1900, pp. 17, 18. ("Solomon's Reign," 1900.) {1MR 372.2}

 

[7] "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." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 1, p. 405, col. 3.