Why God Gave Apostate Israel

A Bill of Divorce

Centuries Before her Probation


Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

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Did you ever wonder why God told Jeremiah that He gave Israel a bill of divorce centuries before her probation closed in A.D. 34, which was the end of the 70 weeks (Day for a year-490 years) of Daniel’s prophecy concerning Israel? I did, and I asked God why He did that. His response is below.


The Lord told me that He gave Israel a divorce long before she committed unpardonable sin because He knew the outcome of her decision. He knew that her stubbornness was so chronic that she would never repent of her abominations for which Ezekiel told the Jews they must sigh and cry about conditional to their salvation.


Did you ever wonder why God told Ezekiel many centuries before A.D. 70, that He would begin a slaughter of men, maidens and little children at His Sanctuary, at the apostate Jewish Temple? It was for the same reason. Being all knowing (omniscient), He knew what corporate Israel would choose—their sinful course and Barabbas over His Son Jesus.


The reason He permitted apostate Israel to go on in a protracted probationary time was to prove their character to the universe, just as He has allowed Satan to play out his character to the universe, that all may be convinced of the final justice of God. God will permit apostate professing new movement Adventists to play out their character for the very same reason.


God knew that all but a small remnant would not rise above the apostasy of their leaders. He knew that most of the members would follow their leaders and be destroyed by them.


Isa 37:31   And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward: 


Isa 37:32   For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.


Did you know that God has always had a small separated true reformer remnant even when the rest of Israel was committing the unpardonable sin of Jeremiah 11:9-15?


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


Did you know that all these prophesies which were foretold centuries before they were fulfilled constitute one of the most amazing proofs of the validity of the Bible? One of the main purposes of prophecy is that we might recognize the truth of God’s Word when it comes true.


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


He told Isaiah that many centuries before it actually occurred. He told Ellen White that all the ancient prophets wrote applied more to professing Seventh-day Adventists than to the Jews, because they had the example of the Jews to go by. We should have learned from the lesson book of their history.


 "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.

     Prophets Wrote for Their Own and Our Day.—“The last books of the Old Testament show us workers taken from the laborers in the field. Others were men of high ability and extensive learning, but the Lord gave them visions and messages. These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day, and Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth, but their sights reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days.”--Letter 132, 1898. {3SM 419.5, 420}


Did you ever wonder why Ellen G. White prophesied that the now false church militant professing NEW MOVEMENT Seventh-day Adventist church (not the true and faithful SDA church) would be brought down to hell? There is also a true church militant and it is the home churches around the world.


     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." Ellen G. White, Review and Herald Articles, Aug. 1, 1893. [THE ABOVE BRACKETS AND BRACKETED COMMENTS ARE BY ELLEN WHITE. I have added nothing]. {LDE 48.2}


The above statement refers to Ezekiel 9, which Ellen White said would be literal and would begin at His Sanctuary, those who had been privileged with great light.


Did you ever wonder why Ellen G. White prophesied that the promises of God would not be fulfilled to the backslidden SDA church that refused to comply with the conditions--many decades before the church committed unpardonable sin and thereby closed its corporate probation? He knew that they as a church would not repent because the leaders committed such grave apostasy that they would not feel justified in pointing out the sins of the members to them.


"Jesus sends HIS PEOPLE a message of warning to prepare them for his coming. To the prophet John was made known the closing work in the great plan of man's redemption. He beheld an angel flying 'in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him for the hour of his Judgment is come and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters [Rev. 14:6, 7.].

The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message,  symbolizes a class of faithful men, who, obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message was not to be committed to the religious leaders of the people. They had failed to preserve their connection with God, and had REFUSED THE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN therefore they WERE NOT of the number described by the apostle Paul: 'But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day we are not of the night nor of darkness' [1 Thess. 5:4, 5]. 

The watchmen upon the walls of Zion should be the first to catch the tidings of the Saviour's advent, the first to lift their voices to proclaim him near, the first to warn the people to prepare for his coming. But they were at ease, dreaming of peace and safety, while the people were asleep in their sins. Jesus saw HIS CHURCH, like the barren fig-tree, covered with pretentious leaves, yet destitute of precious fruit. There was a boastful observance of the forms of religion, while the spirit of true humility, penitence and faith--which alone could render the service acceptable to God--was lacking. Instead of the graces of the Spirit, there were manifested pride, formalism, vainglory, selfishness, oppression. A BACKSLIDING CHURCH closed their eyes to the signs of the times. God did nor forsake them, or suffer his faithfulness to fail but they departed from him, and SEPARATED THEMSELVES from his love. As they REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS, his promises were NOT FULFILLED to them."  E.G. White, The Spirit of Prophecy,  vol. 4, pp. 199-200 [The 1884 edition of The Great Controversy, 199, 200].


Did you know that the above statement is a bill of divorce? Did you know that when God gives a bill of divorce He cannot remarry that church because that would violate His own commandment, to wit:


God’s Commandment regarding Divorce Deut. 24:4. -- 1 “If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, 2 and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, 3 and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, or if he dies, 4 then her first husband, who divorced her, is not allowed to marry her again after she has been defiled. That would be detestable in the eyes of the LORD.”


So by the above principle God cannot violate His own commandment and marry a woman (church) that has married into Satan’s Synagogue by conspiring and confederating with his associations, councils, girdings, and confederacies. That is why the only option is “broken in pieces,” Isaiah 8:9-13. That is why there is a “shut door” on all who have heard and understood the first and second angel’s messages and the Midnight Cry, but did not accept, later rejected, and/or later violated these messages. Word to the Little Flock, p. 14.


This is why I can tell you from Bible principle that all who do this will find it impossible to get back on the pathway to heaven. God would have to marry a divorced woman (church or person) in order to do this, and that would violate His own character—His own commandment. Then He would be a commandment breaker and Satan would win over God if God failed in one such breaching of His own commandments.


Did you ever wonder why Ellen White said decades ago that SDA leaders, those who had been privileged with great light would NEVER AGAIN show the House of Jacob its sins?


It was because the Holy Spirit knew that the apostate leaders would NEVER AGAIN show the House of Jacob its sins.


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.  


Did you know that all who reject the above teachings of God’s Word and His Spirit of Prophecy are destined to lose out on eternal life.


Playing the harlot is not unpardonable sin. Mary Magdalene is proof of that. But playing the harlot to the point one confederates (marries—becomes united in membership after knowing the truth) into the confederacy of Satan via his Babylonian brothel, Satan’s Synagogue World, National and Local Ministerial Association Councils, is unpardonable sin. Isaiah 8:9-12; Jeremiah 11:9-15, and Word to the Little Flock, p. 14. This is the prime reason for Ezekiel 9 beginning at His Sanctuary, the SDA church. Then it moves to the Babylonian churches, and then to the world.


Did you know that God made huge conditional promises to the Jews?—"The Jews had deceived themselves by misinterpreting the words of the Lord through his prophets, of his eternal favor to his people Israel.

'Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar the Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever. Thus saith the Lord: If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.' Jer. 31:35-37.

These words the Jews applied to themselves. And because God had shown them so great favor and mercy, they flattered themselves that, notwithstanding their sins and iniquities, he would still retain them as his favored people, and shower especial blessings upon them. They misapplied the words of Jeremiah and depended for their salvation upon being called the [chosen] children of Abraham. If they had indeed been worthy of the name of Abraham's children, they would have followed the righteous example of their father Abraham, and would have done the works of Abraham. This has been the danger of the people of God in all ages and especially is this the danger of those living near the close of time. . . .


God would in no wise excuse sin in a people who had been enlightened, even if he had, in their days of faithfulness and purity, loved them, and given them especial promises. These promises and blessings were always upon condition of obedience upon their part. The Lord pronounced, by the mouth of Moses, blessings upon the obedient, and curses upon the disobedient." E. G. WhiteReview and Herald,  Vol. 1, 123.


Did you know that Adventists have misinterpreted Ellen White’s promises to the SDA church as being unconditional—as being applicable no matter what they do?


Did you know that God said Adventists would be a COUNTERPART to the Jews and receive the same fate, except for a small remnant that go forth out of Jerusalem? Did you know that Ellen White said the church would come to a point that we should no longer pray for it as a corporate body but only its individual members who have not known of the apostasy?


Did you know that many will say that by my above statement I contradict the following statement by Ellen White?


"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.


Did you know that the only way to interpret the above statement without making it contradict the following statements is to conclude that by her words: “their prayers arise in behalf of the church...” must mean individual members of the church who have not learned of the apostasy of the church? Did you realize that any other conclusion would make Ellen White a self-contradictory false prophet? If we conclude anything else, we would disobey God’s command not to pray for this people! But we are to pray for individuals who have not heard of the apostasy and condoned it after they heard of it by remaining joined to an apostate new movement we were never to join.


COUNTERPART: "The Lord commanded one of his ancient servants, 'Pray not thou for this people [Jer. 7:16 and 11:14], neither lift up cry nor prayer for them neither make intercession to me for I will not hear thee.' The prophet thus describes the sins which had called forth this fearful denunciation: 'The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means and my people love to have it so and what will ye do in the end thereof?' 'From the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.' The apostles declare that this state of things will find its COUNTERPART in the last days. Many have a form of godliness, but in their daily life deny the power thereof. They have ceased to be convicted of their sins or alarmed at their state. They say in their hearts, 'The church is flourishing. Peace and spiritual prosperity are within her borders.' The words of the prophet may well apply to these self-deceivers, 'They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them." E. G. White,  Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald,  11-07-82.


Do you know that the words “this people” referred to the Jews specifically, and that the only people who could counterpart the Jews are Adventists because both claimed to be God’s commandment-keeping people; both claimed to be God’s called out and separated remant; both claimed to be God’s chosen people.


COUNTERPART: "In the time of the Saviour, the Jews had so covered over the precious jewels of truth with the rubbish of tradition and fable, that it was impossible to distinguish the true from the false. The Saviour came to clear away the rubbish of superstition and long-cherished errors, and to set the jewels of God's word in the framework of truth. What would the Saviour do if he should come to us now as he did to the Jews? He would have to do a similar work in clearing away the rubbish of tradition and ceremony. The Jews were greatly disturbed when he did this work [As are SDAs today!]. They had lost sight of the original truth of God, but Christ brought it again to view. It is our work to free the precious truths of God from superstition and error." E.G. WhiteReview and Herald, vol. 2, 308. 


There is a modern COUNTERPART to the ancient apostate "chosen people" of God. That modern COUNTERPART is the people who claim to be the modern "chosen people" of God, the remnant, God’s commandment-keeping people if you will.


There are over 100 statements to the affect that SDAs are repeating the history of ancient Israel. Here are just a few of them:


"I have been shown that the spirit of the world is fast leavening the church. You are following the same path as did ancient Israel. There is the same falling away from your holy calling as God's peculiar people. You are having fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Your [ecumenical] concord with unbelievers have provoked he Lord's displeasure. You know not the things that belong to your peace, and they are fast being hid from your eyes. [The very words applied to fallen Israel on page 17 of The Great Controversy] Your neglect to follow the light will place you in a more unfavorable position than the Jews upon whom Christ pronounced a woe." Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 75-76.


"Like ancient Israel, the church has dishonored her God by departing from the light, neglecting her duties, and abusing her high and exalted privilege of being peculiar and holy in character. Her members have violated their covenant to live for God and him only. They have joined with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin have been cherished, and CHRIST HAS DEPARTED. His Spirit has been quenched in the church. Satan works wide by side with professed Christians yet they are so destitute of spiritual discernment that they do not detect him." E.G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 2, pp. 441-442.


"Among the professed followers of Christ, there is the same pride, formalism, vainglory, selfishness, and OPPRESSION, that existed in the Jewish nation." E.G. White, Sketches from the Life of Paul, 251-252.


"God's professed people are selfish and self-caring....They are idolaters, and are worse, in the sight of God, than the heathen, graven-image worshippers who have had no knowledge of a better way." Testimonies, Vol. 2, 440-441.


Am I remiss in observing (reasoning) that worse than heathen, graven-image worshippers, means worse than Babylon? Especially after knowing the truth and a knowledge of a better way! If I am how and why? and if I am I apologize. By the above statement it is flattery, presumption, and patronization error to refer to the apostate SDA church as Babylon! No, let it not be said by one Tom Cusack that Ron Beaulieu believes the church is Babylon! I concur with Ellen White that God's professed people are worse than Babylonian heathen “The Testimony For The

Church—The Laodicean Church—What greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are ALL WRONG?”  Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 253, 254.