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

Happy New Year (2016)

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Happy New Year to all, and may “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ” (Numbers 6:24-26)

We all must have heard “Happy New Year” at least several times already for  the day.  It is a good wonderful greeting as we embark on another year of unknown. God only knows the end from the beginning, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done…” (Isaiah 46:10)  But the Bible also tells us that, “…He revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)  God has revealed many prophecies through His word, and many of those prophecies were fulfilled in 2015.

Then in following in prophetic principles 2016 will be an even more eventful year. The Bible likens the coming of the Lord to a woman that is about to give birth.  As the time draws near, birth pain increases and are more intense and the pains are closer together. (See Rev. 2:12)

We know not the day of the hour, but we know when it is near, even at the door. (see Matthew 24:6 & 33) Some of the major prophecies we have seen fulfill last year is the “legalization of gay marriage in the US” (see Luke 17:28-30 & Genesis 19), strange weather – including drought, flood, cold when it should be hot and hot when it should be cold; tornadoes one day and blizzard the next. (See Luke 21:11).  We have see the surge in the terror group ISIS activities and media attention, this has to do with more than meets the eyes. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:26-28)

We can mention much more, the escalating crime, instability world wide, political corruption, a very shaky world economy, etc. But as we have entered a new year, which has its troubles that we do not know of, let us “turn our eyes upon Jesus”.  This is the only way that we can make it through the “Perfect Storm” that the world has now find itself in.

There are not many, even among educators and statesmen, who comprehend the causes that underlie the present state of society. Those who hold the reins of government are not able to solve the problem of moral corruption, poverty, pauperism, and increasing crime. They are struggling in vain to place business operations on a more secure basis. If men would give more heed to the teaching of God’s word, they would find a solution of the problems that perplex them. – {9T 13.3}

 

…prepare to meet thy God… (Amos 4:12)