Will the SDA Church Militant Keep Functioning Openly After the No-Buy and Sell Part of the Sunday Law is Enforced?

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To most Seventh-day Adventists, the end-time manifestation of Ezekiel 9 does not occur until after probation closes, The Great Controversy, p. 656. But if you will note on page 653, that manifestation of Ezekiel 9 applies to Babylon. Most SDAs will make a great mistake in their interpretation of these pages, interpreting the words "and begin at My Sanctuary," as applying only to the fallen churches they regard as Babylon. They will not realize how, when and wherein they fell themselves.

As for the time Ezekiel 9 applies to SDA’s, we must consider that Ellen White reapplied Matthew 22:1-10, in Sermon’s and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 4-9. She specifically quoted verse 7 and that verse is the same event as Ezekiel 9:6. If we compare the order of Matthew 22:1-10, we find that God will make an example of His professing people, spiritual Jerusalem, before the slaughter of Babylon, because He will make His people a reproach to all nations around them. Notice this short chapter and also note that verse 9 establishes end-time context of it because the worst thing God ever does it at the end-time per Matthew 24:21. But notice that judgment will come upon the SDA church before the general conflagration at the very end:

Ezekiel 5

1 “And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber's razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 2 Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them. 3 Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. 4 Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel. 5 Thus saith the Lord GOD; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. 6 And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them. 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you; 8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations. 9 And I will do in thee that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all thine abominations. 10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of thee, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments in thee, and the whole remnant of thee will I scatter into all the winds. 11 Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity. 12 A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. 13 Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted: and they shall know that I the LORD have spoken it in my zeal, when I have accomplished my fury in them. 14 Moreover I will make thee waste, and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by. 15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment unto the nations that are round about thee, when I shall execute judgments in thee in anger and in fury and in furious rebukes. I the LORD have spoken it. 16 When I shall send upon them the evil arrows of famine, which shall be for their destruction, and which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine upon you, and will break your staff of bread: 17 So will I send upon you famine and evil beasts, and they shall bereave thee: and pestilence and blood shall pass through thee; and I will bring the sword upon thee. I the LORD have spoken it.”

·       The embolded portion is the same event as Ezekiel 9 as manifested upon apostate, modern-day Jerusalem, the SDA church.

·       Those bound in thy skirt, symbolizes a faithful remnant.

·       Then the remaining ones are burned as in Ezekiel 22:17-31, just as occurred in the last literal Ezekiel 9 destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. See also Chapter 1, The Great Controversy.

·       There is a statement wherein Ellen White refers to SDA’s falling in the general destruction, but if all is interpreted so that nothing contradicts, this would refer to SDA’s who leave the truth entirely and make a full return to Babylon, in which case they would be destroyed in the general destruction of Babylon per Great Controversy, pp. 653-656.

·       I won’t dispute this scenario, but the above evidence must be considered as part of the weight of evidence. Then we will wait and see.

The point I set out to make is that the church will keep going after the National Sunday Law. They will do this primarily for the love of mammon (money). The leaders believe as 5 Testimonies 211 says: "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."

Some have stated in the past that the church could not keep going anyway after the no buy and sell time. But it will. Because of the above mentioned unbelief, they will instruct the members to keep Sunday, as Ellen White says, and keep the church militant SHIP afloat until Ezekiel 9 destruction ensues after probation closes.

Defective Ship: "We can know that if a ship has false teaching it will not survive the rigors of the ocean of strife and turmoil: "You have had too great confidence in the ability of these men. A ship may be sound in nearly every respect; but if there is one defect,--a bit of timber worm-eaten,--the lives of all on board are imperiled." E.G. White, Testimonies, vol. 4, 322.

Ship Drifting at Sea Without Chart or Compass: "The facts concerning the real condition of the professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock, and that they are drifting away to sea, without chart or compass." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, p. 128, (Review and Herald, Vol. 2, p. 231). (Also see Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 348).

"Every ship sailing the sea of life needs to have the divine Pilot on board; but when storms arise, when tempests threaten, many persons push their Pilot overboard, and commit their bark into the hand of finite man, or try to steer it themselves. Then disaster and wreckage generally follow, and the Pilot is blamed for running them into such dangerous waters." E.G. White, Fundamentals of Christian Education, p. 348.

Is the Pilot on board the SDA New Movement, New Organization Ship described in Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204-5? Page 205 says He [God] has been removed!

Noble Ship #1: "I lately read of a NOBLE SHIP that was plowing its way across the sea, when at midnight, with a terrific crash, it struck upon a rock; the passengers were awakened only to see with horror their hopeless condition, and with the ship they sank to rise no more. The MAN AT THE HELM [VERSUS CHRIST] had mistaken the beacon light, and hundreds of souls were at a moment's warning launched into eternity." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, 128.

Noble Ship #2: "There is no need to doubt, to be fearful that the work will not succeed. God is at the head of the work, and He will set everything in order. If maters need adjusting at the head of the work, God will attend to that, and work to right every wrong. Let us have faith that God is going to carry the noble ship which bears the people of God safely into port." E.G. White, Selected Messages, vol. 2, 390.

In light of all the statements involving a ship, we must interpret them all so that none contradict. The best way to achieve this goal is to look for qualifying words. In the above statement the qualifying words are NOBLE SHIP and THE PEOPLE OF GOD. Who are the people of God? Those who keep His commandments and heed the Laodicean message.

The problem is that most SDAs do not know how God is setting everything in order. He separates "shipmates" by a straight testimony of the third angel, faithful men, as Ellen White defines the third angel.

Immediately preceding the above SM, vol. 2, 390 statement is the admonition:

"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.--Manuscript 1290, 1905. Selected Messages, vol. 2, 390.

Forming an Omega of Apostasy New Movement--New Organization, that "removed God," is stepping off the foundation that God established.

Change Leaders and Know it Not

Change Leaders: "Satan has COME IN with his specious temptations, and has led the professed followers of Christ away from the [PILOT] Leader (Christ), classing them with the foolish virgins." Testimonies to Ministers, p. `130.

Change Leaders: "There is manifested on the part of men in responsible positions an unwillingness to confess where they have been in the wrong; and their neglect is working disaster, not only to themselves, but to the churches....You will be left to make mistakes of a similar character, you will continue to lack wisdom, and will can sin righteousness and righteousness sin. The multitude of deceptions that will prevail in these last days will encircle you, and you will change leaders, and not know that you have done so." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 2, 448.

Change Leaders: "Men in positions of responsibility are in danger of changing leaders. This I know, for it has been plainly revealed to me." E.G. White, Series B, #2, p. 48.

Change Leaders: "Men who might have stood in clear light, doing valiant service as ministers of the gospel and medical missionaries, have been accepting false theories and sophistries; which originated with the father of lies, and yet they do not realize that they have changed." E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, #7, p. 13-16, November 20, 1905.

Change Leaders: "Satan will set up his hellish banner right in your homes, and you will be so blinded to the real nature of his deceptions that you reverence it as the banner of Christ." E.G. White, The 1888 Materials, p. 505.

Change Leaders: "They will not recognize him [Satan] as their enemy, that old serpent, but they will consider him a FRIEND, one who is doing a good work." Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 294.

Change Leaders: Satan has laid his plans to undermine our faith in the history of the cause and work of God. I am deeply in earnest as I write this. Satan is working with men in prominent positions to sweep away the foundation of our faith. Shall we allow this to be done, brethren?" E.G. White, Review and Herald, Nov. 19, 1903.

Change Leaders if Mistakes are not Admitted and Changed: "If when the Lord reveals your errors you do not repent or make confession, his providence will bring you over the ground again and again. You will be left to make mistakes of a similar character, you will continue to lack wisdom, and will call sin righteousness, and righteousness sin. The multitude of deceptions that will prevail in these last days will encircle you, and you will CHANGE LEADERS, AND NOT KNOW THAT YOU HAVE DONE SO." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 2, p. 449.

Change Leaders: "Refusing to follow in the path of obedience, they transferred their allegiance to Satan. The enemy rejoiced in his success in effacing the divine image from the minds of the people that God had chosen as His representatives. Through [ECUMENICAL] intermarriage with idolaters and CONSTANT ASSOCIATION WITH THEM [Isa. 8:9-20], Satan brought about that for which he had long been working,--a national apostasy." Fundamentals to Christian Education, p. 449.

Change Leaders: "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.

A confederacy: The World will form a confederacy of (beast) papists, protestants (false prophet) and New Agers (dragon). Their purpose will be declared as being the "saving of the world" from the problems that are obviously causing much distress. They will gird themselves with swords of militant power to enforce their plan. They will have great councils and wonderful sounding plans-but they will not succeed, instead they will be heading for total disaster.

Godhead as a pillar doctrine -- Personality of God and of Christ Landmarks: "Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor." {MR760 9.5}

Ellen White defines the Holy Spirit as the life and soul of Christ. That is not the definition of the Holy Spirit per the Trinity doctrine, which was adopted by the church 15 years after Ellen White died. Therefore, the LANDMARK of the personality of God or of Christ, has been changed. Ellen White taught that Christ's pre-Incarnated life was laid aside at His Incarnation and commended to the Father as a vouchsafed gift to us for the purpose of regeneration and overcoming sin. Catholicism and mainline Christianity do not teach that such a sacrifice occurred. They believe the Holy Spirit has ALWAYS been a separate person.

"I entreat every one to be clear and firm regarding the certain truths that we have heard and received and advocated. The statements of God's Word are plain. Plant your feet firmly on the platform of eternal truth. Reject every phase of error, even though it be covered with a semblance of reality, which denies the personality of God and of Christ." {RH, August 31, 1905 par. 11}

Pillars -- Landmarks of Adventism -- "The passing of the time in 1844 was a period of great events, opening to our astonished eyes the cleansing of the sanctuary transpiring in heaven, and having decided relation to God's people upon the earth [also] the first and second angels' messages and the third, unfurling the banner on which was inscribed, 'The commandments of God and the faith of Jesus' [KJV]. One of the landmarks under this message was the temple of God, seen by His truth-loving people in heaven, and the ark containing the law of God. The light of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment flashed its strong rays in the pathway of the transgressors of God's law. The nonimmortality of the wicked is an old landmark. I can call to mind nothing more that can come under the head of the old landmarks. All this cry about changing the old landmarks [1888-1900, etc.] is all imaginary. Ellen G. White, Manuscript, 1889; The Landmarks Defined, Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 30, 31.

"After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations, every conceivable power of evil will be set in operation, and minds will be confused by many voices crying, 'Lo, Here is Christ, Lo, he is there. This is the truth, I have the message from God, he has sent me with great light.' Then there will be a removing of the landmarks, and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith...(Ellen G. White, 'Let the Trumpet Give a Certain Sound' (Concluded), Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, December 13, 1892 (Original source); See Also, Maranatha, page 189; Maranatha, p. 192; Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 406; SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, p. 985).

Proof absolute that the church will keep visibly going after the no buy and sell part of the Sunday Law is enforced, is that it is destroyed in another fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, per Ellen White, and that does not occur until after probation closes and it has to be around to destroy.