Jerusalem--a Symbol of the Church and the World

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Dear Reader, 

What follows is an example of the wanton ignorance and willingness of some professing New Movement Seventh-day Adventists to deceive. A person whom I have warned for over three years, posted on an SDA Internet forum, SDAIssues, the following E.G. White statements pertaining to what “Jerusalem” symbolizes at the end of time, in an effort to covey the belief that “Jerusalem” symbolizes ONLY the world: 


Christ saw in Jerusalem a symbol of a world hardened in unbelief and rebellion, and rushing on to meet the retributive judgments of God.  {4SP 22.1} 


The ruin of Jerusalem was a symbol of the final ruin that shall overwhelm the world. The prophecies that received a partial fulfillment in the overthrow of Jerusalem have a more direct application to the last days. We are now standing on the threshold of great and solemn events.{MB 120.2} 


I have explained scores of times to the person involved that Ellen White indeed says that: 


·       The “field” symbolizes the world and the church.

·       That the “prefigure” of the destruction of Jerusalem, p. 25, The Great Controversy, does indeed symbolize the destruction of the world at the end-time, but that it begins at the church, Jerusalem, the House of Jacob, His Sanctuary, those who have been privileged with great light.


In spite of informing the individual many times, he still chooses to give only part of the truth of the matter. Here is the rest of the story:


 "The 'field,' Christ said, 'is the world.' But we must understand this as signifying the church of Christ in the world. The parable is a description of that which pertains to the kingdom of God, His work of salvation of men and this work is accomplished through the church. True, the Holy Spirit has gone out into all the world everywhere it is moving upon the hearts of men but it is in the church that we are to grow and ripen for the garner of God." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 70.

 Ellen White said that only God’s presence can constitute a church. She says in 1SM 204-5 that God would be removed when and if the things specified were fulfilled. They have been abundantly fulfilled as part of the omega of apostasy. God has indeed been removed. So now the omega of apostasy New Movement that we were never to join, does not even qualify as a church, but is rather the Synagogue of Satan. The SDA church militant is now the home SDA churches around the world because even the SDA Bible Commentary states that it is impossible for the wheat to mature among thorns or open sinners and that the thorns teach justification without sanctification. Tares are insincere believers whose motives we would have to judge in order to uproot them, COL, p. 71. Thorny ground hearers are persons who commit and teach open sin apostasy and that all that is required for salvation is justification without sanctification, and that sanctification (overcoming of all known sin) is impossible this side of glorification.

"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature

 (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation. To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 405.

The above was written prior to 1957, when the church still taught the truth that sanctification is a condition of salvation. And, of course, the cheap grace teaching of justification only is very popular to those who love sin more than Jesus.

Like the apostate Jews of old, apostate SDA’s feel indispensable to the cause of God, and that no matter what they do by way of apostasy, that God is “stuck” with them to give the gospel to the world. But God will not depend upon an apostate church that is in liaison with fallen Babylon, and which now teaches the same false gospel as Babylon, to give the Loud Cry out of Babylon and the world. She also said that the fallen churches cannot be distinguished from the world, Early Writings, 273.

In the alpha of apostasy, there was an acknowledged prophet who was the only person to recognize and “meet” that apostasy. In the omega there has been no acknowledged prophet to recognize and meet the omega of apostasy. Further, Ellen White said that the omega would surely come and that it would wax stronger until Jesus comes. She said that “nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the New Movement, 1SM 205.

Where are the tares burned? In the field. What does the field symbolize in Scripture? The world and the church. Where were the tares (dross) burned in the destruction of Jerusalem? In the midst’s of Jerusalem, the apostate church, Ezekiel 22:17-31. Where do God’s end-time judgments begin? At His Church, His Sanctuary:

1Pe 4:17 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Ezekiel 9:6  slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the old men that were before the house.

If the only thing symbolized by “Jerusalem” is the world, and God says begin at my Sanctuary, where does it end? Mars? Jupiter? Saturn?, or some other planet?!

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. 

I have shown the following statement to the person many times as well:  

"In the very courts of the temple, scenes will be enacted that few realize. God's people will be proved and tested, that He may discern 'between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.' Vengeance will be executed against those who sit in the gate, deciding what the people should have and what they should not have. These take away the key of knowledge. They refuse to enter in themselves, and those who would enter in they hinder. These bear not the seal of the living God. All who now occupy responsible positions should be solemnly and terribly afraid lest in this time they shall be found as unfaithful stewards." E.G. White, Manuscript 15, 1886, Paulson Collection, p. 55. 

What is the key of knowledge?  

Gal 5:6  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 

“It is contrition and faith and love that enable the soul to receive wisdom from heaven. Faith working by love is the key of knowledge, and everyone that loveth "knoweth God." 1 John 4:7. Desire of Ages, 139. 

The apostate New Movement SDA church has corrupted the key of knowledge by stressing that justification (salvation) is by forensic (legal) pardon only without works, without sanctification or faith that works by love. Thus, it teaches a false gospel while a few ministers still teach the true gospel. But teaching the true gospel admixed with the false, is not approved by God. He said to accurse any, even an angel who should come with another gospel. Thus, the individual under discussion in this document, and the New Movement SDA apostate church which he defends, both teach half truths that are designed by Satan to mislead to destruction. 

This is the type of deception we can expect from the omega of apostasy New Movement SDA church that has fulfilled all the specifications of Selected Messages, Bk. 1, 204-5. And what is the final result? Another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, on Jerusalem, beginning with Jerusalem the church, and then Jerusalem as the world after it has heard and rejected the final gospel call—the Loud Cry of the third and fourth angel.

The person I refer to in this document as presenting half-truth deception, is forever decrying Robert Sessler for doing the very thing he is doing himself. But really, friend, as a good friend of mine always says about such deceivers, “What else can we expect from Laodicea?” Ellen White said that the Laodicean state of the church represents the foolish virgins. 

This is an example of the teaching of half-truths and half-falsehoods that will be the cause of another literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 9 as prophesied by Ellen White.


P.S. Someone made the following interesting response to the individual giving the half-truth about what Jerusalem symbolizes in the Bible and according to Ellen White:

OK!  Then this puts a whole different slant on Ezekiel 9.  The man with the seal goes throughout the world.  There is no mention of any one in the Sanctuary being sealed.  On the other hand, the men with the slaughter weapons are in the sanctuary as well as the world.  Looks like nobody in the Sanctuary is getting sealed.

Ezekiel 9:4  And Jehovah said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry over all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.

Ezekiel 9:5  And to the others he said in my hearing, Go ye through the city after him, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity;

Ezekiel 9:6  slay utterly the old man, the young man and the virgin, and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark: and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the old men that were before the house.

This also appears to mean that the remnant go forth out of the world and not out of the Sanctuary.  It kinda looks like the SDA church is in a lose-lose situation if we are going to take what EGW says seriously.  I also find the last part of Isaiah 37:32 very interesting.

Isaiah 37:32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of mount Zion they that shall escape. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.

Didn't somebody say the church was mount Zion?  I think it was Bryan.  What do you make of Jehovah saying he will help the *escape* of the remnant out of the church?  Curiouser and curiouser.