Sinners are Shaken Out of Zion, the Church Triumphant

"Characteristics of True Reformers.--Here are given the characteristics of those who shall be reformers, who will bear the banner of the third angel's message, those who avow themselves God's commandment-keeping people, and who honor God, and are earnestly engaged, in the sight of all the universe, in building up the old waste places. Who is it that calls them, The repairers of the breach, The restorers of paths to dwell in? It is God. Their names are registered [written--Heb. 12:22, 23] in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many generations." E. G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 4, 1151.

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Let's us consider all the qualifying statements concerning the church that appears to fall but does not. I will highlight them in red or blue. This statement is obviously speaking of the church triumphant, for the church that does not fall IS THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT, ZION.

Chap. 24 - The Church will not Fall

Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt. 16:18.


     Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus will feel the ire of the dragon and his hosts. Satan numbers the world as his subjects, he has gained control of the apostate churches; but here is a little company that are resisting his supremacy. If he could blot them from the earth, his triumph would be complete. As he influenced the heathen nations to destroy Israel, so in the near future he will stir up the wicked powers of earth to destroy the people of God. . . . Their only hope is in the mercy of God; their only defense will be prayer. {Mar 32.1}

     The trying experiences that came to God's people in the days of Esther were not peculiar to that age alone. The revelator, looking down the ages to the close of time, has declared, "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17. Some who today are living on the earth will see these words fulfilled. {Mar 32.2}

     The wrath of Satan increases as his time grows short, and his work of deceit and destruction will reach its culmination in the time of trouble. {Mar 32.3}

     Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his power as supreme. 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. 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 true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. {Mar 32.4}

     God declares that even a mother may forget her child, "yet will I not forget thee." . . . God thinks of His children with the tenderest solicitude and keeps a book of remembrance before Him, that He may never forget the children of His care. {Mar 32.5}

 

Conclusions:

 

       Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus are the church triumphant, Zion.

       Zion is the married bride of Christ, Isaiah 62:1-5.

       Zion has sons and daughters who are the people in the church militant, the 10 virgins. Isaiah 62.

       Zion is the true reformers awakened by God and then they awaken the 10 sleeping virgins, the people of the church militants and all apostate fallen churches. COL, 405-406.

       Zion is the 144,000 bride who awakens the ten virgins and gives the Loud Cry to them, Isaiah 62:11 and Christ's Object Lessons, 405-406.

       Zion is the true reformers awakened by God, COL, 405-406.

       The bride cannot be the guests and the guest cannot be the bride at the wedding banquet. The Great Controversy, pp. 426, 427.

       The guests are the 10 virgin bridesmaidens. A bridesmaiden is not the bride.

       The bride awakens all ten sleeping virgins. They all slumbered and slept, Matthew 25; COL, 405-406.

       Sinners are shaken out of Zion by Zion, and not the church militant to leave it purged and purified.

       Sinners were shaken out of Zion by the disciples of Christ. Zion was their church. The disciples are called the bride of Christ in Desire of Ages, 179.

       So whenever Ellen White mentions some going "out from us," just as the Bible does, she means they leave Zion, the bride, they are shaken out of the kingdom of God by Zion, the church triumphant.

       Zion, the church triumphant, appears as about to fall when Satan amasses all his forces and attempts to rid the earth of her at the very end of time IN ONE NIGHT. But Christ intervenes and she does not fall for she is the bride of Jesus Christ.

       The apostate new movement SDA church teaches that the bad are shaken from it, the church militant, to leave it purged and purified. That is an abominable lie. And because of that lie, many foolish virgins will remain in that church thinking the bad will be shaken out of it when the Sunday law comes. That is a lie. Ellen White says the church leaders will instruct the people to keep Sunday sacred.

       Godís Word says that the dross is shaken into the midstís of Jerusalem, the church militant, for burning, Ezekiel 22:17-31. That is what occurred in the last literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, so in order for the next fulfillment to be literal, as Ellen White says it is, the same thing will have to occur at the end-time literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9.

       A.D. 27-70 was the last literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 destruction. That destruction was prefaced by a sealing and the sealing could not occur before A.D. 34, at which time Danielís 490 year prophecy was fulfilled commensurate with the stoning of Stephen.

       Ellen White said that the A.D. 70 destruction was a PREFIGURE (TYPE), p. 25, The Great Controversy. Then she said that Ezekiel 9 will be literally fulfilled at the end-time. So since the type was LITERAL, all we have to do to know what will occur in the literal antitype is to look at what occurred in the literal prefigure type. Antitype must equal Type.

       So this truth is as solid as TYPE/ANTITYPE. It cannot be gainsaid.

       Will the watchmen of Isaiah 56:10-12 teach this truth to the laity and the ministerial students? Never, see 5T 211.

       Why will the watchmen not teach these truths to the laity and the ministerial students in SDA Seminaries around the world? Because the logical conclusion of the entire matter is that there is another going out of Jerusalem of a faithful remnant, Isaiah 37:31, 32, which Ellen White says was written more for us than the Jews of old.

       It is another going out that is necessary to avoid the Ezekiel 9 slaughter and burning that BEGINS AT HIS SANCTUARY, Testimonies, Vol. 5, 211, as was the case in the TYPICAL fulfillment of Ezekiel 9.

The above facts are indisputable.

 

Where do those go who heed the call out of apostate Jerusalem? They form home churches just like the disciples did in the type:

 

Scripture on Home Churches

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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.

 

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