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Life is a grindstone: Whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you're made of. –Anonymous
NOTE --- "We may be active, we may do much work; but without love, such love as dwelt in the heart of Christ, we can never be numbered with the family of heaven. " – Christ's Object Lessons page 158.
NOTE --- "The love of Christ is not a fitful feeling, but a living principle (LAW), which is to be made manifest as an abiding power in the heart. " – Acts of the Apostles, page 516.
NOTE --- "It was to manifest this glory that He came to our world. To this sin-darkened earth He came to reveal the light of God's love (LAW – CHARACTER), – to be 'God with us. " – The Desire of Ages, page 19.
"None but the Son of God could accomplish our redemption; for only He who was in the bosom of the Father could declare Him. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love (character) of God could make it manifest." – Steps to Christ, page 14.
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1 John 4:8.
NOTE --- "God is LOVE." Steps to Christ, page 10.
NOTE --- "But man was deceived; his mind was darkened by Satan's sophistry. The height and depth of the love of God he did not know. For him there was hope in a knowledge of God's love (LAW). By beholding His character he might be drawn back to God. Through Jesus, God's mercy was manifested to men. . . The LAW reveals the attributes of God's character. . ." – The Desire of Ages, page 762.
"The law of God is as sacred as himself. It is a revelation of his will, a transcript of his character, the expression of divine LOVE and wisdom. " – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 52.
NOTE --- "Our Redeemer sends His MESSENGERS to bear a testimony to His people. He says: 'Behold, I stand (through My messengers) at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice (Present Truth), and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.' Revelation 3:20." – Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, page 262.
"I would speak in warning to those who have stood for years resisting light and cherishing the spirit of opposition. How long will you hate and despise the messengers of God's righteousness? God has given them His message. They bear the word of the Lord. There is salvation for you, but only through the merits of Jesus Christ. . . Let me prophesy unto you: Unless you speedily humble your hearts before God, and confess your sins, which are many, you will, when it is too late, see that you have been fighting against God. . . Go on a little longer as you have gone, in rejection of the light from heaven, and you are lost. 'The man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation.' I have no smooth message to bear to those who have been so long as false guideposts, pointing the wrong way. If you reject Christ's delegated messengers you reject Christ. . . I entreat you now to humble yourselves, . . . Say unto the Lord, 'Mine iniquities have separated between me and my God. O Lord, pardon my transgressions. Blot out my sins. . .' Praise His holy name, there is forgiveness with Him, and you can be converted, transformed." – Testimonies to Ministers, pages 96-98.
NOTE --- "The fervor of the love of God is wanting in their hearts. . ." – Review and Herald, July 23, 1889.
NOTE --- "Laodicea signifies the judging of the people, or, according to Cruden, a just people. This church exists in the time of the judgment (S.D.A.). . . This is a time of great profession, with but little vital godliness (LOVE) and true piety." – Bible Readings for the Home, page 283.
"I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God's people (S.D.A. and D.S.D.A.) at the present time. . ." – Test. Vol. 1, p. 186.
NOTE --- "You, yourself, can now answer the question as to whether you are a Davidian or still a Laodicean. If you are satisfied with yourself. . . if you
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think you have all the Truth . . . if you never give it a thought that you may be slamming your door against a Truth-bearer . . . if you do all these or any part of them, then you must be as good a Laodicean as you can possibly be, not a Davidian." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8 revised, page 28.
NOTE --- "But if you are aware that your garments are filthy, and your iniquity not blotted out; if you realize that you are to walk (LOVE) in God's ways (LOVE) as He directs through the Joshua of today, if you are all for God and not at all for self or for the world, then, of course, you either are, or are beginning to be., a Davidian. If you have not attained to all of these, you should SEE THAT YOU DO; and if you already have, then keep advancing in the light, and for certain you shall finally stand on Mt. Zion with the Lamb." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 1, No. 8 revised, page 28.
NOTE – "Then a multitude (Rev. 7:9) not of their faith, seeing that God is with His people (Rev. 14:1), will unite with them in serving the Redeemer." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902.
NOTE --- "Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God or be cut down by the destroying weapons." – Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 212. "Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed." – Ibid., page 213.
NOTE -- "You will meet with those who will say, 'You are too much excited over the matter. You are too much in earnest. You should not be reaching for the righteousness (love) of Christ, and making so much of that. You should preach the law (10 commandments). As a people we have preached the law (10 commandments) until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa, that had neither dew nor rain. We must preach Christ (LOVE) in the law (Levitical law). . ." Review and Herald, Mar. 11, 1890.
NOTE --- "The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. . . it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. . . The message of the GOSPEL of His grace was to be given to the church in clear and distinct lines, that the world should no longer say that Seventh-day Adventists talk the law, the law (ten commandment law, the law of condemnation), but do not teach or believe Christ (and His atonement as it is found in the ceremonial law). . . The efficacy of the blood of Christ was to be presented to the people with freshness and power. . . Therefore God gave to His servants a testimony that presented THE TRUTH AS IT IS IN JESUS (The Lamb of God, the BRANCH our RIGHTEOUSNESS). . . " – Testimonies to Ministers, pp 91-93.
NOTE --- "The message has never been received, nor proclaimed, nor given free course as it should have been in order to convey to the church the measureless blessings that were wrapped within it. . . O that we had all listened as we should to both warning and appeal as they came to us in that seemingly strange, yet impressive, way at the Conference of 1888! What uncertainty would have been removed, what wanderings and defeats and losses would have been prevented! What light and blessing and triumph and progress would have come to us!" – A. G. Daniells, G. C. President 1901-1922 – Christ Our Righteousness, pp. 47, 69.
"For nearly two years, we have been urging the people to come up and accept the light and the truth concerning the righteousness of Christ. . . They do not let the Saviour in." – Review and Herald, Mar. 11, 1890.
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NOTE --- "I am instructed to say that these words (Rev. 2:4,5) are applicable to Seventh-day Adventist churches in their present condition. The LOVE of God has been lost. . . God calls for a spiritual revival and a spiritual reform." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902.
NOTE --- "Who is to bring this revival and reformation, this great change? The BRANCH. . . Here is seen an organization having a Leader and an under leader – the Lord and Joshua." – Timely Greetings, Vol 1, #8 rev pp 24, 26.
NOTE --- "Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel (Christ, The Branch, Zech. 3:8; 6:12) applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people in the closing up (Judgment of the living) of the great day of atonement." – Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5 page 472.
NOTE --- "The message of the gospel of His grace (LOVE) WAS TO BE GIVEN to the church. . . The efficacy of the blood of Christ WAS TO BE PRESENTED. . . This is the testimony that must go throughout the length and breadth of the world. It presents the LAW (God's love) and the GOSPEL (Jesus' love), binding up the two in a perfect whole." – Testimonies to Ministers, pages 92, 94.
NOTE --- "In visions of the night, representations passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people. Many were praising God. . . .Hundreds and thousands were seen visiting families and opening before them the word of God. . . there seemed to be a reformation such as we witnessed in 1844 (under the Second Angel of Rev. 14:8)." – 9 T. 126. Read also EW 277.
NOTE --- "John did not naturally possess the loveliness of character that his later experience revealed. . . He was not only proud, self-assertive, and ambitious for honor, but impetuous, and resentful under injury. He and his brother were called 'sons of thunder.' Evil temper, the desire for revenge, the spirit of criticism, were all in the beloved disciple. But beneath all this the divine Teacher discerned the ardent, sincere, loving heart." – A.A. p. 540.
NOTE --- "John did not teach that salvation was to be earned by obedience; but that obedience was the fruit of faith and love. . . John was a teacher of holiness, and in his letters to the church he laid down unerring rules for the conduct (love) of Christians." – Acts of the Apostles, pages 563, 559.
NOTE --- "John was a teacher of practical holiness. He presents unerring rules for the conduct of Christians. They must be pure in heart and correct in manners. . . The child who loves his parents will show that love by willing obedience; but the selfish, ungrateful child seeks to do as little as possible for his parents, while he at the same time desires to enjoy all the privileges granted to the obedient and faithful. The same difference is seen among those who profess to be the children of God." – The Sanctified Life, pp. 57, 59.
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NOTE --- "The Greeks had three words to convey the ideas we seek to express by our one word 'love;' agapan, philein, and eran.
"PHILEIN in general describes affectionate, sentimental love based on the emotions and feelings. Insofar as it is based on the feelings it is subject to change as the feelings change. ERAN denotes passionate, sensual 'love,' love that operates essentially on the physical plane . . . ERAN is not used in the NT (New Testament). In the NT AGAPAN when contrasted with PHILEIN, describes love from the standpoint of respect and esteem. It adds principle to feeling in such a way that principle controls the feelings. It brings into play the higher powers of the mind and intelligence. Whereas philein tends to make us 'love' only those who 'love' us, AGAPAN extends love even to those who do not love us. AGAPAN is selfless, whereas ERAN is purely selfish, and even PHILEIN may, at times, be marred by selfishness.
"The noun form, AGAPE, is confined almost exclusively to the Bible. The AGAPE of the NT is love in its highest and truest form, the love than which there is no greater -- love that impels a man to sacrifice himself for others. . . IT IMPLIES REVERENCE FOR GOD AND RESPECT FOR ONE'S FELLOW MEN. It is a divine principle of thought and action that modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, and ennobles the affections." – S.D.A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, page 340.
SPECIAL NOTE --- "Moses was commanded to write (in a book, the Levitical Law), as God should bid him, judgments and laws giving minute instruction (how to love or respect – revere) as to what was required. These directions relating to the duty (love – respect) of the people TO GOD, TO ONE ANOTHER, AND TO THE STRANGER, were only the principles of the ten commandments (love to God and man) amplified. . . designed to guard the sacredness of the ten precepts. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 364.
"Christ. . . gave to Moses statutes and requirements necessary to a living religion. . ." – Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "The law of God is as sacred as himself. It is a revelation of his will, a transcript of his character, the expression of DIVINE LOVE (respect and esteem) and wisdom." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 52.
NOTE --- "In the Ten Commandment Law is the memorial of creation and the Sign or Seal of the Creator. By it is the knowledge of sin. . . Before this earth was created the law of Ten Commandments was and still is the foundation of God's government, the transcript of His character, the very essence of His presence in righteousness. This law resides under 'the mercy seat in the courts above.' " – God's Covenant, page 1.
NOTE --- "That the obligations of the decalogue might be more fully understood and enforced, additional precepts were given, illustrating and applying the principles of the ten commandments. These laws were called judgments. . . (and) was written by Moses in a book." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 310-312.
NOTE --- ". . . face the mirror, the law of God, and test your course of action by the first four commandments. These explicitly define our duty to God. . . Let us search the heart, compare the life and character with the statutes and
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precepts of Jehovah, and then seek diligently to correct our errors." – 4 T. 632.
"Whatever we cherish that tends to lesson our love for God or to interfere with the service due him, of that do we make a god . . . The second commandment forbids the worship of the true God by images or similitudes. . . ('A few condemned pictures, urging that they are prohibited by the second commandment, and that everything of this kind should be destroyed. . . but God Himself employed pictures and symbols to represent to His prophets lessons which He would have them give . . . Prophetic history was presented to Daniel and John in symbols, and these were to be represented plainly upon tables. . . – E. G. White, Historical Sketches. page 212) . . . (the third) prohibits false oaths and common swearing . . . forbids us to use the name of God in a light or careless manner . . . thoughtless mention of God in common conversation, by appeals to him in trivial matters. . . repetition. . . (the fourth) Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. . . Acts of necessity and mercy are permitted. . . the sick and suffering are at all times to be cared for; but unnecessary labor is to be strictly avoided." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 305-307.
NOTE --- "Parents are entitled to a degree of love and respect which is due to no other person. . . earlier years of life, parents shall stand in the place of God to their children. And he who rejects the rightful authority of his parents, is rejecting the authority of God. The fifth. . . requires children. . . to yield respect, submission. . . obedience. . . love and tenderness, to lighten their cares, to guard their reputation. . . succor. . . comfort them in old age. It also enjoins respect for ministers and rulers, and for all others to whom God has delegated authority. . . (sixth) All acts of injustice that tend to shorten life; the spirit of hatred and revenge, or the indulgence of any passion that leads to injurious acts towards others, or causes us even to wish them harm. . . a selfish neglect of caring for the needy or suffering; all self-indulgence or unnecessary deprivation or excessive labor that tends to injure health. . . (seventh) not only acts of impurity, but sensual thoughts and desires, or any practice that tends to excite them. . . evil thought or look. . . as truly sin as is the unlawful deed. . . (eight) condemns man-stealing and slave-dealing. . . wars of conquest. . . theft and robbery. . . demands strict integrity in the minutest details of the affairs of life. . . forbids overreaching in trade. . . payment of just debts and wages. . . (ninth) False-speaking. . . attempt or purpose to deceive. . . By a glance of the eye, a motion of the hand, an expression. . . intentional overstatements. . . misrepresentation or evil surmising, by slander or talebearing. . . intentional suppression of truth, by which injury may result to others. . . (tenth) strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the selfish desire. . . for that which belongs to another. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 308, 309.
NOTE --- "I ask our people to study the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel. The representation here made, while it refers primarily to Lucifer, the fallen angel, has yet a broader significance. Not one being, but a general movement, is described, and one that we shall witness." – Special Testimonies, Series B, No 17, page 30.
NOTE --- "He denounced the divine statutes as a restriction of their liberty, and declared that it was his purpose to secure the abolition of law." – E. G. White, Manuscript 125, 1907.
NOTE --- "The papacy is just what prophecy declared that she would be, the apostasy of the latter times. . . The apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great apostasy which would result in the establishment of the papal power. . . Even at that early date he saw, creeping into the church, errors that would prepare the way for the development of the papacy." – Great Controversy, pages 571, 49.
NOTE --- ". . .In place of the requirements of God, she substituted human
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theories and traditions. . . This compromise between paganism and Christianity resulted in the development of the 'man of sin' foretold in prophecy as opposing and exalting himself above God. That gigantic system of false religion is a masterpiece of Satan's power – a monument of his efforts to seat himself upon the throne to rule the earth according to his will." – G. C. , pp. 49, 50.
NOTE --- "The Lord has clearly defined the road to the city of God; but the great apostate has changed the signpost, setting up a false one – a spurious sabbath. He says: 'I will work at cross-purposes with God. I will empower my delegate, the man of sin, to take down God's memorial, the seventh-day Sabbath. Thus will I show the world that the day sanctified and blessed by God has been changed. That day shall not live in the minds of the people. I will obliterate the memory of it. I will place in its stead a day bearing not the credentials of heaven, a day that cannot be a sign between God and His people. . . Through my vicegerent I will exalt myself. The first day shall be extolled, and the Protestant world shall receive this spurious sabbath as genuine. Through the non-observance of the Sabbath God instituted, I will bring His law into contempt. . . I will make the observance of the seventh day a sign of disloyalty to the authorities of earth." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, April 17 1900.
NOTE --- ". . .Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man. We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church. . . as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide men through life, has the right to change the. . . Sabbath to the Sunday. We frankly say, 'Yes the church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws. . . AND A THOUSAND OTHER LAWS.' . . .We also say that of all Protestants, the Seventh-day Adventists are the only group that reason correctly and are consistent with their teachings. It is always somewhat laughable to see the Protestant Churches, in pulpit and legislature, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in the Bible." – Peter Tramer, Editor, The Catholic Extension Magazine. (Letter by Mr. Tramer on file at General Conference Headquarters, Washington D. C.)
NOTE --- "God (the Father) graciously spoke his law (ten commandments) and wrote it with his own finger on stone. . ." – R&H, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "When the law was spoken, the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth, stood by the side of His Son, enshrouded in the fire and the smoke on the mount." – E. G. White, Signs of the Times, Oct. 15, 1896.
NOTE --- "Christ (the Son), who went before Moses in the wilderness, made the principles of morality and religion (ten commandments) more clear by particular precepts (Levitical Law) specifying the duty of man to God and his fellow-men. . ." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "Christ, to enforce the will of his Father, became the author of the statutes and precepts (law or love) given through Moses to the people of God." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
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ANSWER --- "The minds of the people, blinded and debased by slavery and heathenism, were not prepared to appreciate fully the far-reaching principles of God's ten precepts. That the obligations of the decalogue might be more fully understood and enforced, additional precepts were given, illustrating and applying the principles of the ten commandments. These laws were called judgments, both because they were framed in infinite wisdom and equity, and because the magistrates were to give judgment according to them. Unlike the ten commandments, they were delivered privately to Moses, who was to communicate them to the people." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 310.
NOTE --- "We are to become familiar with the Levitical law in all its bearings; for it contains rules that must be obeyed; it contains the instructions that if studied will enable us to understand better the rule of faith and practice that we are to follow in our dealings with one another." – E. G. White, Letter 3 1905.
"Therefore, these two temples are types of two sections of the Christian church with the anti-typical sanctuary service made up of these two laws moral and ceremonial." – The Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2 page 268.
NOTE --- "The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 63.
NOTE --- "While Moses was in the mount, God presented to him, not only the tables of the law, BUT ALSO THE PLAN OF SALVATION (written by Moses in a book, Deut. 31:24-26)." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 330.
NOTE --- "The rights of widows and orphans were specially guarded, and a tender regard for their helpless condition was enjoined. . . Aliens who united themselves with Israel were to be protected from wrong or oppression. . . The taking of usury from the poor was forbidden. . . Respect for magistrates and rulers was enjoined, and judges were warned against perverting judgment. . . Calumny and slander were prohibited. . . Again the people were reminded of. . . the Sabbath. YEARLY FEASTS were appointed. . . THESE LAWS were to be recorded by Moses, and carefully treasured as the foundation of the national law, and with the ten precepts which they were given to illustrate, the condition of the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel. . . Upon descending from the mountain, 'Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments. . . (and it) was written by Moses in a book." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 310-312.
NOTE --- "These laws, and principles of righteousness. . . have served as the foundation for just legal jurisprudence among all the civilized peoples of the world for more than three thousand years." – The Bible, page 759. ("The Blue Ribbon Bible, " published by the John A. Hertel Co.)
NOTE --- "Christ gave to Moses ... statutes ... to guard the ten command-
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ments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ. They were to be binding upon man in every age as long as time should last." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "Christians who extol Christ, but array themselves against the law (Levitical, magnifier of the Ten Commandments) governing the Jewish church, array Christ against Christ." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "We are to become familiar with the Levitical law in all its bearings; for it contains rules that must be obeyed; it contains the instructions that if studied will enable us to understand better the rule of faith ad practice that we are to follow in our dealings with one another. No soul has any excuse for being in darkness." – E. G. White, Letter 3, 1905.
NOTE --- "The doctrine of the incarnation of Christ in human flesh is a mystery, 'even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations.' It is the great and profound mystery of godliness. . . Christ took upon Himself human nature, a nature inferior to His heavenly nature. Nothing so shows the wonderful condescension of God as this. . ." – Review & Herald, Apr. 5 1906.
NOTE --- "Many take it for granted that they are Christians, simply because they subscribe to certain theological tenets. But they have not brought the truth (Jesus in His Word) into practical life." – The Desire of Ages, page 309.
NOTE --- "Again the people were reminded of the sacred obligation of the Sabbath. YEARLY FEASTS were appointed, at which all the men of the nation were to assemble before the Lord. . . These laws were to be recorded (written in a book) by Moses, and carefully treasured as the foundation of the national law, and, with the ten precepts which they were given to illustrate, the condition of the fulfillment of God's promises to Israel." – Patriarchs and Prophets, 311.
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NOTE --- "As a nation the children of Israel failed of receiving the benefits that God desired to give them. . . But though individuals and peoples may thus separate themselves from Him, His purpose for those who trust Him is unchanged. . . God's work in all time is the same . . . His plan are the same. . . Adherence to the principle of God's word will bring as great blessings to us as it would have brought to the Hebrew people." – Education, page 50.
NOTE --- "God is LOVE." Steps to Christ, page 10.
NOTE --- "These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. They were NOT shadowy types to pass away with the death of Christ." – E. G. White, Review and Herald, May 6, 1875.
NOTE --- "We may, by following the example of the Saviour, be in holy communion with Him; and by daily seeking to imitate His character and follow His example, we shall be a blessing to the world and shall secure for ourselves contentment here and an eternal reward hereafter." – Test., Vol. 4, p. 227.
"On the fourteenth day of the first Jewish month, . . . Christ, having eaten the Passover with His disciples, instituted that feast which was to commemorate His own death as 'the Lamb of God'. . . In like manner the types which relate to the second advent MUST BE FULFILLED AT THE TIME pointed out in the symbolic service. Under the Mosaic system (Levitical or Book of the Law of Moses). . . the great Day of Atonement, occurred on the tenth day of the seventh Jewish month. . . The tenth day of the seventh month, the great Day of Atonement. . . which in the year 1844 fell upon the twenty-second of October. . ." Great Controversy, pages 399-400.
NOTE ---- "In our study of this prophecy we learned that this happens when the Assyrian falls, but the Lord's call to the church in Isaiah 52 to awake comes first. After she awakes she is to behold something and she is to do something. What is she to do? -- She is to KEEP HER SOLEMN FEASTS. She is to perform her vows. . . The Lord's Supper being one of the solemn feasts, it will be celebrated next IN the time (not after) when the wicked are no more TO PASS through the church." – The Symbolic Code, Vol. 12, Nos. 6&7, page 12.
ANSWER --- "The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. . . the King declared that none but Christ, the only begotten of God, could fully enter into his purposes, and to him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of his will. . . The angels joyfully acknowledged the supremacy of Christ, and prostrating themselves before him poured out their love and adoration. Lucifer bowed with them; but in his heart there was a strange, fierce conflict. Truth, justice, and loyalty were struggling against envy and jealousy. . . 'Why,' questioned this mighty angel, 'should Christ have the supremacy? Why is he honored above Lucifer?' " – Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 36,37.
ANSWER --- "While claiming for himself perfect loyalty to God, he urged that changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary for the stability of the divine government. Thus while working to excite opposition to the law of God, and to instill his own discontent into the minds of the angels under him. . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 383.
NOTE --- "But Cain cherished feelings of rebellion, and murmured against
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God because of the curse. . . for Adam's sin. He permitted his mind to run in the same channel that led to Satan's fall, -- indulging the desire for self-exaltation, and questioning the divine justice and authority (law)." – Patriarchs and Prophets, page 71.
NOTE --- "They (Cain and Abel) were acquainted with the provision made for the salvation of man, and understood the system of offerings which God had ordained. . . Without the shedding of blood, there could be no remission of sin. . . But Cain, disregarding the Lord's direct and explicit command, presented only an offering of fruit." – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 71.
NOTE --- "Cain and Abel represent two classes that will exist in the world till the close of time. One class avail themselves of the appointed sacrifice for sin (according to God's law); the other venture to depend upon their own merits (man's law). . ." – Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 72,73.
NOTE --- "The new law has its own spirit, and its own sacrifice, and its own feasts (Easter, Christmas etc. ) which have taken the place of those appointed in the law of Moses (Levitical) If we would know the days (in place of the Passover, Pentecost, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles etc. ) to be observed, or the regulations about them, of the spirit in which they are to be kept holy, WE MUST GO TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, not to the Mosaic law." – Catholic Catechism quoted in Signs of the Times, Nov. 4, 1919.
"We say, this Church instituted by Christ, to teach and guide men through life, has the right to CHANGE the CEREMONIAL LAWS of the Old Testament (feast days etc. ) . . . We frankly say . . . she made many other laws . . . Friday Abstinence, the unmarried priesthood . . . and a thousand other laws." – Peter Tramer, Editor, The Catholic Extension Magazine, in a private letter written to J. L. Day, member of the S D A Church in answer to his letter to Pope Pius XI May 22, 1934. (This letter, is on file in the vault at General Conference Headquarters in Washington D. C.)
NOTE --- "As the true sanctuary worship was abolished by ancient Babylon at the captivity of Israel, with the destruction of the temple, just so the papacy did away with the truth and strategically supplanted here on earth the meaning of the mediatorial work of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. . . And as the sacred vessels were carried from the sanctuary and set up in a pagan temple in a heathen land, just so the papacy trod down the 'truth' and set up a pagan priesthood in a so-called Christian church during the dark ages, while the 'woman' (church) was in the wilderness, which was typified by the heathen land -- Babylon." – Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 271.
NOTE --- ". . .the Christian church with the anti-typical sanctuary service made up of these two laws -- moral and ceremonial. The first section of the Christian church, from the crucifixion to about 538 A.D., was endowed with just such a sanctuary; that is, they had a perfect knowledge of the work in the heavenly to that time, and their faith corresponded with its service. But in 538 A.D. the faith of this divine administration (stone law and book law or
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Levitical) was thrown out from the church, or as Daniel puts it, 'trodden under foot'. . . and substituted by a pagan priesthood, with pagan ceremonial, and moral laws, or papal service. . ." – Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 268.
". . .the Jewish church. . . can in fact be the shadow and figure of the Catholic Church alone. . . If Christ is come 'not to destroy but to carry to perfection,' all that is imperfect in the synagogue ought to be perfect in the church -- high priesthood, sacraments, sacrifices, etc. This perfection we perceive through the Catholic system." – Catholic Doctrine as defined by the Council of Trent, by Rev. A. Nampon, quoted in Protestant Magazine, Jan. 1913, pages 10, 11.
NOTE ---"The Protestant churches which were raised up before the 'woman' returned from the wilderness were in total darkness concerning the sanctuary service. Therefore, they are not represented by the 'woman,' or by the 'temple,' for,. . . the typical temples represent both sections of the church with TWO DIVINE LAWS; namely, moral and ceremonial. Thus the 'woman' represents a church that keep the 'commandments of God -- moral law, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ' -- ceremonial law or the plan of salvation revealed in the light of 'The Spirit of Prophecy.' " – Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2 page 268.
NOTE --- "Polycarp disciple of the apostle John and by him ordained bishop of Smyrna (approximately 106-168 A.D.) was chief of all Asia, where he saw and had as teachers some of the apostles and of those who had seen the Lord. He, on account of certain questions concerning the day of the Passover, went to Rome in the time of the emperor Antoninus Pius. . ." – Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Vol. III, page 367.
". . .Philip, one of the twelve apostles. . . John. . . who reclined upon the Lord's bosom. . . All these observed the fourteenth day of the passover according to the Gospel. . ." – Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Vol. I, page 242.
"In 196 A.D., Victor, bishop of Rome, attempted to impose on all the churches the Roman custom of having the Passover. . . celebrated every year on Sunday." – History of the Popes, Vol. I, pages 18,19.
NOTE ---- ". . . the antitypical Elijah's work, being in the spirit and power of typical Elijah, must therefore be similar to typical Elijah's work – restoring Truth and righteousness (true love). . ." – General Conference Special, page 31. (1954 Reprint)
NOTE --- "And since the one by whom the message of the Judgment for the Dead was unfolded (E. G. White) has already been dead these many years, and since nothing, not to mention 'all things,' has as yet been restored, and, too, since that one (E. G. White) never claimed to be the Elijah. . . no one, therefore, can honestly and innocently say Elijah has already come and gone." – General Conference Special, page 39. (1954 Reprint)
NOTE --- "All may for a surety know both 'the day' and the Elijah as he proclaims it, because to our surprise he will point out that every Bible prophet describes the day and also tells what the Lord would have us do while it is approaching and subsequently while we are going through it." – G.C.S., p. 12. (1954 Reprint)
NOTE --- "God's people are judged according to how they relate themselves to the Truth as it is revealed by Inspiration. . . This rule would apply to us as
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we relate ourselves to the newly restored feasts of the ceremonial law." – God's Holy Feasts, page 8.
ANSWER --- "Every wind of doctrine will be blowing, false revivals and reformations will be at their peak. Everything that can be done will be done to distort the Truth and thus distract and dishearten believers and draw their attention to something other than the message of Elijah. . . And since the Enemy cannot get around the Truth, he does all he can to blacken character and to pick flaws in personalities." – General Conference Special, pp. 7,8. (1954 reprint)
NOTE --- "Your obeying 'all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments' of the moral law of Moses, you see, is your evidence that you have been born again (become a 'loving' person), that you have been endowed with power from above, that you are enabled to choose the good and to refuse the evil, that you are the children of God. Keeping the commandments and the statutes in the Lord, then, is the light and shield of your life. It is the outward sign that by the life of Christ you have overcome the Enemy of your soul and body. This system of worship, therefore, is truly the Righteousness by faith that brings the righteousness of Christ in the people of God." – Timely Greetings, Vol. 2, No. 37, page 24.
NOTE --- "Your work, my work (E. G. White), will not cease with this life. For a little while we may rest in the grave, but, when the call comes, we shall, in the kingdom of God, take up our work (of saving souls) once more (not in heaven or in the new earth!)." – Testimonies, Vol. 7, page 178.
NOTE --- ". . .its antitypical fulfillment is now not only imminent ('about to happen' – Webster) but that aside from Christ's first advent it is the most important." – Jezreel Letter, No. 9 (Written in the early 1950's by V. T. Houteff)
". . .V. T. Houteff, wrote that he did not know when this judgment (brought by antitypical Elijah) would start, but that it was very near (imminent). He died February 5, 1955; and, in the following Autumn, the 'Former Rain' of the investigative judgment for the Living (Elijah's message) started to the Davidians. The next year it began for the Laodicean church." – Elijah, page 11.
NOTE --- "But when our High Priest shall begin the atonement for the living, there must be a message of present truth -- sounding of the trumpet -- urging every one to lay hold on the Lamb of God. . . Unless the close of the judgment for the dead and the commencement for the living be made known to us, we would have no present truth while the judgment for the living is in session." – Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, page 164.
"Joel's two chapters give us a most compact and vivid view of 'the great and dreadful day of the Lord.' . . .the one who is to interpret these prophecies. . . and. . . announces that the day is at hand. . . the only one who can open to our understanding all the prophecies of the Scriptures pertaining to the great and dreadful day of the Lord -- prophecies which heretofore have been only mysteries to all. Thus he is. . . to blow the trumpet in Zion. . ." – General Conference Special, page 19. (1954 Reprint)
ANSWER --- "It is the light of the three former messages, plus the Mark of Jesus' 'new name' by the 'man in linen' (Eze. 9:3,4), and the Ceremonial law of the New Testament harmonized with the Old Testament in the light of the Spirit of Prophecy. The dead are judged by the Ten Commandment Law. But the living are judged by how they relate themselves to both Laws -- the Ten Commandments and the Ceremonial feasts of the Sabbath, Passover, Pentecost, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and New Moon. The Sabbath marks the weeks; the Moon the months, the seasons, and Feasts; and the sun, the days and years." – Elijah, page 11.
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NOTE --- "Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel (Christ -- the Branch – G. C. 415) applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people (S.D.A.) in the closing up (for the living) of the great day of atonement." – Testimonies, Vol. 5, page 472.
"The judgment is now (1888) passing in the sanctuary above. For many years (since 1844) this work has been in progress. Soon -- none know how soon -- it will pass to the cases of the living." – Great Controversy, page 490.
NOTE --- "Then I (E. G. White) saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice (message) with the third angel. . . The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message as it swells to a loud cry. . . THIS MESSAGE SEEMED TO BE AN ADDITION TO THE THIRD MESSAGE. . ." – Early Writings, p. 277.
"Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from heaven. . . uniting with the third angel's message, constitute the FINAL WARNING to be given to the inhabitants of the earth." – Great Controversy, page 604.
NOTE --- " 'If after a time the Lord says, move away from Washington, we must move. . . When the Lord tells us to move (see Amos 3:7), we are to obey, however inconvenient and inconsistent such a command may seem to us.' R. H. August 11, 1903. By E. G. White. The conclusion is that if the General Conference Brethren wish to be a step ahead of the arch-enemy of Jesus, they will quickly move headquarters to the place where the Bible says it will be located in the last days. . . '. . . for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' Micah 4:1, 2." – God's Holy Feasts, page 11.
"Everyone must pray for our Brethren at the Headquarters of the work in Takoma Park, Washington D. C. The warning of the Fifth Angel is, that soon no one will be permitted to buy or sell in Takoma Park without receiving the mark of the beast which is enforced by the image beast of Rev. 13:11-18. Therefore, the admonition to Headquarters in Takoma Park is to sell General Conference and move before they are forced to either flee. . . or receive the mark of the beast. Failure to act promptly will not only jeopardize their own chances of salvation, but will risk the safety of the whole church." – God's Holy Feasts, page 10.
To Mr. Ben Roden,
I hardly know how to address you, as I have had such bad treatment from both S. D. A.'s and D. S. A.'s. From the first, because I accepted the Shepherd's Rod, from the latter I have been robbed by those who should have been leading the work. . . Then again, I have been cast off by _____, _____, _____, _____, and many more, since the debacle in (at) Mount Carmel, after Bro. Houteff died. . . I tried to get some information on what caused such a dreadful thing to happen at Mt. Carmel; also what caused Florence Houteff to act the way she did, after her husband died. . . I think the whole affair is terrible in the extreme. Did they never remember they were a special people God had chosen to take the three angel's messages to the world? I have been an S. D. A. since 1944, and a D. S. D. A. since 1959. I have held positions in the Church viz: Secretary, Sabbath School teacher, Senior Deaconess, for several years, and given of my very limited means freely and generously. I am an O. A. P. and have only my pension. I am now 84. I have been reading with great interest the Branch Sabbath School Lessons, Vol. 4 Nos. 10 and 11 on Eze. 17. The explanation of the two eagles was very enlightening. I wonder, when this reaches you, if you will send me the Jezreel letter you mention several times. I have never seen it. Also I would very much like a picture of Bro. Houteff, as I have never seen one of him. I have several of Sister White. . . Now Mr. Roden, I understand there are many splinters, factions, call them what you will. None of two agree together, and all seem certain they are the only ones of whom God approves and each thinks they are the only ones to get into the Kingdom. . . I believe in Sister White wholeheartedly, as well as Bro. Houteff, so how am I going to find out which of the factions is right. Will you please answer this as soon as possible, as I cannot have many more years in this evil world. Yours, hoping to get this clarified.
I recently received several of your tracts and read with much interest the information contained therein. From what source did your group discover that the annual feast days were to be observed today? Who in your group first pro-
posed its importance for our observance? I know of a group in the early 30's that begun annual days of observance. Please enroll me in your Bible Correspondence and send details on how to observe the feast days. Sincerely,
I should like to thank you for your paper which I received last week on Saturday morning. In fact I was very happy when I received your paper. I am praying God for you to help you all the days of your life and leads you well. Again, I should like to ask you for some magazines and books. . . And Sir there are my friends here and they are also asking you kindly to send, for them the Holy Bibles. . . If you can see mercy for us you just send us those books which are used. Through the power of God, I hope you can continue helping us. May God bless you all the days of your life. I am yours sincerely a brother in Christ.
KENYA, EAST AFRICA
Dear Brother in Christ,
I'm a member of a church that claim to have the truth (I've never seen anybody live up to it). We worship on the Sabbath. I'm not a Davidian nor a Laodicean and I hate the world. Will you please tell me then who am I? Because I just learned that this church even has a BRANCH (that's why I'm writing to you). I love the truth and want to know more about it. The Shepherd's Rod gave me lot of information I did not know before. Are you the same or do you know even more than they. I'm sorry but this last church of God seems to be pretty well mixed up so please let me stick to the Bible and if you understand all of it you are the man who can answer my questions. In Rev. 14 there are three angels with three messages given to the earth verses 6-12. Verse 14, talks about somebody sitting on a cloud. Verse 15, angel No. 4 is crying to the "one" on the cloud and not to the inhabitants of the earth. As a result the "one" on the cloud goes to do his business on Earth. Verse 17, No. 5 angel is coming out of the heavenly temple. He Has No Message except a sharp sickle like the "one" on the cloud. Verse 18, No. 6 angel comes from the altar crying to No. 5 (Not giving message to Earth) to do his business. Therefore chapter 14 has six angels. 3 with earthly message. No. 4 with an order to the "one" on the cloud. No. 6 with an order to No, 5. So please tell me which are the five angels. What are the five messages, who and where is the missing one angel and who is the "one" on the cloud?! Yours with brotherly love in Jesus.
Dear Brother Roden,
We received four lessons for the Sabbath School of the Branch. We can get many things good from your message. . . The Davidians were supporting us some Sabbath School lessons and tracts and we were interested and distributed some to our friends. But there are no more Davidians in Mt. Carmel and The Branch are alive. Long time already we heard of this message and were waiting only for the message to reach our home. We h ave now some answers and are planning to request a Bible, even if it is not new. . . because we are very poor in the Philippines. . . We want some pamphlets to distribute to our friends. While we were Davidians, they were sending us some pamphlets also clothing, so our brethren were happy because we give them to them. Your brother in Christ.
I'm happy to be able to share in your last day message of Truth. I was baptized a Seventh Day Adventist when I was fourteen years old, but now I'm not really a member of any church today. I believe in plain and simple country ways and that a man should uphold truth at any price. . . May God bless and anoint all efforts made through the Branch. Sincerely yours,
Dear Elder Ben L. Roden,
Greetings in the lovely name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Branch, whose we are, and whom we serve. . . I want more S.S. Lessons to distribute to those who love the Lord Jesus the Branch. . . I am living nearly 150 miles from the Mission Station of S.D.A. The Sabbath School Lessons have done a great deal of work, and people here are anxiously waiting for the remaining S.S. Lessons. Kindly notify me about the troubles you are soon to face. May God bless the work at Mt. Carmel Center, to grow day by day. I remaining, waiting to receiVe those things which I have asked for. Yours in the Lord Jesus the Branch.
Dear Sir, and Brother,
I received your booklet, "The Lamb of God." Also the Sabbath School quarterly. Thanks very much for them. I especially was impressed with the "Lamb Of God" booklet. Matthew 24:4. ". . . Take heed that no man deceive you. . .' In the light of this text, it would indicate that one must be very sure. I under-
stand from some previous literature that I have received from you folks, that you are understood to be a prophet? I am positive that you understand my feelings. I want to be sure. Very very sure. I was once a Seventh-Day Adventist, I still believe the basic doctrines of that Church. Yet the apostasy has grown in that Church, that I found myself leaving it's communion. . . I do not sanction their mixing with the world. Brother. What proof do you/we have that Bro. Houteff was a prophet. And where, and what proof can we obtain that you are a prophet? I have had no books, or tracts that would give any hint as to what Bro. Houteff believed. Surely he published books. I want to know where is the full gospel truth? Don't you believe that the Truth is the BIBLE? I WANT TO KNOW. I am in my sixties, an old man. I am a disabled, retired coal miner. I have not much time to read and study. Please send me everything that you think will help me to learn. God bless you friend, Brother. Pray for me. We are living in the end of time. We should be sure of our salvation. Pray for my son who is stationed in Vietnam. This war has caused me many many heartaches. I lost one son in Korea 1950. I will be happy when our Saviour comes and stops all these heartaches and sorrows. Pray for us. Sincerely,
Your message was received. . . please I was very glad to see the wonderful tract labelled "As Birds Flying". . . I have gone through it and I like it. I want to be a member of the correspondence as a Bible student. . . If you can send me some more information of what you sent to me, because the pamphlet you sent to me this is only my first time. . . The managing director of the course should send more rules and information to me, the message in particular. . . Your friend,
NIGERIA, WEST AFRICA
Dear Brother B. L. Roden,
We delayed our report to you because of this special reason that we were busy studying our lessons, earning means to support our missionary work. And now, we are planning to go to _____ and other provinces so please mail us our Sabbath School Lessons, old and new, for distributing to our brethren there in _____. So please pray for us in our trip to _____. Your Brother in Christ,
CONVOCATIONS FOR THE YEAR
NEW MOON.................JAN. 27, beginning sundown JAN. 26
NEW MOON.................FEB. 26, beginning sundown FEB. 25
PURIM (Fast of Esther)...MAR. 10, beginning sundown MAR. 9
FEAST OF PURIM...........MAR. 11, beginning sundown MAR. 10
SHUSHAN PURIM............MAR. 12, beginning sundown MAR. 11
NEW MOON.................MAR. 27, beginning sundown MAR. 26
PASSOVER (Lord's Supper)............................APR. 9
FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD...........APR. 10 through APR. 17
NEW MOON.................APR. 26, beginning sundown APR. 25
SECOND PASSOVER.....................................MAY 9
FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (2nd mth.)..MAY 10 through MAY 16
NEW MOON.................MAY 25, beginning sundown MAY 24
PENTECOST................MAY 30, beginning sundown MAY 29
NEW MOON.................JUN. 24, beginning sundown JUN. 23
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Please notice that second Passover is from May 10 through May 16 and not May 10 through May 17 as was previously announced.
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