Signs of the time-perplexity- Last generation

Signs of the time reveal that the coming of our Lord is near. Christ has given us many signs, most of which have been fulfilled and the others are fulfilling. Just recently it was reported that the past 12 months, June last year to June this year has been the hottest in the US on record. Signs are following signs, worst tornado season, drought, economic woes, corruption, flooding, …,perplexity, all indicates the end is near.
“The exact day and hour of His coming has not been revealed. Christ told His disciples that He Himself could not make known the day or the hour of His second appearing. But He mentioned certain events by which they might know when His coming was near.” {SJ 175.4}
There shall be signs,” He said, “in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars.” Luke 21:25. And He speaks still more plainly: “The sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven.” Matthew 24:29. {SJ 175.5}
“Upon the earth, He said, there shall be “distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.””Luke 21:25, 26. {SJ 175.6}
We are now living in the last of these signs as listed by Jesus in Luke chapter 21. The nations are perplexed, they have no way out of the mess that the world has find itself in. All this is leading to the coming of the Son of man.
And they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds,from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:30, 31. {SJ 175.7}
The Saviour adds: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: so likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.” Matthew 24:32, 33. {SJ 176.1}
“Christ has given signs of His coming. He says that we may know when He is near, even at the doors. When the trees put forth their leaves in the spring, we know that summer is near. Just so surely, when the signs appear in the sun and the moon and the stars, we are to know that Christ’s coming is near.” {SJ 176.2}
These signs have appeared. On May 19, 1780, the sun was darkened. That day is known in history as “the dark day.” In the eastern part of North America, so great was the darkness that in many places the people had to light candles at noonday.The darkening of the sun and the moon was a sign of His coming.” {SJ 176.3}
“November 13, 1833, there was the most wonderful display of falling stars ever beheld by men. “Again thousands believed that the day of judgment had come.” {SJ 176.4}
“Since that time earthquakes, tempests, tidal waves, pestilence, famine, and destructions by fire and flood, have multiplied. All these, and “distress of nations, with perplexity,” declare that the Lord’s coming is near.” {SJ 176.5}
Of those who beheld these signs He says, “This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:34, 35.” {SJ 176.6}
We have beheld these signs, so we know that we are living in the last generation.
““The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.” {SJ 177.1}
Christ is coming, coming with clouds and with great glory. A multitude of shining angels will attend Him. He will come to raise the dead, and to change the living saints from glory to glory. {SJ 177.2}
He will come to honor those who have loved Him and kept His commandments, and to take them to Himself. He has not forgotten them nor His promise.” {SJ 177.3}

Spiritual formation

The Omega

And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:40-41)

A careful study of the Daniel 11:40-45 would reveal that the king of the north is the papacy, and the glorious land is God’s church.  The goes on to say, “many (countries is a supplied word) shall be overthrown:”  but thank God, some will escape.  Brethren it is clear more now than ever, that this prophecy is being fulfill in our ears.  The things that are happening in our schools, our churches reveals how deep our church have been infiltrated.  Please take a few minutes to look at this video on youtube and then come back here, we do not subscribe to all that the interviewer promotes, such as the 2520, but the interview itself is sound, click here.

“Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature.” {1SM 197.4}

As a people, we are to stand firm on the platform of eternal truth that has withstood test and trial. We are to hold to the sure pillars of our faith. The principles of truth that God has revealed to us are our only true foundation. They have made us what we are. The lapse of time has not lessened their value. It is the constant effort of the enemy to remove these truths from their setting, and to put in their place spurious theories. He will bring in everything that he possibly can to carry out his deceptive designs. But the Lord will raise up men of keen perception, who will give these truths their proper place in the plan of God. {1SM 201.2}

The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. {1SM 204.2}
Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth? {1SM 205.1}
I hesitated and delayed about the sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met. {1SM 205.2}
Yes brothers and sisters, these errors that have been coming in must be met, where are the watchmen? Are we all asleep?  Many of our dear brothers and sisters are unaware of the education being taught at our universities and making its way in our churches through pastors and other leaders.  If you know someone that is attending one of our institutions of higher learning or about to attend this fall, they are to be warned of the danger that unfortunately are in our schools (if you haven’t done so, click on the video mentioned above).  This is serious, this is the alpha that The prophetess warned would be of a “startling nature”.  For more information on spiritual formation and as a companion video you may also want to look at this video from pastor Bill Hughes.
John the Baptist did not attend the schools of his day.
John was called to do a special work; he was to prepare the way of the Lord, to make straight His paths. The Lord did not send him to theschool of the prophets and rabbis. He took him away from the assemblies of men to the desert, that he might learn of nature and nature’s God. God did not desire him to have the mold of the priests and rulers. He was called to do a special work. The Lord gave him his message. Did he go to the priests and rulers and ask if he might proclaim this message?—No, God put him away from them that he might not be influenced by their spirit and teaching.  {1SM 410.1}
Neither did Christ learned from the schools of the rabbis.
In the days of Christ the town or city that did not provide for the religious instruction of the young was regarded as under the curse of God. Yet the teaching had become formal. Tradition had in a great degree supplanted the Scriptures. True education would lead the youth to “seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him.” Acts 17:27. But the Jewish teachers gave their attention to matters of ceremony. The mind was crowded with material that was worthless to the learner, and that would not be recognized in the higher school of the courts above. The experience which is obtained through a personal acceptance of God’s word had no place in the educational system. Absorbed in the round of externals, the students found no quiet hours to spend with God. They did not hear His voice speaking to the heart. In their search after knowledge, they turned away from the Source of wisdom. The great essentials of the service of God were neglected. The principles of the law were obscured. That which was regarded as superior education was the greatest hindrance to real development. Under the training of the rabbis the powers of the youth were repressed. Their minds became cramped and narrow. {DA 69.3}
The child Jesus did not receive instruction in the synagogue schools. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets, He learned of heavenly things. The very words which He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was now taught at His mother’s knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the schools of the rabbis. He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources; for God was His instructor. {DA 70.1}
The question asked during the Saviour’s ministry, “How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?” does not indicate that Jesus was unable to read, but merely that He had not received a rabbinical education. John 7:15. Since He gained knowledge as we may do, His intimate acquaintance with the Scriptures shows how diligently His early years were given to the study of God’s word.And spread out before Him was the great library of God’s created works. He who had made all things studied the lessons which His own hand had written in earth and sea and sky. Apart from the unholy ways of the world, He gathered stores of scientific knowledge from nature. He studied the life of plants and animals, and the life of man. From His earliest years He was possessed of one purpose; He lived to bless others. For this He found resources in nature; new ideas of ways and means flashed into His mind as He studied plant life and animal life. Continually He was seeking to draw from things seen illustrations by which to present the living oracles of God. The parables by which, during His ministry, He loved to teach His lessons of truth show how open His spirit was to the influences of nature, and how He had gathered the spiritual teaching from the surroundings of His daily life.{DA 70.2}
We have reached a point in our history as a people, where the “rabbinical schools” (conference schools) and the schools of the world, would not prepare us to be children/disciples/workers for Christ.  History is repeating, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Ecc. 1:9)We are reminded, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)”Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11)
Schools that we know of that are still following God’s principles in there teachings are Uchee Pines Institute, Wildwood, and Hartland college.  There might be other schools out there that are still following Gods principles, but with everything, even with this list given, go to the Lord in prayer for guidance.  We are at the end, the Lord even now, is preparing a group of Seventh-Day Adventist to “Finish the Work”, let us strive to be part of that team.

“An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come. The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains. Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.” (Ezekiel 7:6-9)

The End

Marriage Under Attack

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” {Genesis 1:26-28}

It is obvious that there is a tremendous attack against marriage right now in our country. The US is a world leader and where ever it leads, the world tends to follow. From the passage read above, God created man in His image, in His likeness, He blessed them and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. God’s image in man is under attack, God is the creator, and He created man and woman, and has given us the ability together to procreate.

“A battle over a federal law that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman appears headed for the Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Thursday that denying benefits to married gay couples is unconstitutional. In a unanimous decision, the three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the 1996 law deprives gay couples of the rights and privileges granted to heterosexual couples.” From Foxnews

“God celebrated the first marriage. Thus the institution has for its originator the Creator of the universe. “Marriage is honourable”; it was one of the first gifts of God to man, and it is one of the two institutions that, after the fall, Adam brought with him beyond the gates of Paradise. When the divine principles are recognized and obeyed in this relation, marriage is a blessing; it guards the purity and happiness of the race, it provides for man’s social needs, it elevates the physical, the intellectual, and the moral nature.”{AH 25.4}

“He who gave Eve to Adam as a helpmeet performed His first miracle at a marriage festival. In the festal hall where friends and kindred rejoiced together, Christ began His public ministry. Thus He sanctioned marriage, recognizing it as an institution that He Himself had established…. {AH 26.1}
Christ honored the marriage relation by making it also a symbol of the union between Him and His redeemed ones. He Himself is the Bridegroom; the bride is the church, of which, as His chosen one, He says, “Thou art all fair, My love; there is no spot in thee.”” {AH 26.2}
Marriage was instituted by Christ, it is not something instituted by man, God did not leave it up to us to decide if marriage is between a man and a woman or a man and a man. Marriage is a symbol of the relationship between Christ and His church. This would explain why the devil does not want marriage to remained sanctified. God has blessed marriage, and when it is done according to His will it elevates the human race and our society.
The time has come, the end has come, the next institution that Adam brought beyond the gates of Eden is the Sabbath, this itself is already under subtle attack, but based on prophecy this will only increase. Our society is crumbling, man is choosing his way, rather than God’s way.
Where are we heading?
When our nation, in its legislative councils, shall enact laws to bind the consciences of men in regard to their religious privileges, enforcing Sunday observance, and bringing oppressive power to bear against those who keep the seventh-day Sabbath, the law ofGod will, to all intents and purposes, be made void in our land, and national apostasy will be followed by national ruin.”—The S.D.A. Bible Commentary 7:977 (1888). {LDE 133.5}

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30)

We are as a nation moving very fast in the footsteps of Sodom and Gomorroh. “President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president.” (yahoo.com) It is now only a matter of time before a national law is passed before giving the green light to same-sex marriage. As it was in the days of Lot, one of the chief sin was same-sex relationships, as we read here in Genesis 19:4-5. “But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.”

Another issue in the days of Lot was “…they did eat, they drank…”, gluttony was an issue then, it is an issue now. From the Huffingtonpost it reads, “Today, just over a third of U.S. adults are obese. By 2030, 42 percent will be, says a forecast released Monday.”


“According to surveys included in the PollingReport.com database, an average of 50 percent of American adults support same-sex marriage rights while 45 percent oppose it, based on an average of nine surveys conducted in the past year.”

“This is a reversal from earlier periods: support for same-sex marriage has been increasing, and opposition to it has been decreasing, at a relatively steady rate of perhaps two or three percentage points a year since 2004.” NY Times

Is there a correlation between our eating habits and our moral change in regards to same-sex marriage?

“The same sins of gluttony and drunkenness benumbed the moral sensibilities of the inhabitants of Sodom, so that crimes seemed to be the delight of the men and women of that wicked city. Christ thus warns the world: “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” {CD 60.4}
There are other factors as well that is affecting this change in our moral behavior and acceptance, such as the media, “The mind of a man or woman does not come down in a moment from purity and holiness to depravity, corruption, and crime. It takes time to transform the human to the divine, or to degrade those formed in the image of God to the brutal or the satanic. By beholding we become changed. Though formed in the image of his Maker, man can so educate his mind that sin which he once loathed will become pleasant to him. As he ceases to watch and pray, he ceases to guard the citadel, the heart, and engages in sin and crime. The mind is debased, and it is impossible to elevate it from corruption while it is being educated to enslave the moral and intellectual powers and bring them in subjection to grosser passions. Constant war against the carnal mind must be maintained; and we must be aided by the refining influence of the grace of God, which will attract the mind upward and habituate it to meditate upon pure and holy things”.12 {AH 330.2}
Prophecies are fast fulfilling, we are here at the end, “The people of the United States have been a favored people…”—The Review and Herald, May 2, 1893. {LDE 133.4}, at this time in our history, all the signs shows us that we are heading towards national apostasy. “With rapid steps we are approaching this period. When Protestant churches shall unite with the secular power to sustain a false religion, for opposing which their ancestors endured the fiercest persecution, then will the papal sabbath be enforced by the combined authority of church and state. There will be a national apostasy, which will end only in national ruin.”—Manuscript 51, 1899. {Ev 235.1}

I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (Amos 4:11-13)

They That Dwell On the Earth

In these crucial times that we are living in, it would be well for our minds, thoughts and actions be focused heavenward. Some important questions we may ask ourselves: where is my loyalty, where is my final destiny(my home), what does this world have to offer me, if any? The Bible says “And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.” -Revelation 13:12  He, the lamb like beast “Causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the beast“, that sounds like everyone, startling, would there be anyone true to God, that would not worship the beast? And what does is means to “dwell upon the earth”? Verse 8 of the same chapter add some light to this question, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” -Revelation 13:8 Clearly, those who dwell upon the earth refers to those that are not in Christ, their names are not written in the Lambs book of life.

Jesus says, “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” -John 17:16. Christ has gone to prepare for us a place, this world is not our home, we are ambassadors for God. There is a lot of things in this sin sick world to distract us, enticing us to become permanent resident. There is the love of money, ambitions, cares of this world,

politics, etc. Like Paul we should be able to say “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”(1 Timothy 6:10-11)

From the story of the rich young ruler, inspiration has expounded as follows: “Christ assured the young man who came to Him that if he would obey His requirements,

he should have treasure in heaven. This world-loving man was very sorrowful. He wanted heaven, but he desired to retain his wealth. He renounced immortal life for the love of money and power. Oh, what a miserable exchange! Yet many are doing this who profess to keep all the commandments of God.  {4T 50.2}

The cares of this life can cause us to loose our first love our focus, and instead of ambassadors for Christ, we become earthly residents.  The Lord messenger continues”

“I was shown that in your first experience your heart was all aglow with the truth; your mind was absorbed in the study of the Scriptures; you saw new beauty in every line. Then the good seed sown in your heart was springing up and bearing fruit to the glory of God. But after a time the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches choked the good seed of the word of God sown in your heart, and you failed to bring forth fruit. The truth struggled for supremacy in your mind, but the cares of this life and the love of other things gained the victory. Satan sought, through the attractions of this world, to enchain you and paralyze your moral powers so that you should have no sense of God’s claims upon you, and he has nearly succeeded.” – {4T 50.3}

“Now, dear brother, you must make a most earnest, persevering effort to dislodge the enemy and assert your liberty; for he has made you a slave to this world until your love of gain has become a ruling passion. Your example to others has been bad; selfish interests have been prominent. By profession you say to the world: My citizenship is not here, but above; while your works decidedly say that you are a dweller on the earth. As a snare shall the day of judgment come upon all who dwell on the face of the earth. Your profession is only a hindrance to souls. You have not corresponding works. “I know thy works” (not thy profession), says the True Witness. God is now sifting His people, testing their purposes and their motives. Many will be but as chaff—no wheat, no value in them.” – {4T 51.1}

… prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. -Amos 4:12

We are Christ Ambassadors

The Time Of Trouble

In the book of Daniel we are given a most serious message that should have the children of God ever aware, that there will come a time that we must get ready and prepared for.
“And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.” {Dan.12:1}
God always send warning before judgment, and He has provided “the way” for His children. I thank God for the “Bible” & the “Spirit of Prophecy” which is equivalent to the Law and to the testimony, that we may be equipped for every emergency! So what is this troublous time that is ahead of us? How can we be prepared? When will our bread and water be sure? Is there two distinct times of crises that affect the saints and the world? …“The wise shall understand” {Dan.12:10}
“The “time of trouble, such as never was,” is soon to open upon us; and we shall need an experience which we do not now possess and which many are too indolent to obtain. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us. The most vivid presentation cannot reach the magnitude of the ordeal. In that time of trial, every soul must stand for himself before God. “Though Noah, Daniel, and Job” were in the land, “as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.” Ezekiel 14:20. {GC 622.4}
As we see calamity and trouble rising at an alarming rate, God’s people are to be gaining a closer walk with Jesus, confessing, forsaken, and overcoming sin. We need an experience brothers and sisters. May God help us!

“I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of “refreshing” and the “latter rain” to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God.” {EW 71.2}

Did you get that? “Many were neglecting the preparation so needful” Wow!
The prophet is letting us know there is a preparation that is needful and we are not to wait for the Holy Spirit to do it for us. Let us see our part that we must play.
Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters, to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.” {5T 214.2}
Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own. {COL 69.1}

These are some of the most clearest counsel given that reveals the biblical principles of overcoming sin, wether hereditary or cultivated the promise is sure:
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. {Rev.3:21}
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. {1John 3:9}
Now we are about to look into the two distinct periods that takes place at one colossal event, but as Seventh Day Adventist we are somewhat lost to the order of the issue. But first a beautiful quote by the prophet of the Lord:
God has given us His word that we may become acquainted with its teachings and know for ourselves what He requires of us. When the lawyer came to Jesus with the inquiry, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” the Saviour referred him to the Scriptures, saying: “What is written in the law? how readest thou?”………. It is not enough to have good intentions; it is not enough to do what a man thinks is right or what the minister tells him is right. His soul’s salvation is at stake, and he should search the Scriptures for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation. He has a chart pointing out every waymark on the heavenward journey, and he ought not to guess at anything. {GC 598.1}
The Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy is compared to a chart and compass, and we need to study, and not to guess, at anything. Let us read carefully this next statement:
I saw that God had children who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They have not rejected the light upon it. And at the commencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the churches and nominal Adventist, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time God’s chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. I saw the sword, famine, pestilence, and great confusion in the land. The wicked thought that we had brought the judgments upon them, and they rose up and took counsel to rid the earth of us, thinking that then the evil would be stayed. {EW 33.2}
We’re going to let the prophet explain the crux of the matter of what she was referring to was a particular TIME!
The commencement of that time of trouble,” here mentioned does not refer to the time when the plagues shall begin to be poured out, but to a short period just before they are poured out, while Christ is in the sanctuary. At that time, while the work of salvation is closing, trouble will be coming on the earth, and the nations will be angry, yet held in check so as not to prevent the work of the third angel. At that time the “latter rain,” or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out.” {EW 85.3}
This quotation deserves our attention for it clarifies that there are important issues that are taking place here.
(1) A short period just before they are poured out (2) While Christ is in the sanctuary (3) The work of salvation is closing (4) The work of the third angel.
(5) The “latter rain,” or refreshing from the presence of the Lord, will come, to give power to the loud voice of the third angel, and prepare the saints to stand in the period when the seven last plagues shall be poured out
From the above points there is a time of trouble before the plagues are poured out, and our Lord has not left the most Holy Place in the Heavenly sanctuary, salvation’s work is not yet finished due to the fact that the third angel message in combination with the latter rain that will give power to the loud cry, being strengthen by the fourth angel of Rev. 18 has not taken place to warn the world!
“And at this time [before they are poured out, the seven last plagues] God’s chosen all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. {EW 33.2} This will take place in what we term the little time of trouble.
The big question, what must commence that will get the final events to be rapid ones?
“It is at the time of the national apostasy, when, acting on the policy of Satan, the rulers of the land will rank themselves on the side of the man of sin–it is then the measure of guilt is full; the national apostasy is the signal for national ruin”. {1888 903.3}
To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law….By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. . . . {LDE 132.4}
As the approach of the Roman armies was a sign to the disciples of the impending destruction of Jerusalem, so may this apostasy be a sign to us that the limit of God’s forbearance is reached.–5T 451 (1885).
The National Sunday law is the event that marks out the beginning of trouble to the faithful followers of Christ. Another big question, when will our bread and water be sure? We shall have to go to the book of Isaiah, the prophet of the Lord.
“O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble”. {Is.33:2}
“At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered”. {33:3}
Isaiah is here giving an overview of the time of trouble as was stated in verse 1. Verse 2 is pivotal in that we can locate when our water and bread will be provided to His children. Let’s look again at verse 2 and break it down. “At the noise of the tumult the people fled; what is a tumult?
TUMULT- 1. The commotion, disturbance or agitation of a multitude, usually accompanied with great noise, uproar and confusion of voices.
2. Violent commotion or agitation with confusion of sounds;
3. Agitation; high excitement; irregular or confused motion;
I wonder what is the cause of the agitation with great noise?
And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and [upon] them which worshipped his image
”. {Rev. 16:1, 2}
These plagues are not universal, or the inhabitants of the earth would be wholly cut off. Yet they will be the most awful scourges that have ever been known to mortals. All the judgments upon men, prior to the close of probation, have been mingled with mercy. The pleading blood of Christ has shielded the sinner from receiving the full measure of his guilt; but in the final judgment, wrath is poured out unmixed with mercy. {GC 628.2}
This “noise of the tumult” points us to the wrath of God. We have clear understanding of this by reading the next portion of Isaiah 33:2; “at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered”. Does this sound familiar? “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book”. {Dan.12:1}
“And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate thee flee before thee”. {Num.10:35}
For the LORD shall rise up as [in] mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as [in] the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act”. {Is.28:21}
The nations are now getting angry, but when our High Priest has finished His work in the sanctuary, He will stand up, put on the garments of vengeance, and then the seven last plagues will be poured out. {EW 36.1}
The rabbis had a saying that there is rejoicing in heaven when one who has sinned against God is destroyed; but Jesus taught that to God the work of destruction is a strange work. {COL 190.1}
By terrible things in righteousness He will vindicate the authority of His downtrodden law. The severity of the retribution awaiting the transgressor may be judged by the Lord’s reluctance to execute justice. The nation with which He bears long, and which He will not smite until it has filled up the measure of its iniquity in God’s account, will finally drink the cup of wrath unmixed with mercy. {FLB 338.5}
When will our bread and water be sure?

The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.
The earth mourneth [and] languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed [and] hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off [their fruits].
Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. {Is. 33:8-10}
And the people shall be [as] the burnings of lime: [as] thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. {Is.33:12}
Hear, ye [that are] far off, what I have done; and, ye [that are] near, acknowledge my might. {Is.33:13}

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? {Is. 33:14}
And the LORD shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall show the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of [his] anger, and [with] the flame of a devouring fire, [with] scattering, and tempest, and hilstones. {Is.30:30}

When will our bread and water be sure? ANSWER – The great time of trouble

He shall dwell on high: his place of defence [shall be] the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters [shall be] sure. {Isaiah 33:16}
[When] the poor and needy seek water, and [there is] none, [and] their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. {Is. 41:17}
With the plagues being in action God will protect His people, they are sealed and found refuge in Christ: “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence”. {Psalm 91:3} Does this language ring a bell? Surely the psalmist is revealing our Lord’s care at that time. The time of trouble.
The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The observance of the false sabbath will be urged upon us. The contest will be between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. Those who have yielded step by step to worldly demands, and conformed to worldly customs, will then yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. At that time the gold will be separated from the dross. . . . Many a star that we have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness. Those who have assumed the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ’s righteousness, will then appear in the shame of their own nakedness.–Prophets and Kings, p. 188. {ChS 157.2}
There is a prospect before us of a continued struggle at the risk of imprisonment, loss of property, and even of life itself, to defend the law of God, which is made void by the laws of men.–Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 712. {ChS 157.3}

The test, the false Sabbath, or the national Sunday law will be the event that will plunge this world toward the consummation of all things! This event is when the wheat shall be separated from the tares, “This is the test that the people of God must have before they are sealed”. {BC 7 420} The gold will be separated from the dross, and how is our spiritual life? “The storm is coming, relentless in its fury. Are we prepared to meet it? Are we one with Christ as He is one with the Father? Are we heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ? Are we working in copartnership with Christ?--Manuscript 32a, 1896”. {Ev 199.1}

I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of “refreshing” and the “latter rain” to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God.” {EW 71.2}
“The needful preparation”, we are to thank our kind and merciful Father for providing for us solutions from His Holy word! Even that of the parable of the wise and foolish virgins; “All had taken their lamps, the Bible, and by its light had gone forth to meet the Bridegroom. But while “they that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them,” “the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” The latter class had received the grace of God, the regenerating, enlightening power of the Holy Spirit, which renders His word a lamp to the feet and a light to the path. In the fear of God they had studied the Scriptures to learn the truth, and had earnestly sought for purity of heart and life. These had a personal experience, a faith in God and in His word, which could not be overthrown by disappointment and delay. Others “took their lamps, and took no oil with them.” They had moved from impulse. Their fears had been excited by the solemn message, but they had depended upon the faith of their brethren, satisfied with the flickering light of good emotions, without a thorough understanding of the truth or a genuine work of grace in the heart. These had gone forth to meet the Lord, full of hope in the prospect of immediate reward; but they were not prepared for delay and disappointment. When trials came, their faith failed, and their lights burned dim. {GC 393.4}
Recognize that if we do not comprehend our bread and water will not be provided until the falling of the plagues, we are setting ourselves up for major disappointment and failure! “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,Provideth her meat in the summer, [and] gathereth her food in the harvest”.{Prov.6:6-8}
What is the principle here to be discovered? There’s a work for us to do in the lines of preparation. Now consider this.
Get out of the cities as soon as possible and purchase a little piece of land where you can have a garden, where your children can watch the flowers growing and learn from them lessons of simplicity and purity”.–2SM 356 (1903). {LDE 95.1}
The time has come when, as God opens the way, families should move out of the cities. The children should be taken into the country. The parents should get as suitable a place as their means will allow. Though the dwelling may be small, yet there should be land in connection with it that may be cultivated. {AH 139.4}
Fathers and mothers who possess a piece of land and a comfortable home are kings and queens.–AH 141 (1894). {LDE 96.1}
The cities are to be worked from outposts. Said the messenger of God, “Shall not the cities be warned? Yes; not by God’s people living in them, but by their visiting them, to warn them of what is coming upon the earth.”–Letter 182, 1902. {CL 30.2}
As God’s commandment-keeping people we must leave the cities. As did Enoch, we must work in the cities but not dwell in them.–Ev 77, 78 (1899). {LDE 96.2}
Brothers and Sisters, we have been given tremendous light, we have been in ignorance for to long. It is time to arise and shine for the light has come. It was the Devil’s aim to keep us in darkness. The major point of country living is not, as some may have entertained, to hide, but rather character development!
Take your children away from the sights and sounds of the city, away from the rattle and din of streetcars and teams, and their minds will become more healthy. It will be found easier to bring home to their hearts the truth of the Word of God.–Manuscript 76, 1905. {CL 13.1}
Who will be warned? We say again, Out of the cities. Do not consider it a great deprivation, that you must go into the hills and mountains, but seek for that retirement where you can be alone with God, to learn His will and way. . . . {CL 14.4}
I urge our people to make it their lifework to seek for spirituality. Christ is at the door. This is why I say to our people, Do not consider it a privation when you are called to leave the cities and move out into the country places. Here there await rich blessings for those who will grasp them. By beholding the scenes of nature, the works of the Creator, by studying God’s handiwork, imperceptibly you will be changed into the same image.–Manuscript 85, 1908. {CL 14.5}
“An expensive dwelling, elaborate furnishings, display, luxury, and ease, do not furnish the conditions essential to a happy, useful life. Jesus came to this earth to accomplish the greatest work ever accomplished among men. He came as God’s ambassador, to show us how to live so as to secure life’s best results. What were the conditions chosen by the infinite Father for His Son? A secluded home in the Galilean hills; a household sustained by honest, self-respecting labor; a life of simplicity; daily conflict with difficulty and hardship; self-sacrifice, economy, and patient, gladsome service; the hour of study at His mother’s side, with the open scroll of Scripture; the quiet of dawn or twilight in the green valley; the holy ministries of nature; the study of creation and providence; and the soul’s communion with God,–these were the conditions and opportunities of the early life of Jesus”. {CL 14.6}
“So with the great majority of the best and noblest men of all ages. Read the history of Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph, of Moses, David, and Elisha. Study the lives of men of later times who have most worthily filled positions of trust and responsibility, the men whose influence has been most effective for the world’s uplifting”. {CL 15.1}
How many of these were reared in country homes. They knew little of luxury. They did not spend their youth in amusement. Many were forced to struggle with poverty and hardship. They early learned to work, and their active life in the open air gave vigor and elasticity to all their faculties. Forced to depend upon their own resources, they learned to combat difficulties and to surmount obstacles, and they gained courage and perseverance. They learned the lessons of self-reliance and self-control. Sheltered in a great degree from evil associations, they were satisfied with natural pleasures and wholesome companionships. They were simple in their tastes and temperate in their habits. They were governed by principle, and they grew up pure and strong and true. When called to their lifework, they brought to it physical and mental power, buoyancy of spirit, ability to plan and execute, and steadfastness in resisting evil, that made them a positive power for good in the world”. {CL 15.2}

We must start to get into that country experience, pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit, Study for ourselves, seek to gain the victory over self in Christ Jesus our Lord, be co- laborers with Christ and finish the work!
I see the necessity of making haste to get all things ready for the crisis”.–Letter 90, 1897. {CL 21.1}

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Please join Pastor Jeremiah Davis, Elder Moses Mason and others this year for An Upper Room Experience camp meeting 2012.  Email us or visit theirministries website for moreinformation.  By Gods grace we hope to see you there.  Click on the link above for disc three in the series entitled, “Time To Finish The Work”