The Lord’s Counsel on “Time Setting”

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And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: -Revelation 10:6

This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844. 7BC 971.7

The times and seasons God has put in His own power. And why has not God given us this knowledge?—Because we would not make a right use of it if He did. A condition of things would result from this knowledge among our people that would greatly retard the work of God in preparing a people to stand in the great day that is to come. We are not to be engrossed with speculations in regard to the times and the seasons which God has not revealed. Jesus has told His disciples to “watch,” but not for definite time. His followers are to be in the position of those who are listening for the orders of their Captain; they are to watch, wait, pray, and work, as they approach the time for the coming of the Lord; but no one will be able to predict just when that time will come; for “of that day and hour knoweth no man.” You will not be able to say that He will come in one, two, or five years, neither are you to put off His coming by stating that it may not be for ten or twenty years…. We are not to know the definite time either for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit or for the coming of Christ. Ev 221.1

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” And after the Holy Ghost was come upon them, what were they to do? “And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth.” RH March 22, 1892, par. 2

This is the work in which we also are to be engaged. Instead of living in expectation of some special season of excitement, we are wisely to improve present opportunities, doing that which must be done in order that souls may be saved. Instead of exhausting the powers of our mind in speculations in regard to the times and seasons which the Lord has placed in his own power, and withheld from men, we are to yield ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit, to do present duties, to give the bread of life, unadulterated with human opinions, to souls who are perishing for the truth. RH March 22, 1892, par. 3

Satan is ever ready to fill the mind with theories and calculations that will divert men from the present truth, and disqualify them for the giving of the third angel’s message to the world. It has ever been thus; for our Saviour often had to speak reprovingly to those who indulged in speculations and were ever inquiring into those things which the Lord had not revealed. Jesus had come to earth to impart important truth to men, and he wished to impress their minds with the necessity of receiving and obeying his precepts and instructions, of doing their present duty, and his communications were of an order that imparted knowledge for their immediate and daily use. RH March 22, 1892, par. 4

Some sinful desire is cherished

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Satan can keep a hold on us if we do not surrender all to Christ. If there is a sinful desire that we are still holding on to, then we are his. “Satan finds in human hearts some point where he can gain a foothold; some sinful desire is cherished, by means of which his temptations assert their power.” GC 623.1

When the word of God comes to our hearts, does it fall among thorns, where it is choked by that sinful desire?

“And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.” -Luke 8:7

“Sin, however small it may be esteemed, can be indulged in only at the peril of infinite loss. What we do not overcome, will overcome us and work out our destruction.” SC 32.2

This is why the Lord asks us in the book of Proverbs, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” -Proverbs 23:26

Let us give Him our hearts, so that through His Spirit working in us, we may observe His ways, walking in His commandments.

“But Christ declared of Himself: “The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me.” John 14:30. Satan could find nothing in the Son of God that would enable him to gain the victory. He had kept His Father’s commandments, and there was no sin in Him that Satan could use to his advantage. This is the condition in which those must be found who shall stand in the time of trouble.” GC 623.1

If we yield ourselves fully to God, Satan will find nothing in us where he can gain a foothold. We can go on to victory, keeping God’s commandments.

All His biddings are enabling

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As we near the end of time, it is essential that our faith in the Lord be strong.  Even as a mustard seed. Jesus ask in Luke 18:8 “…Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” -Luke 18:8  It will require faith in the word of God to make it in these last days. We will need to have had an experience in His word, knowing that His word is true and would not return unto him void. (See Isaiah 55:11)

From the Spirit of Prophecy, we read:

The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word. Christ says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63. “He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life.” John 5:24. In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God. COL 38.1

The heavenly intelligences will work with the human agent who seeks with determined faith that perfection of character which will reach out to perfection in action. To everyone engaged in this work Christ says, I am at your right hand to help you.  COL 332.2

As the will of man co-operates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His biddings are enablings. COL 333.1

Powerful promises, whatever God has asked us to do, Country Living, Victory Over Sin, Trusting Him, etc., we can do it in His strength, remember, “All His biddings are enabling.” And in the book of Philippians He has promised, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13

New Bible Study Series

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Heraldsofthemorn have launched a new page entitled “Three Angels Bible Study Guides“. This page has a series of study geared towards us having a better understanding of the “Three Angels Message“. This studies are for Seventh Day Adventists and non – Seventh Day Adventists alike. So please share them with as many as you can. We have so far uploaded a few studies, but weekly we will be adding additional studies until we’ve completed Revelation 14:6-12. It’s just a few verses, but really the Three Angels Message covers the entire plan of redemption. It’s an exciting and informative study, that will draw us closer to Christ if we study it prayerfully through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

You can open the Bible study page by click here.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.