Separation Truth the Surface Readers Have Missed and/or Misinterpreted

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Dear Reader, 

There is huge disparity (CONTRADICTION) between the following statements by Ellen White, THE WAY MOST ADVENTISTS INTERPRET THE FIRST STATEMENT—one that is often quoted in attempts to refute my warning message on separation, and the statements that follow (below), proving that there will indeed be a separation from sin and sinners, BEFORE THE SEALING OF EZEKIEL 9, and that SDA leaders will NEVER AGAIN show the house of Jacob its sins. 


Quote used by SDA leaders and laity to prove there is no separation from the apostate church:


"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 in this great testing time." Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 21.


Ellen White said: "The angel with the writer's ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel (Letter 12, 1886). {4BC 1161.5} This quote also is found in the SDA Bible Commentary, under Ellen White’s Comments on Ezekiel 9.


One statement says there is no separation. The other says there is. What is the solution to this “apparent” contradiction? There is a non-contradictory solution!


There is indeed a separation and only those who sigh and cry for all the abominations and separate from them will be sealed by the Man in Linen. Then, the destroying angel follows to destroy the apostate city, Jerusalem, not just dissenting individuals.  


Begin at My Sanctuary -- "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." E. G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211.   


The only solution to the "apparent" disparity between Ellen White's separation statements, is these qualifying words in Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 21, statement:


 "...those who believe the third angel's message." Those who really believe the truth will not be Laodicean sinners. That is why Ellen White says there is nothing in the Word that condones separation between those who believe the three angel’s messages. Those who believe the three angel's messages will not be sinning and will have separated from sin and sinners. The capstone to the three angel's messages of Revelation 14:6-12 is: 


Rev 14:12         Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.


 Questions and Statements:


1.   How is sin removed from the SDA church militant if its leaders will NEVER AGAIN show God's people, THE HOUSE OF JACOB, their sins? How could the bad leave the SDA church militant and at the same time the dross (tares) are gathered into the midst's of Jerusalem, the SDA church militant for burning and melting, Ezekiel 22:17-31?

2.   If Ezekiel 9 is literally fulfilled as Ellen White says it will be, how was it fulfilled in its last manifestation in A.D. 70? Who left who then and where were the tares (dross) burned?

3.   Ellen White referred to the last fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 as a PREFIGURE, p. 25, The Great Controversy. In that prefigure TYPE, the good left the bad church militant. How could it be different in any future LITERAL FULFILLMENT (antitype) and fulfill the TYPE? Nothing could be safer to follow that a prefigure fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, such as occurred in A.D. 70, and is recorded for us in the entire chapter of The Great Controversy, chapter 1.

4.   Those who believe the three angel's messages will not be sinners. They keep the commandments of God. There is to be no separation between those who really keep the commandments of God. That is the truth regarding the quote by Ellen White that leaders and laity are always quoting but misinterpreting.

5.   If sin was ever removed from the SDA church militant, there would be no need of any Ezekiel 9 destruction BEGINNING AT HIS SANCTUARY.

6.   In the prefigure fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, A.D. 70, the good separated from the sinners and the sinners were destroyed in the midst's of Jerusalem, just as Ezekiel 9 prophesies. So it will be in the next slaughter of Ezekiel 9, per Ezekiel 22:17-31. The notion that the bad (tares and thorns) will leave the SDA church militant at the Sunday law to leave it purged and purified is a lie that will be born out in time. Ezekiel 22:17-31 tells where the bad are shaken.

7.   There could be some minor differences amongst those who believe the three angel’s messages, but those minor differences are not sufficient that there is any sanction in the Word of God to condone separation from the true believers in the three angel’s messages. They are all commandment-keepers. This is what Ellen White is really saying in her Selected Messages statement, but the ignorant watchmen who “cannot understand,” Isaiah 56:10-12, and their wantonly following patron sheep, will misinterpret Ellen White’s words to their own damnation. This is most sad and unfortunate.


We are supposed to faithfully follow the following formula for interpreting Ellen White and Scripture. If we will do that, we can KNOW that we are not in error:


Weight of Evidence Formula: "1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, [interpreter] since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible." E.G. White, Second Advent Review and Herald, 11-25-34, pr. 24.


God bless,


Ron B.