“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
The Intercession of Christ
“The intercession of Christ in man’s behalf in the sanctuary above is as essential to the plan of salvation as was His death upon the cross. By His death He began that work which after His resurrection He ascended to completed in heaven. We must must by faith enter within the veil, “whither the forerunner is for us entered.” (Hebrews 6:20.) There the light from the cross of Cavalry is reflected. There we may gain a clearer insight into the mysteries of redemption. The salvation of man is accomplished at an infinite expense to heaven; the sacrifice made is equal to the broadest demands of the broken law of God. Jesus has opened the way to the Father’s throne, and through His mediation these sincere desires of all who come to Him in faith may be presented before God.
“He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whosoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13). If those who hide and excuse their faults could see how Satan exalts over them, how he taunts Christ and holy angels with their course, they would make haste to confess their sins and to put them away. Through defects in the character, Satan works to gain control of the whole mind, and he knows that if these defects are cherished, he will succeed. Therefore he is constantly seeking to deceive the followers of Christ with his sophistry that is is impossible for them to overcome. But Jesus pleads in their behalf His wounded hands, His bruised body; and He declares to all who would follow Him: “My grace is sufficient for thee.” 2 Corinthians 12:9. “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29,30. Let none, then, regard their defects as incurable. God will give faith and grace to over come them.
“We are now living in the great day of atonement. In the typical service, while the high priest was making the atonement for Israel, all were required to afflict their souls by repentance of sin and humiliation before the Lord, lest they be cut off from the among the people. In like manner, all who would have their names retained int he book of life should now, in the few remaining days of their probation , afflict their souls before God by sorrow for sin and true repentance. There must be deep, faithful searching of heart. The light frivolous spirit indulged by so many professed Christians must be put away. There is earnest warfare before all who would subdue the evil tendencies that strive for the mastery. The work of preparation is an individual work. We are not saved in groups. The purity and devotion of one will not offset the want of these qualities in another. Though all nations are to pass in judgment before God, yet He will examine the case of each individual with as close and searching scrutiny as if there we not another being upon the earth. Everyone must be tested and found without spot or wrinkle of any such thing. [It is our love for Jesus, in a relationship with Him, that makes it possible to understand, truly, He had borne our griefs and knows our sorrows. It is out of love, that we choose to die, defending His name. Just as much as the terrorist defends their god of force and torture, we defend Our God, who gives us freedom to choose good over evil.]
“Solemn are the scenes connected with the closing work of the atonement. Momentous are the interests involved therein. The judgment is now passing in the sanctuary above. For many years this work has been in progress. Soon~none know how soon~it will pass to the cases of the living. In the awful presence of God our lives are to come up in review. At this time above all others it behooves every soul to heed the Saviour’s admonition, “Watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.” March 13:33. “If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.’
[Here is Jesus inviting each individual, to study and to watch! If we don’t watch, “thou shalt not know what hour I will come.”]
“When Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven, Christ in the Revelation, looking forward to the time, declares; “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be holy still. And behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Revelation 22:11,12)
“The righteous and the wicked will still be living upon the earth in their mortal state ~ men will be planting and building, eating and drinking, all unconscious that the final, irrevocable decision has been pronounced in the sanctuary above. Before the Flood, after Noah entered the ark, God shut him in and shut the ungodly out; but for seven days the people, knowing not that their doom was fixed, continued their careless, pleasure-loving life and mocked the warnings of impending judgment. “So” says the Saviour, “shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:39) Silently, unnoticed as the midnight thief, will come the decisive hour which marks the fixing of every man’s destiny, the final withdrawal of mercy’s offer to guilty men.
“Watch ye therefore: . . .lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping.” (Mark 13:35, 36.) Perilous is the condition of those who, growing weary of their watch, turn to the attractions of the world. While the man of business is absorbed in the pursuit of gain, while the pleasure lover is seeking indulgence, while the daughter of fashion is arranging her adornments – it may be in that hour the judge of all the earth will pronounce the sentence, “Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.” (Daniel 5:27.) GREAT CONTROVERSY, by Ellen White p. 487-489.
As an X-Adventist, this is most disturbing. William Miller was first to discover the prophecies showing the “timing” of the judgment of God’s people, to come first. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (I Peter 4:17)
In the prophecies, it reads in symbols, men like trees and grass. “The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.” (Revelation 8:7) We know the devil has power to bring hail, fire and blood, death to men, and baby Christians, not watching for the hour of His judgment. The devil claims them as his own. The devil did convince a third of the angels to follow him out of heaven into this Controversy, so the “created angels” could prove they could or could not rule the earth.
By now we KNOW FOR SURE, we are not capable of being able to recreate the earth, ourselves, and conquer death. The question is to myself, “Is why is it so hard to be humble?” “Why is pride so hard to lay aside?” Being the middle child, I have nothing but respect and love for my brothers and sisters, who are talented in their own area of expertise. I desire nothing but the Lord to bless and keep them. However, at the dinner table, I admired my little sister for her wit, charm and ability to entertain us with jokes, let alone her recognition for being the Nurse Practitioner of the Year in California and a major contributor to getting out of Hospital by knowing of the new drug for shingles! My younger sister, Janet is very accomplished at teaching, she was a mentor to the teachers, growing orchids, and without children [of their own] they have turned to be members of the American Orchard Society and her husband is soon to be an official Orchard Judge. The accomplishments of my brother Franklin Ordelheide D.D.S. is far out of my league! He and family have spent 18 years between a Missionary Dentist in Guam, Hong Kong and Malawi. The Ordelheide family counted up 99 years of mission service at our family reunion.
I was the least on the totem pole. It is a privilege to be among the ones I want to meet and be with in heaven. They have all had bouts with cancer, suffering, self sacrifice and helping others. They understand! “We” cheer each other along the path, the road, sometimes the tarmac. We are sons and daughters of God. Humility? We need families to keep us humble! We were allowed to raise our hands and share what all we had learned that day. From the baby mice mother found at Grandma’s house, to the snake coming down the tree where Franklin was thinking of building a tree house. It was to notice, the rocks, to rock hunt the gems, that would take a polish and those that would not.
The Rock, is Jesus. If you question if you are ready for Jesus to come ~ “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19) You don’t have to go to China, to be tested by God! You can invite Him to purify your character, but it does help if you let Him fan the fire, to light the way for His Second Coming of Our Messiah.
You see, I prayed that prayer not long ago. I found myself like Job, listening to God. Who made that Horse that does not flinch and is strengthen to fight the Battle without fear! FEARLESS LEADER, we have not yet begun to fight like Gideon, not by might, nor by power, but by THY Holy Spirit! We have the torch, we have the clay jars, yes we must bust them, and break out the LIGHT! JESUS IS COMING!
No. I’m not going to stone or bad mouth any prophet or prophetess. I think the devil does not want us to gather together, and compare notes, about how many are seeing visions and dreams and know Michael has stood up to protect those whose names are written in His Book!