The Church Triumphant
There are Laodicean
teachers of Adventism who believe they see the "broader view of
things," when they do not yet know the true identity of the players of the
Bible, eg. the bride of Jesus Christ, the remnant,
the 144,000, etc. A complete knowledge of the character and identity of the
players is fundamental to a correct understanding of the broader view of truth.
We will prove first from
Scripture, and then from the Spirit of Prophecy that Philadelphia is the Zion
Bride of Jesus Christ, the church triumphant that is translated without seeing
death, and that Laodicean converts are ten-virgin Sons and Daughters of Mother
Zion the bride of Christ,
equals the New Jerusalem equals Philadelphia equals the heavenly church
triumphant, equals the 144,000 equals the Remnant equals the True Reformers,
equals the church triumphant that is translated without seeing death.
First we will identify the
player Zion from Scripture. Isaiah 62 gives a vivid description of Zion, that
she is the "Bethulah," strictly pure virgin of verse 5, and receives
a New Name, verse 2, making her the New Jerusalem, the "Mother" Bride
of Jesus Christ. In the family of God schema, the Mother has sons and
daughters, the ten-virgins, that are concubines, and not strictly pure virgins,
as is Bethula, the Hebrew term for virgin in verse 5.
Let us take a look at these verses:
"For Zion's sake will
I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness
thereof go forth as brightness, [a torchlight COL, 405-6] and the salvation
thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness,
and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a NEW NAME, which the
mouth of the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand
of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be
termed Forsaken; [she is now] neither shall thy land any more be termed
Desolate [it is now]; but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah:
for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married. For as a young
man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom
rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee. I have set
watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day
nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence. And give him no
rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth....
Go through, go through the
gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather
out the stones [the cherished errors and false doctrines]; lift up a standard
for the people [the law of God]. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end
of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh;
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call
them, The holy [chosen] people, the redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be
called, Sought out, A city not forsaken." Isaiah 62.
"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, and the name of the city of my God,
which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will
write upon him my NEW NAME." Rev. 3:12.
"Because thou hast
kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon
the earth." Rev. 3:10.
It is Zion who gets the NEW
NAME, which is THE NEW JERUSALEM, and is identified as Philadelphia. She is
"kept" or preserved and protected from the hour of temptation, which
shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth, and this
is none other than the Great Time of Jacob's trouble. Only the bride of Christ,
the 144,000 go the complete distance through this time to be translated without
Zion as The Firstfruits,
Firstborn – the 144,000
"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 [New] name written in their foreheads....
And they sung as it were a
new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no
man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which
were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women
[fallen churches by ecumenical involvement]; for they are [strictly pure
Bethulah] virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.
These were redeemed from among men, being the FIRSTFRUITS [FIRSTBORN HEB.
12:22, 23] unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guild: for
they are without fault before the throne of God." Rev. 14:1, 3-5.
Zion as the Heavenly Church
Triumphant—Registered in Heaven as Men Made Perfect
"But ye are come unto
mount Sion [Zion], and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of
the firstborn [firstfruits], which are written [registered] in heaven, and to
God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect."
Hebrews 12:22, 23.
Zion as the True Reformers
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]
in heaven as reformers, restorers, as raising the foundations of many
generation." E.G. White Comments, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 4, 1151, col.
God directly calls
[chooses] the True Reformers as the bride for His son. This is according to
Eastern custom. Then the voice of God and the voice of the bride awaken the
ten-virgins, which we will prove from the Spirit of Prophecy.
Zion as the 144,000 Remnant
That is Translated Without Seeing Death
""The woman is a
symbol of the church, and the remnant of the church represents the Christians
of the last generation of men, living just prior to the second advent. The
dragon makes war on these for keeping the commandments of God, Sabbath and all,
and having the testimony of Jesus Christ, which, according to the inspired
definition of chap. xix, 10, 'is the spirit of prophecy.' Here, then, are the
causes of the dragon's warfare upon the remnant. They teach the observance of
the ten commandments, and the revival of the gifts, and acknowledge the gift of
prophecy among them. When the Devil got one foot upon the fourth commandment,
and the other upon the gifts planted in the Christian church b Jesus Christ,
then his satanic majesty was filled with revengeful delight. But when the
remnant, whom God designs to fit for translation to Heaven without seeing
death, 'ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,' then
the dragon is wroth, and makes war on them.
"The true spirit of
the dragonic host, which is already being somewhat developed, is vividly
described in Isa. xxx, 8-13, as being manifested just prior to the sudden destruction
of those who hate the pure testimony, and love smooth and deceitful
things." E. G. White, Spiritual Gifts, Vol. III, 26, 27.
represents the reception by Christ of His kingdom. The Holy City, the New
Jerusalem, which is the capital and representative of the kingdom, is called
'the bride, the Lamb's wife.' Said the angel to John: 'Come hither, I will show
thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.' 'He carried me away in the spirit,' says the
prophet, 'and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God.' Revelation 21:9, 10. Clearly, then, the bride represents [is
the ambassador for] the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the
bridegroom are a symbol of the church [militant]. In the Revelation the people
of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If
guests, they cannot be represented also as the bride...He will receive the New
Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, 'prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband.'" E. G. White, The Great Controversy, 426, 427.
Let us analyze the above
statement very closely:
1. The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which is the
CAPITAL and REPRESENTATIVE of the kingdom, is the bride, the Lamb's wife.
2. The bride REPRESENTS [ambassadors of] the Holy
3. The virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom
are a symbol of the church; they are the "people of God;" they are
guests at the marriage supper, and if guests, they cannot also be represented
as the bride! They cannot be both!
4. Christ receives the NEW JERUSALEM, the CAPITAL
and REPRESENTATIVE [ambassadors] of His kingdom, as a bride adorned for her
5. Therefore, the bride, NEW JERSUSALEM,"
the representatives or earthly ambassadors, the true messengers of the heavenly
NEW JERUSALEM CHURCH; the earthly REPRESENTATIVES of the heavenly church called
ZION, Hebrews 12: 22, 23, the church triumphant, consisting of men made perfect
[verse 23] are the bride of Jesus Christ.
"Converts" as Children [Sons and Daughters] of Zion Who are Awakened
by Her Voice and Join Her Procession From Her Father's House to His Own Home
"The people of God
symbolized by a holy woman and her children, were represented as greatly in the
minority. In the last days only a remnant still existed. Of these John speaks
as they 'which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus
Christ." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 972, col. 2.
that still existed are the 144,000, who survive the time of Jacob's trouble to
be translated without seeing death. The " wise virgins" of the ten,
join the bridal procession as "guests," but they are martyred during
the time of trouble. They are faithful martyrs however.
"For as a young man
marrieth a virgin, so shall THY SONS marry thee..." Isaiah 62:5. Zion has
"Behold, the Lord hath
proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the DAUGHTER is Zion, Behold,
'thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before
him." Isaiah 62:11. Zion has DAUGHTERS.
In the above verse of
Isaiah 62:11, Zion is told to say something to her daughter, and the words she
is told to say are a paraphrase of the Midnight Cry of Matthew 25:6:
"And at midnight there
was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. "
"The bridegroom goes
forth to meet his bride and bring her to his home. By torchlight [advanced
light--"a lamp that burneth" Isa. 62:1; the Midnight Cry Lighted Path
of Matthew 25]the bridal party proceed from her father's house to his own,
where a feast is provided for the invited guests [the ten virgin church
militant--The Great Controversy 427]. In the scene upon which Christ looks, a
company are awaiting the appearance of the bridal party, intending to join the
Lingering near the bride's
house [not at it] are ten young women robed in white. Each carries a lighted
lamp and a small flagon for oil. All are anxiously watching for the appearance
of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. Hour after hour passes [since 1844]
the watchers become weary and fall asleep. At midnight the cry is heard,
'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' the sleepers [all those
virgins slept Matt. 25:5], suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the
[bridal] procession moving on, bright with torches and glad with music. They
hear the voice o the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. The ten maidens
seize their lamps and begin to trim them, in haste to go forth." E.G.
White, Christ's Object Lessons, 406.
Philadelphia is made a
pillar in the temple of God. Only the 144,000 go into the temple on Mt. Zion.
The bride is the leadership of the heavenly New Jerusalem Church, and the wise
virgin guests are the constituent membership. The bride is seated around the
throne, and the vast throng is further away.
"Nearest the throne
are those who were once zealous in the cause of Satan, but who, plucked as
brands from the burning, have followed their Saviour with deep, intense
devotion. Next are those who perfected Christian character in the midst of falsehood
and infidelity, those who honored the law of God when the Christian world
declared it void, and the millions, of all ages, who were martyred for their
faith [special guest bridesmaids]. And beyond is the 'great multitude, which no
man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues."
E.G. White, The Great Controversy, 665, 1911 edition.
James White on Philadelphia
as The Church Triumphant 144,000
"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 chrch,
'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." James White, The
Advent Review, vol. 1, No. 4, p. 56.
"And as we were about
to enter the holy temple, Jesus raised His lovely voice and said, 'Only the
144,000 enter this place,' and we shouted, 'Alleluia.' Early Writings, p. 19.
Laodicea has falsely taught
that she is the bride of Jesus Christ, or equal to the "Jews" of
Revelation 3:9. God says that those who make this false claim are the Synagogue
of Satan. Do you believe Him? Do you?! Why did God insert this matter of the Synagogue
of Satan, within the Philadelphian message? Because Satan would use Laodicea to
impersonate and claim to be what is rightfully only applicable to Philadelphia.
And that is what Laodicea does, she claims to be the faithful, remnant bride of
Jesus Christ, and for that claim, God makes her the Synagogue of Satan.
The Distinctions Between
the 144,000 and the Guests
The bride, the True
Reformers, is called directly by God.
The voice of God and
the bride then awaken the ten-virgins.
They dwell in separate
houses, but the bride calls them out of their church that has become like the
world, and has linked herself to lewd women [fallen churches Jer. 11:9-15] to
join her procession.
The bride is the
wife of Jesus.
The wise virgins are
the guests in heaven.
Only The bride, the
144,000, goes into the temple on Mt. Zion.
The bride is made a
pillar in the Temple of God.
The bride is
Philadelphia who is "kept" through the time of trouble.
The bride is
Philadelphia, the Church Triumphant, that co-exists with the church militant
guests, to come to their aid if they will swallow their spiritual pride and
accept her aid. The pure truth comes through her first.
The bride, of
course, is seated nearest the throne in heaven.
The bride of all
ages could well be resurrected (regenerated into a human body as Jesus was) to
be part of the 144,000 at the final generation, just as Jesus raised people out
of their graves after His resurrection and went forth to give the gospel. This
would be the "rocks crying out," just as Jesus is the rock of ages.
Satan's counterfeit of this regeneration of the bride of all ages is
reincarnation. In Revelation 3:10-12, original Philadelphia, circa A.D. 1, was
promised she would be kept through the time of trouble to come upon all the
"The state of the
Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean
state." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 2, 420.
Lukewarm and/or Cold
Apostate Laodicea no Better Than The Fallen Churches
"If the church becomes
lukewarm [let alone apostate], it does not stand in favor with God any more
than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the
habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every
unclean and hateful bird. Those who have had opportunities to hear and receive
the truth, and who have united with the Seventh-day Adventist church, calling
themselves the commandment keeping people of God, and yet possess no more
vitality and consecration to God than do the nominal churches, will receive the
plagues of God just as verily as the churches who oppose the law of God. Only
those that are sanctified through the truth will compose the royal family in
the heavenly mansions Christ has gone to prepare for those that love him and
keep his commandments." E.G. White, Letter 35, January 1, 1898.
(Manuscripts and Letter, p. 5).
Lukewarm Laodicea, which is
no better than the fallen churches, has labeled herself as "Jews"
[chosen bride of Christ]. Rev. 3:9 says that all who do this falsely will be of
the Synagogue of Satan.
God bless you all, Ron