“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. ” (Revelation 7:1-13) (Seas of Humanity, Trees like people with the fruit of the Holy Spirit.)
“Satan is now using every device in this sealing time to keep the minds of God’s people from the present truth, and to cause them to waver. I saw a covering that God was drawing over His people to protect them in the time of trouble; and every soul that was decided on the truth, was pure in heart, was to be covered with the covering of the Almighty. Satan knew this, and he was at work in mighty power to keep the minds of as many people as he possible could wavering and unsettled on the truth. . . .I saw that Satan was at work . . .to distract, deceive, and draw away God’s people, just now in this sealing time. I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet sliding because they were not firmly planted on the truth. . . .
“Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, until the sealing was past, until the covering was drawn over God’s people, and they left without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues.
“We are brought out of the darkness of the world into God’s marvelous light.If we received the image of God, if our souls are cleansed from every moral defilement, the seal of God will be placed upon our foreheads, and we shall be prepared for the closing scenes of this earth’s history. But we have no time to lose. The more we study the life of Christ with a heart to learn, the more Christlike we become.
“The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure.” SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD,Ellen White (1827-1915) p. 342.
“Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then I shall know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)
Think what it will mean to study through the eternal ages under the personal instruction of Christ! In the present conflicts and temptations, we are to form characters that will prepare us to know right from wrong. A look at Jesus, setting aside his agenda to become our KING, but to die at the hands of a cruel and unjust judgment, leaves us an example of God and heaven giving us perfect FREEDOM.
Freedom purchased by Jesus, defended by unselfishness, is a goal a guide, to take abuse, take suffering, take unkindness, until someone figures out, it is love for God and man, that gives us freedom to decide who we want to follow, God or man.
For Christians it is like walking off the end of a Gang Plank. . .to try and walk on water . . .knowing someone, a supernatural someone, wants to take us away from eternal life with our Saviour. Following Satan and his advice, terminates our agreement to let Jesus be the author and finisher of our faith.
Those souls who are dying at the hands of cruel and ruthless men bent on destroying are martyrs . . . whose lives are now in the hands of Our Mighty God, who sees and knows the truth about the war between good and evil.
Will God continue to watch this war? The answer is NO! He has heard your prayers, and closed the door to Heaven. He cannot bear the sight. Jesus cries, we cry out against the injustice in this world, knowing, someday soon, the hand of injustice will divide us like wheat and chaff. And in spite of the odds, humans do hate injustice. We love God who has gone before us, to purify His Name, before unjust judgment. For this I will suffer, with Him. . . knowing my life or death is in His Hands. Thy will be done in my life, to purify my character to see, I am unworthy to touch the hem of His garment.
Where God’s word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. He truth was proclaimed through out the world. He truth was published. His character exemplified. His patience glorified His Name.
Then another map was shown. “On it light was shining from a few places only. The rest of the world was in darkness, without a glimmer of light here and there. Our Instructor said: “This darkness is the result of men’s following their own course. They have cherished hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil. They have made questioning and faultfinding and accusing the chief business of their lives. Their hearts are not right with God. They have hidden their light under a bushel.” Ellen White Quote p. 28, TESTIMONIES TO THE CHURCH Volume 9.
I met a young man, a minister, who had the power to heal, but given the opportunity to heal a little girl named Magdalena he refused to heal her. He knew his life would be turned around, his fame would spread, his life would not be his own. When people know you can heal, they wish for your touch, kind prayer, and they tend to overwhelm the healer, Jesus knew full well, they could come to eat, be healed, but few would truly wish to see His Father’s Government, that required unselfish love, to be this kind of God. Unconditional love, sets no boundaries, that are not for our own good. When someone challenges “our boundaries” it only means they want to make their own. And when that person calls themselves a “Christian” and they become a hypocrite, it destroys the character of God. The young man hid his light under a bushel. When he tried to heal his daughter, born with three kidneys, he has lost his power. He had withheld the talent, God had given him.
When we know we are “imperfect” in God’s eyes, and we know our character refinement will continue in heaven, we have become “humble.” Humble enough to let God guide us into His perfect love! And Freedom gives us the chance to crucify Jesus again, or bow down to serve Him, under His boundaries of perfect love in His Law. Obedience is better than sacrifice. What people see in me, may it not conflict with His Love and Charity.
“Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. In all the ravels of the Israelits, a whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out-until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sigh of all the house of Israel during all their travels.” Exodus 40:34-38
The Cloud, alludes to protection, safety, counsel, guidance, healing, defense, wisdom, insight . . .
given from GOD. This same cloud, settled over the Most Holy Place, in the Temple designed by Solomon, to be the gathering place for all Nations to pray to GOD, on the Temple Mount. A wonder of the Ancient World, men traveled to see the light by night, piercing the White Stone, like a candle in the night. The glory of GOD, His Character reflected in the Light of His Law for the Universe, was the crowning act of GOD, to reveal in His Sons and Daughters, His power, His Might, His Stature, His Healing, His Love, for all mankind. Brought into this world, by an angel of might who counseled the Angels in Heaven, how to protect and defend His Law and Government.
THE CLOUD is over all who ignite that fire of belief, in humility, we do not know it all. In awesome respect and dignity, we all bow down to “higher power.” This Higher Power, we cannot explain! If we could explain each miracle it takes to keep our Planet on its axis, we would not need GOD. The Tsunami that brought a new awareness of our fragile Planet, set the axis of the Earth wheeling to and fro.
There are no metaphors now:
Isa 24:19 The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. Isa 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.
Isa 24:21 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. Isa 24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously.
ELLEN WHITE QUOTE:
” . . .God did not forsake His people; His Spirit still abode with those who did not rashly deny the light which they had received, and denounce the advent movement. In the Epistle to the Hebrews are words of encouragement and warning for the tried , waiting ones at this crisis: “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:35-39).
It’s hard to disagree with Prophetess, who weaves her story through the Bible and Gods Promises!
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (I Corinthians 6:19)
To glorify God is the first duty of Man.
Our first duty toward God and our fellow beings is that of self-development. Every faculty with which the Creator has endowed us should be cultivated to the highest degree of perfection, that we may be able to do the greatest amount of good of which we are capable. Hence that time is spent to good account which is directed to the establishment and preservation of sound physical and mental health.
Man in God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, created for a high and holy purpose; and on every part of the human tabernacle God desires to write His law. . . .Every nerve and muscle, every mental and physical endowment, is to be kept pure.
God designs that the body shall be as a temple for His Spirit. Solemn is the accountability resting upon every soul. Your individual influence is exercised for good or for evil. If you defile your body, you are not only doing harm to yourself, but to many others. Christians are under obligation to God to keep soul, body, and spirit free from all that will defile; for they have been bought with a price. . .
No man or woman has any right to form habits which lessen the healthful action of one organ of mind or body. . . .Those who give themselves up tot he use of tobacco and liquor do not appreciate their intellect. They do realize the value of the faculties God has given them, to be cultivated and improved. Thus men allow their powers to wither and decay. God desires all who believe in Him to feel the necessity of improvement. Every entrusted faculty is to be enlarged. Not one gift is to be laid aside. As God’s husbandry and building, man is under His supervision in every sense of the word, and the better he becomes acquainted with his Maker, the more sacred will his life become in his estimation. SONS AND DAUGHTER OF GOD, Ellen White, p. 313
Comments by Connie:
I’m in my shorts and shirt, ready to hit the treadmill, and found this admonition in a time when I finally feel “unstuck” enough to be me. Being “stuck” in a rut, a habit, to self destruction, fighting forces I cannot see, has led me to indulge unhealthy food, I call “comfort food.” So today I openly stand on the scales at 199, most of that weight is muscle. lol
I need your encouragement, to remind me of my desire to be a complete person, in body, mind and soul. I want your feed back. I want you to be my support team. Most embarrassing is my education in how to teach a Cooking School, and a solid understanding of nutrition from classes provided for Dental Hygienists, and a team of ministers that included Elder Loveless, at the Loma Linda University Church, invited us to come and learn, as we watched them make an create and make healthy food.
While traveling in Egypt this image on papyrus brought a new light to me in the way the Egyptian men, weighed sins, against the weight of a man’s heart. This method of judgment for the after life, removed all fat, and it was the heart of soul, the heart of man, that determined his or her worthiness for eternal life. I’m going to use this logo, to record “my weight” but thankfully, God has said, :”The fat of the lamb belongs to the Lord.” That will be something I wish to explore in the future. “Sins” of ignorance, against the commands of God, concerned things which ought not to be done. If this sin becomes knowledge, then the sinner brings an offering of a female goat. (Leviticus 4)
Lev 4:27 And if any one of the common people sin through ignorance, while he doeth somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which ought not to be done, and be guilty;
Lev 4:28 Or if his sin, which he hath sinned, come to his knowledge: then he shall bring his offering, a kid of the goats, a female without blemish, for his sin which he hath sinned.
Lev 4:29 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sin offering, and slay the sin offering in the place of the burnt offering.
Lev 4:35 And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him.
What I learned today about fat, associated with “sins of ignorance” is both new and old. I knew the “fat of the Lamb” belonged to the Lord. But I didn’t know “the fat” of the female baby goat, without blemish, would have to die, for my sin of ignorance. . . if I were Jew . . .in the days of Children of Israel. This would make sense, why the smell of this offering, was a pleasing smell to God. It meant that his children were growing to see and enjoy their relationship to God, by finding their sins of ignorance, and asking God to forgive them. The Priest of God, was responsible for helping the congregation become aware of their sins of ignorance.
Well, I can’t be all muscle. But at 5’3″ every pound, becomes a weight, snugly pressing against my organs trapped in my skin. This is not the kind of “comfort” I was seeking. Can I spend more time “eating the word of God,” to help fill up the “time” spent in seeking comfort food, in the wrong place?
I have place a lot of words on this page. I am daring myself to have you as my support team. As I watch my weight, diet, and health improve along with my spiritual life. This is going to be humiliating right from the start, admitting I have so much muscle and such a large and heavy “heart”, but that does not warrant, my sins, to be lighter than a “feather.” If my fat, would be placed against the weight of feather, I would be doomed to hell. . .for sure.
Don’t know how to Skype or make a video, but I need your help, so I will go and work out today, and begin to document my time on the tread mill. November 3, the day before the Elections, 2014
“About this time, John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the Judean wilderness ” (Matthew 3:1-3)
John is described as having the unique practice of baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Most
scholars agree that John baptized Jesus. Scholars generally believe Jesus was a follower or disciple of John and several New Testament accounts report that some of Jesus’ early followers had previously been followers of John. John the Baptist is also mentioned by Jewish historian Josephus. Some scholars maintain that John was influenced by the semi-asceticEssenes, who expected an apocalypse and practiced rituals corresponding strongly with baptism, although no direct evidence substantiates this.
According to the New Testament, John anticipated a messianic figure greater than himself, and Jesus was the one whose coming John foretold. Christians commonly refer to John as the precursor or forerunner of Jesus, since John announces Jesus’ coming. John is also identified with the prophet Elijah. Wikipedia
No one has appeared who is greater than John the Baptist!
“I tell you with certainty, among those born of women no one has appeared who is greater than John the Baptist. Yet even the least important person in the kingdom from heaven is greater than he. “From the days of John the Baptist until the present, the kingdom from heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people have been attacking it ” ,(Matthew 11:11-12)
There were certain irregularities in the church! Priests, (ministers) were condoning fornication and adultery. Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus in a plot that failed, when Jesus approached the men condemning Jesus, to throw the first stone at Mary, if they had no sin! The Pharisees could not throw the first stone at Mary, the Holy Spirit convicted them of their sin. They had sin in their heart, they could not condemn Jesus or Mary. It was if Jesus knew, where and when they sinned. And its likely Jesus did know. He was in the home of Mary, Maratha and Lazarus. He knew all to well, that Mary had a schedule to keep and with who. He said to her, “Go and sin no more.” But Mary continued to sin, seven times, until she found Jesus who loved her enough, to ask her to stop sinning.
And today, if you were to say, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” You will find the same response among the ministers, who say, “We keep the Ten Commandments” but we have POWER to think to change the times and Laws of God!
Therefore: The still small voice of God, written on the Stone, must speak, through the Holy Spirit, to convict men, who are in the High Places of the Earth, thinking to change the times and Laws of God, and killing the Prophets.
“Thou shall commit adultery,” is not written in the Law or Prophets. We have become an abomination to the Muslim Nation! Why do we dare to think like Lucifer, that divorce and adultery will not destroy society….when we allow members and ministers, to think, the law of God can be changed?
If the Law of God could be changed….JESUS WOULD NOT HAVE TO DIE! Jesus came to vindicate the Name of God and His Government, that was challenged by Lucifer, who rebelled and vexed His Holy Spirit.
If we become false leaders, false prophets, what good is it to have or call ourselves, THE CHURCH, WITH THE GIFT OF PROPHECY?
“The LORD told Samuel, “Don’t look at his appearance or his height, for I’ve rejected him. Truly, God does not see what man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD sees the heart.(I Samuel 16:7) The people wanted a KING! So God answered their prayers. He gave them a KING. But God rejected Saul. Saul rejected the patience it took, to wait for God to lead.
Just because God, gave us FREEDOM of Choice, does not change HIS LAW OR LOVE FOR US!
But, when He comes again, will He find us FAITHFUL TO HIM?
Must the Mother cry again, when she sees her child, leave the church, because he sees there is no faith, no Holy Spirit, no desire for man, to defend Him, His King, My King, The King of the JEWS!
What have you done with My Lord?
Why is He silent?
Have you come to pray?
Have to you come to help me find Him?
Is the Holy Spirit alive and well in the Hearts of the Leadership?
Where is Queen Esther and her Uncle Mordecai?
“A copy of the document was to be issued as law in each and every province and published for all
people, indicating that the Jewish people were to be ready to take vengeance on their enemies on that day. The couriers, mounted on the royal steeds, left quickly, urged on by the king’s command. The edict was also issued in Susa the capital. Mordecai left the king’s presence in royal robes of blue and white, wearing a large golden crown and a purple robe made of fine linen; and the city of Susa shouted with joy. For the Jewish people, there was light and joy, gladness and honor. In each and every province, and in each and every city, in the places where the king’s order and edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jewish people, along with a feast and a holiday. Many of the people of the land became Jews, because they had come to fear the Jewish people.(Esther 8:13-17).
ELLEN G WHITE QUOTE:
“Today, as the in the days of Esther and Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate His truth and his people.” Prophets and Kings, by Ellen White, page. 606.
“There is earnest work to be done in this age, and parents should educate their children to share in it. The words of Mordecai to Esther may apply to the men and youth of today: “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?Testimonies to the Church, Volume 5, p. 321.
“I was much encouraged while listening to a discourse from the words, I will “go in unto the king, ” ” and if I perish, I perish.” In his remarks the speaker referred to those who were wavering between hope and fear, longing to be saved from their sins and receive the pardoning love of Christ, yet held in doubt and bondage by timidity and fear of failure. He counseled such ones to surrender themselves to God, and venture upon His mercy without delay. They would find a gracious Savoir ready to present to them the scepter of mercy, even as Ahasuerus offered to Esther the signal of his favor. All that was required of the sinner, trembling in the presence of his Lord, was to put forth the hand of faith and touch the scepter of His grace. That touch ensured pardon and peace.”
“Those who were waiting to make themselves more worthy of divine favor before they venture to claim the promises of God, were making a fatal mistake. Jesus alone cleanses from sin: He only can forgive our transgressions. He has pledged Himself to listen to the petition and grant the prayer of those who come to Him in faith. Many had a vague idea that they must make some wonderful effort in order to gain the favor of God. But all self-dependence is vain. It is only by connecting with Jesus through faith that the sinner becomes a hopeful, believing child of God. These words comforted me and gave me a view of what I must do to be saved.” Testimonies to the Church, Volume 1, p. 16
If men, women and children make their dependence upon Jesus through faith, they become hopeful, believing sons and daughters of God!
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” (I Corinthians 3:9)
“If you could only realize that the God of heaven takes those who have been rebels against His government, and says to them, You may be laborers together with Me, you would this day consecrate yourselves wholly to Him. .. It is not wonderful that we can receive the rich current of grace from the Deity, and work in harmony with Him? What does the Deity want with us-poor, weak. and feeble as we are What can He do with us? -Everything, if we are willing to surrender all.”
“When God called me in my very childhood to work for Him, I used to think, What can I do? God says, Do my bidding. This is all that any of us need do. I want to tell you what each of you, from the oldest to the youngest, can do: You can co-operate with God, . . . and with one another. . . . You will not study how to please yourself. You will realize that you are responsible for the influence you exert. . . .”
“He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:38. KJV
“Those who take up a cross stands for great commitment – being willing to die for something.” NIJV Bible Commentary
“There can be only two classes. . . .And all who place themselves on the side of the disloyal are standing under Satan’s black banner, and are charged with rejecting and despitefully using Christ. They are charged with deliberately crucifying the Lord of life and glory.” Ellen G. White quote
“He who shuns the cross shuns the reward promised to the faithful.” Ellen G. White quote
“Look to Calvary until your heart melts at the amazing love of the Son of God. He left nothing undone that fallen man might be elevated and purified. And shall we not confess Him? Will the religion of Christ degrade its receiver? – No: it will be no degradation to follow in the footsteps of the Man of Calvary. Day by day let us sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn of Him, that in our conversation, our conduct, our dress, and in all our affairs, we may reveal the fact that Jesus is ruling and reigning over us. God calls upon us to walk in a path that has been cast up for the ransomed of the lord; we are not to walk in the world. We are to surrender all to God, and confess Christ before men. . . .” Ellen G. White quote
“He that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Day by day we are to deny self, to lift the cross and follow in the footsteps of the Master. . . .” Ellen G. White quote
“I am glad that the day of probation is not closed. Let us in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth fall on the Rock and be broken By meekness, by love, by a holy conversation, by a compassionate spirit, confess Christ to others. O that we might come into a postion where He might reveal His glory as it was revelaed in Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the people.” Ellen G.White quote
“The cross of Calvary is to us the pledge of everlasting life.” Ellen G.White quote
Comment by Connie
Meekness? 1. mild, showing mildness or quietness of nature 2. cowed, showing mildness or quietness of nature
In love, by a holy conversaton, by a compassionate spirit. This is how I confess Christ to others? I might as well say, I am a weak sheep, not strong, not wise, in need of His Holy Spirit, and the compassion of Jesus Christ, who promises to lead me like a good shepherd, towards my heavenly home. This is humbling, to admit, I need something more than I see inside me! Compare me to Jesus? No, I don’t think so! Lay down my life for my friend? Maybe Jesus is the only one I truly could lay down my for? Suicide would not convince a soul to follow Jesus. Living is much harder, than dying! LOL So, this servant finds living is the challenge!
And that means, to me, I have to go outside and take time weeding my own garden. Looking at what God has given me to do! And there are the peaches, waiting to be canned, or eaten, or frozen. Will it be a long winter?Will this peach, taste especially delightful, then. Then, the waiting will have a happy ending. And better yet to share a bowl of peaches with a friend. Anticipation of community? Works for me. However did I get from “a cross” to a peach?
God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more than, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:8,9)
Christ has made reconciliation for sin, and has borne all its ignominy, reproach, and punishment; and yet while bearing sin, He has brought in everlasting righteousness, so that the believer is spotless before God. . .
But there are many who claim to be children of God who are resting their hope upon other dependencies, rather than on the blood of Christ alone.When urged to rest their faith wholly upon Christ as complete Saviour, many reveal the fact that they have faith in something that they think they can do. They say, “I have a great deal to do before I can be fit to come to Christ.” Another says, “When I have done to the uttermost all that I can do, then the Lord Jesus will come to my help.” They image that they have a great deal to do themselves to save their own souls, and that Jesus will come in and piece out that part which is lacking, and give the finishing stroke to their salvation. These poor souls will not be strong in God until they accept Christ as a complete Saviour. They can add nothing to their salvation.
The Israelites were required to sprinkle the door-posts with the blood of slain lamb, in order that then the angel of death passed through the land, they might escape destruction. Bu if instead of doing this simple act of faith and obedience, they had barricaded the door, and taken every precaution to keep the destroying angel out, their pains would have been in vain. . . .When the blood was seen upon the door-post, it was enough. The salvation of the house was assured. So it is in the work of salvation; it is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanseth from all sin.
“Through the merits of His blood, you may overcome very spiritual foe, and remedy every defect of character.”
ELLEN WHITE QUOTE: Comment by Connie
Spiritual warfare takes the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit in you, that bows down to Jesus, weak as sheep, He invites us into HIS HOUSE, under His protection, like the Good Shepherd He is.
It is in our spiritual life, that we fight with unseen foes, that Jesus conquered at the cross!
Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein. (Hosea 14:9)
“The cross speaks to the hosts of heaven, to worlds unfallen, and to the fallen world, the value which God has placed upon men, and of His great love wherewith He has loved us. It testifies to the world, to angels, and to men, the immutability of the divine law.
“The death of Christ was to be the convincing, everlasting argument that the law of God is as unchangeable as his throne. . . The fact that His own Son, the Surety for man, was not spared, is an argument that will stand to all eternity before saint and sinner, before the universe of God, to testify that He will not excuse the transgressor of His law. Every offense against God’s law, however minute, is set down in the reckoning, and when the sword of justice is taken in hand, it will do the work for impenitent transgressors that was done to the divine Sufferer.
“Through the imputed righteousness of Christ, the sinner may feel that he is pardoned, and may know that the law no more condemns him, because he is in harmony with all its precepts. It is his privilege to count himself innocent when he reads and thinks of the retribution that will fall upon the unbelieving and sinful. by faith he lays hold of the righteousness of Christ. . . .Knowing himself to be a sinner, a transgressor of the holy law of God, he looks to the perfect obedience of Christ, to His death upon Calvary for the sins of the world; and he has the assurance that he is justified by faith in the merit and sacrifice of Christ. He realizes that the law was obeyed in his behalf by the Son of God, and that the penalty of transgression cannot fall upon the believing sinner with the righteousness that meets the demands of the law.” Ellen White Quote from Sons and Daughters of God.
Unique to the Jews is the end of the year, forgiveness of God, for all His people! The Day Jesus Our High Priest enters the Most Holy in the Heavenly Sanctuary, to show the scars from His Suffering, to His Father, the Sacrifice of Jesus is enough to set you free from the sins you have confessed. The confession of your faith, and belief in Jesus Christ to be the perfect Sacrifice, ratifies His Law. No man can die for us. The Sacrifice of Jesus, The Cross, brings us to love Him 100% for no man can do what Jesus did for you and me!
October 4, 2014 in Jerusalem, the Day of Atonement, is very humbling to the Jew. If he has not confessed all his sins, and he has knowingly broken the Law, he will receive the curse for the New Year. This New Year, that begins at midnight ushers in the Most Blessed Year of Jubilee! It only occurs every 70 years. It brings forgiveness of debts! It is a Holy Year, when God provides for the sinner, to receive his land back, that he had lost. October 5, 2014 begins the Year of Jubilee, for the Jew, who have found their Messiah, in the New Testament.
The Old Testament prophets were poets, pointing to the symbols in the Sanctuary, the horns, the Table of Showbread, the Candlesticks, the Altar of Incense, the Veil, the Ark of the Testimony of God, the male and female angel on the Mercy Seat, the coverings over the Sanctuary, the veils around the Sanctuary, the pillars that held up the Tent of the Meeting, the basin of water, the Altar of Burnt Offering, the colors woven into the tapestries, the garments worn by the Priests, and the most humble garment, the plain linen cloth, worn by the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, all bring to light to, the True Prophet, The Baby, The Chief of Prince, The name of Jesus before He became known as Jesus, is Michael the Archangel, in charge of all the angels.
Around the Throne of God, each beast, represents the character of God, the lion, the eagle, the ox, the horns of power to protect and defend the ones who call themselves, Christ followers. And one like the Son of man, or the Daughter of man, are the instruments of God, following His Holy Spirit, to bring THE WAY, into His Heavenly Sanctuary, to show respect and dignity for The Creator.
Can your God speak a word, and create the earth in six days, and hallow the seventh, as a Day of Rest, to enjoy you, with Him, at His House, on earth as it is in Heaven? Does Jesus know you so well, that He could do your colors, in precious stones, and call you His Jewel? Can He make the Mansion of your dreams come true? How well does your Saviour know you? How well do you know your Jesus, a Jew? Is He fair and just in taking you where you need to go, to know Him better?
The Jews need to read the New Testament to find Jesus is their Messiah! The Gentile world needs to read the Old Testament to find the symbols, from Creation, that includes the anger of Lucifer, stomping his feet, as God created the World to be the Garden of Eden. Lucifer would have to destroy the beauty of the land, in order to build his City of Babylon, on the sand. And man, the created being, like Lucifer, would see death would prevent a man from becoming God.
There is something Satan cannot do! He cannot take you back to heaven! He may create a likeness of someone who has died, to come back and haunt you, but the devil cannot take you to Heaven. His last attempt to deceive the very elect, is to heal, the sickness, he has caused you to have. But healing is not a sign of salvation! Salvation is a gift purchased by the Son of God, Michael the Archangel, fought with Lucifer in heaven and lost. Michael fought with Lucifer at the cross, and Lucifer was behind the men who killed Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and tempted Jesus to sin. Do not do what Lucifer
did, and find yourself, murdering an innocent child of God.
We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Romans 5:11)
Thank God that He who spilled His blood for us, lives to plead it, lives to make intercession for every soul who receives Him. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. . . .We need to keep ever before us the efficacy of the blood of Jesus. That life-cleansing, life-sustaining blood, appropriated by living faith, is our hope. We need to grow in appreciation of its inestimable value, for it speaks for us only as e by faith claim its virtue, keeping the conscience clean and at peace with God. This is represented as the pardoning blood, inseparably connected with the resurrection and life of our Redeemer, illustrated by the ever-flowing stream that proceeds from the throne of God, the water of the river of life.
The wonderful symbol of the living bird dipped in the blood of the bird slain and then set free to its joyous life [Leviticus 14:4-8], is to us the symbol of the atonement. There were death and life bended, presenting to the searcher for truth and hidden treasure, the union of the pardoning blood with the resurrection and life of our Redeemer. The bird slain over the living water; that flowing stream was a symbol of the ever flowing, ever cleansing efficacy of the blood of Christ, the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. . . .
We are to have free access to the atoning blood of Christ. This we must regard as the most precious privilege, the greatest blessing, ever granted to sinful man. . . .How deep, how side and continuous in this stream! To every soul thirsting after holiness there is repose, there is rest, there is the quickening influence of the Holy Spirit, and then the holy, happy, peaceful walk and precious communion with Christ.
ELLEN WHITE QUOTE: comments by connie
The bird used in the ceremony to purify a leper, needed to two wild birds. A tame bird would not flay away as required by the symbolism.
The purification of a leper is given in more detail than that of the purification for any other defilement. As the leper was excluded not only from the sanctuary but from the camp, there were two ceremonies included in the restoration. The first entitled him to reenter the camp and associate with with his brethren. The second, a week later, was performed in the court of the tabernacle and restored him to full fellowship and to all the privileges of the covenant relationship.
The first ceremony, which restored the leper to the camp, took place outside the camp.
The birds were probably sparrows. Some commentators compare the two birds to the two goats used in the Day of Atonement service, the one the Lord’s goat, the other the goat for Azazel, Lucifer. The birds were not used for cleansing. The man had already been pronounced clean. In the case of the birds there was no blood sprinkled on the them. The sparrows had no symbolic atoning properties, or healing power, they were not sacrifices at all.
The ceremony constituted a beautiful picture of what God had done and would do for the leper. From death to life, to fly away, to the heavens is the gift of being perfectly healed, when the real sacrifice would come, Jesus would provide the bridge between earth and heaven. Our Messiah will come back to take us home with Him to the mansions he has made for us in Heaven.
Someday we too will fly away….off this earth….like the healing that comes….when we obey rather than sacrifice, Our Lord. And try to nail our sins, on Him. Blaming God is a sin! When we obey, there is no need to nail Jesus to the cross again!
Symbols forgotten by the Jews, had misplaced the meaning of the endless slaughter of sacrifices, without a heart for the beasts. Love for Jesus, expands to love for our fellow man, and love for our pets, and we do not want to destroy relationships. When we lose friends, a part of us dies within our hearts. Enemies? Smile, and they will become your friends. You have the power to restore, to atone, for a relationship, to be healed, to be blessed, to return when you sacrifice yourself, to be a friend.
Recently my prayers for my enemy was restored after some ten years of an unusual broken relationship. It was worth it! It took time, but in time, he came to understand my actions were all about, pointing us back to Jesus, the standard of truth. When we compare ourselves to the suffering of Jesus, we have no room to complain about our mental, social, physical or spiritual journey.
The road to peace, is not within our hands, it is within our hearts. I need to pray for my enemies who also are finding this relationship with God, is very humbling! Amen?
Humble ain’t so bad. It’s easier for poor folks with no where to turn but to the Lord.